As a country, we have always been fascinated by the world of Bollywood. While we appreciate the amount of work screen writers, the directors and the actors put into the movie, we seem to forget what goes into our director’s pockets! With that in mind, let’s take a look at how much our favourite directors really earn per movie!
1. Kabir Khan – Rs. 8 Crores
Famously known for directing several blockbusters with superstar Salman Khan, doesn’t seem to do too poorly himself. He made his big Bollywood directorial debut with Kabul Express in the year 2006. Apart from working with Salman Khan, he has also worked with people like Katrina Kaif and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
2. Mani Ratnam – Rs. 9 Crores
An internationally acclaimed writer, Mani Ratnam is known for writing and directing some truly brilliant Hindi and Telugu movies. Some of his extremely famous movies include Dil Se, Roja and Bombay! Guru as a movie was highly critically acclaimed and appreciated by both the audience and critics alike.
3. Karan Johar – Rs. 10 Crores
Emotionally attached to several Bollywood films, Karan Johar redefined romance as a genre. With real life situations being brought out in an extermely heartwarming manner, KJo has earned himself a name in every Indian’s heart!
4. Rajkumar Hirani – Rs. 10 Crores
Down to earth and true to his craft, Rajkumar Hirani has proved his worth time and time again. Despite starting off in the industry as an editor, Rajkumar Hirani created a niche for himself with movies like Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Interestingly, his next big expected blockbuster is going to be a biopic on the life of Sanjay Dutt!
5. Rohit Shetty – Rs. 25 Crores
Perhaps one of the most highest paid directors of Bollywood, Rohit Shetty has let us know for a fact that his films are excellent, to say the least. While Zameen was his directorial debut in the year 2003, the Golmaal series was his big ticket to fame!
6. S.S. Rajamouli – Rs. 100 Crores
The highest paid director in Bollywood, S.S. Rajamouli has been successful in redefining the field of film making in both Bollywood and Tollywood. Every movie he has directed has managed to cross the 100 crores mark at the box office, making him the official gold turner!
Bollywood Movies All About Food
Food, colour, camera and Bollywood always go hand in hand. There’s something truly magical about watching a movie which brings to life all your favourite cuisines, coupled with a beautiful love story. If you’re a foodie and love Bollywood movies, what could be better than this combination, right? We agree! Here’s taking a look at movies which don’t just make your mouth water, but also tug at your heartstrings:
1. Stanley Ka Dabba
A mean principal who looks at stealing food from students and a child who wants to share his food with his friends: Stanley Ka Dabba tells a two tiered story. With food playing the unifying factor, the movie tells the story of how a little boy confronts not just his bully, but also how he comes to terms with his past. A beautiful movie through and through, Stanley Ka Dabba is heartwarming in every way! The bottom line? No matter what happens, good food always warms your soul.
2. Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
A lot can happen over a hot pot of curry and if you watch Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, you realise just how true this fact is. A family gets into a major crisis and the only thing which can save the family from ruins is if they find the secret ingredient which makes the chicken curry taste so amazing! A treat to not just the eyes but the stomach as well, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana has a simple message: a good recipe takes time to perfect and once that happens, everything falls in place.
3. Cheeni Kum
Have you ever fallen in love with someone because the sugar was too less in your food? Cheeni Kum shows how despite having differences in the way certain dishes are cooked, you can still find an acceptable middle ground. To recreate Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao in itself is an extremely hard task. To get it right to perfection is even harder. Amitabh Bachchan, playing the role of the chef, realises he’s not always right, when Tabu’s character tells him the right recipe of Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao does have sugar! While at the surface of things, Cheeni Kum may seem like a run of the mill love story, if you look at the subtle nuances, there is a lot more. Attention to detail, the love for one’s country and food which is always cooked in the best possible way, this movie is all things beautiful!
4. English Vinglish
There are so many times when you watch a movie and are surprised by how there are still certain stigmas and principles people follow despite being supremely educated. English Vinglish shows us just that. While the central character (played by Sridevi,) is a mother whose family doesn’t consider her opinions because she doesn’t know English, the movie shows how despite all the pitfalls, the mother still runs her own business! Discovering the fact that she is an entrepreneur (famous for her laddus,) the mother realises knowing English isn’t the most important thing in the world. With food playing the central theme of this particular film, English Vinglish is more than just a mother accepting she can change the ways of her life, but also how food can make even the worst situations right.
5. Ramji Londonwaley
When you see a Tamilian Brahmin working as a chef in London (while living there illegally,) you think you are in for a different story altogether. They say, the way to a man’s heart is through food, but in Ramji Londonwaley, the central character (played by R. Madhavan,) does the exact opposite! He uses food to impress not only the love of his life, but also the people of London, by coming up with the recipe for a sugar free halwa! Not only does this help him win the hearts of the people in London, this also helps the lead win over his lady love. Talk about love through food done right!
6. The Lunchbox
When you think Mumbai, you think lunch boxes, crowded trains and people shuffling to and fro. When you think The Lunchbox, these very same thoughts are brought to life! A misdelivered lunchbox brings to life the story of two unhappy people and a letter which forms a unique love story. Witty repartee, hidden secrets and a strong craving for good food make this story all the more beautiful. With an open ending and a beautiful tale, The Lunchbox is a story of acceptance and finding love.
7. Dawat E Ishq
Love doesn’t just develop with the hope of a happy tummy, but by having the love for something truly good. A girl from Hyderabad, who’s sick of men asking for dowry, tries duping a chef from Lucknow. However, with all the tangdi kebabs and the biryanis, true love blossoms. Like every movie with food as the central theme, Dawat E Ishq also talks about how in every situation, food can fix everything!
When food brings you so much joy, why not share the joy of food while watching movies about food? If you think we missed out on any other movies with food playing a pivotal role in the story, comment and let us know!
Bollywood Actors Who Acted In Web Series
Move over, movies! Bollywood actors have a new platform for expressing their talent: web series! The last two years, especially, saw people from Saif Ali Khan to Nawazuddin Siddiqui going the web series way and boy, are we glad they did! Check out the list here!
1. Saif Ali Khan
The ultimate Nawab of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan, ventured into the world of web series and made it big with his stellar performance in Sacred Games. Playing the role of a cop in this intense drama, Saif Ali Khan put his heart and soul into the role. The performance at the end of the day, more than showed the results, with everyone waiting with bated breath for the new season!
2. Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Another star who made his mark felt in Sacred Games, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was also a class act this particular web series. Playing the role of a mafia, Nawazuddin palyed the character so well, it seemed like it was written especially for him!
3. Radhika Apte
A chilling and horrifying story of a prisoner who arrives at a military interrogation center in a remote area, Ghoul has Radhika Apte playing the lead. As the web series unfolds, one gets an insight into how well Radhika Apte can play serious and demanding roles!
4. Ali Fazal
Ali Fazal, popular for movies like Mirzapur, Victoria & Abdul and Furious 7, more than made his presence felt with his brilliant acting in the web series Bang Baaja Baarat! A story about two people from two different backgrounds, this series shows how despite disparities, people who are meant to fall in love, fall in love!
5. Dia Mirza
While Dia Mirza may have taken a break from the silver screen for a while, her web series, Shockers, is definitely going to shock you! A series of spine chilling stories and tales which will scare the living daylight out of you, this particular series is a treat!
6. Swara Bhaskar
Swara Bhaskar, known for her brilliant performance in Veere Di Wedding, is also famous for her performance in her web series, It’s Not That Simple! Telling the tale of a girl trapped in an unhappy marriage (played by Swara Bhaskar) the series tries to answer the question of what you would do if you had a choice.
Although these actors are brilliant in all the movies they did, watching them make an appearance on the web series screen is quite a treat! What’s your favourite web series? Comment and let us know!
Biopics To Look Forward This Year
If there’s anything Bollywood taught us, it is, if you thought your imagination was quite great, then think again. Biopics as a genre are changing the way people look at those who became great personalities in life and through the years, movies like Sanju and Gold were some of the really well made movies. As the year 2019 progresses, here’s taking a look at some of the most interesting biopics to look forward to this year:
1. Super 30
Returning to the silver screen after a gap of nearly two years, Hrithik Roshan is all set to make a comeback with a biopic based on the life of Anand Kumar, a professor who gave underprivileged students the hope to dream. This Bahl directorial is all set to hit the screens on 26th January, 2019.
Late Gulshan Kumar, now known for founding the game changer of the Bollywood industry, T Series, had a very unglamorous childhood. A man who revolutionised the way Indian music industry functioned in the 1980s, Gulshan Kumar led quite a thrilling life. Mogul maps this man’s journey from the other side of tracks to being one of the most successful people in the country, to being shot outside a temple in Mumbai in the year 1997. This film’s release was originally scheduled for 2018, but due to various issues, the lead, Akshay Kumar, exited the project, causing the release date to be postponed to Christmas 2019.
After the release of all the controversies surrounding the life of Bal Thackeray in the book titled An Ordinary Life: A Memoir, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to play the role of Bal Thackeray in this film based on his life! Tracing the life of Thackeray’s journey from being a cartoonist, to being a politician who changed the face of the political scene in Maharashtra, Thackeray is going to be an eye opener. Initially scheduled to hit the screens in December last year, the film is now expected to hit the screens on Thackeray’s birthday this year!
4. Jhalki, Ek Aur Bachpan
Based on the life of Kailash Satyarthi, a man who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, Jhalki Ek Aur Bachpan will bring to life the story of a girl who is on the hunt of her brother. While Boman Irani plays Kailash in this film, the film also maps the journey of how he saves over 83,000 children, including more than 144 girls! Jhalki, Ek Aur Bachpan is scheduled to hit the screens this year!
With so many biopics releasing this year, picking just one biopic is going to be hard. What movie are you waiting for the most? Comment and let us know!
Top 5 Onscreen Bollywood Pairs In 2019
Although the year 2019 just started, there are a lot of really exciting things happening, especially in the world of Bollywood. From new movies to new pairs, there is a lot of new things happening in the film industry. Check out the list of really cool new onscreen Bollywood pairs to watch out for in 2019!
1. Athiya Shetty and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
While Nawazuddin Siddiqui impressed everyone with his brilliant performances in 2018 with movies like Manto and Thackeray, Athiya Shetty is yet to make her Bollywood debut. The year 2019 not only marks this young lady’s debut in the industry, it also opens the doors to a new lead in the upcoming film Motichoor Chaknachoor. Just like Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s other movies, this one looks to be quite promising as well!
2. Nushrat Bharucha and Rajkummar Rao
Remember how Nushrat Bharucha impressed everyone with her amazing performance in the box office super hit film Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety? While not much was seen of her in the last year, 2019 is going to be different. What makes things so much better is the gorgeous lady will be paired opposite none other than Rajkummar Rao, one of the most talented actors in the industry right now! Nushrat and Rajkummar are going to star together in their first ever film, Turram Khan and although this is the fifth time Rajkummar Rao will be working with director Hansal Mehta, this is going to be Nushrat’s first time with the filmmaker as well!
3. Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor
Both Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor had a really busy 2018. While Sushant Singh Rajput was last seen in Kedarnath (an intense love story set against the Uttarakhand flash floods,) Shraddha Kapoor was last seen in Stree, both box office successes! Now, both the actors are all set to come together with a brand new comedy in the form of Chhichhore. With two superstars and a brand new comedy movie, this pair is going to be exciting to watch on the silver screen!
4. Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani
Kabir Singh is perhaps the most talked about film of 2019. Kabir Singh is the Bollywood remake of Arjun Reddy, the Tollywood blockbuster which broke all records when it released. While Shahid is a star in his own right, Kabir Singh will be the first film, wherein he will play the lead role. Looking at the stupendous success that was Arjun Reddy, it is going to be truly exciting to see how the Bollywood version of this particular movie is going to turn out.
5. Mouni Roy and Rajkummar Rao
When Mouni Roy made her Bollywood debut in Akshay Kumar’s Gold, she took the Bollywood world by storm with her brilliant acting skills. With a host of interesting movies of hers to look forward to this year, one of the most exciting ones to keep a look out for is Made In China, a movie where she’ll be starring opposite Rajkummar Rao. From the looks of all the posters of this film, the two make quite an adorable pair together and it will be exciting to see them come together on the silver screen for the first time ever!
With so many fresh onscreen pairs, Bollywood is going to be filled with a lot of new things this year. Which pair are you looking forward to watching onscreen this year? Comment and let us know!
Top 5 Bollywood Actresses Of 2018
As the year 2018 comes to a close, it is only fitting to take a look at all the great movies and the amazing performances delivered by Bollywood’s actors and actresses during the last year. While the movies were brilliant in every way, what stood out the most were the women who ruled the roost in Bollywood in 2018. Check out the list of the top five Bollywood actresses of 2018 here!
1. Alia Bhatt
When Alia Bhatt made her debut with Karan Johar’s Student of The Year, little did we know the Indian cinema was going to get a new face and a brand new actress with talent to the boot. While this young starlet coming into her own with movies like Highway, Dear Zindagi and 2 States, 2018 saw Alia bloom into a bright new flower with Raazi! Without too much drama and the right amount of attention to detail to the character, everything about Alia’s performance in Raazi was extremely captivating! Definitely one of the finest performances by this lady to date!
2. Deepika Padukone
While Padmaavat was an amazingly well made movie, Deepika Padukone’s acting was brilliant. Playing the role of Rani Padmavati, a queen who goes above and beyond to protect her husband’s and her honour, Deepika Padukone was all grace and perfection. Not many can do justice to a role filled with such intensity and still make a mark on their own. Definitely worth the wait, Deepika Padukone’s acting in this movie was praised for months after the film released.
3. Taapsee Pannu
The year 2018 was Taapsee Pannu’s year. From Mulk to Manmarziyaan, every movie this particular actress was a part of did really, really well! From playing a Hindu lawyer fighting for a Muslim in Mulk, to playing a girl who is coming into her own and finding herself through love in Manmarziyaan, every movie Taapsee was in, showed how amazing an actress she is!
4. Neena Gupta
Although the men in Badhaai Ho had the most lines, Neena Gupta played her character to perfection. While she still played the demure housewife struggling with the idea of having a baby at an old age, Neena Gupta played every role so well, her acting was a treat to watch!
5. Anushka Sharma
Last but not the least, Anushka Sharma surprised everyone by moving away from the normal roles she has played so far. Playing the role of a victim of abuse in an otherwise mediocre movie which was Pari, Anushka Sharma stood strong purely through her acting skills. Definitely one of Anushka’s finer performances to date!
With the year 2019 bringing new faces, it should be interesting to see if the new crop of actresses can outshine this year’s actresses. Who was your favourite actress in 2018? Comment and let us know!
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