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Dulquer Salmaan: Everything You Need To Know

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Dulquer Salmaan, one of the most versatile actors in the Malayalam industry, is taking the world of cinema one film at a time. Apparently, the buck doesn’t stop at just Malayalam films for this particular actor. Not only is he taking the Malayalam industry by a storm, he’s also making a huge splash in the world of Bollywood. Here are a few unknown facts about the latest Bollywood hotty from the world of Mollywood!

1. A filmy background

Dulquer Salmaan belongs to a really filmy background. His father is none other than the great Mammootty! Quite a far ride from Mollywood to Bollywood!

2.  A rider first. 

Before acting, Dulquer’s first and major passion is riding bikes. He began riding bikes the day he turned 16. From then on, there has been no stopping this heartthrob.

3. Business always at his heart 

Dulquer’s been all about making his work talent stick the right way. Armed with a Masters degree in business from Purdue University, the star is first about the work and then pursuing the acting career.

4. Most desirable 

Dulquer is the only Malayalam actor to be listed on the list of the most Desirable men of the country. He ranked 45th in Times Most Desirable Men 2014 and 7th in Chennai. In an online poll conducted by India Times, he was voted as the Most Desirable Man in Kerala.

5. One of the first stars to reject films 

Not many stars reject films at the beginning of their careers. However, from the very word go, Dulquer Salmaan proved to be quite the opposite. Salmaan rejected roles offered to him by several directors from the South, including people like Shyamprasad and N. Linguswamy. No. The reason wasn’t arrogance but the fact that he felt he had a lot to learn about acting before jumping in with both legs!

With so much still to be discovered about one of the hottest new faces in Bollywood, Dulquer Salmaan is clearly here to stay and rule the Bollywood roost!

 

 

 

 

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Bollywood Movies Which Failed When They First Released

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Some Bollywood movies become hits and some fail. However, there are some with brilliant scripts and characters which fail, despite having everything going the right way for them. There are movies which gained recognition long after they hit the screens. Here’s taking a look at the movies which should have been super hits, but failed to make the kind of impact they should have!

1. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

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The failure of this film is a shocker even today. Despite having an impressive star cast (Boman Irani, Naseeruddin Shah, Puri, Ravi Baswani and Pankaj Kapur,) the film just failed to take off when it first released. A story about two photographers and their journey to success, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro just did not get the credit it deserved. Why? Because people in the ’80s just didn’t get satire as a concept, especially when it came in the form of a film! However, after a couple of years, the movie started being noticed by the right audience and people finally started accepting the greatness it was! So much that it eventually became a cult phenomenon!

2. Andaz Apna Apna

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Andaz Apna Apna, despite being such a loved and sought after movie today, just failed to make an impression when it released. Although Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon and Karishma Kapoor gave brilliant performances, the movie just refused to stick. While the targeted audience refused to get the message of the film (friendship always comes over love) at that point, people today absolutely love it. Well, it probably takes a long time to appreciate the intensity of the film and the brilliance of the story.

3. Rocket Singh

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Perhaps the first time Ranbir Kapoor played a Sikh, the failure of Rocket Singh was a massive surprise. With a storyline which was impressive to the very end, this movie showed the struggles and the underbelly of the marketing world to perfection. However, what people didn’t get perhaps was the understated way the movie told the story. While all the actors put out their finest performances, the movie just didn’t do the wonders it was expected to at the box office. However, a few years later, the film finally picked up a fan following, going so far as to winning Ranbir Kapoor an award at the Filmfare!

4. Pyar Ka Punchnama

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Okay, the fact this particular film failed wasn’t an entire surprise. Albeit being filled with certain funny moments and interesting monologues, the movie just failed to stick with the larger audience. Made with six debutants, this film had a lot of hidden innuendos and snide comments against a particular gender. A reason, which perhaps acted as the film’s drawback. However, despite all the negative remarks, this film still managed to get quite a good following years after its release. In fact, people liked it so much, they went ahead and made a second part! Oh, well! Humour is subjective.

5. Swades

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When news about Swades first started doing the rounds, people thought there was no doubt the movie was going to be a success. However, when it eventually released, it barely made a splash. Complete with a star like Shah Rukh Khan playing the lead and a story which was heartwarming to the very end, the reaction Swades received was lukewarm, at best. Telling the story of one man’s dreams of providing electricity to his village, the climax just failed to keep the audience hooked. Thankfully though, good sense prevailed and people finally accepted Swades for all the great things it has to offer, purely because of the content.

6. Rockstar

Another Ranbir Kapoor movie which just didn’t make the cut when it released, Rockstar flopping was quite a surprise. While both Nargis Fakhri and Ranbir Kapoor brought their A games to the table, the movie was just not liked by the audience. One of the reasons which could be attributed to the dislike is the fact, the ending was in no way conducive to the rest of the story. While it may not have done well or appreciated at the time of its release, Rockstar started gaining a cult following and today, it is quite a favourite movie!

There are movies which become instant successes when they release and then there are movies which take time to gain following. This is our list of movies which gained recognition after they hit the screens. What movies do you think should have become successes, but failed instead? Comment and let us know!

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Bollywood Celebrities Who Became Famous Entrepreneurs

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Bollywood celebrities aren’t just about the movies in which they act or the kind of roles they choose. From Shah Rukh Khan, to Kunal Kapoor and to Salman Khan, all these stars have their own ventures which are extremely famous. Here is our list of actors who aren’t just superstars, but super entrepreneurs as well!

1. Shah Rukh Khan

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Shah Rukh Khan, the King of Bollywood, is not just known for kind of movies he does, but also for the entrepreneurial skills he possesses. Known for being Bollywood’s most successful businessman, SRK has a string of businesses, including a production house, Red Chillies Entertainment, and a cricket team, Kolkata Knight Riders, which he co owns with Juhi Chawla. As an entrepreneur, SRK has really put himself on the map of extremely successful businessmen! 

2. Shilpa Shetty

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Although Shilpa Shetty hasn’t been in the news for the movies she does, she has been hitting the headlines for her extremely successful cookbook. Apart from this, she is also one of the owners of the Rajasthan Royals, runs a string of spas (IOSIS in Mumbai,) launched a perfume brand and created an extremely successful fitness DVD! Talk about owning the business world the right way!

3. Preity Zinta

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Preity Zinta is considered to be one of the most successful businesswomen in the industry. Apart from owning the Kings XI Punjab cricket team, Preity Zinta also runs a very successful production house, the PZNZ Production House! Bubbly on screen and business like off screen, this actress made sure whatever she does, she is always successful.

4. Suniel Shetty

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Sunil Shetty, a renowned actor and famous Bollywood personality, has more than just the feather of acting in his cap. Apart from owning a string of extremely successful fitness franchises (Smaaash Shivfit) across Mumbai, he also owns a very successful production house (Popcorn Motion Pictures.) Sunil Shetty also owns several restaurants which specialise in the Udupi cuisine. His business streak doesn’t stop just there. Shetty also owns and develops several real estate projects under his company, S2. With every business being a massive success, Sunil Shetty has more than proven his entrepreneurial skills!

5. Deepika Padukone

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Apart from being extremely vocal about her struggles with depression and from bringing to the fore all the issues that come with being a successful celebrity, Deepika Padukone also runs an organisation for people suffering with mental disorders. Not only did she start a non governmental organisation called The Live Love Laugh Foundation, she also runs an extremely successful clothing line, All About You, which is affordable for people from all economic backgrounds. Through her fashion line as well as her NGO, Deepika Padukone has always worked toward the betterment of the Country’s women!

When our favourite celebrities have a life outside the movie world, you can’t help but be in awe of their success. If you think we missed out on any other celebrity and celebrity businesses, comment and let us know!

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Ranveer Singh’s Best Box Office Hits

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Just a day before Gully Boy, Ranveer Singh’s highly anticipated film, hits the screens, it only stands fit to take a look at his previous hits. While Alia Bhatt and the other cast have performed just as well, Ranveer Singh’s character so far seems to be stealing the show! Here’s taking a look at some of his best box office performers before the movie hits the screens tomorrow!

1. Padmaavat 

Padmaavat, initially titled Padmavati, was one of Ranveer Singh’s best performances to date. Playing the role of a king (Alauddin Khilji) obsessed with Rani Padmavati, Ranveer Singh goes above and beyond with his superb acting skills. It isn’t just us who thinks this. The box office records flat out prove this fact, with Padmaavat raking in a massive income to the tune of Rs. 302.15 crores!

2. Simmba 

Unlike Padmaavat, Simmba was an out and out entertainer. A Rohit Shetty directorial, this film saw Ranveer Singh shine bright like a diamond, in the role of a cop. Ranked among the top ten highest grossest opening films and also marking Rohit Shetty’s 8th time in the 100 crore club, Simmba was a Ranveer Singh film all the way through. Breaking more than one record at the box office, this film cemented Ranveer Singh in the field of the era of top ten actors! Simmba went on to earn a whopping Rs. 240.2 crores at the box office post its release! 

3. Bajirao Mastani 

With Sanjay Leela Bhansali directing this periodic drama and Ranveer Singh playing the role of the Maratha warrior Bajirao, one can’t but expect this film to be brilliant. A commercial and critical success in every way possible, it is now extremely hard to imagine anyone else playing the role of Bajirao the way Ranveer Singh did! Earning Rs. 184.2 crores at the box office, this was perhaps one of the most captivating performances given by Ranveer Singh.

4. Ladies Versus Ricky Bahl 

An adaption of John Tucker Must Die, Ladies Versus Ricky Bahl sees the original Ranveer Singh come alive. Playing the ultimate con man gone good, Singh perform this role to perfection. Can’t imagine anyone else playing this role, right? Neither can we! While the film didn’t do extraordinarily well on the first day, Ladies Versus Ricky Bahl still earned more than expected with its collection of Rs. 80 crores.

5. Dil Dhadakne Do 

A movie about an heir trying to figure out his way in life through all the money and drama, Dil Dhadakne Do sees Ranveer Singh in one of his most sober roles yet. Opening to a collection of Rs. 10.53 crores, the film went on to do really well at the box office with a final collection of Rs. 76.88 crores! Not bad at all.

6. Band Baaja Baaraat

Band Baaja Baaraat, Ranveer Singh’s foray into the world of Bollywood, saw the actor break all records right away. From the very moment he starts jumping, dancing and acting on the screen, there was absolutely no shadow of a doubt that Singh was a star in the making. Running a little shy of entering the coveted 100 crores club (by earning Rs. 96 crores,) this movie was a Ranveer Singh masterpiece all the way through!

With Gully Boy all set to release tomorrow, one can’t wait to see how the movie is going to turn out. If you think we missed out on some other successes by the superstar, comment and let us know!

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Bollywood Celebrities Who Have Fought For Social Causes

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With great success comes great responsibility. Bollywood celebrities in our Country are revered and are treated with a great deal of respect and everything they do, is looked at with a magnifying glass. From what these celebrities do in their personal lives to the kind of causes they support, everything they do is a source of inspiration. Here’s taking a look at the different causes our favourite celebrities promote not just on the screen, but in real life as well!

1. Shabana Azmi

While Shabana Azmi may have been one of the most talented actresses of her time, the star has used all her years of fandom to promote gender equality and reduce discrimination against the girl child. In the year 1989, Azmi walked for four days from Meerut to Delhi for promoting communal harmony. By being made the brand ambassador of SAARC Goodwill Ambassadors, Shabana Azmi has constantly worked to not only empower the girl child, but also to reduce the stigma around HIV/AIDS.

2. Abhay Deol

For a while now, Abhay Deol has been one of the most vocal actors in the Bollywood industry. Calling out the things he considered the norm and expected from people, Abhay Deol has always called people out for all the things that are wrong in the industry. From slamming people who endorse fairness products, to letting people know it is okay to be natural and true to yourself, Abhay Deol has ensured time and time again the standards of beauty according to the world of Bollywood aren’t followed by people. In fact, a while ago, the actor went on a serious rant on social media and spoke about all the multiple evils which advertisements promote, especially when it comes to denouncing beauty in its natural forms.

3. Priyanka Chopra 

An internationally loved and nationally acclaimed actress, Priyanka Chopra has never shied away from making her point known or felt. Apart from being part of various campaigns and charities, PC is also the brand ambassador of NDTV’s Greenathon (a non governmental organisation [NGO] which supports the betterment of the rural world.) From being the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF, to collaborating with various social media organisations and to advocating health, safety and education being the birthright of girls, Priyanka Chopra always stands for every cause in which she believes. As an actress with a presence not just in India but all over the world, PC has turned fame around to her favour, ensuring that when she talks, people sit up and listen!

4. Rahul Bose

A man who stands apart from the conventional stream of actors, Rahul Bose became famous not just for his acting skills, but for his social work as well. Apart from being the first Indian celebrities to become the face of Oxfam Global in 2007, he was also among the first few to start his own NGO called the Foundation. Created for improving the lives and educating the children in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bose’s foundation has become an inspirational one to many others. A true fighter for creating a better tomorrow, Rahul Bose has also been a part of Akshara Centre, Breakthrough, Citizens of Justice and Peace and the Teach for India movement. A vocal supporter of the Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao movement, Bose dedicated the massive fan following he has to improve the condition of girls all over the Country!

5. Kalki Koechlin

Time and time again, Kalki Koechlin has been a strong advocator of equal rights, prevention of gender violence and educating the girl child. Partnering with V.J. Pandey, Kalki worked on a satirical video called “It’s Your Fault,” where the two took a different stance on how a rape victim feels and the kind of trauma the survivor goes through. Using all platforms available to her, Kalki makes sure her voice is heard time and time again, ensuring people stand up and take notice of what she has to say. In fact, Kalki used the India Today Conclave (2017) to perform a one woman show about abuse against women.

6. Nandita Das

An actor and director, Nandita Das has more than one credit to her name. From the kind of films she picks, to the kinds of stories she writes and directs, a number of Nandita’s choices (both on the personal and professional front) have been towards improving the society. From creating Leapfrog (an advertising agency which makes socially relevant films,) to being the forebringer of change with the kind of movies she makes (Water and Earth, to name a few,) Nandita Das is a true inspiration.

7. Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza is perhaps one of the most socially active and forward actresses in the Bollywood world. By being the face of a host of organizations (PETA, CRY and the NDTV Greenathon,) Dia Mirza makes sure everything she does is to help improve the world around her. Not only that, she also adopted two cheetah cubs at the Prince of Wales Zoological Park in Lucknow! Appointed as the brand ambassador of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI,) Dia Mirza has made it her life’s mission to reduce the stigma around HIV/AIDS and in making the world a better place one cause at a time. Talk about being socially conscious!

8. Akshay Kumar

The original Khiladi of Bollywood more than proved he is a man who cares about his Country. Apart from donating Rs. 90 lakhs to more than 180 families who lost a member to suicide, Akshay Kumar also started a martial arts training institute purely for women to learn skills to protect and defend themselves. Furthermore, the actor also donated Rs. 15 lakhs to more than thirty widows and promised to donate the same amount every five months!

While playing the role of heroes in Bollywood movies may seem like an easy task, seeing these actors play real life heroes is heartwarming. If you think we missed out on any other celebrities like these, comment and let us know!

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Biopics To Look Forward This Year

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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.

2. Mogul

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.

3. Thackeray

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!

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