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Top Contender for Best Actor Award 2012?

It’s said by some people that ‘Talaash’ distributors want the exhibitors to book their film for minimum two weeks, thus blocking ‘Khiladi 786’. At the minimum, how many screens you think shall be given to ‘Khiladi 786’? – Samir Rathod Such talks have become as common as the ones that used to happen a few years ago around revenue sharing and then about big ticket clashes. ‘Khiladi 786’ is not suffering due to any mandate and would be getting as much screens, both in single screens as well as multiplexes, as a top Akshay Kumar film deserves and gets.

Can Madhuri make a successful comeback with Dedh Ishqiya?

In the 2nd part, film critic and trade analyst Joginder Tuteja answers 5 more questions from our readers. (This article was scheduled to be published yesterday. The delay was due to technical issues) Can you rank the following biggies in order of their hotness in trade – Dhoom 3 , Dabangg 2, Krrish 3, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2, Chennai Express? – Javneet We are talking about films, each of which is coming with a potential of comfortably crossing the 200 crores mark just in India. To be fair to these films, they don’t deserve a ranking, at least as of now when even a single frame of any of these hasn’t been revealed yet! Salman is doing the movies of same genre after ‘Wanted’. Before ‘Wanted’, he tasted failure in many films. Do you think that doing movies of the same genre for a long time would really help Salman prove himself as a good as well as a versatile actor? Will his success last longer if he continues to do the same type of films with no stories but only action? Remember, Akshay couldn’t sustain the success of his comedy films for too long. – Bipin Ghimire You are right on many counts, including the part about similar genre. Yes, Salman has been making films in the same genre. However it would be wrong to say that his films have ‘no story and only action’. No film can work like that. Having said that, this is a phase which Salman is enjoying but for continued success, he would be switching modes in a couple of years time. As for comedies not working for Akshay, if that was the case then ‘Housefull 2’ wouldn’t have turned out to be a much needed superhit for him. If his interim films failed, it was due to various other reasons and not due to comedies being repeated. Will Madhuri Dixit be able to make a successful comeback with ‘Gulaab Gang’ and ‘Dedh Ishqiya’? What are their prospects? – Rohan No one can predict with utmost certainity around a comeback film turning into a successful or not without seeing a frame of it. Who would have thought that Amitabh Bachchan’s comeback film ‘Mrityudaata’ would be a disaster? Or for that matter Sridevi’s ‘English Vinglish’ would be a hit? Or Karisma Kapoor’s ‘Dangerous Ishhq’ turning out to be a huge flop? Coming to Madhuri’s upcoming films, ‘Desh Ishqiya’ would benefit from the fact that ‘Ishqiya’ was a much liked film and has a good recall value. Do you think ‘Ghanchakkar’ will be Emraan Hashmi’s first 100 crore movie? Will it be Emraan’s next after Rush? – Sajid After Paresh Rawal ensuring a 80 crores plus collections for ‘OMG! Oh My God’ (and still counting), anything is possible provided there is some cast of repute and the overall package is good. Emraan and Vidya’s last, ‘The Dirty Picture’, had crossed the 80 crores mark as well. With the director of ‘No One Killed Jessica’ (Raj Kumar Gupta) attempting a comedy with the duo, 100 crores is a possibility. However before that, ‘Ek Thi Daayan’ would hit the screens. Out of the three Khans (Salman, Shahrukh, Aamir), which one according to you has been the most consistent in last 20 years as per box office results? – Gaurav Handa This one is actually a no-brainer. It is simple – Shahrukh Khan! Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder You can ask Joginder a question – just fill the form below. Please don’t ask him about the screen count of Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardar. We’ve received the same question more than 500 times over the last two weeks. Simple answer – no one knows! If your question is selected, it will be answered next Sunday or Monday. [contact-form-7 id=”40462″ title=”Ask Joginder”]

How important is Jab Tak Hai Jaan for SRK? Joginder answers

In Part 2 of ‘Joginder answers’, film critic and trade analyst Joginder Tuteja answers a few more questions. 1. How important is ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ for Shahrukh Khan’s career as his last 3 films have not done too well at the box office (although MNIK, Ra.One and Don 2 are blockbusters overseas) whereas Salman Khan is ruling today? – Gaurav Handa Yes, Salman Khan is ruling today but that has no bearing on Shahrukh Khan or for that matter Akshay Kumar or Aamir Khan, all of whom can deliver a humungous opening for their films consistently. Coming to your main question, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ is as important for Shahrukh Khan as a biggie would be for any other superstar. However, the film has to do quite well critically as well as commercially for him; not from the perspective of him maintaining his superstar status but getting an entire perception shift that seems to have crept in during last year or so. Otherwise the three films that you mention have all seen very good initial footfalls (while Don 2 and My Name Is Khan hung on as well) that are a clear indication of audience still rooting for him. Still, the perception game has to definitely change. 2. What are the box office prospects of Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Shootout At Wadala’ and ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2’? – Saurabh Mishra Both films are super-hot in trade, industry and of course audience. ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2’ is all set to get a very good head start due to the brand value as well as the fact that it is a much loved film amongst the masses. Moreover, Akshay Kumar’s presence adds further weight to the film due to which it should take a record opening for an Ekta Kapoor production. On the other hand ‘Shootout At Wadala’ is also gaining steam. As per insiders who have had a dekko at the film, Sanjay Gupta is all set for a stunning comeback. Both films would most definitely enable Ekta Kapoor’s entry into the 100 crore club. 3. What are your box office predictions for Emraan Hashmi’s ‘Rush’? Do you think it will make more than 50 crore? – Huzaifa Zafar 50 crore is quite tough and I am sure even the makers won’t be setting huge targets. The film is arriving one week after ‘Student of the Year’, facing some level of competition from ‘Ajab Gazabb Love’ and ‘Chakravyuh’ and post that would face immediate challenge from ‘Skyfall’ (at multiplexes) and ‘1920 – Evil Returns’ (at single screens). Anything above 30 crores should be a satisfying total for all involved. 4. What was the reason for failure of Salman Khan before ‘Wanted’? How could he come back strongly after that? – Prabesh Rai Watch Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Luck By Chance’ and you would get the answer. Superstars like Salman Khan don’t have continued failure for a long stretch, they just have bad phases and in Salman’s case, the biggest culprit was the ‘perception’ factor more than anything else. His personal issues were plaguing his fan following while health issues were not allowing him to ‘look’ like a superstar (the ‘Yuvvraaj’ phase). This is where the comeback came into picture which falls into a ‘luck by chance’ category. Remember that ‘Wanted’ was a delayed film and had its own challenges to be completed. Even Salman’s look had a continuity problem. However targeted marketing did the trick for him and once the film was accepted by masses, he grabbed the opportunity and went on to sign many films in the same genre. 5. According to you which movie will collect more at the box office Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Talaash or Dabangg 2? – Saddam While ‘Dabangg 2’ is all set to be the biggest of them all, as of now ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ is a better bet over ‘Talaash’. Reason being that Salman starrer is an accepted brand while Yash Chopra-Shahrukh Khan combination is huge. On the other hand ‘Talaash’ appears to be a good film though for a suspense thriller, it becomes tough to score as much as a family film or a ‘masala’ action affair. It would be huge though for sure and between the three of them, the trio of Khans would be delivering some solid money-spinners. You can ask Joginder a question – just fill the form below. If your question is selected, it will be answered next Sunday by film critic and trade analyst Joginder Tuteja. [contact-form-7 id=”40462″ title=”Ask Joginder”]

Biggest hit of 2012? Joginder Tuteja answers

Film critic and trade analyst Joginder Tuteja answers a few questions from Indicine readers. More questions like “How important is Jab Tak Hai Jaan for Shahrukh Khan”, Box office predictions for Emraan Hashmi’s Rush and prospects of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai 2 and Dabangg 2 will be answered tomorrow. Stay tuned. 1. If you had to predict which movie would be the biggest hit of the year, what would be your Top 5? Also by hit, do you mean the biggest grosser of the year or the film with the highest profitability? – Lisa

Can Talaash – Khiladi 786 cross 100 crores? Joginder answers!

In what will be a weekly feature, Joginder Tuteja answers some questions from our readers. 1. Don’t you think that opening day and weekend for Kareena Kapoor’s ‘Heroine’  is highest for a women centric film? In ‘The Dirty Picture’, there was so much of skin show while Emraan Hashmi was the hero who is darling of masses – (Daljeet Panesar)

Will Barfi work for Ranbir Kapoor?

Article by Film critic and trade analyst Joginder Tuteja You can’t catch him in a regular film where he simply serenades his girl, fights off the baddies and then walks away in the sunset. You won’t find him in remakes either, something which is considered to be a safe formula at the box office and that too for all the right reasons. However pick up some of the most experimental films being made in the

The Next Bollywood Superstar – Do we have a succession plan?

In Indian cricket, the question that was asked for years was ‘who would replace the Big 3 (Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman). In a few years from now, Bollywood too could find themselves in a situation, where there could be a lack of ‘bankable stars’. Well known trade analyst and film critic Joginder Tuteja questions if Bollywood has a ‘succession plan’ in place. Rahul Dravid just made a gracious exit from Indian cricket. VVS Laxman didn’t take much time to hang up his boots either. And suddenly there seems to be this huge question in Indian cricket – ‘Do we have a succession plan?’