Dirty Picture makes a clean sweep at the box office!

Vidya Balan’s stellar performance in Ekta Kapoor’s The Dirty Picture has received an overwhelming response in its opening week. The film is reported to have earned above a net Rs 30 crore at the domestic box office in the first three days of its release.

 

Eminent film distributor and exhibitor Akshaye Rathi says, “The response and frenzy is overwhelming at our theatres. The opening day’s collections of The Dirty Picture matched the collections of some of the biggest films in recent times. The huge response at the box office reinforces the fact that the biggest hero in films is hardcore commercial content, backed by good distribution strategies.”

Celebrity publicist Dale Bhagwagar points out, “Apart from the making and performances, a lot of credit for the mind-blowing opening of The Dirty Picture goes to the aggressive manner in which Ekta Kapoor promoted the film. Even the eye-popping publicity stills and poster designs by Marching Ants majorly contributed to all the hype and hoopla. The way this film has kick-started, I wont be surprised if it makes it to the list of top ten grossers of 2011 and bags a lot of awards for Vidya Balan.”

 

Directed by Milan Luthria, The Dirty Picture is an unofficial biopic of Southern sex symbol Silk Smitha. Apart from Vidya and Emraan, it features Naseeruddin Shah and Tusshar Kapoor in key roles and recreates the era of the 1980s Southern film industry and its workings.

In recent times, a series of Bollywood films such as Mahesh Bhatt’s Murder 2, Aamir Khan’s Delhi Belly and now Ekta Kapoor’s The Dirty Picture, which have been awarded the ‘A’ certificate by the Censor Board, have turned out to be huge money spinners. What can we say, but here’s wishing the youth a lot of dirty fun at the cinemas!

 

STOP PRESS: Protesters burn Emraam Hashmi’s effigy!

Protesters from a local gymnasium blackened actor Emraan Hashmi’s face on the posters of his latest film ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’ and burnt his effigy, this week.

A group of gym instructors took the management of the Smruti Cinema in Nagpur city by surprise, when they barged into the theatre premises and began blackening Emraan’s face on the posters of the recently released romantic comedy, directed by the award-winning Madhur Bhandarkar. It took the bystanders and the management a while to realize that they were upset about the portrayal of the actor’s character as a gym instructor in the movie.

“The protesters claimed that Emraan was shown in bad light and that his portions should be deleted,” informed the theatre’s owner Akshaye Rathi, who refused to relent to their demands, even as they resorted to violence, pulling down posters and burning them along with an effigy of Emraan Hashmi.

This fierce form of protest was surprising, as the actor has been popular in the region and many of his films have fared well in central India territories in the recent past. It can be noted that a few months ago, Emraan had enjoyed a massive fan following at the same theatre, when he visited it to promote his movie ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’.

Big B, John, Neetu among top 10 voice bloggers

According to monthly rankings of celebrities on ‘mobile social media’, Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham and Neetu Chandra have featured among the top ten voice bloggers of the country.

“Voice blogging is not only a fantastic concept but a unique opportunity for actors to directly connect with their audiences. When I began, I had no idea it would be so much fun and such a huge success. Now sometimes, I even reveal little secrets about my life and career on my voice blog,” says an elated Neetu Chandra.

 

The other names in the top ten category include Sonu Nigam, Lara Dutta, R.Madhavan, Ravi Kishan and Harbhajan Singh. Closely following the top ten names, are celebrities like Priyanka Chopra (a new entrant to the concept), Emraan Hashmi and Riya Sen.

 

The results are based on Bubble Motion’s voice blogger rankings and showcase India’s most popular voice bloggers based on their number of followers across top of the line service providers like Reliance Communications and Bharti Airtel.

 

To follow a voice blogger, fans dial a short code on their mobile phone and pay a monthly subscription fee. They are notified by SMS whenever a voice update is recorded by the bloggers they’re following.

Mashhoor gets a ‘golden’ gift from Mohit Suri

So pleased was director Mohit Suri with Mashhoor Amrohi’s performance as the comic relief Goldie in Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Crook’, that he has gifted the Kamaal Amrohi grandson a Breitling gold watch worth Rs 7 lakh.

Mashhoor, who started off in Bollywood, playing the romantic lead in his home production ‘Humsey Hai Jahaan’, enacted the role of Emraan Hashmi’s best friend; a jovial Punjabi bloke in ‘Crook’. “Mashhoor’s evolved as an actor from his first film,” says Mohit. The director adds, “I loved his timing and flair for comedy. Since he surpassed my expectations playing the character of Goldie, I decided to surprise him with a token of appreciation.”

Mashhoor is so kicked about the golden watch, that he’s been showing it off to all and sundry. Wonder how the film’s hero Emraan is going to feel when he learns about Mohit’s super-expensive ‘golden’ gift to Mashhoor!