Shubh Mangal Savdhan rakes in 33 Crore at the box office

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, released on September 1, has garnered adoration and love from moviegoers. Its steady run at the box office has not been influenced by the new releases a week ago, Poster Boys and Daddy. On Tuesday, it earned Rs 1.02 crore, which conveys its aggregate collection to Rs 33.92 crore.

On its second end of the week, the motion picture governed the movies and managed to mint Rs 7.83 crore. In spite of being a small budgeted project, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan has earned good cash till now and has just been announced a hit.

RS Prasanna’s motion picture opened to positive surveys from both film critics and crowds.

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan spins around the lives of Mudit (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar), who are going to get hitched. Their lives flip around when Mudit understands that he is experiencing erectile dysfunctionality, days before their wedding. What takes after is a silly story of how the couple deals with their unexpected issue.

RS Prasanna’s motion picture is a Hindi redo of the 2013 Tamil hit, Kalyana Samayal Saadham and stars the much-cherished jodi of Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar in lead parts. The jodi had already highlighted together is another crowd pleaser, Dum Laga Ke Haisha.

Sources: Business Today NDTV

Priyanka speaks for girl empowerment at UN Global Goals Awards

A UN Goodwill Ambassador and actor Priyanka Chopra spoke about girl child rights and empowerment at the UN Global Goals Awards in New York. In the event, Chopra presented the Leadership Award to Ria Sharma, the founder of Make Love Not Scars MLNS) group that works in supporting acid attack victims. While presenting the award to Sharma, the goodwill ambassador shared the advocacy of the MLNS group has ensured a Supreme Court verdict in favour of free treatment for acid victims.

According to the Times of India, Priyanka said,“Ria founded Make Love Not Scars (MLNS), which is an organization that actively supports survivors of acid attacks physically and mentally, and campaigns to raise awareness of the issue’. Ria’s efforts are contributing to change the lives of many women who have survived acid attacks,”

The 35-year-old National Award winner also met the youngest UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Muzoon Al-Mellehan, a Syrian activist and refugee working towards education for Syrian girls.

The event was an august gathering of world leaders from the fields of non-profits, business, media and the UN aimed at accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals for girls and empowering them.

Sources: HT, TOI

Hulu wins big at 2017 Emmys; leaves Netflix behind

Netflix pullsin a lot of nominations every year, but it was Hulu that took most of the awards at the 69th Emmy awards. Hulu, a joint venture by Walt Disney, 21st Century Fox Inc, Comcast Corp and Time Warner Inc, won 5 Emmys on Sunday, September 17.

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Hulu’s premier series got 18 nominations and it won three main awards. Elisabeth Moss got the lead actress award, while Ann Dowd won for supporting actress and Reed Morano bagged the best direction in drama series.

The series is based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel. This award made Hulu the first streaming service to win the Emmys.

This year Netflix got 91 nominations, but did not take home an award in the main category.

Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ won awards for supporting actor role along with an outstanding TV movie award and outstanding writing for a limited series, movie, or dramatic special. John Lithgow won the supporting actor award for his role as Winston Churchill and Black Mirror: San Junipero grabbed the other award.

According to ComScore analyst Paul Dergarabedian, even though there is no relation between Emmy awards and the success of the network, Hulu will surely gain the recognition.

Sources: Business Insider, Marketwatch.com

Fire breaks out at RK Studios

RK Films and Studios in Chembur found by legendary Raj Kapoor blazed in flames on the set of a dance reality show on Saturday afternoon.

The conflagration at the 70 year old studio came under control after 5 water tanker and 6 fire tenders and ambulances rushed to the spot to control the flames. No causality or injuries have been reported as the shoot was not happening on the sets.

The fire burnt the sets of Sony Entertainment Television channel show “Super Dancer Season 2”. The set was used last week and the next shoot was scheduled on September 29-30.

Rishi Kapoor, son of Raj Kapoor expressed his grief by tweeting, “Sad. A major fire broke out at R.K. Studios. We have lost the iconic Stage 1. Thankfully no casualties, nor injuries. All your concerns appreciated.”

The set has given many movies to Bollywood under the R K Banner. The most famous are ‘Aag’, ‘Mera Naam Joker’, ‘Shri 420’, ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’, ‘ Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ and many others. The last one by the efforts of Rishi Kapoor was ‘Aa Ab Laut Chalen’.

Sources: Scroll, DNA

Oriflame’s new brand ambassador: Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin becomes the new brand ambassador of Oriflame India, a Swedish beauty brand. She will launch the campaign, ‘A Beautiful Change.’

Kalki who has broken the stereotypical image of Indian women not just through her posts and videos but also through her acting, fits perfectly for this campaign as it aims to bring a change in the world. Oriflame too emphasizes on the idea as it manufactures products without harming the environment.

Outlook India reported Sergei Kanashin, Oriflame’s Head of South Asia & MD India saying, “While our products bring beauty and wellbeing into the lives of consumers, they are also manufactured in a way that they don’t harm nature and the environment. We welcome Kalki in the Oriflame family and we look forward to a fruitful association with her.”

Oriflame purchases GreenpPalm credits for 100% palm oil usage.  Adding to this initiative, Oriflame also aims to reduce 50% carbon emissions by 2020. Paper packaging is another step towards environmental friendliness.

Oriflame through its employment chain makes a global community, which directly or indirectly promotes the women, specially housewives for progress, passion and success. Kalki Koechlin is the perfect face for Oriflame to take forward its message of empowerment and sustainability.

News Source: Outlook, Indian Express

Image Source: ANI

Sony’s controversial soap ‘Pehredaar Piya ki’ taken off air

In a rather shocking move for its cast and crew, Sony’s most controversial daily soap- Pehredaar Piya Ki- was taken off air with effect from 28th August 2017. This is probably the first time that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has asked a show to be taken off the air, a decision taken by incumbent Minister Smriti Irani.

Since its inception about a month back, the show received huge flak and criticism from audiences because of its theme. The show revolved around a 10-year-old boy who gets married to an 18-year-old girl. The wedding was not for love nor any compromise, but only because the girl had promised the boy’s dying father to be his lifelong pehredaar (protector).

People had signed a petition citing the ill-effects of the show having on the society and urged for its ban.

The petition sent to Smriti Irani said, “Pehredar piya ki. A 10-year-old impressionable little kid(“piyaa”) caressing and stalking a lady who’s more than double his age and filling sindoor in her “maang” is being telecasted at prime time 8:30pm on Sony. (Family time) It is to be devoured by the entire Nation. Imagine the kind of influence it will steadily and perpetually infuse in the viewers mindset. We want a ban on the serial. We do not want our kids to be influenced by such TV serials. Join us in signing the petition to ban this serial.”

However, the producers of the show, Shashi and Sumeet Mittal remained defensive on it. They claimed that most people who signed the petition have no clue about the show. They were just being judgmental about the theme. Shashi and Sumeet added that they haven’t shown anything objectionable in the serial and that they know the boundaries.

Ironically, one of the ‘offensive’ scenes was that of the ‘suhagraat’ between the couple.

In a move of compromise, the Broadcasting Content Complaint Council (BCCC) had ordered the show to shift to a later slot and run a disclaimer scroll during the show stating that it doesn’t promote child marriage. Although the channel agreed to the terms and shifted it to 10:30 pm, this sudden notice to it off air came as a shock to all.

Sources: Indian Express and Hindustan Times

Google Doodle celebrates the 118th birthday of cinematographer, James Wong Howe!

28 August, 2017, marked the 118th birthday of James Wong Howe, a Chinese-American cinematographer. Honouring him, Google dedicated a Google doodle to him. They were celebrating Wong’s innovative camera work by using an oil painting canvas and dramatic lighting for the doodle.

James immigrated to America at the age of five. He began his career as a boxer. Later on, he moved to San Francisco Bay area to try his luck at aviation. It became extremely difficult for him to fund his career which forced him to take up odd jobs. One of which required working as a delivery boy for a photographer, thus introducing him to photography.

Howe did a few low-level jobs for cinematographers before being assigned the job of a clapper boy on the sets of The Little American. After being noticed by the film’s director, he was launched as a camera assistant. Since then, James Wong Howe has only moved forward. He was known for capturing minimal camera movements to express and highlight emotions in a scene. Howe accidentally discovered how dark backdrops could be used to create colour distinctions in a black and white film. He is widely recognised for using unique techniques to enhance his work. He passed away on July 12, 1976.

James faced racial discrimination. However, despite all the obstacles, he retired with two Oscars for; “The Rose Tattoo” and “The Hud”. In a survey by the International Cinematographer’s Guild, James was judged to be one among history’s top ten cinematographers.

Sources: The Indian Express, NDTV