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WAR: ‘Thankfully, we were side by side and not facing each other,’ Tiger Shroff opens up on the first day with his mentor Hrithik Roshan

WAR is shattering all records at the Indian box office. Everyone who has seen the Tiger Shroff – Hrithik Roshan action drama is raving about the spectacular fight sequences and chemistry between the two hunks. In an EXCLUSIVE chat with BollywoodLife, Tiger Shroff said, “I was so nervous on the first day. I was shaking in my knees. Thankfully, we were side by side and not facing one another. Since we were not seeing each other directly, I could give the shot confidently.” We also told Tiger that Hrithik Roshan has spoken about how particular he was about getting everything right as he feels that the Baaghi actor is quite exceptional. “He is just doing natak. He is a very good actor. Whatever I have done or achieved is because I am inspired by him. I have to thank him for what I have achieved.”

Unlike his contemporaries, Tiger Shroff is the only one who has a market in a definite space. “I am blessed that people have accepted me as an action hero. There is so much competition so how does one stand out. The action hero tag has given me an identity. I am very thankful to the audience,” he says. Talking further about the experience of working with his idol, Hrithik Roshan, Tiger gushes, “For me there was no bigger high than when I would see my shots on the monitor and he did say something nice or give a feedback. That is my most precious memory and takeaway from WAR. Growing up, you idolise someone, then you get a chance to work with him and he appreciates you. There is no bigger high than that.”

When we asked Tiger Shroff about the comparisons to Saaho, another action extravaganza that released, he says that he did not get a chance to watch the film. He also told us that he would definitely like to do an action film with Prabhas Sir. As it is observed, many people love action stars of the West but have complaints with desi ones. Tiger Shroff’s acting skills even in action flicks have been under the scanner. Does that bother him? “It does. I mean what action heroes do, very few people can. It is not just about action but the emotions and expression behind the action. It is a loud form of expression. Doing that plus performing is not the easiest of tasks. I feel it is a misconception,” states the actor. He also reveals how the team of WAR started cheering as Hrithik Roshan and Tiger began shooting for the hit, Jai Jai Shiv Shankar. “We were so involved with the choreography that we did not realise that we were in the same frame,” he says. The film is made by Siddharth Anand of Salaam Namaste fame!

Batti Gul Meter Chalu box office collection Day 1: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha’s film opens with Rs 6.76 cr

Batti Gul Meter Chalu, despite featuring a prominent cast comprising Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam, had a slow start at the box office, earning Rs 6.76 crores on its opening day.

Shraddha Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor in a still from Batti Gul Meter Chalu

The film released alongside Manto, Saamy Square and The Equalizer 2. Trade analyst Girish Johar had predicted that the film would be able to amass Rs 5.5 crores on its first day. “Desi stories always connect well with people. Also, a social issue relating to a common man’s fight against power distribution companies will pull audiences to cinema halls,” Johar had told The Indian Express in a statement, adding that a combination of good cast and director increases the possibility of a positive box office outcome. Meanwhile, Shraddha’s other release, Amar Kaushik’s Stree where the actress features alongside Rajkummar Rao, has been steady at the box office, even after three weeks of its release.

Akshay Kumar’s Republic Day idea: An app to help families of martyred soldiers

It was in October 2016 that Akshay Kumar had  posted a message in support of jawans an their families, post-Uri attack. While public discourse had been taken over by the issue of whether or not cultural relations with Pakistan should be boycotted (most stridently, in the demand for the ouster of Pakistani artistes from the country), Akshay posted a video on social media that asked people to focus on the real issue: providing succour to the families of those soldiers whose lives had been lost in the terror strike at Uri.

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Now, in the run-up to Republic Day 2017, Akshay has put out another video that indicates he wishes to walk the talk. The Rustom actor has proposed the creation of a mobile app and website that can help in delivering much-needed financial aid to the families of martyred Indian soldiers. The app will allow donors to directly pay an amount of their choice into the verified bank account of the departed soldier’s next of kin.

Akshay began his video message with a disclaimer: “This idea is directly from my heart. May be it is useless or can be a big hit.”

He then explained his concept:

“I think that our country should have a website or a mobile app which directly connects the kin of martyred soldiers and the people who want to extend help to them. This website will host a list of the names of the martyrs, along with the bank account numbers of their close ones — mother, father or wife. And if someone wants to help that jawan’s family financially, they can directly make a contribution into their accounts. That account number will be deleted once the total deposited money accounts to Rs 15 lakh. By this, family members of the martyred soldiers can directly use that money.”

Kaabil box office collection: Hrithik starrer earns Rs 10.43 cr on Day 1

The stakes were high for Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil, when it opened in theatres across the world on Wednesday, 25 January.

Hrithik Roshan in 'Kaabil'

Not only is this a home production for the Roshans, it was also a chance for both director Sanjay Gupta (whose last film Jazbaa was not a success) and Hrithik (who had a box office debacle in Mohenjo Daro on his hands in 2016) to redeem themselves.

To complicate matters further, there was the high-profile clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s mass entertainer Raees that was bound to eat into the business Kaabil expected to do.

On opening day, Raees raced ahead  with a Rs 21 crore opening — as expected for the SRK starrer.

On the other hand, Kaabil scored a Rs 10.43 crore box office collection on Day 1.

An official statement released by the Kaabil team read: “Kaabil opened to 40 percent theatre share in multiplexes as well as a smaller share of the single screens yesterday. It collected Rs 10.43 crore on Day One… The film is expected to grow exponentially over the Republic Day weekend on the strength of the positive audience reactions.”

Trade website Bollywood Hungama reported that Kaabil‘s Rs 10+ crore opening has made it among Hrithik’s top-five day one earners, providing these figures for his films and their respective day 1 box office collections:

Bang Bang: Rs 27.54 crore

Agneepath: Rs 23 crore

Krrish 3: Rs 19 crore

Kaabil: Rs 10.43 crore

Kites: Rs 10 crore

Mohenjo Daro: Rs. 8.87 crore

As with Raees, the Republic Day public holiday and subsequent weekend will prove to be crucial for Kaabil‘s business as well.

England vs Australia, first One Day International

One day at a time

Morning everyone.

With the Ashes safely returned and a Twenty20 obligation taken care off, it’s time for a healthy dose of cricketing dessert. Today is the first of five one day internationals between England and Australia and Rob Bagchi will be here from 13:00 to talk you through every ball.

In the meantime, here’s Scyld Berry on new white ball rules, and how England hope to build on stunning progress in this form of the game:

England’s white-ball cricket has been poor by global standards for the past quarter of a century, and they have lost nine of their past 10 one-day internationals against Australia, who are the World Cup holders and No1 in the ODI rankings. However, England’s young bucks and buccaneers are so promising that they can win the one-day series against Australia, which starts on Thursday afternoon in Southampton.

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“We’re at a completely different phase in our development with our team and our squad compared to Australia,” Eoin Morgan, the captain, said, “so it’s certainly going to be a good test.” But he was, for once, being defensive: England beat New Zealand 3-2 in June and are improving rapidly, while Australia are short of batting in the absence of Aaron Finch and James Faulkner.

Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Pattinson enjoy net practice at the Ageas Bowl

Batting first on a belter, in daylight, will be a considerable advantage for the side winning the toss: England have lost their past three ODIs when chasing at the Ageas Bowl. But in the course of this five-match series – two of which are at Old Trafford – England can follow up their Ashes triumph by winning the one-day series, rather than losing anti-climactically, as they did in 2013 and 2009.

If it is the dawn of a new era for England’s 50-over team, it is also for the ODI format. So many runs were scored in the last 10 overs of one-day internationals in the World Cup – except by England, of course – that the International Cricket Council has changed the rules to give bowlers a chance, and today’s game at the Ageas Bowl will be England’s first under the new regulations.

They have also been simplified. One reason why one-day international games have never really taken off in England is because the regulations were so complicated: a maze of batting powerplays, or bowling powerplays, while at one stage countries were allowed to have 12 players, although that was an error, when the ICC released a statement which had not been approved by the executive board. Henceforth, ODIs will be comprehensible.

Close catchers are a must for Steve Smith at the start of his innings

In the opening 10 overs only two fielders will be allowed outside the semi-circles, as before, but it will not be com­pulsory to have two fielders in catching positions. It is highly desirable that Eoin Morgan should place several slips to try to dismiss Steve Smith early on, but the degree of attack will be left to the fielding captain.

Between overs 10 and 40, four fielders will be allowed outside the semi-circles – simple. No more agonising about whether to take the batting powerplay before 35 overs – the cue for the field to be brought in and England’s batsmen to be promptly caught trying to hit over the top.