Honored as ‘The Most Popular Film Personality of the Year’ by the Govt. of India at the recently concluded International Film Festival of India 2014 in Goa, Rajinikanth is a legend in South India and revered in many parts of the world and every new film of his is eagerly awaited by millions of fans around the world and as his latest Lingaa opens this week, the interest has reached new heights all over. Rajni’s heroine is Sonakshi Sinha, daughter of his friend Shatrughan Sinha and younger than his daughter and yet, the advance booking has surprised many and film pundits are predicting thunderous opening for the film. The second highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan, Rajinikant is more popular than any Hollywood actor in Japan, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and many other Asian countries and yet, he remains humble and accessible as always. With more Rajni jokes on the internet, his popularity seems to be growing day by day and the very fact that he still commands the top money, top heroines, top banners and top salary at the age of 64, is a testament to his mass appeal. Already the film is expected to break records in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada & Hindi languages and many are predicting great response in the overseas territories as well. As always, the dubbed version of Lingaa will draw huge crowd in Japan, South Korea & Russia and needless to say that the distributors are expected to make a killing from Rajinikanth’s new film as the cash registers are expected to keep ringing for quite some time !!!
Bollywood joins tennis legends!!!
The third leg of International Premier Tennis League (IPTL)2014 in New Delhi was a huge success with many Bollywood stars joining Tennis greats for exhibition matches to the delight of thousands of fans. With Amitabh Bachchan, Lara Dutta, Sunil Gavaskar & Sachin Tendulkar in the stands, Deepika Padukone, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar & Riteish Deshmukh joined Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Sania Mirza, Gayle Montefils, Boris Becker, Rohan Bopanna and many more for exhibition matches, which were applauded by capacity crowd. Vision of Mahesh Bhupathy, India’s tennis doubles specialist, the tournament has been huge success in Manila & Singapore as well and the fourth leg is being played in Dubai right now.
Action Jackson flops!!!
Prabhu Deva had been the most successful director in Bollywood until his last offering of Action Jackson, which inspite of having Ajay Devgun in double role with his favourite heroine Sonakshi Sinha, failed miserable at the box-office. Slammed
by critics and lack of word of mouth, the audiences chose to watch Hollywood offerings in India this week as the Bollywood slump continued for the fourth week in a row. With Kill Dil, Happy Ending & Action Jackson failing at the box-office,
all eyes are on this week’s new release of Rajinikanth-Sonakshi Sinha starrer Lingaa and it’s hoped that Bollywood’s Acchhe Din will start soon as Mr. & Mrs. Right, Life Mein Twist, Badlapur Boys & Room are also also releasing this week. And with that, it’s time to say Goodbye but not before reminding you all to watch the conclusion of music-director Khemchand Prakash’s Yaadein on Sunday, Dec.14nth at 1 PM on SMC # 116 and a very Happy Khushiali to All Ismailis.