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With just one hit in half-a-decade, a look at Kangana Ranaut’s box office track record ahead of Panga

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Since her 2014 hit, Queen, Kangana Ranaut has firmly established herself as one of the industry’s top stars. Several reports pegged her salary to be approximately Rs 11 crore per film, making her one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actors. By her own admission, she became “bigger than” her movies, according to an interview to critic Anupama Chopra.

But her box office track record tells a different story altogether.

Kangana has appeared in nine films since Queen, which can safely be called a turning point for her. Prior to that, she’d mostly appeared in small films, and attracted a fair amount of acclaim for her performances (Fashion, Tanu Weds Manu, Life in a… Metro). Just prior to Queen making over a Rs 100 crore at the BO, she’d appeared in Rajjo, which could only manage Rs 2 crore.

While Queen’s success should ideally have paved the way for more blockbusters for Kangana, the performance of her films post 2014 have been more along the lines of Rajjo – with the sole exception of Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Even with controversies surrounding the release of several of her recent films, especially Manikarnika and Simran, she has failed to draw significant audiences to the theatres.

With her latest film, Panga around the corner, here’s a list of her films, and their worldwide BO hauls:

Revolver Rani (2014)

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Made on a budget of Rs 27 crore, Revolver Rani didn’t click with the audiences and made just over Rs 11 crore, but critics appreciated Kangana’s performance.

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Ungli was produced on a budget of Rs 39 crore, by Dharma Productions, but managed to make just about Rs 25 crore. Kangana was a part of an ensemble cast led by Emraan Hashmi. In 2017, she accused Dharma chief Karan Johar of nepotism, sparking off a heated debate.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015)

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With a total of Rs 243 crore, Tanu Weds Manu: Returns is Kangana’s biggest hit yet. Made on a budget of Rs 39 crore, the film more than quadrupled the box office takings of the first Tanu Weds Manu movie, which crossed Rs 50 crore on a budget of Rs 17.5 crore in 2011.

I Love NY (2015)

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The film began production in 2011, and was originally slated for release in 2013. But behind-the-scenes troubles forced the release date to be delayed several times. In the end, the film was released hot on the heels of Tanu Weds Manu Returns, and Kangana publicly acknowledged that she wasn’t approached to promote it in any way. It made Rs 2.5 crore.

Katti Batti (2015)

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The film failed to recuperate its Rs 34 crore budget, ending its run with just Rs 25 crore. Some reviews mentioned that Kangana didn’t have as much to do in the film as she should have. It is also Imran Khan’s last release.

Rangoon (2017)

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Made on a budget of Rs 80 crore, director Vishal Bhardwaj’s film was released amid a slew of controversies – Kangana’s on-set relationship with her co-star, Shahid Kapoor, wasn’t pleasant, and her appearance on Karan Johar’s Koffee With Karan sparked off the nepotism controversy. It made a little over half its budget.

Simran (2017)

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Released once again amid a wave of controversies – Kangana frequently brought up her feud with Hrithik Roshan during the promotions, and writer Apurva Asrani alleged that she’d hijacked the film from director Hansal Mehta. Simran made Rs 26 crore against its reported budget of Rs 17 crore.

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019)

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Kangana’s big-budget directorial debut might have generated a profit, especially taking into account all the ancillary earnings, it made a Rs 132 crore haul on a budget that many outlets reported ballooned to over Rs 100 crore. Kangana’s sister Rangoli had claimed, “Manikarnika investments and returns, Budget- 79cr, Print+Marketing- 22cr, Digital rights sold- 40cr, Satellite rights sold- 20cr, Distribution rights- 61cr, India business – 100.05cr still counting, Worldwide – 152cr and still counting…”

Judgementall Hai Kya (2019)

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Even with new controversies to rely on, Judgementall Hai Kya proved to be too niche in its sensibilities to become a mainstream hit. It made Rs 44 crore on a budget of that some reports suggest could be as high as Rs 50 crore, while others quote a more reasonable Rs 29 crore budget.

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Shah Rukh Khan reveals two Oscar-winning films that have inspired him to make ‘great cinema’

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Actor Shah Rukh Khan in a recent interaction has revealed the two Oscar-winning films that he says inspired him to make great cinema. In a video shared by a fan club, Shah Rukh was asked to name his latest favourite movie.

He said that a film that has inspired him recently is Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, which on Monday won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Film. “It’s an amazing coincidence,” Shah Rukh says in the video, perhaps alluding to the film’s sweeping Oscars performance. He said that while he wouldn’t call it an all-time great — he reserved that distinction for Sholay and Dirty Harry — he was greatly inspired by it.

Shah Rukh also said that he loved Joker, the dark comic book film which won actor Joaquin Phoenix his first Oscar on Monday.

This isn’t the first time SRK has praised either Joker or Parasite. On October 8, the actor was asked to comment on Joker on Twitter, to which he replied, “So well nuanced. So felt…quietly screaming…” On October 31, Shah Rukh wrote that he watched Parasite at the insistence of his kids. “Just saw Parasite the South Korean movie on my kids recommendation. What a delightfully discomforting film. A bizarre look at social status, the state of the world…and the parasitic nature of the Materialistic Hope we all feed and live off!!” he raved.

Meanwhile, the actor has yet to announce his next film, after the critical and commercial failure of Zero. He is said to be juggling multiple options, including a film by Raj and DK, a long-gestating project from Rajkumar Hirani, and a collaboration with south filmmaker Atlee.

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LK Advani gets emotional at Shikara screening, Vidhu Vinod Chopra is ‘humbled’

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Veteran BJP leader LK Advani got emotional during a special screening of Shikara: The Untold Story Of Kashmiri Pandits and could not hold back his tears. The film, directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, tells the story of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from their homeland in 1989 and 1990.

A video was shared by the official handle of Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films on Instagram. “Shri L K Advani at the special screening of #Shikara. We are so humbled and grateful for your blessings and your appreciation for the film Sir,” the caption read.

In the 48-second clip, the director is seen kneeling beside the politician and trying to console him as he gets teary-eyed.

Meanwhile, Shikara has also received praise from Titanic director James Cameron, who called the film a “masterpiece”, as per a blurb at the end of its second teaser. Bollywood star Aamir Khan also endorsed the film.

Wishing Vidhu Vinod Chopra and the entire team of Shikara, Aamir wrote on Twitter, “Wishing you all the very best Vinod! Shikara is a film about one of the most tragic events in recent history. A story that needs to be told.”

Shikara, which hit the theatres on February 7, has performed above expectations at the box office. The film, starring newcomers Aadil Khan and Sadia in the lead roles, earned Rs 3.05 crore in the first two days of its release.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra told IANS that Shikara, which marks his comeback to direction after 13 years, has been his toughest film till date. “I have done much work in all these years but this was perhaps my most challenging as I had to remain dispassionate as a moviemaker to depict the truth, and yet make a compelling argument that the only solution to such hatred is love. That is at the centre of my movie. The love between Shiv Kumar Dhar and Shanti (the protagonists), Shanti is also my mother’s name by the way, is a binding factor which forces us to think beyond hatred,” he said.

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Alia Bhatt believes in living within a budget, owns houses in Mumbai and London and fancies buying a private jet

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Actor Alia Bhatt saw success rather early in life but comes across as a sensible person. Her financial planning too reflects that attitude. In a new interview with Economic Times’ Panache magazine, she said how she knows how to live within a budget and invests in bonds and mutual funds.

She said that she believed in the merits of living within a budget. She said, “I can live within a budget. I don’t spend that much. My chartered accountant often tells me ‘Why don’t you spend more?’”

Alia also mentioned how even as a teenager she was frugal with her expenses and would accompany her mother and sister for their holidays to London, reportedly the only place they went to as kids. She would often go to a store called Primark (known to be a budget store line across United Kingdom) to buy stuff in 5 to 6 pounds. She still buys her pyjamas from the said store. Speaking matter-of-factly she said, “Even now I buy my pyjamas from Primark. So what? They’re pyjamas. How different can they be?”

Alia also said that she doesn’t understand financial matters. She told the publication that over the years she has tried to understand the subject and revealed that she invests in mutual funds, bonds and FDs. She was quoted as saying, “I still don’t understand investing, but over the years, I’ve become keen to learn more. My home in Mumbai (Juhu, Mumbai) is the first property I bought. I invest in FDs and bonds. Mutual Funds are good, so I’ve been told.”

She does splurge every now and then though, on fancy bags and gym clothes. She said, “The first expensive thing I bought (as a teenager) was with my own money — a Louis Vuitton bag. I splurge most on bags. I love them. And gym clothes. I have every sort of trackpant from Lululemon.”

She also loves spending on holidays. She added, “I also splurge on holidays, but take one holiday a year — a New Year one. I spend on the destination and the hotel. I hate shopping when I’m on holiday.”

Alia wishes to own a private jet and a home in the mountains. “A private jet would be a luxury. I have chartered one before, but not for a holiday. A home in the mountains is a dream. I’ll fulfil it later in life. I had a dream to buy a house in London and I did in 2018. It’s in Covent Garden and my sister lives there part-time.”

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