Salman Khan's Kick enters Rs 200 crore club
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Salman Khan's Eid release this year, Kick finally crossed the Rs 200 crore mark at the box office on August 4.
Riding on the advantage of being a solo big release last week, the Sajid Nadiadwala-helmed film opened in as many as 4,900 screens across India.
It also earned the distinction of crossing the Rs 100-crore mark in a record four days.
Costarring Jacqueline Fernandez, Kick has now become Salman's most profitable film till date.
The actor has also emerged as one of the most bankable stars in Bollywood with him delivering as many as seven 100-crore films in a row in the last five years.
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Image: Salman Khan in Kick
Sony acquires music rights of Finding Fanny
Sony Music Entertainment has acquired the music rights of Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor-starrer Finding Fanny.
The movie, helmed by Cocktail director Homi Adjania, has an ensemble cast including Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapur.
"Mathias Duplessy, who has composed the title song Fanny Re is highly creative and experimental with his compositions that suitably matches with the theme of the movie," said Sanujeet Bhujabal, Marketing Director, Sony Music.
Guitarist and music director Mathias Duplessy of Peepli Live fame, has composed the score for the film. The music will be out on August 11.
Finding Fanny is based on a road trip set in Goa and follows the journey of its five central characters. It is slated for release on September 12.
Image: Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor in Finding Fanny
Akshay Kumar: Would love to play villainous characters more often
Akshay Kumar says apart from catching up with different styles of comedy, he loves to play negative roles more often.
The Entertainment star said it gives him immense joy.
"I think the villain always enjoys so much in major part of the film's duration. He fixes up the heroine, runs around her. The hero is always busy protecting and working for his sister and mother.
"Only in the last five minutes of the film, he gets beaten. I want to play villain more often," he told reporters in Mumbai while promoting Entertainment.
Entertainment will hit theatres on August 8.
Asked what other genres he wants to catch up with after being successful in funny and action roles, Akshay said there is so much to learn about comedy itself.
"There are many untouched genres. Even in comedy there are so many things in which you actually want to catch up with. The way Prakash Raj approaches to comedy, I want to do that," he said.
However Akshay said he started to enjoy his work after spending 27 years in the industry.
"Today when I get up in the morning, and if I have to go for a shoot, I am very eager to do that. I am so happy with myself that this greed has not gone from me," he added.
Akshay said he enjoys portraying different characters as no other profession in the world provides the scope to play various roles in a lifetime.
"I enjoy doing different characters. Where in the world will you get a profession like this where you can play so many characters -- you can romance so many beautiful girls, you can play so many sports ... and still get paid," he said.
Image: Akshay Kumar
Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar
Madame Tussauds Sydney to get Amitabh Bachchan's wax figure
Amitabh Bachchan will join the unique line-up of celebrities at Madame Tussauds Sydney this year.
According to an official statement, the 71-year-old actor's wax statue would be featuring with celebrities like Captain Cook, Donald Bradman, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp and Lady Gaga.
The legendary Bollywodd star would be placed in an interactive setting that would allow fans to get close and have a personal experience.
The statement noted that Bachchan, for the first time in the history of Madame Tussauds, was nominated to be portrayed by fans in a world-wide internet poll.
Revealing Bachchan's name, Quinn Clarke, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Sydney said, "With his lifetime of professional achievements, it is nothing but an honour for Madame Tussauds Sydney to serve as the temporary home for the wax figure of Amitabh Bachchan."
Clarke added. "Amitabh will add even more colour and interactivity to our attraction, and I have no doubt the amazingly lifelike wax figure will be extremely popular with our guests, particularly the local Indian community. The Bollywood industry is one that is growing exponentially and we are certainly very proud to be able to offer our guests a taste of it right here in Sydney."
Madame Tussauds Sydney is located on Sydney's renowned Darling Harbour.
Earlier in 2012, Madam Tussauds Sydney had superstars like Kareena Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan under the Bollywood World Tour.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan
Photographs: Abhijti Mhamunkar