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Padmavati: Here are all the potential release dates Sanjay Leela Bhansali can bank on

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After Viacom 18 Motion Pictures voluntarily deferred the release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much anticipated period drama Padmavati, the makers might have found themselves in a fix. Given the sheer volume of films that Bollywood is churning out every month, there is a paucity of release dates.

While the big budget entertainer would have enjoyed a solo release on 1 December, there is little hope of it seeing the light of the day this year. With every Friday of December packed with at least two releases (both Bollywood and Hollywood), Padmavati will not get the same positioning as it was getting originally.

Deepika Padukone in a still from Padmavati

Deepika Padukone in a still from Padmavati

Production houses are already reserving release date of their films for not only next year but also 2019, as is the case with Kabir Khan’s sports drama 83, starring Ranveer Singh in the role of former Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev, which is slated to release on 5 April, 2019.

In 2018, the first favourable release date of Padmavati would be 12 January, the immediate Friday before Makar Sakranti. However, there is low probability that the makers would be able to ensure a smooth release, given the current state of protests against its release.

Also, the film is yet to be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) which recently imposed the rule that the makers must submit their film for certification 68 days in advance of their expected release date. Besides, even if Padmavati affords to book 12 January as its release date, it will clash with Vikram Bhatt’s horror film 1921, starring Zareen Khan and Karan Kundra.

The next potential big release date is 26 January, the Republic Day weekend. Since S Shankar’s science fiction entertainer 2.0 has reportedly been postponed, it would have been a good window for Bhansali. However, Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey pulled their releases, R Balki’s Padman and Sidharth Malhotra starrer Aiyaary, ahead to 26 January. Given Kumar’s pan-Indian popularity and the patriotic flavour of Pandey’s film, Bhansali’s historical will have a tough time holding its own at the box office.

Akshay Kumar in poster of Padman. Image via Twitter

Akshay Kumar in poster of Padman

In February, one good window that Bhansali could capitalise on is the Valentine’s Day weekend. But since the occasion falls in the middle of the week, he would have to choose between 9 or 16 February. While he will have Anushka Sharma starrer Pari and Luv Ranjan’s romantic comedy Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety to contend with on the former, the latter will pit his film against Fifty Shades Darker, almost a fool-proof hit on V-Day.

Our pick, however, is the first Friday of March, as 2 March coincides with Holi. Given the wide spectrum that Bhansali splashes on his 70mm canvas, Holi seems to be the perfect release occasion for Padmavati. Also, so far, there is no other release scheduled for 2 March.

The next suitable release date for Padmavati would be the Good Friday weekend. A 30 March release could provide just the right push that it needs but in that case, it would also have to compete with yet another long awaited film in Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor.

Since Wikipedia has already frozen 6 April as Padmavati‘s release date, let us figure out how that scenario would turn out, if indeed the film releases on that day. Its box office dominance is likely to get diluted since the effect of Dutt is expected to spill into the second week. But Padmavati could hold its ground on the basis of merit and secure a decent opening, if it releases a week after Hirani’s film.

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The only other profitable release window for the film in the span of the next six months would be any Friday of May, as the summer vacation kicks off that month. But the only date available in May is the first Friday. Meghna Gulzar’s espionage thriller Raazi (starring Alia Bhatt), Shashanka Ghosh’s Veere Di Wedding (starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor) and Vikramaditya Motwane’s tentatively titled Bhavesh Joshi (starring Harshvardhan Kapoor) have already booked their release dates for 11, 18 and 25 May respectively.

But if Padmavati releases on 4 May, which is when the vacation is right around the corner, it will face competition from Ahmed Khan’s action drama Baaghi 2, starring Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani. However, the toughest challenge that Padmavati faces is to avoid repeated delays, sustain the buzz and deliver what the fans expect out of a typical Bhansali potboiler that kept them waiting for so long.


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Kevin Hart hints at rebooting Mrs Doubtfire after starring in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

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Kevin Hart might be enjoying the positive response to the Jumanji reboot, Jumaji: Welcome To The Jungle, where he is starring alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black, but the internet might be alarmed by his latest musings, a Mrs Doubtfire remake as reported by NME.

Kevin Hart. YouTube

Kevin Hart. YouTube

“I’ll stay on the Robin Williams train and say that if I could jump into Mrs Doubtfire,” said the actor-comedian in an interview to CinemaBlend. “That was a very amazing performance on both ends for him. I think that’s one I’d love to get to play in,” said Hart.

A reboot of the beloved 1995 Robin Williams hit Jumanji, where the characters got sucked into the world of a board game and have to fight for their survival, had Kevin Hart joining a new adventure, where Jumanji is a video game in its 2017 avatar.

However, since Robin Williams passed away recently and has immortalized the character of Mrs Doubtfire, fans of the film might not take kindly to a contemporary reboot of the film. The role will indeed prove very challenging for any actor to convincingly place himself in William’s shoes.

Perhaps, Hart should stay content with the fate of Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle and not worry about remakes of Robin William’s classics, and perhaps take a cue from fellow actor Jack Black who had chosen to pay his homage to William via less grander pronouncements.

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Ed Sheeran says he already has a James Bond track up his sleeve in case MGM wants one

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Ed Sheeran might have faced a surprising Grammy rebuff this year, but the British singer continues to ride high with two of his singles, one with Beyonce and another with Eminem, competing for the top spot just as the year is ending. Amidst all this excitement, the singer-songwriter has revealed that he already has a James Bond song ready to go in his kitty, in case they need him to do one, as reported by the Independent.

Ed Sheeran. Image from Twitter/@PopCrave

Ed Sheeran. Image from Twitter/@PopCrave

Sheeran appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden and discussed the possibility of contributing a track to a future James Bond movie. “With Bond, I’ve had a theme tune written for about three years, just in case,” he said, as reported by the Indepndent.

Even though he has not been approached by the makers of the Bond franchise with such a request yet, he said that the song he has already prepared is good but refused to reveal its name fearing someone might steal it.

Sheeran also said in the same interview that he had used the same approach for his song with Eminem. “When we did a song together, I had the song planned. So with Bond, if ever I’m called I’ll be like ‘here you go’,” said Sheeran.

While a reluctant Daniel Craig had recently confirmed that he is once again playing James Bond in the next film, the now unofficial tradition of a reigning music star to lend a soundtrack to the iconic franchise will continue, but who will be the latest artist to bag this coveted opportunity is not yet known. Sam Smith did the honours in the previous Bond outing and was criticised for a weak track that he had claimed he came up with in 20 minutes.

Ed Sheeran sure seems better prepared if he gets a call to compose the Bond track that might even put the talented artist up for an Oscar, perhaps the only recognition eluding the superstar so far.

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Rose McGowan calls out Meryl Streep, other actresses for planning silent protest at 2018 Golden Globes

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Rose McGowan criticised Meryl Streep and other actresses for allegedly planning a silent protest against sexual harassment at the 75th Golden Globe Awards ceremony in January next year.

Multiple sources told People magazine about the protest being organised by prominent Hollywood actresses — including presenters and nominees and it was later confirmed by Claudia and Jackie Oshry on their show The Morning Breath.

Meryl Streep and Rose McGowan. Agencies

Meryl Streep and Rose McGowan. Agencies

However, McGowan was not particularly happy about the ‘silent’ nature of the protest. She took to Twitter to express her dismay.

She wrote: “Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.”

She has since deleted the tweet.

McGowan, one of the first actresses to accuse fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape, decried what she believed was a pervasive culture of sexual misconduct in Hollywood and urged women to fight back. After leveling her accusations against Weinstein, there has since been a torrent of allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape against a man who had been one of the most powerful people in the film industry. The New York Times has reported that in 1997, Weinstein reached a $100,000 settlement with McGowan, then 23, after an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. As the scandal snowballed, McGowan has emerged as one of Weinstein’s most scathing critics.

When Extra asked Streep for a comment, she replied: “I don’t know. I’m not talking. You gotta tune in, don’t ya?”

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