Chennai Box-Office Top 5 films this week

The past week saw close to 10 films release in various languages, including 90 mL, Thadam, Dha Dha 87, Thirumanam, Luka Chuppi, Sonchiriya, 118, and others. Pre-release buzz and the opening day reviews play a major part in deciding the success of a film. 

Here are the top 5 films of this week's Chennai City box office, according to Behindwoods Chennai City Box Office Analysis Wing. 

5. Thirumanam, directed by Cheran, starring Umapathy Ramaiah, Kavya Suresh, Cheran, and others.

4. Luka Chuppi, directed by Laxman Utekar, starring Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon and others.

3. Lkg, directed by Kr Prabhu,...

Luka Chuppi movie review: Kartik Aaryan is the best part

Released today Luka Chuppi this is our critic?s movie review of the Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon starrer directed by Laxman Utekar.

Best part of Luka Chuppi

Kartik Aaryan, finally comes out from the Punchnama prison and is not against any women.

What is the plot/storyline of Luka Chuppi?

Vishnu Trivedi (Vinay Pathak) a powerful politician in Mathura is running a morality crusade against living-in relationships. What happens when the daughter of the powerful right wing crusader Rashmi (Kriti Sanon) desires to have a living-in relationship with her colleague Guddu (Kartik Aaryan) - the popular local cable TV news channel anchor/reporter?.


What happens when Shuddh Desi Romance wants to say Badhaai Ho to living-in relationships but also continue its Salaam Namaste to traditional clich?, and buffoonery? Tapaal fame Laxman Utekar?s Luka Chuppi had a tickling time bomb of an idea that could have exploded many
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“Luka Chuppi Is A Progressive Intelligent Comedy” – A Subhash K Jha Review

Luka Chuppi

Starring Kartik Aryan, Kriti Sanon & A Stellar Supporting Cast

Directed by Laxman Utekar

Just when the smalltown comedy threatens to sag under the weight of over-statement there comes a fresh feisty take on a live-in relationship in this Progressive Comedy (not to be confused with the Regressive Comedy as in Total Dhamaal).

Luka Chuppi doesn’t mind bending the rules of the rom-com genre as long the tilt doesn’t make the script look cross-eyed and waylaid. A sense of madcap adventure is constantly projected into the narrative without losing grip over the grammar of growing giggles.

Luka Chuppi doesn’t try too hard to generate humour. It doesn’t always make us laugh. But it never fails to amuse, as Guddu and Rashmi, two Mathura-based tv journalists, get hitched, fall in love and decide to give ‘live-in’ a chance before settling in permanently.

Egged on by his
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Event Pics: The exciting trailer of ‘Luka Chuppi’ revealed in the presence of the entire cast and crew!

The much anticipated trailer of ‘Luka Chuppi’ was released yesterday by the cast and crew at a theatre in Mumbai. The trailer got an exceptional response and was received by many a cheer from the media.

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The makers are thrilled and overwhelmed by this reaction.

“The trailer sets the mood of the film and is in fact a major decider for most audiences. Our media is exposed to so many trailers and are definitely not an easy lot to please! I’m happy to know that they have not only accepted but loved the trailer, and that says a lot!” adds producer Dinesh Vijan.

The film features Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon, both who have proved to have a successful 2018 and are all set to take on this new year! The Jodi will be seen together for the first time on the big screen.

Present at
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After Hindi Medium and Stree, Dinesh Vijan presents ‘Luka Chuppi’ starring Kartik Aaryan

The trailer of this unconventional film is now out! Put on your seatbelts as you launch into a fun filled take on the topic of, “live in with family”

For the first time ever, you will see a film where a live-in relationship takes place along with the family!

We are also in for a treat with the quirky pair of Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles, onscreen for the first time ever.

The much loved posters featuring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon created a huge buzz on the internet.

From the sneak peek via the trailer, we can tell that the chemistry is going to be electric.

The film is set in a small town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. What happens when you decide to live in with your partner but your family joins in too? This living situation often lands the couple into trouble
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Dinesh Vijan’s Luka Chuppi to release on 1st March 2019!

After the stupendous success of Stree, Maddock films has announced its first release of 2019, Luka Chuppi. The film brings together the never seen before – Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon and is all set to release on March 1st 2019.

Directed by debutant Laxman Utekar, and produced by Dinesh Vijan the film set in Mathura, will showcase Kartik and Kriti as local TV reporters.

Coming from the success of Kriti’s Bariely ki barfi,kartiks Sonu ki titu ki sweety and Dinesh Vijan’s Stree, Luka Chuppi looks like a winner already!

Kriti and Kartik have both proved themselves not only as actors but also commercially viable.

Coincidentally, the 100 crore Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety was also released the same time this year.

Dinesh Vijan adds, “At Maddock we’ve always tried to ensure we achieve a balance between content and commercial cinema. Stree has been a big boost and we can
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Breaking! Kartik Aaryan to Romance Kriti Sanon in Dinesh Vijan’s next?

Breaking! Kartik Aaryan to Romance Kriti Sanon in Dinesh Vijan’s next?
Kartik Aryan signs his next film! Take a wild guess and tell us who you think he has signed a film with. No, not Karan Johar. Apparently, Kartik has zeroed in on a script with Dinesh Vijan and has also signed the dotted line. The movie will be produced under Maddock Films and Laxman Utekar will be directing the movie. Well, the search for Kartik’s heroine is on and if sources are to be believed, the makers have Kriti Sanon in mind. It is a full chance that Kriti too has okayed the script

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Dear Zindagi Movie Review

Bollywood has shown that is more than welcome to new scripts in the last few years. The number of pleasantly surprising films has increased considerably, even if it’s a tad slow. One of these such films was English Vinglish by Gauri Shinde. The movie was more than just a comeback film for the epic actress Sridevi, it became a story of the household hero we see every day in our parents. Dear Zindagi follows a similar pattern in displaying before us a journey that any individual regardless of gender, age, profession or emotional capacity could go through. So let’s dig in.

The journey of a person can be considered a boring and predictable backdrop for any film. Every person will come across situations in life that they have a default reaction to. Some may be good where we laugh and are happy, and some may be bad where we cry or get angry.
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Gauri’s second film Dear Zindagi is a silent masterpiece with lots to say

Starring Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Ali Zafar, Angad Bedi

Written & Directed by Gauri Shinde

It isn’t easy being Gauri Shinde. Not when you have made English Vinglish as your debut film, for God’s sake! Where do you go from that dizzying summit of achievement?

Clearly and unconditionally, in her second film, monumental in its own right, Gauri is not bogged down by expectations. She is, in that sense, exactly like her protagonist in Dear Zindagi (played with supreme sang-froid by Alia Bhatt, more about her later). Not eager to be liked by all, unafraid to appear unconventional, fiercely prideful about her emotional space and passionately attached to her individualism, Gauri Shinde, like her fey protagonist, Kaira, grooves to her own beat. And if want to join in, we are most welcome. Otherwise there’s always the next Karan Johar mush-room to munch on …

Dear Zindagi,
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Tevar Movie Review

There isn’t much you have to do when you are taking on board the task of remaking a blockbuster. Sure you adapt it for the new audience at hand but ultimately there’s a reason you chose the blockbuster to remake, because it was pretty damn good. So why then do you claim to make a remake of a blockbuster but decide to ruthlessly suck out the very soul of the original script?

Amit Sharma takes a perfectly fine family entertainer and turns it on its head. He sidelines the two leads and instead chooses to flaunt his love for the villain instead. Yes, what Tevar has promised you was all a grand lie. The film in fact is not about a young kabbadi player (Arjun Kapoor) and a damsel in distress (Sonakshi Sinha) on the run from a ruthless goon (Manoj Bajpai) but in fact in Sharma’s
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Bollywood filmmakers laud Tapaal

Tapaal is National & International Award winning Marathi film set in a small village in the year 1977. It dwells with sympathy, concern and understanding on the bond between a little boy and a childless couple, and the social discrimination that they face.

Even before its release, Laxman Utekar’s directorial debut is creating the right buzz. It has been critically acclaimed and has even won various accolades & awards at different film festivals for its sterling performances.Tapaal had its World Premiere at 18th Busan International Film Festival 2013, South Korea. It was selected in Indian Panorama Section at 44th Iffi (International Film festival 2013) and 9 other International Film Festivals as well. It was also screened at 3rd Eye Asian Film Festival and Pune Film Festival. That’s not all. Veena Jamkar bagged the best actress award at South Africa Film Festival. While Rohit Utekar won Best Child Actor Award, Prakash Holkar got the
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Tingya director Mangesh Hadawale turns Creative Producer for Laxman Utekars Tapaal

National Award winning director and script writer Mangesh Hadawale, who is known for films like Tingya and Dekh Indian Circus, now, dons the hat of creative producer with Marathi movie Tapaal, directed by cinematographer turned director Laxman Utekar.

Ask Laxman how did he associate with Mangesh and he says, "I had long back thought about making a Marathi film. But when I was shooting as a cinematographer for Mangesh Hadawale's Dekh Indian Circus, I discussed about it with Mangesh and asked him to write a nice story for me. He wrote a beautiful story and that is how Tapaal started."

Adds Mangesh, "I have known Laxman for a long time now. There were many common factors between us like - we haven't taken professional training in filmmaking, we both are hardworking etc. over which we bonded. And he discussed the idea of directing a Marathi film and asked me to write a story.
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English Vinglish cinematographer Laxman Utekar turns director

After being the cinematographer for Bollywood biggies like Blue, English Vinglish, Boss, Lekar Hum Deewana Dil and upcoming film TevarLaxman Utekar has added another feather to his cap as he turns director for Marathi film, Tapaal.

Talking about his journey of becoming a director, he says, “I used to get a lot of offers to shoot Marathi films, but I didn’t want to shoot them. I always felt that if I shoot a Marathi film, it will also be directed by me. I didn’t want to shoot for somebody else. Because I was already shooting for people in Hindi films.”

He further adds, “After completing Mangesh Hadawale’s Dekh Indian Circus, I narrated a thought to him about the culture and people of my own village. I asked him whether he could weave a story for me and he did that beautifully. The film is the result of our experiences.
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Tapaal bags two prestigious state awards : Trade News

“Today the journey of Ranga that started from a shadow prank has reached the state award,” was the reaction of Tapaal director, Laxman Utekar after Rohit Utekar was adjourned as best child actor in a grand ceremony of Maharashtra state film awards function yesterday. Tapaal, the debut movie of Maitreya Mass Media, has won two prestigious awards at the event. Renowned lyricist and poet Mr. Prakash Holkar got the best lyricist award for his emotional composition Read More...
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72 Miles Ek Pravas to screen at the Pune International Film Festival

After taking the world by storm with their first Bollywood Film Production Omg Oh My God, Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi have embarked on a journey of creating milestones in the entertainment industry with their regional ventures, 72 Miles Ek Pravas, a critically acclaimed Marathi regional film, and Bhaji in Problem, a Punjabi regional film which has garnered admiration internationally.

72 Miles Ek Pravas received positive feedback from international audiences when it was shortlisted at the celebrated London Indian Film Festival. Grazing Goat Pictures has now etched another feather in its hat with the film having its second reputable screening at the illustrious ‘12th Pune International Film Festival’ (Piff). Of the 500 entries in the international feature competition section for Piff, 14 films have been shortlisted. Out of 35 entries in the Marathi feature competition, only seven movies have been selected, one of which being 72 Miles Ek Pravas, alongside national award-winning filmmaker Nagraj Manjule’s Fandry,
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Pune International Film Festival 2014 unveils lineup

Pune International Film Festival 2014 unveils lineup
A still from Ana Arabia

Ana Arabia (Israel-France) directed by Amos Gitai will open the 12th Pune International Film Festival 2014 to be held from January 9-16, 2014.

Kanyaka Talkies (Virgin Talkies) by Kr Manoj is the only Indian film in World Competition section.

The films that will compete in Marathi cinema competition are: 72 Miles Ek Pravas by Rajeev Patil, Astu (So Be it) by Sumitra Bhave, Fandry by Nagraj Manjule, Maunraag (Monologue) by Vaibhav Abnave, Narbachi Wadi by Aditya Ajay Sarpotdar, Rege by Abhijit Panse and Tapaal (The Letter) by Laxman Utekar.

The festival will hold Country Focus sections on Taiwan, Hungary, Israel, France, South Korea and Spain. There will be Retrospectives of Hungarian director Istvan Szabo, Italian director Federico Fellini, Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic, American director Billy Wilder, French director Benoit Jacquot and Indian director Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

Indian Cinema Today section will present films like Shyamaprasad’s Artist, Laxmikant Shetgaonkar’s Baga Beach,
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Chennai International Film Festival 2013 unveils complete lineup

Still from Kanyaka Talkies

The Chennai International Film Festival 2013, to be held from December 12-19, has announced the complete lineup of films.

The festival will host Country Focus on Iran and Taiwan along with a section on contemporary films from Turkey.

The Indian Panorama section will have a mix of regional-language films like Ajanata Batas by Anjan Das (Bengali), Tapaal by Laxman Utekar (Marathi), Baga Beach by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar (Konkani), Ko:Yad by Manju Borah (Assamese), Ship of Theseus by Anand Gandhi (English-Hindi), Kanyaka Talkies by K R Manoj (Malayalam) and Lucia by Pawan Kumar (Kannada).

The festival will host retrospectives of three eminent filmmakers: French director Claire Denis (S’en Fout La Mort, Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day, L’intrus and 35 Rhums); Hungarian director István Szabó (The Door, Sweet Emma, Dear Bobe and Budapest Tales); Serbian filmmaker Goran Paskaljevic (Beach Guard in Wintertime, Special Treatment, How Harry Became a Tree,
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Aditi Rao Hydari: “Boss is a great mix of all the things that make a great Hindi entertainer!”

Though still relatively knew to the Hindi film space, actress Aditi Rao Hydari certainly has made an impression. She made her Hindi film debut in Delhi 6, then starred in Yeh Saali Zindagi, appeared in Rockstar, starred with Ali Zafar in the romantic London Paris New York, and most recently was seen as the lead in thriller Murder 3. It’s quite the eclectic and cool mix of genres and roles, and with each performance she has been given great reviews. Next up is the masala film, Akshay Kumar’s Boss, where she plays, as she says, a fun, typical Hindi movie heroine. Check out what she told us in our really fun and fab chat about all things Boss!

Tell us why you decided to take this role in this film.

I think as someone who is not really part of the industry, one takes baby steps towards building up a body of work.
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Kanyaka Talkies, Rangbhoomi to open Indian Panorama 2013

Malayalam film Kanyaka Talkies by K. R. Manoj will open the feature film category while Kamal Swaroop’s Rangbhoomi will open the non-feature category of Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India (Iffi) 2013.

Indian Panorama will screen 26 Feature films and 16 Non-Feature films.

The jury for Feature films, headed by filmmaker and editor B. Lenin, selected 25 films out of a total of 210 eligible entries. Paan Singh Tomar by Tigmanshu Dhulia which won the Best Feature Film award at the 60th National Film Awards has been selected by virtue of direct entry.

The Non-Feature films Jury, chaired by director Raja Sen, picked 15 films out of 130 eligible entries. Kashmiri film Shepherds of Paradise directed by Raja Shabir Khan which won Best Non – Feature Film award at the 60th National Film Awards has also been selected by virtue of direct entry.

Complete list:

101 Chodyangal by Sidhartha Siva

Ajana Batas by Anjan Das
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Indian cinema gets boost at Busan

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Eleven Indian features are screening at this year’s Busan International Film Festival, reflecting the growing strength and diversity of cinema from the subcontinent.

The line-up ranges from indie dramas such as Laxman Utekar’s The Letter and Anup Singh’s Qissa – The Tale Of A Lonely Ghost, which are screening in Busan’s A Window On Asian Cinema section, to the brashest of mainstream offerings such as Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Telugu hit Fly (Eega), which are both receiving outdoor screenings in the Open Cinema section.

The festival opened with Vara: A Blessing, directed by Bhutanese filmmaker Khyentse Norbu, which is set in India; Mani Ratnam’s Kadal is screening as a Gala presentation, and Girish Malik’s Jal (Water) is screening in the New Currents competition.

A Window On Asian Cinema is also presenting Vikas Bahl’s Queen, Santosh Sivan’s Ceylon, Prakash Jha’s The Protest, Bejoy Nambiar’s David
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