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Amitabh Bachchan shells out Rs 70 crore as tax

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan paid Rs 70 crore as tax for the financial year 2018-19. "Mr Bachchan has paid Rs 70 crore tax for the financial year 2018-19," his spokesperson said in a statement. In the recent past, Big B also paid off loans of 2,084 farmers in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. He has also donated Rs 10 lakh to the family members of each victim of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack.

This year, he was seen in Badla. Shot largely in Glasgow, Scotland. It is a mystery thriller which also features Taapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh, Tony Luke, Manav Kaul and Tanveer Ghani. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Azure Entertainment. An official adaptation of the 2017 Spanish film The Invisible Guest, its story follows an interaction between a lawyer and a businesswoman regarding a murder.

Big B will soon be seen in fantasy trilogy Brahmastra, produced by Dharma Productions. It is releasing this Christmas.
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China box office: 'Song Of Youth' takes surprise top spot in slow week

Ticket sales dropped 35 percent week-on-week.

The last week of March (March 25-31) suffered a heavy drop in ticket sales of 35% week-on-week making it the second-quietest week in 2019 so far, behind the traditionally slow pre-Chinese New Year week only.

Although February was the biggest single month in a single market, overall the first quarter of 2019 turned out to be a sluggish one at the China box office. Gross box office receipts fell by 8% to $2.8bn compared to the same period in 2018. The months of January and March were each down 20% year-on-year.

In such a slow week, Song Of Youth emerged as
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China Box Office: ‘Dumbo’ Falls Short of Nostalgic Local Fare

  • Variety
Despite a lack of blockbuster competition, Disney’s live-action “Dumbo” didn’t fly all that far in its China opening, failing to soar past a nostalgic Chinese drama already in its second week as sentimental human-interest dramas filled many of the top spots.

Er Dong Pictures’ “Song of Youth” was the weekend’s top performer, taking in $11.7 million over the three-day period, according to figures from consultancy Artisan Gateway. The Maoyan online ticketing platform predicts that the film will earn $46.2 million (RMB310 million) over the course of its monthlong run in China – nearly double Maoyan’s prediction for “Dumbo.” Directed by newcomer Zhang Luan, “Song of Youth” tells the story of a teacher who changes the lives of his 1985 class of middle school students.

The Tim Burton-helmed “Dumbo” made only $10.8 million, in spite of a star-studded Hollywood cast including Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Thandie Newton’s daughter Nico Parker.
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FilmSharks Inks U.S. Deals With HBO Latino For ‘Dark Buildings’ & ‘Empowered’, China Deal On Horror ‘Sleep’ — Toronto

  • Deadline
Exclusive: HBO Latino has snapped up U.S. rights to thriller Dark Buildings (Las Grietas De Jara) and comedy Empowered (Sin Rodeos) from Argentinian sales outfit FilmSharks.

Oscar Martinez (The Distinguished Citizen) and Joaquin Furriel (La Quietud) star in the former about a dark secret at an architecture firm. The film has also been picked up by HBO Europe for Eastern Europe. Disney/Buena Vista previously picked up multi-territory rights to the movie in South America.

Comedy Empowered comes from Torrente franchise director Santiago Segura and stars Maribel Verdu (Pan’s Labyrinth) in the lead role as a woman who, after a visit to an Indian healer, starts saying aloud what she would previously have only thought. The pic has also newly sold to Edel for German-speaking Europe. Previous deals included Contracorriente for Spain, Colarado for Italy and Palace Pictures for Aus/Nz.

Meanwhile, also for FilmSharks, Tribeca horror You
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Badla starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu Coming 2019

Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu, and directed by Sujoy Ghosh, the revenge thriller, Badla, will release on March 8, 2019. Badla is an official Hindi-language remake of the Spanish film, The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo).

Badla marks the fourth collaboration between Amitabh Bachchan and Sujoy Ghosh. The 75-year-old actor had starred in Ghosh’s 2009 film, Aladin. He had also voiced the song Ekla Cholo Re in Kahaani (2012) and starred in Te3n (2016), which was produced by Ghosh.

Talking about the cast, Ghosh said earlier, “When you get an actor like Mr Amitabh Bachchan, half your battle is won. He is every director’s delight and I am very excited to direct him. Also I have been trying to work with Taapsee for a while and this is the perfect story to collaborate with her.”

While Tapsee said before the shoot began, “This is going to be a riveting thriller. It’s Sujoy’s
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Hindi remake of Thai hit 'Bad Genius' in the works with Reliance

They will team with Plan C Studios and Azure Entertainment.

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment and Friday Filmworks’ Plan C Studios are teaming with Azure Entertainment on the Hindi remake of Thai blockbuster Bad Genius.

Neeraj Pandey, whose recent credits include Aiyaary and M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, will oversee the adaptation.

Produced by Thailand’s Gdh 559, Bad Genius has a thriller-like format as it follows a group of students cheating on admission exams for Us universities. Released in Thailand in 2017, it became the highest-grossing local film of the year with a gross of $3m (baht100m) and also
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Amitabh Bachchan to Star in Bollywood Remake of Spanish Thriller 'The Invisible Guest'

Amitabh Bachchan to Star in Bollywood Remake of Spanish Thriller 'The Invisible Guest'
Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan is set to star in Badla (Revenge), a Hindi-language remake of Spanish crime thriller Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest).

Contratiempo, released last year, revolved around a successful young businessman seeking to prove his innocence when his mistress is murdered. In its review, THR had predicted the film's potential for a remake stating, "It's the kind of stylishly packaged project, designed for global appeal, which could easily stand a remake." 

Directed by Sujoy GhoshBadla co-stars actress Taapsee Pannu who previously starred with Bachchan in 2016's legal drama Pink

Badla is co-produced by Shah Rukh ...
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Lionsgate India and Azure Ent. to Remake Mexican and South Korean Hits

  • Variety
Newly launched Lionsgate India is to remake two high-concept international properties in collaboration with Azure Entertainment and Lionsgate affiliate Globalgate. The two remakes — the first titles under the new partnership — are of hit Mexican comedy “Instructions Not Included” and South Korean action thriller “The Terror Live.”

“Instructions Not Included” (2013) was produced by Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films and became the highest-grossing Spanish-language film in North America. “Instructions” has already been remade in France by Vendome/Mars Films as “Demain Tout Commence,” and is being developed in other territories.

Azure and Globalgate will also produce an Indian version of “The Terror Live,” which was a $36 million hit for Lotte Entertainment in 2013 and is under discussion for multiple other remake deals. Azure and Lionsgate India are currently finalizing the writers and directors for the two projects.

Headed by former Reliance MediaWorks executive Sunir Kheterpal, Azure is backed by The Three Sisters: Institutional Office.
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Revealed: Ali Fazal cast opposite Taapsee Pannu in this remake of Spanish film by Sujoy Ghosh

Revealed: Ali Fazal cast opposite Taapsee Pannu in this remake of Spanish film by Sujoy Ghosh
Taapsee Pannu was announced as the leading lady along with John Abraham in the Hindi remake of the Spanish film, The Invisible Guest. However, while that deal fell through, director Sujoy Ghosh has found his male lead in Ali Fazal. Ali will be essaying the role of a suave businessman in this untitled film. While he is busy with the shooting of Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Milan Talkies as of now, the Sujoy Ghosh film is expected to go on floor in June. It is said to be a start-to-end schedule which will be extensively shot in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

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Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo) Locks In Emotional Thrills

Locked-room mysteries don't get much more fiendish than the one at the heart of The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo), the new film by Spanish writer/director Oriol Paulo (The Body). Even better, that's just the starting point for an increasingly potent thriller. High-powered businessman Adrián Doria (Mario Casas) stands accused of murdering his lover in the aforementioned locked room. Complicating things still further, he's well known and also married, or at least he was until his wife learned of his arrest and the circumstances surrounding it. She departed from Adrián post-haste, with their young daughter in tow. He's already been convicted in the court of public opinion, but things are about to get even worse. According to his longtime attorney, a witness to the crime has come...

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