Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the director of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, has announced that his next film will be a mythological thriller titled Raja and the Legend of the Flute (Raja Aur Krishna Ki Bansuri) A source states, "This is a film that Mehra had in mind for years. It is his dream project. He wanted to make it even before he started with Bhaag Milkha. The film was earlier titled Paanch Kaurav. It is a mythical thriller centred on a hunt for Krishna's flute and has an expensive larger-than-life set up," The movie will be simultaneously filmed in English and Hindi.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has had a fantastic run in the Indian box office, grossing over $8 million dollars to date. The film earned just under $650k this past weekend in the United States alone playing in 140 theaters. It collected $183,083 on Friday, $270,275 on Saturday, and $193,774 on Sunday. [India Today]
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was released this past Friday and has done exceedingly well during its first weekend in the box office. The film grossed $1.8 million on Friday, and $4.2 million by the end of Saturday. A paid preview for the movie on Thursday managed to collect $300k heading into the weekend. [IBN Live]
Pran Krishan Sikand, one of India's most famous actors, passed away on Friday at the age of 93. He died at the Lilavati Hospital following a prolonged illness, and was cremated in Dadar this morning. During his 60 years as a Bollywood star, Pran acted in over 400 films and was recently awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke award, one of India's highest honors. Just to mention a few of his many movies, Pran starred in Azaad, Ziddi, Dil Diya Dard Liya, Madhumati, Devdas, Ram Aur Shyam, and Aadmi. [The Times of India]
Lootera was the top domestic film in India this week, earning a total of $3.6 million in its first week in release. The period drama played in 969 screens and was still able to outgross the premiere of Policegiri, the action comedy starring Sanjay Dutt, Prachi Desai, and Prakash Raj. Policegiri opened in a market-leading 1,455 screens and grossed $2.2 million -only to come up short against Lootera by nearly 33%. Raanjhanaa inched closer to the $10 million mark but didn't quite get there this week, ending its performance with a $9.4 million cume. Last week's top film, Ghanchakkar, suffered a big drop to fall to fifth place on the chart. Ghanchakkar grossed $4.6 million in last week's opening but struggled to even reach $250k after its screen count dropped from 1,511 to 755.