Ramaiya Vastavaiya is an upcoming musical Bollywood romance set to be released on July 19. Directed by Prabhudheva, the story follows Ram (Girish Kumar) as he attempts to win the hand of his beloved Sona (Shruti Hassan) by producing more seed in her family's fields. It is a remake of the blockbuster Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana.
Although the movie Ghanchakkar started off with a big bang, it is already declining in the box office Movie Press Review reports. During its opening weekend, the movie managed to make roughly 7 crores (approx. 1.5 million dollars) per night. This week it has barely been making 2 crores (approx. 428 thousand dollars) per night, as word of mouth has dissuaded many movie-goers from seeing the film. The film was supposed to be a comedy, but critics say that halfway through the movie, it seems as if "Director Rajkumar Gupta [...] got confused" and turned the film into a thriller instead.
Barfi, a romantic comedy about a deaf and mute man and his relationship with two women, won multiple awards at this years International Indian Film Awards, the Indian equivalent of the Oscars. The film's stars Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan managed to scoop up best actor and actress respectively, while the production received the award for best film. [MicroFinance Moniter]
Singam 2 is beating expectations after its day-and-date global release on July 5th, performing strongly at the Indian box office, OneIndia Entertainment reports. There was a massive amount of advanced booking for this film, and many theaters even had to buy back tickets because they had sold too many. Trade analysts originally anticipated that the film would make over $4.2 million (20 crores) worldwide during its opening weekend.
Raanjhanaa was originally set to be released in Pakistan sometime in June. However, The News reports that Pakistan's Film Censor Board banned the movie because the love story of a Hindu-Muslim couple could potentially offend the Islamic conservatives. It is a relativity common occurrence for the Film Censor Board to ban movies. Some popular titles that were recently banned include Zero Dark Thirty and India's Tere bin Laden.