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Raking in the moolah

Tamil actor Dhanush’s Bollywood debut Raanjhanaa, which also features Sonam Kapoor, has minted Rs 20.08 crore on its opening weekend in the country.

The film, reportedly made on a budget of Rs 35 crore, released worldwide last week. “The total weekend collection of Raanjhanaa in India is Rs 20.08 crore,” says a statement from Eros International, the producers of the film.

The love story of a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl, Raanjhanaa also features Swara Bhaskar, Abhay Deol and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub in important roles.
The film is directed by Anand L Rai, and has music by AR Rahman.

The Tamil dubbed version of the film — titled Ambikapathy will release in
Tamil Nadu on June 28 in more than 200 screens.

Keeping fansat bay

Shah Rukh Khan is probably the only superstar who often obliges his fans with a warm hug, reciprocating their unconditional affection for him.

Anyone who’s met the actor will vouch for the fact that he is a complete charmer.
Knowing his unflinching enthusiasm  — he is always willing to return the fans’ affection — rumour has it that people close to the actor are requesting those who pay him a visit to refrain from embracing him.

The request is a precautionary measure as the actor recently underwent a shoulder surgery.

It’s unclear whether Shah Rukh is aware of this request but one wonders how his fans will react to it?

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Salman wants to go 3D

Word on the grapevine is that the Salman Khan-starrer ‘Mental’ will be made in the three-dimensional format. But if director Sohail Khan is to be believed, the reports appear premature and misguided.

“We are shooting the film in 2D. Some technicians in our crew have suggested that we do some 3D portions. First, let me complete my film in the normal format. Then I’ll take a call,” says Sohail.

A source close to the project adds that at the moment, the unit’s top priority is to complete the film to ensure that it releases on January 24 next year.

“Salman has wanted to do a film in 3D for the longest time. In fact, when Sohail was making Sher Khan instead of ‘Mental’, the plan was to make a big spectacular epic in 3D. But Sher Khan didn’t happen.”

Apparently, Salman is now interested in converting parts of ‘Mental’ to 3D. “But this is on the condition that the process doesn’t dent the new release date,” adds the source.