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Anticipated Hit Bollywood Movies in 2013

The line up of the films for 2013 so far do not give release dates for the films starred by  mega stars like  Salman Khan and Shah Ruk Khan. Salman Khan was the most profitable and successful Bollywood actor in 2012 as his two films More »

Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2012

This year already has produced around 1 blockbuster film, 8 super-hit films and 5 hit films in Bollywood. However, the most anticipated films are yet to come in the latter part of this year. Here is a list of the films that made the cut More »

Top 10 Box Office Hits of Hollywood in 2011

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Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011

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Anticipated Hit Bollywood Movies in 2013

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The line up of the films for 2013 so far do not give release dates for the films starred by  mega stars like  Salman Khan and Shah Ruk Khan. Salman Khan was the most profitable and successful Bollywood actor in 2012 as his two films Ek Tha Tiger and Dabanng 2 were number 1 & 2 at box office respectively. So, his films would be most awaited among the hit Bollywood movies in 2013.

The following films are my anticipated hit Bolywood movies in 2013. There could be more films added to the list as films are added to the Bollywood Movie Calendar 2013 with announcement of new movie release dates.

1) Radhe

Radhe would be based on Salman Khan’s iconic character ‘Radhe’  from his previous film Tere Naam. This film is directed by Salman’s younger brother Sohail Khan. The shooting of Radhe is going ahead of Sohail’s previously announced Salman’s project Sher Khan.  It is said that Radhe is a remake of the Telegu film Stalin. The leading lady in this film is rumoured to be either Karina Kapoor or Deepika Padukone. Recently confirmed by Sohail that Tabu will be in the cast. Also he revealed that the title Radhe is not final and may change.

2) Chennai Express

Chennai Express is an upcoming 2013 Indian romance action comedy film by Rohit Shetty and produced by Shahrukh’s wife Gauri Khan under her production banner Red Chillies Entertainment. The film features Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, along with Manorana, Sathyaraj and and master Sainath Dukkipati as the supporting cast. Chennai Express is about a man’s journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram and what happens along the way. Principal photography began on 27 September 2012. Filming began in October 2012 and is expected to wrap-up by April 2013.

2) Kick

Kick is another remake of Salman Khan. This time it is a remake of 2009 Telegu blockbuster Kick. The leading actor in this film are Salman Khan and Asin Thottumakal. Kick will be the first directorial debut of Sajid Nadiadwala.  The release date for Kick is expected to be Christmas 2013.

4) No Entry Mein Entry

No Entry Mein Entry is an upcoming Bollywood movie starring Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Fardeen Khan and Bipasha Basu all rumored to be playing double roles. It is a sequel to the 2005 blockbuster movie No Entry. Anees Bazmee is the director who also directed successful films like No Entry, Singh is King, Ready (2011) and Welcome (2007).

5) Happy New Year

Happy New Year is an upcoming Bollywood romance comedy film directed by Farah Khan and produced by Gauri Khan under Red Chillies Entertainment. The film features Shahrukh Khan in lead role. The other actors confirmed are are Prithviraj Sukumaran and Abhishek Bachchan. Heroine is not yet finalized. The music will be composed by Vishal-Shekhar. The film marks the collaboration of Shahrukh Khan and Farah Khan after their 2007 blockbuster, Om Shanti Om. The film also marks the return of Farah Khan as an director after her 2010 moderate success Tees Maar Khan.

6 ) Krrish 3

Krrish 3 is one of the much-awaited movies of 2013. It is an upcoming Bollywood superhero science fiction film. This is the third instalment of the series, preceded by “Krish” and “Koi Mil Gaya”. The film is directed and produced by Rakesh Roshan, the film’s star cast has Hrithik Roshan playing the lead role of Superhero ‘Krish’. Priyanka Chopra, Kangna Ranaut, Vivek Oberoi and Shaurya Chauhan are the other major characters of the science fiction. Rekha, who was featured in the previous sequels, will make a guest appearance in the movie. Rajesh Roshan and Salim- Sulaiman have composed the music of “Krish 3″. This film is set to release along with a 3D version on Nov 3.

7) Dhoom 3

Dhoom 3 is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film, written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by aditya Chopra. It will be the third installment of the popular Dhoom series and stars aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif in lead roles as antagonists.  Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra are playing the main characters as a continuation of the Dhoom series. The film’s score is composed by Pritam. Dhoom 3 will release on 25th December 2013.

8) Naam Hai Boss

Naam Hai Boss is an upcoming Bollywood action film starring  Akshay Kumar in the title role. It also features Mithun Chakroborty, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shiv Pandit, Ronit Roy, Johnny Lever and Parikshit Sahni in important roles. It is being directed by Anthony D’Souza. The movie is an official remake of a Malayalam film Pokkiri Raja. The shooting of the film begins on 20th October in Delhi and will be released on 7 June, 2013.

9) Satyagraha – Democracy Under Fire

Satyagraha – Democracy Under Fire is an Upcoming Bollywood political Thriller film directed by Prakash Jha starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Manoj Bajpai in the lead roles. Kareena Kapoor will play the role of an international journalist. Current situations inspired Jha to make Satyagraha. The first look of the film was released on September 10,2012. Satyagraha is slated to release on Indian Independence day, August 15, 2013.

10) The Attacks of 26/11

The Attacks of 26/11 is an upcoming Indian crime-thriller film, based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks. This film is directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film stars Sanjeev Jaiswal as Ajmal Kasab, with art direction by Uday Singh. A seven minute promo of the film was released to positive reviews, over internet on 23 November 2012. The film is slated to have a worldwide release on 1 March 2013.

11) Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Again is an upcoming Bollywood crime drama film directed by Milna Luthria and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor. It is a sequel to the 2010 hit film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. The elading actor are Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Imran Khan and Sonali Bendre. Pritam has composed the music of “Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Again”. It is expected to release on 8 August 2013, on Eid.

12) Race 2

Race 2 is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film directed by Abbas-Mustan. It is the sequel to the 2008 hit film, Race, and stars an ensamble cast that includes Anil Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan reprising their roles as Robert D’Costa and Ranveer Singh from the previous film while deepika Padukone, John Abrahama, Jacqueline Frnandez and Ameesha Patel are new additions to the cast. Bipasha Basu will reprise her role of Sonia in a special appearance. Race 2 is scheduled to release on 25th January 2013.

13) Special Chabbis

Special Chabbis  is an upcoming Bollywood heist drama film directed by Neeraj Pandey of A Wednesday fame. The film stars Akshay Kumar and Kajal Aggrwal in the lead roles with Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpal and Anupak Kher in supporting roles. The film takes its concept from the real-life daring heist dated 19-March-1987 where an unknown man posing as CBI officer Mon Singh recruited 26 men posing as income tax officers executing a daylight income tax raid on the Opera House branch of Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Mumbai and disappeared with jewellery worth lakhs. The movie is set in the early 1980′s. The film is scheduled to release on February 8, 2013.

14) Murder 3

Murder 3 is an upcoming Indian Thriller film and the sequel to the 2011 film, Murder 2. Directed by Vishesh Bhatt and produced by Mahesh Bhatt.This is the third installment in the Murder series and is an official Bollywood remake of the Spanish thriller The Hidden Face of La Cara Oculta. The leading actors in this film are Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Haydari and Sara Loren. The film will release in February 15, 2013.

15) Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (English: This Youth is Crazy) is an upcoming 2013 Bollywood romance film directed by Ayan Mukerji under Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, who star in their second film together after. Aditya Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin will play supporting roles. The film is said to be a tribute to the cinema of Nasir Hussain, who directed classics such as Dil Deke. The film will be releasing on 31 May 2013.

16) Yamla Pagla Deewana 2

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film directed by Sangeeth Sivan, and the sequel to the 2011 hit film, Yamla Pagla Deewana. The film features Sunny Deol, Dharmendra and Bobby Deol reprising their roles from the previous film along with Anupam Kher and Johnny Lever in supporting roles with new additions including Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva (debuting in this film) as the female leads alongside Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol respectively. The film is expected to be released on 7 June, 2013.

17) Himmatwala

Himmatwala (English: The Brave) is an upcoming Bollywood action romance film directed by Sajid Khan. The film features superstar Ajay Devgn opposite Tamannaah in the lead roles. It is an official remake of the 1983 blockbuster of the same name which itself was a remake of a Telugu film Ooriki Monagadu of 1981. In this film Ajay Devgan will be seen as an action hero. Two more Bollywood superstar Jeetendra and Akshay Kumar will be seen as special appearance in this film. The film is scheduled to release on 29th March 2013.

18) Ek Thi Daayan

Ek Thi Daayan is an upcoming Bollywood musical thriller film, directed by Kannan Iyer and produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj under Balaji Motion Pictures. It stars Emraa Hashmi and Konkona Sen Sharma. The film was earlier titled Daayan but later re-titled to Ek Thi Daayan. The film is scheduled to be released on 18 April 2013.

18) Bullet Raja

Bullet Raja is an upcoming Gangster-thriller Hindi film, written and directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and produced by Rahul Mittra . The film will feature Saif Ali Khan opposite Sonakshi Sinha and also Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kishan and Chunky Pandey. The film will be set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh-based mafia while dealing with the underworld. The film will be released on 6 September 2013.

20) Phata Poster Nikhla Hero

Phata Poster Nikhla Hero is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy film starring Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz. The film will be produced by Ramesh Taurani of Tips Music Films and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, who earlier directed films such as Ghayal (1990), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Khakee (2004) and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009). The film will go on floors in November 2012 and will be released on 23 August 2013.

Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2012

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This year already has produced around 1 blockbuster film, 8 super-hit films and 5 hit films in Bollywood. However, the most anticipated films are yet to come in the latter part of this year. Here is a list of the films that made the cut into this list. I have tried to include any film that was at least regarded as a hit at box office and also by various reviewers.  Once again the big name are hitting hard; the likes of Hrithik Rosha, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan and Ajay Devgan.

  Film Leading actors Release date Box office revenue Budget Verdict
1 Ek Tha Tiger Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif 15 August, 2012 3.100 billion (310 crore) 750 million (75 crore) Blockbuster
2 Dabangg 2 Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Arbaz Khan, Vinod Khanna 21 December, 2012 2.513.7 billion (251.37 crore) 600 million (60 crore) Blockbuster
3 Jab Tak hai Jaan Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma 12 November, 2012 2.393.8 billion (239.38 crore) 500 million   (50 crore) Blockbuster
4 Rowdy Rathore Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi

 

1 June, 2012 2.010 billion (201 crore) 400 million   (40 crore) Blockbuster
5 Agneepath Hrithik Roshan, Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Om Puri, 26 January, 2012 2 billion (200 crore) 600 million (60 crore) Super-hit
6 Houseful 2 Akshay Kumar, Asin Thottumkal, Jacqueline Fernandez, John Abraham, Ritesh Deshmukh, Zarine Khan, Shreys Talpade, Shazahn Padamsee, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani 5 April, 2012 1.800 billion (180 crore) 750 million (75 crore) Super-hit
7 Talaash Amir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Karina Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui 30 November, 2010 1.745.7 million (174.57 crore) 400 million   (40 crore) Blockbuster
8 Son of Sardar Ajay Devgan, Sonakshi Singha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla, Mukul Dev, Vindu Dara Singh 13 November, 2012 1.705.8 billion (170.58 crore) 300 million   (30 crore) Blockbuster
9 Kiladi 786 Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Asin Thottumkal, Raj Babbar, Himesh Reshammiya, Mukesh Rishi 7 December, 2012 1.443.5 billion (144.35 crore) 300 million   (30 crore) Super-hit
10 Barfi Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’Cruz, Saurabh Shukla 14 September, 2012 1.060 billion (106 crore) 300 million   (30 crore) Super-hit
11 Kahaani Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Indraneil Sengputa, Sawata Chatterjee 9 March, 2012 1.040 billion (104 crore) 80 million   (8 crore) Super-hit
12 Bol Bachan Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachan, Asin, Prachi Desai, Krushna Abhishek 6 July, 2012 1 billion (100 crore) 700 million   (70 crore) Hit
13 OMG! Oh My God Paresh Rawal, Mithun Chakraborty, Akshay Kumar, Om Puri 28 September, 2012 830 million (83 crore) 200 million   (20 crore) Super-hit
  Student of the Year Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt

19 October, 2012 804 million (80.40 crore) 300 million   (30 crore) Super-hit
14 Cocktail Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padunkone, Diana Penty 13 July, 2012 750 million   (75 crore) 350 million   (35 crore) Hit
15 Raaz 3 Bipasha Basu, Emran Hashimi, Esha Gupta 7 September, 2012 670 million

(67 crore)

250 million   (25 crore) Super-Hit
16 Jannat 2 Emran hashmi, Esha Gupta, Randeep Hooda 4 May, 2012 650 million (65 crore) 180 million   (18 crore) Super-hit
17 Kya Super Cool Hain Hum Ritesh Deshmukh, Tusshar Kapoor, Neha Sharma, Sarah Jane Dias, Anupan Kher 27 July, 2012 648.5 million (64.85 crore) 120 million   (12 crore) Super-hit
18 English Vinglish Sridevi, Mehdi Nebbou, Priya Anand, Adil Hussain 14 September, 2012 610.5 million

(61.50 crore)

150 million   (15 crore) Super-Hit
19 Ishaqzade Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chpra, Gauhar Khan 11 May, 2012 460 million   (46 crore) 100 million   (10 crore) Super-hit
20 Vicky Donor Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor 20 April, 2012 460 million   (46 crore) 50 million   (5 crore) Super-hit
21 Blood Money Kunal Khemu, Amrita Puri 30 March, 2012 420 million (42 crore) 90 million (9 crore) Above average
22 Ferrari Ki Sawaari Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritvik Sahore 15 June, 2012 392.5 million (39.25 crore) 100 million   (10 crore) Hit
23 Paan Singh Tomar Irrfan, Mahi Gill, Vipin Sharma 2 March, 2012 384 million (38.4 crore) 80 million (8 crore) Hit
24 Gangs of Wasseypur (part 1) Jaideep Ahlawat, Manoj Bajpai, Piyush Mishra, Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jameel Khan, Aditya Kumar, Reema Sen 22 June, 2012 278.5 million (27.85 crore) 184 million (18.4 crore) Hit
25 Tere Naal Love Ho gaya Ritesh Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh 24 February, 2012 241.8 million (24.18 crore) 80 million (8 crore) Hit

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Abuses Basic Human Rights of the Maldivians and Muslims

Protest in the capital Male' against UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay calling for her arrest

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visited Maldives from 22-24 November, 2011. This was the first-ever visit by a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Maldives. During her visit she gave a keynote address to the Maldives parliament, the People’s Majlis, on 24 November. She also held a press conference at the UN building in the Maldives capital Male’ on Thursday 24 November 2011 at 17:45. The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives reveals that her sudden visit was at the invitation of the government of the Maldives. Many Maldivians raise eyebrows on this very fact that this sudden visit by her to hurl abuse on Maldivians coincided with the public outrage on idolatrous SAARC monuments in Addu, Maldives.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay: Abusing basic human rights of Maldivians in a speech she delivered to Maldives parliamentarians.

It was in her speech to the parliament and during the press conference, that she fell from grace and abused the most basic human rights of the Maldivians with her antireligious remarks as well as her abuse of Maldivians as a whole. How ironic it is, that the very person who is tasked with protecting human rights of all UN member nations committed this heinous crime.

Her mission was clear: to challenge The Islamic Sharia and the constitution of the Maldives and therefore, abuse human rights of the Maldivians by attacking both their religion and their constitution.

During her speech in the parliament on 24 Novermber, 2011, she said that flogging women convicted of extra-marital sex is one of the most inhumane forms of violence against women. “This practice constitutes one of the most inhumane and degrading forms of violence against women and should have no place in the legal framework of a democratic country. I strongly believe that a public debate is needed in Maldives on this issue of major concern,” Navi Pillay said in her address to the MPs. However the truth of the matter is that flogging is carried out for both men and women equality; 100 lashes each if convicted. So she clearly missed the point. It’s simply not true to say it is discriminatory against women when both men and women receive the same sentence. MPs from from the opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP), Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim and at least one MP of ruling Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) boycotted the meeting, knowing that Millay is such an anti-Islamic figure who regularly insults Islam and Muslims alike.

And again the same day, she repeated her abuses speaking to journalists at the United Nations Building in Male before concluding her four-day visit to the island nation. She called on Maldivian authorities to remove the constitutional provision that requires every citizen to be a Muslim. She said the provision is discriminatory and does not comply with the international standards. “I would again urge a debate on that to open up the benefits of the constitution to all and to remove that discriminatory provision,” she said. Asked why she made her remarks about flogging when it violates the Maldivian constitution, Pillay said that “I don’t believe you have a constitution”.

However, her remarks about remove the constitutional provision that requires every citizen to be a Muslim, is out of context. It is worth noting that the Maldives is a 100% Muslim country and therefore this particular call by her is rather irrelevant to the Maldives context; it may be relevant to those countries where there are different religious groups. In addition to that, it is also worth noting that no single Maldivian have been deported from the country due to religious beliefs. So, why she abused Maldivians like that? Sheer ignorance?

Her remarks that she does not believe there is a constitution in the Maldives raises serious concerns. Maldives is the a model democracy among Muslim nations and it’s constitutions is part of this promising democracy. Therefore, saying there is not constitution in the Maldives indicates her disrespect to the democratic process in the Maldives.

These remarks by her about the most basic human rights of Maldivians; their religion and their constitution can be regarded as abusing these rights of Maldivians. For these reasons, a vast majority of Maldivian are voicing their concerns against these remarks by her through protests and through social media such as facebook and also by the comments they leave on local news papers such as Haveeru daily.

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Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdul Majeed Abdul Baree denouncing Pillay’s remarks

Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdul Majeed Abdul Bary strongly denounced Pillay’s remarks and said that flogging is one of the important rulings of Islam and there is no room for a public debate on this issue. A ruling party MP Abdulla Abdul Raheem who boycotted her speech later in a parliamentary session said that such a person as Pillay who do not accept the constitution of a democratic country, should not be in such a high post of United Nations. He also said that her speech at the parliament should be deleted from the minutes of the parliament because it is such a disgrace that she caused there. Many, including MP Abdulla Abdul Raheem and the independent MP Mohamed Nasheed criticized the speaker of the parliament for allowing her to speak in the parliament.

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Ruling party MP Abdulla Abdul Raheem called for the resignation of Pillay from UN job for not accepting the constitution of Maldives

One comment left on Haveeru daily said “she needs to learn how to respect others religion…. Maldives is a peaceful country where all are Muslims. For the ambassador it is better to learn how to avoid conflicts in communities rather than making conflicting statements and run away.” Another comment, also on Haveeru, said if she doesn’t know how to respect others’ religion, she is not fit to be a human rights ambassador. Just let us be in our religion, Islam doesn’t need any modification from anyone!” Another comment for another news article of her said “Madam, it’s not only in Islam, the extra-marital sex is forbidden…there are other religions as well…just that in Islam there is a punishment for a sin, does not mean, it has to be changed for the sake of your ‘Human Rights’. If you are so ‘Human Right concerned’ you may think of getting involved in Palestine-Israel issues and you may find a lifetime works there’.

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Independent MP Mohamed Nasheed criticised the speaker of the Maldives parliament for allowing Pillay to speak in the parliament

The comments left on Haveeru touches important issues. One such comment said “UN Charter dictates that all respect others religion, culture and sovereignty. In her capacity as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay has violated our rights and interfered with our internal affairs. I would like to ask her if an occasional flogging is worse than gang rapping and broad daylight murders that are occurring on a daily basis in the countries that has multi religions? Is she blind to what is happening in Israel occupied Palestinian land?”

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Protest in the capital Male’ against UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay calling for her arrest

There are countless complaints by thousands of Maldivians on facebook also. Many raising the question of the hidden agenda behind her controversial remarks in Maldives. In addition to that, the outrage of caused by Pillay came on streets in the form public protests in the capital Male’ on the next day. Haveery daily reported that Protestors gathered outside the United Nations Building in Male on 25 November 2011, condemning UN human rights chief’s comments against flogging and the constitutional provision that requires every Maldivian to be a Muslim. The protestors who carried signboards with angry slogans first surrounded the UN Building on Buruzu Magu afternoon on 25 November and called authorities to arrest Navi Pillay who concluded her four-day visit to the island nation yesterday.

Top 10 Box Office Hits of Hollywood in 2011

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Hollywood films tend to profit more than Bollywood films due to worldwide reach of Hollywood films. In this year, we have seen some good films, thanks to Harry Potter sequels and actors such as Johnny Depp.

Film Leading actors Release date Box office revenue Budget Verdict
1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson 13 July, 2011 $1.328 billion $250 million Blockbuster
2 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunne, Julie White, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand 23 June, 2011 $1.123 billion $195 million Blockbuster
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Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally 18 may, 2011 $1.043 billion $150 million Blockbuster
4 Kung Fu Panda 2
Jack Black, Angelina joi, Gary Oldman, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Dennis Haysbert, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber 26 May, 2011 $663 million $150 million Super-hit
5 Fast Five
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson 20 April, 2011 $626.1 million $125 million Super-hit
6 The Hangover Part II Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis 26 May, 2011 $581.4 million $80 million HIt
7 The Smurfs Neil Patrick Harris, hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara 29 July, 2011 $559.8 million $110 million Hit
8 Cars 2
Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Jason Isaacs, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Izzard 24 June, 2011 $551.7 million $200 million Hit
9 Rio
Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Jemaine Clement, Jake T. Austin, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Tracy Morgan, Will,i.am, Jamie Foxx 22 March, 2011 $484.6 million $90 million Hit
10 Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Andy Serkis 5 August, 2011 $479.7 million $93 million Hit

Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011

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The real popularity of a film can only be judged by it’s performance at box office. The revenue it generates from cinemas and other outlets such as DVD selling and so on.  We are approaching the end of this year. Hence, most of the films have been released including blockbusters. Some films smashed box office records.  Once again, established stars, namely Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan proved their marketability in Bollywood film industry with the huge success of their films at box office. I would say, Salman Khan – with his blockbuster films released this year – have become ever closer to be the superstar, perhaps at the same level as Shahrukh Khan. Following is a list of top 10 box office hits of Bollywood in 2011.

Film Leading actors Release date Box office revenue Budget Verdict
1 Bodyguard Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Raj Babbar, Hazel Keech, Mahesh Manjrekar 31 August, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20112.277 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011227 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011600 million ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201160 crore) Blockbuster
2 Ra.One Shahrukh Khan,  Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami,     Tom Wu 24 October, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20111.920 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011192 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20111.350 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011135 crore) Blockbuster
3 Ready Salman Khan, Asin ThottumkalParesh Rawal, Mahesh Manjrekar 3 June, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20111.790 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011179 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011400 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201140 crore) Blockbuster
4 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin 15 July, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20111.520 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011152 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011550 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201155 crore) Super-hit
5 Singham Ajay Devgan, Kajal Aggarwal, Prakash Raj, Ashok Saraf, Sachin Khedekar, Sonali Kulkarni 22 July, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20111.500 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011150 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011200 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201120 crore) Super-hit
6 Delhi Belly Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Poorna Jagannathan, Shenaz Treasurywala 1 July, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011895 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201189 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011250 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201125 crore) Super-hit
7 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ali Zafar, Tara DeSouza 9 September, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011870 million ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201187 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011290 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201129 crore) Hit
8 Yamla Pagla Deewana Sunny Deol, Dharmendra, Bobby , Deol, Kulraj Randhawa, Anupam Kher 14 January, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011865 million ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201186.5 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011200 billion    ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201120 crore) Hit
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My All Time favourite International Songs (11): “Afreen Afreen” by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan)

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Afreen Afreen is one of the many beautiful songs by the legendary Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.  But this song has something unique about it. This song comes with as an original video song and the video posted here of the song Afreen Afreen is the original official video of this song.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was not an ordinary singer. In fact, According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan holds the world record for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist—a total of 125 albums as of 2001.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born on October 13, 1948 in the city of Lyallpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan. He was the fifth child and first son of Fateh Ali Khan, a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and Qawwal. He is considered one of the greatest singers ever recorded, he possessed a six-octave vocal rangeand could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours.Extending the 600-year old Qawwalitradition of his family, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is widely credited with introducing Sufi musicto international audiences.He was popularly known as Shahenshah-e-Qawwali, meaning The King of Kings of Qawwali.

In 1971, after the death of Mubarak Ali Khan, Nusrat became the official leader of the family Qawwali party and the party became known as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan & Party. Khan’s first public performance as the leader of the Qawwali party was at a studio recording broadcast as part of an annual music festival organised by Radio Pakistan, known as Jashn-e-Baharan. Khan sang mainly in Urduand Punjabi and occasionally in Persian, Brajbhasha and Hindi. His first major hit in Pakistan was the song Haq Ali Ali, which was performed in a traditional style and with traditional instrumentation. The song featured restrained use of Nusrat’s sargam improvisations.

In 1979, Khan married his first cousin, Naheed (the daughter of Fateh Ali Khan’s brother, Salamat Ali Khan); they had one daughter, Nida.

Khan contributed songs to, and performed in, several Pakistani films. Shortly before his death, he recorded a song each for two Bollywood films, Aur Pyaar Ho gaya (in which he also sang the song Koi jane Koi Na Jane onscreen) and Kachche Dhaage. He sang the title song of the film, Dhadkan. He also sang Saya bhi saath jab chhod jaye for Sunny Deol’s movie, Dillagi. The song was released only in 1999, two years after Nusrat’s death.

Khan was taken ill with kidney and liver failure on August 11, 1997 in London, Englandwhile on the way to Los Angelesin order to receive a kidney transplant. He died of a sudden cardiac arrestat Cromwell Hospital, London, on Saturday, August 16, 1997, aged 48.His body was returned to faisalabad, Pakistan and his funeral was attended by the public.

Translation of the song Afreen Afreen

Husn E Jana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahi (It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Tu Bhi Daikhay Agar To Kahay Humnasheen (Even if you see my beloved, you would also say)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

 

Stanza- 1

Aisa Daikha Nahi Khoobsurat Koi (I never saw anyone so beautiful)
Jism Jaisay Ajanta Ki Moorat Koi ({Her}  body is like the images of Ajanta)
Jism Jaisay Nigaahon Pay Jaado Koi (body is like a spell on eyes)
Jism Naghma Koi, Jism Khushboo Koi (body is like a song [and] perfumed)
Jism Jaisay Machalti Hoi Raagni (body is like ecstatic music)
Jism Jaisay Mehekti Hoi Chandni (body is like sweet-smelling moon-light)
Jism Jaisay Ke Khilta Hoi Aik Chaman (body is like a blooming garden)
Jism Jaisay Ke Sooraj Ki Pehli Kiran (body is like the first ray of the Sun)
Jism Tarsha Hoa Dil-kash O Dil-nasheen (body is like carved statue, eye-catching and arresting)
Sandali Sandali, Marmari Marmari ( like sandalwood, like marble.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (like sandalwood, like marble.))

Husn E Jana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahi (It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Stanza- 2

Chehra Ek Phool Ki Tarah Shadab Hai ({Her} face is like a fresh flower.)
Chehra Uska Hai Ya Koi Mehtaab Hai (Is it her face or moon?)
Chehra Jaise Ghazal, Chehra Jaan E Ghazal (face is like a Ghazal, face is like heart of Ghazal)
Chehra Jaise Kali, Chehra Jaise Kanwal (face is like a bud, face is like lotus)
Chehra Jaise Tasawwar Bhi Tasveer Bhi (face is like manifestation of imagination)
Chehra Ek Khwaab Bhi, Chehra Taabeer Bhi (face is like a dream, and its interpretation too.)
Chehra Koi Alif Lail Ki Dastaan (face is like the tales of Alif Laila)
Chehra Ek Pal Yaqeen, Chehra Ek Pal Gumaan (One moment real, another moment imagination)
Chehra Jaisa Ki Chehra Kaheen Bhi Naheen ( face is like no other face)
Maahroo Maahroo, Mehjabeen Mehjabeen (orehead is moonlike, so is her body.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Husn E Jana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahi (It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Stanza- 3

Aankhein Daikhe To Mein Daikhta Reh Gaya (I could not keep off my eyes after seeing her eyes)
Jaam Do Aur Donon He Do Aatisha (they are like two cups of wine and that too, burning)
Aankhein Ya Maikade Ke Yeh Do Baab Hein (are these eyes or two doors of wine-house)
Aankhein Inko Kahoon Ya Kahoon Khuwaab Hein (Are those real or this is just a dream)
Aankhein Neechi Huwi To Haya Bun Gayi (her downward glance is abashness)
Aankhein Unchi Howi To Dua Bun Gayi (her upward glance is prayer)
Aankhein Uth Ker Jhuki To Ada Bun Gayi (when eyes look down after upwards glance, is like a style)
Aankhein Jhuk Ker Uthi To Qaza Bun Gayi (when eyes look up after downwards glance, its became a punishment)
Aankhein Jin Mein Qaid Aasman O Zameen (eyes, in which arrested are the sky and the earth)
Nargisi Nargisi, Surmayi Surmayi (like Narcissus , greyish)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Husn E Jana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahi (It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Stanza- 4

Zulf E Janaan Ki Bhi Lambi Hai Daastan (The story of the tresses of beloved is also long)
Zulf Ki Mere Dil Per Hein Parchiyaan (tresses are like shadows on my heart)
Zulf Jaisay Ke Umdi Howi Ho Ghata (tresses are like over-cast clouds)
Zulf Jaisay Ke Ho Koi Kaali Bala (tresses like some black spectre)
Zulf Uljhay To Dunya Pareshaan Ho (when tresses are entangled, so also is the world)
Zulf Suljhay To Yeh Zeest Aasan Ho (when tresses are straight, then writing this song becomes easy)
Zulf Bikhray Siyah Raat Chaanay Lagay (when tresses spread apart then black night downs)
Zulf Lehraye To Raat Janay Lagay (when tresses sway then the night sings)
Zulf Zanjeer Hai Phir Bhi Kitni Haseen (tresses are chains, but so beautiful)
Reshmi Reshmi, Amberi Amberi (silken and perfumed)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Husn E Jana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahi (It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan appears in this song (Koi jane Koi Na Jane in the film Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya) sung by him, Udit Narayan and Anuradha Paudwal.

My All Time Favourite International Songs (10): “Desert Rose” by Sting & Cheb Mami (English/Arabic)

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Desert Rose is very beautiful song for me. I just can’t stop listening to this song. The song is unique, because it is English and Arabic mix.

Desert Rose is a single by Sting from his album Brand New Day (1999). The song peaked at #3 in Switzerland, #4 Italy, #15 in the UK Sinles Chart and #17 in the US Billboard Hot 100.

The song is noted for Sting’s duet performance with Algerian rai singer Cheb Mami, creating a distinct world music feel to the song. It also has a popular music video featuring Sting taking a trip through the Mojave Desert in a Jaguar S-Type and then going to a nightclub in las Vegas, Nevada to perform the song with Cheb Mami.

The lyrics of the song are inspired by the Frank Herbert novel, Dune, of which Sting is a fan. Sting also played the villainous Feyd Rautha in the 1984 film adaptation. Both the book and the song feature the Arabic language, as well as imagery involving moisture and desert plantlife.

The Legacy of Muammar Al-Gaddafi

Gadhafi toppled king idris in a bloodless coup in 1969

The late Libyan leader Muammar Al-Gadhafi’s 42 years legeacy can be outlined coulorfully. Some have depicted him as a brutal dictator, especially by western media outlets. Because he -in recent times – criticised leaders of oil rich gulf countries, the media in those countries as well some media outlets of other countries that managed to oust their leaders, keep describing col Gadhafi in the worst imaginable ways. But if you really look at who he managed to oust in 1969 without any bloodshed (unlike NTC who ousted him) and the contrasting situations before and after he came power, then you would start to have – at least – some positive thoughts about him.

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Gadhafi toppled king Idris in a bloodless coup in 1969

Media is a strong tool that can influence peoples’ minds. Easily when one-sided in covering a situation, the positives – often – are ignored. The same thing happened with the coverage of Libya and gadhafi. Rarely we hear world media talking about the achievements Col gadhafi and the accusations leveleld against him often don’t add up.

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Gadhafi throughout the years

First let’s look at his family. He married twice. His first son Muhammad, 41 (born in 1970 ) was the only child from his first wife Fatiha Al-Nuri. He graduated with a PhD in Engineering and Management from Liverpool University in 2006. Muammar Al-Gadhafi fathered six sons (Saif Al-Islam, 39 (born on 25 June, 1972), Al-Saadi,  38 (born on 25 May 1973), Hannibal, 36 (born on 20 September 1975), Mutassin, (born on 1 january 1977)- died aged 34 on 20 October 2011, , Saif Al-Arab, (born in 1982) – died aged 29 on 30 April 2011 and Khamis, (born on 27 May 1983) – reported that he died aged 28 on 29 August 2011 and one daughter (Aisha,  34 (born in 1976) with his second wife Safia farkash. Hi sadpted daughter Hana was killed durign teh US bombing of Tripoli in 1986. Status of his adopted son Milad is unknown.

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Gadhafi’s second wife Safia Farkash

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From left to right: Mohamed, Saif Al-Islam, Al-Saadi, Hannibal, Mutassim

 

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Saif Al-Arab Qadhafi

 

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Khamis Gadhafi (left) shaking hands with the Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika

 

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Aisha Gadhafi

Second, lets look at his rise to the leader of Libya. In his youth, Muammar Gaddafi was an admirer of Arab nationalist leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. He first hatched plans to topple Libya’s monarchy as a young soldier. A charismatic figure, he received army training in the UK before returning to Libya to overthrow King Idris in a bloodless coup on 1 September 1969.

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Gaddafi was a huge admirer of Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser, who led the Egyptian Revolution of 1952

He developed his political philosophy known as the Green Book and took on foreign oil interests in Libya. He also played a key role in the Middle East oil crisis of 1973-74 and fostered links with fellow African and other regional leaders. His attempts to represent pan-African interests were not ultimately successful.

Col Gaddafi’s courting of militant groups, including the Irish Republican Army and the Palestine Liberation Organisation earned him the “mad dog” label from US President Ronald Reagan. The US responded to Libya’s alleged involvement in a terror attack in Europe with air strikes on Tripoli and Benghazi. Col Gaddafi’s adopted daughter Hana was killed in the as a result of bombing along with 100 Libyans.

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A monument of 1986 mombing by USA

The bombing of Pan-Am flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie was the next significant escalation in tensions. Libya was blamed for causing the deaths of 270 people in the air and on the ground, the worst single act of terrorism ever witnessed in the UK. Col Gaddafi’s initial refusal to hand over the two Libyan suspects to be tried resulted in a protracted period of negotiations and UN sanctions.

In 1999, two Libyans were handed over and tried in a Scottish court for the Lockerbie bombing, one was found guilty. The resolution of the case, along with Col Gaddafi’s subsequent admission and renunciation of a covert nuclear and chemical weapons programme, paved the way for a significant warming of relations between Tripoli and Western powers. With international sanctions lifted, Tripoli was back on the international political itinerary, allowing British Prime Minister Tony Blair, among other leading figures, to drop in at Col Gaddafi’s famously luxurious Bedouin tent erected in his palace grounds. Mr Blair visited in 2004 and again in 2007.

Inspired by events in neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt and sparked by the arrest of a Libyan human rights campaigner, protests against Col Gaddafi’s four-decade rule began in February. Starting in the east, where he staged his coup more than 40 years earlier, they spread across the country. Col Gaddafi remained uncompromising and vowed to crush the rebellion. However, this was more than peaceful civilians protesting (despite NATO claims that their air campaign was to protect civilians). It was an aramed rebelion supported by NATO and Western countries along with some Gulf countries like Qatar and UAE. NATO gave full air backing for Libyan rebels. That was – perhaps - the reason the rebels succeeded in austing Col gadhafi from power. He was brutally killed bu rebel forces who captured hin on 20 October 2011 in Sirt, Libya, his home town and birthplace.

Those were some of the events the world noticed of him. However, when we look at his achievements and policies, the picture is much more colourful indeed.

1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.

2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.

3. Home considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.

4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$ 50,000 ) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.

5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.

6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kick- start their farms – all for free.

7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US $2, 300/mth accommodation and car allowance.

8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.

9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0. 14 per liter.

10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.

11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.

12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.

13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US $5 ,000.

14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15.

15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree.

16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

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Libya’s Great Man-Made River Project

 

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Libya’s Great Man Made River

 

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one of the reservoirs of the great man made river

“The Truth About Libya, gaddafi, and the illuminati” is a four part documentary produned by RT News Channel of Russia shows the truth about Libya, Gaddafi, and the illuminati’s plans. This is why they attacked Gaddafi with all the lies, propaganda, and why the NWO has to shut Gaddafi down for good! Because he was a threat to them.