Entertainment: Baahubali 2 breaking all records

<i>Baahubali 2</i> has smashed all opening day records for an Indian movie, previously held by Aamir Khan-starrer <i>Dangal</i>

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has broken all previous box office records, with the Prabhas-starring movie making ₹121 crore across Indian cities on the first day. The collections for the sequel of Baahubali on Friday surpassed those of Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal, according to renowned film critic Taran Adarsh.

Adarsh tweeted on Saturday,

The historical drama movie opened with impressive numbers in the West too, all set to become the highest grossing Indian movie in at least three countries with sizable Indian diaspora—New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

Wanted Bond to get more real: Brosnan

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A file photo of former James Bond franchise actor Pierce Brosnan at a film promotion event in Moscow in 2014

Actor Pierce Brosnan says he was frustrated with the James Bond films at one point and wanted his character to be more real. The 63-year-old actor says he had a tough time trying to make sense of the Ian Fleming film franchise, reported Female First.

"There was a certain frustration within me as the films went on, as I could see the world happening around me and the movies. I wanted Bond to get a little more gritty and real and down and dirty. But, however you try to nurse it along, the scripts would come along with the same outlandish scenarios," Brosnan says.

The actor adds he was inspired by previous Bonds, Sean Connery and Roger Moore but he did not want to copy them.

Satyajit Ray was a master in portrayal of death scenes: Sen

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Photo by Waseem Gashroo/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
A file picture of Bollywood filmmaker, screenwriter and actor Aparna Sen posing during an interview with a newspaper in Delhi

Actress-director Aparna Sen has said legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray had achieved excellence in bringing death scenes to life in his films. The director extolled the auteur at the 'Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture' and enumerated memorable instances from several of his films.

"Ray can be called a master in portrayal of death scenes in Indian cinema and mostly in his usual understated style. Deaths of Indira Thakran in Pather Panchali, Harihar and Sarbajaya in Aparajito, Aparna in Apur Sansar, Biswambhar Roy in Jalsaghar will always be remembered," Aparna said.

The Sonata director also recalled the days when Ray cast her in Samapti as Mrinmoyee and shared how he directed her. "I remember what he (Ray) had told me at the last close-up shoot. Put the tip of your finger in your mouth and think of lovely wonderful things.

Aparna also denied the claim Ray had projected India as a poverty-stricken country before the world. "In fact, he had rather given a face to India's poverty in his works," she asserted.

Language no barrier for Bollywood fans in Armenia

They may not understand a single word of Hindi, but Armenians' love for Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan surpasses the language barrier. Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is popular in the country and Armenians' love grooving to Shava Shava from the Bollywood hit.

Armenian couple Gayne and Norayz Iskandaryan said they love SRK as he comes across as someone "who is soft, romantic and not afraid to show his emotional side". "In actors like Shah Rukh, I see a guy who is soft, romantic and not afraid to cry or show his emotional side, though it is not easy to understand the story as you don't know the language," said Norayz, a freelance interpreter.

"I love Bollywood songs especially Shava Shava from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham," Gayne said when asked about the popularity of Bollywood films. Norayz said Indian exhibitions in Armenia are a great medium to connect people of the two countries. For the past few years, Indian cultural exhibitions in Armenia have become a huge affair and Bollywood is the connecting link.

With PTI inputs

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Published: 30 Apr 2017, 6:16 PM