Entertainment (2014 film)
|Story by||K. Subhash|
|Produced by||Ramesh S. Taurani|
|Edited by||Steven H. Bernard|
Sachin - Jigar
Sachin - Jigar
White Noise Productions
|Distributed by||Pen India Limited|
White Hill Studio
|Box office||₹94.85 crore|
Entertainment is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film written and directed by popular screenwriter duo Sajid-Farhad and produced by Ramesh S. Taurani under Tips Industries Limited. Based on an original story by K. Subash, the film stars Junior - The wonder dog as the titular protagonist and Akshay Kumar in lead roles, along with Tamannaah, Mithun Chakraborty, Johnny Lever, Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood. The Film was released on 8 August 2014.
The film starts with Akhil Lokhande (Akshay Kumar) getting paid for doing an ad, where he gets into a fight, as he wasn't paid the full amount of money that they had promised. This continues with a few other assignments, where Akhil constantly gets underpaid, resulting in a fight, ends the fight when he gets a phone call, and says he has to go somewhere. He then arrives on a shoot where Sakshi (Tamannaah) is shooting for her television series. After her shoot lets out, they go for a walk around the park, observing other couples. At the end of their walk, Akhil proposes Saakshi. Akhil and Saakshi go to her father's (Mithun Chakraborty) house, where they are told that until Akhil becomes rich, he can't marry Saakshi.
Akhil goes to his film-obsessed friend, Jugnu's (Krushna Abhishek) shop. He tells him that he is going to visit his father at the hospital because he has chest pain. However, his father Mr. Lokhande (Darshan Jariwala), is actually acting and is dancing around with the nurse, only staying in the hospital because it has service like a 5-star hotel. Akhil arrives just in time to hear and see this, and goes to beat up Mr. Lokhande when he reveals that Akhil is adopted and his real father wasn't ready for a child so his mother left, but was killed in a train crash. Luckily Akhil survived, and when the railway officers were giving one lakh rupees for the families who are even one member dies, he adopted Akhil to claim the compensation. Akhil, in a fit of rage, beats him up. He goes back to his house, and opens the chest that he never had before, which contains love letters from his real father, to his mother, and a locket with his father and mother's pictures. He discovers that his father is Pannalal Johri (Dalip Tahil) who is a billionaire in Bangkok. Right as he finds this, on the television comes news that Pannalal Johri is dead and his 30 billion's($480,000,000 in 2014) will go to anyone who can prove that they are related to Pannalal Johri.
After arriving at his father's house at Bangkok, Pannalal Johri's lawyer (Johny Lever) tells Akhil that a dog named 'Entertainment' is the owner of Johri's property, and is actually Johri's pet dog. He relays this to Jugnu, and they try to kill Entertainment, by having Akhil become Entertainment's caretaker, but fail. Saakshi and her father surprise Akhil at the mansion, and discover that Entertainment is the heir, causing the father to declare that Saakshi will never marry Akhil. At this time 2 brothers, Karan Johri (Prakash Raj) and Arjun Johri (Sonu Sood), the 2nd cousins of Johri, escape jail. Karan and Arjun want to kill Akhil, because they figure that the dog will die in a couple of years anyway, and thus while Akhil is attempting to kill Entertainment, they do the same to Akhil by drowning him under a thinly iced lake. Karan and Arjun hit the ground at the same time as Akhil causing him to nearly fall in, but Entertainment saves the former, and falls into the lake instead. After a lot of efforts, Akhil fails to save Entertainment but he comes out of the water and survives. Akhil realizes his mistake and learns that Entertainment is a good hearted dog so he becomes his friend and leaves the mansion. Karan and Arjun, citing their legal connections very well, inappropriately acquire the property from Entertainment.
Akhil learns this news and returns. He vows that he'll get the property back for Entertainment. Akhil's strategy is to divide the two brothers and conquer. He manages to get a job as a servant at the mansion, now owned by Karan and Arjun. Akhil attempts to split the two brothers, first by introducing Saakshi who seduces the two brothers separately. However, the scheme fails. Akhil again attempts trying to split the two brothers, this time by introducing a false impression of a ghost of Entertainment the dog. The two brothers quarrel and accuse each other of illegally disguising as Entertainment and having tricked the other. Akhil's friends tape this conversation in a CD slyly, however, the CD drops accidentally and Karan and Arjun realize that all this was planned by Akhil.
Entertainment runs with the CD. Karan, Arjun and their gang chase the dog, Akhil, and his friends. Akhil manages to beat them all. Later, Karan shoots Akhil, but Entertainment takes the bullet by jumping in front of Akhil. Akhil gets angry and beats up Karan black and blue.
Entertainment is taken to the hospital but is unable to come back to life. Akhil, in a fit of anger, punches him but at this process, he had saved him. Karan and Arjun come to apologize to Entertainment, who forgives them. Saakshi's father gets Akhil and Saakshi married while Entertainment also marries a female dog in the same ceremony. This film ends when it shows that Akhil Johri and Saakshi Johri live a life with Entertainment and his wife (the female dog) with both of them having Kids and finally at the end it shows the social message Love your pets and they will entertain you all your life.
- Akshay Kumar as Akhil Pannalal Johri a.k.a. Akhil Lokhande, Entertainment's human step-brother, Pannalal Johri's biological son and Mr. Lokhande's adoptive son
- Junior – The Wonder Dog as Entertainment Johri, Pannalal Johri’s adoptive son and Akhil’s canine step-brother, as well as heir to Pannalal Johri’s property
- Tamannaah as Saakshi Akhil Johri / Sonia / Saavitri
- Krushna Abhishek as Jugnu
- Johnny Lever as Johnny Habbibullah
- Prakash Raj as Karan Singh Johri ; Pannlal's cousin
- Sonu Sood as Arjun Singh Johri ; Pannlal's cousin
- Mithun Chakraborty as Saakshi's father
- Riteish Deshmukh as Jagtap Capsules television shopping host (cameo)
- Shreyas Talpade as cricketer (cameo)
- Remo D'Souza as a choreographer (cameo)
- Dalip Tahil as Pannalal Johri ; Akhil's biological father and entertainment's adoptive Father. (cameo)
- Vrajesh Hirjee as wannabe groom (cameo)
- Darshan Jariwala as Mr. Lokhande ; Akhil's adoptive father (cameo)
- Hiten Tejwani as the show actor (cameo)
- Sajid-Farhad as commentators (cameo)
- Yo Yo Honey Singh as Akhil's Sidekick (cameo)
- Kashmera Shah as Jugnu's Bride (Special Appearance)
"This film is full of love and laughter. Apart from working with Tamannaah, the best bit is that for the first time in my career, I'll be working with a dog! I've romanced women; I've played with babies; I've done every stunt under the sun. Now, it's time for me to take a cue from a canine. This film promises fun and it has got what everyone loves – dogs, dogs and more dogs."[undue weight? ]
In February 2013, Taurani confirmed that the film will feature Kumar in the lead role. Bhatia's involvement with the project was confirmed the following month. In April, Taurani confirmed that Sonu Sood and Prakash Raj will be playing the antagonists and that Johnny Lever was also part of the project. Sood had earlier acted alongside Kumar in the comedy drama Singh Is Kinng. The film was tentatively titled Entertainment. In an interview, Sajid-Farhad said that Kumar had motivated them to start their directing career. They said that they had prepared the script for their directorial venture a long time ago. Shooting started on 3 June 2013 in Mumbai where the mahurat shot was filmed. Television actor Hiten Tejwani also did a special appearance as a TV presenter. An audition was conducted in Bangkok for the role of the dog–Entertainment. A Golden Retriever named Wonder Dog was chosen from a total of 50 dogs to play the role. In June 2013, the producers, directors and Kumar discussed about shooting locations. Kumar expresses his wish to shoot the film in Bangkok, where he had worked as a waiter and trained in martial arts. The finalised locations included Baanpradhana Bungalow in Ongkuruk, Asiatique Mall, Ancient City, Bangkok University and Ongkuruk Railway Station.
The film was scheduled to premiere on 28 March 2014. On 1 July, shooting started in Bangkok for a three months long schedule where 80% of the film was shot, remaining 10% of the film was shot in Mumbai with one song in Goa during late 2013. The shooting was wrapped up in April 2014. A few songs and an item number were shot in Mumbai. The Censor Board of Film Certification in India had objected to Abdullah, the name of Johnny Lever's character in the film. The board's objection was based on the fact that the name of the character is sacred and it was mispronounced by several other characters throughout the film and this would have hurt the religious sentiments of people. The board had asked Sajid Farhad to change the character's name. They complied with the board's instructions and changed the name to Habibullah. The changes were made just a week before the release of the film. The board had also objected to using the word HIV during a joke in the film and subsequently, it was muted. Another of the board's objection was the use of trident by Kumar's character in the film. The shot was removed.
All the costumes used in the filming were donated to the youth organization in Defense of Animals. It auctioned the clothes and the money collected in this way was used for the benefit of stray animals. Kumar also bought one clothing item. The lead actress Tammanah Bhatia stated that she would donate all the costumes used by her in her future film projects to such initiatives. Earlier titled It's Entertainment, the teaser trailer of the movie unveiled on 14 May whilst the theatrical trailer was released on 19 May. Politician and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi was the chief guest at the trailer launch ceremony. The producers initially wanted the film to be titled Entertainment but Amole Gupte had already registered for his upcoming film but in July 2014 Gupte donated it to the Sajid-Farhad as a friendly gesture. Kumar decided that the credit for the dog Junior should appear before his. Some fraudsters released a poster of the film and invited people to attend the music launch at Birla Matoshree. Producer Taurani warned people about the fraud posters. The film's satellite right were sold to Zee TV; though the producers did not disclose the amount, media speculated that the deal was worth ₹1 billion (US$13 million).
|Soundtrack album by|
|Label||Tips Industries Limited|
|Producer||Ramesh S. Taurani|
The soundtrack is composed by Sachin–Jigar, with their new A&R platform White Noise Productions, including only the duo at that point, composing the background score. This marked the first time the duo worked with Kumar. The song "Teri Mahima Aprampar" was taken from the Telugu film D for Dopidi. Kumar also sang one of the tracks of the film. The YouTube link of the making of the song was uploaded on Twitter.
The party single "Johnny Johnny" was released first. Based on a nursery rhyme, the song featured Kumar lip-synching to a female voice. The directors said about the song "...in a small subtle way, we are showing our support for women empowerment". Sunitra Pacheco of The Indian Express said that it had "all the ingredients to become a new party anthem". In a review for Rediff.com Joginder Tuteja said that the film's music "is entertaining, providing good fun at a frantic pace." He called "Veerey Di Wedding" "an infectious number" and praised Mika's voice. About the song "Johnny Johnny", he said, "it has addictive beats that get you hooked at the first listening" and praised the lyrics and singers. He added that the song "will be played for many months, till the next New Year party at least."
|1.||"Johnny Johnny"||Mayur Puri||Jigar Saraiya, Priya Panchal & Madhav Krishna||3:38|
|2.||"Tera Naam Doon"||Priya Saraiya||Atif Aslam & Shalmali Kholgade||4:44|
|3.||"Veerey Di Wedding"||Mayur Puri||Mika Singh||3:34|
|4.||"Teri Mahima Aprampar"||Ashish Pandit||Udit Narayan, Sachin-Jigar & Anushka Manchanda||3:45|
|5.||"Nahi Woh Saamne"||Priya Saraiya||Atif Aslam||1:48|
|6.||"Veerey Di Wedding (Remix)"||Mayur Puri||Mika Singh||3:37|
|7.||"Johnny Johnny (Remix)"||Mayur Puri||Mika Singh||3:38|
Meena Iyer of The Times of India praised the film's humour, Kumar's performance and his chemistry with Junior, especially in comic scenes. She stated that though the dog was not a good actor yet "his eyes can melt your heart." She said that the directors could have kept the film "tight". Mihir Fadnavis of Firstpost called it a "sheer genius" and said that it was Kumar's funniest film since Hera Pheri. He wrote that the film satirised all of the Sajid-Farhad films and took "potshots at everything that is wrong with desi cinema and television." He also appreciated the scene transitions and called it "technically great." Hindustan Times's Sweta Kaushal criticised the screenplay, Kumar and Prakash Raj's acting. She said that Bhatia "[did not] have much to do" and Chakraborty did not have much screenspace. However, she praised Abhishek's comedy and said that it was the "[only] bright spark in the film." She concluded her review by saying that the film was neither a "great piece of art" nor entertaining. Prior to the film's release, Hindustan Times published an article titled Four reasons why you shouldn't waste your time on Entertainment and criticed the film's story, songs and dialogues. Shubha Shetty-Saha of Mid-Day wrote "Entertainment pleasantly surprises with its delightful absurdity and sure gets you roaring with laughter at several points." She called it a child friendly film and appreciated the dialogues and the performance given by the actors. However, Saha stated that the pace of the film's second half was slowed down by the excessive melodrama. Writing for The Indian Express, Shubhra Gupta called the film "dull and loud". She criticised the film's story and dialogues. Rohit Khilnani of India Today appreciated Kumar, Bhatia and Lever's performance and wrote that the rest of the cast was wasted. He criticised the plot and called it "senseless and full of loopholes."
"[Entertainment] is the film which misses the point entirely : it is dull and loud, with a brow so lowered that it reaches the floor."
Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com wrote "Entertainment is unapologetically filmi in its trappings, treatment, thought." She further wrote that the film was "mostly a garrulous, occasionally comical farce that intermittently serves as reminder that in the search of "entertainment, entertainment, entertainment" one can always rely on the delightfully loony Johnny Lever." Gayatri Sankar of Zee News called Kumar's acting one of the best comic performances he had given so far. She also appreciated the film's screenplay, cinematography, dialogues and the actor's portrayal of their respective characters. She wrote that a few of the songs could have been removed and the directors had succeeded in giving the message of treating "animals with respect and love". Writing for CNN-IBN, Rajeev Masand termed the film's humour repetitive and lazy. He criticised the film's story but appreciated Lever's performance by calling him "the single saving grace in this overcooked, misguided comedy". In his review for Bollywood Hungama, critic Taran Adarsh praised the humorous writing and the comedic acting talents of the actors. He called the film "a joy ride that lives up to its title." However, Daily News and Analysis called it a commercial failure and Tamannah Bhatia's third disaster in a row.
Entertainment was a commercial failure, earning ₹1.03 billion (US$14 million) worldwide at the box office.
The film released on 8 August and collected ₹112 million (US$1.5 million) on the same day. However, the performance at multiplexes in metropolitan areas was low. On the third day of release it collected about ₹140 million (US$1.9 million). During its first weekend it managed to gross ₹367 million (US$4.9 million) and Indian film website Bollywood Hungama declared it Akshay Kumar's 7th highest opening weekend grosser. Entertainment recorded the ninth highest opening weekend collection of 2014. In its first 5 days of screening it collected around ₹420 million (US$5.6 million). In its first week the film grossed ₹565 million (US$7.5 million) at the Indian Box office.
It grossed ₹155 million (US$2.1 million) on its second Friday, which was a national holiday. The film received tough competition from Ajay Devgan starrer Singham Returns which released on the same day. Entertainment was declared a hit film and trade analysts expected that it would be able to gross ₹700 million (US$9.3 million) during its total run. In its second weekend it added approx. ₹82.5 million (US$1.1 million) more to its total collection. Till second week the film's total collection had reached approx. ₹620 million (US$8.2 million). However, it performed poorly during the third weekend and collected around ₹13.0 million (US$170,000). The film's producer Ramesh Taurani expected the film to do better business but was happy with the overall performance.
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