Entertainment (film)

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Entertainment
Entertainment
Directed by Sajid-Farhad
Produced by Ramesh S. Taurani
Jayantilal Gada
Written by Sajid-Farhad
(dialogue)
Screenplay by Sajid-Farhad
Story by K. Subhash
Starring Akshay Kumar
Mithun Chakraborty
Tamannaah Bhatia
Johnny Lever
Sonu Sood
Prakash Raj
Music by Sachin - Jigar
Cinematography Manoj Soni
Edited by Steven Bernard
Production
company
Distributed by Pen Movies
Release dates
  • 8 August 2014 (2014-08-08)
Running time 140 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office INR72.02 crore (US$12 million)[1]

Entertainment is a 2014 Bollywood comedy film directed by duo Sajid-Farhad in their directorial debut. Starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role, the film is produced by Ramesh S. Taurani of Tips Industries Limited. Entertainment was released on 8 August 2014, to mixed reviews from critics. Despite this, the film became a box office flop.[2]

Plot[edit]

The film starts with Akhil Lokande (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 ads, where Akhil constantly ends the fight when he gets a phone call, and says he has to go somewhere. He then arrives on a shoot where Saakshi (Tamannaah Bhatia) 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 to 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's shop. He tells him that he is going to visit his father at the hospital because he has chest pain. However, his father(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 his father, 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 was sent to his adoptive father. Then Akhil 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 3000 crore's will go to anyone who can prove that they are related to Pannalal Johri. After arriving at Johri mansion, his father's house at Bangkok, he discovers that a dog named 'Entertainment' is the owner of Johri's property. 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 (Prakash Raj) and Arjun (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, so while Akhil is attempting to kill Entertainment, 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 suddenly entertainment comes out of the water and they develop feelings for each other. Akhil realizes his mistake and learns that Entertainment is good hearted and good dog so he becomes his friend and leaves the mansion. Karan and Arjun, citing that their lawyer knows the judge very well, inappropriately acquire the property from the Entertainment- the dog.

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 as background music rejoices the two brothers. Akhil again attempts trying to split two brothers, this time by introducing a false impression of ghost of Entertainment-the dog. The two brothers quarrel and accuse each other of illegally disguising as Entertainment and they tricked the judges. Akhil's friends tape this conversation 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 unable to get saved, Akhil in a fit of anger he punches him but at this process he had saved him. Karan and Arjun come to apologize and are forgiven. Saakshi's father gets Akhil and Saakshi married while Entertainment also marries a female dog, this starts a party song "Veerey Di Wedding". This film ends when it shows that Akhil and Saakshi lives a life with Entertainment and female dog and finally at the end it shows the social message Love your pets and they will entertain you all life

Cast[edit]

Development, production and marketing[edit]

Shooting started on 3 June 2013 in Mumbai where the mahurat shot was filmed. On 1 July shooting started in Bangkok for a 3-months-long schedule where 90% of the film was shot,[5] remaining 10% of the film was shot in Mumbai with one song in Goa during late 2013.[6] 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 use of the word HIV during a joke in the film and subsequently it was muted. Another of board's objection was the use of trident by Kumar's character in the film. The shot was removed.[7]

All the costumes used in the filming were donated to youth organization in Defence of Animals. The organization auctioned the clothes and the money collected in this way was used for the benefit of stray animals. Akshay 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.[8]

Earlier titled It's Entertainment,[9] the logo of the movie unveiled on 14 May 2014, whilst the theatrical trailer was released on 19 May 2014.[2][10][11]

Soundtrack[edit]

Entertainment
Soundtrack album by Sachin - Jigar
Length 19:13
Label Tips Industries Limited
Producer Tips Industries Limited
Sachin - Jigar chronology
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
(2014)
Entertainment
(2014)
Bey Yaar
(2014)

The soundtrack is composed by Sachin - Jigar.[2] It will be the first time that Sachin - Jigar has worked with Akshay Kumar. The song Teri mahima aprampar is taken from Telugu film D for Dopidi.

Track# Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration (min)
1 "Johnny Johnny" Jigar Saraiya, Priya Panchaal & Madhav Krishnan Mayur Puri 3:38
2 "Tera Naam Doon" Atif Aslam & Shalmali Kholgade Priya Panchaal 4:44
3 "Veerey Di Wedding" Mika Singh Mayur Puri 3:34
4 "Teri Mahima Aprampar" Udit Narayan & Anushka Manchanda Ashish Pandit 3:45
5 "Nahi Woh Saamne" Atif Aslam Priya Panchaal 1:48
6 "Veerey Di Wedding" (Remix) Mika Singh Mayur Puri 3:37
7 "Johnny Johnny" (Remix) Mika Singh Mayur Puri 3:38
8 "Maange Maange" Akshay Kumar 2:57

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Critical reception[edit]

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 3.5 stars praising the humorous writing and the comedic acting talents of the stars.[15] Gayatri Sankar of Zee News gave the film 4 stars stating "If you like watching clean films and wish to take your family along for a movie, then 'Entertainment' best suits your requirement. Three and half a star for the film and half a star for rockstar Junior!."[16] Salis Afaque of Salis Magazine gave the film 3 stars. Meena Iyer of Times of India also gave the film 3 stars stating "Akshay Kumar is in top form. Having done a multitude of masala movies, he's become a khiladi. His bonding with the dog (especially in comic scenes) has those 'oh-so-cute' moments. The golden retriever is not a wonderful actor; but his eyes can melt your heart."[17] Shubha Shetty-Saha of Mid-Day gave the movie 3.5 of 5 stars writing "Entertainment pleasantly surprises with its delightful absurdity and sure gets you roaring with laughter at several points."[18] Mihir Fadnavis of First Post gave the movie a rating of 59 out of 100 saying "It is Akshay Kumar's funniest film since Hera Pheri"[19]

Box office[edit]

The film collected INR72.02 crore (US$12 million) in India.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bollywood Top Grossers". bollywoodhungama.com. 
  2. ^ a b c "Entertainment (2014)". bollywoodhungama.com. Bollywood Hungama. 
  3. ^ a b Riteish Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade make cameos in Entertainment. August 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Hiten Tejwani to star in 'It's Entertainment' with Akshay Kumar". Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  5. ^ Akki's It's Entertainment to be shot in Bangkok
  6. ^ Tamannaah wraps up shooting for Akshay Kumar's film - The Times of India
  7. ^ "Censor Board objects to Johnny Lever's character name in Entertainment". India Today. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Akshay Kumar auctions Entertainment clothes for strays". India Today. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Posted by: Nandhini (2014-07-11). "Akshay Kumar's 'It's Entertainment' Title Changed! - Oneindia Entertainment". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  10. ^ It's Entertainment - Reviews, Trailers, Cast & Crew, oneindia.in
  11. ^ Akshay-Tamannah's 'It's Entertainment' to have an item number, IBN Live
  12. ^ "Atif Aslam sings for Akshay Kumar’s ‘It’s Entertainment’", Dubai Bliss
  13. ^ After Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar sings for his film - The Times of India
  14. ^ "Akshay sings a track for his upcoming film Entertainment". news.biharprabha.com. IANS. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Adarsh, Taran (August 7, 2014). "Entertainment". Bollywood Hungamam. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 3.5/5 stars
  16. ^ Gayatri, Sankar (August 8, 2014). "Entertainment". Z News. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ Meena, Iyer (August 8, 2014). "Entertainment". Times of India. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 3/5 stars
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