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Disney’s photorealistic remake of the classic The Lion King inches closer to 100 crore club.

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This is amazing, but Disney has somehow determined exactly what the Indian audience wants and needs. The studio is on a roll dropping one hit after another. This year, it has already broken multiple records with releases like ‘Avengers: Endgame’, ‘Toy Story 4’ and ‘Spider Man: Far From Home’, among others. Now, it is making noise with the reworked version of The Lion King, originally released in 1994. The film is setting new benchmark for animated films both in the domestic as well as overseas market.

A report in Box Office India states: “The Lion King is a BLOCKBUSTER film as it collected 5-5.25 crore net approx. on its second Friday. The film has hardly seen a drop in the second week. The main drop is in the South which had a very strong first week anyway. Some centres in the Hindi markets have seen gains from Thursday. The drop from the first day is just a little over 50%. The collections are 86 crore nett approx.”

The Lion King is only the second Hollywood film of 2019 after Avengers Endgame to cross the Rs 50-crore mark in its opening weekend in India. There has been a high buzz around the Hindi-dubbed version of the film which has been lent voice by Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan.

Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King revolves around Simba who is next in line to become the king. But after his father Mufasa is murdered, young Simba goes into self-imposed exile. However, the true heir to the throne must accept his destiny and return to his kingdom.

The film stars voices of Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones as Mufasa, while the Hindi version stars voices of Shah Rukh Khan as Mufasa and his son Aryan Khan as Simba. According to predictions, The Lion King has good chances of crossing the 150 crore nett mark and would beat all Hindi releases of 2019, except Shahid Kapoor starrer Kabir Singh, Vicky Kaushal’s Uri – The Surgical Strike and Salman Khan starrer Bharat.

 

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Ayushmann Khurrana and wife Tahira Kashyap pose in same sweatshirt: We believe in gender fluidity.

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Tahira Kashyap shared a collage of his and Ayushmann Khurrana’s photos wearing the same sweatshirt. She wrote that they believe in gender fluidity.

Ayushmann Khurrana and Tahira Kashyap wore the same printed jacket.

Ayushmann Khurrana is known to break stereotypes with his films, but this time he has decided to set an example in real life. Promoting gender fluidity, the actor shared a collage of his and Tahira Kashyap’s pictures wearing the same sweatshirt on Instagram.

Ayushmann can be seen donning the printed jacket with a black T-shirt, a pair of black trousers and black shoes. Tahira, on the other hand, is seen in a close up shot flaunting the jacket.

Tahira took to her Instagram story to share the collage. She wrote, “We believe in gender fluidity,” followed by a heart emoji. Ayushmann shared her story and wrote, “Umm.”

With his every film, Ayushmann Khurrana tries to draw attention towards social issues. In Dreamgirl, he wore sarees and talked in a woman’s voice, trying to give the message that gender roles should be abolished. In Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, he played a homosexual man. With Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15, he talked about caste-based discrimination.

Ayushmann Khurrana is an ardent supporter of gender-neutral power dressing.

Coming back to the couple, Ayushmann and Tahira are college buddies who tied the knot in November 2008. They have two children, son Virajveer (8) and daughter Varushka (6).

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