Bollywood watch: why Aamir Khan’s new Dangal poster puts Salman Khan to shame

Aamir Khan tweeted out the new poster for his film Dangal on Monday, July 4.
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Fresh on the heels of Salman Khan's recent outrageous rape-victim comment comes Aamir Khan's new poster for his upcoming film Dangal – and it carries a powerful message about women's empowerment. The image depicts Aamir – like Salman in Sultan, he portrays a wrestler in Dangal – surrounded by his four on-screen daughters, with the tagline: "Mhaari chhoriyaan chhoron se kum hain ke?" (My girls are not inferior to boys). The poster stands in direct contrast to the brouhaha surrounding Salman's much-disparaged remark made in reference to his role in Sultan – he compared his plight while shooting difficult action scenes to that of a raped woman. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Dangal is a biographical sports drama that has 50-year-old Aamir portraying Indian wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught his daughters the sport. Two of them went on to win gold and silver respectively at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Dangal is due to be released in December. Sultan is in cinemas on Wednesday, July 6. - Christine Iyer

Salman Khan to body-slam film record with Sultan

Salman Khan’s bumper Eid releases have become a Bollywood industry legend. But with the upcoming wrestling drama Sultan, Khan has a good shot of breaking his previous record. Producers have booked up to 5,000 screens for the film’s release on June 6. Bollywood trade expert and editor of the film magazine Super Cinema, Amul Mohan, has estimated that Sultan will get 4,800 to 5,000 screens. Khan’s last Eid release, 2015’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan, was screened across 4,500 screens on the opening weekend - Sonali Kokra

Kareena Kapoor expecting first child in December

Kareena Kapoor has confirmed her pregnancy. This came after weeks of industry rumours that the 35-year-old Bollywood star was expecting her first child with actor husband Saif Ali Khan. The latter confirmed Kapoor’s pregnancy on Saturday. “My wife and I would like to announce that we are expecting our first child in December,” the statement said. “We would like to thank our well wishers for their blessings and support and also the press for their discretion and patience.” Kapoor will begin working on her latest feature Veere Di Wedding in August. Her first child is expected to arrive in December. - Sonali Kokra