The benchmark BSE Sensex plummeted by 562.88 points on Friday to hit nearly 14-month low of 25,201.90 amid heavy selling in global equities ahead of the US jobs report.

    Friday's closing was the lowest level since July 14, 2014 when the index had closed at 25,006.98.

    Experts say a strong non-farm payrolls data is expected to allow Federal Reserve to consider a September rate hike.

    "The global risk is getting highlighted with the focus mounting on the prospects of a US rate hike soon," said Vinod Nair,  head - fundamental research at Geojit BNP Paribas Financial.

    Fresh weakness in the rupee against dollar also weighed.

    On a weekly basis, the Sensex lost 1,190.48 points or 4.51% and Nifty fell 346.90 points or 4.33%. This is the fourth straight weekly plunge for both the indices.

    On the day, the NSE Nifty also cracked the 7,700-level.

    Gaurav Jain, director of Hem Securities, blamed continued selling pressure by the foreign investors, weakness in rupee and global jitters for the sell-off.

    The 30-share index stayed in the negative zone for most part of the day and touched a low of 25,119.06 before ending at 25,201.90, a steep fall of 562.88 points or 2.18%.

    The gauge had gained 311.22 points in Thursday's trade.

    The broader NSE Nifty also succumbed to all-round selling and slipped below the crucial 7,700-mark to settle the session 167.95 points or 2.15% down at 7,655.05.

    In broader markets, small-cap and mid-cap indices closed lower by 2.47% and 1.90%, respectively.

    Vedanta was the top Sensex loser, tumbling 4.84%, followed by GAIL 4.73%.

    Out of 30-share Sensex pack, 28 fell, while only Bharti Airtel and Coal India managed to buck the trend.

    Sectorally, BSE realty index suffered the most by plunging 3.32%, followed by infra 3.24%, power 3.03%, bankex 2.65%, healthcare 2.42% and IT 2.34%.

    Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei fell 2.15% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.45%, while Chinese financial markets remained closed on Friday.

    European markets were also in deep red on anticipations of a strong US jobs data.

Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chennai Express to get biggest Bollywood release in UK?

  • PTI, London
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  • Updated: Jul 31, 2013 10:11 IST
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    Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone are back together with Rohit Shetty's comedy Chennai Express after five years.

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    Deepika Padukone aces the south-Indian look.

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    Deepika Padukone in a still from Chennai Express.

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    Deepika Padukone plays the daughter of a don in Chennai Express.

  • Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan in a still from Chennai Express.

    Deepika Padukone and SRK in a still from Chennai Express.

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    Rohit Shetty has shot his Shah Rukh Khan- Deepika Padukone starrer Chennai Express in scenic locations.

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    Produced by Gauri Khan under Red Chillies Entertainment banner, Chennai Express is slated for theatrical release on August 8, 2013. 

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    Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sathyaraj, Manorama, Nikitin Dheer and Rani Mukherji feature in Chennai Express. Priyamani too features in an item song in the ...

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    Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan in a still from Chennai Express.

Actor Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express will get the biggest release for any Indian film in the UK.

The comic caper, co-starring Deepika Padukone and directed by Rohit Shetty, will hit cinemas around the world to coincide with Eid next Friday. "I am very glad the film is getting such a big release here. UK audiences are fantastic. I don't believe that actors have regional appeal but I have to accept that some of my star value is largely down to audiences here," said Shah Rukh Khan, during a promotional tour for the film in London.

"With all humility and kindness, I would like to request them to keep watching my films the same way. It is a great fun film, the kind I haven't done before and I promise it will be a great ride," he added, speaking to media-persons at Courthouse Hotel in central London.

The film is expected to release across 125 cinemas and 170 screens across the UK, marking one of the widest Bollywood releases in the country. "As a Shah Rukh starrer and an all-out commercial entertainer, it does deserve the widest release of all time. In terms of marketing as well, we have gone all out. We just wanted to ensure that it is a movie that everyone has as their first choice in this festival season when people want to go out and watch a movie," said Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director, studios for Disney UTV, the co-producers and distributors of the film.



Chennai Express brings Khan together with his Om Shanti Om co-star Deepika Padukone. The film is set in South India and has resulted in some criticism of both actors' shaky Tamil accent in the film.

"As an entertainer for 22 years, one thing is clear in my head that I have never tried to depict anything wrong intentionally. People will always have their viewpoints, especially now with social media. But one doesn't become a legend without controversies," Khan joked.

 

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