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  1. Making a feature film is one hell of a task but what is crazier is watching it if turns out bad. While we celebrate blockbusters and worship the stars who maketh the film, there is a whole sea of brilliant short films out there that are way better than many of the films that crowd our screens. If the prospect of sitting through a 3-hour torture in a theatre gives you the creeps, these brilliant short films are the perfect watch for you. You don't even need to wait for the weekend to watch these. 1. The Most Beautiful Thing This is a love story between two people who are not the ideal match for each other but end up falling in love nevertheless. It has been written, directed and edited by Cameron Covell. 2. Rakka Directed by Neill Blomkamp, 'Rakka' is a military science fiction film about a dystopian future. 3. In a Heartbeat This is an animated short film that is about a young closeted boy who falls in love and as a result his heart literally pops out of his chest, sending him into a nervous frenzy about being discovered. 4. Thresher A horror film about a man in a locked room trying to escape an inter-dimensional threat. 5. Few Words An award-winning film about a French skier who is a pioneer of freestyle skiing, this one is a sheer visual delight. 6. Cargo As a father tries to save his daughter in a zombie apocalypse, he unwittingly sets off an unexpected plan. 'Cargo' is an Australian short film that was a finalist on the Tropfest Australia 2013. 7. Double king A trippy animated film by Felix Colgrave about, as the director's description says, “love and regicide”. 8. The Black Hole What would you do if you accidentally discover a black hole you can make use of? This film shows you what happens when an overworked employee finds a black hole and lets his baser instincts take over. 9. The Unconquered Narrated by Sean Bean, this one is a short film about Poland during World War 2. 10. Noose An animated short about a young boy dealing with thoughts about ending a life as he enters a forest alone. 11. Septem With a running time of 29 minutes, this one's not very short, but worth your time. 'Septum' is about 7 strangers in a room – one of them has to take a pill else they all face death. 12. Geri's Game One of Pixar's early short films, 'Geri's Game' won an Academy Award for the Best Animated Short Film in 1998. 13. This House Has People in It A disturbing short film in the horror genre, this one is scarier than Paranormal Activity. 14. Uncanny valley While we wait for Steven Spielberg's impending epic 'Ready Player One', this 9-minute long film about virtual reality taking over the real world is going to get you pumped enough. 15. One-Minute Time Machine After watching this, you'd wish you could get a time machine and start over every time a girl rejected your proposal. This one was shortlisted for the Sploid Short Film festival.
  2. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. -File LOS ANGELES: Lucasfilm announced plans Tuesday for a new series of "Star Wars" films made by the team behind "Game of Thrones," as it seeks to build on the lucrative sci-fi franchise. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of the smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning television series, will write and produce new films that are separate from the main Skywalker saga and the trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." "David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today," Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement. "Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push 'Star Wars' in ways I find incredibly exciting." Benioff and Weiss released a joint statement saying they had been dreaming of travelling to "a galaxy far, far away" since seeing the original movie in 1977. "We are honoured by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of 'Game of Thrones' is complete," they said. Lucasfilm did not say how many movies would comprise the new series or announce release dates. Disney boss Bob Iger said when Johnson's trilogy was announced in November the "Star Wars" franchise had been "exceeding expectations" since the entertainment giant acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. The two films from the main series under Disney's charge - "The Force Awakens" (2015) and "The Last Jedi" (2017) - are among the top ten highest grossing movies of all time, with $2 billion and $1.3 billion respectively. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016), the first of three scheduled spin-off movies, also made more than $1 billion, raising hopes for the success of the next, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," which opens in May. Good and evil Californian filmmaker George Lucas was 33 when he prepared to release his third feature - a far-fetched, slightly corny intergalactic saga of good and evil starring a sulky farm boy with daddy issues. "Star Wars" has since grown into the most lucrative and influential movie franchise of all time, ingrained in a geek culture that gave rise to Silicon Valley and disruptive technologies. The announcement sparked excitement - and some grumbling - among fans of "Game of Thrones," one of the most popular and talked-about cable shows in history, which begins its final, six-episode season in 2019. But not everyone was thrilled by the announcement, which once again underscored the lack of female or ethnic minority directors in the "Star Wars" universe, a marked contrast to the diversity Lucasfilm has promoted in front of the camera. "Still no sign of ever seeing any part of a galaxy long time ago and far, far away as conceived of by a woman or person of colour," tweeted film executive Franklin Leonard, who founded The Black List, a yearly publication featuring Hollywood´s most popular unproduced screenplays. The announcement came as the Walt Disney Company issued its first earnings report since announcing six weeks ago that it would buy much of rival studio Fox´s film and television assets in a $52 billion deal. The California-based entertainment giant reported first-quarter earnings - up to December 30 - of $1.89 per share, a 22 percent on-year rise, and revenue of $15.4 billion, just shy of the $15.5 billion analysts had been predicting. "We're excited about what lies ahead, with a robust film slate, the launch of our ESPN direct-to-consumer business, new investments in our theme parks, and our pending acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox," said Iger.
  3. General view of the new first Saudi cinema at cultural club in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia January 13, 2018. Picture taken January 13, 2018 - Reuters 2 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children?s films this weekend in a makeshift theatre, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted. The first permanent theatres could open as early as March, part of a liberalizing reform drive that has already opened the door to concerts, comedy shows and women drivers over the past year. For now, the authorities are sponsoring temporary settings, like the state-run cultural hall in the Red Sea city of Jeddah equipped with a projector, a red carpet and a popcorn machine. ?Until now, there is no infrastructure for movie theatres, so we are trying to take advantage of (alternative) venues to approximate the cinematic form,? said Mamdouh Salim, whose Cinema 70 brand organized the week-long screenings. ?We tried to use these films to be a starting point as the first cinematic screening after the decision on Dec. 11 to permit movie theatres.? Cinemas were banned in the early 1980s as Saudi society turned towards a particularly conservative form of religion that discouraged public entertainment and public mixing between men and women. But reforms led by 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have eased many of those restrictions, as the government tries to broaden the economy and lessen its dependence on oil. More Fun After watching The Emoji Movie with his wife and daughter on Sunday evening, 28-year-old Sultan al-Otaibi said Saudis are happy to see movies in the theatre instead of staying at home. People watch a movie at the first Saudi Arabia cinema ? Reuters ?It?s more comfortable, more fun to have a change of scenery and an activity on the weekend. It is a step that was very late in coming but thank God it?s happening now.? Thousands of Saudis currently travel to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and other countries for entertainment. The government wants to retain the money spent on those trips. The authorities expect to open 300 cinemas with 2,000 screens by 2030, building an industry it hopes will contribute more than 90 billion riyals ($24 billion) to the economy and create 30,000 permanent jobs. Regional and international cinema chains are also eyeing the Saudi market, keen to tap the spending power of the young people who make up roughly 70 percent of the population. ?I want to see everything because it is something new for Saudi,? said 30-year-old movie-goer Ibtisam Abu Talib. ?I hope everything is available - action, romance, children?s films, comedy. Everything, God willing.?
  4. Ever wondered why the song “Maine Tere liye hi saat rang ke sapne chune” left such a strong impact on us? Rajesh Khanna! Yes, he is the man who made all the difference. I have been his biggest fan, an admirer. The first superstar of Bollywood who did what no one else could. How could an actor be so versatile, I often ask myself! Happy Birthday Dad pic.twitter.com/I4ZEscR2vv — Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) December 29, 2017 From being a passionate lover to the most trustworthy friend, he was all at once. There was no one who didn't love Kaka for his sheer persona. The man wasn't just a beautiful face but could express everything just through his eyes without uttering a single word, such was his skill. Rajesh Khanna would have been 75 if he was alive today, but as Dr. Bhaskar K. Bannerjee (Amitabh Bachachan) said in Anand, “Anand Mara Nahi, Anand Marte Nahi.” It's true in this case! Here are few Iconic Rajesh Khanna dialogues that were written just for the real superstar! It's not just a dialogue but a life lesson! (My favourite) “Babumushoi, zindagi aur maut upar waale ke haath hai ... usse na toh aap badal sakte hai na main ... hum sab to rangmanch ki kathputliyan hai jinki dor upar waale ki ungliyon mein bandhi hai” – Anand We just can't imagine anyone else saying this dialogue! 'Pushpa… I hate tears'- Amar Prem A fun movie with little-hidden lessons “Kisi badi khushi ke intezaar mein hum yeh chote chote khushiyoon ke mauke kho dete hain” – Bawarchi © Shemaroo Kaka's expression in this particular one. “Maine Maut ko dekha to nahi par shayad woh bahut Khubsurat hai. Kambakht jo bhi usse milte hain, Jeena chod diya hain” – Namak Haram Ultra It's all about zindagi! “Main marne se pehle marna nahin chahta” – Safar A film you can watch over and over again. “Babu Moshai Zindagi badi honi chahiye lambi nahi.. Maut ke darr se agar zinda rehna chodhu, to maut kisse kehte hain? Babu Moshai jab tak zinda hoon, tab tak mara nahi hoon. Jab marr gaya, saala mein hi nahi. Toh phir darr kiss baat ka.” – Anand If only someone could love like Rajesh Khanna. “Pyar toh na bikne ki cheez hai, na khareedne ki cheez hai ... pyar toh sirf karne ki cheez hai.”- Amar Deep © PRiya And Bollywood used this dialogue again and again. “Ek chota sa zakhm bahut gehra daag ban sakta hai ... aur ek choti si mulaqat jeevan bhar ka saath ban sakti hai.”- Aradhana Man is the cruellest animal! “Is duniya mein do taang waala janwar sabse khatarnak janwar hai”- Hathi Mere Sathi © Eros A dialogue that become a sensation “Na koi tarang hai, na koi umang hai ... meri zindagi bhi kya ek kati patang hai.” – Kati Patang © Eros
  5. Legendary actor Dilip Kumar turns 95 on December 11, 2017. Photo: Times of India Legendary actor Dilip Kumar turns a year older today. Known to be as one of the greatest thespians of all time, Kumar was born in Peshawar in 1922 as Mohammad Yusuf Khan. In the course of over seven decades in the industry, Dilip Kumar established method acting as an essential part of film acting in Bollywood. On the 95th birthday of the tragedy king of Bollywood, let's look back at some of his finest performances. 1. Andaz (1949) Dilip Kumar shared screen space with Raj Kapoor for the first time in this blockbuster. Dilip Kumar played the role of the ill-fated Dilip in the movie whose unrequited love costs him his life. Andaz was the highest grossing movie of its time. 2. Ram Aur Shayam (1967) The movie is one of the initial movies to start the troupe of siblings 'separated at birth' in Bollywood. Dilip Kumar's performance in the movie inspired many actors to reprise the role of twins in the movies. The way he switches from a shy (Ram) to the vivacious (Shyam) is commendable. 3. Daag (1952) In the movie, Dilip Kumar proved his mettle as the invincible tragedy king of Bollywood. He plays the role of Shankar who succumbs to alcohol and moves onto the path of self-destruction. The actor also won his first Filmfare Award for the movie. 4. Azaad (1955) Dilip Kumar essays the role of a charismatic bandit who rescues Meena Kumari and pretends to be a wealthy person. The movie became one of the biggest blockbusters of its time with Dilip Kumar winning his third Filmfare Award for Best Actor. 5. Mughal-e-Azam (1960) K Asif's magnum opus was a classic in every sense. From the dialogues to the sets to the acting, 'Mughal-e-Azam' spelled brilliance. It remains one of the most popular movies of Indian film industry. Dilip brilliantly portrays the role of the defiant son who goes against his father for a courtesan. His performance is still etched in the minds of many of his fans. 6. Devdas (1955) Based on Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novel of the same title, the dramatic movie starred Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala and Suchitra Sen. Noted for its cinematography, the movie depicts the forlorn story of Devdas who takes to liquor after the marriage of his first love. As a hopeless lover, Devdas drinks to reduce the pain of losing his lover Paro. 7. Naya Daur (1957) With the onset of industrialisation, Dilip Kumar's role of a tongawala who dares to challenge the landlords became an inspiration for many. The movie was originally released in monochrome but was colourised later in August 2007. The movie was also dubbed in Tamil as Pattalyin Sabatham in 1958. Dilip Kumar even won a Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie. 8. Aadmi (1968) Dilip Kumar did not have any insecurities about sharing space with other male actors. In Aadmi, he essays the role of a possessive and jealous lover. Dilip Kumar proved his acting prowess by playing a man with walking disabilities and was much appreciated for his role. 9. Saudagar (1991) Loosely based on the popular play Romeo and Juliet, Saudagar was a love story. Dilip Kumar and Raaj Kumar played the role of sworn enemies in the movie. Dilip Kumar's performance was much appreciated in the film and also bagged him a best actor nomination at Filmfare Awards. 10. Shakti (1982) In the movie, a sixty-year-old Dilip Kumar played the character of an honest and incorruptible police officer who refuses to negotiate his son?s release from the kidnappers. As a result, his son (played by Amitabh Bachchan) grows up hating him and turns to crime. In his attempt to deliver his best Kumar emerges as the ultimate Supernova.
  6. First of all, thanks for checking this article out. We appreciate your effort. You still care about yourself and your life. We know life did not come with a brochure and you have a lot of questions that you need to ask. There is a man who can help. His name is Steve Cutts and he is an illustrator and animator based in London, England. There are many illustrators in London so why are we talking about Steve? If you are just living your life but not observing it then here is Steve showing you the mirror of modern society we live in. His style is inspired by 1930s and 40s cartoons, as well as modern comic books and several graphic novels. ©wsm.cn In his videos, he just does the ask the big questions about life but somewhere in there, he also answers them. Philosophy, eh? Before being a freelancer, Steve worked as an illustrator for the London creative agency Glue Isobar and worked on digital projects for giants including Toyota, Coca-Cola, Google, Sony. In 2012, Cutts created one of his most popular films, MAN, which has over 22 million views on YouTube. What did he use? Flash, After Effects and will to show the truth about society. Here are 5 of his works that are going to change the way you see the world! Why don't you start creating yours as well? Are you a Steve or one who will just watch his videos and forget about them? 1. Happiness Have you heard of the rat race? If not then ask yourself why? This is your wakeup call. Watch the video below and help yourself or someone else to get out of this rat race. 2. In The Fall A beautiful presentation of the life we live in the modern world by Steve Cutts. Remember watching the last scene of the movie 'American Beauty' where Kevin spacey realizes the only things that mattered in life in his final moments. This short animation will tell you so in just 1.43 minutes. A must watch, I would say. 3. Man This is another masterpiece by Steve Cutts depicting the harsh relationship between nature and humans. Aren't we cruel towards the mother nature, who has bestowed us with innumerable gifts? 4. The Present You are becoming a slave to your smartphone or, to be precise, you are becoming a slave to technology. 5. This Is Our World Likes and LOLs, more bullies and more cowards, but fewer emotions and empathy, is this what the world is turning into? Not a happy ending at all. Now, if you want to know more about this artist, this is where you need to go.
  7. A proposal to ban smoking in French films has been met with splutters of indignation in a land raised on images of puffing, pouting silver-screen stars. Photo: AFP file PARIS: A proposal to ban smoking in French films has been met with splutters of indignation in a land raised on images of puffing, pouting silver-screen stars. The idea was floated last week by a senator from the opposition Socialist Party, Nadine Grelet-Certenais, during a parliamentary debate on how to help the French quit smoking. Quoting a study that found 70 percent of new French films show at least one character lighting up, the senator accused filmmakers of painting smoking in a positive light. "It trivialises and even promotes smoking, particularly among children and teenagers who are the biggest consumers of these films on the internet," she argued. Health Minister Agnes Buzyn, a trained doctor who has pushed through a series of price hikes that will take a pack of cigarettes from 7 euros currently to 10 euros ($11,80), said she was in "total agreement" with the senator. "I don?t understand the importance of cigarettes in French cinema," she said, vowing "strong action" to end the "trivialising of smoking on social media and in films". ?Injecting morality? Smoking-related diseases are the leading cause of preventable deaths in France and the starring role of cigarettes in French cinema has long drawn blame for the lasting allure of smoking among the country?s youth. In recent years, however, successive governments have attempted to kick the national habit, first by banning smoking in public places and then introducing neutral cigarette packs. Those measures met with only mild opposition but the proposal to airbrush smokers from cinema screens had film buffs -- and self-declared defenders of all things French -- immediately up in arms. "If no longer showing cigarettes in films stops people smoking, let?s also banish crimes, rapes, theft, drugs and other forms of deviant behaviour and at last we will live in a peaceful world," the regional daily La Republique des Pyrenees wrote in a sarcastic editorial. Philosopher and commentator Raphael Enthoven also poured scorn on the idea, saying that "injecting morality in the Seventh Art (cinema) is like pouring Coca-Cola into a Chateau-Lafite", one of France?s most prestigious wines. Politician Florian Philippot, a former vice-president of the far-right National Front, also weighed in on the issue, saying the idea of snatching cigarettes from actors? fingers was proof that French society was "increasingly oppressive". Others questioned whether foreign films would also be subject to the ban and whether the government would go so far as to purge cigarettes from film archives. Belmondo, Delon chief culprits In a sign of the emotions stirred by the debate, France Info public radio posted excerpts on its website from five iconic French films featuring actors with a cigarette clamped between their lips. They included Jean-Luc Godard?s black-and-white New Wave classic Breathless, which features a supremely cool, chain-smoking Jean-Paul Belmondo in his breakout role as a roving criminal, and Alain Delon, as an icy ex-con in Le Cercle Rouge. The home of brands Gauloises and Gitanes is not the first country to consider ways to tackle any aura of glamour still attached to screen smoking. India, which has the world?s biggest film industry by output, has introduced a system of anti-smoking messages that must be shown every time an actor lights. In 2013, US director Woody Allen pulled his movie "Blue Jasmine" from India in protest at the warnings.
  8. Bollywood Diva Priyanka Chopra, who was named among Forbes? World?s Most Powerful Women List 2017, lost 10 films for standing up to sleazy men in Bollywood, her mother has revealed. In an interview with an Indian daily, Chopra?s mother was asked if her daughter faced harassment or sleazy behaviour as more and more such cases surface in Hollywood. ?She was just 17 when she entered the industry, so I accompanied her every minute of the day till about three years ago. So a gentleman meets her and says: 'Will your mother sit outside while I narrate the story to you?' Priyanka told him, 'If it is a story that my mother can?t hear then it is a story that I cannot do,'" she said. Chopra?s mother said she told her daughter that losing on some work is ?not the end of your life. Your life is more valuable." Narrating another incident, she said, ?a designer told her that the director?s brief was to dress her in itsy-bitsy clothes. The director had said, 'What is the point of having a Miss World in front of the camera if we cannot show her as her beautiful self?' Priyanka refused to do the film. It was being helmed by a reputed director and he got upset. Priyanka lost 10 films because she walked out of that project. But she didn't care. That is what I say to everyone. This is not the end of your life. Your life is more valuable." Asked how Hollywood treated her daughter, she said, that "they gave Priyanka a lot of respect. If you live on your own terms, the struggle is bigger but the outcome is sweeter too. This is my advice to every girl. Do not compromise and life will be sweeter for you." The dusky beauty has on various occasions spoken up about her experiences being a woman in the huge Indian film industry. In a September interview she said that she is ?extremely ambitious and I think it's a really great quality for girls to have. Somehow, ambition and feminism have turned into bad words, and they're not." Speaking about ambition, she said that it is wanting ?to be the best version of yourself". She added, ?I have learned that over time. [But] of course, there are dark moments when you're just like, 'I can't do this,' and you feel scared." However, she claimed to never let these feelings bring her spirit down. "I never say 'no' to anything because you never know the new experience that will come your way. Yes, it's really hard sometimes. As a girl, as someone who didn't know anyone in the business or the entertainment industry, it was very solitary, my journey. It's been very long, and that's been the hard part. It makes you vulnerable."
  9. The title of the role sounds pretty innocuous but has the power to overtake the entire film. A supporting role is written from a point of view that it never overpowers the main. But at times, the writer gives a deeper depth and understanding to that supporting cast, which was just meant to stay on your screen for a little while, making it an integral part of the film. In fact, that role leaves such an impression on your mind that often you remember that particular character when you think of that film. But for someone to steal the spotlight from the protagonist, you require an actor of that calibre who becomes the real star. Today, we bring you 10 memorable supporting characters who shifted the focus on themselves from the lead in iconic films. 1. Christopher Walken, 'The Deer Hunter' (1978) (c) EMI The movie, which is famous for Meryl Streep's first Oscar nomination, also had Christopher Walken, whose performance was praised by the critics. Walken went on to win an Oscar for the Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Nick, a soldier who loses his memory in an accident during the Vietnam War. From there, Nick goes on to become an expert in Russian Roulette. A rather eccentric character that was played to perfection by Walken. 2. Gregory Peck, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (1962) (c) Brentwood Production Atticus Finch was named as the greatest movie hero of the 20th Century. What's the surprising point here? Finch, played by Gregory Peck, wasn't even the lead of the movie! He swept awards for the Best Actor in 1963, but in reality, the leads of the film were Finch's kids, Scout and Jem. Finch in the movie is a lawyer, whose ideals demand that everyone is treated equally and that one must stand for what they believe in. 3. Robin Williams, 'Good Will Hunting' (1997) (c) Lawrence Bender Matt Damon played the lead in this soul-wrenching flick, however, the actor who stole both spotlight and hearts from the rest was supporting actor Robin Williams. His acting prowess as Dr. Sean Maguire, a psychology teacher who helped Will Hunting deal with the trauma of his abusive past, earned him an Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actor, and his performance earned plaudits from viewers. 4. J. K. Simmons, 'Whiplash' (2014) (c) Blumhouse As Terrence Fletcher, the ruthless jazz instructor who showed signs of being an abusive teacher with the desire to create brilliant musician through behaviour bordering on violence, Simmons won the Oscar for the Best Supporting Actor in 2015. Miles Teller played the lead actor in the movie but didn't receive as much critical acclaim as that received by Simmons. 5. Daniel Bruhl, 'Rush' (2013) (c) Imagine Daniel Bruhl played the famous Formula One driver Niki Lauda in the sports action drama. While Chris Hemsworth, the lead actor was praised for his fine acting, Bruhl's enactment of the pain Lauda went through post his brutal accident earned him applause from not only the critics, but the legendary Niki Lauda himself! 6. Jeff Bridges, 'Hell or High Water' (2016) (c) Lionsgate Maurice Hamilton's display by Jeff Bridges garnered support from the critics and viewers as he went on to win the Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actor. His role as that of a police officer, who is on the verge of retiring but yet uses his experience to foil the robbers' plans was engaging. 7. Jared Leto, 'Dallas Buyers Club' (2013) (c) Voltage Pictures Matthew McConaughey grabbed the world's attention by winning the Academy Award for the Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club. Despite this, it was Jared Leto who caught the attention of the critics with his stellar performance as Rayon, a transgender who's suffering from HIV. The performance won him multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Supporting Actor. 8. Heath Ledger, 'The Dark Knight' (2014) (c)Warner Bros Who can forget the iconic Joker, played by Heath Ledger in what sadly turned out to be his final movie? 'The Dark Knight' introduced us to a darker, calculative Joker. One that was never seen in the earlier versions of the 'Batman'. Ledger, who passed away later, was posthumously awarded the Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actor the following year. 9. Morgan Freeman, 'Seven' (1995) (c) New Line Cinema As a retiring detective, William Somerset, Morgan Freeman used all his experience to try and catch the criminal with the help of Brad Pitt in 'Seven'. While it did well enough at the Box Office and was praised by the critics, Freeman's effort was appreciated by all and earned him applause across viewers. 10. Kevin Spacey, 'The Usual Suspects' (1995) (c) Germarcy Pictures In the Bryan Singer-directed mystery, Kevin Spacey stood out with his performance, winning an Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actor. Playing the role of Roger "Verbal" Kint, Spacey managed to pull off the challenging role of a con-artist with cerebral palsy.
  10. Pakistani movie Saawan is among a record 92 films submitted from across the world for the best foreign-language Oscar. The award will be handed out at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, 2018. Earlier, Saawan received the Best Foreign Language Feature Film award during the International Film Festival's award ceremony on July 8-15, 2017. Directed by Farhan Alam, the film touches on the true story of a child with physical disabilities. The film is a ?quest for survival? and a tale of struggle and survival against all odds. Shot in a barren wasteland, Saawan, on the basis of its trailer, seems to be a journey of the child who initially feels helpless due to his disability, but eventually rises above the evils that surround him. The flick that seems to depict harsh realities of life may prove to be inspiring for people with disabilities. The film stars Karam Hussain, Arif Bahalim, Najeeba Faiz, Imran Aslam, Saleem Mairaj, Tipu Yorguc, Hafeez Ali, Shahid Nizami, among others. Written by Mashood Qadri, Saawan hit local theatres earlier this year.
  11. Bollywood churns out movies by the minute if you start counting the numbers, but very few make it to the top. Then there are some movies which you already know will make it big once they see the light of the day. Here's a list of upcoming movies in 2018 that will keep the cash register ringing and make the fans happy. 1.Chanda Mama Door Ke- Creative as the title may sound, the movie is not a kid's movie. This movie will have Sushant Singh Rajput play an astronaut, along with Nawazuddin and Madhavan in pivotal roles. Sushant is preparing since long now and even went to NASA to get additional training for the role. Will this be our answer to an ‘Insterstellar' or ‘Gravity'? Only time will tell. Sushant Singh Rajput to undergo special training at NASA's Space & Rocket Center... Enacts the part of an astronaut in #ChandaMamaDoorKe... pic.twitter.com/W4b9BYELCE — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 2, 2017 2.The Sanjay Dutt biopic- So much buzz has been generated that it's already a hit in the eyes of many. A great actor's biopic being played by a super fine actor Ranbir Kapoor, so very few things can wrong with this one. © Twitter 3.Padman- Trust Akshay Kumar to make feel-good movies which resonate a strong social message in it. After impressing the audience and critics alike with his latest release ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', Akshay Kumar is gearing up to release yet another film based on a social issue titled ‘Padman'. Akshay's character in the film is based on that of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who created the first low-cost machine for making sanitary napkins. R.Balki is directing it and two strong women, Twinkle Khanna and Gauri Shinde are producing it. The hopes are pretty high for this one. Pad-up and get ready for MrsFunnybones Movies and R. Balki's Padman -April 13,2018 @akshaykumar @radhika_apte @sonamakapoor @kriarj pic.twitter.com/62wkVZ4QYe — Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) August 3, 2017 3.Kedarnath- It will mark the debut of Sara Ali Khan, daughter of Saif and Amrita. She has been cast opposite Sushant Singh Rajput and Abhishek Kapoor is directing this one. The storyline has not been made public yet but rumour has it that Sushant is playing a tour guide near Kedarnath and she is a tourist. A journey of faith...and love. Come join us with #KedarnathFirstLook âª#SaraAliKhan @gattukapoor #kriarj #BalajiMotionPictures #Tseries A post shared by Sushant Singh Rajput (@sushantsinghrajput) on Sep 4, 2017 at 6:48pm PDT © Twitter 4.Gold- Akshay Kumar is joining hands with Reema Kagti for this one which tells the tale of the first Olympics gold medal in 1948. Mouni Roy will be making her debut with this one, and the movie will also star Amit Sadh. © Twitter 5.Manikarnika- The Queen Of Jhansi- Kangana Ranaut will be back on screen with another strong movie. Ankita Lokhande will be making her debut as Jhankar Bai with this movi © Twitter The line-up sounds interesting and we hope we get to see some good quality work with this talenthouse of actors that we have here.
  12. The Netflix logo is seen during a Netflix event in Berlin, March 1, 2017. AFP/John Macdougall/Files OTTAWA: Netflix will spend Can$500 million (US$400 million) over the next five years to make original films and television shows in Canada, the company and Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced Thursday. This amounts to about five percent of the video streaming service's estimated total US$7 billion production budget for 2018. As part of a deal with Ottawa, Netflix will open its first production company outside of the United States in this country, while avoiding minimum Canadian content regulations and paying into a government arts fund. It agreed also to highlight Canadian-made content in both English and French on its global platform. "It is important for us to see and hear stories that reflect back to us who we are as we are learning about our place in the world," Joly said in a speech. "I hope this (deal) will be a model followed by other countries in the world," she later told reporters. Ottawa had been under pressure by Canadian broadcasters to impose a tax on Netflix, akin to fees paid by broadcasters, that could be used to fund Canadian programming. Canadian broadcasters also must fulfil a quota of Canadian content on air, which streaming services are not required to match. Facebook, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, and other online firms reach Canadians directly, outside of Canada's regulated broadcast system. Most of their content is produced outside of Canada. The government's deal with Netflix under the Investment Act allows it to claim a victory for Canadian content while also avoiding imposing new regulations on Internet companies. Couch potato trends According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), there were about 11 million households in this country hooked up to cable or satellite television in 2016. But their numbers are dwindling, with an estimated 200,000 or two percent of television subscribers per year cutting the cord, said an April report titled "The Battle for the North American Couch Potato." The trend started in 2012 ? two years after Netflix began offering streaming services in Canada ? and is expected to accelerate over the coming years, said the Convergence Research Group, which authored the study. Netflix, which government sources say has about five million subscribers in Canada, had lobbied against being treated like a traditional broadcaster. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected a so-called "Netflix tax" in the 2015 election that swept his Liberals to power. Joly cited already high rates paid by Canadians for broadband Internet access in her decision not to add a new tax on streaming services. "Our government won't increase the cost of these services to Canadians by imposing a new tax," Joly said. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said investments like this one would give Canadian producers and creators more access to financing, business partners and ways to connect with audiences around the world. "Fans around the world are already falling in love with Netflix originals produced in Canada," he said. "Today's announcement affirms there's more to come as Netflix launches Netflix Canada, our permanent production presence in Canada." The company has already co-produced a handful of Canadian television series with public broadcaster CBC and others, including Anne, based on the novel Anne of Green Gables, and Canadian author Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace. As part of a swath of new cultural policies, Joly also announced new "cultural trade missions" abroad to help Canadian creators break into new markets. Ottawa will seek to expand international co-production treaties to grow production budgets and attract financing partners, she said. As well, parliament will be asked to review Canada's Copyright Act, as well as update the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act for the digital age.
  13. Back in 2008, the action-thriller ‘Taken' was released and Liam Neeson's career, as we know it, changed forever and for the better. Liam, who started his career during the 1970s, stepped into the limelight during the late 1990s. Proving to be a strong lead through roles in movies like ‘Rob Roy' and ‘Schindler's List', Neeson's career took a major turn with ‘Taken'. He was formerly known for his roles in prestige dramas but the success of ‘Taken' success was way beyond anybody could have predicted and made him one of the biggest action stars in the world. The two sequels of the hit movie, however, could not match the first's success but Liam's memorable performance as a former government operative trying to reconnect with his kidnapped daughter, eventually led the actor being bombarded with offers to appear in action movies. Throughout his career, Neeson starred in about a dozen action movies but some of his fans have had enough of the actor playing similar roles in stunt-filled films. And if you're one of those, then today is your day to rejoice! At the Toronto International Film Festival, Liam has been promoting his upcoming movie ‘Mark Felt: The Man who brought down the White House', in which he plays a serious but non-action-star role. During one such interview he revealed that he's ready to bid goodbye to action films. He is of the opinion that his action career was a “pure accident” and explains why it's high time for him to stop. Talking about how directors and producers still want him to do action movies, he says, “They're still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff. I'm like: ‘Guys I'm sixty-f******-five.' Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on.'” Given his age and the fact that he does most of his stunts himself, his decision to put action movies behind him is a wise one. But for those who love watching him beat the shit out of villains while he remains his usual cool self on screen, this news is a major blow. If you were expecting a 4th part in the ‘Taken' franchise, we are sorry to leave you disappointed. But don't be too disheartened, just yet. Neeson may not be accepting action roles anymore; but he still has a couple action movies in the pipeline which will release in 2018- ‘The Commuter' and another revenge thriller, ‘Hard Powder'. Although his decision could be a hard pill to swallow, we need to respect the fact that every now and then, everybody needs variety. And we can't wait to see what this superstar has in store for us.
  14. Movies today can be considered one of the best ways to convey a social and historical message. 2017 has been all about specific genres, out of the box storylines and a great shift towards more thought-provoking scripts. From mocking the Indian legal system and the conventional societal norms to inflicting vengeance, the first half of the year gave us some of the most unusual films. Here is a list of top 10 movies which have created their own niche all this time. 10. Haraamkhor A teacher falling for a student is not something uncommon, but from the Indian cinema's frame of reference, this was a bold attempt. Characters played by actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shweta Tripathi unveils the reality and shocking truths. 9. Kaabil The perfect married life of a blind couple ends when the wife commits suicide. ‘Kaabil' serves the revenge story on-screen where the lover seeks revenge against the corrupt system after his life turns upside down. © Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd 8. Raees Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of a brutal murderer and a reigning gangster who controls the booze trade. The film is said to be inspired from the life of gangster Abdul Latif, however, the film-makers have denied any such links. The film is a sure treat for Khan lovers and promises a good script. 7. Jolly LLB2 Uninspired sequel of the first hit, it is a story of a lawyer satirizing the Indian legal system. The foremost reason for the movie emerging a winner at the box office was Akshay Kumar's magnetic appeal and the plot strong enough to hold the viewer's attention. © Fox Star Studios 6. Mom This film is a clear portrayal of a mother's love. After an unfortunate accident with the daughter, the mother has to choose between what's right and wrong. 5. Anaarkali of Aarah Playing a dancer who performs on lewd numbers, Swara Bhaskar has impressed the audience with her accent and raw acting skills. The protagonist is an epitome of valiant feminism. This film stands out both in terms of performance and script. 4. Lipstick Under My Burkha The highly opinionated film ridicules the male chauvinist society. Blatantly bold, this movie points out the depth of women issues. © Prakash Jha Productions 3. Toilet- Ek Prem Katha A critically acclaimed film, a satirical comedy emphasizing the elimination of open defecation. The story takes an interesting turn when the female protagonist played by Bhumi Pednekar leaves her husband's house after discovering that there is no toilet in his village. 2. The Ghazi Attack Based on true events during the Indo-Pak war of 1971, the film is based on mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi. With a praise-worthy plot and amazing water action sequences, the movie is a technical brilliance. 1. Hindi Medium The movie has a bitter-sweet storyline of the middle-class parents struggling to admit their daughter to a good English medium school. This film clearly mocks the excessive importance given to the English language in our country. © T-Series All these movies have not only raised the bar of Indian Cinema but they have made us believe that people are moving back to good scripts and thought-provoking themes. We wish Bollywood continues to film original and strong content.
  15. If we talk about movies, 2017 has been all about thrillers and horror. The year's beginning saw the very dynamic and performance-oriented film titled ‘Split' by one of the well-known directors of all time – M. Night Shyamalan. The first half of the year was also about one of the most female-centric and revolutionary films (from the aspect of a female superhero), which smashed many box office records, ‘Wonder Woman.' While, the creep factor hit next level with intense portrayal of cannibalism, French drama ‘Raw' can easily be titled as the most ‘psychotic' film of the year. © Focus World Now, let us discuss one by one all those films of 2017 which have been successful in terms of viewership and critics ratings. We start with M. Night Shyamalan's ‘Split.' The film grossed a $276.9 million at the box office and received welcoming reviews from critics. “Split is all plot, an ingenious (and also ridiculous) conceit spun into an elegant ribbon of suspense. The less said about that plot, therefore, the better,” wrote the New York Times about the film. Shyamalan has made his point clear with a good number of twists and an immersive performance by James McAvoy. This is for sure a performance that's Oscar worthy. © Univesal Pictures The most awaited film of Hugh Jackman's career grossed a whopping $616.2 million. ‘Logan' left many teary-eyed and nostalgic at the same time. The film is the third ‘Wolverine' solo film and marked the most well-scripted and anticipated end of Wolverine's character. 2017 also gave us that one film, which is already seen as a strong contender for Academy Awards 2018, ‘Dunkirk' that left us in a sublime awe. The film marked the biggest 70mm release in the last 25 years, and a major part of it has been shot through IMAX cameras. With the current 8.4 IMDb rating, the movie succeeded in resonating with the global audience. © Warner Bros. Pictures Jordan Peele's ‘Get Out' was one of the most gripping films of the year. The film also had a social message apart from its nerve-wrenching horror based plot. Giving another definition to horror genre was ‘Annabelle: Creation', the fourth installment in ‘The Conjuring' series. The film proved to be a commercial success and grossed $255.4 million approx. © Warner Bros. Pictures Chris McKay tried his hands at creating an entertaining film, superhero comedy ‘The Lego Batman Movie' which brilliantly told the story of the DC comics character. But, there was another superhero inspired film, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' which was the perfect space adventure ride, a fresh and fun-filled fantasy which crossed the $200 million mark on the big screen and won our hearts. © Walt Disney Studios The year's end will mark three major projects by veteran directors – Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott and Clint Eastwood. As all three of them gear up for expected 2017 releases of their films, seems like the competition is already tough with the added cinematic masterpiece by Nolan. The first collaboration between Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep is also going to be an anticipated one. It will be interesting to see as which all films and actors make it to the Academy Awards 2018.
  16. Well, it's a known fact that the fan following of ‘Game of Thrones' spreads across all seven continents. People from different countries and languages are ardent followers of the HBO hit show. And we don't need to give you thousands of reasons as to why show such a huge hit. It's bloody amazing! We can definitely say that it is one of the most watched shows in the world and every news or update about it goes viral within no time. (c) HBO When we learned that GOT had an Indian connection, we couldn't contain our happiness. From costumes to VFX, there were a lot of things where our people were involved in making of the show which is pretty epic if you think about it. But we bet none of knew that the show also had a Bollywood connection. Don't be surprised, but did you know Australian actor Conan Stevens, who was seen playing the character of Gregor ‘The Mountain' Clegane shares a Bollywood bond with us? The man has done three Bollywood films and shared screen space with Akshay Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan. What's astonishing is all this took place while we had no clue about it. Stevens has played Asura in ‘Drona', Joey in ‘Chandini Chowk to China' and also the fighter Luca in ‘Brother'. Recently in an Interview with Hindustan Times, he shared his experience working in Hindi films. He talked how he is a huge fan of Hindi films even before he started working in them. (c) Twitter When asked about his favourite films, he mentioned Sanjay Leela Bhansali's ‘Black' and said, “I had seen Amitabh in movies before but never really recognised him. Black was the first modern movie I saw him in, and wow! I know it did not do too well in cinemas but what a great movie. Very well received by the critics and rightly so. I think this movie raised international expectations of Hindi films from a mad rush to marry with song and dance erupting out of nowhere to that India can produce very serious dramatic films." (c) Twitter He also mentioned how he enjoyed watching ‘D-Day', ‘Bhootnath', ‘Ghajini', ‘Ra.One' and ‘Om Shanti Om'. He also believes that Indian actors are very hard working and give everything it takes to play a role. He shared, “The stars of Indian cinema seem to take the job on as more than a job, it seems to me that they try to live as large as the roles they play. They sing and dance, do their own stunt work, they really take it upon themselves to work as hard as they possibly can at being the role model they pretend to be onscreen. And all whom I have met are absolute gentlemen in the traditional English sense. It really has been a pleasure to work with everyone I have so far met, and I must admit I have learned and do try to emulate them in this way.” (c) Youtube When asked about the difference between Bollywood and Hollywood he gave a mind-blowing answer, “In India, reality is too close so when we go to the movies we want to escape reality, in the West they are so removed from reality that that is what they want to see in movies.” Well, true that, Conan. We hope to see you in more Hindi films soon!!
  17. There goes a popular saying, “You scratch my back, I will scratch yours!” And the people in tinsel town effortlessly do it. Well, it's as simple as "you sing praises to me and I will return the favour". Every time a film releases in B-town, the makers of the film often hold a special screening for B-town people. The close friends and colleagues are invited and they become the first one to critic the film before anyone of us gets the chance. The Khans are often seen raving about each other's film, giving us an impression that it is the best film of the year maybe. Do you remember SRK before 'Tubelight'? Or Aamir Khan after watching 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'? These celebs rule social media and often tweet about what they think about the film. Sometimes the reviews are genuine and we vouch for such movies too. However, lately, it looks like a trend that no matter how pathetic and disappointing the film is, the prominent celebs go all gaga over it. Well, we are all up for the right of opinion but at least don't fake it to the world. When a movie is a disaster, call it so! Famous Bollywood celebs like Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt are often seen tweeting great things about the film. And when we go and watch that film, all we tend to wonder is if we both saw the same film? Here are 5 Bollywood movies of 2017 that tanked at the box-office and left us disappointed but bro, you got to see how celebs made it sound like a great piece of art: Jab Harry Met Sejal (c) Red Chilies Entertainment Lately none of Shah Rukh Khan's films are performing well at the box office. But how can we ever blame King Khan for it? After all he is the badshah and the whole B-town needs to bow to the king. Exactly was the case when 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' released. While the whole world couldn't get over the fact that why such a film was even created in the first place, you had director Ashutosh Gowariker and actress Kriti Sanon tweeting boosting SRK's ego. Shah Rukh reloaded with ROMANCE!! @AnushkaSharma bahuuut SARAS chhe! @iamsrk CHANGAA hai ji CHANGAA!! #IMTIAZALI 's #JHMS behtareen hai! — Ashutosh Gowariker (@AshGowariker) August 3, 2017 Love RomComs..and when its SRK,its a MUST watch!Cant wait to see #JHMSð!Love to my 3 favourites @iamsrk sir, Imtiaz sir, @AnushkaSharma â¤ï¸ð¤ — BITTI (@kritisanon) August 4, 2017 Tubelight (c) SKF This Salman Khan film was the most disappointing film of the year. Based on the 1952 Indo-China war, the film was a lost cause and you don't have to be a 'Tubelight' to figure this one out. However, Preity Zinta was on another tangent and rooted for this film to be a blockbuster. Unfortunately, not everyone felt the same. Congrats @BeingSalmanKhan & @kabirkhankk for yet another blockbusterð Absolutely LOVEDâ¤ï¸the time, innocence & world of #TubelightðTing ð pic.twitter.com/L22eXkIyM5 — Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) June 23, 2017 #Tubelight is an innocent film that warms the heart and touches the soul. It gives us faith and love in a time of war. @kabirkhankk — Dia Mirza (@deespeak) June 23, 2017 A Gentlemen (c) Fox India A movie that was too cliché to even watch. Sidharth Malhotra didn't fit the bill. But you had filmmaker Karan Johar applauding the film as if it was a masterpiece. #AGentlemanSundarSusheelRisky is a full on entertaining ride with kick ass action and many laughs! A non stop adrenaline rush!!! — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 24, 2017 #AGentlemanSundarSusheelRisky ...@S1dharthM looks looks and acts like a bonafide action star! In full form! And @Asli_Jacqueline is LOVELY!! — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 24, 2017 Really Karan? Were you day dreaming? Raabta (c) T Series This is one of those movies that literally had the power to **** with your head so bad, that you couldn't help yourself from using curse words. But then B-town loved it. Varun was all ‘blahhhh....blahhh.....blahhh'. All those who heard him, regretted booking their tickets big time. On the other hand Ayushmann Khurana was just being nice to his co-star Kriti Sannon, after all they were working on a film together. #Raabta should be only seen in the theatre make it your weekend watch. Best of luck to the entire team #dinoo. Hearing great stuff — Varun PREM Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) June 9, 2017 #Raabta is pure unadulterated love. @itsSSR is such a superstar material with immense range. @kritisanon is fab and an adorable revelationâ¤ð — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) June 8, 2017 Begum Jaan (c) Vishesh Films Well, there is no doubt that Vidya Balan aced her character, but the film wasn't good enough to entertain the audience and make big bucks at the box office. The film tanked but man Alia Bhatt's tweet would have definitely made you believe otherwise. If I am not mistaken wasn't the film produced by her home production? #JustSaying! #BegumJaan releases today! Such a moving film with such powerful performances! @vidya_balan is fantastic!! A big dose of COURAGE! Go watchð — Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) April 14, 2017
  18. Bollywood produces many films every year. While some go on to do really good business at the box office, some films tank. But there are some genres that do really well at the box office every time that film releases. Well, we are talking about the comedy genre in Bollywood. Time and again, comedies have proven to be Bollywood's favourite bet. So, today we have for you the rib-tickling comedies that Bollywood has produced over the years and have proven to be sure-shot successes. 1. Gol Maal (1979) Directed by the talented Hrishikesh Mukherjee and starring Amol Palekar, Utpal Dutt, Bindiya Goswami, and Deven Verma in lead roles, this was a rib-tickling comedy that left everyone with tears of laughter. This film has an IMDb rating of 8.6 and is one of the most-watched comedies ever. Utpal Dutt, a quirky businessman, judges all people by their moustaches and those who don't have one are not considered to be people worthy of any attention. He even discourages people from having any hobbies. One day when Amol Palekar's lie gets exposed, all hell breaks loose and it is this hilarity and confusion that marks the ending of this movie. Source: Rupam Chitra 2. Angoor (1982) This 1982 film, which was an on-screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's play A Comedy Of Errors, starred Deven Verma and Sanjeev Kapoor in double roles. The film also had a star cast comprising of Deepti Naval, Aruna Irani, and Moushumi Chatterjee. With an IMDb rating of 8.4, this film was one super-duper hit. A couple of pair of twins gets separated at birth only to come face-to-face as adults and in exchanged places. While one pair is criminals, the other pair is honest and hard-working. Deven Verma went on to win the Best Comedian Award that year in Filmfare. Source: AR Movies 3. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) This film has an IMDb rating of 8.5 and was one of the most successful Bollywood comedies to have ever been made. With a star cast comprising of Satish Shah, Naseerudin Shah, the late Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Deepak Qazir and various others, it was a dark satire on the rampant corruption prevalent in Indian politics. This is a must-watch film if you want to witness the sheer magic that these stars created on-screen. Do watch a famous scene from the movie below: 4. Andaz Apna Apna (1994) Who can forget the characters of Teja, Crime Master Gogo, Robert, Amar, Prem, and of course the leading ladies, Raveena and Karisma? Rajkumar Santoshi managed to pull up a casting coup of sorts when he got Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, the biggest superstars of that time together in a film. When this film released in 1994, it was declared as a flop film. However, over time this film has managed to gain a cult status, and is immensely loved by people, young and old. Even the dialogues of the film are such that people remember them till date. Have a look at one of the most famous scenes of the movie right here: 5. Hero No. 1 (1997) Comedy and Govinda go hand-in-hand! No list of comedy films can be complete without a mention of any of his films. This film was helmed by David Dhawan and also starred Karisma Kapoor, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, and Paresh Rawal in lead roles. When Govinda and Karisma Kapoor's characters fall in love and their love is not accepted by her family, Govinda enters the household as a servant and wins over their hearts is what makes the plot of this film. With an IMDb rating of 6, this should be on your watch list if you too feel that nobody can beat Govinda when it comes to comedy films. Source: Puja Entertainment 6. Hera Pheri (2000) Starring Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty, Akshay Kumar, and Tabu in lead roles, this film released in 2000 and was an immediate success. With a rating of 8.2 on the IMDb scale, this movie was an instant laugh-riot. Paresh Rawal is a poor landlord who is very near-sighted and his tenant Raju (Akshay Kumar) too is jobless. Enter Suniel Shetty and the trio are stuck in a rut of poverty. When a cross-connection leads them to a ransom call from a multi-millionaire, they decide to keep the money for themselves. This cat and dog chase marks the culmination of the movie and the final chase scene is perhaps the most hilarious scene ever made. Watch a small snippet from the movie here: 7. Hungama (2003) Starring Paresh Rawal, Akshay Khanna, Aftab Shivdasani, and Rimi Sen in lead roles, this 2003 movie was a roller-coaster ride full of laughter and fun. Loosely based on Charles Dickens' play, The Strange Gentleman, this movie had amazing performances by the star cast. Shakti Kapoor, Rajpal Yadav, and Tiku Talsania too played side roles in the film. With a rating of 7.5 on IMDb, this is a must-watch if you wish to enjoy a laughter-filled evening with your family. Filmed by Priyadarshan, this one should rank high on your watch list. And in case you're still not convinced, watch a hilarious snippet from the film right here: 8. Khosla Ka Ghosla (2003) Starring Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Vinay Pathak, and Ranvir Shorey, this movie is a hilarious take on the property dealers everywhere. When a dishonest property dealer (Boman Irani) grabs Anupam Kher's land, hilarity ensues and the film marks how the entire Khosla clan and a motley group of actors come together to take their land back. With an IMDb rating of 8.3, this film should be on your to-watch agenda if you enjoy clean and classy comedies. 9. Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya? (2005) Starring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sushmita Sen, and Sohail Khan in lead roles, this was one roller-coaster of laughter inducing film. Directed by David Dhawan and with a rating of 5.5 on IMDb, watch this film if you enjoy nonsense comedy and are looking for a stress-buster. Samir (Salman Khan) is a doctor and a womanizer. Whenever a girl tries to ask him for marriage, he lies and says that he is already married. But when he meets Sonia (Katrina Kaif), he falls in love with her and so convinces his nurse, Naina (Sushmita Sen) to be his fake wife. The resulting chaos is what marks this film's ending. Source: Sohail Khan Productions 10. Bheja Fry (2007) Starring the indomitable stars Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Sarika, Ranvir Shorey, Milind Soman, and Bhairavi Goswami, this is a must-watch film if you enjoy clean comedy films. What happens when a music producer invites an aspiring singer to his house is the theme this film follows. In trying to help everyone, Vinay Pathak's character ends up creating a mess for Rajat Kapoor. And, when he asks him to leave, he again tries helping out and creates a further complicated situation. The film ends on a funny note with Rajat Kapoor almost wanting to kick Vinay Pathak out of the house. While the film opened to below-average collections, word-of-mouth praise made the film gain a considerable amount at the box office. So, which out of these are your favourite comedies? Do let us know in the comments section below.
  19. He surprised everyone with his awesome performance in ‘Thor' and the ‘Avengers'. And, there is literally no one who doesn't love him. Well, Chris Hemsworth is undoubtedly amazing, a fabulous actor and a heartthrob to boot. Is there anything this man can't do? The Hollywood and Aussie hunk has been in some excellent films, proving his versatility as an actor. The ‘Thor' star is surely a super busy man these days as his latest film ‘Thor: Ragnarok' is set to hit theatres in November! And, we can't wait. However, as the actor turns 34 today, we've compiled a list of some his most brilliant performances for y'all! 1. Star Trek (2009) This popular reboot of one of the most popular science fiction franchises ever didn't just kick start Chris's career but he also managed to grab several eyeballs. Starring in a small yet a pivotal role as George Samuel Kirk (James' father), he not just opens up the film but sets the whole story in motion. His aura and performance as a heroic father figure is so moving that you understand why Kirk wants to fulfil what his father wanted. 2. A Perfect Getaway (2009) Well, this film didn't really make it big in Hollywood but certainly gave Chris the presence he needed to prove his acting skills. In the film, he plays a Kale, a young hitchhiker who is accused of murder by a couple. Despite his limited screen presence, he was bright enough to get noticed and the rest is history. 3. Thor (2011) Best known for his role as the Marvel Comics superhero Thor, people went gaga over his performance. He and Tom Hiddleston, who ultimately played Loki, both had auditioned for the role. Just wondering would we want anyone else except Hemsworth playing this character? In 2012 he reprised his role again as Thor in The Avengers as one of the six superheroes and yet again impressed viewers. 4. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) This wasn't your normal fairytale. ‘Snow White and the Huntsman' took a more sinister look inside the life of the raven haired princess. Pretty interesting, isn't it? Donning Eric's character, whose task is to murder Snow White (Kristen Stewart), he was equally scary and caring. His performance was loved by the critics, who didn't love the film as much. 5. The Cabin in the Woods (2012) This film was a very different gig from his previous roles. The plot revolves arund four young adults who face unspeakable horrors on a weekend getaway. As Curt, he did a terrific job and many won't believe it but this film's got a cult following as well. 6. Rush (2013) This film, based on a true story, is worth a watch. The movie depicts the true rivalry between Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt, where Hemsworth plays the latter character and garnered positive reviews for his performance. 7. Thor: Ragnarok This list couldn't have been completed without mentioning this film. Yeah, we know the film is yet to be released but when he effortlessly entertained us in ‘Thor', we are sure as shit that he will do the same this time as well. And he's teaming up with the Hulk! The HULK!
  20. <p>The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals out there and it is a matter of great pride for us that three Indian movies will be representing the country there this year. </p> <p>Along with great movies from US, Britain, France, Germany, and Spain, Hansal Mehta's ‘Omerta', Anurag Kashyap's ‘Mukkabaaz', and Bornila Chatterjee's ‘The Hungry' will also have their world premiere at the film festival to be held from September 7-17.</p> <p>Omerta, starring National Award-winning actor Rajkumar Rao, follows the infamous British-born terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who kidnapped and murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. Director Hansal Mehta shared the exciting news on Twitter. </p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OMERTA?src=hash">#OMERTA</a> will have it's world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 (<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TIFF2017?src=hash">#TIFF2017</a>). Congratulations & love to the team! <a href="https://t.co/1mv5q3pV1s">pic.twitter.com/1mv5q3pV1s</a></p> — Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) <a href="https://twitter.com/mehtahansal/status/889852154994987010">July 25, 2017</a> <p>Mehta said in a statement: "'Omerta' is my most provocative film so far. It is a chilling political thriller - a reminder of the volatile times we live in. I'm delighted for the entire team that has patiently and diligently worked on this very difficult film."</p> <p>Another highly anticipated title at the festival is Anurag Kashyap's Mukkabaaz which shows the journey of a lower-caste boxer and his struggle to make his mark in the boxing world.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Indian Films Will Be Screened At The Toronto International Film Festival" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/indian-films-will-be-screened-at-the-toronto-international-film-festival-740x400-2-1501238803.jpg" alt="Indian Films Will Be Screened At The Toronto International Film Festival" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/indian-films-will-be-screened-at-the-toronto-international-film-festival-740x400-2-1501238803.jpg" />© Twitter</p> <p>Based on Shakespeare's bloody tragedy 'Titus Andronicus', ‘The Hungry' unfolds at a big fat Indian wedding and features Naseeruddin Shah, Sayani Gupta and Tisca Chopra.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Indian Films Will Be Screened At The Toronto International Film Festival" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/indian-films-will-be-screened-at-the-toronto-international-film-festival-740x400-3-1501238829.jpg" alt="Indian Films Will Be Screened At The Toronto International Film Festival" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/indian-films-will-be-screened-at-the-toronto-international-film-festival-740x400-3-1501238829.jpg" />© Twitter</p> <p>All of these movies have such interesting storylines and it's amazing to see they're getting recognized on such a huge platform. It just shows that Indian film industry can produce films with substance, but maybe the audience is just not ready for it yet. </p>
  21. Bollywood, an industry that has taken India to an entirely new level and has given us moments to be proud of, seems to have come to a standstill with lack of novelty, almost 100 years later since its origin. Gone are the days when actors were known to be artists, their aura served as a light to many and their art was not only a source of entertainment but an inspiration to many. It was many decades ago when no ‘Kapoors', ‘Khans' or ‘Bhatts' used to rule Bollywood, the fact that performance and stardom used to walk hand-in-hand is no more completely valid these days. While ‘Kapoors' are known to be the flag bearers of nepotism, almost every second actor in the Indian film industry is the flag bearer of families which have produced some of the greatest actors, ironical is the fact that these flag bearers are not born actors. © Twitter We saw the seeds of nepotism easily sprouting in Bollywood. Actors with pure talent are sidelined due to first priorities given to recommendations. And the worst part is, if an outsider tries to raise his voice, he is slammed, cursed and denoted a wannabe seeking attention. Let us talk about a recent example which sparked the nepotism debate on a bigger level. When actress Kangana Ranaut with her 'Rangoon' co-stars Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor appeared in an episode of ‘Koffee with Karan', she didn't shy away in tagging Karan Johar as the flag bearer of Nepotism. In no time this divided Bollywood in two groups, the feminists and the ones supporting Johar. Much has been said and done till date and this issue has become a wider phenomenon. However, Kangana is one of the few people to have given an opinion. The idea of nepotism is wider than we believe it. So why did, in the first place, Karan Johar choose to launch Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan through ‘Student of the Year' despite of the fact that their (Alia and Varun) fathers have remained well known directors-producers in their times? Was there a dearth of good struggling actors, who could have deserved the stardom? And now there are speculations about who would bag the lead role in ‘Student of the Year' sequel, let us tell you that Jahnavi Kapoor (Sridevi's daughter) and Sara Ali Khan (Saif Ali Khan's daughter) are already in discussions for the role. © Facebook No doubt Ranbir Kapoor is a good actor and has proved himself after giving a few flops, no doubt Alia Bhatt has nurtured herself to become a better actress, but what about those who after years of struggle bag just the side roles and are never considered amongst the royals? We are proud of the fact that we have people like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ayushmann Khurrana, Priyanka Chopra, Randeep Hooda and Richa Chadda to name a few, whom we can refer to as actors with real acting capabilities. Even after working under good banners and having spent years in Bollywood, some of them have just taken their privileges for granted. They have neither been able to speak up for themselves to the least, nor have they worked hard enough to keep up the names of their filmy ancestors. Becoming an artist who not only brings the glamour to you but also brings a change in society, is no more existential, ‘competition' seems to be a dull word, particularly for those who have not even tasted the essential crisis which the word ‘struggle' itself holds. © Facebook If Bollywood is not about nepotism and favouritism, then why a major number of actors do not reach one level up, where the world starts noticing them. Why till date, we do not even have a good number of Bollywood stars with international recognition? Reason is as clear and bitter as ice – For years and years we get to see the same sparkling yet hollow faces who do not even know the number of opportunities they have snatched, just because they belong to a good old Bollywood clan. If we see the ratio, the percentage of outsiders in Bollywood, it would not even be fifty percent. Boredom has already set in with no good scripts, less good actors and almost no experimentation. Look at Hollywood, Bollywood! And notice the gap if you can. Sooner or later, the Indian audience would wake up to let you know that they are no more interested to see the two and half hours of nonsense being presented to them in the name of big directors or actors. They would stop loving you for not being able to present your art which you were supposed to do, because now they have something called Netflix which would anytime replace a boring Karan Johar drama with an interesting original series.
  22. When Tiger Shroff is in a film, the directors forget the basics of filmmaking i.e. the script. Instead of working on the crux of the story, the directors decided to make a full-length feature film with lots of dance sequences and unreasonable fight scenes as the prime focus. And of course, one line of dialogue that Tiger uses throughout the film. Well, that's exactly what is ‘Munna Michael' is all about. You have tons of songs, action sequences and some blah blah and blah (yeah, that's the term you use when you can't make heads or tails of the film). The story is very cliché and predictable, Munna (Tiger Shroff) is an orphan who is raised by Michael (Ronit Bose Roy) in Mumbai. Michael was a background dancer, however, was removed from his work due to his age. Munna grows up idolising pop king Michael Jackson. Dance is his life and he aims to become a dancer, though his father wants him to take up a corporate job. Soon, he moves to Delhi and meets Mahindar Fauji (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a real estate mafia who starts tutoring him. Their bond deepens but the film takes a strange turn when they both fall for the same girl, Dolly (Nidhhi Agerwal). © Twitter Let's cut to the chase and tell you all the reasons why you should give this film a miss. 1. This is a vehicle for Tiger Shroff and is not very different from his previous films such as ‘Heropanti' or ‘Baaghi'. The man dances flawlessly leaving you stunned and break bones as if it is his daily job. The only difference is that this time he uses a different one liner, "Munna jhagda nahi karta, munna sirf pithta hai." 2. Plan to take revenge on someone? Just make them watch this film and your job is done. 3. Then you have a dance competition, where Farah Khan as a judge is trying too hard to look impressed with the performances. Well, it looks like Nepotism is a serious issue after all. 4. What's truly insulting is casting an actor like Nawaz just to uphold the mediocrity of your film. What a waste of sheer talent. However, he proves that he can ace any role you give him. 5. Well, you certainly can't blame Tiger for starring in such pictures, it is the director's fault that his thinking is very restricted. Tiger, how about you just work with another director, because it's too much of you and Sabbir! 6. About Nidhhi, well, all we can say is sorry that this is your debut film. 7. Last but not the least, throughout the film I just kept wondering why on Earth would I start my Friday morning like this? Maybe I'm paying for some sin or the other *sigh*. © Twitter P.S. Tiger and Nawaz, you both are brilliant actors but do you need to work in a mediocre film? We know you are talented; you don't need to prove it to us.
  23. Priyanka Chopra is amazing and there is no doubt that she is all set to rule Hollywood as well. We love her and her profile abroad has definitely given her a bunch of new fans who just can't stop obsessing over her. She is literally everywhere, from our social media feeds, billboards, to international functions and talk shows, you name it and she is there. Although she is the queen of our hearts, getting to the top wasn't easy for Priyanka. She experimented and tried out everything possible to prove her worth as a real actor. From bizarre movies to weird characters, she has starred in a few films that makes us wonder what made her do it in the first place. And, we're pretty sure that she doesn't want her new Hollywood buddies to see these disasterpieces. (c) Giphy ‘What's your Rashee?' Well, we really adore PeeCee but wouldn't it be too much if you saw 12 versions of her? You got to agree, that's a little too much to handle! Also starring Harman Baweja, the film had Priyanka play a character from every zodiac sign. There were weird songs, a confusing plot line, too many ‘rashees' and so now you know why the film tanked. ‘Pyaar Impossible' Yes, we get that it's hard to say no to a Yash Raj banner film, but you got to do it if it features Uday Chopra in the lead! Wasn't that enough to for her to get that this 'pyaar' was 'impossible' for anyone to truly understand? ‘Love Story 2050' This love story is from the future.....and just like the future; the film had no clarity of what it was trying to say. From dialogues, screenplay, music, costumes to Priyanka herself, everything left us stupefied and not in a good way. The only entertaining factor in the film was the talking teddy bear named 'Boo'. This was another film with Harman Baweja that failed at the box office. Back then, it was rumoured that Priyanka was dating him. And just like that love story, this film also fizzled out. ‘Drona' The IMDB rating of 2.2 of this Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra starrer says it all. We rest our case! ‘Blackmail' Haven't seen this film yet? Well, don't bother, you don't have to. Starring Sunil Shetty and Ajay Devgn, this film was an exercise in bad character writing, poor plot and just bad direction. And, PC bore the brunt of it. All we wonder is why did she even sign this film? Was it the need of the hour or one of the biggest blunders that she now definitely regrets?
  24. Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal seems to be interested in working with Pakistani television. Paresh Rawal recently came under fire for his controversial tweets against writer Arundhati Roy but it seems that he has taken a soft stance on Pak-India tensions. While talking about professional opportunities in Pakistan, the Hera Pheri actor said, ?Yes, I would love to work in Pakistani films and shows. I love all Pakistani TV serials like Humsafar, the way they act, the story, the writing, the language...it?s all good. I feel our shows are boring.". Paresh also seems to be in awe of Pakistani shows. In a 2014 interview, he ranked some Bollywood films as inferior to Pakistani shows. Paresh said, ?Forget Hollywood, we cannot even compare our films to Pakistani shows. They are far more superior to what we produce here. We need to make some more smart films where we don't take our audience for granted and think that they will not understand what we want to convey." While he is against the idea of a ban on Pak-India cultural exchange, he admits that the times may not allow it to happen at times. ?There should be no ban on anyone or anything. Even in Hindi Medium there was a Pakistani actress but nothing happened as the mood is good in the country,? he said.
  25. Jawani Phir Nahi Ani is a 2015 Pakistani adventure comedy film directed by Nadeem Beyg and co-produced by Salman Iqbal, Jarjees Seja, Shahzad Nasib and Humayun Saeed, under production banner Six Sigma Plus. The film stars Humayun Saeed, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahmad Ali Butt, Vasay Chaudhry, Mehwish Hayat and Sohai Ali Abro in lead roles. The supporting cast includes Javed Sheikh, Ismail Tara, Bushra Ansari, Ayesha Khan, Sarwat Gillani and Uzma Khan. The film was distributed by ARY Films. The film was released on 25 September 2015 in cinemas worldwide. The film became the biggest opening of all time in Pakistan as it was released on 80 screens. The film received mixed reviews from critics but became a runaway success at the box office grossing over ₨ 46 crores, eventually becoming the highest-grossing Pakistani film worldwide, adjusted for inflation, beating out Choorian that had held the record for more than a decade. Cast: Humayun Saeed as Sherry Hamza Ali Abbasi as Saif Ahmad Ali Butt as Parvez (Pepe) Vasay Chaudhry as Sheikh Ayesha Khan as Kubra Sohai Ali Abro as Zoya Mehwish Hayat as Marina Sarwat Gillani as Gul Uzma Khan as Lubna Jawed Sheikh as Mehboob Khan Bushra Ansari as Zoya's mother Ismail Tara as Don/Sheikh Gohar Rasheed as XYZ (fashion designer) Farhan Ally Agha as Sherry's father Yasra Rizvi as Sherry's mother Naveed Raza as Lawyer Zainab Qayyum as Lawyer Ali Kazmi as Dr. Aamir Liaquat Khan Zainab Jamil as Charity Wajid Khan as Stylist Shakeel Hussain Khan as caller (Cameo)