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  1. As 'Game of Thrones' is heading towards the end, we all saw what we assumed was the most powerful enemy, defeated by none other than Arya Stark. It seemed simple, sidelining all the theories we'd been discussing for over weeks, but it wasn't as simple as it was made out to be. There were subtle hints throughout the series about Arya rising as a great warrior, pitching her purpose towards something bigger, like defeating the Night King's army. Now that's done with, we wonder what lies ahead. All we know is Cersei is waiting with Euron Greyjoy at the other end of the spectrum for either the living or the dead to arrive. © HBO While we speculated a gazillion theories on how the Night King's army will be defeated, here we are again, trying to figure the same for Cersei. Right now all we know is the living are going to march with whatever they have left towards King's Landing and fight Cersei for the throne. Dany and Jon alone don't have an army as such. The Dothraki and the unsullied were wiped off during the war. Dany has her dragons intact, which is enough but we shouldn't forget Cersei has the Golden Cloak army of 20,000 men, plus the Lannister army plus the Grejoy fleet. But she also has her prophecies buried in her head, and she's very aware of them and always has been. © HBO If you're wondering what prophecy I am talking about here, let me take you back to season 5 episode one, when Cersei meets a powerful fortune teller Maggy the Frog, deep in the woods of Casterly Rock when she was a child. Cercei demands to know her future and Maggy tells her three things. The first that she wouldn't marry a prince but a king. Which came true. Second, she would be cast aside by a younger and a prettier queen who will take away all that Cersei holds dear to her. Which again came true. In the last one Maggy tells her that that the king would have 20 children and Cersei would have three, and “gold will be their crowns, and gold their shrouds.” Maggy then tells Cersei that all three kids will eventually die. Which came true as well. Apart from these three predictions, Maggy reveals a final prediction, which is mentioned in 'The Feast of Crows', the fourth book in the series. She says “The valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale throat and choke the life from you.” Now, here the valonqar translates to a younger brother. For Cersei, this has always been Tyrion as someone who could possibly try to kill her. However, if you notice, there's another brother in Cersei's life who is younger to her and that's Jaime. © HBO Earlier we would have assumed that Jaime can never kill Cersei since he's so helplessly in love with her. But towards the end of season 7, we see Jaime's disgust for how Cersei has been ruling the kingdom, bordering on insanity, just like the Mad King and he decides to leave her allegiance to support a greater war far North. Cersei also betrays Jaime and everyone else when she doesn't march to Winterfell to fight the dead along with the Starks and Daenerys. Since Jaime has left her side, Cersei hires Bronn to kill Jaime and since there is so much bitterness between the two already, we won't be surprised if Jaime does go for her throat when he sees her. © HBO While all her prophecies have come true, we're sure this will come true as well. But there's a heavy contradiction with this prophecy. In season 3, Melisandre meets Arya with the 'Brotherhood Without Banners' and she predicts that Arya and she will meet again. She also tells Arya that she sees a darkness in her and in that darkness eyes staring back at her. Brown eyes, blue eyes and green eyes, eyes she'll shut forever. Throughout the series when Arya is seeking revenge from her 'list', she shuts many brown eyes. When Melisandre sees her again in season eight's third episode, she reminds her of the prophecy and about the blue and green eyes she's yet to shut still. We all know Arya kills the Night King who has blue eyes. So, who's the one left with green eyes? Yes, it's no other than Cersei! The book mentions the fact that Cersei has green eyes. Now, we're not sure if Cersei is the one Arya will go after or if she's shut some green eyes before, we're not aware of. A lot of fans are theorising the belief that Jaime will die, in the battle at King's Landing and since Arya is the faceless man, she will don Jaime's face and strangle Cersei towards the end, giving both Melisandre and Maggy the Frog's theory a befitting end! Well, so far only the prophecies have helped foreshadow our cause in knowing what may happen next, so if we do hold on to these two theories, maybe the end is eventually near?
  2. Back in 1994 when the Tom Hanks' classic 'Forrest Gump' hit the theatres, many of us were either too young or too naive to completely appreciate the movie for the marvel that it was. We went back to it years later, often a number of times over the years because it that good, and invigorating and inspiring! View this post on Instagram Happy Birthday @TomHanks! Treat yourself to a Dr. Pepper. A post shared by Forrest Gump (@forrestgumpfilm) on Jul 9, 2018 at 9:11am PDT Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump - the honest and kind to a fault man - took us for a ride that's bound to stick to every individual who has laid their eyes on this film even once. Cut to 2019, and Aamir Khan is all set to star in the Bollywood remake of this classic movie which is going to be called 'Laal Singh Chaddha'. Aamir made the announcement yesterday on the occasion of his 54th birthday and fans are elated! Not only will a turban-clad Aamir essay the titular role in the film, he will also be producing it alongside Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. View this post on Instagram Thanks @avigowariker You always shoot me well. And this time I have my hand on the focus... so no stress ;-) #Repost @avigowariker ã»ã»ã» Here's wishing you a very very HappyBirthday AK! Your 'helping hand' has always been there for me ... quite literally in this picture ! Love you Aamirð. Wish you many healthy & happy years ahead in this “reverse aging” phase of yours!! @_aamirkhan âª#HappyBirthdayAamirKhan #Photoshoot #Monochrome #BlackAndWhite #AamirKhan #HumanEffect #Framing #Composition #Reflection #InstaDaily #potd A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Mar 14, 2019 at 7:00am PDT Talking about the desi adaptation of the film, Aamir told the media, “ "I have always loved 'Forrest Gump' as a script. It is a wonderful story about this character. It is a life-affirming story. It is a feel-good film. It is a film for the whole family." As per latest reports, 'Laal Singh Chaddha' will hit the theatres in 2020, and Aamir will be dropping close to 20 kgs for his character. The film will be directed by 'Secret Superstar' director Advait Chandan and shall be written by Atul Kulkarni. (c) Twitter Aamir told PTI, “We have started the prep work on the film. The shoot will start from October. I will be prepping for six months. I have to lose weight. I will be losing 20 kgs. I have to be lean and slim." We have too many good memories attached to the film, and given Aamir's previous record (let's cut him some slack for 'Thugs Of Hindostan' please), we are expecting some great things from Aamir Khan and 'Laal Singh Chaddha'.
  3. With the closing season of 'Game Of Thrones' almost here, Adidas has launched a collaboration of Ultra Boosts that have been inspired by the iconic show. The Game Of Thrones x Adidas pack was unofficially dropped this week and they clearly indicate the House they've been inspired from or the character. Here are some of the most obvious pairs that fans have pointed out. Take a look: 1. The Night's Watch © HBO © adidas At the north point of Westeros, the Night Watch guards the seven kingdoms like the army guarding the borders of a country. The patrol the Great Wall wearing the thickest furry coats in black. The inspired shoes take a cue from their uniform to make a black upper prime knit upper surface and give a white sheen in the white mudguard, Boost midsole, and outsole that symbolize the never-ending snow in the North. A leather lace cage puts the shoe together which represents the leather armour of the Night Watch. 2. The House Of Lannister © HBO © adidas The Lannister sigil prides itself with a lion and a "Hear Me Roar" tag line and a confluence of gold and crimson. These indicators are clearly visible in this shoe. Take a look. The red primeknit is a marker of their house, and the three gold lines mark the wealthy reputation of the Lannisters that always makes them say: via GIPHY 3. The House Of Targaryen: Daenerys © HBO © adidas With white, cream and silver accents on the laces, lace cage, heel cup, and heel tag this shoe is probably the most elegant of the lot. Targaryen is considered the noblest House of the lot, their family has distinct features of pale skin and silver hair which are accounted for in this Ultra Boost. 4. The House Of Targaryen: Dragons © HBO © adidas The House of Targaryans: the former ruling House of Westeros' sigil is appropriated for this shoe. Their slogan, "Fire And Blood" is used both here and for Dany's Ultra Boosts. 5. The House Of Stark © HBO © adidas House Of Stark is the warden of the North and their sigil entails a grey direwolf on a white background. Black and grey that represent the house have been visibly used on the prime knit surface and touches of black on the lining, mudguard, Boost midsole, rubber outsole, heel cup, and their signature three stripes. The heel has a very significant and nostalgic tagline, "Winter Is Coming" because Winter is here, and people will die. via GIPHY 6. The White Walkers © HBO © adidas The White Walkers represent the destruction that is going to consume Westeros. The White Walkers are icy dead creatures that turn people into walking zombie-like digits that initiate destruction. For its Ultra Boost, ice blue is used on the prime knit surface, white Boost mid-sole and white rubber out-sole continue the theme with hints of black and the tagline, "Winter Is Here" to send a chill down your spine. via GIPHY
  4. 2018 has been an absolutely marvellous year for Ranveer Singh, both on the professional as well as personal front. However, now that we have officially stepped into 2019, Ranveer is all set to welcome this year with a mega release, that has the audience hooked ever since the movie was announced. Inspired by the life story and achievements of rappers Divine and Naezy, Zoya Akhtar decided to make a movie on the lives of upcoming hip-hop singer and rappers in Mumbai. Now, with the movie all set to release next month, this movie holds a lot of promise to become a big box office blockbuster of the year. Fans and fellow rappers in Mumbai, as well as movie-goers who love to see Ranveer and Alia in action on-screen, cannot seem to wait for the movie's release. But before that happens, let us take you through everything that you need to know about Ranveer and Alia's mega release of 2019! 1. First time pairing of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt for a movie, though the two have been seen making quite an impact with their screen presence together in multiple advertisements. View this post on Instagram 14th feb 2019! Gully Boy @ranveersingh @aliaabhatt @zoieakhtar A post shared by D I V I N E (GULLYGANG) (@vivianakadivine) on Feb 10, 2018 at 1:18am PST 2. The tagline on the posters “Apna Time Aayega” resonates with Divine's utter faith in his talent, hard work and the cosmic power that would help him realise his dreams. View this post on Instagram ðð½ðð½ðð½ðð½ðð½ ð·- @avinash.jai.singh Styled by @dez_fdz A post shared by D I V I N E (GULLYGANG) (@vivianakadivine) on Oct 15, 2018 at 4:15am PDT 3. The movie is based on the life of street rappers Vivian Fernandes aka Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy of the song 'Mere Gully Mein' fame. View this post on Instagram 2014! @naezythebaa #GullyGang #Gamechangers #proud A post shared by D I V I N E (GULLYGANG) (@vivianakadivine) on Jan 5, 2018 at 9:29am PST 4. The film has been shot around Mumbai, but is rooted in the Dharavi neighbourhood. View this post on Instagram The voice of the streets. #GullyBoy #14thFeb @ritesh_sid @zoieakhtar @faroutakhtar @excelmovies #TigerBaby @aliaabhatt @zeemusiccompany A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jan 1, 2019 at 7:30pm PST 5. Kalki Koechlin is also reportedly a part of this film, and plays a significant character as a rapper. View this post on Instagram Apna Time Aayega #GullyBoy #14thFeb #2019 @zoieakhtar @ritesh_sid @FarOutAkhtar @excelmovies #TigerBaby @ranveersingh @aliaabhatt @ZeeMusicCompany A post shared by Sanaya Irani Zohrabi (@sanayairanizohrabi) on Jan 1, 2019 at 9:41pm PST 6. Ranveer Singh shall take over the microphone and rap for the first time in a film. He was spotted around Mumbai attending rapping workshops and jamming with real-life street rappers. View this post on Instagram #gullyboy @ranveersingh @aliaabhatt A post shared by R@nveer Singh Bh@vn@ni (@ranveer_jagjit_singh) on Jan 1, 2019 at 6:16pm PST 7. According to reports, Ranveer Singh has shot multiple lip locks with both the leading ladies of the film. That is, three with Alia and two with Kalki. View this post on Instagram #gullyboy On the way #zeecineawards #shahrukhkhan #shahidkapoor #akshaykumar #aishwaryarai #allabhatt #varundhawan #deepikapadukone #priyankachopra #kareenakapoor #sonamkapoor #salmankhan #katrinakaif #taapsee #shraddhakapoor #madhuridixitnene #kingkhan #bollywood #sonakshisinha #afghanistan #afghansong #bollywoodsongs #indian #arjunkapoor #nehakakkar #ozee #kvminati #i_am_ranveerian A post shared by ranveerians (@i_am_ranveerian) on Jan 1, 2019 at 3:19pm PST 8. Ranveer underwent a dramatic physical transformation for the film. He followed a strict diet and gym routine, which helped him to lose his buffed up physique, and take on that boyish look. View this post on Instagram #padmaavat —> #gullyboy A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jan 19, 2018 at 12:01am PST 9. The film also stars Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Raaz, Amruta Subhash, Ali Asgar, Pooja Gaur, Parmeet Sethi and Vijay Verma. View this post on Instagram Aasmaan ko chukaar niklenge tere saamne @ranveersingh @dubsharma #GullyGang A post shared by D I V I N E (GULLYGANG) (@vivianakadivine) on Mar 31, 2018 at 8:47am PDT 10. 'Gully Boy' will have its world premiere at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival which will be on from 7th - 17th February. However, it releases on Valentine's Day, 14th February in India. View this post on Instagram Happy birthday mera bhai @ranveersingh aayega aayega! #GullyGang A post shared by D I V I N E (GULLYGANG) (@vivianakadivine) on Jul 6, 2018 at 6:52am PDT
  5. Netflix is releasing a super cool show called 'Selection Day' and we're waiting with bated breath for it to finally come out on the 28th of December, 2018. The show has a mix of some promising debutants along with seasoned and veteran actors like Ratna Pathak Shah, Mahesh Manjrekar and Shiv Pandit. We got an actual sneak peek of the show from the producer himself-Anil Kapoor. When I walked into the room to interview him about the show, I thought to myself - "wow, he doesn't age at all!" He was sitting tall, beaming with an innate yet fresh sense of self and I felt butterflies at the pit of my stomach. He asked me if I was feeling okay and I let him know about the nervousness I was drowning in. He immediately made a little joke and made me feel at ease, while I tried to reason the summation of the fact that I was interviewing someone I've grown up seeing on screen and, of course, one of the biggest Bollywood stars that exist today. © Netflix Moving past the untimely nervousness, we found a comfortable footing and started the interview about the new show on Netflix called 'Selection Day', which is an adapted version of Aravind Adiga's book by the same name. The series focuses on the journey of two brothers from a village who're forced to understand and play cricket by their cricket-fanatic father, to later be selected for Mumbai's under 19 cricket team. Along with Anil Kapoor, I was also joined by Karan Boolani, the creative producer of the series, to talk about the one thing that's dominating our screens at the moment- Over The Top Content (OTT), which comprises of content delivered over the internet without the involvement of multiple system operators. © Netflix Both Anil Kapoor and Karan Boolani are in favour of OTT content and believe it's the future for India. While conversing with Boolani, he emphasised on how the content was contained in television earlier and how it's become more global with these shows, that are a buffer away from viewing by anyone, anywhere. The audience, according to them, is a lot more malleable and attainable than it was before and of course, with that comes the global phenomena of connecting to every house and every individual on a more personal level. When asked if OTT content will affect the film industry or the market in any way, both strongly disagreed. "This is the future for India and somewhere, even the viewer feels empowered to watch where he wants, when he wants and what he wants and there is so much of content available that is great for today's consumer, making the competition even better and you work even harder so that you try to balance it and for us actors and producers it's a fantastic time to tell stories, so it's a great future for us", said Anil Kapoor. © Netflix The film industry definitely holds your attention in place when you see a movie for two hours or over. Whether the characters are relatable or not, you always come out with a sense of accomplishment of having absorbed a story that made you feel a certain way but with OTT content nowadays, there are characters that come forth in a string of stories that can grow on you and become much more relatable. Speaking more about the new show on Netflix- 'Selection Day', both Karan and Anil feel it's a coming of age story, where they've tried to do justice to make sure the theme of the series is well represented. From the dynamic that each character shares with one another to the way the story is carried out, everything has been taken care of flawlessly. © Netflix All in all, we're wishing great success for the show, which releases on the 28th of December and are also hoping to see Anil Kapoor in his new avatar producing top quality content for numerous others TV series, while others follow suit too!
  6. The upcoming long weekend promises lots of time off, and we felt that also gives us the perfect opportunity unwind and rejuvenate from the constant pressure of college and work. For those of you who do not like the idea of spending a long weekend within the four walls of your room, heading out of the house with family, friends or even alone would be a great option. Check out these 5 places based on your personal needs and your idea of rejuvenation, that will not only help you relax but also find some peace and connection with yourself and your loved ones: 1. For The 'Staycation' Coupling © Wikimedia Commons Where: Mangar Or Neemrana Distance: Mangar - 56.1 km & Neemrana - 128.8 km If you do not have the time to take a long holiday, then a staycation is your best bet. This option also happens to be a favourite with couples who wish to unwind and reconnect in each other's company. While there are a number of options to choose from, Mangar and Neemrana happen to be a hot favourite with most couples. The lush green surroundings, the meditative calm of the forests, and the possibility to truly leaving behind the hustle of the city life will help you to spend quality time with your girlfriend. Don't forget to explore the groves or go bike riding around the Mangar Bani if you visit the place. 2. For The Thrill-Seekers © Max Pixel Where: Nainital Distance: 334.3 km No Delhiite is stranger to the many possibilities and experiences that Nainital promises to its visitors, whether they come looking for pleasure or thrill! But for every thrill-seeker out there Nainital has a number of options to offer. Head there with your squad for the optimum amount of fun. Be it trekking, biking, paragliding, rappelling, water zorbing or cliff jumping and jumaring, places in and around Nainital are your best best. Head to Mukteshwar for cliff jumping, Sattal Lake for rappelling or experience water zorbing in Bhimtal and paragliding in Naukuchiatal, your need for that adrenaline rush shall be met here. 3. For The Love Of 'Family Time' © Pixabay Where: Udaipur Distance: 662.9 km Long weekends become all the more celebratory when the entire family gets to spend time together, unwind and reconnect amidst the fast-paced goings-on of our day-to-day lives. A quick, less-than-two-hour flight will get you and your entire family to this royal retreat of sorts. Udaipur not only boasts of a rich Rajputana history, but also has religious and cultural associations that would cater to the interests of both the young and the old in your family. Check out the puppet shows in the city, as well as the captivating Sound and Light show at the city palace that will bring history alive in front of your eyes. All the car junkies out there, don't forget to visit the Car Museum in the city to behold marvellous vintage cars on display. 4. For The Ones Seeking Spiritual Retreat © Wikimedia Commons Where: Ladakh Distance: 1004.9 km If you wish to reconnect with your inner self and regale in the peace that the tranquillity of a spiritual retreat is capable of bringing into your life, you have to check out the Diskit Monastery in Ladakh. Located in the gorgeous Nubra Valley, Diskit is one of the most ancient Buddhist monasteries located in the area. A breathtaking location, coupled with the awe-inspiring Buddha statues and guardian gods, this place will transport you to a whole new world. Don't forget to check out the Jampa Buddha statue, and ensure that you witness the heavenly morning prayer held at the venue. 5. For The Repose By Travelling Solo © Wikimedia Commons Where: Rann Of Kutch Distance: 1210 km Your wish to travel solo, and take time off to just be with yourself is totally justified. Moreover, travelling alone gives you the option to go where you like, and do what you like, at your own pace and that's always a major win. Whether you plan to ride all the way to Kutch or not, the salt-covered, sparkling white grounds spread far and wide before your eyes will bring you all the rejuvenation you need. Treat yourself to wonderful views, and a slow-paced way of life after weeks of slogging your ass off at work or in college. Be sure to explore the Indian Wild Life Sanctuary while you're there. Also, catching a sunset at the Mandvi Beach is sure to calm your senses. So, where are you headed to this upcoming weekend?
  7. Movies based on real-life crimes always manage to gather the interest of the masses and tell the truth behind what actually happened. The gripping reality of a heinous crime when projected through an interpretation of it on screen, definitely garners a lot of criticism along with clarity on some unanswered questions. © Reliance Entertainment Bollywood almost always does a good job of capturing the accuracy of the events that take place and makes the best piece of fiction, based on actual facts. Especially if it's real life crime based drama. Here are the top 8 Bollywood movies based on real-life crime incidents that you should definitely watch, to know exactly what happened: (1) No One Killed Jessica © UTV Motion Pictures Released in 2011 Based On: Jessica Lal murder case The film tells the truest tale of the gripping reality behind Jessica Lal's murder back in 1999 and the trial that went on for years, till justice was actually and duly served. It's a classic example of justice delayed but not denied by the Indian judiciary system. Vidya Balan plays the role of Sabrina Lal, who is Jessica's sister. Watch the trailer here (2) Talvar © Junglee Pictures Released in 2015 Based On: The double murder case of a girl and a servant that took place in Noida (UP) in 2008 The movie focuses on the detailed accounts of the double murder that took place, and the investigative steps that were taken to try and solve the mystery. The movie portrays facts like the UP police's negligence towards the evidence that was found and the hurdles that were met by the investigative officer while solving the case. With Irfan Khan and Konkana Sen Sharma playing the lead, this movie is worth a watch for the actuality of the events that occurred. Watch the trailer here (3) Shahid © UTV Motion Pictures Released in 2013 Based On: Based on the activist/lawyer Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010 by two gunmen. Rajkummar Rao plays the role of Shahid Azmi, a lawyer and an activist who fights cases for Muslim men who are wrongly charged for terrorism under POTA (prevention of terrorism act). A lot of people misunderstand him (Azmi) for trying to defend terrorists and eventually, he is assassinated by two gunmen. The movie is a harsh gripping reality of real-life events that took place and it won both director, Hansal Mehta and Rao national film awards. Watch the trailer here (4) Rahasya © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Released in 2015 Based On: The double murder case of a girl and a servant that took place in Noida (UP) in 2008 The film is another take on Arushi Talwar's murder case and tells the story of a young girl Ayesha Mahajan who is murdered. The murder is investigated by a CBI officer Sunil Prakash, played by Kay Kay Menon and towards the end, he solves the mystery of who has killed Ayesha, unlike what happens in the original Arushi case. The film was heavily criticised by Dr. Rajesh Talwar and his wife Nupur Talwar, who were convicted for the murder of their daughter. The movie is said to be not wholly based on facts and is a loose rendition of the actual murder that took place. Watch the trailer here (5) Raman Raghav 2.0 © Reliance Entertainment released in 2016 Based On: The notorious serial killer Raman Raghav, who was active in Mumbai in the 60s An Anurag Kashyap film, it tells the story of a psychopath serial killer Ramanna, who terrorised the city of Mumbai in the 60s. He used to kill his victims using a heavy blunt object and most of them were homeless city dwellers. A corrupt officer by the name of Raghavan (played by Vicky Kaushal) is investigating the case in the movie. Watch the trailer here (6) Rustom © Zee Studios Released in 2016 Based On: The real-life story of Commander KM Nanavati who shot his wife, Sylvia's lover, Prem Ahuja, back in 1959 Mumbai. The movie, inspired by absolute true events, is a shocking tale of a naval officer in 1959 Mumbai who shot his wife's lover in cold-blooded murder. The trial for Nanavati has been one of the most shocking cases in the history of judicial India and a lot of loose ends also opened up along with his true motive to murder Prem Ahuja. Nanavati is played by Akshay Kumar, where he plays Rustom Pavri a naval officer in the movie. Watch the trailer here (7) Main Aur Charles © Wave Cinemas Cynozure Networkz Released in 2015 Based On: The murders committed by serial killer Charles Sobhraj The movie revolves around the 70s where a deceptive serial killer of Vietnamese and Indian origin goes on a spree of murdering western tourists throughout South East Asia. Charles Sobhraj was enticing, intelligent, master of disguise, charming and highly deceptive and he managed to escape at least 7 high-security prisons. The story is told from the perspective of Amod Kanth, the cop who handled Charles' case. I personally feel this is Randeep Hooda's (who plays Charles Sobhraj in the movie) best work till date. Watch the trailer here (8) Not A Love Story © Bohra Bros Prod. Pvt. Ltd. Released in 2011 Based On: The murder of Neeraj Grover in 2008 Ram Gopal Varma's crime based thriller revolves around true life events that occurred in May 2008, when Neeraj Grover, a television executive was murdered by actress Maria Susairaj and her boyfriend LT. Emile Jerome Mathew. The motive? The possessive boyfriend Jerome Mathew's suspicion of Maria having an affair with Neeraj, since he was found in her apartment early in the morning. The couple, after killing Neeraj seemingly chopped his body into 300 pieces and burnt the remains. The movie sheds light on the events that occurred and the sentence that was bestowed on the two lovers. Watch the trailer here Obviously, these movies are not for the faint-hearted as they're about the murderous events that took place in real life but they do show the gripping reality of what happened and if you really want to get to the bottom of the crime that was committed, I think Bollywood is your best bet.
  8. The relevance that history has today in our lives is undeniable. A lot of historical facts get lost with time and age and somehow, records of them even existing are tough to rebuild or imagine. We might have studied history during our school and college years but stories pertaining to some unsung heroes fall on deaf ears and they get lost in the realms of time and space. But due to the technological essence and the digital age we're living in, we're lucky these stories are brimming on the surface more often than ever, and we have no one but Bollywood to thank for that. Bollywood has invested a lot of its time and effort into making biopics and stories based on true events, to showcase the lives of people, less talked about. A lot of things have happened in history that have changed the nomenclature of the country but haven't really gotten the limelight they deserve. Bollywood finds these inspiring stories and gives them a mirror to showcase what the actual participants went through, when a particular event was happening or what a particular person did, to change the course of history. © Excel Entertainment Recently, we shared an article about a new trend that's befitting Bollywood's style- sports biopics, where we shared a list of upcoming biopics on various sportsmen and women and how they shaped Indian sports. While delving into the matter, we found more historical stories getting relevance this year, and I am glad Bollywood is focusing on the right kind of cinema, while also making movies like 'Race 3'! Come on, what else could I have named here? Here are 7 movies releasing/released this year (2018), which are based on historical and real-life events: (1) Raazi © AA Films India Released in May 2018 A real-life spy story (nothing close to Mata Hari) but a commendable espionage thriller, 'Raazi' is about an Indian spy- Sehmat Khan, played by Alia Bhatt. She's a dutiful wife, an obedient daughter and a patriotic Indian spy who is married off to a Pakistani officer, during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Based on a novel, which is inspired from true events, Sehmat devised her own tactical ways of spying on the Pakistani military plans and she managed to save the lives of a lot of Indian soldiers who were on the battlefield then. Watch this one for Alia's brilliant acting! Watch the trailer here (2) Gold © Excel Entertainment Released in August 2018. Reema Kagti's 'Gold' is loosely based on India's first gold medal in the Olympics. The film is conceptualised around the 'golden era' of hockey in the country, in the late 30s, where a young Indian by the name of Tapan Das dreams of playing the sport as an independent nation. The film stars Akshay Kumar in the lead along with Kunal Kapoor, Mouni Roy Vineet Kumar Singh and Amit Sadh. Watch the trailer here (3) Soorma © Sony Pictures Released in July 2018. 'Soorma' is based on the life of Sandeep Singh, the former captain of the Indian hockey team, who was paralysed waist down and couldn't play hockey for his country but got back on his feet after a two-year sabbatical and made a comeback in international hockey in 2008. The film has Diljeet Dosanjh and Tapsee Pannu in lead roles. Watch the trailer here (4) Sajan Singh Rangroot © Vivid Art House Released in March 2018 The film focuses on World War I and the Sikh soldiers who served in the Indian British Army and talks about their heroism and sacrifice for the country, as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force of the Western front during the war. The movie stars Diljit Dosanjh, who plays an eponymous Sikh soldier, who has grown up with the thoughts of fighting for an independent India. Watch the trailer here (5) Mulk © Benaras Media Works Released in August 2018 The Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu starrer is based on a true story about reclaiming what is rightfully yours! The story revolves around a Muslim joint family who fight to reclaim their honour when a member of their family takes to terrorism. The movie is a raw take on the fact that not all Muslims are terrorists and it's time such prejudices were done away with. Phenomenal acting by Rishi Kapoor and Pannu, this movie should be watched for the growing religious intolerance in the country. Watch the trailer here (6) The Accidental Prime Minister © Bohra Bros. Production Releasing in December 2018 The film is a biopic on none other than our dearest 14th Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, played by the veteran actor Anupam Kher. Obviously, the movie will talk about the life and works of the brilliant economist and his ten years of service under the UPA government. Can't wait to catch a glimpse of a movie based on the silent man! Trailer not available. (7) Paltan © Zee Studios Releasing in September 2018 So you thought 'Border' and 'LOC-Kargil' were the last of the war films J.P. Dutta would ever direct? Well, he's back with yet another one and this one has a star cast too. 'Paltan', a war movie based on a real historical moment, is about the 1962 Sino-India war and it showcases real incidents that took place during the war. The movie focuses on the 1967 Nathu La and Cho La clashes that took place along the border of Sikkim, post the '62 Indo-Sino war. The movie has Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Harshvardhan Rane, Esha Gupta in it and we're wishing it's as dramatic and moving as 'Border'! Watch the trailer here Definitely catch these movies whenever you can, because a lot of research, effort and emotions go into making movies about historical sacrifices that were made by people in the past, for our country. It also brings their untold story out in the open and we're truly grateful to Bollywood for doing that, time and again.