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Sometimes bad movies happen to good actors and it's honestly one of the worst things ever. And well, we wonder what is someone like Manoj Bajpayee doing stuck in a movie like Mrs Serial Killer. The Netflix crime thriller starring Jacqueline Fernandez and Mohit Raina along with Bajpayee released today and going by every reaction to it, just don't watch the movie and save yourself. Basically, the premise of the movie is that Jacqueline's character's husband has been framed and jailed for serial murders, so she has to perform a murder in an exact manner as the original serial killer in order to prove his innocence. I got this synopsis from Wikipedia and honestly, I don't understand it at all. Why is she murdering someone else? I'm not even curious enough to watch the movie to find out. People are trolling the hell out of it and are actually highly recommending it to anyone who wants to torture themselves. Okay then. #MrsSerialKiller is a movie you do not want to watch during this lockdown. Or ever. I write a quick review on *wearenewswale* on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/AcghqXwyZM â Apurva Bhardwaj (@foodandfreud) May 1, 2020 Oops. I've seen bad films, worst films but #MrsSerialKiller is on a different level altogether. Easily, the lamest film to have come out this year. Ridiculous serial killer thriller that tries hard to work as a comedy but makes a mockery of the genre in the process. Jacqueline ð¤¦ â Haricharan Pudipeddi (@pudiharicharan) May 1, 2020 Wow. Overacting ki dukan Bhangar ki dukan Faltu sr killer #MrsSerialKiller Watching serial killer is like watching any mythology program on pornhub pic.twitter.com/LykETpwkDT â ÄÃÃÅÃV (@gaurav_San) May 1, 2020 Ouch. Expectations Vs Reality#MrsSerialKiller #Netflix @Asli_Jacqueline @NetflixIndia pic.twitter.com/spX8Sh3y06 â Chandrakanta(à¤à¤à¤¦à¥à¤°à¤à¤¾à¤à¤¤à¤¾) (@yash_rajput) May 1, 2020 Good one. Your words not mine #MrsSerialKiller pic.twitter.com/FuekAezwTq â Mansi Desai (@noicee_smort) May 1, 2020 Don't do it. Me thinking about watching #MrsSerialKiller after public's review.#MrsSerialKiller pic.twitter.com/pkKAU2Zynf â rani I à¦°à¦¾à¦¨à§ (@sikdarji) May 1, 2020 That's graphic. #MrsSerialKiller- Highly recommend this movie if you like to torture yourself .Jacqueline is either screaming or crying throughout the movie as though she's orgasming. â Name cannot be blank (@film_forever_) May 1, 2020 Torture is the common word here. Mrs Serial Killer is a pure TORTURE Terrible, Pathetic and waste of time... Watch at your own RISK, 1.5*/5 ð¤¢ð¤¢#MrsSerialKiller #MrsSerialKillerReview #JacquelineFernandes #ManojBajpayee #MohitRaina #Netflix â Rohitt Jaiswal (@rohitjswl01) May 1, 2020 Okay, balanced review. #MrsSerialKiller on @NetflixIndia is an below average thriller. Film loses momentum after good start and isn't intriguing. Loved the performance of @BajpayeeManoj in the climax. @mohituraina good act. @Asli_Jacqueline matured act. Subject was good but executed poorly. 2.5 â yashrimali26_ (@YashShrimali18) May 1, 2020 Okay then. #MrsSerialKiller is a poor film full of overacting and Irritating Bgm. @Asli_Jacqueline overacts and hams in all the scenes...@mohituraina is good but underutilized...@BajpayeeManoj is fantastic but was missing in the first half...only saving grace of the movie...Contd. â FILMY FUSION (@thefilmyfusion) May 1, 2020 Seems like a disaster. Skip it guys... just skip it... not worth your time@NetflixIndia, itâs a blunder ð¤¦ð»ââï¸#MrsSerialKiller https://t.co/t2JxjU9vDi â sanu sandilya (@sanusandilya) May 1, 2020 View the full article
Yes, it's almost been a year since Game of Thrones ended and we're still talking about it, deal with it. And honestly, this show is actually going to be talked about and will stay relevant for years, even if people just trash talk the last season, just because of how big of a cultural phenomenon it was. Throughout the show, I'm pretty sure Daenerys Targaryen was almost everyone's favourite character and Emilia Clarke gets a lot of credit for making that happen, since she portrayed her so well. Side note - shoutout to Emilia for giving such an incredible performance consistently throughout even though she was having major surgeries during that period. Respect. Coming back to our beloved Dany, I think we can all agree she had somewhat of an unfair ending. I mean, yeah, she became the mad queen and burned everything but people deal with things in different ways, self-care is different for everyone. But getting murdered at the hands of your lover, and nephew? That must have sucked after finally getting what you always wanted. Turns out, even Emilia herself is annoyed by the ending, like the rest of us. While talking to SYFY, she said, "I really felt for her. And yeah, was I annoyed that Jon Snow didnât have to deal with something? He got away with murder â literally." The main thing about Jon Snow's ending that we talk about is how all the build-up to his Targaryen identity reveal was for nothing, but no one talks much about his getting away with Dany's murder. Dany herself had to come out and call him out. Well, lucky for us, she's open to another big franchise and hopefully, when that happens, she won't have to go through that painful death again. "I think, if I did, it would be me having a giggle. I want to do something absolutely stupid and silly, like, you know, The Avengers or whatever. Something where I got to have a giggle with mates," she said. No offence to Emilia, but Avengers: Endgame wasn't 'silly', everyone cried like babies when Tony Stark died. But yes, I see her point. Nothing would be more opposite of Game of Thrones than Avengers and she would probably be as great in it as well. Marvel, are you listening? You already have gathered up two GoT stars - Richard Madden and Kit Harington - in one movie, do you have space for one more? Maybe, Emilia can finally get her revenge on Jon Snow in a different universe. View the full article
Indian film stars and cricketers wearing insanely expensive watches isnât exactly anything new. Quirky Patek Phillipes, zany Audemars Piguets, Rolexes with cases made of gold - these have, somehow, become the norm for Bollywood if they want to be taken seriously by Indian horologists. Â© Instagram/hardikpandya93 Having said that, every once in a while, someone, wears something so exquisite, that we just have to take a step back and take a good hard look. This time around, it was Ranveer Singh, who wore a watch so rare and exclusive, that even the 1 per cent-ers in India couldnât buy one. Â© Instagram/ranveersingh Ranveer was recently spotted outside the Mumbai airport with Deepika Padukone, wearing a rather simplistic and basic outfit. However, with Ranveer being Ranveer, there was bound to be a quirky element with that as well. Â© Viral Bhayani The light washed denim jeans that Ranveerâs wearing has a belt of sorts thatâs incredibly long, much like the one that Aparshakti wore. The manner the belt hangs out in a quirky manner from the side is quintessentially Ranveer. Â© Viral Bhayani However, as we said, it was his watch that caught our eye. Given that Ranveer endorses Franck Muller, the Geneva-based watchmakers, seeing wearing a piece from them, shouldnât be that surprising. Â© Viral Bhayani But this time around, Ranveer was spotted wearing their one of their rarest timepieces. Ranveer is wearing the Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Watch Number 64716. What makes this watch so exclusive and rare, is the fact that the case, apart from being made of white gold, is also covered in tiny diamonds. Even the numbers on the dial are covered in diamonds. Â© Viral Bhayani Speaking of the dial, it is again made of precious metal and has a glossy finish to it. The band of the watch is made using finely quilted leather, which gives it an exquisite appeal. As for the technical aspects, it is a classic piece from Franck Mullerâs Yachting series. With a fair number of complications, the watch is a highly coveted collectorâs piece and already has a cult status among ardent horologists. Â© TraxNYC The reason why we say that even Indiaâs top one per cent couldnât buy one even if they wanted to, is again because of rarity. Some experts say that the watch is worth somewhere in the ballpark of $300,000, which converts to about Rs 2.1 crores. Â© TraxNYC However, considering how rare the watch actually is, and how difficult it gradually becomes to get your hands on legacy pieces as time flies by, if you were to try and buy this piece today, you would have to shell out at least Rs 2.6 crores. Add to that your regular import duties and taxes, and youâre looking at a figure thatâs ridiculously high. Almost as if it would cost you the Earth, all your bodily fluids, kidneys, lungs, and then some more. If you find someone who is willing to sell you this piece, that is. Â© TraxNYC Seriously, this just goes on to show that Ranveerâs operating in a different reality altogether. View the full article
When Vietjet Air first invited me to Vietnam in December last year, aboard their first flight from Delhi, two very distinct images flashed across my mind. One was of course from Diane Nguyenâs amusing homecoming trip to Hanoi in Season 5 of Bojack Horseman, and second, much more contrastingly, was the gruesome 1972 âNapalm Girlâ from the Vietnam War. Voted as one of the most influential photos of all time, the latter, an iconic war image, shows a nine-year-old girl running unclothed towards the camera, as a bomb burned down her village, then her clothes and then almost half of her skin. View this post on Instagram#Vietjet is the first airline to bring you direct flights from New Delhi to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In just 4 hours, you can start exploring the fine concoction that is Vietnam! Log on to www.vietjetair.com to book your flights today. . . . . #vietjet #vietjetair #vietnam #vietnamtourism #flights #bestdeals #travel #travelphotography #travelgram #instatravel #travelogue #travelling #instatravelling #vacay #vacation #vacationmode #explore #tourism #travelphotography #welltravelled #flight #flightcrew #friendlystaff #directflight #vietnamese #vietnamesefood #hanoi #hanoivietnam #hochiminhcity #hochiminhA post shared by (@vietjetindia) And despite a preset itinerary, I set out to trace their footsteps in my rather bastardly, touristy ways, only to discover something completely unexpected ultimately. FYI neither was I going through a divorce like Diane, nor was my country burning like the Napalm Girlâs (or at least thatâs what I thought while taking off on December 12, 2019). Before we begin, a few quick pointers for the curious: You need a passport with minimum six months validity, with at least two blank pagesEasiest way to get a visa and avoid queues is to apply for visa on arrival online. Upload documents and get the visa within 3-5 working daysIdeal way to travel from Delhi is via a Vietjet flight (https://www.vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/NewsDetail/news/4109/vietjet-is-a-pioneer-in-launching-2-direct-flights-from-vietnam-to-new-delhi-india) to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. We all know how insane the sale prices were, but otherwise also you can get tickets for under Rs 12,000-15,000 if you plan well(The process isnât too tedious; mine was completed by the organisers, so jokeâs on you, JK) Part 1Coming back to the trip, it kicked off from an airport lounge at Delhiâs Terminal 3 (again arranged by the organisers) with a bunch of fellow journalists and bloggers. The flight to Hanoi took off on time and upon landing early morning, the immigration process was hassle-free as well. We set off on a local sightseeing tour immediately after breakfast, most amazingly in our own bus. We even got our personal tour guide, a 50-something gentleman who was extremely fatherly to say the least. Quick Vietnam socio-geography lesson before we begin: The country is made of three parts primarily â north, central and south. After many years of conflict, the communists finally seemed to rule the entire state before a proxy war started between Russian (pro-communist) and American (pro-capitalist) allied forces, who supported North and South respectively. And although the war ended with a communist victory in 1975, cultural and political differences still exist between the people from both sides. We are in the North right now. First stop: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Itâs literally got the embalmed body of Ho Chi. Who is Ho Chi? Popularly referred to as Uncle Ho, heâs the Mahatma Gandhi equivalent of Vietnam. He led the independence movement from 1941 onward, defeating the French Union at the Battle of Äiá»n BiÃªn Phá»§ in 1954, and ending the First Indochina War. Wish we could preserve Gandhiâs body, but we also wish that he was not murdered like he was. (Note: Donât wear short shorts, tank tops or anything non-sanskari) Next stop: The Temple of Literature.Essentially, this near 1000-year old edifice was once a college for the royals and other members of the imperial society. Fun fact: The temples of this variety that are dedicated to Confucius, the Chinese philosopher who advocated personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity, are called Confucian temples. Â© MensXP/Alshaar From my little understanding of Vietnam till this point (mostly from conversations with the tour guide and locals), it sure appears that a part of Confucius has stayed with them. It remains a communist regime, one of the handful that have survived in the 21st Century. Yet, it is one of the leading economies in South East Asia. Its infrastructure is at least a decade ahead of India and even its manufacturing sector is set to hit targets better. As a society, there is more gender equality in Vietnam and compulsory education policy is quantitatively eight years ahead of India. Moreover, English is their first foreign language and Mandarin is also fashionable. All in all, you would have a better standard of living doing what youâre doing in India right now. Some might struggle with the food though. We had a big lunch at a famous chicken restaurant downtown following the temple visit. And of course, mister tour guide ensured all local culinary delights are spread out on the table. This included heaps of chicken, prawns, shrimps and boiled fish. Vietnamese sauces are not as spicy as their Thai rivals, but youâll love the cuisine if youâre fond of seafood. Â© MensXP/Alshaar But the coffee is universally loved. Weâre talking about OG Vietnamese coffee; not the coffee + condensed milk pudding that you get in India in the name of Vietnamese coffee. My coffee baptising happened at CafÃ© Giang (the founders of egg coffee in 1946), post an hour-long cycle ride around Hoan Kiem Lake & The Old Quarter, where I shared a cigarette with my driver. In sign language, he told me that you can find the stronger stuff in the market too. Not that I necessarily indulged. The coffee, just like all traditional coffee shops in Vietnam, is made with egg. Yes, egg. The main ingredients of the egg coffee are espresso, condensed milk, a little sugar, butter, cheese and egg yolk, resembling a tiramisu in taste. Everything but the coffee is whisked into a creamy foam in a beater (originally in a small cup and by a bamboo whisk), before being poured over the coffee. You get two versions â the hot and the cold â and of course I tried both. After all, how much coffee is too much coffee? Donât listen to me, these two cups were enough. It was a stupid idea, but there was a seat reserved for me at the world-famous Lang Toi human circus in the cityâs opera house. And despite my coffee rush, I was obliged to attend. Â© MensXP/Alshaar Blame it on the caffeine, but the acrobatics and gymnastics, the stories of the village, the portrayal of innocent love, of seasons, of women, of men, of children, are scintillating, often leaving the jaw dropped, more often the heart stopped . After the 70-minute show, the group of 20-odd even escorts you out of the auditorium with music originating from the clapping of bamboo sticks. The night ended with another wholesome local meal, at Grandma Restaurant, before we ventured out to explore the nightlife at the Hanoi Night Market, very close to the Old Quarter. The streets are lined with tiny bars and pubs. A beer can costs around Rs 60-70 and Hanoi is a must-try. There are local breweries in other parts of the city too, but I was at my touristy max and wonât have much to offer to the discerning taste buds. Â© MensXP/Alshaar Back at the hotel though, my not-so-touristy instincts took me back to the Diane place. I somewhat managed to relive her experience, squeezing so much into one day, and still felt the same kind of cultural emptiness that she experiences, despite being here for some kind of enlightenment or higher gain. Part 2But the trip would then take me to exactly where she went next: Ha Long Bay, and marked a completely new dawn. Â© MensXP/Alshaar Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, around 180km east of Hanoi. The bus took around four hours to reach the boarding point of the ferry, which then carried us inside the waters of this astounding archipelago of around 2,000 limestone karsts and isles that come in various shapes and sizes. The limestone in this bay has undergone 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. And in the land where even prehistoric humans might have existed, we paid them a fitting tribute by getting drunk. The ferry had a variety of wonderful prawns and fishes on offer as we drank the afternoon away. Â© MensXP/Alshaar At the farthest end of the waters, marked by the Luon Cave, was a dock that hosted activities like kayaking and snorkelling. Iâm not a swimmer but the beer helped conquer the nerves and we saw the sun go down from kayaking in this gorgeously vestigial part of the South China Sea. Part 3Following another big local meal and a late night of beer drinking, we flew Vietjet to Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as Saigon) the next afternoon (of course, we got another tour bus and a rather puffed-up tour guide). This now is South Vietnam, where a large chunk of action happened during the Vietnam War. But again, the packed itinerary meant our tired souls needed a quieter evening, in order to resume the hardcore sightseeing on the final day in the city. But a dramatic turn of events later I was hooked to my Twitter feed, reading up on the police brutalities that took place in the Jamia Millia Islamia campus that day. The conversation about selective targeting of Muslims was now peaking, days after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in the Parliament as an Act. As most people know by now, it allows all non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to seek citizenship in India, and when clubbed with the National Register of Citizens (NRC), has invoked fears of Muslims being put in detention camps, like it happened in Assam in 2019. Night transitioned to day, and I was now in the Vietnam War Museum. The news from India kept developing. Protests were aplenty and the âapoliticalâ on my feed had also begun participating. The right-wing of course had hardened further. Â© MensXP/Alshaar Inside the four-storey museum was an account of the gruesome consequences of the Vietnam War. It told tales of the generations of people affected by bio-chemical weapons, the massacres committed by the American army on innocent Vietnamese villagers, and most remarkably, in the middle of a series of tear jerking pictures was the Napalm Girl. It represents the lowest of human actions and the most inhuman nature of their ramifications. And as details of police brutalities emerged from the Jamia violence, the metaphor could not be clearer. Our last and final stop on the trip was at the Cu Chi tunnels. The now restored forests spurted out thousands of arms and artillery at the time of being vetted post war. Another metaphor? The tunnels, used by anti-America soldiers as hiding spots during combat, emerged as symbols of resistance and the battle for liberation. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the fighters in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort, according to my tour guide. With this as the last conversation and a heavy heart from all the violence in India, we headed back to the airport and landed in India via the second direct Vietjet flight route. I was supposed to write this travelogue immediately after, but the protests kept me occupied, psychologically, when not physically. Despite being there, I couldnât help being apologetic about my privilege. Just like Cu Chi though, Shaheen Bagh emerged as Indiaâs biggest hotspot of resistance. And just like the strong women soldiers of Cu Chi, whose videos are proudly screened for visitors, the women of Delhi have spearheaded Indiaâs battle for true democracy. At the end of the dimly lit tunnel that India traversing right now, the protestors represent a rare glimmer. Of the many lessons that can be learnt from Vietnam, one is that there is no winner in a war. And the second, in very Bojack Horseman-esque manner is: âIt gets easier. Every day, it gets a little easier. But you gotta do it every day â thatâs the hard part.â The fight to regain Indiaâs original fabric is going to be long, and more strength to the ones showing up every day. View the full article