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  1. It isnât very often that we get to appreciate Bollywoodâs conscious attempt to talk about issues that concern a particular section of society or have an impact on a minority of our population. Though things have changed a lot in this regard over the past decade, there is still a long way to go, and a lot of room for improvement. © T-Series However, in recent years, Bollywood has also tried its best to absolve itself of many shortcomings. It has even succeeded to a great extent when it comes to highlighting and initiating a discourse over real, lesser-known medical conditions that affect mankind. Here are 8 such recent Bollywood movies which not only talk about such lesser-known conditions, but also try to sensitise the audience by helping them understand about these illnesses and disorders through fictional representation. 1. Margarita With A Straw © Viacom18 Motion Pictures This movie starring Kalki Koechlin as Laila, who suffers from cerebral palsy gives us an insight into the life and struggles of an individual who lives with the possibility of losing their muscle coordination and body movement one day. 2. Tamasha © UTV Motion Pictures The duality in Vedâs personality wasnât something that anyone could ignore in the movie. It was built in a way that presented a young manâs struggle with an identity crisis, which eventually, gives way to a borderline personality disorder. 3. Dear Zindagi © Dharma Productions The way this 2016 release tackled the discussion around mental health, especially with regards to anxiety and depression was commendable. The normalisation of seeking psychiatric help and utilising its benefits to lead a happy life, as Kaira does in the film, gives hope to a large number of people. 4. Hichki © Yash Raj Films Rani Mukerji starrer Hichki presented a very real take on Tourette Syndrome and how ignorant people often shun such individuals for no fault of their own. The realistic performance of Rani Mukherji with her involuntary vocalisations or tics brought the perfect layer of scrutiny to this lesser-known disorder. 5. Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota © RSVP Movies Another Bollywood movie which highlighted a rare disorder is the 2018 film Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota which showed the protagonist Surya suffering from congenital analgesia, that is a condition wherein a person cannot feel physical pain. 6. Judgementall Hai Kya © Balaji Telefilms The Kangana and Rajkummar Rao starrer tries to present Bobbyâs (Kangana) psychosis, depersonalisation, and dissociative behaviour in a manner which is meant to evoke laughter. Yet, despite its flaws in dealing with the issue of mental health with sensitivity, it manages to raise awareness about such conditions. 7. The Sky Is Pink © Excel Entertainment Based on the real-life story of Aisha Chaudhary, the movie traced the life of a couple whose daughter is suffering from severe combined immunodeficiency and pulmonary fibrosis. This one not only gives us a peek into a rare medical condition, but also highlights how those impact the patientâs family as well. 8. Chhichhore © Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment This 2019 multi-starrer became a major hit for a number of reasons, though it also drew attention to the subject of exam pressure, anxiety and suicide amongst young students. The artfulness and sensitivity with which the matter is dealt with in the film, deserves a special screening in every educational institution and even at home. Which one of these helped you discover and understand about a lesser-known medical condition? Let us know in the comments section. View the full article
  2. Indiaâs Vande Bharat Mission is being touted as one of the biggest rescue missions in the worldâs recent history. As problematic and unfortunate as the situation may be - remember that the pilots who are flying the stranded passengers home, have not been paid properly for months - it still is a moment that leaves Indians like us feeling proud. © PTI With that being said, the passenger themselves are certainly not having it easy. There is no doubt that the pandemic has wreaked havoc in the lives of billions of people. One would imagine that now that the stranded passengers are finally home, things would be a little easy for them. Well, that is not the case. © AFP In a video that was taken at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, an officer from the CISF was seen addressing the repatriated people and informing them of the rules and regulations that they had to abide by. The passengers being addressed were the 230 odd people who were brought home from Singapore. Have a look. View this post on InstagramAuthorities informing protocols to repatriation passengers at the Delhi Airport. #DforDelhi #delhi #india #coronavirus #covid19 #pandemic #delhi #gurgaon #coronawarriors #lockdown #airport #airportsecurity #travel #traveling #travelgram #igi #Wanderlust #explore #exploreindia #instago #quarantined #coronavirüs #Corona #gocorona #lockdown #SelfQuarantine #workfromhome #stayhome #staysafe #delhimetro #indiafightscoronaA post shared by (@dfordelhi)People from Delhi and its neighbouring areas who landed at the New Delhi Airport will have to stay in quarantine for 15 days, at a hotel which they will have to choose from a preapproved list presented to them by the health and security personnel. This, for obvious reasons, is for passengers who are showing no symptoms of the virus at all. People with even a fraction of the symptoms for the novel coronavirus would be put straight into a quarantine centre. © AFP In the video, the CISF officer informs the passengers that they have to foot the bill for their stay at the hotel of their choice, which includes properties like Taj Palace Hotel, Shangri-Laâs Eros Hotel and Le Meridien, according to Economic Times. Apart from them, about 1,200 rooms are available in hotels across Karol Bagh. © Reuters They also reported that Le Meridien is charging Rs 4000 plus taxes on single occupancy rooms, and Rs 4800 plus taxes for double occupancy rooms. The charges include all meals. The main reason why this is being done is to keep a track fo the passengers and to keep a check on their health, as it would be nearly impossible for doctors to visit the repatriated passengers if they were allowed to leave for their homes. © Reuters As for the people from other states, they too will be put in a similar quarantine of sorts, once they are collected by the representatives of their state. © PTI As practical, and well-meaning as all this is, it is a scary situation for a lot of the people involved, be it the passengers themselves, the hotel staff, the pilots and the flight crew involved in these operations. No to mention the CISF personnel & healthcare professionals as well. Truly, this entire situation is becoming more like a scene straight out of World War Z with each passing day. View the full article
  3. There are many Bollywood films that have pathetic storylines but still go on to become box office hits. Now, thatâs because some Bollywood celebrities hold a fan base that doesnât really care about the story of the film and will watch it just because their favorite actor is in the movie. Also, there are films that have a good story line and direction but the audience won't watch it and those films will go on to become box office failures. So, hereâs a list of Bollywood films that got bad reviews and still performed well at the box office. Ek Tha Tiger Salman Bhai has his own fan base and no matter what the film is about, his loyal fans will definitely watch the film. Ek Tha Tiger was one such film that didnât really get a good review and still performed well at the box office. This film went on to make Rs 320 crore worldwide and now you exactly know what we are talking about. Happy New Year We donât know why this film was even allowed to release. Yes, you read that right! This film was a torture to watch and the storyline didnât make any sense. But the film starred Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, two major crowdpullers. So, maybe because of the star cast the below-average film went on to make Rs 377 crore worldwide. And we fail to understand the reason behind its success! Housefull 3 So, this film also made more than a whopping 100 crore at the box office. But if you remember the film, youâll know that it wasnât worth it. However, the multi-starrer film starred Akshay Kumar, Lisa Haydon, Nargis Fakri, Jacqueline Fernandez and Abhishek Bachchan. Even though the film didnât appeal to the audience that much, it made Rs 195 crore worldwide. Judwaa 2 The Varun Dhawan film is another one that was marketed as a family entertainer but went on to get bad reviews. The film performed well at the box office and made approximately Rs 207 crores. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo The audience was excited to see another Sooraj Barjatya directorial with Salman Khan and the expectations were high. However, the film with grandeur sets and a weird storyline failed to impress the audience. But still somehow managed to make Rs 400 crore. Yeah, well... Baaghi The film made Rs 126 crore and no one knows why. Also, the film still has an on-going franchise with below-average screenplay and storyline that fails to make any sense. But still, some people watch it and enjoy it. Son Of Sardaar The Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha film was a total mindf*ck and still managed to become a Rs 100 crore film. The film received negative reviews from the audience and the absurd storyline and drama only made it worse. Ready Here is another Salman Khan film that tortured the audiences but his fanbase still managed to make the film a box office blockbuster. The film made Rs 187 crore and even though the film made people laugh a little, the storyline definitely made many of us rethink our choice to watch it. View the full article
  4. The lockdown has forced the whole nation to be inside their houses. Even Bollywood celebrities are staying indoors as required. As businesses are being affected, the production and releases of many movies have come to a halt. However, staying indoors doesnât mean that they wonât plan their work schedule for the future. Yes, our favorite âbhaijaanâ Salman Khan is currently reading scripts and he has already signed a few films that we will see on-screen post the Coronavirus chaos. Here is a list of Salman Khan films that we will see on the big screen after things are back to normal. 1. Radhe- Your Most Wanted Bhai View this post on InstagramChulbul Pandey coming to you on 20th Dec in hindi, kannada, tamil and telugu! #Dabangg3 @arbaazkhanofficial @aslisona @saieemmanjrekar @prabhudheva @kichchasudeepa @nikhildwivedi25 @skfilmsofficial @saffron_bm @kjr_studios @sureshproductions #GlobalCinemasLLP #AdityaChowkseyA post shared by (@beingsalmankhan) Salman Khan was already shooting the film before the lockdown started. The Prabhudheva directorial is a cop film and was supposed to release on Eid this year. However, looking at the current situation the release dates of the film will change. Cop and Gangster Drama View this post on InstagramAgar dikhana hai, beat karna hai, maarna hai, toh mehnat kar ke apna level badha ke kaam se maaro... nothing better than working hard...A post shared by (@beingsalmankhan) Salman Khan and his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma will be seen in an action-packed film together. Salman Khan will be playing a cop and thatâs nothing new but this time he will be playing a Sikh cop. In the film, Aayush is will play the role of a gangster on the run and the will is set to release early in the year 2021. 2. Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali View this post on InstagramNamashkaar ... hamari sabhyata mein namaste aur salaam hai! Jab #coronavirus Khatam ho jaye tab Haath milao aur gale lago.... @beingstrongindiaA post shared by (@beingsalmankhan) Yes, Salman Khan has already planned for a film to release on Eid 2021. In this family drama film, Sallu Bhai will be seen romancing Pooja Hegde. Pooja will be seen playing a small-town girl who is exactly the opposite of Salman Khanâs character in the film and how they go on to fall in love with each other. 3. Kick 2 © Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Just after Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali, Salman Khan will start filming Kick 2 which will be released on Christmas 2021. The Kick franchise is going to go forward and the first draft of the film has already been drafted. The film is going to be directed by Sajid Nadiadwala. 4. Tiger Sequel © Yash Raj Films The Tiger franchise has mostly received a mixed review from the audience but has always been a box office hit. Yet again after Tiger Zinda Hai, there is definitely going to be another one. Reportedly, Salman Khan will shoot for the âTigerâ sequel before he starts shooting for Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. 5. Sooraj Barjatyaâs untitled movie © Rajshri Productions Sooraj Barjatya recently told PTI in an interview, âI am writing it. In a year or two, I will be done. I have discussed the idea with Salman and he has liked it. It is in my space -- family, drama and emotions.â The duo has given some really big hits together and the re-union is making the fans even more excited for the film. Well, hopefully the pandemic will be controlled and one day soon enough weâll get back to life. When that happens, weâll watch movies and stream shows like we always did and âbhaiâ will continue entertaining us because â Tiger zinda haiâ after all! View the full article
  5. In a career spanning across almost 4 decades now, Irrfan Khan has been a part of some of the finest films that India has ever produced. And in those films, we have seen how, time and again, the man has sort of redefined what Indian actors are actually capable of. Make no mistake, there is no one in Bollywood that can hold a candle to the manâs raw talent and the manner in which he has honed his craft over the years. © Instagram/irrfan Whether they are big-ticket films, with a spectacular star cast or a small indie film, where the legend of an actor is surrounded by relatively unknown names, Irrfan has gone on to cultivate an on-screen persona that is simply mesmerising. Youâre welcome Hollywood. Here are 6 indie films that show why we simply canât have enough of the man: 1. The Namesake © Fox Searchlight Pictures The Namesake is based on a novel by the same name, written by Jhumpa Lahiri. The film revolves around the struggles of an immigrant family that is trying to find its place in a post 9/11 America. The film beautifully depicts the tussle between appropriating new cultures and trying to hold on to oneâs heritage. And of course, there is Irrfanâs performance to go all gaga over. 2. Life in a... Metro © UTV Motion Pictures A film that is actually quite well made and well written, Life in a... Metro actually has a lot of things going on in its plot. With that being said, the entire film, which for some reason is listed as a musical, is very cohesively put together. Because of the nature of the storytelling, and the way it had to be filmed, Irrfan cannot be considered to be the lead of the film - in fact, there are no lead roles. However, the moments when he is on the screen, are simply a joy to watch. His dialogues, especially in spite of being very simple and mundane, are another reason to watch the film. 3. Slumdog Millionaire © Fox Star Studios Yes, Slumdog Millionaire is actually, an indie film. Although it had Danny Boyle at the helm, who was a fairly reputable director back then, the film had no solid backers. Although Dev Patel was the lead of the film, and Anil Kapoor, simply stole the show with his menacing performance, it was actually Irrfan, who in spite of a very limited role, added a very distinct, Irrfan-esque characteristic to the film. 4. Maqbool © Kaleidoscope Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Of course, we have to talk about Maqbool. Even though the film had pretty strong and notable names associated with it, it failed to attract big-ticket production houses. Luckily, it did find some really great distributors who gave it the release that it deserved. Written and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, Maqbool is based on Shakespeareâs Macbeth and has power-packed performances by Tabu, Pankaj Kapur, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and of course, Irrfan Khan. Need we say more? 5. The Song of Scorpions © Agora Films A film that somehow managed to slip under the radar, The Song of Scorpions is a film that only the most ardent of cinephiles, who regularly keep a track of film festivals around the globe, will know about. The film did exceptionally well in every film festival where it was shown; the foreign press, including some of the most credible film critics, were all praises for the film. Beautifully shot, the film shows the Thar desert and the city of Jaisalmer in a light that very few of us have seen. 6. The Lunchbox © UTV Motion Pictures Okay, we just had to include The Lunchbox in the list. The film was poignant, to say the least, and to this day, is considered to be the film that could have won us an Academy Award, had we entered this, rather than The Good Road. The Lunchbox was beautifully shot, had a very solidly written plot, and was a visual masterpiece to watch. And of course, how can we not mention the performances of Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui? This should sort your binge-watching list for the weekend, right? View the full article
  6. The decision to make some content free on YouTube is a rare exception to Netflix?s marketing strategy
  7. Meghan Markle's 'Elephant' has received mixed reviews from critics as the Duchess of Sussex starred the sole narrator for the feature-length film.Meghan recorded the voiceover for Disney Plus documentary 'Elephant', which saw mixed reviews from critics.The filmmakers reportedly requested...
  8. The world of animation can be enthralling if you know where to start. Think of the Pixar creation Up which took the world by storm upon its release in 2009. A whole lot of people were introduced to the world of animation with Carlâs adventure in the film. Over time, many of those fans dug deeper and uncovered a whole new world of animation films. And while many Hollywood heavy-weights came and captured our attention over the years, it was the short animation movies that kept us going in the meantime. Short and crisp with strong plots and adorable characters, short films offer the perfect escape and often true insights into other worlds we often fail to recognise in our daily lives. With a mix of new and old short animated films (which still havenât lost their charm), check out these 6 short animated films for a good time, or if you just want to get started. 1. PurlThis one traces the journey of a ball of yarn named Purl who gets employed in a company run entirely by humans, and how it tries to make its own space within the company by adjusting to suit the office culture. Many have also looked at the film through the prism of women employment in male-dominated industries and the kind of injustice and struggles women face to make a name and space for themselves. 2. PipA 4-minute short film on guide dogs, this one maps the story of a dog named Pip who wants to become a guide dog but doesnât fit all the requirements to join the dog training institute. This film is a reminder that in order to prove ourselves to others, we must have faith in our own skills. 3. SpringAs the name suggests, this film beautifully presents the cycle of nature from one season to another. With a captivating background score, the film tries to understand what goes behind the scenes as one season gives way to another, and how in this case a little shepherd girl manages to free her valley from cold, gloomy winters. 4. The PresentThis one is adorable and inspiring all at once. Through the protagonist of this short film the creators have tried to remind us that our shortcomings should never become an excuse to not try harder and live the life we dream of. And in this case itâs an adorable present that helps us understand it. 5. Hair LoveA story about love and acceptance, this one is the perfect movie for anybody who has been labelled âdifferentâ. This film also successfully reminds us that there is nothing a man or woman canât do just because theyâre traditionally not taught to do it in the first place. Itâs about learning and coming out a winner in the face of a challenge, no matter how small. 6. DustinThis 2014 release is a beautiful story about a little pug named Dustin who has to adjust to living with an unusual housemate, who soon turns into a rival. Though very different in nature, the two have regular face offs until eventually Dustin finds a play-mate in his house-mate. But the realisation comes at a cost. Watch this endearing film to find out why. Before we wrap this up, a quick reminder that Kobe Bryantâs Dear Basketball, award-winning short film Bao and critically acclaimed Dutch short film Mind My Mind also deserve an honorary mention here. Though these amazing animated films are not available for free streaming online, weâd recommend you do give these a watch as well if you wish to take this further! View the full article
  9. When you talk about the Indian culture, two entities lead the way amongst other things: Bollywood and cricket. In the past the two entities have come together on multiple occasions and almost every single time, they have not failed to impress. Having said that, because Indian cricket fans are basically crazy and deserve the best of the best, we have shortlisted seven films and web series that you can appreciate while sitting at home: 1. Lagaan The first commercial hit in the country which took the game of cricket as the centerpiece of the story, Lagaan continues to be a fan favourite in the genre. Set in 1893, with British rule in India, the movie presents a unique way in which oppressed farmers struggle to get rid of excessive taxes levied upon them by the Empire. To put it in one sentence, Bhuvan (Aamir Khan) takes it upon himself to assemble a team of players to play a cricket match against Captain Russellâs men in a bid to get rid of three years of tax-paying. The film was not only appreciated in India but also got international acclimation as it became only the third Indian movie to get nominated at the Oscars. 2. Iqbal A touching story of speech-and-hearing-impaired fast bowler who lives and breathes to play for the Indian cricket team, Iqbal shows the relationship between an athlete and his coach, despite their personal differences, working together through multiple hurdles towards success and glory. Shreyas Talpade as Iqbal and Naseeruddin Shah as Mohit (Iqbalâs drunk coach) are absolutely amazing together and do a great job of bringing out the best of emotions from the audience (basically, I cried at the end). 3. Roar Of The Lion Now towards some serious stuff, Hotstarâs docu-series, Roar of The Lion gives an insight about the Indian Premier League franchise, Chennai Super Kings, that made its way back into the league after serving a two-year ban for match-fixing allegations. Former Indian skipper and CSK captain is the star of the show and out of his trust for the director, Kabir Khan, opens up about the scandal that he refers to as the âmost difficult and depressingâ phase of his life. 4. Inside Edge Ah, the cheeky web-series that every cricket fan talks about when they are together. Inside Edge was Prime Videosâs first Indian original series which talks about the behind-the-scenes happenings of the âPowerplay Leagueâ and how the lust for money and power makes individuals indulge in some âunsportsmanlike activities.â The first season of the show was well received by the critics and audience alike and was even nominated for the Best Drama series at 46th International Emmy Awards. 5. Cricket Fever Netflix decided to enter the world of cricket based docu-series with âCricket Feverâ following the lives of the core members of the IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians. It deep-dives into the lives of team owners Akash Ambani and Nita Ambani and moves towards focusing on their skipper Rohit Sharma and other athletes like Hardik and Krunal Pandya. The episodes show how the management and the players work towards forming that one unit which would go on to win the 2019 edition of the Indian T20 league and become the most successful franchise in league history. 6. MS Dhoni-The Untold Story A movie this time, MS Dhoni - The Untold Story captures the former Indian skipperâs life in totality. Right from Dhoniâs days as a young boy, when he was interested in playing football and was the goalkeeper in his school, to his marriage, to winning the 2011 World Cup. Actor Sushant Singh Rajputâs portrayal of the Indian cricketer and Dhoniâs massive fanbase made this movie a grand success both commercially and critically and became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2016. 7. Jersey The tale of an extremely talented athlete unable to make his way into mainstream cricket due to politics and losing his livelihood after losing his government job on false charges of bribery, Jersey is a Telugu-language sports drama weaves a story wonderfully around life of Arjun (Nani) and a promise that he makes to his son Nani (Ronit Kamra). The story was received by the critics who not only praised the drama and the story but more importantly the bonding between the father and son in the film. A Hindi remake of the film with the same title is scheduled to release in August 2020 with Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur in lead roles. View the full article
  10. Let me just say it out loud - God bless OTT platforms. No seriously, how else are we supposed to get through these times? © iStock Although OTT platforms allow us to catch up on some really great films that we might have missed catching on the big screen, they are also a great platform for films that did not perform well at the box office, giving them a new, digital life, so to speak. Here are just some of the many films, which although were box office disasters, went on to become immensely popular on OTT platforms: 1. October- 2018 Raking in a mere 58 crore at the box office, Shoojit Sircarâs October, starring Varun Dhawan is considered actually one of the best films of 2018, thanks to its poignant storytelling, and the breathtaking manner in which the film was made. That, however, was not enough to ensure a sound collection at the box office. Once it was released on OTT, it just exploded, with people praising just how well the film was made and how it was one of Varunâs finest performances. 2. Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota- 2018 If you havenât seen Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, at least at the cinemas, you arenât alone. The film did a measly Rs 2 crore at the box office. But man, once it was relaunched on a streaming service, it just exploded. It is through and through, a genuine laugh riot, with some over the top dialogues and actually a good story. A must watch for every millennial in India if you ask us. 3. Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, 2009 As averse towards streaming Ranbir Kapoor has been, quite a lot of his films that did not work well on the box office actually did massively well on OTT platforms. Rocket Singh raked in a ghastly Rs 33 crore at the box office back then. Given it was at a time when Ranbir was being labelled as the next big thing in Bollywood, the performance actually took everyone by surprise. Still, thanks to torrents, and OTT platforms the film was received well, a few months and years after its release. 4. Wake Up Sid, 2009 This is yet another film that actually looked very promising, but did not live up to the commercial expectation that distributors and the filmmakers had. This is also one of the first of Ranbirâs coming of age films, and probable one of his finest. The plot and the writing were poignant, it had some really good songs, and people who saw the film actually liked the film. Still, it wasnât as successful, as some of the big blockbusters of the year, and soon sort of died out. Again, thanks to network television, and torrents it did pick up steam, but once it was rereleased on OTT, itâs appeal evolved exponentially. 5. Hunterrr, 2015 Another film that had the potential to set records at the film, but ultimately performed abysmally, was Hunterrr. The film had everything that one would expect of a blockbuster - a solid script and story, some really catchy dialogues, and immensely talented actors. Again, people who actually saw the film were going gaga over it. However, the number of people who actually saw the film was not that significant a number. Hunterrr raked in about Rs 13.5 crore before it was picked up by streaming services, where, it went on to become a cult classic. Like we said, thank God for OTT services. If you come to think about it, these films are actually responsible for making us familiar with platform-exclusive films, or films that only have a digital release, and are not released on cinemas. View the full article
  11. Best friend, sibling, distant relatives and quirky colleagues - every good screenplay comes with a wide variety of characters to flesh out the lead role's journey through a film. Bollywood's history is lined with actors who've made a name by immersing themselves in a role, sometimes so much so that the role becomes synonymous with them - think Amjad Khan in Sholay, for example. Today, Bollywood's best boast of some of the most incredible and intense performances ever captured on film - here's a few who did such a good job with their roles, they've outshone the main leads on the films they've worked with. Manoj Bajpayee as Bhiku Mhatre, Satya Possibly one of the greatest castings in Bollywood history, Bajpayee's performance in Ram Gopal Varma's critically acclaimed crime thriller was nothing short of iconic, but did you know that the actor himself wasn't confident about the role? “Everybody used to feel so excited about my performance but I wasn't sure if we are doing it right,” he said, nearly 20 years after the film. “That feeling of unsureness was always looming large because no one of the film industry was making this kind of a film.” Vijay Raaz as Somayajulu, Delhi Belly Raaz has become a go-to choice for voice overs, and perhaps the best example of his gruff baritone is in this incredible black comedy from 2011. Perfect comedic timing, the ability to absolutely steal every scene he's in and a script that props it all up - if only we had more villains like him in the industry. Arshad Warsi as Shakti, Hulchul I'll admit I've got a soft spot for Priyadarshan films, and while the over-the-top drama and hilarious gags from Hulchul make it a prime candidate for my favourite one, a large reason why is Warsi's amazing performance. He's jumpy, completely owns his role and outshines lead Akshaye Khanna in every scene they both are in - although reportedly, Warsi had been disappointed with his role during the shoot, and resigned himself to commit to a 100% performance. He sure did. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Shaikh, The Lunchbox It had to be either Paan Singh Tomar or this - one of the most interesting matchups in the history of Bollywood has been Siddiqui opposite Irrfan Khan, and given that the two were roommates during their days as struggling actors gives huge weight to their scenes together. However, Irrfan acts like he always does, and Siddiqui - instead of his gung-ho gangster or small-time crook typecasts, absolutely nails the role of a bumbling office salesman. Saif Ali Khan as Langda Tyagi, Omkara Another fantastic Shakespearean adaptation of Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara brought together an epic cast - yet the surprise standout remains Saif Ali Khan in the role of the crafty, ruthless gangster Langda Tyagi. After a series of light-hearted roles, watching Saif pull off this intense performance was an absolute treat - and remains one of the best performances of his life. Pankaj Tripathi as Principal Srivastava, Nil Battey Sannata Similar to Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi's reputation as an antagonist in film is legendary - but watching the actor's rich, lovingly crafted performance as an upstanding school principal betrays the long years he spent developing his skills as a theatre actor. 'Nil Battey Sannata' is my story,” the actor said to Times of India. “It says that one should keep dreaming, stay focused and the dreams will come true.” Annu Kapoor as Dr. Baldev, Vicky Donor Famous for his roles and captivating talent as a TV show host, Annu Kapoor blew expectations out of the park with his work in Vicky Donor, splitting audiences' sides with his portrayal of an eccentric fertility clinic doctor. Apparently the role was first offered to Boman Irani - while we think he would have done the role justice, Kapoor's work was just the extra kick of humour that the film needed - making Ayushmann Khurrana's debut a truly special and iconic movie. View the full article
  12. When humanity stumbled into 2020, most of us, at least those who can read this article, have at some point in our lives, played a video game. Whether youâre casually chucking birds at pigs on your cell phone, enjoying a day off with some FIFA, exploring amazing single-player stories or competing in online tournaments - between 2012 and 2020, the market share of Earthâs most immersive form of entertainment has doubled to over $150 billion, and continues to rise meteorically. It wasnât surprising then, that through the evolution of gaming, Hollywood has been playing close attention to audiences and developers alike. Engaging characters, action sequences just waiting to be shot - and plenty of box office cheques to write. What follows is a list of some of the most popular, engaging and even surprising success stories of video games, adapted to film. 10. Mortal Kombat Okay, we know this one hasnât aged too well, but hear us out for a bit. Back in 1995, teenagers had little to compare their video games to, outside of their television screens and if they were lucky, toy tie-ins. But when it came to seeing the ultraviolence fighting game spectacle take place on the big screen, boy were crowds sold. This film was the first video game adaptation to ditch external plots and for-film narratives, sticking to the source material with extreme care. Several moves featured in the fight scenes are actual combos within the original game, and the old school CGI makes for an amusing, yet enlightening foundation stone for all the films to come in its wake. 9. Silent Hill On paper, Silent Hillâs creepy formula of atmospheric visuals, terrifying survival gameplay and amazing monster designs would have made for a good movie - so why was this one forgotten with time? In a nutshell, the filmmakers only paid attention to the first point. The film is stylistically perfect and takes us back to chilling memories of the video game - but is let down by a muddled plot and unimpressive backstory retellings. On the bright side, we do get to see Sean Bean of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones fame. 8. Final Fantasy: Advent Children Straight up, if you like Final Fantasy, anime or both of the above, youâll love this. While youâll feel completely lost in the filmâs characters and plot without having played the game, it showcases some of developer Square Enixâs most stunning collaborations with Visual Works, the legendary Japanese studio behind their gorgeously detailed cutscenes. The action is pure, unadulterated spectacle - one that was so beloved by fans that PS3 sales back in 2005 skyrocketed after its release. 7. The Angry Birds Movie 2 Like any decent gamer, I approached this one with caution and doubt. Itâs improbable, silly and very much an overt cash grab - yet the quirkiness and simple charm that made the mobile game such a big hit is plastered all over this movie. It knows exactly how seriously to take itself - keeping the early pacing quick and introducing us to a series of characters and well-written gags that could engage both parents and kids alike. 6. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time It seems like thereâs two kinds of PoP fans out there - those who fondly remember the old DOS-era platformers, and those who enjoyed the brutal action-adventure thrills of Warrior Within and The Two Thrones. This film was clearly aimed at the latter - with Jake Gyllenhall backflipping through scenes into the titular princeâs role. Thereâs plenty of fun fight choreography, royal schemes and even time travel shenanigans at work here, and despite almost no real connection with the games, Ben Kinglsleyâs performance as the main villain totally makes up for it. 5. Warcraft Thereâs a common misconception with this film that several reviewers fell for - commonly thought of to be based on the titanic World of Warcraft MMORPG series, it actually focuses on the story of a slightly older game - 2002âs Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, which some of you MOBA gamers might remember as the birthplace of DOTA. Warcraft follows the tale of a desperate Orc tribe contending with warring factions, demonic magic and all the fun action set pieces that result from this. While the film is heavy with exposition, the scale and CGI work is fantastic, while Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi sets it all to a fantastic background score. 4. Sonic The Hedgehog Certainly, no one asked for this - but spurred on by longtime rival Nintendoâs success with Detective Pikachu (which weâll get to later), Sega and Paramount Picturesâ 2020 Sonic film dashes through nostalgic throwbacks for fans - referencing several themes and game design features from the 90s classics. Even more dynamic than the surprisingly relatable Sonic is his nemesis Dr. Eggman, played by Jim Carrey. Seriously, if kid me knew this was coming, Iâd have been far more excited for 2020 - serious thumbs up to the filmmakers for taking the time and effort to re-render Sonicâs visuals after major fan backlash in 2019. Segaâs seen better days, but they sure are loyal. 3. Tomb Raider Before Tomb Raider, there was Angelina Jolieâs similarly named Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from 2001. While the Angie films were riotous and enjoyable in perhaps the same way as Pierce Brosnanâs Bond flicks, this reinvention of the character was inspired by the 2013 videogame reboot, which dropped the stale action feel in favour of a gritty, realistic and much more grounded theme, with Alicia Vikanderâs performance bringing it all together. She does defy physics and heal from injuries in a way that detracts from the realism - but itâs all very slick, well made and stands as a good film by itself. 2. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu This 2019 riot came out of nowhere, with a fresh new idea that turned those old Pokemon GO ads into a reality - bringing Pokemon into our contemporary world was a very risky move that Nintendo and Game Freak took for the series. Almost immediately, itâs apparent that this movie is created by the very same people who grew up playing the video games and watching the anime⦠a hilarious, touching and often witty adventure that brings our beloved Pikachu to life - complete with Ryan Reynoldsâ voice and a mystery plot to boot. 1. The Original Pokemon Films Back in the good early 2000s when animation was in its golden age, kids the world over were absolutely brought to their knees with sequel after sequel of Pokemon feature-length animated films. While a staggering 23 of them have been produced to date, the spotlight has always belonged to the original - Mewtwo Strikes Back. With beautiful animation, all the characters we love and a truly memorable and touching plot, this one would also be remembered for having the saddest scene in Pokemon history. Did you ever play or watch any of these series? Tell us in the comments! View the full article
  13. Filmmaking in India isnât just a challenge in terms of logistics, production costs and promotion - even after a film is made, it has to pass through the dreaded and often unrealistic expectations of Indiaâs CBFC, or Central Board of Film Certification. While the countryâs sensibilities towards sexual and societal taboos have evolved over the years, certain films were dragged through lengthy, difficult and artistically limiting negotiations with the government body - especially through the infamous chairmanship of Pahlaj Nihalani, who was sacked in 2017. Here are some of the biggest editing casualties weâve seen in Indian theatres in recent years. 1. Grand Masti - 218 Cuts While this was understandably for a TV premiere and the CBFC was terrified at the idea of young kids flipping from Cartoon Network to a no-holds barred *** comedy, the film was subjected to an absolutely insane 218 cuts - although the filmmakerâs werenât too worried. It held the title of Indiaâs highest-grossing A-rated film for over six years, only overtaken by 2019âs Kabir Singh. 2. Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 - 150 Cuts According to reports during the filmâs 2016 release, even after obtaining an A-rated certificate, the third Kya Kool Hain Hum film suffered 150 cuts - not a big surprise when almost the entire filmâs plot revolves around sexual, slapstick humour and innuendo injected into every dialogue. Weâre surprised that it didnât turn out to be a short film by the end. 3. Dilliwali Zaalim Girlfriend - 63 Cuts While this film remained relatively safe when it came to its scenes - it got away with an unrestricted (U/A) certification - the filmâs dialogue was censored to hell and back again, with somewhat trivial words such as âsaalaâ or âsaaliâ slashed from it. Director Japinder Kaur, was rather amused by the cuts. She is quoted in the CBFC report as saying that if there is no thematic issue, she doesnât understands the problem in just picking up singular words that are part and parcel of Delhiâs local lingo. 4. Haider - 41 Cuts Vishal Bhardwajâs incredibly brave filmmaking tied together Shakespeareâs Hamlet, while conveying the subtleties of Kashmirâs past, present and future turmoil. Despite creating one of modern Indian cinemaâs most appreciated films, the Shahid Kapoor-starrer was marred by heavy action from the CBFC, which cut out scenes of torture, death and other grave realities from the region. 5. Lipstick Under My Burkha - 27 Cuts With the film sticking to its themes of sexuality and female narratives, it wasnât surprising when the cast and creators went to war with the CBFC for slashing out key portions of the film. While finally most of the movie remained untouched, everything from minor dialogue to *** scenes and moans from the artists in them were quashed by the board. 6. 50 Shades Of Grey - 20 Cuts While this film raised controversy all over the world, producers Universal Pictures had to make a special case for India. After the film was banned in several countries such as the UAE and Malaysia, the editors took no chances - creating a special âinternally trimmedâ final cut for the Indian CBFC members. And the film was eventually released with its 20-odd minutes of BDSM *** scenes heavily neutered before hitting theatres. 7. Delhi Belly - 18 Cuts Though this cult classic didnât exactly break the mold when it came to adult humour, it was still suffering from an A-rated release and was further slashed down for the TV release. And after a drawn out set of negotiations, the satellite rights were finally given to Aamir Khan productions. Itâs noted that through his entire career, Khan himself has supported other filmmakers such as Anurag Kashyap in retaining authenticity by preventing CBFC interference in film screenings. 8. Angry Indian Goddesses - 17 Cuts Much like Lipstick⦠above, this film was a landmark movie for women in Indian cinema. And unsurprisingly, the CBFC jumped on it immediately, slashing down key scenes and censoring words such as âadivasiâ and âsarkarâ that were part of important dialogues. Perhaps the most controversial of these edits enforced by the board came in the form of objections to using the image of Hindu deity Kali - truly ironic in a film called Angry Indian Goddesses. 9. Badmashiyaan - 12 Cuts A rom-com revolving around a gold-digging con woman, the film was given 12 cuts and cleared with a UA certificate on February 23. Bollywood's patented phrase, 'kutte kaminey' had to be redubbed as 'andha kahin ka' and 'ma ki aankh' with 'ma ki eyeâ, which makes⦠perfect sense, of course. Even more baffling was a scene where the girl goes to file an FIR for molestation, the words 'hum bistri' had to be muted from her dialogue but the same words, when used by a man, were allowed. View the full article
  14. Keira Knightley shedlight on her stance on lack of female representation in Hollywood?s filmmaking scene
  15. While watching a magnanimous Hindi movie and those âlarger than lifeâ sets in a Dharma Productions movie look and feel good to the eyes, sometimes some of the best movies in the world are the ones which have none of those shenanigans and are downright simple. Here are six low budget movies which prove that you donât need money but talent and good scripts to make a good movie. 1. PinkOne of the most surprising hits which was made on a budget of over Rs 20 crore but ended up making over Rs 106 crore at the box office. A powerful movie which explains the importance of consent, this script taught men a better lesson than any big budget movie could have. 2. KahaaniTrust Vidya Balan to take a script and make it her own which means she needed no big banners to make money from a movie which was made on a budget of a mere Rs 8 crore but ended up doing business of over Rs 104 crores at the box office. 3. Vicky DonorAyushmann Khurranaâs debut movie was a super hit with the masses and while it had a budget of only Rs 15 crores, the well made movie ended up making over Rs 66 crores at the box office. 4. Khosla Ka GhoslaAn extremely brilliant movie starring Anupam Kher, Parveen Dabas and Boman Irani, this story is something which a lot of âdilliwalasâ will relate to. Made on a mere budget of less than Rs 5 crore, the movie didnât make a lot at the box office but continues to be a hit amongst the masses. 5. The LunchboxAn extremely simple story narrated beautifully and enacted wonderfully by Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur. This movie was made on a budget of Rs 22 crore which is not a lot by Bollywood standards but yet touched a Rs 100 cr and made its mark at various international film festivals. 6. QueenThe movie which proved that Kangana Ranaut is basically the mitochondria of talent and can make anything work with her magic. The makers exclaimed how no big banner was backing up the movie and no actress was ready to work on a budget of Rs 12 crore but this movie touched the Rs 120 crore mark and swept all awards. View the full article
  16. Thor: Ragnarok raised the bar for MCU films, no questions about it. Often making it to the top three in several ranked lists featuring all 22 films, Taika Waititiâs take on the superhero genre was witty, hilarious, engaging and at the same time, deeply emotional and heartfelt. Back in 2017, we saw a Thor who was at his lowest - ripped apart by his sister Hela, forced to fight without Mjolnir by his side, take on an old friend in The Hulk and prove to himself that he was capable of defending his people - while simultaneously getting a haircut. Three years later, Thor: Love And Thunder promises perhaps one of the most serious and crucial plot points in the post-Endgame era for MCU fans - how the ownership of Mjolnir and title of Thor moves on from Odinson to (at least in the comics) to Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman. With co-star Tessa Thompson revealing acting legend Christian Bale to be Fosterâs first major villain in the MCU, speculations are running high as to which character he will play. While the theorists are busy typing away, weâre taking a look at some of Baleâs best efforts in darker roles - chalking up why we think heâd do a superb job in the film, regardless of who heâs cast as. The Dark Knight Trilogy Straight up - these three films redefined not just Christian Baleâs career, they also changed the game when it came to superhero films in several different ways. Whatâs interesting, however, is that after 2012âs The Dark Knight Rises, Bale has admitted in interviews that he was extremely disinterested in working on superhero films with anyone other than director Christopher Nolan, even mentioning that a personal tragedy that occurred during the filming also left him unable to watch them again himself. Yet, heâs found himself as the main antagonist in Love And Thunder - so what gives? While we think a healthy contract might have had something to do about it, getting Bale on board likely has something to do with Taika Waititiâs excellent script and direction chops that could bridge the gap between Baleâs previous skepticism and his own experience as Batman. Heâs proved that he can handle the gravitas and psychological pressure required to pull the role off for three films - the action and stunt experiences from them will probably help Bale immensely when it comes to Love and Thunder, while the drama and dialogue might help him pull off a serious, no-bullshit villain. American Psycho Winding back the clock by a few years, we hit Baleâs first truly negative major role and one of cinemaâs best-ever performances as the detached, eerie yuppie persona of Patrick Bateman - a soulless investment banker by day who finds meaning in life through torture and murder by night. Needless to say, Bale is absolutely terrifying in this film - his manicured, ultra-perfect character breaks through to reveal horrifying bloodlust underneath, and thereâs fewer ways to make a villain memorable than to make him utterly terrifying. With the film putting the idea of Thor on a fresh, clean slate, thereâs a wealth of experience from this film that Bale can channel into his next role. The Prestige The first Bale film after Batman Begins happens to be yet another Nolan-helmed project - looks like those two really got along in the mid-late 2000s. The Prestige brings us a version of Bale thatâs deceitful, cunning and harbours a dark secret - a magician ready to oust his rival no matter the cost. Thereâs plenty of proof here that Bale can play the detached psychopath as well as the mysterious schemer. Apparently, Nolan has stated that it would be âunthinkableâ to cast anyone else, and it certainly shows. The Fighter A 2010 biographical sports drama isnât exactly where youâd expect to find a convincing villain, but given that itâs Bale, we may as well raise our expectations. Performing the same (yet not so extreme) weight loss regime he previously did for 2004âs The Machinist, Baleâs role takes him into the shoes of a boxer past his prime, hopped on cocaine while committing crimes to get his fix. While the star of the show here was undoubtedly Mark Wahlberg, Baleâs performance was top-notch in a role that swings from hopeful and optimistic to selfish and opportunistic with masterful skill. Weâre fairly certain that Marvel will continue with their one-off villain strategy here, similar to Cate Blanchettâs Hela and Michael Keatonâs Vulture - so a story arc that draws Bale from being Thorâs ally to her enemy might feature in the upcoming film. Terminator Salvation Finally, thereâs the elephant in the room - all MCU films are, at their core, action-dramas with healthy doses of CGI mixed in, and Bale hasnât exactly done a film like that⦠or has he? Terminator Salvation came out with a whole lottaâ weight riding on its shoulders - it was the first ever Terminator movie without Arnold Schwarzenegger in it, and had a lot to prove to the industry as well as fans. While the film did all-right by box office and critical standards, Baleâs performance and screen presence were praised, and meanwhile, the actor was given an important chance to work in studios filled with greenscreens - a great primer for what heâll expect at Fox Studios for the Thor film. View the full article
  17. The thing about some of the millennial actors today is the relatibility factor for their fans which makes them love their work and appreciate what they do. Actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik Aaryan, and Taapsee Pannu enjoy a big fan following because somewhere they are a reflection of what and how this generation feels. Kartik Aaryan, who is most loved for his outings in the Luv Ranjan movies heâs done in the past and the relationship monologue heâs delivered is currently enjoying a wonderful place in terms of the projects heâs taking up and the list of fans heâs making. View this post on Instagramð·ð¶A post shared by (@kartikaaryan) Often times than not, heâs compared to his contemporary Ayushmann Khurrana who is a wonderful actor and a talent house in himself. So as Kartik has been touring the country for the publicity of his upcoming movie Love Aaj Kal, it was only natural for the media to ask him what he feels about this healthy competition and the similarity (if any) they both share. Kartik explained that their choices of movies are slightly different from each other. âIt often happens that Ayushmann does films about men with defects while I do films about women with defects.â While people were curious as to what was he implying, his co-star Sara Ali Khan asked him what was wrong with the character of Zoe in the movie and he just sang the song âHaan Main Galatâ in response. People on social media are kind of furious with this comment and want Kartik to take a lesson in what is actually âdefectiveâ. All this time @ayushmannk did such movies to remove the stereotypes. #KartikAaryan in one go calls those characters "men with defects". But that wasn't enough, misogynist that he is, says his movies are about "women with defects". National crush, this guy, women, wake up! https://t.co/uboxKeiq54 â Vipra Dubey (@VipraDubey) February 8, 2020I dont mean to b rude but what did Ariyan do to get this much attention?! A series of misogynistic films. Bas... Media does too much. â Saeed Neerob (@SaeedNeerob) June 23, 2018While we love Kartikâs work as well, calling Ayushmannâs movies as being a representation of âdefects in menâ is in bad taste and above all if he thinks that heâs a balm for the men as he has previously projected their plight in movies like Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and Pyaar Ka Punchnaama, then he needs a reality check that such statements just look poor on a good looking actor. In another news, the actor has now signed a big budget 3D action film with T-series. Hereâs hoping he continues entertaining us with more good work and better interviews. View the full article
  18. With every new year that comes and goes, there is one thing that never seems to change. No, we donât mean the government, you fool. Itâs our shared love and subconscious dependency on all things Bollywood. It has become a recurrent event, one where we not only look forward to, but also think of making plans around movie releases which seem to hold potential. And that does not necessarily depend on just the plot or trailer, but a lot of it stems from the level of attraction and sense of loyalty we feel towards certain Bollywood stars who come to make all the difference. 2020 is going to be no different because a number of really exciting movies by leading Bollywood A-listers are lined up throughout the year which hold the promise to be totally paisa-wasool. Here are eight such movies weâre rooting for. 1. '83 © BCCL The third installment of Rohit Shettyâs mega successful cop universe, Sooryavanshi will see Akshay Kumar playing the lead opposite Katrina Kaif, and thatâs a promising pairing right there. After Bajirao Singham and Sangram Simmba Bhalerao, we sure have high hopes from DCP Veer Sooryavanshi. 3. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan © Instagram/Ayam Mukerji Another multi-starrer that is set to greet our screens in 2020, the Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer fantasy-adventure drama will be the first installment of the trilogy. Brahmastra also stars biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, Dimple Kapadia and Mouni Roy among others in pivotal roles. 5. Angrezi Medium © Viacom 18 When Aamir Khan announced that he is all set to star in the Bollywood remake of the Hollywood classic movie Forrest Gump, we didnât know if we were ready to welcome Laal Singh Chaddha. However, given Aamirâs past record (barring Thugs Of Hindostan, of course) people are pinning a lot of hopes on this remake. 7. Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai © For Star Studios Akshay Kumar starrer Laxmmi Bomb is going to be yet another remake of a successful south Indian film titled Kanchana. Kiara Advani will be playing the female lead, and given the stellar posters of the film, people are really expecting an explosive performance from Akshay. View the full article
  19. Ayeza Khan opens up about working in filmsAcclaimed Pakistani actress Ayeza Khan has opened up about working in films, saying that she was not interested in it. At an event held recently, when Ayeza Khan was asked about working in films, she said, “I had never thought about working in films.” Present at the event, director Nadeem Baig endorsed Ayeza’s comments saying, “Once I had asked Ayeza for working in films and the actress had replied in negative.” “I don’t want films as I am not interested in seeing myself on the big screen. I am happy on small screens,” Ayeza had told Nadeem Baig. Ayeza Khan last week celebrated her 29th birthday with husband Danish Taimoor and children.
  20. In news that's bound to excite Potterheads across the globe, the BBC has announced a magical new commission - Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History. Combining the efforts of Harry Potter producers Warner Bros. and London's Natural History Museum, the programme promises to 'explore the origins and stories of mythical creatures and the fantastical beasts from J.K. Rowling's stories and explore their history and connections with animals roaming the planet today.' To add a proverbial cherry on top, the programme will be hosted by none other than the much-beloved Stephen Fry - one of the network's greatest presenters, comedians and also the voice behind all 7 Harry Potter audiobooks. via Gfycat Good job, BBC. However... As far as I'm concerned, recent years haven't been particularly inspiring when considering Rowling's universe - with questionable additions to the lore, an uninspiring sequel to 2016's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and the somewhat embarrassing Cursed Child play, fans have been clamouring for something a little more wholesome and serious, and while this may not be a second coming - it's certainly worth looking forward to. For starters, the programme accompanies a massive effort by one of the world's greatest natural history museums to bring the world of Harry Potter to life. © Warner Bros./Scientists from the Museum handle an Erumpent horn - a powerful magical artefact capable of blowing up entire wizarding homes Following this is the potential of joint production teams between Warner Bros. and BBC Natural History departments - the former arguably credited with making Pottermania a worldwide phenomenon, and the latter orchestrating the greatest wildlife documentaries of all time, such as the Planet Earth and Blue Planet series. via GIPHY After getting a peek into the world of magical beasts through the films, it'll certainly be a treat to hear Stephen Fry take a more 'academic' look at them, à la Sir David Attenborough. “I could not be more delighted,” said Fry, “to be a part of this magnificent opportunity for us Muggles to show the wizarding world that the fantastic beasts in our world are more than a match for theirs.” "Joining forces with the combined powers of the fabulous BBC, its legendary Natural History Unit and the magical Natural History Museum we hope to be able to bring you closer than you've ever been to some of the most spectacular and extraordinary creatures ever seen.” View the full article
  21. Saif Ali Khan has been in the Hindi film industry for close to three decades now, and this long journey is marked with some of his great and not-so-great performances. The young Nawab, in his early twenties, essaying roles that were flamboyant and capricious, quickly became a youth icon who was a mix of the boy next door and a casanova. © Yash Raj Films Cut to 2019, and with the teaser for his upcoming film Jawaani Jaanemann hitting the screens, we can once again catch a glimpse of the 'fuckboi' Saif, the makers thought his audience was missing. The Jawaani Jaanemann teaser isn't disappointing. Because right after the first 10 seconds it enters a familiar territory which is easily identifiable for anyone who has watched some of Saif's box office hits. He is the same flirtatious vagabond Vicky from Yeh Dillagi, the hilarious wannabe boyfriend Sameer from Dil Chahta Hai before he meets Pooja, the unapologetic womanizer from Hum Tum and Salaam Namaste and the obnoxiously pathetic playboy Gautam from Cocktail. © Illuminati Films Only, this time he is no 'boy' next door but instead will be seen playing the role of a 40-year-old father who, going by the teaser, still hasn't quite figured out how to keep his pants on when his daughter is not looking. © Pooja Entertainment While not much has been revealed about the film's plot, reportedly the film will trace the relation between Saif's character and his on-screen daughter set to be played by debutante Alaia Furniturewala. If you haven't seen the teaser yet, check it out here: Are you looking forward to the movie as much as we are? Let us know in the comments below View the full article
  22. The year 2000 gave us some phenomenal films that did extremely well at the box office too. That year also saw the debut of Hrithik Roshan who instantly became the country's heartthrob. The extraordinary films of that time and era were a perfect balance of drama and entertainment that kept the audience hooked throughout the year. It's time we take a small journey down the memory lane to the films that released the same year and stole our hearts away while giving us films that can be watched over and over again. Here is a list of five iconic Bollywood films that will complete 20 years in the year 2020 and you should definitely watch them again. 1. Hera Pheri © AG Films This film was a laugh riot that can never get old and is the funniest movie in the Bollywood history, without a doubt. In the film, that released on March 31, the unusual trio of Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suneil Shetty made the audience laugh their guts out. Now, we are eagerly waiting for Hera Pheri 3. Aren't you? 2. Josh © United Seven Creations The film was one of the highest grossing films of the year 2000 and it was special for the audience too as two A-list actors got together to play twins in the film- Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. The film hit the theatres on June 9 and was very well received by the audience as well as the critics. 3. Kaho Na Pyaar © Filmkraft Productions Hrithik Roshan made his debut in Bollywood with his impressive performance in the film Kaho Naa..Pyaar Hai. This love story stole audiences heart away and Hrithik's Swift dance moves also made a lot of women go weak in the knees. The same year, he gave two more releases Fiza and Mission Kashmir. 4. Dhadkan © Ratan Jain This complicated love story can be watched over and over again. The emotionally driven plot stars Shilpa Shetty, Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty in the lead roles. The film's songs such as 'Dil ne ye kaha hai dil se' and 'Tum dil ki dhadkan' are evergreen love songs that charm people even today. 5. Mohabbatein © Yash Raj Films If you haven't watched Mohabbatein yet, you're missing out on something phenomenal. You'll have to watch the movie to know why it is considered iconic. The film introduced six newcomers to the industry and Amitabh Bacchan-SRK's brilliant performances together aren't worth missing. Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
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