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  1. The world came to a standstill when the newsflash hit everyone's phones: Stan Lee had passed away. Honestly, I had to check across multiple portals to check if this was a hoax or not, but once this gut-wrenching piece of news was confirmed, the first thing that popped in my mind was- “Oh my God, Marvel movies without Stan Lee in it? How will this even work?” via GIPHY I don't know if I am the only one who does this, but whenever I see Stan on the big screen making a badass cameo out of nowhere, I instantly go into fanboy mode without giving a damn if the dude next to me is judging me or not! via GIPHY The cheers, clap and whistles just come pouring out as soon as I see him making a trademark sarcastic comment about superheroes. This is my personal favourite. via GIPHY Now that he is gone, it is hard to imagine a Marvel movie without him. I mean, of course, it will still be mindblowing, but I won't be eagerly waiting for Stan anymore to pop on the screen and shoot a snarky line…and that breaks my heart. via GIPHY Stan was probably the biggest fan of his own work, as evident by his dedicated appearances at every movie premiere, comic book conventions and public signings. © AP Keeping in mind that this was a man above 90, who like his peers, should've been resting or just be on the down-low and spend his time golfing, it was incredible how enthusiastic he always was. Stan was the biggest personification of the quote “age is just a number” and a walking contradiction to the common notion, that 'old people' are not cool. via GIPHY It does make one wonder that why did not take a break from his movie career? I mean, it would not have been out of the norm. Actors his age often silently walk away from the spotlight, but Stan was always there and never broke under the pressure of the industry. Back in 2016, Stan told the Hollywood Reporter the reason behind him not retiring, and the answer is typical Stan. “When you retire, you have a chance to do all the things you've always wanted to do. I've been doing all the things I've always wanted to do. I've always wanted to be involved in entertaining people.” Wow. If that's not the most incredible thing you've heard, then I don't know what is. via GIPHY The man knew what he and his work meant to his fans. He knew the importance of the universe that he had created and always reminded himself, that in a way, he was helping people. “I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people's lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you're able to entertain, you're doing a good thing.” Stan once told the Washington Post. via GIPHY His life and his works are proof that you won't hate your job if you love what you do. It goes without saying that Stan Lee is irreplaceable and that his loss will take a while to sink in. Until then, fanboys like me are waiting for the next Avengers movie, where we're going to yell our lungs out when we see him on the screen again! via GIPHY
  2. Friday or Fri-yay, no matter what you wish to call it, this is the one day in a week that all of us look forward to with the equal amount of excitement. On second thoughts, we can't speak for those who wish to jump into the sea at the mere thought of going to work “kal phir se...”. Anyhow, coming back to our love for Friday, it so appears that we're not alone in our admiration of the fifth day of the week. Bollywood seems to have championed over maintaining the most noticeable infatuation on this last working day of the week (okay, for some of us at least). © Wikipedia If you're not quite sure what exactly we mean by that, then yes, we're talking about Fridays and Bollywood's obsession with releasing movies on this particular day of the week. This has long been the tradition that over the last quarter of the century, and now movie-goers in India have come to accept it as the norm. Yet, you'd be surprised to know that there are no big Bollywood releases slated for tomorrow, Friday, 9th November. Instead, we all saw 'Thugs of Hindostan' releasing earlier today which is a clear deviation from the popular trend. Yes, we know this isn't the first time something of the sort is happening, 'Ek Tha Tiger' and 'Gangs of Wasseypur' both ditched the “Bollywood Friday tradition” and hit the screens on Wednesdays instead. © Yash Raj Films Hence, though the possibility isn't unheard of, it still remains a rare occurrence in the industry. Thus, when it does happen out of the blue, people are bound to wonder why that might be. Since we always wish to be the first to look into such queries for you, here's what we found out about Bollywood's Friday obsession-cum-tradition. This Wasn't The “Norm” A Quarter Of A Century Ago Yes, you read that right. Bollywood wasn't releasing its movies on Fridays during the pre-Independence days. It was a Hollywood chaska that caught up with the Indian film Industry in 1960, with the release of 'Mughal-E-Azam' on Friday, 5th August 1960. The idea was to entice the audience to get out of the house on the weekend, with two weekly offs to look forward to. This strategy would ensure more people turnout and greater opening day collections. © Sterling Investment Corporation Making The Most Of Early Leaves Yes, early leaves used to be a thing in small-scale industries in Mumbai, and every Friday employees were given half days. Hence, movies were released strategically during that day. Commercial Reasons Screening fees that producers have to shell out is another major factor behind this decision. Releasing movies on other weekdays meant giving more money to multiplexes for screening charges. Did you know about these facts earlier? Do you know why else movies are released on Fridays specifically? Do share them with us in the comments section.
  3. We cue his movies any season or reason and there isn't a dearth of them at all. Yes, I am talking about the undisputed king of Bollywood- Shah Rukh Khan and the best of him, throughout our growing up years and now. Since it's his birthday today, we decided to celebrate it like everyone else is in Bollywood and maybe give away nuggets of his brilliant work, throughout the day. But even other than that we don't really need a reason to write about King Khan, do we? From giving us crazy blockbusters like 'DDLJ' & 'K3G' to standing in his quintessential pose, making all the women go weak in the knees, SRK has literally done it all. No wonder he's the king. He displays everything a king needs to have, doesn't he? © Twitter We love all of SRK's hits. Literally all of them! But there are some movies he's done which haven't really fared too well in the box office but have had a good script and some extremely good acting by the man himself. We'd classify that as some of his most underrated work, which needs to be seen more to be appreciated just as well as his hits. So, here's listing 5 of the most underrated movies SRK has ever been in, which are definitely a must watch. (1) Swades © UTV Motion Pictures I honestly don't know why this one failed in the box office. This is hands down one of SRK's best work. Based on a true life story about an NRI who comes back home in search for his true calling. Shah Rukh nailed the role to the T and gave us a brilliant performance. The music has definitely done great justice too. Remember, 'yun hi challa chal rahi'? Watch trailer here (2) Paheli © Red Chillies Entertainment Paheli is another brilliant scrip that didn't fair too well in the box office. It's the first of its kind fantasy film, done really tastefully, it makes your heart melt with the sheer benevolence. A ghost (played by SRK) falls in love a woman and does everything in his power to be with her. The movie is a remake of a 1973 Hindi movie 'Duvidha' by Mani Kaul. The cast is stellar and the story is beautiful. Definitely watch this when you want to watch a good Shah Rukh Khan movie. Watch trailer here (3) Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na © Shemaroo Video Pvt. Ltd. Come on, we've all loved this movie and watched it umpteen number of times when we were kids, didn't we? SRK's playful, boyish love stuck character definitely stood out and we hated the fact that he was left heartbroken in the end! But ,we still watch the movie any chance we get and definitely sing along to all its songs too! This one's a must watch if you're looking for a fun movie. Watch the trailer here (4) Yes Boss © Venus Records & Tapes Yes Boss was a simplistic drama of the 90s, which was really heart-warming and was liked by everyone who saw it. SRK plays the 'yes man' in the movie who literally does anything his boss asks him. But when his boss asks him to set him up with the girl Rahul (SRK) has the hots for, the movie takes a serious twist. We still love the songs from the movie and of course Shah Rukh and Juhi's adorbale onscreen chemistry. (5) Rab Ne Banaa Di Jodi © Yash Raj Films One of Shah Rukh's commercial endeavours under the Yash Raj Banner, this film was well put together and thought out. At least I enjoyed watching it thoroughly. It also happened to be Anushka Sharma's first ever in Bollywood. The film revolves around Anuhska marrying the introverted and timid SRK, against her will of course and SRK doing anything in his power to make conversations and keep her happy but she isn't happy with him. While enrolling in a dance competition, she's looking out for a dance partner and SRK dons the role of the extroverted and fun loving 'Raj' to win her love over. The only thing got me wondering was the fact that Anushka (Tanni) didn't realise Raj was her husband all through the movie! But it was a good watch regardless. Watch the trailer here So, there we have it. 5 most underrated SRK movies. Has he ever been an inspiration to you in anyway? I remember I had male friends when I was younger, who loved watching his movies and thank him today for teaching them that it's okay for men to show emotions and for them to cry. Kudos SRK, we wish you a 100 more years in Bollywood and in life!
  4. 2018 is on its last leg, but the list of exciting movies to watch is a never-ending supply. Here are 6 exciting Bollywood movies you can catch in November on the big screen: 1. Thugs Of Hindostan (9th November) This is one of the biggest releases this year and the stellar cast includes Aamir Khan, Big B and Katrina Kaif. The movie is based on a famous novel called 'Confessions Of A Thug' and has a backdrop of the British rule in India. 2. 2.0 (29th November) Another big release for the year starring none other than the OG Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar in a negative lead, which will be super interesting to watch. You need to experience this on the big screen since this sci-fi movie is probably one of the most expensive movies made in India with a whopping budget of over Rs 543 crore! 3. Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (23rd November) This movie has crated a rage at the MAMI festival and even the Toronto film festival; so needless to say that you must catch it when it finally releases. The movie follows the story of a man who literally feels no pain. 4. Pihu (16th November) This thriller tells the tale of a 2-year-old girl who gets trapped in her own house with no escape. The movie has been picked up by many film festivals outside the country and is freaking people out. 5. Mohalla Assi (16th November) This satirical comedy stars Sunny Deol and deals with the commercialisation of the pilgrimage city of Varanasi. 6. Lupt (2nd November) Another thriller on offer starring Javed Jaffrey and Vijay Raaz. The movie deals with the realms of the unknown and is supposed to spook out the viewers. It's time for you to book tickets and schedule your Fridays accordingly!
  5. The MAMI festival begins today in Mumbai and it is going to be a visual feast for cinema lovers. The festival will have movies from all genres and will feature some great Indian and international movies as well. Here's our pick of 6 films from the festival that we are excited to watch: 1. 'Jonaki'- This movie talks about an octogenarian woman who is in search of love. The movie stars Lolita Chatterjee and Jim Sarbh. 2. 'Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota'- This is going to be the opening movie for the festival so it had to be on the list. The movie is directed by Vasan Bala and is also India's official selection for the Toronto Film Festival. The title is self-explanatory and talks about a man who can literally feel no pain, since he was born with a rare condition called congenital insensitivity to pain. The action-comedy also stars Radhika Madan in the lead. 3. 'Hamid'- This movie tells the tale of a young boy trying to find his father in war-ridden Kashmir. When Hamid learns that '786' represents God, he tries to dial it using his father's old mobile phone. After various attempts, he manages to dial a number which happens to be that of a CPRF 'jawan' called Abhay and a connection is formed. 4. 'Rajma Chawal'- This one is directed by Leena Yadav and stars Rishi Kapoor and Amyra Dastur. The movie is set in the bylanes of Chandni Chowk and focuses on an estranged father-son relationship. © Leena Yadav 5. 'Mehsampur' – This is a Punjabi movie based on the controversial life of Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila who died under mysterious circumstances in the 80's. He was known as the 'Elvis of Punjab'. This movie sounds nothing short of intriguing. The festival has an interesting line up of Indie and international movies, so check it out if you can.
  6. People take 'inspiration' from Hollywood movies, but who do Hollywood directors look up to for ideas? Don't look far, the answer is Asian cinema. Here is a list of 8 Hollywood movies that we didn't know were a copy of some of the most iconic Asian films: 1. Oldboy (2013) Directed by Spike Lee, this American movie is a not-so-successful remake of Park Chan-wook's iconic 2003 release 'Oldboy'. 'Oldboy' is a neo-noir action thriller about a man, who sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and kept inside a cell for 15 years, unravelling some disturbing secrets in his journey. The South Korean version is considered to be one of the finest movies ever made, but the American one starring Josh Brolin sadly failed to recreate the same magic. Show East / Vertigo Entertainment 2. Possession (2009) 'Possession' is a copy of the 2003 South Korean movie 'Addicted'. The movie is about a woman, whose life takes a shocking turn when both her husband and brother-in-law meet with an accident; and her brother-in-law claims that he's her husband after waking up from a coma. Although the ending of 'Possession' is different, the makers have created an alternate ending as well, that is similar to the original one. Cine-2000 Film Production / Vertigo Entertainment 3. The Uninvited (2009) It is a remake of the South Korean psychological horror movie, 'A Tale Of Two Sisters'. The movie is about a patient, recently released from a mental asylum, who returns home with her sister. They soon start to experience disturbing events involving their stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house. B.O.M. Film Productions Co. / DreamWorks Pictures 4. Mirrors (2008) This supernatural horror film is a remake of the 2003 South Korean film 'Into The Mirror'. The movie revolves around a former detective, who comes across a mysterious mirror, which forces people to do horrible things to themselves. CJ Entertainment / 20th Century Fox 5. The Lake House (2006) Starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, 'The Lake House' is an American remake of 2000 movie 'Il Mare'. The movie revolves around an architect living in 2004 and a doctor living in 2006, who communicate with each other with the help of a mailbox of the house they both lived in at separate time zones. Dream Venture / Village Roadshow Pictures 6. The Grudge (2004) This American supernatural horror film is a remake of the 2002 film 'Jun-On: The Grudge'. It talks about an evil curse that is 'born when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow.' This curse is repeatedly passed from one victim to another, leading to a growing chain of deaths and endless horror. Nikkatsu / Ghost House Pictures 7. The Ring (2002) Starring Naomi Watts and David Dorfman, 'The Ring' is the American remake of hit 1998 Japanese horror film 'Ring' or 'Ringu'. It talks about a reporter who is on the run to investigate the mystery behind a cursed videotape that kills the viewer 7 days after watching it. Ringu/Rasen Production Committee / DreamWorks Pictures 8. Shutter (2008) 'Shutter' is the remake of 2004 Thai supernatural horror movie of the same name. This movie revolves around a photographer, who discovers mysterious shadows in his photographs. Phenomena Motion Pictures / Vertigo Entertainment
  7. 2018 has been a great year for movies. A lot of old, forgotten movies came back with their much-awaited sequels, while we got new material as well. The year started off with a bang; we got 'Black Panther' in January which cemented Chadwick Boseman's career in Hollywood, and 'Avengers: Infinity War' whose climax knocked the wind out of us. Adored mercenary Deadpool was back with his quintessential sarcasm and brand of humour in 'Deadpool 2'. 'Incredibles 2' finally graced movie screens after 14 long years, and we were reacquainted with our favourite superhero family, the Parrs, which went on to become the second-highest grossing movie of all time. 'A Quiet Place' served up all the horror in a flick which was rightfully scary, marking Emily Blunt and John Krasinski's first joint endeavour. Tom Cruise was back as Ethan Hunt with 'Mission: Impossible – Fallout', the sixth instalment of the series, along with Henry Cavill. The Ocean's franchise got a spin-off with an all-female ensemble cast, 'Ocean's Eight', starring Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, among others. 2018 could very well be dubbed as 'The Year of Sequels'. So, what does the latter part of this year and early 2019 have in store for us? Here are seven highly anticipated movies that we are excited about and can't wait for: 1. Mary, Queen of Scots: © Universal Pictures One of the most anticipated movies of 2018, the historical drama focuses on the throne of England, and the contenders for it; reigning Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots. Tempers and emotions flare when Mary returns from France to Scotland, to take claim of her rightful throne which Elizabeth is ruling on, resulting in an outright war, alias the Rising of the North (1569). Based on the biography by John Guy, 'My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots', Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I will have a royal clash in this period drama, following their intertwined lives and their struggle to rule over England, all the while fighting to keep up with their personal lives. The intriguing part of the movie is that it shows a meeting between the two legends, which never happened (they only corresponded via letters). Did they ever share a friendly bond? Is the meeting just a hallucination? How would history have changed had they really met? Well, we need to watch it to find out. The movie promises stellar acting; given two Oscar-nominated, phenomenal actresses and a fabulous take on history. Saoirse Ronan, known for her acting chops and impeccable hold on accents, has already nailed the Scottish accent (although, shouldn't it be French, seeing that she was Dauphine of France? :D) and the beautiful Margot Robbie looks spectacularly formidable as the Virgin Queen. Date of Release: December 7, 2018 2. Mary Poppins Returns © Walt Disney Pictures The wind has finally changed direction and Mary Poppins is back in the Banks household, complete with her satchel bag and parrot-head umbrella. Set 25 years after the original plot, the now grown-up Banks children, Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael (Ben Whishaw), are visited by their former nanny when Michael's wife dies. And this time she isn't alone. Her idiosyncratic cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep) and street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) accompany Mary and Michael's kids on new, fun adventures. 54 years after the original 'Mary Poppins', this movie will serve as a sequel to it and is based on the remaining seven books of the series. Emily Blunt reprises Julie Andrews' Oscar-winning role of Mary Poppins. We can't wait to see how the talented Emily portrays the prim and proper Mary, and if the trailers are to be believed, she has already struck the right chord and is ready to serve a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” spoonful of sugar to the audiences. Dick Van Dyke returns in a cameo as Mr. Dawes Jr., making him the only person from the original movie to return for the sequel. If you are a Disney movie aficionado like me, this is one movie to look out for (:P). Date of Release: December 19, 2018 3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: © Warner Bros. Pictures Guess what? Newt Scamander and his team are back with another fantasy and adventure filled instalment. The sequel to 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' promises another insight into the magical world of Harry Potter. More importantly, we go back to Hogwarts! A young Albus Dumbledore, played by the ever-charming Jude Law, and notorious Gellert Grindelwald, played by the chameleon-in-disguise Johnny Depp will feature alongside Newt, as the magical world gears up to challenge one of the greatest villains of the realm. New characters and the characters fleetingly mentioned in the books, will come to the fore in the movie. New plotlines, further prescience into the lives of beloved characters and we can finally go back to Hogwarts. An interesting thing to watch out for is the Obscurus and the new beasts added to Newt's already bulging briefcase. What exactly was the reason that changed the relationship between Albus and Gellert? What did Leta Lestrange do to Newt? Why does Dumbledore teach DADA instead of Transfiguration? All the answers are just a few months away. The trailers look fabulous with the animations and VFX; Eddie Redmayne's eccentric Newt and Dan Fogler's adorable Jacob Kowalski are set to light up the screen with their bromance. Don't forget the sultry Queenie (Alison Sudol) who will add the required levity and charm, and the proper Tina (Katherine Waterston), whose practical knowledge will save the day. One thing is sure to happen: Magic! Date of Release: November 16, 2018 4. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: © Columbia Pictures Loosely based around the 1969 Charles Manson murder and the emergence of “New Hollywood”, this movie will focus on a Hollywood struggling artist and former TV star, Rick Dalton, played by everyone's favorite, the dashing Leonardo Di Caprio, and his stunt double and best friend (in the movie) Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt. The movie will possibly delve into the Manson murders as we have Margot Robbie (yet again, not that I'm complaining :P) as Sharon Tate, the glamorous actress married to Roman Polanski, who was murdered by the Manson followers. Al Pacino plays a Hollywood agent to Leonardo's character. A grand project with a script cooking up for more than five years, which has been kept under a veil of secrecy, this crime mystery directed by Quentin Tarantino is sure to be a masterclass in thrill and is bound to have a spectacular screenplay; perhaps an Oscar? Let's just see what the movie gives us. Date of Release: July 26, 2019 5. Ralph Breaks the Internet: © Walt Disney Pictures Seems like Ralph hadn't wrecked it completely and is back to break the internet now! Joined with his friend Vanellope von Schweetz, he embarks on a quest to find a replacement steering wheel for “Sugar Rush”, as the previous one has broken, prompting Mr. Litwak to unplug the machine. The two travel via the Internet where they meet various wondrous characters; sassy algorithms, the Disney Princesses, characters from the Marvel Comics, The Muppets, The Star Wars franchise, etc. so that they can restore “Sugar Rush” and rehabilitate its inhabitants. In order to earn the money to buy the steering wheel, they need to play a slasher, road-rash racing game, 'Slaughter Race', where they find Shank, a racer in the game with whom Vanellope hits it off instantly and starts looking up to her, and now prefers to be in Slaughter Race instead of Sugar Rush, eventually making Ralph sad. Will Vanellope come back to Sugar Rush? Will Sugar Rush be saved again? What does Shank really want? Yet another Disney serving, complete with cool 3-D animations and new characters and the adorable Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), this movie should feature on your must-watch list! Cameos from other sister franchises and nostalgia with video game characters like 'Sonic', is sure to make this the ultimate animated movie to watch for 2018. As a bonus, we also have our own Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) voicing Shank! Another reason to watch it! Date of Release: November 21, 2018 6. Bohemian Rhapsody: © 20th Century Fox Chronicling the life and times of British rock band Queen's lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, the movie will shed light on the prolific career of the rockstar, and the relationship he shared with the other members of the band. It will also emphasize upon the rise of the band, Mercury's solo singing career and the band's performance at the famous Live Aid Concert (1985). It will also chart Mercury's life; his struggles to keep up with fame, his relationships, his trysts with drug abuse and the complications after being diagnosed with HIV. Rami Malek looks like a dead ringer for Freddie Mercury in the trailer, with his trademark moustache, vest and flamboyance. Let's hope the 'Mr. Robot' star does justice to the role of one of the greatest musicians of all time. For a music lover, this movie is sure to touch your heart and make you go back and listen to 'Bohemian Rhapsody' yet again. Date of Release: October 24, 2018 So, which one are you waiting for?
  8. Home projectors have come a long way over the past few years. Today's models can handle a wide variety of multimedia content—films, photos, documents, and even games. While 720P projectors are the most commonly seen, there are Full HD as well as 4K variants available as well, depending on your usage. In fact, it has become pretty common in urban cities to actually fix a projector instead of a TV, because it takes up lesser space and offers a bigger screen. Even if we don't consider the domestic usage, these are extremely handy in offices and basically a bare minimum necessity. Given that screening size, output quality, add-on features, and the pricing are the main points that one should consider before buying one, we've listed a few projectors covering every segment for you: 1. BenQ TK800: © BenQ This is among the very few projectors out there that support 4K, and it is pretty much the gold standard. The machine can beam out a projection larger than 100-inch in 4K, covering 8.3 million pixels along with HDR. It even has a special football, cinema, bright and sports mode for the best viewing experience. It has 0.47” single-DMD-chip DLP technology, wherein DLP means Digital Light Processing. Basically, it has a chip made of tiny microscopic mirrors and a spinning colour wheel creating the sharpest image and better response time. It weighs 4.2kg, has a USB port along with two HDMI ports. It also has an inbuilt 5W speaker and an IR receiver on the top and front. Buy it here 2. Epson EH-TW650: © EPSON While the TK800 packs all the cutting edge features, the Epson is built for domestic consumption and is the perfect all-rounder. It isn't heavy on the pocket, and will never disappoint in terms of projection quality. It can beam out sharp Full HD projections via its 3100 lumens lamp and the projection size can be up to 300-inch. It also houses in-built WiFi for quick transfer weighing just 2.7kg. The projector has two HDMI ports along with a 2W in-house speaker. Buy it here 3. BenQ W1050: © BenQ Edging ever closer to the plummeting price of a decent flatscreen TV, the BenQ W1070+ DLP projector offers enough brightness to be used in daylight as well as the all-important Full HD resolution. It delivers brilliant colour performance ensuring spectacular clarity with incredible depth and range. BenQ has incorporated its CinematicColor technology that has 20 combinations of colour wheel angle and coating. It supports HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats, meaning it can project 3D Blu-Ray DVD along with the PS3. It weighs just 2.6kg and comes with a 2W in-house speaker. Buy it here 4. LG PH550: © LG If you want a big screen home entertainment but don't have space, or funds for a large flat panel TV or home cinema projector, then LG's PH550 could be the answer. It supports Full HD projection, has inbuilt WiFi and Bluetooth connection, in-house battery for 2.5 hours of playback and a 550 lumens lamp. It weighs just 650gms and is among the most portable projectors out there. But it here 5. Optoma HD27: © Optoma This one is highly recommended for gamers out there, you can conveniently hook up a PS4 or Xbox One, and find a big white wall large and giant screen theatrics can be yours. It supports Full HD projection and has a maximum brightness of 3200 lumens. It weighs 2.4kgs and comes with 2 HDMI ports for quick connection. Buy it here 6. Epson EB-X05 XGA: © EPSON Finally, we have the EB-X05, it supports Full HD output and a supreme vertical resolution of 768 pixels, making sure that you get a great picture quality. It weighs 2.5kg and is based on LCD technology. It has a maximum lamp output of 3200 lumens and can create a projection of up to 300-inch. Buy it here 7. Sony VPL EX430: © Sony This Sony projector comes with a 3200 lumens lamp and can project a 300-inch screen with ease. There's a choice of three brightness modes to suit any environment, from bright daylight to darkened rooms as well. It is ideal for making presentations direct from a laptop, mobile device or DVD player. This one is more suited for office use as it's heavy at 6kg and not intended for portable use. Buy it here 8. Dell P318S: © Dell This is a budget projector that can beam in HD, and make a screen of up to 100-inch. The projector is lightweight and built for portability. It also does not consume a lot of power and is among the entry-level lineup of Dell in India. Buy ir here
  9. The year 2018 has given us some really good movies so far, with most of them crossing the 100-crore mark (let's keep 'Race 3' out of this discussion) within a few weeks of its release. While we thought things can't get any better that this, looks like Bollywood isn't done for the year yet. Thanks to Bollywood and this impressive line-up of movies, October just got a whole lot better. From 'Baazaar', 'Badhaai Ho' to 'Andhadhun', October will come packed with some really interesting movies and only time will tell if they manage to capture viewers' attention or not. So without further ado, let's take a look at these movies. 1. AndhaDhun Starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Radhika Apte, 'AndhaDhun' is a romantic thriller that has the potential to leave us clueless, confused and hooked to it till the last minute of the movie. Ayushmann plays a blind talented pianist who finds himself stuck in the middle of a murder mystery as a prime witness. But is he really blind though? Directed by Sriram Raghavan, 'AndhaDhun' is releasing on 5th October. 2. Badhaai Ho With two back to back movies in the same month, Ayushmann Khurrana is on a roll this year. And not just any movie, both these movies have the chance to become blockbusters at the box-office. Ayushmann Khurrana gets the shock of his life when he fnds out his mother is pregnant. What unfolds next is a series of hilarious situations which brings out the best of each character in the movie. Directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma, 'Badhaai Ho' is releasing on October 19. 3. Baazaar Directed by Gauravv K. Chawla, 'Baazaar' is a movie based on stock market. Saif Ali Khan plays a Gujarati businessman called Shakun Kothari, a ruthless businessman who puts money above everything else and wants to make it big in the world. Looks like Saif Ali Khan has decided that he will rule the box-office this year with his kick-ass performances. The movie is releasing on October 26. 4. Helicopter Eela Starring Kajol and Riddhi Sen, 'Helicopter Eela' is the story of a single mother, who decides to pursue her education after 22 years and joins the same college where her son studies. This modern age drama is a humourous, quirky, emotional and never seen before take on a mother-son relationship. The movie is releasing on October 12. 5. Namaste England Starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, the movie has huge responsibilities on its shoulders, given it's a sequel to the 2007 blockbuster hit 'Namaste London'. Although the trailer failed to impress a lot of people, let's not give out the judgement already. We guess we can still give this movie a chance for its amazing music. 'Namaste England' is releasing on October 19. 6. Jalebi How can we miss this movie that gave us some of the most hilarious memes, when the internet was officially done with 'Sui Dhaaga' memes. Featuring Rhea Chakraborty, debutante Varun Mitra and Digangana Suryavanshi in lead roles, 'Jalebi' is a movie about love, its complexities and how sometimes one has to let go of things that are important to you. It's a remake of the Bengali movie 'Praktan'. 'Jalebi' is releasing on October 12. 7. Loveyatri Even before its release, the movie has been making headlines for the controversies surrounding it. Starring Salman Khan's brother-in-law Aayush Sharma and newcomer Warina Hussain, the movie is a romantic-comedy with major garba and dandiya vibes in every frame. Directed by Abhiraj Maniwala, 'Loveyatri' will hit the theatres on October 5. 8. 5 Weddings Directed by Namrata Singh Gujral, '5 Weddings' is a film set in the United States and India and stars Rajkummar Rao and Nargis Fakhri in leading roles. This movie is about an American journalist, who travels to India to cover the multiple Indian wedding ceremonies. '5 Weddings' is expected to release on October 26.
  10. About 27 years ago, an absolutely striking face appeared on the television and we absolutely fell in love with him. Yes, I am talking about Will Smith and his 'Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' days. He was funny and eccentric all at once, and we loved his playful sense of humour. © Warner Bros. Domestic Will Smith has since been an integral part of Hollywood and the music industry and we've loved all his movies and his raps over time (remember Get Jiggy With It...nana na na nana?) yeah, sorry I got carried away for a second there. But yeah, the actor is so versatile, we've been wondering why we haven't done a 'Will' watch these movies' article on him. Since he's celebrating his 50th today, we thought we could do a list of his must watch films and celebrate the birthday of a man who has given us so much to remember, over time. © Twitter Just a day before his birthday he was chilling with comedian David Chappelle, when a journalist asked him if he would ever consider running for the President of the United States and his reply was a classic Will Smith rhetoric, ''You would vote for me if I ran? I'ma consider it. I'ma take that under advisement." Chappelle, as a rejoinder to that, replied "And I'll be the Vice-President, that way nothing bad will happen to Will". Wow, that's some great camaraderie! Haha... Who should be in our cabinet? . ð¹: @westbrook @lukaskaiser A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) on Sep 22, 2018 at 5:23pm PDT We really don't know if Will was kidding or serious, but if he does run for president sometime in the future, it's only fair to watch his movies right about now, because once he's the President, he's not going to have the time to make more movies! So, we've put together Will's 10 best movies that you can cue and watch and have a blast while doing so, because none of his movies follow the same genre or even the same league for that matter and they're all damn entertaining! (1) Men In Black-1, 2 & 3 (1997, 2002 & 2012) © Columbia Pictures You can make a weekend out of the Men In Black Trilogy for sure. Based on a Marvel comic book by Lowell Cunningham, the film is a laugh riot with some serious weapons to destroy all sorts of Aliens, invading planet Earth. Will Smith plays a MIB agent along with Tommy Lee Jones, and their sole aim is to destroy any sort of Alien life that's causing havoc on the planet. The 90s era of Will Smith classics sort of started with 'Men In Black' and it was a super hit when it came out back in '97. The SCI-FI action comedy is Will's most popular work till date and he didn't let us down throughout the entire franchise. He even rapped the title track (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiBLgEx6svA) 'Men In Black'. Yeah, trust him to do that! Watch the trailer here (2) The Pursuit Of Happiness (2006) © Columbia Pictures What's better than Will Smith in a movie? Will Smith with his son in a movie! 'The Pursuit Of Happiness' also stars his son Jaden Smith as his on-screen son, trying to make ends meet with his dad. The movie is about the life of Chris Gardner, a multi-millionaire stock broker who spent an earlier part of his life, homeless and in poverty, struggling to raise his son at the same time. The movie is inspirational on another level and also gives us a glimpse into Will and Jaden's personal father-son dynamic. The role did land Will an Oscar nomination for best actor. Watch the trailer here (3) Ali (2001) © Columbia Pictures Another versatile role played by Smith, where he dons the character of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. He covers the ten-year span of Ali's life, showcasing some of his best fights, in and out of the ring, capturing the struggles and the victories of one of the world's favourite athlete. The movie talks about everything, from his legal battles during the war and his celebrations as a boxer and Smith plays the role flawlessly! Watch the trailer here (4) Bad Boys 1 & 2 (1995 & 2003) © Columbia Pictures Please don't do a Willie marathon without Bad Boys 1 & 2. Actually, part 1 will suffice because that's one hell of an action movie you shouldn't miss. The Will Smith-Martin Lawrence duo is perfect for making the most entertaining detective-cop movie ever. The first part revolves around a $100 million worth of confiscated cocaine heist and it's quite thrilling and entertaining. This was also a major break for Smith after his TV days came to an end. Watch the trailer here (5) Independence Day © 20th Century Fox 'Independence Day' skyrocketed Smith's career like a growth graph on steroids. The film was legendary and we still catch it from time to time on TV, don't we? It had just about everything. An eccentric Jeff Goldblum, President Bill Pullman and a crazy alien troupe, ready to blow up the earth. Of course, 'Independence Day' had more to do with an alien invasion than America's invasion but America saved the day nonetheless. Watch it again for a boatload of entertainment and Will Smith's charming & witty character. Watch the trailer here (6) Enemy Of The State (1998) © Buena Vista Pictures Of course, Will had to act in a conspiracy crime-thriller, didn't he? And he did a brilliant job of it too. He plays a successful lawyer who gets stuck in a very convoluted government surveillance situation after obtaining the footage of a Congressman's murder. The movie was a box-office hit (like all his movies usually are) and also established the fact that Will can play just about any role! Watch the trailer here (7) Hitch (2005) © Columbia Pictures Definitely, on the list of some of the best rom-coms made in Hollywood, Smith plays the role of a sophisticated and charming 'love doctor' who sort of gets two people together. He's out on a mission to help his dopey friend Kevin James to hook up with the love of his life, when he falls in love himself with the hottie Eva Mendes. A fun watch for sure, if you like Will in these romantic, charming-love doctor kinda roles. Just watch this one with your GF. Watch the trailer here (8) I, Robot (2004) © 20th Century Fox Before Will was out on a tragic date with Sophie the Robot, he did a movie called 'I, Robot', where he was kicking some serious robot ass. 'I, Robot' is about a robot loathing detective played by Smith, who is investigating the death of the man who created the robots, in 2035. He traces one corrupt robot out of an entire bunch and actually stumbles upon some disturbing truth. I guess this is one movie where his looks supersede his role for sure. Watch the trailer here (9) I Am Legend (2007) © Columbia Pictures If you've seen this movie and haven't cried when Samantha the dog dies (spoiler alert *oops*), then you're the real robot man. No really, this post-apocalyptic drama is one of Will's best works. He plays a U.S. army virologist, who is a sole survivor of the aftermath of a mutant-virus breakout. Yeah, all the humans become zombie-like creatures who hunt at night and lay low during the day. He does find the 'cure' but at a really heavy cost (yeah, not giving away any more spoilers, if you haven't seen this one). Definitely watch this one though, you'll love it. Watch the trailer here (10) Hancock © Columbia Pictures Yes, of course, Will HAD TO play a vigilante-superhero too, didn't he? But he's not your run-of-the-mill, beating them bad guys, kinda superhero. Hancock is a failed superhero from LA, whose routinely reckless superhero actions cost the city millions of bucks often enough, and no one really wants him to be a vigilante anymore. Eventually, the one guy he saves, comes forward and changes his image for the better and makes him your regular neighbourhood superhero instead. This action-packed comedy is a great watch too. Watch the trailer here So, on his 50th birthday today, let's just cue some WS movies (because trust me, all of them are entertaining AF) and have a running marathon of the only guy in Hollywood who has played a cop, a superhero, a virologist, an alien detective, an alien killer, a detective solving robotic crimes, a lawyer, a boxer and of course a love doctor! Phew!
  11. Looks like 2018 so far has been a great year for Bollywood movies, money wise. There have been a bunch of hit movies and also some really terrible ones that basically sucked, but still managed to join the elite 100 Crore Club for no apparent reason. (I'm lying, I know the reason, some people prefer mediocrity over actually good movies with substance) So, here's a list of all the movies that a lot of people wanted to see and well, that worked out in the favour of the makers because, let's just say, these movies made a shit ton of money. Here's the list of Bollywood movies to cross Rs. 100 crores in 2018 so far: 1. Padmaavat I mean, after all the controversies and so much hate and riots, if this didn't do well at the box office, we all should've really been worried about the universe being broken. After its release, it became one of the fastest 100 crore earner ever by managing to earn a whopping amount of Rs. 166.50 crore within a week. It even went on to collect around 500 crores overall, and I feel like a lot of people just went to see what the hype was all about and why some people wanted to cut off Deepika Padukone's nose. 2. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety I don't think people initially expected this movie to do so well, but hey, we were all in for a pleasant surprise. The movie ended up crossing the 100 crore mark within a month of its release. 3. Raid Ajay Devgn's 'Raid' has a lifetime collection of Rs. 103.07 crore at the box office so it just tipped over and its way into the club. 4. Baaghi 2 People love Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani for their respective talents, but they love them, even more, when they're together, so this movie was destined to do well from the beginning as it seems. By being a truly entertaining movie, it managed to collect about Rs. 164.38 crore. 5. Raazi Everyone loves Alia Bhatt and everyone loves Vicky Kaushal, and when you add a kickass storyline with some stellar acting, the movie honestly starts selling itself. The movie ended up getting great reviews and joined the Rs. 100 crore club in less than a month. 6. Sanju This one shouldn't really surprise anyone, to be honest, since 'Sanju' is like the movie of the year. The movie was watched by people who love Bollywood, and also by those who don't, but it was applauded equally by everyone. The movie has not only earned more than Rs.100 crores, it has also made its way into the top 10 highest grossing Indian movies, not just Bollywood movies. 7. Race 3 Now, this one doesn't surprise me, but it disappoints me immensely. But, what can you do, people can't help but watch Salman Khan movies, apparently. The movie has reportedly earned more than Rs.166 crores at the Box Office and mediocrity won! 8. Stree Another surprise hit, but we all know how great of an actor Rajkummar Rao is and his movies deserve at least one watch. The movie ended up crossing the Rs.100 crore mark within three weeks after some great reviews. 9. Gold Of course, the list wouldn't have been complete without Akshay Kumar and he literally struck gold with 'Gold'. The movie has a total collection of over Rs. 105 crores. 10. Veere Di Wedding I don't think people liked the movie that much, but with such a huge star cast, everyone was curious about it and well, it paid off. The movie has reportedly earned over Rs. 138.80 crores.
  12. A war is definitely the worst thing to witness and it takes a toll on nations, however war movies are quite entertaining and their depiction of the conflict helps us in understanding our past. Apart from the adrenaline you experience whilst watching one, you also get a brief dose of a piece of historical significance, because almost all wars depicted in movies are based on true events. © columbia pictures For our Netflix (and other entertainment websites) weekend recommendation this time, we have picked out some excellent war movies you can binge watch to build on that adrenaline and make most of the weekend. Laugh, cry or just feel the rush of blood, whatever you do, don't call it quits in the middle of watching one. Here are 7 awesome war movies to binge-watch with or without Netflix this weekend: (1) Inglorious Basterds (2009) © Universal Pictures While this may not be Tarantino's best, it still has elements of blood and gore to add to your weekend. It's about a hypothetical scenario during World War II and Tarantino's band of vigilantes are out saving the day for everyone! Christopher Waltz won an Oscar for his performance in this movie and we haven't stopped watching him since. Definitely should be on your list of movies to cue! Watch the trailer here (2) The Imitation Game (2014) © Universal Pictures This one's definitely one of my favourites for sure. Alan Turing is up on the list of the world's most important computer scientists ever, because he's invented the Turing Test, which evaluates AI's abilities to destroy us all! Before he invented the Turing Test though, he was part of World War II as a British code breaker of the Germans transmissions. The drama is based on real events, of course, and Benedict Cumberbatch is as awesome as you can imagine him to be, in Turing's role. Watch the trailer here (3) Atonement (2007) © Universal Pictures So you thought 'Pearl Harbour' is the only romantic war movie that's out there? Definitely check out 'Atonement', a romantic epic based on a soldier who is sent off to fight in the WWII, and he finds himself in the middle of Britain's retreat from the Germans on the shores of Dunkirk beach. The heartbreaking story also depicts a love angle and separation between the soldier and his love, played by James McAvoy and Keira Knightley. Watch the trailer here (4) Dunkirk (2017) © Warner Bros. Pictures Of course, this movie had to be on the list. 'Dunkirk' depicts the Dunkirk evacuation during the World War II and portrays the evacuation in the movie through three perspectives: land, sea and air. The film is shot exceptionally and tells the tale as it is. So if you didn't catch it in cinemas last year, definitely find a copy online. Watch the trailer here (5) Black Hawk Down (2001) © Columbia Pictures Do you just want to watch an unadulterated 90-minute action flick? Then this is your film. You'll probably still hear the war in your head, long after the movie is over! Yes, it's that intense. This Ridley Scott movie is based on a non-fiction book, which was released in 1999, written by Mark Bowden. The story revolves around a 1993 raid in Mogadishu by the U.S. Military, aimed at catching faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The film has a great cast and it's definitely worth a watch. Watch the trailer here (6) Schindler's List (1993) © Universal Pictures The list wouldn't be complete without this one being here. I mean, it's only the truest and fairest depiction of the horrific genocide massacre. Spielberg made sure to keep the human element of empathy alive when he made the film. The film does have a beautiful story but I won't reveal that here. I know this has been on your 'movies to watch' list for a while, so you should get around to watching it. Watch the trailer here (7) The Hurt Locker (2008) © Summit Entertainment This one's a war thriller, and I am only putting this on the list because very little films have depicted the true reality of the state of affairs during the American-Iraq war. The film is about an Iraq War Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team, who are targeted by insurgents and it shows their psychological frame of mind during the war. While war is addictive as drugs to some, it's a torture for the others. Watch the trailer here I may not have put some really epic war movies in this list and even though this isn't a random selection of war movies, it's a well thought out attempt to get you hooked to some real time movies, that need to be watched before going over to more intense ones. So, binge away with these this weekend and we'll come back with a fresh list of more war movies, soon!
  13. Superhero movies may be condemned for their high use of CGI and less of dramatic or real-life plots, but the same genre entertains a huge chunk of audiences across the globe. This fact is quite evident in the box office collections of the films in this genre. All the top five films finding their place in the highest-grossing list belong to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has crossed $17 billion collectively from 20 films to date. 1. Avengers – Infinity War Box Office - $2.038 billion as of 9th July 2018 No surprises here, as we all know 'Avengers: Infinity War' was the first of its kind and one of the most ambitious superhero films to date, drawing storylines from 18 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It broke every box-office opening record to date with quite a huge margin. Let us have a look at the box-office records created by 'Avengers Infinity War' – . Biggest worldwide opening weekend and single weekend gross – $640.5 million beating Fate of The Furious' $541.9 million . Biggest opening weekend in the United States and Canada – $257.7 million . Fastest to cross $1 billion worldwide in 11 days and $1.5 billion in 18 days . Highest grossing superhero movie and of 2018 – $2.038 billion as of 9th July 2018 . Highest number of 4DX admissions. It was the first movie to reach two million admissions . Fourth highest grossing film of all time as of 9th July 2018 It also created a splash in India by becoming the highest grossing Hollywood film to date with INR 225 crores surpassing Disney's 'The Jungle Book' at the box office and the first ever to cross INR 200 crores. 2. The Avengers Box Office - $1.519 billion The film from where everything in MCU began to shape up. 'The Avengers' brought a team of six superheroes – Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye, together for the first time, fighting against Loki and the alien invaders, Chitauris. At the time of release, 'Avengers' not only crossed $1.519 billion in global receipts but also went on to become the third highest-grossing film of all time. 3. Avengers – Age of Ultron Box Office - $1.405 billion The second instalment in the Avengers franchise, 'Age of Ultron' brought chaos in the city of Slovakia with the artificial intelligence defense program – Ultron. Though the movie met with a polarized reception from audiences and critics alike, as it fell short of the audience's expectations, it still raked in $1.405 billion globally. The film debuted at the 5th position in the highest-grossing films at the time of its release and presently stands at the 8th position. 4. Black Panther Box Office - $1.346 billion The highest grossing superhero origins movie of all time with an all-black cast, 'Black Panther' defied all box office expectations and went on to become the 9th highest-grossing film with 1.346 billion box-office collections worldwide. It also went on to become the 3rd highest grossing film in the United States and Canada with $699.88 million only after 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Avatar'. 5. Iron Man 3 Box Office - $1.215 billion Following the gigantic success of 'The Avengers', Marvel found itself facing the huge task to fulfil fans' expectations, and no other superhero could replicate the success single-handedly, except for Iron Man. Shane Black directed 'Iron Man 3' which collected $1.215 billion at the global box office, riding high on the success of 'The Avengers' and also kick-started the second-phase in the MCU.
  14. No Bollywood movie seems to be complete without a convincing antagonist who contrasts the virtues of the protagonist and surfaces as the major threat that would allow the plot to develop and lead the audience to their moment of catharsis by dessimating himself. Over the years, Bollywood has gifted us with numerous baddies who have left a mark in our memories. Some we hate to the core, some scare the wits out of us and yet there are a few whose performances you can't seem to negate, no matter what. Well, listed below are 8 such marvellous performances by Bollywood antagonists in movies who have made it to our list of fave baddies of recent times. 1. Alauddin Khilji - 'Padmaavat' © Bhansali Productions Of course we had to begin with Ranveer Singh's portrayal of the cruel King Khilji in 'Padmaavat'. For those of you who have seen the man in action will relate that those sinister eyes would haunt you for a much longer time. Ranveer as Khilji set a new benchmark for newer bad guys to come. His narcissism is palpable, his manipulations mess with your head, while his demonic obsession grosses you out, and you come to loathe him through and through. 2. Rameshwar aka Tauji - 'Raid' © Panorama Studios Though surely not as terrorising as Khilji, Tauji played by Saurabh Shukla comes across as a deadly menace any honest officer would have a field time weeding out. Tauji is a MP but most importantly he is the don of Sitagarh, who has evaded taxes for the longest time. His tactics let you peek into the minds of such corrupt politicians who threaten to disrupt state cabinets by the use of their might and (black) money. They would do anything to maintain their autonomy and power, going as far as killing government officials if need be. 3. Bhallaladev - 'Baahubali 2' © Arka Media Works Another marvel of an antagonist India got to behold and look deeper into was king Bhallaladev of Mahishmati. The ruthless tyrant played by Rana Daggubati in the franchise, is known as much for his skills as a warrior, as he is known for his thirst for power. He has no room in his heart for empathy and compassion, as well as displays no signs of greatness in character once he stoops down to kill for power and the throne. His is one such character in the duology who undergoes major transformations and appears to be devil in disguise. 4. Tony - 'Naam Shabana' © plan C studios The role played by Prithiviraj Sukumaran, is one thrilling bad guy to behold. Tony, who is later found out to be Mikhail, is an international arms dealer and supplier, who also happens to top Indian secret service's 'most wanted' list. He is cunning, deadly and knows how to effectively get away with homicide and treason without leaving any clues in his wake. However, he also comes across as a bad guy you would want to see get punished because he is that repulsive. 5. Vikram Sethi - 'Ittefaq' © Dharma Productions This mystery-thriller was a rather fresh take on the Rashomon effect and Sidharth Malhotra delivered an impactful performance as the lead hero as well as the antagonist in the movie. Vikram is a British author of Indian origin, who is turned into a suspect and as the story moves on it is revealed how Vikram uses his cunning to change the entire case against him. He may not be the ideal bad guy we are accustomed to, but he is pretty ruthless and shrewd when it comes to getting what he wants and how he wants it. 6. Abu Usman - 'Tiger Zinda Hai' © Yash Raj Films One of Sajjad Delafrooz's most memorable performances in Hindi movie, Abu Usman in 'Tiger Zinda Hai' is terrifying to say the least. Portraying a merciless terrorist, his character lets us see the possible ways in which a terrorist thinks and behaves. His ruthlessness and insensitivity catches on to you and slowly rubs your face into the helpless situation where you can only wish to see him being brought to justice and live through similar pain he induces on others. 7. Madhavrao & Amit Shellar - 'Kaabil' © Filmkart Productions The Roy brothers seem to have a knack for playing baddies and we are totally not complaining about it. The duo played the role of Shellar brothers in Hrithik-Yami starrer 'Kaabil' and have won many critical acclaims for their performances. Rohit Roy as a local troublemaker and Ronit Roy as a promoter and politician let you witness how powerful people get (away with) whatever they want. The spite and insensitivity the two brothers exude is enough to make you nauseous and well, we are glad when Rohan brings them to justice. 8. Kabir - 'Begum Jaan' © Shree Venkatesh Film Another character that is sure to leave a mark on your memory is Chunky Pandey's portrayal of Kabir in 'Begum Jaan'. Having previously seen the actor play comic characters only intensifies the contrast and brings depth to his devilish performance. Kabir's methods of intimidation are repulsive and gross that makes the character appear all the more shady. Kabir truly epitomises how it must be when a person is said to be the devil's ally. What do you think about these antagonists? Are any of them your favourites too?
  15. Netflix is that faithful friend who never disappoints and while it is your best friend, sometimes, we just don't have the time to watch a full TV series. For weekends like these, the magic of Netflix's original movies come in handy. Here are 6 such movies you can easily binge-watch over the weekend: 1. Lust Stories- This is a fresh attempt by four super-talented filmmakers to make short movies dealing with frail human emotions. Netflix is the perfect place for the Indian audience to experience this shift in cinema, that the big screen cannot offer yet. 2. The Kissing Booth- This is a 'feel good' movie that reminds us that we have a naïve heart which sometimes craves love. A teenage girl is forced to confront her crush at a kissing booth and things move ahead from there. 3. Like Father- In this eccentric yet wonderful wonderful movie, the protagonist is left at the altar and is ultimately forced to go on her honeymoon with her father. They go as estranged people, but come back together as a stronger duo. 4. 6 Balloons- This drama movie deals with a sister struggling with her addict brother. The movie highlights how we go through crippled emotions and complexities in life. 5. Come Sunday- This movie follows the life of pastor Carlton Pearson, who is termed a heretic after he questions the doctrine of the church. 6. To All The Boys I've Loved Before- This is a great watch for a date night with your partner, when you want to indulge in some high school-type romance and reminisce about your old days.
  16. Who doesn't like a good ol' classic like '8 Mile?' Yeah, it's a classic. If you disagree with me we can take the fight outside! Just like that, there are a lot of Hollywood movies which have used music videos to up the interest quotient in their movies. Getting a big name to do the title song for your movie will all but guarantee the people watch it, right? If only it were so. There have been many misses in this regard but for today, we're only going to focus on the ones that worked. These music videos didn't just generate interest in the movies they were associated with, they became superhits on their own. Again, I'm digressing. The only thing we're interested in here is how good these music videos are at making people go and watch the movie they are associated with. It's a list based purely on how a song makes you feel, so bear with me for a bit. You might not agree with my choices, but before you tear into me in the comments, listen to the songs. They might just change your mind. Also, use good headphones/earphones please. Using crap listening devices will doing an injustice to these songs… 1. '8 Mile' – Lose Yourself Every 13-year-old kid who was able to convince his/her parents to get them this cassette when it came out is a legend! But, back then, little did we know that there was a music video and an entire movie we could watch too. Yeah, the internet wasn't what it is today. Forget exams, the only thing that mattered was memorising the lyrics. The clocks run out. Times out. Over. Blao! I could rap the whole thing at one point. No lies! Could you? Anyway, the fact remains that Eminem is a Rap God and if you haven't watched '8 Mile' yet, there's no better time than now! If you have, I don't need to convince you to watch it again! 2. 'Dangerous Minds' – Gangsta's Paradise Everyone has heard this song. You haven't? Of course, you have! Just give it a listen: But, did you know that it was originally made for the movie 'Dangerous Minds?' Not many people do. Why? The movie wasn't the greatest. Even Michelle Pfeiffer couldn't make it work. The song, on the other hand, broke all sorts of records and even won Coolio a Grammy. Still, the movie is pretty bad. It's the only movie on this list I'd not recommend you giving a watch! 3. 'Black Panther' – Pray For Me There's no denying two things here. This is the coolest looking video on this list and 'Black Panther' is the highest earning movie on this list. I don't even need to brag about this one. The music video will make you appreciate it on its own. So, instead of writing, I'm just gonna watch the video with all of you: 4. 'Ghostbusters' – Ghostbusters It took a lot of effort to convince myself to start writing again. The only thing I want to do right now, is watch 'Black Panther.' But, we all have jobs and sometimes they suck. Just kidding, I love my job. Anyway, on to Ghostbusters. First, I'm not talking about the movie that released in 2016. I'm talking about the original. Still not clear? This should help: Before you comment on the video, bear in mind that it was released in 1984. I'd say it's pretty revolutionary when you take that into account. Did Ray Parker Jr. know his song was going to become one of the most easily recognisable songs in history? No. Does he mind? Hell no! After this one, all I can say is 'Ghostbusting makes me feel good!' 5. 'Rocky III' – Eye Of The Tiger Let's face it. By the time 'Rocky II' was over, people weren't expecting too much from 'Rocky III'. Why? He's defeated Creed. He's a champion. It's only downhill from there. Or so we thought. They found a way to make Rocky the underdog once more. He was past his prime and facing a hungry new-comer. But, what sealed it for the movie has got to be the song. The song that is part of everyone's gym playlist. It's not a part of yours? It has to be. Add it now! Everyone wants a ripped body like young Sylvester Stallone. Don't fool yourself! You do too! This song is the only way to get it! 6. 'Lego Movie' – Everything Is Awesome The first time I heard this song, it blew my mind. The 'Lego Movie' blew my mind. It was so much better than expected. Part of it has to do with the awesome theme song. When Batman approves! You better get on board! I'm so pumped right now it's not funny! Everything is awesome! Be careful with this one. It can make even the crappiest of days feel awesome. 7. 'Men In Black II' – Nod Ya Head Okay, this is a personal favourite. Not sure if everyone will agree. For me, Will Smith is an icon. I don't care what you have to say about him or his kids. For me, he will always be the kid from 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air' who became a Hollywood superstar! He deserves my respect and yours too. I give him props for sticking to his rap career even after becoming a superstar. Check out his charisma: His rap career did come full circle when he did the theme song for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Congratulations Will. But, I'll still remember him for this one. The first 'Men In Black' theme song was pretty cool too. But, this one is just better. Why? It makes me want to watch all 3 movies. Yeah, you heard me right, all 3 movies! 8. 'Saturday Night Fever' – Stayin' Alive The last music video on this list is here for just one reason, and that is to show the world how far a young John Travolta can take anything. Just look at the beautiful man: This wasn't supposed to be the last video on the list but screw it. I have to go rewatch all of John Travolta's work now. The man is a legend. If I keep going this will become a John Travolta appreciation post. So, I'm out. Figure out which of these movies you're going to watch first. Have a great day!
  17. A father and son share a rather inscrutable equation, which is often regarded as a rocky terrain to tread by both the parties, mostly once the son attains adulthood. While it is believed that a son shares a much deeper bond with his mother, what is often left unsaid is that a son and a father continue to share a bond that isn't marked by an overt display of affection or endearments, and yet each remains in the other's thoughts and prayers. Dads give it off to you when you become unruly, they have your back all along the wobbly patch of life and they always shadow you, keeping a watch out and a step forward, even before you can form the sentence to call out for help. A son might not always express what his father means to him, but continues to hail him as his personal hero, even as he challenges his father's orders or argues over other issues of lesser importance. No matter the disagreements and clashes in their point of view, he always acknowledges his father's presence and importance in his life. While there have been numerous, successful movies in Bollywood that have captured the myriad shades of this relationship, we picked 5 recent Bollywood films that have managed to do justice to the father-son dynamics. 1. 102 Not Out (2018) © SPE Films India '102 Not Out' is quintessentially the best representation of how a father-son dynamic remains at the very roots, even after both of them enter the twilight of their lives. A father, without ever making it obvious, selflessly continues to look out for his son and love him from afar. Though misunderstandings loom large even at this stage of their lives, love ultimately triumphs over the petty tussles. Before Dattatraya departs from this life, he ensures that Babu lives a full life, free of life's drudgeries and finds ways of remaining happy after his father is gone. 2. Sanju (2018) © Rajkumar Hirani Films It is common knowledge that Sanjay Dutt has always shared a rocky relationship with his father for a number of reasons. Yet, Sanjay Dutt continued to regard his father as an almighty saviour. 'Sanju' beautifully captures all the bumps that marked their relationship, be it fighting against his father's opinions on his acting skills or not living by his father's ideologies. Yet, when life brought him to the edge, he turned to his father for help and Sunil Dutt continued to place his faith and hope on his son regardless of the shortcomings. 3. Mulk (2018) © Benaras Media Works This may not come across as an ideal father-son relationship but on a closer look, Bilaal Ali Mohammed's portrayal of Shahid's father significantly captures a father's innate essence. He depicts a father who places undying trust and faith on this son he has reared and would move mountains to protect and love. Bilaal continuously tried to bring Shahid back from devil's side and onto the path of repentance, but when he realises there remains no coming back for his son, he literally gives up on Shahid, thereby exhibiting a father's wrath in the truest sense. 4. Chef (2017) © T-Series 'Chef', the official Bollywood remake of the Hollywood movie by the same name, is the story of Roshan Kalra who is a Michelin star chef at New York's Gulli restaurant. Having gotten fired from his job, he has to come back home to his son and wife in Kochi. The trip helps Roshan to mend his relationships that had gone sour, especially his bond with his son. This story beautifully charts out how the duo reclaims and rediscovers their relationship, which ends up changing their lives and they set out on a culinary journey together. 5. Dear Dad (2016) © Peppermint Studios A coming of age movie in the truest sense, this one explores how a young son steps up to stand by his father's side, much against the inner conflict he faces. Based on a difficult subject, the story follows the son's battles of coming to terms with his father's sexuality. It truthfully showcases how testing situations can become when family becomes the one to hurt you and how you make peace with the reality of the situation. If you haven't already, be sure to watch these movies at the earliest.
  18. He may be constantly surrounded by controversy but nothing can affect his fame. The more people hate on him, the more love and loyalty Salman Khan gets from his fans. There is something impenetrable about his persona which makes it looks that nothing can touch his stardom. While it takes just one mishap to sabotage a celebrity's status, Salman is a classic case of soaring high, even more so when calamity strikes. With the changing times in Bollywood, almost every yesteryear star is finding himself being replaced, but Bhaijaan's legacy cannot be touched. He is a 'lambi race ka ghoda' and no one can deny that. Interestingly, while today his movies mint 100 crores in a blink, there was a time when tons of his film didn't even see the light of the day. Here we have a list some movies that he signed up for, which unfortunately never made it to the screens: 1. Ran Kshetra © Rajshree Bhagyashree and Salman made us fall in love with them in 'Maine Pyaar Kiya' and soon signed another project 'Ran Kshetra'. However, the movie production was put on hold when Bhagyashree decided to get married, and soon, it was shelved. 2. Aye Mere Dost Work on the movie began with a song recording, but due to unknown circumstances, nothing happened after that. The film starred Arbaaz Khan, Divya Bharti, Karishma Kapoor along with Salman Khan. Later, the song was used for another movie of Bhai's named 'Majhdhar' in 1996. 3. Raam © Twitter This movie was meant to be Sohail Khan's directorial debut but things at times don't go as planned. Despite half the movie being shot already, the production stopped because of financial troubles. The film starring Salman, Anil Kapoor and Pooja Bhatt, later had to be shelved. 4. Dus One of Salman Khan's most anticipated films was axed when director Mukul S. Anand suddenly passed away. The movie had a powerful lineup including Salman, Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, and Shilpa Shetty. Though the film was never released we got to hear the iconic track 'Hindustani' in 1999, that was loved by millions and still is. 5. Dil Hai Tumhara © Twitter In 1991, Rajkumar Santoshi began working on this film starring Salman Khan, Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Sheshadri. They hardly wrapped up just one schedule, when Santoshi signed for another movie, agreeing to direct Bobby Deol's 'Barsaat'. 'Dil Hai Tumhara' was pushed for a while but ultimately, had to be wrapped up forever. 6. Gherao © Pinterest In order to make up for 'Dil Hai Tumhara', Salman had to sign for 'Gherao' opposite Manisha Koirala. Rajkumar Santoshi helmed the film, but once again just after the mahurat, the movie was called off. 7. Buland © Pinterest Clearly, there was some dark shadow over Salman and his movies back then, as even 'Buland' was shelved after half of the film was complete. The movie starred Somy Ali, who he was dating at the time. 8. Raju Raja Ram © Twitter Starring Salman, Jackie Shroff, and Govinda, this movie was talked about a lot but the project was called off in the end. Director David Dhawan had to shelve the project due to a financial crunch. 9. Aankh Micholi © Pinterest This would have been another double role project for Salman Khan, but the actor had his reservations to do a movie like 'Judwaa' once again and the movie had to be dropped. 10. Jalwa © Twitter Ketan Dhawan signed Salman, Sanjay Dutt and Armaan Kohli for this action flick. However, later he decided to make a film in another genre altogether, resulting in shutting this project.
  19. It's disappointing when some gems of cinema go missing in the bag of commercial films. There are always some wonderful movies out there that either remain critically acclaimed or have been watched by only a handful of audience. So, we bring you a list of lesser-known films that may have not made big bucks at the box office but have stories that are worth watching. 1. The Sweet Requiem All set to premiere at the TIFF, 2018, 'The Sweet Requiem' brings you a story of the refugee crisis in the region of Tibet. We all have heard about this burning issues from the media and the, but this movie showcases the matter from the perspective of a Tibetan woman (played by Tenzin Dolker). Directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, this is a sequel to 'Dreaming Lhasa'. © TIFF 2. Love Sonia A hard-hitting tale that takes you through the dark path of *** trafficking between India and LA. 'Love Sonia' brings Mrunal Thakur in the lead and has a stellar cast of Freida Pinto, Demi Moore, Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadda, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, and Rajkummar Rao in supporting roles. Directed by Tabrez Noorani, the movie has already won several awards and will hit the screens on September 14. 3. What Will People Say This is one of those movies that many will relate to because a lot of us have faced instances like these. It's a story about preserving your identity against the conservative perspective and ideology of your family. Adil Hussain's performance has stunned many and the man has already bagged the Amata Award for Best Actor. Interestingly, Norway has selected 'What Will People Say' for best foreign language film Oscar consideration. 4. The Man Who Feels No Pain The quirky trailer of the movie brings forth a unique story that we haven't witnessed before. Directed by Vasan Bala and starring debutant Abhimanyu Dassani, this movie is a must watch. 5. Counterfeit Kunkoo A short movie that just has to be on your watch list for a not-so-different issue that director Reema Gupta has brought forth. Finding a house in Mumbai can be difficult, especially when you are a divorced woman, and this simple yet hard-hitting truth is what the movie is all about. The movie has already bagged 12 awards at various film festivals. 6. Bulbul Can Sing Rima Das's 'Bulbul Can Sing' is something you haven't seen in Bollywood before. Taking to Assam, we are introduced to a story from the outlook of a teenager. Showing first love and friendship, it makes for a beautiful story. © TIFF 7. Wajood With the historic section 377 verdict being announced, this movie comes as a step towards the acceptance of the queer community in India. The film brings forth a heart-warming tale of a transgender woman finding love. This short film has been applauded for its storyline and should be watched.
  20. If you are a fan of 'The Conjuring' universe then your weekend plans obviously automatically include watching 'The Nun' I assume. However, in case you are unable to do so or have left out some movies from the series, then here is the ultimate list for you to catch up. We did all the homework for you and here's the perfect order to watch all the movies of 'The Conjuring' universe leading up to 'The Nun': 1. The Conjuring: This movie is where the story begins. Based on a true story, this movie clocks the spooky experiences of paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren. They witness what a family in Rhode Island is going through where a demon is creating havoc within the home. Also, this primitive movie is obviously important because we also meet Annabelle, the doll that scared the daylights out of everyone. 2. Annabelle: This movie released a year later but left us with a lot of questions. We weren't shown about the origin of the cursed doll, and how and why was it possessed. 'Annabelle' largely dealt with the horrors that the doll was causing and how the family suffered. 3. The Conjuring 2: The movie begins with us being introduced by the scary demon nun who appears to Lorraine and even has a name, Valak. The movie ends with the nun being condemned back since Lorraine knew her name. 4. Annabelle: Creation: This movie weaves the story about the origin of the doll. A doll maker and his wife allow a few girls from an orphanage to stay in their house, after their own daughter dies a sad death. One of the girls discovers a doll in a room and the demon is unleashed. Turns out, that the doll is possessed and it is none other than Annabelle Higgins, the girl who actually murdered her adoptive parents in the 'Annabelle ' movie. The movie ends with Valak ( the nun) walking towards the camera, which is a cue that the next instalment will deal with her. 'The Nun' releases tomorrow and the trailer has already created a major buzz in the fan world. The story will unravel the origin of Valak and all the scare that follows.
  21. 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.
  22. Bollywood is teeming with fresh faces and, with every passing year, Bollywood fanatics get the chance to behold new stars in the making. This year has already witnessed the Bollywood debut of Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar in the movie 'Dhadak', which opened to mixed reviews across the country. © Twitter While Janhvi's younger sister Khushi is yet to make her Bollywood debut, Ishaan already has a star for a brother in the film industry Shahid Kapoor. This got us thinking about other actors who have siblings and about their potential Bollywood debuts that would give moviegoers something more to look forward to. These star siblings are just as gorgeous to look at, and with the right kind of talent and support, they might just turn out to be great actors themselves and we'd love to see them make that debut sooner than later. Yami Gautam - Surilie Gautam © Instagram The girl-next-door Yami Gautam has stolen quite a number of hearts since she made her debut in 2012 with the movie 'Vicky Donor'. She has starred in a couple of movies since then, with 'Kaabil' being the most recent. Her younger sister Surilie is as pretty as a picture, and is also a television actor. She has also acted in a Punjabi film called 'Power Cut'. Off shoot day shenanigans with @surilie_j_singh ð¸ #serbiadiaries A post shared by Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) on Jun 15, 2018 at 10:47am PDT Sooraj Pancholi - Sana Pancholi © Instagram Sooraj Pancholi is the new kid on the block who made his Bollywood debut in 2015 with Salman Khan's 'Hero'. He has an elder sister Sana who is a film school graduate from Los Angeles and also happens to own a fine dine restaurant in Goa. It also helps that she does have the looks to make a mark in Bollywood. Happy Raksha Bandhan to both of u ⤠May This bond of Brother and Sister always be tight right and happiest forever ð May u both get all the happiness in your life ðð And God Bless You ð Have an amazing and fun dayð Enjoy ð⤠Love you hamesha â¤ð Both @soorajpancholi @sanpan211 #soorajpancholi #sanapancholi #rakshabandhan #happyrakshabandhan #siblingsgoalsð« #love A post shared by Forever Soorajholic⤠(@theriyaver2) on Aug 25, 2018 at 6:10pm PDT Tiger Shroff - Krishna Shroff © Instagram Tiger Shroff has delivered quite a few good performances and has established himself as an action hero with great dancing skills. Krishna is Tiger's younger sister who has turned out to be quite a social media celebrity herself. She was recently caught amidst a controversy over a topless photograph of hers that went public. ððµ A post shared by Krishna Jackie Shroff (@kishushroff) on Sep 3, 2015 at 8:08am PDT Kriti Sanon - Nupur Sanon © Instagram Gorgeous Kriti Sanon isn't the sole carrier of 'beauty' genes in the family because her younger sister Nupur, who is five years younger to Kriti, is equally good looking, a talented singer and would make for a great choice as an actor too! Not all girls are made up of sugar,spice and all things nice. Some are made up of words and fire and a million desiresð¥ Hair and Makeup @13kavitadas #strongisbeautiful #kindisbeautiful #kritisanonbirthdaybash #lastnight A post shared by Nupur Sanon (@nupursanon) on Jul 27, 2018 at 4:05am PDT Athiya Shetty - Ahan Shetty © Instagram Athiya Shetty may not have delivered a blockbuster yet, but she has been causing quite a stir in the fashion scene with her style statements. Her brother Ahan, who is four years younger to her, has completed his dramatics course from London and though he is all set to make his Bollywood debut with a Sajid Nadiadwala film, we can't wait for Sunil's sun to hit the screens already. Fifty shades of blue A post shared by Ahan Shetty (@ahan.shetty) on Mar 30, 2018 at 6:05am PDT Tapsee Pannu - Shagun Pannu © Instagram Tapsee Pannu's Bollywood journey so far has been a memorable one with a number of movies splendidly showcasing her many talents. Her younger sister Shagun, who was also a Miss India 2006 finalist, also happens to be an internet sensation and we can totally see why. #aboutlastnight #delhiweddings #alldeckeduptraditionally #smilingforever #instaready #instapic A post shared by Shagun Pannu (@shagun_pannu) on Nov 25, 2016 at 8:23pm PST Shahid Kapoor - Sanah Kapur © Facebook Shahid needs no introduction and though Sanah has been a part of his movie 'Shandaar' along with Alia Bhatt, we still want her to make her debut as a lead actor because she surely holds the potential coming from a family that's always been involved in acting. #shaandaar week begins...gigantic butterfliesð. #gulabo#nerves#firststep#butterflies#2daystogo#cantwait A post shared by Sanah Kapur (@sanahkapur15) on Oct 19, 2015 at 10:41am PDT Kajal Aggarwal - Nisha Aggarwal © Instagram Kajal Aggarwal has long been a popular name in the South film industry and her younger sister is no lesser talent. She is also an actress and has been acting in a number of movies down south, but we feel it wouldn't be wrong to say that she can make a bollywood debut too. Wish u the happiest bday Mommy @vinayagg2060 I wish u good health and happiness forever. I love u to the moon and back ma. Shine bright and spread your positivity as you always do. A post shared by Nisha Aggarwal (@nishaaggarwal) on Dec 19, 2015 at 12:41pm PST These are the star siblings we would like to see make their way to the silver screen. Let us know if you agree with us in the comments below.
  23. August saw a list of some small humble releases as far as Bollywood was concerned but September has some strong offerings in store for movie buffs. Here are four major releases that have got us all excited for September: 1. Sui Dhaga (28th September) Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan have come together in an avatar which you have never seen before. The story follows the simple dreams and aspirations of a small town man who is unemployed and fights all odds to build his own garment business. 2. Paltan (7th September) J.P Dutta fans know exactly what it means to watch a movie helmed by him. 'Paltan' talks about the Nathu La military clashes that took place in 1967 at the Sikkim border and also deals with the Indo-China relations. 3. Manmarziyan (14th September) Anurag Kashyap is here with a movie based on romance with Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead roles. The entire package looks brilliant and we are sold on the trailer. 4. Batti Gul Meter Chalu (21st September) This movie stars Shahid Kapoor and Shrradha Kapoor in the leads and will talk about the problem surrounding electricity theft in rural India, which is a menace. Time to make some movie plans now?
  24. 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.
  25. Whenever you think of a film from the 90s, you automatically imagine snow clad mountains and a beautiful actress dancing in her solid coloured chiffon sari, gesturing her love interest in the film to come and join her, and complete the romantic dream sequence, that was probably the highlight of the film. But Mani Ratnam wasn't one of those directors who'd charter a plane to Switzerland just to shoot a love song or a sad romance for a movie. He believed in realistic cinema and always brought the truest colours of his subject out, in the most intense way back then. © Eros International 'Dil Se' was one of the most basic examples of a classic Mani Ratnam film, and it surely taught me a lot of things while I watched the movie several times growing up. My sheer fascination with the protagonist's passion for love grew threefold and all the songs from the movie stuck with me, for life. All in all, 'Dil Se' taught me a lot about love and life and gave me an entirely different perspective on Bollywood cinema in the 90s. Ratnam's cinematic experience, Gulzar's lyrics, Rahman's music, Santosh Sivam's screenplay and one of Shah Rukh Khan's best performances till date, 'Dil Se', makes you fall in love with the insatiable sadness and romance the movie showcases, with absolutely no remorse. © Eros International Today, it completes 20 years in Bollywood, and even though it didn't do very well at the box office, here are some lessons in life and love that I take from it and believe in, all at the same time: Love Is Relentless Yet Selfless Shah Rukh Khan portrays the role of an AIR jockey and meets a mysterious woman on a lonely railway platform and instantly falls in love with her. But it's not the kind of love we see today but the kind that is probably rare and uninitiated. He loved her with all his heart but he never forced her to change her life's ideals to suit his needs. He loved her selflessly till the end. I believe we don't believe in that kind of selfless love anymore, the kind 'Dil Se' scripted for the youngsters back then to follow and understand. © Eros International Amar & Meghna's Story Is Unlike Any Other Bollywood Movie Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala, who play Amar and Meghna, have an intriguing love story. It develops slowly and steadily when Amar falls in love with Meghna and moves swiftly through boatloads of poetry and some intense romance. Even though every step is a struggle for a lost and found kind of love, he still manages to make the best of it, whenever he can. Remember this beautiful dialogue? "Mujhe sabse zyaada pasand hai tumhaari yeh aankhen. Kyunki main jitna bhi inmen dekhna chaahuun...mujhe kuch dikhta hi nahin. Tumhaari andar itna kuch chupaa huaa hai. Mujhe woh bahut pasand hai.." © Eros International You Can Love Someone From A Distance Throughout the movie, Amar is pining and looking for his lady love, until she lands up in his own house, obviously for other reasons unknown to Amar. By this time, Amar is almost engaged to another woman (Preity Zinta), but that in no way deters his spirit to love Meghna even more fiercely and finding out her purpose in life, which has been left in the realms of mystery, throughout the movie. But even though he wishes to see her every time he loses her in the movie, he doesn't stop loving her. © Eros International Love Doesn't Have To Be Subtle Or Full Of Conditions Do you remember the scene in the movie when Amar confesses his love for Meghna? It goes something like this - "Mujhe kuch nahi pata, bas yeh pata hai ki main tumhe chaahta hoon, dil se.." I remember his love for her to be fierce and passionate and I always thought that's the kind of love I want. I wanted to be loved with that kind of a fervour, and a lot of people do fall in love and fill it with passion, but the generation today is so steadfast on a few things, that there are myriad conditions put in front of love, conditions that everyone has to adhere to. Love can be daunting, fierce and passionate and it can be beautiful too. And that's the kind of love that lasts. Not the one with conditions. © Eros International Always Express Your Feelings Amar didn't care who Meghna was or what her purpose was in life but he had to share how he felt for her. He didn't care where she came from or where she was going, as long as she knew he loved her and that he wasn't willing to let go. That's one life lesson this movie has ardently taught me. Never let the people you truly love, go. It's seldom you love and if you need to stick it out to keep them in your life, because they're absolutely worth it, then you definitely must do that. © Eros International 'Dil Se' was an epic cult movie, and it deserves a mention each time it completes another year of existing. Right from the beautiful soundtrack to the abstract and malleable dialogues, it all fits perfectly well with someone who loves without fearing anything or anyone. If you haven't seen it, you've surely missed out on something. Watch it for the heck of nostalgia or to take a trip down memory lane, in any case!