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  1. Not all movies that are deep in nature need to end on a sad note. Catharsis is sure a brilliant literary device which many movies use brilliantly as they make the audience cry and feel bad for the protagonist, but some sad movies do have a happy ending. Here are 5 movies which have a sob story but do end on a happy note. 1. Room A heartbreaking, life-affirming movie which follows the story of a mother and her young kid who, after years of confinement in a small room, manage to taste freedom. The movie makes you feel claustrophobic, sad and just uneasy at the same time but the ending gives you hope. 2. Masoom If this movie has not given you âthem feelsâ and made you drop a tear or two, then I donât know what else can or will. A small boy looking for his father and wanting to be accepted in a family he loves is what this movie is about. The movie will make you question how life can sometimes be cruel but the ending reminds you that eventually good things happen to good people. 3. Shawshank Redemption It is one of the best movies of all time and once you watch it, you will understand why. The story is based on a banker who is sentenced to life imprisonmetnt after being accused of murdering his wife and her lover. The ending with Red and Andy being together explains that when we think life has nothing to offer, it often surprises us with something much bigger. 4. Kabir Singh One of the most controversial movies of 2019 but also a sad one if one may call it. A bright doctor takes the help of alcoholism as a coping mechanism for his lost love. While the character is problematic in parts, one does feel sorry for his sad and traumatic state. When the two unite in the end, one does feel happy for them. True love does exist. 5. Tamasha Trust Imtiaz Ali to express emotions and show anyoneâs sentiments like no one else can make that happen. Two people trying to make a relationship work with different views in life. You feel sad for Ved but also relate to him on an intimate level. Eventually, when the two unite as his struggle to find his âtrue selfâ ends on a happy note, all is well in the end. View the full article
  2. There are directors who make thrillers or horror movies, there are directors who make psychological movies, then there is Bong Joon Ho who blows our minds away my mixing the two and creating twisted masterpieces that people start having identity crisis after watching it. South Korean directors especially Bong Joon Ho leave no stone unturned in bending our minds with their trippy plot twists and movies like Oldboy, Train To Busan and The Host is proof the same. Bong Joon Ho is the same guy who worked with Chris Evans in 2013 for the science-fiction thriller 'Snowpiercer'. BTW, he also made The Host and Memories of Murder which are till date counted in some of the best movies ever made. © CJ Entertainment Now the man is all set to create history as his film Parasite recently got nominated for the Oscars 2020. And not just one or two, but this movie has earned six nominations including Best Picture and Best International Film. The other nominations are Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and best Film Editing. With this news Parasite also, reportedly, became the first South Korean movie in 91 years to get nominated for an Academy Award, and Bong Joon Ho became the first South Korean director to get nominated for this award. © CJ Entertainment But, first let's talk about the movie and why it's making so much buzz on global platform and I promise, my bias and love for Korean movies and K-Pop will not come in the middle of it. Parasite is a psychological thriller about a family who find themselves entangled in a vicious web of greed and class discrimination, which leads them on a murder spree in order to hide the lies they made up in the first place. Trust me, this is not your regular murder mystery and that's exactly what I love about Korean movies - they make you work your brain to figure out what's going to happen until the very end of the movie. However, this isn't the only time it made it big. Earlier, the film became the first Korean film to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2019. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a critic score of 99% and 8.6 on IMDb. At the 77th Golden Globe Awards, the film won the award for Best Foreign Language Film. Even if you don't believe my words, I am sure you will be intrigued by these reviews. We don't know whether the movie will win an award in any of the nomations, but we do know that it's one of the finest movies ever made and if you are willing to cross the barrier called subtitles, then this one has to be on your binge-watch list. View the full article
  3. Not all movies are meant to entertain us and be watched with friends or family. Sometimes, on days when our hearts are full of doubts and the weight of the world is upon our shoulders, one needs to just have a good cry. Mark this list for the days when you need to watch a tearjerker and cry in peace: 1. Masoom Please prepare to go on a roller coaster of emotions with this absolutely beautiful movie about a little boy craving the love of a family and a father who is too embarrassed to have him. 100% guarantee that it will clean your eye ducts. 2. Sadma Catharsis is a beautiful literary device and this wonderfully sad (if I may call it) movie ensures that the end will leave you wiping your tears. 3. One Day A gorgeously written unconventional romantic movie which explores the various aspects of a relationship which finds its roots in a friendship. Anne Hathaway gave us all the feels and our hearts bled towards the end. 4. Hachi Probably the only 'dog' movie I have ever been able to watch in my life because it is easy for me to watch humans die in a story but the pain of a dog is unfathomable for my soul. However, no dog deaths are involved in this but it explores the pious relationship your canine love shares with you. Please watch it when you need a hearty cry. 5. Room A young mother and her son are kept captive for years, and the mother fights hard for survival. A small movie that can leave a big impact on your heart and make you love things in life harder as you appreciate them. 6. Taare Zameen Par If the song 'Maa' was not enough, this movie can melt the strongest of hearts. There is something about the little protagonist trying to fit in the adult world which makes you want to hug yourself for all the times you felt alone. View the full article
  4. For some reason, a lot of Indians seem to simply love to hate things - no justifications required. We're coming dangerously close to being like the couple that breaks up every night only to get back together the next morning. We don't need logical explanations as to why we must collectively hate or even boycott something or someone anymore. It's almost as if an overload of too much and too little has messed up our sense of judgement. © Fox Star Studios Perhaps that's the reason why a certain section of our society has taken it very personally and decided to call for a mass boycott of Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone's upcoming movies, Chhapaak and Toofan. Within hours of Deepika's appearance at the on-going protests at JNU protests and Farhan's recent participation in an anti-CAA-NRC protest, #boycottchhapaak and #boycotttoofan began trending on Twitter. © Excel Entertainment However, given Bollywood's past history with boycotts, here are 6 Hindi movies that went on to become hits at the box office despite being boycotted: 1. Padmaavat © SLB Films One of the most controversial Bollywood movies of recent times, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat faced strong protests. Bhansali was assaulted on the set, death threats were given out and what's more, a bounty was even announced on Deepika Padukone's head. The Rajputs called for a boycott, but when the movie was released it was a stellar hit. 2. PK © Vinod Chopra Films This 2014 blockbuster went on to woo a large number of viewers despite earning a lot of backlash ahead of its release. From the Shiv Sena's claim that it hurt religious sentiments of Hindus, to others detesting the Love Jihad sub-plot in the film, PK saw it all. However, regardless of all the controversies, PK won a lot of critical acclaim. 3. My Name Is Khan © Dharma-Production Just ahead of its release in 2010, the Karan Johar directorial, My Name Is Khan drew the ire of the Shiv Sena, who protested against SRK's remarks on how he felt humiliated because Pakistani players weren't being selected for the IPL. Shah Rukh's posters were defaced, his effigies burnt, and his patriotism was questioned. Yet, despite it all, it went on to become one of SRK's biggest opening films across the globe! 4. Dangal © Aamir Khan Productions The excitement was high when the trailer for Dangal hit the screens. The film came with multiple elements to entice Indians. Starring Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan, the film was based on India's wrestling stars, the Phogat sisters and came with much sporting fanfare and national pride. However, a section of the society called for the movie's ban owing to Aamir's comment on “rising intolerance” in the country. People called him anti-national and #LetsBoycottDangal became a Twitter trend. But in no way did that stop the film from becoming a blockbuster. 5. Lipstick Under My Burkha © Prakash Jha Productions Another star contender on the 'controversial Hindi films' category, Lipstick Under My Burkha had a very rocky start when it came to the film's screening in India. Beginning with the CBFC's refusal to certify the film owing to its sexual content and use of strong language, the Board also claimed that the film was “too lady-oriented”. Whatever that means. Additionally, Muslim leaders from Bhopal called for the movie's boycott because it hurt religious sentiments of the community. Yet, upon finally receiving the certification, Lipstick Under My Burkha was well received and won numerous national and international awards. 6. Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela © SLB Films Yet another Sanjay Leela Bhansali creation, Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela, faced multiple protests across the country ahead of its release. Cities like Indore, Rajkot, and Jalandhar protested against the film's title and content. A petition was also filed against the film in the Delhi HC because the film's content involving ***, violence and vulgarity 'deeply hurt Hindu religious sentiments'. View the full article
  5. Romance is not always roses and tulips because sometimes, we forget that roses are attached with thorns. Sometimes we don't realise that people we love are like books of depth, which when held too close to the eyes, blur our vision. So, incase, if you're tired of watching unrealistic happy endings, here are five movies you can watch to understand how 'modern romance' can be depicted: 1. La La Land There is a reason why this movie swept Oscars like it was nobody's business. It follows the story of Sebastian and Mia, who have passion as a common denominator and are chasing their dreams as well as each other. It depicts the conflict between love and ambition which is something the millennial world struggles with. 2. 500 Days Of Summer One sided love stories can sometimes be soppy and weird, but not this one. This movie is something we all can relate with, as most of us have been on the receiving end of a one-sided affair where, once our subject of affection moves on, we realise that humans love the affection and care that come their way but not everyone will reciprocate it, and it is okay. 3. Like Crazy Probably not a very famous movie but if you've experienced the heart ache and the confusion which comes with a long distance relationship, then this will hit you in the heart. I'll not spoil the ending for you but watch it to understand how sometimes in the modern world, a lot of things come in the way of truly wanting to being with someone. 4. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Heartbreaking and sometimes sad, but realistic nevertheless, even though ironically it takes a fictional premise to explain how love in today's age can make one feel. A couple tries to erase parts of their memory attached to their relationship and when the guy realises how happy it made him, he struggles to undo the damage and give it another shot. The ending is something we all can relate to. 5. Blue Valentine A movie which depicts how a marriage functions once the honeymoon period is over for everyone. Sometimes when the romance leaves a relationship, one has to pick up pieces to keep things together. View the full article
  6. Every year Bollywood treats us with a wide variety of movies which cater to completely different audiences. As we welcome 2020, the month of January looks as exciting as ever for Bollywood movie buffs. From something as serious as the life story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal to a light-hearted Jawaani Jaaneman, here are the nine movies we are looking forward to in January 2020. Sab Kushal Mangal (January 3) Filmmakers are expected to say 'Sab Kushal Mangal Hai' when you have an actor like Akshaye Khanna on board. The movie is a love story about a young woman, a TV anchor, and a local big shot. Akshaye said in a statement, "I really liked the story and the character. Also, the fact that the comedy is never forced, it is situational.” The movie also stars Priyaank Sharma, the son of actor Padmini Kolhapure, and Riva Kishan, daughter of Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan in lead roles. Bhangra Paa Le (January 3) If you are a Vicky Kaushal fan, you would surely like his brother Sunny Kaushal on the big screen as it seems like the acting runs in their blood. The viewers have loved the trailer and want to see more of him on the big screens. Directed by debutant Sneha Taurani, the movie talks about Bhangra as an art form. Just like Street Dancer 3D, we would see the leads showing off their dance moves and can be seen at loggerheads in the trailer. Shimla Mirchi (January 3) Shimla Mirchi, a film starring Rajkummar Rao, Rakul Preet Singh, and Hema Malini, will showcase how a single mother (Hema Malini) and her daughter (Rakul Preet Singh) fall in love with the same man (Rajkummar Rao). It's surely an unusual love story and will be interesting to see it on the big screen. Chhapaak (January 10) Easily one of the most-anticipated Deepika Padukone movies, the actor would be portraying the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in Chhapaak. The trailer has already left us speechless, thanks to Deepika's excellent acting. While talking about the preparations that went into making Malti look real on the screen, Deepika had earlier said, “I'd say it's the toughest movie I have ever done. Not because of the role, but because of the prosthetics. I am an extremely patient person, but I had to dig deep to go through that every single day for 42 days.” We are surely looking forward to watching this one on the big screens. Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (January 10) Ajay Devgn's 100th film promises to be a grand affair. The film will feature Ajay as Maratha warrior Tanhaji Malusare who fought the Battle of Sinhagad (1670) against Udaybhan Singh Rathod. Rathod's role will be essayed by Saif Ali Khan. Audiences will also get to watch Kajol as Ajay's on-screen wife, Savitribai Malusare, in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. Jai Mummy Di (January 17) Sunny Singh and Sonnalli Seygall's Jai Mummy Di has already made the right noise as viewers have appreciated the trailer. The trailer shows the mad journey of two lovers struggling to keep their affair secret from their obsessive mothers. Jai Mummy Di has been written and directed by Navjot Gulati. Jai Mummy Di is slated to releases on 17 January 2020. Sunny and Sonnalli previously starred together in Luv Ranjan-directed Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2. Street Dancer 3D (January 24) Varun Dhawan, Prabhu Deva and Shraddha Kapoor are set to burn the dance floor with their upcoming movie Street Dancer 3D. Set in London, the movie shows Varun playing a dancer of Indian origin and Shraddha hails from Pakistan and the two are ready to pin each other down on the dance battlefield. In an interview, director Remo D'Souza said, “The story of Street Dancer is close to my heart. The way Varun, Shraddha and I are bringing the story alive on the screen, the audience will become a fan of the film. It is an inspirational story and a family entertainer.” Panga (January 24) After playing an edgy role in her last film Judgementall Hai Kya, Kangana Ranaut is back on the big screen to entertain her fans with another venture, Panga. In the movie, she will be seen playing the role of a kabbadi player who is also a mother. The movie also stars Jassie Gill in the lead role. The trailer has already impressed people and they are looking forward to watching the movie. Jawaani Jaaneman (January 31) It will be a treat to see Saif Ali Khan and Tabu reunite on the big screens for Jawaani Jaaneman. The two had earlier acted in films like Hum Saath Saath Hain and Biwi No. 1 before this collaboration. In an earlier interview with Mumbai Mirror, Tabu opened up about working with Saif in R Balki's film. She said, "This is a different film and it's amazing to work with Saif after so many years. We did Biwi No. 1, but we didn't have any scenes together. Saif has a great sense of humour and I was looking forward to doing this kind of film with him," she said. The posters have been quite quirky and fans are excited to know what the movie has to offer. #JawaniJaaneman in cinemas this 31st January. Add some colours to modern love this season ð¥@poojafilms #BlackKnightFilms #NorthernLightsFilms @nitinrkakkar #SaifAliKhan @AlayaF___ #Tabu @kubbrasait @vashubhagnani @jayshewakramani @PuriAkshai @honeybhagnani #JawaaniJaaneman pic.twitter.com/xUS5zV1qCn — Jackky Bhagnani (@jackkybhagnani) December 24, 2019 Which one are you most excited to watch this January? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  7. Remember watching Bollywood horror movies as a kid? Wasn't it more or less a movie that was filmed around a poorani haveli, had a scary Ramu kaka and creaking doors? These films were more funny than scary. But not all of them were funny, as some of the films that we watched as kids can still give us nightmares. So, here is a list of Bollywood horror films that you cannot watch alone but loved watching them as a kid. 1. Makdee This film was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. Shabana Azmi's scary costume actually made us believe in the presence of a character she was playing. The pit that was shown in her old mansion scared us kids to another level. The film was also promoted as The Web of The Witch in English. 2. Raaz This film has had its on-going sequels but the first one was the best of all. The film revolves around a story of a couple that is being haunted by a spirit of a woman. Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea who played the lead couple lived in an isolated huge house that had a forest nearby. This film till date can be watched again and again and will still give you goosebumps for sure. 3. Krishna Cottage If you don't remember this film, then we are judging you! A group of college kids is forced to stay at a deserted house called the Krishna Cottage at night and after that, unfortunate events start to happen. The cottage is haunted by a spirit which is now after Sohail Khan as the spirit was in love with him in her previous life. It sounds dramatic but it was really scary, try watching it tonight! 4. Vaastu Shastra It is a story of a family that moves into their new house with their son Rohan. Rohan befriends a kid who is actually a ghost and lives on a haunted tree that is located outside the house. Rohan keeps on talking to the kid and he is the only one who can see him. Sushmita sen plays the role of his mother in the film and thinks that he has an imaginary friend. Later, it turns out that the house is haunted by the dead. 5. Darna Mana Hai A group of six friends get stuck on a highway, and one by one tell each other scary stories. Each story continues to get scarier than the previous one and people start to go missing. © Ram Gopal Verma Productions Which one of these are you watching tonight? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  8. If you thought 2019 was a great year in terms of movies and there's nothing that can top this record, wait till you hear us out. 2019 was good, but 2020 is going to be freaking awesome and this line-up of upcoming movies speaks volumes about the same. Be it action, drama, horror, comedy or psychological thrillers - you name it and Hollywood is all set to roll out a movie on the same in 2020. While we all know about Top Gun Maverick and Wonder Woman 1984, here are a few movies that should definitely be on your binge-watch list. 1. The Grudge - January 3, 2020 This upcoming supernatural horror film is the fourth instalment in the Grudge series and a reboot of the American remake of the Japanese film Ju-On: The Grudge. The movie stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver. Honestly, there can't be a spookier start to the year than this. 2. Black Widow - May 1, 2020 It was about time that Black Widow got her standalone movie and we're so glad that she's finally getting one in 2020. Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), this movie will see Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronting her past while she's on the run. 3. Dolittle - January 17, 2020 Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. John Dolittle, this upcoming fantasy adventure film will see the legendary doctor who can speak to animals, set sail on a crazy adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, when Queen Victoria falls seriously sick. The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Tom Holland, and Selena Gomez lending their voice. 4. Birds Of Prey - February 7, 2020 This is the eighth film in the DC Extended Universe and a follow-up spin off to 2016's Suicide Squad. Starring Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, and Ewan McGregor, the film will revolve around Harley Quinn as she joins forces with Black Canary, Helena Bertinelli, and Renee Montoya to save Cassandra Cain from Black Mask, Gotham City's crime lord. 5. Bloodshot - February 21, 2020 Starring Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, and Guy Pearce, Bloodshot is an upcoming superhero film about a slain soldier who is resurrected as a superhuman, biotech killing machine, by a team of scientists. He then sets out to take revenge on those who killed him. 6. The New Mutants - April 3, 2020 Directed by Josh Boone, it is an upcoming superhero horror film starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga. The film revolves around a group of young mutants held in a secret facility, who have to fight each other to save themselves. 7. The Gentlemen - January 24, 2020 Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant, the film revolves around an American immigrant with a highly profitable marijuana empire in London, and how he deals with the problems that soon follow. 8. Underwater - January 10, 2020 Starring Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, and T.J. Miller, this science fiction horror revolves around a group of underwater researchers who must make their way to safety after an earthquake ruins their subterranean laboratory. 9. Sonic The Hedgehog - February 14, 2020 This upcoming adventure comedy film, stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic and Jim Carrey as his nemesis Dr. Robotnik. The film revolves around a small-town sheriff who assists Sonic as he attempts to escape Dr. Robotnik and the government. 10. Call Of The Wild - February 21, 2020 Starring Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan and Colin Woodell, the film is based on Jack London's 1903 novel of the same name. It talks about Buck, a domesticated St. Bernard/ Scotch Collie dog who is stolen from his California home and sold in the Yukon. View the full article
  9. 2019 saw some pretty interesting line-up in terms of the movies we got to watch, and while there were some good movies which we have been recommending throughout the year, there are some that left a really sour taste in our mouths. However, in case you have a score to settle with someone and you need a list of movies to recommend to someone you don't like at all, then this list shall help: 1. Notebook I mean there's an iconic movie by the same name which is everyone's favourite cheesy romance movie and then there is this which made us sad in terms of its content. An army officer finds the notebook of a teacher called Firdaus and love follows. 2. Pagalpanti I don't have to explain much since the name is self-explanatory. Recommend this movie to someone you absolutely don't like! 3. SOTY 2 Well, well, what can I say? This movie made the good looking Tiger Shroff also look like a lame, under-fed tiger, sadly. High school romances can look pretty, but this movie has no story, no aesthetics and sadly, passable music as well. 4. Kalank Want to recommend a romantic saga to a couple you absolutely despise? Trust this movie to make them weep tears of thank you notes washed in anger for you. 5. Total Dhamaal The first movie from the Dhamaal franchise was a laugh riot and that is exactly what the person you dislike will presume when you recommend this one. They will watch it and boom, hate vows with you shall be renewed. 6. Jabariya Jodi I absolutely loved the pairing of Parineeti and Sidharth in Hasee Toh Phasee and somehow, this movie just washed away what I saw in this cute pairing. Just let your enemy stream this movie to get some aesthetic cringe in their lives. View the full article
  10. Very recently, Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that once his body tells him that it had enough of football and it was time for him to hang his super expensive boots, he would want to try his hand at acting. "One of the things that I seek to challenge myself in, for example, is acting in a movie," he said at the Dubai International Sports Conference on Saturday night. "The moment my body is no longer responding in the right way on the field, then it would be the time to leave. © Reuters "I hope I live more than 50 years to learn new things and face different challenges and try to find solutions for them,” he added. "The love of football is the main motive in achieving all the titles I ever won," he added. "There are no special miracles or secrets in my success story or any other success story. Rather, it is a great dedication to what you do. "At the age of 34, I still have that fitness through diligence and hard work to get titles." But the man has already had a pretty amazing career in theatrics and has successfully been able to convince the viewers of the existence of things that actually did not take place on the ground during his decade and a half long career. Here are some one his best performances: 1. Ronaldo Magnificent Dive Vs Ivory Coast (World Cup 2010) Right in front of the referee's eyes, Ronaldo took a massive dive off a negligible pat on the back by Ivorian defender. 2. Ronaldo's Flop Makes Lampard Laugh Taking on Chelsea great Frank Lampard in a one-on-one situation, Ronaldo took the “Great Fall”. Without even getting in contact with the Englishman, he flaps his limbs like a chicken and falls on the grass. Lampard couldn't help but laugh at his opponents acting skills before walking away. 3. Cristiano Ronaldo's Gilardino Dive Vs Iran Cristiano Ronaldo lives and dies by one rule: If you don't get the ball; fall. And that's why he decided to fall after 3-4 steps after contact. 4. Best (Worst) Dive Of His Career? Many think that the dive he took against AC Milan in 2010 was the one he put a lot of effort in. The expressions, his eyes looking out for a referee who saw the contact and the roll… Oh, that glorious roll. 5. Dive For Juventus You'd think that things like diving and flopping are the kind of things elite players would do at the beginning of their careers. Well at least not once they have achieved the status of an all-time great, right? Think again. View the full article
  11. We go to theatres expecting that we will have three hours of sheer entertainment, but then there are a few movies that are way beyond just entertainment. Such movies leave an indelible impression on you for you to think about them deeply. We are all set to say goodbye to 2019 but before that, we thought we should treat you with 10 movies that challenged societal taboos in this entire decade for you to watch them all over again. These movies are stellar examples of Indian storytelling and well, we can't deny that Bollywood filmmakers have thought out-of-the-box wherein the movies are trying to talk about something serious and challenge societal taboos. From trying to normalise the fact that your parents can have an active *** life to addressing periods out in open, movies in this whole decade have done some serious talking. Without any further ado, let's take a look at the movies which we think challenged societal taboos and made their point loud and clear. Udaan Even if we complete the next decade, Udaan would still be relevant as it tries to deconstruct the notion of how a male should grow up in the contemporary urban, middle-class society of India. It challenges the whole idea that if you are man, you have to be tough and also head the family according to your whims and fancies. The protagonist's father is shown to be a typical man who follows the set notions of masculinity that our society offers and the movie is trying to give a new definition to manhood. Badhaai Ho Ayushmann Khurrana's Badhaai Ho gave out its message very loud and clear that sexual desires are not restricted to any age and it's ok to accept that Indian parents can have a normal *** life even post their children have crossed a certain age. It must be seen as something normal without any taboo regarding the same. It's hard for us to believe so because we don't openly discuss *** with our folks. Well, the movie hits the right spot and makes it very clear that it's normal to have parents who are still sexually attracted to each other when they are in their middle age. Article 15 Caste, creed, ***, and religion have always been debatable subjects or call them the biggest propagandas to encash on for our 'educated' politicians. The movie highlights the plight of the lower caste and the evils of the caste system that still prevails in our society. The film is a tight slap on the face of institutional age-old customs of castes. Section 375 & Pink Akshaye Khanna and Richa Chadha's movie Section 375 refers to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, under which a woman can accuse a man of rape, if he has sexual intercourse with her without her consent, or if the consent is produced via coercion, deception, or the woman not being in a sound mental state to give consent. The movie is an eye-opener for those who don't understand the difference between consent and will. It does tackle the social taboo of 'Ladki Ki Naa Mein Bhi Haan Hai'. Coming to Pink, Amitabh Bachchan and Tapsee Pannu's movie also highlights the similar subject of consent and will. The movie, in fact, was one of the few movies that initiated this very dialogue. Masaan Masaan is a collage of stories crisscrossing age, gender, social ethos, taboos, and the caste system. It fights many taboos at one go and you have a fair understanding of how people are crude in our society. Shubh Mangal Savdhaan & Vicky Donor Shoojit Sircar directorial Vicky Donor touches upon a very less talked about subject of sperm donation. There are men who have issues of erectile dysfunction and are unable to make their spouses conceive. This movie tries to normalise the dialogue of sperm donation and offers it as a solution for all those men who have been suffering within. Shubh Mangal Savdhaan deals with the subject of erectile dysfunction about which no one would talk in the open. The movie tries to tell the audience that it's okay to have erectile dysfunction and there's always a solution. PadMan & Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Both the movies mentioned above attack societal taboos in a very matured way. PadMan talks boldly about women's health and menstrual hygiene. It throws light on the fact that women need sanitary pads and creates awareness about the use of these pads. Coming to Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, no one would have ever imagined that a full feature-length movie on the importance of toilets would ever be made. It tries to shun the idea of open defecation. Aligarh This Hansal Mehta directorial, based on a real-life incident, was a strong take on a sensitive topic of LGBT rights. When the movie was released, it was bashed by the people for showing homosexuality on the big screen but it tried to say that there's nothing wrong in falling in love with someone from the same *** and every human being has the full right to social acceptance. Bala, Ujda Chaman, & Gone Kesh Are you dealing with premature balding and are not okay to accept it? Then, Bala, Ujda Chaman, and Gone Kesh are here to tell you that it's perfectly alright if you are struggling to keep a lush mane on your head. Premature balding is a subject that was neglected earlier but these movies tried to create a healthy discussion around this matter. Newton Newton is a story about a government clerk who tries to run a free and fair election in a conflict area in central India. It challenges the whole idea behind the unfair electoral process and even shows how lower castes are fooled into this system. Dear Zindagi Dear Zindagi argues that just like every other physical ailment like fever, your mental health should also be kept in check from time to time and there is no shame in asking for help if you are going through depression. Lipstick Under My Burkha Lipstick Under My Burkha is a bold take on how women are subjected to follow a certain conduct and this movie challenges that very notion and asserts the fact that women own their bodies and have the full right to freedom of expression and should be allowed to explore their sexuality. Hindi Medium It may be a light-hearted movie but it shows the invisible line that divides the urban rich and poor – those fluent in English and those who are not. It challenges the whole idea behind the fact if you know English well, you can make a living for yourself and assert the fact that students can do well on the basis of their merit and talent. Which one do you think you can watch all over again? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  12. Martin Scorsese recently faced strong backlash for taking a jibe at Marvel movies. "The Departed" director found himself in trouble when he went on to say that superhero movies were "not cinema". Todd Phillips, the director of Joaquin Phoenix starrer Joker, agrees to what Scorcese said. According to AceShowbiz, the director said he accepts Scorsese was making a fair point. The director, however, fell short of explaining whether he fully agrees to what Scorsese said. He was speaking at The Hollywood Reporter's directors roundtable chat. "Marty got a lot of heat for that (what he said), but I understand it fully. We were struggling to get 'Joker' made, which sounds funny because it exists in the superhero world, but it's really not one of those movies." "We spent a year at Warner Bros., and I saw emails back and forth, literally, where they said, 'Does he realise we sell Joker pyjamas at Target?' I go, 'Didn't movies come first and pyjamas come second? Are the pyjamas dictating the movies?' Theme park rides. Pyjamas. Slurpee cups. Whatever it is that you are selling off the back of movies, you can't make your decisions based on that." Martin Scorsese, who was also present on the occasion said: "I remember when Disneyland was built... and one of the aspirations of the studios was to become as important to American culture as Disneyland. And the first studio to really do that was Universal with the (studio) tour. And then you add the blockbuster on top of that - and why not? People go to the movie. Enjoy it. That sort of thing." "So the sense of a theme park has always been there. It's not bad. We used to love to go to amusement parks. But now in an amusement park, you have the film."
  13. It is Christmas eve and while most of us are probably stuck at work today and are only ogling at Instagram pictures of friends and families vacationing somewhere snowy, the night is going to be long and lonely for you (doesn't help that the yuletide spirit is already in the air). So here are seven movie recommendations for binge watching holiday movies tonight in bed: 1. Home Alone I don't even need to explain and mention why one can or should watch this Christmas classic because, chances are, some of us will browse every streaming service and end up watching this all over again. 2. The Grinch If the holiday cheer is not catching up with you and you feel grumpy for reasons best known to you, then this should be a good watch for you. A Grinch who is annoyed with the festivity decides to team up with his dog to ruin it for everyone around him. 3. The Holiday In case you are having a movie date tonight, then this can be a good holiday movie pick for you. Two women swap their homes for a holiday and a small break turns around their whole lives for them. 4. A Christmas Carol We have read it, we have heard it, we have enacted it back in school as well. Watch with the Scrooge of your life and with the multiple versions available online, pick your favourite and let it serve as a reminder for you see the good in others this Christmas. 5. The Christmas Chronicles This is a cute story of two siblings who decide to not ask for a gift but actually just capture Santa Claus himself. After drama follows, they decide to be his elves and save Christmas for the whole town. 6. The Princess Switch Turns out that Vanessa Hudgens loves producing and starring in Christmas movies and we aren't complaining at all. This story is a very 'feel good' movie which follows two women who are basically twins. One is a baker and one is a princess and when they end up in the same town, they decide to swap their lives and end up living happily. 7. Holiday In The Wild This is a romantic movie which follows Kate, a woman who decides to take a trip to South Africa after her marriage ends on a bad note. She not only meets the new version of herself but also ends up meeting a cute pilot named Derek. Proof that never-ending is also a new beginning in disguise. View the full article
  14. It is often believed that in order to understand our future and the human life better, one always needs to look back into the past and learn from it. if the world history intrigues you but you are unable to find the time to scan through books and articles, here are seven historically accurate movies which depict the past exactly the way it was. 1. Das Boot This 1981 German war film follows a German submarine patrolling during World War II wherein the soldiers need to keep their morale high amidst a war-struck, sad, dying world. 2. 12 Years A Slave An Academy award winner for a reason, watch this movie to understand the heartbreaking struggle of an African-American man who ends up in Washington looking for a job, only to realise that he has been sold off as a slave. This movie depicts one of the most traumatic horror endured by a community which was subjected to immense racism and slavery. 3. Hotel Rwanda This film depicts the incidents which led to the horrific Rwanda genocide back in 1994. The movie follows the real life couple which saved the lives of their family members and gave refuge to thousands of tourists who were stuck there. The movie depicts how genocide and violence can affect human life. 4. Lincoln A gem made by the legend Steven Spielberg himself, this film chronicles the struggles of President Abraham Lincoln in abolishing slavery and reuniting his country during the civil war. 5. Flags Of Our Fathers Based on a book by the same name, this film depicts the American perspective of the battle of Iwo Jima and the famous photograph of American soldiers hoisting the American flag there. 6. Gandhi This historical drama chronicles the life of India's 'father of the nation', Mahatma Gandhi. It follows his journey in leading India's independence movement against the British empire in the 20th century. Richard Attenborough's brilliant direction got this movie an Academy Award for the “best picture” as well. 7. The Pianist A heart breaking biographical movie of a pianist named Wladyslaw who struggles to live life as he loses contact with his family in Poland during the war and finds refuge in the ruins of the war. The musical score serves as the perfect cathartic for the audience, in addition to the story line. View the full article
  15. There is a difference between borrowing an idea and blatantly copying an idea, and sometimes Bollywood goes a notch higher when it takes up an English movie and remakes it with some bad ingredients. Not every copy is a success and here are seven Hindi movies which were poorly copied from Hollywood and then were absolutely ruined for fans. 1. Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi It was a YRF movie with clichéd elements like a big happy family, a pretty looking leading lady, lots of music and fantasy. Yet it failed to match the original spunk of My Best Friend's Wedding as Uday Chopra tried hard to recreate what Julia Roberts' character did in the original. 2. Murder In 2002, the Richard Gere starrer Unfaithful surprised fans with a bold script and really well-twisted plots. Come 2004, the famous Murder series marks its arrival with Emraan Hashmi and Mallika Sherawat in the lead. The one thing that surely worked for this was the kind of boldness that Bollywood was not acquainted with yet, and the great music which made it memorable. Still, it didn't match the original. 3. Deewane Huey Pagal This multi-starrer romantic comedy starring Shahid Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal chasing Rimi Sen as the girl they love was a dud at the box office and was a poor copy of There's Something About Mary which had Cameron Diaz play the woman who was being wooed by her suitors. 4. Main Aisa Hi Hoon A sensitive script lifted from I Am Sam about a doting father with disabilities trying to fight for the custody of his daughter. Ajay Devgn had some powerful scenes but it was nothing compared to the original which had Sean Penn in the lead. 5. God Tussi Great Ho You know a movie is a poor attempt of copying a brilliant script when a star cast of Big B, Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra can also not save it from drowning. Borrowed completely from Jim Carrey's Bruce Almighty, this one was a major flop. 6. Brothers Except for looking at the great physiques of Sidharth Malhotra and Akshay Kumar fighting it out in the ring, this movie was a lame copy of the original, Warrior, a story about two half brothers turning into mortal enemies in the ring. 7. Kucch To Hai A blatant copy of I Know What You Did Last Summer, this movie saw terrible acting from the leads Tusshar Kapoor and Esha Deol. View the full article
  16. Bollywood produces a truck load of movies every year out of which only some come across as mass-entertainers for various reasons. However, some movies also have climax sequences so confusing that the audience is flummoxed to no end. Here is a list of five such movies which were brilliantly filmed but had endings which left the viewers perplexed. 1. Talaash The movie had grief as its main theme. Wonderfully directed by Reema Kagti, it revolves around Aamir's character, Surjan trying to deal with the loss of his eight years old son and solving a case with the help of Rosie, who turns out to be a ghost eventually. The film explores the angle that maybe how sometimes, in order to make peace with life, we tend to believe in the unnatural. The movie ends with Surjan finding a note from his dead son which was not understood properly by many viewers. 2. Karthik Calling Karthik This psychological thriller, starring Farhan Akhtar in the titular role, deals with the problem of speaking to a stranger who is basically himself only, and is guided by this phone call on how to deal with his life. It is revealed that he suffers from schizophrenia and has been imagining a fake 'brother' of his own since he was a kid. The ending unfolds well but left the audience with a lot of questions as well. 3. Roy Even with a good star cast, this movie received a lot of flak for being weak in several parts of the plot. The idea of two stories running simultaneously in the movie was okay but the execution was not that great, especially towards the end where in Kabir's movie (Arjun Rampal), his characters (Ranbir and Jacqueline) reunite and he reunites with Ayesha( played by Jacqueline again). Yeah, confusing. 4. Lootera One of the most poignant movies of all times, this complicated love story is borrowed from the Last Leaf by O.Henry. Skipping to the part that the masses didn't really connect with was the part where the imagery and the metaphorical use of the 'last leaf' comes into play. As the last leaf falls, the curtains on the love and the life of Ranveer Singh's character is also drawn. 5. No Smoking This psychological thriller is based on a Stephen King's novel which explains the complexity of the plot. It follows the story of a chain smoker who takes up the challenge to quit smoking and check in to a rehab but gets caught in the web of Baba Bengali who guarantees to make the smoker quit. The end where K's (John Abraham) soul returns to his body and he wakes up to find two fingers missing confused the masses to no end. View the full article
  17. We all make mistakes and we all learn, at least we try to. Our favourite Bollywood stars are no different. While this movie making factory dishes out movies like crazy with so many new faces to experiment with, some movies only work for the beloved super stars acting in them. After all, loyalty has a price. However, some movies saw some of the biggest stars losing their senses and pelting out such bad performances that it legit hurt their fans. Here are six movies where some of the best actors gave really bad performances: 1. Love Story 2050 Our 'desi' girl is a global icon today with volumes of great works that speak for her. When she is not slaying on the red carpet or working on a good project, she is spotted in some virtual PDA with her beloved husband Nick Jonas. However, long before PeeCee became a Hollywood star, Love Story 2050 saw her dishing out a bad performance and as per rumours, it was reportedly because of her not-so-good relationship with her ex-flame Harman Baweja. 2. Khushi Bebo is one gorgeous actor who can look fiery and dish out immensely fiery performances in equal measure. However, it is a known fact that in her initial days of Bollywood, she signed some of the random projects but Khushi kind of tops the list, because what was that performance, you queen? 3. RGV Ki Aag You are not supposed to touch master pieces like Sholay because that is like playing with fire. And looks like, this is exactly what RGV wanted to do when he made this dud and managed to make BIG B look so intensely bored in this movie, that it probably made it to his regret list soon enough. 4. Aap Mujhe Acche Lagne Lage There is a reason why Hrithik Roshan is known as a Greek God. Those looks, that ripped body and a talent house of wonderful acting, I have no idea what went into him prepping up for this movie where nothing at all looked good to us. Why, Hrithik? 5. Besharam Ranbir Kapoor's work speaks for him. With tremendous acting done by this genius of an actor in films like Rockstar and Barfi, this movie has no explanation of how it landed in his kitty and why! 6. Dil Ne Jisse Apna Kaha Salman Khan's screen presence is strong enough to get the cash registers ringing but we have no logical explanation for what went into him doing this movie with Preity Zinta and Bhumika Chawla. Three good looking people, one badly written script. So glad that bhai is back to doing Dabangg and entertain us in a way which only he can do. View the full article
  18. A pair of axe-wielding thieves pulled off what might be the greatest art heist in decades, after breaking into one of Europe's most valuable vaults and escaping with treasures worth upwards of $1 billion. The heist took place at Grünes Gewölbe (The Green Vault), a museum in Dresden, Germany. Dresden has been a historical capital of culture and the arts for Germany, surviving through horrific bombings during World War 2 and retaining a legacy that has lasted since the early 1700s. It has since been used as a display venue for a collection of about 3,000 antique jewellery pieces, and many consider it to be one of the oldest and most valuable collections in the world. So How Did They Do It? At the heart of any good heist story is a good plan, and the people behind this theft were clearly well-prepared to deal with potential challenges. The plan was set into motion at 4am on a Monday morning, when the thieves set a controlled fire at Dresden's Augustus Bridge. © There has been a bridge at this very spot for nearly ten centuries - a testament to Dresden's rich culture. (Wikimedia) The fire was a carefully planned move to destroy a nearby power box. Once the unit failed, it cut off power to all security systems in the museum, except for the CCTV cameras. Soon, the thieves snuck their way towards the 'Jewel Room' window, cut its iron bars off, and entered the vault within. NEW: Surveillance video from Dresden's Green Vault museum shows the moment two thieves smash open a cabinet before stealing three historic jewelry sets reportedly valued over $1 billion https://t.co/R810RswOdt pic.twitter.com/BaNHmfTkjv — CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 25, 2019 The Jewel Room itself had 10 sets of priceless jewelry, three of which were nabbed after the thieves smashed their casings with axes. The stolen items include the diamond-laden breast star of the Polish Order of the White Eagle, a hat clasp with a 16-carat diamond, a diamond epaulet and a diamond-studded hilt containing nine large and 770 smaller diamonds, along with a matching scabbard. That's a lot of goddamn diamonds. According to German tabloid Bild, the jewels are worth around $1.1 billion, or nearly Rs 8,000 Crores. Marion Ackermann, General Director of Dresden's state art collections, said it was likely impossible to estimate the price of the stolen items due to their historic cultural value. The loot could have been even more ludicrous if the museum's 41-carat 'Dresden Green Diamond' wasn't on loan to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art - the incredibly rare gem was mined from Kollur in Andhra Pradesh some 300 years ago. Taking off with the goods, the thieves fled the crime scene just about an hour after beginning the heist, at 5 AM. Naturally, the heist has drawn immense interest on the internet. Many people were taken aback by how easy the heist actually seemed: In this age and times they still keep valuables behind 2mm glass? — Thomas Okumu (@okumu_thomas) November 25, 2019 I thought they use cutting edge laser technology for glass, doors and wall. Still a hammer works ð pic.twitter.com/H6tHwbPBY6 — chandrasekhar (@sekhar11235) November 26, 2019 While others inevitably drew some movie comparisons - this story is right out of a Hollywood blockbuster, after all. :) pic.twitter.com/ssgrSe4vkd — Marcin WÄtrobiÅski (@mar_watrobinski) November 25, 2019 Many compared the heist to the wildly popular Oceans series. The ensemble-cast thriller starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon and more centers itself around high-profile heists - usually in casinos. What's truly fascinating however, is that the value stolen by these 'Dresden thieves' amounts to nearly thrice the amount stolen in Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve combined! via GIPHY Currently, police and the public at large are speculating who the mastermind behind the heist is. No prime suspects are currently in play, though. View the full article
  19. Bollywood and manhood have lived a complicated life together. We live in a country where over 250 crore people scramble to watch films every year - over twice the number of moviegoers in China or the United States. This means that our society, more than perhaps any other in the world, culturally depends on what we see onscreen, and who we see doing it. Despite facing criticism for its less-than-stellar treatment of women through the years, Bollywood has placed immense emphasis on the leading men, often captured in heroic postures on bright, nostalgia-inducing film posters. Everyone from thugs to tycoons, soldiers to scholars have been framed on film for everyone to see - and over time, helped define, mature and even reinvent the idea of masculinity. This International Men's Day, we'd like to take a look at these cultural icons and how they defined the cinema of their times. The 1940s - Ashok Kumar Perhaps Kumar's greatest contribution to playing men onscreen was his breakthrough hit - 1943's Kismet. Playing a remorseless pickpocket with a compassionate side, he introduced us to the anti-hero - a complex, pivotal aspect that provided men with a truly relatable onscreen presence. The film's subject matter was also quite radical for the time. Kumar's choices in film would also reflect the shifting tides for newly independent India. Mahal (1949) saw Kumar take the lead for India's first film featuring a 'reincarnation story', in a mix of horror and romance that influences popular cinema even today. Kumar was also unafraid to play negative roles even during his time as one of the most successful heroes in Bollywood - the intelligent, bold and noir-inspired Sangram (1950) sees Kumar play a spoilt brat turn into a ruthless criminal. The 1950s - Guru Dutt Through the 50s, Guru Dutt released films that took away much of the grandeur and 'macho' ideas associated with heroes. His characters were flawed, often destitute and fighting against themselves as in Mr. & Mrs. 55 (1955) & Pyaasa (1957) - or falling from grace as in Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959). Much of this reflected the filmmaker's own pain and frustration with life - a theme that continues through all his films and is perhaps why, even half a century later, they still stir deep emotions and relatability. The 1960s - Dharmendra The 60s were a time where western pop culture finally began to reach Indian masses. Gradually, studios began to look at concepts such as female-led romance films and even the James Bond craze. Dharmendra would take on both of these challenges back in the 60s. Known as Garam Dharam at the time, he began his career alongside Meena Kumari, taking on early feminist cinema such as Anpadh (1962), playing a gentle, slow-burner romantic in films such as Dulhan Ek Raat Ki (1967) and even Aakhen (1968) - one of India's earliest spy themed romantic-thrillers. This soft spoken yet suave roster of roles was just the thing that a new, younger and better-read Indian man wanted to see. The 1970s - Amitabh Bachchan One of the most interesting things about this legendary figure of Indian cinema is that he very accurately represented a symbol for young men during the seventies. Underemployed, barred by discrimination - these were challenges the young actor faced in his early days, being told by filmmakers that he was too dark, too tall and too intense to play the likeable, fair-skinned funnyman that past heroes tended towards. Soon enough, films themselves became darker, more imposing and intense themselves - giving the frustration of the youth a cinematic avatar through 'The Angry Young Man'. Eventually, even Dharmendra and Bachhan came together in Sholay (1975) - a film that came to define the decade itself. The 1980s - Naseeruddin Shah Subtle, sensitive and full of charm - Naseeruddin Shah's career in the eighties was a series of timeless movies that aged very well - his interesting, challenging roles rode the crest of new-age cinema during his time at the top. Known for taking on films with deep socio-political themes, he's tackled everything from a social comedy in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) and a complicated romance as a blind man in Sparsh (1980), showing his versatility at two different ends of the spectrum. It's also interesting to note that he's played a man in uniform several times - everything from lawyers to policemen and army chiefs, usually with sharp wit and complete authority. The 1990s - Shah Rukh Khan Seriously, could it be anyone else? SRK's journey as an actor through the 90s reflected much of the two-sided life men have had to lead - first struggling as a ruthless anti-hero in Baazigar (1993) and playing other darker roles. Soon though, the lighter side of life came through when he absolutely nailed his role as Raj in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). His lighthearted, charismatic and yet romantically intense roles have cemented his reputation as Bollywood's undisputed 'King of Romance' - with a signature pose that's been copied by Indian men for the last twenty years. The 2000s - Hrithik Roshan Along with all the comparisons to 'Greek gods' and the likes, there's no denying it - Hrithik has been a titanic presence in some of the decade's biggest films. While often typecast as the 'perfect hero', due to his looks and general screen presence, his roles matured immensely through the decade, reflecting the interests of his male audience and his own journey. Beginning with Kaho Na Pyaar Hai in 2000, he played an interesting spin on the classic coming-of-age, boy-to-man story in Lakshya 4 years later - finally ending the decade in the incredibly touching Guzarish. This push for more, despite stunt injuries, personal traumas and even spinal conditions that threatened his career, inspired millions of fans to adopt his brand of masculinity. The 2010s - Ayushmann Khurrana Khurrana's star is still rising - it's been around seven years since his debut in Vicky Donor, and the resulting legacy of films tackling social problems, unique scripts such as Andhadhun's and a commonly recurring theme in his films - male insecurities - have helped immensely in raising awareness and broadening conversations amongst both men and women today. This year, his upcoming film Bala aims to tackle the stigma surrounding male pattern baldness- a major source of anxiety for several men, both young and old. View the full article
  20. I feel like, at this point in time, getting a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest flex for an actor but it wasn't always like that. It's weird to think that some of our favourite Marvel actors actually thought becoming a superhero would end their careers. Recently, BFFs Chris Evans and Scarlet Johansson sat down for a conversation for Variety's Actors on Actors series and talked about everything from their decade-long Marvel experience to their upcoming movies. With so much going on in the entire episode, we thought we would just get some highlights out of it, and the biggest one is, obviously, how both of them feared joining the MCU back in the day. Scarlet joined the MCU almost at the very beginning with Iron Man 2 and at that time, Marvel's ambitious multi-movie narrative was barely starting out. Talking about her initial hesitation on taking the role of Natasha Romanoff, she talked about how easily this could've been a career-ending move if it hadn't worked out. She said, "You don't know how it's gonna go. It seems ridiculous now because of how successful the Marvel stuff is, but it could be, like, career-ending. It felt like that at the time, if it went the wrong way." While her concerns are valid, of course, but now we can just laugh at the irony of it all. Imagine if she had passed on the Black Widow role, I don't think anyone would've had a bigger regret in life than that. It has always been widely known that Chris Evans turned down the role of Steve Rogers multiple times before actually coming on board. It wasn't just the two of them, but back then, while filming The Avengers, the entire cast felt the pressure. The first Avengers movie a bigger crossover than anything ever at that time, the cast feared it could easily go wrong. She said, "When we went on to do Avengers, the first one, all of us were totally... I think everybody was feeling very uneasy about the concept. It was just so absurd." Absurd, but brilliant. Even Chris agreed about how much was at stake with that movie. He said, "It was a big, big endeavour. This is it, this is the moment. If this doesn't work, this pipe dream that we've been hearing about could derail very quickly." While the movie was quite ambitious, given the success of all the individual Marvel movies, I would think that it was pretty clear that The Avengers would be a huge success. Moving on, Chris also talked about - or was forced to talk about - the most important question every Marvel fan has for him - is he ever going to pick up that shield again? (or maybe, Mjolnir also now) He obviously didn't give a straight answer and kept it very, very vague. He said, "You know, you never say never. I love the character. It's not a hard no but it's not an eager yes either. There's other things I'm working on right now." He went on, "I think Cap had such a tricky arc to stick the landing and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey. If you're gonna revisit it, it can't be a cash-grab, it can't be just because audiences would be excited. A lot of things would have to come together. It doesn't feel at this time like that would be the thing that I'm looking to do." So, there you have it, we're not getting Chris as Cap again, not anytime soon, at least. View the full article
  21. When most people were busy bashing Arjun Kapoor for his poor dialogue delivery in the trailer of Panipat that was released yesterday, Aamir Khan secretly dropped the announcement video of his upcoming movie, Laal Singh Chaddha. For those who don't know, Laal Singh Chaddha is an official remake of the classic Hollywood film Forrest Gump featuring Tom Hanks. The video shows a white feather floating in the sky that reveals the name of the movie; with Pritam's music playing in the background. View this post on Instagram Kya pata hum mein hai kahani, ya hain kahaani mein hum... A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Nov 5, 2019 at 9:57pm PST Aamir posted the video with the caption, "Kya pata hum mein hai kahani, ya hai kahaani mein hum." Reportedly, Kareena Kapoor Khan will play the female lead in the film. The original 1994 movie depicted the journey of Forrest Gump, a low-witted but kind-hearted man who witnesses and unintentionally changes the course of several historical events in the 20th century United States. Directed by Advait Chandan, Laal Singh Chaddha is expected to release on Christmas 2020 and we're super excited about this one. But, this isn't the only big-budget project lined-up for late 2019 and 2020. Here are some other movies that we're eagerly looking forward to: 1. Takht We think all of us are looking forward to Karan Johar's ambitious project Takht with bated breath. Starring Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Jahnvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor in significant roles, Takht will see this dream team fight for the Mughal throne. View this post on Instagram Supremely Excited to announce the cast of #TAKHT!!!!! â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Aug 8, 2018 at 6:38pm PDT 2. Chhapaak Directed by Meghna Gulzar, Chhapaak is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Deepika Padukone, who underwent an unbelievable transformation for the role, will play Malti and Vikrant Massey will play the role of Amol, a social activist. The film is expected to be released on January 10, 2020. View this post on Instagram A character that will stay with me forever...#Malti Shoot begins today!#Chhapaak Releasing-10th January, 2020. @meghnagulzar @atika.chohan @foxstarhindi @vikrantmassey87 A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Mar 24, 2019 at 8:30pm PDT 3. Shamshera Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor, Shamshera narrates the story of a dacoit tribe who take it upon themselves to fight for their rights and independence from the British. It is scheduled for a release in July 2020. 4. RRR S.S. Rajamouli is set to weave his magic once again with RRR, a telugu-language period drama that stars N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn. The movie is said to be a fictional drama based on freedom fighters, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem. RRR is expected to be released in July 2020. View this post on Instagram #RRR... A post shared by SS Rajamouli (@ssrajamouli) on Mar 22, 2018 at 5:46am PDT 5. Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior Starring Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan in lead roles, the movie is a biographical period drama set in the 17th century. It is based on the life of Tanaji Malusare, the unsung warrior of the Indian history and an important figure (military leader) in the army of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The movie is releasing on January 10, 2020. View this post on Instagram MIND that was as sharp as a sword... #TanhajiTheUnsungWarrior, in cinemas 10th January 2020. @kajol #SaifAliKhan @omraut @bhushankumar #AjayDevgnFFilms @tseries.official @tseriesfilms @tanhajifilm A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) on Oct 21, 2019 at 1:20am PDT View the full article
  22. Some movies continue holding a special place in everyone's heart for various reasons. Sometimes it's the leading pair's chemistry, sometimes it's the storyline and some movies are magical because of the love you can witness on screen between the actors. However, some movies also end up being a catalyst for breaking up relationships off-screen for these actors. After all they, too, are human. Here are 5 movies which broke more relationships than box office records: 1. Jab We Met One of the best works of Shahid and Kareena mixed with the brilliance of Imtiaz Ali's epic story telling, this movie continues to be everyone's favourite love story thanks to how 'real' it is. Sadly, the sparkling chemistry between the real life lovers back then turned sour as it was rumoured that during the final lap of the shoot, they broke up. Soon after the release, Kareena was known to be dating Saif, which was not a rumour. View this post on Instagram Geet and Aditya ð¹I really liked them together | movie: Jab we Met | All Rights Reserved To T-Series A post shared by ð¡ ð® ð« ð« ð¸ ð¶ ð® ð® ð£ (@bollywoodvv) on Oct 27, 2019 at 5:02am PDT View this post on Instagram #kareenakapoorkhan #kareenakapoor #kareena_kapoor_khan #kareena_kapoor #saifalikhan #saif_ali_khan #Taimur #familygoals #royalfamily #saifeena #husbandwife #kareenasaif #saifkareena #kareenataimursaif #saiftaimurkareena #tourgoals #vacations #lovebirds #loveoflife #royalty #loveeachother #bestcouple #couplegoals A post shared by KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN (@pataudikareenakapoorkhan) on Jun 3, 2019 at 2:46am PDT 2. Mr & Mrs. Smith One movie which made people feel a lot of crazy things! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's love/hate camaraderie sure set the screen on fire but Brad's marriage to Jennifer Aniston hit the rocks during this movie's filming. The entire fan brigade of the stars were divided and until today, Jen fans have not forgiven Brad for breaking her heart. View this post on Instagram Best couple in the world ð¤ #anjelinajolie #bradpitt #bradjolie #mrandmrssmith #joliepitt #movie #mondobongo ð A post shared by Welcome to Young Blog ð¤ (@young_blog) on Sep 17, 2017 at 9:56am PDT View this post on Instagram “The first time I kissed Brad my knees went weak- I literally lost my breath” J•Að I honestly love Jen and Brad so much they were so cute and so In loveð« #jenniferaniston #bradpitt #friends #rachelgreen #faniston #90s #jenandbrad A post shared by â¡ðððððððð£ ð¸ððð¤ð¥ð ð â¡ (@jenaniston_love) on Jun 8, 2019 at 2:31pm PDT 3. Green Lantern This is the movie which got one of the most iconic Hollywood couple, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively together. The two met during the filming of this shoot. While Ryan was married to Scarlett Johansson, Blake was reportedly dating her 'Gossip Girl' co star, Penn Badgely. The two broke off their respective relationships and in less than a year, were married to each other. View this post on Instagram What a birthday! I just smoked a huge bowl of early voting. #JustVoted @whenweallvote A post shared by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on Oct 23, 2018 at 7:30am PDT © Instagram 4. Snowhite & The Huntsman Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson became instant teenage heartthrobs and everyone's favourite cute couple courtesy their love story in the 'Twilight' series which translated into a real life romance as well. However, Kristen Stewart reportedly cheated on Pattinson with her director, Rupert Sanders. The couple eventually broke up. View this post on Instagram Ðам нÑавилаÑÑ ÑÑа паÑа ???â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by put on a happy face (@moviebooom) on Jan 4, 2019 at 1:04pm PST © Instagram 5. Lagaan This movie created history and was in the news for various reasons. The brilliantly made movie not only made it to the 'Oscars', but also turned out to be the saturation point of Aamir Khan's marriage with his wife Reena. It was reported that he was warming up to Kiran Rao who was an assistant director back then. The couple eventually got married. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Aamir Khan Kiran Rao (@kiranraoaamirkhan) on Aug 13, 2018 at 11:21pm PDT © Instagram View the full article
  23. It's happening, guys, Ant-Man 3 is coming! After there was no sign of the tiny (and sometimes huge) superhero in the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), everyone just assumed that we won't be getting any more of Paul Rudd's great character, not for a while at least, but Marvel has always been full of surprises. The only thing we know about the third instalment of this trilogy is that it'll come out in 2022 and that Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, along with Peyton Reed, the director of Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, will be returning for this as well. Fans were upset because Ant-Man never got the recognition and appreciation it deserves, even after literally saving the world in Avengers: Endgame, but this news changes everything. Everyone's excited that the most wholesome actor in Hollywood - Paul Rudd - is finally getting what he deserves, that too with a movie in which no one else can play the character better than him. We all thought that 2021 would be the best year for Marvel with literally so many things releasing - Shang Chi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Spider-Man 3, Wandavision, Loki, What If..?, Hawkeye - but 2022 is going to give its previous year some competition now. With this new announcement, Ant-Man 3 will join Black Panther 2 and quite possibly the Captain Marvel sequel. These three movies will most likely be a part of the fifth phase and we'll just have to wait and see what else Kevin Fiege has in store for us. Moreover, the Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse sequel was also announced today, so, basically, it's a great day to be a Marvel fan. April 8, 2022 #SpiderVerse pic.twitter.com/FC5nVIuciB — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (@SpiderVerse) November 1, 2019 Yep, the second Spiderverse movie already has a release date and people are not able to contain their excitement about two new movies we'll get in a couple of years. ANT-MAN 3 AND ITSV 2 CONFIRMED ON THE SAME DAY AND COMING OUT IN THE SAME YEAR pic.twitter.com/ccFc84cxuC — m; (@odyneson) November 1, 2019 What a great video! ANT-MAN 3 IS OFFICIALLY IN THE WORKS WITH PEYTON REED DIRECTING AND WILL LIKELY BE RELEASED IN 2022 pic.twitter.com/esaLGzhr62 — ðªðð¾ð¶ð (@itsjustanx) November 1, 2019 You never put two bad bi**hes against each other. Ant-Man 3 vs Spider-Verse 2 pic.twitter.com/I3gvnkSyBN — Scoops McGee (@RoBatBattinsBat) November 1, 2019 Yes! "ant-man 3" is official pic.twitter.com/mVpPJpLgot — best of marvel women (@marvelwomxn) November 1, 2019 I read that as 'ant farm'. The Ant-Fam is coming. #AntMan3 pic.twitter.com/kxAWZ6rIW2 — ðªðð¾ð¶ð (@itsjustanx) November 2, 2019 May this list never stop growing. All the MCU movies confirmed now • Black Widow • Eternals • Shang-Chi • Doctor Strange 2 • Thor 4 • Spider-Man 3 • Black Panther 2 • Ant-Man 3 • Captain Marvel 2 • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 • Blade • Fantastic Four pic.twitter.com/7sgoRWVKFL — Fandom (@getFANDOM) November 1, 2019 The most relevant tweet. paul rudd and evangeline lilly showing up to set to film ant-man 3 pic.twitter.com/6l6zQ4EQzt — paul rudd (@philsadelphia) November 2, 2019 Great! INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE SEQUEL AND ANT MAN 3 COMING IN 2022 HOW WE FEELING pic.twitter.com/ez4vUeEiBc — ð­ð®ð®ï¸ (@thislilstangirl) November 1, 2019 View the full article
  24. Terminator: Dark Fate Full Movie In English With Hindi Subtitles  Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Hindi Subbed Version by 1XBET !! Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) 2h 14min | Action,Thriller, Sci-Fi | Writers: James Cameron (story by), Charles H. Eglee (story by) | directed by Tim Miller, with a screenplay by David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray from a story by James Cameron, Charles Eglee, Josh Friedman, Goyer and Rhodes. Cameron and David Ellison are the film’s producers. It is the sixth installment in the Terminator franchise and the first since Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) to have franchise creator James Cameron involved. Terminator: Dark Fate 2019 – Movie Review: Terminator: Dark Fate Hindi : This sequel had so much promise from the trailers and James Cameron’s endorsement. However, it did not feel right from the beginning. The main actors did not seem invested in their characters and the emotional cues seem misplaced at times i.e. the actors seemed lost and they looked like they were trying hard to act/stay in character. Terminator: Dark Fate 2019 – Storyline : Terminator.Dark.Fate.2019 In 1998, three years after defeating the T-1000 and averting the rise of the malevolent artificial intelligence (AI) Skynet, Sarah Connor and her teenage son John are relaxing on a beach. A T-800 Terminator, sent from the future by Skynet, arrives and shoots John, killing him. In 2020, a cybernetically-enhanced young woman named Grace, and a more advanced Terminator model, the Rev-9, are separately transported from the future to Mexico City. The Rev-9 infiltrates a factory where Daniella “Dani” Ramos works alongside her brother Diego. It attempts to kill Dani, but is thwarted by Grace, who escapes with Dani and Diego in a car. The Rev-9 pursues them in a truck, and reveals its ability to split into two separate entities: a powerful endoskeleton, and a liquid-like metallic exterior.
  25. What's that one thing most people hate or dislike about Diwali, apart from forwarded Soan Papdi boxes? It's the sudden and unexpected jump scares that firecrackers bring with them around midnight. But, since we are used to jump scares anyway, why not get them from watching a good horror movie instead of contributing to air pollution? And no one can beat Koreans in making horror movies. So, if you're someone who does not plan to spend their evening wearing a mask or bursting crackers, then here's a list of spine-chilling Korean horror movies which you can enjoy while eating Kaju Katli or that Soan Papdi you got anyway. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum - 2018 Based on a real-life psychiatric hospital called Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital, this movie revolves around a horror web series crew of 7 people, who visit (and eventually die in) an abandoned asylum for a live broadcast to gain more followers and viewers. For those who don't know, the hospital actually has a reputation for being one of South Korea's most haunted locations. Located in Gwangju, it was once selected as one of the '7 freakiest places on the planet' by CNN Travel. The Mimic - 2017 Starring Yum Jung-ah and Park Hyuk-kwon, The Mimic is a horror-thriller movie that revolves around a woman, who takes in a young girl she finds near a mysterious mountain. The family discovers that the girl has the same name and voice as their child. What they don't know is that the place she came from is also known for being home to mythical creatures that mimic the voice of humans and attack them. Warning: Do Not Play - 2019 A rookie film director unintentionally puts her own life in danger as she sets out in search for a good horror movie idea. One day she hears about a movie that's banned and rumoured to be shot by a ghost, and instantly gets drawn towards it. Despite several warnings, her obsession with the movie leads to strange things and incidents taking place in her life. Death Bell - 2008 Exams can be hard, but things can get harder when someone's life depends on you answering the questions correctly. The movie is based on a group of high school students who are a part of this elite class preparing for a college exam. All's well until strange incidents start happening and the kids learn that they cannot leave the school before solving all the questions... correctly. What's worse is, for every wrong answer they give, someone will die. The Wrath - 2018 There are horror movies and then there are horror movies set in the medieval time. It's a totally different ball game and scarier to be honest. Set during the Joseon era, the movie revolves around the family of a high-ranking official, whose three sons die at the hands of an unknown horror. A woman pregnant with the child of the third son soon learns about the evil spirit haunting the house and also becomes its target, but is forced to live with that horror as leaving the house is not really an option for her.
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