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  1. ADMIN

    Rajkummar Rao: Mad Genius

    Here's our April 2019 cover star Rajkummar Rao talking about a very important subject in today's world... male mental health.
  2. Recently, we shared the story of Savi Sidhu, a brilliant actor who is now working as a security guard. Savi Sidhu is known for his performance in movies like 'Patiala House', Gulaal', and 'Black Friday' to name a few. Due to his health problems and financial crisis, he had to leave Bollywood and now the man does not even have the money to buy a movie ticket. © YouTube Ever since the video featuring his life story was shared on social media, many people from the Bollywood fraternity have come out in his support. One such person is actor Rajkummar Rao, who said that he will ask his casting friends to reach out to him. © Instagram Rajkummar said that he has always admired Sidhu's work in all his films and was left inspired after reading his story. He wrote, "Very inspired by ur story #SaviSidhu sir. Have always admired ur work in all ur films. Love ur positivity. Will def ask all my casting friends to reach out to u. Thank u @FilmCompanion for sharing his story. Perseverance is the key to overcoming obstacles." Very inspired by ur story #SaviSidhu sir. Have always admired ur work in all ur films. Love ur positivity. Will def ask all my casting friends to reach out to u. Thank u @FilmCompanion for sharing his story. Perseverance is the key to overcoming obstacles. https://t.co/mITl3DsmzF — Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) March 19, 2019 Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, with whom Savi Sidhu started his career in Bollywood, said "There are so many actors out there who don't have work. I respect Savi Siddhu as an actor and have cast him thrice when he earned the role. I respect him that he chose to live his life with dignity and picked a job unlike so many entitled out of work actors who have either." There are so many actors out there who don't have work. I respect Savi Siddhu as an actor and have cast him thrice when he earned the role. I respect him that he chose to live his life with dignity and picked a job unlike so many entitled out of work actors who have either — Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) March 19, 2019 He even took instances of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and others, "Nawaz used to be a watchman. I used to be a waiter, I met one actor who sells bhelpuri on the streets, I know an actor from 'Black Friday' who drives a rickshaw. I have seen the great Uday Chandra who did 'Hum Paanch' and 'Khel Khiladi Ka' in my early days walking the street. This is also true for many people in all walks of life. To give an actor a role out of sympathy is insulting.” 3. I have seen the great Uday Chandra who did “Hum Paanch” and “Khel Khiladi Ka” in my early days walking the street. This is also true for many people in all walks of life. This could also be me or anyone else in the future. To give an actor a role out of sympathy is insulting . — Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) March 19, 2019 The art and the artist. Savi will have to help himself. Only thing one can do is get the casting directors to audition him for him to earn the role and for that he will have to walk to that casting directors office like million others. He has made a conscious choice and .. — Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) March 19, 2019 To be a watchman is a job, I don't see it as a small job or big. At least he is not begging . And I genuinely believe that charity does not make art or an artist. There are millions of stories like Savi Siddhu's. — Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) March 19, 2019 Well, we hope Savi Sidhu comes back into Bollywood with a bang and continue to impress us with his work.
  3. Rajkummar Rao is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors in the current crop of Bollywood, and with each movie he is proving his mettle to the world. Last year the actor, who is now basking in the success of 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga', gave another blockbuster performance in Dinesh Vijan's 'Stree'. © Instagram Starring Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Aparshakti Khurana and Pankaj Tripathi; 'Stree' was a great attempt at bringing the horror-comedy genre back in an unusual and unique way. After an unexpected, but well-deserved victory at the box-office, there were rumours that the movie will be turned into a trilogy series. While it's not confirmed whether it's a sequel or not, but reports suggest that Rajkummar and Dinesh Vijan are coming together once again for their second horror comedy, 'Rooh Afza'. The film was announced earlier, but the name was not known back then. © Maddock Films According to reports, the movie will revolve around a ghost, who always comes around the wedding season to capture newly-wed men. The film will also star 'Fukrey' actor Varun Sharma, and might go on floor later this year. View this post on Instagram This one's gonna Be one of a horrifying Comical ride!! Can't wait to get started!!ðâ¤ï¸ @rajkummar_rao #dineshvijan @mriglamba @gautam.m1 @maddockfilms A post shared by Varun Sharma (@fukravarun) on Dec 17, 2018 at 12:00am PST People say your past can come back to haunt you when you least expect it, and this movie 'Rooh Afza' is the perfect example for it. A drink we loved in our childhood is now coming back on the big screen as a horror movie and to be honest, there's nothing sweet about it. But, to be honest, we're quite excited for this one.
  4. While most of you are busy celebrating Valentine's Day today with your SO, we at MensXP are celebrating some of the most beautiful love stories. Love stories that are far greater than any shackles of stereotypes, discrimination against homosexuality, barriers of caste, religion and everything in between. Stories of people who dared to bare their hearts in front of each other, overcame their ups and downs in life together with a big smile on their faces. Amidst the daily battles between old school romance vs millennial love, reel-life romance vs real-life love stories; there is one couple who is living their love one moment at a time and redefining the term 'relationship goals' for all of us every day. We're talking about Rajkummar Rao and Patralekha, whose 8-year-old relationship has not only stood the test of time but also proved to be an inspiration for those around them. © Instagram Rajkummar is undoubtedly one of the finest and the most versatile actors in the current crop of Bollywood. We have seen many facets of Rajkummar Rao on-screen, but how is the actor in real life, especially when it comes to love? Patralekha gave us exclusive insights into their relationship, their favourite memories and their idea of Valentine's Day. Their First Date & Favourite Memory "I was totally amazed and blown away by his dedication and hard work. He was focussed and would only concentrate on his next scene. I started admiring him and then we became friends", said Patralekha, who met him in FTII where the two had gone to do a student project. When asked about her favourite memory, she said, "I was back home in Shillong and Raj just turned up outside my home to surprise me." © Instagram The 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' actor too has a special memory of how the two met and who played the cupid for him. Turns out it was a commercial he saw her in, "We never went on an official date. It's surprising but it's true. I had noticed her in a commercial before we got a chance to work with each other but somewhere deep down, I always knew that she is the one." Millennial Love vs Old School Romance "My idea of love is old school if you ask. I would love to receive a hand-written note from Patra or I love it when she asks me 'how your day' after a day's hard work. So, you can call me traditional that way, but I believe in keeping promises."- Rajkummar. "My idea of love is all about trust. You invest so much in a relationship emotionally that it can totally drain you if your trust or love is broken. So, both of us trust each other immensely and ensure we don't break it or take each other for granted." - Patralekha. © Instagram How Do The Two 'Share The Load' And Responsibilities Recently, Rajkummar and Patralekha appeared together in the campaign organised by Ariel. The campaign talks about gender equality and urges the sons to '#ShareTheLoad'. The core triggering question of this powerful movement is – 'Are we teaching our sons what we are teaching our daughters?' Bollywood's latest 'IT' couple too participated in the campaign and spoke to lengths about their idea of equality. Rajkummar said, "Today's sons will be tomorrow's husbands and thus, they should be equipped to demonstrate equality within the household. They can start this with simple chore like laundry and start sharing responsibilities with their mothers and sisters so that they grow up to be equal partners when they get married." © Instagram Patralekha too feels that since women today are excelling in all fields, they expect to get support from their partners so that they don't feel overburdened with responsibilities. "It's only fair that their partners share the load. But if sons of today are not equipped to contribute to household work, they will never be able to do it in future. Thus, conflict is natural to occur. I am thankful to have Raj as a partner. He believes, says, and demonstrates that we are truly equal partners. But, partners like Raj shouldn't be exceptions, they should be the norm," said Patralekha. Reel-Life Vs Real-Life Jealousy and possessiveness can sometimes break even the strongest of relationships. With billions of people watching you and keeping a track of your personal life, things only get tough for Bollywood actors. "I am quite secure that way. It's because of the confidence, comfort and trust that Raj gives me. We share everything so there is no doubt and if there is, I openly ask him, and he explains. Being from the same industry, I understand the limitations and compulsions that actors must go through. So, it works out fine." - Patralekha. Just like all of us, Raj and Patra too have their own plans and ideas about Valentine's Day and they are genuinely better than all of ours. © Instagram "Every day is a Valentine's Day with Patra. She is a great partner and a great friend; she is the person I want to come back to after a long day. I can be myself with her without being judged. I think love is about all this, about the comfort, compassion, fun that you share with the partner." - Rajkummar. View this post on Instagram #JummaChumma with @patralekhaa #Bangkok video credit by my dear friend @vivek_daschaudhary A post shared by Raj Kummar Rao (@rajkummar_rao) on Dec 30, 2017 at 9:52am PST "We celebrate love every day…that's the best part of being us. No special plans, being together and taking time out for each other is the best thing to do." - Patralekha. We guess we all can learn a lesson or two from Raj and Patra, as the two lovingly call each other, when it comes to treating our partners as equals.
  5. Rajkummar Rao dons many hats, and not only do we feel that he carries each one of them effortlessly but also with perfection. Not only is the actor capable of entertaining his fans and audience to the hilt with his talent in front of the camera, but the method artist also brings out new aspects to the characters he plays on-screen. From funny and playful, to serious and thoughtful, Rajkummar has wooed us all with his skills when it comes to getting into the skin of the character. However, it wouldn't be wrong to claim that he has considerable talent when it comes to tapping a foot to Bollywood numbers as well, and it is indeed safe to say that he is far better than a certain Khan in the industry. *wink wink* © Star Plus But did you guys know that even before the acting bug bit Rajkummar, he was taken by the desire to make it as a successful dancer? Rajkummar disclosed the fact that as a young teenager, he really wished to become a dancer and even gave it a shot. Here is what he had to say about that phase when he visited the set of 'Super Dancer Chapter 3' along with the cast of 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga'. © Maddock Films Talking about that time from his childhood, Rajkummar said that he was very fond of dancing and wanted to become a dancer. He even travelled to Mumbai as a 16-year-old in order to give his shot at dancing and auditioned for the popular dance show 'Boogie Woogie'. However, things didn't go as planned and he got rejected. But Rajkummar is quick to add that the rejection made all the difference to his life. © Star Plus Why? Because it gave him the option to explore other options and now look where he has ended up! “I was in the tenth standard when I came to Mumbai from Gurgaon for the first time, I always wanted to be a dancer and came here for the auditions of 'Boogie Woogie' where I got rejected. I was sixteen-years-old when I came here. I was very disheartened by that rejection then but today I am so glad that I got rejected. It got me to a better career that I am in today.” Such a classic optimist Rajkummar is!
  6. After being on board to be a part of the Rakesh Sharma biopic 'Saare Jahaan Se Acha' for the longest time, Shah Rukh Khan has reportedly quit the movie. It's rumoured that King Khan has chosen to continue playing Don in 'Don 3' instead of the biopic, but nothing is apparently confirmed since Aamir Khan also recently said, “Isn't Shah Rukh Khan doing that film? Those are only reports, let's wait until he makes an announcement about it.” View this post on Instagram Hug from the Thug....!! Beat that! A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Oct 31, 2018 at 8:35pm PDT So, no one knows what's exactly going on. But, now it seems like Vicky Kaushal, Rajkummar Rao, and even Kartik Aaryan are in the running for the role, according to Bollywood Life. All three actors have obviously proven themselves as brilliant actors and it's no surprise that they could be replacing someone like Shah Rukh Khan. Moreover, on top of this, the recent success of movies by younger and relatively newer actors in contrast with the failures of all the movies by the 'Khans' last year may indicate that the era of the Khans ruling the box office may be over. And, this could also be the reason why after SRK, actors like Vicky Kaushal and Rajkummar Rao will take up the role he was supposed to portray. But, there's also some bad news for Kartik Aaryan; according to a source, as reported by Bollywood Life, “Kartik is not really considered. The character demands a performer who can pull it off very well. Vicky Kaushal and Rajkummar Rao both have what it takes to play this character.” Sorry, Kartik. But, whoever ends up doing the movie - Vicky or Rajkummar - we all know it's going to be great.
  7. Ahead of the release of this year's highly-anticipated movie, 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga', the makers have released a new trailer, which showcases the complexities of love as brilliantly as the first one did. © Fox Star Studios If you have seen the first trailer, then you know it by now that this is not a regular love story most Bollywood movies swear by. The second trailer picks up from where the first one ends and brilliantly depicts how important love and acceptance of family is in one's life. © Fox Star Studios The trailer begins with Anil Kapoor announcing Sonam Kapoor's 'nikaah' to Rajkummar Rao, which Sonam is clearly not happy with. However, she agrees to compromise for her family, if Rajkummar agrees. However, soon Sonam's reel-life brother and her family realises that she is not in love with Rajkummar or any other guy for that matter. This is where Rajkummar Rao takes centrestage and shows exactly why his fans love him so much. Within a timeframe of less than 2 minutes, Rajkummar not only impressed us with his brilliant acting, but also proved that this outing with Anil Kapoor will be better than his previous one i.e. 'Fanney Khan'. Honestly, Rajkummar (in this movie) is like that one friend who everyone is lucky to have in their lives. © Fox Star Studios As for Sonam, from being a shy girl who doesn't speak up, to someone who decides to go against her family and stand up for her love and for what's right, this is hands down Sonam's best performance so far. Directed by Shelly Dhar, 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' also stars Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Regina Cassandra and is releasing on February 1, 2019.
  8. Tonight's 'Koffee With Karan' will have two amazing actors who are a fresh breath of self-made success stories in this world of nepotism. Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao will be gracing our screens and the little snippet from the show has already got us excited. Next week's flavour of Koffee is completely unconventional. @karanjohar is in conversation with @bhumipednekar and @rajkummarrao. #KoffeeWithKaran pic.twitter.com/V15Tl4ELtV — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) January 20, 2019 While a lot of madness will unfold on the couch, here are a few things you can expect to unravel on the episode: 1. Rajkummar's Hidden Talents Sure, he is a handsome guy and a great actor but not many are aware that he consciously chooses his roles over money, he is a fantastic dancer and is also trained in martial arts. View this post on Instagram To all my brothers and friends & to the most amazing #Fukreys. #HappyFeet with @patralekhaa A post shared by Raj Kummar Rao (@rajkummar_rao) on Dec 12, 2017 at 9:09pm PST 2. Bhumi's Struggles With Her On-Screen & Off-Screen Avatar Now the pretty actress has obviously surprised her fans with her choice of strong roles in movies like 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' and 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' so we have mostly seen her in home grown, 'desi' avatars. Bhumi will reveal some hilarious reactions she gets from her fans when she is out in public. She revealed that people are surprised to see her speak fluent English and it doesn't bother her at all because that means she did full justice to her characters. © Star World 3. Bhumi's Experience As An Assistant Director Not many are aware but Bhumi started her career as an AD in YRF and was behind the debuts and auditions of many successful actors today. She revealed on the show that she has auditioned the likes of Ranveer Singh, Kriti Sanon, Parineeti Chopra, and even Rajkummar Rao. She also revealed that she was impressed with Parineeti's audition for 'Ladies Vs Ricky Behl'. 4. Bhumi And Rajkummar's Take On Being An Outsider The two actors will debate on the favourite subject of nepotism and how was their respective struggle as an outsider in the show business. She started her journey as an AD while Rajkummar struggled to be an actor so naturally their perception was different as well. Bhumi expressed that she has never felt like an outsider and was always appreciated for her work. “I don't think it's got anything to do with where you belong. It's just the same thing as, when you start a new thing it's going to be alien at first and then eventually people are very accepting, they're so nice to me”. Rajkummar begged to differ and spoke about life post 'LSD'. “Probably if I was an insider, people would've pushed me more, that's the only thing I feel. People take time to notice you sometimes but talent speaks!” © Star World This is going to be one hot coffee brewing with a lot of exciting dope on our favourite actors.
  9. Bollywood is responsible for giving life to the love stories that some of us weave in our hearts when we imagine it for ourselves. While we might wonder if true love even exists in this millennial world, there are some real life examples in the form of actor Rajkummar Rao and Patralekhaa who have redefined the word 'relationship goals' for us. © Instagram The beautiful couple shared their relationship story with 'Offcial Humans Of Bombay' and gave out candid details of how their 8-year-old relationship is still going very strong. “I saw him for the first time in LSD. I thought the weird guy he played was actually what he was like. My perception of him was tarnished! He told me later, that he first saw me in an ad & thought, 'I'm going to marry her.' It was so ironic! Once we began working together–it was magic. The kind of passion he had was powerful & I couldn't respect him any more than I did then! We spoke about our work, love for cinema, passions… I saw him through his struggles, never giving up. How could we not fall for each other? We didn't officially go on dates, but we'd go for drives, movies, or just sit at home. We accompanied each other for auditions, just for support. All we needed was that understanding. He'd often go out of his way for me. Once he was late to see me, so he ran all the way from the airport to Juhu! Not only that, but when we weren't earning much, he gifted me my favorite bag–it was so expensive! Years later, someone stole it in London! I called him sobbing–for me, it was about the memories. He'd bought it for me when he didn't have much. Later, at our hotel, the exact same bag was waiting for me. These little things make me realize how lucky I am for him.And the best part is, he always says he's the lucky one. Isn't that what a relationship needs? To remind each other how grateful we are? He told me once that after I met his mom, she said, 'I have a feeling she's the last one I'm meeting.' She was right–we've been together for 8 years.We're equals–when an article said, 'Rajkumar with his girlfriend, Patralekhaa', he retweeted–'Patralekhaa with her boyfriend Rajkumar.' I can tell you this, when you find the one–through the fights, hurdles & chaos, you should never forget to let them know you love them. It doesn't have to be with expensive gifts & dates–it can simply be with the way you hold them while they need it & when they don't. For us, we don't know what the future holds, but this, being together, is enough.” © Instagram The couple worked together in Hansal Mehta's 'Citylights' which was also Patralekhaa's debut movie. Rajkummar is currently looking forward to the release of his movie 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' which is releasing next month. The next time you wonder if true love will ever coming knocking your way, well, trust your stars and read this story again.
  10. The last of Rajkummar Rao and Fatima Shaikh that we saw in 2018 was a mixed bag of highs and lows. Whereas Rajkummar ended the year with a high, given the commercial and critical success of 'Stree', Fatima's year in Bollywood could have been better if 'Thugs of Hindostan' hadn't been the major disappointment that it was. However, regardless of what the past year brought to their film careers, 2019 holds new possibilities for both of them. Why we say that is because according to the latest reports, Rajkummar and Fatima are all set to star in Anurag Basu's yet-untitled movie, which is said to be a spin-off of Basu's 2007 directorial venture 'Life In A Metro' showcasing four different stories in one film. View this post on Instagram Dada ki gang A post shared by Fatima Sana Shaikh (@fatimasanashaikh) on Jan 15, 2019 at 7:59pm PST The first look of the film was earlier released on Twitter by Rajkummar and from the looks of it, it looks like a recreation of a song sequence from the 90s. While Rajkummar can be seen posing away from the camera in Mithun's iconic pose, Fatima is seen waving her saree with her back to the camera. बहà¥à¤¤ à¤à¤²à¥à¤¦à¥ सामनॠà¤à¤¯à¥à¤à¤à¥ à¤à¤ª लà¥à¤à¥à¤ à¤à¥à¥¤ तब तठà¤à¥ लिठà¤à¤ à¤à¤²à¤à¥¤ #AnuragBasu sir's next with @fattysanashaikh pic.twitter.com/hL7ocqpOXO — Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) January 17, 2019 As per latest reports, the shooting for the film has already started in Bhopal, where the cast is supposed to be shooting on a 15-day schedule, with 12-hour shifts. What is more, a Mumbai Mirror report has also suggested that a portion of the film will be shot in the ancestral property of Saif Ali Khan, which is now a luxury hotel. Fans can expect to taste the flavour of Bhopal in Anurag Basu's upcoming film, and we cannot wait to see what the trio has in store for us.
  11. As per a popular, but flawed narrative, 'serious actors' don't care about 'superficial things such as fashion'. So many things are wrong with this statement, that we wouldn't even attempt to counter it. Instead, we'd just urge you to look at two of the most talented (not to mention commercially successful) actors that the nation has been obsessed with this year. We are talking about Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao - two men who have not only proved the above statement wrong, but are working every single day to change such problematic notions. © Instagram/ishabhansali © Instagram/ishabhansali Being fashion forward is something that does not come easy. It is not superficial, neither is it trivial. It takes a lot to merge it as a part of your personality, while you work day in and day out to excel in your respective professions. The fact that Ayushmann and Rajkummar excelled in it, despite being two of the finest actors that Bollywood has produced, breaks a huge stereotype, while simultaneously paving the way for a more inclusive and prejudice-free fashionscape in the industry. © Instagram/ishabhansali © Instagram/ishabhansali Since we wanted to understand how they did it, we had a heart to heart chat with stylist Isha Bhansali, the woman behind the majestic style transformations of both these men, and she told us about the 5 unusual things Ayushmann and Rajkummar did to turn into the fashion icons they are now. © Instagram/ishabhansali © Instagram/ishabhansali 1. According to Isha, what differentiates Ayushmann and Rajkummar from other celebrities is their open-mindedness. They are always ready to experiment. Despite their down-to-earth personalities, they don't shy away from trying super edgy outfits that might just appear to be uncharacteristically high-fashion and flamboyant at times. Their open-mindedness paved the way for this transformation, which is often a difficult path, riddled with reservations. © Instagram/ishabhansali © Instagram/ishabhansali 2. They understand that fashion is an extension of one's personality. Ayushmann's preferred aesthetic is as eclectic as his varied talents - from being an actor to a musician to a poet. He is as comfortable carrying off a timeless classic outfit, as he is donning an ultra-edgy, futuristic number, depending on the occasion. For Rajkummar, the aesthetic varies from humble yet sophisticated classics to sudden bursts of kaleidoscopic hues - just like his acting that ranges from being unrealistically relatable to being brilliantly eccentric. © Instagram/ishabhansali © Instagram/ishabhansali 3. They always make sure that they understand the reason behind the selection of a particular outfit for them. As Isha rightly puts, "Irrespective of how brilliant a stylist is, if their muse doesn't share their passion and are not on the same page in terms of the reason why an outfit is the way it is, things will definitely fall apart. Both of them are invested in the way their outfits look, and it's always a pleasure discussing a particular aesthetic with them. They understand the 'why' of style, and that bit definitely helps me out." © Instagram/ishabhansali © Instagram/ishabhansali All we can say is, kudos Ayushmann and Rajkummar, for breaking the glass ceiling in terms of the co-existence of high fashion and the serious craft of acting. Salute!
  12. Apart from playing diverse, eclectic roles with unparalleled gusto, Rajkummar Rao has been consistently extending the brilliance to his fashion choices as well. Right from edgy casuals to innovative silhouettes that spell avant garde, his sartorial adventure graph is one that deserves to be archived. We have compiled a list of 7 stylish outfits that he wore, that can easily be the inspiration for a great Diwali outfit for every Indian man. 1. The regular kurta pyjama and Nehru jacket combination can look phenomenal if you make sure the colours are on point. This ensemble here is doing wonders for his skin tone and built as well. © Instagram/rajkummar_rao 2. Sometimes, the most basic outfits can look amazing. This blue kurta paired with a white churidaar is a perfect example. Add a pair of strappy sandals, and you're good to go! © Instagram/rajkummar_rao 3. Asymmetrical silhouettes are in, and when you can make it classy, no other outfit stands a chance. This structured, pleated ensemble is a perfect example of that. © Instagram/ishabhansali 4. Harem pants are a great way of embracing festive silhouettes without giving up the comfort. Pair them up with funky T-shirts and layer them up with jackets for that cool and casual aesthetic. © Instagram/ishabhansali 5. Bandhgalas and achkans with a twist can be an unusual, statement outfit, provided you accessorize properly. This embellished piece is perfect when it comes to making heads turn. © Instagram/ishabhansali 6. Sometimes, you can go for a statement party-wear aesthetic, for more casual occasions - like the classic card party evenings. Classy, comfortable, and not run-of-the-mill. © Instagram/ishabhansali 7. Indo-western is an amazing concept, and it can definitely come in handy during the festive season. Go for a colour that is not usual, like the rust-brown with a golden hint Rajkummar is sporting here. Pair it with longline shirts or kurtas for that ethnic edge. © Instagram/ishabhansali
  13. Just last week I read an article on how women are living in 'scary' times and the city has lost its safety net, where women are concerned. The news did unsettle me. Not that I didn't know we as women are always compromising on our safety, but those written words ascertaining our fears of dwelling in a city we grew up in, were becoming more transparent every day. The fear is real, I am not denying that but experiencing it is another level of existence altogether. © AA Films Just recently I happen to catch this movie called 'Stree', starring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor and it baffled me relentlessly, thinking about the message it left me with. The movie is a dynamical mirror representation of our society and what it means to live under constant fear. The movie revolves around a small town in Madhya Pradesh which is haunted by the ghost of a young woman called 'Stree' (woman). She haunts the town once a year for four days, during a religious ceremony and picks up only men, who are not constrained behind their four walls and takes them away. What's bizarre is, she leaves their clothes behind, while she picks them up. The only way they can save themselves from Stree is by writing 'Stree Kal Aana' (Oh woman, come tomorrow), on the walls of their house, as a protective mantra. © AA Films The story is a representation of an age-old urban legend where men folks believed Stree to be an embodiment of a woman who was killed by village folks because she was in love with a man they didn't approve of. So she came back to find her lost lover and seek revenge from the men who unjustly killed her in a cruel way. The town lives in constant fear of this seductress spirit and cannot find a solution for her to stop taking the men away. The director, making his point out rightly has blended humour with horror quiet well and while you're getting spooked watching the movie, you're laughing at Rajkummar Rao's impeccable comic timing as well. The movie spun well in my mind. I thought it to be beautifully eerie, with an element of mystery and funny at the same time but then, when I digested the eventual takeaway, it actually got me thinking. Our society is quite like what it is in 'Stree', if the dynamics are completely changed and there is an apt role reversal. The director has very intelligently, might I add, made his point and driven it home. © AA Films Women live in constant fear in our society. Fear of walking the streets at night, fear of being picked up by fearless men, fear of grappling with living a comfortable life every day. In the movie, the men were on the edge for four days, every year because they feared their own fate. So they remained beneath closed doors, prayed to the Gods, asked their wives to protect them and even donned womanly attire to save themselves from Stree. Have you not realised, that's exactly how women live today? So, here I am, writing an article to urge every man to take away the best he can from the movie, which is a very subtle representation of the man-woman dynamic in our society. Here are some important life lessons 'Stree' is trying to teach every man. (1) It's Imperative To Slip Into Someone Else's Shoes In this case the director has taken this point out of the box and pinned it up really well. He tried to figuratively imbibe Atticus Finch's words into motion (the endearing character from 'To Kill A Mockingbird')- "climbing into someone else's skin and walking around in it", wherein, the director shows the men in town living under a strict curfew after hours, when there is danger lurking in the form of a woman. He made the men slip into women's characters and showed the fear of surviving in a space with predators roaming about. And that's the only way one can understand what a woman truly goes through, in a similar setting. To understand that, you truly have to understand the fear. © AA Films (2) You Face The Consequence For Everything We live in a world where everything is consequential and that's exactly what the director is trying to say as well. That no matter how hard hitting or subtle your wrong doing is, you have to eventually face the consequence, like the entire town did, trying their best to escape Stree after bestowing cruelty upon her. It's the Yin to every Yang and it completes the karmic circle. So before you take any step, always think about the consequences in hand. Either that, or constantly run away from your fears for the rest of your lives. © AA Films (3) Respect Can Go A Long Way How do you think Stree's painful journey ended towards the end, where she found peace eventually? It was a realisation that struck the protagonist (Rajkummar Rao), who faced his fears and came forward to acknowledge the wrongdoings of the men in town and took espinsibility for their consequences by showing her the respect she was looking for in the first place. And that's what the women in a society truly want and deserve from the men today. And that's why the movie's focus was more pronounced towards the end, when the men folk realised what they'd done was wrong and took steps to rectify it. How did they do it? By sculpting a statue of 'Stree' right at the brink of the town with the words 'Oh Stree Raksha Kar' (oh woman, protect us), etched on it, giving her (Stree) the respect she always wanted. © AA Films This article is not a feminist propaganda but an insight into a progressive cinema's metaphorical depiction of society, which some of you might have missed, within the realms of humour and horror the movie displays. The ardent lessons men can learn from this movie are plenty and I have just thrown light on the three main ones, leaving the rest for you to figure further. So, if you haven't watched the movie yet, I urge you to do so, to understand the society we live in today.
  14. Amongst all the flak 'nepotism' has got in this day and age with all the debates and arguments doing the rounds about it, one thing is for certain. It really doesn't matter if you're a star kid being served on a silver platter, or a commoner who came to Mumbai with INR 500 in his or her pocket, as long as you have the talent and the determination, nothing can deter your spirit to make it big. Such is the case with Bollywood's newest sensation, who has done more versatile roles than Salman Khan's bare chest, on camera! Of course, I am talking about Rajkummar Rao and he's here to stay! © Pinterest You don't have fill in the standards for being 'perfect' or 'hot' or even 'good looking'. Not that I am saying Rao isn't a good-looking lad, but if you come with a plethora of talent and can fit into any role easily, you really don't have to depend on your looks as much. He's won awards for some fabulous roles and dialogue deliveries in films like 'Shahid' and 'Newton' and we can never wait too long to find out what he's churning out next. © Pinterest Now, he's done a role befitting every shade and genre of a typical Indian man. Some of his roles get too real for an assumption, but they're well executed and bring out the realism that life wants us to deal with. Yes, we love Rajkummar Rao and there's a little bit of every Indian man, in each one of his roles, he's ever portrayed. Here are 7 prominent roles Rajkummar Rao has ever portrayed. Which one do you identify with the most? (1) Shaurya From 'Trapped' Shaurya is a city dweller, who like most men struggling in Mumbai, is living on the hope that things will finally fall back to place in his life. He's ambitious and a non-quitter and he does get 'trapped' in a situation he can barely make his way out from. And why? Only because he goes all out for love and wants to keep it fresh and alive in his life. That's what the story is all about. Shaurya wants to get an apartment so that he can move in with his girlfriend, but the only one he can afford is on the 35th floor of a secluded building, which is still under construction. © Reliance Entertainment He gets locked in the house for several days without food and water and that's where you see the real character come out. He maintains his grit to come out as a survivor and a real hero who has patience and an 'I don't give up that easy' attitude. Are you a non-quitter too, who will go to any length to solve a daunting problem in your life? If yes, then this is the character for you. (2) Newton Kumar From 'Newton' Newton is a character full of idealism and hope who always sticks out for what is right! Rajkummar Rao plays a government clerk who's steadfastly doing what is always right and sticking up for the wrong in society. He's sincere and sometimes gets confused for a simpleton who doesn't understand the ways of the world. So, if you're an idealist stuck in a world where you stand up for what's wrong because you feel it's your responsibility, this is the character for you! © Eros International (3) Pritam Vidrohi From 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' So his last name in the movie is 'Vidrohi' which explains his character well. Pritam Vidrohi is a rebel without a cause, an outspoken fearless man who will even don a sari to make a sale! You see his character shift from a sombre, mild-mannered man to a Vidrohi (rebel) because he's been bullied all his life! But even so, he takes life with a pinch of salt and stands up to take on a fight whenever someone treats him like a pushover! Which is what happened all his life. Relate much? © AA Films (4) Shahid Azmi From 'Shahid' It's unfair to compare anyone to Shahid Azmi because the movie is based on the late advocate's life but there are some character traits that can match your personality too. Rajkummar Rao plays the 33-year-old criminal defence lawyer, who was criticised for representing people accused in terror cases. Standing up for your own self is one thing but fighting for someone else who needs a good fight is another. That was what Shahid Azmi did when he stood up for the Muslim men who were wrongly accused of terrorism. Have you been the kinda guy who's stood up and fought for someone else's right? © UTV Motion Picture (5) Vicky From 'Stree' Vicky, who is a very talented tailor is also fearless. When the whole village believes that it's haunted by a vengeful witch, Vicky is the only one who believes that her reason for haunting the villagers is that she's had a traumatising death, and no one gave her the respect she truly deserved when she was alive. Which is also a great metaphor for a man standing up for a woman, when he knows she's being disrespected in society! He's also the one who ends her tireless quest to find answers in the village, by being fearless and facing her, to help her end her misery! A lot of men need to be Vicky today! © AA films (6) Vijay From 'Queen' Okay, maybe very few of you will identify with this character only because he's not the ideal man, but there are men like Vijay, who shy away from responsibility when it doesn't suit them but do come around! Vijay is set to marry Rani but he then ditches her because he feels she doesn't have a modern outlook towards life, only to realise later on that she's the real queen of his life. Why? Because she sends him a picture by mistake which shows off her cleavage a little bit. He flies halfway across the world to apologise and win her back. Would you do that for someone when you know you've truly messed up? Then you're this guy! © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures (7) Gattu From 'Behen Hogi Teri' Gattu is one lovesick puppy who doesn't give up on love. He's been in love with the same woman since he was a kid and even though she treats him like a brother, he can't change the way he feels. That's a little disturbing but are you the guy who never gives up on true love? Then you're Gattu! © AA Films It doesn't matter which Rajkummar Rao character you resonate with the most since all of them are brilliant. What matters is, if you do relate to a character, you're a good human being because all his characters are about never giving up on anything, standing up for yourself, or for someone else and lastly standing up for love, always!
  15. The fact that Rajkummar Rao is one of the best actors in the country right now is well-established, and he has been proving it consistently, one movie at a time. He started from scratch and has slowly and steadily climbed the ladder of success, without letting the glam and glitz of Bollywood corrode his craft. While he has become a cutthroat fashionista in the process, he clearly is still very down to earth and hasn't let his superstardom lead him to the way of brand snobbery. Why do we say this? His birthday shirt. Read on! © Viral Bhayani Rajkummar stepped out in a chrome and cobalt vertically striped shirt, with smart white detailing. The relaxed fit and the chilled out vibe of the shirt makes it a summer staple, one that's very close to the fashion personality of someone like Rajkummar. © Viral Bhayani However, apart from the aesthetics and comfort factor, what caught our attention was its price. One would expect a celebrity like Rajkummar to go all out and wear something super expensive on his birthday, but he took us by surprise with his choice of outfit. The shirt he is wearing costs INR 1,490/-. Yes, you read that right, and no, we haven't missed out on extra zeroes. © Zara You can pick up the flowing striped, viscose front button-up shirt he is wearing here at Zara. In fact, you can get it here © Viral Bhayani All we can say is that, we love the shirt (and the whole look), and the fact that we can afford it makes us ecstatic. Happy birthday, Rajkummar!
  16. Rajkummar Rao is one of the coolest actors out there right now, and don't even fight me on that. We all know he's an incredible actor, but after seeing his interviews and stuff, you know that he's one of the best people to be around. He just seems that easy-going and fun. Along with that, he's also one of the only self-made actors in the industry right now. We all know how nepotism works here – Kangana Ranaut has reminded us about it time and again – and how hard it is to make it in Bollywood without a 'Godfather'. Every struggling actor goes through it but if you're talented, you should never give up. The 'Humans Of Bombay' always shows us real stories of people and they also feature actors and they love to get real and show the people a side of them no one has seen before. Yesterday, the famous page shared a post about Rajkummar Rao, where he got very real about his struggling days. From idolizing Shah Rukh Khan to surviving just on Rs 10,000 a month, Rajkummar Rao has literally gotten here just because of his persistence and hard work. He started off by talking about his fascination with Shah Rukh 'sir' since he was the ultimate outsider who made it to the top. But, it's not that easy to 'make it', just showing up in Mumbai isn't enough. He started off by doing some forgettable ads and was struggling in every sense of the word. He said, “I made about Rs 10,000 a month––but still, there were days when I didn't have money, and I'd call my friends asking to share their meal.” But, giving up was never an option for him, even if it meant hunting for auditions and only getting to try out for the smaller roles. He said, “I didn't let any of it demotivate me – I believed that someone would see my talent.” The most important call of his life came when he got the news that he got the movie 'Love, *** Aur Dhoka'. He went on, “The words were, 'Ho gaya hai. You got the film.' I fell to my knees, called my mother. The movie released, and I got a lot of love... that's when the doors opened. But I'll tell you a stand-out moment for me – I think it was after the release of Queen.” Another notable moment came for him when he finally met Shah Rukh Khan. He recalled that he was shooting in the same place as the King Khan and tried his luck to meet him. He said, “I sent a message across to him––I didn't think he'd know me, but, he called me to his trailer – he knew my entire bio! He made me feel so special. I was already a fan, but that day I was probably his biggest fan. I was nervous and in awe throughout. I once spoke to his posters...and now there he was, in front of me. How can I even explain what that felt like?” Twitter Everything that goes around does come around because people who refused to cast him in a lead role before offer him movies now. His last words are for every person who is struggling – “I've believed in my craft, even when things weren't going well. I just knew – I put it out in the Universe and attracted it all. Remember, no matter what anyone else says, no one is going to believe in you, the way YOU do – so hustle, and let the Universe do the rest.”
  17. When we got to know that 'Fanney Khan' is going to feature Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, our excitement was already uncontrollable, much like every other Bollywood buff, but once Mr Kapoor hit the road with Rajkummar by his side - both of them in their fashionable best - it did look like a fierce fashion feud, the good kind. Just like Anil Kapoor already has been killing it with his fashion game of late, by choosing and carrying off super modern and experimental silhouettes like longline shirts, Rajkummar Rao too has surprised us with his edgy AF style choices. We got to see it all recently, when they hit the streets for the promotion of the movie. © Viral Bhayani As if their too cool for school attires weren't enough, they showed off their equally cool Lakhan-inspired dance moves, with a Fanney Khan dedication to boot. A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Jul 30, 2018 at 8:02am PDT Mr Kapoor's simple but super impressive Khaki olive longline shirt stole the show (just like his character from Fanney Khan will, we hope). © Viral Bhayani But Rajkummar's layered outfit with the statement shirt, cropped trousers, and that copper-dust rose blazer wasn't far behind at all. He definitely was a worthy competition to Anil Kapoor when it comes to unconventional, mature streetstyle. © Viral Bhayani Both of their footwear and accessory game was on point. While Rajkummar matched his shades with his jacket, Mr Kapoor decided to stick to a classic pair of dark sunnies. © Viral Bhayani Who can tell there's almost a 30-year age difference between these two? All we can say is that we're bowled over, for sure.
  18. Making a difference with content driven cinema in 2017, Rajkummar Rao showed us the powerhouse of talent in him, in films such as 'Trapped', 'Bareilly ki Barfi' and 'Newton'. Not only did he win the National Film Award for Best Actor in 'Shahid' but also won our hearts with diverse roles in his early films like- 'Ragini MMS', 'Kai Po Che!', 'CityLights' and 'Aligarh'. With so many challenging roles in a span of 7 years and being a critic's favorite, Rajkummar Rao has since proved that there is no looking back for him. © UTV Motion Pictures In 2018, Rajkummar Rao has left us confused once again with his upcoming releases - 'Fanney Khan', 'Stree', '5 Weddings' and 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' (ELKDTAL). Let us see why. In his upcoming films, while he can be seen playing characters he has already played earlier, Rajkummar Rao seems to clearly differentiate them from his previous outings. It will be interesting to see how Rajkummar Rao adds his personal touch to each of his forthcoming releases: 1. 'Fanney Khan' - releasing on 3rd August 2018 Going by the trailer of his next project 'Fanney Khan', Rajkummar Rao brings back the vibe of the badass Babua Pritam Vidrohi from his 2017 sleeper hit 'Bareilly ki Barfi'. © Twitter Starring alongside Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao is sure to bring alive the rangbaaz actor in him in this inspiring comedy, which is a remake of the 2000 Belgian film, 'Everybody's Famous'. 2. 'Stree' - releasing on 31st August 2018 His next film with Shraddha Kapoor is a horror movie, which is based on a ridiculously true phenomenon. © Instagram Though his character details are yet to be revealed, going by the teaser, it reminds us of his super-natural indie drama Ragini MMS. With the tagline “Mard Ko Dard Hoga”, hope this one too gives us enough spine-chilling moments. 3. '5 Weddings' - releasing on 21st September 2018 In '5 Weddings', we will see him don the avatar of a police officer opposite Nargis Fakhri. The last time we saw him as a police officer was in 'Talaash' (2012 film) alongside Aamir Khan. © Twitter Given that both the films belong to different genres, his avatar in '5 Weddings' seems to be more relaxed and romantic compared to his intense character in the latter. 4. 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' (ELKDTAL)- releasing on 12th October 2018 Featuring alongside Anil Kapoor once again in 'ELKDTAL' and opposite Sonam Kapoor, the film is a family drama. Just like his previous films - 'Queen' and 'Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana', the theme of this film is also centered on marriage and romance. © Instagram Hopefully, the film directed by Shelly Chopra and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkummar Hirani, gives him his necessary due as a mainstream commercial actor. P.S. - All of the above films will have a fresh pairing opposite Rajkummar Rao in the lead.