KABIR SINGH : A ROMANCE WITH MISOGYNY

‘Kabir Singh’ perfectly teaches the audience that you cannot judge a movie by its trailer. It is so because many people, just like me, thought it to be a romantic love story. Indeed, it comes under the genre of ‘Romantic movies’, but the protagonist is hardly a lover. Kabir Singh is a bully who abuses, someone who is an unparalleled example of toxic masculinity. In a nerve-tiring 175 minute, one could only realize that his noxiousness can never be attractive.

Kabir Singh falls in love at first sight with Preeti and decides on the spot that “yeh bas meri bandi hai” and takes immense pride in marking the woman as his “territory”, without her consent. This is the form of “loving” we are greeted with. Immersed in the world of drugs, drinks, emotionless sex and misogyny, he is shown as a ‘free-spirited’ human, one who hardly can walk freely in a democracy. This movie clearly fails to touch the pulse of the audience because of the context in which these lines, that were meant to be of some substance, are said.

There comes a scene when he is involved in some sort of violence while playing soccer in the campus. Devoid of any sort of regret or apology, Kabir Singh is tagged as a ‘swagger’ when he says, “This is me. This is who I am.”  It gets all the more disputable and unsettled when the Dean of the college prefers not to bring him under any sort of disciplinary measure as a corrective. Reason? Because he is some sort of an out-of-the-world genius, an academically brilliant medical college student. This scene is directed to assert that Kabir Singh’s escalating machoism is excusable, and even tolerable, because he is a genius. The horrifying conclusion that “boys will be boys”, of which the movie is proud of, surfaces at every turn.

Fifty minutes into the movie, and then we hear the first proper line by Preeti ,”Kabir, what do you like in me?” To which he replies, “I like the way you breathe.” Misogyny and male entitlement are glorified and glamorized at every step. There is hardly any instance where we can actually feel Kabir Singh or empathize with this alcoholic, abusive jerk.

Kabir Singh is a remake of Arjun Reddy, a Telugu Original, which undoubtedly reinforces the same idea of the very problematic portrayal of the relationship between man and a woman. 

Sandeep Reddy Vango has directed a film which might show Kabir’s actions as a handiwork of loveable, mad genius. He has zero understanding of the word ‘consent’ and kisses the woman he thinks he loves infront of everyone. What adds to the celebration of this toxic masculinity is the he also slaps her when she agrees with him that “You have no identity in college. All know you as my girl.” I do not want boys and men watching Kabir Singh take up the notion that women like dominant, aggressive and a violent boyfriend.

What on earth does this movie of dominance-submission imply, afterall? Kabir Singh’s aggressive, deplorable actions are taken for laughs ; either when he chases his maid when she mistakenly breaks a drinking glass or when he threatens to take his pants off after a woman asks why he has not shaved before the surgery.

Indian cinema is obsessed with romanticizing the stalker hero. Kabir Singh is so much in love that when she dies, he brings a dog home and names her “Preeti.” But mind you, his volatile temperament which is feared by all – colleagues, friends, students alike was not unreasonable. Kabir believes “he is not a rebel without a cause.”, but definitely irrationally violent without a cause.

Kabir Singh is a butt-numbing, 175 minutes of debatable establishing of a power equation. Male chauvinism, dominance and machoism are very usual movie tropes employed as well in this film. A horrendous ode to patriarchy and misogyny, this is film that reeks of sexism and objectification.

There are some who say , “It is just a movie and Kabir is just a character.” But sadly they are not aware that movies in the 21st century serve more than the purpose of entertainment alone. They teach, and people learn. It seeps deep into their psyche to act like heroes in the movie. If the movie, at all, was sending a message about how ‘toxic the story is’ or how ‘this is not love’, then it would have been okay. But the fact that it is normalizing the misogynistic behavior of an ugly sociopath is beyond controversial. Problematic might just be an understatement.

Game of Thrones: “The Things I do for Love.”

“The Things I do for Love.”
Wish Fulfillment, Big And Small
 
In the fifth-to-last Game of Thrones episode ever, Everyone prepares for war. That now includes Jaime Lannister, somewhat ironically, officially rivals Bran for most pronounced character graph. Few have changed as much as Jaime Lannister, and this episode highlighted that at every opportunity, from his apology to Bran, to his knighting of Brienne of Tarth.
 
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 Review: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
 
Season 8’s 2nd episode was yet another build-up, anticipation and the promise of something monumental waiting just over the horizon. It’s not just the Battle of Winterfell we have to look forward to: Dany and Jon didn’t get to finish their conversation in the crypt, and that’s arguably even more important. It’s the story behind the story.
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The episode opens with Danaerys confronting Jaime she talks about how he killed her father and is threatening, despite knowing full well that her father was a murderous psychopath who needed to be killed. She doesn’t trust Jaime, and that makes sense given his past. Sansa doesn’t either, but Brienne vouches for him and she relents. Jon thinks they need every man they can get. And Tyrion says he believes him also. Jaime reveals of Cersei’s Plans of no intention of helping them and has a massive army that can wipe them all out once the Night King is dealt with.
 
Hard-Headed Women in the North
Daenerys takes out her frustration on Tyrion despite having gone along with his plan without question herself. Later Jorah takes her aside in private and speaks for Tyrion. He also urges her to make amends with Sansa though that doesn’t go quite as well as she hoped. When they’re speaking the ice does begin to thaw, but then Sansa brings up the fate of the North, asking Dany what happens when she takes the Iron Throne. Khaleesi inclining towards the madness like his Father does not wish to relieve the North.
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Arya constantly in pure badass mode. She’s so tough, she’s such a great fighter, she can throw daggers with deadly accuracy, she tells Gendry to take off his own bloody pants because . . . it’s better to be tough than romantic or sexy? I’m not quite sure. It feels a little forced. I miss the old Arya. 
Of the three strong women currently moving and shaking things at Winterfell, the favourite is Sansa. She’s smart and practical, stubborn and eloquent. She’s a good ruler and would make an excellent Queen in the North. I also like the young Lady Mormont, who is always putting someone in their place, this time, her cousin Ser Jorah.
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The Dark Night forever.
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This episode also revealed some of the Night King’s motivations, which has been a question since the very first scene of the show’s first episode. Bran tells the White Walkers are heading south so the Night King can kill him. “He wants to erase this world, and I am its memory.” Sam concurs with it and says that there would be no history left about anyone and all anyone would know of is the night kings existence.
As we head into the final battle of Winterfell, a plan has taken shape: The non-combatants will cower in the crypts (which might not be so wise if the theory about the Night King resurrecting all the corpses stored down there turns out to be right) while the army of the living holds off the dead long enough for Bran to lure the Night King to the Godswood. 
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Reunions still..Theon is greeted by Sansa rather emotionally as finally, he is fighting for what he is a Stark, by upbringing. Tormund and  Beric Dondarrian arrive at Winterfell with the Nights watch. 
 
‘One Wish Before Death’
The episode provided plenty of wish fulfilment for longtime Game of Thrones Characters and fans. 
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Arya actually getting together with Gendry was much anticipated but for me, it was a little eeky. Arya will always be a child for me so maybe I could not accept it. 
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Jamie Knights Brienne, as we found out that a knight can knight another. Sitting around a fire crew of the show’s surviving characters: Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Podrick (Daniel Portman), Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Tormund Giantsbane. Jaime knighting Brienne fulfils their relationship, although in a very different way. Brienne had inhibitions and denies any of such wish she has. but it all comes a full circle with Podrick’s valedictory nod. With characters present in the room make emotions run high.
 
At this point, Podrick starts singing, Jenny’s Song at the wish of Tyrion. The Song for me is everything about the episode, the dreams & death and it had an eeriness about it.  In the books, all we’ve ever seen of the song is one line: “High in the halls of the kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts.” Florence + the Machine performed the song over the episode’s closing credits. 
The song with Pod singing, plays over shots of some of our heroes and the people that matter most to them—Sam/Gilly, Theon/Sansa, Arya/Gendry, Grey Worm/Missande, and, finally, Jon/Daenerys—should make us very worried for our favorites, and for the people who will live to mourn them.
 
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After Jon did his best the entire episode to avoid Daenerys, she finds him down in the crypts. He’s standing in front of Lady Lyanna Stark, and Dany muses about her brother, Rhaegar, and how she can’t reconcile the good man from the stories with someone who could rape Lyanna. “He didn’t,” Jon tells her. “He loved her.” And the truth comes spilling out. He tells her how Rhaegar and Lyanna were wed in secret, and how after Robert’s rebellion was successful and Rhaegar slain, Lyanna made her brother Ned swear to raise their baby as his own bastard in order to protect him from Robert and the Lannisters.
Daenerys doesn’t believe him. After all, it’s his brother and best friend who came to him with this revelation. The conflict between Jon and Dany–the one caused by her life’s only mission the Iron Throne, should be easy to resolve. Where their conversation ended, I can hear what should have been the next line in my head: “But I don’t want the Iron Throne.” For Jon to respond in any other way would be unlikely; he’s always been reluctant to accept power, and quick to give it up once he gets it. Jon probably does not want the crown despite having the best claim, probably making him a better ruler. 
 
Leaving that resolution as an open question throughout the upcoming battle was a fantastic narrative choice. Dany has become annoying, lashing out at Tyrion and exhibiting an alarming unwillingness to consider any alternative to her absolute rule. More than one character has expressed concern that Dany is more like her father and if she goes full Mad Queen or does something extreme in the coming battles, Jon might take the throne for Honor!
 
The Episode ends with the arrival of the whitewalkers outside Winterfell, setting the stage for an epic Battle of Winterfell. The Jenny Song in my head and the cinematography the show makes me feel for the characters. The music sets up the stage for heartbreaks in the next episode. Some dreams will be shattered, some Men will be lost.. Signing off with the song as the episode does… 
 

 
“High in the halls of the kings who are gone
Jenny would dance with her ghosts.
The ones she had lost and the ones she had found
And the ones who had loved her the most.
The ones who’d been gone for so very long
She couldn’t remember their names
They spun her around on the damp cold stone
Spun away all her sorrow and pain
And she never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave.
Never wanted to leave.
Never wanted to leave.
Never wanted to leave.
Never wanted to leave. “

With Winter Came the Reunions!!

Spoilers are here!

The episode 1 of Season 8 premiered on 14th April in the US and 15th April in India.

The episode, named Winter fell, begins with the same old tune but new wooden miniatures where the pieces roll over white & blue from brown, bringing in winter. Elaborate titles in Winterfell castle make way for the upcoming war in the region around the castle.
This leads to the citadel and then kings Landings, where the first time the iron throne takes form.But on to the drama from the season premiere itself.

There were reunions, introductions, dragons, Swords and a little bit of cheese.

The journey to conclusion kicks off with a boy running and making way through the crowd, Arya style from season 1 episode 1, in Winterfell to get a glimpse of the Unsullied and Dothraki entering Winterfell for the first time.
Arya makes way for the boy, as Jon aka Aegon enters with Queen Khaleesi & her 2 dragons by his side.
Renuion of the Starks is hurried through with Bran informing about the wall being broken and Night king riding the dragon.

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Flattery doesn’t get you anywhere in the North. Sansa greets Danerys with Ned Stark’s words “Winterfell is yours, your Grace” welcome to King Robert Baratheon back in season one.
Sansa, like all of the other Northern Lords and Lady Mormont, is sceptical of Daenerys and displeased with Jon’s decision to bend the knee and give up his title as King in the North.
The episode makes way clearly to pitch the Stark and Targaryen women against each other, with mistrust on both sides and Dany being smart senses that.

Sansa is probably the new Cersei in Westeros.

Sansa is reunited with Tyrion, they speak about Cersei sending her army to help their cause and she is shocked that he actually believes that his sister would do that.
Perhaps Sansa’s below the belt “I used to think you were the cleverest man alive” comment will make him question himself. Sansa is dead right, we know that as Cersei has absolutely no intention of doing such a thing, Sansa also calls into question whether Jon was swayed by his love of Daenerys in his decision to bend the knee. She has learned a lot from the masters of manipulation and deception, Little finger.

Jorah brings Daenerys to meet Sam, the man who cured him of his greyscale

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During the episode, Daenerys meets Sam and what started out as a lovely first meeting turns bitter when he learns that she executed both his father and brother as they refused to bend the knee to her.
He later questions Jon on whether he would’ve shown them mercy had it been his decision. He also reminds Jon that he gave up his crown to save his people, but would she do the same? Doubtful.
Clearly Bending the knee is not getting Mother of Dragons any respect.

Sweetest reunion of the episode, Arya and Jon hug and compare swords – he is moved to see she still has the Needle, he gave her.

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There is a touching moment between the siblings. Jon asks her to help with Sansa and Daenerys, but Arya has her loyalties with the starks. She reiterates that the Starks loyalties lie with the Starks and Jon is one too. Laying base to make Jon question his sides when the right time comes.
Arya is reunited with key figures from her past with Arya coming face to face with The Hound and Gendry again. She has a special weapon request from Gendry too.

The reunions were really well done; there was warmth, emotion, humour, and Surprise
For me the mother of all reunions was: Bran meets Jaime at the episode’s close, the old friend he had been waiting for. Because it all began with them in season 1 episode 1,
when Jaime pushed Bran from the tower when he had seen something he should have not. Possibly an indication that Bran will see things and we did not read it back then.

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Jon and Daenerys go on a dragon date. It felt a bit cheesy to have a big romantic kiss by a waterfall thrown in the mix. The protective looks from her dragons was also a bit of an odd. It was refreshing to see Jon riding Rhaegar, especially considering his Targaryen bloodline, probably the only thing that the scene established in the minds of the viewer and Tyrion & Varys.

“Never been a Bastard… But the true heir to the Iron Throne”
Words which made me teary-eyed in season 7 are uttered again.. by Sam.
Sam, at the directions of Bran, tells Jon the truth about him being the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, and that his real name is Aegon. Jon is left confused, and in true Jon Snow style, he seeks refuge in Ned Stark’s Honor.
The scene focuses on Jon, but I think it could have been better executed.

White Walkers make conquer their first house.
A message from the dead brings us back to the horrors that are coming when Tormund, Beric and co. find the young Lord Umber left for them with body parts of his men placed around him in that familiar shape the Night King has used before.

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Another warning sign ?? and another sword to our fancies. The humour about Tormund’s blue eyes makes the horror later further scary.

Reunions in North but Introductions in the South
King’s Landing Cersei has been busy.
She meets the captain of the Golden Company, an army of sellswords founded by Ser Aegor Rivers, a ‘legitimised bastard’ of King Aegon IV Targaryen, who was brought to her by Euron Greyjoy.
The Lannister Queen is left annoyed by not receiving elephants in return of the gold. Does she think elephants are her reply to Dany’s Dragons?? Errr I don’t think so.

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She gives in to the private meeting request of Euron after her classic Cersei style banter: ” You buy a whore… A queen is earned”. Maybe she is too desperate to win and scared that Euron might turn against her if she did not give in to his demands. The scene ends with her drinking again teary-eyed … Miscarriage, as expected by fan theories, has already happened ??
The Queen has sent Bronn to kill Tyrion, with Qyburn handing him a crossbow to do it with as revenge for killing their father, Tywin with one.Finally maybe Bronn rise to honour than gold.

Theon and his remaining Iron Island brothers sneak aboard the ships and rescue Yara. Yara goes back home, but Theon heads North to Winterfell. Probably the words from Jon from last season have left a lasting impact.

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It was a good episode with a couple of great scenes, but I had hoped that all six episodes to be like the Winds of Winter or Rains of Castermere – Kinds.
The episode establishes the season neatly making way for the greatest battle of Westeros.
Till then I take leave with finally Winter & Warmth in Westeros.

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Can You beat Sanjay Leela Bhansali as the Greatest Liar About History?

Mr Sanjay Leela Bhansali if I make a movie a decade later showing this accomplished director was a drug addict and used to beat his co actors on sets of course with a disclaimer that this movie is a work of art and changes have been made to characters but use the name Sanjay Leela Bhansali

How will you feel?

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali was born in the year 1963 in Mumbai. He was a student of Film and television Institute of India, from where he was thrown out after a spat with the institute’s director.

Bhansali is also the only filmmaker who couldn’t be bothered with authenticity, accuracy and other such yardsticks when it comes to creating cinema.

Devdas

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He is the only filmmaker who could not only take Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s much-loved parable Devdas and give it a saas-bahu serial makeover in the name of creative license. After all, in the dozen odd adaptations of the novel no one could come with the idea of putting Chandramukhi and Paro in the same space, at the same time and heck even make them dance the same steps.

Bajirao Mastani

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It’s rather unfortunate that the legend of Peshwa Bajirao, something that possessed all the right ingredients needed for a truly great film, ended up falling short in the hands of the one filmmaker who had the right credentials to take it to the next level.

Facts distorted in Bajirao Mastani

He was the great Maratha general and statesman, changed the map of India in the mid-eighteenth century. His military campaigns were classic examples of his genius.
It was he who expanded the Maratha Kingdom beyond Maharashtra across the Vindhyas and got it recognised in Delhi, the capital of the Mughals who kept Bharat (India) under their rule for many years. The Maratha Kingdom created by its founder, Shivaji, and later expanded by Bajirao reached its peak during his son’s reign twenty years after his death. After driving the Afghans out of the Punjab, they raised the saffron flag not just on the walls of Attack, but even beyond.
Bajirao is thus acknowledged as one of the greatest warriors in Indian history.
“A brilliant military tactician, a born leader and a brave soldier; in every possible, sense he was the true torchbearer of Chhatrpati Shivaji’s dream.”
Bajirao was struck by a virulent fever at Raver (near Indore,south of river Narmada) and hardly in a weeks time, he breathed his last (on 18 th April 1740). He was just forty.
At the time of his death his wife Kashibai and son Janardhan were by his side. His son performed his obsequies.

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About the movie
The 9th decedents of Bajirao were upset with the character shown of this great warrior as a lost lover
Every time Mahendra Peshwa thinks of the lyrics of the song ‘Malhari’ from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming historic drama Bajirao Mastani, he shudders.
“It is unimaginable to think that Thorle Bajirao would use words such as ‘Dushman ki waat lavli’,” he says, his voice dripping with contempt.
In a phone interview with HuffPost India, 52-year-old Mahendra, said
“I understand filmmakers taking cinematic liberties, but what I don’t understand is the inefficient research leading to gross historical inaccuracies,”
So Bhansali managed to show this hero as a doomed lover who gave up his life for a woman not bothered about his kingdom



The limits of fiction?

Though Sahasrabudhe acknowledges that the romantic aspect of the story was a later invention, she still thinks there is a limit to how far imagination should go.

“In the name of fiction, you cannot show something that is non-cultural, non-historical and disgusting,” she said. “Sanjay Leela Bhansali has put a statement that this is fiction – then he should not use their real names. Otherwise how can you claim anything?”

Fate of Padmavati

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Now after opposition to his latest movie Bhansali again giving FOE and work of art as an excuse. Bollywood fraternity standing behind this director like never before say that Art is in danger. Their excuse ” when you don’t even know the script how can you react”

My simple question to them. Can we trust Bhansali when he has distorted two legends Devdas and Bajirao? What tomorrow he gets away writing disclaimer and portray all vulgar facts on his lavish sets?

Now lets get down to facts of Sanjay Bhansali contribution to society. With films earning unlimited wealth the estimated wealth of this director is
NET WORTH 2016 – 112 MILLION $

However in name of contribution to society his financial contribution limited to extending a compensation of over Rs 20 lakh to the family of a worker, who was killed in a mishap on the sets of his next film “Padmavati”.

In the name of social welfare he has hardly made any movies giving some message to society or national interest.

Compare this to Respected Nana Patekar. Check these facts about this not so rich actor

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While he can afford almost every luxury of life, Nana Patekar still chooses to live in a 1 BHK apartment with his mother.

He had made a generous donation of 15,000 rupees per family to almost 62 families of the farmers who committed suicide in Marathwada region. He himself visited around 112 farmers’ families in Marathwada.

His Organisation now plans to connect with 700 more in the areas of Nagpur, Latur, Hingoli, Parbani, Nanded, Aurangabad, etc.

His foundation has already successfully managed to collect Rs. 22 crores from the people for farmer welfare. The major aim of the foundation now is to fill back the dried lakes and rivers in order to provide safe drinking water to farmers and their families.

Actor Nana Patekar personally went to the seats of farmer widows and handed over cheques of Rs. 15,000 in a small hall in Latur, Marathwada. When there was a power failure for 5 minutes, people turned on the torch on their phones so that Nana Patekar could continue to distribute cheques.

Explaining his involvement and contribution towards the cause, Nana Patekar told media: “Marte damm tak jeene ki vajah mil gai hai mujhe.” (I have found a reason to live, till I die.)

 

Now I leave it to readers if they applaud Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his lavish sets and direction or boycott him for distorting facts about history. Remember our kids watch movies and they have much stronger impact then what is written in books or available online.

Wake up Bollywood. Sadly you never united when India was being shown in bad light by your fraternity or when pakistani actors making fun of our country.

 

This article was first published by Renuka Jain.

RockOn 2: Hard Hit of Boredom on Face.

The sequel of one of the most blockbuster album of all time in bollywood, RockOn is simply “the” disaster of 2016. Worst good-bye you can wave to the 2016. By the way are you a music enthusiast? You better stay home, bro!

RockOn 2: The movie with a large number of stars in guest appearance; Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Shraddha Kapoor and Kumud Mishra everyone is awarded whole 20 minutes role in whole 2 hours. Farhan Akhtar is staying far away from his past somewhere in Meghalaya and Purab Kohli is trying to play as excited as he was in 1st instalment, while Arjun Rampal is now a big music sensation and a ‘trapped’ star. Shraddha Kapoor is the stereotyped father-fearing budding music talent, and then comes the cliché Bollywood ideas and storyline. Story-writers seemed to be so much desperate to join all of them again but totally fail in keeping the frame in one flow.

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The worst part of the movie is.. Yes! It’s music. Naturally, you enter the theatre with high expectation to dance on the ‘RockOn type’ beats, but you end up praying to shut the Shraddha Kapoor’s voice off the speaker. The only person you wish to stay is Kumud Mishra, who sadly appears merely for 10 minutes. Director tries to deliver various messages which make it something known as horrendous.
The only thing you are going to love is the theme of movie: Roocckk On!! (and best part is, they had cut the Shraddha’s part in theme song)
Listen, it’s simple! We all are going through the 100 note’s crisis. We suggest you save them for anything else, but not this. But if you want to go, may Jesus be with you. #Amen.

 

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Five Reasons to Watch ADHM.

One of the most awaited movies of 2016, ADHM has hit the screens in all over India last Friday. Till now you must have got the various reviews on it. Some loved it, some didn’t, but everyone watched it.  In case if you haven’t then we have some reasons for you to do so. ASAP! Amid every buzz, if you are used to the cliché ends of the bollywood: Hero and Heroine end up loving each other, then KJ has something for you this time.

 

ALIZEH – Yeah, everyone said, Ranbir again stole the show with his kind of charm, but this time it is Anushka as Alizeh who owned the movie (or at least 1st half). If that “filmy person” is still alive and kicking in you then you are the one who is going to shout your throat out in the whole 1st half. Her character, dialogues, acting and the way she holds the screen is mesmerizing. Her performance deserves your presence in theatre this time.

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SABA – Long time! No? Missing the hotness of Dhoom girl, the charm of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam then you better keep calm, because she is on fire this time. She appears only in the 2nd half but it is worth to wait for her. Not awarded with a long role but the part she played was sizzling and courteous, too much courteous, indeed. The way she expresses herself in her winded “shayris” is something you are going to Google afterwards.

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Have you been ever friendzoned? Get up man, watch it! – Have you ever friendzoned anyone? Want to know how does it feel? Then you are the one who should be sitting in the theatre in the very next show. Karan Johar framed the entire drama in a very sensitive and heart touching way. Must Watch! For this context.

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Dialogues – the heights of success for Aashiqui 2, YJHD, OUATIM1-2, GOW1-2 were their dialogues, it is same is the case with ADHM. The trailers were itself so promising in terms of dialogues which continued in the movie as well.

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RANBIR – Did you fall in love with Bunny, Ved and Jordan? You can’t even forget these names in your worst hangover, then get ready to add another one in this list; Ayaan. This time Ranbir is childish, stubborn, loving, charming and the most important adjective: this time he is like Ranbir. He will make you cry, laugh and feel the movie in his own way.

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The movie got the most heart touching music album of the year. Yeah, it wrenches your heart too. The only time you will allow your throat to rip apart is the 3 min 26 sec cameo of SRK. KJ raises the toast in name of friendship this time. 

ADHM is not for masses, it is for classes! 
Go and watch it. Well, don’t forget to take your friendzoned friends with you.

BEFIKRE: An old school, Aditya Chopra, presents new Bollywood’s aroma.

YouTube and the entire Paris was turned on in the midnight with the ‘steamy’ take of an old school boy, Aditya Chopra’s BEFIKRE . The versatile Ranveer Singh and new hot chick of B-town, Vaani Kapoor are wrapped up to set the fire on the big screens with their latest way to express love: the BEFIKRE way!

Two strangers meet; fall in love, families clashes, lovers get apart, ideologies change, heart melt, and then what? Happily-ever-after! To keep waiting for her to turn toward you, standing on the balcony for hours just for his glimpse, staring each other from distances in public parks, if this is your memories of cliché Bollywood romance then brace your imagination for the brand new era of Bollywood romance. Ranveer Singh (Dharam) meets Vaani Kapoor (Shyra) on the streets of Paris and then the eyes open in the bedroom. The sizzling chemistry of both stars in its first official poster was enough to gather the publicity to make its trailer cross 10 million views! (within 24 hours)

The ‘Bollywood defining’ writer-director, Aditya Chopra, returns to the silver screen after a long period of absence from Bollywood with an entirely new aroma of the story line. Critics say the only reason DDLJ was one of the biggest success was; it was something new, new to the ‘theatre generation’ and same is the case with Befikre too. Long back Darwin quoted, “Survival of the fittest” and Aditya Chopra has done the same, after cliché stories like Mohabbatien, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, and he is now all set to portray the ‘young Indian romance’ again.

The movie has been mostly shot in locations of France with some pieces in Mumbai too and carrying many reasons to gather the limelight. There are certain things you all can wait forward to;

Ranveer Singh has gone butt-naked for the first time, which gives his female fans another moment to take up the theatre with their hooting.

Censor Board is all set with scissors: reportedly, the movie has 23 kissing scenes, which is going to poke Censor Board for sure.

According to the sources, the movie has a stripping scene of Ranveer as well as of Vaani.

India loves the way Aditya Chopra portrays the story and with Befikre he is returning almost after 8 long years as a director.

To most of Hollywood lovers, it may memorize them of another movie, Friend with Benefits, Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake’s take on young romance and was a big hit back then. Now Yashraj banner frames the same scenery with fresh faces and the Indian essence. There is a scene in trailer where Vaani sitting on Ranveer’s lap asks, “Why won’t we say I Love You, kind of stupid stuff?” and he replies, “Because it simply gets emotional, boring and then the whole fun goes in vain!” which clearly depicts the storyline and spirit of script.

The promises to never say I love you is nothing new in Bollywood reels, but the bold and sensible handling of sensual takes in Befikre are being appreciated highly around the globe. Trailer simplifies that this time YRF banner is targeting majorly the adult age group and it is going to be a high-trip for young couples. I know you were amazed as I was when the trailer ended; yeah! You got it right, the whole trailer had no scene of any heartbreak, sadness, tears and anything else but only FUN!

Being a visionary, Aditya Chopra, now decides to cater young India. So if you are waiting again for the girl to turn (PALAT!), to let the girl elope, to hear violin in background, to wait till oblivion and witness another ‘happily-ever-after’ then you better stay home this time, but if you are in to witness a totally different cocktail of romance, sensual scenes, fiery dialogues and many more then you should start to find a date for 9th December, because it is going to be something very hot!

21 Known and Unknown Facts about our favourite Bollywood

Watching movies can be one of the fun and exciting ways to spend a day off. We can also enjoy watching films after an exhausting day from work. Aside from being entertaining, movies can also play with our emotions. Some movies make us cry while we laugh on the top of our hearts on some films. As the audience, we have our own preferences when it comes to watching films. While most people would love watching popular movies.

As we know that our Indian Cinema completed its century there are several fascinating facts about our Indian Cinema.

D. Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra was a black and white, silent film premiered in 1913 while India was still under the control of the British Empire. Since then Indian cinema has come a long way. Bollywood is now the largest film industry in the world, having overtaken Hollywood in the 70s.

1. The first wholly-Indian produced film was ‘Raja Harishchandra’, released in 1913. It was premiered in Bombay’s Coronation cinema.

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2. The nickname Bollywood refers to the origins of Indian cinema in Bombay and Hollywood. The formal name for Indian cinema is Hindi cinema. The ‘Bollywood’ was coined in the 1970s when Indian cinema overtook America as the world’s largest film producer. Bollywood took off in the 1930s but was hit by the Great Depression. Many films were escapist but some addressed social issues and Indian independence

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3. The first Indian film was silent.

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4. The first Indian film with sound was ‘Alam Ara’ released in 1931

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5. The first Indian colour film was ‘Kisan Kanya’ in 1937

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6. Hindi cinema flourished between 1940 and 1960 and is referred to as The Golden Age of Indian cinema

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7. Film producers focused on India’s social issues in the 1950s and especially working class, urban life

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8. The India Wave movement began in Hindi cinema between 1940 and 1960. It was a realist and naturalist movement about the socio-political happenings

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9. ‘Neecha Nagar’ won the Best Film award at the first Cannes film festival in 1946. It was also the first Indian film to gain global recognition

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10. Guru Dutt was ranked no. 73 in Sight and Sound’s critics’ and directors’ poll of greatest filmmakers in 2002

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11. Romance and action films were popularised in Bollywood in the late 60s

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12. ‘Salaam Bombay’, 1988, won the Golden Camera and Audience Awards at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s
also the 2nd Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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13. Global recognition of Hindi cinema spread throughout the 2000s

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14. Bhanu Athaiya was the First Indian to Get an Oscar for the Best Costume Designer for Richard Attenborough’s film ‘Gandhi’ in 1982

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15. Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon is the longest Hindi film song, lasting 20 minutes, in the film by the same name

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16. ‘LOC: Kargil’ is the longest Bollywood film lasting 4 hrs 25 min

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17. It was only in 2001 that Bollywood films started recording sound on location. Before, it was normally re-created in the studio.

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18. Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was inspired by Bollywood films

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19. 2009 comedy, ‘3 Idiots’ is the highest-grossing Indian film of all time with a worldwide gross of $71 million

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20. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (The Brave-Hearted Will Take Away the Bride) ran at Mumbai’s Minerva cinema for 700 undeterred weeks. It was the biggest Bollywood hit of the year and one of the biggest Bollywood hits of all time.

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21. Bollywood films are produced in Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu

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There are several facts that make an Indian Cinema entertaining. In Indian Cinema, films make a person smile because of its sense of humour and story is enough to entertain any type of person.

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Can A Divided Bollywood Deliver Us Aman ki Asha?

Ever since the President of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) Cine Workers Association Ameya Khopkar warned the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees in Maharashtra because the bollywood films feature Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan respectively, “the old debate of art versus politics is back online.”

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To ask Pakistani troupers to return to their country because of the alleged terrorist attacks on the Indian soil by the Pakistanis is something stupid but also comprehensible. The citizens demand quick vengeance; the artists from films, television and culture are the softest.

The MNS, sensing the public pulse, gave the Pakistani actors and the artists a 48-hour ultimatum to quit India. Many Indian men are enraged with the presence of Pakistani actors in India. That doesn’t make them right or wrong but that’s the truth.

It’s true that the contribution of Pakistani artists in the Indian film industry cannot be undermined. From Reshma to Atif Aslam and Zeba to Fawad Khan, they have all gladdened us and have in exchange got our love and respect. However, if there is any slightest chance of making our rivalries nervous with remission, the Indian cinema lovers must not think the other way.

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On this very notion, the eminent Bollywood film maker, Karan Johar was absolutely right in saying that banning actors will not resolve terrorism. Salman Khan, the ‘Bhai’ of Bollywood also, did not step back and did have a straightforward opinion: “They are artists. We have killed the terrorists. Artists are not terrorists. These are two different subjects. They come to our country after acquiring visa, and it’s our government who allows them with the work permit in our country.”

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There is however, a larger picture which Karan, Salman and many like them either don’t understand or intentionally try to ignore. Actors are part of the big entertainment industry which has a huge commercial worth and is a source of employment to many.

There is so much to talk of the clash of art and politics that one cannot by any means stand for condemnation of either of the notions. So, in a way, Fawad Khan, the most popular of all the Pakistani actors, has been in the Indian woman’s heart for a long, long time. Indian women have a lot more at stake, emotionally and sentimentally, in Fawad Khan. Indian men look at this sudden anomaly as a threat. And indeed, his uniqueness and exoticness was furthered propelled by the kind of roles he did in Bollywood. But, when there has been a terrorist attack in India, the country that has given the Pakistani thespians stardom, fame, and money beyond what Pakistan could possibly give, they are strangely silent. And this has not gone down well with ‘patriotic Indians’, both the polite kind and the kind to vilify any secular commentator on social media as a ‘Pakistani’ who needs to be deported.

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Hence, there stays just one major question when it comes to “Aman ki Asha” between the countries of India and Pakistan with a divided Bollywood. Is it morally right to continue encashing on the same while terrorist acts continue to kill our brave jawans?

Perhaps, not. Just like cricket diplomacy, it’s time to give film diplomacy with Pakistan a break. And of course, Bollywood stands nothing to lose by not promoting Pakistani actors in our films.

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Love’s labor lost in technology

Being a kid transforming into adolescent in the 1990s could be considered as the best phase humans could have witnessed in India. Being at the cusp of offline to online transformation helped us get the best experiences from all possible angles (high, low, zoom-in, zoom-out). Life was transforming around us, so why would love stories be left aloof. They too joined the bandwagon and all of a sudden love sagas got ensembles in the form of gadgets which kind of took the charm of old-world away from the uncertainties and anxieties of the urging lovers.

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Lying on my bed last night, my thoughts got lost in those olden days and it all seemed like a kitschy flashback interspersed with hues of the Chopras, Johars, Gulzars and not to forget all those cute and cuddly pop video songs which became an overnight rage and every other week you would discover a peppy song, good enough to fill your mind & heart with sweet nothings. Milind Soman’s head tilting character found his long lost childhood friend transformed into lady love on a monsoon ride in a bus with the background score of mellifluous Sonu Nigam singing ‘Is Kadar Pyaar Hai’ while taking us back to their adolescent journey as school-children. The excitement which enveloped this chance meeting was nothing less than magical. Or for that matter, a pop video shows a boy visiting his sister on Rakhi and as soon as he reaches there, he gets a showery welcome from a beautiful and petite neighbor who is beautifully described as ‘Chhui Mui si tum lagti ho’ by the smitten boy.

Is Kadar Pyaar Hai

 
Chui Mui Si Tum 


Deewana Tera 

There are many such moments which replayed the real life enigma, anxiety, longing and dew-fresh love stories with elan in those 5 minutes videos. The old world charm and simplistic story-telling seems to have gotten lost in a wired world where everybody is connected and researches about a person before meeting, through web resources. The world is getting connected but people are getting disjointed.

The blank calls have lost out to true callers of today’s world. It used to be an out-of-the-world pleasant experience to hear a loved ones voice on the other side of circular dialing landline phone, which was a genuine surprise. This surprise had a devilish angle as well – what if the person I am calling does not pick up the phone and all of a sudden, a heavy baritone responds with a grumpy Hello! You realised, oh! it’s her dad again.

How I wish I were back in the 90s, wandering aimlessly on my Hero bicycle, wearing those so over-the-top baggy pants with sneakers and wooing that beautiful girl singing – ‘Deewana, main hoon Deewana tera’. If only!

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