An unexpected presence of Anurag Kashyap, not with Censor but with Sonakshi Sinha in the film Akira.

What a charm when a poster director of the Indie cinema charms the audience with his all of a sudden presence in the film Akira opposite of Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha. This film is being directed by the man of action AR Mugdross. Mr. Mugdross earlier gave a hit with Aamir khan with the film Ghajni.


The Film Akira is being remake of the Tamil film Mauna Guru. The film has a basic plot of the bad cop and a silent citizen. And the injustice with the post consequence of clashes & revenge. In the film Anurag Kashyap plays the role of Bad cop which was played by John Vijay in Mauna Guru.

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Isn’t interesting to watch Mr. Kashyap as a Bad cop who has been always a good cop of Indie Cinema.


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Indian TV Serials Vs Hollywood. The Comparison You’ve Been Waiting For!

As children of the Internet era, we might be the first generation to be watching both Hollywood as well as Indian TV serials. And we have grown fond of both. Let us delve into some of the, subtle and not so subtle differences between these two equally popular ways of leisure:

The Similarities, first:
In this century as well as the times that were, The Big Screen has always had that glam to attract viewers of all sex and age. But have only films taken us from reality to stardom? Have only films brought home the unknown?
Here comes into picture the daily soap. Both Indian and Western tv series have captured our minds, our attention. It drives a wave in viewers and there is a magnetic pull through which we get engrossed in the lives of the characters who somehow seem like us, wayward and sometimes pragmatic. We regard ourselves with them and you know what the scene becomes? We laugh with them, cry with them and rejoice in their name. They have had such an indelible impact on all generations and will continue this magic even for the ones to come.

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About Differences.
There is a complete contrast in what the directors of Bollywood see as entertainment compared to the ones of Hollywood. Straight from the plot, to the names, the costumes, the food, make up, destination, screening and what not!


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Structure & Style
The first major difference between serials here and there are that Hollywood series are shot in volumes, generally known as seasons. Here, the bond is signed for a specific time period, be it a year or two and the serial runs in continuity.


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What About Characters?
If we look into the characters and their lives, we see a contrast. While here the majority of tv shows are centred on the life of the hero and heroine and their big Indian families (keep in mind the saas and bahu and the kids and the son-in-law and paternal uncle and.. the list is never ending).


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Serials of the West have a centred theme, like historical fiction (Downton Abbey being my favourite), crime thrillers like Quantico (starring our very own Priyanka Chopra), teen series which include The Vampire Diaries, Scream Queens and Pretty Little Liars and many more like the evergreen Friends and How I Met Your Mother. They have a plot and they stick to a genre.


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Culture & Value
Indian series appeal to our native masses. They portray the family bonding that encourages an urge to watch it. The respect from a son to his mother, the love of a father and a daughter are so well expressed that it instills in us the values that make us Indian. Hollywood tv series on the other hand have a distinct culture, which is very obvious. They display the western trends more than indigenous satires and comedies.


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If we compare on the basis of revenue we find that the budget of Hollywood daily soaps is far more when compared to the Indian. This may be because of the rise in their popularity and also the domination of American dollar as a standard currency all over the world. The demand for Hollywood entertainment is rising each passing minute.


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To sum it all up, we as viewers get a way to spend our leisure, be it via Indian or foreign tv serials. The wait for a new, exciting telecast or when the life of the protagonist takes a sharp bend can never be forgotten! This is how these series have moulded us and the way we react is the way we mould their plot holes!

What differences do you see between Hollywood and Indian TV serials?

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15 Brilliant Bollywood Films That Are Based on Books

Books and Films have a connection since the beginning. We do know that it is books that form the basis of most of the films out there. It is often said that story is the hero and it’s not surprising that the amazing and spellbound movies with mindboggling stories and twists are derived from books written long before. The letters re-live in the form of motion pictures. Novels are filmmakers’ inspiration.

“If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.” – Stanley Kubrick 

While Hollywood is famous for creating cinema based on literature, Bollywood is no less either. Yes, even Bollywood has had it’s own share of brilliant movies based or inspired from novels or short stories.

Here I have listed few of them and would suggest you to read and watch the both.

7 Khoon Maaf
Yes, the Indian black-comedy-film “7 Khoon Maaf” is an adaptation of Ruskin Bond’s popular short story named, “Susanna’s Seven Husbands”


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Sonam Kapoor starrer film “Aisha” might not have done well on the box office but it has surely bring Sonam out as a fashionista in real life. This movie was glamourized version of a short story by Jane Austen called “Emma”.


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The Blue Umbrella
This critically acclaimed film “The Blue Umbrella” is based on a book of the same name by Ruskin Bond again.


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Abhinav Kashyap directed film “Lootera” is based on a classic novel “The Last Leaf” by O Henry.


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Saawariya marks the debut of Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor into the Bollywood stardom, which is based on a legendary Russian short story “White Nights” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Not just Bollywood but this book has been adapted by numerous filmmakers in various languages world-wide.


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Nadiya ke Paar or Hum Aapke Hai Kaun
Both of them are considered Bollywood’s classic film and little do the people know that they are adaptations of book “Kohbar ki Shart”, a Hindi novel by Keshav Prasad Mishra.


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The movie which we can say the resurrection of Shahid, was adapted from the great play by Shakespeare called “Hamlet”


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Shatranj ke Khiladi
A legendary historical drama film by Satyajit Ray based on the book with the same name by Munshi Premchand.


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Who in Bollywood would not have seen or heard about DEVDAS?! It has been made multiple times for multiple generations. It was based on a classic Bengali Romance Novel called “Devdas” or “Debdas” by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.


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Kai Po Che
Everyone knows it. Based on Chetan Bhagat’s popular novel “3 Mistakes of My Life” this movie was greatly appraised by the Indian audience and critics.

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2 States
This lovable movie, starring Arjun Kapoor and my favourite Alia Bhatt, is based on the book “2 States” by Chetan Bhagat. Psst! Why am I even tellin’? EVERYONE KNOWS! *facepalm*


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Another brilliant movie based on another great work of Shakespeare, “Othello”

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A well acclaimed drama and a landmark film in Bollywood, Parineeta is based on the Bengali novel “Parineeta” by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.


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Detective Byomkesh Baskshy
Adapted from a Bengali story “Satyanweshi”, revolving around the character Byomkesh Bakshi who is a detective, created by Sharandindu Bandhopadhyay. Yes, the desi version of Sherlock Holmes franchise.


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Mary Kom
We all know that this film is a biopic on the life of boxer Mary Kom, but little do we know that it is actually based on a book, an autobiography of Mary Kom, which is co-authored by Dina Serto. The book is called “Unbreakable”


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Rajinikanth’s upcoming film poster ‘Kabali” Stolen from Irfan Khan’s ‘Madari’?

A direct statement by Irfan khan states that Rajinikanth’s film Kabali stole the upcoming official film  poster of Nishikanth kamath’s ‘Madari’. However, it is said that Kabali’s latest is a fan made poster. Who is correct? ‘Kabali’ or ‘Madari’!

These two poster look like this:

Kabali and Madari

What is a poster?

A poster defines the film value and brief about the content of the film. It is a mass publication meant to attract the large crowd by focusing on the visuals of the actors and recall value of the film name. 

But why did Rajnikanth’s film Kabali who has more than billion followers steal the poster of Nishikanth Kamath’s film ‘Madari’?

“I saw that Rajinikanthji’s film stole the poster of our film” – Irfan Khan

‘Madari’ stars veteran Bollywood and Hollywood actor Irfan khan. The making cost of the film lies in few crores where as Kabali has a production value of 100+ crores. Kabali is directed by P.A. Ranjith and the unit has published the shooting poster last September. At the recent teaser launch it has published another poster with Rajinikanth holding a gun in his hand.

Rajinikanth Kabali Poster

The teaser of “Kabali” had crossed 2 crore views in the YouTube:

When Irrfan Khan was asked about the similarity between the official posters, he said: “Even I didn’t know that. We are small filmmakers, I saw that Rajinikanthji’s film stole the poster of our film. You see his film’s poster and see our film’s poster. No big deal about it. Watch his film and watch our film, too.”

However, Kabali’s official sources have only released two posters while the latest one, which Irfan Khan criticised is allegedly a fan made poster. The two official posters tweeted by Rajnikanth’s official account are:

Whereas ‘Madari’ poster looks like:

Rajini Madari Kabali

So, whether it’s a publicity stunt gimmick or a fan made creation.

“Film created actors and fans made them stars”

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Celebrities who gave fashion a new meaning in the era gone by!

Bollywood has not only been the platform to showcase movies or stars but significantly has been the hub for fashion and remarkable style statements made by iconic Bollywood celebrities who caught all the eyes during the 1960’s-1980’s. Bollywood fashion community cannot do away with naming epic Bollywood fashionistas who swept the floor off with their appealing style statements.

Let us have a look at some of the most flamboyant female stars who made significant style statements in fashion during the late Bollywood era.


Having born on a Valentine’s day, Madhubala – The most beautiful actress of Indian cinema captivated the minds of many with her onscreen and off screen presence. Her ever innocent face and charming beauty could be compared to none. With fashion to have a limited platform at that time to be showcased during the 1950’s and 1960’s, the actress managed to inspire fashion in her own exquisite ways.

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Whatsoever did Madhubala chose to wear added a new wing to the feather of fashion. Saree was the most commonly available outfit of those times and what made Madhubala to make it look different and a style statement was her unique style of draping it. She let the pallu of her saree tucked right at the waist or set it flowing free. Her sarees mostly had big floral designs printed on soft and light fabrics.

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Madhubala in the truest sense played a major role in setting unique fashion trends during the 1950s by bringing to limelight and attention of people the fashion of Anarkalis. You can actually visualize floor length Anarkali suits elegantly combined with netted dupattaz with short cholis worn by her over the Anarkali suit. Aren’t you reminded of the song ‘’Jab pyar kiya to darna kya’’ from her swansong ‘’Mughal-e-Azam’’

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The much talked about in fashion during the 1950’s and 1960’s were Madhubala’s flowing shoulder touching tresses that gave her a charming look that took away breaths of many. Her flawless curls supported her in setting a trend in fashion hair do’s perfectly suiting her English look. Shirts with trousers or even off shoulder dresses were well complimented by her tresses.

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With her magnificent style that dominated the 1960s, we imagine a young sleek woman beautifully draped in a body hugging orange saree and you say…There goes Mumtaz like a butterfly and the song ‘’Aajkaltere mere pyarke’’ automatically tunes in setting a benchmark to traditional fashion during her time. No one carried fashion the way Mumtaz did flaunting her iconic style wrapped in absolute panache.

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Some of her key style statements

Unique winged eyeliner:
The reason to making a million hearts flutter was her unique way of putting the impeccable winged eyeliner. Her jaw dropping appearance on the silver screen left a mark on many fashion followers she being a dynamic trend setter of her times. This super dramatic style of putting eyeliner continued to dominate fashion and become personal favorites of many actresses and girls even today.

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Puffed Hairdo:
Young girls following puffy hairdo to make themselves look eye catchy must not forget to thank and credit the paragon Mumtaz for setting this unique style trend of doing hair. Not alone Mumtaz, but in que to following this style would also include famous actresses SairaBanoand Sharmila Tagore who influenced fashion with this puffy beehive style hairdo. You also may try it for sure!!

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Saira Bano
Holding uncountable eyes to the silver screen the legendary actress SairaBano has been a real beauty of her times who contributed in fashion with her defined and unique style during the early 1980’s. Her charming smile and deadly cute face magnificently complimented her fashion statements influencing many other actresses and her female fans.

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Some of her noted style statements:

Figure Hugging Sarees
Beautifully tied below the waistline was SairaBano’s unique style of tightly draping sarees, setting a sultry trend in the fashion world. Her sarees were often peppy and bright in color too which perfectly suited her personality and gave a different style to the fashion industry.

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Bun & Eye Makeup:
Adding to her bewitching beauty was the eccentric bun style hairdo she often kept. It made her certainly stand out in setting a fashion trend and dwell into the minds of people even today. Many prominent Bollywood actresses of the current time do not shy away from imitating the winged eye-makeup done by SairaBano.

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Jewelry & Accessory:
Saira Bano never missed to making it to her style statement. To accompany her dressing style and make-up was her unmatched style of accessorizing herself with brilliant necklaces, mostly pearl jewelry. Her flawless fashion did set a trend in fashion that is still followed by young ladies and Bollywood divas.

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Sharmila Tagore
Experiencing success at a tender age, Sharmila Tagore – The ravishing Bengali actress was touched by fame in Bollywood with her remarkable and glamorous style in the world of fashion. From sarees to body hugging suits the actress stunned fashion followers then and even now.

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Here are some of her epic style statements:

From a wide range and varieties of sarees to choose from, Shiffon and georgette were Sharmila Tagore’s personal favorites with floral prints in subtle and soft colors helping her flaunt her style and make her look simple yet stylish. The way she draped herself in her selected sarees was full of grace that accurately got along with her image as the trend setter.

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Tight suits and curvy dresses:
Sharmila Tagore achieved much fame for wearing body hugging Salwar Kamiz and skin tight curvy dresses. During the 1960’s Sharmila Tagore flaunted her curvy figure much through trendy tight kurtas paired with tight churidaars which were perfectly combined with her range of bouffant hair styles. Giving a sultry touch to fashion Sharmila Tagore happened to be an epic trendsetter of her times.

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Swim suit avatar:
“Taking the road less travelled”, Sharmila Tagore during the 1960’s made this statement true by choosing to make an onscreen appearance in a one piece swim suit in the film ‘’An evening in Paris’’ that caught all the attention in the fashion world at that time. She also wore knotted blouses that set her image as a strong and bold fashionista.

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Shabana Azmi
The era of 1970’s and early 1980’s had fashion and style dominated by the famous and the most stylish -ShabanaAmzi. ShabanaAmzihad a perfect blend of carrying simplicity with rich style making her way through fashion and being an inspiration for fashion followers.

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Yet again, the era of 1970’s marked making fashion of high importance. ShabanaAzmi made it to fashion with her poised way of carrying plain and subtle styled sarees. Her elegant way of carrying herself wrapped in simple sarees became her style statement.

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The red or black round vermillion dot was often worn by ShabanaAzmi making it a fashion trend. No one did the way ShabanaAzmi donned it. This fashion accessory soon made an iconic remark in Bollywood cinema and ultimately influencing traditional fashion followers.

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Zeenat Aman
When talking of fashion, you cannot afford to miss mentioning the very bold and beautiful of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s – Vivacious ZeenatAman. Full of charisma and extreme elegance ZeenatAman made a striking remark in Bollywood and the fashion industry with her dynamic personality. She had that aura to make people fall in love with her because of her distinct style of carrying herself in sheer grace. The diva still continues to be the style icon of many inside and outside the film industry.

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ZeenatAman’s style was epic. She stole the show with her astounding appearance. Tinted big shades did all justice to the look she chose wear in the film ‘’Hare Rama Hare Krishna’’ and that made all the difference.

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The hippy look:
ZeenatAman had set a fashion trend in Hindi cinema which none did. Huge bindi, bright orange colored kurta, big tinted shades, winged eyeliner, neck accessorized with rudraksh beads and you would very easily and quickly recognize ZeenatAmanin all her typical avatar making you visualize the song ‘’Dum marodumm’’.

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Retro look:
The era that saw fashion at its peak was the late 1970s. The 1970’s was dominated by spectacular and typical retro look. This look adopted by ZeenatAman later was imitated by many actresses in the industry. Her retro look and style gained immense popularity during her time. High waist flaired pants matched perfectly with vibrant colored and large collared shirts made her a trend setter in fashion.

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Hema Malini

She is now 64 years old, the legendary actress Hema Malini who gained popularity as ‘’The dream girl’’ still continues to steal hearts with her enticing beauty. Hema Malini managed to justify fashion by setting various trends during the 1960’s and 1970’s by making appearances in fashionable outfits.

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The Trendy look:
You cannot do away with highlighting Hema Malini’s style that caught attention in her film ‘’Seeta aur Geeta’’. Flowery balloon sleeved shirts paired beautifully with bellbottom pants, accessorized with a broad belt gave her the trendiest looks of all times. The style dominated fashion as many of her fans followed this look thereafter.

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Beehive bun and winged eyeliner:
Her Scintillating eyes perfectly accessorized with winged-eyeliner added to her charming dream girl look. Also adding to her style statement was her beehive shaped hairdo that became talk of the town and made the dream girl an epic trendsetter.

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The Modern look:
Taking fashion to the next level in the 1960’s and 70’s, Hema Malini was seen stylish dresses combined with modern and eye catchy jewelry and fashionable hairstyles, with this she managed to be called an iconic and stylish diva of the 1970s. Her stylish way of presenting herself in this avatar made her an absolute trendsetter and brought fashion alive.

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Who’s fashion styles are you following?

Macho Man Salman Khan ‘Felt like a raped woman’

We Indians have a way of making people our idols. We follow them thoughtlessly. But what happens when these idols turn sour? What happens when they express their true opinions? And their opinions are as harsh and insensitive as the ones made by Salman Khan recently? Do these opinions also reflect the mentality of the public who follow such idols?

“My confusion and melancholy consumed me. I’ve lost myself. Flashbacks and nightmares became an everyday ritual for me. I had controllable panic attacks every now and then. I’m such a misfit that I don’t even fit in my own world.” – These are the words of a raped woman. And do you know what our superstar Salman Khan said? He said that the training for his wrestling movie Sultan left him feeling like a raped woman. What does he know of getting raped?

“When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t walk straight.” The veteran actor, reportedly said, during an interview with the

Nothing is as precarious as comparing one’s job to getting raped. No one can achieve anything without putting in efforts. Method actors like Jared Leto and Christian Bale, in Hollywood, have gone through miraculous transformations to just get into the role. Probably, Salman Khan must be reminded that acting is his job and if he needs perfection, he must toil for it. And if working hard to make his film better leaves his exhausted, it’s no reason to compare his exhaustion with the physical and emotional trauma of a raped woman


But this is not a one of incident in India, is it? There are hundreds of posts being shared on social media every time a team is beaten in a cricket or football match about the losing team getting raped by the winning team. Salman Khan is just one among the millions of Indians who subscribe to the ideology that anything bad means rape. A rape is an altogether unacceptable thing. It is the violation of a woman’s right over her body without her consent. There is nothing more demeaning and humiliating as rape.  

Celebrities such as Salman Khan, who enjoy great fan followings, must ensure that they are not giving impetus to wrong ideologies.  Actions and behaviours of celebrities hold a great sway over Indian masses.

If celebrities learn to value their words, a change for the better is always within the reach.  


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