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Khandaani Shafakhana quick movie review: Sonakshi Sinha and Nadira Babbar steal the show in the first half

We are at the screening of Sonakshi Sinha’s Khandaani Shafakhana. Here’s a quick review

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We have seen films like Vicky Donor and Shubh Mangal Savdhan tackling the issue of sexual dysfunction and the stigma around them. Khandaani Shafakhana belongs to the same league. However, it is told from a woman’s perspective. We are introduced to Babita Bedi, a medical representative working in the small town of Hoshiyarpur. She is the only earning member of the family. Sonakshi Sinha plays the lead role. Baby has a tough life with debts, creditors and her uncle wanting to take over their last asset, their home. Beleaguered and hassled, she sees a ray of hope when she comes to know that she has inherited her uncle, Hakim Tarachand’s sex clinic that specialises in curing sex related problems through Unani medicine.

However, the inheritance comes with a clause that Baby has to fulfill. It is easier said than done. Sonakshi Sinha is earnest and expressive. The first half has a few comic scenes and is loaded with emotions. Nadira Babbar does a fab job as her mother. Varun Sharma is good in the comic scenes. The film captures the small town milieu wonderfully and the art direction is also impressive. Badshah has made his debut and is decent. We have to see how the second half unfolds.

South recap: From Thalapathy Vijay’s Bigil first look to Samantha Akkineni’s Oh Baby trailer, here’s what made it to the list this week

From Oh Baby trailer to Vijay’s Bigil first look, here’s what happened this week down South.

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We are in that phase of the year where the best things are happening. There’s Bigg Boss in Telugu and Tamil, films of star actors being announced and a lot more is happening in South film industries. The past week was filled with activities which kept movie buffs busy and talking about a lot of things. The makers of Samantha Akkineni-starrer Oh Baby dropped the trailer of the film and you can expect something unique in the film. Similarly, Mohanlal-starrer Lucifer will now get a sequel which was announced by the director Prithviraj Sukumaran at a press meet this week. And then came some important update about Bigg Boss Telugu and viewers are waiting for an update on that. And there’s a lot more to binge on. From Oh Baby trailer to Vijay’s Bigil first look, here’s what happened this week down South:

We no longer need to refer to Vijay’s next with Atlee as Thalapathy 63. The actor revealed the title and first look of the film on the eve of his birthday as a treat to his fans who are now celebrating it. The film is titled Bigil and will have the actor playing a unique characters. Check out the poster here:

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In an exciting development, the makers of Mohanlal-starrer Lucifer announced that the film would have a sequel. The film is titled Empuraan and will take off where it stopped in the first part. Fans of Lalettan are now all the more excited about this project.

Kundali Bhagya 5 June 2019 written update of full episode: Rishabh gets married to Sherlyn, Preeta’s life in danger

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In the last episode we saw that Rakhi is ashamed that Rishabh and Karan don’t respect women. Her husband tells her that Rishabh will get married to any girl Rakhi chooses for him. However, at the wedding Rishabh hesitates from putting sindoor on Sherlyn’s forehead. Sherlyn asks Prithvi to get Preeta killed too, but Prithvi doesn’t follow her instructions. Preeta and Sarla shoot at the kidnappers with a gun to make them run away. However, the kidnappers injure Preeta before leaving which makes her unconscious. Tonight’s episode starts with Rishabh filling sindoor in Sherlyn’s middle portion of hair. Prithvi is happy with that. Further Rishabh ties the mangalsutra to Sherlyn. Karan blames Preeta for not coming on time to stop the wedding. On the other hand, Sarla feels helpless as she doesn’t get any doctor to treat Preeta. She pacifies a doctor for Preeta’s treatment. Preeta still asks Sarla to stop the wedding. Sarla is happy to see Preeta conscious. Meanwhile, Rishabh performs the holy rounds of wedding with Sherlyn unwillingly. Sherlyn determines to teach lesson to Luthras and make them move on her orders. Sarla is very hurtful as Preeta still wants to stop Rishabh’s wedding. But in Luthra house, Rishabh gets married to Sherlyn. Everyone blesses the couple but Karan is very disappointed. Prithvi congratulates Rishabh and Sherlyn on their wedding.

Mahesh assures Rishabh that he is always with Rishabh. Sherlyn gets upset as Karan blames Preeta for not being able to stop the wedding. On the other hand, Sarla sees doctor treating Preeta (Shraddha Arya). She recollects how Preeta saved her. She keeps on crying. Sarla prays for speedy recovery of Preeta. She is very angry with Sherlyn as because of her Preeta is injured. She decides to teach a lesson to Sherlyn. Rakhee welcomes Sherlyn as her daughter-in-law. Rishabh is really very stressed and upset but he is helpless. Sherlyn enters Luthra house. Shrishty, Karan and Sameer are not happy with it. Dadi plans for some further rituals of marriage. In the mean time, Rakhee brings Sherlyn to Rishabh’s room for taking some rest. She is very happy to have Sherlyn as her daughter-in-law. But she is not aware about Sherlyn’s real intentions. Sherlyn is happy as she has achieved half of her intention. She determines to ruin the happiness in Luthra house. Will Karan find out where Preeta is? Stay tuned to know more.

India’s Most Wanted: All you need to know about Yasin Bhatkal, the subject of Arjun Kapoor’s film

Arjun Kapoor’s upcoming film India’s Most Wanted is a spy thriller, following an intelligence team as they hunt for a terrorist.

The film is said to be based on the arrest of terrorist Yasin Bhatkal, who was a key conspirator in three terror acts carried out in different cities in India. Here’s everything you need to know about him:

India’s Most Wanted: All you need to know about Yasin Bhatkal, the subject of Arjun Kapoors film

Who is Yasin Bhatkal?

Mohammed Ahmed Siddibappa, who was named Yasin Bhatkal by India’s investigation agencies, is the founder of the terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen.

Between 2007 and 2013, Bhatkal planned 52 blasts across India and is responsible for the death of over 220 citizens. He was listed as number one on the Most Wanted list of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Maharashtra, in their case against the functionaries of the Indian Mujahideen. Maharashtra wasn’t the only state that was looking for him. The urgency spread across the country and the total amount for his capture was at one point close to around three crore. He was arrested at the Indian-Nepal border near Bihar in August 2013.

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In India’s Most Wanted:

The film follows Arjun Kapoor and a team of five officers who captured Bhatkal, one of India’s most dangerous terrorists, without firing a single bullet or causing any civil unrest. Kapoor’s character is named Prabhat Kapoor, based on the Intelligence Bureau officer who led the mission to catch Bhatkal. According to Mumbai Mirror, the Intelligence Bureau had dubbed Bhatkal the “Ghost Who Bombs”.

The film’s trailer describes the terrorist as “India’s Osama” and describes the plot as “an untold story of the manhunt for India’s Osama”, calling his arrest “India’s proudest moment”.

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Director’s take 

The film’s writer and director Raj Kumar Gupta, when asked if the story was based on Bhatkal’s arrest, refused to name anyone but said: “I want to say it is inspired by a true event. Who is the terrorist, who have we based the story on…you can decide when you go and watch the film in the theatre. All I want to say is that it is based on a true event and it was a watershed moment of Indian intelligence department where a terrorist was captured without using a single bullet. But you have to watch the film to know the details.”

Gupta also told The Telegraph that it was exactly the terrorist’s deadly acts that prompted him to make the film. “When I heard about this for the first time, I had the same question. It’s so fascinating, that we go about our daily lives and all we hear are big headlines. Then you come across something that is of that magnitude and could have been worse. This question is what triggered this film.”

Bharat trailer: Salman Khan teases his different looks in Ali Abbas Zafar’s upcoming patriotic drama

After teasing his various looks in a slew of posters from his upcoming Eid release Bharat, Salman Khan has unveiled the first official trailer from the movie on 22 April.

Bharat trailer: Salman Khan teases his different looks in Ali Abbas Zafars upcoming patriotic drama

As Jawaharlal Nehru’s Tryst with Destiny speech plays faintly in the background, Salman’s character is introduced. An old Bharat (Salman) reminiscences — through a voiceover — about his colourful journey, which began amid the violence and bloodshed of the partition. Initially a circus performer, Bharat is forced to seek a job at a government office as the country faces nationwide unemployment in the wake of Nehru’s death.

The actor also shared a collage of all the five previously-unveiled posters in a motion poster on 20 April. Beginning with 1964, where Salman is seen as a young circus performer, the posters take us to 2010, in which he can be seen as a 70-year-old.

Bharat will trace the journey of a man, spanning four decades. Earlier, the makers treated the audience with the teaser, that gives glimpses into the various phases of the film.

An official adaptation of 2014 South Korean film Ode To My Father, Bharat is produced by Atul Agnihotri’s Reel Life Production Pvt Ltd and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series. It is slated to release on 5 June.

Ajay Devgn on Alok Nath’s casting in De De Pyaar De: Decision to replace him could not have been mine alone

The makers of De De Pyaar De, especially the lead actor Ajay Devgn have received significant backlash for casting Alok Nath in the romantic comedy, despite allegations of sexual assault against him. Tanushree Dutta and Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel led the criticism against Devgn for Nath’s inclusion in the film. Now, Devgn has issued a clarification.

Ajay Devgn on Alok Naths casting in De De Pyaar De: Decision to replace him could not have been mine alone

evgn said that the film was initially supposed to release in October 2018 and the shooting concluded in September. The sequences featuring Alok Nath were eliminated by August. However, they were shot over 40 days across various locations with a combination of over ten actors. He said it would have been difficult to reschedule the shoot with a replacement, due to conflicting schedule of other actors and would have caused monetary loss to the producers.

“Everyone is aware that film-making is a collaborative process. The decision to replace Nath could never have been mine alone. In this case, I would have to go with the joint-decision of the entire unit. Not to forget, I could not have brought the entire combination of actors back or put up sets again for a 40-day re-shoot because this would mean doubling the budget, which again wasn’t my call to make. It would have to be the call of the makers. Had circumstances played out even slightly differently, I would have pushed for a different combination of actors. Unfortunately, this was not to be,” the actor said in a statement.

He asserted that his stand on the #MeToo movement remained unchanged. According to the statement, Devgn said that he did not understand why attempts were being made to single him out as insensitive as the circumstances in this case were out of his hands.

Previously, at the trailer launch of De De Pyaar De, the actor had also explained that the film had been completed prior to the allegations levelled against Nath.

Love Aaj Kal 2: Complaint filed against Sara Ali Khan for riding pillion without helmet during film’s shoot

A complaint has been filed against Sara Ali Khan, who is currently shooting for Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal 2 in the capital, for riding pillion without a helmet during the shoot. Delhi Police officials have said that necessary action will be taken against the actress after details about the incident are received, perused and verified, reports News18.

Love Aaj Kal 2: Complaint filed against Sara Ali Khan for riding pillion without helmet during films shoot

A video of the incident has gone viral on social media where Sara is seen on a bike with Kartik for the shooting of a particular scene. Whereas Kartik was wearing a helmet, the Simmba actress was spotted without one.

Sharing the video, an anonymous complainant tagged Delhi traffic police on Twitter and demanded that action should be taken against Sara for allegedly violating the law. The complainant also urged action be taken against Kartik for being an accessory to the violation.

She also became subject of heavy trolling on social media because of the incident.

Not long ago, Sushant Singh Rajput was seen riding pillion without a helmet in Mumbai, a day after the release of his film Sonchiriya. However, no police action was taken.

Photograph’ is about love & longing in the time of introspection

Time has come to a standstill at the quaint café where middle-aged widower Saajan Fernandes, essayed by Irrfan Khan, sits at a table near the exit, his eyes fixed on a woman at another table, frantically searching for him. The woman Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is stuck in a loveless marriage. She chugs glasses of water, eyes glued to the entrance, looking for the stranger she daily sends letters to in a lunchbox, unaware that Saajan is the man.

By now, that scene of Ritesh Batra’s 2013 gem, The Lunchbox, has come to define quiet heartbreak. Ila and Saajan spend the whole film without actually meeting each other. Sadness rests heavy on every little second of the frame, as longing and love find expression through an unusual plot pusher — the lunchbox.

Photograph is about love & longing in the time of introspection

Batra’s cinema has so far thrived on setting up longing as a bedrock of romance, and one is transported to the cafe scene of The Lunchbox while watching his latest, Photograph. Like The Lunchbox, Photograph follows two strangers — whose romance would never have blossomed — but for an unlikely plot device.

If a lunchbox became key to triggering off a relationship between strangers who never meet in Batra’s first Hindi feature, his new film makes a photograph the tool for an unusual romance.

Like The Lunchbox and Batra’s English 2017 film Our Souls At Night, Photograph primarily concerns itself with examining how the simple desire to long — for attention, company, affection, or even to be understood — consumes every one of us.

In Photograph, Rafi, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is a lower-class street photographer who works at Gateway of India. He convinces Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), a meek upper-class CA topper, to let him photograph her. He promises to capture “the wind in her hair” and the “light on her face”. It’s not just the promise that entices her, it’s the way he sees her. For, Miloni’s robotic existence has stripped her of the ability to recognise herself.

Photograph leads up to a momentous moment midway when Miloni tenderly reaches out for Rafi’s hand inside a cab. In that fleeting moment, she reveals — like Saajan did in the cafe — just how much she longs for someone to make her loneliness less unbearable.

In the real world, Miloni and Rafi would never get the luxury of a happily-ever-after, which is why witnessing them longing to get away from their isolated existences feels so rewarding.

Ayushmann Khurrrana-starrer Andhadhun to open Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Megha Ramaswamy’s The Odds, starring Abhay Deol and Priyanka Bose, will close the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) on 14 April.

The film is a coming-of-age story about two teenagers who skip school on important exam day and go on a fantastical journey through Mumbai. The film also stars Yashaswini Dayama and Monica Dogra

Ayushmann Khurrrana-starrer Andhadhun to open Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Anand Patwardhan’s acclaimed documentary Vivek (Reason), which examines India’s slide away from secular democracy, will also be screened at IFFLA.

Vivek premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, won the grand jury prize at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and recently had its US premiere at the True/False Film Festival.

Andhadhun is the opening film of the festival. The latest from thriller master Sriram Raghavan, won rave reviews and box office success upon its release last year in September. The film revolves around Tabu’s Simi, a desperate small time actor-turned trophy wife who is caught disposing of her husband’s body in front of a presumably blind pianist Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana).

The story follows Simi, Akash, and Akash’s suspicious girlfriend (played by Radhika Apte) in a wicked story of ambition, romance and organ harvesting.

Tabu will also be honoured at the film festival. “We have discussed honoring Tabu for a long time, and this year felt like the right time,” said Christina Marouda, IFFLA’s Executive Director.

“Her work and personality embody everything that IFFLA is about – being fearless, versatile, independent in spirit, unwilling to compromise, brilliant in the range of her performances, and simply beautiful. With half of the festival’s 2019 line-up directed by female filmmakers, this couldn’t be a stronger celebration of women in Indian cinema,” Marouda said.

IFFLA will host a panel featuring successful South Asian professionals working across various fields in the television industry.

The lineup of the panel includes names such as actor/comedian Nik Dodani, director Meera Menon (The Walking Dead, GLOW, The Magicians), writer Fawzia Mirza, writer Chitra Sampath (Good Behavior, Southland), writer Roshan Sethi and actor Dhruv Uday Singh.

Watch: Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga song Good Morning is a peppy track full of hope

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’s new song ‘Good Morning’ is clearly for the early risers. The song sees Rajkummar Rao practically waking up the entire household to a new morning, full of sunshine and hope. Featuring Sonam K Ahuja, Anil Kapoor, Seema Pahwa and the like, ‘Good Morning’ is a peppy, jovial number.

As Rao awakens the household, each member chips in to help set the stage for his upcoming stage play. They are seen preparing costumes, making stage art, posters for the play and even advertising it.

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Voiced by Vishal Dadlani and Shannon Donald, Rochak Kohli’s melodious tunes are sure to connect with viewers. ‘Good Morning’ is penned by Gurpreet Saini.

The film follows the narrative of Sonam Kapoor’s character while she discovers love. Anil Kapoor shares screen space with daughter Sonam for the very first time in this romantic drama.

The title track of the film was a recreation the iconic track from Anil Kapoor’s 1942- A Love Story. It was sung by Kumar Sanu and composed by RD Burman.