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Sushant Singh Rajput saves you while Drive drives you crazy

Drive, which released on Netflix last year, starred Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez in lead roles. It was directed by Tarun Mansukhani.

Starting from India Gate, crossing Chhatarpur to a third far-off location, a race is taking place at the heart of New Delhi, infamous for its perpetual traffic jams.

Gears are set in and zoom goes the drivers, covering this never-ending distance in the blink of an eye. Of course, our leading lady Jacqueline Fernandez wins this fictitious and fictional race, steps out of the car in a thigh-high slit skirt, high heels and a top with a plunging neckline to celebrate the moment. For a good two minutes, we see Jacqueline show off her smooth hair and curves, with the car as her prop in the background.

We get it. She is sexy, but director Tarun Mansukhani thinks his audience won’t understand the subtext. So, he has a side character spew it out for us, “Samajh nahi aata, tum zayada sexy ho ya tumhari driving.”

Drive starts on this unconvincing note and becomes more improbable thereafter. A gang of thieves, headed by Tara (Jacqueline), hatches a plan, engineered by Arjun (Sushant Singh Rajput), to rob black money stored in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

To be honest, even if implausible, the plot feels fresh on paper. We have seen Danny Ocean chalk out convincing plans to rob a casino with his team of well-equipped thieves. Tarun takes things a bit further and decides to rob the President’s home. Sure, why not?

We thought maybe, just maybe, Tarun, who is also the writer of the film, has penned a believable, if not extraordinary, heist in Drive. We couldn’t be more wrong.

Drive goes off track right when the team starts planning the robbery. To enter the Rashtrapati Bhavan, they have to get permits from 64 departments, which they manage to get in 24 hours. And like a walk in the park, the team enters and exits Rashtrapati Bhavan multiple times before the robbery, without so much as being recognised.

And then there is a master thief named King in between, who leaves his mark and a clue to his next robbery, every time he steals from someone. The end result, a tasteless mix of Ocean’s Eleven and Dhoom 2.

What makes the film more bizarre is the CGI effects used in place of actual car racing. This makes the film look cheap and nothing more than a bad video game.

In between all this ruckus, we see Sushant Singh Rajput as a glimmer of hope. In the film, he is excited to pull off the biggest heist of the country, as he flashes that million-dollar smile for his audience.

The scene where he calls a policeman and tricks him into abandoning his car makes us laugh-out-loud. Not minding the senselessness of the film, Sushant lets us know he is having fun and he wants us to do the same.

Before Drive, Sushant proved his mettle with remarkable performances in films like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Kai Po Che, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Shuddh Desi Romance and more. Drive doesn’t even come close to Sushant’s other films. The actor, however, didn’t let that show in his performance in this Dharma Productions film. He played his part with much conviction and enthusiasm and gave his fans one more film to cherish.

Unfortunately, Drive was Sushant’s last film (Chhichhore released before Drive and is his last theatre release) before he breathed his last on June 14. His next, Dil Bechara, is yet to hit the screens. We have another chance to see this untamed actor come alive on screen, just one more time.

The unwatchable Xpose, where Irrfan tries saving the show

Himesh Reshammiya and Yo Yo Honey Singh’s The Xpose (2014) had a surprise package in Irrfan. And the only thing that got us through this 113 minutes of torture.

The first thing that comes to mind when the words ‘The Xpose’ are uttered, is the song Ice Cream Khaungi, Kashmir Jaungi. And like the whole of this 113-minute film – which is a film about films and the movie industry – the lyrics make no sense. Several questions through this unputdownable plate of desi Chinese were left unanswered. Like for example, if Himesh Reshammiya’s character Ravi Kumar suffered a kidney problem – he did give us a hint when he said, “Tumhare sharir mein utna khoon nahin jitna Ravi Kumar ekbaar mein moot deta hai.” Or why Yo Yo Honey Singh’s character KD, a name and profession clearly borrowed from RD (Burman), rapped in the 60s? Or why he was sporting the Sadhna haircut when the women in the film.

 

Fashion Friday: Priyanka Chopra’s Desi Girl avatar made saree the ultimate sexy outfit

Priyanka Chopra’s saree in the song, Desi Girl paved the way for experimentation and made it the ultimate sexy outfit.

Fashion and Bollywood go hand-in-hand. A character’s clothes play a major role in defining the mood of the film. Yet a saree, in particular, remains Bollywood’s favourite. From Mumtaz in a pre-pleated orange saree dancing away with Shammi Kapoor in Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche from Bhramachari (1968) to Zeenat Aman in a white saree sans blouse under a waterfall in Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978), Mandakini in a similar avatar in Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1986) or Madhuri Dixit going Dhak Dhak in an orange saree in Beta (1992), the six-yard has given us many history-defining moments.

However, what Priyanka Chopra did when she teamed a bikini top with a Manish Malhotra metallic saree, was a revelation. The song that earned the title of ‘Desi Girl’ for Priyanka Chopra made the saree sexy and bold and portrayed it in a never seen before manner. Moreover, it cleared the misconception that sarees are not as sexy as any other evening outfit.

The Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan starrer Dostana released in 2008. The film was talked about for its storyline, the palpable chemistry between the three and the chic wardrobe of Priyanka Chopra’s character.

The song Desi Girl has Priyanka Chopra looking as elegant as ever in a simple saree. She manages to steal the spotlight in the ballroom crowded with people wearing stunning evening gowns in her humble six-yard. Priyanka’s metallic saree that had a sequinned border, teamed with a barely-there halter neck bikini blouse, made her stand out. Do not miss the tiny little bow at the back of the blouse and the bling on the straps that played a major role in defining the entire ensemble.

This masterstroke by Manish Malhotra became such a hit at the time, that it has been recreated again and again and it is still one of the hottest looks even after 12 years. A sequinned or a metallic saree with a sexy slinky barely-there blouse is still a favourite go-to for any Bollywood diva.

The song and the look paved a path for experimentation on how to make the saree look sensual.

In 2010, Sonam Kapoor recreated the look thrice in the film I Hate Love Stories. She wore white, red and blue sarees with matching bikini top blouses in the song Sadka.

Coronavirus: Salman Khan’s Radhe likely to be postponed

Salman Khan-starrer Radhe, which was slated to release on May 22, is likely to get postponed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The release of Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, featuring Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, is most likely to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The film, which reunites Salman with his Bharat co-star Disha Patani, was scheduled to hit the screens on May 22.

This will be for the first time in over a decade that ardent Salman fans will not see a release on Eid, a festival date which has been synonymous with the actor.

Salman started shooting for Radhe last November.

However, due to the shutdown on all television and film production work due to the outbreak, the last leg of filming is yet to be complete.

“Radhe will be pushed ahead for sure. We have got two songs to shoot, there is some patch work left of about five days or so, we also have editing that is left. We don’t know when the situation will be normal and when we can shoot and finish our pending work,” a source close to the production told PTI.

Most of Salman’s Eid releases have turned out to be blockbusters such as Wanted (2009), Dabangg (2010), Bodyguard (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Kick (2014), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), Sultan (2016) and Bharat (2019), barring Tubelight (2017) and Race 3 (2018).

The insider further said as people might be sceptical about watching a movie in a theatre due to the COVID-19 scare, it would be unfair to release a film in such times.

“We are in the same boat as other big films that were scheduled to release. We are going into May soon, the film was to release on Eid, which is May 22. It is not that the virus will be eradicated completely within a few days or months. Who will want to go to theatres during such times? The fear of not venturing out of homes and going to theatres to enjoy a film is a lot more and we all will have to deal with it and overcome it,” the source added.

Radhe is directed by Prabhudheva and the film is the third collaboration between Salman and the director after Wanted and last year’s Dabangg 3.

The action film also features Randeep Hooda and Jackie Shroff in key roles.

It is produced by Sohail Khan and Reel Life Production Pvt Limited under the banner of Salman Khan Films.

Besides Radhe, Salman was also set to present a film titled Bulbul Marriage Hall featuring Pulkit Samrat in the lead.

The film was scheduled to go on floors from April 16, but the makers have decided to halt the production till further notice.

Neeraj Pandey on Ajay Devgn-starrer Chanakya: All I can say is that the script is locked

Neeraj Pandey says despite the 21-day lockdown in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic, the team of his next, Chanakya is working on the Ajay Devgn-starrer while practising social distancing.

Director Neeraj Pandey says despite the 21-day lockdown in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic, the team of his next, Chanakya is working on the Ajay Devgn-starrer while practising social distancing.

Ajay is set to play the eponymous role in Chanakya, a historical drama on the master economist and royal advisor to the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta.

The movie will mark the first collaboration between Ajay and Neeraj, known for films such as A Wednesday, Baby and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.

Neeraj said though the crew can’t have meetings for the time being, they are constantly having discussions about the project over the phone or mail.

“It is a work in progress. There is discussion on anything and everything. All the various heads of departments are regularly in touch from VFX, concept, costume, art, production design to location, etc.

“There are so many things that we have to discuss about how the script will be approached and the like. There is tons of work,” the filmmaker told PTI.

With all production activity currently suspended in Indian entertainment industry due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Neeraj said it is too early to suggest that the shoot of Chanakya will also be affected.

“It is very early to say. Let’s see how things pan out in the near future and then we will see. All I can say is that the script is locked,” he added.

Neeraj is currently promoting Hotstar Special series Special Ops, an action spy thriller which he has co-directed with Shivam Nair.

 

Sooryavanshi retreats, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson don’t want this Corona

The not-so-coveted COVID-19 is wreaking havoc and social distancing is the buzzword RN. So, stock up, stay in, stream on. And read on, please.

The world calls quarantine what we, introverts, call a Friday night. But it’s still better to be safe than sorry, right? As the density around most office floors thins out like that at the Congress headquarters, we go to bed with the news of Harvey Weinstein being sentenced to (another) 23 years and wake up to Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson being tested positive of coronavirus. Now Forrest Gump has run through another historical event!

There were plenty of shockers thrown at us this week, TBH. For instance, Milind Soman revealing he was part of the RSS shakha as a young boy. But Milind in shorts, running, doing yoga, now where have we seen that before? Oh, yes. Shivaji Park, Dadar! Or Baaghi 3 minting Rs 90.67 crore in 7 days, despite the corona scare!

But while we Baaghi-ed against coronavirus last week, Veer Sooryavanshi cop is playing retreat, postponing its release date indefinitely. This comes almost simultaneously with Delhi government’s announcement of shutting down theatres, schools and colleges, with Maharashtra following suit, to contain the spread of the not-so-coveted COVID-19. But class is not dismissed for Angrezi Medium, Irrfan will see you today. And on March 31 again, when theatres reopen.

So, social distancing is the buzzword RN. Stock up, stay in, stream on. And the good ol’ OTT can help you there. Karisma Kapoor debuts on Zee5 with Mentalhood while Sumukhi Suresh returns with the second season of Pushpavalli on Amazon Prime Videos. There’s plenty more, scroll down, will you?

Since you’re not stepping out of the house, this is also a good time to reorganise your wardrobe. Put away the winter stuff and get summer-ready. And whenever you get to get out of this quarantine, channel your inner Piku aka Deepika Padukone. We have some tips.

Till then, brew yourself a garma-garam chai ki pyali! And don’t forget to surrrrr on the cup. Aise darr darr ke kya hi jeena?

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Coronavirus. We repeat. And we are not sure for how long. There has been absolutely nothing that the world has been discussing at the moment apart from the novel outbreak. The scenario, in fact, has gone from bad to worse, especially after the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday. India confirmed its first coronavirus death on Thursday. Markets have crashed. Schools and colleges in Uttar Pradesh are closed. Offices are almost empty.

Bigg Boss 13 Day 19 Preview: Do or Die situation for the boys in the house as they get one last chance

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Bigg Boss 13 will soon see its first finale and the nominated male contestants get one last chance to be saved from the nominations. The Day 19 of Bigg Boss is going to be exciting as the boys will fight it out to be safe from getting eliminated. Here’s what you can expect from tonight’s episode.

Siddharth Shukla and Shehnaaz Gill are released from the jail

It is said that everything is fair in love and war and the contestants inside the Bigg Boss house swear by it. Spending a night in jail was no less than a nightmare for Shehnaz and Sidharth Shukla but they turned that into an entertainment-filled time. As the morning arrives, the contestants wake up to ‘Ainvayi Ainvayi Loot Gaya’ hinting that something interesting awaits. Rashami takes the quiet morning as an opportunity to have a conversation with Siddhartha Dey and Shefali Bagga about Devoleena’s behavior. Later, she also reveals the issues she had with Sidharth Shukla when they were shooting together. She adds that Shukla used to be very aggressive on the set and was known for throwing a lot of tantrums. She further states how people thought that he was biased towards female co-stars. Interrupting this intense conversation, Bigg Boss announces that Shehnaz and Sidharth Shukla can now be released from the jail.

He further announces a task that gives the opportunity to two of the nominated boys from this week’s eliminations. They are divided into two teams – Paras and Siddhartha Dey in one team and while Abu Malik and Asim Riaz in the second one. There are two walls placed in the garden area with one big hole in the center. Both the boys have to sit on either side of the wall holding their teammate’s hand through the hole. The girls of the house have all the liberties to ensure that one of them loses the grip.

After the first buzzer, the boys take their place and brace themselves for the task ahead. Sidharth Shukla is chosen as the ‘sanchalak’ of the task. The second buzzer rings and the girls start pulling out all the possible tricks to get the boys who they don’t want to save, to give up. Shehnaz and Aarti target Siddhartha Dey and Paras, whereas Shefali, Devoleena and Rashami target Asim and Abu Malik. The girls let go of all their innocence and put on their evil masks to hopefully get their least favorites out of the way.

Bigg Boss 13: Salman Khan to launch the show at Andheri metro station

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Bigg Boss 13 has created a lot of buzz since it’s announcement and is the most awaited show of the year. This season is going to be different from all the other seasons. There are a lot of changes in the format of the show this time and as usual, the fans are all excited for the show. Salman Khan is all set to host this new season and will also host the launch event of the show. The event will take place at a metro station in Mumbai. For the unversed, this season the Bigg Boss house will be in Mumbai and not in Lonavla.

The launch event of the show will happen on September 23, at the Andheri metro station. Well, this is exciting news for Bigg Boss fans who are eagerly waiting to watch the premiere episode of the show on September 29. As reported earlier, this year only the celebrities will be seen in the house and with this many big names had come forward who will be a part of the show this year. However, in the recent promos released there two names which are confirmed for being locked inside the Bigg Boss house. In one of the promos we see ex-contestants Kamya Punjabi and Vikas Gupta introduce the Aagyakari Bahu of television and it is none other than Devoleena Bhattacharjee. Those the makers have not revealed the face, we can easily make out that it is none other than our Gopi Bahu aka Devoleena. In another promo we see Siddharth Shukla being introduced.

This year Bigg Boss will be even more special as the contestants will reach the finale in just four weeks as announced by Salman Khan in one of the promos. We wonder what twist is this and what other challenges will the contestants face. As per the reports, Bigg Boss 13 will also have a female host with Salman Khan. A reliable source informed us, “Salman felt that to add freshness to this year’s season, the makers should get a female co-host. Apparently, Salman might take a backseat and give his female co-host more exposure so that she can bring newness to the show. Nothing is concrete as of now, these are mere ongoing conversations.

Katrina Kaif on Salman Khan: He is a true friend, its a friendship that’s lasted 16 years

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It’s no news that Katrina Kaif an Salman Khan were once in a relationship. Yes, the two parted ways but they still remain friends. If anything, their bond has grown and become better over the many years that they have known each other. What else would you call their crackling chemistry whenever they come together, which was last in pal Ali Abbaz Zafar’s Bharat. Needless to say, Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan share an enviable bond and it translates whenever they are in the same frame together.

In fact, she recently opened up about their relationship at the India Today Conclave and called Salman a true friend. Not just that, when asked about the rumours of her patching things with the superstar after her subsequent break-up with Ranbir Kapoor, she said, “Its a friendship that’s lasted 16 years, he’s a true friend. He’s a solid person who is there for you when you need it. He may not be in touch with you all the time but he stands besides his friends.

It was a relationship, all relationships are a learning curve for all. It can get into your head, show you your fears, strengths, and it is also a beautiful experience. If it doesn’t work out, the takeaway is that you learn to look within, instead of blaming the other,” she added. Katrina also opened up about having a family of her own and said, “I’ve always wanted a family. and I believe in marriage and that family is above all. It is an unbreakable bond and the No 1 driving force in my life.”

Earlier, at the Hindustan Times Mint Asia Leadership Summit in Singapore, Katrina has divulged about their unshakable trust and had stated, “Salman has really had my back, and has been there for me as a friend and a support over the years, unfailingly and intuitively. There have been moments where I was going through a particularly rough time in my life; a struggle, and with no contact, all of a sudden, our paths would just cross, and he would be there.

On the work front, Katrina will next be seen in Sooryavanshi, wherein she is paired opposite Akshay Kumar. The couple returns to romance after a long time. Sooryavanshi is directed by Rohit Shetty, marking Katrina’s first collaboration with the blockbuster filmmaker. Meanwhile, Salman is coming with Dabangg. It is directed by Prabhudheva and will star Kannada superstar Sudeep as the villian this time. The film will also have Sonakshi Sinha again as Rajjo. The film is all set to hit the theatres on December 20.

 

1042! That’s the number of fans Valmiki actor Varun Tej posed with for photos while promoting the film

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Telugu actor Varun Tej will be next seen in Valmiki which is slated for release on September 20 worldwide. Directed by Harish Shankar, Varun will be seen playing a menacing gangster in the film. Ahead of the release, Varun Tej has kickstarted the promotions of the film in Hyderabad. And as part of the promotions, Varun Tej had a meet-and-greet session with few fans and posed for pictures too with them. And you won’t believe the count of the fans he met during the session. Varun Tej met 1042 fans during this photo session and posed patiently for each one of them for pictures. It is amazing how Varun Tej made sure that every fan got a picture with him and he greeted them warmly. Valmiki director Harish Shankar is all praise for Varun Tej for having enormous patience to do so. “This is phenomenal… apart from patience one should have love other wise this feet can’t be achieved kudos to
@IAmVarunTej for making more than 1000 fans happy !!!!” tweet Harish Shankar.

Valmiki is the Telugu remake of 2013 Tamil release Jigarthanda which was directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The trailer of Valmiki was dropped recently and we are convinced that the film will be a worthy watch. Varun Tej plays an untamed gangster who is looking for recognition through his power to fight. Atharvaa plays an aspiring filmmaker who wishes to make a film based on a gangster who turns to non-violence after seeking redemption. Atharvaa meets Varun Tej to take references and their lives cross paths. Varun Tej’s look and act as a menacing gangster is mind-blowing and the actor is breaking shackles in choosing scripts for his films these days. Atharvaa looks impressive in debut in Telugu cinema and looks like doors will open for this young actor. Pooja Hegde plays Varun’s love interest and the Aravindha Sametha actress looks stunningly gorgeous in her role. Mrinalini Ravi, another Tamil artist, makes her debut and looks cute in her part. Watch the trailer here ICYMI.