Monthly Archives: September 2019

Dream Girl movie review: Ayushmann Khurrana’s comic timing and crackling dialogues make it a must watch

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Ayushmann Khurrana is back and how! After ruling the roots with his path-breaking performance in AndhaDhun Badhaai Ho and Article 15, the actor is all set to repeat the history this year as well with another quirky entertainer, Dream Girl alongside Nushrat Bharucha. Needless to say, the trailer promised a fun ride and created all the buzz. But is it worth a watch? Catch our full review here!

What’s it about:
Ayushmaan’s character Karam turns Sita maiya and then Puja and everyone is smitten by her mesmerising voice which leads to a series of unusual, crazy situations. Set against the backdrop of Mathura, Dream Girl is a comedy of errors that stars a crackling ensemble consisting Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Bannerjee, Manjot Singh, Nidhi Bisht, Rajesh Sharma, Raj Bhansali among others.
What’s hot:
It seems like Ayushmann Khurrana has figured out the trick of the trade. With effortless comic timing and expressions we didn’t think see coming, the actor delivers another knockout performance. Every part of his body emotes the lines he is saying. While we are still at that, director Raaj Shaandilyaa has given him some of the wackiest and hilarious dialogues. Even Nirmaan Dsingh’s screenplay holds tight and leads you right into a cackle or two and more. Annu Kapoor and Vijay Raaz have meaty parts and they shine throughout the film.
What’s not:
Apart from Puja’s dreamy tone, every other piece of music is noise. Music by Meet Brothers doesn’t do anything for the film’s track and the untimely ones even distracts one from the twisty tale that is the film. Apart from that, the narrative does falter at points where it takes unnecessary turns and plot twists. The film even suffers from the preach problem as it tries to push a social message, inconsistent from the entire film. Also, it could have been anyone else in the movie instead of Nushrat Bharucha. Not that she was given a lot to play with, in the first place.
BL Verdict:
Watch it for all the hysterical punches and Ayushmann Khurrana’s dialoguebaazi. Not to mention, the crackling situational comedy all of the above, make the film. We are going with 3 and a half stars!

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.

Chhichhore Movie Review: Nitesh Tiwari is the real hero of this heart-warming tale of friendship

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Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore is releasing on September 6. The film is a loving tribute to his days as an engineering student in IIT Bombay. Chhichhore has an ensemble cast led by Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor. It is a story of eternal friendships, failures and how the education system and its flaws affect young people.
What is it about…

Aniruddha Pathak (Sushant Singh Rajput) is a divorcee who has the custody of his teenage son, Raghav. The kid has devoted two years for his life to clear the engineering entrance exams but fails to do so in the first attempt. He attempts suicide but survives with critical brain injuries. His father decides to recount his hostel days to his son and how his bunch of losers (friends) emerged as winners in their own eyes. It also leads to an emotional reunion between Aniruddha and his buddies.

What is hot…

The film beautifully captures the period of the early ’90s. Nitesh Tiwari, Nikhil Mehrotra and Piyush Total deserves full marks for their writing. The one-liners are hilarious and their execution is even better. You will laugh your hearts out in the hostel scenes. Coming to the performances, Varun Sharma steals the show as Sexa. He nails the role of the cute horny collegian to perfection. Sushant Singh Rajput has a ball playing the young Anni and his comic timing is good. Shraddha Kapoor does not have much to do as the young Maya but fares excellently in the emotional scenes. Naveen Polishetty, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Prateik Babbar play their parts well. However, Tushar Pandey as Mummy and Saharsh Shukla as Bevda are fabulous. In short, Nitesh Tiwari has made his cast deliver and how! Khairiyat and Pagle Fikar Not are songs you will enjoy. In a light-hearted manner Chhichhore delivers a message about how our self-esteem is what matters ultimately in life’s journey. It touches upon the flaws of the education system but it is not preachy.

What is not…

If you feel that Chhichhore is like 3 Idiots then you are mistaken. It is not even a middle class version of Student Of The Year. Yes, there are similarities but on a surface level. One of the things that people might argue about is that the tale is told from a male perspective.

Baaghi 3: Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor’s film causes inconvenience to the residents of Harmony Mall Residency during shoot

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The shooting of Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor’s Baaghi 3 started yesterday at Harmony Mall Residency, Oshiwara. While everyone including cast and crew were quite kicked about the film, it caused inconvenience to the residents of that location as they claimed that the area was littered with plastics and cigarette buds. A resident of the building, Priyanka Periera told Mid-day, “The entrance and exit of the mall and residential tower are the same. On Wednesday afternoon, they had kept two trucks on the pathway which was blocking the entry and exit of the towers. It also was blocking any vehicle or auto from entering the tower. It was raining and I had to walk till the gate. When I asked people on set, they said that they had taken permissions.”

She further added, “The area leading up to the residential towers was strewn with used plastic bottles of water. The crew had eaten lunch and they were washing the plates in the pathway itself. I had hoped that maybe the second day would be better but it was worse. The crew was smoking in the parking and discarding cigarette buds. There was too much filth and the stench was unbearable.

A core committee member of the society told the tabloid, “We did everything possible to make them comfortable. We even made room for the celeb cars in our complex and ensured that the cars are looked after. The situation was an utterly chaotic one for the society members. People were stuck at the building entrance for 20 minutes. It’s important that the production house takes responsibility for keeping the area around the set clean.

People’s Choice Awards 2019: Alia Bhatt nominated for Most Inspiring Asian Woman

In this year’s People’s Choice Awards Alia Bhatt has been nominated for Most Inspiring Asian Woman. Even Priyanka Chopra is being nominated for being the Best Dressed.

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Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt has always received appreciation for her powerful performances and seems like there is no stopping for her. The nomination list of The E! People’s Choice Awards 2019 is out and Alia Bhatt has been nominated for The Most Inspiring Asian Woman of 2019, amongst 7 other nominees. The 26-year-old actress is the only Indian to have been nominated in the category.

Alia shares her nomination with Thai model Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, South Korean singer CL, South Korean actress Jung Yu-mi and Praya Lundberg, Raline Shah, Yuna and Zhou Dongyu. The voting for the category is open online and will run on till October 18. The winner will be announced on November 10 when the award show takes place.

After making her big debut with Karan Johar’s directorial Student of The Year, Alia has given several hits. Highway, Raazi, 2 States, Gully Boy, Dear Zindagi and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, have been her hit projects over the years. On work front Alia’s kitty is full with some big projects. In 2020, Alia will be seen in 3 big films – Sadak 2 directed by Mahesh Bhatt, Brahmastra alongside Ranbir Kapoor and SS Rajamouli’s RRR.

Interestingly our Desi Girl, Priyanka Chopra is also nominated in People’s Choice Award this year for being the Best Dressed. Not just that, PeeCee has made us proud already and won two awards at the Award function. Priyanka Chopra won the Favorite Actress in a New TV Series in 2016 and in the following year the 37-year-old actress won the Favorite Dramatic TV Actress award for playing the role of FBI agent Alex Parrish in the American drama series Quantico. She is the only Indian to have won a People’s Choice Award.

Laal Kaptaan: On Saif Ali Khan’s birthday, makers release intriguing teaser, film to release on October 11

Laal Kaptaan, directed by Navdeep Singh, stars Saif Ali Khan in the leading role. The film is set in a tumultuous era of Indian history. There has been massive anticipation surrounding the film ever since it was announced, given that it portrays Saif in a never-seen-before avatar. The star steps into the shoes of a Naga Sadhu, out on a dramatic journey is ridden with drama, revenge, and deceit.

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As Saif Ali Khan is celebrating his birthday today, the makers of the film unveiled the teaser of the upcoming film which is very intriguing. The actor is seen showcasing his look while staring straight at the camera. Along with the teaser, the makers revealed that the film will release on October 11, 2019.

The film was supposed to release in September but due to patchwork, some portions had to be worked on. Produced by Eros International and Colour Yellow Productions, Laal Kaptaan releases nationwide on October 11, 2019.