Newton trailer: Rajkummar Rao’s fine form continues in this stark depiction of voting rights in rural India

Rajkummar Rao is turning out to one of the most exciting stars in Bollywood right now. He was always the darling of the critics right from his debut movie, Love Sex Aur Dhoka , and he continues to impress us with his effortless performances and his dedication to his craft. And now he is also enjoying the claps of the masses as seen during many portions of his last release, Bareilly Ki Barfi. The National award winning actor was the pick for all top praises for his performance as the bullied salesman in the movie. And Newton, his upcoming flick, also looks equally interesting like his last movie, though it falls under a different genre – social drama – going by the recently uploaded trailer.

While the posters gave a quite whimsical take on the movie, the trailer is giving us quite a different impression of Newton. Rajkummar Rao plays Newton, and no, he is not a scientist. As he later reveals in the trailer, his name was actually Nutan Sharma before he himself changed it to Newton. He plays an honest man in the movie, who is actually proud of his honesty. He rejects a girl’s proposal because she is underage. Later we see him going into the hinterlands of India, where he and his election team have to educate the people about voting and their rights. There he realises that for these people, elections make no damn sense, while for the rest feel it’s a joke. Within two minutes, the trailer drew a stark depiction.

Newton also has a wonderful supporting cast in Anjali Patil, Sanjay Mishra and Pankaj Tripathi, all terrific actors. Newton is directed by Amit V Masurkar. The movie is scheduled to release on September 22.

Ranbir Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali to REUNITE again! Read EXCLUSIVE details here


If you thought that Imtiaz Ali is lying low after the debacle of Jab Harry Met Sejal, then we have some news for you. The filmmaker’s last outing with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma might have tanked at the box office, but Imtiaz already has his next script ready. From what we hear this movie will feature Ali’s favourite hero Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role. Apparently Imtiaz has already approached Ranbir for his next project and RK Jr has even given his nod for this film. With Ranbir green lighting the movie, we’re sure that fans of the filmmaker and actor will be super thrilled. Because together Imtiaz and Ranbir are a fab combo. A source close to the actor revealed, “Ranbir will be a part of Imtiaz’s next. That’s not all the actor will go through massive transformation for this film. Imtiaz plans to show different stages of the character’s life.” Well, that kind of rings a bell, doesn’t it? Ranbir’s grandfather Late actor Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker showed the different stages of the character’s life. This film also featured Ranbir’s daddy dearest Rishi Kapoor as the young Raj Kapoor.

Ranbir is currently filming for Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic titled Dutt. After that we will see the talented hero bulk up for his first film Dragon opposite Alia Bhatt, which is a superhero flick directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. While Ranbir’s films haven’t had a great run at the theatres all eyes are now on the Dutt biopic. Unfortunately, for RK Jr despite his movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil having done decent business, his much delayed and awaited and debut production venture Jagga Jasoos bombed at the box office despite getting decent reviews from critics. In fact, while Ranbir shares a great rapport with Imtiaz Ali, his films with the latter, Rockstarand Tamasha are not exactly his career bests. Having said that it would be interesting to see Ranbir and Imtiaz reunite for a film. And yes, we already have a pick to play Ranbir‘s baby version…. sister Kareena Kapoor Khan’s baby Taimur Ali Khan, what say?

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Here’s how Alia Bhatt made her journey from SHY to SASSY in just 5 years – View pics


Of all the millennials in tinsel town, we are besotted with the one who has been carving a glorious niche with a slew of unconventional roles, the sartorial stylista – Alia Bhatt! Proving her mettle as an exceptional actress and ranking amongst the best industry performers, Alia Bhatt made a dazzling debut in mentor Karan Johar’s romantic caper, Student Of The Year in 2012. From being a cherubic-faced 19-year old to an uber-chic 24-year old reigning millennial, Alia Bhatt has indeed traversed a long way. While she shut the naysayers with her acting prowess in the 2014 flick, Highway, it was also the year when Alia tapped the cool girl vibe with a refreshing take on some of the hottest trends in vogue at that time, startling the world with a remarkable transformation. In 2016, Alia Bhatt rendered everyone speechless by belting out stellar performances in Kapoor & Sons, Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi, sweeping all the accolades and awards. As exuberant and brilliant her on-screen presence is, her off-screen avatars, too, are quite sought-after, for the sartorial influence on the millennial generation, with Vogue aptly tagging it as The Age of Alia. It’s certainly not surprising that AliaBhatt sets things alight with her mood, attitude and spunk.

Alia Bhatt is all of 24 but is giving her contemporaries a serious run for their money and has gained an appreciable penchant to pull off wow-worthy looks and reinforce our faith that she certainly belongs to the niche breed of tinsel town millennials who have cracked the style code of blending comfort with equal parts of chic and glamour. Whether it’s chic airport style or a brunch date with her girlies, there is a chapter for every vibe in Alia’s cool Book of Style. However, just like every style story that’s a success, Alia, too, had endured a fair share of brickbats and jeers from the fashion police before becoming a style darling! Here’s the style recap of Alia Bhatt’s wondrous journey from a bumbling teenager to a ravishing fashionista.

2012 – A sensational debut but trying too hard to impress

As the perfect chubby and cute girl-next-door, Alia Bhatt graduated as the Student of the Year in 2012 alongside Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra. Being a star kid, she had all eyes hooked on to her shenanigans and Alia tried hard to woo us by dabbling in body hugging numbers, flowy silhouettes and prom dresses coupled with bright heels and an unflattering beauty game.


At the unveiling of SOTY, Alia looked a tad uncomfortable in a short white dress with an unappealing plunge and chunky heels.


PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012, Alia chose an embellished princess style fit-and-flare pink prom dress and metallic strappy heels.

Promoting her flick in the city, Alia donned a black tank with red peplum skirt and red stilettos.

2013 – Improved but yet to make a mark

By 2013, Alia Bhatt had ditched the gaudy body hugging numbers for some trendy ones and stepped on the red carpet of major award shows with a somewhat improved sense of style. While the likeness of these ensembles is debatable, here are some of the looks that made the mark.


Wearing an off-shoulder little black dress for a salon launch, Alia teamed it with pointed heels in pink with minimal make- up and her hair let down.


At the launch of Forever 21 store in the city, Alia chose a white floral lace dress with a Peter Pan collar and faux pearl buttons rounding up the look with a neck chain, a black bib necklace, a faux leather belt and wedge booties.


At the Screen Awards 2013, Alia chose a one-shouldered Gaurav Gupta body-hugging dress and upped the tacky quotient with chunky black stilettos and a bad hairstyle.


For the unveiling of Harper’s Bazaar Fashion Magazine in the city, Alia was snapped in a floral bralet with a flared black skirt and a pink blazer. Her fascination for OTT heels and bad hairstyle continued.


At the Filmfare Awards 2013 Nominations bash, Alia flaunted her back in a light pink gown by Sonaakshi Raaj but failed at wooing everyone!

2014 – Early tidings of being chic and edgy

With the release of Highway, 2 States and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania on the anvil, Alia Bhatt unleashed her A-game in 2014, leaving everyone to gape in amazement. Discovering her style niche to be non-fussy and uber-comfortable, AliaBhatt shed those days of shoddy dressing and emerged as the millennial to watch out for.


Ditching the conventional red carpet dress code, Alia made heads turn by flaunting a svelte avatar in an Osman Spring 2014 black jumpsuit and kept the simple vibe going with sleek hair and gold strappy heels.


Teaming her Zara shorts with a bowler hat and a black crop top for the promotions of Samjhaawaan, Alia rocked the edgy-meets-cute look to the hilt.


Looking nothing less than ravishing for Karan Johar’s birthday bash, Alia chose a crop top and leather midi skirt from Zara.

2015 – Minimal Style Vibe

By 2015, Alia had gained a stronghold in the industry and developed a niche for the minimal style vibe by merging trends with comfort and looking nothing less than splendid every time she stepped out.


For the promotions of Shandaar, Alia was snapped wearing a red dress by A.W.A.K.E with a metallic dragonfly brooch and upped the look with a halo braid and white sneakers.

Looking chic and fun in a Topshop dress and ASOS brogues, Alia looked pretty.


Wearing the wishes of her fans on her dress, Alia sported a sweetheart-neckline doodle dress, customised by Ami Patel.


Romping about in style, Alia wore an olive Karren Miller romper with Steve Madden sandals.

2016 – The Style Diva

Giving everyone regular dose of style inspiration, Alia Bhatt’s official Instagram handle became a rage as the diva chronicled her style shenanigans in tandem with her stylists, Ami Patel and Sanjay Kumar Dauhaliya.


Reigning in a sleek look with separates from Ulyana Sergeenko for the launch of Twinkle Khanna’s book, Alia looked refreshing in blue and white separates paired with strappy sandals.


Alia looked saucy in a black one-shouldered tuxedo inspired playsuit and teamed it well with strappy black sandals.


Rarely the one to step out in traditional attire, Alia stunned us all by flaunting some serious bling and shimmer in a customised Manish Malhotra saree with a cold-shoulder cut blouse and upped the glamour quotient with dramatic smoky eyes and a neat bun with a middle parting.

2017 – Sartorial Bliss

There is certainly no stopping Alia Bhatt as she serenades our style senses with her refined, sartorial and glamorous fashion moments. This year too, she slayed the red carpet with an infectious candour, with all her looks being a big hit with the fashion conscious masses and critics alike.


Speaking of casual style, Alia was snapped on a lunch date with beau Sidharth Malhotra wearing a star printed T-shirt dress with ‘Let’s Get Lost’ written across the front, and teamed it with white sneakers and a black tote.


At the HT Most Stylish Awards 2017, Alia chose an unconventional red carpet ensemble of a white short dress with a long trail on one side from Reem Acra and bagged the HT Most Stylish Jury’s Choice Award for 2017, rounding up the look with a sleek middle-parted low back pony and minimal makeup.


At the success bash of Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Alia was snapped wearing separates comprising a dark olive-colored velvet cami top and tucking it in ankle-dusting fitted jacquard pants and golden chunky stilettos. Flaunting a minimal makeup of slightly dark eyes and her hair styled in easy waves, Alia Bhatt looked radiant.

While her on-screen roles have undergone a remarkable transformation, her off-screen style sense has also undergone an impressive metamorphosis. With her refreshing persona, Alia’s sheer presence can make a statement and engage us consciously with her distinct, fluent and chic style game, she certainly keeps us guessing on her next style move!

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Game Of Thrones Season 7 finale ‘The Dragon And The Wolf’ review: Tyrion’s interaction with Cersei, Theon’s fight and Night King’s swag will leave you eager for the final season


One of the most awaited episodes of all time, Game Of Thrones season 7 finale is finally here. Let’s find out what it’s all about, what was hot and what’s not…

What’s It About

After catching the undead, Jon, The Hound, Tyrion, Daenerys, Ser Davos, Ser Jorah, among others, march to winterfell. They have a meet up at the dragon pit with Cersei, Jaime, Bronn and Euron. Where Euron taunts Theon and Tyrion of their shortcomings. The conversation doesn’t as expected but Tyrion saves the day. On the other side in Winterfell, Littlefinger hints Sansa about murdering Arya. Tyrion’s conversation with Cersei, Cersei’s with Jamie, Theon’s with Jon, Sansa’s with Littlefinger, Bran’s with Samwell forms the rest of the episode…

What’s Hot

For the first time in seven seasons, the five main leads of the show, Jon, Cersei, Tyrion, Jaime and Daenerys, shared the same frame. If this is not best moment for all the fans then what is? The tension, the camaraderie, everything was so brilliant. However, it was Tyrion’s conversation with Cersei and Theon’s face-off with his own army that were the USP for me. And without giving away any spoilers, watch out for the scene towards the end. The MVP of this episode are Tyrion, Theon, Sansa, Jaime and Night King.

Also, there is heartbreaking scene, which may not be for the most but was at least for me, that takes place at winterfell. You’ll know when you see it..

What’s Not

Now here’s a little SPOILER ALERT – The sex scene, the boat sex to be precise, the much talked about felt quite underwhelming when it actually happened. Also the episode is not at all high on thrills, except for the final scene, but acts as a lull before the storm. So for those expecting the unexpected may be left disappointed.

What To Do

Overall, the episode is worth your time. It, I believe, is the longest episode of the series so far and it again proves worth the wait. Irrespective of whether It’s good or bad, you are gonna catch it. All I can say is, stay away from the web, until you do.

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Qaidi Band movie review: Aadar Jain and Anya Singh’s performances hit all the right notes in this musical prison drama


After giving us grounded, earthy movies in Ishaqzaade and Do Dooni Char, Habib Faisal is back with another YRF movie. Based on a real-life incident (which also inspired the upcoming Lucknow Central), Qaidi Band is about a bunch of undertrials forming a band that makes them an overnight sensation. Newbies Aadar Jain and Anya Singh make their debut here. Here’s our review of Qaidi Band….

What’s it about

Sanju (Aadar Jain) and Bindu (Anya Singh) are two innocent undertrials serving time in jail along with many other such undertrials. On the occasion of Independence Day, the jail warden (Sachin Pilgaonkar) wants some of them to make a band to perform in front of a visiting minister. Sanju and Bindu are a part of this band, and their first performance impresses both the minister’s delegates and the media, the latter making them famous in the public. However this publicity is adverse to the band, as the minister wants them to continue to perform for him within the jail. On his instructions, the warden stops their bail pleas and forces them to remain in the band using threats of torture. When the band hears of a rock band festival, they see this as a chance for them to escape and make good of their freedom.

What’s hot

Unlike what the trailer told us, Qaidi Band is not a jail rock movie. Sure the band is integral to the plot, but Qaidi Band is more of a statement about the plight of under-trials serving time in jail, waiting for the court to either sentence them or set them free. But thanks to the number of cases in courts and not enough judges to work on them, many such under-trials spend months and even years in jail, sometimes for no fault of theirs. It is scary to even think how easy it is for a person to get imprisoned in our country, but highly impossible for him/her to be free. Especially if you are not rich. And that’s one theme the movie addresses well. The first half is slow, but it does a decent job of familiarising us with this problem, as well as introducing us to the main characters.

The movie picks up pace when the band performs their first song (I am India), which is nicely choreographed. Speaking of the songs, Amit Trivedi has done a wonderful job with the score, with Hulchul being the pick of the lot. Habib Faisal is known to make grounded movies with a touch of humour. Qaidi Band is a serious movie, but you cannot miss out on the occasional dose of his comic flair here and there. Like the warden asking a popular band why they are called Middle Finger. Or a judge telling a bail applicant to use Vipassana to relax in jail.

Qaidi Band marks the debut of both Aadar Jain and Anya Singh and both are quite confident in their roles. Shorn of any glamour associated with the usual debutante launchpads, both rely on their skills to make an indelible impression on the viewers. Though his voice reminds you of his famous cousin Ranbir Kapoor, Aadar carves a unique identity for himself. But his character doesn’t get enough scope to develop. On the other hand, Anya Singh gets more opportunities to shine and she makes full use of that with both her performance and body language. This is one newcomer to watch out for. In a role we don’t usually see him in, Sachin Pilgaonkar is terrific as the corrupt jail warden. Among the band members, Mikhail Yawalkar stand out with a sincere performance. Couple of scenes involving him and his wife will touch you.

What’s not

Qaidi Band has its heart in its right place, but the execution leaves a lot to the desired. Pacing issues aside, there are a lot of logic-less scenes in the movie that will make you ask how can such a thing happen in real life. Like for example, why can’t the police give the band mics to perform, and how did that band sing loud enough to let the entire crowd hear over the din? The lack of logic seeps into the second half too. A popular band wants to jam with our Qaidi Band, but they are never seen during the real performance. The idea of performing in a rock festival is a good plot device, but the way the main characters try to reach there is silly to say the least (one minor character even points this out to them). For some unknown reason, the makers also had the idea of inserting a romance between the main leads and a forced kiss in these scenes, and they were quite jarring to watch. And less said about the absurd youth uprising against the police after the rock festival, the better! A more realistic handling would have worked wonders here. Also what’s with the sudden disappearance of the foreign girl and the Nagaland chick from the band? Was it to give more focus on Anya’s character?

On a separate note, why were the band named Sainanis? Wasn’t the title a better name for the band?

What to do

Qaidi Band surely has its heart in its right place and tackles a subject rarely discussed in Hindi cinema. The music is fab and both the debutantes have done a really good job here. The execution is patchy post interval, but this Band has the potential to surprise you at quite a few places.

Our rating:

Rating:3 out of 53 Star Rating

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A Gentleman movie review: Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer is neither ‘Sundar’ nor ‘Susheel” but a ‘Risky’ affair


Finally the day arrived, Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez‘ A Gentleman has hit the silver screens. The trailers of the film had promised a fun, slick action comedy with hot chemistry between its lead pair. The film also marks the return of Suniel Shetty on the big screen in a reinvented avatar. Directed by Raj and DK, let’s find out if the film is able to deliver on the promises it made…

What’s It About

The film is about ‘Sundar’ and ‘Susheel’ Gaurav (Sidharth Malhotra), who has a perfect job, house, car, mini van rather, friend, all he is looking for is love, in his friend and colleague, Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez). But according to Kavya he is just a good friend and not her type as he is too safe of a guy. He is no fun.

On the other side there is ‘Risky’ Rishi, a well trained secret agent of Unit X, run by Colonel (Suniel Shetty). Rishi is best at what he does but all he desires is a home, a family. Things go haywire when Rishi decides to leave his profession and lead a normal life. Colonel, who is suspected by government to run his personal shady stuff in the garb of National security, is not happy about it. Gaurav’s life changes when he is spotted by Colonel’s men, when in search of Rishi. They are of opinion that he is Rishi, while Gaurav denies…

What happens next forms the rest of the film…

What’s Hot

This is a good looking film, shot aesthetically in beautiful locales of Miami to grungy streets of Mumbai. The cinematography of the film is fantastic.

Sidharth Malhotra in his dual act of Gaurav and Rishi gives a fine performance . He makes sure that he plays those character as distinctly as possible. Jacqueline Fernandez has never looked this hot in any of her previous films. She is a sight for the sore eyes. Suniel Shetty has a great screen presence in his limited role. And his reinvented avatar is indeed godly. Darshan Kumar is fine. Amit Mistry gets a few chuckles. A scene featuring Rajit Kapoor and Supriya Pilgaonkar is funny. However, it is Sidharth’s friend and colleague played by Hussain Dalal, who is the scene stealer in the film. His awkward Dixit is damn funny and the only saving grace.

What’s Not

There’s plenty that’s wrong with the film. First and foremost, films like A Gentleman, that promised fun, slick action and entertainment lacks in all the departments. There is plenty of action in the film, but it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. There is plenty of style in the film but again nothing you haven’t seen before. Also the biggest drawback of the film is its pacing. The first half takes too much time in establishing all the characters. It is only in the second half that the actual story that was promised in the trailer starts. The second half had its moment but they were too far and less.

Suniel Shetty who was visible in the trailers had nothing but a guest appearance, so the fans of the actor who were hoping to catch Anna in action after a hiatus, should stay away from this one.

The love track between the Sidharth and Jacqueline lacked soul. There was zero chemistry between them. Trust me when I say it, they shared a better and hotter chemistry when they appeared on Koffee With Karan 5, earlier this year. It’s a half baked love track at best.

The songs, even though only three, are bad. Talking about the talented director duo of Raj and DK. After helming brilliant films like 99, Shor In The City, Go Goa Gone or even a below average, Happy Ending, I was hoping this one to be a mad fun but it’s their weakest film. The story and plot was too flimsy and offered nothing new. In fact the “big twist” was so predictable that you could see it coming since the first shot of the film.

What To Do

Overall, A Gentleman is neither ‘Sundar’ nor ‘Susheel’ but turns out to be a ‘Risky’ affair for Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez. The film has nothing going in its favour and can be easily avoided. In plain and simple words – It’s Boring.

Rating:1.5 out of 51.5 Star Rating

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Babumoshai Bandookbaaz movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui is terrific in this violent saga of blood and betrayal


There is no doubt that Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a terrific actor, but he never enjoys box office success as a solo lead. Now with his recent release, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, will things change for the better for this talented actor at the box office. Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is directed by Kushan Nandy and also stars Bidita Bag as the female lead. Here’s our review…

What’s it about

Babu Bihari (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a dreaded assassin with a cent per cent record. He is often hired by two rival politicians, Dubey (Anil George) and Sarita jiji (Divya Dutta) to eliminate their rival opponents. During a contract, he meets and falls for Phulwa (Bidita Bag), a shoemaker with a feisty attitude. But he kills two men for her that turns him against Saritajiji. During another contract for Dubey where he has to kill three men of Sarita’s, he has to compete with a younger assassin Bhanke (Jatin Goswami), who looks upto him like a disciple. Over the killings, they develop a bond and become friends. However, little did Babu knew that Bhanke has a contract to kill a fourth man, and that happens to be Babu himself.

But Babu doesn’t die, instead he returns from coma after 8 years to find out nothing has remained from his past. Swearing revenge, he thirsts for blood of the people who destroyed his life.

What’s hot

Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is a kind of movie that you normally associate with Anurag Kashyap, falling in the same league as Gangs of Wasseypur and its ilk. It is violent, full of dialogue-baazi and twists and doesn’t swerve away from showing the rawness of lovemaking scenes and killings. If you have an appetite for such kind of movies, then Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is recommended for you. Kushan Nandy has delivered a more than decent political gangster drama with twists galore. While the first half is lighter in a black comedy sort of way, the second half is more serious and grim. It is to Nandy’s credit that he has managed to find a balance between both the tones. But even in darker scenes, you find some nuggets of black humour.

One of the scenes that stand out is that impromptu dance that Phulwa performs for Babu, with Bhanke joining in. You just don’t know how it will end up. I also loved any scene involving that roguish cop, played terrifically by Bhagwan Tiwari. His domestic life is a hilarious take on gender reversal. The background score is fantastic, while the cinematography perfectly captures the dreariness of the lawless land. There are plenty of lovemaking sequences and abuses, earning Censor Board’s ire, and thank God, they have been retained. The movie would have lost its essence without them.

The performances is another asset of the movie. Nawazuddin Siddiqui often challenges me to find new phrases to praise his performance. He is just fantabulous here. As both the lovelorn assassin with a hatke swag and the bloodthirsty revenge-seeker, he excels in both shades of the character. Bidita Bag is a revelation, she will amaze you with her boldness and histrionics in every scene she is in. Jatin Goswami is another great find. The supporting cast, involving Divya Dutta, Anil George (reuniting with Nawaz after Miss Lovely) and Murali Sharma, are fab.

The movie also delivers it’s message that Crime never pays, as every bad character gets its comeuppance in one way or another.

What’s not

When I had seen the trailer, I had an inkling that it is spoiling some of the major scenes in the movie. This turns out to be true, as many good surprises were shown in the promo. There are still plenty of twists that the trailer didn’t explore, but I do wish they would have shown lesser such scenes in the promo. Also the pace drags in quite a few scenes in the second half. The item song and Shraddha Das’ character could have been easily avoided. The final twist goes well with the nature of the movie, but not many can digest it. The portrayal of women in the movie may not go down with certain sections of the female audiences – Most of them are shown as sex and power hungry characters. But then every character in the movie is bad in various ways. But the same traits also apply to the male characters as well, so equality is maintained. The contract game between Babu and Bhanke also loses sheen after some scenes, mainly because Bhanke is written in a very confused way mainly in the second half.

What to do

Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is a violent drama filled with terrific dialogues, engaging sequences and fab performances, led by the always brilliant Nawazuddin Siddiqui. If you have taste for gritty gangster drama, with a sprinkling of dark humour, then this Bandookbaaz is for you.

Rating:3.5 out of 53.5 Star Rating

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Prasoon Joshi led reformed CBFC bans the first film they got for certification


We can only count the number of times ex-CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani has created trouble for a movie regarding its certification. We have to salute the long fight that movies like Lipstick Under My Burkha and Udta Punjab had to put up to get their due right. And small budget movies like Phullu, Angry Indian Goddesses could not even afford to miss their release date and hence could not fight against the system. A ray of hope was Prasoon Joshi, who was announced as the new CBFC chief a few days back, and the film fraternity happily bid farewell to Nihalani. But Prasoon gave the industry a shock when he banned the very first film that was considered for certification under his jurisdiction.

As per a report carried by DNA, Punjabi film Toofan Singh got the opportunity to be the first film to be reviewed by Prasoon and team, which includes names like Vidya Balan, Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh Chandra Lal, Neil Herbert Nongkynrih, Vivek Agnihotri. The movie was found to be too violent and was banned. A source was quoted by DNA saying, “Toofan Singh is a terrorist, who goes on a rampage killing corrupt cops and politicians. And they’ve compared him to Bhagat Singh. The film is brutal and anarchic. We couldn’t empathise with its message of brute power, let alone grant it a censor certificate,”. Well, we are totally in favour of giving Prasoon benefit of the doubt. It is possible that the first film he was assigned turned out to be that bad. Let us see how the next few movies fare in the eyes of Prasoon.

Earlier, before beginning his tenure, Prasoon had said, “I am happy that the film industry has expectations from me. I have respect for the industry. I will always try to take opinion of people, who have right and positive thinking because this is very new to me,”

But much like previous cases, Toofan Singh has been already released in overseas market. Let us see if the makers will approach the tribunal now.

Toofan Singh, directed by Baghal Singh stars Ranjit Bawa in the title role.

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Here’s What Aamir Khan Has To Say About The Failure Of Tubelight & Jab Harry Met Sejal


The Box Office usually pins high hopes on the 3 Khans of Bollywood. They usually have festival releases – Eid belongs to Salman KhanShah Rukh Khan usually claims Diwali and Christmas is reserved for Aamir Khan. Even though mainstream media pits the 3 of them against each other, they have often come out in support of each other.

Salman’s Tubelight and SRK’s Jab Harry Met Sejal were this year’s underperformers. Even the Khan tag failed to uplift these movies, which had high expectations from the audience. Aamir, who recently recovered from swine flu, was present at the song launch of Main Kaun Hoon from Secret Superstar. He was asked about the failure of his contemporaries’ movies, to which he responded:

We can’t say it’s a shift of trend. We see ups and downs, it happens.”

Aamir sure is a man of few words and he chooses them well!

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Reportedly Agreed To Work With Salman Khan On This One Condition


Like most of his films, Sanjay Leela Bhansali apparently had Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai in mind when he scripted his upcoming magnum opus Padmavati. In a case similar to Bajirao Mastani, the director couldn’t go through this idea because the actors parted ways. According to Rajeev Masand‘s column in Open Magazine, before Padmavati had Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starring in it, Sanjay reached out to Salman and Aishwarya for the film even after their break-up.

If you think the actors said no right away, here’s the big twist. As per the article, Aishwarya reportedly said she would be ready to work with her former boyfriend Salman only if he played Alauddin Khilji, the antagonist of the film. This way, both of them would have no scenes together.

It was Salman Khan who apparently refused this condition. A source revealed that while the superstar was happy to make the film, it had to be a love story. Salman was keen to recreate the magic of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, he wasn’t too pleased with doing a movie where he wouldn’t be working with Aishwarya.

Sanjay is now making the movie with Deepika as Padmavati and her real life boyfriend Ranveer playing Alauddin Khilji. Shahid will be playing Deepika’s husband Raja Rawal Ratan Singh.

Do you like the current casting or would you rather watch Salman and Aishwarya reunite? Tell us in the comments below.

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