Judwaa 2 movie review: Varun Dhawan is fantastic, but the film is no match for the Salman Khan original

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Judwaa 2 Cast: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu

Judwaa 2 Director: David Dhawan

Judwaa 2 Rating:  (2/5)

Somewhere in the first half of Judwaa 2, Raja (Varun Dhawan) calls out a bunch of rowdies for being “molesty” and proceeds to beat the living daylights out of them. The same Raja, who can’t stop himself from spanking the butt of any woman, old or young, who bends in front of him. Not just that, he does not think twice about forcibly kissing a girl (several times) without her consent. You realise that irony just died a thousand deaths.

Judwaa 2 is a reboot of David Dhawan’s 1997 hit Judwaa. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, identical twins Raja and Prem were separated at birth, thanks to the bad guy, Charles. So while Prem grows up in London, Raja grows up in aamchi Mumbai. They are as different as chalk and cheese – Raja is your boisterous, street-smart tapori characterised by machismo and violence, while Prem is your soft-spoken guy who can’t fight to save his life.

Raja flees to London, trying to escape the henchmen of Alex (Vivaan Bhatena), who he has seriously injured in a fight. The twins end up in the same city, and thus begins a case of mistaken identity, also involving their ladyloves, Samara (Taapsee Pannu) and Alishka (Jacqueline Fernandez).

David Dhawan has tried to be faithful to the plot, for the most part. Some of it works, much of it doesn’t. For instance, those who have watched the original Judwaa will remember the two policemen, played by Anupam Kher and Satish Shah, who were on the hunt for Raja. They were constantly trying to one-up the other in the attempt to catch him and get a promotion. In Judwaa 2, that subplot falls flat. Pavan Malhotra and the lady officer don’t even come close to the original duo and their chemistry, and the subplot ends bizarrely (the lady officer morphs into Taapsee during the Tan Tana Tan song, and then there is no mention of the police angle ever again).

Varun Dhawan, who is often called the new-age substitute of Salman Khan and Govinda of the 90s, does not disappoint. His energy and comic timing is on point, but it is the outdated script that drags him down. It is the two Varun Dhawans that save the day, when many of the supporting cast are strictly average. Jacqueline Fernandez plays her usual bubbly girl, nothing we haven’t already seen before. Ho-hum. Taapsee Pannu glams it up for Judwaa 2 and is not half bad.

Judwaa 2 manages to make you laugh in parts. Watch out for Varun Dhawan’s Shah Rukh Khan impression – “Ammi jaan kehti thi…” Johnny Lever’s comic timing steals the spotlight from Varun Dhawan in the scenes they had together, but unfortunately, he is on screen for a mere five minutes.

Expect lots of seeti-worthy dialogues. However, Judwaa 2 is a huge let down in the music department. The revamped songs are not a patch on the original, whether it is Oonchi Hai Building or Tan Tana Tan.

Fans of the 1997 film have something to look forward to, though. The “original Judwaa” Salman Khan makes a guest appearance at the end of the film. All four Judwaas grooving to Tan Tana Tan? Check.

As the villain in the film keeps saying, “Let’s come straight to the point.” And the point is this: Judwaa 2 is meant to be old wine in a new bottle. But this is no ageless wine, and maybe, David Dhawan should have checked the expiry date before making the film.

 

Source : http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/judwaa-2-review-varun-dhawan-jacqueline-fernandez-taapsee-pannu/1/1058400.html

Aditya Pancholi And Zarina Wahab Send A Legal Notice To Kangana Ranaut

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Aditya Pancholi has become somewhat relevant again after Kangana Ranaut accused him of stalking, abusing and threatening her when she had just started her career in Mumbai. Kangana even claimed that she had gone to Aditya’s wife Zarina Wahab for help, but Zarina reportedly said that she and the kids prefer it when Aditya isn’t home. Both Aditya and Zarina have called these accusations false and baseless. Aditya went on to call Kangana “mad” while Zarina said that she has a knack for fiction.

The latest development here is that the couple have sent Kangana a legal notice. According to a report on Spotboye.com, they have hired two lawyers to begin legal proceedings against the actress and they’ve sent a criminal and civil defamation notice at her residence.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Source : https://www.missmalini.com/2017/09/25/aditya-pancholi-and-zarina-wahab-send-a-legal-notice-to-kangana-ranaut/#axzz4tnhyfql0

 

Indu Sarkar’ to be screened at 4th Indian Film Festival in Russia

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National award winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Indu Sarkar’, that released on July 28, 2017, will be screened in Moscow, Russia with Russian subtitles.

On the occasion of the opening ceremony of the fourth Indian Film Festival of Russia, Bhandarkar along with veteran actress Hema Malini will be felicitated for their contribution to Indian cinema and their popularity in Russia.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/indu-sarkar-to-be-screened-at-4th-indian-film-festival-in-russia/articleshow/60827431.cms

“Alcohol, Gossip, And Then The Same Stuff” – Sunny Deol On Bollywood Parties

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Sunny Deol will always be one of us 90s kids’ favourites. From his epic dialogues to dance moves, there are a gazillion reasons to love him. And though we don’t see him as often as we used to back in the day, he still does a film or two a year. His latest release was Shreyas Talpade‘s Poster Boyz starring his brother Bobby Deol, and we hear it was quite hilarious.

Sunny’s known to be quite low key and doesn’t make too many public appearances either. In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, he was asked about it and he said that because of this one quality of his, he’s often misunderstood. Here are excerpts.

“I still remember those days when people would call me for parties and I wouldn’t go and they would get so offended because main nahi aaya. Some even said ‘what does he think of himself? Who does he think he is?’ But slowly, they understood that’s me and that’s the way I am.”

Speaking of parties, what are they really like?

“Be it filmy party or any other party… give me any party which is not the same. All are similar — alcohol, gossip and then the same stuff.”

About how he’s still a shy person…

“I am shy and I have been like that from childhood. I don’t attend all these film events even today. Thankfully, people have understood that I don’t have to do something which I don’t like.”

Aw! We really hope to see more of you, Sunny. :)

Source : https://www.missmalini.com/2017/09/20/alcohol-gossip-stuff-sunny-deol-bollywood-parties/#axzz4tNuAEQn2

7 Things Kangana Ranaut Revealed About Bollywood

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Kangana Ranaut spoke to film critic/journalist Mayank Shekhar at the Dainik Jagran’s Cinema Summit on Friday in Mumbai. Here are a few excerpt from their chat about the Future Of Heroine.

  1. On why she never minces words…

“It’s a conscious effort I make to tell the brighter side and the darker side. I don’t want to give a very hunky dory picture of my life. It is very easy to portray a fairytale, to make yourself the centre of the world, to portray yourself as being larger than life… almost God’s favourite child. It’s very difficult to put the real picture out there and be like I don’t know if I have been lucky or unfortunate.”

  1. On why heroines were never from film families until very recently…

“I know a lot of people who are always being too protective of their women. It’s all about keeping them away from a lot of men, opportunities, glamour. They think the girls will get swayed, they will have affairs, men are going to treat them badly, men are going to have sex with them. Having sex for a man is about having fun, but for a woman it’s a bad thing. When it is an affair of a son, you will see so many men brag about it… that my son is this Casanova, what else will he do in his youth except for having multiple affairs. But when it comes to their girls, there are restrictions. How dare my girl get into films? How dare people see her in mini skirts? These are the petty reasons. I wish it was something else. It’s very ‘My girl is going to wear bikinis? No! Meanwhile wouldn’t mind 15 bikini clad women around me or my son.”

  1. On ‘married heroines’…

“A lot has changed from those days when people used to care about someone’s marital status or someone’s age. I don’t think that is of any consequence anymore. Of course there is a certain section of the society who will mock women for being older and of course, when you are young, you are mocked for being young. So that is there. But we can see the change around us. But a few years ago many women were forced to leave the industry even though they looked the same, there was no change in their appearance, they were just not accepted anymore.”

  1. On showbiz…

“These extreme circumstances are a bit unsettling. I don’t know if I am a recipient of the magic or the victim of it. Because sometimes it hits you so suddenly, you are just never ready for it. To my surprise success often comes when you stop to hope for it. It’s very hard to come to terms with. The initial reaction is of rejection, you don’t know how to accept it. You don’t know what to do with it. By the time you get used to it, it’s gone.”

  1. On why she didn’t do Sultan…

“Knowing today’s times, I am going to go for something that stimulates my mind otherwise I would be just sleeping through the film. In Sultan at that point of time, it was a great character for a girl to play, but I did not see anything for me in that. And coming from a double role space and doing so much more in my earlier films, I felt that why would I demote myself to something that’s not offering me as much. That’s why I didn’t do it.”

  1. On ‘1 word that describes Kangana’…

“Brave.”

  1. On catharsis…

“When I played a cancer patient in Katti Batti, I was suddenly exposed to my own mortality as a human being. And since then I have never been the same. A character can be extremely cathartic for you as well.”

Source : https://www.missmalini.com/2017/09/21/7-extremely-truthful-things-kangana-ranaut-said-at-a-recent-event/#axzz4tNuAEQn2

Pakistani film industry extends support to Mahira Khan over trolls

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Popular Pakistani actors like Ali Zafar, Humaima Malick, Mawra and Urwa Hocane have lent support to actress Mahira Khan, who was trolled over social media over a leaked photograph where she can be seen smoking.

In the image that surfaced online, Mahira can be seen smoking alongside Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor. Soon after the photograph went viral over social media, a lot of people started slamming Mahira for smoking and wearing a short dress.

However actors from the Pakistani film industry took to Twitter to extend support to Mahira and slam her haters.

“Every woman has the right to make her own choices in life (as long as she’s not hurting anyone else) just like we men do. How we react defines our own character. Choose wisely, for we shall be judged,” Ali said in a handwritten note while tagging Mahira.

Humaima tweeted: “Ok. So now you can’t date anyone, can’t smoke, can’t go out , can’t wear what you want to just because you are a celebrity. More power to all artist and girl. Mahira Khan live your life your way.”

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Mahira, who made her Bollywood debut with “Raees” earlier this year that had superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role, also found support from Mawra and Urwa among others.

“Strength your way! Mahira Khan,” Mawra posted on Twitter.

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Urwa wrote: “Stay stronger Mahira Khan! Love and power your way.”

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Actor Osman Khalid Butt shared a photograph of himself smoking along with a friend and wrote: “F**k your double standards.”

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Singer Momina Mustehsan also came out in support of Mahira and tweeted: “Jesus. Can we please give Mahira Khan a break?! Why are we so quick to judge and attack?! Especially if it’s a woman in question. It’s her life!”

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Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/pakistani-film-industry-extends-support-to-mahira-khan-over-trolls/articleshow/60807341.cms?slideshow=30343134&slide=30344430#35

Ranbir Kapoor comes out in support of Mahira Khan against trolls over their viral pictures

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In the wee hours of Friday morning, a few leaked pictures of Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan’s late-night rendezvous in NYC created a nation-wide stir and also sparked rumours of an alleged relationship between the two, with many slamming the actress for her backless dress and smoking with Ranbir.
However, many from the film industry like Parineeti Chopra, Varun Dhawan and Ali Zafar jumped to Mahira’s defense.

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According to latest reports, the ‘Jagga Jasoos’ actor has released an official statement saying that he has known Mahira over the last few months and he admires and respects her for her achievements, and even more for the person she is. He asserted that the way she is being judged and spoken about is very unfair. According to Kapoor, the inequality in judgment just because she is a woman is sad.
He reportedly requested everyone to stop the negativity and spread peace and love. Ranbir signed off by adding that both smoking and hate are injurious to health.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/ranbir-kapoor-comes-out-in-support-of-mahira-khan-against-trolls-over-their-viral-pictures/photostory/60807339.cms

Bhoomi Movie Review

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CAST: Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shekhar Suman, Sharad Kelkar
DIRECTION: Omung Kumar
GENRE: Drama
DURATION: 2 hours 15 minutes

SANJAY DUTT IS BACK

BHOOMI STORY: A shoe-smith Arun Sachdeva(Sanjay) is shattered when he discovers that his daughter, Bhoomi (Aditi) has been raped by Dhauli (Sharad) and his gang of three. The father and daughter grieve for a bit and then plan revenge.

BHOOMI REVIEW: Distasteful as it may sound, rape and retribution seem to dominating Bollywood. After Maatr and Mom, Omung Kumar, who showed a spark with Mary Kom, seems to have fallen into the trap of making formula. And while every filmmaker argues that movies on rapes are ‘socially-relevant'; you keep asking yourself—is all the gore on screen justified.

Here, our very own Arun and Bhoomi are a doting father-daughter team living in Agra. They tug at your heartstrings with their chirpybaap-beti routine of cooking meals, colouring beards and combing hair. However, after a point the bittu-beti endearments rankle. But that’s not the only thing that rankles here.

When Bhoomi gets raped just a day before her wedding, you know which way the film will go. The insensitive cops, the lame public prosecutor, the even lamer defence and the whole court-room drama where it has become fashionable to discuss the heroine’s virginity makes you want to scream. Statistics of rapes are rattled off by all and sundry and the word `rape’ is used so frequently that it almost knocks you dead.

But like it’s said, every cloud has a silver living; Bhoomi has Sanjay Dutt. Returning to the marquee after his incarceration, the actor wears the lines of his face with confidence. You can tell right away that the lion has aged but he’s got terrific screen presence.

Aditi is also remarkable, first as the stuttering, sweet girl and later as the woman seeking revenge. Sharad is too much the caricatured villain from the 80s, mouthing stupid lines. The overall writing is clunky. Artur Zurawski’s camera work is efficient. Sachin-Jigar have composed a couple of foot-tapping numbers that don’t necessarily have recall but when they are playing, you find yourself grooving.

Watch Bhoomi for Dutt. He’s from that era of larger-than-life heroes who get you to whistle even when he is killing people. You may not approve of his thirst for blood but you can’t fault his swagger.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/bhoomi/movie-review/60781575.cms

Haseena Parkar Movie Review

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CAST: Shraddha Kapoor, Ankur Bhatia, Siddhant Kapoor
DIRECTION: Apoorva Lakhia
GENRE: Biography
DURATION: 2 hours 4 minutes

HASEENA PARKAR STORY: This courtroom drama tries to decode the life and criminal activities of India’s most wanted fugitive – Dawood Ibrahim’s late sister Haseena Parkar, who allegedly headed her brother’s crime syndicate in Mumbai and ran proxy business for him.

HASEENA PARKAR REVIEW: As the film shuttles between past and present, it passionately lists down the gang wars and events that led to Dawood’s rise as a crime lord-terrorist and its repercussions on his family, including his sister Haseena, who was summoned to the Court only once (2007), despite the many offences registered against her.

Incidentally, the recent arrest of Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar (‘while he was having biryani’), from his Mumbai residence on charges of extortion, made one wonder why the bigger fish continues to roam scot free. While the siblings are obviously no saints, do they somewhere bear the brunt of belonging to the D family? This disappointingly shallow biopic tries to decipher this debatable thought.

However, given Apoorva Lakhia’s poor direction and penchant for making films on Mumbai’s underworld dons that ride on sensation over substance, all you get is a tanned Shraddha Kapoor who looks like she’s holding two kachoris in her mouth. The actress is ‘lucky’ to be getting biopics (she will essay the role of badminton ace Saina Nehwal next), given her limited acting skills. But let us clarify, Shraddha is not the weakest link here.

The treatment, jarring background score and setting, is equally sloppy as Dongri, Nagpada, Dubai, Mulund, Bhandup…all look the same. Also, the stereotypes are laughable. Siddhant Kapoor (badly dubbed) as Dawood, roams around aimlessly in Dubai, goes on candlelight dinners with random girls and chills in his bathtub as Mumbai burns (1993). The judge examining Haseena Parkar’s case, comes across as a nincompoop.

You walk into the film, hoping to understand the controversial journey of a woman, who became the aapa (elder sister) or the Godmother of Nagpada. But all you get is a silly costume drama that inadvertently victimises and thus justifies Haseena’s unlawful actions and warped sense of power under the pretext of ‘protecting her family’. While the intention is still subjective as it’s a filmmaker’s interpretation of a character, the film’s biggest drawback is its lack of depth.

The crime drama fails to offer an insight into Haseena’s life whatsoever as an individual, beyond her infamous identity as Dawood’s sister, who dropped her bhai’s name to settle property disputes, extort money from builders etc.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/haseena-parkar/movie-review/60784661.cms

Newton Movie Review

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CAST: Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav
DIRECTION: Amit Masurkar
GENRE: Comedy
DURATION: 1 hour 46 minutes

NEWTON SOARS!

NEWTON STORY: Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk, is sent on election duty in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh, which is under the control of the naxals. Despite the odds stacked against him, Newton Kumar tries his best to conduct a fair voting process in the region.

NEWTON REVIEW: In terms of entertainment value, ‘Newton’ takes on a completely unremarkable subject. After all, why would anyone want to watch a film on election woes in a remote jungle surrounded by Naxalites? Surely not your average moviegoer who is primarily accustomed to the glitz and glamour of escapist Bollywood. But in the recent past, some films have tried to blur the line between sheer ‘paisa vasool’ quotient and essential social commentary. ‘Newton’ jumps over that divide and runs off with a brilliantly acted, impeccably written, lovingly shot, humorous, yet poignant film that Indian audiences didn’t ask for, but need.

As a character Newton Kumar is so idealistic, he’s ready to literally have his face rubbed in the dirt as long as he can fulfil his duty. His rigid demeanour is not tainted by the corruption and cynicism that we, as Indians, have come to embrace. Rajkummar Rao embodies this role with a blinking innocence in his eyes, hiding the intelligence of an actor who has a deep understanding of the persona he’s playing. In fact, Newton’s personality traits are so well defined by Rajkummar, that it would be really interesting to see this character react to a variety of other complex and uncomfortable situations. Along with him, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil and Raghubir Yadav put on a masterclass in acting – each one of them shines when they occupy the screen. Tripathi as Aatma Singh, in particular, is the perfect opposite of Newton’s naivete, in his weary scepticism. Together, they make an odd couple of sorts, but also perfectly showcase the two ends of the spectrum in our thought process, when we contemplate the state of our ‘democratic’ country.

But their performances would ring hollow with the lack of a meaningful screenplay. Writer-director Amit Masurkar and Mayank Tewari have painfully captured the bittersweet essence of the people of an obscure jungle that’s far-flung from civilization. This is also evident in the cinematography; each shot is thoughtfully structured and lovingly composed. Combined with a subtle sound design that’s hard to miss – this film has everything going for it. ‘Newton’ has dared to take on an issue that our vast majority turns a blind eye to, and slaps us out of our blissful ignorance. Amidst laughing, it’ll leave you thinking, which – and we need to be reminded of this – is what good cinema should do. Both your funny bone and your grey cells will thank you for watching it.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/newton/movie-review/60739447.cms