Jia Aur Jia Movie Review

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CAST: Richa Chadha, Kalki Koechlin, Arslan Goni
DIRECTIONHoward Rosemeyer
GENRE: Drama
DURATION: 1 hour 30 minutes

STORY: The road trip drama unfolds the lives of two women, who have nothing in common except for their name (Jia). They also won’t tell the other what exactly they are going through in life.

REVIEW: Most road trip movies make you feel bad about your boring and ordinary existence. They are ugly reminders of what you’ve been missing all this while and how life passes you by while you are busy paying bills and compromising on your likes, dislikes, even self esteem to be able to make a living.

Jia Aur Jia, a female road trip movie, sadly has a reverse effect on you. It so random and badly made that no matter how mundane and unadventurous your life may be, you will still feel good about it.

Much to your surprise, a film that intends to break stereotypes, reinstates them. An overtly happy person must have a tragic future, the sad person must survive and two girls on an unplanned vacation must sing, ‘Girls just wanna have fun’.

You don’t connect with either of the characters or their supposed bonding. If the friendship wasn’t bizarre enough, there’s a brief love story that’s weirder. A random drunk dude in Sweden of mixed heritage (Arslan) bumps into these women and makes one of them go weak in the knees by spouting gems like, “Main ameer hoon, main kuch nahi karta.”

Even terminal illness comes across as a joke eventually and that’s when you give up decoding this film, which hopes to teach you how to live. While Kalki still manages to evoke emotions, Richa seems shockingly out of place.

Nonetheless, it’s not about the actors, this one lacks humour, heart and a story. Watch Kangana and Lisa Haydon in Queen instead.

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/jia-aur-jia/movie-review/61246722.cms

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli looking for a December wedding?

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Bollywood star Anushka Sharma is all set to become the first lady of Indian cricket soon. According to sources, Indian skipper Virat Kohli will tie the knot with Anushka in December this year. Though the dates are yet to be finalised. DNA has learnt that Kohli apparently told selectors that he would be missing one of the three Tests and the One-day series to be played against Sri Lanka in December because of “personal reasons”.

Though, the chairman of selection committee MSK Prasad insisted that Kohli will be part of the entire Test series, this led to speculations about India captain’s marriage plans. Kohli and Sharma have been dating for at least a couple of years now and she even accompanied the cricketer during India’s tour of England in 2013, which created a lot of controversy as Kohli’s form hit a downward curve.

Then there came the rumours of their break-up in 2015 but Kohli came out in support of Sharma when fans blamed her for his poor form. The couple recently recently featured in an advertisement which went viral. The commercial for an ethnic clothing brand shows the couple exchanging wedding vows inadvertently.

The year 2017 has been exceptional for the Delhi-based cricketer, scoring record runs and guiding India to six series’ victories against top teams at home.

A player from Delhi dressing room known to be close to Kohli said, “December seems to be logical as after that Indian team will be travelling overseas for quite some time. As far as I know, Virat would not like to miss any of such important games.”

However, the player denied having knowledge of Kohli’s wedding plans. “I’m awaiting this good news like all of his fans,” added the veteran Delhi player.

Source : http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/anushka-sharma-and-virat-kohli-looking-for-a-december-wedding/

 

Rukh Movie Review

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CAST: Manoj Bajpayee, Smita Tambe, Kumud Mishra, Adarsh Gourav
DIRECTION: Atanu Mukherjee
GENREThriller

AN EXCITING AND UNUSUAL THRILLER

RUKH STORY: After the sudden death of his father Diwakar Mathur (Manoj Bajpayee), young Dhruv comes back from boarding school to be with his mother Nandini (Smita Tambe). As days go by, he begins to suspect that his father’s death is probably not an accident but a murder..

RUKH REVIEW: As far as thrillers go, ‘Rukh’ is a one-of-a kind Hindi film. It does not travel at a breakneck speed as most thrillers do, but the timing is not slow either. The film moves at a perfectly natural pace. At its heart, ‘Rukh’ is a coming-of-age film. In the beginning we see Dhruv, an aggressive young boy whose life changes when he is sent to a boarding for assaulting his schoolmate. But as another tragedy strikes, with the passing of his father in a violent road accident, Dhruv has to make certain choices which will affect how his life shapes up. Does he give in to anger and spiral out? Or does he look at things for what they truly are?

First time filmmaker Atanu Mukherjee seems to have been inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Rashomon’. He uses a similar plot device as the classic, where Dhruv gets to know about the last days of his father’s life from the point of view of several characters that have a stake in the proceedings. And the ploy doesn’t seem wasted or gimmicky either, because you get to the truth along with the protagonist.

Performances by Kumud Mishra as the wily business partner and by Smita Tambe as the guilt-struck, grieving mother are excellent. Manoj Bajpayee, as usual, does a fine job with the limited screen time he has. Adarsh Gourav, who has done bit parts in ‘My Name is Khan’ and ‘Mom’ stands out in his role as a sensitive, brooding protagonist. He never goes overboard and delivers a mature and authentic performance. The film is not bereft of humour either, as is employed through the dialogues by Vasan Bala. Lyrics by Sidhant Mago are poetic and blend naturally with the film’s theme, as does the music by Amit Trivedi. The cinematography by Pooja Gupte is refreshing as she keeps a majority of the frames interesting and doesn’t let the film become a dull, dark exercise.

It’s a rare, mature thriller that delivers the goods and keeps you engrossed. Don’t let this small film slip under the radar, because this will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/rukh/movie-review/61240708.cms

Vidya Balan, Neha Dhupia & RJ Malishka Weave Magic In “Hawa Hawai 2.0”

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The very talented Vidya Balan is back with yet another interesting film – Tumhari Sulu and we cannot wait to check out what she has in store for us this time. The makers have just released a new song and it’s quite fun.

The iconic Sridevi number, Hawa Hawai from the cult film Mr.India has been recreated as Hawa Hawai 2.0. Tanishk Bagchi has recreated it but has chosen to retain Kavita Krishnamurthy‘s beautiful vocals. Along with Vidya, Neha Dhupia and RJ Malishka are seen shaking a leg here. Check out the fun video:

Directed by ad filmmaker Suresh Triveni, Tumhari Sulu is going to hit the theaters on November 17, 2017.

Source : https://www.missmalini.com/2017/10/26/vidya-balan-neha-dhupia-rj-mallishka-weave-magic-hawa-hawai-2-0/

Asin And Rahul Sharma Blessed With A Daughter!

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The founder of Micromax Rahul Sharma and actress Asin got married last year in January in a stunning ceremony and now, the couple have been blessed with a baby girl. Here’s their official statement –

We are ecstatic to announce the arrival of our angelic baby girl earlier today. The last 9 months have been most special and exciting for the both of us and we would like to thank all our well wishers and everyone who has been part of our journey for all their love and support.”

This news comes as a surprise as Asin kept her pregnancy extremely private and went on a social media hiatus. The couple are known to keep a low profile, but we can’t wait to see photos of the girl! Congratulations to the gorgeous family.

Asin And Rahul Sharma Blessed With A Daughter!

‘Nawazuddin Siddiqui is willing to exploit and disrespect a woman to sell his book,’ Niharika Singh breaks her silence

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s sensational revelations about his relationship with Miss Lovely actress Niharika Singh has made headlines. In his book, An Ordinary Life – A memoir, Nawaz has revealed some sensational details about his affair with the actress. A source in the know told us that though Nawaz had informed Niharika about him mentioning about their affair in the book, the actress wasn’t aware about the extent to which he will describe their relationship. Hence when the excerpts from the book came out, she was left a little surprised!

In a statement EXCLUSIVELY given to Bollywoodlife, Niharika says, “Nawaz and I had a brief relationship during the making of Miss Lovely that lasted less than a few months in 2009. So today when he paints me as a woman in fur enticing him into her bedroom with candles, or desperately calling him and mailing other women on his behalf, I can only laugh. He obviously wants to sell his book and it would appear that he is willing to exploit and disrespect a woman just to do so. He has chosen to fabricate stories and manipulate a fleeting relationship. None of what he has written has been with my knowledge, let alone my consent. It is this very aspect of Nawaz that caused me to end my relationship with him in the first place. I have always maintained that he’s a brilliant actor. However, I had hoped these acting skills would have remain confined only to the screen. Still, I wish him well. This is all I have to say.”

“She is shocked with the details that Nawaz has let out in the book. Ever since the excerpts are out, Niharika is flooded with calls. When she read about the revelations he has made, she got a little upset. She felt that Nawaz kept her in the dark. Niharika was even contemplating on suing Siddiqui. But first decided to speak to Nawaz,” reveals a source close to Singh.

Meanwhile, below is the excerpt from the book written by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, that read, “One day, while we were shooting a dance scene, something happened to my co-star Niharika Singh. When the director said, Cut! , she quietly rushed to her vanity van and stayed there. Something seemed to have happened to her. She was suddenly cold, went out of her way to maintain a distance from me and began to keep mum. I was puzzled. What was wrong with her? What had happened? She used to be friendly, social and talk quite a bit. I thought it was best to ask her what had happened and so I did, not once, not twice, but several times, for several days. She responded that nothing had happened. I silenced my curiosity. I simply urged her to talk, be more social, that it was not healthy to be so quiet. After some days she began I invited her over for a home-cooked meal, a mutton dish which was my speciality. She politely agreed and came over. The dish I had made for her turned out to be absolutely terrible. But she was too well mannered to say so. Not only did she eat everything that was on her plate, but she praised it as well. Now you come to my house, Nawaz. I will cook mutton for you, she said warmly. For the very first time I went to Niharika s house. I rang the doorbell, slightly nervous. When she opened the door, revealing a glimpse of the house, I was speechless with amazement. A hundred, or so it seemed, little candles flickered beautifully. She wore soft faux fur, looking devastatingly gorgeous, her beauty illuminated even more in the candlelight. And I, being the lusty village bumpkin that I am, scooped her up in my arms and headed straight for the bedroom. We made passionate love. And just like that, out of the blue, I began a relationship with Niharika Singh, a relationship which I did not know then would last for almost one and a half years.”

Later, he also explained why his break up with the lady happened. He said, “Like all girls, Niharika obviously expected some of the sweet conversations that lovers have, to take place between us. But I was quite a selfish bastard. I had a plain aim: go to her house, make out and leave. I could not talk lovey-dovey too much. It finally struck her that I was a rascal who cared only for himself. (Actually, all the girls I have ever been with have had this same complaint about me. I would only come to them for my own needs. Otherwise, I might not even take their calls.) When I went to her place next, she was wearing a silk robe. I ran my hand over its coolness around her waist, grabbing her but she pushed me away. No, Nawaz! she said. I won’t meet you again. This is enough. I pleaded, I cried, I apologized. I said I wouldn’t repeat my mistakes again. I would be more thoughtful, a better lover. But she remained adamant. She had had enough. She had been hurt too many times. So that was that, we broke up cutting off all contact.”

(As told to Urvi Parikh)

Source : http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/nawazuddin-siddiqui-is-willing-to-exploit-and-disrespect-a-woman-to-sell-his-book-niharika-singh-breaks-her-silence/

 

Watch Firangi trailer: Kapil Sharma is kicking the British and now we know why

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What happens when Kapil Sharma comes on screen? Well, you would expect a lot of laughter for sure. But here’s a catch. In his upcoming film Firangi’s newly launched trailer, we witness a different side of Kapil. We see him in love and fighting for love. Just like a true blue Bollywood hero, he is wooing his lady love, presenting an emotional side to him as well. Of course there are portions of humour and innocence which he brings onscreen but over all the trailer is a pleasing watch and we are happy to see his new avatar.

Kapil plays the character of Magga. The trailer begins with Kapil narrating a story to a child as he takes us back in time when India was under the rule of British and the struggle for freedom was gaining momentum, when Indians were getting united under one mission – to gain independence. But looks like only one person had a different thought – Magga aka Kapil. Magga, who serves the British, believes they are not bad people. In fact, it is his job that brings humour in the first half of the trailer. The man who was good for nothing, suddenly turns into the most highly placed man among the white people because of his ability to treat their back pain in the traditional manner of kicking them. Yes, while the entire country was looking for ways to fight the British, Kapil kept them at the end of his kick! But soon, he falls in love and that’s when the story takes a twist.

Watch the trailer here:

Kapil is proving his mettle as an actor in the trailer, which makes us curious about the film. While his debut film Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon was an out-and-out comedy, this one has elements of emotions and drama too. The trailer can be touted as a perfect teaser for fans who have been missing the actor-comedian after his show, The Kapil Sharma Show went off air on television. This film also marks Kapil’s venture into film production.

The film will be releasing in cinemas on the 24th of November, 2017.

Source : http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/firangi-trailer-kapil-sharma-watch-video-4904387/

 

Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani name their daughter Radhya

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Esha Deol and husband Bharat Takhtiani welcomed their daughter into the world on October 20 during the auspicious festival of Diwali. Needless to say everyone in the family is extremely happy with the arrival of the little angel. Especially, veteran actress and Esha’s mother, Hema Malini, who cannot contain her happiness after becoming a grandmother yet again. In an interview with a daily, she opened up about the environment in their family after Esha’s delivery and also revealed the name of her grand daughter. “It’s such a beautiful feeling to become a grandmom again! I am very excited right now. Even Dharmendra ji is very happy. Esha is doing well, and the newborn baby girl, whom Esha and her husband Bharat Takhtani have decided to name Radhya, is so sweet and lovely-looking, like a little doll!” Hema was quoted.

Hema also revealed how they celebrated the arrival of Radhya as she further said, “We didn’t go to the hospital because Bharat’s family went and brought her home. We were at home, making the preparations to welcome the baby. The first thing we did was aarti according to the Hindu tradition. Outside, my staff was celebrating with phuljhadis. But we didn’t burst more crackers, as we did not want to disturb the child with the noise and also because it would have led to so much pollution.”

Well, we congratulate Esha, Bharat and their families for Radhya.

Source : http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/esha-deol-and-bharat-takhtani-name-their-daughter-radhya/

Golmaal Again movie review: Ajay Devgn and Parineeti Chopra’s horror-comedy is a laugh riot

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Rohit Shetty is back with the fourth movie of the Golmaal franchise. Golmaal Again brings back the mischievous gang from Golmaal 3, with Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Kemmu and Shreyas Talpade reprising their characters’ names from the previous movie. Tabu and Parineeti Chopra play the female leads, while Prakash Raj and Neil Nitin Mukesh are the antagonists. After an underwhelming Dilwale, will Rohit Shetty manage to redeem himself with Golmaal Again? Will this turn out to be the perfect Diwali treat we yearned for? Read our review to find out.

What’s it about

Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), the mute Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor), and two Laxmans (Shreyas Talpade and Kunal Kemmu) are orphans under the care of Jamnadas Orphanage in Ooty. While Gopal and Laxman with the lisp are like siblings, the other three are a team and often try to scare Gopal, who is frightened of ghosts. As adults, they both work separately as land evictors for Babli bhai (Sanjay Mishra) and Vasooli (Mukesh Tiwari) respectively. When they learn that their benefactor Jamnadas is no more, the gang returns to the orphanage to pay their last respects. Here they meet Ana (Tabu) the librarian who can see ghosts and Damini (Parineeti Chopra) the caretaker of a blind colonel (Sachin Khedekar). What they don’t realise then is that there is a ghost among them who wants to reveal an ugly truth about the orphanage. Cue… a lot of gags, spooky elements and a contrived plot!

What’s hot

When you go in a theatre to watch a Golmaal movie, what do you expect? Barrelful of laughs, right? With Golmaal Again, director Rohit Shetty has managed to meet your expectations when it comes to making you smile. Well, almost. After a plain start, once we get to see our heroes in the adult forms, the jokes relentlessly pour in with most of them managing to make you go LOL. Thankfully for us, the best gags in the movie were not ruined by the trailers. When some of the cast members invoke the spirit of a certain actor (who also makes a surprise cameo later), I am sure you will be clutching your stomach hard rolling down the aisle. I also loved how the movie tried to poke fun at Ajay and Parineeti’s pairing, and in the process, trolling the age-gap divide in Bollywood movies. Some of the dialogues are too damn funny.

What works in the favour of Rohit Shetty is that he has roped in actors with some really good comic talent, who are willing to subject themselves to all sorts of buffoonery. Ajay Devgn gets to polish his funny bone again. He is quite believable as the macho hero who is scared of darkness and ghosts. His entry scene will make all Vijay fans proud. Arshad, Shreyas, Tusshar and Kunal are all good. It is nice to see a talented Kunal Kemmu get spotlight in these movies, and I hope to get to see him more on screen. Among the supporting cast, Sanjay Mishra and Johnny Lever once again prove why they are pros at making you laugh.

All the songs are decent. The cinematography by Jomon T John gorgeously captures the beauty of Ooty.  

What’s not

The posters and Tabu’s character in the movie relentlessly tell us that don’t look for logic and enjoy the magic. Thanks to the magic of humour, I did try to ignore this logic less-ness of the plot. But when towards the latter half of the movie, when the gags become forced and dry and the plot looks for resolution, the faults raise their ugly heads. Major blame falls on the writing and the editing. The plot, when stripped of all the gags, is contrived, unoriginal and will remind you of movies like Bhoot and Screamers. While the supernatural elements form crux of many jokes, it also makes us question this – if the ghost canpossess people and do all sorts of stuff, why does it need the help of a gang of buffoons to take down villains? The movie is half an hour too long with the concluding portions turning out to be a bore. For a horror-comedy, the spooky scared are quite less, unlike a Bhool Bhulaiya or the Tamil movie Yaamirukka Bayamey, or for that matter, the cult Pizza starring Vijay Sethupathi.

I also wish the writers could have concocted the twist in Parineeti’s track in a better way. The writing was there on the wall all along; a little more imagination could have worked wonders with the interval revelation. The two female leads, be it Tabu or Chopra, don’t get to do much when it comes to making an impact. The same goes for the villains of the piece. Prakash Raj is made to repeat what he did in the climax of Singham. But at least his possessed dance was funny. Neil Nitin Mukesh was basically Fardeen Khan from Bhoot, but with a bit more screentime. However, being a Golmaal fan, I feel the biggest crime movie did was to Tusshar Kapoor. His Lucky was an MVP in the first three movies, but here, save for one possessed scene, he hardly gets to do much.

On a final note, I do hope that one day Rohit Shetty stops using North Indian actors attempt South Indian caricatures for humour. You have National award winning actors from South like Prakash Raj in your fold, so why the need to attempt such flat humour?

What to do

Golmaal Again, unfortunately, doesn’t attempt to dethrone the first Golmaal movie which remains the best of the lot in the franchise. However, it still provides plentiful of laughter thanks to some zany dialogues and the humourous antics of the lead cast. If you are planning to watch Golmaal Again, do make sure that you leave your brains and expectations back at home and then join the laughter!

Rating:3 out of 53 Star Rating

Source : http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/golmaal-again-movie-review-ajay-devgn-and-parineeti-chopras-horror-comedy-is-a-laugh-riot/

Mahira Khan Has The Last Word On Her Photos With Ranbir Kapoor

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A couple of weeks ago, some photos of Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan outside a hotel in New York surfaced on the Internet, and social media has since then gone on overdrive. From people calling her his girlfriend to haters passing lewd comments about her outfit and decision to smoke, Mahira received a lot of undeserved flak. She chose to stay mum about the matter and didn’t pay any heed to it, but her friend Ali Zafar came out in support of her and wrote this lovely note asking people to think before they speak. Ranbir Kapoor too spoke about the photos saying he’s gotten to know Mahira well over the last couple of months and she doesn’t deserve the hate that came her way.

Mahira has just become the brand ambassador for L’oreal and is the first Pakistani woman to do so. Naturally, this was a big moment for her but someone asked her about the photos at the press conference for the event, and she had the best response.

Through the times of turbulence, through the joys, through the ups and downs, through the mistakes we make and all the success we get, let nobody… nobody’s opinion define who you are, And if anybody defines who you are, let it be yourself. Because including me and all the women out there, we’re all worth it.”

Dignified as always, Mahira.

Source : https://www.missmalini.com/2017/10/18/mahira-khan-last-word-photos-ranbir-kapoor/