Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani name their daughter Radhya


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.

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


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

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


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.

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Victoria and Abdul movie reviews: Judi Dench-Ali Fazal film gets royally slammed


From the time the film was announced, Victoria and Abdul sounded quaint and irresistibly charming. People wanted to know about the queen of the vast British empire and her strange friendship with a commoner, Abdul, from the territory she ruled, India.

He teaches her about the country she knows nothing about, and she is mildly intrigued by India’s exoticism. Veteran actress Judi Dench playing Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal of Fukrey and Bobby Jasoos fame, portraying Abdul, heightened the interest of the film.


However, the film has opened to negative reviews, owing to the fact that it glossed over the murky bits of history, and painted a glorious image of the Victorian reign in England, forgetting the sheer brutality of colonialism and the impact the British rule had on India.

Here’s what the critics have say about Victoria and Abdul.


Doesn’t Dig Deeper

According to The Rappler, it seems that the film is content to offer quick glances instead of pushing the fictionalised elements of history for compelling provocation.


The Guardian calls it “peculiarly dodgy, conservative”, and it’s a lazy salute to a good queen and her faithful Indian servant. It’s a film about the Raj era that looks as if it was made back then, too. While there is overall appreciation for Judi Dench’s acting, her skill can’t compensate for the “lazy-Raj era” nonsense.”


The New York Times says that the shift from comedy to drama is “wobbly”. “The narrative of cross-cultural understanding by way of individual affinity is a comforting but ultimately dubious one. The notion of Queen Victoria as the most progressive figure of the Victorian age is also peculiar. But this is a handsomely packaged collection of such notions, and will provide genteel entertainment to those of a mind to swallow them,” writes the critic.


A Colonial Fantasy

The Hindu calls it a “dull affair, feeding off colonial fantasies”.  Instead of dealing with life-altering conversations, one is subjected to stereotypes and cliches. In fact, critics also say that Abdul looks like a guide, taking the queen around Chandni Chowk, with his descriptions of “bazaars” in Agra, and of course the Taj Mahal.


The Wire calls it “intriguing, but uni-dimensional”. According to the critic, the film suffers from uni-dimensional plotting and bland characters. The British characters are reduced to caricatures. The relationship between Abdul and Victoria is too linear, and the Queen always looks at Abdul like a paragon of virtue. These plot points make the film too convenient, and do not give it any thematic and narrative layers. How did their relationship change over such a long period of time? The film isn’t interested in that and never seriously considers the great sweep of time.

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Tiger Zinda Hai first poster: Sneak peek of Salman Khan’s killer look is the PERFECT Diwali gift for his fans


Guys, leave everything and check this out! The first poster of Tiger Zinda Hai is out and it is all about Salman Khan and his gun! Not the entire Salman, though, as we get to see a sliver of his face as the rest of his facial features are hidden behind his automatic gun. And he is wounded. But that makes him more dangerous, because the poster says ‘No one hunts like a wounded tiger’. We do wonder which poor soul had the misfortune of trying to maim this Tiger and will not live long to reveal his tale.


A few days back director Ali Abbas Zafar had revealed on his Twitter timeline that he will be revealing something special about Tiger Zinda Hai on Diwali. And as promised, the first poster has come out as the perfect Diwali gift for all Salman Khan fans out there. Salman himself had tweeted the poster with the caption, “Diwali Gift…. pasand aaya? Ab Christmas pe milna… #tigerzindahai”. But Salman, we hope to meet the Tiger before Christmas; you also have to show us the teaser, songs and the trailer too! We are also thankful that the first poster has veered away from the usual fixation of showing Salman Khan’s back first (though the first look of the movie was all about that!).

 When director Ali Abbas Zafar was asked to comment on his experience shooting with Salman and Katrina for TZH, he said, “Shooting for Tiger Zinda Hai was gruelling, challenging and a whole lot of fun. We’ve shot across pristine, relatively unseen locations in Austria, Morocco and shot on a huge lot in Abu Dhabi along with other spots. Right from the infrastructure, to the support that the local military has given us, shooting here was smooth and a great collaborative experience. Tiger and Zoya’s second outing is going to be larger than life, and the shoot lives up to that.”

Tiger Zinda Hai will release big this Christmas on December 22. Katrina Kaif will also reprise her role from the original 2012 blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger in the sequel.

Now that you have seen the poster, share your thoughts below…

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Secret Superstar movie review: Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim are excellent in this thought-provoking but entertaining drama


After giving us Bollywood’s biggest blockbuster last year in Dangal, Aamir Khan returns with his latest movie, Secret Superstar. However, this time he is not the lead; instead it is the supremely talented Zaira Wasim who has taken on the mantle. Aamir Khan, in an extended cameo, made a lot of waves with his character of Shakti Kumar, an egoistic music director. Secret Superstar is directed by Advait Chandan. Here’s our review,

Secret Superstar despite its aspirational hues and overtones is a grim film that leaves you angry and disturbed. While the core of the film deals with the story of a young girl Insiya (Zaira Wasim) wanting to make her dreams come true, Advait Chandan’s film throws light on domestic violence and its impact on children. Insiya’s mother (Meher Vij) is a helpless bystander of her husband’s (Raj Arjun) abusive ways. Caught between her daughter’s dreams of becoming a singer and bound by the norms of a conservative Muslim family, she is unable to muster the courage to break free. Aamir Khan plays a narcissistic, loud, obnoxious music composer, Shakti Kumaar, who is quite a caricature. Shakti plays an important role in taking the story ahead and bringing out the best and worst in these characters. Neither preachy nor too heavy on the subtext, Secret Superstar is an important film that needs to be watched for its message that everyone has a right to dream.

What’s hot

Zaira Wasim as Insiya is spot on. She is the star of the film and takes to the role with hunger. There isn’t a single moment or scene in the film where Zaira feels out of sync with her character. When she argues with her mom that the right to have a dream is the most basic human emotion, there is ample conviction in her reasoning. You feel for Zaira when she throws on a burkha to hide her identity because even singing a song is an offence for her dad. Music is an important part of Secret Superstar and the songs do a great job of conveying the right emotion and taking the story ahead. Aamir Khan, as the over the top music composer, Shakti Kumaar, is quite a riot. His self obsessive one-liners and flirtatious encounters with the fairer sex will leave you in splits. The narrative of the film is also one of the major highlights. Secret Superstar makes a valid point, that dreams can be crushed and life can be lived within the four walls of a confined house, but if the spirit refuses to succumb to the pressure then being a rebel is not that tough. Meher Vij as Insiya’s mother is a delight to watch. Her scenes with Zaira in the second half and especially the climax are major highlights of the film.

What’s not

Where Secret Superstar lacks is pace and the first half spends a lot of time in creating scenes and moments that seem indulgent. Despite the setting being a Muslim family, the story of Secret Superstar has a universal appeal. Being conservative is not an isolated trait that is reserved for one community but that sentiment doesn’t come across that strong in the film. Zaira’s track with her school friend had scope to flower into something more than the expected, but the script fails to take off in that direction.

What to do

Secret Superstar is an important film that needs to be watched not just for the  message, but also because it is entertaining and has one of the best performances of the year by Zaira Wasim.

Rating:3.5 out of 53.5 Star Rating

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Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar or Ajay Devgn’s Golmaal Again: which film will you watch this Diwali?


Aamir Khan‘s Secret Superstar and Ajay Devgn – Parineeti Chopra’s Golmaal Again is all set to release this Diwali weekend. Both films look interesting on paper and have garnered quite a buzz. And while there is an eminent clash at the box office, we are sure that both the films will do well. How? Quite simply because of the fact that both the films cater to different target audience and are quite different from each other. While Secret Superstar is much more of a niche and inspirational film, targeting the multiplex audience, Golmaal Again is a mass entertainer targeting the single screen and mass audience. By the look of things it will be a neck-to-neck battle between these two. However, we wanted to know which film are you more eager to watch this Diwali – Secret Superstar or Golmaal Again? But before you vote for your favourite, here’s a little information about both the films to help you decide your pick.

Secret Superstar revolves around the life of a young, Muslim girl (Zaira Wasim) who wants to be a singer. While her father does not approve of her singing, the girl hides herself behind a veil, records songs and puts them on YouTube. She becomes an internet sensation overnight. And that’s when a music director (Aamir Khan) comes across her. He feels she is the voice that can turn around his career. He asks her to participate in a talent competition, that he is judging, but will she be able to win the competition and fulfil her dream? Will her father finally approve of her singing? That’s something you will come to know when you watch the movie.

The fourth part of the hit comic franchise – Golmaal Again is quite different in every sense. Not only will we have a double the dose of action, comedy and drama, but we will also see supernatural elements being added into the mix. The story begins with Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Laxman Prasad (Shreyas Talpade) and Laxman (Kunal Kemmu) moving back to their old neighbourhood. They shift into a new, palace like house, but little do they know that this property is haunted. Gopal falls in love once again and the drama keeps unfolding, but as the supernatural experiences increase, the gang is terrified. Will they be able to save themselves from the ghost? And how will things pan out? That’s something to watch out for!

So which film are you going to watch this Diwali? Vote in the poll above! Also stay tuned to  get you all the dope and updates about Golmaal Again and Secret Superstar right here.

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Vidya Balan at her best: B-Town lauds ‘Tumhari Sulu’ trailer


Popular Bollywood celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Riteish Deshmukh have hailed the trailer of Vidya Balans upcoming movie ‘Tumhari Sulu’ and said that the film will have the actresss best performance till date.

The trailer of the film, directed by Suresh Triveni, was released on Saturday. It tells the story of a housewife Sulu (Vidya), who lives with her husband and son, and tries hard to add spice to their lives. After winning at competitions hosted by the local radio station, Sulu starts dreaming of becoming an RJ.

Here’s how Bollywood celebrities reacted to the trailer on Twitter:


Anil Kapoor: Vidya Balan has the rare ability to add depth to simple characters and make complex characters simply lovable!

Shabana Azmi: Empress. ‘Tumhari Sulu’. Vidya Balan… such a lovely trailer. Can’t wait to watch the film. It’s a winner.

Riteish Deshmukh:  Loved this one – ‘Tumhari Sulu’ trailer.

Ayushmann Khurrana: Wow. Super fun! Looks like a winner. And Vidya Balan is in top legendary form! Excited!

Diana Penty:  Sulu is just too good! What a fun trailer, guys.

Kriti Sanon: You are too good ma’am. In love with Sulu already. Looking forward to this one. ‘Tumhari Sulu’

Richa Chadha: Am excited to watch ‘Tumhari Sulu’. Vidya Balan in stellar form!

Sonal Chauhan: Sulu is so endearing Vidya Balan. I’m in love already.

Vivek Oberoi: Loved the ‘Tumhari Sulu’ trailer. Seems like a lot of fun. Sulu is superb.

Bhumi Pednekar: Smart, sexy and super Sulu… Loved the trailer… So heartwarming. Can’t wait to watch.

Mohit Suri: Loved the trailer of ‘Tumhari Sulu’. Vidya Balan at her sweetest best! Well done.

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In Photos: Fawad Khan Spotted With His Gorgeous Wife And Adorable Kids


The king of hearts, at least around the South Asian sub-continent – Fawad Khan was spotted with his gorgeous wife and adorable kids in Karachi, Pakistan. The event was a private preview of the showcase of Fawad‘s wife Sadaf‘s debut collection called Elayna, named after the couple’s daughter.

Here are some awesome photos of the family –






Nazar na lage :’)


“I Was Down In The Dumps” – Parineeti Chopra Opens Up On Battling Depression


Mental health in this country is unfortunately not taken too seriously in this country and is still a taboo. Thankfully, a lot our Bollywood stars have been coming out and talking about their battle with depression and anxiety – right from Deepika Padukone to Ileana D’Cruz, and this is  shedding light on the importance of mental health. Parineeti Chopra, who is gearing up for her next release Golmaal, was away from the limelight for a while but revealed that she was going through depression during that one year and it was her brother Sahaj who helped her overcome it.

Here’s an excerpt from her recent television interview on Romedy Now.

I think every human being who considers themselves to be emotionally evolved, always have this one very big event or one person who comes into their lives and completely changes the way they think. And I can say very confidently that happened in my life. A couple of years ago, I went through a very low phase emotionally in my life where I was really down in the dumps. It wasn’t like a person especially came into to my life, but it was a person who has always been in my life — my brother Sahaj.”

Her brother Sahaj was her biggest strength during the time.

Sahaj was the guy who was my voice of reason, he was the calming factor. He is the guy who knows me, he knows my pulse, he understands me, he understands the grain that I am made of. So, speaking to him, being with him everyday really used to give me that confidence in myself and really took me out of that phase. So, Sahaj thank you and I love you. You are my baby, you are my brother, you are my life, you are my soulmate, and no man will be able to ever replace that, and I am proud to say that I love you.”

She also revealed that she fought depression for almost a year, and has now come out a more positive person. More power to you, Parineeti! We love to see you smiling. :)

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