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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LEAKED! Aamir Khan’s look from Thugs of Hindostan which will leave you shocked


There have been a lot of confusion about what will be Aamir Khan‘s look in Thugs Of Hindostan. When he started sporting a long and dense beard, everybody speculated that it was for the YRF project. But turned out it wasn’t. Later when he was seen in yet another funky getup which was again believed to be from the film but that too was not the case. In fact, the cool quotient of the star was for Secret Superstar and not TOH. Now we have a LEAKED image of the actor from the sets of the film but it will take a lot of concentration from your side to spot him in it!

Yes, when you see the image you will know why we are saying so. First of all, there are a lot of people in the image, so you have to zoom in to spot the star. And when you do so, you will be left amazed at the transformation. If you have managed to spot him by now, you are awesome but if you haven’t let us tell you, that the man who looks the most disheveled in the snap is Aamir Khan. Yes, the shabby, dirty with ragged clothes on is the man himself. As you all are aware, he plays a pirate in the film and guess that’s what his getup is.


A few days back, DNA had reported that Amitabh Bachchan, who is also part of the film, and Aamir will have a massive sword fight in the film. “The action sequence being filmed in Mumbai is elaborate. Both, Bachchan and Aamir, are currently preparing for the tough task with the action-director, as both are famous for doing their own stunts. Since the two are known to be perfectionists, the scene is expected to be quite a highlight in this lavish film,” a source revealed to the daily. We wonder if this is from that scene!

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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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Salman Khan or Shah Rukh Khan – who is Anushka Sharma’s favourite Bollywood superstar?


Anushka Sharma is one lucky gal, not only is the actress working with the who’s who of Bollywood the actress has managed to achieve a feat that some of her contemporaries like Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut have failed to do. Anushka has worked with all the three Khans of Bollywood. And the actress has had a great track record with each of them.

While Anushka marked her debut with Shah Rukh Khan in Yash Raj Films’ Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, she has gone one to sign three more films with him. The duo was last seen together in Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture Jab Tak Hai Jaan. She will be romancing SRK again in Imtiaz Ali’s Jab Harry Met Sejal and also has Aanand L Rai’s untitled next with King Khan. Her film PK with Aamir Khan and Sultan with Salman Khan have both been blockbuster. But what’s the actress’ equation like with the three Khans? Well, we decided to decode that in out Khan quiz…

While Anushka revealed that none of the Khans read while on sets, she also gave us an insight on their eating habits. Going by this interview looks like Anushka is closest to Shah Rukh Khan. We wonder what Aamir and Salman have to say?

Anushka and Shah Rukh’s Jab Harry Met Sejal was initially supposed to clash with Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer
Toilet – Ek Prem Katha. However, the makers changed to release date to August 4. The film is all set to hit the screens this Friday and going by the buzz, SRK and Anushka might just strike a hattrick with this one.

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Aamir Khan is off to Italy with wife Kiran Rao, son Azad Rao Khan taking a break from Thugs of Hindostan shooting. See photos

Bollywood biggies are enjoying summers and have been vacationing at different destinations across the world, giving their fans travel goals. From Hrithik Roshan to Shah Rukh Khan, everyone is on a break with their families. And adding to the list is Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan who has also taken time off with wife Kiran Rao and son Azad Rao Khan. The doting daddy Aamir wrapped up the Malta schedule of his upcoming Vijay Krishna Acharya’s directorial Thugs of Hindostan last month. And before getting into the promotions for his another film Secret Superstar, he is off for a holiday in Italy with Kiran and Azad.

As per a report by Mid Day, Aaamir has been vacationing with his family for the last few weeks. A source quoted in the report informed, “Aamir wanted to unwind before getting into the promotions for Secret Superstar. Since Azad had his summer vacations, they travelled to Italy.” The source also informed about the list of places Aamir, Kiran and Azad visited on this family vacation. “They visited the Tenuta Casanova Winery and Sant’Agnese Farm in Chianti, Tuscany,” said the source.

Aamir’s spokesperson also informed about the latest location of Aamir’s vacay, and said, “They are currently in Rome. They visited the museums in Florence, including the Accademia Gallery. They also saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa.” The pictures of Aamir Khan’s vacation were shared online by a few fan pages.

From selfie to enjoying an ice-cream, Aamir is seen doing all. The actor is all smiles in the pictures and it is clear that he is having a good time with Kiran and Azad. Point to note is him sporting his Thugs of Hindostan look.

See Aamir Khan, wife Kiran Rao, son Azad Rao Khan vacation pictures here:

Aamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan also stars Amitabh Bachchan, and this is Aamir’s first film with Big B. It will be very interesting to see the two superstars lighting up the screen together, considering they are two of Bollywood’s most power-packed performers.Thugs of Hindostan went on floors last month. The film also stars Katrina Kaif and Dangal fame Fatima Sana Sheikh.

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Aamir Khan Lost Lots Of Kilos Between Dangal And Thugs Of Hindostan. Another Transformation


  1. Aamir Khan is currently shooting Thugs Of Hindostan in Malta
  2. He weighed some 90-95 kilos to play an aged wrestler in Dangal
  3. Aamir Khan is back to weighing 70 kilos for Thugs
Aamir Khan’s physical transformations during his Dangal days shocked and stunned everyone twice over. He sized upto 90-95 kilos to play the protagonist in the Nitesh Tiwari-directed wrestling drama and shed that extra weight to also feature as the younger version of Mahavir Singh Phogat, the Haryanvi wrestler he was starring as. His next film is Thugs Of Hindostan, for which the 52-year-old actor has worked out to return to his regular weight – 70 kilos, which is also under what he weighed while filming PK and Dhoom3. Aamir has managed to shed the extra poundage following a strict work out regime for the past six months and currently stands at his recommended weight.

Meanwhile, the actor is currently shooting Thugs Of Hindostan in Malta. Recently a photograph of the actor from the sets of the film was shared by a fan, which went crazy viral. Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir’s Dangal co-star Fatima Sana Shaikh have also joined him on the sets.

In 2015, Aamir complained of difficulty in breathing and trouble walking when he was filming his parts as the older version of the wrestler for Dangal. While his family and friends were worried for his health, Aamir, also known as Mr Perfectionist, lost 25 kilos in just five months. A video of his ‘fat to fit’ transformation was released earlier last year and sent the Internet into a meltdown. Aamir’s trainer Rahul Bhatt told mid-day that the actor wanted to look like an athlete, so he trained like one. The actor’s work out regime began as early as 4:30 in the morning and continued for 5 hours a day. His routine also included a regular dose of running and cycling, if not more.

Thugs Of Hindostan is Aamir’s first movie with Big B and his second collaboration with both Dhoom 3 director Vijay Krishna Acharya and Fatima.

Thugs Of Hindostan is scheduled to arrive in theatres on Diwali next year.

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Aamir Khan, Dhanush, Dulquer Salmaan, Jr NTR come out winners at the Sankarabharanam Awards

In the inaugural edition of Sankarabharanam Awards, actors Aamir Khan, Junior NTR and Dhanush have won top laurels, the organisers announced on Monday.

The award ceremony will take place here on Tuesday. Sankarabharanam Awards, formed in honour of filmmaker K. Vishwanath by actress Tulasi, will honour winners from five film industries which include artists from Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi.

Explaining why the need to honour artists from five industries, Tulasi told IANS: “My guru and mentor Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, K Viswanath has worked with both the northern and southern industries in his illustrious career. He stands for the unity of our cinema, a beautiful aesthetic medium that knows no boundaries of geography or language.”

She added that though they will be awarding a much longer list of technicians and artists from Telugu cinema, “We have four categories across industries this year. This is because we had less time to organise the event this year. From next year, we will plan much in advance with a more uniform list.”

Tulasi also confirmed Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt have won Best Actor award for their respective performances in “Dangal” and “Udta Punjab”.

Junior NTR has bagged Best Actor (male) for his performance in “Janatha Garage”. Dhanush won the Best Director award for his Tamil directorial debut “Pa Pandi”. Actor Dulquer Salmaan won the Best Actor (male) award for his performance in Malayalam film “Oru Vadakkan Selfie”.

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Aamir Khan takes over the astronaut Rakesh Sharma biopic project – read EXCLUSIVE details!

BollywoodLife had revealed to you in an EXCLUSIVE report that after Dangal Aamir Khan had given his nod for the Rakesh Sharma biopic titles Saare Jahan Se Achcha. The actor was not only ready to play another real life character, but was also willing to present the movie under the Aamir Khan Productions Pvt Limited. But as per our sources the whole project has undergone a major transformation. No, we don’t mean that Aamir has ditched the film. In fact, Aamir wants to have a major say in this project and our source revealed, “Aamir is not just acting in this film, he is also going to produce the movie under his banner (AKP). While Ronnie Screwala’s company RSVP was to originally produce the film, now they will just be presenting the movie.” Our source also added, “He (Aamir) has big plans in his mind for the movie and is taking keen interest in every aspect of this film including the casting.” Obviously with AK backing it he will be the one calling the shots. When we reached Aamir’s spokesperson for a comment we were informed that “AKP only produces films. Never present… check all posters.”

Saare Jahan Se Achcha was originally supposed to be titled Salute, however we hear that the makers decided to opt for the current title because of the real life significance to Rakesh Sharma’s space travel. For those of you who’re not aware, these Sharma had uttered these four words to the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi just ahead of his space outing. Aamir Khan had started prepping for this role much in advance. BollywoodLife was the first to confirm this news of Khan giving his nod to this Mahesh Mathai directorial venture that was in the making for almost eight years.

Aamir is currently busy with his work on Thugs Of Hindostan. The actor will reunite with his Dangal co-star Fatima Sana Sheikh. This film also features Amitabh Bachchan and fans are eager to catch the awesome duo together on the silver screen. The actor will also be seen with Katrina Kaif for the second time after they delivered a blockbuster Dhoom:3 under the Yash Raj Films banner. There was much talk about how Fatima was lucky to bag Thugs, which had many of YRF’s favourites in the running. Now we wonder who will be the lucky one to bag this prestigious biopic project opposite Aamir? Please do let us know your pick and do come back for more news and inside scoop right here!

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5 records created by Aamir Khan’s Dangal in China


Trust only Aamir Khan to create records in a foreign land and that too in China. It’s unbelievable how Dangal is performing there. Masses’ massive liking for their Uncle Khan or Uncle Aamir has translated in unprecedented earnings in our neighbouring country. Nobody ever envisioned an Indian film creating such records in China of all places. The country has only recently started accepting more Indian films and Dangal has already managed to make a lot of money out of it. We told you as to why China is crushing on this wrestling drama. The skewed boy-to-girl ratio in both India and China has become the common thread which seems to have worked in the film’s favour there. No wonder people in China are lapping it up even now. Dangal will earn even more because reports suggest that there are no big releases this weekend. But before it adds some more records to its kitty, here are the five important ones that you must know about. Mind you, all this has been accumulated in a foreign land and not India.

Highest number of screens for an Indian film

Dangal released in over 7000 screens in China, which is a first for any Indian film. PK only had half of that number and yet managed to earn somewhere around Rs 140 crore there. The huge numbers of screens is also one of the reasons behind Dangal’s stupendous success in China. But content is what people are raving the most about.

Highest opening day for an Indian film

By earning Rs 13.19 crore, Dangal managed to earn the highest first day numbers for the film.

Highest opening weekend in China

With an opening day so big, it was only obvious for the film to post an enviable first weekend total. The number made us dizzy with excitement.

Highest grossing Indian movie

As of now Dangal has earned a whopping 446 crore + at the box office and is gearing up to attain the Rs 450 crore mark soon. Now it is the highest grossing Indian movie in China. It earned Rs 200 crore in just one week.

First Hindi film to earn more in China than India

Dangal had made a lot of money in India as well and its lifetime collection rounded off to Rs 387.36 crore. The film is racing towards Rs 450 in China. Yes, that did happen!

Aamir Khan is perhaps the only Bollywood actor who has such a huge fan following in China. Only he can make something like that happen!

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