Bollywood has been a hot bed for controversies and don’t we know it! While we keep hankering for movies that are different, we still want to create issues the minute we see something even a little different from the normal. Today, we take a look at five movies that have been marred by controversies even before they hit the silver screens.
This particular movie is nothing short of a controversy magnet. Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, Padmavat(i) saw a lot of changes including that in the title before it could get a certificate of clearance from the censor board. Earlier scheduled to hit the screens on 1 December, 2017, this movie finally has a release date of 25 January 2018!
2. Lipstick Under My Burkha
Release cannot be a cake walk for a women centric movie like Lipstick Under My Burkha. This particular movie was banned by the ex CBFC Chief, Pahlaj Nihalani who had said that it was “lady oriented.” The movie went on to release online and thanks to the huge critical acclaim it received, finally got a theatrical release as well. The movie broke records by becoming one of the first ever women centric films in 2017!
3. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
This Karan Johar directorial saw a lot of drama before it hit the screens. Unfortunately for Karan Johar, this movie was scheduled to hit the screens during the Uri attacks. At this time, the Cinema Owners Exhibitors (COEAI) had decided not to release any movie in which a Pakistani actor had worked. Unfortunately, the film had two Pakistani actors starring in it, Fawad Khan and Imran Abbas. To pacify the protests, the makers had to finally resort to cutting down major chunks of Fawad Khan’s role in the movie.
4. Udta Punjab
The ex CBFC Chief, Pahlaj Nihalani, had some serious issues with films portrayed in a different manner. He protested against the movie so much that he even urged the makers to drop the word Punjab from the title. Abhishek Chaubey fought long and hard for the release of this movie and after a serious battle with the CBFC , released the movie to a very perceptive audience!
Rajkumar Hirani’s movie, PK, saw a lot of resistance from the CBFC. The censor board thought the makers were being unjust with the subject of the movie. This film bore the wrath of not one but all the religious groups. There was a sudden unity felt, not by love but by being against this movie. The amount of criticism received for this movie was because of the sly digs made at God and religion during the movie. After much speculation, this movie released and won applause almost as OMG – Oh My God.
In the wake of the Padmavat(i) controversy, it comes as a refreshing change to see that these movies have fought and brave it all to release to packed and extremely appreciative theatres!
Underrated Bollywood Movies From The Past
Be it big ticket Bollywood movies which become superhits or underrated movies which become instant failures, the world of Bollywood is a coin with two sides. While the ones with major star casts and drama are always remembered, it is always the smaller fish in the fry which are often forgotten. On a Friday like today, here’s taking a look at some of the best movies in Bollywood which are underrated!
Released in the year 2015, Masaan follows two people dealing with different forms of death and eventually end up meeting. Richa Chadha’s character mourns the death of her boyfriend, while Vicky Kaushal’s character is part of a family who burns funeral pyres for a living. While both the stories are intense on their own, they bring together a beautiful story when they finally meet. A beautiful story which essentially brings to life the fact that misery loves company, Masaan was sorely underrated when it released.
2. Ankhon Dekhi
Directed by Rajat Kapoor and released in the year 2013, Ankhon Dekhi tells the story of a man who once has an “ah ha” moment and decides he will only believe that which he sees with his own eyes. Following the story of the patriarch of a middle class Delhi family, the movie talks about how even if you have lived life a certain way, there are certain moments when you should change the way you see the world. Ankhon Dekhi lacks the drama and intensity of a blockbuster, but is definitely a film for the ages.
3. Stanley Ka Dabba
Stanley Ka Dabba, a movie which will move even the Grinch of Christmas to tears, brings to life the heart wrenching story of a boy who yearns to eat lunch with his classmates. While on the one hand, the film brings to life the story of not just Stanley, Stanley Ka Dabba also talks of the mean principal who doesn’t let children enter the school unless they bring their own lunch boxes. Drawing parallels from two people virtually after the same thing, this particular Amol Gupte directorial saves the suspense to the very end!
Released in 2015, Titli tells the story of how two people are brought together in a weird combination of fate and who work together to change the course of their life. In a weird twist of sorts, Titli, the youngest member of a mafia family, is married off against his wish. However, as luck would have it, his wife, Neelu, is just as adamant as him to escape this lifestyle and together, the two work to create a story of their own! A beautiful tale of finding love through all adversity, Titli tells an inspiring story and unfortunately, not enough credit went its way.
An Anurag Kashyap directorial, Shaitan talks about what happens when you are rich and have too much time on your hands. Quite like Anurag Kashyap’s other films, this particular movie is also dark, gritty, chaotic and extremely realistic. Perhaps one of the reasons this movie did not get the recognition it deserves is because of how casually the whole concept of violence was portrayed! However, what works for Shaitan is, it tells a realistic story and is very to the point!
6. Margarita With A Straw
Bringing to life the story of a bisexual woman (played by Kalki Koechlin,) Margarita With A Straw talks about how society finally accepts love in all forms. A coming of age movie, the film’s story works because the protagonist rediscovers who she is as a person! Despite being so well, one of the things which work against this particular movie is, it has way too many elements in it, making it hard to focus on one particular point!
A Shashant Shah directorial, Dasvidaniya answers a simple question: what would you do if you had only a few days left to live? With Vinay Pathak playing the role of a man with only 3 months to live, the movie talks about how he comes to term with the hand life dealt him. Making a list of everything he wants to do before he dies, Vinay Pathak plays the role to perfection. While the story may was told really well, what didn’t work for the film was the fact the story didn’t come with a neatly packaged perfect ending.
While not all films need to be told or made a certain way, these films proved, even with no mass produced drama, a good story always works. What’s your favourite underrated movie? Comment and let us know!
Why Cheat India Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Shreya Dhanwanthary
Director: Soumik Sen
Why Cheat India tells the story of Rakesh Sharma (Emraan Hashmi,) who runs a business wherein he uses loopholes in the Indian education system and scams people. How? By hiring bright boys from an underprivileged background and getting them to write exams for the rich and privileged. Sharma has a simple goal: to help improve the lives of those who don’t have enough to make ends meet by making money from those who can afford to pay for proxy writers. Based on the life of Sattu, a boy who falls prey to Sharma’s plans, Why Cheat India takes one on a gripping journey of how people without privilege lived their lives.
Innocence and desperation are perhaps two of the most vulnerable traits people have and when exploited, there is a lot to be gained by the person exploiting the others. Emraan Hashmi’s Why Cheat India, draws parallels for this story from these situations, where opportunists like Rakesh know from where they can make the most money. A slimy businessman with his own set of morals, Rakesh plays both sides of the law in a way which ensures he is safe and protected, no matter what.
A daunting and gripping tale, Why Cheat India is the story not of a hero, but an anti hero who brings to life the various levels of corruption and crime which exist in our education system. A movie about the ultimate mafia (who quite literally controls the future of people’s life) of education, this particular Soumik Sen directorial is a story which needed to be told. Based in the slightly more backward areas of India (Janpur, Kota and Jhansi, for example,) Rakesh’s scams are in use the most here because of the sheer amount of pressure there is on the students to become engineers, doctors or MBA graduates.
However, while the plot is unique and storytelling is to the point, there are a few things which don’t make sense. A glaring hole with regard to Sharma’s past life makes one question his intentions of setting up this business and Sattu’s blind adoration for Rakesh seems a bit far fetched. All in all, with some brilliant performances by all the leads, Sen’s Why Cheat India tells the story of a flawed system and makes one question the integrity of the education system in India.
The Best Of Sidharth Malhotra, On His Birthday
Sidharth Malhotra, one of the most talented and good looking actors in the industry, entered the world of Bollywood with a lot of talent and no godfather. While not a lot of people thought the man could make his presence felt for too long, the actor proved time and time again that he was here to stay. As the actor turns a year older, here’s taking a look at all the amazing movies he was a part of so far.
1. Student of the Year
Karan Johar quite literally pulled the rabbit out of the hat by introducing Sidharth Malhotra in this particular movie. With not one, but two star kids making their debut in this film, one wouldn’t have thought a new face could sustain the immense pressure, right? Wrong. Sidharth Malhotra held his own weight by playing a role where he brought to life the story of a man who wasn’t surrounded with luxury. Definitely a noteworthy beginning for a newbie in the industry!
2. Ek Villain
A romantic thriller and Sidharth Malhotra’s third film in Bollywood, the actor more than proved his worth in this particular movie. Not only did he gain appreciation for his role in the film from the loyal and growing audience, he also earned a soft spot in the hearts of the critics. A bold choice for one to make while still fresh in the industry, Sidharth played the role of a gangster who avenges the murder of the love of his life. As his third movie in Bollywood, Sidharth did true justice to this role.
3. Kapoor and Sons
Another brilliant performance Sidharth showed through his performance in this star studded film that he wasn’t a typecast actor. Playing the role of a son not so favoured by his parents, this particular movie saw Sidharth shine in a character which was otherwise hard to play. With the right elements of intensity, drama and creativity, Sidharth Malhotra brought to the screen all his talents in a glorious manner!
4. Hasee Toh Phasee
Unlike his previous films, Hasee Toh Phasee saw Sidharth Malhotra play a pivotal role all the way through the film. Appreciated for his well timed humour, his ability to switch between serious and comic roles in a second and for his dialogue delivery, Hasee Toh Phasee was Sidharth Malhotra all the way through! To make things better, his chemistry with Parineeti Chopra was on point and endearing, making us believe in happily ever afters despite all the twists and turns.
Aiyaary saw Sidharth Malhotra move away from the yearning for love kind of roles he did in the past. Playing the role of an officer on the other side of the tracks, Aiyaary could be termed as Sidharth’s turning point. While the film did not do as well as expected, it was Sidharth’s acting and attention to script which made the film a good watch.
Not many actors can do the switch between romantic comedies and a crazy killer as well as Sidharth Malhotra did. With Ittefaq, the two characters he played through the film were quite a treat to watch. Ittefaq was one the most intense films of which Sidharth was a part. Not only did the movie become the most critically acclaimed films of 2017, it was also mentioned as Sidharth Malhotra’s best performance to date! We certainly agree with that statement!
With so many interesting roles being played in such a short time, Sidharth Malhotra’s Bollywood journey is anything but ordinary. Here’s wishing for more such great performances from the actor. Happy birthday, Sidharth Malhotra!
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Ishq Mitha Song Out Now!
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Sonam Kapoor’s and Anil Kapoor’s next film, is easily the most awaited movie of the year and why not? With Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor sharing the screen space for the first time in their career, everything about this movie is exciting and wait worthy. To hype up the excitement even more, the makers just dorpped the second song form the film titled Ishq Mitha.
After the intriguing trailer and the title track, this brand new song centers around Sonam Kapoor’s character and is all things adorable. A remake of the original song with the same name written by Bally Sagoo and Malkit Singh and released in the 1990s, the new version is quite a treat to watch. Listen to the song here!
Dance farrate maar ke at every wedding because #IshqMitha out now https://t.co/0doyLGeuBJ#EkLadkiKoDekhaTohAisaLaga #LetLoveBe @sonamakapoor @iam_juhi @RajkummarRao @ShellyCDhar @RochakTweets @navrajhansnavi @HarshdeepKaur @guggss @VVCFilms @foxstarhindi @saregamaglobal
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) January 15, 2019
Apna Time Aayega, Gully Boy First Song Out!
After bowling over everyone with the brilliant rapping skills in the recently dropped trailer of Gully Boy, the makers of the film just dropped their first song, Apna Time Aayega! Fitting perfectly into the role of a rapper to the tee, Gully Boy sees Ranveer Singh play the role of Divine to perfection.
With lyrics given by none other than the epic rapper Divine, the title track of this film borrows the theme from Divine’s recent song, Teesri Manzil. The two and half minute long song shows one scenes that haven’t been shown in the trailer yet, with most of the parts showing what to expect from Alia Bhatt’s and Ranveer Singh’s characters. Not only does the song show the various stages of Ranveer’s growth as a rapper, it also shows how Ranveer’s character is taught about the kind of traps to avoid by his mentor! Listen to the song here!
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) January 14, 2019
From showing us how Ranveer’s character was attracted to the life of crime since he was a child to giving us an insight into his childhood, the brand new song is quite a trip down Divine’s childhood. To make matters interesting, the song also shows us how Divine’s life changes the moment Kalki’s character enters his life, giving Ranveer’s character the push toward earning money and fame!
Speaking about the film and his role in the film, Ranveer said, “When somebody told me about the script of Gully Boy, I told them that it is my film. If any other actor would have been a part of this film instead of me then I would have got burnt with jealousy. I was born to do Gully Boy and I knew only I can pull off this character.”
Directed by Zoya Akhtar with Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin playing the lead roles in Gully Boy, this Zoya Akhtar directorial focuses on the life of Divine and other popular Mumbai rappers. The film is scheduled to hit the screens on the 14th of February, this year!
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