The grace of a peacock, the adah of a nightingale and the beauty of a rose. The Lucknavi salon culture gave us a lot more than just a lovely thing to look at. Today, we take a look at 6 Bollywood dancers who have blown us away with mujras like never before!
One of the most original beauties from the years gone by, Madhubala was unlike anyone else. She dazzled as Anarkali in the period epic movie Mughal e Azam and her song, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, has become the stuff of pop culture. Unlike her contemporaries, she wasn’t a trained dancer. Luckily for her, this fact was her biggest advantage!
Rekha isn’t just a name but a force to be reckoned with and feared. Her dancing skills and grace blew everyone away. She was just breathtaking in Umrao Jaan and her mujras in Aakhon Ki Masti and Dil Cheez Kya Hai still are some of the most iconic dances yet.
The original Chandramukhi in the 1955 Devdas, Vyjayanthimala was an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer. her performance in Ab Aage Teri Marzi was iconic. A lot of actresses after her have tried to master these moves but haven’t been successful.
4. Meena Kumari
Cheat India Trailer Released
Cheat India, Emraan Hashmi’s first production, finally has a trailer to its name. While Hashmi and team gave us a series of posters and teasers as an idea of what to expect from the film, the just dropped trailer tell us exactly what the film is about.
With Emraan Hashmi in the lead, Cheat India highlights the other side of the Indian education system. The longer than 2 minutes trailer shows Emraan playing the role of a man who says there is nothing wrong in taking money from the rich if it helps the poor get to a better place. Watch the trailer here.
On your ‘marks’, get set, CHEAT…..
The #CheatIndiaTrailer you’ve been waiting for: https://t.co/6Rayx2lIol@parveenshahani @itsBhushanKumar @tanuj_garg @EllipsisEntt @TSeries @EmraanHFilms @atulkasbekar @bangdu @s_dhan13 @khannasunny #CheatIndia #NakalMeinHiAkalHai pic.twitter.com/i7KoFY1tC2
— emraan hashmi (@emraanhashmi) December 12, 2018
Gripping, tight and to the point, the trailer shows Hashmi’s character playing the role of a middleman. Taking money from the rich and paying members from the lower factions of society to write exams, Hashmi’s character is unapologetic with this scam. Moving far away from the cliches a story like this can have, Cheat India tells a story many of us have only read in the papers or seen on the news.
The trailer is extremely well made and makes the most of the time in hand, with Emraan Hashmi moving away from being the eternal “serial kisser.” The no nonsense trailer is a relief and quite an eye opener, giving one hope this film is going to be a refreshing change in the current time in the world of Bollywood movies.
Directed by Soumik Sen, this particular Emraan Hashmi starrer shows the world the underworld side of education and how people can go to any length to get what they want. Co produced by the makers of Tumhari Sulu and Neerja, Cheat India is scheduled to hit the screens on 25th January, 2019!
Bollywood Movies Making It Hard To Wait For 2019
Move over 2018, your reign is coming to an end. With the new year coming upon us, it is only befitting to bid adieu to some of the truly brilliant films released in the past year to welcome some amazing movies in the new year! From Kesari to Brahmastra to Super 30, here’s our list of movies you have to watch in 2019!
Perhaps one of Karan Johar’s most ambitious projects to date, not only does Brahmastra have an impressive cast, it also has a wonderful storyline. Directed by Ayan Mukherji, this film is going to be released in multiple parts and is going to have Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor in the lead roles. Touted to be a romantic fairy tale with a supernatural spin to it, the first part of Brahmastra is scheduled to hit the screens on 15th August, 2019.
With Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the lead in this political thriller, Thackeray talks about the life of Bal Thackeray, the founder of the Indian political party, Shiv Sena. While not much has been revealed about what to expect from this film, with such an exciting script and lead, the movie definitely seems to be promising. Thackeray is scheduled to hit the screens during January next year!
Starring Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles, Kesari tells the story of the Battle of Saragarhi. With a focus on the life and times of Havildar Ishar Singh, who fought hard to earn the respect of his daughter, Kesari tells a compelling story. Kesari is scheduled to hit the screens on 22nd March next year!
4. Super 30
While one would have thought the biopics trend was for this year and the last, Bollywood seems to think otherwise. A biopic about the life of Anand Kumar, a professor credited for making the dreams come true of those who could not afford to study, Super 30 stars Hrithik Roshan in the lead role. With debutant Mrunal Thakur playing the female lead, the film is scheduled to hit the screens during January 2019!
5. Hera Pheri 3
If you are an avid Bollywood films’ fan, then you cannot be more excited for the release of the third installment in the Hera Pheri series. With most of the original cast like Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal, this new part will see a smattering of new faces! While the release date hasn’t been finalised yet, the excitement levels certainly are at an all time high!
6. Gully Boy
Based on the lives of the extremely popular rappers, Vivian Fernandes aka Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy, who are primarily known for their song, Mere Gully Mein, Gully Boy is one of the most anticipated films for the coming year. With Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, the movie is scheduled to hit the screens on Valentine’s Day next year. You know what you are going to do then, right?
With its fair share of ups and downs, Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika is finally scheduled to hit the screens next year. Based on the epic life of Rani of Jhansi, the movie sees Kangana play not only the role of the lead actress, but also the role of a director for the first time in her career. Originally scheduled to hit the screens at the end of this year, Manikarnika is finally going to release on the 25th of January, 2019!
With so many films to look forward to, 2019 is definitely going to be an exciting for Bollywood. What movie are you waiting to watch? Comment and let us know!
Simmba Song, Aankh Marey, Is Here
“Oh God! One more remake!” is Karan Johar’s opening line in Aankh Marey (a remake of the song from the 1996 movie, Tere Mere Sapne,) the just dropped song from Ranveer Singh’s and Rohit Shetty’s upcoming film, Simmba! While the last few years were all about the makeovers and revised versions, this old favourite has been remade quite well! Unlike the other remakes which released this year, Aankh Marey seems fresh and entertaining, without destroying the feels of the original song.
Written by Shabbir Ahmed, this song opens to Karan Johar dancing to the beats. Moving through the song, there are different scenes with Sara Ali Khan and Ranveer Singh grooving to the tunes of this peppy number. Listen to it here.
Old-skool jam <—> Nu-skool cred !!!
🕺🏻💃🏻 #AankhMarey 😜 https://t.co/ZxYk70w5x1#RohitShetty @karanjohar #SaraAliKhan @SonuSood @RSPicturez @RelianceEnt @DharmaMovies @SimmbaTheFilm @TSeries @iAmNehaKakkar @MikaSingh @tanishkbagchi @Musicshabbir @azeem2112 #KumarSanu #Simmba
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) December 6, 2018
The makers also give us a special performance in the middle of the song! While there was talk about a special appearance, not many would have thought it was going to be made by the Golmaal cast! Halfway through the song, Kunal Kemmu, Shreyas Talpade and Tushar Kapoor join Arshad Warsi in paying respects to the original song from Tere Mere Sapne. While the original version of this song was sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy, this new song is sung by Neha Kakkar, Mika Singh and Kumar Sanu.
Simmba is a remake of the 2015 Tollywood super hit movie, Temper. Directed by Rohit Shetty, this film sees Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan playing key roles. Furthermore, Simmba also sees Sonu Sood in a very strong negative role. Simmba is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and is scheduled to hit the screens on the 28th of December this year!
Uri Trailer Released
After keeping us all on tenterhooks with stills and teasers from Uri: The Surgical Strike, Vicky Kaushal’s next film, the makers finally dropped the trailer a little while ago. Although the teaser and the posters had already set the anticipation levels quite high, the trailer increased the hype all the more.
The just dropped trailer tells the story of how the Indian Army conducted a series of surgical strikes in retaliation to the alleged attacks by a terror group from Pakistan in Uri, a district in Kashmir. Watch the trailer here and now!
— Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) December 5, 2018
The trailer opens with Yami Gautami (playing the role of an intelligence officer) interrogating a suspect. The two and a half minute trailer then moves forward to show Vicky Kaushal training his team and delivering a hard hitting speech which makes his soldiers fight for India with renewed vigour. The line, “Indian Army didn’t start this war, but we will bloody hell finish it,” forms the central crux of this thrilling movie and is seen resonating throughout the trailer as well.
It’s refreshing to see Bollywood deliver such a hard hitting and intense drama after such a long time. With Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautami and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles, Uri: The Surgical Strike promises to be an exciting watch, to say the least. Directed and written by Aditya Dhar, Uri: The Surgical Strike has all the leads putting their best foot forward.
Speaking about Uri: The Surgical Strike, Dhar earlier said, “This is the story of what happened in those eleven days. It’s an honour and very reassuring to be backed by Ronnie Screwvala and to execute on this vision and what we believe is an engaging and thrilling story inspired by this true-life incident.” Uri: The Surgical Strike is scheduled to hit the screens on the 11th of January, 2019!
World AIDS Day 2018: Movies That Raised Awareness On AIDS
Over the years, Bollywood has tried hard to broach subjects which are considered a taboo. AIDS is one such issue. On World AIDS Day, here’s taking a look at movies which tried to remove the stigma around HIV and tried to raise awareness about the subject!
1. AIDS Jaago
Directed by Farhan Akhtar, Mira Nair, Santosh and Vishal Bharadwaj, AIDS Jaago was a series of four short stories which aimed to spread awareness about AIDS. Addressing the issue and breaking the myths related to this disease, these short stories conveyed strong points. Called Migration, Blood Brothers, Positive and Prarambha, the four short stories came from different parts of the country and each had a different point to make about AIDS.
2. Phir Milenge
Directed by Revathi with Shilpa Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan and Salman Khan in the lead roles, Phir Milenge talked about how an employee was wrongfully terminated after being diagnosed with HIV. Inspired by Philadelphia, Phir Milenge worked primarily because it didn’t sensationalize AIDS and talked about the things people who contract it have to go through in their lives post the diagnosis.
3. My Brother…Nikhil
Directed by Onir, the film My Brother…Nikhil had Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri in the lead roles. Based on the story of Dominic D’Souza, an AIDS activist and a man who worked at the World Wildlife Fund, this film focused on the issue of not just HIV/AIDS, but on homosexuality as well! With Nikhil as the protagonist, the movie maps his life after being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Not only does he get thrown out of all the teams he was a part of, his parents also disown him. What makes this movie so beautiful is that despite the amount of things Nikhil faces, his sister stands by him through thick and thin!
Directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, Nidaan tells the story of a girl who contracts HIV/AIDS because of a blood transfusion that goes horribly wrong. Unlike the other movies mentioned in this list, what makes this particular film so special is the emotional angle the director takes on with the film. While the technical aspects of the movie aren’t spot on, the fact that the family wants to spend whatever time they have with their daughter is what makes one empathize with the story!
A short film directed by Farhan Akhtar, Positive talks about how a man finds out his father was diagnosed with HIV a long time ago. With only a little time left, the story talks about how the son has to come to terms with his father’s extra marital affair and about how he chooses to deal with the little time the two have left. With Arjun Mathur, Shabana Azmi and Boman Irani playing the lead roles in this film, Positive tries to bring out what a family goes through when hit with a news like this.
6. 68 Pages
Directed by Sridhar Rangayan, 68 Pages talks about the relationship between an HIV counsellor and the five patients who come to her for therapy. Perfectly showing the different stigmas around AIDS as a disease and showing how people deal with the disease once diagnosed. An emotionally detached movie, 68 Pages was apt in more ways than one, even more so because the counsellor talks about how she feels in the 68 pages of her diary!
Today, on World AIDS Day, here is looking forward to more movies which address this issue. If you think we missed out on other movies which have to be on this list, comment and let us know!
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