Director: R. Balki
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte
mang Bollywood: 3.5/5 Stars
Success stories have shown us time and again that only those people who dare to dream big are the ones who make it big. The story of Arunachalam Muruganantham is one such story and this movie brings to the fore a brilliantly inspiring story!
Given the constant mention of the inadequate percentage of women using sanitary pads in India, it is about time a movie of like this was made. To put things in perspective, PadMan seems more like a long, public service announcement rather than a movie.
However, given how awkward women are made to feel even today while buying sanitary pads from a medical store, this social drama makes for an important film that needs to be watched. That being said, this movie has some brilliant performances to its name. Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte have delivered perhaps the best performances in this movie.
Akshay Kumar’s character, Lakshmikant Chauhan, asks his wife a poignant question, “you make such wonderful malpuas for me, why can’t I make sanitary pads for you?” The interesting, if rather odd, quid pro quo is necessitated by the serious health hazards that the newlywed village woman exposes herself to by using a filthy rag when she is on her period.
PadMan opens with Lakshmikant buying sanitary pads for his wife which cost a bomb. Aghast, his wife, Lakshmi (Radhika Apte) says now they will have to go without milk, as she wonders why her HUSBAND would fret about a woman’s problem.
Lakshmi plays the role of the quintessential housewife who still lives with the age old traditions and segregates herself on those five days of the month. It is now the man’s turn to look askance. Lakshmi, too, cannot fathom why sanitary pads are so expensive. Itni halki cheez ka itna bhaari daam kyun (Why should the price of something so light be so heavy,) he asks the medicine store salesman.
The salesman has no solution, neither do multi people. Finally, eureka strikes Lakshmikant and he decides making pads is the answer to all these problems. As he embarks on this journey, our protagonist faces all the hurdles possible: scepticism, ridicule, condemnation and eventual banishment make for the first half of the film. The down and out Lakshmi receives help in the form of a guardian angel, Pari (Sonam Kapoor.)
As the film begins to wind down and Lakshmi inches ever closer to success with his low-cost sanitary napkins, he heads to the United Nations to deliver a talk. Playing on Pari’s name, he acknowledges the role of a fairy who taught him how to fly. Getting the activist to share the credit with a woman is a novel move. Unfortunately, even though the movie works in establishing gender equality roles, it still reinforces the masculinity factor we Indians seem to love.
The romantic angle showed between Lakshmi and the much younger Pari seems extremely forced and does not work at all. The kiss, followed by a snuggle works against the plot and is seen as a cliche. At one point in the film, Lakshmi berates Gayatri for not moving with the times. This is 2001, he points out. Rani Mukerji ke zamaane mein Devika Rani ki baat kar rahi ho (In the age of Rani Mukherji you are talking about Devika Rani), he quips. Safe to say, this movie seems to span over a decade and half.
All in all, PadMan is a well intentioned film with a plot that is strong and drives strength from Akshay Kumar’s gutsy performance. What falls flat is the fact that while Pari is the first woman who uses the Rs. 2 sanitary pad, at the end of the movie, she is positioned as a bystander and a supporter of the man. As always, Radhika Apte steals the show with her polished acting while Sonam Kapoor makes the most of her limited appearance during the second half of the movie.
All in all, this R. Balki directorial has proved its worth. Sticking to his other movies,PadMan also addresses a very important social issue and makes us sit up, watch and take NOTE. Produced under Twinkle Khanna’s production house, Mrs. Funnybones,PadMan has more than lived up to its expectations and is worth the watch!
Ronnie Screwala And Siddharth Roy Kapoor Come Together For Pihu
Ronnie Screwala and Siddharth Roy Kapoor, known for collaborating on some truly brilliant films like Dev D, A Wednesday, Rang De Basanti and Barfi with UTV productions, are back with a bang for a brand new film. The two are all set to work on a never before seen Bollywood film titled Pihu!
Ronnie Screwvala [RSVP] and Siddharth Roy Kapur [Roy Kapur Films] join hands… Their first collaboration is #Pihu… Directed by National Award winner Vinod Kapri… #Pihu has been screened at prestigious international film festivals… 3 Aug 2018 release. pic.twitter.com/60O71zp2rR
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 22, 2018
Directed by National Award winning director, Vinod Kapri, Pihu is the first time Screwvala’s RSVP and Kapur’s Roy Kapur Films collaborate with each other. Releasing on August 3, the film is about what happens when circumstances lead to a two year old girl Pihu is left alone in an apartment. Based on one character, the film centers around Pihu’s struggles and how she copes with being left alone.
Kapur said in a statement, “It’s always thrilling to come across directors who want to tell stories that disrupt the status quo using bold new narrative styles.” Calling it a “unique film”, Screwvala said, “Pihu is a unique film. Thrillingly Real. Imagine 90 minutes of a spellbinding experience, can easily be a True Story and yet it tugs at your heart at all times.”
— Roy Kapur Films (@roykapurfilms) May 22, 2018
What makes the film interesting is that Pihu was selected for several international film festivals including Vancouver, Palmsprings, Iran, Morocco and Germany. The film was selected as the opening film at the Internation Film Festival of India (Goa) in 2017. With an interesting tale like this and with Pihu being backed by such brilliant producers, one can only wait to see how the film turns out. Pihu is scheduled to hit the screens on 3 August, 2018!
Mowgli Trailer Is Out. Watch It Here!
Mowgli, The Jungle Book a fable we have loved since time immemorial, is here with a brand new twist. Dark tales and twisted jungles turn this age old story into a myriad of heartbreaks and disappointments, turning Mowgli into an unfamiliar story.
Rohan Chand is Mowgli… Stars Matthew Rhys and Freida Pinto… Voice-overs of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris and Andy Serkis… Poster + Trailer of #Mowgli… 19 Oct 2018 release… Trailer link: https://t.co/3jQPbbRXaS pic.twitter.com/8GF2YDdrt0
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 22, 2018
Warner Bros. just dropped the first trailer of the film and by the looks of things, the bare necessities of the story captivate and draw in an eager to please audience. From the direction of the very talented Andy Serkis, Mowgli tells the story of the struggles of real life. Watch the trailer here.
The two and a half minute trailer takes us through familiar jungles and territories, with a tale Rudyard Kipling told with easy familiarity. What the new trailer does, however, wants to remind you is there is more to life than what meets the eye. While Kipling’s Mowgli had a happy ending, Andy Serkis’s Mowgli tells us not all stories have a happy ending. The comedy free trailer launches with Mowgli imprisoned in a wooden cage. He is told by his friend Bagheera, voiced by Christian Bale, “When you were a cub, I looked you in the eye and saw no fear.” With trailer coming packed with impressive punch lines and a modern twist, Mowgli, The Jungle Book, seems to be a promising watch.
Much like the other Warner Bros., films Mowgli The Jungle Book has a formidable cast. With Freida Pinto and Rohan Chand in the leads roles, Christian Bale voices Bagheera, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Shere Khan and Cate Blanchett plays Kaa. This particular project was in the pipeline for over two years now and was initially called The Jungle Book. Unfortunately, in a move smoother than butter, Disney swooped in at the last minute and released a film with the same title. Warner Bros., is will release Mowgli on 19 October, 2018!
Hrithik Roshan And Sussanne Roshan: A Sad Love Story
Their love story started when they were a mere 12 years old. Hrithik Roshan used to circle around Sussanne’s house and impress her with stunts no one could know of at that time. Their story of how they met and broke up was the stuff romantic dramas are made of, with a bitter sweet ending. For the uninitiated, here’s how the Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Roshan love story came to be!
A traffic signal gave them the green light
While signs of true love may have blossomed at a young age for Hrithik and Sussanne, the official green light for their relationship came much later. After Sussanne returned to India, the two locked eyes at a traffic signal and immediately proceeded to ignore the incident! When they got home, Kunal Kapoor was the man who the news was told.
While the two moved in similar circles for a long time, the two were scared to confess their feelings to each other. Finally, after a long to and fro of sorts, the two finally came together and boy! Was it a happy ending. At least for the time being, anyway.
The first steps
Suzanne and Hrithik dated each other for four long years before deciding to tie the knot. Their marriage, while it lasted for only thirteen years, was happy and filled with memories. He was a blue eyed, eleven fingered hunk and she was the doe eyed beauty behind this hulk of a man!
Like everything had to come to an end, so did the marriage of Hrithik Roshan’s and Suzanne Khan’s. Despite being besotted with each other for so long, the two decided to part ways amicably. If only to start as love and end as friends was the true reason, then Hrithik Roshan and Suzanne gave us true life goals!
Thare Vaste From Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran Out. Listen Here
Thare Vaste. the brand new song from Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, just dropped and it is about Nationalism in the true form of the word. Based on the 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests, the film pays tribute to the twenty years of work gone into making this country a great home for science.
Feel the force of nationalism in #ThareVaaste as we relive the moments that changed India’s history! Song out now: (link in bio) @dianapenty @boman_irani @johnabrahament @zeemusiccompany @zeestudiosofficial @kytaproductions @pooja_ent @deepshikhadeshmukh @sachinjigar #song #patriotism #nationalism #india #pride
Thare Vaaste has been sung by Divya Kumar, with music composited by Sachin and Jigar, while the lyrics were written by Vayu. While Thare Vaaste is a song about Nationalism and patriotism, the previous song, Jitni Dafa, makes you believe in love not being a dead concept.
Soulful, love filled and tragic at the same time, Tere Dafa breathes life into the marriage between John Abraham and his wife, who have been separated for years because of the Pokhran tests! After a lot of ups and down, John Abraham’s Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran finally gets a release date. With the film constantly being tied up in one legal battle after another, the fact that Parmanu is ready to make it to the big screens, is one to rejoice!
Starring Boman Irani, John Abraham and Diana Penty in the lead roles, the film is a dedication to the unsung heroes during the Pokhran tests. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is scheduled to hit the screens on 25 May, 2018!
Laaj Sharam: The New Song From Veere Di Wedding Is Out. Listen Here
My life, my rules. How many times have you used that line and tried doing what your parents would not let you do? If you have felt that way in the past, then you will relate to Kareena Kapoor Khan’s character and how she feels in Laaj Sharam, the new song from Veere Di Wedding!
Throw the Laaj Sharam out of the window and open the door to freedom! Here’s #LaajSharam from #VeereDiWedding. (Link in Bio) #KareenaKapoorKhan @sonamkapoor @reallyswara @shikhatalsania @sumeetvyas @vishwaskinii @sachinjigar @zeemusiccimpany @ektaravikapoor @nikhildwivedi25 @balajimotionpictures @anilkapoorfilmcompany @saffron_bm @cottonsandsatins @vdwthefilm
On the one hand, Sonam Kapoor struggles with the desire to get married while on the other, Kareena Kapoor Khan struggles with the wedding ceremonies. The latest song from Veere Di Wedding chronicles the different paths two friends take to reach essentially the same goal. Listen to Laaj Sharam, the brand new and much relatable song from Veere Di Wedding here!
Touted to be not a chick flick, Veere Di Wedding is the first Bollywood film centered around female friendships. With Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhaskar, Shikha Talsania and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles, the film tackles the age old issue of marriage. Sung by Divya Kumar and Jasleen Royal, Laaj Sharam has been composed by White House. The song is peppy, tackles everyday issues with a sarcastic touch and is sure to make you jump and groove to the beats within seconds!
Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, the film marks the return of Kareena Kapoor Khan after the birth of her son, Taimur Ali Khan. Veere Di Wedding is scheduled to hit the screens on 1 June, 2018!
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