Bollywood as an industry is finally picking up and making some really good movies. After a long while, our directors are finally realising the power of good, meaningful cinema. With Karan Johar just announcing the release of his brand new film, Kalank, here’s looking at some of the other period dramas releasing through the next few months!
1. Thugs of Hindostan
Perhaps one of the most awaited films of the year, Thugs of Hindostan stars Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead roles. Set during the early 19th century, this movie is based on how businessmen used to feel like during those times. Thugs of Hindostan is scheduled to hit the screens on 7 November, 2018.
Starring Sanjay Dutt, Kriti Sanon and Arjun Kapoor in pivotal roles, this particular movie has a rich, historical significance to its name. Based on the third Battle of Panipat, Panipat chronicles the bravery of the Indian warriors. Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, the film is scheduled to release on 6 December, 2019.
3. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
With Kangana Ranaut in the lead role, this film is a biopic based on the life of Rani Laxmi of Jhansi. Kangana’s look from the film’s sets was released a few months ago. The film chronicles her fight against the British and also stars television actor Ankita Lokhnade in a pivotal role. The release date is yet to be announced.
4. Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran
While highly controversial, John Abraham’s Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran tells the tale of how India became a nuclear power. Chronicling the struggles of the Indian scientists during the first nuclear tests carried out in 1988, the film stars John Abraham and Diana Penty in the lead roles and is scheduled to release on 20 May, 2018.
Directed by Reema Kagti with Akshay Kumar in the lead, Gold is set during the historic Olympic medal winner in the year 1984. Apart from Akshay playing the role of the Bengali hockey coach, Mouni Roy and Amit Sadh are also seen playing important roles in the film. Gold is scheduled to hit the screens on 15 August, 2018.
With so many interesting movies to look forward this year and the next, make sure you have your dates ready and booked!
Bollywood Celebrities Who Battled Serious Diseases And Came Out Stronger
There are a few Bollywood celebrities, who, apart from playing characters affected by serious diseases on the screen, have gone through a lot when it comes to dealing with such diseases in real life. The last few years, especially, saw these celebrities fight these diseases time and time again, only to come out stronger and better on the other side! From Irrfan Khan to Rakesh Roshan, here’s taking a look at all the celebrities who braved diseases with grace and ease:
1. Rakesh Roshan
The Roshan family seems to be no stranger to the harsh hands of serious diseases. From Hrithik Roshan having to undergo a brain surgery for a blood clot, to Sunaina Roshan, Hrithik Roshan’s sister, battling cancer, almost all the family members have had one serious disease. Recently, Rakesh Roshan was also diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma, a type of throat cancer. With one surgery already done, Rakesh Roshan is already on the path to a speedy recovery. Here’s wishing the actor a speedy recovery and long life!
2. Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan’s announcement of being infected with neuroendocrine cancer was perhaps one of the most shocking things to happen. However, showing true strength and commitment to his trade, the actor kept shooting even after undergoing treatment in New York! Talk about being a fighter!
3. Manisha Koirala
Known for giving the world some truly beautiful films like Dil Se and Bombay, Manisha Koirala was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 42. After multiple surgeries and rigorous treatments, the actress was finally declared cancer free in the year 2015! Like a real life hero, the actress came out fit, fighting through all the struggles!
4. Lisa Ray
Lisa Ray was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (a form of blood cancer) in the year 2009 and the moment she was diagnosed, she kept herself away from media of all kinds. A year later however, the actress made a public statement saying she received a complete transplant and was treated for a while. Unfortunately, the disease isn’t completely curable, only temporarily treatable. Despite being faced with such a serious disease, Lisa Ray still had an extremely positive outlook on life and never backed down.
5. Anurag Basu
Known for directing really great movies like Life In A Metro and Barfi, Anurag Basu was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer in 2004. Although the doctors gave him only two months to live, the actor fought back cancer and is now completely cured!
To see our favourite stars fight back despite facing some of the most daunting moments in their lives is a truly commendable feat. Here’s wishing these a long and happy life.
Bollywood Movies All About Food
Food, colour, camera and Bollywood always go hand in hand. There’s something truly magical about watching a movie which brings to life all your favourite cuisines, coupled with a beautiful love story. If you’re a foodie and love Bollywood movies, what could be better than this combination, right? We agree! Here’s taking a look at movies which don’t just make your mouth water, but also tug at your heartstrings:
1. Stanley Ka Dabba
A mean principal who looks at stealing food from students and a child who wants to share his food with his friends: Stanley Ka Dabba tells a two tiered story. With food playing the unifying factor, the movie tells the story of how a little boy confronts not just his bully, but also how he comes to terms with his past. A beautiful movie through and through, Stanley Ka Dabba is heartwarming in every way! The bottom line? No matter what happens, good food always warms your soul.
2. Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
A lot can happen over a hot pot of curry and if you watch Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, you realise just how true this fact is. A family gets into a major crisis and the only thing which can save the family from ruins is if they find the secret ingredient which makes the chicken curry taste so amazing! A treat to not just the eyes but the stomach as well, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana has a simple message: a good recipe takes time to perfect and once that happens, everything falls in place.
3. Cheeni Kum
Have you ever fallen in love with someone because the sugar was too less in your food? Cheeni Kum shows how despite having differences in the way certain dishes are cooked, you can still find an acceptable middle ground. To recreate Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao in itself is an extremely hard task. To get it right to perfection is even harder. Amitabh Bachchan, playing the role of the chef, realises he’s not always right, when Tabu’s character tells him the right recipe of Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao does have sugar! While at the surface of things, Cheeni Kum may seem like a run of the mill love story, if you look at the subtle nuances, there is a lot more. Attention to detail, the love for one’s country and food which is always cooked in the best possible way, this movie is all things beautiful!
4. English Vinglish
There are so many times when you watch a movie and are surprised by how there are still certain stigmas and principles people follow despite being supremely educated. English Vinglish shows us just that. While the central character (played by Sridevi,) is a mother whose family doesn’t consider her opinions because she doesn’t know English, the movie shows how despite all the pitfalls, the mother still runs her own business! Discovering the fact that she is an entrepreneur (famous for her laddus,) the mother realises knowing English isn’t the most important thing in the world. With food playing the central theme of this particular film, English Vinglish is more than just a mother accepting she can change the ways of her life, but also how food can make even the worst situations right.
5. Ramji Londonwaley
When you see a Tamilian Brahmin working as a chef in London (while living there illegally,) you think you are in for a different story altogether. They say, the way to a man’s heart is through food, but in Ramji Londonwaley, the central character (played by R. Madhavan,) does the exact opposite! He uses food to impress not only the love of his life, but also the people of London, by coming up with the recipe for a sugar free halwa! Not only does this help him win the hearts of the people in London, this also helps the lead win over his lady love. Talk about love through food done right!
6. The Lunchbox
When you think Mumbai, you think lunch boxes, crowded trains and people shuffling to and fro. When you think The Lunchbox, these very same thoughts are brought to life! A misdelivered lunchbox brings to life the story of two unhappy people and a letter which forms a unique love story. Witty repartee, hidden secrets and a strong craving for good food make this story all the more beautiful. With an open ending and a beautiful tale, The Lunchbox is a story of acceptance and finding love.
7. Dawat E Ishq
Love doesn’t just develop with the hope of a happy tummy, but by having the love for something truly good. A girl from Hyderabad, who’s sick of men asking for dowry, tries duping a chef from Lucknow. However, with all the tangdi kebabs and the biryanis, true love blossoms. Like every movie with food as the central theme, Dawat E Ishq also talks about how in every situation, food can fix everything!
When food brings you so much joy, why not share the joy of food while watching movies about food? If you think we missed out on any other movies with food playing a pivotal role in the story, comment and let us know!
Bollywood Actors Who Acted In Web Series
Move over, movies! Bollywood actors have a new platform for expressing their talent: web series! The last two years, especially, saw people from Saif Ali Khan to Nawazuddin Siddiqui going the web series way and boy, are we glad they did! Check out the list here!
1. Saif Ali Khan
The ultimate Nawab of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan, ventured into the world of web series and made it big with his stellar performance in Sacred Games. Playing the role of a cop in this intense drama, Saif Ali Khan put his heart and soul into the role. The performance at the end of the day, more than showed the results, with everyone waiting with bated breath for the new season!
2. Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Another star who made his mark felt in Sacred Games, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was also a class act this particular web series. Playing the role of a mafia, Nawazuddin palyed the character so well, it seemed like it was written especially for him!
3. Radhika Apte
A chilling and horrifying story of a prisoner who arrives at a military interrogation center in a remote area, Ghoul has Radhika Apte playing the lead. As the web series unfolds, one gets an insight into how well Radhika Apte can play serious and demanding roles!
4. Ali Fazal
Ali Fazal, popular for movies like Mirzapur, Victoria & Abdul and Furious 7, more than made his presence felt with his brilliant acting in the web series Bang Baaja Baarat! A story about two people from two different backgrounds, this series shows how despite disparities, people who are meant to fall in love, fall in love!
5. Dia Mirza
While Dia Mirza may have taken a break from the silver screen for a while, her web series, Shockers, is definitely going to shock you! A series of spine chilling stories and tales which will scare the living daylight out of you, this particular series is a treat!
6. Swara Bhaskar
Swara Bhaskar, known for her brilliant performance in Veere Di Wedding, is also famous for her performance in her web series, It’s Not That Simple! Telling the tale of a girl trapped in an unhappy marriage (played by Swara Bhaskar) the series tries to answer the question of what you would do if you had a choice.
Although these actors are brilliant in all the movies they did, watching them make an appearance on the web series screen is quite a treat! What’s your favourite web series? Comment and let us know!
Biopics To Look Forward This Year
If there’s anything Bollywood taught us, it is, if you thought your imagination was quite great, then think again. Biopics as a genre are changing the way people look at those who became great personalities in life and through the years, movies like Sanju and Gold were some of the really well made movies. As the year 2019 progresses, here’s taking a look at some of the most interesting biopics to look forward to this year:
1. Super 30
Returning to the silver screen after a gap of nearly two years, Hrithik Roshan is all set to make a comeback with a biopic based on the life of Anand Kumar, a professor who gave underprivileged students the hope to dream. This Bahl directorial is all set to hit the screens on 26th January, 2019.
Late Gulshan Kumar, now known for founding the game changer of the Bollywood industry, T Series, had a very unglamorous childhood. A man who revolutionised the way Indian music industry functioned in the 1980s, Gulshan Kumar led quite a thrilling life. Mogul maps this man’s journey from the other side of tracks to being one of the most successful people in the country, to being shot outside a temple in Mumbai in the year 1997. This film’s release was originally scheduled for 2018, but due to various issues, the lead, Akshay Kumar, exited the project, causing the release date to be postponed to Christmas 2019.
After the release of all the controversies surrounding the life of Bal Thackeray in the book titled An Ordinary Life: A Memoir, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to play the role of Bal Thackeray in this film based on his life! Tracing the life of Thackeray’s journey from being a cartoonist, to being a politician who changed the face of the political scene in Maharashtra, Thackeray is going to be an eye opener. Initially scheduled to hit the screens in December last year, the film is now expected to hit the screens on Thackeray’s birthday this year!
4. Jhalki, Ek Aur Bachpan
Based on the life of Kailash Satyarthi, a man who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, Jhalki Ek Aur Bachpan will bring to life the story of a girl who is on the hunt of her brother. While Boman Irani plays Kailash in this film, the film also maps the journey of how he saves over 83,000 children, including more than 144 girls! Jhalki, Ek Aur Bachpan is scheduled to hit the screens this year!
With so many biopics releasing this year, picking just one biopic is going to be hard. What movie are you waiting for the most? Comment and let us know!
Top 5 Onscreen Bollywood Pairs In 2019
Although the year 2019 just started, there are a lot of really exciting things happening, especially in the world of Bollywood. From new movies to new pairs, there is a lot of new things happening in the film industry. Check out the list of really cool new onscreen Bollywood pairs to watch out for in 2019!
1. Athiya Shetty and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
While Nawazuddin Siddiqui impressed everyone with his brilliant performances in 2018 with movies like Manto and Thackeray, Athiya Shetty is yet to make her Bollywood debut. The year 2019 not only marks this young lady’s debut in the industry, it also opens the doors to a new lead in the upcoming film Motichoor Chaknachoor. Just like Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s other movies, this one looks to be quite promising as well!
2. Nushrat Bharucha and Rajkummar Rao
Remember how Nushrat Bharucha impressed everyone with her amazing performance in the box office super hit film Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety? While not much was seen of her in the last year, 2019 is going to be different. What makes things so much better is the gorgeous lady will be paired opposite none other than Rajkummar Rao, one of the most talented actors in the industry right now! Nushrat and Rajkummar are going to star together in their first ever film, Turram Khan and although this is the fifth time Rajkummar Rao will be working with director Hansal Mehta, this is going to be Nushrat’s first time with the filmmaker as well!
3. Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor
Both Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor had a really busy 2018. While Sushant Singh Rajput was last seen in Kedarnath (an intense love story set against the Uttarakhand flash floods,) Shraddha Kapoor was last seen in Stree, both box office successes! Now, both the actors are all set to come together with a brand new comedy in the form of Chhichhore. With two superstars and a brand new comedy movie, this pair is going to be exciting to watch on the silver screen!
4. Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani
Kabir Singh is perhaps the most talked about film of 2019. Kabir Singh is the Bollywood remake of Arjun Reddy, the Tollywood blockbuster which broke all records when it released. While Shahid is a star in his own right, Kabir Singh will be the first film, wherein he will play the lead role. Looking at the stupendous success that was Arjun Reddy, it is going to be truly exciting to see how the Bollywood version of this particular movie is going to turn out.
5. Mouni Roy and Rajkummar Rao
When Mouni Roy made her Bollywood debut in Akshay Kumar’s Gold, she took the Bollywood world by storm with her brilliant acting skills. With a host of interesting movies of hers to look forward to this year, one of the most exciting ones to keep a look out for is Made In China, a movie where she’ll be starring opposite Rajkummar Rao. From the looks of all the posters of this film, the two make quite an adorable pair together and it will be exciting to see them come together on the silver screen for the first time ever!
With so many fresh onscreen pairs, Bollywood is going to be filled with a lot of new things this year. Which pair are you looking forward to watching onscreen this year? Comment and let us know!
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