Beyond The Clouds Cast: Ishaan Khatter, Malavika Mohanan, Gautam Ghose, Tannishtha Chatterjee
Beyond The Clouds Director: Majid Majidi
mango Bollywood Rating: 3 Stars (out of 5)
Iranian director, Majid Majidi realised very soon there was a strong need to bridge the gap between realism and Bollywood drama. With Beyond The Clouds, Majidi tries doing just that. However, this movie just failed to create the connection it was desperately trying to make.
The film tells the story of a boy and his elder sister battling daunting odds. It is left to two Bollywood newbies, Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan, to do the heavy lifting. The duo puffs and pants through the ordeal, giving an insight into a world of emotions ranging from anger, grief, remorse, resolve to repugnance.
Despite the poor attempts at bridging the gap, Beyond The Clouds shows the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister. The film tells the story of a boy and his elder sister battling daunting odds. Amir (Ishaan Khatter,) a small time drug peddler, has been brought up by Tara (Malavika Mohanan) after the death of his parents. Tara appears to be Amir’s foster sister rather than his biological one (the movie addresses the apparent difference in religion.)
Throughout the movie, with the depiction of the Mumbain slums and the stark foreign elements of poverty give one a feeling of watching a movie similar to Slum Dog Millionaire and Children of Heaven. However, what makes this particular film stand out is the brutal touches to realism, the abject poverty and the struggles an ordinary man faces. While it may not have been the film we all expected, it certainly has given us more than enough food for thought. Watch if you need a break from the pretences of our world!
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!
Mere Gully Mein Song From Gully Boy Out Now
A little while ago, the makers of Ranveer Singh’s and Alia Bhatt’s next film, Gully Boy, dropped a brand new song from the film, called Mere Gully Mein! While the previous song, Apna Time Aayega, has practically become a war cry of sorts, the new song is being called a “dhamaka!”
Composed by rappers Divine and Naezy, Mere Gully Mein has Ranveer Singh’s and Siddhant Chaturvedi’s characters in the lead roles. A rap battle of sorts with some really intense lyrics, this new song is definitely one for the golden ages. Listen to the song here and now!
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— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) January 22, 2019
The new song talks about how music can help any one get through life. With the lyrics being supervised by Divine, the song sees Ranveer’s growth as a professional rapper! Just a couple of days before the entire album track is scheduled to drop, the team is making everyone’s heart beat faster with each new song.
Gully Boy brings to life the story of Divine and other rappers from Mumbai, who, through their rap songs, talk about what life is like for those without privileges. Primarily mapping the growth of Divine’s journey of becoming one of the most famous rappers in India, this movie has quite an intriguing story to tell.
Directed by Zoya Akhtar (known for making films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do,) Gully Boy stars Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhanth Chaturvedi and Kalki Koechlin in key roles. Easily one of the most awaited movies of the year, Gully Boy is scheduled to release on the 14th of February this year!
Total Dhamaal Trailer Is Finally Here!
Total Dhamaal, easily one of the most anticipated films of this year, finally has a trailer to its name. Part three of the Dhamaal series, this new part has practically all the members from the original cast, with a good number of new faces thrown into the mix! What makes the movie so much more exciting is, it brings together the extremely famous pair of Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, after almost 26 years!
Although the first two parts of this film had Sanjay Dutt playing the lead role, this new installment is going to focus on Ajay Devgn, who is going to make his Dhamaal debut! The almost three minutes long trailer seems to draw large influences from the popular Hangover series. Further, the trailer also gives one an insight into all the different characters we can expect from the film. From Johnny Lever, to Madhuri Dixit, to Anil Kapoor and to Ajay Devgn, every actor’s character is brought to the front. Watch the trailer here!
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) January 21, 2019
Here’s a little tit bit which will make you all the more excited for the film to hit the screens. Remember Crystal, the monkey from the Hangover series? There’s a still from the trailer which shows her on Ajay Devgn’s shoulder! Nostalgic or what? One of the other things which makes one want to watch this movie is when Ajay Devgn is shown walking the ramp with a lion by his side! Promising to be one of the wildest parts of the Dhamaal series, this trailer has definitely made waiting for the movie even harder than it already was. The trailer promises to be an adventurous ride which is quite unlike the other two films. To make matters all the more exciting, A ride in the desert, hints at the search for a hidden treasure and all the animals make the wait for Total Dhamaal all the more exciting! The trailer also shows us glimpses of Sonakshi Sinha’s cameo in the film as Ajay Devgn and she are all set to recreate Helen’s song, Mungda!
Directed by Indra Kumar, Total Dhamaal stars Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Javed Jaffrey, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Mishra and Boman Irani. With a mixture of the old and the new, this Indra Kumar directorial promises to be a wild, wild ride. Total Dhamaal is scheduled to hit the screens on 22nd February this year, so mark your calendars and watch it on the first day!
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.
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