Cast: Rajnikanth, Huma Qureshi, Easwari Rao, Nana Patekar, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil
Director: Pa. Ranjith
mango Bollywood rating: 3.5 stars
When Rajnikanth and a film are associated together, one expects nothing short of a blockbuster. That being said, his next film, Kaala, is anything but a typical Rajnikanth film. From the very word go, Pa Ranjith makes this fact crystal clear. Just like the teaser, Kaala opens to Rajnikanth’s character playing in the Dharavi slums, claiming his dominance over the area.
With Nana Patekar’s dry wit and Huma Quereshi’s flawless acting, Kaala makes for a film with true meaning. Nana Patekar plays the oppressive bad guy, while Rajnikanth and his brood of wronged people fight back everytime they can. Not only that, the brood does not look at Rajnikanth as the ultimate superhero. They mock him and playfully antagonize whenever possible.
This is not the only significant aspect of the film. A bilingual film like this deserves every bit of credit and adulation it gets. What makes Kaala stick out all the more is the fact that women are no longer seen as the week and submissive sector of society. What is perhaps one of the most powerful aspects of this film is the point when the police remove a woman’s pants in order to shame her.
What happens next is usually along the lines of submission or defeat. However, this film is just the opposite. When the police pull down her pants, the woman picks up a lathi and charges straight at the men. She is claiming her right to occupy a space in a protest and not let anyone use her gender against her wishes. Pa Ranjith’s Kaala is loaded on symbolism, with the basic underlying principle being the defeat of the bad guy by the oppressed and repressed good guy.
Unlike other films about gangsters and mobsters, this film is about revolution. With such a heavy base, one would expect the director to deviate from the plot a tad bit. However, like a breath of fresh air, Pa Ranjith sticks true to the tale throughout the film. Watch the film not for Rajnikanth, but for Pa Ranjith!
Thugs Of Hindostan Song Vashmalle Released
Vashmalle, the first song from Yash Raj Films’ highly anticipated film, Thugs of Hindostan, just dropped. From the looks of things, this song is just as exciting as the trailer. One of the most exciting movies releasing next year, this particular film has a lot of things going for it, a factor made all the more enticing with this song. From the script to the cast, everything about this movie is keeping people gripped to the edge of their seat with bated breaths.
The just dropped song, titled Vashmalle, has been sung by the highly talented singer duo of Ajay and Atul, with lyrics given by Amitabh Bhattacharya and choreography by the brilliant dancer, Prabhudeva! While the song is foot tapping, what makes it all the more special is the fact it sees Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan come together on the silver screen for the first time ever! Listen to the song here and NOW.
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With a setting surrounding the theme of friendship and camaraderie, the song is a true joy fest through and through. Quite like the trailer, the first song reminds one of the intense fight scenes between Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa from the film Pirates of the Caribbean! This particular Yash Raj Films production has an impressive cast to its name. Apart from Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, Thugs of Hindostan also stars Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh in pivotal roles.
“It is amazing that we could write a suitable moment in the film that sees these two icons of Indian cinema shake a leg with each other and the song will stand out because of their infectious energy and camaraderie. The song presents Mr. Bachchan and Aamir Khan in the mood to celebrate. I have to reveal that the sequence will show them getting drunk during the celebrations and then breaking out to dance on this high energy number. It is a priceless moment that we have captured in Thugs of Hindostan,” director Vijay Krishna Acharya said while talking about the film previously. Thugs of Hindostan is scheduled to hit the screens sometime next year, so stay tuned for the release date!
Bollywood Celebrities Who Worked Together Despite Breaking Up
When celebrities break up, it is like a part of you as an audience dies as well. However, one of the ways one can keep this dying romance alive is by looking at these people on the silver screen. While they may not have given us forever goals in real life, at least their reel life presence is strong enough to help us believe in happily ever afters! Check out these couples who did some really great movies together despite having some really not so great breakups.
1. Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif
When Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif broke up, it was perhaps the saddest day in the history of relationships in Bollywood. They were hot, they were happening and they were in the moment at the time. However, when they parted ways, everyone thought there was no hope left. Thankfully, the two were working on Jagga Jasoos while they were still dating and when it came out right after their breakup, it was like a much needed hangover cure.
2. Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh
Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh were together for quite a while before they parted ways. He was the original quirky dude and she was the ultimate style icon. When they broke up, it really took one a long time to get over this massive betrayal. However, people thought their chemistry in Band Baaja Baaraat was so palpable, it just had to be recreated. Dil Dhadakne Do came as the much needed answer for the sad breakup that was the end of Anushka Sharma’s and Ranveer Singh’s relationship and thank God for that!
3. Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan
Before Katrina Kaif dated Ranbir Kapoor, she had a very unusual beau on her arm in the form of Salman Khan. Even though the two were always in the limelight for dating back in 2009, they never denied or acknowledged the many rumours surrounding their alleged relationship. While their relationship wasn’t obvious, their breakup definitely was and when one saw them together in Ek Tha Tiger, it looked like a true testament to their love! Such an aww moment, this film!
4. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone
Another breakup that broke everyone’s hearts was Ranbir Kapoor’s and Deepika Padukone’s. While they were the shiniest toy in town when they were dating, their breakup had a massively disastrous effect on everyone. When they came together in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, their chemistry was something a lot of people appreciated.
5. Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor
Not only did Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor have an amazing relationship when they were together, they had a breakup which was quite in contrast to their relationship. The difference showed in the movies they worked in after breaking up. Remember how great they looked together in Jab We Met? Although this chemistry seemed to be missing in Udta Punjab, it was still really nice to see them together!
After following the journey of these Bollywood couples from the beginning, it is hard to see them break up. However, it is nice to have these lost love stories being immortalized in the form of films and movies. Which couple do you think should not have broken up? Comment and let us know!
Nithya Menen’s Praana First Look Poster Is Out
Nithya Menen, the woman of the hour, is gearing up for Praana, her next extremely exciting project, which is being made in multiple languages (Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam) at the same time! This means the gorgeous actress had to do the same scenes in not one, but four different languages.
Trying to capture the audience’s attention for the entire duration of the film is nothing short of a commendable task. However, with Nithya Menen’s track record of excellent performances to date, this is not an unimaginable feat for the brilliant and talented actress! Check out the just dropped first look poster of Praana here and now!
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Highly anticipated for several reasons, one of the major plus points for Praana being one of the most awaited movies in recent times is that the film is going to be completely focused on Nithya Menen’s character! While Dulquer Salman is going to play a small role in this movie, the exciting factor is clearly Nithya’s part and how beautifully she executes this challenging role!
Clearly every director’s favourite actress in the South Indian film industry, Nithya Menen is famously dubbed as the girl with no repeat takes! Another first of sorts in India, the makers have used sync surround sound to up the excitement quotient for the film. Praana is going to be directed by V. K. Prakash and filmed by critically acclaimed cinematographer, P. C. Sreeram. The sound for the movie will be given by Oscar award winning sound engineer, Resul Pookutty and the lyrics are going to be given by Louis Banks.
Jointly produced by Anita Raj and Praveen S. Kumar under the banners of Real Studio and S Raj Productions, this particular Nithya Menen project is exciting, to say the least! The release date of the film has not been given yet, so stay tuned for the arrival of one of the most exciting movies in the film world to date!
Cast: Govinda, Varun Sharma, Digangana Suryavanshi, Prabhleen Sandhu, Brijendra Kala, Rajesh Sharma, Sanjay Mishra
Director: Abhishek Dongra
A comic and slightly glorified take on infidelity, FryDay is an out and out Govinda based film. Set almost entirely in one specific location (Delhi,) the movie has some really funny lines, with most of the one liners handled brilliantly by the man for whom they seem to have been written. With perfectly timed comebacks and comic relief written with flawless perfection, FryDay is a tribute to films like Pati, Patni Aur Woh and some other Govinda classics.
Centering around Varun Sharma’s character (a water purifier salesman) and an actor specialising in improvisation (Govinda,) this particular Abhishek Dongra is an out and out laughter riot. Govinda’s character (Gagan) has a wife (Bela, played by Prabhleen Sandhu,) but she just does not seem to satisfy his urges. To satiate the never ending cravings, Gagan takes on a lover (Bindu, played by Digangana Suryavanshi.) The story takes a turn here, with all the characters coming into their own and each of them having individual spin offs to their storylines.
The central crux of the movie revolves around Gagan and Bindu, who are in lustless marriages and are tied together by bonds of never ending societal expectations. Varun Sharma’s character enters the scene, interrupting the highly built up and anticipated coitus scene, but very quickly discovers Gagan is far from being the ideal customer. What follows is a sort of comedy of errors, with different characters coming in and out of the scene.
All the major events in the film take place in one primary location, with multiple characters going in and out as per the script requirements. This particular Abhishek Dongra film scores well in terms of comedy, but has one fatal flaw: is it really okay to cast a humorous spin on infidelity?
FryDay is the perfect balm for a world that has not seen Govinda in action for a very long time. With every character playing their part to perfection, this movie is nothing short of an entertaining story in an industry dominated by serious and slightly over the top movies. Watch it with an open mind and an accepting heart for the acting and the comic relief!
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Tumbbad Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Cast: Sohum Shah, Mohammad Samad, Anita Date, Deepak Damle, Jyoti Malshe
Director: Rahi Anil Barve
Treasure. Love. Betrayal. Revenge. A demon and an ancient story. Bollywood has rarely gone wrong with these themes and with Tumbbad also, success isn’t far off the mark! The story of this particular film revolves around a boy (Vinayak Roy) and how his life changes after being hit with a severe personal tragedy. On the road to finding peace and some sort of salvation, Vinayak meets an old lady who draws him into a life of greed, myths and the hunt of treasure no one has found to date.
At the base of things, Tumbbad is a horror movie with psychological undertones. With a strong theme of fear for the unknown, the film is the perfect depiction of what happens when your imagination runs amok. Furthermore, with slightly overwhelming scenes with just a little too much blood and gore, this story talks about how ordinary men turn into monsters when on the hunt for something they don’t understand.
Tumbbad, a village in Maharashtra, becomes the place where this film is set. Starting off with slightly over the top sequences of gods and goddesses, the film explores the grey shades of the leads as well as the locales in the village. The torrential downpour of rain n the village is synonymous with the wrath of the gods and the continuous dark hues shown is a dedication to the characters.
Tumbbad explores the other side of a world where absolute poverty propels people into doing things they would never think of doing. Hunting down fairy tales and fables from ancient India, this film is moody, to say the least. The depiction of the characterization of the time is perfection. The men are shown living in the Brahmanical way of life, with women living their one true purpose: serving men and making their life easier.
Filled to the brim with a moral, a story of hope, failure and acceptance, Tumbbad is quite possibly the most beautiful fairy tale written for adults. The characters have been really well written, with Vinayak’s love for money and his mother both shown with equal ease. The lady in the corridor is also given prominence, reinforcing the horror story angle, but not really telling the viewers how long the woman has been the way she is.
A bold attempt by a newbie, Tumbbad is not a tale many forget after watching it for just the first time. Greed, desire and the want for material wealth, all combined with the eternal hope and longing for a better life, is what makes this particular film such an endearing watch. Starting with the entrance of the British troops and culminating to an end when they are ready to leave the country, this movie leaves you wanting for more. Feeling like a part of your heart is left behind, Tumbbad is shades of grey, with no black and whites at all. A definite must watch that gives one an insight into ordinary life.
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