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!
Simmba Song, Tere Bin Is Now Out!
After Aankh Marey, the Simmba team is back with yet another beautiful song titled Tere Bin! The second song from this movie is quite unlike the first, in the sense that it is a romantic track which will make you want to root for Ranveer Singh’s and Sara Ali Khan’s characters!
Tere Bin is a remake of the song Tere Bin Nahi Lagda Dil Mera Dholna by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and just like the original, this song is also just as soulful. Filmed in the scenic Switzerland, the second track from Simmba takes one down the nostalgic road of the 1990s. Listen to the track here!
#TereBin Out Now 💞https://t.co/8emFeeJ66X#RohitShetty @karanjohar #SaraAliKhan @SonuSood @RSPicturez @RelianceEnt @DharmaMovies @SimmbaTheFilm @TSeries @RFAKWorld @tanishkbagchi @AseesKaur @RashmiVerag @azeem2112 #Simmba
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) December 14, 2018
Written by Rashmi Virag and sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Asees Kaur, the revised version of the song reminds one of the classic songs in Yash Chopra’s films, where the lead pairs were seen romancing each other in picturesque hill stations. Simmba, a remake of Jr. NTR’s super hit movie, Temper, sees Ranveer Singh playing the role of a corrupt cop who changes his ways of life after a major incident takes place.
Directed by Rohit Shetty, Simmba sees Sara Ali Khan’s character playing the love interest of Ranveer Singh’s character. Simmba will also star Sonu Sood and Ashutosh Rana in negative roles. Simmba will not only have Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan starring together for the first time, it will also see Rohit Shetty and Ranveer Singh working together for the first time as well! If you missed the previous song from the film, listen to it here!
#AankhMarey droppin’ TOMORROW 😉😉#RohitShetty @karanjohar #SaraAliKhan @SonuSood @rspicturez @RelianceEnt @DharmaMovies @SimmbaTheFilm @TSeries @iAmNehaKakkar @MikaSingh @tanishkbagchi #ShabbirAhmed @azeem2112 #KumarSanu #Simmba pic.twitter.com/RQNST6BnGM
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) December 5, 2018
Simmba is scheduled to hit the screens on 28th December, 2018!
Zero Song Husn Parcham Released
After a long, long wait, the makers of Zero finally released Husn Parcham, the most anticipated song from the Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma starrer. With a focus on Katrina Kaif’s character, Babita, the song is glamour, glitz and gold all the way through!
Composed by the musical duo, Ajay and Atul, this song was sung by Bhoomi Trivedi and Raja Kumari! The third song from Zero, this new version sees Babita sporting a retro avatar! In the video of Husn Parcham, Katrina Kaif is seen in multiple looks. Sporting a knotted Bobby blouse, bronze curly hair in one look and a red saree in another, everything about Katrina is exquisite in this song. Listen to it here!
Deewano ki ye bheed ab na hogi kam,
Aa gayi hai Babita Kumari lehraane Husn Parcham!
The most sizzling song of the year #HusnParcham out now!https://t.co/kgrcLJ72jV#KatrinaKaif @anushkasharma @aanandlrai @Mdzeeshanayyub @BoscoMartis @ajayatulonline @irshad_kamil
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 12, 2018
With Babita grooving to the beats in various settings, this new track sees a glimpse of this character in an avatar like this, which is not going to be shown again during the rest of the movie.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 11, 2018
In fact, Katrina said so herself during a previous interview. “This is the only time you will see Babita, my character, in a glamorous avatar in the film.” She further added, “In reality, Babita is going through the darkest phase in her life. Her relationship is over. Her career is on the downhill, and she is dejected and vulnerable.”
With lyrics by Irshad Kamil, Husn Parcham was the third track after Mera Naam Tu and Issaqbaazi, which featured Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. A story about a dwarf (Bauaa, played by Shah Rukh khan,) falling in love, Zero is scheduled to release on the 21st of December this year!
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!
Cast: Sara Ali Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Pooja Gor and Nitish Bhardwaj
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Based on a love story that comes together in the light of a tragic life altering disaster, Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath brings together multiple issues (love through religions and natural calamities to name a few,) weaving a beautiful tale toward the end. Centered around the cloud burst and the subsequent flash floods of 2013 in Uttarakhand, Kedarnath attempts at bridging the gap caused by religion in the wake of a natural calamity.
Mansoor Khan, a local porter (played by Sushant Singh Rajput,) falls in love with Mukku, a Hindu girl (played by Sara Ali Khan) visiting the holy temple of Kedarnath. While Mukku’s and Mansoor’s parents play the disapproving parents of children who fall in love despite all that is against them, Mansoor plays the man who proves that he doesn’t care about all the odds very obviously stacked against him.
With the devastating floods playing one of the key elements in this particular movie, the strong love between the two leads (with their own fair share of drama,) makes for the rest of the parts. As Sara Ali Khan’s debut film, Kedarnath could not have worked better in bringing out the best in her. Another point that works really well for this Abhishek Kapoor directorial is the fact, it proves love exists no matter what. In fact, one of the key points in this movie is the way Kapoor shows Muslim porters living in harmony in a town where Shiva is the main idol.
While Sara Ali Khan plays the girl who just cannot stop talking, Sushant Singh Rajput plays the role of an unconventional hero. With seasoned ease and skill, Sushant Singh Rajput shows us the many layers involved in a sensitive issue such as love between people belonging to different religions. Although Abhishek Kapoor seems to be constantly revising a story already told multiple times in the past, Kedarnath has its own positives in the way story is treated. While the story may be one which has already been told, the film is refreshing and is worth a watch!
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