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!
Karan Johar is Back With A Star Studded Cast For ‘Takht’
Karan Johar announced his upcoming film Takht set to release in 2020. The film features a star studded cast that includes Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. Karan used Twitter to provide an insight into the story line.
An incredible story embedded in history…
An epic battle for the majestic Mughal throne…
A story of a family, of ambition, of greed, of betrayal, of love & of succession…
TAKHT is about WAR for LOVE….@dharmamovies @apoorvamehta18 pic.twitter.com/BQg6SvdFfb
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 9, 2018
Takht is labelled as a historical film which comes after the previous film Padmaavat, that was released earlier this year and caused a stir in the country.
Takht is a historical magnum opus about the Mughal Dynasty, a battle between brothers for the Mughal throne. The lead character is played by Ranveer Singh as Dara Shikoh and Vicky Kaushal as his brother, Aurangazeb. Kareena Kapoor will be starring as their sister Jahanara Begum and Alia Bhatt would be playing the lead love interest.
This film would be the third historical film for Ranveer Singh after Padmaavat and Bajirao Mastani that were both blockbuster hits.
Karan Johar is well known for having a famed cast featured in his films, his previous hit Ae Dil Hai Mushkil featured Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Fawad Khan and Aishwarya Rai.
The cast members could not contain their excitement and went on to social media to talk about the film. Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt took to Twitter to announce their latest project and Janhvi Kapoor announced it on Instagram.
It was further announced that the screenplay is by Sumit Roy and dialogues by Hussain Haidry and Sumit Roy. It is unexpected for Karan to acknowledge the writers as the “heartbeat and soul of a film.” As writers require more recognition in Bollywood. Varun Grover (lyricist) and Neeraj Ghaywan (director) have been lobbying for writers getting the recognition they deserve by producers for a long time.
The Screenplay is by SUMIT ROY! Dialogues by HUSSAIN HAIDRY,SUMIT ROY! And thanks to @NotSoSnob for bringing these talents to us at @DharmaMovies ! An exciting journey ahead….WRITERS are the heartbeat and soul of a film! These gentlemen lead all the way…. pic.twitter.com/hyTucBmKaG
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 9, 2018
Bhumi Pednekar shared her excitement regarding the magnum opus “It’s a great honour for me to be working such great actors and to be directed by a veteran. I am a very big Karan Johar fan ever since I was a child. So honestly, it’s very special feeling and it’s still sinking in. I am still dealing with it and I am just so nervous about the film.”
Farah Khan congratulated Karan Johar for the film via a tweet.
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) August 9, 2018
Are you as excited as we are to see Kareena Kapoor and Ranveer Singh share the screen?
Radhika Apte And Her Brilliant Performances To Date
Radhika Apte came to the world of Bollywood like a fiery breath of fresh air at a time when actresses were put in boxes, with no definite direction. As an actress, Apte redefined the world of cinema and proved acting is a skill worked on and mastered over time. Every role this particular lady has taken up more than prove this fact. Still do not believe us? Hopefully this list of some of her best movies to date might just do the trick!
To begin with, Parched as a film portrayed a side of the world not many are comfortable with. It dealt with four women leads navigating through the “parched” and dry desserts of Rajasthan. Apte stole the show with her flawless acting, addressing everything from homosexuality to gender politics like a seasoned actress.
There is a certain sense of longing in the way Apte delivers her dialogues. This aspect was perhaps first noticed in the film, Antaheen. Released in the year 2009, this film spoke about love, heartache, waiting and loneliness, the film brought to light the brilliance of Apte as an actress.
Phobia, a 2016 released horror film, showed us how movies can be scary without having a supernatural element. Apte’s subtle acting brought to the fore the struggles of an agoraphobic woman. With Apte playing the lead role, one can truly feel the fear of being trapped in your own home.
4. Manjhi: The Mountain Man
That this film had not one but two brilliant actors is quite an interesting fact. Both Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte more than make up for all the flaws Manjhi as a film has. The story is inspiring and unique. Gritty and powerful, the film contains likeable characters who speak with quotable dialogues, delivered to perfection by the lead actors! A true testament on Apte’s skills as an actress!
5. Lust Stories
A Netflix original film, Lust Stories is an out and out Radhika Apte film. She is portrayed as the vulnerable teacher, desperate for love and belonging. Even though the other stars in this film are brilliant, Apte steals the show with her raw acting style.
Every role performed by Radhika Apte proves her skills as a brilliant actress. What is your favourite performance by her? Comment and let us know!
#ANDHADHUN Starring Tabu, Ayushmann Khurana and Radhika Apte
The first motion poster of AndhaDhun, starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte and Tabu just released! The film is directed by Sriram Raghavan co produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Matchbox Pictures, is set to release on 5 October 2018.
Andha andhe ko rasta dikhaaye, toh phir andha kaun? #AndhaDhun produced by @Viacom18Movies & @MatchboxPix releases in cinemas near you on 5th October, 2018. @ayushmannk @radhika_apte #Tabu #SriramRaghavan @zeemusiccompany pic.twitter.com/PtHRzvflaX
— AndhaDhun (@AndhadhunFilm) August 17, 2018
Ayushmann Khurrana is moving away from his comfort zone after acting in romcoms such as Vicky Donor, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Meri Pyaari Bindu. He plays a blind pianist in this latest film.
“It (doing Andhadhun) was a deliberate decision. I think it is not important to reinvent yourself with every film. Actors probably take themselves too seriously thinking, ‘I have to be different in every film’. But more than seeing you differently, the audience wants to see you doing a different story. Apart from that, you can reinvent yourself after establishing yourself in a particular genre,” the actor said.
Oh it’s not easy when you have to match up to Sriram Raghavan’s string of badass film titles but we all gave it a try! Presenting #AndhaDhun! https://t.co/NlVTNA6dVO @andhadhunfilm @radhika_apte #Tabu #SriramRaghavan @Viacom18Movies @Matchboxpix @ZeeMusicCompany pic.twitter.com/javunbzlOq
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) June 19, 2018
The first look of the film will be revealed on soon. Andhadhun will be set in Pune and the shoot is almost complete. Talking about the film’s title, the director, Sriram Raghavan said, “We are punning with the title as Ayushmann plays a blind pianist. It goes well with the story too. We had a lot of options in our mind, including Shoot The Piano Player, but the producers weren’t keen on using an English title. I know the real word is ‘Andhadhund’, but the ‘D’ is silent for us.”
We are so excited to see Ayushmann Khurana and Radhika Apte together! Are you?
Bollywood Movies Way Ahead Of Their Time
Just like a lot of us think we are born in the wrong era, there were some films Bollywood could have made now which would have become sure fire hits. Made at a time when Bollywood as a film industry was just booming, directors refused to experiment with the kind of stories they told. Even when they did try experimenting, the results were non existent. Take for example, films like Fire and Mera Naam Joker. These movies explored topics like alcohol abuse, things considered blasphemy at the point. Check out the list here!
1. Mera Naam Joker
Mera Naam Joker was perhaps one of the biggest disasters delivered by Raj Kapoor. For a long time, people refused to see the sadness behind the circus clown’s smile. Through this film, Raj Kapoor tried to bring out this feeling to the fore. Despite the film failing so miserably with both critics and audience alike, the story remained close to Raj Kapoor’s heart. One of the major things which backfired is the duration: FIVE HOURS! Clearly not something everyone could stomach!
Deepa Mehta‘s Fire was controversial, to say the least. One of the first Indian films to depict homosexuality, the movie failed to hit the right notes with the audience. There was such a strong protest against it when it released in the 1990s, the Shiv Sena, a political party, created a furor going so far as to burn posters and cause riots. If the film released now, it would have created just the right impact, with people being more open to the idea of homosexuality.
3. Kya Kehna
Kya Kehna was way ahead of its time when it released. India was still evolving to several ideas, the main one being pregnancy before marriage. While that in itself was a touchy topic, Kya Kehna went a tad bit further and spoke about abortion and the negative effects of the issue. What failed for this film was the strong portrayal of premaritalsex and how it was portrayed. Released now, Kya Kehna could have done wonders with both the box office and the critics!
This film was groundbreaking in more ways than one. The basic premise of this film was about how a woman was in authority and how she questioned men at every point of her life. Manthan as a movie was based on India’s White Revolution and starred Smita Patil in the role as the leading woman. Not only did she break stereotypes, she encouraged an entire village to address and change the strong caste issue which was strongly prevalent at the time.
5. Monsoon Wedding
Not as controversial as the rest on this list, Monsoon Wedding has to be one of my favourite films to date. When it released, the film was meant to be so much more than a Big Fat Indian Wedding. Unfortunately, this particular Mira Nair story lost the underlying essence of hope, disappointment and betrayal by the loved ones. Even so, Monsoon Wedding failed to work because of the subtle addressing of the issues.
There are so many criticisms Bollywood faces for its story telling. However, when directors try to get out of the box, we as an audience want to close the box. If you think we missed out on any films, then comment and let us know!
Gold Film Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Director: Reema Kagati
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor, Vineet Singh
For some obscure reason, the day India became free seems to be one of the most sought after days by filmmakers. Singing to this tune, Reema Kagti’s just released Gold glitters with patriotism and love for one’s country. The first 20 minutes of this historical film show the tri colour flag being proudly displayed at the 1948 Olympics in India, with the hockey team being portrayed as the main focal point.
Right from the very beginning of the film, one can tell Akshay Kumar (playing the character of Tapan Das) is the unsaid hero of this particular hockey team. Seemingly based on the Indian hockey team’s stupendous win at the Olympics, Gold as a film is disappointing.
One of the major things going against this Akshay Kumar starrer is perhaps the amount of focus placed on the main lead. Even with the tri colour fluttering with pride in the background, the characters are sketchy and weak. As a manager, Tapan Das is always high on whiskey and self regret. Even Tapan’s banters with his wife (Monobina) seem tired, scripted and pretentious. Perhaps one of the highlights of this film is a song which chronicles all the major life changing events of India as a country.
While not a lot about Gold, there seems to be a singly ray of light in the form of a positive relationship shown between India and Pakistan. It is the manipulation and the predictability in the film which seems to fall flat on more than one occasion through the movie. Overall, Gold as a story is a well plotted drama that sometimes devolves into schmaltz and melodrama. However, it gives us solid two and half hours of tri colour hued entertainment, with more patriotism stuffed down your throat than one could stomach comfortably. Watch if you really want to, but not for the sake of entertainment.
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