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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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, have seen 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 prisioner 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 Radhika Apte can play not just intense roles, but serious and demanding ones as well!
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 day light 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, of course,) 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 have done, 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!
Bollywood Stars Who Disappeared From The Spotlight
The world of Bollywood is a strange one. There are celebrities who rise to fame and stay on top and then there are others who fail despite tasting success. While at one point, they were adored and fawned over, these very stars are now forgotten and have disappeared from the spotlight. Remember Laila Khan? Debuting opposite Rakesh Khanna with Wafa in the year 2008, the actress disappeared from Mumbai shortly after the miserable failure of her grand debut. What makes matters worse, shortly after Laila moved from Mumbai, she was found dead. Her story is just one of the many among those whose lives were either cut short or who disappeared without a trace of any sorts. Check out the list here!
1. Parveen Babi
Known for her amazing performances in not one, but a host of films, Parveen Babi was perhaps one of the most famous actresses of her time. From breaking all conventional barriers by sporting bikinis, to featuring on the cover of the Time magazines, Parveen Babi was always a class act. However, despite all the success surrounding her life, she went off the radar of the film industry in the mid eighties. For a little over a decade, no one knew where she was and when she eventually returned in the year 1989, she was a whole new person. Suffering from schizophrenia, Parveen Babi was convinced everyone she knew was out to get her. Ostracising herself, Babi died a lonely death in her apartment in the year 2005.
2. Raj Kiran
A favourite of the mid range Bollywood directors, Raj Kiran had quite a few successful films (Kagaz Ki Nao, Hip Hip Hurray and Arth) to his name. Despite never making it to the big leagues, Raj Kiran was considered to be quite a popular actor during the ’80s. However, despite being at the peak of his career, one of the major things which went against him was his addiction to alcohol. After a point, Raj’s obsession with alcohol was so high, he got into regular brawls and his reputation started getting affected. Producers and directors stopped wanting to do films with him. He disappeared so quickly, the rumour mill was even saying the actor passed away! There was absolutely no news of him till almost 2011! It was only after Rishi Kapoor found him at an asylum did people stop believing the worst.
3. Bharat Bhushan
One of Bollywood’s biggest stars during the 1940s, Bharat Bhushan had a lot going for him. Known for being a part of several mythological films, Bharat Bhushan rose to fame with Baiju Bawra in the year 1952. Ruling the industry for almost 30 years, Bhushan was known for giving some truly brilliant performances in his career. Unfortunately, one of the main things which went against him was the affair he had with Meena Kumari, a move which almost destroyed not just his name, but his career as well. Slowly fading from the industry, the actor started losing out on offers and as a result, the money also stopped coming. Not known for being a saver, Bharat Bhushan lost all his savings and during the last few days of his life, worked as a watchman at a film studio. The actor breathed his last in the year 1992.
4. Mamta Kulkarni
During the 1990s, Mamta Kulkarni was always in the headlines. From starring topless on the cover of a magazine, to making a sensational debut (Tirangaa in 1993,) Mamta was all over the newspapers for everything she did or said. Playing several major roles opposite stars like Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor, Mamta Kulkarni was the talk of the town till she accused Rajkumar Santoshi, the director of China Gate, for molesting her. In return, Rajkumar Santoshi accused Vivek Goswami (Mamta’s rumoured boyfriend) of threatening his life. Soon after, Mamta disappeared from the Bollywood scene. The last thing heard about her was, she was living in Dubai with Goswami!
5. Priya Gill
Priya Gill had a pretty successful career during her early days in Bollywood. With films like Tere Mere Sapne and Sirf Tum, the actress had a lot going for her. However, without really being too particular about the kind of films she did, Priya’s fame started plummeting. Amongst some of the films which majorly failed, movies like Bade Dilwale and Josh, did particularly horribly. With no hopes of ever making her presence in the industry felt again, the actress disappeared from the world of Bollywood altogether!
6. Anu Aggarwal
Anu Aggarwal’s story is perhaps one of the most tragic stories when it comes to celebrities who disappeared from the world of Bollywood. Anu Aggarwal was best known for her performance in Mahesh Bhatt’s Aashiqui. Almost reaching the category of brilliant actresses, Aggarwal’s rise to fame was cut short when the actress met with a horrific road accident. She slipped into a coma for a month and true to her Bollywood life, she made a comeback with a tell all book about what happened to her. Unfortunately, Aggarwal doesn’t do any movies now.
Bollywood has seen a lot of people come in and go from the industry without leaving a mark with their work. However, the ones who left, despite making an impact with their movies, are the ones which make you wonder where they went. If you think we missed mentioning any other celebrities who disappeared like this, comment and let us know!
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.
The Best Of Sidharth Malhotra, On His Birthday
Sidharth Malhotra, one of the most talented and good looking actors in the industry, entered the world of Bollywood with a lot of talent and no godfather. While not a lot of people thought the man could make his presence felt for too long, the actor proved time and time again that he was here to stay. As the actor turns a year older, here’s taking a look at all the amazing movies he was a part of so far.
1. Student of the Year
Karan Johar quite literally pulled the rabbit out of the hat by introducing Sidharth Malhotra in this particular movie. With not one, but two star kids making their debut in this film, one wouldn’t have thought a new face could sustain the immense pressure, right? Wrong. Sidharth Malhotra held his own weight by playing a role where he brought to life the story of a man who wasn’t surrounded with luxury. Definitely a noteworthy beginning for a newbie in the industry!
2. Ek Villain
A romantic thriller and Sidharth Malhotra’s third film in Bollywood, the actor more than proved his worth in this particular movie. Not only did he gain appreciation for his role in the film from the loyal and growing audience, he also earned a soft spot in the hearts of the critics. A bold choice for one to make while still fresh in the industry, Sidharth played the role of a gangster who avenges the murder of the love of his life. As his third movie in Bollywood, Sidharth did true justice to this role.
3. Kapoor and Sons
Another brilliant performance Sidharth showed through his performance in this star studded film that he wasn’t a typecast actor. Playing the role of a son not so favoured by his parents, this particular movie saw Sidharth shine in a character which was otherwise hard to play. With the right elements of intensity, drama and creativity, Sidharth Malhotra brought to the screen all his talents in a glorious manner!
4. Hasee Toh Phasee
Unlike his previous films, Hasee Toh Phasee saw Sidharth Malhotra play a pivotal role all the way through the film. Appreciated for his well timed humour, his ability to switch between serious and comic roles in a second and for his dialogue delivery, Hasee Toh Phasee was Sidharth Malhotra all the way through! To make things better, his chemistry with Parineeti Chopra was on point and endearing, making us believe in happily ever afters despite all the twists and turns.
Aiyaary saw Sidharth Malhotra move away from the yearning for love kind of roles he did in the past. Playing the role of an officer on the other side of the tracks, Aiyaary could be termed as Sidharth’s turning point. While the film did not do as well as expected, it was Sidharth’s acting and attention to script which made the film a good watch.
Not many actors can do the switch between romantic comedies and a crazy killer as well as Sidharth Malhotra did. With Ittefaq, the two characters he played through the film were quite a treat to watch. Ittefaq was one the most intense films of which Sidharth was a part. Not only did the movie become the most critically acclaimed films of 2017, it was also mentioned as Sidharth Malhotra’s best performance to date! We certainly agree with that statement!
With so many interesting roles being played in such a short time, Sidharth Malhotra’s Bollywood journey is anything but ordinary. Here’s wishing for more such great performances from the actor. Happy birthday, Sidharth Malhotra!
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