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Kangana Ranaut’s Journey In Bollywood: From Then To Now

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Kangana Ranaut, an actress who rose from the dust of controversies, became a force to be reckoned with when she showed her competition she can stand alone despite the muck thrown at her. When she was discovered at a coffee shop by Vikas Bahl, little did the world of Bollywood know a starlet was going to be born soon. From the very first movie she acted in to the multiple characters she played through the roles, Ranaut’s journey has been extremely inspiring. Check out her growth from Gangster to Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi!

1. Gangster 

When Kangana entered the world of Bollywood by playing the lead actress, everyone was taken over by her brilliant acting skills and by the way she captivated the audience. A surprising choice of film for her debut, Kangana proved she was in the industry to stay and using this movie as her stepping stone, Ranaut started soaring!

2. Life In A Metro

This particular film saw a change in Kangana’s character. For a lot of people, it was quite surprising to see the jump from bold to quiet. Playing the role of a secretary in love with her married boss, Kangana’s quiet character was quite the new spin. In fact, this film saw a brand new side to Ranaut, making people realise there were several more layers to her than what met the eye.

3. Fashion 

After two massive success (Gangster and Life In A Metro,) Kangana’s next film (Shakalaka Boom Boom) was a disappointment. While not many thought she could bounce back after a flop like this, Ranaut proved everyone wrong with her brilliant performance in Fashion. Known as the movie that turned around her career, Fashion gave Kangana the much needed wings. Not only did she play the character really well, she won several awards to reinforce this fact.

4. Raaz: The Mystery Continues 

Playing the role of a super model in a horror movie is not an easy task, but Kangana Ranaut did the unimaginable at this task by playing this role to perfection in Raaz: The Mystery Continues. This time, however, her character is possessed by a ghost and Ranaut, true to her style, plays the role really well! Incidentally, this film marked Kangana’s definite growth as an actress in the industry!

5. Tanu Weds Manu 

After a series of semi serious films, Kangana Ranaut made her foray into the world of romantic movies with Tanu Weds Manu. A girl used to doing whatever she wants to all her life, Tanu (Kangana Ranaut) is faced with a serious life changing choice when she falls in love with Manu (Madhavan.) This was perhaps one of the best performances by Ranaut and clinched her position as a serious actress in the industry.

6. Krrish 3  

Despite Tanu Weds Manu being such a massive success, the next couple of films went on to become box office disasters. Not surprisingly, Ranaut jumped back into the game with Krrish 3. One of her first films to cross the Rs. 100 crores mark, this film changed the course of Ranaut’s career!
Despite Krrish 3 becoming such a success, the actress’s career was slightly derailed because of the multiple controversies which came to light shortly after the movie hit the screens. The first was her alleged affair with Hrithik Roshan, her Krrish 3 co star, while the other major scandal was her calling out all the major stars and directors for everything they supposedly did wrong in the industry.

7. Queen 

With all the controversies surrounding Ranaut, what she needed was a turning point in her career. This breakthrough came in the form of Queen, which put Kangana Ranaut on the map of really great actresses. All the controversies from the past surrounding Ranaut were overshadowed by her wonderful performance in this film. Playing the role of a girl who discovers herself after being left at the altar, Ranaut proved to everyone that to love yourself, you do not need a man or acceptance from the society. Doing great things comes from within and this movie showed just that! In fact, so great was her acting in it, she made sure the film became a cult changer!

8. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

Not only will she play the role of the legendary warrior Rani Lakshmi Bai in this film, Kangana Ranaut will don the hat of a director for the first time in her impressive career. Proving to everyone she can really do everything at the same time, it is really going to be interesting to see how she pulls off this particular character. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is all set to hit the screens next year, so stay tuned for a really great film!

Despite Kangana Ranaut having such a successful career, her life has been quite riddled with controversies. However, despite all the backlash she received, Ranaut has always bounced back with more going on for her than ever! An inspiring story that puts her on the map, it is indeed refreshing to see a young girl enter the Bollywood world with no connections or family names to fall back upon. If you think we missed out on mentioning any other Kangana Ranaut films, comment and let us know!

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Kalank First Song Ghar More Pardesiya Out Now

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After keeping us all waiting with bated breath for something other than just a teaser, the makers of Kalank have finally released a brand new song! Titled Ghar More Pardesiya, this new song doesn’t have a conventional pair as the lead but is instead, centered around Alia Bhatt’s and Madhuri Dixit’s characters.

Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, the voice has been given by Shreya Ghoshal and Vaishali Mhade. The song opens to Alia Bhatt’s and Varun Dhawan’s characters entering a Ramleela performance. While on the one side of the stage, Laxman draws the epic Lakshman Rekha in front of Sita, Madhuri Dixit’s character is seen swinging on the other side. Listen to the song here.

What makes this song stand out is the way the attention to detail and the old school charm the song has. From the way the song was picturised, to the way Madhuri and Alia are dressed, the picturisation of this song has been perfectly done.

Days before the song was released, Alia teased everyone with tiny bits and pieces about how the shoot for the song went, “A song that gave me sleepless nights, days & months is coming very very soon.. I think you can safely say that I have never been SO nervous for anything in my life.. *screams frantically and hides under bed* You may have to send a search party to find me. Meanwhile watch this space for more.”

Directed by Abhishek Varman (known for other brilliant movies like 2 States,) this movie is the most awaited film of this year. Also starring Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapur in key roles, Kalank is all set to hit the screens on the 17th of April this year!

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Bollywood Movies Which Inspired Hollywood Films

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How many times have you heard of a Bollywood film inspired by either a Tollywood or a Hollywood film? More number of times than you can count, right? We agree. However, there are some movies which did so well in Bollywood, they inspired some really great Hollywood movies. Here is looking at Bollywood films which not only made a mark on the Indian audience, but on the rest of the world as well!

1. A Wednesday (A Common Man)

Perhaps one of the best movies Neeraj Pandey has made in his career, A Wednesday received so much praise, it was critically acclaimed internationally as well! So loved was it by the world of Hollywood, they thought just one film like this wasn’t enough. Sri Lankan film maker, Chandan Rutnam loved it so much, he officially remade it as A Common Man in the year 2013. With Ben Kingsley playing the role of Naseeruddin Shah, Rutnam recreated the movie with only slight tweaks in the script. A Common Man did so well, it bagged not one, but several titles, such as the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor awards at the Madrid International Film Festival.

2. Jab We Met (Leap Year)

When Jab We Met released in the year 2007, it quite literally redefined love and all the expectations people have from relationships. For years after, this movie became a gospel of sorts for when it came to love stories. This is why, when Leap Year was announced, it came as no surprise to people all over the world. Leap Year had Amy Adams and Matthew Goode in pivotal roles! While Jab We Met had everything you could want from a romantic, feel good Bollywood movie, Leap Year made you want to think about the choices you make. With an equally great premise, both the movies stay embedded in your memories because of their great storytelling.

3. Vicky Donor (Delivery Man)

When Vicky Donor released in India, it made quite a splash at the box office and with the critics because of its unique concept. While the Bollywood world and its audience really appreciated this concept, Hollywood loved it to no end as well. Taking inspiration from the story of Vicky Donor, Hollywood produced a brand new movie with the same concept, called Delivery Man! The only major difference between the two films was, while Vicky in Vicky Donor helps give birth to more than 500 children, the lead in Delivery Man helps give birth to around 100 kids!

4. Darr (Fear)

Remember the Yash Chopra directorial, Darr? The psychological thriller starred Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Sunil Dutt in the lead roles. It did so well, it received appreciation from fans and critics alike. Still remembered as one of the most iconic characters played by Shah Rukh Khan, Darr was the inspiration for the Hollywood thriller, Fear. From the characters, to the story line and to the direction style, Fear was quite literally copied from Darr. When Fear released, the movie did so amazingly well, it was one of the biggest hits of 1996.

5. Sangam (Pearl Harbour)

Directed by Raj Kapoor and starring Vyjayanthimala, Raj Kapoor and Rajendra Kumar in the lead roles, Sangam was a sensational success when it hit the screens. A love triangle set during a war, this movie was not just famous for being an iconic one, but for Raj Kapoor’s character as well. Kapoor’s character in Sangam is deemed as the best one ever played by him! So well done was this film, it became loved across the borders as well. It inspired the 2001 super hit Hollywood film, Pearl Harbour. With the script and everything else being the same, the only thing which was perhaps drastically different was the fact, Pearl Harbour was set against the backdrop of the Pearl Harbour attack!

When you see your favourite Bollywood films acting as inspiration for Hollywood movies, you know things are right in the world! If you think we missed out on any other Hollywood movies inspired by Bollywood movies, comment and let us know!

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Photograph Review And First Day Box Office Expectations

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Director: Ritesh Batra

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra

Story

Rafiq (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a street photographer who walks the streets of Mumbai trying to create special memories through polaroids. Into his frame walks Miloni (a CA, played by Sanya Malhotra.) However, while Rafi seems to think Miloni should definitely get a picture clicked, the latter is reluctant. Miloni finally succumbs to Rafi’s charms and persuasion skills and gets a picture clicked. The moment Rafi takes the picture, a conversation strikes up between Miloni and Rafi. The rest of the movie maps out to a family meeting on pretense and a slow romance in the works! With Miloni pretending to be Rafi’s fiancé Noor, the movie shows how the leads start getting closer even though they are playing a facade.

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Despite being part of a world which is constantly obsessed with social media and staying connected, Ritesh Batra has created a setting similar to old school romance. As always, Ritesh Batra has breathed magic into every scene. Something as simple as a photograph (not a selfie, mind you,) is so powerful, it draws two strangers together. Who would have thought?

Photograph works for one basic reason. It pulls at the nostalgia strings of your heart! Miloni and Rafi realise they really do have a lot of things in common and these similar tastes and similar dislikes form the basis of a beautiful friendship between them, with hints of something more in the offing.

Like always, Nawazuddin’s acting skills are par excellence. With every line delivered perfectly and a perfect characterization of Rafiq, Nawazuddin delivers his dialogues with skills only a seasoned actor has. On her part, Sanya Malhotra also plays the role of Miloni really well. While in the beginning, she plays a reserved and slightly aloof character, Sanya seems to grow in a manner which shows her acceptance of the character she’s playing.

With some lines of resemblance drawn from Basu Chatterjee’s Chhoti Si Baat, Ritesh Batra has made quite a masterpiece with Photograph. All in all, with the cinematography and music adding a really fine feeling to the entire movie, this Ritesh Batra directorial is a delight. Watch it for the subtle nuances and the simplicity of the entire tale!

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Photograph – Reasons To Watch

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Photograph, a Ritesh Batra directorial starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra, is all set to hit the screens tomorrow. Before it does, here is taking a look at why you should absolutely watch this beautiful love story!

1. The story

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What happens when people from different backgrounds are drawn together in weird circumstances? When you watch the trailer of Photograph, you are given a brief insight into what to expect from the film. Rafi (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui,) is a photographer who takes pictures outside the Gateway of India, where he meets Miloni (played by Sanya Malhotra.) A picture draws the two of them into a conversation and from there on, you are drawn into the beautiful dynamic shared by the two. Clearly, there is more to the movie than what is shown in the trailer. If not for another reason, finding out what the entire story is should be reason enough to watch the movie tomorrow!

2. The cast

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To say that Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a brilliant actor would be an understatement. Despite being a new entrant, he quickly rose to prove he was not to be taken lightly. Every movie or show of which he has been a part, from Gangs of Wasseypur, to Sacred Games and to Manto, he gives the audience a certain kind of thrill. When you watch someone as truly talented as him perform, you know you are in for a treat. Sanya Malhotra, in her own light, is quite a gem. Despite being a newbie to the world of acting and Bollywood, she is still making her own mark. With a host of really successful movies to her name, Dangal and Badhaai Ho, Sanya Malhotra has definitely proved she is an actress for whom one should keep an eye out! Talk about a double bonanza!

3. Ritesh Batra

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Known for making amazing movies like The Lunchbox, starring Nimrat Kaur and Irrfan Khan, Ritesh Batra has quickly made it to the list of the most critically acclaimed directors in India. With an eye for detail and a talent for bringing out the best in everyone, Ritesh Batra has made sure he works his charm even with Photograph. In The Lunchbox, Batra showed every minute aspect of the film without overdoing the drama and being extremely subtle about the situation. This is why, even with Photograph, one can expect a truly well done film.

With every aspect being thought of and laid out in a very endearing manner, Photograph promises to be an extremely intense watch. Let us know what your views about the film are in the comments below!

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Kalank Teaser Out Now

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After a long, long while, the makers of Kalank just dropped the teaser and by the looks of things, it is every bit worth the long wait. Painting a series of stories involving drama, love and multiple emotions, the teaser introduces us to the different characters of this film. A little longer than two minutes, the teaser is captivating in every sense of the word.

First comes Madhuri Dixit as Begum Bahaar, then Sonakshi Sinha as Satya and finally, Alia Bhatt as Roop. While the female characters of Kalank seem to be written well, the male characters have just as special a story to tell. From Varun Dhawan as Zafar, a daredevil bullfighter, to Aditya Roy Kapur as Dev Chaudhary and to Sanjay Dutt as Balraj Chaudhary, Varman has truly thought out the cast! Watch the teaser here and now!

While the teaser doesn’t give a big clue about whose love story it is going to adress, the hints are certainly dropped with amazing subtlety. With only two dialogues forming the crux of this teaser, the visuals give an insight into what to expect from the film. “Kuchh rishte karzon ke tarah hote hain. Jinhe nibhana nahi, chukana padhta hai,” says Varun Dhawan at the beginning, while Alia Bhatt says the last dialogue, “Jab kisi aur ki barbaadi jeet jaise laage… toh humse zyada barbaad aur koi nahi hai iss duniya mein.”

Directed by Abhishek Varman, this particular movie is set during the last few years of a British governed India. From giving us a glimpse of the beautiful dance sequence by Madhuri Dixit, to showing us different scenes from that point of time, this teaser was needed to see what to expect from the movie. Produced by Karan Johar, Kalank is scheduled to hit the screens on the 17th of April this year!

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