Parineeti Chopra, now in the limelight for her just released film Namaste England, turns a year older and wiser today. While the actress has a lot going on for her, this birthday is all the more special because of the release of this much awaited flick. As the actress celebrates her special day with close friends and family, we celebrate it by taking a look at her best performances.
1. Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
Making her debut in the Bollywood version of John Tucker Must Die, Parineeti Chopra stole everyone’s heart with her bubbly and confident nature. Her flair for acting with perfectly timed comic scenes clinched her presence in this film. Despite starring opposite actors like Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra more than held her ground and proved to people she was in the industry to stay.
Not many would have thought one could recreate Romeo and Juliet in Bollywood, but with Ishaqzaade, everyone was taken aback with surprise. Fighting in favour of love across religions, Parineeti’s character tells people that love knows no boundaries and if one truly wants something, you should go into it guns blazing.
3. Shuddh Desi Romance
Growing from playing the roles of a girl on a mission, Parineeti Chopra upped her game by starring in a purely romance oriented movie. Playing the female lead opposite Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti added the much needed oomph and attitude to the story, creating a memorable role in the process. Definitely a career changing film for this particular lady.
4. Hasee Toh Phasee
It’s not very easy to play the role of a drug obsessed, jilted in love scientist, but Parineeti Chopra pulled off this character so well, it took a while to recognise her. Addressing the overwhelming feeling of loneliness people on the wrong sides of track face, Parineeti brought to the fore the importance of having stability in your life (in this case, a man.) Parineeti’s role in this film was perhaps one of her most riveting performances to date.
5. Daawat E Ishq
Parineeti Chopra made quite a splash in Daawat E Ishq, her first film with Aditya Roy Kapoor. Starring opposite this gorgeous hunk, Parineeti Chopra put quite a comical spin on a serious issue like dowry. Although Aditya Roy Kapoor played his part quite well, it was Parineeti’s brilliant acting which made one fall in love with this particular movie.
6. Namaste England
Namaste England brought to the fore the much loved pair of Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra. Playing the role of a strong and independent woman fighting for everything she wants despite being tied down by marriage, Parineeti’s performance was really done well. Despite the film not being such a massive hit, Parineeti’s character was one of the focal points of the movie!
Despite being a part of some run by the mill films, Parineeti Chopra still manages to more than hold her own. Every film she has been a part of, the talented actress ensured she was the focal point. Here’s wishing the actress a very happy birthday and a long, successful career ahead!
Bollywood Movies All About Food
Food, colour, camera and Bollywood always go hand in hand. There’s something truly magical about watching a movie which brings to life all your favourite cuisines, coupled with a beautiful love story. If you’re a foodie and love Bollywood movies, what could be better than this combination, right? We agree! Here’s taking a look at movies which don’t just make your mouth water, but also tug at your heartstrings:
1. Stanley Ka Dabba
A mean principal who looks at stealing food from students and a child who wants to share his food with his friends: Stanley Ka Dabba tells a two tiered story. With food playing the unifying factor, the movie tells the story of how a little boy confronts not just his bully, but also how he comes to terms with his past. A beautiful movie through and through, Stanley Ka Dabba is heartwarming in every way! The bottom line? No matter what happens, good food always warms your soul.
2. Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
A lot can happen over a hot pot of curry and if you watch Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, you realise just how true this fact is. A family gets into a major crisis and the only thing which can save the family from ruins is if they find the secret ingredient which makes the chicken curry taste so amazing! A treat to not just the eyes but the stomach as well, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana has a simple message: a good recipe takes time to perfect and once that happens, everything falls in place.
3. Cheeni Kum
Have you ever fallen in love with someone because the sugar was too less in your food? Cheeni Kum shows how despite having differences in the way certain dishes are cooked, you can still find an acceptable middle ground. To recreate Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao in itself is an extremely hard task. To get it right to perfection is even harder. Amitabh Bachchan, playing the role of the chef, realises he’s not always right, when Tabu’s character tells him the right recipe of Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao does have sugar! While at the surface of things, Cheeni Kum may seem like a run of the mill love story, if you look at the subtle nuances, there is a lot more. Attention to detail, the love for one’s country and food which is always cooked in the best possible way, this movie is all things beautiful!
4. English Vinglish
There are so many times when you watch a movie and are surprised by how there are still certain stigmas and principles people follow despite being supremely educated. English Vinglish shows us just that. While the central character (played by Sridevi,) is a mother whose family doesn’t consider her opinions because she doesn’t know English, the movie shows how despite all the pitfalls, the mother still runs her own business! Discovering the fact that she is an entrepreneur (famous for her laddus,) the mother realises knowing English isn’t the most important thing in the world. With food playing the central theme of this particular film, English Vinglish is more than just a mother accepting she can change the ways of her life, but also how food can make even the worst situations right.
5. Ramji Londonwaley
When you see a Tamilian Brahmin working as a chef in London (while living there illegally,) you think you are in for a different story altogether. They say, the way to a man’s heart is through food, but in Ramji Londonwaley, the central character (played by R. Madhavan,) does the exact opposite! He uses food to impress not only the love of his life, but also the people of London, by coming up with the recipe for a sugar free halwa! Not only does this help him win the hearts of the people in London, this also helps the lead win over his lady love. Talk about love through food done right!
6. The Lunchbox
When you think Mumbai, you think lunch boxes, crowded trains and people shuffling to and fro. When you think The Lunchbox, these very same thoughts are brought to life! A misdelivered lunchbox brings to life the story of two unhappy people and a letter which forms a unique love story. Witty repartee, hidden secrets and a strong craving for good food make this story all the more beautiful. With an open ending and a beautiful tale, The Lunchbox is a story of acceptance and finding love.
7. Dawat E Ishq
Love doesn’t just develop with the hope of a happy tummy, but by having the love for something truly good. A girl from Hyderabad, who’s sick of men asking for dowry, tries duping a chef from Lucknow. However, with all the tangdi kebabs and the biryanis, true love blossoms. Like every movie with food as the central theme, Dawat E Ishq also talks about how in every situation, food can fix everything!
When food brings you so much joy, why not share the joy of food while watching movies about food? If you think we missed out on any other movies with food playing a pivotal role in the story, comment and let us know!
Mere Gully Mein Song From Gully Boy Out Now
A little while ago, the makers of Ranveer Singh’s and Alia Bhatt’s next film, Gully Boy, dropped a brand new song from the film, called Mere Gully Mein! While the previous song, Apna Time Aayega, has practically become a war cry of sorts, the new song is being called a “dhamaka!”
Composed by rappers Divine and Naezy, Mere Gully Mein has Ranveer Singh’s and Siddhant Chaturvedi’s characters in the lead roles. A rap battle of sorts with some really intense lyrics, this new song is definitely one for the golden ages. Listen to the song here and now!
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— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) January 22, 2019
The new song talks about how music can help any one get through life. With the lyrics being supervised by Divine, the song sees Ranveer’s growth as a professional rapper! Just a couple of days before the entire album track is scheduled to drop, the team is making everyone’s heart beat faster with each new song.
Gully Boy brings to life the story of Divine and other rappers from Mumbai, who, through their rap songs, talk about what life is like for those without privileges. Primarily mapping the growth of Divine’s journey of becoming one of the most famous rappers in India, this movie has quite an intriguing story to tell.
Directed by Zoya Akhtar (known for making films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do,) Gully Boy stars Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhanth Chaturvedi and Kalki Koechlin in key roles. Easily one of the most awaited movies of the year, Gully Boy is scheduled to release on the 14th of February this year!
Total Dhamaal Trailer Is Finally Here!
Total Dhamaal, easily one of the most anticipated films of this year, finally has a trailer to its name. Part three of the Dhamaal series, this new part has practically all the members from the original cast, with a good number of new faces thrown into the mix! What makes the movie so much more exciting is, it brings together the extremely famous pair of Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, after almost 26 years!
Although the first two parts of this film had Sanjay Dutt playing the lead role, this new installment is going to focus on Ajay Devgn, who is going to make his Dhamaal debut! The almost three minutes long trailer seems to draw large influences from the popular Hangover series. Further, the trailer also gives one an insight into all the different characters we can expect from the film. From Johnny Lever, to Madhuri Dixit, to Anil Kapoor and to Ajay Devgn, every actor’s character is brought to the front. Watch the trailer here!
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) January 21, 2019
Here’s a little tit bit which will make you all the more excited for the film to hit the screens. Remember Crystal, the monkey from the Hangover series? There’s a still from the trailer which shows her on Ajay Devgn’s shoulder! Nostalgic or what? One of the other things which makes one want to watch this movie is when Ajay Devgn is shown walking the ramp with a lion by his side! Promising to be one of the wildest parts of the Dhamaal series, this trailer has definitely made waiting for the movie even harder than it already was. The trailer promises to be an adventurous ride which is quite unlike the other two films. To make matters all the more exciting, A ride in the desert, hints at the search for a hidden treasure and all the animals make the wait for Total Dhamaal all the more exciting! The trailer also shows us glimpses of Sonakshi Sinha’s cameo in the film as Ajay Devgn and she are all set to recreate Helen’s song, Mungda!
Directed by Indra Kumar, Total Dhamaal stars Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Javed Jaffrey, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Mishra and Boman Irani. With a mixture of the old and the new, this Indra Kumar directorial promises to be a wild, wild ride. Total Dhamaal is scheduled to hit the screens on 22nd February this year, so mark your calendars and watch it on the first day!
Sushant Singh Rajput’s Birthday – From An Engineer To An Actor
Sushant Singh Rajput, an actor who grew to fame with the show Pavitra Rishta, has quite an inspiring story to tell. As the actor celebrates his birthday today, here’s taking a look at his journey from being a student of engineering to becoming one of the most sought after actors in the world of Bollywood!
From engineering to theater
The youngest son of a government official, Sushant Singh Rajput never aimed to become an actor. With an eye for the sciences and a passion to achieve something impossible, the actor wanted to become an engineer. However, Sushant also had the passion for dancing and while working on getting his engineering degree, he joined Shiamak Davar’s institute of dance!
Dancing gave Sushant a new lease of life and halfway through his degree, he decided to take a leap of faith by leaving the educational path of life for acting! In fact, in a recent interview, Sushant even said, unless Shiamak Davar hadn’t pushed him to do theater, he would never have thought of moving from Delhi to Mumbai to pursue his dreams. To improve his acting skills, Sushant even joined Barry John’s theater classes, a choice which gave him the confidence of getting better at his craft!
The initial days of acting
Acting gave Sushant Singh Rajput the freedom of hiding behind a character on the stage. Working through a character helped him break through his fear of speaking in front of a large audience and helped him accept that it was truly liberating to do theater! Just like any struggling actor, Sushant Singh Rajput was desperately waiting for his big filmy break. In fact, he used to push through the throngs and played the role of extras in more than one film just so he could get recognized!
While on the sets of one of his plays, Sushant got discovered by the casting team of Balaji Telefilms. The team auditioned him and roped him in for Pavitra Rishta. The moment Sushant entered the world of television as Manav Deshmukh in Pavitra Rishta, there was no turning back for him.
The big break in Bollywood
While Pavitra Rishta may have been Sushant’s ticket to the Bollywood world, it was his role as a crazed cricket fan in Kai Po Che which made everyone sit up and take notice. Kai Po Che gave Sushant a much needed break in Bollywood and with one brilliant performance after another, there was absolutely no looking back for the actor. What sealed his fate in Bollywood was perhaps the amazing performance he gave by playing the role of M.S. Dhoni in Neeraj Pandey’s biopic based on the life of M.S. Dhoni (M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story.) This biopic was appreciated by not just the audience, but the critics as well.
Sushant Singh Rajput has been part of a wide array of films and is one of the few actors to never be typecast into one single kind of role. While he played the role of a porter in Kedarnath, he will play the role of a dacoit in Sonchiriya (scheduled to release on the 8th of February this year.)
With no connections at all in the world of Bollywood, Sushant’s journey to the top is one filled with struggles and a dream to make his passion come true. Here’s wishing the extremely talented (and good looking actor,) a very happy birthday and a life filled with more amazing performances down the road!
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, saw 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 prisoner 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 well Radhika Apte can play serious and demanding roles!
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 daylight 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) 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 did, 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!
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