Kajol, perhaps the most iconic actress in Bollywood, has grown a lot from her first film in the industry. With a skin tone that wasn’t part and parcel of Bollywood and a proud unibrow, Kajol made her presence felt because she was different. With the release of her recent film, Helicopter Eela, it stands to see how the actress has grown from her very first film to now.
Kajol made her debut with this supremely romantic film with another new face, Kamal Sadanah. Directed and produced by Maharukh Jokhi and Rita Rawail, this movie didn’t do as well as expected. However, despite the story not getting the recognition the actors and the team wanted, Kajol certainly did. Bekhudi put Kajol on the map of aspiring newbies in Bollywood, making the directors take notice of this interesting newcomer.
Kajol more than made up for the abysmal performance of Bekhudi with her next film, Baazigar. Leaving no stone unturned to ensure the success of this particular movie, everyone was pleasantly surprised to watch Kajol play the protagonist. The cherry on top of this already delicious cake was the brilliant climax, an ending which left everyone wanting for more.
3. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
One of the longest running and extremely memorable love stories ever made, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge brought to the fore what a well done romantic film can do to one. With Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) and Kajol playing the main roles, this film taught all the 90s kids that if you ever wanted to experience eternal love, then this movie is feels all the way. Even after all these years, fans are still curious about what happened to Kajol’s and SRK’s characters after the movie ended.
Kajol proved herself as a leading lady and a force to be reckoned with in this particular film. Playing a double role for the first time in her blooming career, the lady bowled over the audience with her stupendous acting in this stupendous movie. Incidentally, this was also the first time she starred opposite Saif Ali Khan!
When Kajol starred in Gupt, she surprised everyone by deviating from her usual style of films by playing a negative role for the first time in her career. Playing the role of an obsessive and psychopathic lover, Kajol made a splash with her brilliant performance in this movie. So great was her acting in this movie, she received the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role.
6. Pyaar Toh Hota Hi Hai
What makes this particular movie so memorable is not the story, but the lead actors. Kajol and Ajay Devgn were paired together for the first time and before anyone could say “blink,” the two were married! Sticking to the theme of their first movie, Ajay Devgn and Kajol surprised everyone with a beautiful ceremony. A film for the ages, this one! 20 years later, the pair is still one of the most adorable couples in Bollywood.
7. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
While Kajol made memorable appearances with other major stars before, it was the pairing of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol together that people craved for the most. When Karan Johar made his debut as a director with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, he picked just the right leads with Kajol and SRK. Revisiting the concept of love triangles with a new twist, this film showed the beautiful chemistry between two of the country’s favourite actors.
8. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
This movie saw the transition of Kajol’s character from a girl in love to a girl fighting for her love despite all odds. Brimming with family drama and slightly over the top emotions, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham saw an interesting range of characters. Kajol added her own spark to the movie, transitioning really well between perfectly timed comic scenes and mellow lines. Of course, an added bonus to this movie? It had SRK and Kajol playing a married couple!
While it’s not easy for many to play the role of a blind girl hopelessly in love, Kajol proved everyone wrong by doing just that and by playing the role really well. Perhaps one of her best performances till that point, this movie propelled Kajol to the front line of being one of the best actresses in the industry.
10. My Name Is Khan
With My Name Is Khan, people saw a new side to Kajol. Starring opposite SRK yet again, Kajol had the difficult task of convincing people SRK’s character wasn’t a terrorist. Riveting and interesting, this particular movie saw not only Kajol, but SRK in a new light as well.
Jumping a couple of hoops and years down the line, Dilwale saw the reunion of the iconic pair of SRK and Kajol. With references to the past and a love story which built through controversies, this movie was a trip down memory lane for sure! A fitting ode to the pair which gave Bollywood fans all over love, life and marriage goals, right?
12. Helicopter Eela
Playing the role of a hovering and over protective mother who wants to take back everything from life she lost while raising her son, Helicopter Eela saw Kajol breaking stereotypes yet again. Bordering between normal and slightly over the top characteristics, Kajol blew everyone’s skirts up with her performance in this movie.
With an impressive career, a closet full of astounding awards and known for being one of the few actresses in the industry to have worked with all the three Khans, Kajol is intimidatingly inspiring. What’s your favourite Kajol movie? Comment and let us know!
India’s Most Wanted Movie Review
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Prashanth P. Alexandrr, Rajesh Sharma, Shantilal Mukherjee, Asif Khan and Gaurav Mishra
A Raj Kumar Gupta directorial, India’s Most Wanted shows how 5 officers led by Prabhat (Arjun Kapoor) track down India’s most wanted terrorist, Yasin Bhatkal. Without using weapons, guns or any kind of monetary support, the team of officers track and bring to justice India’s most wanted terrorist.
Inspired by true life events, India’s Most Wanted tells the story of how officers not only nab Yasin Bhatkal, a terrorist and the founder of the Indian Mujahideen. This movie showcases the hunt for Bhatkal renamed Yusuf, and also depicts the massive gaps with the way Indian law enforcement agencies deal with crime. The movie opens to a group of five officers who get a tip off about the whereabouts of Yusuf and they swear to bring him to justice in under four days.
Unlike other crime thrillers, this movie shows the officers as five ordinary men with no fancy frills or over the top gadgets. However, while the story is solid as it goes, the movie lacks the tension and drama one would expect. The underplaying of the officers seems to go against the plot and not work with it, making the movie seems slightly long and winded.
However, while the obvious tension is missing from the film, the fact that all the officers live with the fear of death at the hands of Yusuf keep you hooked. Filled with songs and different scenes of worried characters, the movie builds up to a nail biting climax.
What works for this movie is the way Raj Kumar Gupta uses a cast which perfectly portrays the ordinary life of the officers. Prabhat (Arjun Kapoor) plays the role of the leader who takes it upon himself to capture Yusuf.
All in all, the well rounded way the actors and director Raj Kumar Gupta, work makes the film a good watch. Telling the story of unsung heroes and silent officers who make India safe, India’s Most Wanted, tells a story which needs to be heard.
PM Narendra Modi Biopic Review
Director: Omung Kumar
Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Manoj Joshi, Prashant Narayanan, Anjan Srivastav, Darshan Kumar, Zarina Wahab, Rajendra Gupta, Boman Irani
Just like the name of the biopic suggests, PM Narendra Modi is based on the life of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Chronicling the beginning of his life as a tea seller at a railway station, the movie maps the political journey of the Prime Minister. The biopic climaxes at the point where Mr. Narendra Modi swears in as the Prime Minister of India in the year 2014!
Despite the release of PM Narendra Modi being delayed by the Election Commission of India (EC) till after the Lok Sabha elections, the release is nothing short of a victory parade. Since the beginning of the movie, the makers have made sure they pay tribute to PM Modi in every way possible.
Every frame is a tribute to the rise of man who was once a tea seller at a railway station who rose to first become a RSS member and then the Prime Minister of the Country. For those who love the man unconditionally, this biopic is a reaffirmation of their faith but, for those who like to watch biopics with a solid dose of reality, will question the finer points.
While Modi is shown in almost god like form, the opposition is shown as a weak and incompetent party. Perhaps what makes a stark notable point here is that Manmohan Singh has absolutely no speaking role in the film. While businessman Narayanan is seen working with journalist Kumar to bring down Mr. Modi, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are shown as figureheads with not much of a role.
The only other character in the film who has almost as much screen space as Mr. Modi is Boman Irani, who plays the man responsible for giving Gujarat the Tata Group. Unlike other biopics (Thackeray for example,) PM Narendra Modi offers no points of debate.
Overall, the film is worth a watch if you are a Narendra Modi Ji fan but not if you want to watch a well thought out biopic.
Zoya Factor First Look Released
Sonam Kapoor just shared the first look poster of her new film, Zoya Factor, on Twitter and it looks whimsical.
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) May 23, 2019
Based on the novel written by Anuja Chauhan in 2008 and directed by Abhishek Sharma, the film is a romcom, which revolves around the life of an advertising agent and her relationship with the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team.
After her last film, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, received mixed reviews from both audience and critics, Sonam Kapoor is back with Zoya Factor, which seems to have an entertaining plot.
The film also features the Malayalam heart throb Dulquer Salmaan. This is his second venture into Bollywood, after Karwaan.
The poster showcases Sonam and Dulquer sitting in a cricket stadium and gazing into each other’s eyes. The chemistry between the leads seems to be on point in the poster. Fans can definitely expect this film to be a fun filled entertainer. Catch Zoya Factor in cinemas from 20th September 2019.
PM Narendra Modi Trailer Released
After a long wait (and just short of the Lok Sabha elections,) the trailer of the biopic about PM Narendra Modi was released today. With Vivek Oberoi playing Narendra Modi, the trailer maps out the Prime Minister’s life from before his entrance into politics to being a Prime Minister. With subtle prosthetics and makeup done the right way, Oberoi has pulled off Modi’s character perfectly.
Opening to the days of Modi’s life as a tea seller at a railway station, the trailer moves forward to show how Modi ended up as one of the most important persons in India. With hard hitting slogans, the tri colour fluttering with pride and hints of anti Pakistani sentiments, this movie is a tribute to Modi. Watch the trailer here and now!
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) March 20, 2019
Apart from giving us an insight into Modi’s life, the trailer also shows us what to expect from the different characters in the film. Furthermore, it also shows us Modi’s life as a child and about his self imposed exile from family and marriage life. From rescuing Muslims, to saving a burning Gujarat and to the victory of Modi’s party in 2014, this trailer shows Narendra Modi as not just a leader, but a man of action.
While some people argue, this movie is about furthering and promoting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the Lok Sabha elections, others say it is a dedication to the Party’s leader. Also starring Boman Irani, Manoj Sinha, Zarina Wahab, Barkha Bisht, Darshan Rawal, Akshat R. Saluja, Anjan Shrivastav, Rajendra Gupta and Yatin Karyekar, this biopic is directed by Omung Kumar.
With most of the film shot in Gujarat, the biopic is co produced by Sandeep Ssingh, Suresh Oberoi and Anand Pandit. Initially scheduled to release on the 12th of April, the release date of PM Narendra Modi was changed. This movie is now slated to hit the screens on the 5th of April this year.
Kalank First Song Ghar More Pardesiya Out Now
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.
GHAR MORE PARDESIYA 💃 https://t.co/Lerpmqz3sW#Kalank @duttsanjay #AdityaRoyKapur @Varun_dvn @sonakshisinha @MadhuriDixit @abhivarman @ipritamofficial @remodsouza @karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 @foxstarhindi @DharmaMovies @NGEMovies @ZeeMusicCompany #GharMorePardesiya
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) March 18, 2019
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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