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Bollywood Celebrities Who Have Fought For Social Causes

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With great success comes great responsibility. Bollywood celebrities in our Country are revered and are treated with a great deal of respect and everything they do, is looked at with a magnifying glass. From what these celebrities do in their personal lives to the kind of causes they support, everything they do is a source of inspiration. Here’s taking a look at the different causes our favourite celebrities promote not just on the screen, but in real life as well!

1. Shabana Azmi

While Shabana Azmi may have been one of the most talented actresses of her time, the star has used all her years of fandom to promote gender equality and reduce discrimination against the girl child. In the year 1989, Azmi walked for four days from Meerut to Delhi for promoting communal harmony. By being made the brand ambassador of SAARC Goodwill Ambassadors, Shabana Azmi has constantly worked to not only empower the girl child, but also to reduce the stigma around HIV/AIDS.

2. Abhay Deol

For a while now, Abhay Deol has been one of the most vocal actors in the Bollywood industry. Calling out the things he considered the norm and expected from people, Abhay Deol has always called people out for all the things that are wrong in the industry. From slamming people who endorse fairness products, to letting people know it is okay to be natural and true to yourself, Abhay Deol has ensured time and time again the standards of beauty according to the world of Bollywood aren’t followed by people. In fact, a while ago, the actor went on a serious rant on social media and spoke about all the multiple evils which advertisements promote, especially when it comes to denouncing beauty in its natural forms.

3. Priyanka Chopra 

An internationally loved and nationally acclaimed actress, Priyanka Chopra has never shied away from making her point known or felt. Apart from being part of various campaigns and charities, PC is also the brand ambassador of NDTV’s Greenathon (a non governmental organisation [NGO] which supports the betterment of the rural world.) From being the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF, to collaborating with various social media organisations and to advocating health, safety and education being the birthright of girls, Priyanka Chopra always stands for every cause in which she believes. As an actress with a presence not just in India but all over the world, PC has turned fame around to her favour, ensuring that when she talks, people sit up and listen!

4. Rahul Bose

A man who stands apart from the conventional stream of actors, Rahul Bose became famous not just for his acting skills, but for his social work as well. Apart from being the first Indian celebrities to become the face of Oxfam Global in 2007, he was also among the first few to start his own NGO called the Foundation. Created for improving the lives and educating the children in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bose’s foundation has become an inspirational one to many others. A true fighter for creating a better tomorrow, Rahul Bose has also been a part of Akshara Centre, Breakthrough, Citizens of Justice and Peace and the Teach for India movement. A vocal supporter of the Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao movement, Bose dedicated the massive fan following he has to improve the condition of girls all over the Country!

5. Kalki Koechlin

Time and time again, Kalki Koechlin has been a strong advocator of equal rights, prevention of gender violence and educating the girl child. Partnering with V.J. Pandey, Kalki worked on a satirical video called “It’s Your Fault,” where the two took a different stance on how a rape victim feels and the kind of trauma the survivor goes through. Using all platforms available to her, Kalki makes sure her voice is heard time and time again, ensuring people stand up and take notice of what she has to say. In fact, Kalki used the India Today Conclave (2017) to perform a one woman show about abuse against women.

6. Nandita Das

An actor and director, Nandita Das has more than one credit to her name. From the kind of films she picks, to the kinds of stories she writes and directs, a number of Nandita’s choices (both on the personal and professional front) have been towards improving the society. From creating Leapfrog (an advertising agency which makes socially relevant films,) to being the forebringer of change with the kind of movies she makes (Water and Earth, to name a few,) Nandita Das is a true inspiration.

7. Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza is perhaps one of the most socially active and forward actresses in the Bollywood world. By being the face of a host of organizations (PETA, CRY and the NDTV Greenathon,) Dia Mirza makes sure everything she does is to help improve the world around her. Not only that, she also adopted two cheetah cubs at the Prince of Wales Zoological Park in Lucknow! Appointed as the brand ambassador of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI,) Dia Mirza has made it her life’s mission to reduce the stigma around HIV/AIDS and in making the world a better place one cause at a time. Talk about being socially conscious!

8. Akshay Kumar

The original Khiladi of Bollywood more than proved he is a man who cares about his Country. Apart from donating Rs. 90 lakhs to more than 180 families who lost a member to suicide, Akshay Kumar also started a martial arts training institute purely for women to learn skills to protect and defend themselves. Furthermore, the actor also donated Rs. 15 lakhs to more than thirty widows and promised to donate the same amount every five months!

While playing the role of heroes in Bollywood movies may seem like an easy task, seeing these actors play real life heroes is heartwarming. If you think we missed out on any other celebrities like these, comment and let us know!

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PM Narendra Modi Trailer Released

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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!


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.

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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

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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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