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The Fakir Of Venice Review And First Day Box Office Collections



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Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor, Kamal Sidhu and Valentina Carnelutti

Director: Anand Surapur


Adi Merchant (Farhan Akhtar,) with his expertise and scouting talent, has all the trappings of a true con artist. A production hand on film sets and known for never refusing any assignments, Adi finds himself in a particularly sticky situation. His bosses task him with the arduous job of finding a fakir! However, as luck would have it, this happens to be one of the many tasks at which Adi could not succeed without putting in a bit more effort. Travelling all the way to the hallowed streets of India, Adi stumbles upon Sattur (Annu Kapoor,) a daily wage worker. Perfect to play the role of the fakir so sought after by the Venetians, Sattur and Adi return to the cobbled streets of Venice to pull off the biggest con of their lives. While this is the crux of the movie, the overall plot tells quite a different tale.


Featuring a mixture of urban characters and street dwellers, this Anand Surapur directorial seems to have aged quite well. Scheduled to release approximately 14 years ago and initially slated to be Farhan Akhtar’s Bollywood directorial, The Fakir Of Venice tells an intriguing tale. A mixture of dialects (Hindi and English,) the different shots follow the journey of the two leads from the hallowed streets of India to the cobbled streets of Venice.

While the film has a lot of good things going for it, The Fakir Of Venice delivers only the bare minimum of what was promised from this movie. Although the opening scenes of this movie promise a dark comedy with a subtle message, the end result is far from what was promised. Despite the fact that the scenes set in India were shot aesthetically and were to the point in their depictions, the scenes in Venice were tacky and lacked luster.

Considering the fact that this was Farhan Akhtar’s first stint at acting, the work he produced was quite brilliant. Coupled with the scintillating chemistry he shared with Annu Kapoor, the movie was made all the more entertaining. With an impressive story line and some beautifully shot scenes, this Anand Surapur directorial leaves quite a good impression. All in all, The Fakir Of Venice is worth a watch, especially for all the time it took for the film to hit the screens!



#27GoldenYearsofSRK – Best Performances Of SRK Till Date



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Twenty seven years ago today, an ordinary yet ambitious boy from Delhi made his silver screen debut with Deewana (1992.)  Back then, little did the world know this ordinary boy would become the King of Bollywood and rule it for decades.  Shah Rukh Khan or SRK, as he is popularly known, has had an incredible journey in Bollywood. From romantic and action to gangster, he experimented with various genres and gave us some extremely memorable characters.  Not just acting, King Khan has also won hearts by hosting award shows and giving TEDx talks and motivational speeches.

In these incredible 27 years, SRK featured in more than 80 films and received several accolades.  What better than this occasion to go down the memory lane and revisit some of his best performances till date.


1) Baazigar (1993)  

In the 1993 film Baazigar, Shah Rukh Khan was seen as the son who sets out to take revenge for the death of his father and would stop at nothing. 

SRK dared to play an anti hero in a generation where heroes were worshipped.  His acting was so intense and convincing, even though he played an anti hero who commits murders and deceives people, you still end up rooting for him. 


2) Darr (1993)

Yet again, Shah Rukh Khan did not hesitate to take up a negative character.

With Darr, he proved to the world he is a supreme actor who is here to stay.  SRK was seen as an obsessive lover and a creepy stalker who can kill to get the love of his life.  Khan portrayed this character with such perfection, it gives you goosebumps. The little nuances in his acting and the dark vibe he brings to the screen with this character are commendable.  His intense looks are enough to convince you he is an obsessive lover indeed! 

Who can forget the dialogue “k..k…k… Kiran?”


3) Devdas (2002)

In this Bhansali period drama, Devdas, you can see Shah Rukh Khan essaying the role of an intense lover.  No one could have done justice to this character like SRK did. His chemistry with Aishwarya, his alcohol addiction and troubles with family are played so well, it almost feels real.  The depth in his acting gives you yet another reason to call him the “King of Bollywood.”


4) Swades (2004)

Swades is arguably one of SRK’s best performances till date.  He took up a unique film like Swades at a time when he was gaining popularity as the King of Romance.  With his role in Swades, he proved to the world he can do more than just romance. 

The film traces the journey of a NASA scientist, Mohan, who comes to India and realizes his duty towards his Country. 

SRK’s intense performance pulls you into the film and you are bound to feel the emotions he feels on the screen.  His acting is so good, you will not find any traces of the King of Romance on the screen, all you can see is Mohan.


5) My Name Is Khan (2010)

Tracing the effects of the 9/11 attacks, this Karan Johar directorial witnessed Shah Rukh Khan deliver yet another gem of a performance.  SRK took up the role of Rizwaan Khan, a man with autism and portrayed it effortlessly on screen. Rizwaan’s innocent personality, his love for his people and the devastation he faces in his life are all delivered to perfection.  Once again, he set aside his superstar image and garnered the love of the audience as well as the critics.

These are a few of Shah Rukh Khan’s performances which we think were exceptional.  Apart from these films, SRK was also brilliant in Don (2006,) Chak De! India (2007,) Fan (2016,) Dear Zindagi (2016) and the list goes on and on. 

We wish this Superstar many more successful years ahead.  


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Amrish Puri Birth Anniversary – Legendary Dialogues By The Actor



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It is Amrish Puri’s birth anniversary today and Google is celebrating it in its own style.  On the occasion of his 87th birth anniversary, Google honoured this legendary actor by dedicating a doodle to him.  

Amrish Puri was arguably one of the most loved villains of Indian cinema.  He was one actor who experimented with almost every single genre on screen and emerged victorious each time.  He may not be with us today, but he has given us some invaluable films and dialogues, which will never let us forget him.  On his 87th birth anniversary, let us go down the memory lane to revisit some of his most iconic dialogues.


1) Mogambo khush hua from Mr. India (1987.)

2) Jaa Simran jaa jee le apni zindagi from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995.)

3) Galti ek baar hoti hai, do baar hoti hai, teesri baar irada hota hai from Ilaka (1989.)

4) Chola badal lene se aadmi ka charitra nahi badal jaata from Haqeeqat (1995.)

5) Dong kabhi wrong nahi hota from Tahalka (1992.)

6) Yeh daulat bhi kya cheez hai, jiske paas jitni bhi aati hi kam hi lagti hai from Deewana (1992.)

7) Tabaadlo se ilaake badalthe hai irrade nahi from Garv: Pride and Honour (2004.)

8) Jahaan tak meri awaaz pahunch sakti hai, wahaan tak meri goli bhi pahunch sakti hai from Phool Aur Kaante (1991.)

9) Premi hai, pagal hai, deewana hai from Diljale (1996.)

These legendary dialogues had a strong impact on an entire generation of people and we must say, no one could have pulled these off better than him.


Actors may come and go, but there can never be another Amrish Puri.


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Arjun Patiala Trailer Out Now



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The trailer of Arjun Patiala, starring Kriti Sanon, Diljit Dosanjh and Varun Sharma, released today and by the looks of things, this one is a laughter riot all the way through!

From the very beginning, the leads were promoting the film through funny tit bits and videos, keeping everyone guessing about what to expect from their movie. Watch the trailer now and see what we mean!

The trailer opens with a voice over of the iconic radio jockey, Ameen Sayani, introducing the movie. Juxtaposed with scenes from Ajay Devgn’s Singham and Ranveer Singh’s Simmba, Ameen’s voice over introduces Arjun Patiala as the 145th cop film in Bollywood!

Honest to the very minute, the trailer introduces Diljit Dosanjh’s character (Arjun Patiala) as a cute cop, Kriti Sanon (Ritu Randhawa) as the supremely dramatic heroine and Varun Sharma (Onida Singh) as the hero’s cop friend. Just like Arjun, Onida also has a hilarious story to his name and through the trailer, one gets glimpses of how his childhood was.

With Ritu being a crime reporter and Arjun and Onida playing the roles of small time cops, the trailer is action packed and filled with at least half a dozen bad guys. Talking about the film, Kriti Sanon said , “I feel it’s a completely different kind of a comedy. It’s a slightly spoofy kind of a comedy. I don’t think that kind of a take on comedy has been done before.”

Directed by Rohit Jugraj, and produced by Bhushan Kumar and Dinesh Vijan under their T-Series and Maddock banners, this movie is touted to be a goofy cop comedy. Arjun Patiala is scheduled to hit the screens on the 26th of July, so stay tuned!


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Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Release Date Announced



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Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, a Sunny Deol directorial, has a new release date.  Marking the debut of Sunny Deol’s son, Karan Deol, the movie is going to release on 20th September this year.

This movie also marks the entrance of a new face, Sahher Bambba.  While Karan is all set to play the male lead in the film, Sahher is going to play the female lead.

Initially scheduled to release on 19th July, Sunny Deol postponed the release of the film because of his political commitments.  The film will now not have a solo release date and will clash with Sonam Kapoor’s The Zoya Factor.

A source working on the film said in a statement, “Ever since his victory in Gurdaspur last month, Sunny has been busy taking stock of the situation and planning various measures that need to be implemented in the city. Knowing the important role that a debut vehicle plays in an actor’s career all too well, Sunny doesn’t want to give divided attention to Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas. So, he thought it best to push the love story by two months.”

A romantic movie shot extensively in Manali and Mumbai, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas will be presented by Dharmendra and is produced by Zee Studios.

Stay tuned for more updates.


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15 Years Of Lakshya – Bollywood Movies About War



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Remember how Hrithik Roshan grew up and joined the Indian Army to inspire the rest of us in Lakshya?  As today marks 15 years since the release of this film, here is taking a look at some war movies which were not just about the lives of Indian soldiers but also about war and what the soldiers went through:

1. Lakshya

Directed by Farhan Akhtar, Lakshya told the story of Lieutenant Karan Shergill, who leads his squad to victory by capturing a territory taken over by Pakistan.  While war does play a crucial role in this movie, the other issue with which this film deals is how people grow when faced with responsibility.  From facing real life issues head on, to understanding the discipline and time which goes into becoming an adult, Lakshya is a true tribute to war and soldiers.

2. Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo

Directed by Anil Sharma, Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo tells the story of how terrorists attacked the holy temple of Kedarnath.  Apart from the story about this attack, the film also talks about how a man joins the Indian Army for a few years before moving to the United States. However, after he joins, he realises the amount of effort which goes into being a soldier and from then on, everything about his life changes.  Everything about this movie is heartwarming and shows how much people can do when pushed into a corner.

3. LOC Kargil

Based on the Kargil War fought between India and Pakistan, LOC Kargil was directed by J.P. Dutta.  A step by step account of everything which happened during the Kargil War, the film brings to the fore the hardships of war and what soldiers go through on a daily basis.  A multi layered story, LOC Kargil talks about the soldiers who made the entire operation a success.  Everything about this movie made you not only respect the amount of effort soldiers put into the war but also how much personal sacrifices they make for their country.

4. Airlift

Unlike the other films, Airlift tells the story of how a businessman helps evacuate Indians in Kuwait who are stuck there during the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein.  While this is one of the primary issues about which this movie talks, Airlift also looks at how the lead puts his personal life aside to help his fellow countrymen when in need.  A true patriotic movie, Airlift makes you fall in love with how far people can go to help their countrymen when required.

5. Border

Director J.P. Dutta’s shot to fame, Border was based on the Indo Pakistan War of 1971.  Touted to be one of the best war films to have been released, this movie showed what our soldiers went through to make our country a safe place.  From night patrols to killing men at gunpoint, Border makes you realise how deep the spirit of patriotism runs in a soldier’s blood.

If you think we missed out on any other great movies about war and soldiers giving their lives to protect their motherland, comment and let us know!


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