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Dabangg – A Franchise Spanning A Decade

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With Salman Khan successfully delivering a box office hit with Dabangg, the film went on to become a franchise with Dabangg 2 and the newly released Dabangg 3.  The films rode on the back of Salman Khan, who essays the role of a police officer named Chulbul Pandey.  As Dabangg 3 released today, let us have a look at how the franchise spawned and is still ruling after a decade.

Dabangg (2010)

Dabangg was Arbaaz Khan’s first foray as a producer under Arbaaz Khan Productions.  Sonakshi Sinha also marked her debut in Bollywood with Dabangg.  This movie was released on September 10th, 2010.  Salman Khan played the lead role of a corrupt and fearless police officer named Chulbul Pandey, while Sonu Sood played the role of the antagonist.  

The film portrayed how Chulbul Pandey explores his relationship with his stepfather and stepbrother while pursuing his duties as a police officer.  This film became a huge hit, thanks to many things going right for it. Salman Khan was spot on in portraying the fearless police officer, while Sonakshi Sinha was spot on as Rajjo, Salman Khan’s love interest and later, his wife, in the film.  The dialogue “Thhappad se darr nahi lagta saahab, pyaar se lagta hai” by Rajjo is still fresh in the minds of the audience as are the songs Hud Hud Dabangg and Munni Badnaam Hui.  

The film went on to win the Best Film award at the 56th Filmfare Awards and won 5 other awards at the same ceremony, with Sonakshi Sinha taking home the award for the Best Female Debut.  Sonakshi Sinha later explained how she was approached by Salman Khan at a function to play the role of Rajjo and how she lost 30 kg of weight to prepare for the movie.  The film raked in a net domestic collection of Rs. 1.41 billion.  Dabangg was also adapted in Telugu as Gabbar Singh, with Pawan Kalyan playing the lead and in Tamil as Osthe.

Dabangg 2

Following the critical success of Dabangg, a sequel was released on December 21st, 2012.  Dabangg 2 marked the directorial debut of Arbaaz Khan.  Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha reprised their roles as Chulbul Pandey and Rajjo respectively.  Prakash Raj played the role of the antagonist, Thakur Bachcha Singh, replacing Sonu Sood.  This film was set in Kanpur, where Chulbul Pandey is in charge of a local police station.  Dabangg 2 follows the story of how Chulbul Pandey deals with Bachcha Singh’s confrontations and ultimately arrests him and kills him.  The songs Dabangg Reloaded and Fevicol Se went on to become commercial hits, earning play time at a lot of parties and events.  Dabangg 2 went on to become the second highest grosser of 2012, trailing behind Ek Tha Tiger, which also starred Salman Khan as the lead.  Salman Khan won the Best Actor award at the Filmfare Awards.  The film accumulated a net of Rs. 1.55 billion. This is the movie which saw Salman Khan acting in a sequel for the first time in his 22 year old career.

Dabangg 3

Following a long gap of 7 years, this franchise, spanning nearly a decade, came to an end, with the final installment releasing on December 20th, 2019.  Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha reprise their roles from the previous installments, while Kichcha Sudeep plays the role of the antagonist.  This movie follows the story of a younger Chulbul Pandey and the experiences which shaped him to become ‘Robinhood Pandey.’ He has a confrontation with Balli (Sudeep) after busting his prostitution racket.  The film then follows the plot of good versus evil and how Chulbul Pandey manages to save the day in the end.  

Dabangg 3 is a fitting end to the franchise and is likely to become a hit, if Salman Khan’s popularity with the Indian masses is to be taken into consideration.

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Nishabdham Trailer – Madhavan Starrer Promises An Intense Thriller

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Nishabdham is an upcoming multilingual movie which stars Anushka Shetty and Madhavan in the lead roles. Directed by Hemant Madhukar, this film is jointly produced by T.G. Vishwa Prasad, Vivek Kuchibhotla and Kona Venkat. 

The trailer begins with an intense and ominous shot in the basement of a house in the U.S., showing a dead body and a terrified Sakshi (Anushka Shetty) turning towards the camera. The next shot shows a news anchor outside the house which is being referred to as a haunted house.  A visibly injured Sakshi is seen in a hospital bed trying to convince Maha (Anjali,) a cop that it was a ghost who committed the murder.  Maha believes it is Sakshi’s best friend Sonali (Shalini Pandey) who committed the crimes but it turns out she is already deceased and cremated.  The plot of the movie can be deduced from the rest of the trailer. Nishadham will be a movie where Sakshi and Maha race against time to connect the dots and uncover the killer.

Watch the trailer here:

 

Madhavan will be seen in an upcoming bilingual movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect in which he will star alongside Simran Bagga.  The movie is based on the life of Nambi Narayan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was accused of espionage.

Nishabdham stars Anushka as a mute artist and Madhavan as a musician in the lead roles while Hollywood’s Michael Madsen, Anjali, Subbaraju, Shalini Pandey and Srinivas Avasarala will appear in supporting roles.  Nishabdham is slated for a release worldwide, on April 2nd, 2020.  

 

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Sonam Kapoor Advocates Empowering Women Ahead Of Women’s Day

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Sonam Kapoor is a notable Bollywood icon who is known for supporting social causes like breast cancer awareness and LGBTQ equality.  Sonam Kapoor, in a recent post on Instagram advocated for women empowerment, with a picture from her latest photoshoot.

Sharing her thoughts in the post Sonam Kapoor says she cannot be the poor little rich girl anymore nor should she feel sorry for herself.  Speaking more about empowerment, Sonam said she needs to make harder choices in order to pave the future way for women after her. That is the reason why her whole team consists of women and why she also voices the need to cut down thousands of years of deep rooted patriarchy.

 

In another post Sonam Kapoor posted “For me, female empowerment is very important, especially because I’m from a side of the world where women have always been second class citizens (sic.)”

 

 

This post comes just a few days before the International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrate womanhood all across the world. 

Sonam Kapoor is well known for memorable supporting role performances in movies like Bhaag Milka Bhaag (2013,) Pad Man (2018,) and Veere Di Wedding (2018.)  Sonam is perhaps well known for her role as Neerja Bhanot in the biopic Neerja (2016.)  Sonam Kapoor was last seen in The Zoya Factor where she starred alongside Dulquer Salmaan.

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Shahid Kapoor: Happy Birthday To A Versatile Performer

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Shahid Kapoor made his feature film debut as a shy chocolate boy with the movie Ishq Vishq, and the actor has not looked back since then.  Shahid took on diverse roles ranging from a deranged druggie in Udta Punjab to a morally upright Rajput king in Padmaavat.  Son of renowned actor Pankaj Kapoor and Neelima Azeem, Shahid hails from a family with acting in its blood. Shahid Kapoor has grown in the Hindi film industry on his own merit, establishing himself with his choice of tricky and versatile roles. 

Shahid Kapoor turns 39 today.  Let us have a look at some of his most versatile roles in recent years. 

1. Haider (2014) 

Haider was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Shahid Kapoor starred as Haider Meer, a student returning from Aligarh Muslim University to his home in Kashmir, only to find his father missing.  Haider starts out on a journey with his friend Arshia, a journalist, to find out what happened to his father. What begins as an ordinary search, spirals out of control and drags Haider  into a web of conspiracies involving terrorist entities. Haider showcases an individual’s journey from sanity into the depths of insanity.  Shahid was splendid in showcasing Haider’s slow descent into madness.

2. Udta Punjab (2016) 

When Udta Punjab released, it courted controversy due to the nature of its content and plot that hinted at the highly prevalent drug abuse problem among the youth of Punjab.  The censor board had to step in and direct the filmmakers to make a total of 89 cuts to the film. Shahid Kapoor starred as Tejinder Singh, also known as Gabru, who has a penchant for abusing drugs and writing songs that glorify violence.  In an unfortunate incident, Gabru accidentally shoots an accomplice which lands him in prison. This causes Gabru to reflect on his actions and how his songs mislead the youth of Punjab to use drugs. Gabru has a change of heart and decides to use his fame to spread word about the negative effects of drugs. Shahid’s portrayal of Gabru as an energetic singer and his portrayal of a man who has a change of heart was brilliant.

3. Padmaavat (2018) 

Shahid Kapoors played the role of one of India’s celebrated Rajput warrior kings, Maharawal Ratan Singh in Padmaavat.  Shahid was spot on in portraying Raja Ratan Singh, being mellow when required and showcasing the famed Rajput bravery when required.  Be it handling a sword on the battlefield or giving inspiring speeches to his followers, Shahid was able to do it all with a flourish.  Padmaavat was a movie filled with powerful acting performances from Shahid Kapoor. 

4. Kabir SIngh (2019) 

Kabir Singh was Shahid Kapoor’s latest movie and  a remake of the Telugu cult movie Arjun Reddy.  Shahid Kapoor was able to showcase the journey of Kabir Singh, a house surgeon, who loses his way by abusing alcohol and drugs  due to a break up with the love of his life. The breakup completely derails Kabir Singh’s life leading him to cut corners and regulations in surgeries and abuse his relationship with his best friends.  Shahid’s performance as Kabir Singh was compelling and his acting was of excellent quality. 

Here is wishing this extremely talented actor a very happy birthday and here is looking forward to more amazing movies from Shahid Kapoor!

 

 

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Baaghi 3: Dus Bahane 2.0 Inspires Troll Fest

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Baaghi 3 is an upcoming Bollywood movie and the third in the Baaghi franchise, that would be released soon in March.  As part of the movie promotions, the filmmakers remade the popular song Dus Bahane from the movie Dus as a tribute to the song and titled it Dus Bahane 2.0. 

Once Dus Bahane 2.0 which starred Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor released, people on social media did not take it well and a majority of them felt  the original song should not have been tampered and instead, should have been left alone.  However, Twitterati did not spare Dus Bahane 2.0 and what followed next was a hilarious collection of memes and trolls. 

Here are some  funny memes about Dus Bahane 2.0.  These memes focus on the particular lyric from the song which says “I looked at you, you looked at me aur hogayi mushkil” which means “I looked at you, you looked at me and things became difficult.”

 

 

 

 

 

While these meme’s do make fun of Dus Bahane 2.0, it should not deviate from the fact  Baaghi is a successful franchise .

 

 

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas Set To Join Matrix 4

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas established herself as a credible actress in Bollywood and is also steadily signing Hollywood films as well.  The actress already appeared in Baywatch, A Kid Like Jake and Isn’t It Romantic?

Priyanka Chopra Jonas last appeared in the Bollywood movie The Sky Is Pink, which was a hit and earned positive reviews from critics.  The actress will now reportedly join The Matrix franchise and will have a major role in The Matrix 4.  Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who already starred in the previous three installments, will also be a part of The Matrix 4.

The Matrix franchise is a series of movies created and directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski.  The series is about a world created by machines (viruses) which imprison mankind in virtual reality (The Matrix,) so they can be farmed as power sources.  The franchise earned widespread acclaim owing to its storyline, characters and VFX.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is also set to star in the television show Citadel opposite Richard Madden.  Priyanka Chopra Jonas also recently completed shooting for Netflix’s The White Tiger, in which she will be seen alongside Rajkummar Rao.

On the other hand, The Matrix 4 is set to be released in 2021.

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