Mehrooj Rai

Mehrooj Rai

The author lives in Lahore and is studying English Literature from University of London. Writing is her passion and it gives her an opportunity to not only escape but create her own world of ideals and notions. She tweets @mehrooj_rai (twitter.com/mehrooj_rai)

Stunning and sinister, ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ will be no fairy tale

The teaser trailer of the upcoming film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has been released by Walt Disney Studios, and is a sequel to the 2014 dark fantasy movie, Maleficent. The prequel, which was a massive hit, retold the classic Sleeping Beauty story from the antagonist’s perspective, where the dark witch’s character was given redeeming qualities as opposed to the original version of the 1959 Disney classic. Photo: Walt Disney Motion Pictures Photo: Walt Disney Motion Pictures In the film, Maleficent curses Aurora to fall into a deep slumber on her 16th birthday, but this is ...

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Will Chhalawa be more than a Pakistani spin on Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge?

Upcoming Pakistani film Chhalawa’s trailer has generated a lot of buzz, mainly due to it featuring an ensemble cast and presenting a fun and interesting premise. The film is produced, directed and written by Wajahat Rauf, while the music is by Shiraz Uppal. Chhalawa is Rauf’s third venture, and stars Mehwish Hayat, Azfar Rehman, Zara Noor Abbas, Asad Siddiqui, Mohsin Ejaz and Aashir Wajahat. The film appears to be a light-hearted romantic-comedy showcasing the love story between Zoya (Hayat) and Sameer (Rehman). Zoya is a young woman belonging to a rural area in Punjab who is being forced into marriage against her ...

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Grandiose but tragic, will Kalank make history with its pre-Partition interfaith romance?

The much awaited multi-starrer Kalank releases today, to the joy of cinemagoers. The film seemingly narrates the story of a deep and devastated love, with the pre-Partition era serving as the backdrop. The magnum opus has been directed and produced by Abhishek Varman and Karan Johar, and stars an ensemble cast of Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha. The trailer mirrors the intertwined but tangled relationships between our cast as Roop (Bhatt) is married off to Dev Chaudhry (Kapoor). Dev, however, already has a wife, Satya (Sinha), whom he loves immensely. He even tells Roop ...

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Sloppy and grim, Dumbo takes a rather clumsy flight

Director Tim Burton and screenwriter Ehren Kruger’s new version of Dumbo is the latest to get a live-action remake. It is inspired by the 1941 Disney animated classic and based on the original fable written by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl in 1939. Burton is the one who started this trend of remakes with Alice in the Wonderland. The film stars Colin Farrell, Deni DeVito, Michael Keaton and Eva Green in pivotal voice-over roles. The 1941’s Dumbo was a soft, simple and adorable fantasy centred on the tale of friendship and maternal love, the tender bond between Dumbo and his mother. The ...

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Boring and predictable, neither kids nor adults will find any wonder in ‘Wonder Park’

Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies have jointly ventured to create the 3D animated film Wonder Park. It is a spirited animated fable about a fantasy amusement park where the imagination of a spunky girl comes alive and she embarks upon the journey of a lifetime.  Written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, the film has Jennifer Garner, Sofia Mali, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson and Ken Jeong voicing the main characters. The story follows June, a wildly creative girl who possesses an unrestrained imagination and exhibits a strange aptitude for engineering. The precocious June further develops this fascination and ...

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Audacious, hypnotic and intense, Kangana Ranaut was made to play the Queen of Jhansi

Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi chronicles the tale of one of India’s most prominent historical figures. Manikarnika, better known as Lakshmibai or the Rani of Jhansi, was one of the foremost freedom fighters of the 1857 rebellion. The allegory of Rani of Jhansi has personally fascinated me for as long as I can remember. Hence, writing even a review of a film based on her gallantry gives me great bliss. A warrior queen riding a horse, a sword in her hand, a child strapped onto her back, Manikarnika is an old-fashioned, simplistic film underlining the core values of bravery, valour and ...

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In Simmba, a half-baked message is buried deep under Rohit Shetty’s typical potboiler

Loosely based on the Telugu film Temper, the cop action saga Simmba is directed by Rohit Shetty, produced by Dharma Productions and Rohit Shetty Picturez, and stars an ensemble cast of Ranveer Singh, Sonu Sood and Sara Ali Khan. The film is about Sangram ‘Simmba’ Bhalerao, a poor orphan who aspires to become an unscrupulous police inspector. As an officer of the law, he unapologetically indulges in corrupt practices to have his pockets lined, as he believes that corruption and dishonesty are indispensable to live a perfect life. The film starts on a comic note and is mostly about fun, tricks and games, ...

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8 game changers of Bollywood that wowed us in 2018

The year 2018 has been one of the most surprising ones in recent Bollywood memory, for it has been one where content ruled above all other elements in films. This year in particular, movies with unique content found solidification in Bollywood. While big-budget films (those with a lot of expectations associated) tanked at the box office, smaller films with lower budget and lesser known faces triumphed massively. One of the most shocking things about this year was that films with massive stars such as Salman Khan and Aamir Khan underperformed against the hopes and excitement of their fans, while lesser known faces ...

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Simmba may not bring something new to the screen but it definitely feels like a paisa vasool entertainer!

The trailer release of Simmba has fans incredibly excited, and it seems that this Rohit Shetty-Ranveer Singh collaboration will end the year for Bollywood on a high note. Simmba, starring Singh, Sonu Sood and Sara Ali Khan, has been directed by Shetty, who has given us films like Chennai Express and Dilwale.  The trailer begins with Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) narrating the story of an orphan, Simmba (Singh), who aspires to one day become a corrupt and dishonest police officer. Simmba is later shown as a bribe-hungry hoodlum who believes that in order to live an ideal life, corruption is indispensable. ...

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Not even Aamir-Amitabh could save Thugs of Hindostan from sinking in deep waters of hollowness

Thugs of Hindostan, a period drama film, is directed and produced by Vijay Krishna Acharya and Aditya Chopra respectively. The film stars an ensemble cast including Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh playing key roles. Thugs of Hindostan is highly inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean. The film is set against the backdrop when the British East India Company started colonising the country. The British Company manages to annex Ranakpur by assassinating its ruler Mirza (Ronit Roy) and his son Aslam. The trusted Lieutenant of Mirza, Khudabaksh Azaad (Bachchan), flees from the British’s impending hegemony and takes along Mirza’s young ...

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