Stories about Akshay Kumar

A refreshing new-age film, ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ is a cult classic we will be rewatching for years to come

Luv Ranjan is a director who knows his craft impeccably. With films like Akaash Vaani and the Pyaar Ka Punchnama series, Ranjan proved that he is the torch bearer for new-age and unorthodox filmmakers in Bollywood. He has received both critical and commercial appreciation for the writing and direction of his previous films – a rarity for new filmmakers experimenting with the genre. Ranjan’s latest offering, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, has piqued the curiosity of viewers with its quirky trailer, and made audiences wonder if the movie will do justice to the ‘best friend versus girlfriend’ trope that has been ...

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The #PadManBan is another example of Pakistan making the country a “comfortable” place for men, not its women

One often goes to the cinema to escape from the harsh realities of the world. The two or three hours spent at the theatre either throw us into fits of laughter, push us to the edge of our seats, or put us right to sleep if the movie is a snoozefest. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to watch a movie and encourage others to watch it too just because of its intriguing and eye-opening content. Twinkle Khanna’s movie PadMan starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, is one such movie that needs our attention. The movie talks about menstrual hygiene and normalising the most natural biological function ...

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Padman: Shaping the narrative surrounding menstrual hygiene with care and ironic wit

From Airlift (2016) to Rustom (2016) and from Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) to recently released biopic Padman, Akshay Kumar is portraying inspirational characters and filmgoers are loving his selection of movie subjects. His latest thought-provoking venture Padman revolves around a taboo topic – menstruation. The movie skilfully highlights basic hygiene that is necessary during menstrual cycles. Based on Twinkle Khanna’s short story The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land, Padman is about Tamil Nadu’s Padmashree winner, Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist who not only empowered the village women but also created inexpensive sanitary pads. The film has been appreciated all over ...

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Menstruation should be discussed without any shame, and Akshay Kumar’s heroic ‘Padman’ makes that possible

Filmmaker cum screenwriter R Balki has a reputation of covering atypical subjects in his movies, with all six of his movies, such as Cheeni Kum (2007), Paa (2009) and Shamitabh (2015), being regarded as breakthroughs that entertained both the masses as well as mature filmgoers with their peculiar themes. This year, Balki is back at it again, this time with a very unique idea in the form of Padman. As revealed by the trailer, Padman is based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu, played by Akshay Kumar. Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte will ...

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Rangreza is a tasteless, colourless and soulless failure, guised under a confused farce of a musical

Right from the first trailer of Rangreza, its selling point revolved around it being a colourful musical, its romance angle, and for some, even Gohar Rasheed. Except for the song Phool Khil Jayeein, the album did not find much positive reception from audiences, however, the film itself released recently to considerable hype. Directed by Amir Mohiuddin, Rangreza primarily revolves around three characters. Ali Zain (Bilal Ashraf) is a rock star who falls in love with Reshmi (Urwa Hocane), a girl from a family of qawwals who has been engaged to her cousin, Waseem Wallay (Gohar Rasheed) since childhood. Waseem is an ...

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Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is the perfect sugar-coated medicine to treat the illnesses in India’s society

When Neeraj Pandey and Akshay Kumar collaborate, they never fail to impress. Brilliant performances, power-packed scripts, remarkable messages – this is what they are known for. Now, the duo is back with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. First things first, who would want to watch a movie named Toilet in the first place? But trust me, it goes from zero to 100 real quick. From dealing with major issues of sanitation to the problems of defecation in open areas, Toilet brings a lot of India’s present day concerns to the big screen. Not only does the movie deal with social issues, it also critiques Narendra Modi’s government and takes ...

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Aasman Se Gira: The Pakistani Lend Me a Tenor

NAPA’s theatre play, Aasman Se Gira (2016), is adapted by Babar Jamal, assisted by Saddam Hussain and directed by Uzma Sabeen. The plot centres on an event manager’s decision, who invites a popular star to play the role of a traditional hero from the famous folklore, Heer Ranjha, for his grand show. The show is sold out. The play starts out great, but due to a few unfortunate mishaps, things do not go according to plan. During the play, there’s a scene where the dressing and makeup of the two main actors is almost identical. This hilarious moment is similar to Hollywood’s classic comedy film ...

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Does Rustom pronounce Akshay Kumar guilty for disappointing his fans?

Akshay Kumar is the definition of a multifaceted Bollywood star; not because he gives repeated box office hits, but because he never hesitates to pair up with new directors and their teams. This requires aptitude and confidence – traits that very few superstars possess. This is Akshay Kumar’s third release in 2016 (after Airlift and Housefull 3) and it’s completely disparate from his previous endeavours. Will he be able to pull a hat trick this year? Rustom is Dharmendra Suresh Desai’s second film (the first was 1920 London, which was released a few months back). Was Akshay able to pull off the show under Desai’s direction? Let’s explore what Rustom has ...

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Housefull 3: Awful, painful, and anything but cheerful

How is it even possible that you go watch a movie with zero expectations, but yet walk out of it feeling utterly let down. And that my friends, is precisely the kind of feat the third instalment of the Housefull series managed to pull off. Promoted as a rib-tickling screwball comedy, the only reaction Housefull 3 got out of yours truly was that of head-scratching. It surely must be a record of some sorts making a 145 minutes long comedy where not a single joke lands. So in between all the failed attempts at humour, there is this laughably ridiculous plot ...

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Watch Azhar if you are a Mohammad Azharuddin fan, don’t watch it if you are a cricket fan

Bollywood has had its own share of fascination with biopics and sports movies alike, and most of the films in both genres have suffered from various problems. Biopics have suffered because of the glorification of the heroes, making them much larger than they actually were in reality. This is evident in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, The Dirty Picture or the countless Bhagat Singh movies. Even though Milkha Singh won accolades and awards across the country, the exaggeration in his character development was painfully evident. Sports films, on the other hand, have suffered from the lack of technical knowledge of the sport itself. Goal ...

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