Stories about Bollywood

Will Bhoomi be Sanjay Dutt’s much needed comeback?

On the face of it, Bhoomi seems like the film to watch. It is marketed as Sanjay Dutt’s major comeback. Since his incarceration, Dutt has spent his time taking up supporting roles. And man, are we excited to see him back in action. The director, Omung Kumar, has also done well for himself after making films like Sarbjit and Mary Kom. Accompanying Dutt in the movie as the other primary character is Aditi Rao Hydari, a dependable performer. All of these factors combine to give Bhoomi an edge over the numerous other Bollywood films currently screening. Bhoomi (Hydari) lives with her father Arun (Dutt) and is all ...

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Good work appeals to the intellect and does not have to be a feast for the eyes – and ‘Parchi’ offers exactly that

Five of the most talented actors, Ahmed Ali Akbar, Hareem Farooq, Shafqat Khan, Usman Mukhtar and Ali Rehman Khan, star in the upcoming feature film Parchi. Good-looking, well-groomed and polished – to varying degrees, these actors are show business professionals. Hence, they understand the difference between acting and modelling and rely, almost exclusively, on their histrionic abilities when working as actors. Films and television shows are vastly different from fashion shoots and commercials. They rarely need good looks, clothes, jewellery and accessories. And they certainly do not require affectation, artifice and fake accents. Not everyone in the cast needs to have flawless ...

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Lucknow Central: Jailhouse rock or jailhouse schlock?

I really have to hand it to Farhan Akhtar. I am sure that the son of the renowned lyricist and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar, must have faced a huge dilemma when casting for Lucknow Central. As an actor, if you sign up for a lot of average B-Town masala flicks, you will watch your promising career fade into oblivion. Choose your projects and characters wisely and patiently, and you might just be able to carve a niche out for yourself. Farhan Akhtar opted for the latter and the rest, as they say, is history. Since his first acting debut film in Bollywood, Akhtar has ...

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Kangana Ranaut will have none of this sexism nonsense, making her the real MVP of Bollywood

If I had Rs10 for every time someone in fifth grade told me I was ‘bossy’, I would probably not need a job right now. There are certain labels that when attached to women, automatically become an unattractive quality. Men are aggressive while women are angry, men are tough while women are bossy, and men are protective while women are clingy. Men are free to be many things while women have to fit into predefined boxes. You can be the girl next door, the femme fatale, the other woman, or just ‘one of the guys’. These are some of the ‘types’ ...

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Will ‘Daddy’ glorify Arun Gawli’s crimes or his reformation from gangster to politician?

As a passionate movie fanatic, I am always on the lookout for upcoming movies. A few days ago, I came across the trailer for the Bollywood film Daddy. Based on a true story, Daddy explores the life of a gangster who reforms into a politician. Arjun Rampal, who is also one of the producers of the movie, plays the lead role of Arun Gawli, the gangster. Indian movies portraying gangsters from the underworld have always attracted an audience and Daddy is expected to meet the same fate. On another note, Rampal’s presence definitely adds to the hype of the film. Apart from Rampal, the cast also includes the South ...

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Punjab Nahi Jaungi will make you feel the pangs of a love story and the pleasures of a romantic comedy

News of the recently released Punjab Nahi Jaungi instantly caused an equal and opposite reaction in my mind – I will not go to watch it. Why, you ask? Well, here are four formidable reasons answering your question: 1.The first reason was perhaps due to the very actor-producer Humayun Saeed who, in my personal opinion, did not qualify to be the silver screen ‘hero’. 2. The second reason being that Punjab Nahi Jaungi’s early poster was unveiled about two months prior to the movie’s release. It was not only in bad taste but also smelled of rotten romantic comedies. #PunjabNahiJaungi trailer is releasing tomorrow! ...

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How Bollywood’s curtain call became a blessing in disguise for Pakistan

This has been a year of reformation and introspection for Pakistan’s entertainment industry. After India closed its doors to Pakistani artists in the wake of the Uri attack last year, Pakistani artistes – who were minting a heavy buck from the biggest culture industry in Asia, Bollywood – were forced to come up with a plan B. Nothing can compare to the attention and recognition a successful project in India can bring. In fact, a lot of Pakistani artistes still bank on that one short role (that nobody remembers) to enhance their portfolio. But as Junoon said in their song, “khwaab ...

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The Hungry: Can Bollywood do justice to Shakespeare’s bloodiest and least respected play?

Turning a theatrical drama into a full length movie is not an easy job and in most cases, it proves to be a challenge for the writers and directors. The endeavour becomes even more challenging if the theatrical drama in discussion is ‘Titus Andronicus’ written by William Shakespeare. Director Bornila Chatterjee must have experienced an overwhelming series of trials while working on her latest project, The Hungry. It is an Indian movie starring Naseeruddin Shah as Tathagat Ahuja and Tisca Chopra as Tulsi Joshi. The remaining cast includes Antonio Aakeel, Neeraj Kabi, Sayani Gupta, Arjun Gupta and Suraj Sharma. As per reports, The Hungry is scheduled to be screened at ...

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It’s about time the Love Charger’s battery died

Across the globe, religion is becoming the fastest growing trade. After all, there is never a dearth of naive masses waiting to fall prey on their fears. This is the reason why so many babas and gurus with the gift of the gab and a penchant for floating uncanny stories are slowly taking control of several lives. They seep into people’s lives by becoming not only their spiritual teacher, counsellor, psychiatrist, personal confidante, but also their family advisor, semen donor and sometimes even money launderer. These phony babas mine on people’s obliviousness by making them believe that they are the ultimate ...

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Getting to know the handsome and talented Mikaal Zulfiqar

I recently interviewed model turned actor Mikaal Zulfiqar and discussed his early life, career and upcoming projects. Believe it when I say, you do not want to miss this interview. H: How did you start off as an actor? M: Initially, I began my career as a model and gradually transitioned into an actor. I started modelling for commercials and videos which were relevant to acting. Later, I received a few offers for television and eventually moved on to films. I believe acting happened to me rather than me happening to acting. So along the way, I self-educated myself on how ...

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