Stories about Bollywood

Dear filmmakers, stuttering is a disorder, not a joke for you to cash on

Some days ago, I received a clip on Whatsapp of a scene from a Pakistani movie titled Lahore Se Aagay. The lead character, played by Yasir Hussain, tries to make the dialogue ‘funny’ by mocking the speech related disorder generally known as stuttering or stammering. Upon further inquiry, I discovered Hussain has played the role of a guy who stutters several times in his career. In another movie, Karachi Se Lahore, which is the prequel to Lahore Se Aagay, Hussain tries to seem hilarious by stammering to the character’s advantage. Though he believes his portrayal is empowering for those who stutter, ...

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Simple and endearing, ‘October’ is a risk that pays off for Varun Dhawan

What happens when a hotel management student working at a leading hotel has to juggle between spending time with a sick friend and trying to climb up in a dead-end job? October, starring Varun Dhawan, shows exactly how a stubborn yet loving man would manage this situation realistically. Directed by Shoojit Sircar and written by Juhi Chaturvedi, the film stars Banita Sandhu and Gitanjali Rao alongside Dhawan. The movie, which can aptly be described as a story of hope, narrates the tale of Dan (Dhawan) and Shiuli (Sandhu), who work together at a hotel. Unfortunately, one day a tragedy leaves Shiuli ...

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Out of jail yet again – Is serial offender Salman Khan above the law?

There is no doubt Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has a larger than life persona. Very few people in India are ambivalent about him. They either love, adore, and worship him, or they absolutely detest him. Like every other individual, he is complex and probably has multiple facets to his character. The grapevine is filled with stories of his viciousness and callousness, but at the same time, tales of his generosity and large-heartedness have acquired an almost legendary status. All we can do is pray for @BeingSalmanKhan and wish best for him… The man's known for his generosity nothing shld happen to ...

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#SalmanVerdict: 7 ways Twitter made the best jokes out of a ‘horrible’ situation

It is undoubtedly a sad time in the world. One of the most “respected”, “kindest” and “greatest” people on the planet has been convicted of a crime he committed some 20 years ago. Obviously, we are all in mourning as we see the harsh punishment sentenced to “a great human being”, whose only taint on his record includes domestic violence, hunting illegal animals and killing an innocent man sleeping on the footpath (allegedly, as we are all aware). Of course, these tragic times have compelled fans from all over to defend Salman Khan and protest the harsh laws that exist ...

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Hilarious yet heartwarming, ‘102 Not Out’ proves that age is just a number

When two legendary stars of Indian cinema come together for a movie after 27 years, you know something wonderful is in the making. Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor, two Bollywood veterans with multiple hits and accolades to their names, have united for the first time since 1991, when they starred together in Ajooba. Both actors have starred together in films before as brothers, but this time around they will be portraying father and son. The movie, titled 102 Not Out, looks nothing like what usually comes out of the Bollywood factory. The movie is directed by Umesh Shukla, who was also ...

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Heartening and poignant, ‘Hichki’ is a reminder that Rani Mukerji is one of the Bollywood ‘greats’

Rani Mukerji’s interesting new movie Hichki hit the theatres recently, and if there is one thing I’d say about her, it is that Mukerji has still got it! This is her first movie in four years, as she was last seen playing a leading role in Mardaani (2014), and yet she is the scene-stealer! If anything, the break proves that despite spending a few years away from the big screen, she still has the acumen to deliver a performance reminding us why she is one of the ‘greats’.  Directed by Sidharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma, Hichki focuses on Naina ...

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In the land of Raj and Simran, will Varun Dhawan‘s ‘October’ tell a different love story?

October, starring Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu and Gitanjali Rao, is not your clichéd love story, as the trailer highlights; it’s more along the lines of a story about love itself. We’d only be able to tell what exactly the story is once the movie is out, however, the trailer does manage to set the mood and theme of the movie and what viewers should expect from it. The movie will not be akin to Bollywood movies that include a boy, a girl and a love story entwining their faith. Dhawan plays an employee of a hotel, probably a five-star hotel, aspiring ...

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We all know what divides India and Pakistan, but do you know what unites them?

When it comes to India and Pakistan, one comes across an array of academicians and scholars in western campuses with piles of research on the Kashmir problem, Siachen and Sir Creek. But one hardly comes across any serious initiative to explore what unites India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan are inheritors of a common civilisation and hence we have an ocean of shared heritage in literature, philosophy, music, food, and mysticism. These days, it seems we have completely forgotten the days when we regaled ourselves over the melodies of Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hasan, Ghulam Ali and Ataullah Khan Esakhelvi. Even the days ...

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16 movies that prove Lollywood and Bollywood have been empowering women since 1957

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day; a day to appreciate and acknowledge the women around us and discuss female empowerment. As we do this, it is hard to ignore the contribution of the media, which is perhaps the best tool in our means to depict the society around us. However, having empowering female characters is not a new phenomenon in either the Indian or Pakistani film industry. On the contrary, filmmakers in India and Pakistan have consistently tried to come up with subjects and films which celebrate and empower women. From the inception of the film industry in this ...

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Veerey Ki Wedding is the worst wedding film of the season

Sometimes filmmakers tend to bank on projects having similar names to attract viewers, be it in India or Pakistan. This occurred recently in Pakistan, where a horror film called Pari was released a full month before the Indian version of the same name. We witnessed the power of the curse of the same name when Pari’s trailer received millions of views on YouTube, only for everyone in the comments to wonder, “where is Anushka Sharma?” Similarly, Indian filmmakers have come up with Veerey Ki Wedding and managed to release it before one of the most awaited films of 2018, Veere ...

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