It’s been a while since we laughed so much

Woh jo Sotey Huye Parindon ko neeche nahin girne deta                                                                                                     Wo Madad karega apne bandon ki. Woh sachcha baadshah.

There are many such dialogues in Mubarakan which remind us of the films written by Qader Khan in the 80s. Indeed, it’s an old world film shot in the new world of Punjab and London. Anees Bazmee who is the director here has been writing and directing films since the 80s and we can feel the aura of 80s here. It’s his 10th film with Anil Kapoor and quite an entertaining one. In the league of Anees bazmi’s previous films – hulchul, pyar to hona hi tha, no entry, welcome, singh is king , ready, welcome back, Mubarakan is also a film based on light banter, little emotions and a lot of quick comic capers. A wholesome entertainer but not a mindless film too.

Mubarakan is not an average film made for just youngsters. It’s one of those films where senior actors are given a longer track so that the story on paper is uplifted by powerful delivery. It’s a film where there is no one hero, everyone contributes to the fun, and besides all the romance, comedy and the essential masala, there is a social message that may particularly appeal to your parents if they accompany you. At the same time, the producer enjoys a sound sleep because the commercials are in place too.

Two brothers Karan Singh and Charan Singh (Simultaneously played by Arjun Kapoor) live in London and Punjab respectively. They have girlfriends that they want to get married to but their orthodox and old school Punjabi parents (who are also stuck in family politics by the way) want a girl of their choice. Chacha Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor) tries to mend things but worsens the problem in his own quirky ways. Meanwhile the boys fall in and fall out of love. I know. I understand, this confusion is irritating, but in the film sounded quite entertaining thanks to a speedy screenplay that never allowed to feel the monotony of a poor story. 

Films starts off with a flavor of loud mannerisms and speech accompanied by louder Punjabi background music in almost every scene. Stellar performances by Ratna Pathak Shah and Pawan Malhotra make the film very adorable. You feel for the characters unlike in other movies made with inexperienced ones. The best thing about the film is certainly Anil Kapoor. In IIFA Awards this year in New York he said on stage-“ Aise hi thodi hain hum 38 saal se industry mein”, well he was right. The fact that he is so talented, has tremendous comic timing, punches, and knows how to modulate a simple dialogue into a hilarious one, he continues to be an average viewer’s favourite actor. In this film, Kartar Singh ( Anil Kaooor ) often breaks into british accent, compares people to things and dotes on his nephews, which finds a way straight into the viewer’s heart. I was reminded of his charm in Ram lakhan, Mr. India, Khel, Jamai Raja and Kishen Kanhaiya. People in the theatre were laughing aloud throughout. 

Story of the film? Let’s not even go there, simply because there isn’t any. But the screenplay is taut and crisp and never lets the viewer take a loo break. Except in the end the film is excruciatingly long but never sounds tedious and tiresome because of good humour. The family politics shown between the Bua ji -Ratna Pathak Shah and Pawan Malhotra is oh so adorable.

Illeana D’cruz is good but there is not much for Athiya Shetty and Neha Sharma.

On a final note, this film does wonders for Arjun Kapoor who apart from delivering a few good comic scenes hugely benefits from a stellar cast of master performers. 

It’s a no brainer. Just go and have a good laugh, with Family.   

3 Stars

 

10 Reasons Why Ranveer Singh Is A Youth Icon

Ranveer Singh is one of the coolest celebrities from the current generation. Known for his quirky style and fun loving attitude, he did not take long before making his place in the hearts of the millions.

Being a multitalented artist, he has become one of the most influential youth icons for today’s generation. On the occasion of his 32nd Birthday, we have put together 10 reasons why he Ranveer Singh is considered an icon.

1. He has the quirkiest sense of fashion in the whole of Bollywood

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2. He wears his confidence on his sleeves

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3. He treats his partner like a Queen giving every Indian major relationship goals

4. He has a lively sense of humor

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5. He is one of the most talented actors in the Bollywood industry

6. He does not shy away from taking risks

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7. He takes criticism and jokes like a boss

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8. He is highly active on the internet and makes the coolest videos

9. He knows how to deal with the media

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10. No matter his age, he is always a young active boy at heart

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Do you agree with us?

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’s latest song release is called ‘Bakheda’

 Akshay Kumar’s upcoming movie Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has been in the news a lot lately due to its unique storyline and legal notices due to copyright and plagiarism issues on its song and trailer. Yet, the film makers and actors have strived their best to get past this and get the movie out there as much as possible.

The latest update from the movie is the new song release called Bakheda. The song emphasizes on the institution of marriage and the superstitions and rituals that are associated with it in India. It features the lead actors Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar and how their love story evolves in a small rural town of India.

The lyrics of the song are by Garima Wahal and Siddharth Singh and the music is composed by Vickey Prasad. Sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan, the song is sure to hit the right cords in the hearts of the Indian’s due to its relatability.

While the song emphasizes on the romance in the movie, the movie itself is a satirical comedy that is striving to bring the sanitary conditions of India to light. 

While we wait for the movie to release this August, enjoy the awesome songs the producers have decided to treat us with. Check out the song below.

 

Are Varun And Anushka B-Town’s Latest Pair?

Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan are two of the most well-known actors of the Bollywood industry. While they have been in the news a lot lately for their movies Jab Harry Met Sejal and Judwaa 2, their names have never been mentioned together, until now.

Turns out, the two of them have bagged a movie together and are scheduled to start working for Yash Raj Film’s next project, Sui Dhaga – Made In India. This only goes to mean that Bollywood will receive a new onscreen Jodi in the coming year. While it will be a YRF project, the movie will be directed by Sharat Katariya and produced by Maneesh Sharma.

When asked about his latest project, here’s what Varun had to say, “From Gandhiji to Modiji, our country's leaders have always endorsed the mantra of Made in India. With Sui Dhaaga I am proud to take their message to millions of movie lovers in a manner that is entertaining and relevant. I really liked the script Sharat had written and I am happy that I am teaming up with YRF on this movie. Anushka and I are teaming up for the first time so I am sure there will be fireworks.

Anushka did not shy away from sharing her excitement about the movie, “I always get excited with unique ideas that have human interest stories. Sui Dhaaga is a story of self-reliance that I believe will connect to the grassroots level with every Indian. And, I’m really looking forward to working with Varun Dhawan and the team of Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya.

With the whole team excited for the project, the movie is scheduled to go into production from January 2018 and will release on Gandhi Jayanti 2018.

Are you excited for this unique Bollywood movie? 

Mubarakan’s new song will make you get on the dance floor

Anees Bazmee’s upcoming movie Mubarakan, staring Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor, has been in the news for quite some time now. The uncle-nephew duo’s unique looks have been one of the major reasons.

Just a week ago the movie’s trailer was doing the rounds on the internet and we couldn’t contain our excitement. Turns out the producers decided to treat us to more. Earlier today the song ‘Hawa Hawa’ was released on YouTube and we’ve been listening to it on loop ever since.

The song is unlike any other. A fun song with the best beats and fun lyrics, has the perfect Bollywood ring to it. Featuring Arjun Kapoor’s character ‘Karan’ and Ileana D’cruz, the song is a perfect combination of music and visual drama.

So, get ready to move your feet cause the song is going to get you down on the dance floor. Check it out here:

While we continue to obsess over it some more, tell us what you think of the song.

The Lipstick Under My Burkha Trailer Is Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before!

Lipstick Under My Burkha, the title itself was enough to grab the attention of the masses. The movie starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur is a female oriented movie that is here to break the norms of Indian cinema.

The movie has been in the news ever since its announcement and has been subject to a lot of backlash from the CBFC and religious leaders who have found the contents offensive.

The much-awaited trailer has finally been released and as expected, the word Bold does not even begin to cover it.

The movie revolves around the lives of four headstrong women who have set out on a path to break the gender stereotypes that is a common practice in India. It focuses on the women and the journey they embark on to explore their limits in every way.

Full of bold scenes, abusive language and strong characters, it is not your usual Hindi movie. It has left us in awe of the strong women and the roles they play. With a trailer as good as this, we cannot wait to see what the movie has in store for us. Check it out below.

What do you think of the trailer?

Akshay Kumar’s Toilet Ek Prem Katha’s First Song Out Now

Akshay Kumar’s upcoming movie has been in the talks for some time now due to its funny posters and unique concept. Told to be a satirical comedy, the movie is based on PM Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and sheds light on the sanitary conditions of the rural areas.

After what seems like a very long time, the much-anticipated trailer had been released a few days ago. While we got a glimpse of the characters we were left wanting more. The producers decided to share a little treat with their audience.

The lead actor, Akshay Kumar took to Instagram this morning and shared the first look of the song Hans Mat Pagli

 

‪Keshav aur Jaya ki unique love story ka first song, #HansMatPagli out now! Full song link in bio

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True to its title and the theme of the movie, the song is a romantic song. It is a sweet simple song that focuses on Akshay’s character’s emotions and love for his leading lady. The director has tried to capture the simplest form of love and affection through the song and lyrics. Check out the song for yourself. 

Did you love it as much as we did? 

SRK talks about his 25 years in Bollywood

Shah Rukh Khan has been ruling our hearts ever since he made an entry into Bollywood with his movie Deewana. 25 years down the line and he is still known as the ruling King of Bollywood.

From movies like Baazigar to Raees, there isn’t a character he hasn’t played. The actor who is currently busy promoting his upcoming movie ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, spoke about his Bollywood journey during an interview.

He started off by thanking his fans for all the love and support he has received over the years. “I got to know the day before yesterday that I have completed 25 years in Bollywood. I don't know the entire calculation but I think I have completed 26-27 years but it feels very good. Half of my life I have spent doing this service and acting. I have earned a lot for myself, respect, work, it is a long time yaar.

He went on to joke about his fans and the chaos that is caused in hopes of spotting him in his home. “I get to know through social media that people come from a long distance – I'm so thankful, neighbours get upset, traffic jams so sorry – I wish my garden gets bigger so everyone can come in.

When asked about his plans for Eid here’s what he had to say, “I am thinking of cooking for my kids today since all three are here – one day I made it recently so my daughter said thek thak ban gaya."

It is common knowledge that SRK has always encouraged his kids to form their own opinions on religion and has never been the one to force them into anything. When asked about it, here’s what he had to say. “When I went to Ram Leela father was happy, I want my kids to learn about religion themselves. I am reading Mahabharata and I tell the stories to Abram. I think it's the greatest stories that have been ever told.

His movie Jab Harry Met Sejal has been in the news lately after the CBFC’s restrictions on its trailer. Here’s how he reacted to it, “To be honest knowing all people involved in this film …we have never said anything disrespectful to families. When they see the film they will understand the context.

As always when quizzed about his children and their Bollywood debut, he said, “They are not movie stars they happen to be children. If you see them publically don't assume they will handle you the way I do. My children will finish their studies – in my house, there is a rule – one should be a graduate. Suhana has many years to go to finish her studies and then she can act.

He went on to talk about his character in the movie. “The film is about a vertically challenged person and to make it in India is quite special. It's like the hobbit and we are really waiting to see the final product. We have filmed the movie in Goregaon and are trying to finish it in December.

While we can’t wait to see him in his latest movie, we wish him all the luck and hope to see him active in the world of Bollywood for the next 25 years and more. 

Salman brings Gandhian principles to Life

Salman Khan is on a roller coaster right now. He wants to act in the best films, choose the best scripts and in this pursuit he is even ready to give up on his Star persona, if it fits his role. Starting from Bajrangi Bhaijaan to Sultan, we saw a different Salman, a far cry from what has been given to us by popular media. Film Tubelight makes us respect him more for the craft that he believes in and simply his intention to be called a very good actor now. In Tubelight, you neither see a wrestler, nor a lover boy and definitely not a gangster. He is innocent, slow, willing to learn new tricks of acting and definitely taking a lot of risks on the way.

Tubelight is an official adaptation of an American film – Little Boy. In contrast to a little kid playing the character there, here we have a 50 year old behaving like a child. Cashing in on the popularity that Bajrangi’s character enjoyed, Salman Khan steps into the shoes of another ‘boy next door’- Laxman Singh Bisht. He is mentally slow, takes things on face value and takes time to rise to the occasion.  His Chacha, Om puri, a staunch Gandhian and promoter of non-violence teaches him a few theories of Gandhi which change the course of his destiny.

Yakeen ho to Chattan ko bhi hilaya ja sakta hai. And the problems that seem as big as a mountain can be moved too.

If your brother is fighting a war with the Chinese Army, is it possible to live with a family of Chinese descent with peace and love ? yes, because Gandhi fought a war and beat the British without hating them at all. What a beautiful thought to be making a film on. I loved the Idea.

In the film you see the world of 1960s, radio is your first love and the only medium to keep abreast with the world. In terms of art direction there is nothing new or unique but the setting definitely provides a fresh visual to the eyes.  The most lovable and moving parts of the film are ones where we see Om puri in his conventional baritone voice and splendid natural grace. Never overdoing things. For a moment you shed a tear at the thought that we will not see this actor oar excellence again as this one was his last. 

Having said that, he still seems underutilized in the film.

Salman Khan tries to deliver the most memorable film of his life by blindly trusting the director and writers, often to be disappointed by them.  What comes across as an inspiration from Tom Hanks’ film Forest Gump, he is dumb but good at heart, largely relying on the few cringing expressions and lot of tears. You would be moved by Salman in a few scenes though. He doesn’t shy away from looking absurd or childish. Mostly wearing old styled sweaters and torn shoes, it does look adorable.  

What else is good, well the music. Its seamless. What does not work for the film, It’s the writing of the film that takes away from all the charm. Tubelight will always be compared with Kabir and Salman’s terrific director – actor pairing in Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Tubelight is a disappointment in this series. The writing is patchy, inconsistent and plain dull. The brilliant story on the paper never gets translated into a heart wrenching, moving film. Unlike in Bajrangi Bhaijaan we never came to the edge of our seat. Neither with awe, nor with thrill.

 Sohail as a brother to Salman is obviously most natural in this relationship on screen. As a respite, we see a fresh face in the film as opposed to the starlets of the film industry. The scenes between Chinese actress Zhu Zhu and Salman exuded freshness but it’s the little boy from Arunachal Pradesh – Matin Rey Tangu who gets the cake and eats it too.

While the film tries to convey a very valid point and message, how Gandhiji’s teachings are still relevant in today’s times, can we beat our opponent with sheer love?, Salman’s fans can be in for a little disappointment as his traditional moves, the anger, romance, the twinkle in his eyes, the unpredictability of his demeanor , his desi dance moves, the traditional Salman Khan charm is missing here. Also the editor saved too much reel by keeping the scenes long and cumbersome.

However, Shahrukh Khan’s cameo adds zing to the beginning sequence. The two mega stars coming together in one frame after  decades is certainly worth a whistle. The few wrinkles on each face are also reflective of the time we all have lived watching the both of them.

It’s a sweet film with no space for negativity. Film is emotional in parts but largely remains dull filmmaking.  

2.5 stars