Monthly Archives: April 2021

Kuch Toh Sharm Karo: Nawazuddin Siddiqui Slams Celebs Posting Maldives Vacation Pics

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the latest celebrity to have slammed Bollywood actors who have been flaunting their privilege when the country is grappling with Covid-19.

Many Bollywood celebrities have been facing flak in the past weeks for posting their vacation pictures while the country is dealing with the Covid-19 second wave. Maldives has been one of the most popular destination among celebs, and many actresses, like Janhvi Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Disha Patani had been posting their photos from the beach destination. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt too flew to Maldives recently, but haven’t shared any picture yet.

The lot that has been posting these picture have been criticised by many within their own fraternity. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is among them. When asked about stars posting vacation pictures during an interview, he said, “These entertainment celebrities posting vacation pictures at a time when the world is reeling under the worst recession. …Logon ke pass khana nahin hai aur aap paise phenk rahe ho. Kuch toh sharm karo (People don’t have food and you are wasting money, have some shame).

The actor also says that the celebs are posting about their vacation because they have nothing worthwhile to talk about. “What else will they talk about? Acting? They will run out of steam in two minutes. In logon ne Maldives ko tamasaha bana rakha hai. I don’t know what their arrangement is with the tourism industry. But for the sake of humanity, please keep these vacations to yourself. There is suffering everywhere. The cases of Covid are multiplying. Have a heart. Please don’t taunt those who are suffering,” he told Bollywood Hungama.

IPL 2021 Fantasy: Punjab Kings vs SunRisers Hyderabad, Top Picks

IPL 2021: The likes of KL Rahul, David Warner, Chris Gayle and Rashid Khan among others will be in action on Wednesday and they bring with them plenty of points in fantasy cricket.

Punjab Kings take on SunRisers Hyderabad in Match 14 of Indian Premier League at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Several T20 heavyweights including KL Rahul, David Warner, Chris Gayle, Rashid Khan and Nicholas Pooran among others are set to take the field yet again as both teams look to climb from the bottom half of the table to the top half. SRH are yet to register a win in the season and lie at the bottom in the points table. PBKS are better-placed than SRH but only just as they occupy seventh position with one win out of three matches. Nevertheless, for fantasy cricket fans this match brings yet another opportunity to score points with clever selections.

Here are the top picks for fantasy teams ahead of PBKS vs SRH

Jonny Bairstow (Credits – 9.5): At 9.5 credits, Jonny Bairstow is a good choice among wicket-keepers as he comes at a lower price than KL Rahul (10.5). Bairstow has returned scores of 43, 12 and 55 in the tournament thus far and he bats at a healthy clip at the top of the order with David Warner. He has fetched 173 fantasy points already.

Mayank Agarwal (Credits – 9): Mayank Agarwal gained some form in the last match, scoring 69 runs and adding 122 with KL Rahul for the first wicket. Agarwal had a good IPL 2020 and after two low scores this season, he seems to have hit the right notes with the bat. He could fetch yet more points than he did in the last match and add to his tally of 124 points.

Deepak Hooda (Credits – 8.5): The big-hitting Deepak Hooda played a cameo in Punjab Kings’ last outing that helped the team get close to 200. His 13-ball 22 not out had two sixes and together with Shahrukh Khan helped give the innings a final flourish. He has accumulated 177 points already and could be a valuable addition to a fantasy team.

Rashid Khan (Credits – 9.5): With bowlers from both sides struggling in the tournament, the experienced Rashid Khan is a safe bet even though he comes at a price. He has four wickets from three matches so far and he is only expected to add to the tally every game on pitches in Chennai that assist the spinners.

Raat Baaki Hai movie review: Annup Sonii, Paoli Dam’s ZEE5 film confuses vagueness for intrigue

Paoli Dam walking down a staircase of a palatial haveli in a perfectly draped sari, somewhere in Rajasthan (the film doesn’t bother with specifics), might make for an intriguing start to a whodunnit. Dam, who was the best thing about Anvita Dutt’s Bulbbul, uses her deceptive presence to a similar effect here in Avinash Das’s Raat Baaki Hai. However, the final impact is far from what one might expect. Or depending on your opinion of Zee5, barely surprising. Not for her own fault, Dam’s character, Vasuki, is infuriatingly simple. Having made a career out of playing the Tagore-ian character, who mopes and pines at the dressing table while looking like a million bucks, Dam’s eeriness is short-changed in the Zee5 film. Using her soft voice to cajole the leading man, Kartik (Annup Sonni, the numerology evidently not working for him) into dropping his guard, the film would have worked significantly better if it dug deep with Dam’s character. Instead, it takes the easy way out and plays out like a conventional murder mystery, where murders look awfully synthetic, and the mystery barely makes it past the first act.

A Bollywood star, Vaani Kapoor (Dipannita Sharma), also referred to as Vaani Chopra at one point, is found murdered in a hotel room. She had gotten engaged to her beau, Kartik, only a few hours earlier. Kartik we’re told, is a writer. Anyone familiar with the hierarchy in the film industry, understands the natural conflict here between an A-list actor and a lowly writer, a conflict that the makers don’t seem interested in. Rahul Dev is tasked with the role of a greasy investigator, who uses all his interrogation scenes to showcase his deadpan face. Dev’s Rajasthani-afflicted delivery isn’t consistent, but there are simple pleasures in hearing the expletives roll out of his tongue. Following up on the acts of the likes of a Jaideep Ahlawat and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Dev is understandably below par. His detective abilities are also questionable, considering how he fixates on a producer attending the engagement, instead of looking for Kartik, who seems to be fleeing from the scene.

The flashbacks in the film are lazily expository, only to colour the characters in shades of doubt. The final ‘reveal’ is incredibly facile too, something most viewers will see from a mile away. The vapid, leftover royalty of Rajasthan has been an interesting and recurring trope in recent films and the OTT space, especially in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster franchise, and also in last year’s Aarya.

It’s no coincidence then, that Avinash Das’s film looks like a derivative version of Raat Akeli Hai, a film that also borrowed its title from a popular Hindi song, much like Avinash Das’s film. It’s an oft repeated pattern in recent films, like when the makers of Malang went out of their way to pay homage to ‘Aaj Ki Raat Koi Aane Ko Hai’  from 1982’s Anamika, via Anil Kapoor’s character. Directors probably think these add a bit of retro cool to the films. One fails to understand it is if they do go through the trouble to doff their hats to an era behind us, then why can’t they also write a story worthy of being a tribute to that era?

The only decent thing about Avinash Das’s Raat Baaki Hai, is its run-time at 89 minutes. At least, it ensures that we’re not wasting more than 89 minutes on such a basic ‘mystery’. The last half hour is particularly painful to endure, when the whodunnit suddenly morphs into ‘Here-is-why-I-did-it’. Characters go to great lengths to explain how they ‘chanced upon’ (not very subtly) the most bizarre clues, and what their motivations behind the murders REALLY are. The plot-points here are so contrived, that you can see smudges of the screenwriter’s ink, putting four and four together to make it 44.

Abhishek Banerjee on Netflix anthology Ajeeb Daastaans: ‘Took time to accept that this was happening at Dharma

Banerjee, known for his scene-stealing acts in movies and shows such as Pataal Lok, Stree, Mirzapur and Bala, said the film was different from the ones that have come out of Dharma, which is primarily known for its love stories and family dramas.

New Delhi: Actor Abhishek Banerjee, who features in the Khilauna segment of the upcoming Netflix anthology Ajeeb Daastaans, says he initially could not believe that the movie was being made by Dharma Productions.

The film, which features four shorts from filmmakers Neeraj Ghaywan, Kayoze Irani, Shashank Khaitan and Raj Mehta, is the latest anthology to come out of Dharmatic, the digital content company of Karan Johar-led Dharma Productions.

The movie, as its title suggests, is about the third wheel in relationships and explores complex themes of fractured relationships, and human emotions such as jealousy, entitlement, prejudices and toxicity, and their effects.

Banerjee, known for his scene-stealing acts in movies and shows such as Pataal Lok, Stree, Mirzapur and Bala, said the film was different from the ones that have come out of Dharma, which is primarily known for its love stories and family dramas.

“It took me a little time to accept the fact that this was happening at Dharma. Because you have a very different image about the production house and also the director… Suddenly you reach the set and realise that it is actually being made. So in the process of the film, I realised what we are making and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey,” the 35-year-old actor said.

Ajay Devgn announces GOBAR!, upcoming collaboration with Siddharth Roy Kapur; casting underway

Ajay Devgn has announced his next production venture titled GOBAR! which will be jointly produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur. The movie will be directed by Sabal Shekhawat, who had earlier helmed the 2013 indie film Fireflies.

Calling the storyline unique, relatable, and incredibly funny, Devgn shared that he is confident that this gripping and entertaining film will compel the audiences to go to theatres.

“We are very clear about the impact we want to make. We want viewers to laugh, relax, perhaps think a little bit and be entertained,” said Devgn in a statement.

The script has been written by Shekhawat along with Sambit Mishra who had earlier penned the web series Mission Over Mars. The casting for GOBAR! is underway.

The film is set in Northern India, known as the Cow belt, in the 1990s. It is the story of an animal-loving veterinary doctor who gets entangled in the corruption circle of a local hospital. Nevertheless, he decides to fight it out which leads to many comical situations.

GOBAR! is a situational comedy that sheds light on the inner workings of power. Shekhawat shared that the story is inspired by a few true events that unravelled a gamut of issues.

Devgn was last seen in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior which was the biggest hit of 2020. He will be next seen in Maidaan directed by Ravindernath Sharma and produced by Boney Kapoor.

Vidyut Jammwal launches production company Action Hero Films on completing a decade in Indian cinema

Vidyut Jammwal marked his decade long tenure in the Indian film industry by announcing his production house Action Hero Films.
“The viewers have embraced and loved me in every character and this time around I am donning the role of a producer with their blessings. It’s my turn to give as good as I got. I see this as an opportunity to empower talented people. I’m buzzing with new energy to lay the footprints of Action Hero Films across world cinema,” the actor said in a statement.

Jammwal made his debut with Telugu action film Sakthi lead by Jr NTR and Ileana D’Cruz. He has since then starred in many action films like the Commando series and Baadshaaho.