Monthly Archives: December 2021

Shahid Kapoor cuts fees from Rs 31 crore, asks makers not to release Jersey on OTT

Shahid Kapoor’s Jersey, which was scheduled to hit the cinemas on December 31, has been postponed. In view of this, the actor has proposed to take a fee cut from his Rs 31 crore fee and urged the makers not to release the film on OTT.

After several delays, the makers of Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur’s Jersey locked December 31 as the film’s release date. However, just days before it was supposed to hit the theatres, the sports drama’s release go postponed due to the rising Covid and Omicron cases in India. According to reports, Shahid has proposed to take a fee cut from his Rs 31 crore fee so that Jersey isn’t released on OTT, but goes to theatres.


Jersey trailer shows how Shahid Kapoor’s character chases his lost dream for his son. Fans have been eagerly waiting for the film. Now that its release date has been postponed, producers were considering the OTT route. However, a Bollywood Hungama report reveals that Shahid has decided to take a fee cut if required, so that Jersey goes to theatres,

A source told Bollywood Hungama, “After the rising Covid cases, the team of Jersey had got a prior intimation that Delhi cinema halls might be shut soon. Hence, they had multiple meetings on the future course of action for the film, since their entire marketing campaign had rolled out and there was not much left to even promote. They had discussion with their digital partner, Netflix, who agreed to pay a premium price for a direct to digital premiere on December 31. The offer was lucrative and the producers were of course inclined to that. They were almost sure to give the film to Netflix for a premiere since these are uncertain times and Covid will delay the film by at least 1 to 2 months, adding on to the cost and also reducing the hype around the film. The producers felt, instead of a hike in budget, it’s better to let the viewers experience Jersey on OTT. That’s when the hero, Shahid Kapoor stepped in.

The source further added, “The actor was clear that Jersey deserves a theatrical release. When the makers pointed out the costs, the actor was gracious enough to reduce his remuneration to safeguard the film for theatrical medium. Shahid charged Rs. 31 crore for Jersey and without any hesitation, he told the producer that he will reduce his acting fees to the extent of the additional cost that will pile up on the film due to the delay. If the budget escalates by Rs. 5 crore, he will reduce Rs. 5 crore from his fees. If the budget is escalated by Rs. 10 crore, he will let go off Rs. 10 crore from his fees. For him, Jersey is special and he is confident that the audience will fall in love with the world that they have created. The producers were convinced and that’s how they decided on delaying the release rather than opting for a direct to digital premiere.”


Jersey is the Hindi remake of a Telugu film of the same title. Directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, it is about a cricket enth

Irrfan’s Murder at Teesri Manzil 302, Sanjay Mishra’s Turtle and Waah Zindagi to stream on Zee5

Irrfan’s unreleased film Murder at Teesri Manzil 302 is set to premiere on Zee5 on December 31. The other films that will stream on the OTT platform are Sanjay Mishra’s Turtle and Naveen Kasturia’s Waah Zindagi.

Zee5 has three releases on New Year’s eve. You can end this year with a triple dose of entertainment, as the streaming platform will premiere Irrfan’s unreleased film, Murder at Teesri Manzil 302 along with Dinesh Yadav’s Waah Zindagi and Turtle on December 31.


Directed by Dinesh S Yadav, Waah Zindagi is a slice of life story about a fickle-headed boy who is set to redeem his past. Besides being a quirky and unconventional love story, the film is a journey of a destitute farmer’s son struggling hard to become an entrepreneur to win his childhood sweetheart. His dreams seem to crash with Chinese products being banned in India. However, he decides to fight back and ends up with a Make In India initiative. The film stars Naveen Kasturia, Plabita Borthakur, Vijay Raaz, Sanjay Mishra, Dharmesh Vyas, Manoj Joshi and Lalit Sharma in pivotal roles.


Inspired by the real story of Ramkaran Choudhary (Bagod) from Village Dehlod, Rajasthan, Turtle, is a critically acclaimed film. It also received the National Film Award for Best Rajasthani Film at the 66th National Film Awards.

Alia Bhatt to Karan Johar, Bollywood lauds Ranveer Singh’s 83

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone-starrer 83 has released in theaters today, December 24. Celebs including Alia Bhatt and Karan Johar have shared their review of the film.

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s 83 is the talk of the town. The film, which was earlier scheduled to release in 2020, has been released in the theaters today, December 24. While fans have been busy booking tickets to watch the film, celebrities have already given their review. From Alia Bhatt to Karan Johar, celebs have shared their reviews for Ranveer’s 83.


Alia Bhatt loved Ranveer’s performance in 83 and took to Instagram to appreciate it. She wrote, “Phew! 83! Kabir Sir, I have so much to say and still, I have no words. It’s not a movie that can be boxed into a post along with a few adjectives! It’s an experience- a part of history that’s nothing short of magic! There were so many moments when I wanted to clap scream cry and dance at the same time! Pride, joy, unity, friendship, inspiration, I mean the list can go on. You walk out a different person after watching this beautiful beautiful film.

Talking about Ranveer’s performance, she said, “What to say I mean? What are you? Some sort of genius mixture wrapped in with some loaded feeling peppered with magic every few seconds. I’ve said this to you before- your eyes changes!!!!! You don’t act, you live the character! Can’t do can’t do- please go to sleep for years so we can all catch up with your brilliance! Actor to Actor- Thank you for you. To the entire team, Producers, technicians, coaches. Congratulations!!!!! You’ll have created and contributed to what will be a milestone in Hindi cinema.

Suniel Shetty appreciated Ranveer’s transformation and wrote, “Went to watch RanveerOfficial in #83. Couldn’t spot him. There was only #KapilDev on screen. Incredible transformation. I am stunned beyond. A team cast that could’ve walked off Lords. Got gooseflesh like I was reliving ‘83. Still shaken & teary-eyed at the artistry & emotions.

83 stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Jiiva, Pankaj Tripathi, Ammy Virk, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Saqib Saleem Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Adinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa and R Badree. The film is directed by Kabir Khan.

Atrangi Re Movie Review: Dhanush steals the show in Akshay Kumar, Sara Ali Khan film

Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar play the lead role in Aanand L Rai’s Atrangi Re. The film is currently streaming on Disney+Hotstar.

Movie Name: Atrangi Re
Director: Aanand L Rai

Aanand L Rai is the master of weaving simple emotions into larger-than-life-aspirational storylines. Be it the journey of the free-spirited Tanu in Tanu Weds Manu or Kundan and Zoya’s odd love story in Raanjhana, Rai has always given emotion precedence over any other element in his films. So, it comes as no surprise when he decided to experiment with a new subject and give it his unique layered treatment in his latest offering, Atrangi Re, currently streaming on Disney+Hotstar.

In Atrangi Re, Rai stays true to the title and creates characters and situations that are extremely atrangi – odd. Rinku (Sara Ali Khan) has a habit of running away from her home in search of her lover Sajjad (Akshay Kumar). She believes that he’s waiting for her and the only way to manifest his love is to elope and marry him. Nothing wrong with the idea right? But hold on, Rinky’s family has other plans. They decide to forcefully marry her off to a Tamil Brahmin Vishnu (Dhanush) to basically get rid of her and ensure she never returns.

What follows is a love triangle between Rinky-Sajjad-Vishnu, unlike anything you could imagine. And yes, imagination has a very big place in Atrangi Re’s very tricky premise. There is a massive twist that Rai brings to the table, which turns out to be a pivotal turning point in the narrative.

Atrangi Re is a risk on many accounts. For one, it pairs two veteran actors, Dhanush and Akshay, known for their acting chops, opposite Sara Ali Khan, seemingly still struggling to carve her own niche. It is not so much of a risk for Sara as it is for Akshay. He takes on a character that many A-list actors in his age group would have simply refused (and we’ve heard that a few actually did politely pass on the role.

Akshay’s Sajjad is a quirky, comical, jester, a mad man who conjures up tricks from his circus hat and changes weather with a click of his fingers. Polar opposite to him is the modest Vishnu who is unknowingly caught in a drama he never signed up for. Dhanush is perfectly cast for this part and his performance is easily the strongest point of the film. Sara Ali Khan’s Rinku seems like a part written for the actress. Very similar to her ‘namaskar darshakon’ Instagram series, Rinku too has verbal diarrhoea, a lot of spunk and seems like a time bomb waiting to explode.

Sara walks a very tight rope in trying to balance the garish over-the-top Rinku with her almost childlike vulnerability. It definitely is one of the toughest characters to crack and Sara shines in many scenes where she lets go of the pressures of being in the frame with her seniors or wanting to play to the gallery with the colourful dialogues. The only trick she needs to master as an actor is – a lot of times – less is actually more.

Rai’s screenplay has always been his biggest strength. His characters bring life to even the dullest dialogue. However, in Atrangi Re, the entire film oscillates between the three pillars – Sara, Akshay and Dhanush. It would have been interesting to see supporting characters add more flavour to the storyline. Also, scenes involving Sara’s character and how Dhanush’s Vishnu reacts to her big revelation can feel a bit misconstrued. Watch the film to know why we say so.

Love is the common thread that binds these three characters, but there are several moments where logic and reason are tossed out of the premise for the benefit of adding some melodrama. Also, the pace of the film, especially in the second half, does test your patience immensely.

Atrangi Re is a story of love, loss, grief, trauma and how a person navigates through all this and copes with what life has to offer. The film doesn’t present a linear or singular point of view but lets the audience decide what to make of the choices these characters make in the last 20 minutes of the film. Atrangi Re is Aanand L Rai’s bravest attempt in storytelling, even braver than Zero, given the subject it deals with. It is heartening to see a director show passion about breaking new ground and experimenting with format and style, yet stick to his core belief in filmmaking. Atrangi Re deserves a watch for attempting something new. It is risky but also a welcome step in the right direction. Don’t hesitate to embrace the new.

Akshay Kumar unveils Little Little song from Atrangi Re. Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan steal the show

Akshay Kumar unveiled a new track from Atrangi Re titled Little Little. Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan’s song is too hard to miss.

After the huge success of Chaka Chak, Akshay Kumar revealed another fun track from Atrangi Re’s music album titled Little Little. Dhanush’s carefree attitude in the song and Sara Ali Khan’s goofiness adds chaar chand to the video. Atrangi Re marks Akshay, Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan’s first collaboration ever. The film is set to release on December 24 on Disney + Hotstar.


Atrangi Re is all set to release in 4 days. On Monday morning, Akshay Kumar dropped a new song from Atrangi Re. For all those who have been looking forward to witnessing Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan’s camaraderie in the film, will get a slice of the same from Little Little’s video.


In the last week of November, the Atrangi Re star cast unveiled the peppy Chaka Chak song from Atrangi Re that has now gone on to become one of the trending songs of 2021. Sara Ali Khan, in her peppiest avatar, will floor you with her dancing skills. A part of her caption while sharing the song read, “Bihar Ki chori ka nikla Gaana Ab har shaadi par yahi bajana Guarantee majaa aana.

Atrangi Re has been directed by Aanand L. Rai. AR Rahman composed music for the movie. The film will see the light of the day on December 24.

83 Movie Review: Ranveer Singh and team hit it out of the park

As a cinematic experience, 83 can be easily termed as one of the finest films of the year. You don’t want to miss this one, says our movie review.

Movie Name: 83
Director: Kabir Khan

In a country where cricket is religion, a mainstream Bollywood movie documenting the World Cup win of 1983 is more than just an ambitious dream. Kabir Khan’s 83 is nothing short of perhaps the biggest risk – not just for the director but also for his lead actor, Ranveer Singh, who steps into the shoes of the living legend, Kapil Dev. Has Kabir succeeded in bringing his vision to life? Is Ranveer able to portray Kapil Dev without making him look like a caricature? Let’s find out.

83 needs no introduction with respect to its plotline. It is a film that chronicles the victory of the Indian cricket team in the World Cup of 1983. While the results of the grand final are written down in history books, what makes the film engaging and worth talking about are the hidden gems and personal anecdotes from the lives of the team players. 83 boasts of a huge ensemble cast depicting the entire team that played the final against West Indies on June 25, 1983, – a date that’s gone down in cricketing history. While Ranveer leads the team as the captain, he gets massive support from the rest of the cast members who have delivered stellar performances. They all have important parts to play, that add up beautifully to the final moment. Be it Kapil’s banter with their coach, PR Man Singh, played by Pankaj Tripathi or his tense moments with Sunil Gavaskar (Tahir Raj Bhasin), every scene adds insight and gives a glimpse into what went through their minds as they battled every fear and dodged every ball on the field.

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Kabir colours every player with emotion and makes him stand out in a packed team. Who knew that Krishnamachari Srikkanth (Jiiva) had a sense of humour in moments you least expect someone to raise a cheer. Or of Balwinder Sandhu’s (Ammy Virk) personal loss before the big match. These moments are what make 83 extremely engaging and watchable. You know the climax and the last scene, yet you can’t help but applaud every boundary and six the Indian team hits. A scene between Kapil Dev and Mohinder Amarnath (Saqib Saleem) has no dialogue but an exchange of looks – a glance – and the two actors convey emotions and feelings that words might surpass. That is also the power of the film’s sharp and tight screenplay.

It isn’t just all fun and games, though. The film has several moments that are very personal, and perhaps never documented. A tense exchange of words between Kapil and Gavaskar could have felt over the top, but Kabir’s restraint and craft as a director save it from becoming a gimmick. Pankaj Tripathi has some of the best lines and the actor goes all-out to ensure they command seetis from the audience.

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The captain of the team – Ranveer Singh – delivers a performance that shows a side of him we haven’t seen in a while. Playing a living legend who’s so respected and revered is a treacherous slope. But Ranveer walks it with confidence. Especially the scenes where he speaks in broken English could have felt out-of-sync and fallen flat, yet Ranveer delivers and doesn’t get out of character even for a bit. His ability to show restraint when required and go all-out at the right moments makes 83 one of his career-best performances. Deepika Padukone, who plays his wife Romi, delivers a nuanced performance. She is his pillar of strength and to watch Ranveer and Deepika on the big screen after such a long gap reminds us of their cracking chemistry.

83 does have a few hiccups. Firstly, it is the 2-hour-40-minute runtime and secondly, Kabir’s obsession with long reaction shots of the audience in almost every match the team plays. It would have been a treat to see more cameos instead of the film just focussing on Kapil Dev.

As a cinematic experience, 83 will make you very emotional. It is a film that goes beyond making your heart swell with pride as real-life images and scenes from the actual match flash in front of you. Don’t forget to wear your mask to the theatres but a word of advice – throw in a bunch of tissues. The tears of joy and pride flow incessantly in what can be easily termed as one of the finest films of the year. You don’t want to miss this one!

Year-ender 2021: Nora Fatehi’s Kusu Kusu to Sooryavanshi’s Najaa, dance numbers that made us groove

2021 will be remembered for some of the best dance numbers that made us shake our legs to their beats. From Nora Fatehi’s Kusu Kusu to Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif’s Najaa, let’s take a look at the best party tracks of 2021.

As 2021 is about to end, we can’t wait for the New Year party to begin already. And when it comes to celebrations, upbeat tracks are a must. While nothing can beat the charm of Amitabh Bachchan’s Jumma Chumma De De or Sukhbir’s Ishq Tera Tadpave, we also know a party can’t be complete without some trendy dance numbers! Hence, we bring you a list of songs that made us groove to its beats in 2021.


Naacho Naacho song from the upcoming film, RRR, features Ram Charan and Jr NTR showing off their dancing skills. The track, which is being called the mass anthem, is already winning the hearts of the audience.


A remake of the 2018 song by Pav Dharia, Najaa has catchy beats. Starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, the song has become a hit among dance lovers. Sung by Pav Dharia and Nikhita, Najaa’s music has been given by Tanishk Bagchi.


Kriti Sanon’s Param Sundari broke records and was featured on the Billboard Global Excl US charts. The song’s vocals have been given by Shreya Ghoshal and the composition is by AR Rahman. The lyrics of Param Sundari have been penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya.


When it comes to dance numbers, no one does it better than Nora Fatehi. Her song Zaalima Coca Cola, from Bhuj: The Pride of India, received an overwhelming response soon after its release. Crooned by Shreya Ghoshal, the song is composed by Tanishk Bagchi and the lyrics are penned by Vayu.


Not sure about you, but we are still not over the catchy track, Bansuri, and its cool steps. The song from Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao’s Hum Do Hamare Do has Punjabi lyrics and a rhythm that will compel you to get on the dance floor. Composed by Sachin-Jigar, the song has been sung by Asees Kaur, Ip Singh, Dev Negi and Sachin-Jigar. The lyrics of the song have been penned by Shellee.


Honey Singh and Nushrratt Bharuccha’s single Saiyaan Ji kept everyone hooked to its lyrics and beats. On the other hand, Nushrratt created quite a stir on social media with her moves in the music video.


Kusu Kusu is a groovy track from John Abraham’s film Satyameva Jayate 2. Nora impressed the audience with her phenomenal expressions, beauty and elegant dance moves in the music video. Crooned by Zahrah S Khan and Dev Negi, the song is composed and written by Tanishk Bagchi.

We hope you dance your heart out this New Year’s Eve to these party numbers!

Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt’s Brahmastra motion poster out. Get ready for rise of a new hero

The much-awaited motion poster of Brahmastra Part One: Shiva has been released. Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, the film will hit the theatres on September 9, 2022.

The motion poster of the much-anticipated film, Brahmastra, dropped today, December 15. Directed by Ayan Mukerji, the trilogy’s Part One: Shiva stars Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna Akkineni, Dimple Kapadia and Mouni Roy. Brahmastra will hit the theatres on September 9, 2022.


Earlier this month, Ayan Mukerji had shared some behind-the-scene pictures from Brahmastra sets. Fans, of, course, couldn’t keep calm. Now, the motion poster of the superhero film is out. It reveals that Ranbir Kapoor’s character, Shiva, seeks a powerful weapon that is necessary to save the world from dark forces.

Sharing Brahmastra motion poster on Instagram, Ayan Mukerji wrote, “09.09.2022! Brahmastra Motion Poster! Hope you like it! Give us your Love, and your Light!

The trailer launch event happened in Delhi. Lovebirds Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor posed together, and with director Ayan Mukerji, at the event.


Brahmastra marks the first on-screen collaboration between real-life couple, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. The story has been planned as a three-part fantasy trilogy. Brahmastra was set to release on December 4, 2020. However, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the film got delayed.

Produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Brahmastra will release in five languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Ranveer Singh’s 83 song Bigadne De celebrates team spirit

Ranveer Singh’s 83 song Bigadne De dropped today, December 13. Directed by Kabir Khan, the film will hit the theatres on December 24.

Ranveer Singh’s 83 is all set to release in theatres on December 24. The film’s Bigadne De song has been released and it celebrates the spirit of the Indian cricket team. 83 is directed by Kabir Khan.


83’s first track, Lehra Do, showed the Indian cricket team chasing its World Cup dream. The film’s song, Bigadne De, dropped today, December 13. Sung by Benny Dayal and composed by Pritam, the song is a celebration of team spirit. From teasing each other to training together, Bigadne De traces how the Indian cricket team created history in 1983 by winning the World Cup.


83 is directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Deepika Padukone, Kabir Khan, Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Sajid Nadiadwala, Phantom Films, Reliance Entertainment. Besides Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, the film stars Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Chirag Patil, Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk and Pankaj Tripathi, among others. Deepika Padukone essays the role of Romi, Kapil Dev’s wife, in 83. The film will release in 3D on December 24 in five languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Arjun Kapoor reviews Ayushmann, Vaani’s Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, calls it fantastic little gem

Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor’s Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui hit the theatres today, December 10. Arjun Kapoor reviewed the film and wrote that it nudges us out of our comfort zone.

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor in lead roles released in theatres today, December 10. The film has been receiving rave reviews. Arjun Kapoor, who recently watched the film, took to Instagram to share his thoughts about the Abhishek Kapoor directorial venture.


Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, which shows a gender-bending romance, is being lauded by the audience on Twitter. Now, Arjun Kapoor has reviewed Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor’s film and called it a fantastic little gem.

The actor wrote, “What a fantastic little gem of a film this team has made…subtle sincere & sublime all together… the film nudges us out of our comfort zone instead of asking for attention and this is just down to the directors execution of the material. Vaani & Ayushman are terrific together playing off each other & making you root for them to be together. All the best guys I’m sure it’s gonna be loved.

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is a love story between a cross-functional athlete, Ayushmann, and a trans woman who teaches Zumba, Vaani Kapoor. Now, that’s a daring concept, right?


Talking about his unconventional films choice at Agenda Aajtak 2021, Ayushmann Khurrana said, “I don’t like to do normal stuff because they are too vanilla. If you can do some value education through your cinema, then I think it’s great. You give back something to society. I like to do such films that make people uncomfortable. Also, my films mostly have middle class families because this topic won’t work in higher societies. It won’t gain acceptance there. However, in conservative middle class families, there will be a conflict.