Monthly Archives: February 2022

Gangubai Kathiawadi in trouble again. MLA, Kamathipura resident move HC against use of area name in film

Maharashtra MLA Amin Patel and a resident of Kamathipura have moved the Bombay High Court against the use of area name in Gangubai Kathiawadi. The film is set to release on February 25.

Residents of Kamathipura, a neighbourhood in South Mumbai which was once a thriving red light area in the city, have moved the Bombay High Court, seeking removal of references to the area in the film Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Alia Bhatt.

Over the last many years, with the property prices sky rocketing, the area has seen a huge transformation. The plea filed by the residents said that the reputation of the area has been lowered after the film’s trailer was released. The plea claimed that the movie makes wild, derogatory allegations by portraying the entire area as a red-light hub.

A Bench led by Justice GS Patel will hear the plea on Wednesday.

The petition filed by a woman resident of the area on behalf of 55 other such residents of Kamathipura, has assailed the Censor Board’s decision to certify the film. The plea stated that the social impact the movie will cause is that all girl residents will be termed prostitutes, be teased and taunted, and families will have to live with lowered dignity.

“All cannons of fairness, equity, and justice have been breached and violated,” the petition alleged.

The plea sought a stay on the release of the film and direction to the Censor Board to remove all reference to use of the name ‘Kamathipura’ in the movie.

The local area Congress MLA Amin Patel, too, has filed a separate public interest litigation (PIL) seeking similar relief.

The PIL, filed through advocate Dhruti Kapadia, said that Patel received objections from various quarters, including local social service organisations and the daughter of the film’s protagonist, against the portrayal of the neighbourhood and Gangubhai as a prostitute and alleged ‘mafia queen’.

Residents of Kamathipura, as per media reports, have filed representations objecting to the portrayal of the neighbourhood as a hub of the flesh trade.

The Punarjivan Rahivaasi Seva Mandal, the Akhil Padmashali Samaj, Tiranga Housing Society, Khatik Samaj, and other Gujarati trusts wrote to the petitioner against the film, it was pointed out.

The High Court had earlier stayed a criminal defamation complaint against the producers of the film, actress Alia Bhatt, and others. The defamation complaint was filed by one Babuji Shah who claimed to be the adopted son of Gangubai Kathiawadi.

The biographical crime drama is set for theatrical release on Friday, February 25.

Jhund trailer out now! Amitabh Bachchan as Vijay Barse reminds us of SRK’s Chak De India

Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Jhund’s trailer has been released and it will definitely get you excited. The film will release on March 4.

If you have been eagerly waiting to see Amitabh Bachchan back on the big screens, your wait will end soon. Amitabh’s Jhund is all set for a theatrical release on March 4. Big B will be seen playing the role of Vijay Barse in the biographical sports drama that was announced in February 2019. Today, February 23, 2022 the makers shared the trailer of the film, and it will definitely make you excited.


Amitabh Bachchan’s biographical sports drama trailer was released today. In the 3-minute-one-second trailer, we are introduced to Vijay Barse AKA Amitabh Bachchan. The film follows the football coach’s journey as he tries to make a revolution.

The trailer will definitely remind you of Shah Rukh Khan’s 2007 film Chak De! India, where he played the role of a hockey team coach.


In 2020, the makers of Jhund dropped a short teaser of the film. The power-packed teaser showed Big B as Vijay Barse, founder of the NGO Slum Soccer. In the teaser Amitabh says, “Jhund nahi kahiye sir, team kahiye, team.


Amitabh plays the role of Vijay Barse in the film. Vijay is the founder of Slum Soccer, an organisation that uplifts underprivileged children through football. The biographical sports drama was announced in February 2019. It was supposed to hit the theatres on May 8, 2020, but it was postponed due to the novel coronavirus.

Akshay Kumar looks intense as Bachchhan Paandey in new poster. Says ‘Mujhe bhai nahi, Godfather bolte hain

Akshay Kumar will next be seen in Bachchhan Paandey. The actor dropped a new poster from the upcoming film that releases on March 18, 2022.

One of the many films that have every cinephile excited is Akshay Kumar’s Bachchhan Paandey. Ever since the first look of the actor flaunting two differently coloured pupils was out, fans already started having tones of expectations from the film. Today, February 15, Akshay dropped a new poster of Bachchhan Paandey, announcing the release date of the film’s trailer.


Have you been long waiting for an update on Bachchhan Paandey? So here it is! On February 15, Akshay Kumar dropped an intense-looking poster, that featured a close-up of him as Bachchhan Paandey. The words “Mujhe bhai nahi, Godfather bolte hain” were written on the poster. The trailer will release on Friday, February 18.

Sharing the poster, Akshay wrote, “This is one character that has more shades than a paint shop! #BachchhanPaandey aapko daraane, hasaane, rulaane sab ke liye ready hai. Please give him all your love Trailer Out on 18th Feb, 2022.


On January 7, 2021, Akshay Kumar dropped the first look of himself as Bachchhan Paandey. Sharing the same, he wrote, “New year, old associations.

Kriti Sanon stars as the female lead in Bachchhan Paandey. The film releases in theatres on March 18.

SRK-backed Love Hostel trailer out. Ruthless Bobby Deol chases lovers Vikrant, Sanya

Shah Rukh Khan shared the trailer of Love Hostel, which stars Bobby Deol, Sanya Malhotra and Vikrant Massey. The crime thriller will premiere on Zee5 on February 25.

The trailer of Love Hostel dropped today, February 14. Bobby Deol, Sanya Malhotra and Vikrant Massey’s new film promises to be a gritty crime thriller which takes ‘love on the run’ Love Hostel is all set to premiere on Zee5 on February 25.

Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment is backing Love Hostel. The superstar shared the trailer of the Bobby Deol, Sanya Malhotra and Vikrant Massey-starrer. Vikrant and Sanya are star-crossed couple trying to fight for their love as a ruthless mercenary (Bobby Deol) chases them.

Sharing the trailer of Love Hostel on Instagram, SRK wrote, “In an unforgiving land where falling in love forfeits your life, a rebellious couple dares to break bounds.


Talking about his character in Love Hostel, Bobby Deol said in a statement, “Dagar is a character who has his own ideologies and anyone who goes against it, faces his wrath. He is a ruthless mercenary with a cause. I loved the way the character was written, it’s unlike anything I have played before. Since the character was out of my comfort zone, it took me sometime to agree to play Dagar but I am glad we worked it out.”

Sanya Malhotra also opened up about the film, “Love Hostel was a unique journey which helped me push my boundaries and dig deeper to become one with the character. Our director, Shanker sir has been the driving force and has truly elevated the film with his deep understanding of his actors and characters. It was a terrific and an exhilarating journey and I can’t wait for audiences to meet Ashu and Jyoti,” she said.

Vikrant Massey added, “Love Hostel is a gritty drama. It’s a film laced with romance along with the thrill of being a couple on the run from forces beyond their control. We had an incredible cast and crew who made this film possible even in the toughest times”.

Love Hostel is produced by Gauri Khan, Mundra and Verma. The film is a Red Chillies Entertainment presentation of a Drishyam Films production.

Shamshera release date out. Ranbir Kapoor returns to films after 4 years with Vaani, Sanjay Dutt on July 22

Ranbir Kapoor finally returns to the theatres with Shamshera that releases on July 22, 2022. The makers of the films shared an announcement video that also features Vaani Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt.

Ranbir Kapoor sure was away from releases for 4 years but he was keeping himself busy with back-to-back projects. Blame it on the pandemic situation, or else, you would have already lauded Ranbir for his performances in films like Brahmastra or Shamshera. Speaking of the latter, the release date of YRF film, Shamshera is finally out now and we can’t keep calm!


Ranbir Kapoor is all set to enthral all with his performance in Shamshera soon. The film stars Vaani Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles. Today, February 11, makers and the star cast announced Shamshera’s release date. A video starring Ranbir, Vaani and Sanjay was posted on social media as the release date of the film was announced – July 22, 2022. YRF’s Twitter handle posted, “A legend will rise on 22nd July. Celebrate #Shamshera with #YRF50 only at a big screen near you. Releasing in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. (sic).”

Vaani Kapoor, announcing the same, wrote, “The adventure is about to begin. Excited to be a part of this journey! Celebrate #Shamshera with #YRF50 only at a big screen near you on 22nd July. Releasing in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Checkout the link in bio.


In September 2021, the first look of Ranbir Kapoor from Shamshera was unveiled. His character appeared grim and he had a mark on his forehead. The poster had the film’s previous release date, which was March 18, 2022.

Badhaai Do Movie Review: Rajkummar Rao, Bhumi Pednekar are earnest in this bird’s-eye view film

Badhaai Do is miles away from its predecessor Badhaai Ho, says our review. The Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar-starrer released today, February 11, in theatres.

Movie Name: Badhaai Do
Cast: Bhumi Pednekar, Rajkummar Rao
Director: Harshavardhan Kulkarni

The patriarchal setup of society affects men and women equally. We seldom speak of the former. If a woman is expected to be fair-skinned and adept at handling ghar-grahasti, the man has to assume the role of the provider – strong and all things ‘manly’. In this, a lesbian woman and gay man do not have enough foot space to stand tall – hiding their identity and natural inclinations to fit in. Badhaai Do gives us two such characters, Shardul (Rajkummar Rao) and Sumi (Bhumi Pednekar), and tries to weave a story about how these two ‘misfits’ fit in with the help of each other. Almost like a ball and socket joint.

Bhumi’s Sumi is a PE teacher and a lesbian. Rajkummar as Shardul is a police officer, and gay. She gets sunaoed for taking up a ladko wala profession jiski tuition bhi nahi hoti, and he lives under the constant fear of being exposed. A gay man in uniform is a sitting duck, he will be teased, taunted, humiliated. And as Onir’s ongoing fight will tell you, doesn’t even exist! Their worlds collide when a boy, posing as a woman on a same-sex dating app, meets with Sumi and confidently asks ‘aapne kabhi ladko se try ne kiya? Karlo humare saath, girlfriend banne ko nahi bol raha hoon.’

As a cisgender woman watching these piercing humiliations being thrown at our protagonist, I squirm. And perhaps that’s what director Harshavardhan Kulkarni was going for. More than the protagonists of the story, he wanted to bring to the fore the jibes, insults and humiliations we throw, knowingly or unknowingly, at another human being just for being slightly different from our world view. And in the process, sensitise us. But he doesn’t succeed all the way.

Like a leech, Bollywood sometimes holds on to certain themes and just doesn’t want to let go. Of course, we’ve come a long way from Dostana or even Student Of The Year, but then there’re films like Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan or Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh, already at our disposal. Harshavardhan Kulkarni introduces the concept of ‘marriage of convenience’ into the mix, which is what gives the film something fresh.

Humour is always the go-to weapon when telling such off-beat stories targeted at the aam janta. The argument is that ‘we want to make people aware while we entertain them’. Humour, satire and sarcasm all came into existence at a time when talking straight would cost you your head. After September 2018, when homosexuality was decriminalised in India, humour shouldn’t have been Bollywood’s stand. It need not hide behind the garb of jokes to tell these stories and instead should have gone head-on to portray them as a slice-of-life film. But it is still, and that will always remain problematic.

In fact, Shardul, a gay man himself, calls himself ‘Homo Cop’, a reference to RoboCop. At his most vulnerable moment, him saying this is him expressing his deepest pain, we get it. But somewhere it makes us squirm again. Similarly, when he assumes the ‘manly’ role even in his make-belief marriage with Sumi. What are we trying to awaken if we’re gulping sleeping pills simultaneously?

And sometimes, in the hearty laugh that the audience is served, the message gets lost. And we feel that’s what happened with Badhaai Do. Alright, you can say ‘those who understood, understood’, but then if that were the case, why take the massy entertainer route?

In terms of performances, there’s little to fault in Rajkummar Rao. He is sheer brilliance on screen. Bhumi Pednekar also does her part. But somewhere remains stuck in the box Bollywood has boxed her in – a feisty woman with a soft core, from Dum Laga Ke Haisha to Toilet: Ek Prem Katha to Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.

Gulshan Devaiah remains a surprise package in Badhaai Do, and in his rather short role, he shines brighter than the sun in the film.

Parting thought? Not that Badhaai Do is bad. It has its heart in the right place, and gives us a real feel-good ending, which is what most movie-going junta hopes for. But did it bring about any change? Even stir something in your heart? We doubt it.

Gangubai Kathiawadi trailer out. Alia Bhatt asks inn mardon ko kis baat ka ghuroor in powerful speech

The trailer of Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi was launched today, February 4. The film will release in theatres on February 25.

Alia Bhatt-starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi trailer was unveiled today, February 4. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film is set to hit the theatres on February 25. Gangubai Kathiawadi, which was screened at the Berlin Film Festival 2022 got its new release date last month. Alia Bhatt shared the trailer of the film on social media, which also stars Ajay Devgn in the lead role.


Alia Bhatt wrapped up the shooting of Gangubai Kathiawadi on July 27 last year. The actress took to social media to share the official trailer of the film. She captioned it, “GANGUBAI ZINDABAD Trailer out now. #GangubaiKathiawadi in cinemas on 25th Feb

In the trailer, Alia Bhatt is fierce and full of swag. In a powerful speech, Alia’s Gangubai is heard saying, “Arrey jab shakti, sampatti aur sadbuddhi, teeno auratein hai toh inn mardon ko kis baat ka ghuroor.

The actress recently announced the film’s trailer release date on her Twitter handle. She shared that the trailer will be unveiled on February 4. Alia also dropped a new poster of the film, in which she is looking fierce in a white saree and bold eye makeup.

“Aa Rahi Hai Gangu Crescent moon Trailer out on 4th February #GangubaiKathiawadi in cinemas on 25th February, 2022” Alia Bhatt captioned her post.


Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical crime drama based on Hussain Zaidi’s book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai. Helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film is produced by Jayantilal Gada. Besides Alia Bhatt, Gangubai Kathiawadi also stars Ajay Devgn and Shantanu Maheshwari. The upcoming film narrates the story of a woman named Ganga, played by Alia, who becomes a madame named Gangubai in the red light area of Kamathipura. The story shows how she rose to power, fighting one challenge after another.

Ajay Devgn unveils his look from Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi. See poster

Ajay Devgn shared his first look from Alia Bhatt-starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film will hit the theatres on February 25.

Gangubai Kathiawadi is one of the most anticipated films set to release in 2022. The trailer launch has been planned as a grand event on February 4. Before that, Ajay Devgn shared his first look from the film. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Gangubai Kathiawadi will hit the theatres on February 25.


Alia Bhatt wrapped up Gangubai Kathiawadi shoot in July last year. The film has been delayed again and again due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But now the team and fans are gearing up for the movie’s release. Ajay Devgn shared his look from Gangubai Kathiawadi. The actor looks like he means business in the new poster where he does adaab.


Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical crime drama developed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, based on Hussain Zaidi’s book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai. Alia Bhatt plays the role of a woman named Ganga, who becomes a madame Gangubai, in the red light area of Kamathipura in the 1960s. The story shows how she rose to power, battling myriad challenges. Gangubai Kathiawadi is produced by Jayantilal Gada.