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Chhorii Movie Review: Nushrratt Bharuccha’s Amazon Prime film is creepy with a cause

Nushrratt Bharuccha-starrer Chhorii is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The horror thriller is worth a watch, says our review.

Horror has been a ridiculed genre in Hindi cinema for decades. When it comes to horror, the Indian audience has been served a ludicrous cocktail of uninspiring stories, stereotypical jump-scares and irrelevant steamy scenes, film after film. Chhorii, a remake of the Marathi film Lapachhapi (2017), successfully beats these notions to deliver a story that chills and thrills, effectively.

Chhorii opens to a woman helplessly, and violently, losing her unborn child. We know a similar fate will haunt our lead character Sakshi, played by Nushrratt Bharuccha. Why? This is where director Vishal Furia’s brilliance lies. The director, who made the original Marathi film Lapachhapi, takes his time developing and then unraveling the deep-dark mysteries in Chhorii.

We meet eight months pregnant Sakshi and her husband Hemant, essayed by Saurabh Goyal, in a big city. Due to some circumstances, they decide to escape to a remote village for a few days. While this premise might raise questions about the couple’s judgment, we ask you to keep your patience.

Now, even though the wife has her doubts about the new shelter, which is isolated and surrounded by lush sugarcane fields designed like a labyrinth, her husband convinces her that it’s for their safety. In the village, the to-be-mother is cared for by Bhanno Devi, played by Mita Vashisht. She is the wife of the couple’s driver, Kajala, played by Rajesh Jais.

Slowly and subtly, Sakshi understands that the village is not just plagued by a regressive mindset in the name of traditions, but also has menacing evils. Sakshi still tries to ignore the red flags and remains optimistic. Eventually, she becomes suspicious and is troubled by Bhanno Devi’s constant and overbearing presence.

In Chhorii, the sugarcane fields have a life of their own. Their eerie stillness coupled with a haunting background score and impressive cinematography evokes genuine scares. Yes, familiar horror tropes have been used in the film, but they mostly add value to the narrative. At times, the pace suffers due to elongated scenes in the maze-like fields, but the film never gets boring.

Nushrratt Bharuccha gives a solid performance in Chhorii. Her emotions change as the story unfolds. She conveys the initial joy and the subsequent harrowing experience surrounding her pregnancy deftly. Some dialogues she utters about motherhood seem dramatic, but she never resorts to histrionics. Mita Vashisht gives a layered performance. The way she narrates fables in the film will definitely unsettle you. Saurabh Goyal and Rajesh Jais play their limited parts well.

You might predict what’s happening in Chhorii as the film progresses, but plenty of twists and turns make the story engaging. The screenplay gets credit here. You will wonder whether Sakshi can protect her baby, if what she is experiencing are visions or illusions, and ultimately, can she escape the forces that be.

The climax of Chhorii tries to pack in too much information and seems a bit hurried as it ties up the loose ends. This is a tad bit disappointing because the film itself feels longer than required. But surely, the powerful ending will compel you to think about society’s evils. What kind of evil? Let the film surprise, if not shock you, with that.

Chhorii released on Amazon Prime Video on November 25. We recommend you to watch this terrifying tale.

Bob Biswas song Tu Toh Gaya Re out. Abhishek Bachchan tries to remember his murderous ways

The first song from the upcoming film, Bob Biswas, titled Tu Toh Gaya Re has been released. Starring Abhishek Bachchan, the thriller will premiere on Zee5 on December 3.

The first song from Abhishek Bachchan’s upcoming film, Bob Biswas, dropped today, November 25. Titled Tu Toh Gaya Re, it shows Abhishek, who plays notorious contract killer Bob, struggling with memory loss and trying to remember his blood-splattered past. Bob Biswas is all set to premiere on Zee5 on December 3.

TU TOH GAYA RE SONG OUT NOW

The trailer of Abhishek Bachchan’s Bob Biswas dropped on November 19. Today, November 25, its first song titled Tu Toh Gaya Re released. Bob Biswas is based on the intriguing assassin essayed by Saswata Chatterjee in Sujoy Ghosh’s 2012 thriller, Kahaani.

BOB BISWAS TRAILER IS A CHILLING RIDE

Abhishek Bachchan can be seen trying to recall his notorious days of being a contract killer after suffering a memory loss in the trailer. However, many suspect that he is faking it. Nonetheless, it has many chilling moments.

Nora Fatehi says she is braver than Satyameva Jayate 2 star John Abraham. Here’s why

Nora Fatehi shared a behind-the-scene video from Satyameva Jayate 2 song Kusu Kusu’s shoot. The actress can be seen calling herself braver than John Abraham as she continued working even after getting hurt by a piece of glass in the video.

Nora Fatehi’s Kusu Kusu song has managed to impress one and all. On November 18, the actress posted a behind-the-scene video from its shoot on her vlog. The actress can be seen perfecting her moves and continuing to dance even after getting hurt by a piece of glass in it. Nora didn’t get upset about her injury, but joked that she was braver than Satyameva Jayate 2 star John Abraham.

NORA FATEHI DANCED WITH A BLEEDING FOOT IN KUSU KUSU

The internet is going gaga over Satyameva Jayate 2 song Kusu Kusu featuring Nora Fatehi. However, it wasn’t easy to shoot the song. Nora injured her foot by a piece of glass and her costumed also seemed to choke her. But, she continued. All of this is documented in the BTS video of Kusu Kusu Nora posted on her vlog. She also said that she felt like Basanti from Sholay after she got hurt.

Nora’s fabulous belly dancing moves in Kusu Kusu is being loved by one and all. The song has more than 59 million views on YouTube. Nora had thanked fans when the song reached 50 million views. She wrote,

ALL ABOUT SATYAMEVA JAYATE 2

After the success of Satyameva Jayate in 2018, the makers of the film took the franchise ahead with Divya Khosla Kumar opposite John Abraham in the sequel. The film is written and directed by Milap Zaveri. Satyameva Jayate 2’s story revolves around fighting against injustice and misuse of power. It will hit the theatres on November 25. Satyameva Jayate 2’s cast also includes Rajeev Pillai, Anup Soni and Sahil Vaid.

Chhorii trailer out. Pregnant Nushratt Bharuccha is stuck in a village of horrors

The trailer of Chhorii has been released. Nushratt Bharuccha’s horror film will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on November 26.

The trailer of Chhorii dropped today, November 16. Starring Nushratt Bharuccha in the lead role, the film is directed by Vishal Furia. Chhorii is all set to release on Amazon Prime Video on November 26.


CHHORII TRAILER OUT NOW

Nushrratt Bharuccha’s Chhorii teaser dropped on November 9. Now, the makers have shared the film’s trailer on social media. In the trailer, we see Nushratt running away from her past life and moving to a secluded village to protect the baby that is growing inside her. But, the village is haunted by evil spirits and they seem to be targetting soon-to-be mothers. The trailer looks promising and is quite chilling.

Talking about Chhori, Nushrratt Bharuchha said, “Stepping into a new genre and unique genre like horror is a daunting-yet-exciting experience. While the narrative of the film is anchored in horror it also carries a perspective that I hope the audiences will relate to. The trailer is just a sneak peek of a bigger horror that is set to unravel.”


WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT CHHORII?

Chhorii is the Hindi remake of the critically-acclaimed Marathi film, Lapachhapi. Besides Nushratt Bharuccha, the film’s cast includes Mita Vashisht, Rajesh Jais, Saurabh Goyal and Yaanea Bharadwaj. Chhorii is backed by Bhushan Kumar, Krishnan Kumar, Vikram Malhotra, Jack Davis and Shikhaa Sharma.

Nora Fatehi kills with her moves in Satyameva Jayate 2 new song Kusu Kusu. Watch here

Nora Fatehi’s new song from John Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate 2 released today, November 10. Titled Kusu Kusu, the track features the actress flaunting her dance moves.

Nora Fatehi’s new dance number, Kusu Kusu, released today, November 10. The groovy track is from John Abraham’s upcoming film Satyameva Jayate 2. The actress is seen impressing the audience with her phenomenal expressions, beauty and elegant dance moves in Kusu Kusu.


NORA FATEHI’S SONG KUSU KUSU OUT NOW

After releasing tracks like Meri Zindagi Hai Tu from Satyameva Jayate 2, the makers have now dropped a new song, Kusu Kusu, featuring Nora Fatehi. The actress is seen flaunting her killer moves and as usual, her belly dance is on point. Crooned by Zahrah S Khan and Dev Negi, the song is composed and written by Tanishk Bagchi.

ABOUT SATYAMEVA JAYATE 2

After the success of Satyameva Jayate in 2018, the makers have cast Divya Khosla Kumar opposite John Abraham in the sequel. Satyameva Jayate 2’s story revolves around fighting against injustice and misuse of power. Sharing the film’s poster and release date, John wrote, “Iss baar hoga dugna action and entertainment #SatyamevaJayate2, trailer out on 25th Oct. See you in cinemas on 25th November.

Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Kiara Advani’s Govinda Naam Mera first looks out. Film to release in June 2022

Fans are in for a treat as Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar and Kiara Advani join hands for their next film, Govinda Naam Mera. The film will release in June 2022.

Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar and Kiara Advani are all set to star in Shashank Khaitan’s new venture, Govinda Naam Mera. The film’s big announcement came today, November 12. The update was shared by Dharma Productions’ official page. The makers, as of now, have released the first look of the three actors from the film.


GOVINDA NAAM MERA TO RELEASE IN 2022

Amid wedding rumours with Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal made a big announcement about his upcoming film with Kiara Advani and Bhumi Pednekar. From the first look released by the makers, we can deduce that Vicky is playing a character named Govinda Waghmare. Bhumi is playing Mrs Waghmare, while Kiara is playing the role of Govinda Waghmare’s girlfriend.

From the first look, the film seems to be a love triangle. More details on the same are awaited.

Introducing Vicky Kaushal’s character, Kiara wrote, “Aaj kal inke aur mere charche hai har zubaan par. Sabko nahi maloom, but you can get to know in cinemas on 10th June 2022!

Introducing her character, Kiara wrote, “Aur yeh hoon main! The exact tadka this story needs, I’m coming to spice things up! Join the chaos in the year’s biggest entertainer – #GovindaNaamMera in cinemas 10th June, 2022

MORE ABOUT THE FILM

Back in March, we had reported that Varun Dhawan was replaced by Vicky Kaushal in Shashank Khaitan’s Mr Lele. The original cast of the film included Bhumi, who first left the project but then later rejoined the cast. Kiara Advani was also reportedly brought in. Now, looking at the cast of Govinda Naam Mera, it seems like Shashank Khaitan’s Mr Lele has been revamped and renamed!

Starring Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani and Bhumi Pednekar, Govinda Naam Mera will release on June 10, 2022. The film is produced by Hiroo Johar, Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta. Shashank Khaitan will be directing it.

Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon’s Ganapath shoot begins in the UK. Watch new teaser

Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon have begun shooting for their next film, Ganapath, in the UK. They shared a new teaser to announce the same.

The shooting of Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon-starrer Ganapath has begun in the UK. The two actors took to social media to announce the same with a teaser video. In the video, Tiger is seen in his action avatar. Directed by Vikas Bahl, the film will also see Kriti performing some action scenes.
TIGER SHROFF AND KRITI SANON’S GANAPATH SHOOT BEGINS

Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon had been prepping for Ganapath for quite some time now. Today, November 6, the shooting of the film began in the UK. Tiger and Kriti shared a teaser to announce the same. In the film, the actors will be seen performing some hard core action sequences.

ABOUT GANAPATH

Ganapath stars Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon in lead roles. Kriti and Tiger made their debut together in Heropanti (2014). Ganapath will be directed by Vikas Bahl of Queen fame. The film is being produced by Jackky Bhagnani of Pooja Entertainment in association with Good Co. Set in a post-pandemic dystopian era, the Kriti Sanon and Tiger Shroff-starrer is scheduled to release in theatres on December 23, 2022.

Sooryavanshi sets new record as it releases in 1300 screens overseas, hits 4000 locations in India

Sooryavanshi has set a new record overseas as it released in 1300 screens across 66 countries. The film released in over 4000 screens in India.

Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif’s film Sooryavanshi finally released today, November 5. Directed by Rohit Shetty, the film also features Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn in cameo roles. Interestingly, Sooryavanshi has received a wide international release across 1300 screens in 66 countries. In India, the film will be released over 4000 screens which is a record in the Covid-19 pandemic.
SOORYAVANSHI GETS WIDE INTERNATIONAL RELEASE

Sooryavanshi is one of the widest international distribution for an Indian film during the Covid-19 pandemic. In North America, the film will be released on 520 screens in 490 locations. It will be shown on 137 screens in the United Arab Emirates and 107 screens in Australia. Sooryavanshi will release at 158 locations across Europe, including 29 screens in France, 36 screens in Germany, 20 screens in Spain, and 19 screens in Italy. Not only that, Israel, Japan, Chile, Egypt, Iraq and Djibouti are amongst the non-traditional countries where Sooryavanshi will be released.

However, it was sort out later and advanced booking started last night. Sooryavanshi will be reportedly coming in over 4,226 screens in India with Mumbai getting the maximum shows, that is 1035. In Delhi, it will be released in 923 screens.

ALL ABOUT SOORYAVANSHI

Sooryavanshi is the fourth film in Rohit Shetty’s cop universe that began with Ajay Devgn’s Singham in 2011. The latest actioner features cameo appearances by Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn. After Singham and Singham Returns, Ranveer Singh carried forward the baton with Simmba. Now, Akshay is ready to entertain the audience with Sooryavanshi along with Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn. The action film’s theatrical release was postponed twice due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Sooryavanshi’s first song, Aila Re Aillaa, released on October 21 and became the most viewed Hindi Bollywood film song in 24 hours. The film is produced by Reliance Entertainment and Rohit Shetty Picturez in association with Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films.

Hum Do Hamare Do Movie Review: Rajkummar, Kriti, Ratna Pathak, Paresh Rawal film is an acting masterclass

Hum Do Hamare Do released on Disney+Hotstar today, October 29. Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Sanon, Ratna Pathak Shah and Paresh Rawal have delivered an incredible performance in the film.

Are blood relations so important in the institution of marriage? Or are you allowed to create your own family in this society? Hum Do Hamare Do, which was released on Disney+Hotstar today, October 29, is the perfect family drama to answer that question. The Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon-starrer has loads of funny moments, however, the ending seems very unoriginal. The best thing about the film is the acting, and not the script. Without giving away the story, here’s our review of Hum Do Hamare Do.

Dhruv, played by Rajkummar, is a successful entrepreneur, who falls madly in love with freelance vlogger Anya, played by Kriti Sanon. In keeping with the true tradition of Bollywood rom coms, love blossoms and the couple start dating. However, there is a catch. Anya wants to marry a guy who comes from a good family and will adopt a dog. Lovestruck Dhruv, also an orphan, will go to any extent to make that work, even getting a fake family for himself. Here, the story really starts. How to get this non-existent family?

After meeting an amusing matchmaker Shaadiram and perusing through multiple middle-aged candidates, Dhruv remembers his caretaker from childhood. Paresh Rawal’s character Purushottam Mishra ran a dhaba where little Dhruv worked as a waiter. Purushottam is madly in love with Ratna Pathak Shah’s character Dipti Kashyap and the elderly couple’s backstory makes for an interesting plot in itself. Hence, a kinship is declared with the spry middle-aged couple and all is good till secrets come spilling out.

Hum Do Humare Do, however, has a very patchy script. Since the genre of the film was not something we haven’t seen earlier, the perfect script could have made it a blockbuster. Unfortunately, it was very patchy and unimaginative. The ending is quite predictable. Things even get a little monotonous towards the end. There is not a single dialogue that would stick. Even the comedy is bland, with Paresh Rawal and his impeccable comic timing, you can’t help but laugh.

We also have an unfunny caper in Aparshakti Khurana who is always at the beck and call of his best friend Dhruv. It would have been interesting to give him some more lines. The sloppy script doesn’t do justice to the performances of our lead actors. They have been largely wasted in their roles. It almost seems like director Abhishek Jain was in a hurry to wrap up the film and jam in a happy ending.

But, the performances take the film to another level. Our male lead Rajkummar Rao is a poorly written protagonist with inexplicable impulses and poor decision-making skills. Even so, he manages to win hearts with his performance as a love-struck man in parts and as a super boss at work in others. Once again, he has proved why he is beyond the box office. Kriti Sanon’s acting is also noteworthy. She is charming and confident in her role. She even injects some life into the film. The duo’s chemistry is simply amazing.

Paresh Rawal is simply the best here and you would agree. His comic timing is impressive and the way he delivers dialogues makes the film an interesting watch. When Paresh is on the screen, he steals the show. His character is an old man who regrets not getting to marry his childhood sweetheart, Ratna’s Dipti. The scene where he desperately proposes to Dipti after getting drunk in public is simply hilarious. Ditto for Ratna Pathak Shah, who perfectly fits in her role as a mother to a stranger. The way she shrugs off Purushottam is truly savage. These two are the reason why we should have more veteran actors in movies these days.

So, what’s our verdict?

Apart from the script, what lacks in Hum Do Hamare Do is the base. The story is good but what would have made it more interesting is if the makers hadn’t just focussed on the love story of the characters. Rajkummar’s Dhruv turned rags to riches in a minute but we wanted to know how? Also, nothing is shown about Kriti’s professional or social life. All she is reduced to is a local lover. If you are a Bollywood buff, you might have already guessed the ending.

Reviewing Sooryavanshi before I watch the film

The cumulative effect of the bumper cast, the big-banner backing and the guerrilla marketing that’s gone into Sooryavanshi, will ensure it becomes a blockbuster. Likh ke lelo.

Kabse inn pyaasi theatres pe, blockbusters ki ek boond tak nahi giri. Par, November 5 ko yahan toofaan ayega. Well, technically Sooryavanshi ayega, but you get my filmi enthusiasm. Now, 7 years a film critic, I don’t need to really watch a film to know how it will fare at the box office. Especially given the bumper cast, the big-banner backing and the guerrilla marketing that’s gone into hyping up the phenomenon that Sooryavanshi, now inevitably, will be. Of course, Twitter will snap into two like a KitKat – both halves trending Akshay Kumar for two very different reasons. And then there will be those who will call it ‘vomit’ in the name of creativity. For those and everyone else to see, Sooryavanshi will become a blockbuster. Likh ke lelo.

So now, read on…

Akshay Kumar-starrer Sooryavanshi, directed by Rohit Shetty, with cameos by Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh, and co-starring Katrina Kaif, was announced – I don’t even remember when. But it was scheduled to hit theatres on March 24, 2020. Now, we all know how that godforsaken year went. So naturally, it was mere Karan Arjun ayenge-esque intezaar for me and all of us, and finally, one and half years later, it’s time. Phew-phew – that is me whistling like I intend to do in the theatres when I catch the first-day first show.

So Rohit Shetty expands his cop universe with Sooryavanshi, and in a Nick Fury-esque move, he assembles his Avengers – Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) from Singham (2011) and Sangram Bhalerao (Ranveer Singh) in Simmba (2018), and introduces Veer Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar), all in Sooryavanshi. 10 years apart, talk about perseverance! Fans expected dhamaka, and dhamaka is what they got when the trailer dropped – many moons ago. Now, I get it, yeh bas trailer hai, aur picture abhi baaki hai. But then if the trailer IS that adrenaline-pumping, the movie will be too, right? Koi shaq?

Now, to the acting. What do we say about Akshay-Ajay-Ranveer’s acting, and most importantly, their comic timing? There’s Akshay’s trademark gum-revealing ear-to-ear grin that’s so endearing, matched with Ranveer’s cute mannerisms and more physical comedy, held together by Ajay’s deadpan humour. Top all that with a generous dose of flying and somersaulting cars, and you have THE PERFECT DIWALI ENTERTAINER we needed to literally resuscitate theatres. What’s not to love?

And now to Rohit Shetty’s direction. Those armchair critics sitting on their high horses – go ahead, call it a high chair, it’s not that I didn’t think it – may call it all the superlative of bad, but Sooryavanshi will rake in the moolah, and then some more. Because Rohit Shetty stuck to what he promised – chatpata panipuri – and did not serve us a Coq au vin instead in peer pressure.

All I know is that I’m buying that large tub of popcorn, adding that extra dollop of butter, for I know, full paisa vasool ho hi jayega!