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Radhe Movie Review: Salman Khan Floats Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Bee in Eid Release

Radhe-Your Most Wanted Bhai is a celebration of Salman Khan’s stardom and his own filmography.

Director: Prabhudeva

Salman Khan lives in his own universe, quite literally. With Radhe: The Most Wanted Bhai, he brings back the memories of 2009 hit Wanted that, in a way, started his second innings to superstardom. With Prabhudeva back behind the megaphone, Khan has the license to go back to chequered shirts and his famous bracelet. Needless to say that at least 500 people must have been harmed in the process. Of course, we are not counting the sensitive audience and non-Salman Khan fans.

So, encounter specialist Radhe (Khan) has been brought back from suspension because the Mumbai Police is determined to eradicate the drug menace plaguing the city’s schools. However, the task isn’t as simple as Khan’s signature dance steps, mostly because of the lousy script and patrtly due to the menacing villain Rana (Randeep Hooda), who despite being shadowed by Khan’s mega-stardom manages to make his presence felt.

Prabhudeva has pulled out all the stops and given Bhai the freehand to mouth Eid oriented one-liners and back them with punches. He is faster than a flash and mightier than a mountain, and confronting him is not going to fetch you good results. So, just relax, sit back and see him making mockery of science and logic. You can also cheer if you want to, simply because the makers never promised it to be anything other than what it is: a celebration of Khan’s projected super human abilities around Eid.

You also have Disha Patani breaking into a dance right in the middle of a fight sequence and delivering such unconvincing dialogues that would put even Mithun Chakraborty at an election campaign to shame. I am not even talking about Jackie Shroff who dances in a sleeveless dress.

Radhe is a collage of high-pitched songs and slow-motion shots that made us cringe even five years back. You need to have a high appetite for Khan’s antics to enjoy this one.

Farhan Akhtar’s Toofaan Release Pushed Keeping Severity of Current Pandemic Situation in View

Farhan Akhtar’s sports film Toofan, which was slated to stream on Amazon Prime Video from May 21, has been put on hold.

The release of ‘Toofaan’, the inspirational sports drama produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra & Farhan Akhtar which is to be premiered on Amazon Prime Video has now been pushed keeping the current scenario of pandemic in view and ensuring the safety of all, until normalcy is restored.

Excel Entertainment and ROMP Pictures made the significant statement on their social media today and urged everyone to “stay home, stay safe and stay united”. They wrote, “The situation in India is truly heart-breaking, and we at Excel Entertainment and ROMP Pictures send our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the pandemic.

“In light of the the severity of the situation, our focus is completely on the pandemic and on supporting our employees, their families and in helping the wider community. Therefore, we have taken the decision to postpone the release of our film ‘Toofaan’ until the situation improves. We will issue an update regarding the new release date in due course of time. Please continue to observe Covid Appropriate Behaviour. Also, please register and get vaccinated when it’s your turn. On behalf of the entire team of Toofaan, we urge you to Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay United. Jai Hind.”

The sports film was earlier planned for a September 2020 release. It was then postponed and slated for a digital release on Amazon Prime Video on May 21, 2021. The surge in the number of Covid-19 cases around the country is the concern of the hour and Excel Entertainment and ROMP Pictures joins the league of production houses which have put their projects on hold.

Jaaved Jaaferi’s Commentary in Lava Ka Dhaava Takes Us Back to Takeshi’s Castle Days

Jaaved Jaaferi’s new Netflix show Lava Ka Dhaava reminds us of his commentary days from the popular children’s show Takeshi’s Castle.

Seasoned Bollywood actor Jaaved Jaaferi has a special place in the hearts of the late millennial and early Gen Z kids of India. During the late 90s and early 2000s, Jaaved showed his cool dance movies in Boogie Woogie, was a part of fan-favourite kids films like Jajantaram Mamantaram and most importantly, won hearts with his commentary in the Japanese show Takashi’s Castle.

Takeshi’s Castle was an adventure-based game show where the participants would have to navigate difficult obstacle courses. Some of them included scaling high walls, others had to cross a pond through ‘skipping stones.’ The show was also made interesting by the presence of ‘royal guards’ or pranksters who would try to stop the participants from completing the round successfully. However, no matter how many people won these obstacle courses they would always lose in the ‘final showdown.

Takeshi’s Castle was an integral part of our childhood. It was a super interesting and unpredictable show. But for us Indians, what made the show so special was Jaaved Jaaferi’s commentary. The actor was relentless, using his sense of humour and voice modulations to make puns and jokes about every situation. There were also segments called ‘Jaaved’s Ridiculous Replay’ where we would see a contestant falling repeatedly, added with a quirky thing that the actor said. The show was a riot, thanks to the actor.

Hence, we were excited when we first learnt that the actor is hosting a similar game show. The show, which released on Wednesday, is called Lava Ka Dhaava. It is a Hindi dubbed version of the American show The Floor is Lava. It is also a high-pace obstacle course where the participants have to go from one corner of a room to the other without falling in make-believe lava.

The concept of the show comes from the popular game and meme of the same name. In viral internet videos, a person could be heard saying, “the floor is lava,” and their friends would scarmble to find any furniture they can climb on.

This show takes it to another level. While the lava is make-believe, it is still hot and intimidating. The contestants, who play in teams of three, have to jump across rotating furnitures, slippery rocks and even insect infested walls to go to the other corner. It is also time-bound, after five to six minutes, the stairs that help you get out of the lava room start dissappearing, making the exit next to impossible.

The show is interesting to watch. It is basically like watching any other American game show like wipe-out. However, we cannot deny that Jaaved’s involvement in the show makes it a lot funnier. Of course, there are some jarring moments, like how the audience is supposed to pretend that the actor is actually communicating with the contestants, or the times where it seems like he is reading out of a script to synch it with what the contestants are saying. The language spoken is also too literal instead of colloquial to separate it from the original version. Hence, ‘Spider-Man’ becomes ‘Makdi Manav.’ It also gets a little repetitive after three episodes.

That being said, Laava Ka Dhaava is a fun show to watch. It is amusing to see people bring out their most competitive side only to slip and fall in fake lava. Since we are also living in trying times, a show like this is exactly the mindless and hilarious distraction we need.

Dil De Diya Song Out: Salman Khan-Jacqueline Fernandez’s Sizzling Chemistry in Radhe’s Dance Track

Salman Khan has teamed up with Jacqueline Fernandez for a dance number Dil De Diya, for his upcoming film Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai.

Dil De Diya, the much awaited dance number from Salman Khan’s Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, has been launched today. The power-packed dance track features Jacqueline Fernandez with Salman Khan. The teaser of the song was made live yesterday.

The peppy number is a mix of groovy dance moves and electrifying beats. Jacqueline is seen wearing an ethnic dress which she carries with utmost panache, whereas Salman is seen in a black casual suit looking his dashing best. The sizzling chemistry between Jacqueline and Salman is there for all to see.

Every time I collaborate with Salman, it is simply the best. His energy is contagious. Dil De Diya from Radhe is one of my favourite songs of all time. It is completely different from all my previous dance numbers. Also, having the dancing legend Prabhudeva sir behind the lens directing you was a surreal experience. We had so much fun shooting for it. I just had to do this one, and I cannot wait for people to see it.” said Jacqueline about her experience of the song’s filming.

Radhe’s director Prabhudeva said, “Jacqueline’s glam and persona on screen are just exceptional; everyone knows it. She was our only choice for this song. I knew she would do a phenomenal job, and we are certainly thrilled with the output. She did complete justice to the choreography, and I hope everyone likes it too!

6 Bollywood Celebrities Who are Also Published Authors

Take a look at these established Bollywood actors who are also published authors.

Bollywood actors have proved time and again that they are the best at entertaining audiences by providing a complete package of dance, music, and drama. Most of them have shined in their own way, but some have not limited themselves only to entertaining audiences on screen. Out of many new things that the actors have ventured into, we take a look at some of the celebrities who tried their luck at writing and left a mark there as well.

Tisca Chopra

Tisca Chopra recently published her second book What’s Up With Me? which deals with puberty and menstruation. Written from a young girl’s perspective, the book delves deeper into issues one face during puberty and how one comes to terms with the changes happening within. Chopra’s first book was Acting Smart which became a best seller on its release.

Kabir Bedi, one of the Bollywood actors who also had a successful Hollywood venture turned into an author at the age of 75 with his recently published autobiography titled Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life of An Actor. Apart from his success, the book talks of the low points in the actor’s life, including the untimely demise of his son. The launch event of the book happened on April 19.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui co-authored his memoir An Ordinary Life with Rituparna Chatterjee. It tells the story of how Nawaz became one of the most sought after actors in Bollywood from being a small-town Muzzaffarnagar guy who moved to Delhi to try his luck at the theatre. The book was first published in October 2017.

Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah’s impact in the industry of his calibre as an artist needs no separate introduction. The multifaceted actor also shows his excellence as a writer in his book titled And Then One Day: A Memoir. Shah’s memoir captures his journey as an actor and a person hailing from the small lanes of Meerut. The memory was first published in 2018.

Twinkle Khanna

Actress Twinkle Khanna has often made headlines for her witty statements and quirkiness. And her book Pyjamas Are Forgiving just goes on to prove her sarcasm and humour is on point. The book tells the story of a middle-aged woman suffering from sleep disorder, and was first published in 2018.

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana in his book Cracking The Code: My Journey To Bollywood maps out his career in Hindi cinema and tries to outline what road a person can take if they want to make it big in showbiz. He co-wrote the book with his wife Tahira Kashyap. It was first published in 2015.

Chiranjeevi Starrer Acharya Release Date Postponed Due to Rise in Covid-19 Cases

The makers of Chiranjeevi-starrer Acharya have pushed back the release date of the film from May 13. New date to be announced later.

Chiranjeevi-starrer Acharya will not be releasing on its scheduled date of May 13. The film’s makers have announced that the release has been postponed due to rising Covid-19 cases in the Telugu States. They are planning to hold the film for a better release window.

The Konidela Production Company tweeted, “Keeping in view of the pandemic situation, #Acharya movie will not be releasing on May 13. New Release date will be announced once the situation becomes normal. Wear mask, Stay home & stay safe! #AcharyaPostponed.”

The stakes are high for Acharya and it is important for the makers to release the film at an appropriate time. The exam season in the two Telugu states, the spike in Covid-19 cases, and also the delay in the production all contribute to this deferment of the release. The new date is yet to be finalised. The film is likely to be out either mid-July or early August,” Pinkvilla quoted a source as saying.

Directed by Koratala Siva, Acharya tells the story of a carpenter-turned-naxalite who is on a mission to conserve natural resources. Also starring Ram Charan, Pooja Hegde and Sonu Sood, the film has music by Mani Sharma. The film will have Chiranjeevi sharing screen space with son Ram Charan for the first time.

Vijay Sethupati and Katrina Kaif Starrer Shooting Postponed Due to Covid-19

Actors Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupati’s untitled film directed by Sriram Raghavan has been postponed indefinitely.

Actors Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupati’s untitled film directed by Sriram Raghavan has been postponed indefinitely. It was to begin shooting on April 15.

Speaking about the delay, Vijay told Spotboye, “We were supposed to start shooting from April 15. But Katrina caught Corona. So, the shooting schedule has been called off. My web series with Raj-DK was also scheduled to begin from the end of May. I don’t know what will happen now.”

Vijay was last seen in Master, which also starred Thalapathy Vijay. The crime thriller featured Vijay as a professor named JD and Vijay Sethupathi as the antagonist.

On the other hand, Katrina is teaming up with filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar for an upcoming superhero movie. Zafar has earlier directed Katrina in the 2011 film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and 2017 film Tiger Zinda Hai. This is the third time the actress and filmmaker will be collaborating on a project. Katrina also has Sooryavanshi with Akshay Kumar that was supposed to release in April but got delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. She is also prepping up for Phone Bhoot, which also stars Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter.

Arjun Kapoor on What He Has Learnt from Malaika Arora: I Love How Dignified She is

Actor Arjun Kapoor opens up about his relationship with Malaika Arora and reveals how he is inspired by her every day.

Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora have been dating for some time now, and the couple doesn’t shy away from expressing their love in public. They occasionally make an appearance on each other’s social media, leaving fans gushing over their chemistry. Now, in a recent interview, Arjun Kapoor opened up about their relationship and spoke at length about Malaika Arora.

Talking to HT Brunch, the 2 States actor revealed what he has learnt from Malaika Arora in his life. He said, “I love how dignified Malaika is. From the age of 20, to today, being an independent woman with her own personality, I have seen her trying to change the narrative about things. She has just believed in keeping her head down with dignity and letting her work do the talking and leading a life that allows her to be happy. I learn from her every day!”

He also opened up about his family members including his late mother Mona Kapoor, and sisters Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor. Talking about Janhvi, Arjun said she is very curious and unlike what he had expected her to be because she comes from a lineage of being told that she is going to be the next big thing in the world. About Khushi, he added that her calmness and understated confidence inspires him.

On the work front, Arjun Kapoor recently released a music video Dil Hai Deewana opposite actress Rakul Preet Singh. He will next be seen in Netflix’s film Sardar Ka Grandson, Ek Villain 2, and Bhoot Police.

Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’s First Song ‘Seeti Maar’ to Release on April 26

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan took to Instagram to share that the first song Seeti Maar, from his movie Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai will release on Monday, April 26.

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan took to Instagram to share that the first song Seeti Maar, from his movie Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai will release on Monday, April 26. In the poster shared on Instagram, he can be seen in all-black attire and has covered his face with his t-shirt.

Actress Disha Patani also shared the news on her Instagram handle. “Turn up the volume, aur ho jao tayaar, Kyunki ab aayega, Radhe aur Diya ka #SeetimaarOutSoon,” she wrote in the caption.

A few days ago, Salman Khan Films dropped the trailer of the movie on social media. The trailer gives a glimpse into the world of crime Radhe is pitted against. Randeep Hooda plays the role of the main antagonist, who looks suitably menacing in the avatar of a quintessential villain.

Action sequences form a major highlight of Radhe trailer, and it looks like the film is all set to pack a punch. Salman and Disha’s cute chemistry seems like another highlight of the film. Disha not only looks sensational but her character seems to have a lot of range and depth. The film also stars Jackie Shroff, who reunites onscreen with Salman Khan after Bharat, and his character seems interesting as well.

Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai is all set to release on May 13.

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.