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Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kharbanda’s 14 Phere to release on July 23 on Zee 5

The release date of Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kharbanda’s 14 Phere has been revealed. The film is releasing on Zee 5 on July 23.

Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kharbanda-starrer 14 Phere will premiere on Zee 5 on July 23. Helmed by Devanshu Singh, who is known for directing Chintu Ka Birthday, the film also stars Gauahar Khan in a pivotal role. Vikrant and Kriti play the roles of Sanjay and Aditi, respectively. The film is being pegged as a ‘social comedy’ by the makers.
14 PHERE TO RELEASE ON JULY 23

The release date of Zee 5’s 14 Phere was revealed today. The shooting of the film began in November 2020. Kriti Kharbanda shared a new poster of the film and wrote, “Jitna dugna hoga dhamaal utna hi dugna hoga bavaal. Yeh #14Phere waali shaadi hogi bemisaal! Save the date, 23rd July only on #ZEE5.

VIKRANT MASSEY SAYS 14 PHERE MADE FOR INDIAN HEARTLAND

After Haseen Dillruba, Vikrant Massey will be seen in Devanshu Singh’s 14 Phere. Talking about the film, Vikrant Massey said in a statement that 14 Phere is “made for the Indian heartland filled with drama, comedy, quirkiness and a lot more. It will definitely be a great watch for families. It is highly relatable, and I hope the viewers thoroughly enjoy themselves when it premieres on ZEE5.

ADITI HAS BECOME A PART OF MY PERSONALITY’

Kriti Kharbanda, who is playing the role of Aditi in the film, said in a statement, “I remember the first time I read the script of 14 Phere. It was everything I was looking for. Drama, emotion, relatability and a strong character. Aditi has become a part of my personality in more ways than one. I can’t wait for the audiences to watch the story unfold on Zee5. Imagine the drama and chaos of a typical Indian wedding, and then multiply that by two! The viewers are surely in for a joyride.”

Apart from Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kharbanda, 14 Phere also stars Gauahar Khan and Florian Dibar, among others. The film was shot in Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Lucknow.

Shilpa Shetty’s Hungama 2 to premiere on Disney+Hotstar on July 23

Hungama 2 will release on Disney+Hotstar on July 23. Directed by Priyadarshan, the film stars Shilpa Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Meezaan Jafri and Pranitha Subhash in lead roles.

Shilpa Shetty and Paresh Rawal-starrer Hungama 2 will release directly on Disney+Hotstar on July 23. The actress took to social media to announce the news. She added that the first trailer of the film will be out on July 1. Hungama 2 also stars Meezaan Jafri and Pranitha Subash in lead roles.
HUNGAMA 2 ON DISNEY+HOTSTAR

Announcing the news, Shilpa Shetty shared the new poster of Hungama 2 and wrote, “Can’t keep calm, kyunki ab hoga Hungama! #DisneyPlusHotstarMultiplex #Hungama2 trailer coming out on July 1st on Disney+ Hotstar VIP! You don’t want to miss this! (sic).”

ABOUT HUNGAMA 2

Directed by Priyadarshan, Hungama 2 boasts of an ensemble cast headlined by actors like Paresh Rawal, Shilpa Shetty, Meezaan Jafri and Pranitha Subhash. Ashutosh Rana, Rajpal Yadav and Johny Lever also play pivotal roles. It is a successor to the director’s 2003 hit, Hungama. The shooting of the film was wrapped up in February this year.

Vicky Kaushal, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Raman Raghav 2.0 is a masterpiece. On Throwback Thursday

Released on June 24, 2016, Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0 completed five years of release today. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal in lead roles.

After debuting as a naive and innocent boy in Masaan in 2015, Vicky Kaushal was seen in the role of a psychopathic druggie cop Raghavan in the 2016 film Raman Raghav 2.0. But it was not just Vicky who impressed the audience with his impeccable acting talent. Nawazuddin Siddiqui was equally brilliant as Ramanna, a psychotic killer. These two together completed Raman and Raghav and thus Anurag Kashyap was able to make Raman Raghav 2.0 a reality. Based on the infamous serial killer Psycho Raman from the 1960s Mumbai, the film traces the life of a fictional psychotic killer Ramanna (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who is inspired by Raghavan.

Released on June 24, 2016, Raman Raghav 2.0 turns five today. On Throwback Thursday this week, we dissect the film and find out what makes it a masterpiece.
IMPECCABLE STORYTELLING

People who have not seen Raman Raghav 2.0 might mistake it for a film inspired by the murders of the serial killer Raman. But it’s not what you think. “This film is NOT about him,” it clearly said in the disclaimer right at the beginning. The film is about Ramanna and Raghavan, who are both psychos in their own ways. While Ramanna is aware of his eccentricities and calls himself Sindhi Dalwai, another name of the popular serial killer of 60s, Raghavan doesn’t know how big a devil he is. But Ramanna finds a partner in Raghavan. Just at the right time, Ramanna says of Raghavan, “Apni mukti aurat mein dhoondh raha hai (He is looking for his redemption in a woman),” implying quite kinkily that it is he who is his salvation.

Anurag Kashyap used his mastery as a marvellous storyteller and presented this dark film in the most palatable way. While Raman Raghav 2.0 is no Bollywood-style revenge drama, and is just pure sadism, not for a single moment do you see actual violence happening on screen. One doesn’t see anyone killing. It is all in your head and that’s what scares you the most – your own capacity to imagine evil. Anurag and Vasan Bala make no attempts to justify the behaviours of the lead characters, which makes it even more beautiful as a film. There were several moments where the director could easily resort to certain devices popular in the genre: the ominous sound of a metal pipe being dragged over a hard surface, for instance. Yet, none of them is used in a cliched, predictable fashion. Anurag is inspired by one of his favourite filmmakers, Quentin Tarantino, and uses his style to present the film in eight chapters – Locked Man, The Sister, The Policeman, The Hunter, The Hunted, The Son, The Fallen and Soulmates.

The characters are built into tall shadows that frighten the audience severely. How gory can the characters be, you ask? “Maara iss liye kyuki maarna tha. Ek dum naturally” – this one sentence defines Raman Raghav 2.0’s Ramanna, and gives a peek into the mind of a serial killer. Through Ramanna, you also get one of the best observations of our society. He says, “Sabko kisi na kisi ko maarna hota hai. Koi dange ki aad mein apni bhadas nikalta hai toh koi wardi ki aad mein toh koi Syria jaa ke. Main logo ko maarta hoon kyunki mujhe maarna hai. Mujhe isi mein mazaa aata hai.” And it leaves you to introspect and see which devil you carry in yourself.

Kartik Aaryan to star in musical love saga Satyanarayan Ki Katha

Karan Aaryan has been cast in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Satyanarayan Ki Katha. Directed by Sameer Vidwans, the film is a musical love saga.

Kartik Aaryan today announced his next film Satyanarayan Ki Katha. The musical love saga will be directed by Sameer Vidwans. In his Instagram post, the actor wrote that the film is close to his heart. The film marks Kartik’s first collaboration with Sajid Nadiadwala. Satyanarayan Ki Katha is being co-produced by Namah Pictures.

KARTIK AARYAN SAYS SPECIAL FILM WITH SPECIAL PEOPLE

Kartik Aaryan took to his social media accounts to announce his next film, Satyanarayan Ki Katha, with a teaser video. Along with the video, the actor wrote, “A story close to my heart #SatyanarayanKiKatha A special film with special people (sic).

Talking about the film, Kartik Aaryan said, “Satyanarayan Ki Katha is a musical love saga which brings together a powerhouse of people who are National Award-winning names. It’s also a first for me with Sameer Vidwans sir who has an astute sense of making sensitive topics highly entertaining.”

He added, “Honestly, I feel immense pressure and responsibility, since I am the only member in this team without a National Award.

SAJID NADIADWALA SAYS KARTIK BRINGS NEW ENERGY TO THE PROJECT

Sajid Nadiadwala is excited to be collaborating with Kartik Aaryan. He said, “This will be our first time working with Kartik and he brings a new energy to the project, altogether. Satyanarayan Ki Katha makes for a script that calls for this perfect union and we are looking forward to bringing this ultimate love story to the audience.”

Interestingly, Sajid Nadiadwala’s film Chhichhore, starring Sushant Singh Rajput, won the National Award for Best Feature Film in 2020. Namah Pictures and director Sameer Vidwans won a National Award for Anandi Gopal in the Best Film on Social Issues category. Satyanarayan Ki Katha marks Sameer’s foray into Bollywood.

Haseen Dillruba teaser out. Taapsee finds herself in the middle of the ultimate kaunspiracy

The teaser of Haseen Dillruba is out. The film stars Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane in lead roles.

The teaser of Taapsee Pannu’s upcoming film Haseen Dillruba is out. The clip shows how Taapsee is caught in the game of love and betrayal with Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane.

HASEEN DILLRUBA TEASER OUT

Haseen Dillruba will explore love and its three shades – lust, obsession and deceit. In the film, Taapsee’s character will find herself experiencing these three extreme shades of love. The teaser begins with Taapsee’s marriage with Vikrant Massey and shows his obsession with his new wife. Later, Harshvardhan Rane enters the frame and we see Taapsee’s affection grow towards him.

The official synopsis of the film reads, “A woman whose heart longs to live like words captured in a novel, finds herself entangled in the murder of her own husband. Will she get lost in the chaos of her real-life-novel or find her innocence?”

ABOUT HASEEN DILLRUBA

Haseen Dillruba is directed by Vinil Mathew. The film has been produced by Aanand L Rai under his banner Colour Yellow Production in collaboration with Eros International and Himanshu Sharma. The story of Haseen Dillruba has been penned by Kanika Dhillon. Amit Trivedi has scored its music.

Haseen Dillruba was earlier supposed to release in September 2020, but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the release date had to be postponed. The makers then skipped its theatrical release. The film is now set to stream on Netflix from July 2.

Parineeti Chopra thanks fans for loving Saina, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, shares happy pic

Parineeti Chopra shared a note of gratitude on Instagram. The actress thanked the critics as well as the audience for loving her performances in the three films – Saina, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and The Girl On The Train.

Parineeti Chopra took to Instagram to share a happy picture. She dedicated the post to the audience, fans and the critics who appreciated her performances in the last three films – Saina, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and The Girl On The Train. All these movies are now available on different OTT platforms.
PARINEETI CHOPRA THANKS THE AUDIENCE FOR LOVING HER FILMS

Parineeti Chopra shared a picture on Instagram in which she can be seen lying on a bed of grass with beautiful little flowers on one side. She is in a very happy mood and you can tell that by taking a look at the picture. In her note of gratitude, Parineeti wrote that the old days are back again. “Thankful. Happy. Blessed. The industry and fans have given me unconditional love and appreciation for #SandeepAurPinkyFaraar #TheGirlOnTheTrain #Saina. Old days are back again. Thankyou reviewers, thankyou audiences (sic),” she captioned the photo.

PARINEETI CHOPRA’S RECENTLY RELEASED FILMS

Parineeti Chopra had three back-to-back releases this year. The Girl On The Train released in February 2021. Parineeti played the role of an alcoholic divorcee in the film. The Girl On The Train is the Hindi adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel of the same name. The film is available on Netflix.

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, also starring Arjun Kapoor, released in March 2021. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, the film initially released in the theaters. Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Saina is based on the life of ace badminton player Saina Nehwal. Parineeti Chopra was lauded for her performance in the film. Though the film released in the theatres initially, it failed to perform well at the box office due to the restrictions imposed in some states owing to the rise in the number of Covid cases. Saina is now available on Amazon Prime Video.

Will Ajay Devgn’s Maidaan release online? No, say makers

Maidaan makers have refuted rumours of the film being released on an OTT platform through the pay per view model. Maidaan stars Ajay Devgn in the lead role.

The makers of Ajay Devgn-starrer Maidaan have issued a clarification, refuting rumours of the film being released on an OTT platform through the pay per view model. The makers also revealed that their focus is to finish the film while keeping their crew’s safety in mind.

MAIDAAN MAKERS ISSUE CLARIFICATION

The full statement read, “We would like to share that there is currently no conversation with any streaming platform for pay per view release of Maidaan. Our focus, at present, is to complete the film keeping everyone’s safety in mind and in full compliance of protocols laid down by the government.

SALMAN KHAN OPTED FOR PAY PER VIEW MODEL FOR RADHE

Recently, Salman Khan’s Radhe went for pay per view release. Since the second wave of the novel coronavirus has hit the country hard, the film couldn’t be released in theatres on May 13. The film was released on ZEE5 with ZEE’s pay per view service ZEEPlex. The film was also shown on DTH operators like Dish, D2H, Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV.

ABOUT MAIDAAN

Maidaan is inspired by the life of football coach Syed Abdul Rahim, who put India on the global map. The film has already been shot across Lucknow, Kolkata and Mumbai. A huge football stadium set was erected in Mumbai’s Film City to complete the shooting of the film, but it has been damaged by Cyclone Tauktae.

Maidaan is directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma. The film also stars Priyamani, Gajraj Rao, and Rudranil Ghosh. It is produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla, and Arunava Joy Sengupta.

Mother’s Day 2021: The Shifting Portrayal of a Mother in Bollywood

With films like Mom or Tumhari Sulu, here’s how the portrayal of mother has changed in Bollywood over the ages.

Mere paas maa hai”- These four simple, yet powerful lines that were first said 46 years ago in the film Deewar have transcended the barrier of time and remained with us ever since. Whenever we think of the mother character, we are reminded of the significance of these lines and how we can fight against all odds if we have the mother’s hand over our head. Since its very inception, Bollywood carved out the archetype of a mother character, according to which she is overtly sentimental, melodramatic, and over the top in her depiction of emotions. Think of Neerupa Roy, Jaya Bachchan in the later part of her career, Kirron Kher, Farida Jalal or the iconic image of a plough bearing Nargis Dutt in Mother India, all these characters have embodied a similar prototype, that is, their entire existence revolves around the purpose of being a mother.

However, in recent times, Bollywood has been seen taking baby steps towards portraying a mother that is a character of her own, is grounded by certain motivations that are not an extended version of the hero’s motives and is independent.

A very recent example would be Renuka Shahane’s Tribhanga where we see the equations between mother and daughter spread over three generations of women. Going beyond the typical image of a mother figure that is as ‘pure’ as a goddess, this films focuses on the issues that were hardly associated with the perfect mother. It talks of single motherhood, abuse, open relationships and aspirations of a woman. When we paint a mother’s character with just one shade, we often tend to leave out her most humane qualities, and Shahane challenged this notion in her film where relatability lies in the imperfectness of the mother.

In Jazbaa, we see Aishwarya Rai’s Anuradha breaking the docile image of a mother and taking charge of things when her daughter is kidnapped. In Mom, Sridevi’s character does the same when she turns into a vigilante trying to avenge her stepdaughter after she is sexually assaulted at a party.

Nil Battey Sannata saw a mother who goes beyond her archetypical duties and enrolls in a school so that she can help her daughter excel in the subject of mathematics. The film ends with her tutoring struggling maths students which makes the statement that some characters are not bound by the constraints of doing something just because society expected them.

For the greater part, mothers are also shown as women whose ultimate goal is motherhood, and once that is achieved, she goes back to being a side character, stripped off of her own desires and individuality. Her life, which was till now associated with the man she married, suddenly starts revolving around her offspring, and she finds it hard to separate herself from their identity. Pradeep Sarkar challenged this concept in his film Helicopter Eela, which shows the transformation of a single mother from being overprotective about her son to rediscovering her desires and aspirations that she had before she got married.

Tumhari Sulu saw a mother struggling with her domestic responsibilities and her professional work as the onus to hold her family together fell on her, being the woman. However, the film did a good job in representation those struggles which are the reality of many and finally letting us know that you can keep the latter without losing the former.

Another remarkable portrayal would be Tabu’s character Ghazala in Haider. Hindi cinema has imprinted the image of a woman crying and praying for days after her husband’s demise but in Ghazala, the complexities of human behaviour show when she marries her husband’s brother instead. Anyone who has read Hamlet, the play Haider is based on, knows this is how things are supposed to unfold, but the odd choice of replacing a sentimental mother provided her character with a lot of depth and perspective that were previously hard to find. Taking that trail of thought forward, director Imtiaz Ali made a very important point through a compact scene in Jab We Met when he made Geet’s character (Kareena Kapoor) defend Aditya’s (Shahid Kapoor) mother even though the latter had nothing but disrespect towards her. After it is revealed that his mother had an extramarital affair and her subsequent elopement bought shame to the entire family, Geet explains to Aditya that when it comes to a mother, its hard to explain things, but her actions were a consequence of her being in love with someone, which is why Aditya should be more accepting of her.

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.

Shraddha Kapoor Requests People to Donate Plasma, Gives Brother Siddhant’s Example

Actress Shraddha Kapoor on Wednesday uploaded an Instagram picture of her brother Siddhanth donating plasma, and urged all to do the same.

Actress Shraddha Kapoor on Wednesday uploaded an Instagram picture of her brother Siddhanth donating plasma, and urged all to do the same.

My bro @siddhanthkapoor just donated plasma. Urge all those who are eligible to do same please,” wrote Shraddha with a picture of Siddhant donating plasma, flashing a victory sign and a grin for the camera.

Siddhanth had tested Covid positive in December. After the required time gap, he decided to donate his plasma to help others fight the disease.

Siddhanth too uploaded the same picture and requested people eligible for plasma donation not to hold back from doing so.

Talking about Shraddha’s upcoming projects, the actress will be seen paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Luv Ranjan’s next. The film is yet to be titled, but Shraddha has announced the project on Instagram. The movie also stars Dimple Kapadia and Boney Kapoor.