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Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Light to moderate rains or thundershowers occurred at a few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, while heavy rains occurred at isolated places in the past 24 hours in the state.  Balrampur and Iglas recorded 9 cm of rain, Bahraich 7 cm, Maharajganj 5 cm, Kakrahi, Bansi and Gorakhur 4 cm each, Fatehgarh, Regoli, Sidhauli, … Continue reading Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh



Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

New Delhi: His name adds credibility to the films he does and the actor has A-listers vying to work with him but Nawazuddin Siddiqui does not want to think about stardom as he fears it will corrupt his performances. Film after film, there has been a growth in Nawazuddin’s fan following so much so that … Continue reading Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui



Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Light to moderate rains or thundershowers occurred at a few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, while heavy rains occurred at isolated places in the past 24 hours in the state.  Balrampur and Iglas recorded 9 cm of rain, Bahraich 7 cm, Maharajganj 5 cm, Kakrahi, Bansi and Gorakhur 4 cm each, Fatehgarh, Regoli, Sidhauli, … Continue reading Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

Category: Bollywood

New Delhi: His name adds credibility to the films he does and the actor has A-listers vying to work with him but Nawazuddin Siddiqui does not want to think about stardom as he fears it will corrupt his performances.

Film after film, there has been a growth in Nawazuddin’s fan following so much so that he gets noticed even in big budget, star-centric movies. But Nawazuddin does not believe he is a star yet and said he
would forever be liked to known as an actor.

I don’t think I am a star. I am just an actor. I don’t even think about stardom. Maybe I should but I can’t because I find this scary… I feel if I start thinking about the appreciation I get that will corrupt my acting. “I get praised for the work I do so it is better for me to concentrate on my performances rather than the adulation that comes with it. I am very conscious about this,” Nawazuddin told PTI.

The 49-year-old actor, who is riding on the success of his last outing “Manjhi: The Mountain Man”, now harbours a wish to play a royal, historical role, on the lines of Dilip Kumar’s Saleem in Bollywood classic “Mughal-E-Azam”. The “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” star feels he has dabbled in all

genres from romance to comedy to thriller with films like “Manjhi”, “Kick”, “Gangs of Wasseypur” and “Kahaani” but his desire to do a period movie is yet to be fulfilled. “I want to play a royal character. I am longing to do a period film… Something like ‘Mughal-E-Azam’… What Dilip

Kumar did in the film, something like that. I have done romantic films, comedies so now I want to do something historical,” Nawazuddin said.

The actor said he always intends to do as diverse roles because he is wary of getting restricted into an image. He feels actors should have a surprise element every time they come on screen.

“As an actor, I feel we should try every genre. We should be as versatile as possible. We should not be restricted into an image. Doing different kind of films only enhance an actor. We should not hold ourselves,” the actor said.

Hate Story rekindled a genre that was on the verge of being erased from public memory due to the abuse it witnessed in recent times – erotic thriller. Paoli Dam and Gulshan Deviah’s erotic revenge saga got the praise and brickbats alike and when that happens a sequel becomes an obvious route forward. Hate Story 2 followed which warmed the pockets of the producers just right and now, T-series is back with the third installment. The film is all set to hit the theatres on December 4, 2015!

But the film did see some major upheavals. There were reports that Salman Khan was instrumental in getting Zareen Khan and Daisy Shah the roles. We hear they are going to steam up the proceedings a bit too much than the last two movies. If that wasn’t enough, the unusual presence of Sharman Joshi in an erotic thriller did raise a few eyebrows and rumours were abound that he was dropped given his different image. Later Gurmeet Choudhry and Karan Singh Grover were reportedly signed.

However, Gurmeet got ousted from the film for being a ‘non-performer’ and in favour of Sharman. This left the actor fuming with rage but he took the kickboxing way to stay calm. Well, now that the film has a date, we hope by the time it releases, the cast remains the same!

After all Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif’s ‘Phantom’ has banned in Pakistan. Petition filed by Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed while hearing Pakistani court on Thursday stayed the release of the film. The film is scheduled for release on August 28.

Hafiz petition filed in the High Court on eight August banning the film had sought and had alleged that the content of the film is to defame Pakistan. Hafiz through lawyer AK Dogar argued that in the Indian film ‘Phantom’ is full venom for Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Pakistan. According to him, him and his group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, points out the Mumbai attacks and has been shown to global terrorism. Hafiz had talked about the threat to life.

Well, even before many Indian films have been banned in Pakistan. These Saif Ali Khan’s Agent Vinod and Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger included. Despite the ban, such films are available in the DVD and CD. Interestingly, this is a film ‘Phantom’ verdict on the ban, the judge asked the Pakistan Government to ensure that if a film also looks at the ban, he should not look at the market.

A remake of the highly entertaining and performance packed 2011 film Warrior, Brothers is a high-octane family drama set against the blood curdling backdrop of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra play brothers David and Monty. Sons of Jackie Shroff, they both grow up to become different people. While David leaves the street life and becomes a teacher, Monty still carries the torch of fighting he learnt from his dad as a kid. The film begins with Jackie’s release from prison and we get a backstory of why he ended up there and how his sons perceive him after so many years. Jacqueline Fernandez plays Akshay’s wife who has a daughter fighting a life threatening illness. Karan Malhotra takes a lot of time to build up the drama and weaves his character with finer details that sometimes don’t matter to the story. However, the real hero of the film is the MMA, and the money making scenes comes post interval. Monty and David’s fight and whether these brothers make peace with their past or take the bloody road of revenge is what the film is about.

Luck is everything. My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film – Alfred Hitchcock

Stunning, gripping, edge-of-the-seat, shocking, engrossing… use any of these adjectives for this Ajay Devgn version of Drishyam, and you are spot on. There is just one caveat: DON’T compare it with the original in 2013 which had Mohan Lal.

Director Nishikant Kamat’s tale of a common man’s dilemma, courage and deceit could suffer in comparison with the original by Jeethu Joseph, it is still one film that will reinstate your faith in the suspense genre. If Kahaani was the last memorable mainstream Hindi suspense thriller you watched, then Drishyam will be a grand new entry to that list.

The film is set in the Goan countryside where Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) lives with his wife Nandini (Shriya Saran) and daughters Anju (Ishita Dutta) and Anu (Mrinal). A school dropout, Vijay runs a cable business and is a hardcore film buff. A simpleton, films and TV shows are his reference to the world of educated people, but he’s not apologetic about it.

The good thing about Vijay is that Kamat clearly doesn’t try too hard to shape his character: he’s simple, but sharp as a razor at the same time. Vijay holding forth on Habeas Corpus (relief from unlawful detention) to a group of villagers is a masterstroke of characterization — you laugh at him because you know that his worldly wisdom is courtesy the small TV in his office, but, at the same time, he leaves you mightily impressed with him.

Our happy-go-lucky man is good at other things too: He is honest, and has a sharp tongue. The second quality pits him against a brutal, and corrupt, cop Lakshmikant Gaitonde (Kamlesh Sawant).

Vijay’s world is turned upside down when the only son of IG Meera Deshmukh (Tabu) goes missing and he’s made the prime suspect in the case. This is the point where Drishyam takes off and sets the tone for a gripping cat and mouse game between the system and a technically illiterate villager. And all through the struggle, you are not sure who’ll win in the end, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is where this film scores.

What Jeethu Joseph, also the writer of the original film, wants you to believe is a world of paradoxes where a couple makes fun of each other’s educational background without getting too serious about it. His Drishyam was set in Kerala, a premise portrayed as a collective society.

It was about a set of people who displayed the courage to take on the tyrant administrative agencies. Georgekutty (Mohanlal) represented the aspirations of a common man who is tired of corruption but wants to fight it without going off limits. So, this comes as a surprise when we meet Singham Devgn as a cable operator. But there begins the magic of cinematographer Avinash Arun who leads us slowly into the interiors of old Goa on the banks of Mandovi. Soon, initial apprehensions about Devgn’s legacy melts away and we see a character determined to present himself as an intelligent fellow against the perception of his immediate surroundings.

Kamat intrigues the audience with an abrupt event and then lures us into believing that everybody has got their priorities and they’re bound to fulfill them even if it costs them dearly. Beneath such a rhetorical exterior lies a story that thrives on smooth transitions and fine performances. This is not something like North By Northwest where the suspense instantly grows on you.

Drishyam initially appears as a regular catch-me-if-you-can kind of a thriller, but then it very strategically does away with the minor suspense plots and attaches strong motives to every primary character. As a result, all the concepts of wrong, right or being wronged culminate at a point where you can’t any longer sit in a corner and just watch the proceedings.

You’re not even over Vijay’s funny reaction on his wife’s tussle with high heels when tension engulfs you from all sides. In the beginning, you think Devgn’s trying too hard to fit into a common man’s shoes (He hasn’t done anything like it in a long time). But he rises with the story’s tempo. He shows his mettle just at the right juncture. He churns out his best in the scene where a police jeep enters his tastefully designed house. The lines of fear replace his nonchalant confidence in a split second and that in turn makes the audience anxious for the next twist.

Drishyam is not your usual cold, hard and superfluous reality sort of a film where the lead character’s graph depends on the resolution. In fact, it outlines every facet of the dice right from the opening shot except that one important frame which holds the key to the chamber of secrets. It’s a multi-layered story that’s not confined to just one household. It could be anybody’s story and that is what makes the film beautiful.

Despite bizarre soundtracks for each of her entries, Tabu holds her own as a top-notch police officer. The film’s 160-minute length restricts the actors from rushing into overblown emotional scenes. Rajat Kapoor also makes his presence felt as an urbane businessman. Shriya Saran and other supporting cast are also satisfactory, but one character whose piercing eyes and proverbial ruthlessness will haunt you for days is police officer Gaitonde. He is so good at bad things that you would wish the worst for him.

Gulzar’s lyrics open the film and Vishal Bhardwaj’s music keeps haunting you till the end credits roll, ensuring Drishyam’s spot in top Hindi suspense films of all time.

Drishyam works because it doesn’t talk about a hero but a common man. Drishyam works because you feel for every character in the film. Drishyam works because it leaves you stunned. Drishyam works because it keeps you glued to your seat till the last moment. Drishyam works because it’s a finely crafted suspense thriller after a really long time. Drishyam works because you thought Indian filmmakers can’t make good thrillers. Drishyam works because it shows two different India. Drishyam works because visuals can be deceptive.

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