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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: Entertainment

Bollywood star/producer Salman Khan is a man called India (literally) in “Bharat,” a corny drama about the title character’s quest to support and do right by his family in post-partition India. Khan plays Bharat, a stolid, nearly unflappable man who was separated from his father and younger sister on August, 15, 1947, the day that India gained its independence from England and was separated from modern-day Pakistan. Bharat is basically Paul Bunyan, Captain America, and Forrest Gump all rolled into one—only more Indian. He has lived many lives—as a daredevil motorcyclist, a Navy mechanic, and an oil-drilling wildcat—and each one brings out the most flattering sides of benevolent muscleman Khan, who is very much playing to type.

Bharat is surreally charismatic: he subdues gun-toting pirates by dancing like super-star Amitabh Bachchan, woos the love of his life (Katrina Kaif) by reciting poetry, and generally earns better working/living conditions for himself and his peers by delivering impassioned speeches about India’s greatness. One of the main pleasures of watching “Bharat” is seeing Khan coast on his considerable charms as he and Kaif—who frequently outshines Khan, as she previously did in the goofy but winsome 2017 spy thriller “Tiger Zinda Hai”—endure, by sheer force of conviction, through several key moments in India’s nation-building history. Khan isn’t always strong enough to stick several big, sappy emotional moments (ie: whenever he has to do more than just smolder boyishly). But he and his co-stars are sometimes attractive enough to make the otherwise ridiculous “Bharat” seem believable.

And boy, is “Bharat” incredible: Khan’s character, now middle-aged, regales his extended family’s members with wild (but true enough!) tales of astonishing humble-ness in the face of changing values. In his time, Bharat recalls coming, seeing, and conquering everything he desired. First he masters and then quits a fulfilling job as an Evel Knievel-style stunt driver, but only after he realizes that a thrilling gig and an attractive partner (Disha Patani) aren’t as important as the example he’s setting for India’s impressionable youths. Next: Bharat travels to and then flees from “somewhere in the Middle East” to make his fortune, but only after he falls in love with sassy forewoman Kumud Raina (Kaif) and rescues some inept co-workers from a deadly mining incident. Then he travels to Malta as a ship’s mechanic (despite having no mechanical skills), but leaves that position after he tames the aforementioned pirates and helps his friend and constant bromantic companion Vilayati (Sunil Grover) to romance the woman of his dreams. Each episode in Bharat’s life only serves to confirm his affable nature and deathless loyalty. No matter how unsolvable a given problem may seem—only he can solve it.

Khan’s broad, muscular shoulders are often capable of carrying such a wide load. He’s most convincing when Bharat is primarily defined by Khan’s hip-waggling strut, broad pout, and appraising stare. He makes a white, bedazzled jump-suit look good; hell, Khan makes a John-Waters-style pencil mustache look good. Khan’s only really unconvincing when he has to cry, beg, or exhibit any other complex emotions, as he must in a crucial scene involving one of Bharat’s long-lost relative.

But for the most part, Khan is perfect as the happy-go-lucky Bharat: he’s light enough on his feet, as we see in dance numbers where he commands a battalion of back-up dancers, who dutifully lift him upon their shoulders. The man is as bulky and as proud of it as Macho Man Randy Savage during his heyday, but his collaborators usually know how to bring out the best in him. There just aren’t enough scenes where Khan gets to flex, since “Bharat” director Ali Abbas Zafar and co-writer Varun V. Sharma inevitably spend way too much time re-establishing their happy-go-lucky protagonist’s love for Mother India. Still: there are several scenes where Khan reminds viewers that he’s not only very comfortable in his own skin, but knows how to look good for the camera. Sometimes, that’s more than enough.

Then again, I often wondered why Kaif wasn’t given more screentime. She steals almost every scene she’s in with a couple of coy winks and knowing smiles, as in an irresistible musical number where Raina convinces Bharat to talk to his mother about the possibility of being a “live-in” (ie: unmarried) couple. Kaif’s joyful, commanding performance brings Rita Hayworth’s show-stopping dance in “Gilda” to mind, especially when Kaif’s song returns to its chorus: “Baby, come hither.” Anything Khan can do, Kaif can do better, like when Raina flirts with Bharat while pretending to be a mustachioed caterer: “The sweets are ready and so am I.” Khan’s brand of can-do heroism is fine enough, but I don’t think I’m alone in wishing that there were a lot more where Kaif’s light-hearted, but commanding performance came from.

The much awaited Rajkumar Hirani directorial Sanju, starring Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt, has finally hit the theatres on June 29 and as expected, has also generated quite a buzz on the Internet. Even before the release, while the film has been making headlines because of the very nature of it, fans and followers of the actors and the director took to social media to post about what they thought of it, right after they watched it. While Ranbir’s acting prowess and Rajkumar’s efforts in the movie that also stars Sonam Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Anushka Sharma and Dia Mirza, have managed to rake in praises from several people on Twitter, going by the responses, it seems many haven’t quite liked it either.

“#Sanju REVIEW: Film belongs to Ranbir. Such an award winning performance. Raju tells a complicated story with such an ease that even a kid can relate with the movie. U will laugh. U will cry. U will be entertained to the core. BLOCKBUSTER.” “Halfway through #Sanju ! My detailed review will be up soon but one thing is for sure – only #ranbirkapoor can play #sanjaydutt better than Sanjay Dutt himself ! He is BRILLIANT!!” “Amazing movie. Emotional and so touching. This movie is going to break collection records. Ranbir Kapoor deserve appreciation for his hard work. Best movie of 2018” “First Review is out and one thing is clear Director can’t do Much if you Don’t Have Big Name In lead , #sanju is Flat and Boring Raj Kumar Hirani Most Streched Movie Till Now!!” “Terrible! Full on overacting . Even hirani can’t save this movie to become an epic disaster.” are some of the responses that the movie has garnered on the micro-blogging site.

There is a real world outside Bollywood courtrooms where a common man can’t differentiate between a corrupt judicial system and a fraudulent police administration. And this world comes charging at you before you can look away. Add a few bullets and some dark humour and you get Jolly LLB 2, the second film in the Jolly LLB (2013) franchise.

Troubled with such structured corruption, a lawyer, suddenly awakened by his conscience, decides to take on this nexus of police, judiciary and criminals.

Is he right in expecting anything out of this system? His own past isn’t very bright and, on top of that, there’re apprehensions about his wisdom and judicial knowledge.

Kanpur’s Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly (Akshay Kumar) practices in the “Lucknow high court” and wants to own a chamber. His father has been a stenographer for a top lawyer for years, and that makes Jolly his natural successor. At least, this is how he gets treated at work. His boss sends him to buy vegetables and he is also supposed to help arrange a domestic party. He is anything but a self-respecting lawyer.

He isn’t the only odd character around though. Justice Sunderlal Tripathi (Saurabh Shukla) has undergone a bypass surgery, and he has to dance at his daughter’s wedding. Guess what? He practices his steps inside the court.

Time has hardened Pramod Mathur (Annu Kapoor), Jolly’s nemesis and a prolific lawyer in the city. He isn’t afraid of even fighting the judge — an interesting departure from the original where nobody dared to insult justice Tripathi at the Delhi high court.

Jolly could have avoided falling prey to such a system, but he has taken the onus of getting the justice delivered in a fake encounter case in which inspector Suryaveer Singh (Kumud Mishra) is the prime accused.

Large chunks of the film remind the viewer of those legal satire shows where the judicial system looks like a big, dark joke. Mostly the joke is on Jolly, and sometimes it’s on us. We somehow know that there’s no escaping the wrath of overworked judges and a broken system. But Jolly needs to find loopholes in the system to keep his hopes afloat.

This is where the screenplay decides to do away with the fantastic research done by the film’s team. It starts to appear like a mix of many films. If the judge looks inspired from And Justice For All’s John Forsythe, Jolly himself seems to be taking a cue from Arshad Warsi’s much-loved act in the first film.

Also, the movie appears confused between a satire and a thriller. The most effective scenes are cut short to pave way for action scenes. This way the pace is maintained, but the theme is ignored.

It’s only in the second half that Jolly LLB 2 comes back to a prolonged courtroom battle and gives its actors a chance to rise and shine. Here, Annu Kapoor gives Akshay Kumar a solid run for his money. Over-emphasis on melodrama hampers a well thought-out central idea.

It’s the terrific support cast of Jolly LLB 2 that sustains the momentum. If Saurabh Shukla is exceptionally adorable as the tired judge, Huma Qureshi perfectly fits in the role of a Gucci-loving, wine-swigging housewife.

The friendly banter between a Kanpur migrant and a Lucknow lawyer are fun to watch. The problems faced by a Delhi judge in Lucknow are tragically funny, especially when lawyers call their friends and local criminals to fist-fight on their behalf, inside the courtroom.

The use of local slang sometimes looks forced and the film does away with the innocence of Jolly LLB (2013), in order to become a tearjerker. The ploy doesn’t work.

But what works perfectly is the focus on real issues like corruption, terrorism and under-pressure judges. Kapoor has tackled all these issues with a great control. He has induced small, funny moments at crucial junctures that work as perfect breathers. Thanks to his understanding of court procedures, his characters look human and vulnerable unlike typical Bollywood films where the protagonist plays the victim and the judge.

All is well that ends well. And Akshay Kumar ensures that you keep laughing at regular intervals. He makes you remember Warsi, but also adds his touch to Jolly. Overlook some of the minor flaws and you have a 140-minute solid entertainer on your hands.

Mumbai, (PTI) Actress Kriti Kharbanda, who will be seen in “Atithii Iin London” says she had never tried her hands on doing comedy and so she choose to do this film.

Kriti who has worked in several films in South made her acting debut in Bollywood with Emraan Hashmi starrer “Raaz: Reboot” and now she will be seen in “Atithii Iin London”.

“I got three films offers after ‘Raaz: Reboot’ but ‘Atithii Iin London’ was exciting as I haven’t done much comedy earlier,” Kriti said in a statement here.

The 28-year-old actress is unaware of replacing Lisa Haydon in the family entertainer, also starring Kartik Aaryan and veteran actors Paresh Rawal and Tanvi Azmi.

“Even if I’d known (of replacing Lisa Haydon) it wouldn t have bothered me, it’s a really good role and that’s all what matters,” Kriti said.

The “Raaz: Reboot” actress has been shooting all over London and Birmingham.

“Atithii Iin London” is an upcoming comedy film directed by Ashwni Dhir and produced by Abhishek Pathak.

On her day off, Kriti and her co-star Tanvi Azmi went off together to explore the Queen’s City.

“We went to the Oxford Street which is a shopper’s delight. This was the first time I was away from home during the Diwali festival and celebrated with the team here. We even saw people burst some crackers,” she said.

If you haven’t watched Dishoom yet, do so immediately – if only for action king Akshay Kumar’s out-of-character and unforgettable cameo that was largely filmed at Yas Water World. It involves, among other things, a jet-ski, two pairs of orange swimsuits and a splendid man bun.

Kumar may only have five minutes of screen time but he completely eclipses lead actors Abraham and Dhawan, who portray Kabir and Junaid, cops who take over Abu Dhabi in super cars and helicopters as they race against time trying to find a kidnapped cricketer.

The brilliant cinematography captures the capital in all its glory. From the sparkling waters of Yas Marina to the glittering skyscrapers of Reem Island, the city perfectly sets off the high-octane action sequences. The rest of the film whizzes by in a blur of guns, explosions and car chases.

Abraham is so wooden his gun has more personality. Dhawan excels in his comic role, probably because he grew up watching all his father’s (filmmaker David Dhawan) silly comedies. Up-and-coming actor Saqib Saleem is memorable as patriotic Indian batsman Viraj Sharma, and is several leagues above the new, mostly talentless generation of young actors (Tiger Shroff, we’re looking at you).

Mention must be made of Sri Lankan actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who, as usual, serves mainly two purposes: to gyrate in a raunchy song sequence, and to play a clueless love interest whose make-up never drips down her face, even when she is fleeing murderous criminals in the middle of the scorching desert. So much for women’s empowerment.

 Dishoom is packed with all the masala needed for it to become a blockbuster, including an unnecessary plot twist that got the Pakistani film censor board so enraged it banned the movie.

As for the story, there is none. A solid script is not why we purchase tickets to a masala film, is it?

So sit back, eat your popcorn and have a blast.

After the roaring Blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger, he returns to Yash Raj Films with Sultan.Starring Salman Khan & Anushka Sharma movie is a sports drama which revolves around Sultan Ali Khan’s personal and professional life played by Salman Khan. He is seen as a wrestler overcoming with his problems and how he raises himself even after a footfall in his life.

The movie receives good rating from audience as the response of movie goers is positive. We found only few people who gave mix review and rating, otherwise the audience once again after Bajrangi Bhaijaan is well impressed by Salman Khan.

Top Bollywood Critics Websites Rating for Sultan

Appraisal by NDTV – 3/5 Score

Evaluation by Komal Nahata– 4/5 Mark

Assessment by Times of India (TOI) – 3.5/5 For Sultan Rating

Critisism and score by Subhash K Jha – 3/5 Star Rating

Sultan review by Taran Adarsh (Bollywood Hungama) – 4.5/5 Star Grade

Analysis by India Today – 3.5/5 Ranking

Analysis by Zee News – 3/5 Star Mark

By Hindustan Times – 3.5/5 Star Seaman

By Rediff – 3.5/5 Grade

Sultan Review by Rajeev Masand – 3/5 Score

Evaluation by India TV – 3/5 Mark

Analysis By Bollywood Life – 3.5/5 Rating

Feedback by KoiMoi.com – 3/5 stars

By IBNlive – 3.5/5 score

By Filmi Beat– 4/5 Mark

By India.com – 4/5 star Rating

By Indian Express – 3.5/5 Rating

By Anupama Chopra – 4/5 Grade

Airlift is simply a great movie whether you talk about direction or acting,its simply mind blowing. Akshay kumar’s gritty acting is simply mesmerizing.Unlike other movies , songs of this movie are soothing and full of melody. Its great that they didn’t put a item song. The film is based on the real-life conflict and bloodshed that took place twenty five years back in Kuwait, and the way it is done—with a sense of urgency and immediacy, bringing alive a city over-run and under siege—sends out a crucial message to star-driven-yet-drivel- producing Bollywood.Other than that Nimrat kaur’s was also very good. Overall, ‘Airlift’ is a good film,solidly plotted, well executed and well- acted. A must watch. Its a perfect movie for Republic Day Week !

Zarine Khan, Karan Singh Grover, Sharman Joshi and Daisy Shah starrer “Hate Story 3″ is soon approaching the superhit status. With its impressive box office run, the erotic thriller has earned double its production cost in just four-days.

“Hate Story 3″ features an ordinary cast, but it became a success like its previous instalments. “Hate Story 3″ is the third instalment in the “Hate Story” franchise. Both “Hate Story” and “Hate Story 2″ were surprise hits at the box office and the third instalment continued its trend.

The erotic thriller has fared better than several movies starring A-list stars, including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut and others. “Hate Story 3″ box office collection is better than the lifetime box office earnings of “Jazbaa”, “Katti Batti” and others.

The film directed by Vishal Pandya, tells the story of two businessmen, who want to destroy each other. Like the previous two movies, “Hate Story 3″ also rides on skin show, but the film lacks a storyline. The film received mixed reviews from critics for its storyline.

Meanwhile, talking about the box office success of the film, director Pandya thanked the makers of “Hate Story 3″.

“The success was only because of Bhushan Kumar and the T-Series packaging. I’m thankful to the promotion team for not leaving any stone unturned which made it tough for people not to accept the film. Story, seduction, songs, performance all worked for the film,” Pandya said, according to IANS.

Film: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Cast: Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Swara Bhaskar, Anupam Kher, Armaan Kohli, Deepak Dobriyal
Director: Sooraj Barjatya
Rating: 2/5

A lot has changed in the Hindi film industry since 2006, the last time Sooraj Barjatya’s name flashed across the screens as a movie’s director. His Vivah didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, at least not on the lines of what his earlier films Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath Saath Hain did on the ticket windows. Cut to 2015 and Barjatya has now rehashed the same formula in his latest venture, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP), complete with a masterstroke: He roped in Salman Khan to up the film’s star value a million notches.

There is a problem, however. PRDP leaves you asking one big question: Are we ready to gulp down a mouthful of cheesy romance that is high on ideals and moral values?

It all begins in Ayodhya where Prem Dilwala (Salman Khan) is the self-appointed keeper of the collective social consciousness. After announcing his arrival with ‘Kisi ke haath chalte hain, kisi ke pair chalte hain…humare dono chalte hain’, he sets on a task to meet Princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) of Devgarh Fort. After some heavy-duty emotional scenes, he manages to enter the fort, but is left aghast at the deceit and treachery of a royal household. Prem, along with his friend Kanhaiya (Deepak Dobriyal), decides to be a part of all this, of course with noble intentions. Come on, this is a Rajshri film, not any Anurag Kashyap narrative. Can Prem crack the code and infuse happiness all around? Does he succeed in keeping the fort’s age-old traditions alive? Will you call your mother at the end of it? Will you return the entire cutlery you have stolen from hotels? Will you use a towel to wipe off your tears before the end credits?

Salman Khan set a benchmark for the ultimate Boy Scout with his Bajrangi Bhaijaan act, and now he surprises us even more. His character is so virtuous that you will walk out of the theatre fighting a morality crisis. He has a counterpart in Maithili who is solidly under-pressure to perform as per the royal decree. Our Miss goody two-shoes runs an NGO, eats at not-so-classy restaurants and wears matching clothes. And yes, she sometimes likes to flaunt her little black dress for some ‘quality time’ with her fiancé. Just to make sure the message is conveyed to the audience, Diwan Jee (Anupam Kher) explains ‘quality time’ with a lot of hesitation and innuendos. On second thoughts, you need to do this in a film which is strictly vegetarian in its approach. For your reference, people eat veg korma, tanduri bhindi and butter chole in PRDP. It’s all so ‘saatwik’ (pious), you see. Sweets lovers, don’t feel left-out, laddu-pede-jalebis have also been given ample screen time.
Kher as Diwan Jee is on an extension of his Saudagar (1991) role. You get what makes a proper ‘family’ film: Two families, fighting for land, none of them blessed with humility or family love. But, if it doesn’t ends well, then ‘Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost’. So, to complete the rest of the film, we have Yuvraj Ajay Singh (Neil Nitin Mukesh), Rajkumari Chandrika (Swara Bhaskar), Rajkumari Radhika (Aashika Bhatia) and some loyalists. One of these loyalists is Chirag Singh (Armaan Kohli). Remember Jaani Dushman Ek Anokhi Kahani?

It’s not like the director is absolutely sure of his own screenplay, but he chooses to keep marching on the road better travelled. In one of the scenes, a very important character is getting treated in a dungeon. Another one asks: “Why don’t we shift him to some hospital with security?” Diwan Jee says, “We can’t trust anyone,” which translates into ‘go take a walk haters, and don’t leave your logic behind’. That’s why I didn’t dare to even smile when Khan says, “Aap paristhiti ki gambhirta ko samajh nahi rahe hain.”
Take my words: Elephants, camels, palaces, exotic dishes and soft background score can’t make you happy. You need a family in order to be happy. So true, but isn’t it a bit stretched statement to make through a 174-minute film?

Salman Khan is quite likeable in PRDP. In fact, his comic timing has gotten better in recent times. Add to it the many honey-coated dialogues that make the proceedings funny. For example, Sonam says, “Ram jaisa kahenge Seeta waisa hi karegi.” As if they have already accepted themselves as divines. It’s a different matter that some religious people might get offended with Seeta breathing passionately. They keep delivering dialogues in slow motion. The pattern they follow is ‘dialogue – crescendo rises – dialogue – song.’
Himesh Reshammiya’s lullabies are the perfect icing on the cake: Enough to make PRDP look like a film straight out of the ‘80s.

The trouble with PRDP is, fun-filled scenes turn into tearjerkers in a moment, and you don’t know what’s hit you. It has everything a quintessential Hindi ‘masala’ family film would crave for. But take our advice: Go with a full packet of tissues, you will need all of them. To me, PRDP stands for ‘Poor Rich Devout People.’

People keep asking me where I get so much energy from. But I’m just having fun because people are still offering me good work,’ Amitabh Bachchan tells us.

Amitabh Bachchan, who celebrates his 73rd birthday on Sunday, returns to television with Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi. An adaptation of the British show, Tonight’s the Night, it revolves around those who have accomplished something extraordinary in life.

It will premiere on Star Plus on October 18.
The Big B tells us more. Rediff.com contributor Rajul Hegde listens in.

At 73, you are doing both television and films.

People keep asking me where I get so much energy from. But I’m just having fun because people are still offering me good work. As long as my body supports me, I will keep entertaining people.

Do you enjoy working on television?

I am part of a creative field. I take all mediums as a challenge, be it TV, film or stage.

At this stage of my career, I am inspired by critics. I read all the comments and reactions, even if people say ‘Bakwas performance thi’. Critics notice things that we don’t. It’s a vision that we don’t have. I accept their views.

What prompted you to do this show?

I got an invitation from the channel to do this show and I liked it. The whole premise was that everyday we face a lot of negativity. Newspapers and TV channels (show) a lot of negative news. Perhaps we overlook the fact there are some nice things also.

There are many people who are involved in work that the people of the nation are unaware of. So it’s a wonderful idea to pick them and provide a platform to them to introduce themselves and their work to the rest of the world. And if it moves you to perhaps emulate them or do something similar, it would bring a lot of change amongst all of us.
The industry has come forward to help the drought-affected farmers of Maharashtra. Do you also plan to do something for them?

I don’t talk about it. I don’t feel comfortable talking the work I do.

But since you have asked, I will tell you.

I have been working for the farmers since the past eight-nine years. I read about some farmers committing suicide because they couldn’t pay Rs 5,000. I wanted to help them.

I worked through an institution and we collected about 50 farmers with their outstandings. I paid back their money.

About four-five years ago, in Vidarbha, there was a similar situation like the one now. I saved 100 families. I don’t feel comfortable saying this but if someone asks what have I done, then I would say this: the film industry has always come forward to help whenever there is a need during times of national distress. Even back in the 1960’s, we would go out on the streets, and perform to collect money for good causes. We have played celebrity matches to raise money for causes, and these still happens.

We are not villains; there is a heart in the industry.
Do you want a biopic made on your life?

I don’t think a film should be made on me. I don’t think I am capable of that. It will be a flop. If someone wants to make a documentary on my father, I am okay with that. But I don’t think personally I would make a film on him.