Theatre owners here did not screen the film Padmaavat following threats by a local organisation and the recent protests against its release in several States, including Uttar Pradesh.
More than two decades after Robin Williams conquered that pesky board game, Jumanji has been resurrected with more and glossier stars (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black), a comedy director and a ‘modern’ twist.
Sara Ali Khan, who is all set to debut this year with Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath, might star next in Super 30, starring Hrithik Roshan, reports mid-day. Super 30, directed by Vikas Bahl, is about Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar, who is the founder of the Super 30 programme in Patna that trains IIT aspirants. mid-day reports that discussions with Vikas Bahl have taken place to Sara alongside Hrithik. “Hrithik Roshan is keen that the association materialise. He has pitched her to Vikas. The talks have been initiated,” mid-day quoted a source as saying. Before Kedarnath, Sara was rumoured to debut opposite Hrithik in a Karan Malhotra film.
Film: Tiger Zinda Hai
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Director Amit Kumar ‘s Monsoon Shootout premiered for the first time in Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and it has taken a good four years to have a mainstream release in India.
The film luckily doesn’t show much weariness as Rajeev Ravi’s dimly lit frames and Gingger Shankar’s powerful background score lends it the much-needed foreboding tone.
Monsoon Shootout is more of a whydunnit – a psychological thriller that explores the notion of justice and if the end in fact does justify the means. At the centre of this dark noir world is Anu (Vijay Varma), a rookie cop who finds himself one rain washed night chasing a criminal, Shiva, down the slimy serpentine lanes of a Mumbai slum. His gun is attentively pointed at Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddique), who is just a jump away from evading death or in a sombre scenario – an arrest. And at this precise point Anu must make the choice that his father always spoke about – the “teen raaste (3 routes) ” that life offers – Ek “sahi (right)”, Ek “galat (wrong)” and Ek “beechka (mid-way)” raasta.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar on Saturday denied permission to a New Year bash in the city where Bollywood cine star Sunny Leone has been invited to perform, ostensibly to “maintain law and order” and prevent any “untoward incident”.
Tollywood comedian and character artiste Vijay Sai committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence on Monday morning. Family members said the actor was suffering from depression for the last several months due to marital problems and lack of opportunities in films.
Our beloved Fukrey boys – Honey, Lali, Choocha and Zafar – return with this latest instalment. Fukrey, the surprise hit of 2013 about “chaar Dilli ke laundey” and their much loved shenanigans, would warrant a sequel no doubt. The writing then was the hero – sharp and witty, propped up by some great performances.
While Fukrey Returns is no match to its predecessor, it is fairly enjoyable in parts.
At best, Firangi looks like a cheap imitation of Lagaan. A desi underdog who takes on the mighty British and registers a small but decisive victory, which got lost somewhere in the annals of history .
Much like Lagaan, it’s Amitabh Bachchan’s booming voice that introduces us to the film and its context. The year is 1921, India is still under the British rule, and we deal with a rather peculiar case of a man named Manga who cures people of their back pain by kicking them.
Director: Nila Madhab Panda
Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Tillotama Shome