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3 Reasons You Must Watch Karwaan Movie

3 Reasons You Must Watch Karwaan Movie

Karwaan Movie
Karwaan Movie

Three Lost Souls; Two Dead Bodies; A Journey of a Lifetime

The above words sum up what is on offer for all of us in Akarsh Khurana’s upcoming movie Karwaan, which is going to hit the theatres tomorrow across the country. Karwaan is supposedly a slice of life movie that will take you to soul refreshing journey.

Karwaan is a movie that will give you plenty of moments to laugh as well as filling your eyes with tears. The movie revolves around three characters: Avinash (an IT worker), Shaukat (a car mechanic) and Taniya (a student). They all belong to different walks of life with no connection to each other, yet destiny binds them together as they find out that they both have one thing in common. Of course what that one thing is will only be known to us tomorrow once the movie is released.

However, in this article, we will look at 3 reasons you must watch Karwaan movie this weekend.

1. Dulquer Salmaan aka ‘DQ’: When you have a father with a stature of Mammootty, acting got to be flowing in your veins. Karwaan is DQ’s debut movie in Bollywood, but the Malayali heartthrob has already won many awards in South Indian film industry and has established himself as a leading actor there. In the trailer, he looks at ease sharing screen space with Bollywood veteran Irrfan Khan. By the way, the most astonishing thing that I liked about Dulquer Salmaan is his good hold on ‘Hindi’. It looks like we are going to see him in many more Bollywood movies in future.

2. The Mesmerizing Nilgiris & God’s Own Country: Having travelled to Tamil Nadu and Kerala, I promise you that this ‘road journey’ from Bengaluru to Kochi via Oooty will make you fall in love with South India. The trailer shows enough of greenery and scenic spots to give us a hint about this journey of a lifetime that our three lost souls embark on.

3. Irrfan Khan: We all know what he is capable of pulling on screen. So no point in discussing or praising his acting prowess. However, what is worth discussing is his character of a Muslim car mechanic who keeps us laughing in his signature style. This is the second movie in two years where Irrfan is taking us on a journey, in case you don’t remember, in 2017 he took us on a tour de India in Qarib Qarib Singlle. Both these movies have one thing in common–throughout the journey Irrfan and his partner keep meeting new and strange people and learning new experiences that enrich their soul.

The music is given by Prateek Kuhad, Anurag Saikia, SlowCheetah, Shwetang Shankar and Imaad Shah. I particularly liked the song “Chota Sa Fasana”. The other songs too are good with some refreshing music and lyrics.

So, having read this article, I guess it is time you book your tickets on Bookmyshow for Karwaan Movie.

Image credit: Karwaan Movie Official Facebook Page

Written by: Absar Ahmad

5 Similarities Between Mission Impossible 1 & Mission Impossible 6

5 Similarities Between Mission Impossible 1 & Mission Impossible 6

The sixth installment of Tom Cruise’s famed Mission Impossible movie series released last week in India. For many of us, like me, it was the first time that we watched any of the movies of this 22-year running series. When Mission Impossible 1 was released way back in 1996, I was only 7 at that time!

So once I came out of theater after watching Mission Impossible – Fallout, the next thing that was on my mind is to go back in time and watch the first five movies of this franchise. Then finally, last night I watched Mission Impossible 1 and liked it. Although it is too difficult to compare both the movies as they are released over a gap of 22 years, and a lot has changed in these years–especially in terms of state of the art technology that is being used in the Hollywood nowadays. Something that wasn’t there in late 1990s.

However, I noticed that both Mission Impossible 1 and Mission Impossible 6 movies have a lot of similarities–irrespective of the huge time gap between them. So, without further delay, here I am listing down 5 similarities between Mission Impossible 1 and Mission Impossible 6:

1. The Self-Destructive Tape: Yes, you heard it right! The self-destructive tape was first featured in 1996. The similarity is that in both the movies it was shown in the first 10 mins of the movie. However, the difference is unlike Mission Impossible – Fallout, the tape was received by Jon Voight not Tom Cruise.

2. Ethan Getting Framed: Very much like Fallout, in part 1 too Ethan Hunt is framed by his own people as a ‘Mole’ in the CIA.

3. Failing in the Beginning Only to Succeed in the End: The theme in both the movies is same. Ethan and his team fail to complete their assigned task in the start of the movie only to eventually succeed in the end. Quite cinematic! Right?

4. The Helicopter Scene: Yes! A helicopter scene was their in the climax of 1996 Mission Impossible 1 too. The difference though is that in the first part, Ethan was countering a helicopter by climbing on the French high-speed TGV train en route to Paris from London! And, finally he succeeds in destroying the helicopter along with the villain.

5. The “Impossible” of Mission: Impossible: Be it finding a detonator to stop nuclear blast in less than 15 minutes! or finding the Mole by climbing on a TGV! both these tasks are impossible for a normal agent. But then this is what our IMF agent, Ethan Hunt is doing for the last two decades, completing Mission: Impossible!

 

No wonder what my next mission is; well it is to watch the next 4 flicks of this 20th Highest Grossing movie series.

 

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Written by: Absar Ahmad

10 Movies To Watch This Diwali With Family & Friends

10 Movies To Watch This Diwali With Family & Friends

Diwali is a festival of lights and sweets. Celebrated across India with intense passion and reverence. An occasion that brings friends and family together for celebration. Being a country obsessed with Movies, I have compiled a list of 10 Movies that you can watch with your friends and family this Diwali weekend. This list has movies based on the theme of “friendship, love, family and fun”.

 

Andaz Apna Apna -1994
     Andaz Apna Apna -1994 Hindi Movie

Andaz Apna Apna – This 1994 Bollywood Comedy Film is without doubt a treasure of our country’s cinema history. With an ensemble cast featuring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karishma Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, and Shakti Kapoor (as the legendary character of “Crime Master Gogo”) Andaz Apna Apna is a pure delight that you can enjoy with family on any occasion. A rating of 8.7 on IMDB is a testimony to the fact that Andaz Apna Apna is an all-time favorite movie of Indians.

 

Anand 1971 Movie
Anand 1971 Movie Poster

Anand – A 1971, Bollywood Drama Movie, featuring Rajesh Khanna as Anand (Main Protagonist), with Amitabh Bachchan and Sumita Sanyal in supporting roles. Anand is an emotional movie about friendship, love and sacrifice. An IMDB rating of 8.9 makes Anand, the No. 01 Movie among “Top 250 Indian Movies” list. Surely, a film that is worth watching. The 2003 Shahrukh Khan starrer Mega BlockBuster Hit “Kal Ho Na Ho” is inspired by Anand. So, I am leaving that out of this list.

Gol Maal 1979 Movie
Gol Maal 1979 Comedy Movie

 

 

Gol Maal – Amol Palekar’s best movie, Gol Maal is a 1979 Comedy that still makes you burst with laughter. The film was a “Mega Hit” of its time and is one of the milestone movies in the career of the Director “Hrishikesh Mukherjee”. Gol Maal features talented stars like David, Bindiya Goswami, Utpal Dutt, Deven Verma, Dina Pathak to name a few.

 

Chupke Chupke 1975
Chupke Chupke 1975 Comedy.

 

Chupke Chupke – A 1975, Bollywood Comedy Film starring the stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bahaduri, Sharmila Tagore, Dharmendra, and Om Prakash in the lead roles. The movie is also well-known for its songs written by Anand Bakshi and the music is composed by the great S.D.Burman.

Hum Apke Hain Kaun 1994
Hum Apke Hain Kaun 1994 Movie

 

 

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun – Released more than 2 decades ago in 1994, Hum Apke Hain Kaun is Bollywood’s one of the all-time most watched movie. It was the Top Grossing Bollywood Movie of its time. Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan’s romance is an absolute delight to watch. The film has it’s fair share of emotional drama too. A perfect recipe for this Diwali for your family.

Dil Chahta Hai 2001
Dil Chahta Hai 2001 Movie

Dil Chahta Hai – The 2001 Coming of Age Movie, Dil Chahta Hai has it’s appeal in the Indian Urban Masses. Starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Khanna the film revolves around friendship, fun and the problems in relationships. A Movie that will remind you of your younger days, Dil Chahta Hai is an “ultimate film” to watch this Diwali.

 

Jab We Met 2007 Movie
Jab We Met 2007 Movie Poster

Jab We Met – This 2007 Romantic Comedy is one of India’s all-time most watched movie. The film stars bubbly Kareena Kapoor as a Punjabi girl who is feeling to get married to her boyfriend. She meets a billionaire (Shahid Kapoor) during her journey who is “depressed”. The film has some great music and songs. Check them Out Here..!

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 Movie
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 Movie

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – A film that has run uninterrupted for more than 1000 weeks in a Mumbai theatre. Commonly referred to “DDLJ” this 1995 Classic Bollywood love story is something that most Hindi movie lovers have seen more than once. Starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles. Dilwale Dulhania Lejayenge is a milestone in the history of not just Bollywood but Indian Cinema too. It is a musical Blockbuster also and its songs are still popular on Indian FM stations. Listen all the songs Here..!

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak 1988 Movie
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak 1988 Movie

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak – This 1988 film is the first step of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla towards their eventual stardom in Hindi Film Industry. The songs “Papa Kehte Hain”, “Ae Mere Humsafar”, “Gazab Ka Hai Din” are still popular on TV as well as radio. The movie revolves around the popular theme of kids of enemy families falling in love with each other. A theme that ruled the 80s and 90s in Bollywood.

Hungama-2003-movie
Hungama 2003 Movie

Hungama – This 2003, Priyadarshan Movie is one of the “underrated movies” in the Hindi Film Industry. Hungama is a charming comedy that makes you laugh relentlessly. With likes of Rajpal Yadav, Akshay Khanna, Paresh Rawal in the film this is a must watch for you. A semi-hit when released Hungama has garnered a strong fan base over a period of time now.

Other than the above mentioned movies in the list. The movies that couldn’t find a place in my list but are worth mentioning here are:

Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001), Baghban (2003), Hera Pheri (Series), 3 Idiots (2009), PK (2014), and Mr. India (1987).

So enjoy and Happy Dilwai To You All…!

Hollywood So Far In 2016 – Expectations & Reality

Hollywood So Far In 2016 – Expectations & Reality

Like every year this year too there were a lot of Hollywood releases which had high expectations, but couldn’t deliver. While few movies which were initially thought to be as low key affair, unexpectedly made it big at the box office. As far as the collections are concerned till now, the top 5 highest grossing movies of 2016 are:

Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Captain America Civil War 2016 Movie
  1. Captain America – Civil War
  2. Zootopia
  3. The Jungle Book
  4. Batman vs Superman – The Dawn of Justice
  5. Finding Dory
Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Batman vs Superman Poster

Among the above mentioned films, “Batman vs Superman” received a negative review from the critics as well as the viewers. But, still it was able to earn more than 3 times of its budget. Mostly, due to the “hype” created around the movie. On the other hand “Captain America – Civil War” not only crossed $1billion mark, but also ruled the hearts of the people worldwide.

One movie that crossed the expectations given its budget is Ryan Reynolds starring “Deadpool”. The film was supposed to earn around $850 million world over and so far it has made around $780 million. With a budget of just under $60 million Deadpool has earned more than 12 times of its budget. The film holds an 8.1 rating on IMDB with almost half a million votes currently. “Zootopia” too was expected to gross $850 million internationally has surprisingly crossed $1billion. The movie got 98% on Rotten tomatoes which is a testimony of its commercial as well as cinematic success.

Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Deadpool Poster

Now, talking about the films that disappointed us. Among the foremost are “Zoolander – 2” & “My Big Fat Wedding – 2”. Both the films have couple of things common between them. These sequels are released after more than a decade of their first part. They both were highly anticipated movies of 2016 and they didn’t live up to the expectations. Although, they made more than their budget, but still were not accepted by the audience in general. One more “sequel” that hit the screen in 2016 was “The Huntsman – Winter’s War”. Despite an experienced and powerful cast and all the marketing and media hype created around this film it can only be considered as “below par”. In general, we can say year 2016 wasn’t good for sequels. Except for few of them, all the sequels were either rejected by the audience or couldn’t make the impression that was expected from them.

Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Zoolander 2 Poster

“Independence Day – Resurgence” couldn’t even make the half of what was predicted out of it. Likewise, “Now You See Me – 2” although did a “modest” job in theaters, but by no way surpassed its first part commercially as well as popularity wise. Similarly, “Ghostbusters” couldn’t even cross its budget till the time this article was written.

Now, here are my top 5 movies that are yet to hit the screens in 2016 and what we can predict for them in revenue worldwide.

  1. Dr Strange – $700million
  2. Moana – $700million
  3. Suicide Squad – $712 million
  4. Rogue One: A Star War’s Story – $900 million
  5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – $1 billion
Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Fantastic Beats And Where to Find Them Movie Poster

It would be interesting to watch and see what these movies can bring to us and whether they will make their way into the Top-grossing movies of 2016 by the end of the year or not. Till then take care and enjoy watching movies…!