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How 50+ Stars Still Rule Bollywood?

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Some say age is nothing but just a number. Over the years, in our part of the world, it is believed that with age your popularity diminishes. However, some of our beloved Bollywood actors have defied this belief with flying colours. Recently, I watched some movies on India’s second-biggest OTT platform, ZEE5 and came up with an idea of writing an article on Bollywood stars who are over the age of 50 and still doing well in the industry.

While writing, I chose 4 actors to features in this article:

1.Akshay Kumar: At 51, Akshay Kumar’s box office prowess is all but increasing with every film. For the record, his last 3 movies–Gold, Padman & Toilet: Ek Prem Katha–have all been box office hits, earning more than double of their budgets. Padman, in particular, was highly praised by critics and public alike as it is based on a topic which is considered a taboo in our part of the world–female sanitary pads.

Akshay has evolved over the years from being an action hero to a comedy star and of late shedding some much-needed attention towards social issues on screen. One reason behind his continued success can be attributed to his disciplined lifestyle. For example, he is known to be incredibly punctual during shoots and has a strict policy of not working on Sundays! The actor is also very conscious of his health and ensures that his shoots start early morning and finish before night so that he can have a good sleep.

2. Shahrukh Khan: The name is synonymous with Bollywood for many foreign countries. With over 280 awards in his cabinet, he is described by the Los Angeles Times as perhaps “The World’s Biggest Movie Star“. Shahrukh has won 8 Filmfare Awards, in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role, the most by any actor.

The 52-year-old actor started his journey with films like Deewana, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge and Dil Toh Pagal Hai to name a few, and successfully established himself as the leading romantic actor in 1990s. Over the last few years, he has played some mature characters too. His latest movie, Zero is slated to release later this year, has already generated a lot of buzz in the B-town.

3. Aamir Khan: Popularly known as Mr Perfectionist in the Hindi film industry. Aamir has to his credit, India’s highest grossing movie – Dangal, the only movie so far to have crossed the figure of 2,000 crores ($300 million). Aamir, 53 is still considered a potent force in Bollywood because of his commercial as well as public value. His forthcoming movie, Thugs of Hindostan is made with a budget of 300 crores and is set to hit the screens early next month.

American magazine, Newsweek named him as “the biggest movie star” in the world. Aamir has won 9 Filmfare Awards and 4 National Film Awards, besides being nominated for an Academy Award.

4. Salman Khan: Another superstar of Bollywood, who is in his 50s, Salman has a crazy following of fans. Salman’s market value can be assessed by the fact that in 2015 Forbes listed him as the highest ranked Indian with earnings of $33.5 million in the list of Top-Paid 100 Celebrity Entertainers in the world.

Known as ‘Bhaijaan’ to his fans, the actor has done roles ranging from a sanskari beta to macho man to a humble do-gooder. Three of his movies (Tiger Zinda Hai, Sultan and Bajrangi Bhaijaan) have been listed in top 10 highest grossing movies of Bollywood. Salman also does philanthropic activities through his charity non-profit organisation, Being Human.

Stay tuned to The World of Movies for more such articles and more!

Image source: Official Facebook pages of the stars mentioned in the article.

Written by: Absar Ahmad

Gold Movie Review

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Gold Movie Review:

I was proud to stand up twice for our National Anthem while watching the story of India’s First Olympic Gold win in post Independence era! One before the movie began and again when India wins the much coveted Gold medal in the movie.

In my view, Gold is a well directed/written movie that didn’t lose focus throughout its 2 hours and 31 minutes of running. It was action-packed, motivating, inspiring two and a half hours of only hockey – Our National Game! Something we have forgotten with time resulting in the inexorable decline of the game in the country .

Though this is not a first hockey movie to be made in India. It was still refreshing and charming in ways. I especially loved the fact that it did not make fun of the British Empire or Pakistan, that is often seen almost in all of Bollywood’s patriotism-themed movies. It has an easy going story-line and an effective plot that leads to a grand finale like climax.

Akshay Kumar as Tapan Das is looking adorable as well as authoritative at the same time. His stature as a versatile actor has been further increased with the success of Gold movie. Amit Sadh and Kunal Kapoor are total hunks and have acted so well that it won’t be wrong to say that they acted as the sails of the ship that Akshay was steering brilliantly. I am happy and satisfied that Mouni Roy and  Nikita Dutta didn’t have to shake a leg as item numbers to hold their own.

Enjoyed the music of Gold which has been made popular on the radio, also the short bits of dancing in the club, typical of pre-Independence era India. I must say in the end that it is a must watch movie for the patriotic goosebumps and pride that stays on even after leaving the theater!

Gold in every way is a golden movie.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Edited by: Absar Ahmad

About Shyamala Nawab:

Anything but Shy! After years of working, I eased into the more enjoyable but hectic role of being a full time wife, mother & personal assistant to the family very easily. Movies blend my passion for travel, food, reading & observing people perfectly.

Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review

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Movie – Toilet Ek Prem Katha

Directed by – Shree Narayan Singh

Language – Hindi (Khadi Boli Dialect of Western Uttar Pradesh)

Country – India (Bollywood)

Genre – Romance, Comedy, Social

Releasing Year – 2017

Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review:

Written by Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal (based on a similar real life incident of a couple)  Shree Narayan Singh’s Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a movie that openly supports and praises the current Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. The film very subtly and wisely puts the blame for the lack of public toilets on the citizens, almost in a way that it vindicates government for all its flaws and inability to enforce its own policies. Toilet Ek Prem Katha has some serious distortion of facts, anyways I am not going to talk about it, if you really want to read about it then read  Anna MM Vetticad’s review on Firstpost. She has explained everything in detail.

Now let’s talk about the film.

 

Toilet Ek Prem Katha Storyline:

Set in a village near Mathura, Uttar Pradesh Toilet Ek Prem Katha tells the story of Keshav (Akshay Kumar) a Manglik, who he is 36 and still a bachelor because of his “kundli”. His father (Sudhir Pandey) is a devout pandit with sanskars. He allegedly marries Keshav to a buffalo (to ward off evil from his kundli) and then asks him that he could only marry a girl who has “double-thumb” (something that is rarest of rare on this earth). Earlier, Keshav is shown having break-up with a village girl (Sana Khan) to marry a buffalo. Sana says to him that if he had courage he would have asked her hand from her father to which Keshav politely jokes and they both say last goodbyes to each other.

Later Keshav meets a girl (Bhumi Pednekar) who is a topper (in BCA) and belongs to a family of Joshis (Brahmin people). Her Kakka (elder uncle) Anupam Kher, a jolly man in his late 60s perhaps is an ardent fan of “Sunny Leone” (an element that’s solely there in the movie to make you laugh). Her father too is a man with an open mind (compared to the society he is a part of). Immediately, Keshav starts stalking the girl (something that’s very common in that part of India where the movie is set). At first, Jaya resents Keshav and even threatens him, but eventually, she falls in love with him.

Soon after, the couple gets married (by doing a jugaad of double thumb for Jaya). The very next morning after their first night Jaya came to know this harsh and pathetic reality that her in-laws’ house has no shauchalaya (toilet). She is further angry with the fact that to Keshav and the whole village having no toilets in home and doing open defecation is a “normal” thing as their sanskriti (culture) doesn’t allow them to have toilets in their homes.

She asks him to build a toilet but his efforts go waste as his father gets angry. For few days, Keshav takes Jaya to various places for shauch (toilet) including railway station where a Gorakhpur-bound train has a stoppage of 7 minutes. One day, Jaya gets locked in the train toilet and train leaves the station.

From here, the movie takes a complete 360 degree turn and becomes a government propaganda in support of Prime Minister’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. The couple are on the verge of getting divorced and this matter takes up the shape of a national issue. Will there be a solution to Jaya and Keshav’s problem? That’s something you can find out in the theatres not here… 🙂

 

Why To Watch Toilet Ek Prem Katha:

Toilet Ek Prem Katha has good direction, innovative script (keeping in mind what Bollywood offers us nowadays), and some nice and hitting dialogues. I liked the dialogue “Sanskriti ko Sanskrit Bna Diya Hai Aap Logon Ne” (Akshay Kumar to ‘Sarpanch’, the village head of the village). The film’s songs are really melodious and very desi flavored. The background score too is quite good. From the acting point of view, there’s hardly any loopholes in Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Every character is cut to perfection.

Bhumi Pednekar of Dum Laga Ke Haisha fame is charming, sensible and desi at the same time. Akshay Kumar did what he does best, comic acting. Divyendu Sharma as Naru (Keshav’s brother) is superb to watch with his body language and witty dialogues. The other characters too are well-crafted.

 

My Favorite song of Toilet Ek Prem Katha

 

My Verdict & Rating:

I gave Toilet Ek Prem Katha, a 10 on 10. The reason is simple, it made me laugh throughout two and a half hours. If we keep its political motives aside, Toilet Ek Prem Katha with not so sensible name does make a lot of sense overall (only, if you really want to understand it).

I would suggest cinema lovers not to go into the politics of this film rather treat it as a normal Bollywood flick. I guarantee you will enjoy it.

 

Image Source: The Free Press Journal

Jolly LLB 2 – Review

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Movie: Jolly LLB 2

Release Year: 2017              

Country: India (Bollywood)

Language: Hindi (Standard)                                              

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Jolly LLB 2 Review:

Jolly LLB 2, like Jolly LLB, is a courtroom drama where a novice fights for justice against a much senior big shot lawyer. Sequels hardly ever live up to the standards set by the first film and in this case it was already a tad disappointing to see Akshay Kumar as Jolly because Arshad Warsi had put his heart and soul in bringing the character alive in the first one. However, the promos looked fine, support cast seemed well put together and I hoped maybe it will be as good as the first one.

Since it’s a sequel to the 2013 film we all knew the basic outline of the plot. It’s impressive the way the director maintains suspense until the end – not the suspense of how the case will end but of how Jolly will win. He had so little going for him that audience is glued until the end, hanging on to the tiniest bit of evidence, wondering how the moody judge will react to the surprise witness or the tantrums of the shrewd defense lawyer, and waiting for another twist in the story.

Jolly LLB 2 Acting

Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor are both outstanding but I don’t think Saurabh Shukla will get a national award this time for his performance. Jolly’s friend Birbal and the corrupt cop Suryaveer Singh were good but there could have been more meat in their roles. Huma Qureshi is totally wasted in the film, her love for whiskey and Gucci is the only entertainment she adds to the film. Akshay Kumar is okay… He looks good in his cocky street smart avatar in the beginning and at the end but his sincere avatar in the courtroom is something we have seen many times before.

Jolly LLB 2 Final Verdict

Jolly LLB 2 has packed a decent amount laughs throughout but most of the comic moments are more ridiculous than witty. The fact that no lawyer wants to take up a case against the police and the scene when goons shoot someone in public yet no one comes to help touch a raw nerve.The judge practicing dance steps in the courtroom, big shot lawyer throwing tantrums and arguing with the judge, both sitting on dharna (strike/protest)… These situations are too ridiculous to be realistic. Overall there is too much unnecessary drama in the film. The songs are average and weaken the momentum created by the story.

Watch it if you have nothing better to do.

Reviewed By – Aparna Kunal Jain

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