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Thugs of Hindostan Movie Review

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The Big Question Dekhen Ya Nahin?

Dekho! For the exquisite settings, larger than life drama and perfect cinematography. Every rope in place, every cloud with perfect colouring and the period costume such a welcome change from the glam and glitter of YRF films.

Thugs and Baaghi

Amitabh Bachchan as Azad, not just a title but an inspiration of freedom and the rebel princess, Fatima Shaikh set up their hideout in North India by the ocean and no amount of artistic license allows you to digest this geographic impossibility. Ila Arun as the medicine woman who doesn’t always get her potions right is barely funny.

One fleeting scene with the good looking thugs of the 1700s barely shows the horrors they wrought.

Cross ya Double-cross

Aamir Khan can’t make up his mind and neither will you, whether he is a good guy or bad. The curly hair and nose pin adds the swag that he lights up the screen with.

Aamir and his friend, Zeeshan Ayub’s comic timing not being bang on is disappointing though. Katrina Kaif as Suraiya Jaan with the exotic looks is the ultimate letdown as she just does not fit in with her glitzy costumes and jhatak phatak dance moves as a 18th century nautch girl.

Lloyd Owen and Gavin Marshall have played the mean ruthless role of East India Company officers very well.

Remake or Not

Perhaps remix or mashup of multiple movies and themes would be better suited descriptions. You can play a guessing game of ‘which movie..which movie’ for every scene.

3 on 10, No more

Wonder what director, Vijay Krishna Acharya really had in mind. Epic or fantasy? It’s sad that the stars are bigger than the story which seems to sink steadily right from the start.

Image credit: YRF Films Official Facebook Page.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

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

Dangal Movie Review – Aaamir Khan Delivers a Milestone Movie

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Movie: Dangal                                              Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                        Languages: Hindi (Haryanvi Dialect)

Genre: Action, Biography, Drama

Dangal Movie Review:

Watched Dangal yesterday FDFS definitely an oscar nominee. It is a must watch film for audience all over the world. Aamir Khan proves again why he is called Mr. Perfectionist. It’s the story of hard work, being passionate about the dream and fulfilling the dream no matter what. A truly Inspirational film.

 

Dangal Trailer –

 

Why to Watch Dangal?

The performances of every character in the film is completely intriguing and the visuals are stunning. The wrestling series are so realistic and were shot so well as if we are watching a real wrestling match and kushti (Indian version of wrestling). Aamir Khan plays a guiding role here and lets the girls who play his daughters in the film take the center stage on most occasions. What keeps us glued to the screen is Aamir khan’s transformation into a total Haryanvi father, with a submissive wife played by saas-bahu serial fame Sakshi Talwar. She always kept a subdued attitude toward her husband, only got fierce once when he asks her to cook chicken for his girls to build muscles in a vegetarian kitchen.

We have always seen Aamir in his Chiseled frame, this time playing an aging wrestler, with added pounds and flab and still wow. He mesmerizes you! literally lives the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat in rural Haryana.

The amount of effort that he has put in this film to look like a fat old father and then to lose weight to look like a real wrestler and that too for a flashback portion that hardly travels for 10 minutes is commendable.

But the stars of the film are definitely Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar. As the young Geeta and Babita, they are simply adorable and charming. They show their innocent and aggressive attitude with such ease that you will fall in love immediately with their characters and start applauding them in every scene. The way their parents pronounced their names in Haryanvi accent is still lingering in my mind. The soundtrack of Dangal is adequately entertaining. Hanikarak Bapu, Dhaakad are my favorite.

Dangal Verdict:

You may have zero knowledge about wrestling but you find yourself clapping and cheering Geeta and praying that she wins. That is the beauty of this movie. Dangal is sensitive yet fun, serious yet entertaining. Anyone who consider girls are weak take them to watch Dangal. It delivers a powerful message in a country where rural women are subjected to restrictions and early marriage is the only option for their parents.. It’s a wrestling bout where the audience is the winner …please watch it in Theaters ..respect to Mr. Perfectionist!

Reviewed by – Manju Nair