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  1. Re:I find it interesting to note that the two films that have helped Kangana bag her trophy are both calculated hits on the liberal class.

    It is easier to discern this pattern in Manikarnika, which is a film that says it in as many words: ‘O frustrated Anti-Nationals of India — what is your problem exactly?’

    Ha ha ha ha ha …… truth comes out – Rani Laxmi Bai is Aunty National according to Ch###a liberals . Utha ley rey baaba inn imbeciles ko !!!!!

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    • I mean what’s a Sreehari Nair article without a bit of nonsense? More than the whole politics aspect, I really liked how he described Kangana the actress, particularly in terms of mystique. There was this movie where she played Rekha in a bit role, it’s always made want her play Rekha or do one of Rekha’s films since.

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    • The fact that a lousy scripted & hopelessly narrated Manikarnika with VFX from the 80s managed to win this mentally disturbed, self proclaimed legend a national award proves that depths to which Indian commercial cinema has crashed! Wait for the day when even Madagascar starts making better films while our stupid illiterate masses would continue whistling & queuing up for junk like Master & Sultan while we continue to orgasm on mediocrity like Bahubali.

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      • Some masaledar comment is always welcome.
        I am tired of being politically correct.
        I wish I have your wit and honesty.

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    • Re.-I mean what’s a Sreehari Nair article without a bit of nonsense?
      Who is this Nair chap?, never heard of him.

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  2. Jai Sia Ram !!

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    • This retard needs to start watching better stuff if he feels this is an awesome poster. Even B films from Korea, Iran and Britain beat our Tollywood & Bollywood rubbish hollow.

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    • RRR will be a huge blockbuster based on the posters that are coming out of their stable. Very different, arresting and retard proof .

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      • I’m sure the highly intellectual masssses are gonna queue up outside the theaters and call this Lord Rajamouli’s very own LOTR.. 😀

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        • At least Lord Rajamouli’s LOTR won’t a ridiculously lengthy, over stretched $1 billion grosser like the Hobbit

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          • Shivaay Says:

            Yes he’d just rip off a 1.5 hour masterpiece like Lion King & transform it into a 5 hour, 2 part snoozeworthy racist pos called Bahubali with princes dancing in the clouds & palm trees being catapults 👏

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          • Lion King? Which ripped off its entire plotline from Hamlet and much of its visuals from Kimba the White Lion?

            As for you, it’s amusing how much you just like to argue for the heck of it, Anuj. There are numerous instances on this blog where you’ve called Bahubali the Beginning a near classic. So please, end your hypocrisy.

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          • Shivaay Says:

            Bahubali The Beginning, yes an outstanding achievement. Part 2 is trash, a run of the mill Telugu film with Sathyaraj doing what Bhramanandam does in every Telugu movie. Understand the difference before shooting your mouth off. Mahendra Bahubali’s intro scene in part 1 is a direct rip off from Simbaa’s birth scene fyi. And we all know Hamlet’s inspired countless films, although Hamlet itself has a bit of Mahabharata.

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      • Na , who the F cares about LOTR, and for that matter about any of the Hollywood shitfest , they can roll them and shove them under their firangee backside.
        they will call it Rajamouli kee Mahaan Chitrgaatha.

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        • Shivaay Says:

          Chitragaatha with schoolboy visuals & pukey dialogs and characters with expressions that’d shame the Saas Bahu Ekta Kapoor sagas targeted towards Rajnigandha audiences aka single screen filth.

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  3. If Aamir has to make a biopic, there’s nothing better than him playing Guru Dutt and play around cleverly with the “is life mirroring the movie” or “is the movie mirroring life” like Mank did. Shoot the film in black-and-white, make sure it surpasses lofty international standards. It’d be better if they went with Ismat Chugtai’s novel on him as it gives ample space to Geeta Dutt as well. Tabu or Vidya would be great as Geeta, and just to throw a bone to the gossip queens, he ought to cast Fatima as Waheeda Rehman ;). Man, oh man, imagining a scene of Geeta Dutt recording “Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam” when her own marriage was on the rocks as Guru Dutt’s obsession with Waheeda comes through or the film possibly ending with his death and the end credits rolling for yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaye. Boy oh boy, this would be good!!

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    • Fatima has become too heavy to play Waheeda jee, Nusrat would be a better choice .

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    • I doubt if Aamir will do the Guru Dutt biopic. Bhavna Talwar’s script isnt catering to the gossip mongering idea that Guru Dutt committed suicide because of Waheeda Rehman. As per her research Guru Dutt had got over his obsession with Waheeda and moved on in life. He committed suicide because he was suffering from undiagnosed Depression.

      A movie about Depression will not sell in India. The box office prospect of such a film is pretty poor and i seriously doubt if Aamir wud do this.

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      • I never said Guru Dutt committed suicide because of Waheeda, but that there’s enough drama and substance in his life for a very good film.

        Does box office really matter when it’s a film of such prestige?

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        • Box office wont matter to me but it may matter to Aamir.

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          • Wasn’t it Aamir who once asked, who knows the collections of Mother India, Mughal-e-Azam and Sholay? He isn’t SRK or Salman to fret over the commercial prospects, is he now?

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          • The movies u list are all commercial potboilers. I dont see Aamir picking up an art film at this point. He is more comfortable doing middle ground films.

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  4. I got to know one urdu word Wahiyat after going through KRK’s comments. I think he does it on purpose to get more views and more popular.

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    • more popularity.
      Just timepass.
      Staying in Dubai and commenting on bollywood.

      Meanwhile Saina and Parineeti are getting some good reviews and good appreciation.

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  5. The Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by late Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Priyanka Singh, challenging a Bombay High Court order refusing to quash the FIR filed against her by Mumbai Police following a complaint from Rhea Chakraborty.

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    • LOL I haven’t seen SAINA the movie but right from the trailer it looked weird – so un’Amole’ Gupta like. I mean, he couldn’t even accept ‘loosening’ the script for a film like TZP! None of the Khans – except SRK in PAHELI with Palekar — would have touched that kind of topic with a barge pole! Gupte belongs to the world of films like STANLEY KA DABBA.

      As far as I remember I don’t know Gupte making any out and out commercial film…

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  6. tonymontana Says:

    Pagglait:

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  8. The Big Bull actor was happy to praise the work of Hansal Mehta and his team and applauded the Sony LIV web series. “I saw Scam (1992) last year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it was just a wonderful achievement on behalf of the entire team,” he said.

    Hansal Mehta had also spoken about the comparisons earlier. He said, “Please don’t make unfair comparisons. There can be multiple tales on the same story. Every story-teller will have his own way and should be seen independent of the other. This film has so many talents involved just like my show. They’ve done their best and they deserve your love.”

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/the-big-bull-actor-abhishek-bachchan-i-saw-scam-1992-and-i-thoroughly-enjoyed-it-7248036/

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  9. Just out of curiosity: has there ever been any other major star in the Indian film industry who has headlined a hit like Badla in 2019 after the first big hit of Zanjeer in 73? NTR, Sivaji, MGR don’t seem to have done it afaik. Also, has anyone ever given an ATBB 26 years after their first ATBB like Salman did with Bajrangi?

    I think even Amitabh would find it difficult to beat ANR’s record of starring in a hit 70 years into one’s career.

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    • I don’t think so @Aman. Bachchan’s career is quite different in the sense of public perception! I have always said, Bachchan might carry a pan-Indian currency, but it is a double-edged sword since he won’t be perceived in the southern states. But actors like ANR or MGR, or Dr. Rajkumar, irrespective of their talent metrics, carry a superior advantage of language/regional chauvinism. They would actually out-shine Bachchan in their own states. Bachchan, unfortunately, faces a dichotomy.

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      • Actually I ended up checking and my assumption turns out to be correct. MGR’s first film was in 1936 and he retired in 1977, his last film flopped. Rajkumar’s first film was Bhakta Kanappa in 1954 and his last in 2000. NTR’s first and last hits came with a gap of 43 years. The gap between Parasakti and Padayappa was 47 years.

        After Amitabh however, there’s Chiranjeevi, Mammooty, Rajni, Kamal, Mohanlal, plenty of people who can do it.

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  10. Filmfare Awards 2021: Irrfan Khan, Taapsee Pannu film Thappad win big; check out the full winners’ list
    Filmfare Awards 2021 recognised the best of Hindi cinema for the year 2020. Here are all the winners.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/filmfare-awards-2021-irrfan-khan-taapsee-pannu-thappad-full-winners-list-7248758/

    Best Actor (Critics): Tillotama Shome (Sir)

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Saif Ali Khan (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)

    Best Actor in a Supporting Actor Role (Female): Farrukh Jaffar (Gulabo Sitabo)

    Best Story: Anubhav Sushila Singh and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul (Thappad)

    Best Screenplay: Rohena Gera (Sir)

    Best Dialogue: Juhi Chaturvedi (Gulabo Sitabo)

    Best Debut Director: Rajesh Krishnan (Lootcase)

    Best Debut Female: Alaya F (Jawaani Jaaneman)

    Best Music Album: Pritam (Ludo)

    Best Lyrics: Gulzar (Chhapaak)

    Best Playback Singer (Male): Raghav Chaitanya (Ek Tukda Dhoop from Thappad)

    Best Playback Singer (Female) Asees Kaur (Malang title song)

    Lifetime Achievement Award: Irrfan Khan

    Best Action: Ramazan Bulut, RP Yadav (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)

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  11. Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male): Irrfan Khan (Angrezi Medium)

    Best Actor (Critics): Amitabh Bachchan (Gulabo Sitabo)

    Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female): Taapsee Pannu (Thappad)

    Best Director: Om Raut (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)

    Best Film (Critics): Prateek Vats (Eeb Allay Ooh!)

    The 66th Filmfare Awards for 2021 were given out on Saturday night. Thappad, with seven trophies, and Gulabo Sitabo, with six, were the big winners of the evening.

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    • tonymontana Says:

      A lot of worthy winners. Filmfare has been restoring their lost reputation for the past 2-3 years

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  12. March was meant to be the month where Bollywood starts recovering at the box office. But the second wave of Covid had its own say. Roohi did 20 cr and Mumbai Saga may not even get to that total. Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and Saina are both washouts. Only Godzilla vs Kong has done average business (that too due to business mainly from AP and TN as per Boi).

    Bunty Aur Babli 2 is already postponed. Read that Chehre may also get postponed. Looks like the upcoming big releases like Sooryavanshi, Radhe, Satyamev Jayate and Bell Bottom may also get postponed …

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    • Deservedly so. The Dec-Jan window should have been taken with both hands like Master & Krack did. Sooryavanshi & 83 should have taken the Xmas, Sankranti/R Day slots instead of chickening out & waiting.

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      • No o dnot think so. Even during Christmas / New Year, Hindi releases wouldn’t have done better.
        Maharashtra was and still is a covid nightmare and so is Delhi, though Mumbai numbers makes it look infinitely safer. You take out these two states and we are talking about 50% business deficit. Things were better then but definitely a 10% difference at best, so not out of the woods.

        Deferring the release is a bad but only choice. Also after Coolie No 1 or Lakshmi it is now clear that OTT is worst platform for movies which has escapist needs for single screen audience. So no wonder that big entertainers would wait, and rightly so.

        Don’t see any big Hindi releases till end of May.

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  14. The Illegal on Prime is worth a watch. The never ending struggles of dreamers.

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  15. Saw Pagglait, it is pretty good in parts but the director has put in so many stereotypes and clichés from a small UP town kee sum total of the movie became a caricature .
    Raghuveer Yadav is the best in the movie.
    His drinking on the terrace is so unbelievable. ,
    Sanya, not consulting her parent about an important issue seems far fetched, also I have not heard ever that the girl’s parents come and live in for 13 days , it would have been better to show them as locals who visit everyday.( more common)
    Overall I did not mind it .

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    • I would add this, that the climax scene between Rana and his wife ( can’t say more ) did manage to make me a bit emotional.

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      • It was good. Just expressions without words.
        I wish they showed some glimpses, some scenes of the son.

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        • My wife and I watched it last night. Very delighted.

          Lot of it was unbelievable but didn’t mind it. Love watching these small budget movies.

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  16. Saw – Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal – Netflix Documentary
    Very nicely done. Felt sorry for the Sailing Coach though.
    Most of the clients got/ served their sentence , Rick Singer is still awaiting sentencing since he is a cooperating witness, go figure that !!
    Cant’s believe so many intelligent people ( attorney ) fell for the scam.

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    • https://www.laineygossip.com/review-netflix-operation-varsity-blues-the-college-admissions-scandal-blames-pressure-to-get-into-top-college-for-2019-scandal/68316

      At one point a former admissions officer at Stanford explains that the traditional definition of the word “prestige” in French means “deceit,” which totally made my head explode because I rewatched Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige a few weeks/months ago and how could I not have made this connection before? These rankings in many ways are an illusion, and while some argue that this scandal pulls back the curtain on college admissions, some believe that this scandal has only made these selective colleges all the more alluring.

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    • I don’t condone cheating but I have sympathetic view of parents…It doesn’t matter if you are rich or middle class or poor, you want good for your kid. Also there are many loopholes which is used by folks to get admission including donation. How did Ambanis do MBA from Stanford and Wharton? Donation?

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    • Agree, but in some case parents knew that what they are agreeing to be part of is clearly illegal.
      The bummer is that Singer in cooperation with the FBI wiretaps the parents .
      The guy is a superb salesman and at the same time knew how to get the confessions out of the unsuspecting parents.

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  17. When asked whether she has seen Pagglait, Seema Pahwa said, “I have not seen it yet but I have got many calls from friends and unit members and their biggest grouse is that even the shooting location has been the same. I am sure because of the similarities, even they (Pagglait makers) must be having a tough time.”

    Incidentally, today, that is, March 31, Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi is all set to release digitally, that too on Netflix.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/r-rahman-launches-ehan-bhat-edilsy-vargas-99-songs-says-lot-potential/

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    • This is the second movie after Madam CM which released on Netflix India but note here in USA?? Aisa Kyon ?
      I really wanted to watch Madam CM.

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  18. Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Tenet to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on March 31
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkCreated: Mar 30, 2021 – 19:32 IST

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  19. SCOOP: Sooryavanshi unlikely to release on April 30 due to new Covid-19 restrictions; trade experts share their views
    ByFenil SetaCreated: Mar 31, 2021 – 11:00 IST

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/scoop-sooryavanshi-unlikely-release-april-30-due-new-covid-19-restrictions-trade-experts-share-views/

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    • Now the entire 2021 release calendar will go for a toss.

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      • The one way is releasing the film in 4 parts on OTT, 1 week apart for each part. That way they can beat tamil rockers to some extent. Every sunday and 4 sundays in total. They can decide on the price taking all factors into consideration.
        There is a talk of closing the malls, theatres and restaurants as covid cases are surging. Hope vaccination speeds up and given to every person.
        While some parts of south India is behaving as if covid is a past thing, states north of vindhyas and its people are still cautious.

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        • This formula can be followed by 83, Radhe etc. if the situation does not improve.

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        • I think films like Sooryavanshi and Radhe etc will not be keen to release on OTT. These are films mainly for the masses and will probably not receive equal reception in urban centric OTT platforms.

          Sooryavanshi may finally release in Independence Day weekend or even later. Hopefully some biggies will release in the last 2 months of 2021 (Diwali and Christmas time).

          Personally, I am not that interested in Bollywood films these days. But was hoping LSC wud release in Christmas. Now that seems a suspect too, as their is bound to be a backlog of releases that will try to release before it, pushing LSC’s release further back..

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    • And then, this country has the BALLS to declare India ‘partially free’ to ‘free’ on human rights; and some members here too say, what a ‘robust’ country the Amreeka is compared to India!! Look at yourself in the mirror first before you start making comments on other’s faces. And look at that mo-fo shop-owner, instead of rushing and saving her, he is closing the door after the terrorist has left!!!

      It is not the courts or institutions that make a country stronger; it is the empathy first of the people; the institutions are nothing but concrete buildings and work-flows built by citizens and exercised by citizens themselves …

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      • Difference is in india, it’s common and the attacker will get away in most cases. in usa, justice is usually served. I can post 100 videos off youtube of incidents like this in india for every 1 in USA.

        And this is not modi or not modi thing. it was like that before modi and it will be like that after modi too.

        you using your logic, you have no right to say anything about any country or group because you can find incidents like that in india too, right???

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        • After Trump, America changed a lot. It will take time to bring it back to the America that is being taken as example. Hopefully Biden will try.
          Asian American? Too generic a term.
          Would he have attacked a white woman with such impunity?

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          • Trump gave confidence to these raciest people that it’s okay to be like that. Typically they disguise that in the form of Freedom/Constitution/ETc…

            So those people were already there and like but they were in closet. Trump made them come out of the closet. Trump father was part of KKK, apple doesn’t fall from the tree.

            Trump put a scar which will take about a decade to heal.

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      • Awesome comment AnJo.. they come up with all sorts of stupid rankings and reports on India.
        C$$$yas …jinkey ghar sheeshey key ho ….
        Also see this video – matlab tum kaun, maun khamaakhan !!

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      • Actually, it’s amazing how much Narendra Modi is day-by-day turning out to be the Right wing Indira Gandhi. You know why? Because around the point of both their terms, India received the same rating. This is with regards to the Swedes:
        https://theprint.in/national-interest/modis-india-loves-global-praise-but-turns-angry-vishwaguru-at-slightest-criticism/620918/

        https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-56393944

        This explains Freedom House’s rating:
        https://theprint.in/opinion/why-india-has-slipped-to-partly-free-category-on-freedom-index-how-countries-are-scored/616149/

        Now I agree any list that finds freedom in India equal to freedom in Pakistan utterly nonsensical, but looking at one’s face is what distinguishes US from a lot of countries, doesn’t it? Where are the strongest critics of drone strikes, interventions, MNCs and even Barack Obama? Given how much of a free society the US is in terms of speech (much more than Europe), self reflection happens in spades.

        Everyone knows these Anti-Asian crimes are happening due to the broad anti China sentiment (which stupidly fails to distinguish between China, Taiwan and Japan). Do we really want to go into how well India treats the North East or how North easterners are routinely insulted as Chinkis or?

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  22. Can this guy shake a leg, or what!!

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  23. These are mostly lone wolf attacks by deranged persons most of the time. Some Indian americans(women) are worried. This incident has shaken them a lot.
    Their words.
    What should we do? They are so huge.
    And we dont carry guns.
    Not quick enough to use spray.
    If we retaliate, they may turn more violent.
    Is it better to take kicks and then complain to the police?
    Or avoid going alone and be in groups which is not possible always.

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  24. Films delayed, losses mount: Hindi film industry stares at slump ‘worse than 2020’

    As Haathi Mere Saathi, Bunty Aur Babli 2 and Chehre releases are postponed and theatre owners deal with a new list of clampdowns amid rising COVID-19 cases, many are asking if they can deal with – what has started to feel like – 2020 all over again.

    As coronavirus numbers spike, 2021 has started feeling like a 2020 redux.

    The Hindi film industry that has been bleeding for over a year now, saw a glimmer of hope at the beginning of the new year as Roohi managed to bring audiences back to cinema halls, followed by Mumbai Saga. It appeared good times were ahead as filmmakers announced the release dates of their upcoming films, with Sooryavanshi, Chehre, Banti Aur Babli 2, Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai and Satyamev Jayate 2 lined up for release in the coming months.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/films-delayed-losses-mount-hindi-film-industry-stares-at-slump-worse-than-2020-7253076/

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  25. White House Outlines Plan To Protect Asian Americans From Racism
    President Joe Biden’s actions include a reinstatement of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/biden-white-house-asian-american-racism_n_60635044c5b6d5b7a693389d

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    • Good to see, so there’s already and action plan in motion.

      Amreeka is not perfect but it is one of the most diverse country in the world and has value for human life as well as animals.

      Yes, you will find example here and there but i’m not going to judge over 300 million people living in it based on few incidents.

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  27. sanjana Says:

    On prolonged absence of Member of Parliament Kirron Kher from Chandigarh, city BJP chief Arun Sood on Wednesday announced that Kher was suffering from multiple myeloma.

    Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer.

    Kher was elected as MP for a second consecutive term from Chandigarh.

    City BJP chief Sood said, “People had been going all out to use words like ‘missing’, ‘gumshuda’ for Kher. I just want to announce that she is suffering from multiple myeloma and undergoing treatment for the same at Mumbai’s hospital.”

    https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/city-bjp-chief-kirron-kher-suffering-from-multiple-myeloma-undergoing-treatment-in-mumbai-7253917/

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  28. sanjana Says:

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  29. Ideal setup for a box office failure. Expecting Baabubali 2 like collections to break even. Such collections usually happens once in a lifetime only.

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    • So to break even, the film needs to gross at least 1000 crore? I think that’s fair, the Conclusion made 1700 crore, the Beginning made 650 crore.
      To make an assumption, let’s say that RRR is as good as 2.0, a fairly mediocre movie but which still grossed 617 crore. That with a film facing numerous delays and postponement, a director whose last film was rejected (I), a Rajni who was a weakening box office force, Akshay in a 15 min role, no songs and lame release date. RRR has India’s most popular director, the Dussera week, two hugely popular Telugu stars, Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn. To boot, it’s a prim and proper masala film, which has never been a disaster for anyone unless Yashraj.
      Rajamouli is no Victor, and the film will definitely break even, but will it break Bahubali is the million dollar question. No director who has made a hit of this level (Mother India, MeA, Sholay, HAHK) have been able to outdo their record. Let’s see if Rajamouli makes history with this one.

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      • RRR may recover in south (but i doubt it in these Covid times). The Hindi version will need around 275-280 cr to break even. Dont see that happening. Not just Covid, its also clashing with Maidaan which is carrying excellent reports.

        This will be like a Shaan after Sholay imo.

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        • sanjana Says:

          RRR will recover in AP and Telengana.
          Also Karnataka.
          Kerala and Tamilnadu are doubtful.
          If they give sufficient space to Ajay Devgn, hindi belt may go for
          it. Alia Bhatt is no Aishwarya Rai..Her Kalank did not work.
          Covid may play spoilsport.
          I am expecting a good story and tight direction from Rajamouli. He is the actual star of RRR.
          A solo hero like Prabhas would have a lot more pull than two heroes who are unknown in most part of the country.
          It looks like a strained effort to surpass his own Baahubali series.

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          • RRR will definitely do well in AP/Telengana. The Hindi belt price is too high at 140 cr. It may have worked in Pre-Covid times, but now its a big gamble. Its not that once the second wave subsides, the biggies will start doing 300 cr like in Pre-Covid times. It will take time for audience to come back to theaters in full flow.

            I dont think any film will get remotely close to 300 cr nett this year, especially not RRR with 2 unknown heroes in the Hindi belt.

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    • Too much. If a pandemic doesn’t stop these extortionate prices what will?

      I doubt Maidaan would clash with RRR, both have Devgnn. Would make no sense.

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      • Boi is saying RRR’s hindi theatrical rights are evaluated at 115 cr only. That means around 225 cr nett needed to break-even. That is more reasonable and may be possible if the pandemic effects are completely gone by October (which i doubt).

        Hopefully it will do well.

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  30. Yayy, SRK movie set for Summer!!!! Inteha ho gayi intexaar ki

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  31. Saw Godzilla vs. Kong last night . what an utter disaster . first 5-8 minutes were nice and interesting but after that it was like a computer game.
    All the standard clichés like evil corporation, high school kids turning detectives, no concept of city, state country and so many other plot twits of convenience and stupidity . It was also very boring.
    If this what Hollywood offers, I will take Rajmouli and his RRR any time.
    P.S.- the Kong alike in Teesri Aankh was better than this one , even Jaani Dushman monster was more believable .

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    • “If this what Hollywood offers, I will take Rajmouli and his RRR any time.” – just what I expected from you. GvK is a B film by Hollywood standards laden with Vfx & little else. Rajamouli is India’s so called legend with lousy stinkers like Magadheera & Lousy Rathore to his credit, not to mention the disaster called Eega & the B grade angry birds visuals of Bahubali-The confusion. Rajamouli’s popularity merits equating him with the likes of Spielberg, Cameroon & Nolan and even naming this Tollywood pervert with his belly jingling heroines in the same breath is a joke!

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      • Just what I expected from you. No one is equating Spielberg, Cameron or Nolan with Rajamouli, but let me say this today, Avatar is utterly boring and completely stale if not for the technology, which has dated quite quickly. Maybe comparing visual quality of a film made on not even half the promotional budget of any of Hollywood’s trash. Rajamouli had more style, grandeur, vision and emotion in one film of his than any of these lousy Hollywood technicians have in their career.

        Maybe Nolan ought to create one, at least one female character that is memorable at least till the end of his film.

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        • Re.-Rajamouli had more style, grandeur, vision and emotion in one film of his than any of these lousy Hollywood technicians have in their career.
          Word !!!
          kabhi kabhi Aman- pasand kee baat karta hai ..LOL

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        • Shivaay Says:

          “Avatar is utterly boring and completely stale if not for the technology, which has dated quite quickly.” – Agreed. Doesn’t make any of Tollywood’s or Rajamouli’s junk any better.
          “Maybe Nolan ought to create one, at least one female character that is memorable at least till the end of his film.” – I thought Mal & Murphy were very interesting and mysterious characters but okay, agreed if he doesn’t create interesting female leads, at least he doesn’t have them dancing half naked to titillating lyrics in bars, streets and waterfalls. Bollywood since the 70s has not had even a single commercially viable film maker who can exploit the big screen medium to his advantage (unless Johar, Barjatya and Shetty are you idea of good film-makers, I won’t be surprised if they are). The lesser said about Tollywood, the better.

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      • Shivaay,

        Why do you even bother watching Indian movies? Most of the time you’re here trashing Indian movies and it’s makers. This means it’s not your cup of tee. So you should spend time on blogs which worship nolan, speilberg, etc…

        A person used to eating at Michelin Star restaurant may think your mom/wife/daughter cooking is trash, but i’m sure you will think think differently, no?

        Most of the things in life are subjective…

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    • Re.- just what I expected from you.
      yeah bikul same to same, the feeling is mutual !!

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    • I will also add that given the side cast and the location, this movie has been made keeping China as a big market in mind , nothing wrong with that but just saying .

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      • Your desperate attempts to raise the pedestal of Indian cinema’s mediocrity are an epic fail. Even Bollywood artists and film makers themselves confess the industry is bankrupt of ideas and good effective stories. Its no surprise that most of the content since the 90s is a partial or blatant copy from either the west and of late, the east as well. Even the tunes of thieves like Anu Malik and co were akin to blatant stealing. If you really are a genuine well wisher of commercial cinema, you’d rather hope for the industry to encourage some level of meritocracy and hire some good writers and film makers with original ideas instead of doing a mediocre copy/paste job.

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      • Re.-Your desperate attempts to raise the pedestal of Indian cinema’s mediocrity are an epic fail.
        Bhai :
        1. Why am I desperate , meri jeb sey kya jaat hai ?
        2. How can I raise the pedestal ? I am just an average viewer , have no skin in the game.
        3. Who decides Indian Cinema mediocrity ? some Woke kids out of south Bombayyy ? Fuck that shit !!
        4.Epic Fail – hain ??? what epic and how fail??
        Bhai Kehna kya chatey ho ??
        Man you remind me of Acid from Chichorey , itna gussa kyon bhara hua hai dost .

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        • Shivaay Says:

          Andhbhakti- Perfect trait of rabid fanatics, the polar opposite of the woke South Mumbai Kashyap fanatics. Made for each other 👏

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  32. Godzilla vs Kong has done okay in India. Will end at 45 cr or so. In Pre-Covid times it wud have done 90+ cr nett total. Proves again that trash B grade cinema has a special market in India.

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    • Shivaay Says:

      This outright B grade trash is still better than 90% of India’s commercial junk nowadays.

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  33. Aamir’s comeback film after 3 years has opened to scathing reviews today. Another washout after Saina and Sandeep Aur Pinky Ferar.

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  34. I wonder if this too would have done 200+ cr in theatres?
    I doubt so…but the premiere’s response is stunning. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Laxmii Is Huge On Satellite – Premieres Second To Bahubali 2
    Friday 02 April 2021 20.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Laxmii has had huge premiere on television despite coming six months after its digital premiere. The film had also proved to be the biggest HIT on OTT on paid platforms when released though the film was generally badmouthed by the media. It was said the film would have hardly done 100 crore nett in the theatres and that too on Diwali and the film is a total disaster but digital results were saying something else and now these insane television figures prove that the film has found a huge audience. These television numbers have come even after the huge negative media. .

    Laxmii is second only to Bahubali – The Conclusion as far as televison premieres go with 2.5 crore plus impressions. It has beaten the other Akshay Kumar starrer to go over 2 crore impressions Housefull 4 but that film is a huge blockuster on satellite due to insane numbers after the premiere again and again. It remains to be seen whether Laxmii follows the Housefull 4 route but the blockbuster premiere pretty much confirms the success of the film with the audience. The top films on television of all time are as follows. The numbers are impressions which are the number of television sets viewing the film.

    1. Bahubali: The Conclusion – 2,60,54,00,000 (Sony)

    2. Laxmii – 2,51,44,000 (Star)

    3. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – 2,51,19,00,000 (Star)

    4. Bajrangi Bhaijaan – 2,37,45,000 (Star)

    5. Housefull 4 – 2,15,42,000 (Star)

    6. Bahubali: The Beginning – 2,07,77,000 (Sony)

    7. Dhadak – 1,83,16,000 (Zee)

    8. Golmaal Again – 1,63,52,000 (Star)

    9. Total Dhamaal – 1,67,93,000 (Star

    10. 2.0 (Hindi) – 1,65,13,000 (Zee)

    There was this article (https://boxofficeindia.com/report-details.php?articleid=6102) done about the probable box office numbers of Laxmii but now after these satellite results these are probably on the lower side. The other side could be that a lesser ratio of theatre going population saw the film on digital despite the good results so this audience has come when the film came on television. Either way the film has found a huge audience.

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    • jayshah Says:

      Not possible to compare. Would prefer when other OTT is compared. Nonetheless it’s found an audience. That audience is starved too. So hard to formulate with so many ifs, buts and maybes. 2nd to Bahubali is something though.

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      • Surprisingly they didn’t hand out another National award for Laxmi to the Canadian despite all the ass licking of the right wing ruling party Akshay has been doing.

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  36. Bad news for LSC. Cirkus will release one week after it. I have doubts if LSC will be a big grosser. Hopefully it will do enough to be a clean hit. Wonder how much that will be in Post-Covid scenario?

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    • jayshah Says:

      These dates are impossible to predict and once a biggie releases we’ll know the position of the market. The first few releases are crucial. You would think a positive domino effect would occur.

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      • Yeah, the first few releases are going to be crucial. If Radhe and Satyamev Jayate indeed releases this Eid, it will be interesting to see their collections. I reckon a 100 cr total wud be good for Radhe on Eid.

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        • Shivaay Says:

          No way are any of them coming on Eid. Nothing before I Day for now. For all we know, it might be as late as Diwali or X’mas for the next tentpole.

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  37. sanjana Says:

    Chaalbaaz In London: Shraddha Kapoor To Play Double Role In New Film
    Chaalbaaz In London: The film will be directed by Pankaj Parashar, who also helmed the 1989 film Chaalbaaz, co-starring late actress Sridevi and Rajinikanth

    https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/chaalbaaz-in-london-shraddha-kapoor-to-play-double-role-in-new-film-2405460?pfrom=home-ndtv_lateststories

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    • a tad outdated to show the suffering of one of the twins especially in London by greedy people. where any kind of abuse can be reported over 911/999

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  38. yeh toh khela hobey !!

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  40. sanjana Says:

    Watched Benjamin Button. The curious case of BB. Very moving film. What a film! Good old storytelling and great acting.

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    • tonymontana Says:

      The best thing about it was the emotional connect. Well-written characters. In any other maker’s hands, it could have become a soulless film that focused just on the reverse aging concept.

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  42. https://www.deccanherald.com/state/top-karnataka-stories/coronavirus-very-intelligent-attacks-only-at-gym-theatre-duniya-vijay-970293.html

    This is the exact reason why I believe not only are most film makers and artists in Indian cinema an epitome of mediocrity, they’re a bunch of psychologically imbecile individuals as well. If this actor Duniya Vijay (fancy name for his low denominator illiterate fanbase) feels 100% theater capacity is the way to go forward during a pandemic peak, lord bless our film industry. Forget the available 50%, even finding a theater in the near future might become an impossible task if these guys have their way. I remember Bollywood clowns crying “save cinemas” last August and yet these cowards were the first one’s to chicken out from releasing tentpoles despite the pandemic being well in control during the winter months. While the fools from the southern industries intend to do the exact opposite, release as many films as possible despite the pandemic peak!

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  43. As part of the new rules, a night curfew would be in place across the state from 8 pm to 7 am and a weekend lockdown will be effective from 8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday. The restrictions, which come into effect tomorrow (April 5), also include a ban on gatherings of five or more people throughout the day.

    Shopping malls, bars, restaurants and other eateries will be open only for take-aways and parcels. While government offices will be allowed to function with only 50 per cent staff, private ones have been asked to shift to the work-from-home model.

    Religious places, gymnasiums, amusement parks, indoor sports complexes, parks, playgrounds, beaches, salons and beauty parlours will remain closed to avoid crowding during the day.

    Although theatres and drama complexes have been asked to keep their gates closed, film and television shoots are permitted, provided they ensure social distancing norms are adhered to. Political rallies have also been banned.

    E-commerce and industrial operations, construction activities and farming have been given a nod.

    No new restrictions have been placed on flights and trains, but public transport will run at 50 per cent capacity and violators will be fined.

    Also, societies with five or more Covid cases will be declared containment zones and violations will lead to fines of up to Rs 10,000.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/maharashtra-lockdown-latest-rules-explained-7258757/

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  44. Veteran actor Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal passes away
    Veteran actor Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal died on Sunday at the age of 88. She has famously played the supporting character parts in over 100 movies.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/veteran-actor-shashikala-om-prakash-saigal-passes-away-7258394/

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  45. sanjana Says:

    Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal re-election bid will receive a high-profile shot in the arm on Monday, when veteran actor and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan campaigns for the Chief Minister’s Trinamool Congress during the ongoing Assembly election.
    Listed as a ‘star campaigner’, Ms Bachchan’s presence reinforces the Trinamool’s popular slogan “Bangla nijer mayekay chaye”, or “Bengal wants only its own daughter”. And she is that – a Bengali from Jabalpur married to superstar Amitabh Bachchan; who is often referred to as ‘Banglar jamai’, or the son-in-law of Bengal.

    Ms Bachchan – who arrived in Kolkata late Sunday evening – will begin with a campaign for three-time Tollygunge MLA Aroop Biswas, who faces Union Minister Babul Supriyo in defence of his seat.

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/bengal-assembly-election-samajwadi-party-mp-jaya-bachchan-in-kolkata-to-campaign-for-trinamool-2406085?pfrom=home-ndtv_topscroll

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  46. sanjana Says:

    Ram Setu: After Akshay Kumar, 45 junior artists test positive for COVID-19
    ByMonica YadavCreated: Apr 5, 2021 – 09:06 IST

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  47. sanjana Says:

    ‘Shashikala was never short of her work.’
    ‘But somewhere as she grew older she got tired of playing variations of the villain.’
    ‘She became spiritual.’
    Subhash K Jha remembers Shashikala who passed away aged 88 on Sunday.

    Excerpts

    I loved Shashikala as the trouble-maker in Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore’s marriage in Choti Bahu. Shashikala’s best-remembered role is as Leela the blackmailer in B R Chopra’s Gumrah. In this memorable film Shashikala was the woman who gets to know of Mala Sinha’s extra-marital affair and squeezes the damsel in distress out of every penny.

    Shashikala’s idiocyncratic gesture of rotating a keychain in her finger while glibly talking money was a big hit in Gumrah. She won her richly deserved second Filmfare Award for best supporting actress in Gumrah.

    Shashikala was never short of her work. But somewhere as she grew older she got tired of playing variations of the villain. She became spiritual, joined Mother Teresa’s organisation and perhaps atoned for all the artificial sins in her film.

    https://www.rediff.com/movies/report/shashikala-hindi-cinemas-favourite-badwoman-passes-into-the-ages/20210405.htm

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  48. sanjana Says:

    watched Matilda meant for 7+. The wicked Principal and the wicked father were so good that wickedness seemed interesting! On netflix

    Another film on netflix which I postponed was Ferrari ki sawari. Quite a good timepass film. The politician and his son provided masala in an otherwise straightforward film.

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  49. sanjana Says:

    Shashikala dancing to this beautiful song from Anupama.

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  51. tonymontana Says:

    Death Becomes Her:

    Didnt know Robert ZemeCkis had a crazy, wacky side to him which reflects in this zany film. Quite a ride even when much of it remains (unintentionally?) silly. Still a lot of fun. All three principal characters seemed to be having a ball, especially Bruce Willis in a non-action, non no-nonsense role. Meryl Streep was a delight as usual.

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  52. sanjana Says:

    Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan, in Bengal to campaign on behalf of Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress, came out guns blazing at her first press conference, reminding voters that Ms Banerjee was “fighting to preserve the democratic right of every Bengali” and warning rival political parties – she did not name any – against “hijacking my religion… democratic rights”.
    “I have the utmost love and respect for Mamataji – a single woman fighting against all atrocities… a single woman fighting against everyone else. She has a broken leg, but nothing is going to stop her,” Ms Bachchan, a Bengali by birth, and a four-term Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, said.

    “Mamataji is fighting to preserve the democratic right of every Bengali,” she said.

    Ms Bachchan also issued a veiled warning to the BJP over its campaign strategy – widely seen as a vicious and deeply polarising attack that referred to Ms Banerjee as “anti-Hindu” and someone who appeases Pakistanis and Muslims, and changed her traditional honorific of ‘didi’ to ‘begum’

    “I want to say… do not hijack my religion from me and do not hijack my democratic rights from me. And when I say me… I mean the people. I represent all the people,” Ms Bachchan said.

    Listed as a ‘star campaigner’, Ms Bachchan’s presence comes after a promise from party boss Akhilesh Yadav to Mamata Banerjee – that his party would campaign for her in this election.

    Her presence also underlines Ms Banerjee’s plan to take on a ruthless BJP poll machine – to stitch together a pan-India working alliance of non-BJP parties, for this and other elections.

    Jaya Bachchan will begin with a campaign for three-time Tollygunge MLA Aroop Biswas, who faces Union Minister Babul Supriyo in defence of his seat.

    https://www.ndtv.com/assembly-west-bengal/bengal-assembly-election-a-single-woman-fighting-alone-jaya-bachchan-on-mamata-banerjee-2406704?pfrom=home-ndtv_topscroll

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    • sanjana Says:

      I am surprised. Her husband is so careful not to do anything which displeases the ruling party.

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      • I think that is a fine/brilliant chess move by Didi. She got the wife, and is now masquerading her as ‘Bangal ki Beti’. Now, the goony elements in BJP are neutered since AB is apolitical! They can try to attack Jaya, but it will be an indirect attack on AB! It would be an exact corollary to Bala Saheb supporting AB but Raj and his goons throwing stones at AB’s house!!!

        The BJP is now caught between the devil and the deep sea! Great Move Didi! But a disgusting move by Jaya supporting cut-money government … and that’s fine…her own mind … her own decision … Using the Woman card …

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  53. LOL!!

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  55. This should be Interesting !!

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    • Padukone is a miscast. She’s neither young enough anymore and nor can move a muscle when she has to act beyond her jhatkas. This one needed someone like Sanya Malhotra.

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      • Padukone is not the intern here, its Bachchan. Padukone is playing the CEO and founder of the company. Not sure how anyone younger than her can do that role better? I think Padukone’s age is fine and infact I woouold have preferred Rishi Kapoor in this role but Bachchan will do anything great!

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        • Shivaay Says:

          Padukone has extremely limited acting skills for a role of this nature. Just like she was a monumental miscast in an otherwise classic like Piku.

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        • If you want to pick talent wise but that’s very subjective. Anycase Deepika is the producer and she wanted to work on this remake from long time. Without her involvement there wouldn’t have been this project in Bollywood in first place!

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    • Agree on Padukone, Kiara Advani would be a good choice as well…

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    • I believe Bachchan is replacing Rishi….

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  56. Bachchan replaces the late Rishi Kapoor who was due to star in the project alongside Padukone, but died in 2020.

    Directed by Nancy Meyers, “The Intern” (2015) collected $194 million globally.

    Bachchan (“Gulabo Sitabo”) and Padukone (“Chhapaak”) will play the roles enacted by Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro respectively in the original.

    https://variety.com/2021/film/news/amitabh-bachchan-deepika-padukone-bollywood-remake-the-intern-1234944143/

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    • I saw THE INTERN only recently on HBO. Although nothing great, it was a feel-good film with a very genial performance by De Niro. The interactions between Bob and Anne were good, especially when she opens up on her relationship problems.

      A good TV film; but nothing so great – nor anything bad. One time watch. Of course with Nancy Meyers at the helm, what do you expect? I would have rather preferred to see Bachchan in the adaptation of SOMETHING’s GOTTA GIVE, though a slight variant has already been experimented in Balki’s CHEENI KUM.

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      • Yes its good fun.
        Amitabh and Robert De Niro
        Aamir and Tom Hanks
        And i think these official hollywood remakes are now going to comeback big time overtaking the south remakes.

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  57. LMAO !!

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  58. sanjana Says:

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/fashion/kareena-kapoor-says-no-propaganda-wear-your-mask-in-rs-26k-louis-vuitton-mask-101617637502762.html

    Celebrities will live in style and die in stylle come what may!
    Vanity and show off is the need of the hour while ordinary citizens search for beds with oxygen! When once again migration has started!

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  59. sanjana Says:

    We need more doctors. And less expensive medical education. But what is the use? Every second doctor wants to settle in USA. It is like nurturing candidates by one political party only to watch those candidates switch to another political party with more heft. Parents giving it all to their sons and daughters and to see them whisked away after marriage leaving them helpless in their advanced years. There maybe reasons but ultimately the tree cant eat its own fruits!
    Of course there are some exceptions but those exceptions gets smaller by the day.

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    • Why do India need medical doctors? Center is providing all the benefits to Ayurvedic doctors who can open their own clinics and treat any patients and make life difficult for fresh MBBS graduates to survive. After working for so long, they are earning less a beginner software engineer who completes a course in 6 months. You are lowering the value of medical doctors and increasing the ayurvedic medicine further and the society will know its pain after a decade or two. First they clubbed medical docs and Ayurvedic docs one and same and recently there is plan to allow Ayurvedic doctors to do surgery as well and there was huge protest but it won’t matter and they will get approval. Nothing against ayurvedic medicine but clubbing them equal to medical doctors is wrong at so many levels!

      https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/permitting-ayurveda-doctors-to-conduct-surgery-a-compromise-with-health-ima/articleshow/79679088.cms

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      • sanjana Says:

        What I feel is that highly qualified allopathic doctors could be used for serious cases and surgical proceedings. While trained ayurvedic and homeopathic doctors could be used to give vaccines, treat minor ailments and attend minor allopathic routine which anyhow the nurses and compounders are doing.
        As it is, many highly educated Indians trust ayurvedic and homeopathic along with other indigenous ones as alternate avenues. And nowadays there are many substandard medical colleges which take huge donations churning out substandard doctors. And we read about negligence and indifferent treatments given. People go through google and self medicate! Or advice qualified doctors.

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        • Shivaay Says:

          Ayurveda is more about prevention than cure. An ayurvedic lifestyle is the kind that humanity desperately needs in these times of climate change and global warming. Ayurveda is more in tune with “Terrain Theory” of how to prevent disease and how to make sure the terrain does not act as a conducive environment for germs and disease. However with rampant urbanisation & uncontrolled population leading to urban migration and haphazard unplanned development, disease and immune compromising is an inevitability that requires precise allopath treatments.

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          • “Ayurveda is more about prevention than cure”

            No one is against Ayurverda but that doesn’t mean they need to be given label as equally qualified as medical doctors and then give them permission to do surgery without repercussions. That’s what the protest is about.

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          • Master, I know. Just a sort of sarcastic comment from me. I thought of becoming devil’s advocate.
            Having said that, faith is the first step for a cure in some cases. But we take second and third opinion too to come to a conclusion. Take vaccine for example. If there is a choice, each one will want something specific. And there are anti vaxine groups.
            When I show the prescription of the previous doctor, the other doctor usually scribbles his or her own prescription.

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  60. sanjana Says:

    Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi was supposed to come on Netflix on 31st March, 2021. What happened? It is playing on some other lesser known platform.

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  62. 1991/1992 … when daylight action scenes trumped over 2021 green screens and CGI … one for the archives…entire theater going wild with wolf-whistles when Arnold ‘Shivajinagar’ as fondly monikered — including by me and friends — crashed the gates and jumped over the half-constructed median to protect the kid … and the way the gun was angled and Arnold reloaded the gun…

    Woh kya hai na, apne ko akal pehle aayi … English baad mein…

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    • tonymontana Says:

      The best days of cinema have gone past.

      I hate the big budget comic book adapted extravaganzas these days that are just sequences upon sequences of special effects with no effort gone into storytelling or characters. Just big, fat bores.

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    • Shivaay Says:

      Overuse of CGI and green screen has completely ruined the realism of the big action blockbuster for me. Precisely one of the reasons why Christopher Nolan films shot by cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema and films like George Miller’s Mad max-Fury Road stand out so tall among the rest in 70mm format. I’m quite sure if Stanley Kubrick was alive today he’d be shooting all his films using practical effects. Even back home I never find the action sequences of modern day films like Bahubali & Tanhaji as riveting as a Mughal E Azam or Sholay.

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    • Shivaay Says:

      https://screenrant.com/modern-movie-special-effects-no-cgi/

      Some of the best scenes in modern day films that use practical effects alone. Mad Max’s chase sequence and Inception’s Paris Cafe dream sequence are the stand out for me.

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  63. sanjana Says:

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the time that it was “absolutely unacceptable” that bystanders did not intervene, adding: “I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you do, you’ve got to help your fellow New Yorker.”

    A suspect, Brandon Elliott, was later arrested and charged with felony assault as a hate crime, according to police. Kari sustained serious injuries, including a fractured pelvis, and has been released from the hospital, NPR reported.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/doormen-fired-nyc-attack-asian-woman_n_606cb3ffc5b68ddf94b5e419

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  64. sanjana Says:

    Abhishek Bachchan calls himself ‘OTT ka Bachchan’, says ‘I have been busier in last 6-8 months than I have been in a decade’
    Abhishek Bachchan’s The Big Bull will start streaming on Disney+Hotstar on Friday, April 8th. In this interview with indianexpress.com the actor opens up about his love for multi-dimensional and humane roles, and how he prefers characters that are relatable and tactile.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/abhishek-bachchancalls-himself-ott-ka-bachchan-says-i-have-been-busier-in-last-six-eight-months-that-i-have-been-in-a-decade-7261101/

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  65. sanjana Says:

    Sonu Sood launches a COVID vaccination drive all across India called Sanjeevani: A shot of life
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkUpdated: Apr 7, 2021 – 14:23 IST

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/sonu-sood-launches-a-covid-vaccination-drive-all-across-india-called-sanjeevani-a-shot-of-life/

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    • I like this guy, he is really doing something which betters India and humanity.

      Kangana, take note…

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    • Sonu Sood is genuinely doing extraordinary social work and going from strength to strength. More power to him.

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    • Khapshyap, Dadlani, Sinha, Swara, Nandi, Mehta, Farhan et AL. please take a note as well !!

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      • Ajab- Ghajab Duniya hai.
        A lone women is trying to defend her house, her livelihood from the mighty Govt. which brazenly demolished her house. She should take note.
        But the Jamaat of Li####us who praise the local Govt 24×7 , who tweet best CM etc. (kyonkee phatee hai) are given a free ride.

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        • Shivaay Says:

          Well you see that lone bebas lachaar bechaari aurat is being backed & funded by his highness, the almighty supreme leader (powerful enough to impose a senseless lockdown even before a pandemic takes shape & then rally with 1000s of supporters exactly a year later despite a major crisis), just like your dear liberal gang of rogues (the filthiest scum from the deepest of gutters) are receiving paychecks from the Godmothers & mafia’s of Italy. Perfectly even match except that the Godmother’s given birth to an intellectually challenged kid whose hellbent on reversing everything his grandmom stood for.

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          • ROFL Shivaay, great one…

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          • A lone women who is always talking trash about everyone with the full support of godi media; trying to present herself as indias daughter but is really doing nothing for india.

            so yeah, kangana, take note…

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          • Good comment Shivaay: And now you know and have superbly exposed based on the response to your comment ki logic gaya bhaad mein…apne ko bas ‘is’ aadmi ko targe karna hai’ and declare India a banana republic – kyon? bhai yeh apne dispensation ka nahi hain … Woh toilet banaye, ya haath jodke vaccnation lene ko bole …

            In the meantime, the great ‘Democrat’ in the greatest country on this Earch has come up with an idea that even Keshto Mukherjee wouldn’t have come up with after being tight – ‘COVID VACCINE PASSPORT’ !!!

            Go figure … this is the level of discourse and so called opposition in India …

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          • To make a point, Indira Gandhi was one of the worst PMs in our country.

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          • ” Indira Gandhi was one of the worst PMs in our country”

            Agree, I would actually say the congress party in general, but bjp isn’t much better either, especially on the economics front.

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          • Shivaay Says:

            “Indira Gandhi was one of the worst PMs in our country” – the only reason you say that is the ’75 emergency? Fyi R&AW was her brainchild & so was giving “absolute authority” to professionals like RN Kao & Sam Manekshaw who were instrumental in the Sikkim accession as well as the division of Pakistan. She faced an opposition as filthy as what it is today (Morarji Desai’s drunken midnight talks to Ayub Khan compromising national security, go figure) which left her with no choice but to take the extreme step of imposing emergency & lock them up (her ego & hunger for power getting the better of her). I know for sure had we had someone even half as competent as her with 303 LS seats, the likes of Rakesh Tikait & the Hurriyat would have been relegated to history.

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        • Ikk tuuuu bass Gyaaniii…
          Dooja na koi…
          # Toh bolo har har har har har MahaDev !!!!

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        • The left eco system is more powerful than the so called supreme leader, let’s start with THAT !!!!

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          • Shivaay Says:

            When you have absolute majority in parliament, have the kinda authority to wipe out 85% of the national currency overnight & put 1.3 billion behind closed doors at a 4 hour notice you do NOT complain & crib about the left ecosystem, let alone call them stronger. You have them locked up in jail or shot down instead of allowing them to riot in the name of “peaceful protests” (unless you yourself are involved).

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          • Re.- You have them locked up in jail or shot down instead of allowing them to riot in the name of “peaceful protests

            Many people would support that , but remember this :

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          • Re.- 1.3 billion behind closed doors at a 4 hour notice

            Really ?? abey yaar, kuch bhee !!!

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          • Shivaay Says:

            Were you not in India on the evening of 24th March 2020 or were you given prior notice of the unplanned, disastrous pan India lockdown that did more harm than good? Even the ardent of fanatics know deep within that the lockdown of pan India proportions this early in the day was a tactical & scientific blunder. Center’s advisors like Rajesh Bhushan & Balram Bhargav need to be held accountable for such a miscalculation along with Harshvardhan & Modi himself. I have never heard even a single specialist doctor from Randeep Guleria to Devi Shetty advocate such an extreme measure from day 1.

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          • Shivaay Says:

            The kind of blind devotion you have, I’m sure you’d have good reason to defend his highness’ election rallies in 3 different states with 1000s of supporters despite a rampaging second wave 😉

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          • so now 4 hours become unplanned ?
            I mean come on man !!( Biden )

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          • If one wants to criticize something, one will find 100 reasons to it and that with the benefit of hindsight . Just like Prashant Bhushan is doing .
            Whatever ..lagey raho

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          • Re.-The kind of blind devotion you have

            Yeah, I am sorry , unlike you I am not devoted to Computer games, Hollywood jargons, I am too good for this world, I deserve better than this Singe screen audience, kind of delusions .
            Bhai you have sorted or snorted everything in life …enjoy kar!!

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          • Shivaay Says:

            No one’s snorting (in my limited knowledge) & nor is anyone interested in childish computer games of the modern era. No idea where you come up with such nonsense from.

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      • ROFL Rocky … Great one!

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  66. sanjana Says:

    Watch: Very Ugly At Beauty Pageant – Winner’s Crown Snatched
    The Sri Lankan beauty queen said that she suffered head injuries as the crown was being removed from her head.

    https://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/why-a-mrs-world-stripped-mrs-sri-lanka-winner-of-her-crown-on-stage-2408080?pfrom=home-ndtv_lateststories

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  67. Finally found from where Rumi Jaffrey is ripping off Chehre from, this time it’s a Swiss novel from the ’50s; characters and setting fits in perfectly with the trailer.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Dangerous_Game_(novel)

    The plot looks solid, but then after seeing how Jeetu Joseph messed up such a solid film in the Body, I have zero hopes from Rumi Jafry or Haashmi. One only hopes for Sr.B to score another hit.

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  68. The Bollywood release calendar has gone for a toss again. Salman is now talking about postponing Radhe to next Eid! Was looking forward to a few big releases, but …. Yawn! Its time for another break.

    Hopefully Sooryavanshi and 83 will be able to release by Diwali/Christmas time. Seriously doubt if Prithviraj or LSC will be keeping those dates now. On the other hand a lot of biggies may now release in 2022, making that an interesting year from beginning to end.

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    • Prithviraj at least has completed its shoot. So it can release after the second wave of Covid subsides. LSC still has one long schedule left to shoot, which may only happen after this second wave subsides. No way is LSC releasing in 2021. Akshay will probably get his first HGOTY in 2021 with Sooryavanshi.

      2022 will be interesting with a lot of biggies – LSC, Brahmastra, Pathan, Tiger 3, etc.

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    • sanjana Says:

      I dont think Radhe will wait till next Eid.
      People in the north will rather go to restaurants and malls than cinemas. I am talking about the city people. In maharashtra, there is no urge amongst people to visit cinema halls. OTT has replaced cinemas as the first option.

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      • Dont say it to BOI, but this is definitely true for small to medium sized films. Need some big releases to see how the junta reacts to tentpole entertainers though, specially after Covid numbers go down to some normalcy.

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        • sanjana Says:

          tentpole bollywood films will eat dust as now people seeing fierce second wave will be thinking about the third wave. With vaccine crisis, vaccine wastage, vaccine fears, covid will try to have the final laugh.
          We must defeat it coming together, stop fighting like dogs and stop oneupmanship and ego trips. Generosity, understanding is the need of the hour.

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          • True, but its better to keep your expectations low from mere mortal mankind. 🙂

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          • Shivaay Says:

            Generosity implies living as normally as possible with as much precaution & appropriate behavior. It does not imply we stay in permanent lockdown all our lives. Unfortunately stupid humans are always binary beings, either one extreme or the other. Either ways the pandemic will surely end someday & cinemas would have an audience, one way or another.

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          • sanjana Says:

            I have been reading that vaccine demand is less and supply more in some advanced countries. While the opposite is true in poorer countries. Russian vaccines can also be tried.
            Film watching is an individual decision. the individual should feel confident about it. Till then tentpole films have to come and go and surely some inflated egos will have to eat humble pie until normalcy restores to the 2018 levels.

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          • sanjana Says:

            What is stopping these big films from release? They cant see their films earn less than 100 crore. They fear that their market value will plummet to new lows. No PR can do wonders in these times. Salman is equal to Khurana as of now.

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          • I think the Bollywood Superstars have shown the right attitude of grabbing and doing as much work as possible over these Covid times, even when some of their films are indefinitely delayed.

            SRK has started shooting Pathan and will do Atlee’s film next. Salman completed Antim and has started Tiger 3. Ranveer has almost completed Shetty’s Cirkus. Ranbir completed Shamsheera and his Brahmastra is also almost done. He is set to work in 2 more films this year. Akshay the workhorse has already completed his nth film. Only Aamir has been stuck shooting for LSC for a long time, but then its how he works. Prabhas has completed Radhe Shyam, shooting Adipurush now and will be doing Salaar and Nag Ashwin’s next.

            So even if some big films have not released, the film industry has been bracing itself with a good lineup. So sooner or later they will be able to lure the audience back to theaters once Covid goes away. If a Radhe or a Sooryavanshi flops, it wont matter much in the long run.

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          • sanjana Says:

            Marcus, I appreciate your optimism.

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      • Shivaay Says:

        Cinemas will always have an audience. The North has not had any major release since last Diwali & hence the numbers are underwhelming. OTT as the first option is only for the time being. No traditional single screen Salman fan would watch Radhe on OTT. Heck OTT has not even had complete penetration into tier 2/3 cities yet. This death of cinemas debate needs to be put to rest once & for all. I thought Tenet in Europe/China, Master in the south & Godzilla vs Kong now was enough proof. But I guess flogging a dead horse is a compulsive human habit in this lame digital era of Netflix junk.

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  69. sanjana Says:

    I thought covid will bring people together. I thought they will become much more generous and loving. But people will be people. Even if death stares at them, they will not stop being idiots, morons and selfish bigots till death.

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    • Totally agree; and it will get worse.

      I had said it here couple years back that humans in general have digressed in past few years.

      Just take this blog as an example. There was a time when there were so many great discussion on films. There was disagreement back than too where Satyam may say Asha is the best singer and i may say Lata. But there were good dialogues and debates around it. Every wonder why most of the good members who were so much into films have left this blog???

      But don’t lose faith. There are plenty of good people.

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    • When people ain’t ready to face truth, this is what happens. One needs guts like Shivaay who spares none. But when selectivity and patronizing is abound, people retaliate, and rightly so: Otherwise, we will be left with stupid/inane logic — actually using it in this context is an insult to logic – that have NO data and just broad sweeping, dumb statements.

      Let’s see the so-called ‘humans in general’ response when Shivaay comes up with a scathing response to … you know what.

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  70. sanjana Says:

    He is brave. But sometimes slips too. That is human. No one is perfect. And if one starts balancing in the name of being fair, it is not that brave. You have to take a stand and stand with the lesser evil even if the latter is obnoxious and hope for the best. Satyam used to do so in a more intellectual way. Balancing act. But we know what his average views are.

    When one takes a stand, one gets brickbats and bouquets.

    I also make contradictory statements but now I just dont enter into arguments to be sane. I am too human and too emotional and so I try not to enter the arena and ruffle feathers! And then munna has to enter to make peace between warring parties!

    I dont want to go where even angels fear to tread!

    As it is there is so much confusion and some sort of order is better even if we are not entirely happy.

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    • Excellent comment, Sanjana.

      ” I just dont enter into arguments to be sane”,

      True, i guess that’s the way to go because now even if you say something about kangana, it’s perceived as attack on modi.

      You can’t even talk about movies or it’s makers now much because even the movies are now catogorized based on weather it’s pleasing modi or not.

      Basically this blog has become where one has to give in to unconditional support for modi, any opposite views and you will be labelled. Just go ahead and read few comments above to get references on the type of labels…

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      • I am a fan of K’s acting but not a fan of her tweets.
        There are scores of actors like Hema, Dharam who are loved by all irrespective of affinities.

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        • Kangana is an awesome actor, not many can carry a film like she does. For me, gangster is still her best. She had me completely drawn in to that film.

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          • I still wonder what people find so convincing about her acting prowess. Her expressions are predictable, her dialogue delivery is laughable and she’s hardly got any screen presence except when she’s playing an addict or a drunkard ‘coz perhaps that’s what comes naturally 😉

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      • Shivaay Says:

        Unfortunately for you, the exact opposite of this is equally true. Unfair, devoted & dedicated criticism of the establishment & the PM is as dangerous & misplaced as blind devotion.

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        • sanjana Says:

          The problem is or the situation is people are either this side or that side. What is fair for one can be unfair for another. It is subjective. Criticism of the establishment is always there in democracy. Whether it is congress, UPA, BJP or MVA. There is no danger when people can criticise. The danger is when people stop criticising.
          Criticism in the form of elections put an end to emergency. Hazare brought down UPA. That was possible because the ruling party just accepted defeat and moved away unlike what happened in Myanmar or in some coup infested countries.
          And Putin gifted himself two more terms and so is xi. They have turned into monarchies.
          India and America and democratic countries in europe and other countries believe in democracy, criticism of establishment when necessary to keep the government on its toes. Of course in some democracies opposition puts a break on development for selfish reasons which is the weak spot of democracy. But overall democracy is better than other cracies.

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          • tonymontana Says:

            You are making too much sense for some, though I wish you had spoken before

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          • Criticism of the establishment is essential provided the criticism is valid, rational and with genuine intention. The kind of criticism this incompetent opposition indulges in is not just detrimental for national progress but a shot in the foot for them as well. not to mention its a free pass for the ruling establishment to continue their rabid socio-economic and political misadventures because the rogues know they’ll get away with it every single time thanks to an opposition that’s filled with imbeciles!

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          • sanjana Says:

            A point comes when criticism does not matter because the ruling party has numbers and thick skin helps. If opposition does not oppose, it feels that it has become irrelevant. That is why it is called opposition! Whoever invented this phrase? One of the qurky things of parliamentary democracy which was the parting gift or curse from the British.

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  72. https://www.deccanherald.com/international/are-some-covid-19-vaccines-more-effective-than-others-971882.html

    The exact rubbish headlines that create panic & spark fear. Astrazeneca has been maligned beyond repair by the Democrats & European anti Brexit gang despite being proved to be a safe & effective vaccine that’s cost effective & deployable. The parties set to gain the most from AZs crisis are the Democrats & the CPC (no surprises here). 30 cases of clots among 8 million is a chance every vaccine supplier readily takes & I’m sure Pfizer & Moderna have issues of their own (being swept under the carpet). If there’s anything that’s gonna help the world recover, its affordable & deployable vaccines like AZ, Covaxin & J&J. The earlier the media & pseudo scientific politicians understand this the better.

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    • sanjana Says:

      But Indian people are not bothered about the brand name. They are happily taking AstraZeneca. Any vaccine is better than no vaccine seems to be the thinking.
      Every vaccine goes through this agnipareeksha including pfizer and Moderna.

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        That’s the one thing Indian public is doing right at the moment. And one aspect where EU is messing up big time. Indians are an emotionally volatile, irrational & pseudo scientific lot who’d take the vaccine only when cases spike. I bet if the second wave plateaus by June, people would go back to having doubts about the vaccines & reluctance would creep in all over again.

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          The third wave fear is lurking and it will make everyone in India to take vaccine. So no one will want to be left behind. And there is added incentive of some restrictions being relaxed if one is jabbed twice.

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    • Oh yes, the beholden Democrats whose leaders and members have been consistently supportive of Taiwan, supportive of the Hong Kong protests and consistently condemned the Uighur genocide, are CCP shills. I don’t think the assholes at the EU, who doomed Greece and are now making a strong case for everyone to leave like the UK with their botched vaccine rollout have anything to do with Dems, except in your imagination.

      If anything, what about the Republicans who are completely beholden to the Jewish lobby. The neoconservative movement has nothing but a screen to implement Israel’s foreign policy, and consequently destabilize the middle east.

      Importantly these vaccines are a miracle, had my grandparents take a shot of Covishield and would advise everyone to take it too. MRna technology is already positioning the much sought after AIDS cure now:
      https://abcnews.go.com/Health/research-shows-promising-development-hunt-hiv-vaccine/story?id=76904202
      We might actually be looking at a treatment for cancer soon, Godspeed.

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      • Shivaay Says:

        1. Covishield is not an mRNA vaccine, far from it. Its based on adenovirus vector.

        2. Public condemnation & lip service has nothing to do with back end politics, lobbying & treason.

        3. The best way to cure AIDS (just like Covid 19) is to maintain caution and not indulge is reckless behavior. mRNA vaccines just like everything else in the field of science & medicine are a work in progress and might take an entire lifetime (perhaps more) to truly acknowledge & know the benefits and harm in the long run. Every human immune is a different and reacts in different ways to external pathogens, drugs as well as vaccines. Exact reason why some folks remain asymptomatic, some develop mild symptoms and some need ventilators while other develop clots after vaccination.

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  73. sanjana Says:

    Irul on netflix is a thriller without logic. The second part dragged and dragged. Only 3 good actors made it worthwhile. The entire film was carried by 2 men and a woman.

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    • ‘The Big Bull’ looked good to me. Great act by Abhishek in author-backed role..So very happy to see him in ‘Guru’ mode and form..Want more strong roles like this from Abhi..(He should have never been an part of Happy New Year, Housefull kind of roles)..

      Glad to hear Komal say something positive for Abhishek and his movie.

      PS: .Editing of ‘Big bull’ could have been better ..to many flashbacks within flash backs

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  74. Watching The Big Bull after Scam 1992 is not even a patch and it’s laughable. You won’t even understand what’s the scam or its impact by watching the movie. Abhishek looks jaded and overweight in the initial portions (when he’s supposed to be poor) and didn’t show the hunger for becoming the big bull. It was so monotonous direction without any highs or lows as expected by debutant director. Very underwhelming movie and huge flop when SCAM 1992 is already available to watch IMO!

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    • sanjana Says:

      Sharemarket stories is a big boring subject for many including myself. Scam1992 has imaginative writing and not a big star in a leading role. The expectations were less and when the series delivered a well directed, well written and well acted series, it was well received.

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      • Irrespective of 1992 Scam, I don’t see how this project was ever feasible idea for a feature film. It would have flop any day it released even prior to covid and prior to Scam 1992 (& to add non-existentstardom of Abhishek). The web series being such classic killed whatever little chance the movie had. Now it’ll nosedive so quickly and will be forgotten in a week.

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        • Okay forgot that it’s not kookie gulati’s debut movie. He had made a ‘classic’ 11 years back with Vivek Oberoi named PRINCE. Lol after that movie, not sure what Ajay Devgn saw in him to give this movie and that too with Abhishek Bachchan! Are you doing a favor to Abhishek or killing whatever little chance of comeback he got?

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    • The Big Bull was a major disappointment . Abhishekh was totally in his Guru mannerisms .
      Agree with Master’s take.
      BTW- this may have been the first time in SS history that an Abhishekh movie does not get its own post . LOL !!!

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  75. Shivaay Says:

    https://www.deccanherald.com/city/top-bengaluru-stories/karnataka-to-conduct-one-lakh-tests-a-day-in-bengaluru-as-covid-19-cases-surge-972006.html

    This kind of pseudo scientific nonsense is what happens when your center is governed by corrupt bureaucrats. Giving “test targets” is only gonna create harassment and unwanted wastage of resources in testing perfectly healthy individuals while the real critical cases might miss out. Instead the approach needs to be that of testing as many symptomatic cases as possible and making sure symptomatic individuals do not go under the radar. The RT-PCR is not a fool proof methodology and that’s been confirmed by various reputed doctors & agencies (including Padma Shri Dr. KK Agarwal). Any CT value >30 for an asymptomatic RT-PCR is a false positive that’s only gonna add to the pile and create mass panic & media hysteria. Not that I expect a nation run by illiterates & corrupt babu’s to have an iota of rationality in this situation. Mass testing like mask fining is just another form of hafta vasooli for these rogues.

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  76. Shivaay Says:

    Watched Godzilla vs Kong on digital IMAX format last evening. A highly disappointing, fundamentally silly & obnoxious movie with overuse of visual effects that are neither pleasing to the eye and nor soothing to the ear. A wafer thin plot (can compete with the great Shankar’s 2.0 Chitti poop) attempted to be masked by visuals that fall completely flat on their face. The talented Rebecca Hall & Millie Brown do try their level best in salvaging some pride but frankly, this is the kinda writing that would even confuse a 100 ft gorilla on what exactly is he supposed to do apart from thumping his 56 inch chest. Ra.One, 2.0 & Krrish 3 surely have some serious competition here. This is the worst possible insult to a childhood fan of the delightful Naomi Watts/Jack Black starrer King Kong!

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  77. Shivaay Says:

    If ever there was a truly underrated actress in Hindi cinema it has to be the eternally graceful Raveena Tandon. In times when Bollywood make up for female leads was perhaps at its hideous worst she had the kind of irresistible charm (largely punctuated by her prominent cheekbones) that’s impossible to ignore. As for Aamir Khan’s comic timing, just one word OUT-STANDING! A lot of pretentious clowns have tried their hand at what they called comedy (running and farting around in Priyadarshan, David Dhawan & Sajid Khan films) but 2 of Aamir Khan’s performances in AAA & 3 Idiots would stand out for me as the best comic performances by a male lead in the last 30 years.

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    • This is an overstatement and you are overrating Aamir here. He is mostly a competent star actor who labors a lot to get it right and mostly does so. Doesnt make him the greatest, but his labor does not show up as labored performances to his credit. His main strength is script selection, which also is not a natural talent but learnt through time and mistakes.

      Here is what he said himself:

      He said, ‘After Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, I signed about eight or nine films on the basis of stories as the directors were all new and unknown at that time. These films started bombing and I was called ‘one film wonder’ by the media. My career was sinking. It felt like I was in a quicksand. I was very unhappy. I used to come home and cry.’ Earlier, in an interview with a news portal, the actor shared that he found himself trapped among people he couldn’t gel with. He said that he felt he was working with people he couldn’t connect with, and didn’t know how to get out of that situation. He also revealed since he had committed to some films, he couldn’t have gotten out of doing them. While recollecting those days, he shared he was unhappy and it was during that ‘traumatic’ phase, he made a promise to himself – to not do a film till he was satisfied with the script.

      https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/entertainment/hindi/aamir-khan-recalls-his-low-phase-my-career-was-sinking-it-felt-like-i-was-in-a-quicksand-but-i-made-a-promise-to-myself-/videoshow/81970393.cms

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      • In the first 5 years (1988-1993), Aamir had actually 15 film releases. Out of these QSQT, Dil, HHRPK and DHKMN were box office Hits, while JJWS was Average. Raakh was a box office flop, but won National Awards. The rest 9 films were neither here nor there and could have been averted. But those days films were signed with only a story in place (not a bound script), so perhaps his script selection sense cant be blamed. It was he who started demanding a bound script and then decided to do one film at a time to avoid the mistakes of his early career.

        Anyways, new age stars like Ranbir/Ranveer have done 15 films each in their first decade put together, forget 5 years. How times change.

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      • Shivaay Says:

        He’s exceptionally good at comedy compared to his contemporaries, despite being rehearsed & non spontaneous. That’s the only thing i meant.

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  78. sanjana Says:

    Satyam and munna were too indulgent towards one alex who used filthy language and attacked women with sexual innuendoes. When alex started the same game even BR showed undue tolerance until Rahini David took a stand and made BR banish that disgusting creature alex forever.
    In case of Rocky, it is longstanding friendship between them. Rocky is a good human being at heart and quite forgiving. **Edited on request of parties**. But he is a blind modi bhakt and that makes him hate everyone who criticise modi in any way. It is not a straightforward criticism but mocking which becomes childish. And even the well balanced AnJo encourages that every time. Modi binds them all. While the so called liberals dont have one god to defend except their liberal ideas. Why it has become selective in their case? Because modi bhakts will never forgive a liberal even if that liberal accepts the faults of other liberal leaders. Modi bhakts want unconditional devotion to modi and his minions . Modi is a human being and a human being is not always right. And his minions do most damage by overdoing. And modi does not criticise them or admonish them. You saw what happenend with Sushma Swaraj. Modi is criticised when he wished well a covid struck Imran Khan.
    And Mamata of WB is no saint either. She needed this treatment because it is this kind of treatment given by her followers to the opposition parties.
    About congress, it is too confused and too scattered. There is too much democracy in thier organisation and that is harming them politically. But it is always better to have too much democracy than too little even if it does not give them political power. They are the only ones who can be called opposition though some of them have become too soft and pliable. The G23 is forgetting that producing Indira Gandhis is not a child’s play or a video game.
    Now coming to the blog.
    That is why a Shivaay is a refreshing change because of straightforwardness in his comments and of course Shivaay may also make some sweeping statements but that can be called out in a straightforward manner. His language is sharp but never vulgar. He may mock but in a straightforward manner. So is Naveen who is always decent even when dealing with his adversaries.
    After a long time, I said what I wanted to say.

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    • sanjana Says:

      There is too much democracy in their organisation. Typo.

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      • I dont know why people make political commentary on a film blog? Why? Is this blog for anything goes? Then why call it a film blog or crib that film discussions are not happening here and film enthusiasts have left the blog?

        When i visit this blog these days, i find most active members like Z, AnJo, Rocky, etc talking mostly about politics and all other stuff than films.

        As for those who indulge in constant criticism and sarcasm, its more like venting out personal frustrations imo. That too should not be done/allowed beyond a point.

        Anyways, I visit this blog a lot less than before. Not only because Aamir is on a long break, but mainly because of never-ending politics, criticism and sarcasm that i feel has pulled down this blog. The box-office madness may have been made irrelevant by Covid, but at least that was pertaining to films.

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    • @Sanjana:

      Firstly, thank you for writing what you honestly felt. I didn’t expect this from you; in the sense, not that you are criticizing me or Rocky: But you have fallen into the trap that folks like alphabets have been doing for years.

      I definitely do not want to talk for Rocky; he is capable of answering himself. The disgusting statement by Z naming this blog as filled with ‘Modi Bhakts’ and unless you are one of them, you will be abused is as horrific as it can get. And I say this with a pained heart.

      Here’s the deal – this ‘so-called’ harking back to days when Satyam was active is a red-herring laid out by Z. Since you are a search-engine expert, please look at the debates between Satyam and Z when Z was debating in utterly bad faith when it came to the difference between AB and SRK’s stardom. The same duplicity is now being applied to me and Rocky – Satyam is a ‘bhakt’ of AB while An Jo and Rocky are ‘bhakts’ of Modi – sorry, ‘blind bhakts.’

      What I abhor is the double standards and selective wisdom of people. To think that I will endorse anything that Modi does is the biggest trick certain folks can pull off to pull us down. I have NEVER hesitated to call DT as a racist; but I have praised him to have the balls to take on and call Pakistani ‘administration’ for what it is! I might like Modi’s sincerity toward his work and the seriousness with which he approaches the country’s problems: But I have never implied that his or his party’s work is gospel and Japanese-efficient. I am the one who said Nirmala Seetharaman is the WORST finance minister this country has had and Modi needs to check his head when allocating port-folios. It applies to his horrible decision of holding election rallies as well. The idea of demonetization was good, but horrible execution is what will go on to live in history.

      From my point, I don’t care if it is Rahul Gandhi or XYZ or whoever who is leading the country, as far as they do the job, I am happy. If you are seeing the kind of tweets, the level of intelligence and arrogance RG is displaying, your blood would boil. You want me to keep quiet when RG says there’s no democracy in India and the international papers latch on to it? Where is the effing data? Does anybody ask him the follow-up question?

      Coming to the fakery of Z, what he does is just put in blanket statements; no data – nothing. ‘Things were good at that time; things are bad now’ crap. I am an engineer by profession and I need data – not some badly written statements. Tell me, what was wrong with what Rocky said? If Z was all that ‘pure’, why would he add a qualifier, ‘Take note Kangana’? He could have just ended with ‘ Sonu is doing a fine job.’ And when Rocky replies that certain ‘broad-minded’ folks also need to take notice, what is wrong? After all, Z is a proud ‘citizen’ of these United States. So be ballsy and accept Charlie Hebdo or insignificants like me or Rocky!

      When CRPF forces are killed, how many celebrities tweeted? But they have enough time to tweet about George Floyd eh? If these double standards aren’t called out, well fine. When we see/read such things and see the same thing happening on the blog, we respond. There’s nothing shocking about it.

      There’s no hatred or anything toward Z or anyone here; they are more than welcome to oppose my views. In fact, I would love that but if they come without any duplicity: Else, I am going to take them on.

      In regards to Kangana, I am in full support of folks here who feel she should really hold her horses. But then, whatever it might be, she isn’t a criminal! Getting her house demolished when she is on a plane — how would this be a ‘negligible’ thing for some folks here? The folks who are bothered by her twitter, kindly file a case against her! But just for making ludicrous statements, it is a ‘light’ case on this blog for certain folks that a person’s house is demolished!!!

      I don’t have much to say. Munna, upto you to retain or delete.

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      • sanjana Says:

        “From my point, I don’t care if it is Rahul Gandhi or XYZ or whoever who is leading the country, as far as they do the job, I am happy. If you are seeing the kind of tweets, the level of intelligence and arrogance RG is displaying, your blood would boil.”
        Addressing the Indian diaspora in Seoul, Modi said, “There was a time when people used to feel that what sin they committed in their past life which resulted in taking birth in India, is this what you call a country and a government, is this how the people are, let’s leave it and go somewhere else, and people did leave. Now I can say it with firm belief that intelligent people from all walks of life, renowned scientists too, even if they are earning big abroad but now they are eager and happy to come back and settle India for even lesser incomes,” he said.

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          Some of us criticise K for trying to take panga with actors and actresses. This has nothing to do with that demolition. I dont want to shed tears over that demolition because that was between her and BMC. I will not shed tears if RG’s house is demolished or if he is jailed. Celebrities need not express their feelings to express nationalism. Nationalism is inborn just like we love our parents and children. We dont express that we love them every now and then and we criticise them when we feel they are wrong.

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          • sanjana Says:

            I will not do that even for aamir. Because it is between aamir and someone else.
            Once I did vehemently to support him but now I just dont want to lose sleep over whatever he suffers.

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          • OK. You say you don’t care. Fine, if it happens to you, maybe then you will. Because it will come knocking and demolishing on yours or my door.

            and I am not interested in celebrities or their nationalism. I merely pointed out the duplicity. And if I can’t even do that, then India is a truly a ‘half-free’ country.

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          • sanjana Says:

            I will care if something happens to my house. But I will not get Y security either. I am fine with that.

            When naxals attack, we feel very bad. When our soldiers die we feel very bad and sad.. When our parents or siblings or close ones die, we feel very sad.

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          • LOL, some of this is funny.

            So me pointing out SRK had more to do with Mohabattain and K3G being hits due to SRK (While satyam claiming AB) is bad faith.

            Go look up boxoffice collection from that timeframe of SRK films vs. AB and you decide who was a bigger star.

            It would be like me saying srk is a bigger box office puller than aamir or akshay right now, which is just not true. There is DATA.

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          • I believe the point of contention may have been whether AB’s presence was adding to the BO performance of films like Mohabbatein, K3G, etc. This is a valid point. I dont think anyone wud argue that AB had bigger BO clout than SRK in those times. Why do we need to twist the opposition’s argument into absurd ridiculous stuff?

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          • HRs contribution to K3G’s bumper box office initial is often ignored for personal biases of the commentators. The guy had the biggest blockbuster of the year a few months ago and had a record breaking initial in Mission Kashmir to follow up. If at all anything, HRs presence in the film added much more box office value than ABs at that point in time. Mission Kashmir had a struggling Sanjay Dutt, a failed commercial director and yet opened bigger than an SRK/AB/Aishwarya starrer directed by Adi Chopra. No mean feat!

            PS : All the above mentioned movies barring a somewhat watchable Mission Kashmir are completely bogus and the piles of poop that deserve to be flushed down the drain half a dozen time before someone has the audacity to make them.

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          • “I believe the point of contention may have been whether AB’s presence was adding to the BO performance of films like Mohabbatein, K3G, etc.”

            That is valid point and would be true to some point if AB other movies releasing during those times were boxoffice hits. But if
            AB two biggest hits during those times had SRK in it, than that kind of gives you the picture, while SRK was having hits left/right during that time frame. You can’t say AB sawa sawa made K3G hit. I remember i had put up an argument at that point, than does that mean Aishwariya kajrare made Bunty or Bubbli a hit?

            Same thing with AB being in TOH, maybe helps to some point but Aamir was doing very well on his own.

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      • Re.-I definitely do not want to talk for Rocky; he is capable of answering himself.
        AnJo , you have done a Steller job doing just that. Thank you. I could have never ever been able to frame the answer like you have. Bravo !!
        I come from a generation which does not like to type, we had either stenos or would handwrite and then the typist would type them up . ( My cousin in Kanpur still has a person who types all his emails , LOL ).
        Many a times , I have these long thoughts and then just the thought of typing them makes me lazy and I end up writing just 3-4 lines . You on the other hand have a gift of writing and framing superb sentences, just like Satyam. So thank you again .

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        • Nothing great I did Rocky. The only thing that pissed me off was when Z said that people are leaving the blog because of so-called ‘blind-bhakts’ and only people who praise NM get precedence and that ‘bhakts’ are responsible for driving away certain folks. The people who left this blog, they can ALWAYS ignore people that have different ideologies. I myself used to get rattled a couple of years back when all that people were discussing here were first day first show/BO collections. I even commented on that somewhere and Master replied that there’s a reason why there’s a BO thread. He was absolutely right. From then on, I decided to ignore and wrote only when I felt strongly about something.

          I don’t comment on BO because –

          a) I am not interested
          b) I have neither the time nor the energy to dive-deep into BO analysis like Gujju Boy or Saket or Master or Naveen …

          So I just kept myself away from those threads hardly contributing anything …

          I am now never going to initiate a political post by myself; but whenever there’s a misleading, lie-filled, hypocritical and crappy statements put out, I will take them head-on; be they anyone.

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      • Z, I think the point is SRK’s two biggest hits had Bachchan in a prominent role. Surely, that cannot be coincidence?

        Ultimately, it’s hard to determine how much of a factor Bachchan was, in driving these films. But to deny his value completely is absurd. SRK vs Amitabh in both films added to the hype for sure. Plus, Amitabh had Baghban, Aankhen, Kaante, Black, Sarkar, Khakee (all films where he was the lead). Even Bunty Aur Babli had a lot to do with him.

        PS: Of course, Kajra Re helped Bunty Aur Babli. It’s the most well known and remembered part of that film today (because of the offscreen connect).

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        • Agree, AB had some to do with it but SRK/Amrish Puri combination in DDLJ did lot better than Mohabattain and K3G. My argument was against the thought process of that AB was THE MAIN reason behind mohabattain and K3G success.

          Ultimately, it’s the movie that drives it, having stars elevates boxoffice collection.

          SRK/AB combination did add hype to mohabattain, not sure about K3G, for K3G it was more of combination of so many.

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      • **I believe the point of contention may have been whether AB’s presence was adding to the BO performance of films like Mohabbatein, K3G, etc. This is a valid point.**

        Once again, mis-leading and there have been discussion following this lie. I am not saying you lied Marcus, but this lie wasn’t stopped.

        The discussions that took place between Satyam and Z where Satyam clearly called out that these were in bad faith was regarding equating SRK’s stardom at his peak versus Bachchan’s at his peak and the longevity of their careers.

        In ANY film industry of this world, it is the youth who call shots. This is one of the biggest insults to Satyam that he would say that 58 year old AB, coming from a string of flops, had a greater pull for the audience than SRK or HR at their peak. AB’ s presence and performance might have added, but NEVER can they be considered the main pull. That he managed to retain his OWN at his ag — against the ‘might of ‘youth’ like H — in films like BAGHBAN in 2003 where he could hold the camera stiff for a freaking 10 minutes in the climactic speech is something to be seen if any other Hindi film actor from the Khans or whoever can accomplish. [The only other actor I have seen in the commercial genre is Manoj If we were going to have debates, I hope I haven’t contributed to them. I hope.

        The debates were about SRK being the same as AB say in 1978 or even his last one-man-vehicle SHARAABI.

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        • Bachchan contributes to Mohabbatein, K3G and TOH. Whenever you pit a major star of yesteryear vs one of today you get bigger hype.
          Remember it’s like a fantasy scenario. Whenever we watch sport we are always comparing today’s to yesterday’s – that what if Federer played Bjorg etc or Schumacher raced against Senna etc. You can only play it out on a video game. But in cinema it’s possible to see it onscreen. It’s easy to cut through generations.
          Both my parents are Bachchan, 70s stars fans. Both watched all of SRK from KKHH to CE.
          Now the possibility of watching SRK in Mohabbatein pitted against Amrish Puri or Big B would drive more interest? The latter is once in a lifetime moment possibly – all that is not all SRK’s credit, it’s Bachchan’s too.
          In 5 years time if Aryan is a star and SRK is pitted with him – SRK whatever his standing is, he’s playing a bigger role in opening than if practically any other star is doing his role.
          It’s not saying it’s a Bachchan film.

          If this wasn’t the case we are making the insinuation there is no star system at play. What’s the point of having Bachchan in first place.

          Look at YRF – how they deployed tactics for TOH release. They frigging wrote some kind of scroll inviting people to watch Bachchan and Aamir for first time. They went to lengths with exhibitors to keep ticket prices high.

          From Gujju boy (mutation variant of Gully Boy)

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          • Also it is was SRK vs Puri in Mohabbatein it would be like 90/10 credit split. The more legacy bound/historic star the older role is the higher the credit for that role. If it was Dilip Kumar I’m sure people would have huge interest probably at that time close to what Bachchan could pent up. This was Bachchan with flops post comeback but wasn’t it Bachchan of KBC too?
            If you counted Bachchan’s hits you wouldn’t ‘not’ count Mohabbatein and K3G.

            Just like if you counted Akshay’s hits you would count Khakee even though he is not the lead but is a younger star in the movie.

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          • Even with Amrish, people remember “Jaa Simran, Jaa..Jee le Apni Zindagi” in SRK vehicle, DDLJ 🙂

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          • Yes they do but imagine if Bachchan spouted those lines.
            The context, film becomes altogether different.

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          • We just need to pull in resident doctor to make case for K3G 🙂

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          • Hahaha. I could give a very APT wrestling example which absolutely is factual and perfect analogy and will show you how the audience (crowd) responded.

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          • I have been asking you to catalog your Facebook wrestling post here…I am not sure of audience here..at least there you have many people commenting despite my continued indifference.

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          • Satyamshot deserves more respect than me cataloguing 100s of posts or memories about WWF. Those are strictly for you!

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        • “The debates were about SRK being the same as AB say in 1978 or even his last one-man-vehicle SHARAABI.”

          @AnJo – This is a different ballgame altogether and I dont have much to say about this. However, i gathered from your earlier post that the debate was about AB’s comeback films.

          AB had his say in films like Mohabbatein, K3G and TOH. He had other hits in early 2000s and he still delivers significant hits like Badla as late as in 2019. He wud have got his share of credit if TOH had lived to its expectations and had become a big grosser. It did 50 cr day one and ended at 150 cr, which made it the highest grossing flop in recent times. And AB had something to do with this feat too. The movie’s USP was having AB and AK together in a film for the first time. The entire marketing was centered around it.

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          • @Marcus the debate I might have had about AB’s come-back films is hardly important! I merely talked about this resorting to psuedo-philosophy of ‘old times’ ‘respecting’ Satyam that it is an outright lie. I waited for the discussion to continue deliberately; I wanted the concerned person to come out and mention that it wasn’t the ‘subject’ of debate with Satyam! I have exposed it. My job is done about who’s lying and what it means debating in bad faith.

            I don’t have the time to invest in this anymore. There are comments/posts. Folks can find out for themselves.

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          • Exactly

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    • I am for freedom of opinion on any topic. Only things that are not allowed, if you use uncivil words and/or say something personal directly. Sometime indirect ones are also stopped if arguments spiraling into more viciousness.

      It is mainly a film forum and we discuss other things as well like Covid or elections or current topics..If we “listen” what others have to say and accept the fact that we could also be wrong…then many problems would go away.

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    • Whoa, this is too loaded.
      First of all Sanjana Thank you for saying that I am a good person at heart.
      However your next sentence is a hugely false and misleading and totally out of context.
      What I may have said ( and RKS can probably dig out that comment) is that when I am feeling low or sad, I go to the basement, have a drink and listen to the songs of RKM, and at that time my family knows to leave me alone. **Edited at request of parties***!!! Now I know what Aamir’s character must have felt in AHAT when Manisha’s Lawyer brings up an out of context argument to show that Aamir was negligent in his child care duties.

      I sincerely hope Sanjana that you retract your statement and request Munna to delete /edit that line .
      As for the other stuff, I do not for a long time now post any political post or comment on my own , however if someone else does then all bets are off !!!

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      • Sorry. I too felt that.

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      • Sanjana paraphrased something which was said in past on the blog; you refuted it immediately. All civil. I don’t see any reason to remove/edit comment. If I remove it, then I have to remove your rebuttal and original comment if you consider you divulged something private and could be misused by people of this blog or elsewhere. Let me know if you want to remove/edit all three comments.

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  79. sanjana Says:

    Rimi Sen: ‘I was furniture in Dhoom, Phir Hera Pheri, Hungama, Golmaal and other comedies’
    Rimi Sen looks back at her hit films, why she thinks she got furniture roles, getting stuck in doing comedy, and her comeback plans.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/rimi-sen-comeback-furniture-role-dhoom-phir-hera-pheri-hungama-golmaal-comedies-me-too-bigg-boss-7256060/

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  80. sanjana Says:

    Sanya M reminds me of younger Juhi Chawla.

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    • actually she is more like Vidya Balan, Ayushmann Khurana of the ladies. Look at her work so far Dangal, Photograph, Pathaka, Badhai Ho, Ludo, Paglait, Shakuntala Devi. Next is Meenakshi Sundereswar.

      She definitely has crossed Fatima and close to achieving huge stardom

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  81. sanjana Says:

    Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip dead at the age of 99

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  82. Shivaay Says:

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/heading-towards-lockdown-maharashtra-health-minister-rajesh-tope-tells-ndtv-amid-surge-in-covid-cases-2409856?pfrom=home-ndtv_topscroll

    When you already are in a lockdown & yet keep repeating that word like a parrot ‘coz that’s all your semi literate ignorance makes you see during these times. Lockdown within a lockdown. Nolanisation of Maharashtra by the incompetent Aghadi govt in collaboration with Ndtv 👏

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  83. sanjana Says:

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  84. sanjana Says:

    Watching Roohi. It is fun so far than horror. J is not bad. Rajkumar rao and Varun sharma make perfect partners . While Stree was more serious.

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  85. Found this while surfing. My fav masala film of all time (call it what you want), but I absolutely love this film.

    Naseeb:

    https://coastaldelights.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-two-doyens-of-naseeb.html

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  86. IMO, this was great interview with Zulfiqar !
    P.S.- Not a political or Modi Bhakti post, but a human interest post hai.

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  87. sanjana Says:

    Legendary rapper DMX died this week after being hospitalized for a heart attack, his team said in a statement to XXL Mag. He was 50.

    The hip-hop star, born Earl Simmons, was taken to a hospital in White Plains, New York, on April 2 after the heart attack, according to his attorney, Murray Richman. He was put on life support over the weekend, and had reportedly been set to undergo brain function tests Wednesday.

    Sources close to DMX reported the heart attack was triggered by an overdose, according to TMZ.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/rapper-dmx-dead-dies_n_6068961cc5b6c00165c1bf82

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  88. Shivaay Says:

    https://www.businessinsider.com/astrazeneca-vaccine-worth-it-despite-blood-clot-link-experts-2021-4

    Panic over AstraZeneca’s shot is overblown. It could undermine efforts to end the pandemic.

    “The risk of dying in an air crash is just astronomically higher than the risk of clotting after the vaccine dose, and yet we all get on a plane without a second thought,” Johan Bester, director of bioethics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine, told Insider.

    “All that people heard was: AstraZeneca’s vaccine can kill you because of blood clots,” Art Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University, told Insider, referring to the Wednesday announcement. “They’re not watching the fine tuning and the careful recommendations.”

    “There is no proof that the AstraZeneca vaccine leads to blood clots,” Todd Ellerin, director of infectious diseases at South Shore Health in Massachusetts, told Insider. “Association is not the same as causation.”

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  89. Shivaay Says:

    https://boxofficeindia.com/report-details.php?articleid=6222

    Vakeel Saab Takes Bumper Opening In Andhra :

    “The film may take an opening of around 30 crore nett or even higher across India on day one which will be the highest for a Telugu for quite some time and if it gets to 35 crore nett then it would be the highest opening in India post the pandemic beating the Tamil film Master.”

    Simply extraordinary! Seems like Telugu & Tamil markets have single handedly decided to revive the exhibition business & shatter through the roof.

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    • Shivaay Says:

      Amazing how mainstream Telugu & Tamil films manage 50-70% of the lifetime collection of mainstream Hindi films despite Hindi having 5x the number of Telugu & Tamil speakers across India (dubbed versions not included). Big Telugu hits record 1-1.5 Cr footfall while commercial Hindi film makers go bonkers over 3 Cr pan India footfall when the maximum potential actually lies upto 5-6 Cr viewership (as Bahubali 2 proved in Hindi with over 5 Cr footfall).

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  90. Shivaay Says:

    The mindless masala filmy hero in Naseer ‘Saab’ isn’t as bad as he himself wants to believe. Especially in a song as obnoxious yet addictive as this, with all his moves & grooves ;P

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  91. sanjana Says:

    https://www.boxofficeindia.com/report-details.php?articleid=6218

    Roohi has collected a little over 22 crore nett till date and probably has chances of a 25 crore nett finish if cinemas remain open in most of the places where they are open now as there will be very few releases now.

    The film saw a drop in collections in week two and week three as it faced competition from Mumbai Saga and and Godzilla Vs Kong but week four will hold better and it could have a long run on low collections if most cinemas remain open especially the Delhi / UP belt.

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  92. A long standing marriage and partnership.

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  93. Amazon Prime Video today announced the exclusive digital premiere of the recently released Malayalam horror-suspense drama, The Priest. The film widely appreciated for its edge-of-the-seat thrills and stellar performances is all set to premiere on the service on 14th April, 2021. Starring superstar Mammootty in the lead, the film centers on the life of a priest with extraordinary skills and his mysterious journey of solving the cold cases. The film is directed by debutant director Jofin T Chacko and marks his first collaboration with Mammootty and Manju Warrier. Jointly produced by Anto Joseph, Unnikrishnan B and V N Babu under their banner Anto Joseph Film Company and RD Illuminations, the film also stars Nikhila Vimal, Sreenath Bhasi, Saniya Iyappan and Jagadish in other prominent roles.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/south-cinema/amazon-prime-video-announces-digital-premiere-mammootty-starrer-horror-suspense-drama-priest/

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  94. tonymontana Says:

    This ad deserves a separate thread. Dravid is hilarious!

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  95. Mumbai without people! Covid makes it possible.

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  96. Anmol Ambani, the eldest son of industrialist Anil Ambani, has lashed out against a new round of lockdowns being imposed amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, saying such restrictions do not concern health but control and that they destroy the very backbone of the society and economy.

    The 29-year-old former executive director of Reliance Capital Ltd in a series of tweets lambasted the new semi-lockdown rules hurting small businesses and daily wage earners.

    “Professional ‘actors’ can continue shooting their films. Professional ‘cricketers’ can play their sport late into the night. Professional ‘politicians’ can continue their rallies with masses of people. But YOUR business or work is not ESSENTIAL. Still don’t get it?” he said in a tweet. He had in the past too voiced opposition to such restrictions and retweeted videos and comments denouncing them.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/business/anmol-ambani-covid-lockdown-7263033/

    “What does essential even mean? EACH INDIVIDUALS WORK IS ESSENTIAL TO THEM,” he said tweeting with hashtag #scamdemic. Lockdowns, he said, are key in “continuing and enabling greatest wealth transfer in human history.” “The mistake is that the people think this is simply inefficient governance. it’s not. It’s a coordinated, thought out set of policies designed to enable a new world order to be brought in,” he said.

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  100. It is essentially a south fim, a tamil film specifically.
    They could have released as south is free from paranoia of covid.

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    • Its an outright Hindi film that has a little better chance in TN due to it being a Jayalalitha biopic. I still have my doubts on AIADMK voter base accepting Kangana as Thalaivi. The main target audience for this film is Maharashtra/Karnataka/Nizam belt (I doubt the north would be much interested in this unlike Dirty Picture as this does not have the sleaze factor) and hence postponement is the right call for now.

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  101. Watching Pakeezah on Prime. The art direction is superb. And won some award too. The songs are so good and I am surprised it did not win an award for music though nominated. Raaj Kumar looked good and less eccentric for a change.

    Pakeezah is India’s first color film in Cinemascope and Meena Kumari’s most awaited film and has since acquired major cult status as well. Tajdar Amrohi shares: “When the shooting of Pakeezah resumed in 1969, the first song shot was “Mausam Hai Ashiqana” with this song Meena Kumari set a new fashion trend of girls wearing Lungi.

    Indian Film Critic Bhavana Soumaya says “Pakeezah is just like poetry on celluloid. I cannot imagine anybody else in this movie except Meena Kumari. Pakeezah’s music is cited as one of the finest classical album in the history of Hindi cinema and was one of the best-selling Bollywood albums of the 1970s.

    “I have lived with Pakeezah almost as long as I lived with its creator … to Meena Kumari Pakeezah means a performance. A great performance? That is not for me to say: that is for people to decide. For me to say is this: it is a performance to deliver which I have, as an actress, had to delve deeper into the secret wells of being than any actor or actress normally delves in the process of his or her professional work.”[6]
    —Meena Kumari about Pakeezah (1972)
    Pakeezah was the inaugural film telecast by Doordarshan, India’s state-owned television station, when it began broadcasting from Amritsar in Punjab in the early 1970s. It was especially beamed towards Lahore nearby, in Pakistan. Thousands flocked to Lahore, from as far as Karachi, hundreds of miles away, to see Pakeezah. It was a flood. The crowds stampeded the streets of Lahore to get to the television screens placed at strategic points on virtually every street corner.
    Wiki.

    And Lata as the singer is the soul of Pakeezah.

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  102. Veteran actor Satish Kaul, who had 300 Punjabi and Hindi films to his credit and played the role of Lord Indra in the TV show Mahabharat, passed away due to coronavirus-related complications on Saturday in Ludhiana. He was 74.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/mahabharat-actor-satish-kaul-dies-due-to-covid-19-complications-7267729/

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  103. Well, I am on binge watching.
    There is some comfort in watching old movies.
    Patthar ke sanam is famous for its songs. Mumtaz looked very pretty. Like a doll. Mehmood imitated Dharm’s dialogue delivery. the print was bright and brilliant.
    Completed watching Roohi. Wish someone else acted as Roohi and Afza. The ending was a surprise. A wacky comedy. Rajkumar rao was good with no overacting. And Varun was sweet and likeable as usual. Timepass. Mudiyapair bhootnis are ok. Falling in love with one is no joke.

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    • Good for the cinema fan in you that you got the patience to sit through age old classics. I find it hard to relate to anything before the late 80s (barring exceptions like Sholay, The Godfather etc). Somehow the mannerisms, dialogue delivery & screenplay doesn’t seem relatable at all even with all time Dilip Kumar/Raj Kapoor/Nargis classics.

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  104. https://theprint.in/india/modi-or-mamata-rahul-or-stalin-no-election-rally-is-following-covid-rules-despite-surge/627161/

    Apologies to my ultra patriotic deshbhakts who sleep on saffron bedsheets at night, but it seems his highness is not so different from the rest of the herd after all 😆

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  105. Qala teaser: Irrfan Khan’s son Babil to debut in Anushka Sharma produced Netflix film, watch first look video
    Qala’s teaser shows the cast and crew shooting the film at a vast snowy valley. We are shown the director, actors, and the crew filming using traditional cameras as well as drones.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/qala-teaser-irrfan-khan-son-babil-to-debut-in-anushka-sharma-production-watch-first-look-video-7268025/

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  106. BAFTA Awards 2021: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Tenet and Sound of Metal clinch trophies, check out the full winners’ list

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/hollywood/bafta-awards-2021-ma-raineys-black-bottom-tenet-sound-of-metal-full-winners-list-7268523/

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  107. ALTBalaji apologises, removes controversial His Storyy poster after Vikramaditya Motwane’s scathing criticism
    Filmmaker Sudhanshu Saria on Friday took to Twitter to point out similarities between the poster of his short film Loev and ALT Balaji’s His Storyy. The digital platform finally apologised on Sunday morning after director Vikramaditya Motwane criticised Ekta Kapoor’s company for its inaction on the matter.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/web-series/altbalaji-apologises-removes-controversial-his-story-poster-after-vikramaditya-motwanes-scathing-criticism-7268502/

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  108. France will lengthen the period between the first and second shots of mRNA anti-Covid vaccines to six weeks from four weeks as of April 14 to accelerate the inoculation campaign, Health Minister Olivier Veran told the JDD newspaper on Sunday.

    Although France’s top health authority advised a six-week period between the two shots in January in order to stretch supplies, the government at the time said there was insufficient data on how well the vaccines performed with a longer interval.

    France could safely do so now because it was vaccinating a younger age group, Veran said.”(It) will allow us to vaccinate more quickly without reducing protection,” the minister told the paper.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/world/france-extends-gap-between-mrna-vaccine-shots-to-ramp-up-rollout-7268406/

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  109. Abhishek said that when they were shooting in Shimla, he discovered that Rishi would read news on this particular site, to keep tabs on Ranbir. “We were shooting in Shimla, and in the morning, I went to his room because I used to sit and have coffee with him in the morning. I walked into the room and he was in his lungi, he had these small glasses and he was on his computer. I found that very cute from behind, this visual,” he said.

    Talking to Film Companion, Abhishek said that he asked Rishi what he was doing, and got introduced to the celebrity gossip website in question. At the time, Abhishek did not know about the website, and when he asked Rishi what it was, the response he got was ‘the only way I can tell what Ranbir is doing’.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/rishi-kapoor-would-follow-a-gossip-site-to-keep-tabs-on-son-ranbir-kapoor-abhishek-bachchan-makes-funny-revelation-101618129457605.html

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  110. https://boxofficeindia.com/report-details.php?articleid=6226

    Seems like a Telugu only uni lingual Vakeel Saab would cross the lifetime collections of its original Pink within 3 days flat during a pandemic peak. Even accounting for the fact that this one’s a lot more commercialized & unrefined for the masses, this is an astonishing achievement.

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  111. tonymontana Says:

    Cases are spiralling out of control every day in India, but people are queuing up for Vakeel Saab while the producers are busy counting and bragging about the collections. And we are rejoicing over the money someone else is making.
    Seriously, what the hell?

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    • Yeah its crazy. Why the hell are movies being allowed to release in AP and TN???

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      • Politics. The fans also vote. If they dont get to watch new films on big screens, they will stop voting to the respective ruling parties.
        In this respect north, west are doing good job.

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        • tonymontana Says:

          “Politics. The fans also vote. If they dont get to watch new films on big screens, they will stop voting to the respective ruling parties.”
          – This is tragic, and an utter disregard for human life.

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          • You should be in AP, Telengana, Tamil nadu to see the craze these people have for films. And there are so many fan clubs to each star. B and C grade films also open very well there.
            Maybe the interiors of north and other parts may also have this kind of craze for new releases of their favourite heroes.
            For most Indians films are only kind of entertainment. It is an occasion for them to celebrate and enjoy. Cant blame them too.
            Who dreamt about covid snatching all this suddenly? Who dreamt that this unwanted guest will stay for years and months?

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          • All movie theaters must operate at 50% capacity till the summer of 2022. No closure, no 100% too. Balancing act is the only way forward. Unfortunately balance & rationality is a fallacy in this nation of hero worshipping idiots who need icons out of crooked politicians, selfish film stars and modern day Trash 20 cricketers to give them kicks & orgasms.

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          • “Maybe the interiors of north and other parts may also have this kind of craze for new releases of their favourite heroes.” – wait for the next bunch of Bollywood tentpoles to release in interior UP, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Southern fans might be quite rabid but one’s in North & Central India are no less. That being said, since Maharashtra, Delhi/UP, Gujarat have suffered a lot more compared to TN/AP/Telangana its obvious the recovery for Hindi cinema would be a lot longer and uncertain. Bangalore/Karnataka gives us a fair picture where cinemas ran dry till December but started having good footfall in Jan/Feb and are now back to minimal levels since March. People working in the exhibition sector and movie theaters have perhaps had the worst deal in this pandemic, even worse than retailers & hospitality sector. Hoping & praying for a recovery without too much further damage!

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          • “For most Indians films are only kind of entertainment.” – Entertainment, sports, hospitality etc. have this false notion of being luxuries in this nation and hence no one considers them to be the so called “essential services”. The media and crooked politicos can go on harping about hand to mouth laborers (after ordering unplanned lockdowns and not arranging any services for them) yet the millions of jobs provided by shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants, pubs, clubs, sports arenas, gymnasiums etc. have gone unseen & unheard. I’m all for restriction and crowd management but imposing lockdowns without a penny in compensation is the worst form of draconian approach that helps no one and worsens an already disastrous crisis. Perhaps if one among us were employed in the retail, exhibition or hospitality sector we’d have been a little more considerate & humane before using the wretched word “Lockdown” which every politico, municipality clown or work from home junkies from IT/Telecom sector have been parroting for over a year now.

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          • tonymontana Says:

            I wouldn’t like to discourage the fan culture, but it sometimes happens that viewers cross all kinds of limits and show barbaric behaviour.

            I for one would never want to be in a theatre with crazy fans of the likes of some of these Southern superstars. There are clippings on YouTube where you hardly get to hear dialogues because people are screaming their lungs out on their fav star’s entry, bursting crackers, putting theirs and other people’s lives at risk too.

            Stumbled across this shocking clip of fans not just sacrificing a goat outside a theatre showing VS, but they proceed to hold it high up and celebrate. If this is not disgusting behaviour, I don’t know what is.
            What are we becoming, really?

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    • It is also that Telangana and AP have had lesser caseloads and now too. The North has been hit harder than the South during the pandemic. Just recently both TN and Karnataka put back the 50% rule, in lieu of rising cases. When time comes, Telugu states will follow suit.

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  112. A Muslim organisation on Sunday urged the Maharashtra government to allow members from the community to visit mosques for prayers during the month of Ramzan that begins next week. Members of the Marathwada division of Jamiat Ulema-e- Hind (of Arshad faction), on Sunday met Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope to make this demand. At present, the places of religious worship in the state are shut due to the spike in Covid-19 cases. The organisation told the minister that in view of the holy month of Ramzan, the government should provide some relaxation and allow entry of Muslim community members into the mosques, up to 50 per cent of the capacity of these religious places, five times daily for prayers, one of the office-bearers said.

    Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/national/west/muslims-seek-maharashtra-govts-nod-for-prayers-at-mosques-in-ramzan-973231.html

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  113. https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-how-punjab-government-is-trying-to-involve-arhtiyas-in-direct-payment-to-farmers-7269018/

    The truth of farm protests? The middlemen want their commission and direct payment to farmers affects them. The farmers are obliged to the middlemen for getting loans and the middlemen trapped them and it seems that they are fuelling the farm protests.

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    • Its been 6 months we’ve been crying hoarse over this fact. The very fact that crooked middlemen led by Tikait are able to bulldoze an entire democracy and make a majority government dance to its tunes proves the utter incompetency, disinterest and lack of intent of this ruling administration. The only expertise they seem to have is bribing opposition MLAs and toppling opposition state governments.

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  114. Vaccine passports has to be the most ridiculous idea anyone can think of in these times. Neither have any of these vaccines had adequate trials or efficacy data over a consistent period of time and nor is their so called efficacy been proven against the so called new variants (no rocket science in a virus mutating into new strains unless you wanna create mass hysteria and public fear). I’m all for tried & tested vaccines but at this juncture none of us know the safety and efficacy of any of the candidates to an adequate degree. Vaccination always has to be a public choice at this point in time (perhaps the only aspect where the GOI got it right) as individuals who’re immunocompromised or prone to cytokine storms or on other diabetic drugs/chemotherapy etc. are prone to serious side effects from the safest vaccines. No one must decide on someone else’s behalf on what needs to be injected into their bodies.

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    • I quite know how dumb people are in these States and especially the Dems…but Goddman, this takes it to the heights!!

      There are women in Florida saying that they don’t want to wear masks just coz they don’t want to wear panties … since ‘organs’ need to breathe …

      In a country that’s so divided, now you are bringing covid passport … God save …

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  115. “Harrowing Tales”: Gujarat High Court Flags Covid “Emergency” On Its Own
    Through an oral order, Chief Justice Vikram Nath directed the high court registry to register a fresh suo motu PIL titled “In Re : Uncontrolled upsurge and serious management issues in COVID control”.

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/gujarat-high-court-flags-covid-emergency-on-its-own-harrowing-tales-2411388?pfrom=home-ndtv_bigstory

    Maharashtra Reports Over 63,000 Covid Cases In Biggest Single-Day Surge
    Worst-hit among all states, Maharashtra had recorded 55,411 cases and 309 deaths on Saturday, making Sunday’s number a 14 per cent rise.

    “For God’s Sake, Get Vaccine, Drugs”: Top Mumbai Doctor’s Desperate Appeal
    The lift lobby in the eighth floor of the Lilavati hospital was converted into a Covid ward after getting the consent of patients who are waiting in droves outside the hospital.

    Having let its guard down with mass religious festivals, political rallies and spectators at cricket matches, India is experiencing a ferocious new wave with around 10 lakh new cases in the past week. On Sunday, the country added 1,52,879 new infections.

    Maharashtra and nine other states of Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have shown a steep rise in the daily new COVID-19 cases lately and account for 80.92 per cent of the new infections reported in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

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    • Give me one scientific reason how a 50% crowd inan outdoor sports stadium can lead to a spike if the crowd is well managed! The media needs to stop this bogus hysteria & whining and focus on the need of the hour, vaccines, vitamins & drugs. We cannot be stuck in permanent lockdowns all our lives.

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      • Distance and ventilation are key…
        Masks help only up to certain degree especially people are reusing it …

        You need to understand particle size..
        https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/06/11/fact-check-n-95-filters-not-too-large-stop-covid-19-particles/5343537002/

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      • Press is reporting facts. If it creates panic, there is reason. There is shortage of beds, oxygen, blood, medical persoonel, medicines like remdesivir all these are aggravating the panic among people.
        Still farmers protests are going on, Kumbh mela is celebrated, mosque permissions are being requested for holy month, marriages are celebrated with more people than stipulated, political rallies went on and on, trains and buses are still crowded.
        Either you care for life or you are not bothered.

        If media does not highlight. we will all die silently.
        It is media which makes governments and people to take care.
        So blaming media is self destructive.
        Many of my friends, relatives got mild to severe corona and some passed away.

        Corona is real.
        Danger is real.
        Mutations makes vaccines less effective.

        We have to have more big hospitals and we should allow medical practitoners of all kinds to man them.

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        • Till then we must restrict our pleasures. If possible, let us help the less fortunate near us. Give them money and groceries. We need more Sonu soods.
          Judges, prime ministers, presidents, rulers, opposition are not fools.
          And blaming OTT, blaming media for corona? OTT was there before corona. It is not forcing people to watch. Media is alerting everyone, risking their live reporters who go to all the places to report. Instead of appreciating them, why to blame them?

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          • And blaming OTT, blaming media for corona related problems and consequences?

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          • Those you often call as OTT and online shopping junkies are atleast not going out and be part of corona spreading crowd. they are minding their businesses at home.

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          • Still not valid in the cricketing context. The stadiums were 50% when cases were down to 10k. The moment the numbers rose the stadiums were the first one to go empty well before political rallies & melas. As i said, we cannot be in permanent lockdown. 10k is the kinda number a country like India would get even 5 years from now. You wanna keep all the sports behind closed doors, theaters & most importantly schools & colleges empty forever, please be my guest.

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          • The lesser spoken about media the better. As I said, not all of us like locking ourselves up indoors for good & live lazy confined lives at the mercy of mediocre online shopping or OTTs addiction. Analog physical activity is as essential for human survival as maintaining physical distance during a pandemic. Else the next time we witness a spike in HIV or other STDs in any part of the world we’d advise people to gratify themselves with dolls & robots and some of us fools would even accept such nonsense in the name of “public safety”.

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        • No one is blaming OTT for a pandemic but when the media & lazy arse couch potatoes talk to the doom of movie theaters due to OTTs mediocrity its not just funny but downright offensive for many of us who love going to the movies. If at all the Chinese box office or Tenet’s run in Europe or Master/Vakeel Saab have proved, its that cinemas are only in hibernation for now & would be back with a stronger bang the moment things even partially normalize. For the rest of the binge watching slobs, they have their choices anyways 😉

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      • 50% crowd in seated stadium of 50,000 = 25,000 – impossible to social distance given any type of safety measures. How is it possible? One can’t social distance doing shopping! It’s actually impossible.
        And extend this into an enclosed environment like a theatre.

        I think it’s pretty selfish to dump the entire pandemic onto your healthcare system by letting people roam around like nothing is going on. Nurses and doctors will eventually be shattered, catching the virus and you’re entire healthcare system will be finished!

        Every country is trying to find the right balance ie. Lifting restrictions to the extent the healthcare system can function. Once it becomes overwhelmed the only solution is lockdown. Clearly vaccines are working and yes everyone is fully aware you can’t lockdown forever but it’s being asked of everyone to put in an effort rather than dump the entire trouble onto healthcare system – which would be horrific for everyone.

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        • People do not roam around inside a theater. They’re supposed to be seated. 33-50% capacity would automatically imply a certain level of distance. Before theaters its the domestic flights & trains that gotta be banned in that case. No one defines what’s “essential” for someone else.

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          • Unless everyone is walking in single line 2m apart walking into these stadia/theatre etc, sitting down accordingly, not getting up and walking past someone – this army type regiment then it simply does not work.

            It’s not forever. It’s temporary measures by in large to help reduce volume in hospitals.

            Also basically a % of people are not doing it period. Once people group together the entire lockdown idea goes for toss.

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          • It’s actually working in UK. Lockdown since December, vaccines since mid Dec.
            Mar 9th schools opened.
            Today non essential shops open.
            In May other restrictions will loosen.
            Daily deaths, new cases have collapsed in last 6 weeks.
            By Jun 23rd the plan is to have very minor restrictions.
            What can mess with this plan?
            New variants (South Africa, Brazil, the double mutation variant from India, UK variant).
            People in general – like pubs opened midnight today and they were busy already.
            Schools should be open IMO. Especially here where at least 50% adults have had 1 jab.
            I’m seeing pictures of thousands of people packed in Ganges today. People crowding in South for cinema. The latter tbh is pretty silly. Religious stuff I can just about understand.
            Everything requires a bit of basic common sense and commitment.
            Otherwise like I said hospitals will become crazy, all other people who are say cancer patients waiting for treatment will be pushed back. It is a horrible cycle of events.

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          • Walking past someone for a second does not hold any relevance to the spread of infection. Multiple physicians have clarified, you need to be within touching distance of someone for a considerable amount of time to have a realistic chance of spreading infection. Its like this foolish Delhi HC order asking people to wear masks when they’re alone in their own cars. Makes no sense!

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          • Compared to India in size and population, UK is small and can be managed well. Even India can be managed if each state, each district, each panchayat is made accountable and given incentives. India always failed to build more government hospitals and mushrooming private hospitals made government complacent. This is not the last pandemic we may have to face.

            Lockdown is painful for women who cook to feed families and manage grocery and other shopping for their families including yours faithfully. We have to stretch groceries, vegetables , fruits etc. to last until lockdown is lifted. As everybody is at home, they feel hungry and thirsty all the time and consume more than what usually they do when they are not at home.

            As for exercise, we use vehicles to go to theatres and malls, We can exercise at home as well and do yoga which most of us do.

            Only worry is kids not attending schools and missing school life. Online education can never compensate off line education.
            And going to office is necessary in some cases. You cannot do everything with a computer.

            We need non essential shops also for maintenance purposes and for some important needs and wants. Every shop serves some purpose except maybe a pawn shop or a liquor shop.

            Nothing is permanent. Even lockdowns. The second lockdown seems to be much more liberal and less stringent as ruling parties learnt lessons which caused enormous human suffering and economic damage. Few industrialists getting rich and share markets flourishing cannot mask the real suffering endured by the shopkeepers, laid off private employees and labourers. Beggars, homeless and destitutes are undocumented people who must be facing death on everyday basis.

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          • Lockdown is not forever but I personally am risking very little overall. Better to stay safe and more than anything keep those around you, nearest and dearest safe – especially when there are vaccines around.

            I wouldn’t compare UK with India – it’s impossible. Also India overall has done spectacular if looking at numbers only. UK is amongst the top 10 worst performers! Like the Razzie to India’s Oscar!

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          • Exactly why India could never afford lockdowns in the first place. The containment after effects cannot be worse than the disease. And after 14 months of the pandemic if excuses such as low bed count or high positivity rates are being given, its a serious lapse in management. No one suggested the center to reopen flights & trains at 100% or allow all mandis & vegetable markets to run amok. Anti farm law protests, election rallies, dharnas, kumbh melas etc are the REAL reason for the spike. Not some scapegoats like outdoor cricket stadiums, theaters or cafes & restaurants that are anyways running at well under 50% for 10 months now!

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  116. BAFTA 2021: Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Sean Connery, Chadwick Boseman among others honoured in tribute video

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  117. Here is somethng for Shivaay that he cant/wont redicule with sarcasm 🙂

    2 Decades of Hrithik Roshan
    —————————–
    FIRST DECADE (2000-2009):
    Total Films – 15
    Hits (6) – KNPH, K3G, KMG, Krrish, D2, JA
    Averages (3) – Fiza, MK, Lakshya
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    SECOND DECADE (2010-2019):
    Total Films – 10
    Hits (6) – ZNMD, Agneepath, K3, Bang Bang, Super 30, War
    Averages (1) – Kaabil
    —————————–

    I will pick the second decade over first (although its commercially less sucessful), mainly because of less influence from his regressive Papa Roshan.

    And wud pick Lakshya from the first decade and Super 30 from the second decade as most watchable films of HR’s sparse filmography.

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    • Must add that he seems to be well set for at least the half of his third decade with films like Vikram Vedha remake, Fighter, Krrish sequel and War sequel. These shud be 5 easy hits for him in the next 5 years or so.

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      • Frankly Lakshya, S30 & ZNMD are the only good films he’s done in my books (still more good films than SRKs & Salman’s entire filmography but that’s a different debate). Lakshya is an underrated technical masterpiece that’s gonna age like fine wine, I’m sure that would have been a blockbuster if released 10 years later in the multiplex era with 30 mins of editing. As a performance however, S30 & his cameo in Luck by Chance stand out for me for his ease & effortlessness that’s been missing for a large part of the 2nd decade.

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        • HR is not a good actor in my books. He comes up with heavily labored ‘performances’ in the roles that require acting to some extent and it shows. He is more natural doing stunts/action and in D2/War/BB kind of films.

          If Lakshya was edited well, it wud have been a hit even when it released. Anyways, i feel ZNMD is the only movie that will have a long shelf life out of all the 25 films he has done till now.

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          • tonymontana Says:

            His performances might be laboured (alot so in the initial part of his career) but he is also a hell of a convincing performer.
            Having said that I enjoy watching him in his non-action roles (Kaabil was an exception)

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          • He’s a exceptional performer when going through the motions and going easy on the camera like he was in S30 & Luck by Chance, first half of ZNMD as well as War & major portions of Lakshya. Its when he’s trying too hard that he gets awkward like in Guzaarish, Agneepath or those Krrish films. But barring Swades, CDI and his first 3-4 films, SRKs been hamming in every role he’s done imo.

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          • @Marcus : “He is more natural doing stunts/action and in D2/War/BB kind of films.” – Action roles require a specific type of act, one that involves body language, swag & charasmatic screen presence. Its not everyone’s ball game. The exact reason why Arnold & Sylvester gained universal fame, why Tom Cruise is adored & why SRK was completely out of place in the 2 Don films. HR is perhaps the best in Hindi cinema when it comes to acting in swanky urban action entertainers while Tiger despite being a better stuntman, can never match upto that level of alpha. Hindi cinema however does not have the writers & directors to harness HRs potential as an urban action superstar and hence he’s forced to work with mediocre’s like Sid Anand & Sanjay Gadhvi while Tiger’s stuck with Ahmed Khan. Neeraj Pandey is one exception here who gave the action hero in Akshay his best action film in Baby. My idea of a perfect big screen Hindi film remains a Tenet remake with HR & Tiger playing John & Pattinson with Pandey at the helm 😉

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        • Swades, Chak De India, Dil Se, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. By any meter anywhere and by any reasonable person, SRK is a much better actor than Hrithik.

          Salman has Bajrangi, Phir Milenge, Khamoshi, HDDCS and AAA.

          Yes, both Shah Rukh and Salman have better films than Hrithik.

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          • Dil Se is Mani Ratnam’s worst film till date while Phir Milenge & HDDCS might constitute a good film in your books, it doesn’t for many others (Just like KMG does for some & doesn’t for others). SRK is an ultimate hammer while even ardent Salman fans might agree he’s hardly an actor.

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          • A film that’s rated 7.6 on IMDB with 26,000+ votes is hardly Mani Ratnam’s worst film. In fact, Mani Ratnam’s worst film would still be better than Papa and Beta Roshan’s best film. That Dil Se enjoys a restored reputation today is no secret and I’m sure there are plenty of Dil Se fans on this blog too.

            I’m game enough to admit Phir Milenge is a straight remake and even if you remove HDDCS, Salman still has 3 good fillms, just as many as Hrithik does. Your point was about them not having any good films (an exaggeration acceptable next to Aamir but next to Hrithik is a joke).

            I also forgot to mention that SRK had a great role in Kamal Haasan’s magnum opus Hey Ram. SRK might be the ultimate hammer but no one in their right mind would call Hrithik a better actor than him, and this is where I admire Salman. At least his fans are honest to admit their star is not much of an actor.

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          • Even Guzaarish is 7+ on imdb and so is Agneepath. Giving mindful rants based on personal favorites is the activity of rabid fanboys. I still do not see SRK doing an S30 or Lakshya or War as effectively except his bogus romcoms which i have zero interest in. Generalizing millions of movie viewers based on personal choice is definitely not the activity of someone in his “right mind”.

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          • Quality in art is a subjective matter as far as I’m concerned (exactly why Rajamouli is a mediocre film maker but I cannot add an imo after each statement). The only Salman film I’ve liked so far is Bajrangi while Although Dabangg was fun, its not something that qualifies to be a good film in my books. As for SRK, didn’t like any of his films except Swades & CDI to an extent. So yeah HR has 3 good one’s, more than these 2 as far as I’m concerned. Not that that makes me a fan of HRs mediocre filmography like his other fan boys & girls. While I did enjoy KMG and D2 as a youth, they’ve aged horribly badly and deserve to be drained down the flush just like KNPH (which was shockingly rated as his best on this forum) and those Krrish films. Ditto for SRKs Darr and Baazigar which although i enjoyed watching as a kid, none of them have aged well and he’s almost intolerable in both those films when I watch them today. Films that do not stand the test of time cannot be called “good” films in my books. Period.

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          • Not a Hrithik fan by any means but KNPH was a total paisa vasool masala film. As much as i didn’t care for HR (being a SRK fan), one can’t deny what KNPH meant at that time. A Super Star was born.

            Personally i don’t think HR is even 10% of actor SRK is but its subjective. A sign of a good actor is taking an average movie/role and make it some what watchable. A sign of great actors are ones who makes scenes good just by being in the scene without saying anything. This is where you need to watch old films of Dilip, Raj Kapoor and many others to see how they take over the scene just by being in the frame.

            Can’t believe you didn’t enjoy War, it’s better than 75% of crap that gets disshed out in hollywood.

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          • “”A sign of a good actor is taking an average movie/role and make it some what watchable. A sign of great actors are ones who makes scenes good just by being in the scene without saying anything. This is where you need to watch old films of Dilip, Raj Kapoor””

            AMITABH >>> Dilip + Raj

            This isn’t subjective; it is objective …

            I challenge Dilip and Raj to pull this one off …

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          • “Can’t believe you didn’t enjoy War, it’s better than 75% of crap that gets disshed out in hollywood.” ~ firstly I did enjoy it for sure. Secondly, its nowhere near what I’d call a “good” film. Enjoyable, yes. Good? Nope. And it might only be better than 75% of Hollywood’s crap (despite ripping off scenes from MI & Face off), the fact that its better than 90% of Bollywood’s commercial films is testimony to the mediocrity of the industry. No point slamming Hollywood forcefully when we all are well aware about which industry copies whom. By copy I mean blatant unabashed plagiarism! As for SRK, in my opinion he’s a horrendous actor whose best left shivering and hamming his way through lame repetitive dialogues with wide arms that might have made women go weak and inspired a generation of urban loafers on how to propose their bimbos, unfortunately I’m none of the above.

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          • @An Jo : https://youtu.be/dVvkO2D-KsM

            Naseer “saab” might have to say something about the Amitabh vs Dilip debate, not that a guy whose recently done Jackpot, Welcome Back and Sona Spa should be taken seriously 😉

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  118. Deepika Padukone resigns as MAMI’s chairperson: ‘Unable to give the undivided focus it requires’

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    • Good for her. As such she is quite busy doing Pathan with srk, one Prabhas film, Fighter with HR, Shakun Batra’s next and Intern remake. All films worth looking forward to.

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  119. The police have busted a mattress-making factory in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district for using discarded masks, in place of cotton or other material, to stuff its products. The police have filed a case against the owner of the unit and launched a probe. They also recovered piles of masks on the premises.

    And police are collecting crores as fine from maskless people. Once all people wear masks, this income for police will stop.

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  120. First tentpole after Eid to be Radhe?

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    • *after Covid*

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    • IfFCovid phase 2 subsides by then, July will be interesting at box office. There are 3 south indian films set for pan-India release: Major, KGF 2 and Radhe Shyam. Hollywood will have its say with Marvel’s Black Widow. And Salman in Radhe will represent Bollywood.

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      • The post covid audience in the long run that’s gonna be visiting movie theaters is gonna be looking for big screen entertainers, tentpoles and movies that are larger than life. Small & mid range films might make a buck with good economics but the big grossers are only the one’s which offer the audience the big screen larger than life experience like we saw with BB, Padmavat & Tanhaji. There’s no better time for a film makers to make a Mahabharata/Ramayana/Shiva Trilogy etc. than now. However making these epics larger than life involves humongous effort from sets to locations to action sequences. None of the Indian film makers are willing to minimize usage of green screen and shoot elaborate sequences with practical effects or innovate with techniques like shooting on IMAX digital cameras. Its quite unfortunate since the level of CGI in most Indian films is still quite mediocre (as evident when you watch Tanhaji or BB2 on TV) and the only way to make them look more convincing is by shooting real time. Tumbbad is a prime example of excellent cinematography in real locations using practical effects and minimal CGI. No wonder despite 1/10th the budget it looks far more convincing than a Tanhaji :

        https://scroll.in/reel/898196/everybody-loves-the-camerawork-in-tumbbad-pankaj-kumar-tells-us-how-the-film-was-shot#:~:text=Tumbbad%20(2018).-,Courtesy%20Sohum%20Shah%20Films.,the%20digital%20Red%20camera%20format.

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  121. Waah mota bhai waah.. Shabaash!!

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    • Maybe the state has different rule than other state?

      If there is rule in place of no mask or no large gathering, etc; than this is stupid.

      Even if there is no rule in place, they should use good judgement and not risk it where something like this becomes super spreader.

      I assume other parties are holding rallies like this too.

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      • Nothing like that – COVID doesn’t attack based on states or parties: The decision is left to the Election Commision of India; they should seriouly pull up Modi, Shah, and the great Banerjee for flouting these norms –

        Kamal Hassan did the same in Tamil Nadu In Coimbatore I think — and I posted a video earlier; can’t find it now…

        Taking a serious view of the laxity in following Covid-19 protocol during campaigns, the Election Commission on Friday warned all political parties that it will not hesitate in banning rallies and meetings if precautions are not adhered to during the remaining phases of elections in West Bengal.

        Modi and Shah should have taken a rightly higher moral ground, but if you are facing alligators like Mamta … anyway, there’s NO way Modi and Shah can be excused..

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        In its letter to all recognised state and national political parties, the commission reiterated its guidelines on holding election rallies amid the pandemic.

        The poll body also flagged instances of candidates and star campaigners not wearing masks and the gatherings at their rallies openly flouting norms of social distancing.

        https://indianexpress.com/article/india/follow-covid-norms-or-will-ban-rallies-election-commission-tells-parties-7266946/

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        • Modi’s hypocrisy has been laid threadbare with this. Its a Trump like approach that actually might displace him in 2024. The PM who imposed an unplanned, uninformed and unnecessary pan India lockdown at a 4 hour notice a little over a year ago is now preaching and behaving in the exact opposite way, all this while he wants to celebrate “vaccine utsav”. Another few of such missteps and the Indian masses too might start to believe its “anyone but Modi” pretty soon. A scenario where even his blindest of devotees wouldn’t be able to save his government.

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        • Agreed; let’s see an ‘intelligent’ opposition …

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  122. This shit is scary, hadd hai yaar!!

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  123. Found this very sweet…SRK is doing some good work here.

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  124. ** created post **

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    • Some highlights..

      “Officials said over 350 CCTV cameras have been installed at different locations in the mela area, with about 100 of these equipped with sensors that generate an alert when the camera captures the image of a person without a mask”

      “…the Uttarakhand Police is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to zoom in on those not wearing masks.”

      “Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat too was present without mask and did not adhere to social distancing at Har Ki Pauri Ghat.”

      Lol.

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  125. According to BOI, Vakeel Saab’s weekend is same as Master’s opening weekend of 70 cr nett. Can anyone here tell me whats the total nett collections of Master at the end of its run?

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  126. This one is for Sanjana 🙂

    A Decade of Ranbir Kapoor:
    ————————————-
    FIRST DECADE (2007-2016):
    Total Films – 15
    Hits (8) – BAH, WUS, APKGK, Raajneeti, Rockstar, Barfi, YJHD, ADHM
    Averages – Anjaana Anjaani, Tamasha
    —————————————
    SECOND DECADE (2017-2026): Started with a disappointing JJ but made a strong comeback with Sanju. Brahmastra will be an acid test once again when a big budget film will be depending on him to be a success.
    —————————————-

    Ranbit had an interesting mix of films in his first decade. If i were to pick one film, it wud be Raajneeti or Barfi.

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  127. Dedicated to srk fans Z, Aman, Master, etc ….

    3 Decades of SRK
    —————-
    FIRST DECADE (1992-2001):
    Hits (12) – Deewana, Baazigar, Darr, Karan Arjun, DDLJ, Raam Jaane, Yes Boss, Pardes, DTPH, KKHH, Mohabbatein, K3G
    Averages (8) – Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, KHKN, Anjaam, Chahaat, Army, Koyla, Baadshah, Josh
    Classics (1) – DDLJ
    —————-
    SECOND DECADE (2002-2011):
    Hits (12) – Devdas, Chalte Chalte, KHNH, MHN, Veer Zaara, KANK, Don, CDI, OSO, RNBDJ, MNIK, Don 2
    Averages (3) – HTHS, Paheli, Ra.One
    Classics (2) – Swades, CDI
    —————-
    THIRD DECADE (2012-2021):
    Hits (4) – JTHJ, Chennai Express, HNY, Dear Zindagi
    Averages (2) – Dilwale, Raees
    Classisc (0) – NIL
    —————-

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    • It’s 29 years of SRK; better to take Akshay Kumar who completed 30 years with Saugandh.

      3 Decades of Akki
      ——
      First Decade (1991-2001)
      Hits(9): Mohra, DTPH, Khiladi, Yeh Dillagi, Elaan, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Suhaag, Waqt Humara Hai, Jaanwar

      Averages (6/7): Saugandh, Dhadkan, Hera Pheri, Ajnabee, Ek Rishta, Sabse Bada Khiladi, Sangharsh (?)

      Classics-1 Hera Pheri (debatable? iconic, yes)
      ——-
      Second Decade (2001-2011)
      Hits (11): Andaaz, MSK, Garam Masala, Phir Hera Pheri, Bhagam Bhag, Namastey London, Heyy Baby, Bhool Bhulaiya, Welcome, Singh is Kingg, Housefull

      Averages (6)-Aankhen, Awara Paagal Deewana, Khakee, Aitraaz, Waqt, De Dana Dan

      Classics-0
      ——–
      Third Decade (2011-2021)
      Hits (16): OMG!, Special 26, Rowdy Rathore, Housefull 2, Holiday, Gabbar Is Back, Airlift, Housefull 3, Rustom, Jolly LLB 2, Toilet-Ek Prem Katha, 2.0, Kesari, Mission Mangal, Housefull 4, Good Newwz

      Averages (4): Khiladi 786, Baby, Gold, Padman

      Classics-0

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      • Who really cares about Akshay’s filmography? Its loaded with small hits and averages which are difficult to distinguish from each other. He has had longevity, yes, surviving three decades and doing well is not a joke. But he lacks the big hits which makes his ‘n’ number of hits look lame.

        Salman also has around 35 hits or so. Again the lack of good films (barring BB and AAA) makes his filmography irrelevant even though he had quite a few blockbusters in his name starting from MPK to TZH.

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        • Akshay has far more GOOD films than the rest except Aamir imo. Perhaps his sheer volume has something to do with it but Special 26, Baby, OMG!, Khakee, Jolly are all good films with Airlift being my favorite.

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    • Dil Se?

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      • Clean Flop man. And its only considered with respect by srk fans. Its not universally considered as a good film.

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        • FLOP or whatever; it is THE GREATEST, ABSTRACT love-story ever-made in the history of the Hindi film industry.. I will need a thesis to write about it .. SRK was spectacular … Koirals was pathetic as ever…music and direction were sublime

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          • https://satyamshot.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/ann-jo-on-dil-se/

            An absolutely rookie piece … I can correct the English … but not the truth and feelings …

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          • That is you subjective opinion Anjo. Dil Se does not enjoy cult status. Check imdb – for a movie that old it has only 25k votes and that too not rated that highly. Mani Ratnam’s Guru also has that many votes but higher rating. Mani Ratnam is one over-rated south director. A lot was made out of Yuva once, who remembers it now?

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          • @Marcus; as I have mentioned before; am not interested in statistics; and in numbers. I am, for my work, and my pay-check. Otherwise, I care a hoot about what rotten tomatoes or IMDB calculates. That a movie like DIL SE is a point of debate after roughly 20 years is its success metric; just like SHOLAY or DIL SE. or DCH or LAGAAN.. many, many examples

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          • Quite the abstract piece for quite an abstract film.

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          • Dil Se is a forgotten film except for its songs now itself. In fact most folks never gave a hoot about it except’s Rahman’s mastery. At a time when Srk was busy hamming his way through into giggly girl’s hearts, Dil Se was unacceptable to most. I have no idea why a handful of members here are desperately attempting to keep it relevant. Perhaps SRKs fanaticism of a certain few gotta do something with this.

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        • There are plenty of people who absolutely detest SRK’s romantic avatar and still like Dil Se. I’ve seen them all over the online world, it’s odd that Dil Se fans haven’t come crawling into the blog.
          It’s one of Hindi Cinema’s best albums, IMO Rahman’s finest hour.

          An Jo, you ought to write about Dil Se.

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      • Exactly!!!! In all honesty, I don’t think Chak De or Swades are really going to survive or be remembered. Swades, possibly, but Chak De is way too generic a sports film, despite SRK’s finer performance. In fact, I have my doubts about Dangal being well remembered apart from opening up China. When it comes to sports films, longevity is hard.

        When it comes to SRK, it will be DDLJ and Dil Se which will be remembered. Compared to other romantic heroes like Shammi, Rajendra Kumar or Rajesh Khanna, SRK is quite lucky that DDLJ is so iconic and that its references have endlessly permeated our culture, not just Bollywood but the South too (especially Telugu). Similar to Rajni’s cigarette or glasses, arms spread wide or a guy waiting out a train door are gestures that pretty much keep the memory of the star alive. Shammi too, due to all his dance moves, has a similar but much smaller cultural reference whereas Khanna’s crinkles are barely in memory and who knows Jubilee Kumar?

        He’ll certainly be remembered as an important cultural chapter, the icon of “New India” if you will, and with an increasingly nepotistic culture, far more as a self made star. For all of Salman’s hits, the only way he’ll survive in time is as the trend setter of mean ripping their shorts and gym bodies.

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        • Audiences of every generation do not give a dime about yesteryear actors apart from deep genuine movie fans. And those deep movie fans remember and notice everyone (exact reason why you or An Jo talk of everyone iconic from Raj Kapoor to Ranbir). This “remembered for” phrase is coined by the media & for the media only for selling copies. Modern film makers for every gen take inspiration from yesteryears, but then they are professional film makers. As an analogy I’m sure >70% of modern Nolan fans have never watched a single movie of his idol Stanley Kubrick. Similarly 50 years from now if someone claims to have been inspired by Nolan, his generic fans would’nt give a hoot about Nolan. Phrases like “remembered for” & “for the ages” are nothing more than media hysteria. No movie, event or individual stands the test of time beyond a certain limited span. Even Sholay would an unknown film for someone born post 2010 irrespective of how much the media hypes it up. And hardly any genuine Indian cricket fan (except few of us intense one’s) care about when India won its first test or the events of 1971 etc.

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      • tonymontana Says:

        A classic for the ages. How many films can you name that are gorgeous yet deeply unsettling at the same time?

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      • One of the most over rated, passe & irrelevant films that had nothing going for it except the music. Coming from a film maker who had given us classics like Roja & Bombay, Dil Se is one of his worst of the lot. Its a hamfest between Srk & Koirala as to who gets it more cringy!

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        • Yes, I too found it difficult to sit through that hamfest as far as I can remember.

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          • you too, Marcus?

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          • Some movies need patience to watch until the last scene. After many recommendations, I watched Dil se in the political context of those times. Manisha looked ethereal and mysterious and her nepali looks helped to make connect with her northeastern role. Srk complimented with a passionate performance and the ending was just perfect. Preity did not look like a south Indian from any angle. The songs and dances were fabulous.

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          • I watched Dil Se on release in 98 and didn’t think much of it. Felt it was rubbish. Watched it again couple of years back, easily an excellent movie.
            I agree by in large the sport movies like CDI and Dangal will lose steam in future. DDLJ will remain SRK’s iconic film.

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          • my fundamental issue with Dil Se, why was SRK chasing Manisha when he had Preity in hand?

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          • Lol very true!

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          • @Jay – By that logic Laggan wont be remembered too! Nor JJWS.

            A good film is a good film, it will always stand the test of time – be it a sport movie or a drama, the genre does not matter. And films are not exactly like stars themselves; stars become irrelevant after a point of time. Classic films always find its audience in every generation and the next. They dont become irrelevant – thats why they are classics in the first place.

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          • Lagaan is like a fantasy film. Plus the Oscar nomination means it’s legacy will be there.
            JJWS has way more than just a sports theme.
            I get your point.

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          • If there was no chase, there would not have been dil se. Simple.

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          • Agree with Marcus. A good film will ALWAYS stand the test of time but only for about 2 or at max 3 generations. As I mentioned earlier, beyond a certain point of about 4-5 decades its only the film makers & really passionate movie fans who’d wanna dig into movie archives from a bygone era. I bet most folks of my gen born in the 80s would never bother watching classics like Andaz, Anari or even Mughal E Azam while most of the generic audiences born post 2000 would hardly find Sholay or Deewaar interesting. Its films like Lagaan & 3 Idiots that’s inspire a 25 year old film maker today & stuff like Bahubali & Dangal for someone born post 2010. I bet even parallel cinema art film makers born post the mid 90s have hardly watched any Satyajit Ray stuff.

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          • I think Lagaan will be remembered primarily because more than a sports film, it’s a masala film, a Seven Samurai with cricket, if you will. The sports cliches are not as heavy in Lagaan as they are in Dangal or Chak De.

            JJWS, although an excellent film, will suffer in reputation due to the fact it’s straight up copied from a Hollywood film

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          • JJWS is a very good adaptation. Have you seen Breaking Away? Its not a scene by scene copy. Just like QSQT is not a scene to scene copy of Romeo and Juliet.

            Dangal is more about female empowerment than wrestling. Its not just a trophy winning film like CDI or Gold. Thematically its much more socially relevant.

            Anyways JJWS, Laagan and Dangal will have a v long shelf life by all means and will be always accounted among Aamir’s finest films.

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          • My point with sports films has often been that the sports aspect is not given as much attention as the other themes in retrospect. Read any review of Raging Bull (considered the greatest sports film) and it might seem like a marital drama. Perhaps it is the optimist in me that thinks themes like women empowerment in Dangal or the questioning of a Muslim’s patriotism in Chak De might turn irrelevant with time.

            If JJWS is not a straight copy of Breaking Away, then it has great staying power purely as to how it depicts teenagers in high school.

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          • JJWS is an inspiration to film makers & audiences alike even 30 years after release. That’s testimony to its long lasting legacy. I’m sure the same would reflect in its present day TRPs, especially in Mumbai & Delhi. BOI might be tempted to call it mediocre due to low pan India BARC rating but factually, JJWS unlike most commercial films of that era was never made for the tier 2/3 audience anyways. Its more like a DCH of the early 90s.

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          • JJWS is not just about high school teenagers. Its a story about ‘class’ struggle between the ‘slum’-dwelling kids and the rich ‘elite’ school kids. In Breaking Away, it was about the local ‘cutter’ kids vs the affluent university students. Apart from the class struggle and the cycling angle, the screenlay of JJWS was completely indianized and v well adapted. It was perhaps ahead of its time like DCH, as Shivaay said.

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    • I will take SRK’s second decade above the other two. Mainly because he did his 2 best films in this period – Swades and CDI. Not a big fan of DDLJ, although it enjoys classic status.

      The third decade is an eye-opener and completely underwhelming when compared to the first two. Specially nothing worked in the last 5 years (2017-2021), considering he has no release this year.

      By the time Pathan release (next Diwali or so), he will be starting his fourth decade. He desperately needs the Hirani film, which gets delayed again and again in order to get permits to shoot abroad and also script revisions.

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    • SRK has 28 hits compared to Aamir’s 20. Given the current BO health of these two stars. can Aamir overtake SRK? The next 2 decades will tell.

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      • This stat is for AnJo – AB has delivered 12 hits since his comeback in 2000 till now (thats 2 decades of grand old man for you):

        Hits – Mohabbatein, K3G, Baghban, Bunty Aur Babli, Sarkar, KANK, CK, Paa, Piku, Pink, 102 NO, Badla.

        I dont expect Khans to be working at 80 like AB. But it will be interesting to see how many hits they deliver in the next 2 decades. We shall see.

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        • When AB gives 100 percent to every movie, there is nothing to chose from. However I skipped watching Sarkar, Paa and Badla from this list. I will pick Piku and Bunty aur Babli as my favourites.

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  128. “There is every possibility that the so-called Prince Harry may be sitting in a cyber cafe of a village in Punjab, looking for greener pastures for himself,” he commented, adding that the court could only show its sympathy that the petitioner believed a fake conversation to be true.

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/day-dreamers-fantasy-about-marrying-prince-harry-punjab-court-rejects-palwinder-kaurs-petition-2412354?pfrom=home-ndtv_topscroll

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  129. Aamir said that if all goes well, they still expect to release the film on Christmas this year. Aamir had announced Laal Singh Chaddha in a media interaction on his birthday in 2019. “I have always loved Forrest Gump as a script. It is a wonderful story about this character. It is a life-affirming story. It is a feel-good film. It is a film for the whole family. It’s a wonderful film so I really like it,” he had said.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/aamir-khan-on-shooting-laal-singh-chaddha-with-kareena-kapoor-we-had-to-deal-with-kareena-and-corona-101618293024333.html

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    • This was before Corona infected him and the second wave peaked. The Ladakh schedule was supposed to be in may-june. Now it may get postponed.

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  130. Today is Ugadi, Gudi padwa and Baisakhi.
    Wishes to all amidst corona crisis.

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  131. tonymontana Says:

    Vakeel Saab First Monday Business
    Tuesday 13 April 2021 12.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Vakeel Saab had a drop in collections on Monday as it collected in the 5.50-6 crore nett range. The film had issues on Monday with ticket pricing the state government tries to implement a rule to set maximum ticket pricing which exhibitors are against and rightfully so. How many exhibitors actually dropped prices and went by the new rules cant be said.

    There is a local Telugu holiday today (Tuesday) which should help collections of the film for a day or maybe two. The collections of the film till date are 75-76 crore nett and the week should finish in the 85-90 crore nett range. The film is said to be a remake of the 2016 Hindi film Pink but obviously they added star power and made the film more cinematic otherwise it would have no chance in Andhra as the original itself did not do well even in the biggest centre of Andhra, Hyderabad.

    Pink had fared well in the five metros of Hindi markets especially Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore with the last mentioned one being excellent. The collections of Vakeel Saab over the first four days are as follows.

    Friday – 37,50,00,000 apprx

    Saturday – 16,00,00,000 apprx

    Sunday – 16,50,00,000 apprx

    Monday – 5,75,00,000 apprx

    TOTAL – 75,75,00,000 apprx

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    • tonymontana Says:

      Hilarious, BOI!

      None of their previous reports on Vakeel Saab had any mention of the movie being a remake of Pink. Why? Because the film had taken a solid opening and collected 75+ crores in the first week. And it would be painful to admit that Pink was a very good ‘content’ film.

      But a drop of collections and suddenly the Pink remake angle has been brought into the picture.

      Astonishing levels of stupidity and stubbornness. Even more stupider to think their viewers will not see through this facade.

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  132. I watched some old movies. Mahaan, which I think was Shankar Guru, a Kannada film starring late rajkumar who is different from hindi raj kumars. Suited for those times. Difficult to swallow Parveen babi calling the older version of B as uncle. Amjad khan looked leaner and meaner.
    And Poster Boys. The deols were good. Some fun moments. Some overacting by the ladies.

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  133. There are some sports movies with emotional connect and having good side stories. That makes them watchable after years.

    Paan Singh Tomar
    M S Dhoni
    Lagaan
    Dangal
    CDI
    Mukkabaaz,
    Sultan
    Kai po che
    Panga
    Mary Kom
    Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

    Not in any particular order.
    There maybe other movies too.

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