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Thugs of Hindostan Movie Review: Amitabh, Aamir and Fatima will make you feel ‘thugged’ with this one

Thugs of Hindostan Movie Review: Amitabh, Aamir and Fatima will make you feel ‘thugged’ with this one

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Set in 1795, Thugs of Hindostan, starring Amitabh Bachchan as Khudabaksh Azaad, Aamir Khan as Firangi Mallah, Fatima Sana Shaikh as Zafira Beg, Katrina Kaif as Suraiyya, wants you to feel the ‘nasha’ of ‘azaadi’ but sadly or not, half of the audience’s time is spent trying to understand and dissect Firangi. He is a highly untrustworthy, selfish and witty person, but there is so much more to him. Firangi’s friend (Zeeshan) tells him in one of the scenes that he is unable to understand if he is “mahaan” or “kamina” and answer comes, “Mahaan Kamina.” I guess that best describes this one of a kind character. While Firangi’s unpredictability added thrill to the plot. Amitabh Bachchan’s daredevil stunts stole the show in first half. But, it seems like writer and director Victor spent too much t
Namaste England movie review

Namaste England movie review

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There is one thing Namaste England gets absolutely right—Punjab’s obsession with immigrating to the UK by means both legal and illegal and at a great personal cost. The state has given kabootarbaazi a new meaning and people who can help you get there are fuelling a cottage industry, not always at the right side of the law. That, discerning audiences, is the only thing the Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra film gets right. Once you have patted Namaste England on the back for taking up a subject with serious social ramifications, you have already pushed it too far. For beyond this thought is a film so silly and tedious that the one star I have given it feels like my good deed of the year done. Not even a shadow of 2007’s Namastey London—not a classic by any account but very much an entertaini
Badhaai Ho review and ratings: Ayushmann Khurrana’s family film is worth celebrating

Badhaai Ho review and ratings: Ayushmann Khurrana’s family film is worth celebrating

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Hindi cinema’s favourite Diffident Young Man is back in a movie that actually doesn’t revolve around his inability to face up to hard facts. Badhaai Ho, directed by Amit Sharma and based on a screenplay by Akshat Ghildial, stars Ayushmann Khurrana in an exceedingly familiar role, but ultimately belongs to a couple past their prime who read poetry on a rainy night and reach out to each other. A few months later, Priyamvada (Neena Gupta) realises that she is pregnant. Her husband Jitinder (Gajraj Rao) doesn’t know where to hide his face. More embarrassed than the middle-aged couple is their elder son Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana), who has only recently managed to impress his posh girlfriend’s mother that he is of respectable stock. Since Priyamvada has declared that abortion is a sin (the firs
LoveYatri is a journey to the death of cinema

LoveYatri is a journey to the death of cinema

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We all are aware of the moolah that gets pumped into the launch pads of some star sons and daughters, and, so, the so-called well-argued defence that Bollywood biggies offer on the nepotism debate has always sounded rather weak. Despite many of them being untalented, we have to put up with them simply because they have a famous parent or relative help push them through the door. Pitted against this week’s other release, the racy thriller AndhaDhun, the Abhiraj K Minawala directed film Loveyatri gets released after an Ahmedabad-based outfit moved the Gujarat High Court seeking a ridiculous ban on its original title, Loveratri, claiming that its title and contents hurt the sentiments of Hindus. Does it help to change the title? Despite all the calculated buzz, that this Salman Khan and his
Sui Dhaga movie review: A beautifully tailored film that makes you feel ‘sab badhiya hai’

Sui Dhaga movie review: A beautifully tailored film that makes you feel ‘sab badhiya hai’

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If you are a halfway decent soul, chances are you are a sucker for the underdog. Sharat Katariya's Sui Dhaaga (Needle and Thread) - Made in India is designed to touch that chord in us humans that makes sports fans sometimes cheer for a dark horse even when she is on a rival team or from another nation. This is the story of Mamta (Anushka Sharma) and Mauji (Varun Dhawan), a young wife and husband belonging to a community of artisans who have over a couple of generations gradually turned their backs on their inherited trade — tailoring, embroidery, block printing and other work involving garments and fabric — since the income from these is barely sufficient for their sustenance. Like Ved in Imtiaz Ali's Tamasha (2015), though in a contrasting class setting, Mauji is pushed by his father to
Here’s the first look at Badhaai Ho trailer starring Ayushmann Khurrana

Here’s the first look at Badhaai Ho trailer starring Ayushmann Khurrana

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The trailer of Badhaai Ho came out and it left us pleasantly surprised. The light-hearted family entertainer stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Dangal fame Sanya Malhotra in the lead, along with Neena Gupta, Surekha Sikhri and Gajraj Rao. Badhaai Ho is about a youngster, played by Ayushmann Khurrana, who finds out that his parents, played by Gupta and Rao, are expecting a child at their age. The trailer then shows how it affects their family dynamics in a funny way, while also the hero's own love life. The film is directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma. Malayalam movie lovers will, of course, relate Badhaai Ho with a 1994 movie called Pavithram. Considered as one of the finest movies that legendary actor Mohanlal starred in, Pavithram is viewed as a classic by cinema lovers. Shobana had played th