entertainment

  • Shahid Kapoor asked to choose between 'Kabir Singh', 'Jab We Met', here's what he said!

    On Monday, Shahid Kapoor had hosted a short Q and A session on his Twitter handle during which he was asked to pick between his films 'Kabir Singh' and 'Jab We Met'.

  • When Mouni Roy accidentally tagged Rajnath Singh thanking him for birthday wishes

    Actress Mouni Roy, who shot to fame with her stint in popular television daily soap 'Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' is celebrating her 36th birthday today. 

  • Lata Mangeshkar's unheard song with Vishal Bhardwaj-Gulzar to release on her birthday!

    On Lata Mangeshkar's birthday, the melody queen will release her unheard song which was recorded 26 years ago.

  • BTS: From Coldplay to Ed Sheeran, 12 international artists the Bangtan Boys have collaborated with

    BTS is one of the most amazing bands. Artists across the world want to work with the Bangtan Boys. They have collaborated with some of the best global artists across the world. Here's a look at a few of their best collabs. Permission To Dance with Ed Sheeran Their recent track Permission to Dance was co-written by Ed Sheeran. He had previously co-written BTS' Make It Right. Waste It on Me Steve Aoki x Jungkook and RM This one didn't have BTS but it had Asian-American actors and artists lip-synching to their vocals. It was just amazing. Idol (Remix) BTS x Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj joined the band for a song which was already a hit. It turned out to be great with amazing choreography. Make it right with Lauv & who Everything was right about this one. It was a reboot of Make It Right, which was co-written by Ed Sheeran. Boy With Luv BTS x Halsey This one is a perfect song to add to your romantic songs' playlist. Chicken Noodle Soup With Becky G The recreated version of Chicken Noodle Soup featured singer-songwriter Becky G. It had lyrics in English, Korean, and Spanish. Seoul Town Road Lil Nas X x BTS This one was BTS' first-ever Grammy performance. It made the ARMY go totally crazy. All Night feat. Juice Wrld RM and SUGA teamed up with the late rapper Juice WRLD. This one was for BTS' mobile game BTS World for the '90s tinged hip-hop track. On with Sia This was a powerful anthem featuring the voice of Chandelier fame, Sia. Best of Me BTS x The Chainsmokers This is a great track to shake your leg and uplift your mood instantly. Dream Glow BTS x Charli XCX This one is about love at first sight. It's for all the romantics out there. A Brand New Day BTS x Zara Larsson It features the traditional Korean instrument daegeum prominently.

  • Happy birthday Ranbir Kapoor: Most expensive things owned by the Shamshera star will leave you spellbound

    Bollywood's chocolate hero Ranbir Kapoor turns a year older today (September 28). The 39 years old actor has taste for all expensive things.

  • Trending Entertainment News Today: Shilpa Shetty loses her cool over questions about husband Raj Kundra, Nora Fatehi gets trolled for cleavage-revealing outfit and more

    It's that time of the day when we bring to you the trending entertainment news. Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra, Nora Fatehi, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Samatha Ruth Prabhu and others are a part of our top entertainment news today. So read on to know more about today's newsmakers. Shilpa Shetty loses her cool over questions about husband Raj Kundra Shilpa Shetty and her businessman husband Raj Kundra ruled the headlines for the last few months as Kundra got arrested for his connecting in an alleged pornography case. It was only after two months that he got released on bail by furnishing a bond of Rs 50,000. Over the period, Shilpa Shetty distanced herself from the controversy by saying that she had no idea about Raj Kundra's business ventures. Now, Shilpa had a befitting reply for the press when asked about Raj Kundra. Read the full story here: Shilpa Shetty loses her cool over questions about husband Raj Kundra Here's when Salman Khan's Tiger 3 and Shah Rukh Khan's Pathan will hit the big screens It has been amazing couple of days for all Bollywood buffs. With the announcement to open theatres in Maharashtra from October 22, 2021, along came a slew of film release date announcements. Some of the much-awaited biggies have finally announced their release dates. Right from Akshay Kumar's Prithviraj, Aamir Khan's Laal Singh Chadha to Ranveer Singh's '83, Ranbir Kapoor's Shamshera and many more. However, fans have been waiting with bated breath about the release of two of the major YRF projects Salman Khan Katrina Kaif's Tiger 3 and Shah Rukh Khan Deepika Padukone's Pathan. Read the full story here: Here's when Salman Khan's Tiger 3 and Shah Rukh Khan's Pathan will hit the big screens Netizens disagree with Shahid Kapoor as he chooses Kabir Singh over Kareena Kapoor starrer Jab We Met Bollywood's heartthrob Shahid Kapoor conducted an Ask Me Anything session on Twitter recently. Sasha's (as he is fondly called by his fans) admirers were super stoked about the interactive session with the Padmaavat actor on social media. Shahid Kapoor's fans asked him loads of questions, right from his family life to his upcoming films. Some even asked him to pick one from his works. And it has set the tongues wagging. In case you missed it, the Haider actor was asked by a fan to choose between two of his hit films, Jab We Met and Kabir Singh. And Shahid picked Kabir Singh over Jab We Met. Read the full story here: Netizens disagree with Shahid Kapoor as he chooses Kabir Singh over Kareena Kapoor starrer Jab We Met Gehana Vasisth blames Sherlyn Chopra of dragging Raj Kundra into making sleazy content Raj Kundra was granted bail a couple of days ago. He was locked inside the jail for allegedly producing pornographic content through apps since July. He was finally given bail on September 21st. Now, Sherlyn Chopra has been speaking out against Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty and accusing them of being involved in the business and ruining the lives of a lot of young girls. Read the full story here: Gehana Vasisth blames Sherlyn Chopra of dragging Raj Kundra into making sleazy content Shahid Kapoor wants to work with Samantha Ruth Prabhu Shahid Kapoor made an interesting revelation on Monday, where he praised actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu and said that he would like to work with her soon. In a Twitter question and answer session with fans, a fan asked Shahid of his opinion on Samantha's acting in web series 'The Family Man 2'. Shahid replied to that question and said: "Totally loved her on the show. Would love to work with her some time." (With inputs from IANS)

  • Photos: Madhuri Dixit Nene and Sonakshi Sinha snapped in the city

    Madhuri Dixit Nene who is known for her effortlessly graceful demeanor and looks that could kill, is busy judging a dance reality show since the past few months. She will soon be making her digital debut too. Madhuri is often clicked on the sets of her dance reality show all decked up, ready to shoot. Today too, she arrived in style. Madhuri opted for a shimmery back saree.  She happily posed for the paparazzi.  Also clicked at the same location was Sonakshi Sinha. Sonakshi opted for a printed co-ord paired with an abstract print shrug. She too flashed her bright smile for the photographers waiting to catch a glimpse of her.

  • Mike Tyson joins the team of Liger

    Director Puri Jagannadh’s film Liger starring Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday has been in the news ever since its inception.  The film’s team today further announced that it also has on board the boxing legend Mike Tyson. “The film that narrates the story of a mixed martial arts person will feature ‘Iron Mike’ in a significant and mighty role,” according to a statement from the film unit. Ramya Krishnan and Ronit Roy also play crucial roles in Liger which is being made in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. It is surely big news that Mike Tyson will be seen sharing the screen space with Vijay in the film and the audience is in for a ride with this one as it only keeps getting more exciting with each passing month. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dharma Productions (@dharmamovies) Keep watching this space for more updates. 

  • Javed Akhtar receives notice on suit over RSS-Taliban remarks

    Javed Akhtar had spoken about right-wing politics and drawn an indirect parallel between the Taliban and right-wing organisations in India on a news channel.

  • Rashmi Rocket makers release first song 'Ghani Cool Chori' teaser

    Taapsee Pannu starrer Zee5 Original 'Rashmi Rocket' has already sparked a lot of excitement among the audience post the trailer launch. 

Bollywood News

  • Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria's Heropanti 2 to release on April 29, 2022; to clash with Ajay Devgn's MayDay

    It's raining announcements for the Hindi film industry! A day after the state government of Maharashtra announced their decision to reopen theatres on October 22, filmmakers of the Hindi film industry have been announcing the release dates of their films. On Sunday, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment had announced that their film Heropanti 2 starring Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria will be released on May 6, 22. However, they have now advanced the release date of the film.  On Monday night, the makers announced a new release date for the actioner. The film will now be released in theatres on April 29, 2022, coinciding with the festival of Eid.  "Happy to announce that I share with you that our film #Heropanti2 will be releasing in theatres near you on Eid 2022! Agli Eid bitayenge aapke saath," Tiger tweeted while making the new release date announcement, He also shared a new poster featuring him and Tara.  Also featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Heropanti 2 is the sequel to Tiger’s 2014 Bollywood debut Heropanti. The film is being directed by Ahmed Khan.  Happy to announce that I share with you that our film #Heropanti2 will be releasing in theatres near you on Eid 2022! Agli Eid bitayenge aapke saath ❤️ @khan_ahmedasas @TaraSutaria @Nawazuddin_S @arrahman @rajatsaroraa @WardaNadiadwala @NGEMovies #sajidnadiadwala pic.twitter.com/MsjhpEtvpF — Tiger Shroff (@iTIGERSHROFF) September 27, 2021 With multiple films awaiting a release date clashes are bound to happen at the box office especially on festival weekends. Heropanti 2 will be facing a clash with Ajay Devgn’s directorial MayDay which also stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rakul Preet Singh and will be hitting the screens on April 29, 2022. ALSO READ: Ajay Devgn locks April 29, Eid 2022 for Mayday release

  • Anil Kapoor wins the IAA Brand Endorser of the Year Award

    Anil Kapoor rules the heart of the audience with his ageless charm and infectious energy. It is his command over the people that makes him a Brands' most favourite actor. Currently, Kapoor is one of the very few actors to have all the major endorsements in his kitty. Owing to his mass appeal and multiple brands on his list, the International Advertising Association conferred Kapoor the Brand Endorser of the Year Award during their IAA Leadership Awards function in Mumbai. While accepting the honour, Kapoor said, "It is humbling to receive the Brand Endorser of the Year Award by IAA. Nothing feels better than knowing brands trust you with their products and are ready to mount the campaign on your shoulder. For me, a Brand Endorsement is more of a responsibility than a job." International Advertising Association, with IAA Leadership Awards, honours the Excellence in Marketing that has had a direct impact on a product or service in terms of overall growth for the brand and company every year. Meanwhile, the powerhouse of the industry, Kapoor, is shooting for Jug Jugg Jeeyo with Neetu Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani. The actor also has Animal with Ranbir Kapoor in the pipeline. ALSO READ: Anil Kapoor dances his heart out with Usain Bolt and others in Munich

  • Makers of Atlee directorial starring Shah Rukh Khan to rope in Aakanksha Singh?

    The Atlee directorial starring Shah Rukh Khan has fast become one of the most anticipated films of recent times. After roping in Nayanthara for the film, we hear that the makers of the film have apparently approached actress Aakanksha Singh to feature in the venture as well. Aakanksha, who was earlier seen in the Varun Dhawan starrer Badrinath Ki Dulhania recently made headlines after she was cast in the Ajay Devgn film MayDay. Commenting on her being approached for the Atlee directorial a well-placed industry source tells Bollywood Hungama, “Filmmakers are always looking for fresh pairings and fresh faces. Given the fact that Aakanksha has not been seen much on the big screen it is quite possible that the makers decided to approach her for a part.” Ask for more details about Aakanksha Singh’s role in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer and the source continues, “Right now talks are still on and Aakanksha is yet to sign the dotted line. Once she comes on board for the film will details of her role be made available.” While an official announcement of Aakanksha being singed for the film is pending, we are told that the same will happen in the coming weeks. As for the film itself, the yet untitled venture will see Khan playing a double role and is being planned on a massive Pan-India scale. According to the reports, Atlee has tentatively titled the film Jawaan and has roped in Marathi actress Rutuja, Sanya Malhotra, Priyamani, Yogi Babu and Sunil Grover are set to play pivotal roles. Also Read: Shah Rukh Khan-Nayanthara-Priyamani movie directed by Atlee inspired by Money Heist?

  • Ananya Panday is the youngest Indian celebrity to participate at the Global Citizen concert; speaks for a social cause

    Ananya Panday has been soaring heights with the work she has been doing in the films she had been a part of and with the work she has done with her DSR, initiative, So Positive. The actress is the youngest Indian celebrity to participate in the Global Citizen concert. The concert is a 24-hour music festival, that calls on world leaders, philanthropists and corporations to defend the planet, defeat poverty and take action on climate change, famine and advance vaccine equity. For the social cause, Ananya Panday spoke about climate change leading to extinct of species, extreme poverty. Sending out the message of 'Defend Our Planet, Defeat Poverty' Another feather in the actress' cap as she takes on the global stage in this concert, being the youngest Indian celebrity. The actress has been doing the rounds with recent announcements and phenomenal work with her DSR initiative. Ananya Panday on the work front has a heavy kitty with three big-budget films. The actress has Liger alongside Vijay Deverakonda, an untitled film helmed by Shakun Batra alongside Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi and a recent addition to it was Kho Gaye Hum Kahan alongside Siddhant Chaturvedi and Adarsh Gourav. ALSO READ: Ananya Panday gives style lessons on how to make a formalwear out of shorts in a blazer set worth Rs. 32,000

  • 'The Crown', 'Emily in Paris', 'Cobra Kai,' 'Tiger King 2' release date announced by Netflix

    On Saturday, during the Netflix’s global fan event, Tudum, fans were gifted with loads of teasers, trailers and announcements of their favorite series and films. From ‘The Crown’ to ‘Tiger King 2,’ check the list below for the release date and trailers. The Crown After sweeping the Emmy awards in its fourth season, Queen Elizabeth will take her customary year off, and return in “The Crown” in November 2022. According to Variety, “The Crown” will return with an all-new cast playing the British royal family, including Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, and Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles. Jonny Lee Miller will also appear as Prime Minister John Major. This will be the third and final cast cycle for “The Crown,” which launched in 2016 with Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth at the start of her reign for two seasons. Then the show took a year off following Season 2, and returned in 2019 with Olivia Colman leading the cast as the Queen for Seasons 3 and 4. Emily in Paris The escapist rom-com sensation “Emily in Paris” will return to Netflix on Dec. 22 as announced by Netflix. “Emily in Paris” follows Emily (Lily Collins), an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands a job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company. She is tasked with revamping their social media strategy and providing an American perspective on things. There, in the City of Lights, she embarks on a new life in Paris which is filled with adventures and challenges, as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances. Season 1 was shot entirely in Paris and throughout France. Season 2 will shoot in Paris, St. Tropez and other locations in the South of France. Cobra Kai The Season 4 of the series has officially has a premiere date now. The new season of the critically-acclaimed series will debut Dec. 31 on the streaming service. “Cobra Kai” was renewed for a fifth season back in August. The show, which started out as a YouTube original before moving to Netflix for Season 3, continues the story of the “Karate Kid” film franchise. In Season 3 of the series, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) is reeling after his star student, Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), was severely injured in a brawl between the Cobra Kai students and the Miyagi-do students. He and his long-time rival Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) ultimately decide to team up to stop the violence and take down John Kreese (Martin Kove), who has taken control of Cobra Kai from Johnny. Tiger King “Tiger King 2” is all set to premiere on Netflix on Nov. 17. Netflix released a video announcing the date for “Tiger King 2,” which mostly featured footage from the first series. A previous teaser showed an interview with Exotic in jail, and the follow-up promises more looks at the cast of characters, like Carole Baskin, Jeff Lowe and more, since the original show launched and took the world by storm. The original documentary-series, which captivated millions of Netflix users in the early days of COVID-19 lockdowns, picks up sometime after Exotic is imprisoned at Federal Medical Centre Fort Worth, where he is currently serving a 22-year sentence for attempting a murder-for-hire plot aimed at Baskin, plus 17 convictions for violations of animal abuse.

Features & Specials

  • Radhika Madan responds to trolling on her outfit choice; says she feels confident in her body and will wear whatever she likes

    Bollywood actors who lead a very public life are often subjected to brutal trolling on social media. Recently, actress Radhika Madan faced trolling for wearing a certain outfit while promoting her upcoming film Shiddat. She was seen wearing a black bralette with boot-cut pants. In an interview with a web portal, Radhika said that she does not pay heed to any of the trolls. She said that she remembers posting her pictures dressed in that outfit on social media and the next morning she saw all the troll messages. However, she was not bothered by the trolls as she loved what she was wearing. She said that she feels confident in her body and will wear whatever she likes. She also said that nobody can tell her what to wear and how she looks and whether she is pretty or not. Radhika Madan who is well known for his roles in films like Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, Angrezi Medium, and Pataakha will next be seen in the film Shiddat opposite Sunny Kaushal. The film also stars Diana Penty and Mohit Raina. ALSO READ: Radhika Mandan goes bold in a sexy nude brown bralette and draped skirt

  • Jacqueline Fernandez is a vision in pale whites look that takes you back to the 90s

    Jacqueline Fernandez makes our hearts skip a beat every time she posts a picture. Jacqueline posted snaps dressed in a gorgeous chiffon white saree with heavy lace detail. Jacqueline wore a plunging neck, sleeveless white blouse with lace work. She wore it with a creamish white saree with a sheer style and lace tiers. She looked stunning in the piece from Rose Room.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Chandini Whabi (@chandiniw) Jacqueline’s makeup had a vintage touch to it with a heavy shimmer, bold lip and soft curls in her hair. Jacqueline looked gorgeous as ever in this look which had a subtle nineties vibe to it!   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Chandini Whabi (@chandiniw) The actress has been keeping busy with all her commitments for upcoming projects. Jacqueline currently has an envious lineup of films which include multiple movies from big banner productions. Her upcoming projects include Bachchan Pandey, Kick 2, Bhoot Police, Ram Setu and Cirkus. Jacqueline kick started her foundation, through YOLO Foundation, she also extended help to individuals, organisation working for COVID relief, making a donation for procurement of oxygen cylinders too. Organised Food donation drives outside KEM Hospital in association with Roti Bank Foundation, performed yoga with NGO girls on International Yoga Day. Also Read: Hansika Motwani raises the temperature in a sexy bright ruffled bikini during her vacation in the Maldives

  • Tony Awards 2021- Chrissy Teigen, Leslie Odom Jr. and Tom Hiddleston grace the vent and bring forward their best fashion front!

    The 74th Tony Awards were held Sunday night, honoring the best achievements of the 2019-2020 Broadway season. The ceremony was originally scheduled for June 7, 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shuttered Broadway for a year and a half. The ceremony was followed by the live concert event "The Tony Awards Present: Broadway's Back!," hosted by Leslie Odom Jr.. The final three awards, Best Play, Best Revival of a Play and Best Musical, were presented during the primetime special. Leslie Odom Jr. Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson made an appearance on the carpet. Leslie Odom was seen looking crisp in white Celine suit and Nicolette was seen in a heavily tulle nude toned tiered gown from Christain Siriano.   Tom Hiddleston Tom Hiddleston was all suited and booted for 74th Annual Tony Awards. He looked crisp as ever in a navy blue suit. He completed the look with a white shirt, black bow tie and pointy loafers. Tom looked smart and made a case for his usual charming self.   Jake Gyllenhall Jake looks like the perfect dream in a gorgeous millennial pink suit from Prada. He styled it with perfectly tailored pants, a blazer and a soft hued pink shirt with a satin waistband to finish off the look. His hair was neatly pulled back with a light stubble and added the last bit of formal touch with shiny black shoes.   John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Chrissy Teigen and John Legend sparkled on the red carpet. Chrissy made a wondrous statement in a shiny couture gown from Moscow based Ulyana Sergeenko with a risquē sheer panel around the neck and heavy baby pink tulle on the sleeves that made the gown stand out in all its sparkly glory. John perfectly complemented her with a muted down look in a fitted suit with his signature beard and buzz cut.   Andrew Garfield Andrew Garfield chose a look from the nude palette and went all brown with Burberry for the evening. He styled the brown suit with a soft beige shirt and a shiny brown silk tie. He looked charming as ever with his hair in a quiff with a light stubble.   Jeremy Pope Jeremy Pope made pink hot and stylish in a custom made Louis Vuitton suit with a tailor made blazer, trousers, a belt the waist with a turtleneck underneath to finish the look. The perfect fall look with spring tones!   Aaron Tveit Aaron Tveit made an appearance dressed in an all white suit from The Row. He went for an oversized look with extremely high waisted pants and a boxy fit milk white blazer. He made an appearance with his girlfriend Erika Hunter. Also Read:HITS AND MISSES OF THE WEEK - Kiara Advani, Parineeti Chopra make heads turn; Urvashi Rautela, Urfi Javed miss the mark

  • “Sriti Jha is my favourite actress, she has been nothing less than an inspiration to me” says Bhagya Lakshmi fame Aishwarya Khare

    After several extremely successful collaborations, Zee TV and Balaji Telefilms have recently launched an exciting show about life, love, karma, and destiny. Set against the backdrop of Mumbai, 'Bhagya Lakshmi' follows the journey of Lakshmi, a selfless girl of limited means, who despite her humble background and the curveballs life has thrown at her, always puts others’ needs before hers. In a short duration, the show has already impressed the audience with its intriguing storyline and relatable characters. In fact, the high-octane drama occurring because of the mega revelation about Rishi’s actual love interest- Malishka has kept the audience intrigued to know more. While the show continues to entertain viewers, the actors too have been working extremely hard to live up to the responsibilities of their characters, especially Aishwarya Khare. The latter has always believed in putting her best foot forward when it comes to essaying varied characters and her inspiration for this is not someone too far from the television industry. Inspired by her current and her previous roles, Aishwarya has been a fan of Kumkum Bhagya’s Sriti Jha for quite some time now and also seeks inspiration from her performances. Revealing more, Aishwarya said, “Sriti is my favourite television actress, I've watched and admired her performance ever since her initial first shows and she has been nothing less than an inspiration to me. I have always loved her acting and felt it to be a very natural and effortless performance." She added, "When I did my first show with Balaji so many people told me that she is one of the most down-to-earth and genuine persons and that I must be like her. Now that I know her personally I can surely say that everything I heard or thought about her is all true. She is a humble and a good human being who inspires me to be a better person, actor and also reminds me how important it is to be grounded." ALSO READ:Dheeraj Dhoopar – Shraddha Arya, Shabir Ahluwalia – Sriti Jha & Rohit Suchanti – Aishwarya Khare to showcase their chemistry on a special episode of Ganesh Utsav

  • Arti Singh reveals why she did not stay in touch with Sidharth Shukla post-Bigg Boss 13

    Arti Singh was one of the closest friends of late actor Sidharth Shukla. The actress was friends with her for more than a year before they entered together in Bigg Boss 13 house. Apart from that, there were even rumours of their link-ups and relationship however it never got confirmed. During Bigg Boss 13 days, Sidharth's fondness and bond grew more towards Shehnaaz Gill. Their chemistry was loved and adored by millions of people. While some people also blamed Arti for being insecure about Sidharth-Shehnaaz's relationship. Recently in an interview with a tabloid Arti Singh revealed that she didn't keep in touch with Sidharth post-Bigg Boss 13. The actress said that she wasn’t in touch with Sidharth for almost two years and they spoke for the last time on February 15, 20. She also said that she was deeply affected by what was being said about their friendship and getting blamed for coming in between Sidharth and Shehnaaz. Thus, she decided to break contact with Sidharth as she didn't want to become a 'cause of stress' in anyone’s life. She also said that she feels regret about the fact that she didn’t stay in touch with him. She also revealed that she thought of calling him on a couple of occasions. But eventually, she didn’t because she felt that he was happy and wanted him to be like that. Lastly, she said that Sidharth's demise was unexpected, unfortunate and devastating and her heart goes out to Shehnaaz. Arti also said this incident has taught her to follow her heart. ALSO READ:Bigg Boss 15 launch event: Arti Singh gets defeated by Devoleena Bhattacharjee in survival task

Movie Reviews

  • Movie Review: Jungle Cruise (English)

    JUNGLE CRUISE is the story of a trio trying to find a magical Tree that can cure all illnesses. In 1556, Don Aguirre (Edgar Ramirez) leads Spanish conquistadors to South America in search of the Lágrimas de Cristal Tree aka Tears of the Moon, whose flowers can cure illnesses, heal injuries and lift curses. Most conquistadors die due to jungle-related illnesses. Don Aguirre and a few of his associates are rescued by the Guardians of the Tree. They are healed using the Tree’s flowers. When Don Aguirre asks the tribal chief about the Tree’s location, the latter refuses. Don Aguirre then sets their village on fire. Before his death, the tribal chief curses Don Aguirre and his associates. Due to the curse, they can’t leave the sight of the river again and they can neither live nor die. In 1916, MacGregor Houghton (Jack Whitehall) requests the members of the Royal Anthropological And Diverse Adventure Society, London for access to an ancient Arrowhead recovered by a certain Dr Albert Falls. The members of the society, however, refuse permission. MacGregor’s sister, Dr Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), a botanist, sneaks into the Society building and steals the Arrowhead. She is looking to find Tears of the Moon and feels that the Arrowhead can help her in locating the Tree. While she steals the Arrowhead, she also almost gets caught by Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons), an ambitious German royal who is also seeking the Tree. MacGregor and Lily then arrive at Porto Velho, Brazil, from where the Tree’s location is the nearest. They hire skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson), who offers the cheapest cruise ride of the Amazon river and who’s perceived to be quite tough and knowledgeable about the topography. The adventure begins but it's not going to be an easy one. The route is dangerous and moreover, Prince Joachim has also reached Porto Velho. To find the Tree and defeat Team Lily, he locates Don Aguirre and his associates and gets them back to ‘life’. On the other hand, Lily realizes that Frank is mysterious and has been lying to her the whole time about several things. What happens next forms the rest of the film. <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1276353" src="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Movie-Review-Jungle-Cruise-English-img-1.jpeg" alt="" width="720" height="450" /> John Norville, Josh Goldstein, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's story is formulaic and clichéd but is entertaining. Like THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, JUNGLE CRUISE is also based on a theme park attraction at Disney World. Glenn Ficarra, John Requa and Michael Gree's screenplay is light and is peppered with loads of fun and thrilling moments. A few twists in the second half also keep the interest going. The writers also make an interesting comment on how women were treated then and how Dr Lily proves misogynist men wrong; this bit will surely be lapped up by the audiences. However, the second half gets a bit heavy especially the track of Don Aguirre. Also, despite the unexpected twists, the overall narrative is predictable as there have been several such films in this genre. Dialogues are very well worded and add to the humour quotient. Dwayne Johnson’s corny one-liners are hilarious. Jaume Collet-Serra's direction follows the standard template seen in jungle adventure films. The filmmaker in the past has handled small and mid-sized films. This is his first biggie but the way he executes it shows that he knows his job well. The characters are very well introduced, the setting is well explained and that he keeps the tone of the film light will help in attracting families and kids. He also deserves praise for the way he has fleshed out electrifying chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. On the flipside, the film gives a strong déjà vu of films like THE MUMMY, JUMANJI, INDIANA JONES and THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. JUNGLE CRUISE is like a <em>bhel puri</em> of the template, setting and such other elements of the aforementioned films. The second half could have been better or more novel. Also, the film releases too late in India. It had a release in the USA on July 30 in cinemas as well as on Disney+. As a result, its pirated copies have been out for more than 50 days. Hence, just like it happened with FAST &amp; FURIOUS 9, JUNGLE CRUISE has already been seen by many Indian moviegoers, and this would affect the footfalls. JUNGLE CRUISE starts off very well. The chase sequence inside the Royal Society involving Dr Lily sets the mood. Dr Lily and Frank’s first meeting is hilarious and so is Frank’s subsequent fight with a jaguar. The cruise ride begins with a bang as Frank’s boat is attacked by a torpedo. How Frank, Dr Lily and MacGregor survive this attack is too good. The waterfall scene is nail biting. In the second half, the twist in the tribal track is fine but it’s not as interesting. The scene where Frank reveals the truth about his identity is sure to shock viewers as they would not see it coming. In the pre-climax, the scene where Dr Lily goes underwater arrests attention. But it’s too unconvincing as Dr Lily is shown to have a phobia of swimming. Yet, in her first attempt at going underwater, she manages to nearly unlock the lever leading to the Tree and it’s too difficult to digest. The climax fight is fine but predictable. The film ends on a little abrupt note. <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1276354" src="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Movie-Review-Jungle-Cruise-English-img-2.jpeg" alt="" width="720" height="450" /> Dwayne Johnson brings the star power to the film and is absolutely entertaining. He also ensures that his character looks different from his act in JUMANJI, which was also a jungle adventure. Emily Blunt is quite lovable in the role, which can be described as the female Indiana Jones. She is great in action scenes and her comic timing is spot on. The scene where she is required to remove a sword from Dwayne’s chest is too funny, thanks to her. Jack Whitehall delivers a fine performance and contributes a lot to the laughter quotient. The scene where he tells Dwayne Johnson about his past is memorable. Edgar Ramirez is okay. Jesse Plemons is decent but raises laughs in the scene where he mispronounces ‘jungle’. Paul Giamatti (Nilo Nemolato) and Veronica Falcón (Trader Sam, chief of the Puka Michuna tribe) do very well but get limited scope. James Newton Howard's music has the elements of the adventure of period drama and it works. Flavio Labiano's cinematography is spectacular. Jean-Vincent Puzos's production design is detailed. Paco Delgado's costumes are very impressive. The Amelia Earhart-inspired clothes of Emily Blunt especially are praiseworthy. Action is fun and sans violence and blood. VFX is extraordinary, which was expected. Joel Negron's editing is neat. On the whole, JUNGLE CRUISE is formulaic and clichéd but manages to give an entertaining time to the viewers and has tremendous appeal for kids and family audiences. Unlike SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS and FREE GUY, this film will have a 3D release in India. This and the casting of Dwayne Johnson, a popular actor even for Indian masses, will help the film get footfalls. On the other hand, it is releasing nearly two months after its release in the USA and on Disney+. As a result, its pirated prints have flooded the internet for a long time and this would affect the box office to an extent.

  • Movie Review: Free Guy (English)

    FREE GUY is the story of a bank teller who discovers that he’s part of a video game. Guy (Ryan Reynolds) is a non-player character (NPC) in an online, open-world video game called Free City. Guy, however, is unaware that he is in a video game. He works in the bank and spends time with his best friend and co-worker, a bank security guard named Buddy (Lil Rel Howery). Guy desires to fall in love and is waiting for the girl of his dreams to enter his life. One day, he comes across the Molotov Girl (Jodie Comer), who is singing the song that he dreams that his dream girl will like. Buddy warns Guy not to pursue her as ‘she is wearing sunglasses’ and is different from us. Guy, however, doesn’t heed his advice. He steals a sunglass from a person and suddenly, his life changes. Meanwhile, in the real world, Walter "Keys" McKey (Joe Keery) is working at Soonami Games, which owns the Free City game. Keys along with Millie Rusk (Jodie Comer) had developed a game called Life Itself. However, Soonami’s head developer and Keys’ current boss Antwan (Taika Waititi) stole Life Itself’s source code to create Free City. Millie spends her time playing Free City hoping to find evidence that can prove that Antwan stole their game. Her avatar in Free City is Molotov Girl and when Guy pursues her, the latter unintentionally becomes a part of her endeavour. What happens next forms the rest of the film. <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1273501" src="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Movie-Review-Free-Guy-English-1.jpeg" alt="" width="720" height="450" /> Matt Lieberman's story is unique and mind-blowing. Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn's screenplay is very entertaining. There’s not a single dull or sad moment and a lot is happening over its 115 minutes of run time. There are two tracks in the film, one dealing with the adventures in the video game and the other about the dramatic happenings in real life. The writers have balanced both these tracks and fleshed out the character beautifully. Dialogues are smart and also funny, wherever required. Shawn Levy's direction is appropriate and he keeps the narrative simplified. This was necessary as the concept is not that easy to decipher initially. The director introduces the world and also infuses some funny and unique moments to keep the interest going. On the flipside, though the makers have tried their best to ensure that audiences can understand the plot line, a section of viewers might still get confused, more so the ones who’ll watch in the dubbed version. Though the overall plot is one of its kind, a few individualistic scenes do give a déjà vu of films like THE TRUMAN SHOW, JUMANJI, WRECK IT RALPH etc. Lastly, FREE GUY has been awarded an adults-only certificate in India. This is shocking since the film is devoid of sex or profanities and should have ideally got a ‘U’ certificate. Hence, this might restrict the film’s business as families might not go for it, assuming that it has adult content. FREE GUY’s opening scene is terrific and sets the mood. Guy’s entry and his everyday life are sure to make one smile. The fun actually begins when Guy dons sunglasses and starts doing good deeds to gain points. Meanwhile, Keys and Millie trying to prove Antwan’s crime also make for a great watch. The best is however reserved for the pre-climax and climax where tension levels rise, so does the entertainment quotient. <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1273500" src="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Movie-Review-Free-Guy-English-2.jpeg" alt="" width="720" height="450" /> Ryan Reynolds, as expected, is at his best. The role doesn’t allow him to play to the gallery, a la DEADPOOL. Yet, he manages to add to the fun. Jodie Comer plays both the roles with ease and finesse. As Molotov Girl, she’s quite likeable. Joe Keery has a crucial part and delivers a fine performance. Taika Waititi goes over the top, as per the requirement of his character, and yet, he impresses a lot. He is apt for this role and he brings the required madness. Lil Rel Howery and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Mouser) are lovely in supporting parts. Britne Oldford (Barista), Camille Kostek (Bombshell) and Matty Cardarople (Keith the gamer) are decent. Channing Tatum (Revenjamin Buttons) is funny in the cameo. Chris Evans has a blink-and-a-miss appearance but he brings the house down. Christophe Beck's music enhances the impact. George Richmond's cinematography is cinematic and the various developments are well captured. Ethan Tobman's production design is elaborate and authentic. The interior of the Stash House, especially, is memorable. Action is first-rate and devoid of gore. VFX is out of this world. Dean Zimmerman's editing is neat. On the whole, FREE GUY rests on a unique plot and is laced with a watertight script, able direction and bravura performances. The film has chances to score majorly in the English version as the audiences who’ll watch the dubbed version might find the plot puzzling. Also, the film has been unfairly given an ‘A’ certificate and this might restrict the business.

  • Movie Review: Don’t Breathe 2 (English)

    DON’T BREATHE 2 is the story of an old, blind man whose quiet solace life is disturbed when his past sins catch up with him. Eight years after the events of the first film, blind Navy Seal veteran Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) lives with his 11-year-old daughter, Phoenix (Madelyn Grace), and his Rottweiler, Shadow, in a Detroit suburb. Norman has told Phoenix that her mother died after their old house caught fire. Norman is quite protective of Phoenix and rarely allows her to go out. He is home-schooling her to keep her safe. The only time she’s allowed to go out is when Hernandez (Stephanie Arcila) comes to their house once in a while. She is a veteran army ranger who wants Phoenix to go out and get the first-hand experience of the outside world. One day, when Phoenix is out with Hernandez, the former bumps into Raylan (Brendan Sexton III), who tries to misbehave with her. But she is saved as Shadows scares him away. Hernandez drops Phoenix home and while she is returning, Raylan and his gang kill her. They then reach Norman’s house. First, they lure Shadow away and kill him. Later, they infiltrate the house. Norman realizes something is wrong when he discovers Shadow’s body. Phoenix, too, realizes in the nick of time the presence of an intruder and hides. Sadly, for both, they soon get confronted by Raylan and his gang members. Raylan shocks Phoenix as he tells her that he is her real father. What happens next forms the rest of the film. <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1273497" src="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Movie-Review-Don’t-Breathe-2-English-Review-1.jpeg" alt="" width="720" height="450" /> Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues's story sounds exciting on paper, especially when compared to the happenings of the first film. Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues's screenplay is interesting, but only in parts. A few scenes are exceptional and add to the thrill. But the goings-on becomes repetitive and the second half is far from convincing. Dialogues are nothing special. Rodo Sayagues's direction is decent but is let down by the writing. He knows the techniques and how to add the required thrill. And he does show his brilliance in some scenes. However, the film faces several shortcomings. To begin with, in DON’T BREATHE [2016], Norman was the antagonist. Audiences rooted for the other three characters and not for him. Here, for most parts, audiences are expected to root for Norman. Knowing very well how evil he was in the first part, it’ll become difficult for many viewers to empathize with him. Secondly, the first half is a bit repetitive and is just like the first part as once again, the blind man is trying to ward off intruders. The madness shifts to a new location in the second half, but then it becomes unconvincing. And lastly, DON’T BREATHE 2 is full of violent and gory scenes. The first part wasn’t on the same lines and yet, it worked. But the excessive gore in DON’T BREATHE 2 looks out of place and might put off a section of viewers. DON’T BREATHE 2 begins well as audiences get acquainted with the changes in Norman’s life and with the characters of Phoenix and Hernandez. Not much time is wasted and soon, the break-in in Norman’s house occurs. A few moments here and there are impressive; the scene where Phoenix is trapped in a mini container and how she comes out of it is nail-biting. But it also gives a been-there-done-there feeling. The second half, too, has some individualistic scenes that stand out. But here, the film gets predictable and also the motive of Phoenix’s real parents behind kidnapping her is very silly. The film ends with a hint that a third part might also be in the offing. <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1273498" src="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Movie-Review-Don’t-Breathe-2-English-Review-2.jpeg" alt="" width="720" height="450" /> Stephen Lang, as expected, rocks the show, and carries the film on his shoulders. Madelyn Grace plays a difficult part with perfection. Brendan Sexton III is fine as the gangster. Stephanie Arcila does well in a small role. Fiona O'Shaughnessy (Josephine) leaves a mark. Steffan Rhodri (The surgeon) seemed like a significant character, especially the way he was introduced, but gets limited scope. Adam Young, Bobby Schofield, Rocci Williams and Christian Zagia are okay as the gang leaders. Roque Baños's music enhances the thrill and drama. Pedro Luque's cinematography is top-class. The lensman had impressed even in the first part with his creative shot takings and he does the same even in the sequel. David Warren's production design is authentic and spooky. Action is needlessly violent and full of bloodshed. Jan Kovac's editing is razor sharp. On the whole, DON’T BREATHE 2 is not as good as the first part and proves to be a disappointment due to similar plot points in the first half as in the first part, predictable and unconvincing script, and excessive bloodshed and gore.

  • Movie Review: Bhoot Police

    BHOOT POLICE is the story of two tantriks who discover themselves when trying to ward off an evil spirit. Vibhooti (Saif Ali Khan) and Chiraunji (Arjun Kapoor) are brothers who pretend to be ghostbusters. They are the sons of the famed Ullat Baba (Saurabh Sachdeva) who died when Chiraunji was just 5 years old. Vibhooti doesn’t believe in the existence of ghosts and spirits. Till now, they have encountered several instances where there were no evil spirits. But instead of telling their clients the truth, Vibhooti and Chiraunji would pretend to eradicate the ghost from their lives and take a fat fee in return. Vibhooti, however, believes that ghosts exist and is waiting for an opportunity to teach an evil spirit a lesson. The opportunity arrives at their doorstep when they meet Maya (Yami Gautam). She runs the Silawar Tea Factory and owns a sprawling estate. She lives here with her sister Kanika (Jacqueline Fernandez). Yami tells Vibhooti and Chiraunji that she and the tea factory labourers have experienced the presence of a ghost (aka <em>kichkandi</em>) in the estate. A similar spirit was seen at their place 27 years back and it was Ullat Baba who had trapped it in a pot and kept it in a safe place in a forest. At the estate, Vibhooti, who still doesn’t feel there’s any ghost in the estate, challenges the <em>kichkandi</em>. The same night, a labourer, Lata (Jamie Lever) and her husband Vinod (Rupesh Tillu) encounter the <em>kichkandi</em>. A few days later, many other labourers claim to have witnessed the spirit but the description of the <em>kichkandi</em> varies from person to person. One night, Vibhooti and Chiraunji venture into the forest and come across the tree where the <em>kichkandi</em> was trapped in the pot and stored. Chiraunji is shocked as he realizes that the pot is intact and unbroken. This means that the spirit is still inside. Hence, he concludes that the spirit troubling the estate at present is different. To make matters worse, Vibhooti claims that their father was also a conman and that the pot has no evil spirit. To prove his point, he breaks the pot. What happens next forms the rest of the film. <img class="aligncenter wp-image-1270123 size-full" title="Movie Review Bhoot Police" src="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Movie-Review-Bhoot-Police.jpg" alt="Movie Review Bhoot Police" width="720" height="450" /> Pavan Kirpalani's story is novel. It gives a déjà vu of STREE [2018] and ROOHI [2021] as BHOOT POLICE is also a horror comedy. But unlike the other two films, BHOOT POLICE focuses on ghostbusters and that gives a unique touch. Pavan Kirpalani, Pooja Ladha Surti and Sumit Batheja's screenplay (additional screenplay by Anuvab Pal and Devashish Makhija) is entertaining. The characters are very well fleshed out and the balance between horror and comedy is well maintained. A few jump scares do remind one of Hollywood horror flicks though. On the flipside, the first half is alright and it's only from the intermission point that the film becomes intriguing. A few developments are bewildering. The track of Inspector Cheddi Singh (Jaaved Jaaferi), meanwhile, is far from funny. Pooja Ladha Surti and Sumit Batheja's dialogues are quite witty and funny but only at places. There was a lot of opportunity for many more funny dialogues in a film like this. Pavan Kirpalani's direction is stellar. He has made horror films in the past and in that regard, he deserves praise for putting up a convincing horror setup in the film. He handles the comedy well but what’s surprising is that even the dramatic and emotional moments are executed nicely. The scene where Vibhooti slaps Chiraunji and the dialogues that follow is memorable. Also, the climax has an emotional angle and it's well woven into the narrative. However, he leaves a few questions unanswered. BHOOT POLICE starts very well. There’s humour, horror and an unexpected twist in the entry scene and it sets the mood. The chase sequence at the Tantrik Fair fails to raise laughs. The scene where Lata is compelled to sing a song by her husband Vinod is scary and also funny. But apart from this scene and the beginning sequence, nothing interesting happens in the film. The interest level increases only when Vibhooti breaks the pot. Post-interval, the humour is minimal and horror gets preference. The last 30 minutes are quite gripping. The numerous twists and the emotional track works well. <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>RAPID FIRE- Saif Ali Khan &amp; Arjun Kapoor’s LAUGH RIOT| SRK | Kareena Kapoor | Ranbir Kapoor</strong></span> <iframe id="jwiframe" class="playerFrame" src="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/videos/celeb-interviews/rapid-fire-saif-ali-khan-arjun-kapoors-laugh-riot-srk-kareena-kapoor-ranbir-kapoor/?jwembed=1" width="800" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> Saif Ali Khan is the best performer in the film. He slips into the part of the wicked tantric effortlessly and adds to the madness. Arjun Kapoor is sincere. His role doesn’t allow him to contribute to the laughter quotient. But he seems apt for the part and looks quite better than his other film appearances off late. Yami Gautam is decent but goes on another level in the pre-climax. Jacqueline Fernandez is average. Jaaved Jaaferi fails to raise laughs. Saurabh Sachdeva and Girish Kulkarni (Santu the monk) are there for just a scene and deliver worthy performances. Late Amit Mistry (Hari Kumar) has a substantial role and is entertaining. Jamie Lever and Rupesh Tillu leave a mark, especially the former. Yashaswini Dayama (Guddi) is too good. Rajpal Yadav (Goggle Baba) is wasted. The kid actor playing Titli is adorable. BHOOT POLICE is a songless film. <em>'Aayi Aayi Bhoot Police'</em> is played in the end credits while <em>'Mujhe Pyaar Aaya Hai'</em> and <em>'Raat Gayi'</em> are absent in the narrative. It’s great that the actors don’t break into song and dance and that the romantic track between the leads is subtly shown. Clinton Cerejo's background score is excellent and special mention should also go to Anirban Sengupta's sound design. It enhances the spooky element of the film. Jayakrishna Gummadi's cinematography is breathaking. The locales of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh are captured with finesse. Anita Rajgopalan and Donald Reagen Stanley's production design is rich and in sync with the film’s theme. Abhilasha Devnani and Manisha Melwani's costumes are glamorous. The ones worn by Saif and Arjun are stylish and yet go with their tantric characters. Redefine, Fractal Picture Pvt Ltd and Old Monk Studios's VFX is a bit unreal but works. Pooja Ladha Surti's editing is smooth. On the whole, BHOOT POLICE has a weak first half but the post-interval portions are quite entertaining and thrilling. The combo of horror, comedy and emotion makes for a decent watch.

  • Movie Review: Thalaivii

    <a href="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movie/thalaivi/">THALAIVII</a> is the story of a girl’s journey from being a prominent heroine to a prominent political figure. The story begins in 1965. Jayalalithaa aka Jaya (Kangana Ranaut) is an upcoming actress in Tamil cinema. She has been coaxed into joining the profession by her mother (Bhagyashree) so that they can have a steady means of income. In no time, Jaya gets a chance to star opposite MJR (Arvind Swamy), one of the biggest superstars of Tamil cinema. MJR loves Jaya’s attitude and her fearless persona. She, meanwhile, falls for his good-hearted nature. Both end up working in many films together. They emerge as one of the most popular <em>jodis</em>, much to the annoyance of R M Veerappan (Raj Arjun), MJR’s PA. Veerappan believes that MJR’s fondness for Jaya can spell doom for the superstar. A few years later, MJR enters politics and joins DMK, headed by Karunanidhi (Nassar). Karunanidhi wins the state elections by a record margin and one of the reasons is that MJR campaigned for him. MJR sadly is not able to attend party meetings. Also, he is more popular and that doesn’t go down well with Karunanidhi. Both have a showdown after which MJR quits DMK. He decides to float his own political party. Veerappan advises MJR that he should stay away from Jaya before it causes problems for him in his political career. MJR agrees. Jaya is devastated. The story then moves 10 years ahead. MJR has become the Chief Minister for the second time. Jaya is not getting many films due to her age. She starts accepting dance shows. One such show offered to her is a government sponsored one in Madurai. At this event, she meets MJR once again. This time, MJR invites her to join his party. Jaya declines but while going back to Chennai, an incident leaves a deep influence on her. In no time, she enters politics. What happens next forms the rest of the film. <img class="aligncenter wp-image-1269174 size-full" title="Movie Review Thalaivii" src="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Movie-Review-Thalaivii.jpg" alt="Movie Review Thalaivii" width="720" height="450" /> THALAIVII is based on the book 'Thalaivi' by Ajayan Bala. Vijayendra Prasad's story is excellent and does total justice to J Jayalalithaa’s journey from being a film star to being a Chief Minister. It is not possible to show all major episodes and hence the writer has handpicked and chosen the best aspects of her life. Thankfully, it pays off. Vijayendra Prasad and Rajat Arora's screenplay is captivating. There are a lot of dramatic moments in the film and the writers have penned them very well to bring out the desired impact. However, the first half is not as powerful. Also, the focus at this hour is mostly on Jaya’s film journey. Rajat Arora's dialogues are sharp. The dialogue writer is known for some smart, whistle-worthy lines and he lives up to the expectations. A L Vijay's direction is very simplistic and massy. The film is executed in such a way that it is easy to understand for all sections of the audiences. He defines the characters very well from the very beginning and has peppered the film with some well executed dramatic sequences. In the second half, he takes the film to another level. Special mention here should be made of the funeral sequence of MGR. It’s sure to give one goose bumps. On the flipside, he is not in top form in the first half. The scenes are recklessly edited as if to hurriedly reduce the runtime. A few sequences will leave audiences bewildered. For instance, the scene where MJR is shot by a disgruntled film producer is quickly wrapped up and viewers will have difficulty in understanding what exactly happened. This flaw is seen in the second half as well. Why didn’t Jaya inform MJR that her meeting with Indira Gandhi has been successful? Was it a way to extract revenge or something else is again something that can confuse audiences. Lastly, the Hindi version has a major challenge since the film is about a politician down South. Most viewers in North, Western and Eastern India are aware of her but may not be interested to see her biopic. THALAIVII begins with a dramatic scene in the Assembly and sets the mood. One expects fireworks from here on. But the film then focuses on Jaya’s film career. Even here, the makers try their best to keep viewers engaged. The Medu Wada sequence works very well. However, one gets restless as one waits for her political journey to begin. That finally happens in the second half and then there’s no looking back. From Jaya exposing the corruption in the mid-day meal programme to Jaya wooing Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to her campaigning to the climax, A L Vijay keeps the film on a constant high. The funeral sequence of course is out of the world and even the pre-climax and climax contributes to the mass quotient. The film ends on a rocking note. <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1269175" src="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Movie-Review-Thalaivii1.jpg" alt="" width="720" height="450" /> Kangana Ranaut lives the role and is fantastic to say the least. As the heroine of the bygone era, she is completely convincing and even as a fiery political leader, she rocks the show. In short, this is yet another award worthy performance from the National Award winning actor. Arvind Swamy is a big surprise. He had a very challenging role but he pulls it off effortlessly. Both Kangana and Arvind compliment each other well and their chemistry is electrifying. It’s also praiseworthy how the makers have treated the bond of Jaya and MJR. Raj Arjun is the third most important actor and has a considerable screen role. For most parts of the film, he’s constantly angry with Jaya. However, he plays his part well. His eyes do a lot of talking. Nassar, as expected, is quite nice. Bhagyashree is subtle and apt for the part. Madhoo (Janaki; MJR's wife) doesn’t get much scope. Thambi Ramaiah (Madhavan) is fair. Flora Jacob (Indira Gandhi) is alright but Rajiv Kumar (Rajiv Gandhi) looks ditto like the ex-Prime Minister of India. G V Prakash Kumar's music is poor. The film would have benefited if it had one chartburster. <em>'Chali Chali'</em> is average while <em>'Nain Bandhe Naino Se'</em> is well shot and choreographed. <em>'Teri Aankhon Mein'</em> doesn’t leave a mark while <em>'Hai Kamaal'</em> works more due to the visuals. The title track is the best of the lot. The background score is cinematic and dramatic. Vishal Vittal's cinematography is spectacular. The indoor and campaigning scenes especially are exceptionally shot. Neeta Lulla's costumes are glamorous and reminiscent of the clothes worn at that time by the stars and political leaders. S Ramakrishna and Monika Nigotre's production design is very detailed. The bygone era is perfectly recreated and they have also ensured that the film looks like a grand affair. Pattanam Rasheed's makeup is spot-on. Unifi Media's VFX is decent. Ballu Saluja's editing is first-rate in the second half but in the pre-interval, it’s quite haphazard. On the whole, <a href="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movie/thalaivi/">THALAIVII</a> is a well-made and well-written political saga that is embellished with yet another award-winning performance by <a href="https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/celebrity/kangna-ranaut/">Kangana Ranaut</a>. However, the poor buzz and prolonged closure of theatres in Maharashtra will affect the box office prospects of the Hindi version to a great extent. <strong>Bollywood News</strong>

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  • Jungle Cruise (English)

    JUNGLE CRUISE is the story of a trio trying to find a magical Tree that can cure all illnesses. In 1556, Don Aguirre (Edgar Ramirez) leads Spanish conquistadors to South America in search of the Lágrimas de Cristal Tree aka Tears of the Moon, whose flowers can cure illnesses, heal injuries and lift curses. Most conquistadors die due to jungle-related illnesses. Don Aguirre and a few of his associates are rescued by the Guardians of the Tree. They are healed using the Tree’s flowers. When Don Aguirre asks the tribal chief about the Tree’s location, the latter refuses. Don Aguirre then sets their village on fire. Before his death, the tribal chief curses Don Aguirre and his associates. Due to the curse, they can’t leave the sight of the river again and they can neither live nor die. In 1916, MacGregor Houghton (Jack Whitehall) requests the members of the Royal Anthropological And Diverse Adventure Society, London for access to an ancient Arrowhead recovered by a certain Dr Albert Falls. The members of the society, however, refuse permission. MacGregor’s sister, Dr Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), a botanist, sneaks into the Society building and steals the Arrowhead. She is looking to find Tears of the Moon and feels that the Arrowhead can help her in locating the Tree. While she steals the Arrowhead, she also almost gets caught by Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons), an ambitious German royal who is also seeking the Tree. MacGregor and Lily then arrive at Porto Velho, Brazil, from where the Tree’s location is the nearest. They hire skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson), who offers the cheapest cruise ride of the Amazon river and who’s perceived to be quite tough and knowledgeable about the topography. The adventure begins but it's not going to be an easy one. The route is dangerous and moreover, Prince Joachim has also reached Porto Velho. To find the Tree and defeat Team Lily, he locates Don Aguirre and his associates and gets them back to ‘life’. On the other hand, Lily realizes that Frank is mysterious and has been lying to her the whole time about several things. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

  • Don't Breathe 2 (English)

    DON’T BREATHE 2 is the story of an old, blind man whose quiet solace life is disturbed when his past sins catch up with him. Eight years after the events of the first film, blind Navy Seal veteran Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) lives with his 11-year-old daughter, Phoenix (Madelyn Grace), and his Rottweiler, Shadow, in a Detroit suburb. Norman has told Phoenix that her mother died after their old house caught fire. Norman is quite protective of Phoenix and rarely allows her to go out. He is home-schooling her to keep her safe. The only time she’s allowed to go out is when Hernandez (Stephanie Arcila) comes to their house once in a while. She is a veteran army ranger who wants Phoenix to go out and get the first-hand experience of the outside world. One day, when Phoenix is out with Hernandez, the former bumps into Raylan (Brendan Sexton III), who tries to misbehave with her. But she is saved as Shadows scares him away. Hernandez drops Phoenix home and while she is returning, Raylan and his gang kill her. They then reach Norman’s house. First, they lure Shadow away and kill him. Later, they infiltrate the house. Norman realizes something is wrong when he discovers Shadow’s body. Phoenix, too, realizes in the nick of time the presence of an intruder and hides. Sadly, for both, they soon get confronted by Raylan and his gang members. Raylan shocks Phoenix as he tells her that he is her real father. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

  • Free Guy (English)

    FREE GUY is the story of a bank teller who discovers that he’s part of a video game. Guy (Ryan Reynolds) is a non-player character (NPC) in an online, open-world video game called Free City. Guy, however, is unaware that he is in a video game. He works in the bank and spends time with his best friend and co-worker, a bank security guard named Buddy (Lil Rel Howery). Guy desires to fall in love and is waiting for the girl of his dreams to enter his life. One day, he comes across the Molotov Girl (Jodie Comer), who is singing the song that he dreams that his dream girl will like. Buddy warns Guy not to pursue her as ‘she is wearing sunglasses’ and is different from us. Guy, however, doesn’t heed his advice. He steals a sunglass from a person and suddenly, his life changes. Meanwhile, in the real world, Walter "Keys" McKey (Joe Keery) is working at Soonami Games, which owns the Free City game. Keys along with Millie Rusk (Jodie Comer) had developed a game called Life Itself. However, Soonami’s head developer and Keys’ current boss Antwan (Taika Waititi) stole Life Itself’s source code to create Free City. Millie spends her time playing Free City hoping to find evidence that can prove that Antwan stole their game. Her avatar in Free City is Molotov Girl and when Guy pursues her, the latter unintentionally becomes a part of her endeavour. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (English)

    SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS begins with the introduction of a man named Xu Wenwu, who finds the mystical ten rings that grant him immortality and great powers. The plot follows Wenwu as he amasses an army of warriors called the Ten Rings and conquers many kingdoms and topples governments throughout history. In 1996, Wenwu begins searching for the village of Ta Lo, which is said to harbour various mythical beasts, in order to expand his power. He finds the entrance of the village, but is stopped from entering by the village's guardian, Ying Li. The two eventually fall in love and have two children, Xu Shang-Chi and Xu Xialing. Wenwu abandons the ten rings and his organization to be with his family. However, Li is eventually murdered by the Iron Gang, old rivals of the Ten Rings, and Wenwu once again takes up the rings to massacre them and resume his criminal activities. Shang-Chi is brought to the Ten Rings' compound to be trained in all forms of combat by the Death Dealer, a high-ranking member of the Ten Rings. At the age of 14, Shang-Chi is sent by Wenwu to assassinate the leader of the Iron Gang. After fulfilling his mission, a traumatized Shang-Chi abandons the Ten Rings and escapes to the United States, where he adopts the name Shaun. Years later, Shaun AKA Shang-Chi is living in San Francisco and working as valet with his best friend, Katy Chen. One day while on the way to work on the Muni Metro, Shang-Chi and Katy are attacked by members of the Ten Rings led by Razor Fist. Despite fighting them off, Shang-Chi discovers that his pendant given to him by his mother has been taken by them. Fearing that the Ten Rings are going after Xialing for her pendant, Shang-Chi decides to track her down and reveals his past to Katy, who agrees to help him. They eventually find her at an underground fight club in Macau, of which she is the owner; Xialing expresses her resentment towards Shang-Chi for abandoning their family and their father for neglecting her. The fight club is then attacked by a regiment of the Ten Rings led by Death Dealer. Wenwu unexpectedly arrives during the attack and captures Shang-Chi, Katy and Xialing. Once captured they are taken back to Wenwu’s compound, and told that he is on a quest to save his wife, their mother who is being held captive. However, Shang-Chi, Katy and Xialing escape and make their way to the village only to realize that their father had been duped by an evil being and to protect all life on earth they will now have to face their father Wenwu, the leader of the Ten Rings.

  • The Bobby Scandal

    Truth that hurts many, should be buried deep so that no one should know about it. Although the skeletons of the past cannot be stopped from coming out of the grave. <i><b>The Bobby Scandal</b></i> fiddles with the subject that led to the resignation of a CM, a PM facing heat in the Parliament and a deeply buried truth. Who was <b><i>Bobby</i></b>? What were the reasons behind her death? Was it a Murder or a Suicide? Who meddled in the investigation? Why was the case shifted to the CBI? There are more questions than answers!