Bollywood’s Wave of History

Bollywood’s Wave of History

By Sanskriti Tomar

With the upcoming release of Panipat, by Ashitosh Gowarikar, on 6th December 2019, it is important to see this wave of Period Films that has been going through Bollywood. The world of indian cinema has taken by storm with an obsession of historical films. With Taanaji and Shamshera in the pipeline, to be released in 2020, Filmi Files did it’s own research on this growing trend.

Jodha Akbar

Released in 2008, this Ashutosh Gowarikar classic of our times was a superhit and a rather controversial film. Starring Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan, the movie was released amidst a whirlpool of drama and controversy. After its release, the movie grossed 40cr and we think it is safe to say that it set a trend.

Veer

Bollywood’s Wave of History

This Salman Khan starrer that introduced Zarine Khan to the world was another movie set in the past battles of our history, and began the upward graph of period films. It was released in 2010 and grossed 40cr as well.

From 2010 onwards, started a decade of back to back such films, and has reached 2020.

Bajirao Mastani

Bollywood’s Wave of History
Another period film, this Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh starrer was made by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and released in 2015. It hit the box office hard and grossed 356 cr by the end of its time on the big screens.

Mohenjo Daro

Bollywood’s Wave of History

This Hrithik Roshan starrer, was released in 2016 and was made by Ashutosh Gowarikar and grossed 108cr in the box office. As the name suggests, the movie was made on the rise and fall of the civilisation of Mohenjo Daro.

Padmaavat

Padmaavat

Perhaps the queen of recent cinema controversy, Padmaavat was released in 2018 and the name of the movie had to be changed in order to assuage the offended crowds. Made by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie grossed 585Cr in box office. The movie starred Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

Manikarnika

Manikarnika

Released in 2019, this Kangana Ranaut film was the one made on the woman-hero of our freedom struggle- Rani Laxmi Bai. The movie was produced by Zee studios and directed by Ranaut herself. It grossed 152Cr and became quite a hit.

This is a trend that is not going anytime soon, we think. Bollywood has created a nest in history and cosily rests there. While we appreciate the dose of history we have been getting on big screens, but we feel the scripts have turned repetitive, and the trend has come to a passe.

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Kangana Ranaut dons Jayalalithaa Avatar

Kangana Ranaut dons Jayalalithaa Avatar

BY FF NETWORK

Ace actress Kangana Ranaut is all set to play the role of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayaram Jayalalithaa. Jayalalitha was also an actress & she did over 150 films including Kannada, Tamil & Telugu films. She was called the “Queen of the Tamil Cinema”.

The biopic of Jayalalithaa is named “Thalaivi”. Kangana Ranaut’s look revealed in the movie’s poster today.

Kangana can be seen wearing a dark green saree, with a bun hairdo. The impressive look has Kangana donning thick prosthetics, but still managing to bring through the soft Iron Lady’s soft smile while flashing her signature victory sign.

Her impressive look in this upcoming biopic is the work of renowned Hollywood prosthetics artist, Jason Collins, who has worked on films like ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Captain Marvel’. Interestingly, the actress will reportedly have four different looks in the film to best replicate her changing features and ageing through the course of the film.

For her role in the film, Kangana has been taking lessons in Tamil and has also been learning the classical dance form – Bharatanatyam, videos of which we have already seen online. Kangana’s sister Rangoli surprised also surprised the fans by sharing a short teaser of the film on Twitter.

Jayalalithaa had millions of fans & this film will be a treat to watch for them. Thalaivi will be released in 2020 in 3 languages. Fimi Files will bring more Bollywood Masala infused posts for you so stay tuned.

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Movie Review: ‘Pagalpanti’

Movie Review: ‘Pagalpanti’

By Neha Bora

Masala movies are the ultimate treat for bollywood fans, even in the era of patriotic, biopics, realistic cinema. A movie with 3 dance numbers, 1 item song and lots of over the top Dialogues and action sequences finds a large chunk of audience for itself. But Anees Bazmee is a visionary filmmaker, and this time he has made something that even he cannot watch. Watched Anees Bazmee’s Pagalpanti‘ which has a humongous cast of John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Illena dcruz, urvashi rautela, kriti kharbanda, inaamulhaq and Pulkit Samrat .

 

With a cast like this an average movie goer can expect some good laughs. But I only started laughing after 2 hours in the film not because the script elevated in the second half but because it went beyond my expectations in being ridiculous. We can’t talk about the plot. No one in the world except Anees Bazmee can explain or understand the storyline. After watching Pagalpanti I am sure that he is much better at pitching movies to producers than directing them.

 

So let’s jump to “whatever I saw on screen”. Chandu (Pulkitsamrat), Junkie ( Arshad Warsi) and Raj kishor(John Abraham) are three friends who are struck with bad luck in every business because of Raj’s kundli. But still they are able to convince every second person to invest their money in their startups. And during one of these failure they get connected to WiFi. WiFi is Anil Kapoor’s character name who is the brother in law of gangster Raja Sahab (Saurabh Shukla).

 

To recover their loss both of them hire these “3 idiots” for some really bizzare jobs like tasting the food to check whether it has poison or being dummy Raja Sahabto avoid attack from enemies. Meanwhile chandu falls in love with Raja Sagan’s daughter Jhanvi played by Kriti Kharbanda.

 

But Anees Bazmee has one more sub plot for the audience. Suddenly you see inalmullhaq on screen playing “Neeraj Modi”. The defaulter who left india after taking loans worth billions.

 

So Neeraj modi is the mastermind who is above all the gangsters. And he lends money to Raja Sahab and his rival Tulli-Bulli to double them. But because Raj kishore along with his badluck is in the house all the money is burned to ashes. This is the point till where I knew who am I and where am I…But after this neither I nor the movie knew where we are heading.

 

Because you get to see a haunted house where a hired “chudail” played by Urvashi Rautela is scaring people. And then somehow Raj finds out that this haunted place is Neeraj Modi’s black money storage. And then something happens, then again something happens and they rob all the money from him.

 

When Neeraj Modi comes to know about this he summons WiFiand asks him to bring his money back. Anil kapoor goes to John for money and…And then you get the biggest plot twist ever in the history of Indian cinema. Raj was not doing all this for his own luxury…He was doing this for Hindustan and “Bharat kijanta“, because Neeraj Modi is the “Gaddar” and John doesn’t spare them even in a comedy movie.

 

And then you witness one of the most horrible climax ever where gangsters are making samosa and jalebi in a villa, CGI lions are roaming around and wondering where they have come, just like the audience. And all the things that you have not seen in house full 4.

I can bet, this is the most descriptive post about this movie that you can find. Even the wikipedia page of the movie has only 3 sentences for it’s premises.

 

Talking about the performances, John Abraham enters in the frame with the same smile that we are familiar with since Dhoom. And the moment you see him smiling you will know that you are not going to do that for next 3 hours. Arshad Warsi is the only guy among the 3 lead male actors who was trying to put effort in these dead jokes. Anil Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla have done these roles so many times that you cannot complain about them.

 

Inamul Haq got a meaty role after a long time but couldn’t perform due to a poorly written character. Kriti Kharbanda impresss you with her comic timing but it is painful to see her trying to put effort when even the director is not doing that. No words a about Illeana Dcruz, Urvashi Rautela and Pulkit Samrat. Even the CGI lions had better expressions and screen presence than these three.

 

The music is just like the storyline, you have 2 remade songs and both of them are unnecessary. One of the song “Walla Walla” takes you to Arab and the other “Thumka” to Uttar Pradesh. All said and done, this movie is not a regular bollywoodcomedy, it has patriotism, item numbers, horror and action but still please avoid it.

 

Please if you love your family, friends and humanity then do tell these people not to watch this movie in theatre, online portal or television. Because the trailer itself says ‘Don’t use your brain, because these people don’t have that. Filmi Files is the best place to look for movie reviews online.

 

FF Ratings: *

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Anu Malik steps down as Indian Idol 11 judge

Anu Malik steps down as Indian Idol 11 judge

BY FF NETWORK

Anu Malik is a famous Bollywood singer and music composer, he has also been associated with singing reality show Indian Idol as a judge. However, last year India was hit by #MeToo movement and shockingly, a female singer Sona Mahopatra accused Anu Malik of sexually harassing her.

Sona has made endless claims and even bashed people who supported Anu Malik. She called out the makers of Indian Idol to drop Anu Malik from their show, she even questioned the fellow judges, Vishal Dadlani & Neha Kakkar.

In between all this event, another 2 famous singers namely Shweta Pandit and Neha Bhasin accused Anu Malik of his vile behaviour and called him a sexual predator.

With the ongoing controversies, Indian Idol makers never put out any statement but ultimately, Anu Malik himself has decided to leave the show. He even claimed that he will be back on the show after he has cleared his name.

On the other hand, Sona Mahopatra celebrated this news and thanked her supporters for being with her in this fight. Filmi Files will bring masala news to you so stay tuned.

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Is Bollywood coming out of its comfort zone?

Is Bollywood coming out of its comfort zone?

BY FF NETWORK

Indian film industry aka Bollywood has a long history of entertaining its audience. Bollywood movies from the 90s has been full of colour, cheesy dialogues, dancing on the streets, item number, typical hero-heroine falling in love stories. It is all about Masala.

Bollywood produces the most number of films in a year, however, it was lacking something and that was actors, actresses & directors sticking to the same old plot and presenting it with different aspects. Although the newcomers are defying this norm & playing an entirely different game by challenging the mainstream of the industry.

Masaan

Movies with unconventional story lines, societal issues, biopics, are getting the attention gradually. People want to watch these type of movies along with the other Masala films. Filmi Files will bring you more Bollywood Masala related posts so stay tuned with us.

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Indian film industry still has a long way to go. Too much reliance on dance numbers, cringeworthy dialogues are not going to sway the audience anymore
Masaan, Mardani, No one killed Jessica, Dream Girl, Article 15, Bajirao Mastani, Gully Boy & many other films are changing the face of the Bollywood cinema one at a time.

Bollywood has a long journey ahead, and inspite of entertainment films, it has given some best cinema to the whole world. However, audience would really love to have its own superhero team or maybe just a good superhero.

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Good Newwz trailer will make you go ROFL!

Good Newwz trailer will make you go ROFL!

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Superstars Akshay Kumar & Kareena Kapoor are coming back together on the silver screen with Diljeet Dosanjh & Kiara Advani to deliver some good news.

Good Newwz trailer launched today and it is literally making people laugh like anything. The film is based on a totally new concept which is a plus point for the film & the actors.

Akshay & Kareena, Diljeet & Kiara are playing the role of 2 couples who are trying to get pregnant through IVF. The real confusion begins when the procedure is completed and the hospital mixes up their sperms as they both have the same last names, Batra. Kareena gets pregnant with Diljeet’s baby while Kiara with Akshay’s.

Good Newwz trailer will make you go ROFL!

The film’s trailer did not bore me even for a split second, a high society couple has to deal with a punjabi couple who are real chill and full of humour and PJs. Diljeet calls sperm as spam in the film. It’s quite hilarious.

We have seen sperm donor concept in Vicky Donor but Good Newwz is a step ahead and with a witty & funny cast like this, it surely looks promising.

Good Newwz is directed by Raj Mehta & is produced by Akshay Kumar & Karan Johar. The film is releasing on 27 December. Filmi Files will bring more to you the latest Bollywood news and happenings.

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Akshay Goes Bottoms Up For ‘Bell Bottom’

AKSHAY GOES BOTTOMS UP FOR BELL BOTTOMS

By FF NETWORK

Akshay Kumar dropped a bomb on his social media today, when he shared the first look of ‘Bell Bottom’. “Get ready to go back to the 80s and hop on to a roller coaster spy ride”, he wrote on Instagram

Fans have been reeling with joy over this welcome news of his upcoming fresh number! Kumar has been doing a lot of nationalist and social-issue films lately, and to watch the actor back in his old element of action, charm (and hopefully, some comedy), would be a change of pace that we all look forward to.

The poster of the film is absolutely fabulous, with all the sepia charms of an old world of the 80s. And the big question is, will he bring back bell bottoms in style?

You never know! The erstwhile playboy of Bollywood has had a knack of setting weird fashion trends, like white shirts worn with top four buttons undone!

Moreover, Filmi Files is looking forward to this new release as it will be a thrill to watch Akshay change his script and role after long. And as for the genre of spy in contemporary Bollywood, we believe that Sushant Singh Rajput starrer ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ will be the one to beat for Akki! The movie is scheduled to release on 22nd of January, 2021, and we cannot wait!

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Ujdaa Chaman makers drop plagiarism charges against Bala

Ujdaa Chaman makers drop plagiarism charges against Bala

By FF NETWORK

Abhishek Pathak’s directorial film Ujdaa Chaman starring Sunny Singh released on 1st November, the film isn’t doing that well but has created a lot of controversies.

The story of a man who is going through pre mature baldness is looking out for a wife. He is embarrassed of his baldness & tries to hide it with different ways. Ironically, Ujdaa Chaman isn’t the only film that came out with this issue, Ayushmann Khurrana’s Bala is also dealing with the same issue. Bala is set to release today i.e., 7 November.

Ujdaa Chaman’s makers accused Bala of plagiarism and filed a case. The audience also found a lot of similarities in the movie’s trailers. However, Bala’s director recently told media that the case has been dropped and he assured that there are many differences in both the films keeping the fact that both of them are dealing with the same topic. Filmi Files is the best place to look for online movie reviews.

Ujdaa Chaman earned 8.9 crores in 5 days and is below average at the box office. With the release of Bala, it’ll be interesting to see what the film has to offer and then the audience themselves can decide whether there are similarities or differences in between the 2 films.

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Top B-Town couples redefining societal norms

Top B-Town couples redefining societal norms

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Bollywood celebrities have always broken barriers and society’s rules to find their hearts. From yesteryear actors to present day actors, they have made sure to follow their hearts in search of love. These are some celebs who are defining and changing things without caring about anyone.

1. Arjun Kapoor-Malaika Arora:

Top B-Town couples redefining societal norms

These 2 are the talk of town nowadays. Malaika divorced Arbaaz Khan and is dating Arjun Kapoor. They kept it pretty well hidden from everyone. Arjun also dated Salman’s sister Arpita Khan many years back and is now making headlines with his ex sister in law. The two of them recently came out in the open and look very much in love. They’ve a staggering age difference of 12 years however, if rumours are to be believed, they want to get married soon.

2. Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar:

Top B-Town couples redefining societal norms

This duo have made it official a long time ago. Farhan Akhtar is a divorcee and he’s quite vocal about his relationship with Shibani Dandekar. They both have spent a lot of time vacationing in different countries but there are hardly any talks about marriage of these 2 love birds.

3. Arjun Rampal-Gabriella Demetriades:

Top B-Town couples redefining societal norms

Arjun Rampal is dating this South African model from a very long time. He divorced his wife & started seeing Gabriella. They both are un married and recently welcomed a baby boy. The couple seems to be in love and is happy together.Filmi Files is the best place to look for online movie reviews.

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Bala: Ayushmann Khurrana’s another unconventional film

Bala: Ayushmann Khurrana’s another unconventional film

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Ayushmann Khurrana is known for his versatility in Bollywood. He started off his career with the film “Vicky Donor” in which played the role of a man who donates sperm and that is quite a frowned upon topic for the Indian society.

His last film “Dream Girl” was also talk of the town, he played the role of a man who plays female characters in stage plays and later on becomes man who uses his female voice over calls to his male customers. Ayushmann Khurrana has set the bar pretty high.

This time he is coming with yet another issue of premature baldness in men and he is playing Bala. Bala is a middle aged man, living in Lucknow, who is going through baldness and is ashamed of it which he tries to cover it a wig.

The film also deals with society’s obsession with fair skin as it is shown in the trailer that Bala is trying to sell fair skin products to Bhumi Padnekar who is playing the role of a dusky woman. Fimi Files is the best place to look for online movie reviews.

She gets offended by this and asks Bala to remove his cap. Bala is humiliated. Yami Gautam is playing the role of a model and Ayushmann Khurrana’s love interest.

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