India Needs More Under Water Films: Rana Daggubati

maxresdefaultMumbai:(PTI) Rana Daggubati hopes that “The Ghazi Attack”, said to be the first ever Indian film to be based on underwater war, will pave way to more such movies in the future.

According to Rana, “The Ghazi Attack”, which is India’s first underwater war-at-sea film, will push other filmmakers to explore this genre.

“When ‘Baahubali’ happened, there was never a war film made in decades. Then we had two films that came, in one film ‘Rudramadevi’ I did a cameo, and other was ‘Gautamiputra Satakarni’. It’s important that somebody breaks that ice and it’s important to break it correctly,” Rana told PTI.

The actor worked very hard to put everything aesthetically correct in “The Ghazi Attack”.

“With this film we knew it’s the first underwater war film we were making. We had to make it aesthetically correct as we did not had a reference point,” he said.

Not many are aware about the underwater tale of courage and patriotism of the men aboard Indian Submarine S-21 who destroyed the Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi when it ventured into Indian waters to destroy the INS Vikrant.

“We consulted so many Navy people before we started shooting. It’s the film that glorifies the Navy, giving them the due credit. It’s a big incident that has happened in 1971 before the war,” the Telugu star said.

“It’s the first Naval submarine-based film in this country, the West has made so many films like that. We have the fourth largest Navy in the world and we don’t have a film on the Navy which is quite surprising. We were happy to make one,” he said.

Another challenge for the “Dum Maro Dum” actor was to get the VFX and CG (computer graphics) correct in the film so that the underwater action sequences look real.

“As nobody had done submarine water texturing before in India, it took time for us to work on it. Finally we have got a decent product (referring to film). Many people who have seen the film are happy and they did not expect this kind of visual effects,” he said.

The film is up for release on February 17 and the makers launched the trailer on January 11. The “Baahubali” actor took time to release the first look of “The Gazi Attack” as he wanted everything to be in place.

“We were sure we did not want the look of the film to come out till the time we were confident and ready. We finished the film in mid-March (last year), by the time I saw the copy it was January. So it took a long time to get everything correctly,” he said.

Also featuring Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni in the lead, the film has been made simultaneously in Hindi and Telugu and will be dubbed in Tamil.

 

Movies To Make Big At The Box Office in 2017

By Deepti D.

Well, ‘Ok Jaanu’ with the so called ‘great’ version of Humma song has already been released and also flopped and so has the unconventional story and the title ‘Haramkhor’. So yes 2017 started on a bad note. But there are several movies lined up for this year which could make big at the box office. With ‘Raees’ and ‘Kaabil’ already out in theatres, a keen contest is going on between both the movies to rake in more moolah. Let’s see what all we have in store for 2017 and whether this year would fare better than 2016…

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How can we not start 2017 with King Khan’s mega release…? Raees is one of the most awaited films of this year. Donning a typical Muslim look with ‘surma’ eyes , taaviz in the neck  and a stubble, SRK plays the role of a cruel and clever bootlegger who criticizes the prohibition of alcohol, prostitution and illegal drugs in Gujarat of the 1980’s. Also, starring Nawazzudin as the tough cop and the Pakistani beauty Mahira Khan, Raees has a gripping storyline which deserves the audience’s attention.

KAABIL

Sharing the same release date as Raees, Kaabil can be termed as Hrithik Roshan’s ‘comeback’ after the disastrous Mohen-jo-daro. Both the lead actors, Hrithik and Yami play visually impaired people and share amazing chemistry. The film is centred around Hrithik’s character who vows to avenge his wife’s rape and murder. Apart from the enthralling storyline, it’s the clash with Raees that is intriguing the audience and who would reign the box office.. so 26th January is the acid test D-Day !

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JOLLY LLB 2

A sequel to the previous movie with the same name, this is the first Akshay Kumar starrer of 2017. This courtroom comedy drama movie releasing in February stars Akshay Kumar as a clumsy lawyer who is representing the most crucial and critical case of his career. The earlier movie has Arshad Warsi who did a fabulous job, let’s see how the master of various emotions Mr Kumar pulls this off.

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RANGOON

Kareena Kapoor is the common factor in Rangoon, no she is not starring in the movie, but the film stars her ex Shahid Kapoor and current hubby Saif Ali in the main roles. The movie slated for a February release is gripping love triangle against the backdrop of the 2nd World war. The girl in question is Kangana Ranaut who is looking as vintage as possible. Let’s see how the trio would fair at the box office… they all need a hit desperately.

BADRINATH KI DULHANIA

The cute pair of Alia Bhat and Varun Dhawan pair in the March release is back. They star in thisromantic comedy which is the next instalment of their previous movie ‘Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania’ which was an instant hit because of its music and storyline. Let’s see what Mr Badrinath has to show us with regard to his dulhania this time

BEGUM JAAN

Vidya Balan is back after a hiatus in this historical drama film, an adaptation of a 2015 Bengali film where the story involves 11 prostitutes who refuse to let of their brothel and each other during the India Pakistan Partition era. With a unique story line, this movie should be a must watch for all people who want re live that era.

SARKAR 3

Amitabh Bachchan is back and how! His first release of 2017 is a sequel to the Sarkar series, an Indian political action crime thriller directed by Ram Gopal Varma and slated for a March release. Bosting of a pool of stars like Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpayee and Yami Gautam, this is a much awaited movie. Hope it lives up to its predecessors at the box office too.

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JAGGA JASOOS

Come April and we would see the release of the ex-couple Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s Jagga Jasoos. This movie which is a musical adventure romantic comedy is about 2 teenage detectives in search of the male lead’s missing father. Although the shooting for the movie started way back in 2013, still after many delays, this movie is seeing the light of the day… hopefully it should light up the box office too.

BAAHUBALI 2

After the super success of Baahubali 1 comes its much-required sequel and is stated to release in April 2017. With its breath-taking visuals and stunts, this movie has to be seen for that one question boggling every audience’s mind ever since the 1st part released… why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?

HALF GIRLFRIEND

Once again Chetan Bhagat’s novel is being made into a movie and this romantic comedy has Arjun Kapoor playing a Bihari boy and Shraddha Kapoor as the modern city girl in the leads. Let’s wait and watch whether this May release would be as successful as the original novel. Only time shall tell.

RAABTA

Coming up this June is alleged love birds Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon’s romantic movie Raabta. Starring a series of other actors, Raabta is a story on human complex relationships and love triangles. Hopefully the off-screen chemistry of the lead pair would be the highlight on screen too.

TUBE LIGHT

The blockbuster duo of Salman Khan and Kabir Khan are back after the super success of ‘Bajrangi Bhaisaab’ in 2015. Now after 2 years they are again ready to create magic on box office with ‘Tubelight’, a historical war drama set during the Indo- Sino War of 1962. The audience is already excited to watch the movie as Sallu Bhai would be romancing the Chinese actor Zhu Zhu for the first time in a Bollywood movie. Are we seeing another super duper hit?

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PADMAVATI

And Sanjay Leela Bhansali is back with another historical drama Padmavati. Starring his favourites again, the love birds Ranveer Singh playing a negative role as Alauddin Khilji and Deepika as Queen Padmavati along with Shahid Kapur as Raja Rawal Ratan Singh, this magnum opus love triangle is slated for a Nov 2017 release.

The year 2017 is certainly going to be an interesting year with some fantastic movies with some awesome performances lined up. Let’s all gear up to see which movie and actors fight for the awards at the end. Till then Happy watching!

 

 

Hrithik Banking Heavily On Mohenjodaro

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By Deepti D.

It’s a known thing that one of the best looking men on planet Earth have been the Greek Gods. They oozed hotness with their tall stature, broad shoulders, chiseled features and deep eyes. Well nowadays its difficult to find such men in daily life.. and if there are any .. they are either taken or well… leave it. So we poor souls look towards Hollywood or Bollywood to soak our eyes… Now Hollywood is too far far away, so the next option is Bollywood and Voila… did we find our desi Greek God… Yes we did …none other than our very own 6ft tall, chiseled featured, green eyes… HRITHIK ROSHAN !!

Hrithik has a very powerful lineage..he was born to family of cinema personalities. His father, actor and director Rakesh Roshan, is the son of music director Roshan. His uncle Rajesh Roshan is a famous music director. So it was but obvious that acting and singing is in his blood.

Having overcome a stammering problem in his childhood, he went on to work as child artist in many films, before debuting in the blockbuster “Kaho na Pyaar hain”(2000) which changed his life forever. With girls falling for him everywhere, he saw stardom in such a short time and it made us think that hope he is not a one movie wonder like Kumar Gaurav. But he proved himself and did good serious cinema like “Fiza” and “Mission Kashmir” where his acting was praised apart from his looks.

His next lot of movies were hits and some were flops.. and then came his dad’s “Koi Mil Gaya”.. a sci fi film and the chemistry between Hrithik and “Jadoo” was something new to everyone. With this started the series of his “K” films directed by Papa Roshan. “Krrish” and “Krrish 2 “ gave us our own Indian superhero and he got a different set of fans… The Kids…!! But thinking of it .. by working within his home productions only, was he making himself exclusive to other makers?

“Jodha Akbar” made us go back in time and we felt that Akbar would have looked like this only, but then he did a ‘bromance’ movie “Zindagi na Milegi Dobara” and made us come to reality that he is the man of this era !! His last release was in 2014 and now after 2 years we are eagerly awaiting his period drama love story “Mohen jo daro” …where we are awaiting to watch the much tanned Hrithik.

But life has not been so easy for Hrithik since his childhood. His struggle to overcome stammering at a young age was a turning point. Later his marriage to childhood sweetheart Suzanne and then getting divorced after 14 years of marriage has made Hrithik a strong person. His brain injury and subsequent surgery has made him realize the importance of life. In all these difficult times, he has maintained a positive outlook towards life.

Right now Roshan Jr is embroiled in a legal battle with Kangana Ranaut which can aptly be called the “Battle of the exes”. The two, who were apparently dating in the past, slapped a legal notice against each other for tarnishing their respective images in the public. And we know that he would come out of this difficult situation too with optimism. In the meantime he is spending quality time with his sons and pampering them with father’s love.

But all this has actually taken a toll on his career. In an industry where if an actress is not seen for like a year, the next movie she does is called her “comeback” , Well Hrithik has not been on the silver screen for like 2 years.. his last screen presence was in 2014. And with young actors propping away every now and then and giving brilliant performances can we say that “Mohen Jo Daro” is his comeback movie??. His fight is not only to give a push to his career but also give competition to the young stars and also make his critics silent who say that Hrithik is a thing of the past….So would this movie give that high to his already sagging career or will our desi Greek God would be buried away in our memories forever. One thing is for sure we cannot lose such an incredible actor for sure…and we hope that this movie breaks all records and brings back Hrithik to the top again…. Only time can tell !!

KSG -BB ‘Monkeymooning’ Making Waves In Tinsel Town


By Deepti Duggal 

“The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship”- Jackie Kennedy…. This is not me saying but the wife of a famous American President, although it was not applicable in her life but is definitely apt for our newlywed couple in tinsel town… KARAN SINGH GROVER AND BIPASHA BASU!!

The whole month of April was all about making their relationship public, to the masses being subjected to their minutest wedding planning… but before going into celebrating their Big Fat Wedding here let’s take a tour down memory lane with both Karan and Bipasha ji..
Both have had their respective pasts with regard to relationships, Bipasha being the bold bong girl was always open about her boyfriends, be it with Dino Morea who ultimately became her so called ‘ best friend’ and an agony uncle to all her problems.

The next in line was the dashing and oh so handsome John Abraham and I bet she made a lot of girls jealous when she started a live-in with him, but this solid rock relationship also crumbled down after 11 years and John went to marry some Ms Priya and Bipasha started to date a “Hrithik lookalike” by the name of Mr Harman Baweja.

The Harman-Bipasha love story was a blink and miss story, by the time the people actually started looking at them as a couple, they broke away and Bipasha was left all “Alone” again!!

Karan Singh Grover aka KSG was also in his space of relationships. It started with his gup-chup marriage with a TV actress Sharaddha Nigam which fortunately or unfortunately broke in 11 months flat… oh God .. why such cruelty.. You could have let them celebrate their 1st Anniversary atleast !!


Next came his Co-star, the very dainty and pretty Jennifer Winget, their love story began on sets and culminated in marriage to end in a divorce….reason being that Ms Winget was quite tired of KSG’s roving eye .. and like Bipasha , Mr KSG found himself “Alone” too !!

AND THEN CAME THE MOVIE…. And you guessed it right… by the name of ALONE where our two lonely souls met and cupid struck as both were looking for something called “LOVE” in their lives. After months of denial in spite of the various cozy Instagram pics and Twitter statuses, they finally succumbed and declared it loud and clear that “ Haan humne bhi pyar hai”.

Thus began the preparations of the Punjabi-Bong wedding where the whole of India participated as if it was their “Ghar ki Shaadi”..from Mehendi to Cocktails to Marriage and ofcourse the Reception where the entire Bollywood descended… both looked blissfully happy and utterly cute.

Poor KSG was trolled a lot saying that his track record was like that of Olympics…who gets married after every 4 years… and also that he is the most secular guy in our country.. 1st Marriage to a Sikhni, 2nd to a Christian and 3rd to a Hindu.. now waiting for the 4th to a Muslim !!!!

All said and done, right now they are the most romantic couple that bollywood has seen for a while and yes their honeymoon pics from Maldives on Instagram are making everyone go envy with green…but I have one question in my mind and its really making me think….


Is this marriage for love or companionship or two heartbroken people coming together… only time would tell.. but till then we wish this couple a very very happy wedded life and many years of togetherness…….

Bollywood’s Top Ten Strongest Women Characters

nargis16-mother-indiaMumbai: (IANS) Be it Meena Kumari in `Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam` or Tabu in `Astitva` – the Hindi film industry has witnessed a range of actresses essaying women-oriented roles powerfully. Here`s a look at the top 10 such portrayals, on the occasion of International Women`s Day Saturday.

* Nargis’ Radha in Mehboob Khan’s “Mother India” (1957): Nargis played Radha, the deserted wife who brings up her two sons on her own and kills one of them when he turns into an outlaw. For the first time in a Hindi film, the female protagonist was portrayed as strong and resilient, conscientious and doughty without losing her femininity.

* Meena Kumari’s Choti Bahu in Guru Dutt’s “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam” (1962): In the feudal household where women were content wearing expensive sarees and jewellery and never mind what their husbands did with other women, this wife dared to raise her voice. If her husband liked to drink, no problem. Choti Bahu hit the bottle to have him stay at home. The portrait of a woman as the rebellious seductress opened up new doors in the way the woman was portrayed in our cinema.

* Mala Sinha’s Meena in Yash Chopra’s “Dhool Ka Phool” (1959): The `unwed mother` was an unsung entity until this film came along to shatter every myth about ideal motherhood. Mala Sinha, who was scared of what the film would do to her career, became a counsellor and guide to hundreds of girl students who wanted to know more about pre-marital sex.

* Nutan’s Kalyani in Bimal Roy’s “Bandini” (1963): She can do anything for love. Even kill her beloved’s nagging wife and go to jail. And when a chance to rebuild her life offers itself to Kalyani, she shuns it and runs back to the same man who unintentionally ruined her life. Love has never been blinder and the on-screen heroine never more resolute and passionate.

* Waheeda Rehman’s Rosy in Vijay Anand’s “Guide” (1965): Rosy is so seductive in her whimsicality, such a non-conformist that she dumps her husband for the love of dancing and then dumps her lover when he turns out less than what she had hoped. This film gave the Indian heroine the right to defy stereotypical gender rules.

* Durga Khote’s Parvati in L.V. Prasad’s “Bidaai” (1974): One after the other she sees her sons migrating to the city leaving her alone and defenceless to die in the village. The portrait of the matriarch as an undefeated figure of strength and sustenance was indomitably inspiring. At 65, Durga Khote was cast as the central character.

* Shabana Azmi’s Pooja in Mahesh Bhatt’s “Arth” (1982): Another turning point for the heroine…Mahesh Bhatt’s “Arth” gave us a deserted wife who rebuilds her life piece by piece. Finally at the end she says no to the man who wants to support her. This was the heroine’s first chance to say no to love when it knocked on her door.

* Tabu’s Aditi in Mahesh Manjrekar’s “Astitva”(2000): She dared to tell her husband that she had an affair in his absence and was willing to suffer the consequences. Tabu’s performance as the repressed Maharashtrian housewife who finds her identity after being ostracized by her son and family, was a dazzling display of femininity.

* Smita Patil’s Sonbai in Ketan Mehta’s “Mirch Masala” (1987): The `woman as prey` when under attack had no choice but to pray – until Smita Patil in this film, who refuses to give in to the powerful subedar’s lurid leering advances. The metaphor of the chilli factory as the fortress for female protection showcased Patil’s powerful performance.

Special Article: Campus Life In Karan Johar’s Movies

 (By Mukta Singh) Bollywood’s leading producer-director Karan Johar is known for his highly stylized and larger than life movies. His depiction of college life and campuses has made him the darling of many young Indians with movies like ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ firmly etched in their memories.

Karan Johar manufactured a unique campus life in his first directorial venture ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’. A campus that never existed on this planet! It made us believe that college life was all about celebrating Friendship Days, playing basketball, falling in love, and holding on to the same guy forever in the hopes of marrying him.

He cemented this idea with another unrealistic campus life shown in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’.  With ‘Pooh’ (not Winnie the Pooh) Karan Johar had ‘corrupted’ an entire generation of teenaged girlz with “I am too fake to be real’ virus. Even today you will find obsolete versions of Pooh/Pooja in circulation in this mortal world. Not a hair out of its place, since they have been straightened out to perfection, with French manicured nails to tuck that one careless strand of hair behind their ear, lots of kohl and gloss, these girls were your prototypical bitches in college. 

But when we went to college in the real world this manufactured reality crumbled under its own feathery weight. Who had the time to play basketball other than those who were on the team or got in through sports quota or both? Who had the time to transform from an ugly Betty to Pooh between assignment deadlines and half emptied cups of too hot chai? Who had the time to enjoy in any other way than college fests and hanging out in Kamla Nagar even if you are broke?

This college life fantasy is so strong that even after we face the reality of our mundane and ‘not so happening’ college life we continue to believe that Kajols, Kareena Kapoors, Shah Rukh Khans and Hritik Roshans do exist somewhere and studying happily in their colleges.  But we are not fortunate enough to be in their college!

After making movies like ‘Agneepath’ which was a clear departure from his trademark style, he is back to touch base with his core constituency. His core constituency has always been young Indians who cherished his style cinema since their teen ages. His latest movie titled ‘Student of the Year’ is about a school campus which is supposed to be located somewhere in India. But one good look at the trailer and you come to know that this movie is not even remotely connected to anything Indian!

With ‘Student of the Year’ Karan Johar is going to launch not one but three newcomers in Bollywood. The newcomers Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan belong to families who are big names in the industry. The movie is expected to hit theaters in October this year.

Rakhi Special: Sisters Of Bollywood

Karishma Kapoor and Hritik Roshan play siblings in ‘Fiza’

(By Aastha-Mukta) One of the many relationships which Bollywood depicts in its movies is the bond between a brother and sister. There were times when brother-sister relationship had only one connotation, an overprotective brother playing bodyguard for his sister. Times changed but poor sister did not get much of leverage in our Bollywood movies. There were film makers who insisted on a sister’s role but their sole purpose to keep her in the script was to get her raped from a villain so that the hero could take revenge. Post liberalization everything changed and brother-sister relationship became immaterial in the highly materialized world.

Although we do not have many high points for brother-sister relationships in Bollywood certain movies are known as ‘landmarks’ for showcasing sibling love. In the 70’s film ‘Hare ram hare Krishna’ had Dev Anand who devotes his life in bringing back his sister (played by Zeenat Aman) from the dark world of Drugs. He found his sister wildly gyrating to the tunes of ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ and to bring her back to the family fold he takes an emotional course. Dev saab’s onscreen song ‘Poollon ka taro ka sabka kahana hai’ is even today is patented for occasions like ‘Raksha Bandhan’ or ‘Bhai Dooj’.

The 80s were the ‘dark ages’ when it comes to portrayal of  bro-sis love as the sister character was constantly raped and the revenge drama followed.  It was only in the 21st century the film makers could found new perspective. Karishma Kapoor played a memorable sister role in ‘Fiza’. She was a strong headed and brave character, ready to sacrifice anything and determined in bringing back his brother from the quagmire of terrorism.

Karishma’s attempt to play sister onscreen was appreciated by the critics because for an A lister to player a sister was a risk which no other actress would take.  She was followed by Juhi Chawla  who played the character of a loving  yet strong women in ‘Nikhil My Brother’ by helping her brother and taking the responsibility  in every possible way who suffers from AIDS .  In another movie ‘Iqbal’ the sister goes a step further as she becomes her brother’s voice in ‘Iqbal’. She helps him in realising his cricketing dreams.

Recently in ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ the sibling relationship looks real. The siblings (played by Jenelia D’souza and Pratiek) are seen having pillow fights, screaming and running around the house all the time. But yes when the time comes they share their emotions and the brother tries to protect her sister by warning about the wrong choice she is about to make in choosing her partner.

Bollywood continues to believe that sister-brother relationship does not offer much room to male character-dominated screen plays.  Nearly four years since ‘Janne Tu’ release the audience has not witnessed bro-sis bonding on screen. With the promises of Zoya Akhtar who is planning to cast the cousins Kareena and Ranbir Kapoor together, we hope to experience the magic of the relationship sometime soon again.