Phillauri Trailer Crosses 2.5 Million Views

c396o0tvyaaij-rThere’s comedy, romance and a hook in Phillauri trailer, the response to which has left the film’s makers content and excited. The trailer was unveiled on Monday morning to a positive response as Bollywood buffs found the idea of actress Anushka Sharma playing a ghost very unique and interesting.

Anushka, who has also produced the movie with her brother Karnesh Sharma under their banner Clean Slate Films, said over phone from Mumbai: “We are very ecstatic. When you put out a film like this, you don’t know how people will receive it because you’re trying to tell a story differently.

“So when such a response comes through… It’s great. We are grateful with the response, and we are very charged up with the rest of the promotions, thanks to this amazing start.”

The trailer begins with Suraj Sharma — yes, the Life of Pi actor — in a very different persona as a NRI Punjabi boy who is made to marry a tree before he marries his fiance as he is ‘maanglik’. The humour comes in when the ghost who lived on the tree starts trailing him.

Anushka’s histrionics as the friendly and entertaining ghost look endearing, and the VFX adds to the look. In a jocular tone, the actress said: “I thought playing human was too mainstream… Insaan se bore ho gayi (Got bored playing a human). But… this ghost is different and fun.”

Gradually, the trailer gives out that the ghost has a back story of unrequited love from a bygone era. And her love interest — a man who sings really well — is played by the multi-talented Diljit Dosanjh, who is happy to be a part of this “different” story.

“This film’s story was very different. I am a singer in real life, but not the kind of singer that I play in the movie. It was wonderful to be in this film. Punjab is looking very beautiful in Phillauri,” Diljit said, when asked about the picturesque hinterlands of Punjab that the trailer gives a dekko at.

From the trailer, one cannot tell much about what leads Anushka’s character to become a ghost. But that was the whole idea, says the film’s director Anshai Lal, who is making his feature film debut.

Here is the trailer of ‘Phillauri’

(IANS)

Trailer For ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ Released

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The trailer for ‘ Badrinath Ki Dulhania’, one of the most awaited movies of this year starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt has now been released. The movie will hit the theatres in March. The ongoing promotions, the posters and the teaser featuring the lead pair have already created enough buzz for the movie ahead of the trailer launch. Written and directed by Shashank Khaitan, the movie has been produced by Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar & Apoorva Mehta. Share your thoughts about the trailer? Tell us below in the comments section.

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.

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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!

 

 

Top Ten Movies Of The Year

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By Deepti D.

So, we are in the final hours of 2016… well, I don’t know about you people, but I feel that this year just went away in a split second, I mean just 12 months back we were welcoming 2016 and now in few hours we would be bidding it farewell. We would be welcoming 2017 with new hopes, new aspirations, new resolutions … that would be broken in the first week itself,new joys and new deadlines… phew! The list is endless.

It’s also the time when we would be bombarded with film awards and red carpet appearances of our stars, be it Stardust, Filmfare, IIFA where everyone is expecting an award or so. Slowly, all this would finish and what would be left would be our Friday releases, some of those which we would wait with bated breath and some, that we won’t even bother. But right now,it’s too early to talk about the releases of 2017, instead why don’t we go down memory lane and see the TOP 10 movies which made their mark in 2016 and are in queue for bagging all the awards. So, let the final journey for this year begin…….

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  • AIRLIFT

2016 started with the Akshay Kumar starrer Airlift releasing in January. Based on a true story, where a Kuwait based Indian businessman becomes a saviour for the 1,70,000 stranded Indians during the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. Brilliantly acting by Kumar and Nimrat in lead roles, the highlight of the movie was its strong storyline which evoked patriotic feelings and the popular chartbuster’ Soch na Sake’ by Arijit Singh. The year had on a bang!

  • NEERJA

This February release also was a turning point in Sonam Kapoor’s career. The story revolved around the brave Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life and protected 359 passengers on the ill-fatedhijacked Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. Portraying Neerja in the movie, Sonam got thumbs up from both the critics and the public and they agreed that she could act! Also, one should give applause to Shabana Azmi who showed that what a fine actress she is while playing the character of strong yet sensitive mother to Neerja.

  • KAPOOR AND SONS

March saw the release of Kapoor and Sons, a film which showed our modern Indian dysfunctional family and its effect on everyone. The two highlights of the movie were Rishi Kapoor who played a 90-year-old grandpa with a pervert mind and the hot-imported-from-Pak actor Fawad Khan who broke a million hearts by playing Gay! Why Fawad Why?? The story line was fun but made us think … is the family system in modern India really collapsing?

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  • KI & KA

April Fool’s day was celebrated with the release a unique movie called Ki &Ka which showed the journey of a young married couple played by the older wife Kareena Kapoor Khan and the young husband by Arjun Kapoor who contradict the gender roles placed on men and women in the Indian society. Kareena played the successful business woman and Arjun the house husband. Progressive in nature, the film was successful owing to its unconvential story line and the lead pair.

  • SULTAN

Eid is incomplete if we don’t have a ‘Khan’ release and this time it was Salman Khan’s turn to take the box office by storm in this July release Sultan. Not playing his usual ‘dabang and bodyguard’ self, here Salman played a polite yet successful wrestler from Haryana whose career plays a rift with his personal life and how he makes a successful comeback. Giving him company was Anushka who also played a wrestler with the typical Haryanvi accent and some hit songs like ‘Baby ko Bass Pasand Hain’ and the melodious ‘Jag Ghomeya’ . This movie was the super-duper blockbuster of 2016 and it deserved that status.

  • RUSTOM

6 months into the year, August saw the release of another Akshay Kumar movie Rustom. Based on the very famous Nanavati case, Akshay essays the role of the decorated naval officer who is accused of murdering his wife’s lover. Akshay played the character to perfection and the film was successful thanks to the story line, the case which had intrigued people for a long time plus the fabulous acting by the lead pairs.

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  • PINK

No year is complete without a release of the superstar himself… yes, we are talking about BIG B.  Pink, a movie based on a social message had Mr Bachchan playing a retired lawyer who comes up in defence of three young women implicated in a crime. The basic crux of the story loudly stated that when a woman says NO it means a NO, whether she is a married or not, a young girl or a prostitute. It underlined the basic freedom of women to her own sexuality. The bold subject and an immensely brilliant performance by the actors made this film a sure shot hit.

  • AE DIL HAIN MUSHKIL

This October Diwali release made headlines even before it was released thanks to the tension with our neighbouring country and since it starred dear Fawad Khan. The ultimate result being that the story which explored love in various shapes became a hit, thanks to the undue publicity and the intimate scenes between Ash and Ranbir. Although on the other hand Anushka’s acting was well appreciated, but finally all’s well that ends well.

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  • DEAR ZINDAGI

When the posters of this movie came out, people were surprised to see the unconventional pair of SRK -Aalia. Soon the mystery was cleared when the movie released in November which showed Aalia as a budding cinematographer who finds comfort in life’s imperfections when she meets Jug, a psychologist played by SRK who changes her way of thinking. A simple movie, it touched the heart of millions and people came forward in open about their flaws and fears.

  • DANGAL

A perfect finish to 2016, Aamir Khan starrer Dangalis surely becoming the year’s biggest hit.

The movie based on the real life former wrestler Mahavir Phogat who trains his young daughters Geeta and Babita to follow his dreaming of winning a medal and becoming world class champions in wrestling. Aamir nails the character to perfection and the young girls have also shown their brilliant acting skills. The message of the film is very clear that Girls are no less than boys, it’s just hard work which pays off. While I am writing this, Dangal is going houseful in all shows.

2016 was indeed a year of many unconventional movies, breaking the old age stereotype formula of films and 2017 looks even more brighter for the industry. With films like Kaabil, Raees, Jolly LLB to name a few, the variety of subjects is growing day by day. Hoping for a good 2017, here’s wishing everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

Movie Review: ‘Befikre’

By Neha Ravindran 

Movie: Befikre

Director: Aditya Chopra

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor

Genre: Rom-Com

Aditya Chopra returns after a long hiatus with a new movie Befikre. Starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, the trailers showed the couple frolicking around every corner of Paris. The story is old and the theme is repetitive, yet it’s not boring. Despite Ranveer’s same old craziness and Vaani’s botched up lip-chin job, Befikre will keep you engaged.

Dharam (Ranveer Singh) is in Paris to try his luck at standup comedy. Shyra (Vaani Kapoor) is French, born to Indian parents and works as tour guide in the city of love. A one night stand turns into a live in relationship but quickly the chinks in the link start showing. They beak and get back together realise that they were never friends, their relationship was based on lust than love. Will their new relationship as friends lead them to discover their love for each other?

Yes, it’s a story heard and done with a zillion times. No, they do not have anything, (absolutely nothing) new in offer. And yet, I liked the move. As critical Iam about the rundown, boring rom-coms, Befikre has a storyline. That’s, wat kept e engaged from one frame to another. Story by Aditya Chpra and Sharat Kataria has a well-built storyline with no breaks in between. The movie will make sense as it progresses and not once will you crinkle up your forehead in confusion. The music by Vishal- Shekar is fantastic to say the least. The songs are mostly dance numbers and have already found spot in every weddings dane floor. There is one particular dance sequence on the background score of the song, ‘Nashe si Chad gayi’. An amazing salsa sequence will leave you spell bound and wanting to see more.  

Ranveer Singh has mastered his goofy look and honestly seems to be doing the same in almost every movie and in real life, its’ like he never stops acting. Except for Lootera, I do not remember any movie where his role demanded more acting than goofiness. Its high time Ranveer explored his potential as an actor through roles that are challenging and way distant from his own persona. Vaani Kapoor is a natural actor, she easily fits into the character of Shyra, a woman who is uninhibited and confident of her life decisions. Vaani sans her botched up lip job looks fantastic on screen.

Go watch Befikre for its sound story, songs and the to-die-for dance sequence. It is certainly a worth entertainer.

My verdict: ***

Movie Review: ‘Dear Zindagi’

By Neha Ravindran

Movie- Dear Zindagi

Director- Gauri Shinde

Cast- Aalia Bhatt, Shahrukh Khan, Ira Dubey, Yashaswini Dayama

Genre- Drama
Gauri Shinde picks out her themes right from the middle of our everyday lives; simple but profoundly meaningful. Her movies may not cater to a wide audience but to those who care to explore the layers to the movie, it will leave you with a warm feeling inside. Dear Zindagi is a beautiful movie with just the right cast, right scenery, right songs and an extraordinary storyline.

Kyra (Aalia Bhatt), a successful ad film director, has a tough love life. She falls in love, might even find the right guy but when it comes to committing, she will take the first exit on her way out. An unexpected trip back home to Goa introduces her to Dr. Jehangir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) and she sets off on a journey to address, redress her fears and rediscover herself.
Dear Zindagi has several parallel themes running into each other. This is not just Kyra’s story, it is the story about being parents and being children, of being in love and falling out of it, of being the therapist and being on the couch. The most poignant story here is the relationship between the therapist and the client. Shahrukh and Aalia share a adorable on screen chemistry. Aalia has a natural ability to adapt to her character and bring out its nuances subtly. She has beautifully portrayed the challenges of growing up. Shahrukh’s role is more reliant on his dialogues. Strong dialogues and its Khan style delivery will have you glued to the screen gooey eyed. Though the rest of the cast flit in and out in bits, their presence and contribution to the movie is noteworthy.
The movie is shot in Goa. Laxman Utekar, the cinematograpger has chosen some very distinct settings for Kyra and Jehangir’s therapy settings. My favourite is the beach side scene which also managed to catch eyes in the trailers. The script by Gauri Shinde is flawless. You may come back home with different messages and scenes but the feeling the movie leaves you with is common- comforted!
Dear Zindagi is a must watch for movie lovers. As the year is nearing an end we have many interesting scripts lined. Let’s begin with this one.
My verdict: ****

Movie Review: ‘Force 2’


By Neha Ravindran 

Movie: Force 2

Director: Abhinay Deo

Cast: John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha, Tahir Bhasin

Genre: Action Thriller
Force 2 is a sequel to Nishikant Kamath’s movie by the same name. It mostly recieved positive reviews for John Abaham’s potrayal of the character of ACP Yadhwardhan. Force 2 again has ACP Yashwardham fkexing his muscles and shoving villians through the walls.
RAW agents in China are getting killed off. Someone is leaking their identity to the the Chinese government. ACP Yash (John Abraham) recieves a package from a dead RAW agent with a coded note revealing the identity of the spy. Paired with Agent KK (Sonakshi Sinha) he has to squeeze out the mole in the system.
So let me begin with a question. How on earth does a man survive with 4 cars filled with trained gunmen aiming endless rounds of bullets at him? Either the gunmen have a pathetic aim (in that case I pity the one paying them) or the man has a cat life. Because nothing else explains an action sequence in which ACP Yash, Agent KK and villian Shiv Verma, survive 6 teams of gunmen continously firing away at them. Phew! I know movies need not follow logic but next time Id prefer a forewarning to kill my brains at home before coming.
Abraham is interesting as the forlorn and brooding policeman whose muscles threaten to rip through his shirt (hulk would have befriended him). Sonakshi is more of a suave RAW agent who was the ornmental piece accompanying Abraham. Her role is way too sketchy and boring. The real treat is Taahir Bhasin as the villian. He has nailed the character with his sharp eyes and crooked smile. Though to tell you the truth towards the end of the movie it hardly makes sense why he was killing the RAW agents.
The cinematography by Imre Juhasz and Mohana Krishna is breathtaking. The movie is shor in Budapest and the sceneic beauty is to die for. Now I know where Iam packing off to for my holidays. Music by Ram Sampath is as expected by him- soulful. Only, none of the songs, except for an item number, have a long running time and are mostly playing as a background score.
Force 2 has a shaky storyline and the action sequences are tiring after a point. It is an average movie and worth one watch. So decide for yourself folks.
 My Verdict: **

Movie Review: ‘Rock On 2’

By Neha Ravindran 

Movie: Rock On 2

Director: Farhan Akhtar

Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Shraddha Kapoor

Genre: Drama

In 2009 when Rock On released, it became a sensation overnight. ‘A music band made up of four friends who had it in them to become musical sensation overnight’. The lyrics were off beat, the music was peppy, the actors were drool-some; in short it was the recipe for a blockbuster. 7 years later we have Rock On 2, picking up the threads from right where it had left off.
Aditya (Farhan Akhtar) had created a life for himself in a small village in Shillong. Running away from a nightmare, he made a living by running a farmhouse cooperative in the village. KD (Purab Kohli) was now a struggling creative music director and Joe (Arjun Rampal) was a successful reality show judge as well as the owner of the most sought after club in Bombay. But their destinies threatened to intertwine with their past as Jia ( Shraddha Kapoor) enters their life.
Rock on 2 is a take on the lives of the four characters 10 years down the line. It has a more matured and grounded setting. If Rock On was about growing up, part 2 is about being grown up. The characters retain their old character traces except for Farhan Akhtar’s character. Farhan Akhtar has skillfully brought out the different phases Aditya’s character undergoes as a matter of circumstances. The story line is quite straightforward and echoes of a nightmare that haunts all the main characters. Shraddha Kapoor plays the role of a talented musician who struggles to break free from the binds of an overimposing famous father figure. The story picks up pace in the second half and offers some magnificient views of Meghalaya clearly sponsored by the state tourism board.
As expected the lyrics of the songs steal the show. The music is not as peppy as in Rock On 1 but combines the magic of various regional musical styles and instruments. Cinematography in Rock on 2 is an eye treat for the audience.
Rock on 2 is certainly a slower version of its predecessor but has nevertheless a good storyline and lovely music. It certainly has a headup from my end.
My verdict: ***

Movie Review: ’31st October’ 

By Neha Ravindran 

Movie: 31st October

Director: Shivaji Lotan Patil

Cast: Vir Das, Soha Ai Khan

Genre: Historic representation

1984 is a black year for the Sikh community. As every carnage pleads an excuse of a fatal circumstance, 1984 pogrom was the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination. I cringe when I say aftermath as no act of violence on innocents can find shelter as an aftermath. Movie 31st October is a recreation of the night when the riots began and brought the entire city to a standstill.

Devinder Singh (Vir Das) is an official with DESU. He lives in West Delhi’s Tilank Nagar with his 2 school going sons, a year old daughter and wife Tajinder Singh (Soha Ali khan). A regular week-day turns into a nightmare as the news of Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh body guards grips the city. Blood thirsty hounds sniff through the streets on a ok out of for Sikh families. The orders are clear- revenge for Indira Gandhi’s death. With no one to help him, will Devinder safe his family from the madness running wild in the city or will be remain behind as a victim of revenge for an incident he did not have a role to play in?

1984 Sikh riots is replay of the partition riots that spewed blood on the face of India and the reality it took 32 years and several censorships for a movie to be made on this incident is a painful reminder of how eager we are to blink through the night of 31st October 1984 while Indira Gandhi’s blood stained saree stands vindicated on the glass display of Indira Gandhi memorial museum – a symbol of political tyranny while the common man bows under the weight of the celebrated democracy.

So despite my happiness that movie on the riots saw light in the Indian cinema, as a critic Iam terribly disappointed at its quality and texture. It runs dry from the very first scene itself which fails to create a Delhi in the 1980’s. The moment lower middle class woman, Tejinder, keeps down the receiver with an ‘Okay’, you realise that the script is beginning to rip apart at all the wrong places. Vir Das smiles sheepishly every 5 minutes into the beginning of the movie and looks lost in the setting. Soha Ali Khan barely has a role to play with other than stay weepy eyes all through the movie. The script though succeeds to recreate the chaos of the night of the riot, the dialogues, storyline and the direction barely keep you connected with the film. The depth a carnage can only be lived through its multiple telling, and as the story moves through the Tejinder’s story, rest of storylines are shaky and too brief to leave an impact.

I applaud the movie for its historical relevance but as a work of fiction, it fails to create an impact.

My verdict: **

To Ban Or Not Ban…

By Deepti D.

So people its October… I mean I know you would ask what’s so great in October, it comes every year and this time the weather is also hot and humid. So what is happening this October… well for first it’s the starting of the much awaited festive season. And when the festive season comes it’s all about new clothes, yummy food, celebrations and …. Guess … guess… the most awaited releases of the year! Big banners in the industry wait for this time of the year when they can release their movies and earn their place in the 300 or 500 crore club.

But unfortunately this year things are a little different, not because they are not movies that are slated to release… in fact this year we had Karan Johar’s Ae dil hain Mushkil and SRK’s Raees but… but their release looks either postponed or stalled indefinitely. And no its not because of some strike or some ego issues between the banners, it’s because of the recent tension that has brewed up between our ‘friendly’ neighbour and unfortunately both these movies have Pakistani actors: Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan respectively.

With the recent attacks on the army camp at Uri by Pakistan followed by the Surgical operation on Terrorist camps by India, the tension between the two countries have reached its pinnacle. Everyone on both sides of the border are scared of the impending ‘war’ but the people who have been affected indirectly are the Pakistani artists who work her, be it singers or actors. After the Uri attack, the MNC had asked all the Pakistani artists to stop working on any projects in India and leave the country immediately and also demanded the ban of these artists working in the Indian Movie industry. So it was said that after the threat the latest heart throb Fawad Khan had left India only to issue a statement later that he was in Pakistan since July for the birth of his 2nd baby. It is also rumoured that the scenes of Mahira Khan in Raees are being reshot for a smooth release but nothing has been confirmed as yet. Subsequently, Indian Motion Pictures’ Artists Association (IMPAA) came out with a resolution to ban all Pakistani artists and technicians till the relations between the two countries normalises.


But in the wake of all this, the industry is now divided into 2 parts, some supporting the ban and some showing displeasure against it. Veteran actors like Anupam Kher and Hema Malini have said that the ban is absolutely correct as before everything India comes first and one should think of the soliders who have laid their lives protecting us. In this hour of tension, it’s our country which should be kept on the priority list rather than art and artists. Even actress like Sonali Bendre has backed the decision of banning Pakistani artists working in India saying that it’s the need of the hour and if every business relation ties are being cut why should they leave the artists. Subsequently because of these statements, the concerts of Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam scheduled in Bengaluru and Gurgaon respectively were cancelled.

And then we have people like Karan Johar, Salman Khan and Anurag Kashyap who have expressed their displeasure over the ban call. It is very clear as to why Mr Johar was against the ban as his film starring Fawad is almost ready for release and he knows the brand value of the actor among the females. So he retaliated saying that he understands the tension but at the same time art and culture is above all this… but I want in general want to ask him that do these actors contribute in the Indian economy or pay taxes or are they willing to part half of their salary to the Indian solider who lost his life and left behind a crying family?

Well and to further support the point made by Karan, enter controversy’s favourite child… who else but our own Sallu Bhai. Salman also said that he was against the ban, as the army killed terrorists and artists are not terrorists, they are above all this and they should not be targeted, but err… Mr Khan, artists or actors doesn’t matter, they come from across the border and anything which is Pakistani is banned, so what if they are artists and actors.

Well on the other side, since these Pakistani actors stay half of their time in Mumbai, so when they were requested to condemn the Uri attack as an act of terrorism, Atleast on humanitarian grounds and as a good will gesture, they stoically refused and left the country. Now isn’t this show the patriotism towards their Pakistan. They were not being told to declare Pakistan as a terrorist state, but they could have Atleast condemned the attack for those 19 soliders who lost their lives as a mark of respect.

Moreover, all those people who feel that the ban is unfair should realize that Pakistan had banned screening of Hindi movies in their country after the 1965 war till 2008 and also denied Anupam Kher visa and director Kabir Khan was heckled at the Karachi Airport. Were they not artists, so why should we show kindness towards them in this time of turbulence. Agreed the Pakistani artists have a lot of talent, well, they have the whole world to showcase, leave India alone for a while please.

And before I become too patriotic with this article, I have found a new found respect for Akshay Kumar who slammed the people who wanted a proof on the surgical strike or arguing about the ban on Paki artists, he said it absolutely right…that the solider who has died, his family is not concerned about any film or artists release or ban, they are worried about their future and that exactly we should be doing so.

We sleep in the night peacefully in an AC room thanks to our soliders who are guarding our country in the adverse climates of Siachen. Atleast as a mark of respect to those soliders who have died and who are fighting every day to protect us, we can just say that although we are not their physically, but you are always there in our prayers.