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Bigg Boss 12 Contestants Ranking

September 29, 2018 0 Comments

The weekend ka Vaar is full of confrontations and interesting analysis. This week, Ayushmann Khurana entered the house and asked the contestant to rank themselves on a scale of popularity from 1 to 10. And as expected, they goofed it.

We understand that every contestant is a celeb in the Bigg Boss but still, you cannot undermine their prevailing popularity and public's curiosity towards their life and behavior. 

Being a BB fan, I could not help but share my two pence [or more] on the participants this season.



My Ranking of the contestants-

1) Anup Jalota and Jasleen: They are the only Jodi that entices the eyeball this season and they are playing it so gracefully thus far, managing the curiosity around their pairing.

2) Somi and Saba: The sisters began on the highly irritating note but have been playing the game at least without trying to be sweet or politically correct. I like the fact that they do not act diplomatic but grace the accusation when thrown to it. 


3) Deepika Kakar: She might not be doing anything substantial in the house yet, however, her on-screen popularity still makes her one of the most looked upon contestant. Now it is up to her to make it or break it. But please, avoid that teary avatar and be little more grown-up.

4) Karanvir Bohra: He is a TC+V Celeb and the show is aired on the TV and hence, there is a high chance that he is being followed many of the TV goers and up on the popularity chart. My take- he can turn back anytime. 


5) Deepak and Urvashi: They started on the good note but the OTT chutzpah now begins to look OTT. 

6) Neha Pendse: Over the years of her "Aishwarya Rai" influenced styling and performance, I missed seeing her original avatar of "oorja" that I saw in a tv series years back. She is calm, composed and playing gracefully while being tactical. Oh, you said Tactical is Safe in her case?


7) Shristi Rode: I loved on her initial few shows but her game needs more reality check than her celeb status. 


8) Romil and Nirmal: Another very interesting Jodi- a lawyer and a policeman. They are playing the game well and have the potential to take it to the next level. It was shocking to see them landing in the jail in spite if performing well in the task. Tsch the herd mentality!


9) Sreesanth: The biggest crybaby of the house lacks sportsmanship absolutely. Guess he should stop trying to be the quasi Salman Khan of the house and start participating in the game. Another public figure who has come to the house to lose his respect by his sheer performance [or lack of it]. Bad show!


10) Shivansh and Saurabh: People expected them to be this season's Manvir and Mannu Panjabi. It was unfair that they were pitted against them and it is even 


11) Kriti and Cutie: They entered as the least impressive pair and their disappointing tenure as the first co-captain of the house. Roshmi [I have to google her name] is as good as invisible and may have to leave cause of her partner Kriti. Guess they need to exit to bring someone more meritorious. 


My Favorite contestant? Well, stay tuned for more updates or follow me on Twitter @numerounity

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Stree: Not Just A Film Review

September 03, 2018 , 2 Comments



Not Just Your Regular Stree


I seldom review all the movies that I watch. However, there are few movies that have content as the king and actors as aggregators or just vice -versa where the actor is the king and story a mistress that makes me come out of my shell [time availability offcourse] and review them.  No no, I am not talking about Padman, Padman was a good film in spite of having Akshay Kumar.

I am reviewing the recently launched Stree starring some real actors and a movie that has its heart in all the right places.


The Story

Stree is a story set in the Chanderi town of Madhya Pradesh. The town was haunted by a woman's soul who was mistreated and banished by the towners decades ago. The soul- named as Stree would return every year on the 4 days of annual pooja, to abduct menfolk in the dark of the night. She would often track the men roaming outside their unlabeled house, call them by their names and if they turn back and look into her eyes, it will be recorded as a consent to be taken away by her sans the men's clothes. She would leave their clothes behind as a signature gesture. 

There is a story behind her that you will get to know in the film or the trailers. Why she comes only during the pooja and what she does with those men, is something you should ask the writer or the director who has made this film based on a ridiculously true phenomenon. 

The Genre

The movie is largely a horror comedy film that has all its elements at the right places. It has elements of horror, comedy, satire and overall entertainment. The genre that I liked the most is the satire and the dark humor wherein it is unsafe for the men to go out alone in the nights while the women are safe. The hint that the soul enters only the houses that don't ward her off to come another day [like a certain Bond saying "aayi" another day] abducts unassuming men only after looking into their eyes, hypothetically seeking the consent and then taking off their clothes, ironically. A ghost that is more respectful and gender-aware than the real humans. 

After all, what happens when the men of the country feel unsafe? And with that movie very subtly gives you quite some important message without being preachy or embossing a jwaar bhata stardom showing actors or over the top locations "Chanderi ka ladka romancing in Switzerland wearing Manish Malhotra clothes".

Star Cast

Well, that brings me to the local Manish Malhotra of Chanderi, so "film school mein case study wise" Matlab ki well-played by a very talented Rajkumar Rao. Whose not just appearance or dialogue but whole persona and delivery is synchronized with the character and the story. He is the local darzi "bicky" who is the most stylish young boy in the small town yet not crass as Keshav of Toilet- Ek Prem Katha. And not just him, all other actors in this film, whether it is his two friends played by the very talented Abhishek Banerji's Jana and Aparshakti Kurrana's Bittu, oh what a complete shift from his misfired misadventure "happy phir bhag jayegi" that I saw last week. They both are well-etched characters, without mouthing cheap jokes, any loud gesture but thoroughly entertaining. 

The movie wherein the main lead is a well-demonstrating tailor who is shown technically stitching the cloths. And his stitching is better than some actor's Bengali. Gosh, I have nothing against Akshay Kumar but if you tale ambitious subjects, you need to deliver too.

And the team of Amar Kaushik- Dinesh Vijan- Raj Nidimoru and Krishan DK does that skillfully. 

And then there is the acting powerhouse like- legendary Pankaj Tripathi, Atul Shrivastava, and Vijay Raaz. You wonder if its the dialogue that was written for them or is it their awe-inspiring screen presence. Yes, they are quite a joy to watch.

For that matter, Shraddha Kapoor also is an absolute square peg in this square hole. She is a good fit and does a good delivery. She looks mysterious, Ghoulish, plays the puzzle well without giving away what is not suppose to give and suggesting what she is supposed to suggest. 

So overall, the performances are quite endearing and what I like most about this film is the screenplay. I am no technical champ but as a viewer, I like the way the movie steps from horror to comic to satire to the mystery and plays the loop well unlike some of the last horror comedies that I have seen like Golmal part 4 or that another crass franchise of Grand Masti. Golmaal still was better but had less of horror and more of comedy and drama.

Stree stands out and tall in the genre. It has black comedy, spoof and quite a parody- all the ingredients for a horror comedy. 

Music was tappable and has some nice mixes of songs including a very catchy- Aao kabhi haveli par and an item number featuring a very svelte Nora Fatehi.

The climax and Decoding the Ending

The climax was quite predictable. In spite of all the theories going around Shraddha Kapoor's character being the Stree, it was quite obvious that she is not the one but the ending scene got many confused and eagerly waiting for the sequel.

Oh yes, there were some loopholes in this film too but we can either enjoy a movie or write a thesis. I will give my two pence in next post. 

Nevertheless, I think a sequel is a good idea to reveal the identity of the mysterious Shraddha Kapoor's Van Helsing kind of the character who uses bikki to kill the stree or get the Stree ki choti [women and their fascination with hair] and then saves him, only to do vanishing bus act in broad of the day? Couldn't have waited for the next Bus stop to disappear?

And then the fact that whole of Chanderi knew about Vikki's mother's past profession except the son himself was quite strange. And our Bikki was so love struck that he gets ready to be the Stree ka Dulha but still couldn't ask her mysterious girl friend's name nor ever insists her to tell her details or the place the bus is going. Bikki please...

Numerounity Verdict: Like I said, the movie is a good watch and finding loopholes will only empty your viewing your experience. If you have not watched the film-go watch the movie. It is a bona fide horror and horror not necessarily means a hell lot of gory and dancing skeletons all the time.

Numerounity Rating: 4/5 [esp for subtly bringing that social satire and high-level performances]

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