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Magalir Mattum: Tamil Movie Review For Non Tamil Speakers

November 22, 2020 0 Comments

You may not know the language, so try the subtitles. Cause a good story is worth watching in any of the languages. One such film is- Magalir Mattum.

Magalir Mattum means Women's Only!

The storyline is simple- Three Convent friends reunite after a considerable period of time and how. The how is the second interesting part and the first interesting part is how their lives crossed and how they separated. 

The film stars Jyotika who is an independent documentary filmmaker who lives with her to-be mother in law. And how she encourages and unfolds her dreams to reunite with her school friends. The mother in law is played by a feisty Urvashi. 

The film also stars Bhanupriya, Saranya Poonvannam, and R Madhvan [in a special role].

Magalir means women and Mattum means- only. This is a women-oriented film with less hyper-end drama and mostly happy endings. 

What made these friends part ways, how they crossed each other's lives, and how they reunite is a treat to watch.

The film is streaming on Zee5 and you can also find a Hindi dub on YouTube. The stories are somewhat relatable and will touch your heart and funny bones too. Performances are A-notch and the screenplay is smooth.

In the world of extreme violence, religion-based politics, and the objectification of women, Magalir Mattum is a fresh breeze. This is something unique to OTT unlike a very slow-moving Devi [on MXplayer] or so-called women-oriented dramas that has either pornographic content or inspid stories [example Rasbhari].

I really loved Urvashi in this film. Her performance [even in the Hindi dub] is energetic and makes you ask for more. So, if you like a good, light-hearted movie- go and watch it.

Numerounity Rating 4/5 stars for the different storyline

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Dolly Kitty Ke तीखे फीके सितारे - फ़िल्म review

November 06, 2020 0 Comments

Dolly Kitty Ke Chamkate Sitare


The film's title transported me back into the All India Radio station era and reminded me of a nostalgic radio program with Amin Sayani's mellifluous voice. Netflix became my hero when it announced the premiere of this film and I finished all my house chores including cooking to watch it the first day, first show. I saw the trailer once and even though it fell short of my expectation, I blamed it on creative dissonance and still awaited for the film like Indians wait for India Pakistan match.

For some reason, this film looked like an India-Pakistan match but with a lack of sportsman spirit. No matter how progressive I am, sometimes I fail to understand the pseudo-intellectuals point film-makers these days are trying to make. Are these points or mere catch bait conjectures to invite controversy and audience. However, you need to watch the piece collectively to find the overall flavor. IF Dolly-Kitty, a cinematic dish on the celluloid, it left me with mixed taste. 

Thanks to Netflix, I watched it twice to see if my opinion changes- not much actually.

Much Ado About Nothing

This is what I felt when I watched "Lipstick Under My Burkha" for the first time. I failed to understand the extreme opposition the film's release faced. I still remember turning halfway back home after the screening of the film was unceremoniously canceled. So when it was released theatrically, I went to watch it with my mom, coming back with embarrassment and bad taste and wondering- much ado about nothing. So, I watched that movie again, and the second time I liked it better. If you ignore the unnecessary wild sex scenes, filmed on lesser-known actors to create a sensation for the film, the film did worth it's salt esp narrating the stories of 4 different women, you can relate with personally and socially. In burkha or without it.

That element is missing in Dolly-Kitty. The sexual scenes are subtle here [of course the lead actress unlike lesser-known actress to keep the compromise away]. The women's stories are present and some could be relatable but the importance is given more to sensation than substance.

Let me tell you how. Here's what I liked and what I find flawed in the film. If "flaw" is an unsuitable word, let's say, what I find "objectionable to create a mere sensation.

1) Religious overtone? 

Why do the new age film-makers think they need to sensationalize a story to sell it? And Hindu-Muslim angles come so handily for them. They want to show a burning issue in society? fair enough. But what next? The issue becomes a mere prop. 

Similarly, the Muslim-Gurjar angle was one-sided, unnecessary, and amounts to mere rabble-rousing. The scene had no bearing on the film. What could have been a personality and power clash, was conveniently labeled as a religious clash?  The girl did not get a bed in a hostel run by a Hindu woman, so she finds abode in a Christian hostel. Christian hostel had girls doing surrogacy, sleeping around for iPhone, and whatnot. The delivery guy is submissive cause he is a Muslim and the Muslim girl is sleeping around for an iPhone in name of a future. Really? Why the characters were not characters but religions?

2) Vagina Statue, Blood-stained sex, and (f)art of cheap titillation

The women-centric story looked like was made to mock feminism, in its own pseudo-feminist way. Aesthetic may be damned. I remember once how a teenager posted her blood-stained, menstruating post all over Instagram to show some hidden face of women empowerment. It is like a grown-up person peeing in the bed and posting the yellow-colored pee. It is right for a human to pee, why ashamed? So, what it is gross, the sensation is all we need, a cause sensation is a new form of empowerment. Aesthetic jaaye tel lene! 

When did a large vagina installation in the city become aesthetic? The city is known for its rape and harassment culture. Well, that is how pseudo feminism will prevent rape. Cause boob is an old idea, bring the gross period blood, bring vagina and humiliate women who watch your film. 

3) Sanskriti Bachao VS Partying with unknown men, LMAO

There is 2 minutes, a propaganda catalyst character who is a self-nominated "Culture protector". Fair enough. he does things to pace the storyline actually. After you are tired of Kitty and Rakesh's lackadaisical romance, this man jumps in, conducts a raid, and gets the lovers attending a Valentine days' rock show at a seeming government property, arrested. Why police arrested them remains a question but when the scene unfolds, you actually find yourself praising this guy as he helps the heroine in finding the truth about his married lover boy. 

She should have gone and thanked him instead, she goes off and starts kissing a man without his consent, in a public place. The man apparently she had no qualms seeing having sex with her loose-character friend.  Because she is a woman. Her brother-in-law touching her inappropriately on the first day of her meeting was gross, highly agreeable. However, the rest of the things were- women empowerment! 

4) Parvati Bani Poo

Kitty's character runs away from her "tribal" home, decked in fine Anita Dongre, Mango clothes from day 1, she finds drinking the leftover soda from her insensitive boss' bottle is more befitting than leaving a new-found job in a new city cause her request for salary advance failed. Having alcohol with men double her age who she just met, is liberating. Calling out her sister's fashion sense in a derogatory manner is righteous, yet cracking joked with her hostel friend who is dating a man who almost raped her is, compassionate. Well, I would not blame filmmakers here. In fact, I appreciate the filmmaker for showing what is the face of a new Indian woman like Kitty, who is killing the true voice of women empowerment by endorsing such pseudo-materialistic garbage in name of liberation.  

In fact, I would prefer to watch Karan Johar's Poo any day over such half liberated yet righteous women characters like Kitty. Poo too came from humble beginnings, grew up to fashion diva, had bitchy undertones to her character, yet he was much better than the pseudo feminists of the veere di wedding world, except for Sonam Kapoor.  I liked her as Avni in the film. Apparently, it was Avni who did not march the feminism flag unnecessarily, yet she knew her priorities well and was ok with her vulnerabilities in spite of being a successful lawyer than a dumb bimbette with fancy clothes. PS even though she now harness a desire to be a "foot in mouth" Jaya Bachchan, I still like her accrediting that statement to a momentary lapse of logic.

On the contrary, the other female character played by Kubra Sait in the film, in spite of having clear negative shades did better. Neelima Azim on the other hand was phenomenal. Even Konkona Sen Sharma's character is well-written and well-delivered. She flawlessly drove the concept of "frigidity" and her angst, her being of what she is without many props and contexts. Even the people who may not understand frigid the concept could relate without facing it. Konkona is more like Ratna Pathak Shah in lipstick under my burkha, a character who doesn't bother to trail pseudo feminism but just want to seek some happiness in her life through pure desires and consent. 

5) Hurried Climax

Like the male characters in the film, apparently, the makers rushed to the climax, not keeping the audience state in mind. The climax looked cliche, convenient, and yet non-resonating. The audience waited with bated breath to know what "Dolly-Kitty" would do next? However, the makers were not keen and just hurried to finish. Watch the film to know or if you have seen the film, you will know. 

The story even does not bother to give male characters a suiting end. No matter what their performances were, they were reduced to mere props in the end. 

Numerounity verdict

Is this movie all disgusting? No... there is a lot of creative brilliance you can attach with the film or the storytelling. The opening scene in a haunted house. The visible metaphor, the brilliant execution through Konkona's "you are hormonal" escapism is a piece of art. [If you can ignore Kitty's botched up dialect]

The film raises a finger on the gender sterotyping that makes children visit two different museuam purely basis their gender and not the choice is again worth it. Also, the unspoken struggle of children facing such a dilemma or the mother who does not know how to deal with it once her denial is over.  

And the metaphor when a character says -Greater Noida is new Shanghai is the stark slap on the face of urban development, new-age consumerism, an overly marketed urbanization that sells soul in name of a better life, upward mobilization but offers very little in terms of real value and all that mirth comes with empty promises made in name of modern living.

Dolly kitty overall is a decent watch and could have been better if the over the top sexual overtones. religious conflict and selective hypocrisy were avoided. 

It is like Bollywood once tried to break the stereotypes with some good films over the decades but suddenly it is creating new stereotypes. Frankenstein is further fueled up and debauchery is celebrated. While is there is a lot good in name of narrative, encouraging women to fly solo then succumb to the relationship that fellow humans can never offer or afford. I wonder how is it going to break this stereotype of reducing everything to sex and alcohol and abuse. Like I always say- content becomes the culture, and stereotyped culture does not help any society.

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Suitably Unsuited- A Suitable Boy, BBC web-series by Mira nair

October 24, 2020 0 Comments

I wanted to read this book but could not give the length and my scarcity of time. So when BBC/Netflix announced the forthcoming screening of "A Suitable Boy" based on a famous book by the same name, authored by Vikram Seth, I was excited. 

My excitement went leaps and bounds when I found it is directed by another favorite director Mira Nair and had some impressive, ensemble star cast including Tabu, Randeep Hooda and, others. 

Dude I waited for this to release more than the Gabbar waited for Holi [ref film Sholay]. And when I finally saw it, I consoled myself that this all preface and story will set in eventually and beautifully. And I did this till the end of the last episode. I will tell you why. But first the storyline.

A Suitable Boy- Story

A suitable boy is set in the post-independence era, in the beautiful province of West Bengal - Kolkata and Brahampur largely. 

It is a story of two protagonists Lata and Maan Kapoor, leading their respective lives- one in pursuit of the right suitor for marrying and the other, in pursuit of love and wilderness. 

Lata's story has a classic and yet very interesting angle, involving her tryst with love and selecting a husband from her varied suitors including the ones that her mother finds for her. 

Wherein Maan Kapoor's life has a little more shades than love, it has politics and friendship too.

The story is set in the era when religious tension was quite high in Indian Hindu and Muslims, each displaying their own traits, basis the political situation than the religious altercations. 

While her choice of a groom may little surprise you towards the end of the film, the due process is interesting and somewhere cliche. 

The story revolves more around the romance and the weirdly-disrupted society, on the brim of yearning for attention and superficial endearment. 

Review- caricature is the word

In spite of an impressive cast, The Suitable Boy feels outdated, boorish, and fails to touch a chord. One of the biggest drawbacks is the caricaturish English. Clearly, this web series is not made for India and more clearly, it represents India in quite a wrong perspective, a lot like how slumdog did. English is very weird and you feel too outlandish in the approach. 

While the backdrop has quite a vintage appeal but is a little far-fetched at times. Even though the backdrop is 1951, the series in spite of having a political angle fails to capture the mood of that era. If I may use the word- Indian society is shown hypocrite and slut. That balance is not there. I do not want to bring this up as I truly do not believe in the religious divide but the Hindu-Muslim angle was lop-sided and amounted to further create the divide. 

Apart from religion, there is another successful formula of sex, well embossed in this series. Some of the women including the protagonist at times are shown absolute caricaturish, mean, and made Buffon of themselves. 

A Suitable Boy: The Cast

Maan Kapoor's character is again OTT and Ishan Khattar fails to create any spark or impact. The character actors were more interesting and impactful

It was good to see seasoned actors like Vijay Raaz, Sheeba Chaddha, Vijay Verma [he was more impressive than Ishan Khattar even in that minuscule role which you feel was just created to keep the story going for few insignificant minutes or maybe show the protagonist in a heroic light. 

Likewise, you do know why Kulbhushan Kharbanda was there and how added to the story except by having a role created to include few actors in the series. Tabu's role was as cliche as any other brothel owner in the 80s Hindi films. And Vivaan Shah just looked like an act of bad nepotism with no value add in the series nor having any significant screen presence. Randeep Hooda did his Monsoon wedding stint and was another prop in spite of a good screen presence. Lata Manikatala looks promising and possesses huge potential for Indo-Western projects. Namit Shah's role looked more like a tick in the box but he played it well, though looked a little out of place. 

There were however some fresh faces like the actor who played Ishan's friend [Shubham Saraf as Feroze] and another one who did Kabir's role. They looked apt and did their job without getting OTT. 

ANOTHER noteworthy performance was from the actor [Mahira Kakar] who played Lata's mother. She shone adorably even in her caricaturish role, bringing some believability to her character. Rasika Duggal was brilliant too. Wonder why Sahana Goswami's character was made so loud when she could have seductive and sensational. The sex scene looked desperate to bring audiences. 

Not to mention there were some other irrelevant stitchings like Maan Kapoor's sharp nephew who did "political analytics" for his grandpa. Or the sudden appearance of Kabir in the saint's mela only to rescue a boy, and parallel track of Lata's sister-in-law's sister, making the entire family looked buffoonish for no apparent reason. I would rather re-read Chetan' Bhagat's Two States. 

A Suitable Boy: Overall View

The web-series have all the famous surnames from Mehras to Kapoors, Khan, and Chatterji's, yet it makes most of them look unbelievable. The music and poetry are classy and good. The backdrop is regal and vintage. Impressive cast yet non-pleasing story. Overall, the suitable boy is an unsuitable Indian portrayal, more caricaturish than real. And quite over the top. Blame it on the story or production pressures, it fails to impress, woo, or create excitement that the evolved web-series watcher expects.

In "The Suitable Boy" frames are beautiful, actors are noteworthy but the characters are sketchy and impact the whole storyline, making it sound [sorry for repeating] Caricaturish. 

I suggest you rather watch "Serious Men" starring Nawajuddin Siddiqui or even Taj Mahal 1980 on Netflix. 

Numerounity rating: 2/5

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Abhay Season 2 Review: KunalKemmu is Back with more power in Abhay 2

September 12, 2020 0 Comments

With the advent of online streaming platforms in India, India viewers are having all the indoor fun, watching a whole new gambit of movies, web-series, and their favorite actors at the comfort of their home.

 

You name the genre and you have it at your fingertips, in all 3 screens- Mobile, Laptop, and TV.

 

Comedy, Drama, Action, Horror, and even crime thriller. All those who complained that India is not making enough out of box content, complain no more and Thanks to Zee5, that is indulging its subscribers with world-class content across the genres including the wild-wild world of crime and psychological thrillers. 

 

Talking about Psychological thrillers, there is one series that raises quite a ball when released- Abhay starring Bollywood cutie- KunalKemmu.

 

Yes, KunalKhemmu is back with Abhay 2, testing his limits again trying to overcome bigger criminals and newer challenges. 

 

Abhay 2 on Zee5

 

Abhay2 is a Hindi language action-thriller streaming on Zee5, with 8 on your seat episodes that follow the inverted detective format of story-telling. He is joined by a stellar cast of actors like Ram Kapoor, Asha Negi, Nidhi Singh, Bidita Bag, RaghavJuval, and Chunkey Pandey.

 

This season thinks gets a little dark, much gorier, and horrific with fictionalized crimes, showing the depths of humankind infested with sociopaths and psychopaths within the garbs of normal and accomplished personalities alike. 

 



Here's a quick synopsis of few episodes to give you a peek into the world of organized crimes, without giving away the mystery [ NO SPOILers]

 

Episode 1: Brain Soup

A criminal's horrific acts to fights his own inferiority complex

 

Episode 2: One-legged skeleton

A prostitute on kill

 

Episode 3: Game beings: This has an interesting cat and mouse chase between AbhayPratap Singh and the Antagonist. I won't tell you who. You need to watch it

 

Episode 4: 12-hour Challenge

A psychopath cop on a sexual hunt

 

Episode 5: Misplaced Retribution

Damages child marriages can cause to society. 

PS: only 5 episodes are out; the remaining 3 will make their entry soon.

 

All the above-mentioned cases are in some ways a mirror to the society, its thwarting atrocities, and how some weak minds further succumb to those atrocities. 

 

The series is a gory reminder of the unsafe environment around us, for men, women, and hardworking individuals alike. As scary it may sound, the characters would remind of certain legendary or common crime cases that you have read in newspapers or watched on TV. 



Gory Alert

As the story gets murkier and horrific, the narrative may have many gory visuals and advised to watch only under parental guidance. 



What to expect in Abhay2


1) A powerful and fresh ensemble of caste

2) India's Own Crime Thriller Series in the Hindi language

3) Engaging and on your seat cases where you want to know what went behind some of the criminals [in this show] minds and how Abhay finds a logical path to solves most illogical cases.

4) Wide arrays of antagonists and villain

5) A very strong protagonist played by KunalKemmu

 

Numerounity Verdict


After a sickening decade of typical saas-bahu brigade, and overload of horror stories, watching an action-thriller is not just an interesting break but also a reckoner of crimes in society. As a viewer, I always preferred watching short stories rather than whole hours of wild goose chase over multiple-episode. And Abhay delivers that without adding too much of unwanted suspense over seasons and yet keeps the show fans interested. I totally loved KunalKemmu's take of Abhay- Subtle, less chatty, and yet strong. The show is definitely not for the weak heart nor for people who do not like watching lot of blood and gory on-screen even though they are not the weak heart. For rest, go ahead, watch and remember- sooner or later every crime/criminal comes to justice. 

 

Happy viewing

Numerounity

 

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The Tamasha Around Sushant Singh Rajput Murder Case and Celebrity Round Table

August 27, 2020 2 Comments

2020 has more drama than Corona. Drama as well an eye-opener for many. From the sorry state of our overall infrastructure including high-fi medical infrastructure and disaster management, a lot of new series of events that took place this year, giving breathless real roller coaster ride to nation and citizens.

Sushant Singh Rajput's mysterious death is one of them. The event itself came unbearing and shock for many esp after an anti-suicide promotion film called Chichore. However, the real Chichore of the reel cum real-world gave a whole new meaning to depression and death in the world. Including, we the gullible public who takes many a so-called "breaking news" to heart, knowing yet not acknowledging the manipulations of the man-made world.  

We do not know how Sushant lost his life. Though it looks less of suicide and more of a crime. They did not just perpetrate a heinous crime but so skillfully sold it under the garb of depression. Really? If depression was not enough, stale debate on nepotism tried to keep things under the kiln, including failed proceedings of a death caused by unnatural reason. 

From crouching relatives, exes to hidden psycho-therapist, each came with their own version. And in spite of Arnab' decibel defying "poochta hai Bharat" [do not blame us, we did not tweet it], the public is still asking- who is Sandeep Singh? Who was last seen near CCTV, how come retrieve chats are selectively leaked, and many such questions?

Notwithstanding getting sidelined with public support for Arnab Goswami and his RTV debate on SSR Murder Case, Rajdeep Sardesai had the same feeling that Shahid Kapoor would have during the time of Padmavati when the irate public was burning effigies of Deepika Padukone and Ranvir Singh. I am also in this film oops in Media said Rajdeep Sardesai and instead of bringing a logical angle to debate, continued his fray to defend the accused. But did he really defended the accused? I saw the whole controversial interview at one go, and all I would say- he tried to bring another side in a dignified way. 

Few questions were unanswered as to how Rhea Chakraborthy suddenly became more powerful than Indrani Mukherjee that the most expensive criminal lawyer is fighting her case, influential people are driving her for inquiries. Also, what happened between 8-13th when Rhea was not with Sushant, and his sister was. If Sushant were so deep in depression, wouldn't a sister or close alibi know? There are many unanswered questions, while some went with the dead, some are under investigation by apex agencies of the country. 

The human-made world that does not care about the alive people cannot be expected to fight for the justice of a dead public figure. Is that's what they thought when they try to bury the entire suspicious story under the big/thick carpet of depression? Unfortunately for them, the public chose to react this time and whoa, reacting even after the continuous drama around his highly suspicious death. 

No, I am not a die-hard fan of Sushant Singh Rajput but that does not take away his credibility or right for justice. It is sad to see News channel broadcasting about the potty routine of an actor promoting a hospital, and equal disgrace for us to entertain insensitive debates, on TV or Twitter. The debate we must, but a little dignity does not harm. If you see some of the tweets [not just in this case but in general in name of trolls], and hashtags, you discover a whole new gravity than what Newton suggested. 

Forget the victim or his family, I as layman am afraid to raise my opinion, often [opinion and not conclusions] for the fear of corrupts that is gleefully playing "blind men and elephant" game over the suspicious death of a popular celebrity who was never involved in any controversies and clearly not treated greatly by his own fraternity.  

I reiterate the world does not need to fight corruption, poverty, nepotism, or any such issues if the world fights injustice alone, ably, and effectively. Once we restore justice, the majority of problems are settled. 

The case could be a "make and break" example for the Indian Legal system which unfortunately is more gyrated towards protecting the corrupt [at least in this case]. We do not know whatever pressure they are undergoing but as we heartily wait for the truth to prevail.

Here is a small round-up on the latest greatest happening around the SSR case.

Some may call is a lighter vein and some a sarcasm on how things shape up during conflict. With no offense intended to anyone, here's a summation of conversations around. The semi-fictional discussion is basis the different news/tweets and statements floating on the PUBLIC DOMAIN. Read on-

The Tamasha Around Sushant Singh Rajput Murder Case

A general [no individual offense included] summation of semi-fictional chatter around the news and media, and of course vox populi-

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Random person: Am afraid of walking on a high rise parapet terrace, am I normal? 

Rhea Chakraborty: No. You have Vertigo & agoraphobia, here are some drugs sent by XYZ, drink in coffee & U will be flying in 30 minutes.

Random person: Spell Agoraphobia pl?

Rhea Chakraborty: A G A R -tum mil jao Jamana chod denge hum. 

Random person: Whopper! If I fell, take me to Cooper! 

Rhea Chakraborty: Bhatt Naturally! 

Rajdeep Sardesai: Rhea no turning back, we are with you! 

Pooja Bhatt: Arnab Goswami is deafening and slandering. Thank Rajdeep for sympathies and a much-awaited interview.

Public: We will still not watch Sadak 2! 

Pooja Bhatt: Watch the beaches and do not pollute them, and then blame the government.

Arnab Goswami: Which coffee Alia drank while signing this movie. poochta hai, Bharat? 

Alia Bhatt: The same I drank while signed the 2 others- Highway and Udta Punjab! 

Virat Anushka: We are going to be 3 

Rakhi Sawant: Sushant came again in my dream last night, he will reborn as Anushka's baby. Jejusss ki Kasam. 

[Saif and Kareena heaves a sigh, thank God and thanks Rakhi]

Karan Johar: Anushka, I want to sign the child for my next

Anushka: KJO promise it would not be Ae Dil hai Mushkil part 2?

Karan Johar: No-no SOTY 4

Kangana Ranaut: Nepotism!

Aditya Pancholi: Kangana return the Padmashri

Kangana: Aditya still you or your sun will never get it

Aditya Pancholi: SALMAAAAAANN!

Salman: Back off, I have enough negative publicity cause of you two. I will tell Subhash Ghai ki "Choli ke peeche I dunno kya hai but definitely ab Pan-Choli ke peeche Salman nahi hai hoga". 

Vivek Oberoi: Salman destroyed my career!

Abhishek Bachchan: Hah and you did not even get the girl!

Richa Chaddha: And Vivek destroyed my web-series with his OTT acting.

Swara Bhaskar: Talk about web series, I did Rasbhari

Amazon Prime: Do not remind that we backed that Kalank 

Swara Bhaskar: No sirs/madam, not Kalank but Rasbhari....

Indian Bhau: Ek hi baat hai x%$ Alt Balaji join kiya tune? woh bhi kalank hai.

CarryMinati: %%$$@ Ananya Pandey got Filmfare for SOTY 2, Filmfare is another Kalank@##%^%

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Payal Rohtagi: Two Kalanks including Jalebi featuring Rhea Chakkar-bharti #PyarKaPunchnama

Rhea Chakraborty: I lapped that role while you yapped on other people's story

Mahesh Bhatt: You lapped it all, including all the blame. 

Rhea Chakraborty: Aww! I am made to be such a "Sadak-Chaap" person, feels great!

Shekhar Suman: And I am back with "Movers and Shekhar".

Republic TV: Whatever, we are no 1 news channel

Rhea Chakraborty: Happy Witch Hunting! No one question the sisters.

[Pooja/Alia Bhatt leaves the discussion]

Soni Razdaan: Do not worry, am here "yours truly". Bollywood is glorious yet a talented actress like me is not cast in Saand Ki Aankh.

Ratna Pathak Shah: Humne Kya Paap Kiya tha? Oh wait, Paap is middle class!

Neena Gupta: Bicch, yeah! 

Supriya Pathak: Main to chup hoon bhais-sab!

KRK: He made films on his ex-es but nothing on currents? Soni, how?

Sonam Kapoor: Let's not bring Ex Girlfriends, wife, or BFs to such discussions.

Neetu Singh Kapoor: Right Beta. like you and Deepika gloriously did on KWK

Deepika: I had a dream debut, multiple campaigns, SRK, and sportsman parents but I suffered from depression. #ItsMyChoice

Ranveer Singh: But now you have me, baby. Let's do our 4th reception in Corona PPE suits.

Public: Yes Deepika. We had depression too when we saw your "it is my choice" video.

Ranbir Kapoor: Thank God I chose Katrina over her

Salman: Grrrr 

Ranbir Kapoor: We Broke up; save it for Vicky Kaushal

Salman: You better, but Bhaaaat are you doing with your life now?

Ayan: Still making Brahamashtra!

Kangana: Bolly- Brahm-butt-shastra! Nepotism! Another Star kids fare.

Amitabh Bachchan: Excuse me? I am in this film too

Abhishek Bachchan: You were in Thugs of Hindustan too

Jaya Bachchan: And you were in Happy New Year!

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Jhahnavi Kapoor: And Gunjan Sharma on Netflix, it is an original story

KRK/Rangoli: No-no you are a star kid and everything about star kids like you, Ananya, Alia is boooo. 

Chunky Pandey: Thank you for calling me a star!

Shahid Kapoor: Arre I am also star kid, I was Kabir Singh ...

Vijay Devekonda: Ya-ya next time, try original!

Tom Cruise: Thank God he is off my shoulder

Vidya Balan and Kareena in Unison: We Too!

R Balki: Ranbir and Alia are the finest actors, find me better actors than them

Kareena:  Balki ke is statement ke "ki" ka "ka"! Jao Mein Apni hi favorite hoon

Apurva Asrani: Balki there is Rajkumar Rao, Vidya balan, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmaan Khurana, Priyanka Chopra.....

Saif Ali Khan: Me too! I am victim of nepotism

Taimur and Sara: Shut up Abba

Media: Arre Taimur Baba, let's take a click/picture. 

Sara Ali Khan: Hello, am also here. 

Kartik Aryan: All women in the world are camera-diggers, sly except my mom #PyarKaPunchnama

Sara Ali Khan: Karthik, tum mujhe tang karne lage ho. Abba! 
[तुम मुझे तंग करने लगे हो। अब्बा! ]

Saif Ali Khan: If you have money, take her. 

AajTak: Breaking News! Baap ne kiya beti ko badnam, lagai boli sare-aam!


Yeah, these conversations can go on and on. As long as the world thinks the world as an idiot and keep spilling such sass, there would be no dearth of content. Right now let's pray for truth and justice as Sushant's death case has many other crimes like drugs, paedology, money laundering, witch hunting,  entangled in it. A right step in direction can help unravel this pandora box, and bring some balance in the world whose biggest battle is not corona but Injustice. 

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Disclaimer: We understand and respect the investigation as done in this case by the respectable Indian authorities, Police, and CBI alike. The post is just a reflection of an ordinary citizen basis the public information in news and media. The author/blog holds no authority to authenticate/challenge them. 

No offense intended so pl do not take things personally.

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Web-Series Review Churails on ZEE5

August 24, 2020 1 Comments

I have always been an admirer of Pakistani dramas. I very well remember the days when I started watching them in the early 1990s. Yes, the 1990s, much before YouTube or the concept of web-series started. The first-ever drama that I saw was the classic Tanhaiyaa. My uncle prompted me to watch it for the lead female character whose glimpses he saw in me. I really loved their characterization and the way they mouth Urdu. And then there was no looking back. 

In fact, when Zee Tv launched a channel - Zindagi in India, I was every inch excited and renewed my DTH connection solely for that channel.  

A lot happened in between, yet the love for Pakistani dramas did not fade even if it meant that I have to watch them on the web. Thankfully, Zee Tv's web streaming platform Zee5 has an array of Pakistani dramas and series. And that's where I saw- Churails!


Horror yet Not Horror Churails

The name and a very bold trailer will make you think if it is a horror-based show. Well, it is not a horror-based show but a webs series that depicts the horrible things happening in women's life and how four different women, from different walks of life, meet and form a team to help their women clients get justice, all incognito.

Churail is a story of 4 women- Sara Khan [Sarwat Gilani], Yasra Rizvi [Jugnoo], Zubeida [Meher Bano] and Batool Jaan [Nimra Bucha] who are from different walks of lives, each carrying their own burdens and oppressions, working towards a common goal. I just finished watching the first episode and could not wait to share my view with you.

It starts with an introduction to their respective lives and their own suppressions. Suppressions that some happily abides through, rebels through, one struggles, and others refuse to bear. It is all about their own inner struggles and how their lives cross. 

Together they start spy agency to help the thwarted women in society. They run this behind the garb of fancy boutique and beautifully use metaphors like - a woman being stabbed by other women in society, well-emancipated mannequins, and more. You need to watch this to know more.

This is a no-spoilers review and you need to watch the show first and then we can exchange views here. 

Story-telling through Graphics, Grandeur and Spine-chilling Inferences

The show is directed by Asim Abbasi, the same person who directed another well-acclaimed Pakistani movie Cake! Like the movie, the web series is also a visual treat, with some polished, some real to life and hard-hitting sinister visuals to essay the story-telling.

There are a total of 10 episodes in the series.


The powerful #MainChurailhoon Star cast

The show lead actors would not make you feel anything but the characters they are portraying. Sarwat Gilani as the "perfect trophy wife" looks absolutely the talented law professional, now made to play just a trophy wife. Watch out her scene with Kindergarten head, confronting the use of the right language amidst kids. The scene wherein she punches the clip or makes peace with her husband is something you cannot miss.  Especially the kitchen scene wherein she makes her husband finally allow her to restart a career for herself. 

Yasra Rizvi as "got Hydragenea as the best deal" promoting a wedding planner with a rebellion head, plays her friend who brings the other two members to their alibi. 

There are men also in the show from a wicked young brother to a free-spirited hacker. Like I said, watch the show to know more. 

Images Courtesy: ZEE5


Show Link | Episodes link


Stay Home, Stay Safe, and avoid Infidelity! ;)
Numerounity!
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August 15, 2020 , 0 Comments



वो महीने भर लोगों के घर में 
झूठे बर्तन घिस घिस कर 
१००० रुपए कमाती है
साबुन से जले हाथो को पोंछ कर 
फटी हुई सारी को फिर से सी कर
बाज़ार जाती है 
लाने कुछ ख़ुशी अपनो के लिए
और देख के महेंगे टैग 
ज़रूरत की कुछ चीज़ों पर 
अपना मन मार के फिर रह जाती है।
वो लगाते है महँगे होरडिंग्स 
पिज़्ज़ा हट और चीज़ बर्गर के 
उन सड़कों पे 
जहाँ पे लोग अक्सर भूखे ही सो जाते है। 
भर नहीं सकते तस्वीरों से पेट
करते है और ज़लील उसस भूख को 
जो Just For Rs ९९ only
के नीचे 
दो वक़्त की रोटी और साफ़ पीने के पानी को तरस जाते है। 
क्यूँ है इतनी बड़ी दरार 
वो जो है जिसके पास और नहीं जिसके पास में?
की कोई तो पैसा को पानी की तरह बहाता हे 
और कोई जलती हुई गरमी में
एक बोतल पानी को तरस जाता है?


स्वतंत्रता तो आ गयी,
आत्मनिर्भरता भी आ गयी।
मगर लाचारी से कब हम मुक्त होंगे?
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Arbitrage Fund And Launch of Mahindra Manulife Mutual Fund [NFO Closes on 19th August]

August 14, 2020 0 Comments

Looking to invest? In these uncertain times, when markets are extremely volatile, alternative assets such as Gold is at all-time high and investment in any other asset class is fraught with risk (don’t even want to talk about Fixed Deposits at prevailing rates), an Arbitrage Fund comes as a knight in the shining armor. Particularly promising, when a brand like Mahindra is associated with the same and is managed by seasoned professionals like Mr. Ashutosh Bishnoi.

Without any further build-up, presenting you a new fund from Mahindra Manulife Mutual Fund which will tick on all the boxes - ‘Mahindra Manulife Arbitrage Yojana,’ - an open-ended scheme investing in arbitrage opportunities. 

Key information

What is an Arbitrage fund
Simply put, it is a type of mutual fund that leverages the price differential in the cash and derivatives market to generate returns. The returns from this Mutual Fund depends on the volatility of the underlying asset (perfect yay!!)

What should I look for

· Better tax efficiency on returns compared to short term debt funds

· Relatively lower risk as arbitrage strategy focuses on protecting downside risk by capturing market
spreads
· One of the least volatile hybrid schemes suitable for investment across market cycles



Investment Strategy

Scheme to invest in arbitrage positions between cash & futures trading on exchanges, invest in a basket of stocks and short the corresponding futures against it, or derive higher returns from the implied cost of carrying between the underlying and the derivatives market.

Underlying instruments


  1. Normal circumstances: Around 65-100% in equity and equity-related instruments including equity derivatives, ~35% in debt and money market securities including tri-party repo, reverse repo.
  2. Defensive circumstances: Around 0-65% in equity and equity-related instruments including equity derivatives and 35 - 100% in debt and money market securities including tri-party repo, reverse repo, and up to 10% in units issued by REITs & InvITs.

Past performance of Arbitrage Funds: Average 6-7% annualized return over the last 6 months to 2 years (Nifty 50 Arbitrage Index)

When can I invest: New Fund Offer opens on August 12, 2020, and closes on August 19, 2020, and it will reopen for continuous sale and repurchase from August 25, 2020.

Minimum Investment: Rs. 1,000/- and in multiples of Re. 1/- thereafter

Who is launching the NFO
Mahindra Manulife Investment Management Private Limited (Formerly known as Mahindra Asset Management Company Pvt. Ltd.), a (51:49) joint venture of Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited (MMFSL) and Manulife Investment Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Exit Load
An exit load of 0.25% is payable if Units are redeemed/switched out on or before completion of 30 days from the date of allotment of Units; - Nil - If Units are redeemed / switched-out after completion of 30 days from the date of allotment of Units. Redemption /Switch-Out of Units would be done on First in First out Basis (FIFO).


About Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited: It is part of the Mahindra Group, is one of India’s leading non-banking finance companies. Focused on the rural and semi-urban sector, the Company has over 6.9 million customers and has an AUM of over USD 10 Billion. The Company is a leading vehicle and tractor financier provides loans to SMEs and also offers fixed deposits. The Company has over 1,300 MMFSL offices and reaches out to customers spread over 3,70,000 villages and 7,000 towns across the country.

Fund Managers:

(a) Srinivasan Ramamurthy [Fund Manager – Equity]
(b) Rahul Pai [Head – Fixed Income]

NFO closes on August 19. For more info: https://bit.ly/33M1dDw



Happy Investing!

Disclaimer: The details are as per public sources, investors are requested to take their own caution while investing.
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August 11, 2020 0 Comments

वह हर एक लम्हा मैंने हथेली पर पानी की तरह उसस रिश्ते को सम्भालना चाहा।
बैठी रही घंटो तक, तेरे इंतेज़ार में
की तू आए
और कुछ बूँदे अपनी भी हथेलियों पर रख ले

में बूँद बूँद जिससे बचाती रही
वह तो बन के बादल बरस गए।

ईंट पत्थरों से बने इस घर में
रिस रिस जाने कहा बह गए।

मैंने बड़ी कोशिश की
कभी हाथ जोड़ कभी अंजुल भर के उन्हें बचाने की।
मगर उषम तापमानो में कही
वह भाप बन के उड्ड गए।

अब बादल बन के शायद छुपे हो वो कभी।
फिर किसी बारिश या मौसम बरसे वो कभी।
मैं बंद कर अपनी मुट्ठियों को
पलकों में छुपा लूँगी उन्हें।

भीगी पलकों से कुछ बूँद अगर छलक भी जाए तो क्या है।
में उन्हें फिर हथेलियों में समेटने की कोशिश करूँगी।

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The Importance of Original Content - तुम भी कुछ अच्छा लिख दो।

July 24, 2020 , 0 Comments





बहुत उमदा कह गए थे मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब,
कबीर, Gibran और सभी।
तुम भी खुद कुछ अपना ही लिख दो, 
तो मज़ा आ जाए.


बांध दो समा कभी,
अपने ही लिखे नज़्मों से. 
तो व्क्तो के चमन में भी 
कुछ नयी बहार आ जाए। 


मिल जाए सिला उन ढेरों
अनमने, से शब्दों को,
ब्रज की बोली,
हिंदी की बारहखड़ी, और 
उर्दू की उन भूली बिसरी सी आतिशों को
जो सदियों से बिसर गए,
की कोई कुछ नया तो लिखे. 
कोई तो अनजान आवाज़ उन्हें भी बया करे.
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Who Killed Sushant Singh Rajput- Bullying, Depression, Lockdown Helplessness or Ambition?

June 17, 2020 1 Comments

It came as a piece of news and soon settled in as a shock, the stoned cold shock that continued even 2 days after his death. As a viewer, I was quite indifferent to the actor's TV stint or upcoming movies. I have seen multiple movies of him [some twice] wherein I liked few and few, I did not like much. It is a normal viewer reaction, amounted equally for all actors- so-called Industry Insiders or outsiders.

While I failed to understand the concept of Industry insider and outsider. For me, all actors are part of the industry especially if they are at least a film or two old. And according to me, Sushant Singh Rajput in spite his boy next door look [ a new, refreshing trend inBollywood] was doing seemingly quite well. He had a stellar list of films wherein he played different characters. A feat that a lot of so-called Industry insiders do not get in their nepotism feathered hats. And that was an outstanding achievement for a TV star after Shah Rukh Khan. The point is not about he being a TV star or being inferior. We all have learned the hard work and hardship that our prime time actors go through shooting "leaps of generations soaps". No matter how many of them aspire to recreate the same magic on the bigger screen, rarely few could succeed, and Sushant Singh R was a brilliant exception. He was not only a prime-time blue-eyed boy but made quite an entry with his first film- Kai Po Che, a multi-starrer with 2 other well-known actors. 

Despite huge popularity, Sadly his name did not figure in any of the best actor/debutante awards until the release of the cult movie- MS Dhoni. However, none of us noticed or perhaps minced words about it. Maybe he did win some awards if not Filmfare. 

But then we know the circus that Indian Film awards are. Yet the circus has sometimes awarded some genuine actors and artists and we wonder how SSR name never sparked a strong candidature unless the untold story of MS Dhoni, a film that made you confuse that who is the real Dhoni? The actor or the cricketer on whose life the film was based. The film indeed had some evergreen songs as well, with one being my most favorite.

The song still haunts me and is my best companion during the time of distress. I have played the song in loop [female version] ever since the release and wondered why is it not given the cult status, a status it deserved. 

Before MS Dhoni, Sushant Singh Rajput had another film released in 2015- Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, another hidden gem starring the actor. I have recently seen the film during the lockdown and could not stop raving at the way it weaved the Byomkesh Bakshy's stories and characters from its more popular TV series. If you have not seen that film, watch it and you will be amazed as I was. 

He also starred in Shuddh Desi Romance [a film that I watched twice and liked], PK [a small but visible role in a big-banner project], Raabta, Kedarnath [another beautiful film which you first like due to Sara Ali Khan but later find her OTT and like the under-dog hero fo the film], Sonchiriya [heard it is another awesome movie] 

What does not kills you, makes you stronger! But what could not make you further stronger, kills you! And guess that's what happened in the actor's case. 

So many varied reasons and emotions may swing in your heart but the truth remained unspoken and unexpressed. The only person who knew the absolute true version left leaving it on everyone's guess and media manipulations. The kind of nonsense you see post the demise of him on social media esp TikTok is so heartbreaking. It seems everyone who would have never made a clip on his performance or songs earlier, is now either giving a version of his tryst, his last hours, reactions of his death and some real non-time stamped videos posing as "exclusive footage". The cyber cell that to date had no issue over pictures of late Divya Bharti[another controversial celeb death], has immediately reacted on circulation of SSR's picture which looked lesser anguishing than hers. Why? What happens to the request of the family to probe into the case? An actor who was good with verses and technology left no note but a deleted tweet? But then we all know how the media carpets truths over stories they want to sell.

A harsh reality, sad turn of events but the person is gone now. A seemingly healthy, sane, ambitious person. He was the AIEEE 7th rank holder who though dropped out during his engineering semesters to follow his ambition of becoming an actor. An ambition that made an academically bright, hailing from a good family boy, start by being a background dancer. Give it to his merit that he had a successful stint on the small screen and transitioned from there to the prestigious YRF banner. A banner that a lot of star kids do not get to work with, whatever the insider scoop it maybe. 

An ambition that did not restrict Sushant Singh Rajput to a one-time wonder boy but had his opportunities to work in some wonderful projects with well-known directors. Let's not talk about the un-materialized projects cause even the brightest and closest in the industry has to undergo such crisis sometimes wherein prestigious and overwhelming projects are shelved. The idea is to keep playing the innings, stay relevant, which I think the departed star did quite well in spite of his feeling of being "left-out". 

Was it the Fear of Missing Out? A FOMO of not being part of some popular coterie in Bollywood? or the failures he faced during the rind? You may never know what breaks a person's heart. A person so ambitious and resourceful to buy the exotic-expensive favorite childhood car and even land on Moon, could not give up to that FOMO alone. Especially when his last released film[Chichore] was all about positivity and looking the bully in the eye. 

You cannot blame everything on failures cause, in this case, failures [if any] looked like a smaller part of the pie. No one in the industry was ever a "Failure-proof" and everyone had their own share of failures in the past and ongoing. An industry that is full of nepotism and casting couch horrors, gave however neglected actor Sushant Singh Rajput more opportunities than it gave to children of superstars in the nouveau era of cinema and content.  


But then there could be many reasons for depression, often accumulates in an unwanted collaboration that you may not be able to foresee or deal with. It is like when a lot of negativity darkens your alley, no matter how much you struggle, often it does not take you towards the light at the other side of the tunnel, so easily. Lone warriors often succumb to brutal accumulations. And IMHO, the fact that you are leaving away from the family does not help much either. 

It may or may not be a lack of shoulders to weep on, share the agony, and expect to accept/settling pacifications. Sometime lack of actions, immediate actions could act against the recovery. The times are such that even the braves are likely to throw themselves to an opportunity of peace or bewildered consolations. 

And while we do not know what actually triggered an educated, bright, meritorious, financially stable young men at his 34 to throw up his hands, speculations aside. Least we can do, is to respect him and be more mindful with people around- direct or indirect. 

For you never know how a small remark could tear apart the silent sufferers, least you would like to be is to be responsible for someone's sorrows. 


While I request you to refrain from making any unkind gesture towards the departed soul, let's pray that no other person is withdrawn to such circumstances wherein he/she ends their life. 

Om Shanti.

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Amitabh Bachchan's Mirza is the Life of Gulabo Sitabo

June 12, 2020 1 Comments



We often get bored seeing the same actor doing a similar kind of performance, mostly OTT in many films. No matter how legendary that actor is, the portrayal becomes cliche film after films and that is why we always appreciate a fresh face on the screen. 

Thankfully there are directors like Shoojit Sircar and actors like Amitabh Bachchan who successfully remodels the molds and brings more freshness to the screen and the subject. Gulabo Sitabo is one such film that makes you empathize with the antagonist and an antagonist like Mirza is beyond the most illuminating legends that we have seen on the silver screen.

And if Gulabo Sitabo works, it solely works on Mirza's however hunched shoulders. A power full performance, and an immortal character after the Geet in Jab We Met!

Unlike Geet, Mirza is selfish, always scheming, the emotionless person whose sole aim in life is to hold the heritage Haveli [however dilapidated it was] that he was living in and for which he married a woman 17 years older to his age. Unlike any Lucknow based stories, there is no romance, no Shayari in this story. The only unsaid romance is between Mirza and his need for money. The Haveli is just a medium that Mirza does not think twice before surrendering it in front of the shrewd builder. Who will rescue this centenary Razia of Haveli from the ceremonial goons is the subject and love your Begum above your haveli is the crux of the film. However, there are many real-life, hard-hitting truths inside. The reality of inveterate tenants trying to usurp a property, the ever landlord-tenant rent war, the harsh truth of government claims over so-called heritage properties in-country, and the undervalued antics sold at larger than life price labels. 

Gulabo Sitabo, from the title to many elements are at the right place, with the right heart. 

What disappoints is the screenplay that starts on high point yet starts dragging in the middle of the film, till the end. The end is tragic. You may call it- tragicomedy as you see the plot slipping away from the protagonist's hands [quite literally], and they portray it well too. However, the story stops pacing well-enough to keep the interest intact. Somewhere it loses the steam and your viewing experience dropping down. 

The setting, the characters all are perfect including a great ensemble of actors like ever-charming Ayushman Khurana, Powerhouse performers Vijayraj, and Brajendra Kalra, the amazing Farrukh Jafar, crispy Shristy Shrivastava, and even Purnima Sharma who played scissor tongued Fauzia. 



The cast is endearing, subtle, and perfect to the characters they played. Thankfully no OTT appearance of any celeb and no item songs. 

Like I said my biggest favorite was the otherwise unscrupulous, single-minded, as wicked as he can get Mirza. The portrayal was less verbal and more powerful that instead of sneering at his silly acts, you find them silly and amusing. He makes the greedy acts look justified and you end up empathizing with him. 

The movie is a good reckoner of exploitation in society without bringing any religious or cultural or cinematic undertone anywhere. I think after the splendid film- October, I was highly looking upon this film [umm I love the way the title rings up] and was ecstatic to see it released on Prime Video amidst the depressing COVID. I think Tragic-comedy is not the genre that we are prepared to see at such times and maybe that's why the film bordered on slight disappointment. 

The disappointment lied in the expectation. Like Gulabo-Sitabo [a traditional puppet show where two women constantly bicker over each other], you wanted to see the two characters- Banke and Mirza's bickering and one-upmanship over each other, which they do as well. However, adding too many angles caused few non-seamless wrinkles affecting the overall experience. Nevertheless, on a scale of 5, the movie with all its heart at the right places and a fabulous Mirza deserves 4/5.


How come? The screenplay may have faltered at some point but the overall story and that legendary Mirza claimed additional points for the portrayal indeed. Besides, the underlying message of older people, older heritages getting old and lonely is hard-hitting as always and reminds you of many injustices done to them in the name of archaeology, antics valuation, and more. The movie is also a farce on people who thinks themselves smarter than others.

A Special Mention to True to Life Portrayls and dialogues

The movie has some real heartwarming scenes and touching dialogues that I want you to experience first-hand. There are scenes that you cannot miss. Like the one where Mirza asks a street food hawker to calculate 12 X 2500, an amount suggested by his lawyer or the scene where he picks a packet from Bankey's flour mill, so real and spontaneous. One can go on and on in a review but best is that you see and feel the film on your own.

Let me know if you want this review to be in the Gulabo-Sitabo kinda mode? I will be happy to improvise this even as Mrs. Khanna for you.

Mrs Khanna who? Forgotten? Our Khanna Aunty from Three Idiots and Smart Device Fame :)

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Ekta 



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