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The Right Way to Watch a Movie

Many a times we have read articles suggesting us as to whether  we should watch a particular movie or not but rarely we come across articles that guide us  as to how to watch a movie. This is one of the latter kind.Movie- watching has become one of the most loved pastime for young and old alike. It is an experience we all like to take pleasure in but there are people who are capable of totally annoying you and robbing you of the fun and joy you would have felt and rather makes you a sulking and irritated viewer. If you don’t want to be that someone, then  keep in mind that there are certain rules for watching movies.

Switch off that ever-ringing phone: Yes we are aware that you are a very important person and a celebrity amongst your friends, each one of them turns to you for advice and your mobile never stops ringing and you are totally proud of the fact. But seriously nobody at the movie hall is here to know what a flourishing social life you have, so kindly keep your cell phone switched off or in silent mode.

Hush up or go out and talk : Even if you take up a call which is very important, kindly keep it as soft and short as possible. If you can’t do that there’s always the exit gate, go out and finish the conversation.

Keep your comments to yourself: You are here to enjoy the movie and so is everyone else. Its fun to come in a big group with friends but stop passing those snide comments which you and your friends think are very funny and are howling with laughter. Always keep in mind there are other people as well, so just hush up a little.

Get a room guys: If you turn to movies to spend some “alone time” with your partner by getting all romantic and mushy mushy, please get a room guys. This is so not the place for stuff like this, maintain the decency of the place, you might be comfortable with public display of affection but others are not.

Don’t bring the crying babies: Avoid bringing your little baby to movies and if you do, take the kid out when he cries so as not to disturb others.

Stop kicking the front seats: Many people have a habit to just swing their legs and keep kicking the front seat, you might not even be aware about it but you’re totally pissing off the person sitting on the chair.

No smoking, drinking or littering: Most theatres nowadays don’t allow taking any eatables inside, which solves the problem of smoking or drinking but it won’t hurt you if you avoid making a bloody mess throwing packets here and there, spreading popcorn everywhere and sticking chewing gums under your seats.

Control your bodily functions: Stop farting or burping, if you really have to do it, please go use the washroom.

let’s make sure we follow these simple rules and turn the movie watching experience into a pleasure for all.

Gangs of Wasseypur

Gangs of wasseypur starts with violence and the theatre is filled with the explosive noise of the gunshots. The era is 1941 and the village is Wasseypur where for once the rivalry is not among Hindus and Muslims rather among Pathans and Qureshis. The looting of grains in the name of Sultana Daku by Shahid Khan(Jaideep Ahlawat) and the consequent rivalry forces him to move to Dhanbad to work in a coal mine where he is employed by Ramadhir Singh(Tigmanshu Dhulia) as his right hand man. Later Ramadhir Singh kills Shahid Khan after knowing his intentions  to snatch away the coal mines by using him as a steeping stone,from here starts the revenge saga when Shahid ’s son Sardar Khan(Manoj Bajpai) makes it his lifelong purpose to seek vengeance from Ramadhir Singh not just by killing him but slowly finishing the man. This being the main theme more and more characters are introduced and the war turns into a deadly combat with wicked conspiracies hatched on both sides. The feud between Pathans and Quereshis also grows and the families are shown to be connected by hatred and love.

Director Anurag Kashyap has made a commendable effort to turn a documentary movie into one for commercial audience by infusing moments of sly wit and humour. The film shatters the conventional formulas of film – making with its brilliant screenplay and hard hitting scenes. The songs are at perfect synchronization with the story with songs like keh ke lunga, o womaniya and hunter inserted just at the right time. The action scenes seem real  and are noteworthy.

The performances are fantastic and finely delivered. All the characters are well suited to their roles, but I particularly liked Faizal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who presents a wonderful performance and makes an impact in the very short role. His date  with his love interest  Mohsina ( Huma Quereshi) is out-and-out hilarious and one of the best scenecs of the movie. Despite being a short and thin man and a son of a Mafia he comes out as an endearing and enigmatic character.The film has its own brand of humour portrayed in  scenes like  Sardar Khan  slapping the M.LA  in front of his father, his interaction with his wife Najma(Richa Chadda) and his lustful flirting with his mistress Durga ( Reema Sen).

The movie has its ups but due to its arduous length might not appeal to the average audience. The story after a time gets boring with too much violence and it seems as if the movie has come to a standstill. It’s a serious sort of movie and is not recommended for light watch to freshen up your mood and mind.The story might get too confusing as new characters are introduced till the very end and the viewer is throughly confused as to who is who.You might give it a shot if you really love gang wars and are willing to endure the 2 hour 40 min long movie filled with ruthless violence and abuses.It leaves you feeling unsatisfied and you wonder whether or not to go for the second part. If you are not comfortable with bodies being butchered mercilessly and blood shed everywhere, this movie is definitely not for you. Overall, it is a movie which might get good critic rating but will not be able to lure the audience.

Rating : 2.5/5







Emraan Hashmi gives Shanghai world premiere a miss

Shanghai director Dibakar Banerjee and lead actors Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin were in attendance at the film’s star-studded world premiere here but missing from the action was co-star Emraan Hashmi.

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The film’s screening on the first day of the IIFA weekend saw Bollywood stars Dia Mirza, Zoya Akhtar, Sameera Reddy and Chitrangada Singh turn out in their designer outfits, but his co-stars and fans missed Emraan.

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“We really wanted Emraan to be here with us but he has fallen ill and could not come to Singapore. The hectic promotional schedules have taken a toll on all of us,” said Kalki while walking the green carpet laid out here at the Shaw Theatres Lido where the film was premiered.

“Is Emraan Hashmi here? I really want to see him. I have watched all his films, Jannat, Jannat 2. He is not coming?” asked a fan, who had turned up at the venue to take a look at the star.

But others from the Bollywood brigade made up for Emraan’s absence with their enthusiasm for the movie, a political thriller, set in a fictitious small town called Bharat Nagar.

“Dibakar is my favourite director. I have watched the film already and today I will be watching it for the second time this week. I loved the film,” said Zoya.

Chitrangada echoed her, “I have huge expectations from the film. Dibakar always delivers. Abhay is such a fabulous actor and he chooses different kind of roles.”

Kalki, who plays the female lead in the film, attended the screening without her filmmaker husband Anurag Kashyap.

“Even Anurag is very excited about Shanghai. He has watched the film and is jealous of Dibakar,” she said.

[ this article was originally published on Press Trust of India | Thursday, June 07, 2012 (Singapore) ]

Sunny Leone unclothes Randeep Hooda

Indo-Canadian porn star Sunny Leone is a hot product of Bollywood. Fans can’t wait to see her sizzle in ‘Jism 2’, her Bollywood debut. Time and again Sunny posted pictures of ‘Jism 2’ and arise anticipation. Undoubtedly, ‘Jism 2’ has some hot and spicy intimate scene to offer. The recent picture of the film shows Sunny Leone makes love with unclothed Randeep Hooda.

A source from the film said, “Sunny Leone, unlike her porn clips will have clothes on and simultaneously will strip Randeep.”

Ironically, few days back filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt tweeted that Sunny might be a porn star but she is a feminine and like others she too feels shy to shoot intimate scene with her co-star. It is also said that the crew member stunned to see Sunny shying nature.

The picture shows nude Randeep resting over Sunny on bed. Leone was dressed in white.

First Sunny posted a picture from the film showing her in a bath tub then she a picture was revealed which shows the porn star in a two piece. The third picture from the film shows Sunny wrapped in a white sheet and looking seductively towards the camera but the fourth picture of her getting cozy with Randeep will sure raise the mercury level high.

By: Bollywood Mantra Staff on 22nd May 2012 | This article was originally published on Bollywood Mantra.

Should You Watch ‘Satyamev Jayate’?

MAY 8, 2012 7:47 AM BY FIRST POST

Patriotism has always been a winning card for Aamir Khan. Be it Lagaan or Rang De Basanti, he tapped into our nostalgia for the glory days of the freedom movement, a pinnacle of national achievement that we’ve never quite managed to match since—despite all the fuss over hefty growth rates and World Cup victories. Independence was a triumph not of our net worth as a nation but of our national character. And Khan’s most successful movies have always offered a feel-good affirmation of our moral fibre. His aam aadmi is a good man who loves his country, and his fellow citizens.
His new show Satyamev Jayate too bases itself on this premise, and in doing it makes the leap from fiction to fact. The good Indian is not merely a feel-good Bollywood invention but a real flesh-and-blood person watching TV on a Sunday morning—or so Aamir Khan hopes. He’s taken his biggest gamble yet, and in doing so has put the onus on us.

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We Indians cherish the notion that we are a good, decent patriots. Well, Aamir Khan just called our bluff. The irony is that unlike the other celebrity-helmed entertainment shows, Satyamev Jayate’s fate will not be a judgement on Khan’s star power but our much-vaunted national virtue. And he pulls no punches in making that clear: this is about all of us, not just him.

“It tells us about ourselves. It is a mirror that reveals our mindset,” he says. What is he talking about? Female foeticide, which is the theme of the first episode.

And that’s the other, big risk he takes: to cast aside the cheery, upbeat version of patriotism that we’re relentlessly sold, in movies, ads, and on television. The tone is pensive from the very outset—and candid. Khan calls out our collective apathy and indifference to the societal ills that surround us. Our tendency to look away, to make it someone else’s problem. He raises uncomfortable questions: “What kind of Shining India do we want to be part of?” How will we face those who won our independence? Did they dream of this India?

The entire show is designed to leave the viewer with few excuses to duck responsibility or awareness. He interviews real women with hair-raising tales of multiple abortions and extreme physical abuse—and makes sure we see their daughters, adorable little tots who would have been “killed in the womb”. Think foeticide is other people’s problem? He trots out a doctor whose mother-in-law kicked her granddaughter’s carrycot down the stairs.

Think it’s a woman’s fault? Aamir is here to tell you that gender is determined by the sperm. And he comes at us armed with census charts and experts. Did you know that sex determination began as a national family planning policy? That not one doctor charged with abetting foeticide has lost his or her licence to practice medicine? Perhaps the most notable achievement of the show is the way it manages to explain a complex phenomenon, identify and communicate all the key aspects, and package them into a single episode.

Aamir is also not going to let us just sit back and tut-tut, as usual. Sure, he offers us an opportunity to indulge in our favourite easy-peasy form of SMS activism—to back his request to the Rajasthan government to set up a fast-track court to bring the doctors caught in a news sting to justice. But he also hits us with the unpalatable truth: this is one problem we can’t blame on others, be it politicians, the courts, or the doctors. Female foeticide would stop if “we decide this will not happen”. We are the “jadoo ki chadi,” he says, so do it right now.

And just in case we prefer to think it impossible: Look, here’s a village in Punjab that has done exactly so. Aamir’s message is unmistakable: no excuses allowed.

In many ways, Satyamev Jayate is an extended public service announcement. Other celebrities content themselves with making an ad for a worthy cause, but not Aamir Khan. He’s turned his activism into a full-fledged television show. This is good, this is laudable, this is also not fun. Perhaps this is why Aamir tries so hard to make us cry instead—and tears up himself. If we don’t tune in for a laugh, maybe we will do it for a cathartic bout of collective weeping.

Will we really come back, week after week, to endure one and a half hour of feel-bad reality? (Even as the underwear ads starring Sallu remind us of all the fun we could be having.) We, the time-pass addicts, so accustomed to being entertained even by our news channels. Aamir is betting on it. And this time, the stakes are higher than TRPs or box-office returns.

“It raises a question about our national character,” says Aamir at the end of the show. And so willSatyamev Jayate if it fails. But irrespective of the outcome, Aamir will, as always, have scored a win.

This story by Lakshmi Chaudhry was originally published on