Rimi Chakraborty

Feb 192018
 

While, for the rest of the world this Monday is still going to be boring and mundane, there is one guy who is probably flying high on cloud nine and dancing with joy, with no ‘blues’ to give whatsoever. The guy in question is none other than Karan Johar, whose directorial debut ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ is making the world go crazy, even after 20 years of its release. And the Berlin Film Festival only cemented the fact for us.      

German Orchestra Plays 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' At Berlin Film Festival© Yash Raj Films

If the Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol-Rani Mukherjee starrer taught us anything, it is the trick of using cheesy pickup lines like a pro, and getting any girl with ‘pyaar dosti hai’ logic. Seriously, didn’t we all try this line, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai *insert our crush’s name*, tum nahi samjhoge”, on people at least once?

Well, how can we forget that this is the same movie that gave us Sana Saeed. Yes, we are talking about the hottie from ‘Student Of The Year’.

German Orchestra Plays 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' At Berlin Film Festival

The movie also gave us one of the most epic transformation stories, which happened over an unrequited love.

German Orchestra Plays 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' At Berlin Film Festival© Yash Raj Films

The movie also gave one of the coolest Dadis of all time and even today we feel that she possibly time-travelled from the future, because she was clearly way ahead of her time. She even sneaked out with her granddaughter for a summer camp.

The movie made us realize how life is not about ‘counting dollars’ but ‘stars’, thanks to this kid, who had just one job throughout the movie and that was to look at stars.

German Orchestra Plays 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' At Berlin Film Festival

Lastly, the movie also predicted Salman’s future for all of us that he is going to stay single.

The movie had something or the other for everyone and no matter how old we grow; we can re-watch this movie every time it pops up on our TV screens.

German Orchestra Plays 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' At Berlin Film Festival© Yash Raj Films

But, we guess it isn’t just India that’s affected by the charm of this movie. Other countries too love Bollywood as much as we do, and the magic of this iconic movie was witnessed at the Berlin Film Festivals. To pay a tribute to ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra played the title track, which was welcomed by a huge round of applause by the audience.

Honestly, there couldn’t have been a better rendition than this and we can listen to it the whole day on loop. Even Karan Johar was so impressed by it that he took to Twitter to express his joy.

Was so excited and honoured to see this!!!!! #KuchKuchHotaHai https://t.co/EKsDTSMVj1

— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) 18 February 2018

It’s impressive how after so many years, the movie still manages to flutter many a hearts and make people drown in a pool of nostalgia.

Karan Johar is currently gearing up for another kickass movie ‘Ranbhoomi’ starring varun Dhawan.

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Feb 152018
 

There are certain movies that don’t attract us irrespective of how many sequels it rolls out, and then we have movies like ‘The Incredibles’ which just like its name, are so brilliant that a mere announcement makes us jump off our beds in excitement. 

It has been a long, long wait for the sequel and now that it’s finally happening, our inner child cannot contain all this excitement anymore. And I am sure I am not alone in jumping up and down like a kid. Come on guys, we waited for more than 14 years for this movie to release, and now that Disney has dropped this kickass teaser trailer, we guess our wait was totally worth it. 

'The Incredibles 2' Trailer Just Dropped & So Did Our Jaws After Watching It© Disney

More than a decade ago, a family of incredibly talented, powerful superheroes came into our lives and turned it around like no one else. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration I made there, but where else do you see a toddler burning the whole house down, quite literally. Or the kids going invisible and running on water. But, all of that happened in reel life in a span of two hours, and our movie watching experience was never the same again.

'The Incredibles 2' Trailer Just Dropped & So Did Our Jaws After Watching It© Disney

Although the teaser was short-lived, 1-minute-30-seconds to be precise; it does not take away from the fact that this was the best 1-minute-30-seconds we spent the whole day. The trailer was released during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics coverage on NBC sports last night. By the looks of the first teaser, the movie will show the Elastigirl (Helen Parr) in all her glory and badassery, while Mr. Incredible will stay at home and take care of the kids. 

'The Incredibles 2' Trailer Just Dropped & So Did Our Jaws After Watching It© Disney

Well, good luck taking care of Jack Jack, Mr. Incredible, and feel free to take notes from Kari McKeen, his babysitter. Especially, when we have already seen all the evit sh*t Jack Jack is capable of stirring up. 

The latest trailer also hints at Mr. Incredible asking for tips from our fashion idol Edna Mode, who rolls out her two cents in the most kickass style, just the way we expected it to be.

The first teaser leans more towards family drama and Elastigirl taking over the world, but we fans know that there’s definitely something brewing in the background that will be revealed soon. 

We have complete faith in you Brad Bird, we know you are going to helm it to perfection, yet again. ‘The Incredibles 2’ is expected to hit the theatres on June 15, 2018.

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Feb 142018
 

Last week, we are sure half of the country tripped and fell over when Salman Khan announced that he finally found a girl. The remaining half of the population was probably gulping down their sorrow over drinks since their beloved President of ‘Single Men Rock’ Association (FYI we just made that up), is now going to resign from the post. 

Mujhe ladki mil gayi

— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) February 6, 2018

Honestly, after reading that tweet if someone told me that aliens and vampires are for real, I would have probably believed it to be true. But, as things turned out, he did not find a girl for himself. The mystery girl in the picture was actress Warina Hussain, who recently became a part of Salman Khan’s upcoming project ‘Loveratri’. 

Unless you were living under a rock all this while, ‘Loveratri’ is an upcoming movie that marks the debut of his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma.

Salman Khan Wishes Fans Valentine's Day With 'Loveratri' Poster© Twitter

While we all went back to do our respective jobs, Salman came back with a bang to give us another surprise on Valentine’s Day. Only this time it wasn’t a shock, but a good surprise. Salman wished his fans Valentine’s Day in the most obvious yet unexpected way ever, because that’s what single men do. They try to take away attention from the fact that they are single on Valentine’s Day, by posting something completely out of context and linking it to Valentine’s Day.  

He wrote, “Yeh Valentine’s Day par wishing everyone #Loveratri.”

Yeh Valentines Day par wishing everyone #Loveratri . @aaysharma @Warina_Hussain @SKFilmsOfficial pic.twitter.com/mGiv2rCCZg

— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) February 14, 2018

The poster shows both Aayush and Warina, inviting everyone to what looks like an epic Dandiya night. So, now we all know that it’s going to release somewhere around Navratri, because who needs calendars when you have Bollywood for that job. ‘Loveratri’ is directed by Abhiraj Minawala and is expected to release on September 21.

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Feb 122018
 

We are sure most of you must have seen movies like ‘Dunkirk’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Rampage’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’, ‘The Hobbit’, ‘Spectre’, or ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’. While, we thoroughly loved watching them and their drop-dead striking aerial shots, I’m sure most of us barely gave a thought to the hard work and technology that went behind it. 

But, Oscars did. Hence, they decided to acknowledge and appreciate their efforts at the Scientific and Technical Awards that took place over the weekend in Beverly Hills. The 90th Academy Awards aka the coveted Oscars 2018 is still a few weeks away. 

Indian Engineer Vikas Sathaye Wins Oscar For Shotover K1 Camera System© Twitter

However, this is not the reason why we are jumping up and down in excitement and beaming with pride at the same time. It’s the fact that India received a great reward for its contribution in movies. In case you are scratching your heads in confusion, here’s what happened. 

Vikas Sathaye, a genius Indian engineer raised in Mumbai, proved his mettle in front of the whole world and made the nation proud with his achievements; after he won an Oscar for Shotover K1 Camera System. Sathaye was a part of the esteemed four-member team that was honoured with the scientific and engineering award “for the concept, design, engineering and implementation of the Shotover K1 Camera System.” Brad Hurndell, John Coyle and Shane Buckham were the other team members. 

Indian Engineer Vikas Sathaye Wins Oscar For Shotover K1 Camera System© Reuters

We realize most of you will be confused right now wondering what did they really do, but trust us, you’re not alone. So here’s how the Academy broke down the explanation. Apparently, this is a “six-axis stabilized aerial camera mount” that has an “enhanced ability to frame shots while looking straight down.” 

Reportedly, Sathaye joined Shotover Camera Systems, located in Queenstown, New Zealand in 2009. He worked on the aerial mount there. In fact, Sathaye said, “One of the reasons to start this company in Queenstown was the natural beauty and stunning scenery which attract a lot of film producers and directors.”

He further explained, “The camera mount gets attached to the base of a helicopter, which carries the camera and lens. Its primary function is to eliminate any vibration from reaching the camera and thus getting steady footage. The other function for the camera mount is to move the camera head in the desired direction as required by the camera operator, who sits inside the helicopter and uses a joystick to control the camera head movement.” Isn’t this so cool?

Sathaye was born in 1967 in Pune and spent most part of his life in Mumbai. After school, he completed a diploma in instrumentation from VPM’s polytechnic, Thane. Then, he studied BE in electronics from VIT Pune and MTech in instrumentation from IISc. Sathaye was earlier a teacher, who taught at Pune Cummins College of Engineering for Women for a couple of years, during which he was sent to Italy for a project and it was there that he got inspired to take up this field. 

Indian Engineer Vikas Sathaye Wins Oscar For Shotover K1 Camera System© Shotover

So what do we learn from this folks? First, Oscars 2018 is around the corner and it’s becoming difficult to contain our excitement.

Second, let’s not judge or make memes and jokes on engineers anymore guys; if they can create such brilliant and Oscar-worthy concepts, we guess they can do anything in the world and outer space and any other dimension they might have accidently found.fww

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Feb 122018
 

R. Balki is currently basking in the success of his recently released movie ‘Padman’ starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor; but he is also low-key gearing up for another movie that has all the ingredients to become one of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters, the moment it hits the big screen. 

Wonder what those ingredients are? First, take a scoop of Amitabh Bachchan’s exemplary acting and add a dollop of Kangana Ranaut’s impeccable acting prowess, sprinkle a tinge of a powerful script and garnish it with R. Balki’s creative vision; and viola, there you have the recipe for a great biopic that’s reportedly under wraps. 

Amitabh Bachchan & Kangana Ranaut Might Comes Together For A Biopic© BCCL

According to reports, Amitabh Bachchan and Kangana Ranaut are coming together for a biopic on Arunima Singh, the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest. 

Kangana Ranaut, who is currently busy working on ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ based on the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai; is likely to take on the challenging role of playing Arunima Singh on screen and if the reports are to be believed, then Kangana might undergo training to adapt to the body language of a differently-abled person.

As for Amitabh Bachchan, he will play a mentor or coach to Kangana’s character in this biopic. After his similar role in ‘Black’, our hopes are really high this time and the excitement is already hitting the roof. Amitabh Bachchan is one of the greatest actors Bollywood has ever seen, who till date gives actors half his age or even three-times younger than him, a run for their money. Big B is currently gearing up for his upcoming movies ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ alongside Aamir Khan and ‘102 Not Out’ with Rishi Kapoor. 

Amitabh Bachchan & Kangana Ranaut Might Comes Together For A Biopic© Youtube

Although Kangana Ranaut and Amitabh Bachchan will come together in a movie for the first time, we have already seen their crackling chemistry when the two appeared on an advertisement for BoroPlus cream. The funny antics and their epic timing was a visual treat and we hope to see the same magic in this movie too. 

However, while these reports hint at a movie in the making, R Balki earlier told in an interview that this isn’t true, “I approach Mr. Bachchan ever day for a film. But whatever you’re hearing now is not true, they are all rumours. There’s nothing on cards. The film people are talking about is not mine, but a friend’s. I am just helping him do it. I’m not directly involved.”

Well, we don’t know whether to fall for this trick again, given how during Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s wedding too, everyone denied while they secretly got married in Italy. So let’s be hopeful that R. Balki gives in to our wishes and makes a movie already. 

Let’s hope for the trio to wave their magic wand on this movie.

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Feb 112018
 

On days when Bollywood’s Badshah, Shah Rukh Khan is not busy giving romance lessons to the world or asking the gorgeous Cate Blanchett for a selfie at Davos, he serves visual treat on a platter called Instagram for all his fans to gorge on.

But, if it’s a Sunday and he has nothing to do just like most of us, then his Instagram account can turn into an enigma code or the cryptic codes from ‘The Matrix’, making it difficult for us to decipher what he truly means.

shah rukh khan instagramInstagram

Well, maybe we exaggerated a bit, but after watching this video, we are sure you are going to feel the same way as we do – confused to an extent where we don’t know how to react, so we like the post, tag our friends and leave it to their imagination to decode what exactly it was.

In the video, SRK is seen wearing a tuxedo, his cool dark glasses and hair slicked back as he gears up to give a special surprise to his fans. Before we could understand what was happening, he dunked his face right inside the water, and played a couple of his famous dialogues.

This didn’t go as planned…but on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with my limited floatation expertise..this is the best I could do! Judge nahi karna, feel karna…Thx.

A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Feb 11, 2018 at 2:42am PST

Well, like he said in the caption of the post, “Judge nahi karna, feel karna.” So we’ll leave it at that and ask you guys to take charge and help us figuring out in what he was doing.

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Feb 112018
 

Despite completing a few months already, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s wedding till date remains the much talked about and the most happening event from last year. Such was the suspense, thrill and excitement around the wedding that people were clueless even on the D-day, wondering if it’s really happening.

Virat Anushka weddingInstagram

We have to applaud the two for managing to stir their fans’ hearts with their secret wedding at Tuscany in Italy on December 11, away from the buzz hovering around them. However, Italy wasn’t the only talking point of their wedding, neither were the two larger-than-life reception parties the couple hosted in Delhi and Mumbai for their friends and family members.

Virat anushka receptionInstagram

Despite having the best of both worlds in attendance, Virat and Anushka or Virushka, were the life of their own party, just how they were the life of every other party they attended together. Virat and Anushka are like live wires, who ignite sparks wherever they go, and just when we thought that we have seen enough already, we got our hands on this video, where the two are seen dancing like there’s no tomorrow. 

After they flaunted their killer dance moves at Sagarika Ghatge and Zaheer Khan’s wedding, there were no doubts that they will set their reception’s dance floor on fire and they did exactly that. So, here’s a throwback video of them grooving at a Punjabi number on the dance floor.

@virat.kohli & @anushkasharma at their Mumbai reception 💗💃� #Virushka #VirushkaReception

A post shared by _virat_18_lovers (@_virat_18_lovers) on Feb 10, 2018 at 9:35am PST

For a couple who got Shah Rukh Khan to dance with them and teach the art of flirting, setting the stage on fire was surely a child’s play, wasn’t it?

After living their fairy tale wedding, the couple is back to their respective jobs. While Virat is smashing hits against the South Africa team in the ongoing India vs SA ODIs; Anushka is all set to stun us all with her stellar performances in upcoming movies ‘Pari’ and ‘Zero’.

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Feb 112018
 

Ajay Devgn is back in action with his upcoming crime drama ‘Raid’, and while some of us were beginning to have second thoughts about this movie; the makers dropped an amazing trailer packed with high-octane action and drama, which confirmed that it’s going to be one of the most kickass movies of this year.

The trailer gave us two things – one is the powerful line “Heroes don’t always come in uniform” and the second is this hilarious line-up of memes and jokes that people made out of one dialogue of Saurabh Shukla.

Ajay Devgn raid memesPanorama Studios

Ajay Devgn plays an honest, no-nonsense Income Tax Officer, whose ultimate aim is to bring Saurabh Shukla’s character’s black money and corrupt ways, to the surface. While, both Ajay and Shukla were immersed in a fiery battle of words throughout the trailer, there was one dialogue that caught people’s attention and how.

Director Raj Kumar Gupta might have had different thoughts when he got Shukla to say “Andar toh aagaye…bahar kaise jaaoge?” (You managed to get in, but how will you go out?) But when you have some genius minds and Twitter at our disposal, how can one not think otherwise. And that’s exactly what happened.

Ajay Devgn Raid memesPanorama Studios

Twitter could only see ‘fodder for memes’ written on this intense scene and took no time to rewrite the scene with their hilarious imagination.

Friendzone be like pic.twitter.com/qngvTFpJUx

— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) February 7, 2018

Marwari wallet to Money. pic.twitter.com/dhn8rG99Kl

— Bruce Wayne (@WaizArd20) February 8, 2018

#Gameofthrones

For more, Visit https://t.co/vR2idjVfwl pic.twitter.com/VTo3kJmnYb

— MemeYatra (@MemeYatra) February 9, 2018

Marwadi dad once his son enters shop. pic.twitter.com/NI2CBcrb53

— Akshay Jain (@AkshayKatariyaa) February 8, 2018

When an Andheri guy catches Virar Local and wants to get down at Borivali.

Mumbai Local Travellers: pic.twitter.com/ITIHAbhTHl

— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) February 8, 2018

In fact, Twitter didn’t spare Devgn too and unleashed their creativity to turn the movie’s poster into these funny memes.

ðŸ??😻🔥 #kingkohli #INDvSA #RaidTrailer pic.twitter.com/p2aryueFrf

— Freelance 007 (@James_Beyond) February 7, 2018

Honest poster of an Ajay Devgn movie. #Raid pic.twitter.com/SmDgktyorz

— Bade Chote (@badechote) February 8, 2018

‘Raid’ is based on true events from the 1980s and stars Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz and Saurabh Shukla in key roles. ‘Raid’ is expected to hit the theatres on March 16.

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Feb 062018
 

‘Black Panther’ is going to hit the theatres soon, but our excitement is already hitting outer space, because the sky is too small a limit for this superhero movie. 

When the Marvel Cinematic Universe decided to give a chance to Black Panther to find his own identity as the new king of Wakanda, little did anyone know that it will gradually shape up to become one of the biggest superhero movies to release this year. 

Director Ryan Coogler Talks About His Experience Of Filming 'Black Panther'© mensxp priyadarshini patwa

Despite gorging on the numerous teasers and trailers of ‘Black Panther’, we still feel that our hunger is not satiated and director Ryan Coogler deserves all the credit to take our excitement to the pinnacle. 

Unless you have been living under a rock or haven’t been following this space to know what we’ve been up to, you will know that MensXP attended the Black Panther red carpet at Seoul, South Korea, where we caught up with the cast of ‘Black Panther’ and got some exclusive deets from our beloved stars. 

Director Ryan Coogler Talks About His Experience Of Filming 'Black Panther'© marvel studios

While, Ryan Coogler was basking in the popularity and the hype this movie is enjoying; we got in touch with another pivotal character from the movie, without whom the movie wouldn’t have managed to create that much of an impact. If you’re thinking about Michael B Jordan’s Eric Killmonger, we love him too but it’s not him. We’re talking about the Nakia, one of the strongest characters who finds herself torn between her duty towards the government and her friendship with T’Challa. 

Director Ryan Coogler Talks About His Experience Of Filming 'Black Panther'© marvel studios

Lupita Nyong’o who plays the beautiful spy got candid with us and spoke about her character, “I think what makes her unique is she has a very quiet sense of power. The fact that she’s a spy means she has to be subtle and to have an impact without necessarily pulling attention.” Lupita even hinted at a special relationship between her character and T’Challa.

Earlier, Chadwick Boseman shared his experience about the movie and now the proud director Ryan Coogler gave us an insight on his experience working on ‘Black Panther’. In a video interview with MensXP, Coogler said, “It was extremely thrilling to make ‘Black Panther’. We’ve put in a lot of hard work. We got a chance to take a lot and strengthen ourselves and be proud of this film.” Here’s what he said. 

Here’s what #RyanCoogler has to say about making @TheBlackPanther. pic.twitter.com/nDRaOkaFT9

— MensXP (@MensXP) February 6, 2018

Thanks to the killer line up of teasers, TV spots and trailers; we are confirmed that this Black Panther is all set to take a giant leap and leave everyone behind at the box office. ‘Black Panther’ is expected to hit the theatres on February 16.

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Feb 062018
 

After stealing the crown of world’s ‘most handsome actor’ from the likes of Chris Evans, Salman Khan, Henry Cavill and Robert Pattinson; actor Hrithik Roshan is back in action with the first look from his upcoming movie ‘Super 30’. And after looking at this avatar, we are convinced that this is going to be one of his best performances so far.

Hrithik Roshan will step in the shoes of Patna-based ace Mathematician Anand Kumar for this biopic, directed by Vikas Bahl. Kumar is known for his ‘Super 30’ programme, where he coaches 30 deserving students from the economically backward or weaker sections to crack IIT-JEE, the entrance exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology. 

Phantom Films shared the first look on their official Twitter with the caption, “From the first page in Benares!’

From the first page in Benares! @ihrithik as Anand Kumar! #Super30 @Super30Film @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies @anandteacher pic.twitter.com/ddnhDqyI5B

— Phantom Films (@FuhSePhantom) 6 February 2018

Hrithik looks very convincing as Anand Kumar and now that his first look is out, we don’t think there could have been a better option that him in Bollywood. In fact, Kumar had earlier expressed his happiness over Hrithik playing him on the big screen. He said, “I am happy that Hrithik will play me because he is the best choice for the role. His dedication towards his work and the kind of versatility he exhibits as an actor is very inspiring. Being a rooted and passionate person myself, I feel that he will bring an emotional depth to my life on screen. I am excited to see Hrithik as Anand Kumar essaying my emotional journey.”

Hrithik’s fans are super impressed with this look and are finding it difficult to contain their excitement.

National Award on his Way �🤘

— BHAUMIK SHAH🇮🇳 (@iBhaumiks) 6 February 2018

Epic performance/movie on its way,,,cant wait,,super excited for #Super30

— Chirag Shah (@iamchiragshah97) 6 February 2018

it’s so cool. @iHrithik luks so raw so real, d story itslf is blockbuster so shl b d flm

— shraddha prabhaker (@shraddhawill) 6 February 2018

Hrithik as anand kumar in #Super30ðŸ˜?��ðŸ˜?… can’t wait moreðŸ˜?ðŸ˜?ðŸ˜? pic.twitter.com/INj7dUKRo8

— Dhiraj Roshan (@iDhirajHrithik) 6 February 2018

Beautiful!!! This movie is gonna be a landmark movie in #Hrithik’s career. All our best wishes with team #Super30

— Sarang Khune (@life_unsolved) 6 February 2018

Killer look so far. HR nailed it again. He is back with his stunning look in this #Super30 .

— Sangam (@iAm_Sangam) 6 February 2018

Hrithik deserve Oscar awards

— Pranit (@Pranit29313215) 6 February 2018

Wearing a plain shirt, disheveled hair and a thick beard; Hrithik looks strikingly similar and absolutely convincing as the noted Maths teacher, and only time will tell how many of his fans will enroll for this special class that will most probably be held on January 25, 2019.

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