Oct 192017
 

3 out of 5 stars
Box Office: TBA

golmaal-again-4The fourth franchise of Golmaal that began assaulting our senses in 2006, is essentially a horror-comedy that sees the reunion of the solid five (Ajay Devgn, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade and Kunal Kemmu), with new entries Tabu and Parineeti Chopra all coming together with one common agenda – to entertain (and make money)! Like every other film from the series, Golmaal Again holds on strongly to its template. Two gangs pitted against one another who eventually come together for the greater common good aka fighting the bad boys. In this case, the baddies are the charming Neil Nitin Mukesh and villain pro Prakash Raj.

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“If however, you like to take your brains with you to the movies, this Golmaal might not be the way to spend a memorable Diwali.”
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Sep 272017
 

Kashmir, a land of serenity, is perceived to be a slice of heaven on Earth. The sad reality of inflicted terrorism, people being uprooted and the perennial fight between two neighbouring countries has made life difficult, but this particular piece of  land is not just known for its concrete nature, but the culture, and the people who give it an identity. Once upon a time, the gorgeous valley was the ideal destination for vacations and even inspired many Bollywood movies, but today, thanks to the current fabricated perception of the land, tourism is experiencing an all time dip. The tourism department of Kashmir has taken a wonderful initiative to change all of this and focus on the positive aspects of the valley. This video, titled ‘Kashmir: The Warmest Place On Earth’ is directed by the talented Amit Sharma and has already crossed two million views in less than two days. The video was shared by Mehbooba Mufti as well.

Kashmir, our home.https://t.co/fgbEfTI9KV

— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) September 24, 2017

Amit Sharma is no stranger to success. He’s a stellar director who has a unique vision by drawing inspiration from the world around him. Do you remember that heart warming advertisement by Google that involved the reunion of two childhood friends separated by partition but united by technology? It was directed by him only.

He runs ‘Chrome Pictures’, a production house with many reputed brands as their clientele. It’s no wonder excellence comes naturally to him! “It was the first time, that in a tourism film, someone was trying to talk not just about the beauty of the land but about the people as well. And it is so true. The innocence that thrives in this land can be found nowhere else. I was humbled by the hospitality of the people. Every location we went to, the people there (the locals) personally served ‘kahwa’ with something to eat, and we could not say no to them because otherwise they felt as though they did something wrong. All I have done is tried to capture the true essence of Kashmir. Everything that you see in this film is true. Kashmir is an experience, and the people play a major part in that. It is one place that I can call my own”, says Amit, when asked about the reception that this video was getting.

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The video on Kashmir captures the essence that resonates in the people of the valley, the ones who have not abandoned their land yet. The movie has caught the eye and attention of everyone and even celebrities on Twitter are overjoyed.

The beauty and warmth of Kashmir….. https://t.co/L42HWLlgoU

— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) September 24, 2017

This short film truly captures the essence of Kashmir!!! The warmest place on earth! Please watch! 💙 https://t.co/6rvIkx8XmZ

— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) September 24, 2017

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Kashmir is indeed the warmest place on Earth and this video has the power to melt the coldest hearts, and act as a magnet that compels us to visit the valley just to experience the warmth that lights up every heart. 

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Aug 302017
 

Throughout all of ‘Game of Thrones’, there were certain reunions that fans had been waiting to see, and this season did not disappoint in that area. We saw Arya come face-to-face with her direwolf, Nymeria as she headed to Winterfell for an emotional reunion with Sansa and Bran. Then there was Jon and Daenerys at Dragonstone and then the latest episode was just filled with reunions and meetings.

The Reason Why Cersei & Bronn Are Never In The Same Scene In Got© HBO

But, have you ever wondered why we have never seen Queen Cersei and Ser Bronn have even a single interaction ever on the show? 

As soon as the negotiations were about to start between Team Dany and Team Cersei, did you notice Bronn and Podrick head out for a drink before the talking began?

Bronn and Podrick leave literally seconds before Cersei arrives, even though an extremely important meeting is about to take place, and ideally, they both really should both be attending it, after all its a life or death situation kind of meeting.

The Reason Why Cersei & Bronn Are Never In The Same Scene In Got© HBO

So, basically, actors Lena Headley (Cersei) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) used to date once upon a time but it did not end well, like not well at all. It was so bad that they can’t even stand to be in the same room anymore. According to some reports, being kept separate is even a binding part of their contracts.

The Reason Why Cersei & Bronn Are Never In The Same Scene In Got

An unnamed member of the show’s crew made the following comment to The Telegraph back in 2014 : “Jerome and Lena aren’t on speaking terms anymore and they are never in the same room at the same time. It’s a pity because they appeared to have patched things up for a while, but now the word is they should be kept apart at all costs.”

You can just imagine what a nightmare it must be for both of them to work together after a break-up, especially went it ended that badly. Moreover, think of all the scenes we could’ve had if these two actors were able to work alongside each other.

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We can only wait and see now if Lena and Jerome will be able to patch things up just enough to give one scene together in the next and final season.

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Aug 282017
 

The 7th season of ‘Game of Thrones’ has ended and so has our watch. The finale has left us in whirlwind of emotions and we have been replaying everything in our heads ever since. Too bad if you haven’t watched it yet, we suggest you do not read any further  because this piece has more spoilers than the hair in your head. First things first, Jon and Dany have finally hooked up after leaving fans on the brink of a climax with their sexual tension. Strangely enough, the intimate scene is coupled with the scene of Jon’s bloody birth. Don’t know why but we think Dany might soon have a child of her own. 

While Cersei might have sunk to her lowest yet and she is not budging even for the White Walkers, we see a point in her madness. Let your enemies fight and kill each other. One dragon is already dead; she might not have to fight at all to win this war perhaps. Nevertheless, let’s take a moment to savour some of the best moments of this episode! 

They started off with a cocky joke

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Not without Bronn bringing things into perspective 

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Brienne looks at the Hound like Tormund looks at Brienne! 

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

She means she is glad he is alive

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Arya could so have been their daughter 

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Aaand a reunion that is anything but conventional 

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

We bet there’s gonna be an insane battle between the Hound and the Mountain in the next season

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

What. An. Entry.

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Too bad you gave away news of your dead dragon while trying to brag 

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

That look on Cersei’s face when she is greeted by the Wight

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

We are secretly hoping the evil genius Qyburn comes up with a plan for the White Walkers

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Of all the places and all the times, you chose this moment to bend the knee?! 

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Yes, talk to the queen and tell her you love me, not her

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Or maybe she already knows

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Bingo boy! You haven’t lost that edge. Wine suits you

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

The only time Jon Snow made sense

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

And also the only time Theon was glad to miss Little theon

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

I swear it felt as scary as when the teacher singles you out and you haven’t done your assignment

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Could watch this scene a thousand times

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Uh, well, one minute Mr Three-Eyed Raven, you are sitting with Samwell Tarly

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Erm..hi…wanna test out the witch’s prophecy?  

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

Aegon Targaryen

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

We loved this reunion better than any in the show!

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

So that’s basically Daenerys’ dragon destroying the Wall for the White Walkers. Nicely played 

25 Moments From GOT S7 Finale That Are Abso-Fokin-lutely Gold

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Aug 182017
 

salman-khan-and-jacqueline-fernandezIn industry parlance, bagging the female lead in a Salman Khan starrer is quite a coup and by those standards, Jacqueline Fernandez is in an enviable spot.

The actor had been roped in for Remo D’Souza’s dance drama, Go Daddy, opposite Khan. However, recent developments suggest that the superstar has allotted those dates to Race 3, which is also being helmed by D’Souza. Buzz is that Fernandez may land a role in Race 3 as well.

Talking to mid-day, Jacqueline Fernandez reveals, “I’m doing a film with Salman, but I’m not sure which one. The line-up of the film has changed. Right now the slot is open, and Salman and Remo are debating which film to go ahead with.”

While the script may be the barometer to choose a film on other occasions, the actor says she’ll happily make an exception for Salman Khan. “I’m okay with any of the films as long as I get to work with Salman,” she laughs.

Her fondness for Khan is evident. Having worked with him in Kick (2014), she is glad to share screen space with him again in Judwaa 2, where he will be seen in one of the songs. “Having him on the sets was so amazing. He brings in so much of energy. David sir and Sajid Nadiadwala became nostalgic, it was like a mini reunion. Varun [Dhawan], Taapsee [Pannu] and I just kept listening to their stories.”

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Aug 082017
 

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Actor Emraan Hashmi said he has only believed in working hard and never much bothered about the fate of his films at the box office.

Some of Hashmi’s recent films like “Raja Natwarlal”, “Hamari Adhuri Kahaani”, “Azhar” and “Raaz Reboot” did not do well commercially.

The actor, however, said it did not affect him or his career at all as he’s still getting to work with a lot of people.

Asked if he was pinning high hopes from his upcoming film “Baadshaho”, the actor said, “We all have high hopes from this film, like I have had with all my films. The only way you can avoid a flop film is that you don’t make a film at all. It is as simple as that.”

“I have learnt that in this industry you have to keep striving and working hard. The day you stop (working) you start thinking and get insecure. I don’t think there is a place for that,” he said.

The actor said he was hopeful for “Baadshaho” and believed it would do well at the box office.

“I am very excited about ‘Baadshaho’. This is the best time in my career, I am getting to do films which I always wanted to do. Also, for the industry it’s a grim time as films are not doing well. But this is the best time to introspect and understand that we have to make things work.”

“Baadshaho” marks the reunion of Milan Luthria, the director of “Once Upon A Time in Mumbai”, and actors Ajay Devgn and Hashmi.

“We (Luthria and Devgn) are coming after seven years so there are expectations and I am happy that Milan has given an unusual twist to a heist film.

“He is aware about the expectations of the audience especially after Devgn and his last outing ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbai’.”

“Baadshaho”, also starring Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta and Sanjay Mishra, is set to release on September 1.

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Jul 292017
 

Even though it has been 20 years since the release of the movie, ‘Titanic' has managed to remain relevant even now. The movie still causes a lot of discussions, the main recurring question obviously being ‘Why the hell didn't Rose move just a little bit to make space for Jack on that huge plank of wood?'

‘Titanic' Cast Reunites After 20 Years To Save Icebergs

This past Wednesday, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation held its yearly gala to raise money for environmental causes. You know, how Leo is all about saving the environment now? He's not all talk, he actually does whatever he can to help the cause.

A lot of celebrities attended the gala, Madonna performed, but the best part was when Leo's Titanic co-stars made an appearance as well. 

So thrilled to reunite with friends and contribute to such an important cause. My painting behind us was auctioned for €100,000.00 last night! @leonardodicapriofdn art auction. Crazy proud! @katewinsletofficial @leonardodicaprio

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And, this reunion was the perfect opportunity for Billy Zane to use this incredible caption.

Gangs back together. Now we're saving icebergs. Go figure.. @katewinsletofficial @leonardodicaprio @leonardodicapriofdn

A post shared by Billy Zane (@billyzane) on Jul 26, 2017 at 1:12pm PDT

Almost all the comments on this picture are about how hilarious his caption is.

The joke spread on Twitter, too, obviously.

Highest of ironies: cast of Titanic has 20yr reunion to discuss how they can save melting ice caps. #LeonardoDiCapriofoundation

— Cody A. Brobst (@CodyABrobst) July 27, 2017

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— Sara Horton (@SPN_Sara87) July 26, 2017

Billy Zane, Kate Winslet, and Leonardo DiCaprio have a Titanic reunion. Instead of being hit by an iceberg, they gather to save icebergs. pic.twitter.com/LJ7uSzVjPR

— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) July 27, 2017

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Jul 242017
 

Disclaimer: There will be some spoilers from the second episode and it’s your bad that you haven’t seen the episode yet. Now is the time to catch up, so go and watch it.

We are already in the seventh season of ‘Game of Thrones’, yet it seems as if it was only yesterday we saw Daenerys Targaryen’s badass avatar when she walked out of the fire with a dragon on her shoulder. To refresh your memories, that was in the first season. Talking about Season 1, it was special for many reasons and Arya Stark and her direwolf, Nymeria were one of them.

Arya Stark Meets Nymeria In ‘Stormborn' In Game Of Thrones 7© HBO

Let’s take you on a walk down the memory lane, in the first season Arya Stark bid adieu to Nymeria and let’s be honest, that was one of the most emotional scenes to watch, not bigger than Hodor’s death though. Now, fast forward six seasons ahead into the present time and that iconic and unexpected reunion has finally happened in the second episode of season 7, “Stormborn”.

Arya Stark Meets Nymeria In ‘Stormborn' In Game Of Thrones 7© HBO

Yes, Arya Stark finally met Nymeria (not from the Sand Snakes), which not only connected the dot left since 2011, but also gave GOT fans across the world a reason to rejoice. Now, while some were expecting Nymeria to have a bigger role to play in fulfilling Arya’s vengeance, looks like the writers brought the two together only to drift them apart after sometime. So, basically it wasn’t a reintroduction of the direwolf character, but a scene only made to appease the fans that were waiting for the two to meet.

Arya Stark Meets Nymeria In ‘Stormborn' In Game Of Thrones 7© HBO

The moment Arya was preparing to fight a group of wolves, an enormous female direwolf comes into the picture to stop them and Arya soon recognized who she was. Nymeria leads her own wolfpack now. However, when she begged Nymeria to travel to north with her, she refused and Arya was quick to notice the change in Nymeria. So, they parted their ways with Arya’s last words to her childhood pet being “That’s not you”, which is now etched in our hearts forever. You aren’t a true fan if you still didn’t get the real meaning behind this line. A small hint: the young Arya Stark had a similar conversation with her father, when she was told that she will grow up to be a lady and she had said “That’s not me”.

Apart from this tear-jerking scene, the second episode was brilliantly penned out and was really satisfying to watch. However, this episode has left us with one question. Was Nymeria’s appearance incorporated only for the fans or does she have a bigger role to play in the upcoming episodes?

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Mar 242017
 

‘Phillauri’
U/A; Comedy-fantasy
Dir: Anshai Lal
Cast: Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma
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The first trailer of Anushka Sharma’s Phillauri brought back happy memories of Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Love Aaj Kal’ (2009). The parallels were hard to miss — from the sepia-toned visual palette to the heart-tugging themes of love and longing that stand the test of time. Newbie director Anshai Lal attempts a heady mix centered on the familiar brew, but manages to whip up only a dodgy screenplay.

Right in the first scene, we meet ‘Kaneda’ returned Kanan (Suraj Sharma), having a nightmare about becoming the laughing stock for turning up stark naked at his wedding with childhood sweetheart Anu (Mehreen Pirzada). Evidently, he is developing cold feet, presumably from a prolonged period of long distance relationship (three years, we are told later). But he has his heart set on going with the flow — braving the rituals with a stoic smile and a joint in hand. When the boy is married to a tree to nullify is ‘bhaari mangal dosh’, he meets Shashi (Anushka Sharma), the friendly ghost bride from 1919 who is stuck with the reluctant groom-to-be.

Lal and co-writer Anvita Dutt use up the entire first half to perfect the setting with some uproarious moments and a few heartfelt ones. The former comes primarily from Suraj, who makes it impossible for you to take eyes off him. With crackling comic timing and perplexed expressions, he is practically the best part of the film. Pirzada, unfortunately, has the most underwritten part. But even she gets a standout drunken scene, which she nails beautifully. But the first hour tends to get tedious, giving rather little of the plot. There are clichéd characters, like a beeji who fancies her drink at 9 am and fondly cracks inappropriate jokes about her dead husband’s kharab niyat. #hayemainmarjawa

Post-interval, the film picks pace as we are sucked into the romance of the old-world couple — Roop (Diljit Dosanjh) and Shashi. Dutt and Lal carve their love story around poetry and music. The earthy tunes are effectively used to create some palpable chemistry between Diljit and Anushka, both at their best. She plays the all-heart, strong-minded, defiant woman, who will go all the way for the man she loves. Diljit matches her with his dimpled smile and understated act. Together, they iron out many problem areas in the film. But the deal breaker here comes right in the end — a silly climax that is hurriedly written and executed at a snail’s pace. The reunion of VFX-created, shimmery translucent ghosts is a tad much to digest.

A film like this is frustrating, to be frank. The narrative is refreshingly written, brimming with breezy humour. But it is ironic that the haunting spirit is lacking, both metaphorically and literally speaking.

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Mar 192017
 

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Pic/Getty Images

Angelina Jolie and her six children are back in the US after their week long trip to London and Cambodia. Brad Pitt has never stayed away from his kids and this time apart was extremely difficult for the actor and he is glad it’s over. A source informed, “Brad is anxious to meet and reunite with his children.”

Angelina and the kids — Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Shiloh, 10, Zahara, 12, Vivienne, 8, and Knox, 8 — touched down in Los Angeles on Saturday. The source added, “Brad misses his kids dearly and is relieved they are finally coming home; they’re back after a wild international tour and vacation. This is the longest Brad has been apart from his children since his split with Angelina, and every day away from his kids has been difficult. Brad is excited, anxious and can’t wait to see all the kids again.”

The couple are in a much sorted place in their once-volatile relationship. He had given his blessings to Jolie to take the kids around the world and experience some adventure. But that in no way means that Pitt doesn’t miss his kids, say sources. The actor is planning a massive reunion to make up for time lost.

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