Sep 122017

Bollywood fraternity breathed a sigh of relief when Pahlaj Nihalani, the ‘too-sanskaari- to-handle’ Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification, was finally sacked.

The man made headlines every other day during his reign because of his insane demands to eliminate certain words and scenes from movies. He even disallowed the word intercourse in the trailer of ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, reasoning that the Indian mentality is not ready for such progressiveness yet.

‘Julie 2' Gets ‘A' Certificate From CBFC With No Cuts© The Social Monk

Oh but how the tables have turned now in your favour, haven’t they, Mr Nihalani?  So when he was finally replaced by ace lyricist Prasoon Joshi, the Indian film industry and even the audience rejoiced. But the happiness didn’t last for long!

‘Julie 2' Gets ‘A' Certificate From CBFC With No Cuts© Twitter (Open Magazine)

Nihalani managed to stir the country by becoming the ‘presenter and distributor’ of an upcoming (erotic) thriller, ‘Julie 2′.

But, of course, he had an explanation for the same. When the trailer was released, he was of the view that ‘Julie 2′ should get an ‘A’ certificate because it is a “very, clean adult movie” even though the trailer was in complete contrast to his clarification.

‘Julie 2' Gets ‘A' Certificate From CBFC With No Cuts

He further added in an interview that ‘Julie 2′ should be given an ‘A’ certificate without any cuts. There is no vulgarity, obscenity or even a language problem.”Turns out, his dreams have come true as the movie has cleared the censors and has received an ‘A’ certificate from CBFC without any cuts. We repeat: no cuts whatsoever!

Mr. Nihalani is obviously on cloud nine now as he even expressed his happiness by saying, “This is just what I had hoped for. If I was still the CBFC chairperson, I’d have given Julie 2 an ‘Adults’ certificate with no cuts. It is a clean adult film for adult members of a family. Though it’s a film on an adult subject – the exploitation of strugglers and newcomers in Bollywood—the film has no nudity, no skin show, and no double-meaning dialogues. Like I said it is a family film for adults and the CBFC has done the right thing.”

The internet went ballistic when the trailer was released and didn’t shy away from calling Nihalani a hypocrite for peddling soft-porn, to which he conveniently replied, “Soft porn or soft corn, or harsh reality, let the film release. The world will know.”

“I can’t even”…“daf***”…“Ye kya bak****i hai”. Go on. Take your pick from these expressions while venting about this hysterically ironical moment!


Aug 282017

“Robert’s rebellion was built on a lie”, Bran to Samwell Tarly – connecting the dots that finally confirms Jon is not just any bastard, but a Dornish bastard, who are apparently called ‘Sand’ and, not ‘Snow’. 

This revelation is so big that we are not sure how to feel about it. Although, all the Game of Thrones’ Fans saw this coming but we hadn’t expected the makers to disclose it so soon. 

Anyhow, if you haven’t seen the final instalment of the Season 7, then you better save this story, for, it will ultimately put the crucial missing piece back in the puzzle.

Remember Gilly making a huge discovery about Jon Snow’s parents? Yes, now let’s break down what caused Robert’s rebellion, piece by piece: 

It began when Gilly reads some information recorded by Maynard to Sam which goes on like, “Maynard says here, that he issued an annulment for a Prince Raggar and remarried him to someone else at the same time in a secret ceremony in Dorne”, in a confused manner, Gilly asks Sam the meaning of ‘annulment’, referring to someone called ‘Prince Raggar’, without realising the importance of it.

This conversation led Sam to travel back in the North to have Jon’s back. While he was there, he had a little moment with Bran, who was aware of Jon being the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, yet, not the fact that High Septon Maynard had annulled Rhaegar’s marriage to Elia Martell, before marrying him off to Lyanna in Dorne, which was again, a secret affair that he oversaw. 

Earlier, it was believed that Prince Rhaegar, heir to the Iron Throne, kidnapped Lyanna, Ned’s sister, who was engaged to Robert Baratheon. This theory has been nullified, even though it was a lot more controversial as Rhaegar was thought to be still married to Elia Martell. Amidst all this confusion and lies, the truth has finally come up.


At the time of coming to know about Bran’s power of being a Third Eyed Raven, to which Sam’s reaction was rather shocking and funny, leaving Bran no choice but to go back in time and have a reality check. It’s confirmed that Jon’s real name is Aegon Targaryen. Now, I’m pretty sure you have the same questions revolving around your head that were on my mind while watching the episode: What kick-started the war? What triggered Robert to get rebellious? What happened to Lyanna Stark? Chill out, we have all the answers for you.

Here’s what happened – The great abduction:


Yes, abduction of precious Lyanna caused everyone around her to throw a fit. Her older brother Brandon who had been on his way to Riverrun to wed Catelyn Tully, rode to King’s Landing instead, demanding that King Aerys II Targaryen (who is often called as the Mad King, father of Rhaegar’s), have Lyanna returned and his son punished. While things didn’t work out in the older brother’s favour, who was later imprisoned and, was charged with treason along with his father Rickard Stark. The Mad Kind had both of them killed in front of the entire Royal court, in his insanity; making Jon Arryn, the lord of the Eyrie, raise his banners in revolt against the crown and, sent Robert Baratheon and Ned back to their lands. 

Lyanna’s alleged kidnapping was the cause of the uproar of Robert’s breakdown which ultimately led to his rebellion. But now that we are apprised of what actually happened back in the day, it’s obvious that Rhaegar hadn’t abducted Lyanna but had annulled his first marriage to finally get hitched to his lady love.

In case you haven’t notice this, if Jon sits on the Iron throne in the final season for which, we might have to wait for two years according to the reports, he will rule as King Aegon IV Targaryen. Doesn’t that excite you already?

Now, we’re only left with one doubt: Will Daenerys accept a different heir to the iron throne?



Aug 142017

What makes a period film or any historic fiction drama a huge success? Storyline, yes! Brilliant acting, maybe! But apart from these it is the costumes, the opulence and grandeur of the sets that make the dramas more mesmerizing. It is this sheer brilliance that kick-starts our imagination and transports us back to that era. ‘Game of Thrones’ is one such show that has captivated our hearts since the day it first premiered.

‘Game Of Thrones' Has An Indian Connection That No One Knew About© HBO

From the battle between Starks and Lannisters, Daenerys’ revenge and her dragon’s wrath to Cersei’s passive and aggressive scheming mind and Jon Snow’s resurrection; every single moment has been an eventful and enthralling one. Talking about Jon Snow, have you ever wondered what it feels like to “know nothing”? Well, we kind of do, thanks to the numerous developments in the show that have left us as clueless as we were while watching the first episode of the first season.

‘Game Of Thrones' Has An Indian Connection That No One Knew About© Rangrasons

Recently, an interesting fact surfaced that has left us shell-shocked. Did you know that our beloved show ‘Game of Thrones’ had an Indian and in particular connection with Delhi? We are not talking about any Indian-origin cast or crew member; we are actually talking about the lavish costumes and sets of the show. Surprisingly, their clothes, tents and fabrics and manufactured in Lajpat Nagar. Surprised? Well, you can take a minute to let this settle in your mind.

‘Game Of Thrones' Has An Indian Connection That No One Knew About© Rangrasons

There is a company called Rangrasons, who have been supplying military ceremonial uniforms, fabrics, embroidery, furniture, architectural pieces, and accessories to the show. Found in 1945, this company has supplied fabric and costumes to various popular shows and movies and their contribution can date back to 1982, when they made costumes for ‘Gandhi’. Their other projects include ‘Captain America’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Kingdom of Heaven’, ‘Wrath of the Titans’, and ‘Price of Persia’ among others.

Wow, the world sure is small and we can probably now boast about playing a crucial role in the success of ‘Game of Thrones.’ Further, can you imagine that every woman’s favourite shopping destination, is actually a preferred choice of ‘Game of Thrones’ makers too!

Meanwhile this is how we are feeling right now.


Source: The Times Of India

Jul 312017

Today is our favourite Harry Potter’s birthday, the boy who lived turns 37.

These Unforgettable Harry Potter Scenes Will Make You Nostalgic© Reuters

Yes, that’s true, Harry Potter’s birthday in the book is 31st July 1980, according to which he turns 37 this year. From Harry meeting Hagrid to making lifetime friendships with Hermione and Ron, let us take you through a nostalgic ride of our favourite Harry Potter moments.

The First Time Harry Won The Quidditch Game


This moment will forever be legendary because Harry caught the snitch when he was just in his first year considering the fact that first year-ers were never even allowed to play the Quidditch game in the first place!

The Quidditch World Cup

The Quidditch World Cup is the best moment in the Goblet Of Fire, and nothing beats the excitement of watching witches and wizards from all over the world gather around a stadium to witness the most awaited Four Hundred and Twenty Second Quidditch World Cup

When Harry Was Sorted


The first instalment shows the 11 year old boy arriving at Hogwarts scared and confused, and then the sorting ceremony begins marking the beginning of the Harry Potter franchise.

When Ron Saves Harry With The Help Of The Flying Car

These Unforgettable Harry Potter Scenes Will Make You Nostalgic© Warner Bros.

This has to be the most fun scene for anyone who has watched The Chamber Of Secrets when Ron comes to Harry’s rescue while he was locked up in the Dursleys’ basement room. Without even asking for it, Ron showed up in a flying car with his brothers to save Potter.

When Dobby Dies

Harry has always told Dobby to not attempt to save his life, but in the Deathly Hallows, Dobby finally gives his life to save Harry and everyone else.

Harry And Hermione Going Back In Time

These Unforgettable Harry Potter Scenes Will Make You Nostalgic© Warner Bros.

One of the most interesting scenes of all time was when Harry and Hermione go back in time to save Sirius Black with the help of Dumbledore’s clues.

Harry And Voldemort’s Final Battle