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Kedarnath: A brilliant take on interfaith love story

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3 Stars out 5
Inspired from the real-life catastrophe of 2013, Kedarnath touches the soul with its breathtaking cinematography and powerful performances by the lead casts.

Sara Ali Khan (Mandakini aka Mukku) is a feisty, young girl living in Kedarnath with her family. Her father (Nitish Bharadwaj) is a local priest and things gets complicated when she falls in love with a Muslim boy, who works as a local Pithoo(human porter) Sushant Singh Rajput (Mansoor). The inter-faith romance between the 2 characters is the essence of the story. However, there is storm in making which will change the life of every one living in the town considered holy but every Hindu.

Kedarnath is a typical Bollywood love story which is too common for any viewer. It takes a boost from climactic floods that devastated civilization in the mountain town of Uttarakhand, in 2013.
The screenplay also has several strengths and weaknesses, that stands out as a solid force is debutante Sara Ali Khan.
Sara Ali Khan is surely the beautiful replication of her mother, Amrita Singh, she leaves a strong mark with her debut performance. She is amazing in several scenes excluding very few emotional ones. She still gives you a feeling of raw talent which definitely needs some refinements. She is surely a star to watch out. Her first performance has the right amount of spark that makes connection with the audience.

Sara Ali Khan’s confidence and on-screen charm are proof of her talent. She looks gorgeous in the local style and she grabs every scene that she has.
Sushant Singh Rajput is simply spectacular in his role. He handles variety of expressions throughout with the sureness of being able to utilise them appropriately. His body language is flawless and I wish his dialogue delivery or accent was a little better.
The entire film is based in the valleys and mountain ranges of Kedarnath and the cinematography explores the picturesque settings, is breath-taking. Crisp and artistic visuals aesthetically captured the beauty of the Himalayas.

Abhishek Kapoor and Kanika Dhillon, cleverly and very delicately imitates the secular tinges of Kedarnath. The films also slightly touches the global climate change issue due to massive influx of religious tourists to this small town which is facing severe commercialisation with numerous hotels, shops, etc. causing an ecological imbalance and resulting natural disasters.
The films remained focus on the love story and as Mukku and Mansoor share some romantic moments, the story does take a little too long to set up their romance. However, the performances make up for the turtle pace of the film and the CGI-driven climactic portions. They come together to create a strong, dramatic impact.
Being a love story, Kedarnath lacks romantic tracks that could hold one’s attention. Abhishek Kapoor’s effort to produce a film in the wake of a natural calamity is commendable.
As I said earlier the story is simple and predictable, however the smart use of CGI creates astounding impact that stays with you for few minutes even when you walk out of the cinema.
Kedarnath is surely a watch for Sushant Singh Rajput, Sara Ali Khan and most of its extravagant cinematography.

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Bilal Ashraf named most sexiest Pakistani man

The sizzling topless number dharak bharak in Superstar hands Bilal the title of sexiest Pakistani man of 2019

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The British Asian publication Eastern Eye names Bilal Ashraf sexiest Pakistani man of 2019. Bilal Ashraf is the only Pakistani actor who makes it into the top 10 of this list based on votes from fans around the world, buzz generated on social networking sites, positive impact, and media attention.

Bilal Ashraf worked hard for Superstar

Speaking exclusively to Daily Paperrazzi Bilal Ashraf was overwhlemed. In his choked up voice  he tried to remain humbled, “I am beyond humbled to be featured as part of a list among such legendary gentlemen.”

Bilal Ashraf expressed his surprised and said he wasn’t expecting this at all. “This has come to me as a surprise and such moments make the struggle and commitment we all put into our work all worth the while. This encourages me to try my best to further myself in my field. I’m extremely grateful.” he added.

This rounds off a great year for the actor, which included a lead role opposite great Mahira Khan in blockbuster film Superstar. Ashraf’s films released so far include Operation 021, Janaan, Yalghar, Rangreza and Superstar.

Bilal Ashraf and Mahira Khan the Superstar onscreen couple of Pakistan

British Pakistani showbiz reporter Asjad Nazir, who founded the list and compiles it annually, praised Bilal and described him as the future of Pakistani cinema. “Pakistani cinema is on the rise globally and that is thanks to a new generation of world-class actors like Bilal. He will lead a future generation of cinema stars that will ultimately help empower his country and inspire others living there,” said Asjad Nazir speaking to the local publication.

Tiger Shroff entered the top 10 for the first time and came in fourth. Pop superstar Zayn Malik came in fifth and TV star Harshad Chopda was ranked sixth. The rest of the top 10 for 2019 were actor Mohsin Khan (8), cricketer Virat Kohli (9), and South Indian superstar Prabhas (10).

 

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Rapid Fire Challenge with Azfar Rehman

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We got up close and personal with one of Lahore’s top actors Azfar Rehman to see what tickles his fancy!

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SRK to play Mufasa in Disney’s dubbed Lion King remake

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Indian actor Shahrukh Khan is known as the “King of Bollywood”, but soon the superstar will be playing the king of the jungle, as he has landed the role of a lifetime. He will lend his voice for Disney’s #TheLionKing remake, dubbed in Hindi.

Khan will be playing the role of Mufasa in the film, leaving us with the question: Who will be playing the role of Simba?

Social media users were pleased to know that the iconic father-son duo, would be played by an “equally iconic” real-life father and son duo. Aryan Khan, Shah Rukh Khan’s eldest son, will be filling in Simba’s shoes, or should we say, paws!

The 53-year-old actor shared posters of the movie on Twitter (@iamsrk) and Facebook with a sweet message: “Glad to be a part of this journey… a timeless film. Voicing it in Hindi with my own Simba. The last time we did a film was around 15 years ago and it was ‘Incredible’ and this time around it’s even more fun. Hope everyone enjoys it July 19 onwards. #TheLionKing.”

Aryan Khan has not made his Bollywood debut yet, he has previously voiced the character Dash, in the Hindi version of Disney’s The Incredibles with his father.

On Twitter, Khan’s post was retweeted nearly 4,000 times and had 20,000 likes in just four hours.

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