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Simmba: Ranveer Singh smashes another hit

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Star Rating: 4 out of 5
Simmba is a typical Bollywood masala film that starts with the bang and takes you to the joyride till the end.Before moving on, let me tell you if you didn’t already know that Simmba is the official adaptation of Telugu movie Temper, therefore the expectations were sky high when Rohit Shetty came up with the idea of having teamed up with Ranveer Singh for this project, and frankly speaking it hits the bull’s-eye. The crux of the story remains very much the same. However, modern touch-ups were made to appeal the global audiences.

Simmba is a very delightful movie in the first half, thanks to several sequences and sharp one liners that guaranteed laughter in the house. The second half is very serious and intense. Sangram Bhalerao aka Simmba (Ranveer Singh) a village boy who has a dream of becoming a police officer for power and money. Though good at heart, he is also a crazy chap who is by default a loud character. He was transferred to Miramar police station in Shivgar where he finds the love of his life Shagun (Sara Ali Khan) and they both fall in love with each other.

Simmba also meets a young girl Aakruti (Vaidehi Parashurami) and with her he develops sister bond, she is a medical student who teaches less fortunate children on the street. One day she came to know that her students are being used for drug peddling by the powerful gang of 3 brothers Saurabh Gokhale, Amrit Singh of a powerful man and Durva.

As usual Simmba mixed up with the bad guys as he was working for Durva Ranande (Sonu Sood) but soon  realizes who he really is. From here on he turned his self-correcting mechanism in a bid to make things right. The rest is all about his struggle in order to do good and hurdles he faced in his way to redemption.

This was the tailormade role for Ranveer Singh and I am sure he must have not find it hard to portray so he manages to pull off every situation he finds himself in. This was something that perhaps no one other than Ranveer could perform better. He effortlessly took the role to the next level.Sara Ali Khan screen presence is powerful but her role was very limited, if you want to watch more of her then you need to watch Kedarnath as the story was not about her. However, she did add the required amount of glamour to the film and dream sequence songs add fascination to her persona.The only problem with the Sonu Sood as a villain is that he didn’t have any powerful lines to throw. Ashutosh Rana played the role of an honest cop and as Mohile, who is quite frustrated with his surroundings. The little war of words between Simmba and Mohile was very interesting hence making this character memorable.The theme of Simmba nicely used and mixed up with Singham’s theme. The soundtrack gels well with the mood of the film. As you know that remix of Aankh Maare is already topping the charts, whereas Aala Re Aala leaves you enthralled. Background score deserves applaud, the cinematography is absolutely immaculate. The action sequences, as required are very pulsating and outstanding.

Apart from Ajay Devgan, who has an extended cameo, this films also has few more surprise cameos that I think should be left to push you to go to cinema and watch this fun filled entertainer with a strong and powerful message.

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Kareena Kapoor Khan denies ‘eyeing political future’

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Kareena Kapoor Khan recently dismissed rumours that she is eyeing a future in politics after it was speculated that Congress leaders are trying to woo her to contest in Lok Sabha polls.

Kareena was quoted in Hindustan Times saying, “There is no truth to these reports. I have not been approached for this whatsoever. My focus is and only will be movies.”

Earlier, Indian media house NDTV had reported that Bhopal Congress Corporator Yogendra Singh Chauhan wrote a letter to party president Rahul Gandhi claiming that the Veere Di Wedding star could be the perfect candidate.

“If Kareena Kapoor fights from Bhopal, we can hope to snatch the seat long held by the BJP,” the report quoted Chauhan as saying.

On the movie front, Kareena’s upcoming film, Good News will be released on September 6. The movie is directed by Raj Mehta and produced by Karan Johar. Kareena will also reportedly play Shah Jehan’s daughter Jahanara Begum in Karan’s period epic, Takht.

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Farhan Akhtar, Rakeysh Mehra reunite for ‘Toofan’

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Bollywood actor, writer Farhan Akhtar, who earlier collaborated with director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra six years ago for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag joined hands yet again for another sports-drama.

The movie titled Toofan is reportedly going to be a story about a boxer, in which Farhan is going to play the role of the boxer. The film will also feature Dangal girl Zaira Wasim in a key role. More details about the movie and the cast are yet to be revealed.  The film is produced by Farhan and Ritesh Sidhwani.  The fictional story is scripted by Anjum Rajabali.

Farhan Akhtar took to his Twitter and confirmed the news saying, “Thrilled to share that six years after Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, @RakeyshOmMehra and I are reuniting to create #Toofan .. a heartfelt story of a boxer. Hope for your best wishes as we embark on this new journey. Love.”

Movie critic Taran Adarsh also confirmed the news saying, “IT’S OFFICIAL… After #BhaagMilkhaBhaag, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Farhan Akhtar reunite for #Toofan… A heartfelt story of a boxer… Mehra will direct the film.”

It was also reported that Farhan took up the movie as soon as he read the script and “fell in love” with it. He is very keen to work with Rakeysh again and will begin training extensively in boxing. On the other hand, Rakeysh has already started the preparation.

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Rajkumar Hirani accused of sexual harassment, denies allegations

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Prominent Indian filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has been accused of sexually harassing a woman who worked with him on his 2018 movie Sanju.

In an interview with Huffington Post India, the woman alleged that Hirani allegedly sexually assaulted her in the period between March and September 2018.

According to the Huff Post India’s report, the allegations were made via an email dated November 3, 2018, and addressed to Hirani’s regular collaborator Vidhu Vinod Chopra, film critic and Chopra’s wife Anupama Chopra, sister Shelly Chopra Dhar and co-writer Abhijat Joshi.

The woman claimed that Hirani made a first sexually suggestive remark on April 9, 2018, and then assaulted her at his home office.

In the email, the woman said, “I remember forming these words on my lips – Sir. This is wrong. Because of this power structure. You being the absolute power and me being a mere assistant, a nobody — I will never be able to express myself to you.”

“My mind, body and heart were grossly violated that night and for the next 6 months,” the HuffPost report quotes the woman as saying in her email to Chopra,” the email continued.

Speaking to HuffPost, the woman says, “It was unbearable but the reason I endured it all, until I couldn’t, was because I didn’t want my job to be taken away from me, and work to be questioned. Ever.”

Following the allegations, Hirani responded to them, terming the allegations as “false, malicious and mischievous”.

In his statement, Hirani said, “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months ago. I had suggested immediately that it is essential to take this matter to any committee or legal body. The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead. I want to very strongly state that this is a false malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation.”

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