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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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‘Mom’ to release in China on March 22

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Sridevi’s last theatrical outing Mom is set to hit the theatres in China on March 22, 2019. The announcement comes barely two days after the late actor’s first death anniversary.

Sridevi’s husband, producer Boney Kapoor made the announcement Tuesday and said they wanted to showcase the actor’s “most remembered last film” in the neighbouring country.

“Mom is a film that has connected with both, mothers and audiences, from every region. This is Sri’s last film and our aim is to tell this beautiful story and showcase her most remembered last film to as many people as possible.

“Zee Studios International has been a part of Mom’s success since day one and I am glad to see them take this film to heights even two years after its release,” Kapoor said in a statement.

The Ravi Udyawar-directed revenge thriller follows a mother (Sridevi) who avenges a crime committed against her stepdaughter.

Sridevi was honoured posthumously with a Best Actress National Film Award for her performance in the 2017 film.

The film marked the 300th screen appearance for the veteran actor, who passed away on February 24, 2018, due to accidental drowning at a Dubai hotel. Mom has already been released in Poland, Czech, Russia, UAE, UK, USA, and Singapore.

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Role in Takht will be remembered because it’s socially relevant: Kareena Kapoor

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Actor Kareena Kapoor will undergo dialect training for her historical period drama Takht, which is based in the Mughal era and chronicles the story of two warring brothers.

The 38-year-old actor says her character in the Karan Johar-directed film is “socially relevant.”

“It’s a different film because I’ve not really done a period film like this. There will be a certain amount of dialect preparation, look tests that will happen. I’m also working with Karan after a very long time so I’m very excited,” Kareena told PTI.

The actor said Karan has evolved as a director and even she has “completely changed as an artiste” since they last worked together in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001).

“Hopefully it’ll be a part which will be remembered because it’s socially relevant. It’s a strong character. The best part is it’ll be completely different than what I did in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ as Poo,” she added. The historical drama also features Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor, and Anil Kapoor. The film will reportedly go on floors later this year.

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Gully Boy: Ranveer & Aalia deliver heart winning performances

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Start Rating 4.5 out of 5.0

Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy is a story of a young man living in sub slums, that also highlights India’s emerging hip-hop subculture. Gully Boy is inspired from the life journey of two street rappers Vivian Fernandes aka Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy.

With fascinating writing, excellent texture this world is a revelation, I would say this is the first great Bollywood film of current year.

The basic storyline of the Gully Boy is simple and typical Bollywood movie. You must have heard several stories about a boy who has nothing and ends up gaining fame. A nobody that has no one to look up to, facing several hurdles, have to work hard to get basics in life, family issues, flawed love life etc. We know that the Rap music has always been a music that belonged to underprivileged, marginalized young adults. However, the powerful screenplay, astounding cinematography, real life dialogues makes it something to stand tall among all. Every scene of this film is carefully crafted to near perfection.

Ranveer Singh as Murad is battling to survive with a tough life. Murad is not a kind of a hero who has all the confidence in the world. He is shy, and is afraid of several things in life. He is a commoner roaming the streets. Ranveer has set high standard for himself, in the next movie he will have to match this performance in order to compete. The journey he took from his struggling phase to his celebrity status phase reveals his potential.

Aalia Bhatt electrifying performance outshines everyone in every single frame she was in. She portrayed Safeena with utmost zeal, her hothead character demands somethings extra, and she delivers like a duck to water. Unlike Murad, Safeena was very clear from the very beginning what she actually wants to do with her life. She is fearless, determined, passionate, daring, and ready to go to any length for her goals. This is a very unconventional character of sub-slum area Muslim girl and perhaps no one can play it better than Aalia Bhatt.

Kalki Koechlin character was more like a cameo though very important. She added the much-needed brake from the slum life lead characters are living and handles different shades of it with class.

For me, the biggest surprise was the character of MC Sher aka Siddhant Chaturvedi. It was difficult to believe that it was his first film. He has done a marvellous job. He didn’t look like a new comer. He graces every scene he was in with commitment and enthusiasm.

Vijay Raaz played as Ranveer’s father matches his talent. It appeared as if this role is made for him.

Murad’s drug dealer friend Vijay Varma has a role that also has several layers. He always looked compassionate.

Murad’s mother played by Amruta Subash owned every emotional situation with a style and did have a huge impact.

Zoya Akhtar has achieved something in Gully Boy. The film starts and ends with the bang. It makes the audience listen to the sounds and voices that you cannot ignore. Gully Boy is a rare film, it is near perfect in almost every department. This is not limited to rap music, it is about humans and humanity. It is time to take a bow to this cinematic marvel of Bollywood.

The only regret would be 3 missing kiss scenes that our CBFC chopped out for the sake of moral policing.

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