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Zero: A Saga of Unusual Romance

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3.5 Stars out of 5

Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero starts with the bang and throughout the film makes you laugh and feel the characters before dipping down at the end, which does make one feel a bit overboard.
Shah Rukh Khan as Bauua Singh is hilarious from the very beginning thanks to the writer Himanshu Sharma there are moments that certainly touch the heart and astonishes you to the core.

Bauua Singh is a 38-year-old unmarried man from Meerat who is vertically challenged. He has accepted the truth that he can never match up with the common people. He lives his life with his friend Guddu (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) and he Is in love with the superstar Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif) however he has also applied at a marriage bureau. Through them he meets Aafia (Anushka Sharma) and he starts falling in love with her. Aafia is a semi paralysed girl on a wheel chair.
The entire first half solely focuses on character development and an unusual bonding between Bauua Singh and Aafia. For some reason Bauua Singh leaves Aafia and make a move for Babita Kumari from here onwards this is what Zero story is all about.

The story starts with a brisk pace but slows down is the second half. It started with the real life of a dwarf but soon in the second half enters into the fantasy zone.
The dialogues are the real treat for the viewers and it is Shah Rukh Khan who manages to do the justice. The script has its flaws but it is beautiful and this makes this movie worth watching. The story gives a strong message that we should learn to live our live no matter how absurdly incomplete it looks. The latter part of the second half slightly lengthy, a bit weird at times, however the beautiful and eye-catching cinematography and marvellous performances keep the fascination. First half is a winner, the last portion of second half is a bit troubled.
Zero is visually rich be it the Meerat or in the USA, and some extraordinary performances covers many flaws one might noticed otherwise.

Shah Rukh Khan as Bauua Singh is surely among the few best performances of the year. His dialogue delivery, and the physical humor he brought on screen makes you laugh and smile more than 50 per cent of the time. His character has layers, sometimes, he is funny, at times extremely selfish and often he is emotional, especially when complaining about his state. Shah Rukh Khan takes the role of Bauua effortlessly like a duck to water. A real treat for his fans after a long time.
Anushka Sharma as Aafia turn out to be a clear winner from Zero. Her character required her to remain in control as it is a risky one which could have gone overboard and yet Anushka Sharma manages to shine in every single frame she is in. Her character was not just about how she presented herself physically but also the dialogue delivery was crucial and she hit the bullseye there too.

For the first time Katrina Kaif acted very well on big screen. Never before she looked as sizzling as in this one. Even though her role was very limited and didn’t have much scope, she carried her persona of a star in her role of Babita Kumari very well with the arrogance of a superstar. She amazes immensely even when she displays her inner demons. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Guddu impeccably supports the funny situations. However, cameo appearances of several Bollywood divas including the (Late) Sridevi, Alia Bhatt, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Deepika Padukone were senseless and to be honest waste of time. They didn’t add anything to the story nor delivered any memorable dialogue. They just looked stunning and that is perhaps what their purpose was.Director Aanand L. Rai attempt is clean, story looked a bit dragged because it became predictable in the latter half when sequences looked dragged.The music is really good. Ajay-Atul’s BGM scores higher than their songs here. Mere Naam Tu is a visual saga as well it is a treat to the ears. The rest are typical Bollywood songs that were there for the sake of it like Issaqbaazi, Husn Parcham & Heer Badnaam.Zero is Shah Rukh Khan magnificent attempt where he steps out of his comfort zone and as Bauua Singh he assures that audience leave cinema halls with a big smile. The witty dialogues add feel good factor the film. This film is a must watch for astounding performances, stunning cinematography & hilarious dialogues.

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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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