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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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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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