Mughal-E-Azam Review: A Royal Experience

How often do you get to see a Broadway-like spectacle in India? Besides Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, none of the plays in India have managed to match international standards. Feroz Abbas Khan, a theatre veteran seized this opportunity and decided to adapt K. Asif’s classic film, Mughal-E-Azam, into a play. Produced by Shapoorji Pallonji, Mughal-E-Azam is easily the grandest ever play to be showcased in the country.

The story as you know is based on Prince Salim and courtesan Anarkali’s love story. The couple is madly in love and wants to get married, but Emperor Akbar refuses to accept a servant as his daughter-in-law. To prevent the wedding from taking place, the ruler of the Mughal empire even captures Anarkali and fights a war against his own son. You know the outcome if you have watched the film.

Feroz Abbas Khan worked on Mughal-E-Azam as he wanted to challenge himself after spending so many years in the field of theatre. Well, he has delivered and how! Even if you try to nitpick, there is not a single flaw in the play. At the start of the performance, you are informed that the actors would be singing live on stage, and that is reiterated during the interval as many curious members of the audience have their doubts. The dialogues are a mix of Urdu and Hindi and if you aren’t fluent in the language, they are tough to decipher. Kudos to the team for putting up two gigantic screens that display the dialogues in English. Though it may get a bit distracting to look at the screen and the stage at the same time, it will help you understand the dialogues better.

The highlight of Mughal-E-Azam is the dance sequences. While the voices of the lead actors are melodious, it’s the elaborate dances that gets the audience clapping on more than one occasion. In a particular sequence, the only sound in the auditorium is that of ghungroos. It goes on for about two minutes and the entire crowd starts cheering. Even as Anarkali croons the evergreen song Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, people scream, “Once more!” Well, if only…

The actress who plays Anarkali shines the most as she gets to sing four songs. Besides her, Bahar and Prince Salim are impressive while Emperor Akbar and Jodha Bai give impactful performances. When the cast and crew are called on stage after the play, the audience simply can’t stop applauding. In its previous seasons, the shows for Mughal-E-Azam were sold out quickly, before it traveled to different parts of the world. So keep a tab on the events at BookMyShow to catch this play in your city.

The Times When Parineeti Chopra Didn’t Play The Typical Bollywood Heroine

It was while working on the promotions of Band Baaja Baaraat when Parineeti Chopra realized that she wants to become an actor. Priyanka Chopra’s first cousin quit her job at Yash Raj Films only to sign a three-film contract with the banner. The actress, who has proved her comic timing with Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and Shudh Desi Romance, will now be seen as a strong female protagonist in the upcoming film – Namastey England. However, there are times when she has broken the norm to play hatke characters and nailed the part. Find out more about them below.

Ishaqzaade

Zoya (Parineeti Chopra) was a feisty girl who was more interested in joining her dad’s political party rather than being a housewife. Even when Parma (Arjun Kapoor) cheats on her, she doesn’t hesitate when heading to his place in order to kill him.

Daawat-e-Ishq

While the title suggests that this movie is about food, it actually addressed the issue of dowry in India. Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra) is dumped her boyfriend Amjad (Karan Wahi) when his parents demanded a huge amount of money for their wedding. She finally ends up with Tariq Haider (Aditya Roy Kapur).

Meri Pyaari Bindu

In the words of Abhimanyu (Ayushman Khurana), Bindu (Parineeti Chopra) was unlike any other girl. She focussed on her career in the music industry and never let her personal failures affect her professional life.

Hasee Toh Phasee

Parineeti Chopra played the role of Meeta, a chemical engineer who runs away to China for her research work and fights addiction to drugs while trying to live a normal life. Her performance was the highlight of this 2014 rom-com that also starred Sidharth Malhotra.

Find Out How The Indian Stock Market Works With Baazaar

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, Chitrangada Singh, Rohan Vinod Mehra, Denzil Smith, Atul Kulkarni, Saurabh Shukla, Pawan Chopra

Director: Gauravv K. Chawla

Release Date: October 26, 2018

Saif Ali Khan’s last few movies may not have had a great run at the box-office but the actor bounced with the Netflix original series – Sacred Games. The first season was appreciated by the critics and the next one is expected to come out before the year ends. While that will keep Khan busy, he is currently promoting his upcoming film, Baazaar. Directed by Gauravv K. Chawla, the film is about the dangerous world of the stock market.

Chawla is no new name in the industry as he has worked on movies like Kuch Naa Kaho, Bluffmaster, Patiala House and Dum Maro Dum. He is a close associate of Nikkhil Advani, the producer of Baazaar. Baazaar also marks the big screen debut of the late Vinod Mehra’s son, Rohan. The actor played supporting characters in multiple films before his sudden demise in October 1990. Besides his first film, Rohan is in the news for dating Tara Sutaria, who will be seen in the sequel to Student of the Year.

In Baazaar, Saif Ali Khan plays the role of Shakun Kothari, a rich businessman who has a lot of followers. Mehra, on the other hand, seems new in the business but has some crazy sales skills. Rohan’s character – Rizwan – comes to Mumbai in order to work with Kothari. The rest of the movie is about the ups and downs the duo face while trying to more and more money. Baazaar was supposed to release in 2017 but Khan already had Rangoon, Chef, and Kaalakaandi ready to hit theatres, so he wanted to space his films out. Will the film be another winner for Khan after Sacred Games? Check this space to find out.

LoveYatri: Film Review – Do The Chogada

Verdict: A breezy love story.

From Katrina Kaif to Sooraj Pancholi, Salman Khan had introduced several actors in Bollywood. While he has announced his next production which will feature Pranutan Bahl (Mohnish Behl’s daughter) and Zaheer Iqbal (an acquaintance’s son), his latest one opens today. LoveYatri, whose tagline is “a journey of love”, features two newcomers – Aayush Sharma and Zarina Hussain. The former is Salman Khan’s brother-in-law and the latter is model from Iraq. Read on to know how they fare.

What’s LoveYatri About:

Sushrut (Aayush Sharma), fondly known as Susu, is so passionate about garba that his ultimate goal is to open an academy where kids can learn the dance form. He only attends the Navaratri celebrations to dance while his friends Rocket and Negative head there to find a partner. At one such event, he spots Michelle aka Manisha (Warina Hussain) and it’s love at first sight for the Baroda boy. Love blossoms over a song but a small argument brings the relationship to an abrupt end. Post interval, the proceedings move to London, where Sushrut has to win over not only his girl’s heart but also her father (Ronit Roy).

What Works:

LoveYatri is a quintessential Bollywood romance film. It has the right kind of dialogues, naach-gaana, and a happy ending. The supporting cast is terrific and the actors playing Sushrut’s pals deserve a big round of applause. Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy are good. The lead of the film – Aayush – has been well groomed by Bhai and it shows. Right from his hairstyle to his clothes, everything about him screams hero. The camera zooms in to show his six-pack abs and he also gets to dance for a good part of the film’s duration. The songs are definitely earworms with Chogada being the pick of the lot. Kudos to the cinematographer for capturing the beauty of Gujarat and the vibrant celebrations of Navratri in the state.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The chemistry between Sushrut and Manisha leaves us wanting more. Also, the lead couple’s split could’ve been more elaborate. We would’ve liked to see more of Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy.

Why You Should Watch:

It’s been a while since Bollywood fans got to see a quintessential love story. Directors are now experimenting with the genre (looking at you, Anurag Kashyap), so it’s good to watch an old-school style romance. The lead pair is easy on your eyes and there’s plenty to like in LoveYatri.

Hits & Misses – September 2018

Stree, which released on August 31, has turned out to be the surprise hit of the year. It even managed to give tough competition to the movies that hit theaters in the first two weeks of September. Last month, there were many big films that released across different languages. While Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam revolved around three brothers fighting for power, Anurag Kashyap ventured into a new genre with Manmarziyaan. Read on to know what our users thought of the movies in September and if your favorite film was a hit or a miss.

HITS
Sui Dhaaga – Made in India

Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma won hearts in this film that celebrated Indian craftsmanship. Sui Dhaaga – Made in India was a story of pride, perseverance and self-reliance, which is performing really well in the box office.

The Nun

It doesn’t matter what the critics had to say about the fifth film of The Conjuring series, as our users absolutely loved it. The Nun, which was actually a prequel, starred Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, and Charlotte Hope and was the biggest opener of the franchise in India.

Manmarziyaan

The top-notch performances by Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, and Abhishek Bachan coupled with Amit Trivedi’s sensational soundtrack made Manmarziyaan one of the most relatable romantic movies in recent times.

The Predator

Shane Black helmed the latest film in the series and included his signature brand of humor in it. The Predator featured Jacob Tremblay and Boyd Holbrook in pivotal roles and surpassed The Nun in box office collections.

Batti Gul Meter Chalu

Electricity is a major issue in smaller towns of the country. In Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Shahid Kapoor played the role of a lawyer who fights against an industry giant that is known to inflate bills. The movie fared decently but was overshadowed by Sui Dhaaga in the second week.

Regional Hits:

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Tamil), Deva Daasu (Telugu), Ambi Ning Vayassaytho (Kannada),  Jhangadgutta (Marathi), Lamboo Rastoo (Gujarati), Bogda (Marathi), Kuasha Jakhon (Bengali), Silly Fellows (Telugu), Oru Kuttanadan Blog (Malayalam), Qismat (Punjabi)

MISSES

Here are a few films that didn’t quite make it to the hit list and missed it by a small margin.

Pathibeku.com (Kannada),  Enduko Emo (Telugu), Kurmaiyan (Punjabi)

Disclaimer: The movies selected are solely based on the reviews the users have submitted. We are not referring to the box office or critical success of the movies. 

Johnny English Strikes Again: Film Review – Round 3 Rocks 

Verdict: The super funny film keeps the series alive.

It’s hard for us to imagine Rowan Atkinson play any character other than Mr. Bean. But this British actor has now made himself synonymous to another series – Johnny English. There have been three films in the franchise so far and the latest one is out today. Johnny English Strikes Again has the spy doing what he does best – crack you up with laughter. Also, it works perfectly as a standalone movie and you need not have watched the first two outings. Yes, this one is a stunner.

What’s Johnny English Strikes Again About:

The British Intelligence service, MI7, is cyber attacked and the names of all their undercover agents are now accessible to everyone. Since the Prime Minister (Emma Thompson) passes an order to bring back retired spies to nail the culprit, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), now a geography teacher, is summoned to do the job. He and Jeremy Bough (Ben Miller)  travel to France and embark on a series of (mis)adventures. Once there, they have to fight a Russian spy and an Internet billionaire, old-school style.

What Works:

Johnny English Strikes Again is a laugh riot and there are no two ways about that. Even the ones who are hard to please will find themselves giggling at the events on screen. English is no James Bond but at the end of the day, he always manages to get the job done. Rowan Atkinson is at the top of his game and never backs out of making a fool of himself on screen in order to tickle the viewers’ funny bone. Ben Miller plays the spy’s sidekick and gets his comic timing spot on. Also, it’s good to see Emma Thompson in a light-hearted role.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The runtime of the movie is crisp but the pre-climax scenes fizzle out a little. However, the last few minutes more than make up for it.

Why You Should Watch:

Johnny English Strikes Again is perfect for family viewing or if you are the mood to watch something that’s not too heavy. While Rowan Atkinson is enough of a reason to watch this one, it has a whole lot more to offer.

Everything You Need To Know About Jalebi

Director: Pushpdeep Bhardwaj
Cast: Rhea Chakraborty, Varun Mitra, Digangana Suryavanshi, Arjun Kanungo, Farida Dadi
Release Date: October 12, 2018

The Bhatt brothers generally shoot their movies in a start-to-finish schedule and rely more on the content rather than extravagant promotional activities. Well, that’s the way Vishesh Films operates and this strategy has seemed to work for them. The amount they spent on Aashiqui 2 was just a drop in the ocean when compared to its box-office collections. The production house is known for making relevant, small budget movies, and now it is back with an all-new film titled Jalebi.

While Rhea Chakraborty plays the lead role in the film, Jalebi marks the debut of Varun Mitra and Digangana Suryavanshi. The latter is a big name in Indian television as she has acted in shows like Krisshna Arjun, Balika Vadhu, and Qubool Hai. Jalebi is essentially the story of a married couple who split when the girl could not adjust with the guy’s family.

Popular music composer and singer Arjun Kanungo will be also seen in this movie but the details of his role are kept under wraps. The music in any Bhatt film is one of its highlights and it not going to be any different with Jalebi. Jeet Gannguli and Tanishk Bagchi have majorly worked on the score, so fans can expect a killer soundtrack. Will Jalebi be another surprise hit after Stree this year? Keep checking this space to find out.

Here’s What People Are Saying About The LoveYatri Album

Salman Khan is known to launch new names in Bollywood and actors like Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, and Sooraj Pancholi have gotten their big break thanks to him. This year, he even helped Bobby Deol get a lease of new life in the industry by casting him in Race 3. Now Bhai is going all out to promote the debut film of his brother in law, Aayush Sharma. LoveYatri which was previously titled Loverati will be releasing on October 5, 2018. The songs of the film are already a rage and are topping the charts. The videos of these songs have crossed over a million views too and the makers are using the exceptional score for all promotional activities. Check out what people are saying about the LoveYatri tracks.

Akh Lad Jaave

Loveyatri

Loveyatri

Chogada

Loveyatri

Loveyatri

Dholida

Loveyatri

Loveyatri

The LoveYatri album is filled with desi, festive numbers that will get you dancing. You can hear the songs only on BookMyShow Jukebox. Also, do check this space for the Loveratri review on October 5.

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These Bollywood Movies Will Clearly Define Your Relationship With Parents

No one can beat the Barjatyas when it comes to making movies about the importance of family. All the movies produced under their banner – Rajshri Productions – talk about parivaar and sanskaar. Karan Johar too made the magnum opus Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… which had the tagline “It’s all about loving your parents”. These movies may be a bit melodramatic with loads of rona dhona but they are perfect for family viewing. Here are some of the other Bollywood movies on parenthood that you must watch with your child.

Piku

They bickered like kids but at the end of the day, Deepika Padukone’s and Amitabh Bachchan’s characters in Piku shared a special bond. The doting daughter put up with her dad’s crankiness and looked after him till his last breath. The old man too protected her from prying relatives who kept asking questions about her shaadi.

Kapoor & Sons

Kapoor & Sons featured a dysfunctional family whose members had numerous issues with each other. Ratna Pathak Shah’s character had to deal with her husband’s affair and her elder son’s sexuality. In the end, she supports him and also manages to bring the whole family together.

English Vinglish

Shashi Godbole (Sridevi) decided to learn English when her family began to get embarrassed by her. English Vinglish is a good lesson for kids to accept their parents the way they are rather than forcing them to change. Godbole’s daughter realizes her mistake when her mom raises a toast in almost fluent English.

Dil Dhadakne Do

The Mehras go on a cruise and during their long journey, they fight and resolve their differences. By the end of the movie, the controlling parents (Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah) realized that they need to give their kids (Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra) some freedom.

Paa

Vidya Balan played the role of a single mother to a boy suffering from progeria. Paa had some wonderful moments between Auro and his mom as they deal with his condition.

Hollywood Movies Releasing For Christmas

If Diwali (between October and November) is considered the best time to release a movie in India, for Hollywood studios no festival is more auspicious than Christmas. During the festive season, the kids are on holidays and there are a lot of social gatherings. While the volume of footfall at cinemas may be falling, people generally head to the theatres to watch movies with their family and friends during the Christmas break. This is why so many universally rated movies hit theaters between December and January. Check out the list of most-anticipated Hollywood films releasing for Christmas.

Mary Poppins Returns

Disney is putting a new spin on this classic movie which featured Julie Andrews. With a star cast that includes Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Julie Walters, this one is all set to get the cash registers rolling.

Aquaman

Jason Momoa made an appearance as Aquaman in last year’s Justice League. The character now has his solo film in which he will fight to protect his kingdom, Atlantis.

Mary Queen Of Scots

Based on the life of the former queen of Scotland, this medieval drama stars Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie as sparring cousins.

Roma

Roma, by Alfonso Cuaron of the Gravity fame, is currently receiving rave reviews after its premiere at TIFF 2018. Roma is about a family in Mexico and will release in select theatres and on Netflix.

Bumblebee

The Transformers franchise continues as its latest film will be out on December 20. While Michael Bay has produced this movie, he has passed on the director’s hat to Travis Knight.

Welcome to Marwen

Robert Zemeckis teams up with Steve Carell for this fantasy drama. The trailer created a lot of buzz as the movie has a unique plot.