Time Out: Film Review – Being Gay is Not a Crime

Time Out started as a 12-minute short film that was showcased at the Cannes film festival in 2012. As the film received a lot of appreciation globally, it was made into a feature film. First-time director Rikhil Bahadur’s movie Time Out is the heart-wrenching story of two brothers Mihir and Gaurav Aggarwal. 

The film is a high school drama that revolves around a group of students and their priorities that include friendship, music and love. The twist in the story happens when the secret of the older brother- who’s homosexual- is revealed to the family.
What would you do if you found out your kid is gay? How would you react? Would you be calm? Would you be able to take the pressure and embrace all of it with love? Well, Time Out is about just that. The peace of the Aggarwal family is disturbed, once they find out that their older son Mihir is gay. Mihir on the other hand is the college stud who every girl fancies. He even has a younger brother who looks up to him. The film is not only about Mihir and his parents’ aggression, but also his brother Gaurav who is traumatized when he finds Mihir in bed with a guy. He is unable to cope with that, and the film then takes you on an emotional roller-coaster ride that deals with the problems faced by homosexuals in society and even in their own family.
 
Despite having a cast so fresh and inexperienced, the movie manages to keep you entertained throughout. The casting is actually brilliant, and every character has played their role with elan. Brimming over with fun and catchy music, Time Out is refreshing and an important film for today’s world. It will definitely keep you enthralled, and help you sort out your own views about homosexuality. The message of the film is simple- no matter what, you must learn to accept yourself just the way you are. Being gay is not a crime nor is it against nature.
 
Why You Should Watch This Movie: 
Rikhil Bahadur’s film is a gem that you rarely get to see these days. It is a family film for all age groups, that tackles the sensitive issue of homosexuality with maturity. A film that you must take some "time out" and watch with your family and friends.

Happy Birthday, Roger Waters: 10 Facts We Bet You Did Not Know

It is Roger’s birthday today and he is 72 years old, still full of vitality and life, touring and rocking around the world. Most men would be defeated with such an undertaking, but not old Roger! Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English musician best known as the bassist and main songwriter for the legendary psychedelic-rock band Pink Floyd which he co-founded with Nick Mason, Richard Wright and the mighty Syd Barret. He was a major force in the creation of the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), The Wall (1979), and The Final Cut (1983). Pink Floyd may be truly over but their music still has a massive cult following and will never be forgotten. As Roger Waters celebrates his birthday, we give you trivia about the rockstar you may be unaware of. Read on…
 
1. Roger Waters joined Pink Floyd as a guitarist. But, with Syd Barrett and Bob Klose on board, Waters moved from lead to rhythm guitar and then to bass. "There was always this frightful fear that I could land up as the drummer," he once said.  
 
2. Everyone thinks problems between Roger Waters and David Gilmour surfaced around ‘The Wall.’ In truth, friction already existed during the run-up to 1969’s ‘Ummagumma.’ Each member had been tasked with constructing a solo contribution. When Gilmour asked Waters for some lyrical help, his response was a simple "no."  
 
3. In the 1975 song ‘Welcome to the Machine,’ Roger Waters sings, "You bought a guitar to punish your ma." In reality, Waters’ mother bought his first guitar, giving it to him all the way back in 1957. 
 
4. Roger Waters came up with the concept for The Wall album in a moment of disgust when, on tour in Canada, a fan made his way onto the stage and spat on him.
 
5. He was the chairman of the Cambridge Youth Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament at age fifteen.
 
6. With a net worth of $230 million, Rogers is amongst the top 10 richest bass players in the world. 
 
7. Waters is an atheist.
 
8. Roger Waters has a daughter named India. Yes, you read it right, this was way before Jonty Rhodes did. So yes, calm down!  
 
9. Waters said in an interview that even if he is presented with 1 million pounds he would never perform "Atom Heart Mother". He said he cannot take the humiliation, as he hated the song.   
 
10. Roger was a keen sportsman and a highly regarded member of his high school’s cricket and rugby teams.

Happy Birthday, Freddie Mercury: Remembering the Legend’s 6 Best Songs

Have you ever met someone who says they don’t like Queen? Or hasn’t heard (of) their music? Let’s hope not. Queen is among those rock bands who has left a lasting impression. The band has die-hard fans who swear by the absolutely legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Freddie’s fandom is an unbelievable constant even after his death. Freddie would have turned 69 today. The charismatic Queen singer was 45 when he died of AIDS in 1991, but he left behind a fabulous collection of songs that very few bands have been able to even measure up to. From catchy music to diverse genres and breathtaking concerts, the music of Queen still stays fresh in our hearts and minds. 

Memories of that electrifying entertainer Mercury lives on. On that note, in remembrance of the legend, we bring to you some of our personal favourites. Read on… 

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody without a doubt has to be number one on the list. Considered as one of the greatest songs ever made, it has gone globally to be accepted as Queen’s master-work. The song expresses a different music style consisting of several sections without a chorus, an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage and a hard rock part. Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the most expensive single ever made at the time of its release. A song that still manages to give us goosebumps, a song that we will never forget.  

In My Defence

Who doesn’t like a nice soulful ballad? Well, this song is just spine-chilling, a single that Freddie totally nailed. This song was written for a musical called Time by the English musician Dave Clark. Freddie performed this song only twice, once with Cliff Richards for the same musical and the last time was a lip-synced performance with Montserrat Caballe in Barcelona. We wish he had performed this song more often.

Stone Cold Crazy

Queen songs span various genres, ranging from funk to heavy metal and the list goes on. Stone Cold Crazy is one such song where Queen rocked the heck out and Freddie hit it out of the park with his vocals. Later on, the mighty Metallica covered this song and totally nailed it. A cover that did full justice to the song.

Killer Queen

A song that was the band’s breakthrough hit in the 70s. A killer track that oozes style and meticulous vocal harmonies. 

Somebody to Love

Freddie’s fondness and fascination for Aretha Franklin played a major role in the creation of this song; a song where he asks God to help him find somebody to love. This is widely reputed to have been Freddie Mercury’s favorite song he ever wrote.

We Will Rock You

A song nobody, NOBODY except Freddie can sing (although just about everybody does). From the classic beats to the epic stadium chants, We Will Rock You is one such song that claims to rock you and does exactly that.  

The Thalaiva and His Leading Bollywood Ladies

Rajinikanth is notably one of the biggest superstars of the country and that is stating the obvious. There was a time when he was also one of the highest paid actors in Asia. After establishing himself as a successful actor, his megastar status continues to hold a matinee idol eminence in the South Indian film industry. He is often associated with Bollywood and is seen romancing actresses half his age on-screen. Some notable actresses paired with him in the movies include divas like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sridevi. In his upcoming film Kabali, he will be seen with B-town’s latest sensation Radhika Apte. On that note, we give you a lowdown on some of the best-known faces from Bollywood who have been cast opposite Thalaiva. 
 
Radhika Apte
2015 has been kind to Radhika Apte. From Badlapur to Hunterrr and now Manjhi: The Mountain Man, she’s on a roll. The short film,Ahalya directed by Sujoy Ghosh featuring the sultry actress also won her praises. The actress is now all set to star opposite the boss of Tollywood in Kabali, where Rajinikanth will play a don. The film releases next year.  
 
Sonakshi Sinha
Sonakshi finally made her South debut with Lingaa last year in which she appeared with Rajinikanth. The actress played a charming rural girl in this power-packed film that had Rajinikanth play a double role. While the film failed, the lead pair was quite the talk of the town.
 
Deepika Padukone
While it is a known fact that Deepika began her acting career with the Kannada movie Aishwarya (2006), her Bollywood breakthrough kept her busy and she wasn’t seen in any South Indian films thereafter. In 2014, she marked her comeback to the South industry with Kochadaiiyaan opposite Rajnikanth. The animated movie turned out to be a commercial success. If rumors are to be believed, Deepika will be seen paired opposite Rajinikanth yet again in the sequel of the blockbuster that was Robot (2010).  
 
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Among the many other milestones in her career, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s work in the South Indian film industry is well noted. With S. Shankar’s Enthiran or Robot, a sci-fi techno thriller, she added another feather to her cap. Her chemistry with Rajinikanth was much appreciated. 
 
Rekha
The ageless beauty Rekha and Rajini first shared screen space in the 1991 hit Phool Bane Angaray. Later, after nine years, they were paired together again when they played Anil Kapoor’s parents in Bulandi, the remake of the Tamil movie Nattamai.  
 
Sridevi
Sridevi and Rajinikanth together are notably known for ChaalBaaz. Sridevi played a double role in the film, two sisters, one a brat and the other docile. While the former romanced Sunny Deol, the docile one caught Rajini’s fancy. The film showed amazing chemistry between the two and their comic timings were much appreciated. 

5 reasons why Alia Bhatt is the next big thing!

She’s the youngest amongst the lot of new entrants in Bollywood and at 22, she’s accomplished more than anyone else. After a successful debut in Student Of The Year in 2012, Alia Bhatt didn’t really have much to talk about in 2013. But things changed in 2014. She soared high and had 3 back-to-back hits: Highway, Two States and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. She is unstoppable and is killing it with her remarkable talent. She is already ruling the silver screen, and her line-up of upcoming movies looks fantastic. Read on to discover the five defining moments of this feisty actress’s career and why we think she is the next big thing!

The girl with the Midas touch
If you’ve watched Highway, you know this girl deserves a standing ovation. Alia transformed from her debut film, and how! Her prowess as an actress was appreciated by all. Then her two romcoms – 2 States and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania– hit the bull’s eye at the box office. 2 States, in which she played the Tam-Bram girl, won everyone’s hearts, and the film entered the 100-crore club. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania showcased her versatility, and striking chemistry with Varun Dhawan. She will soon be seen in three big banner films- Shaandaar, Udta Punjab and Kapoor & Sons– which we cannot wait to watch. Without a doubt we can say, she’s a superstar in the making.
 
Yes, she can sing!
Everyone went gaga over the fact that Alia crooned Sooha Saha in Highway. Her singing debut struck the right chords and the audience loved her even more. She topped it with her soulful version of Samjhawaan in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Killing it, right?
 
 
Double treat
 
So far, on Koffee with Karan, only Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt have made appearances twice in a single season. Alia Bhatt did so in the last season, appearing once with the Student Of the Year boys, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra, when we witnessed her GK faux pas and, second, when she ended the season alongside her contemporary, Parineeti Chopra. A King-sized feat, for sure!
 
Genius of the year
 

 
After her Koffee with Karan goof-up, Alia Bhatt was the butt of all internet jokes and memes. But Alia is not one to keep quiet and sulk. In fact, she showed maturilty and took the self-deprecating route. Her spoof video with All India Bakchod almost broke the internet, and she became the coolest and the most talked-about girl in town. She’s a true sport!
 
Making a difference
 
These days, Bollywood is all about commercial cinema and doing item numbers. Alia Bhatt chose to be different and made time to be part of a short film called Going Home. The film was aimed at creating awareness about women’s safety. The film directed by Vikas Bahl, who also is her Shandaar director, won many accolades. Impressive, na?
 

Fantastic Four: Film Review – For Marvel fans only

 Don’t superhero flicks get you all happy and excited? Well, this reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise doesn’t entirely disappoint. Director Josh Trank‘s effort is clearly seen in the film and he makes sure that the audience stays enthralled.
 
The film begins with an introduction to scientific genius Reed Richards (Miles Teller) who is recruited by Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey) to join his team of scientists, thanks to his high IQ. Soon, the team is joined by Franklin Storm’s stepdaughter Sue (Kate Mara) and a troubled former student Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell). They start working on a prototype teleporter that Reed built as a kid, with his best friend Ben Grimm’s (Jamie Bell) help. A troublemaker, thrill-seeker and the younger brother of Susan Storm, Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) also joins this team. The team builds the teleporter and completes its work, and Reed decides to put his device to test. While testing the device, things go haywire and the five of them are teleported to another universe, which alters their physical selves shockingly. They are all endowed with superpowers- Johnny Storm becomes a Human Torch, Reed Richards expands infinitely, Sue turns invisible, Ben Grimm becomes a man made of rock, and Victor Von Doom becomes the bad guy called Doom. In a sudden twist, Doom decides to destroy the Earth, and it’s up to the quartet to stop him and save the world.
 
The pace of the film is initially slow but it picks up in the second half, when the real action begins. In fact, Fantastic Four at a runtime of only 100 minutes, actually feels rushed at the end, with a hasty climax that does not thrill as much as it could have. Still, the cast does justice to a familiar story, and the director has no cause for complaint. Miles Teller has performed the best as Reed Richards, and Toby Kebbell is gruesome as the baddie. The special effects and graphics used in the film deserve a mention. There are moments that keep you completely spellbound. And Marco Beltrami, best known for composing music for The Hurt Locker and The Woman in Black, has done a brilliant job, along with Philip Glass, in keeping the sound eerie and mysterious. Overall, the film is a good one-time watch. 
 
Why you should watch this film:
If you love the superhero genre and are a Marvel fanboy, you wouldn’t want to miss this one! Yes, the faces are new but that actually works in this film, making the relatively old franchise feel fresh and young.

5 Biopics of Common Men: From Real to Reel

It’s raining biopics. Right from the lives of celebrities to sportsmen, cinema’s fascination with real life stories isn’t new. Stories of influential personalities have been making their way to the silver screen for a while now. The film industry is all about glam and glitter, and with increasing biographical films based on eminent personalities, the common man’s story often gets unnoticed. Yes, there have been famous personalities who have led extraordinary lives and it is no surprise movies are made based on them. However, there have been instances when some common people with uncommon stories made headlines and everybody including Bollywood took notice. We give you a lowdown of some such biographical films. Read on.

 
Manjhi – The Mountain Man (2015)
Manjhi is the story of a landless Bihari from the Musahar community who single-handedly built a road through the Gahlor Ghati hills using only a hammer and chisel. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the role of Dashrath Manjhi a.k.a The Mountain Man, while Radhika Apte played Manjhi’s wife. 
 
Hawaizaada (2015) 
Hawaizaada is based on the life of scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade who is believed by many to have invented the airplane in 1895, before the Wright Brothers did. Ayushmann Khurrana was seen in a nerdy avatar essaying the role of Talpade. The movie didn’t really set the box office on fire but it was unique and brought to attention a historical figure not talked of much otherwise.
 
Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
Not many had heard of Paan Singh Tomar before Tigmanshu Dhulia’s film of the same name. The movie was based on the life of an Indian army soldier, Paan Singh Tomar who won a gold medal at the Indian National Games, but circumstanes led him to become a notorious bandit. Irrfan Khan played the titular role in the film and won many accolades for it too.
 
Neerja (upcoming)
Sonam Kapoor is currently working on Ram Madhwani’s Neerja. She plays the braveheart air hostess Neerja Bhanot in the movie. Neerja Bhanot was the Pan Am flight attendant who was killed while saving passengers from terrorists on board the Pan Am Flight 73. Bhanot was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra, India’s highest peacetime military award for bravery. 
 
Aligarh (upcoming)
After making the award winning biopic on the human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi (Shahid), Hansal Mehta plans to bring yet another; the tale of a homosexual professor of Aligarh Muslim University, played by Manoj Bajpai. The film titled Aligarh and is inspired by the real life story of the professor who was suspended a few months before his retirement after he was caught having consensual sex with a rickshaw driver. A unique tale which might raise a few eyebrows for sure. 

6 B-town Celebs Who Kill It When They Sing

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to us that some of our top actors also happen to be really good singers. From dancing, doing their own stunts to now singing, actors are going all out to multi-task. Back in the day, there was one Kishore Kumar. In recent times it has become quite the thing for actors to show-off their singing abilities. Most recently, Salman Khan lent his voice in his home production film, Hero. Before Salman, Priyanka Chopra, Shraddha Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Farhan Akhtar, Amitabh Bachchan and many more have tried singing in their movies and met with their fans’ approval. Take a look.

 
Salman Khan – Bhai Can Do It All


Good or bad, you may have your opinion about Salman Khan but the man marches to the beat of his own drum. He is said to have the Midas Touch at the box-office. And when Bhai tried his hand at singing in his 2014 blockbuster Kick, fans went nuts. The superstar went out of his way and recorded a zany love song and Hangover in the album, and later even recorded all songs from the movie. It wasn’t the first time for him though. He has previously sang his own songs in Hello Brother (1999), Chal Mere Bhai (2000), Yuvvraaj (2008), Wanted (2009), Prem Ka Game (2010) and Bodyguard (2011). As a promotional strategy for his upcoming production venture, Hero, he recorded another love called called Main Hoon Tera Hero. We loved his geeky spectacle look in the video. A treat for all the Bhai fans out there.
 
Priyanka Chopra – Winning Hearts Globally
She has left a lasting impression in both Bollywood and Hollywood with her acting skills. It was not till recently though that the world was made familiar with Priyanka Chopra‘s musical flair. The dazzling diva has released three singles featuring international artists. She made her Bollywood singing debut with Chaoro (Lori) in Mary Kom (2014) and later sang a duet with Farhan Akhtar in Dil Dhadakne Do (2015).
 
Shraddha Kapoor – Two Much Talent
The young actress won many hearts with her performance as a budding singer in Aashiqui 2 (2013). After playing a reel life singer in that film, Shraddha Kapoor lent her voice in Ek Villain (2014) for the unplugged version of Galliyan, a song that went on to become a chartbuster. This dainty beauty also sang a duet in Haider (2014) alongside Tabu and a reprise version of Bezubaan Phir Se for ABCD 2 (2015).
 
Alia Bhatt – The Next Big Thing
Since her debut with Student Of The Year (2012), Alia has never looked back. She too is blessed with a gifted voice. Alia Bhatt sang Sooha Saaha along with Pakistani singer Zeb in her second film Highway (2014). It was AR Rahman who encouraged her to give singing a shot and apparently even said that Alia could be an accomplished vocalist if she is trained well. The young actress also recorded an unplugged version of Samjhawan for her 2014 release Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.
 
Farhan Akhtar – The One Stop Shop 
Farhan Akhtar would do just about everything in a movie if he could. Be it producing, directing, acting, singing, the man does it all. His musical talents have been there for everybody to see for a while now. Farhan sang all of his songs in his debut movie, Rock On!! (2008) and then sang the peppy number Senorita in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011). As mentioed earlier, he recently also sang a duet with Priyanka Chopra in Dil Dhadakne Do. Farhan also fronts his band – Farhan Live and regularly performs across the country. 
 
Amitabh Bachchan – The Immortal Voice
This voice that an entire nation swears by was once rejected by All India Radio when Amitabh Bachchan auditioned for being a news reader and commentator. Today, there are few who wouldn’t recognise that booming baritone instantly. He first sang Mere Paas Aao in Mr. Natwarlal (1979). Then that famous Holi song that no Holi party is complete without – Rang Barse in Silsila (1981). Years later, Main Yahan Tu Wahan was a big hit that he sang in Baghban (2003). Other movies you will find songs sung by Bachchan include Mahaan (1983), Bhoothnath (2008), Paa (2009), Bol Bachchan (2012) and Shamitabh (2015) among others. The actor has also sung a Bengali song in Kahaani (2012).  He recently even rapped promoting India’s own the Pro Kabaddi League.

Fear The Walking Dead: 4 Reasons to be Excited

When The Walking Dead released, who knew it would be such a huge hit? Over five seasons, The Walking Dead’s popularity has only increased, rolling along with extraordinary ratings that look good to sustain for a whle. For the uninitiated, The Walking Dead is an American horror-drama television series, based on the renowned comic book series. The show revolves around Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) who awakens from a coma to find an apocalyptic world overrun by zombies.The prequel called Fear The Walking Dead premieres in less than two weeks and we absolutely cannot wait to watch the pilot. 
Here are four reasons to watch this highly anticipated prequel.
 
 
An All New Cast
As long-time loyal fans of The Walking Dead, we are well familiar with the cast. A brand new cast not related to the comic book is bound to create a new level of excitement. The companion series stars Cliff Curtis (of Gang Related), Kim Dickens (of Deadwood), Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey (of The 100) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (of Orange is the New Black). While the old gang will be missed, the new cast sure looks promising. Excited, much?
 
A Brand New Story
The spin-off takes place during the same zombie apocalypse as The Walking Dead, but in Los Angeles, California. It features a dysfunctional family that struggles against civilization as the outbreaks wreaks havoc. The producers have already hinted that Fear the Walking Dead will be fast-paced and different than The Walking Dead.
 
There Will Be a Season 2
Another reason fans should have no fear of committing to the new show is the fact that AMC has already renewed it for a 15-episode second season that will premiere in 2016. We love the confidence.

Will Unanswered Questions Be Answered?
Remember watching The Walking Dead for the first time and looking up on the internet seeking answers to questions like how did the zombie apocalypse begin in the first place? We are not suggesting that we did not like the way the things progressed, but we surely would have liked a backstory. We definitely need answers. Don’t you?
 

5 Reasons To Watch Brothers!

It has been more than three years since Agneepath (2012), and Karan Malhotra is back again with another action flick, Brothers. The film is an official remake of the hit Hollywood film, Warrior (2011), which starred Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton in the lead. The Hindi remake will star Akshay Kumar,Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez in leading roles supported by Jackie Shroff and Shefali Shah. Brothers promises to be another action film riding high on drama. And if the trailer and the foot-tapping soundtrack don’t have you hooked already, we give you five reasons to watch the film, which releases this Friday.

Back to Basics for the Khiladi
At 47, Akshay Kumar is fit as a fiddle. While we have loved Akki in every avatar, it is always a thrill to watch him pull off an action role with panache. This time we get to see him fight in a ring. Akshay plays David (think Joel Edgerton as Brendan Conlon in Warrior). Action and drama, both of which are right up Akki’s ally. He fits the bill alright. It seems like another blockbuster from Akshay on its way.
 
No More Boy Next Door
Sidharth Malhotra is on a roll. Movie after movie, this boy is rising high. He plays Akshay Kumar’s younger brother Monty, a role unforgettably essayed by Tom Hardy in the original. Sidharth is performs some serious high-octane fight scenes in the film. He sure has come a long way since Student of the Year. 
 
Jacqueline Fernandez Like You’ve Never Seen Before
Jacqueline is known for glamorous roles. In Brothers, she is all set to surprise with a change of image. She plays David’s wife; a role that is a far cry from what we are used to seeing her as. If rumors are to be believed, it was Salman Khan, her Kick co-star who suggested and convinced Jacqueline to plays the role.
 
A Hollywood Remake With A Desi Twist
A big-budget film backed by Dharma Productions promises nothing less but a blockbuster. The Hollywood remake is in good hands, as a Karan Johar film rarely lacks the success formula. The desi touch seems to have been added with just the right amount of drama, masala, gaana and all that makes you leave a movie hall satisfied.  
 
Kareena Kapoor’s in an Item Number…Again
The trick that never fails. Kareena Kapoor looks gorgeous as ever in Mera Naam Mary. We wonder how Sidharth kept his eyes off her in the song, because we surely couldn’t.