Romantic Films with Not So Happy Endings

No matter how mushy they are, we all at some point of time in our lives have loved watching romantic films. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, followed by a brief separation and then a happy ending – it’s a perfect formula. But what if there is no happy ending? What if we tell you not all love stories are fairytale-like? If just the thought of these questions upsets you, then you probably wouldn’t enjoy the following movies. But a little bit of reality won’t kill you, right? 😉

So this week, swap those cliched romantic dramas for a series of happily-never-afters:
 
Casablanca (1942)
A timeless masterpiece, Casablanca perfectly defined the greatest act of love – letting go. You have to watch it to appreciate it.
 
Big (1988)
A 13-year-old boy wakes up to find he’s not a teenager anymore. Now in his 30s, he’s bombarded with life issues, dilemmas and worst of all, love! What will he do when he goes back to being 13?
 
Shakespeare In Love (1998)
The man who gave us some of the most romantic tales ever, was left heartbroken by his true love. Ironic, we know!
 
City Of Angels (1998)
An angel leaves heaven for the woman (obviously, a human) he loves. Only to be separated from her in the most tragic way possible.
 
A Walk To Remember (2002)
There’s a moment in the film when the protagonist finds his love has only few days to live… Absolutely heart-breaking.
 
Lost in Translation (2003)
An aging film star finds himself attracted to a young woman who’s neglected by her husband. But sadly, a happy ending is not what Fate has in store for them.
 
These are some of the Happily-Never-Afters we’d recommend. So, this weekend plan a movie marathon and enjoy! And yes, do remember to keep those tissue boxes handy. 😉

​5 Animated Films Releasing Before 2016!

And we bet you had no clue about them.. 
Three months to 2016, and Hollywood still has a string of surprises coming up for those who love watching animated films. Despite entertaining us with movies like Minions, Home, Inside Out and many more this year, it seems Hollywood isn’t done with its quota of animated films yet. And we’re certain neither are you! From Transylvania 2 (sequel to 2012’s blockbuster release Hotel Transylvania) to Alvin and The Chipmunks, there’s one helluva animation ride to look forward to. So, what are you waiting for? Mark your calendars and get ready to catch these exciting new releases:
 
Transylvania 2
Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez are back as Drac (Dracula) and Mavis in Transylvania 2. And this time, Drac has to deal with another human, who happens to be his grandson. So, gear up for a new story and a new adventure. Here’s the trailer for you:
 
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
In the fourth installment in the franchise, the chipmunks are back with a new dilemma! Dave is all set to propose to his girlfriend and dump them; the trio has three days to stop him. Will they succeed? You’ll have to wait and watch. Until then, enjoy the trailer:
 
 The Peanuts Movie
Snoopy and Charlie Brown are about to star in their very own movie! If you love their adventurous comic strips, we bet you’ll love them in the film, too. Check out the trailer:

The Good Dinosaur
Brimming with cuteness, this Disney-Pixar collaboration is all set to stun you with its spectacular animation. The story traces the most adorable alliance between a li’l boy and a dinosaur that will definitely make you go ‘Awwww’! Get a glimpse of them in the trailer:

Hell & Back
Not for the li’l ones, this animated feature promises you the most hilarious ride to Hell & Back! Join two friends who set out to rescue their buddy who gets dragged into hell. Check out the trailer:
 
Now that you know about these awesome movies, don’t forget to tell us which ones you’re waiting for!

Actresses Who Quit Acting Post-Marriage

Just when we thought we’d never get to see the reigning queens of the ’90s – Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi – on the big screen again, they made a stupendous comeback. However, the same cannot be hoped for some other B-town beauties, who quit acting post-marriage. And rumour has it, there’s soon going to a new addition to this bandwagon. 
Actress Asin, who’s known for her varied roles in the South Indian film industries as well as Bollywood, is all set to quit her career after her marriage to Rahul Sharma, co-founder of Micromax. Dreadful news for her fans, we know. Like her, here are few more actresses who gave up stardom for a happily married life.
 Twinkle Khanna
Daughter of yesteryear actor, Rajesh Khanna, Twinkle’s tryst with Bollywood was cut short after her marriage to Akshay Kumar. The beautiful actress, who is remembered for her roles opposite Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, is now famously known as Mrs Funnybones –  thanks to her witty writing.
 
Gayatri Joshi
The most surprising exit of all, Gayatri Joshi made her debut with none other than Shah Rukh Khan in Swades. And just when we thought Bollywood has found another gem, she decided to get married and quit acting. We really hope she makes a comeback.
 
Sonali Bendre
Pretty and vivacious, Sonali Bendre is currently a known face on the social circuit. Though the actress made her television debut with several shows recently, she has no intentions of appearing on the big screen again. 
 
Ayesha Takia
From being a ​C​omplan girl to romancing Salman Khan on the big screen, she’s done it all. The ​pretty actress is now enjoying married life, away from all the glitz and glamour of Bollywood.​​
 
Shilpa Shetty
​Remember her Big Brother stint? The international fame she received post the reality show gave her Bollywood career a much-needed boost. However, the actress decided to get married and quit her career instead.
 
The​re you go, those​ are​ some of​ our most-missed missus! What about you? Tell us, and your friends!

All set for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials?

Trapped..memories erased..and the only way out for them was to solve the maze..Last year this month, a group of teenagers  embarked on the most baffling journey of their lives in the Maze Runner. With the film going on to become one of the highest  grossers  of 2014, a sequel was anticipated. The reason was of course, the super thrilling climax of the film. Is it any wonder that people couldn’t wait for more?

For those who’ve been under a rock for the past one year, we have a quick recap for you! Hurry, join the mission ’cause Thomas and his fellow Gladers are all set for Phase Two.

(Note – Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t watched the first installment yet!)
 
Quick Recap:
With no memory of the past, Thomas wakes up to find himself trapped in the  Glade, a place that lies in the centre of a maze. Baffled and furious, he refuses to stay where he is and convinces the fellow Gladers to rebel against the WCKD (the creators of the Maze). And yes, they succeed.
 
What’s Next:
Thomas and the other Gladers are out, content to have survived the terrifying maze, but they don’t realize the game is not over yet. Though the teenagers have succeeded in getting away from  The Glade, they now have to survive in  the deserted outside world – the  Scorch. Will they all succeed again?
 
There’s a New Villain:
Game of Thrones  fans rejoice, ’cause  Aidan Gillen  is all set to turn antagonist for this edge-of-the-seat-thriller. Watch the star as he sets up a deadly trap for the Gladers, along with  Patricia Clarkson  (lead antagonist).
 
The Gladers Unite:
The original cast featuring  Dylan O’BrienThomas Brodie-Sangster,  Ki Hong Lee  and Kaya Scodelario  are all set to reprise their respective roles in the film. With the sequel promising to be more intense and dark, we can’t wait to watch them back on the big screen.
 
It’s going to be a Thrilling Affair:
Prepare yourselves, ’cause unlike the first part, The Scorch Trials is going to be way more intense, electrifying and action-packed as it progresses. Yup, a perfect film to sizzle up your boring weekend.
 
So, what are you waiting for? Go experience the thrill on the big screen!
 

Five Times Bollywood Gave Us Career Goals

No kidding!

Looking at some recent movies, Bollywood has been constantly offering us some serious career advice. Gone are the days when protagonists were rich NRIs or CEOs. The filmmakers are now making an attempt to present their characters with interesting jobs.

The latest example being Dharma Productions’ Shaandaar, where Shahid Kapoor plays a dashing event/wedding organizer. We won’t be surprised if the market is flooded with budding organizers post the film. But, yes you have to agree it looks way more interesting than the hero being stuck in a boring 9-to-5 job. 
We came across some more interesting career options suggested by the movies. If any of you is still clueless about a direction your career needs to take, you might as look explore these options. 
 
Ranbir Kapoor as Videographer (Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani)
Travel around the world, document peoples’ experiences and get paid for it – who wouldn’t want a job like that? Ranbir Kapoor’s role as a videographer in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani is what one can call a dream job.
 
Katrina Kaif as Scuba Diving Instructor (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
An underwater experience for 365 days! Like seriously; who needs a vacation if you are a Scuba Diving Instructor?
 
Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma as Wedding Planners (Band Baaja Baaraat)
Band Baaja Baaraat was like a tutorial for people who aspire to be wedding planners. So if you are planning to be one, you probably should take tips from Bittu and Shruti in this superhit film.
 
Anushka Sharma as Filmmaker (Jab Tak Hai Jaan
A perfect job for those who love to travel. Anushka’s character Akira totally made us want to become a filmmaker too. After all, you get to travel, meet different people, shoot experiences and your job is done. Who wouldn’t want a life like that?
 
Preity Zinta as Radio Jockey (Salaam Namaste)
Or maybe Vidya Balan in Lage Raho Munna Bhai! The actresses made RJing look so much fun and exciting in their films. A career definitely worth giving a try, don’t you think?
 
Now that you’ve seen the options, which one seems best suited for you? What do you want to be?

Go North With Bollywood

There comes a time in your life when you just want to leave everything aside and take off on a vacation. Well, allow us to fire up that li’l ‘vacay demon’ in you. Who should we blame for that? Bollywood, of course! Let’s take North India, for example. The film industry has left no stones unturned when it comes to capturing picturesque locations of the region in the movies. So much that you’d want to pack your bags and set out on a trip with your buddies to those very places. ASAP! So if you are already planning that holiday, you might as well take some tips from the movies that beautifully captured the scenic locations. North India is more beautiful than you could ever have imagined.
 
Highway
Imtiaz Ali‘s obsession with Northern cities is well known to all. And with Highway, the director went a step ahead and took us on the most spectacular trip from Delhi to Himachal Pradesh to the snow-clad mountains of Kashmir. We’d be surprised if the film didn’t make you want to go on a road trip too.
 
Haider
Shot extensively in Kashmir, the film painted a beautiful picture of the region on the screen for the masses. From snow-capped mountains to the memerizing Dal Lake, the film was lauded for it’s beautiful cinematography.
 
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
If there’s one film that made us desperately take up trekking, it was Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. Though the scenes were actually shot in Kashmir, Ayan Mukerji‘s direction compelled you to take a trip to the whole of up North and experience it yourself.
 
Jab We Met
Remember the song Yeh Ishq Haaye? It was not just Kareena’s dance that sizzled things up in the song but also the beauty and serenity of Rohtang Pass. Just more fodder for the traveler’s soul by Imtiaz Ali.
 
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
After shooting for Dil Se.., Shah Rukh Khan returned to mesmerizing Ladakh after several years for Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Yash Chopra who was known for his cinematography skills captured Ladakh like never before.
 
You watch these movies. You see your favorite stars in these gorgeous locations. About time you head here too. Pack your bags and get, set, go!

The Ganesh Chaturthi Jukebox

Ganpati Bappa Morya, Mangal Murti Morya!

That wonderful feeling when the most awaited guest of the year finally enters your house. Lord Ganesha is here! Let the festive season begin. With all the pomp and splendor, it’s time to kickstart the most fun-filled festival of the nation – Ganesh Chaturthi. And it’s not just us who are celebrating, Bollywood has been showering its love for the Lord for decades now. The bigwigs in the Hindi film industry have danced and welcomed Lord Ganesha in the most grandiose way possible. So why shouldn’t we, right? Check out the list of songs below and don’t forget to add a Bollywood-styled zing to your celebrations.
 
Deva Ho Deva (Hum Se Badkar Kaun) – Though the song is over two decades old, it still continues to be a favorite at all Ganpati events. You’d be lying if you haven’t heard this one.
Deva Ho Deva, Ganpati Deva,
Tumse Badkar Kaun,
Swami Tumse Badkar Kaun…
 
Deva Shree Ganesha (Agneepath) – A pandal hit, Ajay-Atul‘s high on energy song will surely give you goosebumps. No doubt the song went on to become such a sensation.
Dharti Ambar Sitaare Hai,
Usski Nazaare Utaarein,
Darr Bhi Uss Se Dara Re,
Jiski Rakhwaliya Re Karta Saaya Tera,
Deva Shree Ganesha…
;
 
Bappa Morya (Don) – Shah Rukh Khan expressing his love for Ganesha was a delight to watch in this song. Bappa Morya perfectly defines a devotee’s endless love for the God.
Tujhko Phir Se Jalwa Dikhana Hi Hoga,
Agle Baras Aana Hai Aana Hi Hoga,
Dekhengi Teri Raahen Pyasi Pyasi Nigaahen,
Toh Maan Le Tu Maan Bhi Le Kehna Mera …
 
 
Ga Ga Ganpati (ABCD) –  A Ganpati song with an EDM twist. No one saw it coming, but everyone definitely loved it. 
Tere Hi Bande,
Hai Sabse Change,
Kar Denge Dange, Tu Hai Toh Dar Hai Kya,
Ho.. Deva…
 
Teri Hi Jalwa (Wanted) – Agree or disagree, but festivities are incomplete without a Bhai song. So here is one with Salman Khan setting the street on fire with his jalwa.
Arey Yahan Bhi Hoga Wahan Bhi Hoga,
Ab Toh Saare Jahaan Mein Hoga,
Kya…Mera Hi Jalwa,
Mera Hi Jalwa…
 
So join in the festivities!
Bolo Ek Do Teen Char – Ganpati Ki Jay Jay Kar!

Johnny Depp is Back with Black Mass

Intense, brutal and stacked with crime in abundance, the Black Mass trailer is without any doubt – spectacular. Directed by Scott Cooper, the film features an ensemble cast lead by none other than the man with many faces on screen, Johnny Depp. Yes, he’s back and this time with a vengeance. Haven’t seen the trailer yet? Here’s an exclusive sneak peek just for you:

So, are you ready for some pure and evil crime drama? With the film all set for its Indian release next week, here are a few reasons why we feel you mustn’t miss Black Mass:
 
#TrueStory:
Based on the novel of the same name, the film traces the life of one of the most notorious fugitives in the history of the U.S. The story highlights the infamous alliance between an FBI agent and an Irish-American mobster, Whitney Bulger (played by Johnny Depp).
 
 Johnny Depp’s Big comeback:
Atleast that’s what the trailer promises us! Yes, the star looks every bit of a mafia leader with his evil and cold-blooded guise. Will this role be another feather in his cap? That’s for you to find out.
 
A-list Cast:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon and more, the film has a line up of brilliant actors. Why would you miss such an experience? 
 
Authentic Locations:
The murder scenes in the film are shot at the same locations where they actually happened. Creepy we know, but true to the story.
 
Thrilling Content:
From FBI drama, politics, gang wars to high octane action scenes, the film has everything for you. 
 
So yes, Black Mass looks to be a promising American crime flick. So for those who love this kind of cinema, mark your calendars now. And the rest of you, there’s always a first time – go for it!

5 times Athiya Shetty reminded us of Sonam Kapoor

There’s a new fashionista in B-town!

Though her debut film Hero is yet to hit the screens, Athiya Shetty is already making head turns with her exuberant style. Yes, Suniel Shetty’s lovely daughter is all grown up and we think she might soon be a threat to the Queen Bee of Bollywood fashion – Sonam Kapoor. The upcoming star glittered at all the promotional events for her film, with her stunning outfits and remarkable poise. But their fashion sense is not the only thing common between the two heroines. Here are few more times Athiya totally reminded us of the Aisha-famed actress.

Daddy’s Little Princess: Just like Sonam, Athiya is a daddy’s girl, too. The actress recently revealed that she would avoid watching her father’s action films, ’cause watching him getting punched on-screen was absolutely terrifying. #Awww

The Selfie Girl: With her Instagram account brimming with selfies, we can assume the pretty actress loves clicking selfies- another famous trait of Sonam’s. 

The Salman Khan Connection: Remember Salman Khan’s special appearance in Sonam’s debut film, Saawariya? Well, in this case we can say Athiya is a tad more lucky as the actress gets to debut with Salman Khan Films.

Dressed To The Nines: Always. Like we mentioned earlier, the Shetty girl has left no stone unturned in the path to Fashion Fame. In fact, the fashion police has already termed her as the next fashionista. We wonder what Sonam has to say about this?

Debut Opposite Star Kid: If Sonam made her debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor, Athiya is all set to make her’s opposite, Sooraj Pancholi- Aditya Pancholi’s son. Coincidence? Yeah, maybe 😛

Those are the many times Athiya Shetty totally reminded us of Sonam Kapoor. 

With critics waiting to review the actress’ performance in Hero, here’s wishing her all the best!

5 times Akshay Kumar made us Laugh Out Loud

He maybe the Khiladiyon ka Khiladi but his remarkable comic talent is no secret. However, before the superstar set foot into the realms of comedy, he was typecast as an actor who could only do action roles. But Akshay Kumar proved everyone wrong, and how! As his career progressed, he went on to appear in a series of hilariously insane roles that left the audience in splits. Seriously, who would have thought that this alpha male of Bollywood could pull off comic roles with such ease? In fact today, we can say Akshay pioneered the idea of action-comedy in Bollywood. 😛
 
Haven’t seen any of his comedy films? Here’s his best 5 so far that will definitely make you laugh out loud.
 
Hera Pheri:
Ayee Raju!‘ Akshay’s role as a young fella who wants to get rich quick tops our comedy list. Remember the ‘Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai‘ scene? If you’ve watched it, I’m sure you’re smiling right now.
 
Heyy Baby:
After Hera Pheri, there was no stopping the Khiladi turned Comedy King! He appeared in numerous roles and struck the right chord again with Heyy Babyy. The scenes where he makes his ex-lover meet suitors for marriage are hilarious. 
 

Bhool Bhulaiyaa:
If Vidya Balan gave us the creeps as Manjulika, Akshay Kumar literally made us fall off the seats as the ghost-hunting psychiatrist. From the moment he appears on screen to the last scene, we bet you won’t stop laughing.
 

Om Shanti Om (Cameo role):
Though it was just a two-minute cameo, Akshay nailed it with his bang-on comic timing. Check it out in the video below:
 

Singh Is Kinng:
How can we forget Happy Singh, the naive and good-for-nothing chirpy fellow who goes on a trip to Australia. Akshay’s shenanigans were so funny that people are already excited for the sequel Singh Is Bling!
 
Here’s wishing the star a very Happy Birthday! 😀