5 Reasons to Watch Tubelight This Eid

It's safe to say that Tubelight is easily the most anticipated film of the year. How can it not be? Salman Khan is back, and that too with Kabir Khan. Going by their success rate, this collaboration has definitely sparked curiosity among many. With only a few days left to the release, it is hard to contain the excitement. Suddenly, Eid seems too far!

Both the teaser and the trailer were dropped last month. They definitely left us impressed and gave us several reasons to watch Tubelight. Here are five:

Salman Khan – The man himself!
Let's begin with the most obvious one. In a career spanning almost close to three decades, Salman Khan has gone from playing the quintessential good boy, the man with the golden heart and sometimes a corrupt police officer, even. This time around, the 51-year-old actor will be seen playing Laxman, a character that takes time to process things. This is the first time he has taken up such a role.














Take care, God bless! #5DaysToTubelight @SohailKhan @kabirkhankk @man_on_ledge  @tubelightkieid

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Matin Rey Tangu and Zhu Zhu
After making us go 'awww' over Harshali Malhotra in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman Khan is pairing up with yet another adorable child, Matin Rey Tangu. The boy seems to be an important part of the film and he might just be the star of the show right beside Bhai.














Namaste, Sat Sri Akal, Kem Cho, As-salamu alaykum 🙏 #Tubelight #Matin @TubelightKiEid

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Tubelight will see no Bollywood diva. In fact, it stars Chinese actress, Zhu Zhu in the lead. Her filmogaphy includes Hollywood films like Shanghai Calling (2012) and The Man with the Iron Fists (2012). It would be interesting to see how her Bollywood debut turns out.














Zhu Zhu, what a beautiful Lady!! #Tubelight #MainAgar @kabirkhankk @man_on_ledge  @TubelightKiEid @sonymusicindia

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SRK's cameo
Humare Karan Arjun aa gaye! Seeing Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan in one frame is such a delight. After almost 10 years, we will get a chance to see them together. King Khan will be making an appearance. Apparently, he is playing a magician in the film.
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The Music
Pritam da and Salman Khan always make a great combo! We can still dance to the tunes of Aaj Ki Party and Selfie Le Le Re at any given point in time. This time too we have some rather enjoyable melodies, most of which are already chartbusters.













Pritam Da + Guitar = Pure Magic #TinkaTinka – Team Pritam

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The Story
An interesting storyline has always been the mark of a Kabir Khan film. Tubelight is no different. While the makers have confirmed that parts of the film are based on The Little Boy (2015), the film is set in the Indo-Sino war era. It is the story of a man who goes in search of his brother after the war.













#TinkaTinkaDilMera out now! A heartfelt and soulful melody by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Watch here: https://youtu.be/iD2Enzg0IAY @beingsalmankhan @kabirkhankk @skfilmsofficial @tubelightkieid

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Get ready to have yourself a #TubelightKiEid and don't forget to stay tuned for the Tubelight review!

The Scent of a Man: Play Review – A Love Quadrilateral Gone Awry!

A play about marriages and infidelity, could easily be preachy. It is rather refreshing to come across one that does not intend to be didactic nor find the need to reveal secrets to a successful marriage. The Scent of a Man produced and directed by Ashvin Gidwani is a fine example.

Set in present day Mumbai, this play revolves around two married couples – Nikhil (Ashwin Mushran), an advertising executive and his wife Mallika (Suchitra Pillai), a marriage counsellor, and Ananya (Bhavna Pani), a Tupperware salesperson and her husband, Partho (Deven Khote), a professor at the University. One night, the four meet at a dinner party only to realize that they have been involved in a love quadrilateral of sorts.

This adult comedy on lies, lust and infidelity is flavored with a bountiful dose of sharp wit and sarcasm. It opens with a familiar premise – the husband (Mushran) is late and the wife (Pillai) is furious. To add to this, a Tupperware lady (Pani) shows up only to secure a forced cup of tea and eventually an invite to dinner.

The Scent of a Man, does not offer any exceptional situations or issues. Most couples actually have to face them on a daily basis. This does not, however, make the play boring even for a second. The dialogues are well-thought-out, funny, clever and sometimes even bold.

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Given that the story is set in the house of a well-to-do couple, the look of the set deserves a mention. It convinces you into believing you're in a posh apartment, which is quite an achievement.

The characters are intelligently written and the actors look and play their parts with perfection. It is hard to pick one over the other. Whether it is Ashwin Mushran as the charming married man, Suchitra Pillai as the nagging and suspicious wife, Bhavna Pani as the naive woman with an overbearing husband or Deven Khote as the khadi-clad, Mr. know-it-all. Each one is a star in his or her own right.

The Scent of a Man portrays marital woes in a light-hearted manner and does not aim at showing you right from wrong. It will have you in splits from the very beginning and it won't be long before you recognize the situations that may have appeared in your own life. The next time it is staged, do not miss it!

Phullu: Film Review – Insightful and Thought-provoking

Verdict: A social drama that deserves your time.

For generations, menstruation as a subject has been taboo. Nobody really discussed it – not families, not teachers, not even women. Even in 2017, it is kept hush-hush. Abhishek Saxena's directorial venture, Phullu, starring Sharib Hashmi and Jyotii Sethi, dares to break open the conversation about the realities of menstruation.

Phullu (Sharib Hashmi), a young good-for-nothing man, lives with his mother and sister in a village. He leads a nondescript life and his idleness becomes a matter of concern for his mother (Nutan Surya). She tries to send him to off for work, but in vain. This Shaktimaan's only claim to fame is the fact that he travels to the city to get things for the ladies. On one such visit, he meet a doctorni who enlightens him about the “janani rog” and the inconvenience women have to face each month. When he realizes that the women in his village are ignorant about sanitary napkins, he decides to take it upon himself to 'look after' the ladies in his own way. Phullu wants to ensure access to affordable pads for the women in his village.

Here is a man who has to fight his family, the village and society at large in order to make menstruation more hygenic and comfortable for women around him. While everyone disapproves of his 'immoral antics', the only source of support for him is his wife,​ Bigni (Jyotii Sethi).
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Sethi, who plays Phullu's wife, is a delight to watch. Sharib Hashmi, who impressed us in his 2012 flick, Filmistaan, is effortless in this one too. The cameo from Inaamulhaq, is one of the highlights of the film. In the few minutes that he shares with Hashmi, he is absolutely magical. Nutan, who plays Phullu's mother, delivers a powerful act.

Despite having a rather abrupt ending, Phullu gets quite a few things right. The film succeeds in doing what it set out do – spread awareness about the struggles, the myths, realities and superstitions surrounding menstruation. It asks unconformtable questions in a society where many are too comfortable keeping mum about the so-called “taboo”. The background score and music by Troy Arif and Vickky Agarwal deserves credit. It helps in facilitating the emotional immersion the audience goes through.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Phullu forces you to think, empathize and make a difference. It is an ode to all those who are trying to change mindsets. The film has some great performances, appreciable music and a social message. Watch it this weekend!

Everything You Need to Know About Phullu

Cast: Sharib Hashmi, Jyotii Sethi, Nutan Surya, Trisha Kale, Namya Saxena, Paras Raajj Ganndhhi, Late Shivam Pradhan, Sima Pari, Vandana Chopra, Monisha Narang, Neelanjna Banarjee, Kimti Anand

Director: Abhishek Saxena

Writer: Shaheen Iqbal

Music: Vickky Agarwal, Troy Arif

Producers: Pushpa Chaudhary, Dr. Anmol Kapoor, Kshitij Chaudhary, Raman Kapoor

Editor: Rohit Mhatre

Release Date: June 16, 2017

Background & Story:
One may have already heard of Akshay Kumar's upcoming project, Padman that deals with the subject of menstrual hygiene. Padman is based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu-based social activist who revolutionalized the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a cost-effective sanitary napkin Machine.

There is, however, another forthcoming film, titled Phullu, that also aims at breaking stereotypes attached to menstruation. Phullu showcases the story of a man who sets out to make affordable pads for the women residing in his village.

Phullu (Sharib Hashmi), wants to help the women in the village get access to sanitary napkins after he learns about them on one of his visits to a nearby city. When he realizes that the women are oblivious to the product, he takes it upon himself to make sure they are provided with it. Besides Hashmi, the film also stars Jyotii Sethi (as Phullu's wife).

The trailer was released last month. It not only captures the world of remote villages but also highlights the problems women deal with. If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here:

Stay tuned for the Phullu review!

Film Preview: Baadshaho

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Vidyut Jammwal and IIeana D’Cruz

Director: Milan Luthria

Writer: Rajat Arora

Produced By: T-Series and Milan Luthria

Release Date: September 1, 2017

Background & Story:
After about seven years since Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi are back together with the much awaited action-drama, Baadhshaho. The film was announced back in 2015 and went into production only in August, 2016. This is Ajay Devgn’s fourth collaboration with Luthria after Kachche Dhaage (1999), Chori Chori (2003) and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010). The makers had initially announced a January 26, 2017 release after which it was pushed to May 12, 2017 and then September 1, 2017.

The film, set against the backdrop of the 1975 Emergency promises to take us through the journey of six individuals who are charged with robbery of gold which is worth millions.

June 12, 2017, Emraan Hashmi, Ajay Devgn and IIeana D’Cruz took to social media to share the first look of the film. The poster has everything we have come to attach with Ajay Devgn – flying cars and action. Apart from the aforementioned actors, the film also stars Esha Gupta and Vidyut Jamwal in pivotal roles. According to some reports, the film will also star 36-year-old actor, Sunny Leone. She will reportedly feature in a song alongside Hashmi.

If you haven’t seen the first look of the film, take a look at it here:

Click here for everything you need to know about the film and stay tuned for more updates on Baadhshaho!

Loose Jokes by Karunesh Talwar: Event Review – Laughter Guaranteed!

There was a time when stand-up comedy evoked an image of hopefuls making bawdy jokes on prime-time television shows. Thanks to a new generation of Indians ready to laugh at themselves, this is slowly changing. With the established pub culture, electronic music nights and karaoke going stale, it was about time something new and trendy took place. It’s safe to say one would rather watch a live stand-up comedy show, such as Loose Jokes, than waste money on a mindless movie.

Loose Jokes by Karunesh Talwar took place at The Barking Deer, a microbrewery at Lower Parel. The nude brick walls, jute finished chairs, wooden tables and stag busts make this place absolutely brewtiful. Those of us who were there well in advance, admired the beauty around us as we waited for our bands and drink coupons (Your pass includes a drink – a craft beer from the pub’s house brews or a mocktail of your choice!).

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Soon it was time for us to be seated as the show was about to begin. They say, to avoid ritual humiliation at a comedy gig, you should avoid sitting in the front two rows. To my horror, I did land myself a seat in the first row. Luckily, all the four comedians were unthreatening.

The show was opened by Rueben Kaduskar, a Maharashtrian lad with a Jewish name. He set the mood for the rest of the evening with his jokes which included, but were not limited to, religion, sexuality and auto-erotic asphyxia. All of it was met with chuckles from across the room. Manal Patil, a 20-something boy followed. Anecdotes about experiences with marijuana and its after effects left the audience in splits. While we were at it with these two, we were introduced to Masoom Rajwani, the very same banda who helped us with our bands and coupons. He discussed the big question we asked our parents as children. You know, that question pertaining to our existence. His mother’s answer, “Raat ko Bhagwan magic karta hain”, was just about enough to make you ROFL.

After three rib-tickling acts, we were geared up for the big one. The act by the fellow who claims to be single AF. Karunesh Talwar is so single that all he ever does is sit and when he is bored, he lies down. He started off by discussing Indian contestants cooking bhajiya and khichdi at the the Australian and American editions of the prestigious reality show MasterChef, while some other contestant made “dark chocolate ice cream jiske paas ek white chocolate ka fence, jiske upar ek milk chocolate ka mukut.” Hold on, this is not even the funniest bit of the act. Talwar also discussed current affairs, smoking disclaimers, actors making a living out of vibrating, the odds of becoming an astronaut and the absurdity in material intended for entertainment. All this while making sense and still being as politically incorrect.

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He ended the evening with another punch about sharks being lazy. That too, without actually offending shark supporters or sharks in the audience. Once the show ended, we approached the counter to redeem our drink coupons. In order to prevent any spit takes or choking, drinks were served in the end.

Before Karunesh Talwar’s Loose Jokes become a hit throughout the country, try them out. No, honestly, one shouldn’t miss Loose Jokes by Karunesh Talwar for the world. Not even when there is an India vs. South Africa match, as it was the case on June 11, 2017.

Upcoming Shows:

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Love U Family: Film Review – A Film With Noble Intentions

Verdict: Salman Yusuff Khan and Manoj Joshi shine in this family drama.

Love U Family, starring Salman Yusuff Khan, Aksha Pardasany and Kashyap is a family drama that aims to reaffirm the importance of family – an institution the youth is often accused of slighting.

Sachindra Sharma’s film revolves around the emotional journey of three individuals and how the love of their families keeps them going. Khushi (Aksha Pardasany), a 20-something well-to-do girl who has just been made the CEO of a company in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Avi (Kashyap), a colleague in the same firm, tries to woo her but in vain. While Khushi’s parents (Manoj Joshi and Navni Parihar) approve of the young man, Khushi does not.

It is only when Avi tries to confess his love to Khushi that her past is revealed. Turns out she was married to Raj (Salman Yusuff Khan), a reality show-winning dancer who also happened to be her best friend’s brother.
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Besides focusing on the importance of family, Love U Family also touches upon the dynamics of human relationships and the significant place daughters have within a family. The film moves back and forth in time, in the process of which crucial events in the life of Khushi, both good and bad, are highligted.

The narrative may be uninspired, but the film has its moments – most of which are emotional. While the film remains sombre for most part, actor Shakti Kapoor‘s character Lovely Singh brings some comic relief. Veteran Manoj Joshi does a splendid job as Khushi’s father. He tries to make each scene, even the clichéd ones, work. Salman Yusuff Khan, who made his debut with ABCD (2013), delivers a praiseworthy performance in this film as well. The only disappointment, perhaps, is the fact that we do not see him dancing as much as we would have liked to.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch Love U Family for Salman Yusuff Khan. Plus, if you are a sucker for emotional films this one is for you.

Rajkummar Rao’s Transformations Will Shock You!

If there’s one word to describe Rajkummar Rao, it has to be versatile. The acting powerhouse has gone from playing a boy next door to an abusive husband and so much more in just a span of seven years. It is safe to say that he is one of the few in B-town who can play just about any role with just as much honesty and conviction. He can slip into the skin of any character, monstrous or not. Both in an all-too-convincing manner; even if it means not eating for 20 odd days like in the case of his first outing this year (Trapped).

While many actors aim to establish a glamorous image, Rao is busy exploring the actor in himself. Lately, he has been experimenting with a variety of looks, all for his films of course.

Few days ago, the teaser poster of his upcoming film, Behen Hogi Teri was released. We saw Rao sport a moon crescent on his head and a rudraksh bracelet. This is not all. Here are some of the other transformations he has gone through for his upcoming projects:

In the Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon starrer, Raabta, Rajkummar will be seen essaying the role of a 324-year-old man. Apparently, some 16 look tests were done before the final one was picked. A special team team from Los Angeles got on board to etch the look for the actor.

The actor had to sit through five to six hours of prosthetic each day to get the look. In addition to that, his body posture and voice modulation also had to be worked upon. He wore accessories and also got the tattoos done for the character. Talk about dedication and doing what it takes to look the part!

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It is true that Rao never shies away from going that extra mile. For his next project, Bose, an ALT-Balaji online streaming show that will be directed by Hansal Mehta, he has gone half-bald.

Recently, the actor took to social media to share the test look and also announced that the first look will be out soon. We’re super excited!

Aami Saira Bano
The National Award-winning actor is set to play the role of a transgender in a Bengali film, titled, Ami Saira Bano.

To prepare for his role, he visited transgenders in Kolkata to get into the skin of the character. Apparently, Rao also had to lose weight and shave his entire body for the role. Is there anything he wouldn’t do for his craft?
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Dear Maya: Film Review – A Moving Drama

Verdict: An interesting story backed by noteworthy performances.

After a break from films, Manisha Koirala is back as the titular character of Sunaina Bhatnagar's directorial debut, Dear Maya. The film is about rediscovering life, the dynamics of human relationships and the importance of hope.

Ira (Shreya Chaudhary) and Anna (Madiha Imam) are high school girls who also happen to be best friends. Like many teenagers, they spend their time secretly reading romantic novels and discussing boys. Amidst all of this, they get curious about Anna's reclusive neighbour, Maya Devi (Manisha Koirala), a lonely middle-aged woman who has confined herself to a deserted bungalow for over two decades. Her only companions, perhaps, are two dogs, cages filled with birds and a faithful helper.

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When the two girls learn that Maya Devi's solitude is the result of tragic incidents in the past, Ira convinces Anna to write love letters to Maya Devi in the name of a non-existent ex-suitor, Ved. Reluctant at first, Anna finally gives in.

These letters have a positive effect on her. They gradually help her step out of her cocoon. Before the girls even know it, she falls for Ved, unaware of the fact that he only exists on paper. She decides to sell her house and set off in search of her 'lover'. Anna, who begins to develop a bond, wishes to stop Maya Devi. But before she does, Maya is gone.

A guilt-striken Anna confesses to her parents and that changes her life. She is sent to boarding school and her friendship with Ira breaks in the process. Six years later, the two reunite to find Maya.

What makes Dear Maya work is the fact that it does not tick the customary boxes of a quintessential Bollywood flick. In fact, it has a story that is rare and intriguing. While the film remains interesting for most parts, the writing falters in some scenes making a few elements seem forced. The film is slow-paced for most part and may not be everyone's cup of tea. However, this only serves in giving us an insight into the evolution of the characters.

The first half is slow-paced and focuses on the girls weaving fantasies through their writing, Maya Devi's departure from her home and the strained friendship between Ira and Anna. Unlike the first half, the second half is speedy. It focuses on the reunion of the girls and their quest.

Koirala, despite limited screentime, delivers a fine, heart winning performance without having to resort to words most of the time. Debutants Madiha Imam and Shreya Chaudhary put up a good act and are a sheer delight to watch. Iravati Harshe, who plays Anna's (Imam's) mother, is convincing in her role.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Dear Maya may be slow-paced, but it has a lot to offer. It has hummable songs, an interesting tale to tell, a nuanced performance by Manisha Koirala and a surprising cameo.

Hits & Misses: May 2017

We have come to the end of yet another glorious month at the movies. As promised, we’re back to take you through all the films that hit theatres in the month of May.

As always there were many releases and as a cine-goer it would have been really hard for you to catch up with all. Well, you need not worry. We’re here to help you find out how each one fared. From the ones that were must-watches to the ones that could just be spared that one watch, we have it all covered. Without wasting any time, let us take a quick look at what people loved in May.

Sachin: A Billion Dreams
Given our collective love for a man, whose name we turned into a chant, this film is something many have been waiting for since forever. Sachin: A Billion Dreams chronicles what we already know, but what makes it even more special is the fact that private moments from the cricketer’s life are also shared.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge seemed to have delivered on all the expectations one has come to attach with the series – a great script, some light moments and exceptional effects.

Jattu Engineer
Honeypreet Insan’s film, Jattu Engineer, earned rave reviews from the audience for its great use of music and comedy.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 turned out to be a crowd-pleaser for its music, space fights and of course Baby Groot.

Hindi Medium
This comedy starring Irrfan Khan hit the right notes with the audience for highlighting some of the most relevant issues.

Everything, Everything
Based on the book of the same name, Everything, Everything seemed to have worked with audiences because of its touching story and beautiful songs.

Half Girlfriend
Half Girlfriend may have not impressed critics, but it definitely entertained the audience. It was considered endearing and the performance of the two protagonists, Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, was loved.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Guy Ritchie’s latest outing, King Arthur: Legend if the Sword, received praise for its awe-inspiring story, VFX and editing.

Sargoshiyan may not have been one of those hyped movies, however, it did impress afterall. It presents a refreshing picture of Jammu & Kashmir and has simple emotions.

In Regional Cinema:
This month we also had some regional gems that left the audience enthralled. Some of these include – Thondan (Tamil), Brindavanam (Tamil), Yeidhavan (Tamil), Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae (Tamil), Babu Baga Busy (Telugu), Keshava (Telugu), Rarandoi Veduka Chudham (Telugu), Sriramudinta Srikrishnudanta (Telugu), Happy New Year (Kannada), BB5 (Kannada), Pataki (Kannada), Comrade in America (Malayalam), Godha (Malayalam), Ramante Edanthottam (Malayalam), Arjan (Punjabi), Saab Bahadar (Punjabi), Lahoriye (Punjabi), Posto (Bengali), Ami Je Ke Tomar (Bengali), Karsandas Pay & Use (Gujarati), Oli Ki Suki (Marathi), Karaar (Marathi) and Chi Va Chi Sau Ka (Marathi).

Some movies missed by a small margin and couldn’t fare as well as the others. Here are a few – Enga Amma Rani (Tamil), Inayathalam (Tamil), Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen (Tamil), Radha (Telugu), Maasthi Gudi (Kannada), Achayans (Malayalam), Sarkar 3 (Hindi), Alien: Covenant (English), The Lost City of Z (English), The Sense of an Ending (English) and Karaar (Marathi).

Well, that was all for May. Let’s hope June is even better. See you then!

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.