Choti Movie, Bada Dhamaka: 11 Small Films With Big Performances!

Often when small movies are made with big stars, their performances tend to overshadow the performances of the rest of the cast. But thankfully, this trend is changing one movie at a time. You'll see some splendid performances by small stars in movies today. Performances that are not only essential to the storyline of the movie, but are also so wonderful that the movie would not be the same without them. As the sensibilities of the Indian audience matures, the taste for off-beat movies is getting stronger. And to the delight of film-lovers and critics, there's no dearth of fabulous movies. Movies that boast of strong plot lines and subject matter that has the ability to touch the audience. 

We have a list of 11 films that have fared well over the last decade, and given us splendid performances on a shoe-string budget.   

Khosla Ka Ghosla! (2006)
It marked the directorial debut of Dibakar Banerjee. The film was well-received and even won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for 2006. The credit for this goes to incredible performances by Parvin Dabas, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey and many others in spite of the presence of big industry names like Anupam Kher and Boman Irani.  

Performances

Dor (2006)
An incredible, raw tale of companionship and redemption. Dor stars Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag and Shreyas Talpade. The performances, story and direction were appreciated by the critics and the audience. The film directed by Nagesh Kukunoor bagged awards in several film festivals.   

Performances

Bheja Fry (2007)
Made on a shoe-string budget, Bheja Fry starred Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Sarika, Milind Soman and Ranvir Shorey in entertaining roles. Although based on a French movie Le Dîner de Cons, Bheja Fry's plot was praised and the film became a sleeper hit. 

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Dasvidaniya (2008)
An interesting movie about a man's bucket list. Vinay Pathak gives one of his best performances as Amar Kaul.  The film's title is a pun on the list of ten things that Amar Kaul decides to do before he dies. 

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Udaan (2010)
Udaan was power-packed in terms of performances. Critics called it extraordinary and it received rave reviews. Rajat Barmecha made his debut with this coming-of-age film. His performance won him instant recognition.  

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Paan Singh Tomar (2012) 
Irrfan Khan's portrayal of the bandit Paan Singh Tomar was splendid and won him many awards including the 60th National Film Award for Best Actor. But the performances of the supporting cast – Mahie Gill, Vipin Sharma and Nawazuddin Siddiqui – were equally worthy of praise.  

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The Lunchbox (2013)
In a fateful mix-up of dabbas, a romantic relationship blooms amidst lunch breaks and delicious food. The story of The Lunchbox is fresh and touching, and Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur's performances were loved by all.

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Masaan (2015)
A drama which revolves around four lives based in Varanasi. Richa Chadda, Vicky Kaushal, Sanjay Mishra and Shweta Tripathi gave moving performances that won the approval of the critics and media alike. 

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Nil Battey Sannata (2016) 
Ria Shukla and Swara Bhaskar's spectacular performances in Nil Battey Sannata makes the film worth a watch. The story revolves around the mother-daughter duo and their story. The film was appreciated by the critics and the audience. 

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Dhanak (2016) 
An incredible tale of hope. The journey of a sister and brother, Dhanak is as touching as it is sweet. This movie proves that talent comes in many forms. The kids – Hetal Gada and Krrish Chhabria – have given marvelous performances. Dhanak will surely leave you with moist eyes and a smile.

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Pink (2016) 
Amitabh Bachchan's performance is splendid as usual but the girls in the movie are no less! Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang have given noteworthy performances in the film. If you haven't seen the movie yet, you must catch it soon. 

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Have a great weekend with these amazing movies! Do let us know which one did you like the best? 
 

Teddy Bears Are For Lovers: Short Film Review

Teddy Bears Are For Lovers is a 12-min short film by Almog Avidan Antonir. The team has used practical FX teddy bears to give us a compelling horror and comedy film. The story revolves around jilted lovers and souvenir teddy bear gifts from exes.  

Collin (Ken Ashton) finds himself in a precarious situation one night. He wakes up after listening to strange noises. His assailants are the teddy bears he had gifted to his ex-girlfriends. The teddy bears have been assaulted by the jilted ex-girlfriends and are now back to seek their revenge. Collin's life is threatened by a bunch of teddy bears. 

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Although the premise of the short film – 'toys coming to life' isn't something that we are new to, the film has managed to use the plot and sound effects to its advantage. The actors – Ken Ashton and Marie Oldenbourg who plays Collin's girlfriend, Sarah – have done a great job. The teddy bears Dumpy, Stitches, Jason and One-Eye Barry are voiced by Jodi Carol Harrison, David Caprita, Heston Horwin and Chase Cargill, respectively.

The practical FX teddy bears look authentic and their expressions and actions will leave you enthralled. With great voice-overs, the teddy bears look ready for the hunt. The short film shows an engaging encounter that will leave an impression. This dark comedy is our must-watch for the week!  

Catch the short film below and do let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

Throwback Thursday: 7 Celebrity Mugshots You Cannot Not See

Celebrities going to jail is not a new occurrence. Many of our beloved celebs have ended up behind bars. Your favorite musicians – from Justin Bieber to Justin Timberlake, and your favorite actors – from Hugh Grant to Al Pacino, everyone has a mugshot. 

But not everyone has a stylish mugshot. If you dig up stylish celeb mugshots from history. Some celebs just have it way better than the others. Needless to say, these stylish celebs are also great musicians. Check out our list of seven celebrities whose mugshots give us some serious lock-up style goals!  

FRANK SINATRA
He was charged for seduction and adultery in 1938. With a mugshot like that, we aren't even going to protest the arrest! 

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MICK JAGGER 
Jagger was arrested for narcotics possession in 1967. After a raid on Keith Richard's country home, Jagger was picked up for possession. He arrived at the station in a well-crafted suit and looked his glamorous best! 

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JIMI HENDRIX
Hendrix was busted for heroin possession in 1969. Toronto airport security found the drugs in Hendrix's baggage but he did not serve time by convincing the judge that a fan had slipped the heroin pouch in his bag.   

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STEVE MCQUEEN
Booked for drink driving in 1972,  the 'King of Cool' rocked a polka dot shirt with a sozzled smirk. 

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DAVID BOWIE
David Bowie was arrested in 1976 with almost half a pound of marijuana. He was let go of soon after. The singer-songwriter looks suave in his mugshot. Don't you agree?

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OZZY OSBOURNE
In 1984, Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for public intoxication. He is definitely killing it with the shabby mane and a cool jersey. 

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KURT COBAIN
In 1986, Cobain was arrested for trespassing. Disappointed? Don't be. Many years earlier he was arrested for spray-painting on street cars.

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So whose mugshot do you like the best?

5 Things People Need To Stop Posting on Social Media

From humble bragging to full-blown show-off, social media has all kinds of posts by all kinds of people. We are sure you know someone who is a serial poster or someone who posts endless selfies. Or someone who doesn't think about others before clogging their timeline with every breathing moment of their trip abroad! 

Now we have all made social media faux pas. But sadly, some have made it more frequently than the rest of us. And then there are certain posts that have suddenly become a favorite, and everyone starts posting the same kind of images. These images appear on everybody's timeline. We give you five annoying posts that we are so, so over! These just need to stop.   

Airplane window shots. 
All of us know how pretty the clouds look from that height. Also, we get it; you travel! 

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No makeup selfies. 
Bragging about your flawlessness? Please stop!

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Feet or hot dog leg selfies, no more, please. 
This has been done way too many times now. 

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How the barista spelled your name, again! 
Seriously?

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Screenshots of text exchanges. 
Hilarious! Stop it. NOW! 

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Have another type of post we should add to this list? Tell us! 

Guess Who Looked Red Hot At The 68th Emmy Awards?‬!

If you haven't been living under a rock, you probably know Priyanka Chopra slayed at this year's Emmy Awards in a red flowy gown. She looked like a dream in the chiffon gown by Jason Wu. The lovely actress twirled and smiled for the cameras. 

The 68th Emmy Awards saw tons of beauty and style statements being made. From the ravishing reds to the glistening golds, we saw stunning ladies sporting brilliant colors and designs. We loved the variety and the low-cut necklines that were surely a favorite among the stars. Sarah Paulson's green Prada gown caught many eyes, as did Kristen Bell's esoteric-meets-bohemian, printed gown by Zuhair Murad

Catch the red carpet favorites below! 

Priyanka Chopra looked graceful in the red gown as she posed for pictures. 

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Emily Ratajkowski wore a royal blue strapless mermaid gown. The slick ponytail, dark eye-shadow and blue eyeliner added to the drama. 

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The modern family star Sofia Vergara looked like a dream in a white and silver gown by Versace. She looked splendid with the dark lipstick and the eye-makeup.

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Sarah Paulson, who won Lead Actress award was bejeweled in a Prada gown. She looked stunning. 

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Kristen Bell was a sight to behold in a bohemian number by designer Zuhair Murad

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Emilia Clarke a.k.a Khaleesi from Game Of Thrones looked magnificent in a classic gown by Atelier Versace

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A few stunners that we absolutely loved are Zuri Hall, Lindsey Vonn, Felicity Huffman (here with William H. Macy), Michelle Dockery, Robin Wright, and Taraji P. Henson

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Whose outfit did you like the best? 

DON’T Wear This For Your Next Interview

Most industries today have adopted the casual work attire. Some are even okay with mid-week jeans. But when you are appearing for an interview, your attire makes or breaks the first impression. So can you get away with a blouse and jeggings, or do you need to me more formal? Work-wear lines have blurred and we are sure every industry demands that your clothes reflect a level of formality. But there are certain things that are un-welcomed in every industry, for any interview. 
Here are five things you must, must avoid during an interview. 

Tight Jeans
Denims usually are synonymous with bare minimum and usually translate to a lassiez-faire attitude. Even if you are going for an interview in casual-wear workplace, swap your jeans with a chic trouser or classic black jeggings.  

Interview Flowy wear
Bohemian, flowy wear is another no-go. You are there to show you are sharp and detail oriented. Your free-spirited attire may be construed as sloppy sometimes. It is best to switch to a more sober fabric. 

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Uncomfortable footwear
These are a big no-no. Your posture and walk are important when you are trying to make a good impression. Wearing uncomfortable footwear – heels or flats – will only distract you. Avoid shoes that are new and tend to pinch your toes. 

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An oversized bag
An oversized bag is usually used when you need to carry a lot of items. Considering this is probably your first meeting you do not need most of the usual stuff. Ditch it for a well-structured satchel or handbag. If you need to carry a big folder, you can always hold it separately in your arm.

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Anything too trendy
Sheer, bomber jackets, cold-shoulder tops are all great and trendy for that perfect night out. But should steer clear of the trendy outfits for this occasion. You don't want them to be more impressed by your outfit than you!

Interview

Now that you know what to avoid, here's a tip to nail the appropriate interview attire. All you have to do is pick an outfit that is the best version of your definition of 'professional'. Wear something that you associate with the words sharp and fresh. 

Run: Short Film Review

Run is a seven-minute short film by Thea Gajic. It is nothing like the usual short films that you see. Most films depend heavily on a story line, and you would think rightly so. How can a film work if it has a weak story, right? 

Run

Thea Gajic's Run, though proves that an idea is more important than the story. And what is even more important is the way it is presented. Run is a film without much of a story line. What it has though is a strong voice and a clear idea; an idea that the film is able to present and deliver exceptionally well. Within the short film format, there are many films that offer strong stories replete with drama and emotions. There are comedies with messages, and there are sci-fi films that show you an abstract concept that leaves you impressed and baffled at the same time. But there are only so many films that can touch you. Run is one such example.    

Three girls are discussing genetics in a park when they see two guys dabbling a football. They ask to join them for a game of one-touch football. A simple scenario; but with this, the director gives us a much deeper message. The intense prose the film uses to deliver its idea is the high-point. The words will touch you with their earnestness. 

"You mock us for rushing; but my love at least we run into things, not away from them" 

Watch the short film for its simplicity. For the way it delivers the prose. Watch it for its unpretentious moments. Watch Run for its strong female voice. Watch it for its message. And, if that's not enough, watch Run for how unique it is. 

 

Event Review: Sindhi Food Crawl

Taste resides in the nooks and crannies of Chembur but you need to know where to look. Wandering Foodie's Sindhi Food Crawl promises to show you all these places. Jatin Khanna, our guide for this food walk, is a jovial Sindhi and a big foodie. 

We started off the walk from the main gate of Chembur's Golf Club. That's where we got a brief history lesson from Jatin. In 1951, Sindhis migrated from Pakistan and were re-settled in many places in India. One of them was Mumbai's suburb – Chembur. The settlement has undergone a major makeover since then. But thankfully, it managed to retain a few flavors that were essential to the community's taste buds. There are tiny restaurants that boast of hosting celebrities – from Raj Kapoor's favorite breakfast place to a chole-kulcha center that has hosted Anupam Kher, Kapoors, and many others. After a few initial warnings about the heavy food we were about to indulge in, we proceeded to our first stop.  

Sindhi Food Crawl

The first on our list was Punjabi Paneer. Famous for its soft, succulent and fresh malai paneer, they apparently deliver to the five stars of the city. We shared a plateful of malai paneer sprinkled with a special chaat masala – an in-house masala mix. From there, we went to the Pani Puri House. Started in 1951, this shop serves some of the tastiest chaat you can try in Mumbai. We devoured a plateful of mirchi pakoda in dahi (it tasted heavenly!), some dahi vadas and dahi chaat, before having two-three sweet and spicy pani puris. The tangy goodness of the pani puris lingered when Jatin announced our next stop was just across the road. 

We were at VIG Refreshment – the favorite breakfast venue of the legendary Raj Kapoor. We secured a table at the humble establishment and Jatin told us about the specialty of the place – dal pakwan. Sadly we missed having it. The dish is available in the mornings and is over within an hour or two. But we were pleasantly surprised with our dish. Aloo patties with chole– a large potato tikki stuffed with fried chana dal, served with yummy chole. The combination was just perfect. We washed it down with glasses of sweet lassi and salty, refreshing chaas.  

Already half full as we left the place, we proceeded with the walk. On our way, we crossed the main sabzi market. Jatin explained that this was the best place to pick up any Sindhi masala and other ingredients for special dishes. He also busted the myth of many Sindhis claiming to be vegetarians. Sindhis were fishermen who lived near the banks of river Indus. They even encourage pregnant women to have a fish dish called Koak Palla fish. After an interesting talk about other Sindhi foods, we went to Mumbai Farsan. Here we indulged in double-fried Sanna pakoda. Served with a chutney made of lentils, this one is for the mirchi-lovers.  

Our next stop was for non-vegetarians. It was at Gopal's – a tandoori joint, where we treated ourselves to some delectable Keema patties and Bheja patties. Both were spicy, and full of flavor. We indulged in a discussion about India's past heritage, before moving on to our last stop of the walk – Jhamas's! Famous all over Mumbai, Jhama's is one sweet shop that never disappoints. We had a plate of Gulab Jamun – some of the best I've had in Mumbai – and Sev Barfi – a special kind of sweet prepared with sev. 
This had concluded the walk, but as an added treat we visited the famous chole-kulcha place that was near the main sabzi market. Sainath's Dhaba serves some of the most amazing kulchas. From cheese aloo to paneer to onion – you'll find different varieties, and all taste awesome.  

If you are a foodie and love trying new cuisines and meeting new people, the next walk is coming soon. Keep a close watch on the Events page for more!  
 

Parched: Upfront And Unassailable!

Ajay Devgn's production – Parched released its trailer this week. The film looks compelling with a story that is raw yet very capable of moving you to tears. The film directed by Leena Yadav has already picked up many awards at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2015 where it premiered.  

Parched

Parched is the story of four village women – Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee), Janki (Lehar Khan),  Lajjo (Radhika Apte), and Bijli (Surveen Chawla) – and their struggles in life. The trailer gives us a glimpse of the issues that these women face. The film deals with antiquated and ridiculous traditions, issues like forced child marriage, spousal and familial rape, and physical and emotional abuse. With a hard-hitting storyline and an uncompromising approach, Leena Yadav's film looks soul-stirring. 

The trailer offers a peek into the hard work the director has put in and her brilliance. Every scene is well-cut and every shot brings out the actors' emotions, beautifully. The fact that the movie won 18 awards should give you an idea of the kind of success the film has already witnessed.  

Although, a while back Parched was in the news for Radhika Apte's sex scene, there's so much more that the film has to offer. Let's hope the movie is able to impress the sensibilities of the Indian audience. We are looking forward to the release of the film on September 23rd. 

You Can’t Delay Solving These 5 Hair & Skin Issues

Although it's still rainy season, we are soon going to enter the terrible pre-winter heat wave. The kind that leaves our skin dry and scaly, and our hair rough. Most of the times we don't realize what the sun does to our hair and skin. Noticed the sun spots yet? Or the sandal feet that the sun has left you with? Let us just tell you it isn't a pleasant experience when you do. So taking care of your skin and hair is of utmost importance. All you need is dedication and a very strong routine. 

Here's how you can solve your hair and skin issues, beat the sun, and regain flawless skin and silky hair

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Cracked Heels

Use a pumice stone to get rid of all the dead cells. Then try a feet peel to give your feet the special treatment. This is in addition to your pedicures.

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Dry, Scaly Skin
Moisturizing is your answer to dry skin. The best way to go about it is using an essential oil or bio oil and massaging on your body before your bath and then using a good moisturizer after your bath. For your face, use a lotion that is loaded with hyaluronic acid.  

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Dark Facial Spots
Those dark spots are due to the increased melanin production thanks to the sun. To lighten the spots cleanse your face, and then two-three times a week you can use this solution. Mix Retinol with your moisturizer, or if you want a home remedy – lime and sugar is your savior. 

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Split ends

If you are suffering from frazzled hair, the best way to get rid of split ends is to go for a trim. The next step would be to ditch the heat styling tools for a bit. You can start applying drops of oil to the ends to add a little bit of moisture. Leave-in conditioners are another way to go.   

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Wispy, rough hair
The only way to get rid of the rough hair is by dedication. Go for one hair pack each week. There are plenty of options available for home hair packs. You can choose one based on the type of hair you have. A mix of eggs, yogurt and oil works well on most hair. You can also add fenugreek every alternate week, or lime juice for shiny hair. 

Hair & SkinNo delaying if you want these to go. Solve these hair & skin issues now.