7 Best Bollywood Actors Turned Singing Sensations

Bollywood actors are known for trying their hand at something other than their forte. The stars of B-Town are multi-talented and have tried everything from direction to script-writing. Apart from juggling between their various roles, few of them can croon and melt your heart with their melodious voices. Here’s a look at Bollywood celebrities who are not only great actors but good singers too.

Farhan Akhtar


He is a actor-director-turned-singer. In short, he is an all-rounder who has proved his talent. He made his debut with Rock On. He sang some of the hits like ‘Pichle Saat Dinon Mein‘ and the title track of the film. He was later seen sharing the mic with Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol for the song ‘Senorita’ in Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara.

Alia Bhatt

 The youngest diva to join the actor-turned-singer club. She proved her mettle as an actor with Highway. She also made her singing debut in the same movie with ‘Sooha Saha‘ composed by the maestro A.R. Rahman. She further impressed her fans with ‘Samjhawan‘ from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. She definitely has a lot of career options open to her.

Amitabh Bachchan

His on-screen persona leaves us wondering, ‘How one person be such a powerhouse of talent?’ He is not just ‘THE’ legendary actor from Bollywood. But he has also lent his voice for many of his films including Silsila, Baghbhan, Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham, Paa and Kahaani to name a few. We wish all men had that astounding baritone!

Salman Khan

He is a true entertainer in every possible sense. From ‘Chandi Ki Daal Par Sone Ka Mor‘ from Hello Brother to his latest release, Kick, Salman bhai has proved himself as a great actor and as a good singer.

Priyanka Chopra

When we talk about actors with singing talents, her name can’t be omitted. Piggy Chops has made it to the top of the pecking order. This Bollywood celebrity went a step ahead and released her international albums featuring Will.I.Am and Pitbull. Whether you like her music or not, there is no ignoring her.

Shraddha Kapoor

Another B-Town celeb who has been bitten by the singing bug is Shraddha Kapoor. Her unplugged version of ‘Galiyaan‘ from Ek Villian touched the hearts of thousands of Bollywood fans. In her latest release, Haider, she sang a Kashmiri folk song which warmed the hearts of many. Good going Shraddha!

Aamir Khan

How can we miss out on ‘Aati Kya Khandala‘ from Ghulam or ‘Bum Bum Bole‘ from Taare Zameen Par. With these singing stints, Mr. Perfectionist indeed proved that no matter what he does, it hits the right notes and turns out to be a cult hit.

We know the dazzling world of Bollywood is full of multi-talented stars. But this is just our list of  top 7 actor-turned-singers. But don’t forget to let us know who’s your favorite. Leave a comment. We would love to know your choice.

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Super Nani: Film Review – A moral tale meets soap opera – the kitschy version.

Bollywood has always tried to send a strong message about woman empowerment. From Gulab Gang to Mardaani to Mary Kom, actresses have supported this cause. Now joining the league is the eternal beauty diva, Rekha who plays Super Nani.

Based on the Gujarati play, ‘Baa Ae Maari Boundary‘, this Bollywood adaptation is the story of a selfless lady who has diligently served her family as a wife, mother and grandmother. But all that she got back from her family was disrespect. She was ridiculed and taken for granted by her entire family. Will her life stay the same? Or will it take a miraculous turn for something good? Watch Super Nani to know for yourself.

Director Indra Kumar of ‘Grand Masti‘ and ‘Beta‘ fame tries his best to focus on woman empowerment. Unfortunately Super Nani isn’t the perfect tribute. Though the movie is made with lot of love and respect, it has a lot of drawbacks. The major one being the predictability of the script which has been infused with immense amount of melodrama. The concept of an abla naari who gains the respect and love she deserves, with the help of a guardian angel, worked wonders in the ’80s and ’90s. But in the present day, even with the presence of glamorous Rekha, it fails to hit the right note with the viewers. Neither the jokes could infuse laughter nor the emotional scenes could evoke grief or sadness. Even the one-liners fell flat.

The ‘gyaan baazi‘ throughout the film feels like you are watching a morally-correct Hindi serial on the silver screen for 135 minutes.

Speaking about the performances, every character gets decent screen time including the maid. Rekha, as the lovable nani (read: granny), manages to pull off the show entirely by herself. But even she gets a bit loud in several scenes of the film. The movie opens with Sharman Joshi working on his documentary about mothers. Though he manages to create a charming presence on screen, his ‘bad-Hindi’ dialogues will put you off completely. Watching great actors like Randhir Kapoor and Anupam Kher ham on screen may leave you disappointed. Super Nani didn’t even prove to be the perfect platform for launching Shweta Kumar in Bollywood. The rest of the cast too fail to impress.

Super Nani‘s technical aspects are not even worth mentioning. The music which was composed by Harshit Saxena and Sanjeev Darshan and sung by melodious Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam is forgettable, to be honest.

In short, you will leave the theatre thinking, "why did Rekha even agree to be the Super Nani?"

Why should you watch this film?

Are you a die-hard Rekha fan? Then you will manage to sit through this 135 minutes of abla-naari-turned-femme fatale soap saga. At the most, the film is a decent effort by director Indra Kumar, who after having tried his hand at adult-comedy, tries to shift towards woman empowerment.

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Your Guide to a Spooktacular Halloween

It’s almost time for the spookiest day of the year – Halloween! Families are busy preparing pumpkins for their front porches and children are planning their adventures. This festival is gradually gaining popularity in India too. This is all thanks to Halloween-themed parties like the Mad Stupid Halloween Party!

So if you are planning to have a spooktacular Halloween celebration, here’s our guide to help you. So light up the jack-o-lanterns and make this Halloween the spookiest one you have ever celebrated:

1. Trick-or-Treat Sweets

Any Halloween celebration is incomplete without the tradition of  Trick-or-Treat. From hard candies and chocolates to lollipops and customized confectioneries, you must enjoy the scary-looking sugary treats! Either pick them up from your nearest supermarket or bake ‘ghostly’ cupcakes, sweets are a must-have for Halloween.

2. Costumes Galore

From fairy tales to superheroes to the ghostly get-up, you can never run out of ideas for cool costumes on Halloween. In fact, you’ll be spoilt for choice. A scarecrow, a zombie or Batman, pick your desired look to add the dash of spookiness to your Halloween celebrations.

3. Decorations and More – DIY!

Let your friends and family get a taste of Halloween. Deck up your home, or at least your room, with the creepiest party decorations. From scary masks to fake blood-stained knives to giant rubber spiders, the options are limitless. Decorating your home is an age-old Halloween tradition. But do remember the golden rule – Do It Yourself!

4. Halloween-Themed Events

There are a wide range of Halloween-themed events happening in and around Mumbai. Events like the Mad Stupid Halloween Party are the latest hotspots for this frightful yet fun-filled night. From terrifying night events at theme parks to grand music nights with talented DJs, Halloween-themed events are the best way to celebrate this spookiest night of the year.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss the Mad Stupid Halloween Party.

When: October 31, 2014, 9.30 PM
Where: blueFROG, Mumbai & blueFROG, Pune
Artists: DJ Sa & B.R.E.E.D
How much: Entry fee INR 500 onwards

5. Homemade Halloween

Don’t wanna step out on Halloween? Make the celebrations all the more special with your friends and family by being the coolest and scariest host in town. Plan a Halloween-themed party in your own home!

Make your jack-o-lantern and keep it at the entrance, decorate your home, make your costumes and bake your Halloween treats. Play some music to keep the kiddies on their toes. Plan games, activities and a horror movie marathon for the elder lot. With all this in place, you are all set for Halloween 2014.

So there you go! You have everything you need to have a truly spooktacular Halloween this year. So what are you waiting for. Unleash your creativity, pick your costumes, keep the treats ready and decorate your home. Ta-da! You are all set to celebrate the eeriest day of the year in total Indian ishtyle.

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5 Reasons Why Kill Dil is a Must-watch Film

‘Some live for the Dil… Some kill for the Dil…’

With quirky dialogues and peppy music, Kill Dil‘s trailer has caught the attention of all the Bollywood fans. Yash Raj’s next venture has roped in Bollywood’s super active stars – Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Ali Zafar and Govinda. This time, though, they are not the good guys. Instead, they are the crazy, scary lot who go on a killing spree.

Kill Dil is high on action and stunts. With Parineeti’s tadkedaar avatar, gunfire, catchy dialogues. and with a title inspired from the Hollywood film, ‘Kill Bill‘, this upcoming Bollywood film promises to be a gripping entertainer.

Need more reasons to watch Kill Dil? Read on:

1. Parineeti Chopra & Ranveer Singh are back, together

They were briefly paired in her debut film, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. And Bollywood-lovers will witness their return to the screen after 3 years. Movie-fans are looking forward to their on-screen chemistry. In their first venture together, Parineeti was seen riding on a bike with Ranveer. In Kill Dil, Parineeti will be taking charge. Their screen presence will be an interesting watch.

2. The one and only Govinda

Kill Dil marks the return of Govinda to the silver screen after a hiatus of 5 years. But this time, he plays a sinister Bollywood villain. He plays the role of Bhaiyaji with his chelas Dev (Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar) who is ready to #killforpaisa. And he seems to pull off this dark character with utmost ease. Govinda‘s negative avatar will be a must-watch.

3. A whole new avatar: Parineeti Chopra

Barring Hasee Toh Phasee, Parineeti Chopra has played the typical bubbly, upfront, vivacious woman in every other film. Parineeti has taken on a totally different avatar in Kill Dil. She plays the role of the bold and ‘crazy’ Disha who is the darling of the two lead boys. Her raunchy thumkas and jhatkas along with sensuous moves shouldn’t be missed.

4. Shades of Grey Get Darker for Raveer Singh

A conman in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. A thief in Lootera. A goon in Gunday. Can roles get any more negative for Ranveer Singh? In Kill Dil, Ranveer plays the role of a killer who works along with Ali Zafar under the mentorship of Govinda aka Bhaiyaji. He is seen in the trailer saying, "Main tabse gun chala raha hun… jab tu apne Maa ke andar nahi… apne baap ke andar tha…" With an action-packed performance and out-of-the-box dialogues, Ranveer Singh makes Kill Dil more interesting and worth watching.

5. After a hiatus of 7 Years – Director Shaad Ali

Shaad Ali is remembered for the romantic film Saathiya. Audience loved him for Bunty Aur Babli. He is back after 7 years as a director with Kill Dil. He has also worked on films like Dil Se, Guru and Raavan as the assistant director. With an impressive trailer filled with quirky one liners, dhamakedaar action and catchy music, Shaad Ali is all set to deliver the next blockbuster hit of the year. He has roped in every possible element to make Kill Dil the best Bollywood masala entertainer.

All set to release on November 14, 2014, Kill Dil will be an on-the-edge thriller movie. Packed with powerful action and quirky dialogues this upcoming Bollywood flick has a lot more in store. So are you ready to choose between ‘Kill’ or ‘Dil’?

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Ranga Shankara Theatre Festivals – A Magical Decade of Indian Theatre

Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival is synonymous with world class plays and performances. It is held during the fall, every year. This annual festival brings to Bangalore a vibrant amalgamation of theatre personalities, languages, ideologies and style. Each year, the RS Theatre Festival has a different theme. And in the past decade, it has become a cornerstone for theatres and performing arts communities and audiences.


 

The 10th year celebration is scheduled to take place from October 28 till November 9, 2014. This 13-day festival will celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of late Shankar Nag. The Ranga Shankara is a state-of-the-art theatre facility in the heart of Bangalore. It is a tribute to Shankar‘s long-cherished dream and Arundhati‘s determination to materialize this dream against all odds.

Every year, the theatre brings together a vast network of artists from across the nation. And collectively they put up plays that light up the stage. Ranga Shankara doesn’t just offer stage performances. But provides a platform for seminars, discussions, workshops and outreach programs that add to the art form. In the last decade, each annual theatre festival was theme-oriented. From the Victorian Era to a Political Theatre theme, they have gotten more diverse and interesting.

Fest ’04

The theatre opened its door on October 28, 2004 to a 35-day theatre festival featuring performances from every corner of India. The inaugural festival celebrated the birth of a new, world-class theatre facility.

Fest ’05

The second edition of RS Theatre Festival had ‘Modern Indian Theatre and Playwrights’ as its theme. It was a 17-day theatre extravaganza focusing on the history of Kannada theatre. The festival also showcased classic plays from the 1960s and 70s along with innovative works from contemporary artists.

Fest ’06

Like the first edition, Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival ’06 focused on multi-lingual plays from across the nation. The festival, held between October 8-15, 2006, staged eight dramas in total. Seven out of the eight troupes were based out of Bangalore. There were two plays in English, three in Hindi and one each of Kannada, Bengali and Marathi.

Fest ’07

The annual theatre festival of Ranga Shankara focused on theme ‘Youth’ for the year 2007. Held from October 20-28, 2007, nine plays were staged for each day. These plays delved into issues that concerned people between the age group of 16 and 30.

Fest ’08

The Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival ’08 took place between October 31 and November 09, 2008. This edition of the annual fest paid tribute to ‘Golden Era of Indian Theatre’. The 10-day long festival featured some of the famous plays in the company theatre (natak company) tradition.

Fest ’09

Comedy is an evergreen theme for theatre. Hence, the sixth edition of RS Theatre Festival had ‘Laugh all the way home…’ as the central theme. Starting from November 06 till 15, 2009, the festival featured 8 special comedies from across India.

Fest ’10

The 11-day theatre extravaganza celebrated ‘Folk and Traditional Indian Theatre’ as the main theme of the year. Held from October 22 to 31, 2014, there was a total of 15 shows in 9 languages performed by 280 artists from all around the country.

Fest ’11

The Rang Shankara Theatre Fest 2011 followed the theme of ‘Politics in Play’. Held from October 15-23, 2011, the festival brought together a spectrum of plays based on lazily-held morals, meekly-followed customs and loudly-claimed entitlements of present times. Other highlight of the festival included a seminar, a Theatre and Art Appreciation Course; cartoon exhibitions and film screening and street plays by college students.

Fest ’12

The Ranga Shankara Theatre Fest ’12 brought the Victorian Era to Bangalore. Starting from October 27 till November 11, 2012, ‘William Shakespeare’ took the centerstage. The annual festival featured a mix of Bard of Avon’s plays in 6 different languages drawn from across the world.

Fest ’13

Titled Samprati: A New Generation Directs Girish Karnad, the festival took place between 18th and 27th October, 2013. The Fest ’13 payed tribute to ‘Girish Karnad’s 50 Years as a playwright’. The RS annual theatre festival was a combination of classic and modern reinterpretations, film screenings and seminars, hence making it a "bridge between tradition and modernity".

The Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival ’14 beckons all the theatre lovers. So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now and save your date for your favorite play.

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Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival ’14 – Celebrating a Milestone

There was a time when the city of Bangalore needed a theatre and the artists needed a podium to perform on. Ranga Shankara, which was established on October 28, 2004, came as an answer to all their prayers. Time flies! A decade later, this state-of-the-art theatre facility does the city and everyone associated with it proud. Ranga Shankara celebrates 10 glorious years on October 28, 2014, which is truly a remarkable milestone.

This unique theatre facility was the dream-child of talented theatre and film personality, late Shankar Nag. And it was nutured by his wife Arundhati Nag. And over the past 10 years, this space has dedicated itself to the theatre community. Ranga Shankara brought a rich variety of top-notch theatrical experiences to Bangalore, promoting the platform across the nation.

Like the past years, Ranga Shankara is putting togther its annual theatre festival. This year’s celebration has 13 plays staged from October 28 to November 9. The festival also marks Shankar Nag’s 60th birth anniversary along with the 10th year of the theatre.

The RS Theatre Festival ’14 has a befitting theme for it’s 10th year celebration – Celebrating Indian Theatre, from Shakuntalam to Sakharam. Atul Kumar‘s play Piya Behrupiya will kick off the festival on October 28. The curtains will fall on the festival on November 9, with Ismat Apa Ke Naam directed by Naseeruddin Shah. The 13-day festival will stage a list of plays in the following order:

1. Tuesday, October 28 – Piya Behrupiya by Atul Kumar

2. Wednesday, October 29 – Ganapati by Veenapani Chawla

3. Thursday, October 30 – Maya Bazaar by R. Nageswara Rao

4. Friday, October 31 – Neenaanaadre Naaneenena by S. Surendranath

5. Saturday, November 01 – Boy with a Suitcase by Andrea Gronemeyer

6. Sunday, November 02 – Naga Mandala by Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry

7. Monday, November 03 – Ms. Meena by Rajiv Krishnan

8. Tuesday, November 04 – Kaumudi by Abhishek Majumdar

9. Wednesday, November 05 – Chirebande Wade by Pramila Bengre

10. Thursday, November 06 – Uney Purey Shahar Ek by Mohit Takalkar

11. Friday, November 07 – Stories in a Song by Sunil Shanbag

12. Saturday, November 08 – Love Letters by Rahul daCunha

13. Sunday, November 09 – Ismat Apa Ke Naam by Naseeruddin Shah

This scheduled list of plays includes:

  • 2 Shakespearen adaptations
  • 2 of Girish Karnad’s plays in different languages
  • Plays from 9 cities in 9 languages
  • 2 plays for children
  • 5 plays translated from originals
  • 7 original playwrights
  • 2 devised plays
  • 1 international classic, representing the journey of Ranga Shankara over the past decade

Apart from the plays that will be staged, the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival ’14 will announce an annual award. It is to commemorate Shankar Nag’s 60th birth anniversary. This annual award will be given to a promising young talent who is an all-rounder in theatre and has displayed their commitment to the art form of theatre.

Be a part of this vibrant thetare festival and witness the best and most passionate theatre performances. You know where to book your tickets for the RS Theatre Festival ’14. Don’t miss it!

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Tamanchey: Film Review – A complete mis-fire of epic propotions

Tamanchey (English: locally-made guns) is a romantic-action drama set in the world of crime. There are two outlaws, guns, goons, crime, romance. But everything goes haywire. Debutant director, Navneet Behal tries to offer a desi version of Bonnie and Clyde. But, Tamanchey proves to be a sketchy affair.

Munna (Nikhil Dwivedi) and Bindya Thakur aka Babu (Richa Chadda) have nothing in common apart from their criminal background. They get caught by the cops in different situations and soon end up in the same police van. But as destiny has planned, the van meets with an accident. And our protagonist are the only survivors. They manage to remain hidden for some days and are officially declared dead. This is a fresh start for Munna and Babu.

Babu soon returns to her world of drug peddling in Delhi with her evil Godfather, Rana (Damandeep Singh Siddhu). This leaves Munna disheartened to lose his newly found love interest in a city unknown to him. But our aashiq is a tough player and he manages to find Babu. Will he be able to win over his lady love in this world of crime? Or will he have to be the new-age Ranjha who will sacrifice his life for love? Tamanchey is the answer to all these questions.

Navneet Behal’s (un)usual story starts out as a quirky, fast-paced drama. But 15 minutes into the film, the quirkiness fizzles out making it a rather dull and boring watch. Tamanchey would have been a bang-on movie, had the creative team put a little more thought process in the script. And you are left thinking, ‘What is the whole purpose of this film?’

Though the entire movie went haywire, there are some really interesting facts that could have worked wonders for team Tamanchey. The love story between a small town thug from UP and a drug peddler from Delhi is intriguing. Munna’s dialect with one-liners is indeed enjoyable. Babu’s tough character is amusing  Even after being hardcore criminals, both have a soft side to their personalities, which is genuinely cute. But none of these moments of joy last.

As the movie proceeds, it becomes too predictable with a multitude of flaws throughout its 113 minutes of runtime. As the movie concludes, you leave the theatre with numerous unanswered question. Like, in the van crash everyone dies. But our lead characters come out alive with minimal damage. Robbing banks or petrol pumps in broad daylight, is it really a cakewalk?

Overall, the plot of Tamanchey seems to be wafer-thin. It lacks logic and credibility. There is a scene in which the lead pair starts making out in the locker room while robbing the bank. Infact their lustful romance goes on for so long that fellow robbers along with detained employers and customers are seen taking a nap. Seriously?
Unfortunately, there are several such scenes throughout Tamanchey.

The lead actors, Nikhil and Richa, try to do justice to their respective roles. Owing to poor writing, their characters lack the required depth, leaving them without much to contribute. Nikhil Dwivedi has made a sincere effort to look convincing as a small town criminal. His weird-ish ‘Bhopuri’ styled accent is amusing but it is his innocent expressions that created the magic. On the other hand, Richa Chadda dons the role of a drug dealer for the second time. She showcases the commanding, clever criminal lady act with sheer brilliance. Damandeep Singh Siddhu has nailed the character of Rana Tau. His menacing look with  his hot-headed ‘jaat‘ act is absolutely worth applauding.

Speaking of pace, the editor has done a commendable job by keeping the film fast-paced. But the last few scenes, before the climax where Munna and Babu play ghar-ghar (house), could have been avoided completely. Also the sound track of Tamanchey is forgettable.

Overall, Tamanchey struggles hard but fails miserably.

Why should you watch this film?

One possible reason,  you are a hardcore Bollywood fan and don’t miss any of the releases, irrespective of the fact they are good or bad. Secondly, you enjoy a romantic drama set against the backdrop of guns and goons. Thirdly, Richa Chadda is your favorite actress. Finally, you have nothing interesting to do over the weekend. If all these reasons qualify, then Tamanchey is your watch for this week.
 

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Welcome to Heartbreak Station!

Looking out the window, you see a pretty girl in a pink dress. And you are reminded how your sweetheart loved the color pink. Walking down the lane, a handsome guy rides past you. You recall the days when you used to ride along with your lover around the city. Those beautiful days are just memories. But, unfortunately, with memories of love come the agony of break-ups and heartbreak.

At some point in life, we all have been subject to breakups. That one moment when our head says, ‘Who cares?’ And your heart whispers, ‘You do, stupid…’

Yes, breaking up is hard. In fact, it hurts so much that most of the best songs ever produced have originated from this very source – pain and agony. For every whimsical song about love’s dazzling highs, there’s an agonized tune for heartbreaking lows. And a good breakup playlist is the best guide to get you through the various stages of mourning. It is any day better than any overpriced therapist. Our guarantee!

And don’t feel guilty if you put one song or the entire playlist on repeat mode as you tackle the break-up blues. After all, we all need a good cry once in a while.

So crank up your music devices and get ready for a therapeutic sob-sob session.

State: Heart-broken

Our first reaction to splitting-up is denial. But once the feeling settles in, we tend to be heart-broken. We try to understand what went wrong and where. Remembering the beautiful moments spent together. And the disbelief that it’s over leaves you shattered.

These songs empathize with your state of mind.

Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares To You



Lyrics: "Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby, where did I go wrong?"

Kelly Clarkson – Cry

Lyrics: "Is it over yet?
Can I open my eyes?
Is this as hard as it gets?
Is this what it feels like to really cry?"

State: Pissed-off

Some of you may just sit in a corner and sulk. But there are many others for whom splitting-up means a rush of emotions. Rather rush of WT*$. All you feel like doing is lashing out and screaming at the top of your voice. A good way to vent and deal with a heartbreak.

So you’ll definitely be able to relate to these songs.

Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know

Lyrics: "Well you said that we would still be friends.
But I’ll admit that I was glad that it was over."

Three Days Grace – I Hate Everything About You

Lyrics: "Every feeling that I get…
But I haven’t missed you yet…"

State: You Want Them Back

Missing your special one terribly? But sleepless nights won’t help. In fact, it makes the matter worse. It’s on such lonely nights that your emotions get the better of you. And all you want from life is to get your ex back in your life.

Listen to these tracks. We needn’t say anything more.

Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

Lyrics: "It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now
Said I wouldn’t call but I lost all control and I need you now."

Britney Spears – Everytime

Lyrics: "And everytime I try to fly, I fall
Without my wings, I feel so small
I guess I need you, baby"

State: They Cheated? You Are Better off Without Them

Your so-called lover has been cheating on you, all this while? Guess it’s high time you called the relationship off. It may hurt, but it will feel good once its over. And you can enjoy life all over again, on your terms. Sounds good? Take a cue from these songs.

Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone

Each line in the song will leave you stronger. But our pick is:

Lyrics: "You had your chance, you blew it
Out of sight, out of mind
Shut your mouth, I just can’t take it"

Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats

Lyrics: "Maybe next time, he’ll think before he cheats."

State: All set to move on…

Are you meant to be lonely forever? Nope. You might have spent several sleepless nights crying. But you must realize, you can’t change the other person’s mind. So, its high time you get ready to move. No more sulking over your ex. Life is beautiful. Don’t waste it over unnecessary people.

Adele – Someone Like You

Lyrics: "Nevermind I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too."


The Band Perry – Done

Lyrics: "You’re page one I’d like to burn
Bottle up the ashes, smash the urn
I’m through with you, la ti da
I don’t wanna be part of your fun

All I wanna be is… Done!"

Sounds interesting? Don’t forget to listen to the entire track. These break-up songs are just a few suggestions. If you have a favorite track that helped you get through a breakup, do share with us and let us know. Write your ideas in the comment box and together let’s make this list even better.

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From Entertainment to Disability: Bollywood Is A Serious Business

Movies deal with every possible theme. From romance to alien attacks to true stories. You name it and there are  a plethora of movies from Hollywood, Bollywood and World Cinemas that deal with different themes and genres.

And amongst this array of subjects, one theme that always strikes the right chord with the audience’s heart – the portrayal of challenged. Raise your hand if you cried while watching Aamir Khan‘s Taare Zameen Par. Or you were moved by Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Black. But if you were unaffected, then we must say you are mentally super-strong.

Be it Taare Zameen Par or Black or Guzzarish, each movie was spectacular, spellbinding, brilliant and so on. But they all had one common element – a protagonist with disabilities. Though the movies were great on their own, the idea of having a disabled character in the lead role is something worth appreciating.

The physically-challenged characters in some films are born handicapped while others struggle owing to accidents or conflicts. Movies with physically challenged protagonists may feature tragedy and depression. But there lies an unexplained sweetness and joy that make these underdogs the final victors.

So here are our choices of Bollywood films where physically-challenged characters stole the limelight.

Taare Zameen Par

Topping the chart of actors who played disability-oriented roles is Darsheel Safary. At the age of 10, he portrayed the character of Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi in Aamir Khan‘s Taare Zameen Par. What’s the challenge? His character suffered from dyslexia – a learning difficulty. Darsheel portrayed his learning disability act with utmost ease and was a natural.

Black

One of the best performances by Rani Mukherjee. Inspired by Helen Keller’s character, the brilliant actress gave a dynamic performance as the blind-deaf-dumb Michelle McNally. Each frame of this Sanjay Leela Bhansali creation absorbs the viewer completely into the life of Michelle. The magnificence of the film can’t be expressed in words. You need to watch it to feel it.

Guzaarish

Another brilliant creation by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Though the film flopped at the box office, it garnered rave critical reviews. Playing the character of Ethan Mascarenhas, a quadriplegic, wheelchair-bound magician, Hrithik Roshan added a special spark to the role. A beautiful story backed by a talented star cast, this movie deserves to be watched.

Paa

The role of Auro was a milestone in Amitabh Bachchan‘s career. In Paa, Auro suffers from a rare genetic condition of progeria. At 66, performing as a 12 year-old with a special condition definitely wasn’t a cakewalk for Big B. With the character of Auro, he once again proves that he is indeed one of the finest actors to ever emerge out of Bollywood.

My Name Is Khan

With My Name Is Khan, Bollywood’s Baadshah proved that he is not always busy romancing his heroines. He played the role of Rizwan Khan, a character suffering from Asperger Syndrome (a type of Autism). From the expression to the body language, Shah Rukh Khan‘s performance was impeccable. With a superb underlying message, My Name Is Khan is yet another film that deserves accolades.

You have nothing great to do over the weekend? And if you enjoy the feel-good factor evoked by movies with a physically-challenged protagonist then add these movies to your weekend planner and enjoy.

Also, if you enjoy plays based on this specific theme, then our recommendation for you are Don’t Wake Me and If These Spasms Could Speak. Being part of the Going Solo International Theatre Festival, both the plays will be staged across 4 cities – New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkatta in October. If you want to enjoy a brilliant play with soul-touching theme, then don’t miss out on Don’t Wake Me and If These Spasms Could Speak.

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Bang Bang!: Film Review – Every shot misses its mark

Finally it is time for Bang Bang! Directed by Siddharth Anand, this glamorous version of Knight and Day isn’t bang-on target. The death-defying stunts, Hrithik’s chiseled body, picturesque locations, colorful song sequences – do nothing for the film. There is no saving grace for Bang Bang! It was just another empty shell sans the powerful bullet. It looks like Bollywood has fired another blank!

Bang Bang! is a romantic saga infused with high-octane action and drama. Harleen Shani  (Katrina Kaif) is a simple bank receptionist leading a boring life in the serene town of Shimla. Rajveer Nanda (Hrithik Roshan) is a charming man surrounded by mystery. He lives each day as if  it is his so-called ‘ek din‘. And as destiny (or say script) would have it, their lives intertwined. Not for romance but for chaos and trouble. Will they be able to bond with each other out of love? Or will destiny add more twists in their life? Who is this Rajveer? Will Harleen be able to learn his true identity? Watch Bang Bang! open this week amidst crazy car chases, gunfire  and death-defying stunts.

Siddharth Anand with a portfolio of not-so-brilliant-films will always be remembered for Bang Bang! Going by the enormous buzz created, Bang Bang! isn’t the perfect Bollywood flick. Though it looks like a glamorous remake of Knight and Day, the film has suffered from some major flaws. From a weak screenplay to serious continuity issues, you are left clueless throughout the 156 minutes of runtime. From a receptionist-turned-assassin to F1 racing cars on the roads of Dubai. Every possible logic has been trashed. Also the dialogues date to the Stone Age.

To elucidate on the above mentioned fact, there is a scene where Danny Denzongpa kidnaps Katrina Kaif and interrogates her about the Kohinoor diamond. He says to Katrina, "Sirf sach bol na… Sach ke siva kuch nahi bolna…" Dialogues like such transport you into the cinema world from the 80s and 90s. Similarly, there are several other scenes like this throughout in Bang Bang! Don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing a ‘facepalm’ about what’s going on on the big screen.

Though these bullet scars are evident, Siddharth has tried to conceal them with his bold step in Bollywood. He tried re-creating a Hollywood film with adequate B-Town frills and fancies. Good or bad? Wait for the boxoffice collection to be declared.

Speaking of the performances, Bang Bang! belonged to Hrithik Roshan. From death-defying action sequences to phenomenal dance moves, he will keep you glued to the 70-mm screen. Everything about his personality was simply brilliant. But when he was not dancing or involved in action, you will see him go on an advertising spree. From Mountain Dew – ‘darr ke aage jeet hai‘ to Pizza Hut to even Macroman. You can’t ask for more.

On the other hand, Katrina Kaif comes across as yet another Canadian-bred character. And she pretty much sleepwalks through her role. The rest of the supporting cast, which includes Danny Denzongpa, Javed Jaffrey, Jimmy Shergill, had limited screen presence with nothing much to contribute.

On a technical note, the action sequences were unparalleled when compared to any other action-oriented Bollywood flicks. ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2’ famed action choreographer Andy Armstrong ensures you have something good to rave about in Bang Bang! Vishal-Shekhar‘s groovy music tracks are chartbusting hits. The songs were aptly visualized and placed throughout the movie. The ‘Tu Meri’ song will come across like an EDM concert  with pyrotechnics and laser effects used in the visualization. Our other recommendation would be ‘Meherbaan’.

In short, Bang Bang! is a hell of a rollercoaster ride, which you will never want to get on.

Why should you watch this film?

If no logic and only fun infused with dhamakedaar action is your motto, then Bang Bang! is the perfect movie choice. And all you die-hard Hrithik fans, head to the nearest theatre and ogle at his finely chiseled body. Also, if Bollywood’s Barbie – Katrina is your favorite actress, do watch this film to enjoy her cute, innocent character. But remember to overlook the acting element. Else you might leave the cinema hall feeling disappointed. Go Bang Bang! this weekend.
 

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