Anil Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu talk about Malang, working with Mohit Suri and playing offbeat characters

Kapoor will be next seen playing the role of an ‘eccentric and an angry cop frustrated with the system’ in Mohit Suri’s directorial, Malang (releases on 7 February). This isn’t the first time he has played a cop on screen. Earlier, he wore the khaki uniform in films like Ram Lakhan and Race. “I was worried how will I do it. I have played similar characters in my past films but not so dark that people hate you. My character has a lot of angst and violence inside him. He is angry towards the department, towards the system, he is also angry with his life. He wants to inflict pain on himself. He takes drugs. He goes crazy. But I wanted my character to be fun because after all it is for a commercial movie and people want to be entertained. So we played a lot with the look. The red glasses and tattoo was Mohit’s idea and we let the natural grey shine. He is 50 plus and he should look like one,” said Kapoor.

Kapoor’s prep has been exhaustive, as usual. He says he invests a lot of time on working on his character, and till the time he doesn’t get a grip on it, he is restless, cranky and irritable. “Also, here I was working with a team of young people – Mohit, Aditya (Roy Kapur) and Disha (Patani). You do get tense with young people around you. Their body is great. My motivation always is how do I add value to my character as well as the film and make the director happy so that he casts me again (laughs). Besides doing workshops and research, I watched films that were close to this film and my character. My son suggested that I watch Bad Lieutenant because it has a cop with slightly dark shades. Then, I also spoke to some cops and encounter specialists here in Mumbai. I prepped and practiced a lot at home and then called Mohit to tell him how I want to make the character little humorous and bring in a bit of madness to it without looking fake and unreal,” adds Kapoor, who will be next seen in Karan Johar helmed Takht. The film will mark his first appearance in a period drama.

Kapoor’s co-star Kunal Kemmu, who was recently seen in an intense role in Kalank, is excited about collaborating with his director from his debut film (as an adult actor), Kalyug (2005), after 15 years. “I used to often ask Mohit why haven’t we worked together again and he would say that with Kalyug we set a bar and whatever we do next will be judged. We had to push the envelope a bit to recreate the magic and when he came to me with Malang I was organically attracted towards playing a certain character. Now when the film has happened I understand what Mohit meant. It is so special in so many ways because even with Kalyug I was breaking the mould of a child actor and now with Malang it is a part that I have never played before. Parts like these don’t get written so often. The characters are very interesting. The trailer was quite intriguing till it slowly peels off and you have the whole puzzle in front of you,” said Kemmu. “And what Mohit has kept intact within him is his sense of music. He understands relationships very well and gets intensities right which is probably because of Mahesh Bhatt’s mentoring. Malang is by far, visually the most good looking film that he has made.”

Tanhaji box office collection: Ajay Devgn, Kajol’s film expected to cross Rs 100 cr mark on sixth day

Ajay Devgn and Kajol-starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior has only seen a rise in earnings ever since its release on 10 January, alongside Chhapaak and Darbar. The film made Rs 13.75 crore on Monday, followed by Rs 15.28 crore on Tuesday. The current domestic box office collection stands at Rs 90.96 crore.

Trade analysts expect the historical drama to easily slide past the Rs 100 crore mark on its sixth day at cinemas. Day 6 earnings have been higher than what the film made on its opening day.

Featuring Ajay Devgn as Maratha warrior Subedar Tanaji Malusare, the Om Raut directorial charts the heroic character’s journey through the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670 AD.

Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior sees Kajol reunite with Devgn onscreen after over a decade. She is seen as the Maratha warrior’s wife Savitribai. The film also stars Sharad Kelkar, Jagapathi Babu, Devdutta Nage, Pankaj Tripathi, Neha Sharma, Ajinkya Deo, Kailash Waghmare, Hardik Sangani, Luke Kenny, and Vipul G in supporting roles.

In an interview with  Kajol, who played Tanaji’s wife Savitribai, spoke about working with Devgn once again. We have done many films together so it wasn’t something very different working with him now. But it was very comfortable and very convenient because we used to travel to work at the same time and go carpooling. It felt like home,” she said. She added it was good to have him as a co-actor because he always gave useful advice and input.

Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone, Meghna Gulzar’s film, based on Laxmi Agarwal’s life, makes Rs 23.92 crore in five days

The collections of Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar’s social drama Chhapaak, which took a hit after its opening weekend, have benefited from the partial holiday of Makar Sankranti on Tuesday, 14 January.

The film earned a decent Rs 2.55 crore on Tuesday, pushing its current total to Rs 23.92 crore.

According to trade analysts, the film’s business is expected to remain steady on 15 January.

Based on the life of acid attack survivor and activist Laxmi Agarwal, Chhapaak released on 10 June, alongside Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan-starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and Rajinikanth-starrer Darbar. Tanhaji is already on the cusp of entering the Rs 100-crore club as its collection currently stands at Rs 90.96 crore.

Ahead of the release of the film, Deepika had visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi to express her solidarity following the masked mob attacks on the students on 5 January. After her visit, a social media-wide boycott was called by those who opposed her stance. Many assumed her visit to JNU had affected the overall performance of the film at the box office. However, the boycott has supposedly not affected the ticketing sales for Chhapaak.

Trade analyst Atul Mohan told Firstpost, “Even before the boycott, we were expecting the film to open at Rs 3.5 to 4.5 crore, as the release was very limited. It is still a limited release. They haven’t gone all out. The film has received well in the multiplexes of Chandigarh, Delhi, and the northern part of the country. The film registered good occupancy in the high-end multiplexes.”

Chhapaak also stars Vikrant Massey, Madhurjeet Sarghi, Vishal Dahiya, and Ankit Bisht in supporting roles. Meghna Gulzar has directed the film written by Atika Ghosh. It was recently declared tax-free in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

 

 

Street Dancer 3D song Dua Karo sees Varun Dhawan in a pensive mood, introspecting on his mistakes

After releasing the foot-tapping number ‘Illegal Weapon 2.0.’, makers of Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor’s Street Dancer 3D have shared a poignant track titled ‘Dua Karo’.

Arijit Singh, Bohemia and Sachin-Jigar have lent their voices for the track. The lyrics of ‘Dua Karo’ are by Priya Saraiya and the track is composed by Sachin-Jigar.

Dua Karo’ opens to Dhawan’s character facing a clash with his friends, after they accuse him of lying and treachery. The song then switches to montages of Dhawan introspecting himself on busy streets, walking on bridges and trying to make up with his friends. In a dance sequence, ‘Dua Karo’ seems like a faint reminder of ABCD 2 song

The first song released by the makers was ‘Muqabla,’ a rehashed version of Prabhu Deva’s iconic number ‘Muqabla Muqabla’ from the 1994 film Humse Hai Muqabla. The song features Prabhu, Varun, and Shraddha locking and popping with ease, as they sway to the classic dance steps from the songs. There are many other interesting formations and rain dance sequences in the rehashed song.

The trailer, released on 18 December, portrays Dhawan as an Indian dancer and Shraddha as a performer from Pakistan. Shakti Mohan, Aparkshakti Khurana, and Nora Fatehi feature in supporting roles.

The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Krishan Kumar, and Lizelle D’Souza. Street Dancer 3D is slated to release on 24 January, alongside Kangana Ranaut-starrer sports drama Panga.

Jawaani Jaaneman trailer: Saif Ali Khan’s character is forced to grow up after his long lost daughter finds him

The first trailer of Jawaani Jaaneman was released on 9 January. The trailer opens to Saif Ali Khan’s mother (Farida Jalal) telling him about an acquaintance whose son was gay. To this he replies that he was not interested in men and even if he was he did not see it as a problem. His amused brother (Kumud Mishra) assures her that it was not the case.

Then we see how Saif’s character, an aging Don Juan, is vehemently against the idea of marriage and having family. “Sher hu mai sher. Aur sher tab tak raja hota hai jab tak akela rehta hai (I am a lion. A lion is only king till he is on his own),” he says. His bubble is soon burst when Alaya Furniturewalla finds her in an alley and tells him that there was a chance that he is her father.

This development now forces him to suddenly grow up and take up responsibilities he had been shirking for so long. Tabu plays Alaya’s mother, who also finds her way to his house.

Jawani Janeman is directed by Nitin Kakkar, who had previously directed Filmistaan and Mitron. The film went on floors in London in June, 2019. The film is produced by Saif’s production house Black Knight Films, Jay Shewakramani’s Northern Lights Films, and Jackky Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment.

“It’s one of the most uber-cool stories that I have come across. We are excited about the film going on floors and really looking forward to it,” Bhagnani had previously said in a statement.

The film is slated to hit cinemas on 31 January.

 

 

Varun Dhawan’s Street Dancer 3D trailer to be attached with Dabangg 3; clip’s digital release on 18 December

The trailer of Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor’s upcoming film Street Dancer 3D will have its digital release on 18 December. It will also be showcased across cinemas, prior to the screening of Dabangg 3 on 20 December.

Previously, the Street Dancer’s trailer was scheduled to be out on 12 December, which is also producer Bhushan Kumar’s birthday.

Confirming the delay, director Remo D’Souza told Bollywood Hungama, “There’s lots of VFX and 3D stuff is happening and right now we are all working on that. I am keen to show the trailer to everybody and have been working round the clock to get it complete by then. It will be a proper two-three minute trailer. You can expect some amazing, never-seen-before dances in it – and something very special which I cannot reveal right now (sic).”

The report further adds that Kumar and D’Souza are reportedly keen to have Salman Khan at the trailer launch.

The makers have previously called Street Dancer 3D “India’s biggest dance film”. D’Souza had also said that it is unrelated to the ABCD franchise. Dhawan and Kapoor will once again share screen space after 2015’s ABCD 2.

Mumbai Mirror had reported that Kapoor trained in five different dance forms – Afro, Krump, Locking and Popping, Animation Tutting and Urban. She joined the cast after Katrina Kaif opted out because of a scheduling conflict.

Shakti Mohan, Nora Fatehi, Prabhu Deva, Sonam Bajwa and Aparshakti Khurana also star in vital roles. Mohan will make her Bollywood debut with this feature. The first schedule took place in Amritsar after which, the cast and crew shot in London.

Dabangg 3 movie review: Salman Khan’s Chulbul Pandey is no longer charming or funny – R.I.P. please, Robinhood

Early in Dabangg 3, Salman Khan’s character is chatting with his subordinates when he makes what may seem like a throwaway remark, “…hum class aur mass, dono ke liye kaam karte hai” (I work for the classes and the masses). Since “class” and “mass” are words used by the Hindi film industry to informally categorise sections of the audience, this is obviously more than just a casual comment – it is an allusion to Khan’s success across social strata since he turned out the blockbuster Wanted in 2009.

The effort to retain his cross-sectional appeal is evident throughout this dated, dull and clichéd film, which is what makes it such a mish-mash of conservatism and liberalism, almost amusing in its confusion.

Dabangg 3 marks Khan’s third screen outing as Chulbul Pandey, the comic-serious policeman who has no qualms about circumventing the law to serve the common people. In keeping I suppose with Hollywood’s trend of serving us origin stories of superheroes, this Bollywood venture is about how a useless, purposeless fellow called Chulbul became the chap we now know him to be: a destroyer of evil who is ever ready with a self-deprecating joke or gesture. By Film 3, he is the ASP of Tundla, still married to Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha), a father, and up against a human trafficking don called Bali Singh played by Kannada star Kichcha Sudeep (his name is spelt as Sudeepa here).

The writers’ please-all aim in Dabangg 3 leads to many scenes of unwitting irony. Such as when Chulbul speaks of respect for women and gets furious at men who refer to women as “maal” just moments after he is shown dancing to the song ‘Jumme ki raat’ from the 2014 hit Kick in which Khan’s own character had picked up Jacqueline Fernandez’s skirt with his teeth without her knowledge and followed her while dancing. Then there is Chulbul taking a purportedly feminist stand on dowry and women’s education even as he describes himself as the “rakhwaala” (keeper) of a woman he intends to marry. The self-consciousness and duality of his liberalism become exhausting to watch after a while.

Equally exhausting are the rusty dialogues filled with rhymes, many failed shots at clever wordplay, some scenes of double entendre and others of downright crudeness.

Sample: Chulbul saying, “Hum unhi ko tthokte hai jo zaroorat se zyaada bhokte hai” (I only bump off those who bark too much).

Sample: Rajjo telling her husband, “hamare petticoat mein chhed mat karna” (please do not pierce a hole in my petticoat) when he snatches it away from someone who was fitting a drawstring in it, at which point hubby eyes her suggestively.

Sample: a random character who randomly enters a toilet where Chulbul’s brother is doing potty, at which point we are subjected to gurgling potty sounds.

Sample: Chulbul impaling his butt on a nail.

Sample: a bad guy’s crotch falling on a dagger.

Sample: Chulbul dropping his pants by mistake when he takes off his belt to whip someone.

Sample: Chulbul shooting a junior who asks how he can get a promotion.

All these scenes are designed to elicit laughs.

And then there are lines like this that are no doubt meant to sound smart but do not: Chulbul saying, “Ek hota hai policewala aur ek hota hai goonda, hum kehlate hai policewala goonda” (there are policemen and there are hooligans, and then there are those like me who are police and hooligan combined).

The story is not even worth recounting. It feels like a bunch of disparate ingredients hurriedly thrown together in a cooking pot. So does the music by Sajid-Wajid who have in the past created so many memorable tunes for Salman Khan starrers. Here they first recycle the Dabangg title track, then deliver two numbers that sound like first cousins of ‘Tere mast mast do nain’ from Dabangg, one terribly boring song in which Chulbul romances Rajjo and – c’mooon, they’re not even trying – ‘Munna badnaam hua.’

The SFX are bad. Even the choreography has nothing new to offer, which is odd since the ace choreographer-cum-dancer Prabhudeva has directed this film.

As far as acting goes, Khan’s charm wears thin as he tries hard to resurrect that unusual blend of gravitas and humour that worked so well in Dabangg in 2010. Here he comes across as almost embarrassingly juvenile.

Sinha has little to do but pout and look pretty. Her Rajjo is also throw up in their air by a massive explosion that somehow leaves her makeup completely unscathed. Why is this talented women wasting herself so?

An unimpressive newcomer called Saiee Manjrekar gets a large supporting role to which she lends nothing but her smooth complexion and lovely figure. The rest of the cast hams shamelessly.

Anyone who has seen Sudeep in his Kannada films knows that he has the charisma to match Salman, but he does not stand a chance here in Dabangg 3 in the face of a sketchily written character which does little but showcase his towering physique.

There is so much tomfoolery and immaturity in this film that the climactic fight sequence comes as a shock. It is so grossly violent and in-your-face that I could barely bring myself to look at the screen. And of course because it is a masala film by a commercially focused director with a major male star as the lead, it has been given a UA rating instead of the strict a it deserves.

And no guys, it is no longer entertaining when two male actors with fabulous bodies take off their shirts for no reason to engage in fisticuffs. This was a fun device when it was first introduced, especially because for decades before that, male stars had been completely careless about their bodies and it was assumed by both the industry and audiences that only women can and should be objectified. Now though, it is a boring formula. Gentlemen, we love the fact that you work out, so get your scriptwriters to find a more imaginative way now to let you display your sexy torsos, please?

Somewhere in the middle of Dabangg 3, Rajjo tells Chulbul that she will never again force him to take a ’70s-’80s style kasam (oath). Never mind the context. I do wish Bollywood would take a kasam here and now to lay Chulbul Pandey a.k.a. Robinhood Pandey to rest.

Marjaavaan box office collection: Sidharth Malhotra, Tara Sutaria’s romantic thriller earns Rs 32.18 cr in five days

Milap Zaveri’s directorial Marjaavaan has been performing consistently at the domestic box office. The film has earned Rs 32.18 crore within five days of its release. Marjaavaan opened to Rs Rs 7.03 crore on Friday, earned Rs 7.21 crore on Saturday and witnessed a jump on Sunday (17 November) with Rs 10.18 crore.

There was a noticeable decline over the weekdays with the film raking in Rs 4.15 crore on Monday and Rs 3.61 crore on Tuesday (19 November). Trade analysts predict that the film, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria, will cross Rs 38 crore this week. According to a Box Office India report, the film fared the best in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and central circuits.

Malhotra stars as the lead in the romantic thriller, who falls in love Sutaria, a mute girl. This relationship causes a rift between him and his mentor Riteish Deshmukh, a local don. Marjaavaan reunites the two actors onscreen after 2014’s Ek Villain, directed by Mohit Suri.

The film draws inspiration from 1970s Bollywood films, packed with high-octane fights and dramatic sequences. Milap Zaveri (Mastizaade, Satyameva Jayate) has written and helmed the feature.

Marjaavaan has received a mixed response from the audience and critics. In her review for Firstpost, Anna Vetticad wrote, “Marjaavaan is so hackneyed that even the usually restrained Malhotra is driven to intermittent over-acting during its two-hours-plus running time. Deshmukh hams his way through playing Vishnu. Ms Sutaria is bland.”

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Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior trailer — Ajay Devgn’s period drama sees the actor as a valiant Maratha warrior

 

The makers of Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior have launched the film’s trailer. Featuring Ajay Devgn as the valiant Maratha warrior Subedar Tanhaji Malusare, the film charts the heroic character’s journey through the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670 AD. Malusare, battled alongside Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj and was the Maratha commander.

The trailer begins with the tussle between the Maratha empire and the Mughal throne for Kondhana, (probably somewhere in Southern India). When the Marathas contemplate who to send for the acquisition of the state/province, only one name comes forward — that of Malusare. Devgn enters the frame, with aplomb, and fluent Marathi. Saif Ali Khan, who plays the role of an antagonist in Tanhaji: The Unsung Hero, is shown as a formidable swordsman. The two are shown as deadly rivals of each other, preparing the ultimate face-off.

This film will mark their fourth collaborative project, after LOC Kargil (2003), Milan Luthria’s Kachche Dhaage (1999), and Vishal Bharadwaj’s Omkara (2006).

The film will see Kajol reunite with Ajay onscreen almost after a decade, where she will essay the role of Tanhaji’s wife. The last time the couple was seen together on the silver screen was in 2008 for Ajay’s home production, U Me Aur Hum.

The film also stars Sharad Kelkar, Jagapathi Babu, Devdutta Nage, Pankaj Tripathi, Neha Sharma, Ajinkya Deo, Kailash Waghmare, Hardik Sangani, Luke Kenny, and Vipul Gupta.

Ajay is currently shooting for Abhishek Sharma’s Maidaan, and also has a cameo in Akshay Kumar and Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi. He is also gearing up for the release of Abhishek Dudhaiya’s Bhuj: The Pride Of India.

Directed by Om Raut, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is scheduled to hit theatres on 10 January, 2020.

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Taapsee Pannu on Saand Ki Aankh’s ageism debate: ‘We have a dearth of parts for women in general’

Taapsee Pannu says she understands why her and co-star Bhumi Pednekar’s transformation as women in their 60s in Saand Ki Aankh would spark a debate.

A Twitter user had pointed out that the film should have gone to female actors like Shabana Azmi and Neena Gupta as they were actually in their 60s. Neena agreed with the fan, saying at least they should get the roles that fall under their age bracket.

Taapsee said while she can see where the criticism is coming from, she will not let go of a good opportunity as such parts are hard to come by for women stars of all ages.

“Forget about old, the young actresses also have fewer parts. The problem is with women parts in general. We have a dearth of parts for women in general. Having done the kind of things we have done (in our career), it is just a snowball effect to keep getting those challenging roles, but how many actresses get those kind of roles?,” the actress told PTI in an interview.

“I understand where these senior actresses are coming from that they expected they should get these roles because even fewer roles are being written for them. Understandable. But having said that, I am very greedy for a good film. I will not let a good film go out of my hand just because I am not that age, or I’m not that gender. I will play a man also, if they offered me a great script.”

Bhumi also echoed her co-star, saying, “Their (Neena) angst and their opinion is right because there is a dearth of good roles for women and that too women of their age group. But having said that, it is a director’s prerogative to cast the person he wants to take. If I want to do a film, then why shouldn’t I?

“As an actor, the basic job is to keep on challenging yourself and get out of your comfort zone. I should be able to live different lives. To be able to pull off different characters.”

Saand Ki Aankh, also featuring Vineet Kumar Singh and Prakash Jha in pivotal roles, will release on 25  October.