Winning vocals

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Winning vocals

1) Chaudhvin ka chand–Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)

The song is up there as one of the most romantic songs ever. Ravi, and not Guru Dutt regular SD Burman composed the song. Shakeel Baduyani’s sublime lyrics described one’s beloved as the full moon but it was Rafi’s drunk on honey voice that brought out all the wonder of the words. Interestingly, it’s said Guru Dutt made the choice of shooting the title song in colour while the rest of the film was in black and white.

2) Chashme buddoor–Sasural (1961)

This was a melodramatic social with music by Shankar-Jaikishan. The present song was written by Hasrat Jaipuri. It was a lighthearted song where the hero lovingly teases the heroine and Rafi sang it with just the right romantic cadence.

3) Chahunga main tujhe sanjh savere–Dosti (1964)

This Majrooj Sultanpuri song epitomises friendship and Rafi really brought out the the ethos of the song in his dulcet voice. Dosti won for Laxmikant-Pyarelal their first Filmfare Award as composers and brought them the much needed limelight.

4) Baharon phool barsao mere mehboob aaya hai–Suraj (1966)

Hasrat Jaipuri wrote the lyrics while Shankar-Jaikishan composed the music of this melodious song. The film was a swashbuckling romance and the music had an old world charm to it. The soft number had the hero requesting nature to deck up his beloved and Rafi’s voice had just the right tilt, the right attitude.

5) Dilke jharoke mein tujhko bithake–Brahmachari (1968)

Shankar-Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri collaborated once again on this pathos-filled song. Rafi sang it in high pitch and his high octave vocals coupled with some haunting piano work never fails to give you goosebumps.

6) Kya hua tera vada–Hum Kisise Kum Nahin

His star had faded by then. The phenomenon called Kishore Kumar had become the uncrowned king of the playback pantheon. But with Kya hua tera wada, Rafi showed the world that he still remained a lion. RD Burman composed the music while Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote the lyrics of the song which was about lost love. Rafi, as usual, was true to his brief and brought out the angst perfectly.

This new still from Baar Baar Dekho is everything hot

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This new still from Baar Baar Dekho is everything hot!

Karan Johar’s Baar Baar Dekho is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Initially it was about the pairing, then about the first look and eventually about Katrina Kaif’s svelte body in the song Kala Chashma, all three of which literally took people by storm.

Now, another still from the movie is out and it’s dripping hotness. It has Siddharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif standing in the sea, hand in hand and smiling.

We now really have high hopes…

Akshay Kumar finds heaven

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Akshay Kumar finds heaven

Akshay Kumar is not a very vocal person when it comes to expressing love for his children on social media. But he just shared an image of himself with daughter Nitara and it’s just so cute.

Both the father and daughter are dressed in their PJs while taking a walk in the rains under their own umbrellas.

Khiladi Kumar aptly captioned it, “When the heavens open, only my daughter can make it feel like a heavenly day. Love her to the moon and back. #SundayFunday.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BIg1Sm8gMG9/” style=” color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;” target=”_blank”>When the heavens open,only my daughter can make it feel like a heavenly day!Love her to the moon & back #SundayFunday

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Sonakshi Sinha is going to be a part of Dabangg 3 confirms Arbaaz Khan

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Sonakshi Sinha is going to be a part of Dabangg 3, confirms Arbaaz Khan

After Sonakshi Sinha debuted with Salman Khan in Dabangg there has been no stopping for her. She’s known for her versatile roles and she leaves no stone unturned in proving her worth.

Even since Arbaaz Khan announced Dabangg 3, rumours have been doing the rounds that after two hit films in the franchise, Sona is being replaced by Parineeti Chopra, but that’s not true. Arbaaz Khan himself confirmed that Sona is a part of the film. He said, “Sonakshi is going to be a part of Dabangg 3, in what capacity that is to be seen when the script is ready. But there might also be a possibility of another heroine in the film.”

The film starts rolling mid 2017.

Nargis Fakhri gives us vacay envy

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Nargis Fakhri is enjoying a blissful getaway in Greece and giving us sneak peeks courtesy her sexy Instagram posts. She began her holiday by frolicking in the sea and working a bikini like we can only hope to do in our fantasies. After playing with her friend’s baby, Nargis treated herself to some delicious dessert because  “Hard day at the beach… I deserve this.”

Does Arjun Kapoor want to be like Johnny Depp?

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The Prisma fever shows no signs of dying down and Arjun Kapoor’s latest picture will definitely brighten up your weekend.

The sexy selfie where Arjun flaunts his Johnny Depp-style glasses was aptly captioned, “How Depp is ur love ??? Hahahaa loving my new glasses and Chanelling the inner depp inside me !!”

Needless to say, we love this click Depply!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BIfvxl8Bw3T/” style=” color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;” target=”_blank”>How Depp is ur love ??? Hahahaa loving my new glasses and Channelling the inner depp inside me !!!

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Munna Bhai 3 gets delayed

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Munna Bhai 3 gets delayed!

Last heard, Munna Bhai 3 was going on floors this year with Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi reprising the roles of Munna Bhai and Circuit respectively. But the film has gotten delayed yet again.

“That (starting ‘Munna Bhai 3’ ) is an issue as Rajkumar Hirani has to start the Sanjay Dutt biopic and it is getting pushed ahead,” revealed Arshad.

“Until and unless he (Hirani) decides he wants to do Munnabhai part three first and then the Sanjay Dutt biopic… if that happens then we will go first,” he added.

The biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor was likely to go on floors this June. Now, the project is expected to go on floors next January and release during Christmas.

Guess Munna Bhai fans will just have to wait a little longer for his silver screen return.

Movie Review: The BFG

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Movie Review: The BFG

Rating: 3.5 stars
Quick take: Adventure of gigantic proportions

Disney’s iteration of Roald Dahl’s classic, The BFG is a wonderful children’s film. That it’s helmed by Steven Spielberg is a highlight and the definitive feature of the movie. Spielberg’s hallmarks are unmistakably apparent during the runtime of The BFG. This movie brings a sense of technical and technological marvel to filmmaking. Something that only Spielberg can do. Something he’s been doing since time immemorial with titles like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and ET. And The BFG benefits immensely from his ability to tell a story with the requisite finesse and wonder.

The story deals with a young orphan girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and her adventurous tryst with a giant simply called Big Friendly Giant aka BFG (Mark Rylance). BFG first kidnaps Sophie when she spots him sneaking around the nighttime in London. He takes her to Giant Country where she learns of other man-eating giants who also bully BFG and call him Runt. Sophie also discovers that BFG catches dreams in this wonderland and then secretly gives out these dreams to sleeping humans. With the other malicious giants out to eat Sophie, the young girl and the gentle giant have quite an adventure. The BFG isn’t just a technological dreamscape it’s also a heartwarming story of friendship, compassion and courage. These are old school values, and no one sells them better than Steven Spielberg.

The motion capture technology used to animate BFG from Mark Rylance’s efforts is just superlative. There are moments when it does get a bit dodgy, you have to look very closely with extreme scrutiny to spot the inconsistency in CGI, but even then the BFG looks like an absolute delight. Rylance was last seen in Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies and his act here of the bumbling but very loveable giant is a superb performance. His jumbled lingo is like music to your ears. The moments when BFG takes giant leaps and propels himself into his world beyond the clouds is just an immersive experience that has to be felt first hand. It’s really exhilarating. Ruby Barnhill, all of 11-years-old, is the cutest kid in movies this year. She’s guaranteed to melt your heart.

The only grouse you can express towards The BFG is that it takes too much time in the first half, to establish it’s story. The first half saunters at a leisurely pace, but that does allow the viewer to soak in the wonder of Giant Country, a place of sheer magic. But the second half and the scenes featuring Queen Elizabeth at the Buckingham Palace are hilarious and thoroughly entertaining.

The BFG has the perfect blend of action, emotion and drama. Thanks to Spielberg the movie takes the right pauses and pushes in the right kind of emotions with dialogue that can haunt you for ages. This may be a children’s flick, but it’s emotional depth and cinematic value is strong enough to impress even the most cold individual. The sheer warmth of emotions in The BFG can even melt the iciest of hearts.

An actor should be comfortable doing any character or scene convincingly. – Shraddha Das

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She’s dubbed as the ‘Queen of sequels’ in the South given her successful stint in Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil cinema. Being a Bengali, she’s even ventured into Tollywood. But like most actors, Shraddha Das wants to prove her charm and chops in Hindi cinema as well. And Indra Kumar’s Great Grand Masti (GGM), also a sequel, is one such chance. She played the role of Aftab Shivdasani’s wife in this sex comedy franchise and she’s all set to have the last laugh. The last installment of the franchise was panned heavily for its crude humour and double entendre jokes. But the actress had no reservations being part of the film, “Grand Masti was the first adult comedy to do a 100 crore plus business. All said and done, sex comedies sell. And if they weren’t entertaining, Masti and Grand Masti would not have been superhits. There have been other adult comedies in the past, which failed miserably at the box-office,” she justifies her choice and GGM has already proved to be a box-office hit.

She confides it was her fascination for Sushmita Sen, which brought her to the movies. “I was awestruck watching her being crowned Miss Universe on TV in 1994. I realised that flashbulbs and glamour were my interests too,” she smiles. At 16, the pretty girl was all set to face the camera. “The late Dev Anand sir was my father’s friend. He saw me at a gathering and offered me a film. He wanted someone who reminded viewers of Dimple Kapadia from Bobby. He made me do my first photoshoot and even made me sport the Bobby kind of look. I was paid a lakh for 
the film. That was my first pay cheque. Sadly, the film didn’t release and he passed away,” she sighs.

Incidentally, GGM is not her Hindi debut. She was earlier seen in the critically acclaimed Lahore and later as the radio jockey in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji. Being an adventurous actor, she’s game to go bold. In fact, her lip-lock with Karanvir Sharma in Anubhav Sinha’s Zid had created a buzz. “An actor should be comfortable doing any character or scene convincingly. But I’m definitely cautious while doing such scenes. Intimate scenes have to be shot aesthetically,” she points out.

Her big break happened in South with Telugu blockbuster, Arya 2 opposite superstar Allu Arjun. Since then she has done about 30 films in various industries and has enjoyed much adulation. Few would know that Sharddha is a naturally gifted singer. In fact, she’s done the playback for several Telugu films. She’s also sung at award ceremonies and reveals singing is her first love. “My entire family sings. We are artistic Bengalis,” she smiles adding, “My mother, Sapna Das is a professional singer and performs live at shows. Hearing her sing, I’d get inspired. I realised my aptitude because of her constant encouragement. She made me appreciate my husky voice and hone my skills,” she smiles. She’s enjoying straddling the various industries. “If you love your job it doesn’t seem like a chore working in five different languages! Every industry is different but what you do in front of the camera remains the same. That is act, emote and bring alive a character!” 

In conversation with Te3n director Ribhu Dasgupta

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In conversation with Te3n director Ribhu Dasgupta


Few would know that T3EN is not filmmaker Ribhu Dasgupta’s first outing with Amitabh Bachchan. Back in 2014, the two had worked together in a television psychological thriller mini-series Yudh, which found a niche audience. He’s glad that he got a chance to direct the Big B yet again in the Sujoy Ghosh production. 
An official remake of the 2013 Korean film Montage, TE3N, hinged on John Biswas’ (Bachchan) tragic search for the kidnapper and murderer of his granddaughter Angela. Bachchan’s stoic yet sensitive portrayal as the grandfather not only added gravitas to the film but also to Ribhu’s credence as a filmmaker. “It was superb working with Amitabh sir. As a maker, it’s a blessing to direct an actor like him,” he gushes. “He’s hungry to excel and his involvement in the movie goes beyond the shooting hours. A director always dwells on what he shot today and how he will shoot tomorrow. Amitabh sir thinks exactly like that. He’s one of those actors who take the load off you.”

Ribhu has changed certain elements in T3EN from the Korean version. “The protagonist in Montage is a lady but ours is a grandfather. A film is made keeping in mind the socio-political, cultural surroundings of that place. We wanted to retain the structure but we wanted it to be our film,” he justifies. He’s glad that as a producer Sujoy Ghosh is being applauded for creating such a unique film. “Sujoy said he had received such a warm response after Kahaani and his short film Ahalya,” he smiles. TE3N also starred the talented Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Ribhu insists that they carried no baggage of stardom. “As a director you can’t relate to your actors as stars or else, you’ll lose the plot. You’ve to view them as your characters,” he explains. He reveals that when they started writing the character of a cop-turned-priest, Father Martin Das, they immediately thought of casting Nawazuddin. “He’s a superb actor. He comes, he says his lines and you will not even realise that the scene is done. That’s the kind of power he has,” he states. “Vidya’s was a small role but she loved it and hence agreed to play it,” he says. 

Ribhu claims at no point did he fear that T3EN would be compared with Sujoy’s Kahaani as they are two different premises. He insists Sujoy gave him complete liberty. “Sujoy is an easy and transparent person to work with. He’s not a producer who cribs. He stands by you. He never interfered. The relationship we share is thick. Plus, we are both Bengalis and bond over food,” he laughs.  Despite getting rave response from the festival circuit, Ribhu Dasgupta’s debut movie Michael (2011) starring Naseeruddin Shah and Mahie Gill didn’t release in India. “It travelled to Toronto, Shanghai and other international film festivals. Unfortunately, it didn’t release here. I can only do my bit as a filmmaker. The rest is not in my hands. Every film has its own destiny. I hope that the producers release it someday,” he says about the psychological drama where Naseer played a victimised cop. “Michael was a great challenge and working with Naseeruddin Shah was great,” he asserts.

Ribhu loves watching thrillers but says it isn’t his favourite genre, even though his past works have been thrillers. “I wouldn’t mind doing a love story. The strength of the movie comes from the content. Whether it’s a thriller, a romance, or drama, the story should excite you as a maker,” he says. He’s learnt from a medley of films be it Alfred Hitchcock’s classics or Korean fares. “All thrillers are different. As movie makers, they only motivate you to do better,” he says adding nevertheless that no director has influenced his filmmaking philosophy. “I hang around with filmmakers, who know it better than me. And when you know the least in a group and listen to their discussions, you come out learning something from them,” he says. Given that he comes from a family of film artistes back in Kolkata, doing Bengali cinema would have been a natural transition. But Ribhu reveals he has no such inclination as of now. It’s Mumbai that seems to be his karmabhoomi.

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Sanjay Dutt clicked on his birthday

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Eye of the tiger

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Eye of the tiger

He’s a man in the making. A handsome man at that. All those memes comparing him to Kareena Kapoor can be finally put to rest. That razor-sharp jawline, those angular cheeks, that aquiline nose are testimony to his masculinity. When he looks down or turns his head, you see glimpses of his dad Jackie Shroff.  A chip of the old block, after all. But the comparisons end there. If Jaggu Dada was bhidu to one and all, Tiger Shroff isn’t the sort who will rush in to fill silences. He’s self-confessedly shy. He doesn’t have too many friends, he doesn’t smoke or drink. He believes he isn’t cool enough. If there’s one thing he has,  it’s this uncanny ability to focus. And he’s aiming for the top slot. Tiger Shroff is a man in a hurry. Like the rest of his generation, he wants instant gratification. He wants superstardom. And he wants it now. Well, looking at his records, he just might be on his way. Both Heropanti and his latest release Baaghi have hit the bull’s eye. Right now, his career is defying gravity just like his action on screen. Boy, can he move! And he’s moving for sure. He knows where he’s headed. Straight to the top of the Bollywood ecosystem.

Ten minutes into meeting him and you know it’s difficult to pigeonhole him. He can be egoistic and humble at the same time. He can brood one minute and give that electrifying smile the next. He simmers just below the boiling point or at least rafts the impression he gives. Critics spur him on to do his best.  So does Hrithik Roshan. So we’re sitting in his sea-facing apartment in Bandra. And it’s a tough task to make him talk. But when he does there are moments of lucidity. And then he falls back to old habit. Here’s an attempt at deconstructing Tiger Shroff. An actor in the making….

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