Jazbaa [2015]: Will it prove Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Own?

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After a sabbatical of nearly 4 years from the Silver Screen, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is all set for a comeback with Jazbaa. Last seen in Guzaarish[2010], which was a debacle at the Box-Office, she is essaying the role of a Lawyer. The movie is a Suspense-Thriller inspired from a Korean Film SEVEN DAYS. A prominent Lawyer’s daughter is kept hostage & she is asked to fight for the release of a Murderer. Sanjay Gupta, who is known for his Controversial/Popular/Dark Crime Features, is the Director. The Trailer hit the YouTube this week and the movie looks Promising indeed. After Khaaki & Dhoom 2, Aishwarya is attempting the Action/Thriller Genre once more, which seems like a smart move to slaughter the Audience. It is needless to mention that her negative character was the turning point in the plot of Khaaki where she shared Screen with the 3 big Stalwarts of Action- Amitabh, Akshay & Ajay. The impact of her role was Outstanding. She never attempted a negative role after this apart from playing the Bewitching “Femme Fatale” in Pink Panther 2. Perhaps her Rich & Royal looks do not allow her easily to fit in a character having Shades of Grey. I am eager to see her as a “Vengeful” Mother- all set to declare “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.

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Aishwarya Rai is a powerful Actress, capable of carrying a Movie on her lone shoulders. She has done justice to many Author- backed roles in the past. She is also, undoubtedly, One of “The most Beautiful Women on Earth”. Having shown her expertise as a seasoned Actress in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam & Devdas [for which she gained acclaim worldwide], presenting a female Protagonist in “Fine Leather” on screen should be a cake walk. She never falters in exhibiting the Director’s Dream vision. Paro & Nandini are immortalised by this Actress who can light the screen on fire- such is her command over the Audiences. She has presented these mighty Women with Perfection – thanks to her Amazing “Drop-dead” Gorgeous Looks and Personality. Though not critically acclaimed for her acting [she has seen debacles in the form of Aur Pyar Ho gaya, Dil ka Rishta, Dhai Akshar Prem Ke, Albela etc ] and often tagged as a mere Showpiece for some of the projects she undertook, it didn’t stop the country’s Biggest Directors from chasing her to work for them. She has been a part of noteworthy movies in South [Kandukondain Kandukondain, Iruvar, Enthiran] and her first Major Hit was Jeans [Tamil & Hindi].

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She “sizzled” as a Thief in Dhoom 2; portrayed Rabindra Nath Tagore’s [manipulative Widow- struggling with her desires]“Binodini” with ease in Chokher Bali; played a depressed Woman in Raincoat & presented the Royal “Jodha”  gracefully with the “Radiance” of her natural Beauty- confirming her Versatility to Movie Lovers & Critics. Aishwarya is Luminous on screen in whatever characters she has accepted to adapt, matching it with equal talent in terms of her acting skills. She outshined her rivals with Taal, where her craft was further enhanced, declaring to the Trade Pundits that Nandini was no fluke. She seems to attack her roles with perfect “Dollops” of innocence. It’s been easy to accept her as SRK’s sister [Josh] as well as his Beloved in the movies they featured together. Her brief appearance in Mohabbatein left us requisitioning “The Yash-Raj” Banner for an extended role. Guru authenticated her calibre to play rural/traditional Indian Woman with  “ELAN”; in Raavan she showed us an agitated/violent version of a simple Housewife tormented by a barbaric Villain.The lady has left us in awe even at times when she has decided to shed the Glamour.

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Who hasn’t been mesmerized & Infatuated with those Magical Dreamy Eyes – when she left a lot unsaid on Screen & conveyed the emotions through them? Is there a single Woman/Girl who doesn’t burn in envy every year  when she walks the Red Carpet at Cannes? A Modern Indian Woman of Great Stature- Aishwarya is a Global Icon.

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Aishwarya Rai is also a terrific Dancer. “Kajra re” song is a Hallmark of Good “Item no” performed with “Ada & Andaaz” of a typical Hindi Film Heroine and till date no one has been able to duplicate or copy it with the similar Poise & Perfection. Presenting sensuality with Elegance & Finesse has been her “Forte”. In the previous decade, not a single Popular/Item song could contest with the hysteria caused by her in Bunty aur Bubly. It remains a Classic till date

The fans across the globe are certainly biding their time for her to shed the inhibitions attached with a married Super-Star [Female]. History has testified that in Bollywood, an Actress seldom manages to coin a remarkable comeback after Marriage. I am Optimistic of her ability to substantiate this as a Myth and pray that Jazbaa arrives as the light at the end of tunnel for many of her contemporaries [Kareena] as well.

She was to play “Heroine” [a role essayed by Kareena Kapoor later] but the project fell apart because of her pregnancy. The Audience failed to accept any one else in the title role & the Movie failed to create an impact- so high were the expectations as cinema-goers had conceived only “Aishwarya” in mind as The Heroine.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – the name itself spells Stardom. It’s a Guarantee that the long wait endured by her fans is unsurpassable today. We want to see this Diva recreate her Spell for many Fridays to come.

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The original “Simran” of DDLJ – Divya Bharti.

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At the age of 18, hailed next only to Sridevi & Madhuri, Divya Bharti was the best thing that had happened to Bollywood in the year 1992. Unmistakably a “Vivacious” Personality – who could have reigned as the Queen of Bollywood for years to come- Divya was a “rare” Natural Talent. She incidentally started her career in the Telugu cinema. Govinda’s brother Kirti Kumar was supposed to launch her as “Radha” in “Radha Ka sangam” but his Obsessive ways disheartened her and she left the project to head for the South. He replaced her with Juhi Chawla and portrayed her as “Unprofessional, Immature & Rebellious”. The biggest Directors of Bollywood screen-tested her but hesitated to give such a big responsibility to a mere 14-15 year old, who had the potential indeed. Her age worked against her but she hit the Telugu Industry with a Vengeance. “Bobilli Raja”[1991] became a rage in Andhra Pradesh. She gained the title of The Little “Sridevi” of South.

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Rajiv Rai finally plunged into her popularity and casted her for “Vishwaatma” opposite much aged/senior Sunny Deol. Very few know that without a single release to her credit, she was signed for as many as 14 Movies. Though her initial movies failed to stir the screens, she was already a Star which surprised her contemporaries. Madhu [Phool Aur Kaante] & Chaandni  [Sanam Bewafa] with their Super-hit Debuts could not achieve what Divya scored after her Initial “mediocre” Films. Her screen-presence was considered Magical in those days.

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Divya Bharti hit the Screens with a “Thunder” soon – with “Shola aur Shabnam” & Shah Rukh Khan’s launch-pad “Deewana”. She was highly appreciated for her “Mature” performance as “Kaajal”. Shahrukh-Divya chemistry sizzled the market and was seen as the hottest “on-screen” Pair. She acted in 14 movies which were released between 1992-1993; an unbroken Record till date. Several projects were already in the making. Directors/Writers were penning down “Author-backed” roles for her.

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“Love is Blind” they say with Cupid striking the naïve at an unknown time. Divya was all of 16 when she met Sajid Nadiadwala and they both instantly fell in Love. After achieving what many would give an arm or a leg to attain, she took the plunge to get married on 20 May 1992. She converted to Islam and took a new name Sanah. Much after the severe disapproval of her family, she kept it as a secret to avoid panic in the industry. But she seemed restless and her distress was visible. Incidents of arguments with her mother started circulating in the media. She was emerging as the new reckless “Rebel” who was not taking the responsibility attached with her name seriously.

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Her producers were wary for they had invested millions on her. The Senior Directors saw her as the next “No. 1” and were planning big Projects with her. She was almost 80 % through with her role in “Laadla” opposite Anil Kapoor[ a role which Sridevi completed, starting from scratch, after Divya’s death]. Aditya Chopra had conceived “Dilwaale Dulhania Le jaenge” with Divya as Simran[ a movie which re defined the term “Blockbuster” in Bollywood]. Kshatriya was released with the Biggest names of Cinema under a single roof. Divya stood out as a confident Performer amongst the ensemble of Talent. Her personal life seemed messed up as media revealed the turbulence in her life over choosing marriage against a flourishing Acting career.

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She fell to death from the 5th floor apartment- right in front of her husband’s eyes, on 7th Apr 1993 leaving incomplete Projects behind. They were executed by Sridevi, Tabu, Raveena & Pooja Bhatt. Her death remains a mystery till date though it seemed like an accidental fall. Her “Legacy” in the world of Hindi Cinema cannot be denied as she broke the myth of age v/s talent once again; after the legendary Sridevi contributed to the same in South. Divya Bharti is a name to reckon with when it comes to the Evolution of Modern Day Female Actors in Hindi Film Industry. She died too soon but lives in a true cinemagoers heart & mind even today.

“One of the saddest things in Life is wasted Talent”- Robert deNiro [Bronx Tale]

My “Favorite” 15 Love-Songs[Hindi] in Recent Times.

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  1. Tum Hi Ho:[Aashiqui 2]

The Incontestable “Love Anthem” of this Decade is sung by Arijit Singh & composed by Mithoon. Its meaningful & appropriate lyrics are like a “carol” for every person smitten by Love since it was released in 2013. “Tera mera rishta hai kaissa, ik pall door gawara nahin…” are simply “Haunting” & Stirring Words. Its soulful rhythm has a Lover sharing his “ode” composed for his Beloved. In the age of Repetitive Beats/average Musical Scores this song is “Hummable” even today.

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2.   Galliyaan [unplugged]:[Ek Villain]

An “Exemplary” Version after the Solo [sung by Ankit Tiwari] swept us away. This song lingers in the Heart for a long time simply because of Shradhha Kapoor’s innocent Voice. She has provided depth/soul to the Acoustic Version. The lyrics speak of a Lover’s yearning for the Roads that lead to his/her true Love. A perfect song for long Drives.

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3.   Samjhaawan[unplugged]:[Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya]

Beautifully sung by Alia Bhatt, this song has a Classical flavor which blows your mind instantly. It’s an “Impassioned” expression of a Besotted Lover. It brings a surprising twist to the Original sung by Rahat F. Ali Khan as well. Alia has provided a heart rendering “Softness” to this Version.

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4.   Pareshaan:[Ishqzaade]

A brilliantly composed song, sung by Shalmali Kholgade in her Mellifluous Voice. It is a perfect Song for a teenage Girl expressing her dilemma over finally succumbing to Love. Its Indian beats have Harmonium interludes which sound Earthy. “Mein pareshan pareshan pareshan pareshan, aatishein who kahan……..ranjishein hain dhuan”. Shalmali’s voice is fresh & intoxicating; Praiseworthy for the numerous Awards she collected for the credits. A “nasheela” song picturized on Parineeti Chopra.

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5.   Kamli:[Dhoom 3]

Sung by Sunidhi Chauhan in her unbeatable, “Passionate” Voice & picturized on Katrina Kaif; this one’s a Modern day version of Heer singing for Raanjha. The pulsating Beats & the “Breath-taking” Dance steps by the sleek/fit Katrina add Glamour to this wonderful Composition. “Jhaalar mein sitaron ka, chann warga tu yaaram….” – the Lyrics are dipped in the sweetness of Love.

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6.   Tu hai ke nahi:[Roy]

Ankit Tiwari sings in his signature “Melancholic” style. The Whistle is “mind-blowing” and has a terrific Recall Value. This smooth Song carries a mood of Nostalgia- with Ranbir Kapoor riding his Harley Davidson in the beautiful locales of Lang Kawi. Another “Long Drive” favored Song.

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7.   Meherbaan:[Bang Bang]

A refreshing Song crooned by Ash King & Shilpa Rao. Picturized in the heavenly locales of Greece on the “Greek God & Goddess” of Bollywood [Hrithik & Katrina]-this song is a Guitar driven Composition.

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8.   Titli:[Chennai Express]

The sheer “Cheerfulness” of this song “Blows” you apart. The “Earthy” beats & Temple Chants bring in the Rural feel. It easily transports us to the Green Havens of Love. With “Traditional” Carnatic beats- it is sung by Chinmayi Sriprada & Gopi Sundar.

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9.   Sun saathiya:[ABCD 2]

Originally composed for ABCD 1, this song shows Shradha Kapoor dancing enthusiastically. This is a favorite Song for kids & “wanna-be” Dancers; depicting silent Love on the Dance Floor. It transfers the “bubbly” Blues & cheerful Aspirations of Teenagers to its Listeners.

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10.   Ang Laga De :[Goliyon ki Raasleela: Raamleela]

A song about “Intimacy & Togetherness”– about “Wait & Pain”– about longing for a Union with the Beloved. The feelings are “Authentically” portrayed by Deepika Padukone with her Magical/Teary eyes.

A True-Classical Love song which gives you Goosebumps.

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11.   Maahi Ve:[Highway]

Sung by the “Mozart” of MadrasAR. Rahman– this song is “Marvelous”. A song without Lip-sync; it touches the heart and we allow it to sing instead.

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12.   Tere Hokke Raheinge:[Raja Natwarlal]

A typical “Emran Hashmi” song- it is “Exuberant” as you can’t help but singing it aloud. Arijit Singh proves his Versatility as a Singer by keeping the spirit of the song “Lively”.

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13.   Jeena Jeena:[Badlapur]

Sung by Atif Aslam in his Trade-Mark  voice- it shows the pain of a man who has lost his wife. A Touching & “Serene” Song characterized with “Mesmerizing” Guitar Chords- Atif’s “Humming” is Infectious & Captivating.

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14.   Teri Meri:[Bodyguard]

Inspired by a “Romanian” folk Carol, this Love Song [with a Sufi touch] is sung by Shreya Ghoshal-Rahat F A Khan. Its high/low pitch Variations & slow motion “Picturization” remain a favorite for the heart-broken Lovers.

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15.   Ishq waala Love:[Student of the Year]

A Youthful song for the Teenagers. It carries a Fresh mood & a feel of “maiden” Crush/Love. It is meant for naïve lovers as it has a Dreamy Quotient. “Hota hai jo love se zyada waisse waala love…” depict a typical “college campus” love situation.

The story behind Michael Jackson’s Top 10 Songs & Videos.

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The undisputed “King of Pop” has contributed immensely to Music & Dance. A “Global Icon” for over 4 decades, Michael Jackson earned the title of “Style Icon” in the very beginning of his career [in 1971] as a solo artist and became a dominant figure in the World of Music by the early 80s. He had a smooth voice with a remarkable range; he provided vocal hiccups and gulped his breath to promote a certain emotion- [his own trademark]. The music videos of his songs brought a revolution which elevated TV video channels, like MTV, to new heights. His innovative & original dance style [robotics, moon-walking, break-dance] has inspired many Dance forms. A recipient of multiple Grammy awards & Guinness Records, he is the “Most awarded recording artist in the history of Pop”. Despite a controversial personal life, he retains the title of “Solo God” of Modern Popular Music. Thriller is till date “The Best Selling Album of All Times”.

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  1. Billie Jean: [Jan 1983]

Billie Jean was an instant Chart-buster and ranks among “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Times”. It is given the Credit for breaking MTVs “Racial Barriers” as it was repeatedly aired after it was released. With its distinctive vocals [Hiccups] and “The Moonwalk” [which MJ executed during its performance] & promotion through Pepsi Commercials, it launched Michael Jackson in the “Hall Of Fame”. MJ wrote this song with his female fans in mind. Contrary to the rumours, “There never was a real Billie jean. The girl in the song is a composite of people my brothers have been plagued with over the years.”– Michael quoted. With the tagline “She says I’m the one, but the kid is not my son” it was believed to be Autobiographical. A perfect blend of Pop & Dance, its beats have inspired & have been copied by many composers all over the globe.

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2. Beat It: [Feb 1983]

It was a Platinum hit within a few days of its launch. It gained the second title of “The Top 500 Songs of All Times” for a single from Thriller & is “One of the most Successful, Celebrated song in the History of Pop”. MJ wanted to record a song which he wanted children of all ages to enjoy. The song was promoted with a short film where he brought members of rival gangs together with the power of Music & Dance. Its lyrics are basically about real Courage & Defeat. “Don’t be a macho man” was the line he highlighted to express his dislike for violence. The music video launched him as a dance icon as well. He brought around 80 genuine gang members, professional & break-dancers. The video begins with the singer noticing a Gang War as he dances towards them; he breaks the fight and all participate in a dance routine.

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3.Thriller: [Nov 1983]

With multiple sound effects like creaking door, thunder, howling dogs- it has a scary theme & frightening lyrics. Its video is the “Most Successful Video of All Times”. Adapted from “American Werewolf in London”, it’s a 14 min video where MJ leads other dancers dressed as Zombies & Monsters. A bit violent [visually], with groovy, funky beats & “Disco Funk” choreography, this song looks straight out of a child – fantasy Horror Book. The video ends with Mj looking into the camera with his Yellow- Werewolf eyes & Haunting Laugh. It was criticized for being terrorizing but is frequently watched by music lovers of all ages even today.

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4.Remember the Time: [Jan 1992]

It’s a single from the Album “Dangerous” by Mj. The lyrics are about remembering the time you are in love with somebody. The video was marketed as a short film set in Ancient Egypt. It’s an Extravaganza with path breaking Visual Effects. It features Eddie Murphy, Magic Johnson & Iman. It was rumoured to be about his relationship with Debbie Rose but he cleared them by saying that he dedicated it to Singer Dianna Ross. “Do you remember when we fell in love, we were young & innocent then” are its beginning lines which recall a youthful Love Affair. It topped the Billboard charts all over the world.

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5.Who is It: [Aug 1992]

It was severely compared with Billie Jean. Its lyrics refer to the pain over being left by someone you deeply love & betrayal. The singer wants to know over whom she cheated him. The video has MJ singing to himself in a Hotel room with a silver card, with “Alex” written on it. To him it implies that it’s the name of another guy for whom his lover has left him but it is further revealed that it’s one of the many names she keeps for her job as a call-girl. He leaves in despair and she returns to an empty room with a briefcase full of silver name cards. This video is ranked among “Top 10 Sad Love-songs” of all Times.

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6.Smooth Criminal: [Oct 1988]

A song about a woman named Annie– who has been attacked by a Smooth Assailant violently. “Annie are you Ok?” phrase used in this song is in fact the name of a Mannequin, commonly used in CPR training. He asks the same to an unconscious woman. He recorded the video in a typical Gangster Style of the 30s with Mobsters & Machine Guns. He attempted a seemingly impossible “Forward lean” in this song which became his favourite act for his stage performances. In 2009, “Shakira” paid tribute to him by attempting the same for her song “She Wolf”.

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7.Black or White: [Nov 1991]

In UK, it was the First song sung by an American singer to go into the singles chart at no. 1 position, after Elvis Presley. The video starts with Macaulay Culkin in a room, rebelling against his parents. It immediately shifts to an African Hunter dancing with MJ following her moves; Native Americans, Thai, Russians, a woman from India following later. He declares “I ain’t scared of no sheets, I ain’t scared of nobody”. The video shows him dancing atop Lady Liberty’s torch with famous world edifices like Taj Mahal, The Giza Sphinx, Pyramids, Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower. It ends with different people of different nationalities/races morphing into each other. It is a unique masterpiece which has been viewed maximum no. of times by people worldwide.

Very few know that the last 4 minutes of the video were censored, where he transforms into himself after walking out of a studio as a Black Panther. It contained sexually suggestive moves which he said were an interpretation of animal behaviour in men. It is the most controversial video of all times; Seen only at selected times in US and a few countries.

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8.Bad: [Sep 87]

This song was an instant hit “Globally”. The video featured a group of Dancers performing dance routines at a subway station [it featured Wesley Snipes in his early days]. This song was inspired by the cool dance, street scenes of West Side Story. It’s the story of a child & his old neighbourhood. MJ revealed that he based it on a true story; a guy who went to a private school & planned to leave his friends behind to pursue his dreams but is killed by them in jealousy. The video was directed by Martin Scorsese with a street gang dancing in Urban settings. MJ plays the teenager who has completed schooling term at an expensive school.

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9.The Way You Make Me Feel: [Nov 1987]

In this song he is seen pursuing and dancing for a woman. He wanted to perform a song where he could be seen flirting [in addition to his image as a lover]. A Rhythm & Blues song, it begins with “Hey pretty baby with the high heels on”. We see MJ being told by an old man to be himself. He encounters a woman walking down the lane ignoring him. He tries to woo her attention by singing to her. He wore a blue shirt, black pants, white t-shirt & a white belt; its signature outfit.

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10.They don’t care About Us; [Mar 1996]

A controversial composition- it was censored for its anti- Semitic lyrics. He gave multiple apologies and altered the lyrics of the song. Its filming was marred with controversy as well. Shot in Brazil, the song begins with a child singing “Enough is enough of this garbage” & the chorus begins “All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us”. With haunting clapping, police in the background- it had the state of Rio de Janeiro fearing that the portrayal of poverty might affect tourism and chances of hosting Olympics. The ban was overturned later & the people of Brazil surrounded him in enthusiasm for the making of the video [Though he was heavily guarded by the local guards]. He took permission from the local drug lords to film in their shanty town as well. The song has heavy Samba beats and also exposed the cultural group “Olodum”. For the first time he recorded a second video for the same song- filmed in a prison with cellmates; he is seen handcuffed.

Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation 2015 [Review]

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Ethan & his team are back to eradicate “The Syndicate” which is in turn on a mission to destroy “The IMF”.

The weakest story of the series so far- it doesn’t leave an impression on you as a deserving 5th instalment of the Mission Impossible series. The movie begins with the most awaited stunt of this year; Tom Cruise [Ethan Hunt] hanging from a plane in air but the thrill ends the moment it begins to arrest your attention. There are no bad guys showing off their skills even though they seem well equipped for their mission. Rebecca Ferguson is the saving grace as Ilsa, a femme fatale with a dubious motive, but her true identity is not clear till the end. We get a Car & Bike chase where the action is pulsating indeed but it fails to leave an everlasting impression as the one in Mission Impossible 2 did. Not a single moment witnessed like the previous instalments where we had Ethan hanging with a drop of sweat; the “Burj Khalifa” iconic action sequence or the “Kremlin” operation.

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The underwater action sequence is gripping indeed though we wish there was more to it as once again Ilsa saves Ethan after his 3 minutes expire.

Tom cruise looks worn out. He is not funny this time and looks less charming [for the 10 minutes he dons a tuxedo]. Simon Pegg [Benji] & Jeremy Renner [William] are not supporting the way they participated as a team in “Ghost Protocoal”. Alec Baldwin as the CIA Director is impressive but fails to describe the modus-operandi of “The Syndicate” clearly to the viewers. The masks, the glasses, the key code breakers [typical Benji equipments] all seem like fillers. Rebecca Ferguson is impressive in her stunts and delivers the bike chase, the under-water action & the Opera shooting like a Bond Girl wouldn’t.

After 19 years, this one is a massive disappointment for both Tom Cruise & Ethan Hunt fans. The Cool “Theme Mission Impossible” score/tune which brings you on the edge every-time it plays in the background isn’t echoing in my mind this time.

When Parveen Babi featured on “Time”.

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Parveen Babi, a glamorous actress of the 70s & 80s, who starred opposite all Major “top heroes”, was a former Model. She was a part of the Major blockbusters [Amar Akbar Anthony, Deewar, Namak Halaal, Shaan etc] and did 13 movies with Amitabh Bachchan. She laid her feet in the industry , breaking the stereotype “Virtuous or Vamp” image of a leading heroine in Hindi Cinema.  She came across as a Charming, Peppy, Sensual & Vivacious Personality with a Chiselled body on Screen. She was a “Fashion Icon” as well, who appeared as a Westernized, Bohemian- Sexy Indian woman, striking a chord with cinema lovers & drawing their attention. Her Anglicised accent & Westernized looks replaced those of a typical Saree clad Conventional Heroine. Her screen presence was over-powering and complemented the “Angry Young Man” image of the Lead Actors in that period. She would appear in the most popular film songs [the item songs were not yet discovered] which were poles apart from the usual “running around the trees” treatment given to them.

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Parveen Babi is the first Indian film star to be featured on the “Time” magazine cover in 1976; representing the Modern Face of an Indian Woman. It was titled “Asia’s frenetic film scene”. She gave the word “Glamour” an identity in Hindi films. She was so popular and in demand that producers would line up outside her house to sign her. She was also the highest paid actress, owing to her Stature & Stardom.

She had alleged affairs with Danny Denzongpa, Mahesh Bhatt & Kabir Bedi. Mahesh Bhatt made a semi-autobiographical film about their relationship [Arth]. In an Interview with the Outlook magazine, he said “I owe everything that I am today to my brief association with this magnificent woman.” Kabir Bedi was set to leave the industry for Italy to participate in the famous TV show “Sandokan” and it is rumoured that he forced Parveen to accompany him. She disappeared from the industry in 1983 leaving behind a flourishing career for a spiritual journey and returned to India in 1989– almost unrecognisable. She started to work as an interior designer and became highly schizophrenic towards the end. Her outburst against the big names of the industry [Indian & foreign] and her allegations of conspiracies to kill her were frequent in the 1990s.

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She was found dead on 22 Jan 2005. A tragic/lonely death after Diabetes, Gangrene & Starvation. A horrifying “coup de grace” delivered by Time to a Majestic journey.

Varun Dhawan- The Most Promising Youngster in Bollywood.

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As I stepped out of the cinema hall after watching ABCD 2, the only hangover I carried with me was of Varun Dhawan & Prabhu Deva. The latter bestowed us with a solo dance but it was Varun who carried the movie on his shoulders. I tried to recall his recent ventures and realised that he has presented a variety in his performances, one after the other. He started as an arrogant teen heartthrob [Student of the Year]; went on to do a comic solo [Main Tera Hero]; featured as a middleclass boy next door [Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya]; a Dark Avenger, fifteen years ahead of his time [Badlapur] & now he is dancing all the way to Vegas. I cannot claim that he disappointed a movie-goer like me in any of these movies.

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He is extremely Photogenic &  highly spirited/stylish  on screen; he comes across as a dauntless performer whilst participating in high voltage Drama; his comic timing doesn’t seem exaggerated; he undoubtedly possesses those boyish charms which draw women of all ages to throng the halls. A typical Poster boy, he has brushed up his dancing skills to look convincing as a wannabe hip-hop Star. He manages to look vulnerable and flirtatious with ease. He reminds me of Govinda, who flooded us with his rapid offerings in the late 80s & early 90s. Govinda was able to give us multiple silver jubilees without any other big name sharing the credits. Who else but David Dhawan to be named as his mentor? Govinda danced like a dream and acted with ease, displaying no complexities; exactly what Varun Dhawan is coming across as. A Confident Actor. He proved his mettle in Badlapur, where he played a mature man on a vengeful journey [an offbeat role].

Having David Dhawan for a father- is like an ace up his sleeve. The senior Dhawan is credited for shaping up the careers of many stars. The master showman of comedy movies – he has passed on the tricks of the trade to his son who seems to be choosing just the right projects to display his potential. ABCD 2 has crossed a feat of collecting more than a 100 crores at the box office and it wouldn’t be fair to deny him his contribution. Looking forward to see him in DILWAALE with SRK & Kajol.

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Drishyam [2015]: Review

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Drishyam, a remake of the Malayalam blockbuster of the same name, is based on a theme “How far can a man go to protect his family?” Ajay Devgan plays a simple, humble cable operator who has educated himself through movies. He lives with his wife & daughters in Goa; seemingly happy & content with his daily routine, until his daughter’s integrity is threatened by a Teenager. He happens to be the only son of the IG of Police [played by Tabu] who unleashes hell upon the family, after he goes missing.

The murder is revealed in the beginning and the plot is clearly unalike the usual “whodunit”. We witness the extra-ordinary struggle of a man to conceal a dark secret; a 4th class graduate who creates a perfect alibi for his family. He cleverly prepares them to bear the ordeals of police investigation & says “Ek hi saboot hai hamaare khilaaf- hamaara darr.” The screenplay is inspired by the Novel “The Devotion of Suspect-X”– the Japanese blockbuster thriller, written by Keigo Higashino. It’s the Police Force v/s him, where the IG gives her best shot to trap him on the basis of Intuition.

Ajay Devgan is expressionless & bland in portraying the simpleton who has the calculating mind of a Genius. The revelation of his Mastermind fails to engage the audience as he seems dull & ready to break into action [perhaps the hangover of his recent “Action-Jackson” image plays]. He fails to provide a clear insight into the protagonist’s intellectual mind as well. Tabu, as the Tough Cop, is Impressive & her entry is refreshing [which is sadly short-lived]. She is shown displaying misuse of power more than her natural-born talent as a performer on screen [for which she needs no introduction]. She doesn’t fit the plot as a Villain either. Even though she is ordering the policemen to inflict torture upon the family, her motherly emotions are underplayed. Shreya saran fails to impress in her supporting role.

The thrilling plot and the captivating climax are the saviours of this Movie. Not a praiseworthy adaptation of the “phenomenon” that swept the readers all over the Globe. Its Malayalam,Tamil & Telugu versions [ Mohanlal, Kamal Hassan & Venkatesh playing the lead roles respectively] have already been released.