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Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan came down heavily on Union home minister Amit Shah for trying to make Hindi the national language. He said that Sangh Parivar and now the BJP government at the Centre was bringing up this issue to cover up its failures.
A research paper on the Sentinelese tribe published in Anthropological Survey of India’s journal has argued that the tribe should be protected by the government in its own environment and chosen circumstances. The paper comes eight months after American adventurist John Allen was killed by Sentinelese tribesmen .
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced in the Assembly that his state would not implement the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019. He said that, "We have no intention to harass citizens with hefty fines."
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said that like Assam, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) would also be implemented in the state. He said that the Haryana government is working at a fast pace on its family identity card scheme and the data from that would be used in the NRC.
The INDU is still missing in action, 52 years after it was first mooted, and over six years after its foundation stone was laid. Sources said there has been hardly any progress since the draft INDU Bill was submitted to the PMO and cabinet secretariat in December 2017.
Two main parties from Muslim and Hindu sides have written to the SC for a settlement to the dispute for ownership of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land in Ayodhya. Sunni Waqf Board has written to the SC-appointed mediation panel seeking resumption of negotiations, and a similar letter was written by Nirvani Akhara.
US officials quote intelligence and show satellite images, but Iran denies involvement.
Conflicting narratives around controversial deaths have raised tensions further in the region.
Jojo Rabbit tells the story of a young boy in 1940s Germany whose mother is hiding a Jewish girl.
Josh Thompson took a clown to a work meeting as a "support person" when he was about to lose his job.
The Cars were one of the biggest bands of the 1980s and the front-runner of the new wave movement.
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct.
The man suffered head injuries after swerving his bicycle in a bid to avoid the aggressive bird.
The boat was carrying at least 110 passengers, 76 of whom were rescued.
Violence breaks out between police and rival protesters after thousands defy authorities to join a march.
Casey Viner, 19, ordered the prank call after an argument while playing Call of Duty.
The drug maker, accused of fuelling the opioid crisis, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
A smoky haze has blanketed the region, an annual phenomenon that affects millions of people.
Israa Ghrayeb's story led protesters to urge greater protection of women from gender-based violence.
Malawian sex workers share the stories of their struggles to access healthcare.
Shinjiro Koizumi, 38, keeps grabbing the headlines. Does he have his eyes on the country's top job?
The grieving widow's fortunes have always revealed much about how power really works in Zimbabwe.
Joan Johnson created a business empire that used hair to champion African American identity.
Pesticide self-poisoning is one of the leading causes of suicide in Asia.
How farmers in Jamaica are using smart technology to cope with more unpredictable weather patterns.
South Africans have been outraged by a spate of rapes and murders, prompting demands for a return of the death penalty.
Tokyo's Fuwaku rugby club has three players over the age of 90.
A hoax rallying cry to storm a US Air Force base in Nevada has left two towns fearing catastrophe.
Thousands of people risk their lives scavenging for small pieces of jade in Myanmar's mines.
The falling cost of solar power is helping it to disrupt the global energy market.
Seida Guadu performs an emergency Caesarean to try to save the lives of a baby and his mother.
Casey Viner, 19, ordered the prank call after an argument while playing Call of Duty.
The Loebner Prize, one of the few real-life Turing Tests, comes to Swansea this weekend.
The Tories "misused" the platform when they changed the headline on a BBC News story, the company says.
Users can now flag false Instagram content to fact-checkers but experts believe there is more to do to fight disinformation.
The video site's algorithm promotes medical misinformation in a number of languages, the BBC finds.
A video of the shop display, showing dead fish, was flagged as containing offensive material.
The YouTuber says he chose to donate to the Anti Defamation League because he was advised to.
Workers at the search giant are being reminded about their rights to complain and protest about conditions.
In-game spending should be regulated by gambling laws and loot boxes banned for children, they say.
Scottish scientists find that glaciers west of Svalbard are retreating by up to 300m a year.
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the week's best technology stories.
Virtual reality is being used to help people with dementia revisit their past.
CubeSats can provide a more affordable alternative to conventional satellites.
The BBC's Dave Lee tries out a slow-motion selfie on the iPhone 11.
If you fall asleep in a self-driving car, it will try to wake you - then stop, which could be in the fast lane. Thatcham Research wants regulation to prevent this danger.
Professor Justin Stebbing, a cancer expert at Imperial College London, debunks some of the unproven “cures” for cancer.
What can you do if you're being cyber-bullied? Hannah Adams, from Jesy Nelson's new doc, tells us.
Nearly a third of all energy companies fitting smart meters are still installing old technology.
Companies offer gym deals and cycle schemes - but how do they know if these are what staff want?
The iPhone 11 is likely to help Apple consolidate in one of the world's only growing smartphone markets.
Amid a growing backlash against fast fashion, firms are looking at new fabrics from mushrooms and pineapples.
How big data arrived in football's big time and why it is changing the sport forever.
Brent crude surged nearly 20% as nervous traders speculated about the impact on global supplies.
The discount retailer is taking on its larger rivals as it continues to expand even as profits fall.
The drug maker, accused of fuelling the opioid crisis, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Many workers report not receiving paid holidays or wage slips, says the Resolution Foundation.
Almost 50,000 workers are due to join the strike, the first major stoppage at GM since 2007.
SmileDirectClub sells braces aimed at improving the appearance of teeth directly to consumers.
The troubled travel firm is understood to be in last minute negotiations with bondholders.
The government lists 69 English towns and cities that will benefit from regeneration money.
Albemarle & Bond and Herbert Brown stores have closed their doors, but a helpline is unanswered.
As the market awaits a WeWork listing, what has happened to the other firms which have debuted?
Companies are doing more to support working dads but may overlook postnatal mental illness in men.
Some allergy sufferers say they are "terrified" when dining out and have asked eateries to do more to make them safe.
The BBC's Theo Leggett reports from a cavernous display of delights at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Companies offer gym deals and cycle schemes - but how do they know if these are what staff want?
The Pacific nation of Vanuatu is hoping kava will boost exports and bring in much needed cash.
The falling cost of solar power is helping it to disrupt the global energy market.
Amid a growing backlash against fast fashion, firms are looking at new fabrics from mushrooms and pineapples.
Porsche is set to lead the charge at the Frankfurt Motor Show with its new electric sports car.
How a giant order from the Middle East transformed Grant Macdonald's silversmith business.
UK restaurants waste a million tonnes of food a year, 75% of which could be eaten says charity Wrap.
Banksy reckoned we would all be anonymous for 15 minutes, but is this even possible?
While Dutch firms are ready for Brexit, some say that food exports to the UK will be delayed.
Many retailers have announced store closures and job losses.
Goalkeeper quits top flight women's football at the age of 25 to start a new career in finance.
A simple guide to how currency is valued and what it means for your finances
Vehicles with defective or blinding headlights are a serious danger on roads but city traffic police officers have simply blinked at the problem — giving a free pass to violators of rules regarding vehicle lights.
To expedite much-delayed Silk Board-K R Puram (19.5km) on Outer Ring Road and KR Puram-Kempegowda International Airport (36km) metro corridors, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) has decided to use U-girders for constructing the viaduct.
The state BJP leadership is caught in a bind over national president Amit Shah’s remarks on Hindi Divas, faced with the task of defending the party line and fighting off perceptions of being against Kannada language.
A 15-year-old Dalit girl committed suicide by drowning in a well after she was accused of stealing a mobile phone from her hostel premises. The girl took her life after she was allegedly beaten up and insulted by the hostel superintendent and other staff.
On Sunday mornings, when they are not working in the fields that surround Deshnur, around 200 of the village's 12,000 people go to Snanika Arulappanavara Virakta Mutt, a one-of-a-kind shrine where they attend mass that a Catholic priest holds in Kannada.
The Karnataka government’s proposal to reduce the increased traffic fines under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 has not gone down well with road safety activists, who warn that a rollback of the hike will result in a spike in road accidents.
Come October 5, Mahatma Gandhi Road in the heart of Bengaluru will be open only for walkers and vehicles will be kept at bay as part of an ‘Open Street Event’ organised by Karnataka Forest Department as part of its 65th Wildlife Week celebrations.,
A plan has been drawn up to beautify the space under Kottara Chowki flyover. The project was initiated by Swami Jitakamanandaji president, Ramakrishna Math and Dr Y Bharath Shetty, Mangaluru North MLA.
Trying to reduce work pressure and make life better for policemen patrolling the streets, Bengaluru police commissioner Bhaskar Rao on Saturday issued an order stating that all constables should compulsorily be given leave on their birthdays so that they can spend time with their family.
Raising a strong objection to Union home minister Amit shah’s recent push for Hindi as the national language, DMK president M K Stalin has asked his party workers to get ready for a battle to stop the move to impose that language on all states.
A class seven dropout claiming to be an encounter specialist who had gunned down two dreaded criminals set up a telemarketing firm in Chennai and used it to marry seven women and sexually abuse six others over the last two years.
The Madras high court has directed an insurance firm to pay compensation of Rs 73.38 lakh to the families of two IT professionals who were killed after the car they were travelling in hit a truck parked on the Coimbatore-Chennai Highway.
Two men, who questioned a man for riding his two-wheeler in a rash and negligent manner in a residential locality in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin town, was hacked to death by him and a few others on Sunday.
Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers’ Federation Limited (Aavin) on Sunday announced its decision to hike the prices of milk products like ghee, butter, flavoured milk, lassi, curd, milk power, panneer and others. The new prices will come into effect on Monday.
The special intelligence cell (SIC) of the Coimbatore city police questioned three Muslim youths, working in a gold smithery here, for being members of a WhatsApp group whose admin is a Pakistani national. The trio hailed from West Bengal.
A woman police inspector on night patrol turned guardian angel for a 26-year-old woman in labour and helped her deliver a boy by the roadside with the help of some rag pickers in Choolaimedu in the wee hours on Friday.
Union home minister Amit Shah's call for expanding the reach of Hindi to all parts of India, terming it "the only language that can unite the whole country" has evoked strong reaction, ranging from sharp criticism to utter condemnation, from most political parties in Tamil Nadu.
The Madras high court has made it clear that when the medical board recommends premature release of a life convict, then the same cannot be denied on the basis of objections from the director general of prison (DGP) or the inspector general of prison (IG).
Kadipikonda (Warangal) Gloom and grief loomed over Kadipikonda village in Kazipet mandal after news broke that boat carrying 60 people to a tourist spot capsized in the Godavari in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.
A pedestrian was run over by an Innova car in which Kalwakurthy MLA Jaipal Yadav was travelling at Maheshwaram on Sunday night. After the accident, the MLA disembarked from the vehicle, got into another car and left the location.
On Sunday, did the ill-fated boat, Royal Vasista, flout guidelines issued by the state government in 2017? The Water Resources Department had issued a second flood warning for the Godavari a week ago and nearly 40 villages in Devipatnam mandal were under flood scare for the last few weeks.
Ending days of speculation, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday announced that the state will not implement the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019. “We have no intention to harass the citizens with hefty fines,” he added.
A political storm has begun brewing over the Godavari river boat mishap. While he was in the opposition, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had demanded that the then Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrabau Naidu be booked for criminal negligence for the three boat mishaps that had occurred in Krishna and Godavari. Now, TDP followers have already begun an online campaign, asking why a criminal case should not be booked against Jagan.
A day after TOI published a report about the flex banner menace that had surfaced across the city, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) swung into action to clear the illegal banners. This came close on the heels of the death of a techie in Tamil Nadu caused by a flex banner.
A family of five, including three children, was charred to death in a road accident (pic right) near Palamaner in Chittoor district on Saturday morning. The victims, Jhahnavi (30), Pavan Ram (13), Sai Arshitha (10), Kalavathi (28) and Bhanu Teja (7), hailed from Tirupati. The lone survivor from the mishap, 40-year-old Manda Vishnu, is an employee of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). He is battling for life at the SVRR hospital in Tirupati with about 60 per cent burns.
A man and his son were charred to death after their thatched hut caught fire at Piduguralla town in Guntur district on Saturday. The deceased were identified as Sheikh Jaan (50) and Sheikh Maula Ali (19).
AP women’s commission chairperson Vasireddy Padma on Saturday expressed anguish over the increase in crimes against women in East Godavari district over the last five years. She said the commission will recommend changes to relevant acts so that strict action can be taken against people committing these atrocities.
“To bee or not to bee” — that was the question confronting pilots seated at the cockpit of an Air India flight as they prepared to take off for Agartala from Kolkata on Sunday morning. It was no existential crisis, only a question of basic safety: a swarm of honeybees had taken over the left cockpit glass, obstructing their vision.
Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation (KMRC) has identified two addresses at Lusan Lane in central Kolkata and Sukeas Lane in Burrabazar to rehabilitate around 50 traders, who have been displaced from their homes and have lost businesses because of the tunnelling disaster in Bowbazar.
The city recorded a maximum temperature of 34.4°C on Sunday — two notches above normal. With no drizzle to keep the mercury in check, it remained uncomfortable throughout the day. The Met office has predicted it will stay warm and mostly dry till Tuesday since no rain-triggering system exists in the region at present.
CBI officers on Sunday went to state secretariat Nabanna with two letters for state police chief Virendra, inquiring about former Kolkata commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s whereabouts and contact details, even as the agency prepared to tackle the possible opening of a new front in Delhi from Monday.
Some of the Bowbazar residents evacuated from their homes because of the tunnelling disaster are likely to return by this Wednesday, a fortnight after leaving home. The five-member committee that has been surveying the affected and evacuated buildings in the area since last week submitted an initial report, which said residents of at least four houses — all on BB Ganguly Street — will be allowed back into their homes. The Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation (KMRC) will pay for the minor repairs the buildings need at the moment.
Night-long block raids on Saturday that lasted till early of Sunday, especially around clubs, hookah bars and restaurants, led to arrests or prosecutions of over 2,500 people for either carrying out crimes or being involved in major traffic violations.
Taking the Pronam initiative further, at least four police stations in north Kolkata have urged local club members to be the first respondents to any issues that the senior citizens in their areas face.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has iterated her government’s commitment towards the welfare of Singur farmers who helped her come to power in 2011. She also wrote about her government’s resolve to promote industry in Bengal.
The state consumers’ affairs department has decided to come down heavily on the brands or company charging money from the consumers for carry bags with the logo and the name of the company imprinted on it.
Kitchens in central Kolkata’s mid-budget hotels, designed to please palettes of tourists and business travellers, have suddenly plunged into a gastronomic chaos with their new guests now comprising the elderly, children, ailing and allergic.
With the Supreme Court suggesting the complete closing down of NH-766 cutting through Bandipur Tiger Reserve after upgrading the alternative road through Kutta and Gonikuppa into NH standards, trade and business bodies in Wayanad are now pitching for a 38km alternate route suggested by National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (Natpac) in 2014 from Moolankavu near Sulthan Bathery to Begur in Karnataka.
The state environment impact assessment authority (SEIAA) has mandated use of non-electrical technology (NONEL) for blasting in quarries as a measure to reduce vibration of the ground and to alleviate harmful effects arising out of quarrying, both to neighbouring inhabitants and to nature.
Over the last few years, many brides have been ditching the heavily embellished lehengas for fuss-free versions. That was also the case for real bride Rupani, who wore a simple yet elegant lehenga for her day wedding.
Do you often feel confused about what kind of make-up to sport with Indian outfits? Take inspiration from Bollywood stars. Their expert make-up artists always know how to glam up their look. Be it a simple look or a bold one, take a look at these B-town ladies and their make-up, which are just perfect for the festive season.
That sticky feeling that is usually associated with a hot climate, can leave your face looking smudgy and sweaty. That’s because, the current weather is doing more than making you perspire; it can also make your make-up run. The situation can turn tricky when you have to go for a workplace meeting and have no time to reapply that eyeliner, blush and lipstick.
The pop-up shop in west London, called the Selfie Factory, gives people a chance to pose with a multitude of different backdrops. From bathtubs overspilling with coloured balls to a 'confetti cove' and walls peppered with fake plastic doughnuts, this place should be on your ‘must-visit’ places in London.
Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has released the admit card for the written examination conducted for the recruitment of Centre for Personnel Talent Management (CEPTAM) on its official website.
No more elections at the cost of studies - Teachers will no longer go missing from classrooms during poll times. District election office has decided not to engage teachers as booth-level officers (BLO) in the entire election process and instead will rope in Class-III officials working in different departments as replacement.
The IBPS Clerk 2019 recruitment notification has been released recently with a total of 12,000+ vacancies. It is important for applicants applying for the IBPS Clerk 2019 to know the complete syllabus & exam pattern.
Those aspiring to become a lecturer or researcher in India need to apply for the University Grant Commission's National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) or Council of Scientific & Industrial Research National Eligibility Test (CSIR NET) or Indian Council of Agricultural Research National Eligibility Test (ICAR NET).
Two students of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) bagged international placement from Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) to the tune of Rs 45 lakh per annum, which is the highest international placement bagged by any UoH student so far.
The UK could be bracing for one of the coldest winters in 30 years. "This would rank the 2020 January-February central England temperature as the coldest winter since 2013 and January-February 2020 as the seventh coldest winter in the past 30 years," scientists said. Before the cold blast, warmer weather was on the way and could result in warmest Sept at 26 degrees Celsius.
Five whales died, including four that were euthanized, after a mass stranding Thursday on a beach on the Hawaii island of Maui. Ten melon-headed whales were found stranded alive early in the morning on Sugar Beach in the coastal resort community of Kihei.
Kayapo, one of the Bau people's leaders, helps organise a village watch group to protect the community's lands from encroaching flames as well as illegal loggers, miners and others seeking to exploit the area. With fires spreading quickly to wide swaths of indigenous territories in recent weeks, his task has grown more critical. So far in 2019, Brazil reported 83,000 fires, a 77 per cent increase from the same period last year.
British supermarkets are starting to go “nude". Big brand shops have begun taking steps to strip their shelves of plastic wrapping over concerns about saving the oceans from waste. “Nude zones” and “Food in the Nude” campaigns are already being rolled out in places such as New Zealand and South Africa.
Single-use plastics have been banned in the Everest region to reduce the amounts of waste left by mountaineers. The new ban in Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality, home to Mount Everest, covers all plastic of less than 30 microns in thickness as well as drinks in plastic bottles.
Portugal has scrambled to find solutions to wildfires that have ravaged the country in recent years. Part of Portugal’s problem is that inland villages have shed their populations. The absence of shepherds, goatherds and farmers has left forest lands overgrown, allowing fires to spread and burn faster.
July 2019 was the warmest month across the globe ever recorded. With continued greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting impact on global temperatures, records will continue to be broken in the future, said Jean-Noel Thepaut, head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service.
The results indicated that water treatment alone was sufficient to cause an 18 per cent reduction in roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) infection rates. Adding sanitation and handwashing increased reduction to 22 per cent. The other parasitic infections examined did not have significant reductions from any of the interventions.
The heatwave that smashed high temperature records in five European countries a week ago is now over Greenland, accelerating the melting of the island’s ice sheet. The area of the Greenland ice sheet that is showing indications of melt has been growing daily, and hit a record 56.5% for this year on Wednesday.
Britain’s weather service says the country’s 10 hottest years since the 19th century have all occurred since 2002. The Met Office said in its State of the UK Climate report on Wednesday that 2014 was the warmest year in records going back to 1884. The runners-up are 2006, 2011, 2007, 2017, 2003, 2018, 2004, 2002 and 2005.
Henderson Island is an uninhabited coral atoll that lies halfway between New Zealand and Peru, with 5,500km of the ocean in either direction. Despite its extreme isolation, a freak confluence of geography and ocean currents means Henderson has one of the highest concentrations of plastic pollution on the planet with an estimated 18 tonnes of accumulated plastic.
Underwater melting of tidewater glaciers is occurring much faster than previously thought, according to a study which could lead to improved forecasting of climate-driven sea level rise. The study, published in the journal Science, shows that the prevailing theory for melt significantly underestimates melt rates.
The tiger population in the country is likely to show a rise of 400, which is an 18-20% hike over the 2014 number of 2,226. PM Narendra Modi is expected to announce the final figure on Monday, which is Global Tiger Day. People in the know told TOI that it would be in excess of 2600. In 2006, the tiger count was 1,411 followed by 1,726 in 2010.
Only 150 Great Indian Bustard are left, with the maximum number in Jaisalmer. They are dying at the rate of 15 per cent annually due to collision with high voltage power lines. The GIB population has been reduced by 75 per cent in the last 30 years.
Greenland may lose 4.5 per cent of its ice by the end of this century - contributing up to 13 inches of sea level rise - if worldwide greenhouse gas emissions remain on their current trajectory, a study has warned.
The number of crocodile attacks could rise due to global warming, an Australian expert said on Sunday. Adam Britton, a zoologist from the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University, said that as temperatures rise, crocodiles will move into areas that they never previously inhabited, reports Xinhua news agency.
Apple has announced biggest-ever price drop for its smartphones in India. Under the new pricing, iPhone 6S (128GB), carying an MRP of Rs 82,000, will now be available at an MRP of Rs 60,000. iPhone 6s Plus (128GB) will now be available at an MRP of Rs 70,000, the smartphone too has received a price cut of Rs 22,000. Apple's 4-inch smartphone iPhone SE, too has got a price cut. The 64GB version of iPhone SE will now be available at Rs 44,000.
Fitness tracking wearables maker Fitbit recently launched its Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness trackers in India. While the Flex 2 is priced at Rs 9,499, the more expensive Charge 2 bears a price tag of Rs 14,999. The new Fitbit Charge 2 has a heart-rate monitor, a feature previously limited to the 'HR' edition of the Charge only. It comes with a touch-sensitive OLED display, as well as a 3-axis accelerometer, an altimeter and a vibration motor. Fitbit Charge 2 syncs with its companion smartphone app over Bluetooth.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is a man of few words. In an interview to Washington Post, the usually reticent CEO of one of the world's most valuable company talked about a number of things including the 'enormous India opportunity', Steve Jobs, mistakes made during his tenure so far and much more.
Reliance Communications and Aircel will hold 50% stake each in the new combined entity, which will be listed later. Both companies will also transfer debt of Rs 14,000 crore each. As for the net worth of the new company, it’ll be around Rs 35,000 crore.
Although a significant increase, Android Marshmallow still lies below Android Lollipop, and Kitkat on the list. As per the latest distribution numbers, Android Lollipop 5.0 and v5.1 together run on 35% Android devices, followed by Android Kitkat 4.4 with a 27.7% share.
The feature lets users browse through groups divided into 25 categories such as parenting, sports, food, buy & sell and more. Each topic page highlights the top suggested groups, based on popularity and group members that users might already know.
Lenovo-owned Motorola is all set to launch its latest budget smartphone – Moto E3 Power, in India. The company has confirmed on its social channels that it will be launching the Moto E3 Power at an event scheduled for September 19. The smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipakrt.
Several user reports and news websites mentioned that after the installation process the handset showed an error prompting users to plug it to iTunes on a PC. On connecting, another error cropped up which read, “There is a problem with the iPhone 'iPhone' that requires it to be updated or restored.”
Apple has announced that it will be adding the ability to capture RAW images to iPhones, starting with iOS 10. While the stock iOS camera app doesn’t have the functionality to capture RAW images, iPhone users can use Adobe’s Lightroom app for the same.
Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover has found the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during its mission on the red planet, the US space agency said. It is likely that the rocks in the area formed as layers of mud in ancient lakes. Other than proof that there was a significant amount of water once in Gale Crater, what these findings mean is still up for debate.
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US found that depression scores were 26 per cent lower for walnut consumers and eight per cent lower for consumers of other nuts, compared to those who did not eat nuts at all. Walnut consumption was more closely associated with higher energy levels and better concentration, compared to other nuts, a study said.
The repeating FRB was one of a total of 13 bursts detected over a period of just three weeks during the summer of 2018. Additional bursts from the repeating FRB were detected in following weeks. Of more than 60 FRBs observed to date, repeating bursts from a single source had been found only once before. Scientists have now detected the second repeating FRB ever recorded.
Mars is a planet of two halves. In places, the northern hemisphere of the planet sits a full few kilometres lower than the southern; this clear topographic split is known as the martian dichotomy, and is an especially distinctive feature on the Red Planet's surface.
According to researchers from University at Buffalo in the US, 3D-printers leave unique 'fingerprints' on its products, which can be identified by their "PrinTracker". Like a common inkjet printer, 3D printers move back-and-forth while "printing" an object.
Xin Haibo, senior engineer with the Beijing Institute of Gardening Science and a member of the research team, said establishing the plant's genetic mechanism is valuable for breeding and editing the genomes of other co-ordinal plants.
The causative agent of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is a highly successful pathogen which can survive and grow in humans for decades. Researchers have identified a novel regulatory mechanism, which when deactivated, results in the death of tuberculosis pathogen, an advance that could pave the way for new drugs to prevent the disease.
Enamel, located on the outer part of our teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and enables our teeth to function for a large part of our lifetime despite biting forces, exposure to acidic foods and drinks and extreme temperatures.
Over the years, several theories have been proposed to explain the reduction in the amount of blood the heart can pump; this was even of interest to the scientists involved in the first summit of Mount Everest in the 1950's.
The discovery, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota in the US, could be used to improve sensors, devices in the computer memory and logic industry, or other devices using magnetic materials.
Scientists are developing 'happy space suits' that can monitor symptoms of depression in astronauts, and provide real time feedback to improve the atmosphere of the spacecraft as well as boost the occupants' mood.
The findings, published in the journal Science, will help scientists solve the half-century-old mystery of how 'jets' of particles travelling at nearly the speed of light shoot out of black holes' magnetic fields, while everything else is sucked into their abysses.
A compound commonly used in hair bleach, hydrogen peroxide, was the vital ingredient in rock pores around underwater heat vents that set in train a sequence of chemical reactions that led to the first forms of life, according to lead researcher Rowena Ball from the Australian National University (ANU).
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Hepatitis C Treatment – Research have developed a new drug which reduces the time by half in hepatitis C treatment. The drug is called Boceprevir and is developed by Merck and Vertex. It blocks hepatitis virus producing enzyme rotease, hence treating hepatitis C disease.
Girls, here are some things you may want to watch out for while having sex. And boys, send your women the link. Top of the charts of women's common mistakes is the obsession they have with themselves.
Exercise has several positive effects on the body including your sex drive. Read about the ways it can have a positive effect on your sexual stamina and drive.
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Manele Labidi’s debut feature “Arab Blues,” a comedy with little bite and less imagination, coasts on the offhanded charm and sincerity of its star Golshifteh Farahani. Farahani plays Selma, a Parisian psychotherapist who returns to her hometown of Tunis to open up a practice on the roof of her extended family’s apartment building. Her anchoring presence, one informed by a believable sense of existential isolation, goes a long way to grounding what’s otherwise a too-cute, well-tread examination of clashing cultures that goes for the easiest joke at every opportunity.
Naturally, the Tunisian community, conditioned to bottle up their issues rather than coping with them, responds with skepticism to Selma’s practice, but as anyone can surely guess, the people take to talk therapy like a horse to water. Soon, Selma helps out everyone in town: a depressed imam, a salon owner with mother issues, a paranoid ex-con, and a man struggling with feelings of gender dysphoria, the latter of which evolves into bad, possibly transphobic schtick. She later addresses the deep dysfunction within her own extended family—an alcoholic uncle, a dissatisfied aunt, a rebellious cousin, all of whom can’t understand why she left a cosmopolitan city to return to the barren desert. Meanwhile, a handsome cop (Majd Mastoura) alternatively flirts with Selma and threatens to shut down her practice if she doesn’t file the proper bureaucratic paperwork.
The therapy material leans too heavily on obvious, saccharine insights, and the cultural humor, most of which trades in gentle stereotyping and predictable archetypes, feels tailor-made for what’s left of the stagnant arthouse crowd. But Farahani does a lot by playing the straight woman in an ensemble directed to play to the cheap seats. Her character’s inevitable, subtext-explaining monologue aside, Farahani invests Selma with a determination that comes from a lifetime of being professionally and personally unfulfilled, not to mention living down a complicated family history. She wants to help her people, even if she has to drag them, along with culture and the government, kicking and screaming into her office. Props to her: it’s genuinely difficult to render that motivation credible while surrounded by cartoons.
"White Lie,” about a student who struggles to keep her fake cancer diagnosis a secret, mostly succeeds because it abstains from reducing its protagonist to a simple psychology. Written and directed by Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis, the film doesn’t tip its hand about why exactly Katie (Kacey Rohl) wants to defraud the Ontario public, or better still, why she wouldn’t give up after so many close calls. She has a Kickstarter campaign, but she can neither access nor be seen enriching herself with those funds in the short term. Plus, any cash donations she receives from concerned peers goes to maintaining the ruse. (Apparently, it costs time and money to procure illegal medications, forge medical records, and buy people’s silence.) Katie doesn’t have a goal for the money aside from a vague plan about going to Seattle, something that could be achieved without going to such emotionally manipulative lengths. She doesn’t even relish the attention, mostly keeping to herself and meekly accepting gratitude. It’s as if she’s doing it because she’s convinced herself it’s real and it’s working and she can’t stop now.
Thomas and Lewis include some implied social commentary in “White Lie” about the ways in which people’s curatorial, brand-conscious impulses on social media can be used to perpetrate illusions small and large. There’s a sliding scale between selectively posting photos on Instagram to convey the image of a good vacation and using those same tools to create a benefit for a person with a fake disease. But “White Lie” is least interesting when it leans into that angle, which happens mostly towards the very end. It works much better as a psychological thriller with the character portraiture filtered through backdoor dealing and the danger of being discovered. Thomas and Lewis mine great tension from watching Rohl improvise her way through doctor’s offices, administrative meetings, and interpersonal relationships, all with the hammer waiting to fall just out of sight. She’s a sociopathic-grade liar with the organizational skills of an overworked undergrad.
Rohl necessarily carries the film on her shoulders, convincing everyone along with the audience of her plight through crocodile tears and pleas to rationality. It’s interesting to watch her survey a situation and adjust facial expressions and tone of voice accordingly. She has the visage of a frightened kid staring down the barrel of a fatal disease but the emotional framework of a practiced abuser. The only person she can’t fool is her father (Martin Donovan, a welcome cameo), who very quickly susses out her daughter’s scam because she pulled the same con before, albeit on a much smaller scale. It’s very interesting indeed to watch how Rohl plays the uncomfortable moments with her dad in person and on the phone. The mask slips occasionally, and you see the real Katie, even if it’s only for a few seconds. Like many other scammers of this particular era, she’s pretty much what you expect, which isn’t all that impressive.
I had not seen any of Angela Schanelec’s work prior to viewing her tenth feature “I Was at Home, But…” A friend told me two things about her: 1) she’s considered one of the more austere stylists to emerge from the Berlin School of filmmaking, which has produced breakthroughs like Christian Petzold and Maren Ade, and 2) her films feature cryptic plots that eschew traditional narrative signifiers. The programmer who introduced “I Was at Home, But…” describe it as a “puzzle film,” and Schanelec cautioned the audience not to worry about connecting all the dots. The goal, she says, was to think intuitively.
About halfway through the film, a few threads emerge from the thicket of Bresson-inspired imagery: Astrid (Maren Eggert) struggles with the pains of daily life as she grieves her late husband and adjusts to the sudden reappearance of Phillip (Jakob Lasalle), her 13-year-old son; multiple scenes featuring an oft-stilted classroom production of “Hamlet” starring young schoolchildren, including Phillip, which functions as an allusive chorus of sorts; and lastly, a minor subplot involving one of Phillip’s teachers (Franz Rogowski) who tries to save a doomed relationship. Schanelec doesn’t impose a linear narrative, so events occur out of order and only crystallize when settings, characters, and stray lines of dialogue recur. There are also scenes of nature that serve as bookends: a dog chases a rabbit; a donkey surveys his territory while the dog eats his prey; the dog sleeps next to the donkey.
It’s either a fool’s errand or beyond my grasp to definitively state how these threads correspond with each other or what they’re supposed to signify. Schanelec relegates meaning to lateral echoes of comparable situations or trauma—absent fathers, errant alienation, strained relationships. I suspect piercing together a coherent narrative is entirely beside the point; it’s not a puzzle, but rather an inkblot. Obviously, this modus operandi isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. A friend who also attended the screening admitted to not getting the film and expressed frustration with Schanelec’s pre-show advice. The next day, I overheard a person venting about how much he loathed it to his colleague.
I mostly appreciated “I Was at Home, But…” for its many formal pleasures. Schanelec’s patient approach to shot duration charges individual scenes, providing them with unexpected depth through the nature of studied observation. She interrogates Bressonian modes of acting through the film’s various performances, culminating in a lengthy monologue on the subject that’s a defense of the theory delivered in an ideologically oppositional manner. (For more on that particular scene, Schanelec’s relationship with Bresson, and more, I invite you to read Vadim Rizov’s thorough write-up of the film at Filmmaker Magazine.) The film’s syntactical structure frequently excites because the aesthetic framework engages the eye and it allows for surprising ruptures to occur. These include scenes of outright comedy, including an amusing runner involving a bicycle sale, and a sudden flashback to Astrid and her two children dancing in front of a mirror, set to M. Ward’s acoustic cover of “Let’s Dance.” Even if the destination isn’t always, the journey, however challenging, can still be edifying.
Edward Norton bought the rights to Jonathan Lethem’s “Motherless Brooklyn” when it was first published in 1999. It was a good time for the young actor: he was riding high on an Oscar nomination for “American History X,” was about to co-star in “Fight Club,” and would soon direct his first feature “Keeping the Faith.” “Motherless Brooklyn” eventually fell into development hell, stymied by production delays and script changes and busy schedules. Meanwhile, Norton weathered his own career highs and lows throughout the 2000s, including a brief, doomed stint with the MCU in its early years, evolving into a reliable supporting player this past decade. But he never abandoned “Motherless Brooklyn,” or his unique take on the novel. Now, after twenty years, it has finally arrived, and sadly, it’s a dud.
“Motherless Brooklyn” retains a few essential elements from the novel: the protagonist, private investigator Lionel Essrog (Norton); the character’s Tourette Syndrome; and the novel’s first chapter, featuring a stakeout gone wrong that ends with the death of his mentor Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). He jettisons almost everything else from the source material, most notably the time period, which he shifts from the ’90s to the ’50s, and the plot, which features a Robert Moses-esque figure, Moses Randolph (Alec Baldwin), whose urban development projects threatens to displace black families from their Brooklyn neighborhoods. In the film, Essrog works together with activist Laura Rose (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) to discover the link between Minna’s murder and Randolph’s new real estate project.
Lethem reportedly signed off on Norton’s version of his work, which stems from the director’s concerns that characters inspired by post-war gumshoes would read as ironic if they were traipsing around ’90s New York. Yet, the characters’ period-appropriate language and demeanor doesn’t suddenly negate the film’s many conceptual flaws. Its “Chinatown”-meets-“The Power Broker” narrative sprawls too far in every direction for it to properly communicate Norton’s considerable interest in mid-’50s New York as ground zero for institutional racism and corruption. The insights are obvious and the surprises never accumulate any emotional weight. Even if the plot was focused or compelling enough to retain audience interest across its bloated runtime, the film’s large ensemble cast can’t seem to evince believability as hardboiled archetypes. Most everyone, save for possibly Mbatha-Raw and Michael K. Williams, comes across like they’re playing dress-up. And the less said about Norton’s strained attempts to connect his “Motherless Brooklyn” to our political climate the better. If it weren’t simply relegated to allusions in the plot, it might have been fine, but Baldwin’s performance is specifically designed to recall Trump in cringeworthy ways. He even recites key phrases uttered by our President, e.g. “I moved on her…”
Maybe if Norton had been faithful to Lethem’s book, “Motherless Brooklyn” would have been more successful, but even a straightforward rendering would have to reckon with translating Essrog’s neurological disorder to the screen. In the novel, Lethem uses Essrog’s Tourette’s primarily as a linguistic device, to illustrate how the character mentally plays with language as a deduction tool. Naturally, that goes by the wayside in a filmic version, leaving an actor of Norton’s caliber to properly bring it to life. Unfortunately, Norton never quite organically integrates his character’s Tourette’s into the overall performance, i.e. he primarily breaks up his otherwise standard noir leading man theatrics with “Rain Man”-like outbursts. The fact that you can mentally bifurcate his performance into two modes indicates that it’s not convincing in the sum of its parts. That’s putting aside the problematic minefield of an able-minded actor playing this character at all.
There are a few winning moments in “Motherless Brooklyn”—a dance scene between Norton and Mbatha-Raw features genuinely tender chemistry, and Norton imbues the opening sequence with some necessary tension—and yet the film feels both rudderless and hollow from the jump. It’s a shame that such an arduous journey from page to screen produced such an inconsequential creation.
In Kazik Radwanski’s “Anne at 13,000 ft,” Anne (Deragh Campbell) works at a Toronto daycare with her soon-to-be-married friend Sarah (Dorothea Paas). Though Anne connects with the kids in her care, her cheerful disposition barely masks her turbulent mental state, which comes in the forms of anxiety and depression. She bickers with her fellow teachers, who pick on her for not following the district rules, and struggles with social faux pas involving her boyfriend Matt (Matt Johnson), whom she introduces to her parents too fast. Sometimes her recklessness affects her work, but it primarily weighs down her aimless personal life. Anne’s life on the ground can’t compete with the high of skydiving, which she has been chasing ever since she first jumped out of a plane at Sarah’s bachelorette party.
The skydiving-as-emotional-serenity metaphor might be a tad hoary, especially in moments like when Anne stands on the daycare center roof to recapture the feeling of being in the air. Nevertheless, Campbell’s spiky-cum-vulnerable performance combined with Radwanski’s intimate direction creates a portrait of a woman in crisis that manifests itself in low-boil unease. Radwanski takes a playful approach to his subject’s emotional volatility by placing her in a high-stress work environment; Anne might not always be up to the responsibilities of dealing with children, especially when she’s hungover or depressed, but the workplace isn’t exactly supportive or healthy either. Her bristly demeanor bounces off her environments until it creates a feedback loop of instability, neatly captured by Radwanski’s handheld style, which moves into uncomfortable close-ups and generates tension even in gentle spaces. It’s only the scenes of Anne prepping for her next skydiving run, waiting to feel the adrenaline rush of falling from a great height, that feature a woman at peace.
Federico Veiroj’s “The Moneychanger” chronicles the tragicomic rise-and-relative-fall of Humberto Baruse (Daniel Handler), a schmuck whose lack of conscience and economic savvy helped him launder money for unsavory clients through the neutral Uruguay for over two decades. We watch as Baruse’s inability to decline illegal transactions both provide him with material gain and degrade large parts of his soul. His reckless personal nature alienates him from his comically domineering wife Gudrun (Dolores Fonzi), destroys his health, ruins his business, and threatens his safety. Yet, Baruse’s blank savant-like expression endears him to many and masks his cunning. His general haplessness affords him sympathy but his low-key ruthlessness and indifference to collateral damage puts him in line with the gangsters who patrol his office.
Like other films of its ilk, “The Moneychanger” explains in no uncertain terms why financial malfeasance has been part of society since the beginning (the film opens with Jesus throwing moneychangers, people like Baruse, out of the temple) and how those in power write the rules so that corruption can be accepted without complaint. Handler’s comic performance and Veiroj’s matter-of-fact style do a good job of setting the film apart from its peers. Moral handholding has been replaced by casual, unfettered irony, with Handler’s shifting eyebrows and pained visage acting as a guide through an ethically compromised world. Like Scorsese’s gangsters, Baruse looks to the church, particularly the choir, to wash away his sins while monologuing self-aware diatribes about how he’s the root of evil. Hypocrisy abounds, so when his wife ball-busts him and controls his coffee intake along a multi-mile radius, his plight might be a source of comedy but hardly pity. He’s earned his fair share of suffering.
It’s all fairly straightforward, but credit to Veiroj for emphasizing the general unsexiness of such behavior, emphasized by the film’s earth-heavy tones befitting the period aesthetic. Everyone might be wearing fancy suits, but cash will be stuffed into them like a duffel bag. Baruse might be hobnobbing with the powerful, but he still has to return home to a resentful family. When the inevitable heart attack arrives, it levels Baruse to the land of the mortals. Except that Veiroj emphasizes that he’s been there the whole time, even if he doesn’t realize it.
Monday night at the Toronto International Film Festival felt more like an awards season event than any other, as donors, industry leaders, and artists gathered at the Fairmont Hotel to honor some of the best in the business, including a few living legends. The inaugural event was a joyous affair, highlighted by emotional acceptance speeches and professional presentations. One would never know it was the first year TIFF attempted this kind of affair, and it seems clear that it’s one they will repeat in the future. A few highlights:
One of the most interesting things about the Gala was the unusual order of the event, which was likely dictated by getting honorees back in time to do introductions and Q&As for their films playing across town. After Roger Deakins accepted the Variety Artisan Award, Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman took to the stage to honor their co-star in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat,” presenting Meryl Streep with the TIFF Tribute Actor Award. They read through her incredible stats as an award nominee and introduced a clip reel that reminded the room of her stunning resume. The video highlighted her breathtaking range and the scope of her career, including scenes from dozens of films.
When Streep took the stage, she made sure to thank the Canadian audience, name-checking artists from the country as diverse as Martin Short, Glenn Gould, and Neil Young. She then pivoted to serious subject matter, commenting on something very important to her at this stage of her career, highlighting stories of and by women. And she noted how for the last decade she’s careful to consider what her choices add to the world, noting that she asks herself if what she’s appearing in adds to the “toxicity” of the world. “We should all do the things that count,” she said, leading one to marvel at the great performances she may still have ahead of her.
The event turned musical with a special tribute for a legendary Canadian in David Foster, who was in town to support a documentary about his life in Barry Avrish’s “TK.” Foster was joyous and very funny, telling a story about how “Take My Breath Away” beat “The Glory of Love” at the Oscars, and even presenting an edited clip of his song from “The Karate Kid, Part II” over “Top Gun” to argue that his would have won were it in a different movie. One of the highlights of the night was two singing presentations in which Foster played the piano, accompanied by Pia Toscano and Shelea Frazier on the classics from “The Bodyguard,” “I Have Nothing” and “I Will Always Love You.”
Another TIFF Tribute Actor Award followed, this one presented by Willem Dafoe to the incredible Joaquin Phoenix, earning raves for his work in “Joker.” Phoenix, as he often does, seemed uncomfortable at first, coming up on stage before Dafoe was anywhere near done with his introduction and reading it beside him. He then jokingly said “Thanks” and turned to leave, muttering “I so want to.” He’s a guy who has never been that comfortable in the spotlight, but it was fascinating to see him give into the moment, and start to talk about his family’s impact on his career. He even told the story of River Phoenix coming to his house when he was young and considering giving up, showing him “Raging Bull” two days in a row and encouraging him to find his art again. Joaquin was clearly emotional, and it felt like what could be the first of many acceptance speeches this awards season.
The elegant Isabelle Huppert took the stage next to present the Mary Pickford Award to the director “Atlantics,” Mati Diop. The actress/director was graceful and gracious, commenting more on the legacy of Mary Pickford than herself really. It was nice to see the legacy of female directors handed down over the generations.
Finally, the event of the night was the presentation of the Ebert Director Award to Taika Waititi. Chaz Ebert took the stage, even singing a bit with David Foster back at the piano, before introducing the surprise guest of Guillermo del Toro, who presented his friend Waititi with the Golden Thumb. Waititi’s energy and joy were boundless, clearly a bit uncomfortable in the spotlight but also practically bursting at the seams with happiness over how much the world seems to be honoring him right now. He spoke a bit about his upbringing – “Film was not on any list of job opportunities” – and gave a speech that arguably rambled at times, but it also stood out against so many dry awards season speeches. It was a great cap to an unforgettable event.
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The 2019 version of Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival was an interesting one, especially after the high-profile splash the program made in 2018. That year, two of the biggest studio projects of the entire festival found their way into the late night offerings in the reboots of “The Predator” and “Halloween,” which led many to believe that a similar pattern would emerge this year, possibly with additions like “Zombieland 2” or “Doctor Sleep.” That didn’t happen. In fact, Midnight Madness went hard in the other direction, premiering an eclectic group of films from around the world, and the biggest name in the entire program belonged to the master Takashi Miike. Sadly, I didn’t get to much of the program this year merely because of scheduling conflicts, but I heard some good things about “The Platform” and “Color Out of Space.” The two I did see in Toronto this year were disappointments, but there’s one marvelous story of an indie darling that somehow worked its way from Slamdance to TIFF to Amazon that is simply wonderful to see happen.
I was pumped for “The Vigil” from the concept alone: “A Jewish Exorcist.” Sign me up. Judaism has a long history of stories of supernatural happenings and beliefs that reflect a thin line between reality and the afterlife. So a single-setting piece that works on these deeply-held tenets of the faith has a ton of potential. Sadly, director Keith Thomas doesn’t trust his own themes or visual sense, swallowing his entire film up in abrasive sound design and a reliance on jump scares. Instead of getting enraptured in the horror of what’s happening, I kept thinking, “Dude, turn it down.”
Dave Davis has to be given ample credit for what is basically a one-man show. He plays a young Jewish man in Boro Park, Brooklyn, who is asked to be a shomer for a recently deceased member of the community (he’s asked by Menashe Lustig, star of “Menashe”). A shomer is a respected position of someone who watches over the body overnight to keep it from demons. Of course, this is usually a symbolic position, but not tonight, as he learns that this man was haunted by an entity who now needs a new human home. The opening scenes of isolation and creepy sounds in dark rooms quickly give way to screeching music and sound design that drain everything of its potential emotional impact.
In a very different way, I had a similarly detached response to Takashi Miike’s “First Love,” a movie that had been sold to me a Miike thrill ride, which sets a certain pedestal height from the man who directed “Ichi the Killer” that this film does not meet. There are definitely things to like here, including Miike’s consummate craftsmanship during a few intense sequences, but it never comes together in a way that I found truly entertaining. It’s minor Miike, which means fans of his should still plan to see it, but temper those expectations more than I did and you might be happier.
“First Love,” which is an incredibly generic title for a movie this goofy, is basically Miike’s riff on “True Romance” as a boxer with a brain tumor (Masataka Kubota) and a drug addict (Sakurako Konish) end up on the run together, chased by some deadly villains. Miike’s 104th film (!!!) is another one of his offerings with memorable characters doing vicious things – one of the first shots is a beheading – but there’s a passion missing here that you can find in his best work. I wanted a bit more energy and melodrama in a film that sometimes feels like it’s going through the motions. Sure, the motions may be crazy, but there’s something hollow about this experience that’s less lacking in Miike’s best work. It’s a movie I enjoyed reasonably while watching and forgot entirely the second it was over, which could be the product of fest exhaustion or a hint that this won’t stand out much against Miike’s 100+ other films.
From a 104th film to a 1st, this is the joy of fest programming. One of the biggest stories of the year in terms of genre film has to be Andrew Patterson’s clever “The Vast of Night,” a movie that world premiered at Slamdance, the indie cousin to Sundance that takes place just up the hill during that annual event. From the minute it played in Park City, people were talking about this movie, but even that kind of buzz doesn’t always lead to a major slot at TIFF and then an acquisition by Amazon. I love that people are going to get to see this smart, taut little indie genre piece, a film I’ve thought about a lot since I saw it much earlier this year.
“The Vast of Night” is showy, filled with long takes and intricate sound design, but it’s also much smarter than a lot of films by young filmmakers that feel designed merely to show off techniques learned in film school. It takes place near the end of the ‘50s when some young people in a New Mexico town learn of some strange happenings nearby – yes, you can do the math between the era and the location in the same state as Roswell, although this is not your typical indie alien movie. It feels like a piece of work heavily inspired by things like “The Twilight Zone” and “The X-Files,” which is rarely a bad thing. Like a lot of debuts, it sometimes feels stretched to meet a running time – there’s a brilliant short film in here – but it’s never boring and often riveting. More than almost any other film this year, it is a great representation of the “calling card movie,” a film that announces a talent to watch. It has that echo of something like Christopher Nolan’s “Following,” an imperfect film that still heralded a major talent, which, believe it or not, also premiered at Slamdance. Don’t be surprised if Patterson follows the same path.
The world of film festivals allows for multiple writers at a site like ours to see the same film, offering a “second take” dynamic. I was interested to see what I could add to the conversation already started by the excellent pieces by Glenn Kenny and Tomris Laffly posted on this site from Venice and Telluride, respectively, about two of the most-buzzed films of the fest circuit. What’s interesting is how much I ended up agreeing with both of them on two films, at least one of which is adding up to be this year’s most divisive.
Let’s start there. Todd Phillips’ “Joker” uses issues and themes like mental illness, social isolation, and trauma like a clown uses makeup. It slathers them on in a way that feels superficial and unearned. I think Phillips knows this. Having had a chance to roll it over in my head for a few days, I’m increasingly convinced that Phillips wouldn’t argue that “Joker” is saying anything deep about mental illness, and the accusation that his film is a hollow provocation might actually be met with a “Yeah, that’s the point” from the director. He’s using concepts explored in films he loves like “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy” like how a lot of people approach these films: two-dimensionally. His take on Travis Bickle’s frustrated nihilism is no deeper than the poster of De Niro interrogating himself in the mirror hanging on a dorm room wall. And that creates a fascinating conundrum at the heart of the “Joker” conversation. Is this is a film made by someone aiming for something deep and missing, or someone very purposefully skimming the surface? And does it matter in the end? Either way, “Joker” is an angry, vicious, shallow piece of work that may have a complex performance in its center but is so simple in every other way that it ultimately leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
From his first appearance, Joaquin Phoenix is all-in on a representation of the man who would become a legendary comic book villain as a mentally unhinged loner. A clown for hire, Arthur Fleck has little going on in his life, and even his therapy sessions end in disagreements. He suffers a neurological disorder, which means he bursts into uncomfortable laughter when he’s uncomfortable, and he’s a constant target of bullying in the troubled city of Gotham. His mother regularly tries to contact the wealthy Thomas Wayne (father of Bruce, of course) for help, but these people have been left behind, and a series of events is about to propel Arthur into the violent spotlight. Meanwhile, his obsession with a talk-show host played by Robert De Niro grows along with his vigilante adrenaline.
What I’ll remember most about Phoenix’s performance is its physicality. He contorts his arms and face in ways he hasn’t really before, capturing a man who looks like he’s uncomfortable in his own skin. Phoenix commits to every moment of “Joker,” but it creates a constant push-and-pull between performer and production. What we’re supposed to take away from Fleck’s transformation is never clear and sometimes incredibly frustrating, and it’s here where fans and critics of the film will divide. For example, when Fleck triumphantly marches down the stairs to Gary Glitter, is Phillips commenting on how that song has been used to cheer on violent athletes over the years, challenging people who would consider using a Glitter song at this point controversial, or does he just think it sounds cool? My gut says Option C. Fans will argue Option A or B, finding meaning in the excess that I'm just not convinced is really there. For me, “Joker” somehow takes itself deadly seriously but also feels distinctly like it’s playing a joke on critics and audiences who want to read anything deeper into it. I can understand some appreciating “Joker” as a poke in the eye to any sort of critical establishment, but when people start to dissect the “deeper meaning” in this disappointing endeavor, that’s when I’m gonna send in the clowns.
Much more satisfying is another fest darling about a man on the edge of sanity himself, Josh & Benny Safdie’s “Uncut Gems,” featuring career-best work by Adam Sandler. The comedian has played characters before who have butted up against their own limitations, but never with such dramatic, terrifying urgency as in this story, one that recalls his excellent work in “Punch-Drunk Love.” The Safdies have made an adrenaline-fueled, very New York story about a man constantly trying to climb his way out of the deep hole he’s dug for himself but only ends up piling more dirt on his own head. Sandler is fearless and fascinating in one of the best films of the year.
Sandler plays Howard Ratner, a Jewish jeweler in New York who has bet it all on a rare opal that he’s imported from Ethiopia and is preparing to sell. Ratner is the kind of bling salesman who encounters celebrities every now and then, so it’s not that surprising when his business partner Damany (a fantastic Lakeith Stanfield) brings in Kevin Garnett (playing himself, and playing him very well) to the store. Ratner shows Garnett the rock and the Boston Celtic, nearby for the 2012 Conference Finals against the Sixers, wants it. Bad. Before the auction that's scheduled to sell it, Garnett offers to take it for good luck for tonight’s game. And, from there, chaos basically ensues.
There’s way more going on in Ratner’s life than just a life-changing sale that could fall apart because of a professional NBA player. He also owes some very tough guys a lot of money, has a deep gambling addiction, and is juggling a girlfriend (Julia Fox) and a family life with a wife played by Idina Menzel. Sandler brings his jittery energy to a man who feels like he is constantly on the edge of massive success or potentially lethal failure. His existence is that of a thrown basketball, bouncing off the rim and hanging in mid-air before it either sinks or rebounds back into the chaos of life. The Safdies start their film with the volume at 11 and never turn it down, propelling viewers through their violent, profanity-laden intensity for over two hours. There are not a lot of performers who could ride that kind of energy, but Sandler is up to the challenge. Any argument remaining about Sandler's ability as an actor should finally end here.
Many movies are about a want or a need for something more in life. Maybe the lead character is on a personal journey to discover their worth, find a true connection or follow their passion. Perhaps they’re just working to survive, get through the day in a world that threatens to swallow them whole. At their core, these desires feel universal, because most anyone in the audience can relate to these characters’ struggles, even if the details in these stories sets us far apart.
The ache to make things work is deeply felt in Ken Loach’s latest film, “Sorry We Missed You.” Updating the kitchen sink drama for the gig economy, the movie follows Ricky (Kris Hitchen) as he takes on impossible hours, demands and tasks as a subcontracted deliveryman in the hopes that he might be able to better provide for his family. It’s heartbreaking to watch the day-to-day negotiations Ricky makes with himself and his family to justify such austere working conditions and exploitive business practice. Outside of the van, Ricky has other worries mounting, including his wife’s job in danger after he sold her car and his son’s increasingly rebellious behavior. “Sorry We Missed You” isn’t too fussy about its framing or cinematography, giving it almost a documentary-like quality at times, which is sadly fitting since Paul Laverty’s unflinching script is based on a true story.
In Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” the ache that drives its characters’ passion is love. Brought together by a chance assignment, a painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) and her subject Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) are forced to learn how to work together and work with one another to please the lady of the house, Héloïse’s mother. Surrounded by the beauty of the French countryside and given hours to spend time together, the two young women eventually discover that they’re developing feelings for one another. However, this is a costume drama set back a few centuries to the time of lace-up corsets and dangerously wide hoop skirts. A love like theirs would never be tolerated. So for now, they must agree to settle on longing stares at each other and the occasionally hidden tryst. Their relationship burns at a slow pace, and it’s not until later in the movie do the stakes rise and flirtation becomes foreplay. The shots in “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” look so exquisitely composed and inked with deep, rich oil painting-like colors that many times it does look like a series of portraits. Men are almost entirely absent from the frame, which gives each character in the household even more space to develop and reveal their struggles and desires.
Along more traditional lines of a hero’s journey is Unjoo Moon’s “I Am Woman,” a feminist biopic about a determined Australian singer Helen Reddy (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) who moves to New York to become a star. Of course, when she gets to the city, it doesn’t quite work out as she had imagined it. Her quest is to get her big break into the music business, and the audience follows Reddy as she faces off against a husband who’s not always in her corner and sexist music execs. She’s fighting in a man’s world, and Reddy knows it. At least for a time, she’s got the support of a friend who’s a journalist, Lilian (Danielle Macdonald). Their relationship is so much more interesting to watch over time instead of the showbiz husband and wife act that’s falling apart. The two friends must deal with fame, changing fortunes and distance, and there’s a hard lesson in the movie about enjoying every minute you have with the people that matter in your life. Fortunately, Reddy’s career aspirations lined up nicely with the rise of the women’s movement and the anthem she pens about the female experience earns the scorn of male executives for being “too angry.” She has the last laugh when her record with the movie’s title song becomes a hit and opens doors for her that men weren’t willing to hold for her. In life as in movies, not everyone may get what they want or need. We root for these characters because they may face the same impossible odds we have. When they do get what they're looking for, the gratifying feeling isn’t just restricted to the screen – it’s ours to share as well.
Just because something works in one medium doesn’t mean it automatically will in another. There’s an egotism in Hollywood that often leads people to assume that anything—a TV show, a play, certainly a Pulitzer Prize-winning book—can be made into a feature film. But the urgency of being in a theater with actors, the depth allowed by hundreds of pages in a book, the episodic structure of television—you simply can’t mimic it. And there may be no better example of that blind assumption than John Crowley’s “The Goldfinch,” which adapts Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winner with disastrous results, zapping it of all nuance, leaving only the plot, which wasn’t exactly the source material's strength. If Tartt’s book is about grief and the sudden trauma that can derail a life’s trajectory, Crowley’s film feels like it doesn’t understand either of those things at all, merely using them as exploitative decoration on a beautiful but shockingly hollow experience.
The title of the book and movie refers to a painting that was on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art on the day that Theo Decker’s life changed forever. Theo (Oakes Fegley) was there with his mother when a terrorist attack happened, killing her and others, and leaving rubble. Theo awoke and took the painting, something that had survived for centuries, handed down over generations, but now looks like it could get lost in the grief spiral that Theo is about to enter over the next two decades of his life.
Before taking the painting, Theo is handed a ring by a dying man, and told to take it back to his partner Hobie (Jeffrey Wright). With his mother dead and his father MIA, young Theo becomes a part of two worlds—that of an upper-class family that takes him in, led by a matriarch played by Nicole Kidman, and the antiques shop run by Hobie. Of course, both are incredibly formative, and one of the strongest themes of this narrative is what Paul Auster calls “the music of chance”—the idea that random events, even tragedies, shape us into people we wouldn’t otherwise be.
If all of this sounds like deep, philosophical material, much of it is in Tartt’s book, but Peter Straughan’s incredibly frustrating screenplay diminishes almost all of the character detail from a book that’s dense with it. Over nearly 800 pages, told in first-person, Tartt has the freedom to get readers into the development of Theodore Decker in ways that they simply never figured out how to replicate on film. He’s a black hole at the center of this movie, someone who merely reacts to what is around him, and while Fegley is solid as the child version, poor Ansel Elgort completely loses his way as the older version. Although the poor dialogue and incredibly awkward handling of some of the action in the final act can’t really be blamed on hm. Overall, most of the performances are lacking—Kidman is wasted to an upsetting degree—with the possible exception of Wright, one of the few cast members who seems to be playing character more than plot.
There is a lot of money and talent behind “The Goldfinch” and so it looks “important.” After all, Roger Deakins shot it, and he’s not about to make an ugly movie. The costumes, the lavish interiors, even the score by Trevor Gureckis—it’s all designed to give the impression of a high-class, serious drama—sometimes called “prestige,” or, less kindly “awards bait.” And Crowley knows how to frame a shot—he certainly proved that in the excellent “Brooklyn.” But the desperate grandiosity of “The Goldfinch” eventually makes it sterile, draining the story of its humanity, and the audience's potential to have empathy for the characters' traumas. There's nothing below the surface of this soulless movie.
There’s a subplot in which Theo learns about cobbling together broken antiques to make them look new again. They aren’t original antiques, and Hobie warns him not to sell them as such. They’re fake, produced by machines from spare parts and lacking the human touch of the real thing. If a film ever had a better in-story symbol of its own failing, I can’t think of it.
This review was filed from the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2019.
Jennifer Lopez struts onto the main stage of a cavernous strip club in “Hustlers” to the blaring tune of Fiona Apple’s late ‘90s anthem “Criminal”—the first line of which, “I’ve been a bad, bad girl,” suggests the knowing, playful tease to come.
Lusty men in musty suits immediately begin throwing money at her legendary derriere—not Lopez’s, exactly, but that of the veteran exotic dancer she portrays, the impeccably preserved Ramona. Still, it’s hard to discern completely between Lopez the superstar and the larger-than-life character she plays in “Hustlers,” and that’s actually part of the pleasure of watching this career-best performance from the multi-talented multi-hyphenate. We know this figure—we know the swagger, the magnetism, the incandescent ability to work an audience—and yet, Lopez has repurposed and repackaged all her well-honed abilities here as a reminder that before she was known as J.Lo, she was a naturally gifted actress.
Seeing Lopez’s best screen work since her early heyday of “Selena” and “Out of Sight” isn’t the only reason to check out writer/director Lorene Scafaria’s crime drama, but it’s a huge draw. In telling the true story of a group of strippers who lured, drugged and fleeced their wealthy Wall Street clients out of millions, “Hustlers” as a whole is a blast, stomping and striding with the confidence of Lopez’s thrilling introduction.
Scafaria leans a bit too heavily into classic Scorsese filmmaking tactics: the matter-of-fact narration describing the scam, her use of slow motion and zooms to heighten the emotion of a moment, the pop, rock and R&B soundtrack ranging from Janet Jackson and Britney Spears to Bob Seger and The Four Seasons, with Chopin sprinkled throughout. (Her long, opening tracking shot—from a dressing room, through a hallway, onto the stage, down the stairs and out into the crowd—does provide an impressive, immersive entrée to this realm.) And perhaps we get one or two montages too many of the high-end shopping and lavish lifestyle these ladies enjoyed with their ill-gotten gains. It’s “Goodfellas” in a G-string. But Scafaria’s film is always a blast to watch, resulting in a surprising level of emotional depth.
Based closely on Jessica Pressler’s New York magazine article (with Julia Stiles serving as the journalist’s stand-in), “Hustlers” follows Constance Wu’s shy “new girl,” who goes by the stage name Destiny: a Queens native and child of immigrants navigating the world of Costco-sized strip clubs in The Big City. She’s doing it for financial survival to support the grandmother who raised her (Wai Ching Ho) and she doesn’t show much enthusiasm or talent for this pursuit at first. But seeing Ramona command the stage makes her realize how powerful—and lucrative—such work can be. The sequence in which Ramona and another stripper (Cardi B, a proud, Latina product of the Bronx like Jenny from the Block making her charismatic film debut) teach Destiny the finer points of pole spinning and lap dancing is hilarious and actually kind of sweet, and it’s an early indicator of the way these ladies look out for each other.
The money is good for a while, especially with Ramona and Destiny working together as a seductive duo in the champagne room. But then the 2008 recession hits—and it hits the Wall Street jerks hard, which means they have less cash to toss at people’s posteriors. The crazy, addictive energy of the film’s beginning eventually gives way to a more low-key tone as work dries up, the dancers go their separate ways and Destiny gives birth to a baby girl.
But desperation also inspires Ramona’s scheme to go after even bigger money: concocting a potent mix of MDMA and ketamine, sprinkling just a dash in the drink of an unsuspecting mark at a bar and then dragging him back to the strip club to drain his credit cards. (The drug-cooking sequence in the kitchen of Ramona’s minimalist Upper East Side apartment is lively and humorous but it also provides another unshakable “Goodfellas” comparison.) Ramona and Destiny recruit a couple of trusted fellow dancers—Keke Palmer’s Mercedes and Lili Reinhart’s Annabelle, who add to the cast’s chemistry—to create a diverse lineup of sirens, and the nightly heists kick into high gear.
Scafaria doesn’t seem terribly interested in examining the morality of the women’s crimes. She suggests that these guys have it coming to them by virtue of their chosen profession; they’re crooks and scam artists themselves, albeit of the white-collar variety. They’re also obnoxious, awful human beings for the most part, which seems to justify the women’s actions, as well. Rather, we’re meant to root for these hard-working ladies to bask in the glory of their much-deserved riches. It may seem shallow, but Scafaria makes a persuasive argument in amassing such a likable ensemble.
Ramona is, of course, the powerhouse driving the action; she’s both the brash ringleader and the warm mother hen, and Lopez fully embodies all her character’s contradictions and complexities. (Early on, during a chilly nighttime smoke break on the strip club rooftop, Ramona invites Destiny to climb inside her fur even before they’ve introduced themselves to each other. Who could possibly say no?) As Destiny, meanwhile, Wu gets to demonstrate more of an arc, transforming herself from wide-eyed neophyte to ruthless perpetrator. She also gets to show even more dramatic depth than her star-making performance in “Crazy Rich Asians” suggested. The teary-eyed bond between these two characters—their protective sisterhood in a world full of predators—feels unexpectedly substantive by the end, given the flashy, duplicitous nature of their dealings.
And walking out of “Hustlers,” you may experience a sensation similar to that of the strippers’ victims: You may not remember everything that happened, but you’ll know you had a great time.
On a lonely mountaintop above the clouds, somewhere in Latin America, a group of teenage commandos—part of an amorphous army called "The Organization"—live in a feral state, awaiting orders from their superior, a frightening figure who shows up at random from the landscape far below, to put them through physical and emotional drills, drop off supplies, harangue them. The teenagers' squadron name is "Monos" (monkey), and all go by noms de guerre—Wolf, Lady, Boom Boom, Dog, Rambo. They are given charge of a milk cow and a prisoner (an American engineer referred to only as "Doctora"). Neither cow nor prisoner can be harmed. Why "Doctora" has been kidnapped isn't made clear, and it doesn't matter to the kids, anyway. Connected to the outside world only via radio (if it works), whatever war they're fighting in is very far away and very abstract. This is the set-up of "Monos," Alejandro Landes’ third feature, a fascinating and sometimes frustrating film. These kids—maybe orphans or street kids, maybe kidnapped or pressed into service—and then brutalized by military discipline and indoctrination—are left totally alone, no adults in sight, to create their own world. If you've read Lord of the Flies, you know a society created by kids left up to their own devices is rarely good or healthy or wise.
Landes, who also wrote the script, does not put "Monos" in a specific locale. This is not the story of a specific war, or a specific country (although Colombia feels like the most natural choice). By leaving out details like this, by having the characters speak in a shorthand with one another, with absolutely no expository text, the audience is thrust into the thick of the confusion on that mountain, the kids cavorting around bonfires, shooting their weapons into the air, rolling around in the mud, teasing and tormenting their prisoner "Doctora" (Julianne Nicholson). This is the story of what happens to kids in war, what happens to the mind under a kind of brainwashing, especially a susceptible teenage mind. If "mercy" is seen as weak, if the group decides "mercy" is bad, it's very difficult to go against that grain, to maintain your sense of humanity. This is how "peer pressure" works in its most sinister state. If it's hard for adults to stay their own course, then imagine how hard it is for teenagers. One of the kids, named "Rambo" (Sofia Buenaventura), has somehow kept a spark alive, a spark of softness and care for others. Her sense of empathy makes you wonder if her nom de guerre was a mean-spirited tease imposed on her by the squadron.
Except for Rambo and the wild-eyed Bigfoot (Moises Arias), the guerrilla soldier kids don't emerge as individuals, which I imagine is the point. Individuality is crushed in this environment. "Doctora," forced to participate in their games, forced to make "proof of life" videos where she holds up a daily newspaper, huddles in her "room" in a huge abandoned bunker, and at first Nicholson gives off an air of such frayed-nerve trauma she's like an automaton. But as "Monos" progresses, "Doctora"—malnourished and in shock—takes on a firmer shape. She's trying to survive a completely mad situation. The kids are frighteningly unpredictable. None of them speak English and her Spanish is halting, at best. Their "playing" is always rough-housing. They eat mushrooms and go on a group psychedelic trip. Every moment is a hazing opportunity, only it's hazing done by children waving around gigantic automatic weapons. Eventually, the order comes that "Doctora" needs to be moved off the mountain and down into the jungle. It's hard to tell how the war is going. To the kids of "Monos," the war is wherever they stand.
None of this is all that profound, and has been examined in countless films with more depth and complexity than "Monos" achieves. But "Monos" is elevated into epic territory by the superb work of cinematographer Jasper Wolf, whose feel for the power of landscapes and light is inspired: mountaintops blanketed in thick fog, thunderstorms rolling by far below the outpost, the impenetrable green walls of the jungle, the vastness of nature so palpable it's a shock when an actual building eventually appears, late in the film. You had forgotten there was such a thing as a floor or walls. Composer Mica Levi's omnipresent electronic score creates an unnerving undercurrent, throbbing with menace and danger. The sense of being "right there" in the thick of it is often unbearable, with hand-held camerawork bringing us close in to the kids' faces, with a looming grandiose landscape blurred-out behind them. They're always on the edge of an abyss.
This is a stunningly photographed film, and although I realize it won't be possible for many, I suggest seeing this one on the big screen if you can.
[There are some spoilers in the following “One Cut of the Dead” review. Do what feels right, as long as you’re not hurting anybody.]
Last year, the Japanese zombie-comedy “One Cut of the Dead” was a word-of-mouth smash on both the international film festival circuit and in its native country. The micro-budget movie’s multivalent success wouldn’t be so remarkable if the movie’s fans weren’t so good at keeping its twists a secret. For months now—almost two years, if you count the 2017 Tokyo premiere—horror movie buffs have kept this cult oddity’s nesting doll narrative under wraps. They’ve also helped to hype up the movie’s reputation to the point where I almost fell out of my chair (literally) when I saw that “One Cut of the Dead” was finally receiving a US theatrical release. And I already owned the damn thing on DVD. I had to know: what did I miss when I regrettably bailed on it (after 30+ minutes) at the 2017 New York Asian Film Festival?
Having now seen “One Cut of the Dead” all the way through, I can tell you a couple of things, and speculate about a few more. For starters: yes, you should probably see this one knowing as little about it as possible. I’m not generally a spoiler-phobe, but I appreciate that part of the movie’s charm comes from the almost impenetrable aura of mystery that surrounds it.
With that said: “One Cut of the Dead” requires some patience. It begins as a visually flat, mostly by-the-numbers zombie comedy about a low-budget film crew who are menaced by zombies in real time while filming a zombie movie. So for the first 37 minutes, we follow a group of uninteresting, indistinct characters while they wander and occasionally flee from various shambling zombies in, up, and around an abandoned factory.
This portion of the movie is still, upon rewatch, not great. Granted, writer/director Shinichiro Ueda throws some gas in his otherwise fume-driven genre vehicle just by filming his movie’s opening segment in one continuous, uninterrupted take. You may also enjoy watching characters run around while deranged, realism-obsessed director Hirugashi (Takayuki Hamatsu) occasionally pops up, as if out of thin air, to yell “action” or ramble about “true filmmaking: "There is no fiction, no lies! This is reality!” Still: imagine you’re watching somebody else play a generic first-person video game (one of the “Resident Evil” ripoffs, maybe), and you’ll probably understand why I bailed on “One Cut of the Dead” two years ago.
Thankfully, there’s more. After those 37 minutes, “One Cut of the Dead” digs a little deeper into its meta-comedy: we join Hirugashi as he’s asked to direct the short movie that we just saw. This narrative gear shift is welcome, though it doesn’t really make Ueda’s movie pick up much speed. Viewers follow Hirugashi and some members of his crew as they figure out how to make the best zombie movie they can given the time, cast, and resources available to them. Guerilla filmmaking—even of z-grade quality—can be tough, so it’s nice to see a movie about movies show how many deferred opinions, budgetary restraints, and creative gaffes can happen behind the scenes on a dinky genre movie that, on its surface, doesn’t really stand out. At this point, Ueda’s film is what you’d get if “Day for Night” and “Ed Wood” had an inferior, but still likable movie-baby.
Soon enough, “One Cut of the Dead” goes further with its meta-reflexive humor, and finally starts to move as we re-watch the film’s first third again, only this time through Hirugashi’s eyes. Now we see all the last-minute work that was happening while they shot their short, from wrangling actors to securing equipment. This part of “One Cut of the Dead” is fun, partly because Ueda and his co-creators don’t conflate filmmaking rigor with artistic merit (ie: they worked really hard on this passable high-concept comedy, so you should respect them for it). But for the most part: “One Cut of the Dead” works thanks to the simple joys of pattern recognition and variation: what starts as a strained attempt at self-aware playfulness finally becomes genuinely lively.
With that said: I’m not sure if the payoff at the end of “One Cut of the Dead” is good enough to warrant such a drawn-out, belabored set-up. The jokes and characterizations are generally one-note, and Ueda’s movie appears, for the most part, to be indifferently assembled. You have to want to invest in his characters in order for “One Cut of the Dead” to really take off, so your mileage may vary on how long that will take, if it takes at all. For me, “One Cut of the Dead” is good enough. It sometimes surprised me while I waited for a payoff that Ueda basically delivered, even if he and his collaborators never made me involuntarily leave my seat.
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நடிகர்கள்: 'அங்காடி தெரு' மகேஷ், ஷாலு, மனோபாலா, ஆடுகளம் நரேன். இயக்கம் - ராம் சேவா, இசை - அம்பரீஷ் சென்னை: சீன் போடும் காதலியை ஹீரோ கஷ்டப்பட்டு கரெக்ட் செய்யும் நேரத்தில் எதிர்பாராத விதமாக நடக்கும் சம்பவங்களின் தொகுப்பு தான் என் காதலி சீன் போடுறா திரைப்படம். அப்பா, அம்மா இல்லாத மகேஷுக்கு அண்ணன்,
சென்னை: பெண்ணியம் பேசும் நாயகிக்கும், வெட்டியாக ஊர் சுற்றும் நாயகனுக்கும் இடையே நடக்கும் காதல் நாடகம் தான், லவ் ஆக்ஷன் டிராமா. களவாணி விமல், பாஸ் என்கிற பாஸ்கரன் ஆர்யா போல வெட்டியாக ஊர் சுற்றி திரியும் நிவின் பாலி தான் படத்தின் ஹீரோ. சதா குடித்து கொண்டே இருக்கும் நிவினுக்கு, அவரது மாமா மகள்
சென்னை: ஒரே உருவம் கொண்ட ஆனால் நேர்மாறான எண்ண ஓட்டங்களும், வாழ்க்கை முறைகளும் கொண்ட மகாவும், முனியும் சந்திக்கும் வாழ்க்கைப் போராட்டங்கள் தான் மகாமுனி. சிறை மனநல மருத்துவமனையில் இருந்து படம் துவங்குகிறது. அங்கே சிகிச்சைப் பெற்று வரும் கைதியான ஆர்யாவின் வினோத நடவடிக்கைகளால் குழப்பமடைகின்றனர் மனநல மருத்துவர்கள். இதனால் அவரது கேஸ் ஹிஸ்டரியைப் படிக்கத்
சென்னை: மாமன் - மச்சானுக்கு இடையேயான பகையால் இருதலைக்கொல்லி எறும்பாக தவிக்கும் ஒரு பெண்ணின் நிலையை உணர்வுப்பூர்வமாக சொல்கிறது சிவப்பு மஞ்சள் பச்சை திரைப்படம். தாய் தந்தையை இழந்த ஜி.வி.பிரகாஷுக்கும், அவரது அக்கா ராஜிக்கும் (லிஜிமோல் ஜோல்) அத்தை தான் ஒரே ஆதரவு. ஜி.வி.க்கு அக்கா தான் எல்லாமே. தம்பியாக இருந்தாலும் அப்பா ஸ்தானத்தில் இருந்து
சென்னை: ஜாம்பி தாக்கப்பட்ட மனிதர்கள் சிலரிடம் மாட்டிக் கொள்ளும் சிலர் எப்படி அவர்களிடம் இருந்து தப்பிக்கிறார்கள் என்பது தான் ஜாம்பி படத்தின் கதைக்களம். சுதாகர், கோபி அரவிந்த், அன்புதாசன் இவர்கள் மூவரும் நண்பர்கள். அவர்களுக்கு வாழ்க்கையில் ஏதேதோ மன அழுத்தம். அதற்காக ஒரு பாரில் மது குடிக்க வருகிறார்கள். அப்போது அவர்களுக்கு டி.எம்.கார்த்தி மற்றும் பிஜிலி
சென்னை: மாலைக்கண் நோயால் பாதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ள ஒரு இளைஞனின் காமெடி காதல் கதை தான் சிக்சர் திரைப்படம். சின்னதம்பி படத்துல வரும் கவுண்டமணியின் தற்போதை வெர்ஷன் தான் ஹீரோ வைபவ். பகல் முழுவதும் வெளியில் சுற்றும் வைபவ், மாலை 6 மணி அடிக்கும் போது டான் என வீட்டில் இருப்பார். இதனால் அவருக்கு நண்பர்கள் வைக்கும் பட்டப்பெயர்
சென்னை: சில நேரங்களில் ராஜாவே சேனாதிபதியாக மாறி போர்க்களம் புக வேண்டியிருக்கும். எதிரிகளை அழித்து போரை வென்று மீண்டும் ராஜாவாக பொறுப்பேற்றுக்கொள்வார். இது தான் சாஹோ படத்தின் ஒன்லைன். இந்த ஒன்லைனை, மும்பை, ஆஸ்ட்ரியா, அண்டர்வேர்ல்ட் கிரிமினல்ஸ், அண்டர்கவர் காப், பிரமாண்ட ஆக்ஷன் காட்சிகள், மாஸ் ஹீரோயிசம், ரொமான்ஸ் என ஏகப்பட்ட எக்ஸ்ட்ராபிட்டுகளை அள்ளி தெளித்து...
நடிகர்கள் - நிக்கி சுந்தரம், ஐஸ்வர்யா ராஜேஷ், கிஷோர், இசை - பிருத்வி, இயக்கம் - பாஸ்கர் சென்னை: மருத்துவத்துறையில் நடைபெறும் குற்றங்களை, திரில்லிங்கான திரைக்கதையில் தோலுரித்து காட்டுகிறது மெய். நாயகன் அபினேஷ் சந்திரன் ( நிக்கி சுந்தரம்) அமெரிக்க வாழ் இந்தியர். மருத்துவம் படித்திருக்கும் அபி, தனது தாயின் இறப்பினால் மனதளவில் பாதிக்கப்படுகிறார்.
சென்னை: விக்ராந்த் நடிப்பில் வெளியாகியுள்ள பக்ரீத் படத்தை பார்த்தவர்கள் அனைவரும் பாராட்டுகிறார்கள். நண்பர்கள் துணையுடன் திரையுலகில் முன்னுக்கு வர போராடிக் கொண்டிருக்கிறார் விக்ராந்த். ஜெகதீசன் சுப்பு இயக்கத்தில் விக்ராந்த் நடித்த பக்ரீத் படம் இன்று வெளியாகியுள்ளது. ஒரு ஒட்டகத்தின் மீது பாசம் வைத்துள்ள விவசாயியாக நடித்து அசத்தியுள்ளார் விக்ராந்த். படத்தை பார்த்தவர்கள் சமூக வலைதளங்களில் என்ன சொல்கிறார்கள் என்று பார்ப்போம்.
சென்னை: பெண்கள் கபடியில் தேசிய அளவில் நடக்கும் ஊழலும், அந்த தடைகற்களை தாண்டி வெற்றி பெறும் தமிழக வீராங்கனைகளுமே கென்னடி கிளப் படத்தின் மையக்கரு. திண்டுக்கல் மாவட்டம் ஒட்டன்சத்திரத்தில் கென்னடி க்ளப் எனும் பெண்கள் அணியை நடத்தி வருகிறார் ஓய்வு பெற்ற ராணுவ அதிகாரியான பாரதிராஜா. தனது ஓய்வூதியத்தைக் கூட கபடிக்காக செலவழிக்கும் அளவுக்கு ஈடுபாடு
சென்னை: ஒரு எளிய மனிதனுக்கும், ஒரு ஒட்டகத்துக்கும் இடையேயான பாசப் பயணம் தான் பக்ரீத். நம்முடைய மண்ணில் இன்னும் இன்னும் எத்தனையோ சொல்லப்படாத கதைகள் புதைந்து கிடக்கின்றன. அவை நம்மை சுற்றியே தான் இருக்கின்றன. நாம் தான் அதை கவனித்து தோண்டி எடுக்க வேண்டும். அப்போது தான் அதில் உண்மைத்தன்மை இருக்கும். இதுபோல் ஒரு சில
சென்னை: படத்தின் ஒன்லைன் ஏற்கனவே நமக்கு தெரிந்தது தான். 16 வருடங்கள் கோமாவில் இருந்துவிட்டு மீண்டெழும் ஜெயம் ரவி, இந்த உலகின் மாற்றங்களை எப்படி எதிர்கொள்கிறார், அவரை இந்த உலகம் எப்படி கோமாளியாக பார்க்கிறது என்பது தான் படத்தின் கதைக்கரு. ஜெயம் ரவி ஒரு 90ஸ் கிட். பிளஸ் 2 படிக்கும் அவர், தன்னுடைய பள்ளி
சென்னை: கோமாளி திரைப்படம் குறித்து ரசிகர்கள் டிவிட்டர் கருத்து தெரிவித்து வருகின்றனர். பிரதீப் ரங்கநாதன் இயக்கத்தில் ஜெயம் ரவி நடித்துள்ள படம் கோமாளி. இப்படத்தின் டிரெய்லரில் ரஜினியின் அரசியல் பிரவேசத்தை கேலி செய்யும் வகையில் காட்சிகள் அமைக்கப்பட்டிருந்தது. இதற்கு கடும் எதிர்ப்பு கிளம்பியதைத் தொடர்ந்து அக்காட்சிகள் நீக்கப்பட்டன. இந்நிலையில், சுதந்திர தினத்தையொட்டி கோமாளி திரைப்படம் இன்று வெளியாகியுள்ளது.
சென்னை: தன்னை கொலை செய்ய வரும் ஒரு மர்ம மனிதனுடன் நயன்தாரா விளையாடும் கண்ணாமூச்சி ஆட்டம் தான் கொலையுதிர் காலம். பிறவியிலேயே வாய் பேச முடியாதவர், ஆனால் அபார ஓவிய திறமை கொண்டவர் நயன்தாரா. இந்தியாவில் ஒரு ஆசிரமத்தில் வளரும் அவரை, லண்டனை சேர்ந்த மல்டி மில்லினியர் அபா லான்சன் தத்தெடுக்கிறார். தாய் லண்டன் சென்றுவிட, இந்தியாவில்
சென்னை: நேர்கொண்ட பார்வை படத்தில் இருக்கு அஜித் ரசிகர்களுக்கு வேட்டை இருக்கு. அமிதாப் பச்சன், டாப்ஸி உள்ளிட்டோர் நடித்து இந்தியில் வெற்றி பெற்ற பிங்க் படத்தை அஜித், வித்யா பாலன், ஷ்ரத்தா ஸ்ரீநாத் உள்ளிட்டோரை வைத்து நேர்கொண்ட பார்வை என்ற பெயரில் ரீமேக் செய்துள்ளார் ஹெச். வினோத். மறைந்த நடிகை ஸ்ரீதேவியின் கணவர் போனி கபூர் தயாரித்துள்ள
சென்னை: பெண்கள் பற்றி பொதுபுத்தியில் இருக்கும் பார்வையை மாற்ற துணிந்திருக்கிறது அஜித்தின் நேர்கொண்ட பார்வை திரைப்படம். ஷ்ரத்தா, அபிராமி, ஆண்ட்ரியா ஆகிய மூன்று பேரும் தோழிகள். ஒரு நடன நிகழ்ச்சியில் இருந்து திரும்பும் போது, ஆதிக் ரவிச்சந்திரன் மற்றும் அவரது நண்பர்களுடன் இரவு ஒரு ஹோட்டலுக்கு செல்கிறார்கள். அவர்களிடம் தவறாக நடக்க முயலும் ஆதிக்கின் நண்பரை
சென்னை: நேர்கொண்ட பார்வை படத்தை சிங்கப்பூரில் பார்த்தவர்கள் அது குறித்து ட்விட்டரில் கருத்து தெரிவித்துள்ளனர். ஹெச். வினோத் இயக்கத்தில் அஜித், வித்யா பாலன், ஷ்ரத்தா ஸ்ரீநாத் உள்ளிட்டோர் நடித்துள்ள நேர்கொண்ட பார்வை படத்தின் ப்ரீமியர் ஷோ இன்று சிங்கப்பூரில் நடந்தது. மேலும் மீடியாவுக்கும் இன்று இந்த படம் திரையிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. ப்ரீமியர் ஷோவை முன்னிட்டு போனி கபூர், வித்யா
சென்னை: ஒரு பொக்கிஷத்தை கைப்பற்ற ஜோதிகாவும், ரேவதியும் செய்யும் அதிரடி அட்டகாசங்கள் தான் ஜாக்பாட். "இந்த கதையை சொல்லத் தொடங்க வேண்டுமானால் பல ஆயிரம் ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பு பயணிக்க வேண்டும்" என தசாவதாரம் கமல் ரேஞ்சுக்கு ஒரு பெரிய பிளாஷ் பேக்குடன் ஆரம்பமாகிறது படம். அள்ள அள்ளக் குறையாத 'அட்சய பாத்திரம்' என ஒரு பாத்திரத்தை
சென்னை: எளிய மனிதர்களுக்கு இடையேயான காதலை, அடர் வனத்தின் பின்னணியில் குளிர்ச்சியாக கூறும் படம் கழுகு 2. கொடைக்கானலில் ஓர் அடர்ந்தக் காடு. அதில் செந்நாய்களின் ஆட்சி. மனிதர்களை வேட்டையாடும் செந்நாய்களுக்கு பயந்து, அந்த காட்டுக்குள் நுழையவே பயப்படுகின்றனர் ஊர் மக்கள். சுயநலம் கொண்ட ஒரு வியாபாரி மரங்களை வெட்டி லாபம் பார்ப்பதற்காக அந்த காட்டை
சென்னை: பலரும் மறந்து போன கீதாரிகளின் வாழ்க்கையை மண்மணத்துடன், நட்பு, காதல், குடும்பம், துரோகம், பகை, பழிவாங்கல் என உணர்வுப்பூர்வமாக சொல்கிறது தொரட்டி. தமிழில் ஒவ்வொரு வாரமும் நான்கைந்து படங்கள் வெளியாகின்றன. அதில் ஏதாவது ஒரு படம் தான் நம் மனதில் தடம் பதிக்கும். அப்படிப்பட்ட ஒரு வாழ்வியல் சார்ந்த படம் தான் தொரட்டி. நமக்குள்
சென்னை: நம் வீட்டு பெண்களின் வளர்ச்சிக்கு நாம் உறுதுணையாக இருக்க வேண்டும் எனும் கருத்தை காதலின் மூலம் உரக்கச் சொல்கிறது டியர் காம்ரேட். தமிழில் தூத்துக்குடி தான் கதைக்களம். கல்லூரி மாணவரான விஜய் தேவரகொண்டா ஒரு காம்ரேட். அதாவது எதற்கும் அஞ்சாத ஒரு போராளி. அதனாலேயே ஸ்டூடன்ஸ் யூனியன் தலைவராக செயல்பட்டு வருகிறார். எதற்கெடுத்தாலும் அடிதடி
சென்னை: சந்தானத்தின் அக்மார்க் கலாய் வசனங்கள் நிரம்ப காமெடி காதல் கதையாக வந்துள்ளது அக்யூஸ்ட் நம்பர் 1. உலகிலேயே உத்தமர் என்றால் அது ஏ1 படத்தின் நாயகி தாராவின் தந்தை அனந்தராமன் தான். அப்படிப்பட்ட உத்தமர் பெத்த பொண்ணுக்கு தளபதி ரஜினி கேரக்டரில் ஒருவரை காதலித்து கல்யாணம் செய்ய வேண்டும் என்பது ஆசை. ஆனால் அவர்
சென்னை: அப்பா, மகன் இடையேயான உறவை காதல், காமெடி கலந்து கமர்சியலாக சொல்கிறது கொளஞ்சி. பெரியாரிஸ்டான சமுத்திரக்கனிக்கு ஒரு மனைவி (சங்கவி), இரண்டு மகன்கள். மூத்த மகன் பெயர் தான் கொளஞ்சி (கிருபாகரன்). வாலுப் பையனான கொளஞ்சி, நண்பன் நசாத்துடன் சேர்ந்து சேட்டை செய்துகொண்டு ஊர்ச்சுற்றி திரிகிறான். இதனாலேயே அப்பாவிடம் அடி வாங்காத நாளே இல்லை
சென்னை: சிந்தனை ஆற்றல் வழியாக செவ்வாய்கிரகத்திற்கு செல்ல விடாமுயற்சி செய்யும் ஒரு இளைஞனை பற்றிய கதையே சென்னை பழனி மார்ஸ். நாயகன் பிரவீன் ராஜாவின் குரலில் தான் படம் துவங்குகிறது. விஞ்ஞானியான பிரவீனின் தந்தைக்கு செவ்வாய்கிரகத்திற்கு போக வேண்டும் என்பது வாழ்க்கை லட்சியம். அதற்காக அவர் இஸ்ரோவில் வேலைக்கு சேராமல், ராவணன் போல் சிந்தனை ஆற்றலின்
சென்னை: விஜய் தேவரகொண்டா, ராஷ்மிகா மந்தனா நடித்துள்ள டியர் காம்ரேட் படத்திற்கு நல்ல வரவேற்பு கிடைத்துள்ளது. விஜய் தேவரகொண்டா மற்றும் ராஷ்மிகா மந்தனா நடிப்பில் உருவாகியுள்ள டியர் காம்ரேட் திரைப்படம் தமிழ், தெலுங்கு, கன்னடம் மற்றும் மலையாளம் ஆகிய மொழிகளில் இன்று உலகம் முழுவதும் வெளியாகியுள்ளது. புதுமுக இயக்குனர் பரத் கம்மா இப்படத்தை இயக்கியுள்ளார். ஸ்ருதி ராமசந்திரன்,
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ഓണചിത്രങ്ങൾ കാര്യമായ ചലനമൊന്നുമുണ്ടാക്കാതെ മന്ദീഭവിച്ച് കിടക്കുന്ന കേരളാ ബോക്സോഫീസിലേക്ക് ഈയാഴ്ച പ്രദർശനത്തിനെത്തിയിരിക്കുന്ന സിനിമയാണ് ഫയൽവാൻ. നായകൻ കിച്ചാ സുദീപ്. സംവിധാനം എസ് കൃഷ്ണ. കന്നഡയിൽ ചിത്രീകരിച്ചിരിക്കുന്ന ഫയൽവാൻ തമിഴ്, മലയാളം, തെലുങ്ക്, ഹിന്ദി, കന്നഡ ഭാഷകളിലായി ഈയാഴ്ച ഒരേ സമയം റിലീസ് ചെയ്തിട്ടുണ്ട്. പ്രതീക്ഷ ഒഴിവാക്കി പോയാൽ ഒരു പക്കാ ഓണക്കാല ഫെസ്റ്റിവൽ എന്റർടൈനർ
പതിനേഴു വർഷം മുൻപ് നടന്ന ഒരു സംഭവ കഥയിൽ നിന്നും പ്രചോദനമുൾക്കൊണ്ടുള്ള സിനിമയാണ് ഫൈനൽസ്. കേരളത്തിന്റെ കായിക ചരിത്രത്തിലെ ഇരുണ്ട ഒരധ്യായമായിരുന്നു സൈക്കിളിംഗ് ചാംപ്യൻഷിപ്പിനിടെ ഉണ്ടായ അപകടത്തിൽ മരണപ്പെട്ട ഷൈഗി. കായികരംഗത്തെ വഴിവിട്ട കളികൾ എന്നും വലിയ ചർച്ചാ വിഷയങ്ങളാകാറുണ്ടെങ്കിലും ഒരു സമയം കഴിയുന്നതോടെ ആറി തണുക്കാറാണ്. ഇങ്ങനെ മത്സരത്തിനിടക്ക് തന്നെ മരണപ്പെട്ട ഈ കായിക
കലാഭവൻ ഷാജോൺ എന്ന നടൻ ആദ്യമായി സംവിധായകനാവുമ്പോൾ പ്രേക്ഷകർ ഒരിക്കലും പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കുന്ന ഒരു ഓപ്ഷൻ അല്ല പൃഥ്വിരാജ് എന്ന നായകൻ. മിമിക്രിയാണ് ഷാജോൺന്റെ ലാവണം. സിനിമയിൽ വന്ന ശേഷം കോമഡി വേഷങ്ങളിലൂടെ മികച്ച ക്യാരക്റ്റർ നടൻ ആയി പ്രശംസ നേടുകയും ചെയ്തു. പൃഥ്വിരാജ് ആണെങ്കിൽ കുറെ കാലമായി ഡാർക്ക് ത്രില്ലർ ഴോനറിലാണ് സ്പെഷ്യലൈസ് ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നത്. ആ
ലൂസിഫറിന്റെ 200 കോടി വിജയത്തിന് ശേഷം ഇറങ്ങുന്ന മോഹൻലാൽ സിനിമ. വെള്ളിമൂങ്ങയുടെ അസോഷിയേറ്റും അസിസ്റ്റന്റുമായിരുന്ന ജിബിയും ജോജുവും ആദ്യമായി സംവിധാനം ചെയ്യുന്ന സിനിമ. എന്നിങ്ങനെ ഉള്ള സവിശേഷതകളുമായി ഇട്ടിമാണി മെയ്ഡ് ഇൻ ചൈന പ്രദര്ശനത്തിനെത്തി. കാലം തെറ്റിയിറങ്ങിയ ഒരു ബൈബിൾ നാടകം ഓണചേരുവകൾ ഔചിത്യപൂർണമല്ലാതെ മിക്സ് ചെയ്ത് തട്ടിക്കൂട്ടിയ ഒരു കുന്നംകുളം ഐറ്റം ഇന്ന് ഒറ്റവാചകത്തിൽ അടിവര ഇടാം.
1989 മെയ് മാസത്തിൽ ആണ് അന്നത്തെ മുപ്പത്തിമൂന്നുകാരനായ ഹാസ്യനടൻ -കം-തിരക്കഥാകൃത്ത് ശ്രീനിവാസൻ തന്റെ ആദ്യത്തെ സംവിധാനസംരംഭവുമായി വരുന്നത്. സിനിമയുടെ പേര് വടക്കുനോക്കിയന്ത്രം. തിയേറ്ററിൽ ആവറേജ് വിജയമായി വന്നുപോയ വടക്കുനോക്കിയന്ത്രം പക്ഷെ മലയാളികളെ ഞെട്ടിച്ചത് ആ വർഷത്തെ സംസ്ഥാന ചലച്ചിത്ര പ്രഖ്യാപന വേളയിൽ ആണ്. മതിലുകൾ (അടൂർ), ഒരു വടക്കൻ വീരഗാഥ (ഹരിഹരൻ), ആലീസിന്റെ അന്വേഷണം(ടി വി
ഇന്ന് മലയാള സിനിമാലോകത്ത് ചെറിയ സിനിമകൾ ഉണ്ടാക്കുന്ന ആന്തോളനങ്ങൾ ഏറെയാണ്. പ്രമേയപരമായും സാങ്കേതികമായും തുടങ്ങി ഭാവുകത്വപരമായും പുതിയ പുതിയ വാതായനങ്ങളാണ് അവ തുറന്നിടുന്നത്. ഇങ്ങനെ ഇടുക്കിയിലെ ഒരു നാട്ടിൻ പുറത്തെ കഥയിലൂടെ , ആനുകാലിക ലോകത്തേക്ക് പ്രേക്ഷകന്റെ ശ്രദ്ധ ക്ഷണിക്കുകയാണ് ഇസാക്കിന്റെ ഇതിഹാസം.മമ്മുട്ടി എന്ന താരത്തിനപ്പുറം മമ്മുട്ടിയെ വെറും അഭിനേതാവ് മാത്രമായി ഉയർത്തിക്കാണിച്ച സിനിമയായിരുന്നു ഉണ്ട.
2017 ഏപ്രിൽ 28 നാണ് രാജമൗലി-പ്രഭാസ് ടീമിന്റെ ബ്രഹ്മാണ്ഡൻ ഹിറ്റ് ബാഹുബലി 2 the conclusion റിലീസ് ചെയ്യുന്നത്. അതിന്റെ തൊട്ട് തലേ ദിവസം ഒരു മുന്നറിയിപ്പുമില്ലാതെ മറ്റൊരു പ്രഭാസ് സിനിമയുടെ ടീസർ മലയാളമുൾപ്പടെ പ്രധാന ഇന്ത്യൻ ഭാഷകളിൽ യൂ ടൂബിൽ റിലീസ് ചെയ്യപ്പെട്ടു. "സാഹോ". പിറ്റേന്ന് ബാഹുബലി 2 വിനൊപ്പം തിയേറ്ററിലും പ്രേക്ഷകർ അത്
ഏറെ കാത്തിരുന്ന സാഹോ"യുടെ കണ്ടന്റ് എത്താൻ വൈകി, മോർണിംഗ് ഷോ ക്യാൻസൽ ആയ കലിപ്പിൽ മേലോട്ട് നോക്കുമ്പോൾ ആണ് ബിഗ് സല്യൂട്ട് എന്ന സിനിമയുടെ പോസ്റ്റർ കണ്ടത്.. "ഇന്നുമുതൽ രാജ്യത്തിന് സമർപ്പിക്കുന്നു" എന്നായിരുന്നു പരസ്യവാചകം. കൊള്ളാല്ലോ.. അങ്ങനെ, നീട്ടിവലിച്ചൊരു സല്യൂട്ട് അടിച്ച് 150 രൂപ രാജ്യത്തിന് സമർപ്പിക്കാൻ ഞാനും തീരുമാനിച്ചു. ബിഗ് സല്യൂട്ട് - അങ്ങനെ ഒരു തല്ലിക്കൂട്ടിയ സീരിയൽ അനുഭവം.
ചില സംവിധായകരുടെ ഒരു സിനിമ കണ്ടതിന്റെ ഗംഭീരമായ ഓർമ്മ മതിയാവും, ജീവിതകാലം മുഴുവൻ പിന്നെ അവർ ഇറക്കുന്ന ഏത് സിനിമകളിലേക്കും ആകർഷിക്കപ്പെടാൻ. സുസീന്ദ്രൻ എന്ന ഒട്ടംഛത്രം സ്വദേശിയായ സംവിധായകന്റെ കാർത്തിഫിലിം ആയ "നാൻ മഹാൻ ഇല്ലൈ" കണ്ടിട്ട് ഒരു ദശകമാവാനായിട്ടുണ്ടാവും. അന്ന് അത് സമ്മാനിച്ച കിടിലൻ അനുഭവത്തിന്റെ സ്മരണയാൽ മാത്രമാണ് ഞാൻ , മറ്റൊരാകർഷണീയതയുമില്ലാത്ത കെന്നഡിക്ളബ്ബ് എന്ന സിനിമയ്ക്ക് കയറിയത്. മൊത്തത്തിൽ നോക്കുമ്പോൾ ഒരു അനാവശ്യ സിനിമ
'നര്ക്കോട്ടിക്സ് ഈസ് എ ഡേര്ട്ടി ബിസിനസ്' എന്ന് ലാലേട്ടൻ പണ്ട് 1980കളിൽ പറഞ്ഞിട്ടുണ്ട്. ഈയിടെ ലൂസിഫറിൽ അദ്ദേഹം അത് ആവർത്തിക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു. സാഗർ ഹരി എന്ന പുതുമുഖം സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത് തിയേറ്ററുകളിൽ എത്തിയിരിക്കുന്ന കുമ്പാരീസ് എന്ന ചെറിയ സിനിമ മുന്നോട്ട് പോവുന്നത് ചെയ്യുന്നത് ഈ ഡേർട്ടി ബിസിനസുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട ചില ഇടപാടുകളിലൂടെ ആണ്..മുഷിച്ചിലില്ലാതെ രസകരമായി കണ്ടു തീർക്കാവുന്ന ഒരു ചെറിയ സിനിമ എന്ന് അടിവര.
റോഡ് മൂവി എന്നത് അധികം മനസ്സിലാക്കപ്പെടാതെ പോയിട്ടുണ്ട് മലയാള സിനിമാലോകത്ത്. ഒരു ബസ്സിലോ കാറിലോ കഥ നടക്കുന്നുവെന്നതിനപ്പുറം ഈ വാഹനം സഞ്ചരിക്കുന്ന പ്രദേശത്തിന്റെയും അവിടത്തെ ജനതയുടെയും സംസ്കാരം കൂടി കഥാപാത്രങ്ങളിലൂടെ കടന്നു വരുമ്പോഴാണ് സിനിമ യഥാർത്ഥ ജീവിത ഗന്ധമുള്ളതായി മാറുന്നത്. ഇങ്ങനെ വർത്തമാനകാല കേരളത്തിലെ സാധാരണ ജീവിതത്തിലേക്കുള്ള ഒരെത്തിനോട്ടമാണ് മൊഹബ്ബത്തിൻ കുഞ്ഞബ്ദുളള എന്ന ഷാനു സമദിന്റെ
ഉള്ളത് കൊണ്ട് ഓണമാക്കുന്ന സംവിധായകൻ ആണ് കണ്ണൻ താമരക്കുളം. ജയറാം എന്ന നടനെ തിരിച്ചുകൊണ്ടുവന്നേ അടങ്ങൂ എന്ന് വാശിയുള്ള ഡയറക്ടർ എന്നും കണ്ണൻ താമരക്കുളത്തിന് ഖ്യാതി ഉണ്ട്. തിങ്കൾ മുതൽ വെള്ളി വരെ, ആട് പുലിയാട്ടം, അച്ചായൻസ് എന്നീ സിനിമകൾക്ക് ശേഷം കണ്ണനും ജയറാമും ഒന്നിക്കുന്ന നാലാമത്തെ ഉദ്യമമാണ് പട്ടാഭിരാമൻ. മൊത്തത്തിൽ പറയുമ്പോൾ ഉദ്ദേശശുദ്ധിയുള്ള ഒരു മോശമല്ലാത്ത സിനിമയാണ് പട്ടാഭിരാമന്.
ജോസഫിന്റെ ബമ്പർ വിജയത്തിന് ശേഷം ജോജുവിനെ നായകനാക്കി മലയാളത്തിലെ സീനിയർ സംവിധായകൻ ജോഷി ഒരുക്കുന്ന സിനിമ എന്ന നിലയിൽ ആയിരുന്നു പൊറിഞ്ചു മറിയം ജോസ് ഫസ്റ്റ് അനൗണ്സ്മെന്റ് നാൾ മുതൽ വാർത്തകളിൽ നിറഞ്ഞത്. 2013, 14, 15 വര്ഷങ്ങളിലായി ഇറങ്ങിയ ലോക്പാൽ, സലാം കാശ്മീർ, ലൈലാ ഓ ലൈലാ എന്നീ മൂന്നു സിനിമകളുടെ സമ്പൂർണ പരാജയത്തിന്
വിപണി അറിഞ്ഞു വിളമ്പുകയെന്നത് സിനിമാലോകത്ത് പ്രത്യേകിച്ച് ബോളിവുഡിലെ ചെലവ് കൂടിയ സിനിമാ നിർമാണത്തിന്റെ വർത്തമാനകാലത്ത് ഏറെ പ്രാധാന്യമുള്ള കാര്യങ്ങളിലൊന്നാണ്. ഇതിനെ സമർത്ഥമായി ഉപയോഗപ്പെടുത്താൻ സാധിച്ചുവെന്നുള്ളതാണ് മിഷൻ മംഗലിന്റെ മാർക്കറ്റ് വിജയത്തിന്റെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ രഹസ്യം. അക്ഷയ് കുമാറിന്റെ മിഷന് മംഗള് ആദ്യം മുതല് അവസാനം വരെ പ്രേക്ഷകരെ പിടിച്ചിരുത്തുന്ന ചലച്ചിത്രാനുഭവമാണ് നല്കുന്നത്.
രമേശൻ ഒരു പേരല്ല എന്ന സിനിമയുടെ ഇടവേള സമയത്ത് തിയേറ്ററിൽ ഇരുന്നപ്പോൾ ഞാൻ ഓർത്തത് പണ്ട് സോവിയറ്റ് യൂണിയൻ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്ന കാലത്തെ ഒരു കോമഡി ആണ്. സൗഹൃദസന്ദർശനത്തിന് മോസ്കോയിൽ എത്തിയ അമേരിക്കൻ പ്രസിഡന്റുമായി റഷ്യൻ പ്രസിഡന്റ് ചെസ്സ് കളിക്കുകയും അതിൽ പരാജയപ്പെടുകയും ചെയ്തു. പിറ്റേന്നത്തെ പ്രവ്ദയിൽ ഹെഡിംഗ് ഇപ്രകാരമായിരുന്നു. രാഷ്ട്രത്തലവന്മാർ പങ്കെടുത്ത ചതുരംഗമത്സരത്തിൽ റഷ്യൻ പ്രസിഡന്റിന്
ശക്തൻ മാർക്കറ്റ് എന്ന സിനിമയ്ക്ക് പോവുമ്പോൾ ഷോ നടക്കുമെന്ന യാതൊരു ഉറപ്പുമില്ലായിരുന്നു.. കാരണം, ഇതുപോലെ താരരഹിതമായ പോസ്റ്ററുകൾ ഒട്ടിച്ച പുതുമുഖ പിന്നണിപ്രവർത്തകരുടെ എത്രയോ സിനിമകൾ പ്രേക്ഷകർ എത്താത്തതിനാൽ ആദ്യ ഷോ പോലും പ്രദർശിപ്പിക്കാതെ പിൻവാങ്ങുന്നതിന് നിരവധി സന്ദർഭങ്ങളിൽ ഞാൻ തന്നെ സാക്ഷിയാണ്. പക്ഷെ ശക്തൻ മാർക്കറ്റിന് പത്ത് നാൽപതോളം ആളുകൾ തിയേറ്ററിൽ എത്തിയിരുന്നു. ആദ്യദിനം അല്ലാതിരുന്നിട്ടും. ഇതിനപ്പുറം ശക്തൻ മാർക്കറ്റ് ഒരു പരാമർശമർഹിക്കുന്ന സിനിമയാവുന്നില്ല.
ആക്സിഡന്റിനെ തുടർന്ന് 16 വർഷം കോമയിൽ കിടന്ന ഒരു മനുഷ്യൻ പെട്ടെന്നൊരു നാൾ ജീവിതത്തിലേക്ക് തിരിച്ചുവരുമ്പോൾ സമകാലിക സാമൂഹ്യവസ്ഥകളുമായി പൊരുത്തപ്പെടാൻ അയാൾ നേരിടുന്ന ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടുകൾ ആണ് ജയം രവിയുടെ പുതിയ സിനിമ-കോമാളി-കാണിച്ചുതരുന്നത്. കോമാളി എന്നാൽ ജോക്കർ എന്ന് മാത്രമല്ല കോമായെ ആളിയവൻ എന്നും അർത്ഥം. അതുകൊണ്ടുതന്നെ വെറും കോമാളിക്കളി മാത്രമല്ല സിനിമ, ഇത്തിരി സെന്റിമെന്റൽ കൂടി
സൂപ്പർ താരങ്ങളുടെയും സൂപ്പർ ഡയറക്ടർമാരുടെയും മധ്യസ്ഥത കൂടാതെ ഒറ്റയ്ക്ക് സിനിമയെ ചുമലിലെടുത്ത് സൂപ്പർ ഹിറ്റാക്കാൻ കെൽപ്പുള്ള തെന്നിന്ത്യയിലെ ഒരേയൊരു ലേഡി സൂപ്പർസ്റ്റാറാണ് നയൻതാര. പരീക്ഷണങ്ങളിലാണ് കമ്പം. പൊതുവെ പാളാറില്ല. പക്ഷെ, ആയമ്മയ്ക്ക് ഹൊറർ ജോണറിൽ ആരോ കൈവിഷം കൊടുത്തിട്ടുണ്ടോ എന്ന് സംശയമുണ്ട്. അവരുടേതായി ഇറങ്ങുന്ന സിനിമകളുടെ ലിസ്റ്റ് എടുത്താൽ നല്ലൊരു പങ്കും ഹൊറർ ത്രില്ലറുകളാണ്. പരിചരണത്തിൽ മികച്ചതായ ഒരു ആവറേജ് ഹൊറര് അനുഭവം.
കുട്ടികളുടെ മനസിലെ നിഷ്കളങ്കതകൾ മാത്രമല്ല കാപട്യങ്ങളും തനിക്ക് കൈകാര്യം ചെയ്യാനാവുമെന്ന് ഗപ്പി എന്ന ആദ്യ സിനിമയിലൂടെ തെളിയിച്ച സംവിധായകൻ ആണ് ജോൺ പോൾ ജോർജ്. തന്റെ രണ്ടാമത്തെ ചിത്രത്തിൽ ജോൺ പോൾ ജോർജ് പരിചയപ്പെടുത്തുന്നത് കുഞ്ഞുങ്ങളുടെ മനസുള്ള ഒരു നായകകഥാപാത്രത്തെ ആണ്. നായകന്റെ പേര് തന്നെ സിനിമയ്ക്കും.. അമ്പിളി. സംവിധായകന്റെയും നായകന്റെയും കയ്യൊപ്പുള്ള ഒരൊന്നൊന്നര ദൃശ്യാനുഭവം എന്ന് അടിവര.
വിശ്വാസം എന്ന 200കോടി ക്ലബ് ഇൻഡസ്ട്രി ഹിറ്റിന് ശേഷം തല അജിത്കുമാർ. തീരൻ അധികാരം ഒണ്ട്ര് എന്ന സമാനതകളില്ലാത്ത സീറ്റ് എഡ്ജ് ത്രില്ലറിന് ശേഷം എച്ച് വിനോദ് എന്ന സംവിധായകൻ. ഈ രണ്ടു ഘടകങ്ങൾ ചേരുമ്പോൾ തന്നെ ഒരു സിനിമയിൽ പ്രേക്ഷകരുടെയും ആരാധകരുടെയും പ്രതീക്ഷയുടെ ലെവൽ എത്രയായിരിക്കുമെന്നു ഊഹിക്കാം. അതിന്റെ കൂടെ ആ സിനിമ, 2016
ഷൂട്ടിംഗ് തുടങ്ങിയ അന്ന് മുതൽ തുടങ്ങിയ പബ്ലിസിറ്റിയിലൂടേയും ടീസറുകളിലൂടെയും ട്രെയിലറുകളിലൂടെയും റിലീസിന് മുൻപേ തന്നെ ഉണ്ടാക്കിയ വൻ ഹൈപ്പുമായിട്ടാണ് കൽക്കി ഇന്ന് തിയേറ്ററുകളിൽ എത്തിയത്. കൊമേഴ്സ്യൽ പോലീസ് സിനിമകളിൽ ലോജിക്കും യാഥാർഥ്യവും തിരയുന്നത് വിഢിത്തമാണെന്ന കാര്യം സിനിമയുണ്ടായ കാലം മുതൽ നമ്മൾക്കറിയാം. കൽക്കിയുടെ ടീസർ-ട്രെയിലറുകൾ സമ്മാനിച്ച മുൻ വിധികളും മറിച്ചൊന്നല്ല. ഇക്കാരണത്താൽ പ്രതീക്ഷയുടേതായ യാതൊരുവിധ മുൻവിധികളുമായിട്ടായിരുന്നില്ല
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ലിസ്റ്റിൻ സ്റ്റീഫൻ എന്ന പേരിനും മാജിക് ഫ്രെയിംസ് എന്ന പോഡക്ഷൻ house നും മലയാളത്തിലെ സിനിമാസ്വാദകർക്കിടയിൽ സവിശേഷമായ ഇമേജ് ഉണ്ടായിരുന്ന ഒരു കാലം ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു. ചെറിയ പ്രായത്തിൽ ലിസ്റ്റിൻ നിർമിച്ചതും മലയാളസിനിമയുടെ സെൻസിബിലിറ്റിയെ പുതുക്കി പണിയുന്നതിന് നിർണായക പങ്ക് വഹിച്ചതുമായ ട്രാഫിക്, ചാപ്പകുരിശ്, ഉസ്താദ്ഹോട്ടൽ പോലുള്ള സിനിമകൾ തന്നെ കാരണം. ഇന്ന് പുരത്തിറങ്ങിയിരിക്കുന്ന മാർഗംകളിയുടെ നിർമാതാവിന്റെ
തങ്കഭസ്മക്കുറിയിട്ട തമ്പുരാട്ടിയെന്ന സിനിമ കണ്ടു കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുമ്പോൾ ആർക്ക് തങ്കക്കുറി ചാർത്തണമെന്ന ചോദ്യം മുന്നോട്ടു വരുമ്പോൾ ആദ്യം നമ്മുടെ മുന്നിൽ വരുന്നത് കലാഭവൻ നവാസെന്ന നടനെയായിരിക്കും. കാരണം എസ് ഐ രാജൻ എന്ന കഥാപാത്രത്തിലൂടെ ഒരിടക്കാലത്തിനു ശേഷം ശക്തമായ തിരിച്ചുവരവാണ് ഈ അനുഗ്രഹീത നടൻ നടത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നത്. സ്വാഭാവികാഭിനയത്തിന്റെ വേറിട്ട രീതിയെന്തെന്ന് ഒരു കൊല്ലത്തുകാരനായ എസ് ഐ കഥാപാത്രത്തിലൂടെ
ಗಾಂಧಿನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸದ್ಯ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಚಿತ್ರದ್ದೇ ಮಾತು. ಒಂದು ಕಡೆ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಪಾಸಿಟಿವ್, ನೆಗೆಟೀವ್ ಅಂಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಕಡೆ, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ತಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಎರಡು ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ನಟರ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಅನಾವಶ್ಯಕ ವಾಕ್ಸಮರ. ಹಿಂದೊಮ್ಮೆ, ಚಿತ್ರ ವಿಮರ್ಶಕರು ಒಂದು ಮಾತನ್ನು ಹೇಳಿದ್ದರು. ಚಿತ್ರ ನೋಡಿ ಹೊರಬರುವಾಗ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಕೆಲವೊಂದು ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶ, ಪಾತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾನೆಂದರೆ, ಚಿತ್ರ
'ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್' ಅಖಾಡಕ್ಕೆ ಇಳಿದಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ಕ್ರೀಡಾ ಹಿನ್ನಲೆಯ ಭಾವನಾತ್ಮಕ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಹುಪಾಲು ಜನರಿಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗಿದೆ. ನಿನ್ನೆ (ಗುರುವಾರ) ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಆಗಿದ್ದು, ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆ ಹೌಸ್ ಫುಲ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿಗೆ ಪಡೆಯುವಲ್ಲಿ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಸುದೀಪ್ ಪಾತ್ರ ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ, ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಸಂದೇಶ, ಕುಸ್ತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಬಾಕ್ಸಿಂಗ್ ಆಟವನ್ನು ಪರದೆ ಮೇಲೆ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಟ್ಟಿರುವ ರೀತಿ ತುಂಬ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ. Pailwan
''ಬಲ ಇದೆ ಅಂತ ಹೊಡೆದಾಡುವವನು ರೌಡಿ. ಆದ್ರೆ, ಬಲವಾದ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊಡೆದಾಡುವನು ಈ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ'' 'ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್' ಕ್ರೀಡಾ ಹಿನ್ನಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದ ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಮನರಂಜನೆ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗುವವರಿಗೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಹಬ್ಬದಂತೆ ಇದೆ. ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎಂಬ ಕುಸ್ತಿ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನನ ಸಾಧನೆಯ ಕಥೆಯೇ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರ. ಅದ್ದೂರಿಯಾಗಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾದ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತಿಕೆಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಹಸವೂ ಇದೆ. ಸಂಬಂಧದ ಮಹತ್ವವೂ ಇದೆ.
ಅಭಿನಯ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಕಿಚ್ಚ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಂದು ದೇಶ-ವಿದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಕೆಲವು ಕಡೆ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ 5.30ಕ್ಕೆ ಮೊದಲ ಶೋ ಪ್ರಾರಂಭವಾಗಿದೆ. ಬಾರಿ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಕೆಲವು ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಮನ ಗೆದ್ದರೆ ಇನ್ನು ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ ನಿರಾಸೆ ಮೂಡಿಸಿದೆ. ಕೆಜಿಎಫ್, ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ಮುಂದೆ ಗೆದ್ದು ನಿಲ್ಲಲೇಬೇಕಿದೆ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಮೊದಲ ಶೋ
'ಬಾಹುಬಲಿ' ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಬಳಿಕ ಪ್ರಭಾಸ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಚಿತ್ರ ಬರ್ತಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಸಹಜವಾಗಿ ಕುತೂಹಲ, ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿತ್ತು. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಸಾಹೋ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕೂಡ ರಿಲೀಸ್ಗೆ ಮುಂಚೆ ಸದ್ದು ಮಾಡಿತ್ತು. ಸಾಹೋ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಮೇಲೆ ಮಿಶ್ರಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಎದುರಾಗಿದೆ. ಚಿತ್ರ: ಸಾಹೋನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಸುಜಿತ್ ರೆಡ್ಡಿಕಲಾವಿದರು: ಪ್ರಭಾಸ್, ಶ್ರದ್ಧಾ ಕಪೂರ್, ಜಾಕಿ ಶ್ರಾಫ್, ನೀಲ್ ನಿತಿನ್ ಮುಖೇಶ್, ಅರುಣ್ ವಿಜಯ್, ಮಂದಿರಾ ಬೇಡಿಬಿಡುಗಡೆ:
ಬಾಹುಬಲಿ ನಂತರ ಪ್ರಭಾಸ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಸಾಹೋ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದು, ಬಾಕ್ಸ್ ಆಫೀಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಎಲ್ಲ ದಾಖಲೆಗಳನ್ನ ಅಳಿಸುಹಾಕುತ್ತೆ ಎಂಬ ಲೆಕ್ಕಾಚಾರ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಸುಮಾರು 350 ಕೋಟಿ ಬಜೆಟ್, ಹಾಲಿವುಡ್ ರೇಂಜ್ ಆಕ್ಷನ್, ಶ್ರದ್ಧಾ ಕಪೂರ್ ಹೀರೋಯಿನ್, ಕಲಾವಿದರ ದಂಡು ಇದೆಲ್ಲ ಸೇರಿ ಸಾಹೋ ಮೇಲೆ ಬೆಟ್ಟದಷ್ಟು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡಿತ್ತು. ಇದಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲಾ ಇಂದು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟ
ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾಲ ಇರಲಿ... ಟ್ರೆಂಡ್ ಹೇಗಿಯೇ ಬದಲಾಗಲಿ.. ಇಂಡಸ್ಟ್ರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾರರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳು ಬರುತ್ತಲೇ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ದೆವ್ವಗಳಿಗೆ ಯಾವ ಹೊತ್ತು ಬಿಡಿ... ಅಂದಹಾಗೆ, ಈ ವಾರ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಹಾರರ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಅದೇ 'ರಾಂಧವ'. ನಾಯಕ ರಾಬರ್ಟ್ (ಭುವನ್ ಪೊನ್ನಣ್ಣ) ವಿಚಿತ್ರವಾದ ಗೂಬೆಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಡಾಕ್ಯೂಮೆಂಟರಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಹೊರಡುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಹೀಗೆ ಇರುವ ನಾಯಕನಿಗೆ ವಿಚಿತ್ರ ಕನಸುಗಳು
ಸಿನಿಮಾ: ಉಡುಂಬಾ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ತಾರ ಬಳಗ: ಪವನ್, ಚಿರಶ್ರೀ ಅಂಜನ್, ಶರತ್ ಲೋಹಿತಾಶ್ವ 'ಉಡುಂಬಾ' ಕರಾವಳಿ ತೀರದ ಕತೆ. ಒಂದು ಊರು, ಇಬ್ಬರು ಪ್ರೇಮಿಗಳು, ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ ಆಗುವ ಅಡಚಣೆ, ಪ್ರೇಮಿಗಾಗಿ ಹೋರಾಟ, ಖಳ ನಟನ ಸಾವು ಇದಿಷ್ಟು ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದು ಹೋಗುವ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳು. ಇದರ ನಡುವೆ ಒಂದು ಸರ್ ಪ್ರೈಸ್ ಅಂಶ ನೋಡುಗರಿಗಾಗಿ ಕಾದಿದೆ. ಮೀನು
ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಮೂರು ಕಥೆಗಳ ಒಂದು ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಪೊಲೀಸರು ಒಂದು ಕೊಲೆಯನ್ನು ಭೇದಿಸುತ್ತ ಹೋದಾಗ, ಮತ್ತೆರಡು ಕ್ರೈಂ ಪ್ರಕರಣದ ಕಥೆ ತೆರೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತೆ. ಈ ಮೂರು ಕ್ರೈಂ ಪ್ರಕರಣ ಹೇಗೆ ಒಂದಕ್ಕೊಂದು ಹೆಣೆದುಕೊಂಡಿರುತ್ತೆ, ಈ ಮೂರು ಕಥೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಲಿಂಕ್ ಆಗಿರುತ್ತೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದೇ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ....
ಕನ್ನಡಕದ ಮೇಲೊಂದು ತ್ರೀಡಿ ಕನ್ನಡಕ, ಅಜ್ಜ, ಅಜ್ಜಿ, ಅಪ್ಪ, ಅಮ್ಮ ಕುಟುಂಬ ಸಮೇತ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ದಾಂಗುಡಿಯಿಟ್ಟ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕ. ಮಹಾಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಕ್ಲೈಮ್ಯಾಕ್ಸ್ 'ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ' ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಕಥೆ, ಪಾತ್ರಧಾರಿಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿದಿರಬೇಕು ಎನ್ನುವ ಕಾರಣವೂ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ತುಂಬಿ ಕುಳಿತ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರ. ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಗೀತೆಗೆ ಎದ್ದುನಿಂತ ನಂತರ, ಸಿಗರೇಟ್ ಆರೋಗ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಹಾನಿಕರ ಎನ್ನುವ ಸಂದೇಶದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಆರಂಭ.
ಚಾಲೆಂಜಿಂಗ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ದರ್ಶನ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮತ್ತು ತೆಲುಗಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅದ್ಧೂರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಸಾವಿರಕ್ಕೂ ಅಧಿಕ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ 2ಡಿ ಮತ್ತು 3ಡಿ ವರ್ಷನ್ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದ್ದು, ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಾಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಕಣ್ತುಂಬಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಮುನಿರತ್ನ ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ನೋಡಿದ ಬಹುತೇಕ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಭೇಷ್ ಎಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕ ಮುನಿರತ್ನ ಅವರ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಅದ್ಭುತ. ದರ್ಶನ್ ಅವರ ನಟನೆ
''ಮೀಸೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟವರೆಲ್ಲ ಗಂಡಸರಲ್ಲ, ಮೀಸೆ ತಿರುಗಿಸೋರೆಲ್ಲ ಕೆಂಪೇಗೌಡ ಅಲ್ಲ....'' ಬಹುಶಃ ಕೋಮಲ್ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂತಹ ಮಾಸ್ ಡೈಲಾಗ್ ಕೇಳಿದ್ದು ಇದೇ ಮೊದಲ ಸಲ ಅನ್ಸುತ್ತೆ. ಈ ಡೈಲಾಗ್ ನಷ್ಟೇ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕೂಡ ಸೀರಿಯಸ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಇದು ಔಟ್ ಅಂಡ್ ಔಟ್ ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಚಿತ್ರ.
ದುರ್ಯೋಧನ ಮತ್ತು ಭೀಮನ ನಡುವಿನ ಗದಾ ಯುದ್ಧದಿಂದ ಶುರುವಾಗುವ 'ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ, ಕೊನೆಗೆ ಅದೇ ಗದಾ ಯುದ್ಧ ಮೂಲಕ ಅಂತ್ಯ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಮಹಾಭಾರತ ಎಂಬ ಮಹಾ ಕಾವ್ಯವನ್ನು ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ತೆರೆ ಮೇಲೆ ತರುವಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿತ್ರತಂಡ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. 'ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ' ಕದನ ಬಲು ಸೊಗಸಾಗಿದೆ. ಪೌರಾಣಿಕ ಪ್ರೇಮಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಖುಷಿ ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ.
Kurukshetra Movie Twitter Review :' ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ' ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಾಗಿ ಸುಮಾರು ಎರಡು ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ಕಾತುರದಿಂದ ಕಾಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಇಂದು ಆ ಅದ್ಭುತ ಕ್ಷಣ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಮಹಾಭಾರತದ ಕಥೆ, 3 ಡಿ ಎಫೆಕ್ಟ್, ದರ್ಶನ್ 50ನೇ ಸಿನಿಮಾ, ಬಹುದೊಡ್ಡ ತಾರಾಬಳಗ ಹೀಗೆ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ವಿಶೇಷತೆಗಳಿಂದ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ಎಂಟ್ರಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದೆ. ಮದ್ಯ ರಾತ್ರಿಯಿಂದನೆ ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನವಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಿ
ನಾವು ಪ್ರೀತಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವುದು, ನಮಗೆ ಸಿಗಬೇಕು ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಹೋರಾಟ ನಡೆಸಬೇಕು. ಹೋರಾಟ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ನಮ್ಮ ಒಳಗೆ ಆಗುವ ವಿಷಯ. ಅದು ಹೊರಗಡೆ ಆದ್ರೆ, ಅದೇ ಹೋರಾಟ ಮತ್ತೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಬಳಿ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ನಾವು ಇಷ್ಟಪಟ್ಟಿದನ್ನು ಹೋರಾಟ ಮಾಡಿ ಪಡೆದರೆ, ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಇಷ್ಟಪಡುವುದೆಲ್ಲವೂ ಹುಡುಕಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಬಳಿ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ರಶ್ಮಿಕಾ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುವುದು ಬೇಡ ಎಂದಿದ್ದರಂತೆ ತಂದೆ-ತಾಯಿ
ಹಳ್ಳಿಯ ಒಬ್ಬ ಮುಗ್ದ ಹುಡುಗ ಸಿಟಿಗೆ ಬಂದರೆ ಏನಾಗಬಹುದು...? ಎನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ತಮಾಷೆಯಾಗಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನವೇ 'ಡಿಜ್ಕಿ ಡಿಸೈನ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಹಳ್ಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿ ಬೆಳೆದ ಮಹಾದೇವನಿಗೆ ಒಂದೇ ಆಸೆ. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ದುನಿಯಾ ನೋಡಬೇಕು ಎಂಬುದು. ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ಕಷ್ಟ ಪಟ್ಟು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ತಲುಪುವ ಆತ ಯಾವ ರೀತಿ ಹಾಳಾಗುತ್ತಾನೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಚಿತ್ರದ ಕಥೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೀಳುವ
ಶಾನೆ ಟಾಪಗವ್ಳೆ ಹಾಡಿನ ಮೂಲಕವೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಸದ್ದು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದ 'ಸಿಂಗ' ರಾಜ್ಯದಾದ್ಯಂತ ರಿಲೀಸ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಚಿರಂಜೀವಿ ಸರ್ಜಾ ಮತ್ತು ಅದಿತಿ ಪ್ರಭುದೇವ ಅಭಿನಯದ 'ಸಿಂಗ' ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಿಂದ ಮಿಶ್ರ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದೆ. ಟ್ರೈಲರ್ ಮತ್ತು ಹಾಡುಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಚಿತ್ರಾಭಿಮಾನಿಗಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾರಿ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಮೂಡಿಸಿದ್ದ 'ಸಿಂಗ' ನೋಡಿದವರಿಗೆ ಕೊಂಚ ನಿರಾಸೆ ಮೂಡಿಸಿದೆ. ಆಕ್ಷನ್, ಪಂಚಿಂಗ್ ಡೈಲಾಗ್, ಸೆಂಟಿಮೆಂಟ್ ಎಲ್ಲವು
ಮದುವೆ ಬಳಿಕ ನಟಿ ರಾಧಿಕಾ ಪಂಡಿತ್ ಅಭಿನಯಿಸಿದ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಆದಿಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಪುರಾಣ. ಬಹಳ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿರುವ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಿಶ್ರಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದೆ. ಯಾವುದೇ ರೋಚಕತೆ, ಟ್ವಿಸ್ಟ್, ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲ ಇಲ್ಲದಿರುವು ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯವಾದ ಮನರಂಜನೆ ಇದು ಎಂಬ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯವನ್ನ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸುಮಾರು ಎರಡೂವರೆ ವರ್ಷದ ನಂತರ ರಾಧಿಕಾ ಪಂಡಿತ್ ಅವರನ್ನ ತೆರೆಮೇಲೆ ನೋಡೋದೆ ಒಂದು ಮಜಾ.
ಆದಿ ಒಬ್ಬ ಅಂಡರ್ ಕವರ್ ಪೊಲೀಸ್... ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಟ್ರಾವೆಲ್ ಏಜೆನ್ಸಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುವ ಹುಡುಗಿ.. ಇವರಿಬ್ಬರ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿಯೇ 'ಆದಿ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಪುರಾಣ'. ಬಾಯಿ ಬಿಟ್ಟರೆ ಸುಳ್ಳು ಹೇಳುವ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಸುಳ್ಳಿನ ವಾಸನೆ ಕಂಡರೂ ಆಗದೆ ಇರುವ ಆದಿ, ಇವರಿಬ್ಬರು ಸೇರಿದರೆ ಏನೆಲ್ಲ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ಹಾಸ್ಯದ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಹೇಳುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇದಾಗಿದೆ.
ರಿಯಲ್ ಕಥೆ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ, ಬಾಲಿವುಡ್ ಸಿನಿ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರು ಎತ್ತಿದ ಕೈ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಮತ್ತೆ ಸಾಬೀತು ಆಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ 'ಕ್ವೀನ್' ಎಂಬ ಸುಂದರ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡಿ ಗೆದಿದ್ದ, ವಿಕಾಸ್ ಬಹ್ಲ್ ಮತ್ತೆ ಗೆಲುವಿನ ಸೂಚನೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸೋಲು ಗೆಲುವು ಎಲ್ಲದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಒಂದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 'ಸೂಪರ್ 30' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಹೆಸರಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಹಾಗೆ ಸೂಪರ್ ಆಗಿದೆ.
ಐದು ಗೆಳೆಯರು ಪ್ರವಾಸ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಆ ಪ್ರವಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಯಾನಕ ಘಟನೆಗಳು ನಡೆಯುತ್ತವೆ. ಆ ಘಟನೆಗಳ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಚಿತ್ರಕಥೆಯೇ 'ಚಿತ್ರಕಥಾ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಕಥೆಯ ಒನ್ ಲೈನ್ ಕೇಳಿದರೆ, ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಬಹಳ ಬಂದಿವೆ ಎನಿಸಿದರೂ, ಇದು ಕೊಂಚ ಬೇರೆ ರೀತಿ ಇದೆ. ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಜಾನರ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದಿರುವ ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಲು ಬೇಸರ ಆಗಲ್ಲ. ಹೊಸಬರ
ಪ್ರಿಯಾಂಕಾ ಉಪೇಂದ್ರ ಅಭಿನಯದ ದೇವಕಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಜುಲೈ 5 ರಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಿದ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರು ದೇವಕಿ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಖುಷಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಸಖತ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲಿಂಗ್ ಆಗಿದೆ, ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಸಸ್ಪೆನ್ಸ್ ಮಿಸ್ಟರಿ ಕಥೆ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಲೋಹಿತ್ ಅವರ ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಮೆಚ್ಚುಗೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದ್ದು, ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕವಾಗಿ ದೇವಕಿ ರೋಚಕತೆಯಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದೆಯಂತೆ. ಮಮ್ಮಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ನಂತರ
ಇದು ಅಮ್ಮ ಮಗಳ ಕಥೆ. ಹಾಗೆಂದ ಮಾತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಸೆಂಟಿಮೆಂಟ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಲ್ಲ... ಇಲ್ಲಿ ರೌಡಿಗಳ ಕೌರ್ಯ ಇದೆ ಹಾಗೆಂದು ಇದು ರೌಡಿಂಸಂ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಲ್ಲ... ಮಾಫಿಯಾ ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಅನಾವರಣ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದ್ರೆ, ಇದು ಅಂಡರ್ ವರ್ಲ್ಡ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಲ್ಲವೇ ಅಲ್ಲ.... ಆದರೆ, ಇಷ್ಟೂ ಅಂಶಗಳು ಬೇರೆಯದ್ದೆ ಶೈಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವ ಪಕ್ಕಾ ರಿಯಲಿಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾವೇ 'ದೇವಕಿ'.
ಹ್ಯಾಟ್ರಿಕ್ ಹೀರೋ ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ರುಸ್ತುಂ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನಿನ್ನೆ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಕಂಪ್ಲಿಟ್ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಮಸಾಲೆ, ಮಾಸ್ ಪ್ರಿಯರಿಗೆ ಹೇಳಿ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದ ಚಿತ್ರ, ಶಿವಣ್ಣ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಫುಲ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ ಆಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂಬುದು ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಿ ಬಂದ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ. ಫಿಲ್ಮಿಬೀಟ್ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೂ ರುಸ್ತುಂ ಚಿತ್ರದ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಚಿತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯನ್ನ ಹುಸಿಮಾಡದ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ರವಿವರ್ಮ,
ಹ್ಯಾಟ್ರಿಕ್ ಹೀರೋ ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಬಹು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯ 'ರುಸ್ತುಂ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯದಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಸಾಹಸ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ರವಿವರ್ಮ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಕಟ್ ಹೇಳಿರುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಕನ್ನಡ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಹಿಂದಿ, ತಮಿಳು, ತೆಲುಗು ಚಿತ್ರಗಳು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಭಾಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಹಸ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ರವಿವರ್ಮ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಕಟ್ ಹೇಳಿ ಸೈ
Endurance athlete Cameron Bellamy completed the longest recorded ocean channel swim on Sunday, covering the 151.7 km (94 miles) from Barbados to St Lucia in the Caribbean in 56 hours and 36 minutes, according to the official website tracking his progress.
Sustained excellence from Steve Smith, who scaled new heights with 774 runs, complemented by the searing pace and accuracy of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood enabled Australia to cling on to the Ashes despite losing the final test against England on Sunday by 135 runs.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a debut goal to help Paulo Fonseca secure his first win as AS Roma coach in a 4-2 victory over Sassuolo, after Lazio fell to a shock defeat and Bologna moved into second place in Serie A on Sunday.
Manchester City's Pauline Bremer grabbed a brace of goals in a 2-0 win away to Reading and Chloe Kelly scored two superb long-range strikes of her own as Everton beat Bristol City 2-0 in the second round of games in the FA Women's Super League on Sunday.
Honda's Marc Marquez took another significant stride towards his sixth MotoGP title by seizing victory in a last-lap duel at the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday after missing out in his previous two races.
New Zealander Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit" on Sunday won the audience award given at the end of the Toronto International Film Festival, which has in many past years been a bellwether for Academy Award winners.
Apple TV+ premiered its first show at the Tribeca TV Festival on Saturday, flaunting feminist snark, lavish period costumes and a star-studded cast in "Dickinson," a series that sheds a modern light on the life of an iconic American poet.
Walking the red carpet ahead of the world premiere of "The Sky is Pink" at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas contrasted her life while filming with the experiences of the characters in the movie.
Actress Felicity Huffman, the first parent sentenced in a wide-ranging U.S. college admissions cheating scandal, was given a 14-day prison term on Friday and made a somber apology in federal court for paying to rig her daughter's entrance exam.
American rock star Eddie Money, whose hits including "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On" formed part of the power pop soundtrack of the late 1970s and early 1980s, died in Los Angeles on Friday at age 70, his family said in a statement.
Bruce Springsteen's concert movie "Western Stars" received a standing ovation at its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday, with the rock star describing it as a "continuation of the stories" he has told throughout his career.
Britain's Duchess Meghan returned to work on Thursday for the first time following the birth of her first child with husband Prince Harry to launch a new fashion range whose sales will help a charity supporting unemployed women.
Renée Zellweger said she felt a "sense of responsibility" to portray the late singer Judy Garland as authentically as possible in the movie "Judy," which was shown at the Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday to a standing ovation.
Canadian author Margaret Atwood said a deterioration in women's rights in some parts of the world including in the United States prompted her to write a sequel to her best-selling 1985 novel "The Handmaid's Tale".
Truex passed Kevin Harvick with 20 of 267 laps remaining and went on to cruise to victory in Sunday night’s South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, taking the first win in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.Truex had won four times this season but his most recent victory came in June at Sonoma, Calif., and had not finished better than 13th in the last three races.The win is the ...Keep reading
T8 driver Jamie Whincup played a key role in the chaos, illegally passing the Safety Car after deducing that he'd wrongly been identified as the actual race leader, rather than the effective leader.He was slapped with a drive-through once the race was restarted.While Whincup maintains he made the right call given the circumstances, Supercars officials say his actions made it impossible for ...Keep reading
Logano got held up by a lapped car with two of 80 laps left in the stage which allowed Truex to slip by for the lead. Until then, Logano had dominated the stage.Kyle Larson finished third, Kevin Harvick was fourth and Chase Elliott completed the top-five.Rounding out the top-10 were William Byron, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman.Following the break between Stages ...Keep reading
FUNNY CARBeckman won the 35th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, defeating John Force in the final round and taking over the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points lead. Beckman has been the runner-up four times in 2019 but a 3.958-second pass at 330.07mph gave him the holeshot win over Force’s ...Keep reading
Stefanik was piloting a single-engine, single-seater Aero Ultra-Light aircraft. According to a report from NBC Connecticut, he had taken off from RICONN Airport along the Rhode Island border and crashed into a wooded area near the airport. He was 61 years old.In his career, Stefanik won 74 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races in 453 starts, as well as seven championships between 1989 and ...Keep reading
Logano started 22nd but quickly made his way through the field and took the lead for the first time on Lap 33. He expanded his lead after a round of green-flag pit stops.Aric Almirola finished third, Daniel Suarez was fourth and Austin Dillon completed the top-five.Rounding out the top-10 were Kurt Busch, William Byron, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Erik Jones.Clint Bowyer started ...Keep reading
The Penske driver has made no secret of his plan to have enough points up his sleeve for a carefree Bathurst campaign, as he looks to add a Mount Panorama crown to his glowing CV.That's now been achieved, his record-breaking 17th win of the season at Pukekohe yesterday giving him a 598-point lead over Shane van Gisbergen.His margin is so great that he could DNF both the Bathurst 1000 and ...Keep reading
PrototypeAt the start, despite a lockup into Turn 2, Ricky Taylor held onto the lead and Juan Pablo Montoya did a good enough job to repel Jordan Taylor’s challenge in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac to retain an Acura ARX-05 1-2. Behind the #10 WTR entry, Jonathan Bomarito came muscling through from sixth in the #55 Mazda to grab fourth ahead of Filipe Albuquerque and Felipe Nasr in the ...Keep reading
Gdovic, who shared the #46 Huracan with IndyCar Series regular Conor Daly, got the better of the championship-leading Change Racing pairing of Richard Antinucci and Corey Lewis to close up the title race ahead of the World Finals at Jerez next month. The #1 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing partnership of Sandy Mitchell and Andrea Amici recorded a brace of podium ...Keep reading
Hill, who was using the softer tyres and went from pole position with only 6kg of success ballast, controlled the pace throughout the 27 laps despite two safety car interruptions.The first was caused when seventh-placed starter Senna Proctor spun his BMR Racing Subaru into the path of the following WSR BMW of Andrew Jordan, which took the race two winner and championship chaser into the gravel ...Keep reading
Yamaha put four bikes in the top five in the San Marino Grand Prix, but while Quartararo fought Marc Marquez for victory and Vinales was a close third behind the pair, Rossi ended up 11 seconds adrift of the podium.Rossi said it was unfortunate to miss out on a Misano podium and admitted that he was somewhat alarmed by the size of the gap to the riders ahead."During the weekend we had some ...Keep reading
Rast secured his second DTM title with a round to spare at the Nurburgring after finishing third in Sunday's second race, giving himself an insurmountable points buffer over Audi stablemate Nico Muller heading into next month's Hockenheim season finale.It marked his second triumph in the championship following his run to the title in his rookie campaign in 2017, when he upstaged veteran ...Keep reading
WSR BMW driver Jordan powered away from the front row to claim the lead into Duffus Dip for the first time, while pole man Rory Butcher, who had the less favourable medium tyre and full ballast, slotted into second place in his AmDTuning Honda.While Jordan settled into his rhythm, Butcher came under attack from Dan Cammish's Team Dynamics Honda. The positions swapped at the end of lap six when ...Keep reading
Petronas Yamaha rider Quartararo grabbed the lead from works counterpart Maverick Vinales on the run to the fast Curvone right kink on lap three of 27, and ran at the front until the final tour, resisting race-long pressure from Marquez.The Honda rider passed Quartararo at the start of the final lap, but was countered at the Rio corner of Turn 4 before executing his race-winning move a few ...Keep reading
Hansen placed 15th overall after the opening day at the Bikernieki circuit in Riga, following retirement from Q2 after turn one contact with European Champion Robin Larsson.As bone dry conditions turned to full wet on Sunday morning for the remaining two qualifiers, Hansen was set the best time in Q3 and Q4 to climb to second in the Intermediate Classification, behind points lead Andreas ...Keep reading
Marquez and Rossi tripped each other up in a controversial moment at the end of Q2 on Saturday at Misano when both were pushing for a final laptime.The Honda man said he was confused by Rossi’s “motivation” for holding him up, while the Yamaha rider said afterwards he felt Marquez knew he was deliberately ruining Rossi’s lap, although in the end neither were punished.After making a ...Keep reading
Quartararo had led every lap of the first 26, but was denied a maiden win by Marquez, who had to pass the Frenchman twice on the final tour.Poleman Maverick Vinales had maintained the lead off the line, and the Petronas duo of Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli briefly made it a Yamaha 1-2-3.Marquez, who had started fifth after his qualifying run-in with Valentino Rossi, was up to fourth on ...Keep reading
While Green held off a charging Frijns to end a near-two-year victory drought, the title race swung back and forth throughout.Rast had to outscore Nico Muller by seven points after qualifying second in the morning had earned him an extra two points over Muller, who could only qualify 14th.On the run to the Turn 1 right-hander, the title race looked as good as over when Rast made a perfect ...Keep reading
Butcher had started from a career first BTCC pole in his AmDTuning.com Honda and blasted into an immediate lead, while Jordan powered his WSR-run BMW inside the Team Dynamics Honda of Dan Cammish to grab an early second spot.The race was neutralised early on following a clash between Michael Crees’s Team Hard VW and the Motorbase Ford of Nicolas Hamilton. Once racing resumed on lap ...Keep reading
Ogier took the rally lead from Citroen teammate Esapekka Lappi at the end of Saturday's running and continued to pull out time over the Finn across Sunday’s four stages, finally taking victory by 34.7 seconds.The reigning champion could only managed third on the rally-closing Power Stage however, while title rival Ott Tanak swept up the maximum five points, which leaves Ogier still trailing ...Keep reading
The Pons rider was forced to run wide at the fast Curvone corner on the last lap while chasing Di Giannantonio, and used that momentum to throw his bike up the inside of the Speed Up at the Carro hairpin – the pair making contact in the process.Race Direction placed the incident under investigation, but after both riders attend a hearing with the stewards, no further action was taken.Di ...Keep reading
The American-owned outfit has faced difficulties getting its car into the right tyre operating window for much of the season, and suffered its third consecutive non points-scoring finish in Italy last weekend.Its run of form, and its inability to overcome the tyre issues so Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean can make progress in the races, is something that Steiner is finding hard to ...Keep reading
The beginning of the race was sheer chaos as 10 riders crashed in four laps and, most notably, Canet's bike slowed while he was running third.Canet was forced to pit and he tried to rejoin the race twice, but his bike refused to work properly and the Spaniard had to retire.Makar Yurchenko and Kaito Toba collided at the first corner of the race and Ayumu Sasaki and Sergio Garcia both ...Keep reading
Waters was one of a number of Tickford drivers affected by a confusing Safety Car deployment, which left Jamie Whincup with a penalty and a number of early front-runners buried in the field.While Supercars race control has stood by its procedure, Waters reckons the category needs to take back the championship points awarded for the 200-kilometre encounter."I had a really good race car, was ...Keep reading
"Tickets worth Rupees 52,36,000 were unsold. Why all the tickets were not sold-out? DDCA started online ticket sale quite late that too without proper advertisement," Khanna claimed in a media release.
Axar Patel has become the highest placed India bowler in the latest ICC ODI rankings after breaking into the top-10 bowler's list while legspinner Amit Mishra has vaulted 25 places to enter the top-20.
TOI Sports runs the rule over the performers for India during their 3-2 ODI series win over New Zealand. A report card on the players who featured in India's first ODI series win at home in two years, over NZ across five matches.
Amit Mishra finished with 5/18, his second ODI five-wicket haul as India beat New Zealand by a whopping 190 runs at Visakhapatnam to clinch the five match ODI series 3-2. Mishra was named both Man of the Match and the Player of the series.
"His (Anil Kumble) mental support is the biggest thing for me. I sat out for the entire Test series but he supported me mentally and told me "don't worry, your time will come"," leg-spinner Amit Mishra said.
Bruised and battered by India after being bundled out for a meagre 79 while chasing 270 in the series-deciding fifth and final ODI, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson today termed the performance of his batting department as "frustrating".
Dhoni faced the conventional white ball and practised his trademark shots in a lengthy session at the nets. The series poised at 2-2, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli stayed away from the nets.
"I think the guys are pretty excited to do what no other NZ side has ever done before - come over here and win a one-day series. The excitement in the group is very high," Tim Southee said on the eve of the series decider.
Jadhav, who's playing in place of an indisposed Suresh Raina, bowled for the first time in international cricket when MS Dhoni gave him the ball ahead of the regular spin duo of Axar Patel and Amit Mishra on a seaming Dharamsala track in the first one-dayer.
After scores of 0, 12, 7* and 3, MS Dhoni was sent up the order to No. 3 against Pakistan and proceed to smash 148 off 123 balls with 15 fours and four sixes, setting the platform for India's 356/9 at Visakhapatnam in April 2005.
Sourav Ganguly insisted that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should stick to batting at No 4 which will enable him and Virat Kohli could play the finishers' role. The former Indian captain however said India were not becoming too much over dependent on Kohli.
Eyeing a historic bilateral ODI series win in India, New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said they are hungry to win the five-match series decider on Saturday and make up for the 0-3 whitewash in Tests. "You don't often win series away from home especially in the sub-continent," Taylor said.
India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the job of a finisher is one of the toughest and it is difficult to find a 'complete' player who is adept at batting in lower order and take the team through when the chips are down.
A look at the major talking points from the fourth ODI between India and New Zealand played at Ranchi's JSCA International Stadium on Wednesday where the hosts went down by 19 runs allowing the Kiwis to level the series 2-2
AstraZeneca Plc said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had granted fast track designation for the development of its diabetes drug Farxiga to reduce the risk of deadly heart attacks in some patients.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes besides tobacco and menthol in response to a recent nationwide spate of sometimes deadly lung illnesses that U.S. health officials have linked to vaping.
As U.S health officials scramble to identify the root cause of hundreds of severe lung illnesses tied to vaping, one possible culprit identified so far is a line of illicit marijuana vape products sold under the brand names "Dank Vapes" and "Chronic Carts."
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday recommended approving the first therapy for peanut allergies, which affect over 1.6 million children in the United States, despite raising concerns about the risk of severe allergic reactions it poses to young patients.
U.S. and European drug regulators said on Friday they are reviewing the safety of the widely taken heartburn drug ranitidine, commonly known by the brand name Zantac, after they found traces of a probable cancer-causing impurity in some versions of the medicine.
(Reuters Health) - Women who exhibit many classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be much more likely to develop ovarian cancer than their counterparts who don't, a new study suggests.
(Reuters Health) - No one can say if it's the walks or the unconditional love, but there's something about owning a dog that goes hand in hand with better heart health, suggests a study in eastern Europe.
The U.S. Department of Justice examined using fentanyl in lethal injections as it prepared last year to resume executing condemned prisoners, a then untested use of the powerful, addictive opioid that has helped fuel a national crisis of overdose deaths.
Biogen Inc and Eisai Co Ltd are abandoning two late-stage trials for their Alzheimer's treatment in a widely anticipated move that comes months after the companies scrapped trials of another drug for the memory-robbing disease.
Kenya on Friday began adding a malaria vaccine to its routine immunization schedule for babies and toddlers, becoming the third African country to roll out the vaccine for a disease that threatens children across the continent.
Novartis's investigational multiple sclerosis drug ofatumumab cut the relapse rate in patients by more than half in trials comparing it to Sanofi's Aubagio as the Swiss drugmaker aims to refresh its portfolio of medicines in neurological diseases.
Indonesia will raise the minimum price of cigarettes by more than a third from January next year, a finance ministry spokesman said on Friday, as part of the government's efforts to reduce smoking rates.
A party in Thailand's ruling coalition has proposed a draft law that would allow Thais to grow a limited amount of cannabis at home, less than a year after the country legalised the drug for medicinal purposes and research.
At 60, Sanjay Dutt can give young actors a run for their money when it comes to being fit and fabulous. The recently released trailer of Prasthanam is an evidence of the actor's unmatched flexibility, which age can't quite defy. But no good thing happens until you put in plenty of efforts. In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Dutt revealed the secret to his enviable fitness.
"I think we all have to go to the gym and be on a proper food regime to stay fit. I eat boiled food. I eat six small meals a day, I go to the gym. But I've to get to kick in properly at the gym now", he answered when asked how did he manage to be fit always. Now you know what to do, if you're struggling to find your way to fitness!
Prasthanam, a Hindi remake of the Telugu flick with the same name, will have Dutt playing a politician i.e. Baldev Pratap Singh. The film revolves around a politician and his two sons amid a political backdrop, set in Lucknow. Ali Fazal, who plays one of Dutt's sons, is his desired successor while other pivotal roles will be played by Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Satyajeet Dubey Manisha Koirala and Amyra Dastur. It is slated to release on September 20, 2019.
Actor Rakul Preet Singh joined the list of proud sports team owners as she bought a stake in the Finecab Hyderabad Strikers, of the Tennis Premier League. A joint venture of AITA (All India Tennis Association) and MSLTA (Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association), the league aims to promote the young Tennis talents of the country.
Rakul, in a recent statement, expressed her joy over associating with the tournament. She also credited her army background for knowing how important sports is, in all walks of life.
— Rakul Singh (@Rakulpreet) September 14, 2019
Has she ever tried her hands at Tennis? "Yes, I played as a kid but currently play golf as and when I get time...I played golf at a national level but couldn't pursue it further as I took up modelling..I'm happy that now with this League I will be a part of Tennis in a big way," she answered.
The tournament was founded by former national player Kunal Thakkur and actor/entrepreneur Mrunal Jain and has had a successful first edition last year. Men's and Women's teams, girls' and boys' under-18 teams and wheelchair participants are expected to participate in the upcoming second edition which will kickstart in Mumbai on December 12.
Rakul, although she belongs to Delhi, decided to buy the Hyderabad team since her career in films began in the city. We wish her all the luck in her new entrepreneurship!
Subhash Kapoor will be directing another project before he begins shoot for Aamir Khan starrer Mogul. The film titled Madam ji features Richa Chadha, Saurabh Shukla and Akshay Oberoi. The Jolly LLB 2 director reached Lucknow on Tuesday to do a recce for the film. The film will go on floors in mid-October and the team will shoot continuously for a month.
Reportedly, the filmmaker plans to shoot extensively in the Jahangirabad and Mahmoodabad places, La Martiniere College, Christian College, Malihabad, Aunty House in Narhi and several other places.
Aamir Khan had recently reversed his decision of not working in Mogul directed by Subhash Kapoor after the latter was accused of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo movement in 2018. However, the actor has now decided to go ahead with the project with Subhash Kapoor as the director. The actor said that he believes in 'not guilty until proven' and has also given an elaborate justification on the matter. Mogul is based on the life of the T-series founder Gulshan Kumar. Aamir Khan will be essaying the role of Gulshan Kumar.
Filmmaker Mohit Suri has approached John Abraham for Ek Villain 2. According to a source, John liked the narration and will sign papers shortly. Other cast and crew members are being finalised. An official announcement of the project will be made soon and the film will go on floors early next year.
Ek Villain 2 will be a sequel to the 2014 film starring Riteish Deshmukh, Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor. Ek Villain was an action thriller that narrated the tragic love story of Guru (Sidharth Malhotra) and Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor). Sidharth Malhotra played the role of a gangster in the film, who has a change of heart when he falls in love with Shraddha Kapoor. Meanwhile, Riteish Deshmukh plays a serial killer in the film.
Mohit Suri who directed the first part will be making the sequel as well. The makers have not let out any more details regarding the film.
Meanwhile, John Abraham who was last seen in the film Batla House will next be seen in Anees Bazmee’s comedy film Pagalpanti. The film which is slated to release in December also features Anil Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Rautela and Saurabh Shukla.
Anubhav Sinha's last release Article 15 not only earned great reviews from critics but was also widely loved by the audience. The director is already working on his social drama Thappad, which stars Taapsee Pannu in the lead. On Saturday, Sinha announced a new addition to the cast as actor Pavail Gulati came on board. "Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing to you Pavail Gulati #Thappad @pavailkgulati @taapsee and wish him a happy birthday too today," he wrote on Twitter.
Pavail has earlier appeared on Sidharth Malhotra's Ittefaq and the multi-starrer Kalank. He was last seen in Zoya Akhtar’s web series Made in Heaven. 'I was blown by his audition. I have shot with him for four days now and I must say he is an actor to watch out for next year. This is probably the first time I finalised an actor in a lead part without even having met him and I am happy I did,' he said, discussing Pavail's casting.
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) September 14, 2019
The shoot of Thappad is already on. It is slated to release on March 6, 2020, which also happens to be the Women's Day weekend of the year.
Hrithik Roshan became a dance icon for the youngsters right after his debut film Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai. Who can forget his hook steps in the song ‘Ek Pal Ka Jeena’? That was just the beginning, and Hrithik has been a part of innumerable hit tracks. At 45, he can still give the present generation actors a race for their money when it comes to looking suave and rocking the moves!
To work with such a talented dancer is an added responsibility for any choreographer. Same happened to choreographer duo Bosco and Ceaser who are designing the steps for Hrithik's upcoming release War. ‘Ghungroo’, a track from the film featuring Hrithik and her co-star Vaani Kapoor recently released and took to time to go viral. For the choreographers, however, it wasn't easy to come up with the final hook steps. They wanted to make sure that the steps were in alignment with Hrithik's passion for dance as well as his name and fame as a great dance. We hear Bosco and Ceaser scrapped many a moves before zeroing on the final one!
War also stars Tiger Shroff, who's a self-declared fan of Hrithik. It will be interesting to see how the duo take the big screen by storm. Directed by Siddharth Anand, the film is slated to release on October 2.
Comedian Bharti Singh is all praise for friend and colleague Kapil Sharma. She said that she is happy about his return to TV as his show helps many people run their households. In a recent interview, while talking about Kapil Sharma, Bharti Singh said that every person goes through a dull phase or tough times, but she is glad that he bounced back with full force. She said that his comeback was much needed. She also said that people have bought big cars, houses by doing shows with him.
Kapil Sharma got married to his childhood sweetheart Ginni in December 2018. The couple is currently expecting their first baby. Talking about his marriage, Bharti said that he has changed a lot after marriage. She said that Kapil used to party a lot earlier, but he has stopped doing it after getting married.
Bharti also revealed that Kapil has stopped drinking, smoking and eats home-cooked food. The comedian wraps up shoot by max 10-10:30 pm and heads straight home to spend time with his wife Ginni.
The climax of Salman Khan's Dabangg 3 was recently shot. People familiar to the Dabangg franchise would know that his cop avatar quite a lot of kicking and punching. This time, we hear, it got pretty intense. Already a fitness freak who never misses a day's work out, Salman underwent rigorous training to get his physique right.
In fact, the actor also performed a sequence that demanded him to do an intense hand to hand combat. He also has a couple of bare body shots, and an optimum level of fitness and strength was mandatory for that. The shoot of the last schedule of climax sequence took place in between 4th and 8th September.
Dabangg 3 marks the second union of Salman and Prabhu Dheva, after Wanted. This is the superstar's first film that will be dubbed in multiple languages. While Salman is arguably the biggest crowd-puller of Bollywood, makers reportedly feel that releasing in the film various languages will be a good decision since it emphasises on Salman's pan India stardom.
The film also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Arbaaz Khan, and will release on December 20.
Alia Bhatt is one of the most lauded new-age actresses in the industry. She recently took to her Instagram to announce that she will become the face of Mohey Fashions, which was earlier endorsed by Anushka Sharma with Virat Kohli for Manyavar. As of now, Kartik Aaryan has been roped in to be the new face of Manyavar while Alia will be the face for Mohey Fashions.
Talking about her association with the brand their campaign #DulhanWaaliFeeling, the actress said that through the campaign she looks forward to connecting with young brides from all over. The Highway actress said that the aim of the campaign is to understand a bride’s emotion on her special day.
She posted a couple of pictures in a full-fledged bridal look wearing a cherry red lehenga with the caption, “#DulhanWaliFeeling ????♀ Super excited to be the face of @moheyfashion.. Here’s to new beginnings and beautiful lehengas ????????✨”
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Meanwhile, fans of Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor have circulated an image where Alia can be seen getting married to Ranbir Kapoor. In the original ad, model-actor Kunal Thakur is seen acting as Alia Bhatt’s groom. The image went viral on social media since the fans have been waiting for the wedding news for a while now.
Actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja recently had a screen reunion on the dance reality show Dance India Dance. While Kareena is one of the judges on the show, Sonam was there to promote her upcoming film The Zoya Factor along with co-star Dulquer Salmaan. The two actresses were last seen together on screen for the 2018 film Veere Di Wedding.
The two actresses are not just colleagues but share a great friendship. Kareena and Sonam are often spotted together with their girl gang when they are not busy shooting. On the show, Kareena Kapoor while talking about Sonam Kapoor and working on Veere Di Wedding said, “She is a caring, soft-hearted and thoughtful girl. We had a blast shooting on the set. It is the only reason we want to do Veere Di Wedding 2.”
Kareena Kapoor took the opportunity to announce that Veere Di Wedding 2 will soon be made. Veere Di Wedding that released in 2018 is the story of four friends who walk together on the path of self-discovery after they arrive to attend the wedding of one of them. Apart from Kareena and Sonam, the film also stars Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania. The film was directed by Shashanka Ghosh and co-produced by Rhea Kapoor.
Post marriage, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh will be first seen together in the upcoming sports drama '83. While Ranveer will be seen essaying legendary cricketer Kapil Dev’s character, Deepika will play Dev’s wife Romi Dev. The actor, a couple of months back, flew to London to shoot her part. We even saw photos of Deepika hanging out with Kabir Khan’s daughter.
And if reports are to be believed, then Deepika has wrapped her schedule for the film. The Mumbai schedule begun soon after the team headed back to Mumbai from London. We recently also spotted her offering prayers at Mumbai’s famous Lalbaugcha Raja. Looks like she headed there, just after wrapping the shoot.
Deepika and Ranveer, in the past, have come together thrice; for Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani and the last one being Padmaavat. Interestingly, they didn’t have a happy ending in any of these films. While '83 doesn’t really revolved around Kapil Dev’s equation with his wife, we hear she will have a brief but impactful role to play.
Prior to heading to London, Deepika also finished filming for Meghn Gulzar’s Chhapaak. The film is based on the real life story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.
Way back in the 1977 when ‘Dream Girl’ meant Hema Malini, Dharmendra sang Anand Bakshi’s truly romantic line ‘Kissi Shaayar Ki Ghazal, Dream Girl’…. 42 years later the ceaselessly enterprising Vijay Raaz plays a self-styled shaayar who bores everyone with his cheesy lines, his own wife being his prime victim. The potty-level poet is one low life among many in a film that tells you its okay to seek dubious companionship when loneliness it at its peak.
There is something inherently amusing about people being forced into roles that they were not born to play, Ayushmann Khurrana has lately mastered the art of being cornered by a corny karma… Or, if it not his karma then someone close to him, like his Dad in Badhaai Ho who impregnates his mom at an age when parents are supposed to go on teeth yatras.
In his new film ‘Quality Hero’ Ayushmann’s father (the very talented Annu Kapoor) plays a father who embarrasses his son by falling in love with a coquettish suggestive voice. That the phone friend happens to be his own son moonlighting as a call-centre phone-fatale, is supposed to raise the laugh bar by leaps and bounds.
It does, and it doesn’t. While all the jokes that the narrative milks out of the given situation of a jobless young man posing as a seductive woman on phone are stretched almost to breaking-point, there is something inherently likeable about Khurrana’s constant attempts to push onscreen heroism into dark areas. He isn’t afraid to fall even when the script doesn’t quite provide the support to stay steadily on his feet.
Here he is Karm, alias Pooja the phone-friend who sucks up to lonely men. The assortment of deliberately diverse men besotted by ‘Pooja’ is well played by Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Bannerjee (playing a Mohd Rafi fan who sings only one of the great singer’s songs), Raj Bhansali (playing a spoilt rich brat who cuts his wrist instead of the cake on his birthday when ‘Pooja’ didn’t show up). There is also a part-time lesbian played by Nidhi Bisht who is imagined as an angry man-hater. She too falls in love with ‘Pooja’.
Things get out of hand when Karm, alias Pooja, discovers that his own father is one of the besotted brigade. There is a painfully extended joke on Baap Anu Kapoor converting to Islam as he thinks his phone-love is a Muslim. By the time we wade through Kapoor’s glint-eyed glazed vocabulary of broken Urdu, the plot is so laden with fruitcake characters, you simply want to drown dirty-talking ‘Pooja’ in the nearest porn…I mean, pond.
While the clamour for a faceless company serves as a mischievous metaphor for urban loneliness the humour goes from cheeky to shrieky, with a finale so supremely soaked in self-righteousness it almost feels like a pitch for a tax-exemption by a film that know it doesn’t deserve it.
All misgivings and sins of overstating the theme are swept aside by the central performance. Ayushmann Khurrana has so much fun teasing the gender-bender theme and his ‘Pooja’ is so suffused in the scent of the ardh-nari gone completely ballistic that you remain invested in the proceedings, even when it loses the plot.
Actor Arjun Kapoor is a self-confessed cinephile and has been passing on his recommendations to his fans and followers. Over the past month, the Ishaqzaade actor has been giving show and movie recommendations every Friday through his Instagram handle. He calls this segment, Arjun Recommends. What started as a general Instagram post has become a digital property, courtesy its popularity among his fans.
The actor while talking to a tabloid said that Arjun Recommends is his attempt to bring together like-minded people who love to watch clutter-breaking content. The actor who prefers to discover great shows sitting at home over going to a party said that the platform allows him to engage with people across India and understand the movies and shows that work for them. He wants to develop this into a platform that will encourage people to discuss the good content available on the Internet.
With OTT platforms providing a wide range of content, the actor believes that we are witnessing a period of disruption where each medium is pushing the other to do better. The Gunday actor also said that watching innovative content also helps one understand the kind of shows consumed by people at home. This, in turn, will enable filmmakers to understand what kind of films will urge the audience to hit the theatre.
On the work front, Arjun Kapoor will next be seen in the film Panipat, which is slated to release in December.
Sonam Kapoor, Ahuja's Bollywood debut happened with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya, opposite Ranbir Kapoor. That didn't prove to be a very successful beginning, but Sonam eventually made her way to the name and fame and also established herself as one of the top fashionistas in the industry. Nepotism is an ever-relevant debate and many must have felt she enjoys the sunny side of being Anil Kapoor's daughter. But Sonam says there's no such privilege.
In a recent interview, she opened up on how belonging from a filmy background comes with its own responsibilities. Family legacy always makes room for more comparisons and star-kids constantly have to live up to expectations, she says. She also added that her father never shared her number with anyone for work.
Sonam, who is now promoting her upcoming release The Zoya Factor, suggested that those accusing actors of nepotism should first check what the word means.
Sonam was last seen in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, alongside Rajkummar Rao. Apart from The Zoya Factor, which features her opposite Dulquer Salmaan, she hasn't signed a new film as of yet.
Dream Girl has opened to rave reviews and here's our toast of the town, soaking in the success. Ayushmann Khurrana, who also celebrates his birthday today, is on a roll. From Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho to Article 15 and now Dream Girl, the past year has probably given him more than he could ask for. Amid all the fame and flashlights, however, he has a clear vision as to what he does and does not want to do.
In a recent interview, the actor opened up on the kind of films he will never do. Now, it's a crucial thing for an artist to know what stands opposite to his values. Ayushmann says he is all in for progressive films but will never be a part of regressive cinema. He cited the example of Dream Girl, which, despite being set on the backdrop of 90's, was never out of context.
That's a good thing to come from a popular actor, given that we're fighting tons of regressive values in cinema as well as other walks of life right now!
Ayushmann's Bala, a satire revolving around premature balding, is in progress. He has wrapped shooting for Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo, also starring Amitabh Bachchan. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, a spin-off to his 2017 film Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, will feature him as a homosexual man.
The young Ali Fazal is rapidly acquiring an international stature in Great Britain where he co-starred with, ahem, Dame Judi Dench in the well-received pseudo-historical Victoria & Abdul in 2017. Ali, who will next be seen in the Sanjay Dutt project Prasthanam, is now a pivotal part of the new Agatha Christie adaptation Death On The Nile. “I don’t know how these wonderful things are happening to me and my career. But they are. I leave for shooting in a few days. After that I will be in England for the next 75 days,” says Ali excitedly and tad nervously.
He can’t believe he will be working with some of the most distinguished names in the British and American film industry. “The director Kenneth Branagh is a legend. His Shakespearean adaptations are a testimony to his greatness. And now he’s directing an Agatha Christie adaptation. My mother and I have been Agatha Christie aficionados for as long as I can remember.”
Ali is dazzled by the array of his co-stars in the film. “There is the very happening Armie Hammer, Gal Gadot and Latitia Wright. And now I just heard the amazing Annette Bening has joined the cast. I can see myself having a blast. There’s so much to learn from these actors and technicians. I feel blessed.”
The best part of doing A Death On The Nile for Ali is his character’s colour blindness. “I’m not playing an Indian character. That for me is a big victory. To be an Indian actor and not being pigeon-holed….wow!”
Back home Ali has the Sanjay Dutt starrer Prasthanam and the web series Mirzapur’s second season on hand. “Prasthanam gave me a chance to work with Sanjay Dutt and Manisha Koirala, actors I’ve grown up watching and admiring. As for the second season of Mirzapur, I’ve already completed my work. But there’s time yet before it streams. Mirzapur got me a lot of attention.”
Ali has also quietly finished work on another OTT film. “It’s called House Arrest and it’s a dark comedy about a man who refuses to step out of his home for nine months. It’s not a thriller and it’s not a comedy in the normal sense. It’s hard to define. Shashanka Ghosh is the director, and I am curious to see how audiences react to it.”
As Ali prepares to fly out to London, he mulls over his lengthy separation from girlfriend Richa Chadda. “After a long time I met her at the screening of her film Article 375. She is busy with her career. I with mine. We don’t get to spend as much time together as we’d like.”Also Read: Ali Fazal to star alongside Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot in Agatha Christie’s Death On The Nile adaptation
Anees Bazmee’s film Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 starring Kartik Aaryan will be going on floors in January 2020. However, the makers will be shooting the mahurat shot in the month of September itself. Last month, the makers had revealed the first look posters featuring Kartik Aaryan as a ghostbuster.
The film is a sequel to the 2007 film Bhool Bhulaiyaa which was a remake of a Malayalam film. The film had Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan in the lead with Priyadarshan as the director. However, Bazmee has clarified that Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is not connected to the first film of that title at all. One hears the original title, still popular among moviegoers, is being revived for easy recall value. Otherwise, everything in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 including the actors, technicians and musicians would be different.
Anees Baazmee is yet to decide on the rest of the cast of the film. However, there have been rumours that Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan will be featuring in the film.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani and Krishan Kumar under T-Series and Cine1 Studios. It is being written by Farhad Samji and Akash Kaushik. The film is scheduled to release on July 31, 2020.
It was earlier reported that filmmaker Christopher Nolan's next film Tenet will be shot in Mumbai in mid-September. The film features Indian actress Dimple Kapadia, British veteran actor Michael Caine and Twilight actor Robert Pattinson.
The filmmaker has arrived in the city to kick start the schedule. The Dunkirk director was spotted at the Mumbai airport early on Friday morning. Reportedly, Nolan, along with his team, including a few cast members has already started preparing for the 10-day schedule. The director, who will be leaving the city at the end of the month has conceptualised several action scenes to be shot in the city.
Nolan was in Mumbai last year to attend an event hosted by Film Heritage Foundation's Shivendra Singh Dungarpur to promote the use, restoration and preservation of films. During his short stay in the city, Nolan decided to film Tenet in the city.
The film went on floors in July and will be shot across seven locations, including London and Italy.
National Award-winning director Praveen Morchhale, has filed a case against Maddock Films and writer Niren Bhatt in the Bombay High Court under the Copyright Act 1957, alleging that the story of their upcoming film, the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Bala, sounds similar to the screenplay he has written and narrated to several people in the industry. Bala is a satirical comedy about premature balding. Praveen has said that this was an idea he had conceived in 2015. The filmmaker claims to have worked on the story for two years and also registered the story with the Film Writers’ Association (FWA) in 2007.
Praveen Morchhale is the director of the film Walking With The Wind. The film bagged three National Awards in 2017. While talking to a media house, the director said that he had compiled information from various sources and arrived at the conclusion that the film Bala is very similar to his story and screenplay.
Praveen has narrated his script to several people in the industry. However, he has not directly narrated the concept to Dinesh Vijan, the producer of Bala, or anyone associated with the film. The filmmaker feels that Bala, being based on the same premise as his idea cannot be a mere coincidence.
Praveen reveals that his script was called Mr Yogi, and like Bala, it was a satirical comedy on the struggles and hardships faced in such situations. Reportedly, Maddock films have denied the allegations. “Maddock is not aware of any case being filed against it by Mr Morchhale and denies that he has anything to do with its film Bala. Nobody from Maddock has ever met with Mr Morchhale or is even aware of him being associated with a story of a bald man,” read an official statement from the production house.
Amitabh Bachchan who is currently hosting the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati enjoys interacting with the contestants and the audience. He often ends up revealing personal details about his life. During one of the episodes, the actor recalled his bus ride days in Delhi with "good looking college-going ladies" when he was just a student.
"I used to live near Teen Murti and take a bus for my daily commute to college. This bus used to go around the parliament and CP (Connaught Place) and further leave me at my university," Amitabh said.
"Through this route, especially from CP, a lot of good looking college-going ladies from IP College, Miranda House, used to take this bus. So we used to eagerly wait for the stop to arrive faster and wait for beautiful ladies to get in," he further said. Hearing this, the studio audience was in splits.
He told, "After many years, once I graduated from university and was employed, I met one of the beautiful ladies who used to travel in my bus. Turns out, she had an interesting tale to tell me.”
"She said 'when you used to study in the university, and take the bus, we used to eagerly wait for the bus hoping to catch a glimpse of you'! And the story gets better after this… she said she used to wait at the bus stop every day with a friend and a fellow student whose name was Pran. And each time the bus came, there was only one thought that crossed her mind - Pran (her friend) jaaye par Bachchan na jaaye!"
Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput are a pretty stylish couple. While the actor has a comfy yet chic style, Mira follows both modern and ethnic styles and often impresses the netizens with her fashion statement. Now, the couple has been specially invited by international designer Giorgio Armani for the Milan Fashion Week 2019.
Last year, it was Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja graced the Milan Fashion Week for the same designer. This time, Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput are invited as the guests for the launch of the Giorgio Armani Achkan Collection.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Shahid Kapoor recently gave a double century with Kabir Singh. He is yet to announce his next film but rumour has it that he has signed Jersey remake.ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor can’t stop praising Mira Kapoor for her support and we’re in awe!
Director Anubhav Sinha delivered two hit films back-to-back with Mulk and Article 15. Both films are based on serious subjects. Article 15 is about the prence of caste system in post-modern India, while Mulk is about an Indian Muslim family with a family member suspected to have terror links.
While Anubhav Sinha is considered as a serious filmmaker, he has also made films like Dus, Cash, and Ra. One. In a recent interview, Sinha revealed that he was very uncomfortable making Dus, Cash, and Ra. One. The filmmaker says that most directors make films that reflect their personality.
However, Anubhav Sinha is not in the least derisive of commercial cinema which he acknowledges is a lot more difficult to pull off. Sinha said that what Rohit Shetty does is way more challenging and difficult than making Article 15 or Mulk. He further added that there is a lot more to the director and his creative process than we know.
Anubhav Sinha is currently filming his 11th film titled Thappad starring Taapsee Pannu.
ASICS, a Japanese footwear company, has announced that action star Tiger Shroff will be their new brand ambassador in India. The new association is to promote the brand’s expansion into SportStyle and athleisure.
Tiger Shroff took to Instagram to announce his association and wrote, “Proud to be associated with @asicsindia as the official brand ambassador, a brand that inspires and motivates people to 'move'! The #IMOVEME ideology unifies the brand's founding philosophy of 'a sound mind in a sound body'- something I personally believe in too! Thank you for welcoming me to the already illustrious ASICS family.”
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Proud to be associated with @asicsindia as the official brand ambassador, a brand that inspires and motivates people to 'move'! The #IMOVEME ideology unifies the brand's founding philosophy of 'a sound mind in a sound body'- something I personally believe in too! Thank you for welcoming me to the already illustrious ASICS family. @gopithonakal_4774 @jinson_johnson @karman_thandi @larissabonesi @sakshimalik_official @nikifying @bajrangpunia60 @imbhuvi #ASICS #ASICSIN #IMoveMe
ASICS India wrote, “He pushes the limits in confidence and style. A go-getter who connects the I & Me together. We could not be excited more! Welcoming our new brand ambassador, @tigerjackieshroff, who embodies the spirit of ASICS, and displays strength and agility with ease and comfort.”
Speaking on the association, Rajat Khurana, Managing Director - ASICS India Pvt. Ltd., said, “As a brand, we are extremely delighted to bring on board India’s most promising and versatile actor, Tiger Shroff as the ASICS Brand Ambassador. Our collaboration with Tiger Shroff is special because apart from being a youth icon, he is passionate about being fit and staying stylish. Our aim is to reach out and connect with a larger audience by putting forth our consumers a distinct mix of lifestyle and sports offerings and widen the product portfolio. This association is an extension of the brand’s ‘I Move Me’ campaign and we are confident that it will reinforce our brand ideology and leadership in the market.”
Sharing his enthusiasm about this partnership with ASICS, Tiger Shroff said, “I am absolutely thrilled about representing one of the leading performance wear brands in the world. ASICS has constantly been my go-to gear – be it at the gym, during vacations or even while travelling- I always have my ASICS on! The brand ideology of ASICS resonates perfectly with my fashion and fitness sensibilities. I want to make the most of our association where we inspire and motivate people to ‘move’ and be part of the larger global movement started by ASICS”
The highlight of the new Autumn/Winter collection is the extra bouncy and remarkably comfortable, GEL-QUANTUM 360™ that blends premium style and technology. The shoe infuses sport into a futuristic look, pulling inspiration from GEL™ technology, cushioning and the authenticity of its design. The GEL–QUANTUM 360™ 5 seamlessly mixes bold design and performance, making a strong style statement.
The GEL–QUANTUM 360™ 5 is available across all ASICS stores in India.
On the work front, Tiger Shroff will be next seen in War with Hrithik Roshan, Baaghi 3 and the official remake of Rambo.ALSO READ: Baaghi 3: Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh’s film goes on floor today
Akshay Kumar is soaring high with the success of last release, Mission Mangal. The actor even co-produced the film and brought the story of amazing women of ISRO who helped in the success of Mangalyaan mission. The celebration continues for the actor as the film has entered the Rs. 200 crore club.
Akshay Kumar has been the bankable star of Bollywood but none of his films had a double century until now. Elated about the success of the film, Akshay responded to a fan's tweet which was a collated video of the film earning Rs. 200.16 crore. "This is such a lovely creative Bhushan...our film, Mission Mangal just like this jigsaw puzzle came together with every piece fitting in perfectly and with your love & appreciation reached the 200 crores milestone ????," he wrote.
This is such a lovely creative Bhushan...our film, Mission Mangal just like this jigsaw puzzle came together with every piece fitting in perfectly and with your love & appreciation reached the 200 crores milestone ???? https://t.co/5x8WXUCoZ1
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 13, 2019
Mission Mangal starrer Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi and Nithya Menen. Directed by Jagan Shakti, the film released on Independence Day.ALSO READ: Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Good News now titled Good Newwz
In a society where we are fighting against a hundred stigmas pertaining to mental health, a public figure coming out in open to talk about her battle with anxiety or depression means a lot. A number of A-listers including Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar have earlier opened up on the same. Shraddha Kapoor, recently, said she had accepted anxiety as a part of her life after being diagnosed with it.
Shraddha, in a recent interview, said she was unaware of her anxiety issues for a very long time until she started feeling the symptoms physically. It began after the release of Aashiqui 2 and she consulted a doctor. The actor added that her medical reports were absolutely normal and it left her puzzled as to what the cause of her physical pain really was. She suggests we really accept it as a part of ourselves instead of denying it, deal with it with love!
The actor's latest release Chhichhore is winning hearts all across. Meanwhile, she has also begun shooting for the third edition of the Baaghi franchise alongside Tiger Shroff. Her next release will be Remo D'Souza's Street Dancer 3D, where she romances Varun Dhawan.
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