Akshay may not be a Khan, but he is the one and only AKSHAY KUMAR of Bollywood and nobody is even close to replacing him in the industry. Majorly, because his work speaks for itself. He will next be seen in the Twinkle Khanna produced Padman, a film based on the life of entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham. Another exceptional piece of work that I am eagerly waiting for.
Yeh Dillagi, Khiladi, Hera Pheri, Housefull, Airlift, the list just goes on… Not only has Akshay Kumar given Bollywood some of its most fabulous work in the past three decades but has also become the best example of an outsider who has established himself as a superstar. And even though movie buffs usually credit Shah Rukh Khan with that tag, I think Akshay Kumar deserves it much more than him. On the Toilet: Ek Prem Katha actor’s 50th birthday, here’s why this A-lister deserves a lot more attention than he is getting.
Debuting with Abbas-Mustan’s Khiladi, Akshay established himself as action star in his early years. Being a black belt in Taekwondo, what could one expect? But soon enough, he broke out of this action hero image and started essaying negative roles like the ones in Khiladi 420 and Ajnabee among others. He also had a huge hit in the form of Yash Chopra’s Dil Toh Pagal Hai as a supporting romantic actor. But here’s where the story got interesting. Even after completing almost a decade in the industry, Akshay had more surprises to offer. In 2000, came Hera Pheri and Akshay proved yet again that there was no genre he couldn’t nail. Bollywood then saw a string of Akshay Kumar’s superhit comedies such as Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Garam Masala, Deewane Huye Pagal, Phir Hera Pheri and the Housefull franchise.
Cut to 2017, there is no role I can’t imagine Akshay doing. Be it the madly-in-love lover boy Arjun in Namastey London, the responsible Indian in Airlift or Rustom, or of course, the mischievous punk Raju in Hera Pheri. Akshay may not have the fan following as crazy as a Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan, but he has carved a niche for himself. His films are working– at the box office and with the critics– that too, for all the right reasons. And that is what matters in the end. Be it Jolly LLB 2 or Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, this A-lister already has two films in the 100 crore club and both of them have managed to get rave reviews from all of the top critics. Well, not to mention, this is the same time when we are also witnessing the miserable failure of SRK’s Jab Harry Met Sejal and Salman’s Tubelight.
So what is it? Is Akshay choosing the right scripts? Or is he playing the perfect characters? Whatever it may be, there is no doubt that Akshay is doing a fabulous job and I wish he continues to do the same in the future. Because now his stardom has reached the point where he can even back strong content-driven films like Naam Shabana, Special 26, Airlift and Rustom.
Akshay may not be a Khan, but he is the one and only AKSHAY KUMAR of Bollywood and nobody is even close to replacing him in the industry. Majorly, because his work speaks for itself. He will next be seen in the Twinkle Khanna produced Padman, a film based on the life of entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham. Another exceptional piece of work that I am eagerly waiting for!
Here’s wishing the 50-year-old a very happy birthday!
It was not only Hrithik whom Kangana attacked with the sword of her harsh words, filmmaker Karan Johar, writer Apurva Asrani, director Ketan Mehta, and some unnamed actor's wife were also brought in the dock of Kangana's court. Here is how they reacted on Kangana's claims.
Kangana Ranaut turned the dynamics of the industry upside down as she appeared on the talk shows of senior journalists Rajeev Masand and Rajat Sharma. The fearless actor didn’t mince words while talking about her relationships, be it with Aditya Pancholi, Adhyayan Suman or Hrithik Roshan. But as she got talking about the intimate details of her relationship with her Kites and Krrish 3 co-actor Hrithik, the Queen of Bollywood dominated the entire conversation.
With many accusations, Kangana who ‘dares to dislike’ ended on a note where Hrithik was portrayed in a bad light and somewhere public opinion turned against him. But for Hrithik’s ex-wife Sussanne Khan, a ‘good soul’ can never be triumphed over by an ‘evil plot’.
It was not only Hrithik whom Kangana attacked with the sword of her harsh words, filmmaker Karan Johar, writer Apurva Asrani, director Ketan Mehta, and some unnamed actor’s wife were also brought in the dock of Kangana’s court.
But, some of these celebrities chose to hit back at the Simran actor either directly or indirectly. Read through to find out who had what to say in their defence.
1. Sussanne Khan
A day after the episode of Aap Ki Adalat with Kangana Ranaut as a guest aired on national television, Hrithik’s ex-wife, Sussanne came out in his support and shared a selfie with the actor. Taking a dig at what Kangana claimed on the show, Sussanne captioned the image, “There is no allegation or a sad evil plot that can have the weight to triumph over a good soul. #mafamilia #powerofthetruth 🤗#pureheart 😇🖤.”
2. Aditya Pancholi
Kangana was in a relationship with Aditya Pancholi during her struggling days. In her interview with Rajat Sharma, Kangana accused him of holding her under house arrest and exploiting her. A furious Aditya reacted on the accusations in strong words as he told Bollywoodlife.com, “She is a mad girl, what to do, did you see the interview? Didn’t you feel like some mad person was talking? Who talks like that? We have been in the industry for so long, nobody has ever spoken anything so evil about anyone. What should I say, she’s a mad girl. If you throw stones in mud, it will only spoil your clothes.” Adding to it he said, “She is lying that’s why I am taking legal action against her.”
3. Apurva Asrani
Apurva Asrani who had a public feud with Kangana over writing credits of Simran came out in public to vent out his anger on what Kangana said about him on the talk show. The writer wrote a long post on his social media account and later when indianexpress.com got in touch with him, Apurva said, “It was done and dusted for me. Clearly, she wants to give me more publicity. I’d much rather we focus on the wonderful story that Simran is and not on all these conflicts one has with various people.”
Here is what he wrote on Facebook:
“I’m frigging tired of this wave of pseudo-feminism that has swept our timelines and I want to call it out once & for all. Because women who transgress the limits of decency & fair play by saying ‘men did it, so why can’t we?’ only compound the problem.
As a gay man, I have suffered patriarchy all my life. But today, I also suffer the pseudo feminists, who cheer gleefully when a woman commits a crime.
The others, like public watching a matador and a raging bull, don’t care about right or wrong, they only applaud when they see blood.
We have become a society that celebrates a woman for being a ‘rule breaker’, but shames a man for the same. You forget that this breaking of rules, irrespective of gender, has a far deeper effect. It tramples on the lives of innocent people–those that you carelessly write off a collateral damage. I’m not ok with that.
I have seen many prolific women journalists celebrate these so called ‘rule breakers’ and I want to ask them this question, ‘are you investigating thoroughly? Are you asking the difficult questions?? Or are you cutting someone slack because she’s also a woman? Because she is ready to do battle where you can’t, will you turn a blind eye to where she could actually be wrong?? Shouldn’t you be holding both sexes equally accountable??’
I’m not ok with women settling scores with men by falsely claiming they molested them. I’m not ok with women who can’t handle being broken up with and then manipulate the world to shame the man.
And lastly, I’m not with film makers getting bullied and writers getting fucked over just because you are an outspoken woman. Injustice is injustice. Period.”
4. Adhyayan Suman
Kangana Ranaut was accused of beating up Adhyayan Suman and practising black magic on him. Clearing herself of the accusations, Kangana said, “He was 95 kgs and I was of 49 kgs. How could I ever hit him? I wouldn’t be able to? However, now that I look at it, I should have hit him.” As indianexpress.com contacted Adhyayan for his reaction, the actor said, “Sorry haven’t heard about the interview …been too caught up with the more important things in life… and I am not interested in knowing about it either. It’s ok for people to have opinions and at this time I don’t have one. Will talk soon. Need to get back for my shot.”
Karan Johar posted a cryptic tweet after Kangana’s comment that she doesn’t wish to work with Karan as her career’s only flop film Ungli in which she had a 10-minute role was given to her by K Jo. As Kangana’s statement went viral, Karan without mentioning her name wrote, “Ungrateful people need a reality check!!!!!!!!”
The desi version of the American show 'Lip Sync Battle' has come to India titled as, 'Lip Sing Battle' which will be hosted by none other than choreographer-director, Farah Khan. Interestingly, the Indian version of the show, with Farah Khan as show runner, will involve personalities from the field of cinema, music, and sports battling each other.
The latest to join her on the show are Arjun Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar. Farah posted a funny post on her Instagram account from the sets of the show. In the picture, Farah is posing with Farhan and Arjun for a perfect 'crazy' click. She captioned the picture as, "Mere FARHAN-ARJUN aayenge!! #lipsingbattle gets crazier! @faroutakhtar @arjunkapoor #funbecomes."
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan movie review: This comedy of middle-class-Dilli-manners-and-mores suffers from a sit-com flatness. And when everything is meant to make us laugh, you can quite easily deflect attention from the main premise. The Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar film resists the temptation to tart up the ordinary, which is the best part: no one’s calling attention quirky, everyone is real.
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan star cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Seema Pahwa, Brijendra Kala
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan director: RS Prasanna
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan rating: 2.5 stars
When you want to get it on, and you can’t get it up, what do you do?
A Bollywood mainstream movie asking this kind of tricky question deserves serious props, even if it isn’t original. Shubh Mangal Savdhan is a remake of 2013 Tamil film Kalyana Samayal Sadham. But still and all, hurrah.
Sometimes the course of true love is rocky. And Mudit (Khurrana) and Sugandha aka Sugu (Pednekar) find this the hard way when certain male private parts turn limp, and what is meant to be a passionate pre-marital tumble rumbles into a deal-breaker.
Of course, director R Prasanna (who also directed the Tamil version) plays it for laughs. It’s that kind of film. That’s the only way we can watch just how erectile dysfunction can ruin relationships: otherwise it would turn into an anatomy lesson. And the characters surrounding our sad-sack lovers, Mudit’s mother and father, and Sugu’s parents and younger brother, plus sundry uncles and aunts and best friends, are all part of the ha-ha-hee-hee brigade.
When the lines fit right into the situation, we laugh out loud. The highlight of the film is a conversation between a morose Sugu and her mom (the most excellent Pahwa, who is on a roll, after Bareilly Ki Barfi) which attempts to unpack the secret of the birds and the bees. It is hilarious, and is borderline revolutionary because we’ve had fathers and sons do this in our movies, but not so much ma-and-beti’, and certainly not at such length.
A few other bits and pieces are genuinely funny as well. Both Mudit and Sugu play ordinary, and that’s a good thing: we see them sipping ‘thele ki chai’, supping on street-‘chaat’ and picnicking in un-manicured Delhi gardens. We see no well-known monuments at all, which is even better. And the film resists the temptation to tart up the ordinary, which is the best part: no one’s calling attention quirky, everyone is real.
But overall this comedy of middle-class-Dilli-manners-and-mores suffers from a sit-com flatness, and a sagging climax. The film falls into the category of ‘could have been better’, but I’m charmed by the premise and the honesty-minus-vulgarity with which it’s been done.
When the action stays between the two main leads, whom we have seen play so well together in Dum Laga Ke Haisha, the film comes together, terrible pun fully intended. Pednekar once again reminds us just how convincing she can be as a real honest-to-goodness young woman in search of love. I’m now longing to see her do something more than the ‘gharelu-gunwati’ young woman parts : she’s in danger of being typecast. And Khurrana once again is in fine fettle: from a brawny Punjabi fertile Aryan ‘puttar’ that he plays in Vicky Donor to a fellow who can’t, he’s inhabited both ends of spectrum, showing no performance anxiety at all.
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