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With Jaipur’s Jewellery- ‘Veere Di Wedding’ gave some serious wedding goals!

Wondering what happens when Bollywood coalesces with Jaipur’s traditional mystique to give us one of the best contemporary jewellery of the era?

Jaipur, a land adorned with emeralds and rubies is an epitome of alluring ornaments. Traditional aesthetic designs put together with peacock, flowers and elephant motifs and excellence of craftsmanship make the jewels every bride’s wish to bestow their beauty through these pieces of flamboyance. These stunning Jaipuri designs have not only bewitched the wedding’s glimmer and flare but has also enriched the charisma of weddings on reel.

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One such movie is Veere Di Wedding starring Sonam.K.Ahuja and Kareena.K.Khan which has poured out a bold fashion statement spicing up the usual ‘sati-savitri’ wedding looks, yet retaining the elegance of the feminine grace.

Showcasing the glamorous collection from the wardrobe of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla to creating ‘every bride’s dream look’ through eye-catching jewels by Jaipur’s oldest and most reputed jewellery house; Birdhichand, Veere Di Wedding has it all to make your jaw drop.


The characters in the movie have been minimally accessorized breaking the stereotype of wearing heavy full neck jewellery and ornamentations. Alluring jewels adorned by Sonam and Kareena perfectly complement their wedding attire.

  • Pearls beautified into a single-stranded necklace enhance Kareena’s neckline and portray the delicacy of a bride. Gold and pearl beads infuse richness to the subtle colour palette of ivory and yellow. Hair embellished by a dainty wreath of flowers enlightens her fervour for the occasion.

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  • Contrary to Kareena’s finesse, Sonam’s whimsical look stands out as flashy and exciting. Indeed the fashionista herself never fails to miss the mark! Emulating the long dramatic cape on her back are the ‘Jhumkas’ by Birdhichand. These long strands of Kundan earrings strung together with tiny drops of emerald dripping from the jhumkas and studded half-cut emerald grab the attention of the audience as an exquisite piece of intricacy.

6 (1) (1)These looks inspire today’s women to be true to who they are. Go subtle or bold and flashy, go trendy or vintage but be the perfect bride you’ve once imagined to be!

To have a glance at the exquisite jewellery collection, visit Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers located at M.I. Road, Jaipur.

– Content is written by an intern Muskaan Kasat who is pursuing fashion communication at NIFT.






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10 Best Bollywood Comedy Movies You Must Binge Watch This Weekend

Bollywood is one of the biggest film industry in the world and comedy its main genre. Not that we need an excuse to binge-watch super awesome Bollywood comedies, in case you’re looking for one, here’s the perfect one-it’s Saturday.

We thought of making your  weekend a lot more fun. From downright brazen to charmingly silly-here are 10 of Bollywood’s Best Comedies you can totally rely on to keep you rolling on the floor laughing.

  1. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron

This cult classic is a satire on the dark side of politics, media and bureaucracy. Director Kundan Shah managed to keep the tone light while bringing up serious issues. The talented star cast of actors Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik and Neena Gupta brought justice to their roles with brilliant performances. If you are an old soul and love a mix up of seriousness with humour, this movie is for you.

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2. Padosan

‘Padosan’ released in 1968 is the story of a simple village guy played by Sunil Dutt who falls in love with his neighbour Saira Banu. To woo her, he enlists the help of his musical-theatre friends. The film has some of the most famous comedians of its time – Kishore Kumar, Mehmood, Mukri, Raj Kishore and Keshto Mukherjee. This drama filled comic venture is sure to keep you occupied on a rather dull day.

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3. Hera Pheri

You might have seen the damsel in distress act over million times but a cool hunk in distress? Yes, Akshay Kumar brings the character live in this classic directed by Priyadarshan with clever jokes and quips. His character plays around with a rather serious and decent Shyam (Sunil Shetty) and a kind & hilarious garage owner (Paresh Rawal). From beginning to end, the movie is an out and out entertainer, full of comical incidents.

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4. Angoor

Deven Verma and Sanjeev Kumar were seen in dual roles in 1982 comedy ‘Angoor’, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play ‘The Comedy of Errors’. The movie is a super hit comedy that revolves around mistaken identities. Power-packed performances and a confusing plot (but in a positive sense) make this movie a must watch. Every single role in the movie is so well crafted that it will leave you in splits.

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5. Gol Maal

This 1979 Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed masterpiece is in the golden books of Hindi cinema.  The young Amol Palekar gets a job with a petty boss who thinks a man’s moustache and his character are closely interrelated. To keep his boss happy, Amol gets a fake one but the real fun starts when he had to invent his twin after getting caught without a stache by his boss. The funky jingle ‘golmaal hai bhai sab golmaal hai’ wouldn’t let the smile fade from your face.

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6. Andaz Apna Apna

Andaz Apna Apna is a 1994  Hindi comedy film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles. The movie has emerged as a cult film over the years. From dialogues to characters, the film is iconic in more ways than one. The character of Teja is oh so famous among people of every age group. One word to describe the movie is ‘Hilarious’.

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7. Khichdi- The Movie

Khichdi: The Movie is a Hindi comedy film, directed by Aatish Kapadia. It stars Anang Desai, Supriya Pathak, Rajeev Mehta, Nimisha Vakharia and Jamnadas Majethia in the lead roles. It also features cameos from Farah Khan and Satish Shah. The movie is definitely far from the reality but will surely make you laugh every single minute while watching it. Over the top, silly and light-hearted drama is exactly what you need for a day full of laughter.

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8. Satte Pe Satta 

An action-comedy film released in 1982, ‘Satte Pe Satta’ is the story of seven brothers. Ravi (Amitabh) is the eldest of seven brothers. He falls in love with Indu (Hema Malini) and then begins the fun series of events of their journey from unkempt, ill-mannered brats to sophisticated, clean beings. The film has Amitabh in double roles and its great fun to watch the family banter. This classic never gets too old for the taste.

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9. 3 Idiots

This Raju Hirani directed film broke the record of the highest grossing film at the time. The plot involves a clever take on students and their parents’ mentality of ‘following the crowd’ – in this case, blindly choosing engineering as a career. The film stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya and Boman Irani. The movie alongside humour and fun also conveys a strong message of following our real interests rather than doing something that is considered to be good by the society.

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10. Chupke Chupke

Released in 1975, this film is a must-watch for the fans of the comedy genre. The film stars Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan in lead roles. Dharmendra essays the role of Professor Parimal who becomes a driver Pyaremohan Ilahabadi as a part of playing practical jokes on his wife’s family. Chupke Chupke is a classic example of a film where you smile almost all the way through. The great act by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra will leave you wanting for more.

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Now that you have the list and the reason, plug in and watch them all. Let’s laugh a little more this weekend. After all, a lot of laughter even everyday doesn’t hurt 😉


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7 Types of Teachers We All Had

School and College are the best part of one’s life. The memories you make here, you cherish them for lifetime. And it is not just your friends, but your teachers as well who make the journey worthwhile. Today on the occasion of Teacher’s’ Day, we’ve listed the 7 types of teacher we’ve all had, at some point in our lives. Have a look!    

1. The one who let you fall in love
This is for that one teacher who taught us how important it is to fall in love with yourself and others as well. They were the ones who actually made us realize the importance of love and friendship in our life. Any problems with best friends or with that special one, that had the perfect solution for everything. They even made us realize that, it is with the power of love that we can conquer any battle.


2. The one you had a crush on
We’ve all had that one teacher whom we had a major crush on. Not only did the boys loved being around her but she was also a role model for the girls. Although not all of us had such a teacher, Main hu Na gave us major teacher goals and made us dream of having a teacher like Miss Chandni. *Aisi teacher hoti to kabhi class miss na kare* But in reality, many of us had to settle for a Mrs Kakkad. 😉


3. The one who got you
There was always that one teacher who understood us better than anyone. No matter what problem we’re facing, we knew he/she got our back. He/she taught us that it was okay to be different and made us love our flaws. And that was not all, he/she even knew how to make us laugh. What a complete package!


4. The one who had very interesting methods of teaching
We’ve all come across a teacher who had a very unique methodology of teaching. She was the one who made learning fun for us with her new innovative ideas. Classes were no longer boring and we always looked forward to attending her class. 😉



5. The one with dreamy eyes
There was always that one teacher who was very popular among the students. He was like an icon for all. His positive attitude, his charming personality and those dreamy eyes made him everyone’s favourite. Not only did the boys want to be like him but even the girls couldn’t help swooning over his personality.


6. The one who never smiled
Didn’t we all had a very grumpy teacher who never so much as even hinted a smile? Just one look from that teacher and it would scare the hell out of us. He was the reason we would ask our parents to not attend those PTMs because he wouldn’t stop complaining about us. And if we ever saw him outside the campus with his family, there’s only one thought that came to our minds *Kaise jhelte hai gharwale inhe?*


7.The one who didn’t know a thing about their subject
*Ma’am, would you please answer this question of mine?* *Good question, Beta! I’ll get back to you on this tomorrow* Admit it, we’ve all had this conversation with our teachers at least once. These were the ones who never taught us a single word outside the content of our textbooks. While many of us had to hear *Beta exams mein aise questions nahi aate*, the rest of us are still waiting for that *tomorrow* to get our answers.  😛

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Every teacher has some quality that makes them unique in their own ways. They can never be replaced as they’ve a huge contribution in making us who we are today. A big thank you to them all from the bottom of our hearts. Do let us know about the types of teachers you had. HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY !! 😀

Written by our intern: Avni Mehta


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11 Hindi Movies that happily flaunted Rajasthani fabric!

Rajasthan is a state that is filled with varied colors in terms of everything- food, dresses, jewellery, festivals etc. The clothes produced here are not just famous within the state but throughout which has been a major reason why various movies have used Rajasthani fabrics like bandhej, block print, batik print, lehariya.  They not only define the rich tradition of Rajasthanis but also the vibrant culture of its state.

Some of the movies that involved Rajasthani fabric are-

  1. PK
    The movie that ironically got famous because of its much controversial poster with Aamir Khan holding the transistor, also showcased Rajasthani culture in the song, Tharki Chhokro, and even Sanjay Dutt was seen wearing also wears the traditional pagdi, dhoti and kurta for the movie.


2. Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya
Remember the first time you saw the video of ‘Main Tenu Samjhawan Ki’? The song wasn’t original, nor were he lyrics, but it was the beautiful Alia Bhatt running in a colorful leheriya dupatta combined with a white patiala suit that took your heart away 😉 Apart from this one scene, she was seen wearing all kinds of Rajasthani leheriya viz. shirts, kurtis etc throughout the movie.


The lady of her times, Kajol or her character Simran with those specs and curly frizzy hair reminds us of the old days when she carried a lehariya dupatta on white kurti in various scenes.


4. Hum saath saath hain
Mhare hibda me naache mor , tak thaiyya thaiyya .. This song was shot in Rajasthan and in fact proper Rajasthani ghaghra choli with all the accessories were worn by all the three actresses- Tabu, Karishma and Sonali Bendre.


5. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
In this movie, Princess Maithili aka Sonam Kapoor wears a lehariya saree when she drives with the actor Salman Khan in a car. And Anupam Kher wore a Rajastani turban in one of the scenes.  Also, the actor in side role wears a bhandej shirt.


6. Vivah
Both the sisters wear famous Rajasthani block print kurtis that add colors to their lives and fill in the void that persists in their lives with the loss of one of the girls’ father and the other being chained in whims of society.

7. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
The much popular train scene of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where Anjali in her blunt cut is all set to abandon the childhood love of her life for her another friend Tina and while leaving from the station her red bandhej dupatta leaves her arms to rest in Shahrukh’s abode signifying belonging.


8. Shudhh Desi Romance
Major part of the movie was in fact shot in Rajasthan where proper desi attires couldn’t have been missed as they form a very integral part of our culture.

9. Paheli
Amongst all the Pahelis this movie, the one thing that shined was Rani’s bandhej sarees and the dhoti and turban worn by our very own favorite actor, Shah Rukh Khan.


10. Jodha Akbar- Based on historical romances, Jodha Akbar had its scenes shot in Rajasthan when proper costumes belonging to the state were highlighted to reflect the rich historical background that it carries!


11. Lagaan
Gracy Singh with Aamir Khan, A movie that showed how India was bounded by the chains of colonizers whose rampant behavior had to be tolerated at all times. But in all this chaos, Bandhej wasn’t missed in the village girl look of Gracy Singh !


We had a great time hunting this down. Hope you liked it too.

Khamma Ghani! 🙂

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12 Movies in Bollywood that were shot in the Most Scenic Locations of Jaipur

We’ve all heard about the heritage and traditional locations in Jaipur which gave it the name Pink City. So bring out your explorer animal inside you and go for that weekend getaway that you always keep planning.

Search out, go to these places and be the hero of your life! And be sure to tell me how much have these following changed since the last time I visited them 😉

12.) Bhool Bhulaiya (2007)  : We all remember this movie as it still gives us chills while watching it 😉 Even though Maunjulika got out of Vidya Balan real quick, she might come in your nightmare sometimes. This movie was shot in Chomu Palace, Jaipur which is really beautiful property to visit and spend time in.


11) Shudh Desi Romance (2013)  : “Gulaabi yeh sheher”, oh yes, this song was shot in our gulaabi pink city which was filmed in Jaipur at many places. The shooting of the movie was also in Jaipur at Albert Hall, Raj Mandir and Nahargarh which are the most beautiful tourist attractions of Jaipur.


10) Delhi 6 (2009) : Sasural genda phool! The song which gets the thumping started from everyone was shot at Sambhar, Rajasthan. Sambhar lake, its beauty and not to mention its scorching heat makes it an arguable getaway. But try it out in winter, and who knows you might find your hero there 😉


9) Bol Bachchan (2012) : Abhi’s love for Jaipur is not a surprise, given that he owns Jaipur Pink Panthers, and a part of him has been in Jaipur always (from an interview), Chomu Palace to be accurate. This movie is first in our list, for which you don’t have to drive miles to visit the shooting location. So maybe a semi planned day could turn into something like this!

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8) Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998): Bade miyan toh bade miyan chote miyan subhanallah! Waahwaah ! Sorry we can’t help it whenever I read these lines! Casting  Anupam Kher, Raveena Tandon, double role of Amitabh Bachchan and Go Go Go Govindaa. This one location no one should miss at all as it brings back all the fond memories of majestic couple of Raveena and Govinda. Shot at Jaipur Palace this one should be at the top of your Bucket List!

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7) Jodha Akbar (2008) : The most beautiful movie of all the times had various scenes shot in Amber Fort. Although, after so many controversies the movie was not even released in Jaipur but still it holds the beauty of our pink city.

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6) Zubeidaa (2001)  : The film garnered the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and also Karishma Kapoor won the Filmfare for best actress. A scene of the movie was shot in Narain Niwas Palace.


5) Paheli (2005) : We all know the movie was not a big commercial hit but it was India’s entry for Oscars and moreover, the locations in which certain scenes are shot are worth going to. Paheli was shot entirely in Rajasthan in a matter of 45 days! Yes, that’s a record! One of the scenes were shot in Chand Bhaori, the famous stepwell in jaipur and also in Narain Niwas Palace. Enough said, GO NOW!


4) Khoobsurat (2014) : This very “khoobsurat” movie starring Sonam Kapoor and the Pakastani charming actor Fawad Khan was a typical fairy tale kind of a movie 😉 One of the scenes of the movie was shot in Amber Fort.


3) Mughal – e – Azam (1960) : Remember the song “deewani mastani” from  Bajirao Mastani of Deepika? Well, that song was a tribute to “Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna kyaa”  which was shot in the replica of the epic historical place Sheesh Mahal in Amber Fort.


2.) Bajirao Mastani (2015) : As Deepika Padukone stated, she was in 10th grade when she heard about Bajirao Mastani. But who  thought because of the cast changes that teenage girl would be the main lead in the movie after so many years 😉 The graceful dance by Deepika on the song “Mohe Rang Do  Laal” was shot in Amber Fort which is one of the famous forts in Jaipur.

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1.)  Rang De Basanti (2006) : No surprises here if you are from Jaipur, Masti ki Paathshaala at the top of Nahargarh is something which is a second habit of us Jaipurites. Nahargarh fort it is!

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GO GO GO now!

That’ll be all!

(Written by our intern- Kashish Agrawal)

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A Filmy Week To Begin In Jaipur Tomorrow

As theatres keep overflowing with new movie releases, Jaipur brings for you a pool of sensible cinema that you have never experienced before.

Yet another Film festival is opening in Jaipur from Sunday named “16 International Film Festivals”. It is being organized by the internationally acclaimed Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) from May 15 to 22 at the Nile screen of the prestigious Golcha Cinema. Festival films would be screened daily in the evening from 5.00 Pm to 9.15 Pm.


Film personalities from India and abroad have started arriving at the Pink City to participate in the simultaneous 16 film festivals.

Bilal Taheri from Iran, Stela Pelin from Romania and Hasan Nazar from Afghanistan are among the prominent personalities reaching Jaipur who would be taking part in the inaugural session of the festival.

‘Special Talks’ would be held daily at 5 PM which would be followed by film screenings from 6 PM.

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Different subjects like women issues, human rights, democracy, politics and corruption, and development issues, art and culture would be discussed and films based on these themes would be screened besides Children and animation films. Cine goers in Jaipur would have a chance to watch world’s top selected films in the festival.

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A total of 975 films were submitted for the festivals from 60 countries of which top 65 films have been elected for the screening. Among them are seven feature films, five documentary feature films, nine documentary short films, 28 short fiction films, two animation feature films, seven short animation films and seven Advertising films.

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The event will be opening with Political and Democracy Film Festival. The schedule of JIFF will be as follows-

On 15th May senior journalist Tribhuvan would talk on democracy.

On 16th May Chairperson of FICCIFLO Preeti Saboo and film maker Gajendra Shrotriya will discuss the subject “Women in Current Era with special reference to Science and Environment” with Ritu Verma and Pragya Rathor.

On 17th May Hariram Meena and Dr. D.P. Agrawal would discuss the subject “Tribals”.

On 18th May there would be open dialogue on “Rajasthani Cinema : Film Makers, Audiences and Government.

On 19th May Dr. Dushyant and Ish Madhu talwar will discuss “Love and Romentic Cinema”, while Gagan Mishra will discuss Children films, Dr. Vibhuti Pandey and Devesh Sharma would discuss with Ritu Verma and Pragya Rathor the subject of increasing scope in Animation films.

On 20th May Dr. M.K. Devrajan, Kavita Shrivastava and M. Hasan would discuss Human Rights.

On 21st May Ranveer Singh, Dharmendra Kanwar, and Sarvesh Bhatt will discuss with Vinod Bharadwaj on Art and Culture.

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People from all age group can attend the festival. The only film for adult only is ‘Project Marathwada’, based on suicides of farmers. Om Puri plays the lead role in the yet unreleased film.

Founder of the JIFF and 16IFF Hanu Roj said the main objective of the simultaneous film festivals is to create awareness about the issues raised in the selected films. Discussions during the festivals have been designed taking into account intellectual needs of film-goers of all age groups.

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Love Actually Comes In All Sizes In ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’

When the trailer of ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ came out, it definitely looked quirky and intriguing enough to draw attention. But what surely came as a surprise was that without too many promotions and hype, this Yash Raj production was out in the theatres.

We went to watch it thinking that this might be another funny cum sad story where the conventionally good looking Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana) would get married to an overweight girl Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) and they will just eventually accept each other. But we were completely wrong. Even though the movie reminded of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in some parts with the narrow streets and a mismatched couple, it unfolds in a tale that moves closer to reality and fonder to your heart.


The movie is set up in 1995, where a submissive 10th fail boy-next-door Prem, who lives in Haridwar, is forcefully married to rotund Sandhya because she is far more educated than him and an ideal future bread earner for the family. Conflicts arise when Prem realises that this is not what he deserves, and becomes a rebel which compels Sandhya to file for divorce. When the court orders them to give 6 more months to their marriage, they aren’t left with any option. Will they survive this? Watch it to find out.


What makes the movie so special and different is the pragmatic nostalgia of 90s with audio cassettes, old libraries, printed pullovers, Kumar Sanu’s voice and a shop playing Shahrukh Khan’s Darr in a scene. It is their super dramatic families and the refined actors which make the movie funny and adorable at the same time. The innocent chemistry between Prem and Sandhya is very well mixed with tasteful humour like the scene where they express their spiteful feelings by switching Hindi film songs on the transistor one after another.


Ayushmann Khurrana finally steps out of ‘Vicky Donor’ avatar, leaves his comfort zone behind and delivers a performance that justifies his talent and essence in Hindi cinema.  But what truly stole our hearts was the newbie Bhumi Pednekar aka Sandhya, who shows no sign of self pity because of her weight and is a woman who is clear headed and ready to fight for what’s hers to have in society.

The direction by Sharat Katariya is smooth, could have been more fast-paced in the second half, timings are flawless, music is a mix of soothing numbers like Papon’s  with a funny twist like Sunder Susheel and Kumar Sanu’s Dard Karaara is truly an ode to the 90s !!

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Watch it if you are a fan of 90s and need a break from the conventional cinema.

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Is Haider Really A Bang Bang ?

Already riding high on expectations owing to its intriguing and spine-chilling trailer, Haider finally hits theatres. Is Haider really a bang-bang? Let’s find out.

Is Haider Really A Bang Bang ?
Being a hallmark for an exceptional story- telling, the director Vishal Bhardawaj loves translating Shakespeare’s work on screen. This time he creates magic with ‘Hamlet’. The hamlet here is Haider (Shahid Kapoor). Haider is a poetry student who returns his hometown, Srinagar from Aligarh on receiving news of the destruction of his family home and disappearance of his doctor father, Meer. Not only does he learn his father was abducted by security forces for harboring injured militants , but also about illegitimate relationship of his mother, Ghazala (Tabu) with his own uncle, Khurram (Kay Kay). Twist comes in the story when a stranger named Roohdar (Irrfan) passes a message to Haider from his father. What follows next, form the rest!

Is Haider Really A Bang Bang ?
Movie is set in gloomy & tumultuous Kashmir valley and looks at the harsh reality of militant Kashmir of the time 1995, when the value of human life was zero. Director has skillfully fused the greys of personal agony with the black of politics. Full score to the way Kashmir has been depicted. Use of Kashmiri & Urdu accents creates a realistic background for characters. Movie remains breathlessly intense throughout. Stuffed with tense moments, the movie has several dramatic scenes that may give you goosebumps . Despite having all the ingredients right, a confusing screenplay may let you down a bit. Music has a traditional Kashmiri influence, and is totally engaging.

Is Haider Really A Bang Bang ?
The film casting is perfect. The ease with which Shahid plays the role of Haider, is sure shot to win your heart. Tabu, as usual is brilliant and brings out the credibility to her role as Shahid’s mother. Irrfan’s role is small but impactful. Kay Kay Menon is amazing. Shraddha Kapoor is equally superb as Shahid’s love interest, Arshia. The pitch perfect performance of every actor does every bit of justice to Haider.

Is Haider Really A Bang Bang ?
Overall, the movie offers a delightful cinematic experience. If you are accustomed to watching typical Bollywood masala movie, Haider may not appeal to you. But if you admire mature cinema, you won’t be disappointed. For its impressive cinematography, brilliant direction & flawless acting performances, we give Haider 4 STARS.

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Khoobsurat : A Disney Tale


Expecting this to be as good and as funny as original Khubsoorat would be unfair, expecting the lead actress of this movie to match the skills and spontaneity of Rekha would be too much to ask for. So now that we have set your expectations in right perspective let’s start with this journey called Khoobsurat.

When 50% of the hall is empty on the first day evening show of a movie, you surely have a reason to worry about as to what is there in store for next 3 hrs and also when you have already seen lot of youngsters heading towards having a “Daawat” in another Hall of the multiplex. The movie starts with a trailer of Bang Bang and boy you just can’t miss the hot screen presence of Hrithik and Katrina. And immediately a decision to watch Bang Bang on the very first day was taken, like this decision of watching Khoobsurat on the very first day was taken after watching its trailer.

When you see Sonam talking about how she felt like a princess working in a Disney film in the very beginning, you know where the bucks are coming from as Disney is the producer of this movie. Movie starts with Sonam wearing oversized glasses acting as a physiotherapist who claims to have cured Sehwag and Dhoni through her skills. She belongs to typical Delhi Punjabi family that has over the top mother (Kiron Kher in her patent role), a young brat of a brother and silent Bengali father and they will always have chicken shiken for dinner.


Alright, Milli (Sonam) gets a job to cure the Raja of Sambhalgarh ( Aamir Raza Hussain) and she decides to take a journey to the place in a camel cart (??) although her 3G connection kept working as she continues to talk to Manju (her mother) , probably Rekha’s namesake after Khubsoorat. The grand palace of Sambhalgarh has every thing immaculate about it, the heritage, the antiques, the grandness and the people. Rani Sa Nirmala Devi Rathore (Ratna Pathak) is a perfectionist with her “dinner at sharp eight” kind of theories well in place. The Raja does have his sarcastic streaks alive while having his favourite wine. The prince Vikram Singh Rathore ( Fawad Khan) is engaged to Kyra (Aditi Rao) . He is a hard core business man who wouldn’t mind getting a seat of his choice in an aircraft just to get his business deal through.


So Milli reaches Sambhalgarh and as rightly addressed by Prince “Aafat” arrives. She believes in breaking every rule, she believes in rubbing too many people the wrong way, she believes in eating rice through her hand and she believes in taking selfies in every corner of this grand palace and chatting with Manju on Skype through her iPad. As expected, things start to change in this silent and subtle palace. The prince despite everything going against him, falls for her. The members start to like her and she herself falls in deep love with the Prince.

The movie that starts at a great pace slows down in between especially during the songs and emotional scenes. The chemistry between the Prince and Milli could have been projected better. Kiron Kher has nothing to do as from Hum Tum to Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna to Khoobsurat she has played the role in exactly the same manner and expressions i.e loud. Ratna Pathak stands out in her role as Rani sa. She carries the role with a lot of grace and composure. She looks royal in her chiffon sarees with matching brooches. Aamir Raja Hussain played the role of Raja to aplomb. He looks so much at ease playing the character.


As regards the lead characters the role of Milli was tailor made for Sonam in this home production like that of Aisha. She looks natural in her Punjabi girl avatar however fails miserably in emotional and intense scenes. Frankly she looks horrible in romantic scenes. And her wardrobe has nothing stylish about it although they are flashy and colourful. The person to watch is Fawad Khan, he is hot and has a tremendous screen presence. The poise with which he plays the role of Prince Vikram Rathore is credible for a person who is acting in his first hindi movie. He looks like a perfect gentleman in his band galas and blazers. It is only for him that the movie continues to hold on to its interest.


The music is average although Engine ki seeti mein is already a rage. The slow numbers are ok but look misfit in the movie. All and all, it’s a good family movie with no vulgar scenes. There are moments that are really funny and then there are moments when the movie drags. Just watch it for Fawad Khan and terrific acting by Ratna Pathak and Aamir Raja Hussain and yes there is Sonam too 😉


Rating 3/5