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English Shows to Binge Watch before the Summer Ends!

Today we are living in the era of World Wide Web, Jaipurites are becoming more and more techno-savvy, we are internet freaks who are crazy after Instagram, YouTube and also these days’ web series is super popular amongst us. Let’s move forward with the list of amazing English Web Series.

  1. 2 Broke Girls

The show revolves around the lives of Max Black, (Kat Dennings) a daughter of a poor, working-class mother, and Caroline Channing, (Beth Behrs) born rich but now penniless because her father got caught operating a Ponzi scheme. Now both working as waitresses at the same Brooklyn diner. The two soon become friends and started working towards their dream of opening their own cupcake shop. The show is nothing like the mainstream chick-flicks and will definitely leave you rolling on the ground laughing. The show has also won a People’s Choice Award and an Emmy Award & is available on Amazon Prime Video.
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  1. The Office

The show depict the life in an office. It consists of relationships between boss and employees/co-workers. It is created in a satire effect to create humor and comedy. Some of the main characters include Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the boss, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), a paper sales-man, Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer), a secretary, and Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), another paper sales-man. There are more sales & accounting people that work in the office that add to the story. The show will have you laughing, crying, celebrating, and falling in love with these characters every step of the way. It has won five Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and many other awards. You sure don’t want to miss out on watching The Office which is available on Amazon Prime Video.
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  1. Homeland

 The show is a spy thriller where the protagonist, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), is a CIA officer who has a bipolar disorder and believes that Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), who is being held captive by al-Qaeda as Prisoner of War, has been turned against them and poses a threat to the U.S. This sets Mathison on her covert mission. If you’re as intrigued as we are and want to find out where Mathison’s mission will take her as a CIA officer and will she be able to continue her mission, you will have to watch Homeland which is available on Hotstar. The show has garnered global praise and has won Emmy awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and other awards. It is set to premiere its final season in late 2019.

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  1. Hannibal

Hannibal is a Psychological horror-thriller. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is a FBI profiler. Jack Crawford (Lawrence Fishburne), who is head of Behavioral Sciences, hires Graham for investigation of a serial-killing that is taking place in Minnesota. While investigating, Graham finds that he himself is getting affected by the disturbing psychiatric behavior and starts to experience hallucinations and disorientation. The series unfolds a new aspect of Will Graham and his struggle to fight his dark-side while Hannibal embraces his own dark-side and wants Graham to learn the same. For all those looking for a mind-bending series that makes you think, “is that even possible?” watch Hannibal. It is available on Netflix.

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  1. American Horror Story

An American anthology-horror television series, with each season conceived as a self-contained mini-series, each following a different set of characters, setting, and storyline. Each season has a different story to tell about many horrific things and places. The series takes its genre very seriously and leaves its viewers off balance and disturbed afterwards. So if horror is your genre then you need to be watching American Horror Story. The show is currently available on Hotstar.

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  1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

 You have been living under rock if you don’t already know about F.R.I.E.N.D.S. It’s a classic sitcom. The story revolves around the lives of six friends in their 20’s and an insomnia cafe. Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) flees from her wedding and finds Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), a NYC Chef and her childhood friend, and soon becomes a part of their group of singles which includes Joey Tribibiani (Matt LeBlanc), a struggling actor, Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), a masseuse, and Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), a newly divorced Paleontologist and Monica’s elder brother. Friends gives you all the humor, romance, career issues, sentiments, and overall a dream to experience the same with your own friends. Friends is available on Netflix and we highly recommend binge watching it.

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  1. Breaking Bad

 Yet another classic, Braking Bad, is a neo-western crime-drama series. It tells the story of a struggling and depressed Chemistry school teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), with a stage-3 lung cancer. His disease causes this meek high school teacher to turn towards crime. He starts manufacturing and selling crystallized meth (recreational drug) under the name Heisenberg, to secure his family’s financial future. The show garnered appreciation world-wide and received 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, and the list goes on. The show has even made it to the Guinness World Records. Now where will this new secret identity lead Walter is something you don’t want to miss. Breaking Bad is available on Netflix, so don’t miss this extraordinary series.

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  1. Chernobyl

 A magnificent series based on a true story, Chernobyl dramatizes one of the worst man-made catastrophes in the history of human-kind. The series concentrates on the nuclear plant disaster that took place in Soviet Ukraine in April, 1986. The show informs us of the cause of the disaster and stories of several people who died in it. The series released recently and has already been praised by television critics across the ocean alike. It is available on Hotstar for the Indian audience.

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  1. How I Met Your Mother

An American live-action sitcom, How I Met Your Mother, is a frame story, Ted Mosby in the year 2030, narrates to his children the events that led him to meet their mother. The story starts in 2005 in New York City and involves his best friends Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), a womanizing- playboy, Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), news reporter, and long-lasting couple, Marshall Erikson (Jason Segal) and Lily Aldrin (Alison Hannigan). The story goes through the journey of Ted meeting the mother of his children, ups and downs in their careers, and Marshall and Lily’s relationship. Overall, the show has unique structure, humor, and incorporation of dramatic elements. It is available on Hotstar.

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  1. Family Guy

Family Guy is an animated sitcom that centers around the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter Griffins and Lois Griffins, their children Meg, Chris and Stewie, and their anthropomorphic pet dog, Brian. The series is majorly based on self-referential humor and emphasizes on gags that make reference to current events and/or modern cultural icons. Although the series has been a part of several criticism and controversy, it gives you a hearty laugh. Also, they have special episode dedicated to India. Do watch it and have fun.

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  1. The Simpsons

 Another hilarious animated sitcom is The Simpsons which is set in a satirical depiction of the working class and includes parodies of American culture and society, television, and the human condition.  The main characters are the Simpson family who live in Springfield town (fictitious name). Though the Simpson are a dysfunctional family, many episodes examine their relationships and bonds with each other, which provides its audience with a mix of emotions. The Simpsons have also been a part of various controversies, bans, and even racial stereotyping due to its nature. But it has been one of the most high grossing, long-running show, so you cannot afford to miss it!

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  1. Big Bang Theory

 Apart from being an acclaimed sitcom, what’s amazing about this show was that it was filmed in front of a live audience. Big Bang Theory is all you need if you are a self-acclaimed nerd or a science lover. You ask why? David Saltzberg, a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, LA, checks scripts himself and provides dialogue, mathematics, equations, and the diagrams used as props for the show. Sounds nerdy-enough! Go online and checkout the chronicles of Leonardo, Sheldon, Penny, Raj, Howard, Bernadette and Amy and tell us who you relate to the most. The series is available on Hotstar.

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  1. Arrow

This one is for all the DC comic lovers. Arrow, is a superhero series about a billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen a.k.a. Arrow (Stephen Amell), who is isolated from the rest of the world due to a shipwreck and spends five years of his life on a mysterious island. On returning, he decides to spend his life fighting crime and corruption as a secret vigilante, and chooses a bow and arrow as the weapon of his choice. Follow Arrow through his journey against crime and find out if he succeeds. It is available on Netflix and Hotstar.

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  1. Flash

Another DC character that has been leaving his mark on TV is Flash. The idea of Flash came to surface after two appearances by Barry on Arrow. Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed by getting struck by lightning and after awakening from coma finds out about his power, hence, becomes Flash. He uses his powers to fight-off criminals while keeping his identity a secret. The series experience loads of time-travel too, which makes it all the more interesting to watch. You can watch the series on Hotstar.

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  1. Mindhunter

Mindhunter is a crime-drama web series based on the book. The series is set in 1977 – in the early days of criminal psychology and profiling at the FBI. The show focuses on FBI agents Holden Ford (Johnathan Groff), agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), and psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv). This series will push the boundaries of how you think and will make you wonder how these killers are triggered by the slightest of the things. Watch out for the Mindhunter only on Netflix.

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  1. Law and Order

 Law and order is a legal-drama that dramatizes police procedures. Each episode is divided into two parts whereby the first part follows police work and the later part follows legal and courtroom proceedings. Though the show was criticized, it gives an insight of the police, detectives, and trial that takes place during an investigation. If you crave for a show that provides you with a new mystery/case to solve every time you watch it, then this is your ‘must watch show’. The show is available on Hulu.

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  1. Grey’s Anatomy

 Grey’s Anatomy is a drama show that provides you romance, comedy, emotions, and a lot of acquaintances to medical lives. The fictional series focuses on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians both in terms of their careers as they develop into seasoned doctors, and their personal lives and relationships. It has tried to aptly depict how the doctors struggle to balance their personal lives with their hectic professional lives, which often leads to serious stress. It introduces us to the side of doctors that we often miss to see either as a patient or an acquaintance. To all the doctors out there now we understand, and if you too want to have a deeper dig at it, don’t miss Grey’s Anatomy. You can watch it on Hotstar.

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  1. This is Us

 An amalgamation of romance-comedy-tragedy-drama, This is Us follows the lives of three siblings known as “Big Three” (Kevin, Kate and Randal) and their parents Jack and Rebecca. It is full of heart-wrenching moments and is guaranteed to leave you in tears with every episode. If you want to go for emotional rollercoaster ride then bring out that ice-cream tub and binge watch. This is Us, on Hotstar.

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  1. House of Cards

 House of Cards is an American political-thriller series set in Washington D.C. and is the story of the power-hungry Congressman, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), and his equally ambitious wife, Clair Underwood (Robin Wright). The series depicts how the duo seek each other’s success to each other’s ventures and how the lust of power drives Frank Underwood to do vile things such as having an affair, ruining reputations, and even killing. Watch out for conspiracy of Frank Underwood on Netflix.

 

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  1. Designated Survivors

 The next political-thriller on the block has to be the Designated Survivors. It is the story of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Thomas Kirkman, who was named Designated Survivor after surviving an explosion that claimed the lives of the President and everyone in the line of succession except for him. This leads to Kirkman immediately becoming the President, unaware of what is to come next. The show is available on Netflix.

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  1. Westworld

 Westworld is a science-fiction show set in an unspecified time in the future. Westworld is a theme park which allows guests to experience the old times, an environment populated by ‘hosts’ (androids, nearly indistinguishable from humans). Hosts are supposed to fulfill guest’s every desire and follow a predetermined set of intertwining narratives. This cycle of narrative keeps on going as new guests arrive because their memories are reset and then repeated daily. But problems are about to arise in Westworld as members of a small group of hosts are starting to retrieve some of the memories from their previous life. Will the Hosts recover completely or will they continue to be exploited by their guests? Watch Westworld to find out, available on Hotstar.

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  1. Stranger Things

 The next series that has been garnering appreciation all over the globe is Stranger Things, a science fiction-horror series. The series is set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins. Things starts to get wired after a secret paranormal experiment that includes human subjects conducted by Hawkins National Laboratory goes wrong and ends up creating a portal to an alternate dimension known as “The Upside Down” after which a boy called Will Byers gets abducted by a creature from the Upside Down. Now Will’s friends are in search of him, will they be able to find him? Watch the journey of the kids in search of their friend, only on Netflix!

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  1. Sherlock

 Sherlock is a British crime-drama based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. The show is set in modern-day London where Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) solves various mysteries with his flat mate and friend, Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman). Though the Londoners are suspicious of him in the beginning, his intellect and exceptionality persuade them of his value. Watch Sherlock’s expedition from a detective to a reluctant celebrity. You can watch the series on Netflix.

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  1. Dexter

Dexter is a crime-drama-mystery, set in Miami. Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) works with Miami Metro Police Department as a forensic technician specializing in blood splatter pattern analysis and leads a secret life as vigilant serial killer, who only kills those criminals that slipped from the hands of justice system. What lead Dexter to become what he is? Do you think he is a monster or a guardian? Watch and decide for yourself on Hotstar.

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Get your schedule all set and your chores done to start binge watching these shows and making the most of your free time!

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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 Events In And Around Jaipur That Will Rock Your New Year

“Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book , let us write it well !”

New year brings brand new opportunities and opens new doors for a fresh start. New day brings more cheer and happiness along with a lot of fun new events to attend in the city of Jaipur. All the events are ready you just need to grab your bags and make the new year hip and happening ! 🙂

  • Lifestyle Exhibitions   

Brand new fashion with fresh collection is awaiting your arrival ! This year brings tremendous in-vogue fashion that can give you a complete makeover. Jhalak Exhibition brings the trendiest fashion apparel right from traditional to western and accessories to go along with. One of the most prestigious wedding shopping experience is going to be offered by Shimmer Wedding and Gift Expo. For all your home needs under one roof, Dahleez Exhibition is coming to Pink City. Girls out there this is a perfect chance to get the trendiest in town !

 

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  •   Rang Rajasthan

Get the perfect look and feel of the Rajasthani art and culture at Rang Rajasthan where Rajasthani plays, celebrity talk shows and folk performances in collaboration with national and international acclaimed directors and mentors will be given a platform to showcase their talent. Experience it in this seven day festival.

Date: 6th-12th January

Venue: JKK

Time: 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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  • TOSS Photography Project

For all the photographers and potential photographers, here is an opportunity for you to learn the technicals of photography along with the creative aspects of it from the first-hand experience of Preeth Singh, the Nat-Geo photographer. Just grab your cameras and get going !

Date: 9th-19th January

Venue: The Open Space Society, Adarsh Nagar

Time: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

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  • International Kite Festival

International kite festival celebrated as Makar Sankranti in Jaipur is the most colourful festival of the year where kites are flown high and the sky gets filled with mesmerizing sights. Sweets like gajak, til ke laddu and feeni are usually eaten on this auspicious day.

Date: 14th January

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  • Ranthambore Festival

Dwell under the stars where soulful folk and music performances, naked-eye astronomy, forest experiences and breath-taking wildlife stories are awaiting your presence. Book your tickets now.

Date: 19th-21st January

Venue: Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore

Time: 6 a.m. onwards

  • Rajasthan International Film Festival

Selection of best feature films, documentaries and short films from all around the globe along with gala events, seminar and workshops will be showcased in this four day extravaganza. All the movie buffs, mark your calendars now !

Date: 20th-23rd January

Venue: Inox Crystal Palm

Time: 3 p.m. onwards

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  • Jaipur Literature Festival

The Greatest Literary Show on Earth is back with a bigger and grander level this season. Celebrated speakers and writers from all over the world will be gracing the event with their esteemed presence. Jaipur Literature Festival is for one and all, don’t miss it !

Date: 25th-29th January

Venue: Diggi Palace

Time: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Here is wishing you a very Happy New Year ! 🙂

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9 Places In Jaipur To Take Your Kids And Make This Children’s Day Rocking

Even though for every parent, every day is Children’s day, you might sometimes be unable to take out enough time for them or find out what interests them the most ! So here is a list of the places in Jaipur where you can take your kids on this Children’s Day and create wonderful memories for them 🙂

  1. Snow park

The newly opened Snowpark in GT Central is definitely the talk of town ! And why won’t it be? It has snow, snowman, snow white and seven dwarves, the cool slides and fun sledging ! Take your children there and have a superb time playing with snow, getting pictures clicked, take cool rides and gift them a unique experience 😀

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  1. Patrika Book Fair

If your child spends most of his/her time in the library at school or is found reading after doing their homework, there is no better gift for him than to take him to the Patrika Book fair this Children’s Day and let him choose as many books as he wants to at really good schemes and prices. 🙂 This way, they will get to have their way with books without making a hole in your pocket 😉 You will also find school books and delicious food stalls here so no cooking dinner for them thereafter 😀

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  1. Modern Masti 7 D

There is no kid who doesn’t love watching those movies, where they don’t just watch it, but feel like a part of it ! With more than 7 special effects, when these seats move according to the screen and shows you some very interesting shows, your child is sure to have a thrilling time at Modern 7D located at Pink Square, Jaipur !!
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  1. Floating Leaf Cafe

Extend your children’s day celebration plans as floating leaf cafe is organizing the kids carnival where endless entertaining activities like  cake cutting, games, rides, tattoo, photo booth, Khoi bag await your kids. It will be a fun event for the toddlers who can enjoy interesting activities along with delicious food options like chaat, pasta, pizza and more. The entry fee is 500 per person.

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  1. Movie

With a big tub of popcorn and tall glass of cold drink, a child feels like he/she is in a perfect heaven of entertainment. So take the little kids to a movie and watch them getting lost in their own world for 3 hours straight.

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  1. Purple

    There are few places where one feels like a child again and Purple promises the same fun & excitement . This gaming parlour has a complete package of entertainment and fun where your children and you can spend quality time together,  Enjoying thrilling video games along with some scrumptious food options.purple jaipur
  1. Museum

Instead of talking about their classmates and crushes, do they talk about history of kings and queens and may be extinct palaces ?? Museum is the place they will find their happiness in. Take them to the Albert Hall or City palace and be their guide by showing a few antiques, weapons and tell them war stories and see how they get transported to that era and have the best time ever 😀

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  1. Jaipur Zoo

If your child loves to watch Discovery channel and is truly interested in watching animals and their cute ways, just take them for a tour to the Jaipur Zoo. Located near Albert Hall museum, it is quite a delight to watch with a huge variety of animals !!

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  1. Scary House

    Have you ever caught your child reading Goosebumps or watching horror soap operas/movies, don’t worry it will only make them more imaginative and adventurous 😉 Surprise him by taking him to the spooky Scary House at Pink Square or Triton and watch him have all the fun among those creepy ghosts and skeletons 😉scary house

Happy Children’s Day 🙂

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10 reasons why Ek Villain is likely to cross the 100 crore mark soon

  1. The trailers are more thrilling than the movie and hence the audience are drawn to the theaters.
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  2. You get to watch the only experiment done by Mohit Suri in the movie ‘The chocolaty Siddharth Malhotra playing an angry bird’.
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  3. Our obsession with the concept of terrorist turned lover and a psycho killer.
  4. Shraddha Kapoor’s pretty wardrobe and zaroorat se zyada happy & dreamy character as she’s dying of …oops ! The film did not care to mention the disease as she’s anyway going to be murdered later.
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  5. The jokes told by the kuchi koo couple that are as old and obvious as the plot of revenge.
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  6. Ritesh Deshmukh’s debut in a negative shade where you won’t get a chance to pity or laugh at him.
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  7. The audience feels equally and at times more intelligent than the movie by predicting the next scene and even the climax.
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  8. An annoying wife played by Aamna Sharif who you can’t wait to get murdered.
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  9. A couple of good songs which get over before interval and you lose even the last hope you were holding on to for the rest of the movie.
  10. Prachi Desai’s forgettable item number ‘Awari’ where you can easily go out and grab some popcorn.
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Get set for a bumpy Highway !

If Yash Chopra was the king of filming the picturesque landscapes of Europe, after Highway you can easily call Imtiaz Ali the Emporer of sceneries in India. But make no mistake, this is no dreamy romance in the Alps and lakes, this is a journey of a high-society Delhi girl Veera (Alia) who gets kidnapped by a group headed by Mahabir (Randeep Hooda) and is moved from one place to another which eventually turns into a fun-filled road trip that changes her life forever.

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As the movie begins with the usual gundagardi treating the victim harshly, it smoothly takes a turn in the brilliantly done spine chilling scene where Veera reveals her darkest secret from childhood to Mahabir from where they start to develop a bond that is rare and unimaginable.

The movie has its moments that will tickle your funny bones like the first actual dialogue between Alia and Hooda where she apologizes for her misbehavior despite being mistreated by him. Another amusing and enjoyable scene is where she suddenly plays English music and breaks into a bindaas seductive dance in the middle of the road while Hooda gapes at her in utter curiosity and surprise. This reminded us a little of a short scene from the movie Dor where the young widow played by Ayesha Takia starts tapping feet to a song while walking on a street.

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Alia Bhatt unquestionably steals the thunder despite acting very much like the bubbly, confused and over talkative heroines of Imtiaz Ali. What she adds to this typical character is the pain, frustration and intensity that definitely travel to the audiences’ hearts as they feel her anguish like their own. Hooda remains silent for most of the time and proves yet again that he is a tremendous actor as he effortlessly plays an intense kidnapper who has a hidden side to his raw character.

The movie is shot on various road highways of India viz. Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. The screenplay is such that you would feel like pausing the movie and capture some moments with a click.

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There are stretched silences, some slow moving scenes with no background scores, and that’s where you feel the magic of admiring nature in peace. Rahman’s music in the right places is as soothing as the stunning Kashmir ki waadiyan. As Pataakha Guddi spreads joy and makes you feel like dancing freely, Sooha Saha sung by Alia Bhatt takes you to a semi-trance with its extremely peaceful voice and feel.

So get ready for an adventurous journey on this Highway that will take you some miles away from your comfort zone through a roller coaster ride that will shake you, but will be totally worth it !

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Oh why Ranbir ? Why be Besharam ?

 
When you have a movie directed by Abhinav Kashyap, director of Dabangg and have Rishi, Neetu and Ranbir Kapoor acting together for the first time, you really are looking for some thing special. Ranbir Kapoor’s releases are supposed to be the most looked forward releases these days, who can forget the massive opening of Yeh Jawaani. So we at Jaipur Beat decided to watch the movie on the very first day that was released on Wednesday and not Friday for a change due to 2nd October holiday.
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The movie starts with a pretty impressive looking Javed Jaafri (Chandel) as a villian. Must say he is one of the most underrated actors of Hindi films. That Ranbir Kapoor is getting names such as Bunny (YJHD) and now Bubbli in this movie is some thing that defies any logic. May be he is trying really hard to live up to his image of chocolaty hero. Any ways Bubbli is a car thief who also happens to be an orphan. Like a modern day Robinhood, he donates every income from his “not so noble profession” to his orphanage. Pallavi Sharda (Tara), a debutant, is supposed to work in an architecture firm as manager and lives in Delhi-6 kind of colony in Delhi. That she buys a 25 lakh worth of Mercedes B Class in the very first scene of the movie to attend a friend’s wedding is the lamest excuse you can come across. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor play Police as Inspector and Constable and are called Chulbul and Bulbul Chautala in this movie.
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So Bubbli steals the Merc of Tara and hands it over to Chandel not knowing its hers. Now as he was deeply in love with her and clearly indicated that by barging into her office once, he realises his mistake and decides to steal the Merc again from Chandel. The first half of the movie is totally disconnected and clearly misses any connection. In one scene Ranbir is dancing with all funny clothes and in another he is trying to act like SRK in a shaadi song.
The story takes a turn when it is found out that the car which Bubbli stole back also has huge cash in its boot. So the cash takes a full circle from Bubbli to Chautalas to Chandel. The climax is totally predictable and you can even guess the next scene. There are funny moments in between but overall the director has tried to make Ranbir look and act like Salman in maximum part of the movie. Now having a Salman hangover is one thing and asking Ranbir to act like him is totally another matter. The climax has scenes taken out from Gadar, Ajab Prem ki gajab kahaani and of course Dabangg. Watching Rishi Kapoor with his physique act like a tough cop is quite a hilarious moment of the film.
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Its hard to understand why Ranbir Kapoor would do this movie. He looked good in parts but again those cheap dialogues do not augur well with his profile. And what was the need to show his butt crack once again ? Probably he took the title of this movie way too seriously. The wikipedia introduction of Pallavi Sharda states that she is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. Watching her moves that look so cheap and vulgar at times, its hard to be convinced by this intro. She does look pretty at times but fails miserably in emotional scenes. Rishi and Neetu Kapoor could have been the highlight of the movie. In fact Neetu Kapoor looks extremely graceful even as a constable. Although at times they do sound a genuine couple but the cheap dialogues take away the authenticity of the relationship.
The songs felt forced and some of them try to copy music of 70’s and 80’s. The music by Lalit Pandit (of Jatin-Lalit fame) is overall average with an exception of  Tu Hai  by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal and Dil Ka jo Haal hai by Abhijeet and Shreya.
At the end it was really disappointing to see Ranbir Kapoor in this movie. But the blessing in disguise is what would be the fate of this movie if he wasn’t there. If you have nothing substantial to do in life and are ok with a little bit double meaning cheap comedy this movie is for you other wise staying away from this is advisable.