‘Bhoomi’: Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao chemistry elevates the film (Movie Review, Rating ****)

Film: ‘Bhoomi’; Director: Omung Kumar; Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sharad Kelkar, Shekhar Suman; Rating: ****

“Jadd se ya dhadh se?” Sanjay Dutt plays a cruel KBC with his daughter’s rapist, offering to either kill or castrate him.

The pleading begging rapist takes the knife and plunges it into his pants.

I squirmed , as I was meant to. Bhoomi a film about a father and daughter’s revenge on her wrongdoers set in the seamier side of the city of the Taj Mahal, is not an easy film to view. Just because it stars Sanjay Dutt, don’t expect him to rise Phoenix-like to the occasion. With remarkable disregard for his larger-than-strife image, Sanjay Dutt plays an aging caring doting father who is a helpless mute entity in the case to fight his daughter’s violators.

The rape-revenge motif has been done so much to death I wondered why we need another film on the theme. But “Bhoomi” has plenty of surprises to offer. It never lets the very beautiful Aditi Rao play the victim-card eventhough she is violated humiliated and vilified repeatedly. Yet she stands tall and dignified. This could be because Aditi Rao in the film’s titlular role is just so frigging ethereal. Her makeup-free scrubbed and honest face conveys hurt, suppressed anger and hastily dismissed bewilderment. She is a treat to watch.

Put her on screen with Dutt and you have magic. Scenes such as the one where she tells her broken dad it’s time to rise above the tragedy, are pitch-perfect in their shrill yearnings, neither overstating nor trivializing the very grim issue of rape.

Sanjay Dutt though a little wheezy and out of rhythm, is heartrendingly avuncular.His breakdown in the courtroom is so raw and unrehearsed it washes away all cynicism. He seems so protective of his “Betu” and so shattered by her violation that we tend to forgive the film’s absolute absence of novelty. A parent grieving over a daughter’s rape is not just familiar territory it is also a territory that threatens to explode under the weight of overstatement in our cinema.

With rather unnecessary detailing Bhoomi charts out the daughter’s rape. Shot in a ramshackle single theatre ironically named Bhagwan Talkies, the gangrape is filmed against a backdrop of a film being screened within the film. In this way we are reminded of how cinema is responsible for an increase in sex crimes. (more)


Movie review: Wonder Woman reinvigorates tired superhero conventions

The story is repositioned to the trenches of World War I

“Wonder Woman! All the world’s waiting for you,” rang the theme song to the classic 1970s television show as one-time Miss World America, Lynda Carter, transformed into the star-spangled superhero. Yet while gun-toting raccoons headline today’s superhero movies, the world has waited a long time for its most famous female superhero to receive a dedicated film.

Female superheroes have been confined to sidekick roles (Black Widow is the highest profile Avenger without her own movie) or relegated to TV (where Jessica Jones and Supergirl kick ass on a weekly basis). Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is the first major female-led superhero movie – and as a hero, her antecedents reach back to the suffragettes.

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As historian Jill Lepore details in The Secret History of Wonder Woman, the formative years of Wonder Woman’s creator, psychologist William Moulton Marston, took place against the backdrop of the suffragette movement. As a freshman, he had heard Emmeline Pankhurst speak when she visited Harvard in 1911.

An advocate for women’s rights, Marston would later describe the “blood-curdling masculinity” of comic books as their “worst offence”. His remedy? To create a “feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman”. So in October 1941, All Star Comics introduced Wonder Woman, “to whom the problems and feats of men are mere child’s play”. Read more

Salman Khan not worried about Baahubali 2 box office record

Baahubali: The Conclusion has so far collected over Rs 1,500 crore across the world

SS Rajamouli’s “Baahubali: The Conclusion” may be setting the box office on fire but superstar Salman Khan said he doesn’t get worried about the business of a film as he thinks every movie has its own destiny.

“Baahubali: The Beginning” released on July 10, 2015, a week before Salman’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.

“Baahubali: The Conclusion”, which hit theatres on April 28, has so far collected over Rs 1,500 crore across the world.

“After ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’, we came up with “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”. Now after ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’, we are coming up with ‘Tubelight’. There is a lot of pressure on the CEO of Salman Khan Films. I don’t get worried so much. It is a phenomenal success and it is amazing.

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“I have not seen the film but I will watch it. But it doesn’t matter (box office records) as I think every film has its own destiny. Lets see what the destiny of ‘Tubelight’ is and how much it earns,” Salman told reporters here at the trailer launch of “Tubelight”.

The “Dabangg” star on a lighter note further said, “They (referring to Rajamouli doing one film in four years) do one film in four years, I do two films in a year and the average is that much.”

Salman’s brother, actor Sohail Khan, who also stars in “Tubelight”, said it’s good if a movie sets a record at the box office.

“It’s lovely when a film does well commercially as it sets a yardstick (for other films). It’s nice that ‘Baahubali…’ did well,” Sohail said.

During the launch, Salman seemed emotional while talking about his other co-star, legendary actor Om Puri. (more)

Brad Pitt in Mumbai to attend War Machine screening, meets Shah Rukh Khan

The 53-year-old actor plays a US General posted in Afghanistan

Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is in India to promote his latest film, the Netflix satire “War Machine”.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will be moderating a special chat session here with Pitt, in which the two actors will discuss the project.

In the movie, the 53-year-old actor plays a US General posted in Afghanistan.

Directed by David Michod, of “Animal Kingdom” fame, the Netflix Original film is inspired by the book “The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan” by late journalist Michael Hastings.

An investment in the range of $60 million also makes it Netflix’s biggest-budget feature to date.

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Surprise! Brad Pitt in India to promote ‘War Machine’

Pitt’s character is loosely based on General Stanley A McChrystal, a retired United States Army general best-known for his command of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

His last assignment was as Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, US Forces Afghanistan.

Hastings’s blistering profile on McChrystal led to his firing by Obama.

Pitt’s company Plan B is also one of the producers of the film.

The first big-budget Hollywood movie on Netflix will be released on May 26.

Celina Jaitly pregnant with twins again

Actress Celina Jaitly is expecting twins with her hotelier husband Peter Haag, who are due in October this year.

The 35-year-old actress is already a mother to five- year-old twin sons, Winston and Viraaj.

Celina, who has entered her second trimester, says they were “initially shocked” when they got to know they were pregnant with twins again.

“Doctor was doing ultrasound and Peter asked the doctor if it is twins this time too. Doctor said yes and we both were initially shocked,” Celina told PTI in an exclusive interview over phone from Dubai.

“We were exhilarated because the first thing that came in our mind was that we are the chosen one. We are God fearing and we feel God chooses special people to be parents of multiple children.”

Both Celina and Peter love kids and are aware of the challenges as parents.

The “No Entry” actress says, “My mother always advised me that there is no perfect way to be a mother and father, but there are a million ways to be a good parent.

“I have always believed there are no rules to be parent. My husband is 100 per cent involved in the pregnancy and we both take our responsibilities seriously as parents.” (more)

Deepika Padukone & Aishwarya rai makes Cannes red carpet debut

All eyes were on Deepika Padukone with bated breath to see how she would turn up on her first red carpet appearance as a brand ambassador for Loreal at Cannes

she finally put her fashionable foot forward, she made sure to look like a million bucks.

Dressed in a dainty wine coloured net ensemble, designed by Marchesa Notte. She looked bold and classy as she strutted down the coveted red carpet.

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Cannes gets an added dose of drama as Netflix makes its festival debut

Opening the 2017 Festival is French director Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts

The red carpet has been rolled out and the stars are taking their photo calls as the aristocracy of the film industry gathers at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes for the 70th annual film festival. From Afghanistan to Zambia, film makers, buyers, screenwriters, distributors, critics, academics and cineastes bunker down together for 12 days of communal cinematic consumption in dark rooms interspersed with heady business and critical discussion in the glare of the Mediterranean sunlight.

Opening the 2017 Festival is French director Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts, which is screening out of competition and kicks off a line up that includes 49 films from 29 countries, 12 of them by female directors.

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The festival groups its selection (invited from more than 1,000 submitted films) into a number of strands: “the Competition”; “Un Certain Regard”; “Director’s Fortnight” and “Critic’s Week” all of which have their own programme of films. Complementing these strands are special events such as “Midnight Screenings”, “Cannes at 70” screenings, “Cannes Classics” and “Out of Competition” screenings – including, this year, a new thriller from Roman Polanski.

Thierry Frémaux, the Festival’s artistic director, is in charge of selection – and this year his choice is characterised by a lower number of Hollywood films than usual. He has also gone for a more pronounced political tone in the films, on themes such as migration, sex trafficking and the refugee crisis. Another feature of this year’s selection is the screening of films financed by media streaming platforms, including Netflix and Amazon, and the inclusion of “cinematic” television dramas. Read more

Vin Diesel landed in Mumbai to promote xXx

Deepika Padukone & Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel received a rousing reception when he landed in Mumbai to promote his forthcoming release xXx: Return of the Xander Cage

The American actor was accompanied by co-star Deepika Padukone, who is making her Hollywood debut with xXx, and director DJ Caruso.

Diesel looked excited as he waved out to the media and to the crowd there with much gusto.

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The much awaited Hollywood action flick ‘xXx

People have been waiting for Vin Diesel to join Deepika Padukone in India for the promotions of the flick and finally the day is here!

The two will be arriving in aamchi Mumbai today, after completing their London promotional tour.

As per the schedule, they would be attending a special event at High Street Phoenix Courtyard, 5:00 pm onwards.

It doesn’t end here, the latest musical sensation and the much loved, DJ Nucleya has been roped in to make the stars and the fans groove to his electrifying beats! This crowd event is open to all those who are waiting to grab a sight of the actors!

On the same note, DJ Nucleya has built up his name as one of the biggest electronic music artists in the country.

‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ title track top trending Hindi song

Ranbir Kapoor’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” title track is the most trending Hindi song of the year, with “Kala Chashma” following on number two, according to Google India.

The song from the Karan Johar-directed film is penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya while Pritam has composed the track crooned by Arjit Singh.

The list also includes the title track of superstar Salman Khan’S “Sultan,” “Tere Sang Yaara” from “Rustom” and “Nashe Si Chad Gayi” from “Befikre”.

In the top trending English song list “Closer” by The Chainsmokers is on number one position followed by “Champion (Dwayne “DJ” Bravo) and Sia’s “Cheap Thrills”.

Coldplay’s “Hymn for the weekend,” video which has been shot in India, is at the fourth position.

Indian origin child actor Neel Sethi, who played the lead role of in “The Jungle Book,” has made it to most trending Hollywood celebrities list, topped by Jaden Smith.

Margot Robbie, Tom Hiddleston, Leonardo Di Caprio and Ryan Reynolds are also in top ten in the same category.

‘बाहुबली 2’ से पहले देखिए राणा दग्‍गुबती का ‘गाजी’ से फर्स्‍ट लुक

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करण जौहर की धर्मा प्रोडक्‍शंंस हिंदी में इस फिल्‍म का डिस्‍ट्रीब्‍यूशन कर रही है और उन्‍होंने ही ‘गाजी’ से राणा दग्‍गुबती का फर्स्‍ट लुक शेयर किया है। नई दिल्ली। राणा दग्गुबती के फैंस के लिए अगला साल वाकई में एक्साइटिंग होने वाला है। एक तो उनकी ‘बाहुबली 2’ आ रही है, जिसका लंबे समय से दर्शकों को बेसब्री से इंतजार है, वहीं राणा की एक और महत्वपूर्ण फिल्म आ रही है ‘गाजी’ जिसमें वो एक नेवी ऑफिसर का किरदार निभाते दिखेंगे। राणा इस फिल्म में पानी के भीतर युद्ध करते नजर आएंगे। इसको भारत की पहली अंडरवाटर वार फिल्म बताया जा रहा है और कई भाषाओं में इसका निर्माण किया जा रहा है। इसलिए बॉलीवुड दर्शकों को निराश होने की बिल्कुल भी जरूरत नहीं है। करण जौहर की धर्मा प्रोडक्शंंस हिंदी में इस फिल्म का डिस्ट्रीब्यूशन कर रही है और उन्होंने ही ‘गाजी’ से राणा का फर्स्ट लुक शेयर किया है। इसमें वो नेवी ऑफिसर के लुक में नजर आ रहे हैं और काफी दमदार लग रहे हैं। इसे देखकर ‘गाजी’ के प्रति दर्शकों की दिलचस्पी और भी बढ़ जाएगी।

इस फिल्म के राइटर व डायरेक्टर संकल्प हैं, वहीं ‘पिंक’ से दर्शकों को प्रभावित करने वालींं तापसी पन्नू फीमेल लीड के रोल में हैं। फिल्म के अगले साल फरवरी में रिलीज होने की संभावना है। 12 साल पहले ऐसे दिखते थे शाहरुख, प्रियंका और रानी मुखर्जी जैसे ये सितारे

आज भी आपके मन में ये सवाल तो आता ही होगा कि आखिर कटप्पा ने बाहुबली को क्यों मारा. लेकिन अब इसका जवाब जानने के लिए आपको ज्यादा दिन तक इंतजार नहीं करना पड़ेगा. क्योंकि फिल्म लगभग बनकर तैयार है. और अगले साल रिलीज होने वाली है.

आपको बता दें कि फिल्म ‘बाहुबली’ में भल्लाल देव की यादगार भूमिका निभाने वाले राणा डग्‍गुबती का आज (14 दिसंबर) को बर्थडे है. राणा 32 साल के हो गए हैं. ‘बाहुबली’ के निर्देशक ने इनके बर्थडे पर नया पोस्टर जारी किया है.

फिल्म के निर्देशक एस.एस. राजामौली ने ट्वीट करके आने वाली फिल्म ‘बाहुबली 2’ का पोस्टर जारी किया.

एसएस राजामौली के निर्देशन में ही यह दूसरा भाग तैयार हुआ है. अब संभव है प्रभास का पोस्टर भी जल्द जारी किया जाए.