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“Khaandani Shafkhana is a brave and uninhibited offbeat entertainer“ – A Subhash K Jha Review

Khaandani Shafkhana

Starring Sonakshi Sinha,Varun Sharma,Priyanshu Jora, Kulbhushan Kharbanda,Annu Kapoor, Nadira Babbar

Directed by Shilpi Dasgputa

There are some wonderful things happening in this offbeat entertainer. For one, the tightlipped stuffed shirts are being made to talk about, ahem, sex.

When did Bollywood lose its inhibitions? Probably when we were watching B R Ishara’s Chetna or Rajinder Singh Bedi’s Dastak, revolutionary films way back in the 1970s where women were shown to have a sexual appetite that needed fuelling in a country that won’t even acknowledge male sexuality and its pitfalls unless done in whispers.

Here in this brave and uninhibited film, an anonymous woman comes to a courtroom and speaks of a husband whose ‘balloon’ had no ‘gas’ until he visited the notorious Baby Bedi’s sex clinic.

Baby, by the way, is played with feisty energy by Sonakshi Sinha. Whether riding her rickety scootie to work,
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“Love Per Square Foot is Quirkily Captivating” – Subhash K Jha Review

Love Per Square Foot

Starring Vicky Kaushal, Angira Dhar, Alankrita Sahai, Raghuvir Yadav, Supriya Pathak, Ratna Pathak Shah, Kunaal Roy Kapoor

Directed by Anand Tiwari

Not too many people write love letters these days. So let’s celebrate this love letter from actor-turned-director Anand Tiwari to Basu Chatterjee. Tiwari’s Love per Square Foot, released on Netflix and is to be released in theatres in April, falls in the space of those bitter-sweet dramas about the housing space that we saw in the 1970s.

You know, Basu Chatterjee Piya Ka Ghar, Bhim Sain’s Garonda, Rajinder Singh Bedi’s Dastak. This is Basu Chatterjee’s universe unplugged, updated and remixed, of train commuters, auto riders and bus travelers falling in love on the road.

With lot of sex, rather, sexy suggestions of sex, thrown in. In one sequence when Vicky Kaushal’s Sanjay Chaturvedi is close-dancing Angira Dhar’s Karina
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Rohit Vaid gets set to direct Dhyan Chand

After Omung Kumar it is time for another debutant director Rohit Vaid to take on the enormous responsibility of putting on celluloid the life of an eminent sportsperson. The bio-pic on the distinguished hockey player Dhyan Chand, long on the anvil, is now ready to take off with Rohit Vaid directing the project.

Rohit who has 23 years of experience directing television software and 6 years as an ad filmmaker, has nurtured the dream of directing a film on Dhyan Chand for years.

Ila Bedi, the grand-daughter of the Urdu-Hindi litterateur Rajinder Singh Bedi and daughter of the hit director of the 1970s Narinder Bedi, has scripted the Dhyan Chand bio-pic for Rohit Vaid.

Now that Karan Johar and Pooja Shetty are co-producing the project Rohit's wait finally ends.

Says Rohit, "I've been working on this project since 2008. Finally the project seems to be on the way. I intend to make a damned bloody good film.
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Remembering Saadat Hasan Manto

Remembering Saadat Hasan Manto
Vidyarthy Chatterjee remembers Saadat Hasan Manto on his 101st birth anniversary

Saadat Hasan Manto

May 11, 1912-January 18, 1955

If Saadat Hasan Manto had been living, he would have been a centenarian, thirty-five years older than the Indian nation he loved deeply and which he did not wish to leave for an unknown land called Pakistan, but had to under tragic circumstances. As Ahmed Rahi, a close friend, said in April 1990 at Lahore in course of a conversation with other friends of Manto: “In my opinion, Manto began to die the day he set foot in Pakistan.”

Manto who? That would have been the reaction of even a well-read person if you had mentioned the writer’s name two decades ago. But no longer. In fact, these days it is fashionable to drop his name at least once in course of an intense literary evening brought to life by alcohol and cigarette fumes.
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Kahaani 2 for Nawazuddin

Kahaani 2 for Nawazuddin
After Kahaani, a missing husband seems to be the new formula in Bollywood. Some time ago Jaya Bachchan had expressed the desire to do a remake of her 1973 film Phagun written and directed by Rajinder Singh Bedi, where Waheeda Rehman's husband played by Dharmendra goes missing. Jaya had played the daughter. The remake, we hear, will star Jaya in the role that Waheeda Rehman immortalized. In the meanwhile, another interesting film about a woman's search for her missing husband seems to be quietly being shot in several exotic out-of-the-way spots of North India including Shimla and Himachal Pradesh. Interestingly, it stars the supremely gifted actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui who also played a pivotal role in Kahaani. Nawazuddin is now gearing up to shoot for a very unusual road film called Liar Dice, directed by the Malayalam actress-director Geetu Mohandas. His co-star is the Sikkimese model-actress Geetajanli Thapa who plays a
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'Kahaani 2' For Nawazuddin Siddiqui?

'Kahaani 2' For Nawazuddin Siddiqui?
After Kahaani a missing husband seems to be the new formula in Bollywood. Some time ago Jaya Bachchan had expressed the desire to do a remake of her 1973 film 'Phagun' written and directed by Rajinder Singh Bedi, where Waheeda Rehman’s husband played by Dharmendra goes missing. Jaya had played the daughter.The remake, we hear, will star Jaya in the role that Waheeda Rehman immortalized. In the ...
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No place for Holi songs in Bollywood anymore?

There was a time when Holi provided not only an occasion for outstanding song situations in Bollywood films but also a pretext for great drama. But today, the festival of colours seems to have lost its knack for producing great numbers. Onscreen Holi is inseparable from Amitabh Bachchan, who not only participated in some spectacular Holi sequences of Hindi cinema, but also sang one of the most enduring Holi numbers - 'Rang barse' in 'Silsila'. Said the Big B: 'That's a legacy of my father. I came to know of this song through him. I used to sing 'Rang barse' and 'Mere angnein mein' at all the Holi get-togethers in our house. That's where Yashji and Prakashji heard these songs, got them into 'Silsila' and 'Lawaaris' and asked me to sing them. So I'm in a way instrumental in getting these songs into the movies.' Is it
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