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Panipat: Mohnish Bahl is everything regal as Nana Saheb Peshwa in new character poster of period drama

The makers of the much-anticipated historical drama, Panipat, have unveiled the character poster of Mohnish Bahl as Maratha ruler Nana Saheb Peshwa, days after the trailer release on 5 November.

Bahl sports a calm smile on his face as he sits on the throne of the Maratha empire. Lead actor Arjun Kapoor, who essays the role of Sadashiv Rao Bhau, has shared the poster on social media as well.

Mohnish made his acting debut with Maine Pyar Kiya in 1989, starring Salman Khan and Bhagyashree, in which he portrayed a negative role. He has had crucial television breakthroughs in his career when he featured in serials like Sanjivani – A Medical Boon, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Dill Mill Gayye, Kuch Toh Log Kahenge and the like. He last appeared in Jai Ho in 2014 and is presently a part of a reprised version of the serial Sanjivani.

Panipat also stars Sanjay Dutt as Abdali and Kriti Sanon as Parvati Bai. Zeenat Aman will make a cameo appearance in the Ashutosh Gowariker directorial.

Gowariker had confirmed the news of Aman’s cameo appearance in Panipat, in an interview with Mumbai Mirror. “Zeenat ji will be seen in a cameo as Sakina Begum, a feisty character leading her province of Hoshiyarganj. Her character lives within the confines of her kingdom, aloof from the politics of the region, till Arjun’s Sadashiv Rao Bhau turns to her for help,” he said.

Panipat will depict the story behind Third Battle of Panipat, which was fought between the Maratha Empire and the King of Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Abdali. There were three battles of Panipat in total which shaped Mughal history and rule in the country.

Hindi litterateur, poet, and essayist Ashok Chakradhar has penned the dialogues for the film, which is being produced by Sunita Gowariker via AGPPL in association with Vision World.

The director will bring to the audience another large scale period film after Lagaan (2001) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008). Although his last film, Mohenjo Daro (2016), tanked at the box office, the expectations from Panipat already seem high.

Panipat is scheduled to hit theatres on 6 December.

Bala movie review: Ayushmann-Bhumi crackle and pop while slamming bias…till the film reveals its own prejudice

One of the pleasures of watching Bala comes from its use of language. The characters in this film speak Kanpuriya Hindi which is a delight in and of itself. Better still, they hardly ever substitute words in their mother tongue with English equivalents. On the rare occasions when they do opt for a spot of English, they are hilarious without the narrative taking a condescending tone towards them or getting clichéd. And the dialogues are replete with usages you are unlikely to hear on the streets of Delhi or Mumbai.

So “hasthmaithun” is “hasthmaithun” for the hero, not “masturbation”. His younger brother speaks of his family’s “loloop nazar” on him. And a man is threatened with a “kantaap“, not a slap.

While the going is good in Bala, it is very good. The first half is rip-roaringly funny, simultaneously poignant and insightful as it takes us through the protagonist Bala aka Balmukund Shukla’s journey from a luscious head of hair in his teens to premature baldness in his 20s, from vanity and arrogance to a soul-crushing complex. Director Amar Kaushik, whose calling card for now is the stupendous horror comedy stree, never lets the pace flag pre-interval. Writer Niren Bhatt is clearly determined to make a point about a bald man’s sense of self-worth, stays true to this message and is intelligent while doing so here.

In the second half though, the humour and the intellect dip. For a start, the writing takes the easy way out in a crucial, pivotal situation. (Caution: Some people might consider the rest of this paragraph a spoiler) A woman Bala loves and who loves him back is condemned for rejecting him on discovering his baldness – condemned not merely by characters in the story, but by the film itself – by establishing her as a superficial creature for whom looks matter more than anything else and getting her to dump him solely and entirely because his appearance no longer appeals to her, never allowing her to believe what would have been a reason that might possibly have earned her some audience sympathy: that it is in fact his deception that killed their relationship, not his lack of hair. By getting Bala instead to acknowledge his lies and self-flagellate, the film uses even this opportunity to increase his likeability. This is silly, because it is a sort of ultimatum: once he apologises for lying, she had better forgive him, or else we will quietly slot her as a youknowwhat. It is all cleverly done, all the while ensuring that the judgement is subtle and the tone of the narrative never gets openly vicious towards her. From a film that until then and thereafter is honest about its hero’s character flaws and does not let him off lightly, this is disappointing. (Spoiler alert ends)

The message being driven home by Bala from the start is that we must stop caring about what others think of our looks – that once we begin valuing ourselves, the world will too. Towards this end, it has a dark-skinned heroine called Latika Trivedi who has all her life been derided for her complexion. Getting Bala to be one of those who taunted her in her childhood, and making him a fairness cream salesman in his adulthood even while he battles a bias against early onset baldness, are both nice touches. However, this aspect of the messaging fails because the film reveals its own prejudice against dark skin from the word go.

No one on Team Bala seems to have detected the irony in casting a light-skinned actor as Latika and painting her face black, rather than casting a black woman to play a black woman.

In a film industry that favours goraapan especially for female stars despite marginal evolution on this front in recent decades, Bala‘s unwillingness to seek out a dark-complexioned actor for this role underlines the attitude that a woman whose skin does not match a certain shade is not worthy of being a lead. It appears that Bhatt and his colleagues did not notice either that throughout the film, they treat it as a given that a dark complexion is indeed less and cannot possibly be pretty, and equate it with the side effect of a disease (namely Bala’s alopecia which is a direct result of his diabetes).

The screenplay well and truly bares its prejudice though in Latika’s own reaction to the mythological tale of the hunchbacked woman Kubja who Lord Krishna is said to have miraculously turned into a beauty. Stage enactments of the story in Kanpur are twice shown, both times a dark-skinned woman is cast as Kubja, and Latika – a bright lawyer who had earlier been vocal about her comfort with her skin colour – says after a viewing: “Why did Lord Krishna have to make her sundar? It is possible that someone would have liked her just the way she is.”

“Someone”? Umm, but wasn’t the whole point that we must accept ourselves and not measure our worth by the acceptance of others? Note too that she does not question the casting of a dark-skinned actor as Kubja and the intrinsic assumption that her colour is equal to a lack of soundarya. This is not to say that Latika must be perfect, but that the questioning, unbiased person she has been shown to be until then does not gel with the attitude she displays

This inconsistent characterisation and the team’s lack of awareness of their own prejudice robs Bala of much of its value. Tragic, because when it is dealing with the hero’s baldness it is smart and sharp, the crackling dialogues are rich with cultural references, even the songs and choreography add to the comicality (watch ‘Tequila’, please, and those TikTok videos are out-and-out killers), the comedy involving Bala never crosses the line into insensitivity and the cast is absolutely A-grade.

Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar live up to expectations by delivering fine performances, and Yami Gautam as the somewhat frivolous professional model Pari Mishra displays a talent for comedy here that will hopefully be explored in future films. The trio are backed by a fabulous ensemble of supporting actors, each jostling with the other in the run-up to a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Every single one of them, including the lesser-known faces (Dheerendra Gautam playing Bala’s younger brother, Sumit Arora as his boss) is given space to shine and they chew up the screen in those moments.

If this film had no Latika (or she was better written and appropriately cast) and the humour of the opening half had been maintained in the second, it would have been near perfect. There is a Latika though and the humour does dip, making Bala a 50-50.

Pagalpanti new posters: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor and team are tickling us with their antics!

John Abraham and Anil Kapoor’s Pagalpanti is all one can talk about thanks to the brand new posters that are not only tickling the funny bones but are also leaving us intrigued about the fun ride. Anil Kapoor took to Instagram to drop the bomb and wrote, “Humare daal main kuch kaala na ho aisa toh ho hi nahi sakta

 

After a lot of shuffle in dates, John Abraham’s Pagalpanti is finally hitting the screens on November 22nd. The film which also stars a hoard of talented actors like Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Saurabh Shukla, Pulkit Samrat, Ileana D’Cruz and Urvashi Rautela, promises to be a laugh riot and we can’t wait. Anees Bazmee, who has helmed several comedy movies No entry, Singh Is Kinng, Ready, No Problem and the likes will yet again don the director’s hat for this ensemble cast film which has been bankrolled by Bhushan Kumar, Kumar Mangat, and Abhishek Pathak.

In fact, the excitement is hitting the roof right about now thanks to brand new posters that are not only tickling the funny bones but are also leaving us intrigued about the fun ride. Anil Kapoor took to Instagram to drop the bomb and wrote,

Earlier, the news of John injuring himself on sets had hit the headlines. During an action sequence in a truck, John met with an accident and ended up with an arm injury. “John has been advised rest for the next 20 days to avoid aggravating the injury. His co-actors Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Ileana D’Cruz and Kriti Kharbanda were also a part of the scene,” a source had informed Mumbai Mirror.

Kumar Mangat, who is producing the film, had also confirmed the accident and had told Mirror, “It was a simple shot, but mistiming caused the injury. As we all know, filmmaker Anees Bazmee is known for making commercial comedy films like No Entry, Ready, Mubarakan and Welcome franchise, which every time strike the chord with the audience. So, with Pagalpanti,

Housefull 4 promo: Akshay Kumar as Bala is sinister and hilarious at the same time!

Akshay Kumar as Bala took over Instagram when he shared the video. Not just that, he even captioned it as, “Main nahi tera baap takleya! Kaise Bala ki shaitaani machaati hai dhamaal, dekhiye in #Housefull4 iss Diwali” and you’ll know when you see it. Dekko!

 

We don’t know about you but we can hardly wait for Akshay Kumar and his crazy Housefull 4 team to entertain us this 25th of October. The film which has been garnering headlines since the word go already has fans rooting and now, thanks to the trailer and songs, the mania has multiplied and how! Be it train rides of the #BalaChallenge, Housefull 4 is the talk of the town and how! Speaking of promotional spree, a new dialogue promo is out and boy, is it hilarious!

Akshay Kumar as Bala took over Instagram when he shared the video. Not just that, he even captioned it as, “Main nahi tera baap takleya! Kaise Bala ki shaitaani machaati hai dhamaal, dekhiye in #Housefull4 iss Diwali” and you’ll know when you see it. Dekko!

Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 4 is scheduled to release this Diwali. It has an ensemble cast which includes- Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda, Bobby Deol, Rana Daggubati, Riteish Deshmukh, Chunky Panday, Saurabh Shukla, Johnny Lever, Jamie Lever, Pooja Hegde among others. The film is due for Diwali release but it is still in the post-production stage. “It’s a scaled-up film, the biggest in the franchise in terms of budget. The chunk from the Baahubali era that required visual effects was shot much in advance. A team is working on the final edit and VFX,” a source was quoted saying.

 At the trailer launch, Akshay had even joked and added, “I am going to lose all the respect I have earned with serious cinema with Housefull 4. Every time I want a break, I do a Housefull film. It is a fun film; I have fun on the sets. Having said that, making people laugh with slapstick is the toughest of jobs.” Stay tuned to BL for more such updates and scoops!

Ranveer Singh is ready to go wherever Deepika Padukone takes him and it is making us go

It so happened that Ranveer Singh took to Instagram to post a few pictures of himself all dressed up for an event. And Deepika ‘wifey’ Padukone couldn’t resist and dropped a ‘going where??’ to which hubby dearest had the most endearing answer. Check it out here! Pardon us for it has taken this long but we want to crown Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone as the king and queen of Insta PDA. Cause admit it, there’s no beating them when it comes to leaving flirty and cheeky comments on each other’s pictures. The couple has mastered the art of cute banters on the gram but hey, we aren’t complaining. If anything it gives us ample of opportunities to gush over #DeepVeer. In fact, when not making us go ‘Aww’ the duo leaves us in splits over their back and forth comments. Do you not remember when Deepika Padukone warned hubby Ranveer Singh about him coming home to a broom? Or him not getting any dinner? Yeah, they don’t tire! So much so that, they have done it again and the end result is making us all mushy. It so happened that Ranveer Singh took to Instagram to post a few pictures of himself all dressed up for an event. And Deepika ‘wifey’ Padukone couldn’t resist and dropped a ‘going where??’ to which hubby dearest had the most endearing answer. See for yourself. Hai na, aww-worthy? Told ya! On the work front, fans(including us) are waiting with bated breath to see them as husband and wife in Kabir Khan’s ’83. Ranveer will step into the shoes of Kapil Dev who is fondly remembered as the Haryana Hurricane. Deepika will portray Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia Dev in the film which is scheduled to release in theatres on 10th April 2020. ’83 is a biopic based on the life of former Indian skipper Kapil Dev and also narrates the story of India’s historic win at the coveted World Cup in 1983.

WAR: ‘Thankfully, we were side by side and not facing each other,’ Tiger Shroff opens up on the first day with his mentor Hrithik Roshan

WAR is shattering all records at the Indian box office. Everyone who has seen the Tiger Shroff – Hrithik Roshan action drama is raving about the spectacular fight sequences and chemistry between the two hunks. In an EXCLUSIVE chat with BollywoodLife, Tiger Shroff said, “I was so nervous on the first day. I was shaking in my knees. Thankfully, we were side by side and not facing one another. Since we were not seeing each other directly, I could give the shot confidently.” We also told Tiger that Hrithik Roshan has spoken about how particular he was about getting everything right as he feels that the Baaghi actor is quite exceptional. “He is just doing natak. He is a very good actor. Whatever I have done or achieved is because I am inspired by him. I have to thank him for what I have achieved.”

Unlike his contemporaries, Tiger Shroff is the only one who has a market in a definite space. “I am blessed that people have accepted me as an action hero. There is so much competition so how does one stand out. The action hero tag has given me an identity. I am very thankful to the audience,” he says. Talking further about the experience of working with his idol, Hrithik Roshan, Tiger gushes, “For me there was no bigger high than when I would see my shots on the monitor and he did say something nice or give a feedback. That is my most precious memory and takeaway from WAR. Growing up, you idolise someone, then you get a chance to work with him and he appreciates you. There is no bigger high than that.”

When we asked Tiger Shroff about the comparisons to Saaho, another action extravaganza that released, he says that he did not get a chance to watch the film. He also told us that he would definitely like to do an action film with Prabhas Sir. As it is observed, many people love action stars of the West but have complaints with desi ones. Tiger Shroff’s acting skills even in action flicks have been under the scanner. Does that bother him? “It does. I mean what action heroes do, very few people can. It is not just about action but the emotions and expression behind the action. It is a loud form of expression. Doing that plus performing is not the easiest of tasks. I feel it is a misconception,” states the actor. He also reveals how the team of WAR started cheering as Hrithik Roshan and Tiger began shooting for the hit, Jai Jai Shiv Shankar. “We were so involved with the choreography that we did not realise that we were in the same frame,” he says. The film is made by Siddharth Anand of Salaam Namaste fame!

Bigg Boss 13: Hina Khan comes with messages from the families of the housemates but there’s a twist

The first-weekend ka war is here and the first celebrity guest is none other than former contestants Hina Khan. Television’s diva, who floored everyone with her style statement and impeccable game in Bigg Boss’s 11th season will be seen returning to the house this weekend with a new twist. She will introduce the supermarket of Bigg Boss house. Hina will cause an emotional upheaval inside the house as the new addition BB Supermarket will require the contestants to make a few sacrifices.

Hina Khan asks the contestants to choose between the luxury budget items or get messages from their loved ones. Devoleena Bhattacharjee and Paras Chhabra choose the luxury budget items and sacrifice for the house. Arti Singh gets emotional and chooses to hear the message. Hina’s deal has got the housemates emotional and stuck between the messages and the food for their survival in the house. Hina Khan also has a chat with host Salman Khan about the housemates.

 

This will be the fourth season Hina Khan will be seen in Bigg Boss. The actress had also expressed her happiness of meeting the superstar on her Instagram story. She wrote, “When Miss Khan met Mr khan.. It’s always a pleasure to share the stage with you Salman..

BigilTeaser: The promo of Thalapathy Vijay’s sports drama to release on THIS date?

Since the film marks the reunion of director Atlee and Vijay after Mersal, the expectations are sky-high from Bigil. Nayanthara has worked with Vijay in Sivakasi and Villu in the past and this will be her third collaboration with the actor

Right from the first look to the music, Thalapathy Vijay’s Bigil is making the right noise among the audience and we are sure that it will be blockbuster at the box office. While the film is set to hit the screens on October 25, the fans can’t hide their excitement for the teaser of the film as they trended #BigilTeaser on Twitter. Some of them even posted the screenshots of Archana Kalpathi and Gayathrii Reddy’s insta stories saying that it will come out at 6 pm in the evening.

Since the film marks the reunion of director Atlee and Vijay after Mersal, the expectations are sky-high from the film. Nayanthara has worked with Vijay in Sivakasi and Villu in the past and this will be her third collaboration with the actor. While the film is still in the production process, it has already achieved a huge milestone by cracking the satellite rights deal with a leading channel worth Rs 50 crore. Well, this a huge price for a regional film and the superstardom of Thalapathy Vijay is definitely the reason behind it.

The film also stars Vivek in a key role, who is known for working in films like Sivaji, Run, Saamy and many others. There were reports that Michael will be the character of Thalapathy Vijay in the film but the makers have not confirmed it yet. Bigil is bankrolled by AGS productions. It will clash with Karthi’s Kaithi and Vijay Sethupathi’s Sanga Thamizhan at the box office during Diwali.

Box office round up September: Bollywood delivers 2 super-hits and 3 flops in this month

Just like 2018, 2019 has turned out to be a month, where the audience is preferring content over star power. Talking about the month of September, it started on a promising note with Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore, which showed excellent trend at the box office due to positive word of mouth and is still going strong with Rs 135 crore and counting. Featuring Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Varun Sharma, Prateik Babbar and others, the college drama has garnered repeat value among the audience, which made it a box office winner.

In the next week, we again witness a money-spinner in the form of Ayushmann Khurrana and Nushrat Bharucha’s Dream Girl, which also had Vijay Raaz, Annu Kapoor and Manjot Singh in key roles. The mid-budget film has already crossed the Rs 120 crore mark and is now heading to beat the collections of Badhaai Ho to emerge Ayushmann’s biggest hit of his career. But post these two films, Hindi cinema failed to entice the audience to cinema halls as Sanjay Dutt, Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff’s Prassthanam, Dulquer Salmaan-Sonam Kapoor’s The Zoya Factor and Karan Deol and Sahher Bambba’s Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas turned out to be huge disappointments at the ticket windows. None of them managed to even cross the Rs 10 crore mark and were 1-week affair in the theatres.

Well, October is one crucial months for Bollywood due to the festival of Diwali and since we have all biggies lined-up like Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff’s War, Priyanka Chopra-Farhan Akhtar’s The Sky Is Pink, Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol’s Housefull 4, Taapsee Pannu-Bhumi Pednekar’s Saand Ki Aankh and Rajkummar Rao-Mouni Roy’s Made In China, we are sure that a huge chunk of the audience will enter the cinema halls and will make box office rich like anything.

Chhichhore spin-off on the cards? Tushar Pandey aka Mummy reacts on the same [Exclusive]

Chhichhore is turning out to be one of the biggest hits of the year. It has already grossed more than Rs 100 crore at the domestic box office. The audience just cannot get enough of the film that stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Naveen Polishetty, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Prateik, Varun Sharma, Saharsh Kumar Shukla and Tushar Pandey in lead roles. BollywoodLife spoke to Tushar Pandey who played Mummy in the film. Describing what he loved about his character, Tushar said, “I feel Mummy had one of the best arcs in the film. He was the middle-class guy studying engineering in the hope of a better future. Mummy had that aspirational quality that everyone could relate to. And his character was the only one with reference to a family except Sexa’s (Varun Sharma) whose dad comes to the hostel for a while. Everyone has loved the film and my character too. The maximum compliments I am getting is for the scene where I tell my kid that I love him irrespective of how he fares in his exams.

The film is being watched repeatedly by the audience in the theatres. In fact, some are even demanding sequels and spin-offs of the characters. So, has the team discussed a sequel or spin-off? “I have not heard of anything of that sort yet. But the idea is not a bad one (laughs). It would be fun to have a spin-off on Mummy and the guys (laughs out aloud). If something of that happens, I am sure Nitesh Sir will inform us.” says Tushar.

Tushar is a trained actor and worked meticulously on his character for the film. “The tricky part was the older characters. I put in prep for a couple of months before the shoot to get it right. Nitesh Sir is all for preparations, so we sat down and discussed stuff. I have a theatre background so I enjoy this process immensely,” states Tushar. The young actor says how everyone was equal on the sets. “Not once did Shraddha Kapoor or Sushant Singh Rajput behave like they were ‘stars’ of the film. The writing was clear, it was about all the characters. We achieved so much organic chemistry as we were on the same page,” says Tushar.

The film has made Rs 150 crore at the global box-office and is a huge hit for Nadiadwala Grandson. We truly hope that they think of a sequel or spin-off with the loveable characters!