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!
A new wave of patriotism seems to have taken over the themes of films in India these days. John Abraham-starrer film Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, released in May 2018, clearly falls in the very category. Based on the real incident that led to India’s inclusion in the Big 5 States, the movie is a dramatic revisit to our country’s glorious past. However, the team of scientists and engineers depicted in the movie resembled Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Rajagopala Chidambaram who carried out the historic Operation Shakti under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government; John’s character was a fictional one.
Asked about what training and preparation it took for him to perfect the role of Ashwat Raina, the handsome hunk told a leading tabloid, “I had to go through a lot of research. The character’s name is Ashwat Raina and he’s a junior bureaucrat in the Prime Minister’s Office. So, for that Abhishek said, ‘Even a blind man knows when John Abraham walks. Your physicality is very over-powering. So, you need to deconstruct yourself. You need to stop going to something called a ‘gym’ and eat regular food like a normal human being and live normally‘, which for me, was a big task in itself.
Then, we went into the backstory of the character. ‘What did Ashwat’s parents and grandparents do’, not that we have used it in the film but Abhishek is a NSD (National School of Drama) graduate. So, he thinks differently. He put me through the entire process, and when I kept going through it, and when I saw the film, I realised it was very useful. The extent of workshops that I have gone through for Parmanu has been intense but it’s all being worth it.”
When asked if he had any inhibitions before signing the film, Abraham said, “No… because I did films like Madras Cafe in the past and before that I did lot of films in which I took lot of risk like Water, No Smoking and Kabul Express.
John, star of films like No Smoking, Desi Boyz, Welcome Back recently made his debut as a Marathi movie producer with Savita Damodar Paranjpe. It is a famous Marathi play, adapted into Hindi and Gujarati, that John made into a film.
We are here just gushing at Shraddha Kapoor’s style file for Saaho promotions. From it scintillating silhouettes to edgy cuts, the actress is sporting them all. Made on a huge budget, Saaho is slated to be released on August 30 worldwide in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam.
And the D-day is nearing for Prabhas’ Saaho! After the blockbuster success of Baahubali: The Conclusion, Rebel Star from the South is arriving on the silver screen after more than two years with the multi-lingual quintessential venture and fans couldn’t be more thrilled. Seemingly, Saaho has it all – action, thrills, high-octane chase sequences. That and a sparkling chemistry between Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor who will be seen opposite the superstar in the film. If the trailer and songs are any proof, the pair is going to light up the big screens with their on-screen partnership.
But while there is some time before that happens, we are here just gushing at Shraddha Kapoor’s style file for Saaho promotions. From scintillating silhouettes to edgy cuts, the actress is sporting them all. Don’t believe us? Check it out here.
See what we see? The film also marks the Telugu debut of Shraddha who found learning a new language, both challenging and exciting. She had said, “Speaking a language I didn’t know was tough but doable. But there were nights when I’d be awake, learning my lines, understanding what I was saying and then sitting with Sujeeth (director) to rehearse them before a shot. A coach also came home to help me get the dialect right.”
Saaho is touted to be India’s biggest action film and stars Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles. Directed by Sujeeth, Saaho has an ensemble cast with names like Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Mandira Bedi, Evelyn Sharma, Arun Vijay and Lal.
John Abraham is back at what he does best! The action hero who has proved his mettle in amazing performances in Dishoom, Force franchise and Satyameva Jayate, will also be seen as a cop in Batla House in an action packed performance. To fill you in, he essays the character of ACP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav in the film who is at the crux of a supposed cover-up. But is the film worth a watch? Read our entire review here.
What’s it about
Batla House is a film based on true events. The film is inspired by the controversial case of Batla House firings that took place in 2008 in Jamia Nagar, Delhi. It was one of the most intriguing cases as it raised many brows on Delhi police and ACP Sanjeev Kumar who led the operation. Many questions were raised about the intent of the op. Was it the aftermath of Delhi blasts to nab the culprits or was it just a cover-up? The movie tries to answer the question and absolve the alleged claims that were flagged.
The film grabs you by the scruff of your neck and forces you to see the grim reality of communal disharmony and the riots that it births. With gripping action sequences and nail-biting fight-offs, John Abraham’s muscle power speaks its own language. His stoicism can be easily branded as effortless. The highlight is that film also scratches the surface of post-traumatic disorder as John’s character struggles with a bullet that didn’t kill him. He even takes help of therapy later which directs the conversation to the right direction. Also, Nora Fatehi is a surprising revelation in the second half which pulls better strings than the the first. The court-room sequence in the same also makes the most engaging part of the drama.
Cannot lay more emphasis on how the film wastes the talent that is Mrunal Thakur. Even considering the little she is left to build with, Mrunal’s character is saying most of the clichéd dialogues. But John’s character isn’t that far behind. Apart from the not-so-subtle jargons, the chest-thumping one liners mar the buildup. Not to mention the romantic track between John and Mrunal sticks like a sore thumb. Apart from the vein-popping display of arms, even John’s restrained cop act falters at times when the plot needs it the most especially in the confrontational scenes. Director Nikkhil Advani tries to keep the pace but the story-telling consumes a lot of time on the peripheral red tape than getting to the point. It is only the second half that one sees the story that was promised.
John Abraham is at his home territory as he portrays the role of a decorated officer and it’s nothing we have not seen already. Watch it for the depiction of real life incidents and the obvious cinematic liberties. It’s not really the independence day treat but makes for a one-time watch. We are going with 3 stars.