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Mission Mangal movie review: Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan deliver great performances in a heartwarming film

Mission Mangal has a lot going for it especially in terms of narrative, dialogues and performances. It captures the spirit of scientists in a relatable light-hearted manner

Mission Mangal is coming this Independence Day along with Batla House. The film chronicles the journey of the ISRO scientists who made mission Mangalyaan possible with so many constraints in a fictional way. The film stars Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan in lead roles. Actresses like Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari and Sonakshi Sinha join the team as the women scientists in the mission.

What is it about
The film is a fictionalised tribute to the team of ISRO that made mission Mangalyaan a success with limited budget and resources. Akshay Kumar plays the mission director Rakesh Dhawan while Vidya Balan is the project director, Tara Shinde. The film gives a glimpse into the lives of the core women team that made use of their common sense to accomplish such a project. Mangalyaan was a huge success for ISRO after the failure of GSLV.

 

Tamilrockers leak Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 and make it available online for free download

Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 is earning big at the box office, however, the film has been hit by online piracy. Tamilrockers, who are notoriously known for leaking Bollywood films on the internet, have made the full Super 30 movie available for free download. Directed by Vikas Bahl, Super 30 is a biographical drama based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar and released in theatres on Friday, 12 July. In recent past, films like Kabir Singh, Article 15, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home have fallen prey to Tamilrockers’ online leak.

At the box office, early estimates suggest that Super 30 raked in Rs 22 crore on Sunday and now stands with the grand total of Rs 52 crore. Apart from the domestic market, Super 30 has performed well in the international circuits as well. Apart from Hrithik Roshan, Super 30 also stars Mrunal Thakur, Nandish Singh Sandhu, Pankaj Tripathi and Amit Sadh in key roles. It is produced under the banners of Phantom Films, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment and HRX Films and the music of the album is given by National Award winning duo Ajay-Atul.

BollywoodLife reviewed the film and gave it three and half stars, “The film has many plus points. One of them is the crisp narrative. While the first half unfolds somewhat slowly, the film picks up pace post interval, and is that part is the more emotionally engaging one. Hrithik Roshan puts in a sincere performance and is stellar in some of the scenes. You might not exactly identify Bollywood’s Greek God as a Bihari genius and passionate guru at the start, but he gets the emotions of the character right and grows on you.”

O Saki Saki: The Batla House song fails to beat the original but Nora Fatehi’s dance moves steal the show nevertheless

O Saki Saki: The Batla House song fails to beat the original but Nora Fatehi's dance moves steal the show nevertheless

Finally, the much-awaited song, actually remake, O Saki O Saki from Batla House is out. The hype around the number is huge, especially after the magic Nora Fatehi created with Dilbar Dilbar. Koena Mitra, the actress on whom the original song was filmed tweeted that the new one sounded like a mess. That also generated attention for the video. Coming to the actual remake itself, Nora Fatehi looks and dances like a Goddess. Her grace, flexibility and sensuousness keep your eyes fixated on her. With that rose, sequinned bustier top and red skirt, Nora Fatehi looks like a sexy gypsy lady, just as we see in the movies. It will instantly remind you of some songs of the ’90s. Coming to the picturization, it is nothing innovative per se. The new version has been sung by Tulsi Kumar, Neha Kakkar and B Praak. The track has been recreated and written by Tanishk Bagchi while the original was composed by Vishal- Shekhar. It has some new lyrics but the sound is that of the original.

The old one from the film Musafir was way ahead of its time in terms of sound, dance and picturization. Koena Mitra exuded a lot of oomph and though they may not be a prolific a dancer as Nora did complete justice to the beats and rhythm of the number. And she did a step that was just like what Urvashi Rautela did in Aashiq Banaya Aapne in 2018. And it was sung by two powerhouses, Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan. In the new one, we miss their vocals and of course, the presence of Sanjay Dutt who added the swag. Music wise, the original is still better.

BL Verdict: However, the new version of O Saki O Saki is one of the best ones we are hearing this year. It might not be as creative as the new version of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga but is good. It will rank along with the likes of Yeh Jawaani remake in Student Of The Year 2. Stay tuned to BL for more scoops and updates!

 

[EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] Kylie Jenner or Kareena Kapoor Khan – here’s what Diljit Dosanjh said when asked to pick his fave

[EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] Kylie Jenner or Kareena Kapoor Khan - here's what Diljit Dosanjh said when asked to pick his fave

Diljit Dosanjh is busy promoting Shadaa with his co-star Neeru Bajwa. The actor/singer is going all out to spread a word about his film which is a romantic-comedy. The trailer of Jagdeep Sidhu’s directorial Shadaa was received well by the audience and it took us on a roller coaster ride of laughter. Diljit finally married his real-life crush Kylie Jenner on the silver screen. In Shadaa, a doll is named after Kylie and Dosanjh introduces her as his wife to his on-screen mother. By now, we are all aware that the Raat Di Gedi singer loves this Hollywood sensation and regularly comments on her Instagram pictures.

At the same time, Diljit has the utmost respect for Kareena Kapoor Khan and adores her. The actor has been vocal about the same in public and has confessed his liking to Bebo herself. Diljit worked with Bebo in Udta Punjab and has once again collaborated with her for Raj Mehta’s Good News. The 34-year-old recently released a song named Kylie+Kareena, which was of course dedicated to both the ladies. While Kylie didn’t react to the track, Kareena was touched by Dosanjh’s sweet gesture and couldn’t stop thanking him.

Amidst all of this, last week BollywoodLife sat down for an exclusive interaction with Diljit and Neeru for their film Shadaa. The duo spoke about their reunion, played interesting segments with us and were sporting enough to take up our rapid-fire round.

It was during the rapid-fire round when we asked Diljit to pick his favourite between Kylie Jenner and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Reacting to the same, here’s what Diljit said…

Arjun Reddy remake: Shahid Kapoor or Dhruv Vikram, who impressed you the most?

Telugu blockbuster hit Arjun Reddy is being remade in Tamil and BollywoodLife has had a glimpse of both the versions. While one has a seasoned actor playing the lead role, the other will mark the debut of a star-kid. In Hindi, Arjun Reddy remake is titled Kabir Singh and has Shahid Kapoor playing the titular role. In Tamil, Dhruv Vikram, son of actor Vikram, plays the part in the remake titled Adithya Varma and it will be his debut in films. Kabir Singh is slated to release on June 28 while the release date of Adithya Varma is yet to be confirmed. In the original, Vijay Deverakonda delivered a thumping performance and gained huge stardom post the release of the film. Fans have been going gaga about both these remakes and comparisons have already begun. And to gauge who will do a better performance, we are running a poll between Shahid Kapoor and Dhruv Vikram. Who impressed you the most – Shahid Kapoor or Dhruv Vikram? Vote now!

Kabir Singh is directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga who helmed the original. The film stars Kiara Advani as the leading lady and the actress looks pretty in her role. The trailer has left fans raving about it and are now eagerly looking forward to the film.

Sushmita Sen opens up about the deadly disease that almost took her life

Sushmita Sen is a living and walking inspiration for all the girls out there and there are no two ways about that. Be it the way she has challenged society’s norms and standards by adopting two girls as a single parent or the way she has done it with all the dignity in the world, the former Miss Universe is grace personified. It is that’s one of the many awe-inspiring things about her and we are just glad we are here to see her do it with elan. In fact, the actress who is currently dating model Rohman Shawl has opened up about a deadly disease that had left her broke.

In an interview with Rajeev Masand, Sushmita Sen revealed that while we saw her strutting and sashaying at ramps, she fought a deadly ailment all by herself, amidst raising her daughters. It dates back to 2014; the actress said that she fell seriously sick and was rushed to hospital after fainting. Initially, the doctors could not figure what was wrong with her but after a gamut of tests, it came to the fore that her adrenal glands had stopped making a vital hormone, called cortisol. Reportedly, she had gone into an adrenal crisis, which usually ends in multiple organ failure but she barely survived.

Bharat trailer: Salman Khan teases his different looks in Ali Abbas Zafar’s upcoming patriotic drama

After teasing his various looks in a slew of posters from his upcoming Eid release Bharat, Salman Khan has unveiled the first official trailer from the movie on 22 April.

Bharat trailer: Salman Khan teases his different looks in Ali Abbas Zafars upcoming patriotic drama

As Jawaharlal Nehru’s Tryst with Destiny speech plays faintly in the background, Salman’s character is introduced. An old Bharat (Salman) reminiscences — through a voiceover — about his colourful journey, which began amid the violence and bloodshed of the partition. Initially a circus performer, Bharat is forced to seek a job at a government office as the country faces nationwide unemployment in the wake of Nehru’s death.

The actor also shared a collage of all the five previously-unveiled posters in a motion poster on 20 April. Beginning with 1964, where Salman is seen as a young circus performer, the posters take us to 2010, in which he can be seen as a 70-year-old.

Bharat will trace the journey of a man, spanning four decades. Earlier, the makers treated the audience with the teaser, that gives glimpses into the various phases of the film.

An official adaptation of 2014 South Korean film Ode To My Father, Bharat is produced by Atul Agnihotri’s Reel Life Production Pvt Ltd and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series. It is slated to release on 5 June.

Sonakshi Sinha on Kalank’s box office failure: My bad luck that last couple of films did not work out

Sonakshi Sinha considers herself an instinctive performer and someone who looks forward to doing her best even in the face of failure.

Sonakshi Sinha on Kalanks box office failure: My bad luck that last couple of films did not work out

The actor says she does not worry about the aspects of films that are out of her control.

“Every film is important to me. I hope, wish and pray every film does well. It is bad luck that the last couple of films did not work out. But I don’t lose hope, I always look forward to do my best,” Sonakshi told Press Trust of India.

“I pick up films very instinctively. Box office is not in my control, as an actor I have control over my performance and acting. I don’t stress over what is not in my control.”

“Every film that I have done, irrespective of whether they have done well commercially or not, has taught me a lot. I will always cherish that experience,” she said.

The actor, whose last cinematic outing was multi-starrer Kalank, will next be seen in Mission Mangal alongside Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu and Akshay Kumar. She will also reprise her role in Dabangg 3 opposite Salman Khan.

“I have also signed Bhuj: The Pride of India. We will hopefully start work in June. It is a fabulous role,” Sonakshi said, adding she was approached for a film on the same story in the past.

Student of the Year 2

Student of the Year 2’s ‘The Jawaani Song’ recently dropped and has received mixed reactions from the audience. Many have expressed their displeasure at altering the original number ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ by Kishore Kumar and RD Burman from Randhir Kapoor and Jaya Bachchan’s Jawani Diwani. The composer duo Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani have reprised the song, which has been picturised on Tara Sutaria, Ananya Panday and Tiger Shroff.

Randhir Kapoor on Student of the Year 2s The Jawaani Song: Remixes are making old songs accessible to youth

Randhir has spoken in support of the new version. “I feel there is no harm in recreating songs. The original track came out four decades ago. Many youngsters were not aware of the song, but today, everyone knows it because of the remix. [After the redux version released], they all went back and searched for the original song on the Internet. I haven’t seen the song but I have heard it; it has a nice tune. Also, Karan [Johar] has officially bought the rights of the number. So, his intentions are honest,” the actor told Mid-Day

In February 2019, the remixed version of 70’s classic ‘Mungda’ from Total Dhamaal had received criticism from veterans in the music industry. After Rakesh Roshan expressed his displeasure with the new version, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and her sister Usha Mangeshkar reacted to the number and complained that no one seeks their consent before using the songs.

However, Randhir holds a different point of view and believes that remixes are making yesteryear songs accessible to the youth.

Kalank box office collection Day 2: Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan’s film sees 50 % drop, makes Rs 11.45 cr

On its opening day (17 April), Kalank earned Rs 21.60 crore, making it the biggest opener of 2019 so far. The holiday of Mahavir Jayanti and its release across 4,000 screens could have played a role in revenue generation. However, Kalank has witnessed almost a 50 percent drop on the second day of its release, minting Rs 11.45 crore.

The film is expected to see a jump in its day 3 collection, owing to the Good Friday holiday. The total collection of Kalank currently stands at Rs 33.05 crore.

Kalank box office collection Day 2: Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawans film sees 50 % drop, makes Rs 11.45 cr