Yes, you read that right. A sequel to 2004 hit might be in order.She might be the toast of the world now, but the first time world sat up and took notice of Priyanka Chopra was in Aitraaz. Her portrayal of Sonia re-defined the word femme fatale for a generation and she earned her first Filmfare for the role. It was the first of chapter of the incredible success story that she wrote thereafter. Thus with the news of Aitraaz having a sequel, that might also feature the diva herself we simply cannot contain our excitementReportedly Subhash Ghai has already spoken to Priyanka and she has also shown interest in the project. If sources are to be believed and if a sequel to Aitraaz is actually on the cards, here is what we would like to in the sequel of the film.Sexual EmpowermentOne of the many reasons why Aitraaz was a success was due to the ultimate antagonist played by Priyanka Chopra. Although she was the ‘vamp’ in the movie, it was new for Indian audience to see a woman in charge of her own sexuality. However, the sad part is, because this is something society usually struggles to comprehend, her character was shown in a negative light. We really hope and pray that in the sequel, women taking charge of their sexuality is shown in an empowering way and not as something that is the domain of 'immoral women'.Thriller AngleIs it such just me or did Aitraaz just brushed past the genre of thriller? The treatment of the film was very akin to that of a pacy thriller but somehow it wasn’t explored enough. So it the sequel happens, won’t it be great to make it into a proper thriller? A thriller, courtroom drama combined with the sexiness of the film-this would sure be a winning formula.Abbas-Mustan’s RedemptionWhile the Hollywood cinephiles of this country had cried foul time and again, we are totally thankful to the director duo Abbas-Mustan for giving us some of the most stylish and twisted super hits. However, the duo’s last directorial outing was embarrassing, to say the least. Thus, this venture could be the perfect way to redeem themselves after the fiasco named ‘Machine’.Relationship WoesWe totally love the old Aitraaz, but to come to think of it the plot would be somewhat dated now. Thus instead of the whole husband-wife angle, if the story revolves around the dysfunctional relationships of today, it would probably be easier for the young audience to relate to it.Musical MasalaAlthough the songs of the film were quite popular back in the days it released, to be honest, the music of the film left us wanting more. The narrative has a great scope for music and makers can surely play with a new sound of music. Also, imagine Priyanka Chopra, who will probably anyway be a part of the film, cooing to some sexy melody in the movie in her own velvety voice. Swoons.
February 20, 2018 12:35 IST
His every box office outing is usually a winner, his flops earn more than many hit films, and a role opposite him is on every actresses’ wishlist- we are talking about none other than the ‘Bhai’ of Bollywood, Salman Khan.A role opposite Salman Khan is often a sure shot way to success, thanks to his loyal fans, and thus many actresses do not think twice before signing a film opposite him, especially when they have worked with him once. However, there are also a few actresses who were never seen on on-screen with Salman Khan after doing one film with him.Here are the 6 we are talking aboutTwinkle KhannaWhen Mrs. Funnybones was still an actress, she starred opposite Salman Khan in ‘Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai’. The movie did fine, but Twinkle was less than thrilled about her co-star and refused offers to act opposite Salman Khan in any other film after this.Aishwarya Rai BachchanTheir love story and break up is still one of the most talked about in Bollywood. When the pair starred in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ their real-life chemistry wielded magic on screen. Audiences loved them together in real as well as reel life. But the tumultuous relationship and the bitter break up that followed made sure that forget movies; Aishwarya and Salman were never even captured in the same frame again.Sonali BendreTheir on-screen pairing in ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ was much appreciated by the audience and people surely wanted to see more of this duo together. However, reportedly, after the whole black buck episode, Sonali refused to work with Salman again.Urmila MatondkarUrmila and Salman appeared in the film ‘Jaanam Samjha Karo’. The movie fared really badly at the box office and it was probably for the same reason that Urmila and Salman were signed opposite each other in any film thereafter.Amisha PatelAfter her super hit pairing with Hrithik Roshan, Ameesha was cast opposite none other than Salman Khan for ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’. But yet again, audiences were not much thrilled about the pairing or the movie as it went down to be a flop. Needless to say, Ameesha never appeared in any movie opposite Bhai ever again.Juhi ChawlaTechnically, she had just a guest appearance in ‘Deewana Mastana’ against Salman Khan and that was the only time we saw the two together on-screen. Come to think of it, it is surprising that two superstars of that time never really worked together in a film. While some assumptions can be made, no one really knows the reason behind Salman and Juhi never working together.
February 18, 2018 04:59 IST
Whether it is our society or the reflection of it in our Bollywood films, extra-marital relationships and affairs is one delicate matter to deal with. Complicated, biased sometimes even messy it becomes very difficult to sort the entwined threads of human emotions and societal expectations.As Bollywood mostly tends to hold the sanctity of the institution of marriage in very high esteem, most of the Bollywood movies harbor a critical and sometimes even hostile attitude towards extra-marital liaisons. The ones that condone the unthinkable usually justify it by showing the spouse in a bitter or even hateful light. However, there are only handfuls that glorify extra-marital relationships without demonizing or demeaning the spouse.Here are 6 films where we rooted for the extra-marital couple even when the spouses were not at fault.AzhaarThis was one movie that glorified extra-marital like no other. Sangeeta and Azhar’s affair is shown with a lot of gusto with even a romantic track thrown in. The affair, no matter how spontaneous, leaves you a little uncomfortable, yet the film makes you want to root for them, even at the cost of Naureen’s suffering.Kabhi Alvida Naa KehnaWhen it comes to extra-marital relationships, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is one movie that truly delved into the nuances. There will always be arguments about whether the characters Ria and Rishi deserved their cheating partners and the biggest question of them all, that what do you do when you find our true love after marriage, but from a general perspective this one also condoned the extramarital affair between Dev and Maya and it was them the audience sympathized with.SilsilaYash Chopra brought the real-life tension between Jaya Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha alive on screen on the lines of a story that almost mimicked their real-life romantic mess. Call it the charm of Rekha-Amitabh pairing or the satisfaction of seeing something that could never possibly happen in real life, but most fans wanted Chandni and Amit to end up together in the film even at the cost of cheating their loving and respecting partners.LunchboxWell, this one is surely tricky. Yes, the affair is shown in a very subtle, innocent and poignant fashion, but it is one extra-marital affair we so wished could reach its conclusion.MurderNot just glorification, but the steaming hot chemistry between Mallika and Emraan in the film made extra-marital affairs look extremely alluring. While the climax eventually somewhat justifies their decision, but be honest, we root for Mallika and Emraan way before we could guess the climax and Ashmit’s character was a perfectly decent, if a little aloof, husband.Tanu Weds Manu ReturnsIt is not easy to sympathize or even understand a character like Tanuja Trivedi. She is volatile, self –absorbed and irresponsible. It is for the same reason that we adore Manu when he decides to accept her the way she is. But then when Datto’s character comes into the picture, we are immediately made to root for Manu and Datto, at the cost of Tanu’s suffering. In fact, we even somehow revel in the misery of Tanu and see it as a form of atonement for her whimsical behavior. In fact, not just Datto, but a small part of us also probably wants Raja Awasthi and Tanu ending up together, because frankly, he is one of the most wronged characters in the film.
February 16, 2018 02:56 IST
The name Manoj Bajpayee carries certain weight behind it. While he has been an integral part of the industry for over a couple of decades, the kind of films that he is doing is making heads turn for sure. One such film is Aiyaary which is arriving on 9th February. A thriller which features him along with Sidharth Malhotra in an unusual pairing, Aiyaary promises to be an intriguing tale with numerous twists and turns that would keep the audience engaged. Meanwhile, Manoj Bajpayee is quite charged up too as he gears up for his first release of the year.Aiyaary - The very title sounds quite different and interesting.'Aiyaar' means the person who keeps changing his face to trick people; in Hindi we call them 'behrupia'. The act of disguising is called 'aiyaary'. Its significance in the film is that the two protagonists i.e. Sidharth and I are masters in 'aiyaary'; entire film is based on this. I can't reveal much of course. We have seen films about armies fighting the battles with the outside forces; the forces which are beyond the border. Here in Aiyaary the army is fighting the battle inside. It turns out to be a cat and mouse game which brings in the thrilling element. The drama is of high quotient too which makes Aiyaary an interesting topic.Neeraj Pandey is the director of the film and your relationship with him goes a long way.I remember making a call to him after watching A Wednesday. When I realized what a great film he had made, I wanted him to know that I would like to work with him. He is the only director amongst all the newcomers whom I called, who responded so warmly and took the relationship further by meeting me frequently. He made an attempt to try and understand me as an actor. He offered me the role of a lifetime in Special 26 and then made sure that I am a part of his production house. This means that even if I am not facing the camera, I at least pass on my opinion on the script.After working in Special 26 and Naam Shabana, you would have been assured that in Aiyaary you would be utilized really well.Yes, we were shooting for Naam Shabana when he offered me Aiyaary. I immediately said yes and booked the months for this film; that's the kind of relationship that we have. I know that he won't waste me and that he would give full justice to the role that he is offering to me. I too know that I would come in with believability, conviction and professionalism. He is someone who doesn't like to socialize much and still he chose to sit and make friends with me. With him, it is a great mix of personal and professional relationship.Looking at the film, it comes like a good mix of solid content and commercial ingredients.Aiyaary is a mainstream film with heavy content; this is very Neeraj Pandey kind of film with thrills, drama and pace. There are certain events based on a true story. It has relationship, friendship and mentor-protégé angle to it with trust and betrayal. That's what you expect from a Neeraj Pandey film. Without succumbing to the formula, he is making middle of the road commercial mainstream films.What next?Another commercial film that I am doing is Baaghi 2. There is a hero and then a whole lot of villains. Too much fun!
February 15, 2018 05:59 IST
When it comes to the infamous ‘s’ word, Bollywood usually likes to keep it subtle and pious. Although we have come a long way from flowers kissing and milk boiling over, graphic sexual content still does not float easy. While intimacy in the form ofromance or even erotica has become a lot bolder, disturbing sexual scenes are something Bollywood usually tries to steer clear of. However, there are a few rare films which dealt with the subject of sexual violence or other disturbing facets of the act. Here are 5 that shook us to our core.MatrubhoomiFrom bestiality to gang rapes, this movie is difficult to watch even for people with strongest stomachs. Set in a backdrop where female foeticide has rendered villages entirely devoid of feminine presence, the movie explores the sexual frustration in the most disturbing way possible. The scene where Tulip Joshi is raped by the entire village is almost impossible to digest.Udta PunjabTo callUdta Punjabdisturbing would be an understatement of the highest order. The mental and sexual torture that Alia’s character goes through is especially difficult to watch. In a particular scene, when she is being abused under the influence of drugs and her inner self is shown to spiral down into a bottomless abyss is not only a cinematic gem but seriously a scene that haunts forever.AjjiThis lesser-known movie takes the rape-revenge saga notches higher. After her granddaughter is brutally raped by a local man of power, the girl’s ‘ajji’ or granddaughter sets out to seek revenge. Although the real scene of the incident is not shown, but the girl screaming and bleeding on the bed is enough to scar you for life. In another scene, the perpetrator is shown humping a mannequin and making guttural noises which tell the audience the amount of brutality the little girl must have suffered.Bandit QueenShekhar Kapoor’s Bandit Queen has been one of the most controversial movies to have come out of Bollywood. Apart from the rampant violence and the full frontal nudity, the scene where Phoolan is gang-raped takes graphic sexual violence on another level.Raman Raghav 2.0This is another movie that will keep you depressed days after you have watched it. Although it is difficult to choose one disturbing scene from this movie, but the scene where Raman’s sister approaches him for intimacy to save the life of her son and husband will leave you shaken for forever. Although scene itself is not explicit, the dialogues, the actions and the whole tension in it is difficult to bear with.
February 15, 2018 02:23 IST
Though India is duly obsessed with Bollywood, one cannot forget that there is a thriving space for regional cinema in this country as well, which comes up with many unknown gems. But just like Bollywood, regional cinema is not immune to censorship troubles as well. In fact, explicit content and legal battle with censor board is one thing which makes sure that regional films make it to national headlines. Here are 6 regional films that ran into trouble and made headlines due to their explicit and controversial content.GanduIt’s a given that a movie titled ‘Gandu’ would not be a family entertainer, however, India was not ready for the explicit content that the Bengali film made by director ‘Q’ put on screen. Though the movie garnered rave reviews in the festival circuit, it made a lot Indians uncomfortable.NudeThis was one Marathi movie that made headlines recently. Based on the lives of women who work as nude models for artists ran into trouble with Information and Broadcasting ministry and was taken down from Indian International Film Festival.ChatrakThe sex clip of this Bengali film went viral due to explicit sexuality. Actress Paoli Dam was duly shamed for a scene that showcased oral sex. The issue went so massive that even national media went on to host debates to discuss the film.Sexy DurgaThe Malayalam movie by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan was slammed for the controversial title that could hurt religious sentiments. The makers of the movie finally decided to change the name to S Durga to ensure that the movie could see the light of the day.KuttrapathirikaiThis Tamil movie made to national headlines as it dealt with the sensitive issue of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination and Sri Lankan civil war. Although the movie was made in 1991, it was finally released in 2007 after a long legal battle.Kaum De HeereThis Punjabi film is still banned in India as of today. Directed by Ravinder Ravi revolves around the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The film seemed to glorify Beant Singh,Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, the ones who murdered Indira Gandhi and thus was banned from releasing in the fear of causing disruption of law and order in the country.
February 14, 2018 04:19 IST
Valentine’s Day is an occasion to celebrate your love. And there are few things that can beat a trip with your partner to a location that is dreamy and picturesque. Make memories, rekindle your love, and experience the distinct charm of local Valentine’s Day celebrations. Here are 10 of the most romantic destinations from around the world you could head to when you are planning your vacation together:Santorini, GreeceKnown for its electric blue skies, white-coloured houses, and the dark blue ocean, and quaint churches, Santorini is the picture perfect destination for Valentine’s Day. Watch the sunset from Oia which offers views of Thirassia Island, the volcano of Palia and Nea Kameni. Visit Akrotiri, an archeological site dating back to 3000 BC, and destroyed by volcanic eruption in 1627 BC.Bollywood film shot in Santorini, Greece: Bang Bang* Paris, FranceThe city that is now synonymous with romance is a great place to visit for Valentine’s Day. The glittering Eiffel Tower, the River Seine and the cafes are the perfect backdrop for V-Day selfies.Take a seat at a Parisian restaurant overlooking the Eiffel Tower, sip on wine and enjoy some delectable French delicacies and chocolates. Perfect holidays are made of these.Bollywood film shot in Paris, France: Befikre* Bali, IndonesiaThe island of Bali boasts of beautiful beaches, lush greenery and a buzzing nightlife. You can opt for adventure sports or unwind at the beach with your partner. Bali also takes candlelight dinner to a whole new level by offering options such as cliffside/cave dining and dinner overlooking an ancient temple.* Kyoto, JapanInterestingly in Japan, Valentine’s Day is an occasion for women to express their love for their partners. The men reciprocate with a gesture much later. Escape the madness of Tokyo and instead visit Kyoto with your partner.Explore its narrow streets lined with wooden houses and visit the innumerable shrines for a cultural experience. A visit to Kyoto may be even more rewarding as you might spot cherry blossom trees in full bloom (March onwards).Bollywood film shot in Kyoto, Japan: Love In Tokyo* Prague, Czech RepublicIf your idea of romance includes Gothic churches, bridges, castles, houses in pastel hues, and cosy restaurants, then Prague is the place to head to for Valentine’s Day. You can stroll along cobblestoned roads lighted by gas lamps or take a romantic boat cruise down the Vltava and view the charming Old Town from the water.Bollywood film shot Prague, Czech Republic: Jab Harry Met Sejal* Venice, ItalyVenice, the city of canals and bridges (it has more than 350 bridges), is one of the most romantic places to celebrate Valentine’s Day. You can hop on to a gondola and ride through big and small canals at sunset, as you spot the quaint churches on the banks. Visit the Bridge of Sighs. Earlier, prisoners were led to the cells or execution chamber through here, and would sigh as they caught a glimpse of Venice. Indulge in some yummy seafood in the alleys, and go dancing in St Mark’s Square.Bollywood film shot in Venice, Italy: Bachna Ae Haseeno*Lisbon, PortugalPastel-coloured buildings, beaches and sweeping panoramas await you in Lisbon. Take a walk through the historic neighbourhoods from São Jorge Castle to Sé Cathedral, and visit Santo Antonio Church, the city’s matchmaking saint, for blessings. You can view sweeping panoramas from belvederes at Santa Luiza, Portas do Sol, Graça, São Pedro de Alcantara and Santa Catarina. Unwind with your partner at the terraces of public squares and gardens, such as Principe Real, Largo Camões and Avenida da Liberdade. You can also take a cruise on the ships sailing along the river.Bollywood film shot in Lisbon, Portugal: The Great Gambler* Maui, HawaiiDid you know that one of the meanings of aloha (the traditional greeting) is love? Hawaii is indeed the best place to enjoy some quality time amidst nature with your partner. Married couples can renew their vows on the beach in a private ceremony, or have a couples massage by the beach. If seclusion is what you are looking for, head to Kapalua Bay in Maui. You can also go camping with your partner to the Haleakala Crater. It also offers the best sunrise view in Maui.* St Moritz, SwitzerlandGet cosy with your partner at fairytale alpine resorts in St Moritz, a white winterland located at an elevation of 1,822m. It hosts a horse race on the frozen Lake St Moritz every winter and is also popular for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. St Moritz also boasts of more five-star hotels than any other Swiss resort. There are also lots of places to shop for your partner.* Port Louis, MauritiusIf the sun, sand and sea are your thing, then Mauritius is the place to go. Relax on hammocks under coconut trees, rent a catamaran cruise, visit small islands, and round off the day with a candlelight dinner on the beach.Bollywood film shot in Port Louis, Mauritius: Dulhan Hum Le Jaayenge
February 13, 2018 02:16 IST
Being an actress in Bollywood is synonymous with style and luxury. Especially when our actresses get hitched, they not only set the bridal trends of the season but gives a new meaning to the word extravaganza. From their sarees and lehengas to the multimillion-dollar worth jewelry everything becomes the talk of the town. Likewise, when it comes to choosing mangalsutras for themselves, Bollywood divas don’t shy away from the expense. Here are 6 most expensive mangalsutras that our divas sported after their weddings.Madhuri Dixit NeneAlthough her marriage to the L.A. bases doctor Sriram Nene was a far cry from the big fat Bollywood wedding and was a quiet affair that did not stop the pair from shelling out a fortune on her mangalsutra. The one she sported after her marriage cost a cool 8.5 lakhs.Karisma KapoorWhen you are not only one of the most successful leading ladies in Bollywood but also the darling daughter of the most illustrious families in Bollywood, surely your wedding would be one event of a lifetime. And that’s exactly how Karisma Kapoor wedding to businessman Sanjay Kapur was. Worth Rs. 17 lakhs her mangalsutra was the perfect fit for the extravagant wedding.KajolBack in 1999 one of the most loved couples of Bollywood Kajol and Ajay Devgn decided to tie the knot in a Maharashtrian style. Although it was not a much-publicized event, the fact that her Kajol’s mangalsutra cost 21 lakh is enough to tell that it was another no expense spared Bollywood wedding.Shilpa Shetty KundraOpulent and classy are perhaps the first words that come to mind while defining the style of Shilpa Shetty. So when the actress decided to take the plunge with London based businessman Raj Kundra it was she was literally a vision dripping in diamond and gold. We are not even trying to guess how much the entire look cost given just the mangalsutra was worth 30 lakhs.Aishwarya RaiBachhanWhen Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachhan decided to get married, every detail about the heavily guarded wedding became a headline. Media and people went crazy about details like the guest list or the saree and jewelry the bride wore. Thus for the wedding of such stature, it was only fitting that the mangalsutra that adorned the neck of the actress cost an unbelievable 45 lakhs.Anushka SharmaThe wedding of Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli screamed fairytale. From the scenic international setting to her ethereal bridal look everything was dreamy. It was pretty clear that wedding affair that would suit the high profile couple was a no expenses spared one. Expectedly the mangalsutra Anushka was spotted wearing rumored to cost a whopping 52 lakhs.
February 11, 2018 01:11 IST
Much has been said and written about the power and influence of social media on our lives. However, it is surprising that Bollywood which is adept at exploring all aspects of our lives has been surprisingly lukewarm about exploring the phenomenon in films. There is only a handful of Bollywood movie that attempted to play with the genre. With the hope that Bollywood will finally come out with films based on social media, we remember 5 films in which social media played a significant part.Bajrangi BhaijaanIn his quest to find Munni’s home, Nawazzudin Siddique’s character Chand Nawab uses YouTube to bring people together to help people know about the kid and noble Bajrangi looking for his family. However, it was criticized for engaging in factual errors since YouTube is banned in Pakistan.Desi BoyzThis was a movie where more than a boon YouTube became a problem. In the movie, it was from a viral YouTube clip that Deepika’s character comes to know that his boyfriend, John is a male stripper which makes her call of her engagement and impending marriage with him.Mujhse Fraaandship KarogeIt is funny that how given the frenzy around social networking sites in the country, there are a very few movies that actually capture the phenomenon. In the movie two college mates who hate each other in real life slowly falls for each other due to mistaken identities online. Although the movie starred lesser known stars it managed to do pretty well at the box office.Secret SuperstarThis movie brilliantly explored how YouTube has been giving a platform to every artist who wants to showcase their talents to the world but is strapped for opportunities. In the film, Zaira’s character, who is a closet singer is held back due to her conservative and violent father, starts putting up her singing videos on YouTube hiding the identity that ultimately leads to her being a singing sensation.NoorA viral YouTube clip is also what the central plot of the movie Noor revolves around. A frustrated journalist tired of fluff tries to do a serious story but things seriously go wrong. The entire disdain of Sonakshi’s character comes out in one video where she explains why Mumbai is killing her. Although the movie did not do too well at the box office, it managed to capture the power that social media has in public conscious awakening.
February 09, 2018 06:36 IST
We often see cine-goers from our previous generation cribbing about how going to theatres have become an expensive affair unlike the days of yore and of course it for no reason. The release of a movie with some of the most bankable stars in the industry is no way less important than festivals.Plush multiplexes now try to make sure that it is more of an exclusive experience and not just the watching a movie. Of course, the experience does not come cheap and when the films in the question feature our superstars the ticket prices skyrockets to unbelievable numbers. and when it comes to exclusive movie watching experience Delhi's PVR Director's Cut is a cut above all with some of the most expensive tickets sold for films. Here are 6 most expensive tickets ever sold for a Bollywood film by the multiplex.Jab Harry Met SejalA Shah Rukh Khan release in no less than a festival in our country. His last release Jab Harry Met Sejal disappointed many but that did not stop fans from going all crazy for the movie on its opening. At Rs. 2400, Jab Harry Met Sejal is the most expensive ticket sold for any Bollywood movie ever.Baahubali 2: The ConclusionThe success record ofBaahubali has broken many recordsand ticket prices are no exception. The interesting part is the Hindi dubbed version of the movie sold for a higher price than the actual Telugu version. Sharing the number one position with Jab Harry Met Sejal, the most expensive ticket for Baahubali was also sold at Rs. 2400 as well.Ae Dil Hai MushkilThe only non-Khan entry on this list is Ranbir, Anushka , Aishwarya and Fawad Khan starrer Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. This Diwali release went on to become a huge success and audiences had qualms paying a whopping Rs. 2200 for a ticket to watch the romantic extravaganza.SultanIf there is a list of crazy records, how can a Salman Khan starrer not be on it? Bhai fans literally believe no expenses spared when it comes to catching him on screen. A testament to this frenzy is the ticket of Sultan selling at an exorbitant price of Rs. 1800.RaeesAnd it is Shah Rukh Khan again on the list. Though Raees underperformed at the box office as per expectations it did not stop the multiplex owner cashing on a Shah Rukh Khan release. The most expensive ticket of Raees was sold at Rs. 1500.TubelightSalman and Shah Rukh are easily the biggest contenders when it comes fans paying crazy prices to see their idols on screen at a plush theatre. Like Raees, the Salman Khan starrer Tubelight also underperformed but the tickets were as expensive as the biggest blockbusters. At Rs. 1500 Tubelight shares the spot with Raees in terms of expensive tickets.
February 09, 2018 12:41 IST