As Frank as the Ocean…

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Blonde was released in 2016. The album has completed 6 years since its release. An album’s success is divided into 2 parts. The first one is the quality of the lyrics and the story of it. The second and a really important one is sound production. Sound production means the quality of sound. When you listen to any of the blonde’s track, you’ll realise how well produced the sound is. Every beat is so clean and soothing to the ears. Sound production makes a huge difference in the overall quality of the album. For example, Donda’s sound production was not very well done and lets the album down in a lot of ways. Blonde’s production was probably the best of this decade. The transition in the song “Nights” is so sick and is the highlight of the amazing sound production.

The album has some of the most diverse tracks. Ivy is a melodic soft indie lost love song whereas solo (reprised) is a fast and very catchy beat with a really good flow. Futura free is 10 mins long and continuously progresses its flow. There are abrupt audio clips filled in this album and that is a signature of frank ocean. Self-control starts in a very poppy fashion and translates into a coming of age song quick. Be yourself is a voice note from frank’s mom telling him not to get addicted to alcohol, drugs or marijuana because it will make him stupid, lazy and unconcerned. She also speaks about the importance of being yourself. Frank always finds a way to make his album feel more personal and intimate as he did with channel orange. After her mother’s voice note, he talks about rolling a solo for himself right in the next track. The album feels like a very honest and a true deep dive into frank’s life.

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I think this is the reason people relate to it so much. I listen to some of the tracks every day like Self Control, Nights, Good Guy and Futura Free. Good guy is a cute lofi track where he is talking about a girl jasmine and reminiscing about how the relationship actually had more substance than he thought it had. Soon after good guy, Nights kicks and boy it kicks in so well. Everything about that song is perfect. The Pacing, Lyrics and the Transition. Apple Music in its description of blonde writes “an album we’ll be talking about for years to come” and here we are after 6 years of talking about it.

In the song solo, frank is talking about how he was very loud in public once and the police turned them down and suddenly very abruptly he says “I forgot to tell you how much I vibe with you” this feels so abrupt but so personal at the same time. It’s like you’re talking to someone about something and suddenly you tell them something totally different. Frank does it so beautifully. Another instance of his lyrical genius is spotted in the song self-control. He’s having some poolside conversation with a girl about her summer and this translates into something more. He says “ cause I made you use your self-control and you made me lose my self-control “ this is just brilliant writing. In the end, Blond is a very catchy, a very poppy but at the same time a very deep and personal album. Catch it if you still haven’t somehow.

The Night of….. another show where Riz ahmed shows his quality as an actor.

A still from the night of.

A boy raised in a conservative Muslim family in America. What do you expect? Innocence right? Maybe you are right. It’s a normal night. Nasir wants to go to a party he was invited to but a friend who he was supposed to go with cancelled the plan last minute. He takes his father’s taxi without asking him, he really wants to go to the party. On the way to the party, he comes across some customers who ask him to drop them at a destination but he informs them he’s off duty, he gets into a little spat but they get out of the taxi eventually. After that, a girl comes and asks him to drop her at a beach. He doesn’t say no to the girl. Although, they do argue but he takes her nevertheless. On the way, he buys her a beer. They both sit down across a river and talk about their respective lives. Nasir likes her carefree nature because no one was as frank with him as Andrea was. They both go to her place to spend the rest of the night. Andrea traps Nasir into taking some drugs and eventually they sleep together.

Sounds like a night well spent right? The next day he wakes up and finds the girl dead!!!! Stabbed 22 times in her body. Nasir panics. He gathers his things and runs away and obviously so. He gets caught eventually which is also a long story but I‘d avoid telling that.  Nasir eventually lands in jail and he encounters some crazy people. He’s very scared initially as anyone will be. According to me the jail part of the story is the best because it changed Nasir completely.

Even though he didn’t kill the girl but in the end, you are not quite sure if he deserves to be out of jail because the people around him Transform him completely. He is addicted now, he threatens people and does all the things a criminal would do. But one thing that the story makes you believe is that he didn’t kill the girl(which I am not quite sure of). Almost every subplot of the film leaves you with something to think about. His lawyer is a lonely person and fights his loneliness throughout the series. The friends he makes in jail are all the products of their surroundings. His parents are in self-doubt. And there’s courtroom drama which we all love. The show is so well layered and so well nuanced. It makes you think about a lot of things. It gives you the exposure to explore different human beings (their greys especially).

There are 2 kinds of cinema. One is which gives you a message and there’s another kind which makes you think about things. The highest quality of cinema is the one which makes you question your existence and your surroundings and that’s what the night of is. One thing which the show makes clear is human beings are a product of their surroundings as claimed by Kafka. Nasir was an innocent boy until he landed in jail where he met criminals who turned him into a criminal. It also makes you wonder that you really have very little to no control over your life. One day you are with a nice girl and the next day you are in jail.

I’d like to end this by saying that the night of at any moment doesn’t let you feel that whatever is happening is not real, they don’t use cliche filmmaking techniques. It has a very unique quality to it which makes you think about every character. There are films which make you feel very excited but when you leave the theatre you don’t even think of those films and then there are films which bore you and make you doze off but you can’t keep these films out of your mind because it constantly makes you think and those are the films worth watching. I don’t rate films because I think it’s unfair to rate someone’s vision and hard work but I can tell you that you’ll not be disappointed watching this beautiful show on Hotstar.

The night of trailer.

Trying to make sense of virat’s lacklustre form.

Virat Kohli has found life to be tough over the last 3 years or so. His form has dipped massively. He’s clearly not the same batter right now as we know him to be. There is nothing wrong with his technique in particular. There are some areas for improvement but that is a natural progression for any batsmen. He recently gave up captaincy of all formats. He also gave up his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captaincy. There has been a lot going on around him. I’ll try to breakdown his game plan in each format of the game.

Virat’s problem in T20 cricket has been his low striking ability against spin. We’ve often seen him struggling against spin in the middle overs failing to find boundaries and sometimes even struggling to rotate strike which has been his biggest strength for a long time. He tries to compensate for his limitations with spin bowling by being extra aggressive against pace. He has a strike rate of 145 inside the powerplay. Although, it dropped down to 90 in the middle overs during IPL 2021. This year’s IPL was Virat’s most forgettable season of all time. He averaged an abysmal 22.5 per innings with a strike rate of 115. This is very unlike Kohli. He just looked overcooked and completely out of his fluent touch this season.

He hasn’t played a lot of ODI cricket in the last few years and I believe this is the format that will help him get back into form. India plays England today at the oval. There are reports that he might not play today due to a groin strain. But, I hope that he plays today because he should use every opportunity that he has to get back to form. In ODI cricket, there is no added pressure to increase the run rate and the ball also doesn’t do much in the middle overs. Thus, this format is his best chance to get back to form. He can rotate the strike in the middle overs and extend his innings till the death overs to attack as he has done so many times.

Virat Kohli is a true ambassador of test cricket. He is the most successful test captain of India in so many ways. He made India successful in overseas conditions. India developed their best pace attacks in ages during his reign. His test form recently has been a disappointment. I believe, his main problem in test cricket has been a lack of scoring areas. If you look at some of the centuries that have been scored by Indians in test cricket have been attacking innings. They had to take the attacking option at some point in the game. While Virat has shown immense discipline and exemplary technique in the last few years. He played an exceptional innings of 79 runs against South Africa in the last test of the series. His problem has been a lack of scoring phases in his innings. He has to find more scoring options in test cricket. Because with the kind of quality test sides have in their bowling, you can’t just play the waiting game. You have to attack at some point.

Virat Kohli is already a legend. He has achieved everything that he can possibly dream of. Although, for him to get back to form now. He has to play one-day internationals. We all hope to see the best batsmen we’ve possibly ever witnessed get back to form.

Exciting films and shows to come out this year

THIS MUCH I KNOW TO BE TRUE

2022 like any other year has a lot of interesting projects that have my attention and I am eagerly waiting for a few films. The 1st film that I’ll be talking about is THIS MUCH I KNOW TO BE TRUE. This film is a musical journey of a man who sees himself through the devil. It is directed by Andrew Dominik. Nick cave and warren Williams make music which is influenced by the devil. In the trailer, there is a dialogue which goes like “you have discovered that the veil that separates your ordered life from disarray is very thin”. The trailer has some gritty visuals that immediately make you immersed in nick caves’ world. I am very excited about this project. It is slated to release this July in India.

THIS MUCH I KNOW TO BE TRUE TRAILER
NOPE

The second film that I am looking forward to is NOPE by Jordan Peele. Jordan Peele has delivered some excellent films in the past in the form of US(2021) & GET OUT(2017). US is my personal favourite. It is about a family who finds out that there is an exact clone version of themselves who is trying to kill them. The reason they despise the real family is that they’ve been living in the dark for their whole life while they get to live a happy and normal life. The thing that makes them envy the other family so much is that they have their bodies and they have their traits but their souls differ. This is the thing that separates them. It was a very interesting watch and that is why I am looking forward to this film which will come out later this year.

NOPE TRAILER
SUCCESSION

The third project is not a film but it’s an HBO series called succession. Succession is probably the best HBO show ever. It’s about a media conglomerate which is owned by the Roy family. It sheds light on the family politics that go behind the scenes and how a media conglomerate works. We get to see how every member of the Roy family has some personal motive and no one can be trusted. Everyone wants to be at the top and they can go to any margin for it. The show also tells its audience how the Roy family handles their public image by constantly changing the narrative for their own good. It’s a kind of show that always moves in tandem with what is happening and has happened in the past. The story is so well connected that you can understand the character development of all the actors in the show. The first 3 seasons are already out so watch it if you haven’t already. Season 4 will most likely be out by this year’s end or the start of 2024.

“Extra fly”

Ye belongs from Chicago. He was born in 1977, on 8th June. He used to produce beats for other artists before he transformed into a rapper himself. People around him who gave him work thought more of him as a producer rather than a rapper. He used to cook beats for ROCK-A-FELLA RECORDS. People from the Record label accept it today that they did not see Kanye west becoming the rapper he became today. One of the Artists from the record label said “ I knew he was a rapper but I was like stick to the beats kid”. Nobody saw YE coming. When he rapped one of his verses to Pharell Williams, He was quite shocked. Kanye had been trying to get in touch with Pharell for a while but he couldn’t. Pharell was touched by the piece that Kanye did for him. Birth of a jeen-yuhs was taking place.

Kanye has been involved in some questionable moments all his life. But the life he breathes to his music is above all the white noise that he surrounds himself with. Some people can call Kanye’s energy narcissistic and maybe rightly so. But, I believe this is the energy that makes his music alive. His songs are so Kanye that when you listen to them you know it’s Kanye. This energy has given him a different identity that is unique to him and makes him arguably the biggest rapper of his time. His mother’s presence in his life is a big reason for what kanye has achieved today. Donda West died in 2007. He released an album dedicated to his mother in 2021. This shows you how much his mother meant to him. There’s a clip in his documentary where his mother is trying to tell him by how he can come off as rude to people sometimes. I expected Kanye to burst out and say something stupid at that moment but he didn’t. He actually accepted it in a way and you could see in his eyes that there was an actual realisation of his action. Donda had her way with Kanye.

Kanye and Donda.

Ye’s biggest downfall in his career was when he started having problems with his mental health in 2016. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In his documentary, he said to one of his team members “ man I took pill yesterday just so I can talk to you normally right now”. This can give you some insight into his state. His decision about running for president didn’t help his public image either. People took it as a big joke and questioned his sanity. You could see by the public appearances he made post-2016 that he was indeed troubled. Nobody exactly knows the reason behind it. But there were a lot of things that happened to him in the last 5 years. Fallout with kid Cudi, divorce, the album pushed back and his mental misery. Ye’s life is so layered and grey. No one can deny that he’s a musical genius but at the same time, some of his acts in the public make him look like a foolish man who is still not over his teenage. There are so many tags you can associate him with. That’s what makes him so interesting.

Ye has done a lot of things which he won’t be proud off but one thing that he did absolutely right was his music. He is such a inspirational artist to so many aspiring rappers. He gave Hip-Hop a much needed new life by his presence.

“’Cause now I see women as somethin’ to nurture, Not somethin’ to conquer”

⁃ Violent crimes by kanye west.

Evolution of indian cinema

Dadasaheb Phalke’s ‘Raja Harishchandra’ revolutionised an art form which would become a huge influence in almost everyone’s life. Films form public opinion and evoke different emotions. The way of expression in films is very unique. A book has a way of its own and every art form is unique. But a film can exactly deliver the desired message because it is visual and there are a lot of human elements involved.

The evolution of Indian cinema is divided into different phases. The silent era was the first one. Silent films were produced during the 1890s-1920s. The wrestlers (1899) by H.S bhatavdekar is considered the first Indian film ever by an Indian. It was a film documentary. It was about a wrestling match which was held at the hanging gardens in Bombay. Due to the enthusiasm from a lot of different filmmakers, the Indian film industry rose rapidly. Tickets were affordable to the normal audience. Filmmakers started to incorporate daily Indian social life to make the film more interesting and relatable to the audience.

Alam ara highlights the talkies era. Alam ara was released in 1931. It was the first Indian film which had sound. Joymoti by Jyoti Prasad Agrawala was released in 1935. Jyoti Prasad also went to Berlin to learn more about films. The popular culture of music in films began during this era. Studios started to emerge in main cities like Bombay, Madras and Calcutta. Kisna Kanhiya, the first colour film produced in India came out during this era. A film called wrath was banned by the British raj because it depicted Indian freedom fighters as leaders. A film named Sant Tukaram went to the Venice film festival for its depiction of a saint and a poet. A deadly combination indeed. It was judged as one of the three best films of the year. The seeds of Indian masala film were sown during this era. An Indian masala film has everything. Dance, Music, Drama and Action. This type of film brings out huge crowds into theatre today and is one of the spectacles of India in a way. Although, due to the partition a lot of studios moved to Pakistan. Partition became a hot topic to make films.

Satyajit ray with his movie reel

The golden era is dedicated to the genius of Satyajit ray. In the third part of the Apu trilogy, there’s a scene where apu and his friend are just walking beside a railway track. They are chatting about their lives. The talks of APU’s marriage come up among other things. The scene captures the vibe of Calcutta so nonchalantly. It’s just two friends talking to each other. The flow of the scene feels so natural. Satyajit ray’s films teleport you into the Calcutta of the 60s. Satyajit Ray was the master of social realism. Another film is boot polish directed by Prakash Arora. There’s a scene in the film in which Bhola(brother) is telling belt(sister) not to beg for a living. She’s starving and the only way she can feed herself is by begging. But because it goes against his brother’s philosophical ideology, she chooses to resist the temptation. But the poor girl can’t resist her hunger for long and picks up a coin and right after that her brother slaps her. She says while crying “bhook Lagi hai Bhai”. Now his brother has to choose between his honour and duties. He can choose to not pick up the coin and maintain his moral high ground or he can feed her sister. The scene captures this conflict so perfectly. The camera captures the whole environment of the room. This type of film was made during this era. Films based on social realism. Masala films also became very popular during this time. Art films and commercial films started to co-exist.

The FFC’s art film orientation came under criticism for not pushing enough commercial films. The duo of Salim-Javed revitalised commercial cinema. They always came up with gritty action thrillers like zanjeer and deewar. They are considered the greatest screenwriters of all time. Crime action films became very popular during this era. The peak of masala films. Although, this made the audiences used to a very predictable plot. Anyone would be able to anticipate what will happen next because it became so predictable. All-time blockbusters like Sholay came out in 1975. The term Bollywood was also coined during this era.

In the late 1980s, everyone was tired of watching the same old action thrillers. The footfalls became less and less until disco dancers. Disco dancers introduced the concept of disco in India. Disco dancer was the biggest hit of the year even in Russia. It introduced Bappi Lahiri as a music director. Mithun and Bappi Lahiri have given countless hits together. Then came the era of romance. Yash raj Chopra’s DDLJ sums up the decade of the 90s. Shah rukh khan became a sensation through his charming acting in romantic films like Kuch Kuch Hota hai , Dil to Pagal hai etc. He gained massive popularity worldwide. Sadly though, as the concept of Bollywood evolved. It became more about money rather than the art as in any other industry. The moment anything becomes an industry. It loses its beautiful touch. That’s what happened with Bollywood. Filmmakers in Europe or France can dare to think about anything today and make something about it. The problem with us is that we cannot even afford to think anything outside the box. Our bandwidth as an audience is very low. We only like to watch films of certain kinds.

The regional cinema has also grown immensely and in some ways is doing better than the Hindi film industry. The film chain in India today is very strong. Thank you to the Dadasahebs, Satyajit’s and anands of India.

The wait is over! The second season of Masaba Masaba will premiere on July 29.

‘Masaba Masaba,’ one of the most loved Indian programmes on Netflix, is here! It will be exactly one month from today on July 29 before the second season of “Masaba Masaba” arrives on the OTT platform. In August 2020, the first season of “Masaba Masaba” was released.

Masaba herself posted the first preview for the programme on Instagram.

Neena Gupta and Masaba, a mother-daughter team, appear young and hopeful in the teaser as they tackle new professional routes, new and old love interests, loss, emotions, and rivalry. Season 2 follows the lives of these two women as they go over challenging terrain and difficult sections.

Season 2 will also have Neil Bhoopalam, Rytasha Rathore, Kusha Kapila, Kareema Berry, Barkha Singh, Ram Kapoor, and Armaan Khera in addition to being directed by sonam Nair and produced by Vinyard Films. Influencer Kusha Kapila is performing for the second time; her first was in Karan Johar’s Ghost Stories.

Director Sonam Nair expressed her excitement about the teaser’s release by saying, “When Masaba Masaba was first shown to me by Ashvini Yardi, it was an idea that I instantly fell in love with, and I knew it would bring a lot of positive emotions with it. I have the opportunity to explore and collaborate with excellent services like Netflix season 2 is moving into other territories but with the same level of love and I can’t wait for people to watch it “.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S- A Show that makes you Love your Imperfect Life.

I am sure most of you might be aware of the famous American television sitcom named- “Friends” and for some of you( I think many of you), it might be your favorite. I, myself am a very big fan of this sitcom. I guess some of you might have this question in your mind- “Why write about a sitcom that is already well-known and loved by most?” Well, my answer would be because this show made me feel that your ordinary life is beautiful. And even if it makes me one of those cliched fans, I am fine with it.

About F.R.I.E.N.D.S

The sitcom Friends was created by David Crane and Martha Kauffman which aired on NBC for ten years from 1994 to 2004. It is a story of 6 friends starring Jennifer Aniston as ‘Rachel Green’, Courteney Cox as ‘Monica Gellar’, Lisa Kudrow as ‘Phoebe Buffay’, Matt LeBlanc as ‘Joey Tribbiani’, Matthew Perry as ‘ Chandler Bing’ and David Schwimmer as ‘Ross Gellar’ residing in the New York city. The story revolves around the lives of these 6 friends showing how they deal with their daily lives, relationship problems and career issues.

Friends was a critically acclaimed television series that went on to become one of the most successful shows of all time. The series received 62 Primetime Emmy nominations, with its eighth season winning Outstanding Comedy Series in 2002. The show was voted no. 7 on Empire magazine’s The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time and no. 21 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S teaches its audience to get through the difficult times

  • Rachel
    Rachel Green, a woman who belonged from a rich family, who never thought of taking a job flees on her wedding day because she was not in love with her fiancée and restarts her life on her own without taking any financial support from her father. She struggles initially, working as a waitress in a coffee shop for 2 years after which she finally quits to pursue her career in Fashion. Gradually, she ends up working for good fashion companies and establishes identity of her own.

    Another striking incident in Rachel’s life was when she got pregnant with a child on a one-night-stand with her ex-boyfriend Ross. She was obviously scared and unprepared but she learns and manages to be a good single mother.
  • Monica
    Monica with her dream of opening her own restaurant or becoming head chef of one, struggles in New York City for many years until finally she becomes one.

    She also wanted to be in a committed relationship and get married one day. In the journey of finding “the guy” for her, she gets into very unusual and unstable relationships which sometimes breaks her heart until finally she falls in love with her best-friend, Chandler with whom she gets married.

    Monica also always wanted to have children and broke-up with her ex-boyfriend, Richard, whom she loved very much because he didn’t want them. After she got married to Chandler, they tried to have kids but there were some complications so they decided to adopt.
  • Phoebe
    Phoebe, the weird but kindest one in the group had a rough life since childhood as her father abandons her family and her mother commits suicide after few years. She faces all kinds of troubles- not having a shelter, food and any guardians.

    As a grown-up she works as a masseuse, always wanting a family of her own. Finally, she marries Mike and starts her new life with him.
  • Joey
    Joey, a handsome young man who pursues a career in acting struggles to make his ends meet because of his unstable career choice and not getting a good role in a movie or a show. Nevertheless, he never gives up and finally gets a show in the end.
  • Chandler
    Chandler, the sarcastic guy of the show, had commitment issues because of his parents’ divorce when we was a child. He panics during the times when he realizes that things are getting serious with his girlfriend, Monica. But because of his true love and Monica’s support he overcomes his commitment issues and lives a happily married life with her.
  • Ross
    Ross, a paleontologist marries a woman who after seven years of marriage realizes that she is a lesbian which leads to their divorce. He marries another woman, named Emily after few years and that marriage also ends because he takes the name of his ex girlfriend, Rachel during his wedding vows. The series of divorce doesn’t end here because he gets divorced again as he gets married to Rachel in Vegas while drunk and not in his senses.

Conclusion

No matter how difficult life got for these 6 friends, they always fought, learned and moved forward. They always kept hope of better things and worked towards their flaws. They all lived ordinary lives like we all do, faced struggles like we all do but smiled through the pain. I think that is all what we should do. Whatever is the pain or struggle in our lives, with the right set of people, we can always overcome it, some people are always going to believe in you. I would like to quote some lines from the theme song of F.R.I.E.N.D.S-

“So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke
Your love life’s DOA
It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month
Or even your year, but
I’ll be there for you”

Four Iconic Fantasy Movie Series based on Books

 The Lord of the Rings series

The Lord of the Rings series is based on the iconic series of the same name written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Like its novel counterparts, it is regarded as one of the best and most influential series ever. It is set in the fictional world of Middle-Earth and follows a hobbit, Frodo Baggins, his friends and an allied group called the Fellowship in their quest to destroy the Dark Lord Sauron through the destruction of the One Ring, which was created by him. There are 3 parts in the series:

  • The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • The Two Towers (2002)
  • The Return of the King (2003)
 The Lord of the Rings series
 The Lord of the Rings series

The series also has a prequel series called The Hobbit based on the novel of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien. It takes place 60 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings series and follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins as he, along with 13 dwarves, sets out to take back the Lonely Mountain from the clutches of the ferocious dragon Smaug. The Hobbit also has 3 parts:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
The Hobbit series
The Hobbit series

The Harry Potter series

The Harry Potter series is based on the immensely popular Harry Potter book series written by British author J.K. Rowling. The series follows Harry Potter, given the epithet of The-Boy-Who-Lived,and his adventures at the wizarding school of Hogwarts, all the while trying to fight against Lord Voldemort, an evil wizard who tried to kill Harry as a baby but failed. The series has 8 parts:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
The Harry Potter series
The Harry Potter series

Pirates of the Caribbean series

Unlike many movies which are either adaptations of some sort of media or original stories of their own, the Pirates of the Caribbean series is inspired from a Disneyland ride of the same name. The series follows the adventures and shenanigans of the pirates sailing in the Caribbean, particularly following the story of Captain Jack Sparrow. The series has 5 parts:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Salazar’s Revenge (2017)
Pirates of the Caribbean series
Pirates of the Caribbean series

The Chronicles of Narnia series

The Chronicles of Narnia is based on the best-selling book series of the same name written by C.S. Lewis. The series follows the adventures of a group of siblings in the magical land of Narnia. Although the book series contains 7 books, till today, only 3 have been adapted:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
The Chronicles of Narnia series
The Chronicles of Narnia series

The OUTSIDERS – Who made their own stand in Bollywood!

Nowadays, it seems you need to be a celebrity to become a celebrity.

More often than not, Bollywood rolls out its red carpet to the children of big stars, directors with connections in B-town, or winners of beauty pageants. It’s rare that a complete unknown makes it big in tinseltown.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have true-blue success stories – just like in the films! We take a look at some popular stars of today who made it big not because of sugar daddies or godfathers, but because they believed in their talent and grit.

#20 – Taapsee Pannu

The most talked about actress had started her career as a model and had also been famous for her incredible work in South Cinema. Coming from a regular family in New Delhi, popularity in Bollywood came over a period of time to her since her debut with Chashme Baddoor. Her breakthrough moment, however, was a small role as an agent in Neeraj Pandey’s Baby which suddenly made Bollywood take notice of her. The 2016 mega-hit PINK produced by Sujoy Ghosh escalated Taapsee and since then there’s been no looking back for this actress delivering several hits including Naam Shabana and Judwaa 2 in 2017.

#19 – Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi is one of the most hardworking actresses we have seen in Bollywood. She has been working as assisting Casting Director in Yash Raj films for several years. After that, she tried her talent in Bollywood with her first movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha directed by Sharat Katariya along with Ayushmann Khurrana and earned recognition. Later, she got roles in many movies like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Savdhaan, Pati Patni aur Voh and many more.

#18 – Pankaj Tripathi

In the last few years, Pankaj Tripathi has emerged as one of the most promising actors. Not just in films, Tripathi has made a mark in the web space as well and merging the two mediums, he will soon be seen in the supporting roles in Akshay’s Bacchan Pandey and Aamir’s Laal Singh Chaddha this year . Tripathi’s credible performances have often reminded the audience that it is not the length of the role, but its execution that makes a lasting impression.

#17 – Katrina Kaif

Born to a Kashmiri father and English mother in Hong Kong, Katrina spent most of her growing up years moving from country to country. She’s live in China, Japan, France and several European countries before settling down in England. Her striking looks caught the eye of agencies and she began modelling at the age of 14. Modelling also brought her to the notice of London-based filmmaker Kaizad Gustad, who cast her in Boom. The film was an abysmal flop, but that didn’t stop Katrina from moving to Mumbai. She faced a tough few years because no one wanted to cast an actress with such a poor command of Hindi. However, Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar and David Dhawan’s Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya brought her recognition. The 2007 Namastey London changed her fortunes, and today she is on the top of every producer’s list.

#16 – Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut was only 16 when she decided that she will take the big step towards her choice of career. She came to Delhi and got herself enrolled in a modelling agency. That agency, later on, sent her to Mumbai so that she can give auditions and try her luck in films. Her agent took her to Mahesh Bhatt’s office where she got rejected because she looked too young but later on Anurag Basu gave her an impactful role in ‘Gangster’. She has done projects like Queen, Tanu Weds Manu, Rangoon etc. She is also one of the highest-paid actresses in the industry today.

#15 – Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant was born in Patna, Bihar where his father worked as a government official. He came to Mumbai and got himself a role in Ekta Kapoor’s daily soap ‘Pavitra Rishta. He worked in TV for years before he entered Bollywood with Abhishek Kapoor’s “Kai Po Che!” (2013) and this film won him several debut awards that year. The actor followed it up with films like “Shuddh Desi Romance”, “PK” and “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy”, all of which have won him appreciation but M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story increased his fan following overnight.

#14 – Rajkummar Rao

Rajkummar is one of the most talented actors of Bollywood. His journey of Bollywood started with his debut in an experimental anthology ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhoka’ as Adarsh which was released in 2010. The movie was directed by Dibakar Banerjee and since then Rao hasn’t stopped being seen in Bollywood films.  Later, he worked in many movies like Ragini MMS, Gangs of Wasseypur, Talaash, Kai Po Che!,Stree etc. However, it was in 2017 that things took a turn for the better, the talented actor finally was getting the worth of his talent and being recognized by the masses. She did films and incredible performances like Bareily Ki Barfi, the Indian Oscar selection Newton and others. The actors recently even were honored by Rising Asia Talent Award by Variety Magazine.

#13 – Anushka Sharma

Anushka once said in an interview that she wanted to make it big in the modelling world and had no aspiration for films. She was picked by fashion designer Wendell Rodricks as a model for Lakme Fashion Week in 2007. Since then, there has been no looking back for this young, bright ‘actress’. Anushka made her acting debut in Yash Raj Films’ “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” opposite Shah Rukh Khan in 2008.

#12 – Ranveer Singh

Ranveer worked as a copywriter before coming into movies and also gave auditions for commercials, music videos, etc. till he got the project ‘Band Baaja Baraat’. After his first movie, Ranveer did not stop and gave hit films back to back and today is on the top of the Bollywood Industry. He did several movies like Padmaavat, Gully Boy, Bajirao Mastani, Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ramleela, Simmba and many more.

#11 – Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra won her first title as Miss World at the young age of 18. After that, she faced a lot of troubles leading her to almost quitting her dream. But at the same time, she landed herself a role in the film ‘Andaaz’ which turned out to be a super hit film. One of the most successful Bollywood actresses, Priyanka Chopra has now taken the world by storm and is on a roll. Now, Actress is making herself known in Hollywood as well.

#10 – Nawazuddin Siddiqui

An actor well-known for his acting skills, he came to Mumbai in 2004, and it was one of his bad times as he was unable to even pay rent. There was a time in the early 2000s when he was mostly out of work and shared a flat with four others. He did many small roles but did not become famous. Nawazuddin made his Bollywood debut in 1999, with a small role in the Aamir Khan-starrer “Sarfarosh”. He did several small roles, but was largely undiscovered but soon he was recognizable and famous by audiences when the film “Gangs Of Waseypur” came. This film was a milestone in his career. With his films having traveled around the world today — from the local festivals to the Cannes — he is a recognized face in India and globally.

#9 – Deepika Padukone

The eye candy of Bollywood was very young when she came to Mumbai in search of her dreams. That’s when she landed herself in some advertisement assignments. Later on, she was starred in Himesh Reshammiya’s music video. That’s when she caught the eyes of Farah Khan and got herself the lead role opposite Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Om Shanti Om’. In 2008, Maybelline made her its new international cover face. Subsequently, she won the ‘Model of the Year’ at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards and she is the highest paid actress in the industry today.

#8 – Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan is in the industry because of pure talent. She worked in almost 90 ads before she was cast in one of Euphoria’s music video. Vidya first faced the camera in a popular TV show “Hum Paanch” in 1995. Later, she got ‘Parineeta’ opposite Saif Ali Khan which made her what she is today. The face of woman-centric films in India today, Vidya is among the most sought-after Bollywood actresses.

#7 – Ayushmann Khurrana

Khurrana won the second season of reality television show MTV Roadies in 2004 and ventured into an anchoring career. He made his film debut in 2012 with the romantic comedy Vicky Donor, in which his performance as a sperm donor earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. Following a brief setback, he starred in the commercially and critically successful romance Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015). Khurrana went on to establish himself with the comedies Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), Badhaai Ho (2018), Dream Girl (2019), and Bala (2019); the thriller Andhadhun (2018); and the crime drama Article 15 (2019). Khurrana’s performances as a blind pianist in Andhadhun and an honest cop in Article 15 won him two consecutive Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, and he also won the National Film Award for Best Actor.

#6 – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai dropped out of college in the early nineties to pursue a career in modeling. She won the Miss World title in 1994.Three years later, the green-eyed beauty made her acting debut with the Tamil film “Iruvar”. The same year she starred in her first Bollywood film “Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya” opposite Bobby Deol.

#5 – Madhuri Dixit Nene

Born and raised in Bombay, Dixit initially aspired to study microbiology, but discontinued her studies when she received offers for film roles and made her acting debut in 1984 with a leading role in the drama Abodh. After a few commercially failed films, she had her breakthrough with the action romance Tezaab (1988). She won four Best Actress awards at the Filmfare Awards for her performances in them. Following a sabbatical from acting in 2002, Dixit starred in the musical Aaja Nachle (2007), and worked intermittently in the next decade, gaining appreciation for her starring roles in the black comedy Dedh Ishqiya (2014) and the Marathi comedy drama Bucket List (2018). Her highest-grossing release came with the adventure comedy Total Dhamaal (2019)

#4 – Manoj Bajpai

Manoj Bajpayee, the son of a farmer from Bihar, battled all odds to break into Bollywood. The recipient of two National Awards and a Padma Shri, he opened up about his journey and said that he once lost three roles in a single day adn now he is india most loved actor.

#3 – Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan is a well-known actor. He has done many Hollywood movies too, but before coming into films, he did not have any links in the Bollywood Industry. He struggled a lot but did not give up and worked in many tv serials before coming into films. He is a self-made celebrity. He has done movies like Thank you, Pan Singh Tomar, Madari, Hindi Medium,etc.

#2 – Akshay Kumar

The Khiladi Kumar is said to be a waiter before he came to Bollywood. Akshay Kumar made his debut in Bollywood with a small role in Mahesh Bhatt’s “Aaj” (1987). The star was seen in a lead in the film ‘Saugandh’ in the year 1991 and after that, he signed ‘Khiladi’ which was a super hit film and is his identity as well. He is one of the finest and down to earth actors Bollywood has ever seen.

#1 – Shah Rukh Khan

The Delhi born-and-bred actor, who trained under a city theatre group, came to Mumbai in the late eighties and Now He is the biggest movie star in the world, and made it thus far with no godfathers or filmi connections.

His father ran a transport company and his mother was a magistrate and a social worker. It was Shah Rukh’s dream to enter films and, after doing his masters in Mass Communications from Jamia Millia Islamia, he trained under theatre director Barry John.

SRK got his break in the 1988 with the television series Fauji. And after starring in serials like Dil Dariya and Circus, he made his entry into Bollywood with Deewana.

The rest of the story, as they say, is history.

Agatha Christie: The Queen of Crime

Introduction

When it comes to the genre of mystery, the name Agatha Christie is one bound to be discussed. She has left a long-lasting impact and influence on the genre with her various works even today. Her creations of the detective Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are immortalized in the crime novel genre. According to the Guinness World Records, Agatha Christie’s works have sold more than 2 billion copies worldwide, making her the best-selling fiction writer of all time. According to UNESCO’s book translation database Index Translationum, she is the most translated individual author in record. Her mystery novel ‘And Then There Were None’ is the world’s fifth highest selling book of fiction and highest selling crime novel of all time, having sold around a 100 million copies. Her play ‘The Mousetrap’ holds the record for longest running initial run for a play, and ran from the 25th of November 1952 to March 2020, being closed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Early Life

Agatha Christie was born on the 15th of September 1890 as Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller in Torquay, Devon, England. She was born to Frederick Alvah Miller and Clarissa Margaret Miller and was the youngest of three siblings, having an elder sister and brother. From early childhood, Agatha Christie had an enormous love for books and reading. She wrote her first piece of writing, a poem titled ‘The Cow Slip’ at the tender age of 10.

Career

Agatha Christie started writing at the age of 18. However, it wasn’t until later that she would be successful in her writing endeavours. She wrote a series of short stories and submitted them to various magazines, however, they got rejected most of the time. In 1916, she wrote her first detective novel. It was titled ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ and starred the Belgium detective Hercule Poirot. It was also the first of the ‘Hercule Poirot’ series of her detective novels. Like her endeavours with her short stories, she was initially unsuccessful in getting a publisher to accept publishing the novel. Finally, it was published in 1920 by the publishing company ‘The Bodley Head’ was a change in the climax of the story. This was a turning point in her career and the start of her rise to the summit of the crime and mystery genre. Her second novel ‘The Secret Adversary’, published in 1922 starred new characters, a crime-solving detective couple named Tommy and Tuppence. In 1927, she created the character Miss Marple, an elderly detective woman. Miss Marple would then be featured in various short stories and novels.

Although Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are Agatha Christie’s most famous detectives, she wrote multiple other crime novels starring other detectives like Tommy and Tuppence, Harley Quin and Parker Pyne.

Christie’s work extended to beyond the crime and mystery novels. She was also a successful playwright and found great joy in it. She also wrote non-fiction works based on her travel experiences around the world. She also published 6 mainstream novels under a pseudonym of Mary Westmacott.

Hercule Poirot
Hercule Poirot
Miss Marple
Miss Marple

5 Dystopian Movie Series to Watch for Dystopia Lovers

Dystopian movies are movies set in futures where law and order are either absent, or is corrupted. These movies, while characterized with mild to heavy violence, oppression and death, are packed with action, suspense and thrills. For people into these genres, the dystopian genre of movies can be a thrilling watch.

For those with an established love for the genre, as well as first-time watchers and people wanting to get into the genre, here are 5 series to look into:

The Hunger Games series

The Hunger Games series

The Hunger Games series is based on a novel trilogy of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The story is set in a country called Panem, which is divided into the Capitol and 12 Districts. Every year, there is a competition called the Hunger Games, in which a boy and a girl under 18 are selected and made to fight to death till one person remains standing. The story is told through the point-of-view of Katniss Everdeen, a seventeen-year-old from District 12 who along with her schoolmate Peeta Mellark is forced to compete in the Hunger Games.

The Maze Runner series

The Maze Runner series

Similar to the Hunger Games series, the Maze Runner series is also based on a trilogy of novels written by James Dashner. The story follows Thomas, who wakes up amnesiac in the centre of a gigantic maze occupied by other boys who also have no recollection of life before the maze. They discover that the mazes are operated by an organization called WCKD and escape the maze to find WCKD and learn the secret behind them.

The Resident Evil series

The Resident Evil series

The Resident Evil series, unlike most movie adaptations is actually adapted from a Japanese action-horror video game series and loosely based on it. The series follows Alice and her fight against the Umbrella Corporation, an organization responsible for causing a zombie apocalypse. The series was immensely successful, and holds the record for highest grossing zombie series as well as highest grossing movie series adapted from a video game. A reboot of the series more faithful to the game comes out in November 2021.

The Divergent series

The Divergent series

The Divergent series is based on a novel series of the same name written by Veronica Roth. The movie is set in a society where humans get classified into five different groups which become their social and personal identity. The ones who cannot fit in are called Divergent are cast off from society. The Divergent series follows the story of Tris, a Divergent and her struggle to blend in with the rest of society.

The Purge series

The Purge series

The Purge is an original movie series created by James DeMonaco. It is set in a dystopic America, which on first glance looks normal, crime-free and idyllic. The truth behind the lack of violence is The Purge, a US Government-sanctioned annual, national holiday in which for a time period of 24 hours, each and any crime becomes legal. The movies follow different groups of people and their struggles to survive The Purge.

Akshay Kumar : 5 Movies to Watch

Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, known more by his popular name of Akshay Kumar is one of Bollywood’s most popular actors and a household name. Apart from being an actor, Akshay Kumar is also a producer, martial artist and television personality. Akshay Kumar is a certified black belt in Taekwondo, and learnt the martial art ‘Muay Thai’ while in Thailand. After returning from Thailand Akshay took up teaching martial arts. However, his childhood dream of becoming an actor never left him. One of his student’s parents recommended him for a modelling assignment. Akshay Kumar then decided to take up modelling as a career. A missed flight for an ad-shoot led him to visit a film studio with his portfolio. He was than scouted by a producer and the rest is history.

Akshay Kumar is primarily known for his action and comedy roles. His proficiency in martial arts has led to him performing his own stunts in his action movies. This has also given him the nickname of the ‘Indian Jackie Chan’. He has been praised by multiple critics as well as the general public for his acting and action stunts. He is also praised for his movies with a social message. According to the star, he feels that it is his way of giving back to society by making use of his stardom to communicate with and educate the masses.

Five of Akshay Kumar’s best films are:

Welcome

Welcome

Akshay Kumar’s comedy acting is always a delight to see. Welcome gives a good showcase of this. The story follows the shenanigans Rajiv (played by Akshay Kumar) and his family and friends become entangled in when he decides to wed Sanjana (played by Katrina Kaif), the sister of two dangerous mafia leaders (played by Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor). The movie is filled with humor and has scenes which will have you in stitches. The comedy-duo of Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal bring smiles to your face with this movie.

Bhool Bhulaiya

Bhool Bhulaiya

If you ever thought that having a horror-comedy movie wouldn’t work out, Bhool Bhulaiya is here to prove you wrong. Although both horror and comedy seem like two genres which wouldn’t work out well in a movie together, Bhool Bhulaiya manages to pull it of spectacularly. Akshay Kumar plays a psychiatrist who gets called by a friend to help solve inexplicable incidences occurring at his ancestral home.

Hera Pheri

Hera Pheri

Considered a Bollywood classic and one of the best Bollywood comedy movies, Hera Pheri is one of Akshay Kumar’s most known films. The story follows three unemployed men searching for an issue for their lack of money. A solution soon arrives, but it may be more than what they bargained for. The movie stars Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal.

Baby

Baby

Baby is a spy thriller movie. It follows the story of a special group of Indian spies, who under an operation called ‘Baby’ are on the hunt to catch an international terrorist and prevent terror attacks in India. Baby is engaging and keeps you guessing and on your toes throughout its run. Multiple critics have described Baby as a gritty and compelling movie, with praise for the acting and direction.

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 movie released on the 3rd of November. It is an action-adventure superhero movie and is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Thor: Ragnarok is the third part of the ‘Thor’ series, preceeded by Thor (2011) and its sequel, Thor: The Dark World (2013). It is directed by Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum in main roles. It is written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L. Yost.

The story follows a reunited Thor and Loki as, along with the Hulk and a new ally Valkyrie, they attempt to escape the planet Sakaar in order to save their home Asgard from their tyrannical sister Hela and save their realm from the prophesied armageddon of Ragnarok. The movie cast sees Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as Thor the God of Thunder, Tom Hiddleston reprise the role of Loki, God of Mischief and Thor’s younger brother and Mark Ruffalo reprise his role of the Hulk. The franchise sees new additions to the cast in the form of Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Cate Blanchett. Tessa Thompson plays the role of Valkyrie, a former Asgardian warrior who once fought against Hela and now lives as an enforcer on Sakaar. Jeff Goldblum plays the Grandmaster, the ruler of Sakaar who imprisons Thor. Cate Blanchett plays the role of Hela, the Goddess of Death and Odin’s firstborn daughter whose ambition is to take over the Nine Realms.

When Thor: Ragnarok was released, it caused quite a lot of discussions between Marvel fans due to the general nature and tone of the movie. Both Thor as well as Thor: The Dark World had a comparatively serious undertone. Thor: Ragnarok is the exact opposite. Thor: Ragnarok is colorful, bright, loud and filled with moments that will have you in stitches. The action sequences in the movie are very good and never feel over-the-top. The entire main cast has done a fantastic job and portrayed their characters wonderfully. The characters themselves are fleshed out and the main quartet of Thor, Loki, the Hulk and Valkyrie have good chemistry with each other. Thor: Ragnarok was well received by both the public as most critics.

Thor Ragnarok cast
The main cast of Thor: Ragnarok with director Taika Waititi

According to director Taika Waititi, many of the movie dialogues, 80 % in his words, are actually improvised. This ended up working out quite well for the movie, as a few of the improvised lines have become iconic and served to enhance the movie experience. The “Get Help” scene was improvised on-the-spot by Chris Hemsworth. It went on to become a fan-favorite scene from the movie. The “He’s a friend from work!” dialogue was an input from a child who had visited the set of Thor: Ragnarok through the ‘Make A Wish’ Foundation. The childhood snake scene was once again an improvisation by Chris Hemsworth.

Get Help scene
The ‘Get Help’ scene
Friend from work
“He’s a friend from work!”
Snake incident
The childhood snake incident

The next installment of the Thor series and the direct successor to Thor: Ragnarok is currently titled Thor: Love and Thunder. It is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four and will be released on the 6th of May, 2022.  

The MCU: Phase Three

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a superhero media franchise of different types of media such as movies, television series, digital series among various others, produced and managed by Marvel Studios. They are based on the superhero comics produced by Marvel Comics. The MCU is a shared universe, i.e., all the superhero series take place in the same universe. This leads to different characters from different series crossing paths with each other, and different storylines affecting each other. Currently, the MCU has three complete phases: MCU Phase One, MCU Phase Two and MCU Phase Three. Each phase has its own set of movies. According to popular opinion, Phase Three is generally considered to be the best out of the three. It also marks the conclusion of the current MCU storyline. The current order of watching MCU Phase Three movies are:

  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

MCU Phase Three is filled with any excellent movies. Plot-wise, character-wise, action-wise and character-wise, each movie is a delight to watch. These three movies are the best of MCU Phase Three:

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

When Thor: Ragnarok was released, Marvel fans all over the world were surprised. While the two previous Thor movies had a serious tone, Thor: Ragnarok is filled with bright humor. It follows Thor and Loki as they, along with the Hulk and a new ally Valkyrie, try to save and reclaim their home Asgard from the forced rule of their estranged sister, Hela. The movie stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Cate Blanchett as Hela.

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel’s release in 2019 marked the first standalone feature for a female hero in Marvel, with an entire movie dedicated to her. Captain Marvel follows the story of Vers, a Kree soldier who’s crash landing on Earth shakes up her entire world. Along with Nick Fury and her friend Maria Rambeau, she must now fight against those she once held dear, including her mentor Yon-Rogg, and goes on to become one of the strongest heroes in the galaxy. The movie stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Sameul L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau and Jude Law as Yon-Rogg.

Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame

One of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, Avengers: Endgame was a direct sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, and continued immediately from where it concluded. Avengers: Endgame brings back the avengers and their allies, some old while some new, in a final glorious battle as they take their last stand against Thanos and attempt to restore the universe back to normal. The movie marks the conclusion of the ‘Infinity Saga’ of the MCU, along with character conclusion acts of a few important characters and opens up the next saga of the MCU.

MCU Phase Two’s Top Three Movies

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a superhero media franchise of different types of media such as movies, television series, digital series among various others, produced and managed by Marvel Studios. They are based on the superhero comics produced by Marvel Comics. The MCU is a shared universe, i.e., all the superhero series take place in the same universe. This leads to different characters from different series crossing paths with each other, and different storylines affecting each other. Currently, the MCU has three complete phases: MCU Phase One, MCU Phase Two and MCU Phase Three. Each phase has its own set of movies. The watching order of MCU Phase Two movies are:

  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ant-Man (2015)

Without further ado, here is MCU’s Phase Two’s top three movies:

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

If the Earth has the Avengers, outer space has the Guardians of the Galaxy. Peter Quill, an intergalactic smuggler, Gamora, an assassin by trade, bounty hunter Rocket, a genetically-engineered racoon and his partner Groot, a tree-like humanoid along with Drax, a warrior all find themselves brought together by a mysterious Orb. This unlikely rag-tag group must then team up together to prevent the tyrannical war criminal Ronan from obtaining the orb to prevent the whole galaxy from being destroyed. The movie stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Gamora as Zoe Saldanha, Rocket Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot, and Lee Pace as Ronan. Each of the actors have put up a splendid performance. The movie is peppered with humor, a signature of the Guardians of the Galaxy series; even in its serious moments, however, it never feels forced or out of place. The movie is enjoyable from start to finish and has you rooting for this found family.

Ant -Man

Ant -Man

Released in 2015, Ant-Man is the story of a fugitive turned superhero. The story follows Scott Lang, recently released from prison, who after numerous failed jobs, breaks into the house of a scientist Hank Pym. Instead of finding any valuables, he finds a suit which is able to shrink him in size. Now scared, he attempts to flee but is arrested and then broken out by none other than Hank Pym. Scott, along with Hank and his daughter Hope van Dyne finds himself in a plot to commit the heist of the Yellowjacket, a similar suit made by Pym’s protégé Darren Cross and prevent it from being sold to the criminal group Hydra. The movie stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, Evangeline Lily as Hope van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross. The movie is fun to watch, with both hilarious as well as heartfelt moments, and Paul Rudd’s portrayal of Scott Lang is stunning.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Set two years after the events of The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier explores Steve Rogers acclimatizing to life in the modern world, when he gets entangled in a conspiracy theory involving S.H.I.E.L.D. Along with Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s director, the Black Widow Natasha Romanoff and the Falcon Sam Wilson, he must unearth the secret that threatens S.H.I.E.LD. along with a mysterious assassin known as the Winter Soldier with a connection to his past. The movie stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow and Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson. The movie has very good action scenes and the plot always keeps you guessing as to what comes next.

The MCU Phase One and its Top 3 Movies

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a superhero media franchise of different types of media such as movies, television series, digital series among various others, produced and managed by Marvel Studios. They are based on the superhero comics produced by Marvel Comics. The MCU is a shared universe, i.e., all the superhero series take place in the same universe. This leads to different characters from different series crossing paths with each other, and different storylines affecting each other. Currently, the MCU has three complete phases: MCU Phase One, MCU Phase Two and MCU Phase Three. Each phase has its own set of movies. The current order of watching MCU Phase One movies are:

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

Without further ado, here is MCU’s Phase One’s top three movies:

Marvel’s The Avengers

The Avengers

First in ranking is The Avengers; the culmination of MCU Phase One. It features a dream team of super heroes comprising of Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye, as they work to prevent Thor’s younger brother Loki, along with an alien race known as the Chitauri from taking control over the Earth. The cast comprises of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. It is directed by Joss Whedon.

Thor

Thor

Released in 2011, Thor follows the story of Asgardian prince Thor, who after an unsuccessful and arrogant attack on the neighboring realm of Jotunheim, gets stripped of his powers and banished from his home realm of Asgard to the realm of Midgard, otherwise known as Earth. He meets and befriends humans, and learns how to act with humility and re-discover himself, all the while as a sinister plot enacted by his younger brother Loki involving Jotunheim looms in the background. The movie stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, a scientist and Thor’s potential love interest. It is directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America

Captain America: The First Avenger is set during the Second World War. The movie follows the journey of a young, weak man named Steve Rogers. He, along with his childhood friend James ‘Bucky’ Barnes decides to enlist in the American military. His weak physiology and health however ends up being a reason for him to be rejected. His unwavering resolve to serve his country during the wartime sees him becoming a volunteer to become an enhanced ‘super-soldier’. He then finds himself in conflict with Hydra, a Nazi science division and their leader, Red Skull. The movie stars Chris Evans as Captain America-Steve Rogers, Sebastian Stan as his childhood friend and later fellow comrade-in-arms James ‘Bucky’ Barnes and Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, an officer attached to the Strategic Scientific Reserve and Hugo Weaving as Red Skull.

War both within and at border: Lakshya

Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, and Amitabh Bachchan star in Lakshya, a coming-of-age film. Farhan Akhtar’s second film as a filmmaker is set against a fictionalized setting of the 1999 Kargil War.

Lakshya is a film starring Hrithik Roshan about the lives and experiences of an army guy.

About Lakshya

Lakshya (English: Aim) is a 2004 Bollywood war drama film directed by Farhan Akhtar and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, starring Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Preity Zinta. Lieutenant (later acting Captain) Karan Shergill is played by Hrithik Roshan, who transforms from an aimless young man to an army officer. It’s a coming-of-age drama set against the fictitious backdrop of the Kargil War of 1999.

Plot

Hrithik Roshan’s character, Karan Shergill, is a slacker and aimless young man from Delhi with no plans for the future. His father, Sanjeev Shergill (Boman Irani), is a prosperous businessman, and his brother, Udesh Shergill, is a successful American. Romila Dutta (Preity Zinta), commonly known as Romi, a student activist and aspiring journalist, tells him he needs to choose a goal in life out of good intentions. Karan takes the Combined Defence Services Examination despite his parents’ objections when his friend Parvesh reveals his intention to join the Indian Army.

Karan is accepted into the Indian Military Academy, despite the fact that his friend declines. He is, however, undisciplined and unaccustomed to life in such environment. Because of his arrogance and laziness, he is constantly chastised by the training staff. He flees the academy, enraged, and is forced to confront his parents’ disapproval of him. Romi gets enraged and breaks up with him since he does not respect his own decision. Karan, distraught, ultimately accepts his condition and takes his decision. He returns to the IMA, accepts his punishment, develops into a focused, disciplined officer cadet, and is finally commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Indian Army.

Karan is assigned to the Punjab Regiment’s 3rd battalion, which is led by Col. Sunil Damle (Amitabh Bachchan). The battalion is based in Ladakh’s Kargil. Karan returns home on leave and is heartbroken to learn that Romi is engaged, but his time is cut short when an outbreak of hostilities in Kargil forces him to return to his regiment.He returns to his battalion and is promoted to the position of acting Captain. Col. Damle gives the officers an update on the situation, revealing that a group of infiltrators has crossed the Line of Control (LoC) from Pakistan and is now occupying a series of mountain peaks on the Indian side of the border.

The battalion has been tasked with securing Position 5179, a strategic vantage point overlooking the army’s primary supply route, National Highway 1D. The mountain’s northern side is on the Pakistani side of the LoC, its western side has a 1000-foot steep rock face, and its southern side is 3 kilometers of open ground with no cover. As a result, the battalion decides to strike from the mountain’s eastern flank. The assault’s first phase is successful. The enemy’s screening troops are destroyed, and Karan is commended for his valor in saving another officer’s life. Meanwhile, Romi is assigned as a war correspondent to Kargil.Romi travels to Kargil, where she encounters a changed Karan and begs for forgiveness.

Karan, on the other hand, is hesitant to reciprocate her affections because he believes she is engaged. The battalion attacks the mountain’s peak in the second phase of the assault, but fails to seize it due to Pakistan’s strategic advantage and heavy artillery. The unit loses a large number of casualties. Brigadier Puri (Amrish Puri) summons Col. Damle and instructs him 48 hours to conquer the peak; if he fails to do so, the battalion in charge of Point 5179 would be transferred to another unit. Col. Damle then commands a group of 12 officers and men (including Karan) to scale the 1000-foot cliff on the mountain’s western side and flank the German stronghold.

From the eastern side, artillery assistance will be offered. Karan realizes that by capturing the summit, he has finally found his aim. Karan also finds out about Romi’s failed engagement and professes his love for her. Romi assures Karan that she will wait for him whether or not he returns.The troop goes out on their objective and comes under fire while traveling through a grass field toward the rock face. The team finds and eliminates a Pakistani mortar unit in the field, but their commanding officer and a number of other soldiers are killed. The team’s radios have also been destroyed, preventing them from communicating with battalion headquarters. Only six of the original 12 are still alive.

They make the decision to carry on with the mission. During the night, they successfully scale the cliff and attack the Pakistani position. Although Karan is injured and the team loses three more guys, their assault is successful. The next morning, Karan limps to the summit, where he plants the Indian flag and fires a flare to alert Col. Damle that the mountain has been taken.Karan leaves a military hospital and reunites with his parents and Romi towards the end of the film. Romi inquires as to what his next goal is now that he has achieved his ‘Lakshya.’ “You,” Captain Shergill responds, and they embrace.Colonel Sunil Damle and Subedar Major Pritam Singh pay tribute to martyrs at the end of the film.

Conclusion

The film earned critical acclaim and became a cult war film, and it is still a fan favorite among moviegoers.

5 best documentaries to watch right now

With regards to film and TV, there are a few things you in all likelihood believe are simply commonly utilized time and again. It very well may be the acceptable young lady adores the terrible kid, or how the scoundrel appears to consistently hold a type of European articulation. In any case, the one figure of speech which appears to be way abused? The possibility that a narrative can be downright old exhausting.

Fortunately, in advanced Hollywood, that thought can without much of a stretch be crushed, on account of some great subjects. Regardless of whether you’re observing how a significant FBI examination went down or the inward activities of the beginnings of a pandemic (yupp, you read that right), instructive media isn’t only for the affected film understudy, or the parent who’s remaining up observing late-night TV. Indeed, they may highlight a VIP (or three) whose biography you didn’t know…until now.

look at some great documentaries that you can watch:

‘Framing Britney Spears’– Since the time she came up in the last part of the 1990s, Britney Spears has changed the manner in which we pay attention to popular music. In any case, one thing hinders her: a conservatorship put on her in 2008. In this narrative, follow the vocalist’s ascent to notoriety, all while understanding the legitimate misfortunes she’s gone through to get to where she is today.

‘Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil’– Demi Lovato is no more abnormal to being at the center of attention. However, after their 2018 excess, the pop star chose to archive their life as they chipped away at recuperation. With private meetings from loved ones, it’s an enlightening investigate what injury means forever.

‘Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal’– Netflix brings watchers into one of the most abnormal FBI outrages in the 21st century. From finding out about the man behind it, to the sentences of renowned entertainers like Lori Loughlin, prepare to bring a profound plunge into the existences of the exceptionally special individuals who misled the framework.

‘Pelé’– As quite possibly the most well known soccer stars to play the game, fans could never know about the troublesome in the background minutes Pelé went through to accomplish his three World Cup titles. While it finishes the Brazilian competitor his ascent to notoriety, it’s the political struggle bound through it that makes this narrative convincing. Gracious, and relax in case you’re not a soccer fan—it’s as yet an extraordinary film to watch.

‘Kid 90’– During the 1990s there was a gathering of well known youngster stars all attempting to make it in Hollywood while at the same time needing to be teens. Entertainer Soleil Moon Frye caught everything on home tapes, and presently, we will see a close gander at probably the greatest stars today. What’s more, yes—Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are among those included.

How women and their roles have changed in Bollywood Industry

Times changed, thus did the parts of ladies being composed for the Hindi motion pictures. The break – as referenced prior – saw a downpour of activity motion pictures, and entertainers didn’t have a lot to do in those movies. Indeed, even the David Dhawan comedies had little to bringing to the table to the entertainers, hence leaving just a little extension for them to show their acting ability. It was uniquely with the development of the “youthful sentiment” type that ladies turned into an object of want. They generally were, however the 1990s and the mid 2000s had a blend of skin-show and thing numbers. A large portion of them absolutely unasked for.

The 1990s and the mid 2000s was the time of entertainers being alluded to as the saint’s “adoration interest”. Also, which is all well and good, since they did exactly that – cherished their legend, and that’s it. There were slaps, and there was criticize, and by that action, ‘Kabir Singh’ was a diamond.

There were sparkles of brightness as well – however too irregular to even think about being recollected strikingly. Meenakshi Sheshadri, Tabu, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol and the preferences had parts in their individual motion pictures that overwhelmed their legends, however not the idea. The films didn’t fixate on them – aside from a couple of like ‘Gupt’, ‘Dushman’, ‘Astitiva’, ‘Anjaam’ and the preferences. Yet, the crowd had not developed then to completely see the value in them.

With the rise of online media, woman’s rights and ladies strengthening became the overwhelming focus in discussions and conversations. Furthermore, in film. So prior when dangerous movies were hailed for the machoism of the legend, the post-2009 stage had individuals scrutinizing their cultural framework.

This was likewise the stage where entertainers took up filmmaking, and turned scholars, chiefs and makers. They were prior additionally engaged with these perspectives, yet this was the period of them dominating their male partners. Be it ‘Piku’, ‘NH10’, ‘Pari’, and the preferences, there were better jobs for ladies. Furthermore, the entertainers played them energetically.

The likes of ‘Highway’, ‘Raazi’, ‘Queen’ and ‘Padmavat’ centred on women, and did not become another art-house film. They were hailed as mainstream cinema, and primarily for their superlative content.

Recent years have seen a happier curve for women, as they no longer need a male superstar to invite audience to theatres. ‘Queen’, ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ and ‘Mulk’ became a cult just by the virtue of the content, and author-backed roles written for women.

A great thing has changed, and a ton needs to improved. Indian film, by that action, is making a course for recuperation. It is currently making films that have the idea as the saint. Furthermore, the starcast as the courageous woman. Poisonous manliness is being called out, and man controlled society is being exposed. The cycle has been steady, and is relied upon to proceed.

Future of media and entertainment industry amidst this pandemic

Theatres, films or the Bollywood industry is some of the industries that have suffered a great loss during this pandemic and are still suffering from it.
The industry has lost somewhere between Rs. 600-900 crore due to the coronavirus pandemic. With cancelled shoots, delayed releases and complete shutdown of most movie theatres countrywide, the coronavirus outbreak has massively hit the prospects of big-budget films in particular.
This pandemic will take a toll on everyone associated with the showbiz industry right from the producers to the distributors, actors and especially daily wage workers who work on film and television sets. The worst part of this pandemic that no one knows when it will be ending as of now in 2021 we are still waiting to watch movies on bug screen.

Movies like “83” directed by Kabir Khan with Ranveer Singh in the lead and “Sooryavanshi” directed by Rohit Shetty in the lead with Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif has yet to release and all the fans are waiting for them. Aiming to release their films in theatres is a huge gambir because no one knows when will this pandemic end and even with the theatres open, and start operating with full or half occupancy people will take time to go back to their normal life.

“83” and “Sooryavanshi” first look

On the other hand, many producers have taken the route of digital release to overcome their expenses. OTT platforms have brought many good films over the last year to us, as er were able to watch those movies in our house only without going out in this pandemic.
Digitisation has helped many producers, distributers to pay the salaries of their employees during this last year and now also. Films that did not receive many audience appreciations when it was released in the theatre, is receiving positive reviews when it was released via OTT platforms.

Digital or OTT Platforms

Nobody knows what the future holds for our entertainment industry, will the theatres be reopened and if they will, will they be open with full occupancy or no. According to some critics, as of now and in the near future Digital platforms or OTT platforms are the future of our industry and we need to accept that fact as soon as possible.

5 iconic comedy movies that should never have a remake

Our Bollywood Industry is making some groundbreaking films, while on the other hand some writers and directors are remaking the movies that we have grown up watching and ruining our childhood films, like most of them. Movies like Coolie No.1, Judwaa 2 and now Bhool Bhulaiyaa are the examples of recent remakes of the cult movies especially Coolie No.1 and Judwaa 2 are the two movies which were criticised a lot even after directed by the same director David Dhawan.

Though, Bollywood is never gonna stop remaking movies and songs, there are five iconic cult movies that should never be touched from anybody else as they are sheer perfection.

  1. ANDAZ APNA APNA (1994)

This ‘90s multi-starrer is the kind of classic comedy that can be watched and re-watched a zillion times without ever getting bored. Middle-class Amar (Amir Khan) and Prem (Salman Khan) compete for the love of a millionaire’s daughter, Raveena, in the most hilarious of ways.

2. HERA PHERI SERIES

The iconic trio Raju (Akshay Kumar), Shyam (Sunil Shetty), and Baburao (Paresh Rawal) need no introduction. Their wretched plans of making easy money always get tangled up in a mess of their own stupidity, lack of coordination, and multiple groups of antagonists. Literally, every generation has grown up watching these.

3. MUNNA BHAI M.B.B.S (2003)

Munna and Circuit’s rib-tickling jodi is a comedy-drama with just the right amount of masala and romance. No wonder, it’s achieved a cult status followed by an equally hilarious sequel.

4. VICKY DONOR (2012)

Ayushmann Khuranna’s breakthrough into B-Town, Vicky Donor is an unusually funny movie with an equally unconventional plot. It’ll make your jaws ache with laughing too hard while also busting taboos around sperm banks, sexuality, and sexual health.

5. DELHI BELLY

A film worth every last penny, Delhi Belly is downright sensible as well as hilarious. The performances by Tashi (Imran Khan), Arup (Vir Das), and Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapur) is absolutely flawless and the plot hysterical.

A special mention to a film that was first of its kind in India and there would never be a movie like that and there shouldn’t be one, :

GO GOA GONE (2013)

Bollywood’s first full-fledged zombie movie may not have been taken seriously but honestly, it wasn’t meant to be! This movie is every bit chuckle-inducing in the most millennial way and it’s adult content is very very enjoyable.

“Tragedy King” bids adieu at 98

Mohammed Yusuf Khan aka Dilip Kumar left us today morning for his humble abode at the age of 98, due to his age-related illness. As he left us today many stars all over the country are paying respects to him through social media and expressing how he was an institution in himself and how he helped them and will help them to act in every phase of their life.

Dilip Sahab was or, say is indeed an institution in himself when it comes to films. He started his career in 1944 with a film called Jwar Bhatta which went unnoticed. After a few more unsuccessful movies, he got his break from Jugnu(1947) in which he starred alongside Noor Jehan, which became his first major hit at the box office. His next major hits were the 1948 films, Shaheed and Mela.

He got his breakthrough role in 1949 with Mehboob Khan’s Andaz, in which he starred alongside Raj Kapoor and Nargis. Shabnam also released that year was another box office hit.

The 1950s were the breakthrough years for Kumar’s career with movies like Devdas (1955), where he established himself as the actor who can portray such a complex character with so much love and can feel the pain of the character just by reading the script of the movie. Dilip Sahab had the quality of making his audience feel the pain, laughter and love just through his acting and his eye

Kumar with actors Raj Kapoor & Nargis in a scene of the film Andaz(1949)

Talking about Dilip Sahab feels incomplete if we don’t include the iconic film of every generation, Mughal-e-Azam. This movie set the benchmark of any historical movie made in future and will be made. He has cast again the beautiful Madhubala as Prince Salim, with Prithiviraj Kapoor as his father playing Emperor Akbar. Everything about this movie was just perfect, we felt the love and pain of Salim towards Anarkali through his performance and nobody has ever touched that level of acting ever. And nobody will ever be able to touch THE DILIP KUMAR level of acting.

Even before there were three Khans of Bollywood, there was “THE FIRST KHAN” and that was Dilip Sahab. Dilip Sahab was and is an institution to the whole future generation of actors in life on how to lead in life and not only movies. 

The “TRAGEDY KING” is a legacy in himself and nobody could be close to that legacy. He holds the Guinness World Record for winning the maximum number of awards by an Indian actor. He is the only actor who has received international accolades at that time when no one looking towards the Indian cinema. The Government of India honoured Dilip Sahab with India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, for his contributions to Indian cinema(2015). Elected to Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament. (2000-2006). Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1994). India’s third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, for his contributions towards Indian cinema (1991). Appointed as the Sheriff of Bombay by the Governor of Maharashtra, India for the period (1979-1982).

The government of Pakistan honoured him with its highest civilian honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence) (1998). Till the 2000s Kumar was the only actor to have won 8 Filmfare Best Actor Awards until his record was shared by Shahrukh Khan by the mid-2000s.

From the Independence of India to the late 2010s Kumar held the record of giving the highest number of box office grossing films(9 films) until his record was broken by Salman Khan by delivering 10 films. But when adjusted for inflation, the record remains with Kumar. His historical movie Mughal-E-Azam is the highest-grossing film (equivalent to 2000 crores in 2015) in India when adjusted for inflation.

Dilip Kumar’s death is shattering as it is the END OF AN ERA, the actor who had the capability to make his audience cry and laugh, feel love just by his eyes and expressions. And at the end, I would just like to end by saying one of his dialogues only, 

Taqdeerein badal jaati hain, zamana badal jaata hai, mulkon ki taarikh badal jaati hai, shahenshah badal jaate hain, magar iss badalti hui duniya mein mohabbat jis insaan ka daaman thaam leti hai, woh insaan nahi badalta”  

‘Sasural Genda Phool’- A trend-breaker Show.

In Picture: Shailaja Kashyap-Badi maa and Suhana Kashyap.
Start Date:1 March, 2010
End Date:4 July, 2016
Total Episodes573
CreatorRavi Ojha Productions
GenreComedy, Romance
ChannelStar Plus
Lead CastJay Soni, Ragini Khanna
Supporting CastSupriya Pilgaonkar, Mahesh Thakur, Vaishnavi Mahant, Sudhir Pandey, Anita Kanwal, Bhairavi Raichura

We all have seen the evil Mother-in-Law and the ‘bechari’ (Helpless) Daughter-in-Law stories since our childhood. With our mothers and grandmothers we all have seen Mihir dying innumerable times. But to our surprise, he was always found alive. Women were always portrayed as the enemies of each other. And Men, Men of the house had nothing to do except contribute to their family drama. (They still lived in giant bungalow, where did they get money for its maintenance?)

India’s first longest daily soap was ‘Hum Log’ which was terminated after 154 episodes; It was also the first daily soap to be aired in 1984. We had great daily soaps like ‘Son Pari’, ‘Malgudi Days’, ‘Karishma ka Karishma’, ‘Sarabhi vs. Sarabhai’ and many more. But then arrived Ekta Kapoor with her shows like ‘Kyuki Saas bhi Kabhi bahu thi’ in 2000 and after that the scenario of Indian daily soaps changed completely.

Every show presented the rich joint family and the indifferences the family members had. Every female actor was decked up with jewelry from head to toe. Amid all these cliche, arrived ‘Sasural Genda Phool’, a show which broke many stereotypes of Indian television.

Unlike rich families, this show presented a middle class family. It did not have an evil Mother-in-Laws or jealous Sister-in-Laws, instead it presented the bond of a joint family and the beauty of various relationships. This show introduced us to a romantic story of a rich girl Suhana (Ragini Khanna) married to a middle-class boy Ishaan (Jay Soni). A typical love story is plotted between Suhaana & Ishaan to which many married couples relate to. Ishaan is a caring husband. Suhana falls in an unexpected love with Ishaan after so many years of their marriage. Apart from Ishaan’s loving nature, what makes Suhaana fall for him is his big joint family which Suhaana lacks in her past life. Being a single child of a single parent, she was unaware of family’s love & affection. Also, Women are not tortured to wear heavy jewelry the whole day.

It also aimed towards breaking the stereotypes of Indian society who always portrayed the evil side of In-Laws relationship with their Daughter-in-Laws. It showed how a father (Ambarnath Kashyap) chose his Daughter-in-Law Shailaja (Badi maa) over his son. It deals with the trauma of a rape-child (Deepak) and his mother (Radha bua). While every other show was busy portraying ‘Woman is a woman’s worst enemy’, this show brings out the different essence of this incomplete phrase which is ‘A Woman is a woman’s best friend’.

It presented a real image of the Indian households i.e., financial issues, everyone contributing their pay in the household, Women working together in the kitchen, small fights with the neighbors, Husband-Wife fights, and many more.

Here is the picture of its full cast:

It is also having a comedy element in it which you can enjoy when you feel stressed. It shows how the family can choose to stay together in every difficult times. Instead of pulling the relationships down it aimed towards building them up together. Isn’t it a show worth watching? It indeed is.

So if your mother and grandmother are still looking for an answer to ‘Yeh Rishta kya Kehlata hai’ (What is this relationship known as), give them a relief by diverting them to this show.

Violence and Masculinity in Cinema

The Indian cinema landscape is one that has seen massive evolution in terms of themes and contents over the years. It is globally recognized for its idiosyncrasies and manner of representations. Cinema has reflected what our human experiences are, and what our society has created and holds onto as ideals. But the art form itself is a vehicle of change, often bringing many issues into the limelight and generating public discourses. Cinema has great influential capacity and can reinforce or challenge many notions. Oscar Wilde said that “Life imitates art more than art imitates life”. This is often verifiably true. Heroes in movies often become the standards that youngsters aspire to be, and many have paid dearly for trying to do whatever possible to look like or be like a character they saw on screen.

A particularly interesting phenomenon in a lot of mainstream cinema is the violence portrayed in it. Anyone who has watched a couple popular movies will agree that this is not an isolated phenomenon, but something considered intrinsic to the storyline. We should also note that most of the scenes of violence are hugely exaggerated, even to the point of being comical. The hero seems to have inhuman powers and those around him, no matter how many in number will typically always fail in defending themselves, let alone in attacking him. The slow-motion editing and sound effects, the camera work as well as the dialogue all together create a certain kind of sensationalism which is to lead the audience into outbursts of applause. This prompts us to ask what part violence plays in the story and why do we have such portrayals of it.

First off, it is understood that these scenes are supposed to be praised and are to emphasize the heroic position of the character. While the villain may unleash such violence and prove that he is a worthy opponent, his capacities always fall short of the hero. And it is almost unheard of that a heroine, even if the movie is focused on her, engages in such violence to prove anything. The notion is not even considered. Violence becomes intertwined with an idea of masculinity, apparently best depicted through aggression and overpowering, even if it means destroying. We can also consider how this might be influenced by the stereotypical motif found in many stories of the West and the East, of the hero who saves the damsel in distress, often fighting many monsters to accomplish the task. Patriarchal ideas of men having to save women, and also having to ‘prove’ their masculinity through certain acts have contributed to these ideas. It is also worth remembering that these notions are detrimental to both women and men. Aggression becomes ‘natural’ for men and an overt representation of it in cinema is applauded. On the other hand, a woman who might even be angry for a legitimate reason is considered as ‘too-emotional’ or ‘hysterical’. These double standards are seen in cinema as well, engrained in our consciousness so well that we dare not question it.

The legitimacy afforded to violent heroes who consider their conquest of enemies and women as trophies influence a generation growing up seeking for acceptance. They look up to these people as heroes and without anyone to tell them otherwise, let themselves be controlled by their anger. This might be learnt at a young age, but it lasts for a lifetime. Is it any wonder then that domestic violence and abuse increases on a day to day basis, even in the homes of those considered well-educated? As long as we are praising heroes who are heroic by virtue of their beating up anyone who dares to cross them, even when the hero might be in the wrong, we are perpetuating the notion that violence is power. And power is also considered praise-worthy and something everyone should aspire to have. It is also a quest for power that affirms rape culture and rape jokes in the minds of many, and when violence is glorified on screen, it is bound to have its effects on the psyche. Perhaps it is time that we chose to look more closely at the various causes rather than the symptoms that plague us, and change the things we affirm and promote as something worth aspiring to in society.

Little Things To Help The Planet

It is extremely important that we look after our planet but often as teenagers it can be hard to donate money to support the cause or spend time volunteering, so here are a few things you can do instead.

1. Say no to the straw!

According to Indian pollution control board15,342 tonnes of plastic waste is produced in India every year. A big chunk of it is single use plastic straws, which can’t be recycled! These tiny straws can do a lot of harm to the ocean- it can kill all sorts of wildlife including sea turtles. So why not stop using plastic straws altogether? Some love using straws, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do. Instead, switch to glass straws, paper straws or metal straws, here are some affordable options:

1. Reusable Stainless Steel Metal Straws Set (2 Bend & 2 Straight Straws, 1 Cleaning Brush) from Amazon

2. Reusable Stainless Steel Metal Straws (Copper Colour) – Pack of 4 (Straight & Bent) with Brush and Jute Pouch Cutlery from Amazon

3. Premium Biodegradable Paper straws from Amazon

4. Bent Glass Straws, Pack of 6 from Amazon

2. Invest in a tote

Whenever you’re out for grocery shopping, carry a reusable tote with you. Personally, I love a good tote bag, especially the ones you can fold up and tuck away in your shoulder bag. 

Here are some affordable options:

  1. Foldable Shopping Bags for Grocery from Amazon

2. Ikea Compact Size Foldable Reusable Bag from Amazon

3. Reusable mugs!

Every time you go out to the coffee shop and order your cappuccino to go you’re wasting a cup. To avoid this you might want to buy yourself a nice reusable cup. Not only do they reduce waste, but cups with lids are also a better alternative if you drink tea or coffee while you’re on the go. 

Here are some affordable options:

  1. Glass mug with a with Steel Steiner from Amazon

2. Biodegradable Bamboo Fibre Eco Travel Mug from Amazon

3. Silicone Travel Collapsible Coffee Cup By The June Shop

4. Bottle it up 

There is nothing better than a cute reusable water bottle in my opinion. There are so many to choose from and reduce the waste created by using plastic water bottles. 

Here are some affordable options:

1. Stainless Steel Water Bottle from Amazon

2. Glass Transparent Bottles, Set of 2 from Amazon,

3. Copper Water Bottle from Amazon

5. Wrap your gift up in paper

Avoid using things that are packaged  or wrapped in single use plastic. Try to use paper or paper bags instead. And if you can’t do that, look for recyclable packaging. 

Here are some affordable options:

  1. Paper wrappers from Amazon

2. Brown Paper Bags from Amazon

6. Walk more 

Using a car is one of the worst things for the environment. If the distance to be covered can be covered on foot then why not walk to where you want to be? It’s an easy way to exercise and you’re helping our planet too by reducing greenhouse gasses. If you can’t walk there, why not take the public transport? It’s cheaper and saves the planet. 

The boat of “Hallyu”

The extensive Korean culture counting films, dramas, and Music present universally portrays the influence of it. This large wave is introduced as Hallyu. Adding to the economic value, this wave also has a weighty impression on the Korean GDP. As the Korean culture has fired up and breaks through the Western, Asian, and African boundaries, it was followed by a whim of craze, which was never experienced and existed. The term Hallyu was originated in the year 1990. Since then many researchers have also teamed up to find the reason lying underneath this intense obsession flooded globally. After observing you will also discover, the mass media (television and internet) befitting the only tool in making this culture omnipresent. There is an outbreak of obsession with Korean fashion, food, language, song, and etc.

Those glitzy videos and puzzling libretti have also appealed millions of Indians.

I start my day listening to the BTS song “Boy in Luv’’, surfing internet in search of interesting stories about them, and updating my fan page with new photos on Instagram. In fact, my closed ones are also aware of my playlist is filled with all the BTS songs.

“I am not the only one, who is obsessed”. Like me, you could find many Indians following the Koreans.

Recently ended Korean drama “The king-eternal Monarch” of Lee Min Ho gained the huge Indian followers on social sites and went viral. The “Boat of Hallyu” is nowadays mooring in India. This new cultural revolution of the present era in no doubt is acquiring berth everywhere. Think about any BTS videos or tweets getting viral in an hour, it displays the acceptance. Regardless of being concise and a different tongue, each drama is efficacious in forming an emotive relationship with the viewers through subtitles. Fans progressively get hooked that they started craving for everyday Korean dose.

Well, everyone has their own reason but simply put K-dramas or music are worth watching for. What do you think?

Bickering Bollywood.

So we all know that Indian film industry aka Bollywood is the second highest movie producing industry in the whole world after Hollywood per annum. Well to be honest yeah i agree that Bollywood is a gold mine of vibrant,diverse and really amazing movies. But the question remains at the point as why such an old, powerful movie industry with actors like Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan who come in the list of top ten richest actors in the world, and with directors like Satyajit Ray are never producing movies which at least can be the bread and butter of the whole world. French and the German movie industry even the movie industry of Chile and the Korea is producing movies which garners massive popularity worldwide. In french we have Belle de Jour(1967) and ‘blue is the warmest color (2013), German’s having ‘The Marriage of Maria Braun(1978)’ and ‘Freier fall (2013)’, chile’s A fantstic woman (2017), the ripple maker Parasite(2019) and many more from many other countries as well. And then the question prevails why not Bollywood?

Movies like Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (1955) and Mira Nair’s Salam Bombay (1988) in a manner defined Indian movie industry’s potential. But current scenario Bollywood is all about nepotism and love stories nowadays. As if we see that famous movie Slumdog Millionaire(2008) which bagged eight Oscars is not what india is?But the entire movie industry of the world is running after one thing that if India is represented it either poverty or god forbid it’s about curry, thanks to everywhere you see starting from movies like critically acclaimed Lion(2016) or Love Sonoa(2018) everything is about how indians are suffering,human trafficking, lack of sanitation and blah blah blah!!! If we talk about that’s what we see i the world. But people need to realize something that India the world’s second most populous country,sixth largest economy and seventh largest country is not all about trash and poverty. This scenario as explained above is what shows the failure of bollywood. but not everythings bad as we can’t say that Bollywood has gone down totally in these recent years as we made so many good movies too like Raazi(2018), Neerja(2016), Uri(2019), Barfi(2012) , Lust stories(2018) , Mary Kom(2014), three idiots(2009), Bajirao Mastani (2015), Jodha Akbar(2008), Dangal(2016), Devdas(2002), My name is Khan(2010), Swades(2004), English Vinglish(2012), Tumbaad(2018), lagaan(2001), Tare zameen par(2007), PK(2014) and many more which show case the value of the Indian movie industry and it’s potentials.

Now if we talk about problem which is wrecking us all starts with the lack of originality and the rejection of new talent in Indian film industry and how can we forget the grandad of all fiasco the one and only Nepotism. Nepotism is whats actually responsible for killing the Indian film industry in a really gruesome manner as due to this the new talents in indian film industry is getting choked as we speak. Another big problem is the lack of experimentation and really comical and absurd action movies as I’m literally starving for a good science fiction movie or a bone chilling horror fiction at least. But all we get is boring love stories with a lot of songs which are not even sung by the actors but they are just LIP SYNCING to it. No diversity at all as white washing of the whole cast is the forte of bollywood. Not even a single dusky or black actor or actress in a lead role you will find here(leaving the very few exceptions). That’s what i meant when i wrote bickering bollywood as if bollywood won’t up it’s ante there will soon be what we call a hot white mess left in the indian subcontinent for people to watch. Toodles!

Math & Music…..

So people we all know what kind of goon mathematics was for us in our high school or was it just me who was not so vivid admirer of mathematics well I don’t know but mathematics as a subject has always been that boogey man under the beds who is always ready to haunt us for the rest of the twenty four hours in a day. So in a manner I always had a huge respect for mathematicians as I was somehow angry upon that subject so whenever I used to see a person being good at that subject I used to have knack to ask them how can they like a subject so salty and mean. So one fine day I asked one of my cousins from Harvard mathematics (sounds like serious affair right? well it was) that how do you do that and in a manner and you should know this that I’m doing my university degree with a major in physics without mathematics so there is no shame in that. So I asked her about that so she in her really deep and serious voice told me to find a rhythm and I asked,”what kind” she said, “music dumbo”. Well then I realized that it actually helps maybe not for all people but in most cases it does as such if you are an admirer of reggae or pop or acoustics it will help to catch a rhythm while you are solving a problem .

It helps because as our brain functions for solving a problem it’s always ready to acquire the probable solutions which are or can be the answer to the problem. Music as an entity has life in the melody which reverberates and flows through the lyrics of the songs so in a manner a mathematical comes to us as a puzzle with a guide that guide being the formulae and the puzzle being the problem whose solving is the calculation part which is in turn dependent on our practice and sometimes the gifts we have. So now the question is what problems and what music so it’s all from my experience which I’m gonna share with you so don’t apply it if you think it may not be so applicable for you but what’s the harm done in trying right? Now let’s start as such if there are problems of calculus,logic, accounting like compound interests, matrix and determinants it will not be so wise to use musics as that puzzle comes with a very rudimentary guide which is generally to start and then you are on your own focus and concentration but if it’s arithmetic, mensuration,trigonometry and algebra the songs and the music is quite helpful as in these cases a predefined formulae will help you get to the solution of a problem. Now let’s talk about musics I guess it’s best to avoid pop or reggae and even your favorite music or your jam because generally when that plays we are focused upon music more than we are to the problems so best choice will be acoustics and piano covers maybe any maintained electronic DJ music also helps but if pop is your thing then go ahead. If you are still wondering why music helps it’s because of the singular most important reason that our brain should always think that we can do it and it’s easy so when you are solving a problem and it’s not happening and you are sweating your eyes out getting irritated about it’s possible solution the music helps to give a sense of calmness and peace so that you can give your brain a casual hint to focus upon problems and to get through it with patience and peace of mind. So yes nobody said math is difficult it definitely isn’t but it sure is damn is tricky so the trick to trick a trickster is to try giving it the impression that you have no worries to handle it, that it being the mathematical problems(trickster) and that key of no worries is music…….hakuna matata folks…..