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New Delhi: Film: "Tumhari Sulu"; Director: Suresh Triveni; Cast: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, Malishka Mendonza; Rating: ***

 

"Tumhari Sulu" is the story of Sulochana Dubey aka Sulu (Vidya Balan), a middle class housewife with an indefatigable spirit who is in the constant pursuit of excelling and winning contests and competitions, which give her immense satisfaction. Perhaps subconsciously it stems from the fact that she is Class 12 fail as her banker sisters and father constantly remind her.

Sulu as she is fondly called, is always eager to participate in contests and win -- whether it is a night lamp or a pressure cooker. Her enthusiasm and confidence keep her going and her middle-class humdrum life does not deter her from giving these a shot.

It is on one such occasion that she comes across the announcement for an RJ hunt and sets about pursuing it. How she becomes a popular RJ, on a night show, tastes success and yet, faces flak at home, forms the crux of this tale.

Director Suresh Triveni manages to create the middle class milieu complete with Sulu, her husband Ashok (Manav Kaul), a Manager in a small-time mill and their 11-year-old son, Pranav, to perfection.

Whether it is Ashok's constant bickering with the TV company for having sold him a faulty piece and thus seeking replacement or Sulu's family giving her advice to leave the RJ job at night, are all palpable instances that the audience can fully relate to.

A performance oriented light-hearted film, the treatment in some parts however is a tad amateurish. While the first half establishes Sulu, her spirited personality and her secret longing to prove herself, the second half drags and at times lays undue emphasis on unnecessary trivia, which makes for tedious viewing. A lot of the situations seem forced and trite, as if to create some drama.

Vidya Balan shines as the effervescent, determined, yet vulnerable Sulu. She is endearing with her simplicity and innocence as a middle class housewife, who unabashedly asks for a TV instead of a pressure cooker as she has already got one.

Ashok (Manav Kaul) excels as the loving husband, who willingly plays second fiddle to his wife, supporting her in her realising her dreams. A complete natural, he effortlessly slips into the role of a middle class husband and brings the right element of subtlety to his character.

Neha Dhupia as Maria, the big boss of Radio Wow fits her role like a glove and delivers with the requisite confidence and panache.

All other actors portray their roles with sincerity and shine on several occasions.

The music of the film is melodious and "Ban Ja Tu Meri Rani" is sweet and well-picturised. It brings out the chemistry of the couple.

The film has moderate production values but befitting the strata of society depicted. Nothing seems incongruous.

 

All the Best @Vidya 

 

 

--IANS

 

 

 

 

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New Delhi: A Meerut resident from the Kshatriya community on Thursday announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone for "wrongfully portraying" queen Padmini in their coming film 'Padmavati'.

Thakur Abhishek Som of Sardhana Chaubisi, who claimed affiliation to the Samajwadi Party, said the Kshatriya community will not tolerate wrongful portrayal of the queen and meddling with its rich heritage.

 

Claiming that his political affiliations had nothing to do with his stand, Som warned that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be able to save the Bollywood film maker and the actor.

Demanding a ban on the movie, Som told the media that it would be better if Deepika Padukone left the country or else her head will be chopped off.

"I am making this declaration on behalf of the Kshatriya Samaj," he said.

He accused Bhansali of lacking knowledge about history and that he was only interested in Box Office profits even if it meant meddling with history.

Som said he was ready to face the consequence of his stand on the issue.

 

 

 

(Inputs From IANS)

 

 

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Mumbai: Producer Ritesh Sidhwani, who is excited about his upcoming home-production "Fukrey Returns", says his film will not get overshadowed by other big-budget films.

Asked about his film releasing between two big-ticket films like "Padmavati" and "Tiger Zinda Hai", the producer told media: "Well, if you think our film will get sandwiched between the two big releases, I would say the meat of the sandwich is always much tastier, isn't it?"

 

"Honestly, I am not apprehensive about it. 'Fukrey Returns' won't be overshadowed because of its genre. I know how massive 'Padmavati' is, and 'Tiger...' is a Salman Khan film. But our film is a comedy, the genre is different."

It is festive season and there will be enough footfall, people will come to watch all the films, he said.

Citing the example of this year's Diwali releases, Ritesh said: "Like the way a comedy film like 'Golmaal Again' did well at the box office and a 'Secret Superstar' also got noticed... I think our film will also reach its audience."

The producer was present along with the actors of the film Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Ali Fazal and Manjot Singh for the launch of a song.

"Fukrey Returns" is releasing on December 15.

 

(Input IANS)

 

 

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New Delhi: Actress Richa Chadda backed Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming "Padmavati", saying "our culture is not so fragile that a film can ruin it".

The actress, who was present here on Wednesday at the song launch of her upcoming film "Fukrey Returns", told media: "I do not think our culture and religion is so fragile that a film of two hours can ruin that.

 

"On the other hand, we are living in a democratic country where we have an appointed board that certifies our film, I see no reason for commenting on a film without watching it," said Richa, who has acted in Bhansali's "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela".

The cast and musicians of "Fukrey Returns", including Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Ali Fazal, Manjot Singh, Siddharth Mahadevan, Gulraj Singh, lyricist Kumaar along with producer Ritesh Sidhwani, were present at the event.

"Fukrey Returns" is set to release on December 15.

 

 

 

 

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Mumbai: Comedian Kapil Sharma turned a guest on a set which used to be once the set of "The Kapil Sharma Show". He says it was an emotional but happy moment.

Kapil, who is busy promoting his film "Firangi", was a guest on the set of "Super Dancer Chapter 2".

 

"It was a nostalgia trip for me to be on the sets of 'Super Dancer Chapter 2', which happened to be the set of 'The Kapil Sharma Show' as well... Where I used to welcome Bollywood celebrities, sports personalities, international artistes, and many other well known faces, it was my time as a guest," Kapil said in a statement.

"It was an emotional as well as a happy moment for me visualizing the days where we put up a great show and made the whole nation laugh. Nonetheless, I wish to come back and rock the stage all over again. It was an energetic atmosphere watching the kids perform and sharing the judges panel with Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Anurag Basu and Geeta Kapur."

In August, Sony Entertainment Television had announced a "short break" with Kapil and his show.

For now, the "Super Dancer Chapter 2" episode featuring Kapil will air on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

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New Delhi: Bhajan maestro Anup Jalota says he feels good when he sees the younger generation taking ahead the legacy of devotional singing.

Jalota and singer Alka Yagnik will be joining singing reality show "Om Shanti Om" as guest judges for the finale episodes. Yagnik will be performing "Gokul ka gwala", and Jalota will share the stage with singer Kanika Kapoor.

 

"It feels really good seeing young generation taking ahead the legacy of devotional singing. All the contestants are very talented and I am happy that I could hear them in person," Jalota said in a statement.

"The atmosphere on the set was serene," he added.

Yagnik will be part of the Saturday episode, and the one featuring Jalota will be aired on Sunday on Star Bharat.

Yagnik aid: "I was attracted a lot to the concept of the show. A spiritual show like 'Om Shanti Om' was a much needed format, and I am very happy to be part of the show. I have judged a lot of reality shows, but for the first time I am on a divine stage like 'Om Shanti Om'."

 

 

 

 

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Mumbai: Bollywood producer Mukesh Bhatt says sexual harassment is not gender specific.

Bhatt, a senior member of the film industry, has been in news for his comment that "there are women who are exploitative, very cunning and also blatantly shameless to offer themselves".

 

Upset over being "misquoted", Bhatt told news agency IANS: "I said that sexual harassment is not gender specific and in some instances, men take advantage of it and in some instances, women take advantage of the same."

Bhatt, who comes from the Vishesh Films clan, added: "I stand by the firm belief that sexual harassment should not happen in the first place. It is a plague that needs to be eradicated completely. Both men and women have fallen prey to this.

"It cannot be generalised, or discriminated based on cast, creed, religion or gender. It is great to see people shed all their inhibitions and come out in the open to speak freely about their trials and tribulations."

His comment comes in the wake of the wave of sexual harassment allegations being levelled against Hollywood's who's who.

 

 

 

 

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Mumbai: The Bachchans attended a family wedding recently, which means plenty of selfies and frame-worthy moments for the family album. We can rely on Amitabh Bachchan for inside pictures and he truly delighted us with a number of great clicks from the festivities. Sharing one with Aishwarya, Abhishek and five-year-old granddaughter Aaradhya, Big B tweeted "A wedding... they bring so many of us together for one cause to welcome the bride into the family." The megastar's official blog also include photos with his daughter Shweta Nanda Bachchan - the father-daughter-son trio feature in a pretty cool click, in which they can be seen taking a selfie.

The photos appear to be from the final day of the wedding with the Bachchans dressed in their regal best. Aishwarya opted for a magenta-coloured ensemble and was colour coordinated with Aaradhya, who looked like a little princess. Shweta's colourful outfit is courtesy Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla. Bachchan senior and Bachchan junior also opted for traditional sherwanis from the studios of their favourite designer duo. Jaya Bachchan, in photos from preceding functions, was also spotted in a heavy-worked blue suit by the same designers.

 

Here's how the Bachchans attended a shaadi:

 

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Posted by Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday, November 12, 2017

Selfie time! (courtesy srbachchan)

 

Selfie time! (courtesy srbachchan)

 

Selfie time! (courtesy srbachchan)

 

 

 

 

 

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New Delhi: "Let me tell you, I feel like a newcomer," Sridevi asserts, breaking into a giggle almost reminiscent from her ahead-of-times 1991 film "Lamhe", even as she prepares to let her elder daughter loose in the Bollywood world. She says nothing comes easy in life, and she is sure her Jhanvi is ready to face the challenges.

Jhanvi, who is frequently followed by the paparazzi in Mumbai, will reportedly foray into films with a remake of Marathi hit "Sairat".

 

Steering clear of divulging details about Jhanvi's debut, Sridevi told news agency IANS over phone from Mumbai: "She has chosen this path and profession, and I have been in this industry for long. So I am mentally more prepared than her. She has been watching me, and knows what she is getting into."

"Nothing is going to be a cakewalk in any profession. So you have to work hard, and there will be challenges. I'm sure she is ready for it."

The charismatic actress made a powerful comeback of sorts with "Mom" earlier this year -- five years after her delightful plain Jane avatar in "English Vinglish".

As "Mom", which will soon release in Russia, nears its world television premiere on &Pictures on Saturday, Sridevi -- who also has daughter Khushi -- spoke about her worries as a parent.

"I'm of course worried when they go out, but luckily, they know their limits and they are very responsible children. When you have responsible children, half the battle is over. So, you don't have to worry. But you are concerned. The concern will never go, and you'll always be conscious about them," said the 54-year-old.

Sridevi has been a big screen delight since her Bollywood debut with the 1978 movie "Solva Sawan". But acting is something she started when she was all of four. In Hindi cinema, "Himmatwala", "Mr. India", "Chandni", "Sadma", "Nagina", "ChaalBaaz", "Lamhe" and "Khuda Gawah" are some of the films which established her footing as a performer who took woman power seriously.

The trait has continued with "English Vinglish" and "Mom" -- in both of which she played the strong role of a mother effectively.

While most women actors in India complain about lack of roles for older actresses, Sridevi retorted: "Let me tell you, I feel that my career has just started, haan (giggles). I feel like a newcomer, and I feel that my career is going to start now. It's not finished, it's going to start now."

She is also unlike many others -- even much younger actors -- who are putting their life story into books.

"Arre, maine kuch achieve nai kiya (I haven't achieved anything), where I write about my story or my book. There's a long way to go. There's nothing, nothing like this," she said, sounding almost ignorant, but humble, of the fan followers of her emotive power and fluid dancing skills.

At this point, she is just enthused to deliver more.

"There are definitely two films that are coming up, but it's too early to talk about it. (There's) Nothing I can say right now," she said.

Over the years, Sridevi has not just embraced the changes in Indian cinema, but also opened up herself to an environment where celebrities -- as opposed to her own shy self in her earlier days -- need to go all out to promote her projects.

"Look, with the time, I have definitely opened up. I am definitely introvert and shy, and have never been rude to... I've definitely been shy, but thanks to my children, I have opened up. Somewhere, you have to change with the time.

"You can't be like what you were... It doesn't work that way. And do that (change) within your comfort, not by going out of it."

That besides, she says a positive frame of mind, helps her look forward to what life has to offer.

"Be in a positive frame of mind, be happy, fulfil your goals, work hard... It never goes waste."

 

 

 

 

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Mumbai: Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, 65, wishes to visit Pakistan before he dies.

"I am 65 years old and I want to see Pakistan before I die. I want my children to see their roots. Bas karva dijiye (Please make it happen)," Rishi tweeted on Sunday.

 

Rishi has a house in Peshawar, Pakistan. It was constructed between 1918 and 1922 by Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor, the father of Prithviraj Kapoor, the first member of the family to enter the film industry. The Kapoors shifted to India after the 1947 partition.

On Saturday, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said the part of Kashmir held by Islamabad will remain with Pakistan and this was not going to change. He said Jammu and Kashmir needed more autonomy and chided those seeking "azadi".

Rishi wrote: "Abdullahji, Salaam! Totally agree with you, Sir. Jammu and Kashmir is ours and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is theirs. This is the only way we can solve our problem. Accept it."

 

 

 

 

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