Archive | June, 2013

Raanjhanaa Moview Review

21 Jun

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Raanjhanaa is a love story that has a Shakespearean touch and is mounted on a bountiful scale. Set in Benaras, in a sense, the heart of India, the first half in the vivacious city where the Ganges flows, just sweeps you off your feet with its color and feel. The plot follows Kundan (Dhanush), a Tam-Bram settled in Benaras. A slight vagabond, he falls terribly in love with Zoya (Sonam Kapoor), a fairly affluent Muslim girl in his neighborhood. And his feelings are wonderfully conveyed through dialogue written by Himanshu Sharma and songs composed by Rahman.

Like an obsessed puppy, Kundan is happy to shadow Zoya from morning to night, till her parents hear of it. Obviously, they think it’s preposterous for their teenage daughter to have a crazy Hindu admirer. So she is quickly `banished’ to live with an aunt in another city.

But the separation cannot stop Kundan’s passion from growing wings. Taking a vow of celibacy, he waits tolerantly for his lady love to come home. When she returns, she talks of how she has fallen in love with another man Akram/Jaspreet ( Abhay Deol), a senior at her university in Delhi. Kundan is shocked but he has a heart of gold. He more or less relents to becoming the best man at Zoya’s union to Jassi. But life doesn’t play out in a straight line. The different twists and turns that follow unravel a mystery.

And around this time, the chinks in the script also show. All of a sudden, Raanjhanaa seems like two different films. In the first half, it is a fascinating, intense, introspective love story, where you empathize with the characters. In the second half, the love story gets weak to make way for gobbledygook political ideology that is an irritant.

Director Aanand Rai should be credited for drawing a excellent performance from the National Award-winner Tamil superstar, Dhanush, who makes his Hindi cinema debut here. His Kundan is a gem (pun intended). Sonam Kapoor is in top form giving Zoya numerous shades from giggly to grey. Unfortunately, she gets covered more for her bollywood fashion than her true mettle as an actor.

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Priyanka Chopra’s Father Cremated In Mumbai

11 Jun

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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra’s father Ashok Chopra, who passed away on June 10, was cremated on Monday evening at Oshiwara crematorium. The last rites of Ashok Chopra took place between 5.30 pm and 6.00 pm

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Hrithik Roshan and Shahid Kapoor reached Kokilaben Hospital after hearing of Ashok Chopra’s demise and were with Priyanka and her family when the body was taken to her home.

Ashok Chopra was admitted to hospital 17 days ago as he was enduring cancer treatment for the past few years. He was at the terminal stage of the disease. Priyanka Chopra had cancelled all her shoots and was by his side for the past few days.

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In the morning the actress had sent a picture collage of her father on Twitter. Anurag Basu, the director who is a cancer survivor and a close friend of Priyanka, who was present at the crematorium, said, “Having gone through the same illness, I realize how draining cancer can be. More than the apparent physical complexities, it is mentally challenging. I was there last night with Mr. Chopra. He fought a tough battle. But since it was a relapse, it was gradually tough to tackle. Priyanka has stood like a rock by her father. I’m not worried for her. She’s particularly strong as a person …my prayers are with the Chopra family.”

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Apart from friends and family, Priyanka had almost the entire industry by her side. While her cousin Parineeti Chopra did not leave the actress alone for a moment, Uday Chopra also remained back till the last rites were done. Hrithik and Rakesh Roshan were among those who had hurried to the hospital upon hearing the news.

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Apart from them, also present were Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar, Deepika Padukone, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ranveer Singh, Punit Malhotra, Ramesh Taurani, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Bela Sehgal, Manish Malhotra, Abbas Mustan, Ronnie Screwvala, Apoorva Lakhia, Sajid Nadiadwala, among others.

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