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Love, Betrayal, Killing – Three shots that changed three lives and the nation



MUMBAI, 1959

Naval Commander K.M. Nanavati returns home only to be divulged by his wife that she is in love with his friend, a friend who he had been acquainted for over 15 years. The calm and composed officer dropped off his family at Metro cinema and went to confront Prem Ahuja, his wife’s lover after collecting a pistol and six bullets under a false pretext from his naval base.

In the conversation between the two friends, Ahuja refused to marry Nanavati’s wife and accept their children. In a claimed scuffle by the defenders, that followed the negative response, Nanavati fired three fatal bullets and left Ahuja’s residence.rustom-2

He then surrendered himself to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mumbai upon the advice of Provost Marshal of the Western Naval Command.

In the case that followed, widely known as Nanavati VS State of Maharashtra revolved around the question of whether the killing was a ‘planned murder’ or a ‘provoked killing’ (killing out of stress or in reaction) as the punishment varied for each of them. The prosecutors, whose version was backed by substantial evidence proved to the jury that there was no scuffle between the two and that Nanavati had planned the killing, thereby, accounting to murder and not a provoked killing.

The court, ordered a life sentence to the officer, but the case did not close there, A magazine – ‘Blitz’ kept the case alive, running exclusive cover stories, portraying Nanavati as a normal patriotic middle-class man. This framing by the magazine and its backing to the governor’s decree of suspending his sentence got him unanimous public support and a petition for pardon was filed. A case molded by public opinion, backed by many protests, came back to life after three years when Ahuja’s sister gave her pardon in writing, thereby suspending the life sentence. Nanavati and his family then moved to Toronto, Canada; where he lived until his death in 2003.

Bollywood, 2016

Rustom Pavri, a naval officer played by Akshay Kumar, kills his wife’s lover and the story revolves around the case and consequences that follow. Directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, Rustom, re-tells the story of Nanavati bringing the story of three people, three shots, and three years to the audience. The story, that brought an end to the jury system in India. Though not the first movie to be based on the case, the promotion is aggressive which if coupled with a brilliant screenplay will be a box office hit.rustom-1

After ‘Yeh Rastey hein pyar ke’ the first movie based on the case, released in 1963 flopped, Achanak in 1973 was a major box office hit, but climaxed with an inconclusive case. Rustom, has completely adopted the case and from its first look, it seems like it will capture the audience and fulfill their expectations from the movie. Also, Pooja Bhat’s upcoming film ‘Love affair’ is based on the same case. The only aspect that will make Rustom stand out from its counterparts will be the screenplay and the extent of adoption of the original case, giving the audience a clear picture and trigger them into forming their opinion. The trailer already has over 7,000,000 views, as the audience waits for its release in august this year.

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‘Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare’ Trailer: Konkana And Bhumi Ready To break Stereotypes



'Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare' Trailer: Konkana And Bhum Ready To break Stereotypes

On September 4, 2020, Netflix came out with a movie trailer called “Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare” which is a journey of two sisters who basically don’t play by the rules set by society for them and navigate to their own freedom and happiness by making their own rules.

Story of two cousins, Dolly (Konkona Sen Sharma) and Kajal (Bhumi Pednekar) as they navigate their destination with twists and turns set by life for them to find a place in their world.

Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava who has worked with Ekta Kapoor previously in her last film Lipstick Under My Burkha; coming to this movie which showcases Dolly who is a middle-class working woman with a perfect family and her cousin Kajal who comes to the city with dreams and ambitions like any other to make a life.

While sharing the news of the trailer, Konkana mentioned on her social media handle as, ‘Kuch raaste galat nahi, sirf alag hote hain.’

Along with Bhumi and Konkona, Amol Parashar, Kubbra Sait, Vikrant Massey, Karan Kundra and Mushtaq Khan will be seen in the movie, and it is eyeing its release on September 18 only on Netflix as a part of its line-up of 17 new stories. The movie is produced by Balaji Telefilms a.k.a Ekta Kapoor and was premiered at the Busan International Film Festival last year.

Fans are very excited for Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare as there is no nepotism crap, breaking the stereotypes theme, Konkona coming back to screen after so long with a very quality star cast and a new story.

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Akshay Kumar Announces New Film: ‘Raksha Bandhan’. Shares First Poster



Akshay Kumar Announces New Film: 'Raksha Bandhan'. Shares First Poster

On Monday, Akshay Kumar took to his social media and announced his next movie, ‘Raksha Bandhan’, which is directed by Aanand L Rai, who’s upcoming with his two more releases ‘Atrangi Re’ and ‘Haseen Dilruba.’ The movie will be produced by Colour Yellow Production & Cape Of Good Films, the film is written by Himanshu Sharma, who has written movies like Raanjhanaa, Tanu Weds Manu, Zero, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan.

Akshay took to his Twitter and wrote: “ A story that touches your heart so deeply & so instantly, it’s the quickest I’ve signed a film in my career.” He dedicated this movie to his sister Alka with whom he shares a special bond as a brother.

Movie is likely to be released on November 5, 2021.

Along with Raksha Bandhan, Akshay will also be seen in Atrangi Re alongside Sara Ali Khan & Dhanush, which is also directed by Mr.Rai.

Akshay Kumar, soon will be flying to the United Kingdom, to start the shooting of his next action drama movie ‘Bellbottom’ along with the co-actors of the movie which includes Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta.

Apart from these, Akshay has four upcoming movies Laxmmi Bomb, Sooryavanshi, Prithviraj and Bachchan Pandey on its way.

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‘Shakuntala Devi’ Movie Review: A Warm Depiction Of An Extraordinary Woman



Shakuntala Devi: A Warm Depiction Of An Extraordinary Woman

Warm, emotional, and at times, perhaps a little too sappy, ‘Shakuntala Devi’ is the depiction of an inspirational female role model and extraordinary mathematician who will forever be called ‘The human-computer.’

It also depicts the life of a Shakuntala Devi who was much more than just a gifted mathematician.

The viewers get an insight into the complicated life choices she had to make and the several other roles she’d played in her life- a mother, a wife and most importantly, a woman who was willing to go after what she wanted, irrespective of life’s circumstances.

Vidya Balan’s acting is delightful, and she beautifully depicts the complex titular character. She captures the attention of the viewer in every scene with her larger-than-life screen presence.

Sanya Malhotra, who plays Shakuntala’s daughter, does an equally admirable job.

Anu Menon’s fourth film does a fine job of balancing the ups and downs of the plot, which is told from the perspective of Anupama Banerji, Shakuntala’s daughter. She plays an important role in the film, with her journey being as significant to the storyline as that of her mother.

The first half of the film is mostly light and shows an enthusiastic, confident, and courageous Shakuntala, her various achievements in the field of mathematics and the feat of defeating one of the fastest computers of the day, which earned her the tag she is called to date- The human-computer. Her relationship with her parents is also explored slowly throughout the film.

The second half gets a little more serious and delves into her marriage with IAS officer, Paritosh Banerji, and her tumultuous relationship with their daughter, Anupama.

Certain scenes get a little draggy, like the emotional reconciliations of the mother-daughter duo but the message at the end makes it all worth it.

It addresses beautifully, the completely patriarchal view of a women’s achievements that existed back when a young Shakuntala had just started to harness her gift in the streets of London and continues to exist in a world that will forever mourn her loss.

The film portrays the journey of a woman who learned how to recognize her value and never let any such patriarchal stereotypes stand in the way of what she wanted. It is a fitting depiction of a great mathematician who dedicated her entire life to her passion and love for numbers and whose fundas continue to be taught in schools all over the world.

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