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Pagglait – Changing Perceptions Of Widowhood



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Set in the backdrop of a funeral, Pagglait isn’t the pretty sombre film you’d expect it to be. The Netflix original is peppered with a grieving family’s idiosyncrasies that rarely make it to the silver screen.

Directed and scripted by Umesh Bist, Pagglait is a glimpse into the Giris lives as they mourn the untimely death of their eldest son, Astik. Bist juxtaposes the funereal atmosphere with a slice of life mundanity and absurdist humour from the very beginning of the film. From a child whining about his favourite toothpaste or the very inappropriate doorbell tune of “Ooh la la” of The Dirty Picture fame announcing other family members’ arrival, the Giri household is far from the typical grieving environment.

While everyone asks after the newly widowed wife Sandhya (Sanya Malhotra), the woman in question scrolls lazily through the Facebook comments about her husband. With just this one scene, the viewer is made to understand Sandhya’s mindset as she struggles to emote anything after her husband’s death. Instead of shedding tears, Sandhya seems almost indifferent as she declines an offer of tea for a Pepsi instead. The shock and disbelief are palpable on her parents’ and mother-in-law’s faces at this bizarre request. Her mother even asks her if she’s okay, fuelling the perception that if a woman doesn’t visibly mourn her husband’s death, there must be something wrong with her.

Though the banker uncle (Jameel Khan) claims it could be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it’s quickly made clear that Sandhya didn’t have enough of an attachment to her deceased spouse. Widowed just five months after getting married, Sandhya played the role of a dutiful housewife in a loveless marriage. Throughout the film, Sandhya drops little nuggets that point to how unsatisfied she was in that house. Her detachment is evident in her restlessness as she yearns to break free of being cooped indoors for the thirteen days of the wake. Sandhya even lies to fulfil her whim of eating golgappas with her friend, Nazia (Shruti Sharma). This is followed by one of the most striking scenes in the film where Astik’s brother’s hand performing the mourning rituals is brilliantly intercut with Sandhya’s reaching for the golgappa.

Her agitation is brought on by a shocking discovery of a woman’s photo preserved safely in Astik’s files. Her husband’s idea could have been unfaithful comes out of the left field for Sandhya, and she struggles to process this new information. After grappling with conflicting emotions, Sandhya’s dilemma of seeking out the mystery woman is resolved when the latter visits the Giris to offer her condolences.

The introduction of this new character, Akanksha (Sayani Gupta), unravels Sandhya and Astik’s marriage’s true nature. In a predictable move, the script writes in Sandhya’s outburst at ‘the other woman’, pinning the blame of their failed marriage on Akanksha. Sandhya’s resentment stemmed from the fact that Astik could never love her because he was still hung up on his college sweetheart. But what Pagglait does differently is that it goes beyond this rivalry. Sandhya has a reverence for the independent life Akanksha built for herself. Through their numerous interactions, Sandhya begins to embody the confidence that Akanksha carries herself with and dreams of such a life for herself.

Apart from Sandhya’s journey of self-discovery, Pagglait dabbles in a multitude of social commentaries. The most obvious one is the undertones of patriarchal domination that run through the family. The insistence that they are very “open-minded” is undercut with this statement from the men in the family who try to decide Sandhya’s second marriage on her behalf, making light of the hypocrisy. When Sandhya is named Astik’s sole beneficiary of Rs. Fifty lakhs in his life insurance policy, the cunning elders, do everything in their power to wrest that money from her. They even go so far as to propose a marriage with Astik’s cousin to “keep the money within the family”.

Though the financial scarcity looms over Astik’s parents’ heads, Ashutosh Rana (Shivendra Giri) and Sheeba Chaddha (Usha Giri) execute grieving parents’ parts perfection. Where everyone else has their eyes on the prize, Shivendra is appalled at the idea that his son’s death was being reduced to such cheap power politics. The faceless Astik’s parents aren’t allowed to process their grief in isolation from real life’s cruelties that spare none. Neither are they spared from the routine gossiping and bad-mouthing of nosy relatives who seem to pay no heed to the less-than-ideal circumstances.

The film also highlights the family’s very pointedly alienating treatment of Sandhya’s Muslim friend, Nazia. From the get-go, an elderly uncle makes his disdain clear by the sneer in his voice as he spells out her name. Separate dinnerware and cups and being made to eat meals outside are just a few instances of how Nazia is clearly deemed ‘other’.

Pagglait is definitely head and shoulders above a Bollywood film made for the masses, clearly targeted at a more niche audience. The film is undoubtedly carried by the ensemble cast’s strong performances, particularly by Sanya Malhotra and Sayani Gupta. The film does well to set itself apart from the crowd by not losing itself in melodrama. However, Sandhya’s character arc of becoming independent outside of her family’s shadows falls slightly short of the expectations the film title evokes, ultimately making it underwhelming. Several plot points were touched upon without being delved into, which begs why they were introduced in the first place. While the premise sounded promising, the film faltered slightly in its delivery. Pagglait lacks a tighter script and an ending that packs a strong punch, making it a slightly forgettable watch.

A voracious reader and writer, I aspire to be a feature journalist. I am absolutely enamoured by stories and the art of storytelling and wish to write my own someday. When I'm not reading, you can find me listening and singing along to Taylor Swift, drawing or watching anime.

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Keanu Reeves Returns with “The Matrix Resurrection”



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The expectation of the unexpected fourth instalment of The Matrix Resurrections in the sci-fi establishment has started with another banner prodding the arrival of its first trailer.

The film Matrix 4 comes out 18-years after The Matrix Revolutions. It is planning to be the last film in a trilogy reporting the transformation of Computer programmer Thomas Anderson into cybercriminal Neo. As he finds the conventional world, he occupies a recreated reality.

Loosening up the expectation, with a special promotional. It highlights red and blue pills sit next to each other underneath the clear message: ‘The Choice is yours.’ Fans of the famous establishment will perceive the pills as a definitive choice given to Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, as he picks between life in the conflict assaulted real world or the ‘beautiful prison’ of a substitute reality. Penetrating static fills in as the scenery, as small strings of Matrix code has seen falling inside the pills before the whole scene liquefies.

Fans can proceed with their adventure on, an intelligent pick your-own-experience style site. Given a similar decision there, red brings you down a rabbit hole where you’re told: ‘This is the moment for you to show us what’s real.’ Then scenes from the film teaser, showing the slight hindrance between the natural world and the fake world known as The Matrix. One of the Best Scenes is Reeves’ Neo gulping a blue pill while a lot more seasoned, a balder man shows up in his appearance.

The scenes reviewed rely upon which pill selection and each emphasis on the decision made. The Red Pill requests that the watcher go further into the reality behind the Matrix. While the Blue Pill cautions them to avoid it again so as not to agitate the norm and welcome undesirable risk.

Still, the viewer’s decision makes, in any case, every secret seems to end with a brief look at Keanu Reeves as Neo, with different eyes. He either collaborates with characters who could be his partners in the film or plans to fight against its expected scalawags, be they Agents, pernicious projects, or even people.

The person who clicks on the blue pill will hear Harris’s voiceover saying: “You’ve lost your capacity to discern reality from fiction.” Before encouraging the viewer to embrace that their situation is genuine. At the current time, streaks on the screen, and Harris peruses it, saying, “anything else is your mind playing tricks on you.” By contrast, ones’ who click on the red pill hear Abdul-Mateen’s voice revealing to them that while they trust it’s the current time — once more. With Abdul-Mateen perusing the time out loud — “that couldn’t be further from the truth.” Regardless, a progression of quick-cut shots from “Revivals” streaks on the screen during the two situations. As each time a viewer taps on a pill, the recording changes.

‘This could be this is the first day of the rest of your life, but if you want it, you gotta fight for it.’ The portrayal wraps while showing star Keanu Reeves prepared to battle. Then, at that point, finishing on a vile note, they show somebody contacting the PC port at the rear of their head and inquire: ‘We don’t want anyone to get hurt, do we?’

From visionary movie producer Lana Wachowski. The new film reunites unique stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity, the infamous roles they made well known.’ The first Matrix film in 1999 met with much essential acclaim upon its introduction. The element is following up by two other movies, which were both delivered in 2003. Warner Bros. uncovered the title for the fourth Matrix film during its CinemaCon board. The Matrix Resurrections will release on December 22, 2021.

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BTS Army Rents Billboards In Mumbai To Celebrate BTS Jungkook’s Birthday



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Golden Maknae BTS Jungkook will be celebrating his 24th birthday on September 1, 2021, as Army’s all over the world prepare to wish him a happy birthday. Millions of fans have united to create thoughtful and extravagant birthday projects celebrating his birthday throughout the world. There’s nothing that is going unturned by the Army to make Jungkook’s day as special as possible.

With projects ranging from cruise ships to drones, Jungkook has exerted his influence across many fields. According to reports, his birthday ads will be played 1000 times on LED boards. Twitter is flooded with Happy Birthday Jungkook messages.

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Obviously, India is part of the mix as well. India is set to get its first Jungkook bus shelter advertisement in Mulund, Mumbai. For the first time, India has seen such posters and this project on such a large scale in the country so far.

Jungkook’s Indian fan base dedicated a billboard to him. According to a tweet posted by @Jungkook_INDIA, fans in Mumbai have rented a bus stop billboard in Mulund West, adorning it with pictures of Jungkook, also quoting, “You are the cause of my Euphoria.” Bus Shelter advertisement also showed QR codes to Jungkook’s solo hits such as Begin, Euphoria, My Time, and Still With You. Bus Shelter Advertisement will be displayed until September 4, 2021.

Upon being asked about the project, @Jungkook_INDIA replied, “We choose Mulund since it’s in Mumbai, where it is easily accessible for more ARMYs to come and see the project. This is not the first time a foreign artist/K-pop idol on the billboard in India, another fandom already done that, but it is the first time for a bus shelter billboard. We did this to show our love and support, and we are glad if locals came to know more about BTS through the billboard”.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless charity projects and other billboards that will mark the singer’s 24th birthday. The Billboard project is another illustration of how K-pop’s fan following in India is immensely growing.

BTS is a popular South Korean boy band and Jeon Jungkook is the youngest member of the band. There are seven members of the group — RM, Jin, Suga, Jhope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. They enjoy a massive fan following internationally, India being no exception. BTS seems to connect with a massive number of people irrespective of their language because they talk about topics that many artists of today’s generation may have failed to do. These seven young men talk about discrimination, gender equality, mental illness, loving oneself, etc. Their songs resonate with people belonging to any age and background. Moreover, they cover a wide variety of genres. The group debuted on June 13, 2013; despite all the odds against them, the BTS members each succeeded in their own way. Each member has their own unique personality and talents that make the group so great.

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Journey of Raj Kundra: From IPL owner to Porn Movies Producer



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Businessman Raj Kundra has hit the headlines after his arrest by the Mumbai police for having a connection in the production and distribution of pornographic content. Kundra has been involved in many controversies. Be it money laundering, drama from a first marriage or a criminal case from Poonam Pandey, he has had it all.

Going back to the beginning of Raj Kundra

Born in Ludhiana, he migrated to the United Kingdom in childhood. At the age of 18, he went to Dubai and then later to Nepal, where he started a shawl business. He later began selling shawls to fashion companies in Britain that lead to an increase in his fortunes. After entering the construction sector in Dubai, he developed connections in Bollywood and got into film production. He met Shilpa Shetty and married her.

Together they owned the Rajasthan Royals team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). But, this ownership didn’t last for long as in 2013 came Kundra’s major scandal for match-fixing. He was alleged to have a role in spot-fixing and was banned for a lifetime from IPL.

The current case involves Kundra in an adult film racket. Earlier this year, the Mumbai police had arrested a group of people for allegedly forcing women into porn movies. The group was targeting models and females who aspired to enter Bollywood. They forced these women to act in pornographic content on the pretext of giving them roles.

The movies were circulated on mobile apps, offering subscriptions along the lines of mainstream OTT platforms. They would then advertise on social media platforms to promote such content. Since pornography is illegal in India, this too was against the law.

The police then believed two aspects of this racket. One was catching those that produced these explicit adult content and those who circulated these tapes. Quite a bit of the production houses broadcasting such content was traced from servers outside the country. One such production house was sourced to a UK based organisation found uploading such content. The executive of that company, Umesh Kamat, was charged and arrested. It was then discovered that Kundra’s alleged connection to Kamat and the company that uploaded such pornographic content brought him into the controversy.

After his arrest, Kundra was booked under various IPC sections. IPC 420 that deals with cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property. IPC 34 condemns acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention. IPC 292 and 293, that’s related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays

Kundra might also face charges in accordance to the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

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