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Raman Raghav 2.0: An exercise in depravity

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Raman Raghav 2.0

Some movies are made only to cater to a certain demographic. Perhaps Raman Raghav 2.0 is one of those movies; a rather sordid affair catapulted to grotesque heights of debauchery by a demented killing machine, Ramanna (Nawazuddin Siddique), and Raghavan (Vicky Kaushal), a druggy cop.

The movie might draw inspiration from late 60’s serial killer Raman Raghav, but it quickly attempts to dispel that notion by stating that the movie isn’t about him before it all starts unravel.

The movie starts with a couple of scenes that don’t really feature a lot of dialogues, though the visuals do the talking and manage to introduce us to the characters.

The narrative chugs on with each passing murder, with their own different intents, sprinkled with some dark comedy. The entire plot is held by the parallel lives of Ramanna and Raghav; being two completely different individuals coming from two completely different walks of life, their motives for indulging in the things they do being different.

Despite all of this, their paths interlope and we witness probably the most sardonic yet heartwarming, satisfyingly sickening reasoning for the same in the end by a blood thirsty yet cool and calculating Ramanna, a man driven by his faith in the designs of God.

I am definitely not one for giving away plot points and the best parts of a movie, but one would be advised to remain a bit wary of some lurid references and scenes that revolve around revolting themes like incest, abuse and so on.

The performances were quite commendable actually, and I found it a bit difficult to pinpoint any shortcomings. Nawazuddin was in top form, Vicky Kaushal plays his role quite convincingly and works extremely hard to go toe to toe with the former.

Sobhita Dhulipala produces a solid debut performance, making every second of the scenes she managed to find space in count. Amruta Subhash was terrific in the short-lived role (Ironically) of Ramanna’s estranged sister who managed to escape the monstrosity of her brother to have a family consisting of her husband and child, only to one day find herself facing him again, pretty much for the last time until he bludgeons her and her family (Yes, including the child) to death.

All in all, it is a sinister and familiarly raw offering from Anurag Kashyap, who seems to have found his feet again after delivering ‘Bombay Velvet’. If you’re into serial killers and other things murderous in general, don’t miss this one out.

I am a person of few interests. Either aloof to my surroundings or going absolutely nuts. My inventory of bad jokes and adages is perhaps only matched by Sidhu Paaji. Love football, been a Gooner since 2007. My life revolves around the aforementioned stuff and lots of metal and I do happen to write poetry as well, so yeah. That's pretty much it, I guess.

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

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'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

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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

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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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