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Te3n: The cinematic manifestation of ‘Meh’

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While there are still movies that follow the formulaic way of making a successful movie in Bollywood, some movies over the years have tried to tread out of the familiar territory by venturing into what can only be described as atypical of what Bollywood usually manages to churn out.

‘Te3n’ isn’t exactly a shining example of independent cinema, considering that it’s just a remake of South Korean flick ‘Montage’, neither it really sets the world alight by adding any elements that might bolster its significance.

Followers of such cinema might be able to fondly recall ‘Kahaani’ from a few years back. Why did I bring up ‘Kahaani’? Cause it has so much in common with ‘Teen’, almost eerily in a sense that the similarities are beyond the setting and cinematography itself, that you can’t help but remember the former.

‘Kahaani’ was set in the suburbs of Kolkata, capturing a certain sense of nostalgia that is affixed with it and the essence of the city; frantic yet laidback.

‘Teen’ aims to do the same and does a decent job at it with nifty camera work and enchanting visuals, although not as assiduous at the task as the makers of the former were despite working on a shoestring budget.

Withholding myself from giving away the essential, the story revolves around John Biswas (Amitabh Bachchan), an elderly man living with his wife in a shoddy apartment in Kolkata. John is constantly haunted and traumatized by the memories of his grandchild, Angela, who was kidnapped and murdered 8 years ago. The perpetrator of the case was never found, cause of which John found neither peace nor closure.

John finds himself visiting the police station every day to be reassured that the case is being handled, his persistence perhaps finding sympathy in police officer Sarita Sarkar (Vidya Balan, who kept making me think of Kahaani whenever she popped up), who hasn’t been able to make much progress on it. He sets out on his own accord to find out the man that snatched away his beloved

grandchild from him, while seeking assistance from Martin Das (Nawazuddin Siddique) who was the police officer that unsuccessfully handled the entire case, in the aftermath of which he left to become a father in a church and is evidently trying to forget all about it. Clues start to unravel all of a sudden for John, an old man possessed by the demons of the past, and he hastily proceeds to make sense out of them.

While ‘Kahaani’ had a lot of memorable, everlasting things in it like the magnificent Bob Biswas himself, ‘Te3n’ has none of these endearing qualities. The movie moves at a brisk pace but it doesn’t really enrapture you and whatever’s going on, it might not be overbearingly bad but it doesn’t enthrall you or make you take notice or involve you on a psychological level. For a movie that aims to be a slick thriller, it falls flat on its face.

Bachchan did a good job in keeping the movie afloat, while the same cannot be said of Nawazuddin Siddique and Vidya Balan who are both exceptional actors in their own right, but failed to lit the screen this time around. While the movie is rather bland, by no means it is a bad movie.

Time passed by pretty swiftly, without having to be subjected to any sort of senseless buffoonery I had to witness in movies like ‘Shaandaar’ which I believe is undoubtedly the worst movie I’ve ever watched.All in all, ‘Te3n’ is an okay movie to watch with your family or friends if you’re just on the look for a casual outing and don’t expect anything riveting and is one of those movies you can only watch once.

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

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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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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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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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