My top 5 favourite Bollywood movies of 2014

2014 is about to end and it has been a busy year for me in terms of watching movies. To write this post, I had waited for the release of PK because I had an inner feeling that this movie would feature in my list of favourites and I am glad I waited. This year has been filled with some great Bollywood movies and some terribly bad ones. I’ll spare the bad ones and highlight the good ones instead, so let me present you my top 5 favourite Bollywood movies of 2014.

1. Queen

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Queen has to be the most beautiful movie made in Bollywood in recent times. It is one of the very few movies which actually gave me goosebumps! Who would have thought earlier that actress Kangana Ranaut could pull-off the role of Rani, the protagonist, with such flair and brilliance. But, she had mesmerized the audience with her beautiful potrayal of an independent woman who did not allow a broken marriage to pull her down and instead, learned to celebrate life in beautiful Paris and Amsterdam. You can read my blog post on the movie: Kangana Ranaut: The Queen of hearts! Continue reading

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My Top 20 favourite Bollywood songs of 2014

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The year 2014 is almost about to end and all Bollywood movies including the ones to be released in this month have launched their soundtracks. It has been an exceptional year in Bollywood in terms of the music in the movies. Music directors as well as the singers have made sure that music lovers have plenty of good songs to hear and to choose as their favourite ones. Being an avid music lover, I weigh a Bollywood movie’s success by the quality of its songs, and this year, most of the movies I’ve liked had a fantastic soundtrack.

Initially, I planned to list my top 10 favourite Bollywood songs of 2014. However, I realized it’s easier said than done as a few more songs kept telling me to also include them in my list. After all, I have heard them so many times, often on loop. I had to honour their requests!  I mostly like romantic tracks, the slow soft ones and occasionally, I listen to party songs and dance numbers.

Since I am not writing a music review, so I’ll skip the elaborate details about the songs. Unfortunately, I can’t embed audio links in my blog. I hope you would not mind about that.

So, I present you my top 20 favourite Bollywood songs of 2014. Tune in and enjoy! Continue reading

5 reasons to watch Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Everest”

Recently, I watched an episode of Ashustosh Gowariker‘s “Everest” on popular Indian TV channel Star Plus, on a friend’s recommendation. I had stopped watching the channel a long time back for it is filled with daily soaps with lame and redundant stories. In fact, I began to despise all those Indian channels which telecast soaps – the ‘saas-bahu’ serials as popularly known among Indian masses. However, this new-age TV series, which has been aired on November 3, 2014, brings a fresh vibe to Indian television, a much needed one, and after watching all the episodes telecast so far, I have to admit that I am hooked to the show.

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I list five reasons why “Everest” is currently the best series on Indian television and why you should watch it. Continue reading

Trailer Review: Tevar

I have been following Arjun Kapoor on Twitter and Facebook for a while, and let me tell you, he knows a thing or two about movie publicity. His recent tweets and updates about his upcoming movie ‘Tevar‘ have actually managed to grab enough eyeballs and spark interest among his fans and general movie lovers. That includes me too! The official trailer of this movie, which is a remake of 2003 superhit Telugu film ‘Okkadu‘ and stars Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpai and is directed by debutant director Amit Sharma is finally out today and I have to say, it is amazing!

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Robin Lord Taylor – The new face of evil as Gotham’s supervillain Penguin

For any superhero fan, the greatest moment is to see their favourite superheroes bash the bad guys using their powers and abilities.  We have grown up to support the theory that good always prevails over evil. Well, that is what has been thoroughly depicted in almost all hero-related movies or television series. We become overnight fans of any movie or television actor who brings our favourite superheroes alive.

But..sometimes villains do win. The actors portraying the villains win our hearts with their exceptional performances on the screen. And one such actor has scorched the television screen recently. He is the utterly talented Robin Lord Taylor playing Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. the Penguin, the nemesis of Batman of DC Comics, in the new FOX series ‘Gotham’.

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The last time I remember watching someone bring out the look of dread on the television screen was Khal Drogo (played by Jason Momoa), the savage Dothraki lord in HBO’s superhit series ‘Game of Thrones’. I mean he was scary with his terrorizing looks! But, Robin Lord Taylor has proved to be somewhat more terrifying!

Penguin and Khal Drogo

Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin6 episodes of Gotham have already made viewers wanting more of Oswald Cobblepot or I should say, Robin Lord Taylor. Every time he comes on screen, he manages to captivate them with his cold-hearted demeanour coupled with a nasty smirk. But, what floored me totally is how he speaks through his eye movements. You can almost feel evil vibes coming from them. Don’t get fooled by this seemingly cute picture of him; there is more than meets the eyes! So far in the show, the actor has expressed almost all emotions – joy, pain, grief or malice, with exceptional panache. It’s funny that he has a naturally wicked smile and it has given ample weight to his on-screen character. Isn’t it?

The PenguinI have been a Batman fan since childhood. In the Batman cartoon show on Cartoon Network, from what I had seen, my perception of The Penguin was a silly rotund man who is not much of a pain for Batman. I considered him to be a comparatively weaker villain compared to The Scarecrow or the supreme villain The Joker!

But, the producers of Gotham have heavily worked on The Penguin‘s character here, showing his gradual rise among the city’s underworld and establishing himself as a mastermind criminal. More so, what is commendable is that they have chosen the perfect actor for this role. No wonder Robin Lord Taylor has become the talk of the town now! Watch these 3 clips from the series to see why I have become a big fan of this actor. May be the villain too!