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

Queen

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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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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Trailer review: Happy New Year

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Since a few days ago, there has been so much fanfare regarding the trailer launch of Farah Khan film “Happy New Year“, and it is out finally! One look at it makes me say only one word: WOW!

The trailer begins in a magnificent manner with a stunning firework display on the Palm Jumeirah archipelago and then the King steps in. Shah Rukh Khan‘s voice coupled with a thriller-style background music instantly got me excited; there is magic in King Khan which he manages to bring alive on celluloid every time! What surprised me was the golden streak on his hair and the scruffy beard as he is often seen clean shaven and black-haired in almost all his films. Only in the prison sequence of Don 2, he had donned a rough and tough look with unkempt long hair and shabby stubble.

Soon, the plot is revealed amid colourful and glittering locations and heavily-loaded naach-gaana! The story revolves around a group of 6 losers, played by the actors Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah, who is a computer hacker in the film. Their mission is to steal diamonds with the backdrop of a World Dance Championship. Now, this movie seems to be based on a musical heist, which is a very unique concept; so it would be interesting to watch how the heist is shown parallel to music and dance. Let us hope that  it doesn’t turn out to be another Tees Maar Khan, the 2010 Farah Khan movie, which was also based on a heist but it bombed at the box-office! It’s a little intriguing to watch Deepika‘s ‘Mohini’ speak in cheesy Marathi accent and Abhishek‘s ‘Nandu’ in typical Bhojpuri. Sonu Sood manages to bring in some humour with his torn-shirt-flying act. Towards, the end Jackie Shroff is introduced as the movie’s antagonist and is followed by some power-packed action. Overall, the movie is replete with different flavours!

The sparkling chemistry between Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone shall light up the screen once again, after their successful pairing in Chennai Express and Om Shanti Om. The lead pair have a huge fan following and should manage to attract a large number of people to the theatres and multiplexes. Interestingly, the actors changed their Twitter handles on Thurday to their character names for the movie — Charlie (SRK), Mohini (Deepika), Nandu (Abhishek), Jag (Sonu Sood), Tammy (Boman) and Rohan (Vivaan).  And with the frenzied and unique marketing activities that the makers of the movie have undertaken, the movie should raise interest levels of the people around the world. My curiosity still remains what the concept of Indiawaale could mean in the movie. There has been a lot of mention about the word in all the promotions. Does it refer to the six losers or us, the viewers?

The film is scheduled to be released on Diwali, 24 October 2014, in three different languages Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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Why do people turn into werewolves only on a full moon? – A unique analysis!

Most of us have come across werewolves in our lives, haven’t we? I mean not actually , but in celluloid or books!

We have seen werewolves in the Harry Potter books( Moony or Remus Lupin!), in the movie Van Helsing (played by Hugh Jackman) and of course, in the hugely popular Twilight saga, and Teen Wolf, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries TV series.  While in some representations, they’re portrayed as ‘half human half wolf’, but in some, they’re shown as complete wolves (which I think is wrong!). Nevertheless, these supernatural creatures are subjects of awe and dread!

I have always fancied werewolves though they are just fictional beings. But, it was the turning of werewolves on a full moon night that drew my interests towards the creatures even more. I find it extremely stupid to admit that as a 12 year-old, when I first learned about their transformation in Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, I got so excited that  every full moon night henceforth, I began to look towards the moon, hoping to turn into a werewolf! Childish me! 🙂

Alright, let me reveal something funny to you. Have you ever looked closely at a full moon, trying to find out the shape the dark patches make? I bet you haven’t; even if you had, you may  not have found out the shocking revelation which I did some time back. Take a look at the picture below, showing a werewolf looking at the moon.

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Now, look at the same image again.

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The contour of a wolf’s face can be drawn out from the dark patches on the moon’s visible surface. Is that why werewolves turn only on a full moon night? Is that why wolves look towards the full moon and let out their long howl? Think about it!

Is Rajkumar Hirani’s PK inspired by the American TV series Kyle XY ?

It has been barely 2 days since the launch of first look of Aamir Khan’s to-be-released movie PK and the Internet universe has already exploded in reaction. The 49 year-old actor’s “bare-devil” act in the movie poster, where he is seen completely nude with just a transistor covering his manhood, has created a stir among his fans as well as the social media.

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As I browsed through various websites covering the news and reactions of the people related to the poster, I came across quite interesting interpretations and humorous guesses on what Aamir’s role in the movie could be. But, one sentence actually caught my attention and aroused interest in me: “Reports have been doing the round that Aamir is playing the role of an alien, who lands on earth and since he is from another world, he doesn’t know what to wear.

It took only a few seconds for me to stumble upon the thought that P.K. might just be heavily inspired from the American science fiction television series “Kyle XY“. Kyle XY is a story that revolves around the life of a teenage boy who awakens ‘naked‘ in a forest with no knowledge or abilities of a human being, and later is adopted by a family and named Kyle. Throughout the series, Kyle is shown possessing an extraordinarily gifted mind and abilities, and the viewers often get probable hints of his alien origin.

Now, if you look closely at Aamir’s face in the poster, he seems to have pointed ears, raised eyebrows, staring eyes and a weird expression. So, what if Aamir Khan actually essays the role of an alien from another world in space and lands on earth accidentally. What if the transistor he holds is a communication device with which he can converse with the beings on earth (that include birds, insects and every living thing!). What if he is adopted by an Indian family and taught to be a human.

My imagination seems to go wild!