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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Murtaza Ali KhanIam excited to share the teaser trailer of my upcoming short film 'SIKANDER'. I took the plunge to shoot and edit a teaser for my upcoming short film SIKANDER, produced under the banners of Ed Wood Productions and WM Entertainment. Starring Umar Khan in the title role, SIKANDER, inspired by true events, is a suspense thriller revolving around an unfortunate man whose future was taken away from him 20 years ago. But fate presents him with one more opportunity to redeem himself. Only this time he has learnt to get his hands dirty. SIKANDER is shot by Kausar Hayat, who is the DOP, and Mehtab Shah who also also looked after the makeup depart...
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  February 26, 2017, 11:19 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Murtaza Ali KhanI was contacted by UC News a few months back seeking my consent for content sharing. And, I had obliged them. Till this day I regret that I did. For, it has been a horrific experience. It has proven to be a real pain in the neck for me, During this period I time and again registered my concerns with the the UC News representatives. But, despite my repeated requests UC News has failed to look into my concerns. My articles/reviews have gone on unpublished for days and at times even for weeksDuring the first month my content garnered about 4 lakh hits. All these hits went completely unaccounted (in terms of any monetary compensation). Till ...
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  February 25, 2017, 12:38 am
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanFeatured in IMDb Critic ReviewsRangoon is 2017 romantic war drama film co-written and directed by renowned Indian filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj. Set in the backdrop of WWII, Rangoon stars Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan, and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles. Kangana’s character Julia bears a striking resemblance to Fearless Nadia who was Hindi cinema’s first action icon who appeared in famous movies like Hunterwali (1935), Miss Frontier Mail (1936), Diamond Queen (1940), etc. Roy Wadia has filed a commercial lawsuit against Vishal Bhardwaj on behalf of Wadia Movietone Private Limited—the company which reserves the rights to the ...
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  February 24, 2017, 3:14 am
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAfter creating a wave in India and Europe, Raees just got released in Egypt and Jordan. Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter to inform his fans about the same.Set in the 1980s Gujarat, Raees stars SRK in the role of a bootlegger. The movie also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan, Zeeshan Ayyub, Narendra Jha, and Atul Kulkarni.Despite facing sever competition from Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil, Raees did exceptional business in the Indian market. But the competition prevented the movie for crossing the 200 crore mark.Behind the facade of fiction, Raees is actually a dramatization of actual events and despite the maker's efforts to project it as a work of fiction ...
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  February 22, 2017, 9:27 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureSajid Nadiadwala who is gearing up for Rangoon release this week has already started work for his next production. The Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari and Sajid Nadiadwala will be collaborating together for a film next year. As per our sources, the producer/director Sajid was spellbound when he heard the script written by Nitesh, the director who had created Dangal at the box office. Sajid who is known to have a very strong script sense promptly decided to team up with Nitesh for the project. Nitesh Tiwari has been working on the subject for 15 years now and he couldn't have asked for anything better.We hear, the film is slated ...
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  February 21, 2017, 10:23 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Nataranjan BohidarIf you've been brought up on a surfeit of court room dramas, as Raja and I were in the early Seventies, you'd know that Aniruddha Roy Chowdhurymay not have lost his plot there but surely his  dramaturgy in posting a needle of suspicion in the haystack of the Indian legal system. Raja Dasgupta on the other cinematic hand brings the court house to your home, bed, breakfast spiced with gossip included, and generates such heat that it sears the screen and peels your domestic skin...initially of your bhadraloukic  face and anatomy and then gradually inexorably grindingly off your dastardly middle-class soul.  But that is not the on...
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  February 21, 2017, 12:25 am
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureSexuality of a person with disability is often an overlooked predisposition. To speak of the big, fat elephant in the room, a Mumbai-based non-profit organization, Point of View, organized a program Sexuality and Disability for sexual rights of women with disabilities. This is in collaboration with the global movement "One Billion Rising"--a campaign that uses art to talk about women’s rights. The event is especially significant, as it acknowledges the inclusion of disabled women in the larger spectrum of the fight for women’s rights and gender equality.Playing the dual role of the man who throws acid and the person who shows encouragement to the victim, Da...
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  February 20, 2017, 8:42 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureKaran Johar recently took to twitter to release the poster of Swara Bhaskar's upcoming film Anaarkali of Araah.Swara will be playing a singer in the movie. Anaarkali of Araah is being helmed by filmmaker Avinash Das.But there is a twist here. For, Swara plays a singer who sings double meaning lewd songs. Her character is very unapologetic about her sexuality. She considers herself an artist and her work an art.Her character is basically that of a woman with fiery spirit but she is still vulnerable in a volatile and violent world that sees women like her as mere objects.Anaarkali of Araah set to release on 24 March, 2017.Readers, please feel free to share your o...
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  February 20, 2017, 7:41 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureProducer Sajid Nadiadwala along with wife Warda Nadiadwala held a special preview for Kareena, last night at a suburban preview theatre in Mumbai.The screening proves to be one of the first previews of the film. It is an unusual sight to spot Kareena Kapoor Khan at film screenings, however, the actress made an exception and caught the first screening of husband Saif Ali Khan's Rangoon.Kareena said though she does not usually attend film trailers, she came for this one for producer Sajid Nadiadwala, Bharadwaj and her husband, for whom she is very excited.Sharing her excitement taking Rangoon, Kareena said, "His (Saif's) character in the film is going to be ...
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  February 20, 2017, 7:04 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAmit Sadh, who will be seen portraying the role of a cop in his upcoming web series recently, met an encounter specialist as part of his research for his role.It’s learnt that the real cop has been training the talented actor for his role as a police official in his upcoming web series backed by Vikram Malhotra’s independent studio Abundantia Entertainment and directed by Mayank Sharma (Assistant Director of the movie Table No 21).A source says, “Amit would come and sit with the encounter specialist at the police station once or twice a week. But the actor didn’t just learn how to pull the trigger “Amit wants to leave no stone unturned to make ...
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  February 19, 2017, 5:28 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Tanmay ShuklaFeatured in IMDb Critic ReviewsJohn Wick was one of the better action movies, well received both critically and generally. The plot was rather thin, but the action scenes and minimalist story made up for it. The sequel builds on the foundation laid by the prequel and improves on a lot of aspects. The story gets a few additional layers to it as the underground world is revealed to us in more detail with introduction to a few more characters. The action sequences are even better this time, and the director, Chad Stahelski, a stuntman himself, has retained the elements which contributed to the success of the first film.Continuing from...
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  February 18, 2017, 10:00 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Tanmay ShuklaFeatured in IMDb Critic ReviewsMoonlight opens with Boris Gardiner’s ‘Every Nigger is a Star’ which was recently sampled in Kendrick Lamar’s song ‘Wesley’s Theory’. It’s a bright day in Miami. Juan comes out of a dashing vintage car. Wearing a gold chain necklace, he wields power and looks effortlessly cool in an intricately printed t-shirt. Chiron is being hunted down by his peers as he is vulnerable to bullying being much smaller than them. He finds shelter in a dilapidated building and covers his ears with his hands to block the sound of the stones and things hurled at him by the bullies. Juan, a stranger, rescue...
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  February 18, 2017, 4:21 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Rohith RajuFeatured in IMDb Critic ReviewsThe Ghazi Attack is a sincere naval war drama where actors like Rana, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni have given their heart and soul. How frequently do we get war films? And that too a film about a Naval War? Very rarely! But, The Ghazi Attack comes as a treat to mark the India's first ever movie based on war-at-sea and portrays the feeling of patriotism and courage among the soldiers abroad the INS Vikrant. This docudrama, set in the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, reveals the unknown truths and circumstances about how the Indian Navy destroyed PNS Ghazi after running an 18 day mission un...
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  February 18, 2017, 2:35 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanFeatured in IMDb Critic ReviewsIrada is an Indian eco-thriller film co-written and directed by Aparnaa Singh. Co-produced by Falguni Patel and Prince Soni, Irada stars Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Divya Dutta, Sharad Kelkar, and Sagarika Ghatge in the pivotal roles. Irada is a dramatized account of the cancer crisis that has plagued the Indian state of Punjab. The state has been traditionally known for its agricultural produce, wheat in particular. But in the recent times the state has been plagued by cancer cases of epidemic proportions. The worst hit part of Punjab is the Malwa region that’s known for its cotton farming.&...
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  February 17, 2017, 1:56 am
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureIf sources are to be believed, there is a pure coincidence how unintended concurrent events have happened around the number 18 in Sajid Nadiawala's Life.Below are the facts to support this coincidence. 1. Sajid Nadiadwala has his birthday coming up on the 18th February.2. The filmmaker was married on the November 18th to Warda Nadiadwala. 3. His directorial debut 'Kick' kick started shoots on the November 18th. 4. Rangoon also had started shooting on the 18th November 2015.NGE is going great guns with Rangoon releasing next week. Judwaa 2 has commenced its shoot and is currently shooting. Baaghi 2 will...
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  February 16, 2017, 5:07 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanFeatured in IMDb Critic ReviewsSilence (2016) - By Martin ScorseseThere are two films in Martin Scorsese's oeuvre, which, for me, make the legendary American filmmaker stand in the same league as Dreyer, Kurosawa, Bergman, Kubrick, Fellini, Bunuel, Tarkovsky, Bresson, and Ray, among other masters. While the first of the two was released about 3 decades back, the second one is far more recent. While the first happens to be the most daring film of his illustrious career, the second one is a testament to Scorsese's remarkable longevity and range as a filmmaker (remember, he made I Call First, his debut feature film, back in th...
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  February 16, 2017, 2:23 am
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAnand Gandhi's Memesys Cultural Labs is leading innovation in the area of film making and has successfully tapped into the domain of Virtual Reality by launching ElseVR, India's first VR platform. In a move to introduce audience to Virtual Reality viewing and providing first hand experience of the technology, ElseVR,  collaborating with Amnesty International India and Oxfam India for a unique outreach initiative at the Mumbai metro stations. From the 13th Feb to 25th Feb, has set up VR booths at Azad Nagar, Andheri and Ghatkopar metro stations to engage the commuters with our VR documentaries, putting them at the center of important narrativ...
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  February 14, 2017, 10:55 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Rohith Raju1. Kshanam The potboiler which is loosely based on Anurag Kashyap’s “Ugly” made an impact in Tollywood due to its contemporary and up-to-the-minute suspense drama.Though it is just the plot line Adivi Sesh has adapted from “Ugly” or “Gone Baby Gone”, the entire movie takes shape to distinct drama in terms of screenplay and story. First of all, catching an uncommon thought to materialize a film in this genre needs lot of guts, especially in Tollywood. Secondly, Prasad V Potluri, who invariably likes funding non-commercial films under “PVP Cinemas” production, deserves a big round of applause for making this movie happen which...
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  February 14, 2017, 10:46 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureMeal replacement shakes are liquid meals that contain a certain level of vitamins and nutrients and are used to replace a normal meal.  They are usually lower in calories than a standard meal and allowing you could lose weight.  Replacement shakes are also lower in sugar and fat which add to not losing weight.  Other people use these shakes to replace a meal during the day because they are too busy to sit down to a meal.Meal replacement shakes have become hugely popular over the past year, but depending on a particular shake there are mixed feelings about their nutritional value and ability to lose weight.  That said, here are some tips you ...
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  February 14, 2017, 9:02 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureThere is nothing more frustrating when you have a blank piece of paper in front of you, an assigned topic and any slightest idea what to write and how to start the paper. Everyone knows perfectly well that the beginning of the paper is the most crucial: you have to grab attention of the reader and persuade him to read further and it is not an easy task. Professional writers face this challenge every day, and, trust us, they don't have issues with striking into paper writing, simply because they follow workable ways of starting an essay, making it catching and great to read. Here are some tips that not many professional writers would like you to know as these ar...
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  February 13, 2017, 10:40 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureWhen we talk about women empowerment it is imperative that we first talk about rural women. We will find many examples of women whose dedication, patience, and perseverance have paved way for groundbreaking developmental work in the rural sector. One such source of inspiration is Mrs. Chetna Gala Sinha who has been doing remarkable work in the field of Banking and Micro Finance that has helped empower thousands of farmers and women.Mrs. Sinha continues to inspire rural women to become financially independent. It all started during her student days when she got associated with the student moment and met her future husband who happened to be a farmer. She gave he...
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  February 13, 2017, 8:23 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureTusshar Kapoor launched the trailer of Marathi film 'Waakya'. The actor also expressed his desire to work in regional movies since he believes they are made on subjects that can leave a lasting impact on the audience. The star cast of the film Abhijeet Kulkarni, Priyanka Dynanlaxmi, Ganesh Yadav Prema Kiran, Kishori Sahane, Subhash Bhalsingh, Panshul Kamod and music director Dev - Ashish were present at the event.The Marathi film Waakya produced by Sunny Shah and directed by Deepak Kadam has won the 3 ‘Chitrapushpa’ awards at Pune Film festival. It is a film about a poor father helping his son to get good education, in spite of facing many problems.&nb...
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  February 12, 2017, 9:38 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Prakash ParasuramanWe are a few days away from the 89th AcademyAwards; Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood Avenue is gearing up to witness the grandest of all awards. The final nominees were announced on 24thJanuary. Since the announcement the Nostradamuses of Hollywood are busy predicting the winners.Relax! I am not going to predict any winners here (Thank god). There is one particular name in every predictors list and that is La La Land for the best motion picture. The Musical romantic drama has been nominated in a whooping 14 categories which is by far the best for any movie and it has equaled the record held by Titanic.La La Land, the Damien Chazelle director...
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  February 12, 2017, 7:00 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges ExclusiveThe ceremony for the 89th Academy Awards is just around the corner. Murtaza Ali Khan, Editor-In-Chief of A Potpourri of Vestiges, and Syed Akrama, Contributing Editor of A Potpourri of Vestiges, recently discussed the nominations in all the major categories and made their predictions for the 2017 Oscars.The full discussion can be watched at:Readers, please feel free to share your opinion by leaving your comments. As always your valuable thoughts are highly appreciated!  Previous Post:  British thriller Deadly Virtues out on major VOD outletsComplete List of Reviewshttp://feeds.feedburner.com/APotpourriOfVestiges...
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  February 12, 2017, 3:07 pm
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureFebruary 11, 2017: This press release writer is a seasoned horror film fan, but I shamefully admit having my eyes closed for a more than few of the intense scenes in the first part of Deadly Virtues. The film has been called "Fantastic...masterful...superb." by Ain't It Cool;  "A delightful, suspense filled thriller..you're gripped from start to finish." by BritFlicks and "Entertaining...engaging" by VideoViews.This home invasion thriller with a fantastic twist was directed by Ate de Jong and stars Megan Maczko, Matt Barber and Edward Akrout. This film is now out on many VOD sites including:AmazonGooglePlayiTunesVudu...
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  February 11, 2017, 10:52 pm
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