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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanShonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink marks Priyanka Chopra’s return to Bollywood after a hiatus of 3 years. The film, which reunites Chopra with Farhan Akhtar four years after Dil Dhadakne Do, is Bose’s follow up to her 2015 critically acclaimed film Margarita with a Straw starring Kalki Koechlin in the role of a rebellious girl with cerebral palsy. The Sky Is Pink tells the story of a girl named Aisha Chaudhary (played by Zaira Wasim) diagnosed with Pulmonary fibrosis—a rare medical condition affecting her lungs. The film, produced under the banner of RSVP Movies, Roy Kapur Films and Purple Pebble Pictures, had its world premiere at the Tor... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanHe is often referred to as the Clown Prince of Crime, the Jester of Genocide, the Ace of Knaves, and the Harlequin of Hate. He is Batman’s greatest enemy. Yes, I am speaking of the Joker! Although, the character has undergone several iterations since its inception eight decades back in 1940, the original image, that of an extreme psychopath with genius-level intelligence and a warped, sadistic sense of humor, has somehow endured. The character’s ever increasing popularity is best evident in the cinematic portrayals of Joker by leading actors like Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and most recently by Joaquin Phoenix in Todd Phillips’ Joker.I... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureCricketer Kirti Azad, Actors Atul Wassan and Sonam Chhabra were recently in Delhi for the promotions of their upcoming movie Kirket. Director Yogendra Singh and Producer R K Jalan were also present at the press conference. The conference was held at the Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi. The film will take up the subject of politics taking place in the cricket world of the country. It will be released on 18 October 2019.Present at the event, Cricketer Kirti Azad spoke about his role and subject of the movie."Kirket is the story of my hard work. I remember when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was our Prime Minister, many states were divided and BCCI gav... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureNetflix today announced the release date of the much-awaited special,  My Next Guest With David Letterman And Shah Rukh Khan. The stand-alone interview launches exclusively on the service on October 25, 2019, to over 151 million members across 190 countries. Earlier this summer, legendary talk show host David Letterman engaged in a candid and memorable conversation with the beloved cinematic icon who has won a billion hearts around the world, Shah Rukh Khan. The show will be presented as a stand alone special on Netflix and combines two interests for which Letterman is renowned: in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-t... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureThe majestic Mehrangarh Fort will play host to over 250 artists at the 12th edition of Jodhpur RIFF from 10-14 October, under the brightest full moon of the year. Music plays a key role in the transmission of cultural heritage and mirrors the society that we live in. And more so, it’s root and traditional forms.Committed to premiering novel collaborations, programming fresh and compelling music and providing professional opportunities for both legendary and emerging performers, Jodhpur RIFF has always had a line-up of a diverse range of performances, spanning multiple genres and styles.This year is no exception: an unusual musical alliance between Rajast... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureToday, "Yaaram" Starcast and Producer Veejay Mulchandani came in National capital to promote their movie. The press conference was held at Le Meridian Hotel, New Delhi. It is a Hindi Language drama directed by Ovais Khan under the banner Yashvvi films. Director Ovais Khan was also present at the event.It stars Ishita Raj Sharma, Prateik Babbar, Siddhant Kapoor and Subha Rajput in lead roles. The movie will be released on 18 October 2019.In the conversation with media, Prateik spoke about the subject of the movie, Yaaram is all about friendship, love, and Fun. How four friends form love square and who starts loving whom for that you will have to w... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureDelhi has always reflected the characteristic image of being an overpopulated concrete jungle; although it has spellbinding beauty in the form of lots of gardens, parks and other green covers that provide refuge from the hustle-bustle of a busy city life. The history of Garden art in India dates back to the Mughal era when the construction of gardens was primarily focused on places of beauty or religious significance and to exert territorial control. Yet Indian landscape design depicted its complementary relationship with nature. Having beautiful landscapes with perfect manicured gardens, Delhi has a good mix of history, nature and a sense of peace in the seren... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureOn Sunday, the eighth day of Luv Kush Ramleela being organized by the world-famous Lavkush Ramlila Committee at the Lal Quila Ground, 15 August, the Leela staged a battle between the messengers of Sri Ram and Ravana. Under this, the slaying of Ghrama Rakshasa was first staged, after which Vrajat Raksha was also killed. Ravana boils in anger after his two demons are killed. In this way, Ravana sent his demon to the battlefield but Ashwakarna is also killed along with the accident. But, when Prahst is also killed he sent Meghnad to the battlefield.After that Ravana himself came to the battlefield and Kumbhakarna was also awakened from sleep. After communicating w... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanWar revolves around Indian soldiers who carry covert missions in order to eliminate international terrorists. It is closer to Ek Tha Tiger than The Family Man in its approach to counterintelligence. It wouldn’t be wrong to look upon it as an Indian version of James Bond or Mission: Impossible films. Directed by Siddharth Anand, War stars Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff in the lead roles. This marks Anand’s second collaboration with Hrithik Roshan after the 2014 action comedy film Bang Bang! The film’s screenplay is co-written by Shridhar Raghavan and Anand himself.During the opening scene of War a senior analyst ... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Murtaza Ali KhanFrom the previous edition of Jodhpur RIFFThe Jodhpur RIFF (a.k.a. the Rajasthan International Folk Festival) is entering its 13th year in 2019. This year’s edition of the festival is scheduled to be held from 10-14 October 2019. Over the last decade or so the festival has established itself as India’s premier folk music festival. A genre-independent festival, the Jodhpur RIFF is held annually at the world famous Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The festival is committed to promoting traditional folk music and arts. While Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur is the Chief Patron of Jodhpur RIFF, Mick Jagger, front man of the rock b... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAs very soon we are stepping into New Year, there are few new trends and tips we can look forward by the end of 2019. Be it fashion, beauty, wellness, decor or wedding. Celebrity Makeup Expert Aashmeen Munjaal of Star Salon and Academy forecasts the makeup trends for the last months of the year –1. Brown colour back in vogue – Previous year was the year of the hot reds, the upcoming year would love the subtle and dark tones of brown mattes and gloss. The brown would be in seen everywhere be it eyes, lips or cheeks highlighting. Even the hair colour in brown would be more trendy and viral. The bridal makeup trend will look forward to the new c... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureProducers Raju Chadha and Rahul Mittra gave the clap of their next film Tipsy at a suburban hotel in Mumbai yesterday. An adventure thriller, this chick flick is directed by Deepak Tijori and stars Esha Gupta, Daisy Shah, Kainaat Arora, Alankrita Sahai and Nazia Hussain. The film started with a glamorous song choreographed by Caesar featuring all five girls at a massive set in Mumbai after which the shoot will shift to Birmingham, Cardiff & London in England from the 10th of October. Slated for a mid-2020 release, the makers are leaving no stone unturned in making Tipsy a visual treat and a roller coaster ride for the audiences.Readers, please fee... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureA biopic called “Gandhi Ki Prerna Kasturba” is set to release soon. The movie is based on the life story of Mahatama Gandhi’s wife Kasturba Gandhi and her contribution to the nation.The movie is directed by Manish Thakur and produced by Manoj Pandey. The role of Kasturba Gandhi will be played by Priti Jha Tiwari who is a theatre artist from Bhopal.Director Manish Thakur Speaks about the research behind the movie, “There were not many books on Kasturba Ji then we went to some Gandhi Ashrams in Delhi to know about the strong lady and spoke to some old Gandhians about her."He also spoke about how he auditioned in three different cities Delhi, Bhopal, and B... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureHrithik Roshan is back (and how) to his lair. War is a winner... every time Tiger Shroff and Hrithik are together they simply set the screen on fire. Team YRF delivers a bag full of tricks. Watch out for the breathing bike chase. Finally, Bollywood appears to be fully geared up to take the fight to the Mission Impossible and James Bond films. P.S. Stay tuned to my detailed review.Readers, please feel free to share your opinion by leaving your comments. As always your valuable thoughts are highly appreciated!Previous Post: What’s your take on Bollywood’s increasing song remixes?Complete List of Reviewshttp://feeds.feedburner.com/APotpourriOfVestiges... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureIf you are a Bollywood fanatic, you ought to know the classic songs from the golden era by the tip of your tongue. Many of these songs are now easily known to anyone due to the various remakes and variations done in them by many artists and bands. One such band that we cannot forget to mention is Sanam, with Sanam Puri as the lead vocalist. Sanam Puri songs are a treat to the ears. His modern rendition of old Bollywood classics is loved by many, and hence he and his band have garnered a lot of love and attention.Unlike other Bollywood remixes, Sanam’s version of old Bollywood songs retain their charisma through the melodious tunes used, and also because ... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureEver since the high-octane vigilante action drama film — Satyameva Jayate hit the screens last year and turned out to be a big success, one has been anticipating a sequel to the film. And voila, the makers have now announced the second installment to the Satyameva Jayate franchise. John Abraham, who played a vigilante who goes on a corrupt cop-killing spree in the original is pairing up with Divya Khosla Kumar to bring Satyamev Jayate 2 for their fans. The movie, to be directed by Milap Zaveri and produced by T-Series and Emmay Entertainment & Motion Pictures, will go on floors soon.Milap, who is charged up about the project, says he is looking forward to... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAfter the success of Cakewalk and Season's Greetings, author turned filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee will be seen directing his fourth Hindi venture Shubho Bijoya. This film also marks the return of popular on screen couple Gurmeet Choudhury and Debina Bonnerjee after 11 years since their popular epic show Ramayan, which was aired in 2008. "We have been planning to work together since we met in London during my promotion of Cakewalk, while Gurmeet was their to promote Paltan," recollects director Ram Kamal Mukherjee. The story revolves around a fashion photographer Shubho who turns blind, while his supermodel wife Bijoya is diagnosed with cancer. The film is ... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ExclusiveBy Murtaza Ali KhanActor Asheish NijhawanFor Asheish Nijhawan it was the love of theatre that kept him motivated despite the hardships his family had to face during the mass exodus from the Kashmir Valley during the 1990s. After his family moved to Jammu he got actively involved with a local theatre group. On completing his graduation he applied for NSD but failed to crack it the first time around. But his hard work paid off as he finally got selected. After passing out in 2009, he subsequently got associated with the NSD repertory. He then did acting research fellowship under the noted actor Adil Hussain. "I learned so much about the acting craft from Adil S... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanTowards the latter part of the Amazon Prime Video espionage series The Family Man, an Indian spy masquerading as a Pakistani soldier tells a dreaded terrorist in his custody to leave Pakistan for good and get settled in Saudi Arabia. The terrorist pleads, “Can I go to Sudan? I don’t like the climate in Saudi.” Unable to control his curiosity, the spy inquires, “Is the climate in Sudan good?” The terrorist nods in approval. Such little bursts of humor that occasionally punctuate the constantly brewing tension in the narrative elevate The Family Man above any run-of-the-mill spy thriller.Written and directed by the filmm... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Murtaza Ali KhanSanjib Dey's award-winning multilingual film 'III Smoking Barrels' is now streaming on Netflix. The film has released theatrically all across India last year in September. So make sure you check it out if you haven't already. The beauty of Northeast India still lies untapped. Perhaps, it has something to do with the remoteness of the place in context to mainland India which is connected to northeastern states by just a narrow stretch of land called Chicken’s Neck aka Siliguri Corridor. Northeast India, sometimes also referred to as Far East India, is a home of endless diversities whose grandeur lies in its austerity. When we ... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureOn the heels of Sunday’s first look at Jesse Pinkman during the Primetime Emmys, Netflix released the official trailer for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie following Aaron Paul’s exclusive post. The Netflix Television Event launches globally on 11 October. The Netflix Television Event EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul).  In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.  The movie is... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Murtaza Ali Khan"A spy is only true to his mission," a man tells a Pakistani intelligence agent towards the latter half of the Netflix series Bard of Blood, based on a novel of the same name by Bilal Siddiqi, directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. The series, however, succeeds in showing us the human side of spies. It exposes their follies, weaknesses, and impulses. While they are usually depicted as cold-blooded assassins, they are truly capable of loving someone and worthy of being loved just like any other human being. That I think is the greatest strength of Bard of Blood. At the same time it reminds us that the perils these spies face day in and day out are all re... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanAbhishek Sharma’s The Zoya Factor is based on Anuja Chauhan’s 2008 novel of the same name that tells the story of a girl who becomes a lucky charm for the Indian Cricket team during the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The girl’s name is Zoya (essayed by Sonam Kapoor). She is born the very moment India won the first and the only cricket World Cup in 1983. Due to this uncanny timing of birth her life forever gets connected to the game of cricket. While working as an executive in an advertising agency she gets an opportunity to cover the Indian cricket which is going through a difficult phase of transition. Nikhil Khoda (essayed by Dulque... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Murtaza Ali KhanThe Film Federation of India has picked Zoya Akhtar's "Gully Boy" as India's official entry in the International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards. Gully Boy, featuring Ranveer Singh in the lead, is set in the slums of Mumbai and focuses on the underground artists who try to give voice to those at the bottom of the pyramid. Inspired by the lives of Mumbai-based street rappers Divine and Naezy, Gully Boy is essentially a film about rebellion against the society. There were 27 films in the running this year but the selection committee lead by actor-filmmaker Aparna Sen unanimously chose Gully Boy, as revealed by the FFI secr... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureRecently, the makers of Kabir Singh announced their next collaboration, a stand-alone sequel to the 2007 blockbuster film, Bhool Bhulaiyaa. With Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 in making, the audiences got a treat as they released the poster with the lead actor, Kartik Aaryan, whose look took the internet by storm. Joining Kartik in this edge-of-the-seat horror comedy will be Kiara Advani.Kiara who is riding high on the success of her recent hit, Kabir Singh, is excited about being a part of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Speaking about it, Kiara says, ”Bhool Bhulaiyaa was the first ever horror film that I watched. Being a huge fan of the first one, It’s super exciting to get the op... Read more
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