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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanAmazon Prime Video series Hunters follows a group of Nazi hunters operating in New York during the 1970s. They have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials were able to escape Germany in the aftermath of Hitler’s downfall. Now living in the US, the Nazis are conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the United States. So the hunters take it upon themselves to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their evil plans. The series is said to be inspired by true events but naturally it is highly dramatised for entertainment purposes.Half way through the 90-minute season premiere of Hunters, Meyer Offerman, the wealthy co... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Shubhangi JainLove is love after all. The decision to choose our loved one is liberated from cast, statement of faith, color, age and sexual orientation. This is the focal thought behind the Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar-starrer Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. Ayushmann is back with another film dependent on a social issue after his movie Shubh Mangal Saavdhan with Bhumi Pednekar. It’s a great leap for the Hindi cinema to portray two men as homosexuals on big screen and showcase the daily challenges which they face in our society.The first scene of this rom-com figures out how to press a wide grin out of you, such is the dim appeal of a flashy Kartik a... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureHousefull 3 movie’s box office collections proved once again that Akshay Kumar sells and that, he can take others on board and make them look good to the audience too. The film stars Riteish Deshmukh, Abhishek Bachchan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Lisa Haydon and Nargis Fakhri and they all get their moment in the sun. According to online entertainment portal reports, its gross collections add up to a humongous Rs 177.40 crore.The movie, despite its mixed reviews, has been appreciated by the audience.  We’d recommend you all to watch Housefull 3 for 3 reasons: Akshay Kumar, Akshay Kumar, Akshay Kumar. The man has cracked his humour and entertainment formula, ... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAction, comedy, romance, drama, sci-fi, antagonist, protagonist, you name it and he’s done it. Akshay Kumar is probably the only superstar who has given mass masala entertainers as well as character-oriented movies to his audience. The actor has had 11 straight hits to his credit since 2019, with three films in 2019 itself- Kesari, Mission Mangal and Housefull 4. Most of his movies make it into the 100+ crore club within a few weeks of release. Whether it’s Housefull 3 movie or Toilet Ek Prem Katha, the actor is constantly reinventing himself and offering something new to his fans. Also, most of his films are family entertainers, which is what works amazing... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureDirected by Sajid & Farhad, Housefull 3 is the third instalment in the Houseful movie series starring Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandes, Lisay Ray and Nargis Fakhri. The plot of Housefull 3 movie is quite predictable and simple: A rich Gujju businessman in London, Batuk Patel (Boman Irani), doesn't want to marry off his three daughters because of the curse of broken marriages running in his extended family. All hell breaks loose when he learns that all the three sanskari girls – Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati – have a boyfriend each. A car racer called Teddy (Riteish Deshmukh), a rapper called Bunty (Abhishek Bachchan)... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanNetflix is taking new leaps in order to expand its reach in the international arena. As part of this outreach, Netflix recently released a Turkish historical docudrama series titled Rise of Empires: Ottoman. Its six-part first season, directed by Emre Şahin and written by Kelly McPherson, revolves around the young Ottoman Emperor Mehmed II and his quest to capture Constantinople—the coveted seat of the Byzantine Empire or the Eastern Roman Empire, in the year 1453. It’s not just a battle between two empires but a clash between Christianity and Islam whose outcome would set course of history for centuries. What makes Mehmed II’s quest ni... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureKundali Bhagya is an extension of popular television show Kumkum Bhagya. While both the serials have captured a number of hearts across the country and have their own separate section of fans, it seems that Kundali Bhagya Hindi serial might be getting slightly more popularity as per the TRP ratings. Even Kundali Bhagya online is going ahead in the path of success. Kumkum Bhagya essentially focuses on the love story of Abhi & Pragya, and is a mega hit owing to the separation-reunion moments of the lead stars essayed by Shabbir Ahluwalia and Sriti Jha. Kundali Bhagya on the other hand, revolves around Pragya’s long-lost sisters Preeta & Shrishti, a... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureKaran and Preeta have one of the most epic love stories to have ever been told on Indian television. The Kundali Bhagya TV serial pair became a household name and the audience’s favourite in a short span of just two years, since the show first went on air. In fact, just like Abhi and Pragya of Kumkum Bhagya, Karan and Preeta too have faced their fair share of hardships and turbulent times. On one hand, Karan and Preeta start falling for each other while Rishabh too starts loving Preeta. However, Sherlyn hatches a plan to destroy the Luthras and thus, conspires to marry Rishabh.The popular serial is up for high voltage drama. In the coming episodes of Kun... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureYou’ve laughed with them, cried with them, and lived the journey with the stars of Kundali Bhagya. As fans of Kumkum Bhagya, you may have all the information about your favourite stars, but how much do you know about the characters from its spin-off series, Kundali Bhagya? Both the serials are raking in the best TRP ratings and keeping their audience hooked with their twists-and-turns. So, let’s take you behind the scenes of Kundali Bhagya serialand introduce you to the real side of your favourite characters.Shraddha Arya as Preeta AroraMost fans watch Kundali Bhagyaprimarily because of the Arora sisters and the Luthra brothers. The role of the elder s... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureThose who watch Kumkum Bhagya-one of the most loved television shows in India, can swear by one thing that makes it so unique: the ‘awwdorable’ romantic love story of Abhi and Pragya. The crux of the story is that Sarla Arora, who runs a marriage hall, works around everything to see her daughters happily married. Shabbir Ahluwalia plays Abhishek Prem Mehra aka Abhi and Sriti Jha plays Pragya in the serial.The highlight of Kumkum Bhagya TV show is Abhi and Pragya’s rollercoaster love story which has been through a number of twists and turns all the time. The love birds always end up being separated all thanks to Alia and ... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureOver the past few decades, Bollywood films have become their own distinct entity, given rise to a new variation of a genre of dance, and have developed into a globally recognized and appreciated phenomenon. Stage Skuare’s creative choreographers Sudeesh Nair and Erem Khan, the 25- member dance troupe from Dallas, created history when they became the first Indian who performed between The Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns basketball Match at American Airlines Centre with 19,200 peoples seating capacity. The Dallas Mavericks (often referred to as the Mavs) are an American professional basketball team based in Dallas. The Mavericks compete in the National Basket... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanMalang with its dark twists and turns is set to woo the young audiences despite its flaws. Kunal Khemu yet again impresses after Kalank. His performance is one of the high points in the film along with Dish Patani's brilliant turn as a carefree girl. Malang also stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Anil Kapoor in pivotal roles.“Are you here for fun or peace?” asks a character to another in Mohit Suri’s Malang. It’s a question that pretty much sums up the central conflict of the film. In Suri’s dark and deceitful world everything comes at a price. And while a denizen can still hope to find moments of ephemeral pleasure, any long-term promi... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureFinally watched the trailer of Thappad. What I am about to say is going to antagonize a vast majority of my male friends here on Facebook. So please feel free to remove me from your list if your male ego doesn't allow you accept the reality that you can't hit a woman. Yes, you heard it right. You just can't. If you are a husband, you cannot hit your wife. If you are a father, you cannot hit your daughter. If you are a brother, you cannot hit your sister. Also, you cannot hit your girlfriend. Why? Because you just cannot. When a guy hits a guy what do we call such a guy? We call him a bully. And yet we expect a woman to ignore such acts of violence. Your st... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureRecently Actors Atul Shrivastava and Neeraj Sood arrived in Delhi for the promotions of their upcoming movie Yaha Sabhi Gyani Hai. Director Anant Tripathi and Producers Sidharth Sharma -  Jyoti Sharma were also present at the press conference. The movie is all set to release on 7th February 2020.The movie is a  satirical comedy film shot in Kanpur. The story revolves around a delusional and dysfunctional "Kanpuriya" family, is told of having hidden ancestral treasure. But in the process of finding the treasure, find the true lesson of life. Atul Shrivastava shared the reason behind the movie's title, "The movie's title is based on satire. It... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Murtaza Ali KhanGene Hackman is such a gifted actor. I can never get tired of watching him and even when he is not in a leading role, he ends up stealing every scene that he features in. Just think of him in The French Connection, Scarecrow, The Conversation, Night Moves, Superman, Mississippi Burning, Bonnie and Clyde, Crimson Tide, Heist, Runaway Jury, and, of course, Unforgiven, among others.Speaking of Unforgiven, the film depicts a clash of egos, a battle of wits between two supreme alpha makes, William Munny and Little Bill - brilliantly portrayed by Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman, respectively. Hackman won his second Oscar for the part. The movie’s... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanAt the beginning of Amjad Khan’s Gul Makai, a young Pakistani girl asks her progressive father, “How did Helen Keller achieve so much in her life despite being deaf-blind.?” The father smiles and answers back, “Some people are born fighters.” The young girl is none other than Malala Yousafzai who would go on to become the youngest Nobel Prize laureate ever. Malala was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize along with Kailash Satyarthi of India. Gul Makai presents the story of her struggle against the Taliban oppression faced by people in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.Now, in the year 2008, a journalist working for the BBC Urdu website comes u... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureGadgets make college life manageable. They simplify tasks and in the process, save you time and resources. Paymyessaywriter.com provide writing help to students at various grades. The writing services have expert writers who will deliver the best quality essays on all topics and subjects. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/gadgets-devices-tech-college-students/ The choice of the gadget will depend on student preference. The budget also determines the kind of device a student will acquire. However, there are essential devices that a college student should have.Mobile Phone The mobile phone helps to communicate in ordinary life. However, this notion has... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeaturePICTURE PAATHSHALA (PPL) is India’s largest producer of “Content Made By Kids”... “To Support Children Cinema For Change”, with 200 short films produced in 5years that have been screened across 47 International Film Festivals.Earlier, the founders of PPL organised an event to thank Salman Khan's Being Human Foundation and Book A Smile for supporting them throughout the years as it helped them achieve great heights with their support.Katrina Kaif, Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sunil Grover and Ayush Sharma among many more marked themselves as they attended the event. Sunil Grover had chatty time with the kids and the kids of the foundation were present whe... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanIn my recent review of Om Raut’s Tanhaji, I had extensively talked about how a lot of the content these days is targeted at the youth. This week’s release Street Dancer too is intended for the young audiences. It’s true of both the nature of the content as well as the nature of the treatment. As the title suggests, Street Dancer revolves around two groups of street dancers constantly trying to one-up the other by any means possible. But what makes it interesting is the fact that these compete on the streets of London. And if that’s not enough, one of these groups comprises Indians and the other comprises P... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Shubhangi JainRemo D’Souza once again brings back a dance movie STREET DANCER 3D, which is in a similar zone as the ABCD films. This time, they guarantee to take the moves and frenzy numerous steps higher. So does STREET DANCER 3D figure out how to satisfy the desires? Or does it neglect to intrigue? How about we dissect?STREET DANCER 3D is the narrative of two warring groups joining for a bigger reason with the backdrop of dance. Sahej (Varun Dhawan) is an Indian living in London with his family. He and his sibling Inder (Punit J Pathak) have a team called Street Dancers. Inder had taken an interest in a international dance competition called as Ground Zer... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges Feature“It’s not the cards you are dealt, but how you play the hand.” Randy Pausch. This quote is one of the most common amongst gambling societies.In essence, this quote shows the great gamblers have nothing special. Instead, they took the time to learn the rules and to develop skills needed to become successful and world-renowned players.One of the most effective ways to become a pro gambler is by following the steps and guidelines left by experts. Countless books have been written on how to become a great gambler. However, it would take you more than one lifetime sorting through these books.Here are the best gambling books you need to read if you want your na... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureArjun Kapoor and Rakul Preet team up for the first time for a untitled family dramedy being produced by T-Series, Emmay Entertainment and JA Entertainment; film rolls this month.After collaborating on Batla House, Satyameva Jayate and it’s already announced sequel which goes on the floors in February, Bhushan Kumar, Nikkhil Advani and John Abraham are gearing up for yet another collaboration.Kaashvie Nair, who has earlier assisted Nikkhil on his sports-drama Patiala House and the 2013 actionthriller D-Day and co-directed the TV series POW Bandi Yuddh Ke, will be making her feature film debut as a director with this one.She is the daughter of Shashilal K Nair,... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureThe world of casino gaming is an entire world of its own. It's extravagant, alluring and offers some of the most intriguing entertainment. But how did it get here? What is it about casino gaming that makes the past time seem so uniquely sophisticated? We take a quick glimpse into the world of casino gaming at Cozino.com and find out where it comes from and how it evolved over the years.Gambling RootsThe first casino gaming establishment was set up in Venice back in 1637 but it has been recorded that gambling itself has been in existence to about 3000 BC when a game with six-sided dice was popular in China. The first casino operated for many years up until the g... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureNeeraj Arya's band Kabir Cafe performing at the festival preview of Mahindra Kabira FestivalVaranasi, the birthplace of legendary 15th-century mystic – Kabir - unparalleled for its unique ambience, soul and history, will once again play host to the Mahindra Kabira Festival, to be held from the 22nd -24th of November 2019. Acclaimed and gifted artistes will make the iconic ghats of Varanasi reverberate with sublime music celebrating the works of the poet and saint Kabir at both sunrise and sunset.Delegates at the Festival can enjoy ‘Afternoon Literature Sessions’ at Guleria Ghat and curated ‘Heritage Walks’ through the ancient alley... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanNowadays, short films are adding so much variety to the storytelling spectrum by playing a vital role in enabling storytellers to tell stories that they want to tell in a most effective manner. As far as the Indian entertainment horizon is considered we have really been privileged to witness some great experiments, both in terms of content and form, happening in the recent years which have allowed us to explore the cinematic potential of the short films. The advent of YouTube has had a very important role to play in the rise of short films over the last half a decade or so. Harshal Purohit, Ruhan Alam, and Zahir Chauhan (left to right)But ther... Read more
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