Movie Review: Coolie No.1

<p class=”xp1″>David Dhawan is rightly credited as the king of masala films. His movies are targeted at an audience that craves for entertainers. As a matter of fact, barring a few exceptions, a majority of his movies have made the spectators smile and his producers and distributors laugh all the way to the bank. His success rate is, without doubt, enviable.</p>
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<p class=”xp1″ style=”font-stretch: normal;”>That’s one of the reasons why his 45th directorial venture COOLIE NO. 1 is looked forward to. However, this time, Dhawan Sr is competing with himself. 25 years ago, in 1995, he helmed a film — starring Govinda and Karisma Kapoor — which was loved not just for its humour, songs and drama, but just about everything. It’s a film that stays fresh in our minds to date. Naturally, when he attempts to remake the much-adored entertainer, the updated version is bound to be judged minutely, perhaps with a magnifying glass.</p>
<p class=”xp2″ style=”font-stretch: normal; min-height: 27.3px;”>Let’s get to the point. Is the updated / rebooted version of COOLIE NO. 1 equally entertaining? The comparisons are inevitable. If Dhawan Sr stumbles, the armchair critics will tear the updated version to shreds, while son Varun Dhawan — who reprises Govinda’s character — will face severe backlash for stepping into the supremely talented actor’s shoes.</p>
<p class=”xp2″ style=”font-stretch: normal; min-height: 27.3px;”>Be forewarned. COOLIE NO. 1 is strictly for those who relish crazy entertainers. Those with an appetite for movies that defy logic, motive and intellect. The funda is crystal clear: Entertain. Make you laugh. To transport you to a different world. The trailers had prepared us about what to expect and COOLIE NO. 1 lives up to those expectations.</p>
<p class=”xp2″ style=”font-stretch: normal; min-height: 27.3px;”>The plot in a nutshell [no spoilers here]. COOLIE NO. 1 tells the story of a porter / coolie Raj [Varun Dhawan], who falls in love with Sara [Sara Ali Khan]. However, her father [Paresh Rawal] is extremely keen that she marries a millionaire. The porter pretends to be a tycoon, but the cat is out of the bag soon. What happens next?</p>
<p class=”xp2″ style=”font-stretch: normal; min-height: 27.3px;”>This one’s an updated version of Dhawan Sr’s COOLIE NO. 1 [1995], which, in turn, was a remake of Tamil film CHINNA MAPILLAI [1993]. Dhawan Sr maintains the essence of the Hindi original — including some chartbusters — but sprinkles it with some fresh punches, to adapt to the current times.</p>
<p class=”xp2″ style=”font-stretch: normal; min-height: 27.3px;”>Like most Dhawan Sr movies, COOLIE NO. 1 is a joyride laced with several outrageous situations. More of a fun-fest that’s aimed at pleasing the hardcore masses. The punches may seem frivolous, but what works is the chemistry between Varun and Paresh. That’s the prime reason why the proceedings work for most parts.</p>
<p class=”xp2″ style=”font-stretch: normal; min-height: 27.3px;”>Additionally, the actors that show up during the course of the journey [Johny Lever, Jaaved Jaaferi, Rajpal Yadav] enhance the funny moments. On the flip side, a few sequences look forced and could’ve been curtailed. Especially at the start of the second hour.</p>
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<p class=”xp1″ style=”font-stretch: normal;”>Dhawan Sr is in a familiar zone, hence it’s not much of an effort to get it right. The writing is wacky. Also, the witty one-liners make sure you have a constant smile on your face. The soundtrack is energetic and the idea to retain the original songs from the 1995 movie [‘Mirchi Lagi To’, ‘Husn Hain Suhana’] is a master stroke, since these are timeless melodies.</p>
<p class=”xp2″ style=”font-stretch: normal; min-height: 27.3px;”>Varun glides into the character effortlessly. The role demands that he plays to the gallery and the actor follows the diktat. The act may come across loud and at times, he may be overstepping the boundaries, but it works well in a film of this genre. Matching Varun is Paresh Rawal, who is an absolute joy to watch. In fact, the comic timing of the two actors is fantastic.</p>
<p class=”xp2″ style=”font-stretch: normal; min-height: 27.3px;”>Sara Ali Khan gets limited scope to prove her credentials. She is decent. Ditto for Shikha Talsania. The supporting characters — Sahil Vaid, Johny Lever, Jaaved Jaaferi, Rajpal Yadav and Manoj Joshi — fit their parts wonderfully.</p>
<p class=”xp2″ style=”font-stretch: normal; min-height: 27.3px;”>On the whole, COOLIE NO. 1 is a typical David Dhawan entertainer — crazy, outrageous and over the top — but funny and entertaining. Sit back and enjoy this ride!</p>

Netflix releases first look of Ewan McGregor and Krysta Rodriguez from Ryan Murphy’s upcoming series Halston 

Netflix, on April 23, released the first look images of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming series Halston starring Ewan McGregor in the title role as fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick. The first look pretty much is Andy Warhol-inspired polaroid themed which features Halston and his entourage.

Netflix releases first look of Ewan McGregor and Krysta Rodriguez from Ryan Murphy's upcoming series Halston 

According to Entertainment Weekly, the series “follows Halston as he leverages his single, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that’s synonymous with luxury, sex, status, and fame, literally defining the era he lives in, the 1970s and ’80s New York — until a hostile takeover forces him to battle for control of his most precious asset… the name Halston itself.”


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Actress Krysta Rodriguez stars as Liza Minnelli, Rebecca Dayan as jewelry designer Elsa Peretti, Bill Pullman as corporate giant David Mahoney, Gian Franco Rodriguez as Victor Hugo, David Pittu takes the role of the fashion illustrator Joe Eula, Rory Culkin as Joel Schumacher, Vera Farmiga as Adele, Sullivan Jones as a buyer for Alexander department store Ed Austin, and Kelly Bishop as fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert.

Daniel Minahan serves as the limited series director.

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Shah Rukh Khan was approached for Ayodhya mediation by CJI SA Bobde

The Ayodhya temple-mosque dispute went on for decades with the Supreme Court passing a verdict in 2019 closing the matter. Now, it has been revealed that outgoing Chief Justice SA Bobde wanted Shah Rukh Khan to mediate the Ayodhya temple-mosque dispute. Reportedly the superstar was also willing to step in but it didn’t work out eventually.

Shah Rukh Khan was approached for Ayodhya mediation by CJI SA Bobde; plan did not work out

This information was revealed by Vikas Singh, the president of Supreme Court Bar Association, during his virtual tribute to Justice Bobde on his farewell day.

“Justice Bobde asked me whether Shah Rukh Khan was willing to mediate in the Ayodhya dispute. I spoke with SRK and he was happy to be in the mediation but unfortunately, mediation did not work,” Mr Singh said, as Justice Bobde listened.

The mediation panel set up by the Supreme Court has three members- top court judge FMI Kalifulla, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior lawyer Sriram Panchu. When the mediation panel failed to come up with a solution, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi decided that the case would be heard by the SC.

In 2019, The SC handed over the Ayodhya site for building of Ram Temple and ordered that Muslims be given alternative land for a mosque.

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Movie Review: Shakeela

Vidya Balan’s much loved 2011 film THE DIRTY PICTURE told the story of a Southern siren Silk Smitha. Audiences loved the depiction of the Southern industry of the 80s and the hypocrisy of society which was exposed in the Milan Luthria-directorial. 9 years later, now Richa Chadha takes up the part of another popular Southern heroine, Shakeela, in the film, titled SHAKEELA. So does SHAKEELA manage to give an entertaining and thought-provoking time to the audiences? Or does it fail to impress? Let’s analyse.

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SHAKEELA is the biopic of the adult star Shakeela. The year is 1990. Shakeela (Kajol Chugh) is a young school girl living in the small town of Vallamkulam, Kerala with her parents and a couple of siblings. She belongs to a poor family and his mother is constantly upset over their condition. Shakeela is always interested in acting and when she gets a chance to play Draupaudi in the school play, she readily accepts it. She even wins a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 1000. The same day, however, her father passes away. Her mother takes Shakeela and her siblings to the city of Cochin. Her mother was a junior artist in the film industry at one point and she decided to try her luck in cinema again. Soon, however, her mother has a change of plan. She takes Shakeela to filmmaker Rajan Pillai (Vivek Madan) and asks her to cast Shakeela in one of his adult films. Rajan agrees. Shakeela, however, runs away from the first day of shoot and blasts her mother for making her act in such movies. Her mother, however, tells her to not back out as it would help their family have a decent standard of living. Shakeela has no choice but to go with the flow. Soon, she starts getting a lot of film offers. 9 years later, Shakeela (Richa Chadha) has grown up and has achieved popularity but is not yet a star. She is a huge fan of superstar Salim (Pankaj Tripathi) and one day, she gets a chance to be the junior artist in his film. Salim has a roving eye and he gets attracted to her, despite having a family. He tells Shakeela that she’ll play the lead in his next film and that she should meet him at his farm house at night for a ‘narration’. Shakeela gets the hint and refuses to go. She climbs the ladder of success, without sleeping around with anyone. A day comes when she becomes as popular as Salim. Salim gets insecure. He tells his friends in the media to spread the word that it is Shakeela’s soft porn films which are responsible for the rising sex crimes in Kerala. This ignites a debate and people come out on the streets, demanding a ban on her films. The producers of her upcoming films panic and she has no choice but to return the fees that were given to her for those movies. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Indrajit Lankesh’s story is alright but could have made for a shocking fare. Sunil Kumar Agarwal’s screenplay (additional screenplay by Janardhan Maharshi, Rohan Bajaj and Naireeta Dasgupta) is the biggest culprit. The writing is weak and moreover, with so many writers scripting, it becomes a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. The film’s tone changes every 15-20 minutes. Only a few scenes here and there are well scripted. Rohit G Banawlikar, Rohan Bajaj and Ashish Waghmare’s dialogues are very poor. There were some crucial scenes where the impact could have been great but the dialogues play spoilsport. A few dialogues were sharp and acidic but the makers compel the characters to repeat them and hence, the effect gets diluted.

Indrajit Lankesh’s direction is lacklustre. To give credit where it’s due, the director ensures that one is not reminded of THE DIRTY PICTURE, despite that both films are on the same lines. And moreover, Silk Smitha, the protagonist of that film, also has a part in SHAKEELA. However, THE DIRTY PICTURE had class even though it was about a sexy siren. SHAKEELA, on the other hand, seems like just another soft porn film which Shakeela did in the prime of her career. Funnily, the film exposes the double standards of the society but the focus on body shots and titillation goes against the very message of the film. Till the first half, the film was still bearable. In the second half, it becomes bizarre. Audiences are suddenly told that all this while Shakeela has a best friend, Suhana (Ester Noronha), who is her body double. However, the makers chose not to show their friendship for one full hour. Shakeela’s bond with her mother was a great track but it’s treated in a superficial manner. Her family, in fact, is forgotten for most part of the film. Shakeela’s epic dialogue in the climax comes too late in the day. The text in the end which informs viewers about Shakeela’s present state is a shocker. Instead of lauding the makers, one feels angry at them as viewers would realize that this was such a great story but has now gone down the drain due to bad handling.

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SHAKEELA’s opening scenes give an indication that it’s going to be a substandard product. The childhood portion of Shakeela seems cute. The scene where school kids are made to enact the scene of Draupadi’s <em>cheer haran</em> in a school play is difficult to digest. The film gets a bit better as Shakeela achieves the pinnacle of success. However, the film never really goes on a high. Post-interval, the film goes downhill as random and bewildering sequences pop up. Shakeela’s struggle to make a ‘clean’ film should have been a gripping plot point but the attention wavers considerably. The ending, though shocking, fails to create an impact.

Richa Chadha is decent but her performance leaves a lot to be desired. She does try her best but the end result is not satisfactory. Kajol Chugh, who plays the young Shakeela, is way better and leaves a mark. Pankaj Tripathi is fine as an egoistic superstar. Some of the best scenes of the film are when a fight master helps him in cheat shots while shooting for action scenes. These scenes had no connection with the main plot but made the film slightly more engaging. Ester Noronha has a fine presence but is letdown by poor dialogues. Rajeev Pillai (Arjun) is alright. Vivek Madan and Sundeep Malani (Director Swamy Sir) are okay. Sheeva Rana (Silk) and the actors playing Shakeela’s mother, actress Bhavana Menon, writer Ahmed Ali, Danny Fight Master and Thomas Financier are nothing great.

Music has no scope, although a film should have had a nice, retro soundtrack. <em>’Tera Ishq Satave'</em>, played in opening credits, is forgettable. The random placing of intimate scenes look forced. Even <em>’Taaza'</em> is not memorable and the same goes for the romantic track. Veer Samarth’s background score is slightly better.

Santosh Rai’s cinematography is passable. The focus on body shots for titillation could have been avoided. Production design gives no reason for complaint. Ballu Saluja’s editing is random in the second half.

On the whole, SHAKEELA rests on a very good and a shocking story but is executed horribly. It has released in cinemas without any buzz and hence, it would sink without a trace.

Samantha Akkineni speaks up on actors being asked to give their opinion on important topics

Actors in India are massive public figures. Some of the bigger superstars are even treated like God. Whatever they say or do, make headlines. Whenever something big happens in the country, they are often expected to give their opinion on the said topic. Recently actor Samantha Akkineni took a dig at the media and people who criticise actors for not having an opinion on important issues.

Samantha Akkineni speaks up on actors being asked to give their opinion on important topics

Samantha took to Instagram and posted a video in which she is seen participating in the ‘What did she say’ challenge. She took the opportunity to address the topic on actors having to voice their opinion on everything. The text on the video read, “Them: We need your opinion on “this important topic”. Me: Wondering since when did actors’ opinions matter soooooo much.”

“We’re entertainers, Not fact-checkers. Why are actors crucified for having an opinion about the important matters pertaining to the world? We are humans too and We make mistakes too. But canceling us for speaking out or not speaking out aloud on each & every topic is a bit unfair, don’t you think? Let us stick to what we do best .. making you fall in love with our performances #whatdidshesay is a fun way to speak your mind .. what’s on your mind ? #reelit,” she captioned the post.

On the work front, Samantha will soon be seen in Amazon Prime Original series The Family Man 2. She will be making her digital debut with the series. She will also be seen in Shakuntalam, a mythological drama film written and directed by Gunasekhar.

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Hospital Playlist season 2 to premiere on June 17, 2021; cast reunites for script reading

It’s happening. Popular Korean drama Hospital Playlist is coming back and the cast reunited recently for the script reading of season 2. The announcement along with the video was unveiled on April 15.

Hospital Playlist season 2 to premiere on June 17, 2021; cast reunites for script reading

The cast members Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Kyung Ho, Kim Dae Myung, and Jeon Mi Do were in attendance and gave a long interview. The script reading session also saw supporting cast members such as Kim Hae Sook, Jung Moon Sung, Shin Hyun Bin, Kwak Sun Young, Ahn Eun Jin, Moon Tae Yoo, Choi Young Joon, and Ha Yoon Kyung.

Jo Jung Suk’s on-screen son Ujju,  child actor Kim Jun, did arrive at the venue and met with Jung Kyung Ho and hugged Jo Jung Suk, before leaving. He wasn’t seen during the script reading.

Starring Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Kyung Ho, Kim Dae Myung, and Jeon Mi D, the series tells the stories of five doctors and the residents who work at Yulje Medical Center. The doctors, who are working in different positions in the hospital, are friends since they entered medical school in 1999. The supporting cast also became widely popular as the first season left the audience with several unanswered questions. It is truly a feel-good slice-of-life drama that talks about friendships, love, work-life, and relationships.

Hospital Playlist season 2 will premiere on June 17, 2021.

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Movie Review: Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi

Death is a tragic phenomenon of life. But several films in Bollywood have presented this inevitability in a lighter or even in an outrageously funny way. For example, JAANE BHI DO YAARO [1982], EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI [2014], DADDY COOL [2009], BUDDHA MAR GAYA [2007], MALAMAAL WEEKLY [2006], PUSHPAK [1987], NEHLLE PE DEHLLA [2007], etc. Now Seema Pahwa’s directorial debut RAMPRASAD KI TEHRVI also promises to have a light take on death. So does RAMPRASAD KI TEHRVI manage to entertain and impress viewers? Or does it fail in its endeavour? Let’s analyse.

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RAMPRASAD KI TEHRVI is the story of a family assembling together after ages due to a tragedy. Ramprasad (Naseeruddin Shah) is an old aged patriarch who suddenly passes away while teaching piano at his house to a kid in the neighbourhood. He resided with his wife, addressed as Amma (Supriya Pathak) by one and all. Their sons and daughters live in different parts of the country. Obviously they all rush to Ramprasad’s mansion, located in a small house in Uttar Pradesh as soon as they get the news. What should have been a period of mourning for the family results in chaos as past wounds resurface. On top of that, Seema (Konkona Sen Sharma), wife of the youngest son of Ramprasad, Nishant aka Neetu (Parambrata Chatterjee) does not come. It leads to gossip and speculation among the wives of the other sons. Meanwhile, since Ramprasad passed away on December 19, the pandit announces that the <em>tehrvi</em> will hence fall on January 1. It leads to an argument in the family as some feel it will be awkward for people to attend such a ceremony on the first day of the year. The issue resolves and then, another problem arises. Ramprasad’s children come to know that the patriarch had opted for a loan of Rs. 10 lakhs and that he has returned only Rs. 3 lakhs. It is now their responsibility to repay the rest of the amount. While going through his diary, they come to know that he took the said loan as his children were demanding money from him. This revelation leads to another round of <em>tu tu main main</em>. In all this chaos, Amma feels left out. The grandchildren meanwhile are least bothered about the death of their grandfather and are having a fun reunion. She realises that it’ll be difficult for her to stay in the <em>haveli</em> all alone. Even if she chooses to stay with their sons, it seems that they won’t be ready to accept her. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Seema Pahwa’s story is promising. The biggest strength is that it’s very relatable. Everyone has been in the situation depicted in the film. Hence, one can’t help but relate very well to a lot of happenings in the film. Seema Pahwa’s screenplay is however inconsistent. A few scenes and confrontations are very well thought of and also fleshed out. On the flipside, the film slips in the second half as crucial details are left out about some important characters. Seema Pahwa’s dialogues are realistic and situational. However, the funny dialogues of Prakash Bade jija ji (Brijendra Kala) seem out of place.

Seema Pahwa’s direction is quite neat in the first 30 minutes. The way she establishes the setting and the mood makes for an engaging watch. Some of the characters like that of Seema seem very interesting and a lot could have been done here. However, one wonders why Seema Pahwa left out the backstories of certain characters. This is especially in the case of Seema’s character. One fails to understand what exactly she did wrong with Neetu and his family. It’s not like she was the only daughter-in-law who stayed away from her in-laws. The rest of the <em>bahus</em> also got separated from Ramprasad and Amma. Also, towards the end, Seema’s change of heart makes one feel that she’ll ask Amma to stay with her. That’s what the build-up seemed like. When she doesn’t, one wonders why that is so. Probably, she had the same issues as other daughter-in-laws and was not ready to take the responsibility. But this bit should have been better explained. Meanwhile, Rahul (Vikrant Massey) lusting after Seema individually seems like a great idea but looks a bit forced. The final scene is heartening but comes too suddenly.

RAMPRASAD KI TEHRVI begins well. No time is wasted as Ramprasad passes away in the first scene itself. From here, it’s a breezy watch as all the madcap characters arrive and create madness. A few scenes stand out like the four brothers having drinks and expressing their long-suppressed anger. Also, the sequence where Amma hides behind a pillar and sees that everyone is having a gala time while she’s mourning the demise of her husband is very moving. Post-interval, the film gets too serious. Many who would go for the film after seeing the trailer and assuming that it’ll be a light-hearted film will be in for a surprise, or rather, shock.

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RAMPRASAD KI TEHRVI is laced with some fine performances. Naseeruddin Shah is dependable in the cameo. Supriya Pathak is the best part of the lot. One can feel the pain of her character. Konkona Sen Sharma is as expected quite excellent but is let down by weak characterization. Parambrata Chatterjee delivers a great performance. Vikrant Massey is excellent. Vinay Pathak (Pankaj), Manoj Pahwa (Gajraj) and Ninad Kamat (Manoj) enhance impact with the way they have exceled in their respective roles. Sadiya Siddiqui (Pratibha), Divya Jagdale (Sulekha) and Deepika Amin (Sushma) also do well but after a point, their gossiping seems repetitive. Anubha Fatehpura (Rani; badi jiji) is convincing while Sarika Singh (Dhaani; choti jiji) is very good in the scene where she speaks to Amma at night outside. Manukriti Pahwa (Bitto; who falls for Rahul) is quite lively. Brijendra Kala, Sawan Tank (Samay), Neivan Ahuja (Saksham; neighbour), Shikant Verma (Basant Chote jija ji), Yamini Dass (Mami ji), Vineet Kumar (Mama ji), Rajendra Gupta (Tauji who spoke English) and Mahesh Sharma (Vinod, who was with Tauji) are decent. Lastly, Sanah Kapur is quite memorable as the younger Amma.

Sagar Desai’s music is forgettable. <em>’Ek Adhoora Kaam'</em> registers as it comes at an interesting situation. The rest of the songs like <em>’Jo Ghum Hua Hai’, ‘Aisa Hai Kyun'</em> and <em>’Bulawaya Aaya Re'</em> do not leave a mark.  Sagar Desai’s background score is subtle and well woven with the narrative.

Sudip Sengupta’s cinematography deserves praise. There are several long takes which are very well captured by the lensman. Darshan Jalan and Manish Tiwari’s costumes and Parijat Poddar’s production design are straight out of life. Dipika Kalra’s editing is fine but one wishes the flashback scenes of Seema and Nishant had got more screen presence

On the whole, RAMPRASAD KI TEHRVI has a very interesting story to tell but fails to make the desired impact due to a very weak second half. The film would face a tough time in cinemas and should have ideally released directly on an OTT platform.

Qubool Hai 2.0: 5 times Zoya and Asad proved that love is above all

Television’s one of the most loved couples, Asad and Zoya or #AsYa as they are fondly called by their fans, are back with the reboot of iconic show Qubool Hai 2.0 on Zee5 Premium. Conceptualized by Mrinal Jha, interestingly while the characters retain their original flavour, Qubool Hai 2.0 is a lot more refreshing and absorbing giving you all the reasons to fall in love. Everything about the sizzling on-screen chemistry between Karan Singh Grover and Surbhi Jyoti’s scintillating and oh-so-fixating! From her “Allah Miyaan!” moments to his strong and wistful pull towards her, we just can’t have enough of them!

Qubool Hai 2.0 5 times Zoya and Asad proved that love is above all

While their desire for each other makes us swoon, let’s have a look at all the times that Zoya and Asad have proved that love is above all!!

1. Love transcends differences

She’s feisty and he’s a tough cookie! Zoya and Asad are perfect examples of opposites attract. They both are shown to be starkly different and on opposite sides of the ongoing conflict in the show. Yet, they don’t yield to the circumstances and stand by each other till the very end. They seem to come from parallel universes and come to grips with each other’s flaws and quirks like they’d never existed! They successfully show us how that two people from different worlds can also find love in each other.

2. Trust is the proof of Love

Zoya is quite smitten by Asad and trust and faith form the bedrock of their relationship. She doesn’t perceive him through the prism of the world but bases her own feelings and experiences on him. He sets her leap in delirium and that’s all that matters! She knows that together they can conquer the world and hence despite not knowing his agenda she is ready to walk with him on all the rocky roads of life.

3. Love above duty

Asad comes across as resilient, ambitious and purpose driven guy and is extremely focused on his job. Despite coming across as cold and unperturbed by everyone around him, his heart skips a beat every time he is with Zoya. He is always making sure that Zoya is well taken care of. He doesn’t shy away when they accept their love and put a lock of love on the bridge together.

4. Love comes with protectiveness

In the series, there have been multiple times where Asad has been seen protecting Zoya. Whether it was from the goons or whether it was about getting her home safe to Islamabad, Asad never shied away from showing how much he cared about Zoya. Zoya, too, in her own way showed how she cared for Asad when he was being framed and did not care about her own life. On another occasion she even comforts him when her father spoke ill about India

5. Love gives you a reason to stay

Distance makes the heart grow fonder. Zoya and Asad’s love for each other was so strong that every time they decided to part ways, they found themselves back with each other. They had found a home and comfort place in each other and nothing could stop them from being drawn back. Neither of them was afraid of the consequences of their love. They went into everything, together. They were in it to win it!

The unique storyline is a notch higher than the original edition, and is intricately woven with meticulous detailing to the smallest of nuance thus adding to the overall big picture and the cinematic splendour.

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Rahul Roy and his family test positive for COVID-19, the actor is shocked with the results

Rahul Roy, who has recently recovered from a brain stroke, has tested positive for COVID-19 along with his family. The entire state has been imposed with a lockdown as per CM Uddhav Thackeray’s orders. The CM has asked the people to take care of themselves while providing them with all the essentials. With Rahul Roy and his family testing positive, the actor took to his Instagram to share his COVID-19 story and revealed that his family had not left their house for 14 days.

Rahul Roy and his family tests positive for COVID-19, the actor is shocked with the results

He wrote, “Quarantine Day 19. My Covid story My Resident Floor was sealed on 27th March as a neighbour had got tested positive so as a precautionary measure we all were sealed within Flats for 14days. I and my family had to fly to Delhi on 11th April so we did RTPCR test from Metropolis Lab on 7th April only to receive the test reports on 10th April stating my whole family @romeersen and @priyankaroy_pia are Covid positive. We had no symptoms at all, and we came to know that the same day BMC officials were doing testing for the whole society so we again did the Antigen test and we all were negative, and moments later again gave samples for RTPCR which went to Suburban Lab but the test report has still not been given to me.”

He elaborated, “BMC officials came made me and my family sign isolation forms, sanitised my home, the doctor called asking random questions of what my family business is into? Where is our office? Travel itineraries… haha don’t know what the connection was? Suggested me to get hospitalised to which I replied We have no symptoms so he said ok and suggested to make a chart of oxygen level and take medicines which I am doing since the time i came back post brain stroke from hospital. I know covid is there but how did I and my family contract this virus without leaving the house, without meeting people or even without going for walks is a question I will never be answered to? My sister @priyankaroy_pia is a yogini and a breathing expert who practices ancient breathing techniques and did not leave the house since 3 months, and without any symptoms has been shown positive in the reports.”

Signing off, he said, “For now waiting for second 14 days quarantine to get over and redo my tests. For all of you, wear your masks, wash your hands, stay clean. And I hope you do not contract the virus staying inside the house. Hope to be back soon with negative reports. Love you all”

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Here’s wishing Rahul Roy and his family a speedy recovery.

12 ‘O’ Clock

In the film <em>12 O’Clock</em>, we are introduced to Gauri (Krishna Gautam), who lives with her parents (Makarand Deshpande and Divya Jagdale), younger brother (Vishesh) and grandmother in a lower middle-class locality of Bombay. The father works as a peon in an office. Soon, Gauri starts displaying odd behaviour and it turns out that she is possessed by a spirit. Gauri’s father takes her to a doctor (Ali Asgar) and then to a psychiatrist Debashish(Mithun Chakraborty). The parents also take her to a tantrik (Ashish Vidhyarthi). However, nothing helps. At the same time, there is a series of murder committed in the city and the police is clueless about the murderer. But there is a connection between the murders and Gauri’s condition. The commissioner of police (Dalip Tahhil) and his trusted police inspector, Francis (Manav Kaul) get to know something which sends shivers down their spines. What happens thereafter? Does the psychiatrist free Gauri from the spirit? Is the tantrik able to help? Is she actually possessed? Are the police able to solve the murder mystery? What happens after is what forms the rest of the story.