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Sonakshi Sinha, Zaheer Iqbal reveal why they chose June 23 for their wedding: 'On this very day...'

Do you know why Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal went for a monsoon wedding? Read on to know the reason.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 10:26 pm

Ranvir Shorey reveals why he agreed to do Bigg Boss OTT 3, wins netizens' support: 'Sad to see talented actor...'

Ranvir Shorey revealed that the reason why he agreed to do Bigg Boss OTT 3 is because he is out of work and his son is also away from him.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 9:34 pm

Sonakshi Sinha, Zaheer Iqbal go for registered marriage in presence of family, Shatrughan Sinha smiles, photos go viral

Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal are officially married, and their photos went viral.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 8:09 pm

Sonakshi-Zaheer Reach Mosque

Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal are all set to exchange marital vows on June 23, and were seen arriving at a mosque in Bandra, northwest Mumbai.

Rediff 23 Jun 2024 5:08 pm

This actor left wife for star, was criticised for being in live-in relationship, replaced by Amitabh twice for...

As Raj Babbar turned 72, here's an interesting trivia about his controversial love life.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 4:24 pm

Telangana govt approves extra shows, hiked ticket prices for Kalki 2898 AD; leaves fans divided as they have to pay..

Fans and moviegoers aren't happy with the hiked ticket prices of Kalki 2898 AD, and they expressed their thoughts through social media.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 3:36 pm

'Ambanis served us gold with...': Sara Ali Khan shares details about Anant, Radhika's pre-wedding at Jamnagar

When asked about her experience at the Ambani pre-wedding event in Jamnagar in March, Sara Ali Khan jokingly said 'they would serve us gold'.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 2:15 pm

'Disgusting': Devoleena Bhattacharjee slams Armaan Malik, Payal and Kritika for promoting polygamy on Bigg Boss OTT 3

Former Bigg Boss contestant Devoleena Bhattacharjee criticised Armaan Malik and his two wives, Payal and Kritika for promoting polygamy on the reality show, calling their actions 'disgusting'.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 12:53 pm

'Anmol Bishnoi's voice...': Mumbai Police confirms Lawrence Bishnoi's brother behind firing outside Salman Khan's house

Canada-based Anmol Bishnoi frequently travels to the United States and has claimed responsibility in the case of firing outside Salman Khan's house.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 12:47 pm

Annu Kapoor reacts after Kangana Ranaut slams him for his remark on her getting slapped by CISF personnel: 'I am not...'

After Kangana Ranaut slammed Annu Kapoor for his comment on her getting slapped by CISF personnel, Hum Do Humare Baraah actor took to Twitter and clarified what he meant.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 11:35 am

Sonakshi's Home Lights Up For Wedding

As Sonakshi Sinha gets ready to marry her beau Zaheer Iqbal, the wedding preparations are in full swing.

Rediff 23 Jun 2024 10:13 am

Shocking! Vijay's fan catches fire during actor's 50th birthday celebration in Chennai

The hand of Vijay's fan got lit by fire when he performed the stunt using kerosene.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 9:26 am

Nana Patekar finally breaks his silence on Tanushree Dutta's sexual harassment allegations: 'How can I...'

Nana Patekar spoke about MeeToo allegations by Tanushree Dutta and said he knew the accusations against him were false.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 9:03 am

'I just hope...': Junaid Khan says Maharaj has 'been a wild journey', reacts to positive feedback for his performance

Junaid Khan reacted to the positive feedback he's receiving for his performance in Maharaj and also shared a thought about his future in cinema.

DNA India 23 Jun 2024 6:35 am

'Ultraman: Rising' movie review: Yes, He Ken

Netflixs animated film Ultraman: Rising starts with a scene that serves as a moment of truth for its protagonist, Ken Sato (Christopher Sean). Kens father, an Uncle Ben-like figure named Professor Sato (Gedde Watanabe), asks him whether he wants to be a baseball player or take on the mantle of Ultraman, Earths last line of defence against colossal, city-stomping Kaiju. A confused Ken cannot decide for himself, and the moment instantly reminds you of Uncle Ben telling Peter Parker, With great power comes great responsibility. Director Shannon Tindles Ultraman: Rising offers a vibrant blend of classic Kaiju (strange beast) action and a story with relatable themes like family values, parenthood, identity versus responsibility, and so forth. Torn between his passion for baseball and the weighty mantle of Ultraman, he wrestles with responsibility and self-doubt. This internal struggle is reminiscent of many superhero origin stories, from Superman to Spider-Man. However, the film does not simply retread old ground. It uses the trope to explore themes of identity and legacy, particularly the question of whether heroism is a choice or a birthright. The film shines in its world-building. It paints a world where Kaiju attacks are a constant threat, forcing humanity to develop defence technology, which extends to Ultraman himself, whose sleek armour suit and instant transformation capabilities resemble Iron Man. Adding to the Iron Man parallels is Mina (Tamlyn Tomita), Ultramans witty AI companion. Their banter provides a steady stream of humour throughout the film, reminiscent of Tony Starks interactions with J.A.R.V.I.S. Ultraman: Rising carves its own niche by introducing a unique twist: a colossal, adorable baby kaiju that Ken must raise and protect. This addition injects a surprising dose of heart and humour into the film. The films early acts are a joy to watch. It establishes the universe with clear world-building, introduces the characters with relatable personalities, and sets the stage for the irresistible comedic dynamic between Ken and Mina. The plot thickens with the emergence of the Kaiju Defense Force (KDF), a seemingly noble organisation tasked with protecting Tokyo from Kaiju threats. However, a hidden agenda and a sinister leader, Dr Onda (Keone Young), cast a shadow of doubt on the KDFs intentions. This twist adds a layer of intrigue to the plot and raises the stakes. While the final showdown between Ultraman and Dr Onda feels slightly rushed, it does not overshadow the overall entertainment value. The animation shines throughout the film, particularly during the action sequences. The Kaiju designs are both awe-inspiring and destructive, and the battles showcase Ultramans impressive array of powers with dazzling special effects. Ultimately, Ultraman: Rising is a triumph. The films humour, central conflict and baby Kaiju make it a superhero adventure with a fresh twist. Ultraman: Rising Director: Shannon Tindle Genre: Animation Platform: Netflix Language: English Rating: 3/5

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 5:00 am

Watch: Ahead of wedding, bride-to-be Sonakshi Sinha gives quirky pose to paps, mom Poonam Sinha greets media after puja

Sonakshi Sinha and her family held a puja at their residence, and the bride-to-be and her mother, Poonam Sinha, posed for the paparazzi.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 10:37 pm

Ram Gopal Varma rejected Shah Rukh Khan, Kamal Haasan for this film; director reveals SRK looked 'very odd on-screen'

Ram Gopal Varma once approached Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Haasan for his popular directorial. However, he rejected them and shared the reason as well.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 9:54 pm

This film was rejected by Mithun Chakraborty, top heroines, producer borrowed money for rights, made newcomer a star

To acquire the rights to the original Tamil film, the producer had to borrow money from Sanjeev Kumar. Top heroines rejected this film, as they didn't want to be starred opposite a newcomer. However, after the release of the film, this actor became an overnight star.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 8:50 pm

Trisha On The Rocks: A modern day heartfelt blend of humor and romance

With its blend of charm, humour, and relatable characters, Trisha On The Rocks stands out as a feel-good movie that celebrates love and life's unexpected journeys

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 7:55 pm

Zaheer Iqbal's father reveals if Sonakshi Sinha will covert to Islam after wedding: 'At the end of the day...'

Zaheer Iqbal's father revealed major details about Sonakshi Sinha-Zaheer Iqbal's wedding, and also commented if the actress would convert to Islam after the wedding.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 7:13 pm

Meet Naezy, star rapper, Bigg Boss OTT 3 contestant who lived in slums, escaped from police at 13, his life inspired...

Naezy The Baa, the star rapper is now inside the Bigg Boss house. Let's get to know more about this underground rapper, who even inspired a Bollywood blockbuster.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 6:40 pm

Maharaj public review: Junaid Khan impresses with 'powerful debut', netizens say movie 'exceeded expectations'

Yash Raj Films' Maharaj dropped on Netflix, and netizens shared their views about Junaid Khan's debut film.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 5:37 pm

Bigg Boss OTT 3: Ranvir Shorey says 'tameez rakho', losses cool at Lovekesh Kataria for this reason

Two major fights took place inside the Bigg Boss house, between Ranvir Shorey-Lovekesh Kataria and Sai Ketan Rao-Sana Makbul, leaving other housemates tensed.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 3:51 pm

Sandeep Reddy Vanga calls Prabhas Kalki 2898 AD 'very new world', says he watched new trailer thrice: 'This is...'

Sandeep Reddy Vanga promised that he would watch Kalki 2898 AD FDFS, and lauded the team for daring to show something different.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 3:36 pm

Meet man who saved Amitabh Bachchan's career, saved Rekha from 'witch hunt'; later quit Bollywood, is now...

This man, who saved Amitabh Bachchan's career with his debut film, later quit Bollywood.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 3:01 pm

'Zaheer Will Keep Daughter Happy'

'Pre-wedding conflicts are common. We are all okay now. Whatever the stress has been sorted out.'

Rediff 22 Jun 2024 2:26 pm

Sonakshi-Zaheer's Mehendi Ceremony

Preparations are in full swing at Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal's residences for their upcoming wedding.

Rediff 22 Jun 2024 2:10 pm

Isha Koppikar recalls being uncomfortable romancing older heroes on screen: 'I used to feel like...'

Isha Koppikar recalls being uncomfortable romancing older actors on screen.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 2:03 pm

Meet sisters who made Bollywood debut with superstars, only one became successful, other quit acting, died young

Simple Kapadia became a costume designer and designed for actors including Sunny Deol, Tabu, Amrita Singh, Sridevi, and Priyanka Chopra. In 1994 she won a National Award for her costume design in 'Rudaali'.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 1:45 pm

Bigg Boss OTT 3 contestant Chandrika Dixit earned this whopping amount per day by selling vada pav on street

Here's how much Chandrika Dixit earned per day by selling vada pav on the street.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 12:52 pm

Meet actress who faced 1000 rejections, was treated unfairly due to dark skin, went viral for lip-lock with superstar

Sobhita Dhulipala is perceived as a bold and outspoken actress in Bollywood. She has made a name for herself in the industry in a very short time and has worked with many actors such as Anil Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Vicky Kaushal.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 12:20 pm

Nadanna Sambhavam: A thoughtful exploration of marriage dynamics

In a telling scene in the first act of Nadanna Sambhavam, Ajithalso known as Ajithettan (Suraj Venjaramoodu)is in the midst of one of his regular drinking sessions with his close friends. The wolf pack represents different shades of entitled men, with unmistakable moralistic tendencies to pry into others lives unnecessarily, including an undesirable online media journalist (an effective Sudhi Koppa). When someone from the group enquires about his recent holiday abroad with his family, Ajith immediately likens his wife, Dhanya (Lijomol Jose), and daughter to a heavy sack on his head, while equating the trip to the grandeur of Thrissur Pooram. Moments before this uncomfortable exchange, Dhanyas face suddenly turns dismal when Ajith takes a selfie during their daughters birthday celebration, highlighting their dysfunctional marriage due to his indifference. In contrast, we are soon introduced to a lovey-dovey husband and wife, played by Biju Menon and Shruti Ramachandran, who recently moved into the urban housing community as Ajiths neighbours. Along with their daughter, they seem to have a healthy relationship as a couple living on equal terms. The unassuming manner in which the dynamics of their marriage are portrayed is quite beautiful, with spot-on chemistry between the actors. Take, for instance, the sight of the wife driving a dashing black jeep to work every day, while her dapper husband takes care of the house and their child. The film treats it as a normal thing, despite the envious eyes of the women around. Being a people person, as proudly described by his wife, Unni aka Unniyettan (Biju Menon), is a popular figure among the women in the community for being a sincerely good listener and for his sociable nature. Nadanna Sambhavam uncannily reminds one of Ayalathe Adheham (1992), which also featured two diametrically different kinds of couples, with the chivalrous man among them being the source of conflict. While the latter films writing ultimately made a strong case for questionably furthering stereotypes, Rajesh Gopinadhans screenplay uses this plot point to explore gender dynamics and female desire in a rather welcoming manner. In one of its refreshing moments, a female police constable spontaneously tells her male superior that there is nothing wrong with a married woman having adult discussions with anyone she wishes, irrespective of gender. While Biju and Suraj were adequately worthwhile in their respective parts, it is Lijomol Jose who steals the show with a fully fleshed-out character arc that requires the actor to be both vulnerable and assertive. The scene where Dhanya vents all her pent-up anger to a station house officer stands out, especially for the way the actor delivered her lines with gravitas. While it has a lot going for it, even without the fair share of laughs it ideally needs, Vishnu Narayans narrative stretches beyond the threshold. Set mainly inside a police station during its latter hour, the makers bombard us with many redundant sequences intended to ooze humour. While it sporadically elicits a laugh or two, these segments fall flat as a whole because they come and go randomly, hardly serving any purpose to the central plot. Another factor that weighs down the film is its predictability. As the film presents its central conflict involving Ajith and Unni, you know where this is going to go. It was also quite ironic to watch the way the film opts to present a clash of testosterone between its leading men in a pivotal moment, given its potent commentary on toxic and fragile masculinity. However, it ends with a redeeming payoff tied to a striking shot in its initial stretch. On the whole, Nadanna Sambhavam plays out like an antithesis to Ayalathe Adheham, which could have been crisper and focused in its approach, with added effort in its humour. Film: Nadanna Sambhavam Cast: Biju Menon, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Lijomol Jose, Shruti Ramachandran, Johny Antony, Sudhi Koppa Director: Vishnu Narayan Rating : 3/5

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 12:10 pm

OTT Releases This Week: Kota Factory Season 3, Bigg Boss OTT Season 3, Bad Cop, and More

Great Indian Kapil Show is having its first season finale on Saturday with Kartik Aaryan and his mother as guests.

NDTV 22 Jun 2024 12:08 pm

'Nindha' movie review: Great concept undone by weak execution

HYDERABAD : Around the interval mark in Nindha, which is set in a small village called Kandrakota, the films protagonist Vivek (Varun Sandesh) goes off on a small journey, interacting with villagers about a murder that had happened a few years ago. All the people Vivek encounters have a different opinion about Balraju (Chatrapathi Sekhar), the person he is keen to learn about. Everyone knows each other and shares a common yet varying history. They all come with their own wounds and baggage, which impacts not only their decisions but also the course of life for someone else. This brief sequence captures how sometimes the objective path of law and order has to be laid on a subjective terrain, which is the core of Nindha . Nindha, on a conceptual level, holds a lot of promise. Written and directed by Rajesh Jagannadham, the film opens on a very promising note, with six men, most of them strangers to each other, finding themselves confined together in a discreet place. All these entrapped men symbolise a section of society thats often an accomplice in the wrongdoings committed on a collective level. As they try to make sense of the situation, the director shoots the sequence with a sense of urgency and dark humour that captures the absurdity of it all. By establishing a murder case at the centre as a means to explore the many ways in which a society destructs itself, Rajesh Jagannadham displays an ambition thats rare in debut filmmakers. There are also many good moments in the first half, laden with impressive cinematography (by Rameez Naveeth) that helps create an atmospheric quality. Nindha is as much a directors film as a writers, but Rajesh Jagannadham fails to do justice to his own concept on an execution level. The film lacks the pacing or gradual growth of tension one requires for a plot like this. As the narrative progresses, there emerge many loopholes in the film that keep you from getting yourself immersed in the narrative. The films biggest undoing is the way it sets up the stakes around the central conflict. As the films principal characters share their perspectives about Balraju, the film refuses to take an objective view of the proceedings, instead staging the tense conversations in a way where the audience is propelled to disbelieve all arguments against Balraju, almost anticipating an anti-climactic resolution to the problem at hand. As a result, Nindha gradually loses that edge of unpredictability with each passing scene. Nindha is also established as a narrative where every characters point of view is equally important to each other. However, once the protagonist comes clean about his intentions, the narrative too falls prey to the saviour hero trope, where the audience begins to wait for every theory to be proven wrong by Vivek. Barring a few moments, Varun Sandesh is rather ineffective as the righteous protagonist who is desperate to get to the bottom of a mystery. He fails to bring the intensity this character needs for Nindha to work on a broader level. Sure, we want to find out the culprit and his motivations, but the stakes dont rise any higher because of how Vivek deals with the situation. His character remains a catalyst as bland as they come, never adding to the tension. The second half of the film also suffers from a dull filmmaking style. For a long stretch, we have the principal characters just sitting at a table, talking each other out of theories and possibilities. The execution in these segments could have been a lot more dynamic, but Nindha ends up looking like a stageplay because of its bare-bones approach towards execution. There is a lot of humour to be found in moments like the one where the kidnappers accomplice gently lays out the breakfast for the hostages as per their dietary preferences and requirements. While being funny, its a nice foreshadowing of the gentler aspirations underneath the garb of a mass abduction. But Nindha doesnt always display a similar penchant for tonal subversions in an otherwise intense narrative. Overall, Nindha is engaging in bits and pieces, on a whodunnit scale. But the film fails to scratch beyond the surface of its genre template, despite its obvious potential. Film: NINDHA Cast: Varun Sandesh, Surya Kumar Bhagvandas, Annie Zibi, Bhadram, Chatrapathi Sekhar Director: Rajesh Jagannadham Rating: 2/5

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 12:02 pm

Ullozhukku delivers a nuanced tale of grief, secrets amidst unrelenting rain

In cinema, it often rains during a dramatic scene, like a major characters death. It is a classic metaphor suggesting that even nature sheds tears for the departed. In Ullozhukku, which swivels mostly around death, the rains are much more significant, as the heavy downpour hinders a funeral for days. In a strange twist of fate, as the family desperately waits for the burial, certain secrets they had buriedsome for yearsstart floating up. The film begins with a rosy Anju (Parvathy Thiruvothu) having a private conversation with her boyfriend Rajeev (Arjun Radhakrishnan), but in the very next scene, she is seen as a timid bride, married to Thomaskutty (Prashant Murali). Anju is clearly unhappy with the wedding but tries putting up a cheerful face. When her mother breaks down while leaving Anju at her husbands place, Leelamma (Urvashi), the mother-in-law, steps in and assures her that she will take care of her like her own daughter. Its the start of a strong bond. But wait till Thomaskuttys demise for the cracks to start showing up. (Spoilers ahead) Writer-director Christo Tomy deserves lavish praise for the seamless, organic flow of the narrative. He unravels the characters and their emotional complexities gradually, peeling one layer at a time. Take, for instance, Anjua tough nut to crack. Even while taking care of her dying husband, Anju is secretly seeing her boyfriend. She even decides to elope with him after realising she is pregnant, but Thomaskuttys death delays her plans. It is an extremely complex role with a lot going on in the head, yet Parvathy internalises it beautifully, delivering a finely measured performance. A favourite scene is when Leelamma first smells infidelity after her sons death. Despite the scope for immense melodrama, Anju handles the situation smoothly with well-prepared answers. It makes her look like a seasoned liar, but the film never takes such sides. We might think we know Anju well enough to judge her wrongly, but the characterisation is deftly sketched, providing ample logical reasoning for her actions. Opposite her is Urvashi, absolutely on top of her game. A major share of the film features these two brilliant actors in conversation, but these are not always dialogue-heavy scenes. They communicate through glances, touches, hand-holding, and even eerie silences. At the end of the first half, Anjus actions might appear questionable, at least to some, but soon, the tables get turned. Blinded by the abundant love for her ailing son, Leelamma remains unaware of Anjus struggles. The secret affair comes as a huge jolt to Leelamma, who is already engrossed in the insurmountable grief of her sons demise, and now has to protect the familys honour as well. Leelamma is as human and as flawed as Anju. Christo underlines the class divide between the two families through casual remarks from Leelamma. She doesnt even hesitate to call her sister jealous just because she can empathise with Anju. Urvashi effortlessly switching between Leelammas multiple shades is a sight to behold. Ullozhukku explores serious themes like grief, desire, honour, freedom, parenting, greed, and discrimination through various flawed humans. While Anju yearns to desire and be free, Leelamma is entangled between grief and a misplaced idea of honour. Anjus father, played by a superbly restrained Alencier, claims to be a noble man, but cant stand the thought of his daughter marrying a Hindu cherukkan. Arjuns Rajeev comes across as an honest lover, but his financial instability pushes him to be greedy. It is the same financial struggles that force Anjus mother to conceal a piece of crucial information from her daughter. Christo paints each of these characters in varying shades of flaws and that makes us relate and empathise with them. Beyond his mastery over characterisations and extracting performances, Christo also has a fine grip over the portrayal of the passage of time. Much of the action happens within the inundated house during the time they wait for the waters to subside. Despite being surrounded by water, it is as if the family is boiling inside. The passing days are registered through differing water levels and occasionally, through casual dialogues. Parallel to the change in water levels, the tension within the house also keeps fluctuating. After a point, the film becomes somewhat of a chamber drama and Shehnad Jalals cinematography aptly captures the claustrophobic feel inside. It is also one of the reasons why the liberation in the ending feels so rewarding. The flooded backwaters that once forced the confinement, is now witness to two shattered souls finding solace in each other. Yes, nature sheds tears in this scene as well; perhaps tears of contentment... in sync with the audience. Film: Ullozhukku Cast: Urvashi, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Arjun Radhakrishnan, Prashant Madhav, Alencier Ley Lopez Director: Christo Tomy Rating : 3.5/5

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 11:54 am

'Chilli Chicken' Movie Review: A culinary journey fueled by the quest for belonging and respect

More than just a film, Chilli Chicken serves up a culinary mosaic that blends the diverse flavours of cultural backgrounds and personal stories, much like the aromatic spices and ingredients in a well-crafted dish. It is a symphony of tastes and traditions, resulting in something universally appealing yet distinctly individual at the same time. The title serves as a metaphor for the characters lives, each bringing their own unique flavour to the narrative. As for the main course, Prateek Prajosh draws inspiration from a real-life incident in Bengalurus Frazer Town ten years ago, adding complexity to the story as well as highlighting social hierarchies and their disparate impacts on different characters. The film serves as a journey of flavours and dreams, focusing on five migrant workers from the North East: Khaba (Bijou Thaangjam), Ajoy (Victor Thoudam), the manager Jimpa (Jimpa Sangpo Bhutia), and Jason (Tomthin Thokchom), all working under Adarsh (Shrunga), the owner of a second-grade Indo-Chinese eatery named Noodle Home who dreams of opening a fine dining establishment. The film likens the aspirations of the characters to the meticulous preparation of chilli chicken, each step symbolising their convergence of cultures and traditions. However, their culinary journey takes a dark twist when a fatal incident takes place in the restaurant. The film, which blends the spice of life, explores social hierarchies and aspirations. Adarsh envisions transforming Noodle Home into the upscale Noodle Palace, aiming to attract a wealthier clientele. Meanwhile, the North East staff aims for promotion in the form of respect and acceptance in a society that often marginalises them. Ajoys death becomes a catalyst for their shared struggles. As they navigate social hierarchies, both Adarsh and his employees face disparagement and obstacles, striving to achieve their dreams amidst a backdrop of cultural diversity and discrimination. The film uses the preparation of chilli chicken as a poignant symbol for the convergence of cultures and the quest for dignity. It debunks stereotypes about North-East Indian cuisine, with Khaba revealing that chilli chicken is not a staple in Manipur, challenging audience misconceptions. Prajosh addresses racism and discrimination, depicting the casual racism faced by the Northeast community through scenes involving nosy neighbours and insensitive slurs. The film showcases the struggles migrants face in finding acceptance and a place to call home. There are also aromas of romance, and running parallel is Adarshs troubled love life and Ajoys relationship with Anu (Harini Sundararajan). Despite its heavy themes on paper, the film maintains a light and comforting tone, shuffling between Kannada, North East regional languages, and English. Though Chilli Chicken grapples with its ambitious narrative threads, it treats every character with care and compassion. Siddharth Sundars soundtrack and Shrish Tomars cinematography capture the essence of Bengalurus gritty spaces and the look and feel of an Indo-Chinese restaurant. Shrungas natural performance, following his debut in 19.20.21, showcases the stark reality of owning a restaurant and its inherent difficulties. Although limited screen time, Padmaja Raos portrayal of loan shark Kasi adds a unique flavour. The rest of the actors, mostly from the North East, bring authenticity to their roles, drawing from real-life restaurant experiences. Call it rare culinary cinema: the flavour of Chilli Chicken subtly urges viewers to reflect on cultural acceptance and the universal quest for dignity. It sheds light on the characters quest for belonging and respect while exploring their intertwined journeys. Much like savouring the intricate layers of a well-prepared dish, the film that ignites cultural fusion and culinary ambitions offers a blend of spice, bitterness, and sweetness that lingers with you. Chilli Chicken Director: Prateek Prajosh Cast: Shrunga BV, Bijou Thaangjam, Hirock Sonowal, Jimpa Sangpo Bhutia, Nithya Shri, and Harini Sundarajan Rating : 2.5/5

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 11:48 am

Bollywood's highest paid actor in 90s, charged Rs 90 lakhs per film, not SRK, Salman, Aamir, Akshay, Ajay, Govinda

After over 10 years of continuous flop films, Sunny Deol made a memorable comeback with 'Gadar 2' which became the highest-grossing film of his career. Made for Rs 60 crore, 'Gadar 2' went on to earn Rs 691.08 crore worldwide.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 11:33 am

Made in Rs 120 crore, this film was box office disaster, star kid alone charged Rs 50 crore, it ruined director's career

This big-budgeted film, which was headlined by a star kid, emerged to be a disaster at the box office.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 11:02 am

Kangana Ranaut slams Annu Kapoor for viral remark on her getting slapped by CISF personnel: 'We tend to hate...'

Kangana Ranaut hits back at Annu Kapoor for his viral 'who is she' remark on her getting slapped by CISF personnel.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 10:38 am

YouTuber Sagar Thakur aka Maxtern claims being replaced by Chandrika Dixit in Bigg Boss OTT 3: 'Mujhe vada pav waali...'

YouTuber Sagar Thakur aka Maxtern claims Chandrika Dixit replaced him in Bigg Boss OTT 3.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 10:26 am

Meet actor who made debut with Aamir Khan, gave no solo hits, is son of superstar, his brother is..

Rahul Khanna made his debut in the film industry in the year 1999 with the film '1947 Earth' opposite Aamir Khan. After his debut, Rahul Khanna was seen in supporting roles in many films such as 'Wake Up Sid' opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 10:18 am

'Laandhar' movie review: A middling police procedural let down by sub-par writing

CHENNAI : In Sajisaleems Laandhar , Vidaarth plays Aravind, a high-ranking police officer. His wife, Jaanu, suffers from a condition that causes her to lose consciousness when she is extremely fearful. The film starts with such an interesting set of characters and the setting has the potential to bring about organic twists and turns without the addition of any external narrative devices. However, Laandhar fails to leverage the strength of the premise, and the amateur writing debilitates the few positives. The incoherent writing is evident from the start, making it difficult for the audience to follow the narrative. The film opens with Aravinds encounter with an illegal liquor racket, a scene that only serves to display Aravinds bravery and heroism. The scene then abruptly shifts to an intimate scene between Jaanu and Aravind at their home. Then the film takes another detour to introduce us to another couple, Nakul and Manju. These sudden transitions disrupt the flow of the film and are followed by a song. At its heart, Laandhar is a police procedural, a genre that it ultimately fails to deliver on. The film, which revolves around a story that happens overnight, is told through a nonlinear narrative. As it goes back and forth, detailing the events, you cannot help but think that had the writing focused on developing either a thrilling narrative or a compelling police investigation, the film could have at least done justice to its genre. Instead, Laandhar feels like a lost opportunity, as the film loses itself by trying to deliver a novel approach. The lack of focus on a particular character dilutes the impact. In the pursuit of giving attention to several different characters, the film loses its footing and instead makes it difficult for the audience to form an emotional connection with any single character. For instance, while we are following Aravind, who is in the middle of an investigation, we are interrupted by the story thread that follows Jaanu. At the same time, we are bombarded with a back story for Manju and Nakul. While the writing can be blamed for the mediocre experience, the performances of the main characters also do not help. Vidaarth delivers a functional performance that fails to hold our attention. On the other hand, Sahanas Manju has a significant screen time and she squanders most of it. As a character who is supposed to show immense emotional turmoil, the actor does not leave anything memorable. However, while the actor fails to impress us, the performance thankfully does not pull down the quality of the film even further. Nakul and Swetha Dorathys characters, despite having little impact on the plot, demanded better performances. Apart from the writing and performance, music also fails to elevate the film. The music placement often felt like a mismatch to the scenes as sometimes it comes off as forced. Instead of serving to elevate the emotions of a scene, the music merely felt like it was there to fill up the silence. The final act features a car chase that adds some excitement. However, the sequence goes on for quite a while, testing our patience, and the actions portrayed might seem excessively dramatic, making it difficult to take them seriously. Film: Laandhar Director: Sajisaleem Cast: Vidaarth,Swetha Dorathy,Vibin,Sahana,Pasupathi Raj Rating: 2/5

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 9:30 am

Shatrughan Sinha confirms 'pre-wedding conflict' with Sonakshi Sinha, Zaheer Iqbal: 'No one from our family...'

Shatrughan Sinha opens up on the 'pre-wedding conflict', and opens up on Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal's wedding reception day.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 8:25 am

Meet superstar who owns 11 houses, is worth Rs 36 crore, is still debt ridden despite earning...

This superstar, who lives a luxurious life, earns Rs 50 lakh per film, is debt-ridden

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 7:32 am

This star quit bank job for films, was Sridevi's rival, worked with Salman, SRK but never became top heroine, died in...

This actress, who was once Sridevi's rival, later gave superhits as Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan's mother.

DNA India 22 Jun 2024 6:20 am

Sonakshi Sinha radiates in red ethnic, holds Zaheer Iqbal close, poses with family friends at mehendi ceremony: See pic

Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal looked lovely in the mehendi ceremony, and their photo from the ceremony went viral on the internet.

DNA India 21 Jun 2024 11:25 pm

Mirzapur 3: 'Revenge Is The Main Thing'

'Sabra ka phal meetha nahi, Mirzapur 3 hota hai.''With Mirzapur 3, we take the narrative to a whole new level.'

Rediff 21 Jun 2024 4:21 pm

'Yoga Needs To Be A Lifestyle'

Film folk celebrate International Yoga Day with pictures of them doing, well, yoga!

Rediff 21 Jun 2024 3:35 pm

Meet actress who left IIT for Bollywood, gave cult classic & quit films at 19; now top executive at Rs 28000 crore firm

This actress, who quit Bollywood at the peak of her career, and is now a top executive in Rs 28000 crore company.

DNA India 21 Jun 2024 10:53 am

Step Inside The Bigg Boss OTT 3 House

Here's a first glimpse of the Bigg Boss OTT 3 house, and the theme is fantasy!

Rediff 21 Jun 2024 9:24 am

Meet Sanjay Dutt's heroine, who lived in chawl for 25 years, left Bollywood after one Rs 100-crore hit; is now...

This actress, who once shared the screen with Sanjay Dutt and Mammootty, lived in chawl for 25 years.

DNA India 21 Jun 2024 7:01 am

Nawazuddin Siddiqui slams actors for big, unnecessary demands on film sets, calls it 'pagalpan': 'Jo inn nawaabon ko...'

Nawazuddin Siddiqui recalls having heard about actors having five vanity vans for different purposes.

DNA India 20 Jun 2024 3:04 pm

Meet actress who was to be next superstar, competed with Aishwarya, Sushmita, then quit acting to become monk because..

Barkha Madan, a former beauty queen, made her debut with the 1996 film 'Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi' with Akshay Kumar and Rekha. Before entering Bollywood, Barkha Madan, in 1994, competed in the Femina Miss India pageant.

DNA India 20 Jun 2024 2:33 pm

Panchayat's Sanvikaa says show's fans are shocked by her glam look on Instagram: 'Yeh hamari Rinki nahi' | Exclusive

Sanvikaa, who plays Rinki on Panchayat, talks about her on-screen image and her character's innocent romance with Sachiv Ji

DNA India 20 Jun 2024 12:54 pm

'Chandu Champion' movie review: Not a solid pitch

During the first inciting incident in Chandu Champion, Kartik Aaryan wrestles, swims, runs, and catches a moving train, all in a span of about five minutes. An impressive feat which does seem like an exhibition of the actors physicality, but it also serves as a prelude for whats about to come. The film is based on the heroic, forgotten story of Murlikant Petkar, a boxer, whose lower body is paralysed after he suffers nine bullet injuries in a skirmish during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war. He springs back, takes up swimming and becomes the first paralympic gold medallist in the country. Now, personally, I am tired of Hindi sports films being inspirational biopics or closeted patriotic calls. The real-life story behind the film, however, provided enough fodder for the telling of a more interior tale. I kept going back to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (A song with jawans dancing inside a train only added fire to the Hawan kund maston ka jhund), Rakeysh Omprakash Mehras 2013 biopic of sprinter Milkha Singh. That film was more of an intricate study of Partition trauma than a rousing sports drama. In comparison, Chandu Champion chiefly remains one-dimensional. It tries to balance itself on the single-minded aim of its central character: win an Olympic gold. However, it soon becomes an exercise in repetition. If you have followed the films director Kabir Khans previous works, Chandu Champion is Tubelight (2017), if it suddenly decided to become a sports film. We start with an old man in a police station, asking to file a case against the President of India. As the cops sit around in amazement (led by a goofy Shreyas Talpade), Kartik Aaryans Murlikant Petkar (in a quite fake, salt-and-pepper hairpiece) narrates his story. Sitting atop the shoulders of his elder brother, a young Murli witnesses the uproarious welcome of Indias first Olympic medallist KD Jadhav. A seed is sown and the youngling proclaims his dream of getting gold for the country. Not knowing anything better, he takes up wrestling at a local akhada. Kabir Khan, director, Chandu Champion Expectedly, he is subject to his fathers scorn and ridicule from the people of his village. They call him Chandu (a slang term for dimwit) as he screams back I am Champeeon. After he wins a wrestling match he was supposed to lose, Murlikant is chased out of the village. He ultimately joins the Army and is introduced to boxing. The sports-drama template kicks in. A training montage, a winning hook (followed by Kartiks mouthguard-adorned toothy smile), fame and a fall, after he is mortally injured in an air raid in Kashmir. An underdog, an undying hope and a war, Chandu Champion is a textbook Kabir Khan presentation. The directors flair for the medium shines in the one-take sequence where Kartiks Murlikant gets shot as warplanes bombard their army base (cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee). The boxing matches, under a golden hue, have a feverish urgency. The film, however, remains a predictable sports drama with scenes like the one in which the simpleton lead screams his fright aboard his first flight (did I mention Milkha?). Chandu Champion performs during intense moments but its light interludes remain functional. With this film, Kartik, known for playing gleaming gullibles in comedies, gets new ground to play on. He is eager and sincere and his performance syncs with the film even if it is unable to lift it. The supporting cast, however, shines more with exceptional talents like Vijay Raaz, Rajpal Yadav, and Bhuvan Arora (Firoz from Farzi). Vijay, especially, brings an earthy spark to his character as Murlikants coach. The emotional connection the film offers sometimes sticks and sometimes slips. It is derivative and didactic but it is also delving at times. Kartik gives an endearing innocence to Murlikant but the predictable storytelling of the movie pulls down the effect. Chandu Champion unlike its protagonist, doesnt want to take chances. Chandu Champion Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Vijay Raaz, Bhuvan Arora, Rajpal Yadav, Shreyas Talpade, Yashpal Sharma Director: Kabir Khan Rating : 2.5/5

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 12:07 pm

This star kid owns six apartments worth Rs 15 crore in Mumbai; not Ranbir, Alia, Hrithik

Abhishek Bachchan reportedly bought six apartments in Mumbai, worth Rs 15 crore.

DNA India 20 Jun 2024 11:55 am

This film sold zero tickets on opening day, was called disaster, later became superhit, saved superstar's failing career

This film saw zero footfalls in the first two shows on opening day but still went on to be a superhit

DNA India 20 Jun 2024 9:59 am

Lakshmi Manchu calls herself a victim of patriarchy in her family: 'They didn't let me...'

Lakshmi Manchu opened up about patriarchy and revealed that she has been the victim of it.

DNA India 20 Jun 2024 9:26 am

'Just three months more': Deepika Padukone opens up on pregnancy, 'incredible experience' of working in Kalki 2898 AD

Deepika Padukone flaunted her baby bump at the Kalki 2898 AD pre-release event in Mumbai on Wednesday, also speaking about playing a pregnant woman in the film

DNA India 20 Jun 2024 7:03 am

Hollywood director Phillip Noyce calls Monkey Man 'best Indian film of the year', says Oscars should study Indian cinema

Phillip Noyce, director of Fast Charlie, Clear and Present Danger, Salt, and The Bone Collector, speaks with DNA about RRR, Monkey Man, and Bollywood on Netflix

DNA India 19 Jun 2024 5:39 pm

Meet actress who owns Rs 65 crore house in Mumbai, holiday home in Chennai, Rs 1 crore vanity van, net worth is..

Janhvi Kapoor is one of the few people in Bollywood to own a Mercedes Maybach. The luxurious sedan is priced at around Rs 1.94 crore in the Indian market. She also has a BMW X5 worth close to Rs 95 lakh.

DNA India 19 Jun 2024 2:30 pm

Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh, Saqib Saleem's horror-comedy Kakuda set to release on...

Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh's horror-comedy set to release on OTT soon.

DNA India 19 Jun 2024 1:20 pm

Meet Iqbal Ratansi, Sonakshi Sinha's to-be father-in-law, who gave loan to Salman Khan, his business is..

Zaheer Iqbal's father Iqbal Ratansi is a famous jeweler in Mumbai. He has also tried his hand in the real estate business. He is a very close and dear friend of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.

DNA India 19 Jun 2024 9:28 am

Meet actor, who has no hits in last 11 years, still called star, owns Rs 20 crore house, runs call centre, is worth...

This actor, who hasn't given a single hit in the last 11 years, is still called a star.

DNA India 19 Jun 2024 7:16 am

This actor beats Shah Rukh, Deepika, Salman, Akshay to become India's most valued celebrity, has brand value of...

This actor has become India's most valued celebrity after Virat Kohli by beating Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone.

DNA India 19 Jun 2024 6:18 am

Darshan arrest: Pavithra Gowda, co-accused seen smiling during investigation, furious netizens say 'no regret, no guilt'

Darshan, Pavithra Gowda, and their accomplices are in police custody for allegedly murdering Renukaswamy.

DNA India 18 Jun 2024 10:03 pm

Ramayan's Lakshman aka Sunil Lahri slams Ranbir Kapoor, Sai Pallavi being cast as Lord Ram, Sita: 'With Adipurush...'

Sunil Lahri, who played Lakshman in the TV series Ramayan, has reacted to Ranbir Kapoor and Sai Pallavi's casting as Lord Ram and Sita in Nitesh Tiwari's adaptation of the mythological epic.

DNA India 18 Jun 2024 4:11 pm

Nachiket Pantvaidya appointed General Manager of Sony Pictures International Productions India

Pantvaidya will oversee local Indian production while working alongside Shony Panjikaran, General Manager and Head of Sony Pictures Releasing International, India, the company said in a statement.

The Economic Times 18 Jun 2024 1:03 pm

Meet actor, son of a superstar, who worked in many hit films, once got angry after costar slapped him on set, is now..

Shahid Kapoor is now a superstar of Indian cinema and has given many hit films since his debut. The actor charges Rs 40 crore for a film and has an estimated net worth of Rs 300 crore.

DNA India 18 Jun 2024 12:28 pm

Grief and rage fuel season 2 of 'House of the Dragon' as Aegon II's depths unfold

On the surface, it might seem like both Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon are both about larger forces fighting for the throne. However, upon closer inspection, it seems like the prequel series is more about an ever-escalating family feud rather than an absolute lust for power. And it only gets more personal and uglier as the story unfolds. The first season of HOTD ended on a grim note, with Aemond Targaryen brutally murdering Lucerys Velaryon, the son of Rhaenyra Targaryen. As allegiances start to solidify and the news of Lucerys death fanning the flames of the war even further, season two is lathered with grief and rage, and it seems to have an effect on every single character. Matt Smith, who plays Daemon Targaryen in the series, says that his character always had a tough time dealing with grief and that it is only going to affect him worse this season. Even in season one, the death of his brother Viserys (Targaryen) forced him into a dark period of self-reflection and he is walking towards a deep dark hole, which is quite mysterious. While grief might have pushed Daemon into a period of brooding introspection, it had the opposite effect on others. Ser Criston Cole, who started off as an amiable, charming knight at the beginning of the series, turned into someone full of rage and vengeance towards the end. Fabien Frankel, who plays Ser Criston Cole, reveals that there is more to Cole than what we see on the screen. The way that the show is structured, you are only seeing what the story wants you to see. How you see a character reacting to grief in a scene is not necessarily what is going on internally. For example, in real life, people lose their family members and still go to work on the same day. You would have no idea what would happen when they go back home. It would be a completely overwhelming experience for them. He then adds, It might seem like Criston Cole has a handle on his emotions and that he only expresses his grief as anger but there are a bunch of other ways he is affected, which we dont get to see. While Criston Cole and Daemon are at the peripheries of the effect of Luceryss death, the one who is at the centre of the storm, along with his mother Rhaenyra, is Jacaerys Velaryon. On how the death of his brother changed Jacaerys, Harry Collett, who plays the character, says, Grief can do a lot to a person but for Jacerys, the only good thing that came out of it, is that it matured him. All he wants to do now is take revenge and in order to do that he cannot be childish. He has to be level-headed and do things the right way and make good decisions. It enabled his transition from boy to man. While all eyes are on the throne, the one currently on it is King Aegon II Targaryen, played by Tom Glynn-Carney. A young king, brattish in countenance, and with questionable claims to the throne, would easily evoke the memory of Joffrey Baratheon, the infamous tyrant from the Game of Thrones series. However, Tom assures us that Aegon is very different from Joffrey. I think Aegon is an empath, which is not what Joffrey was. I think he has the potential and capability to love. He is a product of his own nurturing. He then declares, Aegon is way more complex than Joffrey. However, the actor agrees that it is fun to play a cold, calculated psychopath like Joffrey. Fans of the show, who caught up on the first episode of the season, which was released on Monday in India, might realise that Aegon goes on to be at the receiving end of overwhelming grief towards the end. While the second season might have started on a sombre note, everything points towards grief turning into anger, and from the embers of rage, it seems all but likely that war might spread like wildfire across Westeros.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 11:46 am

Video: Rodeo Bull Escapes Oregon Arena, Tosses Woman Into Air Twice

The incident happened on Saturday night when a bull named Party Bus ran loose during the final section of the bull-riding event at Sisters Rodeo.

NDTV 10 Jun 2024 12:32 pm

Tying Ribbons To Your Luggage Is Wasting Your Time And Others'. Here's Why

Baggage handlers at Dublin Airport caution travelers against attaching ribbons or accessories to their luggage.

NDTV 6 Jun 2024 9:25 pm

No Goodbyes: Employee Describes Sudden Layoffs Affecting 80% Of Team

The social media user in his post admitted that he was surprised that he was not laid off, given his work habits.

NDTV 6 Jun 2024 8:49 pm

World Caring Day 2024: Know Date, History And Significance

World Caring Day 2024: The day is dedicated to celebrating and promoting acts of kindness, compassion, and care across the globe.

NDTV 6 Jun 2024 7:34 pm

Influencer Fulfills Security Guard's Wish To Visit Ram Temple, Wins Hearts

A video documenting the visit has gone viral, with many praising the influencer for his selfless and touching gesture.

NDTV 6 Jun 2024 11:26 am

X User's Post Celebrating His Sister's Internship Milestone Wins Hearts

In a wholesome post on X (formerly Twitter), an elder brother expressed pride and joy as his younger sister began her internship as a Software Development Engineer (SDE) at Barclays.

NDTV 4 Jun 2024 1:58 pm

Ashneer Grover Visits New York's Times Square, Shares Pic

His visit to the US comes after the Delhi High Court recently granted him permission for the same.

NDTV 4 Jun 2024 12:34 pm

Bureaucrat Shares Cub's Pic After Sariska's Tiger Population Goes Up To 40

Expressing happiness, Indian Forest officer Parveen Kaswan shared picture of tigress with its lively cubs.

NDTV 3 Jun 2024 4:04 pm

Man's 'Sprite' Tattoo Goes Viral Due To Hilarious Mistake

In his post, the man urged others to share their own ot-so-great tattoos, and many eagerly joined in.

NDTV 31 May 2024 10:57 am

Essay Ready: Video Of Content Creator Driving Car At 103 Kmph Goes Viral

Amid nationwide outrage over the Pune Porsche crash, a video has surfaced on social media showing a man fearlessly speeding in his car while mentioning that he has nothing to worry about despite driving at high speed.

NDTV 29 May 2024 8:21 pm

Police Will Upload Part-2: Man Performs Stunts On Car, Video Goes Viral

The footage depicts a man standing on the car's roof with a Rajasthan registration plate, seemingly driven without a driver.

NDTV 29 May 2024 12:26 pm

Woman's Obscene Dance In Mumbai Local Sparks Outrage, Railways Reacts

Several people criticised her and called the act a nuisance for other commuters.

NDTV 29 May 2024 8:45 am

What Is Quiet Vacationing, New Workplace Trend Popular Among Millennials

A new trend has emerged in the industry and is known as quiet vacationing. As the name suggests, this trend involves taking time off under the guise of working remotely.

NDTV 28 May 2024 7:28 pm

Billionaire Harsh Mariwala On Importance Of Building Positive Work Culture

Mr Mariwala believes this is not just beneficial for business success, but also the ethical approach.

NDTV 28 May 2024 4:53 pm

Watch: Locals Build Statue Of Liberty Replica In Punjab, Internet Amused

The video shows locals in Tarn Taran installing the iconic statue atop a building still under construction.

NDTV 27 May 2024 8:39 am

Pakistan Child YouTuber's Channel Gets New Host As He Focuses On Studies

Muskan replaced her brother on the popular Shirazi Village Vlogs YouTube channel.

NDTV 26 May 2024 12:14 pm

Watch: Robot Solves Rubik's Cube In Less Than A Second, Sets World Record

Speedcubers can solve a rubik's cube in under a minute, with world-class competitors often doing it in less than 10 seconds. But how fast can a robot do it?

NDTV 24 May 2024 11:17 am

User's Tweet On Disappearing X Content Goes Viral, Gets Musk's Attention

Elon Musk, owner of X (formerly Twitter), addressed a common user complaint about the platform's feed refresh issue, promising a fix in response to a tweet from basketball coach Xan Barksdale.

NDTV 24 May 2024 9:10 am