Chhichhore spin-off on the cards? Tushar Pandey aka Mummy reacts on the same [Exclusive]

Chhichhore is turning out to be one of the biggest hits of the year. It has already grossed more than Rs 100 crore at the domestic box office. The audience just cannot get enough of the film that stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Naveen Polishetty, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Prateik, Varun Sharma, Saharsh Kumar Shukla and Tushar Pandey in lead roles. BollywoodLife spoke to Tushar Pandey who played Mummy in the film. Describing what he loved about his character, Tushar said, “I feel Mummy had one of the best arcs in the film. He was the middle-class guy studying engineering in the hope of a better future. Mummy had that aspirational quality that everyone could relate to. And his character was the only one with reference to a family except Sexa’s (Varun Sharma) whose dad comes to the hostel for a while. Everyone has loved the film and my character too. The maximum compliments I am getting is for the scene where I tell my kid that I love him irrespective of how he fares in his exams.

The film is being watched repeatedly by the audience in the theatres. In fact, some are even demanding sequels and spin-offs of the characters. So, has the team discussed a sequel or spin-off? “I have not heard of anything of that sort yet. But the idea is not a bad one (laughs). It would be fun to have a spin-off on Mummy and the guys (laughs out aloud). If something of that happens, I am sure Nitesh Sir will inform us.” says Tushar.

Tushar is a trained actor and worked meticulously on his character for the film. “The tricky part was the older characters. I put in prep for a couple of months before the shoot to get it right. Nitesh Sir is all for preparations, so we sat down and discussed stuff. I have a theatre background so I enjoy this process immensely,” states Tushar. The young actor says how everyone was equal on the sets. “Not once did Shraddha Kapoor or Sushant Singh Rajput behave like they were ‘stars’ of the film. The writing was clear, it was about all the characters. We achieved so much organic chemistry as we were on the same page,” says Tushar.

The film has made Rs 150 crore at the global box-office and is a huge hit for Nadiadwala Grandson. We truly hope that they think of a sequel or spin-off with the loveable characters!

John Abraham reveals how he shed his chiseled body for Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran

A new wave of patriotism seems to have taken over the themes of films in India these days. John Abraham-starrer film Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, released in May 2018, clearly falls in the very category. Based on the real incident that led to India’s inclusion in the Big 5 States, the movie is a dramatic revisit to our country’s glorious past. However, the team of scientists and engineers depicted in the movie resembled Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Rajagopala Chidambaram who carried out the historic Operation Shakti under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government; John’s character was a fictional one.

Asked about what training and preparation it took for him to perfect the role of Ashwat Raina, the handsome hunk told a leading tabloid, “I had to go through a lot of research. The character’s name is Ashwat Raina and he’s a junior bureaucrat in the Prime Minister’s Office. So, for that Abhishek said, ‘Even a blind man knows when John Abraham walks. Your physicality is very over-powering. So, you need to deconstruct yourself. You need to stop going to something called a ‘gym’ and eat regular food like a normal human being and live normally‘, which for me, was a big task in itself.

Then, we went into the backstory of the character. ‘What did Ashwat’s parents and grandparents do’, not that we have used it in the film but Abhishek is a NSD (National School of Drama) graduate. So, he thinks differently. He put me through the entire process, and when I kept going through it, and when I saw the film, I realised it was very useful. The extent of workshops that I have gone through for Parmanu has been intense but it’s all being worth it.”

When asked if he had any inhibitions before signing the film, Abraham said, “No… because I did films like Madras Cafe in the past and before that I did lot of films in which I took lot of risk like Water, No Smoking and Kabul Express.

John, star of films like No Smoking, Desi Boyz, Welcome Back recently made his debut as a Marathi movie producer with Savita Damodar Paranjpe. It is a famous Marathi play, adapted into Hindi and Gujarati, that John made into a film.

I think it’s a tragic mistake,’ says Joe Russo on Sony Pictures’ decision to cancel the Spider-Man

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Spider-Man fans have been in shock ever since Sony Pictures and Disney could agree on a deal to finance the upcoming films. This has also led to the exit of Tom Holland’s character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As of now, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker cannot return to the MCU. The news is hugely disappointing but people are hoping that the films continue irrespective of the studio. Avengers: Endgame maker Joe Russo has commented on the saga and termed it a tragic mistake on part of Sony Pictures. He was quoted by the Toronto Sun, “It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process. Stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin [Feige]’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake.

The character of Spiderman made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War. Tom Holland said in a recent interview, “I’m not shy about expressing how incredible the last five years have been with Marvel. I’ve truly had the time of my life, and in so many respects, they have made my dreams come true as an actor. Sony has also been really good to me, and the global success of Spider-Man: Far From Home is a real testament to their support, skill, and commitment. The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony’s safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I’ve made friends for life along the way.”

There is some buzz that Sony Pictures is keen to continue the franchise without the involvement of MCU. We guess we have to wait and watch!

Saaho actress Shraddha Kapoor has upped her fashion game

We are here just gushing at Shraddha Kapoor’s style file for Saaho promotions. From it scintillating silhouettes to edgy cuts, the actress is sporting them all. Made on a huge budget, Saaho is slated to be released on August 30 worldwide in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam.

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And the D-day is nearing for Prabhas’ Saaho! After the blockbuster success of Baahubali: The Conclusion, Rebel Star from the South is arriving on the silver screen after more than two years with the multi-lingual quintessential venture and fans couldn’t be more thrilled. Seemingly, Saaho has it all – action, thrills, high-octane chase sequences. That and a sparkling chemistry between Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor who will be seen opposite the superstar in the film. If the trailer and songs are any proof, the pair is going to light up the big screens with their on-screen partnership.

But while there is some time before that happens, we are here just gushing at Shraddha Kapoor’s style file for Saaho promotions. From scintillating silhouettes to edgy cuts, the actress is sporting them all. Don’t believe us? Check it out here.

See what we see? The film also marks the Telugu debut of Shraddha who found learning a new language, both challenging and exciting. She had said, “Speaking a language I didn’t know was tough but doable. But there were nights when I’d be awake, learning my lines, understanding what I was saying and then sitting with Sujeeth (director) to rehearse them before a shot. A coach also came home to help me get the dialect right.”

Saaho is touted to be India’s biggest action film and stars Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles. Directed by Sujeeth, Saaho has an ensemble cast with names like Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Mandira Bedi, Evelyn Sharma, Arun Vijay and Lal.

Saaho: Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor

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Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas-starrer Saaho will release on August 30, which mean it’s just a few hours away. Saaho is a Multilingual film and the Hindi version of the film got its certificate on Monday and guess what it’s almost 3 hours of a thrilling ride!

Saaho starring Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas is inching closer to its release. The action-thriller is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Time and again, with new posters, songs and teasers, the makers are building up the suspense and the thrill to watch the film is just at the peak. New reports are surfacing the internet that the censor board has given Saaho its certificate and that too without any cuts. For the unversed, the Tamil and other regional versions have been certified by the CBFC in the past week. And just 4 days ahead of its release, the Hindi version of Saaho got its certification on Monday.

It has been said that Saaho has a run time of about 2 hours and 51 minutes, which means almost 3 hours of Prabhas’s humour, action and boyish charm! Talking about the Hindi version of Saaho, it has been given a U/A certificate with no cuts. From the trailer and the teasers, the makers have promised it to be the biggest action thriller of all time. Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas’ chemistry would be another highlight in the movie and we cannot wait for them to create magic on screen. Already the songs have added to our woes making the wait even harder.

In an exclusive interview with us, Shraddha Kapoor talked about working with Prabhas and said, “I think when we first met, we hit it off instantly. He got super comfortable with me, my team, and I also got along well with his team. We got along really well… He has a great sense of humour. We had great bonding over the three years.” Ask Shraddha what change she has seen in Prabhas over the years, she quips, “He was passionate since the day one ya! He is so chilled out to work with. Prabhas will always be like laughing in between the shots and joking with everyone.

 

Jabariya Jodi movie review: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra’s dialoguebaazi is the only saving grace in this film

After multiple delays, Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra starrer Jabariya Jodi is finally hitting the screens this Friday at the ticket windows. The romantic comedy venture, which was earlier titled Shotgun Shaadi has been in the news since 2018 and was earlier slated to release on May 17, but to avoid clash with other films, the makers finally chose August 9 as the final date and the cherry on top is that it’s a solo release for the film. Even the trailer with its quirk and mass appeal managed to garner the right buzz. But is the Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra starrer worth the watch? Check out our review here!

What is it about:

Based on Pakadva Vivah that prevails in Bihar and some smaller town in India, Jabariya Jodi narrates the story of a thug (Abhay Singh) who kidnaps grooms in order to help them avoid paying out heavy dowries for their wedding. With the entry of the heroine, his whole ambition in life goes topsy-turvy.And not because he is madly in love but because inka focus “bistar se zyaada kursi pe hai”. What ensues though is a battle or hearts and the girl (Babli Yadav) turning the kidnapper.

What’s hot:

Sidharth steps into the role of Bihar ka goonda and pulls it off convincingly. Be it his flair in multi-coloured shirts and gamchas or the delivery with which he throws witty on-liners, Sid’s first rustic act deserves a pat. Even Parineeti does justice to her character with pitch-perfect diction and makes it seem effortless. SidNeeti’s chemistry is a treat to watch too. Slow claps are reserved for Aparshakti Khurana and Sanjay Mishra who light up the screen with their comic timing and punches.

What’s not:

The screenplay seems lazy and the editing, shoddy. Directed by Prashant Singh, the film wobbles at points and misses the plot more times than not. Especially the second half which beats around the bush for its entire duration without any plot device. The effort to soften the blow of social evils like dowry and forced marriage with comic intervention is note-worthy but debatable at best. And while Pari has caught hold of the accent, Sid’s is inconsistent. The film is also replete with one too many forgettable songs. Even the climax overstays its welcome with predictable sequences and dialogues.

Batla House movie review: John Abraham delivers another trade-tested cop actioner

John Abraham is back at what he does best! The action hero who has proved his mettle in amazing performances in Dishoom, Force franchise and Satyameva Jayate, will also be seen as a cop in Batla House in an action packed performance. To fill you in, he essays the character of ACP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav in the film who is at the crux of a supposed cover-up. But is the film worth a watch? Read our entire review here.

What’s it about
Batla House is a film based on true events. The film is inspired by the controversial case of Batla House firings that took place in 2008 in Jamia Nagar, Delhi. It was one of the most intriguing cases as it raised many brows on Delhi police and ACP Sanjeev Kumar who led the operation. Many questions were raised about the intent of the op. Was it the aftermath of Delhi blasts to nab the culprits or was it just a cover-up? The movie tries to answer the question and absolve the alleged claims that were flagged.

What’s hot
The film grabs you by the scruff of your neck and forces you to see the grim reality of communal disharmony and the riots that it births. With gripping action sequences and nail-biting fight-offs, John Abraham’s muscle power speaks its own language. His stoicism can be easily branded as effortless. The highlight is that film also scratches the surface of post-traumatic disorder as John’s character struggles with a bullet that didn’t kill him. He even takes help of therapy later which directs the conversation to the right direction. Also, Nora Fatehi is a surprising revelation in the second half which pulls better strings than the the first. The court-room sequence in the same also makes the most engaging part of the drama.

What’s not
Cannot lay more emphasis on how the film wastes the talent that is Mrunal Thakur. Even considering the little she is left to build with, Mrunal’s character is saying most of the clichéd dialogues. But John’s character isn’t that far behind. Apart from the not-so-subtle jargons, the chest-thumping one liners mar the buildup. Not to mention the romantic track between John and Mrunal sticks like a sore thumb. Apart from the vein-popping display of arms, even John’s restrained cop act falters at times when the plot needs it the most especially in the confrontational scenes. Director Nikkhil Advani tries to keep the pace but the story-telling consumes a lot of time on the peripheral red tape than getting to the point. It is only the second half that one sees the story that was promised.

BL Verdict
John Abraham is at his home territory as he portrays the role of a decorated officer and it’s nothing we have not seen already. Watch it for the depiction of real life incidents and the obvious cinematic liberties. It’s not really the independence day treat but makes for a one-time watch. We are going with 3 stars.

Saaho: Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor starrer get a

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Saaho starring Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas is inching closer to its release. The action-thriller is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Time and again, with new posters, songs and teasers, the makers are building up the suspense and the thrill to watch the film is just at the peak. New reports are surfacing the internet that the censor board has given Saaho its certificate and that too without any cuts. For the unversed, the Tamil and other regional versions have been certified by the CBFC in the past week. And just 4 days ahead of its release, the Hindi version of Saaho got its certification on Monday.

It has been said that Saaho has a run time of about 2 hours and 51 minutes, which means almost 3 hours of Prabhas’s humour, action and boyish charm! Talking about the Hindi version of Saaho, it has been given a U/A certificate with no cuts. From the trailer and the teasers, the makers have promised it to be the biggest action thriller of all time. Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas’ chemistry would be another highlight in the movie and we cannot wait for them to create magic on screen. Already the songs have added to our woes making the wait even harder.

Mission Mangal movie review: Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan deliver great performances in a heartwarming film

Mission Mangal has a lot going for it especially in terms of narrative, dialogues and performances. It captures the spirit of scientists in a relatable light-hearted manner

Mission Mangal is coming this Independence Day along with Batla House. The film chronicles the journey of the ISRO scientists who made mission Mangalyaan possible with so many constraints in a fictional way. The film stars Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan in lead roles. Actresses like Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari and Sonakshi Sinha join the team as the women scientists in the mission.

What is it about
The film is a fictionalised tribute to the team of ISRO that made mission Mangalyaan a success with limited budget and resources. Akshay Kumar plays the mission director Rakesh Dhawan while Vidya Balan is the project director, Tara Shinde. The film gives a glimpse into the lives of the core women team that made use of their common sense to accomplish such a project. Mangalyaan was a huge success for ISRO after the failure of GSLV.

 

Tamilrockers leak Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 and make it available online for free download

Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 is earning big at the box office, however, the film has been hit by online piracy. Tamilrockers, who are notoriously known for leaking Bollywood films on the internet, have made the full Super 30 movie available for free download. Directed by Vikas Bahl, Super 30 is a biographical drama based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar and released in theatres on Friday, 12 July. In recent past, films like Kabir Singh, Article 15, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home have fallen prey to Tamilrockers’ online leak.

At the box office, early estimates suggest that Super 30 raked in Rs 22 crore on Sunday and now stands with the grand total of Rs 52 crore. Apart from the domestic market, Super 30 has performed well in the international circuits as well. Apart from Hrithik Roshan, Super 30 also stars Mrunal Thakur, Nandish Singh Sandhu, Pankaj Tripathi and Amit Sadh in key roles. It is produced under the banners of Phantom Films, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment and HRX Films and the music of the album is given by National Award winning duo Ajay-Atul.

BollywoodLife reviewed the film and gave it three and half stars, “The film has many plus points. One of them is the crisp narrative. While the first half unfolds somewhat slowly, the film picks up pace post interval, and is that part is the more emotionally engaging one. Hrithik Roshan puts in a sincere performance and is stellar in some of the scenes. You might not exactly identify Bollywood’s Greek God as a Bihari genius and passionate guru at the start, but he gets the emotions of the character right and grows on you.”