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10 Best Films to watch this father’s day!

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Whether it is Nargis in Mother India or Nirupa Roy in Deewaar, Mama’s  a scenestealer while Dad is just a shadow. Does anyone remember Raj Kumar or Satyen Kappoo in Mother India and  Deewaar? Yet , there are films that have explored the Dad’s character with tender affection. Father’s Day special films

  1. Aamir Khan in  Akele Hum Akele TumBut you love me daddy, sang the  child actor(Master Adil)  to Aamir Khan.As a man suddenly thrust with the responsibility of looking after a little son after being abandoned by the lady of the family Aamir Khan was fabulously frazzled trying to get the eggs in the omelet and the buttons on the school uniform right. Though copied from a foreign source this Mansoor Ali Khan directed film was a rare instance of film that showed the father as the home maker.
  2. Amitabh Bachchan in Sarkar: Ram Gopal Varma is not known to invest too much time or space into building emotions in his films. In tight close ups and clenched moments of  camaraderie Varma showed the bonding between the Big B and his son. The fact that the two actors were real-life father and son helped in giving a sharp focus to the relationship although very little was said between them.
  3. Naseeruddin Shah in Masoom: He was a bad dad. He had abandoned his one-night-stand  girl after impregnating her. And now the child, as cute and vulnerable as a little puppy shows up at his doorstep. The father-son bonding scenes were  filled with a credible camaraderie. The sequence where father and son trek together to the sound of Tujhse naraaz nahin zindagi was remarkably resonant.
  4. Anupam Kher in Daddy: Portraying  a wastrel of a father, drunk and unsuccessful and still getting your daughter to love you is not easy . Anupam managed to  draw a beautiful balance between  a man on the brink of self-destruction  and a father redeemed by his love for his daughter. It was a beautifully balanced-out act, and one that managed to furnish  dignity on the father’s character.
  5. Mehmood in Kunwara Baap: As a rickshawallah who plays parent to an abandoned child Mehmood brought tears to millions of eyes. When he sang the  lullabye  Aa ri aa ja nindiya to his screen son there was not a dry eye in the theatre. Whether combing his son’s hair or kissing his forehead Mehmood out-Nirupa Roy-ed all the screen mothers.Mehmood’s real-life son played his son on this sleeper hit.
  6. Salman Khan in Jab Pyar Kissise Hota Hai: He played a Casanova who sows his wild seats here there and everywhere. AdityaNarayan(singer Udit Narayan) shows up as Salman’s illegitimate son. Aditya gave Salman tit for tat in every scene.
  7. Akshay Kumar in Jaanwar: This was a very special father-son film where Akshay proved he could act. Playing a ruffian who is reformed when a child pops into his life Akshay’s tears flowed freely for his screen son. In real life Akshay’s  father was terminally ill when he was playing father to little Aditya Kapadia on screen.
  8. Aamir Khan in Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke: He played  papa to his  sister’s kids. There was pandemonium  as he tried to balance out the breakfast for the noisy demanding brood with a 9 to 5 job and a  fiancée who hated kids. Director Mahesh Bhatt showed the man going through what working women with family obligations have to go through all the time.
  9. Anil Kapoor in Mr India: Again, a very interesting reversal of traditional nurturing roles. Kapoor cast as a father to a brood of adorable orphans while Sridevi played the working woman who had no patience with kids.
  10. Shammi Kapoor in Bramhachari: The story of man who runs an orphanage and somehow earns enough to keep the kids well fed and clothed. The ‘yahoo’ Kapoor’s empathy with his screen children was superbly recreated in the kiddies having fun song Chakke pe chakka and the lullaby Main gaaon tum so jao. Shammi was also superb as a widower struggling to bring up his precocious little daughter in Ramesh Sippy’s Andaz.
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Why On  Earth Is Sushmita Sen Smoking A Cigar In Aarya’s First  Look?

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Season 3  of Aarya is being shot as  you read this, and naturally Sushmita Sen is  super-kicked about it, so kicked that she has put  out a  video where she is seen  in the  best Lady Boss version of herself.

Alarmingly, she is seen puffing away at a  cigar, to  complete her Badass Lady Boss image.

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 There was a  time when women smoking  cigarettes  in Hindi cinema signaled vampishness. If a female actor was  shown smoking it meant she had evil designs  over the  hero, and life in general.

 Sushmita being Sushmita, a cigarette won’t do. A  cigar it is, to go with her formidable image. The last Bollywood actor I saw smoking a cigar  on screen was Premnath in the 1970s. Back then so  many  people didn’t die of cancer  by smoking.

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 These are  different far more dangerous  and deadly times.

Sushmita is an iconic  actor.She  needs to be more careful about the image  she projects . Smoking  a  cigar doesn’t  enhance a woman’s(or a  man’s) muscle power. Nor does it make her look cool.

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About shooting for the third season of Aarya  Sushmita says, “Aarya is synonymous with my name.  I have lived as Aarya for two whole seasons and the love received by the audiences has only encouraged me to do more. Walking on the sets of Aarya Season 3 makes me feel at home and gives me  a sense of empowerment. I’m grateful to the entire team at Disney+ Hotstar, Ram Madhvani Films and Endemol Shine India for the vision of creating Aarya and taking it to newer heights with every season.”

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Shah Rukh, Deepika, John Will Meet The Media  On Monday At 4 pm(But There’s  A Catch)

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Pathaan has effectually discredited the  efficacy  of media interactions to promote  a  film. The  film’s lead actors Shah Rukh  Khan, Deepika Padukone  and John Abraham did not conduct any  press or portal interviews  to  promote the  film.

And  yet Pathaan  is  a blockbuster.

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 This  weekend  the Pathaan producer Aditya  Chopra  of  Yash Raj Films  took a call on behalf  of  the Pathaan team  to do one media  meet at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai  on Monday January 30 at 4 pm.

The  three principal actors  and  director Siddharth Malhotra  will address  the  media.

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 But  here’s the catch: the media will not be allowed to ask any questions. There will be no  Q& A s or  one-on-one  interactions.This  basically means that the  Pathaan  team will  have an opportunity to  say what it wants  to the media. But the  media will have no say.

Make what  you will of this  one-way traffic.

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A  source close  to Yash Raj informs  me that this is  the   pattern  regarding the media that  Yash Raj will follow for  future  releases: no  press meets  no promotional  engagements.

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Fake Projects of Pathaan Director Being Planted In Media

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Siddharth Anand Denies Considering  Any Project With  Deepak Mukut

A  word of caution to those marketing and publicity wizkids  who think  it’s okay to  plant fake stories  on (fake) projects  with the Pathaan director.

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 It is  not.

Such baseless announcements  are meant only to  raise  the equity  of the  producers  with whom Siddharth   Anand’s name is  linked. One  such  producer whose name  has cropped up after the  spectacular success of  Pathaan is  Deepak Mukut.

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There were  reports  everywhere that Siddharth Anand’s next would  be with Mukut.

Turned out to be a false rumour.

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A  source in the  know informs, “Siddharth now has to complete Fighter  starring Hrithik Roshan and  Deepika Padukone  for Yash Raj.Then  he  is   committed to direct the sequel to War 2 for  Yash Raj films.  They will then start  work on the  next film in the Pathaan  franchise. There is no scope  or  room for any outside  projects  for Siddharth Anand. So every announcement  that  you read of a  new film  to be  directed by Siddharth Anand  for an  outside  producer is likely to  be  a hundred  percent fake.”

When I asked Siddharth Anand  about the  supposed project  with  producer Deepak Mukut he promptly replied,  “NOT AT ALL.”

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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