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Bro Daddy Trying So Hard To Be  Cool

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Bro Daddy(Malayalam, Disney+Hotstar)

Starring Mohanlal , Prithviraj Sukumaran,  Lalu Alex, Meena, Kalyani Priyadarshan

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Directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran

Rating: ** ½

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First   things  first. Why  on earth  would two  such towering giants of Malayalam  cinema  as  Mohanlal and  Prithiviraj Sukumaran  get together  for something as lightweight as this? Unless it was for  this very reason: that some idiot  like me would ask this  silly question…  But sorry, boss. When  Prithviraj directs   the mighty Mohanlal I want to experience  something as  potent as Lucifer, the  2019 massy masala-dosa garnished with  spicy spine tingling stuffing  with which Prithivraj made his impressive  directorial debut  .

 I can  see  where this new  Mohanlal-Prithviraj alliance must have  come from. Fanboy that he is,Prithviraj   must have gone to  Mohanlal Sir asking him to let him direct  him in  another  film . “Only if you act with me; but let’s do something  fun,” Mohanlal The Great ,feeling the full weight of Markkar on his  shoulder, must have  said.

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So, fun  it is. At least the  two actors  playing  a buddy-like father and son seem to be enjoying themselves  negotiating  the  smooth but brainless moves  of  the script that seems  to be inspired  by Amit Sharma’s  Badhaai Ho. Bro-Dad John announces to Bro-Son  Eesho that  he is going to  be a  father.

Appalled and scandalized Bro Eesho rants, “Before doing this,  you  should have thought of me.”

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Bro-Daddy’s reaction: “Son, you want me to think about you when I am sleeping with  your mother?”

 The  lines are designed to be  cool and  clever. This selfawareness  that runs through the  narrative like  a stubborn  virus(and we all know  about that) kills the impact of the humour completely. Admittedly both  the  main actors  are in  top form: Mohanlal and Prithviraj complement one  another  comfortably and  fluently.Regrettably   they are unable  to prevent the comedy from  sagging  at  all the wrong places.

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The set-up is  way too self-congratulatory to  evoke  genuine laughs. Eesho’s Mommy gets pregnant  just when  Eesho’s girlfriend(Kalyani  Priyadarshan , spontaneous  and likeable) also gets pregnant. Before we can roll our eyes at  that  particular  twist of fate, there are  jokes by the  droves  about  ‘Eesho’(images of  Jesus Christ on  the  wall) .

Admittedly  the  first-hour communicates some  spark specially in the scenes  between Prithviraj and Kalyani which are surprisingly sprightly; surprisingly,  because there is  a larger age-difference between the romantic pair than between  Prithviraj and his screen-Dad Mohanlal. Both actors go to  great lengths to  justify their seeming closeness in age.

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 That is the  least  of the problems in this  off-kilter comedy that  derails  midway  to never really get back on track. In the second plodding half  character-actor  Lalu Alex as  Kalyani’s  father(the brunt of  a barrel of constipated  constipation  jokes)  gets incommensurate  footage .In the climactic  confrontation , Lalu takes centre stage  while  Mohanlal and Prithiviraj stand listening to him  like a paid audience at a political rally.

 It’s like inviting Amitabh  and Abhishek Bachchan  to  a party where Shakti Kapoor is the centre  of attraction. Bro Daddy may have worked better  if it was 45 minutes shorter, and if it hadn’t tried to be  so cool.

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Karan Johar Moves Alia Song From Switzerland To Kashmir

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The  romantic duet in  Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani  Ki Prem Kahaani  which was to be  shot in Switzerland and which was  delayed  due to the film’s leading lady Alia Bhatt’s motherhood, is now being relocated to  Kashmir.

Purely out of  the  love for  new mom Alia.

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Says a source in the know, “Karan loves Alia  like his own daughter. He would do anything for her. He postponed  the  release of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani as the love duet could not be shot before Alia’s maternity leave. Karan had decided to shoot the song in Switzerland  after Alia’s maternity love. But now he has relocated the song to Kashmir  as Alia doesn’t want to leave her  baby girl behind for  long stretches.”

And as Karan Johar argued, snow is  snow. How does it matter whether it is  Switzerland or Kashmir?

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This  song would be Karan Johar’s tribute to  his  idol Yash Chopra. Alia would be dressed in chiffon sarees while  Ranveer, for  a change, would be seen in  formals.

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Bobby Deol’s Switchover To Villainous Roles

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After  Prakash Jha’s webseries Ashram where Bobby  played a sleazy  godman, and Love Hostel  where  he was a ruthless assassin,   he is playing the villain to Ranbir Kapoor in  Sandeep Vanga’s  Animal.

Bobby says it is not conscious career decision to play negative characters  but a conscious  decision to play interesting characters. “ I don’t look at  characters as positive or negative.When I watch  films there is always  one character  that stays  with you. I want to play that  character.”

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Prakash Jha’s Ashram proved a gamechanger for Bobby.  He admits finding  challenging roles is tough.  “I am trying. I  am doing Sandeep Vanga’s Animal with Ranbir  Kapoor , Parineeti Chopra. Then I am doing the family film Apne  2 which I am  very excited  about.”

 In an  earlier  interview with  this writer Bobby spoke  about his   long absence  from screen  before Prakash Jha’s Ashram.  “My fans   would ask why I wasn’t being seen on the screen.And I couldn’t tell them it was  because  I wasn’t getting good roles. But my fans  stood by me. They gave me  the strength  to  keep looking for the right roles. Thankfully I found the roles I liked. My new  films have given  me  some new fans. I am  thankful  I am still here. Yeah , I am in a good space right now.”

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Pathaan Collects 55 crore nett in India On Day 1

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YRF’s Pathaan has apparently wiped out all previous records as it collected 55 crore nett in India and recorded the biggest ever Day 1 for a Hindi film. The total collections of Pathaan on Day One is 57 crore nett (Hindi – 55 crore and dubbed versions 2 crore).

It is the widest Hindi release of  all  time in India and also the highest grossing 1st Day for a   Hindi film.It is  also the  highest grosser  on the  first first for a  non-holiday release. Pathhan is  also the highest  opener for Shah Rukh Khan.

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Akshaye Widhani, CEO of Yash Raj Films, says, “It is a historic day for Indian cinema and we are humbled to see the love and appreciation that is flowing for Pathaan globally. For Pathaan to shatter records in this fashion on a non holiday, just proves that the theatrical business is here to stay, provided we make films that entice people to come to the cinemas to witness a never seen before experience that entertains them thoroughly.“

He adds, “We, at YRF, are thrilled with the start that the film has got across India and we are hopeful that Pathaan brings joy to cine-goers globally in the days to come! Pathaan is the fourth film of our YRF Spy Universe and we are thrilled that we have been able to elevate the cinematic experience of audiences with each film from this franchise. We humbly share this moment with all the stake-holders of the film who have given their blood, sweat and tears to give people a movie-going experience like never before.”

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“Professionally, What  A Year It Has Been For Me,” Raveena Tandon On Her Padma Shri

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Raveena Tandon  feels  she is in a dream. “I woke  up  today to the  news that  I have been awarded the Padma Shri by  my Government. I felt all my years  of hard work  has  finally come to  fruition.I can’t wait to get  back to Mumbai.”

Raveena  is  in Bhopal attending a  wedding.  “I woke  up  on Thursday morning to the good news. My husband(film distributor Anil Thadani) who is in Mumbai had no clue about it. I had to inform him that his wife is now Padma Sri Raveena,” she laughs heartily.

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She then grows  melancholic. “The past one year has been a whirlwind  for me. Professionally, it couldn’t get any better. My webseries Aranyak on Netflix  and  then the bigscreen  blockbuster KGF 2 where I played one of the protagonists , became huge  successes.Sadly,it  was  also the year that  I lost my father(well-known producer-director Ravi Tandon). It was  the severest blow of my life.I am still processing the loss. The Padma Shri would have made  my Dad so proud.”

Remind her  she is  still young and already a Padma winner and Raveena expresses  her  happiness. “I guess I am lucky to have received the honour at the  midpoint of my life and career. I am also very happy that M M  Keeravani Sir has  also received the Padma Shri.His Naatu naatu has  the  world dancing to his tune. But even  before Naatu naatu he has done such exemplary work.”

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Getting nostalgic Raveena  says, “I started working when I was 17.I have done every kind of  cinema, balancing out a Chote Miyan  Bade Miya  with  a Shool, a Rakshak with a  Ghulam-e-Mustafa,  a Bulundi and a Khauff with a Daman and an Aks. It’s  always been  my endeavour to be be seen in escapism and  real cinema. Some people think dancing around trees  and  doing the masala  stuff is easy.  It is  not!  In fact  being real on screen is far easier.”

Raveena feels the  good days  are  back in the entertainment  industry. “I saw Pathaan and  I whistled  and clapped the loudest. It is  an out-and-out mass entertainer and bound to revive the  sagging fortunes  of  our industry.  While the Padma Shri is a personal triumph,  the success of Pathaan  is  a happy occasion for the entire industry.So yeah, I am on top of  the world,”

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Raveena’s fans  would like to know her khubsoorati  ka raaz.

She  laughs, “It’s nothing more than sleeping and eating right. I  try to eat  correctly. I have only  organic  food. More  importantly,I am happy and secure in life. If you are content within it is  bound show on your face.”

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