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Helmet Movie Review: Mirth Control Pill….Kahani Con Dumb Ki

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Helmet(Zee5)

Starring Aparshakti Khurrana, Pranutan Bahl, Abhishek Banerjee, Ashish Verma

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Directed by  Satram Ramani

Rating: **

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Helmet Movie Review: A  good idea felled by  poor execution. I so wanted to like  Helmet because  Indians are largely shy  of buying condoms, let alone using them.  There is a sequence early in the film where  the film’s hero Lucky(Khurrana) runs to the pharmacy to  buy, you know, those thingies  that  one puts  around one’s, you know.

Lucky  points  to every item  in the  glass display except the ….condoms!!!…There, I  said it. Finally the  truth is   out . Indians  are afraid to   say it aloud. So repeat after these condom crusaders…condom, condom , condom….

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The word  , prounounced in various  ways  in  the  film(con-dumb,  kun-dum, con-dome…) recurs so  frequently I  am tempted to rephrase  Ghalib(who I am sure never used that  thing, at least not the strawberry  flavoured ones)… Duniya mein aur bhi hain gham condom ke  siva.

 In getting to a condomic  nirvana  , Helmet takes an excruciatingly  roundabout route. There is  alove story tucked away  in the  condom-inium.Lucky loves  Rupali(Pranutan Bahl). But her dad Ashish Vidyarthi doesn’t think  Lucky’s brass band(yes,  he sings and plays at weddings) could  support his pampered  daughter.Can’t say what’s brassier:  the band  or the girl’s dad.

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Here my mind digressed(trust me , it often will while sitting through  this misfire of af ilm). How many times and in how many languages of Indian cinema  have disapproving fathers of  marriageable heroines snubbed  the heroe?  While I mulled over this, Lucky and his unlucky friends Sultan(Abhishek Bannerjee) and Minus(Ashish Verma)  steal a truck load  of  cartons not knowing they are filled with condoms.

Incidentally the unknown actor who plays the truckdriver is the funniest thing you will see in the film. He takes sarcasm literally and he seems genuinely lost on the  so-called jokes that everyone cracks around  him . Seriously, I feel for you, Mr Truckdriver.

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Director  Satram Ramani  is well-meaning and ambitious. But to label his corny condom campaign as a movement on a  par with Mahatma Gandhi’s  andolan  is  going too far.

Helmet is one  of those  films with  a message that  just  doesn’t seem to  get it right. The ostensibly bold references  to  protected sex  are done in a blaze of  giggly banter, none of it particularly  funny.One  of the hero’s friends is  caught  buying condoms at 60. We are  supposed to  find that hilarious. Another  aging man played by that  competent actor Jameel Khan, whispers to his  wife in  bed that they can finally have sex because he has got what it takes.Wife  hopes he didn’t buy it from the neighbourhood pharmacy . “The last time  when I  went the next morning  the  pharmacist   was leering at me.”

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 The shoddy narrative is riddled with mirth-control jokes about birthcontrol . The  performances are  lackadaisical. Aparshakti Khurrana , normally a  scenestealer from the sidelines seems  lost at the  centre of the plot, probably wondering what he has that his  friends Abhishek Bannerjee and Ashish Verma  don’t.

Incidentally Ashish is named Minus in the film because he is hard of hearing.By that reckoning  this  film should be Minus-Zero because it just doesn’t get it. Protection is  not about condoms.It’s an entire thought process, a way of life. Either  you get or you don’t. This one doesn’t.

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Finally  they bring our prime minister ‘s footage on screen to convince us that the population explosion  is real. If nothing else works, this surely will.

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Aamir Khan’s Sister Plays Shah Rukh’s Mother In Pathaan

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Ever  since Pathaan released on Wednesday, audiences  have been  curious to know who  is the woman who plays Shah Rukh Khan’s adoptive mother in Afghanistan. The stately lady  with  royal looks is none  other than the late producer  Tahir Hussain’s daughter and  Aamir Khan’s elder  sister Nikhat Khan.

 Nikhat has been  closely  associated with the  film industry  and has helped her father in the production of his  films like Dulha Bikta Hai and  Tum Mere  Ho.

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Nikhat has  acted earlier in the Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal ,  Ajay Devgan’s Tanhaji and  in Sandh Ki Aankh(as a Maharani).

For Pathaan, it was Shah Rukh Khan who suggested Nikhat Khan should play his foster-mother in  Afghanistan who names him ‘Pathaan’. It proved to be  an inspired  piece of casting, as  audience have  loved Nikhat  Khan’s cameo.

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It is  heartwarming that  all three Khan superstars  are  associated with Pathaan in one  way  or the other.

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Anurag Kashyap’s New Film Is About Love Jihad

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Love Jihad, whatever  that means, is  the theme  of  Anurag Kashyap’s new film Almost Pyaar  With D  J Mohabbat.

Debutant Karan  Mehta plays a Muslim boy  in an intense relationship with  Alaya F who plays  a Hindu  girl.Kashyap has spared the  audience none of the ugliness that  such a relationship generates  among  social-media  bouncers, the self-styled  guardian of morality .

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In the hardhitting powerful and pertinent film  a  bigot is heard commenting snidely, “These people first talk about Mohabbat. Then  they talk about Mohammed.”

Happily and  surprisingly,  the Central Board Of Film Certification gave the  film a ‘UA’ certificate  with no  cuts: a  rare non-‘A’ film of Kashyap.

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So far  Kashyap and his  team have kept the Love Jihad part  of  the plot  out of all media interaction.

But the  cat is  now  out of the bag.

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu to Star Alongside Varun Dhawan in Prime Video’s Indian Original Series , Samantha Speaks

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu will be starring alongside Varun Dhawan in the Indian installment of the Citadel universe, the global-event series from Prime Video and the Russo Brothers’ AGBO. The untitled Citadel series based out of India is being helmed by renowned creator duo Raj & DK (Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK), who are the showrunners and directors.

 The local installment is written by Sita R. Menon, along with Raj & DK. The streaming service also confirmed that the production is currently underway in Mumbai. After this, the unit will head  to North India and then onwards to international locales like Serbia and South Africa.

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  Richard Madden (Bodyguard) and Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star in the first-to-launch series within the Citadel universe, which comes from the Russo Brothers’ AGBO along with David Weil (Hunters) and is set to premiere in 2023. Alongside Madden and Chopra Jonas, the first-to-launch Citadel series will also feature Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games saga). Additional local-language Citadel productions are also in the works, including an Italian Original series starring Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing).

  Speaking on  her participation in  The Citadel  franchise for  the  first time,Samantha says, “When Prime Video and Raj & DK approached me with this project, I decided to take it up in a heartbeat! After working with this team on The Family Man, it is homecoming for me.The Citadel universe, the interconnected storylines between the productions across the globe, and most importantly, the script of the Indian installment really excited me.”

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   Samantha  says she is  looking forward  to working with Varun Dhawan  .  “I am thrilled to be a part of this brilliant universe conceptualised by the Russo Brothers. I am also looking forward to be working with Varun for the first time, on this project. He is someone who is full of life and cheer when you’re around him.”

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Bollywood’s Achche Din Have Come

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 Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar

All you doomsday  prophets, the  booms-day  profits  are here.  Pathaan  has  opened the floodgates again for Bollywood’s  bumper  bonanza at the  boxoffice.And now there is  only the achche din ahead  for  Hindi  cinema.

In the  next   two months there are  three sureshot  blockbusters coming up, beginning with Shehzada.  An astute devilishly impish  adaptation  of  Allu Arjun’s  2020 Telugu   blockbuster  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.The super-popular Kartik  Aaryan gives  his own  spin to the  character. This  performance will take   Kartik to the  next level of stardom. Kartik’s version of  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is  radically different  from  its Telugu  version. Shehzada  takes  the core idea of  the Telugu original  and turns it into a  something  completely different. Kartik’s  co-star in Shehzada  is  Kriti  Sanon with whom he earlier shared superhit space in Lukka Chuppi.

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 Then there  is Luv Ranjan’s ravishing rom-com   Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar. The director’s   male viewpoint on the chaos  of love relationships  crests to a comic  high in his latest. Ranjan  for  the first time, collaborates with Ranbir Kapoor for the  first time  collaborates with Shraddha  Kapoor  who badly needs a hit.This film should do the  trick. The winsome  lead pair tries  to do one  another  in a  game of Luv This is Luv Ranjan’s Hum…Aapke Hain Con. Ranjan  has in the past used  the romcom  space to  entertain his audience  to the hilt, he  says this  time the stakes are different. It is  not something we’ve seen before.

 Finally  it is   Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.  Karan  Johar’s first directorial in six years(not counting the one segment each  in Ghost Stories and  Lust Stories). This time he has assembled a dream star-cast  of Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Ranveer Singh and  the  boxoffice darling(s) Alia Bhatt.  But trust me, this one is  not about assembling stars  into a complacent plot. The writing in this  zany Romeo & Juliet is so crisp  and engrossing, the experience  is  likely to be   the visual version of a multi-flavour icrecream cone. Colour, choler and karma collide in this tragic-comic love story . Let the  box office dhamaka  begin  from the house  of Dharma.

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