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Swara Is Spectacular, Anaarkari Of Aarah Is Simply Stunning: Movie Review

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Starring: Swara Bhaskar,Sanjai Mishra, Pankaj Tripathi, IshteyakKhan

Written & Directed by: Avinash Das

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Nothing in this unexpected storm-trooper of a film has prepared  you for its high-velocity energy and fervent statement on female sexuality. Without exaggeration Anaarkali Of Aarah (AOA) is the surprise of the season. It is stunning in thought, spellbinding in  plot and  utterly gripping in  the way the story of a small-town dancer-singer’s adventures in lecher-land unfolds.

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AOA is many things at the same time.  It is a shimmering sun-soaked mirror of smalltown values wherein every sneeze or fart is noted and evaluated across the communities . And yet the story ofAnaarkali(Swara Bhaskar, spectacular) is also the story ofEverywoman urban or rural.

Lady, you may belong to Aarah or Arizona… there will always be men who feel they’ve the birthright to own your body as and when they wish.

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So here’s the simmering provocative scenario. Anaarkali , thesmalltown hottie who makes every guy in town horny, is on stage giving robust voice and body to her raunchy songs—yes, she does dirty dancing for a living and enjoys her job as much as Swara enjoys acting and I enjoy writing—when the town’s prime educational institution’s Vice Chancellor(Sanjai Mishra) decides to take the ‘Vice’ too seriously.

He  jumps on stage to molest the dancer ,as her performing partner (played with poignant panache by Pankaj Tripathi) watches in muted horror.All hell breaks loose thereafter. While the lechs of Aarah seethe in anti-climactic rage, Anaarkali gives them a long rope to hand themselves with.

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In one sequence Swara strides  looking crushed into the vice-ridden chancellor’s den …only to make him look ridiculous at the end of it .And at the end her dance of defiance and exposure is so volatile and so deliciously over-the-top  I  found myself jumping out of my seat to congratulate Swara.

No walkover , our Anaarkali she takes on the academic lout with such vigour and strength that you will find yourself cheering and clapping for this female hero of these times of sexual ambivalence when men in positions of power misuse their strength to subjugate women in workplaces.

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This is a sublime film about the dignity of labour narrated with a  raunchy rigour that is often appealing at times exasperating.

Swara Bhaskar hits all the right notes in the shrillest of scenes,  bringing out the feisty Bihari woman’s inner strength and an extremely appealing moral grounding even when confronted by the demons of her disreputable profession.  There are scenes where Swarais required to push aside all her inhibitions, even her innate feminine grace to appear predatory in her aggression. To her credit Swarasidesteps sleaziness even when she is required to sing and shake her booty to lyrics that would make Yo Yo Honey Singh blush.

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But there is a certain grace and dignity to the double meaning thrown out of the erotic dancer’s pelvis thrusts,  like fire leaping into the sky.Swara dances to these ribald lyrics with such familiarity and trust , you won’t notice the sexuality in her thrust. You will see the thirst and dare I say, the  innocence, the determination to remain an artiste even when pushed so much against the wall that her body is stiffened and stymied by social order where men have the right to ‘own’ women’s physicality.

In this nimbly -written ode to feminine grace a cheesy dancer who probably moonlights as prostitute tells the predatory man where to get off. It kicks where it hurts the most and its does so without the flourish of schisms. It is a terrific premise for a post-feminist film. Writer-Director Avinash Das doesn’t focus on remaining fashionable about women’s empowerment.

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After a  point his heroine’s tale has a will of its own. You suspect neither the writer-director nor  the actress playing Anaarkali can control her destiny.They, like us, can only move back and gawk in amazement as this astounding female  hero takes on the empowered goons co-powered by the louts  LaLu Land.

The smell,the feel , the flavor and the emotions of the stiflingly patriarchal small-town is so palpable , you are swept into the vortex of the film’s vibrant vista. Full marks to the film’s cinematographerArvind Kannabiran for making Aarah and Anarkali seem wedded to one another , and of course Rohit Kumar’s authentic folk songs ….they add so much value to the proceedings!….It’s hard to imagine  the film without its true-to-life songs and music, and its compelling and credible  characterizations that impel the  gripping plot into areas of exposition where sexual exploitation is turned inside-out , upside-down.

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A dizzying, combative explosive expose of smaltown hooliganism and a spunky girl’s determination  to survive all odds, Anaarkali OfAarah has a memorable gallery of actors giving the goings-on  a sterling push and a bracing vigour with their performances.

I have to single out Sanjai Mishra as the sleazeball academician ,Vijay Kumar as his murky cop in crime,Pankaj Tripathi as Anaarkali’s partner on stage, Mayor More as her callow infatuated utterly devoted lover-boy . Nitin Arora as backalley music baron and last but certainly not the least  Ishteyak Khan as a smalltown man who knows how to respect a woman.

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These are not just performances. They are classrooms of impeccable characterizations. But above all there is Sawara Bhaskar giving what history will record as one of the bravest and most important performances by  a female actor in post-modernist Bollywood .

This week , don’t even think about seeing any other film.With this towering achievement around the others don’t stand a ‘ghost’ of a chance.

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Gimme  the spunk queen of  Arrah anyday rather than the bhoot of  Phillauri.

 

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

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Aamir Khan’s Sister Plays Shah Rukh’s Mother

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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