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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows Review: The Most Engaging Super-Hero Film In Recent Times!

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Film: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows

Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell

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Directed by: Dave Green

Movie Review: Just when I had given up hope of ever seeing a fun super-hero film—what with all of them choosing to go the top-heavy existential way—comes  this superhero hell-raiser blues-chaser, the most enjoyable, light-footed ,fast-paced and grandly designed  super-hero yarn, and yet true to the comic book spirit.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  is as intellectually equipped to handle the Shakespearean dilemma—to be or not to be ponderous—as the film’s kneejerk attitude to heart-in-the-mouth heroism allows it to be.

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This is a film with the smartest most deviously constructed chase and action sequences on this side of Rush Hour. Not that anyone is trying to impress with their smartness.It’s all done in the spirit of an  ongoing gag. Filled with a sense of wacked-out wonderment, this is that easygoing unfettered super-hero film that we were waiting for, but didn’t know where to look without running into self-important philosophizing pseudo-heroes who came at us with so much gravity that we were left shuddering in penitence.

So here’s the deal, then. The four Ninjas Turtles Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello are back with a blather .They are brighter more focused and certainly able to carry out the steep hijinks with far more panache on this occasion than the earlier phase of the franchise. In fact this film—clocking into just two hours of exacerbated joy and enjoyment—opens with a steep chase on the roads of NY where a dreaded terrorist Shredder is being taken to prison.

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There is an ambush that whisks Shredder away. But before that happens the Ninjas revved up with glorious gadgets fitted into a van that resembles a video-game parlour, zooms into the picture to create some of the most ravishing bedlam seen in recent times.

Director Dave Green  keeps the characters vibrant and alert and yet somewhat intellectually challenged. You know his human hero, a not-so-smart disgraced cop Casey Jones(Stephen Amell)  is capable of pulling off a clanger any time. His female counterpart April(played by the opulently sexy Megan Fox) is no better.  I mean,tell me, what is so smart about hack-copying an outlawed academician’s data in a crowded restaurant using a  device which can at best be called a James Bond carryover?Even the four Ninjas trapeze swiftly from smart to clueless when three of them decide they want to look ‘human’

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(Aside: if the Turtles look like us, what is the point of the franchise? Mercifully the idea is dropped)

It is the intellectual uncertainty hovering spookily close to the edge of the plot that makes this the most fun-filled super-hero film in recent times, far more regaling in its irreverent homage to machismo than the dreadfullyselfimportant Captain America Civil War, Batman Versus Superman and most recently X Men Apocalypse Now.

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Unhinged and goofy Teenage Mutant , etc etc is shot like a binge on tequila consumed on a night when the stakes are high and the craving for adventure and fun even higher.

The film is terrifically packaged . The revulsion generated by some of the characters including an extra-terrestialvillain that looks like human brain with tentacles, is meant to remind us  that the space  which divides comicbookaction from creative orgying  is  non-negotiable.The action scenes of apocalypse(yeah yeah the world is threatened by extinction here also) are filmed with a giggling gusto.

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The film is  loads of fun because it doesn’t take its heroism to the level of megalomaniacal machismo. Some of the heroism   specially pertaining to New York’s mirthfully informal mayor(Will Arnett) is so splendidly  self-mocking you end of celebrating the return of the fun element in the super-hero genre.

This weekend don’t even think about any other film. Take your kids and rush to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Out Of The Shadows .This super-fun super-hero  film  is funny charming, goofy and unexpectedly gyani. The quirky quartet of kachuas are at their cornily valorous crest. Leave the rest. This is where the fun begins.

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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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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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