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A Potpourri of Vestiges ExclusiveBy Murtaza Ali KhanActor Solanki Diwaker Everyday he wakes up early morning so that he can quickly rush to Okhla Sabzi Mandi in order to load his cart with fresh fruits which he later sells in South Delhi's posh locality of Malviya Nagar. But he is not a regular fruit seller. He is an actor whose credits include films like Titli, Kadvi Hawa, Halkaa, Bhor, and Sonchiriya. Most recently he starred in Dream Girl wherein he shares a memorable scene with veteran actor Annu Kapoor. "I play the part of a bank official who collects the installments for bank loans. Now, Annu Sir's character hasn't paid the bank installment for the last three months and so I ... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Murtaza Ali KhanPeter Bradshaw, Cath Clarke, Andrew Pulver and Catherine Shoard have picked a list of 100 Best Films of the 21st century for The Guardian. The only Indian movie to have found a place on the list is Anurag Kashyap's 2012 crime film Gangs of Wasseypur (I am glad they consider the two parts as a single film as that's how the film is meant to be seen as). Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 film There Will Be Blood has interestingly topped the list. You can read Peter Bradshaw's detailed piece on why it is their No 1 here. Now, I have great respect for Peter. His love for cinema is nothing but contagious. Though his writings and vlogs he really keeps us ... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanTowards the end of Section 375, a female lawyer tells her mentor, “Sir, I don’t think that the justice was served.” The senior lawyer retorts, “We are not in the business of justice. We are in the business of law.” The lawyer’s remark makes it absolutely clear that justice and law are not synonymous. At the end of the day, all laws are subject to human interpretation and a good lawyer understands that there are enough provisions and technicalities to be toyed around with. It all boils down to one thing—whether you can prove it in the court of law.Ajay Bahl’s Section 375 is based on Section 375 of Indian Penal Cod... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAuthor turned director Ram Kamal's Season's Greetings: A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh, will have UK premiere at CIFF, Festival will be attended by Hollywood bigwigs including Judi Dench who will also be receiving Lifetime Achievement Award.After United Nations collaboration and Amitabh Bachchan unveiling the first look of Ram Kamal Mukherjee's film A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season's Greetings, now his film will be premiered at Cardiff International Film Festival this October. This will be the closing film of the festival.Incidentally Ram Kamal's short film Cakewalk will also be screened at the Festival in short film category. He is the only Indian filmmaker t... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAyushmann Khurrana has been on a roll and his dream run continues with #DreamGirl... the solid all around acting (Nushrat Bharucha, Manjot Singh, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz) and a spicy screenplay replete with peppy dialogues make Dream Girl a fun watch. Credit goes to writer-director Raaj Shaandilyaa and team. However, discerning viewers would most definitely see it as a no-brainer that occasionally suffers from uneven pacing. So it's up to you to decide this week whether to watch a thinking man's courtroom drama (Section 375) or an out and out no-brainer with loads of fun (Dream Girl). Previous Post: The Sky is Pink: TrailerNext Post: Judi Dench to att... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAn amazing true story of a family that will make audiences laugh, cry and be inspired - The Sky Is Pink. Inspired by a true story, The Sky Is Pink is a film about the abiding power of timeless love, and what it really means to be a family. It is the sweeping and heartfelt journey of the love of a couple spanning 30 years, told through the lens of their sassy, sardonic and spunky teenage daughter Aisha Chaudhary. Most of all, it’s a poignant celebration of love and life itself.The film brings back the much-loved on-screen couple Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Farhan Akhtar together who essay the lead roles. It also stars the young powerhouse of talent Zaira Wa... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureSection 375 is a thinking man's courtroom drama that stands head and shoulders above the other Hindi films of its kind owing to the strong legal research work and brilliant performances of Richa Chadha, Akshaye Khanna, Meera Chopra and Rahul Bhat. Director Ajay Bahl shows great control over the material at hand. He has greatly grown as a filmmaker since B.A. Pass and is truly capable of handling much complex subjects. The film unfolds in a Rashomon-like manner which makes it layered and endlessly engaging. It's heartening to see a commercial Hindi film with a taut narrative and without any forcible insertion of songs.Readers, please feel free to share... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureNetflix kicked off the Breaking Bad rewatch campaign using an anthemic piece, Enchanted, performed by the Grammy-nominated duo, Chloe X Halle. Using the 1950’s doo-wop tune, “Enchanted” by The Platters, the piece revisits the many painful, soul-crushing moments Jesse (Aaron Paul) has gone through over the five seasons of Breaking Bad and where he ends up in the finale. The song choice is particularly special to Jesse since it’s the same music that plays when he tries Heroin for the first time with his now-deceased girlfriend Jane (played by Krysten Ritter).  Written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince ... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanWriter-director Nitesh Tiwari is currently one of the best filmmakers working in Hindi cinema. The IIT Bombay Alumnus gave up on a successful career in advertising before making a foray into Bollywood. His directorial debut Chillar Party went on to win the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film. He subsequently directed Amitabh Bachchan in Bhoothnath Returns which was a big commercial success. But it was his third film Dangal that ended up breaking all kinds of box-office records. It proved to a huge critical and commercial success, both nationally as well as internationally. Tiwari has also co-written scr... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAmazon India has announced the third edition of Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Pen to Publish Contest. The contest is open to all genres in English, Hindi and Tamil. Interested participants can submit their original written entries either in short-format(2,000 to 10,000 words) or long-format(more than 10,000 words) through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.in from 15th September 2019to 14th December 2019. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and the quality of writing, and customer feedback. The judging panel will include popular authors like Durjoy Datta and Sudha Nair for English entries, Divya Prakash Dubey for Hindi entries, and Pa. Raghavan a... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureImage Courtesy: News18A member of the Shiv Sena has filed a police complaint against Netflix alleging the global streaming giant is Anti-Hindu. But is Netflix really Anti-Hindu? Well, in this regard, we would like to touch upon a few things:1. Netflix is a subscription based service. You pay a monthly fee to avail the service. Their shows don't release in cinemas. They don't come to your homes directly like television. 2. The medium caters to individualistic needs. The popularity of platforms like Netflix solely rest on the fact that there is a section of the society whose entertainment needs are not getting matched by conventional means or entertainm... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureNalneesh Neel in III Smoking Barrels, which is currently streaming on NetflixActor Nalneesh Neel has been going from a position of strength to strength over the last couple of years as his hard work has finally started to pay its dividend. In Kamakhya Narayan Singh’s Bhor, which was selected for the Indian Panorama Section of the 49th International Film Festival of India, he plays the pivotal role of a man belonging to the poverty-stricken Musahar community known for feeding on rats for survival. In Sanjib Dey’s III Smoking Barrels, which was touted as the biggest film to come out of the northeast last year, he plays a mute elephant poacher. The film is cur... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureUrvashi Rautela stuns in a blue outfit. This is from the last week at a Dahi Handi event.Outfit - Archana GajariaJewelry - AzotiqueReaders, please feel free to share your opinion by leaving your comments. As always your valuable thoughts are highly appreciated!Previous Post: Speaking Tiger and Rajkamal Prakashan join hands to release Tales from the Tail End: My Cancer DiaryNext Post: The Rise of Nalneesh NeelComplete List of Reviewshttp://feeds.feedburner.com/APotpourriOfVestiges... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureThe Capital recently witnessed a unique event of a book launch at the Indian International Centre as two of the country's publishing giants, Speaking Tiger and Rajkamal Prakashan Group, joined hands together to celebrate the launch of the English and Hindi editions of Tales From the Tail End: My Cancer Diary (in English), and Thaharti Sanson Ke Sirhane Se: Jab Jindagi Mauj Le Rahi Thi (Cancer Diary (in Hindi) by Ananya Mukherjee. Ananya, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, succumbed to her illness in November 2018, merely eighteen days after submitting the manuscript with the publishers. Written in her inimitable style of acerbic wit and dark humor – Tales... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAfter the success of Cakewalk, author turned director Ram Kamal Mukherjee's second feature A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season's Greetings will premiere on ZEE5, India's fastest growing OTT platform. The 47-minute Hindi feature marks the comeback of Bollywood star Celina Jaitly Haag post marriage and motherhood. The film also stars theatre thespian Lillette Dubey and debutant Azhar Khan in the lead. This film also marks the debut of Bollywood's first transgender actor Shree Ghatak in a pivotal role.The film has become India's first ever feature to collaborate with United Nations Free and Equal. The film deals with Article 377 and LGBTQIA community. "... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureNetflix announced today the release date for Academy Award® winner Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman starring Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro, Academy Award® winner Al Pacino and Academy Award® winner Joe Pesci.  The Irishman will have a platform release starting November 1 in Los Angeles and New York, with additional engagements in the U.S. and in the U.K. beginning November 8. Other U.S. and international cities will continue to roll out on November 15 and November 22.  The film will be released globally on Netflix on November 27, with an expanded theatrical release in the U.S. and international markets. Last month, Film ... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureThe web has really changed people’s daily intake of entertainment. The platform not only allows for greater scope for creativity to the writers and the actors but it also allows the makers to create content that’s most targeted as opposed to movies and television. While a majority of the content on the web is curated keeping the youth in mind there is so much that’s yet to be explored since the platform is still in its early days. Campus based stories is one such area. While we have had a lot of interesting campus films over the years the web somewhere hasn’t captured the space in the same way. However, one exception that comes to mind is Sharan Kopishe... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanThe Arabic word “Yomeddine” means Judgment Day. In Islam, Christianity and some other religions, it is believed that the life on earth is merely a test for each individual for the life after death. That a day will come when the whole universe will be destroyed and the dead will be resurrected on the Day of Recompense. Even the pariahs of the society will be seen as equals on the day of reckoning when everybody will be rewarded by the God according to their deeds and not according to their socio-economic status in the society. It will be the beginning of a life that will never end.In2 Infotainment India and Kahwa Entertainment (India) in as... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Tanmay ShuklaThere is a certain voyeuristic pleasure in watching a film such as Crawl. It does not require a genius to figure out the overall narrative design. Michael Rasmussen and Shawn Rasmussen’s screenplay is neither a very original concept nor it is the most unpredictable. They came up with an original hook and placed it in a tried-and-tested structure and presented it in a tight manner. The strength of Crawl lies in its ability to keep the audience engaged till the very end despite having nothing out of the box, maybe except the alligators. The devil is in the details—it is the manner in which we arrive at the resolution is what makes Crawl an ente... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureIndian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s special interaction with celebrity survivalist anchor, Bear Grylls is now streaming exclusively on Netflix across the world. The special edition of Man vs Wild, the global reality TV sensation hosted by Grylls has already broken Super Bowl 53s record of the most trending televised event ever by clocking over 3.6 billion social impressions. Originally broadcast on Discovery Channel, the show features the Indian Prime Minister walking through the wilderness of the Jim Corbett National Park in the foothills of the Himalayas along with Grylls, while extolling the need for tiger and environmental conservation. The show w... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureGulshan Kumar presents Bhushan Kumar's PACHTAOGE song sung by Arijit Singh. The music is by B Praak and composed & written by Jaani. This new love song is Starring Vicky Kaushal & Nora Fatehi and featuring Prabh Uppal from the Album "Jaani Ve".The video is directed by Arvindr Khaira.Arijit Singh: Pachtaoge Official VideoReaders, please feel free to share your opinion by leaving your comments. As always your valuable thoughts are highly appreciated!Previous Post: Bard of Blood: Trailer ReviewNext Post: Watch the special episode of Man v/s Wild, featuring PM Modi on Netflix Murtaza Ali KhanComplete List of Reviewshttp://feeds.feedburner.com/APotpourriOfVe... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureShah Rukh Khan and Emraan Hashmi in a promotional gig for Netflix Original Bard of BloodNetflix recently dropped the trailer for its much-anticipated Netflix Original series, Bard of Blood, produced by Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment. The story is based on the book of the same name, penned by the young Indian author, Bilal Siddiqi, which released in 2015. The story will be brought to life as a seven-episode high-octane thriller series for more than 151 million members around the world. The series will stream on Netflix from 27th September 2019.The series features a commercially successful and critically acclaimed cast that includes Emraan Hashmi, V... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureFor the longest time, there used to be a lot of hue and cry that Bollywood mocks Sikhs and is reluctant to portray them as heroes. And now that we have a heroic character like Sartaj Singh who is willing to sacrifice himself for the country I don't see why we should not celebrate his valor... in the first season he is forced to sacrifice his thumb to an Islamic terrorist... and this time again he puts himself on the line with the nuclear threat lurking on the city. As far as that said scene is concerned it comes at a time in the plot when Sartaj must detach himself with the memories of his father or else out of that attachment he would not be able to fulfi... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureOn 5 November 2013, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched a space probe to undertake a 298-day transit to Mars as part of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) aka Mangalyaan. The probe reached Mars orbit on 24 September 2014. It was India’s first interplanetary mission, making it the first Asian nation to reach Martian orbit and the first country in the world to do so in its maiden attempt. Overall, ISRO became the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after Roscosmos, NASA, and the European Space Agency. The Mars Orbiter Mission team went on to win the Space Pioneer Award in 2015. An image taken by the MOM spacecraft was the cover photo of t... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAfter a lot of anticipation the second season of Sacred Games is finally out on Netflix and just as expected it tries to connect the dots. It also answers a lot of question that were left answered at the end of the first season but certainly not all which means that there will most likely be a third season and maybe possibly even fourth. Now there is no denying that in terms of scope and production values Sacred Games 2 is bigger than the opening season but unfortunately the audience response so far hasn't been very good. While I was watching the new season I observed a series of issues/problems with it. So I have endeavored to touch upon five of the most ... Read more
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