Ratna Pathak Shah is of the opinion that we’re leaving behind a ‘messed up world’ for the future generation. “We have messed up the whole world, we will be out of it very soon but it’s the young ones who will have to fight. We have to be prepared for all interventions. But just because it’s going to be tough, should it not be done? It has to be done.”
Naseeruddin Shah has said that he is not sure why Lipstick Under My Burka had trouble with the CBFC, but thinks it’s because the Censor Board has problems with the portrayal of women’s sexuality.
In a film industry that abandons female stars once they have crossed their 30s, and pairs their contemporary male actors with much younger actresses, Mehrunisa is a thematically significant work like Alankrita Srivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burqa (2016), where Ratna Pathak Shah played a 55-year-old woman who is ridiculed for her sexual desires.
The story is about Rehana Abidi (Plabita Borthakur), a burkha-clad college girl who secretly aspires to become a pop singer; Shireen Aslam (Konkona SenSharma), an oppressed mother of three who secretly lives a life as a saleswoman; Leela (Aahana Kumra), a young beautician who plots to elope with her boyfriend; and matriarch Usha (Ratna Pathak Shah), who has resigned herself to being called buaji but rediscovers her sexuality over anonymous phone calls with her swimming instructor.
Love Per Square Foot, Netflix India’s original film and quite aptly released on Valentine’s Day, is a perfect tribute to the what millennials are *actually* like; the ones who are aspirational, hard working and willing to go the extra mile.Ratna Pathak Shah as Blossom, Karina’s mother, and Supriya Pathak, Sanjay’s mother, are a delight to watch, especially considering the two have an impeccable comic timing.
Ratna Pathak Shah says it is weird that women are considered a minority in India. “That’s one of my greatest fears about what’s happening in our country today, how it is going to affect minorities – the women.
The CBFC has refused to give a censor certificate to Lipstick Under my Burkha. The film directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur, follows four women as they search for a little freedom in their lives.
Actress Amala Paul, who is awaiting the release of director Pandiraj’s Pasanga 2, is reportedly playing one of the leads in the Tamil remake of the Bollywood film Nil Battey Sannata. Nil Battey Sannata is a mother-daughter story starring Swara Baskar, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Pankaj Tripathi. According to a TOI report, Amala Paul will essay the role of the daughter, while actress Revathi is being approached to play the role of her mother. Shooting of the remake will commence next month. The film will be jointly produced by Anand L Rai and Dhanush.
Yash Raj Films announced the release dates of five of its upcoming movies this year – Prithviraj, Shamshera, Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Bunty Aur Babli 2, andSandeep Aur Pinky Faraar- in an official announcement on Wednesday.
Centred on a rich software engineer who suffers from hypochondria (Gulshan Devaiah) and a doctor (Saiyami Kher)﹣a Covid warrior, the film narrates a lighthearted story that states that even in a new world designed and run by the virus, the demands and crises of human relationships remain the same.Arun delicately weaves in two narratives into this short ﹣one, of systemic apathy, India’s class divide and the hypocrisy of charity, and another, on the chasm between the young couple’s desire for a life where they could be a normal family cooped up in a house and their reality.
The trailer of Unpaused, Amazon Prime Video’s first Hindi anthology film, was released on Tuesday at a virtual press conference. Unpaused is a collection of five short films set in a post-Covid-19 world. Directed by Raj & DK, Nikkhil Advani, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Avinash Arun, and Nitya Mehra, the shorts delve into themes of friendship, love, hope, second chances, and new beginnings.
Amazon Prime Video on Wednesday announced its first Hindi anthology film titled Unpaused, along with an official teaser. It is helmed by five directors- Raj & DK, Nikkhil Advani, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Avinash Arun, and Nitya Mehra.
While Sahil has a real job, Rosesh spends his time trying out for theatre roles and writing terrible poetry – for instance, “Khatarkhun Khatarkhun/ Chale Mere Dil Ki Dhun” and “Hai hava mein victory ki aroma/ jeet gayi Momma, jeet gayi Momma. ” For his part, Indravadan spends his time playing practical jokes on Maya and harassing Rosesh (or Maya Part 2, as he calls him).
Maybe it’s a coincidence that in Soni in which a superb Geetika Vaidya plays a young cop disillusioned with the system has Amrita Pritam’s Raseedi Ticket given to her, and in this movie, she’s working in an Amrita’s house… and film ends with the recital of a poem titled Amrita.The trailer had me thinking maybe this is one of those court-room screaming matches, or one woman fighting for all women, kind of film. But it isn’t.
Set in Mirzapur, the story revolves around three families – Pankaj Kapoor who’s an all-powerful don; two brothers played by Ali Fazal and Vikrant Massey; a family of two sisters played by Shriya Pilgaonkar and Shweta Tripathi. “It’s the story about power-hungry people and the games they play,” says Shweta.
Manav Kaul is a known theatre figure, having started his own theatre company in 2004 that produced several notable plays including Ilhaam, Park and Shakkar ke Paanch Daane. He made his acting debut in Hindi cinema with fantasy film Jajantaram Mamantaram in 2003, and has been lauded for his performance as a right-wing politician in the Gujarat-based Hindi drama Kai Po Che! in 2013.
An action-comedy directed by Seth Gordon, this film features A-listers like Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. The plot follows lifeguard Mitch Buchannon and his team, who in an effort to save their beach have to take down a drug lord.Focusing on a physicist (Kishore) and his young girlfriend (Yasmin Ponnappa) with time travel as the backdrop, the film is directed by Dhilip Kumar and written by film critic Baradwaj Rangan.
Among the nominees in the major categories were cinematographer Rachel Morrison and actor-writer-director Greta Gerwig, making history as the first women to ever be there. Morrison lost her award to Roger A Deakins, the iconic cinematographer whose legacy is impossible to be contained in an Oscar recognition, and Greta lost to Shape Of Water director Guillermo Del Toro, whose film also won the award for the best picture, toppling the trend of not awarding the best director and best picture to the same team.
Netflix India has several projects lined up for the new year and one of them is Love Per Square Foot. Infusing some real struggle involving the want of space in an already packed and notoriously unaffordable city, Love Per Square Foot appears to be that slice-of-life romantic comedy with the two protagonists, who for once, are in a quandary that is very relatable.
The nominations for the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards are out, featuring some good films and some not-so good films from last year.
The #MeToo movement so far has become a tool for privileged women as this report in the Bustle points out: “While the “Me Too” campaign has been a powerful demonstration of the systemic nature of sexual violence, most of the stories have focused on non-disabled, white, and straight cis women.Some of the best known names of the entertainment industry confessed to inappropriate behaviour – Louis CK, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Ben Affleck… according to Vox, 105 power magnets have been accused of sexual harassment ever since Bill O’Reilly was fired from Fox News.
An adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s novel Sacred Games and a collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan’s company Red Chillies Entertainment for a web-series based on Bilal Siddiqi’s novel The Bard of Blood are the other Netflix ventures in India.Streaming video giant Netflix will venture into it’s first Indian film in collaboration with Ronnie Screwvala production house RSVP.
The cold aloofness with which the film portrays its male characters in sensitive and intimate situations as these, is strange. While the film stands by its four female protagonists in solidarity, it shows little sympathy to the male characters who come across as selfish misogynists who treat women like domesticated animals.