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Mukkabaaz (The Brawler) review – Bollywood boxing epic takes on caste injustice

Vineet Kumar Singh stars as a low-caste boxer fighting for respect in Anurag Kashyap’s heavy-hitting social critique

An eclectic run of credits – bizarre psychothriller No Smoking (2007), Devdas update Dev D (2009), crime diptych Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) – have established writer-director-producer Anurag Kashyap as Hindi cinema’s foremost moderniser. He took a beating on Cotton Club-like period folly Bombay Velvet (2015), but his latest, Mukkabaaz (The Brawler) is a canny comeback bid: a heavy-hitting social critique disguised as a rock ’em-sock ’em sports movie. It follows the attempts of angry lower-caste boxer Shravan (Vineet Kumar Singh) to claw back personal and professional satisfaction after walloping the well-connected coach whose mute niece the boxer was wooing.

Kashyap’s own struggles to stay mobile within a stiflingly regulated, sometimes rigged system never seem very far from the surface. This film-maker’s preference for no-holds-barred realism over the prevailing comforts of melodrama manifests in characters who spit and curse,
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From 'Paravaa' boys to 'Mayaanadhi' romance: The best of Malayalam cinema in 2017

MollywoodThis year saw the rise of several young, talented filmmakers, huge hits and novel scripts.Fahir MaithuttyIn 2017, Malayalam cinema saw the rise of several young, talented filmmakers. There were huge hits at the box-office, novel scripts, memorable performances and big strides in the technical department. Here is a look at 12 things from the year that made the most impact and stayed with us. Fahadh Faasil’s portrayal of a thief without a name in Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Arguably the finest performance by a male actor in Malayalam this year, Fahadh Faasil showed us how your screen-time in a movie never matters if you can transform to the character you play like he does. When the police beat and torture him, we can feel his pain. When he tells a policeman – “Don’t laugh sir, I know what it is be hungry at this age”, we can learn about his past from his face. When he gives a crooked smile to Sreeja (Nimisha) at the interval point, we smile with him. When he drops the stone and decides to not hurt Prasad (Suraj Venjaramoodu), we are once again left wondering what his real character is. Angamaly Diaries’ rawness To make a good movie with 86 debutant actors in itself is not a small feat. Lijo Jose Pellissery went a few steps ahead and made Angamaly Diaries, a near classic. The movie reminded one of the likes of Gangs of Wasseypur in its presentation of gang wars in their raw form. Two other factors also helped. One, the cinematography by Girish Gangadharan whose camera walked and ran behind the gangs without a glitch. Second, the background score by Prashant Pillai which added real thrill to many scenes. Aashiq Abu’s expert handling of romance in Mayaanadhi “Normally we see only half of what we write on paper get translated to screen. In Mayaanadhi, we were happy to see it captured completely” said Dileesh Nair, one of the movie’s writers in an interview. Tovino Thomas and Aishwarya Lekshmi are lovely as Mathan and Aparana. But Mayaanadhi is ultimately a director’s movie. It's not an easy job to depict romance on screen without being even slightly cheesy. But Aashiq Abu brings in a delicate balance that matches the veteran filmmakers in this genre. The gazes the lead pair share, the pause between their words, the vibe that keeps changing - every detail is precise. The result is a poem on screen. Parvathy’s bravura performance in Take Off Sameera (Parvathy) breaks down when she explains to Manoj (Fahadh Faasil) the reason why she didn’t leave Iraq despite the situation in the country. She tells him how the wages a nurse gets in her country is so meagre to make her ends meet. It is an act so good that it makes you forget it is an actor in front of you and takes you right into the plight of her character’s profession. Take Off is a neatly crafted thriller and Parvathy’s performance was its Usp. Having already won Best Actress in the recent Iffi awards, Parvathy should add more such films in her kitty in coming days. Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela’s new spin to depiction of life threatening diseases The interval block of Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela is hilarious. Sheela Chacko (Shanthi Krishna) and her family get themselves locked in the doctor’s room and the attender goes and informs the doctor. In contrast, the movie ends on an emotional note. We are shown how Sheela’s husband and kids used to cry far from her but still wiped their tears and ran to her when they were called. This exactly is the achievement of writers Althaf Salim and George Kora. They could find a chink in the wall to produce humor out of a disease like cancer, also not forgetting to lend the sensitivity that such a subject needed. Paravaa’s boys When Ichappi (Amal Shah) after his long jump lands in front of the girl on whom he has a crush and locks eyes with her, his face glows. Haseeb (Govind V Pai) is first shocked to see his friend break the rules, but then looks at them one after the other and nods his head in happiness. Facing the camera for the first time, these kids amazed the audience with their spontaneity throughout. In a movie where everything, from Rex Vijayan's music to Shane Nigam's acting, was impressive, the boys still stood tall. Aadu 2’s success story If the first few days are any indication, Aadu 2 is all set to become a huge blockbuster. The roar and applause to Shaji Pappan’s intro in cinema halls is something usually witnessed only for the biggest superstars. What is riveting about this success is that this is a sequel to a movie that flopped at the box-office. It only goes to proves that a film can find acceptance and a cult following after its DVD release and this is something filmmakers can capitalize on. The nostalgic trip that Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu took us on How the ball you hit falls in a neighbour's courtyard, how you gather and chat after a match, how there is a group leader who resolves issue - for many, Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu was less a movie and more a nostalgic trip to a village where they spent their childhood. The movie’s most poignant moment was when George (Dileesh Pothan) and Baiju (Biju Menon) sit under a tree and share their memories. When George calls Baiju a lucky man and sets off to return to America with a heavy heart, it would have passed on the same emotions to any viewer who is far from their roots. Jimikki Kammal song To call Jimikki Kammal viral would be an understatement. This song composed by Shaan Rahman for Velipadinte Pusthakam was a movement not only in Kerala, but even in Tamil Nadu and beyond. If the original song was viewed 56 million times on Youtube, the one featuring Sheril had 15 million views. People across the country danced to the song and recorded their versions too. American host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted saying he loved it. The huge popularity meant that Mohanlal himself, who didn't feature initially in the song in movie, danced to the tune. Sunday Holiday’s feel good factor After the night Amal (Asif Ali) and Benny (Sudheer Karamana) have had a fight, Benny’s mother (Kpac Lalitha) comes to Amal’s house, hands him a bag of snacks and requests him to not fight again. Amal on his way to work meets Benny and apologises. Benny smiles and pats Amal’s shoulder. Cinema is such a powerful medium that a small reconciliation on screen can bring such positive energy in you. Sunday Holiday doesn't have a solid story but it has such sweet moments that stay with you . Suraj Venjaramoodu’s transition to a fine character actor 2017 was the year where Suraj Venjaramoodu completed his transition from a loud comedian to a fine character actor. In Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, his restraint was amazing when portraying a naive guy. In Varnyathil Aashanka, in contrast, his character was shrewd and opportunistic. The control with which he acts the hilarious drunk scene in the latter, tells us that he is all set to fill the void left by many legendary actors. Ramante Edanthottam’s climax Ramante Edanthottam is far from being a perfect movie but its ending struck a chord. Ranjith Shankar wrote some fine lines for the final meeting between Malini (Anu Sithara) and Elvis (Joju George) before she walks out of a marriage where she is not respected. Anu Sithara stole the show when she sums up Malaini's state of mind as she returns to her dance class, Also impressive was the tail end which shows Malini’s life after a year, how she is happy and how there is no friction with her ex-husband. Here is a filmmaker who had clarity on the message he wanted to convey. Honourable mentions Dulquer Salmaan’s growth in stature as an actor, switching with extreme ease between 4 diverse roles in Solo. Manju Warrier's fine return to form through C/O Saira Banu and Udhaharanam Sujatha after a couple of mundane years. Basil Joseph's knack to squeeze out maximum laughs in Godha. Arun Gopy’s slick execution while revealing the climactic twist in Ramaleela. Genuine attempts by Dominic Arun and Rohit Vs to revive crime comedy genre in Malayalam through Tharangam and Adventues of Omanakkuttan.
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Mukkabaaz trailer launched by Aanand L Rai, Anurag Kashyap & team!

While director-producer Aanand L Rai is synonymous with small town romances and desi entertainers made under his home banner Colour Yellow Productions including Raanjhanaa, Tanu Weds Manu franchise, Happy Bhag Jayegi and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, critically-acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films is known for hard-hitting films focusing on crime and politics such as Gangs of Wasseypur series, Gulaal and Black Friday among others.

The creative forces from different schools of filmmaking have collaborated for the first time for the highly-anticipated film, Mukkabaaz featuring Vinit Kumar, Zoya Hussain, Jimmy Shergill and Ravi Kishan that explores the journey of a boxer based in Up.

Produced by Aanand L Rai, Madhu Mantena, Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, the movie is directed by Anurag Kashyap.

In the city of Bareilly (Up), aspiring boxer Shravan (Vinit) slogs day and night to achieve his dream of being a recognised boxer. Things go awry when he
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“If either me or Anurag Kashyap was a girl, we would have married each other” – Nawazuddin Siddiqui

“If either me or Anurag Kashyap was a girl, we would have married each other” – Nawazuddin Siddiqui
It was in 1999 when audiences realized the greatness of Nawazuddin Siddiqui when he rocked the show in a one-scene appearance in Sarfarosh. But it took him a long time to become the prominent actor that he’s today. It was Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 that featured him as a lead actor and made him aRead More

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Anurag Kashyap gives his Gangs of Wasseypur boy a big leading break in Mukkabaaz

Anurag Kashyap gives his Gangs of Wasseypur boy a big leading break in Mukkabaaz
Talent and perseverance eventually pays off. This could well be true in case of Varanasi boy Vineet Kumar Singh who has been on the Bollywood scene for a decade and a half but is now finding his well-deserved recognition. With Mukkabaaz, he has found his big break as a sole leading man and that tooRead More

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Paramount to Release India’s ‘Padmavati’ From December

Paramount to Release India’s ‘Padmavati’ From December
Paramount Pictures is to handle the worldwide release outside India of “Padmavati,” an Indian epic from sister company Viacom18. The picture will be given a worldwide day and date release from Dec. 1.

The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and features Deepika Padukone, one of India’s top female stars and co-star in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” Previously made by Bhansali as an opera that was performed in Italy, the film is a story of a courageous and intelligent queen, her warrior king husband and an obsessive invader. Shahid Kapoor stars as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.

“This is a first ever such collaboration with Paramount Pictures releasing a Viacom18 Hindi feature across international markets. We are breaking new ground with ‘Padmavati,’ its marketing and release strategy. With Paramount coming on board, we will take the film to a whole new level globally,” said [link=nm
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France’s UniversCine Offers Much More Than Standard Streaming and Disc-in-a-Box DVDs

France’s UniversCine Offers Much More Than Standard Streaming and Disc-in-a-Box DVDs
Lyon — In 2015, vinyl sales went up 53% to hit a 25-year-high, whatever the low base, while this year physical book sales have overtaken digital. In the world of film, there are still plenty of people who want physical copies of their content, especially if it’s packaged the right way. France’s UniversCine has come up with a new way of satisfying that sector of the market, while continuing to cash in on digital.

In Lyon to represent the company at the Lumière Festival are UniversCine and Blaq Out CEO Jean-Yves Bloch, and head of editions Charles Hembert. The two sister-companies are looking to update the ways that French audiences access classic, arthouse, documentary, short-form and animated films.

In the digital distribution business for nearly 15 years, UniversCine has navigated the ever-changing markets facing digital distributors.

“We’ve spent the last three years renovating and updating our platforms, because we’ve seen a shift in the digital market from transactional
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Manoj Bajpayee on Preparing for Dipesh Jain’s Thriller ‘In the Shadows’

Manoj Bajpayee on Preparing for Dipesh Jain’s Thriller ‘In the Shadows’
Two years after he won a standing ovation in Busan for his searing portrayal of a persecuted gay literature professor in Hansal Mehta’s “Aligarh,” Manoj Bajpayee returns to the festival with the world premiere of Dipesh Jain’s thriller “In the Shadows.” From his breakthrough role in “Satya” (1998) through “Gangs of Wasseypur” (2012), Bajpayee has consistently forged an independent path.

Throughout your career you have almost always chosen roles that are not in the mainstream. What informed these choices?

When I started my career, mainstream formula films were doing quite well. The blockbuster success of “Satya” gave me the strength to carve a path for myself. Otherwise, there was a feeling of getting lost in the crowd by doing all these stereotypical roles which were waiting for me out there. It was quite alluring, there was loads of money, but somewhere I felt that if I have to go on a longer run, I have to
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Netflix Targets 5-6 Indian Originals a Year

Netflix plans to ramp up its slate of Indian originals following its recent announcements of three projects.

Addressing a Friday session at the Mumbai Film Festival, Netflix vp international originals Erik Barmack said the company was targeting “at least five to six Indian originals a year.”

Rival Amazon announced 18 homegrown originals when the service launched in December, which are at various stages of production. It already premiered its first original, cricket drama Inside Edge.

Netflix’s first Indian series, currently in production, is Sacred Games, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur) and...
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Blame Game: Rishi Kapoor blames directors for Ranbir Kapoor's failure!

Rishi Kapoor is on a mission to offend half of Bollywood and he is slowly succeeding in doing that! While beta Ranbir Kapoor might like it or not, father Rishi Kapoor is unhappy with how Ranbir's movies are doing and he is blaming the directors for making 'poor movies'. Remember the time he blamed Anurag Basu for Jagga Jasoos's failure? Recently, Rishi Kapoor was the guest on Neha Dhupia's podcast when the host decided to have some fun with it! She asked Kapoor to speak about a particular person when he said this: "There is Anurag Kashyap, who made Bombay Velvet, but he made a better film in Gangs Of Wasseypur, I couldn’t understand head or tail of Bombay Velvet. And then there was Basu who made Barfi an outstanding film. I am so happy he took my son for it. My son got great recognition for
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Popular actress contracts swine flu

Popular Bollywood actress Richa Chadha who is well known for films like; Gangs of Wasseypur, Fukrey and Sarbjit contracts swine flu. The actress has admitted on August 7th and doctor confirmed that she is down with sine flu a day later.

The actress was hospitalized for a day and after which she was sent back home, and currently she is getting treatment at home. A couple of days ago we had reported that swine flu bug hit Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao and now actress Richa Chadha is the next star from Bollywood who have fallen prey to...
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Trailer Watch: History Is Made in Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House”

“Viceroy’s House”

“I am to be the last Viceroy of India and I shall carry out the role with great pride,” says Lord Louis Montbatten (Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”) in a new trailer for Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House.” But Montbatten doesn’t think his historic post will be easy or straightforward, and admits that “new nations are rarely born in peace.”

“Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For six months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people,” the film’s official synopsis details. Set in 1947, “Viceroy’s House” “unfolds within that great house. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh servants. As the political elite — Nehru, Jinnah, and Gandhi — converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted.”

The action-packed trailer shows some of that conflict, and alludes to tensions between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims. “Whatever their differences are, all Indians have one thing in common: they can’t wait to get rid of us,” Montbatten says.

It’s not all political drama, though. “Viceroy’s” House” also features a plot about star-crossed lovers, a Hindu servant (Manish Dayal, “Halt and Catch Fire”) and a Muslim woman (Huma Qureishi, “Gangs of Wasseypur”).

Bhaji on the Beach,” “Bride & Prejudice,” and “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging” are among Chadha’s directing credits. Next, she will helm the WWII-set “Song for a Spy.” Penned by Farrukh Dhondy (“Exitz”), the film is set in France and Germany and centers on a female Indian spy.

Chadha is also developing projects for TV via her production company, Bend It TV. She has said she is interested in “great content that is effortlessly diverse” — no matter the medium. “My brand has always had a global reach and represents British storytelling, but from a diverse perspective,” she explained.

“Viceroy’s House” hits VOD and theaters September 1. Moira Buffini (“Harlots”) and frequent Chadha collaborator Paul Mayeda Berges penned the script. Gillian Anderson (“The Fall”) co-stars.

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Manoj Bajpayee to receive the highest honour at the Festival of Globe

Manoj Bajpayee to receive the highest honour at the Festival of Globe
Over the years, there’s one actor who has several unconventional roles and won the hearts of the audience with his performances is Manoj Bajpayee. From Satya to Gangs of Wasseypur to Aligarh, the actor has played has some of the most powerful characters in his films. Now, it has been learned that Manoj Bajpayee willRead More

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Say no to smoking and drinking in films, if Pahlaj Nihalani has his own way!

Cbfc Chief Pahlaj Nihalani is on his way to ‘revolutionize’ the film industry and we should be thanking him for that. After the ‘sanskaari’ cuts, no foul language clause and also ‘no sexual liberation’ clause dictated by the man, he is also trying to impose a ‘no smoking-drinking clause’ in the films because let’s face it, its 2017 and we cannot make up our minds and we need films to teach us lessons about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Be it Devdas, No smoking, Go Goa Gone or Udta Punjab or Dev D, Bollywood has seen films on the issue and even had to run a ticker regarding the injurious effects of alcohol or tobacco usage but now, the level of forced moralisation has spread to a whole different level because as per our Censor Board Chief, Indian culture does not subscribe to the whole ‘smoking-drinking’ theory! In an interview with a leading daily,
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui has become a favourite with directors

A lot of reasons explain why Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. One is that he completely transforms himself into a role. So much so and this is not just with make up and costume, from his voice, to his walk, to his bearing he becomes the character and you don’t even know it is him until you read the cast list.

One of his first major roles was in a film titled Patang (2010). The late director Prashant Bhargava told us in an exclusive interview, “I think he is destined to be something quite amazing. There is a power that he has that is going to be something really special.” It certainly seems as if that has come true.

Nawazuddin’s most recent performances have surged his popularity globally. In Sridevi-starrer, Mom, the powerhouse performer amassed praises from his fans and critics for an
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