Jai Gangaajal (Movie Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Bankipur’s in the vicious grip of MLA Bablu Pandey and goons. But what happens when SP Abha Mathur arrives - kya sab kuch pavitar ho jayega?

Straight away, Jai Gangaajal celebrates Priyanka Chopra in one of her most- literally - kick-ass performances. Bankipur is bullied by MLA Bablu (Manav) and brother Dabloo (Ninad), who rape, murder and loot farmers’ lands. Police’s ‘circle babu’ BN Singh (Prakash) smoothly facilitates Bablu-Dablu while building himself a marbled palace of black money. Suddenly, Abha Mathur (Priyanka) arrives as Bankipur’s new SP - will Bablu-Dablu’s party end?

Jai Gangaajal is one of Prakash Jha’s best stories. It weaves together crucial contemporary threads - land mafias, corrupt netas, broker-cops, broken farmers - with Jha’s enduring concern about vigilante justice. In his 2003 Gangaajal, SP Amit Kumar was bewildered by frustrated cops blinding criminals - to make society ‘pavitar’ - with acid. Here, Abha Mathur faces mobs hanging goons, shouting, “Jo janta ko lootega, uska suicide!”

Can Abha convince Bankipur that the law must prevail - both for the innocent and the evil? And why does BN suddenly want to purify the system?

Priyanka Chopra shines as ‘Madam Sir’ Abha Mathur, whose lightning slaps and lathi charges have you applauding. This is a polished, restrained Priyanka, who barely smiles but conveys the ethics and empathy of the law. Priyanka’s ably supported by Rahul Bhat’s cameo as an MIT PhD kisaan leader - Rahul performs Rayban radicalism with aplomb, sneering at Abha visiting a distressed village, “Toh ab aap aayi hain, suicide tourism par.”

In contrast, Manav Kaul, usually a sure-shot scene stealer, appears distracted, briefly coming into his own, licking his lips as he savagely beats BN, but lacking consistent power. However, the dynamics between BN and Dablu convey crackling tension, their face-off electric. While Ninad nails wicked, waddling Dablu, fattened on the gory good life, Prakash comfortably portrays a character happy with shades of grey - until he discovers khaki.

There are memorable dialogues - ‘Aapko galat misguide kiya jar raha hai’ - and sharp editing. But the film gets stretched. A sarpanch and goonda less would’ve kept it tighter. Yet, Jai Gangaajal packs a punch with its panorama (a Badaun-like landscape where girls are hung from trees), dilemma and performances - particularly the one by ‘Madam Sir’, who wields a lathi you will love. Courtesy toi…

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`Proud sis` Parineeti says PeeCee has achieved the ultimate with `Quantico` role

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Not only is she a proud sister, but Parineeti Chopra also claims that no one can ever understand what she and her family feels on Priyanka Chopra’s achievements.

Claiming that the 33-year-old actress is her style icon, the ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ star told ANI at the Femina Powerlist North 2015 Awards that she loves ‘ Quantico’ and is so proud of her sister.

The 26-year-old actor further added, “a girl from nowhere went out, studied, became an actress, became Miss World, became a successful actress in India and a successful singer abroad, and, now is an actress abroad, it is unimaginable the kind of things she is achieving, but, I also know, that only she could have done it.”

When asked whether she was eyeing any international projects, Parineeti, who wore Kristy de Cunha and Louboutins at the event, said that it is a matter of time, position, place, situation and requirement. However, if she is offered something worthwhile, she will definitely take it up.

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Piggy Chops starts selfie competition for `Quantico` fans

News4u-Entertainment  Desk- Seems like Priyanka Chopra is taking her ‘Quantico’ fever to another level by trending hashtag # QyanticoSelfie on social networking site Twitter.

Starting the selfie craze that began trending immediately, the 33-year-old actress tweeted, “Send me your #QuanticoSelfie and I’ll RT the best ones #Quantico.”

Priyanka’s fans from around the globe have already filled the social networking site with their ` Quantico` selfies. (ANI)

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Dil Dhadakne Do (Movie Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-The Mehras host friends on a luxurious cruise - but what happens when the hosts discover another journey?

Straight away, Dil Dhadakne Do redefines the Bollywood family drama. Millionaire Kamal Mehra (Anil) faces bankruptcy. To shore up credibility, Kamal and his wife Neelam (Shefali) invite their rich friends on a luxurious Mediterranean cruise, joined by son Kabir (Ranveer), daughter Ayesha (Priyanka), her pompous husband Manav (Rahul), his complaining mother ( Zarina Wahab), the gentle Mehra dog Pluto - and lots of bitchy buddies.

What happens when tension between Kamal and Neelam becomes obvious? When Kabir refuses marrying heiress Noorie because he loves dancer Farah (Anushka)? And when Ayesha’s attractive ex Sunny (Farhan) joins the cruise?

Dil Dhadakne Do goes behind the glossy grins of Indian family life, presenting screaming, sobbing dysfunction, heart-ripping extramarital affairs, bitter gender discrimination and heavy parental control. Yet, it has a light hand, not preachy but breezy while sensitively making modern points.

Family scenes - Kamal sourly taunting Neelam’s weight, Kabir silently supporting Ayesha, Neelam weepily bingeing on chocolate, Kamal tackling bills with pills - are little gems, capturing the daily friction, the deep hurt, the bonds and binds families represent.

Performances impact - Anil Kapoor is terrific as dominating, steel-haired, stressed-out Kamal, Shefali as stiff Neelam, whose coldness to her daughter chills a Turkish hamaam, whose plasticky response to her son’s worries is, “Awww, cheese toast banwayun?” Priyanka Chopra presents a finely tense Ayesha, building a winning business - but crumbling under a miserable marriage, her last straw being Sunny (Farhan, who smoulders satisfactorily).

The revelation however is Ranveer Singh in a new avataar - his Kabir is unsure, vulnerable, sometimes weak. Combining gentleness with slow grit, Ranveer makes this family saga also about a boy.

Hilariously, another Indian ‘family member’ appears - the aunty, several sparkling entertainers on board, gossiping, judging, surprising partying progeny whose guilty drawl, “I was hanging out…” meets an outraged, “Hanging out what - clothes?!”

Cameos, clashes, confessions - and the pulsatingly long-take ‘Amritsari Chooriyan’ - crescendo in a climax when an ‘amargancy’ forces the Mehras to sink or swim.

With her quirky third, Zoya Akhtar further sharpens her oeuvre - the stylish ensemble tale, where journeys take over destinations. On this ship, a few bolts could be tighter. The Kabir-Farah track over-extends while British Farah’s Indian accent and Indian Ayesha’s American accent should’ve been ironed out.

But these are fleeting clouds on an otherwise beautiful sea, hosting a cruise which hilariously combines butter chicken with bruschetta while searching beyond Bollywood’s emotional Botox for a family’s warts - and its heart.Courtesy toi…

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Mary Kom (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- A Manipur rice farmer’s daughter charts her own success story as a five-time world amateur boxing champion. She also does India proud when she bags the bronze in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

When adapted for the big screen, a biopic has to tread its own path. Debutant director Omung Kumar’s Mary Kom is based on the incidents in the life of MC Mary Kom (Priyanka Chopra), India’s most high-profile female pugilist between the years 1991-2007. The film has been shot for the better part in Imphal, Manipur, where the sportswoman was bred. Born in a humble home in Kangathei, Mary was only a teenager when she decided to pursue boxing, despite inviting her father’s ire.

Literally starting with street brawls, Magnificent Mary, as she is nicknamed, blazes her path from ignominy to fame under the tutelage of her coach M. Narjit Singh (Sunil Thapa). But wait, she also chooses to make way for matters of the heart, marriage and kids before coming back to winning global recognition again in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The filmmaker has captured her indefatigable spirit beautifully. He has also thrown light on the administration’s apathy towards sports and every time a film mirrors the red-tapism involved in the arena, you want to pick up the baton!

Mary Kom is Bollywood’s answer to the Oscar-winner Million Dollar Baby (2004), where Hilary Swank plays an amateur boxing champ trained by Clint Eastwood. But the similarities are only because the protagonists in both films are female boxers. The intention is definitely not to ape.

One star in the rating is definitely reserved for Priyanka. She may not have transcended the physical attributes of the diminutive Mary in the actual sense (except adding a few obvious freckles to her face and slightly drooping eyelids), but she has brought the boxer to life convincingly enough, leaving you rooting for her, long after the end credits roll.

Omung has a tight check on the proceedings post-intermission. The emotional tracks between the boxer and her father (Robin Das), and Mary and her husband Onler (Darshan Kumar), leave you misty-eyed.

But the main reason why Mary Kom appeals is because it doesn’t just give you a ringside view of boxing; it leaves you rooting for our sportsmen who have put India on the world map. Courtesy toi…


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I finally understand Bollywood: Priyanka Chopra

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Priyanka Chopra is happy to have made her way to the top in Bollywood without the help of any godfather and the actress says she is finally at a place where she is being offered challenging roles.

The 31-year-old former Miss World, who is doing commercially viable films like Zanjeer, Krrish 3, Gunday and Mary Kom biopic, says she finally understands the industry.

“I have never been to any acting school and didn’t have any clue when I joined. I didn’t have a godfather or boyfriend to guide me. I was 18-year-old and it took me a few year to understand the industry.

“I am very fortunate that in the last few years, I have reached a point where filmmakers can see me playing all kind of role. So, now I want to have a mix bag of all kind of cinema,” Priyanka said.

In her two upcoming films — Krrish 3 and Zanjeer, the focus is more on the male leads but Priyanka decided to take up the projects because she liked the script.

“Krrish and Zanjeer are both boy films. But I had no apprehension about being a part of these films because I love to watch them. I am very spontaneous and I do films if I like the script. I don’t consider other things.” The Barfi! star is the brand ambassador of NDTV’s initiative ‘Our Girls Our Pride’. Priyanka says her upbringing helped her to understand the campaign in a better way.

“The cause of the girl child has been very close to my heart. My mother is a gynaecologist and my father was a doctor. Since my childhood, I have seen my mother with women and children and she has been a huge influence in my life also. Our sex ratio is 840 girls out of 1000 boys, which is really absurd,” said Priyanka, who is also the Goodwill ambassador at UNICEF.

Priyanka, however, wants to keep her movie career and her charity work separate.

Asked whether she would like to take up the cause in her films, the actress said, “No, that would be very unfair. Movies are entertainment and they are fiction. What I do as a person is very different to what I do as an actor. I don’t think it is right to put that kind of pressure on movie business. Nobody watches such films. Let’s be realistic and not be delusional about it.”

Priyanka, who now has a budding international music career, is also looking forward to the release of Disney’s animated film Planes.

“I am lucky to be a part of Disney and I think it is every girl’s dream to act in a film by them. I am really excited for Planes. It will release on August 23 in India.”PTI

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Bollywood bid Priyanka’s father a tearful farewell

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Priyanka Chopra’s father, Dr Ashok Chopra, lost a prolonged battle with cancer and breathed his last at a suburban hospital on Monday afternoon. Dr Chopra, 62, had retired from the Indian Army in 1997 as a lieutenant colonel and was ill for quite a long time.

Around 12.30 pm the hospital authorities announced the demise of Dr Chopra. His body was first taken to the Chopra residence at Yari Road and then to the Oshiwara Crematorium where the last rites were performed between 5.30 pm and 6.00pm by Priyanka’s brother Siddharth.

The actress was very close to her father and even has a tattoo ‘Daddy’s lil girl’ inked on her wrist. TOI had earlier reported how the actress had parked herself at the suburban hospital, where Dr Chopra was being treated, for the past six days.

In the morning the actress had posted a picture collage of her father on Twitter. Anurag Basu, the director who is a cancer survivor and a close friend of Priyanka, who was present at the crematorium, said, “Having gone through the same illness, I realise how draining cancer can be. More than the obvious physical complexities, it is mentally challenging. I was there last night by Mr. Chopra. He fought a tough battle. But since it was a relapse, it was increasingly tough to tackle. Priyanka has stood like a rock by her father. I’m not worried for her. She’s extremely strong as a person …my prayers are with the Chopra family.”

Apart from friends and family, Priyanka had almost the entire industry by her side. While her cousin Parineeti Chopra did not leave the actress alone for a moment, Uday Chopra also stayed back till the last rites were done. Hrithik and Rakesh Roshan were among those who had rushed to the hospital upon hearing the news.

Apart from them, also present were Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar, Deepika Padukone, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ranveer Singh, Punit Malhotra, Ramesh Taurani, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Bela Sehgal, Manish Malhotra, Abbas Mustan, Ronnie Screwvala, Apoorva Lakhia, Sajid Nadiadwala, among others.



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Barfi ! leads IIFA Technical Awards

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer Barfi! bagged nine awards in the technical category at the 14th annual IIFA Awards.

The Anurag Basu directed movie took home nine awards out of 14 for Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Sound Design, Best Song Recording, Best Sound Mixing, Best Background Score, Best Costume Designing and Best Make-Up.

Whereas, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur took the second position with two awards for Best Action and Best Dialogue, which is shared with Juhi Chaturvedi for Vicky Donor.

The award for Best Editing went to Vidya Balan’s Kahaani and Best Choreography to Ganesh Acharya for Agneepath song, Chikni Chameli. Superstar Salman Khan starrer Ek Tha Tiger won an award for Best Special Effects.

The IIFA awards will be held at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel from July 4-6.PTI


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