Monday, October 18, 2021

The “magik” of Rock On is missing in the sequel

Kanishkaa Balachandran finds Rock On 2 mired in needless complexities With movie sequels, comparisons with the original are inevitable. After watching Rock On 2, I was compelled to relive the original Rock On (2008) a day later. It was in part to brush up on the lives of the four rock musicians and their emotional travails over nearly two decades,...

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“Fawad Khan looks fabulous in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and his scenes bring much needed freshness and life to this cliché-ridden story.”

Sadaf Haider/Dawn At long last, it's finally here: the Karan Johar flick Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that's been stirring controversy across India and Pakistan due to the fact that it features Pakistani actors (namely Fawad Khan). Unfortunately, by 'here' I mean the United States, where I watched the film. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is still not out in Pakistan, even after much back and forth. So...

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Queen of Katwe: A feel-good sports biopic that also portrays the harshness of poverty in urban Africa

Kanishkaa Balachandran The opening scene in Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala (1991) begins in Kampala, Uganda. Set in 1972, it’s the story of an Indian family being ousted (as were hoards of others) from the country by the ruthless dictator Idi Amin, and their new lives as immigrants in America. Queen of Katwe, Nair’s latest release, too begins in Kampala, but...

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Indian army not happy to accept money extorted from hapless film producers

New Delhi, October 23 (Hindustan Times): The Indian army is not comfortable with being dragged into the politics surrounding the release of Bollywood movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil after the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) demanded that producers of films employing Pakistani artistes should pay Rs 5 crore to an army welfare fund as “penance”. Several serving and retired officers Hindustan...

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BJP’s Surgical Strike on Freedom in India

New Delhi, October 23 (The Wire Editorial): It is somehow entirely fitting that the whole saga of Karan Johar’s film Ae Dil Hai Muskhil, has achieved closure via a ‘deal’ between the producer and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, brokered by no less than the chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis. This rank abdication by the state to...

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