In the scene of Ghost Stories ,there is a lavish house that looks like its leapt out of a Sabyasachi catalogue, amid a high-society family that has a house-help to stir their morning cornflakes for them, and a wedding which KJo plays all to his strengths. The basic story, though, is extremely childish. You know what is to happen right at the end of the first scene but you keep watching in the hope that there will be a surprise, that it won’t be,and cannot be as predictable as you fear it is. In that, the fear is most real in KJo’s offering. Mrunal Thakur has little to do except run around the haveli in a satin negligee, scream once in a while. And for the millennial audience, shout the F word means a bunch of times. KJo’s short is very underwhelming, we actually went back and watched Dibakar’s again.
Ghost Stories portrays things get off to a good start with Zoya’s technically brilliant tale. She built the feeling of dread and uneasiness experienced by Sameera (Janhvi Kapoor), who has played the role of a nurse sent to look after a bedridden patient (Surekha Sikri).
The home and dementia struck patient have both seen happier days, but now there is dust, decay and a peculiar smell that refuses to go away. Sameera is no Florence Nightingale though. After sedating the old lady for the whole night, she plans a romantic tryst with her married lover Guddu (Vijay Verma) but the noises they hear outside their door and the howling of the old woman are from amorous.
Cinematographer Tanay Satam deserves very special credit for the way he makes the corridors look longer and more ominous than they are, and the use of long takes to establish the geography of the house so we know exactly which way the horror lies.
Women let down or abandoned by men is a very common character backstory or journey in a lot of Zoya’s work. Here, too, the bedridden old lady and the young nurse are much linked by the men who have abandoned them; she by her son, and the young woman by her parents and then Guddu. Sameera’s character has a lot in common with Bhumi Pednekar’s character from Zoya’s segment in Lust Stories, including a callous lover and a very dead-end job.
Casting Surekha is an inspired choice, and the veteran actor who in fact suffered a stroke very recently, is just the right combination of restrained and creepy. While the twist in the tale is not entirely inspired, Surekha and Janhvi – each one an immensely talented actor who is finally getting her due, and the other a star kid- are both immensely watchable.
It has to be said here that the content in all these anthologies has consistently deteriorated from Bombay Talkies to Lust Stories to now Ghost Stories. But even at their worst, Zoya and Anurag are better than the most. KJo has gotten it just right this time. But Dibakar outshines everyone else. How we’ve missed this man!
So in the Ghost stories, Janhvi Kapoor is a house-nurse taking care of a very frail Surekha Sikri. Both Kapoor and Sikri spend all their days between the conscious and the subconscious, except they’re of two very different natures. Zoya’s intricate attention to detail brings us into one of those dilapidated old homes in Bombay – not Mumbai, it gives you that Bombay feel – that anyway gives you the chills.
And then there’s something about old women with messed up hair and beady eyes. Zoya plays the stereotypical character which is a bit heartbreaking. The story is very predictable: Showing loneliness, abandonment, holding on to the past and of death – body or soul.
Janhvi does very well, but her character is not appreciative in the way Bhumi did in Zoya’s Lust Stories short. Sikri has also got very limited scope, given the narrative is centred around Janhvi. And Vijay Varma should have just remained a soft voice on the phone. An underwhelming start to the year already.
Character of Dibakar Banerjee in Ghost Stories shows that he was a man posted in a town far from humanity. He’s cribbing his wife as he walks towards the town after his ride abandoned him, and always enquires about his kids while he’s at it. Rain-soaked muddy roads always cause him to slip. The rest could be either a dream or a reality, but smartly and very bravely political, it is.
His town in Ghost stories share a railway station, a hospital, a school, and they share a bloodthirst, a thirst that’s caused one townie to murder (devour) his rival townie. Until nothing but a bone-chilling picture of devastation is left there. Dibakar also plays with psychological fear, the kind that we’re all breathing in right now, and presents a theatre of absurd-esque story that hits you. And right there is the scare – no ghosts of eerie music needed. Bravo!
PS. Gulshan Devaiah had also one scene and a handful of dialogues, and that’s all it took for this man to scare all the daylights out of you.
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Rhea Chakraborty Arrested, Charged For Consuming Marijuana
After days of rigorous questioning, Indian actress Rhea Chakraborty arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau on Tuesday. The actress has been taken into judicial custody till September 22. NCB has charged the actress for the involvement in procuring and financing the consumption of marijuana for her late boyfriend actor Sushant Singh Rajput along with her brother Showik Chakraborty, house manager Samuel Miranda and cook Dipesh Swant who were arrested earlier.
Charges against Rhea Chakraborty
Rhea has been booked by NCB under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. under section 8(c) dealing with possession and purchase of illegal drugs, 20B(II) for possession, purchase, and transportation of illegal drugs, 27 dealing with financing illicit traffic, 28 dealing with an attempt to commit the offence, and 29 for abetment and criminal conspiracy.
Statement by NCB
NCB has charged her being a part of an “active drug racket” connected with drug suppliers. The agency has said that they have received a lot of information and nobody will be spared. The application by NCB states that all the deliveries of marijuana and other drugs and payment for these drugs were done with complete knowledge of Rhea and even at times, the order and choice of drugs, along with payment have also been done by Rhea herself. She is the tenth person in the list of people arrested. As per the report by NCB Rhea’s brother, Showik has made a statement that he has facilitated the drug delivery through peddler Basit Prihar, Kaizen Ibrahim, and Zaid Vilatra. He has been accused of procuring weed for Rajput from September 2019 to March 2020. The chat messages found on Rhea’s phone which lead to the involvement of NCB when the investigation was carried out by the Enforcement Directorate is prime evidence.
The national Control bureau has not asked her custody as they have done enough questioning in the last three days. The agency has asked for Rhea to be sent to judicial custody, which means that the accused is put in the custody of the magistrate concerned. The judicial custody will be for 14 days i.e. till September 22. After her arrest rhea has been sent to Sion hospital for medical tests and will be sent to Byculla jail. The session court, today rejected the bail plea for Rhea Chakraborty. She will be again applying for bail in Mumbai high court tomorrow.
Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde termed rhea’s arrest as “ a travesty of justice” and said that the three agencies are hounding an innocent girl just because the man she loved was a drug addict. He was also suffering from mental health issues for years and was getting treatment from almost five famous psychiatrists of Mumbai and attempted suicide by taking illegal drugs”. Many Netizens and Bollywood celebrities have also come to Rhea’s rescue by saying it a witch-hunt and have shown disagreement for the unfair treatment done with Rhea by central agencies and the media.
With the arrest of Rhea Chakraborty, a new case has come into the light of drug cartel in Bollywood. However, a clear distinction needs to be made that the case of the reason for the death of the actor Sushant Singh Rajput. CBI and NCB are currently working in the case.
Top 10 Quotes from India’s Former President Pranab Mukherjee
On 31 August, Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee took his last breath. He was known for his efficient administrative skills, role as a politician and eloquent speaking. His visionary quotes and inspirational lifestyle are inspirational for many. As the President of India, he has always been seen as a respectable figure by the countrymen and on his death, the Prime Minister has announced seven-day mourning.
Pranab Mukherjee, the 13th President of India
Pranab Mukherjee was the 13th President of India and in his five-decade-old political career, he is known to hold a number of portfolios including finance, defence, foreign affairs, shipping, revenue, communication, transport, economic affairs and industry. He was awarded Bharat Ratna for his services to the nation in 2019 by current President, Ram Nath Kovind. Some of the major acts for which he is known to include SmarTgram project, the inauguration of the first phase of solarization project in President’s estate and conversion of The Stables and The Coach House into a magnificent museum in his tenure. He took his last breath at Army’s research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi. The main cause of his death was a lung infection.
Pranab Mukherjee was a wonderful orator. He was a visionary man with an optimistic outlook. Here a few quotes by him which clearly portray his vision and thoughts.
Thoughts about the political system
Quote about the Constitution of India
Views about women empowerment
Quote about himself
The way to achieve development
Views about Poverty
The four pillars of development and work culture of a nation
What leads to the dilution of national identity?
Views about secularism
The most abusive humiliation
Pranab Mukherjee was one of the visionaries who played a very important role in Indian Political system both as a part of active politics by being a minister and also as the President of India. He will always be remembered for the services rendered by him for the nation.
‘Black Panther’ Star, Chadwick Boseman, Dies Of Colon Cancer, Aged 42
2020 is continuously giving bad news. Recently, Chadwick Boseman, the actor famous for his role as Black Panther in marvel series died at the age of 42. The cause of death is colon cancer. Chadwick Boseman has played several iconic roles in Hollywood. He has always given a famous speech at 2019’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Chadwick’s death has been confirmed by his family through his social media handle.
Chadwick and his iconic performances
Chadwick Boseman is best known for his performance as Black Panther in Marvel Series. Bur he has also played several iconic roles. He is best known for his roles as baseball player Jackie Robinson, music icon James Brown, and Marvel superhero T’Challa also known as Black Panther. Chadwick was born and raised in South Carolina. He has studied directing at Howard University. After his education, he soon began his acting career playing historic Black icons like Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, Brown in getting on Up, and Robinson in 42.
Boseman’s speech about Black Panther’s legacy
Boseman delivered a famous speech about the representation and legacy of Black Panther at 2019’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. In his speech, he said, “We know what it’s like to be told there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it’s like to be the tail, but not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath, but not above. And that is what we went to work with every day. Because we knew not that we would be around during awards season or that it would make a billion dollars, but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world — that we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing.”
Confirmation of death
Chadwick’s death has been confirmed by his family on his Twitter handle. They confirmed that Chadwick Boseman was suffering from colon cancer, the fourth stage. He was diagnosed with stage three of colon cancer in the year 2016 and it progressed with time. The statement says, “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. “It was the honour of his career to bring T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”
It is a hard time as a superhero in real life has lost us. He has managed to work better everyday battling with cancer but cancer won the battle. Chadwick was a real hero who is still alive in the hearts of his family, friends and fans. He will always be remembered for his iconic performances.
KFC Gets Rid Of Iconic Tagline ‘It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good’ After 64 Years In View Of The Pandemic
Whenever someone says ‘It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good’, KFC is what comes to our mind. This 64 year old and of one of the most successful food chains in the market has decided to get rid of its iconic tagline due to coronavirus. As the number of cases is rising day by day, the food chain has shown its concern and changed its tagline which was not at all in the purview of safety measures prescribed. However, the global chief marketing officer of KFC has assured that the tagline has been suspended temporarily only and it will be brought back once situation will restore to normal.
Reason of suspending tagline
The main reason behind suspending the iconic tagline of KFC was the ongoing pandemic. The tagline was not following the safety measures prescribed during a pandemic. On Monday, when KFC announced that it will be suspending its slogan, it also called it “most inappropriate slogan for 2020”. In a statement, the company said, “Think we can all agree, this year has been like no other and, right now, our slogan doesn’t feel quite right. So, for that reason, we’ll be pressing pause on using it in our advertising, for a little while.” As the safety measures include not touching face or eyes with unwashed hands, KFC found it’s slogan inappropriate for this year.
Statement of Global Chief Officer at KFC
Catherine Tan-Gillespie, the global chief officer at KFC has made a statement regarding the slogan. She has also assured the customer that the only tagline is changing but the food will remain the same. Her statements also made it clear that the suspension of a tagline is temporary and it will be restored once this pandemic situation will be over. In her statement, she said, “We find ourselves in a unique situation — having an iconic slogan that doesn’t quite fit in the current environment. While we are pausing the use of ‘It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good’, rest assured the food craved by so many people around the world isn’t changing one bit.
KFC as a global brand
KFC has been one of the most successful food chains of restaurants in the global market. It is popular in almost every corner of the world. But as a global brand, the responsibility of the food chain company is also great. The part is that KFC realizes this responsibility and has taken steps by keeping it in mind.
The Global cases for Coronavirus are increasing and this is a matter of concern. What KFC has done is an example of Corporative Social Responsibility and the other big brands should also realize this as well. Customers are very happy at this decision of KFC as the brand has taken favourable steps for their safety. All we can do now is praise KFC and pray for the situation to get normal so that we can once again enjoy listening to the iconic tagline of KFC.
Sonu Sood Keeps His Promise, Opens A Martial Arts Training School For Pune’s ‘Warrior Aaji’
A few weeks back, video of Pune’s ‘Warrior Aaji’ while performing martial arts on street got viral on social media for her swift martial art and lathi skills. The fact that she is 85 years old and performs just like a young performer made her more popular. If you remember her, you must also be remembering the fact that Sonu Sood had tweeted that he wanted to open a martial arts school for her. Sonu Sood has kept his promise and our Warrior Aaji has a small martial arts school in Pune.
Sonu Sood’s tweet
As the video of 85-year-old Aaji got viral on social media, netizens began to praise her for her skills. She used to perform martial arts on the streets of Pune to sustain herself and her family. As her video got viral, it reached our hero Sonu Sood who tweeted that he wanted to open a martial arts school with her so that she could train the women of our country and teach them self defence measures. At that time, everyone praised Sonu Sood for this announcement. Though everyone was sure that Sonu Sood will keep his promise but no one knew that he will open a school for her so soon. He kept his promise and inaugurated her school on the holy occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Reaction of Aaji
In a recent video, Aaji said that her dream has been fulfilled by Sonu and she has named her school after him. In another video, some kids are seen practising with her. She will be teaching methods of self-defence and martial arts to women and young girls in her school. The main idea of Sonu Sood was to enable her to train females in the art of self-defence with the support of Aaji. Even at the age of 85, Aaji’s gestures are quite active and swift. She is an inspiration for many.
One more humanitarian act by Sonu Sood
Sonu Sood, the real-life hero who has played a very important role and sending migrants to their home towns has proved once again that humanity is alive. On the basis of humanitarian concerns, he helped Aaji and set an example for every Indian to help others. This act of Sonu Sood has been gaining praise from the public through social media platforms.
This act of kindness done by Sonu Sood has made us believe in the existence of instincts of humanity among people. As now our Warrior Aaji has got her own martial arts school, we are quite sure that she will be producing more warriors and talented students in the field of martial arts. Also, Sonu’s dream of opening a school in which Aaji will train women in martial arts for self-defence is not too far. Aaji will be soon starting classes in her school. From this incident, this clear, India needs more Sonu Sood.