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Gulabo Sitabo Review: Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana deliver compelling performances in this satire

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In the times of lockdown, if you crave for a good time at the movie theatres, Amazon Prime Video brings to you a thriller Gulabo Sitabo that will enthral you till the end with the timeless performances and classic settings.

Gulabo Sitabo: Cast and crew

 Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vijay Raaz, Brijendra Kala, Srishti Shrivastava, Farrukh Jaffar

Directed by: Shoojit Sircar

Written by: Juhi Chaturvedi

Produced by – Ronnie Lahiri & Sheel Kumar

Gulabo Sitabo: A review on the storyline and writing

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 Gulabo Sitabo is a tale between two people, i.e. Mirza (Amitabh Bacchan), a greedy man who is consumed by the desire to occupy the Fatima Mahal, the century-old place owned by his wife Begum (Farrukh Jafar), and one of his poor tenants Baankey Rastogi (Ayushmann Khurrana), a young man who struggles to make ends meet and pay for the food, rent and education of his family (his mother and three younger sisters).

Fatima Mahal, the heartthrob of Mirza is in ruins and shambles. All Mirza desires to evict all the tenants including the most annoying Baankey who fails to pay the rent and indulges in pointless feuds with him. Things get worse when Baankey breaks the wall of a common toilet and Mirza rushes to the police station. The mansion becomes a centre of tension when Mr Gyanesh Mishra (Vijay Raaz), an officer of Archaeological Survey of India (Lucknow Circle) declares the haveli as a potential natural public property and convinces Baankey that this will be their perfect way to get hold of Mirza. Mirza, however, allies with Christopher Clark (Brijendra Kala) a lawyer who claims to solve the property issues.

Shoojit Sarcar in this film delivers a social and a satirical piece on how the evil force of greed shapes your mind in different ways. Gulabo Sitabo is a story where the greed for a mansion is heavier than the concerns about the people living in it.

The script written by Juhi Chaturvedi is one of the best aspects of the film. The intelligent writing gives you a taste of the Lucknawi dialect. The humour is induced in the language and the delivery, especially during the frequent arguments between Mirza and Rastogi. The story is funnily dark in places and you are bound to chuckle.

The storyline serves justice to the title i.e. the traditional puppet show of Gulabo Sitabo, from which the inspiration of the film has been drawn. Gulabo Sitabo traditionally is the story about young Gulabo’s constant bickering with the old Sitabo. Thus, the film successfully conveys this idea.

However, the filmmaker and writer at some points have taken too long to establish unnecessary scenes and plotlines. This lowers the pace of the film pushing it to a boring edge, at times.

Gulabo Sitabo: A review on the characters and cinematography

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A satire of this kind, Gulabo Sitabo serves an impressive main cast with the veteran star Amitabh Bachchan as Mirza paired with the very versatile Ayushmann Khurrana as Baankey.

Amitabh as Mirza is a treat to watch as he delivers a crafty performance and serves justice to the role of a 78-year-old. Mirza is exactly portrayed as what he is claimed to be, i.e. greedy and obsessed with the materialistic value of the mansion, seldom showing kindness or apathy for his tenants.

Similarly, Ayushmann, as usual, delivers a convincing act of a young man burdened with financial and social pressures. He beautifully brings out his character Baankey’s insecurities and desperation in light.

The special part of this film is that, while it could have chosen to be a two-person narrative, Gulabo Sitabo hosts an exceptional supporting cast. Srishti Shrivastava, who is known to have done great roles in web series, plays a brilliant role as Baankey’s witty sister. We also have Farrukh Jaffar who ends up adding a twist to the tale. The performance of Vijay Raaz as the officer and Bijendra Kala as the undisguised shark is a worthy watch.

Three-time National Award winner Abhik Mukhopadhyay brings true magic through his camera. The promising cinematography transports you to the beautiful city of Lucknow and its natural charm. You feel like you belong there with the decaying mansions, tuk-tuks, cycle rickshaws and the traditional narrow lanes.

Gulabo Sitabo: A concluding verdict

Creatively told and represented, Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo is an appealing tale on the vice of greed. It revolves around two obstinate characters who are constantly in a quarrel with each other.

It is a mixed bag of an eccentric premise along with witty writing and impressive performances with a few trails off that can be ignored. All in all, it is an entertaining watch that gives you experience in the Lucknavi andaaz!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have had 3 years of experience in the field of media, as a video production assistant, photographer and as a writer. I am a political science graduate from the University of Mumbai.

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 The Social Dilemma: The Lesser-Known Pandemic

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Edward Tufte said, “There are only two industries that call their customers ‘users’: illegal drugs and software”. The new Netflix original documentary by jeff Orlowski “the social dilemma” brings to you the dark side of the social media that keeps you addicted to a virtual world. It is a well-documented and a very staunch portrayal of social media.

It explores the spooky side of these platforms which has the capability to manipulate and psychologically affect human beings from people who have closely worked in these industries. These people talk about the distress they felt when they worked for something. How it is taking hold of an individual’s life and play around with it to earn profit to become the most successful industries in the history of humankind. This group of people is from social media giants like Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and many others.

What is the “dilemma”?

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As the name suggests, it talks about the dilemma that is social media. I talked to one of my friends from school today, she is doing fine and told me about this new show she is watching. Well, I also saw stumbled upon celebrity news casually scrolling which by the way, has no use for me.  Now, that is the dilemma we are talking about. The documentary talks about our heavy dependence on social media in today’s world and how we fell prey to this trap. In today’s world, it is not possible for one to totally isolate themselves from social media.

All our work has come to Gmail, Pinterest is the world of ideas, and for much social media is the workplace. We found all our old friends on social media and stay connected with our family and friends. But at the same time, we can’t put our down at the dinner table to have an actual conversation with our family. This dilemma is really where we can’t go with just the good part, we will take along the repercussion as well. This is the question this documentary puts out there. The dilemma of good and bad. But the question is, “is the payoff of good is enough to compensate for the cost of bad”?

What are these “bad”?

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Now, how this social media is affecting you? Manipulation of the Human brain, social media is a world of ideas and how these ideas are presented to you is based on an algorithm that is up to the maker of these platforms to decide. This sequence and control over what one is coming across leads to restricting the way one thinks and builds is the point of view.

Social media has been used as a weapon by many people to pour out false information that is provocative, degrading, and spread negativity across communities resulting in things like riots, violent actions, and sometimes even things like mass killings. We came across this kind of news almost every day. Content related to ideal beauty types, body shaming, hate comments, and constant exposure to advertisements are all constantly floating on social media specifically affecting teenagers and the young generation.

These algorithms work to keep you looking at your screen and is an addiction that needs to be addressed. Unknowingly, social media is affecting all aspects of our life It puts a threat on democracy, increase depression, and even suicides, mob violence, etc. it has also lead to people losing contact from the actual world. Addiction to devices has distanced families and also affects other relationships which are totally opposite to the way humans are supposed to behave, humans as a species are supposed to be open-minded, dynamic, and communicative. Not to just hide behind screens.

Final words

Jeff Orlowski has very rightly called it the social dilemma. But at the end of the day, it’s in our hands that how do we want to live How do we want ideas to come to us and how we decide to act to them. All of this can be summed up in one last question – whether we want to live a life that is influenced by people around us, with a wide range of ideas on all aspects from all sources, not just a few selected ones, or a life that is operated by an algorithm.

 

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Cargo Review- A Must Watch Sci-fi Netflix Movie

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Cargo Review

Cargo is set in the near future 2027 this movie is a unique attempt at making a sci-fi movie. The story encompasses a philosophical outlook as well which makes it even more beautiful. An original idea by Aarti Kadav, awe-inspiring art direction by Mayur Sharma and the uniqueness and freshness of the story makes it a must-watch.

Synopsis

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A peace treaty is signed between Homo-Rakshas and humans. The Rakshas are pretty advanced with futuristic Interplanetary Space Organisation. They provide the transition service for the deceased humans and prepare them for rebirth. Much like the mythical character Yamraj does. This transition and the further procedure is looked after by Rakshas Prashasta, the character beautifully played by Vikrant Massey.

Interestingly Prashasta is the chief commander of Ravana Army and Pushpak the infamous airship of Ravana is the name of this futuristic spaceship where all these procedures take place. Prashasta faced aberrations from his monotonous daily routine as he meets new humans, peculiar humans who are dead and received as “ Cargo” hence the title of the movie. Major changes occur as a newly inducted intern Yuvishka (played by Shweta Tripathi) came into Pushpak”s life. Along with came some turbulence in the quiet mono-tone life of Prashasta.

Cargo Netflix (2020) Movie

From the Sci-fi standpoint, it fails to make some real impact on the audience. But it has manifold themes to which it does justice. The satirical take on the monotony of life either in human or rakshas is one of those. Everyone is stuck in mundane activities. In the process of preparations for reincarnation, the memories are wiped from the human mind. This is where the biggest question popped, Can memories be completely erased? Can we be completely healer? Will there be no traces left? Watch it on Netflix and find it for yourself.

Some drawbacks of the movie

The pace of the movie is one big demerit The movies progress very slowly. The set for the movie lacks the plush awe-awakening futuristic look. I feel the lack of brainstorming for the creation of set is pretty evident. It looks tacky and not so futuristic. The storytelling is an advanced form where viewers are dependent on characters for knowing about their lives in future, as it is not so obvious. Though there are very clever details used in the movie to project ideas and emotions of characters. Photographs, lampshade, doodle on walls play a very important role in the depiction of the story.

Somewhere it also lacks to create a real human connection. It lacks the relatability with character in some places. Something more could be done to evoke more empathy and emotional attachments. The audience may not be able to feel the crisis that deep as it is intended.

Final word

Acting is praiseworthy and it’s one of the most adventurous stories written in India for the film so far. I feel Aarti Kadav has tried to convey some really important and complex messages in a beautiful manner. The limited budget has impacted its quality I feel. Given ample funds, it could have been a wonder! Certainly not denying it to be a gem. Go watch this amazing movie and share it with others.

 

 

 

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BMC Demolishes Kangana’s Office, The Court Said BMC Suddenly Woken From Slumber

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BMC demolishes Kangana’s office

On Wednesday, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation BMC demolishes Kangana’s office. The demolition took place on the same day when the actress was returning Mumbai from Chandigarh. It was undertaken a few hours before her arrival in Mumbai. Mumbai police stopped the demolition and meanwhile, the actress approached the Mumbai high court. Many believe that the demolition is undertaken by shiv sena in response to the statement made by Kangana. In her statement, the actress said that she feel unsafe while returning to Mumbai to which few members of the shiv sena gave some heated statements.

Mumbai High court’s stay on demolition

BMC demolishes Kangana’s office

 Mumbai high court’s decision came as a relief for the actress. The high court ordered a stay on the demolition of building. kangana’s lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui said that everything BMC did was illegal along with entering the building. In its decision, the court said that declaring a property standing for so long illegal overnight is not right. The court slammed BMC saying that “it is clear that buildings that are unauthorized don’t come to notice overnight and it seems like BMC has suddenly woken up from the slumber “. The court also said that demolishing a building after issuing a 24-hr notice, that too when he actress is out of state and not giving her extra time, even after receiving written request is not justified”.

Kangana slammed Maha CM

BMC demolishes Kangana’s office

 In response to this, the 33-year old actress took it to the twitter saying,” My office was suddenly declared illegal in last 24 hours, they have destroyed everything inside and now I am getting threats that they will come to my house and break it as well, I am glad my judgment of movie mafia’s favorite world’s best CM was right”.

The actress also posted a video online slamming Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackrey and the movie mafia saying “Uddhav Thackeray, what do you think, that you have taken revenge by demolishing my building along with your movie mafia. Today, you have broken my house but your ego will be destroyed. It is a wheel of time, it will not be the same always. She said that she will awake the nation and will tell them about his wrongdoings.

Not only the demolition but before were the arrival of Kangana Ranaut at the Mumbai airport supporters of Shiv Sena and Karni sena also there. Where shiv Sena came to show their aggression for Kangana and threatening her not to come to Mumbai. Meanwhile, Karni sena came out in the support of the actress saying that they will protect her and will support her relentlessly.

Devendra Fadnavis of the opposition tweeted a video saying that nothing like this had ever happened in Maharashtra when people against the Government are attacked. It is important to know what is wrong and proper inquiry should be done if the building is actually illegal but should be done lawfully”.many Bollywood celebrities also came to the actor’s rescue saying that BMC’S action was unjust and an attack on her right to speak her mind with #deathofdemocracy trending on the internet.

Final words

 The demolition undertaken by BMC has been stayed by the court. But a lot of political debate has started and the silencing people against government. Whether the action of BMC is justified and dragging politics in every issue is a good decision or just a threat of democracy.

 

 

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Beyonce Sharma Jayegi: Looks Like Bollywood Can’t Get Over Its Old Habit Of Racism

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Looks like several dislikes on the youtube video is the new generation’s way of protest. Recently, Sadak 2 hit the milestone of being the most disliked videos. The newly released song “ Beyonce Sharma Jayegi “ from the Bollywood movie Khaali peeli could be the next winner. Filmmaker of the movies recently launched the song starring Ananya Pandey and Ishaan Khattar. The song is getting special attention specifically one of the lyrics, “Tujhe dekh ke goriya, Beyonce bhi Sharma jayegi”, which translates to “with one look at you, oh fair lady. Even Beyonce will be embarrassed”.

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This song has taken a Strom over internet by netizens giving all sorts of disagreements for the song. Trending on the internet is “we are sorry Beyonce”, people have said that what kind of embarrassment this song talks about? The second-hand embarrassment of Beyonce or the embarrassment of Indians that lead them to apologize to Beyonce.

Beyoncé Sharma Jayegi. For Real.

Keeping aside the humour, the song has also raised questions over the racism in Bollywood which is clearly reflected in Bollywood movies and songs which was forever prevalent and continues to date. The idea of Bollywood selling the word”gori or goriya” is the clear remark of widespread racism and portrayal of fair as beautiful and being dark as “ugly”   has long continued in Bollywood.The famous song from old times “hum kale hain to kya Hua, Dil wale hain” meaning, “it doesn’t matter if I am black, since I have a big heart” shows the prevalence of racism rooted way back and looks like the trend away from being over.

Netizens slammed Bollywood over racism

Beyonce Sharma Jayegi Song: People Slam Ananya Panday's 'Beyonce Sharma Jayegi', Here's Why

Netizens have described the song as extremely regressive and racist as it uses the colour to degrade a woman. The people are very upset with Bollywood for promoting the comparison based on colour. “How can they write lyrics like that using the fair as an adjective while comparing a black woman? Are we still having this discussion in 2020”? Some even jokingly said that Beyonce has a record of never losing any lawsuit and warned Zee Music Company, in case Beyonce decides to sue them.

Some even slammed Bollywood saying that supporting the movement of “black lives matter” and then releasing a song like this. People said that it is a serious issue and reflects the problem in India where “fair” is described as feminine beauty and a standard of beauty. People described Bollywood as one of the major reasons and promoters of this kind of behaviour.

In regard, to all these debates going on, Khali Pelli director Maqbool Khan said that the song is not racist. He said that he apologizes if anyone felt offended”. He said that the song doesn’t discriminate on skin colour. He said Goriya is a casual word often and traditionally used to address an Indian girl in movies and songs. Which is actually the problem people are talking about.

People are however not satisfied as the problem they highlighted has been stated as something normal by the makers of the film.

Bollywood, which has a very prominent impact on Indian people and many others around the world. Being such a big industry, Bollywood needs to be more careful and not normalize such issues. Racism is a big problem and offensive songs like these are alarming.

 

 

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Novak Djokovic Hits Line Judge In The Throat, Out Of US Open

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Novak Djokovic Hits Line Judge In The Throat

World no.1 Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has been recently kicked out of the US open because he accidentally hit a line judge in the throat. With this, his stunning record of 29 winning strikes is lost along with his bid for the 18th grand slam.

In the first set of his fourth-round match against Spanish tennis player Carreno Busta. Trailing 6-5 in the first set, when Novak was going to the Arthur Ashe Stadium sideline for a changeover, he angrily threw the tennis ball behind him. As he smacked the ball, the ball went straight towards the line judges and hit a female line judge in the throat, who fell at her knees and reached for her neck in pain.

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Novak Djokovic out of US Open after hitting line judge with ball

After this incident, there was some discussion on the tennis court for 10 minutes, with tournament referee Soeren Friemel, Grand Slam supervisor Andreas Egli and chair umpire Aurelie Tourte.  Novak said that his action was unintentional and the incident was pure coincident. However, since the judge was hurt and this fact lead the ruling resulting in Novak being dismissed from the game.

Pleading his case, Novak said as the accident was unintended, so he should not be defaulted. Friemel who made the final decision of ending the match said that “we all agree that the action was not done on purpose, but the fact that he hurt the line judge is clear and since she is seriously hurt. He must pay the penalty”. However, Friemel didn’t saw the accident himself and was also denied the video replay, but as informed by others he took the decision.

Later, Novak Djokovic went on to shake hands with his opponent Carreno Busta and it was announced that Djokovic has defaulted, which equivalent to an ejection in tennis and Djokovic  left with this without any media interaction.

Djokovic posted an apology on Instagram

Novak Djokovic Apology

 

After a few hours, Novak Djokovic took it to Instagram to apologize. On the post, he shared with the picture of him leaving the court he wrote that the situation has left him empty and very sad. He checked with the person hurt and is thankful that she is okay. As for the disqualification he said,” I need to go back and work on the disappointment and sorrow this had brought to me and take a life lesson from it to grow and evaluate myself”. He apologized to U.S. open and anybody hurt due to his behavior and said he meant no harm. He also thanked his team, family, and fans for supporting him. Later in another post, he also thanked all his fans for all the support and messages and asked them to wish for the line judge’s good health.

USTA also said that the ranking position will be forfeited along with 250000$ won by him during the tournament. U.S. Open also released an official statement saying that however Novak’s action was unintentional but as per the rule book the incident was reckless and need to be penalized.

Final words

Disqualifying players from tournaments in situations like these where the accident is unintentional is not so common. However, with this disqualification Djokovic has lost his opportunity to win the US open. Djokovic apologized and decided to take a lesson from it to be more careful in future.

 

 

 

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