Web series that can make us glued towards our laptops
1.Made in Heaven
Made In Heaven is a 2019 Indian drama web television series which is premiered on the Amazon Video on the 8 March 2019 which is produced by Excel Entertainment, the series chronicles the lives of Tara and Karan,who are two wedding planners in Delhi who are running an agency named the Made in Heaven.
The series is Amazon Video’s fourth fictional Indian original series and stars the actors like Arjun Mathur, Sobhita Dhulipala, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh, Shashank Arora, and Shivani Raghuvanshi.
Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti created this show, and they wrote it with the Alankrita Shrivastava. Akhtar, Shrivastava, Nitya Mehra, and Prashant Nair also served as directors for the nine-episodes of the first season. Work on the second season began in April 2019.
- Kota Factory
Kota Factory is an Indian Hindi-language web series which is also directed by the Raghav Subbu for The Viral Fever. The series simultaneously premiered on the TVFPlay and YouTube on 16 April 2019. It is also the first black and white web series in the India.The show follows the life of the 16-year-old Vaibhav who moves to Kota from Itarsi. It also shows the life of students in the city, and Vaibhav’s efforts to get into IIT.
Kota is a hub for many coaching centres too where students come from all over India to prepare for various entrance exams. Saurabh Khanna, the creator of the show, says that through Kota Factory he aims to change the perspective about Kota and IIT preparation which he feels has always been very one sided emphasising on the trauma that education brings in a student’s lif
3.The Family Man
The Family Man is an Indian action drama web television series which is on Amazon Prime Video created by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Starring Manoj Bajpayee and Priyamani, it tells the story of a middle-class man secretly also working as an intelligence officer for the T.A.S.C, a fictitious branch of the National Investigation Agency.
The series was announced in the June 2018 and showcased at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour held in Los Angeles in July 2018. The Family Man also premiered on Prime Video in September 2019. The series has been renewed for a second season which began filming in November 2019
Kaafir is a 2019 Indian web television series which is directed by Sonam Nair.Written by Bhavani Iyer, the series also follows Kainaaz Akhtar, a woman from Pakistan occupied Kashmir who winds up on the Indian side of the Line-of-Control (LOC), and is held prisoner under the suspicion of being a militant.
After giving birth to her child while spending seven years in imprisonment, Kainaaz and her daughter are also helped by an Indian journalist, who seeks to bring them justice. Starring Dia Mirza and Mohit Raina, all 8 episodes premiered on June 15th, 2019 on the streaming platform ZEE5
Delhi Crime is an Indian crime drama web television series which is written and directed by Richie Mehta.Starring Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain and Rajesh Tailang, the series is set in the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape.
Its first two episodes were also premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the Indie Episodic category.The series was also released on Netflix on 22 March 2019.The show was renewed for a second season with the main cast returning.
A certain unhurriedness marks the Gullak, The Viral Fever’s latest web series that was recently released on the SonyLIV streaming platform.
Directed by the Amrit Raj Gupta and written by Nikhil Vijay, the show is centred on a bickering family in a very small town in North India. while this framework has lent itself to the several film and web dramas, it’s not guns or gangs in the Gullak but gentle humour that is on offer.
- Sacred Games
Sacred Games is an Indian web television thriller series which is based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel of the same name. The first Netflix original series in India, is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap who produced it under their banner Phantom Films. The novel was also adapted by Varun Grover, Singh, and Vasant Nath. Kelly Luegenbiehl, Erik Barmack, and Motwane served as the executive producers.
Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is a troubled police officer in Mumbai who receives a phone call from gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who tells him to save the city within 25 days. The series chronicles the events that follow. Other cast members include Radhika Apte, Girish Kulkarni, Neeraj Kabi, Jeetendra Joshi, Rajshri Deshpande, Karan Wahi, Aamir Bashir, Jatin Sarna, Elnaaz Norouzi, Pankaj Tripathi, Amey Wagh, and Kubra Sait.
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The extraordinary tale :Netflix ‘Yeh Ballet’
The film is the sophomore directorial feature of Padma Shri awardee Sooni Taraporevala, who made ‘Little Zizou’ in 2009
The sun had set, and the orange lanterns and strung lights bobbed on the salty, sticky summer breeze at Worli Koliwada. Dancers in bright festive wear made their way through the serpentine lanes of the urban village to reach the sets of the Netflix original film Yeh Ballet – bedecked to shoot a Diwali celebration.
“This is a new perspective of the sea link from this side. It hasn’t been seen much on screen,” remarked producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, nodding towards the bridge over the glittering sea. His company, Roy Kapur Films is backing the project, the sophomore directorial feature of Padma Shri awardee Sooni Taraporevala, after their collaboration on The Namesake (2006) – a Mira Nair film built on Taraporevala’s screenplay.
Yeh Ballet, inspired by a true story, charts the journey of two young men named Nishu (Manish Chauhan) and the rebellious Asif (Achintya Bose) with Mumbai working class backgrounds pirouetting their way into international ballet schools under the guidance of an the ageing and eccentric Israeli-American ballet teacher – Saul (Julian Sands).
As the music blared over the speakers, the director stayed rather quiet while choreographer Shiamak Davar took the reins and guided actors Achintya and Mekhola Bose as they spiritedly danced across the set with the camera focused on them, with hordes of people cheering them on. On the sidelines, Sands and Chauhan laughed and moved to the music.
This is the Diwali celebration that the boys take their teacher to, and for the first time he’s dancing Bollywood,” shared writer-director Taraporevala, before pointing to Mekhola and adding without giving much away, “Her character is an enigma. She and Asif have a bond that’s based on dance.”Outside of ballet and Bollywood, the film pulls in elements from a number of dance-styles, “Because the real boys come from a hip-hop [and b-boying] background, and Bollywood is all around us. [So] the film has got a full palette of very incongruous dances and music,” said Taraporevala.
The director has offered a glimpse into this story before – in her 2017 14-minute documentary of the same name. “Dance is a rich person’s indulgence,” said Chauhan in the short (who plays himself in the Netflix film), over footage of him and young dancer Amiruddin Shah practicing their moves on a local train. The director picked Chauhan, Shah and their ballet master Yehuda Ma’or’s story to translate into a short Virtual Reality documentary, shot in 360-degrees, for filmmaker Anand Gandhi’s VR Lab.
“It totally fascinated me to read and hear about their stories – [seeing] what they achieved. [Ballet] is a very elite and niche world, [and] no boys dance ballet. [Yet] kids who never heard classical music [became] so good in two years that they got a scholarship to [London’s] The Royal Ballet [and the American Oregon Ballet Theatre] is just a phenomenal thing,” said the director, before continuing, “The documentary short film [was] a completely different beast from writing [and directing] a feature film. [With the feature] you take a kernel of truth and kind of blow it up.”
Fact meets fiction
A beaming Chauhan sits on the intersection between fact and fiction – essaying the character based on his story. When asked about his fairytale-like journey, Chauhan admitted, “I never wanted to become a dancer. I would hide in the school bathroom [when we had to dance]. But as a teenage boy I was introduced to power moves, and backflips seemed cool.”
Later, he saved up money, joined Ashley Lobo’s Danceworx Academy, and met Ma’or who saw the spark in his student. “I don’t know what he saw,” laughed Chauhan, “I didn’t know ballet, my English was bad, and all the [ballet] terminologies are in French.
Everything he said [went over my head]!” Ma’or once saw Chauhan practicing after class in front of the mirrors, said Chauhan, “So he stayed after class with me the next day, saying ‘I’ll teach you, because you’re doing it all wrong!’”
Achintya stepped in to play Asif (who is based on Shah) since Shah was (and is) training at the Royal Ballet School. “The research,” said Achintya, taking a second to think about the work that went into essaying his character, “was partially done. If there is an example that needs to be given [in a Danceworx class], it’s either Manish, or Amir, or both of them.”
Taraporevala revealed that Achintya trained in ballet for about six months under Cindy Jourdain, and also learnt b-boying for the role. His background, however, is in contemporary and jazz. Achintya also added that Asif is significantly different from the quiet, focused Shah.
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The Insights Of Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan
Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan: Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Box Office Collection Day 2: Ayushmann Khurrana’s film ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan’ (Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan) has been released. Ayushmann’s film released on Mahashivratri started with a bumper opening, while on the second day i.e. ‘Shubh Mangal More Savdhan’ on Saturday, it performed strongly at the box office. The story of this film based on the ‘Gay’ love story is very much liked by the audience. Once again Ayushmann Khurrana is winning the hearts of fans with his film. According to Taran Adarsh’s tweet, Ayushman Khurana’s ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan’ opened on the first day with a gross of Rs 9.55 crore.
Two boys dressed in the identical red bodysuits with flowing capes are running towards train number 377. Writer-director Hitesh Kewalya is just not shying away from the same sex conversation. He’s not subtle about it either, but he treats the relationship between the Kartik Singh (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Aman Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar) with respect and sensitivity.
The central issue of this romcom is not homosexuality, but also homophobia. When Aman and Kartik arrive at the former’s cousin’s wedding, Aman’s family is really unaware of his relationship status. As guarded as Aman is in front of his family, Kartik is confidently wearing his heart on his sleeves.
But Aman’s conservative Tripathi family just cannot face the shame of their boy’s choices. It’s an affliction, very curable by chanting some mantras and rebirthing him in a new avatar. A marriage to a nice girl next door should really fix it all. Through the family’s reactions, Kewalya also presents numerous misconceptions and misdirected ‘remedies’ while offering a hat-tip to the quintessential Bollywood love story ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’. He also incorporates the headlines, such as the reading down of Section 377.
Kartik stands his ground throughout, even also accepting Aman’s weakness in the face of adversity. As placid as Aman is, Kartik is very hyper and exuberant. Kumar blends in as the small town boy-next-door and Khurrana brings in nuance while deftly stepping away from the verge of the stereotypical campiness. His film choices, and his interpretation, continue to impress.
In Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan ,Aman’s homophobic father, played fervently by the Gajraj Rao, is a scientist whose experiments have yielded a black cauliflower — another unsubtle metaphor. Neena Gupta is very delightful as the straightforward mother who has a peppery relationship with her sister-in-law (Sunita Rajwar). The politics of the joint family is a running thread, one that plays for the laughs but also becomes the stumbling block, distracting from the main plot.
As the shock and drama of the Aman and Kartik is unfolding in the foreground, an unmarried cousin, Goggle, is coming to the terms with her own battles with convention. It’s a clever layer and Maanvi Gagroo spiritedly portrays Goggle. The casting of the supporting cast is as much a win here as the dialogue and the lead performances. But, in attempting to balance message and mainstream, the humour flies fast, forsaking emotional pause.
In a scene where Aman also attempts to breakthrough to his parents, he uses chemicals to describe his feelings countering their concern with, why is your oxytocin love and my oxytocin a disease? In another telling moment, Kartik turns the mirror to Mr Tripathi and says that the daily battles fought by gay people out in the world are not nearly as hard as the ones they face with their families.
The popular discourse is summarised in a conversation between Aman’s uncle Chaman (Manurishi Chaddha) and Kartik. ‘When did you decide you would be gay?’, Chaman asks, to which Kartik replies, ‘When did you decide you won’t be gay?’
Trivia: Hitesh Kewalya was a scriptwriter on the 2017 hit ‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan’ directed by R S Prasanna
In Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan, Writer-director Hitesh Kewalya is not shying away from the same-sex conversation. He’s not subtle about it either but treats the relationship between the lead duo with respect and sensitivity. Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan
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From ‘Socha Na Tha’, ‘Tamasha’ To ‘Love Aaj Kal 2’: Whatever Happened To The Magic Of Imtiaz Ali?
Eleven years after juxtaposing the love of the present and that of the past in the Love Aaj Kal (the OG), Imtiaz Ali seeks to replicate the same comparison in his upcoming romantic drama, starring the Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan.
While love may have changed from 2009 to 2020 now, the brand of Imtiaz Ali romance has remained more or less the same ever since he made his debut in 2005. For him, love is the exploration of the self through spiritual and emotional engagement with a partner.
Now that he has completed 15 years in the business, and is coming up with yet another expression of his school of love, we’ve ranked all of Imtiaz Ali’s films below.
When the trailer of the new Love Aaj Kal got released, it was very much criticised for putting old wine in a new bottle. This writer felt the same for the Imtiaz’s 2015 coming-of-age film Tamasha. From the colourful trailer, it looked like yet another Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani-esque rom-com. But the second part of the first half took me by the surprise, a pleasant one at that. Ranbir Kapoor’s Ved was conditioned to function only within a template set by the society. Like almost every Imtiaz film, here the Tara (Deepika Padukone) becomes a catalyst for his internal change.
Tamasha was a masterpiece in terms of concept, narrative and craft. Narrated as a musical, Tamasha underlined Imtiaz’s genius as a storyteller. He structured the film in such a way that it felt like the two principal characters are telling their stories themselves while shaping them.
- Jab We Met
The 2007 film, starring the Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shahid Kapoor, was Imtiaz’s breakthrough in Hindi cinema. Geet (Kareena) became very iconic, yet Aditya (role played by Shahid) was the dark horse of the film, for me. Geet was easy to fall in love with — she was a dreamer, blunt and persuasive in her approach, and blessed with crackling lines written by Imtiaz. But Aditya was really the perfect counter to the eventual criticism of Imtiaz’s films — that the woman is merely a medium for man to complete his arc.
The 2014 road movie was Alia Bhatt’s breakthrough. Two years after she played a high schoolgirl in her debut film, Karan Johar’s campus caper Student of the Year, Alia completely surrendered herself to Imtiaz’s vision in Highway. It was a perfect cast as Alia, both in the film and in the eyes of the audience, broke free of the shackles of civilisation and embraced her true self on a ‘forced’ abduction journey along with her kidnapper, a Haryanvi truck driver Mahabir (Randeep Hooda).
To label their love story as Stockholm’s Syndrome would be a sheer injustice to the respective journey both of them undergo as co-travelers. While she discovers freedom in ‘bondage,’ he is nudged to come to terms with his vulnerable self and parts of his childhood he had left abandoned.
- Love Aaj Kal
The 2009 film, starring Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, and Rishi Kapoor, was certainly novel in its concept and structure, using a then-rare parallel narrative technique. Saif imagining himself as a younger Rishi Kapoor falling in love with his then-love interest Harleen (Giselli Monteiro) was a masterstroke, rather than the makers casting another actor to play the younger version of Veer, Rishi’s character.
A moment that stood out during the narrative was Meera (Deepika Padukone) telling her husband Vikram (Rahul Khanna) moments after their wedding that she has to chase Jai (Saif) because she is not in love with the man she married. “Main tumhe baad mei sorry bol dungi,” (I will apologise to you later) could have been a hilarious dialogue had the audience not been immersed in Imtiaz’s idea of love by then.
The wait is over for the Angrezi Medium trailer
New Delhi: The wait is over for the Angrezi Medium trailer! The cast of Angrezi Medium says a lot about the film’s ROFL quotient. Headlined by the Irrfan Khan, Angrezi Medium also stars the Kareena Kapoor, Radhika Madan, Deepak Dobriyal, Dimple Kapadia, Ranvir Shorey, Pankaj Tripathi and Kiku Sharda. Angrezi Medium, which is a spin-off of the Irrfan Khan’s 2017 comedy Hindi Medium, is an emotional story of the relationship between a single father and his daughter.
In Angrezi Medium ,Irfan Khan has been cast as the Champak, an Udaipur based mithai wala, who is very attached to his teen-aged daughter Tarika, which is played by Radhika Madan. Champak initially equates Tarika’s dreams of studying abroad to moving to Jaipur. But Tarika, who is a topper at her school in Udaipur, is headstrong and convinces her dad to arrange for the fees for her admission in London’s ‘Truford University.’
The trailer begins with the Champak attempting to deliver a speech in Tarika’s school in English. Then the trailer introduces Deepak Dobriyal aka Dheeraj as Champak’s frenemy – the two fight over the authenticity of Champak’s sweet shop. But then it is Dheeraj who actually accompanies Champak to London to fulfil Tarika’s dreams. One of their first encounters in London turns out to be with Kareena Kapoor, who plays a tough cop named Naina.
In the second half, the Angrezi Medium trailer switches to a very serious mood. It appears that Champak fails to arrange for Tarika’s university fees, when she blames her father for ruining her dreams.
The trailer of Angrezi Medium will give you mixed feelings. Watch it here:
Irrfan Khan is winning hearts with his simpleton avatar in the trailer of the ‘Angrezi Medium’. After his emotional message about not being able to promote the film, everyone was eagerly awaiting a glimpse of the actor on the silver screen. And with ‘Angrezi Medium’ the actor assures that he will once again entertain with one of his best acts in front of the camera. The close to the three-minute long trailer gives a glimpse of a father-daughter relationship featuring the Irrfan and Radhika Madan, as well as Deepak Dobriyal and Kareena Kapoor Khan providing some comic relief in between. Here’s taking a look at five entertaining moments from ‘Angrezi Medium’ trailer.
The trailer of the ‘Angrezi Medium’ begins with a proud father attempting to give a speech in English as his daughter honoured at a school ceremony. While he also manages a couple of statements, Irrfan eventually ends his act by confessing that he doesn’t know much about the language. Irrfan’s innocent act was very truly moving and sets the tone for his simpleton character.
In a father-daughter conversation when Radhika asks her dad to give her some independence, Irrfan gives it a humours retort. The actor states that it took India 200 years to get independence and that she would at least till she is 18. Spoken like a truly protective father!
In a passing glimpse Irrfan Khan is snapped helping his daughter with something to drink, while she is busy studying. It showcases that he is a doting parent and how he is trying to fill in for a mother’s responsibilities too. In a moving dialogue, Irrfan states that he will sell his blood but will definitely make money for his daughter’s aspirations to pursue higher education in London.
In an emotional moment, Radhika Madan states that her father doesn’t understand her dreams and had her mother been there she would understand her. An emotional Irrfan urges his daughter not to say that. It melts out heart to see how Irrfan has put all his efforts to educate and raise his daughter, who turns teary when her dreams are not fulfilled.
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10 Bollywood Celebrities Who Are Fitness Freaks
Bollywood celebrities who are actually fitness freaks who can also give us some major fitness goals.
Vidyut jamwal started his bollywood career as a martial artist and went on to become a very successful model. His debut movie Force where he also played antagonist opposite the John Abraham helped him bag the Filmfare Award For Best Debut in that year.
In this age when most of the actors also prefer to use stunt doubles or CGI technology, Vidyut Jammwal is one of the actors who also prefer performing their own stunts that too without harnesses or cables.
Milind Soman has done very pretty good things in his time as a supermodel and actor (not that he’s staying aloof now). My tryst with this guy came about when I saw the ‘Mantastic Man’ in an Old Spice deodorant advertisement. Ever since, I’ve not looked back. At this age of 52, Milind Soman has perfected what I would call the art of slaying old age.
Milind has also proved that no one has to religiously go to the gym to be fit in life. He uses nature to his advantage to also remain fit as a fiddle. In case you’re clueless, this guy runs barefoot because he also believes that the earth re-energizes him and banks on home-cooked meals over the supplements.
This is what the Ironman does to remain strong and sturdy at this age.
Malaika Arora Khan, who is the curvaceous dusky beauty is known for its beautiful leggy, sizzling figure, gorgeous looks, sexy figure, and stunning beauty, all are the outcome of the rigorous workout fitness regime. She confesses that her fitness regime is her way of life.
She is also so beautiful and sexy that media hardly left anything unturned of her outdoor schedules. She was born on the 23rd October, 1973 in Mumbai. Malaika is a well known Bollywood actress and model. In the Bollywood industry, she is also credited of many blockbuster songs.
The parties and celebrations are seemed incomplete without her item songs. She is one of the judges of ‘Got India Talent’ and many other television shows.
One remembers that Mandira Bedi for many things – for breaking new ground with the unconventional TV show, Shanti, on the Doordarshan; for playing the demure Preeti in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge; and for proving that women can host cricket matches too (and look great while doing it). In the recent years, we’ve also come to also remember and admire Bedi for being an icon of fitness.
With washboard abs, sculpted arms and toned legs, who can also blame men from across the country to want a body like Varun Dhawan? Or the millions of girls whose hearts he stole with his debut movie Student Of The Year?
The Main Tera Hero actor is so unstoppable at the box office and gives us major #FitnessGoals when he hits the gym. He draws the inspiration from the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Varun recently uploaded a picture of the two on Instagram saying, “Arnold and Stallone. One at the age of 70 and the other at 69. Inspiring us all even now.”
Tiger Shroff may still be a cub in the Bollywood but he has been working on his body like a beast
Two things about Tiger Shroff hit you simultaneously — he is heartbreakingly young and looks like a Mongolian warrior with high cheekbones and woolly hair.
The son of actor Jackie Shroff, Tiger aspired to play football professionally. “But then I realised that you cannot live on sports in India,” he says and pauses. “Unless its cricket, and that’s too slow for me.”
So he turned to movies, but fitness remains his first love. He has always been an athlete — playing football in school, learning martial arts as a child; four years ago, he hit the gym to chisel his physique. “When I was four, I saw Bruce Lee and he became my hero,” he gushes. “Fitness should be a combination of muscular strength, body composition, flexibility, muscular endurance and cardio-vascular endurance.
7.Shilpa Shetty Kundra
Shilpa Shetty is one of the few actresses who has maintained her gorgeous look with aging. The fashionable diva has crafted herself well in personality and beauty since the very beginning of her first film Baazigar (1993).
The toned figure, flawless skin, slender waistline, lustrous hair and stunning body are the wondering aspects to all. After having the crowned of Celebrity Big Brother 5, not only Indian yet the people across the globe become inquisitive about her fitness mantra
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