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Shakuntala Devi Review: A Transgenerational Tale

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Writer and Director Anu Menon recently came up with a project named Shakuntala Devi on OTT platform, Amazon Prime. The movie is based on the life of Shakuntala Devi, Indian mathematician. Shakuntala Devi is the tale of a lady who rises from a patriarchal and low-economic background. The movie is based on the narrative of Anupama Banerjee. The daughter of Shakuntala Devi. The story though begins as a tale of achievements of a young independent woman but soon constricts the plot to the family drama and her relationship with her daughter. Shakuntala Devi is a transgenerational tale and it reflects the generational gap between three generations.

Cast

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The Cast of the movie includes Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh, Jisshu Sengupta, Ty Hurley, Amit Sadh, Jake Francis, Prakash Belawadi, Stephen Samson, Colin Blyth, Neil Bhoopalam, Sheeba Chaddha and Luca Calvani.

The movie has been directed by Anu Menon. It is narrated by Shah Rukh Khan and the credits for screenplay goes to Anu Menon and Nayanika Mahtani.

Plot

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Shakuntala Devi is the story of an independent, feminist, talented and super intelligent mathematician Shakuntala Devi. But the story is neither a biopic nor a documentary on her life. It even comes with a disclaimer that it is the story of Shakuntala Devi as a mother from her daughter. The story begins with the childhood of Shakuntala Devi. She was born and brought up in a patriarchal setup which did not consider women as the bread earners of the society but objectified them. This is quite evident from the exploitation of her mother faced at the hand of her father. The fact that her mother never raises her voice against injustice led to clashes between Shakuntala Devi and her mother and she decided to become an independent woman. She went to Europe, met a man, married him, had a daughter with him and separated with him. In the second half, the movie portrays the relationship between Shakuntala Devi and her daughter. They did not share the warmth of the mother-daughter relationship.

Transgenerational Tale

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Shakuntala Devi is a transgenerational tale which portrays the relationship between mother and daughter in three-generation. The bitterness and clashes Shakuntala Devi had with her mother were also shared by Her daughter Anupama for her. All the three women have a different outlook and different societal background which shaped their opinions about each other.

Review

Anu Menon has beautifully directed the tale of mother and daughter. The best decision was to select Vidya Balan for the main role. Vidya Balan has stolen the show with her acting. The way she has associated herself with the character, the next time when someone would take the name of Shakuntala Devi, the face of Vidya Balan will come in front of your eyes. But the movie in some way has compromised with the life and achievements of Shakuntala Devi as a person. The movie is solely based on point of view of the daughter of Shakuntala Devi but every story has more than one point of views. The movie does not inculcate point of view of others. But the movie already informs the viewer about this through a disclaimer as mentioned above. The acting of Amit Sadh and Sanya Malhotra has brought life to the characters. The movie is simple and beautiful. It beautifully portrays mother-daughter relationship and how the life experience of a mother impacts her relationship with her daughter.

Final Words

Shakuntala Devi is a mesmerizing tale of a beautiful relationship between mother and daughter across three generations. But the relationship that they share is impacted by the life experiences they faced and it adds bitterness in their relationship. The whole movie is directed in such a way that it will make the viewer feel the story of mother and daughter. The movie could have been in a way to introduce more about the genius of Shakuntala Devi but it is solely based on her role as a mother. Overall, the movie is a good choice to watch and adore the acting os talented actors like Vidya Balan. Sanya Malhotra and Amit Sadh.

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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Cargo Review- A Must Watch Sci-fi Netflix Movie

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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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Sumit Nagal Becomes First Indian In 7 Years To Enter The 2nd Round Of The US Open

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Sumit Nagal  has become first Indian in 7 years to enter the second round of the US Open. On tuesday, Sumit beat Bradley Klahn to make his way to the second round of US Open.This is a big achievement for Sumit Nagal  as well the nation. Before him, Somedev Devvarman was the last Indian to get past the first round in 2013. Netizens have begun to cheer Sumit Nagal  for the next round and it seems as if everyone is confident about his victory.

Sumit Nagal

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Sumit Nagal is a 23-year-old tennis player from New Delhi, India. He has won 2015 Wimbledon boy’s doubles title with his partner Ly Hoang Nam from Vietnam. He is the sixth Indian player to win junior Grand Slam title. In 2017, he won first ATP challenger title. In 2019, he has won the Buenos Aires Challenge. Sumit is presently participating in the US Open and he has reached the second round. Due to COVID- 19, the number of matches has been reduced but Sumit thinks that it can serve as an advantage to him.

The U.S. administration is also taking special safety measures to safeguard everyone from virus, due to which participants will not be able to explore the city the way they might have planned. In this regard, Sumit said, “I’m a guy who likes to stay in as much as possible but… you do feel it a bit. I wish I could go out and see the buildings, walk on the streets of New York. I’ll be on my normal routine… Probably play a game or two on my computer.”

Words of Sumit Nagal  on winning the first round

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Sumit Nagal has expressed his feelings after winning the first round and has also shown his excitement to play the next round. He said, “I’ve got nothing to lose. Last year I played Roger Federer and this year Thiem. It’s going to be a great match. For sure, I’m not the favourite.” Due to the ongoing situation of Covid-19, the number of matches is less this year. Nagpal, who is ranked 124th in the world said that it could be an advantage for him while playing against Australia’s player who is ranked number third in the world. In his own words, “I don’t think we’ve had enough match practice on hard courts. It’s going to be the same for both of us for the match on Thursday.”

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Sumit Nagal has become first Indian in 7 years to enter the second round of the US Open. On tuesday, Sumit beat Bradley Klahn to make his way to the second round of US Open.This is a big achievement for Sumit Nagal as well the nation. Before him, Somedev Devvarman was the last Indian to get past the first round in 2013. Netizens have begun to cheer Sumit Nagal for the next round and it seems as if everyone is confident about his victory.

It is a proud moment for the country as Sumit Nagal has reached the second round of US Open. As he is the only Indian to reach this level after 2013, everyone in India is very happy. This is Nagal’s second successive US Open main draw appearance and he has successfully managed to perform better this year. Indians have high hopes from Sumit now and they have already started cheering him to win the title on social media platforms.

 

 

 

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Top All-Time Favorite Sitcoms On Indian Television

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Sitcoms are the most loved shows on Television. Those were the times when time slots of weekend nights were reserved for sitcoms. A number of sitcoms have been telecasted on Indian Television and most of them received very high TRP as compared to daily soaps. In the era of Netflix and other OTT platforms, there are some iconic sitcoms which can never be compared to modern series. These sitcoms are the all-time best iconic shows. Let us have a look at top all-time favourite sitcoms on Indian Television.

Khichdi

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Khichdi is one of those iconic shows which makes us feel nostalgic. The duo of Praful and Hansa is still considered the perfect duo on the silver screen. Khichdi was the story of the Parekh family but all the family members hold a different personality. Khichdi was released in 2002 and soon became a part of the life of Indian families. The second season and third season named Instant Khichdi and Khichdi Returns were also released looking at the popularity of the show. A movie was also released.

Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai

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Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai has been one of those shows which released on the silver screen but due to its popularity, the second season was released on OTT platform. It was released in the year 2004. The relationship between Maya Sarabhai and Monisha Sarabhai fascinated the viewers most. The memes on high class and middle-class debate between the both have now taken the form of memes. The character of Roshesh Sarabhai is one of the most iconic characters in the history of Indian Television.

Hum Paanch

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Hum Paanch is the true definition of the timeless sitcom which featured today’s top stars. It was released in the year 1995 and soon became part of the life of people. It was released in series of three seasons. The relationship between Anand Mathur’s five daughters, each with a different personality and his second wife gave a positive and hilarious tone to the story. Hum Paanch is also known for Vidya Balan who was a part of the show in the earlier phase.

Office Office

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Office portrays the struggle of Mussaddilal, a common man who struggled a lot to get his work done by visiting various offices. It also shows the rampant corruption and other inefficiencies in the government sector in a light manner. It was released in the year 2001. The classic funny sitcom which is a satire on inefficiency on government offices became successful in making everyone laugh.

Sitcoms are the shows hold good respect among members of almost every age group. These were a few all-time favourite sitcoms of Indian Television which have been released during different times but became highly successful in bringing a smile to the faces of viewers.

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Review of The Gone Game, A Lockdown Themed Thriller

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The popularity of thrillers on OTT platforms can be calculated by the fact that a number of thriller series have been released in just a matter of time. If you are a thriller enthusiast, you can consider watching The Gone Game on Voot Select this weekend. The series is somewhat one of its kind on India. Though many thrillers have been released The Gone Game has a different vibe. It is highly relatable as it is lockdown themed which helps the audience to connect more. The concept has been highly appreciated by the critics. The Gone Game is one of those series which you can watch in one go. Let us have a detailed review of the series.

Overview

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The Gone Girls is a lockdown themed thriller which has been released on OTT platform, Voot Select. It has been directed by Nikhil Bhat and the cast of the Series include Arjun Mathur, Sanjay Kapoor, Shweta Tripathi, Shriya Pilangokar, Lubna Salim, Rukhsar Rehman and many more.

Plot

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A man named Sahil Gujral returns from Bangkok with the symptoms of Covid-19. He tested himself and turns out to be positive. Soon he died of the virus. But the story takes a turn when his sister Amara Gujral began to feel as if Sahil is alive due to some strange occurrence. Soon the whole family began to feel the same and they also felt the wife of Sahil and ex-boyfriend of Amara are behind all this.

Review

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The Gone Game is one of those series which fulfils are the requirements of the audience in terms of presenting a good thriller. The story will make you guess things. It will also bring out the hysteria within you and you feel as if you’re the part of the story. It will end at a cliffhanger and you will pray for the next season to be released as soon as possible. The Gone Game having introduced elements of a recent pandemic is able to connect more effectively to the public. The whole scenario is very familiar. The actors have done a fabulous job.

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There are also some minor mistakes in the series. They have not shown the disinfectant policy that is mandated for corona patients. The CCTV cameras in rooms seem a bit exaggeration. Also, a few roles are seen to be cut short and also confusing. The major grievance of the public is the number of episodes. The season features only four episodes while more episodes could be made out of a similar plot to keep the audience engaging.

Overall, The Gone Game is something which you can not resist watching even after all the minor mistakes. You can easily ignore those mistakes and enjoy the intense plot of the series and wait for the next season to release.

The Gone Game is a perfect watch for this weekend. It is just four episodes, so binge-watching is also not a bad idea. The acting of the cast members is appreciable, especially of Shweta Tripathi. If you really want to explore a thriller, go for it.

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