Ginny Weds Sunny, the new Netflix film starring Yami Gautam and Vikrant Massey, endeavours to be kind of cinema that the Indian masses crave for. It’s a time tested formula in a diverse and colourful country like India. It is no secret that we love to celebrate. Festivities are an innate part of our lives. And marriage functions are the grandest of them all. For us, marriage is just not a union of two individuals but it’s an alliance of two families. It’s an occasion that gets everyone excited—be it the children, the young, or the old—for it is perceived as the greatest celebration of life. In short, the marriages are a singularly viable business. For Indian filmmakers, it’s a bankable subject like no other. Some of the biggest commercial hits in the history of Hindi cinema have revolved around the theme of marriage. In order words, the central theme (read marriage) pretty much remains the same; the treatment, however, must vary to ensure that the viewers don’t get bored with it.
Now, if we looked at the Hindi films made over the last 25 years or so we would come across two major blockbusters viz. Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! (1994) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), which best exploited the Indian sentimentality for the traditions and rituals associated with marriage. And the trend has continued with films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Band Baaja Baaraat, Tanu Weds Manu, Shuddh Desi Romance, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, and Veere Di Wedding. In Puneet Khanna’s Ginny Weds Sunny we come across a headstrong middle-class Punjabi girl named Ginny (Yami Gautam) who wants to marry his Haryanvi boyfriend Nishant. But he has a commitment phobia. As a result, Ginny has saved Nishant’s contact in her cellphone’s directory by the name of ‘Confusion’. The makers could have very well chosen it as the film’s title. For, it’s not just the characters who are confused here; the writers and the director appear to be just as confused. The resulting mess can make the viewers so confused that it’s natural to get very frustrated by the time end credits begin to roll.
Ginny Weds Sunny offers a very interesting lead pair in form of Yami Gautam and Vikrant Massey. Now, both actors started their careers with television in the neighbourhood but over the last decade they ended up moving in very different directions. While Yami remained in the mainstream space and mostly played conventional characters, Massey experimented a lot, essaying unconventional characters in films like A Death In The Gunj, Lipstick Under My Burkha, and Chhapaak. The character of Sunny that Massey plays in Ginny Weds Sunny is the most mainstream part that he has done in recent times. There is no denying that intelligent parts suit him a lot but Sunny is certainly not up his alley. Whenever he tries to indulge in buffoonery that the character demands, he looks awkward. Massey is a good actor with decent range but he is no Dilip Kumar or Raj Kapoor and so he gets badly exposed here. Another area where he falters is Sunny’s Punjabi accent which he just can’t get right. The trouble is that he appears to be trying a little too hard. He is at his best when he is not trying too hard such as during the scene when his character tells Ginny that even as a child he knew that she was out of his league. This earnestness when evident works well for Massey.
As for Yami, it’s heartening see her trying hard to break out of her girl next door image. As Ginny, she is temperamental, edgy, demanding, and stubborn. It is one of the most challenging characters that she has essayed in recent times. A few years back she played an even more challenging character in Sarkar 3 but it failed to get her the kind of attention that she deserved. Hopefully, her memorable performance in Ginny Weds Sunny will fetch her more complex roles in the near future. It would be fun to see her essay characters with negative shades such as a femme fatale in a good old suspense thriller.
The best storytellers often emphasise upon the importance of clarity at the narrative as well as the character level. Now, certain motivations drive a character. And certain conflicts drive a narrative. A character once created must have a life of its own. Also, the narrative isn’t supposed to have too many convenient twists and turns because then the narrative may lose its organic quality. Unfortunately, Ginny Weds Sunny suffers from the same problem. It is replete with Bollywood-esque twists and turns with characters repeatedly behaving out of character for the sake of driving the narrative forward. The end result is a confused mess with hardly any novelty. What the theme of marriage in Hindi movies needs is a breath of fresh air. The Indian filmmakers ought to look at films like After the Wedding (2006) and Rachel Getting Married (2008) for some new ideas.
EX-CONTESTANTS ON BIGG BOSS SURVIVAL KIT
Have you ever wondered what it must be like, to be in the Bigg Boss house for weeks and months, far from your near ones — from all humanity, actually — and with cameras playing agents of voyeurism, dishing out your every move to the world outside?
Most ‘Bigg Boss’ housemates would tell you the experience can leave you mentally drained, unless you develop a strong defence mechanism. The ones who have truly excelled talk of the need for a psychological survival kit, to tide over the tremendous pressure that the mind games inside the house bring in.
‘Bigg Boss 7’ winner Gauahar Khan counts the ability to retain one’s individuality as the biggest weapon.
“There is no fixed formula to win the show but I think it has a lot to do with one’s individuality. What you are and how well you connect to the audience matters the most. Everyone has a different personality. It’s just that one should know how to portray the traits in front of the audience,” Gauahar tells IANS.
Actress Kamya Punjabi, who was one of the star attractions in the seventh season, recalls how she wanted to leave the show midway as it was becoming “unbearable” for her to live without her little daughter.
“It’s not at all easy to survive in the house. I remember there were days when I felt like leaving the show in between to go and meet my daughter. I was missing her so much,” says Kamya. For Kamya the tool of survival was the sheer realisation that getting to be on the show was a big deal. “It was a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. I knew I would never get this chance again. I knew I would meet my daughter after three months but I wouldn’t get such a golden chance again. That kept me going,” she recalls.
A lot of playacting and drama may go on, but season 13 star Paras Chhabra insists it is important to stay real to make it to the finals. “People love a true personality. Stay as you are. If something wrong happens, stand for your beliefs,” he says.
Paras also emphasises on the necessity to be resiliently good with the tasks. “Tasks are very important in ‘Bigg Boss’. A contestant should be able to perform well in the tasks. It’s one of the surviving elements,” he adds. Paras was one of the top contestants in the 13th season. He left the finale race after opting for the cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.
Mahira Sharma, who made headlines for her close bond with Paras in the house, has similar advice. “I feel it was my honesty and reality that worked. I don’t create relationships with others just for the sake of anything. If I am friends with someone, I try to give my 100 percent to that bond. I think that’s what people loved about me when I was in the house,” she says.
Survival, of course, can mean different things to different people, and it shows in the way contestants approach the game.
For season 13 housemate Aarti Singh, the essential item in her survival kit was a strong urge to prove herself. It is something that helped her reach the finale race despite panic attacks, she says. “I knew this was my last chance to prove myself. I would be lying if I say it was easy to live in the house. I had panic attacks while I was living in the house and it was all on national TV. I showed every side of mine because I knew it was a do or die situation. Whether I was real or confident or lallu or oversmart — whatever I was, I was just real. People appreciate truth and honesty,” shares Aarti.
Do the trademark abuses and fights of the show really help contestants to gain mileage and survive till the end? Actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee, who participated in season 13, disagrees.
“Abusive behaviour may help you survive but it can create a lot of negative impact, too. I remember Salman sir used to warn us and always remind us that there’s life outside the show and we should present ourselves in a dignified manner,” she notes.
Paras says unnecessary fights, howsoever they may let you grab eyeballs, is the last thing you would want in your survival kit inside the house. “If there are valid fights, it’s okay. But that does not mean you keep on fighting. There have been instances when contestants got evicted owing to their fights,” he points out.
Natalie is training for new Thor film
Actress Natalie Portman says she finds training for the upcoming superhero film, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’, hard. The actress opened up about preparing for the film in Sydney when she joined ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ virtually, reports eonline.com. Fallon pointed out that a lot of training and exercise goes into superhero films, and Portman confessed she was dreading it. “I’m trying. I’ve also had months of pandemic, eating baked goods and lying in bed and feeling sorry for myself. So I’m super tired during and after working out and dreading before,” she said. The Oscar winning actress is all set to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’. She will be the first female to play the superhero Thor.
Matthew was sexually abused as a teen
Matthew McConaughey has revealed that he has been a victim of sexual abuse several times during his teenage years. In his new memoir, ‘Greenlights’, McConaughey opened up about being sexually abused, reports variety.com.
In the beginning of the book, McConaughey shares several facts about himself, which include his personal experience with sexual abuse. He revealed that his first time having sex was not consensual and that he was “blackmailed” into it. “I was blackmailed into having sex for the first time when I was 15. I was certain I was going to hell for the premarital sex. Today, I am merely certain that I hope that’s not the case,” he writes in his memoir.
McConaughey also revealed that he was “molested by a man when (he) was 18 while knocked unconscious in the back of a van.” He didn’t include many more details about his experience, but McConaughey shared that he does not consider himself a victim of the situations.
“I’ve never felt like a victim. I have a lot of proof that the world is conspiring to make me happy,” he said. The actor also opened up about his parents’ tumultuous relationship, his marriage to Camila Alves and his philosophy in ‘Greenlights’.
First look: Prabhas as Vikramaditya in ‘Radhe Shyam’
Prabhas is all set to ring in his birthday today and to bring in more cheers to his fans with an advanced birthday wish, makers of ‘Radhe Shyam’ released the character poster of Prabhas recently. The star will be portraying the character of Vikramaditya and from the looks of it, the anticipation around his look seems right. Taking to their social media, the makers shared Prabhas’ look and poster, “The Big moment has arrived! Here’s introducing #Prabhas as #Vikramaditya from #RadheShyam! #RadheShyamSurprise #HappyBirthdayPrabhas Starring #Prabhas & @hegdepooja.”
Earlier also, to mark Pooja Hegde’s birthday, the makers had revealed her first look from the movie on her birthday. The team is currently shooting in Torino, Italy. Touted to be a magnum opus, ‘Radhe Shyam’ is suggested to be an epic love story set in Europe. The film also features Sachin Khedekar, Bhagyashree, Priyadarshi, Murali Sharma, Sasha Chettri, and Kunaal Roy Kapur among others. Directed by Radha Krishna Kumar, the multilingual period drama is expected to release in 2021
A glimpse into Shahid’s early morning cricket practice
Shahid Kapoor has shared a sneak-peek from his early morning cricket practice for the upcoming film ‘Jersey’. Shahid is seen hitting a straight drive in a video he posted on Instagram . He is dressed for practice in a black T-shirt, basketball shorts, leg guards, gloves and a helmet. “Early mornings.. wake up with drive,” he wrote alongside the video. The actor and his co-actor Mrunal Thakur recently completed the Uttarakhand schedule of the film. ‘Jersey’ is a Hindi remake of the Telugu hit of the same name. The Hindi version is also being directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, who helmed the 2019 original. The story is about a talented but failed cricketer named Arjun, who decides to make a comeback in his late thirties and play for India, in order to fulfil his son’s wish.
ANIL KAPOOR REVEALS HIS WEAKNESS
Anil Kapoor confessed on social media recently that his weak point is food. The actor also shared how he has adopted a new approach to eating to achieve a sharper look since lockdown.
Anil Kapoor wrote on his verified Instagram account: “Everyone has a weak point. Mine is food. The Punjabi boy in me needs the taste buds ignited, my eyes always bigger than my belly. During lockdown, I have set myself the task of achieving a new sharper look. This new look needs a new approach to eating. Both Harsh and my trainer Marc have taken it upon themselves to remind me constantly and lay down eating plans. I try and I battle. Sometimes I even fall. And what I’ve learnt through it all is that a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link. So everyone in the house had to get involved. ”
Anil added, “From those who kindly cook my food to the support of my family gathered round me at meal time. Fitness is never a one man/ women crusade, it’s about support and encouragement when we need it the most. (Always get family involved and on board to help you in any diet if you wish to make it truely a success).”
“Is it easy? Not always, if I am honest. Some days the Punjabi boy sulks a little, but then some days, like this day with this picture… it makes it all worth it,” he concluded.
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