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.
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Comedian Raju Srivastava suffers heart attack, admitted to AIIMS
Comedian Raju Srivastava has suffered a heart attack and has been admitted to AIIMS, Delhi. Comedian Srivastava’s health deteriorated last night after which he suffered from a heart attack.
Srivastava fell unconscious when he was working out on a treadmill at the gym. Later he felt severe chest pain and then collapsed after which his trainer brought him to the hospital.
According to comedian Sunil Pal Srivastava’s health is good now. He is recovering rapidly and will be home soon.
Meanwhile, just hours before Srivastava suffered a heart attack he shared a stand-up comedy piece on his Instagram. He mimicked a few veteran actors on information being spread on Covid-19 via caller tune on the phones.
However, Srivastava got recognition by participating in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He has done roles in films like Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya. Moreover, Srivastava is also the chairman of the Uttar Pardesh Film Division Board.
Taapsee Pannu’s ‘Shabaash Mithu’ to stream on Voot Select; streaming date awaited
Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu’s film ‘Shabaash Mithu’ is all set to stream on OTT platform Voot. Recently the movie released in theaters but failed to impress the audience.
The movie is based on the life of Indian cricketer Mithali Raj. Pannu’s movie is slated to stream on Voot select in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Meanwhile, the final streaming date of the film is still awaited.
Earlier on Tuesday, Voot Select dropped a teaser of the film on Instagram. “The untold story of a fighter, an achiever, and a game changer who deserves a ‘Shabaash’ over and over again. Watch Taapsee Pannu as ace cricketer Mithali Raj, in the World Digital Premiere of Shabaash Mithu, Coming soon on #VootSelect,” Voot captioned.
Taapsee portrayed the role of a sportsperson for the third time in her career.
Meanwhile, Pannu shared her excitement about the movie’s OTT release and said, ” This film is very close to me. As someone who prides in championing roles and characters that celebrate women, playing the character of an iconic and truly inspiring cricketer has been a matter of immense pride and satisfaction. It was a challenging character to portray, especially as every chapter in Mithali’s life revealed the many layers of this national inspiration. I am very excited about its release on Voot Select.”
However, the movie was released on 15 July 2022 and is helmed by Sriji Mukherji.
Scared to work on a film on Mahabharat, explains Aamir
Aamir Khan has discussed his long-term goal of developing a movie based on the Hindu epic poem Mahabharata and stated that he is frightened to begin work on it. An ambitious plan to produce a high-budget movie based on the Mahabharata has been under development by Aamir. In fact, writer Anjum Rajabali revealed to the media in 2018 that he left the Rakesh Sharma biopic in order to concentrate on the movie, which is rumoured to have a budget of Rs 1000 crore.
“When you make a film about the Mahabharata, you’re not just making a film,” Aamir explained. “You are performing a yagya. It is not just a film, it is much more. That is why I am not ready for it yet. I am scared of bringing it out. Mahabharata will never let you down, but you may let down Mahabharata. “
Aamir previously discussed how long a movie on the epic would take, saying in an interview, “It is a longing. The task is enormous. For me, it is a dream come true. However, if I make the decision to succeed now, I will have to dedicate 20 years to it. The content is incredibly intriguing to me, but I’m afraid that if I say yes and decide to do it, five years will solely be spent on research before it can be put into practise.”
Aamir’s forthcoming movie, Laal Singh Chadha, is now being promoted, a legitimate reimagining of the 1994 Forrest Gump, a Hollywood production. Laal Singh Chaddha is the movie that Aamir spent more than ten years working on.
The Advait Chauhan-directed movie also prominently features Kareena Kapoor Khan and Mona Singh. The movie is scheduled to hit the theatres on August 11. Rakshabandhan, starring Akshay Kumar, is expected to compete with the movie at the box office.
‘If you don’t feel like watching the movie, then don’t’, Akshay Kumar reacts to boycott Raksha Bandhan trend
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar is in the news these days for his film ‘Raksha Bandhan’. A campaign of boycott is being run against Kumar’s film.
Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar himself has broken the silence on this whole controversy. He said in a special conversation that if someone does not want to see this film, then do not watch it, because we live in independent India. He recently said this at a promotional event for the film in Kolkata.
“If you don’t feel like watching the movie, then don’t. It’s a free country and the film is out there, so if someone wants to watch it or not, it’s up to them. I would like to tell you, no matter which industry it is, be it the clothing industry, film industry, or anything else, all of these help the economy. But doing things like boycotting movies, it doesn’t make sense,” Kumar said.
A few days ago, Aamir Khan also expressed his views about the ongoing campaign to Boycott Laal Singh Chaddha in India.
“That Boycott Bollywood…Boycott Aamir Khan…Boycott Laal Singh Chaddha… I feel sad also because a lot of people who are saying this in their hearts believe I am someone who doesn’t like India… In their hearts, they believe that… And that’s quite untrue,” Aamir Khan said.
Earlier in 2015, Aamir Khan made a controversial statement and said, “Our country is very tolerant, but there are people who spread ill-will.” Where his wife Kiran Rao also considered leaving the country for the safety of their children.
Moreover, on 11 August Laal Singh Chadda and Raksha Bandhan will clash at the box office. Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Raksha Bandhan’ is directed by Aanand L Rai and Aamir Khan starrer ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’ is directed by Advait Chandan.
Abhishek Bachchan to be honored with the Leadership in Cinema Award at 13th IFFM
Actor Abhishek Bachchan will be bestowed with the leadership in Cinema Award at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2022.
“I’m excited and looking forward to being part of celebrating all things movies and cinema in Melbourne. I’m elated to have been invited by IFFM and to be part of a festival that truly celebrates Indian cinema in all its glory. For them to confer me with the Leadership in Cinema award is truly an honor for me and I’m thankful to the jury and the team of IFFM. To be in another country celebrating Indian pride and Indian content alongside my peers in something I’m truly looking forward to,” Bachchan said.
The ‘Guru’ star will also deliver a special speech about his journey in cinema at IFFM 2022.
This year the film festival will be in its physical version after being solely virtual for the last two years.
Moreover, the festival will run from 12 August to 20 August. The festival will also hold virtual programming between 13 August to 30 August for Australian audiences. At the festival over 100 films across 23 languages are being screened.
Meanwhile, the award night will take place on the 14 August in Melbourne. The festival will be opened with the film Dobaaraa directed by Anurag Kashyap.
However, Karan Johar, Kapil Dev, Anurag Kashyap, and Vaani Kapoor are likely to attend the Film festival.
Bieber said sorry to an unidentified user, fans go crazy over his benevolence
The generosity of Justin Beiber has won the hearts of many on numerous occasions. Justin Beiber is well known for being extremely generous to his friends and fans.
The pop star apologised on his Instagram on Sunday for making “inappropriate comments” on a user’s post.
Contrary to his persona, Justin revealed that he had rudely commented on a user’s Instagram post and had eventually realised that he should not have done so.
On his story, Justin published an apology to the unidentified user.
He said,”For some reason, I commented on some guys’ page ‘sad existence’ because he was doing something I thought was dumb. I’m not quite sure why I felt the need to write that. If what he was doing made him happy, who am I to say anything? I hope it didn’t hurt his feelings. It’s been eating me up all day. To the dude I wrote it to, man I’m sorry”.
This kind gesture by Bieber has won the hearts of millions, pouring him love from his fans all across the globe.
Justin has begun his “Justice World Tour” after experiencing recent health complications, and he is currently in Norway, where he performed.
Justin will travel to India soon. On October 18, he will perform in New Delhi as part of his “Justice World Tour.” On the aforementioned date, he will perform at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. Prices for the concert tickets start at Rs 4,000 and go up from there.
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