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SPECIAL OPS 1.5, THE HIMMAT STORY: KAY KAY MENON YET AGAIN PROVES WHY HE IS ONE OF THE BEST ACTORS IN THE COUNTRY

Murtaza Ali Khan

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Interesting things have been happening in the Indian entertainment space in the recent years. As far as the espionage genre is concerned, Neeraj Pandey has been making constant efforts to build a universe of sorts with an entire gamut of spy characters. It all started with “Baby” and then Pandey made a very interesting spinoff titled “Naam Shabana”. But somewhere he fell short of realising his dream of building a universe. Following the colossal failure of “Aiyaary,” he headed towards the web with “Special Ops”. The spy thriller series has a vast panoply of characters—bureaucrats, politicians, cops, soldiers, spies, terrorists, brokers, hackers, terrorists, etc.—with many subplots spread across two decades and an ideal setup to build a major universe. The best way to describe it is as a slow-burning thriller in the vein of John le Carré’s novels.

Now, at the centre of “Special Ops” is Himmat Singh (essayed by Kay Kay Menon) of Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), who draws similar patterns in various terrorist attacks carried on the Indian soil, starting with the 2001 Indian Parliament attack, and is convinced that a single person has masterminded all the attacks. He sets up a team of five agents living in various parts of the world in order to nab him. The story is inspired by the actual espionage missions carried by the Indian agents over the last couple of decades.

Kay Kay Menon essays Himmat Singh with a scalpel like precision. Singh may even remind some of le Carré’s iconic George Smiley. Like Smiley, Singh first comes across as innocuously polite, unassuming, and someone you don’t easily feel threatened by. He is clever enough to hide his razor-sharp memory, inner cunning, spy mastery, and his ability to quickly detach himself from his human subjects if need be. In other words, he is the quintessential spymaster who knows how to get the job done ‘Special Ops’, which was released on Disney+ Hotstar back in 2020, days before the lockdown came into effect, turned out to be a huge success and now Pandey is back with a new chapter in the ‘Special Ops’ saga titled ‘Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story’—a major step forward for Pandey in creating a full-fledged Special Ops universe.

As the title suggests, this time everything even more closely revolves around the character of Himmat Singh. Like most origin stories the focus is on addressing the all important question. How did Himmat Singh become the spymaster we know him to be? In order to achieve this, Pandey yet again goes back to the approach he employed in the first installment of Special Ops. Mr. Chadha (essayed by Parmeet Sethi) and Mr. Banerjee (portrayed by Kali Prasad Mukherjee), the members of the auditing committee, who were assigned the task to hold an inquiry against Singh, are back again. This time they have to submit an about Himmat who is about to retire. Their observations and comments will have a direct impact on the retirement benefits that will be granted to Himmat by the government for his services.

Knowing well that Himmat isn’t the easiest person to tackle, they instead invite Abbas Sheikh (played by Vinay Pathak) for the inquiry. Those who have seen Special Ops are aware of the special relationship that Abbas and Himmat share. And it’s though Abbas that we go back to the beginning of Himmat’s story back in 2001, following the Parliament attack. It goes without saying that while ‘Special Ops’ was plot-oriented, ‘Special Ops 1.5’ is more like a personal journey. This time, it is more about personal relationships than larger-than-life events. But the elements are all there. Kay Kay is one of the best actors working in the country and here again, he brings his a-game to the table. As opposed to a wise and mellowed-down Himmat who is on the brink of retirement in Special Ops, in the four-episode long second installment he gives us a Himmat who is still in his 30s. He is youthful, intelligent and impulsive and lacks the judgment and wisdom of the veteran spymaster he would become in the due course of time.

Writer-director Neeraj Pandey basically started a new trend with his debut film ‘A Wednesday,’ starring Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher. Prior to it, Bollywood thrillers mostly had a noirish quality but it all changed thanks to Pandey’s brand of thrillers that varied both in terms of style as well as the content. While ‘A Wednesday’ can be described as a political thriller, his second directorial venture ‘Special 26’ fell in the realm of what can be described as a heist thriller. “Baby,” the third film to be directed by him, was actually an espionage thriller. Although in between, he did make the MSD biopic, it is making thrillers that seem to interest him the most. It’s quite evident from that fact that he chose a film like “Aiyaary,” an espionage thriller set in Lutyens’ Delhi, as his fifth directorial venture. And he seems to have taken his passion for espionage to the next level by setting up the Special Ops universe. And it wouldn’t really be a surprise if more Special Ops sequels and spinoffs are in the offing.

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Prabhas and Prashanth Neel’s movie ‘Salaar’ is to release on 28 September 2023

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‘Bahubali’ actor Prabhas is in the headlines these days for his upcoming project ‘Salaar’. On the occasion of 15 August, the makers of the film released a new poster of the film.

Taking to Twitter Prashanth Neel said, “Rebel’ling worldwide on Sep 28, 2023. #Salaar #TheEraOfSalaarBegins #Prabhas @VKiragandur @hombalefilms @shrutihaasan @PrithviOfficial @IamJagguBhai @sriyareddy @bhuvangowda84 @RaviBasrur @shivakumarart @anbariv @SalaarTheSaga.”

Sharing the new poster of ‘Salaar’ on social media, Prabhas wrote in the caption, “#TheEraOfSalaarBegins. See you at the cinemas from 28.09.2023. #Salaar.”

Meanwhile, the movie is scheduled to release on 28 September 2023 and is directed by Prashanth Neel, who made blockbuster movies like KGF.

Moreover, the movie is produced by Vijay Kiragandur. ‘Salaar’ is a high-voltage action movie, full of adventure. It has been shot in many countries like India as well as the Middle East and Africa. Prabhas will be seen in the most creepy avatar ever.

The first schedule of the project has already been completed and Prabhas will soon concentrate on completing the last schedule of the film.

However, besides Prabhas the movie also stars Shruti Haasan, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Jagapathi Babu, Ishwari Rao, and Sriya Reddy. The movie will be released in five languages ​​across India.

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Navigating Depression: 4 Activities to Make you Want to Get out of Bed

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Navigating the symptoms of depression is a formidable challenge that takes more than just medication and therapy. It demands every ounce of willpower, inner strength, and courage one possesses to get out of bed and greet the sunshine when all you want to do is bury yourself under the sheets.To fight this complicated and multifaceted battle, it is important to surround yourself with a powerful support system governed by your family and friends. Research reveals that minor modifications to one’s daily diet, lifestyle, and habits can work wonders at fighting off despair and fatigue.Depression drains our energies and deprives us of our will to lead a happy, healthy life. And that’s exactly how you can beat it: reclaiming your life, energies, happiness, and resolve to be healthy and happy.Read on to explore meaningful activities and habits that will make you want to get out of bed and have a fulfilling day.

1.    Sweat off the Sadness

It’s hard to channel your inner workout warrior when your biggest life struggle is getting out of bed and taking a shower. The suggestion that you should exercise may seem like a horrible joke given your current state of mind, but sweating off the sadness truly helps.Clinical studies suggest that going for a walk or engaging in any form of physical activity is as effective as antidepressants and other medications designed to treat depression symptoms. In fact, regular exercise elevates energy levels and prevents depressive episodes from reoccurring.Depression encourages us to give in to the exhaustion and stay curled up under layers of sheets. We suggest claiming small victories, like a stroll to your favorite coffee joint or a walk around the park, to rebuild your stamina and improve your mood. Consider signing up for fun dance classes, yoga sessions, or another workout that you find genuinely enjoyable.

2.    Fight Back for Things you Love

The symptoms of depression push us away from every activity and hobby that adds meaning or pleasure to our lives. Artists struggle to paint again, adventurers lose interest in nature trails, and musicians can’t seem to hold their beloved instruments again.Fighting back for the things and activities you love is imperative to reclaim your personality. Indulging in meaningful and constructive pleasures will help you fill up your daily routine with activities that allow you to reconnect with your real self.For instance, nature enthusiasts can join a hiking group to explore nearby state parks and trails. Likewise, high-rollers can relive the nostalgia of blackjack spreads and gaming slots at a casino online. Artists should consider an art retreat, and makeup enthusiasts must brighten up their social calendars with fun-packed events that give them opportunities to dress up and socialize. Indulging yourself in activities that you loved before depressive symptoms began emerging is constructive and effective. It will help uplift your mood, increase energy levels and motivate you to fight back against depression-induced fatigue and despair.

3.    Connect with Mother Nature

The therapeutic powers of Mother Nature have given birth to innumerable therapies, including forest therapy, adventure therapy, therapeutic farming, and animal-aided interventions. Studies suggest that simply walking through a beautiful natural landscape helps alleviate the symptoms of clinical depression.Spending more time in the wilderness will help improve your mood, energy levels, and cognitive abilities. Plan fun picnics in your local state park, go hiking with your friends or plan a camping adventure with your family. Connecting with nature will help you soak up vitamin D, serenity, and nature-induced happy endorphins.

4.    Scribble Away the Hopelessness

Patients struggling with depression are overwhelmed by feelings of despair, hopelessness, and lack of motivation. As Gotye describes it, one can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness, and fighting this state of mind isn’t easy.Psychologists and therapists worldwide advise journaling to find a powerful way to express one’s feelings and emotions. Scribbling away the hopelessness will promote acute awareness of your mood swings, symptoms, and triggers. It will also help you design practical strategies tofight these overwhelming feelings and moods.

Final Thoughts

When one feels shackled by desolation and sadness, even the smallest steps toward reclaiming your happiness have profoundly significant impacts. Clinical depression is increasingly complex and multifaceted, and patients need more than just therapy and medications. Surrounding yourself with the loving care and affection of your friends and family will work wonders at regaining your agency and feeling healthier. 

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Pippa trailer out, shows a glimpse of 1971 Indo-Pak war

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Pippa, starring Ishaan Khatter and Mrunal Thakur, is set to open in theaters.The makers released the new trailer on the occasion of the nation’s 75th independence day. The movie is set against the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

Raja Krishna Menon has helmed the movie, and other actors, including Soni Razdan and Priyanshu Painyuli, will also be seen on screen with Ishan Khatter and Mrunal Thakur.

In the one-minute trailer, Shaan is seen portraying Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta, a former member of the 45th Cavalry Tank Squadron who fought for Bangladesh.

In a film full of strong emotions and brutal battle sequences, Ishaan plays a young military hero who commands soldiers to liberate then-Eastern Pakistan.The first scene of the warm drama strikes the perfect note with phrases like “Joy Bangla,” the well-known battle cry of the liberation war. Soni and Mrunal, who will be seen as Ishaan’s mother and sibling, respectively, were also given a brief appearance.

Ishaan posted the trailer on Instagram and said,  “PIPPA in cinemas December 2nd, 2022.On the momentous occasion of our country’s Independence Day – presenting a glimpse from a film we’ve collectively put our heart, gut and soul into. May our soil, our people and our culture be blessed always. It’s been an honour to represent the valour and bravery of our defence forces. More to come.”

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Amber hired Investigator to uncover bad things about Jhonny, deets inside

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Last year, actor Johnny Depp prevailed in a slander lawsuit brought by his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Amber made various accusations against Johnny during the six-week trial, claiming that he had mistreated her both physically and mentally. Investigator Paul Baressi has confessed that Amber hired him to “discover nasty things about Johnny.”

Paul admitted to Law and Crime Network, “I collected all of these historic document on him (Johnny Depp). The home he used to live in, the places his father worked, just really great stuff. Amber hired me in the summer of July 2019. I searched on every rock, every stone, all over the world to find out bad things about Johnny and we all came empty handed.”

He further added, ” She fired us. It was not until April of 2020, when I decided to share my time as a private detective with Amber. Johnny’s father was four years younger than his mother when they got married. He was a passive man and did not like confrontation. Johnny is just like his father, from what we have heard in court. However, the father let his mom call the shots rather than arguing.”

After dating for over three years, Johnny and Amber exchanged vows in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home in 2015. Amber separated from Johnny in May 2016 and obtained a temporary restraining order against him. She said that during their relationship, Johnny had physically abused her, most frequently when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. On June 1, Amber was ordered to reimburse Johnny $10.35 million after he won his slander suit against her.

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‘Maybe bit too overstated emotionally, superficial politically’, Hansal Mehta reacts to Laal Singh Chaddha

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The film Laal Singh Chaddha, starring Aamir Khan, has received mixed reviews from Hansal Mehta. The director acknowledged the effort put into developing the movie and stated that it deserved to be successful. He said that he found the movie to be a little too politically superficial.

Around midnight, Hansal posted on Twitter his thoughts after having watched Laal Singh Chaddha. He wrote, “Watched #LaalSinghChaddha. It is a very engaging film, made with passion and love. Maybe a bit too overstated emotionally and a bit superficial politically for my taste, but a film made with so much care, heart, and honesty. It deserves to succeed. So much to admire.”

He additionally said, “But the truth is I found myself either moist-eyed or smiling for a major part of the film. Go watch #LaalSinghChaddha. Stop spreading Malaria.”

The film Laal Singh Chaddha, which has been directed by Advait Chandan, is the authorised Hindi adaptation of Tom Hanks’ 1994 Hollywood classic Forrest Gump. Aamir Khan makes his comeback to the big screen with this movie, following the failure of Thugs of Hindostan in 2018. Kareena Kapoor, Mona Singh, and Naga Chaitanya all play significant roles in it as well.

However, the movie hasn’t yet received the anticipated response at the ticket counters. In the first three days after its release, it grossed almost 27.70 crore.

Aamir was the subject of a complaint on Friday for allegedly disparaging the Indian Army and offending Hindu feelings with the movie. In one of the scenes, Laal Singh Chaddha is asked by Pakistani staff, “I offer Namaz and pray, Laal, why don’t you do the same?” Laal responds, “According to my mum, the entire puja paath is malaria. It causes riots.” The way in which a mentally challenged person was permitted to enlist in the Indian Army and participate in the Kargil War in the movie has also drawn criticism.

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Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ concludes shooting

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The shooting for ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ has come to an end. The movie is directed by Arjun Varain Singh and is scheduled to release in 2023.

Actor Siddhant Chaturvedi shared a heartfelt note for the cast and crew and thanked Zoya for the film.

Taking to his Instagram handle alongside the pictures Chaturvedi wrote, “and its a wrap! #KhoGayeHumKahan. We were young crazy, and restless. Fun, curious & a millennial mess. It’s a story about you & me, and we were just… A bunch a cool kids makin’ a film.”

Thanking director Zoya Akhtar Siddhant said, “Thank you @zoieakhtar @reemakagtil for the best filming experiences ever. @tigerbabyofficial @excelmovies Hail! @arjunvarain.singh Our Captn! My brother! Thank you for showing this mad faith in us. You’ve been strong & vulnerable in a timed beauty of its own.”

“My creative pillars @yashsahai and @sapanv. It wouldn’t have been possible without your Wit, Wohoos, and WTFs! My Co-stars and now friends for life @ananyapanday @gouravadarsh @kalkikanmani. I’ve only grown working alongside you both. You guys are freaking beautiful. And lastly to the whole Cast and Crew, Dadas and Dudes, and my core A-team @radhikamehta9 @gautam0099 @poonamsrv @sandeep.rasal82. Thank you guys, it was an honor,” Chaturvedi wrote.

‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ is a story of three friends in the city of Bombay. The movie is written by Zoya Akhtar, Arjun Varain Singh, and Reema Kagti.

Meanwhile, the new age drama by Excel Entertainment stars Ananya Panday and Adarsh Gourav. Moreover, Arjun Varain Singh is making his directorial debut with this movie.

However, the 29-year-old actor will be next seen in the movie ‘Phone Bhoot’ alongside Katrina Kaif and Ishaan Khatter.

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