Movie Review: ‘Saala Khadoos’ is a power packed sports movie

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Producer: R. Madhavan and Rajkumar Hirani
Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad
Star Cast: R. Madhavan, Ritika Singh, Mumtaz Sorcar, Nasser, Radha Ravi, Zakir Hussein, Kaali Venkat, Baljinder Kaur and Sanjana Mohan

Debutante director Sudha Kongara Prasad makes a very impact debut in Bollywood with Saala Khadoos. The movie also has its Tamil version known as Irudu Suttu.

The plotted scenario of the movie starts off with the introduction of Adi Tomar aka Adi (R. Madhavan), who, by profession, happens to be a coach of the girls’ boxing team. Courtesy the dirty politics (wherein he is falsely accused of sexual harassment), he gets transferred to Chennai. Adi is now on a lookout for a girl who has the much required passion for the sport and fire in her belly. And his search ends in the most unlikely person for the job Madhi (Ritika Singh), who, despite being a fisherwoman by profession, is a born talent in boxing and she idolises Mohammad Ali.

Aces: The rock solid par excellence performance of R. Madhan as a boxing coach and of course the gutsy performance of debutante Ritika Singh as an aspiring boxer and finally emerging as a winner – a world champion in the boxing arena. The chemistry between R. Madhavan and Ritika Singh deserves a noteworthy mention. The other actors too lend them an adequate support. And last but not the least debutante director (in Bollywood) Sudha Kongara Prasad is just excellent and too good to be true.

Minuses: Some of the predictable stock characters and situations arising out of dirty politics being played out, time and again, in the sports arena.

Last Word: Saala Khadoos is by far the best sports film so far since Chak De! India, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Mary Com, Brothers et al. A certainly not to be missed fare.

Movie Review: ‘The Boy’ is a chilling scare fare

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Producers: Matt Berenson, Roy Lee, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg and Jim Wedaa
Director: William Brent Bell
Star Cast: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Nortan, Diana Hardcastle, Ben Robson, James Russell & Jeff Klyne
Genre: Horror
Verdict: AVERAGE

William Brent Bell a director of the small screen arena had made his directorial debut with Sparkle And Charm. And now in his 2nd directorial outing he has tried to attempt a scare fare with The Boy.

Plot: Greta (Lauren Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8 year old is a life sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

Aces: The only saving grace of The Boy is the restrained performance of Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans and to some extent the directorial treatment of William Brent Bell.

Minuses: The Boy really relies on the usual dose of non – frightening jumps and scares which is the 1st thing that proves to be the undoing of a horror movie.
Last Word: The Boy is not really a very frightening scare fare. In fact it is pretty much like a standard horror flick.

Movie Review: ‘Mastizaade’ is the most boringly dragging film of this decade

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Producer: Pritish Nandy & Rangita Nandy
Director: Milap Zaveri
Star Cast: Sunny Leone, Tushar Kapoor, Vir Das, Suresh Menon, Sushmita Mukherji, Shaad Randhawa, Vivek Waswani & Ritesh Deshmukh

One can only say that no doubt Milap Zaveri is a good writer but as a director of Mastizaade, the 2nd Adult Porn Rom Com in quick succession after the latest franchise of Kya Kool Hain Hum, he is a big let down nay a total disappointment.

And as per the director Milap Javeri, the most painstakingly scripted scenario of Mastizaade kicks off with the introduction of Riteish Deshmukh, a self-confessed ‘mastizaada’. Seeing his antics and his magnetism towards the opposite sex, makes the two self-confessed sex maniacs Aditya Chotiya (Vir Das) and Sunny Kele (Tusshar Kapoor) to become his disciples. While Aditya and Sunny get thrown out of an ad agency owned by Vivek Vaswani because of their extremely sexual content in all their ads, they land up starting their own ad agency named ‘XXX’.

It does provide a few droplets of humour and laughter quotient. But the double entendre dialogues topped with obscene gestures have just crossed all limits of decency.

Last Word: Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 the 1st ever adult porn rom-com was far better compared to Mastizaade. So guys & gals and of course everyone else too stay miles away even from the vicinity of a theatre screening Mastizaade.

Movie Review: ‘Bandh Nylon Che’ is film full of cliche ridden scenario

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Producers: Sunil Chandrika Nair, Siji Nair & Matruka Motion Pictures
Director: Jatin Satish Wagle
Star Cast: Mahesh Manjrekar, Subodh Bhave, Shruti Marathe, Sunil Barve, Sanjay Narvekar, Medha Manjrekar & Pranjal Parab.

Plot: It’s the story of Devdatta (Subodh Bhave), who puts himself ahead of anyone else. As the film begins, he is back from the US on a short commission to complete a project. Soon to be joined by his wife Anita (Shruti Marathe) and daughter Sara (Pranjal Parab), Devdatta invites his parents to stay with him. His parents, Raghunath and Mangal Jogalekar (Mahesh Manjrekar and Medha Manjrekars) are delighted, but bad memories resurface and things don’t work out. Worried about Sara’s impending disappointment, Devdatta turns to Ravi (Sunil Barve), a scientist friend, who promises to temporarily supply grandparents in the hour of the need. And he does.

Aces: The 1st half of the film is very engaging but the moment the clones of the Jogalekars appear things start getting clichéd but all the seasoned artistes’ par excellence act keeps the going smooth to some extent.

Minuses: The director Jatin Satish Wagle tries his level best to keep the story engaging but…….Moreover the concept of human clones is quite new to the Marathi film audiences so it may not be acceptable to them.

Last Word: The Marathi audiences, especially the rural ones, which are so used to their staple diet of Tamashas and Lavanis will take some time to adjust to the experimental themes in Marathi cinema which are doled out of late.

Nation remembers Mahatma Gandhi on his 68th death anniversary

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New Delhi: The nation today remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 68th death anniversary with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the country in paying homage to the Father of the Nation.

Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Modi paid floral tributes at Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat here. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Urban Development minister M Venkaiah Naidu were among those who paid homage to the Father of the Nation at Rajghat, where an inter-religion prayer was held.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit paid homage to Mahatma.

While Gandhi along with Dikshit left soon after paying tributes, Azad stayed back as several other eminent persons came to pay their respects. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also visited the memorial.

Remembering Mahatma on his death anniversary, Modi tweeted, “Salutations to beloved Bapu on his Punya Tithi”. The Father of the Nation was assassinated on this day in 1948 here.

The Prime Minister also paid tributes to all those who have laid down their lives for the country. “Remembering the valour of all martyrs who gave their lives for the Nation. Their sacrifices remain etched in our memory,” he said in a tweet.

Others who paid tribute to the Father of the Nation included veteran BJP leader L K Advani, Union Ministers Mahesh Sharma, Bahul Supriyo and Rao Inderjit Singh. The three service chiefs – General Dalbir Singh, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Admiral Robin Dhowan were also present.

Tributes were also paid to those who sacrificed their lives for the country on the occasion of Martyr’s Day. At Rajghat, a gun salute was given and a group of singers sang devotional songs as school students and people from different walks of life gathered there to pay respect to the Mahatma.

On the occasion, Naidu inaugurated Kasturba Souvenir centre and Security Control Rooms at Rajghat.

(Agencies)

2013 Muzaffarnagar riots victim gang raped by three youths in UP

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Muzaffarnagar: A 14-year-old girl, who was rehabilitated along with her family after the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, was allegedly gang-raped by three youths at Ambeta village in the district.

Circle officer N P Singh today said that police has registered a case under various sections of IPC including 376 (d) (rape by one or more persons constituting a group) against one Zulfam, son of former Gram Pradhan Zaheer, and two unidentified youths who are absconding.

According to a complaint lodged by the victim’s brother, the girl had gone to the fields yesterday and when she was returning home, three youths picked her up and allegedly gang-raped her.

The girl was later found in an unconscious state.

The victim’s family members were allegedly beaten up by the accused when they protested over the incident.

The girl has been sent for medical examination.

Her family was rehabilated to Ambeta village from Baghpat district after the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013.

(PTI)

Bajrang Dal activists parade man for converting 3, making them eat beef

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Kanpur: A man was on Friday tonsured, garlanded with shoes, and paraded on the streets of Orai in Uttar Pradesh, allegedly by Bajrang Dal activists who accused him of converting three Hindu men to Christianity and forcibly making them consume beef.

Deputy inspector general (DIG), Jhansi range, Sharad Sachan said three FIRs had been lodged in connection with the incident, including two against Bajrang Dal members, who have not been named, and one against the alleged victim, Awdhesh Savita.

“On Friday afternoon, a mob of nearly 200 men, allegedly comprising Bajrang Dal activists, reached the house of Awdhesh at Randar in Jalaun district, brought him out forcibly, and took him to Orai (district headquarters),” a police source said.

“He was paraded through the town after his hair, eyebrows and moustache were shaved off, and garlanded with shoes,” the source added.

When police reached the spot and tried to take Awdhesh to the police post, the crowd refused to let him go. Subsequently, senior officers arrived with reinforcements, including police and PAC personnel. He was then taken to Orai Kotwali police station, the source said.

The mob reportedly accused Awdhesh of luring three Hindu men to a church in Kachwaha village of Mirzapur district on the pretext of attending a satsang and converting them to Christianity.

Police said a local Bajrang Dal member brought forward one of the three alleged converts, identified as Sangam Jatav, at Orai, and asked him to narrate the entire story in public on Friday. Jatav was reportedly “the only person who managed to escape the clutches of the men in Mirzapur”.

The Bajrang Dal member also claimed that all the three were forced to consume beef against their will. Not only this, Sangam has also alleged that pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses were thrown on the floor and they were made to walk on them, reports said.

“Prima facie, Sangam’s allegations appear suspicious, but we are investigating the matter,” Jalaun SP N Kolanchi said.

(Agencies)

Rahul Gandhi on day-long fast along with agitating students

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Hyderabad: Stepping up the offensive on Dalit scholar suicide issue, Rahul Gandhi today commenced a day-long fast along with agitating students of Hyderabad Central University here after participating in a candle light vigil in the wee hours.

The Congress Vice President spent about two hours with agitating students past midnight and participated in the candle light vigil along with 2,000 students to mark the birthday of Rohith, who would have turned 27 today.

Rahul returned to the protest site this morning to begin the fast, expressing solidarity with them. “Rahulji is on fast,” NSUI President Roji M John said.

Rahul, who is visiting the campus for the second time in as many weeks, tweeted, “I am here today at the request of Rohith’s friends and family, to stand with them in their fight for justice.

“A young life full of dreams and aspirations was cut short. We owe it to him, to the memory of (Mahatma) Gandhiji and to every single Indian student who dreams of an India free from prejudice and injustice,” he said in another tweet.

Rohith’s mother Radhika and brother Raju were also present at the protest site.

Gandhi, who arrived here at 12.10 AM, spoke to the agitating students and lit candles before Rohith’s picture.

As students raised slogans against Irani and Dattaretreya, Rahul intervened and politely told them not to shout ‘murdabad’ (a slogan wishing death to).

“Let us not say ‘murdabad’ to somebody. That will not do justice,” he said. Velpula Sunkanna, one of the research scholars whose suspension was revoked recently, said Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao Podile should be removed from the VC post.

“On January 17, we have filed SC/ST Atrocities case against Appa Rao and (five) others. These six people should be arrested immediately. Thats the only demand,” Sunkanna, who is on an indefinite fast along with Vijay Kumar (another scholar whose suspension was revoked), said.

On Rahul Gandhi’s second visit to the campus, he said, “I look at it the way others..Arvind Kejriwal, Sitaram Yechury, CPI leaders and many people who came and supported us do. The same way we see Rahul Gandhi”.

(Agencies)

Imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh blatant misuse of power: Adv. Sharfuddin Ahmad

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New Delhi: The Social Democratic Party of India-SDPI has termed the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh as blatant misuse of power in subverting democracy by the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre.

SDPI national vice president Adv. Sharfuddin Ahmad in a statement reminded the Modi Government pro-active role in imposing Central rule in Arunachal Pradesh was against the spirit of its promise of maintaining cooperative federalism during its rule. However, invoking Art. 356 of the Constitution in such haste without waiting for the Supreme Court verdict which was seized of the constitutional matters of the state in this regard.

Adv. Sharfuddin said that the Central government has not only acted in haste but with malice in taking this undemocratic step. It has usurped the rights of the people of Arunachal Pradesh to be governed by the elected leaders and thrust a Hindu right wing RSS governor.

He said that it is unfortunate that NDA Govt. has no respect for the Constitution and that the ‘power hungry’ government is indulged in rampant corrupt, communal, criminal, anti-dalit and anti-minorities. He further called upon the Supreme Court, the guardian of the Constitution, to take stringent action against this ‘murder of democracy’. Surely this govt. assumes to be above the law and so was keen on setting up National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) as well to keep judges under its control, but failed, said the party leader.

Adv. Sharfuddin said that Arunachal Pradesh is just not the right stage for the theatre of political absurdity. Two-thirds of the state is claimed by China, a dormant Naga insurgency could always come back to life. All this political instability doesn’t bode well for the state. Instability, whether political or (related to) law and order in nature is not a good thing for a border state. China closely observes events occurring in India, which is an open book, but India hardly gets to know what’s happening in China.

He said that in India post of governor became a mockery and need serious amendments in the laws empowering the Central Government with respect to the appointment of the Governors in the States. Firstly, a Governor should not belong to a political party but a retired High Court Judge, defence personnel of captain or Colonel rank officers, etc.

Bengaluru: Koliwad Cmt on lake encroachment

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Bengaluru: On 11th April 2012, the High Court of Karnataka in its final decision in ESG’s case for lake protection directed that every lake and raja Kaluve (canals interconnecting lakes) have to be surveyed to fix their real legal limits. (Details at: http://www.esgindia.org/resources/resources/esgs-pil-protect-lakes-justice-n-k-patil.html)

Accepting ESG’s submission, the Court directed that lakes and Kaluves would have to be fenced with tree lines and hedge rows – indigenous and fruiting varieties (as opposed to concrete and metal fencing).

Another of ESG’s submission the Court accepted was to ensure that there would be a minimum of 30m “no development zone” from lakes to ensure their immediate watershed and floodplain are protected – this zone would increase proportionately for larger lakes (per the Justice N K PATIL Cmt report that became a part of the order).

The Court also directed that to implement the order, there would be District Lake Protection Committees in every District headed by the Commissioner, and if they failed to act against encroachment, pollution and degradation of the lake, ten an appeal could be preferred before the Apex Cmt headed by State Revenue Secretary and working with Member Sec of the Karnataka Legal services Authority – attached to the High Court. (It took a contempt of Court case by ESG against the Govt to ensure an order to constitute lake protection committees are set up – and in most cases they have not done a great job yet.)

After this decision, several PILs have been filed to recover lake lands across the state. In this context the House Cmt on Encroachment of Tanks/Preservation in BENGALURU Urban and Rural District chaired by Legislator Mr K B Koliwad, is an innovative and welcome intervention. It’s studies have revealed that the total area of 1545 tanks in Bangalore urban and rural districts should be 57576.17 acres, of which 10,472.34 acres has been “encroached or acquired by Land Mafia”. Details are available on: www.kla.kar.nic.in.

The Committee has invited information on encroachments, even as it has extended an opportunity of a hearing to those who have encroached, or are victims of encroached lakes “as a gesture of natural justice”.

It is critical that this opportunity is seized by everyone so lakes are protected for posterity, and to ensure water and ecological security, besides good health, for present and future generations.