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‘Chef’: Will this Saif-starrer break the bust of stale Bollywood stereotypes?

‘Chef’: Will this Saif-starrer break the bust of stale Bollywood stereotypes?

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For long, Bollywood’s success formula has been trapped in certain sexist, unrealistic, and misogynistic boundaries. Don’t get me wrong here. Masala entertainers, the genre that we Alone can be credited for, are as essential to the critically acclaimed ventures. For the past few years, however, the movies of the same genre have been gaining prominence to an extent that those are the only ones minting humongous amount of money, exceptions excluded. But, the ingredients that make a movie hit, superhit, or even a blockbuster, are sometimes painful, and it is even more hurting to know that most of the 100-crore earners are brainless movies that expect you to exercise no part of your mind while watching them.

Is that what we are? Because popularity is marked by the bucks earned at the box office. And most of the movies that have done so suffer from all the cliches that make one cringe, if you belong to the class audience, or even the mass audience, with a sense.

Amongst all this, we have a breezy movie, hitting the screens, this Friday. It is Saif Ali Khan-starrer ‘Chef’, which is a remake of the Hollywood movie of the same name, with considerable revisions done by the makers to give it a delicious Indian twist.

However, what has impressed us even before the release of the movie is that none of the usual stereotypes have been included in it. There is no ‘fair and lovely’ actress who serves as an arm-candy, the star in his late forties is not romancing a woman half his age, and there is no item song or sleaziness inserted just to have that oomph factor. And last, but not the least, it has an actor playing his age, acting his age, and going through all the demons of his age, that plague a normal, ambitious person’s life.

Till now, we have witnessed the heartwarming trailer which tells us that this is going to be a stirring tale of a chef, who leaves his high-profile job abroad, to come back and open a food truck, all the while striving to rebuild his relationship with his inching-towards-teens son (Svar Kamble) and his beautiful estranged wife Radha (Padmapriya Janakiraman). It is the story of a man coming back to mend his heart. If that is what not the audience will connect to; replete with feelings and genuine emotions, what will?

The music of Raghu Dixit may not be something catering to the taste of everyone, but it grows on one after a point, in sync with the theme of the movie. The music, the soothing locales, serve as another point, as these have been created to bring the story alive, unlike cases where locations are forced to fool the aesthetic sense of audience, instead of good content doing its job.

We may not know what the audiences’ verdict on ‘Chef’ may be, but we know for sure that this is one movie which will bring a fresh change in the otherwise sleaze-fest scenario which is accepted in the name of being a ‘family entertainer’. We hope ‘Chef’ turns out to be a game-changer here, breaking the stereotypes, as it has promised to.

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STOP judging the misery of Bollywood stars. They're as humane as we are

Imagine a situation when you wake up one fine morning, have your cuppa of coffee and then grab up a newspaper in your hand, only to see a BREAKING scandal on the first page which is all about YOU. What would be your reaction? You’ll be shocked and paranoid, right?

The same goes for our Bollywood celebrities too.

They are famous, and we think that they are over-privileged, and so, we rob them of all the humanity we pride ourselves upon. We forget that Bollywood celebrities might also get the same feeling of helplessness when they are pulled into a puddle without any reason; for those just for the sake news. The point we want to prove here is that, we literally rely on the lives of our Bollywood celebrities; what they eat? where are they vacationing/partying? she was so fake during that interview?, and we so love it.

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But on a franker note, do we really know when to not cross the line? Let’s talk about a recent example, that of megastar Amitabh Bachchan. When many media houses reported (not us) that Senior Bachchan had been admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai; but the truth was something else. The star had actually visited the hospital for a routine check-up as he was complaining about a pain in his lumbar. Later, Big B penned down a poem in Hindi which explained that while he totally understands the photographers’ need for his pictures to continue their work and it is just part of their profession, those camera flashes may act hazardous at times, especially to the eyes, which is why he hid his face with a hat. PERIOD! Have a look at his heartfelt poem below:

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That’s just one of the example, when a problem of a star was not at all sympathised, but was churned into a BREAKING news.

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Even actress Preity Zinta recently became the catch for many media portals when the dimpled beauty was snapped exiting a hang-out spot in Mumbai wearing a ill-fitted dress. And then what, there were speculations that Is Preity Zinta pregnant and is that a Baby bump she is flashing? Like really peeps, now a actress can’t even wear a loose clothing piece, does everything needs to be oh-so gossip tuned?

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When Deepika Padukone talked about her depression story, without a doubt there were fans who sympathised the lady. But over time, there were also many who pointed out the credibility of her confession. Questions were raised and statements were thrown at her which in a gist meant that being a lady who enjoyed so much fame and money, how could she claim of suffering from depression. Clearly, such people just proved their ignorance of the fact that Depression is not just a verb, but actually a mental illness which can claim anyone, irrespective of status, wealth, talent and beauty.

How fickle and heartless we are as audience. We claim to be head over heels in love with our stars and yet when it comes to such times and things, we leave no chance to take a jibe at them.

Few months back Aishwarya Rai Bachchan paid the price of being a celebrity, when paparazzi zoomed and clicked some tacky snaps of the star when she had visited Manish Malhotra‘s residence for dinner, along with her hubby. But instead of being supportive and taking Aish’s side, social media took pleasure out of those GROSS photos. We wouldn’t have reacted the same way if it would have happened with someone close to us, right?

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Yesterday, a media portal bashed Sonakshi Sinha with her choice of ensembles which she wore during her film’s promotion. While we do get that everything cannot be sugar-coated, but we do need to be subtle in the way that even celebs as humans get what we are trying to say.

Forget sympathy, where is the empathy?

Are we affirming the fact that celebrities are rich and so their misery is not at all real? Why can’t we gulp the fact that the problems of our stars are also genuine? Their misery, no matter how public, are real, even in the cut-throat ugly world of glamour. Agreed that they are rich, move in their swanky cars and do what not; but at last they are HUMANS just like you and me.

Lastly, not all celebrities are publicity obsessed. And we should surely learn where to draw a line. TIME OUT!

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

Sincerely,
A guy who misses you on big screen

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