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Hey disappointed fans of ‘JHMS’, there’s another film that deserves your attention

Hey disappointed fans of ‘JHMS’, there’s another film that deserves your attention

Gurgaon, Jab Harry Met Sejal

Bollywood is fast becoming an industry which churns out maximum movies a year. With each passing year, the number of Hindi films has increased tremendously. This year itself, we witnessed several movies clashing at the box office. Except for movies like ‘Baahubali 2′ and ‘Tubelight’, practically every Friday was flooded with more than one release, in fact, taking the count to almost 4 movies on a single Friday. This is really not helping the industry if you consider it from a larger perspective. Especially small-budget movies, high on content, have to make do with little or almost negligible screen space when clashing with a biggie particularly.

Let’s take the example of last Friday’s releases, Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma-starrer ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ and Pankaj Tripathi, Akshay Oberoi, Ragini Khanna-starrer ‘Gurgaon’. Two contrasting movies with drastically different concepts, story-line and budgets clashed at the box office. One, which boasted of a filmmaker synonymous for making beautiful romantic movies, spearheaded by one of the biggest superstars of the country and an A-list actress, while the other movie, boasted of a cinematographer-turned-director, with an ensemble cast comprising of stellar performers, recognised more for their supporting yet strong characters in movies. So, when these two movies clashed, none considered it to be a clash because none really considered the latter one to be in the race, so the only name on almost every moviegoer’s mind was ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’.

Mounted on a lavish budget, the movie’s marketing strategy was one-of-its-kind and it created an immense buzz for the audiences to book advance tickets in abundance. I remember having checked on BookMyShow 3 days ago and the Friday bookings were almost Housefull. Imagine, a Friday showing housefull 3 days before the release date! This is the level of mass hysteria the movie created on the viewers’ mind. But, when the movie finally released, all hopes were crashed. Because people went with extremely high expectations and the movie couldn’t quite qualify to be the kind of romantic film you would expect from a filmmaker like Imtiaz Ali. Then, the negative word-of-mouth publicity began and all that I could see around me were people discussing about the pros and cons of the movie, where the latter clearly overpowered over the former.

So, as people are busy discussing how the movie hasn’t quite met their expectations, it’s saddening to see nobody discuss or pay any heed whatsoever to the other quiet release ‘Gurgaon’. Made with a very small budget by a debutant director named Shankar Raman, the story of the film is set in the infamous city of Gurgaon, and explores the dark relationships between a family which results in bloodshed and murders. When you have a concept as gory as this, you know for a fact that your viewer-base is going to drop because the larger chunk of the audience prefers masala entertainers and not gory subjects to watch inside a cinema hall. But, this is still a smaller issue. The larger issue we are facing is how big movies are completely overshadowing smaller movies.

Despite the fact that ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ earned poor critical reviews and ‘Gurgaon’ earned better critical reviews, people are still mulling over their disappointments with the Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma-starrer. Instead, why not give ‘Gurgaon’ a chance? It may have almost quarter the number of screens as ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, but it would benefit the industry and the small-budget films too at large, if people start giving them the respect they deserve.

Citing the examples of some releases like ‘Hindi Medium’ and ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, high on content, these movies grew on the audiences slowly and steadily, and emerged to be successful at the box office. While, both of these films had known actors, ‘Gurgaon’ doesn’t even have that factor to rely upon. So, it’s purely content here that needs to do the talking. However, the sad part is nobody is even talking or considering the movie on their watch list. How are relatively new filmmakers with no financial assistance supposed to make movies then, if their movies are not going to be even acknowledged? It’s indeed shameful that the industry has only been functioning on the shoulders of the biggies while the real small-town heroes are only left with dreams in their eyes.

It’s high time we, the audiences, start giving a chance to the lesser-known movies to grow and relish on good quality content and stellar performances in the comfort of a good cinema hall.

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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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Alia's 'hike' affair, Ranbir's 'Dilli Wali Girlfriend' and endless rebound reports. Justified?

It has been confirmed that one of Bollywood’s cutest couples, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra have parted ways. Breakups are always hard, be it a celeb or a commoner; but looks like it is harder for stars as rumours always find a way to rub salt into their wounds.

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Just few days back, Alia was being linked to her ‘Brahmastra’ co-star Ranbir Kapoor, over a comment made by Manish Malhotra on Neha Dhupia‘s Vogue BFFs, and now, according to some reports, Alia is getting close to Hike messenger founder Kavin Mittal. And the base for these reports seem as baseless as the reports that were going rounds regarding Ranbir’s affiliation with a Delhi-based girl, if you remember. (Also Check: Watch: Alia Bhatt spotted with her friend at Pali Village café)

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Alia and Kavin met at the World Economic Forum in 2017, and since then have been good friends. In fact, even the sources of such reports have confirmed just the friendship, but have gone on to add that friendship can evolve into something else, you never know.

Sometimes, it's nice just to do nothing #kashmir #roadtrip

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Well, that’s just a very absurd prediction to make. What a relationship evolves into or not, is something totally based on probabilities and circumstances. And unless there is any incident to prove that something is brewing between two people, how can anyone go on to speculate that two people are dating, or even can date. Can they just not be friends?

This does take us back to the time when Ranbir Kapoor had broken up with Katrina Kaif, and soon after, reports of him dating a Delhi-based girl has surfaced. Of course, those were busted soon after, when it came to foray that she was just a fan who requested for a selfie. Unnecessary negative publicity for both of them.

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Makes one wonder, as to where does the fine line between truth and speculation blur, so as to give birth to blatant lies. They say there is no fire without spark, but what’s the status of statements that have been created out of thin air, pushed out of context, with feelings and logics thrown out of the window? Something to ponder about.

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