Manoj Bajpayee Says He Is Used To The Fact That His His Highly Acclaimed Films Don’t Get Mainstream Nominations

Manoj Bajpayee, the National Award-winning actor on Wednesday said he is now used to the fact that all his highly nationally and internationally acclaimed movies never nominated in the “so-called big mainstream awards”.

Manoj on Wednesday tweeted a poster of his 2018 movie “Gali Guleiyan” and wrote: “So used to the fact that all the films of mine which are highly acclaimed nationally and internationally don’t even get a place in the nominations list of so called big mainstream awards here, forget about winning. Creative pursuit and exploitation continue! Gali Guleiyan.”

The 49-year-old actor’s tweet comes after the nomination list for the 64th Vimal Filmfare Awards 2019 were announced on Tuesday. 

“Gali Guleiyan”, which follows the journey of a man who is trapped in the city walls, premiered at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival and was also screened at the 2017 MAMI Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Atlanta Film Festival, 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival and the 2018 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

The psychological drama film is directed by Dipesh Jain. It also stars Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi, Shahana Goswami and debutant Om Singh.

Gully Boy Reviews, Read What International Media Has To Say About The Duo Stars

Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt starrer Gully Boy recntly had its world premier held at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Zoya Akhtar’s this movie saw a huge amount of audience in the auditorium with a sound applause from media all over the world. 

Jay Weissberg of Variety said that the chemistry between Ranveer and Alia was one of the “joys” of Gully Boy. “Her ironic smile meets his open-faced grin and the screen lights up,” he wrote.

“A Bollywood movie about a rapper from the slums may sound derivative, but what does that matter when Gully Boy revels in high-wattage screen chemistry and an inclusive social message, all served up in a slickly enjoyable production showcasing Ranveer Singh’s many charms? Zoya Akhtar’s most accomplished film to date is a mainstream rap musical about a Muslim guy from working-class Mumbai determined to break free from the strictures of expectation and class, all served up with generous helpings of deftly written hip-hop lyrics and a largely well-woven narrative that’s so likable one can almost forgive how the script barely bothers to resolve an important plot element,” the review read.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave it 3 out of 5 stars and said that “there is storytelling gusto and fun in this Mumbai-set romantic drama teetering cheerfully on the edge of camp”. In his review, he wrote, “In the end, Gully Boy runs on very traditional lines, and maybe comes too close to cliche, but is always engagingly dead set on entertainment.”

Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter wrote in her review, “Zoya Akhtar (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) directs with flair and passion and, aided by explosive performances from a right-on cast, triumphs over the familiarity of the star-is-born storyline. Her main asset is Ranveer Singh, who broke into Bollywood with the rom com Band Baajat Baaraat and who here shows a pleasingly full emotional range that extends to drama and hip hop. With his hair combed over his eyes and noticeably muscle-bound, he is heroic but mild-mannered, rarely exceeding the sphere of believability. Lending strong backup are Alia Bhatt (Raazi) as his volatile love interest Safeena and Siddhant Chaturvedi in the role of his rap guru and pal Sher.”

Gully Boy is about Murad (Ranveer), a rapper from the slums of Mumbai, who wants to rise above his socio-economic status to become a star. Despite being discouraged over and over again, he manages to take the underground rap scene by storm. The film is inspired by the life of underground rappers Divine and Naezy.

Produced by Tiger Baby Productions and Excel Entertainment, Gully Boy also features Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz, Amruta Subhash and Siddhant Chaturvedi in pivotal roles. The film is scheduled to open in theatres on February. 

Gully Boy Stars Ranveer Singh & Alia Bhatt Head To The Berlin Film Festival

After having a bang- on Bollywood year 2018, actors Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt are all set for their first- ever collaboration. The duo are currently busy promoting their upcoming Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. The story revolves around the lives of rappers Divine and Naezy. 

Interestingly, the upcoming musical drama will soon have a special screening at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival and recently Ranveer and Alia were seen jetting off for the same.

During their recent spotting, both Ranveer and Alia were seen channelling their inner rappers. While the Simmba star was seen donning red coloured joggers and a red hoodie jacket along with white sneakers and funky sunnies, the 25-year-old actress looked chic in a black crop jacket which she teamed up with black baggy pants.

Farah Khan, Rohit Shetty To Collaborate For Bollywood’s Biggest Action- Comedy

Rohit Shetty and Farah Khan are to team up and bring Bollywood’s biggest action- comedy film. The upcoming project will be managed by Farah. 

Farah said in a statement, “Sometimes the Universe just conspires to give you what you didn’t even imagine…Together with Rohit, who I genuinely love as a brother and whose work ethic I respect and share, I can only promise a ‘Mother of all Entertainers’! Cannot wait to say “Roll Camera” for this one!!”

Rohit added, “It’s a privilege for My Production Company to have Farah on board to Direct a film for us as she is extremely talented and hard working. It will definitely be a wonderful association. I can’t wait to start work with this extremely talented powerhouse. Looking forward.”

This is Rohit’s first production venture after the blockbuster Simmba, starring Ranveer Singh and  Sara Ali Khan. Simmba will soon cross the Rs 250 crore mark at the Indian box office. 

Meanwhile, Rohit Shetty is prepping up for his next directorial venture, Sooryavanshi. The Akshay Kumar- starrer is going to be a cop-drama, just like Singham and Simmba.

January Box Office Makes It High: Uri 2019’s First Blockbuster, Manikarnika Shows Up Great

The year commenced on a much patriotic note at the domestic box office. Vicky Kaushal’s Uri became the first 100 crore movie of the year. Countings for the movie are still on and is likely to touch a 200 crore mark soon. The patriotic period was followed not lately by Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika portraying great history. 

Uri is successfully running in its fourth week and has already broken a few box office records set by the biggest Indian grosser Baahuli 2. Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh updated the box office figures of the film on Twitter, “#UriTheSurgicalStrike continues its glorious journey… Biz on [fourth] Mon is next to #Baahubali2 [₹ 2.90 cr]… ₹ 225 cr+ *lifetime biz* is not ruled out… [Week 4] Fri 3.44 cr, Sat 6.61 cr, Sun 8.86 cr, Mon 2.84 cr. Total: ₹ 192.84 cr. India biz. #Uri #HowsTheJosh.” Uri holds the record of highest Day 23 and Day 24 in India with collections of Rs 6.53 crore and Rs 8.71, respectively.

He also updated the box office figures of Kangana’s Manikarnika and tweeted, ““#Manikarnika is maintaining at lower levels… [Week 2] Fri 3.50 cr, Sat 5.25 cr, Sun 6.75 cr, Mon 2.25 cr, Tue 2.05 cr. Total: 80.95 cr. India biz. #Hindi #Tamil #Telugu.” Manikarnika had clashed with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Thackeray, which made enough noise but slowed down after an impressive first week. As per the last update, the Bal Thackeray biopic had collected Rs 31 crore in its first week. “#Thackeray Fri 6 cr, Sat 10 cr, Sun 6.90 cr, Mon 2.90 cr, Tue 2.50 cr, Wed 1.70 cr, Thu 1.60 cr. Total: 31.60 cr. India biz. #Hindi #Marathi,” Taran shared on Twitter.

Gully Boy Up Next, Alia Bhatt Turns Into The Brightest Shining Star Of The Fashion World

The actor might be one of the youngest leading ones of the present day Bollywood but she definitely has made a special place for herself in the hearts of public and the hits lists of the box office.  Her coming up film Gully Boy with co- star Ranveer Singh has already created a buzz in the town. It seems the fans are eagerly waiting for the film to release. 

But almost two weeks ahead of the film’s release, Alia has turned into the brightest shining star of the fashion world with her latest sartorial choice. The actor, who is busy with the promotion of Gully Boy  with Ranveer, had to appear on The Kapil Sharma Show tonight. Alia decided to sport a sequin cropped jacket paired with matching pants with sheer grace and elan.

She was styled by Garima Garg while her makeup was done by Puneet B Saini. The actor opted for minimalist makeup and kept her tresses open. She struck just the right poses for the camera and well, Alia’s fashion choice definitely deserves a thumbs up from the fashion connoisseurs across the country.

If her outfits are class and her photos a treat for sore eyes, so are Alia’s captions. While she captioned one of the photos as “palat”, she borrowed Coldplay’s much-loved song “Up & Up” as the caption for the other!

Post Gully Boy, Alia Bhatt will star in Kalank co-starring Varun Dhawan and Aditya Roy Kapur. She will then feature in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra alongside her boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. Alia also has Karan Johar’s multi-starrer Takht alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor in key roles.

Kangana Ranaut On Bollywood, Says Industry Does Not Reciprocate Favours

Annoyed about the indifferences of her counterparts towards her, Kangana Ranaut says no one from the Industry shows encouragement for her work in spite of her extending a helping hand and favours towards them. 

“In 2014 (after Queen’s success), I don’t think all the accolades were for me, it was for Phantom, who was coming up and there were having screenings after screenings for people of Vikas (Bahl) and Anurag Kashyap. They had a lot of friends, so they used to come. I have always been absolutely ignored. 

“After Tanu Weds Manu also I have had so many trials (exclusive preview shows), they would just not come. But when it comes to them, they call me shamelessly, I even sort of cancel my shoots and make sure I attend them. Now, I have stopped because it’s getting too much,” Kangana told Pinkvilla.

Calling out Alia Bhatt, Kangana said, “These girls send me their trailers like Alia sent me the trailer of Raazi and said, ‘Please watch it’. For me, it was not a Karan Johar film or Alia film, for me, it was a film on Sehmat Khan, the girl who has given her everything to the country.”

Kangana added that she spoke to Alia and Meghna Gulzar ‘for half-an-hour’ after she watched Raazi but when it was their turn to support her, “there was no response from anyone.”

Notably Kangana has previously launched similar attacks on actors Anushka Sharma and Sonakshi Sinha. 

Patriotism Takes on Bollywood; URI: The Surgical Strike to Release Soon

The latest in the slew of nationalist films is Uri: The Surgical Strike, starring Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam and Kirti Kulhari. It is based on the September 2016 retaliation surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army in response to the terror attacks at Uri, the army base camp in Kashmir. Vicky plays the role of a dedicated soldier, Vihaan, who is known for his meticulous strategising and planning in missions. After a successful mission, he wishes to retire from army life, as his mother needs him.

Over the years, many Bollywood filmmakers have decided to take the patriotic route and make nationalism-infused dramas. Patriotism is the key to the hearts of the audience and this formula seems to be working fairly well, and box office numbers are proof.

The storyline isn’t entirely unpredictable; we know what will push Vihaan to take up the mission of the surgical strikes against the terrorists.

The second half focuses on the Indian Army planning the attack against the militants. The tone of the film hits a crescendo as India gets ready to teach Pakistan a lesson in bloodshed and violence. Vihaan shouts, “They want Kashmir and we want their heads!” The soldiers holler back in agreement.

The distinctions between India and Pakistan scenes are painfully clear. For one, there’s always the Pakistani flag in the background to show that the scene is taking place in Islamabad. Director Aditya Dhar had earlier said in an interview that there was ‘nothing anti-Pakistan in the film.’ Not on the face of it, maybe. But as they say, the devil lies in the details.

In the film, there is a stark difference between the intelligence meetings in Pakistan as compared to those taking place in India. The officials in the neighbouring country constantly put down India at any chance they get. Pakistani officials are boorish, with some burp-induced humour and are shown willing to drink themselves silly, whereas the Indians are constantly alert and on their toes.

Keeping the affiliations of Uri the film aside (which is a task in itself), it is a decent film for most parts. The first half is far more gripping than the second. Post intermission, the makers themselves seem over-excited, to the point of losing control of the narrative. The line between what’s believable and what’s actually not, becomes blurred. There is actually a scene where Vicky stabs a terrorist one-on-one, while yelling “Indian Army!” At points, guns are thrown aside and we are treated to some good old Bollywood punches and kicks.

Good writers don’t have enough opportunities: Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan who is on the jury of one of the biggest script contests in the country has been known to back content driven cinema and is a firm believer of the need for good writers in Indian cinema. Ahead of the second edition of ‘Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Script Contest’, he expresses the need for a platform to showcase their talent.

Aamir Khan says, “I believe we have incredible talent in this country. However, that talent has been facing immense difficulty in reaching the Indian film industry. I feel that good writers don’t have enough opportunities and this is where the ‘Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Script Contest’ will help tremendously.”

Says Rohit Khattar, Chairman of Cinestaan Digital, “We started this initiative years ago with the ‘Mumbai Mantra Sundance’ as well as the ‘Mumbai Mantra CineRise’ Screenwriting initiatives. We are doing our utmost to bring Indian storytelling talent to the forefront and I am immensely grateful to our esteemed jury in helping us achieve this aim as well as to our two main sponsors ‘Mumbai Mantra CineRise’ and the TI Group.”

The second edition of the contest which has been launched by Cinestaan Digital Pvt. Ltd. is India’s biggest Script Contest to date. The best script shall be awarded a prize of Rs.25 lakhs. The total cash prizes for this contest will be Rs.50 lakhs. Some of the best scripts shall be curated to be part of the Cinestaan Script Bank – a treasure trove that Studios & Production Houses can delve into and then directly liaise with the writers, who often find it difficult to get their voice across.

Launched by Cinestaan Digital Pvt. Ltd., ‘Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Script Contest’ is India’s biggest Script Contest to date.