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NTR Mahanayakudu – A Movie that teaches you the qualities of a Leader!

NTR Mahanayakudu – A Movie that teaches you the qualities that a leader should and should not possess. This political life of the legend NTR has got some Drama!

  • Cast: Bala Krishna as Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Vidya Balan as Basavatarakam, Kalyan Ram as Hari Krishna, Sumanth as ANR and Rana Daggubati as Chandrababu Naidu. 
  • Story, Screenplay and direction: Krish Jagarlamudi
  • Music: MM Keeravani

Not so long ago we had seen the movie NTR Kathanayakudu, the movie life story of India’s first Superstar NT Rama Rao making all the noise at the Box office. Though the money made wasn’t big enough to be called a Hit movie, the story of NTR has touched the hearts of the fans of NTR. There has been a visible change in the theme of the 2nd part after all the action coming from RGV’s Lakshmi’s NTR. The first part was very well accepted by the fans as it was completely on Cinema Life.

But the 2nd part got controversial with two different stories doing the talks about the NTR’s political life.

The movie starts with the recap of the life of NTR from his birth to the time he starts the political party Telugu Desam. NTR flashes the colours on the Wall and designs the Flag of the party telling out the meaning of each element in the Flag. That’s where his political life starts and decides to move across the state of Andhra Pradesh to reach out to the public and understand their issues. It was a wonderfully structured campaign by the NTR and supported by his son and the family.

His speech and his ideas for new schemes had taken the opposition by surprise and they have started to hijack those schemes. NTR crashed off them by saying that he would bring much more change when he gets the power. This way his every speech was a profit for the party and eventually, he becomes the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

Sadly, he had some foxes and snakes in his party who were against the popularity of him and the way the party was handled by NTR. They get together to put him down and wanted to bring him down, which was successful when NTR and wife Basava Tarakam had to visit America for the Medical attention. This is where the movie takes off and every scene was building up the drama. The important role of Nara Chandrababu Naidu played by Rana Daggubati where the director shows the hard work of CBN to keep the party and the MLA’s together in the crisis.

If this is the drama that went around in his political life, his political life also had some fantastic schemes. He was the one to have introduced a scheme where he has given kg rice for 2 rupees. His power kept the naxalism to minimal. He introduced women empowerment schemes wherein he made it mandatory seats for women travellers in the public transport and giving an equal share for women in the property. The major scheme that backfired him from his fellow MLA’s was the Lokayukta Act which enabled any citizen to question any person in power or general person.

The movie could’ve spoken about the life of NTR till his death but it was restricted till the death of his wife Basava Tarakam. This was a high point but the producers played safe by not putting out anything after 1985.

There are obvious controversies about the movie and the way it portrayed CBN and there is no end to that. Even after the Lakshmi’s NTR the controversies wouldn’t stop so moving out of these controversies, I would say that the life of NTR ended on a very bad note, as he entertained his fans as an actor and worked for their development after turning into a politician.  But what he lacked was political understanding, that’s a big mistake. We should work for the people and their wellbeing but we should also be ready to face the consequences and battle them. His determination is what to be appreciated and to be adopted by the people of this generation. Only with the Hard Work, one can achieve his goals, which was proved by him again when he goes for campaigning 2nd time across the State.

Believe and Work hard for your goals and you’ll see them accomplished in no time!

NTR Kathanayakudu Movie Review, Bala Krishna – Vidya Balan.

NTR Kathanayakudu – Movie that takes you back in history, treats you with dedication levels, more importantly, serves you the right attitude that a person needs to have towards his ‘Dharma’.

Cast: Bala Krishna as Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Vidya Balan as Basavatarakam, Kalyan Ram as Hari Krishna, Sumanth as ANR and Rana Daggubati as Chandrababu Naidu.

Story, Screenplay and direction: Krish Jagarlamudi

Music: MM Keeravani

There are billions of Humans on this earth but there are only 5-10% of them who are actually successful in the field that they have chosen. You call it coincidence or you call it luck, whatever you feel like, when you read about their stories one thing is certain and that’s unconditional hard work and mindset to learn. That’s the ultimate reality. If we look at the story of NTR Kathanayakudu, which is just the first part of the two-part series. The first part talks about the Cinema career of India’s first superstar N. T. Rama Rao. The second part which is to be released on February 9th will be on his political life. Bala Krishna is the sixth son of NTR. Balayya as his fans calls him has acted in the role of his father and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NTR. To me, Bala Krishna has done complete justice to the role of N. T. Rama Rao. It’s difficult to live up to the expectations of the fans and the acting experience as well as NTR being his father, Bala Krishna was able to match the charm and dialogue delivery of the legend. Vidya Balan for me has been an excellent actor in the role of Basavatarakam. Completely got into the role and lived the character. Apart from these two main characters, there were many other supporting roles played by Rana, Prakash Raj, Satyanarayana, Sumanth, Vennela Kishore, Poonam Bajwa and many more. All of them did their part very nicely and brought life to the story of N. T. Rama Rao.

Yes, Biopic has become a trend these days and we have seen a lot of them coming into the market and many are up for release in 2019. After watching this movie, not sure if we could see any other biopic which can influence and inspire people as much as this movie. Making a Biopic of a legendary actor like Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao isn’t an easy task at all. The name of the superstar itself carries a lot of weight and audience wouldn’t agree to anything less than blockbuster.

Different snaps from movie!

‘Krish’ known for his masterpiece movies like Kancche and Mahanati has delivered yet again. His story writing, screenplay and direction was outstanding and stands an example for many young movie directors. The story is built really well with little comedy, emotions and life turning events in the life of NTR. The story does drag a bit and it’s for as long as 170 mins, but the audience can’t ask for a movie with a lot of action and drama in a biopic. Krish still could’ve picked up some action scenes from the ‘Movies’ of NTR or Drama scenes from the movies of NTR but still, he chose to keep it simple and worked mostly on the character and personality of the N. T. Rama Rao.

Two scenes which stand out in the movie are the scene where NTR gets to know his son’s death and still he continues to act only because of the other cast whose dates would not be available at the same time. That’s the amount of dedication he has shown towards his profession. The next scene is the single take and single shot for as long as 20 hours for Seeta Rama Kalyanam movie. In this scene, NTR had to stand on his knees for 20 hours and he successfully does it before collapsing after the shot. That’s NTR for you. No wonder why I had always been inspired by this man since my childhood days. Didn’t know anything about him apart from watching his movies but still respected him for his tremendous acting, oratory and dialogue delivery. One can still complain about the length of the movie, understand that 3 hours is nothing if you look at the vast career and sacrifices by the man N. T. Rama Rao. The movie ends with NTR starting the party ‘Telugu Desam Party’. Let’s wait till the 2nd part to be released on Feb 9th and see how his political life was taken forward!

Bollywood Movies Checklist For The Year 2019!

Top Movies coming up in the year 2019!

It’s a known fact that Movies in India drive the people crazy and 2018 has been a year with many big reality checks for actors. This year started with a bang with Padmaavat, the movie made good money as well earned a huge name for Ranveer & Deepika. Like this, there were commercially hit movies and also parallel story movies which changed the theme of Movies. Bollywood has had its share of new actors who have made their mark felt. What’s better than knowing the different movies coming in the year 2019.

Let’s look at the list of movies coming in the year 2019 and the actors. 

1. Uri: The Surgical Strike (11th January 2019): The movie based on true events of Uri Surgical strike which will show us the big step taken by Indian Army and the Government. Starring Vicky Kaushal in the lead role with Paresh Rawal in supporting role, this movie promises to be one of the best in the year. 

2. The Accidental Prime Minister (11th January 2019): The movie again based on true events, in fact on the life story of former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh. Movie has been going through continuous controversies and political exchanges. Might not be a commercial success but it’ll be something very interesting to watch out for. Clashing with Uri movie as of now on 11th of January 2019. 

3. Gully Boy (14th February 2019): After his excellent performance in Padmaavat & Simmba in the last year, Ranveer Singh will be seen in a very different role in the movie Gully Boy as it is based on the Mumbai Street rappers. Alia Bhatt will be seen alongside Ranveer Singh. With two big actors in the movie, it’s going to be a Box Office favourite. 

4. Kesari (22nd March 2019): The first movie of four Akshay Kumar’s movie for the year 2019 will be released just before the 2019 elections. It’s a story based on Indian period war drama ‘The battle of Saragarhi’. The movie is produced by Karan Johar and in the opposite role making her come back is Parineeti Chopra. 

5. Kalank (19th April 2019): Most awaited movie for Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. It’s yet another period drama and produced by Karan Johar. Has got huge star cast as in Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit being the cast. 

6. Student Of The Year 2 (10th May 2019): It’s the third movie which is being produced by Karan Johar. This movie is sequel to the Student of the year which had created some magic and has given the industry three great actors. SOTY2 cast includes the famous Tiger Shroff, debuting is Ananya Pandey. 

7. Bharat (5th June 2019): Finally after 6 months into 2019, comes the movie of the Big Khan’s. The film has big stars like Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. With the release being scheduled for the EID 2019, Salman will surely hope for his fate to change. He has had bad year and is expecting to make a big hit in 2019. 

8. Good News (19th July 2019): Second Akshay Kumar’s movie for the year and it will also star Kareen Kapoor. A pair that hasn’t worked together since 9 years. This will be a comedy and family movie. 

9. Mission Mangal (15th August 2019): Akshay Kumar’s third movie in the year and it’s treated as the first space movie in the country. This movie will bring out the story of India’s Mars Mission which took place on 5th Nov 2013. Movie will star Vidya Balan, Tapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha and others. Movie is scheduled to be released on the Independence day of 2019. 

10. Brahmastra (20th December 2019): This will be the last one in the year of 2019 for me. Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, this movie is expected to do really well. The date scheduled for Christmas. It’s a fantasy film which will be directed by Ayan Mukerji, produced by Karan Johar. 

These are the not the only movies coming in the year 2019, there are many other movies like Manikarnika, Housefull 4, Kick 2, ABCD 3, Panipat etc. There are also some movies whose release dates are not yet fixed, so with the movies for those the dates are released this are the top movies to watch out for in 2019!

While Movie Making is hard work, choosing the right date for its release is smart work!

But what I said above does not hold good all the time. Take for example the recently released Shah Rukh Khan movie Zero. It was supposed to be Shah Rukh Khan’s re-launch movie after a series of debacles he had in recent years. The last big hit he had was Chennai Express way back in 2013. Till date, only Chennai Express remains his sole 200 Cr plus movie. His other competitors like Aamir and Salman have five 300 Cr movies between them which Shah Rukh’s 300 Cr count is Zero. Even Ranbir Kapoor has joined the 300 Cr club with Sanju while SRK was still at Zero. 

So, SRK needed a big hit to bring back his sagging image.

2018: Sanju (Ranbir Kapoor) 341 Cr
2017: Tiger Zinda Hai (Salman Khan) 340 Cr
2016: Dangal (Aamir Khan) 380 Cr
2016: Sultan (Salman Khan) 300 Cr
2015: Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Salman Khan) 320 Cr
2014: PK (Aamir Khan) 338 Cr

Movie collections of movies over the years with Christmas Release

If you see the above data three out of the six 300 Cr plus movies were Christmas releases. The 2014 Christmas release PK was the first ever 300 Cr plus movie collecting 338 Cr. Then in 2016 Aamir came with Dangal again which even till date holds the Highest grosser for a Hindi film outside Bahubali collecting 380 Cr. Salman’s Tiger Zinda hai which released last year Christmas has collected 340 Cr. In fact, this Christmas release tradition was started by Aamir Khan way back in 2008 with Ghajini. It went on to become India’s first ever 100 Cr movie. Next year in 2009, Aamir again came back with another Christmas release 3 idiots which went onto becoming India’s first 200 Cr movie. PK released for 2014 Christmas was India’s first 300 Cr movie. Last 10 years almost all Christmas releases were big hits, except 2010 when Teesmar Khan of Akshay Kumar failed to hit the bullseye.

From 2014 every release during Christmas made 300 plus Crore. In 2015 also there was a clash with Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani releasing on the same day. Dilwale made 140 Cr and Bajirao Mastani made 188 Cr and the total together is 328 Cr. So, Christmas with a lot of holidays ending only with New Year presents a perfect time for releasing a movie.

Now, if we come back to the status of SRK, he is hungry for hits and he is behind the other Khans and even actors like Ranveer Singh and Ranbir Kapoor. Ranbir Kapoor’s highest grosser is Sanju that made 341 Cr while Ranveer has Padmavat which collected 295 Cr. He just missed the 300 Cr mark. SRK has Chennai express at 217 Cr. So, SRK roped in Anand L Rai an extremely talented director with huge successes like Tanu Weds Manu, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Raanjhna under his belt. SRK produced the film himself under Red Chillies banner and roped in Sridevi, Juhi, Salman and host of other Superstars to appear in cameo roles. He also booked Christmas slot and avoided a clash by forcing his friend Karan Johar to postpone the release of Simmba by a week. With all this, Zero was to make 300 Cr and SRK would have even imagined that this Christmas will have India’s first 400 Cr movie.

But it is not to be. Zero fell flat on its face. It just managed 55 Cr in the first weekend which is the 2nd lowest after Tees mar khan. The way it is going Zero cannot cross 150 Cr. But the landing costs of the movie were a whopping 225 Cr and that means SRK will not only lose his face but also will lose a lot of money. Then the question is, why did Zero Fail? Many say it’s the overconfidence and induced feel-good factor and too many things happening too soon. Shah Rukh has to remember that after he crossed 50, he should choose his roles bit more carefully and make movies that a realistic and appeal to his persona. He also needs to understand his limitations on his appearance and image. There was hard work in making Zero, but a bit of realistic approach would have done wonders. SRK is called the Badshah of Bollywood but he just has six 100 Cr movies and one 200 Cr movie.

SRK’s 100 and 200 cr movies

1. Chennai Express (2013) 217 Cr
2. Happy New Year (2014) 178 Cr
3. Don 2 (2011) 143 Cr
4. Dilwale (2015) 139 Cr
5. Raees (2017) 128 Cr
6. RaOne (2011) 113 Cr
7. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) 101 Cr

Now all eyes will be on Saare Jahan Se Accha, which will be the next release of Shah Rukh Khan. This is the biopic of Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to land on the moon. The shooting will start in February and maybe they might be looking at 2019 Christmas for its release. There again, he has to clash with Karan Johar who is releasing his Brahmastra. If he wants to avoid the clash then he needs to take it to Republic Day of 2020. Till then, his fate hangs in balance and let’s see who all will join 300 Cr club before that and how many more 300 Cr movies and even a 400 Cr movie might come. For now, Shah Rukh looks like a tired star seeing his sunset years! Sad, but inevitable for any star…

Half time report on India’s tour to Australia – Down Under 2018-19 #AusVsInd

Halftime report on India’s tour to Australia Down Under 2018-19 

We are right at the middle of India’s tour to Australia. Interestingly, India looks in a much better position than ever before and are actually in a position to win their first ever series down under. The T20I series Trophy was shared due to rain’s interventions which snatched away the Series Victory and of the 4 Test Matches that are scheduled we are done with 2 Test Matches and both of them have been extremely competitive. Unlike, home matches, India had to sweat out hard to beat the Aussies who have made it hard for India to win. Come Perth, the story reversed. Indian batsmen crumbled against the spinner Nathon Lyon and his bowling won it for Australia. With two more test matches to go and with 3 ODI’s to come after the test series, the Tour of Australia is still a long way to go and it would get spicier and exciting.

Adelaide win was a big boost for Team India and India was eyeing to settle the series victory in the second test itself, but the mighty Aussies came back strongly and played with grit to win a higher number of sessions in the complete test match, which made them to win by140 runs. Problems with India weren’t new, India went through the same old problem of leaking runs to the tailenders and then during their batting, throwing away the wickets. That’s the basic and simple mistake which led to India’s fall. Virat Kohli batted brilliantly in the first innings and took India’s total to respectable one. But the controversy didn’t leave the two famous opponents, asVirat was adjudged Caught Out in a controversial manner. It would not make any difference if we do the ‘If’ analysis as it is all over right now. But what’s in store for future is surely in hands of the Team and players. It is based on their performance India is going to win. Adelaide has always been lucky for India, done with Perth, Melbourne and Sydney had a bad history for India. Perth has given for the result, next up are Melbourne and Sydney.

With so much noise off the field, Virat will want to prove his mettle yet again with bat when he comes to bat for Boxing Day test match. 

Historically, it’s going to be an uphill task for India to win the series from here. Firstly, Aussie squad were carrying a bag of losses and the shame of Cape Town incident. But with the victory in Perth, players are back with full confidence and will be tough to crack down in the boxing day test which will start on 26th December 2018. In the history of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia, India never won more than 1 test match in the series since 1980’s. Out of 8 times, India could win test match only 4 times and drew 10 times. Whereas Aussies defeated India 17 times. India has played 8 boxing day test matches against Aussies at MCG but couldn’t win even single time. India played 8 New Year test matches against Australia at SCG with no wins and 4 draws and 4 losses.

So, history doesn’t give any chance of victory for India in the coming matches. But arguably the teams are very different from what they have been before and it’ll be really interesting to see how it finishes. The best scenario could be India managing for a Draw in the Melbourne test and with a decent history at Sydney, they can look at winning the Sydney match. But, Virat is a different person and he would want to give it all in the next match as well. Let’s wait and watch how it is going to end, with things getting heated it’ll be fun to watch the next two test matches!

2.0 Robot – Movie Review

2.0 and The Super Combination of Thalaiva Rajinikanth, Akshay and Shankar hit Bull’s eye!

Cast: Rajinikanth as Dr. Vaseegaran & Chitti (2.0) and Chota Chitti (3.0), Akshay Kumar as Pakshirajan, Amy Jackson as Neela and Shankar the Director.

A sensational movie that will be an eye-opener for sure, not because it’s the first ever Indian Movie to be shot with the 3D camera, but because of the subject of the movie. Robot – part one was well accepted by people because it was a new concept and to the people, it was easy to take it. The star actors Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai were a big bonus as well. But for the sequel to turn into something like what it is now, the story needed something really different and that’s where I think Shankar hit the bullseye. The script was excellently designed with subplots coming in at the right moment. The story goes smoothly towards upwards direction keeping the audience glued to the seats. That’s one big factor for the success of the movie apart from the Rajinikanth’s style and Akshay unbeatable adaptability of the role of Birdman. The failure of Thugs of Hindostan raised the bars on this movie even more and a lot of critics even doubted the movie’s run at Box office. But, the Movie’s Business, as well as the message, are being delivered fantastically as of now.

Story: (Next day) Students walk into the Robotics lab of Dr. Vaseegaran to have the view of the New Robot ‘Neela’ and Dr. Vaseegaran introduces the Robot to the students. When asked, he tells the students that it’s not as same as ‘Chitti’ but if required ‘Chitti’ has to come back. That’s one checkpoint in the movie right at the beginning of the movie. (Previous Day) Akshay Kumar playing the role of Birdman is shown walking towards the mobile tower and commits suicide. Akshay Kumar is the Birdman in this movie who by passion is an ornithologist (one who studies Birds). Pakshirajan has got the deep connection for Birds which starts from his birth, interestingly a bird saves him from death when he was born prematurely. Slowly incidents in life make him to accept that he is born only for Birds and his duty is to take care of the Birds. But, because of the high radiation created by mobile towers, Birds struggle to breathe and lose their memory power leading to their death. Birdman tries all his bit to save the helpless birds from the Tower Radiation. But he fails in doing so which makes him to feel very depressed and takes an ultimate step of suicide. The main subplot is this, where Birdman, an ornithologist who suicides returns to the world as the fifth force of all the dead bird’s power. Filled with anger, anguish, violence & revenge, Pakshirajan starts to steal the mobile phones of every individual and killing the associated authority personnel for their ugly behaviour towards him when he was alive.

This is how the story is built up and is extremely well scripted by Shankar. The time you think that movie is getting predictable you would be welcomed with something really surprising. The entry of Chitti and the defeat of Pakshirajan, the egoistic nature of a human leading to the rebirth of Pakshirajan with much more power and then the demolition of Chitti. This leads to re-entry of Chitti in the completely new avatar is something to watch out. Finally, the audience will be up for a major surprise in the last 30 mins of the Movie where you will meet the Chota Chitti. The fierce battle between the Robot and Pakshirajan and the message of Rajinikanth to the audience in the climax is really to be thought out.

My takeaways from the Movie: Definitely the applause must go for the 3D and the VFX effects used in the Movie. As promised the technology used in the movie takes this movie to the level of Hollywood. As an Indian, we must feel proud to be part of this movie. Rajinikanth who looked to be losing his charismatic style jumps out and proved himself yet again. Akshay Kumar as always was outstanding with dialogue delivery and played the villain role absolutely brilliant. Actually, even Rajinikanth plays a Villain role in the Movie. That said, the story was nicely built and concluded by the director Shankar. Surely a worth watch movie.

This movie also pops out some thoughts for an individual to think, are we (humans) the only living beings on this earth who needs to be given freedom, rights, life etc;. What’s with the other living beings who can’t speak, yet when domesticated they take care of their own better than anyone else. We raise voices when asked not to burst crackers, we raise a voice when asked not to cut down the forests and many more things which affect the environment. Because we can speak we are heard, what about those animals which can’t speak? Nobody can hear them. But we should understand that we need to use our heart and brain and think of those animals which are getting extinct. Unfortunately, our childhood has been a lot different from what our kids are going to have. Never I think technology is bad, but anything in excess is always bad. Every individual has to understand this point and stay in limits. That’s when we will be able to respect everything in the world and unknowingly we would be adding a lot of good deeds to our life!

India Hosts Hockey World Cup 2018 – Odisha (India’s Best Kept Secret) #HockeyWorldCup2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 – Odisha (India’s Best Kept Secret)

The nation is all set and geared up to host the Hockey’s biggest ever event, Hockey World Cup 2018. It is the 14th edition of this Men’s Hockey tournament and India. It is for the third time India will be hosting Hockey World Cup. First, it was Bombay in 1982, New Delhi in 2010 and Odisha in 2018. The tournament will be held for 18 days, there are 16 teams pooled into 4 groups each. Australia is the defending champions, they won twice in fact. Winning the New Delhi 2010 and The Hague 2014. Kookaburras will be hungry to make it a hattrick no team has ever done in the history of the tournament. In the 13 times, Pakistan leads the tally with 4 titles, Netherlands & Australia with 3 titles, Germany with 2 titles and India with only 1 title. The last time India won Hockey World Cup was way back in 1975 – Malaysia. The story has been completely different since then.

After 1975 final victory to till date, it has been forgettable memories for Team India. We have never made it to the semifinals in the last 10 tournaments. Whereas Pakistan has performed extremely well winning the tournament four times and runner-up twice. But both India and Pakistan have lost their strength in the last two decades and are nowhere in comparison to the top teams like Netherlands, Germany, and Australia. But always history can be rewritten and I, as an optimistic Indian would want India to reach the finals that will be played on 16th December at the Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar.

Hockey has lost its charm and importance that it was receiving in the early days of the game. In the 1950s to 1970s India was a lethal team in Hockey and we have great players who have become World Hockey Legends. But the Indian performance chart had continuously seen the negative trend and never in condition to go up. It’s the same story with Football which is also picking up the positive trend lately. Indian hockey is also seeing some major improvements in the game and we have seen great victories for the Indian team in the last two years building up to this mega event. India performed well in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals and Finals. So we are truly on a growth trend again and we will reach the lost heights of Indian hockey very soon. It’s our Game and Indians are slowly understanding this point. We have seen the movies made on Hockey in India, Soorma and Gold. Soorma and Gold clearly depict the heroes of Indian hockey and how unconditional was their love for the game of Hockey.

I feel Indian Hockey Team needs more and more support like the way it has received today during the opening ceremony. Kalinga Stadium was roaring in support of Indian Team captain Manpreet Singh. CM Naveen Patnaik shared beautiful insights and called for the tournament to begin. He was the Chief Minister who has closely watched the preparations for the tournament and organized an amazing and fantastic opening ceremony which had a deep concept for the people to understand.

I really hope that this Hockey World Cup will bring back the lost value of our Nation Sport back to the country and we shall many more Indians playing Hockey and one day our dream of Olympic Gold comes true! For all this, the Indian Team and the players need all of our support! #JaiHind #India

AR Rehman gave this beautiful, rich, cultural theme song for Hockey World Cup 2018!

Baazaar Movie Review #SaifAliKhan #BollyWood

Bazaar Movie Review – Saif Ali Khan aka Shakun Kothari says crossing the Line isn’t bad always!

Cast: Saif Ali Khan as Shakun Kothari, Radhika Apte as Priya Rai & Rohan Mehra as Rizwan Ahmed. Production by Viacom 18 and Directed by Gauravv Chawla.

This was the second movie I watched on my Birthday on Sunday and it was something I couldn’t miss. After all, it is related to ‘Stock Market’, the subject I teach. Baazaar was a much-awaited movie for many. Firstly for Saif Ali Khan who has been waiting for a good movie, Chitrangada Singh was making come back to the Movies and importantly for the debutant Rohan Mehra who played a crucial role in the movie. Finally for all those people who are waiting to watch a movie with a very different storyline. Baazaar had that different story which caught the attention of people and that’s the set of Stock Market fans. Maybe that’s a disadvantage, as many Stock Market jargons would’ve become tough for all those who don’t have an idea of Stock Markets.

Story: Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) is a Stock Market broker who is born and working in Allahabad for a small trading firm, but he is always aiming for big things in life. Thus he leaves Allahabad and moves to Mumbai. Rizwan starts dreaming big in the city of Business & Finance. All through, his one wish was to work with his idol Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan), but the greed of Shakun and his manipulative ideology, power, and the stock market draws Rizwan towards him, a little too fast. Rizwan idolizes shakun and wants to be as popular as him. It was a known fact that Shakun Kothari was a fraud businessman, but Rizwan always defends the business sense of Shakun and felt that nothing was wrong. Shakun only believed in the business where the money gets doubled in quick time and for that, he is ready to do anything. His powerful team helps him in manipulating the system perfectly without allowing the law to catch up.

Shakun Kothari is that kind of a person who believes in a 100-meter sprint whereas Rizwan Ahmed believes that life is like a Marathon. Movie Story completely revolves around the thought process of these two men. Rizwan falls into the trap of shakun only to realize with at the nick of the time, and life gives him the chance to correct them. His small-town mentality allows him to go to the terrace only to fly but not to die, and with that smartness, he traps shakun and beats him in his own game. and disturbs his life. Baazaar a movie based on Share Market is made to explain us the importance of values, morals and money etc.. This is for sure a very different and not an easy topic to choose but the response as of now has been good. In the movie world of Love, Romance, Horror etc this is definitely one of the few movies, which will be liked for its novel treatment and innovative approach.

My takeaways from the Movie: Firstly it was nice to watch a Movie which had shown the Stock Market as the main subject. The general public will be able to understand a few finance jargons if they watch this movie with some concentration. Apart from that, Baazaar is a movie which keenly talks about the right morals required for any person or an organization. The Movie hits at several issues and one of them is how one should live the life? Should it be a Marathon or like a 100-meter Sprint? The answer is a simple one, that always treat your life as Marathon and move forward. Because Life puts you through many surprises if you treat it as a Sprint you won’t be able to face them and a small error could cost you everything. When you treat life as marathon your energies are channelized and used properly and you will be able to see your destination clearly.

Not just this always one has to stick to the core values and believe in the right way of doing things, only then one can survive and last long! Else, you end up losing everything with the same speed with which you built them! Now the choice is yours, 100 meters or marathon!

Gold – India’s dream run for first Olympic Gold as a free nation! #Gold #MovieReview

Gold – India’s dream run for first Olympic Gold as a free nation!

Cast: Director: Reema Kagiti, Akshay Kumar as Tapan Das,  Mouni Roy as Monobina Das, Kunal Kapoor as Samrat, Amit Sadh, Vicky Kaushal and others as Players. Produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani.

Firstly, it was after a long time that I had gone to watch movie with my good friend with whom I usually used to watch every Akshay Kumar movie. GOLD is a wonderful experience for someone who would want to go back and ride the history of Indian hockey and its glorious days. This movie tells us many things and gives us some valuable lessons to learn and inculcate. No better day than Independence day to release this movie, producers are indeed nearing towards profit mark. As usual this time also I will give the short summary of the movie and my takeaways from this movie. Yes, understandably there are misrepresentation of facts as its only movie trying to depict the history.


It was the 1936 Olympics and it’s the host nation Germany vs India (British India) in the finals of Hockey for Gold Medal. Indian players are representing the British team and are in furious mood as then German leader Adolf Hitler had spoken ill about India and Indians didn’t like. All players show their dissent right from the beginning of the match and they take revenge by thrashing the German Team and take home the Gold Medal. It was not just the medal but it was also the love of the German fans that India had won. But what’s more important for Indian players was all the credit goes to British and the National Anthem played is British. This was the moment where Indian Captain Samrat and the manager Tapan Das (AK) dream something very big and that is to see India win Hockey Gold as a free nation. This is the actual start to the movie and movie shows how Tapan Das the manager of Indian Hockey Team who is a gambler, drunkard and not so very well-behaved person shows complete dedication and massive respect towards the game of Hockey.

It was the 1936 Olympics and it’s the host nation Germany vs India (British India) in the finals of Hockey for Gold Medal. Indian players are representing the British team and are in furious mood as then German leader Adolf Hitler had spoken ill about India and Indians didn’t like. All players show their dissent right from the beginning of the match and they take revenge by thrashing the German Team and take home the Gold Medal. It was not just the medal but it was also the love of the German fans that India had won. But what’s more important for Indian players was all the credit goes to British and the National Anthem played is British. This was the moment where Indian Captain Samrat and the manager Tapan Das (AK) dream something very big and that is to see India win Hockey Gold as a free nation. This is the actual start to the movie and movie shows how Tapan Das the manager of Indian Hockey Team who is a gambler, drunkard and not so very well-behaved person shows complete dedication and massive respect towards the game of Hockey.

Olympics get cancelled in 1940 and 1944 and only in the year 1948 the Olympics return at London and Tapan Das is super excited about this news. Someone who spent 12 years without any meaning had actually found that his big dream is now not far away and he needs to get the team ready. This part of the movie is the awe-inspiring act by Tapan Das who creates a team scouting all around the Country. But partition of 1947 takes away everything, including his captain and four players who decide to go to Pakistan and few Foreigners decide to go back to their homeland. He is left with only a handful Indians. As he was about to give up Samrat re-surfaces and rejuvenates Tapan Das to pursue his dream of building a team.

This story of rebuilding the team and creating remarkable players who go on to defeat the mighty British team in their home land in the 1948 Olympics and to take the revenge of 200 years of rule was a treat to watch. Sure you would feel the Goosebumps multiple times in the Movie.

My takeaways for you from the Movie:

Not taking it further, every movie teaches us something and this movie gives us a simple yet most powerful lesson to learn and that is to be united, believing and committed to the Dream. Yes it’s the Dream that’s much bigger than anything else. You dream and only then you will be able to work towards it and accomplish it. Unfortunately, we have many people who are full of Dreams but no support and that’s where the factor of belief comes. The last time India won a hockey gold was in 1980. That is almost 38 years ago! It’s not that winning is not in the minds of the present players but what lacks in them is the ‘Dream’ that a Winning team needs. There will be obstacles which are there to spoil the Dream and they come in the form of Politics, Ego and Jealousy both in the players and in the Management. If we learn to manage them well, we will see many Golds coming to India, not just the hockey but in all other games as well…. Gold is just a reminder to the 130 Cr Indians of what they can do, if they dream, believe and chase the dream!!!