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Ranveer Singh’s Cirkus new quirky posters promise double madness. Have you seen yet?

The new posters of Rohit Shetty-directorial Cirkus are out. The film will release on December 23.

Filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s much-anticipated film Cirkus is all set to release around Christmas this year, and we are absolutely excited! The big-budget film, which stars Ranveer Singh, Pooja Hegde, Jaqueline Fernandez, Varun Sharma and many more popular faces from Bollywood, will hit cinemas worldwide on December 23, 2022. Ahead of the trailer launch, the makers dropped some new posters of Cirkus on social media that are quite quirky. The posters promise that Cirkus will be one hell of an entertaining ride.
NEW POSTERS OF CIRKUS

Ranveer Singh shared three new posters of Cirkus and captioned it, “DOUBLE MADNESS!! CHRISTMAS MANAO APNI FAMILY KE SAATH (sic)!!” All the posters are colourful and are themed on circus. It features all the characters in one frame. Since Ranveer plays the double role in the film, we see both the looks of his character. In one of the posters, he is all also seen giving an electric shock to his other character. We can also spot fireworks in the background.

CIRKUS TO RELEASE ON CHRISTMAS

Rohit Shetty took to his social media account earlier to announce the release date of Cirkus. “It’s time to bring our audience back to the cinemas… ONCE AGAIN! Golmaal released 16 years ago and the love you all gave me made me what i am today! ‘Cirkus’ is a Christmas gift for you and your family! Kyunki iss ‘Cirkus’ mein bohot sara Golmaal hai!!! #CirkusthisChristmas @rohitshettypicturez @tseriesfilms (sic),” read his note.

Commenting on the film’s development, Rohit Shetty said, “Cirkus is a complete family entertainer. There’s no better time than the Christmas holidays to celebrate the film in cinemas everywhere.

Doctor G Review: A Quintessential Ayushmann Khurrana Film

Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Rakul Preet Singh, Shefali Shah, Sheeba Chadha, Indraneil Sengupta

What’s the recipe for a new-age everyman film?

Take a mould and add in not-so-gourmet ingredients, ranging from small towns and funny best friends to nagging mothers and interfering uncles and aunts, in generous quantities and sauté them. Pepper the mix with social commentaries, romance, humour and a language, which is a cultural reflection of its backdrop. Finally, garnish it with dollops of rib-tickling one-liners and good-old nostalgia that takes you back to your summer breaks when you lived in your home-town before you shifted to a metropolis to chase your dreams.

Also read: Doctor G Box Office: Ayushmann Khurrana Film Witnesses Growth on Day 2, Earns Rs 5.22 Cr

In 2012, actor Ayushmann Khurrana kick-started his acting career with filmmaker Shoojit Sircar’s Vicky Donor. The film, set in Lajpat Nagar, a cosy nook in the Capital that still reeks of puraani Dilli, intended to normalise sperm donation and bust the stigma surrounding it. Thus began the rise of a new genre in Bollywood known as the Ayushmann Khurrana genre, which is often compared to late filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s cinema. He followed it up with Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (both 2017), Dream Girl (2019) and Gulabo Sitabo (2020). These films went on to perform well and earned critical acclaim.

But for how long can you keep tweaking with the formula? The debacle began with Bala (2019). And then happened Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020). One can call these films old wine in a new bottle or more contextually speaking – it’s a classic case of vegetable biriyani, pulao and tehri.

Ayushmann’s latest outing is Doctor G, a film that addresses gender stereotypes in a female-dominated space. Sounds familiar? Hold on! This is a film which talks about a male doctor trying to come to terms with his role as a gynaecologist and doing his best to let go of his ‘male touch’ so as to make his female patients feel at ease around him. Here, the mother (played brilliantly by actor Sheeba Chadha) isn’t obsessed with getting her son married and is remotely removed from being a nagger. A single mother, she is cool, enterprising, progressive, doesn’t cower at the thought of her Hindu son’s potential girlfriend being a Muslim and perms her hair to up her Tinder and selfie games. What’s also refreshing is the romantic angle (rather the lack of it) between the film’s protagonists – Uday (played by Ayushmann) and Fatima (essayed by Rakul Preet Singh).

Set in Bhopal, Doctor G opens with a conversation between Uday and his best friend, Chaddi, an IAS aspirant, who also lives with him and his mother as a paying guest. It sees Uday, fondly referred to as Guddu, moaning about wanting to get a seat at the orthopaedic department of a medical college. However, he ends up at a gynaecology class and that’s where all the trouble begins.

Without meandering and beating around the bush, the makers straightaway dive into the subject of the narrative right since the first sequence and successfully make the audience a part of Doctor G’s world. While there’s nothing that’s not out-of-the-box in terms of its treatment and template in the first half, what keeps us engrossed is the fast-paced unravelling of simplistic events. And before you know, it’s already time for the interval. The second half incorporates a new storyline, which might seem abrupt on the surface but with time, seamlessly becomes one with the crux of the plot.

The weakest link, however, in the film is the portion that encapsulates the evolution in the dynamic shared by Uday and Fatima. The track adds no value and substance to the narrative and the complete lack of it wouldn’t have affected the flow of the film in any way. To some, it might even appear to be a purposeless hodgepodge and the biggest hiccup in Doctor G.

But Ayushmann shoulders the film like a true-blue seasoned actor. He’s clearly in his comfort zone here and slips under the skin of his character with a rare finesse. The only complaint is the inconsistency while he speaks English. While in some scenes, his English is fluent, in others, the Bhopal boy in him struggles to word his feelings.

Sheeba, who has proved his mettle with Badhaai Ho, Taj Mahal 1989 (2020), Pagglait (2021) and Badhaai Do, among many other projects, is stupendous in Doctor G. She’s one of the biggest highlights of the film. She steals the show with a top-notch comic timing and the way she brings her vulnerability to the fore in a confrontation scene with Ayushmann’s Uday in the second half is stunning.

Shefali Shah, who plays Dr Nandini, the head of the gynaecology department in the medical campus and Uday’s mentor, plays her part to a T. The dearth of nuances, however, in her character stops her from blossoming with her signature glory. Once again, she plays a part that’s stern, restraint and resolute. A surprise revelation is Abhay Mishra, who plays Chaddi. His one-liners and straight-faced humour will crack you up every now and then. His scenes with Ayushmann are thoroughly entertaining. Rakul doesn’t bring much to the table solely because she has no meat to chew. Indraneil Sengupta and Ayesha Kaduskar are decent.

Director Anubhuti Kashyap delivers an impressive act with her debut project. It is said that when stories are told and helmed by women, there’s a certain tenderness attached to their approach and treatment. Needless to say, Doctor G is told from a female gaze. Here, the women might not be man-haters but they surely are portrayed from the lens of a feminist, which is also reflected in the way their disposition and demeanour towards Uday – the only boy in the gynaecology class – transitions. Without any kind of gender role reversal happening, they are made to operate and maneuver in a world that belongs to them.

Watch this film if you want to take a break from the actioners and mystery-thrillers that are gracing the big screen every other Friday of late. Despite its run-of-the-mill template, Doctor G manages to offer a kind of novelty and brings us back the Ayushmann Khurrana we have been yearning for.

Mili Trailer | Janhvi K | Sunny K | Manoj P | M Xavier | Boney K | Zee Studios | In Cinemas 4th Nov

Produced by Zee Studios| Boney Kapoor| and directed by Mathukutty Xavier|
‘Mili’ is scheduled to release in cinemas on 4th November 2022.

PRODUCER: ZEE STUDIOS & BONEY KAPOOR
DIRECTOR: MATHUKUTTY XAVIER
MUSIC COMPOSER: A. R. RAHMAN
LYRICS: JAVED AKHTAR
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: SUNIL KARTHIKEYAN
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY AND DIALOGUES: RITESH SHAH

The budget of Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’s Brahmastra will blow your mind. Find out

You will be shocked to know the budget of Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’s Brahmastra. The film releases on September 9, 2022.

HIGHLIGHTS

Brahmastra is said to be made on budget of Rs 300 to Rs 350 crore.
The film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.
It is all set to release in cinemas on September 9, 2022.

Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra is one of the most anticipated films of this year. Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, the film has been directed by Ayan. The filmmaker has been associated with this project for the past 9 years. And his labour of love will hit the big screen on September 9, 2022. Ahead of the film’s release, India Today.in has learnt about the massive scale and budget of this action spectacle. The figure of the film puts Brahmastra in the list of one of the most expensive Bollywood films of recent times.

BRAHMASTRA’S BUDGET

For those unaware, Brahmastra has been mounted on a very large scale. Backed by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Starlight Pictures, and Prime Focus in association with Star Studios, Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’s film is said to be made on a budget of Rs 300 to Rs 350 crore. Having said that, the budget involves everything right from the actor’s fees to publicity and marketing costs.

The VFX of the film is one of the best works that one can see on the big screen soon. The trailer of Brahmastra was a mere glimpse of the heavy VFX work used in the film for different scenes. Needless to add, the special effects and VFX are touted to be the plus points of Brahmastra.

As far as the ticket prices of the film are concerned, they are likely to be on the higher side for multiplexes in IMAX. The Ayan Mukerji directorial will be released in several languages across formats such as 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D and 4DX 3D.

BIG-BUDGET FILMS OF 2022

Prior to Brahmastra’s release, two big-budget movies hit the silver screen but didn’t perform well at the box office. Ranbir Kapoor’s film Shamshera, directed by Karan Malhotra, was made on a budget of Rs 100 to Rs 150 crore. Unfortunately, the film couldn’t cross the Rs 100 crore mark at the box office.

Alia Bhatt reveals why she chose Darlings to release on OTT and not in theatres

Alia Bhatt, who has co-produced and acted in Darlings, spoke about her decision to opt for the film’s digital release. It started streaming on Netflix from August 5.

Alia Bhatt co-produced Darlings along with Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment. It began streaming on Netflix from August 5. The film is a dark comedy and features Vijay Varma and Shefali Shah along with Alia in the lead. The Gull Boy actress has bankrolled Darlings under her banner Eternal Sunshine, which is a dark comedy directed by debutant Jasmeet K Reen. In an exclusive chat with IndiaToday.in, Alia Bhatt spoke about the reason for releasing the film on OTT instead of theatres.

ALIA BHATT ON WHY SHE CHOSE OTT RELEASE FOR DARLINGS

When asked Alia Bhatt if it was always her plan to release Darlings digitally, the actress quickly replied ‘Yes’. Further explaining the reason, Alia said, “It was not something that we discussed during the pandemic. In 2019 we all had met with regards to Darlings, that’s where the initial talks began. Then in 2020, the world went into lockdown, but from the very beginning, we said that this is that kind of film which on a platform like Netflix will be very good, for various reasons. On Day 1 itself you reach out to over 190 countries, so who wouldn’t want that reach? As we all know the world has become a very small place thanks to content lying on OTT. We are consuming content of all languages – Korean, Spanish, South Indian, etc. It is something that has become very easily accessible now. We don’t have to take a flight or go to film festivals, it’s just a unique way of consuming content.

ALIA CALLS DARLINGS AN INTIMATE WATCH

She continued, “Also Darlings is not a large-scale, larger-than-life sort of spectacle, it’s an intimate, intricate story of all these characters and their lives and their journeys. So,I don’t mind where you watch it as long as you watch it. A film like Gangubai (Kathiawadi) you had to consume that film in the theatre first because that was the style, it was just a spectacle. But, Darlings is not that kind of a film, I am not saying it negatively. I’m just saying that it’s an intimate watch. So, I don’t mind watching it by myself. We are very happy that it is releasing on a platform like Netflix.

ALIA’S FAMILY LOVED DARLINGS

Alia also revealed that her family loved Darlings and had only good things to say about the film. She said, “When my father and my mother both love something they go on and on. Even Neetu aunty, when she saw the film, she also kept praising it. I feel like these are people who don’t need to praise me because they believe in not praising too much. They have that attitude that they want me to keep myself grounded, but they were extremely surprised and impressed. All those lovely words that you want to hear after the movie, they had all that to say.”

Ask her who is her biggest critic and she said, ‘My audience. See I don’t have the biggest critic like that. I think everybody is an audience at the end of the day. Having said that, there are a few people in my life who are very difficult to please, they don’t like anything that I do. Won’t name them, they are just a few friends of mine. For a change they really liked Darlings, so for me, it was like a win-win.

Ek Villain Returns Twitter Review: Fans give mixed reactions to Disha Patani, John Abraham film

Ek Villain Returns released on July 29. Fans have flooded social media with reviews for Mohit Suri’s directorial starring John Abraham, Arjun Kapoor, Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria.

HIGHLIGHTS

Ek Villain Returns released in the theatres on July 29.
It stars Arjun Kapoor, Disha Patani, John Abraham and Tara Sutaria.
The film is directed by Mohit Suri.

Your wait for Ek Villain to ‘return’ is finally over! The film, which released on June 27, 2014, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead, was a box office success. The sequel to the film is titled Ek Villain Returns which stars John Abraham, Arjun Kapoor, Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria in lead roles. The second part released today, July 29, and Twitter is exploding with reviews. Here’s what fans have to say.

FANS REVIEW EK VILLAIN RETURNS

Ek Villain Returns pits John Abraham’s character Bhairav against Gautam, played by Arjun Kapoor. The two leading ladies, Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria also add the fiery quotient to the film. Fans who watched the early morning shows of Ek Villain Returns took to their social media and reviewed the film.

3 OUT OF 5 STARS FOR EK VILLAIN RETURNS

IndiaToday.in gave Ek Villain Returns 3 out of 5 stars. Our review read, “The gripping plot of Ek Villain Returns is the winner with an engaging storyline. Mohit Suri, who did a good job with the first film of the Ek Villain franchise, brings a masala entertainer with massy dialogues, thrilling moments and good performances in the sequel. While there are some impressive stunts in the films, there are a few bad VFXs as well. The film’s music is good and the songs are melodious, but none other Galliyaan has a shelf life.

The film had many illogical twists and action sequences. They tried to show John Abraham to be immensely powerful, whose expertise lies in breaking glass, be it in high-rise buildings or a metro rail. He might also also remind you of Sunny Deol when he easily dislodges the pole in the metro train and breaks the iron gate in the zoo.”

ABOUT EK VILLAIN RETURNS

Ek Villain Returns is the sequel to the 2014 hit film, Ek Villain, which starred Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh. While the first film of the franchise was about a conflict between a hero and a villain, Ek Villain Returns follows the story of two villains, with John Abraham and Arjun Kapoor essaying negative roles. Tara Sutaria and Disha Patani play the female leads in the thriller. The film is helmed by Mohit Suri. Ek Villain Returns marks John Abraham’s first collaboration with the director. Meanwhile, Disha Patani played the lead role in Mohit’s last directorial, Malang.

Ranbir Kapoor’s Shamshera makers to not release full Kaale Naina song before release. Here’s why

The teaser of a new song, Kaale Naina, from Ranbir Kapoor’s Shamshera was unveiled on July 18. However, the makers will not unveil the full song prior to the film’s release. Find out why.

Ranbir Kapoor is breaking his three-year hiatus from films with his upcoming movie, Shamshera. Ahead of its release on July 22, the makers have dropped many songs from the film that have gone on to become chartbusters. Be it Ji Huzoor or Fitoor, the Shamshera soundtrack has already become an audience favourite. Well, yet another song from Shamshera is out but the makers have decided to share only the teaser and not the full track. Wondering why? Let’s find out!

SHAMSHERA MAKERS TO NOT RELEASE FULL KAALE NAINA TRACK

After peppy and romantic tracks were released from Ranbir Kapoor and Vaani Kapoor’s Shamshera, the teaser of a new song from the film, Kaale Naina was dropped by the makers on July 18. While the choreography and the song look refreshing, the film’s makers have decided to not release the full song prior to its release. The reason being, YRF feels there should be some surprise element and not reveal everything pre-release.

The YouTube description mentioned below the song can be read, “Saving the BEST for the last! It’s going to be dazzling, glorious and full of mischief! Kaale Naina song teaser is out, watch the full song ONLY ON THE BIG SCREEN! (sic).” The song has been crooned by Neeti Mohan, Shadab Faridi, Sudesh Bhosale and composed by Mithoon.

ABOUT SHAMSHERA

Shamshera releases on July 22. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Vaani Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Shamshera is produced by Yash Raj Films. It is reportedly set in the fictitious city of Kaza, where a warrior tribe is imprisoned, enslaved and tortured by a ruthless authoritarian general Shudh Singh. In Shamshera, Ranbir Kapoor is playing a larger-than-life quintessential Hindi film hero for the first time in his career.

Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha was conceived 14 years ago at Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Naa premiere

Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha was envisioned during the premiere of Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Naa. Today, July 4 marks the 14th anniversary of the Imran Khan-starrer romantic comedy film.

It’s been 14 years since Abbas Tyrewala’s classic cult Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na was released. During the premiere of the film, Aamir Khan, who produced Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na got in a conversation with the writer of Laal Singh Chaddha, Atul Kulkarni. They got into a tête-à-tête where they discussed their love for cinema. That’s when Atul felt inspired to write Laal Singh Chaddha.
ATUL GOT INSPIRED TO WRITE LAAL SINGH CHADDHA AFTER TALKING TO AAMIR

July 4 marks 14 years since Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Naa was released and it’s been exactly 14 years since the idea of Laal Singh Chaddha was established. During the premiere of Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Naa, Aamir Khan and Atul Kulkarni discussed their love for cinema and how fascinated they were by the cinematic wonder of Forrest Gump. Laal Singh Chaddha is the Indian adaptation of the Hollywood film Forrest Gump.

Both the actors agreed that the film should travel to places and reach people. Post this conversation, Atul felt inspired to write Laal Singh Chaddha. The intention behind this production was to tell the story of an innocent young man who finds his way to live life with happiness. While the film is an epitome of love, the journey behind the making of it wasn’t easy. It took around eight years for Aamir Khan Productions to acquire the rights to Forrest Gump.
ABOUT JAANE TU… YA JAANE NAA

Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Naa was a huge success. The film still identifies with the youth of India and resonates with pop culture. From music to cinematography, everything about the film was appreciated by the audience. It stars Imran Khan and Genelia D’Souza.
LAAL SINGH CHADDHA STARS AAMIR AND KAREENA

Directed by Advait Chavan, Laal Singh Chaddha is the official Hindi adaption of Tom Hanks’ Hollywood film, Forrest Gump. Starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Naga Chaitanya and Mona Singh in important roles, Laal Singh Chaddha is scheduled to release in theatres on August 11, 2022. Earlier, the film was slated to release on the occasion of Baisakhi, April 14, 2022.