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10 Bollywood movies to binge watch in 2018

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10 Bollywood movies to binge watch in 2018
10 Bollywood movies to binge watch in 2018. IANS

Mumbai, Jan 2, 2018: Like every year, a lot of films are ready to hit the screens in 2018. So, know where to put your money.

Here’s a list of must-see Bollywood films this year:

* “Pad Man”: On January 26, it’s Akshay Kumar, and no one else. I will put my money on this heart-warming saga of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who manufactured economical sanitary napkins even at the risk of being belittled.

Here is another man-of-the-masses part for the ever-enterprising actor who never shies away from seeming less than heroic because he knows that the true hero is the one who dares to venture into the unknown even at the risk of stumbling and falling.

“Pad Man” is directed by one of my favourites R. Balki who courts the quirky with compelling credibility.

In “Shamitabh”, it was the Big B giving voice to mute star Dhanush. In “Ki & Ka”, a working wife gets herself a happy house-husband. In “Pad Man”, gender-sensitisation reaches the cyclic level. Yes, it’s that time of the month.

* “Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety”: Luv Ranjan is a director who gets into the head and the bed of the young without acting like a twit of a director. His remarkable proclivity for youthful candour is in full view in this wackily-titled rom-com where Sonu’s (Kartik Aaryan) over-possessive best friend Titu (Sunny Singh) gets a girlfriend Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha). It’s a lip-smacking bromance versus romance on February 9.

* “Hichki”: For my money and time, Rani Mukerji doing the role of a teacher with a neurological disability is just what the doctors prescribed. This official remake of a little-known American film “Front Of The Class” is the kind of inspirational story we all need in our lives. Release date is February 23.

* Sanjay Dutt’s biopic: Ranbir Kapoor playing Sanjay Dutt in a film directed by Raj Kumar Hirani is not quite my idea of an inspirational biopic. Nonetheless, this one is of interest for us to know what mistakes one can make in the journey of life. So this can be taken as an inspirational film in reverse. Verdict is on March 30.

* “October”: Titled “October” but releasing in April. A Shoojit Sircar film by any name or in any month smells just as sweet. Sircar teams up with the most successful star of 2017 (not counting Salman Khan) — Varun Dhawan — for what the director describes as the most unusual love story. We can’t wait for April 13.

* “Veere Di Wedding”: The sheer joy of watching a gallery of interesting female actors navigated by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor is enough reason to give this ‘chic-flick’ a run for its money. Release date is May 18.

* “Fanne Khan”: A famous singer played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan kidnapped by the father (Anil Kapoor) of a wannabe singer — an extremely unusual premise and a solid project to bring together Aishwarya and Anil Kapoor after “Taal”. Directed by debutant Atul Manjrekar, this remake of a Belgian film promises something unusual. Release date is June 15.

* “Gold”: If Akshay Kumar owns Republic Day, he also exercises a quasi-copyright over the Independence Day week. On August 15, comes “Gold”, a film recreating India’s historic win for hockey at the 1948 Olympics.

Reema Kagti’s film would be a fictional take on what actually happened. The game of hockey would feature prominently in the plot. But there will also be strong human drama playing at the forefront. And it wouldn’t be just the Olympics victory in 1948 we will be looking at. “Gold” will look at 12 crucial years in India’s history. Wow! Can’t wait!!

* “Super 30”: Not kicked by Vikas Bahl’s directorial abilities after seeing the mess he made in “Shaandaar”. But it would be interesting to see the life of the maths genius Anand kumar brought to life on screen by Hrithik Roshan who hasn’t done a biopic before. Releasing on November 23.

* “Zero”: Aanand L. Rai gets together with Shah Rukh Khan for a game changer this Christmas. Crucial for SRK who needs a clutter-breaker. Releasing on December 21.

And of course, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavat(i)”. (IANS)

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Rani Mukerji Urges Females to Join the Police Force

Rani Mukerji wants more females to become police officers

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Actress Rani Mukerji will be playing the role of a police officer in her upcoming film 'Mardaani 2'. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Rani Mukerji, who plays a cop in “Mardaani 2”, has urged women of the country to join the police force in large numbers.

“I want more and more girls and women of our country to choose the police department as their profession because personally as a citizen of this country, I feel that there aren’t better police officers than female police officers,” said Rani, at a special screening of “Mardaani 2” for female officers of Maharashtra Police in Mumbai.

The film is a sequel to the 2014 film “Mardaani” with Rani reprising her role of Superintendent of Police Shivani Roy. The new film is set in Kota, Rajasthan, and it revolves around Shivani trying to nab a 21-year-old villain played by Vishal Jethwa.

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Rani Mukerji feels that there aren’t better police officers than female police officers. Wikimedia Commons

About the screening, Rani told the female officers: “The film releases on 13th December but we wanted to show it to you first. I am happy that all of you could come to watch this film and give me your feedback. I will try to do more films like this in future.”

The trailer of “Mardaani 2” has received over 10 million views on YouTube since its release. Asked what kind of response she expects from the audience, Rani said: “Now they (the female police officers) have watched the film and we have got good feedback from them. This has increased my confidence. I now pray that once the film releases on Friday, everyone will react in the same as these police officers.”

Whole Rani plays the fearless cop Shivani Roy in “Mardaani 2”, her old friend and co-star of several films, Salman Khan, will hit the theatres a week later as the maverick Inspector Chubul Pandey in “Dabangg 3”.

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“Chulbul Pandey is a male officer and Shivani Roy is a female officer. Both of them work for the police. Shivani Roy is a superintendent of police, so I am his (Chulbul Pandey) senior. He still has two stars (sub-inspector rank). That’s the only difference,a Rani quipped.

“Mardaani 2” is directed by Gopi Puthran and produced by Rani’s husband Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. (IANS)