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Not one shot or frame in the trailer seems to do justice to the momentous events in that small sleepy village of Rajasthan that shook the world.

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Films about desh bhakti and nationalism were so far the domain of Akshay Kumar. Well, look who’s dropped in! None other than John Abraham with a moustache playing one of the scientists who exploded those series of historic nuclear test at Pokhran on May 11, 1998.

In a voiceover brimming with self-importance we are told that this is a historic happening that needs to be revisited in the same spirit that the 1983 World Cup was celebrated.So here is the underlining assumption: that this film will put the Pokhran test-exploisions on the map of renown on a par with the 1983 World Cup.

There is just one hitch here: cricket and Pokhran are worlds apart. How many of today’s potential moviegoers are interested in knowing what really happened at Pokhran on May 11, 1998? And how capable is this film of shedding illuminating light on the events that led to India becoming a nucleur state?

The answer to both the questions is not very encouraging. Not only are today’s audiences disinterested in the subject, the treatment of the theme and the packaging of the plot in “Parmanu” smacks of amateurishness and self-glorification.

There is just one hitch here: cricket and Pokhran are worlds apart. How many of today's potential moviegoers are interested in knowing what really happened at Pokhran on May 11, 1998?
John Abhraham and Diana in Pokhran, BollywoodCountry

Not one shot or frame in the trailer seems to do justice to the momentous events in that small sleepy village of Rajasthan that shook the world.

It certainly seems to have shaken the Americans in the film. And not in a good way.There are shots of Caucasian junior artistes(as ‘American’ as Apu is ‘Indian’ in The Simpsons) fuming and foaming around their mouths bellowing, ‘We must stop them.’

I think the trailer is trying to tell us that the Americans felt enormously threatened when India exploded those test bombs. As threatened as the Britishers were when Mahatma Gandhi undertook the Salt March.

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Move over, Ben. There is competition from John.

The sequences showing the nuclear devices being assembled look pretty tacky from afar.I sincerely hope I am wrong. But so far what we see in the trailer is an extremely vapid recreation of a historic contingency that reeks of self-glorification for its leading man.

I don’t mind seeing history being manned and augmented by screen heroism. But when the basic situation is compromised by a complete poverty of imagination and insight and when the endeavour is designed to play up only one of the dramatis personae, then it’s time to worry.

Incidentally the director of “Parmanu” Abhishek Sharma earlier made a satire on Osama bin Laden. Is this also a satire by any chance? (BollywoodCountry)

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Akshay Kumar And Ranveer Singh Share Screen Space Together For The First time

Akshay Kumar, forget about Deepika bearing with Ranveer for the rest of her life. What about you bearing with this flamboyant flamingo for an hour?

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Someone Please cast Akshay Kumar and Ranveer Together. IANS

Big relief and huge applause. The second episode of the new season of Koffee With Karan was way superior to the bland and aimless first episode, probably because Akshay Kumar and Ranveer Singh share a genuine kinship and were not faking it.

Not for a second.

Ranveer was the fanboy. Akshay was the older wiser superstar. Roles taken.

Their shared anecdotes did not preclude the viewers. Both Akshay and Ranveer are people’s persons, not afraid to come across as full-blooded desi Punjabi boyz(with a ‘z’ if you please).

Yes, some portions of the chat did come across as forced. The Rapidfire for example sounded too rehearsed. Some of the answers lacked spontaneity except when Karan Johar, forever in pursuit of a sensational quote, asked Akshay during the rapidfire whom he thought to be “hot” besides his wife.

Ranveer Singh
Ranveer Singh. Flickr

“I think Deepika is hot,” Akshay asserted while Ranveer nodded approvingly.

The absolute comfort-level between the two actors, such a contrast to the phoney bonhomie between Deepika and Alia last week, won Karan’s two guests hampers full of approval from us.

It is interesting that Ranveer met Akshay for the first time when he was 8. Ranveer, not Akshay.

A word on the wardrobe. Ranveer’s not Akshay’s. He wore what looked like florid curtains stripped and stitched into trousers and vest coats.

Apparently the outfit was a gift to Ranveer from Karan.

With friends like Karan Johar, Ranveer doesn’t need enemies. Akshay for all the masti, behaved and responded with a lot of ‘thehrao’. His answers were not meant to be juicy headlines. They came from the heart.

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Akshay Kumar, wikimedia commons

I remember having a conversation with Akshay some time back on how much effort it takes to come across as a nice person constantly.

“None at all. Because I am not trying,” Akshay replied.

On Sunday night I could see what he meant. The benignity is an integral part of his nature.

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When Karan playfully set out to determine who is the better human being between his two guests, I knew the answer immediately.

Akshay Kumar, forget about Deepika bearing with Ranveer for the rest of her life. What about you bearing with this flamboyant flamingo for an hour?

You deserved the hamper for that. (IANS)