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‘Bhaiaji Superhit’: An obsolete, tedious rom-com – Review

How Bhaiaji pines for her and in order to get her back, even agrees to produce a film to impress her and the complications that arise as a result, forms the crux of the story.



Bhaiaji Superhit

Director Neerraj Pathak’s “Bhaiaji Superhit” is a romantic comedy with situations and emotions which seem anachronistic, including its setting and characters.

Bhaiaji aka 3D (Sunny Deol), a Mahadev bhakt, is a don in Benaras whom everyone fears, but he is actually a saviour of the poor and the needy. His wife Sapna Dubey (Preity Zinta) is of a suspicious nature and owing to some misunderstanding, she leaves him.

How Bhaiaji pines for her and in order to get her back, even agrees to produce a film to impress her and the complications that arise as a result, forms the crux of the story.

The characters are all trite and appear obsolete. The situations are predictable and the dialogues, replete with hackneyed humour and thus, a forced attempt at eliciting laughter. “Pen nahin hai par pain hai,” is a case in point.

The plot lacks originality and no attempt is made to inject freshness anywhere in the film. It appears outdated, oft-seen and cliched, from the word go. However, there are some exaggerated comic scenes and double entendres, which do make the audience chuckle, no matter how incredulous.

Sunny Deol as Bhaiaji is an extension of himself — bashing people, blazing guns and breaking glass with aplomb, sans any expression on his face. His gawky dance steps along with his characteristic, insipid dialogue delivery, too are the same as always. There is nothing he does that you have not seen him do before.

Preity Zinta as his zesty wife Sapna Dubey, is bubbly and energetic and performs convincingly, but her fake UP accent with an urban twang, is irksome.

Arshad Warsi as Goldie Kapoor, a successful Bollywood director, is his usual whacky self and it is his impeccable comic timing, along with some goofy lines, that make his character endearing.

Ameesha Patel as a popular Bollywood actor, Malika Kapoor, is lacklustre, trying hard to exude oomph, but adds nothing to her character.

Shreyas Talpade as Porno Ghosh, a struggling writer, is the quintessential Bengali caricature in Hindi films, albeit, funny in parts.

Jaideep Ahlawat as Helicopter Mishra, another don, keen to usurp Bhaiaji’s positon and become the numero uno, is impressive and has a good screen presence too.

The rest of the ensemble cast, including Sanjay Mishra, Ranjeet, Brajesh Kala, Pankaj Tripathi, are capable and deliver what is expected of them, but are stereotypical, never rising above their cliched characters. Perhaps it is their poorly written characters that limit them too.

Being a Sunny Deol film, the action scenes are astutely handled. The music is mediocre, with “Sleepy sleepy akhiyaan” and “Do naina”, decently picturised.

Overall, “Bhaiaji Superhit” is a leave-your-brains-behind rom-com which entertains you in parts, but is mostly tiresome.

Film: “Bhaiaji Super Hit”; Director: Neerraj Pathak; Cast: Sunny Deol, Preity Zinta, Arshad Warsi, Ameesha Patel, Jaideep Ahlawat, Brajesh Kala, Shreyas Talpade and Ranjeet, Rating **


Madhavan’s painfully long transformation for ‘Rocketry…’




Mumbai, Jan 22 : Actor R. Madhavan says getting the look of scientist and aerospace engineer S. Nambi Narayanan for “Rocketry – The Nambi Effect” was a “painfully long” process.

“The process took painfully long…about 2 days of sitting on a chair for 14 hours at a stretch,” Madhavan said in a statement.

“Initially it looked easy but later I realised how tough it was on the body,” he added.

The actor says getting the look right is “definitely half the battle won”.

“But the other half was really really tough because the age group I’m playing is around 70-75. Mr. Nambi is a very good-looking man and he has got his own charm and charisma so it took me around two-and-a-half years to actually imbibe him and learn how to walk like him.It wasn’t easy and it’s probably one of the toughest looks and characters I’ve had to pull off”.

The film is based on the life of the scientist. As a senior official at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Narayanan was in-charge of the cryogenics division. In 1994, he was charged with espionage and arrested. The charges against him were dismissed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 1996 and the Supreme Court declared him not guilty in 1998.

Madhavan has got the look right, and the actor says the biggest encouragement came from Narayanan himself.

“Nambi sir couldn’t stop laughing and getting amused by my look. There are so many pictures on the set that it looks almost eeriely how similar we both look.”

The film is slated for a release later this year.

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Entertainment industry is run by a glamorous mafia: Pahlaj Nihalani

Dropping another bomb, Nihalani says he suspects the hands of some big guns in sabotaging “Rangeela Raja”.



Pahlaj Nihalani

Mumbai, Jan 22 :Govinda, “Rangeela Raja”, Pahlaj Nihalani-backed comeback vehicle for Govinda, did not open well. Nihalani says it is because his film did not get the theatres required as the entertainment industry is run by a “glamorous mafia”.

“I am being targeted for my blunt views on the workings of censor board, and because of me, my leading man Govinda is being targeted. If you ask me, Govinda and I have the maximum number of enemies in the film industry,” Nihalani said.

Lamenting the lack of theatres for “Rangeela Raja”, Nihalani says he was refused a release in places like Bihar and Jharkhand.

“These are traditional strongholds of Govinda. And not a single theatre in Patna or Ranchi agreed to play ‘Rangeela Raja’. Why? Because my film is bad? Are only quality films released in theatres? And who decides that my film is substandard? A handful of critics for whom I did not have a press show, so they are upset with me and they are taking it out on my film,” he said.

Dropping another bomb, Nihalani says he suspects the hands of some big guns in sabotaging “Rangeela Raja”.

“I know who they are. I know the people who want to finish off Govinda and me. The entertainment industry is run by a glamorous mafia. They all sit, eat, sleep and make movies together. Solo producers like me with no corporate backing are being pushed out of the film industry in the name of corporotization,” he said.

But Nihalani says he isn’t going away anywhere.

“I belong to this industry as much as those who are currently monopolising the A-list stars. I will make another film with Govinda and prove he too is an A-list star.”

Nihalani says he has always believed in introducing new talent and will continue to do so.

“I introduced Govinda and Chunky Pandey. In ‘Rangeela Raja’ I’ve introduced Mishika Chourasia. I am confident she has a very bright future. Unless the industry will punish her for being Pahlaj Nihalani’s protege.”

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‘Serial Kisser’ tag started becoming hindrance in my life: Emraan Hashmi




New Delhi, Jan 22: Be it “Murder” or “Aashiq Banaya Aapne”, films in Emraan Hashmi’s early days in Bollywood saw him lock lips in multiple films. This led him to get the ‘serial kisser’ tag, which he says became a hindrance in his career after a certain time.

Emraan Hashmi

In an interview to IANS, Emraan spoke up about how the tag acted as both — a bane and a boon — in his life.

“I got many hit films in my career because of the so-called tag. I won’t lie… I agree that I got a fair bit of acceptance from it. There were films which required such scenes and I did them.

“But there was a time when that tag started becoming a hindrance for me. I wanted to try something new but people were approaching me for the same thing. They wanted me to do the same thing again, due to which I was not able to get different types of films and I was not able to explore myself more as an artiste,” Emraan added.

Over the past few years, it seems the 39-year-old has moved on from his ‘serial kisser’ image and is trying his hand at more content-driven films. His latest is “Why Cheat India” on education scams in India.

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“I am reinventing myself. Being an actor, it is very important to stay relevant and give the audience a new dose of entertainment everytime.

“It was saturation point for me doing a certain kind of roles ten years back. Okay, they worked at the box office, but now our audience wants something different. For the past three or four years, fresh concepts are coming out from our cinema and I want to be a part of such good scripts,” he added.

For Emraan, it is a “great time to be in Indian cinema”.

“If you look at the last year, it was one of the best years for our industry. Content is king now. It’s a great time for an actor to be in the industry. It is a fantastic time.”

At the same time, he does not rule out the chance to be a part of ‘masala films’.

“Though I don’t like the ‘masala film’ word, it is not that I won’t be doing commercial movies. I will do commercial films also, but my main focus would be content. There will be both socially revelant films and commercial films,” added the “Shanghai” star, who has won praise for films like “Jannat”, “Gangster”, “Kalyug”, “Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai” and “Awaarapan”.

He says “Why Cheat India”, which released last week, is his own “2.0” version as an actor. His aim for the film was “to create a revolution in Indian education system”.

“Our education system needs serious reforms. We are lacking in so many areas. My film will show the mirror to the corrupt education system. I am not saying that the film will bring a sudden change in the existing system but it will definitely start a conversation and will create awareness in society and make them see how thousands of students are getting cheated by the corrupt cheating mafias,” he said in the interview.

With “Why Cheat India”, the actor has also marked his debut as a producer. It made him learn a lot of things.

“From scripting to marketing, I tried to learn different things about filmmaking… There is a long way to go now,” added Emraan, who is also making his debut on the digital platform with the Netflix’s upcoming thriller “The Bard of Blood”.


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