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Irada’: Good intention poorly executed

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NewDelhi, Feb 17: If “Udta Punjab” unearthed the can of drugs in Punjab — India’s wheat bowl — then “Irada” throws light on the cause of cancer there.

Fictionalised, dramatised and mounted as a semi-documentary, Director Aparnaa Singh’s attempt to showcase this issue is a remarkable feat.

The plot revolves around Parabjit Walia an ex-army officer and an inspirational writer, who loses his daughter Riya to lung carcinoma. He chances upon a news where Maya Singh a journalist inks the face of the industrialist and philanthropist Paddy Sharma at a Press Conference, after her activist boyfriend Anirudh Dutt goes missing.

On delving further into Maya’s action he realises there is some truth behind her claims.

Meanwhile, an accidental blast destroys Paddy’s factory that indulges in reverse boring. Driven by his loss, he instructs Ramandeep Braitch, the Chief Minister to close the investigation of his factory blast at the earliest, so that he may claim the insurance.

Thinking that she has a puppet in Arjun Mishra the investigating officer from the National Investigating Agency (NIA), she hands over the case to him. But how their plans back fire forms the crux of the tale.

While the intention of the film is clear, the plot and the screenplay lack depth. The narrative is amateurishly mounted making the entire attempt futile. The tackling of the investigation seems very superficial, packed with hollow, rhetoric dialogues.

Also the constant allusion to Ajay Devgan’s Singham, makes the entire script seem tacky. It loses its seriousness, as it seems to caters to the front benchers.

The genre fluctuates from an investigative thriller to a comedy with natural ease throwing the emotional quotient out of the window.

Naseeruddin Shah as the disciplinarian Parabjit Walia lacks the charisma and the gravitas required for the character. He is himself and does not add any nuance to his role. He is thus a bit of a disappointment. Also, his character, painted in many hues emits a bland image and here the fault lies with the director and the script writer.

Arshad Warsi as the Investigating officer Arjun Mishra is charming, but he is limited by his role.

Divya Dutta essaying the role of Ramandeep Braitch, steals the show with her powerful demeanour. She bites into her role with the ferociousness of a tigress and leaves no stone unturned to turn tables in her favour. She excels as the flagellating politician.

Sharad Kelkar as Paddy is perfunctory. Rumana Molla as Parabjit’s daughter Riya Walia and Sagarika Ghatge as Maya Singh are sincere.

With moderate production values, the film is astutely mounted. The background scores and songs integrate seamlessly into the narration. The camera work and editing especially the transition in certain scenes seem mediocre.

Overall, the film is a sincere and decent attempt by the Director in her maiden venture.

Film: “Irada”; Director: Aparnaa Singh; Cast: Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah, Divya Dutta, Sharad Kelkar, Rumana Molla, Sagarika Ghatge, Diwakar Kumar; Rating: **1/2

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See Photos & Videos of Dipika-Shoaib’s Haldi, Mehendi & Sangeet Ceremony

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New Delhi, Feb 22: The wedding festivities have begun for television actors Dipika Kakar and Shoaib Ibrahim, who are getting married on February 26.

The groom-to-be shared pictures from the haldi and mehendi ceremony and they are every bit dreamy.

Dipika and Shoaib posed for the cameras with haldi smeared on their faces. Their mehendi and sangeet ceremonies were hosted on Wednesday.

Check out  the pictures videos and from Dipika Kakar and Shoaib Ibrahim’s wedding festivities.

HALDI CEREMONY:

The pictures of their haldi ceremony looked no less than a fairy tale affair.

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MEHENDI CEREMONY

Dipika, the bride-to-be, was dressed in black for the mehendi and Shoaib opted for an orange and black kurta pyjama.

In the pictures and videos that have been shared by their fan clubs, Dipika is seen busy with her mehendi rituals and Shoaib too got his bride’s name written on his palm.

SANGEET CEREMONY

 

For the sangeet, Dipika opted for a yellow sharara. They were seen dancing to some Bollywood tracks. Have a look!

The wedding will take place in Bhopal, Shoaib’s hometown. “Shoaib and Dipika, both wanted a very personalised affair.

Being quite private people, they chose to have the ceremonies in Bhopal to avoid the constant media attention.

Also, with Shoaib’s family residing there, it helped them in organising a grand yet a close-knit wedding. Only the closest of the friends have been invited but the rest would get to wish the newlyweds in a reception in Mumbai, the dates of which hasn’t been fixed yet,” reported Indian Express.

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Amitabh Bachchan starts following Congress leaders on Twitter, fuels speculation

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New Delhi, Feb 22: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has started following some senior Congress leaders on Twitter of late, triggering speculation over his sudden interest in the party that he was once close to and had later drifted away from.

After following Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the party’s official Twitter handle, he began following senior party leaders like P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot, Ajay Maken, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot and CP Joshi, from this month, reported PTI.

Mr Bachchan, who was once close to the Nehru-Gandhi family and was a friend of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, is currently the brand ambassador of Gujarat. He has over 33.1 million followers on Twitter and follows only 1,689 people. His sudden love for the Congress and some other opposition leaders has taken social media by surprise.

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Bigg Boss Kannada set gutted in fire at Innovative Film City near Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, Feb 22: A major fire broke out on Thursday at the Innovative Film City in Bidadi, about 40 km from here, which gutted the sets of reality show “Bigg Boss Kannada” and melted down a wax museum, police said.

The fire service personnel have doused the blaze. There were no casualties in the incident, Sub-Inspector A.V. Kumar told news agency IANS.

“The fire is suspected to have broken out at about 3 a.m., and has completely burned down the ‘Bigg Boss Kannada’ set and a wax museum,” Kumar said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said.

Goods worth few lakhs of rupees, were estimated to have been destroyed in the fire.

Innovative Film City, situated in Ramanagara district, is an entertainment park and film studio that houses several reality television shows’ sets and museums.

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