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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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Neil Nitin Mukesh, wife to welcome first child

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Mumbai, April 24: Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh and his wife Rukmini Sahay are all set to welcome their first child. They are both excited about the new phase in their life.

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Neil took to Instagram to announce that they were going to become parents soon.

“Now we will be three,” Neil captioned a colourful photograph in which a stork is seen carrying a baby.

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Neil’s father Nitin Mukesh too shared the same photographs with the caption, “… AND NOW THEY WILL BE “THREE” …

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“The arrival of our first born hasn’t seeped in yet but I’m definitely very excited for the next phase in my life. I am lucky to have great support system at home who are constantly guiding Rukmini on the dos and don’ts. We are okay with a baby girl or a baby boy as long as the baby is healthy,” Neil said in a statement.

Rukmini is confident Neil will be a doting father.

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“He loves children. The family has been taking great care of me. We have been doing a lot of baby shopping over the past few months apart from doing a lot of activities like meditation, yoga and music,” she added.

Neil married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017.

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The couple got engaged on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra.

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Neil had left the decision of finding his soulmate to his parents. It was an arranged match and they had a courtship of one month.

The actor, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and son of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, is known for films like “Johnny Gaddaar”, “New York”, “David” and “7 Khoon Maaf”.

Describing it as the happiest moment, Nitin said: “This is the fourth generation of the Mukesh legacy. This means the world to us and we are very elated. The one thing Nishi and I were looking forward to after Neil got married was a grandchild. In fact, Nishi has started redesigning the family cot that has been passed on from generation to generation for the new arrival.”

The couple will be having a ‘godh bharai’ function here for family and friends once Neil wraps up his 45-day schedule opposite “Saaho” in Abu Dhabi. In Saaho, he will be seen playing the role of an antagonist, which also stars Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas.

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Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik set to become parents

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New Delhi, April 24: Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik are set to become parents, the couple announced on Monday.

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“We are soon to become parents. Having thought about it for a while, we both felt right now is the correct time to start a family,” the 31-year-old Sania announced on her Twitter and Instagram accounts with a picture.

Sania wrote “#BabyMirzaMalik ” on her account while husband Shoaib wrote “#MirzaMalik”. After their posts went viral, friends and fans alike began congratulating the couple.

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“When we found out, we were ecstatic and couldn’t wait to give out this news to our fans and well-wishers. We are very excited to enter this new phase of our lives and look forward to our journey as parents,” she added.

Earlier last month, Sania and Shoaib said they wanted a daughter but whenever they decide to start a family, Sania would want her child’s surname to be ‘Mirza Malik’. The posts they shared on Monday add credence to this fact as both of them wrote ‘MirzaMalik’ on their accounts.

Sania won six Grand Slam in her 15-years of the professional career. The pair got married on April 12, 2010.

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More rape cases being reported is a good thing: Naseeruddin Shah

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Mumbai, April 24: Iconic actor Naseeruddin Shah who feels disturbed about the recent barbaric rape and murder cases of young girls, says that more rape cases are reported to police and media these days, as compared to earlier, which is “a positive sign”.

Asked at the trailer launch of his upcoming film “Hope Aur Hum” on Monday for his opinion about the rape and murder of an eight-year-old child in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, he said: “Well, rape is not a new phenomenon, such horrors have always happened; but the positive thing is, these days such cases are reported more.

“In fact, there is a very wonderful thing that read yesterday in a newspaper where a rape survivor was saying that why should the victim has to hide her face? It, in fact, the accused, who committed the crime should be ashamed, they should hide their faces. It’s a threatful situation… I guessait’s a good thing that media is so alert about all these things nowadays.”

“It surely makes our morning horrifying, as the moment you open the newspaper, such news appears. But it is good that such incidents are talked about.”

Naseeruddin admitted that he doesn’t know if this is the solution.

“We are talking about a generational change of mindset, that cannot happen overnight. What we can do, is to trend set the example in our personal lives. We cannot keep on policing or not every girl possibly keeps a pistol or learns martial arts. It has to begin with us, with each one of us,” said the veteran actor.

The trailer launch was attended by the cast and crew of the film including actress Sonali Kulkarni, Naveen Kasturia, along with child actors of the film and director Sudip Bandyopadhyay.

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“Hope Aur Hum” is releasing on May 11.

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