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In an early scene in war movie “The Ghazi Attack”, a character explains how a submarine works – with the help of an egg. To demonstrate what water pressure can do to the vessel deep in the ocean, he smashes the egg with his hand, splattering yellow and white everywhere. The scene is important in explaining situations later on in the story, but is also the perfect metaphor for a film that cracks under the weight of a thousand cliches.

Debutant director Sankalp Reddy’s film starts with a disclaimer about all the things it is not (not meant to incite violence, not meant to dispute alternate versions of the story, etc), but one thing is for sure – “The Ghazi Attack” is an exercise in jingoism disguised as a war film. Soldiers sing the national anthem while they are being hit by enemy torpedoes and a captain says things like “the people of our country are working hard because they know we are protecting borders” as he and his entire crew face death 300 metres below the sea.

At the bare bones, this is the story of how India’s navy sank the Pakistani submarine INS Ghazi a day before the two countries went to war in 1971. Since there are no official versions of what actually happened, the director is free to take liberties with the plot. His version has Rana Daggubati playing Arjun, an upright officer whose mission is to deal with his imperious captain Rannvijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon). Singh would rather annihilate the enemy in front of him than wait for his superiors to tell him what to do, something Arjun doesn’t agree with. Their spats make up for most of the first half of the film, but the clash of personalities doesn’t lead to too many electric scenes, thanks to some choppy writing.

But where “The Ghazi Attack” lacks in terms of human drama, it makes up for with attention to detail. Shivam Rao’s production design makes sure that the under-water experience feels real, and the scenes where the submarine is under attack are shot really well.

The performances follow the clichéd script to the T – Indian soldiers are all heroic and brimming with national pride, while the evil Pakistani captain (Rahul Singh) is perpetually scowling. Menon distinguishes himself as the arrogant captain but the rest of the cast, including Daggubati and Atul Kulkarni, are hardly up to the mark. Taapsee Pannu, who plays a Bangladeshi refugee, has no role other than to peer out of rooms with a stricken look every time something happens on the submarine (She’s probably wondering why she was cast in the film at all).

“The Ghazi Attack” is stylishly shot and employs technology on screen better than many other Bollywood films, but its story-telling is reminiscent of patriotic films from the 60s and 70s, when a “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” slogan and the waving of a tricolor was enough to evoke rapturous applause from the audience.

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Ranbir Kapoor to host prelude to IPL Finale

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New Delhi, May 21: Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor will host a two-hour prelude to the Indian Premier League (IPL) finale. Others joining the celebrations will include Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandes, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja.

Cricket Finals…Party Toh Banti hai will be followed by the VIVO IPL 2018 grand finale on Star India Network on 27 May.

Fans have so far been enjoying the commentary in six languages – Hindi, English, Tamil, Telegu, Bengali and Kannada. In an attempt to reach out to more cricket enthusiasts across India, Star Pravah and Asianet Movies will carry Marathi and Malayalam broadcasts respectively for the first time in IPL history.

The Marathi language broadcast will have Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Swapnil Joshi joining the celebrations. The prelude will see a melange of performances and fun-filled interactions with celebrities. Additionally, actors Ravi Dubey , Gaurav Sareen, Aakriti Sharma and Deshna Dugad will amplify the entertainment quotient of the finale.

The Dugout on Star SAill continue to cater to core cricket fans, giving a predictive and prescriptive analysis will be Dean Jones, Scott Styris, Anil Kumble, Kumar Sangakkara, Darren Sammy, Brett Lee and Mike Hesson.

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Jaya Jaitly upset with Priyanka’s ‘British aristocrat’ dress at Royal Wedding

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New Delhi, May 21: Former Samata Party president and textile revivalist Jaya Jaitly was disappointed to see that Indian actor Priyanka Chopra opted to dress up like a “British aristocrat” at the royal wedding of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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She says Priyanka could have opted for a “beautiful” sari as independent India has so much to show to the world.

“How sad an Indian actor attending the royal wedding in UK should dress like a British aristocrat at Ascot rather than represent a free and independent India in a beautiful sari,” Jaitly tweeted on May 19, the day when actress Meghan Markle wed British Royal Prince Harry.

However, her complaint goes beyond Priyanka’s dress.

Jaitly told news agency IANS: “All these actors, they dress up in all these fancy gowns by fancy designers who pay them for wearing their outfits and so they get fat money. Now, I keep feeling as I am loyal to our weavers and our textiles in India and we are working all our lives to revive it… We never attach a human being (the weaver’s name) with the brand name unless it has a designer’s name.

“We will say Kanjeevaram or Sambalpuri or something else and that’s the unfair practice all over the world and particularly in India.”

As Founder and President of Dastkari Haat Samiti, an art and craft market to enable rural artisans of traditional Indian crafts to gain confidence in the marketplace through many innovative strategies, Jaitly has been at the forefront of promoting Indian handicrafts and textiles.

She questions why Indian actresses wear western gowns to red carpet events abroad.

“Even in Hollywood (red carpets), where if I see Deepika Padukone wearing long gowns… they never really can compete. It’s like Indian fashion designers trying to do western dresses… Why don’t they wear most beautiful gorgeous sari, and everyone will go ‘wow’.”

An Indian activist, Suhani Jalota, who runs Myna Mahila Foundation, attended the royal wedding in an elegant sari designed by Indian brand Raw Mango run by designer Sanjay Garg.

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Counter-questioned about the existence of a dress code to attend the royal wedding, Jaitly said: “In the royal wedding, it was all about inclusiveness and welcoming others’ society, people, race and colour. The royal family and all these people went all out to emphasise the American-African identity of the bride and everyone was raving about the bride’s mother too because they were different.

“I felt sad when I think that why do we copy them and never quite get it right. We have so much to show and show off.”

On the dichotomy of a dress code, Jaitly pointed out: “When somebody in a village in India says ‘Sar dhako (cover your head)’, we don’t want that… When somebody says, ‘Don’t wear jeans in college’, we say ‘Who are you to tell us a dress code?’. But if Queen in England descends an invitation and say you got to wear a hat, which is not part of your culture, you will start saying there was a dress code.

“I don’t understand these various double standards.”

She said people may not agree with her, but in her words, “Just like Priyanka has the right to wear whatever she wants, I have the right to express my opinion.”

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‘Deadpool 2’ mints over Rs 30 cr in opening weekend in India

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New Delhi, May 21: Ryan Reynolds-starrer “Deadpool 2” has registered a business of Rs 33.4 crore net in its opening weekend in India.

The film collected Rs. 11.5 crore on Sunday, according to a statement issued on behalf of the makers.

”Deadpool 2′ has crossed the lifetime collection of ‘Deadpool’ (Rs 30 crore) over the weekend itself. It should eventually do more than double the previous instalment. The overall dubbed contribution is 49 per cent with Hindi contributing to 41 per cent of weekend collections,” the statement added.

Based on Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, “Deadpool” is the original story of a former Special Forces operative who turns into a mercenary and is now out to seek revenge against the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Brought to India by Fox Star India, the film released on Friday in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

The sequel also features Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Karan Soni, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic and Leslie Uggam.

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh has lent his voice to the role of Deadpool for the Hindi version.

Read More: Movie Review: ‘Deadpool 2’ is the best super-hero film since ‘Logan’

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