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Rogan Josh movie review: A short film that is all heart but little substance

Naseer gets able support from the ever-dependable Shishir Mishra who is shown to be married (or are they just a couple?) to a young beautiful Muslim woman, played by the young beautiful Sri Swara.

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26/11 has spawned many works of art, some memorable, others chilling…some neither. This all-heart-no-substance short-film falls in the ‘neither’ category. It is big in intentions but falls flat in execution, as the IDEA of the tragedy underlining the plot overtakes the onscreen proceedings, which appear reasonably interesting to begin with.

We gather in a few seconds of the pungent kitchen conversation with the wife (Avantika Akerkar) that Naseeruddin Shah is a masterchef at a posh hotel. His speciality is the rogan josh. The entire family seems smitten by the mutton. But alas the telling of the grave story lacks gravy. The narrative is dry and selfconscious, as though the director’s brief was to convey the grief caused by the attack on the Taj on that fateful November day.

The film is shot as a dinnertable conversation. Lots of furtive anxious glances amidst morsel of the yummy meal. Some very fine actors are at work here. But with due respects to the mutton delicacy on the table, even the redoubtable Naseeruddin Shah has very little meat to chew on. He struggles to supplant substance to his shadowy role. But achieves precious little.

Naseer gets able support from the ever-dependable Shishir Mishra who is shown to be married (or are they just a couple?) to a young beautiful Muslim woman, played by the young beautiful Sri Swara.

(A word on this talented beauty: why is she largely ignored by our filn industry?).

Further tension on the dining table. Naseer’s character Vijay Kapoor doesn’t seem to get along with his son Varun (Bhuvan Arora). Papa makes snide remarks. Son grimaces. Other dinner-table guests squirm.

Dinnertable conversations have been a classic stage for onscreen drama. But here the director has more on the plate then he can handle. In 17 minutes he crams in inter-communal relationships, parental distress, spousal trust, praise for punctuality and course the virtues of rogan josh.

By the time the twist in the tale appears on screen we know that the plot has been only a pretext to come to a point where a fatal statement on the 26/11 attack is tagged onto the characters who are probably tucking into the rogan josh even after the doom’s day saga is done.

This film does nothing for the memory of those who lost their lives in 26/11. I do hope it helps make the mutton dish more popular.

Film: Rogan Josh (Short Film); Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Avantika Akerkar, Shishir Sharma; Directed by Sanjeev Wig; Rating: **(2 stars)

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My wife tells me I need to calm down a bit: Shahid Kapoor

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Mumbai, Jan 19: Actor Shahid Kapoor says he and his wife Mira have a different approach when it comes to parenting. He says she tells him to calm down a bit when it comes to their two children, while he feels she is “too casual”.

Shahid opened up about his married life, parenting, his film career and more on an upcoming episode of “Famously Filmfare Season 2”, to go live on Colors Infinity, Colors Infinity HD, Voot and Jio on Sunday, read a statement.

On being asked if being protective about his children was a ripple effect of his parent’s separation, Shahid said: “My wife tells me that I am a little obsessive and protective and that I need to calm down a little bit. I tell her that she is too casual. Having said that, we try and find the middle ground which I think is good for the kids because you need to have both types of parents.

“If both are too obsessive or both are too careless I don’t think that works, so you need to find that balance.”

Shahid and Mira got married in 2015. They have a daughter named Misha and son named Zain.

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Moving away from centrestage is heartbreaking for any actor: Abhishek Bachchan

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Mumbai, Jan 19: Actor Abhishek Bachchan’s last few movies before his sabbatical that ended with “Manmarziyaan” were majorly second leads in big budget movies. He says it’s heartbreaking for any actor who has been at centrestage to move away.

Asked how much of a problem it is to stand behind a bigger star, he told filmmaker and “Koffee With Karan” host Karan Johar: “It is heartbreaking to any actor who has been centrestage to be shadowed by another actor in the lead.”

“The industry is a brutal place. I don’t think anyone is entitled to say that I am who I am so I deserve this. No, you have to earn it. Moving from centre to left is heartbreaking but you have to use that hurt to inspire yourself to get back into the centre again.”

In the upcoming episode of “Koffee with Karan”, to be aired on Star World on Sunday, Abhishek was joined on the couch by his sister Shweta Bachchan Nanda, a statement said.

Last year, Abhishek was seen in “Manmarziyaan”, which came two years after he featured in “Housefull 3”. He says his sabbatical from the industry was a result of a self-realisation about complacency towards his work.

Karan asked Abhishek: “Is there a reason you took this backseat from cinema, did you feel the pressure of what was happening in your career, that’s why?”

Abhishek replied: “It’s tricky Karan. I don’t think it was the pressure of what was happening. Rather it was more about my approach towards my work which I thought was incorrect. I was becoming very complacent and comfortable.”

“To call a spade a spade, I was part of huge films, huge budgets, huge stars, huge collections, everything was hunky dory. I had no pressure on me because I was standing behind somebody else who takes all the pressure. I was making lots of money and so were those films…it became very easy. I didn’t come to industry to stand behind anyone,” he added.

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Kartik, Bhumi, Ananya in ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’

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Actors Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday will star in “Pati Patni Aur Woh”, an adaptation of B.R. Chopra’s 1978 film with the same title.

Producers Bhushan Kumar, Juno Chopra and Abhay Chopra who last produced “Bhoothnath Returns” are glad to have come back together for this film directed by Mudassar Aziz.

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