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‘Bigg Boss 15’ opens with Salman jiving, joking and pulling Ranveer’s leg

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The much-awaited premiere of ‘Bigg Boss 15’ took off on Saturday night with the usual pomp and pranks after the show’s host, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, entered the jungle-themed house doing a jig to the song ‘Jungle Hai Aadhi Raat Hai’.

The high point of the premiere was the arrival of Bollywood star Ranveer Singh. Salman greeted his guest in his inimitable style with the words: “Inki pata nahi kya aadat hai, har jagah ghus jaate hain (I can’t understand his bad habit. He gets in everywhere).” Ranveer will soon be seen on COLORS, the channel airing ‘Bigg Boss 15’, hosting his own movie-based reality show, ‘The Big Picture’.

After his inaugural dance, Salman started introducing the contestants. The first to be welcomed into the house was TV actor and reality show host Jay Bhanushali, who was taken on a guided tour around his home for the coming weeks.

Bhanushali leaves behind his wife Mahhi Vij and daughter Tara to join 14 other contestants, who are all geared up for what promises to be an entertaining race to the top.

The other contestants are: Karan Kundrra of ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’; ‘Swarangini’ actress Tejasswini Prakash; ‘Splitsvilla’ veteran Simba Nagpal; former journalist and actress Donal Bisht; Umar Riaz, brother of ‘Bigg Boss 13’ first runner-up Asim Riaz; model and actor Sahil Shroff; Punjabi singer Afsana Khan of ‘Titliaan Warga’ fame; ‘Bigg Boss OTT’ second runner-up and headline grabber Shamita Shetty; Amity Law School graduate Pratik Sehajpal, who was last seen in ‘Bigg Boss OTT’ and the dating reality show, eLove School’; singer Akasa Singh; choreographer and ‘BIgg Boss OTT’ first runner-up Nishant Bhat; Miesha Iyer from ‘Splitsvilla 12’; TV actress Vidhi Pandya aka Imli of ‘Udaan’; and former Jet Airways crew member-turned-actor and model Ieshaan Sehgaal.

The premiere saw Umar getting into a fight with Eishaan in the ‘Sultaani Akhaada’ for the survival kit from Donal, who appeared in a shimmery red outfit. Akasa shook a leg with Salman. Karan got called both a “lover boy” and the “bad boy of television” by Salman. Will Akasa and Karan bond well as predicted by Salman? That only the days ahead will tell, but Karan made his intentions clear when he said: “Mingle karna toh bahut zaruri hai, dil se dil milne chahiye (It is so important to mingle because hearts need to meet).”

Sehgaal, who described himself as an “opinionated” person, livened up the proceedings with his stinging rebuke: “Umar Riaz, aapki kismat achhi hai jo aapne Bigg Boss ke ghar mein mujhe munh par maara. Yehi agar bahar maara hota toh, doctor aap hain, lekin aapka ilaaj main kar raha hota (Umar Riaz, it is your good luck you hit me in the Bigg Boss house. If you had done it outside, you may be a doctor, but I would be the one giving you the treatment).”

Umar Riaz clearly got more attention than the others also because of his brother Asim, who appeared on the show, spoke about his love for Salman Khan, and dedicated a rap number to the superstar. With his trademark impish smile, Salman asked him to explain the lyrics to him.

If the premiere was any indication of the things to come, ‘Bigg Boss 15’ promises to deliver its usual dose of scripted tension, slanging matches and love tangles peppered with humour of the Salman Khan kind. All that it requires from you is the suspension of disbelief and the ability to sit back and enjoy.

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‘Shabaash Mithu’ to hit the screens on Feb 4, 2022

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On the occasion of Mithali Raj’s birthday on Friday, the release date of ‘Shabaash Mithu’ starring Taapsee Pannu has been announced. It will hit the screens on February 4, 2022.

‘Shabaash Mithu’ is the coming-of-age tale of women’s cricket in India as witnessed by the most successful woman cricketer. The film chronicles the highs and lows, setbacks and moments of euphoria of Mithali’s life with Taapsee essaying the titular role.

Also seen in the film will be the talented actor Vijay Raaz in a key role.

‘Shabaash Mithu’ has been shot across domestic and international locations to aptly bring alive Mithali’s iconic journey and her meteoric rise to the world stage.

Produced by Viacom18 Studios, Shabaash Mithu’s Creative Producer is Ajit Andhare, while the film is Directed by Srijit Mukherji and Written by Priya Aven.

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Ali Fazal joins Gerard Butler in action thriller ‘Kandahar’

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Actor Ali Fazalis all set to star in an action thriller titled ‘Kandahar’ alongside Gerard Butler.

‘Kandahar’, is being directed by Ric Roman Waugh, who has directed films like ‘Angel Has Fallen’, ‘Felon’, Greenland’ and an upcoming Film with JK Simmons ‘National Champions’ among many others.

Commenting on being a part of the project, an excited Ali said: “I always look forward to new and exciting ventures . We are all set to begin production soon”.

‘Kandahar’ is based on the screenplay, which the director developed in tandem with former military intelligence officer Mitchell LaFortune. Mitchell’s experiences at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Afghanistan have shaped up the story and the principal photography of the film is expected to begin soon in Saudi Arabia.

The film is being produced by Thunder Road Films, the producers of the ‘John Wick’ and ‘Sicario’, G-BASE and Capstone Group.

Back at home, Ali will be soon seen in an untitled Arati Kadav film. The actor took to his Instagram a few days back to share the first look of the futuristic space film.

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‘Bob Biswas’: Intriguing but perfunctorily mounted

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Film: “Bob Biswas” (Streaming on Zee5); Duration: 132 minutes.

Director: Diya Annapurna Ghosh; Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Chitrangda Singh, Paran Bandopadhyay, Ronith Arora, Tina Desai, Samara Tijori, Ditipriya Roy, Pavbitra Rabha.

IANS Rating: ***1/2

This film focuses on the assassin Bob Biswas, a character conceived by Sujoy Ghosh and Advaita Kala in 2012 released Kahaani which featured Vidya Balan, thus technically making it a prequel to Kahaani.

Actor Saswata Chatterjee had portrayed the quirky character in Kahaani with such flair and unconventional style that it landed becoming an intriguing figure worth exploring his backstory, and thus this film germinated.

Unlike the high-octane, nifty thriller Kahaani, Bob Biswas with a character-driven plot, is a slow-paced film. The titular character in a vulnerable state of mind embarks on a journey of self-discovery after being in a coma for eight years. Unable to recall his past, and while trying to piece his life together with his wife Mary, son Benny and stepdaughter Mini after he steps out of the hospital. How he gets his prospective victim’s MMS on a mobile phone and is forced to kill them while working undercover as a life insurance agent, forms the crux of the film.

Set in Kolkata, the script does have its moments, with the twists in the tale and the code of conduct among criminals, but it is Bob’s gullibility that keeps you hooked to the screen.

While we miss Saswata Chatterjee as the eponymous killer, Abhishek Bachchan with his bemused appearance and unwonted demeanour delivers an equally earnest performance. He is aptly supported by Chitrangda Singh as his wife Mary, Ronith Arora as Son Benny, and Samara Tijori as Mini.

Purab Kohli has his moments of onscreen glory as the drug peddler Bubai. Similarly, Pabitra Rabha as Dhonu the street-food seller, and Paran Bandopadhyay as the pharmacist Kali Da who keeps saying: “Niyam, Niyam hota hai…” leave their mark on the screen.

Tina Desai in a significant role as Police Officer Indira Verma is stereotypical and so are all the other supporting actors who are a part of the city’s underbelly.

While Bob Biswas’ back story is intriguing and the film informs you of how he is connected to the tale in ‘Kahaani’, writer Sujoy Ghosh takes the lazy way out.

His script fails to tell us about Bob’s initiation into the world of crime, how he became a contract killer in the first place. This would have been much more interesting. Also, Bob’s journey as the assassin is smooth and perfunctory that beyond a point, you just don’t get emotionally hooked.

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