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Ekta Kapoor: Making ‘Nagin’ for TV as much fun as ‘Broken But Beautiful’ for OTT




Ekta Kapoor loves balancing her job profile as a producer on different platforms of entertainment, whether it is film, television or web shows. The new season of her unconventional OTT show, “Broken But Beautiful” was fun working on, she says, as is always the case with her popular TV series “Naagin” that has been dubbed regressive by many.

During the trailer launch of “Broken But Beautiful”, Ekta was asked how she manages to create content for audiences of different demography. “As an individual, we all have different sides to our personality. We talk differently with our parents from when we are with our friends, or lovers or when we talk to ourselves. That is how it works with different kinds of storytelling, too. I have had as much fun making ‘Naagin’ — especially the Panchmukhi Naagin I am making now — as the show ‘Broken But Beautiful’, which is deep,” she replied.

“I think we have to celebrate every form of art and storytelling. Whether you like it or not, both kinds of stories are art, and it has different impact on different people. For the mass audience, television is an escape and for others, a love story like ‘Broken But Beautiful’ is a connection. For still others, watching ‘Game Of Thrones’ is about living out the gladiator in you,” she added.

Season 2 of “Broken But Beautiful” features Gaurav Arora and Anuja Joshi along with Vikrant Massey and Harleen Sethi. The show streams on the OTT platforms ZEE5 and Alt Balaji from November 27.

Talking about the show, she said: “I would say this is one of the shows I decided to make just for myself. We deal with the big, tangible aspects of love, while the small things are lost. There is always a story after the ‘happily ever after’. In the first season, we have shown that they moved on, that they are healed. But the fact is, you always carry certain things with you — in your heart, you always carry the memory. Although you forgive and move on, you carry the pain into the next relationship. I hope that the simplicity of the story appeals to people.”

In Bollywood this year, Ekta has been associated with the production of films such as “Dream Girl”, “Judgementall Hai Kya”, “Jabariya Jodi”, and the yet-to-release “Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare”. She has also produced TV shows like “Bepanah Pyaar” and “Haivaan: The Monster”, and is gearing up for “Naagin : season 4”.

The producer said that exploring different platforms have helped her create a fan base across different generation.

“With the variety of shows, we are reaching to different generations. I came across girls who said that once they felt irritated watching daily soaps on TV with their mothers, they discovered their own stories in shows like ‘Broken But Beautiful’. A whole new age group has emerged,” shared Ekta.

So, what is that one thing in her life that is broken but beautiful?

“My achy-breaky heart!” she replied promptly, and then added: “It is always going to be broken in different stages of life but because it still loves, it is beautiful.


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




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’




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




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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