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Review: Karan Razdan’s ‘Hindutva Chapter 1’ explores identity of being a Hindu today

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Film: Hindutva Chapter One – Main Hindu Hoon (playing in theatres) Director: Karan Razdan. Cast: Aashiesh Sharrma, Sonarika Bhadoria, Ankit Raj, Govind Namdev, Anup Jalota.

IANS Rating: 3.5 stars

Writer, producer, and director Karan Razdan’s film ‘Hindutva Chapter One – Main Hindu Hoon’ has been in the news for its title and theme. The film has been released in theatres this week. Ever since the trailer of the film and its strong title song came out and was well received by the audience, people were waiting for the picture, so when the film came out, the audience grabbed it.

The film presents the story of today’s youth. The film depicts the depth of Hindutva through the main characters and dialogues. If seen, it is based on the story of friendship, love, and student politics.

Bharat Shastri played by Aashiesh Sharrma, is the son of a Hindu priest who comes to prominence after his fierce speech in response to a protest orchestrated by the college student leader. Through its lead character Bharat Shastri, the film Hindutva tells the story of Bhaarat (India).

Aashiesh Sharma has been exemplary in his performance and has beautifully carried the film on his shoulders. Bharat Shastri’s character will receive a lot of love from the audience as he raises very sensitive but important questions with a tone that does make you think without being subjected to feeling opinionated. This is not an easy feat to achieve especially when the subject is so sensitive not just in India but throughout the world.

Ankit Raj plays the character of Sameer Siddiqui in the film. Sameer is a popular student leader who believes his community is discriminated against. He pretends to be a leftist, but he fights to protect his (Qaum) community. However, his parents are liberal Muslims. They love Bharat (Aashiesh Sharrma) like a son. Sameer is in love with Sapna (Sonarika Bhadoria) and Sapna is in love with his leadership at the university.

The story is kept interesting in such a way that Bharat and Sameer are childhood friends. But now they are divided due to their respective ideologies and this becomes the reason for their mammoth conflict.

Meanwhile, Bhalerao (Govind Namdev) persuades Bharat to contest the university elections against Sameer Siddiqui.

After this, the game of turns and twists begins. Sapna turns sides and Sameer becomes a loser in love. Sapna comes closer to Bharat but Bharat struggles to prove to the world what is the true meaning of Hindutva, what is the history of Hindutva. Hindutva has taught us how to approach science through meditation. The film delves into the meaning of Hindutva.

As far as the acting is concerned, Aashiesh has been flawless in his performance and embodies the true essence of Hindutva. He has been able to keep the audience gripped throughout the film. It is a treat to watch Aashiesh Sharrma in his element and has lived the character of Bharat with a vigour that is worth watching.

Ankit Raj has done full justice to his character and has given life to the role of Sameer Siddiqui in his debut film. The confrontation of both the characters and the dialogue between them builds a strong narrative for the film.

Nowadays, everyone waits for the monologue of the main character in many Bollywood movies and this time Aashiesh Sharma has delivered it perfectly. The audience is surprised when he speaks a long monologue about the definition of Hindutva, and its history. This dialogue gives the audience goosebumps. This scene is portrayed perfectly by Aashiesh Sharma with his amazing dialogue delivery.

Sonarika Bhadoria has also left her mark on the character of Sapna. Sapna has an attitude and she has adopted this approach very well. She looks very beautiful and attractive on screen. Anup Jalota has not only sung a bhajan in the film but he is also seen acting.

Produced under the banners of JAIKARA Films and Pragun Bharat, this film is well-written and directed by Karan Razdan. He has made a better cinema by doing a lot of research on a sensitive subject. He has also drawn strong performances from all the actors. The music of the film is its plus point.

The movie Hindutva is worth watching because of its theme, presentation, some amazing dialogues, and wonderful performances by the actors. The film is produced by Sachin Choudhary and Karan Razdan.

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SRK’s Mumbai bungalow Mannat gets a diamond-studded nameplate

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 Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is known as the king of Bollywood, has added more jewels to his crown – quite literally. His bungalow, Mannat is one of the iconic places in Mumbai, and now he has cranked it up a notch by getting a diamond studded nameplate for his residence.

Several fan clubs of the ‘Chak De! India’ star recently shared the pictures of the nameplate on their social media as they swarmed to the King’s castle to take a glimpse of the shimmery nameplate, which surfaced roughly two months after the previous nameplate.

In the pictures, two diamond nameplates could be seen with Mannat written on the left side and Landsend written on the right. Previously, it was a blackboard with Mannat Landsend embossed on it.

Landsend because the sea-facing bungalow is situated in the land’s end part of Bandstand in Bandra.

SRK often greets his fans from his balcony as he did recently on his birthday on November 2. Fans now have all the more reason to put the camera shutter sound in action with the installation of the new nameplate.

On the work front, SRK has three big-ticket releases in the pipeline first of which is ‘Pathaan’ from the YRF spy universe. The film will mark SRK’s return to the silver screen after a hiatus of 4 years. Additionally, he also has Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Dunki’ in which he will share the screen with Taapsee Pannu and south director Atlee’s ‘Jawan’.

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Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor bring home their baby girl

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Bollywood star couple Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor were seen bringing home their baby girl on Thursday.

The new proud parents reached their home Vastu on Thursday morning. Alia was glowing in an all black outfit while Ranbir was seen sitting in the car cradling their bundle of joy as they travelled from Sir HN Reliance Hospital to their home.

Alia, who delivered her first baby on November 6, had announced the birth of her first child in a joint note by her and Ranbir on Instagram.

It read: “And in the best news of our lives: Our baby is here.. and what a magical girl she is. We are officially bursting with love – blessed and obsessed PARENTS!!!!! love, love, love. Alia and Ranbir.”

The couple, who started dating in 2018 on the sets of ‘Brahmastra Part One: Shiva’, got married earlier this year in April.

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Khan Squared: SRK to appear in Salman Khan’s ‘Tiger 3’ as Pathaan

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 The daredevilry of ‘Pathaan’ is going to spill into ‘Tiger 3’. That Salman Khan will appear in ‘Pathaan’ in his Tiger avatar had been confirmed some time back, but now comes the news that Shah Rukh Khan will show up in ‘Tiger 3’ to enact a thrilling sequence.

‘Pathaan’ as well as the ‘Tiger’ and ‘War’ franchises (‘War’ being the superhit film where Hrithik Roshan plays RAW agent Major Kabir Dhaliwal) are three important pieces of the spy universe unspooled by Yash Raj Films.

“Shah Rukh Khan will shoot for ‘Tiger 3’ immediately after the release of ‘Pathaan’, thus confirming his presence in the Tiger franchise. In Aditya Chopra’s spy universe, the paths of SRK, Salman and Hrithik will constantly cross to build up the grand finale of the spy universe,” a well-placed source reveals.

SRK’s shoot schedule for ‘Tiger 3’ is being planned immediately after January 25, 2023.

The source added: “This will be a massively mounted action sequence where Pathaan and Tiger come together for a very crucial scene. This will also be a huge cinematic moment for audiences to love.”

“The spy universe is turning out to be deliciously thrilling because it brings the biggest superstars together in a riveting, edge of the seat sequences that are important for the plot to move forward. Now, all eyes are on when Hrithik Roshan will enter the spy universe.”

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