News – BollySpice.com http://bollyspice.com The latest movies, interviews in Bollywood Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:13:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Deleted Scene from : Vicky Kaushal’s BOLD confession http://bollyspice.com/deleted-scene-raman-raghav-2-0-vicky-kaushals-bold-confession/ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:13:58 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125559 The makers of Raman Raqhav 2.0 have released a deleted scene the film featuring Vicky Kaushal. The scene gives us a deeper insight into Vicky’s character RAGHAV and maybe help the audience understand him better. It only goes on to show how Anurag Kashyap wanted to bring Raghav’s character to the fore but on the flip side it is good that the scene was deleted for a more crisp narrative. Go ahead and check out this piece of narrative. If you haven’t seen the film as yet… this could probably compel you to. There is something you didn’t know about

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The makers of Raman Raqhav 2.0 have released a deleted scene the film featuring Vicky Kaushal. The scene gives us a deeper insight into Vicky’s character RAGHAV and maybe help the audience understand him better. It only goes on to show how Anurag Kashyap wanted to bring Raghav’s character to the fore but on the flip side it is good that the scene was deleted for a more crisp narrative. Go ahead and check out this piece of narrative. If you haven’t seen the film as yet… this could probably compel you to.

There is something you didn’t know about Raghav. Watch this deleted scene from Raman Raghav 2.0 to know more.

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Sultan Wrestling Tournament To descend on UK http://bollyspice.com/sultan-wrestling-tournament-descend-uk/ Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:18:15 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125540 UK audiences are in for a treat as they are invited to witness a wrestling showdown NOT to be missed. Yash Raj Films in association with LDN Wrestling – one of Europe’s biggest touring wrestling companies – presents the Sultan Wrestling Tournament. To celebrate this year’s Eid blockbuster release starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma, the Sultan Wrestling Tournament will take place at Cineworld Bradford, The Leisure Exchange, Vicar Lane, Bradford BD1 5LD on Saturday 9th July from 12pm till 4pm. The fun-packed event is free to attend for all the family and promises lots of surprises on the day.

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UK audiences are in for a treat as they are invited to witness a wrestling showdown NOT to be missed.

Yash Raj Films in association with LDN Wrestling – one of Europe’s biggest touring wrestling companies – presents the Sultan Wrestling Tournament.

To celebrate this year’s Eid blockbuster release starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma, the Sultan Wrestling Tournament will take place at Cineworld Bradford, The Leisure Exchange, Vicar Lane, Bradford BD1 5LD on Saturday 9th July from 12pm till 4pm. The fun-packed event is free to attend for all the family and promises lots of surprises on the day.

Audiences will be in for a fun day out as they watch Europe’s pro wrestling champions go head to head to win the coveted Sultan trophy.

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Produced by Aditya Chopra, Sultan’s tale is all set to unfold in cinemas on Wednesday 6th July 2016.

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Raghu Dixit and more performed at the cool IIFA Stomp in Madrid http://bollyspice.com/raghu-dixit-performed-cool-iifa-stomp/ Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:17:59 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125495 This year marked the 17th edition of the most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema worldwide. Over the spectacular four-day weekend, IIFA saw a host of incredible sub-events including the IIFA Stomp in collaboration with MULAFEST Urban Trends Festival, which brought together the best of Spanish and Indian culture. MULAFEST, which took place from 24th to 26th June at Feria de Madrid, was a magnet for urban trends. This celebration which occurs every year, has been delighting visitors with the latest fringe cultural movements. As part of the IIFA STOMP activities, Shilpa Shetty had conducted an exclusive Yoga Masterclass at the

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This year marked the 17th edition of the most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema worldwide. Over the spectacular four-day weekend, IIFA saw a host of incredible sub-events including the IIFA Stomp in collaboration with MULAFEST Urban Trends Festival, which brought together the best of Spanish and Indian culture.

MULAFEST, which took place from 24th to 26th June at Feria de Madrid, was a magnet for urban trends. This celebration which occurs every year, has been delighting visitors with the latest fringe cultural movements. As part of the IIFA STOMP activities, Shilpa Shetty had conducted an exclusive Yoga Masterclass at the IIFA 2016 Celebrations in Madrid, Spain. The two hour event was addressed by Ambassador Vikram Misri and Shilpa Shetty followed by a film that was showcased to the audience.

With the aim of reflecting the latest street trends, the 5th edition of this festival brought together the best of Spanish and Indian culture with the IIFA Stomp activities, which included the latest trends in Music, Art, Dance, Cinema and Gastronomy to make it the most happening event ever!

The line-up featured pioneering artists from the international scene-electronic artists and musicians like Raghu Dixit Project, B.R.E.E.D, Midival Punditz featuring Karsh Kale and friends, and Nucleya. The celebrations had culminated with the IIFA Stomp and Rang Jam Party with a theme based of one of India’s most colourful festivals Holi! The party featured amazing Bollywood remixes, great visuals, henna artistes, Bollywood dancers on stage, Indian street food and performances by 3 of the most well-known DJ’s of India – DJ Amann, DJ Clement, DJ Sumit Sethi.

Check out some shots!

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‘Akira’ Official Poster http://bollyspice.com/akira-official-poster/ Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:00:38 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125406 Here’s presenting the much awaited poster of Akira starring Sonakshi Sinha. The film is directed by AR Murugadoss and is slated to release on 2nd September.

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Here’s presenting the much awaited poster of Akira starring Sonakshi Sinha. The film is directed by AR Murugadoss and is slated to release on 2nd September.

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Pictures: IIFA Awards In Madrid A Spectacular Show http://bollyspice.com/pictures-iifa-awards-in-madrid-a-spectacular-show/ Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:46:44 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125326 Giving Indian cinema a global platform, the 17th edition of the IIFA Awards took over the capital city of Madrid with an exceptional show. This year the IIFA stage saw Bollywood’s most hilarious duo – the talented actors Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar – host India’s most awaited awards ceremony. The pair bowled over the audience and all of the industry members present, leaving them in fits of laughter with their amusing wisecracks, impeccable delivery and impressive on-stage chemistry. The awards ceremony witnessed remarkable acts by Bollywood’s very own crème de la crème Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka

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Giving Indian cinema a global platform, the 17th edition of the IIFA Awards took over the capital city of Madrid with an exceptional show.

This year the IIFA stage saw Bollywood’s most hilarious duo – the talented actors Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar – host India’s most awaited awards ceremony. The pair bowled over the audience and all of the industry members present, leaving them in fits of laughter with their amusing wisecracks, impeccable delivery and impressive on-stage chemistry.

The awards ceremony witnessed remarkable acts by Bollywood’s very own crème de la crème Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha and Tiger Shroff among others.

Check out these cool pictures both from the green carpet and from the IIFA awards show!

Ranveer Singh at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (40) Deepika Padukone at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (31) Sonakshi Sinha at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (37) Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (39) Abhay Deol at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (32) Zayed Khan at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (25) Vivek Oberoi and wife at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (36) Tiger Shroff at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (10) Sooraj Pancholi at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (27) Sonu Sood and wife at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (21) Shriya Saran at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (22) Shilpa Shetty at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (2) Mouni Roy at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (16) Ritiesh Deshmukh at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (18) Richa Chaddha  at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (11) Ranveer Singh at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (38) Neha Dhupia at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (1) Nargis Fakhri at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (5) Monali Thakur at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (19) Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (17) Huma Qureshi at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (7) Kanika Kapoor at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (4) Hrithik Roshan at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (9) Hrithik Roshan at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (8) Dia Mirza at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (20) Elli Avram at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (33) Fawad Khan at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (3) Tiger Shroff at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (5) Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Aniroodh Dhoot, Priyanka Chopra Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (18) Bhoomi Pednekar at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (26) at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (41) Daisy Shah at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (6) Bobby Deol at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (24) Bipasha Bashu and Karan Singh Grover at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (29) Athiya Shetty at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (35) Aditi Rao Hydari at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (30) Ameesha Patel at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (23) Anil Kapoor at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (14) Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Kapoor make an entrance at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (1) Priyanka Chopra at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (4) Priyanka Chopra at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (3) Deepika Padukone at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (14) Deepika Padukone performing at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (15) Shahid Kapoor at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (10) Salman Khan performs at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (12) Sooraj Pancholi, Salman Khan and Ranveer Singh at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (20) Salman Khan at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (13) Sonakshi Sinha performing at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (9) Hrithik Roshan at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (2) Anil Kapoor and and Ranveer Singh at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (8) Anil Kapoor at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (7) Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (11) Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (13) Priyanka Chopra at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (12) Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pancholi win Best Jodi Award at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (6) Priyanka Chopra, Kabir Khan, Sudhanshu Vats at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (19) Deepika Padukone at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (17) Ranveer Singh at NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 (16)

About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy):
Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India but an equally important objective of this prestigious brand is to create similar outcomes in its host country. The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions.

Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd promotes the IIFA Weekend & Awards globally each year and travel to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity with it to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema& India to a wider audience. www.iifa.com

Just in case you missed it here is the full IIFA AWARDS 2016 WINNERS LIST:
Best Lyric Writer: – Varun Grover for ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Female Playback Singer Award: Monali Thakur for ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Male Playback Singer Award: Papon for ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Music Direction: Meet Bros, Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari, Amaal Mallik – Roy

Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee – Bajirao Mastani

Best Screenplay: Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh, V. Vijayendra Prasad – Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Best Editing: A Sreekar Prasad – Talvar

Debut Male: Vicky Kaushal – Masaan

Debut Female: Bhoomi Pednekar – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Performance in a Comic Role: Deepak Dobriyal – Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Best Performance in Negative role: Darshan Kumar – NH 10

IIFA Jodi of the Year: Athiya Shetty & Sooraj Pancholi

Best Performance in a Supporting role (Male): Anil Kapoor – Dil Dhadakne Do

Best Performance in a Supporting role (Female): Priyanka Chopra – Bajirao Mastani

IIFA Woman of the Year: Priyanka Chopra

Best Story: Juhi Chaturvedi – Piku

Best Performance in a Leading role (Male): Ranveer Singh – Bajirao Mastani

Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female): Deepika Padukone – Piku

Best Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani

Best Picture: Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Producers – Salman Khan, Rockline Venkatesh

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Shah Rukh Khan celebrates 24 years in films and reveals 24 lessons http://bollyspice.com/shah-rukh-khan-celebrates-24-years-reveals-24-lessons/ Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:07:52 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125316 To celebrate 24 years of arms open wide, romance, dance and of course some brilliant performances in the Hindi film industry, star Shah Rukh Kann took to Twitter to share the lessons he has learned from 24 imaginary women each beginning with the first letter of their name. Here is his list from the series of posts “Thank you for 24 years of living and loving. 24 years of having learnt life from 24 beautiful imaginary women. List and lessons to follow… 1. TINA: There is nothing abnormal 2. GENA:Give everyone, not accumulate 3. FAGUN: Fall and get up nonetheless.

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imageTo celebrate 24 years of arms open wide, romance, dance and of course some brilliant performances in the Hindi film industry, star Shah Rukh Kann took to Twitter to share the lessons he has learned from 24 imaginary women each beginning with the first letter of their name.

Here is his list from the series of posts

“Thank you for 24 years of living and loving. 24 years of having learnt life from 24 beautiful imaginary women. List and lessons to follow…

1. TINA: There is nothing abnormal
2. GENA:Give everyone, not accumulate
3. FAGUN: Fall and get up nonetheless.
4. MINA: mediocrity is not acceptable
5. DHUN: Don’t have unnecessary negativity.
6. RHEA: Respect ‘HER’ everywhere always.
7. DIPA: Director is pilot always
8. CHITRA: Compete hard,in true rightful ardor
9. EASHA: Eventually all sadness heals accordingly.
10. CAROL: Children are raised On Love
11. ITI: Imagine the impossible
12. TYRA: Take your Risks audaciously
13. SKY: Smoking kills you
14. LYRA: Laugh your regrets away
15. TIA: Take India ahead
16. SWATI: Superheroes wear acutely tight innerwear.
17. FIDA: Family is dependable always
18. AMNA: Art matters, not artist
19. ANITA: Assume not imbeciles take advice
20. MIRA: Mommy is right always
21. Akira: A King inspires righteous aims
22. ASMA : Always smell ‘manlike’ agreeable
23. NAINA: Nature always instills naked awesomeness
24. LAILA: Life abounds in loving all.

Once again thank you for the years and happiness”

Many Lessons I think we can all take to heart. Thank you SRK for many hours of Filmi happiness – we look forward to many more!

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Erika Kaar making her Bollywood debut is excited to be a part of Shivaay http://bollyspice.com/erika-kaar-making-her-bollywood-debut-is-excited-to-be-a-part-of-shivaay/ Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:28:48 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125241 Shivaay’s international face, Erika Kaar who according to the makers mixes talent with beauty was very excited to work with Ajay Devgn and be a part of Shivaay! Erika, who is from Poland, was seen as the leading girl in famous BBC Production’s WWI miniseries The Passing Bells, is making her Bollywood debut with Shivaay! Revealing how she joined the journey of Shivaay, the actress said in an interview with Bombay Times, “In September 2014, I went for an audition to Warsaw. All I knew was that they were scouting for a new face for a Bollywood movie. The scenes

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Shivaay’s international face, Erika Kaar who according to the makers mixes talent with beauty was very excited to work with Ajay Devgn and be a part of Shivaay!

Erika, who is from Poland, was seen as the leading girl in famous BBC Production’s WWI miniseries The Passing Bells, is making her Bollywood debut with Shivaay!

Revealing how she joined the journey of Shivaay, the actress said in an interview with Bombay Times, “In September 2014, I went for an audition to Warsaw. All I knew was that they were scouting for a new face for a Bollywood movie. The scenes that I had to enact were written in English and Hindi. We were supposed to speak only in English, but I made an extra effort and learnt a couple of lines in Hindi, too. The character and script caught my attention and I was thrilled to be cast for the role. I had no idea I would be working opposite Ajay. ‘Shivaay’ was like winning a jackpot. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn a new language, travel to India and explore an unknown culture.

She also talked about working with Ajay Devgan, “I loved every minute of working with him. He is a thorough professional who respects people and combines fun with discipline. It’s incredible how he can act, direct and produce a film at the same time. I watched his performance while waiting for my shots and realised I had to push myself harder to keep up with him.”

The actress loves Bollywood she revealed in the interview saying, “Bollywood is dynamic, energetic and high on emotions. These qualities combined with a high level of professionalism and technology makes it extraordinary.”

Check out her Shivaay poster!

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Directed by Ajay Devgn, Shivaay releases this Diwali on 28th October.

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Shiamak USA Funked it up in this summer’s show! http://bollyspice.com/shiamak-usa-funked-twenty-cities-across-world-one-thing-mind-summer-funk-worlds-biggest-dance-academy-shiamak-made-sure-students/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:01:20 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125245 Over twenty cities across the world had only one thing in mind this summer – Funk It Up! The world’s biggest dance academy SHIAMAK made sure that students in New York and New Jersey did just that as they perform at their popular summer dance workshop and show Summer Funk™. Toddlers of four to seniors at eighty four shook a leg on a stage that makes everyone feel like a star. Bollywood music adapts itself to various genres of dance and movement which made the show an innovative journey through various dance styles. From high energy performances to socially relevant

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Over twenty cities across the world had only one thing in mind this summer – Funk It Up! The world’s biggest dance academy SHIAMAK made sure that students in New York and New Jersey did just that as they perform at their popular summer dance workshop and show Summer Funk™.
Toddlers of four to seniors at eighty four shook a leg on a stage that makes everyone feel like a star. Bollywood music adapts itself to various genres of dance and movement which made the show an innovative journey through various dance styles. From high energy performances to socially relevant issues addressed through dance movement, form contemporary pieces to Hip Hop acts, the audience was treated to an entertaining show. It was hard to believe that the students put up such a delightful show in just fifteen classes!

To make the format more interesting, each location became a team and competed against each other in a contest called the Rise of the Champions. This team event helped create an environment of team spirit where students worked together to ensure they rehearse and create original ideas for costumes. The Majestic Manhattan won, and the most exciting thing was they were a beginners’ class who topped over intermediate classes as well! The competition was judged by Carol Baskinger who was amazed by the talent and energy of each and every performance.

Other highlights of the show included a dance interpretation of the Bollywood film Black, that expressed the cause of visual impairment. The showkids dedicated a performance to their mothers who were left in tears. The Special Potential Batch students performed a repertoire contemporary piece to Nahi Samne. And the stars of tomorrow, age four to six got the loudest applause as they confidently danced on stage! It was in fact a special performance by Sparsh Shah who showed the audience his unbreakable spirit as he sang Bezubaan.

Shiamak’s senior faculty, Lester and Anitha who teach here in the USA had a great time training the students and were proud of all of them. They’re already gearing up with some new routines for them as the new batch starts on 14th July.

Check out some cool pictures from the show!
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Tusshar Kapoor Welcomes Baby Boy http://bollyspice.com/tusshar-kapoor-welcomes-baby-boy/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:18:49 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125264 Tusshar Kapoor has proudly announced the birth of a baby boy! He posted on Instagram: “I proudly announce the arrival of my son, a baby boy, born last week through IVF and surrogacy. The baby, Laksshya, is in excellent health. I am thrilled to be a father! The paternal instincts in me have been overpowering my heart and mind for some time now. Therefore, I am thrilled beyond words to have Laksshya, now the greatest source of joy in my life. By the greatness of God and the excellent medical team at Jaslok, parenthood is an option for many, who

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Tusshar Kapoor has proudly announced the birth of a baby boy!

He posted on Instagram:
“I proudly announce the arrival of my son, a baby boy, born last week through IVF and surrogacy. The baby, Laksshya, is in excellent health. I am thrilled to be a father! The paternal instincts in me have been overpowering my heart and mind for some time now. Therefore, I am thrilled beyond words to have Laksshya, now the greatest source of joy in my life. By the greatness of God and the excellent medical team at Jaslok, parenthood is an option for many, who choose to be single parents. Thanks to you all for your blessings & good wishes!”

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About his son Tusshar said in a recent interview, “My son looks exactly like me. So, it makes me very, very happy and I don’t have words to express how excited or how joyous I am. My family is complete.”

Tusshar’s parents Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor said in a statement, “We could not be more excited to be grandparents to Laksshya, and are completely supportive of Tusshar’s decision. This is certainly a tremendous blessing, and an exciting time in our lives. Tusshar is a wonderful son, and he has proven, with responsibility, independence and kindness, that he will be a great father to Laksshya.”

It seems his sister, Ekta, chose the baby’s name and appartenly since both were born in June, calls Laksshya her twin. Could that be any cuter?

We wish father and son many blessings!

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Raman Raghav 2.0 Review: “Nawaz, Vicky Make A Chilling Statement On Pure Evil” – Subhash K Jha http://bollyspice.com/raman-raghav-2-0-reviewnawaz-vicky-make-chilling-statement-pure-evil-subhash-k-jha/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:17:34 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125260 Raman Raghav 2.0 Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal Directed Anurag Kashyap There is something chillingly final and fearsome about the complete ruination of the moral order in Raman Raghav 2.0. 400 years ago Shakespeare realized there was a rotten core to civilization. Anurag Kashyap is the Bard’s most unlikely disciple. Portraying a world that is irreversibly stripped of a moral centre Kashyap creates a grim bleak repugnant but brilliant picture of Mumbai’s underbelly where rats and pavement dwellers share the same sleeping space. There is no hero in Raman Raghav. We saw it coming. We’ve seen the rapid evaporation of

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Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal
Directed Anurag Kashyap

There is something chillingly final and fearsome about the complete ruination of the moral order in Raman Raghav 2.0.

400 years ago Shakespeare realized there was a rotten core to civilization. Anurag Kashyap is the Bard’s most unlikely disciple. Portraying a world that is irreversibly stripped of a moral centre Kashyap creates a grim bleak repugnant but brilliant picture of Mumbai’s underbelly where rats and pavement dwellers share the same sleeping space.

There is no hero in Raman Raghav. We saw it coming. We’ve seen the rapid evaporation of heroism from the cinema of Kashyap, to the point where now, in his latest and arguably his most accomplished work, Raman and Raghav, as played with virile adeptness by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vickey Kaushal are the two faces of red-hot diabolism.

You see, they both kill for pleasure. No, make that one for pleasure. The other for furious vindication for crimes committed against his selfworth. The difference is, one of them does so in khaki.The other roams about with an iron rod in hand smashing all signposts of a moral order that we grew up watching in our films.Be warned. Scenes showing Nawaz prowling the streets of Mumbai for prey will send a shiver up your spine.

The comfort of knowing that all will be well in our universe no matter how bleak the prospects, is completely snatched away in Raman Raghav. What we are left staring at is the total disintegration of a moral order. The numbness of desensitization whereby one human being can take another human being’s life without remorse is here treated with a brutal and damning directness. There are no signs of goodness in the two main characters.After a while it’s hard to tell the difference between the two main characters, much harder than it was in Badlapur the film whose morality was a precursor to Raman Raghav.

Watch Vicky Kaushal f..k his girlfriend, it’s not love-making it’s hate-making. Or watch Nawaz in the chilling scene where he is taunted by a stranger for wearing ear rings. His retort about his true identity is so lethally ironic it scares the hell out of us to watch his lunacy being legitimized by a social order that fosters inequality.

That Nawaz and Vickey play the two characters with a fiendish flair and a bludgeoning naturalness which dares us to be judgmental at our own risk, is entirely providential. I can’t imagine any other two actors playing Raman, the psychopathic serial killer, and Raghavan the cocaine-addicted psychopathic cop who kills at the beginning of the film and then slays more lives, and destroys our faith in the moral order that we believed in until….well, until Anurag Kashyap came along.

Raman Raghav is a chilling exposition on evil. From the outset we are told that ‘Raman’ and ‘Raghav’ are the two faces of the same impulse of depravity. There is no attempt to hide the fact that Raghav(Vicky Kaushal) functions with the same unlawful insouciance as Raman(Nawaz) although one wears khaki and the other doesn’t hide behind the disguise of civility to commit gruesome crimes.

There are scenes of graphic torture. Women and children are not spared from the looming shadows of evil that lurks in the chawls and bylanes of Mumbai’s suburbia. Kashyap’s cinematographer Jay Oza roams restlessly acrossthe streets looking for its prey. The camera becomes Raman’s greatest ally as he hurls across Mumbai’s wounded skyline in search of blood .
This, let me add without playing the spoilsport, is not the story of Raghav Raman the real-life serial killer in the 1960s but of a fictional character inspired by the real Raghav. Here’s where Kashyap and his co-writer Vasan Bala bring in the ‘morality of amorality’(to coin a phrase) where the absence of a moral order becomes a moral order of its own.

It’s impossible to imagine any actor except Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the shockingly unrepentant serial killer with such flippant relish. The casualness with which Nawaz attacks his victims and bludgeons them with an iron rod is the stuff that crime psychology would probably study closely in the coming years to detect signs of criminality in the actor. Nawaz bridges the chasm between actor and character to a level where the two almost become one.This is the most convincing and disturbing portrait of evil I’ve seen in cinema of any language.

Vicky Kaushal has the trickier part. He must extend into his character its natural-born criminal tendency (born, we are told, from a bullying father) and also be shown functional within the precincts of a law. He is shown to be violent cocaine –snorting psycho(if Tommy Singh in Udta Punjab wore a uniform.…) and also brutal in bed with his girlfriend(played with the right tinge of stubborn defiance by newcomer Sobhita Dhulipala). In short, a complete asshole. Vicky’s inexperience as an actor does hamper the full flow of trashiness into the character. But this is the actor to watch in the coming years.

Unbearably violent at times(the section where Nawaz tortures and slays his sister’s family is definitely not for the weak-hearted) and savagely cruel at all times Raman Raghav portrays a landscape so devoid of charm warmth and sunshine that you come away sickened by the experience.

But then who said life is easy? This is film that doesn’t flinch from the fearful ugliness of existence. It’s also a brutal and haunting reminder of how rapidly the lines dividing the law-makers and law-breakers are disappearing. ‘Raman’ and ‘Raghav’ are no longer the archetypal Villain and Hero that we sought in our cinema for moral comfort. They are now the best of friends and our worst of enemies.

Live with it.

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