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Thappad review: A stretched out but insightful film

Thappad’s strength is in its insightful writing and layered characters, however, at 140 minutes length, the film becomes stretched out

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Stars: 3

As the trailer suggested, Thappad revolves around – just one slap. The man in this story slaps a woman – his wife – at a house party after a major disappointment in his career. You go into the film waiting – with some nervousness irrespective of your gender – for the slap to happen. Writers Anubhav Sinha and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul make you wait for that moment. The film begins with a calm sequence revealing all the other women in the film with the men in their lives enjoying an orange Popsicle. This sequence alone shows that the following might not be what you expect to be.

Director Anubhav Sinha’s filmmaking career (RA.One, Cash, Tum Bin) saw a paradigm shift with his latest three films – Mulk dealt with religion, Article 15 with caste, and Thappad deals with domestic violence. It’s a man-woman film. But instead of doing the blame game, Thappad shows the male-centredness of this whole situation. However, it keeps flirting with the preachy zone, thus sometimes taking too long to make an obvious point.

The moment that you wait for nervously – the slap – is dealt cleverly without over sensationalizing it. Silence speaks more than words. This could easily have been a male bashing film with every line and emotion being spoon fed to the audience, provoking a rebellion. The good thing here is that the filmmaker just shows the situation. The viewer must be involved enough to understand what the film wants to say. And the filmmaker succeeds to a greater extent. Another recent example of such film is Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak.

The film has an ensemble cast in Ratna Pathak Shah, Kumud Mishra, Tanvi Azmi, Dia Mirza, Geetika Vidya among others who give this film the much needed layers. Domestic violence is spread across all classes and all the different walks of life are finely woven into each other. However, unfortunately, the lead of this film played by Taapsee Pannu somehow doesn’t look convincing in the role. Your heart goes out to her in the film’s most brilliant scene between her and Tanvi Azmi, but other than that she falls short quite often. Pavail Gulati whom you’re not supposed to like in this film does fine justice to his unlikable character.

Thappad could have been a more gripping at a less than two hour length. But maybe the society which has a lot to learn about how they go about the male-female dynamics in modern times, needs this 140 minutes long narrative. The superb second half will make you question a lot of things about yourself. It’s worth taking a closer look within yourself. That’s the point of this film.


State Of Siege:26/11 on ZEE5 receives a phenomenal IMDb rating of 9.7/10

The show is based on Sandeep Unnithan’s book Black Tornado

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The latest show of ZEE5 titled ‘State of Siege : 26/11’ received a phenomenal response from viewers as well as critics. From the performances, to the dialogues to the cinematography, every aspect of the show has been highly appreciated.

The story is based on real-life incidents that had changed the entire functioning and algorithm in the heart of Mumbai and had a huge impact on the entire nation with a terrorist attack that hit the city on 26th November. Owing to the massive response and appreciation, the show has received a remarkable IMDb rating of 9.7/10 which speaks volumes for itself.

ZEE5 is one of the best video streaming platforms where you can experience a variety of content which is new and fresh. The concepts are always unique and this is what catches the attention of the audiences. In today’s time where content is the king and so are the consumers, ZEE5 knows exactly how to synergise between the two, to have a wholesome experience.

Based on Sandeep Unnithan’s book ‘Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11’, State of Siege: 26/11 was one of the most awaited projects based on the horrifying terror attack which even disclosed many unknown facts, untold stories about the entire incident and a tribute to the NSG . Starring Arjan Bajwa, Arjun Bijlani, Vivek Dahiya, Mukul Dev, Sid Makkar, Tara Alisha Berry, Khalida Jaan, Jyoti Gauba, Roshni Sahota, Suzanne Bernert, Naren Kumar and Jason Shah, the show is directed by Matthew Leutwyler and can be streamed on ZEE5.


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Hitmaker Badshah redefines soundscape with his latest single Genda Phool-song out now

Karan Johar launches the Badshah’s Genda Phool

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The king of chartbuster songs-Badshah is back with a brand new song-Genda Phool, featuring super gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez and Payal Dev on lead vocals. Genda Phool is a steamy track which has has a distinct folk melody fused with urban sounds.  Genda Phool potentially marks a new era for Badshah

Karan Johar, renowned producer and dear friend of the artist launched the much-awaited song today on his social media saying” Here is is the new


track to lift all your collective spirits!!! Dance to it! Sing to it! And omg how hot is


!!!! Such a cool song this is!!! ENJOY

Badshah who has delivered a maximum number of hits with Sony Music India with songs like  DJ Wale Babu, Buzz, Mercy, Paagal and many more is collaborating again with the label for yet another megahit. While the song has a twist of folk, heads of International platforms view this as a game-changer for the artist, as he will be taking the Indian music globally.

Says Badshah,” Genda Phool has been a special experience for me, this is my attempt at treating the audience with something new and exciting. I have always wanted to create music that is relatable across the globe, I hope everybody enjoys the song.”

Directed by Sneha Shetty Kohli, Starring Badshah & Jacqueline Fernandez, the song is available on all music platforms.


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Salman’s film Hum Aapke Hain Koun holds the record for the highest footfall ever!

Salman Khan is one of the most loved superstars in Bollywood

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Salman Khan is one of the most loved superstars in Bollywood and his movies have been loved by the audience since forever.

The actors classic hit film Hum Aapke Hain Koun holds the record for the highest footfalls in Hindi Cinema.

The movie was released in 1994 and to date, tops the list by a huge margin with 7,39,62,000 footfalls whereas Baahubali 2 had a footfall of 5,25,22,000.

This is proof of Salman Khan’s massive fandom that spans across decades and continues to grow stronger by the day.

The actor is immensely popular amongst people of all age groups and his magnetic pull in the younger generation makes him one of the most sought after celebrities for brands.

Salman Khan was recently signed as the brand ambassador for a leading beverage brand owing to his immense popularity.

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