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Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma – who is the best actress of 2018?

Who is the best actress of 2018 – Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma or Taapsee Pannu?

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Slowly but steadily, we have reached at a point where female characters in films are not just eye-candy, but also do the heavy lifting. With meaty roles written for mid-aged women, a magnum opus around a female character, a lady villain who is more badass than many male ones, we’ve had a variety of superb female portrayals in 2018. Bollywood is finally evolving as are its people. Let’s take a moment to appreciate some sparkly ladies who wooed us with their performances last year.

# Alia Bhatt


Proving her calibre since her very first film, Alia Bhatt has been playing roles that have shaped her filmography in the best way possible. Be it the carefree Veera  from Highway or the depressed Kaira from Dear Zindagi, or even her nameless character from Udta Punjab, she plays every part in a way that you can’t replace her. In 2018, Alia portrayed the role of Sehmat, an Indian spy, in Raazi, based on the book Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka. Raazi was based on Alia’s character which meant the heavy lifting was to be done by her. She played the role to the best of her capabilities and gave the audience an amazing film to watch. Under Meghna Gulzar’s meticulous direction, Alia showed a side of her, completely different from all the characters she has played. Raazi went on to make good numbers at the Box Office, adding another feather to her cap. 2019 has Gully Boy, Brahmastra and Kalank in store for Alia, and we know she will rock them all.

# Deepika Padukone

Ranked as IMDB’s top Indian star of 2018, Deepika Padukone never looked back after taking flight with Cocktail. Delivering hit after hit with different directors, Deepika deserves that spot. 2018 saw her third collaboration with Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB) and her husband Ranveer Singh.  Her film Padmaavat was based on a 13th century poem that goes by the same name as the title. The film went through turmoil when a fringe group alleged that SLB had shown queen Padmavati in a bad light (way before the film was even completed, leave alone viewed). And the director and Deepika faced threats of being beheaded and other such nonsense. The movie, initially supposed to be released in December 2017, hit the theatres in January 2018. After going through its share of ups and downs, the film won out, and in a sweeping victory, turned out one of the highest grossers of the year. Deepika in the titular role excels in her acting, postures, dancing, and everything made the film a treat to watch. Her next film is Chhapak, opposite Vikrant Massey, directed by Meghna Gulzar. An unusual concept, but considering Deepika’s streak, this is an anticipated one.

# Taapsee Pannu

2018 saw Taapsee Pannu in two strong roles, poles apart from each other. In Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk, she played a lawyer saving her in-laws from accusations of being terrorists. Mulk was a movie that didn’t open to great Box Office numbers, but had amazing content. Her second role was that of Rumi, in Manmarziyaan, a complex character fighting with her own mind, alongside Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan. She also played a part in Soorma with Diljit Dosanjh, yet another strong character that adds value to the film. Taapsee has evolved progressively in her choice of characters, and is choosing roles that benefit her filmography, as well as impress us. We hope to see more layers of this amazing actor in the coming year with Badla and Mission Mangal.

# Anushka Sharma

Last year, we were re-introduced to our age-old genres in a new way with some path-breaking films. Anushka Sharma in Pari explored the horror genre and yes, we were shocked and surprised by her work. She played the part of a ghost with such finesse that while watching the film, you forget it’s Anushka and get into that world. Later in the year, she gave up all her vanity and played a small-town lady with big ambitions. As Mamta, she was the highpoint in Sharat Kataria’s Sui Dhaaga- Made in India. Alongside Varun Dhawan, Anushka left no loophole in the preparation of the character, and her accent, looks, attire, body language, everything was on point.

With an amazing line up ahead in 2019, this run seems to be streaking ahead, with no coming back. We hope that these actors and all the others get roles worth their weight, making it a shining year for the movies. This sum-up also doesn’t imply that we have stopped making objectifying content, but it is heartening to experience the gamut of good content creators who have emerged and are giving us what we deserve. Anyway, who was the best actress of 2018, according to you? Vote in the poll above!


Kesari: Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, review, budget, box office collection, controversy, story, cast, stills – all you need to know about the movie!

Here’s everything you need to know about Akshay Kumar – Parineeti Chopra’s Kesari!

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Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra’s Kesari is one of the most exciting films of the year. After years of planning, back and forth, controversies and much more, the movie is finally complete. It’s up for release on Holi (March 21) and we can’t wait to see it, especially after looking at the promos. The teasers were fantastic, but the trailer took our breath away. Kesari‘s action sequences and plot seem engaging. Some impressive songs have also caught our attention, especially the latest one – Teri Mitti. With the release date just around the corner, we thought of compiling everything you guys need to know about the movie. And present it to you in an interesting way. So read on to know Kesari‘s review, budget, box office collection, controversy, story, cast, stills – all the important information right here.

Kesari Story

From what we know, Kesari revolves around the Battle of Saragarhi (1897). It was the bravest battle ever fought. Why bravest? Well, because 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army fought more than 10000 Afghans. Havildar Ishar Singh was the leader of the Sikh regiment, which was marked in Kesari (saffron) colour. Symbolising valor, the regiment was protecting Fort Saragarhi, which was an important relay station as the British Empire infiltrated Afghanistan. Though the 20 soldiers under Halvidar Ishar Singh were undisciplined and the Sikh leader of the Army himself was sent to the fort as a punishment, they fought the battle with bravery. Though they all lost their lives in the epic battle, they managed to kill several Afghans and held the fort for a very long time. It is an inspiring tale, which we are sure you’ll love to watch on the big screen.

Kesari Cast

Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra play titular roles. Edward Sonnenblick, R. Bhakti Klein, Mark Bennington, Toranj Kayvon, Rimple Dhindsa play pivotal roles. Vikram Kochhar, Bhawani Muzamil, Mir Sarwar, Sonia Albizuri, Rakesh Chaturvedi Om, amongst others are also a part of Kesari.

Kesari Crew

Anurag Singh is the director of Kesari, who is assisted by AD Harshit Bhatia. The film’s story is written by Girish Kohli and Anurag Singh. And while Parvez Shaikh and Lawrence Woodward are the action directors, Ganesh Acharya and Vijay Ganguly are the choreographers. Amar Butala is the co-producer, while Hiroo Yash Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Sunir Kheterpal are the co-producers. Navmeet Singh is the line producer.

The music composers include Tanishk Bagchi, Chirrantan Bhatt, Arko, Jasbir Jassi, Gurmoh and Jasleen Royal. On the other hand, Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir and Kunwar Juneja have written the lyrics for the songs. And while the cinematography is done by Anshul Chobey, the film editing is done by Manish More. Lastly, the costume design is by Sheetal Sharma and casting By Jogi Mallang (Jogi).

Kesari Controversies

While Kesari has not run into any controversy yet, there are a few things that did crop up. The first and the biggest one was Salman Khan walking away from the project. Karan Johar had announced a couple of years ago that he along with Salman and Akshay Kumar would produce this film. However, after Salman split with his manager Reshma Shetty, he walked out of this project as well.

Another blip was when Karan Johar announced Parineeti Chopra as the lead heroine of the movie. While he made the announcement, he attached Akshay Kumar’s still from the movie. Twitterati jumped onto it and slammed him and made jokes on KJo. He quickly deleted it and posted the announcement with a picture of Parineeti Chopra.

A set constructed at Wai, Maharashtra also caught fire during the shoot. While reports suggest that fireworks and ammunition used during the filming of the movie set off the fire, no official confirmation has been given. Reportedly, Rs 8 – 10 crore loss was incurred and the shooting was stalled for nearly a month.

Kesari Release date

Kesari is all set to release on Holi, which is on March 21 this year. That means the movie will release on a Thursday. And with that, the action-packed period drama will enjoy a four-day extended weekend.

Kesari Posters

The team of Kesari has released several posters. Some showcasing valor and pride, others showing the battle-ready avatar of Akshay Kumar. All these posters have caught everyone’s attention. Check each and every poster right here.

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Kesari Stills

We have seen several movie stills of Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra and the Kesari team. Each and every picture looks exquisite and we can’t wait to see them on the big screen. Check out all the film stills right here.

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Kesari Trailer

While the trailer was released sometime back, it did create a massive buzz. It was heart-warming and engaging. The action sequences were out of the world, while the dialogues packed a punch. Akshay Kumar stole our hearts, while Parineeti Chopra’s screen presence was appreciated. Check out the Kesari trailer right here.

Kesari Songs

The songs of Kesari are fantastic too. From Sanu Kehndi to Ajj Singh Garjega and Teri Mitti, each track has impressed one and all. In fact, they are being played on the loop by everyone. Check out all the songs right here.

Kesari Promos

Apart from the trailer and songs, the makers have dropped several promos of the movie. From dialogue promos to the making videos, each one will leave you captivated. Check them out right here.

Kesari Budget

The budget of Kesari is around Rs 80 – 100 crore, which includes all the costs of making the movie and promoting it. This puts the movie in the mid to big-budget film bracket.

Kesari Screen-count

While there is no confirmation on the screen space, Kesari should get 3000 plus screens across India. The movie will surely work in both multiplexes as well as single screens. So it will get a fair share of both.

Kesari Box Office Predictions

Everyone is already predicting how much Kesari will earn at the box office. According to Super Cinema, Akshay Kumar – Parineeti Chopra’s film might open around Rs 28 – 30 crore on day 1. This will translate to a Rs 100 crore plus weekend. But it remains to be seen how much the movie will earn at the box office.

Kesari Box Office Collection

The box office collections of Kesari are still awaited. Make sure to stay tuned to this space as we get you all the collections as well as reports right here.

Kesari Review

We still have to review Kesari. Stay tuned for our mid-movie and full review right here.

Kesari Public Review

The public review of Kesari is still awaited, but what do you think? How will it be?

So there you have it! That was everything you needed to know about Kesari. How excited are you about Akshay Kumar – Parineeti Chopra’s film? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news, updates and gossip about Kesari right here.

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Alia Bhatt cannot stop smiling as she celebrates her birthday in the most special way – view pics

Alia Bhatt gets warm wishes from the media on her birthday

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Not just a pretty face, she’s also a very talented actress, and more than anything, a beautiful soul. We’re talking about none other than Alia Bhatt. Ms Bhatt turned 26 today and her friends made it a special one for her. Her close buddies Karan Johar, Anushka Ranjan, Ayan Mukerji and boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor brought in her birthday at her Juhu apartment. Her parents Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan were also present for the celebrations.

This afternoon too was special for Alia as she celebrated her birthday with the media. She was given a bouquet of flowers and a sketch of her close-up photo. She cut the cake and seemed very happy in the pictures while she celebrated her birthday with the media. The Brahmastra beauty chose a simple black dress teamed with a pair of silver holographic daddy sneakers, and her cute smile was the perfect cherry on the top. What’s more? She also clicked selfies with the media folks.






The Highway actress is on cloud nine as it has been a great start of the year for her with Gully Boy. And now, her upcoming movies Kalank and Brahmastra have also created a buzz among the masses. Alia will also be making her Telugu debut with Baahubali director S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR.

We wish Alia a very happy birthday!

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Deepika Padukone unveils her wax statue and Ranveer Singh couldn’t take his eyes off it

Deepika Padukone unveiled her wax statue at Madame Tussauds in London

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The Bollywood Diva Deepika Padukone’s most-awaited wax statue has been finally unveiled and it is nothing but gorgeous. Deepika was accompanied by husband Ranveer Singh and he couldn’t take his eyes off the statue. While she was in London to unveil the statue, Deepika went live on her Instagram handle for her fans who were equally excited about the event. Last year, she had even posted a picture on Instagram while choosing the eye-colour for her wax-statue.

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The statue is an exact replica of the actress from IIFA 2016 when she wore a champagne-coloured lehenga with a sheer net cape over it. She had accessorized this Sabyasachi creation with diamond-emerald jewellery. This was one of the many iconic sartorial choices from her wardrobe.

At the unveiling of the wax statue, Ranveer was awestruck and he asked, ‘Can I take it home?’

Aww! Deepika was not only accompanied by Ranveer but also by her parents and in-laws for the event.

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❤️ @madametussauds

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The wax statue definitely depicts her success across the globe just like the other Indian icons who have their wax statues at Madame Tussauds. The list includes Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Madhuri Dixit Nene. And now Deepika is one of them. Aren’t we just proud of her?

On the work front, the actress is working on her film Chhapaak which is a Megha Gulzar directorial. The film is based on the acid-attack survivor, Lakshmi Agarwal. Deepika is not just acting in the film but is also co-producing it. We’re eagerly looking forward to this project as it’s been a while since we last saw the actress on the big screen. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for the latest updates from the world of Bollywood.

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