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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?



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!


7 facts about Balasaheb Thackeray you need to know before seeing Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Thackeray

Check out the Shiv Sena supremo, Balasaheb Thackeray’s connections to Bollywood, his love for cigars, and his favorite cuisine…



Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Keshav Thackeray is one of the most regarded Indian politician we know! Born to a Maharashtrian family in 1926, Balasaheb was the eldest son of the family and after starting Shiv Sena in 1966, he remained the party chief till he passed away in 2012. He was a great artist, writer and orator, but an even better leader. He advocated the best interests of Maharashtrians in the political and professional landscape of the state. In fact, he was a guy who could hold onto a crowd and stimulate them with his powerful words.

The Shiv Sena supremo had a huge following and even today, people remember him. A biopic has been made on him, Thackeray. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the leader, the film is releasing on January 25. But before the film releases, we want you to know 5 lesser-known facts about Balasaheb Thackeray that you need to know before seeing Siddiqui’s Thackeray.

# Cartoon-mania: Balasaheb Thackeray was not only a writer, orator and an activist, he was also a cartoonist. In fact, he started off as a cartoonist in The Free Press Journal in Mumbai. He made several political cartoons, which were also published in The Times of India’s Sunday edition. He had even launched weekly column called Marmik by 1960. It was an anti-migrant satirical weekly.

#  Foodie’s delight: Thackeray was a huge foodie. Not only did he love his wife’s cooking, but he used to order food from the best restaurants in the city. His trysts with Chinese, Thai and non-vegetarian cuisines go a long way. He loved mutton biryani, pomfret curry and spicy food. He was a coffee person too, but after entering politics and suffering some health issues, he resorted to simple and vegetarian food.

# Wine and Dine: Balasaheb loved beer. He used to have several different kinds of beer, especially with meals. But after learning about the calories, he switched to wine. he loved fine, French wine, especially white wine. He wouldn’t mind champagne too.

# Cuban-tryst: The Shiv Sena Supremo loved smoking, especially pipes. But after being introduced to cigars, he switched to them completely. He loved luxury and would have friends fly in full-bodied, Cuban cigars especially Havana for him. He used to take break in between cigars, but he loved them to be thick and long, like the Churchill-sized Havana.

# Bolly-connect: Thackeray was very close to several Bollywood stars. He loved movies, so obviously, he would have come in contact with several stars, right? Especially because he had so much power and influence. He has gone out of his way and helped the likes of Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.

In fact, Bachchan Sr even recalls the time when the politician’s ambulance ferried him to the hospital after his accident on the sets of Coolie. Balasaheb had also visited him in the hospital and carried a painting which showed Amitabh defeating Yamraj. Lata Mangeshkar also regarded Balasaheb as a father figure, while Rajinikanth had also come to visit him.

# Hitler-love: Shiv Sena’s chief also was a staunch follower and admirer of Adolf Hitler. You could see the similarities in some of their speeches. He was also an anti-communist like the German leader.

# Hollywood calling: Even Michael Jackson had come to meet Thackeray. And from what we hear, he also autographed the toilet he used while he was there. Crazy, isn’t it?

What do you guys have to say about these interesting and lesser-known facts about Balasaheb Thackeray? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to Cine Blitz as we get you all the updates about Thackeray right here.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s love for playing real life parts will leave you startled

Playing real characters inspires Nawazuddin Siddiqui, read on to know more



After all the excitement of release dates of other films being shifted around, Thackeray is all set to hit the big screens next week on January 25. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is playing Balasaheb Thackeray in this biopic. Interestingly, he has played many real life characters before this and many of the films that got him appreciation were biopics or were based on real events.

To list a few, in Nandita Das’s Manto, Nawaz played the character of the famous writer Saadat Hasan Manto. He portrayed with finesse the pain and inner struggle that Manto had gone through when he had to leave Bombay and settle in Pakistan. In the 2015 release Manjhi – The Mountain Man, Nawaz played Dashrath Manjhi who is popularly known as the ‘Mountain Man’. Dashrath’s achievement was that he had carved a path through a 25-feet high mountain using only hammer and chisel.

Nawaz is known for his versatility and his portrayal of off-beat characters right from the very beginning. He also has a special interest in playing real life characters and is known to bring them alive on the screen. Nawaz says, “I get inspired from real life characters and not from films. My entire observation and learning is from real people”. Portraying such characters is not easy – his roles have been taxing and needed a lot of hard work. “It is true that you give a lot to your character and in return it also takes a lot from you. This give and take is a process,” he adds.

After Thackeray he will be seen in director Ritesh Batra’s Photograph, releasing on March 8. Photograph will also be screened at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival. Nawaz and his hunger for playing real life roles has given us some good cinema, and we look forward to more of it.

Let us know in the comments section below whether you think Nawaz has managed to capture the essence of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray or not.

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Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sonu Sood make Ramesh Taurani’s birthday bash a starry affair – view pics

Ramesh Taurani celebrated his birthday with Salman Khan and other B-Town celebs – view pics



When it comes to glitz, glam and fun, there is nothing like Bollywood’s parties and when they are birthday parties, the whole B-town comes together. Recently, it was Sidharth Malhotra’s birthday when everyone came together to wish him and last night saw B-towners turn up in full attendance to bring in producer Ramesh Taurani’s birthday. The Bollywood celebrities were seen making their way to his apartment to make his birthday a memorable one. Taurani has produced films like Solider, Ajab Prem ki Gazab Kahani, Phata Poster Nikla Hero and many more including the Race franchisee.

The entire Race 3 gang including Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Sonu Sood, Bobby Deol were seen attending the do. However, director Remo D’Souza gave the do a miss. Jacqueline sported a super-casual look with black knitted shirt and blue ripped denim skirt. Like always Salman was spotted making a late entry at the party. Apart from this television industry too was seen there. Seen coming for the bash were Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha, Alka Yagnik, Ayush Sharma, Satish Kaushik, Rupa Ganguly, Parmeet Sethi and Archana Puran Singh, Sriram Raghwan and many more.

On work front, the news of Taurani producing Race 4 is all over the industry and buzz is that Salman will be leading the film. Though Race 3 didn’t really have good public reviews it hit the box office with a bang and raked in a lot of money. Anyway, here’s wishing Ramesh Taurani a very Happy Birthday and wishing him all the love, luck and happiness!

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