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Vicky Kaushal, Radhika Apte, Rajkummar Rao – 5 stars that broke the boundaries in 2018

Who was the breakout star of 2018 – Vicky Kaushal, Radhika Apte, Rajkummar Rao, Taapsee Pannu or Ayushmann Khurrana?



2018 was a good year for Bollywood with some amazing concept and content-based films. The people ruling the big screen were not the superstars but the next-door faces. The stories weren’t nice, of or for the elite, or stories no one could identify with. They were amazingly normal, and the characters were from amongst us. Where big films with big stars failed to interest the audience, it was the small-town stories and the Pankaj Tripathi in Stree and Surekha Sikri in Badhaai Ho that bought audiences to the theaters. Let’s take a look at the winners of the year 2018 vis-a-vis performances, and rejoice that we are finally moving towards a better future for Bollywood.

# Vicky Kaushal: The new-found national crush of this past year Vicky Kaushal, is on hyper mode, giving us amazing performances. With five releases, of which two were on OTT platforms, Love Per Square Foot (LPSF) and Lust Stories, and three theatrical films, Sanju, Raazi and Manmarziyaan as his arsenal, he blazed his way into public hearts, and doesn’t look likely to leave soon. With his unique earthy charm and versatile acting, we are quite in love with him.

# Radhika Apte: It was hard not to spot Radhika Apte last year even for someone living under a rock, as she was ‘omnipresent’, like Netflix India titled her. Radhika was everywhere—on the big screen and  OTTs with a strong screen presence and unique roles. She appeared in six projects, of which two (Sacred Games, Ghoul) were Netflix Original series, one (Lust Stories) was a Netflix Original film, and three (Padman, Andhadhun and Bazaar) were theatrical releases. Whoa! Let me get my breath back! Every part she played was a treat, and we love that she’s all over the place, as long as she gives us the kind of performances she is.

# Ayushmann Khurana: The man for whom a normal storyline is boring and who needs something unconventional every time, Ayushmann without breaking his streak  did two very out-of-the-box roles last year. Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho were his releases that made the last leg of the year worth going to the theatres. Damn, this man even impressed us as a blind pianist. Ayushmann, is there something you can’t do?

# Rajkummar Rao: The day is not far away when Rajkummar will be the name of a genre, and his films, the master-classes. Last year, the National Award winning actor entered the Rs 100 crore club with his film Stree, where he played a ladies tailor in a village that has spirit who makes an annual festival visit. Rajkummar did what he does best, portraying vulnerability on screen has been his super power, and with such a script, magic had to happen.

# Taapsee Pannu: Taapsee is winning us with her candid Instagram profile and her superb choice of characters. Playing a lady trying to save her in-laws from false allegations in Mulk, and the complexed Rumi from Manmarziyaan, Taapsee had her heart in both, and our hearts for both. After Pink, Taapsee has become more conscious about her choices and we are the happier for that.

All of these actors were revelations last year, and we definitely crave for more from them. Luckily for the public, this lot also has a good number of projects in 2019, and the wait is getting difficult. Who is your breakout star for 2018? Do let us know in the comments section what do you feel about them!


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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