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Raazi, Andhadhun, 2.0 – 10 films that changed the game in 2018

PadMan, Pari, Raazi, Veere Di Wedding, Stree, Andhadhun and several other Bollywood films became the gamechanger of Bollywood in 2018!



2018 was a year that saw some great cinematic gems emerging from the Bollywood folds. Of the lot, there were some that stood out for their bold takes, strong stories and stronger characters. Some of them like – Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho – went on to be game-changers in the industry. These are films that have paved the way for many of their kind to follow and the audience is certainly looking forward to this change. Here’s looking at some of last year’s movies that will go down in cinematic history for such going into uncharted territories!

# PadMan: The producers of PadMan need to be applauded for picking a subject like menstruation and then bringing it to the big screen in a commercial format top-lined by a Bollywood star. PadMan – starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte – went on to do good business too, proving the viability of a subject few would’ve dared to touch.

# Veere Di Wedding: Chick flick, female buddy film, Dil Chahta Hai’s women version, call it what you may, but nothing can change the fact that the film took the BO by storm. While the film isn’t a go-to-guide for the modern, urban woman’s lifestyle problems, it does entertain and bring out taboo topics with a rare flair. What took it further was the acceptance it got from the audience across genders. This one certainly makes the cut to our list.

# Badhaai Ho: A sleeper hit, this film starring Neena Gupta, Ayushman Khurana and Gajraj Rao proved that content is not to be taken for granted neither with the audience nor at the BO. The film turned out to be quite an entertainer drawing in the moolah, the crowds and the accolades. Doesn’t happen every day in Bollywood, so yes Badhaai Ho!

# Stree: A mid-budget horror comedy, Stree had little going for it barring the two names Rajkumarr Rao and Shraddha Kapoor. Yet the interesting concept saw the film exorcise ghosts off the horror genre, at the BO. This little nugget of a fun film was a surprise hit.

# Andhadhun: When you have a director like Sriram Raghavan helming what he does best – a thriller – you already know it’s a fare you will thoroughly enjoy. This edge-of-the-seat drama saw Ayushmann take on Tabu and what you get on screen is sheer fireworks. Far removed from the conventional stories churned out regularly, never before have the lines between protagonist and antagonist blurred so beautifully.

# 2.0: The Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar starrer magnum sci-fi opus makes it to the list for the sheer courage to dream big and executing it too. The VFX effects were much lauded and the film raised the bar for the genre in Bollywood.

# Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety: One of the highest grossing films last year, Luv Ranjan’s comedy stands out for the chemistry between its three lead characters ably supported by the other cast. With hit numbers adding to the magic, the film had its producers laughing all the way to the bank.

# Raazi: The sensitive story of a spy that Meghna Gulzar brilliantly crafted has been equally beautifully portrayed on-screen by Alia Bhatt and her screen husband, Vicky Kaushal. A film that quietly makes a mark and holds itself from becoming an Indo-Pak melodrama.

# Pari: Anushka Sharma’s dared to venture into unchartered territories with her production house and Pari is the result. It’s not every day that a female producer, dares to make a scare fare and succeeds. Well, Pari may not have set the BO on fire, but Anushka certainly scores as a performer and a producer.

# Mukkabaaz: Anurag Kashyap’s film on the struggles of a small-town boxer, hit home. Vineet Kumar Singh was celebrated as a real find, and the film in spite of a lesser-known cast delivered the right punch at the BO.

This is our list, but we’d love to know which films you think should be included in it. Write your comments below.


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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