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Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb Receives Flak Over First Look

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Over the past couple of years, Akshay Kumar has done a slew of movies – many of which have been biopics or documentaries. As expected, people have lauded him time and again for the topics he chooses and the characters he portrays. But there is a side that has often been hushed down as well. This time around, it comes in the form of major criticism by transgender people. Not only this, the comments especially from women, about his role in Laxmmi Bomb (2020) are quite bad.

Akshay Kumar in First Instagram Look of Laxmmi Bomb

What’s the movie “Laxmmi Bomb” all about?

 The plot follows the “hilarious experiences” of a ghost fearing man. This man is possessed by a transgender woman. Understandably, trans women across the country have taken to Instagram and other social media sites to talk about how insensitive and disrespectful the casting is.

The casting is insensitive – plain and simple

 Indian society is far from being accepting of trans people. Even basic human decency is denied to them. Therefore, to see attempts to make a joke out of their existence is pathetic. Also, Akshay Kumar has built a reputation of telling stories that aren’t his, to begin with. Further, he is proceeding to center them around himself. He becomes the hero in women’s struggles and the leader of a group of women scientists working on the Mars mission. He is the face of posters, trailers, and gets a big chunk of the screen time as well.

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Where are the trans actors?

This is a question that people have been asking directors for years – be it in Bollywood or Hollywood. When Scarlett Johansson proudly took on the role of a trans man (it ended up getting cancelled due to backlash), the transgender community asked a simple question – why are cisgender actors allowed to play transgender characters, when the opposite is still a distant reality?

It is as if they, as women and as members of the society, are not allowed to tell their own stories! So, Making crass jokes, shifting the focus, or giving the credit of our success to someone else is not authentic representation.

Already, transphobic memes are being made, and the comment sections are full of people who are too busy worshipping Akshay Kumar and his acting skills. Therefore, a cis man portraying a transgender woman is not proof of his talent as an actor. It is proof of the continued erasure of trans women and a denial of their genuine representation in mainstream media.

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4 Evergreen Netflix Rom-Com To Watch!

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Netflix keeps adding great movies and we keep dropping them in our to watch lists. But these few rom-com movies and shows are definitely worth watching without delay. Winter is just around the corner, so what’s better than a warm mug of hot chocolate and a heartwarming movie to cheer you up?

 

1. Always Be My Maybe

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What happens when two childhood sweethearts run into each other, out of nowhere, decades later? Sasha and Marcus are now leading completely different lives, but as luck would have it, they meet and get talking yet again. The movie is decently socially aware, gives you a few good laughs, and many awe-worthy moments.

 

2. The Princess Switch

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Sure, the premise of the movie is unrealistic – but that does not mean The Princess Switch is any less hilarious or entertaining. A dutchess and a Chicago woman switch places for two days. As one enjoys the royal treatment and extravagance, the other soaks in normal life. Soon enough, they begin to fall for each other’s love interests!

 

3. No Reservations

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Kate Armstrong, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, is a highly skilled master chef. Her kitchen is held to the highest standards and her methods of working are intense. But soon, a series of events lead to her becoming the guardian of her sister’s daughter. Watch the movie to find out how she navigates the process of bringing up a child along with managing her career and an unexpected love interest – all at once. 

4. The Notebook

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Well, no list of romantic movies is completed without this one! The Notebook is as heartbreaking as it is endearing. A letter unfolds the love story that took place decades ago, spanning many years and conflicts, and how they manage to end up together in the end, through all odds.

Sometimes, we just want to watch a laid back movie on Netflix that can help us distract ourselves from our troubles. These movies are just that – they will make you laugh and cry, and steal your heart along the way! Check out more such amazing content here!

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Bhumi Pednekar In Bala: Yet Another Example Of Brownface In Bollywood

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Let’s start this article with a quick question. What is the common factor between Hritik Roshan in Super 30, Alia Bhatt in Udta Punjab, and Bhumi Pednekar in Bala? All three actors wore brownface in their respective Bollywood movies. They did so to appear darker and more “real” for their character. You might ask, well, is there anything wrong with that? Absolutely!

Bhumi’s first look in Bala

Bala has Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles. The movie tells the tale of a man coping with premature balding. And as a major subplot, it focuses on prejudice against dark skin.

And yes, the irony of casting Yami Gautam in the same film – an actress who proudly endorses fairness creams – is definitely not lost on us.

Why is brownface problematic?

How many times have your relatives suggested home remedies to make your skin lighter? Or, alternatively, how many times have you been praised and complimented for your fair skin? Just a quick look tells us that India has a major, major obsession with fair skin. And thus, it is clear to see that we associate it with beauty, attractiveness, and success. As for dark skin colours, the opposite is true.

What gives you the right to tell a story about a group or a community, all the while actively shunning their members based on gender, colour, caste, race, or sexuality?

How is it fair?

Obviously, Bollywood has a serious problem with representation. It refuses to cast actual actors who have lived or are living the experience it claims to support. So, be it Akshay Kumar playing a transgender woman in Laxmmi Bomb to now Bala, the same pattern is repeated again and again.

How did we get here?

Under British rule, white skin automatically meant you had power and money, and dark skin meant you were inferior. And even before that, our caste system was not devoid of colourism either. Fair-skinned people were wealthy, and dark-skinned people worked in the fields and faced centuries of oppression. As the decades progressed, companies began to exploit these ideas.

Hence, our skewed ideas of beauty, class and caste prejudices now sell fairness creams, lotions, and movies.

What can Bollywood do?

Hire dark-skinned actors. Hire the people you are writing about – the people whose lives you want to make money off of. Directors and actors alike need to do some serious introspection. They need to ask themselves what kind of work they want to do. Because with movies like these, they are telling stories for the sake of money or fame.

And no matter how hard they try to convince themselves, they are not bringing about any real change.

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First Look Of Much Anticipated “Pati, Patni Aur Woh!” Is Here!

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Kartik Aryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Pandey reveal their looks for their upcoming flick, “Pati, Patni Aur Woh”. Not to mention, that the much awaited and talked of film is finally around the corner, with all the millennial actors in it! What more can one ask for?! The movie is a remake of the 1978 original, by the same name. While Kartik and Bhumi play ‘Pati’ and ‘Patni’ respectively, Ananya’s character espouses a third-wheeling capacity altogether taken to a next level; slyly referred to as “Woh”!

The actors have teased us enough with slight hints and snippets of their shoot in Lucknow but they have finally been upfront about their looks and have posted the same on social media. Here’s a quick glance at the same!

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Bhumi Pednekar is the self-proclaimed ‘high maintenance’ wife, but only emotionally! Bhumi Pednekar was seen wearing a green sari, carrying a Physics textbook for CBSE Class XII, making it an obvious thing that her profession is gonna be that of a teacher. Ananya Panday’s look, on the other hand, is quite contrasting!

Ananya Pandey

“Yeh Agneepath hai, isse koi pyaar nahi kar paaya!” wrote Ananya Panday sharing her first look. The actress looks cool and funky in the first look, drawing heavy attention with her yellow sleeveless top and rose-tinted glasses, holding a denim jacket in her hand. And finally, the man of the movie, Kartik Aaryan shared his first look with the caption, “Haye… kya smile hai!”

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“Miliye Chintu Tyagi se.. Kanpur ke sabse aadarshvadi pati,” wrote Kartik Aaryan on Twitter introducing everyone to Chintu Tyagi. Although his character has an overall innocent look with a plain check shirt, riding a scooter – but the wink in the poster asserts a different shade to his character! The poster proclaimed Kartik Aaryan to be a ‘haalaat ka shikaar’ pati, who is stuck between the ‘patni’ and the ‘woh’ in the film.

Final Thoughts

“Pati, Patni aur Woh” is directed by Mudassar Aziz and releases on December 6. Well, who all are psyched now??

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