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Raat Akeli Hai- What The Critics Have To Say

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Raat Akeli Hai, a movie starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Radhika Apte, is finally out on Netflix.

The story revolves around Social Issues in a very complicated and unpredictable manner, directed by Honey Trehan. A lot of people have been waiting for it to come out since it has such an epic star cast. While everyone had really high expectations, things came out to be a little unpredictable too with the reviews.

 

Entertainment times- 3/5 stars

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“Raat Akeli Hai is an unpredictable whodunit, where ‘who did it’, is more interesting than the ‘how and why’. After Mukesh Chhabra who made his directorial debut with Dil Bechara, noted casting director Honey Trehan too has donned the director’s hat for the first time in this Agatha Christie styled investigative drama. However, what he lacks as a first time director is to infuse the grittiness that Chaubey or Bhardwaj bring to the table. An element of fear, urgency, nervous energy and tension are mandatory in crime mysteries. At 2 hours and 29 minutes, the film devoid of the thrill factor, feels long-winded and exhausting.”

 

NDTV- 4/5 stars

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“Raat Akeli Hai, understated and compelling, is a meticulously crafted whodunnit cast in the classic mould. It deals with shocking acts of moral depravity. But the film steers clear of exploitative sleaze, graphic violence and foul language. It is a genre film about a cop out to nail a murderer but it keeps worn out conventions down to the minimum.”

 

Firstpost- 4/5 stars

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“Raat Akeli Hai sends you on a wild goose chase, exploring the shady dealings between the police-politicians nexus in UP and a rich, reputable family fighting for relevance in their small community. As the secrets start tumbling out, the story gets darker.”

 

Hindustan Times- 

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“The ‘chhuris’ are out in Raat Akeli Hai, a homegrown murder mystery on Netflix that doubles as an impressive directorial debut for Bollywood casting director Honey Trehan. It’s the rare mainstream Indian film that doesn’t seem to be in a rush to tell its story, and earns its daunting two-and-a-half hour runtime — deviating from the primary plot when it wants to, and fleshing out its archetypal characters with care.”

 

The wire-

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“Raat Akeli Hai, directed by Honey Trehan, grabs our attention right from the start. Its first five minutes are suspenseful and evocative: long shots of a car and a truck on a highway at night, lit only by their headlights; not a single word of dialogue; two murders. The victims, returning from Gwalior to Kanpur, were Raghubeer’s first wife and driver, killed five years ago.”

 

Even IMDb gave it a score of 7.6/10 which is considered to be pretty strong.

To read Dil Bechara’s critic reviews, visit – Dil Bechara- Here’s What The Critics Have To Say

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Bejoy Nambiar’s Taish Is Set To Premiere On October 29 On Zee5

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Bejoy Nambiar’s multi-starrer film Taish hits the screens on Zee5 on October 29, the makers announced on Monday. Starring Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Jim Sarbh and Harshvardhan Rane, Taish is a revenge drama. Bejoy Nambiar’s Taish is a test of human emotions and perseverance to fight all odds. The film is being released on ZEE5 an over-the-top media service on 29 October 2020 as a feature film and as six-episode series simultaneously.

 

Bejoy has directed films like Shaitan, David, Wazir and Solo are all set for his fifth film.

“It is a revenge drama that surrounds two families and an incident that ignites a storm. With love and revenge as a strong motif, the story will take you through an emotionally wild ride. This has been a passion project from the word go and I really hope the audience will acknowledge our labour of hard work,” said Nambiar in a statement.

 

#TAISH October 29.. directed by @bejoynambiar .. Here’s presenting a glimpse of our passion project..! Happy to be a part of this one with such talented people!!

Jim Sarbh described the film as a “thrilling investigation of male relationships”. “Their strength and depth, on one hand, and the cycles of abuse, violence, and deep-seated helplessness, on another,” the “Sanju” actor said. Rane, who made his Bollywood debut with the 2016 romance drama “Sanam Teri Kasam”, described the film as a “wild ride”.

Kriti Kharbanda said “Taish” was one of the most passionate projects she had worked on with an extremely talented set of co-actors. “The millennials will absolutely relate to the story, everyone has been to a wedding that has had its fair share of drama and madness. Relationships will be tested and trust will be broken,” the “Housefull 4” actor added.

Moreover, Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kharbanda are teaming up for 14 Phere, a tale of two weddings. It will be an “incredibly funny love story”. The film will be shot in Lucknow, Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai and will go on the floors by November. It is slated to release on July 9, 2021.

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Zohra Sehgal: Google Pays A Special Tribute To Iconic Actress

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On Tuesday, the legendary Indian actress Zohra Sehgal appeared on Google Doodle, as the search engine paid a special tribute to her. Her film ‘Neecha Nagar’ was released today at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946 and officially received the Palme d’Or award, the highest honour at the festival.

Sahibzaadi Begum Zohra Mumtazullah Khan was born in Uttar Pradesh on April 27, 1912. At the beginning of her 20s, Zohra Sehgal enrolled in a prestigious ballet school in Germany and went on an international tour with the legendary Indian dancer Uday Shankar. She also became a teacher in Uday Shankar’s troupe, and found Kameshwar Sehgal, the man of her dreams. In August 1942, they tied the knot and had two children.

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Zohra Sehgal, an actress, dancer, and choreographer, started her career as a contemporary dance troupe member. She took up acting and flaunted her prowess later in the 1940s. Her career spanned over six decades. Moreover? dubbed as the ‘Doyenne of Indian Theatre,’ in which she made a mark in many British films, TV shows, and Bollywood movies. Still wondering why Google today paid Zohra Sehgal a heartening tribute? Well, the evergreen actress Neecha Nagar’s film was released at the Cannes Film Festival on this day in 1946. It is the first Indian film ever to earn the Palme d’Or, the highest award at the festival.

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Zohra Sehgal was an epitome of talent and beauty

Recognizing the contribution of Zohra Sehgal to the arts and entertainment community, she was honoured with Padma Shri (1998), Kalidas Samman (2001), and Padma Vibhushan (2010). The National Academy for Music , Dance and Drama of India presented her with its highest award for lifetime achievement, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship.

With her last appearance being the 2007 release ‘Saawariya’ by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. Zohra Sehgal has made a huge contribution to Bollywood. She has appeared in hits such as Cheeni Kum, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Dil Se, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, and Veer Zaara, to name just a few.

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Zohra Sehgal passed away on July 10, 2014 at her Delhi residence at the age of 102. Her signature humour, however, was still in place. Also for that, she is still remembered. In Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor’s Saawariya, her final Bollywood appearance was in 2007. Moreover, in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali helmed film, she starred as Lillian a.k.a. Lillipop.

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Harami Trailer: Emraan Hashmi’s Indo-American Film

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The trailer of Emraan Hashmi’s new film Harami dropped off the Internet on Monday. Written and directed by Shyam Madiraju, the film will premiere at Busan International Film Festival in October. The Busan International film festival will take place from October 21 to October 30. The “hard-hitting street saga’, Harami has been nominated in the film, director and audience categories, known as the New Currents Award, Kim Jiseok Award and the KNN Audience award, respectively.

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Sharing the trailer on social media, Shyam Madiraju wrote:

“Official selection to New Currents main competition section of Busan International Film Festival 2020. Harami is a hard-hitting, visually striking street saga of youth crime and broken destinies, love and redemption, played out against the vibrant backdrop of chaotic and relentless Mumbai.”

Cast

Harami also features Rizwan Shaikh, Danshree Patil, Harsh Rajendra Rane, Ashutosh Gaikwad, Machindra Ghadkar, Sarthak Dusane, Manish Mishra, Yash Kamble, Durgesh Gupta, Aditya Bhagat, Starr Liu, Diksha Nisha and Adil Khan.

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Harami focuses on the story of a teenage boy, who pickpockets at local Mumbai stations with his gang. His life takes a 180-degree when he falls in hopelessly in love with the daughter of one of his victims, who died by suicide after being robbed. On his path of redemption, the boy faces strong opposition from his boss (Emraan Hashmi).

Talking about his character, Emraan Hashmi says,

“My character is a former English teacher who does a U-turn to become the ringleader of a gang of young pickpockets who frequent Mumbai locals. So, while everyone around him speaks Bambaiya Hindi, Sagar Bhai chooses to speak in English because he’s tutoring these slum kids in the language too, so they can hoodwink unsuspecting foreign tourists and flick their wallets.”

Earlier this month, Emraan Hashmi unveiled his first look from the film. He can be seen sporting long curly hair with a gold chain and a pair of framed spectacles in the poster.

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Talking about the film, director Shyam said in a statement,

“Harami, while set in the streets and slums of Mumbai is a universal story of hope and redemption. The film, a labour of love, took me over two years to just scout during numerous visits to India and despite all the monumental challenges we shot live in Victoria Terminus, Bombay Central, and other trains stations, a feat not for the faint-hearted. With crews over 200 including international talent from America, UK, Denmark and South Africa, Harami was a global production set in the slums of Dharavi and crowded streets of Mohamed Ali Road.”

On casting Emraan, Madiraju went on to say,

“It was Emraan Hashmi playing the role of ‘Sagar Bhai’ a very Dickensian Feagin-like character who is a former English teacher turned gang lord who is the real revelation of the film. The role complex and nuanced and unlike anything Emraan had done before, was a true challenge for both Emraan and me.”

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