Laal Kaptaan review: Here’s what critics feel about the Saif Ali Khan starrer

New Delhi: Saif Ali Khan's highly awaited revenge-drama 'Laal Kaptaan' has finally hit the silver screens today and fans are eager to watch Saif in the garb of a Naga Sadhu.

The film also stars Manav Vij, Zoya Hussain, Deepak Dobriyal and Sonakshi Sinha in cameo appearances and is helmed by Navdeep Singh of 'NH10' fame.

Saif's first look from the film was unveiled in August this year and took social media by storm.

Now that the film has finally reached theatres, reviews have started pouring in.

Here's what critics feel about 'Laal Kaptaan':

Director Navdeep Singh, who has earlier helmed critically-acclaimed films like 'Manorama Six Feet Under' and 'NH10', attempts to create a period saga, with revenge as the central theme and an assortment of characters. But sadly, it fails to create the menacing impact it sets out to have. The narrative is too long drawn out and often meanders. Characters and subplots appear and disappear at whim, and some are not coherently etched out. Sonakshi Sinha is seen a cameo, but then you blink for a second, and she’s gone. Laal Kaptaan’s effect at best is sporadic – there are moments that may hook you, even shock you, but there are also too many scenes that are just laborious.- TimesofIndia.com

There are shades of Aamir Khan’s trickster from Thugs of Hindostan in the tracker, but thankfully there’s more that separates than unites these two films, even though both are set in north India in the late 1700s. This is a more convincing snapshot of what the region must have been like, with everyone looking out for themselves and national identity barely a gleam in anyone’s eye. There's a wealth of eccentric period detail: for instance, the Pindaris – plunderers and foragers of the time – who set off after Rahmat Khan are presented as the film’s equivalent of commedia dell'arte or a nautanki troupe. - Livemint.com

Saif Ali Khan, who spends most of his time togged out as Naga sadhu, face streaked with white and black, long dreadlocks snaking down his back, wielding swords and scabbards, is a sight. So is Deepak Dobriyal, who plays a kind of jokey funster, and he has the best lines in the film, so does a little Maratha princeling who is the butt of many jokes. Manav Vij, who was so good in Andhadhun, comes off comparatively colourless. Hussain is striking as a kohl-eyed lower-caste dusky woman pitted against a fair, beautiful queen (Singh).

But the plot, such as there is, doesn’t hold, making the characters struggle for relevance. - Indianexpress.com

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Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonakshi Sinha remember Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary

New Delhi: Ayushmann Khurrana and `Mission Mangal` star Sonakshi Sinha remembered the Missile Man of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, on his 88th birth anniversary on Tuesday.

"Paying homage to the visionary, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary today," wrote the `Dream Girl` actor.

Further addressing him as a source of inspiration, he added, "May your thoughts continue to inspire our coming generations.

"Sonakshi who recently starred in `Mission Mangal`, loosely based on the life of scientists in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and India`s Mars mission also paid homage to the visionary scientist and late former President of the country.

While India continues to achieve new milestones in space science, remembering #TheMissileManOfIndia, #APJAbdulKalam, on his birth anniversary. His contributions to the country are immense, and guide us even today," she wrote.

In 2002, Dr Kalam became the 11th president of India and was popularly known as `People`s President` for his friendly nature to one and all.

Earlier in the day, actor-politician Sunny Deol also honoured the `Missile Man` sharing a picture of him with a quote - "Dream is not the thing you see in sleep but is the thing which doesn`t let you sleep."

Dr Kalam was one of the minds behind the development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI missiles and for building indigenous capability in critical technologies through networking of multiple institutions.

He also served as the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development from July 1992 to December 1999.

The former President died of a cardiac arrest on July 27, 2015, while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. 

 

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Sara Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha twin in neon and black—Pics

New Delhi: Bollywood actresses Sonakshi Sinha and Sara Ali Khan were papped in Mumbai today and were seen twinning in a neon-green jacket and black tights. Both divas were all smiles as the shutterbugs captured them and radiated cheerful vibes!

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On the work front, Sara has interesting projects up her sleeve. She will be seen with rumoured beau Kartik Aaryan in Imtiaz Ali's 'Aaj Kal'. The film has been high on the buzzword ever since the lead pair was announced.

Sara is also a part of Varun Dhawan's 'Coolie No. 1'. Helmed by David Dhawan, 'Coolie No. 1' is a remake of the 1995 blockbuster of the same name.

Coming to Sonakshi, she will be seen playing a special role in Saif Ali Khan starrer 'Laal Kaptaan'. Her first look from the film was unveiled recently, in which she was seen in a different avatar with her face covered in a veil.

She also has Salman Khan starrer 'Dabangg 3' in her kitty.

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Sonakshi Sinha’s first look from ‘Laal Kaptaan’ unveiled—Check inside

New Delhi: Bollywood stunner of an actress Sonakshi Sinha will be seen in a special role in Saif Ali Khan starrer 'Laal Kaptaan'. The movie is directed by 'NH 10' helmer Navdeep Singh.

Noted film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter and shared it with fans. He wrote: “Guess karo... Sonakshi Sinha appears in special appearance in #LaalKaptaan... Stars Saif Ali Khan... Directed by Navdeep Singh... Eros International and Aanand L Rai presentation... 18 Oct 2019 release.”

Sonakshi can be seen in a different avatar and sits pretty with her face covered in a veil.

The movie is produced by Eros International and Aanand L Rai's Colour Yellow Productions.

'Laal Kaptaan' is set to release on October 18, 2019.

The movie features Saif Ali Khan, Manav Vij, Zoya Hussain, Deepak Dobriyal and Sonakshi in a cameo.

Saif will be seen playing a Naga Sadhu in the movie and the trailer which released a few days back received a warm response from the viewers.

 

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Sonakshi Sinha trolled for not knowing a Ramayana question, actress hits back

New Delhi: Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha came under the scanner on Sunday after she failed to answer a question on Ramayana during a Kaun Banega Crorepati episode.

Sonakshi graced the 11th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati on Sunday. While she was on the hot seat, Sona was asked,  for whom did Lord Hanuman get the Sanjeevani Buti in the epic 'Ramayana'. Four options were given to the actress—A. Sugreev, B. Laxman, C. Sita D. Ram but the actress failed to answer it without opting for a lifeline. She has been facing the wrath of the trolls on social media but now the actress has finally reacted.

Taking to Twitter, Sonakshi wrote,"Dear jaage hue trolls.I don't even remember the Pythagoras theorem,Merchant of Venice,Periodic Table,Chronology of the Mughal Dynasty,aur kya kya yaad nahi woh bhi yaad nahi. Agar aapke paas koi kaam nahi aur Itna time hai toh please yeh sab pe bhi memes banao na. I love memes."

KBC 11 is hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and is one of the most-watched family shows on television. 

On the work front, Sonakshi was last seen in Mission Mangal starring Akshay Kumar,

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KBC 11: Sonakshi Sinha trolled for not knowing the answer to a question on Ramayana

New Delhi: Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha appeared on popular quiz based reality show Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. The show is airing its 11th season and Sonakshi, who was last seen in 'Mission Mangal' was on the 'hot seat' last night.

The actress was asked for whom did Lord Hanuman get the Sanjeevani Buti in the epic 'Ramayana'. Four options were given to the actress—A. Sugreev, B. Laxman, C. Sita D. Ram.

When the actress failed to answer this question and opted for a lifeline, netizens took to Twitter and trolled her.

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KBC 11 is one of the most popular shows of Indian television and is watched by almost the entire country. The show focuses on GK questions and tests the participants' understanding about various subjects.

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Sonakshi Sinha wants to be an ambassador of this brand

Mumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha has fronted many ads, but she has shown a keen interest in being the ambassador of Rajasthani artisan Ruma Devi's brand that could empower women.

"Ruma Devi is an inspiration for all the women who are willing to work hard and be independent. The moment she revealed that she wants to build her own brand empowering women, I did not hesitate for a moment to support her for the same but also lent my support to be the brand ambassador," Sonakshi said about Ruma, who has stitching and embroidery skills. She had even trained thousands of artisans in Rajasthan.

"I had learnt embroidery in my college days and it was a nostalgic moment for me to sit with 'Karamveer' Ruma to support her on the hot seat who has taught 22,000 women to be skilled workers and they can now proudly say, they are independent and can earn a livelihood," added Sonakshi.

Ruma and Sonakshi recently shot together for a Karamveer episode for "Kaun Banega Crorepati".

 

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