Movies to watch this week: Main Aur Mr.Riight and Lingaa

This week at theatres popular Television star Barun Sobti, making his debut, takes on superstar Rajinikanth. Will Mr Sobti face the wrath of Rajinikanth’s Lingaa or will he emerge victorious at box office fighting all odds? Answer awaits this weekend

Main Aur Mr. Riight

Director: Adeeb Rais

Star Cast: Barun Sobti, Shenaz Treasurywala, Kavi Shastri, Danny Sura, Maia Sethna, Anagha Mane, Varun Khandelwal

Synopsis: Main Aur Mr Riight is a story of 8 friends from different fields living their individual and successful lives. But the centre plot is about Aliya and Sukhi, played by Shehnaz Treasurywala and Barun Sobti respectively. The film termed as romantic comedy tells a tale of a single girl in search of her Mr Right. This slice of life is a realistic take on love, relationships and single-hood. It also raises the quintessential question of existence of Mr/Ms Right for everyone.

Why should you watch

The presence of Is Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? star is enough for all you Barun Sobti fans to warrant a visit to the theatres to catch Main Aur Mr Riight. And for those who are unaware of Barun Sobti’s star power and wondering why to watch a film full of newbies, then let me tell you that the film seems to have an interesting premise and seems to have something in common with Vir Das’ Amit Sahni Ki List. Infact both the films seem to be asking the same question – Does Mr/Ms Right exist? So if you like Vir Das’ hilarious take on love and relationships, there is a lot of possibility that you will like this romantic comedy.

Lingaa

Director: KS Ravikumar

Star Cast: Rajinikanth, Sonakshi Sinha, Anushka Shetty, Santhanam, Jagapati Babu, Karunakaran, Radha Ravi, Brahmanandam, Vijakumar, Manobala, Lauren J Irwin

Synopsis: Lingaa revolves around a dam being constructed during the pre-independence era under the British Raj. Rajinikanth plays the collector who looks over the dam’s construction and rebels against the British officials. Sonakshi Sinha, who makes her Tamil debut, is playing a village belle who falls for Rajinkanth’s stylish collector avatar. The film also spans to present times where Rajinikanth is seem romancing Southern hottie Anushka Shetty. The central plot of the film has been kept under tight wraps.

Why should you watch

The name Rajinikanth should suffice this question. Since Kochadaiiyaan was an animated film, with Lingaa, the superstar is back in his original avatar, four years after Robot. Sonakshi Sinha’s debut in Tamil should also attract some eyeballs. For the hardcore Bollywood movie buffs, presence of Sona in Lingaa will grab their attention. And the fact that Lingaa is being dubbed in Hindi is like an icing on the cake for Hindi viewers. AR Rahman’s music, KS Ravikumar’s skillful direction and Rajinikanth’s magic beckons you to theatres.

Katrina Kaif-Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone-Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma-Ranveer Singh- jodis that are set to return to the big screen again

These successful jodis will soon be seen setting the screens on fire yet again

When these actors were cast together they generated much buzz. It’s only natural that people are now looking forward to seeing them again on the big screen. A lot has been said about the chemistry that they share on screen and filmmakers have obviously taken note of it. Most of the movies that these pairs have starred in have also made money at the box office. And who doesn’t like repeating a success formula? Here are some pairs that will soon return to entertain the janta once more:

Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan

When they came together for Khoobsurat, which was a remake of the earlier classic by the same name, people didn’t know what to expect from this jodi. However, Fawad proved to be the perfect Prince Charming, and Sonam made for a great Disney’s desi doll. Their chemistry couldn’t be ignored in what went on to become the year’s best romcom. Just like their first movie together, their second outing too will be produced by Sonam’s sister Rhea. Based on the book author Anuja Chauhan’s book Battle For Bittora, the movie will see Sonam playing an animation expert, who finds herself contesting elections in Bittora opposite an ex-royal, played by Fawad.

Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha

Their first movie together Tevar releases next month, but it looks like Arjun and Sona have already caught filmmakers’ attention. There is buzz that they will star in the film made on Sahir Ludhianvi and Amrita Pritam’s life. Earlier, Priyanka Chopra was being considered for Sona’s role, but the actress couldn’t take on the role due to date issues. Fawad Khan is also slated to play an important role in the movie. While their chemistry in Tevar seems to be great, it’s the fate of the movie at the box office that will decide if Arjun-Sona make an exciting and commercially viable pair.

Shah Rukh Khan-Katrina Kaif

The last time they came together, it was for the late Yash Chopra’s swansong Jab Tak Hai Jaan. They danced and romanced in typical Yash Chopra style in the movie. This time, it will be Chopra’s son and YRF head honcho Aditya, who is likely to bring SRK and Kat together in his directorial venture. This seems to be Aditya’s nod to the pair that came together in his dad’s final movie. The last time they came together, SRK broke his rule of not locking lips on-screen, it remains to be seen what happens this time around.

Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt

While Varun lost Alia to Sidharth Malhotra in Student of the Year, but the two made an awesome pair in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (HSKD). Their chemistry in the movie was great and the two are keen to work together again. Now we hear, mentor Karan Johar might just make their wish come true. The filmmaker is likely to produce a romantic movie to be directed by HSKD director Shashank Khaitan, and is keen to cast the pair that starred in the movie too. If all goes well, this will be Varun and Alia’s third film together.

Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone

Ranbir and Deepika are a certified hit jodi at the box office. Their last outing Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani broke box office records. And now the two actors are getting together in Imtiaz Ali’s next movie titled Tamasha. While Ranbir has worked with Imtiaz in Rockstar, Deepika has worked with the director in Love Aaj Kal. This time the trio gets together.

Ranveer Singh-Anushka Sharma

Exes can be great co-stars. Looks like Anushka and Ranveer are out to prove this very statement. Not only have they acted in Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do, but they are all set to work together yet again. The movie will produced by Anushka’s banner and will be directed by Navdeep Singh, who has directed her first home production NH10. Anushka approached Ranveer for the movie and the actor liked the subject so much that he agreed to act in it instantly. The two YRF discoveries have previously acted in the productions house’s Band Baaja Baaraat and Ladies vs Ricky Bahl too.

Here’s why Sonakshi Sinha wants to do more of South films!

The Tevar actress talks about Lingaa and her plans to do south films

Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who feels southern movies are “content-rich”, says her forthcoming Tamil cinematic debut Lingaa won’t be a one-off film in her career as she’s keen to find more work in the industry.
“I would love to do more projects (down south) provided I get good scripts,” Sonakshi told IANS in an interview. ”The southern film industries are rich in content, which is why so many of their films get remade here (in Bollywood). I definitely don’t want (my southern film career) to end with Lingaa,” she said. Sonakshi may be a newcomer to the southern filmdom, but she has already developed a sort of relationship with the industry by starring in five Hindi remakes of south hits – Dabanng, Rowdy Rathore, Son of Sardaar, Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty and upcoming Tevar.

Also, four of her films so far have been with southern filmmakers A.R. Murugadoss and Prabhudeva. Therefore, working in Lingaa wasn’t any different for her, except the language. ”After working in so many southern remakes, I think I’ve developed a sense of familiarity with the way things function here. The only new challenge was to speak a language I don’t speak or understand and look convincing doing it,” she added. Lingaa, which releases in cinemas Friday, wasn’t the first Tamil project Sonakshi was offered. In fact, she was offered films in Telugu and Kannada in the past.

“I wasn’t able to take up those offers because of my commitments in Bollywood. Just like how Dabangg was an offer I couldn’t refuse, even though I never wanted to be an actress, so was Lingaa,” she said. She admits Rajinikanth was a “driving force” in her decision to act in Lingaa. ”It was an honour to share screen space with a living legend like him,” she said. Sonakshi wasn’t floored by the superstar status of 62-year old Rajinikanth. ”I was stunned by his simplicity and humble nature. He is a wonderful human being and truly a rare gem of a person,” she said.

But did it ever concern her that she was paired with a hero who’s in his sixties?

“It did cross my mind, but the role was such that it would not put either of us in an awkward situation,” she said, and added that since Rajinikanth and her father Shatrughan Sinha have been friends for many years, steps were taken to ensure nothing ever made her uncomfortable. In Lingaa, which is directed by K.S. Ravi Kumar, Sonakshi plays a character in the 1940s. She clarifies that the role won’t be similar to the one she essayed in Hindi period romance Lootera.

“I played a Bengali in Lootera, which was an intense love story. In this film, I play a south Indian in a patriotic zone,” she said. The most fascinating part of her role, Sonakshi said “was speaking a new language, donning a new look, and being part of a completely new era”. Despite being alien to Tamil, Sonakshi was lauded for her perfect lip sync in the film’s trailer.

How did she do it?

“My director, his associates and our writer actually made it very easy for me to pick it up. I was allowed to read it off placards or be prompted while speaking. Also, having worked with Tamil units before helped a great deal,” she said. Besides working with the superstar, another reason that really got Sonakshi excited about working in Lingaa was her association with double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman. ”It feels amazing. I have been hoping that I get to work with him from the very beginning of my career and I’m glad I got the chance to do it in my first Tamil film,” she added.

Sonakshi will next team up with A.R. Murugadoss in a “woman-centric” Hindi film, while her Telugu project with Mahesh Babu has been shelved.

Don’t want my southern film career to end with ‘Lingaa’: Sonakshi Sinha

Chennai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who feels southern movies are "content-rich", says her forthcoming Tamil cinematic debut ‘Lingaa’ won't be a one-off film in her career as she's keen to find more work in the industry.

"I would love to do more projects (down south) provided I get good scripts," Sonakshi said.

"The southern film industries are rich in content, which is why so many of their films get remade here (in Bollywood). I definitely don't want (my southern film career) to end with 'Lingaa'," she said.

Sonakshi may be a newcomer to the southern filmdom, but she has already developed a sort of relationship with the industry by starring in five Hindi remakes of south hits – ‘Dabanng’, ‘Rowdy Rathore’, ‘Son of Sardaar’, ‘Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty’ and upcoming ‘Tevar’.

Also, four of her films so far have been with southern filmmakers A.R. Murugadoss and Prabhudeva.

Therefore, working in ‘Lingaa’ wasn't any different for her, except the language.

"After working in so many southern remakes, I think I've developed a sense of familiarity with the way things function here. The only new challenge was to speak a language I don't speak or understand and look convincing doing it," she added.

‘Lingaa’, which releases in cinemas Friday, wasn't the first Tamil project Sonakshi was offered. In fact, she was offered films in Telugu and Kannada in the past.

"I wasn't able to take up those offers because of my commitments in Bollywood. Just like how 'Dabangg' was an offer I couldn't refuse, even though I never wanted to be an actress, so was 'Lingaa'," she said.

She admits Rajinikanth was a "driving force" in her decision to act in ‘Lingaa’.

"It was an honour to share screen space with a living legend like him," she said.

Sonakshi wasn't floored by the superstar status of 62-year old Rajinikanth.

"I was stunned by his simplicity and humble nature. He is a wonderful human being and truly a rare gem of a person," she said.

But did it ever concern her that she was paired with a hero who's in his sixties?

"It did cross my mind, but the role was such that it would not put either of us in an awkward situation," she said, and added that since Rajinikanth and her father Shatrughan Sinha have been friends for many years, steps were taken to ensure nothing ever made her uncomfortable.

In ‘Lingaa’, which is directed by K.S. Ravi Kumar, Sonakshi plays a character in the 1940s. She clarifies that the role won't be similar to the one she essayed in Hindi period romance ‘Lootera’.

"I played a Bengali in 'Lootera', which was an intense love story. In this film, I play a south Indian in a patriotic zone," she said.

The most fascinating part of her role, Sonakshi said "was speaking a new language, donning a new look, and being part of a completely new era".

Despite being alien to Tamil, Sonakshi was lauded for her perfect lip sync in the film's trailer.

How did she do it?

"My director, his associates and our writer actually made it very easy for me to pick it up. I was allowed to read it off placards or be prompted while speaking. Also, having worked with Tamil units before helped a great deal," she said.

Besides working with the superstar, another reason that really got Sonakshi excited about working in ‘Lingaa’ was her association with double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman.

"It feels amazing. I have been hoping that I get to work with him from the very beginning of my career and I'm glad I got the chance to do it in my first Tamil film," she added.

Sonakshi will next team up with A.R. Murugadoss in a "woman-centric" Hindi film, while her Telugu project with Mahesh Babu has been shelved.

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Here is why Sonakshi Sinha becomes a classic example of trying too much and killing a look!

Our in-house fashion designer and critic Aniket Satam decodes celeb style statements of the week. Some impress, some depress and some are plain disasters! Teaser-Aishwarya-SAlman-Sonakshi-081214 Sonakshi-Sinha-081214 Aishwarya-Rai-Bachchan-081214 SAlman-Khan-081214 Gauahar-Khan-081214 Jacqueline-Fernandes-081214

Read on what he says…

Sonakshi Sinha: This is a classic example about how too much trying kills the look. The pastel blazer with patent slip-on shoes and dainty asymmetric blouse could have all worked if teamed with a flirty full skirt instead of the casual pair of denims. That too fitted and how! The almost nailed styling was completely ruined with this painted on indigo pants, even a basic tan trousers or white pallazo would have looked great.Points for trying new hairdo with hair of such length but this hairdo just doesn’t save the horror of the denim impact.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Thank God finally! Mrs Junior Bachchan ditched those frumpy sherwani suits and goody Indian Anarkali sets and has at last, taken the sassy route of high-end luxury western clothes. This Gucci Pre-fall classic LBD is modern and timeless and fashion-forward. Sleak, futurstic sharpness of the design is well complimented with the sleak pony tail and Femme Fatale red lips. The knee high boots perfectly completes the improved mode of Ash. Hope she continues with this yummy mummy avatar and give her critics a run for their money.

Salman Khan: Being Human is one thing and being super human is one thing. The bulk up actor is sleek tailored sherwani looks nothing less than a Disney prince. His statement stern meets smile look and his iconic turquoise chain bracelet are irreplacble parts of his personality. But what is the glitch here is those pointed pair of leather shoes.They need some rest in shoe cemetery. No?

Jacqueline Fernandez: Another Gucci short dress number which another actress pulls off with such great confidence and fines. Sharp modern lines of the design in contrasting sheen and deep fall colour compliments the formality of the derby occasion and the faux leather top adds to the quirk meter.The lady like classic in funky material clash makes this look more today and that saucer like hat by Delna Poonawala punctuates the look with an ace.Its like Judy Jetson chic circa 2015!

Gauahar Khan: I can understand what one can go through and protest the demeaning act of someone random just coming on set and slapping for wearing short-dresses. But this look just doesn’t do anything in name of modesty or fashion. We want our sassy confident Gauahar back. The bell bottom granny denims with that frumpy white top makes her look more suburban mom at her PTA meeting. The checkered Louis Vuitton adds to the whole above mentioned description.

Anushka Sharma takes a dig at Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone

The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actress is slowly but steadily growing in stature…

Anushka Sharma has been at the top of her game these days. With some great movies like PK, NH 10, Bombay Velvet, Dil Dhadakne Do coming out in the next few months, Anushka will definitely be a reigning queen in 2015. Also she has been roped in for Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil recently. However, the actress is up and about the fact that she has earned this status and not just got it by fluke. She also refers to some of her fellow actors who have had it very easy in B-town. Wonder who they are?

Anushka at a recent press interview informed, “After my first film, I didn’t become an overnight star like Ranbir (Kapoor), Ranveer (Singh) or Deepika (Padukone). No one put me on the covers of magazines and called me the next big thing. No one said that ‘she is the one to look out for’.” Now that fact may be true, but definitely Anushka has risen slowly and steadily and is sure to beat her contemporaries like Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and others in 2015.

With stellar directors like Rajkumar Hirani, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar and Navdeep Singh in her kitty, she sure is going to be the numero uno heroine in the coming days. What do you think BollywoodLifers?

I will never join politics: Sonakshi Sinha

Jalandhar: Actress Sonakshi Sinha says she likes discussing politics with her actor-politician father Shatrughan Sinha but has no intent of trying her luck in it.

The 27-year-old 'Rowdy Rathore' star said politics is not her cup of tea and she would like to concentrate on films only.

"I will never join politics. There is no possibility for me to join politics. I am a creative person and I always want to do something creative in my life," Sonakshi told PTI.

The 'Action Jackson' actress, however, said offlate she has started taking interest in political affairs.

"My interest started after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government came at the centre. I often talk to my father about this because everyone wants to know what our PM and government are doing and I also have interest in this," she said.

Shatrughan is the sitting MP from Patna Saheb. His daughter was here to attend the inaugural event of Kabaddi World Cup. She even owns a Kabaddi team United Singhs in the World Kabaddi League.
 

Sonakshi will be next seen in Arjun Kapoor-starrer 'Tevar', which is scheduled for release on January 9, 2015. 

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