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Evil Eye Movie Review: Priyanka Chopra Jonas-Produced Spooky Thriller Is Unimaginative and Dull

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Evil Eye Movie Review: Priyanka Chopra Jonas-Produced Spooky Thriller Is Unimaginative and Dull

Evil Eye Movie Review: Blumhouse Productions collaborates with Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Executive producer) to make Evil Eye, a horror-thriller with Indian characters and sensibilities. Or rather a mix of NRI characters and Indians who speak like NRI’s. And when I say Indian sensibilities, I meant plenty of Indian superstitions, from black eye to punarjanam to star-charts. This is so up the alley of Vikram Bhatt, that I minutely scrutinised the credits to see if he is involved in the film in any way. OTT Releases Of The Week: Priyanka Chopra’s Evil Eye on Amazon Prime, Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Trial Of The Chicago 7 on Netflix, Aftab Shivdasani’s Poison 2 on Zee5.

Evil Eye, directed by Elan and Rajeev Dassani, is based on on an audio play by Madhuri Shekar, who had also written the screenplay for the film. Basically, it is a mother daughter story with certain mystery and spooky elements. Usha (Kamasutra‘s Sarita Choudhury), living in New Delhi, is glad that her 29-year-old daughter Pallavi (GLOW‘s Sunita Mani), living in New Orleans, has finally found a man. Her boyfriend Sandeep (Unbelievable‘s Omar Maskati) has every quality of an idea man – he is good-looking, he is ideal and well-behaved.

But, after the initial happiness, Sunita becomes suspicious of Sandeep. Being highly superstitious, she begins to believe that he is the reincarnation of her old lover, who she had killed accidentally 30 years ago. Her apprehensions, of course, are brushed aside by her husband (Silicon Valley‘s Bernard White) and Pallavi, but Usha is determined to find the truth about Sandeep, and save her daughter, come what may.

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Perhaps Evil Eye might find some fascination in the West, for their obsession with Indian mysticism. But here in India, we are so very used to superstitions lurking in nearly horror movie there is, that Evil Eye brings nothing new to the table. The only thing that could have worked otherwise for the film is if it was a cleverly written or directed thriller with good horror elements. Just see how the 2016 Iranian film Under the Shadow handles the concept of Djinn. Evil Eye: Priyanka Chopra-Produced Horror Film to Land on Prime on October 13.

Alas, Evil Eye finds very bad luck in those aspects too. Despite a couple of supernatural elements, there is nothing remotely scary or spooky about the film. Evil Eye works more as a mystery thriller, with the suspense revolving around Sandeep’s intentions. However, even in that case, Evil Eye is very much predictable and straightforward enough, not helped by the fact that it is similar to films like Mark Wahlberg’s Fear, but with a reincarnation twist. Incidentally, returning to the Vikram Bhatt influences, VB had actually made Fear twice in Bollywood!

The writing is pretty ordinary. The relationship between Pallavi and Sandeep is very much rushed, right from their accidental meetup to their moving in together. It also doesn’t help that save for a creepy telephonic conversation with Usha, Omar Maskati doesn’t bring much to the role.

In fact, the only actor who brings much grace to the proceedings in the veteran Sarita Choudhury, who at least makes the superstitious mumbo-jumbo scenes look bearable. Her eyes manage to convey the fear and thrill, which the film fails to elicit otherwise. Sunita Mani also does good in her role.

In a way, Evil Eye turns into an ode to Indian parents, when it comes to the messaging. Like, having a mother who keep saying on about someone casting an evil eye on you. Or them obsessing over you getting settled early, even if you are away from them in the States. Or they have ill-bearings about the life-partner you choose for yourself, which turn out to be true. I would have forgiven these contrivances, if Evil Eye was at least smart enough to satirise these elements. Sadly, it doesn’t!

Yay!

– Sarita Choudhury

Nay!

– Nothing Spooky or Mysterious Here

Final Thoughts

Evil Eye is one of the most bland offerings from Blumhouse Productions, disappointing more so especially with Priyanka Chopra also involved in the film. It is neither thrilling nor scary enough. Evil Eye is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Oct 13, 2020 03:46 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Rasika Dugal Aces the Subtle Balancing Act of Neutral Browns!

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She conquered the OTT platform from its nascency to glory! Additionally, Rasika Dugal has crafted a rich career arsenal of films, theatre, short films, television and web series that is aptly and deftly complemented by a fashion arsenal that’s versatile but yet so sorted. Whether it’s the unconventional roles that she essays with utmost conviction or raising the sartorial bar with every appearance, Rasika does it all with subdued aplomb. A petite beauty, Rasika exemplifies an innate understanding of cuts, silhouettes and hues that flatter her to the T. A recent style of hers saw her balance out the browns in one sleek vibe. Styled by Sahil Gulati, the separates from the homegrown label, The Notebook was aided by brown pumps and a befitting glam. With varying shades of nude colour staples now becoming a wardrobe staple, starting from beige, cream, brown and everything in between Rasika oozed understated elegance with her interpretation.

A modern woman to reckon with, this mathematics graduate from Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College has kept the fashion lovers and critics alike delighted with her chicness. Here’s a closer look. Rasika Dugal Is Sorted, Humble, Content and Chic As the Cover Girl of Bollywood Film Fame Canada!

Rasika Dugal – Neutral Chic

An ensemble featuring a high neck dark brown shirt and khaki brown pants by The Notebook was complimented by brown pumps, centre-parted wavy hairdo, subtle nude glam. Rasika Dugal Etches the Journey of Passion With a Shot at Home Cover for Candy Magazine!

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Rasika Dugal (Photo Credits: Instagram)

On the professional front, Rasika was last seen in the comedy-drama, Lootcase alongside Kunal Khemu, Vijay Raaz and Ranvir Shorey in supporting roles. She will also be seen in Darbaan, a drama also featuring Sharib Hashmi, Sharad Kelkar, Flora Saini and Harsh Chhaya that follows the story of a master and his caretaker. She was also seen in A Suitable Boy, a drama miniseries written by Andrew Davies, adapted from the novel of the same name by Vikram Seth, directed by Mira Nair and starring Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala, Rasika Dugal, and Ram Kapoor. The series follows the story of spirited university student Lata (played by Tanya Maniktala), coming of age in North India in 1951.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Oct 22, 2020 12:16 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Bigg Boss 14 October 21 Episode: Sidharth, Hina, Gauahar Say Goodbye to the Show, Pavitra Punia, Eijaz Khan in Red Zone – 5 Highlights of BB 14

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Bigg Boss 14 saw one of the most explosives fights in the history of the reality show when Gauahar Khan, Hina Khan slammed Sidharth Shukla and team for breaking a rule amid the task. However, that’s something done and dusted as we get to see the inmates inside the house getting sentimental on today’s episode. As the mentors and their 14 days journey inside the ghar finally came to an end. Sidharth, Hina and Gauahar bid adieu to one and all. From Nikki Tamboli sobbing to Jasmin Bhasin missing the seniors a lot, we saw a different side of the contestants. In case, you missed the episode, here are the highlights. Bigg Boss 14 October 20 Episode: From Hina Khan, Gauahar Khan Slamming Sidharth Shukla to Rubina Dilaik’s Break Down Over Salman Khan’s ‘Derogatory’ Comment- 5 Highlights of BB 14. 

The BIG decision

After Sidharth Shukla’s team cheats in the ‘game over’ task, the decision about who will be the team leaving the show was pending since yesterday. Now, we see Bigg Boss asking the three mentors to come to a conclusion. However, that does not happen as it is Hina, Gauahar vs Sidharth. But finally, Bigg Boss goes by the majority and declares Sid’s team as the losing one. This means that members from team Shukla; Eijaz and Pavitra exits the house with the mentor. P.S: Nikki gets safe as she is a confirmed contestant.

Nikki Tamboli Sobs

Seeing the losing team – Pavitra Punia, Eijaz Khan and their mentor Sidharth getting kicked out of the house, the inmates burst out in tears. Nikki Tamboli looks the most affected as she breaks down and sobs. The aura of the house gets a bit sad and Jasmin Bhasin also cries.

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Hina and Gauahar’s Bidaai Time

We all knew that one day this was supposed to happen as after Sid, mentors Hina and Gauahar also say goodbye to all the housemates. During this process, each and every inmate gets emotional as they were kind of attached to the seniors. We see Nikki Tamboli and Jaan Kumar Sanu crying the most. FYI, Rubina tells Hina that she was her motivation and power. Quite a sentimental episode.

Pavitra and Eijaz’s Comeback

Suddenly, out of nowhere, we see many men in PPE kits entering the Bigg Boss house and siren loudly playing as if it is an emergency. Amid this, the masked man destroys a wall of the house and we get to see a new part of the Bigg Boss house which was not revealed before, and it is called Red Zone. But the twist is that Pavitra and Eijaz are part of it and will be given chances to go back to the green zone.

That’s it, guys! Episode 14 of the reality show was indeed filled with many ups and downs. Not only the contestants, even we will miss the mentors and their voice inside the ghar. Now, the real game begins, let us see how it goes Stay tuned!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Oct 22, 2020 12:12 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Pranked By Sacha Baron Cohen Into Taking A Young Girl in Hotel Room in Borat Sequel

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Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Pranked By Sacha Baron Cohen Into Taking A Young Girl in Hotel Room in Borat Sequel

The goodwill of former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani might be in hot waters with the release of quite an uncomfortable clip in Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow-up to Borat. As per The Guardian, in the film, the current attorney to US President Donald Trump can be seen lying on the bed, reaching to his trousers and then apparently touching his genitals in presence of Borat’s daughter, who is the journalist here. Trump Spoke to Cohen before Congress hearing: Rudy Giuliani. 

The above incident took place when Rudy was pranked for an interview which he thought was for real. However, he was unaware that the hotel room already had cameras installed. When he does the above-mentioned act, they get stopped by Borat who says: “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.“This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit,” Giuliani said the New York Post. “It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive.”

“This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shakedown, so I reported it to the police. He then ran away,” Giuliani said. He continued: “I only later realised it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen. I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me.” Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Kim Jong-un “Got On His Hands And Knees” To Ask For The Summit. 

It was on 7th July when this was all over the internet, when Giuliani called New York police to report the incident. Stay tuned!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Oct 22, 2020 12:09 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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