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Jaideep Ahlawat: You Have to Grow as an Actor and Give Something New to the Audience

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Jaideep Ahlawat: You Have to Grow as an Actor and Give Something New to the Audience

Jaideep Ahlawat is looking for variety after receiving a lot of love for his character of Hathiram Chaudhary in “Pataal Lok” as he believes it is not good for an actor to be stuck with the popularity of just one character in his life. Ahlawat said he is enjoying every bit of attention that playing Hathiram has brought to him in his 12-year-long career but his ultimate goal it to be counted among the actors who have kept their craft alive. “You have to grow as an actor and give something new to the audience. They should feel the craft is in new hands. We have few actors who have kept the craft of acting alive and I want to be one of them,” Ahlawat told PTI in an interview. High: Akshay Oberoi Opens Up About His Role of a Drug Addict in MX Player Show

Known for his critically-acclaimed roles in “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Vishwaroopam”, “Raazi” and “Lust Stories”, Ahlawat said the Amazon Prime Video show has changed the way people perceive him. Ahlawat, who was born into a Jat family in Haryana’s Rohtak district, has trained from the prestigious Film And Television Institute of India (FTII). He initially started with bit roles in Akshay Kumar’s “Khatta Meetha” and Ajay Devgn’s “Aakrosh” but was first noticed for his role in Anurag Kashyap’s revenge drama “Gangs of Wasseypur” in 2012. That success led to roles in big films like Shah Rukh Khan’s “Raees”, Akshay Kumar’s “Gabbar is Back” and Kamal Haasan-starrer “Vishwaroopam” but it was role of RAW officer Khalid Mir in Meghna Gulzar’s 2018 film “Raazi” that brought him true recognition and meaty roles in “Lust Stories” and “Bard of Blood”. Kunal Kemmu on How Real-Life Fatherhood Helped Him Portray the Role of a Father On-Screen

“Paatal Lok” this year established him as one of the most talented artistes in the industry. Ahlawat is happy that he has played characters that are still fresh in people’s mind. “I was Shahid Khan in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, Khalid Mir in ‘Raazi’ and Hathiram Chaudhary in ‘Pataal Lok’. These characters will be remembered by people but to be known lifelong by a same name isn’t a good thing for an actor. “Before ‘Pataal Lok’, I was known as an actor who does good work but with this show, it is like ‘I am there’ and I can play any role,” Ahlawat said, adding that he hoped more filmmakers and writers have faith in him.

Asked what may have clicked with Hathiram, Ahlawat said people connected to the emotions of a washed out cop.

Not every character brings the instant recognition that his role in “Pataal Lok” or “Raazi” brought but Ahlawat, who has been getting several acting offers, wants to be careful in what he does next. The 42-year-old actor, who most recently appeared in Maqbool Khan’s “Khaali Peeli”, said for him the joy lies in playing varied characters. “When an actor keeps getting the same kind of characters then it becomes boring for him. ‘Pataal Lok’ is one of the finest work that I got and I am glad I could do it. But everything cannot be ‘Pataal Lok’. Every actor tries to do something new and challenging, even I do,” he said.

Ahlawat, who grew up on the cinema of 80s and 90s. said Amrish Puri was his all-time favourite villain of Bollywood. “I just hope people like this character, whether it becomes iconic or not is in the hands of the audience. I hope I have done good work that people like it and remember the name of Yusuf Cheekna in ‘Khaali Peeli’,” the actor, who has played negative parts in “Aakrosh”, “Khatta Meetha”, “Commando”, “Vishwaroopam” and “Raees”, said.

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Comedy Couple Movie Review: Saqib Saleem and Shweta Basu Prasad’s Vivacious Chemistry Makes This Trite Romcom Watchable

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Comedy Couple Movie Review: Once upon a time, urban romcoms used to be a staple genre in Bollywood. Nearly every third film used to be one. But now, in the wake of patriotic sagas, small-town comedies and Hollywoodised action thrillers, romcom as a genre takes a beating. So when a film like Comedy Couple comes by, it does make for a refreshing view. But then, romcom genre has its own cliched drawbacks, and Comedy Couple, directed by Nachiket Samant and written by Bikas Ranjan Mishra​, continues to borrow those trite tropes. Comedy Couple Trailer: Shweta Basu Prasad and Saqib Saleem’s Love Story Is Not All Laughs and Smiles.

Before we get into that tired zone, Comedy Couple comes across as a very fresh and engaging romantic comedy at least in its initial portions, shouldered by its two talented leads – Shweta Basu Prasad and Saqib Saleem. They play Zoya and Deep respectively, who are in love with each other and also do a successful standup routine together. But their live-in relationship status and their joke-making career bring trouble for the couple; the former in not getting them a pad to stay together, the latter drags them in controversies and FIRs.

Deep’s habit of being a compulsive liar to get them out of sticky situations (and land them in new ones) also created problems between the couple. Zoya’s single mother (Pooja Bedi), who is an artist, thinks Deep isn’t the right guy for her. Deep, meanwhile, has not revealed about his career or his girlfriend to his middleclass parents (Rajesh Tailang and Madhu Sachdeva).

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Can the couple make their relationship be as successful as their standup career? Or will it fizzle out like a bad joke?

Like I said before, Comedy Couple feels fresh and funny in the first two acts. Rarely do we have movies made up on standup comedians, that too a couple, and that idea gives a novel twist to the boy-and-girl-are-bonkers-for-each-other premise. The standup bit also allows the film to take potshots at the contemporary situations. From gaumutra to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, quite a few digs are taken what’s India’s political pop culture. At times, the jokes don’t always work out. I mean, taking satirical digs on news channels doesn’t really work, when news channels behave exactly like their satirical versions. It’s also another matter that Zoya and Deep’s comedy skits aren’t very funny enough. Or perhaps, I might not be hip enough.

That said, the couple have better lines and better scope of humour when they are faced with their lives outside the stage. Their couple status once again throws light on how difficult it is to get accomodation together if couples are unmarried. At one place, Deep even lies that they are siblings, only for their facade to fall when they are caught kissing in the lift by their shocked neighbour who might think she just had her Bran Stark moment. Deep’s interactions with his doped-out friend and temporary roommate (Aadar Malik, effective in a brief role) and his parents are funny to watch, and so is Zoya’s brief interactions with her mother. Saqib Saleem Reveals He Is Trying to Write a Secret Set of Stand-Up Comedy Since Past Five Years but Couldn’t Complete It.

It’s when the cracks really begin to show in their relationship – mostly due to Deep’s inability to speak the truth – is also where the film takes a dip taking the tried-n-tired path of breaking up the couple over personal tiff, and then… well, you know the drill… There are quite a few times when the film strongly reminds you of Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Love Per Square Foot.

What works best for Comedy Couple is the incredible chemistry between Saqib and Shweta, both in absolutely great form here, even if their jokes aren’t. Their easy bonhomie and wonderful performances makes the film a breezy watch.

Yay!

– The Leads

Nay!

– Goes Into Cliched Territory

Final Thoughts

Comedy Couple has an interesting novel setting for a romcom, but then goes into the same zone, where nearly every romcom goes. Thanks to the effervescent acts of its leads,

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Oct 21, 2020 09:42 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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Raya and the Last Dragon Teaser Trailer: Kelly Marie Tran’s Pet Armadillo Steals the Show (Watch Video)

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The first trailer of the upcoming animated film, Raya and the Last Dragon, has dropped on the internet. The movie featuring the voices of Awkwafina as the last dragon and Kelly Marie Tran as Raya, the movie looks exciting. Although, the one disappointment with the footage is that we get zero glimpses of the dragon, minus the silhouettes on the title card. The background music is lit. The animation is delightful. It is another interesting Disney film with a strong female protagonist. Raya and the Last Dragon Trailer to Debut Soon, First Poster of Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran’s Animated Film Looks Great.

In the teaser we see Raya raiding a tomb which looks like is a part of her training. She has pet armadillo named Tuk Tuk, which, is God, so cute. At some point in the movie, it will be touched by magic and grow up to a gigantic size. Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Trailer: Kids Are About to Become Dinosaurs’ Happy Meal in This Netflix Animated Series (Watch Video).

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Raya and the Last Dragon looks like a delight. It will be fun to watch it on the big screen. Here’s the official synopsis:

Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.

The animated film has four directorial credits – Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, Paul Briggs, John Ripa – which usually is a red flag for a film. But we are more than happy to give this one a shot when it releases in March 2021.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Oct 21, 2020 09:35 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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Raya and the Last Dragon Trailer to Debut Soon, First Poster of Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran’s Animated Film Looks Great

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Raya and the Last Dragon Trailer to Debut Tomorrow, First Poster of Awkwafina and Cassie Steele's Animated Films Looks Great

A new Disney treat is on its way. A new poster of Raya and the Last Dragon has dropped online. The first trailer of the film will debut on Thursday on Good Morning America subsequently releasing on YouTube. The animated movie features Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran in lead voice roles. After being delayed from its March 2020 release, the movie was set to hit the theatres on November 25. Now, it is aiming for March 2021 The movie comes from directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, co-directors Paul Briggs and John Ripa. Disney Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Skips Theatrical Release; Animated Movie to Premiere on Disney Plus in Christmas 2020.

The official synopsis of the film reads: “Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world—it’s going to take trust as well.” Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Trailer: Kids Are About to Become Dinosaurs’ Happy Meal in This Netflix Animated Series (Watch Video).

Here’s The Poster of Raya And The Last Dragon Here:

Here’s The Motion Poster Of The Film:

The world can certainly use one more animated movie from Disney in the turbulent times we live in. Onward dropped on Disney+ and it was appreciated by the world.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Oct 21, 2020 09:20 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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