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Raya and the Last Dragon Movie Review: Awkwafina’s Sisu the Dragon Brings a Child-Like Innocence to This Gorgeous Animated Disney Flick (LatestLY Exclusive)

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Raya and the Last Dragon Movie Review: Need something that’s brimming with goodness and cheerful in these bleak times? Feel yourself losing hope on humanity on a daily basis? Think Disney would one day go wrong with its penchant to sticking to its own formulae? Not today, as you should totally check out the studio’s new animated feature – Raya and the Last Dragon, directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada – a winsome film that is at least bound to at least  more fans for Disney from Asia, after their lacklustre attempt to remake Mulan as a live-action film. Raya And The Last Dragon: Kelly Marie Tran Is Excited to Be the First Southeast Asian Disney Princess.

With Raya (Kelly Marie Tran), Disney has their first South-East Asian princess (Mulan was a warrior, not a princess), though she, like Mulan, is more about fighting for her cause rather than taking care of her kingdom. Well, if your subjects are turned to stones by something that looks like giant purple balls, then all you can do is hitch a ride on your pet – in this case, a giant cross between an armadillo and a pill bug called TukTuk – and then go about rectifying what your fellow humans have brought upon themselves.

For Raya and her father Chief Benja (Daniel Dae Kim) were the protectors of Dragon Gem, that is hidden in the heartland of Kumandra. The Dragon Gem protects the kingdom from those purple balls, called as Drune, brought into existence by dragons who were once saviours of Earth, but turned to stones by Drunes. Only one dragon, Sisu (Awkwafina) remained, and she has gone to hibernation for 500 years.

However, the greed for the stone has divided the kingdom into five warring factions. Benja still has hopes that humanity will come together to save themselves. But Raya loses that hope when the warring factions break the stone while trying to steal it, and is stung more by the treachery of Namaari (Gemma Chan), the princess of Fang Land, who she thought of as a friend. Raya and the Last Dragon Teaser Trailer: Kelly Marie Tran’s Pet Armadillo Steals the Show.

Now it is upto Raya to drive back the Drunes, and for that she has to awaken Sisu. Even with Sisu awakened, the job is half-done, as they need to reunite the stones and with that, humanity as well.

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For most parts of it, Raya and the Last Dragon is an immensely entertaining film that boasts of some very gorgeous animation and visuals and an amazing BG score. The voice-casting is pitch perfect, and the characters are worth rooting for. Raya makes for a very formidable protagonist, who herself goes through a coming-of-age phase even in a mission that calls for her to be the bravest. Thankfully not saddled with any perfunctory romantic track, the premise allows Raya to breathe more easily as a protagonist worth rooting for, just like Moana. And I simply liked how her character was treated in the climax of the film, allowing herself to take a step back to let a bigger cause win. Her whole love-hate saga with Namaari has more heart than her camaraderie with her ‘Guardians of Kamandra’, the latter still providing some of the film’s cutsiest moments (looking at you, Little Noi!).

And then there is the scene-stealer Sisu, voiced by the extremely talented Awkwafina, who is on a roll from her first appearance. The dragon represents the hope for humanity, and thereby bringing in a message that deserves to be reiterated in these times. That said, despite the awesomeness of the character, the movie doesn’t allow Sisu to overshadow the narrative, and especially Raya’s saga.

What’s, however, becoming a bit grating when it comes to Disney animated films, that goes into Raya and The Last Dragon as well, is its tendency to stick to its own faithful set of cliches. So we have that cursory prologue narration, we have the protagonist losing her parent figure, we have a cute animal sidekick (who, gratefully, matters to the plot) and so on. Also, we can’t help but compare certain plotlines of Raya… with that of Moana – just compare Sisu with Maui from the other film – while the climax veers a bit closely to .

Yay!

– Gorgeous To Look At

– Feel-Good Narration with Stellar Voice-Cast

– A Relatable Protagonist

Nay!

– Tendency of Not Forsaking Disney Cliches

Final Thoughts

Raya and The Last Dragon, releasing in India in theatres on March 5, is Disney showing off once again its innate ability to come up with immensely feel-good sagas, and strong female protagonists worth rooting for. Buckled up with some lovely visuals and a great voice-cast, Raya and The Last Dragon makes for a wholesome family viewing, even if it does remind you of Disney’s previous offerings.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Mar 03, 11:00 PM . For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Kangana Ranaut Celebrates Parents’ Wedding Anniversary by Sharing Their Throwback Pic

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Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut, on Monday, celebrated her parents’ wedding anniversary by sharing a picture of them on her social media and narrating the story of how they met. The Queen actor took to her Twitter handle and a rare throwback picture of her parents from their wedding day along with a heartfelt note that read, “Today is the wedding anniversary of my parents, growing up they lied to us that it was a conventional arranged marriage it’s only much later nani told us they had a raging affair, papa saw mom at a bus stand returning from college, took that bus every day till she noticed him.” Charlie Chaplin Birth Anniversary: Kangana Ranaut Pays Heartfelt Tribute to the Legendary Comedian (Read Tweet).

Narrating her parents, Ranaut and Amardeep Ranaut’s love story, in a subsequent tweet she elaborated, “Papa saw mom at a bus stand returning from college, took that bus every day till she noticed him. papa sent proposal, Nana ji (grandfather) brutally rejected cos papa didn’t have good reputation. Nana had selected a groom with government job for mom. She was his favourite and lovingly called her Guddi but mom fought all odds and convinced Nana. Thanks for that, happy anniversary.” Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivi Gets Postponed Due To ‘Alarming Rise In COVID-19 Cases And Lockdown’ – Read Statement

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Meanwhile, on the work front, Kangana’s much- project ‘Thalaivi’ which was slated to get a theatrical release on April 23, this year got postponed due to the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in . Apart from this she also has ‘Tejas’, ‘’, and ‘Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda’ in the pipeline. Kangana has also signed up to play the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in an upcoming political drama.

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Illegal Season 2: Tanuj Virwani Joins the Cast of Voot Select’s Courtroom-Drama

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The Tattoo Murders: Tanuj Virwani Shares What It Was Like to Shoot for Upcoming Web Show in Kamathipura

Tanuj Virwani will be seen in the second season of the courtroom drama web series Illegal. Tanuj enters the show as a venture capitalist and Neha Sharma’s on-screen love interest. The actor says that he was a big fan of the first season. The Tattoo Murders: Tanuj Virwani Shares What It Was Like to Shoot for Upcoming Web Show in Kamathipura.

“I have watched the first season of Illegal and the plot, the performances and the sheer passion of the actors completely blew my mind. Naturally, when I was offered to join the , and share screen space with a stalwart like and phenomenal actors like Neha, Akshay (Oberoi) and Satyadeep (Mishra), I did not need to contemplate at all,” he says. Inside Edge Star Tanuj Virwani Directs a Short Film From an iPhone 10 Amid COVID-19 Lockdown.

He adds that the second season is very interesting and is eagerly waiting to see how it works out on screen. “The courtroom drama genre is new to me and it seems extremely interesting. I make an entry as a venture capitalist, in a cast full of lawyers, and I am really looking forward to seeing how that dynamic pans out on screen,” he says. Illegal season 2 is all set to stream on Voot Select.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Apr 19, 2021 02:55 PM . For more news and updates on politics, , sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Shravan Kumar Rathod, Bollywood’s Noted Musician of Nadeem-Shravan Fame Is Battling COVID-19 With Critical Condition in Mumbai Hospital

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Shravan Kumar Rathod, Bollywood’s Noted Musician of Nadeem-Shravan Fame Is Battling COVID-19 With Critical Condition in Mumbai Hospital

Shravan Kumar Rathod, of the popular composer duo Nadeem-Shravan, is critically ill and in hospital. The composer had recently tested Covid positive. Shravan is critical because he reportedly has co-morbidities but his condition hasn’t deteriorated after admission to hospital, as per Film Information. He is currently in Raheja Hospital, Mahim, Mumbai. Sonu Sood Tests Positive For COVID-19, Says ‘Don’t Worry, This Gives Me Time to Solve Your Problems’.

Nadeem-Shravan are widely regarded as the musicians brought back melody in the early nineties with “Aashiqui”, their superhit soundtrack of 1990. The frequent collaborations with Kumar Sanu resulted in a series of musical successes through the nineties, including “Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin”, “Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke”, “Saajan”, “Phool Aur Kaante”, “Sadak”, “Deewana” and “Pardes”. Swara Bhasker’s Mother and Cook Test Positive for COVID-19.

The report of Shravan battling Covid-19 comes at a time when several Bollywood celebrities are battling the coronavirus. Recently Bollywood personalities who have tested Covid positive include Rahul Roy, Sonu Sood, Arjun Rampal, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sumeet Vyas and Sameera Reddy.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Apr 19, 2021 02:26 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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