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The Power Movie Review: Vidyut Jammwal, Shruti Haasan Engage in a Tedious Powerplay in Mahesh Manjrekar’s Tepid the Godfather Remake (LatestLY Exclusive)

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: Okay, ’s finally-it’s-seen-daylight gangster thriller The Power is a straightaway ripoff of The Godfather. But without the iconic bits like that severed-horse-head-on-the-bed scene, of course. Instead, while movie buffs can see this remake as a sacrilege in itself, the utmost praise that I can put upon this delayed film, starring and ) is that it is not a steaming pile of horse-shit like say, Aamir Khan’s terrible Aatank Hi Aatank. But then it is also nowhere in the league of even Ranbir Kapoor’s Raajneeti or Amitabh Bachchan’s Sarkar, forget the Coppola classic. The Power: Vidyut Jammwal, Shruti Haasan’s Film to Release on Pay-Per-View Service ZeePlex on January 14.

Unlike Rajneeti or Sarkar that only use influences of The Godfather, The Power liberally borrows the plot. So we have our desi Don Corleone in Kalidas Thakur, played by director Mahesh Manjrekar himself, a feared but principled crime-lord and a family man. Instead of three sons and one daughter, he has two sons and one daughter. The hot-headed eldest son Ramdas () is married to Shaila (Yuvika Choudhary), a wily woman straight out of a K-serial. Her brother, the opportunistic Ranjith (Prateik Babbar) – the movie’s stand-in for Fredo Corleone and Carlo rolled into one – is married to Kalidas’ daughter.

Kalidas’ younger son, Devidas aka Devi (Jammwal) has been kept away from the family’s crime operations and is aspiring to be a chef in Singapore (maybe, the movie’s tribute to Akshay Kumar). Of course, apart from culinary skills, Devi is also a trained martials arts personnel with a flair for bad Ghalib. The rest of the plot is more or less a familiar retread of Corleone’s, sorry the Thakur’s clash with rivals and new players in the field, followed by betrayals, bloodshed and Vidyut’s brawn power.

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While I am appalled that Manjrekar dared to even touch a much revered film without thinking of copyright hassles, at least he does make the first half of The Power reasonably engaging. Even with the familiarity, these portions work because of the pacing and because, let’s face it, The Godfather’s premise can make even a bad remake like Aatank Hi Aatank just about bearable.

Of course, the little clinks that made The Godfather so great is blunted here, with the characters merely going through the motions, while the plot becomes more of an excuse for a stiff Jammwal to jump from one slo-mo action set-piece to another. His Devi lacks the depth of what made Michael Corleone such a great anti-hero, and is written in a very weak manner.

Unlike Michael who hesitantly became his father’s successor over circumstances, Devi easily takes up his father’s operations, after Kalidas gets seriously injured. And even after being the leader, we never see the cunningness from the character that made the original inspiration look more strategic than his father. It is under Devi’s very nose that his family keeps getting attacked and members killed, nor can he sense the traitor in his fold, even when Prateik Babbar’s incessant hamming should have been a clue. Vidyut Jammwal Eager to Meet His Kolkata-Based Fan Krishna Sonkar, Who Inked Commando Star’s Face on the Chest.

We wonder if Ramdas – perhaps, the film’s most interesting character – would have been a better choice to be the successor. At least Jisshu Sengupta seems to be having fun with the role, and The Power takes a total dive to depths after he is written off.

One subplot that keeps The Power from being not ‘The Godfather‘ is Devi’s relationship with the remake’s version of Kay, Parveen (Shruti Haasan). Parveen is the daughter of Anwar (Zakir Hussain), Kalidas’ trusted aide and is Devi’s childhood friend and lover. While Kay was more of a wronged partner for Michael, Parveen gets to do more as she later is involved in revenge drama against the Thakurs. But doing more doesn’t make her a better character, as this subplot makes the film even more tedious in the second half, not helped by Shruti Haasan’s terrible performance. Adding a love triangle involving an actress Chandni () – the most unfortunate character in the film – things go further limp. Plus, Devi’s snide treatment of Chandni makes him a real douchebag.

All these lead to a silly climax that totally destroys one of the most fantastically shot finales ever shot in cinema, though Manjrekar gets to make his Don Corleone go beyond the scope of the character and get into Sarkar Raj territory. None of the villains, including a wasted ’s Rana, make an impactful mark.

Yay!

– An Engaging First Half

– Jisshu Sengupta and Mahesh Manjrekar’s Acting

Nay!

– A Harried Second Half With Pacing Issues

– Average Performances with Bad Writing

Final Thoughts

To rephrase Don Corleone’s popular quote from The Godfather, we wish someone made Mahesh Manjrekar an offer that he couldn’t refuse and not touch the classic. If the original was a scrumptious paella prepared in fine olive oil, the remake feels like someone mixed burnt rice and chewy prawns in stale oil. The Power is streaming in Zee Plex on pay-n-watch basis.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 13, 2021 08:58 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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Hansika Motwani Is Baraat Ready in a Champagne Caped Lehenga Sparking Off Those Perfect Bridesmaid Vibes!

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Hansika Motwani took on the shaadi season as a resplendent baraati wearing a Ayushi Bhasin champagne toned lehenga. An unusual choice and refreshingly chic in the usual seas of bright bold hues, Hansika delighted. Hansika forayed into films as a child artiste and transitioned to a full-fledged actress, predominantly appearing in Tamil films but also tapped on Telugu, Bollywood, Malayalam and Kannada industries too. On the fashion front, Hansika with her signature coyness never hesitates to raise the stakes with an overtly experimental style. She adds on to these a dollop of unabashed glamour making even the most humble or basic style look stunning. Teaming up with different stylists, Hansika has curated a fine and versatile fashion repertoire that is complimented with a brilliant beauty and hair game..

Millennial ethnic style baskets are much sought after for their minimalism. Here’s a closer look. Hansika Motwani Birthday Special: Being Perpetually Savage Is a Subtle Art, Aced and Exemplified With One Brilliant Ensemble After Another!

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An Ayushi Bhasin silk organza caped champagne toned lehenga was adorned with sequins. Jewellery by 20 AM, textured hair and subtle glam completed her look. Fashion Face-Off: Sanya Malhotra or Hansika Motwani? Whose Appapop Blue Pantsuit Style Was Chicer?

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Hansika Motwani (Photo Credits: Instagram)

On the professional front, Hansika was seen in Tenali Ramakrishna BA. BL, a Telugu courtroom action comedy film directed by G. Nageswara Reddy sharing screen space with Sundeep Kishan, and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar. She will be seen in Maha, an upcoming Tamil thriller film written and directed by U.R.Jameel with Srikanth.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 21, 2021 04:33 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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Tovino Thomas Birthday Special: From ABCD to Lucifer, 7 Movies Where This Handsome Malayalam Star Stole the Show Even in a Supporting Capacity (LatestLY Exclusive)

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In Thattathin Marayathu, Nivin Pauly tells Aju Varghese this now-iconic line, “Keralathile aanangalku enthinada six-pack?” The translations goes – why do Kerala boys even need six-packs? Well, someone forgot to tell this rule to Tovino Thomas, who not only possesses an enviable set of muscles (competing in beef-town with his Style co-star Unni Mukundan) but also managed to be among the top-rung stars among his generation. Tovino Thomas Birthday: 7 Pictures That Prove He Is a Doting Father to His Daughter Izza and Son Tahaan (View Pics).

Having made his debut in a supporting role in the 2012 film Prabhuvinte Makkal, starring Vinay Forrt, Tovino achieved breakout success with his sophomore film, Martin Prakkat’s ABCD (will talk more on this). He was one of the leads in films like Koothara and You Too Brutus, but it was in 2016 and 2017, where he took on more solo leading efforts as seen in films like Guppy, Oru Mexican Aparatha and Godha. The successes of the films pushed him as one of most promising leading men in Malayalam cinema. He also starred in to Tamil films, Abhiyum Anuvum and Maari 2.

Though Fahadh Faasil did it first, Tovino Thomas continued to break down Malayalam Cinema’s inhibitions around onscreen kissing. In fact, one of his biggest hits, Theevandi, has its ending coming with a long liplock scene between him and actress Samyuktha Menon. He is also going to be a Flash-like superhero in the upcoming film, Minnal MuraliAnveshippin Kandethum: Tovino Thomas’ New Malayalam Film Announced On His Birthday! View First Look Poster.

On January 21, 2020, Tovino Thomas is celebrating his 32nd birthday. On the occasion, while wishing him Many Many Happy Returns of the Day, let’s look at seven roles where Tovino didn’t need to be the hero to be the scene-stealer.

ABCD

Tovino Thomas in ABCD

As promised, let’s begin the list that gave Tovino the breakout spotlight that he needed. It is hard to call his role of a young political dynast, Akhilesh Varma, a villain. He is clean-cut in his look, he is smooth in his manner and he is desperate to carry his father’s legacy ahead. And with our two leads, played by Dulquer Salmaan and Jacob Gregory,  being selfish and flawed youngsters, it was just a matter which a-hole you rooted for more.

You Too Brutus

Tovino Thomas and Sreenivasan in You Too Brutus

When this adult comedy came out, the bigger stars in the cast were Seenivasan and Asif Ali. But Tovino stole the show as the physique-obsessed but dim-witted youngster who gets easily talked into things by his roommates and is pretty vain about his looks.

Ennu Ninte Moideen

Tovino Thomas in Ennu Ninte Moideen

RS Vimal’s beautiful film, based on the real-life tragic love story between Kanchanamala and Moideen, features excellent performances from its two lead stars – Parvathy and Prithviraj. However, Tovino also left a mark with his incredible supporting part of Kanchanamala’s cousin, who is in love with him, and even won  Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

 

Aami

Tovino Thomas in Aami

In a comparatively more secular times, no one bothered about the fact that a Christian-born actor played a Hindu God. Tovino not only did that in this Kamal film, that’s a biography on the late author/poetess Kamala Surayya. He is Lord Krishna, in Kamala’s imagination of the God – Manju Warrier playing the author – and Tovino makes for a really charming Krishna.

Lucifer

Tovino Thomas in Lucifer

The multi-starrer Lucifer, that marked the directorial debut of Prithviraj, was a Mohanlal show all the way. But Tovino, who only arrives in the second half, leaves an impact even in the couple of the scenes as the youngster who is made the state’s CM after his father’s death (kind a meta turn of his role in ABCD). The scene where he delivers his maiden speech is one of the best sequences in the film. Lucifer : Prithviraj Sukumaran’s Directorial Debut Is A Cliched But Stylishly Shot Fanboy Tribute to Mohanlal’s Mass Persona.

Uyare

Tovino Thomas in Uyare

Manu Ashokan’s Uyare was one of the best films of 2019, featuring a splendid performance from Parvathy as an acid attack survivor. Asif Ali and Tovino are leading men in the film, though they are in more on a supporting capacity giving the protagonist her wings to fly. While Asif had a greyer role, Tovino raises up the likeability factor of the film as the good-hearted CEO.

Virus

Tovino Thomas in Virus

From one great Malayalam film of 2019 to another. The very relevant Virus, based on the Nipah outbreak in Kerala, gained more prominence in 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic. Virus had a ensemble cast filled with some wonderful actors like Revathy, Parvathy, Rima Kallingal, Kunchacko Boban, Soubin Shahir among others. Tovino is also incredible as the determined District Collector, with the scene where he convinces the ambulance drivers to help the hospitals in carrying dead bodies being the highlight of his performance.

 

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 21, 2021 04:02 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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Sushant Singh Rajput’s Sister Priyanka Pays Tribute to Late Brother on His Birth Anniversary (Watch Video)

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Priyanka Singh, Delhi-based sister of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, remembered her late brother with a long nostalgic post on his 35th birth anniversary on Thursday. Priyanka, a lawyer by profession, took to Instagram to share a video featuring herself and Sushant, which is a collage of various photographs from their growing up years. Priyanka captioned the video, addressing her late brother as “my pride, my alter ego.” Sushant Singh Rajput Memorial Fund in Physics Set Up at the University of California on Late Actor’s Birth Anniversary

She wrote: “My brother, my pride, my alter ego, from this day when you were born, we not only prospered as siblings but evolved to become best friends, dedicated companions; twins if you will, in our depositions; exploring life and it’s meaning, as fate would have it, we almost existed in perfect quantum entanglement.” “In the past, whenever you left, you came back again and again; Sushant Singh Rajput Birth Anniversary: Gulshan Devaiah Remembers the Late Actor, Says ‘You Are a Symbol of Hope, Your Life a Great Learning’

This time when you departed… you came back so strong that you dwell in each and every breath of mine; your deep, profound eyes, and benign innocent smile are my constant companion, so much so that your presence has become the background of my very thought process!!!” Priyanka added. “But somehow I can’t hear you back… I pray, I entreat, Please, please, please respond, react, tease, scream at me if you must, B’coz the eventuality of your silence is too loud to bear, The thought that I may never see you in flesh and blood, is too savage a fear! Just tell me where to meet you, as you told me time and again, b’ coz there’s so much to tell you I can hardly refrain;

SSR’s Sister Priyanka Singh Shares Tribute Video For Late Brother:

I know it all sounds stupid, Alas, my Shona, this stupidity is my only hope defining my very existence now…In total desperation, your Sona di! Happy Birthday my Sunshine!!! #sushantsinghrajput #sushantday #ssrians,” she concluded. Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14, 2020 in Mumbai.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 21, 2021 03:38 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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