Anil Kapoor

Biwi no 1, Drive review and Panipat Trailer

Episode 46 of Khandaan: A Bollywood Podcast features our first Salman Khan – David Dhawan collaboration. Coasting on nostalgia, the audience selected 1999’s Biwi No. 1, a film we had all mostly forgotten.

Co-starring Karisma Kapoor as the titular biwi (maybe? the climax left us confused), Sushmita Sen as the other woman, Anil Kapoor as the best friend, and Tabu as his totally unnecessary wife, this remake of a Kamal Haasan film drips South Indian tropes that were already outdated by the 80s, struggle to make sense in the 90s, and are definitely unbearable in 2019. The music is still amazing, though!

A Short Timeline:

  • 02.21 Asim talks about Drive, a movie Sujoy couldn’t finish and Amrita refuses to watch
  • 6.44 Panipat and Asim’s theory of the “jingorical”
  • 22.04 The controversy around the Patni, Pati Aur Woh trailer and the mystery of Kartik Aryan’s appeal
  • 33.34 The Main Review: Biwi No. 1
Shownotes:
You can find Anna MM Vetticad‘s interview with the director of Saandh Ki Aankh, Tushar Hiranandi by clicking hereYou can also vote on our next poll “Which Khan collaboration with Yash Raj Films do you want us to discuss?” below

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Ep 237- “Love is Love” dir. Shelley Chopra Dhar talks Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga

On this episode of Upodcast Bollywood Edition we talk to director Shelley Chopra Dhar about her about the first commercial female queer love story in Hindi cinema, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga.

We speak about the marketing of the movie, the challenges of making a movie as a first time director surrounded by veterans as well as the challenges of making a queer love story. We also get into some spoilers about key images and themes.

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga is currently playing in UK theaters , it stars Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Juhi Chawla and is directed by Shelley Chopra Dhar.

Here is the trailer:

Our awesome theme song was created by mash up king Dj Shai Guy!

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Mirzya Review Upodcast

Our best episodes are the ones where we see things completely differently. Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s adaptation of the Mirza Sahiban folktale is one such movie. Mirzya stars Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher (Check out our interview with her by clicking here), Art Malik and Om Puri and hits theaters today after it’s European premier at the London Film Festival.

We’re joined by the talented and always charming Shai Hussain to break down how this adaptation translates to the big screen, how both debutante actors perform  and if the overall world created is matches the legends of the folk tale.

Mirzya hits theaters this weekend and is having it’s European Premier at the London Film Festival.

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Saiyami Kher Mirzya Interview Upodcast

“This experience has been life changing…”

We speak to Saiyami Kher who is making her big screen debut this Friday in Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya, a re-imagining of Mirza Sahibaan’s legendary folk tale.

We talk about her preparation for her role, her background as a marathon runner and how the experience was for an outsider to the industry to collaborate with the Harshvardhan Kapoor, son of living legend Anil Kapoor.

Mirzya hits theatres this weekend and is having it’s European Premier at the London Film Festival.

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Dil Dhadakne Do Review Upodcast

The cruise liner of Bollywood Podcasts is back, this time joined by our friend Anisha Jhaveri, to break down the ups and downs of Zoya Akhtar’s dysfunctional family drama Dil Dhadakne Do.

Now that she’s 3 movies in, we can discuss:

  • What the characteristics of a Zoya Akhtar joint are
  • How succesful she is in combining content with entertainment and her place in the gaggle of nouveau Manmohan Desai film makers
  • What the movie would have felt like with the initial cast
  • The baggage of narrative devices

Beside the ins and outs of one of the most hyped movies of the year.

You can find Anisha’s review by clicking here!

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First Trailer India’s 24 Looks Dhin-a Din Da!

Never been a huge fan of Indian Television, which are formulaic, melodramatic family dramas that keep going on and on! But there was always potential in the vast audience and talent available and it seems that legendary actor Anil Kapoor has finally tapped into it with the adaptation of “24”, produced by him which also marks his debut on the small screen.

Following the format but not the story line of the massively successful TV show, which ran for 9 seasons and ended every episode with a cliffhanger, we will see Anil Kapoor playing Jai Singh Rathod together with Anupam Kher, Tisca Chopra, Shabana Azmi and Rahul Khanna.

The show was a run away success in the wake of 9/11 and it’s tough, non negotiating brand of counter terrorism appealed to a global audience, but the concept got stale after a couple of seasons so it’s going to be interesting to see what director Abhinay Deo (who we interviewed when he was in town for promoting his debut Delhi Belly) and writing team of Rensil D’Silva and Milap Zaveri do with the format and if they’ll be able to breath live to serialized story telling in India.

Already the production values and cinematography looks like a vast improvement from what we usually see on South Asian Channels.

Here is the first trailer and poster. We’re just happy to see more of Anil Kapoor on screen, time to dust off that Lakhan costume we still have hidden in our wardrobe somewhere.

 

 

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Race 2 Trailer Breakdown

Director Duo Abbas Mustan have been on a mission to prove that Hindi movies can be as slick, fast paced but also inane and uninspired as any the studio action movie from Hollywood.

 

It’s a template they’ve had quite a bit of success especially with the first Race which was a topsy turvy twistarama of a movie where everyone was looking uber hot except Akshay Khanna’s hairpiece. After the epic failure of Players (where Bobby Deol played a magician and Sonam Kapoor a computer hacker…nuff said?) they are back with fast cars, race horses, guitar riffs and Saif Ali Khan’s beard.

 

Here’s the trailer:

Some thoughts:

  • Who asked for this sequel to be made? (Except the producers)
  • The trailer is contending to set at least 2 world records: “the most mentions of the title to a movie in any trailer” (8 mentions in a trailer of 2.30 min) and ” most number of low angle shots” (every character)
  • Peedika’s Stylist has gone for the “neandhertaler chique” for her eyebrows
  • Will Jacqueline Fernandez’ voice dubbed by the same generic voice artist in every movie? Just learn the language already, no one minds and accent!
  • The trailer contains the absolute best lines the script writers could come up with, thinking if this doesn’t get butts in seats, then nothing will! (What does the line “Ghora bi hero banega”mean???)
  • John Abraham can’t throw a convincing punch to save his life
  • Also why did his pecks not get a separate credit as the main attraction?
  • Ameesha Patel…hahahhahahahhahahhaa
  • Anil Kapoor is bad ass as always, after all these years Lakhan still rules anything he is in!
  • How bad does the CGI and wire work look? That jump Saif does is thoroughly underwhelming and didn’t they blow up exactly the same cars in the previous Race?
  • And just to finish Ameesha Patel… HAHAHAHHAHA

 

Race 2 releases in theaters in january, there is no stopping it

 

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Anil Kapoor cast in Mission Impossible 4?

The internet is abuzz with rumours coming in that Anil Kapoor, one of the most awesome Hindi film actors of the past 3 decades, will be a part of the Brad Bird directed fourth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. If the stories are true, this might be the highest profile casting for an Indian actor since Amrish Puri in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Read the full story after the jump! Read More