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It is a Rs 22 crore movie. Expectations were high for other reasons. One, it was Aditya Chopra’s comeback after eight years of Mohabattein and thirteen years of Dilwale Dulhaniya Lejayenge . Well, that does not come as a surprise. After giving a hit like (DDLJ), one is virtually competing against oneself! Not sure if there is a follow up formula to the ‘love’ formula.

Two, it is a Shahrukh Khan movie. He did have sole responsibility in holding the storyline. In fact it is two Sharukh Khan movies in ONE.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Released Today.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Released Today.

Set in Amritsar around the Golden Temple, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, touches everything that is normal, everything that is way of life in ordinary people’s lives, nothing that you do not know or have not seen in your everyday lives. In fact at times it feels that it has been shot close to home.

The movie starts off on a very old and beaten road- groom does not show up, father finds the first possible match for his daughter from the crowd assembled for the ‘other’ wedding. There starts the one sided love affair, the life of a mismatched couple Surinder Sahni (Shahrukh Khan) and Taani (Anushka Sharma).

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Lovesongs Kolkata is celebrating Jaya Bachchan’s latest in Bengali cinema Lovesongs -Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. However Bengali has been used sparsely in this movie; English being predominant language for the film. Based on the story by the Director itself, the film centers on 64-year-old Mridula Chatterjee (Jaya Bachchan) She is an independent, cheerful, fun-loving widow who runs an NGO for disabled people in Kolkata. The film is woven through Mridula’s unspooling her past which turns into a process of deep introspection and self-discovery, helping her to understand the choices she had to make.

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jodhaaakbar_poster.jpgIf Emperor Akbar were to watch Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodhaa Akbar, he would have said, “Wow man! What opulence, very impressive indeed.” And if Jodhaa and Akbar were to watch Jodhaa Akbar together, they would have definitely fallen in love with each other even if they did not back then. Jodhaa Bai would have told Jodhaa of the story, “Cut that fuss out lady! What else do you need?”

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Akbar Jodhaa protestJodha Akbar, with cost estimated at Rs. 400 million and featuring country’s two biggest stars, was finally premiered all over India this Friday. Its release was postponed twice. However, it did not see acceptance for release from the very state this historic tale is based on: Rajasthan. It was banned from screening in the scheduled 30 cinema halls in Rajasthan, nine of which are in the pink city.

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Yes, this is about the recent comedy thriller Mithya. But before I get to that, I want to give you a bit of background about my relation with movies. So hold your horses and go get some popcorn.

mithya.jpgGrowing up, watching movies was not a part of our childhood. There was no movie theater in our town, or we used to call cinema hall. We used to hear about movies a lot though from those who went to the city to watch movies. They had two theaters. And yes, it was before TV became a common house hold thing. Such were the times. We were more accustomed with the bioscope: the small box with little holes where you can stick your face and watch a few slides move around to give an illusion of movement. So it was always fascinating to hear about the movie theater; not necessarily the movies but how it felt to be inside one of them. As I later came to suspect, they used to add their own color about the city and the cinema halls.

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