Dutta wins round one

Post - - BOLLY/KOLLY - SHALANDRA BUNSEELALL SUI DHAAGA: MADE IN IN­DIA

TANUSHREE DUTTA

VS NANA PATEKAR

A MA­JOR storm took cen­tre stage in Bol­ly­wood last week, as sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and abuse made for scathing head­lines. In­spired by the Hol­ly­wood #MeToo move­ment, former beauty queen Tanushree Dutta made some star­tling rev­e­la­tions dat­ing back to a decade ago.

The ac­tress, who now re­sides in the US, claims that she was ex­ploited and abused while work­ing on a guest song ap­pear­ance for the com­edy Horn Ok Please. The al­le­ga­tions have been made against pow­er­house per­former Nana Patekar, whom the ac­tress claims sex­u­ally ha­rassed her on the sets of the movie in 2008.

Adding to the ac­cu­sa­tions, Dutta claims Patekar also ar­ranged for an un­ruly mob to in­tim­i­date her while she tried to leave the sets. While video footage of the shock­ing in­ci­dent has sur­faced, Bol­ly­wood big­wigs in­clud­ing Priyanka Cho­pra, Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Ra­naut and Farhan Ak­thar have come out to pub­licly sup­port the ac­tress.

The claim gained mo­men­tum af­ter jour­nal­ist Jan­ice Se­quira val­i­dated the ac­cu­sa­tion and claimed to be a wit­ness. In re­tal­i­a­tion to Dutta’s po­lice com­plaint, Patekar has de­nied all the ac­cu­sa­tions with a le­gal no­tice ask­ing Dutta to with­draw the al­le­ga­tions and apol­o­gise. The drama con­tin­ues. Round 1 to Dutta.

BE­WARE ‘THUGS’ THIS DI­WALI:

There are set to be fire­works at the In­dian box of­fice this Di­wali. While 2018 has al­ready wit­nessed block­buster suc­cess in Bol­ly­wood with hits like Pad­maa­vat, Raazi, Gold, Satyameva Jay­ate, Stree and Sanju, there are pre­dic­tions that records will be shat­tered on Novem­ber 8 when the mighty Yash Raj Pic­tures takes con­trol of the box of­fice with their big­gest re­lease to date – Thugs of Hin­dostan.

Touted to be the most costly Bol­ly­wood re­lease, with a bud­get of $40 mil­lion (R594.5m), the trailer was re­leased on Septem­ber 27, the birth­day of the late head hon­cho of Yash Raj Pic­tures – the leg­endary film-maker Yash Cho­pra – with over 30 mil­lion views on YouTube.

Di­rected by Vi­jay Kr­ishna Acharya of Dhoom 3 suc­cess, the cin­e­matic ex­trav­a­ganza marks the his­toric col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween two of the great­est le­gends of In­dian Cinema – Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan. Set against a revo­lu­tion of the Bri­tish rule in 1975, the grand epic ad­ven­ture fea­tures Dan­gal ac­tress Fa­tima Sana Shaikh and Ka­t­rina Kaif as the lead­ing ladies. Bol­ly­wood su­per­stars like Shahrukh Khan, Ak­shay Ku­mar and Ajay Dev­gan have lav­ished praise on the trailer. The movie will re­lease in Hindi, Tamil and Telegu.

AK­SHAY KU­MAR STRIKES GOLD:

The hit ma­chine Ak­shay Ku­mar con­tin­ues his block­buster run at the box of­fice. Af­ter Pad­man and the re­cently re­leased Gold, Ku­mar will be seen play­ing the vil­lain when he is pit­ted against Ra­jinikanth in the science fic­tion en­ter­tainer Ro­bot 2.0 that re­leases at the end of Novem­ber. The block­buster ac­tor also teams up for two Karan pro­duc­tions next year. While he will be seen in the in­tense pe­riod drama Ke­sari with Pari­neeti Cho­pra, he also teams up Ka­reena Kapoor Khan for the fam­ily drama Good News that also fea­tures Diljith Dosanjh and Kiara Ad­vani.

Up­front, Sui Dhaaga is noth­ing short of out­stand­ing. Pro­duced by Yash Raj Pic­tures and di­rected by Sharad Katariya, Sui Dhaaga is the in­spi­ra­tional jour­ney of a ta­lented tailor named Mauji and his wife Mamta, played by Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma, re­spec­tively. When Mauji is left un­em­ployed, he de­cides to make his pas­sion his ca­reer. Sup­ported only by Mamta, the cou­ple un­dergo tri­als and tribu­la­tions and along the way dis­cover love, de­cep­tion and a chal­lenge that could lead to suc­cess. Sui Dhaaga is a pre­dictable, yet an un­com­pli­cated feel­good fam­ily movie that leaves you in­spired. What works like magic how­ever are three lead stars: Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma and a beau­ti­fully wo­ven script that keeps it all glued to­gether.

● Bunseelall is the founder of Star At­trac­tion and the of­fi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Col­ors TV in South Africa. He is also a movie critic and pre­sen­ter of the Break­fast Show on East­wave Ra­dio. Write to him at info@starat­trac­tion.co.za

Thugs ofHin­dostan is set to light up the box of­fice.

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