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Badla Movie Review: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu flirt with truth in this thriller {3.5/5}

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Movie: Badla
Badla Movie Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh
Badla Movie Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Badla Movie Ratings: 3.5/5  

“Concentrate on the details”, reiterates Amitabh Bachchan aka lawyer Badal Gupta in the Sujoy Ghosh thriller Badla umpteen times. And that’s exactly what is needed to be done to figure out the plot of Badla, which changes pace after every 15 minutes. The movie, which is an official adaptation of the 2017 Spanish film The Invisible Guest, sells a web of lies in the first half, while the second half is a fast-paced recap of the murder. But only this time, the unraveling is much more fun, leaving each one of us waiting with bated breath to figure who is playing whom!   

Badla is essentially a story of the businesswoman named Naina Sethi played by Taapsee, who is being prosecuted for an alleged murder of her lover Arjun, whose murder is again connected to another murder of a teenager whose mother Rani Kaur played by Amrita Singh is on the hunt for justice. Now, are these two murders interlinked? If yes, how? If no, is Naina really guilty or so as she pleads? Badal Gupta, played by Big B, is the ONLY ray of hope for Naina with a record of winning all the cases in his career. In the very beginning, Badal quips that he is Dhritarashtra, the blind king, a metaphor to the justice system. He through smart wordplay and interrogation tactics tries very hard to break Naina, but she is not someone who can be played easily. “I am Businesswoman for a reason,” she exclaims during one of the scenes.   

What keeps the storytelling engaging is this tit for tat game between the accused and the lawyer which keeps up with the tempo of the screenplay. The layered humour crack us up in between, but before we dwell too much into laughter, Sujoy doesn’t let us dwindle from the main plot. The screenplay is tight and like expected the climax will leave you shocked. But, if you have already watched the original Spanish movie, the climax is unlikely to shock you as Sujoy has not played around much with it, which we wish he had. This is perhaps one of the lesser drawbacks to the movie. The music is kept intense to match the intensity of the murder mystery and thank god that none of the characters broke into a dance sequence.   

Now, finally, let us admit that it is a sheer joy to watch Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu sit across the table playing with each other the ultimate game of truth and deceit. Sujoy Ghosh has adapted the screenplay very beautifully adding a little magic of his own. The dialogues are kept contemporary, dropping several hints for those who were equally invested to decode the murder mystery. “A lie told for a bigger cause, is not a lie,” preached Mahabharata and it is no coincidence that Sujoy decided to plug in several references to the mythological epic.   

Amrita Singh as Rani Kaur is wonderful. Her strength and vulnerability as a mother come across very well. Big B and Taapsee get the best of dialogues and two make sure to elevate it with their strong performance and terrific screen presence. Taapsee portrays vulnerability, guilt, power and class impeccably, not leaving an ounce of loophole there, even though we wished Naina was as good with observing details as she was with her words. The flamboyance with which Big B makes an entry is a sign of his undying energy and legacy with his baritone voice adding a mystery to his character. He looks like a man with motive but what? Go find out yourself by watching Badla!

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US woman’s bhangra performance wins hearts. Watch video

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A US lady has left netizens stunned with her bhangra dance. The lady is seen killing the bhangra moves in a video shared on Instagram.

In the video, she is seen performing bhangra in her kitchen wearing a T-shirt and yoga pants. She effortlessly performs to the melody “Chidi Blauri”, sung by Mannat Noor and Ammy Virk, from 2018 film Laung Laachi. Happily, she grooves energetically, winning the hearts of netizens.

“Something delayed for now,” Omala, the Instagrammer captioned the post. The video has earned more than 1.2 million hits on Instagram.

One of her social media follower commented, “hell yes, you had the swag and attitude and perfectly done steps to traditional Bhangra! Whoot whoot.” Another client remarked, “What aa dance ????? amazing ?.”

 

 

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Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’s wedding: Couple’s big day is finally here, the couple is set to tie the knot today

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Finally, Ranbir and Alia are to tie the knot today. Ranbir Kapoor’s whole family is excited about it. Yesterday, the Yeh Jawani hai Deewani star held Mehendi and Haldi ceremonies at his Pali Hill residence Vastu. Apart from his family members, several other stars such as Karan Johar, etc were present at the rituals. Neetu Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor have already confirmed with the paparazzi that Alia and Ranbir are tying the knot today i.e 14th April, some reports however suggest that the muhurat of Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt wedding is at 3:30 pm. In a recent interview, Shakti Kapoor said that Rishi Kapoor wanted to see Ranbir-Alia’s wedding with his own eyes and he is glad that Ranbir didn’t delay the wedding anymore.

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Kareena Kapoor, Amrita Arora confirm testing COVID-19 positive in official statements

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Amrita Arora & Kareena Kapoor (L to R) | Image: Spotboye.com

Actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Amrita Arora shared official statements on Monday confirming that they have tested positive for COVID-19.

The ‘3 Idiots’ actor took to her Instagram handle and shared a story in which she wrote, “I have tested for positive for COVID. I immediately isolated myself while following all medical protocols. I request anyone who has come in contact with me to please get tested.”
Kareena further continued, “My family and staff are also double vaccinated. They are currently not showing any symptoms. Thankfully, I am feeling ok and hope to be up and about soon.”

Amrita too shared her statement on Insta Stories and wrote, “I have tested positive for COVID. I am following all the medical guidelines and BMC rules.
Anyone who has been in contact with me, please get tested. My family and staff are all fully vaccinated and have all tested negative. Stay safe, stay Responsible.”

Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has revealed that the residence of Kareena has been sealed. They also said that “she has not given proper information yet but our officers are trying to find out that how many people did come in contact with her.”
It was reported earlier today that the duo had been attending several parties recently and hence might be super-spreaders of the deadly virus.
BMC had also instructed the people who came in contact with either Kareena or Amrita, to undergo an RT-PCR test.
Earlier in the day, Kareena’s official spokesperson in a statement had told that both Kareena and Amrita had contracted COVID-19 at an “intimate dinner where a few friends had gathered to catch up.”

Almost a week ago, Kareena and Amrita had attended a fun get-together hosted at the Mumbai residence of Anil Kapoor’s daughter Rhea Kapoor. (ANI)

Source: ANI

 

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