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



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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The Elephant Whisperer: The Heartwarming Story of a Couple and Their Orphaned Elephant!



In a world where we are often disconnected from nature and the creatures that inhabit it, “The Elephant Whisperers” brings us closer to the heart of one of the most intelligent and majestic animals on earth – the elephant. This documentary, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2023, follows the story of Bomman and Belli, an indigenous couple who become the surrogate parents to an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu.

Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu, India, the film takes us on a journey through the wilderness, showing us the natural beauty of the location and the life of the tribal people who live in harmony with nature. From the very beginning, we are captivated by the bond that develops between Bomman, Belli, and Raghu.

When Raghu is first found by the couple, he is a fragile, injured infant who is barely clinging to life. Bomman and Belli take on the responsibility of caring for him, nursing him back to health with love, patience, and a deep understanding of his needs. As the weeks go by, Raghu thrives under their care, becoming a healthy and mischievous juvenile who delights into playing with his human parents and exploring the forest around them.

The film captures the incredible intelligence and emotional depth of elephants, showing us how Raghu communicates with Bomman and Belli through a range of sounds and body language. We see how the couple responds to his needs, anticipating his every move and showering him with love and attention. The bond between them is truly heartwarming, and we can’t help but be moved by the way they care for Raghu.

But “The Elephant Whisperers” is more than just a story of a couple and their pet elephant. It is a celebration of the beauty and richness of the natural world, and a reminder of our duty to protect and preserve it. Through stunning cinematography and insightful commentary, the film shows us the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of living in harmony with the world around us.

The film also raises important questions about the conservation of elephants in India and the threats they face from habitat loss, poaching, and human-elephant conflict. It is a call to action for all of us to take responsibility for the welfare of these magnificent creatures and to work towards a future where they can thrive in their natural habitats.

“The Elephant Whisperers” is a film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. It is a powerful reminder of the beauty and fragility of the natural world, and of the incredible capacity for love and compassion that exists within us all. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch this incredible documentary – you won’t regret it!

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Birthday Special: Take a look at Top 10 melodious tracks of KK



Krishnakumar Kunnath, famously known as KK, was among the best artists in the country. On May 31, the brilliant vocalist died following a cardiac arrest at his show in Kolkata. He was gifted with a disorderly yet smooth voice that will be recalled by his fans for a long time to come. On the event of his 54th birthday, have a look at his best 10 heartwarming tracks. <3

1. Aankhon Mein Teri Ajab Si.

2. Yaaro Dosti.

3. Tadap Tadap Ke.

4. Tu Aashiqui Hai.

5. Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai.

6. Khuda Jaane.

7. Zara Sa.

8. Dil Kyu Yeh Mera.

9. Hai Junoon.

10. Pyaar Ke Pal.


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US woman’s bhangra performance wins hearts. Watch video



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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