6 items from 2015
As he celebrates his birthday today, Ketan Mehta would be hoping that as a birthday gift from the nation he would get and love and accolade in the form of patronization of his latest offering- biopic Dashrath Manjhi. As he is returning to film making after a long hiatus, some may ask the question who is Ketan Mehta? For the uninitiated, Ketan Mehta is credited with films like Holi, Mirch Masala, Mangal Pandey, Sardar, Bhavani Bhavai, Maya Memsaheb, Rang Rasiya etc., to name a few and has been at the fore front in dwelling on stories of personal struggles, and subsequent triumphs and he comes with another Biopic Dashrath Manjhi.
Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Dashrath Manjhi was a story that needed to be told. It is a story of how a man for the sake of his love through his sheer grit, will power and confidence created a road out of »
23 years into the film industry without having any godfather rightly proves that impossible mean I M possible. That is exactly what Shah Rukh Khan has taught us. A commoner from Delhi to 'The King Khan' of Bollywood isn't a cake walk. He started of his journey on small screen playing the role of a commando in 'Fauji' (1988). Where hard work meets destiny his big screen debut came back in 1992. Rest as they say is History! So let's turn the pages and go on a roller coaster ride of The King Khan's 23 glorious years in Bollywood right from those romantic films to action packed blockbusters.
Since his big screen debut in Deewana he managed to make the audience his deewana. His debut film turned out to be the second highest grossing film in that year which gave his career a roaring start. Down the year between mid-1992 to 1993 he did 5 more films- Chamatkar, »
Sudha Shivpuri, who shot to fame with her character as 'Baa' from the TV serial 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' passed away this morning. Mushtaq Sheikh and Alok Nath confirmed the news on a micro-blogging site.
"Sudha Shivpuri popularly known as Baa from Kyun Ki passed away this morning. Funeral at Oshiwara Crematorium 2.30 pm today. #Rip," he added.
Sudha started her Bollywood career with Swami (1977), and worked in other movies like Insaaf Ka Tarazu, Payal Ki Jhankaar, Hamari Bahu Alka, Maya Memsaab, Pinjar and also the Hollywood movie Outsourced.
May her soul Rest in Peace. »
In biological sciences, the urge to anthropomorphize your subject –wherein you ascribe human qualities and behaviors to something non-human- presents a constant threat to objective research. Just as many conspiracy theories are tempting for their A to B explanation of complicated events, using man-made logic to understand the actions of an animal can seem like shrewd deduction. The risk comes with eliminating the many other factors, known or unknown, that more accurately, though not more simply, explain data that your brain naturally wants to fit into a tidy little narrative. If it were judge on its merits as a nature documentary, Monkey Kingdom, the latest from Disneynature, would be a failure.
Luckily, as with other nature docs from the Magic Kingdom’s enviro-friendly sub-brand (the Greenhouse of Mouse, if you will), Monkey Kingdom isn’t presenting research, or looking to do much educating. It’s a highly polished montage culled »
- Sam Woolf
The latest Earth Day release from Disneynature, Monkey Kingdom, is the charming story of Maya, a toque macaque living in the rainforest of Sri Lanka, whose world is changed when her son Kip is born. Anxious for her son to have all the best that life in their troop has to offer, Maya tries, not always successfully, to climb the social ladder and advance up the pecking order of the troop. At the top sits alpha male Raja, and his harem of top females and offspring that get the best beds, the best food and the best treatment.
After an attack on their home, Castle Rock, by a neighboring troop of monkeys, Raja is injured and the troop must now rely on Maya and her mate Kumar’s jungle smarts and street savvy to survive. One particularly hilarious sequence shows the local town and markets overrun with monkeys, stealing every »
- Melissa Thompson
The eighth entry in Disney’s eco-minded Disneynature series, “Monkey Kingdom” may well be its cheekiest, funniest and most purely entertaining. Tracking a tale of forbidden love and literal social climbing amidst a macaque clan in Sri Lanka, this Mark Linfield-directed docu-fiction contains typically top-shelf nature photography, an uncannily relatable cast of primate characters, and an anthropomorphic narrative complex enough that one can’t help but wonder how much it was actively massaged for maximum impact. This latter matter shouldn’t bother the film’s young target viewers too much, however, and the film ought to find an appreciative family audience.
Throughout the Disneynature films, there’s an often palpable tension between the pitilessly Darwinian natural world so evocatively captured by series producer and co-director Alastair Fothergill, and the Disney-friendly happily-ever-after storylines that are superimposed upon it. At least in the early going, “Monkey Kingdom” seems willing to address »
- Andrew Barker
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