Movie Review: Kapoor & Sons – A Great Family Drama!

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There have been many movies made around families and we have experienced every type of family that eats together, sleeps together, prays together apart from loving each other and fighting with each other. This week the father of candyfloss and family movies – Karan Johar introduces the Kapoor family to you. A family that will be quite identifiable, characters that might be straight out of your life and situations that you can relate with. Directed by Shakun Batra who gave us the quirky ‘Ek Main Aur Ek Tu‘, ‘Kapoor & Sons‘ is a beautiful movie to watch this weekend.

The story starts with Dadu (Rishi Kapoor) the 90 year old patriarch of the Kapoor family getting hospitalized and his two grandsons Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun (Siddharth Malhotra) coming to Coonoor to meet him. Rahul is an established novelist while Arjun after shifting multiple jobs is trying to find his true calling.

The brothers have their own share of differences where Arjun feels that his novel’s idea was stolen by Rahul which turned the fortunes for his brother. Their parents Harsh (Rajat Kapoor) and Sunita (Ratna Pathak Shah) also have their own differences based on the fact that Harsh is an extramarital relationship with his ex-colleagues. After setting the plot for this dysfunctional family which in all seriousness, is sitting on a ticking time bomb. The writers introduce Tia (Alia Bhatt), the potential trigger. Amidst all these issues, the writers try to establish the fact that Dadu wants to have his last wish of getting a perfect family picture taken.

Shakun Batra has done a far greater job in his second movie and shows sparks of being a great filmmaker in the years to come. Fawad Khan is a revelation. He lives and breathes the character and takes the movie on his well placed shoulders. Siddharth and Alia come up with a decent performance. Rishi Kapoor has given his career best. Ratna Pathak Shah and Rajat Kapoor also support with their terrific performances.

The music is average however the background music is nice. The editing is crisp and the slow build up of the plot was quite necessary for the script.

Overall this is a family movie that every family should watch. Highly recommended!

My Verdict: ****

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Furlencode – First Ever Hackathon by Home Furniture Rental Giant Furlenco!

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FURLENCODE – a hackathon event organized by home furniture rental industry leader Furlenco to discover some of the best talents in the technological field was a huge success. In association with Venturesity, Furlencode kick-started on 12th March 2016 at 10:00 am.

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Participants waiting for the hackathon brief

The 24-hour long hackathon saw a major footfall of Engineers coming from various cities. Moreover, Furlencode saw a good number of women coders participating in the first ever hackathon conducted by Furlenco.

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Ashwin Venkatraman – COO, Furlenco briefing the participants

A formal introduction to the company and the tasks to be achieved during the hackathon was briefed to the participants by the Product and Technology team heads as well as by the company COO – Ashwin Venkatraman.

 

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Participants formed teams and worked on their tasks

The participants formed teams of one to four and got into brainstorming sessions before starting work on their assignments.

 

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Time to play some music!

If you thought that the entire event was a serious affair, then you are mistaken. There were many fun moments during the event. Few of Furlenco’s techies played music to entertain the participants.

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Pizza for dinner!

There was unending flow of drinks and snacks to keep the team charged and hydrated as they worked incessantly for 24 hours.

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Mentors were always around to help the participants

Team members from Furlenco were always available at the beck and call of any participant helping them with their queries and making things available to them as and when required.

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Some even caught few quick winks in between the hackathon

After a grueling 24 hour task, the teams were able to put up some really good innovative ideas to shape.

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Mentors evaluating and shortlisting the candidates

Around 12:00 pm on 13th March the teams were asked to present their projects in front of the respected panel consisting of Ajith Mohan Karimpana – CEO Furlenco and Ashwin Venkatraman – COO Furlenco along with Inder, and Ritwik who were winners of Techcrunch Disrupt, San Francisco.

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Presentation Time!

Some of the projects presented by the participants as per the judges were mind-blowing and innovative, however after a lot of thought the winners were declared.

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Judging panel – Inder, Ritwik and Ajith Mohan Karimpana

Team Whitewalkers who  walked away with the Rs. 50,000/- cash prize developed an application where one could look out for services at night eg: medicines, groceries, food and beverages etc.

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Whitewalkers – The Winning Team along with Ajith Mohan Karimpana – Founder, Furlenco

While Team Padawans who won the runner up title and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000/- developed a solution for analyzing user activity on a website which can enable the website/business owners to get better business insights. All in a day’s work!

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Padawans – The runner up team with Ajith Mohan Karimpana – Founder, Furlenco

Ajith Mohan Karimpana – CEO, Furlenco in his final speech declared that there will be more such events coming up from Furlenco in the near future, to dig out some of the rare technological as well as design gems who can bring about a greater change to the ever changing technological and design space within Furlenco!

Tiger Shroff’s BAAGHI Trailer is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

The new trailer of Sabir Khan directed and Sajid Nadiadwala produced Baaghi got released today. The movie starring Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor is quite gripping and arouses curiosity. The most outstanding part of the trailer is the fight sequences filmed on Tiger and he amazes and how!

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Sabir Khan as a directed has concentrated this time more on Tiger’s USP of being a martial arts prodigy and has done full justice to it. After watching the trailer I am more curious and excited to watch Jackie Shroff’s cubs outing. Hope I wont be disappointed this time 🙂

Movie Review: Himesh ‘Teraa Surroor’ Sirf Tere Fans Pe Chalega!

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Himmesh Reshammiya is one person who is an answer to Santosh Pandit from Malayalam movies or Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan closer home. He has so much of energy that he can do everything from acting to writing scripts to composing music to writing lyrics to….. the list is endless. This week saw the release of Terra Surroor produced, acted, composed, written etc… etc… by Himesh and luckily directed by Shawn Arranha.

Aap Ka Surroor was a surprise hit of 2007 which has given confidence to Himmesh to start a Surroor series and this happens to be the second in that installment. Like the first movie, the sequel also starts with a murder. However, unlike the first part, this time around luckily the heroine – Tara (Farah Karimi) is put behind the bars under drugs case when she visits Dublin. Raghu (Himmesh) who happens to be her fiancee is entrusted with the responsibility to get her out of the jail and for that he first engages the service of a lawyer Elle (Monica Dogra) and later The Bird (Naseeruddin Shah) who is known for his innumerable jail breaks to help him get her out of the prison. Detailed investigation reveal that Tara confesses to Elle that, she landed up in Dublin because of a certain ‘Aniruddh Brahmin’, her Facebook acquaintance, who invited her to perform on ‘India Day’ in Dublin. And when Elle tells her that there is no such day that exists in Dublin, the search then begins for the mysterious Aniruddh Brahmin and the reason as to why he implicated Tara falsely in the drugs case.

The script is good but the execution especially in the first half is slightly over the top followed by too many songs. However, Shawn should be given enough credit to pull this movie with his decade long experience as an AD to numerous high profile directors. Shawn definitely shows sparks with this movie and if given a good script and a good set of actors he will definitely come out with a great product. We should give him credit to make Himmesh act.

Few of the scenes in the movie definitely stand out like Naseeruddin Shah’s entry and the way the suspense unfolds. Himmesh is okay in the movie and he should strictly stick to composing music which he does really well. Each and every song in this album is a treat. Farah Karimi in her debut movie has done a decent job while Shekhar Kapoor, Naseerudding Shah, Shernaz Patel and Monica Dogra in their brief roles have done a good job.

The camera work of DOP Maneesh C Bhatt is wonderful. Bhatt has captured the foreign locales brilliantly and the movie actually looks quite glossy and rich. Aashish Gaikar the editor could have done a better job as few scenes are quite lagging and do not do much justice to a movie in the thriller genre.

On the whole the movie has already recovered its costs due to its music rights, satellite rights and other miscellaneous rights. Anything that would be made on the BO will be an added cherry on a cake. This movie is strictly recommended to Himmesh fans.

My Verdict: **

Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan a rehashed version of DARR???

The trailer that is doing the rounds these days is Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming YRF release FAN directed by Maneesh ‘Band Baja Baraat’ Sharma.

On first glance the images of Shah Rukh’s obsession for ‘K..K…K..Kiran’ Juhi Chawla in Darr comes to your mind.  However here is a twist there is a doppelganger who is a big fan of film-star Aryan and instead of ‘K..K…K..Kiran’ here he goes ‘A..A…A..Aryan’.

However, if you do some research you will find out that the plot is similar to the 1996 Robert De Niro – Wesley Snipes starrer The Fan which was again based on Peter Abraham’s novel of the same name.

The Fan is a psychological thriller that revolves around the sport of baseball, exploring the overt dedication of some of its followers. In this movie Robert De Niro’s character is overtly obsessed with Wesley Snipes character who is the newest player in local baseball club.