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first_imgpower womenThis week was all about women. A gracious Sushma Swaraj in Parliament, Priyanka Chopra trying hard to be a diva in 7 Khoon Maaf, and Kangna Ranaut being effortlessly one in Tanu Weds Manu. It was the last big week of movies before cricket takes centrestage. All eyes are on the Oscars for now. Will Darcy finally get recognition at 50 if Colin Firth wins for The King’s Speech? Will the beautifully pregnant Natalie Portman be the white swan on stage? And yes, will A.R. Rahman win yet again?film reviewtanu weds manuGirl in a WhirlDirector Aanand L. RaiStarring Kangna Ranaut, R. MadhavanThe small town is spot on. The girls pick up dance moves from Nach Baliye, Learn English in 180 Days scream the hoardings in every marketplace, wedding guests drink whisky in steel glasses, everyone wears Kurt Cobain T-shirts without knowing about Nirvana, and important decisions are taken in the presence of the entire family, including the querulous grandmother on the khatiya. The boy from London is a straight arrow who has ticked all the must-do boxes of a successful professional. The girl from Kanpur is a romantic in love with the idea of rebellion. He falls for her. She is in love with someone else. So far so clich. But then the heroine’s friend is a spitfire, the hero’s friends are more than cardboard cutouts, and the parents are sweetly long suffering rather than overbearing. R. Madhavan gets a role worthy of his dreamboat status in the South though he does tend to look like the Incredible Bulk. Deepak Dobriyal’s foxy face conveys a wealth of sly and subtle emotion. Even the normally blah Jimmy Shergill does brooding well. But the star is undoubtedly Kangna Ranaut, who cusses, drinks Old Monk neat, smokes grass, and gets her boyfriend’s name tattooed on her chest. Her expressive face is always way ahead of her alarming diction but few films have done as much justice to girl power as Tanu Weds Manu. “Why make pacemakers,?? she says at one point to the hapless Madhavan, “when I serve that purpose??? Indeed as she dances to Kajra mohabbat wala, rides a motorbike, utters Amitabh Bachchan-worthy dialogues (“darti to main apne baap se bhi nahin hoon??), she shows why she is Jhansi ki Rani and Sarojini Naidu rolled into one. KBadvertisementjasmineNo longer a perfume but a revolution threatening China.Aww Preity Zinta ends the dry spell by signing a hard-hitting drama by Mahesh Manjrekar. It’s called White and it’s also a comeback of sorts for both.Wow Indians can’t get enough of weddings. With the new reality show, Shaadi 3 Crore Ki starting on February 28, it’s going to get bigger. The show will be hosted by Mona Singh and Ali Asgar.Mixed DoublesFirst it was a race to the divorce lawyer, then it became a race to the altar. Shvetha Jaishankar and Mahesh Bhupathi got remarried within days but not to each other. While Bhupathi finally married Lara Dutta after flaunting her for a while, Jaishankar chose a quieter wedding on February 20. The new man in her life? Raghu Kailas, an entrepreneur who runs a family business in Chennai. Now that the score is even, are they ready for a tie-breaker?Hear it for HairHair is quite a rage with these two, either growing it, or simply letting it grow. Harsha Bhogle, 50, has a brand new crop adorning his head. It’s a subject of much envy in the pre-World Cup show. But the growth on his pate is nothing compared to Shah Rukh Khan, 46, who looked dangerous in ponytail and peroxide in stills from the forthcoming Don 2.”Romance at 60? Buddy get to 60, you’ll find out. Romance is not always with the opposite sex.?? Amitabh Bachchan replying to twitterati who were surprised that he found a train level crossing romantic.What an ActShe debuted last year in the intense Madholal-Keep Walking, but it is in Tanu Weds Manu that Swara Bhaskar, 26, shines. As the Bihari girl who smokes weed, uses foul language, threatens to shoot her husband-to-be but finally conforms, the trained Bharatnatyam dancer is a twinkler. Flirting with her Sikh husband (played by tv star Eijaz Khan) and berating her kooky friend (Kangna Ranaut) with equal ease, she calls herself a “non-vegetarian actor??. “Give me meaty roles and I will be happy,?? says Bhaskar, whosefather is a strategic analyst and mother a cinema studies professor at jnu. Her inspiration? “Musical shows such as Super Hit Muqabala and Chitrahaar??. “I want to wear short skirts and dance around in Switzerland,?? says the Miranda House graduate in English literature. Ah.advertisementneil nitin mukeshactor”Bad has never been so good??Oh, how Bollywood suffers for its art. If Priyanka Chopra aged from 20 to 65 in 7 Khoon Maaf, Neil Nitin Mukesh, playing her first husband put on 7 kg and sported a prosthetic half leg. As Major Rodriguez, Mukesh abandoned his pretty boy looks. But then Vishal Bhardwaj has a habit of making his actors do his bidding. He had John Abraham injecting substances into his rippling forearms, Irrfan Khan slapping his beautous co-star around, Annu Kapoor climaxing onscreen and Naseeruddin Shah playing hooky with wild mushrooms. It doesn’t always work but the life of Susanna, the “meow si ladki??, is anything but uninteresting. Mukesh, 29, talks of how it was to go from suave to sneering in 7 Khoon Maaf.Q. Why did you agree to be one among so many husbands in a woman centric film?A. The character was extremely delicious for me to eat and I really liked it. Also it was a Vishal Bhardwaj film.Q. If you had a pick, which role would you have chosen?A.I was offered Major Rodriguez and the poet. I liked this one because he has so many layers.Q. The best thing someone has said about you?A. After Johnny Gaddar someone told me ‘bad has never been so good’.Q. Any further singing plans?A. I plan to record some of granddad’s songs with my father.with Priyanka Sood and Nishat Barilast_img

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