Chintu Ka Birthday

Cast: Vinay Pathak, Tillotama Shome, Seema Pahwa, Vedant Raj Chibber

Director: Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh

Chintu Ka Birthday, as simple and unrelated the title may sound to the real story at play, deals in pressing issues of our times like migration and identity, thus stressing on the movie’s relevance now more than ever. Director duo Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh keep the storytelling simple and deliver entertainment and morality lessons with subtlety while arousing empathy in the viewers for the characters and their situation.

As seasoned and effortless actors like Vinay Pathak, Tillotama Shome and Seema Pahwa lead the narrative, one becomes quickly invested in the heartwarming tale of a family that is not unlike us, and in facing borderline fatal circumstances due to government and system’s negligence, the Tiwaris become us and vice versa.

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For the story, USA has invaded Iraq and Madan Tiwari (Vinay Pathak) and his family of four are ones who have failed to evacuate in time. Now, they are stuck and suffering in the war-torn state, rather meekly because by now they are used to keeping their head down due to constant sound of explosions, shelling and door to door movement of armed forces or local extremists, howsoever their luck may turn out on the particular day and time.

On the occasion of Chintu’s (Vedant Raj Chibber) birthday, the family is to receive a much-awaited call on whether they will be rescued or not. Meanwhile, Madan and others keep Chintu’s hopes alive that he can celebrate with 25 guests joining despite the city being a hotbed of violent activities. Of course Chintu knows better and is not seen responding any differently when only 2 invited guests, his friends from school, finally make it to the party.

The turning point comes when US soldiers knock on Madan’s door and we instantly know that this certainly cannot mean anything good for the family. The directors are building up to this moment by introducing a suspicious man–Hassan Mahdi (Khaled Massou), the house owner.

While Chintu Ka Birthday could have slacked off and turned predictable, it manages to keeps us invested by introducing minimal plot points at each turn thus leading the story in a slow burn style. Humanity saves the day when we least expect it.

As for performances, Vinay has led the movie on his shoulders with a good assist from the supporting cast. It is mostly Madan’s story because both secretively and openly the Tiwari family blames him for their condition. To absolve Madan in viewers’ eyes, a voice over of Chintu is used early on and later his compassionate behaviour towards others makes us root for him. The ending is unexpected and you will surely be surprised with it.

What works in the favour of Chintu Ka Birthday is its premise and modest approach. The story unfolds inside a house and gives time for the viewers to invest in. Chintu Ka Birthday is a whiff of fresh air in the family drama genre in Bollywood and somehow blends in the mix with other genre content on OTT. You can watch it if you are in mood for something sweet and simple. Chintu Ka Birthday is streaming on Zee5 now.

Rating: 3/5

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Dil Dhadakne Do director Zoya Akhtar couldn’t resist commenting on Ranveer’s picture and wrote: “Take me back.”

Dil Dhadakne Do completes five years of its release. Ranveer Singh, one of the main characters in the film, took to social media to celebrate the special day. The actor posted a throwback picture of him sporting the film’s look.

Dil Dhadakne Do director Zoya Akhtar couldn’t resist commenting on the actor’s post and wrote: “Take me back.”

The 2015 film revolves around a dysfunctional family and how each member goes on to accept one another with their flaws. The family drama was an attempt to portray realistic sibling relationships.

The main star cast of the film also included Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah. Rahul Bose, Vikrant Massey and Zarina Wahab also featured in key roles.

Meanwhile, Ranveer is set to feature in ’83 directed by Kabir Khan alongside, Deepika Padukone. ‘83 is a sports drama based on the Indian Cricket team’s surprising victory in 1983 World Cup. Ranveer will essay the then Team India captain Kapil Dev and Deepika will be playing the role of Kapil Dev’s wife, Romi Bhatia.

Ranveer will reprise the role of Sangram Bhalerao from Simmba in the fourth installment of Rohit Shetty’s cop universe, Sooryavanshi.

He wrapped up filming for his comedy upcomer, Jayeshbhai Jordaar, directed by debutante, Divyang Thakkar. Boman Irani, Ratna Pathak Shah, Shalini Pandey, Deeksha Joshi, will play other major roles in the film.

He also has Karan Johar’s magnum opus in his pipeline. Takht will be a historical drama wherein Emperor Shah Jahan’s first and third son war to claim the throne. Ranveer Singh will play Dara Shikoh while Vicky Kaushal will play younger brother, Aurangzeb. The ensemble cast also includes Alia Bhatt, Anil Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar in main roles.


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Karan Johar Asks Roohi To Chase Yash, ‘The Jewel Thief' In This Hilarious Video

Karan Johar has shared yet another adorable video of his kids Yash and Roohi goofing around the house during the lockdown.

Karan Johar is back with another delightful episode from Lockdown with Johars. The adorable twins, Yash and Roohi are seen goofing around with their father during the lockdown.

The video posted by the 48-year-old filmmaker to Instagram opens with the toddlers fiddling with Roohi’s jewellery. “Roohi, I believe you are throwing a party,” says Karan. The camera then shows an adorable Yash trying on some of Roohi’s jewellery. Just when Karan calls his son, “Pretty,” the boy immediately took the necklace off and asserted, “I am not pretty, I am Yash bhaiya.”

In the meantime, we see the siblings get busy with some innocent shenanigans. Yash is then seen walking out of the frame while his sister calls out and asks him, “Give me my necklace back.” That’s when Karan encourages his baby girl to get her necklace back. He says, “Go catch him, he’s a jewel thief.”

Meanwhile, Karan is bankrolling the upcoming fantasy drama, Brahmastra, directed by Ayan Mukerji. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt will essay the leads in the first part of the adventure franchise. It will also feature Mouni Roy and Akkineni Nagarjuna in key roles. The film is scheduled to hit theatres on December 4, 2020 and will release in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.

Next is Karan’s most ambitious project, Takht. The story is set in the Mughal era and will trace the sibling rivalry journey of emperor Shah Jahan’s sons Dara Shukoh (Ranveer Singh) and Aurangzeb (Vicky Kaushal). The historical epic will also feature Alia Bhatt, Anil Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar in prominent roles. Takht is slated for a 2021 release.

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Nupur Sanon Takes To Writing Poetry, Meditation To Fight Lockdown Anxiety

Nupur Sanon shared a video of her meditating, to get over anxiety during the Coronavirus lockdown.

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  • Last Updated: June 5, 2020, 11:28 AM IST

Confined at home for days and with very little to stay occupied with, many people have been facing anxiety issues during the lockdown. Actress-singer Nupur Sanon is also not immune to it.

On Thursday, Nupur took to Instagram and shared how she has coped with restlessness.

“Right now..everyone is getting anxious and restless and so was I..until I finally decided to stop wasting time just sitting idle and doing the little things that make me happy and calm my mind…like writing poetry, meditation and playing with my cuties…and of course some ice cream on the side…and I’m going to keep adding to these every day,” Nupur shared.

Along with it, she posted a video where she is seen meditating, playing with her dogs and even gorging on ice creams.

On the work front, Nupur, who made her debut in the music video of B Praak’s song Filhall opposite Akshay Kumar, will be next seen in the track’s sequel.

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