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Baap ka maal samajh rakha hai?’ Rishi Kapoor attacks naming of public institutions after Nehru-Gandhis

Rishi Kapoor is a man not known to mince his words. He believes in speaking his mind — and on Twitter, where he tweets under the handle of @chintskap, and has over 1 million followers — he has quite the audience for sharing his “mann ki baat”.

In the night hours, especially, Rishi is known to be quite the prolific tweeter, taking on everything that happens to have invited his ire.

Most recently, the Kapoor & Sons actor, has a bee in his bonnet over the renaming of public institutions after politicians. Specifically, the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

Rishi Kapoor. File photo/IBN

In a series of tweets on Tuesday night, Rishi attacked this trend, and wondered why the names of illustrious cultural ambassadors — such as Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan — or eminent industrialists like JRD Tata, were not used for more public institutions.

Among the institutions whose names he took umbrage with were the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link (better — and more prosaically — known to Mumbai residents as the Bandra-Worli Sea Link) and the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

“We must name important assets of the country (after people) who have contributed to society. Har cheez Gandhi ke naam? I don’t agree. Sochna log!” Rishi tweeted, adding in another post, “Baap ka maal samajh rakha hai?

This is not the first time Rishi has tweeted his thoughts about the Gandhi family. A few days ago, he had tweeted about  the AgustaWestland scam, while in April 2015, when there was a lot of media attention on Rahul Gandhi’s return to India after a sabbatical, the veteran actor had tweeted: “Why this fuss and hullabaloo? Someone just back after a holiday yaar give him a break. When is he to enjoy his money? In faltu days na? Samjho“.

I am not trying to break any norms, says Kareena Kapoor on ‘Ki and Ka’

Mumbai: Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan is picking unusual films like Ki and Ka, and even working with younger actors like Arjun Kapoor. Breaking norms, is it? No, she says.

Ki and Ka is the story of a career-oriented woman, essayed by Kareena, and a house husband, played by Arjun. The film’s trailer was launched at an event here on Monday.

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It’s an unusual choice of movie for an actress, and also the fact that she is paired with a fairly new actor like Arjun.

Asked if it’s about breaking norms, Kareena said, “I don’t think of it as breaking norms. I am an actor and it’s in my blood. I have worked with Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun. I work with everyone. I work with people with whom I am comfortable. I am not dying to break any norm.”

Talking about the unusual pairing with Arjun, she said, “The typical pairing never works, but the odd pairing works because there is something about it which is very organic.”

Kareena said her husband Saif Ali Khan is very proud that she signed Ki and Ka, directed by R. Balki.

“We never discuss scripts, but when Balki sir messaged me, I was excited because I respect him as a filmmaker. I just told Saif that I am going to meet Balki, and the conversation ended there. Yesterday, Saif saw the film’s promo and he said, ‘I am so proud of you that you said yes to this film’. His reaction was amazing.”

The film is slated to release on April 1.

Pyaar ka Punchnama 2 review: Lovestruck men, bimbettes and silliness amount to light-hearted fun

In Pyaar ka Punchnama 2, the Hindi word for a man in love is ch$@#ya. As someone puts it succinctly in the film, “kuch ch$@#ye auraton ka ch$@#yapa sokhne ke liye istemaal karten hai.”

While in its first edition, 2011’s sleeper hit Pyaar Ka Punchnama, the man in love was the dog or the substitute ‘good friend’ who cried, Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 has made some progress. This time, he doesn’t cry. Instead he shops, paints nails, sets up matrimonial profiles for his girlfried, says “I love you”, is a yes man and wags his horny tail. And so the peppy theme song continues: “Ban gaya kutta…

In the writer/director, Luv Ranjan’s world, the ch$@#ya is the Frustrated, Used Boyfriend (FUB). If the popular and hilarious five-minute monologue in the first Pyaar ka Punchnama depicted the level of male frustration, the eight-minute monologue in the second bursts out of the Indian male waiting to bash the female. And yes, it’s funny in some parts. But way too one sided — like a half fried egg, dripping all over the faces of pretty women.

Basically, the concept is just another version of the marriage jokes that we’ve all heard a hundred times over. There is one thing thread running through all the punchlines: the joke is on the women. PKP2  uses this well in the context of today’s youth and relationships. The fundamental misogynist principle remains the same.

Pyaar Ka Punchnama. Screengrab from YouTube

For instance, the monologue of frustration starts with, “Problem yeh hai ki woh ladki hai.” Gogo (Kartik Aryan) launches into the hate speech for which the audience has been eagerly waiting since Pyaar ka Punchnama. His back literally against a wall — it has on it a sign that reads “Dead End” — Gogo raves, rants and holds up the baton for Team FUB. Well done, boys (aka the writers Rahul Modi, Tarun Jain and Luv Ranjan). Only, are these ‘problems’ really real? It seems that the monologue had more truth than the script that supports the hate speech.

So, yes Gogo, Chauka (Sunny Singh) and Thakur (Omkar Kapoor) find girlfriends and lose their peace of mind. Chiku (Nushrat  Bharucha), Supriya (Sonali Sehgali) and Kusum (Ishita Raj) are women and of course, no one understands women. So why even bother? Let them just do illogical things since they’re from Venus.

So Boy 1 (Thakur) meets Girl 1 (Kusum) in a gym. She squats; he stares at her derriere; they end up in the girl’s bedroom. Here, the boy says something about the girl being from the ’70s. Then, he promptly puts on a cassette player (belonging to the ’70s) and the two of them do some exotic dancing for each other. Soon enough, the boy is wearing a Tshirt that says: ”In the end, it’s all about s*x.” Point taken. He’s a clever Engineer who can prove his prowess in the boardroom and the bedroom, while Girl 1 only shakes her booty, earns less than him and eyes his gold card.

Boy 2 (Gogo) meets Girl 2 (Chiku). He goes beyond veg or non-veg jokes and instead delivers some fruit talk as pick-up lines. She giggles. Love strikes. For all his flirting, he is a really good boy who is ready to go to any extent to please his girl. She doesn’t think beyond shades of blues and pinks, talks in a baby voice and shops till he drops.

Boy 3 (Chauka) meets Girl 3 (Supriya).The two dance to “Didi tera dewar deewana” at a wedding. She lets him drop her home. Next, they are having wine in his home. Lusty glances replace conversations. Love strikes. He is the sincere sort who wants to marry the girl. She has some unexplained fears regarding her parents, but no qualms about flirting with Boy 3.

It’s that easy to fall in love.

But not that simple to sustain the relationship because women are demanding creatures and men are suckers. He’s got to love her, love her best friends, which include irritating bimbos and a childhood male buddy who sleeps in her bed. Loving her means loving her parents, who want her to marry someone else and just pretend to be her brother instead. Love is handing her your wallet when she claims to want to split the dinner bill.

The ‘problem’ is that while such women may exist in fact or fiction, it all feels rather forced, superficial and designed to play to the frustrated men in the crowd. As Pyaar ka Punchnama 2 continues, the women get dafter. Chiku doesn’t know Sachin Tendulkar has retired. Kusum gets more greedy and manipulative. Supriya becomes more and more coy.

It’s rather convenient that all the boys are simply wonderful people while the women are bimbos or bitches.

The men curse their own weakness, which is not such a ‘problem’ here. It brings out the best in the bromance scenes, both in terms of dialogues and performances. The way Sunny Singh’s Gogo says “beta..beta..beta..” while aping his girlfriend’s father, is applause worthy. So are innumerous one liners, including one on Sooraj Barjatya and his take on love, friendship and saying sorry.

Men, be ready to relate. At times. Women, be ready to hate. All the time. Hopefully, you can laugh it all off. Together.

Dear cast and crew of Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, ever heard of the term ‘break-up’?

Are you in a relationship? Do you hate it? And if you hate it, do you endlessly (over two whole films) crib about it to your friends? No, right? Because normal, mature human beings just break-up if a relationship becomes unbearably taxing on their mental health. This goes for both sexes.

Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2. Screengrab from YouTube video.

But Bollywood has actively discouraged normal behaviour for years. So now, they have made a movie, that too a second time, about a bunch of guys cribbing about their horrible girlfriends, instead of just breaking up and thus not having to crib about it.

The trailer of Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 is out and shows three friends who are sick of their girlfriends and crib about it to each other. The trailer also reduces women to stereotypical nagging girlfriends and nothing more. The girls in the trailer love 50 shades of pink, crib about their boyfriends and shop. Their biggest dilemma is why their boyfriends’ relationship status on Facebook says single.

The trailer has the intellectual depth of a bumper sticker, and one fails to understand why these people continue with their miserable relationships if it’s such a pain.

Apart from that, the three guys dole out some ‘gyaani baba‘ relationship advice and expert opinion on women, which, sane people are advised by the author, to stay clear from. And while you’re doing that, maybe even stay clear of the movie.

The movie comes out on 16 October, 2015.