Author: Amruta Deshpande

Vazandar Review | This Marathi Movie Tackling Weight Loss Issues & Body Shaming Is Highly Relatable!

Always ready to dwelve into offbeat topics for his movies, national award winning director Sachin Kundalkar is back with another interesting movie concept in his latest Marathi flick ‘Vazandar’ – starring two leading ladies from Marathi film industry – Sai Tamhankar and Priya Bapat. The title of the film literally means ‘heavy weight’ and amazingly enough this light-hearted film is successful at highlighting the message it wants to give to all the young ladies out there – Being healthy and having self-confidence is more important than having that so-called perfect zero-figure body. The trailer of the film made it pretty obvious to...

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‘Sairat’ | Movie Review – This Raw Marathi Musical Will Tug At Your Heart

Knowing that Nagraj Popatrao Manjule, the director of the National award-winning Marathi movie Fandry, is returning with a new movie, this time a mainstream musical featuring the legendary pairing of ‘Ajay-Atul’, was enough cause of excitement. Loosely translated, the word ‘Sairat’ means going speedily hither-tither and it also could mean ardour i.e. great enthusiasm or passion. That meaning would resonate with love birds who experience their life going haywire with them reaching from point A to point B of their life in a surreal, super fast manner, when even they can not tell what happened, why it happened or when it...

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‘The Bazaar of Bad Dreams’ by Stephen King | Book Review

I find short stories a real effective stress-buster, and how I wish Stephen King released an anthology every year. Not only do his stories vary in genre, but also in theme, and are equally engaging to both your wit and emotions. The dark humor lacing the storylines make it all the more thrilling. King has an exceptional insight on human nature, and he employs his knowledge of the same to build up some really cruel plots. I’m still in awe with the author’s imagination. For those into Stephen King-trivia, the book has lots of autobiographical introductions on how he came to write a particular piece, and they’re fantastic! Most of the stories in here are exciting. Of the many stories – ‘Morality’, ‘Mile 81’ and ‘Batman and Robin Have an Altercation’ deserve a special mention. I’d rate both of those stories 5 stars only because they both managed to take me completely by surprise. Though the tagline of the book says ‘Thrilling stories’, I wouldn’t tag them as really in the horror genre or scary tales. They are more of the ‘twist in the tale’ types. Some of them are outright unsettling though and that’s the charm of it. Stephen King’s speciality lies in making you draw a total, vivid picture of the scene he is describing. The author’s knack of blending in the supernatural within the day to day life of Americans is...

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‘The House That BJ Built’ by Anuja Chauhan | Book Review

It must have been a really daunting task for Anuja Chauhan to live up to the expectations of her readers after her successful novel ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls‘ which instantly found liking and support from Indians in the country and abroad. When she announced that a sequel is underway, my hopes were set at a quite a high level. I especially ranked it higher than others in her genre because the Thakur girls could really tickle by funny bones without much effort with their quirky nature and the much-loved family dynamics. I guess it was the witty dialogues that stole the show there. And thankfully, it didn’t comes as much of a surprise when ‘The house that BJ built’ came and stole my heart again. The plot is essentially something that lets your imagination run wild. It’s ripe with sisterly love and if you love tales with bit of a family history and live on the spur of the moment kind of arena, you will enjoy the ‘The House That BJ Built’ thoroughly. The late Binodini Thakur wasn’t happy even about the idea of selling her part of the holdings in her Bauji’s big old house on Hailey Road. To respect her wishes, Binodini’s daughter Bonu has decided not to budge. However, here not one, but four pushy aunts are insisting that she sell. What results from this insistence is a laughter riot. It won’t...

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BlackBerry Leap India Launch Price Rs. 21490/-

BlackBerry Leap is all set for its grand India launch next week, and sources reveal that the launch price for the smartphone is Rs 21,490/-. Unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona earlier this year, mid-range smartphone Leap runs BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 and comes with a 5-inch 720p toch display (no keyboard) protected by Gorilla Glass 3. It derives power off a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chipset with Adreno 225 GPU and 2GB of RAM. For camera needs, the Leap has a 8MP rear shooter and a 2MP front camera. The internal storage capacity on this phone is 16GB which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. It’s powered by a 2800mAh battery, which as per company claims delivers up to 25 hours of ‘mixed usage’. The device does not support TDD-LTE Band 40 that’s used by existing 4G networks in India, but supports FDD-LTE Band 3 that’s highly anticipated to be embraced by some operators in near future. BlackBerry plans to launch two more smartphones in coming months, both of them with a physical keyboard. One of the smartphones is a high-end device featuring a dual-curve touch display with a keyboard behind the slide. No particular launch date has been revealed for this phone by the company...

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