One of world cricket's leading all-rounder, Bangladesh's Test, and T20I captain Shakib Al Hasan has been banned for two years by the International Cricket Committee (ICC) for failing to report multiple approaches by a bookie. The first genuinely world-class all-rounder produced by Bangladesh, Hasan has been a unifying factor for his nation, and his impact on both the sport as well as the youth of Bangladesh cannot be measured in standard terms. With that in mind, the ICC’s decision to punish the all-rounder with a two-year ban seems nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
Much like how the actor known as ‘Jumping Jack’ withstood the public and critical censure, Shahid Kapoor, too, appears to have found a sweet spot where he can reap the benefits of the success and weather the denunciation.
As the news of a remake of the classic Hrishikesh Mukherjee comedy Chupke Chupke (1975) filtered in, the debate surrounding how certain films should be remade or how it’s okay to reimagine the same story in a slightly different setting once again gathered momentum. With Rajkummar Rao slated to reprise the role of Dharmendra, Chupke Chupke isn’t the only high profile remake that would hit the screens in the next few months. Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan are poised to reinterpret the roles of Govinda and Karishma Kapoor in the Coolie No. 1 (1995) remake, while Kartik Aryan and Bhumi Pednekar are all set to step into the very large shoes of the late Sanjeev Kumar and Vidya Sinha in the Pati, Patni Aur Woh (1978) remake.
A significant piece of news about a proposed rupees 600 cr live-version Ramayana rumoured to be helmed by Nitish Tiwari with Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone as the celestial leads could finally shake things up.
When it released in June 2001, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha was either expected to set the box office on fire nor earn great critical acclaim. The reason for limited expectations from Gadar: Ek Prem Katha were because the film released on the same day as the Aamir Khan starrer Lagan (2001) and the former was not as hot a proposition as the latter.
At the mahurat of Chachi 420 (1997), people were surprised to hear the soulful strains of the nadaswaram, a double-reed wind instrument from Tamil Nadu, emerge from nowhere as the film’s leads Kamal Haasan and Tabu performed a scene. The setting was a temple and Haasan and Tabu’s characters had just gotten married. Later, to the surprise of everyone present, it was revealed that the music was provided by Haasan himself, who had trained in ventriloquism for a role.