‘Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare’ released on Netflix
“You are beautiful as ever mom,” wrote Ishaan Khatter
“I can’t explain what watching this single scene did to me,” he added
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, released on Netflix on Friday. Ishaan Khatter watched the film on the day of its premiere and gave a shout out to the film. The film also features Ishaan’s mother and veteran actress Neelima Azeem. Ishaan shared a snippet from the scene that features his mother and he wrote an emotional note on Instagram. He began the post by writing, “I saw my mother on screen today in Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare.” He added in his post, “You are beautiful as ever mom. Such intricacy and delicateness. Such humaneness. I can’t explain what watching this single scene did to me. I cried like a baby after watching it. It’s always lovely to see wonderful people coming together for a film but this time it’s personal. My mother made an appearance for one scene and moved me to tears.”
In his post, Ishaan Khatter also acknowledged the film’s stars Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar, along with the film’s director and the supporting cast. “Best of luck and congratulations on the release to the entire team of the film,” he added.
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Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare opened to largely average reviews from film critics. In his review for NDTV, film critic Saibal Chatterjee gave the film a 2.5 star rating and he wrote: “The two actors lend an edge to this feminist drama by etching out characters that are absolutely believable.”
Ishaan Khatter, son of Rajesh Khattar and Neelima Azeem, made his acting debut with Beyond The Clouds, which was directed by Majid Majidi. He then starred in Dharma Productions’ Dhadak in 2018, which marked the debut of late actor Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor. Ishaan awaits the release of Khaali Peeli with Ananya Panday, which will release on ZeePlex on October 2. He also featured in Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy, co-starring Tabu.
Pooja and Aamir co-starred in ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’
“Masti then, masti now, masti forever,” wrote Pooja Bedi
“Back on sets post 20 years of ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’,” she added
Pooja Bedi dug out a priceless throwback picture of herself along with her Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar co-star Aamir Khan and posted it on Instagram on Friday night. In a post titled, “Flashback Friday,” Pooja Bedi wrote: “Back on sets post 20 years of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar with a throwback, an on-set photo with Aamir Khan from my award winning talk show Just Pooja. Masti then, masti now, masti forever..! ‘Devika and Sanju’ (the names of Pooja and Aamir’s respective characters in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar) face to face.” She added the hashtags #beessaalbaad, #happysoulwellness and #happysouls to her post.
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Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar is a 1992 film, which acquired a cult status over the years. Besides Aamir Khan and Pooja Bedi, the film also featured Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori, Mamik Singh, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, and a guest appearance by Aamir’s brother Faisal Khan. The film showcases the story of a schoolboy named Sanjay Lal and his friends, who clash with students from a rival school on and off the playing fields. In the end, it all comes down to winning a prestigious cycle race. Mansoor Khan directed the film.
Pooja Bedi debuted in Bollywood in 1991 film Vishkanya but she’s best-known for her role in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. She featured in headlines after starring in celebrity reality show Bigg Boss 5.The actress recently starred in Masaba Masaba, a Netflix web-series which is a semi-fictionalised version of the eponymous designer’s life.
Aamir Khan’s forthcoming project is Laal Singh Chaddha, for which he is currently shooting in Turkey. It is a remake of the 1994 classic Forrest Gump, which featured Tom Hanks in the lead role.
Tara Sutaria shared stunning pictures of herself doing yoga on her Instagram profile on Friday evening. However, it was her sister and dancer Pia Sutaria’s comment on the post that stole the limelight. In the pictures, The Student Of The Year 2 actress can be seen trying out different poses on a yoga mat. Tara added a dash of self-deprecating humour to her post. She wrote: “Eats kale once.” Meanwhile, Pia Sutaria commented this on the post: “Don’t get me started.” Pia Sutaria frequently makes appearances on her sisters Instagram profile and we simply love it when that happens.
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On Thursday, Tara Sutaria shared a goofy BTS picture from the sets of her film Marjaavaan on her Instagram profile. In the picture, Tara could be seen dressed in a bridal outfit. She captioned her post: “All brides are beautiful, okay (gotta love/thank Bollywood for letting the inner bridezilla out before the real deal happens).”
Tara frequently features in headlines for her relationship with actor Aadar Jain. Reports of Tara Sutaria and Aadar Jain’s relationship started doing the rounds after they were photographed together at Malaika Arora’s birthday party and Amitabh Bachchan’s Diwali bash, last year. This year, Tara went as Aadar’s date at his brother Armaan Jain’s wedding festivities. She and Aadar even performed together at Armaan and Anissa Malhotra’s wedding reception, videos from which went viral on social media.
Tara Sutaria, a singer and former Disney star, made her Bollywood debut with the 2019 romantic drama Student Of The Year 2, co-starring Tiger Shroff and Ananya Panday. She also featured in Marjaavaan and Masakali 2.0 (both co-starring Sidharth Malhotra). Her next project is Milan Luthria’s romantic action film Tadap.
Randeep Hooda in a still from the video. (courtesy: randeephooda)
Randeep Hooda underwent a leg surgery last month
“Getting back to the grind,” wrote Randeep Hooda
He added the hashtag #FridayFitness
Randeep Hooda never misses his workout sessions, not even when he “can’t use” his legs. The actor, who recently had a leg surgery, shared a video from his workout session on Friday evening. In the video, the 44-year-old actor can be seen lifting heavy weights with utmost ease. He captioned the post: “Can’t use legs? Do upper body. Getting back to the grind.” He accompanied the post with the hashtag #FridayFitness. Just like us, the actor’s Instafam was also quite impressed with the video. “Keep inspiring,” commented an Instagram user. “Wow,” added another. “This is too good Sir,” read another comment.
Take a look at Randeep Hooda’s post here:
Randeep Hooda underwent a leg surgery at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital in August. Earlier this week, Randeep Hooda shared a picture from what appears to be a dubbing studio. “Grateful to be back at work,” he wrote sharing a picture on Instagram. The actor was dubbing for his forthcoming film Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, starring Salman Khan in the lead role. The duo have earlier worked together in Kick. The film also stars Disha Patani and Jackie Shroff.
ICYMI, take a look at the post here:
Randeep Hooda is a star of several critically-acclaimed films such as Monsoon Wedding, Highway, Sarbjit and Laal Rang. The actor has also starred in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, Heroine, Murder 3, Rang Rasiya, Ungli, Main Aur Charles and Love Aaj Kal among others. Earlier, this year, the actor co-starred with Chris Hemsworth in Extraction, which released on Netflix.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston in a still from the video. (courtesy: CoreResponse)
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston got divorced in 2005
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston got married in 2000
The ex-couple greeted each other backstage at the SAG Awards
Several Hollywood stars, including Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend, Julia Roberts, Shia LaBeouf, Morgan Freeman, Henry Golding , Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Ray Liotta, among others converged for a fundraising virtual table read of the classic 1982 teen movie Fast Times. However, there were two stars that stole the show. We are talking about (no points for guessing) Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. The one-hour-long fundraiser event streamed on the official Facebook page of CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort). Dane Cook was the host for the virtual event while veteran actor Morgan Freeman did the narration. During the session, Brad Pitt voiced Brad Hamilton, which was originally played by Judge Reinhold in the film, while Aniston played the character of Linda Barrett. The Internet was obviously thrilled to see the reunion of exes Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt.
Twitter couldn’t get past the Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt moment and the many tweets prove that. “Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are singlehandedly saving 2020 for me,” tweeted a fan.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston got married in 2000 and divorced in 2005. Brad Pitt later married Angelina Jolie in 2014 while Jennifer Aniston married Justin Theroux in 2015. Jennifer and Justin separated in 2017 after two years of marriage. Brad and Angelina, who have six children, separated in 2016.
Alia Bhatt shared this image. (courtesy: aliaabhatt)
Alia Bhatt and Akansha are childhood friends
Alia posted a picture from their childhood days
Akansha Ranjan Kapoor made her acting debut with ‘Guilty’
Alia Bhatt wouldn’t have missed wishing her childhood friend Akansha Ranjan Kapoor for the world. On her BFF’s birthday, Alia Bhatt shared a million-dollar throwback picture of herself along with the birthday girl. The picture happens to be from their childhood days. In the throwback photograph, the besties can be seen playing together and they look super cute. Alia wished Akansha with these words: “Happy birthday my life.” As of now Akansha Ranjan Kapoor hasn’t reacted to Alia’s post but we would love to see her response. Alia’s Instafam flooded the comments section with heart emojis.
Take a look at Alia Bhatt’s post here:
Akansha Ranjan Kapoor frequently features on Alia’s Instagram profile. Check out some of their posts together. You can thank us later:
Akansha Ranjan Kapoor made her acting debut with Netflix’s Guilty this year, which also stars Kiara Advani, Gurfateh Singh Pirzada and Taher Shabbir in pivotal roles. Directed by Ruchi Narain and produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, the film released in March this year. Alia cheered for her bestie at the film’s screening.
Alia Bhatt was last seen in Sadak 2, co-starring Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt. The film released on OTT platform Disney+Hotstar on August 28. It was one of the seven big films to release on the streaming platform. It is a sequel to Mahesh Bhatt’s 1991 hit Sadak.
The actress’ upcoming projects include Ayan Mukerji’s fantasy trilogy Brahmastra, co-starring Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, and SS Rajamouli’s RRR. She will also be seen in Gangubai Kathiawadi, which will be directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Ashley Tisdale with Christopher French. (courtesy: ashleytisdale)
Ashley announced her pregnancy on Friday
The couple celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary this month
“Just the freaking cutest,” wrote Vanessa
High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale is expecting her first child with her husband and musician Christopher French. On Friday, the couple shared the big news on their respective Instagram accounts. They shared pictures, in which Ashley, dressed in a white outfit, can be seen sporting a baby bump. No words needed. Within a few minutes, her post was flooded with congratulatory messages from friends and colleagues. Fellow High School Musical star and Ashley’s BFF Vanessa Hudgens was the first one to congratulate the couple. “Just the freaking cutest,” she wrote in the comments section. Actress-producer Haylie Duff wrote: “Been waiting for this. Can’t wait! Best mama and papa combo.”
Check out Ashley Tisdale’s post here:
Christopher too shared the pictures on his Instagram account. Take a look:
The couple celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary, this month. Sharing a picture from their wedding on social media, Christopher wrote in his post: “Six years. There are so many moments, so many tiny fragile little moments that I can look at specifically. Amazing, beautiful bright ones and hard, cloudy difficult ones… We just keep getting closer. I really can’t imagine life without you Ashley Tisdale. I love you endlessly. Happy anniversary.”
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Ashley Tisdale, a former Disney star, is also a singer, producer and a voice artist. At the beginning of her career, Ashley starred in Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack And Cody and the High School Musical film series. The actress’ last film was the 2016 movie Amateur Night.
Dolly Kitty Aur Chamakte Sitare: A still frim the film. (courtesy: konkona )
Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar, Amol Parashar, Aamir Bashir, Kubra Sait, Karan Kundra and Vikrant Massey
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
Rating: 2.5 stars (out of 5)
The film opens in a House of Horrors. A 21-year-old small-town girl, Kaajal Kumari, in the middle of the ride, complains to her Noida-based older cousin Dolly Yadav of an inappropriate act by the latter’s husband only to be have her misgivings dismissed casually. But that is not where Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare loses its way. Its stuffed monsters and ogres are elsewhere.
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, a Netflix original film produced by Balaji Telefilms, could be likened to another part of the amusement park where we find Kitty spending a weekend with Dolly’s family at the start of the film – the house of mirrors. It tries to capture far too many of the ‘realities’ surrounding a two-member sorority dealing with social and sexual conundrums and chasing fulfilment on their own terms. In doing so, it gets trapped in a maze of overlapping shadows. Too many reflections leave a fuzzy blur in their trail.
You are confused and your raging hormones are to blame, Kitty is told. Running away from marriage, she has just moved to Delhi NCR from Bihar’s Darbhanga district in search of a job. Dolly cannot bring herself to believe that her husband could be a sexual predator.
Dolly Kitty Aur Chamakte Sitare, written and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava (Lipstick Under My Burkha), is a tale of two contrasting women struggling to rise above their belief systems and years of moral conditioning. Their fight is, of course, well-meaning. They desire control over their lives and bodies. The film employs broad strokes to get its point across, undermining the impact of the exercise.
Bhumi Pednekar is the supposedly muddled Kaajal/Kitty. Konkona Sen Sharma is the unhappily married mother two boys Radha/Dolly. The two actors lend an edge to this feminist drama by etching out characters that are absolutely believable. Unfortunately, the duo is made to spout rather cheesy lines as they go about asserting themselves in a patriarchal world and, worse, endure a whole lot of awkwardly mounted sex scenes.
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is peppered with praise for Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh where much of the film has been shot. “Greater Noida is the new Shanghai,” says one character. Another person calls it a sapnon ka shaher (city of dreams). But as is de rigueur in any Bollywood film set in and around Delhi, dystopia is round the corner and we can see it in the physical form of incomplete residential towers surrounded by dusty expanses.
Believe it or not, the city has a homegrown rapper DJ Teja Gujjar (Karan Kundrra). The character sits at the intersection of two plot flashpoints – one related to a bunch of goons who have taken upon themselves a mission to protect Indian culture, the other pertaining to a love triangle involving ambitious girl Shazia (Kubbra Sait in a cameo), who helps Kitty widen her horizons.
If you do try and seek out some strong points in this rather unsubtle film, there are a few. One of them has got to be the way the screenplay treats the male characters and we aren’t referring to the perversion-prone guys who use the romance app where Kitty is a star ‘voice’. They are all severely flawed, insensitive individuals, but none of them is a monster. That makes the presence of casual sexism around the two women more distasteful.
Dolly’s husband Amit Yadav (Aamir Bashir) struggles to make enough money to pay the monthly instalments for a new apartment that the family has booked in the misplaced hope that the home will be completed and delivered in time. The guy is too busy with the uphill task to notice that his ‘frigid’ wife may be in need of attention.
Dolly takes a shine to Osman Ansari (Amol Parashar), an MBA student who moonlights as pizza delivery boy to pay for his studies. She is seeking to rekindle the passion that has gone missing from her life and marriage. Kitty develops a soft spot for a male nurse Pradeep (Vikrant Massey) in the course of her nocturnal chats. She is still a virgin and hopes not to make a hash of losing it.
Casual misogyny is in the air out here. Dolly, who has to do all the housework, cannot get away from exploitation even in her workplace. She has to make tea every morning for the chief accountant who, like her husband, takes her for granted until she decides to rebel.
Kitty, too, gets pushed around as she looks for a dwelling of her own to protect herself from her brother-in-law’s unwanted advances – neither finding a room/bed nor avoiding the man she secretly detests, as she realises, is as easy as she thinks it would be.
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitara – the last two words of the title refer to the five-star rating that the boy who delivers more than just food to Dolly as well as sex phone provider Kitty crave for – throws other themes into its two hours. One of Dolly’s two sons, Pappu (Kalp Shah), loves to play with dolls and dress up in a girl’s attire much to the consternation of his mom.
Before the film ends, we also meet a rebellious female artist who puts up a giant vagina installation as a celebration of “the metaphoric feminine” and triggers mayhem that takes a toll.
Although it merely skims over a few of the buttons it hits, the film does not err with the noises that it makes. It addresses female sexuality, the assertion of women’s freedom in and outside wedlock, moral policing, rising intolerance, and other essential gender themes – one of the characters even mentions “hymen re-stitching” ahead of her marriage. All that is very well.
The punches that Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare throws would have landed with greater force had the film not chosen so many cards to put on the table and in such an obviously didactic manner. A bit of calculated tangentiality would have aided both the quality of the message and the sharpness of its delivery. We would have loved to see Dolly and Kitty’s stars shine bright and steady. As things stand, they merely flicker.