Here’s Why Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran Is An IMPORTANT Film To Watch This Independence Day!

Be it The Legend of Bhagat Singh or Chak De! India, each film has its own respect and value. In India, entertainment is believed to be one of the strongest pillars which can bring about a change in the system. Recently, the release of Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran literally gave us goosebumps.

This John Abraham and Boman Irani starrer took us back in time and made us feel patriotic and proud just like the earlier films did.

Watch the trailer here:

Here's Why Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran Is An IMPORTANT Film To Watch This Independence Day
Here’s Why Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran Is An IMPORTANT Film To Watch This Independence Day!

A lot of us who weren’t aware of a set of India’s hidden achievements, Parmanu showcased everything about a nuclear test that was classified for years. The kind of hard work, blood, sweat and tears that went into making our country a nuclear state was just unbelievable and spine-chilling. Undoubtedly, Parmanu was high on entertainment but it did guided us through some unknown facts or should we say the things which we didn’t knew with such ease. The film has the perfect proportion of patriotism, emotions, humour and it will definitely keep you on the edge of your seats throughout its runtime.

This Independence Day, see this brilliantly made film which will make you proud and emotional at the same time. It was a box-office wonder of 2018 but still there are many left to witness the greatness of Parmanu. Don’t watch it for anyone, but watch it for your country!

If you’ve missed this movie in theatres, don’t worry, you can watch the exclusive digital premiere on ZEE5. For more updates, follow ZEE5 on,, and

Happy Independence Day!

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11 Years Of Chak De India: Recalling The Cinematic Experience Of Watching This Shah Rukh Khan Classic!

I still remember watching a film at Cinemagic Andheri East (Now PVR Andheri East) with my brother wherein the promotional song of Chak De India was screened in the interval. Back in 2007, where makers often used the conventional tool of marketing by requesting the cinema hall’s to screen the theatrical trailer, with Chak De India, YRF tried a new strategy of screening a promotional music video of the film wherein Shah Rukh Khan was seen introducing his hockey team. Well as expected, the reactions to the music video was quite mixed wherein even my brother and I were wondering as to what is Shah Rukh Khan upto.

A few weeks later, Chak De India across the country on 10th August 2018, and the initial response to the film in terms of ticket sales was not very encouraging. The film took a below average opening of Rs 3.07 crore, however what happened next was something that everyone who watched the film were confident of. The word of mouth kicked in and the collections started escalating with every passing day. The response among the audience watching the film was unanimously positive, and it was the word of mouth that made my brother book the tickets for the evening show on second Sunday. This wasn’t a conventional Shah Ruh Khan film like Om Shanti Om that I or rather people would watch on the first day. I remember watching the film at Suncity Vile Parle, and as expected the theatre was jam-packed. As we had booked the tickets on Saturday evening, we managed to get the tickets for the second row.

11 Years Of Chak De India: Recalling The Cinematic Experience Of Watching This Shah Rukh Khan Classic!
11 Years Of Chak De India: Recalling The Cinematic Experience Of Watching This Shah Rukh Khan Classic!

There was an air of excitement among everybody as we stood outside the cinema hall waiting for the gates to open. As the film started, the audience in the auditorium started getting immersed into the screenplay and felt as if it is Team India that is playing the hockey. It didn’t take long time for the cinema hall to become a hockey stadium. There were claps, whistles, hooting at regular interval. I still remember how a gentleman sitting behind me suddenly shouted “Preeti Ball Pass Kar” in between the film at a tense situation in the second half. His reaction was priceless as it spoke the impact that the film had on the audience. Shimit Amin’s shot taking, and Shah Rukh Khan’s and his team’s performance made the film look as authentic as a real hockey match being played in front of our eyes.

There was a pin drop silence in the cinema hall during the penalty shootout in the climax but every Goal as well as Save by Indian team was greeted with claps and whistles. Although Shah Rukh Khan was playing a one-man battle at that point of time as far as the number game was concerned, Chak De India helped him get a different sort of reaction and respect from the audience. The film wasn’t the run of the mill Shah Rukh Khan blockbuster wherein the audience cheered for the superstar; this was one film wherein the cheers and hoots were for the character of Kabir Khan and his hockey team. When comedy and masala entertainers were flavor of the season, Shah Rukh Khan took up a film as unconventional as Chak De India, and the risk paid off. It was SRK’s presence that helped the word of mouth spread so quickly, that eventually resulted in a massive hike in collections with every passing day. The movie ended up earning Rs 68 crore at the Box-Office in India, and was one of the biggest hit of 2007 alongside the likes of Om Shanti Om, Welcome, Taare Zameen Par and Partner. 2007 proved to be one of the most memorable year of Shah Rukh Khan’s career as it saw the release of Chak De India and Om Shanti Om, both of which proved to be huge money spinners at the Box-Office.

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Diljit Dosanjh’s Soorma & Shah Rukh Khan’s Chak De India Has Just One Common Ground Clarifies Shaad Ali

Comparisons with the popular hockey film “Chak De! India” are odious, but inevitable for Soorma“, a biopic on the life of hockey legend Sandeep Singh. Director Shaad Ali, who assures that the films are very different, says the sports star’s life itself has been so eventful that he had to wade through the drama to get to his core.

“There really is no common ground between ‘Chak De…’ and ‘Soorma‘ except hockey. But ‘Chak De…’ focused on the coach. So in that sense, Reema Kagti’s forthcoming ‘Gold’ (about India’s first team to win a gold medal at the Olympics) is more likely to be compared with ‘Chak De…’,” Shaad said.

He had no intentions of doing a film on Singh.

No common ground between 'Chak De! India', 'Soorma' except hockey: Shaad Ali
Diljit Dosanjh’s Soorma & Shah Rukh Khan’s Chak De India Has Just One Common Ground Clarifies Shaad Ali

“When Chitrangda Singh, who produces ‘Soorma’, came to me, we were thinking of something entirely different on the lines of a small town drama like my film ‘Bunty Aur Babli‘. When Chitrangda suggested we do this (‘Soorma’), I wasn’t sure. But then when I dug into his life, I was amazed at how dramatic it was.

“Sandeep’s life is so eventful that it feels like fiction. I had to wade through the drama to get to the core of the man.”

To get the story of Singh, Shaad spent considerable quality time with him and his family.

“I spent close to four months with Sandeep and his family in his hometown Shahabad in Haryana, as well as in Delhi and Mumbai. For me, it wasn’t enough to just go through paperwork and files and archival material on him. I had to observe and absorb his life first-hand. This is the only way to make a film on a life as inspirational as Sandeep Singh’s.”

“Soorma” has been made with the active co-operation and support of Singh and his family.

“He opened up his life for me, gave me access to his family and friends. ‘Soorma’ couldn’t have been made without Sandeep Singh’s participation. It’s important to take the subject of a biopic into confidence.”

Singh is happy with what Shaad has achieved in the film.

“He gave me the freedom to tell his story my way. He had that trust in me.”

Actor Diljit Dosanjh was the first and only choice to play Singh.

“We needed a Sikh actor. And who better than Diljit? He has given so much of himself to ‘Soorma’, I can’t imagine anyone else playing Sandeep Singh. Of course, it’s not imperative for a Sikh to play a Sikh. Farhan Akhtar did such a fine job of playing Milkha Singh in Rakeysh Mehra’s ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag‘.”

Shaad’s last few films have not worked at the box office. Neither has he been very prolific in his career.

“I don’t know why ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’ in 2008 didn’t work. We shifted the original story from India to a foreign country. I had enough of the small town ambience in ‘Saathiya’ and ‘Bunty Aur Babli‘. I wanted to break free of my small town image.

“With ‘Kill Dil’, I knew something had gone wrong. The balance was missing. There was a huge gap between my second film ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom‘ and my third film ‘Kill Dil’. That was not laziness. It was just an absence of a script I wanted to shoot. Also, I spent a good 3-4 years assisting my mentor Mani Ratnam on his film ‘Raavan’.”

The abiding reverence for Mani Ratnam won’t go away. Shaad’s last film “Ok Jaanu” was a remake of Ratnan’s Tamil film.

“In fact, I again took a break from my own filmmaking to assist Mani sir on his current new Tamil film. My equation with him cannot change.”

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Salim Merchant: “Self Expression Is Important Factor For Artists”

Music composer Salim Merchant, who is mentoring new talent for an international music competition, says self-expression and originality are the most important elements for an artiste.

“One of the very important factors in an artist is self-expression. That creates self identity,” Salim of the popular Salim-Suleiman duo, told IANS in an interview.

“These days, a lot of singers are sounding like Arijit Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan or someone else, but not something original. Now, as a music composer, if I can work with some of the icons, why should I work with these kids who do not have their own identity and, not bringing anything new on the table?”

So, he says the first and foremost thing that all the singers should understand is to build their identity.

Self expression is important factor for artistes: Salim Merchant
Salim Merchant: “Self Expression Is Important Factor For Artistes”

“As an artiste, it is your inner journey to discover that. If you can do that, the chance is huge to make a difference.

“That apart, I think if the artiste has the time and inclination, they should try to create versatility in their performance. You might be great in one genre, try out the other one to find out the versatility in you,” said the composer, who is also popular as a vocalist.

Salim, along with his brother Suleiman, has worked with many new playback singers in the Bollywood music industry, including Shruti Pathak, Neha Bhasin and Jonita Gandhi.

He said even when they cast a voice, they look for “originality, versatility and a voice that has an individual personality.”

Emphasising on the importance of developing a good ear for music, Salim said: “Music is 50 per cent learning, 50 per cent listening. Unless you are listening to good music, you cannot become a good musician; whether a vocalist, instrumentalist.

“And there is a certain way to listen to music for a musician who gives you the creative and technical aspect of a composition,” he added.

Salim is mentoring the finalist of Project Aloft Star, which is a partnership between Universal Music India and Aloft Hotels. The competition captures the essence of Aloft Hotel’s belief in self expression through music.

Asked about how he looks at the involvement of corporates in the music business, the “Chak De! India” fame composer said: “It is great to bring two industry people from different ideas together.

“Music celebrates unity, so encouragement of corporate company in the music business is actually a great deal.”

But, don’t the marketing mind controls the creative mind of a musician?

“I can talk about myself, and no, I do not think that the creative expression of an artiste gets compromised before a marketing team.

“A corporate company highlights their brand value, and I will think about my brand value. So, when it is a collaboration, it is never ‘I’, it is ‘we’. There is always a room for negotiation with a lot of respect for each other,” replied the multiple award-winning Salim.

Project Aloft Star started on Tuesday. It has finalists from countries like India, Greater China, Australia, Southeast Asia and Korea, who will be chosen to battle it out on September 20 in Seoul.

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WHAT! Has Akshay Kumar Replaced Shah Rukh Khan In Salute & 1 Other YRF Film?

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has recently wrapped up the most awaited film of 2018, Zero. The actor was in the US to shoot the climax of the film. It was being said that as soon SRK completes Zero, he will start shooting for Salute. But now reports suggest that Akshay Kumar has apparently replaced SRK in the film.

If reports are to be believed, Yash Raj Films had offered Khan two films and it seems he has rejected both the films.

WHAT? Has Akshay Kumar Replaces Shah Rukh Khan In THESE Films?
WHAT! Has Akshay Kumar Replaced Shah Rukh Khan In Salute & 1 Other YRF Film?

The latest developments suggest that it is Akshay Kumar who will replace the Dilwale actor in both the films. Even the film Salute which was first offered to Aamir Khan, will now be done by Akshay and not SRK. Well, the official confirmation is still awaited. According to the reports, the Chak De! India director Shimit Amin was working on a periodic film, considering Shah Rukh Khan as the lead hero. But now, it will be played by Akshay Kumar. The story of this film was narrated to Khan but he rejected the film. It is being said that Akki has gave a nod for this project but nothing is confirmed for now.

Shah Rukh has denied quite a few films of YRF now. After the release of Zero which is slated to release in December this year, SRK has signed not a single film.

On the work front, Akshay is gearing up for his Independence Day release Gold and he will soon start shooting for Sajid Khan’s Housefull 4.

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Akshay Kumar Rustom Uniform Controversy: “It’s A Crime To Sell Uniform,” Says GD Bakshi

Recently there was a news that Actor Akshay Kumar is putting up the naval uniform, which he donned in the film Rustom, for auction. But, unfortunately, this created a stir of controversy as Major General GD Bakshi has said that it’s a crime to sell uniform. In a conversation with CNN News 18, GD Bakshi said it’s a crime to sell your medals or uniforms, “Fact is a uniform is a uniform and frankly if you go through defense service regulations, it’s a crime to pawn or sell your medals and uniform. Uniform which Akshay was imitating in Rustom was as authentic as any other uniform stitched. You gave it so he can portray the role of an officer and you’re bound by the same sentiments and rules.” Akshay Kumar Rustom Uniform Controversy: “It’s A Crime To Sell Uniform,” Says GD Bakshi It was said that the proceedings from the bid will support the cause of animal welfare. Akshay, who won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Rustom, on Thursday tweeted a photograph from the film. Trending Twinkle Khanna Replies Her ‘Violent Threats’ Troller In The Most Badass Way Possible! Box Office: Avengers: Infinity War Smashes Furious 7 Weekend Record By A Distance Alongside the photograph, it was written: “Win the original Naval uniform I wore in the movie Rustom. Bidding closes May 26.” The actor, 50, captioned it: “Hi all. I’m thrilled to announce that you can bid to win the actual naval officer uniform I wore in Rustom. Auction’s proceeds will support the cause of animal rescue and welfare. Place your bid at” Rustom, a period thriller, is directed by Tinu Suresh Desai. It also stars actress Ileana D’Cruz. The film is based on the real life incident of Naval Officer K. M. Nanavati and businessman Prem Ahuja.

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Avengers: Infinity War box office collection day 3: The superhero flick nears the Rs 100 crore mark

Marvel’s latest superhero venture Avengers: Infinity War has set a huge benchmark for a Hollywood film in the Indian market. After collecting over Rs 30 crore on Friday and Saturday, the film showed a good jump on Sunday and raked in Rs 32.50 crore yesterday. It now stands with the grand total of Rs 94.30 crore at the box office. With this business, it has become the second highest opening weekend grosser of the year after Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.

Despite having just 2000 screens in the domestic circuit, the film has shattered many box office records of the Bollywood biggies. Made on the estimated budget of around $ 350 million, it is shot in England, Scotland, USA and Georgia. Produced by Kevin Feige, the screenplay of the film is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Avengers: Infinity War, which is the 19th Marvel Studios’ movie, brings together 22 superheroes like Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk against one supervillain Thanos. Apart from English, the film is released in the dubbed versions of Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. (Also Read: Avengers Infinity War box office collection day 3: The Marvel movie crushes Stars Wars The Force Awakens; becomes the highest opening weekend grosser in America)

Avengers: Infinity War has garnered outstanding reviews across the globe. Our critic Rajat Tripathi gave the film four and a half stars said, “This movie is a must-watch. Avengers: Infinity War gets silly when it tries to pack humour at places where you feel like crying your heart out. It gets unimaginably passionate when it brings our mighty heroes and the vicious villain face-to-face. And goes without saying that it crushes your heart by the time it ends. As I was saying in the opening…Avengers: Infinity War is passionate, silly, and heartbreaking – just like first love!” Anyway, are you guys planning to watch the movie this weekend? Share your thoughts in the comments section below…