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Secluded Getaways During the Pandemic.

Chembra Lake

If you are looking for a place to be for one day or a short weekend trip, this the place for you to be. Chembra lake is the perfect place for a short trek and a scenic beauty destination for a quick getaway. The lake is heart-shaped and well it does tell you something about it. The place is very well maintained and clean and a perfect place to be one with nature. 


Want to embark on a journey of finding yourself or reconnecting yourself with your loved one or your family? This is your place. Bujanbari does not have anything extraordinary but is a place of scenic beauty and resorts which are meant for pleasure and relaxing. The whole purpose of this place is to be one with your own self. It is up to you if you want to just kick back and relax in the resorts or in tents in the mountains and near the stream or you want to hike through the beauty of Bijanbari. It is not a mainstream place but that is a part of it that makes it so great. 


Wow. There are no more words that can describe this place. It is 80 kilometres away from Rishikesh and is on the banks of the river Alaknanda. It has a divine water rafting experience with the water being clearer than crystal. Jayalgarh has tent facilities along the river bank which is a divine experience. The voice of water and the clear sky, away from the city lights makes you feel one with nature. The 25 kilometres long water rafting starts in the river Alaknanda and ends when you enter Ganga through Devpreayag while you are in one of the rivers which make Ganga. The 24 kilometres of hard work pays off when you see yourself merging with Bhagirathi and make Ganga. They let you dive into the river in Devprayag. It is one of the most divine experiences ever. Activities like cliff jumping into the water and floating in the water just makes you feel more alive than ever. 

River Alaknanda flowing through the valleys beside the tents in Jayalgarh


Meghalaya is the hidden gem of India and Laitmawslang is a hidden gem of Meghalaya.  It is a place that has centuries-old tribes and caves with the engravings of the tribes that had lived there way back. The caves are secluded and the sunlight barely penetrates the thick forest and the cave but when it does, it changes the whole face of the cave. The garden caves had access to the underground water which had many medicinal purposes. Say what? I feel like I am in Pirates of the Caribbean. 

The closest domestic airport happens to be in Shillong, which is 52 km away from Laitmawsiang. Many tourists prefer travelling by train, and the nearest railway station is in Guwahati, which is 145 km away from this spot. 


Like doing everything but in peace? Then this is the best place for you to be. Be it a romantic trip or a solo “me” time trip, this place is a perfect match. 

The scenic routes of the forests are just breathtaking and the majestic elephants of Kerala are just a wonder to watch. The Kulamavu dam is just breathtaking beauty and a place where one feels like a part of something bigger and something divine. It is indeed magic. It also has treks and hikes to the Keezharkuthu waterfalls which is a journey worth taking with your friends or alone. 

The famous Keezharkuthu waterfalls a.k.a The Rainbow Waterfalls. 

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The Serpent and Main Aur Charles.

The Bikini Killer, The Serpent and The Splitting Killer or as we all know him,  Charles Shobhraj. This introduction does not in any way glorifies the crimes of that imbecile. Charles Shobhraj was an International criminal. He was imprisoned in different countries for many crimes that he committed including murder but he managed to escape from a lot of them through his exceptional deceiving skills and tactics. He deceived people everywhere he went. His modus operandi was drugging people to procure their money and their passports. It was a time when replacing a photo on the passport was not particularly difficult and he pried on that very fact. The more passports he procured, the more he could fly around and the more people he killed. The facts in the case of Charles had always been hazy and still are hazy. The number of people he has killed remains a mystery but it is around 15 to 20 murders(probably more). He was a womanizer, a deceiving machine and most of all, he was someone who thought he could do whatever he wanted. There are several adaptations of the life of Charles Shobhraj. Today we are going to talk about the two adaptations, Main Aur Charles and The serpent. 

Cast comparison: 

Main Aur Charles is a Bollywood film that was released in the year 2015. The protagonist of the film was portrayed by Charles Sobhraj whilst all the other characters were in a supporting role. The other cast included people like Richa Chadda, Adil Hussain and other minor role characters such as Alexx O’Nell, Mandana Karimi, Vipin Sharma and many more. The cast of the movie was not as well as one would expect. On the other hand, the casting of The Serpent was perfect and on point. All the characters did justice to the roles they were given and totally indulged you in the show. The lack of skilled casting shows a huge impact in the film Main Aur Charles. Most of the casting of the movie is dull. The Indian public connects to this story more because of the use of the Hindi Language and familiar cast. 


One would think that as the story is based on the same person, the two of them might be similar at least in this way but that was not quite the case here. The storyline of Main Aur Charles was good but it did not have a hold like it should have had considering that the life of Charles was pretty interesting. The movie flows in a single direction and has no particular points where everything makes sense to you. It fails to connect all the things happening in the movie simultaneously in a way that interests you.

The Serpent starts at a very good pace. There are multiple things happening at the same time but the starting is confusing at the same time too. There are way too many changes in the timelines at the same time. The worst part was that the changes in the timelines were not in a linear fashion. This made it very confusing to follow and also can make a person uninterested in the initial plot. But as the story goes on, most of the storyline catches up to you but according to me, some part of the timeline remains unclear. Overall, The Serpent has a more compelling storyline. Main Aur Charles was a movie and not an 8 episode story so we cannot expect the same level of depth in the storyline. 


There were many differences in both adaptations but we will talk about the major ones. Charles Sobhraj was also called the Bikini killer because of his exceptional seducing skills and good looks. He was an expert at befriending people and drugging them where he used his exceptional charm. The movie Main ur Charles justifies this seductress image of his by showing intimate scenes of him with different women throughout the movie. The Serpent does not cover this side of him much. He is shown making friends very easily and drugging them even more easily than that but he is not shown as a seducing machine per se. 

One more thing that I like about the Serpent is that the character of Charles is not glorified and not shown as someone who would like a typical “hero”. He is shown for the thug he is, ruthless and evil. Whereas in Main Aur Charles, he is shown as a charming character whom the audiences love and feel like what he is doing is right. This has always been one of the biggest drawbacks of Indian cinema. This has been going on in Bollywood for years which also has led to the setting of many wrong examples for the audiences, especially when the influence is huge multiple things are happening. The Serpent shows the whole life of Charles throughout the series whereas Main Aur Charles focuses on the very late part of his life and fails to show the relevancy where needed. 


The Serpent shows all the timelines and it is very authentic in its portrayal of the places and all the people including the storyline. All the aspects of his life, his modus operandi and the most impressive part of it was the different point of views from which it shows all the things that are happening. It covers the story very well and keeps you interested for the most part. 

Now we come to the portrayal. Tahar Rahim was at his best in his portrayal of Charles. His french was also very much on point and his changing of accent whenever needed was also amazing. Randeep Hooda is an amazing actor but he could not give justice to the character of Charles. I blame it on the poor execution by the director though.

Overall, The serpent exceeds expectations and is a way better portrayal of the life of Charles Sobhraj than Main Aur Charles. 

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Best Bollywood Actors of all time(Top 10)

10. Aamir Khan

You guys are probably wondering, “ Is he top 10 material?”. There was a lot of thought behind this and I think he deserves a place in the top 10. Aamir Khan became famous after the film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. This film became the Bobby of its era and was a huge success. But time after time he proved himself again and again by playing different roles and playing them as good as they can be. Also known as Mr Perfectionist, Aamir Khan has set an example of method acting all over Bollywood ever since his arrival. He did not do many films but when he did one, he made sure it was a masterpiece. Aamir Khan gained whopping 28 kilos for his role in Dangal for which he won many awards for Best Actor and this was not the first time he went to lengths to play a role. He indeed is an inspiration to all the actors of this generation.

9. Om Puri

Om puri is considered to be one of the greats of Bollywood. He had a huge impact on Bollywood as well as the British Film Industry. He was also honoured with Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the British Film Industry in the year 2004 and has also received The Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Bollywood. Om Puri had marked his presence in the industry with his extraordinary performance in the movie Tamas. Om Puri truly was a legend. 

8. Guru Dutt

Guru Dutt had acted in no more than 10 films throughout his career but he was considered as a legend and someone who was way ahead of his time. He lost as many as rs 17 crore producing a film but he recovered all of them the next movie itself. Guru Dutt is at number 8 on this list for his immense contribution to Indian Cinema. He was a visionary who was too ahead of his time. 

7. Nana Patekar

You guys probably know Nana Patekar through memes and his comic roles in Welcome and other films but =he started way back and has been an amazing actor. His performances in the movies like Prahaar and Krantiveer literally sent chills down my spine. Nana Patekar has truly been inspirational to everybody. He also played an amazing villain in the movie Apharan for which he bagged The Filmfare Award for Best Villain. Nana Patekar has proved himself in every role and not only done a good but an amazing job. 

6. Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah is one more actor that has proven that theatre produces real actors. He has been in Bollywood since the beginning of time I guess. Naseeruddin Shah has won multiple National and Filmfares for his acting, he has also been honoured with  Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree which shows how big his contribution to the Indian cinema was. 

5. Sanjeev Kumar

Is it just me or he looks better with both his hands? Yes, he was this young when he played the role of an old Thakur in the film Sholay and not only that, he was also nominated for the award of Best Actor for this film. Sanjeev Kumar did not shy away from doing challenging roles which made his impact a huge one on the Film Industry. His double role in the film Angoor was listed among the 25 best acting performances of Indian cinema by Forbes India on the occasion of celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema. Sanjeev Kumar was born in Surat, where he has a road and an auditorium named after him. 

4. Raj Kapoor

Believe me when I say that it was very difficult for me to put this legend all the way back here at number 4. Raj Kapoor was the pioneer in revolutionizing the Indian Film Industry. He introduced new types of movie, new ways of acting, directing, song-writing and singing and whatnot. Raj Kapoor is also known as the Greatest Showman Of Bollywood. He was a genius and has won awards for almost all fields of movie making. Raj Kapoor was an expert in all the feats of movie making. His legendary movie Mera Naam Joke was not appreciated in his time but is now considered to be one of the greatest films in Indian Cinema. Raj Kapoor was famous and loved even in countries like Russia where he was super famous for his acting. 

3. Dilip Kumar

Known as the tragedy King, Dilip Kumar had a big role in Hollywood. He is said to be the one who introduced Method Acting in Bollywood. He has the most number of Filmfares for Best Acting(8).

2. Rajesh Khanna 

Zindagi Badi Honi Chaiye, Lambi nai Babumoshaay. Our number 2 for this list is the one and only Rajesh Khanna. He is said to be the first-ever superstar of Bollywood and that is why deserves his place here.  His acting in Anand still remains immortal. 

1. Amitabh Bachchan 

This man is inarguably the best actor of Bollywood of all time. He is great by so big of a margin that I would give all the places from 1 to 10 to him alone. Amitabh Bachchan has acted for more than 40 years, gabbing the highest number of nominations for the Award for Best Actor. I’d say that the award did not deserve Amitabh. Justifying why he is here would be an insult to his talent. 

Tell me who didn’t make the list that you expected would. Until next time. 

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The one where they reunite!

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Reunion

Well, they were indeed on a break, until now. The Reunion finally happened and OH MY GOD was it worth it! Could it have been any better? There are going to be many references to the show’s dialogues throughout this blog and I want you guys to comment on how many of them can you spot. I will try and keep it subtle. 

It’s been 17 years since the 6 of them were all back together on the same set and boy did it feel like they never left. The reunion was long overdue and the fans couldn’t hold it in when they heard the announcement of the episode and some even cried just hearing about it. (I guess that was just me). 

The general flow:

The episode starts with the cast entering the set where the reunion was shot and they all were very emotional. As and when the cast starts entering, the flow of the episode comes into a natural flow. It seems and I believe that the conversations were not at all scripted because it all seemed extremely normal yet so enchanting for all the fans. The episode advances and they show the scenes from different iconic locations of the show like the fountain where the theme song was shot, the apartment of Monica and Rachel, and the apartment of Joey and Chandler. Could the places be any more awesome? They also recreated the legendary quiz which lost Monica and Rachel their apartment. The episode is partly hosted by James Corden. 

Iconic parts:

Most of the iconic parts were where the 6 of them are reminiscing about the memories when they were shooting the show and how they all became a family and a group of people so close-knit. And and and, is it just me or is it the cutest that they did a group huddle for almost all the episodes they shot and for the one episode that they did not one of them got badly injured. It was Matt le Blanc, his shoulder came out of the socket in the episode that they did not do a group huddle. Could they be any more naive? You are probably wondering who would change something like that, right? I KNOW!!! Moving on, they share many many moments from their lives on the set that we had no idea about. Ross and Rachel… I mean David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston finally opened about their relationship in real life. They opened up about how they had a major crush on each other!! Nooooooo!!! But yes it is true but it is also true that they never hooked up or never were in a relationship because either of them was always in a relationship! They just could not catch a break! Ironic, isn’t it? But for me, the most iconic thing was that there were parts that they did not care about the camera or whether or not are they saying something that will please the audience, they were just in the moment. They actually were 6 friends who had met each other for so so many years. The amazing part was that all of them felt as though they still were a family and still as close as ever. 

Also, can you believe that the gang or at least the girls had all their lunches together throughout the years, even on weekends? Damn, they were so close. 

Trivia: Did you know that Matthew Perry was the only cast member who was allowed to sit during the script because he was so funny that he actually added his own jokes to the scripts. Could he be any more Chandler?

Guest appearances: 

They did not want to leave any stones unturned and well they succeeded for the most part of it. Almost all the characters of the show who were even a little mainstream appeared on the show but let’s face it, Mr Heckles stole the show and that was because it was hard to believe that he was even alive. But other than that, many global icons spoke about the impact that FRIENDS had on their lives and how much they love the show. Some of the stars included Kit Harrington(Jon Snow), Reese Witherspoon, Malala Yousafzai, David Beckham(Is he the hottest person alive or what) and many more. I don’t want to spoil the whole thing for you.  

People from all over the world were also interviewed and they shared their views on how FRIENDS played a big role in their lives and for some, how it even saved their lives. 

Things that disappointed us:

The recreated quiz fell short of any expectations that we had of it. The quiz kind of ends before it even starts and the ladies are announced as the winners for no apparent reason. There were many characters whom we wanted to see on screen such as, “The ugly naked guy”, Julia Roberts and many more people who had cameos on the show who all made the show even more awesome. There is one more thing that we did not want at all; for the show to end. That was the most disappointing and emotional moment of the episode. When they all bid farewell and said the things that they loved about each other and the show, everybody’s heart welled up and everybody had goosebumps.

Overall, The Reunion was everything that we had hoped for and I did not give you a whole spill not to ruin it for you. But we do learn one thing from it, that they were indeed there for each other and they still are. 

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Best actors of all time(20-10)

Best Bollywood Actors of all time

And we are back. Today we will check out the actors which made the 11-20 cut. There were many major upsets while I was making this but I am pretty sure I did justice to all of them. 

20. Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar was a gem and a God’s Gift to Bollywood. He could sing and direct and produce and best of all, act and sing together. Kishore Kumar’s life was not a good one in terms of personal happiness but it was quite the contrary on screen. With gem of movies like Chalti ka Naam Gaadi and Padosan, he brought a lot of realness to the cinema. Kishore Kumar was so successful at a time that he made a film for the purpose of it to flop so that he can show losses and pay fewer taxes. That film turned out to be a hit and he ended up giving the rights of the film to his assistant at the time. Chalti ka Naam Gaadi was the film. Acting and singing just came naturally to him. 

19. Dev Anand

Dev Anand brought a certain style to the film industry. His career spanned for over 6 decades. He was one of the most graceful actors to ever have worked in Bollywood. He appeared in numerous films in his time and just won people over with his charm. At that time, he even appeared in a Hollywood movie called Evil Within. Very few people had the impact he had over Bollywood and cinema all over as he did. 

18. Anil Kapoor

He is considered an actor of our age yet he started acting way way back even before I was born. Guess my age viewers, might be your only chance. It is also believed that he invented versatility. His versatility is acclaimed around the world and for the same reason, he has also appeared in movies like Mission Impossible. Mr Lakhan did not have to do many 1 2 ka 4 to be on this list. 

17. Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher is someone whom I see and feel like he has always been in the film industry. He has been nominated for awards in more than one genre multiple times. He has also been nominated for awards for his roles in Hollywood movie such as Silver linings Playbook. We can’t make a list of the greatest actors of Bollywood and not include him. 

16. Boman Irani

Boman Irani is somebody who has kept proving himself time after time and has always has been underrated still. In his first commercial success, he bagged the award for the Best Comic role for the film Munnabhai MBBS. Boman Irani came from the theatres and that was the reason he started late as an actor. Oh, what he could have given to the cinema if only he had started early. 

15. Paresh Rawal

Theatrics produce real actors, they say. Well, they stand corrected. There is a story that says that there was a play that he was acting in with Naseeruddin Shah. There is an intense scene going on in the drama and a child starts crying in the audience. Paresh Rawal stops acting and stops the intense discussion and asks the lady with the child to move out of the theatre and then he just resumes the acting again. Such is his control over acting. 

14. Rishi Kapoor

Time is inevitable and it takes us all one day but he took this legend way too soon. Before his untimely demise, Rishi Kapoor made a huge impact on Bollywood. He basically introduced romance in Bollywood. His first movie, Bobby, was a huge success and everybody in India went crazy for him. He was a teenage heartthrob in his golden days but that did not stop him from exploring other aspects of acting. He had exceptional acting in Agneepath, Kapoor and Sons and Do Doni Chaar. He also bagged awards for the latter 2 films. He was a legend indeed, may his soul rest in peace. 

13. Kamal Hassan

The word multitalented to was invented a long time ago but he gave this word a meaning. Kamal Hassan has played a woman and a man in the same film in the movie Chachi 420. Well, is there anything else that I need to say? He started winning awards when he was 6 years old. He is often hailed as one of the most talented actors to ever walk the soils of Bollywood. 

12. Amrish Puri

Amrish Puri redefined consistency in his own terms. He was versatile, he was consistent but most of all, he was a natural talent. He gave his all when he acted and acted with the same consistency whether it be as Mogambo or a righteous father in Gadar, he always gives his all. But the villainous roles in the Bollywood are the ones that made him a legend. He has acted in over 450 films throughout his career. Oh dear lord!

11. Irrfan Khan

He is another legend who was taken away from us too soon. He has done anything but cliche movies of Bollywood. Irrfan Khan starred in multiple Hollywood movies such as The Amazing Spiderman, Jurassic World, Life Of Pi, and Inferno. Irrfan Khan was even hailed by the legendary Hollywood veteran actor, Tom Hanks. He said that Irrfan Khan to be someone who has an enchanting figure on and off the screen. 

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Best Bollywood Actors Countdown.

Bhai, Tum excited ho ya nahi? Bhaii, tum excited ho ya nahi! 

Jao yeh sawal usse pucho jisne hume itna wait karwaya dusre blog ke liye. 

Sorry sorry, that’d be my fault! The COVID vaccine got me for good! 

Anyways, the wait is finally over and we are back with another blog. As we saw in the earlier blogs, Indian cinema history goes way back and during these years it produced many great actors and actresses. But there are always some who mark their name in the legendary book of Bollywood. So we will look at the top 30 actors of all time who became immortal with their acting. We will consider their contribution and acting skills over the number of hits that they have given, which might leave us open to some upsets but kya kare, ganda hai par dhandha hai yeh!

We will begin in T minus 5….4….3….2………1. Initiating starting sequence. 

30. Shahrukh Khan

A lot of you are going to question this and there might be a backlash but I have nobody that I can replace him for a higher spot. Also known as King Khan. Shahrukh redefined romance on screen and became the king of romance with his series of hit films but the most famous of them was Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. He played many other types of roles later in his career but did not get the same amount of critical acclaim. His movie My Name is Khan was one of his movies for which he deserves this place. King Khan did give many many many hit films during his career. Shahrukh Khan has won 8 Filmfare for Best Actor and is also the most famous celebrity overseas after Amitabh Bachchan. 

29. Akshay Kumar

From being almost broke and moving to Canada, to being a superstar in India, it sure was a long road for Akshay Kumar. Once he delivered 14 flops in a row and almost shifted to Canada. He also has Canadian Citizenship, he said in an interview. He started as a backup dancer and today he is one of the most consistent actors of Bollywood of our time. From comedy to action to serious movies, he has done it all. 

28. Mithun Chakraborty

He needs no introduction to the Indian public. Mithun Chakraborty was a Naxalite in his early youth which he left after some years and returned to his family and started acting. His acting efficiency showed from his first film Mrigayaa, in which he won the National Film Award for best actor. During his first two decades in the film industry, he starred in 220 plus films(110 plus films in each of the two decades). He really proved himself in all the film industries including Bengali, Hindi and south Indian industries. 

27. Govardhan Asrani

Yeh Angrezo ke zamane ke jailor hain! When we talk about side actors who really made an impact, Asrani’s name is on the top shelf. His acting career lasted over 4 decades and his versatility has been a big no brainer to think about. Asrani’s acting throughout his career has always been flawless and is certainly one of the legends of Bollywood. 

26. Ranbir Kapoor

Many people advised me not to even consider Ranbir Kapoor for this place but I just had to. He made his entry as a chocolate boy and an actor who can only pull off a casanova as a character but he proved them all wrong by bagging back to back Filmfare for Best Actor awards for his amazing performances in Barfi and Rockstar. I know he has a lot of his career left ahead of him but that doesn’t change the fact that he is a great actor.

25. Nawazuddin Siddique

He is one of the most underrated actors of Bollywood or shall I say, he was? It amazes my mind that how does it take a man of his calibre more than 10 years to get a big break. He had cameos in movies like Munnabhai MBBS and Sarfarosh in his earlier years but that was it. He got his first big break in Gangs of Wasseypur movie series and well, do I need to speak more? He was flawless in this movie and then he was unstoppable. He literally turned himself in all into all the characters he played. His most recent and spectacular performance came in the series Sacred Games and sometimes I believe that wahi bhagwan hai! 

24. Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn has had a long career which is still ongoing. He always has been a versatile actor and he has proved that time after time. He played an innocent man turned villain in the movie Apharan, a police officer in Singham, a common man in Drishyam and Bhagat Singh in Legend of Bhagat Singh for which he won the Filmfare and National Award for Best Actor. 

If you thought that he didn’t deserve this place, think again. 

23. Dharmendra 

Dharmendra paaji has played an important role in the golden eras of Bollywood where he acted in movies like Sholay which is the epitome of success. He also has been given the Lifetime Achievement Award and awards for his invaluable contribution to Bollywood, 

22. Manoj Bajpayee

He too is one of the most underrated Bollywood actors.  He was part of the 2 films which played a big part in revolutionizing Bollywood. First was a film that pioneered in showing the true gangster stories of Bombay, the movie Satya. And the second was Gangs of Wasseypur. Recently, he won the National Award for Best Actor for the film Bhonsle.  

21. Sanjay Mishra

Not many of you know him but he is one of the best actors Bollywood has and ever had. When I see him on screen, I can see that he is not acting. It is always so natural that we never feel like we are watching a screen. He proved that one does not need dashing looks and a six-pack abs body to act. He has won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his amazing and flawless acting in the movie Akhoon Dekhi. 

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Two and a half men Indian cast

Two and a Half men is one of the sitcoms which changed its protagonist mid-series and still was successful afterwards. The series had all the aspects to make a successful sitcom. There were different beautiful women in almost every 2 episodes of the serie. Charlie Sheen practically played himself in the serie and the of course did an amazing job. His comic timing was second to none. The character is shrewd in almost all the conventional ways but shows care in the ways he can. Jon Cryer plays the mentally depressed younger brother of Charlie Harper, Alan Harper. He acted his part perfectly and did an amazing job portraying a depressed yet emotionally sensible but awkward person. The “half” men played by Angus Jones defined his career as his major part of his life was Two and A Half men. The serie had other characters but the story majorly revolves around these three characters. So let’s see who would play whom if this serie was made in India. 

  1. Berta

Berta is the hysterical maid of Charlie who is super shrewd but humorous as well. She is so savage that almost everybody in the serie is afraid of her. The character of Berta can be played by Mallika Dua. She is super funny and also pure savage. I can see no one better than her to play the role of Berta. 

  1. Evelyn Harper

Like almost all the major characters of the serie, Evelyn Harper who plays the mother of Charlie and Alan is also pure savage. She is totally ignorant of everybody’s feelings around her and is also mean. She gets away with it. Guess why? Well, of course, it is a sitcom, everybody gets away with being mean cause well, it is funny, I guess. 

A perfect match for this role would be Rekha. Well, I need not explain my choice because she can pull anything off with her vast experience of acting and also her personality kind of suits the character. 

  1. Jake Harper

Jake was very small when the serie starts but is funny in his own way. If only Tanmay started acting when he was this small, I would’ve cast him immediately. Considering the fact that this is hypothetical anyway, a young Tanmay Bhatt would be perfect for this role of Jake Harper. He is too “kamedi”. I know he is not as cute as Jake but we can add some photoshop and edit out the extra fat anytime. You don’t believe me?, ask the Kardashians! 

  1. Judith Harper

Judith is the wife of Alan Harper who like all the characters of the serie sucks the blood out of Alan and makes his life difficult. She and Alan separate in the first episode of the serie which leads to him and Jake living with Charlie. Judith does not have a major role in the serie but almost everybody hates her. She is the Cersei Lannister of Two and a Half men, ruthless as hell. I was confused between a couple of people who can play this character but I decided to go with Ileana D’Cruz because of the facial resemblances between them.

  1. Alan Harper

There is no character I feel worse for than Alan Harper in the whole history of sitcoms. He is a hard-working chiropractor who is trying to figure out his dating life along with having a kid and also a wife who takes all his money in alimony. The person best suited to this personality would be Abhay Deol because let’s face it, he did show us all in Dev D how miserable he can be and the facial resemblances can also not be missed. 

  1. Walden Schmidt 

Ashton Kutcher was the replacement of Charlie Sheen as the protagonist of the show and he is the perfect embodiment of Tony Stark. I.e. Genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist. He is as flawless as Charlie in picking up women but is basically a thirty-year-old child. Considering his personality, Ranveer Singh is the actor who would be perfect for this role. Because we all know how flawless he is in his showmanship. 

  1. Charlie Sheen

I was very confused about the casting of this role but I came to a conclusion at last. The people considered for this role were Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar. Ranbir Kapoor seemed too young to play the part of Charlie and Hrithik is literally too hot. So we go with Farhan Akhtar who is a little older than the other two and also resembles Charlie Sheen. He can play this part perfectly. 

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If The Big Bang Theory was made in India.

The Big Bang Theory is considered to be one of the best Sitcoms to be ever made and there is no doubt about it. It is also the longest Sitcom ever made. I have watched it more than once(Yes I know, I have a lot of free time). But what would it look like if The Big Bang theory was made in India? Which characters would be perfect for the cast. Let’s see.

  1. Penny Hofstader 

There are many talented actresses in the Indian cinema but I think Priyanka Chopra will perfectly be able to do justice to the character of Penny. The character of Penny is a bubbly girl with a certain sass and a  lot of sex appeal to herself and who better than Priyanka Chopra to play this part. Penny is also a physically strong woman. 

  1. Amy Farrah Fowler 

This would be one of the trickiest castings of all. The character of Amy is shown as someone who is quite robotic in the beginning but then turn into recent puberty hit college or high school girl while maintaining the super-intelligent aura. Amy falls in love with Sheldon Cooper in the show, another very tricky casting. So, for this role, I think that the only actress who can do justice would be Vidya Balan. She has the exceptional talent to pull off anything she wants. 

  1. Bernadette Rostenkowski 

The character of Bernie in the show begins as an innocent yet intelligent girl who is a colleague of Penny’s. She starts off as a sweet, loving and innocent character who speaks sarcastic thing very innocently but as the series progresses, she starts saying them purposely while being cute. Nusrat Bharucha is the perfect spicy mix who can be cute and mean scary at the same time. 

  1. Howard Joel Wolowitz 

The first name that came to my head when I thought of Howard was Shakti Kapoor. No no, not because of the looks but because of the creepy way Howard flirts with almost all the women he lays eyes on in the show. But let’s face it, there is only one person who can do justice to his comically heightened sense of humour along with his intelligent and quirky personality. It is Vir Das. They are practically the same height and we all know how humorous he is. 

  1. Rajesh Koothrapali

Kunal Nayyar is practically suitable to play his role in an Indian version of the Big Bang Theory but as he is the only foreigner in the core group of the cast, I was thinking we cast a foreigner in the Indian cast. Rahul Gandhi would be perfect for the part but let’s face it, he would be the Prime Minister if he could remember his lines properly. Rajesh Koothrapali is a character who is shown as someone who struggles with women throughout the season and also someone who is awkward around people. Omi Vaidya can play a perfect foreigner who is awkward around people and I think will do perfect justice to the role. 

  1. Leonard Hofstadter

Leonard is the protagonist alongside Sheldon Cooper and Penny. He seems to be the only normal and sane one emotionally amongst the core group of scientists. I think Mr Perfectionist can perfectly be able to pull this off. Leonard being the protagonist goes through a lot of things throughout the series and his character is also very expressive. And also, Aamir Khan is shorter than his counterpart( Priyanka Chopra) which suits perfectly according to the plot of the show. 

  1. Sheldon Cooper 

Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory is irreplaceable in the true sense. That man has done impeccable acting in the show and has won multiple awards for the same. I literally took days to finalise who can play Sheldon Cooper in this show and I have come up with an answer. Whether or not can he pull off such acting is not known but Sumeet Vyas has a remarkable resemblance with Jim Parsons and both of their smiles are beautiful. (Tripling reference).

Posted in Through The Lens

Best Of Oscar-Winning Cinematography


What writing style is to literature, what colours and brush strokes are to painting is what cinematography to cinema. It’s often regarded as the language of cinema, as it is the tool to communicate to the audience without using words. Visuals have the power to manipulate how one feels about the subject, hence making it a commanding tool to convey the essence of a story. 

Each shot of a film is the cinematographer’s conception. The lighting, blocking & framing, colour palette, and much more! Each of these decisions has an impact on how we perceive the image. It requires an acute understanding of the story, to replicate the same visually. 

There are several rules (conventions rather) that have conceived through the years of cinema and have developed what we can call the language of cinema. These are the rules (of framing the character, camera angles, lighting, etc.) that make the image more pleasing and comprehensible. But rules are meant to be broken if you know how to! A lot of skilful cinematographers break these rules when the story demands and come out with visuals that are a class apart.

Cinematography has a very heavy bearing on how the film turns out, it can help a simple story become more engaging. This article explores films that have won the Academy Award for their captivating cinematography. 

  1. 1917 (2019): If 1917 didn’t deserve to win, then none ever did. To undertake such an ambitious project (a war film with only one hard cut!) required all the technical assistance it could gather. To pack so much action in a film like that is an accomplishment in itself. The most remarkable thing is the lighting, natural sources of lighting were used in most shots. It was a restriction they had to go around, and it turned out to be the realistic touch the film required.
  1. Roma (2018): The film is a documentation of Alfonso Curran’s (the director and cinematographer) childhood memories. The film is from a viewpoint of an observer, observing moments (from Curran’s memory) from a distance. Everything in the frame tells a story, the images are all the exposition that the audiences need. It somehow takes the audiences to that place and time and has a sharp sense of realism to it. It’s a brave decision to make a black and white film in the age of colours, giving it a feel of a memory from that time period.
  1. La La Land (2016): Can colours tell a story? The answer will be “yes” after watching La La Land. A film where colour is used in a supreme fashion to stimulate the natural reactions and emotions of a viewer in tandem with what the characters feel. The colour palette used in each scene has a meaning to it and has a psychological impact on the audience. There is a relation between the costumes, background, and the lighting; which visually tells the story.
La La Land
  1. The Revenant (2015): It will be challenging to find visuals as scintillating as in The Revenant. Pause the movie at any frame and it will be picturesque. But it is more than just magnificent landscapes, the visuals represent how indifferent nature is to human emotions. The film achieves visually what most films require exposition for, it let the visuals do all the talking. 
The Revenant
  1. Gravity (2013): Arguably the best shot space film to date, it depicts outer space in the most realistic style. Emptiness can be the most difficult feeling to convey through visuals. There is not a lot to play with for a cinematographer in such a film; no colours, no magnificent landscapes, just the lighting and the earth in the background of plain black. Despite all these restrictions, it is a masterpiece and a visual treat, well deserving of the accolade!
  1. Life Of Pi (2012): An excellent combination of great cinematography with equally appealing VFX, how else would a story of a boy stuck in a boat with a tiger in the middle of the vast ocean come to life? The picturization of the ocean has a dreamy feeling, (which is the point of the film), to muddle reality with imagination. The use of contrasting colour palette in different situations helps us understand the protagonist’s state of mind.
Life Of Pi
  1. Inception (2010): Inception is a unique mix of sci-fi, emotions and action. It is a very ambitious screenplay to bring to life. It’s the cinematography that helps the audience differentiate between the different dreams, due to the treatment given to each dream. And it also let the audience explore the tension on each character. Its cinematography is a testament that dreams can become reality (*winks*). 
  1. There Will Be Blood (2007): Being a character-driven film, the plot relies on the protagonist and his dynamics with the surroundings and other characters. The cinematography helps the audience understand those dynamics. There Will Be Blood is a masterclass for staging and blocking. The lighting brings out the harsh conditions the characters are thriving in. It was shot on film stock, which helps it achieve the feel of the early 1900s.
There Will Be Blood
  1. Saving Private Ryan (1998): An inspiration to a lot of films, the film is full of war scenes and well-crafted conversation. It is as much about the soldiers as it is about war. The war scenes are bordering on reality, it’s the camera work that makes it so engaging. In the middle of all the chaos, there are moments of calm. These moments take us closer to the characters, gives a sense of calm before an impending storm. 
Saving Private Ryan -
  1. Titanic (1997): The impeccable cinematography is what holds the film together. It gives an immersive experience of the journey, social scenario, and finally the collapse. The film has two different moods, one is of luxury and comfort while the other is of fear and panic. This difference is felt visually through the lighting and camera movements. The film constitutes some of the most iconic shot in Hollywood history.

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Stars vs Stars: A Diamond in the rough.

Answer: The movie Anand was based on Raj Kapoor. Babu Mohshaay was the nickname of Hrishikesh Mukherjee given by Raj Kapoor. He made this movie when Raj Kapoor’s health was deteriorating and he thought that Raj Kapoor would die soon.

By the mid-80s, Bollywood was making over 700 crores annually which equals to over 12,000 crores of today’s time when adjusted according to inflation. This will be our last blog covering the history of Bollywood. Arey dil chota nahi karte pagle, hum content laya karenge kyunki picture abhi baaki hai. 

The late 80s were a downfall in the graph of Bollywood. This was due to the increasing violence at the time and the increase in video piracies. All of us very well versed with what followed. From the 90s till now is a period of Bollywood which has become most famous throughout the world. Certain songs and movies made such an impression over the world that they made Bollywood very famous around the world. This era introduced some of the greats of Bollywood like Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and many more. The storm of romantic musicals again took Bollywood by a frenzy. Films like Qayamat se qayamat tak, Maine pyaar kiya, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Raja Hindustani, Kuch Kuch Hota hai, Dil Toh paagal hai and many more. The three Khans ruled Bollywood in this era, starring in the biggest blockbusters. Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar were the only two competitors of the Almighty Khans. Where Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan were busy shooting romantic musicals, Aamir Khan made his impression as the best method actor with films such as Lagaan, Rangeela, Dil Chahta Hai, Ghajini, Sarfarosh, Andaaz Apna Apna, Taare Zameen Par. And films like PK, Dangal and 3 Idiots in the late 2010s. Where Aamir Khan became popular in the late 2000s, Shahrukh Khan dominated the cinema before that. Amidst all of this, the fandom of Salman Khan just made no sense. With no acting instincts whatsoever, Salman Khan became Salman Bhai for his millions of fans. Films like Tere Naam and Hum dil de chuke sanam are films that burned brightly in his otherwise dull acting performances. Salman Khan starred in many blockbusters during his time like Dabang, Dabang 2, Dabang 3, Ek Tha Tiger and many more such diverse hits. He tried to diversify his folder by doing films like Tubelight but that did not work in his favour. His career was clouded with controversies such as a hit and run case, and the killing of a buck. 

In this era, many other actors emerged too. Actors like Hrithik Roshan, Ajay Devgn, Aishwariya Rai, Vidya Balan, Preity Zinta, Kajol and many more but the most underrated but best actors of our era of Bollywood are Nawazuddin Siddique, Pankaj Tripathi, Radhika Apte, Richa Chaddha, Manoj Bajpayee. Basically, the whole cast of Gangs Of Wasseypur. 

I am just going to come out and say it, both the Gangs Of Wasseypur movies are the best things that have happened to Bollywood. These movies are the ones that turned many boys into men, many actors into legends and many other movies look like kids stuff. 

There are not many people who appreciate this masterpiece. I was strictly advised by my dad not to watch these movies before I turn 18, but that made the revenge fruit even sweeter. I and my friends watched these movies during our 12th standard vacation. Personally, I find both of the films extremely artistic. The movies were very realistic and had impeccable dialogue delivery. Actors such as Pankaj Tripathi, Rajkumar Rao, Nawazzudin Siddique and many more got their breaks in this movie. The movie had an impeccable storyline, on-point acting and very cringe UP Bihar content. The movie had an overtone of satirical comedy which gives a metaphorical voiceover to the painful