Manmarziyaan trailers (updated)

















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  1. IdeaUnique Says:

    ha ha ha – Tapsee pannu is the hero here – Abhi looks very good – vicky guy is riding very high….winner of a film

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  2. This looks quite good (an under-remarked aspect of Kashyap’s work is his representation of Punjabis; amidst a slew of generic, stereotyped portrayals for decades beginning with the SRK era, this trailer, Dev D, point to something more interesting, even if Udta Punjab remains the recent benchmark) — Taapsee Pannu (whom I admit I was quite skeptical of) seems to have the moments of the trailer, although glad we got to see Abhishek cut loose with his “You make me sick!” outburst. Kaushal’s character is a bit “been there done that”, but juxtaposing this with other roles he has played shows his range (frankly he has shown more of that in his still-so-young career than the likes of Nawazuddin ever have)…

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  3. Good trailer. Interesting nuances in the characters. Tapsee and Vicky full of life, energy and out-spoken. They seem tailor made for each other. Abhishek is more restrained and subtle in comparison. His eyes speak volumes.

    This may prove to be an interesting one.

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  4. agree on vicky kaushal… happen to watch raman raghav without knowing vicky back then n was quite surprised to see some unknown face who made me take notice of him. bcoz i never felt any upmanship of nawaz infront of him. thats quite a saying as nawaz/irrfan are the guys who can be very intimidating and are always on top of the game where acting is concerned…
    ps: haven’t watched masan, sanju or lust stories to comment more on his acting abilities…
    happy to see ab jr back though…

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  5. Mega disaster on its way..Sad to see Abhishek playing second fiddle to his junior.

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  6. seems movie might have some good catchy peppy song numbers..Amit trivedi has been quite good in form from the past few years..

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  7. Looks more like a Anand Rai movie rather than a Kashyap movie and that can never be a bad thing…

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  8. Okay trailer but I think this will be an engaging watch. The songs sounds good.

    Now why did Abhi sign this? Looks like Vicky has the best role in the film and Abhi is more of a side actor who will get sympathy votes like he did in kabhi alvida na kehna.

    Unless there was an intentional decision on not showing much of Abhi and save it as a surprise package, I’m not sure why Abhi signed this film.

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  9. Anurag Kashyap

    @anuragkashyap72
    2h2 hours ago
    Everyday we are going to release one song from Manmarziyan for the next 10 days.

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    • That means 10 songs?

      The 2 songs they showed sounded good so hoping for a good soundtrack.

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      • never been much of an Amit Trivedi fan. As for the songs most of these will probably be background ones.

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        • never been much of an Amit Trivedi fan

          Blasphemy!

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          • yeah I know, I usually get stoned for saying this!

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          • This is for the cynic inside you. Shreya Ghoshal (your favorite singer) singing for Amit Trivedi. It’s a beautiful song…

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          • this is rather nice.. thanks for the shoutout..

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          • And this is my current favourite song. Can’t get enough of this…

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          • this is fun!

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          • I must say Satyam’s indifference to Amit Trivedi, even the Trivedi of Lootera (few display more — and I have to use the Hindi/Urdu word here — “thairaao” than Trivedi does here), for instance, mystifies me — in virtually all other matters of film and film music, he seems to have impeccable taste!

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          • This proves I don’t have impeccable taste!

            I’m going to say something provocative now.. I think if one has listened to Rahman a lot, and his entire oeuvre, everything else since seems beside the point. There are always exceptions.

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          • Lootera, without any qualification, is an album for the ages…I don’t remember just how many times I’ve heard Zinda and Ankahee on a loop.

            The music is the only reason I watched the film (and I loved it, but partly because I was already in love with the music!).

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          • Agreed on the Rahman bit, specially the way he has evolved over the years. But such acknowledgement will ‘provoke’ the worshipers of mediocrity.

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          • To be clear I’m not saying that everyone else is mediocre. I myself like certain composers, certain songs. Just that since Rahman nothing seems quite so interesting other than on the exceptional day.

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          • I agree with this. To me this is pretty much fact. On NG, there use to be music reviews for film scores, in fact reviews were posted as much as film reviews. There was even that 100 word review site (I’ve forgotten the site name), the level of this ‘service’ has declined at the rate of quality of ‘overall’ music scores. My own favourite genre of music – the slow burner sad, romantic, death or just romantic song I could name a 100 songs from late 80’s that I liked – like literally name the song, the film, the picturisation etc. Now I can only know of the song if I watch the film whereas the opposite was true 15 years ago that I didn’t have to watch the film to like the music. There is always exceptions but the only complete albums I’ve liked in the last few years I could probably only need 2 hands! I loved the 2 Bahubali ones ironically! Then probably a couple of Ranbir’s films – Rahman has nosedived & even though I love the Dabanngg soundtrack it did lead to most damn major soundtrack having a Munni clone. But I’m sure Saket will give me a list to ponder on and I’ll be equally too lazy not to bother! 😃

            I will look out for a Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal or Rahat song now rather than an entire album.

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          • I find this attitude a bit puzzling. If one were to shun mediocrity, one wouldn’t be watching 99.99% of the films made in Bollywood — forget discussing them on a forum.

            And if Amit Trivedi is mediocre, I’m very happy to wrap myself, head to toe, in such ‘mediocrity’.
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            Must say I’ve been quite lucky, depending on one’s perspective of course, to have loved and listened to music coming from the Burmans (SD Burman, in particular) to Amit Trivedi. I can admire Manna Dey’s Laaga Chunri Mein Daag as much as I can sit back, close my eyes, and listen to any one of Mohit Chauhan’s soulful renditions.

            But that’s just me…

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          • “I find this attitude a bit puzzling. If one were to shun mediocrity, one wouldn’t be watching 99.99% of the films made in Bollywood — forget discussing them on a forum.”

            lol!

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          • Re: “I can admire Manna Dey’s Laaga Chunri Mein Daag as much as I can sit back…”

            Off topic, but I find this to be an overrated classic (perhaps I never could get over the Shammi video!), certainly compared to something like Manna Dey’s sublime “Jhanak jhanak tori baaje paayaliya” (and there I did manage to get past the appalling Raj Kumar video).

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          • In many ways I find a parallel in the way aamir and rahman’s careers have respectively shaped up. Both were ‘inspired’ by popular hollywood during their early years in the nineties. But by the millennium they had both evolved and developed their unique signatures that transcend the industry standards by a margin and that too without previous precedent.

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          • Here I disagree completely. Rahman was a bit of a ‘miracle’ even starting out. My favorite Rahman is still the Tamil one of the 90s. That’s his most wildly inventive period in certain ways. leaving this aside I don’t really see a Hollywood analogy for either Rahman or Aamir (for that period).

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          • PS — it’s actually the reverse: ARR has become less unique over the years; i.e. he is still magical, but has gone “symphonic” in the last decade in a way that is less surprising, and more consistent with “global music” trends. In the beginning there was a quirky element too. [Of course, one doesn’t need to choose, in the sense that there is a Rahman for any mood, season.]

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          • You dont??? The rahman nineties beats (most happening at that time) were lifted from american pop music of that time. Specially the background scores. On aamir, 90% of his better films in nineties were lifted storylines and plots from popular hollywood classics.

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          • “The rahman nineties beats (most happening at that time) were lifted from american pop music of that time.”

            this is one of the stranger things I’ve ever heard.. even if one has heard only his dubbed Hindi soundtracks one ought not to be able to make such a claim.

            on Aamir.. 90%? C’mon.. I know which ones are inspired from Hollywood and which ones aren’t. It’s not remotely close to 90%. Unless you define every Hollywood-inspired film as ‘better’.

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          • Mediocrity is nothing absolute. Its relative and depends on what the comparison is with.

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          • We can debate a lot on whats mediocre and whats not or do root cause analysis of abhishek’s career. But it is beyond debate that aamir and rahman of nineties were heavily inspired by hollywood, unless you are unaware of the source of the inspirations (like the indian masses).

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        • RAHUL TYAGI Says:

          what? how is that even possible? 😛 I never imagined anyone who is a fellow ARR fan would ever say that he isn’t an Amit Trivedi fan. Maybe you just haven’t paid enough attention to his albums? I have been a big ARR fan since forever (I used to be the guy posting here the links to ARR song trailers/videos the moment they released), but there was certainly a time a couple of years ago when I used to wait for the latest Amit Trivedi album with almost the same anticipation as a new ARR album (maybe not the same as ARR, but certainly second only to ARR). Unfortunately Amit Trivedi has probably done too many albums over last 1-2 years and has had some duds, but he has certainly done enough great work to still be one of the most exciting composers around and certainly the most exciting among those who have debuted in 2000s (in Hindi).

          There is no composer (including ARR) who wouldn’t be proud of albums like Dev.D, Udaan, Lootera and Bombay Velvet. Maybe we should start a “AT song of the day” recommendation for Satyam here (in the hope that the only reason for this blasphemy is that he hasn’t heard many of these 😛 )

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          • I agree Rahul that Trivedi needs to cut down on workload — but all the more respect for the great composers of yesteryears who used to be able to churn out quality in great volume!

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          • I’m actually up for posting my 25 favourite Amit Trivedi songs…one song a day, just to make it more interesting.

            Can’t do it right now, but will do this one day for sure.

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  10. As much as I liked Vicky here somehow he reminded me of Hardik Pandya.
    Yes the music was rocking. Hopefully another DevD kind of album here.

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  11. Bob Cristo Says:

    Happy for Vicky. In every film he left his mark. Tapsi is Preity Zinta part-2. Hope Abhi has more metier role then shown in the trailer. Huge fan of Amit Trivedi music. He never disappoints me.

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  12. Not interested. Abhishek’s made a poor choice, doesn’t suit him. Feels like an Imtiaz Ali film to me and seeing Ranbir more in this get up. Except for Guru flashback at 2mins he seems the 3rd wheel here.

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    • AamirsFan Says:

      Agreed…at least that is how he is portrayed in this trailer. I was under the impression that he would be THE main lead. The other guy and girl impress in this trailer. Abhishek already did this type of role in MPKDH opposite Kareena and Hrithik…this just seems more edgy!

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    • On the contrary, I think Abhishek offers a fine balance here. Not suggesting for a moment that this is going to be a landmark film of any sort, but this is exactly the kind of film he should be doing.

      There’s no point in trying to be a “conventional” superstar. That doesn’t work for anyone not named Aamir. It’s much better to be appreciated as a good actor working in cutting-edge cinema. The goodwill this will generate is enough on its own.

      If this works at the Box Office, which I doubt, it’ll be a double blessing.

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      • To elaborate further, although Abhishek has worked in films like Delhi 6 and Raavan, both flops at the Box Office, it shouldn’t have discouraged him to work with directors like Kashyap. Delhi 6 is awesome but it wasn’t a character driven film. Raavan proved to be too unconventional for its own good. Even Abhishek’s harshest critics will agree that it was much better to be a part of these 2 films than to have worked in HNY or Housefull 3 or whatever.

        His biggest hit to date is Guru — hardly a conventional film. T

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      • these are good comments and I agree to a great extent. Yet I’d add this… whatever kind of actor you want to be the box office is nonetheless part of the equation. Abhishek (and I’m repeating stuff here) has always been a reluctant ‘star’ which is to say reluctant to play the genre star, and the repetition that is necessary to develop a signature in this sense. The problem is a commercial industry depends on such star signatures. Abhishek has been willing to be one when the part requires it (guru or yuva or whatever, DMD incidentally is an underrated film even for his performance) but a commercial star has to play that star or deploy that signature irrespective of the part played. His father for example played the star even in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s films (of course Mukherjee was wise enough to always account for his stardom when offering him those parts, hence it didn’t seem out of place when Bachchan Sr deployed his signature to some extent even in those films). I’ve said this ad nauseam in the past but the audience doesn’t watch a commercial film for pure actors. They are there for stars who then might or might not be great actors. This is why any industry has lots of huge stars who are not serious actors but the reverse never happens. A pure actor cannot become a star though he or she can find genres that split the difference a bit. So you can have alternative actors like Nawazuddin or Irrfan becoming stars of sorts. But with commercial stars the audience always expects that basic ‘compact’ to be kept by the star. He or she must be recognizably a star and not just an ‘actor’.

        When Abhishek got to his high watermark Yuva through Guru he was able to find a number of genres that worked for him. Some of this was luck (as it always is). But he clearly was interested in the more meaningful whenever he had the shot, he was willing to take the risks even though after that phase simply repeating those genres would have been easy enough (this again would have involved a certain repetition). At some point there were important failures but he kept following that course. Most stars check themselves early enough before the slide gets too rough (of course it’s not always in your hands, Ranbir despite being much wiser about this stuff was close to life support before Sanju came along, everything in every genre was failing miserably between Besharam and Jagga Jasoos), Abhishek maintained a certain zen attitude about all of this. For a while you get the big prestige stuff like D6 and so on, then those dry up but you’re still ok. At some point you hit rock bottom. But even some of the more regular stuff he tried at that point was just not inspiring enough commercially, mostly because even in those genres he was looking for something a bit more than business-as-usual. One day it really was over. And here I think he made the crucial error.

        This is where I agree with you. If you’ve chalked out your path as being a more sensible commercial star on most days you should continue with that decision. If D6 fails you should just learn to do ‘different’ better. Partly it is the case that he was doing too many different genres, hard to get the gross working in your favor this way (the fruits of repetition) unless you have success every which way. But if you wait too long you’re too damaged at the box office to even be able to do this. Bol Bachchan was fine as a box office shot in the arm. But the multistarrers that followed were not only avoidable but counter-productive. Here Jay is right, hard to believe that John Abraham can do solos or that Saif can insist on them (irrespective of his standing) but Abhishek cannot find something. At the same time even if he wanted to (and I don’t think he wanted this either) he couldn’t suddenly have become a small, alternative film actor. That path was never open to him. Most people dislike Abhishek precisely because they feel he does not play the star enough (and in many cases there are other cultural reasons as well) but it’s not that they feel he should simply be doing Kashyap’s smaller films! Yes he should have maintained a certain credibility but more with middle cinema options than anything else. Precisely the kind of deal Manmarziyaan now is. You can have Kashyap, you just have to do something half commercial with him.

        It’s obvious once again that I don’t agree with most of the criticism surrounding him though I certainly can ‘translate’ it into a different language. But I also believe that Abhishek has always been uneasy or reluctant to be a star in any commonly understood sense or at least his instincts lie a bit elsewhere. Which would seem to buttress your argument except that he can’t suddenly lose his signature altogether either. But on the whole it’s true that if one is going to not be driven by the box office or not enough then it’s important to retain one’s credibility doing the right parts otherwise one is left with neither.

        Do agree with your estimation of this film. But again even in the best case scenario it’s hard to know where he goes after this. Because a lot of the more strongly rumored projects might be sensible and interesting at one level but also risky in another way. You fail once or twice and you’re back to square one. The Bhansali Sahir film (if it happens) would be a classic example of such a film. And again you’re right, to be the Aamir-like star who does a lot of different stuff and is yet super-successful you really need an uncanny script sense. By definition very few people have this, at any level of success or failure.

        In sum I’ve always felt that the Abhishek story was more complicated than both fans or detractors were willing to acknowledge one way or the other. But we don’t have a film culture in India that can adequately discuss a lot of this stuff (media et al). So once more largely agreed with you but not every choice is available at every point (as a box office matter).

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        • Whats done is done. But now he needs to adopt the irfan model. Manmarziyan is a right step in that direction.

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        • It might be “repetition” but still necessary in the context of this thread: good summary here of Abhishek’s career — the only thing I’d add is that the cultural context you allude to, a context whereby, especially where ideals of masculinity are concerned, a certain showy coarseness — sometimes married to a kind of authoritarianism — is held up, is also crucial to Abhishek losing his way. His public has less and less patience for subtlety, refinement, nuance, perhaps even modesty, and this, combined with the resentment that many feel against a dynast who doesn’t even flaunt his inheritance, means he was always going to have an uphill battle.

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          • agree completely…

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          • I dont believe he would have entered this industry by his own ‘choice’. Parental pressure can be the worst burden if you have celebrated parents.

            He seemed quite happy doing other stuff in this 2 year break. Acting or becoming a ‘star’ may not be his ‘endgame’.

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          • This too I read completely differently but this would be another long discussion.

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        • Agree about John Abraham part. Heck even Shahid who have hardly many hits keeps getting movies after movies.

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  13. IdeaUnique Says:

    does the film has a hangover of HDDCS – abhi playing that AD role here?

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    • anurag’s version of hddcs, fair to say Abhi will get the girl

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    • I had the same reaction watching the trailer that this is similar to HDDCS but hopefully husband and wife don’t go looking for the lover. Hopefully it shows how wife falls in love with husband in more organic way. This could be a very interesting romantic movie. VK has the length but Abhishek has the gravitas…from the trailer. Lets hope for the best for Abhishek!!

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  14. This is how I felt watching it. There is a strong hangover of HDDCS or Woh Saat Din here. It is treated differently but the premises seem similar. Also seems to remind many of us of MPKDH because of Abhishek’s presence.

    AB seems to be in the AD kind of deal in HDDCS. He certainly is the 3rd lead here but let’s see how it pans out.

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    • If John Abraham is getting his own films and even producing I’m baffled Abhishek can’t. On top of that Devgnn was 8-9 years into his career and Abhishek is 18 years in ‘if’ this role is similar to HDDCS. I thought Devgnn was the best thing about HDDCS so Abhishek could be too. But Devgnn has a near 20 year stretch after HDDCS, Abhishek doesn’t. Anyway not to nitpick much what matters most is a good film and a positive box office outcome, then if he gets roles out of it the film has helped.

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      • IdeaUnique Says:

        I think Abhi is too sober a guy and too lucky as a personal – godlike parents and a wife to die for…..Only Mani could bring out the conflicting personality in him which Indian audiences love – hero has to be rugged and emotional at the same time….emotions come easy to abhi but that heroic-ruggedness is where he has miserably failed…hence never been accepted as a solo-hero mostly…l dont think he has that killer instinct to be a producer also…so let him enjoy this too comfortable life where he may never be able to come out of the shadows of 3 mighty personas at home….

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        • “godlike parents and a wife to die for”

          Reality check – A moron of a wife and parents who overestimated their beloved son as superstar material. Enuf said.

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  15. Maybe I’m the only one to feel but I feel Abhi is a huge mis-fit in this movie. Everything about Tapsee and Vicky screams ‘fresh’ with their expressions, look and body language and then Abhi is shown stuck in some time wrap giving decade old expressions and body language and not suiting for this movie at all. He appears not confident enough and it pains to see its the same guy who did Guru decade back and struggling to do basic role here. Reminds me of Amitabh’s comeback in 97-98. You need to get into form for acting as well. taking break is not everyone’s cup of tea (unless you are Dicaprio who takes 3 yrs break and comes back with Oscar winning Revenant). Completely a bad choice from Abhi in signing this movie. Dulfiquer Salman had signed this role but he backed out assuming its supporting role to Vicky. Even Rajkummar Rao would have been better suited for this role than Abhishek and movie would come out as fresh and remain true to the movie’s intent and vision. Abhi is clearly a wrong choice for this movie IMO!!

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    • I must say that for once the response to the trailer online (not just in the media) seems to be way ahead of the general sentiment on the blog. Abhishek usually doesn’t get the best press but he’s been getting hugely positive responses here. The industry has also come out in a big way. It’s not just his relationships with everyone because they don’t do it for his other films. The last time there was anything comparable in this sense it was Bol Bachchan. When Karan Johar has more than one tweet getting excited about the trailer and the response to the trailer you know something’s going on. Nahta says the same today. Again this is significant only because these guys usually don’t come out for anything that they don’t think will work. I myself have been surprised by the kind of response this has got, relative to the kind of film it is. And again it’s not just a general thing. It’s overwhelmingly positive for Abhishek as well. Once more not taking a position on how Abhishek is doing here or not, looking or not, just saying that as a factual matter a public sphere that is usually not very kind to him (just the other day he was being attacked for smiling at some point at Rajen Nanda’s funeral) has been positive with this film from the very beginning, from the first look to now the trailer.

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      • Prashant Choksi Says:

        This is the perfect movie for Abhishek to come back, with Anurag Kashyap the director, strong narrative, nice music, & perfect cast, actually, he is more comfortable in this type of movies, rather this type of directors, after the debacle of raavan, he was completed clueless, besides bol bachchan & dum maro dum, all the movies he had done were avoidable, i am happy that he has chosen this movie & director, mark my words, this movie will definitely be the turning point for Abhishek, now onwards, he must be very careful & smart about his selection of movies, he has taken first right firstep by taking 2 years break, & restart fresh with Anurag Kashyap, he has the potential but it all depends on his willingness & what film makers offered to him in coming time.

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    • IdeaUnique Says:

      while what u write is correct but Abhi does not have many choices left – so he would well take these roles instead of “out of sight, out of mind” kinda scenario. And I guess no one now is expecting him to give solo-hero hits – so let him enjoy this space atleast! personally I like him here as I think the role is made for an aged (40s) man who is exactly of opp. temperament….

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  16. f for fyaar.. tbh…. lyrics is lil crash but witty n hilarious… 😂

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  17. For Saket: This one is my fav.
    पश्मीना धागों के संग कोई आज बुने ख्व़ाब
    …ऐसे कैसे
    वादी में गूंजे कहीं नए साज़ ये रबाब
    …. ऐसे कैसे
    पश्मीना धागों के संग…..कलियों ने बदले अभी ये मिज़ाज एहसास
    …ऐसे कैसे
    पलकों ने खोले अभी नए राज़ जज़्बात
    …ऐसे कैसे
    पश्मीना धागों के संग कोई आज बुने ख्व़ाब
    …ऐसे कैसे
    कच्ची हवा कच्चा धुंआ घुल रहा
    कच्चा सा दिल लम्हे नए चुन रहा
    कच्ची सी धुप कच्ची डगर फिसल रही
    कोई खड़ा चुपके से कह रहा
    मैं साया बनूँ, तेरे पीछे चलूँ चलता रहूँ हूँ….पश्मीना धागों के संग कोई आज बुने ख्व़ाब
    …ऐसे कैसे… हंम्म..
    शबनम के दो कतरे यूँही टहल रहे
    शाखों पे वो मोती से खिल रहे
    बेफिक्र से इक दूजे में घुल रहे
    जब हो जुदा खयालों में मिल रहे ख़यालो में हूँ
    ये गुफ्तगू चलती रहे
    हो हो….वादी में गूंजे कहीं नए साज़ ये रबाब … ऐसे कैसे..
    ऐसे कैसे.. ऐसे कैसे…
    ऐसे कैसे… ऐसे कैसे

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    • I quite like the whole album but this one is my all time favourite Amit Trivedi tracks:

      It uses some Kashmiri instrument that I can’t recall, which makes the song sound even more magical. Absolutely love this song.

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      • which track are you referring to?

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        • I have linked to the correct one. If you click play, it will start from there. It’s called Hone Do Batiyaan

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          • It starts from the first song at my end but I’ll check out the one you’ve referenced..

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          • Heard it. Do like this one as well. Don’t you think though that Amit Trivedi on some of these slower tracks is best at evoking a certain mood and effect rather than creating a composition that surprises in some sense? On the other side take the two Manmarziyaan tracks so far. Aren’t they quite generic? Admittedly I’ve never spent too much time with Amit Trivedi but a lot of what I’ve heard at different points seems to me fall into one of these two boxes. As a composer one is sometimes trying to do the generic but what I’ve always loved about Rahman in this respect is that he does it with a ‘difference’. Similarly one can often be accomplished in terms of the more soulful compositions (as Trivedi is) but again these are not to my mind the best examples of ‘film music’ (even conceding that there hasn’t been film music as such in Bollywood for many years). Incidentally I’ve also liked Rahman far less for somewhat similar efforts over the years.

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          • Re: “Don’t you think though that Amit Trivedi on some of these slower tracks is best at evoking a certain mood and effect…”

            I would agree, but I think that’s what makes him interesting: I think Trivedi understands that the pleasures of tune, melody have been thoroughly plumbed by the Hindi film tradition, and Rahman has perhaps exhausted the “symphonic” aspects as well, so Trivedi goes elsewhere (certainly something like “Sanwaarloon” from Lootera shows that he knows well how to play it straight, and can make something very sweet when he chooses to — but yes, if that was his oeuvre we probably wouldn’t be talking about him). At his best he combines wistfulness with a very contemporary edge (I think of this strain as the raw descendant of “Roobaroo” from Rang de Basanti)…

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          • I had to think hard about this. I don’t look at Amit Trivedi’s music through the prism of cinema. I listen to it as if it’s an album/soundtrack on its own. Perhaps that makes a difference. I certainly watched Lootera after listening to the album.

            I haven’t seen Fitoor for instance (won’t be watching it anytime soon) but I ended up listening to the album multiple times. The same is the case with Bhavesh Joshi as well. All his directors vouch for the fact that he truly imbibes the spirit of the story before creating the music, which I don’t doubt at all, but I have little practical experience of that.

            As to what is surprising can be a very subjective thing. I find Amit Trivedi’s range of music to be outstanding — right from his Coke Studio ‘fusion’ music to some of his pure classical numbers. The other thing I really admire about his music is the quality of lyrics. It’s right up there with some of the best lyrics I used to admire while growing up. The Amit Trivedi-Amitabh Bhattacharya combo is really good in this respect. So there is that as well.

            Apart from that, there is of course the question of one’s own musical inclination. Through happenstance, I’ve been exposed to a lot of Hindi music of old as well as Western Hard Rock (Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Bon Jovi, just to name a few) and that certainly makes me more receptive to a different blend of music, I guess.

            In the end, it’s not easy to pinpoint what exactly do I like about Amit Trivedi’s music so much — but it’s a combination of his experimentation, lyrics and range that definitely sets him apart, by lightyears, from his other colleagues.

            Amit Trivedi isn’t a highly successful music director like Pritam. He’s happy making his own music, working with talented directors who value him more for his talent than his ability to dish out chart-busters. All this makes him a genuine article in present-day Bollywood. And that is a rare thing!

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          • This is a very strong comment Saket. It was great to read. Not possible to argue with anything here.

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  18. http://www.krkboxoffice.com/predictions/manmarziyaan/

    45 cr atleast is what krk says it should do only to recover cost…

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  19. Pritam is modern day bappi lahiri. Amit is a genius compared to that – its all relative to what you compare with. Amit i find boringly repetitive in what he does.

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  20. Varun Ashok Says:

    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/weblite/news/features/check-out-ayushmann-khurrana-and-bhumi-pednekar-shoot-for-manmarziyan/?utm_source=bh

    Seems like Abhishek replaced Ayushman and Vicky Kaushal is the third lead based on this old article

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  21. IdeaUnique Says:

    I am not sure that having too many songs in these two non-saleable heroes is a wise step (Vicky can not pull of a film on his shoulders either)

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    • Not an Amit Trivedi fan but like this one. Really the only one I’ve liked on the album so far!

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    • Marvel of a song. Saket, am not as educated as you with regard to the intricacies of the music world; am only an aural audience and can be moved. But this is turning out to be a wonderful album.

      Here’s another favorite of mine in a mediocre film with an utterly forgettable Rani thanks to Gupta’s obsession of making cuss-words sound cool just for effect..

      Great lyrics to boot..even when Trivedi changes pace from a slow mood to high beats, it sounds very natural..

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      • For some reason, didn’t see this comment earlier. My bad.

        Yes, No One Killed Jessica is a fine album. Yeh Pal and Dilli are my favourite tracks from the album too!

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    • Like all the songs so far. Some more than the others, but overall it’s looking like one of Amit Trivedi’s stronger albums…as opposed to finding some gems in a full-length album. I can comment further after giving the whole album more time.

      This is Amit Trivedi’s 3rd full-fledged Punjabi album (Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana & Udta Punjab being the other two) and one can notice the difference between each & every song. There are no generic Dhol and Bhangra beats to be found, which unfortunately is synonymous with Punjabi songs in Bollywood.

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  22. RAHUL TYAGI Says:

    for some reason I can’t find a “reply” link on Marcus’s “hollywood inspired aamir and rahman in 90s” comment, so posting here. I agree with Satyam that it is quite a strange thing to say of 90s rahman. Are you only talking about the “countdown show” Rahman? Because I can’t quite imagine what hollywood inspiration one would see in gems like Kehna hi Kya, Sun Ri Sakhi, Hai Raama, Pyaare Panchhi Baahon Mein, Kehta Hai Mera Ye Dil, Ae Ajnabi, Bol Sajni, Khamosh Raat and almost the entire album of 1947 Earth. And IMO these songs were as important in gaining him the prestige that he did as the “countdown show songs”, if not even more so.

    And this all completely ignoring tamil stuff like Iruvar which never made it to hindi listeners!

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  23. The newly-rejuvenated Abhishek Bachchan is back in action. With his so-called comeback film, Manmariziyaan, all set to release, the actor talks about the film and what he perceives to be his second innings in Bollywood.

    Abhishek, why this prolonged hiatus?
    I think I needed to step back and examine the quality of work that I want to do in the future. It was a time of….

    Churning?
    I wouldn’t say churning, I’d say revaluation, reassessment. During my hiatus, I took stock of my strengths and weaknesses, and I zeroed in on the kind of work that I wanted to do. Of course, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, and I won’t repeat them. But I won’t shy away from making new mistakes. I have a bright new team to help me.

    How did Manmarziyaan become your first film, post-reassessment?
    It was not planned. Manmarziyaan just fell into my lap. Aanand Rai, whom I’ve known for years, asked me if I wanted to do a film with him. I’ve always liked Aanand’s work, so I immediately agreed to hear the script. Aanand sent the writer, Kannika Dhillon, to narrate the script, and in our first meeting, I was convinced that I wanted to do the film. Kannika had so much confidence in her script and her characters. She wasn’t dazzled by the idea of getting stars to do the film.

    Apparently, Kannika had already zeroed in on you, Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu to play the three leads of Manmarziyaan.
    I’d like to believe that. Vicky and Taapsee were already on board before I came on. When I was considering taking up the project, I wasn’t sure who the director was — Aanand Rai or Kannika Dhillon? I then found out that the film would be directed by Anurag Kashyap. “Ok, interesting,” I thought.

    Were you looking forward to working with Kashyap?
    His films, no matter how dark, are always something above the ordinary. This time, Anurag hasn’t made a dark film. Manmarziyaan is a light, happy film. It was a new experience for both Anurag and me. In many ways, we were both exploring new facets of our personality through the film.

    Now that the film’s been completed, are you as happy as you were when you started out?
    Even happier. I’ve never played any character like Robbie, and I’ve never been part of a film like Manmarziyaan. I love the way Anurag has used silence in the film. I’ve always believed that a performance is bolstered not by dialogues, but by what’s left unspoken.

    Anurag is so happy with your performance that he has signed you for another film – this time with your wife.
    You mean Gulab Jamun? Anurag is only producing it, the film’s being directed by a new director called Sarvesh Mewara. That one’s a little way off. I’m doing another film before Gulab Jamun, which I am not at liberty to talk about. But yes, Gulab Jamun is as sweet a film as it sounds, and it’s always a pleasure to work with the missus. Every time we’ve done a film together, it’s been special. I am confident that Gulab Jamun will also be a treat.

    What about Dhoom 4?
    What about it? Neither have I been approached for Dhoom 4, nor do I have any information about it. Until Adi (producer Aditya Chopra) tells me about it, I have no idea.

    http://www.asianage.com/entertainment/bollywood/240818/never-been-part-of-a-film-like-manmarziyaan-says-abhishek-bachchan.html

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    • Re: “I’ve always believed that a performance is bolstered not by dialogues, but by what’s left unspoken.”

      Well said! And his own body of work testifies to this…

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      • sarvesh mewara… who is he?

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      • You talk of unspoken words?

        Watch this. This is a master-class from his father and should be made a mandatory watch for all the aspiring ‘European’ film sensibilities’ borne actors coming day in and day out thanks to Netflix n ‘E-Bollywood’ trying to mimic the great exponents of Europen cinema. [Not talking of the Jr. but yes, it would make him a far better actor than he already if he starts watching a few scenes of the Sr after his sensual and familial responsibilities are accomplished with Aish..]

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        • An Jo — no disagreement on the father’s gifts, but the bit about “sensual … responsibilities” is crass and uncalled for.

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          • Aplogize Q. Please edit the comment if you feel it crass,

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          • No man, it’s not for me to edit (not to mention that then 53 people will show up pulling up examples of other comments that no one said anything about LOL). Perhaps I feel more strongly about this because, from what I can tell based on his nearly two decades in public life, Abhishek has been an unfailingly dignified presence (even when the likes of Kashyap would go around bad-mouthing him he never ever responded in kind); frankly he has been an even more dignified public presence than his dad…

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          • But just to be clear, when I said familial, I meant taking care of the daughter, since I read somehere that actually he is the one who takes and loves the responsibility of telling her stories and putting her to sleep and other familial duties…

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  24. Taapsee Pannu just came from a Soorma shoot, to the sets of Manmarziyaan. Why should they bother about the hockey stick?

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  25. tonymontana Says:

    i feel kashyap isn’t really utilizing his potential. There is a very explosive filmmaker in him but he limits himself to making stories where the best thing is their authenticity. He needs to really unshackle himself and narrate a solid, ambitious story

    Gulaal and Black Friday have been his best features. others have had their issues. i really think Kaun and Last Train to Mahakali were his most original thrillers which where the focus was on pure storytelling.

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    • I thought that, among the recent films, Mukkabaaz and Ugly were very good.

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      • Yeah, quite liked both. Ugly more, for sure. The ending was too depressing (and hard-hitting).

        I also liked Raman Raghav 2.0…it’s basically Ugly part II.

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        • Ugly was indeed superb, but I will say this for Mukkabaaz: few have tackled caste fault lines in as casual, as un-didactic a way, as Kashyap. In Mukkabaaz any such “issue” is refracted through the lead character’s experience, through his struggle for dignity and his love for boxing, it isn’t some abstract ideal that he is “for”. More broadly, Kashyap must be counted the premier poet of the sheer boredom and meanness of rural life (a corrective to years of idealised representations in cinema) on the strength of Dev D and Mukkabaaz alone (perhaps ironic, but apart from Bombay, Kashyap doesn’t seem to have anything interesting to say — ie SHOW — about India’s cities, whether Delhi or Rampur)…

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          • This is a beautiful note. I haven’t seen Mukkabaaz yet though I very much want to. Raman Raghav as well though this one’s on netflix. The only other Kashyap I haven’t seen is Bombay Velvet (again on Netflix). On Ugly I must say I’m not as much of a fan. It’s certainly a ‘good’ film but I find it a bit ‘loose’ for its length. Also that essential framework isn’t something that feels particularly new to me. A crime, a mystery connected with it, and then the implication of the larger social structure within it, is all too common elsewhere in cinema and TV. Again a very worthwhile film that I could easily recommend otherwise but I tend to hold Kashyap to a higher bar. It’s one thing if he’s making Manmarziyaan which is clearly a commercial script that he’s attempting (and therefore can only be judged relative to this) but on his other more experimental stuff I tend to compare him with many of the ‘international’ attempts he’s clearly drawing inspiration from. In one sense it’s a measure of my regard for him even as I’ve polemicized against him (for many years). Precisely because he is capable of greater things he shouldn’t be celebrated for simply being much better than most other independent directors, let alone Bollywood (this especially isn’t a valid comparison much as we don’t compare Deewar with Ankoor.. they just occupy different universes). To repeat myself I think his best overall film so far (again I haven’t seen the three I’ve just mentioned) is still Black Friday. I also loved the first half of Gulaal. Elsewhere for the most part I come away with the sense of an interesting director, completely in control of his craft, but who is still searching for greater inspiration or ambition. Or perhaps he needs to be a better ‘thinker’ relative to his aims and abilities. The ‘polemical’, at least to my mind, cannot be a career. There has to be more. I certainly don’t mean that he should make ‘bigger’ films or more commercial ones, just that he should take more time with the ones he does attempt. The director of Black Friday promises something truly great. That promise has yet to be delivered though most if not all of his attempts in the meantime have been interesting at one level or the other. But I don’t see why one should be happy with just this.

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          • Superb note here, and I’ll add a (predictive?) coda: with the likes of Mukkabaaz and Manmarziyan we might be seeing the emergence of a Kashyap for whom polemic is not the primary mirror…

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          • Ok I’ve signed on to the Erosnow free trial just for mukkabaaz!

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          • Oh shit, now I’m facing pressure!

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          • On a serious note, let’s not forget Jimmy Shergill, just fantastic in this film as the baddie…

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        • Raman Raghav 2.0 is another good one, one of my favourite Nawazuddin performances (although I like his villainous turn in “Kick” even more — so rare to see the man just cut loose and have fun, wish there were more of him in the movie; in general his range is limited but he also isn’t being “pushed” in the industry; Irrfan is suffering a similar fate)…

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    • Anurag even revealed the reason what led to a fight between them. “I wrote in my blog that it could have been better. And I think Abhishek took it hard because that was a performance that everyone appreciated. He thought a writer usually doesn’t say such things. We didn’t talk to each other for 10-15 years.”

      After Manmarziyaan, Anurag Kashyap will be producing Abhishek Bachchan’s next film with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan titled Gulab Jamun. So, when asked how was the experience of working with Junior B now, he said, “It was lovely; today, we have become good friends. You know when you work with someone, you think they have got your back. I felt the same with him.”

      https://www.pinkvilla.com/entertainment/news/anurag-kashyap-talks-about-his-fight-abhishek-bachchan-during-yuvas-release-424943

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  26. I absolutely loved the video picturization of Dhyanchand. Vicky Kaushal is terrific with his natural moves here.

    And judging by all the trailers so far, Tapsee looks to be on the strongest ground, which to my mind is quite surprising. Didn’t expect her to be that natural on screen.

    Can’t remember the last time I was so psyched about a Hindi film!

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    • check out around the 1.20 mark:

      find this interesting, even ironic because Kashyap otherwise says he saw the film as the girl’s story when he read the script.

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  27. Not sure if I ever posted this here before but I’ve loved this ‘diary’, a lot of evocative shots here..

    https://www.instagram.com/bachchan/

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  28. haven’t seen this but supposed to be some interesting bits here..

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    • Really good honest interview from both of them. Glad to hear Abhishek saying he was not going to shy away from the comparison with his Dad which he did in almost all of his films.

      The one’s that had the signature were the one’s that did well and if he did well then the next was too different from it which disappointed his audience. There seems an awakening to what he should have done first time round. Looking forward to this innings.

      Can see him and Anurag working multiple times together as well

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    • this is an outstanding exchange..

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      • Definitely and as much as I wondered why Abhishek signed this movie especially after seeing the promo’s? This reassured me that he knows what he’s doing. The signature is in the role even if length might not be.

        Anurag seems to have more of an understanding of what Abhishek should have been rather than what he became and will tap into that. Definitely Tapsee’s movie but I think it’s the right step on the way back.

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        • I don’t have any questions about his role here in any sense, length or otherwise. Didn’t have them even before I saw the interview.

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        • I’d also say that I’ve never seen Abhishek look this happy and/or charged about a release in just about forever. I’m sure he felt this when Guru or something released but that was a long time back and the media exposure then was still less than today. He’s looked happy at certain points (Bol Bachchan might have been the last such moment) but nothing like this. And you get this just about everywhere from his videos (he’s really dominated most of these media sessions, even when the others have been with him, in the past he’s never been this ‘talkative’!) to the online stuff. In this particular exchange it’s just him and Kashyap and you get a lot more that’s meaningful (as opposed to everyone just laughing around and so on) but it confirms my overall impression. The instagram diary similarly. Don’t think he would just do this for just any even promising film. I’d also add that in terms of the media attention it’s been hugely positive on him from the very moment his look was revealed. And as you know he doesn’t often get the benefit of the doubt in any sense. To be honest I’d be predicting some very significant totals for this except that I’m still not sure how it will open on day 1 (you need enough on day 1 for it to be a significant weekend, even assuming good trending). Everything seems to be working in its favor but I just don’t know. And I’ve been shamed enough with predictions in the past! But I do think this film might surprise a few people.

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        • Yes, I agree it’s the right step. He has probably learnt more with this film than anytime else.

          Majority of accolades will go Tapsee’s way (it seems like it), and to be quite frank, based on the limited previews, she probably deserves them as well. But Abhishek too will be appreciated, and this time, the appreciation/praise is actually going to be quite genuine. And well deserved.

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  29. The first review is out. From TIFF; quite positive as well…

    LINK

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  30. Atlast Kashyap has made a normal movie.

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  31. Anurag Kashyap can finally heave a sigh of relief as his film, Manmarziyaan, has cleared the censor board test, with an U/A certification. After Bombay Velvet and Mukkabaaz, Abhishek Bachchan, Vicky Kaushal, and Taapsee Pannu starrer Manmarziyaan is the third film to get an UA certificate from the censor board with a few minor cuts. Abhishek, Taapsee and Vicky have kickstarted the promotions for the film in full swing. Recently, they did a concert in Chandigarh.

    https://www.pinkvilla.com/entertainment/news/exclusive-manmarziyan-gets-ua-certificate-minor-cuts-something-anurag-kashyap-not-used-425352

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  33. Manmarziyaan early reactions: Kalki Koechlin, Huma Qureshi and others laud Anurag Kashyap’s first ever rom-com

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/manmarziyaan-celeb-review-taapsee-pannu-vicky-kaushal-abhishek-bachchan-5347994/

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  34. Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap is venturing into a new genre with Manmarziyaan and he has received nothing but positive reactions so far. The romantic-comedy, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal in lead roles, was screened in Mumbai to a select few and at the Toronto International Film Festival as well under its alternate title, Husband Material.

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  35. Stressing on the USP of Manmarziyaan, Abhishek added, “At the risk of sounding immodest, I really think that this film can go on to become the quintessential love story of this generation. Because I think that’s the message this generation wants to hear. I don’t think today’s girls are even interested in conforming to society, about what is acceptable and what is not. They do what they want to do. Why should I judge you for what your heart is feeling. I like that. I think that’s a very contemporary thought. So, I really think this generation is going to understand this film and will relate to it.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/manmarziyaan-abhishek-bachchan-robbie-working-with-anurag-kashyap-5348573/

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  36. It is gracious of Big B to praise effusively Vicky Kaushal and Tapsee Pannu in his handwritten notes.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/manmarziyaan-taapsee-pannu-vicky-kaushal-amitabh-bachchan-letter-photos-5350776/

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  37. Some of the early media tweets are praising it in superlatives, check out Kashyap’s timeline:

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  39. Don’t know how much benifit Abhishek will get from Manmarjiyan. But one thing I always say Abhishek and Asin are/were 2 of the most unlucky stars. Given their talent they deserve much more success. Now Asin is out let’s see how far Abhishek goes.?

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  40. It’s looking like they have a sleeper hit that could really bring in big numbers.

    The Paltan decision as tough as it might have been on JP was the right one for Abhishek and one he would never had made first time round where he placed more emphasis in working with friends, no matter how bad the movie was.

    Looking forward to his second innings a lot more now. Maybe, just maybe we will get the actor/star some of us thought he could be.

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  41. Amit Pandey Says:

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/manmarziyaan/movie-review/65780465.cms

    TOI : 4/5

    Though we should be extra cautious and take these reviews with a pinch of salt…
    original review will be WOM of money spending public that make or break the film..

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  42. Currently Johar going crazy over the film! A Kashyap directed venture. What’s the world coming to? I guess they’ve met halfway. Kashyap has directed a love triangle after all!

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  43. So a love triangle like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam with Abhishek playing the dark, mystery man ala Devgnn. Seems like a potential winner again, 2018 on a roll still?

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  44. The reviews are really good. Had some doubts about Kashyap pulling of such romantic drama. But looks like he have pulled off and good reviews for the 3 leads as well. Now next is bo. Let’s see if it can emerge a winner in that department as well. I hope for Abhi’s sake it becomes at least semi hit if not more.

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  45. Amit Pandey Says:

    saw a video of abjr with faridoon where he says 4 movies are lined up.. gulqb jamun will not b his 1st one of these.. he will start for another one after a week of mm release….

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  46. Good or bad reviews, Bollywood critical culture (for want of a better term!) reveals its limits. One of the common threads running through many of the reviews (this was also brought up in some of the interview sessions) including by some veteran journalists is the idea that Kashyap has made a ‘happy’ or at least ‘happier’ film that can be celebrated. As if with this mere fact some progress had been made! I can imagine some of these same reviewers chiding Antonioni or Bergman (admittedly he had more cheerful films, at least by his standards, very early on) or closer to home Guru Dutt for making ‘dark’ films. One is free to dislike Kashyap’s films (I don’t like a lot of them myself, at least not completely) but this is different from criticizing them on ‘being-too-dark’ grounds. I should add that for an industry culture weaned on Yashraj ‘darkness’ probably begins not too late after noon! This whole ‘finally Kashyap has made a normal film, a love story’ is utterly silly. And of course, yet again, the box office ghost still guides a lot of the discussion. ‘A film has been reviewed well, hence it will do well’. This second clause adds to the ‘credibility’ of the film as much as the first one. Just good reviews and poor box office returns are not enough as Kashyap’s own career demonstrates. Much as when it’s a proper commercial film, even one that gets reviewed well or well enough and is considered more meaningful, there are any number of people who will question the ‘script’ if the film doesn’t quite work. So it’s a much larger cultural problem. In a Western context you have an authentic critical culture that does not tie any sort of review or opinion to box office fortunes. This kind of culture then enlightens the reader. But in India we are more or less finding different ways to call a film a success! This includes all the industry tweets. These guys never quite come out in the same way for a film that doesn’t seem to be a success. Surely the successful film has to be ‘supported’ far less than the (worthwhile) failure?! Finally the very same logic holds with respect to performances as well where people just think more highly of performances in more successful films. A performance might better connect with the audience for all kinds of reasons, certainly being housed in a successful film helps (!), but beyond this there is no necessary correlation. Again we only have to examine the cinematic history of illustrious ‘flops’ from all over the world. The reviews in India might index the box office and be useful in this sense but otherwise it’s a thoroughly bankrupt state of affairs. This is not an argument against Manmarziyaan but it is certainly one against the terms in which the praise comes about. As much as my older response about Raavan (and perhaps more recently BV) wasn’t about defending the film (though I liked it a lot) and more about responding to hysteria directed at the film.

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  47. The latest meme about the film’s music references Sacred Games.

    Sab mar jaayenge…bas Trivedi bachega!

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