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Cast: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh and Raza Murad
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest masterpiece, Padmaavat, is based on a 16th Century poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, and the film is a visual treat: elaborate sets and gorgeous fashion choices interplay magnificently with portays of love and bravery (of epic proportions). In the 13th Century, the peaceful existence of the Rajputs of Chittor is shattered when Alauddin Kilji becomes interested in snatching the Rajputs’ kingdom away. Alauddin is an intriguing character: the nephew of Jalaluddin Kilji, a dynastic ruler from Afghanistan who grabbed the Delhi Sultanate, Alauddin killed Jalaluddin, with the help of his slave, Malik Kafur, and made himself the new Sultan. And yet, the greatest character in this ancient brutal saga is undoubtedly that of Padmavati, the Rajput queen with unsurpassable beauty, who took a heroic step to protect her dignity when the war, for her, ends in defeat – the kingdom falls to the enemy, as the king is killed in battle and the queen kills herself. The film, more than anything else, belongs to the battles and also the anticipation that builds up to discover just which dynasty victory befalls upon.
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Turmeric is a local Southeast Asian spice, which also has the power to heal
Turmeric – the yellow-colored spice often used in cooking has surprise healing powers, as well. Used in various supplements these days, turmeric can do more than help you detox as part of a spice-blended detox drink: it helps to fight off inflammation, avoid cancer, lower cholesterol levels, avert prostate cancer (for men), and eliminate bacteria too.
Turmeric is an important part of cuisine in India and has been regarded as something of a naturalistic healer of various illnesses. The spice contains curcumin, which can both energize routes to effectively eliminate cancer cells early on and obstruct routes for those cells, which multiply and divide inside the body. With cholesterol, turmeric can lower high HDL levels and increase LDL levels, which is a beneficial outcome for people who have high cholesterol.
The primary drawback with turmeric acting as a healing source is that you have to eat a lot of turmeric to reap the healing benefits of the spice. Eating it with black pepper, oils and fats, helps your gut absorb more of it to reap its healing powers; cooking with the spice and the other ingredients is just as great an option as having them altogether with salads.
Turmeric can flavor foods really nicely but it’s really difficult to eat the amount of turmeric that is required (a ‘500mg’ daily intake) to also have it properly function as a healing ingredient. A way to do that is to consult your local doctor and get it in the form of a supplement. Apart from that, it’s wise to include it as a part of your diet too.
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Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Paresh Rawal
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Salman Khan’s latest film, Tiger Zinda Hai, the sequel to Ek Tha Tiger (2012) is what a Bollywood action film should typically be like: some nurses are held hostage by terrorists in Iraq and the only way to save them is to get a very capable intelligence agent, Tiger, to do the job. The movie is all about the action and zero-nonsense, which is refreshing; the lighter moments appear in between the relationship that Tiger shares with his Pakistani wife, Zoya, and it’s rather entertaining how the couple manages to make their marriage work and portray the presence of steadfast love for almost a decade, despite the obvious cultural differences present in their relationship. It’s a one-man show – Salman Khan takes center stage as the hero, who still packs a punch after spending quite some time being nothing more than a homebody in separate European countries. The entertainment value of the action film has been emphasized in Tiger Zinda Hai and it’s really hard to not root for Tiger to once again rise and save the day.
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Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta
Director: Milan Luthria
Baadshaho revolves around a prospective robbery: in 1975, a Maharani from one of Rajasthan’s many princely states’ afraid she is about to say goodbye to her gold, post losing her privy purse – a payment made to lower families in India, who previously use to rule but had permitted India to be (intact). To calm her fears, the Maharani ropes in Bhavani, her bodyguard, to protect the kingdom’s jewels under threat from a politician, Sanjeev (Priyanshu Chatterjee), seemingly from the Gandhi family; the Maharani’s enmity with Sanjeev is at its height during this time of Emergency.
The dashing Bhavani (Ajay Devgn) has to work with a smooth goon, Dalia (Emraan Hashmi) and Sanjana (Esha Gupta) to protect his helpless Maharani, who he harbours romantic intentions for, as well. Esha Gupta’s character, even though absorbing, was not as elaborate as it should have been – Sanjana works with Bhavani and Dalia because she is very grateful to the Maharani and spends some time romancing Dalia too but it largely seems a character wasted on cinematic opportunity, in part because she has to share screen-space with a Maharani, who is bent on (pathetically) not doing much other than playing a damsel in distress.
A caper follows, in pursuit of the pot of gold, where Bhavani fights to snatch away the army truck (of gold), going from Rajasthan to Delhi, assigned to a Major Seher Singh to caretake. Baadshaho’s dialogues have a pat angle to it, which is enjoyable and its main plot: the jostle for the gold is done up in a typical Hindustani-avatar (films-wise), which meant it had less depth and more cinematic charisma – depth isn’t what you can expect really from a movie slated to be about the Emergency and instead only utilizes that time bracket effectively with bell bottoms and not much else.