Knocksense Talkies

Khiladi Kumar and our Proper Patola have been been roped in for Karan Johar’s next big release, Kesari, and they are wrapping up the last lap by shooting an elaborate romantic song at Jaipur, in Rajasthan.

The producers and directors reportedly wanted to shoot the intimate song at a location with vivid old-world aesthetics so they narrowed it down to Jaipur as this city is one of the most picturesque places!

The ‘Kesari’ story is based on, as claimed by historians, the ‘bravest war ever fought’- the Battle Of Saragarhi in 1897 and in this high-action movie, Akshay is playing a gallant Sikh soldier.

The movie will have top-hole action battle sequences where Akshay who is portraying the role of Havaldar Ishar Singh, will fight a riotous war with 10,000 Afghani tribesman using his paltry army, as was the case in the war.

Although majorly outnumbered, the brave regiment is said to have fought with all their might with Havaldar Ishar Singh leading them on! Sikh military personnel commemorate the battle every year on the September 12 as ‘Saragarhi Day’.

This movie will be directed by Anurag Singh and the romantic song will be choreographed by Vijay Ganguli. Parineeti is playing the role of Akshay’s wife and it will be interesting to witness this unusual romantic chemistry on screen.

‘Kesari’ will release on March 21, 2019 and we have high hopes of a much-needed respite from the cliched heavy-duty action films!

Watching Lion King back in the day when we were kids was kind of a rite of passage to becoming a blooming child. The live action trailer for the classic 1994 Disney movie was unveiled and we couldn’t be more excited.

The trailer replicates iconic scenes like Rafiki smearing red powder over a confused, new born Simba’s forehead, the animal kingdom of Pride Lands bowing down to the act. The one and a half minute video clip is less of a trailer and more of a teaser that was first aired at the NFL Thanksgiving primetime game.

The film holds other quintessential shots as well and “Circle of Life”, the original film score for the animated film from 1994 plays in the background, sending some seriously nostalgic vibes. In the teaser, there was a running narration which was voiced by James Earl Jones- who will be playing Simba’s father, Mufasa in the upcoming film.

Lion King (2019) has been directed byl Jon Favreau, who also directed Iron Man. The film is produced by Walt Disney, which I’m sure needs no introduction. The cast is completely star studded with voice actors such as Beyonce (Nala), Donald Glover (Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Keegan-Micheal Key (Kamari) and Billy Eichner (Timon). Apart from that, there are also James Earl Jones (Mufasa), John Oliver (Zazu), Eric Andre (Azizi) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar).

The film score will be created by none other than the great Hans Zimmer, who is famous for the mesmerizing scores of the Dark Knight trilogy, Interstellar and others. Accompanying him will be legendary musician Elton John, who will begin rework on some of his classic compositions. Surely, fans have high hopes from the film. The film will be released across screens world wide on 19th July 2019.

Us 90’s kids will always remember Pokemon as the greatest animated show of our childhood - Ash Ketchum and his group of friends, catching new pokemons and earning badges!

With the recent release of Detective Pikachu trailer, we got a chance to relive our passion for the show which was a huge part of our childhoods. It brought back old memories in new forms - a Pikachu with fur, a Mr Mime as a lifelike character, a lost looking Charmander, a horde of Bulbasaurs wading through a gushing stream and a rather ferocious looking Charizard. It just made us want more.

Which is why, we take you on a trip down the nostalgia lane and try to explain why we would never have another series as good as Pokemon.

The Tournaments

The tournaments were arguably the most exciting parts of pokemon. We would wait eagerly for the exciting episodes of Ash finally reaching a gym to battle it out with the strongest Pokemon trainers and earn badges. The battles had us sitting on the edge of our seats, carefully observing each move. They taught us that no matter how small your Pokemon, with the right training and encouragement, it could over come the most frightening of opponents.

Every episode taught us something new

Pokemon sure was a kids show, but even if you watched it as an adult, you’ll realize that it has many lessons of friendship, kindness and love, weaved in through the episodes. The most beautiful parts were the most simple ones: Ash caring for Pikachu, Brok feeding all the pokemons their favorite food and Team Rocket always sticking together.

Speaking of team Rocket...

"Prepare for trouble... and make it double": Team Rocket

Team Rocket may have failed in capturing our favorite heroes, but they always managed to keep us entertained. Just when you thought things were becoming a little heavy or there wasn’t enough excitement, Team Rocket swooped in to provide hilarious relief. It was always a sight to behold when a Pokemon would send them flying into space as they said their final words “we’re blasting off again!”

Team Rocket phirse haar gayi...

Because Pika Pika

Let’s face it, Pikachu is the most famous (read cutest) Pokemon. He is so famous in fact, that he has become an icon of the series itself. Pikachu has won our hearts by being on Ash’s shoulder, electrocuting Team Rocket to space on many more occasions, all while remaining adorable. Even if one doesn’t know Pokemon, they definitely know Pikachu.

and CUTENESS OVERLOAD

Be it the sweet singing Jigglypuff, the adorable Bulbasaur, the stubborn Charizard or the cute as a button but deathly Togepi, Pokemon was cuteness overload. The Pokemons were so adorable and tiny that it was hard to not love every single one of them, even the one’s that weren’t as lovable (read Team Rocket’s Meowth). The Pokeverse is one of the cutest fictional universes out there and no-one can tell us differently.

The Games

Pokemon games gave us all a chance to live the mystical journey of being a world class Pokemon trainer. They made the Pokeverse accessible and closer to our hearts. Finding a rare Pokemon, battling it and eventually catching it was just pure bliss. More recently, Pokemon GO managed to bring back the “Gotta catch ‘em all” spirit.

The Memories it gave us

For a kid growing up in any part of the world, Pokemon was a staple diet. In India specifically, nobody could make you leave the TV set when Pokemon would air at 5:00PM. The rush and excitement to discuss the latest episode with your pals and the joy of trading Pokemon cards with a friend had us feeling euphoric!

The world of Pokemon continues to expand and leave us awed at it’s magnificence, even a decade after the commencement of the series. Surely, this list will entice the child within you and get you all geared up for the upcoming film, ‘Detective Pikachu’.

The recently released bollywood blockbuster ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ is Bollywood’s most expensive film to date. Add to that great names like Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bacchan and Katrina Kaif and you’ve got a high grossing film, right? Wrong. Thugs of Hindostan is being touted as the most expensive disaster produced in Bollywood.

The box office earnings on the date of release were not bad but did not live up to expectations either. The ₹50.74 crore earnings turned no heads and in the following days, the decline became even more steep bringing the total collection as of Tuesday to a mere ₹128 crore in Hindi. Considering the budget of the film and the names involved, this should have been the first day collection. Though the film is being shown internationally, it is not performing as well as anyone had hoped. The reason for this is the mixed reviews that people receive and they’d rather watch a different movie altogether. Apart from that, the film is being played at over 4000 screens in India and yet is not performing well.

A stark contrast to this film is Ayushmann Khurana’s ‘Badhaai Ho’, which grossed over ₹60 crore in the first week. Though the numbers don’t look great, the film continued to do well in Indian as well as international markets and even took advantage of Thugs of Hindostan’s mixed reviews. On its eighteenth day, the film crossed the ₹100 crore mark and continues to fare well with critics and fans who still swoop in to see shows and buy tickets. The consistency of the daily grossing of the film proves that the Indian market does not want high budget films- just good ones. As of now, the film has grossed over ₹115 crore and is going strong, reporting over a crore earnings everyday.

Both the films were released at least a week apart and the earnings clearly show which one fared better among fans. Hopefully, this is a lesson for film makers in the country that a more expensive film doesn’t necessarily mean a better one.

Crimes of Grindelwald is more of a pass-over than the actual deal, it does lay the minefield but doesn’t create any actual explosions.

The sequel to the new and fantastical world of Newt Scammander and prequel to the Harry Potter series the crimes of Grindelwald was quite the hype, yet (if I may say so) the inkling of magic could not let the audiences remain spell-bound. The movie worked more as a cliff-hanger than an actual story or plot-line.

The back-story of characters, the attention to detail and the picturization in the Rowling movie is enticing and grand. The beginning scene of Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) heist; the back story about Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz); the parts about Newt Scammander (Eddie Redmayne) being big-hearted and crazy; and the light-stepped, quick witted young Dumbledore (Jude Law) schooling people left and right, are some of the most beautifully directed and created piece of cinema.

The flow of the entire movie is quite thrilling, yet, when it comes to the gist of the story, the plot was a little lack-luster, the flow of the movie that should have been like a gushing brook was more like a soft creek.

The director (David Yates) it seemed, was more interested in establishing the universe and creating a platform that could give four or five more spin-offs, than actually going through with the pace of the story that was unfurling in front of his audience.

The unabashed beauty and imagination of Rowling came through with the movie, and it was a relief to lose every ounce of self in the world of magic. Stuck between the endless struggle between the right and the wrong, the quest to rule the muggle world and the urge to prove one, more grand than the other, Grindelwald and Dumbledore seemed to be involved less in a lovers quarrel and more in a proxy war. Taking sides and choosing rivals, the magic world is once again divided and the audience waits with a batted breath, but the movie leaves them wanting more.

More is only word that can actually describe the movie. More back-story than the last Fantastic Beasts, more characters and drama, more suspense creation, more expectations and more wait. Wait for the next release that might actually tell us how things progressed and how Dumbledore actually defeated Grindelwald and who and what is the cliff-hanger. Oh the cliff-hanger! The twist at the end is absolutely flabbergasting and yet, it is not explained. More waiting for answers.

Watch the movie to experience the larger than life magical visuals, which are an absolute delight, the twists and the turns the plot takes are great too, but do not watch the film expecting answers! Expect to be blown away, don’t expect to be enlightened.