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Written and directed by Saunak Mitra, “Exchange Offer” is a Hindi short film that portrays generation gap and loneliness in old age beautifully. It’s synopsis reads “Shiv Kumar Pant – a retired school principal of St. Stephan’s, Delhi, lives with his caretaker, Bisveswar as his son, Rishabh, lives in California with his wife and a one-year-old son. Leading a mundane life, Mr. Pant has found solace in poetry writing, typing on his old computer. One day, the computer suddenly goes off. He asks Rishabh to make a complaint to the manufacturing company to send a service engineer to repair the computer. The rendezvous with the service engineer at his door brings to him an incredible Exchange Offer and a bouquet of nostalgia and surprises.”

This movie is a great, layered story on the complexities of relationships with the passage of time, the haunting aspect of getting old alone, the technological gap and the desire and the necessity of change. The story builds up slowly and takes you in an emotional roller coaster but at the end will leave you feeling satisfied from within. This movie features M. K. Raina, Taher Shabbir and Surendra Rajan in the lead roles.

Without any spoilers, this is what we can say! Go ahead and give this a watch! And do let us know how you feel afterwards with your reviews in the comments section!

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Best Stand-Up Comedies from India

Lockdown timepass for Indian stand-up comedies. Thank us later.

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If anything has grown rapidly in last 3 years then that is Indian stand-up comedy scene. As Kunal Kamra says, “India is full of contents,” maybe why, or maybe new generation has learned a safest way to express out their frustration and take a jibe against things around them in less provocative way.

Whatever, they are gold and doing awesome, influencing many other South Asians to take the route.

Here, we have curated some of the best performance.

Aishwarya Mohanraj

Aishwarya Mohanraj, a most-loved female stand-up comedian and writer from Mumbai, started her journey towards business of making people laugh in 2017 by quitting her job.  Her jokes are mostly related to relationship, sex and stuffs that are considered taboo for women to speak openly in India. She just does not give a damn.

Anubhav Singh Bassi

The chances of you having heard of Anubhav Singh Bassi are rare, unless you are one of the regulars at the live stand-up circuit. Lawyer by academy, stand-up comedian by career, this internet-sensation guy from UP is popular for his brutal jibe over his community and deshi culture.

Shaurya Tyagi

Shaurya Tyagi is a stage actor and a freelance writer. Like the majority of the unambitious Indian population he too has an MBA degree, which may not promise him a job but would definitely get him a good marriage proposal. That’s what his bio says in bookmyshow.

Abhishek Upmanyu

The delhi boy, engineer by degree, comedian by career, Abhishek Upmanyu is a popular stand-up comedian from India, with million followers in YouTube. Known for killing it on stage, he hurls one cracker of a joke after another. Abhishek now lives in Mumbai, hoping to scale new heights of success within the comedy and live performance arena.

Gaurav Kapoor

Known for his funny take on everyday life situations, this delhi-based comedian is another favorite stand-up comedians from India . He has won almost every open-mic night – the likes of the Big Mic, Canvas Laugh Club, Chalta Hai and Buzz Off. Hailing from Delhi. Did you know he is actually journalist by profession?

Aakash Gupta

Aakash is a stand-up comedian from Delhi. He is the winner of Comicstaan 2, Indian stand-up comedy competition television series.  His comedy talks about his experiences and observations ranging from his naani maa’s (grandmother) taunts to life in a corporate office, from his dad ki Maruti (his father’s car) to his behen ki shaadi (his sister’s marriage). 

Zakir Khan

If you are big fan of Indian stand-up comedy scene, you don’t need to be said who is this King Khan in Stand-UP scene. In 2012, he rose to popularity by winning Comedy Central’s India’s 3rd Best Stand Up Comedian competition. Born and raised in Indoor, Madhya Pradesh, is all over India now for his subtle and innocent style of cracking jokes.

Karunesh Talwar

This happy-go-cynical, wide-eyed comedian is best known for his unusual jokes, jokes that only he could think (and appreciate). Hence, he is out to form a cult with those who resonate with his sense of humor. He once mentioned, “…My belief is that I want to get laughs on the basis of the written word. When I am on stage, I like to stand at one place and talk. The idea is to make it look less like a performance, if possible. The audience should feel the host is talking to them.” One of the most out-there comics out there, Karunesh Talwar is a young comedian and writer who made his way into the local comedy scene by winning several open-mic competitions, including the Comedy Store’s RAW

Vaibhav Arora

Vaibhav Arora, a Punjabi guy, been in comedy scene for quite sometime now. Tired of writing everyone’s bio, that you don’t care much about anyway, as you are here to watch video…may you google for this.

Amit Tandon

While running a successful and a leading recruitment consulting firm in Delhi, this married man with children thought of challenging his midlife crisis by making people laugh in as raw as he could. By the way, he obtained his degree (Mechanical Engineering & MBA) from IIT Delhi.  Must be high in IQ to have that sense of humor.

Atul Khatri

The uncle in Indian Stand-up scene is probably the jackass dad in Mumbai, who tells the secrets about his kid in most brutal way. He was rated among the top Indian comedians by CNN-IBN. 

Nishant Suri

If Mr. Bean was from India, he would look like this guy. Not sure if Mr. Bean’s dad had ever visited India or if the guy grew up watching Mr. Bean alone. The winner of Amazon Prime Video’s comedy hunt, Comicstaan, in 2018 – Nishant Suri is one of the brightest young comics in the country today! An engineer -turned- banker -turned- wedding photographer -turned- stand up comedian, Nishant knows how to make his audience laugh.

Kunal Kamra

And this guy! Guy with steel balls. Only few can dare to roast politician in India, that too Modi, that too on Internet — filled with Bhaktas, but Kunal Kamra, the marathi from Mumbai, just does not care. If you love jokes on Indian politics, this is the guy to follow.

Did you miss any that deserves to be in the list? Let us us know my commenting.

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“Sadak-2” trailer is breaking a record of most disliked youtube video.

Indian Netizens in power demonstration mode as a tribute to SSR

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“Sadak-2” trailer is breaking a record of “Most Disliked Video” in YouTube with already 6.3 million dislikes in last 24 hours.

Why so?

In one word, retaliation.

Well, the fact is it’s the movie directed by Mahesh Bhatt, the old man who has been in news since the suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput for alleged “friendship” with Rhea Chakraborty, Sushan’t gf then, and speculations surrounding it. It could be one of the reasons why the movie is getting so much of hate from SSR’s fans.

But the most important reason could be expression of voice against nepotism in Bollywood. Several comments on the trailer had people saying this was a “Tribute to SSR” and a way to fight the nepotism in the industry as the lead actors are star kids.

The movie starring Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, and Jisshu Sengupta, all star kids, who fans believe got the roles and opportunities because of nepotism…could be the strong reason to press the dislike button for the video.

How the fight against nepotism got this intense

Sushant Rajput, a Bollywood actor died from suicide, was an engineering student who grew up in the northern state of Bihar, who managed to force open the doors of Bollywood to craft a brief but successful acting career. Replying to an Instagram post last year, he had asked his fans to watch his films because he needed their help to “survive in Bollywood.” To escalate the debate, Kangana Ranaut, Queen of Bollywood, has accused the powerful Bollywood studio owners, influential filmmakers and movie critics of pushing Rajput over the edge by their alleged lack of support for the actor.

“Movie mafia not only banned him, but I can tell you how his mind was systematically dismantled, bit by bit,” Ranaut said in a widely viewed Instagram video.

Many believe that SSR’s suicide is somehow related to bully and nepotism that exists in Bollywood and since then, people both from the industry and outside the industry are voicing against the nepotism.

Looks like, internet is making it easy for general public to express how they are feeling by negatively responding to any work or post from Bollywood.

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Maicha, a proof to prove music has no language

A song to prove that music has no language

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As someone said,

Good music has no boundaries. No matter what language, genre, rhythm, it can always find a way to everyone’s heart.

This song, Maicha, is the proof.

Maicha, a song in Newa language, was recently released by a band, Emerge, on June 19, 2020, through their youtube channel by the same name and the song has already been viewed more than one million times. That’s because this song is not just a song but a music, that anyone can listen in loop even if does not understand the words.

What a beautiful and soul-soothing song to treat any ear.

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