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Mission Majnu movie review: Weak story makes you miss Sidharth’s Shershaah charm | Bollywood

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Sidharth Malhotra in kurta pyjama, with kohl-rimmed eyes, plays an R&AW agent in Pakistan who marries an innocent girl and using her as a cover in his mission to expose a nuclear facility. Mission Majnu boasts of a winner plot that’s high on patriotism and heroic deeds. It is emotional, engaging and exciting. But, the experience is marred by too many easy coincidences and loopholes that are hard to ignore. Ahead of Republic Day, Director Shantanu Bagchi pays a tribute to all heroes who don’t wear a uniform and sacrifice their lives for their motherland. However, the story, jointly written by Aseem Arrora, Sumit Batheja and Parveez Shaikh, falters at several places and doesn’t let Mission Majnu hit hard.

Set in the ’70s, Mission Majnu narrates the story of Amandeep Ajitpal Singh disguised as Tariq (Sidharth), who is sick of being called the son of a traitor, but now wants to clear the name for his mother. He is on a covert mission in Pakistan to expose a nuclear weapons program. He is joined by two more undercover Indian spies played brilliantly by Sharib Hashmi and Kumud Mishra and it’s their camaraderie that elevates the film. Like any other spy-thriller, there’s a love angle, this time with the visually impaired Nasreen (Rashmika Mandanna) who has no clue about his mission. Back home in India, the government has changed and wants to mend their ways with Pakistan, yet the R&AW chief (Parmeet Sethi) continues the mission with his men in the neighbouring nation. There’s too much chaos, confusion which leads to a familiar climax yet gives you goosebumps. On learning that several R&AW agents are living in Pakistan, the shootout that follows killing almost everyone on the radar is a rather well-shot sequence. Special mention to the portions where Kumud and Sharib’s characters are targeted.

Sidharth leaves you with no complaints and is once again in top form, with a charming onscreen presence. Full marks to the way he has picked the dialect and the way he emotes. Rashmika brings a freshness to the film but doesn’t have much to do. With limited scenes, there’s not much you can expect from her character to take forward the story.

While Sidharth puts forth his best foot forward, after winning accolades for portraying an army officer in Shershaah (2021), it’s Mission Majnu’s weak story that somewhere hampers his performance and that’s quite disappointing. It’s understandable that an undercover agent isn’t supposed to follow set norms and has to behave as normally as possible, but I couldn’t wrap my head around the presence of so many frivolous dialogues and scenes to establish his character. Moreover, the way things happen — whether it’s him landing at the Brigadier’s residence and trying to extract information about where Pakistan’s nuclear plant is located or getting on board Samjhauta Express without any papers or passport, posing as a Sikh, and then following a fight on top of the train and eventually managing a clean escape — all this gets a bit too much to digest after a point. I mean it sounds hilarious how makers equipped Tariq with this super power to crack the most difficult tasks and instantly act on them. Be it how an X-ray machine emits harmful radiations or how the foreigners would still use an English toilet in the ’70s, you’d be amazed to see how he gets ideas from these situations that takes him a step closer to his mission.

That being said, Mission Majnu is an entertaining watch that somewhere wants you to only look at the hero in the frame and not question how things are unfolding on screen. The film is now streaming on Netflix.

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Percy Jackson Has Found Its Poseidon—And It’s Not Logan Lerman

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There are officially a couple of Gods amongst these men. 

The Wire‘s Lance Reddick and Black SailsToby Stephens have joined the upcoming Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians as Zeus and Poseidon, respectively, according to Variety

Described as the “all-powerful god of the sky and leader of Mount Olympus” according to the outlet, Zeus is also characterized as “tempestuous and mistrustful. He’s promised to wage a war if his stolen thunderbolt is not returned.”

We’d probably suggest slipping that thunderbolt back under Zeus’ door.

Not only is Poseidon the god of the sea, he’s also Percy’s father. “Although seemingly absent in Percy’s life,” his descriptions reads, “many of Poseidon’s qualities live in Percy; stubbornness, impulsiveness and loyalty. Though he has stayed away throughout Percy’s life, his deep feelings for his son (and Percy’s mother, Sally) are evident.”

The Adam Project star Walker Scobell will play 12-year-old modern demigod Percy in the series, which also stars Leah Sava Jeffries and Aryan Simhadri as Percy’s friends Annabeth and Grover, respectively. 

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Britney Spears’s Fans Called The Police After She Deleted Her Instagram

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Britney Spears apparently didn’t appreciate fans calling the police to check on her this week, and a source familiar with the matter told BuzzFeed News that it’s fairly often that fans are calling for wellness checks.

“It is true that some fans reached out as a result of her taking a break from IG for a bit, which is not unusual and is done from time to time, and it was overzealous and the police confirmed there was no issue,” the source said.

TMZ reported Wednesday that the Ventura County sheriff’s office received calls Tuesday night about Spears deleting her Instagram account within the past 12 hours and that it was fans’ concerns that prompted officers to check on the singer.

On Thursday, Spears addressed the police visit in a Twitter post. She said these instances of the police being alerted were “some prank phone calls” and that officers realized they were erroneous when they visited her and saw she was not in any danger. Spears noted the police did not enter her home and left immediately.

“I love and adore my fans but this time things went a little too far and my privacy was invaded,” Spears wrote on Twitter. 

“This felt like I was being gaslit and bullied once the incident made it to the news and being portrayed once again in a poor and unfair light by the media,” she added. 

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Kourtney Kardashian’s Naked Dress Is Her Most Unconventional Look Yet

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As Kourtney Kardashian once said: “I am the view.”

On Jan. 26, the Kardashians star had fans doing a double take when she shared photos of herself in a very unconventional gown. Designed by Balmain, the Renaissance-inspired ‘fit featured a nude figure on the front, which made it seem like Kourtney was fully naked upon first glance.

In pictures posted to Instagram, Kourtney—who wore her signature dark locks in an up-do with two strands of hair framing her face—struck several sultry poses while clad in the dress. The Poosh founder also included a video of a phone left off the hook, writing in the caption, “If you’d like to make a call please hang up and try again.”

While friend Jonathan Cheban seemingly approved of the look, writing “Can I call collect?” in the comments section, others weren’t totally feeling the optical illusion.

“Trying to figure out why her belly button is misplaced,” one follower commented, adding that they later realized “it’s her dress.”

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