Has a week even gone by without a (new) fight on Twitter? Yes, 2020 is bad, but 2020 Twitter is probably worse. In the newest fight from Twitterverse, we have Twitter Manikarnika Kangana Ranaut now locking horns with Punjab da Munda Diljit Dosanjh. What happened next is hilarious, distasteful and unreal, all at the same time. Here’s your lowdown on who said what (with translations of Diljit’s Punjabi and Kangana’s Hindi) in the fight that kept Desi Twitter entertained all of Thursday.
Now, in real life, Christopher Nolan has come back to the theatres. His latest big-screen offering is Tenet. It is a classic Nolan film (which probably means it is more complicated than even 2020, but we’re gonna watch it again, as will you). More on that here.
From the bookshelf we have a book that resonates perfectly with this year; this slice of dystopia that all of us find ourselves in 2020: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. But there’s also some food for the soul (and heart and stomach), a warm bowl of Chicken Thukpa. It’s December after all. And if you’re also worried that 2020 will be over before you got to go on a trip, we have a list of places in India where you can see the snowfall this month and the next; but do go through the Covid-safety protocols before you head out.
If you’re planning to stay in over the weekend, there are a lot of shows and movies on OTT. Abhishek Bachchan is on Amazon Prime Video with a sports documentary, Sons of the Soil; Swara Bhasker’s Bhaag Beanie Bhaag is on Netflix. Oh, and by the way, Netflix is free this weekend, so you can watch that series you always wanted to but never really felt the urge to spend money on a Netflix subscription (also, if your friend changed their Netflix password).
That’s all. Have a great weekend.
Here’s your Weekend Planner.
11 done. One more to go. Remember that before you celebrate the end of November because December “abhi baaki hai,” as Smriti Irani said in her Instagram post and shared a Minion meme to remind you about it.
Tamil Nadu will agree with Smriti Irani because, after Cyclone Nivar, the southern state has been experiencing heavy rainfall due to Cyclone Burevi. Though the impact of the latter is considerably less.
From South to far North, in Delhi, farmers are protesting over the three new farm bills enacted into law by the central government. Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana are now camping at Delhi’s borders and threatening to blockade the national capital if their demands are not met.
There’s traffic across Delhi as well due to the protests but if you are willing to let that pass and still go for a short trip that you were postponing for quite long, here’s a list of places that you can choose from. Not only can you enjoy a hot cup of chai by the hills, but also make a snowman in the mountains. Isn’t that a great idea?
On that note, do you know how people are celebrating Christmas in Belgium? In the European country, Belgians can invite-only four people for a Christmas party but only one of the guests can use the washroom. Okay, then.
Such rules, in all honesty, are mandatory in the wake of the novel coronavirus crisis since cases are on the rise in several parts of the world. India, meanwhile, has recorded over 95 lakh coronavirus cases.
For the time being, head to the next section for a serious dose of good vibes and positivity.
SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE
“We don’t deserve dogs,” is what most pet parents will tell you. True that. This elderly man knows the value that his furry friend adds to his life. Hence, he gave him a ride on the merry-go-round. You must watch this adorable video.
This Grandpa gives his good boy a ride on the Merry-go-round. Is there any limit to what dogs do for us… nope. pic.twitter.com/gFnnEwzWdH
— The Feel Good Page (@akkitwts) December 1, 2020
Wildlife video lovers will enjoy this clip of a baby elephant playing with a zebra. The viral video also has an important message that you should not miss.
Friendship has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival pic.twitter.com/XvFY8HsbLN
— Susanta Nanda (@susantananda3) December 2, 2020
We will end this section with Harsh Goenka’s viral post on Twitter in which he shared a “good” to-do list that will help you to maintain a positive outlook towards life.
DON’T STOP WORKING OUT
Your weekly motivation to hit the grind and work out is here, and it comes directly from your favourite Bollywood celebs in town. Malaika Arora began her week with another yoga pose and it will help you maintain a good posture, as it stretches the front as well as your back muscles. This week’s yoga asana was Dhanurasana and she even shared tips to do it properly.
Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar, our favourite fitness enthusiast couple, added a twist to their workout routines this week as they trekked to Sandakphu, the highest peak in West Bengal. While Milind did Superman clap push-ups, Ankita did the Chakrasana or the Wheel pose at 12000 feet, in the backdrop of a picturesque location in Sandakphu.
So, what’s stopping you?
KHAANE MEIN KYA HAI?
Winters are here and that means weekends are all about bundling up in our warm blankets, with some warm soup and a good book. While our book recommendation has you sorted for this week, we also have a special recipe that will warm you up in no time.
Food for the soul (Image: Pixabay)
If you are a big fan of soupy noodles, then this weekend cook Chicken Thukpa for yourself. To make this delish and easy dish, you will need 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 200 gm chicken thighs, 1/2 stalk coriander leaves, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 pinch of powdered asafoetida, 3 cup chicken stock, 150 gm rice noodles, water as required, 2 cloves garlic and 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder.
Start by making a spice paste for the soup. Blend garlic, ginger, cumin powder and asafoetida in a blender. Then, heat oil in a large pan over medium flame and add the spice paste to it and stir for 4-5 minutes.
Pour chicken stock in the pan and bring to boil over low flame for 10-15 minutes. Then, add chicken thighs and simmer for 10-15 minutes again over low flame. Remove the chicken thighs and shred them. In a separate bowl, add boiled rice noodles and top it up with the shredded chicken and pour the spicy stock over it. And enjoy!
FROM THE BOOKSHELF
The year 2020 made us face the most unprecedented circumstances. We were trapped in our homes and a sense of doom loomed large above our heads. Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale exudes a similar kind of doom, a sense of being trapped in a system with no outlet.
Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale
The dystopian novel is set in a near-future when rightwing fundamentalists take over the USA and make women the property of the state who are forced to reproduce babies for the elite state men. It is set in a patriarchal, totalitarian state known as Gilead. It follows the story of June who tried to escape with her husband and kid but was caught and made a handmaid. June is determined to get off of this awful world and find her daughter.
FASHION KA JALWA
This week on Fashion Friday, since the release of Coolie No 1 is the talk of the town, we decided to take a look at its leading lady, Sara Ali Khan’s style evolution in the industry. From breezy cotton kurtas and heavily embroidered ensembles to quirky dresses and athleisure outfits, Sara has managed to make a name for herself in the industry with her accessible fashion choices. And her mantra? Keep it simple and quirky. We’re taking notes.
AT THE MOVIES
Christopher Nolan fans in India, over the last week, have battled a dilemma – to watch Tenet in theatres or not. We are going with the former. After much deliberation and back-and-forth, the Robert Pattinson and Dimple Kapadia-starrer is releasing in theatres today, December 4, and we were right there, watching it unfold before us, on the big screen, socially distant, of course. But we understand that you’re still in two minds – so here’s our Tenet review. Read on.
So while Bollywood’s love affair with the Maldives continues, it is business as usual when it comes to upcoming films. Ajay Devgn has roped in Rakul Preet Singh and Angira Dhar for his directorial venture, Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol just announced Apne 2, this time with third-generation Deol, Karan, and Prabhas is teaming up with KGF director Prashanth Neel for Salaar. Looks like the next two years will more than compensate for the lull that 2020 brought.
And with all these new movies coming up, shouldn’t there be a new Film City in the making too? So Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Akshay Kumar and other Bollywood producers to invite them to invest in the upcoming Film city in Noida, Delhi. Yup, that too happened this very week in Mumbai.
But until that happens, here’s looking at our weekly features. For Monday Masala, we analysed why the entry of the likes of Kashmera Shah and Rakhi Sawant could add the much-needed masala to the otherwise bland Bigg Boss 14. On Tuesday Trivia, we learnt that Irrfan was signed as the male lead in Vidya Balan’s Kahaani 2. Wahiyat Wednesday went to Sunny Leone’s Tera Intezaar, where we simply kept waiting for a story. Any story. And on Throwback Thursday, we revisited JP Dutta’s magnum opus, Border, on the 49th anniversary of the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War.
Okay, ‘nuf about movies. Now off to OTT, will you.
OTT PE KYA CHAL RAHA HAI?
ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
What to watch: Sons Of the Soil
You will like it if you liked: Kicking & Screaming
Sons Of The Soil is the first Indian Original sports documentary series. It follows the lives of kabaddi players of the team Jaipur Pink Panthers, which is owned by Abhishek Bachchan. The series focuses on both the personal and professional lives of the players. It released on December 4.
What to watch: Sound Of Metal
You will like it if you liked: Whiplash
Sound of Metal stars Riz Ahmed in the lead role. It follows the story of a drummer who loses his hearing in the middle of a gig. It chronicles his journey of how he overcame the complete sense of hopelessness and emerged as a winner. It started streaming on December 4.
What to watch: Bombhaat
You will like it if you liked: Aditya 369
Director Raghavendra Varma’s Bombhaat stars Sai Sushanth Reddy, Chandini Showdary and Simran Choudary. The film is a commercial sci-fi flick, which is a new attempt in Telugu film. Bombhaat follows the story of the hero Vicky, who is unlucky in life. He falls in love with Chaitra (Chandini) and takes the help of a humanoid to act as his girlfriend so Chaitra gets jealous. Apart from being just science fiction, many commercial moments have been added to the story.
What to watch: Mulan
You will like it if you have watched: Mulan (1998)
The live-action adaptation of the 1998 film of the same name, Mulan stars Yifei Liu in the lead role. Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Gong Li, and Jet Li, among others, play supporting roles in the Niki Caro directorial. The film was to hit silver screens in March this year but the release had been delayed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is now available for streaming from December 4.
What to watch: Godmothered
You will like it if you have watched: Cinderella
This comedy film is about a young, inexperienced fairy godmother who is under training. Her profession face extinction and she decides to take it upon herself to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. It started streaming on December 4.
Before we go into details of the shows, did you know Netflix is free for the next two days? That’s right, Netflix has announced that it will make its streaming services free in India free for two days – December 5 and December 6 – as part of a Streamfest promotional activity. So what do get for free? Well, the entire Netflix catalogue which includes movies, shows, documentaries, the whole bit. Want to know more? Check this out.
What to watch: Bhaag Beanie Bhaag
You will like it if you liked: The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Swara Bhasker will be seen in an all-new avatar in Netflix’s new show Bhaag Beanie Bhaag. The actress, who is known to play serious roles, will be seen playing a stand-up comic in the new series. She is accompanied by stand-up comic Varun Thakur, who is not playing himself in the show. Instagram sensation Dolly Singh will be seen in the role of Swara’s friend. The show is about how Beanie treads her way to become a stand-up comedian amid societal and family pressure. The series premiered on Netflix on December 4.
What to watch: Alien Worlds
You will like it if you liked: Lost in Space
Another sci-fi TV series, Alien Worlds will show the intriguing life of creatures in outer space. The series shows what happens when extraterrestrial beings live with the laws and regulations similar to that followed by living beings on Earth. The series blends science fact and fiction to imagine alien life on the other planets. The show was released on Netflix on December 2.
What to watch: Darbaan
You will like it if you liked: Choricha Mamla
Darbaan is an emotional roller coaster ride inspired by a story by Rabindranath Tagore that revolves around the friendship between a boy and his caretaker. In the story, the caretaker is accused of kidnapping a young boy. The film stars Sharib Hashmi, Sharad Kelkar, Rasika Dugal, Flora Saini and Harsh Chhaya in lead roles. The film premiered on Zee 5 on December 4.
ON EROS NOW
What to watch: Sab Kushal Mangal
You will like it if you liked: Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari
Sab Kushal Mangal stars Akshaye Khanna in the lead role and is directed by Karan Vishwanath Kashyap. The film also stars Priyaank Sharma, Riva Kishan, Satish Kaushik, Rakesh Bedi, and Supriya Pathak in supporting roles. The film is a love story revolving around a young woman, a TV anchor, and a local big shot.
TV PE KYA CHAL RAHA HAI?
What to watch: Bigg Boss 14 Weekend Ka Vaar
Where to watch: Colors TV, 9 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Aa rahe hain @TheRahulMahajan apni ajab hasi aur ghazab game ko le kar!
Iss #WeekendKaVaar, Saturday, 5th December raat 9 baje.
Catch it before TV on @VootSelect.@BeingSalmanKhan #BiggBoss2020 #BiggBoss #BiggBoss14 #BB14 @PlayMPL #DaburDantRakshak @TRESemmeIndia @LotusHerbals pic.twitter.com/PX2Q2jo16W
— Bigg Boss (@BiggBoss) December 3, 2020
This Saturday, viewers will get top four contestants of Bigg Boss 14, as it’s the finale week. Salman Khan will welcome six former Bigg Boss contestants as challengers – Rahul Mahajan, Vikas Gupta, Kashmera Shah, Rakhi Sawant, Arshi Khan and Manu Punjabi. These six challengers will enter to add tadka to the season.
What to watch: Indian Idol 12
Where to watch: Sony TV, 8 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Jinhone apni singing ki prerna li khud judge Himesh Reshammiya se, aaj wo Sandeep gayenge unhi ke saamne! Kya wo kar payenge sabko impress aur kya hoga unka mausam awesome? Dekhiye #IndianIdol2020 par, Sat-Sun raat 8 baje, sirf Sony par. pic.twitter.com/G1eewbGChp
— sonytv (@SonyTV) December 2, 2020
India’s Best Dancer will see a fan of Himesh Reshammiya named Sandeep who took inspiration from the singer to sing. He reveals that he sings on Himesh’s songs and has got lakhs of viewers on his channel. The judges also tease Sandeep for dressing up like the way Himesh used to dress up years before. He also sings on the stage with Himesh.
What to watch: The Kapil Sharma Show
Where to watch: Sony TV, 9.30 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Hawaaon mein hogi dher saari hasi aur dher saara pyaar, jab aayenge newlywed #NehuPreet Kapil ke ghar iss baar. Dekhiyega zaroor #TheKapilSharmaShow iss Sat-Sun raat 9:30 baje. pic.twitter.com/PkD1aLRZhN
— sonytv (@SonyTV) December 2, 2020
Kapil Sharma will welcome Nawazuddin Siddiqui on his show on Saturday. The actor spoke on doing romantic roles in films Motichoor Chaknachoor and Bole Chudiyan. On Sunday, newlyweds Neha Kakkar and Rohanpreet Singh will be on the show. In the promo, the couple is seen getting romantic on the show, while Kapil is seen pulling their leg.
(Compiled by Ananya Bhattacharya, Nairita Mukherjee, Raya Ghosh, Krishna Priya Pallavi, Vibha Maru, Jyoti Kanyal, Janani K, Divyanshi Sharma, Shweta Keshri, Logesh Balachandran, Grace Cyril, Rishita Roy Chowdhury, Tiasa Bhowal)