STORY: Aman fears heights, dogs and industrialist Malhotra who sends merciless Raka to grab Aman’s land – but what happens when Aman discovers his own superhuman powers? Can he defeat Raka – and the power behind him?
REVIEW: So, straight away, the best thing about A Flying Jatt is the fumbling Jatt played by Tiger Shroff. Wicked industrialist Malhotra (Kay Kay) wants Aman’s family’s lands, which hold a sacred tree, for his polluting industries. Aman’s mother, Mrs. Dhillon (Amrita), ferociously opposes Malhotra – but Aman quakes before him, intimidated by most things on earth, including his own martial arts students.
Can Aman ever stand up to Malhotra and his huge henchman Raka (Nathan) – and can he fight his own fears?
Tiger does a neat job as Aman, shivering superhero who fights crime but also buys ‘do kilo lauki’ on the way home. Tiger’s evolution, from a kind but confused kid on the block, to a focused and fierce fighter, comes across well as do the film’s light moments, including Aman as ‘Sunny Leone’. Amrita Singh, literally playing a Tiger Mom, displays feisty panache, berating her son for having ‘dole-shole, no jigra’, delivering wisdom with slaps and guzzling drinks galore. The banter between her, Tiger and Aman’s fun-loving brother Rohit (Gaurav) is fresh good fun.
Sadly, as Aman’s love interest Kriti, Jacqueline adds little zing to this party – her role consists of grinning incessantly and delivering mystifying dialogues (“I like karate – it’s like, so, hah!”) in an accent that reminds you – with longing – of Katrina Kaif. Kay Kay is much too leashed – despite his ability, Malhotra’s malevolence simply doesn’t ooze through. As Raka, who literally enjoys toxic power, Nathan Jones growls, grunts and grins in a manic sort of way. These don’t make him scary – just cartoonish.
And there lies the trouble with A Flying Jatt – the full, stark shebang of a superhero versus super-dark powers never comes through. The villains remain cardboard cut-outs and the clash grows predictable. These thrills don’t chill. On the upside, for children, A Flying Jatt provides clean entertainment – with its innocence, it evokes more Haathi Mere Saathi and less cool-cat Krrish. The film takes off only because of its simplicity – a flying jatt who’s afraid of heights, a rarity in dark times of Udta Punjabs.
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SRINAGAR, India Wedding halls and prayer rooms have been turned into classrooms in Indian-administered Kashmir as families struggle to provide children with a normal life after more than 50 days of the Muslim-majority region’s worst violence in years.
At least 68 civilians and two security officials have been killed and more than 9,000 people injured, according to official tallies, in clashes between protesters chaffing at Indian rule and security forces.
Authorities trying to stifle protests that erupted after a young militant leader was gunned down by the security forces on July 8 ordered schools and colleges to close two days later.
There’s no sign of them re-opening.
Teacher Ghulam Rasool Kambay, seeing children becoming increasingly restless cooped up at home, decided to do something.
He opened a tutorial centre in a village on Aug. 3 and now has more than a dozen of them in villages in a district south of the region’s main city of Srinagar.
“The response is good. We have about 800 students in these centres. Parents are eager to send their children as they have no option right now,” Kambay told Reuters.
Students find their way to the makeshift schools in small groups through back lanes, careful not to attract the attention of police.
They often sit on the floor as there are not enough desks and share books.
“It’s more like a self-learning exercise, just a way to keep in touch with books,” said Muneer Wani, 16, at his temporary school at a mosque where classes begin after morning prayers.
Muneer said it was the only place to meet friends and study.
“We can’t even go outdoors.”
Disputed Kashmir is claimed by both India and Pakistan and has been a flashpoint for more than 60 years, sparking two wars between them.
Militant groups have taken up arms to fight for independence from Indian rule or to merge with Pakistan. India has blamed Pakistan for supporting the violence. Pakistan denies that.
Thousands of teenage boys defy a curfew every day and gather in groups to throw stones at police. Almost all of the deaths have been caused by security forces shooting at protesters.
On the streets of Srinagar, people have scrawled “Go India, go back”.
Zubair Ahmad said he was too worried about the safety of his two children to send them to classes at a nearby mosque.
His wife has been teaching them at home instead, but the children were getting restless, he said.
“It is very difficult for children … they’ve become aggressive.”
(Writing by Rupam Jain; Editing by Tom Lasseter, Robert Birsel)
Posted by Admin in NewsComments Off on Coulter-Nile faces lengthy rehab after lumbar bone stress injury
The lower back injury that ruled out Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile from the tour of Sri Lanka has been diagnosed as a lumbar bone stress injury, Cricket Australia said on Monday. Coulter-Nile will now begin a lengthy rehabilitation period, and David Beakley, Australia’s physiotherapist, said that the bowler’s return to cricket “will be determined in due course”.
Coulter-Nile had been in Sri Lanka since the start of the tour as part of the Test and ODI squads, but did not play a match. He was ruled out of the tour last week and flew home to have his injury assessed. Beakley had stated at the time that the bowler had been experiencing a “gradual increase in lower back pain which is now preventing him from bowling at match intensity.”
Coulter-Nile has struggled with injuries over the last year. In September 2015, a recurring hamstring injury forced him out of the ODI series in England. He was in the frame to make a Test debut in the home series against West Indies last summer, but dislocated his shoulder while playing for Perth Scorchers during the 2015-16 Big Bash League.
He made his comeback in the T20I series during the South Africa tour in March 2016, and then played all four of Australia’s matches during the World T20 in India. The pacer also played three matches in the ODI tri-series against West Indies and South Africa in June.
Posted by Admin in NewsComments Off on Will Smith joins Akshay-Twinkle’s ‘Rustom’ celebration
Hiren Kotwani | TNN | Aug 29, 2016, 01.00 AM IST
Twinkle Khanna, Akshay Kumar and Will Smith
Akshay Kumar, who shares top place with some of the wealthiest actors across the globe, is in a happy place. 2016 has been a truly remarkable year. With ‘Airlift’, ‘Houseful 3’ and ‘Rustom’ all having crossed the `100-crore mark; the actor is in an upbeat mood. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that his mehmaanzawazi recently extended to the Hollywood superstar Will Smith.
One hears that Will, who is in Mumbai, expressed a desire to eat some finger-licking Punjabi food. When he heard through common friends that it was best served ‘hot’ at Akshay’s home, Will and a few friends decided to drop by for a meal on Sunday night.
It is a coincidence that even before the Hollywood superstar decided to drop by for dinner, Akshay and Twinkle had decided to host a party for a close circle of their friends. Apart from their B-Town friends like Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor, Akki’s best buddy, real-estate magnate, Vicky Oberoi and his actress wife Gayatri Joshi, also attended the party.
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