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From Gone Girl to Kill Bill, best films to watch if you’re anti-valentines this cuffing season

A doctor prescribes something sparkling in your hands while you binge them all.

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Anti Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and people in love must be eagerly waiting for V-Day but singles dread it like it’s D-Day. There are curated activities, restaurants, and gifts for couples but what about those who are totally into the self-love game? We have got you covered!

While we support satisfying activities like naming a cockroach and getting it fed to animals in the Toronto zoo, you can also enjoy these anti-romantic films that tell love is not always joyous but boring, overrated, and delusional.

Gone Girl

Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, this psychological thriller is a must-watch if you don’t want to fall into the love trap. The story depicts the aftermath of Nick’s life after his wife Amy goes missing, and the image of their perfect life and marriage crumbles in the public eye. A detailed revenge fantasy.IMDb 8.1/10

The First Wives Club

Helmed by Hugh Wilson, The First Wives Club features Goldie Hawn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, Maggie Smith, and Stockard Channing in the lead roles. Upset over the re-marriage of her ex, a divorced woman jumps to death. When her three former friends discover the reason for her suicide, they realise that all of their ex-husbands have taken them for granted, so they make a pact to get back at their exes. A hilarious feminist revenge film. IMDb 6.4/10

Legally Blonde

Elle’s boyfriend breaks up with her for a sharp-witted girl as he joins Harward law school. She gets enrolled in the same school in an effort to teach him a lesson but finds her passion in the process. Legally Blonde feature Reese Witherspoon in the lead. IMDb 6.4/10

Marriage Story

This award-winning film tells you there’s a lot more to life even after a gruesome breakup. It gives you the power you need to get up again and feel good about yourself. If you’re feeling down, Marriage Story stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in pivotal roles and tells you it’s not the end.IMDb 7.9/10

The Love Witch

This comedy-horror film follows Elaine, a modern-day witch who uses spells and potions to get men to fall in love with her but ends with disastrous results. When she, at last, meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved drives her to the brink of insanity and murder.IMDb 6.2/10

Promising Young Woman

Cassie, a 30-year-old medical school dropout traumatised by a tragic event in her past has an unexpected encounter and seeks out vengeance for her best friend. IMDb 7.5/10

Kill Bill

A film about how love can turn destructive and murderous. When an assassin is shot by her ruthless employer, Bill, she manages to live only to plot her vengeance. Follow it with its two great sequels.IMDb 8.2/10

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Jacqueline Fernandez stuns in custom sequin gown at Cannes 2024

Jacqueline Fernandez opted for shimmering rose gold custom gown crafted by Mikael D Couture for her red carpet walk.

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Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez has made a dazzling debut at the prestigious 77th Cannes Film Festival, showcasing her breathtaking beauty. Adorned in a striking metallic gown, the Bollywood actor illuminated the iconic red carpet, where she represented a high-end vehicle brand.

The Race 3 actor gracefully grabbed the spotlight in a shimmering rose gold custom gown crafted by Mikael D Couture. Enhancing the ensemble, she adorned herself with earrings from the collection of exquisite Hassanzade Jewellery. She styled her hair with classic soft waves, completing the look with effortless elegance. 

Earlier, before leaving Mumbai to attend the red carpet, she said about her overwhelming sense of excitement as she eagerly awaited her return to the Cannes Film Festival this year, especially with the added thrill of partnering with BMW. She felt anticipation building within her as she looked forward to the event, cherishing the chance to showcase the rich cultural tapestry of the Southeast Asian diaspora on the world stage. Jacqueline expressed how it is a momentous occasion for her to grace the prestigious red carpet, a pathway walked by countless cinematic icons, and she feels deeply honoured by the opportunity.

The last time Jacqueline attended the film festival was in 2015 when she received an invitation from the Queen of Malaysia, marking her debut on the grand stage. Notably, during that visit, she also had the privilege of attending supermodel Naomi Campbell’s 45th birthday celebration aboard a private yacht, adding an extra touch of glamour to her Cannes experience.

Regarding her professional endeavours, Jacqueline was last seen 2023 action comedy film Selfiee directed by Raj Mehta.The film starred Akshay Kumar, Emraan Hashmi, Diana Penty, Mrunal Thakur and Nushrat Bharucha. The actor is currently working on her latest project titled Fateh.

Meanwhile, this year, newbies Kiara Advani, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sobhita Dhulipala and Cannes veteran Aishwarya Rai also attended the prestigious film festival.

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Malayalam film industry crosses Rs 1,000 crore worldwide, Bollywood, Telugu films left struggling

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Malayalam film industry crosses Rs 1,000 crore worldwide, Bollywood and Telugu films are left struggling. The Malayalam film industry has surpassed the Rs 1,000 crore mark at the worldwide box office in 2024. This comes at a time when bigger industries like Bollywood and Telugu cinema are facing struggles with box office performance.

There have been a series of critically praised and commercially successful films this year. Movies like Manjummel Boys, Aadujeevitam, and Aavesham, which reportedly grossed over Rs 240.94 crore, Rs 157.44 crore, and 153.52 crore worldwide, and Guruvayoorambala Nadayil resonated with audiences, resulting in a growing collection from January to April 2024, which reached Rs 985 crore.

Last year, Mathrubhumi further reported that the industry had witnessed a total global gross of about Rs 500 crore with the success of films like Kannur Squad, RDX, Neru, and Romancham. Malayalam cinema has so far contributed 20 percent of India’s total gross collection in 2024, while Bollywood has contributed only 38 percent.

Malayalam cinema has been mentioned for its fresh storylines and willingness to experiment with genres. Some critics argue that Bollywood films have become standard and repetitive, relying heavily on big stars and exaggerated song-and-dance sequences. Telugu cinema, too, has faced criticism for its focus on larger-than-life action movies and star power over strong scripts.

This achievement marks an important moment for Malayalam cinema. It highlights the industry’s ability to produce exciting content that resonates with audiences not only in India but also globally. While the reasons behind the struggles of Bollywood and Telugu cinema are complex and warrant further examination, the contrasting fortunes of these film industries paint an interesting picture of the current trends in Indian cinema. It remains to be seen if the big-budget film industries can adapt and recapture their audiences’ attention, or if Malayalam cinema can sustain its momentum at the box office.

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Yami Gautam, Aditya Dhar welcome baby boy Vedavid

The couple announced the pregnancy news during the trailer launch of their film Article 370 in February this year.

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Bollywood couple Yami Gautam and Aditya Dhar on Monday announced the birth of their baby boy Vedavid. The Bollywood actor and her filmmaker husband shared the news through an Instagram post. They shared a picture of Lord Krishna holding a baby boy in a collaborative social media post.

The Instagram post read that they are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Vedavid  who graced them with his birth on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritya. The couple also expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the professionals at Surya Hospital, with special mention to Dr Bhupender Awasthi and Dr Ranjana Dhanu. 

They added that as they embark on this beautiful journey of parenthood, they eagerly anticipate the bright future that awaits their son. Many fans and Bollywood celebrities showered blessing and congratulatory messages. 

Ranveer Singh, who is expecting his first child with wife Deepika Padukone took to Instagram and showered love to the family.  Ayushmann Khurrana, who is Gautam’s Vicky Donor co-star, also expressed heartiest congratulations to the couple. Neha Dhupia, Mriunal Thakur, Hrithik Roshan also showered blessings and congratulated the couple on their parenthood.

Yami Gautam and Aditya Dhar got married on June 4, 2021 in Himachal Pradesh. The couple announced the pregnancy news during the trailer launch of their film Article 370 in February this year. Yami Gautam had revealed that she filmed action scenes during the starting month of her pregnancy. She said that it was very difficult and mentally draining to shoot during the pregnancy period. She also credited her husband Aditya Dhar and her team for being pillars of strength and support.    

On the work front, Yami Gautam has an exciting lineup of projects in her kitty. The actor is set to appear in director Rishab Seth’s upcoming action comedy film Dhoom Dhaam, alongside Pratik Gandhi and Mukul Chadda. The film centers on Veer Khurana and Koyal Chadda, a mismatched couple in an arranged marriage. Their wedding night takes an unexpected turn when a case of mistaken identity leads them to go on the run, searching for the mysterious person named Charlie.

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