The first half of Rangoon starts with a bang and all the three leading actors thrive to perform to their best. Especially Shahid and Kangana have been outstanding. The movie has a predictable plot but it is the narration of the characters and their performances which lead the show. The entire first half has been decent and the songs have been extremely colorful. The performances by the lead actors make a strong impact across the audience.The second half of the film manages to stand convincing but it is the slow pace and dragged episodes that disturb the audience. The songs have been shot well and the backdrop of Second World War has been extremely convincing. The pre-climax episodes make the film interesting and intense. The climax has been decent and on the whole, Rangoon is quite convincing if one ignores some flaws.
The first half of The Ghazi Attack starts on a decent note and it narrates about the situations across the sea and what all happens in a submarine. The movie turns interesting after the real plot unfolds. The movie has no commercial aspects, but the director made sure that the audience are never disappointed. With a decent interval episode, the first half of Ghazi is worth watching. The second half of The Ghazi Attack makes a strong impact on the audience. The movie races to the top and the film elevates at the right point of time. The war episodes have been shot exceptionally well and the visual effects are a treat for the audience to be watched on main screen. The last 20 minutes of The Ghazi Attack will leave the audience thrilled and will take the film to the next level. On the whole, the second half of The Ghazi Attack is sure a classic.
The first half of Running Shaadi has been completely refreshing and the entertainment throughout keeps the film going. The movie has enough interest and the gripping narration makes the movie pass your time. The love story has been fresh and the songs have been shot well. The interval episodes turn the film interesting and on the whole the first half of Running Shaadi has been showcased well though it has nothing much to reveal.The second half of Running Shaadi dips down completely as the major plot has been kept aside. The confusing narration will sure irritate the audience and is a huge disappointment. The songs have been decent and the performances by the lead actors are the only savior of Running Shaadi. Though the film picks up during the pre-climax episodes, the climax has been completely outdated and predictable. On the whole the second half of Running Shaadi is sure a disappointment.
The first half of Jolly LLB 2 starts on a funny note and the movie turns up interesting at the right time. The performance of Akshay Kumar along with the light narration is the major highlight of the film. The narration has been clean and it has enough pace to impress the audience. The romantic episodes sure strike hard and on the whole, the first half has enough aspects and episodes to get entertained. The second half of Jolly LLB 2 too has enough moments. The screenplay has been penned in the best available way and it strikes hard. The portrayal of the courts in India has been well presented on screen. The pre-climax and the climax episodes are the major highlights of the movie. On the whole the second half of Jolly LLB 2 is sure a treat to watch.
The first half of Raees has been extremely perfect and starts off explaining the character of Raees. Each and everything has been taken huge care. The film shifts from action to romance and then to politics without any flaws which will sure entertain the audience of all the classes. The interval episodes make the film quite interesting and the songs have been shot extremely well. On the whole the first half is a package of perfect commercial drama.The second half turns dull at parts and it dips down however the film picks up again at the much needed time. The dose of action reaches the peaks during the second half and the dialogues in the film have been well written and should be mentioned specially. Once again the songs have been extremely well shot and placed well. The climax looks dragged however the second half of Raees makes a perfect watch.
The first half of Kaabil is completely fantastic and gripping. The movie has enough dose of entertainment and fresh romance throughout the first half. One will surely be left surprised with the performances of Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in the film. The music has been soothing and the atmosphere turns completely after the major turn in the movie. The interval episodes have been extremely powerful and the first half of Kaabil ends up on a stupendous note.The second half of the film dips down during the start but it picks up again soon and races to the top. The action episodes are a feast for the audience and the film turns extremely interesting and convincing. The songs have been shot well and it is the love story which makes a huge impact on the audience. The climax has been extremely gripping and is a feast for the audience. Kaabil has been extremely sound technically and the film ends up on an impressive note.
The film starts on a fresh note however the Bollywood audience witnessed many similar films in the past. It is the performances which make the film going and the songs are completely melodious and have presented well on screen. The interval episodes make the film interesting however the entire first half of Ok Jaanu is completely predictable. The second half of Ok Jaanu dips down badly after a convincing and interesting first half. The movie turns emotional and the dose of sentiment leave the audience irritated. The pace slows down as time proceeds and the pre-climax episodes spoil the entire film’s flavour. The climax of Ok Jaanu has been positive however the second half of Ok Jaanu is a huge disappointment.
Dangal is completely about wrestling and the first half of the film looks entertaining and gripping. Though the pace of the film has been slow, the performances and the power-packed performances of the lead actors take the film to the next level completely. The first half of Dangal takes over the family emotions and it takes ample time to get you indulged into the film’s plot. The interval episodes make Dangal a masterpiece.A sports biopic will sure be predictable and Dangal is not an exception at all. However the second half is all about the journey of Mahavir’s daughters how they work hard and end up at the International level makes the film. The climax and the emotional content strike a chord completely and are the major highlights of the film. On the whole Dangal is a must watch film because of the gripping narration and the power-packed performances.
India has announced the names of the new army and air force chiefs and the heads of the spy agencies. Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat will take over as the new chief of the army staff from General Dalbir Singh Suhag. Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa will be the new chief of the Indian Air Force. "Government has decided to appoint Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, vice chief of army staff, as the next chief of army staff with effect from afternoon of December 31," the Defence Ministry said in a tweet. Anil Dhasmana will be the new chief of the Research and Analysis Wing while Rajiv Jain will head the domestic agency, Intelligence Bureau. India to train Vietnam fighter pilots Profile of the New Chiefs Indian Army: Lt Gen Bipin Rawat Lt Gen Bipin Rawat was commissioned in to the 11 Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, Rawat has commanded an infantry battalion along the Line of Actual Control. He has vast experience in high-altitude warfare and counter insurgency operations. Timeline - Lt Gen Bipin Rawat joined the Indian Army in Dec 1978 - He was commissioned into 5/11 Gorkha Rifles - He is second consecutive chief from the Gorkha Rifles - General Rawat’s father was also a lieutenant general - Rawat was commanding the Pune-based Southern Command before he was appointed army vice-chief - Rawat miraculously survived a chopper accident when he was commander in the Dimapur-based Headquarters 3 Corps - He headed the Indian brigade during the UN peacekeeping operation in Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008 - He is credited with providing dynamic leadership under the UN banner - Indian peacekeepers switched approach under his command Indian Air Force: Air Marshal Bs Dhanoa Air Marshal Bs Dhanoa has vast experience in flying various types of fighter aircraft and is a qualified instructor. He commanded a fighter squadron during the Kargil Operations and flew numerous night strike missions in the mountainous terrain. Timeline - Air Marshal BS Dhanoa has joined the IAF as a fighter pilot in June 1978 - His father, SS Dhanoa, was the chief secretary of Punjab - Dhanoa has seen the action during the Kargil war and was awarded Yudh Seva Medal - He is currently the IAF’S vice-chief and before was heading the South-Western Air Command - He will be the third Sikh to head the IAF after distinguished military leaders Arjan Singh and Dilbag Singh Defense ministers letter to Mamatha Banerjee Intelligence Bureau: Rajiv Jain Rajiv Jain, the New IB chief is expected to sharpen focus on coordinating the government’s financial surveillance program after demonetisation. Timeline - Rajiv Jain is a 1980-batch officer, joined the IB in 1989 as assistant director - Jharkhand-cadre officer Jain, is the senior-most special director with the IB - He is the domestic intelligence wing’s point-man for other agencies in the government’s demonetisation exercise - Jain handled assignments as chief of Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB) - Headed the Ahmedabad SIB between 2005 and 2008 and later in Delhi from 2008 to 2012 - Jain, is presently serving as the Special Director in the IB and will take over on January 1 after the incumbent Dineshwar Sharma completes his two-year tenure on December 31 - He was advisor to the previous NDA government’s interlocutor on Kashmir K C Pant when talks were held with separatist leaders like Shabbir Shah Research And Analysis Wing: Anil Kumar Dhasmana Anil Kumar Dhasmana, joined the RAW in 1993 from his parent cadre Madhya Pradesh and has worked extensively with the external intelligence agency’s Pakistan desk. Timeline - Anil Kumar Dhasmana has joined the R&AW in 1993 - He is known to be a Pakistan expert - Dhasmana is a 1981-batch IPS officer By Premji
Income disclosure scheme, the last attempt by the government to curb the black money inflow in the system, is all set to roll out on December 17 and end on March 31, 2016. The Central government has unveiled a new scheme under which those are having undisclosed income and assets located in India can come clean by paying a tax of around 50 percent. In this, unlike the earlier income declaration scheme, the tax evader will have to first pay the tax, put money in the deposit scheme and then make a declaration, either online or at an income tax office. The new scheme offers the tax dodgers confidentially and immunity from the prosecution. A declarant of undisclosed income needs to pay a tax at the rate of 30%, a penalty at the rate of 10% and a Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Cess at the rate of 33% on the tax, all of which add up to around 50%. Pay digital win prizes The declarant should deposit 25% of the undisclosed income in the zero-interest Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme and will be locked for four years. He needs to furnish his permanent account number (PAN) during the declaration. Part of the proceeds of the scheme will be used for welfare schemes for the poor. Declarations made under this scheme will be kept confidential and those coming clean will not be prosecuted under any other legislations such as Central Excise Act, Wealth Tax Act and Companies Act. There will be no immunity from the prosecution under criminal acts like the Prevention of Corruption Act and Prevention of Money Laundering Act. By Premji