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Diwali in our country is not just a festival and an ancient tradition but much more than that. Throughout the years, Diwali has been a festival to celebrate, rejoice, have fun and more importantly a time when you set aside all work, travel plans, and other errands to spend time with your family and loved […]

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Diwali in our country is not just a festival and an ancient tradition but much more than that. Throughout the years, Diwali has been a festival to celebrate, rejoice, have fun and more importantly a time when you set aside all work, travel plans, and other errands to spend time with your family and loved ones.

But is celebrating Diwali with your parents and family enough?

Schmitten Luxury chocolate’s #AadhiAadhiDiwali ad touches an often ignored aspect of Diwali – Celebrating Diwali with your partner’s family you have now become an integral part of.

Watch this ad with a beautiful message for you this Diwali here:

This beautiful initiative by Schmitten Chocolates wants people to accept themselves as a member of their partner’s family, and create new memories with them as if they were your own family. Schmitten believes in bringing you closer to every part of your family, which makes every occasion more memorable.

Earlier, Schmitten had come up with the lovely concept of “Ek Rakhi Aur'” during Raksha Bandhan urging sisters to tie not one but two rakhis to their brothers. The second rakhi would be a promise of respect, where the brother supports the sister in her quest to live her life on her own terms

Both these videos were created by creative agency ADK Fortune for Schmitten Moments – a gifting pack with an assortment of Schmitten Luxury chocolates and Hoppits Chocolate bars. The brand believes in not only sharing sweetness but also sharing memories, thereby making every moment memorable. Schmitten believes that these wonderful moments last a lifetime – a thought summarized by its brand tagline “Moments Make Memories”.

All we would say is great concepts and Diwali would definitely be even more memorable if celebrated with your partner’s family as well.

Happy Diwali!

Campaign Credits:

Client: Schmitten Chocolates
Jayesh Desai, Founder and Chairman of Rajhans (Desai-Jain) Group
Rishabh Verma, Marketing Head
Brand Team: Srishti Jain & Archit Goel
Agency: ADK-Fortune Communications Pvt. Ltd.
Akashneel Dasgupta – National Creative Director
Creative Team – Ravi Mishra, Shyam Nair, Ritesh Narang & Sanjana Pearl Sen Choudhury
Account Management – Shruti Negi, Mukul Angral & Asmita Goswami
Digital Team – Tarun Joshi, Prateek Vishwakarma, Deepak Singh, Ayushi Sareen
Director: Puneet Prakash
Executive Producer: Anand Wagle & Gautam Vaze
Production House: Full Circle

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Tanushree Dutta- Nana Patekar controversy, everything you need to know! http://www.scrolldroll.com/tanushree-dutta-nana-patekar-controversy-everything-you-need-to-know/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 06:19:05 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16482

I wonder why is it that we are psychologically hardwired to question a woman’s modesty whenever she tries to make herself be heard. A sandstorm of misogynistic comments is hurled at her and she is shunned down by the patriarchal forces. A similar situation is currently being woven in the country. I’m sure most of […]

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I wonder why is it that we are psychologically hardwired to question a woman’s modesty whenever she tries to make herself be heard. A sandstorm of misogynistic comments is hurled at her and she is shunned down by the patriarchal forces. A similar situation is currently being woven in the country. I’m sure most of us are aware of the ongoing Tanushree Dutta’s allegations against Nana Patekar for harassing her on the sets of Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss while they were shooting for a song. For those of you who aren’t aware, here’s what happened.

This is what Dutta said in her interview:

She told Zoom, “Everyone knows about Nana Patekar that he has always been disrespectful towards women. People in the industry know about his background… that he has beaten actresses, he has molested them, his behaviour with women has always been crude but no publication has printed anything about it.”

Here’s how the internet counter-attacked.

As soon as the actress dropped the bomb, the internet exploded with a backlash of negative comments. Dutta’s genuineness in the whole issue is being questioned because the incident took place a decade ago. People have already started concluding that it is an attention seeking attempt and her allegations are fabricated. The fault-findings are pouring in, mostly because Nana Patekar is a celebrated actor and is idolized for his contribution to the Indian cinema. His fans aren’t able to bear with the accusations pitched against him. They are profusely pointing out at the timeline of the abuse and are painting an unsporting image of the actress.

What people are missing out on…..

There is evidence that the actress tried to bring the issue to light ten years ago too. She was branded as ‘unprofessional’, her car was vandalized and she had to bid goodbye to the project.

Janice Sequeira, anchor of the famous talk show- Social Media Star vividly came out in support of Dutta. She said that she is a witness to the incident and fully favours the actress’s concern. Janice showed her support by posting a twitter thread giving out detailed information about what happened that day on the set.

Here’s the complete thread:

Here’s how veteran actor Nana Patekar reacted on the allegations.

Nana Patekar has responded to the allegations by saying ‘What does she mean by sexual harassment? We were on the set and there were 50-100 people sitting in front of us.’ He further added that he is considering taking legal actions against the actress and that the controversy won’t be a hindrance to his life and he will continue to do what he has been doing.

According to the actress, few others were also party to the harassment.

There are a few other popular names on which Dutta has pinned the blame. One of which is Ganesh Acharya, the choreographer of the song in which Nana Patekar is said to have demanded unwelcoming advances such as incorporation of intimate dance steps. Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri is also accused of inappropriate sexual innuendo.

Celebrities’ hands down support to the actress.

Many celebrities from the film industry are speaking in favour of the actress. Here are some of them-

Priyanka Chopra

Farhan Akhtar

Twinkle Khanna

Anurag Kashyap

Raveena Tandon

Pooja Bhatt

Renuka Sahne

“Tanushree made it clear that she was uncomfortable with a certain step in the dance and did not like Nana’s gesture/touch during that step. Even if Nana’s intentions might not have been to molest her, couldn’t he, the director and the choreographer come up with a step that made her feel comfortable? Is the work place meant for terrorizing people or about working in a healthy atmosphere? Would the film have suffered earth shatteringly if the steps were changed so that an actor felt more comfortable?” Renuka Shahane wrote.

A displeased Dutta responded to the celebs-

Dutta responded to Priyanka Chopra who referred to her as a ‘survivor’ in her tweet by saying “Well, it’s amazing. She has finally decided to join the bandwagon. It’s probably a smart thing to do at this point of time. But I just want people to know that I am not going to be reduced to a survivor. I have a name, I have a story and I have this truth that I am trying to get out because it’s not for me but for people who will come forward in the generations to come.”

She was happy that Twinkle Khanna has lent support to her but said that she is taken aback by the fact that her husband, Akshay Kumar is still working with Nana Patekar in Sajid Khan’s Housefull 4.

In one of the interviews, Amitabh Bachchan was asked to comment on this issue, to which his reply was: “Neither is my name Tanushree Dutta nor Nana Patekar”.

Dutta lashed out at Bachchan by saying that “I’m hurt, as these are people who do movies on social causes. They play roles in films and the audience applauds. But when it comes to standing up and doing something about what is happening in front of you, there are these evasive statements that don’t make sense.”

It is not new that women in nearly every industry do more damage to their career by speaking up against harassment than burying it in the sand. In a victim shaming society like ours, speaking up is a self-injury and the price paid in return is a seized career. But it feels like Bollywood is bracing itself for its #MeToo movement and Dutta has planted the ‘Weinstein effect’ in the industry. Apart from Dutta, actresses such as Radhika Apte, Richa Chadda, Swara Bhaskar and Konkana Sen Sharma have spoken about workplace harassment in the past but haven’t revealed names.

Bollywood needs to take a closer look in the way it functions and should not let the powerful men with inappropriate conduct jiggle away. Onlookers need to exercise their wheel of thinking and shouldn’t be driven by cognitive choices. At this stage of the controversy, taking sides doesn’t make sense but being sensitive towards a woman’s intentions to speak for herself totally does. We are hopeful that the revival of this issue after a decade would put sexism in Bollywood to an end or at least, become the wave of change.

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What If Harry Potter was made in Bollywood http://www.scrolldroll.com/what-if-harry-potter-was-made-in-bollywood/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:15:58 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16452

Twenty years ago, when most of us 90’s kids were still wetting our beds or running around the neighbourhood playing hide and seek or something, JK Rowling rolled out the first book which drove us straight into the magical world of Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone introduced the world to the wizarding trio […]

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Twenty years ago, when most of us 90’s kids were still wetting our beds or running around the neighbourhood playing hide and seek or something, JK Rowling rolled out the first book which drove us straight into the magical world of Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone introduced the world to the wizarding trio of Harry Ron and Hermione, and most of our favourite characters, from Professor Snape to Professor McGonagall to Sirius Black to Rubeus Hagrid and Draco Malfoy.

In 2017, we at Scroll Droll reimagined what the cast of the Harry Potter would look like if it was made in Bollywood. Here are some of our favourite Harry Potter characters reimagined in Bollywood.

The Nephew Who Lived – Imran Potter

The Dumbest Witch of Her Age – Hermione Bhatt

The Son of Udit – Ron Narayan

The Quarter Blood Prince – Snape Menon

The Greatest Wizard in Bollywood – Naseeruddin Percival Dumbledore

The Mad Queen – Kangana Lestrange

He who was Always on Drugs – Voldemort Baba

Posh Cat Lady – Professor Minerva Azmi

The Prisoner from Wasseypur – Sirius Siddiqui

The Cutest Half-Giant – Satish Shagrid

So, that was our take on “What if Harry Potter Was made in Bollywood?” Let us know what you think of this reimagined cast, and which B-Town actors would you choose to be cast as Harry Potter characters in the comments section.

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8 Eagerly awaited movies releasing in 2018 http://www.scrolldroll.com/eagerly-awaited-movies-releasing-in-2018/ Fri, 14 Sep 2018 07:07:41 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16437

We love watching movies, don’t we? Or else why the Indian film industry would be releasing close to 700 films a year! So far, 2018 has been really exciting with Bollywood film releases. After a prolonged controversy, we saw the spectacular success of Padmavat at the year beginning and then we were treated with Sonu […]

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We love watching movies, don’t we? Or else why the Indian film industry would be releasing close to 700 films a year! So far, 2018 has been really exciting with Bollywood film releases. After a prolonged controversy, we saw the spectacular success of Padmavat at the year beginning and then we were treated with Sonu Ke Titu ki Sweety.
While Dhadak, was heavily criticized for being a poor remake of the original Marathi film- Sairat, Raazi made our jaws drop with an applaudable storyline. The drama packed Sanju instantly garnered praises countrywide and didn’t leave a dry eye. Much awaited Veere Di Wedding missed the mark and audiences were left disappointed but Gold, the sports drama film on the other hand, delivered great performances.
We have listed below upcoming Bollywood movies to watch out for and we assure you that they are set to blow your mind away!

1. The Queen of Bollywood as the Queen of Jhansi!

This is an epic biographical film based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi and who better to play the titular role than B-town’s favourite rebel Kangana Ranaut. This is the first time Kangana will be donning a historical character. The film casts Sonu Sood, Atul Kulkarni, Suresh Oberoi and Ankita Lokhande (Pavitra Rishta fame). Ever since the first look of the movie has been revealed, it has set eyeballs rolling!

2. The Yash Raj comedy-drama we can’t wait for!

Starring Varun Dhawan as a tailor and Anushka Sharma as an embroider; the film is an intriguing small-town tale in the heart of India. It is being directed by Sharat Katariya and it is said that Varun and Anushka learnt to sew and embroider, and to operate the sewing machine to justify their characters. We just can’t wait to see the two actors surprise us as a small town couple.

3. This one is definitely going to make us nostalgic!

Even after eleven years, if Namastey London airs on television, we do not change the channel. Such is the magic of the 2007 romantic flick that starred Akshay Kumar as ‘Arjun’ and Katrina Kaif as ‘Jazz’. We are in full hope that the sequel of the movie starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra will create the same magic on the silver screens.

4. When three talented actors come together for a movie, we can expect a powerhouse film!

The film lines a promising star cast comprising – Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam as the lead actors supported by Anupam Kher and Divyendu Sharma. Despite engaging in a number of controversies before its release, Batti Gul, Meter Chalu is being eagerly awaited by fans.

5. Undoubtedly, this is going to be SRK’s gift to his fans!

Zero is a Sci-Fi romantic drama film that has a sporting star cast including Shah Rukh Khan as a 3-4 foot stature physically challenged man, Katrina Kaif as an alcoholic superstar and Anushka Sharma as an intellectually impaired scientist. After the successful Jab Tak Hai Jaan, this is the trio’s second collaboration. The film will incorporate imaginative concepts and advanced technologies inspired by Hollywood films. Promising actors Abhay Deol and Tigmanshu Dhulia will amplify the level of performances in the film. Zero will also be the last film appearance of late Superstar Sridevi. Our level of excitement has already skyrocketed after the film dropped its EID teaser and with so much in store, we are hooked to its release!

6. Can anyone not be excited for a Thalaiva film?

With a whooping budget of 550Cr, we can only imagine the grandeur of the film! We can look forward to audiences jumping on their seats in amazement with 2.0, as the Sci-Fi action thriller is said to be a brain-bashing visual experience directed by S.Shankar. The film has Amy Jackson as the female lead. Ever since the character poster of Akshay Kumar was released, it is being awaited with high anticipation.

7. All eyes on this political drama!

The first poster of the film itself has been so overwhelming that we just cannot stop ourselves from talking about the ensemble cast and their astonishing get-up. The film is based on 2014 memoir by Indian policy analyst Sanjay Baru- The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh. Actor Anupam Kher is portraying the character of Dr.Manmohan Singh, Akshay Khanna has been roped in as Sanjay Baru, Suzanne Bernert will portray Sonia Gandhi and Aahana Kumar will be impersonating Priyanka Gandhi in the film. After looking at this intriguing cast, we can’t stay calm!

8. Baba meets the action master Rohit Shetty!

One thing is for sure that we will be bidding adieu to this year on a high note. With Simmba coming to theatres at the year-end, we can’t wait to see Baba as a fierce cop in the Rohit Shetty film. The film will also be Saif’s daughter Sara Ali Khan’s debut into Bollywood. With Rohit Shetty and Ranveer Singh packaged in a film, the film guarantees to be an entertainment explosion!

So, these are the movies that should find a place in your calendar now. There is a lot to hope for with so many movies yet to release. While some will obviously let us down, some will surely be mind-twisting surprises.

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7 B-wood movies with the best Ganeshotsav Celebrations http://www.scrolldroll.com/b-wood-movies-with-the-best-ganeshotsav-celebrations/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:55:13 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16409

We are a country of diverse cultures and far too many celebrations. Indian films have always used these celebrations as an effective part of their storytelling. And, there is no denial that out of the long list of festivals, Ganeshotsav is every filmmaker’s favorite. We believe it is mainly so because of the exuberant energy […]

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We are a country of diverse cultures and far too many celebrations. Indian films have always used these celebrations as an effective part of their storytelling. And, there is no denial that out of the long list of festivals, Ganeshotsav is every filmmaker’s favorite. We believe it is mainly so because of the exuberant energy and colorful mood associated with the festivities. Also because the festival is celebrated with grandeur in Bollywood’s home- Mumbai!

Here’s a list of Bollywood movies that had the most powerful Ganeshotsav celebration scenes:-

1. Grand song sequence ‘Deva Shree Ganesha’

The fast-paced devotional song beautifully captures the spirit of the people during the festival. It is also a very dramatic scene in the movie as the first half of the song we get to see Hrithik Roshan’s character performing aarti to a 35feet huge Ganesh statue and in the second half of the song, there is a killing happening. The song is used worldwide by dancers for Ganesh Vandana.

2. The film begins and ends with the festival

The film entices all kinds of the audience with a norm-breaking story and has dark comic treatment. The story focuses on their trials and tribulations of the five central characters as they battle life in the city of Mumbai during the period of the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. The gangsters in the movie who traumatize one of the characters named Abhay in the film eventually end up being shot by their own bullets on the day of Ganesh Visarjan.

3. Salman Khan’s song ‘Tera Hi Jalwa’ was an instant hit

When Salman dances to a song; it’s in itself a celebration for his fans. Hence, Salman dancing to a festival song was a rampant success and people started foot-tapping every time the song played.

4. SRK’s entry in the film is during the Ganeshotsav Celebrations

The remake of the 1978 film gave King Khan his first Ganesh song. The song was an immediate addition to the festive songs list amidst the audience. The high-end action drama film shows Ganesh Pooja and the electrifying atmosphere that prevails during the festival.

5. The film ends with the villain’s murder during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at a beach

The war between the protagonist and the antagonist in the Ram Gopal Verma crime thriller is put to an end with Satya stabbing the Mafia Don while he offers prayers to Lord Ganesha during the larger than life celebrations.

6. The main twist in the film is during Ganesh Visarjan ceremony

The hilarious plot of the film is based on a Mumbai settled couple whose life takes a major turn when a distant relative suddenly drops by and starts interfering in their personal and professional lives. The film takes a major turn when the uninvited relative (played by Paresh Rawal) goes missing during the ceremonial Ganpati Visarjan.

7. This film taught us how to celebrate Ganeshotsav in Bollywood style!

With fervent Marathi flavor, the dance drama film enthralls the audience with the powerhouse performance by actors on the song ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’. The sheer choice of unconventional treatment of the song leaves the audience mesmerized with festive feels.

So, these were some of the most influential scenes from Bollywood that depicted Ganeshotsav celebrations in full vigor and grandeur.

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10 Reasons why Ghoul is Exactly what Indian TV Shows Really Needed http://www.scrolldroll.com/10-reasons-why-ghoul-is-exactly-what-indian-tv-shows-really-needed/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:10:49 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16393

Most of us grew up watching TV shows like Zee Horror show and Aahat on Zee Tv and Sony. We’re literally too used to being disappointed in horror produced in the Indian entertainment industry. There are a few exceptions like Urmila Matondkar starer Bhoot and Raaz (only the first part though) but now we have […]

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Most of us grew up watching TV shows like Zee Horror show and Aahat on Zee Tv and Sony. We’re literally too used to being disappointed in horror produced in the Indian entertainment industry. There are a few exceptions like Urmila Matondkar starer Bhoot and Raaz (only the first part though) but now we have a new benchmark. Starring Radhika Apte and jointly-produced by Jason Blum and Anurag Kashyap, the Netflix original – Ghoul, is the show that every horror lover must watch. Here are 10 reasons why Ghoul is exactly what Indian TV shows really needed.

1. Tackles Social Change and Religious Fanaticism 

In the very first episode, the miniseries raises issues pertaining to sectarianism in a dystopia. The society is divided and ruled by a totalitarian regime which has no place for religion and religious propaganda. It is also suggested that the state has curbed all voices of dissent and resistance. This is something that has barely been touched by mainstream narratives in the Indian TV scene. Ghoul takes the social change to a completely different level by uniting people on the grounds of nationalism and it highlights the macabre nature of such a society.

2. Political undertones, suggestions and reactions

Ghoul depicts a dystopia ruled by a military regime and also shows the darkness that paints the political scenario. It suggests how the defenders of democracy end up becoming like the very same fanatics that they were rose up against. Characters like Colonel Dacunha (Manav Kaul) and Laxmi Das (Ratnabali Bhattacharjee)  are blinded by the regime’s propaganda and the power granted by their military ranks. Dacunha is a decorated soldier with an illustrious character, but as the narrative progresses we see the darker side his heroism. It also suggests that due to his past achievements he suffers from a hero-complex which is highlighted by the fact that he took pleasure in beating and raping his own wife as she does not consent to his sexual approaches. Nida Rahim’s (Radhika Apte) father is shown as a progressive individual with views that are subversive in the state’s eyes. He tries to teach the correct history and religious teachings to his students and is sent to prison for interrogation and rehabilitation, but instead, he is shot in the head for his dissenting voice and actions.

3. Dark, mystical, and subversive-urban setting

The mini-series opens with an army team raiding an abandoned shopping mall where terrorists have set up a base. They are informed that a certain high profile terrorist, Ali Saeed had taken refuge in the mall. The typically urban setting of the scene sets the tone of the show and the subversive nature of depicting a tormented member of the society who has fallen prey to religious fanaticism as a reactionary dissent against the totalitarian regime. The mystery set in immediately and it only gets darker as the plot moves ahead.

4. Powerful female archetype – Nida Rahman

We’ve barely had powerful female characters in the lead in Indian shows. Also, most Indian TV shows are full of sexist ideas and depiction, with female characters usually being depicted as vamps or damsels. Ghoul subverts the idea of weak female characters that have been prevalent in Indian TV shows. Nida Rahim is shown as a hardcore nationalist who has been indoctrinated with the state’s ideas and put into the military regime’s interrogation unit. Nida is depicted as a religious Muslim but she has no sympathy towards the Muslim terrorists in prison. The show highlights the empathy in her when she gives a blanket to one of the prisoners and how she protects another prisoner since as finds out about his innocence. Nida takes on her superiors and fights for what is right and does not follow orders blindly. She is definitely one of the most powerful characters, that we have ever seen in any Indian show.

5. Incorporating Islamic mythology into the core of the plot

A ghoul is a demon or monster originating in the pre-Islamic mythos and is depicted as a flesh-eating, shape-shifting entity. In Islamic mythology, a ghūl is portrayed as a fiend-like djinn, and Iblis is said to have dominion over them. The term has often been used for an undead monster which takes on the appearance of the last human that it consumes. The show builds upon the element of horror and the demonic character is derived from the mythical ghūl. We’ve never seen such a macabre representation of any demon or spirit in Bollywood productions in the past, as we see in Ghoul. Most of the horror films and shows fail because of their lack of mystery, inefficient makeup and grossly underwhelming action and acting. This is where Ghoul shines and outdoes every other mainstream Indian horror film/show.

6. Great visual representation, dramatic jump scares and VFX

Ghoul delivers exactly what the Indian horror scene needs; an uncanny and formidable fiend/ghost/spirit, powerful performances, perfect makeup and blood, unashamed gore and body horror. The show’s visual representation of a dark dystopia is simply perfect. Most of the action takes place in Meghdoot 31, a secret nuclear bunker turned prison to hold the most dangerous criminals. The underground bunker also acts as a metaphor for the society that is repressed and covered up by the totalitarian regime. The scenes in which the ghūl is shown are executed with utmost perfection and the makeup is on point. Its jump scares are few, but they are intensely effective; get ready for some bone-chilling scenes of gore and horror if you have not watched Ghoul yet.

7. Intense action, mystery and psychological horror 

The secret facility where most of the action takes place has a macabre tone to it. It is an unsettling place with no windows or natural light it can only be accessed by a single door. Ghoul develops and intensifies the mystery surrounding the terrorist Ali Saeed, (Mahesh Balraj) as he is brought into Meghdoot 31 for interrogation. The flawless acting and expressions on the demonic spirit’s face are executed brilliantly and it might be really scary if you have a weak heart (you’ve been warned).

8. The degradation of human psychology in isolation

Isolation can turn a person completely insane and Ghoul shows exactly this. The army officials in the secret facility are portrayed as dark individuals who’s psychological conditions are shaped by their past actions. Being soldiers and interrogators, they have had a dark past because of their job. Some have killed innocent people, some are shown as power-hungry megalomaniacs with a hero-complex. The isolation brings out the darkness in them and intensifies the element of psychological horror.

9. Compelling cinematography and a very slick sound design

Most of the action in the show takes place in the secret underground facility, that is mostly dark. Even the other scenes in which characters are introduced take place in the night. The very first scene is set in the wee hours of the night in an abandoned mall with no electricity. The camera-work is commendable and the cinematography is brilliant. Ghoul delivers intense gore, that is paralleled with an amazing sound design, great makeup and amazing acting. Some of the scenes are executed with awesome close-ups and honest representation of blood and damage to the physical bodies. In short, Ghoul is an amazing show with great production value.

10. THE QUEEN – Radhika Apte

Do we really need to tell you why?

Ghoul is a gripping tale with great set and sound designs, strong characters and compelling performances, political thriller and psychological horror. The show is exactly what the Indian horror scene needed. I feel it is the new benchmark for future productions. What do you think? Let’s discuss the show and its awesomeness in the comments below.

PS: Happy Birthday Radhika!

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10 Awesome Shows That You Probably Didn’t Know About http://www.scrolldroll.com/awesome-shows-that-you-probably-didnt-know-about/ Thu, 30 Aug 2018 09:26:28 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16354

There is so much to watch in the world right now, especially since the arrival of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Countless posts and memes based on TV and web-series fill our timelines and social media feeds. It has become a sort of a cultural phenomenon which seems to be growing in both […]

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There is so much to watch in the world right now, especially since the arrival of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Countless posts and memes based on TV and web-series fill our timelines and social media feeds. It has become a sort of a cultural phenomenon which seems to be growing in both numbers and depth. There are some shows that are below average and some that are quite watchable, but a select few are simply awesome; here is a list of 10 awesome shows that you probably did not know about.

1. The End of the Fucking World

Netflix’s dark comedy-drama The End of the Fucking World is a live-action adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Charles Foreman. The show follows the story of James and Alyssa, two adolescent high schoolers who are complete misfits. James (Alex Lawther) is 17 and he believes that he is a psychopath, and Alyssa (Jessica Barden) is an obnoxious and rebellious classmate who tries to escape her tumultuous and dysfunctional home. The show was received with much acclaim and was praised for its writing, subject, execution, screenplay and acting by the leads.

2. People of Earth

This extremely underrated sci-fi comedy series is about “StarCrossed”, a support group for alien abductees and a journalist called Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac) who travels to meet the group and write a piece about their story. As the series unfurls further, Ozzie remembers that he too had been abducted by the same group of aliens when he was a child. Thought the show has now been cancelled; the two seasons that are available online are more than worthy for your next weekend binge-session

3. Atlanta

Donald Glover’s (aka Childish Gambino) comedy-drama portrays two cousins trying to make it big in the Atlanta rap scene. It is centred around Earnest Marks, a young college drop-out turned talent manager trying to get his cousin Paper Boi’s career off the pitch. The show was received well by both TV critics and viewers and it has an average rating of 8.5/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. The second season of the show premiered in March 2018 and it has received further critical acclaim.

4. Altered Carbon

Based on the novel by Richard K Morgan, Altered Carbon is a dystopian sci-fi cyberpunk series which premiered on Netflix in February 2018. The series is set 360 years in the future in a futuristic San Francisco known as Bay City. The complex narrative often jumps back and forth in time making it difficult to follow initially, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be addicted. Altered Carbon is the perfect show to binge-on for fans of movies like Blade Runner, Dark City and Ghost in the Shell.

5. The Man In the High Castle

Another show based on a novel of the same name by Phillip K Dick, The Man in the High Castle portrays an alternate history. In this version of history, the Nazi and Japanese forces win World War II and divide the United States as The Greater Nazi Reich, comprising the eastern part and the Japanese Pacific States to the west. The show is an incredible adaptation of the book and keeps the viewer engaged with powerful performances and a well-driven storyline.

6. Misfits

A group of young offenders doing community service are struck by lightning during a storm on the first day of their probation period. The five central characters develop superpowers after the freak storm, but they are not the only ones to have these new super-powers. This compelling show is full of British humour, sarcasm and slangs. It is a wonderful metaphor for the social realities of the day and age. It subverts the general perspective that people have on teens and portrays an honest picture of the bonds between friends. Misfits is a show that should be on everybody’s watch list.

7. Bad Education

BBC Three’s sitcom Bad Education broke the record for the highest rated first episode of a comedy in 2012. It stars Jack Whitehall as a young teacher Alfie Wickers – “the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system” – at the fictional Abbey Grove School. The series was met with harsh reviews from critics and press but it holds a 7.7 out 10 n IMDb. It is a light show with laughs and gags spread across its three seasons and movie adaptation, its a must watch for adolescent show lovers.

8. Electric Dreams

Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams is a sci-fi anthology show produced by Channel 4. The series has 10 standalone episodes based on Dick’s works. Each episode in the show has a layered narrative which will totally blow your mind. It is not a show for the average sci-fi fan; the stories are deep and thought-provoking and leaves you with more questions than answers. The show was received with general acclaim for its production value and tone.

9. IT Crowd

Another British sit-com produced by Channel 4, IT Crowd revolves around the three dysfunctional and awkward staff members of the IT Department in the fictional Reynholm Industries. Maurice (Richard Ayoade), Roy (Chris O’Dowd) and Jen (Katherine Parkinson) are the outcasts of the office and are placed in the basement of the office which does ‘something’, we are never told what Reynholm Industries actually does. With hilarious slapstick based humour and cleverly formulated situational comedy, IT Crowd was filmed in front of a live audience. The live setting demands perfect comedic timing and execution which the show does perfectly.

10. The Handmaid’s Tale

An American dystopian web series, The Handmaid’s Tale is based on Margaret Atwood’s’ 1985 novel of the same name. It was ordered by the streaming service Hulu as a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes, for which production began in late 2016. The plot features a dystopian future following a Second American Civil War wherein a totalitarian society subjects fertile women, called “Handmaids”, into child-bearing servitude. This unsettling show has won 8 Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes. In May 2018 was renewed for a third season.

This brings us to the end of the list of awesome shows that you might not have watched. We hope you like them all. If there are amazing shows that you know about then please feel free to let us know in the comments section.

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9 Interesting facts about the ‘King of Pop’ on his birth anniversary! http://www.scrolldroll.com/facts-about-michael-jackson/ Wed, 29 Aug 2018 13:27:35 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16330

Michael Jackson, a name the world will remember for eternity! He is the most popular man in the world and is the most successful entertainers of all times. “The King of Pop,” doesn’t need an introduction! It’s his 9th birth anniversary and the global icon’s popularity still remains unmatched. A little proof of which is […]

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Michael Jackson, a name the world will remember for eternity! He is the most popular man in the world and is the most successful entertainers of all times. “The King of Pop,” doesn’t need an introduction! It’s his 9th birth anniversary and the global icon’s popularity still remains unmatched. A little proof of which is that even post his death, he was setting unbeatable sales records on music charts. Now that’s what you call legendary!

The man who solely changed the face of pop music and took the world by storm for decades was born on August 29, 1958. On his 59th birthday, we bring you some interesting facts about the biggest star the world has ever seen!

1. He acted in a 1978 American film.

He was more than a musician, he was an actor too! The Wiz was a musical adventure fantasy film and was a commercial failure when it released. He starred opposite Diana Ross and his character was a fun loving and smart scarecrow. The film was even nominated for Oscars.

2. His career started with a Family Band.

The family music group ‘The Jackson 5’ or ‘Jackson five’ was formed in 1964. The founding members of the group were Michaels’ elder brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine. Marlon and Michael joined the group later. When their music started to top Billboard, the fan following exploded and a popular term was coined called ‘Jacksonmania’.

3. He is the most awarded artist.

And countless other accolades! He is the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music and has a whopping 197 major awards in his spanning career 45 years.

4. He was the son-in-law of Elvis Presley

And the marriage could only last for two years!

5. He has the best selling album of all times.

‘Thriller’ was Michael’s sixth studio album and has till date sold over 66 million copies.

6. He holds the record for the most expensive video.

Nobody forgets watching this video for the first time! It has been filmed on an elaborately built spaceship and the colossal treatment of the music video left audiences perplexed.

7. He was the first African-American artist to have his own video on MTV

The second track from Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller, ‘Billie Jean’, the song was released on January 2, 1983, and topped the Billboard 100 chart for a record-breaking seven weeks. It played a larger role in opening doors for artists of other colors to be featured on MTV.

8. He had 9 siblings.

Michael grew up with three sisters (Rebbie, La Toya, and Janet) and five brothers (Jackie, Jermaine, Tito, Marlon, and Randy). His brother Brandon, who was Marlon’s twin lost his life soon after his birth.

9. His lean move is patented.

When his single “Smooth Criminal” came out, the world was blown away with his move in which he leaned forward 45 degrees. It appeared as if he could defy gravity.

With a career that was so out in the public eye, these are still the lesser-known facts about the legend. The Moonwalker’s fandom was such, that 12 people committed suicide after the sudden news of his death broke out. His fan communities still grieve his death and they believe that without Michael, fame will never be the same again!

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12 Times Ganesh Gaitonde gave us intense reality checks! http://www.scrolldroll.com/ganesh-gaitonde-gave-us-intense-reality-checks/ Tue, 28 Aug 2018 09:13:13 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16297

Netflix’s first Indian Original series- Sacred Games is undoubtedly binding and has garnered a massive fan following just within few days of its release. Not only does the political crime thriller involve uncompromising performances but also, the stout-hearted dialogues in the superbly crafted thriller gives us quick reality checks of the world we live in. […]

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Netflix’s first Indian Original series- Sacred Games is undoubtedly binding and has garnered a massive fan following just within few days of its release. Not only does the political crime thriller involve uncompromising performances but also, the stout-hearted dialogues in the superbly crafted thriller gives us quick reality checks of the world we live in.
Ganesh Gaitonde needs no introduction as the whole story revolves around his character. Played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the character delivers such powerful and thought provocative dialogues that push us to quarry into our memory palaces. Let’s take a look at the truth bombs Ganesh Gaitonde drops in Sacred Games!

1. Do you believe in God? God doesn’t give a fuck!

A spine-chilling dialogue to open a series in a God-fearing nation like India! Didn’t we get mind-fucked when the dialogue fell on our ears?

2. From Hindu hotel I learnt that in the name of religion people can be fooled beyond limits.

Reminded us of all the times Hindus and Muslims were pitted against each other by manipulative politicians and governing bodies. Communal riots, violence and unforgiving agony, India experienced so much. All for what? Religion!

3. The more a person is dark on the inside, the more he tries to be silvery on the outside

Sharply points out the dual nature of humans to make things appear pleasant on the outside while the inner being is corrupt and rusted.

4. That day I learnt a new game. Drugs, guns, property are all small businesses, real business is Politics

You can’t call us a cynic for sharing the same view as Gaitonde. Evidently, politics is a business in India, or can we say family business? After all, there is no gambling like Politics!

5. While I was running behind Kukoo, the nation was after the temple

Cleverly and cleanly pinpoints the apathy of the nation on the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute.

6. Only the heart wasn’t bleeding, cock was too!

The scene that incorporates this dialogue reassured our faith in Karma. Didn’t it? Although it was cringy while Gaitonde was in the Anda cell, it had us dwell upon the thoughts of ‘what goes around comes back around’.

7. The biggest business in the market of life is religion

Well, governments are promoting ‘religious tourism’, so can we argue?

8. They make the public fear God and fool them

With this dialogue, Gaitonde rightly throws light on how religious beliefs are used to handcuff progress and development in the country. We know that religious India is a soft target for fraudsters and with 33 million Gods in India; people easily maneuver for vested interests.

9. God talks to us in stories. Our lives are a story!

This was a lesson on how we connect with God in our course of life. The intense dialogue tells us that every person is a story and the higher-power talks to us within the life in the story.

10. In the name of money, we became such thick friends as if we were shitting from the same butthole

If you have money, you can make anyone dance to your tune. Isn’t that true? We wish it wasn’t but that’s the sad reality. In our own lives or often around us, we see friendships that are solely founded on the basis of money. Once the pocket starts getting empty, so does the friend circle.

11. Poor people are only allowed in the temple for free

This is the reason why the poor bestow their blind faith on God. There is no need of tip-top clothing or to pay an arm and a leg for entrance, temples welcome the poor with as much grace as they welcome any other strata of people. However, the disturbing fact is that the blind faith is manipulated by powerful people to manifest their intentions.

12. Habit is also an interesting disease, can be formed of anything

Gaitonde couldn’t get any real than this because people actually develop habits of any kind. There are people who have weird habits like pulling out their eyebrows and drawing random stuff on their legs. So, there is definitely no denial to this one!

Without any doubt, the writers of the series have left no stone unturned to bring to us such a bold cinematic experience. Their unflinching efforts are perfectly clear with Gaitonde’s dialogues in the series. All we hope is that the Indian audience is fed more with such reverberating content that isn’t butchered by Censor Board’s knife. Surely, the series is India’s answer to Narcos!

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Schmitten #EkRakhiAur video redefines the brother-sister bond with extra sweetness! 
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One thing that I totally love about festivals is how brands leave no stone unturned to bring out unique advertising that touch the hearts of its audience. Well, I am talking about how our feeds are flooded with commercials all through celebratory occasions. Those twisting and turning of the festive feels to get the creative […]

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One thing that I totally love about festivals is how brands leave no stone unturned to bring out unique advertising that touch the hearts of its audience. Well, I am talking about how our feeds are flooded with commercials all through celebratory occasions. Those twisting and turning of the festive feels to get the creative juices flowing and to make a personal touch is incredibly interesting. While some advertisements fall flat on face, some totally hit the bulls’ eye.

With Raksha Bandhan around the corner, we stumbled upon one such campaign that hooked us to its ad film almost within seconds. It’s by
Schmitten, the luxury chocolate brand and the campaign is titled #EkRakhiAur.  With its effective messaging, the campaign has effortlessly synced the essence of a Rakhi and the sacred bond between a brother and a sister to a woman’s freedom and right to equality.

See the film for yourself to know why it’s garnering praises countrywide.

 

The digital film beautifully weaves the notion of impartiality with a brand new concept of a second Rakhi. Rakhi can be summarized as a promise of respect, care and protection that the brother makes to his sister. The campaign crafted by ADK- Fortune suggests that a brother shouldn’t be shadowing his sister to protect her but instead, should be encouraging her to lead her life on her own terms. The film strikes a chord with us right away because we fully resonate with it as we are a part of a society that still has a long way to go before it ditches its regressive mindset that condemns parity between men and women.

The brand encapsulates the idea of adding sweetness to every moment in life and adorns a beautiful tagline “Moments Make Memories”. As soon as the campaign was live, it was an instant hit and went viral.  The digital campaign by far has over 2 Million views and over 15,000 shares on social media. Schmitten has also given audiences a platform to share their personal moments through a live contest and intends to make rational voices heard through initiatives like #EkRakhiAur.

According to Jayesh Desai, the Founder and Chairman of Rajhans (Desai-Jain) Group, the brand is trying to become a torchbearer of change. “Schmitten is a chocolate for the modern generation. In a category replete with heart-warming campaigns, we want to deliver a mature opinion. It is our aim to initiate change and address societal issues. #EkRakhiAur addresses one of the most pertinent issues of the day – of giving women their due right. #EkRakhiAur is a defining step towards achieving this goal.”

Envisioned by ADK-Fortune, #EkRakhiAur seeks to spark a new conversation about fairness and
dignity within the family. Commenting on its success, Akashneel Dasgupta, National Creative
Director, said “With #EkRakhiAur, we are trying to start a new tradition of equality. A modern
brother believes that respecting women starts at home. Which is why the second Rakhi stands for a promise of respect and acceptance of the sister’s freedom. The sister thanks the brother for
supporting her decisions. This should be the ideal kind of status-quo between siblings.”

Rishabh Verma, Marketing Head of Schmitten reiterated the same in his statement that; “The festival of Rakshabandhan needs to address the gender inequality that still exists in many Indian homes. Our latest initiative showcases the evolving relationship between a brother and sister through the brand lens. Schmitten wants to have a meaningful role in every special occasion such as that of Rakshabandhan and make these moments memorable.”

Subroto Pradhan, Managing Partner, ADK-Fortune said “We want Schmitten Moments to not only be the premium gift offering in the country, but also a name which provides a greater meaning to every occasion that turns into a lasting memory. Our vision is to make every special moment synonymous with Schmitten Moments.”

The campaign has certainly gained recognition and widespread acceptance for its progressive and thoughtful communication. Let this campaign be the beginning of a tradition that guards a woman’s dignity with as much delight as it guards the dignity of a man.

Campaign credits:

Client: Schmitten Chocolates

Jayesh Desai, Founder and Chairman of Rajhans (Desai-Jain) Group

Rishabh Verma, Marketing Head

Agency: ADK-Fortune Communications Pvt. Ltd.

Akashneel Dasgupta – National Creative Director

Creative Team – Ravi Mishra, Shyam Nair, Ritesh Narang & Sanjana Pearl Sen Choudhury

Account Management – Shruti Negi, Mukul Angral & Asmita Goswami

Digital Team – Tarun Joshi, Prateek Vishwakarma & Meha Khera

Director: Manoj Pillai

Executive Producer: Nancy

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