The Mutant Watch

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The X-Men are “mutants”: humans born with superhuman abilities. They fight to keep the peace between normal humans and mutants in a world where anti-mutant bigotry is widespread.

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Trivia: The filmmakers decided not to replicate the X-Men costumes as seen in the comic book. The Writer joked, “you can do that on a drawing, but when you put it on people it’s disturbing!”

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Professor X is the founder of the X-Men and runs a private school that shelters and trains mutants. He fights for peace and equality between humans and mutants. He is himself a mutant, a very powerful telepath who can read and control minds.
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Trivia : Patrick Stewart was first approached by Singer to play Xavier on the set of Conspiracy Theory (1997)

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Magneto is a powerful mutant with the ability to generate and control magnetic fields, Magneto desired mutants to eventually dominate the human race as he viewed humans as an outdated species that no longer deserves its continual domination over the world.
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Trivia : Terence Stamp was considered for Magneto before they cast Ian McKellen, who acted in Apt Pupil (1998).

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Wolverine is a mutant, born with the ability to rapidly recover from any injury or ailment. He possesses long retractable claws that protrude from the backs of his hands. His skeleton is laced with a fictional metal known as adamantium, which makes it indestructible.

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Trivia : Russell Crowe was the first choice to play Wolverine, but he turned it down, instead recommending fellow Australian actor Hugh Jackman for the part.
Hugh Jackman’s screen test:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf0SgGSk5sI

XMenTheCerebroCollectionWith seven films released, the X-Men film series is the 12th highest-grossing film franchise of all-time, having grossed over US$3 billion worldwide. It is set to continue with a spin-off film, Deadpool, and a sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, in 2016, and a third Wolverine film in 2017.

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Trivia : Development for the first installment in the X-Men film series began as far back as 1989 with James Cameron and Carolco Pictures.

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Genre: Romantic comedy
Direction: Vinil Mathew
Cast: Parineeti Chopra & Sidharth Malhotra
Trivia: After spending months shortlisting various actors, Sidharth and Parineeti were finalised. To capture the seven-year period covered in the film, Parineeti had different hairstyles.
Howzzit?:
A different take on modern day romance, with a solid act put together by its lead pair.
SALT(chemistry): Sidharth and Parineeti make Hasee Toh Phasee enjoyable and believable. An odd pairing; but worked thanks to their sincere effort in playing their characters.

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Genre: Black comedy thriller
Direction: Abhishek Chaubey
Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah & Huma Qureshi
Trivia: Madhuri Dixit signed on for this sequel of Ishqiya (2010), Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi were retained from the original.The role of supporting actress first was offered to Asin Thottumkal but, she refused to work in a not very attractive supporting role. Kangana Ranaut then signed & was going to start shooting, But she opted out due to date issues.Huma Qureshi replaced Kangna Ranaut.
Howzzit? :
Smart, funny, rich, sharp, spicy, elaborate, complicated & volatile, with impulsive characters.A storyline taking a
somersault every few minutes while the climax hits you like a ton of bricks.
MANGO(fresh): Its Urdu language.

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Genre: Action crime thriller
Direction: Ali Abbas Zafar
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra & Irrfan Khan
Trivia: Ranveer Singh got hurt a few times while shooting the film, he banged heads with another person, he injured his foot & while shooting after falling from height. On their way to the shoot crew were injured when the Toyota Innova they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck,The truck driver fled but both the vehicles were seized.
Howzzit?:
Gunday’s fun with loud explosions that deliver coal, but no diamonds. It has a classic ’70s vibe with punchy dialogue-baazi scenes.
TREE(strength): Ranveer-Arjun’s easy chemistry, a spirited effort of not resorting to remakes and Irrfan Khan’s subtle rendering of the astute cop.

Special Flashback

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March 19, 1987!.. 28 so-called probationary CBI officers entered the Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri jewellery shop around 2.15 pm. The mastermind strode straight to owner Pratapbhai Zevari, introduced himself as Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) officer Mon Singh, and produced a search warrant.

The middle-aged man claiming to be a CBI officer, Monsingh rushed into the shop and flashed a partly printed, partly handwritten search warrant into the faces of the security guards at the showroom located in the Charni Road area of central Mumbai. He said he was a CBI officer. With an experienced air, he ordered a group of 28 junior officers to look around for convicting documents while he set about the task of picking up jewellery and cash in the show- room.

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The 70-odd staff members and 35 customers in the shop at the time watched in surprise as the raid was conducted. The show- room was equipped with closed- circuit cameras and a video monitor. His next step was to ask the shop owner to switch off the TV cameras and the video monitor. The imposter went around picking up gold and diamond ornaments at random and stuffing them into polythene bags which had small slips containing the government seal on them.

The suspicious owner wanted to know why the Jewellery was being taken away. In a well-rehearsed reply, Monsingh pointed out that ‘section 22 of the jewellers’ constitution gave CBI officers the right to seize ornaments in order to check their purity’. Moreover, he also instructed’ the cashiers to hand over the cash to him for counting.

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While his 28 junior officers searched for convicting documents, Monsingh lugged the black rexin bag containing ornaments and cash to the luxury bus, Instructing his subordinates to keep a vigil on the shop’s staff and excusing himself “to check another scandal nearby”, Monsingh zoomed away in the bus along with the booty.

After four anxious hours, both the shop owners and the junior officers realized that they had been cheated. The jeweller immediately called the D B Marg police. The only thing the police learnt was that Mon Singh had booked a room at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower on March 17.

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Within the next few minutes, the top brass of the city police swung into action. Policemen found that Monsingh had already checked out of the hotel in the morning. The driver of the luxury bus said that the conman was dropped behind the hotel. Singh got off the bus at The Taj, asked the bell boy to call a taxi, and put the bags inside the vehicle. The taxi headed into the bright hot March afternoon towards Vile Parle  where Singh was last seen. A massive manhunt was launched for him. The booty roughly came up to Rs 35 lakh.

A background check revealed that Singh set the ball rolling by inserting a classified advertisement in a leading daily on March 17.
The advertisement invited applications from youngsters in their early twenties for the post of Intelligence officers. The venue for the interview was a five-star hotel in south Mumbai where he had booked a plush room. Of the 100 candidates whom he interviewed through the day, 28 persons were recruited as ‘junior CBI officers’.

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He was seeking replies for the post of ‘Security and Intelligence officers’. Candidates who answered were asked to report to room 415 at The Taj, where he was believed to have been staying. He hired an office at Mittal Towers in Nariman Point when The Taj refused to grant permission to interview candidates. Singh selected 28 candidates and asked them to report near Gateway of India around noon the following day. A bus was hired which headed towards Chowpatty. All candidates were handed identity cards with fake government Asoka insignia.

As part of the training program, minutes before entering the jewellery shop the officers were informed, they would have to take part in a ‘mock raid’. The 28 new recruits were taken in a luxury bus to Chami Road’s Hermes House, where the prestigious Zaveri showroom is situated.

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The heist at Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri ranks as one of the more sensational robbery cases in the late eighties and has remained unsolved so far. The daredevil operation, which lasted barely 30 minutes, left the city abuzz with rumors about the identity of the conman.

Eye-witness accounts revealed that Monsingh was in his early forties, dark-complexioned, with a thick moustache. He spoke good English with an unmistakable south Indian accent. He could be a relative of a CBI or customs officer, or a dismissed officer from the revenue department.

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Almost 26 years after the daring daylight robbery, the Mumbai police are still clueless about the mysterious conman who knew too well how the intelligence agency functioned. He is still at large — perhaps even reading this column and having the last laugh!!

The 2013 Indian heist film “Special Chabbis” directed by Neeraj Pandey, is inspired by the heist. The film stars Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher in the lead roles with Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpai and Kajal Aggarwal in supporting roles.

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By: Sunday Midday Team//2010-05-09// Mumbai

By: Mumbai’s X- FILES, Jewellery Heist

Behind the Veil

ThattathinMarayathuUmmachikuttiye Premicha Nayarude Katha (the story of a Nair boy who loved a Muslim girl).

Cast: Nivin Pauly, Isha Talwar, Aju Varghese, Bhagath Manuel, Manoj K. Jayan and Sreenivasan.
Direction: Vineeth Sreenivasan

The film released on July 6, 2012,and gained mixed reviews from critics. However, it got an extra-ordinary reception at the box-office, attaining blockbuster status. The film, within a few weeks from its release, developed a cult following, especially among the youths of Kerala.

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In 2010 September, when I was reading a short story written by M.J.Akbar, the second page of the short story hooked me on a thought which started following me ever since then. I wanted to do a love story for my second film and the characters Vinod and Aisha caught their places in my mind. When I went to Prague [I think in November 2010], I carried them along with me. Before even finishing the scene order of the screenplay, I wrote the first scene there. It is scene no: 19 of my final draft where Vinod is proposing to Aisha. When I wrote it, I felt his state of mind, I felt his breath, I visualized Aisha trembling with fear. 16 months later, I actually saw whatever I felt back then. Nivin was Vinod, Isha was Aisha and I was making the film I had carried for a long time
– Thattathin Marayathu.

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Mind blowing trip is what I had when I was making this film. I had a cinematographer who stood by me like my right hand, Jomon T John, who gave me his infinite support to do everything possible to spread romance in every frame. I had the best crew ever working with me. We had our back ground scores ready before shooting certain pivotal scenes. We shot a handful of songs without a dance master, we shot struggles and fights without a stunt director. We shot through the length and breadth of Thalassery trying to capture the essence of this beautiful small town. We all really had a blast.”
—Vineeth Sreenivasan about the film.

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Thattathin Marayathu is Vineeth Sreenivasan’s second directorial venture after his successful debut Malarvaadi Arts Club. Thattathin Marayathu was produced by Lumiere Film Company, a production house owned by Vineeth’s father Sreenivasan and actor Mukesh. Distribution of the film is done by LJ Films. Costumes were designed by Sameera Saneesh, art direction was by Ajay Mangad, social media promotion by Mohammed Abdul Kalam (Kalam Kalamz) and makeup by Hassan Vandoor.

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DVDs and VCDs released on 14 November 2012 while the Blu-ray discs are expected to be in markets in December.