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Raat Akeli Hai: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Inspector Jatil Yadav Shows Us It Was Never About Being ‘Fair’ And ‘Lovely!’



Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte’s Netflix whodunit, Raat Akeli Hai is gaining a good response. The genre has always been loved by the cinephiles and comparisons ought to be made with other similar films. Comparisons were made between this film and Knives Out or Nawaz’s ‘Inspector Jatil Yadav’ with his own ‘Ganesh Gaitonde’ from Netflix’s Sacred Games. There were also comments on the length of the film and twists in it. However, between all this chatter what most of them have missed out on is the subtle dig that Honey Trehan’s movie took on India’s obsession with fairness creams. Yes, I’m talking about that sub plot which was silently running parallel to the murder mystery. Inspector Jatil Yadav’s bride-searching process was a statement in itself!

The movie’s lighter side sees a fun banter between Jatil and his mother (Ila Arun) over his marriage. It shows how both of them are eager about the subject and trying to make the wedding happen. They try everything from turning ‘Jatin’ into ‘Jatil’ to buttering the relatives. But in all this process, we see Jatil’s insecurity with his dark skin. He is embarrassed about it, but constantly has a fairness cream while grooming himself. This is fuelled by his mother’s so-called-funny and sympathetic comments on his skin colour during their marriage talks. (Spoilers ahead).

I think it is wonderful how the makers showed two sides of Jatil- a tough cop who isn’t scared to delve deepest into the case and then there is this insecure, disappointed-with-self kind of person yearning for love. Jatil who is hell bent on having a strictly ‘sundar and susheel’ bride for himself ends up falling for a mistress (Radha played by Radhika Apte) and that becomes the game changer in his self-love journey. In the course of his case where Radha is one of his suspects, he finds himself again. Jatil and Radha’s love story is more about Jatil’s perspective of himself than about their chemistry. As Radha reciprocates his romantic feelings, he goes beyond the typical societal norms. Just like he doesn’t care anymore about fitting his bride into a mould of ‘sundar & susheel,‘ he also comes to terms with his own appearance. He finds love in himself as he finds love in Radha. The last scene sums this up beautifully where he puts on his goggles with a swagger and throws away the fairness cream in the dustbin, with a more confident body language.

I somewhere wished for the spin-off of this whole story-line that ended positively without making much noise. The concept of ‘self-love’ or ‘self-care’ is often related to women and rarely talked about in a man’s POV (especially in Bollywood). Recently, we saw Ayushmann Khurrana’s ‘Bala‘ (based on premature balding) that also ended up being a talk on self love through a male perspective. As we can hardly see any such plots in the mainstream, we might as well celebrate these little stories in the backdrop! Jatil Yadav’s personal tale is a gentle and sweet reminder to not just women but also men that you don’t need to be ‘fair’ and ‘lovely’ to be successful in a job or love!

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(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 04, 2020 08:27 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website

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Star Wars, Hunger Games, The Big Bang Theory – Brie Larson Reveals 8 Major Projects She Auditioned For But Didn’t Get (Watch Video)



Brie Larson may be a famous actor today known for her performances in films such as Room and Captain Marvel but the actress has been through her share of tough phases and lost out on some really amazing films. Considering the Academy Award-winning actress’ acting talents, it almost seems impossible that Larson may have faced rejections in Hollywood but much to our surprise, it is true. The actress recently started her own YouTube channel and has been posting sme amazing stuff. In her latest video, Brie spoke about failure and rejections as an actor. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel To Fight Tom Holland’s Spider-man In Upcoming Sequel?

If you have watched certain films and wondered what they would be like had Brie Larson been cast in them, well you’ll be delighted to know, the actress did audition for quite a bit of them. In her latest video, Brie Larson revealed some of the biggest projects that she auditioned for but lost out getting cast in them due to whatever reasons. Not only films, but the actress also reveals a few famous TV series that she auditioned for. Here’s a list of projects that could have starred Brie Larson but unfortunately didn’t! Captain Marvel 2 Hires Nia DaCosta as Director, Ryan Fleck Congratulates.

1. Hunger Games

Hunger Games (Photo Credits: Movie Still)

Hunger Games (Photo Credits: Movie Still)

2. Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys (Photo Credits: Twitter)

3. Star Wars

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (Photo Credits: Twitter)

4. The Big Bang Theory

TBBT(Photo Credits: Instagram)

TBBT (Photo Credits: Instagram)

5. Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl (Photo Credits: Instagram)

6. Tomorrowland


Tomorrowland (Photo Credits: Twitter)

7. Spy Kid (As a child actor)

Spy Kids(Photo Credits: Twitter)

Spy Kids(Photo Credits: Twitter)

8. Hearts In Atlantis (As a child actor)

Hearts in Atlantis

Hearts in Atlantis (Photo Credits: Twitter)

Check Out Brie Larson’s YouTube Video Here:

We bet you’re surprised to find out how Brie Larson lost out on these amazing roles, knowing that she could have totally killed it. The last time we saw her on Jimmy Fallon’s show playing the lightsabre game was when we hoped to see her in the Star Wars series, wouldn’t she have truly rocked as a Jedi? Well, there’s always another time. It’s amazing how Larson has opened up about these big rejections and showed her fans acting isn’t really an easy job.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 15, 2020 03:06 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website

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