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Halal Love Story movie review: A social satire that’s good in parts

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Halal Love Story
Director: Zakariya Mohammed
Cast: Indrajith Sukumaran, Joju George, Soubin Shahir, Grace Antony and Sharaf U Dheen

Halal Love story, from director Zakariya Mohammed, is one of those films you’d want to appreciate for its intent but not so much for its execution. It never works on the whole and is only good in parts. Despite working as a social satire and touching upon a number of issues, the film struggles from making its point in the most effective way. However, it still is a film with a voice of its own and filmmaker Zakariya Mohammed makes for an exciting talent to root for.

The story is centred on Thoufeek (Sharaf U Dheen), an unmarried man hailing from an orthodox family. An active member of a popular Islamic organisation in Kerala, Thoufeek is also an aspiring filmmaker. When Raheem and Shereef (Indrajith Sukumaran) want a tele-film to be made on their organisation, they approach Thoufeek with the offer and he in turn assembles his village folks to star in the film. Siraj (Joju George) is roped in to direct the film. They all set out to make the film but can they achieve what they want to make without tampering with their beliefs? This forms the crux of the movie.

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Halal Love Story is at times a breezy slice-of-life drama but it’s also a satire on the art form and storytelling. Indrajith’s character Shereef, for instance, is quite layered. He is passionate about acting, but at the same time, wants to do right by following his beliefs. How do you deal with art when what you’re supposed to make is not in tandem with what you believe? Do you still set out to make it or you give up on the idea?

Halal Love Story beautifully deals with this conundrum but as a satire it’s only good in parts. The comedy is chaotic in places but the excruciatingly slow narrative is a big downer. As much as you appreciate the film’s intent to talk about art is for everyone and it shouldn’t be bound by certain beliefs of some individuals or a group, you’re never quite satisfied on the whole.

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The film does remind one of Tamil film Jigarthanda which was also about a film being made within a film. Both Jigarthanda and Halal Love Story have so much in common in terms of the core idea. In Jigarthanda, a filmmaker is forced to make the kind of film that’s accepted in the trade. Similarly, in Halal Love Story, a group of people set out to make a film but the purpose is lost in the process while trying to stick to certain beliefs.

As a comedy, the film works slightly better but never quite as a drama with its message never making the intended impact.

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Neighbours updates opening titles after Pierce Greyson recast

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Neighbours is updating its opening titles to reflect the Pierce Greyson recast.

Digital Spy can give an exclusive first look at the new sequence in our video at the top of the page.

This week’s episodes in Australia will see Don Hany make his first appearance as Pierce, after signing up to take over from Tim Robards in the role.

Tim’s last episode as Pierce aired on Australian screens on Monday (October 19).

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The tweaked titles see Don’s version of Pierce spending time outside the local café with his wife Chloe (April Rose Pengilly) and son Hendrix (Benny Turland).

This takes the place of a similar shot from the old titles, which saw Tim’s version of Pierce in the same scenario.

Neighbours fans in Australia will see the new titles later this week, while they air on UK screens in November.

The show announced Pierce’s recast in August after Tim had to bow out earlier than planned.

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Due to changing regulations and travel restrictions in Australia amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Tim finished filming four weeks early and chose to fly back to Sydney to be with his wife ahead of the birth of their first child.

Don will be playing Pierce for a few weeks, finishing off the character’s exit storyline.

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).


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Anupama Upcoming Story 20th October 2020 : Kavya attempts to ruin Anupama and Vanraj’s wedding

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Today’s episode starts with Anupama starring at Vanraj. Vanraj starts stunned. It was Vanraj’s dream. Leela asks Kavya why she was late. Kavya says she was stuck with something. She adds she wasn’t present but she will take part in further rituals. Kavya asks Vanraj to fill Anupama’s hairline with sindoor. Vanraj stands confused and follows her order. Kavya next asks Vanraj to tie mangalsutra in Anupama’s neck.

Today’s episode starts with Anupama starring at Vanraj. Vanraj starts stunned. It was Vanraj’s dream. Leela asks Kavya why she was late. Kavya says she was stuck with something. She adds she wasn’t present but she will take part in further rituals. Kavya asks Vanraj to fill Anupama’s hairline with sindoor. Vanraj stands confused and follows her order. Kavya next asks Vanraj to tie mangalsutra in Anupama’s neck.

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Here, Paritosh, Nandini and Sanjay alert Kavya to stay away from Anupama and Vanraj. Kavya says wedding is incomplete without bride crying and her vidai. Leela and others agree. Vanraj thinks why Kavya is behaving weird. Kavya performs a dance on ‘ye galiayn ye chaubara’ song. Anupmaa and others join her.

Later, Anupama’s mother cries. Anupama goes to console her. There, Vanraj apologize to Kavya. Kavya asks Vanraj not to say sorry. Other side, Anupama’s mother says to Anupama she has bear a lot at Shah’s house. Anupma says no and explains Vanraj gave her much happiness. Ahead, Hasmukh and Leela plan for Vanraj and Anupama’s ‘griah pravesh’. Kavya stands at Anupama’s side. Hamukh asks why she us standing at brides side. Kavya says half function she has performed from groom’s side now half she will perform from bride side.

Kavya stands behind Anupama and Vanraj. She loses the tie of Anupama and Vanraj and smirks. Anupama prays to God and says she again stepping inside the house so bless her. She enters the house. Kavya stops Vanraj. Everyone stands shocked seeing Anupama and Vanraj gathbandhan has been loosen. Anupama gets shocked. Kavya says to Vanraj he can only tie the gathbandhan with her. Vanraj stands shocked too. (Episode ends)

Precap: Anupama spots Vanraj with Kavya.

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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 21st October 2020 Written Update: Kaira pacifies Kairav

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