Do you love chaat? Well, most of us swear by that quintessential Indian street food that we've had little of in these Covid times. Unless they come riding pillion on a Zomato bike. But our Einstein Chacha from Baghpat loves his chaat so much that it resulted in probably the biggest fight on Baghpat streets in recent times. You can follow the updates on Chacha's orange hair and the street fight here.
In Bengal, Didi hit the streets on an electric scooty a day before Tulsi, err Smriti Irani did so. Bengal poll dates were also announced today and, as the Trinamool, BJP, Congress, Left and whoever's left is saying, Khela Hobe. The khela starts on March 27 and ends on May 2 when the results will be announced. Ab ki baar, kiski sarkar we don't know yet. We're keeping an eye.
For your stomach, we have a recipe of Chicken Biryani. There's no gold in this one but any well-made biryani is worth more than its price in gold. All that gold will also need quite some working out. So take your inspo from Alia Bhatt who has been sweating it out in the gym before hitting the streets of Kamathipura as Gangubai Kathiawadi. The teaser was quite a smashing hit on social media from what Bollywood will have you believe.
On Netflix, there's Parineeti Chopra boarding a train and landing bang in the middle of a murder mystery. Abhay Deol brings the 1962 war on OTT in 1962: The War In The Hills. Our pick from the bookshelf, Keshava Guha's Accidental Magic, will take you back to Harry Potter days (also, don't fall for that rumour that Hermione - Emma Watson - is retiring from acting).
And before we leave you with your Weekend Planner, a weekly reminder to keep yourself safe, wear the mask, and wash your hands. Especially before you dig into that plate of chaat.
Have a fun weekend!
Alas, there was no online pawri this week but a major brawl instead in Baghpat as shopkeepers of two chaat stalls in the Uttar Pradesh district fought over customers in a video that went viral on social media. More than the video though, social media was interested in the elderly man with long hair, who was also spotted in the clip.
Without further delay, this man was labelled as Baghpat's Einstein Chacha by social media, courtesy, his hairstyle that reminded netizens of Albert Einstein. Memes followed as did jokes. Here’s everything you need to know about him.
As for that crazy viral video, here you go:
Apart from Einstein Chacha, Instagram user Harjas Sethi also became an internet sensation overnight after a video in which she narrated her “dil ka dard” impressed social media users. In the video, Harjas, a resident of Gurgaon, ranted about joining the office after working from home for over a year in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Most of you will be able to relate.
Meanwhile, traders panicked on Wednesday as trading halted on the National Stock Exchange due to a technical glitch. What did the internet do? No prizes for guessing - made memes, of course. You can join the meme party as well but do not pawri too much because the coronavirus pandemic isn’t over as yet, as explained by this group of doctors.
Apart from Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have witnessed an upsurge in daily coronavirus cases. That should be warning enough. So, wear the mask, sanitise frequently and do not step out to pawri just as yet.
SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE
Dwayne Johnson’s daughter is such a sweetheart. Tia was worried about her dad’s callouses and to answer all her questions at once, Dwayne Johnson told her that he is actually a dinosaur. Don’t miss her reaction.
This video of a man dancing to Badshah’s song Top Tucker with his dadi is so cute. Do watch.
The internet also couldn’t get over the fact that a woman made such pretty gajras for her daughter with just tissue paper. We are floored. What about you?
DON'T FORGET TO WORK OUT
Your workout motivation for this weekend comes right from the Instagram account of Alia Bhatt’s trainer. After the release of the Gangubai Kathiawadi trailer, he shared a video of the actress sweating it out at the gym while doing push-ups, squats, jump squats, kettle-bell exercises and so much more. Along with the video, he praised the star for training hard while shooting for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film.
In case you are someone who likes to go out to train, there's Milind Soman's recent motivational post. The actor went for a barefoot 6km-run on his favourite route and shared the reason for his fitness.
KHANE MEIN KYA HAI
This week, Royal Gold Biryani, which costs about AED 1,000 or Rs 19,707, trended on social media. The mouthwatering dish, served at a Dubai restaurant, comes with a garnishing of 23 karats of gold leaves. This is as royal as food can get!
Now, we know having this biryani is not possible, but we can definitely make our weekend better by cooking one at home. So, we have this easy and lip-smacking recipe of Chicken Biryani for you.
Nothing beats biryani! (Photo: Pixabay)
Start by marinating the chicken for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours in the refrigerator. Mix 1kg chicken with curd, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and cumin powder in a bowl.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat. Fry onions, stirring frequently for even cooking, until they turn deep golden brown. Transfer them to a paper towel and season with salt and let cool.
Then cook the marinated chicken in a pan and cook for about 20 minutes. Make sure the chicken is only cooked about 60 per cent, then remove it from the flame. Now, make a spice packet using a muslin cloth and add whole spices like clove, cinnamon, bay leaves, mace, 2 to 4 pieces of green cardamom.
Take a small handi, boil water in it. Add salt, the spice packet to it. Finally, add rice to it. After 5 minutes, stop cooking and strain the water once the rice is about 40 per cent cooked. Once you are done straining the water, make a layer of chicken and top it with rice, fried onions and ghee layer by layer. Sprinkle a little garam masala on it and seal the handi. Cook for 30 minutes and serve with raita.
FROM OUR BOOKSHELF
Set in Boston and Bangalore, Accidental Magic is the story of four very different people whose lives are brought together by Harry Potter. The story talks about how flawed relationships can be. The novel aims to delve into the Harry Potter fandom while also addressing how people battle loneliness, live on hope and search for that perfect connection. It talks about our pursuit of happiness. So, this weekend pick up Keshava Guha's book and enjoy while sipping a cup of piping hot tea.
GET SET AND GO...
March is just around the corner and we have some suggestions for the places that you can travel to in this month. There are two long weekends this month and that calls for some relaxing getaways. From adventurous locales to relaxing in the mountains, we have covered it all. Read it here.
Kareena Kapoor Khan, who delivered her second child on Sunday, made headlines all throughout her pregnancy as she set maternity fashion goals big time. It was Kareena, in fact, who set the kaftan trend and was spotted at events and functions in elegant kurtas, tunics and dresses. In our Fashion Friday section this week, we list all the Kareena Kapoor pregnancy looks that we absolutely loved - from casual to traditional. Read about it here.
MOVIES AND MAGIC
Oh, just more and more new release dates being announced, and the inevitable box office clashes that that will bring about. No biggie. Actually, it is. On one hand, we have Alia Bhatt's fiery Gangubai Kathiawadi - and may we add, what a teaser - on the other there's Prabhas's Radhe Shyam. Woah! Now that's something we'd like to see right? Yes, it is good news for the audience, choice is always good. But will this eat into each other's business? Isn't that counter-productive? Well, some questions have no answers. So, we just let it be.
Let's concentrate on the film that is getting a solo release - Parineeti Chopra's The Girl On The Train. More on that in our OTT section.
Like always, we will take a look at some choicest older films. Like, on Monday Masala, we remembered Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and how it sold us old misogyny in a new bottle. On Tuesday Trivia, we learnt that Maria Goretti's Chori Pe Chori version did not make it to Saathiya. Wahiyat Wednesday went to Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor's Rangoon and how it went horribly wrong, despite Vishal Bhardwaj captaining the shit. And on Throwback Thursday, we chalked birthday boy Shahid Kapoor's career - how he went from chocolate boy to the new angry young man.
Now, over to the OTT section.
ON YOUR OTT SCREENS
What to watch: The Girl On The Train
You will like it if you liked: Emily Blunt's The Girl On The Train
The Girl On The Train features Parineeti Chopra in the lead role. The film is the official Hindi cinematic adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling book of the same name. The film had already been adapted into a Hollywood film Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans and other actors in prominent roles. Aditi Rao Hydari, Kirti Kulhari and Avinash Tiwary play pivotal roles in the film directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. The film released today. Read our review here.
What to watch: Ginny and Georgia
You will like it if you liked: Mom
Sometimes, the past has the ability to destroy the future. In Ginny and Georgia, a teenager is on a mission to find out the truth about her mom. The mother-daughter duo settles in a new town but that is not enough for Ginny. The show began streaming on February 24 and stars Brianne Howey, Antonia Gentry and Felix Mallard among others.
What to watch: Crazy About Her
You will like it if you liked: Unbridled
Crazy About Her is a Spanish film directed by Dani de la Orden (Elite). The film is about the love story of Carla (Susana Abaitua) and Adri (Alvaro Cervantes). Carla, who resides in a mental institution, goes on a one night stand with Adri. After the magical night, Adri decides to admit himself to the mental institution in order to see Carla again and win her affections. But he soon realised that getting himself committed to an institution is not as easy as he expected. The film released on Netflix on February 26.
What to watch: Pele
You will like it if you liked: Diego Maradona
As the name suggests, Pele is a documentary based on the life of football legend Pele. Directed by David Tryhorn and Ben Nicholas, this documentary film comprises archival footage and interviews with the footballer's legendary former team-mates including Zagallo, Jairzinho and Rivellino. The film unfolds the story of world-renowned footballer Pele through the lens of the people who actually knew him. Pele is the only man to win three World Cup titles. He played for Brazil in the World Cup. The documentary film is currently streaming on Netflix.
What to watch: Geez & Ann
You will like it if you liked: A Walk to Remember
This Indonesian rom-com revolves around two lovers who are highschool sweethearts. Life, however, brings them to a point where they must choose between their contradicting futures or a happily ever after. It started streaming on February 25.
What to watch: Canine Intervention
You will like it if you liked: A Dog's Life
The series follows renowned dog trainer, Jas Leverette, who runs one of the top dog training facilities in California, US. The show is a must for new dog parents who can learn different techniques to train their dogs from Jas. The show features Jas working with a variety of dogs. It started streaming on February 24.
ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
What to watch: The Broken Hearts Gallery
You will like it if you liked: John Tucker Must Die
The show revolves around the character of Lucy, who decides to start a gallery from the items that her exes have left behind. Through this weirdly ambitious project of hers, she meets a lot of like-minded people, who are looking for avenues to leave their past relationships behind and move on. It started streaming on February 24.
What to watch: 1962: The War In The Hills
You will like it if you liked: State of Siege
Another war drama joins the binge-watch list this week. The show stars Abhay Deol in the lead role of Major Suraj Singh, who leads his battalion when they are outnumbered in battle. The show is inspired by the India-China war of 1962 and began streaming on February 26. Read our review here.
What to watch: Theeni /Ninnila Ninnila
You will like it if you liked: Un Samayal Araiyil
Director Ani Sasi's Theeni (Ninnila Ninnila in Telugu) is a feel-good romantic drama featuring Ashok Selvan, Ritu Varma and Nithya Menen in the lead roles. Theeni follows the story of Dev (Ashok Selvan), a genius chef who is suffering from muscle spasms. What happens his paths cross with his co-worker Tara and another woman Maya forms the rest of the film.
What to watch: Hello Mini Season 2
You will like it if you liked: Hello Mini Season 1
Anuja Joshi reprises her role of Mini Bannerjee in the show who moves to Mumbai and begins settling in her life when things go haywire. A stalker is tracking Mini's life and she must choose whether to fight him or run away. Season 2 continues the events of the previous season and began streaming on February 26.
TV PE KYA HAI
What to watch: Indian Idol 12
Where to watch: Sony TV, 8 pm
Our contestants are so excited to welcome our very special guests, #Govinda and #ShaktiKapoor and all ready to fulfill your farmaish too! So don't forget to tune in to #GovindaShaktiSpecial and #IndiaKiFarmaish on #IndianIdol2020 this weekend at 8 PM only on Sony TV pic.twitter.com/Q61miEWdnU— sonytv (@SonyTV) February 24, 2021
#IdolShanmukhapriya will fulfill #ManyaSingh's farmaish in the #IndiaKiFarmaish special! Are you ready? So tune in to #IndianIdol2020 this Saturday at 8 PM only on Sony TV. @iAmNehaKakkar @VishalDadlani #HimeshReshammiya #AdityaNarayan @FremantleIndia @bharti_lalli @writerharsh pic.twitter.com/UIFDbRhRQ8— sonytv (@SonyTV) February 24, 2021
Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa will be seen hosting Indian Idol 12 instead of Aditya Narayan this week. The couple will be hosting 'India ki Farmaish' episode where the contestants will be singing the songs which were most requested by the viewers. Govinda and Shakti Kapoor will grace the show on Saturday while Miss India 2020 runner-up Manya Singh and Anu Soni will be seen as special guests on the show on Sunday.
What to watch: Dance Deewane 3
Where to watch: Colors TV, 9 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Bollywood ne di #DD3 ke stage par dastak, jab @dthevirus31 bane Rahul aur @MadhuriDixit bani singer.
Dekhiye #DanceDeewane3, kal raat 9 baje se, sirf #Colors par.#DanceMachayenge@TheTusharKalia @TheRaghav_Juyal pic.twitter.com/MREspd0g6d
Dance Deewane 3 will premiere this weekend with the top selected contestants of all the 3 generations. The reality dance show will be hosted by Raghav Juyal. The judges this time are Madhuri Dixit, Dharmesh Yelande, and Tushar Kalia.
Also watch: Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari
Where to watch: Zee Cinema, Sunday 8 pm (February 28)
Directed by Abhishek Sharma, Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari stars Manoj Bajpayee, Diljit Dosanjh, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Annu Kapoor and Vijay Raaz in pivotal roles. This was the first Hindi film to directly release in cinema halls after the novel coronavirus pandemic.
(Compiled by Ananya Bhattacharya, Nairita Mukherjee, Raya Ghosh, Krishna Priya Pallavi, Vibha Maru, Jyoti Kanyal, Janani K, Divyanshi Sharma, Shweta Keshri, Logesh Balachandran, Grace Cyril, Rishita Roy Chowdhury, Tiasa Bhowal)