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5 Hollywood movies that were a curse upon their own filmmakers

Aishwarya Bhat

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Decency and modesty are the latest casualties in the present time. Hollywood too has become a place where one can listen to endless cockamamie stories. Infact, Hollywood is as superstitious a place as the heaven or hell, all owed to the uncountable story tellers, tales and baseless myths. Strings of mishappenings , gruesome incidents , loads of bad luck, line up like an arrow of grim fate pointing a particular movie and ssshhhhhh!!!! The movie is cursed !You might have heard about the movies that have killed the careers of numerous actors, actresses, directors and many others, but , readers sit back and get prepared to read about the those movies that have actually killed the leads or half of the movie cast. Yes!!! We are here with the top 5 cursed Hollywood movies.

1.Poltergeist (1982)

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Poltergeist is considered as one of the most cursed film franchises of all time. Dominique Dunne, who appeared in the first film, was murdered by her boyfriend. Julian Beck, who played Henry Kane, died of stomach cancer in 1985. Will Sampson, who played Taylor in Poltergeist II also died in 1985 of post-operative kidney failure. Perhaps the most bizarre of all these deaths was that of Heather O’Rourke, who played Carol , after developing stomach cramps on set, she soon took a turn for the worse and went into cardiac arrest where she was immediately rushed into surgery, and died on the operating table.

2.The Exorcist (1974)

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There were at least eight deaths that were associated with the filming of The Exorcist, including Jack MacGowran, the actor who played the role of Burke Dennings and Valsiliki Maliaros who played Father Karras’s mother, both died shortly before the film’s release. The connected deaths were not limited to the cast, the man responsible for refrigerating the set also died during the production, as did a night watchman on the set. The MacNeil home was burned to the ground in a fire.

3.Superman (1978)

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Unfortunately, the actor who played super man during the 70’s and 80’s was not as lucky as the flying superhero.It is well known that Christopher Reeve became paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse in 1995. The actor later died in 2004 of heart failure related to his paralysis. Margot Kidder, the actress who played Lois Lane, suffered from mental illness in the years following the films, and was once found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, dirty and disheveled. Richard Pryor, who made an appearance in Superman III, died of multiple sclerosis not long after his appearance, and George Reeves, the original 1950’s Superman, died at the early age of 45 in 1959.

4. Wizard of Oz (1939)

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This staple of American culture came at the cost of quite a few lives. There were several accidents while filming, including Margaret Hamilton getting badly burned while filming a stunt, and several flying monkeys falling from their harnesses. The star of the show, Judy Garland who played Dorothy, had a troubled life after the film’s release. She struggled with addiction and eventually died of an overdose aged 47. Frank Morgan, who played the Wizard, got into a serious car accident that claimed the life of his chauffeur and left his wife permanently crippled in her right leg.

5.Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

The film’s composer died of an accidental fall and William Castle, the producer, suffered from gallstones as soon as the film was wrapped. Most infamous of all was what happened to Roman Polanski, the film’s director. His wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by the Manson family. She was eight months pregnant with their first child. Harsh, isn’t it?

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2 years and we still can’t get over the stunning Bajirao Mastani : A love story that is worth reminiscing.

Shatakshi Saxena

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Bajirao Mastani was an exotic and eternal love story that not only touched our hearts but remained there forever. A movie that was much awaited, it was truly a stunner with unique dialogues and extraordinary performances. The protagonists Ranveer Singh as Bajirao and Deepika Padukone as Mastani left everybody dumbstruck. Their performances reflected the depth of the characters so well that they became an asset to love and compassion.

On the other hand, the role of Priyanka Chopra as Kashi Bai and her sarcastic dialogues full of self-respect remain unmatched to the date. Every single artist performed with such excellence that nobody could deny the greatness of the script. Indeed, it was not just the script that was flawless.

Being a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, it had astonishing background sets, quick and heartwarming dialogues, expressive songs, energetic dances and most importantly, the perfect portrayal of characters. A story picked from the lost pages of history created history that is now eternal.

THOSE FASCINATING DIALOGUES :

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This is simply the tip of the iceberg. The intensity and demeanor of the dialogues made us review our take on love, life and eternity. They were beautifully written by Prakash Kapadia who and each line felt so pure. The music and dance received appreciation from both the audience and critics.

From Pinga to Deewani Mastani and from Mohe Rang Do Laal to Malhari, all of them were unique in their own creation. Where Deepika received laurels for her Mohe Rang Do Laal dance, Ranveer once again proved he was the power house of this industry with his Malhari dance. Also, Sanjay Leela Bhansali recreated the magic of Dola Re Dola from Devdas in the form of Pinga where Priyanka and Deepika were immensely praised.

A never-ending journey of excellence, Sanjay Leela Bhansali yet again proved as the master of beautiful sets, captivating costumes, eye-catching jewelry and flawless direction. The man who revived his films so beautifully made this masterpiece that will live in the history of cinema.

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Sanju is just a handful of Sanjay Dutt’s life. One must know him better before judging him.

Wordhazard

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“My confinement days have been nothing less than a roller coaster ride. To look at the positive side, it has taught me a lot and made me a better individual.”
~ Sanjay Dutt

The movie Sanju is genuinely one of the awaited films of 2018. The trailer has already created buzz and the movie looks really captivating and promising.

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A biopic on the Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, the movie circumspects almost all major happenstance in the actor’s life. This is inclusive of different phases from his drug addiction to his underworld connections, his father Sunil Dutt’s infinite faith in him, his ‘308 girlfriends’ and others instances from his life.

Initially, it was a rumour that Ranbir Kapoor cannot live up to the audience’s expectations but when the teaser was released, it created endless buzz among the crowd. His incarnation of the actor is truly remarkable. From Sanjay’s looks to manners, dialect and accent, Ranbir rocked it all!
The trailer did throw light on various incidents in his life. Nonetheless, there is still a lifelong spirit that we are unaware of.

Reasons for imprisonment

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Sanjay Dutt earned paramount fame with his début in 1981 with his movie ‘Rocky’. Just as he became an emerging star in Bollywood, he jeopardized his career and put his life in harm’s way owing to his drug addictions. He was taught another life changing lesson when he was allegedly arrested and convicted for illegal possession of weapons. This emerged into an even graver offense when his crimes related to the case of 1993 Mumbai serial bombings!

The jail trauma

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“Staying away from my family and my loved ones was a challenge. During those days, I learnt how to keep my body in perfect shape, used trash cans and mud pots in place of weights and dumbbells. We also used to do a cultural function every six months in jail where I taught convicts serving out life sentences to mouth dialogues, sing, dance and express themselves through skits. These people became my family during the hard times and came to encourage me when I was giving up.”
~Sanjay Dutt

Even in the worse situations, he avoided the worst. He revealed that he completely severed company or communication with inmates who were convicted for rape, for murdering their wives and committing heinous crimes against women. He said that he firmly believes that women are the embodiment of the divine and they must not be stripped off their divinity.

He resorted to reading and used to read extensively. He would borrow books every week front the prison library, mainly in Hindi literature. Apart from Munshi Premchand, he also read a handful of spiritual accounts which gave him courage and strength to bear his punishment.

Radio YCP

 

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He saw a brief escape from real life to his reel life through the Yerewada Central Prison’s Radio station. The jail’s internal radio station welcomed him as a host for which he would recite his own scribbles and manuscripts. He would bring up the topics about revamp and reformation in his sessions. He would speak about the difficulties in prison life, how to bear and survive it and how to reform and rehabilitate, once set free.
The actor would repeat his famous dialogues from Munnabhai movies and keep his listeners entertained.

“The time I spent in jail made me realize a lot of things. It broke my ego.”
From serving as prisoner number 16656 to completing 5 years of imprisonment, from being kept in solitary confinement to earning a daily wage of Rs.50 from making paper bags, Sanjay Dutt has seen it all.
“It was no easy walk to freedom” he says. Given his determination and renaissance, he has truly earned his freedom and a place in our hearts!

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7 reasons why Batman is The Batman

Harsh Chaturvedi

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Throughout the comic history, there have been several superheroes and villains with tremendous amount of power
and expertise but no one matches the likes of the caped crusader we all know and love. And this monologue indeed means business “I am Batman”. Here are 7 reasons why Batman is the most epic superhero of all
times:-

PEAK STRENGTH

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Though Batman doesn’t possess any sort of superhuman powers or abilities, it’s his peak strength which enables him to fight off waves after waves of countless enemies. His ability in close hand to hand combat enables him to survive against all odds.

ALTERNATE VERSIONS

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Batman has not only entertained the readers with his fancy gadgets and fighting skills but several alternate versions across the multiverse have been equally instrumental in cementing his place in comic history’s golden throne.
Bonus fact: In Flash Point Paradox, Bruce Wayne dies and the mantle of responsibility shifts towards Thomas Wayne’s shoulders…and this version of Batman uses guns.. Spooky indeed!

CONTINGENCY PLAN

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Batman is the only superhero who knows all the weaknesses of his allies from the Justice League. In trying to build a contingency plan to thwart the ambitions of a rogue Justice League, the caped crusader recorded a series of audio files which consisted of a detailed account on how to stop a rogue Justice League. Now that’s some futuristic planning!

YELLOW CORPS?

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Batman indeed strikes fear into the hearts of his enemies when he is seen lurking in the shadows of the crime filled streets of Gotham City. And this particular trait is what fascinates every reader, ally and of course his enemies. The infamous Yellow Lantern Corps, yes the villains from the Green Lantern universe, caught attention of Batman and the Yellow Ring chose none other than Batman from Earth. Damn he’s such a badass!

DOPE TEST FAILURE

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Batman has an immense willpower which makes him literally invincible no matter who stands in front of him. But physical strength matters as well…. So to increase his strength he once chose to take steroids, the results…….. He became immensely strong and aggressive which was beneficial to his crime fighting career, but it started to control him and in turn made him a drug addict. Eventually Batman locked himself and detoxicated himself which did work out pretty well.

THE FAMILY

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Batman has a vast array of gadgets and cars, not to mention he has tons of cash which already is a plus point, but above all he has his own family which is totally dedicated towards crime fighting. From Night Wing to Robin and all the way to Red Hood, hell even Batwomen have been in his team. Other superheroes have their different versions in different timelines but Batman has his own vigilante family which gives him an edge.

BATMAN- GOD KILLER

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Although Batman has his fair share of achievements from the past but the one which stands out above all is his victory against the Apokolipsian Drakseid. Batman hasn’t just defeated him once but twice. His first encounter saw
him shooting the Apokolipsian with a God Killer gun (the first time he used a gun in his crime fighting career) and he achieved the same fate again by using the Hellbat armour while the Justice League was in shambles. He’s just so
good!

In this world where people have always been hungry for power, Batman has always been there to symbolize humanity. Ans he still continues to inspire us all that “we’re all capable of doing more than we think of”, and that’s why he is my favourite superhero, what about y’all!?

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