The glamour, the glitz, and the effect Bollywood have – no other movie-making industry has and everyone would believe in that. Thus, Bollywood is a great place to work undoubtedly. But everyone would also agree that the limelight the lead roles (read hero and heroines) get is not the same for the sidekicks or side actors or character artists. The character artists are also actors but Bollywood doesn’t treat them royally like they do to the leads. But these artists know how to shine like gold through their good patch of work.

One such gifted artist is Sanjay Mishra. He belonged to the National School of Drama and debuted in 1991 with Chanakya – the TV Show on DD. He later became famous with the iconic Office Office. His Hindi movie debut happened in 1995 with Oh! Darling Yeh Hai India. Over 28 years, he has done many roles that made us laugh, made us feel pity for him, and made us emotional. It’s his birthday on 6th October and what would be a better way to celebrate this day than remembering some of the characters that he immortalized on screen. The best part of all his characters is that he played an “aam-aadmi” that connects with us.

Check the list of the best roles done by Sanjay Mishra:
Aankho Dekhi: 2014

Rajesh Bauji – this character fetched him a Filmfare Award for Best Actor (Critic Choice) in 2015. He is in his mid-50’s and is going through a life-changing phase. He decides suddenly that he will believe whatever is visible to his eyes. All his life, he has lived out of fear and adjustments but not anymore. Initially, his neighbors think of him as lunatic but slowly start believing his logical reasoning. Enacted with simplicity and modesty, this role will always be loved. Because there are not many people in the real world who can live the life that simply.

Masaan: 2015

Undoubtedly, this is one of the best movies of the last 5 years. Set in the holy city of Varanasi, this one tells the story of Devi Pathak who is caught by the Police and a college student in a hotel room. Vidyadhar Pathak – the father of Devi is played by Mishra Ji and what a performance that was! The corrupt police filmed Devi nude and threaten Vidyadhar to leak that if he doesn’t bride him. Sanjay Mishra’s role was one of the most heartbreaking representations of a father caught up in desperation and feebleness. He put on a gloomy garb and his intensity simply spills off the screen whenever we see him on screen.

Dum Laga Ke Haisha: 2015

Here he played the role of Ayushmann’s dad Chandra Prakash Tiwari who had raised a “nalayak” son. His son is not good at studies, not interested in the family business, and only listens to Kumar Sanu songs. Set in Haridwar, this movie was produced by one of the largest production companies of Bollywood in a rustic and guileless tone. And that helped all the characters to really shine. This role played by Sanjay Mishra had so many layers – he was strict with his son, very sweet with the daughter-in-law, ardently kind to his sister, and overall he was that someone who wanted to make best out of every opportunity in an honest manner.

Golmaal Series:

Even after almost 3 decades of his career and achieving so much in his field, he plays the small roles in Golmaal Series. It is a treat to the eyes – a joy to the heart to see him donning weird clothes or hairdo in this series. The one in the 2nd part was so obsessed with messaging people that a serial killer chopped his fingers. Among all these, my favorite is Daga from Golmaal 3 where he is an assistant to the character of Johny Lever who forgets everything. It’s fun to watch him in these comic roles.

Anaarkali Of Aarah: 2017

Here, we see him playing a negative role of Dharmendra Chauhan. He is the head of a university and molests Anaarkali after getting drunk. This movie is one of the most underrated ones that question many “acceptable” notions of society. After that incidence, Anaarkali had to fight the system and Mishra Ji delivers a stupendous performance. Never before we have seen him so cruel on screen.

Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain: 2018

There’s something between the ghats of the Ganges and this artist. If you see his graph – all those characters of Sanjay Mishra that involved the cities near the Ganges were his career-best. So, this movie is all about love and the necessity of the expression of love in all ages. Yashwant Batra is a happy government officer who has forgot to romance his wife. Being a staunch patriarch, he also wants his daughter to marry a guy he selected and not the guy she loves. The ladies in Batra house thus are not happy as they want to be treated as equals and want to be loved in a certain way. It is a beautiful movie (contrary to the ratings) where a middle-aged man realizes how important is it to express love even in the middle age to stay happy and connected to your partner.

There are many more movies of Sanjay Mishra like Newton, FryDay, Kadvi Hawa, Rakkhosh, etc. where not the length of the role but his acting prowess proved that he will always stay in our hearts.

Movies are the most famous form of entertainment to most of the people around the world. From inspiring people to making people laugh – movies are always the best medicine when you are sad, depressed, happy, or bored. It works at least for me and many other movie buffs like me. There are various genres of movies like political drama, crime, murder mystery, adventure, comedy, satirical comedy, romantic comedy, etc. Apart from all these, there has been a development of another genre of movies.  Which has been quite rampant in India since the last two decades and that is called “road” genre. These are movies where the lead characters are traveling through amazing locales, taking the story forward, & bringing twists and turns in the plot. Some show traveling via cruise, some through motorcycle, some through airplanes, and some through a car. The characters are supposed to reach a destination and by the end of these movies, the characters not only reach their destinations but their perspective about themselves, surroundings, and life change too!

That’s why travel movies are always special. They inspire and motivate the weak. They urge lazy people to move around beautiful locales. These movies work like a beautiful dream and make you believe that travel helps in untangling the knots in life.

So, here are some of my all-time favorite travel or road movies from Bollywood & Hollywood!

Piku: Road Trip From Delhi’s Belly To Kolkata

When the idea of “road trip” comes to the mind, you generally think of your best friends or at the most, you can take a chance with your colleagues. But never ever could anyone think of a dad-daughter duo taking a road trip from C.R. Park, Delhi to Central Kolkata. But Juhi Chaturvedi (writer) narrates a wonderful story of a 70-year-old dad who is an eccentric person and his relationship with his bowel system. His disturbed and unsatisfactory bowel system is always the topic of discussion at the dinner table and his daughter is always irritated for his behavior.

Amitabh Bachchan playing Bhaskor Banerjee is never good to the neighbors or the maid and is also very clear that Piku (Deepika Padukone) should not marry & leave him. One night after a few drinks and dance, he had a heart attack and after recovering he decides to go to Kolkata as he is missing his own land. Due to his disturbed bowel system, and lots of other apprehensions, he decides for a road trip. The movie beautifully captures the heart of Delhi from the posh clubs to C.R. Park lanes, Select City Walk to the famous traffic and also the ghats of Kolkata, Church, local railway stations. In fact, Shookit Sircar (director) captured the “not so filmy-popular” locales of both the cities. He also captured the narrow dingy lanes of Banaras too! There is an emotion, love, understanding, care, and belonging to this travel story. Piku lost her father after this trip but she gained many other perspectives too! So, here, the travel was not only physical but also emotional.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: It’s All About Spain & Friendship

Three best friends meet after a gap of few years. The reason is a “promise” that they made to each other during college days that they will go for a road trip to Spain together. For some time, this trip has been canceled or postponed due to differences between two friends. But as it is the bachelor trip of the third friend, all of them make up their mind for Spain.

In this huge expanse of Spain, they visit the La Tomatina Festival in Buñol, Costa Brava, Seville, and Pamplona. Now, the deal was, all three of them had to plan some kind of adventure sport on this road trip and the other two had to agree. So, deep sea diving, sky diving, and participating in the “running of the bulls” are the three adventure sports that the leads of the movie encounter. With each sport adventure, their principle, belief, conscience, and fear of 3 friends altered. They confessed truth, secrets, and fears of their lives to each other on that road trip which was meant only for an adventure. That was the most amazing beauty of ZNMD. The beautiful cinematography by Carlos Catalan and amazing screenplay by Zoya-Reema duo make this movie a gem. Every travel enthusiast is a lover of this movie.

The Motorcycle Diaries: When Che Guevara Travelled Across South America

Che Guevara – Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist was a prominent figure of the Cuban Revolution. His stylized appearance has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture. Che used to write a diary or memoir about his trip all over South America with his friend Alberto Granado. It is not only a road movie. But it is also about coming-of-age, adventure, youthful profligacy, injustice, prevailing social classes, and economic inequalities. The 23-year-old medical student on his road trip learns almost everything about life on this trip. This trip actually planted the seeds of revolt in Che Guevara and that’s why it is a must watch. Watch South America from the Andes Mountain to the coasts of Chile, the Atacama deserts to the Machu Picchu – Eric Gautier have done beautiful cinematography.

The Hangover: The Craziest Trip Ever

This is a cult Hollywood comedy movie that dealt with the story of 4 friends who goes to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. Now, the fun extends to some trouble and they face all of that together with lots of craziness and returns just on time on the day of the wedding at the venue. They form a chain of dirty secrets on that trip and promise to keep them under the wraps forever. You should never pray your bachelor party to be like this for sure. But you will always want to have some crazy memories with your besties on a road trip – right? This movie will give you that boost.

Highway: It Started With A Kidnap

The dark loneliness of Delhi at night & the unpopulated highway leads a group of goons to kidnap a young “soon to be married” girl. She belongs to a rich and influential family in Delhi. Her life changes completely when she is abducted by these goons. They kidnap her first in a car and then shifts to a truck. From Haryana, they take the girl to Rajasthan then to Gujarat, and then to Himachal Pradesh. Through this journey, you will not see the posh locales at all.

The cinematographer Anil Mehta had captured the rustic and pure natural beauty of India. The rugged terrains of the Himalaya or the loneliness of the Rann of Kuchh. Or the vast sugarcane fields of North India – the unsophisticated soul of these places just propels into your heart and stays forever. The best part of the movie is that the upper-class girl is kidnapped and while the goons are taking her to “not made for her” places she understands that she is free here in this whole “kidnapping” phase than she has ever been in her life. She understands herself better and forms an everlasting bind with the one who kidnapped her! Finally, you realize that human emotion is the same – over geographies & social boundaries!

90s Nostalgia is one trend we can not get over. Starting from video games, cartoons, street games, movies, dating culture, junk food, fashion & music! Well, those were the day!

Remember the time when walkmans were in trend instead of iPods or your phone’s music player when radio & MTV were the only way to discover new songs and not youtube, and lastly when Justin Bieber was not into the music biz. Best days ever? We feel you!

Let us take you down the road of time by reminding you of the forgotten treasure of 15 songs:

1) Barbie Girl- Aqua

“Hi Barbie
Hi Ken!
Do you want to go for a ride?
Sure Ken
Jump in!”

Did you just get the chills from the past? You sure did! This was the anthem for every little girl. Every girl is reminded by her parents how the little girl jumped around and danced, every time this song started to play.

2) Who Let The Dogs Out?- Baha Men

“Who let the dogs out
Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof
Who let the dogs out
Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof”

You were singing & barking while reading this, weren’t you? This is one party anthem, played at every party!

3) Ketchup Song- Las Ketchup

“Aserejé, ja deje tejebe tude jebere
Sebiunouba majabi an de bugui an de buididipí”

Did you just sing I said a hey ha ney hay lalala buididipi, buidipi? The song came out in 2002 and was considered as the coolest song then! Although, we didn’t understand a single word, yet we sang and danced to this song. Remember copying the cool dance steps?

4) Summer of ’69- Bryan Adams

“I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it ’til my fingers bled
Was the summer of sixty-nine”

While reading the lyrics, you were fake guitar strumming, right?

Although this song released in 1984, yet it was close to the heart of every 90s kid. I guess it has been the first English song, every 90s kid learnt!

5) Baby One More Time- Britney Spears

“My loneliness is killing me (and I)
I must confess I still believe (still believe)
When I’m not with you I lose my mind
Give me a sign
Hit me, baby, one more time”

We’re talking about the golden age music, we wouldn’t dare to miss Britney Spears! We kept humming this song because Hit me baby one more time!

6) In The End- Linkin Park

“I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn’t even matter”

The Hard Rock song, we all loved to listen! Remember bangin’ your head in the air while playing air guitar, while this song played?

7) London Bridge- Fergie

“How come every time you come around
My London, London Bridge wanna go down, like
London, London, London”

Around the 2000s, Fergie taught us what Hip-Hop & Rap music meant. When the music played, we couldn’t help but move like a hipster, dancing like a pro!

8) You’re Beautiful- James Blunt

“You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful, it’s true”

The only thought which crossed our mind was “Will I ever find someone who’d sing this song for me?”

9) It’s My Life- Bon Jovi

“It’s my life
It’s now or never
I ain’t gonna live forever
I just want to live while I’m alive”

The ultimate metal rock, which made us feel like a rebel! Listening to this song was like a relief like everything we did had a meaning to it. Like everything we are going through, it had a purpose.

10) Complicated- Avril Lavigne

“Why do you have to go and make things so complicated?”

We all had that one friend or boyfriend/girlfriend, we wanted to dedicate this song to! Avril said things with such ease, and her hair colour, sorry Lady Gaga, but Avril did it first.

11) The Real Slim Shady- Eminem

“Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
I repeat, will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
We’re gonna have a problem here”

Eminem is the god of rap and yes, he introduced the 90s kids to Rap music. Even though we couldn’t sing the song at the same pace, we still tried! And anyone who could do it was the coolest kid.

12) Milkshake- Kelis

“My milk shake brings all the boys to the yard,
And they’re like,
Its better than yours”

Even though we didn’t really understand the real meaning of the song then, we seemed to love this song. Now that we know what Kelis exactly meant, we love the song even more! You Go Queen!

13) Everybody- Backstreet Boys

Rock your body
Rock your body right
Backstreet’s back alright”

How could we miss them? They were a treat to our ears & eyes! We all have been there, dancing to this song with all the hip-hop steps we knew.

14) Shalala Lala- Vengaboys

“My heart goes shalala lala, shalala in the morning.
Oh oh oh shalala lala, shalala in the sunshine.”

This song won our hearts! Every 90s kids hummed this song day & night, at times without even realizing that we’re singing.

15) Yellow- Coldplay

“I came along
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
And it was called Yellow”

This one song won our hearts! Coldplay has been playing with our hearts since forever! Why? Because it was called “Yellow”

16) Smelly Cat- Phoebe Buffay

“Smelly cat, smelly cat what are they feeding you?
Smelly cat, smelly cat it’s not your fault…”

Oh wait, we said 15, didn’t we? But how could we miss out Smelly Cat? We loved this song and we will keep loving it! This song will remain in our hearts & minds forever.

So, all the 90s kids out there, go ahead and add these to your playlist. I wouldn’t blame you if nostalgia comes rolling down your eyes because my eyes are moist too!

Netflix has been giving some major chilling options. Good movies on Netflix are not always the easiest to find. Look no further for your browsing needs, for the time being, here’s a compilation of 2018 huge buzzing movies that almost everyone has watched and enjoyed. Go ahead, take a look!

Alex Strangelove
Alex Strangelove
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Cast- Daniel Doheny, Antonia Marziale and Madeline Weinstein

The story revolves around how a high-school boy who’s planning to lose his virginity to his girlfriend. Things get complicated when he meets this handsome & charming boy who unwittingly make him go on this roller coaster ride of sexual identity. Alex dating Claire when he meets Elliot and finds him to be equally loveable. The relationship goes in awry. The struggle to explore the new and true aspect of Alex’s life can make you feel the emotion. It isn’t easy to come out of the closet after so many years and dating a girl! How he comes out and reacts to everything and handle his feelings is a must watch. This comedy gay teen drama has won quite a lot of hearts.

Sierra Burgess is a Loser
Sierra Burgess is a Loser
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Cast-Noah Centineo, Shannon Purser and Kristine Forseth

Shannon Purser has been a known face since she’s playing Ethel in Netflix’s popular Riverdale. A mistaken identity incident that leads to an unexpected romance. When a most popular-school-mean girl Veronica deliberately gives out Sierra’s phone number to our very own heartthrob Jamey. The virtual romance starts to take place. The story revolves around how Sierra falls in love with Jamey and stalls all the possible situations to face him. What happens with her self-esteem is a scenario that all the girls out there can relate to.

This teen rom-com made a buzz but for all the fail reasons. Whereas Sierra has been portrayed as a well-mannered girl, in the beginning, is seen catfishing Jamey. This one did make a buzz but is a reminder for what all the teen loves stories have been showing, which to an extent isn’t the time anymore. Let’s be honest, Noah still won our hearts 😉

Lust Stories
Lust Stories
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Cast- Kiara Advani, Vicky Kaushal, Radhika Apte, Neha Dhupia, Bhumi Pednekar, Akash Thosar, Neil Bhoopalam, Sanjay Kapoor & Manisha Koirala

This multi starrer Netflix original from India definitely made a huge buss around. The compilation of four stories by Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Anurag Kashyap goes around respective intimate encounters. The first story by Anurag Kashyap starring Netflix’s favorite Radhika Apte (Kalindi) and Akash Thosar (Tejas), where Kalindi is a college professor and Tejas is her student. They both are in a constant back-and-forth sexual relationship where Kalindi Develops feelings for Tejas and then leaves him overwhelmed by telling him how she’s married.

The Next story is by Zoya Akhtar starring Netflix Debut Bhumi Pednekar (Sudha) and Neil Bhoopalam (Ajit). Bhumi plays the maid working for Neil as he lives alone. The two are sexually involved when his parents arrive with a Rishta and Sudha is shown hurt and leaving the house as yet another day at work.

The third plot by Dibakar Banerjee that includes Manisha Koirala (Reena), Sanjay Kapoor (Salman) as her husband and Jaideep Ahlawat (Sudhir) as Sanjay’s friend. Reena and Sudhir are secretly involved in an extra-marital affair with each other. The story turns interesting when Reena decides to confront and Sudhir wants to back off because of his family.

The final plot, but the most interesting one by Karan Johar starring Kiara Advani(Megha), Vicky Kaushal(Paras) as a couple and Neha Dhupia(Rekha) as Megha’s friend. This one gets humorous when Megha finally have sex with her husband but is unsatisfied and looks for alternatives. The situation where one might go laughing and amazeballs when Megha experiences charam sukh in front of her entire family and that leads to an unfortunate divorce.

Lust stories made a huge buzz and is definitely winning hearts and laughter.

The Kissing Booth
The Kissing Booth
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Cast- Joe King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Ellardi

Based on The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles, Joey (Elle Evans) and Joel (Lee Flynn) was born on the same day has been best friends ever since. To keep the special friendship, the duo made some rules. One being #9: Relatives totally off limits! Especially Lee’s big brother Noah played by Jacob Ellardi. He’s the most handsome and Elle’s first crush. Elle and Noah hit off leaving Lee unaware of it. How Elle tries to handle her relationship and friendship is a treat to watch. The beautiful love story wraps up when Noah leaves for High School and Lee finally understands his best friend’s feelings and forgive her for breaking the rule.

Nappily Ever After
Nappily Ever After
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Cast- Sanaa Lathan, Lyriq Bent, Ricky Whittle

A young black woman(Sanaa Lathan as Violet) whose mother has always kept her dolled up that even when she wakes up right next to her fiancés(Ricky Whittle as Clint) side, she gets her make-up done before he opens up his eyes. Sounds disturbing right? Violet’s mother has never let her hair down while growing up. A soulful barber (Lyriq Bent as Will) helps her to live life to the fullest after an accident at his hair salon and makes her realize she is not living to the fullest. Will’s daughter wins a soft corner in Violet’s heart and helps her lead a life worth more than just her looks and hair. By the end of the movie you might feel as empowered as to no matter what, how you look, you might find a way to live life and make it big!

I Feel Pretty
I Feel Pretty
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Cast- Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams

The entire high-concept-body-image satire talks about a woman (Renee) played by Amy who thinks she’s not beautiful and turns out to be confident as ever and the prettiest when she hits her head at the gym on the bicycle. Wakes up with a nasty concept in her head as a schlubby character an empowering shot of self-confidence. The story is liable to be hilarious. This one absolutely made a buzz with all the young girls or all the internet influencers popular for portraying themselves as pretty as unreal fairies with all the makeup and camera stuff!

But to be honest, Amy is loved for her body image confidence. The message delivery denouement was merely belaboring. But the message was loud and clear-whatever you accomplish, you do it with self-confidence in the same body you were born with! “I feel pretty” would obviously make you feel empowered and with a hint of you should love yourself more often feeling.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
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Cast- Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Israel Broussard and Janel Parrish

High school girl Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all the boys that she ever felt passionately about and her latest letter was for her childhood friend who’s also her sister, Margot’s boyfriend, Josh. Margot and Josh break up since she’s leaving for college. Lara feels awkward hanging out with Josh. And her childhood best friend Andrew (Greg) is mean to her who’s dating Noah (Peter). Surprisingly, Lara had written a note to Peter Kavinsky as well. The story wraps up beautifully around Lara and Peter’s relationship after Peter broke up with Greg. The relationship is the most adorable love relationship one would ever come across movies. Peter has officially become a national crush, girls go woo-woos over his smile! This lovely duo gives us some major #relationshipgoals and a reason to fall in love all over again but in an old-school way.

If you’ve already watched all of the movies mentioned you must relate to a thing or two.  But if you haven’t already you’re missing out on something for sure. Do give these ones a watch. Enjoy your Netflix and Chill J