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  1. History was created on Tuesday as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020 Who is Kamala Harris?Harris is the first ever Black woman and the first Asian-American woman to be selected as the vice presidential nominee of a major party in the US. Isn’t that phenomenal? Born in Oakland, California, Harris' mother is a Tamilian from South India and her father is Jamaican. She has always been vocal about her Indian roots which also includes her frequent visits to Chennai when she was young to spend summers with her grandfather who was a civil servant in the Indian government. Here’s what we know about Kamala Harris and her historic Vice Presidential candidacy:Kamala Harris, 55, is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants. Her mother, as per CNN’s report, Shyamala Gopalan, was born in Chennai and immigrated to the US for a doctoral programme at UC Berkeley. That’s where she met Donald Harris, a Jamaican who was studying economics. Like Barack Obama, even Harris could easily connect across multiple identities as she comes from a mixed-race heritage. I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing. pic.twitter.com/duJhFhWp6g — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 11, 2020 Kamala has a sister, Maya Harris, who is also a political political activist and has worked in the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. The Harris sisters were brought up mostly by their mother as their parents divorced when Kamala was just seven years old. Their mother passed away in 2009. Harris is the first South Asian-American woman and second Black woman in history to serve in the US Senate, reports CNBC. She is only the fourth woman in US history to be chosen for one of the presidential tickets. .@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief. — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020 Elected to the Senate in 2016, Harris was the first Black woman in the chamber in more than a decade. During her relatively brief time as California’s junior senator, she has become known for her intensive interrogations of Trump administration officials and nominees, including Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing and Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Interestingly, the decision to pick Kamala Harris as his running mate is a huge one for Joe Biden as he aims to build a broad coalition of voters to oust Donald Trump from the White House. "I have the great honor to announce that I've picked @KamalaHarris -- a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country's finest public servants -- as my running mate," Joe Biden, 77, said on Twitter. © Los Angeles Times “My mother was very proud of her Indian heritage and taught us, me and my sister Maya, to share in the pride about our culture. We used to go back to India every couple of years. One of the most influential people in my life, in addition to my mother, was my grandfather P.V. Gopalan, who actually held a post in India that was like the secretary of state position in this country. My grandfather was one of the original Independence fighters in India, and some of my fondest memories from childhood were walking along the beach with him after he retired and lived in Besant Nagar, in what was then called Madras,” Harris said in her interview with CNN. Taking to Twitter shortly after the announcement, Harris said she was "honored" to join Biden as nominee for vice president, and would "do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief." .@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief. — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020 View the full article
  2. From calling a rescue operator a “pedo guy” on Twitter, to smoking weed during one of the most-watched podcasts, and naming his child a seemingly random combination of characters, Elon Musk surely knows how to stay in the news. However, if there is one celebrity billionaire who is actually, at the face of it, seemingly working for the betterment of human lives, it is Elon Musk. © Reuters We have come to recognise him as that eccentric billionaire who has successfully privatised space travel and is making us rethink cars and personal automobiles, thanks to Tesla. Some of us, who have followed the man know him since his days at X.com or what came to be known as PayPal. What most of us don't know, is how he came to be the billionaire that he is. © Reuters Well, technically, we know how he earned his billions; what most of us don't know, is how exactly he earned his first billion dollars, the milestone that is the hardest to crack into. The thing is, once you have your first billion, it becomes relatively easy to expand your fortune - most billionaires have said so in a number of interviews. What one really needs to be careful about, is how they invest their money, and that they do not squander it away on pointless things. So how did Elon Musk manage to do it? Making the first billion for him was indeed difficult, as compared to the rest of his $54 Billion. © Reuters 1. Starting Out With Odd Jobs © Reddit/r/muskclan Musk got his first paycheck for $500 when at the age of 10, he developed a computer game. When as a teen, he moved to Canada from South Africa, is where he really started working. Before enrolling in college education, he worked as a lumberjack and would cut trees for a lumber company. During this time, he would also work a number of odd and hazardous jobs that would be paying high, like cleaning out the rooms where the logs were disinfected and cleaned, just because no one was willing to do it. Imagine a guy with degrees in Economics and Physics doing such odd jobs, today. 2. Establishing His First Company © Reddit/r/muskclan Borrowing some money from his dad, Elon and his brother Kimbal, during the Dot Com boom, started a company called Zip2, a company that provided real-time maps to media outlets. This was one of the first rudimentary GPS systems that was easily accessible for the common public. This company was bought by Compaq for about $310 Million, of which, musk got about $22 Million. The brothers went on to open up X.com the world's first digital payment and online bank that allowed international transactions. X.com bought a software security company called Confinity, the real founders of PayPal. Soon, the venture was renamed as PayPal. 3. Selling PayPal © Reddit/r/muskclan Contrary to popular belief, Elon Musk did not become a billionaire when e-Bay bought PayPal. All Musk earned from that venture was $180 Million. E-Bay made that acquisition for $1.5 Billion, but because there were a lot of investors, and partners in X.com, Elon got just over 10-12 per cent of the deal. 4. Establishing SpaceX © Reuters With the proceeds he got from the sale of PayPal, Musk started his 3rd company, SpaceX or Space Exploration Technologies. Within 6 years, it was regularly getting contracts from NASA to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. During this time, NASA also outsourced the development of some major projects to SpaceX. This is the business venture that vastly contributed to Musk's personal wealth. 5. Establishing Tesla Incorporated © Reuters Musk was always interested in the physics of energy, and had even gotten into Stanford University's doctoral program before he started his first company. After establishing SpaceX, Musk founded Tesla. Although we know Tesla today as one of the most valuable automobile companies in the world, automotive is just one of the many aspects of the company. There was a time when a majority of the company's cash flow came from providing plans and components for solar power plants and high volume electricity storages that were sustainable in nature. It was Tesla's energy division, which was earlier called SolarCity before it was acquired by him, that really earned Musk his first Billion. © Reuters Tesla won a number of government contracts, especially outside the USA regarding his energy storage solutions. We're talking about massive storage systems, ones that could power entire cities for days without end. From here on out, Musk went completely bonkers - he founded The Boring Company, which shares, invested more into his Hyperloop project, and invested in his AI company. View the full article
  3. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in more ways than one. Even after months of lockdown, the virus is still lurking around in the various parts of the world, making it hard for us to get back to our day-to-day lives. But it looks like we finally have some good news. According to a new report, it looks like India's first indigenous COVID-19 could be ready for public use by August 15. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has asked medical institutions and hospitals to expedite clinical trials for the vaccine. © Reuters If everything goes to the plan, then it looks like the vaccine will be made available to the public by August 15 2020. Here's everything that you need to know: Joining Hands With BBIL ICMR has partnered with Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) for the clinical trials of this indigenous vaccine 'Covaxin' for the coronavirus disease. A total of 12 institutes have been selected for the clinical trial. Trial Locations © Reuters These institutes are located in Visakhapatnam, Rohtak, New Delhi, Patna, Belgaum (Karnataka), Nagpur, Gorakhpur, Kattankulathur (Tamil Nadu), Hyderabad, Arya Nagar, Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Goa, and Bhubaneswar-based Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital. Top Priority Right Now ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava noted that this is one of the "top priority projects which is being monitored at the top-most level of the government". The vaccine was developed and manufactured in Bharat Biotech's facility located in Genome Valley in Hyderabad. Another Vaccine In Development © Reuters Meanwhile, another candidate is also being developed Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila Healthcare. It's also considered to be a potential vaccine candidate, however, we don't have much about it just yet. The First Vaccine To Receive Approval The 'Covaxin' has become the first candidate developed in India to receive the Drug Controller General of India's approval to enter human trials. Source: The Hindu View the full article
  4. One of Indiaâs biggest threats when it comes to fighting the Coronavirus pandemic in the subcontinent, is the countryâs low COVID-19 testing numbers. Even as the Director-General of the WHO advised all the affected countries to âtest, test, testâ on every other citizen, India has only been testing people with foreign travel history or those who have been exposed to confirmed Coronavirus patients. The major reason why weâre facing this situation is that India has limited testing facilities. Or so was the case until very recently. Because now, a Pune-based virologist named Minal Dakhave Bhosale has successfully developed Indiaâs first, low-cost COVID-19 testing kit which is being hailed as a game-changer for Indiaâs fight against Coronavirus. Who Is Minal Dakhabe Bhosale © Twitter Minal is a virologist who works with a Pune-based molecular diagnostics company named Mylab Discovery Solutions as their Research and Development Chief. Reportedly, Minal was eight months pregnant and had just come home from a pregnancy-related complication when she took up the project to create the first âmade in Indiaâ coronavirus testing kit - âPatho Detectâ. Minal was heading a 10-member team and handled major proceedings remotely from home since February this year. She, along with her dedicated team, worked non-stop to develop the testing kit in a record six weeksâ time, given the countryâs growing need to test more people for the Coronavirus infection. © Twitter Minal submitted the fully-finished kit for evaluation at the National Institute of Virology in Pune on 18th March. And as fate would have it, the very next day she gave birth to her daughter through C-section. But even an hour before she was to leave for the hospital, Minal submitted her proposal to the Indian FDA and CDSCO seeking commercial approval. She got it all right in the first go, got the necessary clearances and gave India a much-needed weapon to fight Coronavirus. What Makes This Testing Special © BCCL - LinkedIN Not only has this development come as a ray of hope for Indians, the kit developed by Minal and her team also comes with its own salient features that make it invaluable. This COVID-19 testing kit can reportedly test 100 samples per kit and would cost one-fourth the price at Rs 1,200 as opposed to Rs 4,500 imported testing kits cost. Thatâs not all. Indiaâs COVID-19 testing kit is capable of giving correct diagnostic results in just two and a half hours as opposed to the six or seven hours imported test kits take. Whatâs more, the kit can also indicate potentially positive cases among asymptomatic patients What This Means © BCCL The first few batches of kits developed by Minal and her team have already been sent out to diagnostic laboratories in major Indian cities. The director of the manufacturing company of the COVID-19 kits, Mylab Discovery, told BBC that the company can supply up to 100,000 kits in a week and push it up to 200,000 if needed. This week will see more kits reaching many other labs and take-up Indiaâs much-needed testing numbers higher. Talking about the feat, Minal told BBC, "It was an emergency, so I took this on as a challenge. I have to serve my nation." Given the dire need to scale up the number of random testing of Coronavirus in India, 'Mylab PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kit' can not only help with early diagnosis but also help bring down the number of fatalities in the process. Kudos to Minal Bhosale and her team for their terrific work! View the full article
  5. No one, even in their worst nightmares, could have imagined that a harmless work trip abroad would end up in them contracting a killer virus, potentially ending their life Rohit Dutta, the first patient from Delhi who tested positive for Coronavirus, is now a cured man and is glad that he is doing much better, however, the road to recovery wouldnât have been possible if he had lost faith in the very beginning itself. It was his trust in the doctors and the system that made him win the battle and not succumb to this contagious virus, that's claiming lives across the globe in an alarming number. © Rohit Dutta After a bit of digging around, I was finally able to have a conversation with Mr Dutta as I wanted to personally know about his brush with the deadly virus, among other things, including the several myths that are surrounding this virus and its treatment. Thereâs a sense of fear among most Indians right now, particularly in reference to the treatment and ergo are scared to report the symptoms. Several diagnosed patients are running away from hospitals, putting their lives and the lives of others in danger, simply because they are scared of something that is not even true. I got in touch with Mr Dutta over the phone and as soon as he picked, I congratulated him for being courageous enough to battle the Coronavirus and emerge victorious as a healthy man. âI am glad I am doing much better. It's nothing to be scared of. If you see, 80-year-old Italians are also doing alright now and in Jaipur, people had several ailments but they recovered. I believe that you should go to the doctor as to when you start seeing the symptoms, the sooner the better,â he said. When I told him about how people are harbouring terrifying notions about isolation wards in hospitals and thus, are not forthcoming in reporting their symptoms, Mr Dutta asserted that the entire atmosphere of fear was only doing more harm. âI might write a letter to the Prime Minister for not using words like 'Isolation' and 'Quarantine'. We need to, maybe, use a better word as they are infusing fear in the heads of people. Maybe people are thinking that isolation wards are like kal kothris (dungeons), where crime offenders are kept in jail, but that's really not the case,â he said. The panic surrounding Coronavirus is so intense at the moment, that a few days ago, at the very hospital where Mr Dutta was getting treated, a suspected patient committed suicide. He was a 23-year-old man who had been living in Sydney for the past year and upon reaching the Delhi airport, he mentioned headache as a complaint in his self-reporting form. He was then taken for an evaluation to the hospital, however, he jumped off the seventh floor and took his own life. âI am very saddened by the news of the man committing suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of the hospital. I was in the very same hospital and six of our family members were also getting treated there,â Mr Dutta said. According to him, this fear has more to do with the social stigmas present in our society. âBasically, the fear stems out of the social stigma and people are actually thinking it's TB from the old times. And even if it's a social stigma, I think steps like committing suicide are simply wrong. I am deeply upset about this. Why are people not thinking about their families? Not seeing the possibility of getting cured? I am not aware of what came to his mind, but I don't appreciate such acts. As I mentioned before, even 80-year-old Italians are getting cured,â he stated. To get a better understanding of the isolation ward he was admitted to, I asked him to describe in detail what it actually looked like. © Rohit Dutta âThere are various hospitals and God was kind enough that I got Safdarjung. You need to understand that there are hospitals that are 40 years old too and their infrastructure is like that. You have wards in such hospitals too, but where I was put, it was a new building in Safdarjung hospital. It had everything that a patient needs and please understand, it's a hospital, not a luxury hotel. I had a big room with an attached bathroom and even hospitals in Mumbai might not have the luxury of having a big room. Instead of a double bed, you have a hospital bad. I believe people are just worried because of the word, 'isolation', and I still don't understand why that guy jumped as it's curable,â he said. He went on to add, âI had a window in the room but I never used to open it because I didn't want it to spread. My ward was fully centrally air-conditioned and what more can the government do? I had round-the-clock doctors and nurses keeping a check on me but this is what I got in this hospital. I can't tell you about others.â Furthermore into the conversation, I asked him about the treatment for the pandemic, as people outside have no idea about it and there are many theories stemming from their imagination, thatâs only making the situation worse. âFor people like me who had no ailments, it was just medications. The doctors told me there are some lower and higher infections on day 1. It was just medicines and I wasn't induced with anything. If I would have gotten any respiratory issues, they would have put me on an oxygen supporting system.â If you are wondering that you will be put on some 'medical' diet as well, Mr Dutta has debunked that myth too, âWell, the food was healthy and don't expect chaat in the hospital. So, the hospitals have their own dieticians and they give you a balanced diet of dal, sabzi, chawal, and roti.â Delving further into his time spent at the hospital, I wanted to know more how his days in the isolation ward were like. âIn my 14 days, I was only introspecting and after good six-seven days of introspection, I did realize where I went wrong and then, it was time to use Netflix. I am at home now and the only difference is the double bed and the couch in my room. In the hospital, I had a single bed and it was centrally air-conditioned,â he said, further adding that he used to stay connected to his family through WhatsApp and video calls and that's what kept him going. âI used to stay in touch with my daughter and son through WhatsApp and video calls. I used to tell my daughter to shower love on me through the phone. These are all boosters in my life,â he said. To show the brighter side of isolation wards, he shared an anecdote from when he was admitted at the hospital. âSo, one of the house-keeping staff was there and I actually thanked him for taking care of things. The nurses, doctor or other staff have to completely cover themselves and the dress you have been seeing on the internet, actually raises their body temperature to 4 to 5 degrees. I also thanked one of the nurses and they both told me, 'you don't have to thank us as we have chosen the job',â Mr Dutta said. During the interview, he kept stressing on the importance of not ignoring the symptoms, âMy appeal is to not ignore the symptoms and come out of that fear and approach the doctors. Don't worry about social stigmas as you will be accepted afterwards even if you had Coronavirus." He then proceeded to talk in detail about his own symptoms that confirmed Coronavirus. âMy symptoms included cough and it's similar to the one you hear on the phone these days just before your call gets through. The first time I heard it, I literally thought it was me and I disconnected. I had 99.5 fever but these are very general symptoms when you're down with cold and cough. Four of our other members had no symptoms at all and yet they all were positive. My both brothers-in-law from Agra also went to Europe with me but they had no cough or anything,â said Mr Dutta. He, again, emphasised on reaching out to the doctors whenever you feel discomfort and ascertain for sure if itâs Coronavirus or not. After this, I asked him about his life post-treatment and also wanted to know about his other family members who were tested positive as well. âI am absolutely fine now and I am practising social distancing. I am adhering to the guidelines provided by the doctors and the government. I believe that you have to be a responsible citizen,â he said. âFour of them were discharged earlier and two will be discharged today. All the eight members were connected to us, 6 were family members and one was an accountant and his wife. But, everything is fine and you need to remember that you have to keep fighting as people always remember the victorious,â he added. He also joked about never even trying the Corona beer ever in his life, âAfter this, I have realized, you need to introspect. Everyone has this changing point in their life and this was mine. In my case, I haven't even ever had two corona beers (laughs). What I want to tell you, just have faith in God and keep introspecting.â I was curious to know about his first reaction when he found out that he had been tested positive with the Coronavirus. âWhen I went inside, the doctors told me I am Corona positive. I was scared but they assured me that everything is going to be back on track and they will send me hale and hearty, even if it takes an extra two days. You have to surrender and have trust in your doctor who is no less than God. Just have faith and don't be scared. Let me explain it a better way, even if you go for a tooth implant, you are scared of the very thought of the injection but it vanishes when the doctor assures, it's all gone,â Mr Dutta said. In the flow of our conversation, he also cleared rumours about the fake reports of him. âThere were rumours about me and the party I did for my son's birthday. We were only 11 people who went to Hyatt and not 40 people as reported in the newspapers. People didn't know that I didn't go to Agra but my brothers-in-law from the city travelled to Europe along with me,â he informed. As our interesting conversation winded down towards its end, I wanted him to give some advice to those who are running away from hospitals or are simply scared to come forwards and report their symptoms. âThat's foolishness and I believe that precaution is better than cure but har tarah ke log hai. In my case, I had gone for my job to Europe and if I would have hugged you or something, you might would have got Corona but I wasn't aware back then. Now, the information is out for everyone to know. People who are running away from hospitals are fools. Please donât be scared and listen to the doctors, it will all be fine. âI feel it will take two months or so and it will be all tackled if we all adhere to the guidelines provided. If you see China, South Korea, and Japan, people are now getting recovered. They announced in December and things are better in March. âIt's all about fighting the battle without thinking of the consequences. Just hit the hospital whenever you start getting the symptoms, forget the social stigmas,â Dutta signed off by giving this positive advice. Well, I hope this interaction might have cleared your doubts about the isolation wards as thereâs nothing to fear about. MensXP is happy that Mr Dutta is back home and we hope that people understand the term - âsocial distancingâ now and take it more seriously. View the full article
  6. Letâs get real, if youâre a Goa frequenter, thereâs a good chance that itâs been your getaway of choice for one of many good reasons - that booze in the state is wonderfully cheap, leading to year after year of holidays spent by the seaside, 30-Rupee beers glued to our fingers. © Unsplash Unfortunately, troubleâs brewing in paradise. After decades of being the countryâs top party-vacation destination, Goaâs crown is about to be knocked off - and at the hands of none other than the newly announced state budget. The budget, which happens to be the first announced by new BJP CM Pramod Sawant, was announced earlier this week on the 6th of February. A ârise in excise duties and fees paid by alcohol sellersâ was the reason behind the governmentâs decision. Fortunately, reports claim that the prices will continue to remain below national averages - so not all is lost. âWe have increased the tax rate very slightly to make sure the burden on the common man does not increase. Excise duties, fees, stamp duty, court fees â all have been increased slightly in this Budget. Land rates have been revised too,â the Chief Minister was quoted as saying in his press release. © Unsplash Part of the hikes also affect property rates - a change that the government hopes will inject Rs 250-300 crore of revenue, which is planned to be spent on infrastructure projects according to The Times of India. Goa has faced flak from tourists and locals alike for stalling infrastructure projects such as road rebuilding and bridges - so itâs good to hear that the state aims to focus on getting these plans through the door. Still, weâve got a good 2 months left before the prices rise, and with off-season rates on their way post-February, thereâs a good chance that March will be the perfect time to plan the most inebriated vacation of your life. So, hit your gang up and remember to keep your bottle openers with you - theyâll be well-used by the time youâre back. View the full article
  7. Following a brilliant 2-1 win in the ODIs against Australia, the Indian cricket team found their next challenge in New Zealand in what seemed like a rigorous tour. For a team that had enjoyed a dominating run in the home season, India were not only wary of their opponents but also faced a tough task of getting used to the conditions in a relatively shorter span of time. But, on 24th January, the marauding Indian team laid all doubts to rest after producing a dominating performance in the 1st T20I at Eden Park. Continuing their fine run this year, Virat Kohli's men began the five-match T20I series with an emphatic six-wicket win to take a 1-0 lead. Asked to bat first, the home team got off to a good start with both Martin Guptill (30) and Colin Munro (59) coming out all guns blazing against the Indian bowling attack. But, Shivam Dube gave the visitors a key breakthrough after getting Guptill caught by Rohit Sharma, whose acrobatic fielding at the fence pegged the Kiwis back. © Twitter/@BCCI Chasing over 10 runs an over, the 'Men in Blue' were handed an early blow by Mitchell Santner who sent the dangerous Rohit Sharma (7) back into the hut in only the second over of the Indian innings. With their key batsman back in the pavilion, the onus was on KL Rahul (56) and Kohli (45) who stabilised the Indian run-chase with a vital partnership of 99 runs for the second wicket. But, just when the visitors appeared to be cruising in the run-chase, Ish Sodhi dismissed Rahul after getting caught by Tim Southee in the 10th over. The Indian team, further, found themselves in a spot of bother after losing skipper Kohli a few overs later. The likes of Shivam Dube (13) and Shreyas Iyer (58*) did try to keep India in the hunt, but the former's dismissal in the 14th over, gave an opportunity for the Kiwis to come back into the match. View the full article
  8. The fatal bushfires in Australia have taken a toll on wildlife and human life in the continent as everyone is trying to struggle to survive at a time when the planet Earth demands our utmost attention. While many organisations and volunteers are doing everything they can to help the victims, one such story of unusual warmth is that of a Sikh woman named Sukhwinder Kaur, who cancelled her first trip to India in 10 years and decided to stay back just so she could cook meals and help serve the affected people in Australia. She was supposed to fly back home to see her sister who is in a comatose state after suffering a stroke. Sukhwinder Kaur helps the kitchen community at East Gippsland where her day begins early in the morning and she prepares over a 1000 meals in a day till 11 pm every day. In an interview with SBS Punjabi, she explained why she decided to stay back. “I realised my first duty is towards the community here where I have lived for so long. If I had left the people here during such a difficult time, I don't think I could call myself a good human being”. © sikh volunteers Australia People around her are in awe of her warmth and the love that she has extended towards the community. This is a beautiful example of how one necessarily need not be rich or successful when help calls. One simply needs to have a heart full of love. View the full article
  9. Farhan Akhtar's recent tweet on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) seems to be haunting him as a lot of people don't seem to be ready to forgive him for apparently 'spreading misinformation' over the new act. Just recently, he took to Twitter to share the first look of his upcoming movie Toofan... He wrote, “When life gets harder, you just get stronger. Iss saal #Toofan uthega. Releasing on 2.10.2020 @mrunal0801 @SirPareshRawal @ritesh_sid @RakeyshOmMehra @urfvijaymaurya @ShankarEhsanLoy @Javedakhtarjadu @excelmovies @ROMPPictures @ZeeMusicCompany #AnjumRajabali @AAFilmsIndia.” When life gets harder, you just get stronger. Iss saal #Toofan uthega. Releasing on 2.10.2020@mrunal0801 @SirPareshRawal @ritesh_sid @RakeyshOmMehra @urfvijaymaurya @ShankarEhsanLoy @Javedakhtarjadu @excelmovies @ROMPPictures @ZeeMusicCompany #AnjumRajabali @AAFilmsIndia pic.twitter.com/1DDKtYp8Pi — Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) January 2, 2020 However, as soon he shared the first look, people started flooding his social media with negative comments, saying they want to boycott the movie over his CAA tweet. Here are the reactions: Will definitely boycott this...#BoycottToofan — बà¥à¤® शà¤à¤à¤° - à¤à¤¹à¤ बà¥à¤°à¤¹à¥à¤®à¤¾à¤¸à¥à¤®à¤¿ (@Dodiyaravi) January 2, 2020 #boycotttoofan #boycotttoofan — Pintu Behera (@Pintujaibharat) January 2, 2020 My fellow countrymen .. please be proud of public elected government .. be proud of HINDUstan .. And Boycott #Toofan — RadheKrishna (@RadheKr87765500) January 2, 2020 I was you Big Fan sir! Bt you Showed your true colours! ðð¼ð¥ Never watching you Movies Again!@FarOutAkhtar #BoycottToofan 𥠗 Saket Rajput (@18rajput_sr) January 2, 2020 I used to be a big fan but u hv lost respect since u misguided ppl against CAA n NRC w/o even reading n understanding d same. I #BoycottToofan and will convince others 2 do the same. — NITIN GUPTA (@NITINGUPTA11) January 2, 2020 He still chose to keep the post of misinformation with million followers and the disputed map of India which the enemy forces carries in their agendas.. — Jitesh Aminð®ð³ (@Jitsamin) January 2, 2020 Never gonna watch any movie of urs #BoycottToofan — Red_Cc (@KrishK74) January 2, 2020 Well, we don't know what to say about this, however, a person's work should not really suffer because of their political opinions. Coming back to the movie, Farhan looks extremely convincing as a boxer for the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film. Toofan is Farhan's second collaboration with director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra after the hit sports biopic, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013). In an interview, Mehra said, “Toofan is a story that will move and motivate all of us. It's so much fun to collaborate with Farhan yet again. He does not act the part but becomes one. I can't wait to share the film with the audience.” Toofan is co-produced by Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani's Excel Entertainment and ROMP Pictures. The film is scheduled to be released on October 2 this year. View the full article
  10. The first of three ODIs between India and the visiting West Indies was a tad bit unusual. The umpires screwed up big time, the Indian skipper got a rare single-digit score before he got dismissed and top-order batsman Shimron Hetmyer had Lady Luck smiling on him! But eventually the luck wore out and Hetmyer's real capabilities as a batter kicked in. With 11 boundaries and seven massive sixes came 139 runs from the south-paw's powerful shoulders. Hetmyer after his dismissal during 3rd T20i as he couldn't take his team Home Now back with a 85 ball century ð¥ Gotta love this guy Temperament !! #INDvsWI pic.twitter.com/ykV7V9Ra7V — -_- (@jaswanthRohit) December 15, 2019 A technically sound innings by opener and Test cricket hero, Shai Hope was an absolute treat to watch and played a great supporting role to Hetmyer's rampage that helped Kieron Pollard's side to easily chase down India's 287 with 13 balls to spare. A slow effort, but solid Shai Hope has ensured West Indies will take a series lead with his 8th ODI hundred #INDvWI https://t.co/jTGJrlZ5CZ pic.twitter.com/tgxJyxjyq0 — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 15, 2019 But if there was a silver lining from Sunday's loss, it had to be Rishabh Pant's innings in the first half of the match. As the elite Indian top-order of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli got wrapped up for a total of 46 runs, the Men in Blue found themselves desperately looking at their middle order to produce a good partnership and reach a reputable total. The young Delhi Capitals duo of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant surely delivered. And while Iyer stayed in his element and backed his game with the phenomenal form that he has been lately, it was a lot more interesting to see what Rishabh Pant did with his time on the pitch. Scores of Shreyas Iyer in his short ODI career : 9, 88, 65, 18, 30, 71, 65, 50* Consistency level = ð¯#INDvWI — - (@FourOverthrows) December 15, 2019 The 22-year-old started out his innings with the typical shots which look uncomfortable just to look at. No footwork, all shots to his right, unable to control the flight of the ball, risking every shot to be caught within the 30-yard-circle. Virat Kohli signalling Rishabh Pant to be calm at the pitch, he's right behind Pant to show him directions. ðâ¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/zPaxDlH3EJ — Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 15, 2019 But a brief conversation with his batting partner helped the youngblood calm himself down a bit and play the best limited-over innings of his career. Forming a 114-run partnership with Iyer, Pant smashed seven fours and a solitary six to reach his career-best 71 runs. Rishabh Pant: India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: In MS Dhoni's den, Rishabh Pant shows he is up for the scrap | Cricket News https://t.co/U3Jyf01EoA pic.twitter.com/3Jjq1c5abf — RAHUL ROY (@Rahul_news4me) December 16, 2019 This innings was particularly important for Pant individually as well. Coming out from having an abysmal T20I-series against the Windies and amidst head coach Ravi Shastri hinting his drop from the squad , for Pant to play such a steady knock shows the personal growth of the cricketer. And the same crowd that cheered for MS Dhoni whenever Pant messed up in the previous games, was chanting his name. Finally Everyone is shouting Rishabh Pant instead of Dhoni. #KnowledgeableChennaiCrowd pic.twitter.com/mCHLrQzotB — Sundar G (@SunOfGan) December 15, 2019 View the full article
  11. "Women were always there in the navy. Just that, they were not in the cockpit." And then came Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi, changed the course of history with her achievements and became the first naval woman pilot in the Indian Navy. Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi joined operational duties in Kochi naval base today and our hearts are beaming with pride for her. She will be flying the Dornier surveillance aircraft. While talking about her operational duties and this huge achievement, she said "It's a proud feeling for me, my parents and it's a different feeling. I have been craving for this since a very long time and finally, it is here, I cannot express it...it's a great feeling. I am looking forward to complete my third stage of training." Indian Navy officials: Sub Lieutenant Shivangi today became the first naval women pilot as she joined operational duties in Kochi naval base. She will be flying the Dornier surveillance aircraft of the Indian Navy. https://t.co/2Atjwl8kal pic.twitter.com/biqfG9Ff3u — ANI (@ANI) December 2, 2019 She further added, "Women were always there in the Navy. They were not in the cockpit. Observers were there. This is something different...woman in the cockpit for the first time. It will create more opportunity for other women who want to join Defence...maybe they will start going for choppers and fighters." 24-year-old Shivangi was born in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and completed her schooling from DAV Public school. Reportedly, she completed her training at the Indian Naval Academy last year and came to Kochi to train with the Indian naval air squadron, the INAS 550. View the full article
  12. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are celebrating their first wedding anniversary today, and just like for any other married couple, it's a big day for the Bollywood star couple as well. Just like how their extravagant weddings were a private affair, their first anniversary celebrations also followed suit. Early morning today, the actors visited the Venkateswara temple to seek blessings on their special day. While Ranveer looked divine in his white kurta pajama paired with a golden Nehru jacket, Deepika looked gorgeous in a beautiful red saree paired with golden jewellery to complete the look. The photos of the couple from Tirupati have gone viral on social media within hours and many of their fan clubs have shared it on Twitter. Check out the photos here: ð·| Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone spotted at Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala today ♥ï¸ #HappyAnniversaryDeepveer pic.twitter.com/JqthUUnkim — RanveerSingh TBT | #83ð♥ï¸ (@RanveerSinghtbt) November 14, 2019 Meanwhile, fans are flooding social media with wishes for Ranveer and Deepika, blessing them to be together for a lifetime. May each step in your life is full of fun smile and laughter which keeps all the positive vibes around you ðð May you makes each other shine brighter in every moment of your life 𥰠@RanveerOfficial @deepikapadukone #HappyAnniversaryDeepveer pic.twitter.com/PgacEo3IxW — Bhavika⤠Ranveer (@RanveerianBhavo) November 14, 2019 It's now been a year since you two embarked on the "incredible journey of love, loyalty, friendship and togetherness." Best wishes my two faves! @RanveerOfficial @deepikapadukone ♥#HappyAnniversaryDeepVeer https://t.co/0jib8qQe4c — Sunshine (@JAHABof1794) November 14, 2019 Wow both looking royal and beautiful happy 1st anniversary deepika and ranvir.. — oindrila dutta (@OinDutta) November 14, 2019 Wish you a very Happy Anniversary........May your life continue to be filled with love, laughter and happiness. ð¥°@deepikapadukone @RanveerOfficial ðð pic.twitter.com/aCrk0DuY9p — â³ ðð¶ðð¿ð¶ð ® (@iMRanjan30) November 14, 2019 Wishing the most beautiful, gorgeous and the best couple a very Happy First Anniversary. Loads and loads of love & happiness forever â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ @deepikapadukone @RanveerOfficial #HappyAnniversaryDeepveer pic.twitter.com/1OesP5C52M — Piku (@deepsphy) November 14, 2019 On the work front, the star couple will soon be seen sharing screen space in Kabir Khan's upcoming movie, '83. While Ranveer is playing the role of former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev, Deepika will be seen playing his wife, Romi Dev. Apart from '83, Deepika Padukone will also be seen in her first production Chhapaak. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, Chhapaak is based on the incredible life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. The film also stars Vikrant Massey in an important role. On this note, MensXP wishes the couple a happy wedding anniversary. View the full article
  13. Delhi, the national capital of India, has never been known for having clean air. But, when the residents of the city get possessed by the Diwali fervour, Delhi has a tendency of becoming a gas chamber, given its pollution levels. And, this Diwali has been no different. With the weather conditions deteriorating and the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaching 'severe+' level on 1st October, the touring Bangladesh cricket team faces an uphill battle, of not only successfully negating the challenge posed by the Indian side, but also the hazardous air which had Sri Lankan cricketers vomiting two years ago. Calls from all quarters have grown over concerns of holding the T20I under such unforgiving conditions, but Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo remains unperturbed. The 45-year-old has admitted that the conditions are not ideal in the national capital, where the two teams are scheduled to lock horns in the first T20I on 3rd November, but said it was the same for both teams and they have got to deal with it. Bangladesh Tour of India 2019 Bangladesh Squad for T20I series#BCB#RiseOfTheTigerspic.twitter.com/PVJ1i1YZyv — Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) November 1, 2019 "The weather has been magnificent. It's not too hot. There's no breeze. But not obviously perfect with the smog. But it's the same for both the teams. It's not perfect, not ideal. But we are not really complaining about it," Domingo told reporters at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, the venue for the first T20I of the three-match series," Domingo told reporters at the venue for 1st T20I. "We have got to make sure that we prepare as well as possible. We obviously have some scratchy eyes, some sore throats but it's been okay. Nobody is sick or dying. We don't want to be in such weather outside in the field for six or seven hours. Three hours a game we are playing and three hours of practice session," he added. Anti-pollution face masks on in Delhi, where Bangladesh are training ahead of the first #INDvBAN T20I ð·https://t.co/mQizUVbflWpic.twitter.com/tEjH6mgQu8 — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 1, 2019 While the Bangladeshi cricketers were spotted wearing anti-pollution masks during their recent training sessions, coach Domingo said that no special plans or arrangements have been made by them for the players to tackle the troubling weather conditions in Delhi. On 31st October, stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma said that he didn't face any problems with the weather conditions in the national capital. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had also made it clear that the match cannot be shifted to another venue at the eleventh hour. However, he did mention that in the future, the board will consider the weather conditions before hosting a match in the North in winters. While Bangladesh will be missing their star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, owing to an ICC suspension, the Indian selectors have rested regular skipper Virat Kohli for the limited-overs series. In the absence of Kohli, Rohit will be seen marshalling the troops on the field as they gear up for the three-match T20I series. View the full article
  14. After rocking the industry with his smash-hit movie, Kabir Singh, Shahid Kapoor is set to make a comeback soon as he will be seen stepping into the shoes of a cricketer in the Hindi remake of the hit Telugu film Jersey. The film will be directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, who was also the director of the Telugu version of the film. The original film starred noted actor Nani. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share the first look and wrote, “Shahid Kapoor begins prep for the role of a cricketer in the #Hindi remake of #Telugu film #Jersey... The #Hindi version will be directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, who also helmed the original #Telugu version, starring Nani... 28 Aug 2020 release.” Check out the tweet here: In the picture, you can see Shahid in flannels and a headband as he holds a cricket bat. As the first picture of the actor as a cricketer is out now, fans are excited to see him nail this character as well and are confident that he will do justice to the role. Check out the reactions: What a movie Jersey was, too many emotions in one movie, a complete film, #Nani Salute to your natural acting, I wish Shahid will be at par. #Jersey All the best #ShahidKapoor — ravindra verma (@ricky2great) November 1, 2019 Another blockbuster loading for @shahidkapoor — Saiteja Akinapelly (@I_saiteja_) November 1, 2019 BLOCKBUSTER. — Shahid's SuperFan© (@ShahidsSuperFan) November 1, 2019 BLOCKBUSTER. — Shahid's SuperFan© (@ShahidsSuperFan) November 1, 2019 Man, He looks promising. — Syed imran (@syedrocko) November 1, 2019 Talking about the film, Shahid told IANS, “It took me some time to decide what to do next after Kabir Singh. But the minute I saw Jersey, I knew I wanted it to be my next. It is a wonderful, inspiring and a personal human journey that I connected with deeply.” Are you excited to see Shahid as a cricketer? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  15. How strong can a person's will be? When does someone just throw in the towel and call it quits? What is the breaking point for someone who's in the middle of a difficult journey and can't afford to look back because a lot of people have their hopes riding on him? This story is about Srinivas Gokulnath, who is working with the United Nations and teaches yoga to the kids of South Sudan who have suffered so much heartbreak due to the ongoing civil war. For a Pune-based ultra-cyclist, who's used to taking his bicycle for daily commute, coming across a cycling community wasn't that surprising. It was there that Srinivas found out about this race called 'Race Across America' (RAAM) that was considered to be the most difficult cycling race in the world. © Srinivas Gokulnath A cycling enthusiast by nature, he quickly made up his mind that he will also take part and might as well become the first Indian to complete the 4,900 km race. “I wanted to be the first indian to finish the Race Across America. Since 2009, I found that my passion is ultra cycling and wanted to excel in my passion,” Srinivas told MensXP. So, after 11 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes and riding across 12 states, he was one of the only nine athletes to have crossed the finish line of RAAM in 2017 and credits his wife for the win. “When it comes to your family's role in motivating you, it is very crucial. When I couldn't finish the Race Across America in 2016, it was my wife who asked me to at least reach the finish line and congratulate those who finished the race in time,” he said. © Srinivas Gokulnath “I found it very weird at that moment but we did reach the finish line where the award ceremony was going on. Inside the ceremony hall, the race director asked me if I 'got to taste triumph'. It hurt me at that moment and I took it in a sarcastic manner but before I could respond, my wife almost spontaneously said that 'we will be the first Indians to finish the race next year.' I was shocked to hear her response. I never understood that my wife is so desirous of me finishing the race,” Srinivas recalled. It was at that moment that Srinivas decided to give everything he's got for the next 11 months, sign up for the race again and finish it this time. © Srinivas Gokulnath However, all his hard work seemed to be coming to an undesirable end when just 30 hours into the race Srinivas found himself to be severely dehydrated. He overheard his crew talking on the radio that he would not be able to make it to the finish line and would have to call it off. Having already being quit from the race once before, this would have been an absolute heartbreak for him, had it not been for his wife. “I remember having a very strong conversation with her. She made me realise that there are so many people who have sacrificed so many things for me to cross the finish line. 'Why are you not giving your 100% when the crew is giving their 200%?' she asked me,” Srinivas said. That's what sparked the ultra-cyclist up and made him get on his bike and start paddling and eventually complete the race. © Srinivas Gokulnath But there is something about cycling your way across challenging terrains that had Srinivas hooked to the idea of finishing yet another race, this time across a 2,200 km long mountainous stretch of Austria in 2018. In order to get acclimated, he reached the venue three weeks ahead of the event but during his first day of training, Srinivas crashed his bike which broke into two pieces and bruised four of his ribs. “I was glad that I didn't break my long bone and was unconscious after the accident. That was a saving grace. I got back to my hotel and informed my crew. They went to get my spare bike from home but even that bike broke during the transport in the flight. Had to buy a new bike and had to get used to it just two days before the event,” he said. The fractures and injured bones hurt the athlete heading into the race but he remembered what he'd learnt during RAAM 2017, accepted the things the way they were and kept moving forward and became the first solo Indian to finish Race Across Austria. “It's like climbing a mountain and you tried to reach the peak of the mountain and when you finally to make it to the top, you release that there are taller mountains to climb,” Srinivas says about his future goals now that he has got his name registered in the Limca Book of Records. Working towards becoming the best ultra-cyclist in the world, he is trying to create a support system around him with the help of crowd funding and sponsors. “I would urge people to ask themselves what's their passion. 99 percent of the people are living a monotonous lifestyle. They eat, sleep, earn money and then do the same thing the next day. They don't want to pursue their dreams. I would urge them to chase whatever it is that they really want to do. It would not only transform them but the people around them as well,” he added.
  16. Looks like, even after years of the Baahubali franchise making waves across the globe, the world can still not get enough of the magnum opus. This weekend was a very special time and marked a big milestone for the entertainment industry back home as SS Rajamouli's Baahubali:The Beginning became the only and the first ever non-English movie to be screened at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which is huge! Standing ovation at the @RoyalAlbertHall... ð¥ð¥ðð»ðð» HUGE applause to whoever came to #ReliveTheEpic.. Thank you LONDON... We will cherish this event forever... â¤ðð» Saahore @MMKeeravaani & the entire team of BAAHUBALI... ð¥âð»pic.twitter.com/HeZ1MmwA88 — Baahubali (@BaahubaliMovie) October 20, 2019 The movie also received a standing ovation and after the thunderous applause, it made its way to social media, where fans across the globe couldn't help but go crazy all over again. The name is @ssrajamouli! ð¥ Excited #Baahubali lovers from Japan who came to watch the show at the @RoyalAlbertHall had quite the fan moment with our director outside the hotel in London... pic.twitter.com/sxcRf7A9hT — Baahubali (@BaahubaliMovie) October 19, 2019 Immense pride for all of us ððð𥠗 Prabhas Crazy Girl ™ (@Pragathiprabhas) October 20, 2019 A night to remember! The music is still playing in my head this morning! ðI'm at aw of composer Keeravaani and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra! Just amazing! #Baahubali Films in Concert @royalalberthall — Kiran Gawali (@GawaliKiran) October 20, 2019 The screening was also attended by the ensemble cast along with the director himself. Post the screening, actors Prabhas, Anushka and Rana along with Rajamouli took over the stage to express gratitude and answer all the questions as well. View this post on Instagram TheMIGHT , TheMAJESTY, TheMAHISHMATI!! #BaahubaliTheBeginningLive #royalalberthall A post shared by Rana Daggubati (@ranadaggubati) on Oct 19, 2019 at 5:04pm PDT View this post on Instagram The best evening with the best people!! â¤ï¸ A post shared by Rana Daggubati (@ranadaggubati) on Oct 18, 2019 at 2:56pm PDT In case if you still haven't witnessed what all these hyper about, then you clearly are living under a rock my friend. This is a giant leap of recognition meant for the people and a movie which truly put India on the global map of entertainment and in a way in which even Bollywood could not achieve this standard. For now, all we can say is 'Jai Mahishmati'! and let's hope we get to see this magical team work together again soon.
  17. You can trust Akshay Kumar to take up interesting projects and add versatility to his already super versatile career path. The man knows exactly what kind of movies he needs to pick, which serve a bigger purpose than merely entertaining the audience. Last seen as a Sikh warrior in 'Kesari', Khiladi Kumar is all set for his next movie 'Laxmmi Bomb' and his first look has got everyone screaming. View this post on Instagram âªBringing you one bomb of a story,#LaxmmiBomb starring @kiaraaliaadvani & yours truly!Bursting in cinemas on 5th June,2020ð¥ Fox Star Studios Presents A Cape of Good Films Production in association with Shabinaa Entertainment & Tusshar Entertainment House Written by Farhad Samji Directed by Raghava Lawrence Produced by Aruna Bhatia, Cape of Good films Produced by Shabinaa Khan and Tusshar Produced by Fox Star Studios @foxstarhindi @shabskofficial @tusshark89 #CapeOfGoodFilms A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on May 17, 2019 at 10:43pm PDT Now, you must be wondering what this kohl-rimmed-eyes look is all about. The movie is a remake of Southern hit film 'Kanchana' which was the second part of a two-part movie franchise directed by Raghava Lawrence. The movie follows the story of a man who gets possessed by the ghost of a transgender woman, who is looking for vendetta against the people who ruined her life. This looks like a very interesting role for Akshay and social media is abuzz with raving reviews of his first look. A completely Different role of @akshaykumar sir, Never fear to take risk in his career. Akki is truly KHATRON KE KHILADI. Kalwon ise kahte Risk lena, Rom-com ko Risky Gener Bana Diya tha salon ne.ð#LaxmmiBomb pic.twitter.com/ujZ8XtTbMp — Ankit (@iAnkitbdj) May 18, 2019 I've watched #Kanchana and have thoroughly enjoyed that movie. I genuinely wish that #LaxmmiBomb starring @akshaykumar & @Advani_Kiara do live upto the expectations set. And I must say, Akki's first look has already impressed me! ð®ð¹ð® pic.twitter.com/dg06a2OIQp — Samina Shaikh (@saminaUFshaikh) May 18, 2019 #LaxmmiBomb : F A B U L O U S & O U T S T A N D I N @akshaykumar bringing sum new concept That is y he is very versatile actor ð #AkshayKumar more power to you B O O M ð¥ð¥. ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ ab BO pe patakhe phutege pic.twitter.com/9zcQH2hOFg — Bollywood Crazy (@BollywoodCrazy_) May 18, 2019 The movie is already a big hit down South and with a very intriguing story line, looks like it will work well in Bollywood as well. 'Laxmmi Bomb' is all set to release next June in 2020.
  18. The Hindi film industry has evolved leaps and bounds in the last couple of years, with some really good content making its way to the big screen. Of course, a few senseless entertainment ('SOTY 2'...ahem) flicks also manage to slip through, but overall, Bollywood has managed to keep movie-goers engaged with quality films such as 'Raazi', 'Padman', 'Hichki', 'Parmanu', '102 Not Out', 'Andhadhun', 'Manto', 'Badhai Ho', 'Uri', 'Gully Boy' and the likes striking a chord with the audience. © Instagram The streak of quality content from Bollywood promises to continue with the release of some recent first looks, which have left the audience intrigued as well as excited for what's to come. Recently, Amitabh Bachchan shared the first look of his upcoming film 'Chehre' and the picture has got the grapevine working overtime, owing to the similarities between Big B's look in 'Chehre' to iconic 'Harry Potter' series character Dumbledore. © Twitter Well, the look has also made his fans anxious about what 'Chehre' is all about, since we have never seen Amitabh Bachchan in such a look. As per the latest reports, this much-awaited film starring Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi is being produced by Anand Pandit and directed by Rumi Jaffrey. The shooting for the film has already begun in Mumbai. Reportedly, 'Chehre' also stars Kriti Kharbanda, Rhea Chakraborty, Siddhanth Kapoor, Dritman Chakroborthy, Raghubir Yadav and Annu Kapoor. It is scheduled to release on 21st February 2020. © Twitter Apart from Bachchan Sr's look in 'Chehre', the first looks of these 5 upcoming Bollywood films also made us go 'oh teri!'. Check them out here: 1. Vicky Kaushal in 'Sardar Udham Singh' © Twitter We recently got to behold the first look of Shoojit Sircar's upcoming directorial project 'Sardar Udham Singh' starring Vicky Kaushal. The pictures showed Vicky Kaushal shooting in Russia as the titular character, who was an Indian freedom fighter. 2. Deepika Padukone in 'Chhapaak' © Instagram Deepika's first look from 'Chhapaak', which is being directed by Meghna Gulzar, grabbed quite a few eyeballs when it was first released. Based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, people commended Deepika's look because it looked so convincing. 3. Kartik Aaryan in 'Pati Patni Aur Woh' © Instagram Kartik's look from his upcoming film 'Pati, Patni Aur Woh' which is a remake of the 1978 movie by the same name, left fans gawking at their screens. Also, starring Ananya Pandey and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead, Kartik as Chintu Tyagi in the film looked nothing like the dapper star and excited the audience for whatever is in store. 4. Ayushmann Khurrana in 'Dream Girl' © Twitter Recently, when the filming began for Ayushmann Khurrana and Nushrat Bharucha starrer 'Dream Girl', Ayushmann took to his social media account and shared his first look and said, “As whacky as it can get! Here's the first glimpse of my look in and as #DreamGirl. Thoughts?” Of course, his fans had lots of thoughts to spare, because obviously! 5. Bhumi Pednekar & Tapsee Pannu in 'Saand Ki Aankh' © Twitter Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar's upcoming movie garnered a lot of buzz when they transformed into famous “Shooter Dadis” for Anurag Kashyap's 'Saand Ki Aankh.' Based on the lives of sharpshooters Chandro Tomar and Prakshi Tomar, who learnt shooting at the age of 60, the audience is looking forward to this one hitting the screens.
  19. The world's biggest boy band, BTS scripted history at the Billboard Music Awards 2019 last night, by becoming the first ever K-Pop group to win the Top Group award. 190502 ð BTS just wins Top Duo/Group at 2019 Billboard Music Awards!! ð­ð­ GUUUUUYYS @BTS_twt BIG CONGRATULATIONS!! #TopSocialArtistBTS #BTSistheTopGrouppic.twitter.com/NnUPW1oAj5 — BTS National (@BTS_National) May 2, 2019 They also won the Top Social Artist award for the third year in a row, thanks to their unbelievably powerful and devoted fan base called the ARMY. It goes without saying that the fans completely lost it, not only in South Korea but all over the world, as this was a very important moment for them. A Korean group, making Korean music, competing and winning against noted international artists, is nothing short of incredible, and BTS' fans are on cloud nine and beaming with pride. “I'd say after today's BBMAs win 'Team work makes the Dream work', is the right phrase suitable for BTS because they have come a long way by their sheer hard work and talent,” said Twinkle Choudhary, one of the administrators of BTSindiaofficial. BTS, who were nominated for the first time ever in this category, won the Top Group award by beating out Dan + Shay, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Panic! At The Disco. © Getty Images The 7 members consisting of RM (leader), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook walked up to the stage to collect the award amid the deafening cheers from their fans present there. “Thank you, ARMY. Still can't believe we're here on this stage with so many great artists, oh my God. ARMY, this is only possible because of the little things we shared together. The BTS and ARMY power, right? And we're still the same boys from six years ago. We still have the same dreams. We still have the same feelings; we still have the same thoughts. So let's keep dreaming the best dreams together. Thank you. I love you all," RM said in his acceptance speech. BTS also performed their latest single 'Boy With Luv' featuring Halsey at the BBMAs and it was incredible to see the sight of an American pop singer singing and dancing along with a K-Pop band on the prestigious stage. BTS & Halsey took the #BBMAs stage for a performance of "Boy With Luv" #BillboardNews pic.twitter.com/zvPpvvWCyv — billboard (@billboard) May 2, 2019 “I think a lot of people are really curious about the collaboration because obviously, the boys are from Korea and I'm from the States, but I think that we really show that despite what seems like a language barrier at first is really just kind of like unimportant when it comes down to a bunch of young people who really love music and who just love hanging out, and it really shows through," Halsey said at before the awards on the red carpet. © Getty Images BTS, looking dapper in Alexander McQueen, created a stir the second they landed at the awards and walked the red carpet, as besides fans, many celebrities began clamouring to take a selfie or just catch a glimpse of the boys. © Getty Images Now THAT's a photo.#UmusicBBMAs #Drake #BTS pic.twitter.com/KKaX7FEl7g — Universal Music CA (@umusic) May 2, 2019 Can they like... Collab????? @iamcardib @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/b7eQsdG7KB — D â (@epiphanyxstyles) May 2, 2019 Me, @BTS_twt, and someone's hand. ð I tried. ð#BTSArmy #BBMAs #AGTonMay28 pic.twitter.com/wj7f3lZPiE — Julianne Hough (@juliannehough) May 1, 2019 OMG!!! First person I see on the red carpet is @BTS_twt!! #BTSArmy #BBMAs #AGTonMAY28 pic.twitter.com/7bDccaGHxD — Julianne Hough (@juliannehough) May 1, 2019 TERRY LOVES BTS! TERRY LOVES AWARD SHOWS!#BBMAs #AGTonMAY28 #BTSArmy #AmericasGotTerry pic.twitter.com/tEOgIy9NOm — terry crews (@terrycrews) May 2, 2019 TERRY CREWS SAYING BEING BEHIND BTS FEELS LIKE BEING BEHIND THE BEATLES... THE OTHER GIRLS CAN'T EEM SPELL GLOBAL IMPACT pic.twitter.com/UkSugkhKx3 — anna with luv (@TRlVlAMONOS) May 1, 2019 The Jonas Brothers, who were making their first red carpet appearance as a band in 10 years, could barely contain their excitement at the prospect of meeting BTS and said their “main goal was to meet BTS.” ð¹ Jonas Brothers live stream on instagram moments ago! #BBMAs pic.twitter.com/KbWtdWHX0y — Jonas Brothers News (@jbrosnews) May 1, 2019 Joe Jonas actually managed a fist bump with V during a performance, to which a very disappointed Nick Jonas responded by posting a clip of the moment to Instagram story saying, “When your brother gets a fist bump during your performance from BTS but you don't.” joe jonas interacted with bts and got married,,, maybe today's joe jonas is living his best life pic.twitter.com/tuCG5wNu15 — jo (@kookooT__T) May 2, 2019
  20. Falling in love with the right person and then getting married to the love of your life is a blessing not everyone is graced with in their lives. Sonam K Ahuja and Anand Ahuja's wedding last year was surely a grand affair. From the starry guest list to the very first picture of the newlyweds, everything was just perfect. The bigwigs of Bollywood didn't only make their presence felt at one of the biggest weddings of 2018 but actively participated in all the functions. From Salman Khan to Shah Rukh Khan, everyone celebrated the big day with the Kapoors. They walked the aisle on May 8, 2018, and this year, the lovebirds will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary. View this post on Instagram that smile is everything! ð #everydayphenomenal A post shared by anand s ahuja (@anandahuja) on Jun 9, 2018 at 2:28pm PDT If one remembers correctly, Sonam and Anand had to cancel their honeymoon plans because the actor had prior commitments. What if we tell you that, this time is no different? MensXP got in touch with Anand Ahuja to know more about their first wedding anniversary plans and guess what? Sonam is busy again with her erratic and hectic schedules. When we asked Anand what has he planned for his wife, he cracked up and said, "It's funny. Sonam is always messing on my plans. Last year, she had canned right after the wedding. We didn't do a honeymoon. We did a really short one in Japan. This year, we were again planning to go to Japan but then her 'Zoya Factor' schedule is there and it has changed a bit. We are not going in June but we will go after her birthday. We are so fortunate that with our schedules, we travel so much and get to spend time. We will be in London for the anniversary. London is a little break for her. We will surely do a Japan trip at the end of the year." We wonder what Sonam has to say to this? View this post on Instagram ...Time to eat in @discoverLA! ð Getting down w a cool, vegetarian -friendly restaurants in town: @salazarfrogtown! ð#ComeFeeltheLove #everydayphenomenal A post shared by anand s ahuja (@anandahuja) on Jan 20, 2019 at 12:24am PST We all know Sonam is an uber fashionista and doesn't go wrong with her fashion choices. Both Anand and Sonam have been setting the bar high with their individual fashion sense. From their airport looks to their red carpet style, everything is just to the point and perfect according to the occasion. On Twitter and Instagram, people tag them as one of the most glam couples and we do agree with it. When we asked Anand about the tag they are given, he told us, "It's more Sonam. Whenever you are with your partner, you just gain more confidence. We have just amazing stylists. Everyone in her family be it Anil Kapoor or her mom, they all are style icons." View this post on Instagram âð¼ð®ð¹ A post shared by anand s ahuja (@anandahuja) on Sep 24, 2018 at 10:58am PDT Before we parted ways, we gave him a suggestion saying that a book should be written on the two of them with a tagline - 'A couple that travels in sneakers'. Anand agreed with us saying, "We actually do travel in sneakers. Now, she has a couple of sneakers and she pairs it everything now." On this note, we wish the two a Happy Wedding Anniversary well in advance.
  21. Four years after its original announcement, Aston Martin's first all-electric car is finally here. The company's Rapide sedan called the “Rapide E” made its debut at the Shangai Auto Show yesterday. Aston Martin didn't announce a price for the car, but it said only 155 Rapide E cars will ever be made. However, do you know what are we most excited about? To see Agent 007 drive the new all-electric car in the next Bond movie. For those of you who don't know, Aston Martin cars and James Bond movies have a huge history. Aston Martin's relationship with the 007 franchise began in 1964 when Sean Connery drove a DB5 sports car in Goldfinger. Well, if the reports are something to go by, the upcoming 25th James Bond (https://www.mensxp.com/special-features/james-bond-lifestyle/7551-10-best-james-bond-outfits.html) movie will see our 007 agent drive the new Rapide E. Of course, there's a lot of swift action sequences in the movie, and we think it's about time to put our agent in a zero-emission vehicle. © Aston Martin The new Rapide E is a powerful machine. It's powered by an 800-volt, 65kWh battery, which Aston Martin says will be able to travel over 200 miles on a single charge. The car has a twin motor fitted on the rear axle, which can generate 450kW and can get the car up to a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Also, the new Aston Martin Rapide E can go from 0 to 60 miles in under four seconds. The car is packed with a lot of other gizmos like a 10-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, an 8-inch display mounted atop the centre of the dashboard, and more. The new Rapide E was said to hit the road in 2018, but there's no official word on its availability yet.
  22. After a really long time, we got an opportunity to watch the Indian opener play his kind of game in the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League in the matchup between Dinesh Karthik's Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and his Delhi Capitals (DC) in a charge led by the youngster, Shreyas Iyer on Friday. Playing his best innings in the T20 format of the game, 'Gabbar' hit 11 fours and two sixes to build a career-best individual score of 97 runs in just 63 balls as he played a major role in Delhi Capitals' fourth victory of the season. With enough runs to make and enough deliveries left in hand, Dhawan found himself on the non-striker's end, with the thought of celebrating his maiden T20 century visible in his eyes clear as day, when his teammate and South African batsman Colin Ingram edged the ball for a four off the second delivery of the 19th over of KKR's bowling before managing a couple of singles in the following two deliveries. With only five runs needed, you'd imagine the Proteas hitter to make an effort to give the strike to the Indian southpaw. Alas, on the final ball of the 19th over, Ingram opened his bat and sent one flying over long on for a maximum, winning the game in great fashion while also becoming a party pooper for Dhawan's century dream. Evidently, Gabbar's fans did not take nicely to Ingram's heroics and let him hear it on social media: #KKRvsDC Colin Ingram: Sorry mate,Team comes First.. Dhawan: Yes of course..!! pic.twitter.com/ec7XcvW7ym — Jaimin Morbia (@jaimeme_morbia) April 12, 2019 Shikhar Dhawan fans waiting for Colin ingram pic.twitter.com/EwF4Fmzt0m — Shantanu kashyap (@Memeboishantanu) April 12, 2019 Shikhar dhawan waiting for Colin Ingram in dressing room @SDhawan25 #VIVOIPL #IPL2019 #KKRvsDC #KolkataKnightRiders #DelhiCapitals #Ingram #century pic.twitter.com/FlS5X0tav3 — Laxmikant (@Laxmika39545440) April 13, 2019 Kanipisthe narikaistha.... Brilliant come back Meanwhile Shikhar Dhawan showing his score to Colin Ingram who stole his century. #KKRvDC #DCvKKR pic.twitter.com/3kXrfy710l — Current babu (@currentbabu) April 12, 2019 #DCvKKR Shikhar Dhawan to Ingram after the match ð#IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/NXo0UCUKSk — Ajay Kamath (@confusedsparrow) April 12, 2019 Shikhar Dhawan to Colin Ingram after Ingram hit that six pic.twitter.com/nK7TAdQ0MX — Vishesh Arora (@vishesharora19) April 12, 2019 Meanwhile Shikhar dhawan on ingram 6 ðððpic.twitter.com/VGYa61erqF — vikram singh (@Vikram1368vikki) April 12, 2019 While being awarded the Man of the Match for a brilliant knock, Dhawan did express that the idea of a ton existed at the back of his head but did not fail to mention that winning the game for his team was of utmost importance for him. “I knew it could have been my first T20 hundred but the team goal is more important and so I took that single rather than taking a big risk,” Dhawan said during the post-match presentation. After winning four of their first seven games, Delhi Capitals are placed fourth on the league's points table and hope to get into the playoffs after having a disappointing season last year.
  23. From artsy nooks and streets, renaissance architecture, beautiful museums, picturesque landscapes to the breathtaking alps and lakes, Switzerland is hands down the most beautiful country in the world. As for those with calculators in their hands and the perennial question on their minds, yes it is one of the most expensive countries, but trust me it's totally worth it. You get what you pay for. After all, it ain't called 'Heaven on Earth' for no reason. And I am not talking to those who click selfies in traffic while coming to Gurgaon and post it with '#wanderlust'. I am talking to those who actually love to travel and are willing to go to any place to experience new things. Just like most of you people, my dream of travelling to Switzerland finally came true two weeks ago. Thanks to Switzerland Tourism and their fine hospitality, I got to experience how beautiful Luzern, Engelberg and Mount Titlis are and how there's so much more left to see than what meets the eye. MensXP You can find innumerable pictures of Switzerland on the internet, but what I captured on my phone is something you get only when you experience it all on your own. Switzerland is so beautiful that even these pictures I clicked on a phone look like the works of a professional photographer. MensXP If you ask me, I will say March is the best time to go. You get to experience surreal things and lots of winter sports activities. MensXP You can watch the sudden rain showers turn into a sunny day, while sipping hot chocolate in a boat cruise in Luzern (aka Lucerne). MensXP MensXP MensXP You can just stand in the snow and the backdrop will make you feel like you've entered Narnia. MensXP MensXP And, you can travel to Mount Titlis in minus 20 degrees and come back alive to talk about it. MensXP You can walk through the Glacier cave and manage to capture its beauty, despite your phone covered with frost. MensXP MensXP Switzerland is one place where you cannot crib about bad pictures, and if these pictures did not convince you, then here are some more that will make you fall in love with the place all over again. MensXP MensXP MensXP MensXP MensXP MensXP MensXP MensXP
  24. "A character that will stay with me forever...#Malti", wrote Deepika Padukone while sharing the first look from her upcoming movie 'Chhapaak'. Looks like, not just her, but this character and her first look will stay forever with everyone, given how amazing she looks as Malti. In fact, the credit goes to Deepika, the make-up artists who worked on the prosthetics and the entire crew of the movie. View this post on Instagram All things are ready, if our mind be so-William Shakespeare #Chhapaak @meghnagulzar @foxstarhindi @vikrantmassey87 A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Mar 20, 2019 at 1:51am PDT In case you missed it, this is Deepika's first look from the movie, where she plays the role of an acid attack survivor. View this post on Instagram A character that will stay with me forever...#Malti Shoot begins today!#Chhapaak Releasing-10th January, 2020. @meghnagulzar @foxstarhindi @vikrantmassey87 A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Mar 24, 2019 at 8:30pm PDT The film is based on the story of acid attack survivor and activist Laxmi Agarwal. Laxmi was attacked when she was all of 15 by a man, after she refused to marry him. Ever since Deepika shared the picture on social media, people can't stop raving about her look, which has since gone viral on the internet. Be it a celebrity or a common man, people can't take their eyes off her and her uncanny resemblance to Laxmi. ðððð https://t.co/LLXCWig7ip — Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) March 25, 2019 How amazing is this! Can't wait already. Best wishes to Team #Chhapaak ...@meghnagulzar @deepikapadukone @masseysahib ð¤â¤ï¸ https://t.co/JD1prHEuMa — Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) March 25, 2019 Now THATSSS an important film!!!! Amazeeee @deepikapadukone https://t.co/HI18suUiMv — Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) March 25, 2019 Beautiful. @deepikapadukone @meghnagulzar & the entire team deserve to be given credit for this remarkably accurate visual portrayal. https://t.co/LCUg6SfU9m — Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) March 25, 2019 This is brilliant. Can't wait to see you as #Malti. It's path breaking. More power to you Deepika. â¤ï¸ð¤ https://t.co/Shu5QqoVSP — Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) March 25, 2019 All the best to the entire team ! I'm sure this is gonna be a landmark story ð𤠗 siddharth malhotra (@sidpmalhotra) March 25, 2019 Wow !! This is going to be epic @deepikapadukone @meghnagulzar https://t.co/yDnmSOE4zc — Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) March 25, 2019 Kangana Ranaut's sister Rangoli Chandel said that being an acid attack survivor herself, she pledges to be the biggest cheerleader for 'Chhapaak'. No matter how unfair and unjust the world is we musn't reflect what we hate, this is commendable on @deepikapadukone and @meghnagulzar part, being an acid attack survivor I pledge to be their biggest cheerleader #Chhapaak ðð»ðð»ðð»ðð» https://t.co/TdY5WpZjtE — Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) March 25, 2019 Directed by Meghna Gulzar, 'Chhapaak' is releasing on January 10, 2020.
  25. As one of the original eight teams that were established for the first season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) first in 2008, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have had a lot of experience in the league but not the silverware to boast about through the years. While having made it to the IPL final in 2009, 2011 and 2016, RCB have never won the trophy. Ever since the beginning, the team has seen some brilliant players like Rahul Dravid, AB de Villiers, Kevin Pietersen and now Virat Kohli, lead the squad in red and gold but have failed to win the tournament even once, making it one of three original franchises to have never lifted the cup. Last year, in the franchise's eleventh season in the league, Virat Kohli's men consisted of an outstanding coaching staff. With former Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori and Ashish Nehra as their bowling coaches and the World Cup winning coach for Team India, Gary Kirsten looking after the batting department, there was a lot of experience backing up RCB. The roster was loaded with big hitters like de Villiers, Brendon McCullum and King Kohli himself and a unique blend of spin and fast bowlers like Yuzvendra Chahal and Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile, who are wicket-hungry and in their prime shape. However, despite all the experience, skills and talent aboard, the Royal Challengers were not as good as they appeared on paper. Injuries, bad judgement calls and the lack of team chemistry on their part made Bangalore one of the worst teams of the league that did not even qualify for the playoffs and were at the third last position on IPL's points table, just two points above the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), which was the worst team of them all. After their season ended on a rather forgettable note, Kohli expressed his displeasure with the team's performance in a tweet: I really believe in the concept of, "you either win or you learn". We fought hard and gave it our all but one thing is for sure, next season we definitely will bounce back stronger than ever with our learnings from this season. Take care. @RCBTweets #RCB #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/b0QM9chRAN — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 24, 2018 Kohli made a pledge to the RCB fans that they would look to make the necessary changes and try their best to be better this season and it looks like the management is dedicated to keeping that pledge. During the IPL auction ahead of the twelfth season of the league, RCB spent a total of Rs. 16.35 crores out of their purse of Rs. 18.15 crores on buying talents Shivam Dube (Rs 5cr), Shimron Hetmyer (Rs 4.2cr), Akshdeep Nath while retaining the core members of the team like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal. Squad: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Heinrich Klassen, Gurkeerat Singh, Himmat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Mandeep Singh
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