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  1. October 18 marked a pretty important day in the history of commercial aviation, as Australian airline Qantas embarked on the first test flight of Project Sunrise, which aims to establish a direct flight from Sydney to London and New York - here are some key facts behind this record-shattering attempt. It Will Break The Longest Direct Flight Record © Qantas No small feat here - Qantas is aiming to make it into the history books with this flight, which happens to cover roughly 16,200 kilometres, over 20 hours. It's so long that if you were on the aircraft, you'd have to adjust for a 15-hour difference due to time zones. The previous champion was Singapore Airlines' 18.5 hour journey from Singapore to New Jersey. The Flight Also Works As A Closely Monitored Test Environment © Qantas Naturally, any commercial airline needs to focus on the comfort, safety and health of its passengers. And as an industry first, this particular flight offers a great opportunity for Qantas to study the effects of continuous flight on both crew and passengers. As a result, the test flight will carry 40 crew members, whose movements in the cabin, eating habits and sleep schedule will be studied to prepare the flight for its planned 2022 launch. An Unusual Flight Plan © Qantas Rather than following the standard practice of serving food and dimming the lights after takeoff, Qantas plans to keep everyone awake for six hours. They'll be helped by food containing hot peppers and spices. Now that's one way to keep your crew awake and alert. “The passenger research will test alternatives to how airlines have managed in-flight service for decades,” said Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce. © Reuters The industry's traditional schedule may not be the best way to switch the body clock to the destination's time zone, he said. A Legendary Aircraft Taking On The Journey © Qantas Launched in 2011, the Boeing 787 'Dreamliner' is an aircraft that's done an incredible job of connecting the world ever since its launch. With its remarkable fuel efficiency and range, it's succeeded in helping airlines establish over 1,900 routes over the last eight years. © Qantas With a standard capacity of 296 passengers, Qantas has chosen the 787-9 variant for this test flight, but are in talks with Airbus and Boeing to adapt the A350 and 777x aircraft, as they're more commercially viable. Possible Health Risks © Steven Thompson Along with the psychological factors of being stuck in an airplane for several hours, there's some very real medical concerns for ultra-long range flyers. If stuck in your seat for too long, there's a possibility that you will develop blood clots in the veins of your legs - a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT. The clots formed can travel through the body and block an artery in the lungs, leading to a condition called pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal if not promptly treated. On a less serious note, there's also the prospect of the flight giving passengers the worst jet lag in human history. Thankfully, Boeing says that their cabin is pressurised to 6,000 feet rather than 8,000 feet, a move that helps reduce passenger fatigue and sleep issues. How do you think you'd handle 20 hours in an airplane? Tell us in the comments below.
  2. At 52 years of age, Switzerland's Natascha Badmann is arguably the greatest triathlete in the world right now. Having participated in the Ironman World Championships, better known as Kailua-Kona eight times, the 'Swiss Miss' has won six of them. As a part of India's very first edition of Ironman 70.3 championship, Badmann is currently in Goa and was more than willing to share her life story with us. View this post on Instagram Hello ð®ð³ I'm in Goa for @ironman70.3goa and the training has begun. ðªð» Feeling good to be back on the ð´ð»‍âï¸ for the preparation and I'm all ready to give it my all. @ironman70.3goa #redbull #hed #ventum #bont #oakleybike #tonihaslerprofessionalcoaching #ironman #triathlon #bike #running #swimming #india #goa #redbullindia #fitness A post shared by Natascha Badmann (@nataschabadmann) on Oct 15, 2019 at 3:32am PDT Back in 2007, during the World Championships in Hawaii, the then 40-year-old met with a horrific accident while riding her bicycle. While trying to avoid a motorcycle in a construction zone, she rammed her bike into a cone which led to several broken bones and a shattered collarbone. It took her four years to be able to finish her next triathlon, which was the Ironman race in Lanzarote, Spain but her journey to complete recovery went on for ages. © Ironman Triathlon “After the injury, it was very hard to make a comeback. When I got the diagnosis that I might never be able to race again, it really shocked me,” Natascha told MensXP. “Coming back from surgery, I couldn't move either of my arms for six weeks. I couldn't eat on my own, I couldn't drink on my own, I couldn't go to the bathroom, I couldn't even wipe my own tears when I was crying in pain.” “From that moment on, I realised that I had to relearn everything,” she said. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, Badmann used this opportunity to rework her body to focus on those things that she was bad at before the accident. View this post on Instagram Saturday swimming in Gran Canaria ðð¼‍âï¸âï¸ #redbullswitzerland #triathlontraining #swim #3athlon #tonihaslercamp #beabeaster #cleannutrition #grancanaria A post shared by Natascha Badmann (@nataschabadmann) on Feb 16, 2019 at 3:57am PST “I was never a great swimmer before I broke my shoulder,” Natascha says. “But during my recovery process, I paid attention to make my arms swing better and make my shoulders stronger to go against the waves.” Natascha also spoke about the 2004 Ironman Triathlon World Championship, in which she finished the race just behind Germany's Nina Kraft for the second position but was crowned champion after Kraft admitted to taking Performance Enhancement Drugs (PEDs) during the race. View this post on Instagram Next race #ironman703oman March 1st 2019, great memories from #ironman5150oman 2018! Thank you #omanair #raceday #enjoyracing #ironmantri #ironman703 #oakley #redbullswitzerland #redbull #motivation #sportlife #victory #mindset ð¸@ingo_kutsche_photography A post shared by Natascha Badmann (@nataschabadmann) on Jan 8, 2019 at 1:20am PST “For me, I preferred being second than being first by using drugs. I did not want to win like that. It wasn't joyful and I did not like the feeling of cheating,” Natascha said. “I would not wish that anyone else would have to go through it. “If on that day, she would have been better than me, without taking drugs, I would have been fine with it because that day I gave the race all that I had. I couldn't have gone any faster so for me and I was satisfied with my performance and the result.” View this post on Instagram B2Run Schweizer Firmenlauf Runter vom Bürostuhl, rein in die Sportschuhe ð‍âï¸ð‍âï¸ Ich freue mich auf den #motivationsboost für euch, mit euch ð¤#b2runambassador #b2runch #beactiverogether #win #motivationboost #b2runbasel #b2runbern #b2runzurich #powerbymini www.b2run.ch A post shared by Natascha Badmann (@nataschabadmann) on Jun 22, 2019 at 3:05am PDT Natascha Badmann is the kind of woman who loves to interact with people. She has this aura around her that one feels inspired just by listening to what she has to say. At 52 years of age, she can easily run, swim and cycle a lot better than any 20-year-old amateur you know of. It is all because of her love for the sport and her unshaken determination to keep at it despite getting older, that she can still give 'young athletes' a run for their money when it comes to fitness.
  3. Arguably one of the biggest names in the world of football, Lionel Messi has won pretty much everything a player can dream of in the sport. From goal-scoring records to winning coveted trophies, Messi's brilliance on the pitch often leaves other footballers looking mediocre. Over the years, the Argentine has dominated football on the back of his unbelievable skills. And, he is showing no signs of slowing down. At the age of 32, while many footballers begin contemplating their retirement, Messi seems to be aging like fine wine, raking in one award after another. More recently, the Barcelona talisman won the 2018/19 Golden Shoe in a star-studded ceremony at the Antiga Fabrica Estrella Damm, Spain. A staggering 36 goals last season saw Messi claiming his sixth overall and third consecutive Golden Shoe award. In the process, he became the first ever footballer to win the coveted award a record six times. Adding yet another piece of silverware to his envious trophy cabinet, Messi went on to take a dig at his arch-nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who don't shy away from boasting about their personal feats. © Reuters "I'd rather people talk about me. I know what I am, what I did and what I can give, but I keep it to myself. People can have their say. I don't like to talk about myself, I like to talk about the collective," Messi, who rarely talks about his achievements, was quoted as saying by Marca. Asked if he sees himself evolving over time into a midfielder, Messi said: "I don't know, it depends on how it goes. Now I usually drop myself deeper (on the pitch) to receive and be in contact with the ball and the midfield. I don't know what will happen in the future". "You realise yourself how long you can continue (playing). I'll find out over time. I'll be the first to say, 'I've come this far and I can't do it anymore,' or that I feel good to carry on. Over the years I will find that out," the Argentine responded on how long he can or will continue playing. © Reuters The Barcelona forward was also all praise for Virgil van Dijk and revealed what makes the Liverpool defender difficult to beat. "He is a defender who knows how to judge his timing and wait for the right moment to challenge or jockey [the attacker]. He is very fast and big, but he has a lot of agility for his height. He is fast because of its great stride, and he is impressive both in defence and attack because he scores lots of goals," Messi said. Unlike his rival Ronaldo who has played in the Premier League, La Liga and now Serie A, Messi has spent the entirety of his career to date at Barcelona where he has won numerous trophies and shattered multiple records. Despite having many chances to move elsewhere, Messi has often stressed that he never had any intentions of moving away from Camp Nou. "Everyone looks for their targets and their experiences. I never had the need to leave the best club in the world, that Barcelona are, and where I enjoy training, games and the city. (The city to club dynamic) is very complete and I was always sure about the targets at this club (rather than going to) look for it elsewhere," Messi, showcasing his loyalty to the Spanish giants, said.
  4. It's obvious that every movie has so many scenes that never make it the final cut, and a lot of those scenes might be so incredible that but had to go anyway. But, for a lot of movies, we do end up getting to see some of the best deleted scenes in an extended cut. Recently, even Avengers: Endgame was re-released with some deleted scenes. Now, another comic book movie has taken over, but sadly we will never get to see an extended cut of it. Yep, Todd Phillips has made it clear that all the scenes he cut from Joker are never going to see the light of the day. He said, "I hate fucking extended cuts. I hate deleted scenes… They're deleted for a reason." While no one would mind seeing some more scenes from Joker, what he's saying actually makes sense. It would've been in the movie in the first place if he wanted it to be in it. He added, "The movie that exists is exactly the movie I want it to be and I will never show a deleted scene." Joaquin Phoenix also said that there weren't just deleted scenes, there were 'deleted acts', and then went on to talk about the 'best scene' that never made it. He said, "There was a scene that, that during the shoot we thought was one of the best scenes and we loved his behaviour in the scene, and I'd always really liked the scene. And Todd told me and said, 'We're cutting that scene out.' And at first I thought, like, 'Wait a minute, what do you mean you cut that scene out?' And then, of course, I saw it, and it was very obvious. It has to go." While he loved the scene, he also understood why it was cut. He added, "That's just what's so cool about movies, right? You can have a great scene, it's something that makes sense, but the movie is the collection of all of these scenes and they have to work together to tell the story, and it actually made that whole sequence so smooth." Coming to the scene that no one has seen, it showed Arthur talking to Randall, the guy who gave him the gun in the first place and then snitched on him, for a second time in the stairwell. Then, that deleted scene gets a callback when Arthur writes on the sign leading down the stairwell while leaving. I'm sure it was as great a scene as they're making it up to be, but they're right, the callback scene does make sense without the cut scene as well. But, that doesn't stop Todd Phillips from being "heartbroken” about losing the scene. In fact, he said it “might've been the last scene I cut out." He also went on to joke, "Maybe I'll release that one.” But, nope, he followed it up with, “I'm teasing.” So, I'm pretty sure we're never going to get to see it. But, Joaquin Phoenix loves it so much, maybe someone can convince him to leak it.
  5. Cricketers marrying actors and cricketers turning into actors are two developments which keep making headlines every year in this country. However, it is not every year we read about big names from the Indian Cricket team leaving the ball and bat to face the camera and put on the actor's hat themselves. The latest cricketers, well, veteran players, who were bitten by the acting bug are Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh who will soon be making their debut in Tamil cinema. © Instagram In a surprising turn of events, the two announcements came back to back and surprised and shocked fans in equal measure. Irfan Pathan will be joining the cast of Chiyaan Vikram 58 and Harbhajan Singh will be seen in Dikkiloona . @harbhajan_singh joins @iamsanthanam 's #Dikkiloona All the best team!#HarbhajanJoinsDikkiloona @karthikyogitw @sinish_s @SoldiersFactory @EzhumalaiyanT @proyuvraaj @gobeatroute pic.twitter.com/Vr2XsQami6 — Tamilcinemaupdates (@Tamilcinemaupd5) October 14, 2019 New venture,new challenge looking forward to it @AjayGnanamuthu @iamarunviswa @7screenstudio @arrahman @Lalit_SevenScr #ChiyaanVikram58 @sooriaruna @proyuvraaj @LokeshJey@VishalSaroee pic.twitter.com/yZ99OZyJrl — Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 14, 2019 Chiyaan Vikram 58 will be directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu who has previously also directed critically-acclaimed crime thrillers Demonte Colony and Imaikka Nodigal . Along with Irfan, Kannada actress Srinidhi Shetty of KGF fame will also probably be seen in the movie. Not much is known about the story line yet but Irfan will most probably be seen playing the antagonist. View this post on Instagram Ye hawa humesha saath rahi hay, jab khelte the tab gend ko kat to thi or ab;) pic : @alokutsav Outfit : @tubazafir #shoot #work #commentry A post shared by Irfan Pathan (@irfanpathan_official) on Oct 16, 2019 at 4:36am PDT Dikkiloona is reportedly going to be a sci-fi movie. The term 'Dikkiloona' traces back its origin to the movie Gentleman, where it was coined by the hit duo of Goundamani and Senthil. Actor Santhanam will be playing a triple action role in this film and Harbhajan's role is yet to be revealed. The fans of the cricketers are surprised and excited to see what's in store for them. We are very excited about this collaboration with @harbhajan_singh Welcome aboard𤩠ðpodra vediyeaaað ðAdra sixreaaaaaað#Dikkiloona #HarbhajanJoinsDikkiloona @iamsanthanam @karthikyogitw @sinish_s @SoldiersFactory @santhanam24_7 @SanthanamTrends @sathishmsk pic.twitter.com/cPFp13lDbr — KSSFC (@KaranatkaC) October 14, 2019 The man #IrfanPathan who performed with bat and ballð is all set to perform in front of camera.... "Irfan Pathan" has been roped in for #ChiyaanVikram58.... Irfy fans super excitedð¥......CVF fans ????@IrfanPathan pic.twitter.com/d27uVSTkOQ — IRFAN PATHAN FAN CLUB (@IrfanPathan_786) October 14, 2019 Cricketer #IrfanPathan in #ChiyaanVikram58....CVF fans Excited?? Retweet if u are Excitedð¥....@IrfanPathan pic.twitter.com/6hyCz4ZKNu — IRFAN PATHAN FAN CLUB (@IrfanPathan_786) October 14, 2019 While it is probably a conscious decision they have taken for their second innings, it is still going to be quite a surprise to see them act in Tamil movies. Are you excited to see them leave people clean-bowled with their acting talent?
  6. Here's some mid-week news that'll probably kill that dullness you all have been spiralling down into, voluntarily. Especially for those humans who can thrive on mainstream cinema like their life depends on it, because this news is like cold drinking water in the middle of a vast desert for them. The fourth instalment of Matrix is officially happening, with some old and new actors in the loop and we can't keep our cool any longer. We've all grown up watching the trilogy and if there is something to take away from the series, it's the thought-provoking pieces of sci-fi it has given us, over the last decade. © shortlist So, let's list down everything we know so far, everything we've recently found out and everything else that's left in the realms of speculation, about Matrix 4: (1) Who Is Coming Back Keanu Reeves will reprise his role as the hacker Neo, in the fourth instalment, alongside another cast member, Carrie-Ann Moss, and we can't wait to watch what they have in store for us in the fourth edition. The movie will be directed by co-creator Lana Wachowski who will also write and produce the film. Given Trinity and Neo's fates at the end of the original Matrix trilogy, the sequel will need to find an intelligent way to incorporate their roles into the new story. But I guess that shouldn't be too difficult for a series that's all about virtual reality, mysticism and, of course, some massive plot twists! © Warner Bros Apart from Keanu and Carrie, we have someone else amidst us who was announced to be part of the franchise this month. TBH, he's quite legen...wait for it...dary! Yup, How I Met Your Mother and Gone Girl actor, Neil Patrick Harris has also joined the cast in an unidentified role. We're not sure what role he's been offered but it's definitely Harris's first big film. © Movieweb Apart from Harris, the film also stars Aquaman's Black Manta, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, in a significant lead role. We believe he plays the younger version of Morpheus, the role that was originally played by Lawrence Fishburne in the Matrix series. We also recently found out that Jada Pinkett Smith is in current negotiations to return to the franchise. She played the role of Niobe in parts 2 and 3, The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions and from what we've heard, she's not done with the role. For now, we're still waiting for confirmation on this but it'll be a happy little reunion to have her back in the cast. © deadlien (2) Who Isn't Coming Back Sadly enough the OG Morpheus, aka Lawrence Fishburne, has decided he does not need more Matrix in his life and wants to sit this one out. Which also means the pivotal role of Morpheus will be recast. Wanna take any wild guesses on who, in all probability, will take up the character? Also, the original producer, Joel Silver will not be working on the new Matrix movie. We're really bummed about Fishburne's absence though. © Warner Bros (3) What's The Plot? “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Lana Wachowski said in the official announcement at a press conference. © Warner Bros Well, to make the theme more relevant for Matrix 4, whatever has happened in the past twenty years is under consideration or at least there is a slight flashback mention of the events that occurred in the earlier series. So far, we know that the main Matrix theme is definitely back and in some way, it paraphrases the other revolutionary franchise, John Wick, with changing political landscapes and digital existences. Also, Reddit has come with a rather interesting theory and you should give it a read. (4) When Is It Releasing? The release date hasn't been announced for the next Matrix instalment but it's definitely not too far off since the production of the film will begin somewhere early 2020. So far, we're not sure if the other Wachowski sibling be involved in Matrix 4, although Warner Brothers seem to think the franchise is safe in Lana's hands. © NBCNews “We could not be more excited to be reentering The Matrix with Lana. She is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing, and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.” - said Warner Bros Picture Group Chairman, Toby Emmerich in an interview. © Warner Bros While we thought the curtains had closed on the entire Matrix franchise, we're so glad we get to see a lot more from the same universe, something every virtual geek will be really looking forward to! Here's waiting with bated breath for one of the best sci-fi movies out there.
  7. Most of us grew up listening to a set list of musicians whose music we still follow. While not every guy would have listened to artists like Katy Perry, they were exposed to her music either through their girlfriends or sisters before she became someone they all had a crush on. And who would miss a chance to go see their childhood crush perform her chart-topping music? After multiple successful launch events and pop-up shows in India, OnePlus decided to further show their appreciation for their biggest audience by organising a music festival unlike any other. OnePlus Music Festival has one of the most prominent line-ups amongst any concert India has seen, after Justin Beiber and Coldplay. View this post on Instagram Tickets live now! A mix of prime international and Indian artists in a music setting never seen before in India. This is an immersive music experience curated and designed by OnePlus. Watch @katyperry, @dualipa, @ameet_trivedi, @vizdumb, @thelocaltrain and @aswekeepsearching live at #OnePlusMusicFestival. Get your tickets now using the link in our bio! #opmf ð¸ð©‍ð¤ð§ A post shared by OnePlus India (@oneplus_india) on Sep 16, 2019 at 11:35pm PDT The festival which will take place at the DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai on November 16, 2019, is being headlined by pop-star Katy Perry. But that is not all, as the event will see the perfect mix between Hindi and English music catering to all music lovers. Along with Katy Perry, another big star that will be up on the stage is New Rules singer Dua Lipa. She is a new yet big name in the pop music industry which makes this a huge attraction for millennials. The line-up also includes names like Amit Trivedi, Ritviz, The Local Train and Aswekeep Searching which makes this event bigger than anything else in the country. While there is no news on who will be hosting the festival or in what order these artists will perform, but with the festival just a month away, people are really excited. The tickets are on sale and range from Rs 3500 for the bronze section, all the way up to Rs 7500 for the gold. There are also separate areas for Super Fans and VIPs but those tickets are not available on Insider. A lot of the sections are already sold out and the rest are running out fast. So, as the OnePlus Music Festival approaches, are you ready to see Katy Perry roar on stage?
  8. The loss of vision as a child didn't dissuade this woman from Maharashtra to follow her dream to become an IAS officer. Pranjal Patil became the country's first visually challenged woman to become an IAS officer and took over as Sub-Collector in Thiruvananthapuram, on Monday. She told The Hindu in an interview, “We should never be defeated, and never give up, I feel extremely glad and proud to be in Thiruvananthapuram.'' Pranjal Patil, India's first visually challenged woman IAS officer, takes charge as Sub-Collector of Thiruvananthapuram. pic.twitter.com/BVspcRzkX2 — Vijay Lokapally (@vijaylokapally) October 15, 2019 Pranjal Patil secured the 124th rank in the 2017 Civil Services Exams and she was posted as Assistant Collector in Ernakulam, Kerala, in 2018. She lost her vision at the age of six but didn't let that get in the way of her dreams. She said, “We should never be defeated and we should never give up because with our efforts all of us will get that one breakthrough which we want.” Vision is more important than eyesight! Pranjal Patil, Sub Collector, Thiruvananthapuram is India's first visually impaired WOMAN #IAS officer. Where there is a will, there is a way, #Inspiration #success@narendramodi @PMOIndia @hvgoenka @hcmariwala @SrBachchan pic.twitter.com/b0wp0gDD75 — Dr. Ajit Varwandkar (@Varwandkar) October 14, 2019 “I have just been transferred to Thiruvananthapuram. I will take time to understand the district, look into the various departments and then chalk out a plan of action,” she added. Goes without saying that the entire nation is proud of her and her incredible achievement and here is what they want to say: I'm sure that she'll emerge as a very sincere, result oriented and, most importantly, empathetic IAS officer. Let people not give her any differential treatment except ensuring effective communication. @IASassociation@DCsofIndia @TheBureaucracy_#IAShttps://t.co/PAKNc4ln1y — Sanjeev Gupta (@sanjg2k1) October 15, 2019 A journey that will inspire millions to aspire high in life & work towards achieving it without bothering the obstacles. Indias first visually-impaired woman IAS officer Pranjal Patil takes charge as sub-collector in Kerala.#NaariShaktihttps://t.co/9u6prAVFT0 — Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) October 15, 2019 You know you're a #bosslady when you don't need eyesight to have foresight https://t.co/3azbop5OdN — Desi Boss Lady (@DesiBossLady) October 15, 2019 #PranjalPatil you are unstoppable. Your spirit is unbeatable! Take the world by its tusk. Wish you a successful career!@ForbesWomen, @forbes_india take note of this powerful woman!https://t.co/3SghnFrRdX — ç³è¾¾·é¿èå | *No DMs* ð®ð³ (@thebluelimit) October 15, 2019 https://t.co/4JRsyNDH6K Very proud of Pranjal, a fellow Xavierite. I remember being her writer for a few exams when she was in Senior College. An exceptionally bright student then, and I am sure she will be great in her position in TVM. — Caron Natasha Tauro (@CaronTauro) October 15, 2019 Congratulations to Pranjal Patil for inspiring the nation and setting an example for everyone. All we can learn from her is to never give up on our dreams, and not let any hurdle that life throws at us, get in our way.
  9. To all the people who're getting on an airplane anytime soon, I'm sorry for what you're going to read next. There's a terrifying video of some violent turbulence on a plane that is going around right now, because well, it's terrifying. (I know I said terrifying twice, but this video deserves it. Possibly the worst flight ever was an ALK Airlines flight Boeing 737 going from Kosovo to Switzerland where at one point, the turbulence got so bad that a flight attendant crashed into the roof. Yep, the roof of the plane. Passenger Mirjeta Basha managed to capture the moment and well, here it is. Warning - this might make people's fear of flying even worse. The video shows the powerful jolt that threw the flight attendant into the roof of the aircraft. The fear among all the people aboard can also be seen. Reportedly, a few passengers were even hospitalized after the flight landed. Talking to a Swiss paper, Basha said, “People started screaming and crying. I thought we all had to die. My husband has scalded his neck.” A statement from the airport authorities said, “The flight from Pristina with airline ALK experienced turbulence in the air around 20 minutes before landing. The pilot alerted handling agents so that the airport firemen were immediately on the scene when the plane arrived. The aircraft continued for a normal landing, no emergency was declared. Medical assistance was requested after landing, two passengers needed medical assessment. No seats were ripped off at all.”
  10. There is something special about our men in green, won't you agree? Dressed in their crisp camo-green uniforms, with stand-out medals and stripes pinned over their proud, selfless heart evokes a kind of respect and admiration that is exclusively reserved for our greatest warriors who make up our motherland's most formidable protectors. However, given the sort of picture our mind paints when we say “army dad”, it wouldn't be wrong to state that somehow, certain aspects from their field of work often tends to rub onto the image of “army dads”. For years now, Indian television has fed its audience with a certain image of an army dad - someone who is strong yet stern, doesn't give in to strong emotions easily, is a man of few words, lives by the book and treats the world as his oyster. (c) Getty Images But, surely you don't believe all of that to be true, right? There's got to be an affectionate father's heart thrumming quietly but firmly, under that tough shell of a persona they put on everytime they don their uniforms. Like any other father on this planet, their hearts brim with love, pride, hopes and dreams for their children. Like most father's, army dads are quick to make sacrifices too but theirs always weighs heavier because it comes easily not only for their kids but also for their motherland. (c) Getty Images Army dads don't get to be around their family and children as often as they'd like, or for as long as they'd want. Duty beckons them and somehow their country always 'seems' to surpass the children to grab the top spot. Still, that never stops them from going all out looking out for them as fiercely as their motherland. There is a lot we are unaware of when it comes to a father's love towards his child, and an army dad is somehow a step ahead even here because there is so little we get to know about their personal lives. (c) Getty Images This Father's Day, we caught up with army dads and asked them to tell us their side of the story, and throw some light on the kind of relationship they share with their children given their demanding job and busy schedules. When we asked Colonel Khan Mahmood how being in the Army impacted his relationship with his kids, he told us that, “With great pride, I state that I am a third generation Army Officer. My father Late Col SA Khan has tutored me to spend quality time whenever possible. With my wife's support the impact on the relationship with both my sons has been excellent!” (c) Twitter Yet, Col Khan didn't shy away from admitting that he did miss out on some significant milestones in his sons' lives that he wishes he could make up for. Talking about it he said, “Life is certainly not a bed of roses.Who knows it better than a man proudly donning the Olive Green. I have missed out on various precious moments. Won't say 'regret' but yes I would have loved to see both my sons taking their 'first step' towards progress.” However, regardless of it all, when Col Khan shared his favourite Father's Day memory it left us beaming, just like him. He said, “For our generation 'Father's Day' is everyday. The day my 3-year-old elder son gave me a Father's Day card and wished me in the most adorable style, made me promise to try to be the best father to my sons, and best son to my father.” That isn't all, here is what other Army Dads told us about their special bonds with their children. (c) MensXP (c) MensXP (c) MensXP
  11. We know them as fathers, but they go by a gazillion other names. Some of us call them 'dad', while others refer to them as 'papa', 'baba', 'pops', and 'daddy', besides myriad other endearments. But no matter which name we use and how we choose to call out to them, our fathers continue to be our greatest heroes - one of our greatest joys and pride. What is it about them though, which makes us feel a thousand times better the instant we know they are looking out for us and have our back? Why is it that a mere question from them regarding our well-being eases any discomfort in our lives and their words do wonders to boost our confidence and outlook towards life? (c) Getty Images Is it the backhanded compliments they pass on from time to time, or the fact that they never seem to think twice before making us - their stubborn, sassy kids - the centre of their world? The unsaid sacrifices our parents happily make for us, and all the forgiveness that comes so easily to them (no matter how many times we mess things up or how badly), and the way they are always so quick to love us, pick us up when we fall, and thrash our ass red when we are out of line. Yet, it is somehow always their silent support, selfless affection and care that helps us stay afloat through a ton of shit life throws our way. That's how it is for most of us out there. Surely, not always one of the most simple, but surely one of the strongest bonds we share is between a father and his child. (c) Getty Images However, did you imagine what it would feel like to have all that taken away from you because the society cannot understand who you are and sympathise with your reality? When a father is cornered by unknown faces of judgements and social castration which provokes him to question his own child and the bond they share? That is exactly what happened when Dr. Meera Parida and Meghna Sahoo's family found out they were transgenders. Suddenly their loving fathers would not look at them in the same light and the affection receded to pure detestation. Not being able to live with such a tremendous change in their relationship, Meera left her home and Meghna was asked to leave by her father. (c) Meghna Sahoo Losing their fathers bothered Meera and Meghna to no end, they simply couldn't get over the fact that they no longer had a father to call their own. Meera shared with MensXP that though it started out on a sour note, her experiences and explorations over the following years made it clear to Meera that it was the society and its diktats that were to blame, and not her father. Even Meghna seconds this as she told us that it was indeed the societal pressure that pushed her father to take such a drastic measure. But eventually he did come around. Meera & Her Father Yet, Meera is quick to admit that regardless of it all, it was her father who saved her from choosing the wrong path when the going got tough. She said, “there once came such a low point when I had almost gotten into working as a *** worker. Transgenders are infamous for the job, and perhaps that is why even my father loathed our kind. But I remembered by father's words that we must never do something that would break a family or stop us from holding our head high. That's when I decided to turn my life around.” Meghna & Her Father She adds that, “when my father read about my work and the movement I had launched for the transgender community, he made my brother call me. But when my brother began threatening me on the phone I heard my father slap him, and the next moment he told go ahead and do what you want, live how you want to.” Meghna also has a similar story of reconciliation that is equally heartwarming. Fours years after she was thrown out of the house, Meghna received a call from her father. She says, “my father told me that they have built a new house and I should be there with the entire family for the housewarming. He added that the celebrations would be incomplete without my presence.” (c) Meghna Sahoo A lot has changed in Meera and Meghna's life since those fateful days of reconciliation with their fathers. Meera holds a doctorate, is a transgender rights champion and an active face in Odisha's political scene. As for Meghna, she is a well-known Transgender activist from Odisha with a MBA degree and an NGO that she runs, apart from being the first transgender driver with OLA. (c) Meghna Sahoo But if there is one thing both of them earnestly believe, it is that no matter what happens, nothing can alter the bond a father shares with his child.
  12. Rains have been playing spoilsport in a wide majority of matches played in this year's edition of the ICC World Cup 2019. With 4 of the matches to be played in the World Cup already washed out, fans are increasingly concerned about what the rules are regarding rain and washouts. As per ICC guidelines, all matches are expected to wrap up within an 8 hour-long period and match officials are expected to follow due process regarding abandoning of a match. If conditions improve within this 8 hour period, a pitch inspection determines whether a game can start or resume and if so, then within how much time. If conditions do not improve or if the pitch is not worthy of a game of cricket, the match is abandoned. Reserve days for matches in the group stages have not been implemented this year and this resulted in World Cup chief David Richardson to weigh in on the issue. "Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver." Statement from David Richardson â¬ï¸ https://t.co/OEOXAJ4h8h — ICC (@ICC) June 11, 2019 Richardson claimed that the resulting longevity of the tournament and external factors like pitch preparation, venue availability, staffing, etc. make reserve days very difficult to incorporate. There is also no guarantee whether the rain will not interfere with matches in reserve days as well. “Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver,” he said. © Reuters This year's World Cup is also the first to feature a Super Over in cases of rain delays and match abandonments in the semi-final and final stage. In case of extreme weather conditions, it is once again at the discretion of the match officials whether to hold the Super Over at the official time which is 10 minutes after the game, or at a later time. Also weighing in on the debate of whether this was the wrong time to host a huge international competition in England, Richardson said in his statement, “this is extremely unseasonable weather. In the last couple of days we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the UK.” Whether or not the rules, scheduling and guidelines are appropriate is up for debate, but no cricket fan wants to see highly anticipated and exciting matches being abandoned due to rain.
  13. Sudan has seen a lot of turmoil and instability since June 2019, when the military first ousted the long-term ruling president Omar-Al-Bashir. It all started way back in December 2018, when the ruling president's government imposed emergency austerity methods in order to do away with an inevitable economic collapse. © BBC This led to a severe political crisis, which in turn made the security forces open fire on pro-democracy protestors in Khartoum. While the protest was peacefully handled, according to the New York Times, as many as 100 people have been killed and about 326 injured. At least 100 peaceful protesters were killed during a military crackdown in Sudan — now the country is at a standstill pic.twitter.com/AK0mPNkG8U — NowThis (@nowthisnews) 12 June 2019 The protestors are demanding a civilian-led interim government and since then, representatives of the protests have been in talks with the military, determining who takes control of authority. But the situation has bled for way too long now and according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors, at least 40 bodies were recovered from the river Nile. But How Did It All Begin? Well, the protests started in December 2018 to overthrow the President. Cuts were made to bread and fuel subsidies which sparked protests in the east over the standard of living and ultimately, they reached to the capital Khartoum. The protestors obviously demanded Bashir's government to be thrown out, who had been in power for 30 years. The protests finally reached a conclusion on April 6, when people occupied the square in front of the military headquarters and demanded that the army fight the president out of his rule. Almost 5 days later, the military announced the president was no longer in power. © BBC Women played a main role in the protests, with 22-year-old Alaa Saleh leading the group. Even though a woman was the face of the protestors, as many as 70 women were raped by the police and the paramilitary forces during an attack at the protest camp, while some protestors were shot at, on June 3rd. #SudanMassacre What is happening in Sudan? This is so bad. pic.twitter.com/fMvdiKlUB3 — jafar badi (@BadiJafar) 13 June 2019 So, Now Who Is In Charge? A council of generals took over on April 11 but there was a lot of struggle for the country to regain normalcy, in every sense of the word. The seven-member Transitional Military Council is led by Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan and they insist they need to be in charge to bring everything back to normalcy again. But unfortunately, the army is not a unified force in the country and a lot of paramilitary organisations and Islamic militia have also taken up authority there. For now, the streets of Sudan are deserted with a complete Internet blackout in the country. The United Nations has condemned the attacks and The Human Rights Council has been called about to probe an inquiry into the Human Rights violations committed by the military in Sudan. Schools, hospitals and health centres in #Sudan have been targeted, looted and destroyed. Health workers have been attacked simply for doing their job. To save children's lives, the violence must stop. #ChildrenUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/A6VbGI6aGo — UNICEF (@UNICEF) 13 June 2019 Who Exactly Is The Opposition? Even though the economic collapse brought the Sudanese from all walks of life to the streets, the demonstration organisation was taken over by The Sudanese Professionals Association, a collaboration of doctors, lawyers and health workers. The protestors are local people across all age groups but most of them are young people, fighting for their rights. When the military finally took power in April, the protestors stood outside Military Headquarters demanding the authority to be given to a civilian administration. The civilian group of protestors and the ruling generals, who come under the umbrella group 'Alliance For Freedom and Change', eventually came to an agreement. © Twitter What Did They Agree On? Both the Civilian Administration and the Military decided on a three-year-transition period to civilian rule. An agreement was reached on May 15, 2019. The protestors claim that Bashir's regime is so deeply planted and implemented that a long transition is needed to completely uproot his political network and allow fair democratic elections again. The two sides also agreed on a new government, including a sovereign council, a cabinet and a legislative body. © Twitter But unfortunately, the military leaders didn't stick to their decisions and scrapped the agreements reached to set up a fresh elections mandate within nine months. The TMC head decided to stop negotiating with the Alliance For Freedom and Change and cancel whatever had been agreed on. In the wake of this fresh agreement, the pro-democracy leaders said they were cutting all contacts with the TMC and called for a 'total civil disobedience' and a general strike. While the strikes were called off on June 11, which almost brought Khartoum to a standstill, most African and Western countries have backed the protestors. Saudi Arabia has urged discussion on both sides but not condemned the military. © Twitter After the strikes have been pulled away, protest leaders are willing to resume power-sharing talks with the ruling military council. “The Alliance for Freedom and Change agreed to end the civil disobedience from today. Both sides have also agreed to resume talks soon." Mahmoud Drir, the official mediator made a statement about the situation. We just hope both the parties reach a common consensus and peace is restored in Sudan, especially in Khartoum, really soon.
  14. As summers creep up slowly, we can feel the heavy heat wave make its way through in different parts of the world. In India itself, the heat is excruciating with heavy droughts affecting most northern regions and killing crops and drying up water bodies. Apart from that, the heat is surely having an adverse effect on humans and animals alike and we're wondering when the monsoons are going to hit us. © Pinterest But, even though we're miserably bearing this heat, some parts of the world are far worse, when it comes to dealing with the sun. Incidentally, a man from Kuwait died from the strong heat wave that has engulfed the country. He suffered a heatstroke and passed away, with his tools next to his body. The forensic reports stated an overexposure to the sun. And this happened because Kuwait recorded its hottest day in the month and you won't believe how far the temperature rose. Kuwait recorded its highest temperature so far, which was also the hottest day in the world on the 8th of June, 2019. The maximum temperature recorded was 52.2 degrees Celsius, in the shadows and 63 degrees Celsius, under direct sunlight, as reported by Gulf News. The same day, Saudi Arabia recorded a maximum temperature of 55 degrees Celsius at Al Majmaah, during noon. That is by far the hottest day recorded in the history of weather updates, and here we are complaining about a mere 43 degrees Celsius! © Guld News Kuwait summers are largely unpredictable and the meteorologists have predicted that maximum temperature could reach up to 68 degrees Celsius in July. India, by far has been experiencing its own climatic divide. While the southern regions are experiencing monsoon, the northern parts are going through immense heat. The highest temperature recorded yet was 48.9 degrees Celsius in Charu, a city in Rajasthan.
  15. There exists a universal human tendency wherein any individual who can name their favourite celebrities, usually turn out to be the ones who are equally eager to lap up every bit of scoop available on them. Chris 'Thor' Hemsworth happens to be one such popular celebrity who enjoys crazy fan following all across the globe. With a diverse range of age groups that comprise his fandom, many young fans know Chris Hemsworth only as Thor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. View this post on Instagram #FBF shooting MIB with my partner in galaxy protection @tessamaethompson when we were ripping aliens a new one. From memory, this shot was taken in between set ups when Tessa and I noticed some criminal activity on the streets in London. We immediately drew our laser guns and took down one of the largest crime syndicates in the city. Happy to say the streets of London are now safe again. You're welcome world. #MIBInternational ð¶ï¸ @meninblack A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Dec 7, 2018 at 6:29am PST However, if there is something that gets all his fans interested all times, it's the other side of his life that is often kept away from public view. So while he was out promoting his upcoming release 'Men in Black: International', he told IANS about his “India” connect. View this post on Instagram The passing of the torch #thorragnarok A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Nov 7, 2017 at 12:01pm PST We all know that Chris Hemsworth's firstborn is named India Rose, and that has often intrigued his followers, just as much as it allows Indians to take pride in it. So when asked about the reason behind this choice of name, Chris revealed that, “My wife spent a lot of time in India and that was where the name originally came from.” View this post on Instagram Cada día, cientos de niñas sufren violencia extrema, como la mutilación genital femenina o los matrimonios forzosos. Súmate. La solución está en tu mano. #diainternacionaldelaniña #serniñaesunderecho #PulseraMasai #MundoCooperante/ Every day, hundreds of girls suffer extreme violence such as genital mutilation or forced marriages. Join us. The solution is in our hands #internationalgirlsday #mundocooperante #dayofthegirl A post shared by Elsa Pataky (@elsapatakyconfidential) on Oct 11, 2018 at 4:37am PDT Moreover, we also know that Chris visited India last year to shoot for another project titled 'Dhaka' and as expected, the 'Avengers: Endgame' actor found the experience to be "intimidating and exciting" all at once. View this post on Instagram Beyond thankful for the kindness and generosity that the people of India have extended to us while making our little film here ðððð@thesamhargrave #netflix A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Nov 5, 2018 at 12:18am PST As an Indian it feels great to know that Thor and his family share such a sweet Indian connection, and have had enough memorable experiences related to our country to name their first child after our motherland.
  16. Microsoft finally announced more details about the new Xbox currently codenamed as "Project Scarlett" at its E3 briefing last night. The new console has quite a few tricks up its sleeve; however, we were told more about is technical specifications. © Microsoft The new console is expected to be 4 times more powerful than the Xbox One X and is powered by an AMD chipset. Microsoft claims that the new console will be able to push up to 120 frames per second and will also come with an SSD to reduce load times in games. Current consoles run mechanical drives that are significantly slower than SSDs. The solid state drive will also function as virtual memory to improve load times. "A console should be built and optimised for one thing and one thing only: Gaming," Xbox head Phil Spencer said during the briefing. © Microsoft The company also revealed that the next instalment in the Halo franchise i.e. Halo Infinite will be a launch title for the upcoming console. Microsoft did not reveal the official launch date of the console but did detail that it will be coming to stores in Holiday 2020. Xbox Scarlett will have a custom Zen 2 processor from AMD, GDDR6 RAM, and capable of 8K visuals. The new console is expected to support accessories such as the Xbox One controller and games in the next generation of consoles. © Microsoft During the pre-show of the briefing, the company did hint about the new console with coded messages. One of the videos showed the code R255 while the other video showed “G 36” and “ B O.” When the codes are put together it basically reads RGB (255, 36, 0) which also happens to be the colour code for Scarlett. Are you excited about the new console by Microsoft? What features would you like to see in the upcoming console? Let us know in the comments.
  17. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most loved men in the Indian society both as a cricketer and as a common man. His love and admiration for the Indian Army and special forces are second to none and have been well documented throughout the veteran's professional career. In the ICC World Cup 2019 debut for the Men in Blue the former Indian skipper and World Cup winner, decided to pay homage to the nation's Para Special Forces in the most unique manner by proudly sporting their distinguishing insignia which honours the Parachute regiment, on his wicket keeping gloves. © AP The emblem represents the struggle and intense training a member of the regiment goes through before officially getting inducted. Considered to be one of the most difficult regimens, a candidate gets exposed to extreme environments which includes being exposed to sleep deprivation, exhaustion, humiliation and various mental and physical tortures to make their resolve unbreakable. Even after going through so much, the candidates do not officially get inducted until they complete what is known as the 'Balidan Padh' wherein, once their training is complete, they have to spend a year in a hostile zone, actively being involved in operations. It is only after that one year that they are honoured with the 'Balidan' insignia. Such is the importance and value of the sign. © defencelover It did not take too long for the Indian fans to take notice of Dhoni's silent gesture and they did not hold back in showering the legendary cricketer with love: This man shows his love for the nation and army. A Regimental Dragger(BALIDAN) of Indian Army Para Special Force on MS Dhoni Gloves. #IndianArmy #Balidan pic.twitter.com/P5haUEyQcy — Sachin Joraviya (@SachinJoraviya) June 5, 2019 Salute & respect to MS Dhoni who printed insignia of 'Balidan' on his wicket keeping gloves.ð That's the regimental dagger insignia which represents the Para SF, Special Operations unit of Indian Army attached to Parachute Regiment.ðð®ð³#INDvSA #Dhoni @majorgauravarya pic.twitter.com/WHnlClBUXO — Mujaid Alam Bakarwalð®ð³ (@alam_mujaid) June 5, 2019 Lt Col (Hony) Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 106 Infantry Battalion Territorial Army (Para) (Airborne) The balidan, a validation of, 'Who Dares Wins'. MS Dhoni Wicket Keeping gloves. Having,#BalidanBadge pic.twitter.com/gIgp21GNN8 — Girish Bharadwaja (@Girishvhp) June 6, 2019 Balidan symbol on Dhoni's Wicket Keeping Gloves ðð Which represents the Para Special Forces of Indian Army. ð®ð³ðð´ï¸ pic.twitter.com/qooyNjdygE — DHONIsm™ â¤ï¸ (@DHONIism) June 5, 2019 https://t.co/v71xmLcKHC Lt Col MS Dhoni proudly wearing Balidan Badge of PARA SF. May God Shower the Balidani with victory. Jai Hind — Veteran Manan Bhatt ð®ð³ (@mananbhattnavy) June 6, 2019 MS Dhoni, who was felicitated as an honorary lieutenant colonel of the Indian Army back in September 2011, has shown his respect towards the National Defence various times in the past, distributing camouflage caps to his teammates ahead of an ODI match against Australia earlier this year after the Pulwama terror attack. #TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/fvFxHG20vi — BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019
  18. From 'Twilight' to 'Batman', from Forks to Gotham, Robert Pattinson has come a long long way. Yep, he is officially the new Batman, and obviously, a lot of people aren't excited about that. But, for people who hate him just because he was in 'Twilight', I would just like to remind you that he hated the movies more than anyone could ever do. No actor will ever hate their own movie as passionately as Robert Pattinson hated Twilight pic.twitter.com/gEcWJFQ8vz — Professor Snape (@_Snape_) May 31, 2019 He was very smart, to be honest. He did this huge franchise, earned a lot of money and then went and did all the Indie movies he wanted. That deserves respect. Now that this is out of the way, let's come back to the huge news. 'The Batman' is all set to start shooting this summer and will be released about two years from now, in June 2021. That's quite a long wait but since they just finalised the main lead, we'll have to wait a long time to see how RPattz (does anyone even call him that anymore?) does as the caped crusader. While we know that he's a good actor, a lot of people don't agree with him being the new Batman and are not holding back in showing their disapproval. But, it's okay, a lot of people are in favour of it as well. Im still not ok with Robert Pattinson being #Batman - approved or nothttps://t.co/4GHM7tInXq — Chi Chi Izundu (@blondeafro) May 31, 2019 Two very different opinions. Pattinson is a remarkable actor and an outstanding choice for the new Batman. — N O S â Æ I á´ á´ Æ á¡ ⊥ ⊥ O Æ S (@scottderrickson) May 31, 2019 Exactly, it'll be so much fun. I'm so into this now, not so much for the movie, but bc Robert Pattinson is going to be SO WEIRD & low-key troll people during the promotional tour. ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£https://t.co/A0ocE8yqwo — Cher (@thecherness) May 31, 2019 Happy crying I hope, Jaden. I'm Crying https://t.co/HXXBQyYJv5 — Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) May 31, 2019 So great. It's official. Robert Pattinson is THE BATMAN. 2021. pic.twitter.com/TztGfQZM7X — Legacyfilm (@Iegacyfilm) May 31, 2019 Remember Cedric diggory? Robert Pattinson is a Hufflepuff. https://t.co/OzgA3FoERG — Professor Snape (@_Snape_) May 31, 2019 I know, right? You know what? Robert Pattinson is very handsome and broody and I think he'll make a great Batman. Eat ass, kids. — Thomas 'TomSka' Ridgewell (@thetomska) May 31, 2019 What a jawline. Ok but Robert Pattinson's jaw is gonna look amazing in that cowl. — Kevin Wada (@kevinwada) May 31, 2019 No one can top that, ever. I look forward to Robert Pattinson playing Bruce Wayne but I don't think anything will top Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as the Joker. pic.twitter.com/i7xm4apMVD — Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) May 31, 2019 Yep. Robert Pattinson to his agent: I'm looking for either very transformative roles in indie movies or very mainstream roles specifically themed around bats. And nowhere in between. — Sammy Paul (@ICOEPR) May 31, 2019 Nope. Nope. Nope. Now with #RobertPattinson as the new #Batman we have a new Justice League ð pic.twitter.com/MjmFbmABTR — Román saw Endgame x2 (@rolo143) May 31, 2019 Wait, this guy doesn't like Heath Ledger as The Joker? This is the most unpopularest unpopular opinion ever. It's official, Robert Pattinson is officially your new Batman, this is the worst casting choice for a superhero film since they cast that pretty boy Heath Ledger as the Joker, the Nolan films never quite recovered from that terrible decision. pic.twitter.com/Lrh4UUtfQ3 — Jonathan Burdett (@jburd22) May 31, 2019
  19. Ayushmann Khurrana came, he saw and he conquered. He is one of those actors who has managed to achieve the status of a star despite being an outsider. His unconventional choices have always set him apart from all the others. He has had a track record of picking up subjects which somewhere show the mirror of the society that we are living in. Ayushmann's upcoming film, 'Article 15', is loosely based on the Badaun rape case where two girls were raped and hanged. © Zee Music Company The storyline is another proof of how our Indian cinema is changing for good. Ayushmann is seen as a police cop who has taken the charge of investigating the case and you would see the harsh reality through the trailer. Kya aap tayar hai farq laane ke liye?#Article15Trailer out at 4 PM@anubhavsinha @ZeeStudios_ @ZeeMusicCompany #ManojPahwa #IshaTalwar @sayanigupta @Mdzeeshanayyub #KumudMishra @Ashishsverma @sirfgaurav #RonjiniChakraborty #SushilPandey #Shubrojyoti #AakashDhabade pic.twitter.com/ulAZCfsuyI — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 30, 2019 'Farq bahut kar liya, ab farq layenge' - The trailer does complete justice to the movie and we can't wait to see it on the big screen. The movie is all set to hit the screens on June 28 and the trailer has given us an insight into what the film has to offer. The film also stars Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub. © Zee Music Company The film talks about Article 15 of the Indian Constitution that prohibits discrimination by the state against any citizen on the basis of religion, race, caste, ***, and place of birth. Here, take a look at the trailer: We are wondering if the trailer is this impactful, how hard-hitting will the movie be? Here are 5 things we really liked about the trailer: 1. Ayushmann Khurrana has never disappointed us with his acting skills and we can say the same for this movie as well. He is seen in a completely different avatar. He has done many films that addressed social issues in a very light-hearted way. This time he has gone all out to address an issue which has been affecting our society in a serious way. He has surely raised the bar quite high. Iss Trailer Aur Baaki Trailers Mein 'Farq' Hai! Kya Aap Taiyaar Hain, Farq Ki Shuruwat Ke Liye?#Article15Trailer OUT NOW!#Article15 In Cinemas June 28 https://t.co/K6aHLTl92v@anubhavsinha #ManojPahwa #IshaTalwar @sayanigupta @Mdzeeshanayyub @ZeeStudios_ @ZeeMusicCompany pic.twitter.com/9e43EJ6jR3 — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 30, 2019 2. The trailer shows the film has an engaging storyline and you would empathise with the pain of the victims and their families. We are way too curious to know how the case is solved by Ayushmann in the movie. 3. Not just Ayushmann Khurrana, but all other actors have kept their best foot forward, going by what we see in the trailer. The trailer shows us glimpses of all the great things that is in store for us. © Zee Music Company 4. There is a way that Anubhav Sinha tells his stories. If you have seen 'Mulk', you would surely have an idea. The reality is NOT moulded but presented in its naked state. 'Article 15' is of a similar nature and well, if you have liked movies like 'Gangaajal', then we can tell you this one is surely apt for you. धरà¥à¤® , नसà¥à¤² ,à¤à¤¾à¤¤à¤¿, लिà¤à¤ ,à¤à¤¨à¥à¤®à¤¸à¥à¤¥à¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¤ à¤à¤¸à¤¾ मà¥à¤²à¥à¤ à¤à¤¹à¤¾à¤ à¤à¥à¤ भà¥à¤¦à¤­à¤¾à¤µ नहà¥à¤ हà¥à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤¬ फ़रà¥à¤à¤¼ लाà¤à¤à¤à¥#Article15. Trailer - 30 Mayhttps://t.co/RFatJF63Mr@anubhavsinha @ZeeStudios_ @ZeeMusicCompany #ManojPahwa #IshaTalwar @sayanigupta @Mdzeeshanayyub #KumudMishra @Ashishsverma @sirfgaurav pic.twitter.com/sgY5hx7Tv1 — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 27, 2019 5. The way the dialogues have been written will surely leave an indelible mark on you as a viewer. They are simple yet hard-hitting. Are you ready to face the harsh reality? Watch the trailer and let us know in your comments below.
  20. The World Cup fever has gripped everyone and adding a little more excitement to that is the fact the the much awaited sports extravaganza '83', which will trace the journey of India's historic win at the 1983 world cup led by Kapil Dev has begun shooting in full fervour and thanks to social media, we are in tow of what is happening. The entire star cast left for London where they'll be shooting their parts. Needless to say, they look dapper in the official picture that was shared across all channels. View this post on Instagram Kapil's Devils ð @kabirkhankk @saqibsaleem @adinathkothare @iamchiragpatil @harrdysandhu @ammyvirk @thejatinsarna @issahilkhattar @pankajtripathi__ @rbadree @actorjiiva @tahirrajbhasin @dinkersharmaa @dhairya275 #NishantDahhiya @83thefilm #83squad A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on May 27, 2019 at 10:20pm PDT View this post on Instagram One year from today, relive India's greatest story ð®ð³ #Relive83 Releasing on 10th April 2020. @83thefilm @kabirkhankk @mantenamadhu @vishnuinduri @reliance.entertainment @saqibsaleem @adinathkothare @iamchiragpatil @harrdysandhu @ammyvirk @thejatinsarna @issahilkhattar @pankajtripathi__ @rbadree @actorjiiva @tahirrajbhasin @dinkersharmaa @dhairya275 @nishantdahhiya A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Apr 10, 2019 at 6:31am PDT The star cast has some very impressive names in the list and here's what we know about who's playing what in the movie: Ranveer Singh is going to essay the role of Kapil Dev and has been preparing for a long time for it. The movie was initially rumoured to be a biopic on the celebrated cricketer's life but he's going to have a major chunk of the movie focus on his character. View this post on Instagram Becoming the Hurricane ðª #KapilDev @83thefilm @kabirkhankk A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on May 24, 2019 at 9:31pm PDT View this post on Instagram Becoming the Hurricane ðª #KapilDev #Legend #JourneyBegins @83thefilm @kabirkhankk ð A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Apr 5, 2019 at 6:34pm PDT The character of Sandip Patil will be essayed by his own son Chirag Patil. View this post on Instagram 3 , 2 , 1 Sandy Storm Mode ðð¥ðª : : #SandeepPatil #83squadonthemove #sandystormes #cricket #83worldcup #excited #dday #getsetgo #castof83 #gearingup #gettingready #history #repeated #sajidnadiadwala @ranveersingh @saqibsaleem @ammyvirk @harrdysandhu @adinathkothare @dinkersharmaa @issahilkhattar @pankajtripathi__ @dhairya275 @actorjiiva @tahirrajbhasin @thejatinsarna @mantenamadhu A post shared by Chirag Patil (@iamchiragpatil) on May 27, 2019 at 5:47am PDT View this post on Instagram Cast Your Vote ! : : : #voting #vote #politics #election #elections #news #government #youth #currentevents #mumbai #like #votingmatters #votingrights #follow #electionday #yourvotecounts #sandeeppatil #twinning A post shared by Chirag Patil (@iamchiragpatil) on Apr 28, 2019 at 9:31pm PDT Coming to the good looking, absolutely hard working singers and actors from the Punjabi industry, Ammy Virk will be foraying into Bollywood with this movie and will play Balwinder Singh Sandhu. View this post on Instagram Spinning times are coming up!! Real training with my Reel avatar Balwinder Singh Sandhu sir from the Dharamshala boot camp. #Relive83 @ammyvirk #BalwinderSinghSandhu @ranveersingh @kabirkhankk @mantenamadhu @vishnuinduri @reliance.entertainment @83thefilm Waheguru ðð» A post shared by Ammy Virk ( à¨à¨®à© ਵਿਰਠ) (@ammyvirk) on Apr 14, 2019 at 9:24pm PDT Hardy Sandhu will be seen as Madan Lal who had a memorable innings during the 1983 cup. View this post on Instagram It was my Dad's dream for me to play for India. It was my dream to win a World Cup. What I couldn't do in real life because of an unfortunate injury, going to do that in the reel life. ð¬ Doing a film about my first passion - Cricket, is a very emotional feeling for me. I'll be playing Madan Lal Sir, who at the time when I played U-17 india was also the bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy. I am thankful to @kabirkhankk sir for believing in me and a special thanks to @ammyvirk veera . Thank you @castingchhabra bhaaji Super excited to be a part of this squad with @ranveersingh @ammyvirk @saqibsaleem and all others. #MadanLal @Kabirkhankk @reliance.entertainment @mantenamadhu @vishnuinduri @83thefilm @ranveersingh #Relive83 #CastOf83 A post shared by Harrdy sandhu (@harrdysandhu) on Mar 6, 2019 at 7:37am PST View this post on Instagram Learning things from the man himself. #Madanlal Sir #Relive83 @83thefilm @kabirkhankk @ranveersingh @reliance.entertainment @mantenamadhu @vishnuinduri . . . . . . . . #HarrdySandhu #PunjabiStar #Dharamshala #Kangra #BootCamp #Training #83thefilm #Sports #Cricket #Cricketð #1983WorldCup #WorldCup #Pitch #RanveerSingh #KabirKhan #Bollywood #Film #Cinema #Movie #RelianceEntertainment A post shared by Harrdy sandhu (@harrdysandhu) on Apr 20, 2019 at 2:54am PDT Producer and actor Addinath M Kothare will portray the role of Dilip Vengsarakar, who earned the nickname of 'colonel' back in the day. View this post on Instagram One of India's greatest batsmen ! Specially known for his immaculate form and technique ! It's going to be an honour and a challenge to portray this legend, 'Colonel' Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar on the silver screen in @83thefilm !!! ð A post shared by Addinath M Kothare (@adinathkothare) on May 21, 2019 at 3:17am PDT 'Sacred Games' star Jatin Sarna will be seen portraying the role of cricketer Yashpal Sharma. View this post on Instagram When the Reel met the Real #Yashpalsharmacricketer "The guy who played fearlessly, having an eye of eagle and walk of lion..Punished bowlers unconventionally. A strong pillar of world cup 83 squad.An honour to play him in" @83thefilm @reliance.entertainment Direction by one of my favorite @kabirkhankk Casting @castingchhabra love and thanks. A post shared by Jatin Sarna (@thejatinsarna) on Apr 7, 2019 at 7:40am PDT Saqib Saleem will be seen essaying the role of Jimmy Amarnath, who was also awarded the 'man of the match' in the semi-final and the final match. View this post on Instagram Jimmy Rising . . . . #83thefilm #relive83 #jimmyamarnath A post shared by Saqib Saleem (@saqibsaleem) on May 19, 2019 at 2:43am PDT View this post on Instagram Best birthday ever !! Spending time with jimmy sir on my bday what else could I have asked for.Thank you for this @kabirkhankk sir ðâ¤ï¸ @83thefilm @reliance.entertainment #relive83 A post shared by Saqib Saleem (@saqibsaleem) on Apr 7, 2019 at 8:24pm PDT Sahil Khattar will play the role of wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani, who also won the award for the best wicketkeeper during the World Cup of 1983. View this post on Instagram Reliving 83 with Reliving Mirzapur ð @pankajtripathi__ @thejatinsarna @saqibsaleem #relive83 #kiribhai #khattarnaak A post shared by Sahil Khattar (@issahilkhattar) on Apr 9, 2019 at 8:41am PDT One of the most important roles will be played by Pankaj Tripathi who will be seen in the role of Man Singh, who was the coach of the winning team of the 1983 squad and was the driving force for the team. View this post on Instagram The man behind the champions, #ManSingh, will be played by Actor Extraordinaire @pankajtripathi__. #CastOf83 @ranveersingh @kabirkhankk @reliance.entertainment @mantenamadhu @vishnuinduri #Relive83 A post shared by '83 (@83thefilm) on Feb 6, 2019 at 9:32pm PST Dhairya Karwa will be seen as Ravi Shastri and will play a very important role in the movie. View this post on Instagram This is going be a “Tracer Bullet” challenge !! ðð #castof83 #relive83 #83thefilm A post shared by Dhairya Karwa (@dhairya275) on Apr 15, 2019 at 3:15am PDT Tahir Raj Bhasin, who was seen in 'Manto' and 'Kai Po Che' will be seen as Sunil Gavaskar. View this post on Instagram Stepping into the shoes of the Original Little Master, he is ready to give fast bowlers a run for their money! Here's wishing @tahirrajbhasin a very happy birthday. #Relive83 . . . . . . #TahirRajBhasin #SunilGavaskar #Birthday #Wishes #83TheFilm #Cricket #1983WorldCup #83WorldCup A post shared by '83 (@83thefilm) on Apr 21, 2019 at 2:27am PDT South Indian actor Jiiva will be seen as K Srikkanth, the former captain. View this post on Instagram #83film #cricket #team #fun #madness #dharmshala #kabirs11 #workdcup83 A post shared by Actor Jiiva (@actorjiiva) on Apr 3, 2019 at 6:47am PDT Nishant Dahiya will be seen in the shoes of Roger Binny. View this post on Instagram Roger that! @nishantdahhiya will play #RogerBinny, the leading wicket-taker of the '83 World Cup! #CastOf83 #Relive83 @ranveersingh @kabirkhankk @reliance.entertainment @mantenamadhu @vishnuinduri . . . . . . . #NishantDahiya #83thefilm #Announcement #Cricket #Cricketð #1983WorldCup #WorldCup #Pitch #RanveerSingh #KabirKhan #Bollywood #Film #Cinema #Movie A post shared by '83 (@83thefilm) on Apr 27, 2019 at 12:14am PDT With such an interesting line up of stellar talent houses in the movie, this film is bound to become a hit.
  21. From prediciting (years before they actually happened) Donald Trump's presidency, Ebola virus outbreak, 5th episode of 'Game of Thrones Season 8' to predicting almost every breakthrough in technological invention, The Simpsons family knows the future like no one else. For those who don't know or have never heard about 'The Simpsons', I will assume that you were living under a rock all this time. FYI, the show that made its debut in 1989 is a satirical portrayal of a family, who lives in the fictional town of Springfield. The members in the family are Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. © Fox Studios However, except for the fact that the show made some crazy predictions that came true, how well do you know 'The Simpsons', one of the legendary families and sitcom in the history of television? We've compiled a list of some interesting facts that even the show's fans (except the biggest ones maybe) probably didn't know. 1. It usually takes around 6 to 8 months to create a single episode of 'The Simpsons'. 2. 'D'oh' is actually a word that was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2001. The word is defined as: "Expressing frustration at the realisation that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish." 'D'oh' is my favourite word now. © Fox Studios 3. This is the longest-running prime-time comedy and animated series in the history of American television. The show also holds the record for most guest stars on a television series. 4. In case you missed it, all the characters in the show have only 4 fingers on each hand, except God. Only God has five fingers. 5. Wonder why the show's main characters are yellow in colour? In order to attract the attention of channel hoppers. And you thought there was some hidden meaning behind it! 6. Bart's hair always consists of nine points, except for when it's combed. 7. Until 1998, the six main voice over actors earned $30,000 per episode. Between 1998 to 2004, they made $125,000 per episode. Today they make $507,000 (approx) per episode. © Fox Studios 8. TIME magazine in 1998 once called this show the century's best television series. In fact, in the same edition, they included Bart Simpson in the list of the century's 100 most influential people. Bart was the only fictional character to make it to the list. 9. In 1990, 'The Simpsons' released an album called 'The Simpsons: Sing The Blues'. One of the songs, 'Do The Bartman' was a global hit. But, did you know that the song was co-produced and co-written by none other than Michael Jackson, who was a huge fan of the show? Jackson also provided background vocals to the song. 10. 'The Simpsons' have visited all the seven continents. © Fox Studios 11. The show is the first, and so far, the only animated series to be nominated for Golden Globe for Best Television Series - musical or comedy. 12. Elizabeth Taylor, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Mark Hamill, Steve Buscemi, James Caan, Ricky Gervais, and Joe Mantegna are the only guest actors to play both themselves and a fictional character on the series. 13. The character of Otto the bus driver is believed to be based on 'Guns N' Roses' guitarist Slash. Both have long black curly hair and are avid snake collectors. © Fox Studios 14. The website that Homer created with false 'dirt' on many citizens, was accessible at www.mrxswebpage.com. While the website still exists, it now appears to be identical to www.fox.com. 15. Bart Simpson's voice is actually that of a woman. Nancy Cartwright first tried out for Lisa's voice, but eventually ended up lending it for Bart. 16. The show's creator Matt Groening named the characters after his own family members, except for Bart. 'Bart' is an anagram for 'Brat'. © Fox Studios 17. A kid who was Bart's age when the show aired for the first time will now be as old as Homer. You can catch the latest episodes of the 'The Simpsons' on Star World.
  22. This story is not going to be about some hard-hitting facts about some sport or a shocking revelation about an athlete's past. No, this story is about the essence of sports and how it transcends every limitation and restriction that bounds a person in his day to day life from achieving greatness. I am talking about a video that went viral on social media and for all the right reasons too. Uploaded on Twitter by @YoungBullBlade, the video shows his uncle standing in front of a basketball ring with a ball in his hands, in the family's backyard with his family members surrounding him with their cameras ready. So what was all the fuss about? Turns out the man was completely blind and it was his first attempt of trying to score a basket. With his nephews cheering him on, getting him hyped up about his first shot, this man looked ready to let that ball fly. “Shoot towards my voice, uncle. Right here. Right in front of you.” @YoungBullBlade said, to help his uncle get a sense of direction of where the ring was and without lingering on too much, the man released the ball which landed on the ring, hit the backboard and eventually sunk into the basket. At this point, the blind uncle found himself smiling ear to ear, surrounded by his family members jumping all around him, brimming with excitement and sheer love. My uncle blind y'all, and made a free throw on his first try pic.twitter.com/aHYSFmm9Ri — ä¹ã¥åáªä¹ ðª (@YoungBullBlade) May 28, 2019 And I know what you are thinking right now. “What's such a big deal with a blind man scoring a basket which is not even a part of competition?” To which I say this: It is not always about competing, or playing only to decide who wins or loses. Sure in the world we live in now, sports, like any other profession, has gotten itself an ugly face of aggression and ruthlessness but every once in a while, somewhere, in some corner of the world, something like this happens that reminds us of the true purpose of sports. Kudos to his family for making him feel so great about himself and allowing us the opportunity to get involved in celebrating his life
  23. The Olympia is the showdown when it comes to bodybuilding and physique competitions of the world. Athletes grind and grind to achieve their pro cards to reach the coveted stage and rub shoulders with the world-class athletes to get their hands on the coveted trophy called the Sandow. The Sandow has a rich history too which can be a topic for a different day altogether. © Getty Images The 2018 Olympia was a major shocker for most followers in the sport and more importantly the men's physique and men's bodybuilding categories. In the men's physique, Brandon Hendrickson dethroned the 4-time champion Jeremy Buendia and in men's bodybuilding, it was Shawn Rhoden who took the coveted Sandow off the hands of the SEVEN-time champion Phil Heath. The fans yet seem to be split on who deserved it more. Half are condemning the new Mr O whereas the other half are cherishing the new champ. © Getty Images Here are a few things that you should know of Shawn Rhoden and why do I believe he deserved to win the Sandow this year: 1. He Got The Fans Reminiscing Of The 'Golden' Era A lot of bodybuilding legends including Arnold Schwarzenegger have openly criticized that men's bodybuilding is a dying sport where the new-era bodybuilders only focus on size and muscle, totally compromising the aesthetics which was the utmost focus of the bodybuilder's of Arnold's era. The huge midsection and the gut that made bodybuilders look pregnant were the trademarks of these mass monsters. Rhoden, when he stepped on stage, boasted size, fullness, and muscularity without looking like the criticized mass monsters. He had a good balance of aesthetics along with the muscle and got the fans reminded of the golden era of bodybuilding. 2. He Was In The ICU Just Seven Months Before Olympia Shawn was forced to pull out of Arnold Classic 2018 due to a health scare and was in a very terrible health condition. Shawn was on nobody's radar and nobody expected him to turn up and dethrone the most dominating bodybuilder of this decade. In an Instagram post before Arnold Classic 2018, he wrote - "Not only did I have the horrible flu going around but my haemoglobin level was at 4 (should be around 14). I lost A LOT of blood due to two ulcers bleeding into my intestine over a period of time. I was given 6 blood transfusions that brought my body back to levels where my body could reproduce enough blood on its own to normal levels. Since it is so close to the Arnold, I am disappointed that I must announce that I will not be competing in this years Arnold Classic 2018." 3. He Is The Oldest Mr Olympia At the ripe age of 43, Shawn Rhoden tied the record for the oldest Mr Olympia champ along with Chris Dickerson. Chris won the Mr O title at the same age back in 1982. The way Shawn turned up this year and beat one of the most celebrated and accomplished Mr O of this decade has been a welcome surprise for the fans. Him dominating the stage has also got many people anticipating the return of the Golden Era. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  24. We've been playing 'Call Of Duty: Mobile' beta for a few days and the multiplayer game has some classic CoD feel to it with an added twist of Battle Royale. The game supports both multiplayer formats and there are some features and key differences in the game. 'Call Of Duty' is by far one of the biggest first-person shooter franchises and the mobile version borrows many key maps and features from its AAA counterparts. Many weapons, game modes and maps from previous CoD games are featured in the mobile version. Here are all the features, modes and things you need to know about CoD mobile: Game Modes: © Activision In classic fashion, 'Call of Duty Mobile' has multiplayer modes such as team deathmatch and domination, however, the biggest addition this week was its Battle Royale mode. The mode can be played in either third person or first person POV and has single, duos and squad (up to 4 teammates) playlists. The Battle Royale map has been stitched together using many popular CoD maps such as Firing Range, Nuketown and others. CoD Mobile also has different classes for this mode where each character has a set of unique abilities. When the game officially launches, other game modes such as Dominations, Hardpoint, and frontline are also expected to be available. Each multiplayer mode will let you play with 8 to 10 players. Firing Modes: © Activision There are two types of firing modes in Call Of Duty: Mobile i.e. simple and advanced. In simple mode, the gun fires automatically the moment you set aim on an enemy. This mode is perfect for casuals, however, we do not advise using this mode in the long run. Due to the automatic firing nature of this mode, you will often be inaccurate and miss your targets as you do not have control over your firing actions. You may not have to worry about tapping the screen to fire the gun but you will easily give away your position if you miss. In advanced mode, there is a dedicated fire mode similar to what you have seen PUBG mobile. The heads up display (HUD) has all the necessary control buttons within the reach of your thumb. If you are already used to playing PUBG mobile, this is the mode you want to use during your gameplay. This mode can also be expanded later when Activision adds support for Bluetooth gamepads. Battle Royale: © Activision There are a few key differences in the Battle Royale mode when compared to PUBG mobile. For example, you can revive your teammates even if they have died. It works similar to how it does on Apex Legends, where you can pick up your teammates' dog tag for a revival. You can also use various vehicles in the mode such has helicopters, ATVs and others for tactical advantage. Apart from vehicles, players will also need to choose a specific class before they jump out. These classes come with unique skills and abilities that players can take advantage of for better movement or even kills. It works very similar to how it does on Call of Duty's Blackout mode for Black Ops 4. What Are These Abilities? © MensXP There are plenty of abilities that are assigned to specific classes where some give you passive advantages. For example, the Ghost class lets players hide their character on the mini-map from UAVs. There are other perks such as Fast Recover, where your health regenerates faster than others. How You Can Play: 'Call of Duty: Mobile' is scheduled to launch for iOS and Android in the coming months and you can pre-register for the game on the Play Store right now (Not available for App Store). The beta is currently being tested in India and you can install the game by following these easy steps.
  25. When Arnold Schwarzenegger said "I'll be back" in 'The Terminator' (1984), he truly meant it. Almost 34 years later, he's really coming back for the fan-favourite franchise, 'Terminator: Dark Fate'. 'The Terminator' was the much-liked franchise amongst the kids who grew up in the 80s and 90s and it was the best action movie to come at its time. © TriStar Pictures And now, half the cast is back to recreate the action-packed thrill we've missed all these years. Yes, you read that right, half the cast is back! Watch the trailer below: The film is set 27 years after what happened in 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' and as always, there is someone on a mission to protect someone, giving it its truest essence. Here's what's evident in 'Terminator: Dark Fate', based on the trailer (1) Linda Hamilton Is Back Linda Hamilton is back as Sarah Connor and her reprisal of the character after 27 years is what's convincing the fans that 'Dark Fate', as a sequel, will be completely different and better than the last few. The franchise has hit some bleak spots in the past with a fresh cast and an ambiguous plotline but this time, Sarah is back to save someone from the 'borgs again (not Jon Connor) and she looks pretty damn good. © Paramount Pictures (2) T-800 Is Back A Well The iconic T-800, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger is actually back, making this an original sequel, from last where they left off. Last we remember, Arnie aka T-800 died in a molten pit of lava in T2 and now he's back. I am sure there's a good explanation of how and why he's back. Although the trailer doesn't show him more than once, I am sure he has a good 'back' story. © Paramount Pictures (3) This Is The Original Sequel To 'Terminator 2' Although yes, 'Dark Fate' is the sixth instalment in the 'Terminator' franchise, it's a direct sequel to 'T2: Judgement Day', nudging out 'Terminator: 3 Rise of the Machines', 'Terminator: Salvation' and 'Terminator: Genisys'. So, if you haven't seen anything in this franchise after 'Terminator 2', you're pretty damn okay because they plan to pick up the story where they left it, from 'Judgement Day'. The film is pretty much designed to be a start of a new trilogy and that's something that makes us incredibly happy, especially after 'Salvation' and 'Genisys' tanked drastically at the box-office. © Paramount Pictures (4) James Cameron Is Back B**ches After directing T1 and then T2, Cameron took a little break from the franchise and maybe that's why the later instalments couldn't match up to the first two. James is back to produce the third part while Tim Miller who directed 'Deadpool' will be directing it. © Twitter (5) Skynet Is The Root Of All problems The computer system from T2, which was hell-bent on exterminating humanity altogether is back. Although it was destroyed by John Connor, Skynet is sending a liquid metal terminator from the future to terminate a hybrid cyborg human, in the present, in this one. © Paramount Pictures (6) The Story Has Shifted To Mexico Tim Miller directed 'Logan' as well, which was showcasing struggles around the American border quite expansively in the film. Now, the narrative for Tim's next film, 'Dark Fate' has shifted from LA to Mexico. While most of it shows trains and cars, the trailer begins with a road sign that says 'BIENVENIDOS A LA CUIDAD DE MEXICO'. Maybe Mexico has some answers and hence they all bundle up and go from California to Mexico to save some lives. © Paramount Pictures (7) The Plot Remains The Same Even though the new franchise has some brand new faces, the plotlines more or less the same. We have Mackenzie Davis, who plays a hybrid cyborg human and we have Natalie Reyes, whose character is named Dani Ramos, according to the trailer and she seems pretty human. Perhaps Reyes is the one who has some connection to Mexico in the film. Davis's character is definitely taking the role of Arnie's in T2, while she's trying to protect Reyes from the new blood-thirsty Terminator, played by Gabriel Luna. © Paramount Pictures Okay, this all seems too familiar. How? Here's what the official synopsis reads: "27 years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a new, modified liquid metal Terminator (Gabriel Luna) is sent from the future by Skynet in order to terminate Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), a hybrid cyborg human (Mackenzie Davis), and her friends. Sarah Connor comes to their aid, as well as the original Terminator, for a fight for the future." Haven't we all seen, nay lived this before? Like the advanced cyborg is a threat to Skynet in years to come and it's here to protect a human from the Mexico border, even though we're not sure why she's from Mexico and what's the link, to begin with. Also, did you notice in the trailer, T-800 has aged? Isn't he a machine? Yes, we saw his character get destroyed in T2, but maybe there were more than one created back then? If he was sent back in time, maybe that can also explain why Arnie exists in the 2022 timeline too. But why has he aged? Could it be that Skynet's technology is merging with human's genetic design and creating androids that grow old, just like us? That could be an interesting possibility. We need to know a lot more than what's shown in this trailer and hopefully, they will release another trailer soon. © Paramount Pictures Although the story has jumped an entire timeline which includes Sarah Connor, John Connor and even Kyle Reese, the soldier in the human resistance, it still stitches the plots together somehow. Maybe, just maybe Dani Ramos has some sort of familial connection in Mexico, which in turn is responsible for the existence of Kyle Reese in the future, making it all a loop of how it actually began? Could be an interesting possibility © Paramount Pictures For now, we're going to sit back and wait for this fantastic sequel to come out after 27 years of watching the last one and pray it's just as good, or even better. 'Terminator: Dark Fate' releases on November 1, 2019.
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