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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. The election results are out and the Modi wave is taking the nation and the world by storm. Narendra Modi has come back as India's PM yet again. Before the elections, Modi Ji's biopic which stars Vivek Anand Oberoi in the titular role was swimming in controversy and was banned for a brief period of time. The movie finally saw the light of the day and was released today amidst the celebration of Modi Ji's win. The film is getting a good response mostly as many feel the storyline is inspiring. Strong. Simple. Unapologetic. #PMNarendraModi by @vivekoberoi is robust, undeterred yet restrainedðªð»ð¥ @OmungKumar excels in bringing out a story of common man who is loved by all across the nationðð»ð @narendramodi ji fans ðwill swell with pride & 56inch ka seena ! #ModiAaGaya — Girish Johar (@girishjohar) May 24, 2019 If u r a traditional modi hater, go n watch movie #PMNarendraModi ... It's almost sure ur perception ll change... Give it a try.... Great work by @vivekoberoi ... Congrats team ðððð — Prateek (@Prateek28971684) May 24, 2019 Delhi ki audience ka verdict: A motivational movie! Get your tickets in advance and watch #PMNarendraModi in cinemas from tomorrow: https://t.co/Nqry1zx58B#PMNarendraModiOn24thMay #DekhengeModiBiopic pic.twitter.com/uUPnZNyeaH — PM Narendra Modi (@ModiTheFilm2019) May 23, 2019 While a lot of people are still not convinced to see Vivek as Modi Ji, others feel he has done a great job in the film. #VivekOberoi you done great job in movie #PMnarendramodi you justified the charecter — Priyank Pandya (@PriyankPandya10) May 24, 2019 Watched Pm narendra modi movie first day first show. Was waiting for it for long. Beautifully picturized journey of our most loved PM . Fantabulous job by Vivek Oberoi. Guys go and watch movie it's worth watching.#VivekOberoi #NarendraModi — Nishtha Saraswat (@nishtha80) May 24, 2019 Vivek Oberoi should retire. Nobody wants to see this overconfident loudmouth talentless 'press conference' boy on screen#PMNarendraModi #ModiBiopic https://t.co/EsNVJGY2vw — K.....! (@Being_Khaled) May 24, 2019 However, some people were not convinced which is obvious since one story cannot inspire literally everyone out there. PM Narendra Modi movie is a 135 minutes long WhatsApp forward #PMNarendraModi — Ashish Bagchi (@BagchiAsh) May 24, 2019 REVIEW SARKAR'S REVIEW#PMNarendraModi One word review: adjustable Rating:â­â­ð Outstanding act by lead, not so bad direction by omung Kumar, back ground music sticks to the film, songs are well, seems some how fake.#VivekOberoi Box office prediction: 7-10cr @vivekoberoi — Bollywood Review sarkar (@reviewsarkar) May 24, 2019 The movie looks like a decent watch, so you may as well book your tickets if you want to.
  18. Huawei was cut access to do business with American companies like Google, Qualcomm, Intel and other companies that collaborate with the Chinese company. The ban comes as a part of U.S. President's executive order amidst trade battles between the two countries. Having said that, according to Huawei, the company already has contingency plans in place to deal with the ban and the company's founder Ren Zhengfei has downplayed the impact it will have on the Chinese company. Supporting #Huawei does not necessarily mean you should buy a #Huawei smartphone. My family members use #Apple for a very long long time: Ren Zhengfei, founder of China's Huawei Technologies (Photo: Chen Qingqing/GT) pic.twitter.com/5rcrHJx3KR — Global Times (@globaltimesnews) May 21, 2019 Speaking to Chinese newspaper, the Global Times, Ren said that “In such a critical moment, I'm grateful to US companies, as they've contributed a lot to Huawei's development and showed their conscientiousness on the matter,” Ren says. “As far as I know, US companies have been making efforts to persuade the US government to let them cooperate with Huawei ... We always need US-developed chipsets, and we can't exclude American products with a narrow mind.” © Reuters On Saturday, Huawei tweeted “Lose-lose, Washington's decision to force U.S. companies to stop doing business with tech giant Huawei creates losers on both sides.” Ren also went on to say that trade restriction would not affect Huawei's 5G rollout and in fact, it would be detrimental for the US as other companies would not be able to catch up with Huawei's technology. "The current practice of US politicians underestimates our strength," Ren Zhengfei said, according to the transcripts from the interview. It seems like Huawei will remain unaffected for the time being even though the ban has been lifted temporarily for three months. The US Commerce Department temporarily lifted the ban on American businesses collaborating with Huawei so that software updates can continue on Huawei phones. The three-month lifting of the ban should give Huawei time to at least fight the ban and put forward its case to be removed from the Entity List. The US government currently deems the brand to be a threat to national security due to the government's claim of spying and stealing valuable information from American companies. Google blocked Huawei's access to its Android license on Sunday in compliance with President Trump's Executive order. Other companies like Qualcomm and Intel have also temporarily stopped business with the Chinese company until the ban has been lifted. The loss to Google's Android License means that future Huawei phones will not be able to sell devices running Google's proprietary services such as the Play Store, Youtube and other Google apps. However, Huawei says that the company has already built an alternative OS and is stockpiling hardware to tackle the current issue at hand. Source: Global Times
  19. There were a lot of things that went south in the final few episodes of HBO's hit television show, 'Game of Thrones'. Unfinished subplots, loopholes in storytelling and some of the most anticlimactic endings for major characters of the show such as the Night King, Lord Varys and yes, the Mother of Dragons herself. Daenerys Targaryen's descent into insecurity and madness, following the loss of her closest friend Missandei and the constant threat of being overthrown by Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, even though not depicted in the right manner, did seem inevitable. So, when the writers of the show, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss gave Emilia Clarke, the actress who played the role of Khaleesi, the script about her character's eventual fate, she took her sweet time to make peace with it. via GIPHY In an interview with The New Yorker, Clarke opens up about Daenerys' journey to King's Landing in Season 8 of the show in detail. Here is an excerpt: “I read these scripts coming on to two years ago now. When I did, I took a very long walk around London in a daze, not quite knowing how to digest the news. Now, finally, people are going, 'Oh, now we understand why this season hit you hard.' I had no idea what to expect for this last season. I hoped for some juicy things to get into, as I always do for each season, but I didn't see this coming." "And, I must admit, I was sitting tentatively on that chair thinking, How long is this going to last? Everyone was saying, “Isn't she great? She's our saviour, Mhysa.” It's been beautiful and amazing, but I've been looking over my shoulder the entire time while everyone else gets a more human—for want of a better word—storyline. They do good things. They do bad things. They do silly things. They do brilliant things. They fall in love. They break hearts. Daenerys has quite consistently had this road to salvation, and she's been sitting atop a very safe mountain.” via GIPHY Talking about how eventful the last two seasons had been for Dany, Clarke gives an insight into what the Targaryen was thinking about: “Every time I was faced with Daenerys having to do something pretty cold, like a mass killing, it was always with this thought that she's headed toward her destiny. She's gone too far to turn back now. So then, she finally falls in love with someone who is her age, someone appropriate, who seems to love her back, who seems to be a good guy. The fact that she's his aunt is just kind of by the by! And then, it seems almost too good to be true. Even when she finally gets to relax for the first time, she's thinking, "My God, I can have it all. I can have my love. I can have my career. I can have the prospect of a family. I can have it all... But no! I fucking can't.” via GIPHY This is where Dany's insecurities had taken over. Watching a best friend get beheaded like that could certainly reduce anyone to that horrific state of mind. “She encounters the dark side of that. She's not wanted. She's not loved completely there. And so she gives herself to Jon [Snow] entirely, and she gives him many, many choices, many options to see clearly with open eyes. And she's asking him, 'If you wanted to be with me, then let me fulfill this... I know I can be a good leader, so let's do this together. Let's do it.' And he doesn't. And that disappointment is the final thing that breaks her as a human being, because, my God, all she's known is pain, sacrifice, and abuse. All she's known is people turning on her, people betraying her, and she's completely alone. And so, with all of that, I think that it brings us to the moment where she's on top of the dragon and making that choice.” via GIPHY Having read the script more than 18 months since the final episode aired, the task of keeping quiet about the ending was not an easy one. And when it got really frustrating, almost two months ago, she unintentionally gave away the secret to her real-life best friend, Lola, who did not watch the show. “My best girlfriend, Lola, doesn't watch the show. It's not her cup of tea. But she's been around me enough listening to snippets of conversations with everyone, from the driver to a friend at work. And she came up to me about two and a half months ago and said, 'She goes bad, doesn't she?' And it all came pouring of me: 'Oh, my God! I've been wanting to tell someone for so long!' And she was, like, 'I knew it! I knew it!' Even though the way things ended for the infamous Mad Queen, being stabbed in the heart by someone she truly loved, we hope to remember her, not for burning innocent citizens of the royal capital to a crisp but for her emotional journey first as the Khaleesi, to the Mother of Dragons to the liberator of the unsullied. That's Queen Daenerys Targaryen for you, that's the true “Protector of the Realm”. via GIPHY
  20. Dheeraj Dhoopar is more than just a boy next door. He's popularly known for his acting in the serial 'Sasural Simar Ka', and 'Kundali Bhagaya'. Previously a model, Dheeraj Dhoopar is going to now be seen on TV in the new show 'Dance India Dance' as the anchor of the show. DID is one of the biggest Indian dance reality TV shows. The Indian TV scene is in a flux right now with brilliant actors and never before seen creativity taking centerstage. Dheeraj Dhoopar comes in the category of actors with stellar acting abilities who dazzle onscreen (he's so versatile he can romance a fly also) and off-screen with his stunning fashion sensibility. So here are five times Dheeraj Dhoopar dazzled us with his killer style. 1. Confused on how to work the denim on denim? Exhibit A, courtesy Dheeraj Dhoopar. © Dheeraj Dhoopar 2. When in doubt, one should always layer. If however, you're confused on how to pull off monochrome layering, take inspiration from here. © Dheeraj Dhoopar 3. Sunglasses should be your arsenal to protect you from the harsh rays of the sun but make sure they're not boring by picking a versatile design that suits your face cut. © Dheeraj Dhoopar 4. Leather jackets are a wardrobe staple that every man should invest in. In Winters, they come in handy when you have an impromptu date night. © Dheeraj Dhoopar 5. Men who are willing to experiment with colours and prints stand out from the crowd rather easily. Take a look at this quirky two piece that suits Dhoopar's frame seamlessly. © Dheeraj Dhoopar
  21. So, apart from all the chaos that took place in episode 5 of Game of Thrones some few things got overshadowed as the show burnt down to ashes, quite literally! Like, Varys's last few minutes on the show were overtly confusing and after watching the beginning of episode 5 again, we can definitely say, he was up to something big and mighty! (c)HBO Remember when he's sitting in his chambers and a little girl, probably one of his 'little birds' walks in. This is how their conversation went: Varys: “Nothing?” Girl: “She won't eat.” Varys: “We'll try again at supper.” Girl: “I think they're watching me.” Varys: “Who?” Girl: “Her soldiers.” Varys: “Of course they are. That's their job. What have I told you, Martha?” Girl: “The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.” Varys: “Go on. They'll be missing you in the kitchen.” (c)HBO At first we thought he was looking out for the queen because she just lost her best friend, Missndei but when we thought about what he'd relayed in a conversation to Tyrion earlier, about how she's not a fit queen, we wondered if he was up to something else, and guess what, he probably was! So, in this conversation with this girl called Martha, he's planning on poisoning Daenerys, so that she doesn't rule the realm as Varys always believeed in the realm more than the ruler, and who makes the realm more plausible and fir to rule? The ruler of course. So for him if the ruler isn't fair or just, he will definitely try and get rid of them or change loyalties. In this case he knew Dany won't budge an inch and give the throne to Jon Snow, a more deserving candidate according to Varys, so he decided to take matters in his own hands and poison her instead. Now, read the conversation he has with Martha again and you'll figure it all out! (c)HBO And what do you think was the best way to poison someone in Game of Thrones? ICYMI, Varys totally tried to poison Dany at the beginning of the episode. The callbacks to season 1 are amazing: Ned: Poison is a woman's weapon. Pycelle: Yes. Women, cravens... and eunuchs. Grand Maester Pycelle then mentioned Lord Varys just seconds later! ð¤¯#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/TVbL2uVmdJ — iTREVOR (@iLEADFARMER) 13 May 2019 Rewatching and Varys was def trying to poison Dany. She foiled him by not eating #GameofThrones — Sharonaâï¸Smiles (@SharonaSZN) 13 May 2019 #GameofThrones #ThronesYall wait a fucking minute is Varys trying to poison Dany yo, Dany is surrounded by traitors Jorah would neverð­ð­ pic.twitter.com/R8f3G4ynUp — M. Pelissier (@Is_Pelissier) 13 May 2019 So.... everyone else got this too right ?? Lord Varys was having Martha the little kitchen girl poison Danys food. She was nervous the guards were watching her, he reassured her by “Greater the risk, greater the reward“ #GamefThrones #GOT #HBO pic.twitter.com/QrigC5t7ON — Jessy Jess (@jessnicosia) 13 May 2019 So, yes coming back to, Varys trying to poison Dany. Usually, the use of jewellery to poison someone was common knowledge. If you remember, in season 4, Olenna used a poisoned stone from Sansa's necklace to poison beloved Joffrey. Poisoning through jewellery or the Tears of Lys has been an ongoing trend in Game of Thrones. So, before Varys was summoned by Dany, to be killed for betraying her, he took his ring off and hid it in a corner, before his death. (c)HBO It could be that the ring contained poison he would have given Dany, had she not burnt him alive. But since he hid the ring, it was obviously meant be to be found by someone. The question is who? Tyrion? Or maybe Jon? Nah Jon won't resort to poisoning someone but Tyrion probably would have. Either way, this confusion is definitely out of the way and quite alarming a detail to have completely missed our mind space because of the later scenes in the episode.
  22. In the summer of 2019, the world's largest democracy goes to polls to elect India's Prime Minister for the next 5 years. World over, the Indian elections take centre stage as an estimated 850 million people will cast their votes making this the largest democratic exercise in world history. For context, that's almost triple the entire population of the United States. And, a rather large chunk of this will be of people between 18-35 years old making it the largest group of millennials worldwide to vote a state leader into office. Lastly, perhaps most importantly, Indian women are voting in greater numbers than ever before, with profound implications for campaigning and policy-making in the country. © Pintrest India's shifting realities are in greater focus when reflecting on the past, when voting was a collective family affair where youngsters simply voted for the candidate their family was loyal to, without any questions asked. But as they say, 'The times they are a changing', millennials are voicing their independent opinion on most things in their lives including political preferences. Recently though, we got hold of fairly interesting data, where voting and millennials are concerned. According to the dating app OKCupid, that matches single millennials on the basis of shared values and belief systems, millennials are very socially aware and political in nature. The app released information on whether political beliefs affect the dating lives of individual youth in the country. © Pintrest The discovery was that yes, Indian millennials are politically aware, but slightly less invested, and would willingly support any cause that they feel strongly about. But politics or political leanings are definitely not a deal breaker when it comes to relationships or dating. Surprisingly enough, politics and love do not correlate for daters on the app to the point that politics is the least favourite topic of conversation for people meeting both online or offline. Another surprising element to emerge from the data was how women are far more mindful about the political leanings of the person they date, compared to men. Men do not seem to care what the women they date think about politics or who they support! But women are a lot more concerned when it comes to politics. I guess, men are more laid back and chilled and don't really care about any form of political inclination to date someone. © Pintrest But one thing that clearly stands out was the stance men take on people not voting at all in the country. Although they don't care what someone's political inclination is but they are mindful about casting votes. In fact, 51% of men believe that there should be some kind of penalty for people who don't vote. Yes, agreed we live in a democracy and everyone should have the right to practice and preach what they believe in but this belief stems from the fact that people comprise the democracy and it's equally important to vote, in order to see it flourish. But here's a stark contradiction from the data gathered. A staggering 78 per cent men and 75 per cent women say that voting is very important to them, while only 17 per cent men and 19 per cent women think it's not so important (and for the remaining, not important at all!). While both men and women don't encourage political agendas where relationships and dating is concerned, a lot do feel it's important to vote, and some do feel there should be a penalty for those who don't!. © Pintrest But that's the thing. While men and women do feel voting is fairly important, it may not come as a shock that a majority of men (64 per cent) and women (62 per cent) don't enjoy discussing politics at all. They might be aware, but choose not to make this heated topic of conversation typical of bedroom or dining table discourse. And that's a fact. Yes, most dating apps have the option to list your political inclination but which conversation ideally starts with 'who are you voting for or who did you vote for.'? It's a basic standpoint that politics and dating really don't mix if you want to take it ahead smoothly, instead of having heated arguments over it. Here are some more questions that were raised through the app towards young men, and here's the data accumulated for that: Would you risk your life to protest against an unjust government or for a cause that you feel strongly about? 57 per cent men are willing to risk their lives to fight for their rights or for a cause they truly believe in. All they need is a little push to bring out the activist in them. © Pintrest Do you believe it is important to stay informed about political issues affecting your nation? Yes, 92 per cent men believe it's important to stay informed. After all, an aware citizen has the ability to make informed choices. However informed the people might be, when it comes to dating, Indian millennials are undeterred by politics and do not want to make it a part of their life, or rather love life. Could you date someone who has (and acts on) radical-left or right politics? A majority of people are open to dating someone who has a strong political inclination for the right or left wing (43 per cent men and 37 per cent women) as long as it's not violent. Some people though would not think about it (25 per cent men and 29 per cent women). The remaining (20 per cent men and 25 per cent women) are not sure and others would rather not comment (12 per cent men and 9 per cent women). © Pintrest Could you date someone who has strong political opinions that are the exact opposite of yours? Surprisingly, when it comes to dating a person, 54 per cent women would like to match with partners who share their political beliefs whereas only 21 per cent men care. Which is more important for a good match? (Having similar political beliefs | having good *** | having similar hobbies) Well, Indian millennials are quite clear about this one! Having good *** (86 per cent men and 75 per cent women) is far far more important than having similar political beliefs (14 per cent men and 25 per cent women) for a good match and happily ever after. Which of the following would you rather discuss with someone you just met? (Musical preferences | Political beliefs | Philosophical beliefs | Sports ) Given the choice of topics they would like to discuss when they first meet offline, a majority of users mentioned musical preferences (53 per cent men and 55 per cent women), followed by a much smaller chunk of people saying philosophical beliefs (32 per cent men and 34 per cent women), then sports (11 per cent men and 4 per cent women) and lastly, political beliefs (4 per cent men and 7 per cent women) being the least preferred topic. © Pintrest When you first talk online with someone, which of the following would you prefer to talk about? (*** | Politics & Current Events | Activities | Personal History or Experiences) While meeting people online, daters would rather talk about personal history or experience (48 per cent men and 50 per cent women), personal hobbies and activities (44 per cent men and 43 per cent women). The least preferred topics of discussion online are *** (6 per cent men and 2 per cent women) or politics and current events (3 per cent men and 3 per cent women). So, to summerise, while Indian men and women do feel politics is an integral part and social awareness is a must and that casting a vote is something that should be made mandatory, they do not let these beliefs seep into relationships and dating. They actually keep an open mind and follow the 'to each his own' philosophy in order to avoid discord, or choose someone on the basis of their political inclination. The youth is smart and 'woke', according to this well-orchestrated research and they actually know what they really want. So, in case you want some help looking for the right match, you know what to talk about and what to bring up, in a conversation.
  23. The penultimate episode of 'Game of Thrones' is usually where all the drama lies. This is a set pattern and considering the minimal loss of life in the league of the major characters, we expected major bloodshed, and “The Bells” promised just that. Not that we didn't get bloodshed that we were promised, but it was rather disappointing. In case, you need a round-up of all the people who lost their lives, here's a list of the characters who are now dead and how they met their final ends. 1. Varys © HBO Varys died saying "I hope I'm wrong" to Tyrion referring to Dany losing it in the end. He was burnt alive by Dany's last standing dragon, Drogon in the presence of everyone. It was sad that in the end, it was Tyrion who outed him. 2. Harry Strickland, The Commander Of The Golden Company © HBO The Golden Company may have been a force to be reckoned with, but in front of Dragonfire, they couldn't stand a chance, could they? Harry survived the fire but was later brutally stabbed by Greyworm who was clearly avenging his girlfriend, Missandei's death by the looks of his expressions. 3. Euron Greyjoy © HBO Euron lived in a world of his own. He could've fled the scene but died of his own mistake that was provoking Jaime Lannister and then dying believing that he actually killed him. Tch tch tch, nearing death does make people delusional. 4. Qyburn © HBO Poor guy. Killed by his own creation in the end. The Mountain squeezed his neck in a snap without thinking twice. When has playing God worked out well for anyone? 5. Sandor & Gregor Clegane © HBO The much-awaited Clegaine bowl finally took place. But, oh well, it did not pan out well for either of the parties. While The Mountain was a lost cause, we do miss Ser Gregor. 6. Jaime and Cersei Lannister © HBO We expected a much, much more gruesome death for Cersei for all the cruelness she's inflicted on our favourite characters over the years. But they did want to romanticise their sibling-lovers-relationship in the end. Sigh.
  24. The one crucial element that drives the entire film industry is how the audience accepts you and your work, and mind it, there are no exceptions for the star kids. Chunky Panday's daughter Ananya Panday seems to have the passed the litmus test and has started to make her place, as she got her big golden Bollywood ticket with the recently released 'Student Of The Year 2'. For a father, seeing his daughter on the big screen and getting accepted by the audience is like a dream come true. In the case of Chunky Panday, his daughter Ananya has done something that he has always wanted to achieve himself. He might not have been able to work with Dharma Productions but his daughter has now accomplished that. MensXP got in touch with Chunky Panday to know how he feels watching his darling daughter Ananya Panday on the big screen. He also addressed the negative comments that followed the release of the film on Twitter. When we asked about his reaction on seeing his daughter perform on the big screen, he told us, "I was very overwhelmed when I saw the film. I didn't expect this from her from whatever I have known about her as a child. She just came across a different person altogether on the screen. She took me by surprise and it was quite a pleasant shock for me by seeing how she performed. I am floored and in fact, she worked really hard on it. She surprised me and Bhavna both. She never discussed anything with us about the film and when we ultimately watched the film in the theatre, we were very happy." We all stay in an era where you are always under the social media radar and are constantly being judged. If you are a star kid, you will be trolled mercilessly, regardless of what you do. These trolls are nameless and faceless, who sit behind their laptop screens and write negative comments to their hearts content. After the very first show of 'SOTY 2', Twitter was flooded with both positive and negative comments. There were people who were seen appreciating Ananya's act whereas some simply trolled the newcomer. We asked Chunky if he has prepared Ananya in any way to tackle the negativity that comes with fame. On this, he said, "As a father, I always told her that you have to judge everything according to your film. You are a commodity and you can't go beyond the film. Your success depends on the success of the film. You don't imitate other people's choices but rather focus on carving your own path. Of course, it is one of the most unpredictable professions I would say, but it has got its own plus points and you have to be level-headed. She has got a big banner like Dharma. I never got a chance to work with them but my daughter did." Adding to his viewpoint, he said that he doesn't pay any heed to negative comments, but his wife and Ananya's mother Bhavna does get upset with it. According to him, Ananya is a little balanced in terms of taking negativity and keeps stays level-headed. "Luckily, negativity has become less after people saw her performance. She has always maintained that 'don't drive me off before you see my performance and then if you don't like it, you can abuse me'. She is quite balanced that way. I am sure negative comments do upset everyone. I don't even read those comments, but my wife Bhavna does and she gets upset. Ananya, on the other hand, does read a few of them and I am sure she does get upset, but I have told her to read five positive comments and two negative comments. Nowadays, the younger generation knows how to tackle such situations in a better way. They know how to distance themselves from something like this," said Chunky. View this post on Instagram 15 years later - you still look like a ladoo, papa is still obsessed with us and I'm still so extra with my poses â¤ï¸ð¤¦ð»‍âï¸ happy birthday Rys, stop growing up now ð¥ A post shared by Ananya ð©ð»‍ðð« (@ananyapanday) on Mar 9, 2019 at 11:47pm PST Further, into the conversation, we talked about how his wife Bhavna had a breakdown while Ananya had left for Dehradun for a 40-day schedule. Were there any breakdown moments for a father? On this, he told us, "Not when she was away but when I saw her film for the first time on the big screen, I had a breakdown. I hadn't seen any rushes of the film. Normally, parents see it but I didn't. Even when the trailer launched had happened, I saw the trailer on YouTube and I never used to tell Ananya or Bhavna that I watch the trailer 30-40 times before going to sleep. The day I saw the preview show, I was completely blown away. I just went up and gave her a tight hug. She has made me proud as she has done a great job." Finally, we tackled the uncomfortable question of how 'SOTY 2' has not really done well with the critics and asked him directly about the screenplay being a bit off track. Many Twitter users felt that the movie was not up to the mark but appreciated the performances of the lead actors. On this, Chunky said, "I felt the movie was made for the younger age group. It didn't have much for the grown-ups. I have always told Ananya that once you commit yourself to a project, give your 200% to it and that's what she had done. She has been trained for that. You know what, sometimes the greatest of things can be a squib and sometimes a squib can turn out to be one of the greatest things that you have seen. I am saying this out of my personal experience. When you are working on a film that you think is not gonna get numbers, sometimes it eventually becomes a blockbuster. You are just having fun on the sets and you have no clue. Sometimes, you think you are working on a huge budget kickass project, but it doesn't even get on the floors. It doesn't stop us from giving our best. I have always told her that if you are not happy with something, defuse it and do not make it linger. These are the little things that I have told her but the rest is up to her." View this post on Instagram Been around since the 1st one, happy 21st anniversary guys â¤ï¸ð¼ð» #DadYouGotLucky #Goals A post shared by Ananya ð©ð»‍ðð« (@ananyapanday) on Jan 16, 2019 at 11:21pm PST The movie is inching towards minting Rs 50 crore at the box office and Chunky is happy to see his daughter's debut doing well on the big screen. "I am thrilled that the film got accepted and moreover, she has been accepted. I feel the biggest struggle for an actor is to be appreciated and accepted by the masses. You can be working in many films in your entire lives, but if you're not accepted, you will never be able to make a mark. There's has to be a connection between the audience and the performer. I am just happy," said Chunky, and we do agree with his point of view. The conversation then veered to the much discussed-about issue which is always making headlines, Nepotism and how being a star kid is no luxury per se. "It is a lot of pressure as there are so many expectations and now, you have trolls that follow. Forget star kids, I had so much pressure as a kid to become a doctor because both my parents were doctors. The pressure didn't come from my parents but from my relatives and friends. I screwed it big time but I couldn't. There's huge pressure on kids, especially star kids and no one sees it. It's actually tough," Chunky said. View this post on Instagram Happy birthday to the coolest dude ever 𧡠#BestFriend A post shared by Ananya ð©ð»‍ðð« (@ananyapanday) on Sep 25, 2018 at 11:37pm PDT Putting forward his take on Nepotism, he said, "This has been happening for a long time now. I remember when I had joined the industry, I was targetted because my parents were very close to Rekha. My mom had a slimming clinic and she had help Rekha lose weight. The moment my film was announced and launched, people were like this boy has got the role because of Rekha. These things used to happen back then too but with the Internet now, it has become crazy. If you talk about my era, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan were all industry kids but they have worked hard. Our film industry has had star kids for a long time and they have proved themselves. They became the biggest stars in the country. For example, Vicky Kaushal - he is doing pretty well. I would suggest that one should work hard and live happily." Have you watched 'SOTY 2'? Did you like Ananya's performance? Let us know in the comments below!
  25. Have you ever wondered how sparkling wine is brewed? Or how Rosé could be different from Red Wine? Ever thought about what it's like to go to wine tastings and experience different wines, fresh from the barrels? How long do you reckon would it take to get drunk on these little sips of wine that you keep taking every 5 minutes? I got to experience exactly that last week. © MensXP/Simran Arora Grover Zampa Vineyards unveiled a new centre for wine tastings and sales at their winery in Bangalore last week, and I got to visit them and experience wine tasting for the first time. © MensXP/Simran Arora From my experience, the tour was very different from how I had imagined it. I mean, I had pictured the tasting bit right, but not the endless but breathtaking vineyards or the ginormous stainless steel barrels that take up most of the space, of what would normally be an average seating hall with the height of two floors. © MensXP/Simran Arora And barrels that give the aesthetics of vintage films I'd seen growing up. © MensXP/Simran Arora There were also enormous sorting machines and crushing machines imported from countries like Germany, promising maximum efficiency in the initial stages of berry sorting and crushing, all the factors that are necessary for the production of good wine. © MensXP/Simran Arora The tour guide informed us that the harvesting time is crucial in determining the kind of wine it'll produce. For example, berries picked from old vines that aren't ripe yet, make for the most premium of vines if aged properly, while the ripest of berries make for a good dessert wine batch. © MensXP/Simran Arora A dessert wine is a kind of sweet wine usually paired with desserts, but a good sommelier ( a wine waiter/steward) will tell you that the high sugar content in a dessert wine comes from the ripe berries and can sometimes go up to 133 grams per litre, which as a number can be intimidating and I agree. However, at the right temperature in Summer evenings, it could be a refreshing sip and also a wonderful choice to get initiated with, if you want to start exploring wines because it's easy to get adjusted to it and even enjoy the drink. © MensXP/Simran Arora In a masterclass with Sonal Holland, she pressed on the importance of pairing dessert wines with anything and everything that isn't sweet because the dessert wine, in all its glory, has been quite underestimated. The Vendanges Tardives (my favourite amongst the lot) a new launch of Grover Zampa Vineyards, is a sweet wine. There is a long-standing analogy of the similar taste notes of dessert wines and gulab jamun, but unlike gulab jamun, the Vendanges Tardives doesn't stay put on the palate and it clears itself, as Sonal Holland notably pointed out. The dry wines take an experienced palate to appreciate, and while you may brush this off quickly, because I too consume wine occasionally and feel I know it all, a brand of wine like La Reserve Royale Brut, which is fermented in barrels and aged for more than 30 months at a go and has intricate notes of lemon zest, flowers, fresh hazelnuts and brioche, can only be dissected to the T by an experienced connoisseur. On the palate, the wine is elegant and you can see tiny persistent bubbles when you swirl it in your glass, something that Sonal Holland made us notice. In all honesty, after learning the minute details, I started to put more emphasis on my sips. But here's how I learned to sniff wine: you near the cup to your nose and sniff with the utmost concentration and then finally take a tiny sip that has to be gargled and taken in. The interesting part is that you can even sniff wine through its cork. Checking things like acidity also has a similar process of swirling it around the glass and gargling but also has the addition of leaning forward and checking for a tingling sensation at the back of your throat which signifies acidity. And here's an interesting thing I learnt from Sonal Holland's masterclass: acidity to white wine is like cheese to pizza. A fellow Sommelier, Kriti Malhotra talked about how in the workshops that she conducts, she likes to take her attendees to a world of familiarity to explore the unfamiliar notes of the wine. For example, she said, "a wine high on MLF, also known as a malolactic conversion, would have an aroma akin to your mother boiling milk in the kitchen". It would also have a "buttery taste" which on careful observation of more than three sips, I could sense and very excitedly confirmed that it did, in fact, have a milky tinge to it. Similarly, notes of citrus are sometimes mingled with vanilla and the barrel of wine it is aged in, in this wine's case, it was Oakwood. Finally, we were made to taste the Grover Zampa's most premium label 'Insignia', which is fermented in French oak barrels for 24 months which is equivalent to the ageing of average champagne production, this intensifies the richness of Shiraz grapes from a single vineyard. Insignia is a dry wine that leaves a trail of fruit-berries, coffee and chocolate, with a hint of black pepper that blends into a smooth finish. A wine like that is made to be aged even after being bought and needs someone well-initiated to appreciate its nuances, which is probably why I think if I would've had a developed palate like the connoisseurs around me, I would've learned to appreciate it better. And that's the thing about wine in general, while it's not everyone's cup of tea, I've learned that in order to enjoy a good glass of wine, you need it to be at the right temperature, you need an experienced palate and a couple of swirls before taking a sip. And those are exactly all the things I'm beginning to enjoy after this illuminating experience.
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