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  1. Rajasthan Royal is the most balanced side you will find in this season of Indian Premier League. From great batsman to some hard-hitting all-rounders and some world class bowlers, they have made sure that they excel in every department, on paper. Now the real task would be to pan out the action plan on the field. RR did taste the success once when the won the inaugural season of IPL in 2008 under the captaincy of Shane Warne. Since then the team has been a part of many controversies, but despite that, they made a good start in last year's IPL, securing the fourth spot by the end of the season. With a perfectly balanced team, it will be interesting to see how Rahane and his boys complete their puzzled combination of players. Here are the top five players who can play a crucial role for RR: Steve Smith Credit: Instagram - Rajasthan Royals One of the finest Australian batsman in the modern day cricket, Steve Smith, is all set to make a comeback to the IPL after the ball-tampering scandal. Being barred from international cricket and IPL for a year has surely given him some personal space to reconnect with himself. And now being back in the RR, he will definitely want to make his presence count by showing his form, and especially when the World Cup is right over the head. Ajinkya Rahane Credit: Instagram - Rajasthan Royals One of the most dependable batsman in the Rajasthan side, Ajinkya Rahane (Jinx) seems all set to take charge of the team. Jinks will once again look forward to entertaining the crowd with his silken touch in the shortest format of the game. Known for being calm, patient and determined on the field, Rahane has now been the backbone of the RR side for many years. Scoring the third highest runs in his team last season, Rahane will be in full swing to guide from the front. Ben Stokes Credit: Instagram - Rajasthan Royals One of the most consistent all rounders in the league, Ben Stokes has worked as two players in one for RR. Filling the shoes of a full-time bowler and adding to the cavalry of the team, Stokes would be a perfect pick for any team. Now playing his second season with the RR, Stoke will be all set to prove his worth and shut his critics. Jaydev Unadkat Credit: Instagram - Rajasthan Royals Once again the costliest buy of the season, Jaydev Unadkat, is bought by the same team who bought him last year, Rajasthan Royals, but this time for a little less than before, Rs. 8.4 crores. He did perform well last season and took 11 wickets for the team but everyone expected more from such a humongous buy. We hope this time Unadkat can stand tall above all and prove his metal. Jofra Archer Credit: Instagram - Rajasthan Royals Jofra Archer was one of the most exciting picks in the VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018. Fetching a cool INR 7.20 crore, Archer proved to be a complete package for RR. Possessing the strength to whack the ball clean and hard, he can also bowl at flashing speed of 150 kph. Being the highest wicket-taker for his side last season(15), Archer will be expected to once again play a crucial role in this season.
  2. Chennai Super Kings is literally the 'king' of this league as they have won three titles out of the ten seasons they have played. Despite being off the tournament for two years, CSK made an epic comeback by winning the last season with some prolific performances. Keeping their core team intact, CSK has been one of the most lethal sides in the Indian Premier League. A fact to back our statement is that CSK has made to the playoffs in all the ten seasons they have played. The MS Dhoni-led side has been cool as ever and is renowned for making some dramatic comeback with players like Bravo and Watson who can snatch the game away from you anytime they want. Despite the star-studded squad CSK have, here are our top five key players who can help them lift the title for record 4th time: 1. MS Dhoni © Instagram The most beloved player of the CSK squad, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, topping our list would come as no surprise because we all know the importance this man holds in the team. He is the most calm and clever captain you'll find on the cricket ground. His insane tactics and game-changing abilities make him the most threatening player in the squad. Equipped with his helicopter shot, MSD has every knowledge of when to strike and when to become an anchor for the team. Having the core team he requires, Captain Cool will surely give it all to win his fourth title. 2. Suresh Raina © Instagram Making a comeback in the big scene, Suresh Raina is definitely a player to look out for in this year's IPL. The leading run scorer in the IPL, Raina had a pretty decent season last year where he scored 445 runs (including four 50+ scores) in 15 innings with a strike rate of 132.44 Since then, he has been out of international cricket, firstly because of injury and later because of poor form. But he still is one of the most dangerous batsmen if he starts firing. Looking forward to rebooting his career with the IPL glory, Raina will do anything asked for to prove his worth. 3. Shane Watson © BCCI The most reliable overseas player in the CSK side would be none other than Shane Watson. Brilliant with the bat and handy with the ball, Watson ticks two crucial boxes in the team's side. Scoring massive 555 runs in 15 innings, the Aussie star has proved his worth time and again. Apart from his batting prowess, Watto will also provide an extra bowling option to Chennai in crunch situations. Adding to it, his precision with the medium bowling not only gives them an extra option but will also provide them helps them to cover the quota of four overs but also to get a crucial breakthrough at times. With that, he brings experience to the side which is certainly a boost for the younger players' confidence. 4. Imran Tahir © Instagram Another star performer of the CSK side is their South African leggie, Imran Tahir. Getting to bowl all the four overs in every match, Tahir plays an important role in CSK's win counts. One of the most experienced bowlers in the side, Tahir surely instils a whole lot of confidence in the team, both on and off the field. Though he got to play just six matches last season, we hope we get to see him in action more often so that he can prove his metal to the world. 5. Ambati Rayudu © Instagram The top run scorer in IPL 2018 journey for CSK, Ambati Rayudu is all set to own the yellow jersey once again. Having a mammoth total of 602 runs (comprising of a century) in 16 innings, Rayudu has already proven why he should be retained. Another important task for Rayudu would be to cement his place in the World Cup squad by performing well in the season. Having a robust last season, a whole lot will be dependent on him as the season passes through.
  3. Kolkata Knight Riders, being a side associated with huge celebrity status, have made sure that they don't let the stardom affect their performance. After displaying a poor form in the first few seasons of the Indian Premier League, they made sure they bounced back strong and have been in prime form ever since. Winning the trophy twice, once in 2012 and 2015, both by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the finals, they have made sure that they made the qualifiers every single time after that. With the 12th edition of the IPL right over their heads, KKR will be looking forward to opening their innings on a good note. The top five players who could become the knights in shining armour for KKR in this season are: 1. Dinesh Karthik © KKR Facebook Dinesh Karthik, the captain of the KKR for the second season in a row, will play a key role in guiding the team to glory. Leading the team from the front, DK was the top run scorer of the squad with 498 runs in 16 innings including two fifties. Having a good tactful mind, Karthik will be looking forward to at least make it to the playoffs and on the individual front, he would give his best shot so that he can make a place for himself in the final World Cup squad. 2. Sunil Narine © BCCI Arguably the most mysteriously successful bowler in the history of the game, Sunil Narine deserves to be the key player of the side. Beginning with his off-break bowling and ruling the 'purple cap,' he later stunned everyone with opening the innings and thrashing the ball in all directions. Usually, we expect him to be the leading wicket-taker but after his beating to all the faster bowlers and the pacers, he took his name among the top and the leading run scorer in the team with his 357 runs in 16 innings, comprising of two 50+ scores. 3. Andre Russell © KKR Facebook Another hard-hitter that KKR possesses is the Carribean star, Andre Russell. The Right-arm fast bowler is capable of snatching the match from the lion's mouth if once unleashed, both with the bat and the ball. An example of it would be his humongous knock of 88 in mere 36 balls (consisting of 11 sixes), which almost stole the show from Chennai Super Kings but they managed somehow. Another advantage Russell provides is his ability to bowl in debt overs and that too with precision. 4. Kuldeep Yadav © KKR Instagram Having a world-class bowler in the squad is always a perk and Kuldeep Yadav has proven to be the same for KKR. Having a wonderful season last year with 17 wickets in the bag, Yadav has been a go-to bowler for DK. The number of variations he owns and his ability to read the batsman's mind is counted to be his most lethal weapon, which eventually proves to be an asset for the team. 5. Chris Lynn © KKR Instagram The Australian blessing in the KKR squad, Chris Lynn, is another deadly weapon in the team's arsenal. The right-handed batsman has been a consistent scorer for the side and went on to score 491 runs, the second highest in the team. An opening partnership of Lynn and Narine proved to be a breathtaking combination in the last few seasons and we hope it continues to go their way.
  4. Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of incredible movies, of course, but it is also full of even more incredible bromances. The entire cast loves each other and their off-screen friendship does translate well on-screen. I feel like Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans have the most famous MCU bromance but two other actors are here to try and take the title, with a little bit Chris Hemsworth mixed in. Ever since the second trailer for 'Avengers: Endgame' dropped, everyone is talking about it and coming up with more and more theories about it. But, no one can deny that the biggest thing that stood out was Jeremy Renner's new snazzy hairstyle. Yep, Hawkeye's mohawk inspired a lot of memes and jokes online and it was all very well-deserved. I still stand by my original thought of him getting the hairstyle just because of the name. While we were coming up with more jokes, Mark Ruffalo decided to remind everyone who has the inspiration behind the mohawk. It's been 15 years since the release of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and 0 years since @renner4real stole my look ðð»‍âï¸ But I don't blame him. It's a good look. Stealing from the best. (Sorry again, @chrishemsworth. It's for a good cause.) pic.twitter.com/fngC1ddDXu — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 19, 2019 Yes, we don't blame him for stealing, after all Mark should be an inspiration to all of us. Are we getting another 'I see you've copied my beard scene' in Endgame? Please say yes, Marvel. Unrelated, but everyone needs to see this right now. This is what really happened hahahah pic.twitter.com/bGXxFiI0md — Gabyð¨ð± (@rockmeperfect) March 19, 2019 Coming back to Mark's tweet, actually Jeremy is not the only thief in the MCU since Mark himself recently stole something from none other that the God of Thunder. Thor's friend from work recently stole Mjölnir, for charity of course. Yes, Jeremy, we all are. Well @MarkRuffalo @chrishemsworth it appears as if we are all thieves in our own way ð https://t.co/LgyGM3Gi1z — Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) March 19, 2019 What are you doing with his pillow, Banner? Firstly, @MarkRuffalo if it's for charity then I'll forgive you. Secondly, you also stole my pillow...which was kinda weird. Are you auctioning that off as well or just for your personal use? https://t.co/QfpzJtKZjF — Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) March 14, 2019 Okay, Jeremy is the real culprit here. Ah @chrishemsworth I grabbed that pillow brother and a toothbrush.... but for personal use. Thanks @MarkRuffalo for the distraction ð¤ð» — Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) March 14, 2019
  5. In early January 2019, it was announced that a biopic on our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the works. It was also revealed that actor Vivek Oberoi would be seen essaying the titular role in the film titled 'PM Narendra Modi'. 'PM Narendra Modi' biopic will narrate PM Modi's journey from his humble beginnings, to his rise as the Prime Minister of India, and it has been reported that the film will be released in 23 Indian languages. © Legend Global Studio The makers of the film recently released the 'PM Narendra Modi' trailer and all throughout the trailer launch, the makers and actors of the biopic had just one thing to say, “Modi hai, toh mumkin hai”. While it is understood that the movie traces PM Modi's journey, the trailer also gives us an insight into more private and not-so-public aspects of PM Modi that a lot of us might be unaware of. Whitewashing or not, the trailer did do a fine job of capturing our complete attention and left us craving for the complete picture. © Legend Global Studio Here are the 5 most important moments from 'PM Narendra Modi' trailer: 1. 'PM Narendra Modi' trailer gave us a glimpse into PM Modi's childhood, his tryst with selling tea, his stand on patriotism, his days during RSS training, as well as the time when he decided to leave everything behind and become a sanyasi in order to learn the meaning of life and his purpose. © Legend Global Studio 2. The trailer nicely follows the transition of Modi from his years of association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh as a Sevak, his extensive tenure as Gujarat CM and moving on to BJP's clean swipe during the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. There is a promise of deeper insights in those recreations. 3. 'PM Narendra Modi' trailer also touches upon one of the most sensational aspects of PM Modi's life - the 2002 Gujarat riots. He is shown to be rescuing Muslims and taking personal initiatives related to the 2002 attack on the Akshardham temple. © Legend Global Studio 4. PM Modi's version of nationalism is loud and clear in the trailer, wherein at one point it is shown that he places the nation above any religion, as he salutes the Indian flag. 5. The trailer presents PM Modi's stand against terrorism pretty clearly and it finds a voice in the trailer more than once. The trailer also tries to bring in an element of gender equality when we hear PM Modi say, “jab tak iss desh ki mahilayen majboor hain, yeh desh kabhi majboot nahi ho sakta.” © Legend Global Studio 'PM Narendra Modi' directed by Omung Kumar of 'Mary Kom' and 'Sarbjit' fame will release on April 5, just a week before the beginning of the General Elections on April 11.
  6. Holi parties are great, but post-Holi skincare can be traumatizing for you considering it's very tough to get rid off these colours off your face. But here's a guide for you filled with tried and tested, super-effective products that make it easy to get rid off those clingy colours. Now, in good faith, we obviously hope that the first thing you'll do after coming back is going to the shower and wash your face. Aside from the basic products, you should also use: 1. A Glycerin Cleansing Agent Glycerine is one of the most effective ingredients when it comes to skincare. Using this glycerine cleansing agent will ensure effective cleansing while maintaining the pH balance. © nykaa 2. A Heavy Duty Scrub A scrub is more aggressive than a face wash in weeding out seeded dirt( in this case colour) from your skin. A scrub with tiny granules rubs against your pores gently and makes sure all the dirt is removed. © nykaa 3. A Deep Cleansing Shampoo For your brittle hair from all the colour that you've been exposed to, you need a deep cleansing shampoo to get rid of all that extra dirt. © nykaa 4. An Oil To Gently Rub Off The Excessive Dirt Massage your skin and scalp with this sweet almond oil before the second run of cleansing, in case there are still colour stains left. Oil also helps in cleansing your skin and moisturizes it at the same time. You could choose from almond, coconut or sesame, whichever you're most comfortable with. © nykaa 5. A Good Moisturizer After aggressive cleansing sessions, your skin needs some pampering. Use a good moisturizer so that all the lost hydration returns and your skin is left glowing once again. © nykaa
  7. There is an age-old saying in cricket: Catches win matches. As cliched as it sounds, it is surely the ultimate truth. A batsman can score a brilliant hundred, but it might be one crucial catch that could turn the game upside down. One crucial grab can strangle the opposition and let it stride towards a losing end. Over the years, we have seen some of the best fielders in the world in the likes of Mark Waugh, Jonty Rhodes, etc. But as the years passed by, these legends have left the game and now, it is being ruled by a new era of players who are equally good and capable of splitting a game wide open with their brilliant catches. The Indian Premier League has always acted as a pool of stunning catches and here we present you the top 5 catches in the IPL history: 1. Chris Lynn No matter how old it gets, the catch of Chris Lynn to dismiss Ab De Villiers will always be fresh in the minds of all IPL fans, and would surely go down as the perfect example for the saying 'catches win matches'. De Villiers was single-handedly taking the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a win against Kolkata Knight Riders when he skied a ball, in the final over, towards the path of Lynn standing near the boundary. Lynn slipped in the beginning but recovered well to set himself to take one of the most spectacular catches in IPL history. 2. Shane Watson & David Wiese Over the past few years, we have realised a fact that a partnership cannot only be seen between batsmen but also fielders. And just to back this statement, we have Shane Watson and David Wiese showing their outstanding awareness and prolific presence of mind during their match against Delhi Daredevils (DD). Shreyas Iyer of DD knocked the ball high but unfortunately couldn't manage the distance, just when Watson chased the ball over his head and managed to grab it, but as soon as he realised he's going to cross the boundary, he threw the ball in the air again, and this time, he put out an amazing dive to get hold of the ball right at the boundary line. These types of partnerships can be seen very often in modern day cricket but this was definitely one of the best you will see. 3. Ab De Villiers While Spiderman so far has been a fictional character, Ab De Villiers, on the other hand, has shown every sign of being one in real life. Renowned as a multi-tasker on the cricket field, De Villiers has been top class in his fielding abilities. Last year he took a stunning one-handed flying catch of Alex Hales who was batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad. A fantabulous jump on the right moment helped AB to grab the ball with one hand while making the crowd go insane. 4. Ricky Ponting Age is no bar for anything and Ricky Ponting proved the statement with his marvellous catch on the first ball of the Delhi Daredevils' innings. The Mumbai Indians skipper didn't even think twice before becoming a superman to take the catch of Unmukt Chand and showing him the way to the pavilion. The take by the former Australian captain became a major development right in the opening day of IPL season 6. 5. Trent Boult © Twitter One of the fastest bowler in the world, Trent Boult, clinched a breath-taking catch on the ropes of RCB skipper, Virat Kohli. The catch was a total unexpected beauty, as after grabbing the ball, Boult had to stop himself from falling over the ropes which was totally against the momentum of his body. But to our surprise, the New Zealand pacer didn't just keep the ball in his hands but also defied gravity to ensure he kept his body inside the ropes. Even Kohli was shocked by the stunner taken by Boult and kept his ground before realising that he had no choice other than returning to the pavilion.
  8. Another account of cultural and religious hate based on pure ignorance surfaced, when Instagram comedian Jess Hilarious, aka Jessica Moore boasted about how she allegedly got 4 turbaned Sikh men 'kicked off' a plane because she felt 'threatened' by their presence. (c)Twitter The comedienne was rightfully slammed for her Islamophobic comments by lots of people on Twitter and a compilation of the comments she made, was posted on Twitter by activist Simran Jeet Singh. Take a look: Four innocent Sikhs were kicked off a plane today because this woman was scared of how they looked. Please watch and share this video to understand how hate hurts us all. (see thread below for more info on the Sikh religion and identity) pic.twitter.com/xg8vSfgsYm — Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) 17 March 2019 After the video was out, a bunch of people took to Twitter to verbally bash her hatred and absolutely ignorant and racist rant. Hi @jess_hilarious, I hear that you're fearful of people who look like me. Let me know if you ever want to chat. I'm happy to show you we're normal(ish) people and that you have nothing to fear. peace, a sikh https://t.co/RTmwziDeO5 — Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) 18 March 2019 I thought I'd reshare this after @jess_hilarious managed to get 4 Sikhs off of a plane because she confused them with Muslims. I think it's disgusting that she would not only do this, but share that she did this and then think it was something we'd find funny after recent events. https://t.co/2VChRhI7BB — Kat Blaque (@kat_blaque) 17 March 2019 It's really hurtful that some people see turbans and view that as something to be afraid of. Sikhs wear the turban/have long hair as a way to be publicly identified as in service to others. The idea is if you see someone in a turban, you'd know you could go up and ask for help. — Aditi Juneja (@AditiJuneja3) 17 March 2019 The fact that Jess hilarious thinks it's funny to be 'threatened' by 4 Sikh people entering the plane because she thought they were Muslim and bragging about them being kicked out after the New Zealand incident is disgusting. pic.twitter.com/LjBxSyuB5T — yas (@Adoomies1) 17 March 2019 Jess Hilarious' anti-Muslim rhetoric sheds light on a very important topic; Islamophobia within the black Christian community — dylan (@dylanthegypsy) 17 March 2019 4 innocent Sikh passengers kicked off a plane cos celebrity @jess_hilarious was uncomfortable with their APPEARANCE What a shame Airline company acceded to her request! Sikhs have been most helpful community in times of trouble yet they get such discrimination @SushmaSwaraj Ji pic.twitter.com/suGHcFo5MD — Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) 18 March 2019 @jess_hilarious you are racist af & sound so damn ignorant. The Sikh man was minding his business, is that what you felt THREATENED about?! #JessHilarious pic.twitter.com/b2DdZJYvU5 — s a r a (@sara_zfa) 17 March 2019 A day after Muslims were ambushed and murdered while praying (death toll now at 51), Jess Hilarious hops on Al Gore's internet to brag about+defend getting 4 people with turbans kicked off a flight because she didn't feel safe. — Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) 17 March 2019 Getting four Sikhs off a plane because she felt threatened shows the incredible stupidity of @jess_hilarious. The airline should have drop kicked her ass off the plane. https://t.co/Z7fySepfDn — rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) 18 March 2019 So while we mourn 50 Muslims who were gunned down in New Zealand and Muslims face Islamophobic harassment across the country on the streets and online, Jess Hilarious targets 4 Sikh men for wearing turbans and gets the removed from flight because she's afraid of Muslims. — Margari Aziza (@Margari_Aziza) 17 March 2019 When she was slammed with rhetoric hate comments about her behaviour towards 4 Sikh men, the woman went on a rant over a video cussing people who were speaking up against her. She justified her actions saying “F*** y'all, I feel how I feel. I felt threatened and that was it. F*** y'all." (c)Twitter This probably isn't the first time Sikhs have faced racist hate all over America. Post 9/11, there were attacks on the Sikh community as they were misunderstood for radical Islam fundamentalists. But the fact that 9/11 was 18 years ago and yet people live in absolute ignorance is quite sad TBH. There are some latent lessons due about how not all Muslims are terrorists and how the Sikh community is not religiously fanatic or a threat, to have them evacuated from an airplane! But because she probably thrives on irrational content that she assumes is funny. She thought she could take a dig at calling someone out as a threat just for fun, and she'd get away with it. Well, that's not how it works sista! (c)Twitter Moore did post a video on her Instgaram handle apologising for her behaviour but you know, sometimes an apology doesn't really hold any merit, once the damage is done. Here, take a look at it anyway: Please don't believe everything you see and hear, this is what it really is. A post shared by Jess Moore (@jesshilarious_official) on Mar 18, 2019 at 7:27pm PDT The woman has also offered to donate $15,000 to the victims of the New Zealand tragedy. Well, that's great Jess, but maybe it's time to get schooled again for your lack of knowledge! Jess Hilarious is blatantly ignorant lmao, first off those were Sikhs on the plane and besides, had they been Muslims why would you behave that way despite having Muslims in your family? ð¤¦ð»‍âï¸ pic.twitter.com/0GOMnSo8b7 — Too $hort (@sukhisofly) 17 March 2019 All we can say is that Jess Hilarious is not really hilarious after all and we hope her ignorance doesn't get her into any more trouble!
  9. Former adult star Mia Khalifa broke a million hearts over the weekend when she announced her engagement to her long time boyfriend Robert Sandberg. View this post on Instagram Vi är förlovade!!!! ðð¤µð¼ð°ð½♥ï¸ #StockholmSyndrome #Trapped A post shared by Mia K. (@miakhalifa) on Mar 13, 2019 at 8:19pm PDT The Swedish chef hid her ring in a bowl of dried ingredients and when Mia started eating them, he had to stop her from almost finding the ring and proposed to her. View this post on Instagram Thank you a million times over for the entire team at @smythchicago for helping @robertsandberg propose ð­♥ï¸ this trip and dinner was supposed to celebrate him getting his visa! Robert has planted the seed so deep in my mind for so long that he hates restaurant proposals so I never, EVER, saw this coming. I love y'all so much! Thank you! @smythchicago @chefjohnshields @officialchrisgerber @richieribando @povdejackee #StockholmSyndrome A post shared by Mia K. (@miakhalifa) on Mar 14, 2019 at 10:04am PDT Mia got divorced in 2011 and has been dating Robert for around three years after they reportedly met at a restaurant. Robert has always been fascinated with cooking ever since he was a kid and he knew he wanted to be a chef.. View this post on Instagram My first attempt of blindfolded chopping and the first sign of me in a kitchen. I don't remember anything of it except that I cried so much from the onions and that the knife was so blunt that I could probably use a pair of skates for a better result. And I actually invented Saltbae of my generation. 22 years and a lot of tattoos later I'm healthy, im happy, I'm curious, I have perfect friends, I have a perfect healthy family, and I have the love of my life @miakhalifa â¤ï¸ And im doing exactly what I love to do everyday. Cooking, cleaning, eating and hopefully inspiring.ð #swag A post shared by Robert Sandberg (@robertsandberg) on Jan 14, 2019 at 11:39am PST Robert Sandberg is currently based in Los Angeles but he was previously working as a sous chef at Kong Hans Kaelder in Copenhagen. View this post on Instagram Photoshoot with @kentaur.dk today. For sure my type of jackets. #copenhagen A post shared by Robert Sandberg (@robertsandberg) on Sep 3, 2018 at 4:55am PDT Robert and Mia even have a YouTube channel together where they record their daily life in fun videos and travel experiences as well. The wedding date has not been announced yet but anyway, pretty sure most men are already heartbroken across the globe.
  10. A couple of years back, a relatively unknown – at least in the Indian subcontinent – Hasan Minhaj furthered the politician-comedian parentification (don't look up the dictionary; the meme below explains the meaning of this word better) through his White House correspondents' dinner address. He took digs at the bigotry of Donald Trump & Co, but that didn't make much of an impact in India because, of course, we're stuck in deep shit of our own. © 9gag Over the course of this weekend though, the American comedian of Indian origin finally turned towards the subcontinent in an outright courageous, half-an-hour long episode about the upcoming Indian general assembly elections, on the second season of his Netflix original 'Patriot Act'. And since it touched a lot of nerves, India is kinda…umm abuzz. “Since [Narendra] Modi came to power, India has grown more hostile to minority groups. There's been a resurgence in religious nationalism, specifically Hindu nationalism, the idea that India is a Hindu nation,” opens the monologue. Ha! How dare? A bunch of trolls on my Twitter, and some of you reading this on MensXP (judging by the quality – or the lack of thereof, of a lot of comments on our Facebook page), would disagree. But the bad news for you guys is that he backs it up with solid facts (not Whatsapp forwards and 4Chan theories) to tell you how almost 300 people have been physically assaulted (including the 50 killed) in cow-related violence in India. But I don't expect this lot to understand, let alone be empathetic. After all, I was called a 'cow-eater' just last week on a metro ride to work, because I had put on a kurta (serious offence in this day and age of pigeonholed points of view). So Hasan's Pakistani (then Qatar and then Iran) spy joke hits home instantly. Me reading the comments on the latest episode. https://t.co/dSUYanFAuD pic.twitter.com/btFPPyvoE4 — Hasan Minhaj (@hasanminhaj) March 18, 2019 That's not the only talking point from the episode. An unflinching Minhaj goes on to poke fun at the Indian TV media community that is drawing the ire of international compatriots, especially for its role in the coverage of the recent Indo-Pak tensions. More TV anchors let out war cries than the concerned people and more TV studios were turned into battlefields than the actual ones. If truth be spoken, sane debates – both on air and off it, seem like a distant memory. Trust me, I'm an ex-Muslim man in the 'media business,' and get to physically interact with maybe more people than the average Indian bhakt. In his own style, Minhaj also interviews Indian National Congress' outspoken Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor for the episode (FYI, he failed to get a response from the Bharatiya Janata Party and, going by his Twitter handle, Chowkidar Narendra Modi, 'who is the first PM in the country to never hold a press conference'). The comedian goes on to revive the age-old joke of the direct proportionality between an Indian politician and the number of criminal charges against them. For crying out loud, he confronted Tharoor about his wife's murder during their interview. It's a real moment of pride when this is the actual state of Indian media at present. And finally, he also addresses the He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named of Indian politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) (yes, my name is Khan and I'm not a terrorist). Minhaj calls upon their problematic history and Narendra Modi's close ties with them, with reference to the rise of right-wing politics across the world in the recent past. Apart from Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adiyanath's 'Aap Ki Adalat' appearance with Rajat Sharma (another TV anchor with dicey political ties), former chief MS Golwalkar deciding to name his book 'A Bunch of Thoughts' also became the butt of his jokes. I didn't listen. #NowStreaming pic.twitter.com/7fnuDuaImW — Hasan Minhaj (@hasanminhaj) March 17, 2019 The Twitter troll army, surprisingly, did stay away from going all-out in harassing Minhaj (at least in the first 24 hours of the episode's release), despite him poking ample fun at Modiji & Co. That's, in some ways, a testimony to the narrative's middle-of-the-road approach, and in a lot of ways an unlikely masterclass for Indian TV media. Well, these were my bunch of thoughts on the show and how Minhaj's rational, hilarious, and neutral take on the Indian political climate, and the dire state of our TV 'journalism'. Without further spoilers, here is the entire episode; check it out.
  11. Goa chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, breathed his last on Sunday after a long battle against pancreatic cancer. The former defence minister was 63 and had been getting treatment for the ailment since last year. According to reports, his health deteriorated in the past two days and on Saturday night, he was put on life-support system. © Reuters The Central Government even announced national mourning on Monday. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, other prominent leaders to Bollywood celebrities; everyone is mourning his death. PM Modi called Parrikar "an unparalleled leader, a true patriot and exceptional administrator" and someone who was admired by all. Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations. Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/uahXme3ifp — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019 Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations. Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/uahXme3ifp — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019 India will be eternally grateful to Shri Manohar Parrikar for his tenure as our Defence Minister. When he was RM, India witnessed a series of decisions that enhanced India's security capacities, boosted indigenous defence production and bettered the lives of ex-servicemen. — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019 Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan was one of the first ones among the fraternity to remember Parrikar, and offer his condolence to the late minister's grieving family. He wrote, "Manohar Parrikar CM of Goa passes away .. a gentle, soft-spoken simple minded person .. respected .. fought his illness with dignity and great spirit .. had on a few occasions spent some time with him .. a soft smile always adorned his face .. sad with the news .." T 3122 - Manohar Parrikar CM of Goa, passes away .. a gentle , soft spoken simple minded person .. respected .. fought his illness with dignity and great spirit .. had on a few occasions spent some time with him .. a soft smile always adorned his face .. sad with the news .. ðð pic.twitter.com/vFTCeMMDxf — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 17, 2019 Other celebrities too mourned his demise and expressed their grief on social media. Saddened by the news of Manohar Parrikar ji's demise. May his soul rest in peace ð — Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) March 18, 2019 Extremely sad at hearing about the demise of Sh. Manohar Parrikar Ji. I feel blessed to have had the fortune of meeting and knowing a sincere and good soul as he was. Heartfelt condolences to his familyðð» — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 17, 2019 Man of few words,simple,epitome of integrity&efficiency,a straight shooter,defence minister,3 time chief minister of Goa,away from the trappings of a person in power,IITian,well mannered,a true servant of the nation, an example to follow for one and all.. Salute #ManoharParrikar pic.twitter.com/geIG1dA0vz — Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) March 17, 2019 Had the honour of meeting him when he was the #defenceminister of #india..at the launch of a movie about the #indianarmy under the #BritishRaj he leaned over & said “uniforms too nice for #indian soldiers at the time”he said.”we will age it suitably sir” I said. He nodded “good” — Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) March 17, 2019 Sad to hear about the loss of one of our finest leaders, #ManoharParrikar ji. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with the grieving family & friends. — Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) March 17, 2019 Sad to hear about the loss of one of our finest leaders, #ManoharParrikar ji. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with the grieving family & friends. — Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) March 17, 2019 So very Saddened to hear about the sudden demise if Shri. MANOHAR Parrikar Ji. A dynamic and Honorable Soul.. Rest now in peace in Heaven sir .ððð@manoharparrikar — Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) March 17, 2019 Deeply deeply saddened to know about the untimely demise of Shri #ManoharParrikar ji. He was one of the most real, dignified, intelligent, warm, down-to-earth & honest person I had met. He had a great quality of inspiring people so effortlessly. Will miss him. Om Shanti.ð pic.twitter.com/4i4noSWSDZ — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) March 17, 2019 Condolences and strength to the family of Manohar Parrikar ji ! Deeply saddened to hear about his demise ! May his soul rest in peace ðð» — Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) March 17, 2019 #ManoharParrikar always came accross as one of the more level headed and decent politicians in the country. Rest in Peace sir. — Vir Das (@thevirdas) March 17, 2019 Parrikar, a widower, is now survived by his two sons and their families.
  12. In a tremendously hilarious incident involving the Uttar Pradesh police again, a local man did something very bizarre and funnily uncanny. While '100' as a number is always on our speed dial to call the cops in case of any emergency, we usually don't call them unless the need of the hour arises. But this man from UP didn't think twice before dialling their number because he desperately needed a favour. The man dialled 100 and when the cops answered his call they didn't really know what to say. The young man's emergency was that he needed a ride because he didn't have enough money to take the bus. The gutsy youth told the cops that he needed to get to Gunnuar in their vehicle because he didn't have enough money to pay for the bus. He argued that it was wise for him to ask them for a ride since their vehicle is intended for public transport. While the man may have been absolutely correct, his request was still funny and I think the cops saw the humour in it too. The unabashed youth tried to convince the cops that since their vehicle was a government one, he was allowed to use it as public transport too. The cops stumped beyond belief didn't have much to say except capture this funny dialogue with him. Hats off to @Uppolice What all they deal with pic.twitter.com/qBS8qynV6t — Saurabh Dwivedi (@saurabhtop) 16 March 2019 The video shows the cops pretty astounded by the young man's request. So much so that they're compelled to ask him if he's high or does drugs to which the youth said “nasha nahi karta mai, mai chillum pita hun bachpane se.” ( I don't do drugs, I only smoke a chillum), right after which he brandished his chillum right in front of the cops. He also cited that he's well educated. Wait, don't go away just yet, there's part 2 of the video too. 2nd Part pic.twitter.com/Wvb7737XGE — Chowkidar Tushar Chauhan ð®ð³ (@tushrchauhan) 16 March 2019 In the second part the youth is adamant about being taken to Gunnuar and he insists that it shouldn't be an issue since it's a 'sarkari gadi'. The cops seemingly agreed and sounded convinced by the end of it but we're not sure if the youth was taken to Gunnuar. (c)Twitter Well, TBH, the youth does make a debatable point across about using government vehicles for the good of the people but we're not sure if he said it being high on the 'chillum' or because he was actually broke and desperately needed to get to his village. Whatever the reason was, the internet had a mighty good laugh and the UP police were shamelessly trolled for going through such inane things on a daily basis (remember the cop who screamed 'thain thain' when his gun stopped working?). Well, we all had a good laugh and we really hope the lad finally reached his destination safe and sound, with his chillum intact.
  13. Tom Hanks is unquestionably a gem in Hollywood. If it comes to picking out the most talented and versatile actors in the world, his name is a must in the list, even if we keep Meryl Streep at the top. In a career spanning over 40 years now, Hanks has worked in multi-genre films. He is not only director Steven Spielberg showman; in-fact is the audience's favourite too. Till date, Hanks has worked in a plethora of films that have grossed billions of dollars at the box office and his performances have inspired both his co-stars and young actors. In this post, you will get to know about his best performances. Here is a list of the 10 best Tom Hanks films that shifted the narrative around performance-oriented films: 1. Forrest Gump (1994) Tom Hanks became a household name for his career-defining role in 'Forrest Gump'. The film helped in establishing him as a perfect mainstream star eligible for the toughest of roles which were on his way. Not only did Hanks earn an Academy Award for playing the lead in the film (he got his first Oscar for 'Philadelphia'), this was one role that no one else could have done better than Hanks. 'Forrest Gump' also won five other Academy Awards in major categories including the one for Best Picture, just when it was competing against heavyweight films like 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'Pulp Fiction'. The year 1995 thus became a glorious year for Tom Hanks, director Robert Zemeckis and 'Forrest Gump' and an unforgettable one for movie buffs. 2. Philadelphia (1993) The 1993 film 'Philadelphia' showed us how versatile Tom Hanks could be. Whether it was Andrew (Hanks) losing himself to the tunes of Maria Callas' powerful opera or giving the members in the court a glimpse of his lesions, he dedicated himself to every scene in the film. Directed by Jonathan Demme, 'Philadelphia' happened to be the first mainstream film that acknowledged the theme of HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. Hanks received his first ever Oscar for the film and gathered appraise for his moving performance from critics and fans all over the world. The film was pronounced to be a definite AIDS movie by Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 3. Big (1989) The list is incomplete without us giving a mention about 'Big'. Josh Baskin's (Hanks) wish of growing into an adult comes true overnight. Hanks succeeded in capturing the very essence of his character and thus gave one of his most iconic performances ever. Directed by Penny Marshall, the film has been termed as 'undeniably funny' and 'refreshing' by the critics. It also earned Hanks his first ever Academy nomination in the year 1990. 'Big' became a trendsetter in the league of age-changing comedies including 'Like Father Like Son' (1987) and '18 Again!' (1988). 4. Saving Private Ryan (1998) Playing the United States Army Ranger Captain John H. Miller could have been one of the most challenging roles in Tom Hanks's career. 'Saving Private Ryan' has remained one of the most talked about films coming from the actor. Hanks shone the brilliance of a heavy-weight performance and the film went on to be regarded as one of the most watched World War II movies of all time. Hanks has always remained a favourable choice of director Steven Spielberg who further cast him in several films thereafter including his 2017 film 'The Post'. For the 71st Academy Awards, Hanks received a nomination in the Best Actor category for this film. 'Saving Private Ryan' was nominated in a total of 11 categories. Hanks captured the very essence of his part and made the audience see both the heroic and civilian side of it. 5. Cast Away (2000) It was the fifth time in 2001 that Hanks was nominated for an Oscar for playing a lead actor (though he didn't win this one). Directed and co-produced by Robert Zemeckis, 'Cast Away' re-established Hanks's image as an 'everyman' in Hollywood due to the variation in the roles played by him. 'Cast Away' chronicles Chuck Noland's journey who fights for his survival on an inhabited island after his aeroplane crashes in the South Pacific. The film turned out to be a commercial and critical success and brought Hanks to limelight again. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hanks stated that he wanted to examine the very idea of four years of hopelessness especially in the absence of food, water, shelter, and company! 'Cast Away' is a must watch Tom Hanks film. 6. The Terminal (2004) Another path-breaking film happened when Hanks decided to work again with Steven Spielberg in the 2004 comedy-drama 'The Terminal'. As Hanks played Viktor Navorski (a man with an Eastern European-Russian mix nationality), it actually made people believe about the existence of the otherwise fictional country Krakozhia. Thanks to his deep understanding of accents and dialects! The film follows the story of Navorski who is denied entry into the United States and therefore goes on to live at the John F. Kennedy Airport terminal for nine long months. Inspired by real-life events, Spielberg's film got huge attention and mostly positive reviews; Hanks' performance was the soul of the film. The movie comes with a feel-good message and Hanks was able to deliver it without a scintilla of doubt. 7. Captain Phillips (2013) Hanks's stint as a merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips in 'Captain Phillips' has remained one of his most serious roles of all time. A smart-powerful performance by Hanks made this film a Hollywood biopic done right. Paul Greengrass's direction also received acclaim from the critics. In the film, Phillips is taken hostage by pirates in the Guardafui Channel (based on a real incident). The flick was nominated for six Academy Awards, while Hanks received a Golden Globe nomination for his compelling act. 8. Bridge of Spies (2015) Historic-drama 'Bridge of Spies' directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg turned out to be another film, Tom Hanks received praise for. With his compelling performance, Hanks made this story, set during the cold war, an intensely gripping tale. Hanks played James B. Donovan, a lawyer who defends a spy of the Soviet Union (played by Mark Rylance). One can clearly see Hanks weaving a rather interesting character as he goes on to give Rylance an equal opportunity to perform, thus not ending up overpowering his aura. Their lawyer-spy companionship got the film the best picture nomination during the 2016 Academy Awards. 9. Apollo 13 (1995) Ron Howard's 'Apollo13' happened to be an adventure-filled tale especially for Tom Hanks, who gave a memorable and moving performance for his fans as the Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell. Hanks worked together with Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton in a larger part of the film and established an exact image the audience was expecting from this role. There was much clarity to Hanks's character in the film. He once mentioned to AMC, “From Apollo 7 on up, I lived this stuff.” The movie was nominated for nine Academy Awards and grossed over $355 million worldwide. 10. Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (2016) 'Sully' is the first ever actor-director collaboration between Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood. The film is inspired by the real incident of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (played by Hanks) landing an aeroplane on the Hudson River, thus saving all passengers on the flight. Though the film received average reviews from the critics, its commercial success was undoubtedly on Hanks's shoulders. Hanks was also given the Hollywood Actor Award for this role.
  14. From patriarchal society to intersectional feminism, we are moving in the right direction. We have no right to treat anyone differently based on their gender. Women are as good as men, if not better. From homemakers to CEOs, they are proving their mettle in every field. Social causes like feminism have urged women to come out of their shell. Feminism isn't about what a woman 'should' do, it's about what a woman 'wants' to do. While some choose to stay at the house and make it a home, others choose to sit in a cabin and lead their company. And some, some choose to do both! Choice! That's what they should have. That is what everyone should have. These days, Indian women are making a choice to have a nuclear family. They're preferring to stay away from in-laws. While it must not be easy for the older generation to digest, let's see how it makes sense because of these two major reasons: · Interference The younger generation doesn't have any specific rules about 'it's a man's job'and 'it's a woman's job.' They live life in their own comforting way and do things at their own convenience and pace. The older generation, however, doesn't understand this concept. Most men don't work in the kitchen before marriage. Post marriage, when a mom sees her son making dinner after coming from the office, she is bound to assume that his wife is making him do this. It won't cross her mind that maybe her son is happily doing it. Modern men have come out of gender-specific roles. They are more than okay with being a helping hand in every aspect of the marriage. But the older generation is not always too comfortable with it. They just assume that since their son had to change his lifestyle, he might not be happy with how things are. So they have a 'talk' with the wife which leads to unnecessary quarrels. Parents (both the sides) shouldn't interfere in a marriage unless they are asked. It's about time they stop 'assuming' things just because their children have changed their lifestyle. · Freedom When a woman is at her home, she can sleep anytime, wake up any time, laze around all day, and do just nothing. The same thing continues (if) she moves in with her boyfriend. We, men, don't really care about any such stuff as long as both the partners are happy. But when after the marriage if the in-laws come to live with the couple, that freedom goes. No matter how cool the in-laws are, some discomfort and the pressure to 'behave' would always be there. Modern women don't understand sacrificing their freedom. And they aren't wrong. So they prefer to stay away. I am sure even a man won't be completely comfortable living with his in-laws. After marriage, these two things concern women the most. I am not blaming the older generation here. Because that is how they have seen the world. They were brought up in a gender-specific society. A society where each gender had to live in a certain way. But times are changing now. Gender doesn't really have a place is the modern relationship. It's all about comfort, compatibility, and love. And that is how it should be!
  15. Men's fashion is a constantly evolving platform. Proving just that, at the Lotus Fashion Week 2019, we saw a bunch of designers who showcased stellar menswear collections. Here are two interesting designers we really liked from the show: 1. Manoviraj Khosla Called the 'Kaleidoscopia', Manoviraj Khosla's collection is a fusion of the elements of a resplendent garden: from the glorious flowers to quaint butterflies, the collection celebrates colour, prints and embroidery symptomatic of the beauties of nature imbibed in masculine sensibility. © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing Interesting elements like metallic foil prints, sublimation and embroidered jackets and shoes give the collection a dynamic feel. 2. Komal & Ratul Sood This collection was a whirlwind of variant textures and play of prints to curate designs fit for a man not shy of experimenting with his wardrobe silhouettes. Puffed sleeves with vests, print on print, velvet bandhgalas and asymmetrical kurtas are a few of the fascinating designs that were a part of this collection. © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing
  16. Inspired by their travels in Kashmir, HUEMN's Shyma Shetty and Pranav Misra's collection is a homage to the raw energy of the youth of Kashmir. © Studio picsing In collaboration with Reebok Classic 'Alter the Icons', this collection draws inspiration from the iconic sneaker culture of the nineties. © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing The interesting details were fairly androgynous in nature which were in tandem with the whole idea of the collection. With a colour-play of brights and fluent patterns, the collection attempted to capture the abstract nature of the human mind on a silhouette. © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing The collection was presented with Shyma Shetty and Pranav Misra's voice-over in the background asking the important existential questions: “Why are we here? What are we going to do? What are we here for?” to end the show on an important note.
  17. He is two decades old in the Hindi film industry, but that has not stopped Ganesh Gaitonde aka Nawazuddin Siddiqui from acknowledging how far he has come since 1999 and the tiny role of an informer he portrayed in Aamir Khan starrer 'Sarfarosh'. View this post on Instagram Thank You for all your Love & Support for #ThackerayTheFilm and Wishing all of you A Very Happy Republic Day. A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Jan 26, 2019 at 1:51am PST 'Humans of Bombay' (HOB) recently caught up with the award-winning actor who has taken the acting industry by storm in the last couple of years. He is the man who spent over a decade slogging his way in the industry, pushing forward merely resting on his passion, hard work and talent, before Faizal Khan and 'Gangs of Wasseypur' changed his life forever, and for good. Born into a family of farm workers, and growing up in a household of lesser means in a small town in Uttar Pradesh, Nawazuddin shared with the HOB team how the acting bug bit him and turned his life upside down, never to be righted again. And boy, are we grateful for that! View this post on Instagram “I grew up in a small town in UP. I come from a family of farm workers; we were 11 people–my parents & my 9 siblings. I was the oldest, so it fell upon me to take care of them. I made them follow a time table & do their homework. If they were mischievous I'd shout at them–of course, I was the naughtiest! In fact during Diwali, my friends & I would steal diyas! Our family would watch Ram Leela together–my first encounter with acting. My friend played Ram & seeing him left me starstruck! I imagined playing the role myself! After college, I worked in Baroda. There, I watched a play for the first time & the thought of being an actor became a dream. So I went where everybody with a dream of acting goes–Bombay. My parents, who were uneducated, supported me. They said I could do anything as long as I worked hard. My first impression of Bombay was how fast it was. It took me a month to get used to the pace of life–I thought I'd never be able to match up! But slowly I joined the rat race. I wasn't well off. I'd borrow money from friends, saying I'd return it in 2 days. Two days later, I'd borrow money from someone else and pay the first person back. I lived in a flat with 4 people–it was about survival. But my family had my back. They told me to not give up! My mom didn't have a mobile, so she'd send me letters & they got me through some really tough times. She'd tell me not to worry & remind me that I was only human & doing my best. So that's what I did. I did odd jobs–as a watchman, or a coriander seller. I went for a 100 auditions & took every role I got, no matter how small. It took 12 years to get a 'breakthrough'. It wasn't easy–the struggle wasn't beautiful, it was just a struggle. But I did it. I went from a tiny role in Munnabhai to winning a Filmfare for Lunchbox. I went from being unrecognised in Sarfarosh to being known as Ganesh Gaitonde across the nation. I went from being a watchman to becoming the 'watch me' man & I'm nowhere near being done, so keep watching–I'm here to stay!” ---- HoB with the makers of #PhotographMovie bring to you the story of Nawazuddin Siddiqui; an ordinary man with an extraordinary journey. A post shared by Humans of Bombay (@officialhumansofbombay) on Mar 14, 2019 at 6:01am PDT Nawazuddin's rise to fame was laden with struggles, but by his own admission, it was his passion for the craft, his madness to make it and the love and support of his family that helped him sustain through all those years of trial, until he earned and owned his first Filmfare award for his performance in 'Lunchbox'. This is Nawazuddin Siddiqui's story: Small Towns & Big Dreams “I grew up in a small town in UP. I come from a family of farm workers; we were 11 people–my parents & my 9 siblings. I was the oldest, so it fell upon me to take care of them. I made them follow a time table & do their homework. If they were mischievous I'd shout at them–of course, I was the naughtiest! In fact during Diwali, my friends & I would steal diyas!” View this post on Instagram Aaj kal ke Manto duniya mein hai kum, Jinki awaaz mein hai uske jitna dum! Agar aap mein hain sach sunne ka dum, toh suniye hamara gaana #Mantoiyat! Join us tomorrow as we go live on Instagram for the song launch @raftaarmusic @mantofilm @zeemusiccompany A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Sep 11, 2018 at 6:33am PDT Tryst With Acting “Our family would watch Ram Leela together–my first encounter with acting. My friend played Ram & seeing him left me starstruck! I imagined playing the role myself! After college, I worked in Baroda. There, I watched a play for the first time & the thought of being an actor became a dream.” Wind Under His Wings “So I went where everybody with a dream of acting goes–Bombay. My parents, who were uneducated, supported me. They said I could do anything as long as I worked hard. My first impression of Bombay was how fast it was. It took me a month to get used to the pace of life–I thought I'd never be able to match up! But slowly I joined the rat race.” View this post on Instagram " BEAT ME " A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Jun 22, 2018 at 6:25am PDT The Fight For Survival “I wasn't well off. I'd borrow money from friends, saying I'd return it in 2 days. Two days later, I'd borrow money from someone else and pay the first person back. I lived in a flat with 4 people–it was about survival. But my family had my back. They told me to not give up! My mom didn't have a mobile, so she'd send me letters & they got me through some really tough times. She'd tell me not to worry & remind me that I was only human & doing my best. So that's what I did.” The Stepping Stones “I did odd jobs–as a watchman, or a coriander seller. I went for a 100 auditions & took every role I got, no matter how small. It took 12 years to get a 'breakthrough'. It wasn't easy–the struggle wasn't beautiful, it was just a struggle.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on May 14, 2018 at 1:32am PDT The Breakthrough “But I did it. I went from a tiny role in Munnabhai to winning a Filmfare for Lunchbox. I went from being unrecognised in Sarfarosh to being known as Ganesh Gaitonde across the nation. I went from being a watchman to becoming the 'watch me' man & I'm nowhere near being done, so keep watching–I'm here to stay!” This man is truly a marvel in front of the camera, with an inspiring backstory and he is indeed here to stay.
  18. The Russo Brothers have finally shown some mercy and have given us another 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer! First of all, just watch, that's it. There's so much happening, but not enough happening at the same time. The new trailer has me a little too overwhelmed but after watching and re-watching this much-awaited trailer, here are the things that stood out to me. Okay, we can get through this, the trailer was incredible, as expected, and there's a lot to unpack here, which is not surprising since this is not just a Marvel movie, this is THE Marvel movie that will destroy all of us. Okay, rambling over. 1. Tony Stark Makes It Back To Earth! The question has been finally answered, Tony Stak and Nebula make it back to earth. He's ready to join the Avengers once again and if we don't get an emotional scene of Tony and Cap reuniting, I will personally fight the Russo Brothers. 2. Hawkeye Has A Mohawk Did he get it just because of the name? Why is he getting a new hairstyle in a basically post-apocalyptic world? Guess we'll find out. Also, damn he has a lot of footage in the trailer. 3. Nat's Red Hair Is Back Are they trying to show us the timeline with Black Widow's hair? We can see the blonde at the end of the trailer, then we can see her growing out her red hair and she has half blonde and half red and then in another scene, it's almost all red. 4. What's With All The Focus On Red? Why is all the red highlighted in the beginning when they're showing clips from the old MCU movies? What's the significance of the colour red? 5. The Matching Avengers Outfits They finally united, for real, and are now wearing matching suits. Thanos is shaking. Also, I want to know how they found their own Edna to design new clothes after the 'dusting'. 6. The Edited Out Person From The Teaser Was Tony Remember that moment of all of them walking in slo-mo from the teaser? We could see they had edited out someone from that scene and it was Tony and Nebula. 7. Thor 'Likes' Captain Marvel Carol Danvers may have not gotten approval from a lot of people who watched 'Captain Marvel' but she sure got Thor's and that's the only thing that matters. She doesn't even flinch when the Stormbreaker just swishes right past her face. Okay, April 27th cannot come fast enough.
  19. If you look at evolution within Bollywood, in terms of good content, it has been slow yet progressive. Various celebrities have held on to the idea of evolving content and they've tried to deliver the same over the years. Somehow though, only a few have managed to stand out with their ubiquitous panache and acting prowess, while delivering some excellent quality content on-screen. One of the fewer actors who comes to mind when I pack these sentences together is Aamir Khan and at 54, he's made a huge mark on the entire cinematic experience in India. © Pinterest He started his journey in 1988, with a romantic drama 'Quamat Se Quamat Tak' and went on to do several others like 'Raja Hindustani', 'Akele Hum Akele Tum', 'Dil', 'Love, Love Love' etc. till he stumbled upon his impeccable comic timing in 'Andaaz Apna Apna', which is talked about while he's praised for it, till date. Over the years though, Aamir encapsulated his finesse as a good actor by doing some pertinent roles both in the 90s and the early 2000s. Films like 'Sarfarosh', 'Rangeela' and 'Ghulam' made him popular amongst young people, for donning relatable roles time and again. But because he's a visionary, he always looked far ahead and looked at how his passion for acting could also make a large-scale difference in society. © Pinterest Aamir takes story-telling as an art that can also change someone's life along with changing the trajectory of cinema in India. Through his stories on real-time issues that plague society, he connects with a larger audience who appreciate his work and acknowledge the sentiments behind it. Here are 8 Aamir Khan movies that have greatly impacted Indian cinema with a great story-telling landscape for the audience! (1) Lagaan (2001) © Sony Pictures Network 'Lagaan' marked the beginning of Aamir's 'films with a social cause'. The film was a historical epic sports drama set in the colonial British era, where a village bound by high taxes, found a way to evade them by beating the Britishers in a Cricket match. The film was nominated for an Oscar award as well. (2) Dil Chahta Hai (2001) © Excel Entertainment DCH was definitely the defining film for Indian cinema with its forward outlook and relatable characters. It promoted deep and meaningful friendships, love and travel all at once and the songs still ring a fresh bell, every time they're played. People still rave about how classy the film was and trust me, 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara', another travel based film has nothing on it! (3) Rang De Basanti (2006) © UTV Motion Pictures The cult classic is one of Aamir's most talked about and liked film, and we couldn't help but mention this one. The film revolves around a bunch of young people who revolutionise the idea of Independence while trying to make correctives with the 'system' as outiders. Aamir's role as DJ is very pronounced because he doesn't stand-out as a superstar in the film but as someone who shares equal role responsibility with the rest of the cast. The film also promotes more action to change something than sitting at coffee shops talking and debating about 'change' and maybe that's why the public really enjoyed this one. (4) Taare Zameen Par (2007) © Aamir Khan Productions Talking about Aamir's films that have impacted social norms and given rise to content based on good causes, 'Taare Zameen Par' tops the list for sure. The film explores the life and imagination of 8-year-old Ishaan, who is dyslexic and tries to cope with life through his shortcomings, only to discover his talent elsewhere. The film made a huge impact for people suffering with the same condition and it became a beacon of hope for many. (5) 3 Idiots (2009) © Reliance BIG Pictures '3 Idiots' was based on a Chetan Bhagat novel by the same name and the film did remarkably well. Again leaning toward a social stigma, the film talked about flaws in the Indian education system and how parents and students both blindly fall prey to it. The film was funny in doses but the message was well received by the audience. (6) Dhobi Ghat (2011) © UTV Motion Pictures Aamir's first art and parallel cinema film, 'Dhobi Ghat' didn't do well with the audience but the critics absolutely loved the film. It was also long listed for the 65th BAFTA Awards. The film revolved around the lives of four individuals and how they intersected at some point in time in the movie. It was a beautiful directorial debut by Kiran Rao, Aamir's wife and Aamir produced the movie as well as acted in it. (7) PK (2014) © UTV Motion Pictures Aamir played an alien who comes down to Earth and falls prey to religious fanatics, self-proclaimed God men and blind faith. The film touched a sensitive nerve and became an important topic of discussion but it also showcased how most people blindly follow a religion, in order to believe in something. Aamir did get critical acclaim for the film as it was the first film that initiated debates about some stubborn religious views. (8) Dangal (2016) © Walt Disney Movies Motion pictures At the a time when most of Aamir's colleagues are still romancing actresses half their age on the big screen, Aamir took a rather challenging role and played the least glamorous role of a father to two girls, in his most talked about film Dangal. Aamir plays the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler, who goes against 'what people think and speak' and trains his two daughters Geeta and Babita Kumari Phogat to become India's first world-class wrestlers. The film nailed it at the box office and everyone raved about it, as it was one of his finest films ever. The actor also had to work hard on his physique to build a wrestler's body and surely enough, his hard work paid off well. © Twitter Apart from creating a stern chance for philanthropic work on grave social issues in society, through his films, Aamir believes in his art so much that he never attends a single award function. His vision and ideologies go hand in hand with his dedication towards cinema and we're glad we have someone amidst us who understands the importance of some great cinematic experience. Here's wishing to see some more great work from one of the best actors we have in the industry today.
  20. The Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week just started at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, and Suket Dhir's collection was the highlight, when it comes to menswear. The collection was all about minimalistic layering silhouettes made out of delicate 'Jaamdani' weave, with a contemporary aesthetic. The designer showcased the subtlety of Indian culture through fabric handiworks and artisanal skills, in a heartwarming ode to the 'memoirs of childhood and those days of merrymaking'. Here are 10 outfits from the collection that are giving us major fashion inspo, while teaching us a thing or two about layering. 1. This flowy, rustic white on white ensemble. © Studiopicsing 2. Muted colours, when paired properly, will always up your sophistication quotient. © Studiopicsing 3. Bandhgala waistcoats are here to stay. It's only a matter of reinventing them. © Studiopicsing 4. You can never go wrong with relaxed, comfortable, printed co-ords. © Studiopicsing 5. Dominant floral patterns can be endearingly tasteful. Exhibit A. © Studiopicsing 6. Baggy pleated trousers with an Ikkat patterned Bomber will take you places. © Studiopicsing 7. Kimono pattered jackets should be more mainstream. © Studiopicsing 8. This Jaamdani weave fabric is giving us life. © Studiopicsing 9. Chrome and blue perhaps is the most underrated combination. © Studiopicsing 10. A pop of colour is never unwelcome when it's impeccably stitched and paired. © Studiopicsing Bravo, Suket! We can't wait to see more such exciting layering trends that can easily be embraced by Indian men.
  21. Indian Premier League(IPL), one of the most entertaining tournaments in the world, has been on a roll since its arrival in 2008. Not only has it improved the level of cricket but has also been instrumental in discovering new talent from around the world. Players such as Hardik Pandya, Sarfraz Khan and currently the no.1 ranked bowler in the world, Jasprit Bumrah, are few of the many stars who showcased their flair in IPL and later went on to become International heroes. The recent IPL promo follows the mantra of 'Name Chhod, Game Dikha,' meaning putting the game forward will ensure that the name would follow itself. Even this year, there are some immense talents who are just waiting for an opportunity to show the world their powers. Here are some of the new players who got their name on the IPL teams because of their prolific performances in the domestic season: 1. Prabhsimran Singh © Instagram Prabhsimran Singh, a wicket-keeper batsman from Punjab has turned out be a big talking point in this years IPL auction. Being bought for a hefty amount of Rs.4.8 crores by Kings XI Punjab, Prabhsimran is a lump of coal expected to turn into a shiny diamond as the season progresses. Talking of his achievements, the Patiala boy has given quite a performance in the Indian Under-19 because of which he has reached this stage. Inspired by his idol Adam Gilchrist, it would have been surreal for him to represent the same team that of the former Aussie skipper. 2. Prayas Ray Barman © RCB Website Royal Challenger Banglore has always had a knack of entrusting young guns, earlier it was Sarfraz Khan and now its the 16-year-old, Prayas Ray Barman, who they bought for Rs.1.8 crores. The Bengali leggie is all set to make a name for himself in this year's IPL. Making his debut for the senior side this year in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the teenager has already made a mark in the domestic circuit by picking 11 wickets in 9 games at an economy rate of 4.45. To beat that, another mind-boggling stat of his came on his debut game against Jammu and Kashmir, where he bagged 4 wickets for 20 runs to star in his team's convincing win. 3. Himmat Singh © BCCI Another Delhi boy, Himmat Singh, joins Virat Kohli in the RCB squad. The 22-year old right-handed batsman has been bought for Rs.65 Lakh by the Challengers. Singh is currently one of the most promising batting talents in the country. Coming through the ranks of Delhi's age-group cricket, he has been a leading star for Under-16 and Under-19 teams and is renowned for producing his best during the knockout stages. Currently a part of India's Under-23 side and a regular member of Delhi's senior team, the Delhi lad would be all geared up to take yet another challenge with the likes of Kohli and Ab de Villiers. 4. Shivam Dube © RCB Website Shivam Dube, a well-known name in the Mumbai circuit, is a medium pace all-rounder. Bought for Rs. 5 crores by RCB, Dube somehow seems to be a carbon copy of Sourav Ganguly in terms of style, turning out to be a right-arm bowler but a left-handed batsman. Gaining an edge over his fellow teammates, he gave his reputation a massive uplift in the last one year with some big hitting in the Mumbai T20 League. He has given some outstanding performances in the recent domestic season. One of them was when he hit Pravin Tambe for 5 sixes in an over in the Mumbai T20 league and soon after recreated the moment in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda's Swapnil Singh, just a day before the auction. 5. Varun Chakravarthy © Facebook Another mysterious spinner from Tamil Nadu, Varun Chakravarthy, has been bagged by Kings XI Punjab for a sum of Rs.8.4 crores. Being an architect-engineer by profession, Varun sets to be a perfect example of a person following his passion no matter at what age. He has almost fulfilled every role on a cricket field, starting off as a wicket-keeper batsman in school, to be a pacer after reconnecting to cricket post his job (which didn't go well as his play was halted by a knee injury), to being a mystery spinner who could bowl over 7 variations. Already being tested and proven at club level, Chakravarthy would surely be one of the top stars in the upcoming IPL season. With all these budding stars on a roll, let's see “Kaun apni game se apna name banata hai”
  22. We always just look at the bad things about being broke all the time, but here's a story about the pros of constantly not having money in your bank account. This incident about a robbery in China has the thief coming off as the good guy. What a rare moment! The entire thing was captured on the CCTV footage from ICBC Bank in city of Heyuan. In the video, a woman is withdrawing cash at an ATM when a man wielding a knife walks up to her and demands that she hand over the money. Naturally, she did because she was terrified and gives the robber 2500 yuan, which is approximately Rs 26,000. Then, the robber demands to see her bank balance but after seeing that her account is empty and the 2500 yuan were the last of her money, he has a change of heart. After handing back the money to her, he's seen walking away smiling. A robber with a conscience? Who would've thought! Even though he turned out to be a good person for a second there, he was still arrested, and actually rightly so. The video went viral on Chinese social media with a lot of people surprised at this act of kindness. It was shared on Twitter as well, and people came up with a lot of jokes. Well, technically speaking, he is. I'm amazed! robbers are humans!ððð — Sahil Rahman (@SahilRa92056158) March 11, 2019 Shots fired. This robber has more decency than the average Politician! — Golf*Oscar*Delta*Delta*Yankee (@big_goddy) March 11, 2019 Well, not exactly. Wow!!! thats GREAT. But i think this robber is related to #Robin Hood. — Eben - Ezer (@Eze_065) March 11, 2019 Have you ever been this broke? If i were the victim the robber might actually return the money.., with interest. https://t.co/UuttRkZAGU — BENROSLAN (@M_HarithRoslan) March 13, 2019
  23. If you're someone like me who is simply, obstinately and irrevocably stuck in the past, well, then it's moments like these that just make you feel alive! So, last night, when my fever-addled mind was trying to decide between going to bed ridiculously early or just binge something Korean on Netflix till I pass out, a notification literally had me screaming my already hoarse throat off. Mother of God, the trailer for the live-action remake of Disney's classic 'Aladdin' was finally gracing my laptop screen! I will not lie. I think I cried a little. Well, how can one not, when those opening bars with the scintillating Arabic music, take you right back to 1st grade? And that aerial market shot of the bustling Agrabah market? Perfection. So, without further ado, let's jump into the 10 moments from the trailer that almost cured my fever and then left me for dead within minutes: 1. Aladdin's Freaking Parkour Skills Yea, we all knew from the original movie that he could jump across rooftops with ease, but when you throw in those angles right in the opening shot with our boy literally flying through the air, well, excuse me while I pick up my jaw off the floor. 2. Aladdin & Jasmine's Oh-So-Filmy Yet Perfect Eye Contact Could it get any more Bollywood than this, people? Not that I'm complaining. I love me some slow-motion, frozen-in-place, googly eyes, rose-petals-floating-in-the-background, action. Just look at Al, he is a complete goner. And Jasmine...daymmmm! 3. Jafar Tempting Aladdin To Enter The Cave Of Wonders Kudos to this scene for looking legit Xeroxed from the original movie. And might I add that that giant tiger/panther/jaguar cave sounds 10 times scarier now, even though I am a fully grown adult female? 4. Aladdin Rubbing The Golden Lamp & Letting The Genie Out The cave of wonders filled with riches looks freaking brilliant, almost giving competition to Smaug's hoard in the Lonely Mountain. And yes, Aladdin's expression of pure horror and bewilderment upon letting the Genie out is on point. 5. Will 'Genie' Smith In All His Blue Glory Recreating 'Friend Like Me' Okay. Hold on. Don't even think of coming at me with your “he is so lame” comments. I will hear nothing, absolutely nothing against my man Will. He is going to nail this role so hard, all you naysayers gonna wish you had a magic carpet to fly away on. Just look and listen to this clip of 'Friend like me' and tell me it's not perfect? 6. A Glimpse Of The Awesome Song 'Prince Ali' “Prince Ali - fabulous he - Ali Ababwa”. Remember this? Genie singing as Aladdin makes his way through Agrabah to meet Princess Jasmine, decked as a Prince, in a glittering, extravagant procession along with his “seventy-five golden camels” and “ninety-five white Persian monkeys”? 7. Aladdin & Genie's Sassy Yet Hysterical Chemistry Can't stress enough but the entire movie rests on this particular element. The bromance between these two. Sure, like any purist concerned with the sanctity of the original work, I had my worries too. But the trailer assured me that I had nothing to worry. Plus, it's Will. The man has never disappointed me before! 8. A Whole New Woorrrrlllllldddddddd! Sigh. This is literally one of my all-time favourite Disney tracks and music videos. Aladdin and Jasmine starting something new as they soar about on that magic carpet...slowly falling in love...while singing...okay. Earth to Marina! Anyway, I'm gonna be belting this so hard in the movie hall, pretty sure they will have to fling me out. 9. Abu & Rajah While Rajah definitely looks super ferocious here, and not as cute as in the original, given that this is a live-action movie, Abu has managed to look mischievously adorable and still play a pivotal role in getting that lamp to Aladdin. 10. Jafar Becoming A Genie/Sorcerer This was literally a blink-and-miss shot. But what I could deduce from that second of a shot, is that this is when Jafar orders Genie to either change him into a genie himself or the greatest sorcerer in the world. Will have to wait for the movie to confirm that. So, there you have it. Now that we have broken down the trailer all the way, how about you let me know in the comment section as to which scene from the trailer was your favourite moment?
  24. Very recently, I was at a bar catching a live music band play and when I turned to my right, and in the corner I could see Zoya Akhtar swaying to the beats. She was effortlessly sophisticated and quite poised and celebrated her drink in her hand, just like all the men in her movies celebrate their emotions openly. © Pinterest It got me thinking though. I haven't seen one Zoya movie where the men don't portray themselves to be flawed emotional beings, who're every inch vulnerable and real. Men who're human and don't play with the stereotypical domain of 'macho', just like most Bollywood movies do. Her men are classy yet sensitive, who admire their insecurities, only to improve upon them. They're timelessly changing and evolving and that's something fairly evident in her movies. © Eros International While I stood there with this thought dangling in my head, I kept thinking how many of us really emulate true hardcore men, who're in touch with their real emotions? I started thinking of all the men who've acted in her movies and how delicate yet firm their character sketch truly is and how real they actually feel. These are the new-age men, who're stable yet bashful, dedicated yet vulnerable, in tune with their vices but know and understand the need of the hour. © Amazon Prime And I believe one must aspire to be like them, because real men who're accountable and flawed while being vulnerable are the actual deal. Here are 6 characters from Zoya Akhtar films all men could aspire to be like while leaving their pressured machismo behind. (1) Ranveer Singh As Kabir Mehra In 'Dil Dhadakne Do' © Eros International Yes, he plays an absolute spoilt brat, like most rich Delhi boys are perhaps, but there is humanness in him and the will to stand up to his family, when the time demands him to. That's what boys, who're slowly evolving in to men, do. Stick together, fight for what is right, cry when they fall weak and agree to play certain games, to win back a plane! But in all seriousness, Kabir's character reflects upon a man who you can count on, in a time of need and who'll go to any degree to help someone out, at the risk of losing his own peace. But he has his flaws, because he's only human, right? (2) Aamir Khan As Surjan Singh Shekawat In 'Talaash' © Reliance Entertainment Even though the role demanded a staunch, serious cop who is trying to dismantle his own frame of mind to revise answers, Shekawat's role is a diminishing portrayal of someone who has let go of life because of his own fears. The role showcases Aamir Khan as a cop who is trying to solve a case after he's lost his own son in an accident and every trial and tribulation a man goes through after a heavy loss, while trying to live up to his responsibilities is beautifully represented in Aamir's character. Something we all can relate to, if we've gone through loss. (3) Farhan Akhtar As Sunny Gill In 'Dil Dhadakne Do' © Eros International This character has almost all the girls wishing he wasn't fictional because he seems so malleable otherwise. Farhan played a grounded and caring boy who'd left the love of his life to pursue his career. He came back to her though but apart from the obvious character traits, there are some underlying qualities Sunny possessed that made him so effortlessly relatable. For instance, calling out the patriarchal toxicity and asking pertinent questions such as: "why is it that women need to 'seek' permission in the first place?". He's the quintessential and actual boy next door, who truly understands warped societal norms and stands up against them. (4) Abhay Deol As Kabir Dewan In 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' © Eros International Abhay aka Kabir plays a confused person who's not very sure of what he wants in the beginning, reminding us of how we were unsure of everything we did and didn't do. From his quest to escape his fiancée because he'd proposed to her by mistake to him having a breakdown about it amidst his friends is definitely us, when things go a little out of control. He didn't hide his emotions, or act macho about 'I can handle my own shit'. He cried about it when he needed help and manned up the courage to finally end things with his fianceé because he didn't love her. Kabir is practically every guy in his late 20s, trying to figure life out. (5) Siddhant Chaturvedi As MC Sher In 'Gully Boy' © AA Films The beautifully sketched out character of MC Sher in 'Gully Boy' is of that friend we have who always has our back, no matter how badly we mess up a situation and she's caricatured the character till a point where we think of that one person who has stuck around, after we see MC Sher on the screen. His character speaks to us in a real and relatable way just like how a friend would, if we ever found ourselves down in the dumps. Now we know somewhere every man has great characteristics to be a good friend like MC Sher was to Murad but because we take these accounts for granted; we only realise it when we see such characters on-screen and relate to them thoroughly. (6) Arjun Mathur As Karan Mehra In 'Made In Heaven' © Amazon Prime Arjun's character as Karan was developed keeping all the sensitivities and nuances of being a homosexual in society, in mind. His struggles in the series feel quite real and honest, while he's trying to piece together his past transgressions and his will to sustain through tough situations, much like any gay man was trying, before section 377 came through. His character like all others is also relatable and quite real. Zoya's heroes are not men rescuing women from the clutches of bad men and normalising the standard of machismo but instead her men deal with insecurities and turn to women to take support, when times are rough, much like most of us today. Mostly, she creates this fictional world using her own experiences with the men in her life and creating real-life men who're pretty much everywhere and all around. So, if you think Bollywood has it right, portraying the wrong kind of manliness, maybe Zoya's movies can put a perspective or two in place for you.
  25. Online communities shine with the brilliance of humanity. Every day, our communities inspire, evoke, inform, motivate and engage in a hundred different ways. Every member feels a uniquely individual sense of value from your community. For too many communities, the strategy revolves around two simple pillars: content and engagement. You inform. You engage. And you think your job is done. However, you’ve barely scratched the surface of offering value. You need to expand the ways in which you strategically match your community to member value. New studies are coming out that show humans feel up to 27 emotions from admiration to triumph, and the best communities unleash a rainbow spectrum of value – functional and emotional, business to social - for their organizations and for their members. This results in not just deeper and more extensive engagement, but greater financial payoff. Indeed, research from global management consulting firm Bain & Company shows brands like Apple, Samsung, and Amazon that demonstrate multiple elements of value have x3 greater customer loyalty and x4 faster revenue growth than others. The elements of value can be divided into two broad categories. Specialize in Functional Value Don’t deliver content. Deliver time savings, cost savings, risk savings, organization, connection, education, and variety. What is the utility benefit to your users? Functional values are the core reasons why members would visit your community. It forms the baseline rationale for your community’s existence, and you want to not just be good – you want to be the best in delivering functional value in your field. Improve your Q&A boards for feedback, inquiry, or ideation. Provide a template in a pinned topic where users fill out a consistent set of questions, so you can answer with the most appropriate and accurate options. Use moderator tools like Recommended Replies to summarize and spotlight key points in a topic. This saves time and focuses attention on expert information. Super-charge the training for your response team. Empower them to be subject experts by giving them private training, templates, and extra resources in a staff wiki so they can investigate the unique needs of user inquiries and provide the best responses. Build a set of content resources in the Pages application, which is the most powerful application in the suite. It can be used to create a set of content resources with unlimited custom fields, filters, and templates enabling you to offer variety, organization, and education that no other competitor can match. Spark Emotional Value Don’t deliver engagement. Deliver admiration, amusement, awe, empathy, joy, nostalgia, satisfaction, and triumph. How does your community make your members feel better? Here’s a little secret. Even though functional value is the foundation of your community’s value proposition, emotional elements are 50% more valuable. Fortunately, Invision Community comes loaded with ways to recognize, reward, and promote members. Take the time to explain the purpose of a new group promotion, rank, or title. Don’t let the reward be the goal in and of itself. You should connect the feature with its underlying emotion by explaining what steps are required to earn the rank, how many others earned it, and what it’ll take to earn the next one. Start with the Leaderboard. Invision Community ships with the Leaderboard, which provides an overview of the most popular users and content. Scan for up-and-coming members to investigate what triggers their emotional satisfaction; scan for popular content to discover what excites your membership. Create multiple member journeys. Most communities follow a pattern of new member to trusted member to moderator. But members can become superusers in many ways. Members who enjoy nostalgia can organize a Year-in-Review topic. Members who enjoy affiliation should serve as Ambassadors to greet and mentor new members. Members who seek reputation will appreciate new outlets for publishing. Define multiple pathways that strategically tap into the diverse desires of your members. As you implement your initiatives to build a Community of Excellence, take the time to relate the initiative to the Elements of Value (Attachment: IPS Elements of Value Attachment.pdf). You’ll find new and creative ways of offering value to strengthen the relationship between your community and your members. Look deep within your community to unearth the rainbow spectrum of value. You’ll discover a wellspring of extraordinary value waiting to help your members shine brightest.
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