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  1. Netflix India Is lately expanding, with a lot of interesting regional content coming up for the audience. One such Marathi movie called '15th August' has already created a lot of buzz for its feel-good vibe and content. The trailer just came out and we have to say it's a breath of fresh air. This 'slice-of-life' movie is based on the residents of the Gandhi 'chawl' in Mumbai where they are forced to come together on Independence Day due to certain situations that get them together. One story has a couple dealing with the dilemma of the guy and his commitment issue, the other parallel story is about a young boy's hand being stuck in a hole in the ground. All the mayhem and mess get the residents to get together and help each other. While doing so, they face some innocent questions about their own lives and face their own truths. © Netflix The movie is produced by actress Madhuri Dixit and her husband, Dr. Sriram Nene. You can stream it on Netflix from 29th March.
  2. When Bollywood and your friends' social media accounts are constantly trying to feed you cliched version of love and relationships in modern times, there comes another side to the emotion presented to us in the coming together of two very unusual lovers in the movie 'Photograph'. View this post on Instagram It's a very special feeling for me and team #Photograph & @amazonstudios as our film is been officially selected to be screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, 2019 Thank You @riteshbatra for making this possible and congratulations @sanyamalhotra_ A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Nov 30, 2018 at 2:21am PST Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra as the leading 'jodi' in this film, 'Photograph' hit the theatres earlier today amidst a lack of fervour and hype that generally follows the release of a Bollywood romantic film. The reason might lay in the atypicality of the love story that 'Photograph' stands for. The film traces the journey of two strangers - Mumbai-based street photographer Rafiq (Nawazuddin) and accountancy student Miloni (Sanya) - and how they come together to smoothen out the ruffled feathers in each other's lives, forming a special bond along the way. View this post on Instagram Repost from @photographamzn- It all started with a ð¸ Take a look at the official U.S. poster for #PhotographMovie, directed by #RiteshBatra starring @nawazuddin._siddiqui and @sanyamalhotra_ Coming to U.S. theaters soon. A post shared by Sanya Malhotrað¥ (@sanyamalhotra_) on Jan 25, 2019 at 9:06am PST Now, even though Twitter has shown close to no interest in the film whatsoever, some earnest movie-goers have given this movie a chance, and from what we have gathered from the Twitter reviews so far, it seems that while the audience has loved the director's vision, the execution hasn't been followed through. Moreover, people aren't convinced about the leading pair's chemistry and seem disappointed with the half-baked character sketches that surface in the film. View this post on Instagram Super Excited to inform you all that after being officially selected at the prestigious #SundanceFilmFestival2019 my film #photograph will also be screened at the #berlinale2019 Thank You @riteshbatra for doing this wonder & @sanyamalhotra_ for being a wonderful part of this. A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Jan 17, 2019 at 11:13pm PST While we are all for unusual love stories and happy endings, there is something to be said about poor delivery and going by the audience's words, 'Photograph' doesn't seem to be making the cut this time. Here is what Twitter is saying about the film: #Photograph is an amazing experience. I felt it, can't really explain. It lingers when it's done. @riteshbatra certainly knows to hit the right cord. @Nawazuddin_S is phenomenal as always. But I could actually feel @sanyamalhotra07's character, very relatable. #PhotographReview. — Anwesh Panda (@anwesh_panda) March 15, 2019 Photograph (U/A) Runtime - 110 Minutes Rating - ð ð ð ð 1/2 Review - A very well crafted film. Acting - Nawaz is fantastic What's good - Screenplay,Direction What's bad - No chemistry between the leads — Cinema200 (@cinema200) March 15, 2019 Ritesh Batra has a knack for making his actors forget about the camera. Nothing ever seems filmed. Or designed. My #Photograph Review: A delicate little gem https://t.co/v0SK78gI6n pic.twitter.com/70gFbRf4yO — Sukanya Verma (@SukanyaVerma) March 15, 2019 Watched #Photograph, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra. Longing, nostalgia and a rather unique take on love, this film speaks most in its silences. But it's not everyone's cup of tea. Here's my review.https://t.co/nktV200UjD pic.twitter.com/ddZMos3Hbm — Lakshana Palat (@lakshanapalat) March 15, 2019 Photograph Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra starrer is slow paced, ambiguous and melancholic — Bizma Gul (@BismaaGul) March 14, 2019
  3. 'Kesari' is one of the most awaited action-drama movies of the year. Starring Akshay Kumar, the movie retells the tale of the battle of Saragarhi, when 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army defeated 10 thousand Pashtun tribesmen. The trailer has already set the bar very high. Akshay Kumar shared a super-interesting video of the making of the movie, which gives us a glimpse into all the action that went down during the behind-the-scenes struggle for the cast and the crew. The battle of Saragarhi is one of the biggest battles in the history of the world and one which finds prominent mention everywhere. Naturally, recreating the set-up, doing all the action in a high altitude place like Spiti was very difficult as the video explains in detail. It is always interesting to see such videos which explain the nuances of a craft, because all we see on the big screen is the final product eventually. 'Kesari' is all set to release on 21st March.
  4. Chile is one country which has been constantly progressing when it comes to transgender laws. As recent as November of 2018, the Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, passed a law allowing people over the age of 14, to change their names and gender in official records. The move that was welcomed by the majority of the people, seemed like just another 'rubber stamp' considering Chile's traditionally conservative and predominantly Roman Catholic nature. © El Universal However, all these claims were put to rest after a prestigious women's school named Liceo Javiera Carrera gave admission to a transgender. Arlén Aliaga who was celebrating her 18th birthday on the historic day of her admission, used to study in an all-boys high school and revealed how she received support from her classmates but was constantly harassed by her teacher because of her preferences for clothes. Initially, the school rejected her admission at first, the reason being the lack of seats, but after a strong campaign from LGBT activists and supporters from the mayor of Santiago, Aliaga was admitted on March 6, which also marks her birthday. © Radio Universidad de Chile Talking to AFP, she said,”It's historic, maybe I'm the first. I know there are others who tried and didn't succeed, but clearly, it's possible.” Now that's one hell of a birthday present.
  5. With their arch-rivals Manchester City temporarily at the top position, Liverpool had a great opportunity to dethrone Pep Guardiola's side and gain pivotal ground in the all-important Premier League title race when they travelled to Old Trafford to take on United on 24th February. With a game in hand, the Reds were eager to secure all three points and extend their lead with a potential win over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men. But, in a match that was plagued by injuries, Liverpool failed to make the opportunities count and eventually had to settle for a point following their frustrating goalless draw. © Reuters The turn of events at Old Trafford already had the Liverpool boss frustrated, but an incident in the second-half turned his frustration into anger. Unable to beat United goalkeeper David de Gea, Klopp decided to take off club captain Jordan Henderson and deployed Xherdan Shaqiri in the 72nd minute. Bonus, where that happenedâð»#MCICHE match, this happened between #Klopp and #Henderson in the #LiVSOU match pic.twitter.com/tgAQ46ZCKK Iam sure this will be an afterthought on the day all considering. Showing respect for others, teammates etc, can never be underrated to #Success — Shaun Harris (@SAHsoccer1) February 24, 2019 But, the substitution didn't go down well with the Liverpool midfielder who, upon his return to the touchline, snubbed Klopp for a handshake. Angered by Henderson's snub, the Liverpool boss was seen giving a mouthful to his captain even as he tried to explain his actions. Later, the incident became the topic of great discussion on the social media with football fans expressing their views on the entire episode. Henderson didn't want to shake hands with Klopp you can feel the tension in this one! Don't cross Jurgen! #liverpool #jurgenklopp #epl — Rob Cornthwaite (@robcornthwaite) February 24, 2019 Klopp giving Henderson a bollocking then when he didn't shake his hand coming off — Ross Kewley (@RossKewley8) February 24, 2019 Lack of disrespect from Henderson to Klopp. Didnt even shake Klopps hand when he was subbed for Shaqiri who can score goals. Klopp made sure he noticed. Disprespectful captain. #MNULIV — Bruce G™ (@bruceg87) February 24, 2019 Henderson needs to go. He had a good game, but threw a strop and didn't shake Klopp's hand once he came off. Not my captain. #MUNLIV #MUNLFC — | ðð¾ð²ð¼ | (@StunningSuarez) February 24, 2019 Pretty sure I heard Klopp lambast Henderson for not shaking his hand? — Leigh Curtis (@LeighCurtis_NP) February 24, 2019 Jurgen Klopp Has clearly falling out with mo Salah and his captain Jordan Henderson. Has he lost the dressing room ? I think so. #KloppOut — Eamon Dunphy (@PunditDunphy) February 24, 2019
  6. The history of Indian cricket was seen numerous spinners come and go. While some etched their names in the history books with brilliant performances, others quietly faded into the shadows. Similarly, the modern era of the sport has witnessed the rise of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal who've pipped the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as India's premier spinners. While Kuldeep has impressed everyone across formats, Chahal, too, has proved his mettle in limited-overs cricket. But, such has been the competition in the spin bowling department that another spinner Mayank Markande - who has proved his mettle in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and domestic cricket - was handed his debut in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) against Australia in Visakhapatnam. But, while fans were eager to see Markande in action in international cricket, the inclusion of Krunal Pandya irked former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar. Just to give you a little perspective on Krunal Pandya as a pure spinner in T20Is. Kuldeep - Eco- 6.72 Avg -12.97 Chahal - Eco - 7.90 Avg - 19.93 Krunal - Eco - 8.72 Avg -31.40 Krunal weakens India's bowling.#INDvsAUS — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 24, 2019 Ahead of the clash, Manjrekar took to Twitter and questioned Krunal's inclusion on the basis of his statistics as a pure spinner in the shortest format. Comparing his economy rate and bowling average with Kuldeep and Chahal, Manjrekar went on to claim that Krunal actually weakens India's bowling. While everyone is entitled to their respective opinions, Manjrekar's analysis of Krunal who has played a comparatively lesser number of games than Kuldeep and Chahal didn't really make sense. More importantly, for a cricket pundit of his repute, slamming an upcoming all-rounder on the basis of a senseless stat, was never going to go down well the fans. While cricket fans had already begun training their guns at Manjrekar for his analysis, Krunal's bowling performance in the match, a few hours later, further served as a befitting reply for the former Indian cricketer. Making Manjrekar eat his words, Krunal recorded impressive figures of 1-17 in his quota of four overs wherein he didn't concede a single boundary or six. Let's compare on IPL stage to level the field - Chahal - Eco. - 7.7 Avg. - 25.2 Kuldeep - Eco. - 8.22 Avg. - 24.51 Krunal - Eco. - 7.12 Avg. - 28.2 No point making unbiased comparison and discrediting the bowlers. pic.twitter.com/bRm2cBxzGm — Aditya (@rathodaditya95) February 25, 2019 When compared with the other two spinners, while Krunal recorded an economy rate of 4.25 (second to only Jasprit Bumrah in the match), Chahal and Markande both conceded over 7 runs an over. It's needless to say that in a match, that the Indian bowlers had little to play with, Krunal was almost as effective as Bumrah sans the number of wickets. That's a very irrational comparison since there's a mammoth of a difference between the matches played by these three- Chahal - 40 Kuldeep - 18 Krunal - 10 Given more time, there's plenty of scope for Krunal to improve the figures. He's shown his worth time and again with ball! — Aditya (@rathodaditya95) February 25, 2019 In fact, Glenn Maxwell - whose 56-run innings paved way for Australia's three-wicket win - also highlighted how difficult it was to face Krunal and Bumrah in the middle. "Krunal and Bumrah were extremely hard to get away. I decided to target other players like Chahal. I was trying to hit another six (on his dismissal), but it was a poor bat swing, I'll make amends in the next game,” Maxwell said after the game. And he bowled better than the other spinners todayð — Rajkumar (@im_rajkumar_95) February 24, 2019 4 over 17 run and 1 wkt. — KedarHirve (@KedarHirve) February 24, 2019 U gotta give him some time Mister!! U can't compare him with current top 2 white ball spinners this early!! — Hari Hara Sudhan Sankar (@itsmehari_raja) February 24, 2019 Why you've to always eat your own words Sanjay ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ he was the best tonight after Bumrah — sunit shrivastava (@sunit_utd) February 24, 2019 Krunal is all-rounder . Kuldeep & Chahal are only bowler. — सà¥à¤­à¤¾à¤· सारà¥à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤² ð®ð³ (@subhash_im) February 24, 2019 He is a good fielder and a good batsman. Next you will start giving opinion about sportspersons based purely on their hairstyle. — Simon Robin (@simon_robin) February 24, 2019 Unfair on Krunal. Can't judge him on his stats when the sample size is so small. — Nish Navalkar (@YUVI_NISH) February 25, 2019 Completely irrelevant stats because Krunal obviously doesn't play as a 'pure' spinner. You can't measure allrounder contributions by leaving out half of their skill set. Secondly, if stats mattered above all else, it makes no sense to back Pant despite his limited overs stats. — Eamon Lahiri (@TheSimianFreud) February 24, 2019 Has done more than good job today ð — Masud Asmat (@Masud96) February 24, 2019 You have this habit of targeting an individual every series! R Jadeja was your target down under and now it is Krunal. BTW he has the best economy rate after 15 overs in the innings — Pannkaj Neeraj (@pannkajneeraj) February 24, 2019 He is surely a better cricketer than you — Devansh Desai (@DevanshDesai125) February 25, 2019
  7. Yes, it's the day of love and just like everyone else, Netflix too decided to give some of it away to us, because honestly it's become a hell of a useful tool to celebrate all sorts of 'chills' we may want to with our loved ones. © Netflix On Valentine's Day though, Netflix has come out with a beautiful video to celebrate all kinds of love and we found it so endearing we had to go ahead and share it. The poetic journey of falling in love is a tale as old as time. From 'Mughal-E-Azam' to 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', each story is filled with moments which remind us just how powerful human connections can be. © Netflix The video is a beautiful rendition of a modern-day love story between two men, who hopelessly fall in love with one another and live to celebrate their love, every day. As their relationship develops and their love grows stronger and 'stranger'. We follow them as they lay the foundations for their lives together... along with a small hiccup on the way. One of them watches an episode of their favourite show 'Stranger Things' without the other and what follows next is so endearing, it'll make you want to forgive every fight you may have ever had with your SO! © Netflix After all, at the end of the day, every relationship is an 'Original'. This love story was brought to life by acclaimed filmmaker Reema Sengupta. Through an emotive palate and lingering visuals, she captured this manifestation of Indian romance in all of its beauty. © Netflix "We wanted to come together to make a film that cares about what it says, how it says it and the processes through which it is made. It was exciting to know that Netflix cared just as much! Netflix really has become an integral part of the modern love story. A considerable portion of our relationships today are spent lazing around with our partners watching Netflix, discussing shows, or Netflix & chilling! A lot of love went into making this, and we all came out of it feeling much closer. Even while we were making the film, the entire crew could feel the importance of this representation and pushed themselves to the limit to bring this to life." Reema spoke about her film to Netflix. © Netflix After all, if we can't transcend the love we have for one another into stories then what's the point of even having love, to begin with! Stories catch the very essence of everything basic you need to fulfil an emotion and if we have a story on our favourite love portal, then there's nothing like it, is there! It's time to show courage, tell your story and aptly profess your love for one another this Valentine's Day!
  8. There is saying that goes “honest hearts produce honest actions”, and though most of us choose to believe that honesty as a virtue has become a rare quality to be found in an individual, we need to revisit and revise. Perhaps, it is the fact that people who come from lesser means know what it is like to go through days only keeping the next two meals in mind, that they are more than happy to be making honest money, no matter how little that might be, which is enough to ensure a sated tummy and some peaceful sleep. © Facebook While many would argue what such honesty can get someone in today's time when most people have resorted to clever means and dishonest ways of making quick bucks, we like to say, apparently a lot. Honesty can help you earn Rs. 30,000 for a Rs. 20 service! A Norwegian YouTuber named Harald Baldr, who is currently on a tour of India, decided to get a haircut from a street barber in Ahmedabad. When Harald asks the barber about his charges, he honestly says it's Rs. 20. Unlike most shopkeepers and service providers in India who hike the prices of their goods and services for foreigners, he hadn't followed the same tactic. This along with his dedication towards his work impressed Harald. So, once the haircut was done, Harald decided to not only pay for his haircut but topped it up with a donation of Rs. 30,000. Harald takes the help of an English-speaking local to inform the hairdresser that he is donating the money so that the hairdresser can get some new tools and do something good for his family. © Facebook That is not all, Harald also shares that this wouldn't be the last time he is helping someone since he plans on helping other people and entrepreneurs in need throughout his future journeys, and use up his earnings and Patreon donations for the cause. Kudos to Harald for the thoughtful act and we are sure this action will only result in a ripple effect, and even barber will “pay it forward” in kindness.
  9. The Lakmé Fashion Week 2019 opened with Gaurav Gupta's show titled "(Un)folding" on Tuesday, at the Royal Opera House. It was an interesting comeback for Gaurav to the Mumbai runway after four long years. © MensXP/Sowrav Bhowmik Gaurav's signature gowns, that are magnificent yet defining power in the truest sense, sparkled the runway. © MensXP/Sowrav Bhowmik © MensXP/Sowrav Bhowmik There was also an interesting collaboration with poetess Navkirat Sodhi, who recited her original poetry suspended in the air, while dressed in a (traditionally) long floor-sweeping gown while models strutted on the ramp. With Tabu and Karan Johar as showstoppers, the show really did reach its peak in the end. Tabu wore a powder blue sparkly chikankari-worked gown, © MensXP/Sowrav Bhowmik while Johar wore a red blazer with silver and black embellishments on the shoulder. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Jan 29, 2019 at 9:33am PST The curated range, which took three months to master, was vibrant with shades of ivory, powder blue, beige, rose, black, red, yellow and golden, and Gaurav used chikankari and brocade for the very first time and combined it with his signature origami-esque patterns.
  10. For those of us located in the geographical area that lies between how itchy (and bit*hy) we get over matters related to Kashmir, and how easily we can look at the southern states beyond the “Madrasi” tag, lies an avidly growing crop of connoisseurs who have the heart (and able ears) to appreciate comedy that is to be found all around us - hidden in a chaiwala's hometown, to the cool locales of the seven sisters, you can't even name correctly. And there is one man in particular who has been feeding the voracious appetite of all these comedy-lovers who lay in-between this ever agitated conundrum called India. Amit Tandon is one of India's most favourite funnyman, and his masterstroke lies in bringing a highly varied gathering of people to double over with his rib-tickling laughter-bombs, irrespective of their age, gender, creed or for that matter, even their class, bank balance and cab-booking service preferences. © Instagram However, if you asked a decade younger Amit Tandon the most static question one gets asked in an HR interview, “where do you see yourself in the next 5 years”, you would have probably been surprised by the response that this query fetched you. Because, much like the unpredictability of Ranveer Singh's next fashion choice, Delhi's weather and the car ahead of you changing its lane within a matter of seconds, stand-up comedy happened to Amit all of a sudden, and all at once. The Backstory Back in 2010, when Amit was minding his business (literally!), after having made it through years of academic trials (you may know them as exams), first in engineering college and then while pursuing his MBA, Amit was intrigued by the concept of open mic that was slowly gripping Delhi. He decided to go and attend a open mic near his place to see for himself what the hype was all about. © Amit Tandon Turns out, he was bowled over by the idea, and took to it as effortlessly as Delhi boys take to cussing. Having stayed off the stage for almost a decade due to his studies, Amit found himself inspired enough to put pen to paper once more since his college days, when he actively wrote for college theatre plays and the like. The Ultimate Initiation It was in July 2010 when Amit finally gave in to his overbearing desire and performed at his first ever open mic in South Delhi. The following two to three years went by in a blur, with more and more open mic performances in various places, which were usually 5-7 minute long sets. That eventually scaled up to 30-minute sets on stage, and gradually paid gigs at clubs et al. became Amit's new normal. However, it was in 2012-13 when he started doing corporate shows, that he began to feel he could finally switch to stand-up comedy full-time, and turn it into a career. The rest, as we all know, is history. © Instagram The Stand-Up Comedy Industry - Then & Now 2015 has to be Amit's most memorable year professionally, because that is when “the married guy” took off in the virtual space, after one of his video went viral on social media. However, when you ask him how times have changed since, Amit would give you a very personal and insightful peek into the stand-up comedy industry. When I posed the same question, he went on to share that, “earlier there was only one set of audience - cosmopolitan, urban Indians living in South Delhi or South Bombay, who were open to the concept of live entertainment.” That time saw the domination of English comedy coming from well-educated and well-travelled comics. On the other hand, “now it's a mix of languages, where we have English, Hindi and even Hinglish. Even the art has travelled far and wide in the country, with shows happening in even smaller towns and cities such as Siliguri, Guwahati, Indore, Bhopal besides many others”. © Amit Tandon Amit further added that today even the audience has undergone a drastic makeover. He said, “it's not a single stand-up audience now. Everyone has developed their own fan base. There are genres developing in comedy now, which is a huge development since the earlier times”. What It Takes To Make It As A Stand-Up Comic So finally now that I had the chance, there was a nagging question that I wished to get out of the way ASAP. Thus, I ended up asking Amit if being funny, and an ability to make people laugh the only prerequisites to becoming a stand-up comedian (you see, the hope and subconscious desire to make it as a comic blooms within the heart of many of us). This is exactly how he took that question, “stand-up comedy is not just about being funny, it's being funny for strangers. Being funny with your friends is easy, given the numerous touchpoints you share. Even a simple one-liner can make your friends laugh because of the connection. Whereas, being able to make complete strangers relate to your work and laugh at your jokes, is what makes you a comic.” © Instagram That would have dashed a lot of hopes, but what Amit adds next is pure gem. He said that the difference between being funny and being a comedian lies in making a varied group of audience laugh at your jokes. Because as a performer “your audience changes everyday - their experiences and background change, so one needs to go up there, build a relationship with their audience and then make them crack-up”. The Other Side Of Comedy So when we are talking about stand-up comedy, how could I not touch upon social media popularity, its longevity and it turning into an obsessive aspiration for amateur comics? Amit was quick to share his valuable insights when he pointed out that social media popularity is short lived and has its own challenges. He pointed out how social media constantly beckons us to keep feeding a “monster”, so people would follow us. Yet it also acts as the first stepping stone for new artists to show their work. “When one is starting out, YouTube videos come in handy when people ask for showreels.” But Amit also cautions us that social media popularity cannot be the only aspiration when someone is just starting out, especially in the first three years.” © Amit Tandon Why? Because “for the first three years, you should work on building your material, making yourself funny and becoming good enough, so that when people call you after that 5-min sneak peek, we have a good 30 min entertainer on the ready”. Advice For Aspiring Comedians So basically I went on Humans of New York on Amit, and asked him that one question we have all picked up since HONY turned it into a rage, in this case, “what advice would you give to aspiring stand-up comedians” and trust Amit Tandon to give it to you most honestly. “Find an open mic to go to and perform. Next, write your own material, go back again and perform. So in short, write, record and repeat. Perform as much as you can, record your performance, watch it, make changes where required and go back again. That's the only practical and healthy way to improve. However, senior comics are easily approachable, who can guide you in the field. But the basic would still remain 'write, record and repeat'.” © Instagram Failures In This Field & How To Deal With Them Sure enough, I wanted to find out about failures in this field and how to best deal with them, because that's perhaps the biggest reason why the best of us with the talent to make it big as a stand-up comedian never give it a try in the first place. Especially, since failures in this field can be pretty personal. But guess what, Amit gives you the best way out to deal with them! “Failures in this career happens every other day - maybe you thought a joke was funny but no one laughed, offending people can also be a failure. No one liking your set, people doing something else during your performance, these are all failures.” So what Amit suggests is that, “take each of your failures personally. That is only when you will improve, or else you'll forget about it by next morning. Look at your failure, introspect and think about what went wrong and better it - was it the setup, did you not research about your audience, was the beginning not right, did you not do your jokes properly or if the timing was off? Figure out and take it personally in comedy to improve.” © Instagram #AmitSpeaks: How To Become A Stand-Up Comedian Last but not the least. I made Amit answer the most important question, and here is exactly what he said: “First, find out where open mics happen around your city. Go attend it and see how it works. Come back and write your own story - don't write on the basis of what people are laughing at. Instead, write on what frustrates you, what you find funny in life, what your observations are. Prepare a five minute set and register for an open mic. Go on stage and perform. If it doesn't work, go and check why it didn't do well. Better it, go back and do it again. So "write, record and repeat" that's your ultimate mantra.” Amit was the most gracious star who patiently and earnestly responded to my long list of questions. The man believes in offering people the space to let go and laugh freely, through his highly relatable observational comedy, delivered in a simple language funny enough to tickle your bones. © Instagram But while 2019 has just begun, I couldn't end this article without telling you about all that you can look forward to from Amit this year. From his extensive international tour across Europe, to a number of series that he is working on, there is lot in store for his fans! But if there is one project Amit is super excited about, it's the project on partition that he is working on, which might be launched on the small screen. What makes this project so special for him is his family's history being connected to it. Amit's family migrated to India in 1947 from Pakistan, so that establishes a personal connect. There is so much more to Amit Tandon that we haven't seen so far, but for now his laughter-bombs in Netflix's 'Comedians of the World' are keeping us more than sated.
  11. This season of 'Koffee With Karan' has its cup full with controversies, gossip and major celebrity fodder. Last night's episode had some funny exchanges between Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao, who debated about what was it like to be an outsider in Bollywood and who do they stalk on social media. View this post on Instagram My cuppa koffee today!!! Super time with @psbhumi and @rajkummar_rao !!! Had a great time guysâï¸âï¸âï¸âï¸âï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Oct 25, 2018 at 8:05am PDT The teaser of the next episode starring Sidharth Malhotra and Aditya Roy Kapoor is out and gives us a sneak peek into their bromance. Partners in crime @SidMalhotra and Aditya Roy Kapur take the Koffee couch this week. #KoffeeWithKaran #KoffeeWithSidharth #KoffeeWithAditya pic.twitter.com/wvBkupn2et — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) January 27, 2019 The two of the hottest bachelors of B-town will gather with KJO himself to brew some more gossip and information for us to feast upon. The teaser also gives us a tiny glimpse of how sassy Sid can actually be when he says that he'd like Saif Ali Khan to be his sibling and Kareena Kapoor to be his wife! View this post on Instagram Steaming Koffee! @s1dofficial #adityaroykapoor #koffeewithkaran A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Nov 9, 2018 at 8:38pm PST Aditya is known to be quite an introvert, so it will be fun to know how he is like as a person when we get some more dope on the lives of these two Bollywood hunks.
  12. The trailer of the upcoming romantic comedy 'Luka Chuppi' is finally out and it is safe to assume that it is going to be one laughter riot filled with some power-packed performances pelted by Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon. The pairing is fresh, the actors looks extremely natural in their performances and well, there is no stopping Kartik Aaryan from probably giving us one more crazy super hit. Kriti Sanon borrows her sass from her previous outing in 'Bareily Ki Barfi'. © Maddock Films The movie is releasing on 1st March and even though it will clash with 'Sonchiriya' and 'Sandeep Aur Pinky Farar', we think 'Luka Chuppi' will do quite well at the box office. Social media is already abuzz with the love that's pouring for the trailer. #LukaChuppiTrailer looks entertaining.. Kartik Aaryan is suited for such roles only. — Jigarr Jain (@MeinTeraHero) January 24, 2019 #LukaChuppiTrailer is out ð The trailer is amazing looking forward to watch this movie... Can't wait!! @TheAaryanKartik @kritisanon #KartikAaryan #DineshVijan #JioStudios pic.twitter.com/LQb240oPM6 — ||fιzzα ð|| (@ImSfizzaa) January 24, 2019 First Ishita then Bitti and now Rashmi!! @kritisanon love you yaar #LukaChuppiTrailer #LukaChuppi #ArjunPatiala #Housefull4 #Panipat Excitement overwhelming! — Cute S A H I L || ð|| Luka Chuppi Trailer (@VarunShraddha_) January 24, 2019 One might fear that Kartik Aaryan and Kriti are getting stereotyped in these particular kind of 'millennial lovers' role, but as long as they are entertaining and the movie is a super hit, who cares?
  13. In the ever-competitive era of cricket, the gentleman's game has witnessed numerous changes. From the advent of new shots by batsmen to the cunning variations of bowlers, cricket as a sport continues to evolve with time. But, 'sun strike' was a term that was not really heard of in cricketing circles (at least not at the international level). In first of its kind, the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand witnessed the so-called 'sun strike' that halted play at the McLean Park in Napier. After reducing the Kiwis to a 157-run total, a strong batting side like India was not really going to fall behind in their run-chase. But, the loss of Rohit Sharma (11) in the 10th over surely got the hosts interested. In the 11th over, Shikhar Dhawan was on strike, facing Lockie Ferguson who started off with a wide. But, before the Kiwi pacer could right his wrong, the sun had its say. With the sunlight straight into the eyes of the batsman, the umpires decided to halt play before the players went off the field. Meanwhile in Napier...#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/3p5j18O3hg — ICC (@ICC) January 23, 2019 "The setting sun is directly in the eyes of the batsmen. So we got to consider the safety of the players, umpires. So we have decided to suspend play until conditions improve. This is the first time in my 14 years that I have seen something like this happen on a cricket field. Good news is we have 30 minutes extra time. We are hoping to be back in 30 minutes and it will still be a 50-over game," umpire Shaun Haig explained. After a brief hold up, the players got back on the field and cricketing action resumed. 'Sun strike' interrupting play is quite common at the McLean Park as it was observed during a Super Smash - New Zealand's domestic T20 competition - fixture earlier in January. While some were still coming to terms with the 'sun strike', other cricket fans made full use of the unexpected break by creating hilarious memes that thronged the social media. Wait! What? Play has been stopped due to sun outrage, never imagined I'd be writing, Sun stops play. #INDvsNZ pic.twitter.com/ut67UWY0qX — unlettered (@i_am_seeking) January 23, 2019 pic.twitter.com/WPIku4d9YX — Bevan Morgan (@bevan_morgan) January 23, 2019 Cricbuzz reporting play suspended in NZ because of 'sun outrage '. What exactly is going on 250 million km away? — Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) January 23, 2019 Hritik jadu ko bula rha h. Sb theek ho jayega ð#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/KFud23WKld — Prince ð®ð³ (@iPrince55) January 23, 2019 Time for a Nana nap in Napier !! ððð — ð³à¤°à¤¾à¤à¤¸à¥à¤¥à¤¾à¤¨à¥ मà¥à¤°à¥à¤à¤¾ð ð®ð³ (@PmDeshma) January 23, 2019 It's called SUN-STRIKEð¤£ð¥ — Abhanshi Kumari (@imAbhAnshi) January 23, 2019 #NZvIND Worrying to see that sun has stopped play. Once play resumes, hopefully, India will quickly finish this game before moon stops play. — M.S.D.The cricketer (@khimjiahir75) January 23, 2019 In this condition umpires can go with street rules play only one side,if strike change then batsman have to come take strike those side — Er Santosh Kandpal (@santoshkandpal9) January 23, 2019 Jadoo ko bulao. — Aji Sunte ho ð®ð³âï¸ (@kingslayer112) January 23, 2019 Meanwhile cricket fans pic.twitter.com/MhQR6dexur — Dexter (@meetdspartan) January 23, 2019 @henrygayle is always ahead of his time ð pic.twitter.com/hbQP3QKGjF — Lord Commander (@Holdthedoor19) January 23, 2019
  14. One of the most awaited movies of early 2019, Vijay Ratnakar Gutte's 'The Accidental Prime Minister' released today and it's already creating a mighty uproar amongst the audience. The movie is based on the political journey of our former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh from 2004-2014, and since its first trailer launched, the film has gathered a lot of controversy around it, especially from the political front. A lot of people are calling it 'propaganda' before the general elections this year and while we're wondering why these doubts weren't addressed when the book, written by Sanjaya Baru, was released, we're also hoping the movie does fairly well. © Rudra Productions (UK) Amongst everything else, the audience is appreciating Anupam Kher's portrayel as Dr. Manmohan Singh and along with a few celebrities, the audience has tweeted some extremely positive things about it. Here are some Twitter reactions from celebrities and people, who've already seen the movie, just in case you're looking for a quick and on-point review before you go and watch it this weekend. Well, from a renowned journalist's point of view: Saw #AccidentalPrimeMinister and felt very uneasy at the end of it. Just like after reading the book. I wish the book had never been written and the movie never been made. I don't want to remember the the 10 years of Dr Singh this way. — Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) 10 January 2019 Divya Dutta appreciates Anupam Kher's work in the movie: Watched #AccidentalPrimeMinister .the supremely gifted @AnupamPKher performs the toughest role with such elan..m speechless.respect sire and big hug! Loved the way you say https://t.co/ZCBkydQFM3 real vulnerable n yet strong. And another brilliant performance by #akshaye khanna! — Divya Dutta (@divyadutta25) 10 January 2019 And he tweets back... Thank you dearest @divyadutta25. Praise coming from a national award winning actor like you is so heart warming and encouraging.ðð https://t.co/g6tneELOP2 — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) 10 January 2019 Shekhar Kapoor says it best: Two very strong performances make #AccidentalPrimeMinister a must see film. Akshaye Khanna and Anupam Kher. Anupam creates Manmohan Singh as a man who seems weak but carries great strength inside. Yet ultimately finds that principles and politics do not go together @AnupamPKher — Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) 10 January 2019 What @AnupamPKher has done in playing Manmohan Singh in #AccidentalPM is to create something that could easily have become a caricature, into a breathing relatable human being that you want to reach out to and hug. That takes a lot of skill. — Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) 10 January 2019 Thank you dearest @shekharkapur for being so gracious and magnanimous in your appreciation of my work in #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister. Coming from you it means the world to me.ðð https://t.co/KbutGvjoHr — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 10, 2019 Thank you dearest @shekharkapur for being so gracious and magnanimous in your appreciation of my work in #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister. Coming from you it means the world to me.ðð https://t.co/KbutGvjoHr — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 10, 2019 Anil Kapoor too lauded friend Anupam Kher's performance: Just like every role you do, @AnupamPKher you have done full justice to this character as well. You're such a great story teller! This definitely was a difficult film and could only be done by an actor par excellence. You are impeccable! #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister pic.twitter.com/tWogx1zSXL — Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) January 10, 2019 And of course the audience who had to share their reviews on Twitter had a lot to say as well: For a while, I forgot that he is @AnupamPKher not MMS, what an actin by kher. Just watched #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister — Tushar Makwana (@tusharmakwana5) January 10, 2019 Every Indian Should watch #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister Superb Acting by @AnupamPKher Ji A must watch movie The movie has many villains but Dr. Manmohan Singh will be a Hero after this movie for sure — Mrigank Tyagi (@TheMrigankTyagi) January 10, 2019 Forget the pols.... #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister is one of the bravest film to happn in d recent times. After seeing the film,it makes my heart swell wth pride that @AnupamPKher is an Indian actor and one of the greatest in the world .... (followed in the thread) — Priyanka Ghatak (@priyankaghatak) January 10, 2019 3 Hrs to go for the much awaited #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister show the anticipation has been good. @AnupamPKher Sir's acting on top of that. Maza aayega à¤à¤. Jai Hind. — Ultimate Blunt (@BluntUltimate) January 11, 2019 #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister #FirstDay #FirstShow @AnupamPKher @barugaru Youtube Link- https://t.co/uLFOd7bqkB pic.twitter.com/a4YX7h8D8K — Subham Gupta (@subhamgupta_) January 11, 2019 Hope @ArvindKejriwal will watch #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister soon and provide his very valuable feedback. Would love to know more about Sonia Gandhi's role and performance by Suzzane in the movie. CM sahab, awaiting your review. — Delhi Boy (@vipulIT) January 11, 2019 So far the reactions have been positive and most of them have been towards Anupam Kher's performance in the movie. While Kher sets the standard way high by giving an excellent performance, we also have people talking about Akshaye Khanna's role in the movie who play's Sanjaya Baru. © Rudra Productions (UK) In case you're looking for a movie to check out this weekend, we believe this one will be your best bet. The movie should be a good watch for how the characters have been caricatured in the movie and of course the story line that can eliminate all possible doubt, ever, if you haven't read the book of course!
  15. Football is played by millions of people from different countries, religions and races. The love for the game unites people from all walks of life as one, to truly appreciate the sport. However, even in the modern era, people with racial agendas on their mind exist who contaminate the piousness of the game. Even today, unfortunate spurts of racism are often reported from all over the world which deflates one's faith in the societal progression of our species. One such incident took place with the Tottenham Hotspurs Ladies' Team defender Renee Hector, who was minding her own business when an unnamed member of the opposing Sheffield United resorted to racially abusing her. Clearly trying to get under the athlete's skin, the accused made “monkey noises” to address Hector during the ongoing FA Women's championship match. "Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football - I received some monkey noises today from an opposition player,” Hector tweeted after the match. Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football - I received some monkey noises today from an opposition player. The only reaction was to let the football do the talking and that we did ð𤩠great start to the year! @ThlfcOfficial #COYSL #SHEvTOT #KickItOut — Renée Hector (@renazzza) January 6, 2019 Not losing her cool, the 23-year-old calmly reported this incident to the match officials and continued to focus on the game. “The only reaction was to let the football do the talking,” her tweet read ever so correctly as the Lilywhites played a brilliant game of soccer to win 2-1 against Sheffield. Hector's emotions resonated with a lot of people on social media, who congratulated the star on her ability to contain the situation and rise above hate to win the match while doing the right thing by letting the officials know about the offence, rather than taking the matter into her own hands. So proud of @renazzza and the rest of the teams response ðhttps://t.co/iOfGF49GS5 — Ryah Vyse (@RyahVyse) January 6, 2019 Completely unacceptable. Strength and love to you @renazzza ð@kickitout @SRTRC_England @FAWC_ #KickItOut https://t.co/6POwvI0CgO — ðð¿ðð»ðð¾ðð¼ðð½ðâ½ï¸ (@_CoachAli_) January 6, 2019 No place in football for racism...everð«!!! What better way to respond then starting the New Year with 3 points! ð#coys #spursladies #KickItOut https://t.co/NkepJ35q8G — Jenna Schillaci (@JennaSchillaci) January 6, 2019 The FA later confirmed that they were “aware of an allegation of discriminatory abuse” and will be “making enquiries into the matter,” in a tweet. Racism is simply not acceptable. Be it a casual joke or a full-on barrage of brutal and shameless taunts, no matter how serious the discriminating act, it is wrong and the society as a whole must stand against it, regardless of who the victim is. Big-ups to you, Renee Hector.
  16. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have already made it to the list of biggest newsmakers of 2018 for the kind of love that the couple share, one that they don't shy away from overtly expressing either. © Viral Bhayani We have witnessed Ranveer Singh up the ante with his every romantic gesture for his lady love, and the two don't seem to be calling quits on their PDA anytime soon either (Psst..check out Deepika comment on Ranveer's latest Instagram post). © YouTube While Ranveer has always found a way of making Deepika feel utterly special, the man outdid himself when he specifically requested for a custom mehendi design for his wedding ceremony. For those of you who may not have known/noticed, Ranveer was seen sporting a diya with three stars, and Deepika's name written in Devnagari for his mehendi design. © Viral Bhayani Now, if latest reports are to be believed, Ranveer put in a lot of thought behind choosing this specific design. It is believed the diya signifies Deepika, while the three stars around it symbolise her mom, dad and sister. That was such as cool and thoughtful thing to do for your bride and her family! We are pretty sure this gesture must have surely gotten Ranveer some added brownie points from his wife and in-laws. We suppose it wouldn't be wrong to call him Jamai No. 1 of B-town, would it?
  17. We owe everything to Robert Downey Jr. No, seriously. Do you remember a time where we went without like at least two spectacular superhero movies in a year? Me neither, all thanks to Marvel and DC. It's really hard to imagine not getting kickass movies with our favourite characters everywhere and we all know who we have to thank for that, even our very own Aquaman, Jason Momoa knows. During an interview with The Toronto Sun, Jason gave the credit where it's due when he was asked about why it took so long for a mainstream solo 'Aquaman' movie to happen. Yeah, we have had Batman and Superman for ages and even the interviewer pointed it out. But Jason gave all the credit to the one character who gave birth to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man. He said, “The only thing about it now is, people want more. They've heard those other stories, and there's plenty more to tell, but they want new ones. When Batman v Superman came out and it introduced Wonder Woman, she came in and blew it open. I feel like Marvel, in its own right, has been blowing the door open with other new characters as well. I mean look what Iron Man did. That was amazing. Who knew what the hell Iron Man did? I definitely didn't. I feel like I knew more about Aquaman, and I barely knew anything about Aquaman over Iron Man (laughs). Robert Downey just came in and destroyed it. So there are all these beautiful, modern mythologies that people get inspired by and it's nice to see something different.” We all love Batman and we still do, but come on, we need more heroes, and Marvel and DC have been delivering that for so long now and the audience is loving it. It's hard to believe now but before 2008, Iron Man was not even a mainstream superhero and now it's a household name. Comic book movies have come a long way and it all can be kind of traced back to RDJ since he's the one who brought the character out of the minor leagues. What Iron Man did for Marvel ten years ago, that's what Wonder Woman did for DC. As Jason said, she came in and blew it open!
  18. The wedding season is upon us and Shah Rukh Khan is out there blessing couples with warm wishes. No, I'm not exactly talking about Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal or DeepVeer and not even Priyanka and Nick for that matter, but I'm talking about how SRK made the best day of a couple's lives, even better. We all know that SRK is one of the most loved actors in the country, and his fans simply adore him unconditionally. All that love and admiration has also turned his house into a tourist attraction of sorts and it's a must-visit place when in one is in Mumbai. So, a lot of people do visit his house daily but a particular couple from Mumbai proved to be different. A newly-married couple ended up at 'Mannat' because “They say visit temple after you are hitched, We did it right”. They say visit temple after you are hitched, We did it right !!!! @iamsrk we know you saw us and waved !!!! Thanks alotttt sirrr!!!! Thanks for making this special day, perfect !!!! pic.twitter.com/IaFnJ6ziVI — dhruvp2894 (@dhruvp2894) December 14, 2018 Well, they did do it absolutely right and even got a wave from King Khan himself. But, what's better is that SRK himself saw the tweet and blessed the two newlyweds. So nice, isn't it? God Bless you. https://t.co/A0a7CQ2PXQ — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 14, 2018 It all feels even more perfect when we scrolled back a few months on the guy's profile and saw this tweet. #AskSRK@iamsrk #AskSRK getting married this december, just need your blessings @iamsrk and love you!!!!! Your reply will equate to your presece in our marriage pic.twitter.com/kvPz7Vjmbc — dhruvp2894 (@dhruvp2894) June 6, 2018 Well, he finally got the blessings! Such a great couple and they also got what they wanted. What a perfect way to begin their new life.
  19. It's 'Baahubali' Prabhas' birthday today and I didn't really have to say this, because his fans have already flooded social media with wishes and prayers for the actor. FYI he turned 39 today. While people receive gifts, Prabhas has started a new tradition of giving his fans a special surprise on his birthday. © Arka media works Last year, Prabhas released the first look of his upcoming movie 'Saaho'. This year, he and the makers of the films gifted his fans a series of behind-the-scenes videos from the movie,'Shades of Saaho'. After his record-breaking performance in the magnum opus 'Baahubali: The Beginning' and 'Baahubali: The Conclusion', which skyrocketed his success and fame; Prabhas is set to sweep us all off our feet with 'Saaho', that is touted to be one of the most expensive Indian movies. © UV Creations Reportedly, Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor and the film's crew were in Abu Dhabi, shooting an 8-minute action sequence worth Rs. 70 crores. Well, if someone spends 70 crores just to blow up cars, bikes and trucks; you can't expect anything but the best from them and this BTS video is proof. Let's just keep Henry Cavill's $25 million moustache out of this picture, there are exceptions. This video gives a glimpse of some kickass, breathtaking and adrenaline-rushing chase scenes taking place in Abu Dhabi, choreographed by Hollywood action director Kenny Bates. It shows the amount of hard work and effort that went into making the chase involving bikes, cars, trucks and helicopters, and it looks so flawless on-screen. Prabhas appears in the last few seconds of the video and steals all the thunder and we are not complaining at all. Shraddha Kapoor is also seen doing some high octane stunts. Directed by Sujeeth, 'Saaho' is expected to release in 2019.
  20. Last month, Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia was left disheartened after being ignored for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, which was eventually awarded to Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu. Punia had won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games earlier this year, but still, he was snubbed by the selection panel. Thus, there was no surprise to see a disappointed Punia threatening to take legal action against the move. For an athlete who worked day in and day out to eventually bring laurels for the country, Punia's misfortune to somehow miss out on India's highest sporting honour was quite shocking. The failure of a country to acknowledge the hardships of their sportspersons surely sets a bad precedent, often leaving the athletes demotivated. But, Punia is an athlete of a different breed - one that believes in responding where it matters the most. Channelling all his disappointment and aggression, Punia gave a befitting reply to the Indian selection committee - who ignored him for the Khel Ratna - with a historic performance in the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The Indian wrestler secured a hard-fought silver medal in the men's 65kg freestyle category. © Twitter/@wrestling Continuing his fine run this year, the 24-year-old had his eyes set on the gold after staving off a late threat from Cuba's Alejandro Valdes Tobier in the semis, to secure his berth in the 65kg summit clash. However, the Indian wrestler couldn't get the better of his Japanese counterpart Takuto Otoguro before losing the final bout 9-16. The coveted final saw Punia trailing 0-5 early on, but the Indian wrestler made a commendable comeback to improve the scoreline 6-7 at the end of the first period. But, it was eventually Punia's 19-year-old opponent who held his nerve with a couple of telling moves. Otoguro continued to attack Punia's legs in the second period and extended his lead to secure a comfortable win in the end. © Twitter/@wrestling A gold-medal finish also made Otoguro Japan's youngest world champion. He surpassed the legendary Yuji Takada who had become the youngest world champion for Japan at the age of 20 in 1974. While the Japanese wrestler made his mark on the international stage, Punia, too, etched his name in the history books despite missing out on the gold. Owing to his silver-medal performance, Punia became the first Indian wrestler to win two medals at the World Championships. He had previously won a bronze medal in the 2013 edition of the same tournament while plying his trade in the 60kg category. He is also only the fourth Indian ever to make it to the World Championships' gold-medal bout. I want to dedicate this silver medal at World Wrestling Championships to the people died in the tragic Amritsar train accident. My deep condolences to their families. pic.twitter.com/oSsg3ABA2c — Bajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia) October 22, 2018 If his historic performance wasn't enough, Punia's heartfelt gesture to dedicate his silver medal to the victims of the tragic train accident in Amritsar, further enhanced his reputation, not only as an athlete, but also as a great human being.
  21. There are two types of people--those who like to play video games and then, those who are gamers. The all-new Honor Play is exclusively made for the latter. Crazy Fast. Crazy Smart. That's how Honor has positioned its latest low-cost top-spec launch. And we have no complaints! Honor Play doesn't deviate from the winning formula used by the last few top-end Honor smartphones: a flagship processor, plenty of memory and storage, a big screen and battery life reaching well into the second day. Honor Play Crazy Fast and Crazy Smart! The apps launch quickly and the phone lets you switch between apps fast, thanks to the flagship Kirin 970 Chipset. The octa-core processor is made up of four high-power cores running at 2.36GHz, while the power-efficient cores are tuned at 1.8GHz. Honor Play introduces an independent AI Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that specialises in the acceleration of Machine Learning algorithms and makes lots of AI smart applications running faster. The SoC also comes with a dedicated NPU to offer faster AI processing. The smartphone ships with the flagship LPDDR4X RAM – available in two configurations of 4GB and 6GB – promising powerful multitasking capabilities while being battery efficient. It supports a 1.5-day heavy usage with its 3750mAh battery with Fast Charge. Honor's flagship GPU Turbo technology brings about 60 percent of performance improvement in the phone, and the single frame SoC energy consumption results in 30 percent decrease in power consumption. It also maintains the optimum FPS of the mobile and gives you almost full FPS and FPS stability in large games, which gives you a smoother, more comfortable, jitter-free performance. And the powerful Mali-G72 GPU, which comes with three clusters, just adds to ensure smoother graphics rendering. The tech optimises both hardware and software to improve graphics processing. For gamers, this essentially means that games will load faster and offer smoother frame rates. The smartphone ships with the flagship LPDDR4X RAM, available in two configurations of 4GB and 6GB, and promises powerful multitasking capabilities while being battery efficient. The SoC also comes with a dedicated NPU to offer faster AI processing. That's not it, the phone also comes with 64GB UFS2.1 memory, which offers faster read and write speeds. The fact that the phones comes with EMUI 8.2 based on Android 8.1, unleash an amazing processing power and reduces any disruptions due to rendering and lagging at all! Smart optimization and file management features prevent the degradation of Android performance over time. The Honor Play features 100% faster app start-up and intelligent awareness learning, meaning your phone will optimize itself for high performance. Honor Play Kirin 970 Chipset enables a wide variety of smart features like... A Total Immersive Experience! The Kirin 970 Chipset enables a wide variety of smart features. The AI-enabled phone recognizes the gaming scenario of team battles, the use of special skills, switching and shooting guns, etc. and intelligently match a vibration feedback like using a game console, giving you a 4D gaming experience wuth Smart Shock. The phone also brings an amazing 3D sound effect like you are actually in the game. The phone also comes with a massive 3750 mah battery with fast charging. A Smart Camera and Gallery The smartphone has been equipped with a dual-camera setup on the rear panel comprising a 16-megapixel shooter backed by 2-megapixel secondary snapper, which comes with features such as an LED flash, EIS, and AIS. The AI-enabled camera identifies 22 different categories and 500 more scenarios in real-time with the independent AI NPU, which means you can simply point the camera at a frame or an object and it will adjust the settings accordingly. It even recognizes and retouches the different parts of what you are shooting at the same time. For selfies and video calling, you get a 16-megapixel shooter on the front of the Honor Play, which comes loaded with more AI-enabled features like AI Portrait and 3D portrait lighting. The camera is capable of capturing detailed photos, even in middling light. The camera offers five different studio-like lighting including soft lighting, butterfly lighting, split lighting, stage lighting, and classic lighting. The brand has also integrated AI features in the Gallery App, which segregates your images according to the time of capture, location, holiday and occasions, among others. The gallery intelligently identifies the characters and scenes in your photos and creates a tag for each group. This makes it easier to search for photos using keywords! The photos can be grouped and generated into music videos with pre-installed music, and you can even add AR gestures, make-up and backgrounds to your photos from a range of applications. A Smarter Face Unlock System Honor Play comes with a 360-Degree ultra-fast face unlock system. The AI feature helps the smartphone detect different lightings and minute facial changes to accurately unlock your smartphone, so no worries about not being able to unlock the phone in dark spaces! The phone displays notifications on the lockscreen only when user's face has been recognised. And a Smart Shopper! You know how there are times you like someone online, but don't know where to find it to buy it? Honor Play helps you with that with its AI shopping feature. The NPU is automatically able to detect the object and search for a similar item or its alternate online. Honor Play The Screen Is Big, Bright and Crisp The phone has a 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS LCD panel with excellent views angles that dazzle the eyes. It has a screen resolution of 2340x1080 pixels. The phone is long and relatively narrow with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, which makes handling it easier. It also features a cut-out on top that houses an earpiece, front shooter and other sensors. Thanks to minimal bezels, the smartphone has a manageable footprint and can be operated easily with one hand. And considering the fact that the panel is quite large, it makes for a great experience while watching movies or playing games. Honor Play The phone will set you back by Rs 19,999 and comes in three colour options: Midnight Black and Navy Blue. The Honor Play Ultraviolet color will be available in 4GB+64GB variant exclusively on Amazon. Adding a cherry on the cake, the 4+64GB variant of the recently launched all-rounder Honor Play will be available at an attractive price of Rs 18999 and the 6+64GB variant will be available at an exchange offer of Rs 2000 during the Amazon Great India Sale. Non-Prime Amazon members can avail these offers from October 10 (mid-night) till October 15 (mid-night). The 4+64GB variant of Honor Play will also be available at Amazon Pay 1K cashback only for Amazon Prime Members who will have an early access to these offers starting October 9 from 12 noon onwards. The 4+64GB variant of Honor Play will be available at Rs 18,999 and the 6+64GB variant will be available at a discounted price of Rs 21,999 on Honor Store. Ready to play?
  22. Putting their England debacle to rest, the Indian cricket team has undoubtedly been in sublime form in the 2018 Asia Cup. The fact that Team India became the first team to secure their berth in the final with one Super Four match still left to play, goes on to show how convincing they have been in the tournament. Thus, when it came to their last Super Four clash against Afghanistan on 25th September, there was no surprise to see India resting as many as five of their regular players which included last game's centurions Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. The game was full surprises, quite literally. © BCCL First up, was the sight of MS Dhoni at the toss as he came out to lead the Indian side for the 200th time in ODIs. Then, there was Mohammad Shahzad's sparkling knock of 124 runs, which was brilliantly followed up with Mohammad Nabi's gritty fifty. Later, it was KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu's classy fifty to give India a flying start. And finally, Rashid Khan's brilliance to defend six runs in the final over to snatch a tie for Afghanistan. But, amidst all that, there was a rare moment of Dhoni's typical inimitable style that was captured on the stump mic. During Afghanistan's innings, Kuldeep Yadav was getting ready for his run-up when he took a glance at the field. Not happy with the field setting, the Indian chinaman pressed for a change but to no avail. "Bowling karega ya bowler change karein" MS Dhoni to Kuldeep Yadav pic.twitter.com/Sb7mKOporI — Khurram Siddiquee (@iamkhurrum12) September 25, 2018 The left-arm spinner persisted for a change in the field but Dhoni not only turned a blind eye to his request but also gave him a cheeky reply. Not happy with the field, Kuldeep was asking a fielder to move from his current position, when Dhoni was caught on the stump mic saying: "Bowling karega, ya bowler change karein? (Are you going to bowl, or should we change the bowler?)". While Dhoni has often been heard chirping from behind the stumps during his captaincy days, his comments during yesterday's clash against Afghanistan quickly went viral on social media. Indian cricket fans were seen revelling in Dhoni's sarcasm, as they took to social media to express their views. ð#ThugLife @msdhoni never try to mess with him@imkuldeep18 wants #dhoni to change field#Dhoni replies-Bowling karega aur bowler change kare (Will u bowl or shall i change the bowler) ððð#INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018 #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/JJb8mEgNbk — Pathan Usif (@Pathan4141) September 26, 2018 𤣠he is known for his sarcastic / guiding one liners a senior who is vastly experienced and juniors need to trust his instincts which will help them. Batting may not be as sharp as it used to be, but dhoni speed behind stumps and sharp thinking even at this age - unmatchable — Nairs (@Nairs20) September 26, 2018 #7 , still is the BOSS. yadav keep that in your spinning mind. ðð — Nitin Desai (@e9065ba5bed8401) September 26, 2018 @imkuldeep18 Beta pehle kuch cricket khel lo fir @msdhoni ko cricket sikhane jana. This Kohli style of arrogance doesn't always work. Especially when you are up against a GOAT like MSD — Big Bong Theory ð®ð³ (@BigBongTheory) September 25, 2018 That's what captain supposed to doð bowler can have his field but experience counts — Koparli Jitu (@Koparliwala) September 25, 2018 That is what Management is all about... decision is mine, the reason for failure is mine but the reason for success is ours.. thats MS for us. — Shuddha Satwa Ghosh (@ShuddhaSatwa) September 26, 2018 Epic ððð — Gunjan Mehta (@iamgunjanmehta) September 25, 2018
  23. On days when Akshay Kumar is not busy smashing box office records with his exceptional movies, the actor is busy doing his bit for the welfare of the society and people. Recently, Akshay came to the rescue of acid attack survivor and activist Laxmi Agarwal, who has been struggling financially for a year now. After learning that Laxmi is facing a difficulty in making ends meet, Akshay transferred Rs. 5 lakh into her account so that she can find a job with dignity. © Instagram According to a report in Hindustan Times, he said, "My contribution is a very small gesture. I am embarrassed to even mention it. The idea is that Laxmi should be able to search for a job with dignity, without having to worry about paying house rent or stressing about not being able to provide a nutritious meal to her baby." © wikimedia He further added, "I wish people realise that when a person is in need of livelihood, medals, awards and certificates don't pay the bills. It's important to support through practical means." We wish more people can think like Akshay." According to the report in HT, Laxmi said that despite receiving numerous awards, walking the ramp and giving motivational talks, she did not have any money to even meet her basic needs. Laxmi was unemployed for a year, but after people got to know about her story, she has been flooded with job offers and financial aid too is pouring in from everywhere. © wikimedia Akshay Kumar is one of those few actors who actually takes action, instead of just posting about it on social media. Last year, Akshay helped raise Rs. 6.5 crores at the event for the families of the martyred soldiers. He also came up with the initiative called 'Bharat Ke Veer' along with the Home Ministry. Be it creating awareness about social issues through his movies or standing with the families of jawans, Akshay Kumar has never hesitated in helping people and probably that's the reason why people love him so much.
  24. Going by the medals tally, it's safe to say that India has done a good job at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games. The athletes have repaid the faith of their coaches and fans through a series of medal-winning performances. But, more than the medals, it's the rise of unheard heroes in Indian sports that has captured the imagination of fans. Defying their humble backgrounds, tender ages and lack of popularity, these superstars have made the nation proud after making their months and years of hard work count on the international stage. On, 29th August, another name was added to the ever-growing list of Asian Games superheroes when an Indian athlete ended his country's 48-year wait for a gold medal in the men's triple jump category. © AP For a man who finished fourth at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Arpinder Singh made no mistake and buried all his demons with a gold-medal finish at the Asian Games. Despite beginning with a foul on his first attempt, the 25-year-old managed to reach 16.58m on his second jump. But, it was arguably his third attempt that saw him reaching 16.77m and, thereon, securing a gold medal for his country. Arpinder's effort broke the deadlock for India's gold in the event after Mohinder Singh Gill won the top prize at the 1970 Asian Games. This is India's third gold in the men's triple jump event at the Asian Games. India has also won two silver - Labh Singh (1970), Mohinder Singh Gill (1974) - and as many bronze medals - Labh Singh (1966) and S Balasubramaniam (1982) in this category at the Games. © AP Uzbekistan's Ruslan Kurbanov managed to secure the silver medal with a personal best jump of 16.62m, while Kohei Yamashita's 16.56-metre jump gave Japan a bronze. Arpinder's compatriot Rakesh Babu Arayan Veettil almost came close to the podium, but eventually finished fourth with his best effort of 16.40m. Thanks to Arpinder, India can boast of 10 gold medals. India has now won 53 medals in total - 10 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze - and are currently placed ninth in the medals tally. Arpinder Singh , you beauty , what a Challang- 16.77m . Congratulations as we win a men's Triple Jump GOLD medal after 48 years. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/46ZYVROg9I — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 29, 2018 Nation is delighted and proud of Arpinder Singh for winning the Gold medal in men's triple jump at #AsianGames2018 . Many Congratulations. pic.twitter.com/B2nc4tFsDl — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 29, 2018 GOLD number 4âï¸âï¸from #TeamIndiaAthletics at #AsianGames2018 #EnergyofAsia presented to you by @ArpinderSingh18 Arpinder Singh of #India- 16.77m #India wins a men's Triple Jump GOLD medal after 48 years, In 1970, Mohinder Singh Gill won a Gold-16.11m@Ra_THORe @IndiaSports pic.twitter.com/qLrQriRLbf — Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 29, 2018 Another gold for India! Arpinder Singh wins gold for the triple jump! #AsianGames — Advaita Kala (@AdvaitaKala) August 29, 2018 Arpinder Singh's amazing performance in the Men's Triple Jump event at the Asian Games is a huge morale booster for upcoming Indian athletes. Congratulations to him on his Gold Medal. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/Rumiv8HX1q — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 29, 2018 Congratulations to Arpinder Singh and Swapna Burman for their respective Gold's .Absolutely top effort #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/qMQqlt5aGV — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 29, 2018
  25. Looks like Priyanka Chopra is finally making up to her fans after leaving them in the dark for so long about Nick Jonas. The gorgeous diva, who was tight-lipped for months, has been posting a string of pictures all day today on social media, talking about how much she is in love. This morning kick-started for the couple with an intimate Roka ceremony that officially sealed their engagement. Love is a wondrous thing. Much love now and always to the happy couple and my sweet friends @priyankachopra + @nickjonas #bombaydreams A post shared by Maneesh K. Goyal (@maneeshkgoyal) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:47am PDT All the moments from @priyankachopra & @nickjonas 's roka function held at PC's juhu bungalow today! Wish these two a rocking life ahead ♥ï¸ . #priyankachopra #nickjonas #nickyanka #celebritywedding #priyankachopraengagement A post shared by Weddingz.in (@weddingz.in) on Aug 18, 2018 at 4:03am PDT Congratulations to my girl, I'm so so happy for you ð #loverules @priyankachopra and @nickjonas #ICalledIT!! #rokaceremony #Pre-engagement #mumbai #india @falgunishanepeacockindia @falgunipeacock A post shared by Anjula Acharia (@anjula_acharia) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:34am PDT I always knew one thing was certain, she deserved true love.â¤ï¸ Then her Prince came along for real... not to rescue her because god knows she does that all on her own and HOW! #globaldomination #newagefairytale ... But someone to love her the way she loves, laugh with her endlessly, keep it ð¯ & live the happily ever after that everyone who wants to love and be loved deserve. We've had many chats on love over pancakes & in planes & you know I've always wanted you to shine in love the way you do now! I am beyond happy for you @priyankachopra @nickjonas you make love look so easy, beautiful & special... Congratulations â¤ï¸ #roka #happytears ðð A post shared by Anusha Dandekar (@vjanusha) on Aug 18, 2018 at 5:36am PDT Going all desi, the Chopras invited the Jonas' to their house for the pre-wedding ritual. While Priyanka looked radiant and beautiful in yellow like always, it was Nick Jonas' debonair look in a traditional kurta-pyjama that made us smile. Small yet beautiful things you do for the people you love, right? The Roka ceremony saw her sister Parineeti Chopra, Salman's sister Arpita Khan Sharma, PeeCee's close pal Mushtaq Sheikh and many other close acquaintances. AUGUST 18 2018- #PriyankaNickEngagment #nickjonas #priyankachopra #jicknonas #peecee #nickyanka @nickjonas @priyankachopra A post shared by NICKYANKA'S LOVE (@nickyankaslove) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:51am PDT Unseen pictures from Nick&Priyanka's Function today morning⤠For more updates Follow ð @Bollywoodreport . . . #bollywood #bollywoodreport #mumbai #delhi #actor#delhidaily #mumbaidaily #delhidiaries#mumbaidiaries #instantbollywood #nickjonas #priyankachopra A post shared by Bollywood Report (@bollywoodreport) on Aug 18, 2018 at 5:13am PDT The pictures of the couple went viral within no time. But the Internet had a meltdown when the couple finally made their relationship official on Instagram. While Priyanka declared she was 'taken', Nick went all cheeky and introduced us to the future Mrs Jonas. Yes, they make for an adorable couple, indeed. Taken.. With all my heart and soul.. A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Aug 18, 2018 at 2:45am PDT (c) Instagram But this was just the start of what's more in store. Soon, Priyanka took to her Instagram and finally gave us a sneak-peek into some of the beautiful moments from her Roka. The pictures are proof that this was the perfect, intimate function that Priyanka wanted and we are loving every bit of it. (c) Instagram (c) Instagram (c) Instagram Tonight is the big engagement bash and soon in September, the duo is expected to tie the knot. If reports are to be believed, they will have a traditional Indian wedding.