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  1. The fans of the Indian cricket team, especially those of the city of Guwahati were heartbroken when the match between their side and the visiting Sri Lankan side was cancelled due to damp patches on the pitch. This match would have been really special for two major reasons. One, Indian pacer and the apparent apple of everybody's eyes, Jasprit Bumrah was to return to the field after months of being ruled out with a stress fracture in his lower back. And two, it would have been for the first time in three years that an international match would have taken place here. © AP Even though not a single ball was bowled on Sunday, it wasn't a completely dull day at the Barsapara stadium. Instead, the cameras captured a great moment of unity when the entire stadium sang 'Vande Mataram' in unison. Amidst their phone lights flashing all around the field and fans standing in their blue jerseys with the Indian tricolour in their hands, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli walked towards the middle of the pitch with wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan by his side. The social media handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) captured the moment brilliantly and shared the video on Twitter with a caption: “Guwahati, you beauty.” Guwahati, you beauty ð#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/QuZAq7i1E3 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2020 The spirit of the Guwahati crowd was such that even though they did not get to watch their Men in Blue play the game they love with all their heart, the vibe was similar to the 2011 World Cup final when MS Dhoni smashed that six to end a 28-year-old draught and brought home the trophy at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium. It didn't matter which region of the country you belonged to, or what language you spoke, or what religion you were from, at that moment, in that stadium, you were cheering as an Indian, you were cheering for your team. Here's how the people reacted to this incredible moment on social media: Separated by language,religion....united by indiaâ£ï¸âºï¸....#vandematram — Sri_AK_60 'ᴺᴷᴾ' (@Srinath44574214) January 5, 2020 2011 world cup final wali felling aa rahi h ð — Being Ajay (@BeingAjay18) January 5, 2020 pic.twitter.com/Zcc2RKfTyw — Rishabh Srivastava (@AskRishabh) January 5, 2020 What a beautiful Stadium. #TeamIndia should play matches here more often but by keeping the weather conditions in check. #INDvSL — Aditya Saha (@adityakumar480) January 5, 2020 That's the game sprint. Cricket is the religion of india and @sachin_rt God of cricket. ðð — Anshuman Rawat (@Anshuma60770311) January 5, 2020 View the full article
  2. What can I say? Oh God, I am a mess right now! Anyone who knows anything about me knows I am a Disney nerd to my core, so obviously, anything and everything associated with it instantly become my new obsession. And right now, it's the new trailer for 'Aladdin' that I've been watching on repeat. I remember losing my sanity when the first trailer had dropped last month, as we got the first glimpse of a lot of major characters including the oh-so-fabulous Genie. via GIPHY The new trailer, which arrived last night, finally showed us more than a glimpse of Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie and was almost a confirmation of how magnificent this movie is going to be. So, here are 10 moments from the new trailer that have only whetted my appetite for the movie: 1. Princess Jasmine In All Her Finery via GIPHY The trailer opens with Jasmine walking down the palace stairs with Rajah, her faithful pet tiger, right behind her. Yes, she is beautiful and looks very regal indeed, however, my only point of concern is that pink outfit. I know, I know, I should not compare it frame-by-frame with the original version, but I can't help it. The Jasmine I know wears blue and has long, flowing hair that can leave Rapunzel green with envy. But…let's see how it turns out. 2. Genie Transforming Aladdin Into Prince Ali via GIPHY Yup, our boy is ready to win the heart of his Princess, with a little help from his new blue friend. Oh, I can't wait to see the full-fledged scene once it hits the theatres. 3. Jasmine Not Looking Very Impressed With Prince Ali via GIPHY Well, Aladdin has successfully transformed into a Prince and is making his way to the royal palace to meet Jasmine, in an out-of-this-world procession. But is it enough? Our Princess doesn't really look that impressed here! 4. Genie Giving Some Serious Gyaan To Aladdin via GIPHY “I made you look like a Prince on the outside, I didn't change anything on the inside. Prince Ali got you to the door, but Aladdin has to open it.” Wow. I mean, I can see this gem of advice being totally applicable in all our lives as well. No matter how we transform from the outside, it's how we are from the inside that matters at the end of the day. 5. “Do You Trust Me?” via GIPHY AAAAAAA! I screamed so hard at this part. It was just like from the original version. Even the voice of Aladdin, played by Mena Massoud, sounds like the one from the animated movie. Now that's a good sign, folks! 6. Aladdin + Jasmine + Magic Carpet = A Whole New World! via GIPHY Sigh…I will not lie, I had tears in my eyes when I heard the first bars of this iconic song. Naomi Scott's (who is playing Jasmine) voice is incredible and Lord, I could also see myself singing this at the top of my voice in the movie halls. Also, did you see that Magic Carpet ride? 7. The Almost-Kiss On The Balcony via GIPHY Pretty sure we're gonna get to see the full smooch when the movie is out, but this was not bad either. The Magic Carpet giving a little nudge to Aladdin to help him make his move is just so incredible to look at. Can't wait to see more of the Carpet, we all know how crucial it is to the plot. 8. Jafar Or Iago Possibly Chasing Aladdin & Jasmine via GIPHY Not really sure who it is at this point, but we get a blink-and-miss shot of a giant red bird chasing our lovebirds, who are trying to escape on the Magic Carpet. Both the trailers, so far, have not really given us a better picture of the evil side of Jafar…who is like, the main antagonist of the movie. Here's hoping we get to see the evil wizard in all his diabolical glory soon.
  3. We just celebrated India's 70th Republic Day and while both patriotism and our pride seem to run equally high on that day, there's something to be said about the dormancy of this patriotism and pride throughout the rest of the year. As a nation, we are a bunch of highly passionate people tightly strung together by our sense of freedom, entitlement and notions of nationalism, that springs to life every time anything to do with the Armed Forces is mentioned, even in passing. © Indian Defence Review It's true that we don't get to see these superheroes live in action very often, but the few times that we got to witness their daredevilry and astute desire to serve the country, we felt nothing but awe mixed with respect, and an immense sense of pride for our warriors. But while such moments are few and far in between, we have the opportunity to witness the bedazzling spirit of our Siachen warriors before heading out for a rescue operation, as the entire unit comes together during the induction, responding to the war cry of 'how's the josh', which will give you major goosebumps! Vicky Kaushal's 'Uri' is touching newer heights literally. Won't you say? We feel strongly and almost fanatically about these men and women who dare to face death in their line of duty, and rightly so. After all, we owe so much of the life we're living to them. It is their sacrifice and selfless passion to serve the country and its people, that allows us to enjoy the kind of safe and fun life we lead, day after day. Salute to these warriors and their josh!
  4. Often considered the best player of his generation and regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo needs no introduction to football. The Portuguese has won 26 trophies in his career including five league titles, five UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship. For someone who has scored over 670 senior goals for club and country, it's not surprising at all to see Ronaldo boasting of a record-tying five Ballon d'Ors. Needless to say, Ronaldo has won almost everything there is in football. But, despite that, the 33-year-old is still hungry for more success - a trait that sets him apart from other footballers. It was his hunger to overcome financial adversities that saw him emerging from the Portuguese island of Madeira and taking over the football world with his impeccable skills. At a time when his arch-rival Lionel Messi was leading the Ballon d'Or race with four wins against Ronaldo's one, it was his hunger that pushed him to level the proceedings at five wins apiece. © Reuters And, as it turns out, that same hunger echoed inside the Real Madrid dressing room as Ronaldo delivered an inspirational speech to his teammates ahead of their UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool last season. History was on the line as Madrid aimed to become the first-ever football club to record three successive UCL title wins in Kiev. Seeking some encouragement and wisdom, Madrid turned to their talisman Ronaldo who told his teammates: "It's time to win, not to play". Urging his teammates to put everything on the line, Ronaldo added, "Let's run and fight, and then our quality will show." "It's worthy dying tonight to make history. We will be the first with three titles: play, win and make history. C'mon!," Ronaldo said in his motivational speech, which was caught in the recently-released documentary 'In the Heart of the Decimotercera' where Madrid re-lived another successful Champions League campaign. While Ronaldo couldn't get his name on the scoring-sheet, his words eventually inspired Los Blancos to a 3-1 win over Liverpool and allowed them to create history as the first club to win three consecutive Champions League titles. Savouring their historic win, Madrid were dealt with a big blow after Ronaldo dropped the bombshell about his desire to move away from Santiago Bernabeu right after their win in Kiev. Since then, Ronaldo has moved to Turin-based Juventus and is currently seen plying his trade in Italy, while Madrid saw Julen Lopetegui taking over the reins from Zinedine Zidane as their new manager.
  5. Remember the 'Jurassic Park' film series? It features an amusement park where extinct dinosaurs are genetically cloned and bred. If you thought the movie is too ahead of its time, think again. A university in Russia is gearing up for the opening of a Jurassic Park-style cloning facility for extinct animals. The new Jurassic Park style facility will be a 'world class paleo-genetic scientific hub' in the world's coldest city, Yakutsk. The project currently has a budget of almost US$ 6 million and the project further project details shall be made public at the 4th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia. © MovieMania Working together with the South Korean SOOAM Biotech Research Foundation, Russian scientists from the Northern-Eastern Federal University will reportedly study the DNA and genetics of several extinct species once native to the area. According to experts, the centre will aim "to study extinct animals from living cells and to restore such creatures as the woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, cave lion and breeds of long-gone horses". © North-Eastern Federal University Using tissue samples extracted from Siberian permafrost, the scientists seek to study animals that went extinct many thousands of years ago and, if possible, bring them back to life. The extremely low temperatures in the Siberian region have helped in preserving the soft tissue of animal remains and the DNA that the tissue cells contain. Though, extracting viable DNA would still be challenging as DNA tends to degrade over time. © Flickr Expert Dr Lena Grigorieva – who drafted plans for the centre – said: “There is no such unique material anywhere else in the world.” If the cloning and breeding are successful, there are plans for the species to roam free in Siberia's Pleistocene Park. The Yakutia district houses about 80 percent of the retrieved Pleistocene and Holocene animal samples. Even Harvard University geneticist Professor George Church might plan to inset woolly mammoth genes into an Asian elephant embryo by 2020. © Reuters Last year, scientists hit a gold mine of two perfectly preserved cave lion cubs that are reported to be 12,000 years old. As of now, there is no official date on when the lab and experiments shall commence from, but the Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to unveil the plan next week. Via: The Inquirer
  6. Drenched in patriotism, the new teaser of Akshay Kumar's 'Gold' is finally here, and it is giving everyone goosebumps and a surge of patriotism as well. Saying that we are impressed would be an understatement because by far, this is the best movie teaser we have seen this year. (c) Excel Entertainment With every movie, Akshay Kumar keeps setting the benchmark higher and this teaser only proves that he can give any actor a run for their money. If you haven't seen the teaser yet, get ready to feel a rush of emotions. 200-300cr bhokne wale aaj apne star k liye praise dhoondh rahe hai Akal aa hi gayi Nothing is more important & bigger than good work & respect. Proud to be @akshaykumar his fan Consistently giving good cinemað⤠#StandUpForGold — AkshayKumar Da FANð (@GurmeetSingh42) June 15, 2018 The teaser begins with a statement which says, "Please stand up for the national anthem". While most of us wait to hear the familiar strains of our National Anthem, it begins with the British anthem 'God Save The Queen' instead. First few seconds and we are already unsettled. The 54-second clip clearly sets the fact straight showing how for 200 years, Indians were being forced to stand for the British national anthem, taking us back to colonial India and the British oppression. (c) Excel Entertainment Soon we get a glimpse of Akshay Kumar and we just can't help but whistle. With a burning passion in his eyes, he is seen taking out the Indian national flag and that gives us an idea of his goal. The teaser then focuses on 'one man's dream' that 'made the British stand up for our anthem'. (c) Excel Entertainment Despite us already knowing the basic theme of the story, which is freedom from British oppression, there still is a sense of mystery as to how this one man will get the gold for India.. The teaser ends with "Vande Mataram” leaving us with millions of thoughts and unsaid emotions. (c) Excel Entertainment For those of you who don't know what 'Gold' is all about, it is the story of a Bengali hockey player, who wants to win a gold medal for India, during the British rule. Taking to Twitter Akshay Kumar shared the new teaser on the public's demand. Thank you everyone for all the love and support pouring in for the special unit of #Gold...sharing it here, on popular demand :) It's time to #StandUpForGold https://t.co/4rdAoS8Q7y@excelmovies @FarOutAkhtar @ritesh_sid @Roymouni @kagtireema — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 15, 2018 Since then, the clip has taken the internet by storm and people can't stop raving about it. Only actor who is breaking barriors with his each n every next film...ð¥#Baby#GabbarIsBack#Airlift#Rustom#JollyLLB2#ToiletEkPremKatha#PadMan Nd now #Gold... Matlab hadd hai yr...Khikhið But Im very proud to be your fan paji...@akshaykumar ð#StandUpForGold #GoldTeaser pic.twitter.com/ncOwvKi5ku — â§â¢Bhagchandâ¢â§ (@Bhagchand_Ak) June 15, 2018 That sure made me want to #StandUpForGold! Super stuff, @FarOutAkhtar, @akshaykumar, @kagtireema @ritesh_sid @excelmovies ðð https://t.co/4t7fFNTRCq — Diana Penty (@DianaPenty) June 15, 2018 200-300cr bhokne wale aaj apne star k liye praise dhoondh rahe hai Akal aa hi gayi Nothing is more important & bigger than good work & respect. Proud to be @akshaykumar his fan Consistently giving good cinemað⤠#StandUpForGold — AkshayKumar Da FANð (@GurmeetSingh42) June 15, 2018 Just saw the UNUSUAL & MIND-BLOWING teaser of #AkshayKumar 's #Gold #GoldTeaser! makes your heart swell with PRIDE! A perfect PATRIOTIC film releasing on perfect weekend of #IndependenceDay ! @akshaykumar @FarOutAkhtar @ritesh_sid @excelmovies @kagtireema @kapoorkkunal @Roymouni — Atul Mohan (@atulmohanhere) June 15, 2018 So patriotic It's teaser of the year or decade #StandUpForGold — à¤à¤­à¤¯ ðâ¬ï¸ (@iAbhayAwasthi) June 15, 2018 Its too emotional sirð­ð­#GoldTeaser — Mumin (@ImMumin) June 15, 2018 Aag lagayegi ye movie — Roshu AK â (@RoshanSinghAK) June 15, 2018 Teaser Dekhkar Scheme Gooosebumbs Aa Gya ð — ROMEOᴳᴼᴸᴰ (@imsamkhiladi) June 15, 2018 The teaser of #Gold is pure https://t.co/fpLFTynUQ4's all in the writing. Anything that u want 2 say has 2 b written well at the level of screenplay.Even a teaser can follow a graph that surprises...in a few montages u get to see the British n Nazi flags n our own Tiranga.Wah!! — Faridoon Shahryar (@iFaridoon) June 15, 2018 Just watched the trailer and I must say it's goosebumps experience for me.I would like to appreciate makers to come up with the innovative idea. Looking forward for the gold to hit silver screen. #GOLDTEASER — Vinay Prabhakar (@akkivinaya) June 15, 2018 If the teaser alone has managed to shake us to our very core, we can only wonder what the trailer has in store for us. Directed by Reema Kagti, the film traces the journey of a hockey player and talks about what it meant to be patriotic during the pre-independence era. This will also be TV actor Mouni Roy's Bollywood debut. (c) Excel Entertainment Earlier, it was being said that 'Gold' is a biopic on former hockey player Balbir Singh Sr. However, clearing the air, Producer Ritesh Sidhwani stated in an interview that, “It is not a biopic. It is a completely fictional story but it is set against a real backdrop between 1933-48 India about what the country was, the sports...about hockey. It is not based on any character.” Check out the teaser here and let us know what you think:
  7. Bethesda has announced a new game in the long-running 'Doom' series today at the E3 and it's called 'Doom Eternal'. The last reboot of 'Doom' came out in 2016 and it was a raging success. At the end of 'Doom', the Doom Slayer was banished back to Hell by Samuel Hayden, a cyborg with a boring name. The new game mostly takes place after the betrayal and takes the storyline forward. © Bethesda Softworks Bethesda said the new game will offer a “more powerful” Doom Slayer and “twice as many demons,” as the 2016 reboot of 'Doom'. The company also stated that it's saving all announcements about 'Doom Eternal' until QuakeCon, which takes place in August in Dallas. A brief teaser on YouTube shows a destroyed city, rife with the distinct demons of "DOOM," before the rage-filled supersoldier from the last game appears. He loads a shotgun, cocks it, and takes aim. The new game could be a new take on the original "DOOM 2: Hell on Earth," which was launched way back in 1994. "Doom is the product of a tradition as old as shooters, and while it's not the model to follow in every case, modern shooters could learn a thing or two from Doom's honed and unadulterated identity." executive producer Marty Stratton said at the conference. © Bethesda Softworks There's no release date, nor are there announced platforms for "DOOM Eternal" just yet. The original 'Doom' was first launched in 1993 and was basically a follow-up of 'Wolfenstein'. But, it had massively improved graphics and a new environment thanks to an all-new gaming engine. The plot has always been simple, demons have started an invasion and you need to kill them all. © YouTube This game was among the first to pioneer multiplayer gaming and is often regarded as the precursor to the modern day first person shooting games. 'Doom' was very influential as well and dozens of new first-person shooter titles appeared following its release, and they were often referred to as "Doom clones" rather than "first-person shooters". The first big wave of shooters followed 'Doom's release, with the developer helpfully licensing their engine to other companies. 'Doom 2' made levels bigger and added new monster types, as well as streamlining the game's multiplayer functionality over dial-up modems.
  8. Making a scary thriller in Bollywood can be a difficult task but one look at Karthik Subbaraj's 'Mercury' starring Prabhu Deva and we think makers are finally reaching that place. © Pen Movies The chilling teaser of 'Mercury' was dropped today and it was worth all the buzz. It is chilling, interesting and has the thrilling factor throughout. © Pen Movies So far the makers had kept everything under wraps, but now we have a fair idea of what the film is all about. © Pen Movies The opening scene starts with a tombstone that reads, "In the memory of 84 people died in this town due to Mercury poisoning 1992." #MERCURY - A silent thriller, My 4th feature film as writer-director is all set to Rise & am so excited to show it to you all... A No-Language film releasing in All languages on Friday the 13th April 2018... ð@PDdancing @Music_Santhosh @DOP_tirru@penmovies @stonebenchfilms pic.twitter.com/41jFamQEUF — karthik subbaraj (@karthiksubbaraj) February 15, 2018 Pretty interesting we must say, enough to grab your attention and make you look forward to the movie. The ace point of the trailer is the gory-looking Prabhu Deva who just stunned us with his new avatar. And full points to Santhosh Narayanan's background score that blends flawlessly with whatever's happening in the teaser and it just gets stuck in your head. © Pen Movies The film might be based on a real-life incident that took place in Kodaikanal where a whole neighbourhood was affected due to the dumping of Mercury by big corporate companies. © Pen Movies 'Mercury' looks like a unique take on the thriller genre and we totally look forward to the trailer. Watch the teaser now and tell us whether you loved Prabhu's new look just like we did.
  9. Mumbai was his city and Mumbaikars loved him. He was called the Tiger, and when he stood in the crowd, all people could shout was 'Balasaheb Thackeray zindabad'. If you have lived in Mumbai when Shiv Sena Supremo was alive, we don't need to tell you who he was. The man earned his name and despite not owning a political title or running for Chief Minister, he was no less than one. It all starts with the aerial view of Shivaji Park ground where you can see thousands of people gathered. The camera zooms from the back towards a man wearing his trademark shawl, folding his hands in front of his followers. And you just know that he is Shiva Sena's founder Bal Thackeray. But a closer glance and you realise the man on the screen is none other than Nawazuddin Siddiqui. © Thackeray The Film It's the uncanny resemblance between the two that takes you back and leaves you stunned. The teaser of much-awaited Bal Thackeray biopic, titled 'Thackeray', is out and we just can't get over it. Nawazuddin took to Twitter sharing the first look and wrote, “an honour and pride to portray the Real King of the Country on Screen (sic).” It's an honour and pride to portray the Real King of the Country on Screen. Here comes the TEASER of #Thackeray Hearty Thanx to Shri @uddhavthackeray Sir, Shri @rautsanjay61, Shri @SrBachchan Sir and Abhijit Pansehttps://t.co/cYHRUkdJEu — Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) December 21, 2017 The black and white video keeps you hooked from the start of the frame, you just can't over the hysterical crowd chanting Balsaheb's name and when the camera pans on Thackeray turning into a colour frame, all you feel is goosebumps. © Thackeray The Film Written and produced by Rajya Sabha MP and Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut, the teaser was launched by Amitabh Bachchan, who has himself portrayed Bal in 'Sarkar', and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Playing Bal Thackeray ain't no game. There are emotions and sentiments connected to this man's story and we can't help but agree that no one could have done it better than Nawaz.
  10. When we talk of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, we talk about how brilliant an actor he is. We talk about how he comes from a humble background and once worked as a watchman while struggling as an actor. What we don't know is how he faced an acute sense of rejection at every step and the ordeal became so insufferable that he began to believe death was close. Nawazuddin's life is as dramatic and inspirational as a cinematic story rolling on a 70mm screen. A simple village boy whose mother had to pawn her jewellery to make him go to college, arrives in Mumbai to make it big and he does. It makes you feel good about life and gives you hope. But it's not as simple as that. When you go through the story holding his hand and see every struggle, you realise success is not a reward, it's what keeps you alive. © BCCL In his memoir 'An Ordinary Life', Nawazuddin pens down his story (along with co-author Rituparna Chatterjee) and it's a tale of sweat, blood and tears. A quiet village in Budhana, Uttar Pradesh, a family of 9 children and a meager income – it was as ordinary a life in rural India as can be. In a place where making ends meet is an everyday priority and where discrimination is inherited, dreams often go only as far as getting a college degree and a job. But Nawazuddin, even though deeply grounded in his reality, never shied away from ambition. © Facebook/Nawazuddin Siddiqui One particular incident proved life-changing for him. When he was merely 12, he took up a summer job as an assistent in a chemist shop. His heart was not in the job and he was subject to a lot of humiliation from his boss. That day the 12-year-old boy learnt a lesson that would stay with him forever. “I realized that I might not be good at doing this particular thing, but this was not the only thing in the world,” he writes in his biography. © Facebook/Nawazuddin Siddiqui There are certain moments in life when we realise we are not going to give up. This was one of them for Nawazuddin. But tinsel town is capable of breaking the strongest of spirits. Years later, he was to experience the hardest phase of his life. As a struggling actor in Mumbai, Nawazuddin had reached the farthest point of his endurance. No work, no money, no love. Having spent years mastering acting at Bhartendu Natya Academy and National School of Drama, he found himself begging for work. The fact that he was dark and skinny ensured he got roles that stereotyped him into being a nobody. “I was getting rejected from all corners. Women rejected me. Bare necessities like food rejected me. Between 2005 and 2007, I was secretly homeless. I would sleep at one friend's house, have breakfast at another friend's, lunch at yet another friend's house.” © Anurag Kashyap Films Nawaz was at a point where he had no money for food and went days without eating. When they ask you how badly you want something, it is this. Nawaz had the option of giving up, of returning home or finding a 9-to-6 job and live a life of no ambition. He was at a point where he was so wasted he was sure he was going to die. Famished to the point that his bones stuck out from his flesh, Nawaz was consumed by a belief that death was round the corner. This is how it'd end, he thought. This is how the curtain would fall on his story. “I was so weak that I fainted out of hunger on the streets […] I felt that I would die soon. […] So I stayed out of the house all the time. I watched every little mundane detail with great interest so that I would have no regrets left that I had not seen stuff. Streetlights, buildings, buses and all kinds of banalities.” © Facebook/Nawazuddin Siddiqui In the book, he talks about how he would drop by at his friends' houses unannounced at lunch time, hoping people would offer him food. Penniless, homeless, jobless, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was waiting for a miracle. He reveals he did not have enough money to afford an auto to his friend's place at Yari Road and he'd walk the stretch in the muggy Mumbai afternoons just to get a morsel of food. Back in his hometown, his wealthy Zamindar grandfather, in his heyday and much before Nawaz was born, would donate land the size of Yari Road on a whim. The contrast of what could have been and what was his life was huge. And yet, he did not return home. When you want success as badly as your dear life, you can be sure you'd succeed. He stayed in the city that showed him the worst phase of his life, and he kept moving. His was the story of thousands of aspiring actors who come to Mumbai every year, only to have their back broken with the industry's relentless impenetrable exterior. Some gave up and returned, some gave in and compromised, some persisted and got spent. Nawazuddin Siddiqui went on. © Anurag Kashyap Films With constant rejection, both from his profession and from women around him, Nawazuddin decided to focus on his work. Success finally came but Nawaz had seen enough of life to be swayed by it. Despite the huge amount of critical acclaim of his work, he remains humble and is quick to admit to his fallacies. Talking about the role that he catapulted him to fame, that of Faisal Khan in 'Gangs of Wasseypur', he reveals he had almost messed it up. “Many think that I delivered an astounding performance in 'Gangs of Wasseypur'. But the truth is that I had almost ruined the character of Faisal Khan—by trying too hard, way too hard to exude power, because, well, isn't a gangster supposed to be powerful? Should he not display power to invoke fear wherever he goes? 'No way, Nawaz!' Anurag quipped. 'Just calm down. You are a gangster. They are already afraid of you, dude. You don't need to do anything.'” Nawazuddin Siddiqui's success was not accidental, it was a long hard journey to brilliance. One that took sweat, blood and tears. His very humble background helped him stay in touch with reality and portray roles with a realism that comes from living them firsthand. In the end, life has come full circle and his talent has found due credit.
  11. Our earliest memory of mousetraps is probably from the cartoon series ‘Tom & Jerry’. One thing we know for sure is that those damn things are terribly painful. God forbid you find yourself at the snapping end of a mousetrap. But Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy, also known as the Slow Mo guys on Youtube, deliberately walked into thousands of mousetraps just to bring you this footage. They laid down a thousand mousetraps on a trampoline, after which Daniel jumped in on them from a height. The entire dare was captured on camera and in slow-motion. Never knew we’d derive so much pleasure out of someone’s pain. Quite close: Too painful a sight? Here, watch something nice and silly:
  12. Today, living with a Muslim identity brings with it a whole set of complications. From being discriminated against to facing prejudices in India and abroad, Muslims have often been put through litmus tests to prove their loyalty. Indian Muslims are as much Indian as Indian Hindus, but they are often still viewed with suspicion and distrust. Terrorism affects everybody, irrespective of religion or race, but it also alienates Muslims all over the world. © Youtube_Kommune India This poem titled ‘Hindustani Musalmaan’ by Hussain Haidry is a powerful reminder of how every Hindustani Muslim is as much Indian than anyone else. Our cuisines, rituals, gods and customs might be different, but at the end of the day, we are breathing the same air, getting stuck in the same traffic, laughing at the same jokes on television, crying at the same moments in the movie halls, and slogging in the same job. Performing at Kommune India, which is a storytelling platform started by Ankur Tiwari, Gaurav Kapoor and Roshan Abbas, Haidry—who is a lyricist-screenwriter by choice and CA-MBA by qualification— makes a hard-hitting point.
  13. David Blaine is one of the most talented magicians and illusionists in the world right now. From his crazy high-endurance acts to his street magic, the guy has been making jaws drop for a long time. This 1993 video of Blaine on ‘The Jon Stewart Show’, hammering a nail into his nose like nobody’s business is the most mind f*cking thing you’ll see today. Caution: Do not try this at home. You are not David Blaine.
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