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  1. Ravichandran Ashwin has been one of the best red-ball cricketers of the Indian cricket team in quite some time now. His prowess with both the ball and the bat in the longest format of the game is well-known all over the world. However, he has also made a few enemies along the way because of his adamancy to âmankadâ, those who try to take advantage of the rules of cricket. However, it turns out that the cricketer had begun to intimidate his opponents from his days as a teenager, back when he didnât wear the Team India whites but treated a tennis-ball match as significantly as a Test against Australia. As a guest on the inaugural episode of the show Spicy Pitch, Ashwin relived the time when he was on his way to attend the final match of a tennis-ball tournament when he was abducted by the opposing team members. "My friend had the habit of getting me to play tennis ball tournaments, my dad clearly didn't like it. He doesn't appreciate me playing on the roads as well. So one of those days we were supposed to play a final and we have this culture of sort of people priding themselves on winning a competition like that. As I was about to leave, there were four or five guys who came in Royal Enfields - properly muscular and big,â he said. âThey picked me up and said come we've got to go. I asked 'who?' and they said 'you're playing the match here, right? We've come to pick you up. I was like wow they've arranged for a pick-up, and it feels great. I mean Royal Enfield... what happened is I sat behind one person and another person sat right behind me, as if I was going to get off and go. I was properly sandwiched between both of them," Ashwin revealed. © Reuters "I must've been about 14 or 15. They took me to a posh tea stall. A tea shop is a big culture thing in Chennai. Next to all the grounds, there is a tea shop which has got those benches and all that. They made me sit there, ordered bajjis and vadas and all that, and said 'have, have, don't be afraid, we're here to help you out'. It was around 3:30-4:00 PM and I said the match is going to start, let's go. So they said, 'no, no, we're actually from the opposition, we wanted to stop you from playing. If you go and play we'll make sure your fingers are not there," Ashwin added. The cricketer then went on to explain that he gave the abductors the faith that he will not play in the final match and just wanted to go back home to his family. The opponents were convinced and dropped him back to where they picked him up from. And thatâs how a wise Ravichandran Ashwin got to keep his fingers and went on to play for his country. View the full article
  2. India is a diverse country, yes, agreed, but even amidst that diversity, culturally we're very different. While some of us follow age-old traditions and cultures, some welcome the influence of new cultures into our space, to inculcate different ideologies, schools of thoughts and interests. Sometimes, I believe culture releases us from the shackles we bind ourselves in everyday life and everyone should definitely explore a new culture whenever they get a chance to. © Redbull India's democratisation and diversity help people chose what they willingly like to follow. Be it music, food, aesthetics, religions or any form of art, we're very welcoming of whatever enriches us and helps us grow. Recently, we saw this very shift when we realised a thriving rap society exists within our realms. Of course, rap is a borrowed culture, but many young people, especially belonging to the lower-income groups have taken to this culture like a storm. The movement started a few years ago, when expressing their pain and grief through music, especially rap became a norm. Artists like Bohemia, Naezy, Divine and even Raftar became an inspiration for a lot of street-culture in India. The term Gully Rap recorded prominence and every other boy and girl from the streets started writing raps, indulging in this culture. © Livemint After Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy hit the screens, everyone was familiar with the cultural perception of Rap. But little did they know, the entire movement had already begun almost a decade ago, when the Hip-Hop clout hit hard, with rap battles, dance moves and the B-Boying/Breaking culture already slaying it. After the Bronx, many cities in India adopted it as street culture and now when it's ripe for intervention, everyone wants a piece of it! What Is The Indian Hip-Hop Culture? After Bohemia (who technically doesn't really stay in India) in the 90s, India got its first taste of Hip-Hop in the early 90s. Remember when Baba Sehgal dropped some beats with his crazy rap? I am sure you've heard Thanda Thanda Paani. While the 90s were all about pop, Hip-Hop did make a place for itself. Artists like Jay-Z, Tupac and Dre did give us enough creative license to create the music we would feel most comfortable in. While Hip-Hop started giving rise to many artists here, it was the boys from the streets who were hooked on to it the most. A huge community began to grow and it hasn't stopped growing since. From movement to expression through music, Hip Hop culture in India is as tangible as possible, today. © BCCI Today, Hip-Hop consists of traditional four elements- Breaking (also known as B-Boying, writing (graffiti), MCing (rap) and DJing. All these elements have picked up pace in India and the newest one to form a complete wave is 'Breaking', where B-Boys and B-Girls are actively participating, from all over the country. The Breaking Wave Up until recently, I didn't know breaking aka b-boying was such a hit with the Indian youth. Break Dancing or Breaking is a style of street dancing that originated in New York city primarily within the African American community, during the early 70s. The dance caught on like fire in a haystack and spread rapidly all over globally, especially in countries like England, Russia, Japan, Canada and lots of countries in Europe. While we may imagine B-Boying to be a primitive style of its own, its origins certainly lie within the Hip-Hop culture that was rapidly emerging throughout the world. Although there is a stark difference between Breaking or B-Boying and Hip Hop dancing. © Redbull/BC/One Under the Hip-Hop movement Breaking is taking a stagnant point of focus. It's a dance, yes, but it's an expression of the body than the usual Hip-Hop dance you've been seeing since the 70s. Breaking is coordinating your body to understand the beats and the rhythm and make a desirable flow that'll keep the movement intact. People usually choose Hip-Hop music to breakdance on, along with funk music, especially breakbeats. But the modern trends allow artists to experiment and move on to music along with certain ranges tempo and beat patterns. Currently, the dance consists of four kinds of movements: top rock, down rock, power moves and freezes. B-Boys & B-Girls In India There are phenomenal B-boys and girls in India, who're aiming to introduce this culture in complete solidarity to our Indian audience. Just recently Redbull organised an international Breaking competition in India called 'Redbull BC One' and people from all parts of the globe came to participate. What stunned me the most was the Indian Breaking community that was pouring out of every corner of Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi, to support the Indian participants in the competition. Usually, the B-Boying crowd in India emerges from the street since its street culture in every country. Boys and girls, men and women alike, are living in compromised spaces in the city, take to street culture a little more rapidly because it's the best form of expression they have. Expressing their discontent, their freedom to move freely and their lives in monochromatic and black and whites, they develop and improvise on Breaking movements that are already a big hit in the West. © Redbull/BC/One I happened to find my way to witness the Breaking Competition held in Mumbai on the 9th of November and it left me feeling super proud to be part of such a tangible and amicable culture. Of course, B-Boying is a borrowed culture, but to understand what it means and develop an identity around it and move rhythmically only showed me how Indian B-Boys and Girls really think about their own will to express. "I feel really happy participating in India from this stage. No Indian has ever gone on this stage before. It's like opening the door for the Indian community to participate in such competition in the future. So I feel proud and excited to be the first guy to make it to the finals in this competition" -said B-Boy Flying Machine, aka Arif, in an interview with MensXP. Flying Machine is the only Indian male participants who participated in the RedBull BC One competition, held in Mumbai. © MensXP When asked if there is a difference in training B-Boys in India, as compared to the B-Boys in the west and the East, Flying Machine said: "Approach is different and so it the way to train oneself. For myself, I thought I had to go hard and evolve my moves and my style for this competition. So it depends on what you want to see yourself doing. Everyone has a different way to prep up and learn and all my moves are originals and not taken from anywhere" One common factor that both, B-Boys and the girls are grateful for while practising this form of dance, is the fact that it boosts a lot of confidence. If you've seen the movements, they're tough, they take time through practice and patience to come through and while the community practices 16 hours a day, sometimes, even more, it also gives them the courage they need to freely dance without any inhibitions. © Redbull/BC/One "I got my own identify after Breaking. I got a little more creative and a lot more confident. I didn't know I had this side to me and I started exploring it. Being an introvert really doesn't serve any purpose. I was an introvert but when I began my career in Breaking I started changing my style to suit my behaviour. I used to be an introvert while dancing too, but when I started competing and getting better, I started building more confidence through my dance" - said Flying Machine. While the boys are all set with their communities, practising for hours together, the girls aren't far behind, Even though the B-Girl community is not as flooded or developed as the B-Boys community in India, the girls who're practising are doing it rather well. We also met the only girl participant from India, B-Girl Jo, who is from Bangalore and it was certainly a thrill talking to her. "I don't think women are physically weaker than men. It all boils down to practice and endurance, at the end of the day. You have to know your body. Women can build the same amount of body awareness as a man and that's what really matters. For example, how many times you get injured in a year, will really affect your athletic performance. This is what's not out there so much and that's where we can open up as a community" said B-Girl Jo in an interview with MensXP. © MensXP When asked if it's difficult for girls in India to get into Breaking as a dance form, she said "I grew up with a 'break the stereotype' sticker in my room, and I really stand for women empowerment and it's what drives me. From my point of view, as a country, we have a long way to go to open up spaces for women, even within our local and national Breaking scene. I am very aware of the struggles they face, even in terms of family. I try to break stereotypes through example. I want to push boundaries through competitions, endurance and of course imparting my knowledge to girls who want to learn, all across the country" Even though B-Girl Jo didn't make it to the finals, she made a special place in our hearts with her dedication to incorporate elements of soft power within our cities and its culture. © Redbull/BC/One While the street scene in India for Hip-Hop, rap and Breaking culture is still ripe, many International competitions are taking place, encouraging Indian youth to participate wholeheartedly. Redbull's BC One finals is a fine example of that and we hope the society grows stronger and more affluent in years to come. View the full article
  3. Sachin Tendulkar, synonymously called 'the God of cricket' for most Indians who love the sport, is known to have ruled the playing fields at all times simply with his presence. Often called the 'Masterblaster', Sachin slayed the opponent teams in hundreds of matches with a swipe of hit bat. When Sachin called it quits on cricket, Indian cricket fans lost its crowning glory and no other player (though we have real talented players in the team ATM) has been able to completely fill the vacuum he left behind since his retirement in 2013. © Twitter But when we talk about child prodigies just like Sachin, and especially in the field of cricket, we can't help but talk about this latest phenomenon that's gripped cricket enthusiasts who are not averse to cricket and entertainment going hand-in-hand. 'Selection Day' which was released on Netflix at the end of last year, was something that cricket lovers took to instantly, like a moth to a flame. © Netflix For the uninitiated, 'Selection Day' follows the story of two brothers, Radha and Manju, who are trained by their cricket obsessed father to become India's next-gen pair of greatest crickets. After decimating every team in and around their villages, they are brought to Mumbai to try their luck in domestic leagues. The last episode of Season 1 ended with the brothers facing life-changing situations and with 113 days left to selection day. Now, while we know that Sachin has constantly been associated to the cricket scene in India one way or the other, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that he recently got together with two leading actors from the Netflix show, as well as former West Indies skipper Brian Lara, for a gully cricket match! © Netflix By his own admission, Sachin shares that “I don't even remember when I played my last gully cricket match. It was probably a long time ago in Sahitya Sahawas in Bandra East where I grew up.” The video is fun to watch and we can see Sachin and Brian share some valuable insights with Radha and Javed from the Netflix show. © Netflix As for Brian Lara, he gives some precious lessons on following one's passion in whatever we one to do, and seeing it through in all sincerity. And Sachin has only one thing to add to that, “Let the journey begin from the heart”, he says. Catch all the action in this video.
  4. Currently sitting at the fourth place on the Indian Premier League's points table, the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals announced the inception of their very first season of 'gully cricket' championship which will take place between 13th April and 5th May 2019. In what is expected to be one of Delhi NCR's biggest tennis ball cricket tournaments, the Delhi Capitals Gully Cricket Championship is scheduled across 127 matches through the month and will be spread across eight zones and will be played in eight different venues across the city. With a total of 96 teams and more than 860 cricketing fans from in and around the capital taking part in the contest, each team must go through at least 11 games in the Zonal Round in order to then qualify for the City Finals. Dilliwalon, thank you for such an amazing response to the ultimate open tennis ball tournament! *Registrations are now closed* Kaun banega @DaikinIndia Gully Cricket ka asli champion? Ho jaao taiyyaar, ab aayega mazza!#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/kCybeC6NMi — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 10, 2019 "Delhi Capitals is proud to bring back the concept of gully cricket to the streets of the city. Gully cricket is something that all cricket fans and players enjoy participating in, and with this initiative, Delhi Capitals wants to bring back the gully cricket culture to the streets of New Delhi,” said Dhiraj Malhotra, CEO, Delhi Capitals. The total number of players per squad is 9 which includes seven active players and two substitutes who are allowed to replace players only as fielders but not as a batsman or a bowler. One player from every team is allowed to bowl three overs, upon the discretion of the team while all the others can deliver only two overs per innings. However, the most exciting aspect of the game is that of a 'Power-Over' during which the batting team is allowed to double the runs scored. The twist is that if a wicket falls during the Power-Over, it will also lead to five runs being deducted from the batting side's total. Intezaar hua khatam â Let the games begin Here's the complete schedule of our @DaikinIndia Gully Cricket Championship. Stay tuned with us for all the updates! Note - All teams are requested to report 45 minutes before their match timings.#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/WJN4Quynu1 — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 12, 2019 While the idea of a franchise as big as Delhi Capitals organising a grassroot-level competition is commendable in itself, these small alterations to the rules of the game make it that much more exciting and fun.
  5. From a street-smart lad Bittoo Sharma to the ruthless tyrant Alauddin Khilji; from a corrupt officer-turned-hero Sangram 'Simmba' Bhalerao to a talented street rapper Murad trying to make it big in the world; Ranveer Singh has proved his versatility and mettle with every character he has played. Now, the actor is gearing up to play another challenging role of his career, i.e. getting into the shoes of Kapil Dev for his upcoming movie '83. And when the real-life and reel-life superstars come together on stage, can there be anything else one can possibly ask for? Instagram On days when Ranveer Singh is not taking the world by storm with his performance, he is doing so with his questionable (yet widely appreciated) taste in fashion. So, winning a style icon award is not something unusual or surprising. But, what's interesting is the fact that Ranveer received the award from none other than Kapil Dev, the guy he will soon play on the big screen. In fact, as Ranveer came to collect his award, he even imitated the bowling action of 'The Haryana Hurricane' and then hugged him. Instagram Reportedly, he said "Abhi to party shuru hui hai, Mic mere haath mei aaya hai. I feel amazing accepting award from the legend, Kapil Dev. How am I going to look this handsome, he is the next character I am playing. I am hoping to make him proud." View this post on Instagram Two crazy people on stage in #htmoststylish ðð . #ranveersingh #akshaykumar #deepikapadukone #htmoststylish #loveyou #baba #kingofhearts #deepveeraddict #keepmyinsta2019 A post shared by Ranveer Singh Fc (@ranveeriansfc_) on Mar 29, 2019 at 9:53pm PDT Given both 'Simmba' and 'Gully Boy' were two of the biggest hits, people have huge expectations from '83 too. During the award show, Ranveer even gave a *not so* useful advice to the newlyweds, which actor Akshay Kumar was clearly not satisfied with. He said, "Jo tumne kiya hai, bohot sahi kiya hai. Mubarak ho, you have made the right choice in life." View this post on Instagram Whatta fun moment on stage with @akshaykumar paaji, @ranveersingh and @aparshakti_khurana #HTmostStylish A post shared by Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) on Mar 29, 2019 at 1:03pm PDT The award show was held in Mumbai and was attended by actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna, Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurrana and Taapsee Pannu among others. Ranveer's wife Deepika Padukone couldn't attend the show since she's busy shooting for her next movie 'Chhapaak'.
  6. The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is currently in full flow, bringing some of the biggest names in cricket to represent eight cities in the country. Six games into the tournament, this season has already produced some of the blistering knocks, match-winning spells and electric fielding efforts. But, while the players are busy enthralling fans, the prominent cricket commentators and experts are also adding to fervour this season. Amongst them, Kevin Pietersen seems to be making the most of his time in India while carrying out responsibilities of commentating and match analysis in the ongoing edition. Away from cricket stadium, the former England batsman finally got to fulfil his wish of playing 'Gully Cricket' on the streets of India. The 38-year-old was recently travelling when he saw some kids playing cricket on the road. While he might have called time on his playing career, Pietersen couldn't stop himself from picking the bat and smashing the ball far and long. Just stopped on the side of the road to play gulley cricket in Bangalore. Always wanted to do it! Today I did it! â¤ï¸ðð pic.twitter.com/7HTLgIAd8Q — Kevin Pietersenð¦ (@KP24) March 28, 2019 Pietersen shared a picture and brief video of himself with the cricket fans on Twitter where he was seen playing cricket with the kids in Bengaluru. "Just stopped on the side of the road to play gully cricket in Bangalore. Always wanted to do it! Today I did it!" he tweeted with a picture alongside the kids. I wasn't very good...! ð #GullyCricket pic.twitter.com/IrYY63PonJ — Kevin Pietersenð¦ (@KP24) March 28, 2019 Before taking up the commentary role, Pietersen had enthralled cricket fans with his batting while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Delhi Daredevils (now, Delhi Capitals) and the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant. He was involved in the IPL as a player for eight years (from 2009 to 2016) before pulling out of the 2017 edition due to a packed schedule.
  7. Gully Boy 2019 Latest Indian Movie Gully Boy 2019 Hindi Movie PreDVD 480p 400MB IMDB: 8.1/10 || Size: 406MB || Language: Hindi(Clean Audio) Genre: Drama, Music Quality: 480p PreDVD New Content added Less than in a minutes & merged.
  8. Zain & Shantanu just had to review Gully Boy this week. Is the movie worth your money? This is the only review you need to watch to figure it out.
  9. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in India, which was passed in 2016, has come under grave scrutiny and protests in the North-East, especially in Assam and Meghalaya. The bill claims to be 'politically motivated' in these regions and has been termed 'anti-Assam' by BJP ally Asom Gana Parishad and has also been cruised by other regional parties. (c)Twitter The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 was formulated by the government in order to change the deification of illegal immigrants in the country. The bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in July 2016, seeks to amend the citizenship act of 1955, to provide citizenship to illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who're either Hindu, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists or Parsis. The bill also aims to reduce the amount of time for staying in India to become a citizen in the first place. So, instead of 11 years, a minimum of 6 years of staying in the country would be required, if the bill is passed. (c)Twitter Following the new amendment made to the bill, Assam and Meghalaya reacted to it in a grim manner saying the move would make Assam a dumping ground for all Bangladeshi Hindus. The BJP coalition partner have threatened to cut ties with the party if the bill is passed as the locals believe it will affect the cultural identity and linguistics of the indigenous people of the state. Assam since then has been on protest on the passing of the bill as they believe the long standing concern over the issues of refugees is not going to be put to rest if the bill is in action. (c)Twitter The younger folks in the states have been very upfront about the government's agenda and have questioned it time and again. The ferociousness of their honesty is met with little or no answers so far. A few days ago a young 19-year-old boy Rahul Rajkhowa took to YouTube and posted a rap protesting the bill. The rapper adds, that while the government cannot even help rescue 15 miners stuck in an illegal coal mine, they're hell-bent on helping people from foreign countries based on their religion. The rap ends with the line "...and your agenda for progress is fake" and leaves us gutted with what young people from the North-Eastern states feel at the arms of apathy and agenda pushing. Watch the video here: (c)Twitter While the protests still continue against the BJP-led government in Assam over this bill, with All Assam Student Union (AASU) waving their black flags at the CM Sarbananda Sonwal, we're not sure what the end result might be. We just hope the government realises the fallacies and problematic situations that may arise with the bill in action and take a relevant step towards ensuring uniformity and peace in the region, instead.
  10. With just three more weeks to go before Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt starrer 'Gully Boy' hits the screens, the movie has gone full throttle with its promotions. Right from poster releases, to teaser and trailer launches, press meets and now, the launch of the much-awaited recreation of Divine and Naezy's 2015 superhit street-anthem 'Mere Gali Mein' - the film is on a roll when it comes to keeping the audience craving for more. The recreated version of 'Mere Gali Mein' starring Ranveer Singh and Siddhant Chaturvedi, from 'Gully Boy' was released just a while ago, and this recreation is legit awesome. Still as raw and honest as the original viral song, starring Bombay-street rappers Divine and Naezy, the visualisation of the track will take you back down the memory lanes. Ranveer Singh seems to be one with his character, and it doesn't seem like he isn't a backstreet boy from the bylanes of Dharavi. View this post on Instagram Wolfpack ðº@vivianakadivine @naezythebaa #gullyboy A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jan 17, 2019 at 8:03am PST Director Zoya Akhtar seems to have done an amazing job at creating a movie inspired by the life story and achievements of rappers Divine and Naezy, which also depicts the lives of upcoming hip-hop singers and rappers in Mumbai at large. View this post on Instagram #MereGullyMein out tomorrow â ï¸ðð§ . @ritesh_sid @zoieakhtar @faroutakhtar #TigerBaby @aliaabhatt @zeemusiccompany @siddhantchaturvedi @kalkikanmani @reemakagti1 @vivianakadivine @naezythebaa @ankurtewari @sezonthebeat #GullyBoy A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jan 21, 2019 at 8:35am PST The movie is all set to release on 14th February, Valentine's Day, this year. But for now, we are more than happy to watch this video on repeat and marvel over how creatively and authentically 'Mere Gali Mein' has been created by the makers and actors of 'Gully Boy' in the film. We are more than sure that both Divine and Naezy would be extremely proud of this rendition of the song, which completely changed their lives.
  11. We've heard the wise say that life is unpredictable, but what they did not tell us was that this isn't just true about our life's final moments, but can even be applied to the most mind-blowing moments we live to experience in life. © Instagram This is the reason why every philosopher tells us to live in the moment and make the most of it. While we are busy tapping on our phones, clicking selfies or bending our fingers on a laptop at work, there are people who are taking this advice seriously and charging ahead with their hearts set on doing the right thing, by doing what they do best. This is the story about one of India's raging superstars, rapper Divine aka Vivian Fernandes from Mumbai who went from being a backstreet “gully” performer to a world-class rapper with an ardent fan following both in India and abroad. © Instagram His journey from being Vivian to Divine is a testimony that luck shines on those who dare to follow their heart and work hard. His rise to fame is nothing short of magnificent with his videos crossing the million mark within 24-hours of releasing. His songs are tales from the streets of Mumbai and range from satirical, autobiographical confessionals to rage anthem for an entire generation, that can instantly relate to the realities presented through his lyrics that talk about the city, its people and numerous other societal elements such as corruption and poverty. © Instagram Here is a 17-point guide to Divine's rise from being an underground rapper to an international performer. 1. Born Vivian Fernandes, Divine is a resident of JB Nagar in Andheri East. He had an abusive father who abandoned them due to which his mother moved to the Gulf to feed the family. He and his elder brother have been brought up by their grandmother. 2. He is a product of St. John Evangelist High School, Marol and RD National College. During his formative years as an aspiring artist, he used to play 'fillers' during college shows. © Instagram 3. Divine got hooked to the music created by Eminem and 50 Cent when a friend once gave him a CD. Inspired, he would labour over verses for hours after school. 4. His stage name is inspired by the peace he felt during his visits to the church in Marol with his grandmother. The Indian Express once quoted him, “when I began to rap, I called myself DIVINE. No other name came to mind”. 5. He started out as an underground rapper in 2011 and was a part of a hip-hop crew called Mumbai's Finest. © Instagram He became popular with his home-made YouTube video 'Yeh Mera Bombay', shot on the streets of his gully, in 2013. The video broke new grounds and received the best video of the year award from Rolling Stone India in 2014. 6. Mainstream success finally knocked on his door in 2015 when social media blew up following his collab with another Mumbai-based rapper Naezy for a track they composed together called 'Mere Gully Mein'. 7. In 2016, Divine launched his solo single 'Jungli Sher' which is a defiant anthem about growing up a broken family with limited means. The video became an instant hit on social media. © Instagram 8. He collaborated with DJ Nucleya in 'Jungle Raja' on Nucleya's album 'Bass Rani'. The track 'Jungle Raja' won 'Best EDM Track Of The Year' 2015 at the GIMA Awards. 9. Divine caught Sony Music India's attention during the Blue Frog Festival in 2014 and went on to launch his smashing debut single 'Jungli Sher' under Sony. 10. On 16 February 2017 he released his second single 'Farak' that topped the Indipop chart on iTunes India and collaborated with numerous artists such as Deep Jandu and Gangis Khas for ' Daru Daru' and India-American rapper and songwriter Raja Kumari for 'City Slums'. © Instagram 11. His big Bollywood debut came with the song 'Paintra' in collaboration with Nucleya, for the movie 'Mukkabaaz' that released on 1 December 2017. 12. January 2018 saw Divine's remix of Lil Pump's 'Gucci Gang' go viral. In March he collaborated with singer and music director Amit Trivedi for Irrfan Khan starrer 'Blackmail' on the song 'Badla'. 13. Amongst the many highs Divine has seen so far in 2018, the most special would be the release of his first single 'One Side' from his debut EP through his own label Gully Gang Records. © Instagram 14. The next big thing for the star was producing the soundtrack for 'Sacred Games' called 'Kaam-25' along with music producer Phenom. 15. Divine is one of the very rare rappers who has performed with a complete band featuring names like Randolph Correia, Jai Row Kavi and The Spindoctor, with between 5,000 and 15,000 people in attendance. 16. He was the first Hindi rapper to appear on BBC Asian Network's 'Fire in the Booth' with British DJ Charlie Sloth. © Instagram 17. Inspired by his life story and achievements, Zoya Akhtar decided to make a movie on the lives of upcoming hip-hop singer and rappers in Mumbai. The film called 'Gully Boy' is set to release on 14th February 2019 with Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead. Bhai @ranveersingh slaying Jungli sher like a boss! ð¥ð¯â¤ï¸ðð½#GullyGang #Guttaflow #GullyBoy #VoiceOfTheStreets A post shared by D I V I N E (GULLYGANG) (@vivianakadivine) on Sep 7, 2017 at 5:48am PDT There, we laid it all out for you but there still remains one detail about the rapper that we haven't shared with you. © Instagram Even after attaining so much success and fame, Divine is a humble and rooted guy who won't miss a call from his mother under any circumstance. Why? Because he says, “ My mother's love means the world to me, so I often bring it up in my music.”
  12. Imagine you are watching 'Game Of Thrones' and suddenly Daenerys Targaryen aka Emilia Clarke walks up to you and starts watching the show with you? Well, unless you're some hotshot celebrity yourself, that's not happening even in our wildest dreams. But, the so-called 'wild dreams' came true for these boys who were playing cricket on the streets of Mumbai, when the 'God of Indian Cricket', Sachin Tendulkar got down from his car to play cricket with them. The video was initially posted by Tendulkar's old buddy Vinod Kambli, who wrote, “Master Blaster good to see you enjoying like old times.” © Twitter While Tendulkar was visibly happy playing gully cricket, we wonder if he followed the 'sacred' rules of gully cricket which NOBODY can dare to break in India. Did the boys play him a 'baby over' or a 'lollipop'? Did the boys ask him to get the ball back from Sharma Aunty's house? Or was it a 'one tip one hand out' for him? Don't scratch your heads looking for answers, you can check out the video. @sachin_rt. Master Blaster good to See you enjoying like Old times ððð pic.twitter.com/9I96AcfKfG — VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) April 16, 2018 Sachin Tendulkar, the man who is currently busy with Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018, has made centuries in some of the greatest pitches in the world, relived his gully cricket days by playing with a bunch of kids, near a Metro construction site. He was crossing Bandra, when he saw the boys playing, so he stepped out of his car to show off his batting skills. Probably, this humility is what separates a legend or should we say god from common mortal beings.
  13. Almost a year before the release of 'Gully Boy', Ranveer Singh is already in the avatar he's set to play onscreen. Lately, instead of going a little bizarre with his style, the actor's been sticking to being a representative of his upcoming release, that exemplifies the spirit of the talent found in the gullies (read: streets) of India, including rappers, graffiti artists and such kind of artistic mania. For a while now, he's clearly been taking the graphic/ solid-colored T-shirt route and wearing casual gear, casually. Plus, for the gym, he's been sticking to very athletic apparel (joggers/shorts/Games Teacher jackets) and giving us a few splendid sights. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani However, while the former ideology holds true, there's no way one can avoid that he's a movie star. He may be doing his bit to uplift the talent of India's gully boys and even dressing like them lately but yet, he's insistent on his roots of being a big style maven. Take his recent outfit for example: © Viral Bhayani Once again, while sticking to the typical street, casual, gully apparel — Singh's gone for a very relatable, everyday, ordinary and easy-to-slip-into vibe here. There's a graphic T-shirt, a pair of joggers and sliders (or in layman terms, the upmarket equivalents of chappals). And this is exactly the catch we're referring to. While it's just a graphic T-shirt that Singh's wearing here, notice the text on the front: "Hip Hop", "Dope"; stuff that's the flag-bearer of street artists etc. Now that's a piece you'd call a Gully Buy-represent. Moving further, while they're obviously a pair of joggers he's sporting, the fabric they're made of is velvet. A luxe fabric, that's now available at small-box apparel stores, but first made a foray on the International runway. And thanks to the Trickle-Down theory, soon made way to our daily wardrobes. © Viral Bhayani Notice how his feet too, are obviously embracing an open style of footwear, but instead of flip-flops, Ranveer's opted for MCQ sliders here. That, retail at a cost of £180 (approx. INR 16,445), made of 100% rubber and are easily available on Luisaviaroma.com (that doesn't make you pay hefty duties for shipping). © Luisaviroma Now, to be fair, we're calling this ensemble the most non-Ranveer Singh outfit we've seen in a while.
  14. Even if Cricket or sports in general is not your cup of tea, there is no way on earth that someone wouldn't know who Mahendra Singh Dhoni is. Dhoni will forever be 'Captain Cool' for us, irrespective of how many came before him and the ones who will join the madness that Team India is. Dhoni has all the right in the world to demand respect, not only for his support from behind the stumps, but also for guiding Team India towards victory under his leadership. Reuters This man needs no introduction since his actions speak louder than the audience cheering at the top of their voice, during the match. So much so, that even the stump mic couldn't help but capture his strategies, hilarious nicknames he gave to his team-mates and his endless pearls of wisdom. Stump mics are possibly one of the best things that happened to Cricket and nobody except for our 'Men in Blue' are making the optimum use of it. It was because of a stump mic that we got to know about Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya's epic strategy to tackle the opponents. It was the stump mic that captured Kohli unleashing his inner 'Dilli ka ladka' and say “Shaam tak khelenge, Inki g***d phat jayegi.” Reuters In fact, thanks to the stump mic that we now know that Kohli will forever remain 'Cheeku' and Kuldeep will forever remain 'Kulee' for Dhoni. You can thank this Twitter user for sharing this video with subtitles (how thoughtful) where Dhoni is seen encouraging his team and sharing game strategies in his own hilarious style. Dhoni behind the stumps is hilarious. pic.twitter.com/ntJubXMgoQ — dogu (@HusnKaHathiyar) February 2, 2018 As expected, after this gem of a video surfaced online, fans couldn't contain their excitement and started flooding the internet with their hilarious interpretations and respect for Dhoni. Can listen to him all day. Channels should get rid of all commentators. — Shubham (@SportyShubh) February 3, 2018 You can take Dhoni out of captaincy. But you cannot take captaincy out of Dhoni. https://t.co/wtKO9z51lf — Farees Rahman (@fareesrahman) February 3, 2018 #MSDhoni -- Duniya k liye hoga tu #ViratKohli mere liye to tu cheeku hi h. ðð #FreedomSeries#INDvSA https://t.co/bVUflTqFQJ — Aryan INDIAN (@CricCrazyAryan) February 2, 2018 "6 ball samajhne me nikal jayega" was Dhoni's version of "shaam tak khelenge to..." ð — Shivam srivastava (@shivamcosmo) February 2, 2018 For me best was "6 बà¥à¤² समà¤à¤¨à¥ मà¥à¤ हॠनिà¤à¤² à¤à¤¾à¤à¤à¤¾" ð¤£ð¤£ðð — Priyanshu Singh (@Priyanshu7Singh) February 2, 2018 If only the South African team understood Hindi or realized how deadly Kohli and Dhoni are for their opponents, they wouldn't have lost to India by 6 wickets in the first ODI in Kingsmead, Durban. While, Kohli was announced Man of the Match, Dhoni's pearls of wisdom and hilarious ways to encourage players surely contributed to the victory.
  15. There's a revolution coming and it's going to break apart the pudding mix of misogynistic lyricism and alcohol dependency that they've been selling as rap. If you watched bikini-clad women, devouring a popsicle to songs about the colour of her lenses and thought it was what rap is all about, then there's a reality check coming your way. Over the last couple of years, my limited knowledge of what hip hop is all about has been through a double take. Now, it doesn't take a lyrical genius to rhyme a vernacular 'paani' with sunny (pronounced saani for greater convenience), but that is exactly what sells. Quick, easy and an almost instant noodle package of beats, lyrics and childlike fascination with all things unnecessary. © Facebook/Divine For a country that had its first rendezvous with rap almost five decades after the original movement in the West, the root of the art form was just as vaguely understood. The commercial upbeat party anthems glorifying drugs, alcohol and occasionally the female anatomy became instant hits and the banner bearers of rap in the subcontinent. Perhaps, commercial cinema saw rap as the golden hen that would set the cash bells ringing. As for the audience, anything that made your feet tap is good enough to climb the charts. It did not matter if the entire plot of the song revolved around 4 bottles of vodka. Naturally, party songs and rap music came to be synonymous; that is until a certain artist from the streets came along and challenged the whole premise. The original Hip-Hop and Rap movement in the USA was a medium of expression that came from a largely oppressed class that grew up trading skills in survival. For most rappers in the West, their music was their protest, their revolution. Nothing challenged the system more than their own art that found followers turning it into their anthems. Poverty, corruption, racism and sometimes even deep-rooted aggression against the system of bias – rap helped give all of it, quite literally, a giant f--- you. Even though the interpretation of the art here in the country began with rhyming words about nothing in particular and up-tempo beats to get a wedding started, it is slowly changing with the tide. Rappers are no longer symbols of wealth and fancy cars that aimlessly drive around the city, spewing misogyny. The new wave is closer to the streets and the struggle, much like the artists themselves. Twenty-one-year-old rapper from Maximum City, Deylyn Noronha says that “for a lot of people out there, rap is just a form of art where you use a few random words that rhyme and add a few punchlines and a nice catchy beat and that's it. Maybe that's enjoyable to a lot of people, but for me rap is meant to be meaningful. I want it to make me think.” © Facebook/Naezy That there is more to rap than showing off wealth has already been established. But what is the Indian rap scene all about? Any art that is relatable will find itself admirers. Familiarity goes a long way in expression and that is exactly what is brewing in multiple clubs, open mics and streets around the country. Vernacular languages are starting to attract the fever of matching syllables and counting beats. If there is a problem, a situation, maybe even anger or outrage against the system, language is no longer a barrier. People are stumbling upon their own unique styles, in a language that they can think in. The whole picture is no longer about finding a break; it's about creating your own. Gully boy, Vivian Fernandes, who shot to fame for bringing rap to the streets thinks that the time has come for the art form to move away from the obscene identity that Bollywood had so created. Bombay, by itself, is a huge platform for emerging rappers and street artists. A melting pot of cultures, languages and the miscellaneous problems that haunt a metro, it is no surprise that there is a steady and growing underground rap movement. The new radical faces of rap come from the dingy and ruthless corners, where there is more reliance on the chaos than in law and order. Naturally, survival is a feat in the gulleys and chawls; the creases in the city that is looked over like a badly-ironed shirt. © Facebook/Divine Platforms like YouTube have made it even simpler for emerging artists to get out there and show what it is really up. There's fifteen-year-olds finding their aggression, maybe a story to tell and heading out to shoot a video on their cell phones for their creative project. More than ever, there is a certain draw especially for young boys and girls to the idea of rapping. The creative freedom that rap allows in telling a story or even just to put a message across is massive. Particularly, there is no pressure to match an industry standard or to be as good as a certain Demigod of the art, rap is all about self-expression. Upcoming rap artist from Bombay, Brian Kansara found his inspiration in a friend, watching him freestyle, he says, made him want to write his own rap. For Brian, rap in India has a lot of potential. “There are some good artists who talk about real stuff in their songs and balance it well with good music, but they are underrated. There is scope for growth but not until people start appreciating rap music for what it really is.” There is a good degree of truth to his words. Right until Divine and Naezy changed what was already known about rap, it had a limited appeal to a certain kind of crowd and Bollywood strayed far from changing it. With artists like Divine signing the rights to a movie ('Gully Boy') that would tell his story, we're looking at a much bigger impact in the coming few years. Thane-based producer at The Hip Hop Movement, Virat Pawar, who is currently working on an album featuring RnB artists thinks that the movie will take the whole movement to another level. “The movie Gully Boy is going to change a lot of things. In the next five years, we might see major Hip Hop acts happening and probably more rappers from underground making it to the top.” Art by itself screams to be understood. When it finds itself limited to only a certain kind of expression, it is no longer art but a ritual. With the changing scenario that rap is finding itself in, it won't be long before India has its own mainstream rap movement. And hey, it's about freakin' time we braced ourselves for it.
  16. It's been over eight years since we saw Sourav Ganguly with a bat in his hand. One of the most successful Indian captains, Ganguly has been missed by cricket fans as much as the great Sachin Tendulkar. While his flambouyant square cuts got everyone drooling, his exquisite cover drives equally got the commentators excited. Though we aren't going to see the Prince of Kolkata playing in the Indian colours again, fans will surely be ecstatic to see his latest exploits on the streets of North Kolkata in what appears to be 'Dadagiri' in gully cricket. The president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) took some time from his busy schedule to join some neighbourhood boys in a game of gully cricket in the narrow streets of Kolkata. For a cricketer who retired from professional cricket in 2008, Ganguly's poise and great footwork will undoubtedly take fans back to the old glory days. From straight drives and hook shots to hard cuts and lofted shots, the southpaw can be seen playing them all. While the locals were all worried about their window panes, no one reaaly seemed to complain as they understandably became mere spectators to Ganguly's artistry. The video also proves that no matter where he wields the willow, the sight of Ganguly playing his shots with the same grace and elegance, even today, is more than what a cricket-frenzied fan could ask for. So, thank you, Dada!
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