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  1. While their rivals have been making merry, Manchester United has struggled to find their elusive form and even match-winning players in a painful era post Sir Alex Ferguson's trophy-laden reign. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been trying his best to bring the days of glory back to the hallowed Old Trafford, but it has undeniably proved to be an uphill battle. But, on 21st October, neither their past performances nor the lack of match-winners in their squad mattered, as Manchester United turned the clock back with a spirited performance against much-stronger rivals Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League group stage clash. Taking on one of Europe's biggest clubs, the Red Devils left everyone shell-shocked with a thrilling 2-1 win at Parc des Princes. © Reuters Solskjaer's men had taken a first-half lead following a Bruno Fernandes penalty. But, it looked like PSG would escape with a draw despite a poor performance when Anthony Martial headed a Neymar corner into his own net 10 minutes into the second half. In the end, Marcus Rashford, who had also scored a winner against PSG in 2019, once again stepped up to the task and slotted home the deciding goal in the 87th minute. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - tactically outplayed PSG away in the Champions League yet you’ll still hear people repeating the phrase “he has no tactics” that they’ve read from someone on the internet. — Jack (@UnitedHeaven_) October 20, 2020 For a team that had nowhere to hide following their embarrassing 6-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, United's result was a much-needed result for their distraught fans. From Solksjaer's tactics to Rashford's winner, the match had many positives for United. But, there were only two names, Axel Tuanzebe and Alex Telles, on the lips of Man Utd fans who're seen singing their praise. We finally have someone that can cross a ball, Telles you beauty 🇧🇷 — Aidan Walsh (@AidanWalshMUFC) October 20, 2020Tuanzebe is so clear of every other defender we have it’s not even close — Moe (@MoeThe6th) October 20, 2020Deploying a more defensive 5-3-2 formation to contain the attacking threat of PSG, Solskjaer handed their Deadline-Day signing Telles his debut on the left and academy graduate Tuanzebe his first senior start in 10 months to play with Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof in a three-man central defence. Both Axel and Alex couldn't have asked for a tougher assignment, but, contrary to popular perception, the performance of the Man Utd duo was nothing short of impressive. While the England defender impressed everyone with his defensive abilities that allowed him to successfully contain the PSG top three, his Brazilian teammate was lauded for his accurate crosses. Mental that Tuanzebe hasn’t played a game since Colchester in the League Cup last December because of injury and he’s not looked out of place tonight against PSG! — Ryan Jones (@RyJones93) October 20, 2020 Quick on his feet and physically strong, Tuanzebe has the right attributes of a top defender. But, it's his inability to stay fit that has worked against him in the past. But, in Paris, a fully-fit Tuanzebe looked in ominous form. © Reuters On a couple of occasions, the 22-year-old was left one on one with Kylian Mbappe but he stood up against the French star, dispossessing him of the ball without going to ground. He won 100 per cent of his aerial duels, had a 92 per cent pass accuracy and made seven clearances (more than any other United player in the game). these Telles crosses my word we might have the Brazilian Beckham — ‘ (@vintageredss) October 20, 2020 While Tuanzebe impressed in defence, Telles had a debut to remember against PSG. The left-back's technical ability showed that he can cross the ball with pinpoint accuracy - something United has missed dearly in the past. He ended the night with most crosses (eight) and created more chances (three) than anyone else on the pitch © Reuters He took a couple of excellent corners in the first-half and then followed it up with some menacing crosses in the box after half-time. In Telles, United have a player who'll not only bust a gut to make those overlap runs but also aid his teammates with solidity in defence. Placed in a difficult group, United will now face Rb Leipzig at home next week, with the German side looking dangerous following their 2-0 win over Istanbul Basaksehir. After that Solskjaer's men will find themselves bracing for a double-header against the Turkish champions before hosting PSG in December. View the full article
  2. For ages now, World Wrestling Entertainment has been the center of the debate of whether or not pro-wrestling is fake. Eventually, thanks to social media and the ability to replay a video again and again, it became more and more evident that most of the moves these superstars did inside the ring were brilliantly rehearsed action sequences. But there is always the risk of things going wrong when an action sequence is being shown to a live audience and there are no retakes. A lot of things can go against the original plan, and wrestlers have to improvise more often than they’d like to. Sometimes these improvisations work, other times they don’t and we are here to talk about the latter. Here are five times WWE stars overacted more than bad Bollywood heroes: Mark Henry’s ‘Strongest Push of the World’ This remains one of the most hilarious botches of all time by ‘The Animal’ Batista. In a fight between Mark Henry and him, the former tries to enter the ring as Batista is waiting for him by the ropes. Mark shoves him with one hand but doesn’t connect properly but Batista can clearly be seen going a few steps back before tossing himself on the mat like there’s no tomorrow. Triple H Blacks Out While Standing Triple H is arguably one of the most entertaining WWE superstars of all time but in this tag team match between Triple H and Ric Flair in one corner and Shawn Michaels and Randy Orton on another, ‘The Game’ jumped off the turnbuckle to show as if he’d landed his chin straight onto Orton’s boot (while it was clearly a feet away from it). Triple H then stood at the same spot for over a minute before falling head-first onto the mat. “Fingerpoke of Doom” This infamous moment in wrestling history is so iconic that it legitimately has a name for it - the Fingerpoke of Doom. Hollywood Hulk Hogan was seen poking Kevin Nash in the chest with his index finger and the latter crumbled to the ground before Hogan pinned him 1...2...3. This entire facade was prepared to mark the reunion of the Wolfpac faction of the New World Order and the Hollywood faction of the New World Order into one evil group. Shawn Michaels Flying Throughout The Match The ‘Legend vs Icon’ match was supposed to be a one-off feud before Hulk Hogan moved away from the company as an active wrestler. Hogan suggested that he’d fight Shawn Michaels and win the final match of his career against the HBK. Michaels wasn’t a big fan of the idea and decided to ruin the match by overselling every punch, kick or slam Hogan would execute. The Rock’s Handstand After Stone Cold Stunner The rivalry between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is timeless. One of the highlights of this feud was the Rock’s willingness to overact every single time he’d endure a Stunner. What’s better is that his overacting became more and more egregious (including the time he did a complete handstand after being hit) with time but also increased the rivalry’s entertainment value. In 2017, Dwayne revealed that Austin and he bet cases of beers on how crazy he’d sell the move. My dude. Appreciate it HB. Me and @steveaustinBSR used to bet cases of beer on how crazy I could get with my "sell" of his famous Stunner.🤙🏾 https://t.co/VtTmqI1jkW — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 27, 2017 View the full article
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  4. Amid the nationwide lockdown owing to the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus, which came into effect from March 25 and now extended till May 3, all passenger train services and domestic and international flights have been suspended. However, as per the recent developments, two special trains are scheduled to run on April 17 and 18 for the Indian Army personnel. According to a news report in HT, citing national security reasons, the central government has given permission for the running of two special trains to be deployed for the Indian Army personnel, according to officials aware of the development. The Ministry of Home Affairs has given its nod for the running of two special trains for security forces, the officials said. âThe MHA authorities have given their nod for deploying two special trains for security forces,â HT quoted a senior official on request of anonymity. This initiative to run two military special trains is in a bid to meet the operational requirements for Northern and Eastern borders. âThese are, Bangalore - Belgaum- Secunderabad - Ambala- Jammu on April 17, and Bangalore - Belgaum- Secunderabad - Gopalpur - Howrah - NJP - Guwahati on April 18,â the official said. âThis will enable decongestion of Category A and B training establishments at Bangalore, Belgaum, Secundrabad & Gopalpur as well assist in op preparedness of active formations deployed in the borders. Only personnel due to rejoin units deployed in northern and eastern borders and have undergone mandatory Quarantine period/ found medically fit will be accommodated. Further coordination with the Ministry of Railways is in progress for planning additional trains in coming weeks.â the official further added. Hundreds of soldiers, who have finished their training at key centres such as Bengaluru, Secunderabad, Gopalpur and Belgaum, need to be moved for their deployment. âOnly personnel due to rejoin units deployed in northern and eastern borders and have undergone mandatory quarantine period/found medically fit will be accommodated. Further coordination with the Ministry of Railways is in progress for planning additional trains in coming weeks,â the official said. Owing to the current situation of nationwide lockdown, the Indian Railways is only running freight and parcel trains for an uninterrupted supply of essential goods. View the full article
  5. Today was a day like no other. Narendra Modi in his speech had announced that March 22, 2020 is going to be Janta Curfew, wherein people won't step out of their house the entire day. However, at 5 pm, to respect people who are risking their lives amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has taken over the world, people are supposed to step out in their balconies and clap and even use their kitchen utensils to ring in unison as a mark of respect. Around 4.55 pm, people had already started clapping and ringing bells in their balconies, and as the minutes passed the ringing sound exponentially increased. While the street dogs got scared after a relatively peaceful day sans human interaction, people were blasting ringing music on their Marshall speakers. Some people were recording this strange affair and put it up online. The hashtag #5baje5minute is going to be trending for a while now. Here are some reactions online and how celebrities participated today. 1. Here are the residents in Ahmedabad.Here's Ahmedabad residents thanking all our health workers & everyone out their for all the efforts! Stay safe! #5baje5minute #Ahmedabad #CoronavirusPandemic#JantaCurfewPledge #JantaCurfewMarch22 #Covid_19india pic.twitter.com/2PgVE86Sdd â Abhishek Iyer (@ImAbhishekIyer) March 22, 20202. More people recording it from their colony. It begins ! #5baje5minute #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/Tq1g4YOq5g â Neha Joshi (@The_NehaJoshi) March 22, 20203. Some were more enthusiatic about taking selfies with kitchen utensils like never before. We are Ready For #5baje5minute @narendramodi @vijayrupanibjp @aajtak @sandeshnews pic.twitter.com/qwCXHobZqb â Bhavik Patel (@Bhavik1699) March 22, 20204. We can't deny, it was a little funny. The one time my father clapped (and not slapped) despite seeing my marksheet #5baje5minute #JantaCurfew pic.twitter.com/7TCoCAPa6a â Mihir Chury (@MihirChury) March 22, 20205. Even Bobby Deol was out in the Balcony supporting the initiative. This only makes sense after playing major roles in films like Soldier. © whatsapp 6. Akshay Kumar was out with his neighbours Hrithik Roshan and Sajid Nadiadwala. Take a look here: View this post on Instagram5 mins at 5 pm : With my neighbours taking a moment to appreciate those who do not have this luxury of staying at home and working tirelessly to keep us safe. Thank you to all the essential service providers for your selfless work ððð #JanataCurfew #BreakCorona @my_bmc #MumbaiPolice @hrithikroshan #SajidNadiadwalaA post shared by (@akshaykumar)7. Karan Johar was out with his mother and kids. View this post on Instagram#karanjohar with mom, kids and maids #jantacurfew #jantacurfew2020 #CoronaVirus #indiacomestogether #gocarona #covid2019 #worldcomestogether #viralbhayani @viralbhayaniA post shared by (@viralbhayani) View the full article
  6. The coronavirus outbreak in the country is gradually sending people into a tizzy, and it might not be long before real panic strikes as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India sees a steady climb. However, despite having witnessed the havoc coronavirus has wreaked across the globe, if our country is still managing to stand tall, it is because of the unsung heroes who are braving all odds, risking their personal safety and working relentlessly to serve the people and help contain this life-threatening contagion. © Twitter These 7 heroes are godsend and the real saviours during this global pandemic, and without their selfless service, our world would not only come to a scary standstill but perhaps also collapse altogether. 1. Doctors, Nurses & Public Health OfficialsWe couldnât have kicked off this list without these miracle workers who are literally saving lives right now. With 162 countries trying to fight the pandemic, we have heard of enough heroic tales of the doctors and nurses who are literally working straight 8 hour shifts wearing diapers and shaving their heads off to wear the safety gear - just so that their patients find relief. © BCCL For instance, this Indian plastic surgeon who stayed back in China to help the infected victims instead of seeking the safety of his homeland. There are thousands of more such inspiring stories. 2. Armed Forces © Twitter Over 890 Indians have been evacuated by IAF and Air India rescue flights so far. The IAF is also set to rescue Indian nationals from Iran, The Indian armed forces has been doing extensive work not only by opening its bases to serve as quarantine facilities, but also by carrying medical supplies and serving the general public amid the outbreak. 3. Public Transportation Drivers & Conductors © BCCL Remember that Hubli bus conductor who was handing out free masks to passengers? That is just one way these guys have been serving the country. Imagine what would happen if these public transportation drivers went on indefinite leaves? Life really would come to a standstill. 4. Delivery Guys © B P Deepu-EPS With so many people working from home amid the nationwide coronavirus outbreak, and with 80 percent of them being clueless about cooking, a vast majority of people are relying on food delivery services to keep them well fed. But despite the fact that even they have faced a dip in their sales, deliveries are still being made. These men on bikes and cycles risking their safety to deliver food to these less culinarily-endowed (or just too lazy/entitled) people, also deserve a special mention. 5. Security Personnel © BCCL We feel safe because we know they are out there guarding us. Be it our guard bhaiya or the security personnel on the roads and public places who are helping maintain law and decorum at this point, we ought to acknowledge their service especially at a time like this. 6. Shopkeepers & Salespersons © Pixabay We donât often think about it, but imagine how lucky and privileged we are to have people out there who are putting out food on the shelves for us. If the salesperson stopped coming to work and decided to stay home, or if the shopkeepers shut shop, how would we manage to survive the mass quarantines? Quarantines have already taken an ugly face with empty shelves and people crying for basic commodities, imagine living through a complete lockdown like that? 7. Sanitation Workers © BCCL Last but definitely not the least, because all of it will be equally meaningless without these people who are relentlessly going about their job cleaning and sanitising not only our streets, offices and public places, but by also helping sterilise public transport, airports and railway stations therefore playing a vital role in containing the contagion. There is so much we take for granted in our daily lives. There is so much to be grateful for and itâs sad to see that it took something as dreadful as the COVID-19 pandemic to open our eyes and appreciate the efforts of these unsung heroes put in every day of their lives. View the full article
  7. When most of us sit comfortably inside our air conditioned offices and crib about the poor sewage system, and the garbage thrown on the footpath (which some of us are partly responsible for), some people are busy running around in the scorching heat sweeping the roads. Or climbing down the sewers and gutters and picking garbage from the streets. They are the sanitation workers. While most of us give disgusting looks at the sanitation workers and the work they do, no one can change the fact that the entire country will come to a standstill if they stop working. They are the backbone of this country and Ratan Tata just reiterated the same and why it's important to give them the respect they deserve. © Instagram The 81-year-old tycoon shared a heartwarming video today featuring a young kid who begins with explaining how his father's job is as important as any high-paying so-called 'respectable' job. "Mera baba desh chalata hai (my father runs the country)," the kid says in the video explaining his father's job that no father would want. The kid says how his father is not a politician or a doctor, a cop or an army man, but without his father the country would come to a halt, "Agar nahi jaayega mera baba kaam par, to ruk jaayega India ka har ghar (If my father doesn't go to work, every household in India will come to a halt)." He further says, "Sometimes I worry my father will lose to these diseases." © Instagram So, how did Tata come into this whole picture? It's because the video is a part of Tata Trusts' campaign 'Mission Garima' that aims to "reduce manual intervention of the workers with sewage and waste." "Mission Garima, For our very brave sanitation workers #twobinslifewins. In Mumbai, a city of 23 million, only 50,000 individuals are employed as sanitation workers. They are working in difficult conditions every single day to tackle the enormous amount of waste that Mumbai generates,â reads the caption. View this post on InstagramIn Mumbai, a city of 23 million, only 50,000 individuals are employed as sanitation workers. They are working in difficult conditions every single day to tackle the enormous amount of waste that Mumbai generates. As a @tata_trusts initiative, Mission Garima is working to provide safe, hygienic and humane working conditions for sanitation workers who are severely affected doing the unimaginable for the city so that we may find it clean! #TwoBinsLifeWins is a campaign urging citizens to segregate their biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste to help reduce the burden on these hardworking men and women. The links below will help you dispose of your waste responsibly and support our initiative. After all, this country is run by each one of us. https://www.tatatrusts.org/ #TwoBinsLifeWinsA post shared by (@ratantata)It further adds, "As a @tata_trusts initiative, Mission Garima is working to provide safe, hygienic and humane working conditions for sanitation workers who are severely affected doing the unimaginable for the city so that we may find it clean! #TwoBinsLifeWins is a campaign urging citizens to segregate their biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste to help reduce the burden on these hardworking men and women. The links below will help you dispose of your waste responsibly and support our initiative. After all, this country is run by each one of us." So, the next time you see someone cleaning a gutter, don't look down upon them. Instead respect their job because they are risking their lives to ensure that you live in a clean environment. View the full article
  8. Today marks the passing of a year since 40 Indian jawans lost their lives in the deadly Pulwama terror attack and the entire country is paying homage to the fallen heroes in their own way. One man, in particular, came up with a powerful way that he could honour all the martyrs - by making a special memorial for them. Umesh Gopinath Jadhav, a Bengaluru-based musician, travelled throughout the country to meet the families of the martyrs and collect soil from outside of their houses. © ANI He spent a good portion of 2019 travelling 61,000 kilometres covering 16 states and achieving this incredible feat. Hats off to him, for real, this is one of the best tributes ever. He collected all the soil in one urn which is now displayed at the memorial that was inaugurated today at Lethpora camp in the Pulwama district. The CRPF had invited Jadhav as a special guest at the wreath-laying ceremony since he's gone above and beyond to honour not just the martyred jawans but also their families. © ANI And, this was all him, he didn't have any donations or sponsorships, it's all just from the good of his heart. After the ceremony, he said, "My main purpose was to pay respect and homage to the jawans who lost their lives in the attack. I have travelled more than 61,000 kilometres to collect the soil. Their soil is for mother earth. I am proud that I met all the families of Pulwama martyrs and sought their blessings. Parents lost their son, wives lost their husbands, children lost their fathers and friends lost their friends. I collected soil from their houses and their cremation grounds." He added, "India stands with them, this is my message to the Armed Forces of the country. This is my small effort to show respect for the martyrs." © ANI But, he's still not done it seems, as he's also hoping to raise about Rs 50,000 for each of the martyrsâ families. What a great man! View the full article
  9. In other news, about two Indian Army Officers are going to make you believe more in the existence of humanity and will make you proud at the same time. Recently, two women Indian Army captains are being hailed with praises for helping a woman deliver her premature baby. Both Captain Lalitha and Captain Amandeep of 172 Military Hospital were recently travelling on the Howrah Express, and a co-passenger needed their help for her delivery. Both the officers facilitated the premature delivery of the passenger and both the baby and the mother were healthy after the delivery. Captain Lalitha & Captain Amandeep, #IndianArmy 172 Military Hospital, facilitated in premature delivery of a passenger while traveling on Howrah Express. Both mother & baby are hale & hearty.#NationFirst#WeCare pic.twitter.com/AFQGybwJJ6 — ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) December 28, 2019 The news was shared on Twitter by Additional Directorate General of Public Information, Indian Army's official account along with a caption saying, “Captain Lalitha & Captain Amandeep, #IndianArmy 172 Military Hospital, facilitated in premature delivery of a passenger while traveling on Howrah Express. Both mother & baby are hale & hearty.#NationFirst#WeCare” After the post was shared on the internet, it has been doing the rounds and the post has been flooded with heartfelt comments by netizens who are proud of the two women. Here's what people have to say- Bravo Captains. You are perfect blend and example of strength and kindness. Our Army always comes as savior at all times and situations. Respectful bow Jai Hind ð®ð³ — sangeeta nair (@CharuvillyNair) December 28, 2019 Multi talented and always on the move ..that's the speciality of our supreme forces ... — Nirvana©ï¸ (@iamdecipherable) December 28, 2019 a soldier is never off duty, so true! #WomenInArmy ð®ð³ — celestiallight (@dcemeterygirl) December 28, 2019 Salute Armed Forces. They are trained for any eventuality emergencies. This is what Gen Bipin RAWAT articulated. As Indian 99% are proud of bravery of Indian Armed Forces. From Baby care to border protection. A new slogan. Jai Jawan. — R. RAJAGOPALAN (@RAJAGOPALAN1951) December 28, 2019 More power to the Captains. Solved two problems for very fortunate parents of the baby.. They have the baby, AND two excellent options for it's name! ð — Raghu Raman (@captraman) December 28, 2019 Hurray ...best wishes and more power. — Umesh (@bol2bolna) December 28, 2019 This story made our day! What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  10. For a football club whose last major trophy dates back to 2008, Tottenham Hotspur undeniably came a long way to becoming a convincing unit under Mauricio Pochettino. With the Argentine at the helm of affairs, the Spurs played some exciting football and improved their game significantly while nurturing young talents. The efforts of Pochettino and his team saw them giving their Premier League rivals some tough competition and eventually propelled them to the coveted UEFA Champions League final, their first, last season. Even if their loss to Liverpool in the Madrid final and a subsequent dismal run in the Premier League, earlier this season, brought an end to Pochettino's five-year-and-a-half reign, the Spurs continue to show signs of greatness. Apart from their performances on the pitch, the Spurs' rise can also be measured from the intelligence of their ball boys. The second-leg of the last season's Champions League semifinal saw 14-year-old Oakley Cannonier rolling the spare ball towards Trent Alexander-Arnold whose swift corner kick allowed DivockOrigi to score their fourth and decisive goal to send Barcelona packing. And, more recently, another Spurs ball boy's intelligence and swift action once again aided the London-based club in the Champions League group stage clash against Olympiacos. While Harry Kane and Lucas Moura might have been influential on the field during in their 4-2 win, the real hero for Spurs wasn't even on it. Trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes, Spurs pegged one goal back just before half-time through Dele Alli and found their equaliser in the second half courtesy a smart, quick-thinking assist from ball boy Callum Hynes. As the host's team charged forward, Serge Aurier was able to take a quick throw-in courtesy of Hynes, with Moura receiving the ball, racing into the box and setting up Harry Kane for a routine finish. The Spurs scored two more goals, scripting a sensational comeback, to eventually beat Olympiacos 4-2 and secure a Round of 16 berth. But, it's needless to say, the real hero for Spurs was the 15-year-old ball boy who didn't just impress the fans, but also drew plaudits from new manager Jose Mourinho. Jose Mourinho at Tottenham is a new man pic.twitter.com/rwR8dMAPyo â ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 26, 2019 While the whole team was celebrating Kane's goal on the pitch, Mourinho made sure to offer his thanks to the instigator, Hynes, on the touchline and followed it up with a tribute in the post-match press conference. "I love intelligent ball boys like I was. I was a brilliant ball boy as a kid. This kid today was brilliant. He reads the game, understands the game and made an important assist," the Spurs boss told BT Sport. Jose Mourinho wanted to invite the @SpursOfficial ball boy into the dressing room to celebrate after his helping hand in the build up to the second goal against Olympiakosï¸ pic.twitter.com/gk9SS2Q5xX â Hayters TV (@HaytersTV) November 27, 2019Speaking at his post-match interview, Mourinho also revealed that he intended to extend an invite to the ball boy to join the Spurs team in the dressing room to celebrate, but the youngster had already disappeared. For young Hynes, who is now into his sixth season as a ball boy, the big moment, especially drawing praise from the 'Special One', still seems "surreal". âI was just doing my job and I still canât quite believe what happened. I didnât even see the goal! I was busy getting the ball that had come off and then I heard the cheer. I turned around and Harry was celebrating," the young ball boy told Tottenham's website. âI looked at the replay on the screen and watched exactly what happened. You can see from my smile it was just unbelievable. Jose didnât have to do that. It was really nice of him to come over to me. Itâs made my day, my life, really! I love Spurs and it was an amazing moment Iâll never forget. The whole way home I was using a torch in the car to go over my maths revision!â he added. If Hynes was over the moon, his mother Keeley, too, was blown away by Mourinho's sweet gesture for her son. âWe were in the stadium and saw Jose go over to Callum. We just thought it was going to be a high five and didnât expect any more than that but then both of our phones started pinging!," she said. âThe smile on Callumâs face! It was such a lovely thing that Jose did to say thanks like that. Callum always says that by sitting on the touchline watching these players he learns so much and takes it all away with him for his own football. Iâm so proud of him,â she added. In the modern era of the sport, football teams are often seen stressing on the need for that additional push to get over the line in tough situations. We have seen the scores of fans often being labelled as the twelfth man for their respective teams, but as the sport becomes more competitive, it seems that having just a loyal fanbase is not enough. The football clubs also need these intelligent and alert ball boys to tilt the contest in their favour. View the full article
  11. Not all heroes wear capes, some wear CISF uniform and walk on all fours towards making the world a better place. They may not have superpowers, but their very existence is enough to make us feel safe and loved. And the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) recently celebrated those heroes and gave them a grand salute for their services towards the country. Born as a dog, retired as a soldier... A Farewell ceremony for 07 #K9 members of #CISF organised @ CISF Unit DMRC Delhi. They were handed over to NGO @Friendicoes_DEL, New Delhi. Thank you for your services ! pic.twitter.com/3h1fREZz5s — CISF (@CISFHQrs) November 19, 2019 Seven dogs of the CISF retired on Tuesday after serving with the para-military force for eight years. To bid them farewell and to reward their bravery, CISF for the first time in history threw a retirement ceremony for them and posted pictures of the same with a beautiful message "Born as a dog, retired as a soldier." #CISF bids farewell to Hina (Lab/F), Veer (CSP/M), Kite (Lab/F) & Jelly (Lab/F) #CISF K9 members who officially retired from duty today. Our K9 heroes averted danger many times when lives were on stake. pic.twitter.com/rP9uw6KCa7 — CISF (@CISFHQrs) November 19, 2019 CISF wrote on Twitter, "#CISF bids farewell to our K9 heroes- Jessy (GSD/F), Lucky (Lab/F) & Lovely (Lab/F) who officially retired from duty today. We will always remain indebted for contributing immensely in security of Delhi Metro." #CISF bids farewell to our K9 heroes- Jessy (GSD/F), Lucky (Lab/F) & Lovely (Lab/F) who officially retired from duty today. We will always remain indebted for contributing immensely in security of Delhi Metro. pic.twitter.com/tn5T3wfbKZ — CISF (@CISFHQrs) November 19, 2019 The dogs named Hina, Kite, Jelly, Jessy, Lucy, Lovely and Veer, were part of the CISF team responsible for the work of Delhi Metro and were given medals, certificates and mementos at the ceremony. They were handed over to an NGO in New Delhi. View the full article
  12. Rajkumar Gupta has a rather unique way of projecting real stories on the big screen. This time, he chose to dig out the arrest of India's Osama Bin Laden, Yasin Bhatkal or as he is called in the movie, Yusuf. Despite its flaws, 'India's Most Wanted' does make it a point to keep you hooked and engaged in how a small group of officers from the Intelligence Bureau, carried out India's most covert mission. In bits and pieces, Rajkumar Gupta has given us crucial information about the serial blasts that ripped across the country over these years and the mastermind behind it all. © Fox Star Studios The movie has shunned the entire idea of how one thinks an IB officer should be. Instead of going all guns ablaze with James Bond-esque fight scenes and lines dripping with vengeance, 'India's Most Wanted' has completely normalized the scenario, giving it a very raw and realistic aesthetic and you have five very normal-looking people who have normal lives, taking up the almost impossible mission of finding Yusuf. Let me tell you the movie is most definitely worth the watch, despite falling short in a few areas. The first half sets the base for the plot to develop and can get a little dragged-out at some points. But it's the second half of the movie that is more interesting as we get to see the real meat of the story. Of course, the movie could have been better, considering Rajkumar Gupta was the captain of the ship. But, let's take a moment to applaud the director's attempt at something different. Arjun Kapoor has also tried something that's way too different from his regular roles and has surely tried to break out of his shell. He has a certain calmness in his attitude as the man leading the manhunt for the wanted terrorist, but at times, you feel he is a little disinterested and some scenes have come out in a very linear way. If you are wondering the supporting cast has nothing to add to, then you are probably wrong. They have done a brilliant job. The script has been written in such a way that every character has its own space and is justified. Arjun's character Prabhat has got the perfect shield from the supporting cast. The entire mission is carried out in Nepal and somewhere, the movie also goes into details about the relationship between India and the neighbouring nation. Cinematography is one of the major highlights of the movie, as it has beautifully captured the scenic beauty of Nepal. I feel that Sudev Nair, who played the role of India's Most Wanted, Yusuf, could have been a bit more believable. The introduction set for him is pretty strong in the movie, but when you see him at the end, you feel as if all efforts have gone down the drain, as he isn't that convincing as India's Osama. Obviously, I won't give away the climax but I feel that somewhere there the storyline took a fall and failed in packing the perfect punch. Arjun has delivered a very different sort of character, but in the climax, I feel he failed a bit in coming through. Dialogues in the movie follow a pattern. Sometimes, you would feel they are on point and give you goosebumps and sometimes, they seem rather off the mark. But, the idea is not to show jingoism on the screen. Despite all its shortcomings, the movie still managed to instil faith and hope in our Nation and its forces, who may not always get the credit for serving the country. In conclusion, the movie is worth the watch and is a fitting tribute to India's unsung heroes.
  13. The world of 'Avengers' might have come to an end for now but the craze and the madness surrounding the franchise is still going strong. So, when the witty people at Bored Panda decided to use the 'gender swap' filter on the faces of our favourite Marvel heroes, we couldn't help but feel like we need to share the laughter with you guys. Starting from Tom Hiddleston, needless to say, those cheekbones are higher than our office building! © Bored Panda Chris Hemsworth is someone who blew us away with that gorgeousness which can compete with Aishwarya Rai, actually. © Bored Panda Move over Spider-Man Tom Holland, if this was him in real life, we'd love this Spider-Woman more! © Bored Panda Chris Evans aka Captain America can also win 'Miss America' with that face. © Bored Panda Wow Robert Downey Jr is that your twin sister we didn't know about? © Bored Panda Mark Ruffalo's gender swap version looks like the Hulk-ess we deserve. © Bored Panda Dr. Strange is not strange at all with that new female face. © Bored Panda Hugh Jackman actually looks like the aunt we all have. © Bored Panda If this is how Thanos would look like, people would love to be disintegrated by that pretty face. © Bored Panda In case you're wondering what app is this, you can also try the gender swap filter on the Snapchat app and enjoy the funny result when you see yourself!
  14. Marvel's 'Avengers: Endgame' movie is finally releasing this week. Well, the hype surrounding this movie is so high that it's literally everywhere. Like, everywhere. Heck, people are even looking for their favorite Avengers on Pornhub. Adult site Pornhub on Tuesday revealed a list of the most popular searches for Avengers on its site. The site says that searches for Avengers porn have been climbing since April 15, and it apparently spiked at 2912 percent more than what it usually is. Over 2 million additional searches over the week. Now, that's just insane. © Pornhub To put things into perspective, Pornhub reported only a 356-percent spike for “Avengers” searchers during the release of 'Avengers: Infinity War'. One of the reasons why we love Pornhub reports is that they get into details, and this particular report is no exception. As for the specific characters, Pornhub says the MCU newcomer Captain Marvel topped the list, followed by Black Widow played by Scarlett Johansson. © Marvel Spider-Man and Hulk scored the next two spots in the list, and they were followed by the likes of Captain America, Scarlet Witch, and Gamora. Other characters like Iron Man, Thor and Black Panther are also in the list, but they're not really popular. Supervillain Thanos, in case you're wondering, is not in the list. Well, that's because he's not really an Avenger. Perhaps people don't want to watch a creepy giant purple monster. Anyway, 'Avengers: Endgame' opens on April 26 here in India. Though the movie has been leaked online, we urge you to watch it on the big screen.
  15. Amidst national tensions, the National War Memorial made its presence felt when it was inaugurated on Monday, 25th of February, 2019 by PM Narendra Modi. The memorial honours all the soldiers who laid down their lives for the country, since India proclaimed Independence in 1947. The memorial is sprawled over 40 acres, at the India Gate complex, right at the heart of the capital and it was first proposed nearly 6 decades ago. The wait is finally over and we can salute our memorable war heroes, in a way they truly deserve to be remembered! The memorial, built at the cost of Rs 176 crore, has 5 concentric circles, a central stone obelisk and an eternal flame. Here are 12 pictures of the greatest symbol of honour and valour, we have in India today. © Reuters © Reuters © BCCL © Reuters © Reuters © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © Reuters The memorial has names of 25, 942 fallen heroes etched on stones there and it will soon create interactive panels for general public who want to pay homage to the war heroes. The memorial will also be a place for the armed forces to conduct future ceremonies there. Along with the wall memoir, the memorial also has four Chakras (circles) that signify the value of the armed forces. The Amar Chakra is the circle of immortality, the Veerta Chakra is the circle of bravery, the Tyag Chakra is the circle of sacrifice and the Rakshak Chakra is the circle of protection. More than any other heritage site you may want to visit in the capital, the National War Memorial should be the first on your list, as it's a symbol of true honour and pride for India.
  16. The Indian Cricket Team has been on a roll recently, overcoming every challenge that comes their way. Creating history during the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, by winning a Test series in Australia for the first time ever, followed by winning their first ever bilateral ODI series in Australia, the Men in Blue are looking stronger than ever. Even individually, a lot of Indian cricketers are breaking records which were considered to be unbreakable. Their efforts are being recognised by the world, as the International Cricket Council showers Virat Kohli and his men with some of the most prestigious awards and honours. For instance, the Indian skipper became the only player to bag top three ICC awards in a single year by winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men's Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year - for his performances in 2018. Other stars who bleed blue, including Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah were named as team members of ICC Test Team of the Year while Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav also made it to the ICC ODI Team of the Year. The world is amazed by this young team of extremely talented players who seem to be fearless, indestructible and vulnerable to nothing. Believe it or not, there exists a complete army which looks after the health and welfare of Kohli's boys. As Team India marches forward towards greatness every single day, these backstage heroes get lost in the middle and do not receive the recognition that they deserve. It turns out that the Indian cricketers Yuzvendra Chahal and his sidekick Rohit Sharma (cameraman) felt the same way and decided to do something to bring these luminaries to the fore. In the fourth episode of the all-new Chahal TV, the two cricketers give us a sneak-peek into the highly confidential fitness centre of the Indian cricket team and talk to their performance team led by Head Physiotherapist, Patrick Farhart along with the sports massage therapists Arun Kanade and Rajeev Kumar. “People recognise us, the cricketers, but these are the people who put in a lot of effort to help us perform better,” says Chahal in his tribute to the dark horses.
  17. Bollywood wouldn't be Bollywood without the baddies that the industry has cultivated over the span of many years. Bollywood bad boys play a vital role in bringing the movies alive on screen, by adding a secondary texture to the plot of the movie. They are bold, can be scary and some of them have even turned into cult figures in the genre of on-screen villainy. Amrish Puri as Mogambo in 'Mr. India', Amjad Khan as Gabbar in 'Sholay' or Ashutosh Rana as Gokul in 'Dushman' are just a few classic characters we can instantly rattle off at the very mention of iconic Bollywood villains! © Narsimha Enterprises However, time and again we have seen that just like how on-screen heroes can turn into villains (the likes of Shiney Ahuja), so it is possible for on-screen villains to be heroes in real life too! They may play the roles of bad boys in front of the camera, but off it, these on-screen villains stand up for important causes, lend their support to people in need and speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Here we have listed down the names of 5 such Bollywood villains who are heroes in real life: 1. Prakash Raj © Reliance Entertainment Prakash Raj is a celebrated actor down South, but he has created a name for himself in the Hindi film industry as well. The man as the suave baddie Jaikanth Shikre in 'Singham' and the passionate criminal and aspiring politician in 'Dabangg 2' became an instant hit with the audience with his real performance on-screen. But this Bollywood bad boy is a really good human when you choose to look beyond the characters they play on-screen. Prakash Raj has adopted a village called Kondareddypalli in Telangana and has been looking after the developmental needs of the village through The Prakash Raj Foundation. Last year, The Indian Express reported that Raj gifted a poor family with a brand new house on the occasion of Eid. Celebrated Ramzan at #kondareddypalli by handing over home built for this family by #prakashrajfoundation .. the joy of giving back to life. pic.twitter.com/GWdqfLDJrg — Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) June 26, 2017 2. Manoj Bajpai © Phantom Films Known as one of Bollywood's best method artist, Bajpai really is one of the best character artists the Hindi film industry has been blessed with. Whether it's Sardar Khan from 'Gangs of Wasseypur' or DGP Shergill in 'Baaghi 2' more recently, the actor has numerous well-delivered bad boy characters under his name. But recently, he was also one of the first actors from Bollywood who came out in support of the Supreme Court's repealment of Section 377. The 'Aligarh' actor celebrated the fall of the draconian law, and News18 quoted him saying that “I feel the Supreme Court verdict is a triumph for all discriminated and persecuted people of our country -- whether it is segregation on the basis of sexual orientation, or gender, or caste or economic condition. We all need the law and the government to support the weaker sections.” © Eros Entertainment He also spoke out on the need for better opportunities and treatment of the LGBTQ community and added that "I felt the man's isolation, his need for companionship more than ***. All our friends in the LGBT community need our help and support. This Supreme Court verdict is one major step in normalising the status of gay people. But we are a long way off from giving them their due rights." 3. Ashutosh Rana © Pooja Bhatt productions & Vishesh Films Another underrated character artist in Bollywood who has delivered marvellous performances, again and again. People were close to shitting their pants when Gokul Pandit screamed at the camera in 'Dushman'. Those scary eyes will haunt people for a long time to come. Recently, Ashutosh spoke out in support of the need for all of us to stick together as a nation, in view of the religion-driven politics and the impending unrest that threatens to break out some day not so far into the future. Calling on the citizens to live by the religion of humanity first, Ashutosh delivered this beautiful shayari to make his point, thereby speaking out for millions of people in very simple words - The “villains” of Bollywood turn out to be such sharp well read intelligent people, while the “Heroes” have been such an ignorant disgrace. pic.twitter.com/6WmhqAQtGX — Baba (@BabaGlocal) November 20, 2018 4. Gulshan Grover © Suneha Arts The Bad Man of Bollywood and 'Ram Lakhan' became an iconic character in Grover's life. He is known for portraying some of the most popular negative roles on-screen such as Kali Baba in 'Shola Aur Shabnam'. No matter whether the movie worked at the box office or not, but he surely worked as the villain. Off the camera, Gulshan Grover also supports the noble cause of animal rights and supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Expressing his concern over the illegal slaughtering of animals for their hides, The Hindu quoted the actor as saying, “I am a villain only on the screen; however, there are real-life villains who treat animals badly whether in Mumbai or in New York. I urge Indians to help stop needless animal suffering by insisting that their local governments and the police enforce laws against the perpetrators of animal crimes.” 5. Anupam Shyam © Spellbound Productions Known for his roles in movies such as 'Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India', 'Bandit Queen' and 'Slumdog Millionaire', Shyam is also a known villain on the small screen. People often remember the man for his stellar performance as Sajjan Singh in 'Mann Ki Awaaz Pratigya' on Star Plus. Off the camera, the man has been lending his support to the cause of the Clean Ganga Mission. He has been making personal efforts to raise awareness and bring about a change. In an interview with Tribune, Shyam was quoted as saying, “Garbage, filth, sewage, waste, polythene bags and even ritual leftovers we submit to the Ganga. Is this what our religion teaches or the treatment we should give to the Ganga. Government projects alone won't help in cleaning the Ganga from Gaumukh to Ganga Sagar. Individually, we all need to take the responsibility of cleaning the Ganga.”
  18. While Kerala continues its battle with one of the worst floods in the state's history, there are some people who deserve a big shout out and a huge round of applause for tirelessly working day and night to carry out the rescue missions. No amount of words are enough to salute the bravery and courage that the volunteers, NDRF members, Indian Navy, Army, and local police have displayed while rescuing the flood victims and ensuring their safety. However, there are many whose help is largely going unnoticed. Today, let's salute the unsung heroes of Kerala - the brave fishermen. © Reuters Anyone who is active on social media must have come across this video of a fisherman, who knelt down in knee-deep water so that women can use his back to climb onto the boat. The man commands our respect for this heartwarming gesture. A scene from #Thrissur in #Kerala. As some of those who were rescued found it difficult to climb onto a boat, a fisherman voluntarily kneeled down, so that they could use his back as a step. #Humanity #KeralaFlood #KeralaFloodRelief #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/PWZiEB9JNX — Paul Oommen (@Paul_Oommen) August 19, 2018 This video speaks volumes about the strength of humanity and the selflessness of the volunteers. However, this isn't the only instance. Fishermen are risking their lives to travel to remote areas and places where other rescue operation teams are unable to reach and have so far saved hundreds of lives. When the going gets tough you don't wait for super heroes, you become one #KeralaFishermen pic.twitter.com/1FrcPtK8RX — Porinju Veliyath (@porinju) August 20, 2018 Our superhero fishermen saving babies from floods! So far they've rescued more than one lakh people â¤ï¸ These are the people you regard with contempt and and consider dirty.#KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/UFcESwxaG2 — Sankar Das #RebuildKerala (@mallucomrade) August 19, 2018 It's during times of great distress that you get to show what you are made of. You can be a disgusting gutter sanghi. Or you can choose to be like the hero fishermen of Kerala#KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/j6WUKXT71Y — Sankar Das #RebuildKerala (@mallucomrade) August 19, 2018 REAL HEROES DON'T WEAR MASKS. We call them “fisherman” but they are “Superman”. Some of them traveled 120 kms to Chengannur to save lives of people stranded, facing death,due to the deluge. Take a bow ðððâ¤ï¸â #KeralaFloods #KeralaFloodRelief #KeralaRains pic.twitter.com/AOhANVMA4t — Rajiv B Menon (@crypticrajiv) August 19, 2018 To reward their efforts, it was decided that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will reward each member of the fishermen community with Rs 3,000. However, Khais Mohammad, leader of those fishermen, has refused to accept the money. In a video posted on Facebook, he said that he and his colleagues were happy to hear the words of praise from the chief minister for their efforts. "We are really happy that I and my friends rescued several people. What made us happier was when you said that we (fishermen) are your army," he said. He further added, "But after that we heard that for our services we will be paid Rs. 3,000. Sir, that made us really sad as we do not want money for saving the lives of fellow humans," © Twitter Mohammad was happy that the government promised to repair their boats that got damaged during the rescue operation and said, "That's good news. But we do not want money for saving lives." People like Khais Mohammad and all the fishermen, who are risking their lives to rescue the flood victims, are proof that humanity is priceless and can never be honoured with money. Source: NDTV
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  20. They say not all superheroes wear capes, and some of them even go unnoticed. But very recently, one of them came to our attention and it was nothing short of heartwarming. Manoj Saini, a local fruit juice seller from UP's Muzaffarnagar district, has saved about 7 lives in a span of a year and now, the police and the administration are thinking of forwarding his name for a bravery award. © TOI How did he save these lives you ask? Like I said, not all superheroes wear capes and costumes, they're just society's forgotten secret vigilantes and messiahs that we need in today's day and age, to still believe in humanity through their acts of compassion. The 26-year-old runs a juice stall near Ganga Canal, in Muzaffarnagar's Bhopa area, which is unfortunately also known as the 'suicide point' of the town. Manoj's stall is just a few meters away from the canal's bridge, where unhappy and depressed souls jump off to end their lives. After saving 7 lives over the past year, Manoj doesn't want to move his stall from that area, in order to stop more suicides from happening. © Twitter Just last week, Manoj saved the life of a 70-year-old man, Gyanaander Singh, who is the former chairman of the Bhokaredhi Nagar Panchayat, and was rewarded INR 1,000 for his act of bravery. Gyanaander 's nephew Amjad Khan, a local activist told TOI "My uncle has been keeping ill and was depressed. I don't know how to thank this young man who risked his life to save an ailing old man," Singh said. "He is our desi Superman who saves people from dying. From youngsters to elderly villagers, everyone knows and talks about him," Manoj has had no training in swimming whatsoever, but he dives in like a pro to save people's lives, so that they can live to see another day. "I just know that I can't see someone dying in front of me. That is why I do what I do," Manoj (as told to TOI). © Thinkstock/Getty Images It's not true when people say there is no humanity left in this world anymore. If we look around, there are people like Manoj, making a big difference in people's lives, in their own big way. The very fact that Manoj refuses to shift his stall from the suicide point, is an endearing reminder of how people like him do their bit for society so that humanity as a whole doesn't fall apart on someone else's negative whims. © TOI "The first time when I saw a man jumping into the canal, I was shocked. For a minute I froze as I couldn't believe my eyes. Then instantly I decided to save his life and jumped into the water without thinking about the consequences. This happened one year ago and since then every time I see someone taking the plunge, I jump into the canal to save him," - Manoj Saini (as told to TOI) His act of bravery has been so well-received by the locals and the administrates, that they're considering recommending his name for a bravery award this year. I think there are more people like Manoj who exist in our society, the silent brave hearts who go the extra mile to do their bit anonymously. It's time to find these courageous souls and set a beautiful inspirational example, across the board.
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  23. The '90s was a magical period. Everything seemed grand and magical during that time. It's either that, or just the fact that we were young, and our innocence teamed up with the fairly simplistic technological environment to make us fall for that illusion. That doesn't change the fact though, that as '90s kids, we always crib about the fact that nothing really has improved since then. As much as we agree with that, there is just this one thing where it's the other way around - fashion in Bollywood. As grand as the movies were, the style statements also tried to be grand, and sometimes they worked too, but failed twice as often. Especially when it comes to men's fashion, let's just say that was one weird, weird chapter that we don't really wish to revisit. Our heroes had to bear the full brunt of it. But the silver lining is that, things are better now. In fact, some of our heroes from the '90s upped their style game to such an extent, that they are barely recognizable now. Here, we have compiled a list of 6 of them. 1. Suniel Shetty Ill-fitting clothes, unruly hair (sometimes with a stained bandana), unbuttoned shirt - these pretty much were Suniel Shetty staples during the '90s. Remember? No? Here's a little something to refresh your memory. © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter Wow. Right? Hey, we know he was poor in most of the movies, but we still blame the stylists. But, the man got his redemption, and how! Let's just say he has found his aesthetic now, and he has never looked better. In fact, the newbies have nothing on him. Here's proof. © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter 2. Bobby Deol Deol Junior is a good looking man, but the '90s didn't let us realize it. Long hair has always been stylish, but alas, they didn't quite work for Bobby here during his peak. What were you thinking, stylists? Take a look. © Twitter © Twitter But that was a long time ago, and things got better for Bobby Deol's aesthetic. The hair is gone, and there are muscles now - a ton of it. The new, toned, buff Bobby Deol gives us hope - hope that it's never to late. © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter 3. Ajay Devgn The period when Ajay's name had an extra 'A', and all his characters had a lot of anguish - was not a good period for him, style-wise. Adorned with forced shabbiness and bloodshot eyes, it looked like the man had no shot at even a good picture, whatsoever. Remember those days? © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter But those days are gone! Just like Ajay got rid of an 'A' from his surname, he got rid of style blunders as well. Now, he is back with a built physique, and some solid swag, as far as his wardrobe is concerned. © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter 4. Saif Ali Khan Chhote Nawab has always been a good looking man, but just like everyone else around him, he too was a victim of questionable grooming and styling. © Twitter © Twitter But, a few years ago, he decided to unleash his inner royalty. And boy did it work! © Twitter © Twitter 5. Akshay Kumar Mr Khiladi was always fit. But that did not save him from the style gaffes. Some went spectacularly wrong. © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter But his decided to rise above that, and kick ass with his style statements, just like he does with everything else in life. © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter 6. Anil Kapoor Yes, we agree that no one else could have played Lakhan, and the outfits of that character were on point, but hey, that is no reason to overlook the fact that Anil Kapoor was a victim of massive style blunders during that period. Here's a small reminder. © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter But look at him now. During Sonam's wedding, we legit felt bad for Anand for having a Father-In-Law who stole his thunder. © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter
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  25. With passing time, the role of a woman on the big screen has been changing constantly. There was a time when she was just used on-screen for decorative purposes, but time has changed and women have really traveled a long way along in the film industry. They are no more the 'abala naari' who need a man to protect them, but who would ideally want a man to just be with them. She is now the woman of substance and doesn't fear from speaking her mind out publicly and stand for her rights. She still belongs to this patriarchal society, but now she is also a rebel. It's interesting to see how with time Hindi cinema has adapted to reality and has tried to show the changing time, culture and influences. From a woman struggling to get her foothold, making it big in the big corporate world to simply bringing a story of a housewife, films have indeed changed. From Meena Kumari to Vidya Balan, from 'Bandit Queen' to 'Lipstick Under My Burkha', the women in films are no more just a visual treat but have been playing pivotal roles creating a huge change both on-screen and off-screen. We bring you 13 films where women were the real heroes and had a brilliant cast supporting them. 1957: 'Mother India' Mehboob Production Considered to be Nargis Dutt's best performance till date, 'Mother India is one such movie that actually changed the way Indian films used to portray women. A classic from the early era of Indian Cinema, this film is a must watch. Nargis plays Radha, a poor villager who has struggled throughout her life to raise her two sons. She is said to be the woman who never supports wrong and stands up for justice. Staying true to her ethics and beliefs, she ends up killing her own son just for justice. Now that's totally something! 1987: 'Mirch Masala' Eagle You might have not really watched this one but Ketan Mehta's 'Mirch Masala' brings in a tale of an ordinary woman Sonbai played by Smitha Patil from a village, who decides to say no to powerful authorities. You also have a story of another woman played by Deepti Naval who is the wife of the village's sarpanch. She is someone who revolts against her own husband because she wants to educate her own daughters. While this might look like a normal story to you today, this was released in a regressive time when a woman standing for her rights was a huge deal. 1994: 'Bandit Queen' Saregama Based on the life of Indian dacoit, Phoolan Devi, this movie literally can give you goosebumps. Played by Seema Biswas, the movie brings about the tale of a woman who fought with every man from police to goons who once destroyed her life. It's shown how she overpowers these powerful men. This Shekhar Kapoor's film was based on the biography named India's Bandit Queen: The True Story of Phoolan Devi by Mala Sen. 2000: 'Astitva' Twitter How about a movie that actually highlights the male chauvinist culture of our country? Well, we often use this term but Mahesh Manjrekar actually made a brilliant movie 'Astitva' starring Tabu in 2000. The film simply brings up the issue of domestic abuse, extramarital affair, that a woman is often aware of but is forbidden from talking about it. The movie introduces you to Aditi Shrikant Pandit's (Tabu) story who is trying to find her own identity outside her so-called happy marriage. Finally, she takes a bold step and moves away from her husband and son with her help of her to-be daughter-in-law, Namrata Shirodkar, who ends up leaving her boyfriend as too. Well, a win-win for both the females. 2011: 'No One Killed Jessica' UTV The Jessica Lal murder case literally shocked the entire nation. Based on the real-life incident, this film shows the tale of Sabrina Lal (Vidya Balan) who fights against the wealthy and influential people who were involved in the murder of her sister. On another hand, you also have Rani Mukerji who plays a journalist and helps Sabrina in every way possible. Give this one a watch. 2013: 'English Vinglish' Eros Some stories are just too beautiful, 'English Vinglish' falls on the list of that one. Directed by Gauri Shinde, this is an ordinary story of a housewife Shashi Godbole played by the iconic Sridevi. The story flawlessly shows how the woman who makes your house a home, is an exceptional mother, and also how a wife is looked down by her husband and kids, just because she can't speak English fluently. She is hurt like any human would be. Tables turn during her trip to the US, where she learns the language and despite overcoming her shortcomings and proving her family wrong, she still remains a wonderful homemaker like always. An impressive tale, that simply touches your heart. 2014: 'Queen' Viacom18 Motion Pictures Some stories give you the much required feel-good factor and Kangana Ranaut's 'Queen' totally falls into that category. The movie brings you a beautiful story of Rani who decides to take a honeymoon alone when her fiancé, played by Rajkummar Rao, decides to call off the wedding. When she travels the world, she comes across different people and learns new things about life. She comes back as a changed person all set to start her life on her own terms. 2014: 'Mary Kom' Viacom18 Motion Pictures 'Mary Kom' is an inspiring story of Indian boxer M.C. Mary Kom who won India great awards internationally. Played by Priyanka Chopra, the story brilliantly takes us through Kom's life. What makes this film special is all the hardships she went through to make it big in her career. The understanding shown between Kom's husband and her is what many need today. We also get to see how she makes a smashing comeback after her marriage and having babies. 2014: 'Mardaani' Yash Raj Films This is indeed one hell of a film to watch. The story of 'Mardaani' revolves around Shivani Roy a female cop donned by Rani Mukerji, who is all set to take down goons no matter what. She gets a new case where she has to fight the organisation involved in child trafficking and drugs. The performance by Rani is worthy of all the applause and praise. 2016: 'Neerja' Fox India This is the inspiring story of flight purser Neerja Bhanot who was shot by the terrorists and killed while she was trying to save lives of hundreds of passengers when Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked. Played by Sonam Kapoor, this is one of her best performances till the date. 2016: 'Pink' RSE Well, many find it kind of difficult to understand the meaning of 'No' and that's what the movie 'Pink' is all about. The movie clearly states not to judge a woman based on her lifestyle and a man cannot force a woman against her will. Amitabh Bachchan dons the advocate hat that fights for the girls in a legal battle against boys who comes from rich influential families. 2017: 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' Prakash Jha Production This film is an honest portrayal of our not-so-sanskari society. Alankrita Shrivastava's movie is about lives of four women living in Bhopal who have their own simple problems. The film openly talks about a woman's sexual desire and believe us, it's not a woman-oriented film. But something that even the sensible men in our society would relate with. An amazing watch indeed! 2017: 'Tumhari Sulu' T-Series This one is such a feel-good film that Vidya Balan will literally charm your boots off and will make you fall in love with Sulu. Director Suresh Triveni's 'Tumhari Sulu' is the story of a middle-class family which is so heart-warming that from the first frame to the last, you are totally invested in the story. The film tells the tale of Sulochana Dubey (Vidya Balan) aka Sulu who is a housewife and lives with her husband Ashok (Manav Kaul) and son Pranav. You often see her coming up with silly plans to do something or the other. One day out of the blue, she lands the role of a late-night radio jockey. Her sexy voice and her unique perspective in dealing with people's problems make it an adventurous ride until reality catches up with her. What makes 'Tumhari Sulu' so impactful is that it makes you celebrate small things in life. It teaches you the importance of accepting each other's idiosyncrasies wholeheartedly. A movie that you just can't miss.
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