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  1. When there is a bevy of talented actors in a movie, you are bound to praise it and somewhere, you are also sure of the content thatâs coming your way. As audience and media, we have earlier lacked appreciating the true form of cinema but now the wave is changing as we have started to notice the real talents at last. Yes, Kunal Kemmuâs tweet got us thinking about the fact why such talented actors are not given equal opportunities for the promotion of their movies. In a recently held press conference Kunalâs Lootcase was completely ignored , and surely it has the potential to connect with the audience because of the sheer simplicity in the subject. So, the trailer was released last year but the movie couldnât make it to the theatres and now, itâs releasing on HotStar along with a few other projects. Before it releases on the OTT platform, we are here to tell why it deserves an equal opportunity to shine like other mainstream releases. 1. Relatable Content And An Interesting StorylineIf you have seen the trailer, you might agree to the fact that it's a story that will connect to the audience because of its relatable content. The trailer accurately depicts the struggles of the middle class. So, the story revolves around Nandan Kumar played by Kunal who finds an unattended suitcase full of money and that completely changes the course of his life because soon after that, gangsters and politicians leave no stone unturned to make Nandanâs life a mess. 2. Witty Dialogues And Brilliant WritingThe trailer is packed with witty dialogues and we are sure that the movie has a lot more to offer in terms of its writing. It should surely be a much-needed break as we all are battling this negativity. There are a few comic liners that surely are a breather. 3. Kunal Kemmuâs PerformanceKunal Kemmu is one underrated actor that we havenât celebrated enough. From being a child actor to playing leads, Kunal has always aced his acting game. If you have watched his last outing Malang, Kunal showed his acting prowess and what he is capable of. It will be interesting to see how he pulls off his character and what he brings to the table. © PVR Cinemas 4. Gajraj Rao And Vijay Raaz: The Men Who Are Masters Of Their CraftGajraj Rao and Vijay Raaz need an introduction as they have never disappointed us with their craft. Whenever they take up a role, you can be sure that it will be a perfect display of their talent. In this movie, Gajraj plays the role of a politician and we really want to see how he adds his charm to the character written for him. Vijay will be seen playing the role of a gangster and it will be interesting to see such men in one frame. © PVR Cinemas © PVR Cinemas 5. Ranvir Shorey and Rasika Dugalâs Not To Be Missed Acts When you have actors like Ranvir and Rasika backing the script, you know the end product is going to be equally good. Ranvir as an actor is also someone whoâs underrated and we all need to start promoting the talents that deserve to be appreciated. Rasika, too, puts in her 100% to her character to make it look convincing and as realistic as it can be. © PVR Cinemas © PVR Cinemas We are excited for Lootcase! What about you? View the full article
  2. We reviewed The Last of Us Part 2 (TLOU2) last week and found the game to be a visual masterpiece with a compelling story. During our gameplay one thing was for sure, TLOU2 was an experience you will rarely find in video games. The game made us question our motivations and even made us care for things we normally donât in video games. © MensXP Naughty Dog, creators of the Uncharted series and the developer of TLOU2 have gone to extreme lengths to pay attention to details. However, with any new game release, youâre often conflicted whether you should buy a game at release or wait for it to get cheaper to play sometime later. We make the case for the game which will hopefully get you excited for the game and get it when it launches this Friday: 1. Awesome Gameplay © Youtube_Naughty Dog In our review, we mentioned that this game feels ultra-smooth and just intuitive when it comes to gameplay. The world features a semi-open environment where you will have to sneak around enemies to get to your objective. You can either hide and play with a stealth play style or go in guns blazing. However, to survive each battle, you need to have enough resources to craft medkits, ammo and attachments for your weapons. While the gameplay may not seem too different from a traditional stealth game, the game gives you the freedom to craft, strategise and kill enemies on the fly. The fact that you may not have enough resources to survive the battle adds extra breadth to the gameplay that forces you to think before you act. 2. It Looks Beautiful © Naughty Dog If you ever wondered how good a game can look on the PlayStation 4, you donât need to look further than The Last of Us Part 2. You will be visiting a city in the game that has been overrun by nature since a lot of time has gone by since the outbreak. The environments and textures are extremely detailed in this game and are simply awe-inspiring. If you ever wanted a game that looked like a movie, the facial animations of each character will blow you away. These sort of details make a game immersive and you wonât be disappointed while playing The Last of Us Part 2. 3. Itâs Not A Short Game © Naughty Dog Most of us are under some form of lockdown and there are only so many TV shows and movies that you can watch. There may have been a point where you wanted to play a game where you can spend hours and still experience a great story. The Last of Us Part 2 can last for about 25 hours depending on the difficulty level and if you are a completionist like me; you can expect to spend anywhere between 30-35 hours in the game. Even if you play for a few hours every day; you are sorted for the next few weeks where you get to experience a story and enjoy awesome gameplay. 4. You Donât Need To Play The First Game © Naughty Dog Yes, The Last Of Us Part 2 is a sequel to the original that launched seven years ago, however, you donât need to play the original for the second part of the game. Naughty Dog has included enough callbacks and flashbacks that get you up to speed with Ellie and Joelâs story. However, we do recommend playing the original as it just adds to the overall narrative and is a masterpiece in its own right. 5. A Compelling Story © Naughty Dog We canât talk much about the game, however, we will repeat what we said in our review last week. Hereâs what our review said: âWhatever our ultimate goal was at the start of the game changed drastically towards the end of the story. I wanted to achieve that goal with the utmost brutality, without any mercy and any remorse. However, some events in the latter half of the game make you rethink everything. It's a great showcase of Naughty Dog's skill of humanising games and storytelling that screws with your mind.â 6. It's Brutal © Naughty Dog Whenever we played this game we felt sick in the stomach because of the gore and life-life graphics. Usually, in games, you kill enemies and move on the next objective, however, in this game, dealing with enemies can become taxing. You can feel every blow on your controller and at times even feel bad for killing enemies simply because of it being brutal. There are times when you will have to deal with dogs and killing them to survive is a heart-wrenching experience. In our review, we said âThese dogs have names and you can feel the anguish in the tone of the owner after discovering its death. This feeling hits home with any animal lover who has lost a pet in the past which was the case for me as I lost my dog a few months ago." TLOU2 will be available to people to play in India on June 19th Friday 9:30 AM IST. The game will be available to purchase from the PlayStation Store, Amazon India, Games The Shop or your local games retailer. View the full article
  3. This yearâs much-awaited film Dil Bechara will become one of the most-loved films for more than one reason - the most important one being, this would be late actor Sushant Singh Rajputâs last film. Unfortunately, after this one, we wonât get to see the 34-year-old actor on big-screens anymore. Helmed by Mukesh Chhabra, Dil Bechara is a perfect mix of a talented, experienced ensemble cast and crew together with a well-written, multi-layered story and AR Rahman's music track, that would instantly hit the right chord with the viewers. âJab baat Dil ki ho, then let everyone know.â#KizzieAurManny is now #DilBechara@foxstarhindi @sanjanasanghi96 @CastingChhabra pic.twitter.com/T3aqfsbYZ0 â Sushant Singh Rajput (@itsSSR) February 8, 2019 The filmâs premise revolves around a love story between two teenagers who suffer from cancer. Here we have listed out six reasons why you should watch Sushantâs yet-to-be released Dil Bechara: 1. Sushant Singh Rajputâs Last FilmAs we mentioned earlier, Dil Bechara will be marked as Sushantâs last film as his sudden and tragic passing has left people across the country and the Bollywood industry completely in shock. Sushant was only 34 years old when he took this drastic step of ending his life. Reports suggest that he was suffering from depression over the years. This film would be nothing but an ode to the talented actor that we have lost too soon. âIâ am just âyouâ away from Glory. #selfmusing ï¸ pic.twitter.com/Q5vZb4VCGq â Sushant Singh Rajput (@itsSSR) August 19, 2018 2. Storyline Will Take You Through Roller-Coaster Of EmotionsThereâs no doubt that itâs an epic romance story. But let me warn you - you're going to cry. Just accept that now. Not only because of the hard-hitting narrative, but seeing Sushant playing a role that only screams - hope & positivity, will make us miss him more as we watch him. Youâll not only be engrossed in the film till the end, it will also make you think about how life is precious. Also, there's no time like the summer to indulge in a sweeping love story, right? 3. Based On Critically & Commercially Successful NovelDil Bechara is a coming-of-age romantic drama which is based on renowned American author John Green's 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars. The novel is his sixth solo and quite interestingly, the novelâs title is inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's most popular play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings." The novel was a massive hit and in 2014, it was made into an American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone in the same name. That film was a commercial success. 4. Ensemble CastHelmed by Mukesh Chhabra, Dil Bechara marks his directorial debut and apart from Sushant Singh Rajput, the film also features debutante Sanjana Sanghi and Saif Ali Khan in pivotal roles. Although, Saif makes a guest appearance in the film. 5. AR Rahman MusicARRâs name itself is enough to make one excited about the upcoming songs. Academy Award-winning music composer AR Rahman has been roped in to score music for this most-awaited film. In one of his media interviews earlier, he said, "When I heard the narration of their Indian adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars and especially how music is so beautifully woven into the narrative, I got quite excited." Produced by Fox Star Studios, the filmâs release got delayed several times earlier due to post-production delays and recently, due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. It was supposed to be released on May 8 but now, as per the reports, the film will be released directly on OTT platforms soon. The release date hasnât been announced yet. Besides, according to news reports, the filmâs director was also suspended from his services after getting allegedly accused of sexual harassment in October 2018. However, eventually he returned after receiving a clean chit from ICC on the allegations. This perhaps also added to the filmâs delay. Dil Becharaâs lead actor opposite Sushant, Sanjana recently took to her social media account to share an emotional message about her co-actor. Watch tearfull talkin of sushant last heroine sanjana sanghi from dil bechara movie #SushantSinghRajput pic.twitter.com/Qryqa04pOv â Rofl Vickky (@vickkydirector3) June 14, 2020 The film was previously titled Kizie Aur Manny. Meanwhile, fans of Sushant are now demanding the film to be released in theatres as a tribute to the actor, however, if the film will have a digital release or not, is yet to be seen. Wont this be injustice to @itsSSR if movie is released on OTT instead of multiplex. Kind Request @foxstarhindi @foxstarmedia @CastingChhabra to release movie on big screen as a small tribute from humanity !!!! #SushantSinghRajput #DilBechara pic.twitter.com/jmZcIdxPrM â Sourabh (@Sourabh13620284) June 17, 2020the urge that i have to watch dil bechara and clap on every scene sushant deliver and then sob too is just weird and unreal. give #DilBecharaOnBigScreen for us to celebrate his brilliance together one last time. â Anjali (@Anji17_) June 17, 2020i truly do hope that dil bechara is released on the big screen. letâs do this for sushant. letâs pay his hard work, commitment, wisdom and intellect the ode it deserves. he deserves the best of the best goodbyes. #DilBecharaOnBigScreen â dee. (@dipikashansi) June 17, 2020I hope it gets released in theatres instead of OTT....we all deserve to see Sushant one last time on celluloid #DilBechara #SushanthSinghRajput https://t.co/R8TfnqH4zT â aaditya ××××××× (@aadibdl) June 17, 2020Moreover, Saif in one of his earlier interviews, speaking about working with Sushant, said, âHe was very nice to me and he said he wanted to come and have a drink and talk about various things, which never happened, which I feel bad about. Maybe I could have, you know, helped in some way or not⦠I donât know. But after working with him, I quite liked him because he was nice.â The film was largely shot in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand and few portions were also filmed across Paris, France. View the full article
  4. We know that Mahindra makes some of the finest civilian SUVs in India. We also know, that when it comes to the vehicles that they make for the defence sector, they are vehicles that are simply out of this world. With the world seemingly coming to an end, and a lot of people believing that the end is actually upon us, a lot of people would love to get their hands on the new Mahindra ASLV. © Mahindra & Mahindra One might assume that the ASLV is a buffed up, the Indian version of the military spec Hummer H1 that many forces are using around the world. Someone, like this guy. Its looks like a "DESI COPY" of HUMMER . pic.twitter.com/tYNcZbt9Oi â Rajat (@techyrajat) May 29, 2020 Well, the ASLV is much more than that. For starters, it is way better equipped than the Hummer and is actually capable of protecting the occupants when something larger than a bullet hits it. © Mahindra & Mahindra This is what Anand Mahindra had to say about the ASLV, and we kinda agree. Our defence team believes M&M translates to âMean Machine.â This is one of their meaner ones... https://t.co/yZpbQHmpqS â anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 29, 2020 Here are 5 things that make the ASLV truly a beast of a car, and one mean machine Highest Level of Ballistic ProtectionFirst things first. The ASLV comes certified with the highest level of Ballistic protection, at B7, meaning that it can easily withstand high-velocity, armour piercing rounds, even from a close distance. Ability to withstand grenadesOther than protection from high velocity ballistics, the ASLV also complies with STANAG II levels of blast protection, meaning that it can easily withstand the most common hand grenades, land mines, and small artillery. Insane Performance Figures © Mahindra & Mahindra A car that has such a high level of armouring and protection is obviously very heavy. Despite the bulk, the ASLV can easily hit a top speed of 120 kmph, and can go 0-60 in under 12 seconds, at full load, thanks to the 3.2 litre, 6 cylinder engine which produces 215 bhp & 500 Nm of torque. The power is fed to all four wheels. This essentially means that no matter what the surface or what the situation, you will be able to put the hammer down, at the drop of a hat. Insane Load Bearing Capabilities © Mahindra & Mahindra The ASLVâs performance seems even more impressive when you take a look at its load-bearing capabilities. Even though it will only seat 4 adults, it can carry 1000 kgs as its payload. Imagine all the essential supplies that soldiers will be able to carry, in each of unit of the ASLV. A Modular Architecture © Mahindra & Mahindra Finally, there is the architecture or rather the manner in which the car is built. Because it has a very modular structure, repairing the ASLV on the go will be a breeze, and will take a lot less time. Furthermore, regiments and units can spec the car out in whatever way the feel like, meaning, they can attach machine guns, small artillery, grenade launchers and what not. Honestly, with one of this in our garage, and one of these bunkers, we feel we can take on anything that the apocalypse has to throw at us. View the full article
  5. Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey may not be the most vibrant public figure out there, but he surely comes across as the finest Steve Jobs-level tech-wiz with top-class leadership qualities. Time and again, through various means and approaches, Jack Dorsey has shown the world that running a successful business takes much more than just establishing it. Great organizations of this world are built upon strong ethics and ideologies which thrive on consumer satisfaction provided through high employee engagement and happiness index. © Twitter/ajplus And the Twitter CEO isnât just a man good with words, but also knows how to walk the talk and lead the way. Here are 7 such reasons which prove Jack Dorsey might just be the coolest boss out there that all of us need: 1. He Actually Cares About His Employeesâ WelfareHours ago, Jack Dorsey made headlines for sending his Twitter employees an email which said that they can continue to work from home as long as they want, even after the pandemic is over. So, basically what that means is, âif our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen.â © Twitter Complex I mean, which other CEO would even consider such a move even if they get the chance? Think about it, Iâll wait. 2. He Is Least Bothered About His âAppraisalsâJack Dorsey is known to have taken just $1.40 as his base salary since 2018 - forgoing any increment or extra remuneration. However, keeping in mind that the total compensation of Twitter's median compensated employee was $213,155 in 2019, an employee to CEO pay ratio is less than 0.001. © BCCL While his employees continue to get their dues for their services year after year, the Twitter CEO hasnât claimed any benefits for himself and continues to work for his company and its future every day. 3. He Leads The Way By Setting ExamplesAmid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Jack Dorsey has gone out of his way to ensure that he takes effective personal measures to help the world fight the pandemic. The man swore off â28% of (his) wealthâ, that is $1,000 million, to aid the fight against coronavirus and build a better future. © Twitter/nnavinsingh21 So, before calling people to donate whatever is in their power, Dorsey is doing his bit to encourage others. So far, he has donated $2.1 million to the Mayorâs Fund for LA towards domestic violence victims, pledged $10 million to REFORM Alliance which will help provide 10 million face masks and other PPEs for inmates, officers, health care workers and other prison employees. © Twitter/CBSNews The Twitter CEO has also donated $15 million to San Franciscoâs COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, to help people and businesses impacted by the pandemic. Apart from all that, Dorsey has also donated $750K to Eminemâs Marshall Mathers foundation which works to help the youth in Detroit. 4. He Teaches His Team (& Others) To Have Faith In Their ProductNo company, however strong, can sustain itself in the long run if the ones who are working in it donât have faith in its potential and future. Similarly, Jack Dorsey, who also happens to be the founder and CEO of mobile payments company Square, has shown his team that trusting their own product is crucial. © Twitter/DatHaxor By regularly buying Bitcoin worth $10,000 every week, and maxing out his Bitcoin buys on Cash App, a subsidiary of Square, Jack Dorsey is encouraging his employees and customers to have faith in their products and services. And thatâs just one such instance. 5. He Welcomes Criticism & FeedbackWe all know how welcome any form of criticism or feedback is to most bosses. But thatâs not the case with Jack Dorsey. According to reports, earlier this year, the Twitter CEO made a video call to tech giant Elon Musk during a staff meeting to take âdirect feedbackâ and âcritiqueâ on Twitter from the man himself. © Twitter/nypost According to SkyNews, Dorsey asked, "Give us some direct feedback, critique, what are we doing poorly, what could we be doing better, and what's your hope for our potential as a service?" He further added, "If you were running Twitter - by the way do you want to run Twitter? What would you do?" © Twitter/Recode Musk gave him an honest response and said that it would be âhelpful to differentiateâ between real and fake (bots and organised trolls) accounts. "How do you tell if the feedback is real or someone trying to manipulate the system? ...Sometimes it can be very difficult to figure out what's real public opinion and what's not.â By encouraging an open feedback/criticism session during a staff meeting, Dorsey imbibed a good culture within his team and encouraged his employees to work with an open mind, accept criticisms and improve as they go. View the full article
  6. No matter what day of the week, you will find me playing games the moment I finish my work. While most movies these days turn out to be disappointing and have predictable plots, video games, on the other hand, offer more value and entertainment than ever before. Two years ago, I wrote a feature on how video games are already bigger than movies, today the industry has become bigger even in India. Games have also become a better medium for storytelling than movies right now. Here are 4 reasons why I prefer playing video games over watching movies: 1. Itâs More Immersive © CDProjektRed Games are known for having awesome character development and plot details that are not possible in movies. Since many games can run for over 20 hours, you get enough time to experience the story. In some games, you can even tell your own story by making key decisions or by developing a certain type of character. You can be evil in games or the good old hero trying to save the world, itâs your choice really especially in role-playing games. In movies and TV shows, you simply watch the main character do things while in games, YOU get to be the main character and experience the story for yourself. You can create how your character looks and what kind of clothes it can wear. You can even choose your characterâs voice and style of playing. Sure, not all games have the best plot but there are plenty of games out there with better storylines than most movies today. 2. You Live In a Whole Different World © Sega When playing open-world games, you donât only get to experience great characters but an entirely different world from your own as well. Some games feature a world with different islands, fauna and animals that you can interact with. We recently played Final Fantasy 7 Remake and the city of Midgar looks better than most cities in the world. Similarly, if you like a fantasy setting, you can check out the world of The Witcher series. If you ever wondered what Tokyo feels and looks like, you can check out games like the Yakuza series. There are so many different worlds to check out in games that can never be accurately represented in movies and TV shows. 3. I Donât Have To Deal With Bad Acting © naughty Dog Many movies feature actors that canât really act to save their lives. While iconic movies like The Godfather and other drama movies will always live-on; most movies today feature at least one bad actor that doesnât effectively suspend reality. However, while playing games, you can easily get lost in the world, narrative and gameplay for hours. Games now feature great voice-actors that make cut-scenes believable. Games like The Last of Us have a profound impact on players because of its great voice-acting and motion-captured cutscenes. It is also needed to point out that there are plenty of games that feature bad acting, animations and voice acting as well. Just like movies, we have bad games too and are not immune to bad actors either. 4. Video Games are Global © Unplash Whether you play PUBG or Rainbow Six Siege, you are bound to make friends from different regions to play the game together. Thatâs the beauty of video games, it connects people with each other from all over the world which isnât necessarily true for movies and TV shows. Games are developed all over the world and thereâs a high chance youâve played some of them. Ever played Mario or Contra? Both these games were developed in Japan. Played PUBG recently? It was developed by BlueHole based in South Korea. View the full article
  7. If you are a 90s kid, I am sure you might have not missed Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, we all are at homes, and OTT platforms have come to our rescue as boredom is killing is us all. As 2020 is one year that I feel has been downloaded by mistake, I wanted to go back in time and relive my 90s. I was surfing Netflix and I stumbled upon Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Well, I decided to watch it for the sake of good old days. After watching it, I realized that neither Shah Rukh Khan aka Rahul nor Salman Khan aka Aman was the perfect fit for Kajol aka Anjali So, I did an analysis of why Rahul and Aman didn't deserve Anjali's love. Let me give you 5 reasons why these two men didn't deserve Kajol. 1) Rahul's ideology of 'pyaar dosti hai' was completely fraud as it gave false hopes to Anjali. Well, if a man walks up to me who's is close friend comes to me and says that he can only fall with his best friend, I would have had my hopes high. They both were best friends but he chose Tina over Anjali(who is the best friend actually). © Dharma Productions 2) Rahul was one selfish character as Anjali was never his priority or maybe he saw her as the second option. When he started to feel all lonely, he was all hovering around her and suddenly felt he has this feeling of old found love for Anjali. Even after knowing that Anjali is trying to move on, he tries his best to woo her. © Dharma Productions 3) Rahul was completely sexist because he kept mentioning that women can't play basketball and based his ideologies on looks for that matter. When Anjali dressed like a tomboy, Rahul didn't pay any heed to her but when she started to dress up more like a woman according to his perception, he went all 'gung ho' about her. Rahul falls for Anjali after she changes from a âtomboyâ to a more feminine appearance. © Dharma Productions 4) Aman, equally, didn't deserve her. Well, the whole idea of imposing Anjali for getting married to him didn't fit well. He even mentioned that he would drag her to the 'mandap' against her will. 5) Aman gives up on her way too easily. In the movie, it might have looked like a perfect end that Aman told Anjali to be with Rahul because she is still in love with him. In reality, you wouldn't do such a thing at all. © Dharma Productions Well, if there would have been Kuch Kuch Hota 2.0, I would prefer Anjali dumping both Aman and Rahul because they both clearly didn't deserve her! View the full article
  8. Being at home all day translates to doing all your activities in the same outfit. Whether it is working out or working from home or even cooking for yourself, you donât need a change of clothes. However, when we think of versatile clothing, a solid T-shirt or shirt is what comes to mind. However, if you just take one look around, you'll see there is so much more to experiment with! A short kurta is one of the rare staples that are trendy too. With its contemporary design and comfortable fit, a short kurta is perfect for your at-home style. Here are five good reasons to start wearing a short kurta at home! __ECOMLOOKS__378__ __ECOMLOOKS__380__ __ECOMLOOKS__383__ __ECOMLOOKS__386__ __ECOMLOOKS__385__ Explore More View the full article
  9. 1971 was a 2007 directorial movie debut by Amrit Sagar. Set against the backdrop of the 1971 India-Pakistan war for Bangladesh's independence from West Pakistan, the film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi at the 55th National Film Awards. However, not many know that this riveting tale about the lives of Indian Prisoners of War (PoW) in Pakistan existed in the film domain, because it failed to publicize itself well-enough around the time of its release. © Sagar Arts Productions But those who watched the movie, swore by it. Right from the screenplay, to the background score and performances, viewers hailed this as the next war-drama with the might to topple major front-runners in the domain. Today, 13 years later after itâs release, 1971 is being declared a digital blockbuster because of its true to life representations of life and times of the 54 PoWs that the Pakistani government not only illegally detained, but also denied the very existence of. Here are 4 major reasons why 1971 is a superhit today, and ought to have been 13 years ago as well. 1. The Backstory © Sagar Arts Productions 1971 is based on the lives of real Prisoners of War (PoW) who were detained in Pakistan after the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war which was fought to establish a new country, Bangladesh. The film not only uncovers how cunningly the Pakistani government manipulated the situation of withholding Indian PoW in its territory but also tries to throw light on the plight of those Indian defense personnel held in Pakistan for the countryâs twisted reasons. Based on real reportage and research about 54 PoWs held captive in Pakistani jails in dire circumstances, 1971 shares these detained soldiers' stories established through multiple, real sources. 2. The Reliable Cast © Sagar Arts Productions One of the best aspects about this film has to be its strong ensemble cast which has trusted actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Deepak Dobriyal, Piyush Mishra, Manav Kaul, Ravi Kishan, and Kumud Mishra in the forefront. Apart from Manoj Bajpayeeâs convincing performance as the man trying to lead a band of six soldiers away from the clutches of the Pakistani army and back into their motherland, Deepak Dobriyal and Ravi Kishanâs performance will win you over. The authenticity and vigour to see through this personal mission comes through effortlessly through the convincing screenplay by Amrit Sagar and meticulously amazing cinematography by Chirantan Das who has worked on films like Tanu Weds Manu. 3. The Hard-Hitting Dialogues © Sagar Arts Productions We arenât unaware of Piyush Mishraâs penmanship. One of the filmâs highlights happens to be its strong, hard-hitting dialogues which have been written by Mishra himself. With well-worded phrases and poignant references, the dialogues in the film manage to leave the audience teary eyes on more than a couple of occasions. Piyush Mishra has succeeded in laying bare the true emotions of both the captured Indian soldiers, but also present to his audience the true motives of the Pakistani military. 4. An Account Of History Now Forgotten © Sagar Arts Productions Sagarâs directorial is a visual diary of a historic event which has slowly been pushed to the backseat for most Indians today. More than a decade since its release, 1971 manages to remind us of those forgotten heroes who either gave up their lives in Pakistani prisons or still await their release almost five decades later. The film manages to store all the details on reel for future generations to remember and for the world to understand how easily some countries give up on humanity for their political gains. View the full article
  10. Politics across the world in 2020 is, to put it mildly, a mess. With individuals across the length and breadth of the political spectrum arguing over everything from rights to representatives, thereâs one common sentiment youâll find everywhere from Mumbai to Mexico - that absolutely no one wants to live in North Korea. No one, except for dictator Kim Jong Un, of course - whoâs now in his 9th year at the helm of one of the modern worldâs most horrific and brutal regimes - and who has recently made headlines for his reported hospitalisation. As Kim Jong-un's whereabouts remain unknown, world leaders say their thoughts are with the members of his family who haven't been fed to dogs or blown up with anti-tank missiles. â Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) April 28, 2020 Good riddance, says the world. Before we potentially say goodbye to the infamous dictator, itâs well worth reminding ourselves of the barbaric and often violent punishments heâs inflicted on others - usually for things weâd never expect to be reprimanded for in most countries. Here are 5 of the cruellest and most unusual of them all: 1. Incarcerated For Failing To Save Regime Leadersâ Portraits © Reuters Earlier this January, social media went in uproar against the NK regime, when stories surfaced of a mother who saved her children from a house fire in Onsong County, North Hamgyong Province. The woman was jailed and placed under investigation by the Ministry of State Security (MSS) for failing to save portraits of Kim Jong Unâs ancestors, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Tragically, she failed to save them because of having to choose between irking the government and her childrenâs lives. 2. Starved & Kept In Poor Homes For Failing To Bring Back Olympic Glory © Reuters Back during the 2016 Rio Olympics, the North Korean contingent bagged a total of seven medals at the event in Brazil, but this wasnât enough to impress the eccentric dictator. Reports from North Korea suggest that this performance may have led to athletes facing the wrath of the dictator, who wanted them to return with at least five gold medals and 12 other medals. The athletes were reportedly punished by being forced into smaller, poor quality homes, slashed food rations and in some cases, being sent into coal mines as forced labourers. 3. Bombarded By Mortars For Partying At The Wrong Time © Reuters When Kim Jong Un ascended to the leadership of North Korea in 2011, he wasted no time in eliminating political opponents - beginning with his uncle and his supporters. In order to make this easier, he enforced a âperiod of mourningâ after his fatherâs death - where any form of celebration was outlawed. When non-supportive Army Vice-Minister Kim Chol was discovered âpartying and carousing with alcoholâ during the mourning period, Jong Un had a simple order for the execution squad - âleave no trace of him behind, down to his hair.â The squad then proceeded to literally blow the man apart using explosive mortar shells. 4. Executed With Anti-Aircraft Guns For Making A Porn Video © Reuters Back in 2017, a NK defector came out in international media with horrific stories of civilians being forced to watch brutal public executions to keep them in line. She said she was among 10,000 people once forced to watch the execution of musicians accused of making a pornographic video, at Pyongyangâs military academy. She told the Daily Mirror, âThey were lashed to the end of anti-aircraft guns. Their bodies were blown to bits, totally destroyed, blood and bits flying everywhere. And then after that military tanks moved in and they ran over the bits on the ground where the remains lay.â Grisly stuff. 5. Jailed And, Presumably, Put In A Coma For âStealingâ A Propaganda Poster © Reuters American student Otto Warmbier entered North Korea as part of a guided tour group on December 29, 2015. On January 2, 2016, he was arrested at Pyongyang International Airport while awaiting departure from the country and convicted of attempting to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel, for which he was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment with hard labour. When Warmbier was finally released 17 months later, he was found to be in a vegetative state - which NK authorities attributed to sleeping pills and botulism. Downright chilling. Sure not going to miss this guy if and when he goes, thatâs for sure. View the full article
  11. Any team that is led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, be it the Indian national team of the Chennai Super Kings side during the Indian Premier League, is used to working under a calm and composed captain. The man somehow manages to show no expressions and his hands never tremble under âdo or dieâ situations, well maybe not during the 2019 World Cup, but you get the point. So on those extremely rare occasions when âCaptain Coolâ loses it, just like any of us, his fans seem to take their time processing what just happened. Here are five moments when MS Dhoni lost his cool but the spectators couldnât believe it: 1. âOh Bh*sdike Idhar Dekh Leâ If Virat Kohli would have said something like this, it probably wouldnât even have made the headlines but when you hear someone like MS Dhoni abusing and that too his own teammate (Manish Pandey), it definitely shocked a lot of people who couldnât believe their ears. 2. Angry At The Right Decision By The Umpires During a 2012 ODI between India and Australia, the third-umpire messed up and declared Michael Hussey out after Dhoni had stumped him despite the replays showing his foot was behind the crease. Once the officials clarified that it was âa malfunctionâ and asked the Aussie to return to the crease, Dhoni was livid. For someone who invited Englandâs Ian Bell to bat after he was wrongfully given a run-out, losing his cool over something like this was highly unlikely. 3. IPL Walkover In the final over of an IPL match between CSK and Rajasthan Royals last season, straight umpire Ulhas Gandhe called a no-ball on a Ben Stokes delivery but quickly took it back once CSK players took a couple of runs. When Ravindra Jadeja started arguing with the officials, Dhoni walked over the boundary line and came to argue with them while pointing a finger at him. Even though the umpires messed it up big time, for Dhoni to enter the field and show such aggression was uncharacteristic of him. 4. Taking Deepak Chaharâs Class In 2019, Deepak Chahar was playing under the leadership of Dhoni but in the yellow CSK uniform. The skipper trusted him with the 19th over in a very close match but the pacer screwed up and bowler two back to back no-balls. Soon enough, Chahar could be seen with his hands behind his back and head bowed down, listening to Thala go at it. 5. âMain Pagal Hoonâ¦â Giving Kuldeep Yadav A Lesson © Reuters Recently, Kuldeep Yadav relived the day he got to hear a ear-full when he ignored his captainâs command and didnât change the fielding after getting slammed by Sri Lankaâs Kusal Perera. On the next ball, Perera smashed yet another delivery by the Chinaman and Dhoni wasnât having any more of it. He yelled at the spinner from behind the stumps: ââMain pagal hu? 300 one-day khela hu, aur samjha raha hu yahan peâ.â View the full article
  12. When Shahid Kapoor announced that he will be a part of the 2019âs popular Telugu movie Jerseyâs Hindi remake, fans were really excited to see what new the actor will bring to the table as Nani had already set the standards quite high. Well, Shahid was prepping hard for the movie but the shooting was stalled due to the Coronavirus lockdown in the country. Shahid took to Twitter and wrote, âIn a time like this it is our social responsibility to do everything in our capacity to curb the spread of this virus. Team #Jersey is suspending shoot so as to enable all unit members to be with their families and in the safety of their homes. Be responsible. Stay safe.â At a time like this it is our social responsibility to do everything in our capacity to curb the spread of this virus. Team #Jersey is suspending shoot so as to enable all unit members to be with their families and in the safety of their homes. Be responsible. Stay safe.ï¸ â Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) March 14, 2020Fans were excited to see Shahid shoot for the film and were expecting yet another hit film by the actor. Jersey was trending on Twitter this morning and when I dug into it, I found that the Telugu version has completed one year of its release. This made people talk about their excitement for the Hindi remake starring Shahid Kapoor. On this note, we tell you five reasons why we think Shahid is the perfect choice for the Hindi remake of Jersey. Kabir Singhâs Massive Success Kabir Singh was also a remake of Arjun Reddy, which was already a talked-about movie. When Shahidâs Kabir Singh released, it went on to become a talking point for various reasons and fans appreciated Shahid for pulling off an Arjun Reddy. So when Jersey was announced, people had this mindset that he can do justice to Naniâs film too. Shahid Kapoorâs 1st Look As A Cricketer As the first look of the film was out, fans of the actor couldnât contain their excitement and made his look go viral on social media. With such a crazy response to the actorâs look, we are sure that janta approves of Shahid taking up this project. View this post on Instagram#jersey the prep begins.A post shared by (@shahidkapoor) Acting Is Always Top-Notch With Shahid being a part of a project, you can expect a praise-worthy performance. From Haider to Udta Punjab to Kabir Singh, Shahid Kapoor has always kept his acting game pretty strong. So, we can expect the same in the Hindi remake of Jersey. Strong Prep Game & Dedicated To The Character For those who know Shahid or have met him in person would know how dedicated an actor he is. He doesnât leave any stone unturned when it comes to putting 100% to his characters on the screen. The actor was injured on the sets and even after getting stitches, he was back at it. On Twitter, the actor wrote, âI have got a few stitches but am recovering fast. Jersey has taken a little bit of my blood but a script this good deserves that in the least. Have a good one you all. Keep it real. Make it count. Spread the love. Humanity above all." View this post on Instagram#jersey #prepA post shared by (@shahidkapoor)Can Easily Handle The Pressure Well, the actor can handle the pressure of fans him comparing to Nani for Jersey as the same happened with Kabir Singh when he was constantly compared to Vijay who was in Arjun Reddy. The actor kept a cool head and was okay with the criticism too. We are sure of Shahid Kapoor nailing this character. Are you excited for Jersey? View the full article
  13. Every time we read or watch a story based on women, it is sidelined and tagged as a clichéd âchic-flickâ and presumed to be a generic tale on matters concerning only women. On the other hand, for centuries, we have watched and read stories that celebrated the valour of men. Women oriented movies are a pretty recent development in terms of filmmakers taking up this subject and projecting it on the screen. Prime Videoâs Four More Shots Please is one show that gained popularity and connected well with the viewers which showcased the life and the struggles of a modern Indian woman and its second season has also released now. The best part about this show is that it is not just the women who are enjoying it, but the men are also learning a thing or two about what goes in the life and mind of a woman. Completed this within few hours and must say it was worth waitingï¸love for the maker's ï¸â #loveislove #baniJ #KirtiKulhari#sayanigupta#maanvigagroo#FourMoreShotsPlease â Ajay Neeta Patel (@neeta_ajay) April 17, 2020#FourMoreShotsPlease New Season. Same BFFs. A lot more fun pic.twitter.com/5j6nIYIeOo â Mayur Bhatt (@mayurbhattit) April 17, 2020What an amazing show. A roller coaster in itself we need more shows like these.@PrimeVideoIN please get @YehHaiMirzapur season 2 itâs a need of the hour for this quarantine â¥ï¸ #FourMoreShotsPlease â Pulin (@sudoinfluencer) April 17, 2020Watching #FourMoreShotsPlease2. A great experience I must tell. Shoutout to @sayanigupta @bani_j @IamKirtiKulhari & @maanvigagroo for giving us something to cheer for during #lockdown My particular fav is #damini but kudos to Vani's strong #umang too. #FourMoreShotsPlease pic.twitter.com/fGKnZGTMez â Arindam Pal (@ArindamPal6) April 17, 2020These above-mentioned tweets are by men who have loved the show but if you still feel itâs not for you, we won't force you to obviously watch it. But, actors Maanvi Gagroo and Kirti Kulhari, who starred in the show, spoke with MensXP and told us why men should watch the show and it might convince you to binge-watch it as well . Maanvi Gagroo 1. Firstly, to begin with, a lot of men have watched the first season and they have loved it. It's catering to men too in some ways and a lot of my male friends enjoyed it. They liked it because it's light, fun and has four smart and confident women. 2. Maybe, men can get an insight into women's psyche from what they talk to how they react over certain things. 3. Well, the shooting locations are great and men can take a few ideas for a date with their partners and maybe take them there, obviously after Coronavirus goes for good! 4. I think they can watch it for the male characters because they are written really well and in fact, we keep joking among ourselves that these kinds of men can only exist in fiction. They can take tips from men in the show. 5. Lastly, it's time that men should watch stories about women just like women have been watching stories about men for years and we have never complained that it's a male-oriented film. We haven't ever given tags like men-flick. It's for both genders. We have not made the show thinking it's only for women. It's the men who think it's a chick-flick and it's time that we stop seeing shows through the lens of a particular gender. View this post on InstagramSeason 1, Day 1, Selfie take 3 #throwback #FourMoreShotsPlease #GoofyGirlsAreTheBest Do you guys remember this scene?!A post shared by (@maanvigagroo) Kirti Kulhari 1. First of all, the way I look at the cinema or any piece of art, it is not divided on the basis of gender. People who are open-minded for that matter would understand and we live in a society where we co-exist. It's as important for men to know women as it is for women to know men. 2. It gives you an insight into a woman's world and in this case, we have four women who come from different walks of life. View this post on InstagramOuttakes #FourMoreShotsPlease #round2A post shared by (@maanvigagroo) 3. There are enough male characters in the show for men to connect with and resonate with the situation of the male characters. 4. It might also give a different perspective about women that you have been missing all this while. It will help you see things through their eyes. 5. It's well-written and the characters are very relatable. If you are into it, you would be feeling all the emotions. I would be interested in knowing what men connected with, in the show. It will be great to know about the show from a man's perspective. I am sure now you have ample reasons to watch the show. Well, I also asked the two of them what new their characters are getting on board this time. On this, Maanvi told me, âShe is just as lost as she was in the first season but with a twist. She knows she wants to chase dreams but doesn't know what her dreams are. I don't relate to the character and I had to add my own nuances to the character. Sidhi is younger than me and I feel protective of my character. It's amusing to see how a privileged person is trying to live a life full of struggles.â View this post on InstagramFelt cute, might not delete later #rebellion #4moreshotsplease #siddhipiddhiA post shared by (@maanvigagroo) Talking about her character, Kirti added, âMy character has obviously become wiser and maturer after what she went through in season one. You also see Anjana taking a new journey. There are new problems that she will be facing this season. She will overcome all of it and become wiser in the process.â View this post on InstagramReady to take u all on another roller coaster ride this 17th â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ @4moreshotspls @primevideoin #fourmoreshotsplease and I so know u guys are gonna love it... Good morning #riseandshine ð @rangitapritishnandy @pritishnandycommunications @nupurasthana @nehapartimatiyani @sayanigupta @maanvigagroo @banij @amupuri @_prat @lisaraniray @neilbhoopalam @ankurratheeofficial @samirkochhar @shibanidandekar @misschamko @devikabhagat7 @aasthasharma @goldandglittr @kavipandit â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸A post shared by (@iamkirtikulhari) The two are hoping that the show gets a positive response. Have you watched it already or are looking forward to watching it? View the full article
  14. The Twitter account of Rangoli Chandel, actor Kangana Ranautâs sister, and Manager, was suspended today. This comes after a long line of tweets posted by Rangoli that managed to incite communal hatred and violence. 1. For this suspension specifically, one particular tweet was responsible. On April 15, Rangoli had tweeted claiming that the family of a Tablighi Jamaat member, who died of the coronavirus infection, had attacked police and doctors, but didnât share any details or report of the incident whatsoever. Dear @Twitter gencocide calls from a verified account. Suspend. pic.twitter.com/lLUvEKdBcz â Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) April 16, 2020 2. The tweet was reportedly shared over 2,000 times and liked by 8,000 people. Since she did not have anything to back her claim, many users started condemning her for the post and sought police action. In fact, because the tweet was inciting hate on baseless grounds, the tweet got reported by a number of users. 3. Jewellery Designer Farah Khan said the tweet was âshocking beyond beliefâ. Director Reema Kagti who has directed Talaash called for police action against Chandel for inciting hatred and violence. Badminton player Jwala Gutta and actor Kubbra Sait from Sacred Games also condemned Chandel. Iâve blocked Rangoli and reported her to twitter. But @MumbaiPolice @CMOMaharashtra @OfficeofUT This kind of hate mongering is irresponsible. Please look into it, and take necessary actions. https://t.co/WywccuZvKR â Kubbra Sait (@KubbraSait) April 16, 2020 © Instagram 4. Following countless complaints, Twitter took action and suspended the verified account of Rangoli Chandel which had over 95,000 followers. Thank you @Twitter @TwitterIndia @jack for suspending this account. I reported this because she targeted a specific community and called for them to be shot along with liberal media and compared herself to the Nazis. . pic.twitter.com/lJ3u6btyOm â Farah Khan (@FarahKhanAli) April 16, 2020 5. This wasn't the first time Chandel has posted hateful and violence-inciting tweets. Earlier, a viral tweet from her account called for the suspension of the 2024 Lok Sabha election given the economic crisis India is facing during the pandemic. © Twitter 6. Last week, she claimed to have received a warning from Twitter. Following this, she called the social networking site âanti-nationalâ and said the platform would âgo to the graveyardâ if they suspended her account. In a tweet, she wrote, "Twitter giving me warnings, so basically you can abuse our PM call our home minister terrorist, give artists rape threats mock Hindu Gods and Gaumutra whole day but if you say anything about mullas twitter gets upset ..." not specifying which tweet triggered the warning. © Instagram 7. She further added that if Twitter blocks her, she will find a new platform. "If they suspend my account will open my own YouTube channel where I will make Kangana's small videos saying what is there for everyone to see, we never said anything without evidence if twitter going to harass us we don't want to be here just wishing good morning and good evening." We hope she uses other platforms more carefully so that they don't get suspended as well. View the full article
  15. We're witnessing an unprecedented event in history right now. The coronavirus pandemic has taken over our lives. While some nations across the world are under lockdown, some people are willingly practising social distancing. This means a lot of us are sitting at home right now. And while there's nothing we can do about this situation, we can, however, make the most of this situation by doing things that we've always wanted to do. For instance, growing a beard. A bunch of factors come in the way against growing the perfect beard: the weather, corporate dress code, daily commute or maybe just not having the time. Well, guess what, now you have all of those things. So, here's why you should grow the beard of your dreams right now. 1. No Restrictions © Virat Kohli/ Instagram If there's one barrier that can prevent your skin from dirt, grime or skin allergies, it's a beard. They shield your skin by turning into a barrier. 4. Beards Can Make The Skin Underneath Healthy © Vicky Kaushal/ Instagram A beard can dramatically change your appearance and sometimes in a way that you might appreciate. If you're looking for a change, these three weeks is the perfect time to grow a beard. 6. Beards Hide Wrinkles And Saggy Skin View the full article
  16. While male beauty is no more a 'cliche', some of us still like to pretend to 'not care' by swearing by nothing but just a face wash to 'clean up'. Since Bollywood is the go-to yardstick for most men in India to follow a particular pattern, be it hairstyles or be it fashion, now even skincare and 'beauty' too joined the bandwagon. So there are a number of well-curated beauty products that have proven to be a great fix for many skin-related issues, and it's high time we all embrace them. If you are someone who has been struggling to take care of pigmentation or patchy skin, have you ever thought what a blemish balm aka BB cream can do to your skin? We would say, wonders. © MensXP MUD If your grooming shelf is cluttered with only shaving creams and a moisturizer at the max, then here's a fantastic product that will simplify your beauty regime with its multifunctional properties. If you haven't tried a BB cream yet, then here are a few reasons why you must lay your hands on it. What is BB cream? An extremely popular product in Korea, BB cream is a game-changing grooming item that can easily even out your skin tone. © MensXP MUD BB cream is quite a skin as well as man-friendly product, to be honest. And the best part? They are well-suited for all sorts of skin tones. If you don't want to increase your grooming routine time, then here's how you can make the most of it with just this one product. 1. Evens Out Your Skin © MensXP MUD Since BB creams are known to have ingredients like Dimethicone, it can perfectly blend with the base of your skin tone. It is a light product that can be used, followed by a moisturiser. Within a few seconds, you would see the change in your skin's appearance. 2. Protects You From The Sun © MensXP MUD BB creams consist of various ingredients, but if it has factored in the SPF also, then there's nothing better than that. It basically means that you don't need a separate sunscreen, as this one can do wonders when it comes to fixing your skin tone while also protecting you from harsh UVA and UVB sun rays. 3. Covers Spots And Pimples © MensXP MUD With brands like Clinique and MensXP MUD, it is easier than ever to conceal your spots, scars, wrinkles and many other issues. The BB cream has a built-in oil control formula, which is a great help if you are prone to erratic skin breakouts. 4. Makes Your Skin Look Firm © MensXP MUD If you want your skin to look like it hasn't aged a day, then a BB cream is a saviour that you should lay your hands on (no promises of making you look younger here). It nourishes your skin. Hence, over time, your skin will become firm and look youthful. Try it out. Coming to its application, it's actually quite easy. Just squeeze a little amount of it and spread it evenly, like you would use a moisturiser. Start off small and make sure your skin has absorbed it well. Do not rub and make sure to spread it gently. View the full article
  17. When you manage to tear your eyes away from the sheepish smile that plays on his lips, you get the chance to behold Bollywood's most prolific underdog-turned-mega-star, that is Irrfan Khan. With his rugged handsomeness, terrific performances, and earthy, personal charm, Irrfan makes for the perfect prototype to be called the ultimate Bollywood âdark horseâ. © Maddock Films Irrfan has been away from the mainstream acting scene since 2018 when he first announced about suffering from a neuroendocrine tumour. Having battled with cancer for over a year, Irrfan came back to face the camera once again last year for his latest film Angrezi Medium. While many are claiming Angrezi Medium to be Irrfanâs much-awaited comeback film post his fight with cancer, true-blue Irrfan Khan fans would beg to differ. For a true Irrfan Khan fan like myself, Angrezi Medium is more than a comeback film and here is exactly why: 1. Itâs The Most Weâll Get To See Of Him Since The Cancer Detection © Maddock Films Irrfan was last seen in the 2018 road film Karwaan, following which broke the news about him leaving for London to get treated for a brain tumour. Itâs been almost two years since, and now, with Angrezi Medium, I will get to witness this man spill his magic on-screen once again. Ever since the detection of his cancer, Irrfan has stayed away from public appearances, choosing to get treated and recuperate away from the public glare. So, this gives his fans the next best shot at beholding their favourite star up close on the silver screen! 2. It Is A Living Example That We Are Stronger Than The Things Trying To Hold Us Back © Maddock Films I can list a number of reasons why Irrfan Khan is one of the most inspirational Bollywood stars out there. But the one thing that trumps it all, currently, is his spirit. His resilience and dedication put Irrfan in a league of his own. Despite not being completely in the clear, Irrfan shot the film for director Homi Adajania, who swore to not make this film with any other actor. Irrfan came back, kept his promise and finished the shooting before heading back to London to continue his treatment for the shooting wrap-up. 3. It Might Be A While Before He Graces The Silver Screen Again © Maddock Films Letâs get a little realistic. Unless someone has been a survivor themself, or has witnessed a loved one battle with cancer, you and I will never be able to imagine how taxing even the recovery process can be, let alone the treatment itself. And though Irrfan has put on a brave face and finished this latest project, it might be a while before we see him on the silver screen again. Even with a few projects in the pipeline, we cannot be sure when they will see the light of the day. 4. Itâs A Reminder Why We Love Him The Way We Do © Maddock Films I donât know about others, but for me, Angrezi Medium is yet another reminder of why I adore this man and his craft so much. Itâs not about the story (Irrfan chose to do it, of course, the story will be worth it) or the supporting cast (Kareena chose to do this film only because of Irrfan, need I say more?). Itâs the promise to witness my favourite actor do what he does like none other. This gifted actor eats, breathes and lives his craft. He weaves stories and teaches his audience a thing or two with every film. His 30-year long, roller-coaster Bollywood journey makes him unconquerable and a striking beam of hope that there is hope for each one of us. Angrezi Medium is not just Irrfanâs comeback film for me, it is proof that this is what a devoted artist can do when lifeâs challenges are met with dedication and undiluted honesty for oneâs craft. View the full article
  18. Given the fact that there are wonderful choices when it comes to perfumes, buying the one that lasts longer is quite tricky. What smelled fantastic initially, slowly starts to fade, either during your commute or lunchtime and that's downright frustrating because it was an investment that you made. But it's not always the perfume that you bought, sometimes it is you and your body and sometimes, it is the way you apply your perfume. Another thing is the way you store your perfume. To know more reasons as to why your expensive perfume is fading so quickly, check out this list: 1. You Aren't Moisturising © Istock If you decided to step out of the shower and directly apply perfume, there's no doubt that it will last. There's a correlation between your skin regimen and how long a perfume dovetails with it. Usually, fragrances don't blend well with dry skin and hence, to let it sync with your skin, you have to moisturise your body first and then spray your perfume at the right places. 2. You Keep It In Your Bathroom © Istock The temperature of a bathroom keeps varying and that's exactly what a perfume cannot withstand. The top notes are usually mustier and change due to the oxidation. Instead of keeping it in the bathroom, store it in a cool dry place, like your drawer or cabinet where it is safe and also high on its fragrance quotient. 3. You Have Had A Perfume For Long © Istock It is okay to be obsessed with a few things but if you had your perfume since high school, it is time you bid adieu to it. Your perfume can survive for years, sometimes less but not always. It all depends on the way you store it. Plus, if the perfume has changed to a darker colour or smells weird or if you have to apply it twice to achieve the right sort of smell, you need to stop using it, stat. 4. You Are Wearing It At The Wrong Time © Istock A rule of thumb, use oriental or woody fragrances for winters and more of citrusy in summers. Keeping it light in summers is the key. One way to keep your perfume game strong is by having two perfumes in rotation so you can switch it up when the weather changes. Try it out. View the full article
  19. Just like a cake is always better with a cherry on top, your look is totally incomplete without grooming. We know it is difficult to be on top of your grooming game at all times, but it's not impossible, especially when you have an all-in-one grooming kit. The MensXP Men's Tool Kit is the ultimate product for all the men out there, and we'll tell you why. It has all your daily essential grooming tools and comes at a pocket-friendly price. Here is why this utility kit is every man's must-have. 1. Compact Size © MENSXP This utility kit comes in handy for all those who like to get ready on the go. You can simply carry this toolkit with you in your bag or even your pocket. Groom on the go and no one would know it was last minute. 2. A Four-In-One Kit © MENSXP Whether it is that extra eyebrow hair or those unwanted nose hair, you can get rid of them instantly. The kit comes with a pair of scissors, tweezers and two nail clippers, which are basically all that you need on an everyday basis. 3. Completely Durable © MENSXP Relieve yourself from the pressures of shopping and re-shopping for the same grooming products. This kit is made to last through thick and thin as it's extremely durable. Be as careless with it as possible, it won't break or stain. 4. Emergencies No More © MENSXP It's a perfect kit for men who are always-on-the-go! You can handle all kinds of grooming-emergencies without having to stop for them. Whether it is an instant movie plan with friends, or a desk-to-dinner date, this kit will save you each time! 5. It's Affordable © MENSXP Here comes the best part. All your daily grooming needs are fulfilled by just one product, which is totally easy on your pockets. Need we say more about this economical option? __ECOMPRODUCT__271__ Explore More View the full article
  20. Whether youâve been on 100 dates or 10, one thing is clear â love is complicated. And happily-ever-afters are overrated. Not every story is the same and not every love remains the same. So, what changes? Do we change over time or does our story? MX Playerâs new relationship drama Pawan & Pooja tackles the complications of love with honesty and takes us on a journey across generations in this digital age. The show kicks off by introducing us to the three generations of Pawan & Pooja â the 60-year-old couple dealing with regrets and trying to reclaim lost time, the 40-year-old couple struggling to bring back young love and passion in their marriage, and the 20-something couple coping with the offline reality of millennial love. After a quick Valentineâs Day binge-watch, weâve jotted down a (spoiler-free) list of reasons why this MX Player show should be next on your must-watch list. Chasing Love OnlineFrom likes to followers, we are constantly seeking validation online from people we hardly know but refer to as our âonline friendsâ. Right at the start, the show gives us an insight into the world of influencers and their constant struggle to keep their offline and online worlds separate. Pawan Srivastav (Taaruk Raina) & Pooja Maheshwari (Natasha Bharadwaj) are at the center of this online-offline mess. From social media rivals to falling in love on a reality show, a lot is happening in their complicated relationship thatâll keep you hooked. Not All Happily-Ever-After Are The SameBoy meets girl. Girl likes boy. They get married and live happily ever after. Most of our cliché rom-coms end right here. But Pawan & Pooja takes us a step further and shows us what some happily-ever-afters look like 15-20 years down the line. Here we meet Pooja and Pawan Mehra (Gul Panag â Sharman Joshi), who still love each other but miss the old spark when they couldnât keep their hands off each other. Marriage, like every other relationship, is complicated. And when Pooja suggests adding another couple to the equation, things start getting steamy and even more complicated. Starts A Conversation About Open MarriagesWe may discuss this in hushed tones or behind closed doors, but itâs no secret that some couples do swing to bring back the old spark in their marriage. But does it work or does it further complicate an already complicated relationship? The show will leave you on either side of the debate and keep you hooked no matter what you choose. Donât Live Life With Regrets 60-year-old Pooja and Pawan Kalraâs (Deepti Naval-Mahesh Manjrekar) story is a reminder to all of us to live life in the moment. The things we didnât do when we wanted to, will haunt us in our twilight years as we deal with the practicality of life. Donât wait till you get old to buy that expensive massage chair or that cruise holiday, live life in the moment. If you are still looking for reasons to watch Pawan & Pooja, simply do so for the spectacular chemistry between the couples and the joy of watching Deepti Naval and Mahesh Manjrekar in a web series. You can start streaming the show for FREE here. View the full article
  21. Valentine's weekend is almost here and itâs time to plan the perfect date with your bae. Even though watching your favourite rom-com is a great idea, why not dial it up a few notches and opt for something that hits harder. In this digital age of binge-watching, director Shaad Ali of Saathiya and Bunty Aur Babli fame is all set to recreate his magic with this upcoming modern-day love story Pawan & Pooja on MX Player. He has joined hands with other prominent Bollywood directors like Siddharth P Malhotra (We Are Family and Hichki) and Ajay Bhuyan to deliver this ambitious new take on love. The trailer for the show dropped recently and here's why it automatically climbed to the top of our must-watch list: 1. Storyline About Complicated Love: The romantic drama explores the lives of three couples â all coincidently named Pawan and Pooja â who at different stages of their lives discover that love is indeed conditional, breakable and questionable. While we love to watch movies that make love all roses and rainbows, the reality is different and this show brings out the struggle that comes with being in love. 2. A Huge Star Cast: The show not only has a great storyline, but also amazing characters. The ensemble cast includes acclaimed veteran actors Mahesh Manjrekar and Deepti Naval as one of the couples. The other two are played by powerhouse performers Sharman Joshi and Gul Panag, and newcomers Taaruk Raina and Natasha Bharadwaj. 3. Bringing Technology Into The Story: The storyline between Taaruk Raina and Natasha Bharadwaj, who play the youngest Pawan & Pooja talks about the repercussions of having a relationship in the age of social media. Their relationship is tested again and again when Pooja tries to make it in the spotlight and Pawan craves for a normal life. This resonates with most of us in todayâs time and seeing it on screen in a huge plus. 4. The Imperfect Relationship: Exploring love across three different generations, the show is drawn from real-life experiences which makes the characters bring forward the imperfect side of relationships that we deal with in our daily lives. It will make the viewers question the âhappily-ever-afterâ love that we all persistently chase. According to director Siddharth P Malhotra, âthe show deals with the grey shades of love and life.â 5. Three Different Stages: The unique part about the show is that it features three different phases of life. Life is different when you are in your 20s as compared to your 40s and 60s which is exactly what the makers have bought forth. The problems we face in our relationship today as millennials are different from what our parents go through or what our grandparents faced and that makes this a must-watch. If these reasons are not enough, it is the perfect way to spend your Valentineâs day even if you donât have a date. The MX Original series goes live on the 14th of February. View the full article
  22. Before all you Matt Damon and Christian Bale hopefuls come swinging at me with a nice, hefty wrench, letâs all step back a bit. Ford v Ferrari, on paper, has always been my dream as a motor enthusiast to see recreated on film. The story of plucky driver Ken Miles and his adventures on the famed 13-odd kilometres of Le Mans were like campfire stories of old for racing fans - told through the ages by countless books, documentaries and the like. You can feel it on the pages of the 2009 book Go Like Hell and its tense, minute-by-minute interview recollections, you can feel it when watching that much-loved TopGear special with the GT40. But you cannot 'feel' it while watching Ford v Ferrari, and hereâs goddamn why. 1. For A Racing Film, The Pacing Is Stuck In First Gear © 20th Century Fox Donât get me wrong, itâs fun to watch the racing itself, for a while - the sounds and angles captured are enjoyable especially in a theatre setting. I will, however, admit that I got a bit tired of watching the camera cut constantly to Bale and his ever-deepening grimace during these sequences. No, the problem here is with pace - the editing kind. For a film all about racing, the opening 45 minutes or so are painfully sluggish and the reason seems abundantly clear. Throughout the film, it seems that director James Mangold has gone out of his way to provide a âmoralâ to the events of Le Mans - clumsily hammering the chaotic events surrounding â66 into an overused feel-good template that weâve seen in every sports film, ever. 2. Dialogue Writing? Whatâs That? © 20th Century Fox Granted, the film does have a few good dialogue moments (youâll see below) - itâs the inconsistency here that pulls the film down severely. Characters constantly state the obvious - from the unnamed Porsche executive who early on observes Ken Miles (Christian Bale) and mutters, âAh, he is good, but difficultâ - mere seconds after we see Ken lose his cool, smash the windshield of his car and proceed to win the race. No shit, Mr Porsche. This would have mattered at least a little if the character had some kind of plot relevance, but unfortunately, heâs discarded in a mere four minutes of screentime. The problem rears its head again towards the end of the film. When Carrol Shelby (Matt Damon) needs to spur on Ken during crucial moments of a preliminary race, thereâs no snappy words or realistic rag-tag solution to the limitations of their race team - Ken is simply told to go faster, and the film treats this âadviceâ as some kind of messianic revelation. 3. The Wrong Title © 20th Century Fox Midway through the flick, thereâs this one scene that I believe actually captured the spirit of what makes the â66 story so interesting - when the fiery Italian-American rivalry between Ferrari Enzo and Henry Ford II gets ignited. Played by Remo Girone, Enzo spits out a string of obscenities in Italian at Fordâs executive (played by Jon Bernthal of Punisher fame) - itâs gloriously fun to watch and is more than inspired by similar scenes in films like The Godfather. Unfortunately, this is the only real Ford v Ferrari moment in the film. Despite the incredible potential for playing around with the heavy-handed corporate figures that literally have the names Ford and Ferrari, the film chooses to focus on Kenâs private life instead, and quiet dad-son moments that feel more Disney than Daytona. Nothing wrong there again - but certainly nothing new for serious film enthusiasts, and nothing interesting for gearheads either. 4. Historical Inaccuracies © 20th Century Fox Straying away from the facts in historical films is a thin line to walk, and it seems that filmmakers choose to either walk that line with absolute focus (Black Hawk Down), backflip off the line in spectacular chaos (Inglourious Basterds) but more often than not, stumble their way towards the credits and quietly show themselves out. This film is clearly the latter. There are a few cherry-picked moments of historical clarity - the yarn air resistance test and removable brakes were neat, accurate nods towards the world of 1960s racing tech. Unfortunately, the film takes massive dramatic liberties with what it pays the most attention to - its characters. Shelby and Miles get into full-fledged fistfights in the movie, which Shelby (in his biography) claims was never the kind of relationship they had. Strapping the Ford CEO into a racecar without protection was another dramatic twist of fact, while even the final scenes made major changes to the original tale - going so far as to change Milesâ death so that it poetically fits in with a forgettable line from earlier in the film. 5. Everyone Is A Stereotype © 20th Century Fox For me, this is the greatest sin this film commits and it does so with pretty much every single character. Miles is a stubborn racer, and nothing else. Shelby is a good-boy car designer, and nothing else (despite the real-life Shelby going through multiple marriages and raunchy detours from them during the years depicted in the film). Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas) plays the creepy marketing head-honcho for Ford, and is never given a chance to hold his role with some kind of justification or backstory - all he appears as is a moustache-twirling executive who wants Miles gone, because the film needs a villain to maintain its âmoral of the storyâ. All in all, the film quite simply isnât on par with the rest of the Oscar lineup - and feels like an old white manâs film designed for a white manâs jury. While films such as Parasite play around with nuanced social satire and Joker weaves together psychological narratives with stellar acting, the good bits of Ford v Ferrari seems much like the fate of Ken Miles at the 24 Hours of Le Mans â66 - underutilised, underappreciated and pulled down for the sake of looking good. View the full article
  23. You probably already know that aloe vera gel is a great remedy but did you know that this water-rich plant is what you can infuse in your skincare routine as well? Aloe vera gel is an easy hack that takes care of many skin problems, right from acne to over-heated skin. This natural ingredient has a lot to offer and you can easily reap all its benefits to have an improved skin condition within a week. Check it out: 1. A Perfect After Shave Remedy © Istock There's no respite to the irritated skin that you get post-shaving. And if you have sensitive skin, there are more chances of dry skin, scars as well as nicks and cuts. Applying a dab of aloe vera gel on your skin can instantly help repair and soothe the damage. It calms down the redness and rehydrates your skin. For a perfect shave, don't forget to add a soothing gel to your arsenal next time. 2. Aloe Vera Brings Down The Effect Of Ageing © Instagram/Shahid Kapoor Aloe vera is not just great for acne but it also slows down the ageing process if you use it regularly. It improves elasticity and encourages collagen repair. Since it contains antioxidants like Vitamin A and C along with Beta Carotene, this gel can improve your skin's texture. The anti-oxidants present in it can protect your skin from developing fine lines as well. 3. It Clears Up Acne © Istock It's unbelievable but aloe vera gel is a gentle cleanser that helps acne-prone skin. The antiseptic compounds can shield your skin from inflammation. Applying aloe vera gel with tea tree oil in it can prove to be effective in reducing breakouts. Use this solution at least once a day and rinse it off after 10 minutes. Acne-free skin is just a step away. 4. It Moisturises Your Skin © Instagram/Kartik Aaryan It doesn't matter if you have oily or dry skin. When you exfoliate too much, it can only worsen the condition. Choosing products as per your skin type is a rule to stick by, but if you use aloe vera gel, it can show its magic on all sorts of skin types. Massaging your face with aloe vera gel can instantly hydrate your skin and result in undeniable skin texture. Try it out. View the full article
  24. Most men overlook the fact that the hair defines the way they look. So, even if you're well-groomed, are wearing the best of the clothes from your closet but your hair is frizzy, it'll definitely ruin everything. Often, we tend to not take care of our hair and that reflects in the bad hair quality in terms of dry, brittle hair. This is more often than not because we're not taking care of our hair, so here's why you should oil your hair, not just to improve your hair quality but also for other crucial benefits. 1. Nix The Frizz © Getty Images Hair oil is probably the best natural conditioner. In order to 'deep condition' your hair, oil your hair with coconut oil, then leave it on overnight, and wash it off with a mild shampoo the next day. 2. Hair Oil Can Also Be Soothing © Instagram/Ranveer Singh Slowly massaging hair oil helps in the better absorption of oil in the scalp. It also enables blood circulation which in turn is soothing. Oiling your hair also strengthens roots. 3. Fights Off Fungal And Bacterial Infections © Getty Images If you don't take care of your hair, your scalp especially becomes more prone to bacterial and fungal infections which reflects if you spot lice or dandruff among other visible signs. Regularly oiling your hair helps fight bacterial infections and goodness of the oil keeps the scalp hydrated. 4. Gives Hair a Natural Sheen © Getty Images Regular oiling nourishes your hair root deep. Oiling your hair, even post-wash leaves a natural sheen to your hair. So you can say goodbye to the frizz because with regular oiling, you won't be facing that anymore. 5. Nix The Dandruff Too © Getty Images One of the major reasons behind dandruff is a dry scalp. The dry scalp stretches and breaks, causing scabs and flakes that form dandruff. Dandruff cause itching on the scalp and at hair roots, inevitably resulting in hair breakage and hair fall. Massaging helps to keep the scalp nourished and to nix dandruff as well. So, this will definitely slow down the hair fall process. View the full article
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