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  1. Disha Patan shared a video wherein she could be seen slaying some killer dance moves
  2. 'No deduction of Zakat at source shall be made [...] in case the amount standing to the credit of an account is less than Rs46,329' says SBP
  3. Princess Sofia recently donned hospital scrubs after joining frontlines workers amid the growing pandemic
  4. Amid the current lockdown, states are doing their best to help its citizens and are keeping humanity alive by either donating money or food to the poor and the needy. © iStock Now, the Government of Odisha has also come forward and approved additionals funds of Rs 80 Lakh under the Chief Ministerâs Relief Fund. Interestingly, this good deed is to save the stray dogs and animals in the urban and semi-urban areas across the state. Now that the lockdown has extended till 3rd May, caring for them and feeding them has become crucial, since they won't be able to fend for themselves with humans not around. The funds will be given to the urban local bodies, which includes 5 Municipal Corporations, 61 NACs across the state and 48 municipalities for the remaining 19 days, reports state. Odisha: State Govt has approved Rs 54 lakhs from Chief Minister's Relief Fund for feeding stray animals in 5 Municipal Corporations and all 48 Municipalities of the state during #CoronavirusLockdown period. pic.twitter.com/Dermc7nbCK â ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2020 Earlier, the state government had approved Rs 54 Lakh from CMRF for the same purpose, which has now increased to Rs 80 Lakh. Out of this, the recent allocation, Rs 3.8 Lakhs for Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation to feed the dogs and Rs 7.60 Lakh has been given to Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Behrampur municipal corporations. © iStock The same way, Rs 45.60 Lakh has been given to 48 municipalities and the rest, which is Rs 23.18 Lakh has been sanctioned to other area councils. The authorities in the municipality department have been asked to come together and work for animal welfare. As far as the cases go, Odisha has around 61 confirmed Coronavirus cases with one death as reported by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. "Thank you CM sir" - Odisha stray dogs pic.twitter.com/1wgUMStkRm â Yash Chaturvedi (@YashCha44663544) March 30, 2020respect to @Naveen_Odisha pic.twitter.com/wD4OppK1rq â D ð®ð³ (@gdeepak_) March 30, 2020We r 1st 2 extend d lockdown,1st 2 hv chain of COVID hospitals,1st 2 release package for stray dogs & cattles,1st 2 declare a package 4 daily wage workers & ration card holders & r praised across d globe 4 d pandemic management.Humble gratitude to our CM @Naveen_Odisha & his team â Mausam Mishra (@MausamMishraBJD) April 9, 2020That's a very noble step hope it's utilised fully and faithfully for the assigned cause. â Vikas Mishra (@VikasMi11388200) April 16, 2020He is a Rockstar...that's the reason he never lost a election..nd will not untill he lives â ସà­à¬¤à¬¾à¬°à¬¾à¬® ନାà­à¬ (India Matters) (@iamsitaram) March 30, 2020All in all, no matter what happens, Odisha stands a step ahead to save their people and their animals as well, and this is the sort of kindness we need at the moment. View the full article
  5. Riteish Deshmukh is making headlines almost every other day and it has nothing to do with his latest release Baaghi 3, most of it at least. On one day when he's busy flaunting his 'DJ Snake' avatar, the other day is about him trolling the trolls who tried to make fun of his new look by calling his 'Sasta DJ Snake'. On the rest of the days when the actor is not flaunting his new look, he is busy sharing BTS pictures and videos from his movie sets. Basically, Riteish Deskhmukh and his Instagram is like a gift that keeps on giving. View this post on Instagramà¤à¤à¤¦à¤° à¤à¤¾ बाà¤à¤¼à¥A post shared by (@riteishd) But do you know what else he gives? Daily, and sometimes weekly, dose of humour. Yesterday happened to be one of those days when he decided to channel his inner Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan and recreate their signature styles. After Riteish and Ajay's friendly banter on social media last year, almost everyone knows by now how obsessed Riteish is with Ajay Devgn's movie Phool Aur Kaante. This certain scene in particular. View the full article
  6. In the wake of a somewhat divisive first look video of Robert Pattinsonâs avatar as the Caped Crusader, new photos have surfaced - revealing not just the suit in all its glory, but a two-wheeled piece of tech the comics have routinely referred to as âThe Batcycleâ. © Twitter The pictures offer an up-front view of the combat-ready suit, as well as a presumed stuntman riding the Batcycle, cape off. If anyone was wondering, itâs finally confirmed - this version of Batsuit has ears. © Twitter Hereâs a better look at the Batcycle. Itâs still unclear as to what model the stunt team have decided to base the Batcycle on, but with a distinctive boxer engine layout, itâs possible that the crew are using a BMW Motorrad platform - perhaps the Nine-T? © Twitter As for the suit, fans were in uproar over various design choices - it was originally slammed for appearing too rough-hewn and was called a âcosplayâ suit by critics. These new images shed a bit more light on the suitâs features - such as the distinctive forearm gauntlet designs, which seem to be covered with defensive bracers as well as the iconic âshark finâ blades on the edge. One Twitter user discovered an interesting design inspiration as well: I finally remembered what the gauntlets on the Batsuit remind me of, Samurai armor gauntlets: pic.twitter.com/fAgMUsHNEH â MisterBatfleck (@Mister_BatfIeck) February 22, 2020 Do keep in mind however, that this is a stunt-ready suit and not the exact one that Pattinson will be wearing. Stunt suits compromise looks for better mobility, and with the world of post-production at director Matt Reevesâ fingertips, itâs likely that weâd see a more polished version of this soon, along with Pattinsonâs infamous jawline behind the cowl. Fans were quick to share reactions - several liked the gritty aesthetic of the new suit. He looks BADASS !!!! #TheBatman pic.twitter.com/7mgzSWRmFu â Carmela Zepeda (@carmela_zepeda) February 21, 2020 @GregCapullo @Ssnyder1835 Dudes..... You are inspiring the next generation. pic.twitter.com/S2kLEjxhXN â Erik (@ErikJRocha) February 21, 2020 However, haters gonna hate, no doubt. Am I the only one that thinks that he looks awful? I can't quite put my finger on it but not digging it at all. â Matt (@Spliffzilla) February 21, 2020WTF IS THAT BATSUIT OMG PLEASE STOP @RealSkillwaves â NexT_GeN_EXpeRT (@Next_Gen_Expert) February 21, 2020Fans also pointed out the unusual bug-eyed eye slits of the suit, and speculated that the eyes may be made to glow using CGI. The iconic cape was also suggested to have been left for animators to add in after principal photography. Some fans have decided to label this version of the suit as a âprototypeâ - suggesting that Batman takes a beating in the film and redesigns his suit later on. With no official plot details on the table yet⦠it's anyoneâs guess. Pattinson himself had a few things to say about taking on the suit. âIâd had Batman in my mind for a while,â the actor said, adding: âItâs such an absurd thing to say. I sort of had an idea to do it, and Iâd been prodding Matt. He didnât accept any prods. I kept asking to meet him.â Once the audition process kicked into its final stages, Pattinson did try on the iconic costume. âI remember saying to Matt, âIt does feel quite transformative!â. He was like, âI would hope it does! Youâre literally in the Batsuit.â View the full article
  7. As stylish as he is, Shikhar Dhawan isnât exactly a fashion icon. Or so we thought, until he walked the ramp for Delhi based designer Samant Chauhan. And boy, are we glad that we got to see Shikhar walk the ramp, especially given how elegant and classy his outfit was. © Instagram/shikhardofficial Before we get into what Shikhar was wearing, we have to show some of the really dapper ways to ace a black outfit, that we saw on Samantâs show. © Instagram/lakmefashionwk First, thereâs this black and grey co-ord kurta shirt set. Paired with slip-ons and a glossy leather jacket, thatâs one heck of a way to amp up your street style. © Viral Bhayani Then, there was this asymmetrical suit, which when combined with the rather longish shirt, does look well on a guy with a lean and tall built. Plus, the large checked print on the jacket gives the ensemble even more character. © Viral Bhayani One of our favourites from the bunch, was this long shirt with a zany print, which was paired with a technical looking, shacket. The deconstructed plackets and the marked collars further added to the charm of the upper half of the outfit. For the lower half, we have a rather zany combination of a skirt and a pant, which is something that we can totally see Ranveer going for something like this. © Viral Bhayani Then there was this street-wear-meets-athleisure ensemble that caught our eye. We really love the manner in which the uneven collar sticks out of the pullover jacket. Also, the bulky and technical aesthetics of the jacket and the pants give it a very quirky character. © Viral Bhayani Finally, there was our very own jatt ji. He was dressed in an ensemble that can only be described as the best West-Meets-Desi aesthetic that we can actually think of seeing off the ramp and on the rack. © Instagram/lakmefashionwk Shikar is seen here wearing a fitting technical kurta with a textured black coat. The belt high from the waist is actually a nice touch. The pants, as simple as they may be, actually complement the kurta and the coat really well. © Viral Bhayani The choice of the shoes, though, could have been a little different. Yes, they do work with the outfit, but we figure a pair of black monk straps, or brogues would work wonders. With that being said, we do like how the ensemble sits just perfectly well with Shikhar. © Viral Bhayani A perfect wedding outfit, if you ask us. View the full article
  8. Sara Ali Khan, Salman Khan, Kartik Aaryan selfie on sets of Bigg Boss goes viralSara Ali Khan and her former boyfriend Kartik Aaryan are busy promoting their upcoming film Love Aaj Kal. The trailer of Imtiaz Ali’s directorial was released on Friday. The Simmba actress and Pati Patni Aur Woh joined Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on the sets of Bigg Boss 13 for promotion the of their film. A selfie taken by Salman Khan with Sara and Kartik is doing rounds on the internet and the snap has taken the social media by storm. The Love Aaj Kal, sequel to Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone’s 2009 film, will hit the cinemas on February 14, 2020. Both Sara and Kartik have announced to watch the movie together on Valentine’s Day.
  9. Deepika Padukone sets the record straight on her introversionDeepika Padukone has branded her name as an unforgettable actress after years in the entertainment industry. Her openness is one aspect of her which attracts fans to her side. From openly discussing topics such as depression, to working alongside acid attack survivors and spending her birthday with them. Recently, Deepika revealed that opening up about her issues with depression, at the height of her career, gave people hope and courage to fight on. However, people assume that her shy nature and introversion is due to her battles with the issue. Setting the record straight, the star went on to bust this myth. During her interview with Bollywood Life, the star stated, “The two things (her depression and being an introvert) are not connected. I"m still a shy person, I"m still an introvert. Both aspects are completely different from me speaking about depression. It"s like me being an actor — just because I'm shy or an introvert or awkward that doesn’t mean I shouldn't perform well on camera . Eventually, it takes a lot of me...not that I can’t do it... it just takes a lot of me and from me to put that aspect of my life aside and do what I really have to.”
  10. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry bid farewell to royal life and Twitter is going crazy. Photo: InstagramThe royal departure of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from British royal life has caused a large amount of commotion and stir in the eyes of the British press, as well as the world. While some are in utter shock over the decision, unable to comprehend, others have taken to Twitter to spread the announcement in glee and joy, for the most part. With some haters pointing out how Meghan Markle 'stole' the Prince from British royal life, others were quick to jump in in support, stating how the Prince's partner did more than her fair share, when she left everything she knew behind to assimilate into royal life with her husband. Some fans were left wondering as to what the direction of the couple's relationship post the split from royal life will be. One user pointed out the difficulty of living a life away from the royal umbrella. Wondering how the couple will be able to manage their time between the two countries and whether both will be able to 'have their cake and eat it too.' The press's reaction to her decision is nothing short of theatrical as one Twitter user summed it up perfectly, in a tweet which poked fun at their expense. Another user took their own dig at the tabloids through their post. The overall response to the decision seemed to be laced in glee and excitement, with users pointing out how different the real life 'Princess' had become, and the starkly contrasting beliefs she stood her ground on.
  11. India set a record on 1st January 2020 of the most number of babies born worldwide on New Year's Day. Yes, it is what it sounds like! According to data released by UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), around 392,078 babies were born across the globe on January 1 and 67,385 were born in India. After India, China stands at 46,299 newborn babies born on January 1 followed by Nigeria (26,039), Pakistan (16,787), Indonesia (13,020) and the USA (10,452). © BCCL UNICEF's Executive Director, Henrietta Fore said, “The beginning of a new year and a new decade is an opportunity to reflect on our hopes and aspirations not only for our future but the future of those who will come after us.” The first baby of 2020 was delivered in Fiji in the Pacific and the last baby delivered on January 1 was born in the US. UNICEF celebrates babies that are born on January 1 and this year India topped the list of most born babies on New Year's Day. However, according to PTI, in 2018 around 2.5 million newborns didn't sustain even for a month and around one-third of them died on the first day itself. © Unsplash “Too many mothers and newborns are not being cared for by a trained and equipped midwife or nurse, and the results are devastating. We can ensure that millions of babies survive their first day and live into this decade and beyond if every one of them is born into a safe pair of hands,” Fore added. According to PTI, India is also said to break all records and become the most populated country by the year 2027, leaving China behind. According to the UN, India's population will increase by 273 million people between 2019 and 2050. Yes, you heard it right! View the full article
  12. Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar's Christmas celebrations on the sets of 'Sooryavanshi'Katrina Kaif was seen celebrating the occasion of Christmas Eve in close embrace of her friends at work. The actress, who is known in her circle as a die-hard workaholic, was seen celebrating the festival on the sets of her upcoming movie Sooryavanshi. Taking to Instagram, the Bharat actress shared a few pictures where she was seen posing with co-star Akshay Kumar and famed filmmaker Rohit Shetty. The trio was also surrounded by the rest of the film’s crew at the back, all posing with red Christmas hats on. Katrina chose to don a black bralette with cargo pants adding on to her gorgeous monochromatic look. “Merry Christmas to everyone from the team of sooryavanshi @akshaykumar@itsrohitshetty,” she wrote.
  13. Randeep Hooda, who will be next seen playing the antagonist in Salman Khan's Radhe, is training hard to fit into his role. Foraying into this genre, the actor is leaving no stone unturned to look absolutely convincing on the big screen. However, the recent development is that he got injured on the sets of the film while canning a power-packed action sequence for the film. According to news reports, the 43-year-old actor suffered a slight dislocation in the knee and had to be rushed to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in Mumbai. A picture of the actor is also doing the rounds on social media which shows him sitting on the wheelchair. He is reportedly back from the hospital, recuperating well from the injury, and is in good health now. Check out the image here View this post on Instagram A post shared by Entertainment Fan Page (@facc2911) on Dec 2, 2019 at 9:00am PST Well, Salman clearly couldn't save the actor from getting hurt on the sets. Coming back to the movie, Salman has reportedly signed a special Korean stunt team to design the action sequences. Salman and Randeep will be at loggerheads in the action sequences which may also involve a shirtless fight scene between the two actors. The action-packed film will also feature a smoke fight, hand-to-hand combat, gun shootouts and a lot more. This is not the first time Randeep will be seen sharing the screen space with Salman as the two have previously worked together in the 2016 action-drama Sultan. It will be a visual treat to watch the two actors in one frame in the much-awaited Radhe. The movie is scheduled to hit the screens on May 20, 2020, during Eid. Excited for this one? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  14. United Arab Emirates Ambassador in Pakistan Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Alzaabi reflected on his stay in Pakistan, saying the country?s human potential sets it apart as it is blessed with highly talented people, excelling in various fields.The UAE...
  15. ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday deployed police and paramilitary force in Rawalpindi as Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam-Fazl geared up to launch the 'Plan B' of its Azadi March.The religio-political party, under its ?Plan B', intends to block main...
  16. Disha Patani confirmed for 'Radhe' as Salman Khan shares photo from sets. Photo: InstagramWhile there had been ample speculations about which lucky lady will take the passenger seat with Salman Khan for the upcoming Radhe: India?s Most Wanted...
  17. Unapologetic and unconventional - these two words, as insufficient as they might be, best describe the genius that Manish Arora is. He is one of the few veterans of the Indian fashion industry who has been showcasing his sartorial creations in fashion weeks all over the world, for well over two decades now. © Manish Arora To get an idea of his prowess as a designer and more importantly as one of the luminaries of the global fashion scene, one needs to look at the accolades he has collected over the years. The most notable of these accolades will have to be the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur or the Knight of The Legion of Honour, the highest honour that the French bestow on any individual. © Manish Arora Known for trademark use of a pallet that consists of the colour pink and gold, Manish's creations are a perfect amalgamation of fantasy and contemporary realism, and often are often considered to be kitsch. We sat down with Manish for a candid chat over the Indian fashion scene, the state of men's fashion in India, and how, e-commmerce is changing the way designers think and create. As a veteran designer of the Indian Fashion industry, how would you say have we grown over the years? The Indian fashion industry is now a recognised trendsetter in the global market and has a name for itself. Indian textiles and craftsmanship is now applauded and recognised all around the world and is also being showcased on an international front. © Manish Arora There is now a demand for Indian designer wear as our contemporaries are now recognising the individuality that we offer to the global market. Going back to Indian roots, it's a proud feeling to see the recognition that India is getting. What direction do you see the industry taking? The Indian fashion industry is now an established one and we see it proudly growing in a positive direction. Globalisation has helped the world become an easily connected and more accessible place where fashion is no longer an alien concept. © Manish Arora Today the Indian consumer is a discerning one who is conscious about what he is wearing and what the garment is made of. He no longer blindly follows trends but is committed to making fashion work for him. How big of an impact has e-commerce or online shopping made on couture? It is often said that every action has an equal reaction and in the same way e-commerce has impacted the couture industry in an acceptable way. Ready to wear has obviously become more accessible much to the joy of patrons all over the world. Couture is classic and reserved for runways where the designers get to have the liberty of thought and expression. Translation of thoughts in a fashionable way, that's what couture encapsulates. © Instagram/manisharorafashion Tell us something about your collaboration with Koovs. This is our second collaboration. Based on the theme of 'Love' it has some of our classic archived pieces which we are sharing with KOOVS to spread it across the entire country. It is a 40 piece collection which includes some exciting accessories, like shoes, passport holders, bum bags beside clothing. © Manish Arora What is that one trend in men's fashion that you don't like, or don't agree with? A simple pair of blue jeans. They're too simple for my taste. © Instagram/manisharorafashion What are your views on the debate around Maximalism Vs Minimalism? Believing that all elements work in synergy, my style revolves around using elements to the best of their ability. I believe that nothing is ever too much, but there is always a way of looking at things. Appreciative of the more is less theory, bigger and brighter is always better and that's why my style is individualistic and is a medium for many to express their emotions via fashion. © Instagram/manisharorafashion Where do you think men's fashion in India is heading? It is changing a lot, in terms of fashion, men are getting more aware of what works for them and they have their own personal style. It is only going to become a bigger market in the next 5 years. Three words you'd use to describe your signature style. Bizarre, Whimsical, Kitsch. © Instagram/manisharorafashion Do you think traditional Indian menswear is evolving? Yes, by going back to its roots. One celebrity who can teach everyone else a lesson or two on how to pull off the Indian aesthetic elegantly, when it comes to menswear. Ranveer Singh © Instagram/manisharorafashion One thing men should never do while dressing up in traditional Indian wear. Men should never wear sneakers when going ethnic. One traditional Indian menswear item you believe every Indian man should have in his wardrobe, and why. A well-tailored Nehru Jacket. Men's fashion in India slipped through the cracks of the mainstream fashion scene and has stayed under the radar for far too long. Take a look at any fashion event - fashion weeks, fashion shows et all, and you'll see how in most of them, menswear seems to be an afterthought. Furthermore, shows focussing exclusively on menswear are a rarity. As a series, Draping Indian Men is an earnest attempt to celebrate the changing phase of men's fashion in India, and those pioneering geniuses who have come to define our sartorial sensibilities. View the full article
  18. Arguably one of the greatest players to grace football, Lionel Messi has been a vital cog in the Barcelona setup over the years. From goal-scoring records to clinching coveted trophies, the Argentine has undeniably taken the Spanish giants to new heights. But, Messi hasn't been at his usual prolific best this season. Owing to injuries, and probably a sign of ageing catching up with the master footballer, Messi managed to play just four games in the La Liga this season. While many were worried about the form of the Argentina forward, Messi silenced the naysayers with a brilliant outing in his fifth appearance for Barcelona in the Spanish league this season. Taking the field against Real Valladolid on October 30, the 32-year-old successfully led the visitors' rout of 5-1 at a jubilant Camp Nou stadium. The Barcelona talisman didn't just look fit, but appeared to be in ominous form as he scored two goals and produced as many assists to the sheer joy of the home crowd. © Reuters After defender Clement Lenglet opened the scoring for the hosts within two minutes from kick-off, Kiko Olivas brought Valladolid level with a brilliant finish in the 15th minute. But, while the equaliser would have surely got the visitors to dreaming of an upset, the genius of Messi, which eventually killed the contest, quashed the hopes away of the fans. Messi set up midfielder Arturo Vidal in the 29th minute to put Barcelona in front. And, just five minutes later, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner scored a brilliant goal via a free-kick himself, finding the back of the net from 25 yards out with an inch-perfect curler to beat Jordi Masip in front of the sticks. Video does the talking ðð»ð¥ #Messi pic.twitter.com/NR0ehQ4hU6 — Calvin (@CalHignett) October 29, 2019 Taking a 3-1 lead at half-time, Barcelona piled up more misery on the visiting side. The 75th minute saw Ivan Rakitic setting up Messi who clinched his second of the night. Two minutes later, Messi produced another assist, this time feeding a brilliant pass to Luis Suarez who made it 5-1, capping off a perfect outing for Barcelona. While a strong performance by the Catalans would have surely been satisfactory for their fans, it was Messi whose magic and his return to form that had everyone talking. Having scored two goals against Valladolid, Messi took the tally of his club career goals to 608. His twin strikes at Camp Nou also saw him going past his arch-nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo who has 606 goals to his name. © Reuters Also, while Ronaldo achieved the feat in 813 games, Messi reached 608 goals in just 695 appearances for Barcelona. Apart from creating a new record for most goals scored by a footballer in his club career, Messi also achieved the milestone of 50 free-kick goals (club and country) following a brilliant curler against Valladolid. He has scored 44 goals through free-kick for Barcelona, while six have come in national colours. Impressed with his masterclass at home, that propelled Barcelona to the top of La Liga table with 22 points in 10 games, manager Ernesto Valverde admitted that he has "run out of words" to describe Messi. "What else can be said about him? I've run out of words. We always know that he will appear, whatever the match. His talent isn't comparable to anything; the reality is that every time he touches the ball, something special happens. I just don't know what to say," Valverde told reporters after the match. View the full article
  19. Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Hotstar released their first ever original feature film today - Yoodlee Films' Chappad Phaad Ke. Make no mistake - for a genre that's been riddled with cliches, unenthusiastic performances and dull characters for decades now, director Sameer Joshi's new film is a much-needed breath of fresh air, and definitely worth a watch - here's why. Common Man, Uncommon Circumstances The story revolves around the Gupshups - a family of four who live a definitively middle-class existence in suburban Pune. Set in the wake of Modi's 2016 demonetisation wave, the family comes across the film's major source of conflict - a corpse, and a bag containing Rs 5 crore of stolen cash. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Actually, scratch that - the real source of conflict is that the Gupshups are a bunch of goddamn liars. Each member of the family has their own skeletons in the closet - from secret relationships to black money - and watching how the inevitable clash of greed and family bonds tests them, reveals a depth and relatability that's unusual in Indian comedy. Vinay Pathak As The Ultimate 'Whatsapp Uncle' The star of the show here is none other than Vinay Pathak, who plays the role of Sharad Gupshup. After a half-lifetime of honest work, Sharad is rewarded with little more than middle-aged, middle-class limbo, in a society that he feels has grown lazy and corrupt - a frustration that he constantly unloads onto his unemployed, freelance photographer son, Shubham. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Along with the perfect comedic timing that he's shown in older films such as Bheja Fry and Mixed Doubles, Pathak meshes the character with the environment and especially its timing and as a result, plays one of the most convincing and relatable roles we've ever seen him in. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films He conjures up memories of self-righteous, easily irritable family men. Somewhere in the shadows of his constantly furrowed brow, you'll see hints of the 'Whatsapp Uncle' phenomenon, and the blind confidence that characterises so much of his generation. Taking On Demonetisation, Three Years On Early on in the film, Sharad visits the bank to invest in a fund. This is where one of the main premises of the film is revealed to us, as the teller is shown counting a relic of India's past - the long-gone Rs 1000 note. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films It does a fantastic job of picking apart many of the people who blindly put their faith in the system as Sharad's family descends into chaos. He even acts on political ambitions of his own, surrounded by old friends who refuse to doubt his morals, eager to be a part of something big. (Sounds familiar?) © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films There's a clear and powerful message here - the scourge of black money only seems terrible when you're not profiting off it. The Gupshup Family The rest of the family consists of Sharad's wife Vaishali (Ayesha Raza) and their children, aforementioned Shubham (Siddharth Menon) and Ketaki (Sheetal Thakur). A lot of what makes the film come alive is how immersive and real their interactions seem. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films A great part of this is down to the actors' close bond formed while shooting. “For the sake of this fictional story, we tried to become the family,” shares Pathak. “We would do family things together while shooting in Pune! We would go out, eat together, go shopping, watch movies together… not fight, but we'd argue with each other. It was great fun, great fun.” This genuine connection succeeds immensely when the conflict in the story begins to pick up. “The idea was for us all to be on the same page regarding this conflict,” elucidates Pathak. “All according to character. We were all helping each other strive for what we were looking at [in the performance].” © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films It all adds up quite nicely - the relationships between the characters feel relatable and extends into their dreams and personal values as well. The Little Details Another place where this film excels is including subtle, thoughtfully placed cues that add depth to almost all the characters, regardless of screen time. An early scene shows Ketaki dreamily watching celebrity weddings on TV, foreshadowing the secret she's hidden from her family. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Another character's money troubles are revealed not through boring old dialogue, but by Vaishali noticing that the gold rings on his fingers are missing. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Even the bank teller we mentioned earlier (who has just about ten seconds of screentime) is shown with a solitaire game on his desktop, hidden from his clients and employers. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films As a whole though, the film does have a few flaws. Some scenes, especially montages, seem unnecessarily drawn out, while the background score isn't particularly strong. A tighter job on the editing would've helped out too. Fortunately, most of your time spent watching this film will be spent quite invested in the story of the Gupshups. Remember to hold onto your hats for the climax of this film - it's truly shocking and leaves you with a lot to consider. Unlike Andhadhun which aimed to reinvent the Indian dark comedy wheel, Chappad Phaad Ke simply omits stale ideas and injects much fresher ones. If you've got family with a penchant for idealistic politics and social change, consider watching this with them - there's bound to be some interesting conversation afterwards. Rating: 3.5/5
  20. Despite coming agonisingly close to winning a first top-flight trophy in 29 years last season, Liverpool and their ever-increasing fans were left wanting for more after losing out on the Premier League title by a mere point to Manchester City. But, despite missing out on the EPL trophy, there are no doubts over their capabilities on the field. With Jurgen Klopp at the helm of affairs and a squad filled with key figures, the Reds, despite losing the title race to Man City, still ran away with Europe's most prestigious trophy in club football - the UEFA Champions League - last season. While the attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino ensured there was a shortage of goals, Trent Alexander-Arnold, too, played his part in the Reds success in the previous season. Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona, Trent Alexander Arnold providing two assists in one of the greatest comebacks off all time, and who can forget that corner? pic.twitter.com/bGKYnFWVyk — Virgil (@vandijkelite) June 29, 2019 There were plenty of highlights in the 21-year-old's campaign last season. Earlier this February, he became the youngest player to record three assists in a Premier League match during Liverpool's clash against Watford. And, his instinctive corner for Divock Origi's goal in the 4-0 (second-leg) win against Barcelona was something Liverpool fans will never forget. © Reuters A mural of Alexander-Arnold was also unveiled in Liverpool this summer, as the city honoured the young defender for his contributions to the club. And, it seems, there's even more reason to celebrate now, for the England international as he has etched his name into the Guinness World Records for a unique feat. Playing a key role for Liverpool in running Man City to the wire in the EPL title race, Alexander-Arnold recorded 12 assists in the 2018/19 Premier League season. In the process, the Liverpool right-back entered the books of Guinness World Records for the most assists by a defender in a single Premier League season. © Twitter/@GWR The boyhood Liverpool fan dethroned Everton duo Andy Hinchcliffe (1994/95 season) and Leighton Baines (2010/11 season) who had earlier been tied for the record on 11 assists apiece since 2011. "It's an honour. I've always wanted to go forward and help the team to create as many chances as possible. It's obviously down to the lads to put the ball into the back of the net, because football is a team game and without them this record wouldn't be possible," the Liverpool defender told Guinness World Records. Apart from his teammates, the Liverpool defender was thankful to fellow fullback Andy Robertson for pushing back. The Liverpool duo were on fire last season and, even if Alexander-Arnold, who turned 21 on 7th October, ran away with the record, Robertson was hot on his heels with an impressive tally of 11 assists in the Premier League to his name last season. Happy 21st Birthday to the best right back in the world, Trent Alexander-Arnold ð â Champions League winner â Super Cup winner â 97 apps â 23 assists â x2 Young POTS â PFA TOTY 18/19 â Golden Boy runner-up 2018 Have a good one @trentaa98 ð #LFC pic.twitter.com/hNpPHBeggm — TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) October 7, 2019 "He probably thought he had the competition wrapped up! Near the end of the season we both hit really good form, we were both getting lots of assists and it was good to help the team in those games that we needed to win," Alexander-Arnold said of Robertson. In addition to his first ever Guinness World Records title, Alexander-Arnold was also named in the Champions League Squad of the season and PFA Team of the Season earlier this year. In the ongoing EPL season, the youngster already has a goal and two assists under his belt in Liverpool's unbeaten run so far.
  21. It was not a good day at the office for the Australian Cricket team as they lost to India by 36 runs at The Oval in London in match 14 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. A marvellously paced century from Shikhar Dhawan, a well-made 82 from skipper Virat Kohli and cameos from Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni led to a superlative batting performance that was enough for Team India to grab a second consecutive victory at the World Cup. © Twitter-cricketworldcup It was, however, the Indian skipper's outstanding sportsmanship that grabbed headlines after the game. During the first innings, when Kohli was batting in the middle, he noticed a large section of fans showing dissent towards Australian batsman Steve Smith and took matters into his own hands as he can be seen gesturing to the crowd to applaud Smith instead of booing him. The gesture was appreciated by not only Smith and the rest of the Australian team, but also from fans of cricket across the world. With India fans giving Steve Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, @imVkohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead. Absolute class ð #SpiritOfCricket #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/mmkLoedxjr — ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019 After last year's ball-tampering scandal, Smith and fellow australian David Warner have established themselves as the villains of international cricket. Having served a 12-month ban handed to them by Cricket Australia, they still cannot seem to break that image of themselves as they return to International Cricket. Speaking at a press conference after the game , the Indian Skipper mentioned that despite the fact that him and Smith have had altercations on the field in the past, he does not appreciate seeing something like that on the cricketing field. “If I was in a position where something had happened with me, and I'd apologised and accepted it, and came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn't like it either.”#ViratKohli on why he asked the fans to stop booing Steve Smith. #CWC19 | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/CIMicjoSA0 — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 9, 2019 Kohli said “even in the IPL I saw him (get booed by fans), it's not good to see someone down like that.” Urging fans to forget about Smith's mistake in the past he then went on to say that “just because there's a lot of Indian fans in the crowd, I don't want to see them set a bad example.” India are well on their way to make a mark in this year's World Cup as they look to extend their run of consecutive victories against New Zealand on 13th June at Trent Bridge. As the Indian Team continues to raise the bar in terms of top order batting, death bowling and fielding; the Indian captain is showing how they are raising the standard for sportsmanship as well. All things said and done, it was an incredible gesture which will not be forgotten by Smith or Australian cricket fans anytime soon.
  22. If your life revolves around Instagram, you must have already seen the first look of Harper Bazaar's May cover featuring the gorgeous, British actress Jameela Jamil. View this post on Instagram Our May cover â­ï¸ @jameelajamilofficial walks the talk: An unapologetic advocate for body positivity, with a following of nearly two million, she shoots her first-ever cover in India—and the images are not filtered or digitally altered. This is as authentic as it gets. Just like Jameela. • • All images have been #ShotonOnePlus7Pro #ShotonOnePlus (@oneplus_india, @oneplus) Editor: Nonita Kalra (@nonitakalra) Creative director: Yurreipem Arthur (@yurreipemarthur) Fashion editor: Kristen Ingersoll (@kristeningersoll) Photographer: Jennifer Massaux (@jennifermassaux) Hair: Terrie Valazquez Owen (@hair_terrie) Make up: Simone Siegl (@simonesiegl) using hourglass at Starworks artists Suit: Bibhu Mohapatra (@bibhumohapatra) Watch: Tag Heuer Formula 1 Lady (@tagheuer) Earrings and shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (@dolcegabbana) Ring: Bochic (@bochic) Photographers agency: Estelle Leeds Artists management Production( LA): Johnny Pascucci (@johnny_pascucci) & Jason Agron (@jasonagronphoto) at Photobomb Production (@photobombproduction) Production (India): Parul Menezes(@parulmenezes) at P. Productions(@p.productions_) Location courtesy: The Standard, Downtown (@thestandard) A post shared by Harper's Bazaar, India (@bazaarindia) on Apr 29, 2019 at 11:27pm PDT But why are we talking about it? What makes this magazine cover different from any other? Well there are two reasons. First, the cover stands for body positivity, and as you all know Jameela has always been an unapologetic advocate for body positivity who insisted her photographs are sans any sort of digital retouching or airbrushing. It has to be as authentic as it gets, just like her. View this post on Instagram “I think women, particularly, have been discouraged from showing self-pride, whereas it is respected in men. We're shamed about feeling anything other than grateful for any opportunity we earn. And it's time to take back the power. One of the reasons I don't smile in my photos is because I feel like I'm told to smile all the time by men. Otherwise I'm not likable. I look at every inch my body grows as I'm getting older and my metabolism is slowing down, and I think here is a little more space I'm taking in the world,” says @jameelajamilofficial, our cover star this month. • • This image has been #ShotonOnePlus7Pro #ShotonOnePlus (@oneplus_india, @oneplus) Editor: Nonita Kalra (@nonitakalra) Creative director: Yurreipem Arthur (@yurreipemarthur) Fashion editor: Kristen Ingersoll (@kristeningersoll) Photographer: Jennifer Massaux (@jennifermassaux) Dress: Barbara Bui (@barbarabuiofficial) Earrings and Ring: Bochic (@bochic) Hair: Terrie Valazquez Owen (@hair_terrie) Make up: Simone Siegl (@simonesiegl) using hourglass at Starworks artists Photographers agency: Estelle Leeds Artists management Production( LA): Johnny Pascucci (@johnny_pascucci) & Jason Agron (@jasonagronphoto) at Photobomb Production (@photobombproduction) Production (India): Parul Menezes(@parulmenezes) at P. Productions(@p.productions_ Location: Courtesy The Standard, Downtown (@thestandard) A post shared by Harper's Bazaar, India (@bazaarindia) on Apr 30, 2019 at 10:47pm PDT Second, Harper Bazaar India shot this entire cover on a smartphone. Yes, that's true! For the very first time ever, Harper's Bazaar India shot an entire cover on the soon-to-be-released OnePlus 7 Pro, and the results were glamorous, honest, raw, and vibrant. The OnePlus 7 launch will take place in three cities simultaneously i.e New York, London and Bangalore on 14th May at 8:15 PM IST. Going by the photos from the shoot, it is safe to say that OnePlus 7 Pro's camera will be a total gamechanger. In fact, we hear OnePlus 7 Pro is rumoured to include a pop-up camera selfie camera instead and also have QHD+ 90Hz AMOLED display. Honestly? We cannot wait for the launch to happen, and those of who you can't make it to the event, you can live stream it here.
  23. Spoilers. Kinda. Everything 'Avengers: Endgame' related has been a secret for the longest time, just because of how important of a movie it is. From manipulating the trailers to not even giving the actors entire scripts, the Russo Brothers did everything in their power to keep everything under wraps. But, there will always be rebels. This time, it was Chris Pratt. It's pretty understandable why no one would be allowed to film anything while on the set of the biggest Marvel movie ever, but obviously, the actors know how to sneak around and do something 'illegal'. Remember the whole 'Infinity War' is the biggest crossover ever? Well, it ain't got nothing on 'Endgame' because 'Infinity War' had all the actors, but the actors and their characters never shared any screen time together. Now, in 'Endgame', for people who've seen it, watched literally everyone come together and fight the giant purple grape. So, when they shot the final battle, it was probably the only time every MCU character was together and it's such a rare moment, of course. To remember that once-in-a-lifetime moment, Chris Pratt recorded a secret video of everyone on the set. View this post on Instagram I remember being blown away in this moment on the @avengers set. Nobody was allowed to film anything on their phones. I said screw it. No rule was going to stop me from seizing this once in a lifetime opportunity to capture this collection of stars, a groupthat likely will never be in the same room again. We are so blessed. A post shared by chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:57am PDT Thank you, Chris, but sorry, you're still my least favourite Chris. Chris Evans being a cutie in the video will obviously take the top spot. He wrote in the caption, “I remember being blown away in this moment on the Avengers set. Nobody was allowed to film anything on their phones. I said screw it. No rule was going to stop me from seizing this once in a lifetime opportunity to capture this collection of stars, a group that likely will never be in the same room again. We are so blessed.” Even Evans agrees it's awesome. This is awesome. (I may or may not have stolen a few cool videos too) https://t.co/M9vaC4TWcx — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 29, 2019 Groot is impressed. And Nebula. Diplo being Diplo. And, then there's Thanos himself. Lastly, the best part of the video.
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