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  1. The world of cricket is not new to superstars. The sport, in its rich legacy, has seen a lot of cricketers ruling the gentleman's game across different eras. The legend of Sir Donald Bradman still sounds afresh every time someone mentions his name. The great Sachin Tendulkar, despite his retirement, continues to rule the hearts of cricket fans across the globe. Similarly, in the modern-era of the game, no other cricketer has managed to capture our imagination the way Virat Kohli has with his exploits on the field. Proving to be a cut above the rest, the Indian captain continues to prove to be a nightmare for the opposition bowlers. His artistry with the willow has earned him plaudits across the globe, while his leadership skills has aided Team India in crunch situations. Kohli has garnered respect from the opposition players and is cherished by fans for his might. Such has been his popularity that he has also become a prized-possession of the broadcasters and popular brands. Thus, when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Kohli will be rested for the 2018 Asia Cup, the official broadcaster of the tournament - Star - was left ruing the absence of the Indian captain. MSK Prasad, the chief of selectors, had announced that Kohli had been playing continuously for quite some time and the Indian cricket board decided to hand him the period of rest. But, Star is clearly not impressed. © Reuters In an email to Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Game Development Manager Thusith Perera, host broadcaster Star expressed their displeasure, stating how Kohli's absence will impact the financial aspect of the coverage. "In our view, the announcement of the absence of one of world's best batsmen from the Asia Cup, only 15 days before the commencement of the Asia Cup, is a severe dent to us (event broadcaster) and will severely impact our ability to monetise and generate revenue for the tournament," the email stated. In response, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri claimed, "Kindly note that the team selected by BCCI selection Committee (an expert body comprising of former cricketers) to participate in the Asia Cup as announced on 1st September 2018 is the best available team." “Please also take note that selection of the best available team for participation in a tournament is the sole prerogative of the selection committee of BCCI. It is not open for Asian Cricket Council or its broadcaster to insist on the selection of any particular player and/or to question the expert opinion of the Selection Committee as to which is the best available team for a particular tournament,” Johri's mail claimed. © Reuters Now, it's needless to say that Kohli's absence at the ongoing Asia Cup will understandably have some financial impact for the host broadcasters. But, as the BCCI's response reveals, the right to select the team is solemnly reserved for the Indian board and its selectors. A broadcaster can complain and whine about it, but they cannot force a cricket board to select a team or player to their whims and fancies. “The matter was discussed with the BCCI. We have been informed by BCCI that best available team is participating in Asia Cup 2018. Therefore, we would like to reiterate that ACC is fully compliant with its MRLA obligations,” the ACC game development manager wrote in a letter to Star. More importantly, Kohli has been a workhorse for his side, playing continuously series after series, tours after tours. He was part of India's rigorous tour of England that included three ODIs and T20Is alongside five Tests. Being the most important and crucial batsman for his side, Kohli's workload needs to be handled properly by the BCCI which probably explains their decision to hand him some much-needed rest for the Asia Cup. © Reuters The Indian team cannot afford Kohli to exhaust his energy and vigour in a tournament like Asia Cup where Pakistan seems to be the only competition for them. In the bigger scheme of things, the Indian board would want the skipper to be ready and fresh for the much-anticipated tour of Australia that poses a bigger challenge Down Under. Slated to begin from 21st November, India's tour of Australia will be comprised of three ODIs, four Tests and three T20Is - spanning over two months. Following their exploits in Australia, the Indian team will then travel to New Zealand for five ODIs and three T20Is beginning from 23rd January, 2019. Once that comes to an end, the sub-continent giants will host the Australian side for five ODIs and two T20Is in a two-month long tour which is scheduled from 24th February till 13th March. The months of March and April next year will then see the likes of Kohli and his teammates plying their trade in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). And, once that comes to an end, the world of cricket will brace for the coveted 2019 ICC World Cup slated from 30th May till 14th July. Given the tournaments and tours scheduled for Men in Blue, the BCCI's decision to rest Kohli might not have fared well for the broadcasters, but it undeniably an important and well-thought call for Team India which heavily relies on its skipper to get past their opponents across the three formats in cricket.
  2. Social media is known to have given many a people sleepless nights by turning them into objects of ridicule and laughter, and this time, it seems to have come calling for our very own Anushka Sharma. After the memes featuring an image from her upcoming release 'Sui Dhaaga' seemed to have cooled down just a bit, fresh controversy seems to have caught on to her. Recently, YouTube sensation Marques Brownlee, who happens to be a very popular tech blogger, noticed that Anushka apparently used an iPhone to promote Google's Pixel 2XL on Twitter and he could not hold himself back from sharing the anomaly with his followers, claiming that the situation was “hilarious”. Here's the tweet Anushka posted: Look at this beautiful boy ððð#Pixel2XL #TeamPixel @GoogleIndia pic.twitter.com/2cVcRnUGG3 — Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) September 4, 2018 We can see that in the post Anushka has tagged Google India and used the hashtags #TeamPixel and #Pixel2XL. However, what she didn't intend to do happened on its own accord when the tweet tagged itself as “Twitter via iPhone” and Brownlee found that really amusing: Ok I don't even want to know how this keeps happening but it's hilarious pic.twitter.com/sUuHVh4exw — Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 4, 2018 Twitterati is laughing at this goof-up and we totally understand why: Lmao 𤣠pic.twitter.com/pLDvLxT6fN — mohit nagda (@mohit61058811) September 4, 2018 pic.twitter.com/OMtgdXwmHn — UMESH (@042_umesh) September 4, 2018 She's talking bout you, Marques.... pic.twitter.com/Dz4ZdWbi2T — Huzaifa Jafferji (@Hhj9521) September 4, 2018 Lemme tell you in advance this tweet of yours is gonna boom up in India. Just watch — Bhuwan (@Bhuwansarcastic) September 4, 2018 Prepare to be blocked again — Kyle (@Techgeek171) September 4, 2018 This happens to be Brownlee's second go at a celebrity, the first being Gal Gadot: Gal Gadot with the Huawei ad... tweeted from an iPhone. Niceeeee pic.twitter.com/aEKJVwoyBL — Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) April 24, 2018 We wonder who's his next victim.
  3. India has been super proud of star wrestler Vinesh Phogat's performance at this year's Asian Games and her claim to gold has only added to the charm. However, there was another winning memory awaiting her back home and this was to be her engagement to long time beau Somveer Rathi. © Instagram However, what has struck the audience in attendance as pretty intriguing is their engagement venue. Engaged 'Where' You Least Expected It Upon her arrival, the paparazzi went into a frenzy when they spotted Vinesh and Somveer exchanging rings right outside the arrival gates of IGI airport! The happy couple went on to cut a big cake amidst all the media hullabaloo and happily posed for pictures that she later uploaded on her personal Instagram account. Thank you everyone for making me feel special with your warm and beautiful birthday wishes.âºï¸ I am really touched and humbled with all the blessings showered on us. ðð½ This birthday will always be a memorable one ð®ð³ð¥â¤ï¸ð¤ A post shared by Vinesh Phogat (@vineshphogat) on Aug 26, 2018 at 9:57am PDT Vinesh recently created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold in wrestling at the Asian Games by defeating Japan's Yuki Irie by a margin of 6-2 in the final bout. However, rumour mills have been churning that the sudden engagement has come in the light of the controversy the star girl found herself in. She was recently romantically linked to star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra which upset the Golden girl and she took to Twitter to slam the link-up and express her annoyance over the matter. However, all the rumours have been put to rest after her engagement to Somveer yesterday, who is also a Greco Roman wrestler himself. The best decision I ever made! Glad you pinned me for life ðâ¤ï¸ A post shared by Vinesh Phogat (@vineshphogat) on Aug 22, 2018 at 12:12am PDT We're totally thrilled for the girl who has managed to take on the high ride and not only struck gold professionally but also personally. The caption Vinesh put on her engagement pictures was lovely as she thanked all for the good wishes everyone sent her way. © Instagram “Thank you everyone for making me feel special with your warm and beautiful birthday wishes.âºï¸ I am really touched and humbled with all the blessings showered on us. ðð½ This birthday will always be a memorable one”. We wish the girl many more golden moments in life and here's hoping she continues to do what she does best.
  4. It was way back in the mid-90s when Indians got their first taste of reality TV and oh, what a memorable stint that was to behold for the audience! We're talking about 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' that was first aired in 1995 with Sonu Nigam as the host. People will tell you that this show was perhaps one of the most authentic shows that have made it to the idiot box, and served the purpose of both scouting young talents and entertaining the viewers all at the same time! However, in the last decade, the reality tv space has undergone gradual makeovers, rendering the shows more commercially viable by introducing not-so necessary elements to the shows, while the actual aim of airing these shows becomes secondary. via GIPHY But if you thought that's about it, you're wrong. There is a lot more that goes into the making of those teasers you watch on TV for these shows. An entirely varying algorithm works behind the scenes and only a handful come forward to share their first-hand experiences with an otherwise ignorant world. One such former participant, Nishant Kaushik, recently took to Twitter to share his experience on Indian Idol's 2012 auditions, which has presented the rather ugly side of Indian reality tv space. So Much Extra Right from having multiple hosts who tend to go overboard with the jokes and antics, to the judges that don't fit the bill as per the show's theme, as well as all the BTS drama that seems more than scripted in the first place, there's quite a bit we can do away with in these shows today. via GIPHY Kaushik's tweets go on to reveal just how much of it is messed up and all this inside scoop has left us feeling more than a little bamboozled. There's A LOT More Besides All That It started when Nishant decided to share his experience on the show in the form of a thread of tweets, and what followed wasn't something we were expecting to discover. Here's Nishant's first tweet: Brief, nonchalant thread about my auditioning experience at Indian Idol 2012 and why I think it is a perfect platform to destroy your dreams as opposed to its common perception as a breeding ground for talent. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 And so it began: I joined the queue at 7 AM. There were people who had arrived at 5 AM. Others who had camped overnight. False notion that early arrival = early audition. No one from the crew to dispel such notions. Gate opens 1 PM. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Imagine starting your day that early just for a chance to showcase your talent. That is what we'd call a lot of dedication right there. However, even when the gates opened and the participants thought their perils would come to an end, Nishant tells us that what they were met with instead, was mockery. Here: At 1 PM we were herded toward a stage on the school ground where the previous year's winner Shriram was lip syncing to Desi Boyz. A volunteer amongst us was sought to go and grab Shriram's feet mid-performance and shout "I wanna be Indian Idol!" Reward promised : early audition. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 With promises of "early auditions", one aspirant gave in to the temptation and thus began the retakes of staged gimmicks that continued late until 5 pm in the evening with no provisions for the gathered people except for a canister of water and one accessible toilet. During all this I met two interesting aspirants: one med rep from an Indian village I don't remember the name of, who dragged his right foot in a broken slipper. And another, who was blind in both eyes. And then I saw the crew make a merciless meal of both of these kind souls. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Nishant shared that when these two individuals were spotted by the crew they came with their cameras and mics to record their testimonies of struggle, which would serve as "meaty content" for the show's TRP. The crew even pestered a visually impaired man to come up with a sappy response to "what brings you here" and after he failed to do so, the crew crafted a reply for the guy themselves. At this point one of the aspirants lost his shit and stood up, demanding to see where the auditions were happening, to see the judges. One of the crew members charged up to him and slapped him. In front of thousands of people. SLAPPED.A.CONTESTANT. Yes this happened. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Finally, around 8 pm things started to move forward but there was still no sign of the auditions commencing anytime soon and when questioned, as you can see, participants were manhandled. Eventually, the crew started to hold voice screening process at random and chose the ones who sang horribly to go into a filming room where further mockery awaited them. That mockery went on. The judges relished that fellow's naivety, asking him to keep taking a pitch "higher and louder" till his voice turned into frail shrieks that sent them into peals of laughter. He came out in tears. Elsewhere in the corridor we heard of contestants fainting. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Nishant finally had the "luck" to clear three rounds before he got eliminated and he admits to having no qualms about it. Instead, he states that it made him happy to be finally going home. My summarized observation of Indian Idol was that it decorates and recognizes maybe 10 or less, very worthy participants annually. But en route it quashes a million people's hearts by disrespecting them, ridiculing and abusing them, denying them a conducive atmosphere to contest. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 The disillusionment was perhaps his prize and we're glad he chose to share these insights and inputs with us, because who knew that these shows, that have given the country some of its best talents and a platform to showcase that talent, could have so many hidden layers to them. True talent is rare. But every aspiring artist's pride stems from the encouragement it gets from its colleagues and friends and mohallawallahs and family. In those little nooks and crannies, each of them is a "star". Reality shows have no right to disrespect that. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Right from labourers to participants, no one is spared by the crew and what most of them get after a long and tiring day of 'auditions' is to go back home feeling ridiculed and mocked for their shortcomings. While on their path to find the true talent, these shows often end up quashing dreams and destroying people's confidence for life, besides scarring their memories forever. We sincerely hope things change for the better, but that's something only time and perhaps another Nishant from the future can tell.
  5. The sequel to Bollywood thriller 'Aankhen 2' is happening and the cast sounds mighty impressive. The previous instalment. that was quite critically acclaimed, was directed by Vipul Amrutlal and featured Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal and Sushmita Sen. In 2002, when Bollywood was making cliche films, this movie grabbed eyeballs with its refreshing concept, gripping script and edge-of-the-seat plot. It's been 16 years and finally, we have a confirmation that the sequel is taking place with none other than Big B taking the lead. Set to be directed by Anees Bazmee, the movie has already created quite a buzz. A source told Mumbai Mirror, "Amitji liked the script and has given his nod to the project. Anees Bazmee has begun prep and will start shooting in 2019. The team is targeting an early 2020 release." The makers of the upcoming action thriller confirmed the news on its official Twitter handle. "Gear up for the new heist-thriller! @ErosIntlPlc & #TarunAgarwal to produce #Aankhen2 starring @SrBachchan. More big names to be announced soon in the ensemble cast, watch this space! Dir. by Anees Bazmee, film to go on floor in 2019 & release in January 2020," read the tweet. Gear up for the new heist-thriller! @ErosIntlPlc & #TarunAgarwal to produce #Aankhen2 starring @SrBachchan. More big names to be announced soon in the ensemble cast, watch this space! Dir. by Anees Bazmee, film to go on floor in 2019 & release in January 2020 @ErosNow — Eros Now (@ErosNow) August 24, 2018 The makers want new talent onboard with Bachchan and are considering Vicky Kaushal and Sushant Singh Rajput for the same. But what makes it interesting is the fact that we might see AB alongside superstar Jackie Chan, as the script revolves around a casino in China. There is a huge possibility that we might see the two biggest stars of all time sharing the screen together. 'Aankhen' had an interesting story in which Big B played the lead who manipulates three blind men (Akshay, Paresh, Arjun) into preparing for a major bank robbery. Sushmita Sen, who is being blackmailed by Big B, has no choice but to train them. It will be quite is interesting to see if the second instalment does justice to the original one.
  6. Life often gets caught up in the twisted ways of fate and often ends up as a morning read on tabloids and if nothing else, eventually turns into biographies or if you're lucky, maybe even into a biopic. Bollywood is filled with tales of people who shot to fame and have attained heights of stardom, however, on the flip side, there are the stories of those who are on the path to their redemption. © Instagram Tracing their journey from the heights of stardom to the forgotten chambers of their after years, the audience often looks past the many layers that go into the making of a star and for that matter, even into the unravelling of the picture perfect plot of their lives. The Atypical Star Kid Bollywood is filled with young actors walking in and out, unable to return from their bout with failure, however, here we have a man, who is on his path to redemption and his tale holds promise. Such has been the journey of Prateik Babbar who was born to star parents Smita Patil and Raj Babbar in 1986 and well, if we may say so, the guy didn't have the most perfect start to his life. © Instagram Prateik lost his mother soon after his birth and was brought up by his maternal grandparents, Shivajirao Patil and Vidyatai Patil, along with his aunt Manya Patil. Raj Babbar, who went back to living with his first wife and kids, took a backseat as a father-figure throughout Prateik's childhood. © Instagram It's common knowledge that Prateik always shared a rocky relationship with his father and he even dropped his surname, making it pretty clear. It was during this time, that he also began his unfortunate tryst with substance abuse. However, after his grandparents passed away, he came to the realisation that he needed to get his affairs in order and began doing that by reconciling with his father. The Rising Star © Instagram Prateik made his Bollywood debut in a supporting role in 2008's romcom 'Jaane Tu, Ya Jaane Na', much against his father's wishes, who wanted him to wait until he turned 25 to start acting. His performance was well-received and he ended up winning awards by both Filmfare and Stardust for his performance and he soon became the 'guy to watch out for' who was a natural in front of the camera. He gave some more memorable performances in a number of commercial and critically acclaimed movies such as 'Dhobi Ghat', 'Aarakshan', 'My Friend Pinto', 'Dum Maro Dum' and the likes. Love-Hate Tryst With Narcotics © Instagram After a short run in the industry, his subsequent films began to bomb at the box office which pushed him to find solace in his old ways of depending heavily on drugs and alcohol. Prateik's first brush with marijuana happened at the age of 14 which gradually escalated to mood-changers over the years, while ganja became a constant. © Instagram Having had an on-and-off affair with drugs and alcohol for most of his life, 2013 found Prateik amidst a fresh battle with substance abuse which meant a detour to the rehab and rounds of counselling. He has since been sober and eventually made a comeback in 2015 with a comedy-drama 'Umrika' which was followed by a Bengali film 'Auroni Taukhon' in 2017. Prateik has been very vocal about his struggle with drugs and believes that admitting about it helps in moving forward and even aids the process of de-addiction. He recently starred in a video titled #DilSeAzaad and used it to voice his stance on how the society needs to stop boycotting those who are struggling with addiction. The video's goal was also to help debunk stereotypes by recognising them with their challenges, and help the affected people in healing and finding their way back to the mainstream society. Take Two: Rising From The Ashes Cut to 2018 and the man has already starred in two successful movies, 'Baaghi 2', in which he played the antagonist to Tiger Shroff's character and in 'Mulk', where he portrayed the role of a terrorist. Both the movies have added significantly to his career graph and have displayed the skills and versatility he possesses as an actor. © Instagram Not only that, just yesterday the entire film and fashion industry was taken aback by his charms at Chola The Label's 'Bye Felicia' show at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. Decked up in a drag queen avatar, presenting the yin and yang inherent in every individual, he also walked the ramp to highlight gender fluidity and acceptance. © Instagram Sporting an edgy outfit, complete with flashy makeup and glitzy accessories, he added a LOT of drama to the show! The world saw another side of him which was quite a sight. Counting His Blessings We believe the actor has come a long way, both personally and professionally, and we cannot just overlook his efforts to put the troublesome phase of his life behind him. Prateik plans to focus on his future as an actor, and as for his personal life, he is engaged to be married to his Lucknowi sweetheart Sanya Sagar. missin' on my boss! @pynkmoss âï¸ð A post shared by prateik babbar (@_prat) on Apr 4, 2018 at 5:10am PDT It's great to see him moving forward and living the good life after such a roller-coaster ride. Prateik's story comes across with the promise of hope for every individual who's struggling in his life, by showing us that there indeed is light at the end of the tunnel.
  7. From playing a role which requires some major experimenting to picking a movie which no one would have thought of, Aamir Khan is one actor who does it all. While he is presently shooting for 'Thugs of Hindostan', there are also reports that the actor will soon be seen in the remake of an iconic Hollywood film. In fact, the deal apparently has been sealed and Aamir Khan has brought the rights to the Hindi remake of 'Forrest Gump'. Yes, we know the news is pretty exciting and watching Aamir in Tom Hanks' role would be a treat. © Paramount Pictures Well, playing a character that the legendary Tom Hanks has portrayed is certainly no walk in the park, but our Mr Perfectionist never disappoints. Talking to DNA, a source revealed, “Aamir wants to make Forrest Gump in Hindi, which he will star in. He wants to play the lead role that Tom Hanks had essayed in the original. It has been on his wishlist for some time.” The team has already started their work. "Scripting is currently underway. Aamir wants his team to rework the whole narrative, setting it in the Indian context,” the source added. For those who haven't watched this film, you are indeed missing out on a classic movie. The story revolves around various decades in the life of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks). Hailing from Alabama, Grump is slow-witted but has a heart of gold. The man has witnessed several moments that defined the history of the United States in the 20th century. © Paramount Pictures The movie makes for a brilliant watch, which fills your heart with various emotions at once. With Aamir taking the charge, we are sure that it will be a great remake.
  8. Being born to a famous parent always comes with its own share of pressure, often resulting in making things difficult for star kids, irrespective of what profession they are in. On one hand, they have to constantly prove themselves to the world, live up to the reputation and the fame their parents enjoy, and on the other hand, they have to fight the battle of nepotism on a constant basis. And just like the star kids of Bollywood, things are no different for young Indian cricketer Arjun Tendulkar. Instagram Sachin Tendulkar is fondly known as the 'God of Indian Cricket', and the man has worked extremely hard (without any strings attached) to earn this title and looks like he's trained his son with the same ethics. From making it to the India U-19 team for the Youth-test series against Sri Lanka to taking a wicket in his first over of the match, Arjun Tendulkar is proving to be cricket's next prodigy with each passing day. Although his talent and skills often get overshadowed by the fact that he is Sachin Tendulkar's son. Instagram However, this time he's hogging the limelight not for his performance but for his humble nature. Arjun, who is currently in London for a training session with the MCC Young Cricketers, was present at Lord's on the second day of the second Test between India and England. When the match was hit by rains, Arjun was seen lending a helping hand to the ground staff at Lord's. In fact, his efforts did not go unnoticed. The official Twitter handle of Lord's Cricket Ground shared his picture to appreciate his efforts and wrote, “Not only has he been training with @MCCYC4L recently & but he has also been lending a helping hand to our groundstaff!” ð Arjun Tendulkar! Not only has he been training with @MCCYC4L recently & but he has also been lending a helping hand to our Groundstaff!#ENGvIND#LoveLords pic.twitter.com/PVo2iiLCcv — Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 10, 2018 Some people might think that it's just a small gesture and not a big deal, but how many cricketers have we seen doing something like this?
  9. Amrish Puri has a left a legacy in Bollywood that is hard for any actor to match up to, so if someone from his own family lineage decides to join the world of cinema, naturally that person has some very large shoes to fill. Meet Vardhan Puri, the late actor's grandson, who is now ready to steer down the road to Bollywood. “Implode” #actor #screentest #international #hollywood #drama #comedy #prepare #actors #theatre #life #excited #grateful #gratitude A post shared by Vardhan Puri (@vardhanpuri02) on Mar 14, 2018 at 1:44am PDT #photoshoot #screentime #audition #lifeofanactor #cinema #bollywood #action #throwback #actor thank you my man @kavishsinha A post shared by Vardhan Puri (@vardhanpuri02) on Jan 17, 2018 at 5:19am PST Vardhan is all set to star in a romantic thriller, which is being helmed by Jayantilal Gada. Prior to facing the camera, Vardhan already garnered some amount of experience in the industry, as an Assistant Director with YRF and also worked on 'Shudh Desi Romance' and even 'Ishaqzaade'. Let's make 2018 special â¤ï¸ A post shared by Vardhan Puri (@vardhanpuri02) on Jan 8, 2018 at 8:19pm PST Kyunki picture abhi baaki hai mere dost... ð¥ Credits: Poo A post shared by Vardhan Puri (@vardhanpuri02) on Jan 10, 2018 at 11:34am PST According to a report, Vardhan is going to be in a movie which is loosely based on the concept of Hollywood blockbuster 'Gone Girl'. He has trained under Satyadev Dubey, who even mentored Amrish Puri himself. “Confident walking is better than confused running.” #selfmusing #quotes #motivationalquotes #life #getupandgo #mood #love #goals #live #prepare #act A post shared by Vardhan Puri (@vardhanpuri02) on Apr 5, 2018 at 2:17am PDT He is a self-proclaimed Charlie Chaplin fan and for his screen test, he performed a scene from 'The Great Dictator'. “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” - Adolf Hitler Throwback to one of the greatest learning experiences of mine as an artist. #hitler #king #ruler #fuhrer #germany #autocrat #bad #evil #devil #nazi #holocaust #jews #worldwar2 #hitler #adolfhitler #army #kingofkings #crazy #narcissist #screentest #hollywood #camera #lights #action #drama #films #cinema #theatre #legend A post shared by Vardhan Puri (@vardhanpuri02) on Jul 31, 2018 at 1:28am PDT It will be interesting to see how he fares, and if he matches up to the glorious name his legacy carries with him.
  10. Besides making headlines over her reported engagement to American singer Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra also came under the spotlight for walking out of Salman Khan's 'Bharat' just in 'the Nick of time' (forgive the pun!). Well, you already know the rumours we suppose. In case you don't, it is being speculated that she will soon marry her beau Nick Jonas and that certain things are already in motion. © Twitter PeeCee pulling out of 'Bharat' has broken the hearts of many fans, who were waiting to see her return to Bollywood after a long gap. But amidst all of this, she has landed a big Hollywood project that has caught our attention. The talented diva will soon be seen in an upcoming movie titled 'Cowboy Ninja Vikings'. Starring Chris Pratt, the movie had already created quite a buzz, as it is based on the graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. Priyanka has landed the part as the leading lady in the movie, which was quite a sought-after role. Turns out, it was a chemistry test with Pratt that made her the perfect pick for the job. © Twitter According to a report in EW.com, Priyanka will be seen sharing screen space with Chris in the upcoming action drama from Universal Pictures. The movie focuses on a lethal agent (Pratt) who is a multifaceted assassin, whose treatment by a psychotherapist has left him with the ability to manifest the deadliest attributes of the three titular personas: a Cowboy, a Ninja, and a Viking. Our desi girl has been locked-in to star opposite Chris, but nothing much is known about her character yet. After 'Baywatch' this will be her next Hollywood project, where she will be seen playing a substantial character. Priyanka just recently wrapped up shooting for the Liam Hemsworth starrer 'Isn't It Romantic?' And now, she has this new project in her kitty, a clear sign that Hollywood is welcoming her with open arms. Well, we bet our screens will be on fire when we see Chris and Priyanka together, possibly in a romantic tangle. Can't wait!
  11. You know how every group of friends has that one person whose energy is always at like 110%, that one person who's always up for anything and everything, no questions asked? Well, I feel like for Bollywood that one guy is Ranveer Singh. I don't think we've ever seen him be dull or boring. He's the guy who looks like he's always high on life and his happiness is so damn infectious that people around him can't help but smile and laugh. Yesterday, he was spreading smiles and goofing around on a stage at IIM Bangalore next to Sadhguru for an event. . @SadhguruJV & @RanveerOfficial takes the stage to discuss the future from multiple lenses. #IIMBue2018 #SensingTheFuture pic.twitter.com/EgiSMM7Tuj — IIMBue (@IIMBue) July 21, 2018 Okay, actually he started off a little serious, sitting and listening intently and being respectful. But, then again, he is Ranveer Singh and obviously he ended up dancing on that very stage. The 'happy' video shared by the actor himself shows him and Sadhguru enthusiastically busting out their best moves at IIM Alumni Association's Annual Leadership Conclave. Happy Dance !!! @SadhguruJV ð pic.twitter.com/dOrjo6YhEr — Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) July 21, 2018 Well, Ranveer may steal the show every time and everywhere, but the star of the video was hands down Sadhguru. If their 'happy dance' didn't make you happy, then what is wrong with you? Here's another video of the 'happy' video: Updates | Ranveer Singh and @SadhguruJV dancing at the end of their session at IIMB Leadership Conclave 2018 #IIMBue2018 #RanveerwithSadhguru pic.twitter.com/mxxkVNwUWf — Ranveer Singh TB (@RanveerSinghtbt) July 21, 2018 Everyone was just in awe of the video. I got goosebumps at this moment! No matter what you throw at him, he makes it beautiful. Bow down to you @SadhguruJV ð — Alok Sharma (@akstuffs) July 21, 2018 I agree, his positive vibes are incredible. Love the way you spread Positive vibes wherever you go ðð — RANVEER SUPER FAN ð¦ (@RanveerSuperFan) July 21, 2018 Yep. You're so cute baba. Keep spreading positivity and Love you ⤠— Junior RSð¥ (@JuniorRanveer00) July 21, 2018
  12. When Rajkumar Hirani announced his biopic on Sanjay Dutt, many eyes rolled, expectations flew in the sky and when the movie finally came to light, a few things happened. Ranbir Kapoor proved that he can rule Bollywood with his stellar acting, amd the world got to know the story of Sanjay Dutt's life's struggle. However, seems like one person is not satisfied with the biopic and believes there is still scope for the real story to unfold. As per the recent reports in Mumbai Mirror, RGV has decided to make a 'real' biopic on the controversial actor. © Twitter He believes that certain parts of Sanjay Dutt's life haven't been explored well and his movie will deal with the real issues and the real story of his life, particularly the 1993 blasts in Mumbai and the actor's connection with them. He said “That Dutt was doing drugs, was traumatised by his mother's battle with cancer [she died just three days before the release of his first film Rocky], had multiple flings, many of them one night stands, is all well documented,” as per the sources. © Twitter The movie will also deal with how the actor was threatened and what were the circumstances in his life during that time which led the incidents to flow in later. Will this be called 'Sanju 2.0' or will Ranbir Kapoor star in this one as well? Only time will tell.
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  15. When you think of Tiger Shroff, you think of Disha Patani as well, and when you think of Disha Patani, you also think of Tiger Shroff; they've become kind of like a package deal, complementing each other in the best way possible. â¤ï¸ A post shared by disha patani (paatni) (@dishapatani) on Mar 26, 2018 at 12:48am PDT Their title of a powerful pairing was further cemented after they delivered one of the biggest hits of the year 'Baaghi 2'. Even though they are working on two different projects now, they are always spotted together, and are probably dating even if they haven't confirmed it yet. Remember their too hot to handle vacation pictures that warmed up everyone's January? Son of a ð A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Jan 1, 2018 at 1:19am PST Heavenâï¸ A post shared by disha patani (paatni) (@dishapatani) on Jan 1, 2018 at 8:18pm PST They're one of the hottest couples in Bollywood right now and both of them together have found so much success, it's obviously going to up the price for them, but just by how much? According to a report in Mid-Day, apparently an oil brand had approached them to become their brand ambassadors and shoot an ad but the price they quoted was enough to shock them (and us as well). Download #musically app, follow my musical.ly ID @dishapatani and check the full 30 sec video!!! Share and comment it on musical.ly !@dishapatani @musical.lyindiaofficial #HappyHoli #Mundiyan A post shared by disha patani (paatni) (@dishapatani) on Mar 2, 2018 at 1:28am PST A source said, “The marketing team of a renowned oil brand wanted to position their product as the choice of fitness enthusiasts. Disha and Tiger seemed to be a perfect fit as brand ambassadors since the two are known to be health freaks. Considering they haven't featured in a commercial together, the team felt the ad would have the novelty factor. When the team approached them, the duo asked for Rs 5 crores as fee. Given their popularity among the youth, the brand officials agreed to cough up the amount. Though Tiger and Disha are yet to sign on the dotted line, the conversation is at an advanced stage.” Well, it's a lot of money but it could work out in the brand's favour to have Tiger and Disha together in an ad.
  16. “Who am I to say no to Hollywood? You know, everybody wants to be a movie star,” Shaq told Hollywood Reporter in an interview recently. The man who is often referred to as the most powerful center in the history of the NBA is quite the opposite off-court. He loves interacting with the fans and there's no better way of giving it back, than Hollywood. © Getty Images Big Shaq has had quite an illustrious tryst with Hollywood, to say the least, and while his prime playing days are past him, it doesn't look like he's giving up on Hollywood any time soon. Being called the 'Wilt Chamberlain of the modern game' is no mean feat. O'Neal demanded respect on the courts and boy, did he get it. With 4 NBA Championships to his name, you can't deny that he deserved it either. But, what's all this popularity if you don't put it to use, right? The only logical way forward would be to turn to Hollywood. The Rock managed to carve a niche out for himself and is one of the biggest names in show business today. So, why can't Shaq? © Getty Images While Shaq certainly wasn't the first NBA star to work in Hollywood, he's one of the only few to have had lead roles in multiple movies. With 23.7 ppg and 10.9 rpg, Shaq is undoubtedly a legend of the game. But, will he become a legend in Hollywood? Here's a look at what he's been a part of so far, and what we can expect from him in the future: Appears As Himself We're going to get this out of the way up front. Shaq has appeared in countless movies and TV shows as himself. He was a popular guy. You can't blame producers for wanting to add one of the most bankable stars in the NBA to their shows/movies. © Buena Vista International He has appeared as himself in 'The Lego Movie,' 'Scary Movie 4,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' 'My Wife & Kids,' 'Fresh Off The Boat' and 'The Simpsons' to name a few. But, you don't get to show off your acting skills while playing yourself, right? So, let's move past these appearances and look at the times when Shaq was acting. Blue Chips (1994) A proper basketball movie that deals with the illegal practice of paying “blue-chip” prospects to entice them to join a college. It's a pretty serious film and was Shaq's first major role in a movie. © Paramount Pictures There were cameos by a number of other prominent basketball stars too and with Nick Nolte at the helm, the movie looked promising. Unfortunately, the movie failed to recover its budget of $35 million falling short by $12 million. Kazaam (1996) This was Shaq's first starring role in a Hollywood production. He played the genie Kazaam and helps a boy by the name of Max sort out his life. There are some hilarious scenes in this movie and even though the audience might not have been laughing at the movie, but at Shaq himself, it was a fun movie from our youth which is worth reminiscing. It fared a lot better at the box office almost earning its budget of $20 million back. The movie even had a rap song from the 7ft 1in center. If that doesn't sell movie tickets, we don't know what will. Steel (1997) Before there was 'Iron-Man', we had 'Steel'. Yes, Shaquille O'Neal was way ahead of the curve in terms of superhero movies. He played the DC character John Henry Irons and was slammed by critics and fans alike for being too cheesy. © Warner Bros. It was certainly a new low for Shaq and it looked like he could never recover from it. The movie earned just $1.7 million on a $16 million budget. Shaq lent his voice to the soundtrack of this one too but it was already evident that audiences liked him more for his dunks than his acting. Grown Ups 2 (2013) Okay, you aren't going to get an Oscar-winning movie when Adam Sandler is involved. But, that doesn't mean we don't get a few laughs out of it. © Sony Pictures Releasing We finally got to see Shaq in a high budget Hollywood production in this one and even though he only has a few minutes of screen time it's enough to prove he can act. His scenes are hilarious and 'Grown Ups 2' was enough to convince us that we needed to see more of him on the big screen. Uncle Drew (2018) The movie only recently released and looks like one of Shaq's best. In less than a week, it's already earned almost double of its $17 million budget and that's a pretty good sign of how good it is. © Lionsgate 'Uncle Drew' is proof that Shaq can also entertain a movie audience. All he needs to do is focus on making the movie, instead of trying to plug in his basketball days. Well, this movie is about basketball anyway so we can't say it would be difficult. But, there's absolutely no world in which we would want to see a 7ft+ genie folding a man into a ball and then dunking him down an air shaft in the finale of a movie. Big Shaq will always be a basketball star for us and all his fans. But, as long as he can keep his basketball career separate from his Hollywood career, there's no reason why Shaq can't make a name for himself in Hollywood or, to say it right, make an even bigger name for himself in Hollywood.