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  1. The famous police headquarters of The Scotland Yard is now opening its doors as a lavish 5 star hotel, courtesy Indian billionaire Yusuff Ali who spent over 75 million pounds on revamping it. © Daily Mail Mr. Yusuff is the owner of the Lulu Group in the Gulf and his company has a turnover of over £5.6billion. The Scotland Yard hotel has over 153 rooms and a night here will be over 10,000 pounds which translates to around Rs 9 lakhs per night. Obviously, the rooms will have an enviable view of the Westminster Abbey and the Buckingham Palace as well. © Twitter © Daily Mail Old prisoner cells have been converted into meeting rooms and secet whiskey bar and a big chandelier in the hotel is a tribute to a gang of famous female robbers, the Forty Elephants. © Daily Mail The hotel will open its doors this year and promises a different experience to its guests. Who even thought that a place guarding prisoners would turn into something which commands you to throw so much money to spend a night here!
  2. Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid, commonly known as Mido, is not a name that would immediately ring a bell amongst football fans. But, the 6-feet-2-inch tall striker has played for Ajax, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. And, it was with Spurs that Mido managed to establish himself as a cult hero. During a loan spell from Roma, Mido became an instant hot favourite amongst Tottenham fans as he bagged 13 goals in 36 matches. His clinical performances in crunch matches saw him securing a permanent move with Spurs in 2016. At the international level, Mido scored 20 goals in 51 appearances for Egypt before calling time on his career in 2013. View this post on Instagram ððð A post shared by Ahmed Hossam (@ahmedhossammido) on Mar 16, 2018 at 8:36pm PDT But, despite all that, the Egyptian striker gained popularity as the "overweight" footballer after he shared a shirtless picture on Instagram last year. While some compared him to the late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, others called him a water balloon on social media. The body-shaming, then, instigated Mido to answer back in the way he knows best - like a true champion. View this post on Instagram باخد تا٠Ù٠اÙإعÙاÙ!!!!! ððð A post shared by Ahmed Hossam (@ahmedhossammido) on Apr 16, 2018 at 4:40am PDT Drawing inspiration from the jokes, Mido worked relentlessly in the gym, working with his trainer Aly Mazhar, for countless hours during a day. And, believe it or not, the Egyptian football star lost a staggering 50kg to attain a toned physique. View this post on Instagram #workhardplayhard ÙÙعزت٠ÙجÙاÙ٠ا٠رضÙت بÙا ÙسÙت٠ÙÙ Ùأرحت ÙÙب٠ÙبدÙÙ ÙÙÙت عÙد٠ÙØ­ÙÙدا Ùا٠اÙت Ù٠ترض٠بÙا ÙسÙت٠ÙÙ ÙÙعزت٠ÙجÙاÙÙ ÙأسÙط٠عÙÙ٠اÙدÙÙا ترÙض ÙÙÙا رÙض اÙÙØ­ÙØ´ Ù٠اÙبرÙÙ Ø«Ù Ùا ÙÙÙÙ ÙÙ ÙÙÙا اÙا Ùا ÙسÙت٠ÙÙ A post shared by Ahmed Hossam (@ahmedhossammido) on Mar 7, 2019 at 10:30pm PST “Hitting rock bottom after being recognised as an Egyptian football star and starting your coaching career, getting through surgery, changing your lifestyle and deciding to fully commit to it. Set your goal, have a plan, follow it and results will just be a matter of time," Mido's trainer was quoted as saying by The Sun. View this post on Instagram #workout ðªð½ðªð½ðªð½ @newbalance A post shared by Ahmed Hossam (@ahmedhossammido) on Feb 27, 2019 at 3:22am PST "Most importantly BELIEVE in yourself, get the right support system around you and don't listen to all the negative crap around us every single day. That's willpower and full dedication right there. This is the MIDO we all know. Hats off,” Aly Mazhar added. View this post on Instagram ðªð½ðªð½ðªð½ A post shared by Ahmed Hossam (@ahmedhossammido) on Feb 2, 2019 at 5:47am PST Following his retirement, Mido was seen analysing Premier League games as a football pundit. More recently, he took over the managerial role at Saudi Arabian side Al Wehda where he has won six out of his opening 12 matches in charge. And, as he continues to contribute to the sport, Mido has undoubtedly become an inspiration for all those who're struggling to overcome their problems in life.
  3. Nearly 44 years ago, 'Sholay' came into our lives and changed the viewing experience for all of us. The lines "Arey O Sambha, kitna inaam rakhi hai sarkar humpe", "Chal Dhanno" and "Yeh dosti hum nahi todenge" became legendary, and you're not a true 'Sholay' fan if you don't remember these dialogues and the song. Sippy Films Most of us weren't even born during that time, but still, all of us love and remember Gabbar and his excitement for Holi, Jai-Veeru and their eternal friendship, Thakur and Veeru's love Basanti and her 'Dhanno'. But, honestly none of them were the real stars of the movie, it was actually a woman named Reshma Pathan, who most of us have barely heard about. Reshma Pathan is India's first stunt woman, who has body-doubled for Hema Malini, Sridevi, Meena Kumari, Dimple Kapadia and many other leading actresses in the 60'. She single-handedly helped shape the career paths of multiple iconic actresses while remaining under their shadow all this while. View this post on Instagram Meet the Badass ...the real sholay girl....Reshma Pathan. #TheSholayGirl #ReshmaPathan. Premieres on 8th march on @zee5 ð A post shared by Bidita Bag (@biditabag) on Mar 4, 2019 at 11:19pm PST "Chal Dhanno! Aaj teri Basanti ki ijjat ka sawal hai!" This dialogue and the Tanga Chase was undoubtedly one of the most iconic moments from the movie. Deep down in their hearts, everyone prayed for Basanti and cheered for her to fight the dacoits when her life was at risk. What people didn't see, was a courageous woman who was actually risking her life for the sake of the audience getting an epic, authentic, earthy and raw action sequence to watch. Fast forward to the present time and Reshma Pathan is set to get the limelight she truly deserves, with ZEE5 Global's new original film, 'The Sholay Girl'. In fact, 'The Sholay Girl' will be available across the world. View this post on Instagram swipe âºï¸ð#TheSholayGirl #officialtrailer The real story behind Bollywood's iconic stunts! Here's the action-packed trailer of Bollywood's first stunt woman #ReshmaPathan. #sholaygirl Premieres this #InternationalWomensDay, 8th March, only on #ZEE5 #ZEE5Originals Please share ðð A post shared by Bidita Bag (@biditabag) on Mar 3, 2019 at 6:22am PST Recently, the teaser and trailer of the same were released featuring actress Bidita Bag as Reshma, who is also known as 'The Sholay Girl'. It just took one minute for Bidita to stole all our hearts with her perfect portrayal of Reshma Pathan, in her much-deserved biopic. Today, on occasion of Women's Day, ZEE5 Global is releasing a film that aims solely at reliving the best of the '60s and '70s vicariously through Reshma. From risking her life every day to look after her family to crushing all barriers and making it big in the male-dominated world, the film will take us through the struggles and achievements in the career of Reshma. Guess we all can say now that it wasn't Jai-Veeru or Gabbar, but Reshma Pathan who was the real action star of 'Sholay'.
  4. The WWE has to be the Mecca for all the aspiring wrestlers and wrestling fans. No matter what corner of the world you are from, if you love that 20x20 foot ring, you have to know who The Undertaker, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin are. In the modern era of the WWE, three superstars who are making a name for themselves and are loved unconditionally by the WWE Universe go by the names of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods. Together forming 'The New Day', these performers have remained on top of the Tag-Team section for more than half a decade now. Some dreams will hit pause today, some others will prevail! An all important final day of #WWETryoutIndia commences! pic.twitter.com/ZsUyhdAqJm — WWE (@WWEIndia) March 5, 2019 The trio is currently in India for the WWE's Tryouts taking place in Mumbai. We got a chance to catch up with the believers of the “Power of Positivity” and asked them a few questions about what it takes for a wrestler to become successful in the WWE. MensXP: Hi guys, we at MensXP absolutely love 'The New Day' and as you could have guessed, we have a huge following for the WWE and of course, you guys. So, why don't we start by discussing your stay here? How's India treating you? Kofi: India is treating us very well. We've been here several times now. People here are so friendly and welcoming is amazing, you know? There's great energy in here and we're happy to be here for sure. Big E: Being able to be part of the crowd in India and seeing the kind of talent and athletes they have here, including some very large and impressive humans as well. Everyone here is so warm and so welcoming. Ohh yes! They are here and they're EXCITED... for #WWETryoutIndia and Indian Pancakes! ð¥ððª@TrueKofi @WWEBigE @XavierWoodsPhD #IndiaWelcomesTheNewDay pic.twitter.com/1Et2I4ENYc — WWE (@WWEIndia) March 3, 2019 MensXP: The New Day is obviously one of the more influential sets of superstars from the current roster. What does it take for a performer to become that successful in an organisation as unique as the WWE? Kofi: It definitely takes passion and drive to be on top. We're always trying to figure out how we can entertain at the highest level. As passionate as the WWE Universe is, they deserve it. You're going to get told “no” a lot and you have to figure out how you're going to succeed. The 'Power of Positivity' is not just something that we preached on TV. We bring that mentality to the workplace. Big E: From a physical standpoint, being in great shape helps. People see it on TV and they think: “Oh, I got this,” and they find out that it takes a toll on you, so you have to be in great shape. You look at The Rock and the Stone Cold, those guys had it both. The athleticism and the ability to capture people's attention. Xavier: We are on the road for 200 days a year. You have to be mentally prepared for because that's one of the parts that people don't really talk about. What we do outside of the ring is rewarding. For instance, visiting the children's hospital and being part of anti-bullying campaigns. .@WWE Superstars visit @CHNOLA ahead of #Wrestlemania34 https://t.co/Dr6V4v2Vgl pic.twitter.com/SunfZjRHuz — Children's Hospital (@CHNOLA) April 6, 2018 MensXP: What's the thought process that goes into coming up with a good gimmick? Also, who came up with the idea of The New Day as a concept? Was it you Xavier? Xavier: Yes. So for me, a gimmick or character is always better when it's you. At this point, if we were trying to be some tough dudes coming out kicking chairs all over, it's not something that necessarily fits what we are like in our personal lives. The three of us having this chemistry as the New Day, that has made it a lot easier and a lot more fun for us. MensXP: Are WWE stars possessive about the entrance music and the signature moves. How would you, Kofi Kingston react if you see Big E trying the 'Trouble in Paradise'? Big E: Well, can you imagine me attempting to do the 'Trouble in Paradise'? I would never! *Laughs* Kofi: If he can do the 'Trouble in Paradise', he can have the move. It would be the most impressive thing that I would have seen in a long time. It'd be all love. It's all good. Big E: I think for a lot of us, the keys to the business is standing out and having an identity that is memorable. So, I don't think we're possessive in a sense but yes, you want to stand out There's definitely people who are defensive, but for us, we kind of feel like we're in a nice niche. SUPER SUNDAY JUST GOT BETTER! ð The New Day has arrived and receives the traditional Indian welcome. ð¤©#TheNewDayInIndia #WWE #SPNSports @TrueKofi @WWEBigE @XavierWoodsPhD pic.twitter.com/kRJF84KtcO — SPN_Action (@SPN_Action) March 3, 2019 MensXP: You guys have the most bizarre narratives like coming out of the cereal box at Wrestlemania 32. So, how important is the art of storytelling for WWE superstars as yourselves? Xavier: It's everything. Yeah. Storytelling is huge. That's what captivates people and gets people's attention. It's great to be a great athlete, but if you're just a body, who really cares? In our industry, some people are great athletes but if they don't tell a story and they don't draw people in, they are no good. Big E: I think the best thing going right now in WWE is Kofi's story. After 11 years of being on the main roster and never getting that opportunity. That resonates with people. They are reacting the way they are because they've been along with him for this journey. Storytelling is huge.
  5. You know what they say about ruining a classic, or that sometimes it's not a good idea to relive an iconic moment, as it could go all kinds of wrong? Well that's the tricky bit with sequels as well. We really want them and while sometimes they work well and end up making a movie into a successful franchise, other times it leaves a bad after taste, like expired chocolate. The good news is that we totally trust Imtiaz Ali to make a great movie and that's why reports are quoting that 'Love Aaj Kal' is finally having a sequel! First of all, let the fact that it has been a decade since the first instalment came out, sink in deep ( time flies and how!), secondly, the star cast includes two of the biggest millennial actors enjoying immense fame right now, i.e Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan. Interestingly, Sara was very vocal about her crush on Kartik and how she'd love to go on a date with him. In return, after Ranveer Singh tried to play cupid, Kartik was also very vocal about his admiration for Sara on 'Koffee With Karan'. © Instagram Earlier, there were rumours about Saif also being a part of the movie but that's probably not happening. The movie is all set to go on floors in a week's time and will also star Randeep Hooda in a pivotal role. Now, let's just hope that it's not ruined, and becomes one of those sequels we end up loving.
  6. One wink, just one wink was all it took for Priya Prakash Varrier to reach the star-status. Arguably the biggest viral sensation we've seen in this country last year, the actress became everyone's crush overnight and for weeks people couldn't stop talking about her. image1 It seemed like everything was going right for her, but something good doesn't last forever. This year, Priya's only been surrounded by controversies and has had an overall negative response from everyone, from her upcoming movie 'Sridevi Bungalow' to a kissing scene that has now surfaced online. A scene from 'Oru Adaar Love', the same movie where the famous wink scene comes from, is now online and it shows Priya and her co-star Roshan Abdul Rahoof kissing while dressed in their school uniform. So basically, they're showing school kids kissing and it's obviously not sitting well with the very conservative Indian audience. Here's what everyone is saying. #PriyaPrakashVarrier #OruAdaarLove Stop creating bad influence among the school kids...will u accept if it happen to ur child... This is thumbs down from my side.ðð — Harshit Kabra (@harshitspkabra) February 8, 2019 Umm. If u are justifying the lip lock scene frm #OruAdaarLove ur upbringing is wrong, Teenage love maybe cute,but der is a limit, Parents sending us to schools for studying. Dis clip is out for promoting dis trash movie, how pathetic u are director #PriyaVarrier#PriyaPrakashVarrier — ____zidd (@sid_saalih) February 9, 2019 If you were a horny kid in school, thats your personality and your upbringing. Stop justifying such crass mentality here. School is a temple of Education. Do whatever you want in your bedroom. Not here..!!#PriyaVarrier#PriyaPrakashVarrier — CyberSikandar ™ (@CyberSikandar) February 8, 2019 Why so much hate? Talent & hard work is what takes you forward in long run not lip locking or an eye wink. Grow up people! #PriyaPrakashVarrier #priyavarrier — Amit Yadav (@MythoughtsAmit) February 7, 2019 Yep. The reason why India isn't developed. So #PriyaPrakashVarrier an ACTOR playing a high school girl kissing her on screen boyfriend is matter of concern but women being raped and harassed isn't? yikes — Satyam Arora (@hellasatyam) February 8, 2019 Yes, it is. #PriyaPrakashVarrier became a national crush for her "wink" last year & now after a year she is being trolled for a "lip-lock" scene . Social Media is indeed scary — áµáµâ¿á¶Ê°â±â¡ (@lostpanchi) February 8, 2019
  7. When you reach the level at which cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli are right now, you are allowed to have expensive hobbies like collecting extremely luxurious and limited edition rides. These cricketers not only have the craving for some of the finest cars in the world by also the money to fulfil their dreams. Here are some of the fanciest rides owned by star Indian cricketers: 1. MS Dhoni © Ferrari Mahendra Singh Dhoni's love for superbikes is unparalleled. But the cricketer is also a sucker for SUVs, American Muscle and Italian stallions. Having owned Hummer H2 and the GMC Sierra 3500HD, Dhoni's car collection is massive. But the ride he really fawns over is the extremely powerful Ferrari 599 GTO with a top speed of 335 kph and a V12 engine roaring under the hood. What's unique about Dhoni's GTO is that the car may be a gift for the skipper who led the team to the 2011 World Cup victory. There were only 599 pieces of the Italian beauty that were made by Ferrari and Dhoni's was even more special as it had the Indian tricolour painted in the front. Price In India: N/A 2. Sachin Tendulkar © Reuters Truly passionate about his rides, Sachin Tendulkar's garage has been home to almost all the iconic rides, be it a Maruti or the Nissan GT-R. However, the fanciest ride owned by the God of cricket has to be equally divine. We are talking about the 1499cc beast you might have seen in the Tom Cruise starrer 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol'. The BMW i8 is Sachin's favourite ride and we can see why. In an interview with Hormazd Sorabjee, Tendulkar says that he loves to drive the car, especially early in the morning when there aren't a lot of people on the road because the car is a “traffic stopper”. Price In India: Rs. 2.25 - 3.3 Cr* 3. Virat Kohli View this post on Instagram The new audi R8 . Its a BEAUTY. Iam blown away. What a brilliant machine. And so stunning as well. ðððð»#audi#beauty#beast. A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Feb 3, 2016 at 4:46am PST Ever since his childhood, Indian captain Virat Kohli has shown a lot of interest and passion towards Audi, the German automobile manufacturing company. With an already vast collection of extremely (extremely) expensive cars, Kohli boasts an 'all-Audi' collection which includes SUVs like Audi Q7, Audi S6, Audi A8L W12 Quattro and Audi R8 V10. However, the ride that Kohli would claim to be his show-stopper is the Audi R8 LMX which the star bought in 2015. With a top speed of 320 kph and 570 horsepower and torque of 398 lb-ft. Price In India: Rs. 2.97 Cr. Onwards 4. Suresh Raina © Instagram/Suresh Raina From small cars like Mini Coopers to literal giants like Range Rovers, Suresh Raina is a man of many tastes. Like an ideal son, Raina also gifted a blue Mercedes-Benz GLE 350D for his parents in November 2017. Having said that, Raina has admitted that the Porsche Boxster Limited Edition that he bought in 2013, on the occasion of his father's birthday, is the car he is most fond of. The got the car painted yellow as it represented his IPL team, Chennai Super Kings. The Porsche Boxster is a two-seater which consists of a 3436cc engine with maximum power noted at 315bhp@6700rpm. Price In India: Rs. 1.1 Cr.* 5. Yuvraj Singh © Bentley Nothing short of going nuclear on the field, Yuvraj Singh has been an absolute beast when it came to hitting the ball out of the park during his prime. His love for automobiles has been well documented and he has, on numerous occasions, said that collecting expensive cars has been his true passion. The fact that his mother has forbidden him from riding bikes made him focus only on cars. Not specific to a particular brand, Singh owns a BMW X6 M, a BMW M3 Convertible, an Audi Q5 and a Land Rover Discovery Sport for casual outings to the beach or maybe even the barbershop. But when Yuvi is really feeling it, the big guns come out. Reported to have bought a Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640-4, powered by a 6.5-litre V12 petrol engine and 640 horsepower. For more classier times, Singh brings out his Bentley Continental Flying Spur, the epitome of luxury. With a shiny black exterior and blood-red interiors, Singh's Bentley is nothing short of royalty in its own and is the most expensive car in his backyard. It is believed that former Indian opener Virender Sehwag also owns the same ride. Price In India: Rs. 3.22 - 3.8 Cr*
  8. Famous for its beautiful mountainous landscapes and holy shrines, the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) has truly lived up to its tag of 'paradise on earth'. If the natural beauty enticed the visitors, the artistry of local artisans further allowed the J&K handicrafts industry to make a name across the globe for their exquisite designs and craftsmanship. But, the Indian state that was once labelled as the 'Valley Of Paradise' has undeniably become the 'Valley Of Death'. Today, this strife-torn state is only famous for the bleak stories of violence, lethal attacks, militant insurgency and never-ending protests. The education system has degraded to the extent of almost being non-existent. The infrastructure is still a work in progress. The supplies are limited. And, to top it all, the presence of Indian military forces has led to restricted movements of the locals in their very own state. While the situation is not yet ideal in the region, the youth in J&K have found solace in sports in a bid to escape all that has affected them and their families over the years. We've seen the likes of Parvez Rasool making a name for himself in cricket, and, more recently, the spirited Real Kashmir football team proving their mettle in the ever-competitive I-League. Now, the beautiful state of J&K has given India another sporting gem in the form of Saqlain Tariq. © Pro Volleyball League Born in Poonch - one of the most remote districts of J&K, bounded by Line of Control (LoC) on three sides, Tariq has spent a major part of his life hiding from insurgency and consistent shelling which often resulted in the loss of life and property. Evacuating his house, taking shelter in makeshift places and haunted by the fact that any moment could be his last; Saqlain faced it all. While the youngsters of his age would ideally find themselves cribbing over gadgets and other material gains, Saqlain was just happy to be alive. In a place where breathing was no less than a luxury, Saqlain knew that there wasn't much he could do. His education took a toll, getting a job was always going to be difficult and the future looked bleak. But, just when all hope seemed lost, the 21-year-old found a ray of hope in volleyball - a sport that gave him an identity and made him feel that he mattered. Picking up the sport at the age of six, Saqlain's journey in volleyball was greatly influenced by his family's support and enthusiasm for the game. "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for my family. They've supported me in the thick and thin of life. All my achievements in volleyball is an outcome of their beliefs in me," emotions get the better of Saqlain as he credits his family. "Since I could remember, my father was running a local volleyball club in Poonch. He used to take me to the practice sessions when I was a kid. Over the years, I developed a liking towards the sport. But then, there were some problems. It wasn't that easy," the 21-year-old reveals before getting comfortable in the couch. © Pro Volleyball League Saqlain's mother, just like our own, was overwhelmed by the fear of losing him every time he went out to practice. "She (mother) was really concerned about my well-being. Given our state of affairs, she was probably right in her own domain to fear for my life. After all, she had lost her loved ones and seen too much in her life. But, this is where my dad stood out and ensured nothing was going to affect my growth as a volleyball player," he adds further. Honing his skills and improving his game at his father's facility, Saqlain's talent was just too hard to go unnoticed. And, this when his father Mohammad Tariq Khan, a state-level volleyball player himself, took a call that would eventually change the life of his son. "My father couldn't make the cut for the national team. And, he knew, if I stayed here (J&K), my fate will be the same. I would have faced survival issues and, maybe, I would have become a stone pelter. So, against the liking of my mother and other family members, he sent me to Khanna (near Ludhiana) for studies," Saqlain recalls with a smile on his face. But, for a youngster who shares a close bond with his parents and never left his home earlier, staying away from family wasn't easy for Saqlain. "I was there (in Khanna) for a few months before the homesickness crept in. For the first time in my life, I was on my own, dealing with day-to-day problems by myself. It took a toll on me. And, as a result, I told my father that I want to return home," the 6-feet-3-inches tall player reveals. "My father spoke to the warden to grant me a few days leave and I returned home. I was happy that I was finally going to see my family and all. But, my father wasn't happy with my decision. When I reached home, my father didn't speak me to me once. And, after a day or so, I realised why. Realising the sacrifices of my parents and the dreams they had for me, I was left with no option, but to return to Khanna. And, the moment I told my father about my decision, he was elated," Saqlain talks about the learning curve that went on to play a pivotal role in his journey as a volleyball player. © Pro Volleyball League Since that day, there was no turning back for this youngster. He played his first nationals for J&K when he was in the eighth standard and rose through the ranks on the back of an improved showing in the domestic circuit. Soon, he found his way into the national team. Named as the captain of the Indian team, Saqlain had his international outing at the Asian Championship in Sri Lanka in 2014 when he was just 17. Thriving in the position of a setter, Saqlain also went on to represent India at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Games where he played a crucial role in his side's bronze-medal finish last year. "When I went abroad to participate in the international tournaments, I was kind of shocked to see the level of competition there. Countries like China, Japan and South Korea have dominated the sport in Asia. But, the fact that Iran surprised everyone with a gold medal in men's volleyball at the 2018 Asiad shows that it's all about improving. It was something that we (Indian players) can learn from. That's why I always cherish international exposure," Saqlain makes a valid point. On the back of hard work and perseverance, Saqlain, then, managed to convince U Mumba Volley to shell out a whopping Rs 1.1 lakh for his services in the upcoming edition of the Pro Volleyball League (PVL). An initiative of Baseline Ventures and Volleyball Federation Of India, the first edition of the PVL is set to begin on 2nd February with Kochi Blue Spikers taking on U Mumba Volley in the first match. The league will see six teams fighting for the title which will be lifted by the winner on 22nd February in the final in Chennai. "I have waited for a long time to get an opportunity like the Pro Volleyball League. I want to thank the Volleyball Federation of India to bring such a league to the fore. It is going to be very beneficial for players like me. Since it also involves foreign players, the league will help us in improving our game by learning new things from them. It's a great platform for the Indian players to prove their mettle and popularise the game in the country," Saqlain lauds the advent of Pro Volleyball League. © Pro Volleyball League As a 21-year-old, Saqlain's love for Punjabi songs and, more particularly, for Bohemia might make him just another youngster, but when asked about his message for the youth in the Valley, Saqlain answered with maturity. "Sports are the need of the hour for the Kashmiri youth. I have so many youngsters calling me up and seeking guidance. And, I always encourage them to brave all odds and maintain their self-belief. Our state has so much talent across sports, but the lack of facilities and training centres hasn't helped their cause. I would really urge the concerned authorities to take notice of the talent from the Valley and nurture them with a prospect of making the country proud," Saqlain signs off. Coming from a region where people have a hard time focussing on their lives, Saqlain didn't just survive, but he concentrated on the very thing that acted as an escape route from all the hardships - his love for volleyball. From living in fear to becoming the first spiker from his state to represent India in any age group, Saqlain, at a tender age, has become a beacon of hope and is the perfect embodiment of success derived against all odds, on the back of persistent hard work.
  9. The first trailer of 'Spiderman: Far From Home' dropped a couple of days ago, and it was the perfect distraction from all the incessant worrying that we have been doing about the fate of literally everyone in 'Avengers: Endgame'. However, Tony Stark's absence from the trailer did not help, with everyone already crying about his death, which people think is quite evident after this trailer, when it's actually not. But, we all have been on the internet long enough to know that the only way people online deal with emotions or excitement is memes, every time, without fail. So, obviously, a huge new trailer is the perfect meme opportunity. From ignoring all the apparent clues about Tony's death to finding even better reactions to that hilarious Happy-Aunt May interaction, here's how Twitter reacted to the trailer. Before that, on an unrelated note, here's the international trailer with some extra scenes in case you haven't seen it yet. Now, back to the memes! Same energy. Nick Fury waiting for peter to get back to his room so he can talk to him and shoot Ned with a dart #SpiderManFarFromHome pic.twitter.com/FmiS2U0Dbl — peyton (@murdockxcastle) January 15, 2019 There's no evidence, but it's still funny. #SpiderManFarFromHome People: Here is the evidence that Tony Stark is dead. Me: pic.twitter.com/6aeEOiN5Tk — The Marvel Fandom (@TheMarvelFandom) January 15, 2019 Jake Gyllenhaal looks so good here. First look at Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio in #SpiderManFarFromHome pic.twitter.com/QNsMYiUGFB — Taran Spruell (@i_r_Taran) January 15, 2019 Peter Parker is an Avengers stan. peter parker heard locals talk about thor and tony and the stan popped out in him to listen carefully. the stan representation! ð¤§ð¤ pic.twitter.com/pxUQd4Ko2g — liz (@peterstarrk) January 15, 2019 What's happening? Happy Hogan: is that a new dress Aunt May: yeah how'd you know? Peter: pic.twitter.com/GNjmDk1rCR — sá´á´á´Ê (@fuckn_marvel) January 15, 2019 It looks so good! Everyone's hyped up about the Stealth Suit in #SpiderManFarFromHome, but Ned's back with the Confidence Hat! pic.twitter.com/NBbvLdt6YV — Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) January 15, 2019 Please let this be the third Spiderman movie. following the naming convention of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, I hope the third one is Spider-Man: Home Alone and it's just Peter on his own trying to protect the Avengers compound from the Sinister Six with complex, web-based traps. — Kieran Shiach ðð» (@KingImpulse) January 15, 2019 “Sup dickwad” Flash Thompson with Spider-Man vs Flash Thompson with Peter Parker pic.twitter.com/ovpp4fo5Fv — ð²ððð ð¾ððððð-ð¸ðð ð¸(@tinyspiderlegs) January 15, 2019 I triple dare you. Say "What" Again, Peter Parker. I Double Dare You. #SpiderManFarFromHome pic.twitter.com/3mb2ZViKAa — Charlie Schneider (@AwesomEmergency) January 15, 2019 Why is this so accurate? áµáµáµáµÊ³ áµáµÊ³áµáµÊ³ Ê°áµÊ³áµ áµáµ áµá¶¦á¶áµ áµáµ áµ áµáµË¢Ë¢áµáµÊ³áµ áµË¡áµáµË¢áµ — ð¤ððªðð (@thornadio) January 15, 2019 Judge away. peter parker silently judging you pic.twitter.com/r8zQoFwwWf — nay ð¤ð¼ | 169 (@aquatcm) January 15, 2019 He most definitely will. “Tony will hear about this” face #SpiderManFarFromHome pic.twitter.com/sN2czQwQ0o — ð³ð¼ð´ð¶ðº â²ð¦â³ (@bluespringx) January 15, 2019 Totally fine. peter's friends watching every city they visit getting destroyed the moment they walk in #SpiderManFarFromHome pic.twitter.com/5IuvyiE5yH — *âË stef â¹â¹ ︽âµï¸½ (@CAPTAlNERD) January 15, 2019 So wholesome. AUNT MAY BEING SUPPORTIVE OF PETER BEING SPIDERMAN? MJ AND PETER FLIRTING? PETER MEETING NICK FURY? MYSTERIO WITH A FISHBOWL HELMET? pic.twitter.com/8PuMaITxta — joanne (@hiddlestomas) January 15, 2019 Watch the video, trust me you won't regret it. #SpiderManFarFromHome Peter Parker when nick fury shows up in his room pic.twitter.com/KkilpsEKet — UltraInstinct (@shanshan888888) January 15, 2019 Yep. “peter parker here to pick up a passport please” pic.twitter.com/lrJfHDJOes — emma (@spideytom) January 15, 2019 Technically, it was just “what the f...” aunt may went from 'what the ****' to 'don't forget to pack your suit' real quick — Nouraâ¡áµÌ* (@scintillantom) January 15, 2019 Looks really good. Spider-Man looks great for a PILE OF ASHES WTF — DONNY CATES (@Doncates) January 15, 2019 Does this also mean that Tony will come to save the day? can't wait for the version of this scene in #farfromehome except Peter "Spider-Man" Parker is reattaching the UK to Europe pic.twitter.com/N9wqzfr91p — Rob DenBleyker (@RobDenBleyker) January 15, 2019 Exactly the same. If someone has already done this I'm so sorry! #spidermanfarfromhome pic.twitter.com/ce6sIa7C49 — Holly Ramshaw (@hollyramshaww) January 16, 2019 Looks like Happy makes her happy. Aunt May and Happy? ððð¦ð¤£ð .#spiderman #spidermanintothespiderverse #intothespiderverse #marvel #mcu #nerd #animatedmovie #peterparker #milesmorales pic.twitter.com/xy35mwbbvF — Flyingsuperherokingdom (@Flyingsuperher1) January 17, 2019 Everyone can go home now. I think Aunt May wins the #10yearchallenge! #funny #memes #spiderman #auntmay #tenyearchallenge pic.twitter.com/0kzzy5LsjH — Mihai Rotar (@mihairotar) January 16, 2019
  10. We are almost two months away from the 91st Academy Awards and before the nominees are announced, critics are busy making their predictions about the front runners of this season. One of the most talked about categories is definitely that of the best actress in a lead role. This year, women have played some incredible characters and have been a part of some of the most thought- provoking stories. They are giving a neck-to-neck competition to each other and it is too difficult to ignore any of them. We have finally made our predictions of the top five, read below to find out the names of actresses who may get nominated for Oscars 2019: 1. Lady Gaga- A Star Is Born Film critics and fans around the world are making their bet on the strongest contender of the year in the best actress category i.e Lady Gaga. The global sensation is not only one of the best singers who ever walked on Earth, but she has also given a tough competition to many brilliant actresses of her generation. 'The Star Is Born' is Gaga's first shot as an actress in a lead role in a mainstream film. In the Bradley Cooper directorial debut film, Gaga plays a pop singer and is the most natural version of herself. She is simply phenomenal. 2. Glenn Close- The Wife Though 'The Wife' has not earned any major traction at the box-office and is neither commercially successful, critics are calling it Glenn Close's performance of a lifetime. Glenn (Joan Castleman) plays an ignored wife of a celebrated author and in her very riveting act, strongly comes into view from the sidelines. Sadly, in her long career in Hollywood Glenn has never received a single Oscar nomination, but this role has strengthened her position for the upcoming awards season. 3. Melissa McCarthy- Can You Ever Forgive Me? After doing plenty of films in the comedy genre and even similar kind of roles, Melissa McCarthy makes a turn in her career through an outstanding performance in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' This is the third film McCarthy has acted in this year and she has indeed given us a glimpse of her caliber. Melissa plays a celebrity biographer Lee Israel who turns into a literary forger. Her role is intense and very intelligently portrayed, something not many have done so far in this genre. She was nominated in the best-supporting-actress category for 'Bridesmaids' in 2012 Oscars and we are suspecting she takes the lead under this year's nominations. 4. Viola Davis- Widows The director of '12 Years a Slave' brings another thoughtful film having a first-rate ensemble cast including the likes of Liam Neeson and Daniel Kaluuya. Academy Award winner Viola Davis gives a moving performance in 'Widows' and has thus strengthened her stand for the best actresses category. Viola who is Veronica in the film not only mourns the loss of her husband, but also fights the evil in a never seen before avatar! Davis is super talented anyway and her involvement in the film is a plus point, especially with respect to her career. This role has transformed Viola as we have watched her doing some very serious stuff over the years now. She is here to give a tough competition to others; her last Academy win was for 'Fences'. 5. Toni Collette- Hereditary Toni Collette gives a tour de force performance in 'Hereditary', a film that is too exceptional to be ignored. Though we are not really sure if the Academy would recognize the film due to its horror genre, we can expect it to be an exception on the lines of 'Get Out'. Toni Collette who plays a disoriented Annie Graham has made sure to capture the audience's attention and holds onto it. She scared to the core with her unbelievable performance and one can't avoid looking at her, even during the most terrifying and heart-sinking junctures in the film. Honourable Mentions: . Felicity Jones - On the Basis of *** . Emma Stone – The Favourite . Rachel Weisz – The Favourite . Margot Robbie – Mary Queen of Scots . Saoirse Ronan – Mary Queen of Scots . Emily Blunt – A Quiet Place, Mary Poppins Returns . Julia Roberts – Ben is Back . Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased, Destroyer
  11. Ranveer Singh And Deepika Padukone's wedding has been pretty much the only topic that has been trending in Bollywood of late, till of course Nick-Yanka also joined the bandwagon. The last leg of the celebrations were held yesterday in Mumbai, where pretty much everyone was invited. While everyone looked like a million bucks, we couldn't help but notice one young lad, who fit right in, yet stood apart. We are talking about Arjun Tendulkar, the designated Prince of Indian cricket (Is Sachin the King or the God? Anyway, you get the drift). (c) Viral Bhayani Arjun looked like someone whom KJo will just swoop right in and sign a bunch of films with. His blingy yet sophisticated blue kurta, paired with the black Patiala trousers were understated, yet statement. (c) Viral Bhayani (c) Viral Bhayani What was striking about his appearance was how tall he looked. Well, he was standing next to his father, who's not so tall himself, so that helped a bit, but the outfit gave him a lot of height. The pairing of blue black in the ratio he wore them in had a lot to do in that area. (c) Viral Bhayani We also liked the fact that he chose to be basic, yet dignified. The choice of plain black Oxfords tell us that he's a no-nonsense kind of dresser who sticks to the tasteful basics. (c) Viral Bhayani All we can say is that, if he someday decides not to play cricket anymore, Bollywood will knock on his door right away. All the best, Arjun!
  12. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's much-awaited wedding is just around the corner and the prep for the sangeet has already started! But while the entire world is trying to sneak a peek into what the main event beholds, which promises to be a mega event of the year, one needs to look beyond the fairytale setting, and at the mastermind who is bringing DeepVeer's wedding fantasy to life. View this post on Instagram #monthoflovewithwdc #friendship #sonamfabiani #manishmalhotra #vienna #fun #relationships A post shared by Vandana Mohan (@vandanamohan_wdc) on Feb 2, 2018 at 10:34pm PST The name is Vandana Mohan and she is the one who is pulling the threads on every minute detail related to Bollywood's mega event of the year. Here's the story about the Delhi girl who dared to dream differently, fought her own battles and came out victorious in a field that worked to weaken a woman's stronghold over it. The Backstory Today, Vandana Mohan may be known as the magician who can bring every extravagantly, fantastic wedding to life in the country, but initially, when she started out, Vandana was like any other middle-class Delhi girl. An army brat, she majored in Political Science, wished to get into JNU and work for the United Nations, before fate took a different turn, and she landed in the journalism- filmmaking industry. Her Career Trajectory Her brush with filmmaking soon spilled onto to script-writing and anchoring, which gradually turned into production. She started working as a consultant with a Chinese production company in the 1980s, where she later went on to become the production head. Soon she took the decision to do her own thing on the career front, and went on to launch her own event management company in 1989 called the Backstage Productions which handled corporate events and luxury brand launches. View this post on Instagram #month of love with WDC #theweddingdesigncompany #travels #fun#atheshow A post shared by Vandana Mohan (@vandanamohan_wdc) on Feb 1, 2018 at 9:28am PST Changing The Course Of Business Moving from formal corporate events to intimate wedding affairs happened by fluke, when one of her clients asked Vandana to organise his daughter's wedding. After that initial success, Vandana has never looked back. Today she is the face of the Wedding Design Company which has successfully organised hundreds of wedding in India and abroad. Her list of clientele includes names like Sonam Vaswani-Navin Fabiani and Parth Jindal and Anushree Jasani, besides planning the wedding of Tanvi Jindal in Florence in 2010 and Tarini Jindal in 2011. Her company was also responsible for the glam weddings of other high profile people such as Prince Shivraj Singh and Princess Gayatri Kumari, Vikram Chatwal and Deepak Parekh's son amongst others, with the most recent being Deepika and Ranveer's. Charting Her Own Path When Vandana started out, the field of event planning hadn't gained a lot of popularity, and whatever people knew about wedding planning, it was thought to be a “man's world”. Thus, when she started out she was met with a lot of resistance in terms of ideologies and work as well. View this post on Instagram #happyanniversary #we have each other #â¤ï¸ A post shared by Vandana Mohan (@vandanamohan_wdc) on Dec 9, 2017 at 10:37pm PST In an interview with Outlook Business, she said, “I would lose contracts only because people didn't know how to approach a woman for business or they were simply embarrassed to do business with a woman.” But she wasn't ready to give up. Not only did she bring her all-women team to the forefront and bagged international clients such as Moet Hennessy, Gucci, Ford Motor Company and Chanel, but also brought structure and finesse to the entire process. What Makes Her Special Vandana and her team are known for their professionalism that is well maintained with a personal touch. She ensured that a structure was being followed in the wedding industry, and coupled those with processes and responsibilities by introducing estimate sheets and a list of detailed service fee for her clients. View this post on Instagram #wdcweddings #lambalhu #wdc #stage#fabulouslighting# installation A post shared by Vandana Mohan (@vandanamohan_wdc) on Nov 6, 2016 at 4:14pm PST Striking A Balance Regardless of her hectic field of work, she has always found support in her husband and children. Since the beginning, she has managed to strike the right balance between work and family, so that neither of them suffer. Even her work sees a healthy mix of her client's needs and her expertise. Her signature touch involves flowers that tell their own stories while paying close attention to the “big dreams” people hold for their wedding. Coco Chanel's individuality inspires her and she respects Anand Mahindra for his multifaceted genius. Vandana Mohan is a woman of her own league and she's rightly called the wedding belle.
  13. Nepotism has been the biggest buzzword in the film industry ever since that 'Koffee with Karan' episode with Kangana Ranaut aired but looks like things are getting better for the 'outsiders' of the industry. It's great to see that so many self-made actors are finally getting recognized for their talent and finally getting the attention they truly deserve. Ayushmann Khurrana is one of those actors and he's proved his talent and worth over and over again, twice just this month as well. After being a part of two brilliant movies – 'Andhadhun' and 'Badhaai Ho' – just two weeks apart, he's probably made a fan out of everyone who watched these movies because he was, and always has been, very relatable. But, entering Bollywood without a 'godfather' or a last name like 'Kapoor' or 'Khan' was not an easy task. He started off his career by being a RJ, a VJ, and taking part in several reality shows before reaching where he is now, so yeah, this guy really has worked for everything. So, when asked if he felt like he had to work harder than the star kids to get where he is, he did agree but also said that it didn't matter much. He said, “My debut, Vicky Donor, was when I was 27. If I was a star kid, it would've been 22. I don't think the difference of five years would've affected much. I think I was a much more mature actor at 27.” Now, this is the perfect way to handle quite a controversial question and what can I say, he's really smart. Talking about how he started in the showbiz, he said, “I started pretty young, I did my first reality show when I was 17. Then came Roadies in 2004 when I was 19. I was just picking these reality shows but I never saw this as a struggle. I was a radio jockey after graduation. I was 22, the youngest RJ in Delhi at that time. It was all fun. I needed all these experiences to happen to become an actor. Nobody has gone through this transition and it's just surreal.” Now, that's a positive way of looking at the 'struggle', and here I thought I couldn't like this guy more! We know for sure he's going to be around for a long time and we can't wait to see what movie he'll do next where he will play a middle-class Delhi guy!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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
  25. 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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