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  1. Right from Suniel Shetty to Anil Kapoor, the film industry now boasts of quite a few 'super fit dads', who sometimes end up giving their own children major complexes when it comes to their fitness game. While Bollywood has quite a few famous names when it comes to that, regional film industries are not lagging behind at all. via GIPHY When it comes to the Tamil film industry, the achievements of the one and only Chiyaan Vikram are quite frankly uncountable, and now he has added one more feather to that already overloaded cap by introducing himself as one of the fittest dads around. He just shared the big screen with his son Dhruv, in the much awaited movie 'Mahaan'. View this post on Instagram Even though the movie has garnered mixed reviews, the father son duo has impressed everyone with their fitness game. Fans were initially flabbergasted seeing them on screen together, and in fact most of them opined that they looked more like 'brothers' and not father-son. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Individually, both of their fitness games are on point, and super inspirational to fans. While Chiyaan Vikram has maintained his incredible physique for decades, changing his appearance as required for his roles, his son Dhruv clearly has taken after dad, and has been working super hard on his own fitness. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram All we can say is, we're super impressed! View the full article
  2. A jump from a small city to a big town like Mumbai - you know you’re in for a jackpot full of responsibilities. But what will happen if the jackpot asks for something in return? How far will you be willing to go for your ambitions? Mahesh Bhatt & Vikram Bhatt Present Sanak - Ek Junoon, directed by Krishna Bhatt, which brings to the fore the price people are willing to pay to triumph in life. Starring Rohit Bose Roy and Aindrita Ray in the lead, this show is full of love, compromise, and betrayal. Watch the trailer here: These 5 reasons will surely convince you to binge-watch this gripping show: 1. It’s The Perfect Long-Weekend Binge Committing to a show during the week may be a big task, but guess what? You have three long days - thanks to the long weekend! A perfect time to watch a good series and finish it just in time for the new week to begin. Full of drama and thrill, this series should be on the top of your watchlist for this long weekend. 2. Brought To You By The Stellar Bhatt Duo You know when names like Vikram Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt are associated with something, you can expect great things. Known for movies like Raaz and Murder respectively, you know you can expect plot twists like no other when the Bhatt brothers are involved. The icing on the cake is the direction by Krishna Bhatt, daughter of Vikram Bhatt. MX Player 3. The Star Cast Starring Rohit Bose Roy and Aindrita Ray in the lead, this show has a stellar star cast that has done complete justice to each of their characters. You will also see Rushad Rana, Rishi Deshpande, Antara Banerjee, Amaara Sangam, Tasneem Ali, and Harpreet Jatail in pivotal roles. 4. It’s Available In Multiple Languages Don’t want to watch this show in Hindi? No problem! MX Player gives you the opportunity to watch this show in languages like Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali. 5. It’s Relatable AF Well, maybe not entirely but the big city life seems to be a common fantasy among a lot of us. Living your dream, finding success and recognition is something that most of us desire. While some may not go to extreme lengths, others are okay with doing just that - which one are you, really? Are you ready? You can watch Sanak – Ek Junoon for free on MX Player from the 16th Of October in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali. View the full article
  3. Shershaah writer Sandeep Srivastava recently revealed that Kargil Hero Captain Vikram Batra’s jovial side was his heartwarming romance with his wife Dimple Cheema. “It took us time to accept that his love story did unfold like this. There is someone who’s left behind, Dimple, who’s still single. So we can’t sacrifice it. There’s his exemplary participation in the war. So our narrative had to balance both the things in such a way that the whole movie remains engaging,” Srivastava said in an interview with Indian Express. The romance between Captain Batra and Dimple Cheema in Shershaah looks organic and there is a solid reason for that. The writer said, “I met Dimple 2-3 times. We realised there are certain milestones in their love story. So, the journey from one milestone to the other is where we’ve used a bit of imagination and cinematic liberty.” View this post on InstagramSrivastava also said he thought that the scene at the bus stop where Vikram cuts his thumb and puts ‘Sindoor’ on Dimple was cooked up. But when he talked to Dimple she only confirmed it, and he decided to write it in a way that would flow with the narrative. He said, “The act itself is over-the-top as if from the 70s or 80s, but Dimple’s reaction of “kinna filmy banda mila hai mainu (My man is so filmy)” balances it. Dimple is such a beautiful aspect to this story.” View this post on Instagram Earlier, Sandeep Srivastava said in an interview with News18, “When I was doing my research, and I interacted with Dimple, she said that Captain Batra and she knew each other for four years but the time they spent together was just about 40 days. I think that we have captured the essence of those 40 days, which means a lot to the wonderful lady whom I have a lot of respect. It is the essence of her feelings that is coming through the way Kiara has played the character, and that’s what’s really sticking to people.” View this post on InstagramHe also said, "So I do not think there was a need to add anything. It’s just the right amount. She is a very integral part of Captain Vikram Batra’s life, you cannot tell his story without his relationship with Dimple, and without what he did in the war. I think what we have done is struck the right balance. There are also so many views, which are just the contrary and they are saying that it is a perfect blend of his personal life and his life as a soldier.” Shershaah has been highly appreciated, and people are raving about it. Sidharth and Kiara are on cloud nine since Shershaah has become the most-watched film in India on Amazon Prime Video. It was released on August 12, and since then, it has been on everyone's watchlist. It also has an 8.9 IMDb rating. View the full article
  4. From making his debut with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year and not getting accepted by the audience to finally changing the mindset of his haters with his best performance so far as Vikram Batra in Shershaah, Sidharth Malhotra has come far in his cinematic journey. He's being hugely appreciated for picking up all the mannerisms of Vikram Batra in his latest outing and rightly so. View this post on InstagramInterestingly, Kangana Ranaut who had bashed Karan for being the flag-bearer of nepotism, took to Instagram stories to appreciate Dharma Production’s Shershaah . She even appreciated Sidharth for his acting skills in the movie. In the first story, she wrote, “National hero Vikram Batra was a Himachali boy from Palampur, very popular and loved soldier. When the tragedy happened, news spread like wildfire in Himachal, it slid through our hearts. As a kid, I remember being tormented for days.” In the second post, she added, “What a glorious tribute @sidmalhotra. Congratulations to the entire team. It was a big responsibility and you all excelled." © Instagram/Kangana Ranaut Kangana and Karan have shared a rather cold past. In one of the interviews, Johar had told Mumbai Mirror, “So much has been said about Kangana, me, and some kind of rivalry or simmering tension. But at every public event, we’ve met, we’ve greeted each other graciously. Whatever may have been said or insinuated in print, I think I’m too old and wise to hold any kind of malice in my heart for anybody. As a filmmaker, I respect Kangana’s talent, craft, and what she brings to the table. She is an actor who has proved her mettle and is deserving of the honour. Besides Ekta (Kapoor) and Adnan Sami, I am honoured to receive the Padma Shri alongside Kangana.” View this post on Instagram On the professional front, Kangana will next be seen in director Vijay’s Thalaivi. The film is a biopic of actor and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa. In the film, while Kangana Ranaut will be playing the character of Jayalalithaa, Arvind Swami will be essaying the role of late Chief Minister M G Ramachandran. She will also be seen in Dhaakad following that. View the full article
  5. The film Shershaah directed by Vishnu Varadhan released on Amazon Prime on 12th August. The movie stars Siddharth Malhotra who is playing the role of real-life Kargil War hero, Captain Vikram Batra. The movie also stars Kiara Advani as his love interest. Captain Vikram Batra died fighting in the 1999 Kargil war against Pakistan. Batra was posthumously awarded India’s highest military honor for wartime valour, the Param Vir Chakra. View this post on Instagram The film also showcased highlights of Batra’s personal life and his love story with Dimple Cheema. And many reports in media also suggested that Dimple and Vikram Batra were engaged to be married after the soldier returns from war. However, in a recent interview, Vishal Batra, brother of Captain Vikram Batra clarified it. He said, “Dimple and Vikram were not engaged. It hurts to read wrong reports in the media and I just hope that everyone who matters is reading this and does not do goof-ups in their write-ups hereafter. People who have written that she was his mangetar (fiancée) have just been silly.” He also said, ahead of the release of the film a picture of Captain Batra and others had surfaced in the public domain. He said that the reports claimed that the woman with Captain Batra is Dimple Cheema and the picture is from their college days. View this post on Instagram Vishal Batra clarified saying, “I must clarify here that the picture of Dimple too that has been floating in the media, where it is claimed in a group picture that she's standing beside my brother- is not the correct one. That girl is Sidharth's classmate and not Dimple.” Vishal Batra was also asked if at any point after Captain Vikram Batra’s demise told Dimple Cheema that she should get married. To which Vishal responded saying, “Yes, I did. Even my parents told her.” Vishal Batra also spoke about how he arranged a meeting between reel-life Dimple Cheema (Kiara Advani) and real-life Dimple Cheema. He said, “Kiara met Dimple one-on-one at her hotel. I think they chatted for 3-4 hours at least.” View the full article
  6. Anyone who has watched Shershaah, the biopic of Capt. Vikram Batra who fought in the 1999 Kargil War, would agree that Sidharth Malhotra has done a marvelous job in bringing the war hero to life on screen. We cannot imagine anyone else portraying the army legend ‘Shershaah’. © Dharma Productions While he was the first choice of the producer Shabbir Boxwala, there were many who lined up to grab the role. He was also approached by Salman Khan who had a name in mind for the role of Capt. Vikram Batra. He apparently wanted his brother-in-law, Aayush Sharma, to make his debut with this film, back in 2016. © Instagram/Aayush Sharma Boxwala said in an interview, “Salman approached me at a stage when I was in talks with Junglee Pictures. He wanted Shershaah to be Aayush’s [Sharma] debut film, and wanted to partner with me on it.” However, he had already pitched Sidharth Malhotra to Batra’s family who also wanted him to play the role and he didn’t want to replace him. © Dharma Productions “It would have been highly unethical to drop him for another actor. When Captain Batra’s family gave me the rights, it was a big moment for me. They showed immense trust in me, and I didn’t want to go wrong at any step. I explained [my predicament] to Salman, who was understanding. Aayush was sweet and sportingly said that playing a double role in his debut movie might be [a tall order],” he added. © Dharma Productions He further explained how the project panned out. “From Junglee Pictures, the film went to Dharma Productions [in 2019]. It didn’t take Karan [Johar] more than five minutes to say yes to the project. Director Dennis Lee came from Los Angeles to helm the film, but things didn’t work out. Vishnu Varadhan [director] was suggested by my writer Sandeep Shrivastava.” © Instagram/Shabbir Boxwala It still took more than a year to shoot and bring the film to life. Meanwhile, Aayush Sharma made his Bollywood debut with Loveyatri in 2018 which was produced by Salman Khan. © Salman Khan Films We’re glad that Sidharth was cast as ‘Shershaah’. The reviews and appreciation that the film is receiving is proof that Boxwala made the right choice. View the full article
  7. As India celebrates its 75th Independence Day, the entire country finds itself floating in feelings of patriotism and pride. There is a certain sense of pride towards martyrdom in the air as people think back to all those times when our brave soldiers sacrificed their lives to keep our tri-coloured flag always flying high. And one such martyr who etched his name in history and in our hearts was Captain Vikram Batra. The man who fought valiantly during the Kargil war in 1999 and led one of the most dangerous and crucial operations in mountain warfare, Captain Vikram Batra and his achievements are to date remembered and lauded with great fondness. Especially by his parents who aren’t just proud of their son, but also miss him dearly. © Kiara Advani First played by actor Abhishek Bachchan in the movie LOC Kargil, the role has been played again by Siddharth Malhotra in the film Shershaah, which is supposed to be a biopic on the life of the decorated Indian Army officer. In the movie, the scene where Captain Vikram Batra’s courageous rendezvous with the enemy at the border was shown has left everyone emotional, but most of all his parents. In fact, in a recent interview where GL Batra, Captain Vikram Batra’s father, was asked about what he felt having seen the film Shershaah, he shared the emotions that their family felt throughout the movie. Paid my respects to Captain Vikram Batra & all other Fauji heroes in Delhi Truly had an emotional moment there! Standing in front of his statue, remembering his sacrifice & of 527 other war martyrs... Happy Independence Day pic.twitter.com/2Olj4YLyMR — Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) August 15, 2021 Recalling the scene where Captain Batra gets shot, GL Batra shared, “A Pakistani soldier in hiding targets him and some three to four bullets hit him in the chest. He then falls down and bleeds from the mouth when he chants his unit's war cry 'Hail Mother Durga' (Durga mata ki jai). He then falls down and becomes a martyr. It was a very emotional moment for us." Captain Batra’s mother Kamal Kanta Batra also spoke about the influx of emotions that she felt during the scene and said, “I got very emotional when he was suddenly hit by a bullet in the film." © Twitter Meanwhile, Vishal Batra, Captain Batra’s twin brother also talked about the kind of impact that scene had on him, for it was followed by a moment of silence to deal with the emotional havoc he had kept in all this while. The movie has said to beautifully and boldly capture the essence of patriotism and sheer valour that Captain Batra exuded at the border. In fact, during an interview with actor Siddharth Malhotra who feels honoured to play his part, went ahead to share that if he had not been an actor, he would have chosen to be in the Indian Army just like his grandfather who served the nation and fought in the India-China war in 1962. View the full article
  8. “Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamare dil me hai, dekhna hai zor kitna baazu-e-qaatil me hai” – Ramprasad Bismil The feeling of patriotism in its full light is yet to sink in as three days are still left for us to celebrate the 75th year of Independence. We have had many National heroes fight for the independence of our country. On 15th August 1947, India was finally free from the clutches of the British government but independence came at cost of Hindustan getting divided into India and Pakistan. The two countries have fought many battles but none was like The Kargil War. After over three months of combat on the freezing heights of Kargil, the Indian Army got victory on July 26, 1999. Many heroes lost their lives but they reclaimed the Indian territories. © Amazon Prime Video One such hero was our very own Vikram Batra. He was filmy, dramatic, full of life and his phrases still echo in our minds. Dharma Productions collaborated with director Vishnu Varadhan to narrate to us the story of the brave army officer Shershaah who relentlessly fought for the pride of his country. We have Sidharth stepping into the shoes of Vikram Batra who has given us his career-best performance through his movie Shershaah. After the trailer release, people had all the positive things to say about the movie and there was an overwhelming response to the fact that Shershaah will tell the story of Captain Vikram Batra. How did you feel at that moment? MensXP got in touch with Sidharth Malhotra right before the movie release to talk about the preparations that went behind filming Shershaah . We also discussed how mentally draining was it to portray Vikram Batra and much more. Here are excerpts from my interview: When you put in so much effort for the character, feel so much for the story and it has taken a lot of time for it to be made, you are hoping for that kind of response. It’s been overwhelming how they have perceived the film after watching the trailer. I am just eager to know if they have a similar sort of reaction after watching the film, if not better. View this post on Instagram Playing a real person on the screen does come with its own set of challenges. Did playing Vikram Batra add any pressure on you? Oh yes! When you are playing a real-life character and especially someone who’s so heroic, respected by armed forces, there’s so much written about him and we have seen his interviews, there’s a pressure to portray him in the best possible way. There’s a pressure that I feel that I somewhere owe to the family, also it gives a right impression on the audience about his life, family, and his brother. All these things constantly play in your head and this is why I knew I had to put my best foot forward. It’s difficult to put someone’s entire life on the screen in just 2 hours. I hope people get inspired by his story because he gave all of it. Not just him, it’s an ode to all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives. It’s a big responsibility and I feel proud that I got to wear his uniform on the screen. © Amazon Prime Video As you said you owe to the family of Vikram Batra, how did his parents and brother react to the glimpses of the movie? Captain Vikram Batra’s parents and the rest of his family haven’t seen the film yet. It’s his brother Vishal who has watched a few glimpses of the movie and he was extremely sweet. For him, it was an emotional process to watch the film. He is someone with whom I have interacted many times over these years regarding his brother’s life story. He was extremely emotional when he told me that ‘Sid, I have only seen my brother when he’s off duty and I have no visuals of him fighting in Kargil. After seeing the film, I see you as for him'. He addresses me as ‘bhai’ and ‘bro’. I can’t see Shershaah as a commercial movie. It’s something that I owe to them. The only review I am scared of is of Vikram Batra’s parents. They will very soon see it. Re-staging Kargil is a very risky move and it surely can backfire if not portrayed correctly keeping the details in mind. Were there any jitters in this regard? Obviously! I didn’t know what to expect and it was such difficult terrain and an alien kind of land there. It’s predominantly massive mountains with rocks, dust, and very little oxygen. We were only between 12000 ft to 14000 ft height but the Indian army fought at much higher altitudes. To realize that we had retakes as actors just kind of gives me jitters and scares me that how did our Indian Jawans do it during the war. It was scary for us to shoot and we are the only Hindi film that went and shot there from start to end. There were many elements that went wrong but it was an experience of a lifetime. All the experiences and difficulties we had have been trickled into the camera and it will possibly give you one of the best war movies. You will experience the real fight and real emotions. There were jitters but we had the support of the Indian army. My respect for the armed forces has only gone up multifold. © Amazon Prime Video You just told me that you were at a 14000 ft high altitude and you also shared the physical challenges that came your way while shooting for the movie. Was playing the role of Vikram Batra equally mentally draining? When you are playing someone who has lived in flesh and blood, it’s more challenging than doing a fictional character as you can have your own versions but here, you are given boundaries and have to control your emotions. It’s far more challenging to prep for the character. Keeping all this in mind when I was shooting for the last leg of Vikram Batra’s life, it’s was extremely challenging and emotional to portray someone’s last words. I was very nervous for a good three or four weeks before I started shooting for the last leg. It was emotionally and mentally draining. I hope and pray that it’s portrayed in the right light. © Amazon Prime Video We all know that your grandfather had an army background and we’re sure that he followed a code of conduct and swore by certain principles. Have you taken anything from your grandfather and it has become a mantra of your life too? It trickles into generations. My dad had experienced it much more and it comes from him to me. There are forces like decorum and work ethic. As an adult and watching the soldier's life up close during the shooting of this film, you realize when a soldier is serving for the country his time is accounted for. He is told when to train and when to rest. You land up adapting the fact that you have to be a focused human being and always try to manage to adapt to the current needs of the hour. Now I understand the stories that my grandmother used to tell me about my grandfather. We all make excuses but in the armed forces, you can’t. View this post on Instagram Did your father get to see you play Vikram Batra? Not yet. I am eager to know what my father thinks of me in a uniform. He keeps joking with me that ‘chalo ek pretend officer toh bana’. Sidharth, here’s wishing you the best of luck for your movie and future endeavours. View the full article
  9. 22 years ago, our Kargil heroes fought relentlessly to bring back the glory of the country. The bravery and selflessness they displayed were celebratory and we have been celebrating these heroes every year but it’s still not enough because it takes courage to sacrifice your life. To honour these Kargil heroes, Dharma Productions collaborated with director Vishnu Vardhan and recreated Kargil, and paid their respects to the legend Vikram Batra and others who reclaimed the power of the country. When a director is telling a story of a real figure and an incident that has many sentiments attached to it, it becomes all the way more difficult to portray everything just right on the screen because the research material is already available on online archives. If it’s about recreating Kargil scenes, I can say that the makers have done a great job because it looked real. The bunkers being blasted and the gunfire scenes gave authenticity to the narrative. Just three days before the patriotic feel completely sinks in, we have the story of Captain Vikram Batra aka Shershaah making us boast about the country’s past achievements. A guy so dramatic who cuts his finger and fills the ‘maang’ of his fiancée Dimple before heading for the final battle of his life. It might look way too much to consume for viewers if they hadn’t known about Vikram. © Amazon Prime Video All the scenes are portrayed as narrated by Vikram’s brother Vishal Batra. From Vikram’s childhood to his romance with Dimple to his heroic Kargil fight, the director stayed true to the real narrative but this is what is making it more challenging as it’s difficult to capture a real person’s life in just 2 hours of run time but Shershaah does a decent job. Sidharth Malhotra plays Shershaah and Kiara steps into the shoes of Dimple. They did have chemistry in their scenes but their scenes didn’t get us glued to the screens. The last scene wherein she cries after seeing her love of life bidding a final farewell does make you emotional. The scenes wherein the main Kargil fight is being portrayed will keep you hooked as cinematographer Kamaljeet Negi does a great job of capturing the tension around the biggest fight between India and Pakistan. The recapturing of Pt 4875 was shown in detail and it did make my eyes swell up when I saw Vikram Batra die but he had no regrets of losing his life and Sid did portray the emotions. © Amazon Prime Video As I was saying the director kept the narrative close to the real story, there’s a scene wherein a TV journalist is interviewing Vikram, and Sidharth mouths the similar lines that our hero said years back about his confrontation with a Pakistani soldier on the radio telecom service. Sidharth has what it takes to portray Vikram Batra but I also felt the movie should have been a little more energetic in its tone. I also can't take away the fact that it's one of the best performances by Sidharth in his cinematic career. The screenplay does look a bit stretched but doesn’t tire you. Kiara’s scenes were less and it felt that she was restricted because of how her character was written on paper. It’s only the last scenes wherein you connect to her. Shiv Panditt, Sahil Vaid, Nikitin Dheer, and all the other actors who portrayed war heroes did a great job in lifting the narrative. © Amazon Prime Video As a viewer, I did get jitters but as a movie reviewer, I felt that it could have been a bit better. In a nutshell, Sidharth’s movie Shershaah is watchable but ‘yeh dil mange more’. View the full article
  10. 22 years ago, our Kargil heroes fought relentlessly to bring back the glory of the country. The bravery and selflessness they displayed were celebratory and we have been celebrating these heroes every year but it’s still not enough because it takes courage to sacrifice your life. To honour these Kargil heroes, Dharma Productions collaborated with director Vishnu Vardhan and recreated Kargil, and paid their respects to the legend Vikram Batra and others who reclaimed the power of the country. When a director is telling a story of a real figure and an incident that has many sentiments attached to it, it becomes all the way more difficult to portray everything just right on the screen because the research material is already available on online archives. If it’s about recreating Kargil scenes, I can say that the makers have done a great job because it looked real. The bunkers being blasted and the gunfire scenes gave authenticity to the narrative. Just three days before the patriotic feel completely sinks in, we have the story of Captain Vikram Batra aka Shershaah making us boast about the country’s past achievements. A guy so dramatic who cuts his finger and fills the ‘maang’ of his fiancée Dimple before heading for the final battle of his life. It might look way too much to consume for viewers if they hadn’t known about Vikram. © Amazon Prime Video All the scenes are portrayed as narrated by Vikram’s brother Vishal Batra. From Vikram’s childhood to his romance with Dimple to his heroic Kargil fight, the director stayed true to the real narrative but this is what is making it more challenging as it’s difficult to capture a real person’s life in just 2 hours of run time but Shershaah does a decent job. Sidharth Malhotra plays Shershaah and Kiara steps into the shoes of Dimple. They did have chemistry in their scenes but their scenes didn’t get us glued to the screens. The last scene wherein she cries after seeing her love of life bidding a final farewell does make you emotional. The scenes wherein the main Kargil fight is being portrayed will keep you hooked as cinematographer Kamaljeet Negi does a great job of capturing the tension around the biggest fight between India and Pakistan. The recapturing of Pt 4875 was shown in detail and it did make my eyes swell up when I saw Vikram Batra die but he had no regrets of losing his life and Sid did portray the emotions. © Amazon Prime Video As I was saying the director kept the narrative close to the real story, there’s a scene wherein a TV journalist is interviewing Vikram, and Sidharth mouths the similar lines that our hero said years back about his confrontation with a Pakistani soldier on the radio telecom service. Sidharth has what it takes to portray Vikram Batra but I also felt the movie should have been a little more energetic in its tone. I also can't take away the fact that it's one of the best performances by Sidharth in his cinematic career. The screenplay does look a bit stretched but doesn’t tire you. Kiara’s scenes were less and it felt that she was restricted because of how her character was written on paper. It’s only the last scenes wherein you connect to her. Shiv Panditt, Sahil Vaid, Nikitin Dheer, and all the other actors who portrayed war heroes did a great job in lifting the narrative. © Amazon Prime Video As a viewer, I did get jitters but as a movie reviewer, I felt that it could have been a bit better. In a nutshell, Sidharth’s movie Shershaah is watchable but ‘yeh dil mange more’. View the full article
  11. SonyLIV has been a game-changer of sorts with exemplary stories that they have been getting on board. After shows like Scam 1992, Maharani, Avrodh, and Undekhi, SonyLIV is now retelling the stories of the sauces of India’s nuclear physicists, Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai. View this post on Instagram We are surely excited about the show and it will be interesting to see how Jim Sarbh and Ishwak Singh add lives to their characters who are known to be great achievers in their eras. Here’s all we know about the show and what the actors think of their characters in the show: 1. The show is created by Nikkhil Advani, Roy Kapur Films, and Emmay Entertainment. Rocket Boys has been directed by Abhay Pannu. The release date of Rocket Boys is yet to be announced. 2. The show will delve deeper into the stories of Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai and celebrate their journeys to success. They wrote history and it will be interesting to see their stories on the OTT screen. 3. For the unversed, Homi Bhabha the first to do a proper quantum theoretic calculation of the process of electron-positron annihilation and creation – one of the basic processes in quantum electrodynamics using Dirac’s theory. He was also the first one to tell that cosmic rays move at speeds close to that of light and are the best place to verify the conclusions of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. He was the founding director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in 1945 and Trombay Atomic Energy Establishment (later renamed Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in his memory). There is a lot that we need to know about him and Rockey Boys will be retracing all that he has achieved in his lifetime. 4. Jim Sarbh will be stepping into the shoes of Homi Bhabha and his first look has been shared with us. Talking about his character in the show, he said, “Indian entertainment is about to explode with new material, and 'Rocket Boys' is a project that will, hopefully, be a part of the new wave of how shows are conceived, created, and consumed. Taking on the role of Homi Bhabha is extremely special, partly because of our shared Parsi heritage, but mostly because of the interesting, driven, Renaissance man he was. His dedication to scientific process and discovery, not least of which are his legacy of world-class scientific institutions, his notes on art and culture, and his ability to have a good laugh, make him a delicious character to play. I consider it a privilege to play him, and to be a part of this wonderfully researched and written show, and I am looking forward to its premiere on SonyLIV." © SonyLiv 5. Well, Vikram Sarabhai is widely known as the ‘father of the Indian space programme’. He helped establish the Indian space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and led it as chairman. Sarabhai was largely responsible for the establishment and development of India’s nuclear power plants. It will be interesting to know how he carried forward Bhabha’s work in nuclear space after his death. 6. Ishwak Singh who got limelight with Pataal Lok will be playing the role of Vikram Sarabhai. Sharing about the character and show, he said, “We often hear about biopics on sportspersons and freedom fighters, but the concept of 'Rocket Boys', on the life of India's science heroes, really grabbed my attention when I heard the script for the first time. As a youngster, I was always fascinated by stories of space and what lies beyond the sky. By playing the role of Vikram Sarabhai, who laid the foundation for India's space programme by facilitating the establishment of the Indian Space Research Organization, I feel I will help other enthusiasts like me to know Sarabhai and his accomplishments a little better. 'Rocket Boys' marks my second project with Nikkhil Advani, and I am very excited about being a part of a show that revisits a glorious chapter of India's history and pride.” Here’s his first look: © SonyLiv It does look exciting. Will you be interested in knowing the stories of the two important people of Indian history? View the full article
  12. “Who killed Yash Kapoor?” – that’s the biggest question on our mind as we binge-watch Vikram Bhatt’s latest murder mystery on MX Player. MX Original Series Bisaat is a thrilling murder mystery that keeps you hooked on to your seats. And while most of you are still trying to connect the dots and guess the killer of this dark and twisted tale, we decided to give you a spoiler-free insight into the star cast of the much-loved show! Bisaat stars Sandeepa Dhar, Omkar Kapoor, Leena Jumani, Khalid Siddiqui, Jia Mustafa, Coral Bhamra, AshmitaBakshi, Trishaan Maini, Tanvi Thakkar in pivotal roles, and this talented bunch has packed a punch with their stellar performances. Here are some of our favourite actors from the ensemble cast. Sandeepa Dhar MX Player You’ve probably seen her in a couple of TV shows like Bandini. Leena Jumani plays Radhika Kapoor in Vikram Bhatt’s Bisaat. Her character is stuck in an abusive relationship with Yash Kapoor and has no way out. That’s when she reached out to Dr. Kiyana. What happens next is a thrilling twist as Yash Kapoor’s dead body shows up! Omkar Kapoor MX Player Last seen in web series like GandiBaat 2, Coral plays Kiyana’s best friend Saba Salim in the show. She stands by Kiyana as she struggles to find evidence that proves her innocent in Yash Kapoor’s murder. From being her support system to having her back, this BFF does it all. But is it all genuine? You never know. With a stellar star cast and a gripping narrative, Vikram Bhatt has viewers hooked on to Bisaat. And if you are still wondering what the hype is all about, start streaming all the episodes on MX Player right away! View the full article
  13. No one does twisted and edge-of-the-seat whodunits like Vikram Bhatt! His crafty storytelling and the eerie screenplay never disappoint. Vikram Bhatt is now ready to bring back his signature magic to the digital screen with yet another riveting murder mystery. MX Original Series Bisaat is a captivating mystery headlined by Sandeepa Dhar and Omkar Kapoor. The show explores dangerous secrets, unanticipated twists, and lingering mysteries that will leave you hooked on to every episode. Spanning over 8 entertaining episodes, the series takes us through the life of Dr. Kiyana Verma (Sandeepa Dhar), a psychiatrist by profession who is always ready to go that extra mile for her patients. Her helping nature lands her into trouble when she starts consulting a new patient Radhika Kapoor (Leena Jumani), who is stuck in an abusive relationship with her husband and renowned business tycoon Yash Kapoor (Khalid Siddiqui). When it comes to her patients, Kiyana is known to go beyond the four walls of her clinic, despite the advice of her husband, Dr. Abhijit (Omkar Kapoor). As she resolves to help Radhika out of her abusive relationship, she starts digging into Yash’s life. Not long after her investigation kicks off, Yash Kapoor’s dead body shows up at his beach house. View the full article
  14. We know a lot of celebrities who love to experiment with their beard and moustache. However, there is a vast difference between experimenting and actually looking good in your experiments. © Instagram/the_real_chiyaan Vikram Chiyaan or Vikram as he is lovingly known is perhaps the only Indian actor who knows how to properly experiment with his beard and moustache and actually look good in it. He also happens to be one of the finest actors in Indian cinema, who mainly works in the Tamil Film industry. Over the years, we have seen him don a number of beard and moustache styles. The one thing that has always remained constant with his style experiments is the fact that he actually looks super dope. Guys, if you really want to know what the latest trends in beard and moustache styles are, Vikram is the guy to follow. © Instagram/the_real_chiyaan Just take a look at these photos, and you’ll get an idea what we’re on about. The Long Full Grown Beard© Instagram/the_real_chiyaan © Instagram/the_real_chiyaan Almost anyone can grow a long full beard if they know what they’re doing. But how often do you see someone, with a long full beard, that suits them this well, and who looks as good as Vikram? Very rarely, we must say. The Pornstache With Stubble © Instagram/the_real_chiyaan Now, this is how you’re supposed to grow a pornstache. The salt & pepper stubble that accompanies Vikram’s moustache is what makes it so appealing. © Instagram/the_real_chiyaan The Downward Handlebar © Instagram/the_real_chiyaan This moustache is a kind of a staple style for Vikram. He has had this with a number of variations. © Instagram/the_real_chiyaan Like this one, with a bit of patchy, salt & pepper beard. The French Beard© Instagram/the_real_chiyaan © Instagram/the_real_chiyaan Vikram has his own unique way of styling the French Beard. It looks a little patchy at places, but that is where it gets its charm from. This is a great lesson, as to why guys even with patchy beard growth shouldn’t be afraid to try different beard and moustache styles. Full Beard With Salt & Pepper © Instagram/the_real_chiyaan Most men tend to get a little scared when they start seeing a little bit of grey in their hairs. This fear is even greater when they start seeing grey in their beard. Often, we fail to realise that this can actually be a blessing. Just look at Vikram here, and tell us he doesn’t look swell with that much grey in his beard. We dare you to do that. You can’t, can you? Well, we thought so. View the full article
  15. Known as the Father of the Indian space program, Dr Vikram Sarabhai is a name that is written in the pages of history as one of India’s leading pioneers who strived hard to veer Independent India towards a self-reliant, curious and innovation-friendly tomorrow. Dr Vikram Sarabhai is by far one of the most notable physicists, industrialists and institute-founders India has seen. Given his love for the space and cosmos, sports, statistics and even the arts, Vikram Sarabhai used his vision and resources to establish some of India’s most distinguished institutes. Dr Vikram Sarabhai is credited with setting up 35 institutes and entities during his lifetime and here are 5 of the most path-breaking institutions he pioneered which changed the face of India and put us on a global platform. 1. PRL - Physical Research Laboratory © Twitter satyakumar_y Often called the ‘Cradle of Space Sciences’ in India, PRL is said to have been a brainchild of Vikram Sarabhai who conceptualised it at the age of 23 while he was still studying in the UK. It was set up in 1947 at Sarabhai’s residence with research on cosmic rays. It was later formally established at the MG Science Institute in Ahmedabad. Today, the laboratory offers research programmes in astronomy, astrophysics, atmospheric sciences and aeronomy, Earth sciences, Solar System studies as well as theoretical physics. 2. ISRO - Indian Space Research Organisation © ISRO It was the launch of Russia’s Sputnik satellite which convinced Sarabhai that India needed a space agency of its own as well. He proposed the idea to the Indian government and convinced them to start the Indian National Committee for Space Research (Incospar) programme. It was his vision and commitment to the cause that gave India its first space research organisation, which was later renamed as ISRO. Vikram Sarabhai, not only identified the importance of space technology in our nation’s development, but also guided ISRO on its mission to provide India with space-based services and develop the technologies to achieve the same independently. Today, ISRO is one of the six largest space agencies in the world. 3. IIM-A - Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad © Twitter satyakipatil Touted to be the most popular and sought after business school in India, IIM-A was the product of Vikram Sarabhai’s another measure to promote growth, self-reliance and grassroot development in the private sector. Established in 1961, it was the second IIM to come up on Indian soil with Vikram Sarabhai as the first Director of the institute. Set up with a vision to model committed management cadre for the nation, this is one of his greatest legacies to the country. 4. VSSC - Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre © Twitter RakshaRamaiah Known as a major space research centre of ISRO, VSSC focuses on rocket and space vehicles for India's satellite programme. Located in Thiruvananthapuram, it was initially known as the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) but was renamed after its founder Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. he Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre is one of the main research and development establishments within ISRO. 5. IGCAR - Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research © Twitter youdle One of the country’s premier nuclear research centres, IGCAR was established in 1971 under the aegis of Vikram Sarabhai. It is a dedicated centre that works exclusively for the pursuit of fast reactor science and technology. Initially it was called the Reactor Research Centre (RRC) but was later renamed as Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) by former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi. The centre is engaged in a broad-based multidisciplinary programme of scientific research and advanced engineering directed towards the development of Fast Breeder Reactor technology in India. View the full article
  16. The ones standing guard at our borders, protecting our skies and waters from the enemiesâ evil intents deserve more than the social media uproars and RIPs which follow every time our brave soldiers are killed in action at the line of duty. Over the years, there have been thousands and thousands of Indian soldiers who have fought hard and fought fearlessly at the face of death, to protect their motherland even at the cost of their own life. They thwarted every attempt of the enemy to harm our people, and became the face of courage and hope when the enemies wanted to crush our spirit using fear and hate. © Dharma Productions Their lives, their battles as well as their scars and supreme sacrifices deserve more than a frontpage newspaper coverage. These selfless Indian soldiersâ deeds need to be remembered, their daredevilry immortalised and their lives be made a part of pop-culture for the young and old to take pride in and draw inspiration from. © Honourpoint The upcoming release of Shershaah, a biopic based on Kargil war hero Captain Vikram Batra, starring Sidharth Malhotra as the late Army Captain is one such attempt. Captain Batraâs valor and resilience gave the Indian Army the greatest upper hand in winning the Kargil War in 1999 by enabling the capture of the crucial peak Pt 4875. We believe that just like Captain Vikram Batra these 4 Indian soldiers also deserve their own biopics for their show of courage and sacrifice. 1. Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan © Wikipedia There is no way for anyone who has witnessed the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to forget this name. Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was an NSG commando who was the team commander of 51 Special Action Group (51 SAG) responsible for rescue operation of hostages who were held at Mumbaiâs Taj Mahal Palace Hotel by Pakistani terrorists. On the fateful day, Major Unnikrishnan displayed extreme selflessness when he brought his wounded colleague to safety and chased after the enemy. He launched himself into a face-off with the terrorists and was shot from the back while he was engaged in a firefight. Even at the face of death, Major Unnikrishnan kept fighting and uttered his last order to the commandos, "Do not come up, I will handle them." 2. Major General Ian Cardozo © Rediff One of the unforgettable names associated with the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, Major General Ian Cardozoâs name goes down in history for his show of immense courage in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. Then an army Major with the 5 Gorkha Rifles, he was asked to replace the second-in-command of his battalion who had been killed in action. Towards the end of the war, Cardozo made the mistake of stepping on a landmine and injured his leg badly. Given the state of his injury, it required immediate medical attention, but with no doctor or sedative in sight, Major General Cardozo cut off his injured leg using his own khurki. He was later operated on by a captured Pakistani army soldier and eventually got a wooden leg. Yet, this setback couldnât deter his spirit as he went on to attain such a high state of fitness, even able-bodied soldiers conceded defeat before him. He went on to serve in the Army for another 22 years after the 1971 war. 3. Subedar Joginder Singh © Wikipedia A Param Veer Chakra awardee (posthumously) Subedar Joginder Singh was an army officer from the 1st Battalion of the Sikh Regiment who had joined the British Indian Army in 1963. Subedar Singh is remembered for his gallantry and leadership during the 1962 Indo-China War where he was commanding a platoon in the North-East Frontier Tracts. During the war, as the Chinese troops advanced towards Tawang, they were intercepted by Sudedar Singhâs platoon of 20 men at the Bum La Pass. Though heavily outnumbered, he led his troop against the Chineseâs attack in three waves, each comprising 200 men. While they managed to defend the post for the first two times, due to lack of men and ammunition, Subedar Singh and his remaining men were forced to fight with bayonets until they were finally overpowered and taken captive. Despite a gunshot wound on his thigh, Subedar Singh managed to kill many Chinese soldiers with his bayonet before getting captured. Even under captivity he refused treatment and later succumbed to his injuries. 4. Captain Anuj Nayyar © Twitter Vikas Manhas Army officer Captain Anuj Nayyar was part of the 17 Jat who was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his bravado during Operation Vijay in the 1999 Kargil War. During the Kargil War Captain Nayyar's first major operation was to secure a strategic peak within the Pimple Complex located in the Mushkoh Valley. Being a strategic location, securing the peak was a top priority. However, given its extreme slopes and height, an aerial intervention was required. But given the sensitivity of the operation, C Coy, 17 Jat, of which Nayyar was the second-in-command, decided to secure the peak without waiting for any aerial support. During the initial phase the C Coy company commander was injured, and command fell upon Captain Nayyar. Having identified the location of 3-4 enemy bunkers, Captain Nayyar went with the lead section and destroyed three bunkers and killed 9 Pakistani soldiers. However, while clearing the fourth bunker an enemy RPG directly hit Captain Nayyar and he was killed. The securing of the Pimple Complex helped recapture Tiger Hill which eventually forced the Pakistani troops to retreat back across the Line of Control. These bravehearts definitely deserve their own biopics, donât you agree? Which other Indian soldier deserves a biopic according to you? View the full article
  17. Ever since ISRO confirmed that it has lost contact with Chandrayaan 2's Vikram Lander, there's been a lot of tension in the air. Will we ever find the lander? Did the lander even make it to the landing site? A lot of questions remained unanswered until today when NASA confirmed that it has found ISRO's Chandrayaan 2 lander on the lunar surface. That's right! NASA sent out a tweet a few hours ago saying that their Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has located the landing site of Vikram lander and its debris on the moon. Here's one of the images which NASA has put up on its website. © NASA Yes, it's hard to make out the debris on the surface, but you can clearly see the impact spot. This indicates that the lander hit the surface hard, confirming that it was indeed a hard landing as announced earlier. But NASA wasn't able to do this earlier. In fact, it appears that they wouldn't have found any of this without the help of one guy from Chennai, India named Shanmuga Subramanian. Yes, a techie from Chennai helped NASA find the Vikram lander on the moon, which is awesome. He tipped off NASA by scanning the images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) which NASA released earlier. In an official statement, NASA said, "Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with positive identification of debris. After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images." He compared the images captured by the orbiter before the Vikram lander landing date and after and came across a white spot on the moon. On October 3, Subramanian had tweeted out the images, wondering if it was the lander. NASA picked up this info, worked on it further and ended up finding the lander. Here's Shanmuga's tweet from October - Is this Vikram lander? (1 km from the landing spot) Lander might have been buried in Lunar sand? @LRO_NASA @NASA @isro #Chandrayaan2 #vikramlanderfound #VikramLander pic.twitter.com/FTj9G6au9x — Shan (@Ramanean) October 3, 2019 NASA has a complete breakdown of the events on its website so you can head over there to know where they spotted the landing site and the debris. It appears that the impact was so hard that the debris went flying over a long distance. You can see the image landing spot and the debris marked in the image below - © NASA LRO Project Scientist Noah Petro appreciated Subramanian's efforts and his help finding the lander. This is particularly interesting because Subramanian is in no way related to NASA, ISRO or even the Chandrayaan 2 team. He's just an ordinary guy from India who was interested in the mission and put great efforts to find the lander. Noah Petro said: "The story of this really amazing individual (who) found it, helped us find it, is really awesome. He's totally independent of the LRO, totally independent of the Chandraayan 2 team, just someone who is very interested in the Chandraayan 2 mission (who) used our data and identified a spot where there was a change that we had not identified. He went through the image, looking pixel by pixel and found that spot". @NASA has credited me for finding Vikram Lander on Moon's surface#VikramLander #Chandrayaan2@timesofindia @TimesNow @NDTV pic.twitter.com/2LLWq5UFq9 — Shan (@Ramanean) December 2, 2019 We need more devoted individuals like Subramanian who can do great things like this in the world. We're glad that he managed to come across the impact spot and decided to remain confident in his findings and proceed. Thank you so much, Shanmuga! We're thankful for your contribution. Source: NASA View the full article
  18. What's your go-to plan when your friends ditch you for the dinner you have been planning for ages? We are sure you, just like us, catch up with your favourite web series. OTT platforms have changed the whole idea of how we consume entertainment now, at least for a section of people and soon, we will see the OTT platforms have completely penetrated into our daily routines. With big names being a part of the web series, the similarity quotient has come in to play and people have got interest in watching original content which is just a click away. Many celebs are now trying to explore the web space and are not shying away from experimenting. Now, we have Akshay Kumar who is at the top of his game and he too is entering into the web arena. The revolution has begun as somebody of the stature of 'Khiladi' Kumar finally signed a deal with Abundantia Entertainment for a mutli-seasoned series, 'The End'. For all Akshay Kumar fans, it's sort of a win-win situation as they will get to see him on the big screen and on their laptop screens too. When Akshay announced that he will be part of 'The End', fans went crazy. MensXP got in touch with the producer of Akshay Kumar's upcoming web series 'The End', Vikram Malhotra, to know more details about this collaboration. © Abundantia Entertainment Akshay and Vikram have, in the past, collaborated on films like 'Airlift', 'Baby', 'Toilet – Ek Prem Katha', 'Special 26', and 'OMG - Oh My God'. We asked Vikram how is it different when it comes to web series. On this, Vikram told us, "Akshay and I have enjoyed a tremendous relationship built on mutual respect and alignment of creative and production sensibility and most importantly, it's the fundamental desire of story telling which is always attempting to break the mould or be a breaker of the genres that are conventional that we are part of. Having been a part of diverse films in a span of a year, so this was the time to take things to the next level. Working with him, I have learnt that what appeals him about stories and story telling is that he would always want to do something new and push the bar each time that he comes out for work. Therefore, the plan of doing an original series came to existence which in turn was genesis of 'The End'." Digging into more details, we told him that one of the reports claim that the show will have three seasons. Wondering if it's true or not, we asked him to clarify these reports. He said, "I will confirm to you that it's a multi-seasoned show and number of seasons can only be confirmed after we see how the story is progressing." Feeding to our curiosity, he said, "It's in the action adventure thriller space. It's a uniquely Indian story with human emotions and will surely connect with the audience across the country." Interestingly, Vikram's last venture 'Breathe' on Amazon Prime did pretty well. Cinema buffs appreciated the show for its originality and power-packed performances. Further into the conversation, we asked him that how does he see the change of A-Listers like Akshay venturing into the web space and giving it a broader outlook. "For us and foremost, it's about which actor fits the role which we have envisaged. If that actor happens to be from film world and therefore demands recognition, attention and love from their wider audience, it becomes a win win situation for all. I will tell you why it makes sense. OTT platforms are relatively new in India despite all the clutter and craze around them. For the lower strata of people to consume the content on these platforms, it's important for them to see a familiar face so that they get a reassurance about the value for their time and money they spent on the platform. As far as my shows are concerned, I am proud to say that no one could have pulled up the role of Danny Mascarenhas and Kabir Sawant better than R Madhavan and Amit Sadh respectively. Similarly, we see Abhishek Bachchan not only as a star moving to the OTT world making his digital debut but somebody who will elevate the role that he has in 'Breathe 2' significantly. When it comes to reigning superstar like Akshay Kumar, it is truly the gripping point because now you have someone who has millions of fans across the globe and he will be available in an original web series. I am checking at my end and I am sure that nowhere in the world you see a current reigning star for an original series as a lead," said Vikram. Considering Akshay always has a line-up of movies and now a full-fledged web series, wondering how has he been able to manage it at all? Well, if you have known Akshay, you would know that his discipline sets him apart from the rest of the industry and he puts in his 100% to the project that he gets into. Well, Vikram also thinks the same and told us, "If it comes to taking a toll and requiring to do hard work or being committed and disciplined, there's no better example than this man in our industry. Akshay's dedication, commitment and ability to push harder are the clear factors with which he becomes an obvious choice for the original web series, especially when the commitment is multi-seasoned. Not only he is doing three to four films a year but they are mostly high quality and highly conceptual which are not only doing well in terms of the creative appreciation but also at the box office. He is successfully managing it." After talking about Akshay and the whole revolution bit, our conversation panned into discussing some technicalities about the OTT platforms. How different are these platforms from each other, considering all the parameters -- recovery of the money spent, audience reach and the budget? Explaining us the concept behind it, he told us, "To begin with, they are completely different ecosystems and they are different not only because they are consumed differently but they are created differently. The technology that enables production, distribution and consumption is completely different. Secondly, how do you recover money is different as well because they are commissioned shows we are talking about. The audience reach is ever expanding and these are the future mediums and the control of what the viewer watches is entirely in the hands of the viewer. It's smaller than the conventional medium but if you are following the growth, you would know that an explosion is waiting to happen and it soon will become the primary medium of entertainment. Talking about budget, you can't put a generic number on it as it totally depends on many factors." With this, we were almost on the end of our conversation. We have seen Vikram's production house Abundantia creating a mark in both film space as well as online space. Taking the massive reach of 'Breathe', we asked him about the growth of Abundantia in the digital space. "Based on the building blocks that Abundantia was created on, we pay a lot of attention to what our audiences want and we take immense pride in collaborating with progressive storytellers who put lot of efforts and focus in creating content that connects with the audience. Abundantia realized this medium as the future of our industry as early as possible in 2015 when none of these big streaming platforms were available in the Indian market. We are building a separate unit that only focuses on the digital aspect. We have 'Breathe 2' coming up, 'The End' is in the production and many other shows are underway," answered Malhotra. © Abundantia Entertainment Before we finally ended the conversation, we asked him something that will be surely of your use. Yes, we asked him when the second season of 'Breathe 2' will be aired. "We have one last lap left for Breathe 2 and according to my sense, it should be out by next year," shared Vikram and signed off with a promise that he will keep us posted about the shows. Are you excited for 'The End' and 'Breathe 2'?
  19. When we talk of the greatest love stories of all times, we talk about Heer-Ranjha, Romeo-Juliet and Shirin-Farhad, all of which are fictional. But very often, the most touching love stories are the ones we witness in the real world – in flesh and bones. One such poignant story is that of Late Captain Vikram Batra, who laid down his life protecting his motherland in the Kargil War of 1999. © Twitter_IndianAmbCairo The story of Vikram Batra's exemplary courage is one that has often been told and one that still gives us goosebumps. To willingly put yourself in a life-threatening situation for the love of your country is a sacrifice only a few men are capable of. What many of us don't know about is the heart-touching love story of Captain Vikram Batra and his girlfriend Dimple Cheema. The two met at Punjab University in 1995, where both of them were enrolled under MA English. Vikram soon left the university after he got selected at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradoon, in 1996. But they had already fallen in love and the distance only made their hearts grow fonder. It was a love affair that would only grow stronger with time. © Youtube_The Quint The pressures of marriage were heavy and they both knew they were meant for each other. In an interview with The Quint, Dimple Cheema revealed the beautiful love story that unfolded between her and Vikram Batra. On one occasion, Vikram and Dimple's families were on a visit to Mansa Devi and Gurudwara Sri Nada Sahab. As they completed the parikrama, Vikram said to Dimple “Congratulations, Mrs Batra.” It was then she realised he had been holding her dupatta all the while. It's true what they say, army men know how to love. © Youtube When Dimple grew restless because of the pressure of getting married, Vikram, in true filmy style, took out his blade, slashed his thumb and used it as sindoor to fill her 'maang'. Army men know when to listen to their hearts. Maybe it's the battlefield that makes them value love even more. In their hearts, they were already married but a ritual wedding was in the pipeline when Vikram was called for the Kargil war. © Youtube_The Quint His courageous offensive on Tiger Hill saw him take down the enemy single-handedly. He, along with his fellow armymen, successfully captured peak 4875 – one of the most difficult to capture peaks in the Kargil war. As they neared the top of the peak, Batra saw one of his men getting shot. Never one to leave the side of a dying comrade, he rushed to rescue the injured soldier, despite heavy gunfire from the enemy. Captain Vikram Batra was fatally shot by an enemy sniper, and was forever immortalised in the hall of fame of Indian heroes. Though fate played a cruel turn in their love story, Dimple kept Vikram's memory alive and has preserved his letters and gifts as tokens of his love. She chose not to marry and takes pride in what Vikram did for the country. Not all heroes get a happily ever after, but perhaps that's the price a hero pays to become a hero. When Captain Vikram Batra gave the supreme sacrifice in Kargil on 7 July 1999, it was not one but two souls who sacrificed themselves at the altar of duty. Sources: The Quint, Quora, CatchNews
  20. Sidharth Malhotra has managed to stay in the news for quite some time now. Whether it's for his latest movie ‘A Gentleman', his rumored relationship with Alia Bhatt or for his ‘insensitive' tweet, this Bollywood hunk has been making headlines quite a bit. To all the people of Haryana , please stay safe. Hope you can see our film soon #Agentleman #PeaceAndLove — Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) August 25, 2017 The latest rumor surrounding him is that he has signed his next film which is a biopic on Kargil Martyr Captain Vikram Batra. Late Captain Vikram Batra, who was recognized by the Pakistan Army as ‘Sher Shah' (Lion King) of India, has been an inspiration for youngsters across the country since decades, because of his bravery and valor. During the Kargil war, Captain Vikram Batra was given the responsibility to get the target point 5140 released from the Pakistan Army. Despite it being one of the toughest operations, Batra managed to capture the Tiger Hill with his soldiers on 20th June 1999. His compelling story has won the hearts of millions of Indians. © Twitter Sidharth, who is currently all prepped up for ‘Aiyaary', along with Manoj Bajpaaye, will reportedly start shooting for the biopic next year. Just like his latest release ‘A Gentleman', he'll play a double role in the biopic too as Captain Batra had an identical twin brother, Vishal. The biopic will be a first for this rising superstar as ‘Aiyaary', though based on real life incidents, is not a biography. Given that Sidharth's grandfather was in the army, the decision to star in a biopic on the legendary Captain probably comes naturally to him. © Twitter The star, who is currently tight-lipped about this future project, did reveal earlier in an interview that he would be really interested in doing a biopic, “There so many more personalities that we know and don't know about. There are actually, a couple of scripts in the working before I take the name and disclose it. I think once they are confirmed, I will announce them. That is something I would really be interested in portraying a character or a story which is actually happened." Sidharth is currently busy filming for multiple projects. Although ‘A Gentleman' didn't exactly turn out to be a blockbuster, his upcoming projects- ‘Aiyaary' and ‘Ittefaq' which are set to be released next year, definitely seem promising. Source: DNA
  21. Thanks to the internet, the short film and web series format is finally picking up. Because, there’s clearly a dearth of good content on Indian television. With the internet’s undying obsession with web series, it was time India has its own horror show, don’t you think? Enter Vikram Bhatt with his new production venture ‘Gehraiyaan’ – a new web series that’s being touted as India’s first horror web series. The show stars Sanjeeda Sheikh, the TV actor who used to be a household name till a few years ago. The trailer has been released and while we don’t really know how to feel about it, we’re just glad filmmakers are experimenting with genres! GEHRAIYAAN TRAILER pic.twitter.com/pwqCWsWQwe — iamsanjeeda (@iamsanjeeda) March 17, 2017 Watch the trailer and tell us what you think of it!
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