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  1. The good folks over at Tencent Games have been working hard to bring some of the most popular games to mobile phones. They first started off with PUBG Mobile, which turned out to be a staggering success. The company also worked with Activision to bring 'Call of Duty' to mobile phones. Now, if the new reports are anything to go by, then it looks like Tencent is working with its US unit Riot Games to develop a mobile version of 'League of Legends', the world's most popular game. That's right, it looks like you'll soon be able to play 'League of Legends' on your mobile phones, and it's a huge deal. © Riot Games According to Reuters, multiple sources have confirmed that the mobile version of 'League of Legends' is Tencent's next big project. In fact, the company is said to have been working on the game for over a year now. The sources noted that Riot Games had declined Tencent's proposal to make the mobile version of 'League of Legends' years ago, following which the developer made multiple similar offerings like 'Honour of Kings', 'Arena of Valor', etc. The 'Honour of Kings', in case you don't know, was launched back in 2015 and became the world's highest grossing multiplayer online battle arena game. © Riot Games 'League of Legends' is nearly ten-years-old and is said to be the most popular title with a long history. “'League of Legends' is like the World Cup, whereas 'Honour of Kings' is just the Asia Cup,” one of the sources said. Right now, we're not entirely sure when this mobile version of the game will launch. However, it'll most likely bring in more Asian players, who're known to play more mobile games over desktop or console. Needless to say, it'll also pour in more revenue. 'League of Legends' brought in $1.4 billion in revenue last year, which is just insane. Source: Reuters
  2. It looks like 'Game Of Thrones' is saving the major deaths for episode 5 in the last running season of the show. In the past 8 seasons, only the wittiest or the luckiest have been able to survive the gruesome bloodshed, that started following the death of Ned Stark in Season 1. The Battle Of Winterfell, in the fourth episode of Season 8, promised a brutal fight that, however, did not result in as many deaths as were expected. The following episode, 'The Last of the Starks' also came with a set of shocking deaths, namely Missandei and the mighty dragon Rhaegal. The latter denting the Dragon Queen's army considerably. After the battle with the Undead against the Night King, Dany's forces are not just depleted in number now but are also deprived of the stamina to fight another major war. © HBO All of this leads to Varys discussing with Tyrion as to how the numbers of Cersei's army are now distressingly even with that of Dany's. However, with the possible death of Rheagal, one of Dany's surviving two dragons, does it change things? The preview of Episode of Season 8 hints towards a possible surprise. The episode is obviously going to be a showdown between Dany and Cersei and the battle for the (ugly looking) Iron Throne that symbolizes the power of the Seven Kingdoms. But if you look at the preview closely, you might notice that everyone's looking into the void at something that surprises them. Here, take a look: Do you see it? And, if you replay the audio a couple of times, you'll notice that there are two distinct screeching dragon sounds in the background. Yep, clearly, this means they see something they did not expect at all. Also, when Cersei asks Euron if he's “certain” about Rhaegal's death, he tells her that he saw him sink beneath the waves. Which means no one actually checked to see if there was actually a body. Could it be that Rhaegal is not really dead?
  3. Yes, the games are about to begin and I am certainly not talking about 'Game of Thrones'. The Games have defintiely begun there but I am talking about our very own 'Sacred Games'. Netflix just released the first look of season 2 we can't keep calm really. The most anticipated web series is back with a bang in a few months and we have a lot to look forward to, especially new characters who'll be joining the show. © Netflix While season 1 saw the departure of many of our favourites, Season 2 will witness Kalki Koechlin as Batya, and Ranvir Shorey as Shahid Khan, joining the Games in prominent roles. The brand new season promises a new trail of friendship, betrayal, crime, passion, and a thrilling chase through Mumbai's underbelly with these new characters. The second season picks up with Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) pursuing his relentless quest to save the city, and Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) facing bigger challenges to retain his position as the legendary kingpin of Mumbai. The intriguing Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi), introduced in Season 1 as Gaitonde's 'third father', plays a pivotal role in unfolding a chain of events that shape the season. © Netflix Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has directed Ganesh Gaitonde's track, while Neeraj Ghaywan (of Masaan fame) is the main man behind Sartaj Singh's plot for Season 2. Vikramaditya Motwane and Varun Grover continue their roles of being the showrunner and the lead writer, respectively. Kalki Koechlin, who plays the role of Batya, said on joining the show, “Personally, I am a fan of the series, and it is super awesome to be a part of the Sacred Games and Netflix family. Season 2 promises to be much more exciting and I cannot wait for viewers to watch me in the series.” she tells Netflix. © Netflix Ranvir Shorey, who plays the role of Shahid Khan, said, “The digital platform is so empowering and working on this audience-favourite show has been an absolute delight! My character in Sacred Games 2, Shahid Khan, is a complete departure from any of the roles I've played before, and I'm looking forward to fans across the world bingeing on the new season.'' he tells Netflix. Based on Vikram Chandra's award-winning book, 'Sacred Games' Season 2 will premiere on Netflix later this year. Watch the teaser here:
  4. May is going to be an exciting month for smartphone launches. Seriously, this month is going to be packed with launches from the likes of OnePlus, Nokia, and more. While all eyes are set to see what OnePlus is planning to debut, we've compiled a quick list of devices to show you what else to look forward to: 1. OnePlus 7 & OnePlus 7 Pro Get ready for the OnePlus 7 Series Get notified here - https://t.co/CMhGizTidZ pic.twitter.com/KQXRxfH4jd — OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) April 23, 2019 Alright, we pretty much know what to expect from OnePlus on the 14th of this month. We'll be seeing the new OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro. That's, of course, unless the company has some surprise for us. The OnePlus 7 Series, in case you haven't heard, will have two phones - The OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro. While the regular OnePlus 7 is expected to look more or less similar to the OnePlus 6T, the OnePlus 7 Pro is said to bring some major changes, at least in terms of the design. No doubt the phones will offer great value for the money, but we hope the cameras are improved. We're really hoping the cameras, at least on the OnePlus 7 Pro, will bring something new to the table. 2. Nokia 9 Pureview © YouTube HMD Global is going to debut the Nokia 9 with Penta-camera setup in India this month. This is one phone, which we're very excited mainly because of its cameras. It's an exciting time for smartphone camera enthusiasts, and we're hoping Nokia 9 to pull some major strings with its optics. Even if you ignore the Penta-camera setup, the Nokia 9 still looks like a great phone overall. It's powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor, sports a 5.99-inch P-OLED panel with support for HDR, and it looks beautiful with an all-glass design. Well, let's hope Nokia will get the pricing right in India. 3. Realme Phone (Unknown) © TENAA Realme just launched the new Realme 3 Pro in India, and it looks like it's already gearing to launch another device. This time, however, it looks like we'll be seeing a flagship phone. That's right, an unknown Realme phone running on Snapdragon 855 chipset has been leaked online. We still don't know much about this phone, but it appears as though the phone will also debut in China, as the company has just announced its expansion in the country. Of course, there's no way to tell if the phone will debut in India, but we really hope it does as it'll be interesting to see how it does against the likes of the upcoming Poco F2 and more. 4. Nubia Red Magic 3 © Nubia Yes, Nubia's insane gaming phone with an in-built cooling fan is coming to India this month. We don't know about the pricing, but the Nubia Red Magic 3 is expected to make waves in the market since it'll be one of the fastest phones at launch right alongside the OnePlus 7 series. In case you're wondering, the Nubia Red Magic 3 is powered by Snapdragon 855 processor, packs up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It also has a 48MP camera at the back and there are shoulder buttons for an immersive gaming experience. If Nubia manages to get the pricing right, it has a real shot of tapping into the gaming phone market in India.
  5. We're in the 'Endgame' now, and Marvel is hellbent on making this experience a bigger, better and more wholesome experience. Marvel x Adidas Basketball 'Heroes Among Us' collection is coming out today. Clearly, they've carefully planned this so that both the movie and the collection release at the same time. The collection contains five specially-curated shoes that are both akin to the character that they're based on with cutting edge detailing second to none: 1. Marvel's Black Panther | Dame 5 Shoes © Adidas With core colours of black, active purple and silver metallic, the shoe is crafted in Damian Lillard's signature style. These sneakers are built with a flexible cushioning and foam pads that enhance comfort. 2. Marvel's Iron Man | Harden vol 3 Shoes © Adidas With core colours of scarlet, collegiate burgundy, gold metallic, these basketball shoes are inspired by James Harden's signature playing style with a special Iron Man themed exterior. 3. Marvel's Captain America | N3XT L3V3L Shoes © Adidas Using core colours of collegiate navy, cloud white, and scarlet, these kicks feature a sock-like construction with a laceless knit upper for a premium locked-down feel. It fits so well with the Captain America theme that you'll feel like you're wearing a part of his uniform. 4. Marvel's Thor | Marquee Boost Shoes © Adidas A classic look gets upgraded with modern details. These basketball shoes are built for quickness and agility on the hardwood. They have a molded ankle collar with a cushioned heel for support and comfort. 5. Marvel's Nick Fury | T-MAC 1 Shoes © Adidas With the colour interplay of core black, silver metallic and light metallic, These sneakers are designed to the likes of Tracy McGrady's signature style: smooth, unstoppable scoring game, these kicks have a retro aesthetic to them. 6. Marvel's Captain Marvel | Pro Vision Shoes © Adidas A bright interplay of blue, red and yellow, this is the new pair of kicks that combines a streetball-inspired look with modern detailing. The rubber outsole provides extra grips.
  6. It's not brand new information that Bollywood has always been keen on remakes. They draw inspiration from Hollywood primarily or any other regional movie which has an interesting plot. Over the years we've seen many remakes and some of them have done quite well and the audience has loved the adaptations, without thinking that everything is copied scene to scene. Recently, we heard about another Bollywood remake underway that could be a very challenging role for Parineeti Chopra. A direct adaptation of 'A Girl On The Train' (2016) is in the pipeline and we're really excited about that one. The name though hasn't been decided yet, but we're sure Parineeti will do complete justice to her role. © Instagram There have been other remakes that are yet to release in India, and we can only hope they're as good or better than the original. Let's take a look: (1) Bollywood's Remake Of 'The Girl On The Train' © Universal Pictures Even though the name hasn't been decided for this one, it stars Parineeti Chopra. Ribhu Dasgupta will be helming this project and it's based on an American psychological mystery thriller. The original starred Emily Blunt, who played Rachel, an alcoholic divorcee, who gets dragged into a missing person's investigation. Emily won several award and nominations for the film, so naturally, expectations are quite high from Parineeti, who in all probability will play Emily's role in the film! The release is expected somewhere in 2020, as the film will hit the floor later this year. Hopping onto this thrilling ride! Excited to be a part of #TheGirlOnTheTrain's official Hindi remake.@ribhudasgupta @RelianceEnt @amblin #DreamWorksPictures #TheGirlOnTheTrain pic.twitter.com/0cNNzbc3IL — Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) 24 April 2019 (2) Bollywood's Remake of 'Rambo' © Instagram Yes, you read that right! Sylvester Stallone's 'Rambo' is all set to be remade in Bollywood and do you happen to have any guesses who's been chosen to play Stallone? It's quite obvious isn't it? Yup, Tiger Shroff will do the honours and his look compared to Stallone's in the film is quite uncanny! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on May 25, 2017 at 7:05am PDT The film was said to be shelved as there were other projects in the pipeline for both Tiger and Sidharth Anand, the director, but now the movie is said to hit the floors by the end of this year and release sometime in 2020. Seriously, can't wait for this one to come out! (3) 'Dil Bechara'- Bollywood's Remake Of 'The Fault In Our Stars' © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Earlier, the film was named 'Kizie And Manny' but it was later changed to 'Dil Bechara'. If you haven't had a chance to watch 'The Fault In Our Stars', here's your chance to watch the remake instead. The director Mukesh Chhabra has roped in Sushant Singh Rajput and newcomer Sanjana Sanghi for the role. The original movie is based on a novel by John Greene, which was made into a Hollywood classic in 2014 by Josh Boone, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. The plot is based on a cancer patient who falls in love with an amputee. The music will be given by A.R. Rehman and we can say without a doubt this is definitely going to be THE love story flick of 2019. (4) Bollywood's Remake Of 'Red' © Summit Entertainment Anil Kapoor is all set to produce the Hindi remake of the Hollywood adventure film 'Red' which starred Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban and Mary-Louise Parker. The plot for 'Red' revolved around a black-ops agent who reassembles his own team in a last-ditch effort to uncover assailants. Although the cast hasn't been announced for the remake, we would surely love to see Anil in the main role. The film will be directed by Abhinay Deo, the director for '24' and it's set to release sometime in 2020. (5) Bollywood's Remake Of 'Begin Again' © The Weinstein Company The Keira Knightley-Mark Ruffalo musical starrer 'Begin Again' will be in the making soon enough. Although the cast hasn't been announced yet, we do know it'll be directed by 'Veere Di Wedding' director Shashanka Ghosh. The basic plot revolves around telling a story about the world of music and fresh voices in sound in the Indian scene. Can't wait to see how this pans out! We're not sure when the movie is releasing yet but our money is on the year 2020. So, here we have it. 5 super-cool remakes currently in the pipeline. It's always great to draw inspiration from some good stories and if Bollywood happens to so that from time to time, it's a good thing. They shouldn't mess up the remake though by making it seem shoddy, because then you're just insulting the original film!
  7. We've all been wondering when the next instalment of 'The Last Of Us' will launch ever since it was announced at E3 last year. According to a leak by a European retailer ProGamingShop, it looks like the game is set to launch later this year. The game will be an exclusive game to the PlayStation 4 and possible PlayStation 5, similar to the original game when it was first launched on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. © Sony The release date for the “The Last Of Us Part II” is rumoured to be September 27th, 2019 if this leak is to be believed. It's a Friday and is one the most common days for big AAA titles to release. As of now, Sony does not have any big blockbuster games scheduled for fall 2019 and this leak would make complete sense. However, a recent report suggested that developer Naughty Dog, had recently wrapped up motion capture work on the game and launch in September seems unlikely. The general assumption is that The Last of Us Part II will launch in 2020. Having said that, the motion capture work could be re-shots or the final phase of production as the game has been in development for a while. When The Last Of Us was released in June 2013, it came out closer to the launch date go the PS4 which resulted in good sale numbers on both platforms. It is possible that Sony will replicate the same formula as the new console is about to launch very soon We've already confirmed a few specifications of the new PlayStation 5 and it seems the launch of the console is very close. It would be possible that Sony would want to replicate the same success for this and next-gen consoles as well. Source: ProGamingShop
  8. Four years after its original announcement, Aston Martin's first all-electric car is finally here. The company's Rapide sedan called the “Rapide E” made its debut at the Shangai Auto Show yesterday. Aston Martin didn't announce a price for the car, but it said only 155 Rapide E cars will ever be made. However, do you know what are we most excited about? To see Agent 007 drive the new all-electric car in the next Bond movie. For those of you who don't know, Aston Martin cars and James Bond movies have a huge history. Aston Martin's relationship with the 007 franchise began in 1964 when Sean Connery drove a DB5 sports car in Goldfinger. Well, if the reports are something to go by, the upcoming 25th James Bond (https://www.mensxp.com/special-features/james-bond-lifestyle/7551-10-best-james-bond-outfits.html) movie will see our 007 agent drive the new Rapide E. Of course, there's a lot of swift action sequences in the movie, and we think it's about time to put our agent in a zero-emission vehicle. © Aston Martin The new Rapide E is a powerful machine. It's powered by an 800-volt, 65kWh battery, which Aston Martin says will be able to travel over 200 miles on a single charge. The car has a twin motor fitted on the rear axle, which can generate 450kW and can get the car up to a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Also, the new Aston Martin Rapide E can go from 0 to 60 miles in under four seconds. The car is packed with a lot of other gizmos like a 10-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, an 8-inch display mounted atop the centre of the dashboard, and more. The new Rapide E was said to hit the road in 2018, but there's no official word on its availability yet.
  9. Finally, the wait for 'Game of Thrones' season 8 premiere is over and most of us have already witnessed what goes on ahead in the series. If you haven't seen the episode yet (and I wonder why), then let me warn you this article contains heavy spoilers and you may want to consider reading it. The first episode of season 8 has everything elemental. From Jon Snow's return home, with the queen by his side, to infamous dragon rides across Winterfell, everything was placed in a manner that was in accordance from one revelation to another. The revelations made may have been small in gravity for now, but they were very impactful to further build the story and the characters. © HBO The most obvious element of episode 1 were the string of dysfunctional family reunions that took place, once Jon entered Winterfell with his troop. Some were very overwhelming (like imagine seeing your brother after seven years), while some were just oddly strange. Here's a list of the most looked-forward to reunions in season 8, episode 1 of 'Game of Thrones'. (1) Jon Snow & Arya Stark © HBO This was one of the most overwhelming parts of the episode, at least for me. When Jon was standing in front of the Weirwood tree, Arya sneaked up from behind and gave him a hug. It hits you the most when you realise the last time the two saw each other. It was before Jon left for the wall and handed Arya her sword, Needle. This time around when he noticed Needle on her, he asked her if she's ever used it and she said 'once or twice'. Well, it's only time till Jon finds out how many times Arya has actually used Needle. (2) Jon Snow & Bran Stark © HBO Jon and Bran last met before Jon left for the wall and at the time Bran was on bed rest, recovering from his fatal fall. Jon wasn't allowed to spend sufficient time with him before leaving as his mother, Catelyn Stark didn't allow Jon the time. So you can only imagine the emotion that went into this reunion! When Jon saw Bran, he went straight for his forehead to kiss it but realised the reunion was stunted considering Bran is now the Three-Eyed-Raven. Even so, we could see Bran was happy to see Jon and also shared his fair warning about the White-Walkers marching to Winterfell. (3) Arya Stark & Gendry © HBO The last time the two were seen together in season 3 were when they joined the 'Brotherhood', before Gendry was taken by Melisandre to Stannis Baratheon. But this reunion was playful and flirtatious and both seemed rather content and happy to find each other alive. Arya also asked Gendry to make a weapon for her and I think it's the most romantic thing an assassin can ask her crush to make, especially if he happens to be a blacksmith. We're not sure yet what the weapon entails but we do know it has two pointy-ends, according to the design Arya handed over to Gendry. According to GoT's weapon master, Tommy Dunne, there's one creation in season 8, which is an absolute showstopper and I wonder if it's the weapon Gendry makes for Arya. (4) Arya Stark & Sandor Clegane aka The Hound © HBO Arya and The Hound have had a rather love-hate relationship but by the looks of it, The Hound is glad to see Arya alive and that's what he tells her too- "You're a cold hard bitch, aren't you? Guess, that's why you're still alive". The last time the two were seen together was in season 4, when a duel between The Hound and Brienne of Tarth left the Hound completely wounded. Arya escaped his companionship soon after, leaving him to die. (5) Jon Snow & Samwell Tarly © HBO With great difficulties, after escaping the Citadel, Samwell, Gilly and Little Sam come to Winterfell to fight for Snow. Sam learns about the death of his father and his brother by the hands of the queen and disappointed and dejected, he runs in to Jon, who he last saw at the Night's Watch. Their reunion is the most pivotal part of the show, as Sam reveals Jon's true identity, that he's not Ned Stark's son and neither is he a bastard. He is in fact Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen's legitimate child and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. This scene surely gave us goosebumps! (6) Sansa Stark & Tyrion Lannister © HBO This is one of the most rewarding reunions in the episode as it was bound to happen and Tyrion had to see how Sansa has actually evolved. And he does notice that and states "I underestimated you". The two were last seen in season 4, at the memorable wedding of Joffrey with Margaery Tyrell, after which Sansa fled with Littelfinger. Their conversation is short-lived in this episode but quite impactful. It tells us Sansa has truly evolved and that she knows Cersei better than anyone else. Even her own brother. That's because while Tyrion is convinced Cersei is on their side and that the Lannister army will march to Winterfell, Sansa is well aware of her schemes and knows for certain Cersei won't do such a thing as she has her own motives and she tells Tyrion the same. (7) Yara Greyjoy & Theon Grejoy © HBO Their reunion wasn't an elaborate deal but it was surely something to look forward to. When Theon arrives to rescue Yara from Euron Greyjoy's clutches, she's relieved to see him alive but also gives him a mighty head-butt (because he abandoned her in the past), before giving him her hand to stand up again. The two flee and head towards the Iron Islands, a definite place where she can stand guard for the folks in the North, as the White-Walkers supposedly can never reach the Iron Islands. She figures Theon wants to go back to Winterfell and assist Snow in the war and she tells him to do just that. (8) Jaime Lannister & Bran Stark © HBO Leaving the best for the last, this one reunion was the most superimposing and anticipated one. The two obviously met in season one, where Bran, a little boy climbed one of the towers of Winterfell to find Jaime & Cersei in a, well, a compromising position. Fear of their relationship being revealed to the rest of the family, Jaime pushed Bran down the tower, making him loose both his legs. I am not sure what the two will even talk about, or if they ever will, but I have a feeling Bran will tell Jaime he isn't that little boy anymore and that he's the Three-Eyed-Raven and that it probably doesn't matter, hopefully forgiving Jaime?! Well, Jaime's character has been the most evolving one out of the lot, so maybe he should be forgiven. So, there you go! 8 most endearing, overwhelming yet strange reunions in the first episode of the final season. We're awaiting some more reunions by the second episode, namely Jon and the Night King. But we're not going to go more in to that. For now, let's just take a week or less to digest this episode first!
  10. We've seen quite a few impressive smartphones launched in the past; however, one of the most anticipated smartphones is around the corner. The leaks so far suggest a radical new design for the OnePlus 7 and if the leaks are correct, we will probably see at least two different models from the Chinese company. Just like every forthcoming OnePlus launch, the smartphone gets leaked and we get to know almost every specification possible. The OnePlus 7 is rumoured to have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset with 6GB, 8GB and 10GB RAM configurations. The device is also expected to have an FHD+ resolution display which will please many video content consumers. © Twitter, Slashleaks Other details that have leaked before suggest that the OnePlus 7 will have a few extra design changes this year. The rumours suggest that the OnePlus 7 will have a popup selfie camera similar to what we have seen in Vivo devices. The move comes to provide a seamless bezel-less experience on the smartphone. © Weibo Last week, new leak surfaced that suggests that there will be another OnePlus 7 device that will come with the X50 model for 5G connectivity. The device is said to be called the OnePlus 7 Pro and you can read all about it here. The OnePlus 7 Pro is also expected to have 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage if this leak turns out to be true. Previous reports have suggested that the smartphone will have a triple camera set up at the back and a sliding or pop-up selfie camera. The latest leak about the OnePlus 7 is to do with its launch date. According to tipster Ishan Aggarwal, the OnePlus 7 launch date is going to be May 14th, in China. We can expect the device to launch in India soon after. Having said that, the source does have a great track record when it comes to leaks but we suggest you take this information with a pinch of salt for now.
  11. The copy contains spoilers. Proceed with caution. In case you missed it, 'Game of Thrones' Season 8, Episode 1 dropped today at 6.30 am. The episode saw the long-awaited reunion of Jon and Arya and the revelation of Jon's true lineage, which we were waiting for since the first season. But here's what we learnt from the premiere of Season 8: long drawn conflicts and mysteries that had troubled us since the beginning are going to unravel and fast. Things are escalating at Winterfell. Jon finally knows about his parents and it matters now what he does with this information which can possibly change the entire vision that Dany has for her Empire. So after watching the first episode, here's what is going to happen next: The trailer's opening shot has Daenerys confronting Jaime, who's just arrived in Winterfell. "When I was a child, my brother would tell me a bedtime story about the man who murdered our father," Dany says in a threatening tone. "And all the things we would do to that man." These two have never seen eye to eye. We know from Dany's past interaction with men that she does not like that it never ends well for them. 1. In the teaser, we've also seen Jamie's glove just lying around, so is it going to be the end of Jamie? But what about Cersei's prophecy then? Will Tyrion kill her then or it won't hold true considering another baby is on the way. 2. There's a sneaky split-second shot of Dany approaching Jon in the crypts of Winterfell—is he about to tell Dany his truth? © HBO 3. Then, we have Jon asking Tormund, "How long do we have?" Tormund responds: "Before the sun comes up tomorrow." And oh boy, does Jon look panicked: © HBO 4. And then we have another couple we've been rooting for, Missandei and Grey Worm kissing: © HBO 5. It looks like the Battle of Winterfell will most likely take place in episode 3 of Season 8 which also happens to be the longest episode of the season with a total running time of one hour 22 minutes. Expect gory deaths is all we can say right now.5 Revelations From 'GOT' Season 8 Episode 2 Promo That We Can't Wait To Watch Next Week
  12. Are you sad because the next season of your favourite series is a long time away and you won't be able to see your favourite character for months together? We get you! 2018 brought a lot of great shows with it. Netflix India's first original series, 'Sacred Games', got viewers hooked with its dark, ominous theme and riveting storyline and broke various records in the streaming service arena. The whole country waited with bated breath for Sartaj Singh to find the true culprit and the secrets they had buried. © Phantom Films/Netflix Many new shows graced the screen, old shows came back starring our adored and abhorred characters; 'Stranger Things' was back for Round 2 and so was Midge Maisel (but on the stage). Unfortunately, Dany didn't return last year to treat us with a dragon sighting, though she will do so this year with Jon by her side. © Netflix /21 Laps Entertainment © Amazon Video/Amazon Studios/Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions We found a few favourites like Bunty from 'Sacred Games' with his omnipresent chhatri and Ganesh Gaitonde who showed us that love should know no bounds. Kukko made a fantastic statement for queer representation on TV. © Phantom Films/Netflix © Phantom Films/Netflix 'Mirzapur', Amazon Prime Video India's answer to 'Sacred Games', with its violent and wicked storyline focusing on arms trafficking, found favor with the audience (but not as much as 'Sacred Games'). With memes galore and unending praise for the characters, 2018 was a surefire year for storytelling and unique characters. I think fictional characters have the best life; they live on in the minds of people long after they have gone away. Talking about characters in these shows, we were provided with a plethora of options which made choosing something to watch extremely difficult and taxing. But the bingers we are, we devoured all these shows like Cersei does with her wine or Ethan did with that chocolate bar on Yom Kippur. 2019 has to carry the legacy of its predecessor and continue the stories of the characters we saw on screen and fell in love with; some good, some bad and some completely mad. With speculations and predictions running high, here are 10 such characters whose life stories we are looking forward to in 2019: Note: Spoilers ahead. This post is chock-block of spoilers. Read at your own risk: 1. Sartaj Singh (Sacred Games): Troubled cop Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) had a major breakthrough in the final episode of Season 1. Sartaj has gone from strength to strength and grown into a more confident person, a departure from his personality in Episode 1. Now that he has unearthed the secret of the arms trade connected to the Home Minister, what other corruption and crime scams will he uncover? Will he be able to find out who Zoya is? © Phantom Films/Netflix Let's hope he finds out the true motive behind his father's softness for Gaitonde. The more important question is: How is he dealing with Katekar's death? :P Now that has a clear idea of what is to come, will he be able to save the city before it's too late? Seeing that he has only 14 days to do the impossible, we hope that Sartaj's newfound self-assurance works well for him and the people who might be in the danger of a nuclear war. 2. Guruji (Sacred Games): Will the elusive Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi) finally get more time screen? Gaitonde's (supposed?) death qualifies Guruji to become the lead villain in the series. What heinous plans does he have in mind for Mumbai now and will his masterplan work? The curious iconography that Sartaj uncovers is a symbol of Guruji. What does the mandala entail? Does it have a more sinister connotation than hinted? Does he have any links to Zoya Mirza? © Phantom Films/Netflix Gaitonde's third father figure is said to have a meatier part in Season 2. Let's wait to see what fresh hell he has planned for us to witness. 3. Midge Maisel and Susie Myerson (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel): The quirky Mrs. Maisel is coming back with a bang! Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) seems to have finally found a break; she will be opening for singer Shy Baldwin. Now that her family has been let on to the secret, will Midge be attuned to spreading her horizons? How is that going to affect her newly-turned, gone “full-on breaking bad” father, Abe Weissman and her delightfully neurotic momzilla, Rose? What about Benjamin? Will he return to Midge's life? We would love to see how that unfurls. The last episode left out a lot of strings to be tied. An important arc to be seen is whether Midge will get back together with Joel. © Amazon Video/Amazon Studios/Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions Like Midge, Susie's life seems to be going to a better place. After her altercation with Sophie Lennon, she gets an offer by Sophie to represent her. The image of Susie (Alex Borstein) in a fur coat walking out of Sophie's house with a bewildered expression is the best part of Season 2. Will she accept the offer, or has she done it already? The dynamic in their relationship seems to be a tad bit bitter and we hope we get to see the drama that it will lead to in Season 3. Will Susie and Midge finally be able to earn some money and become famous? We just hope. 4. Ganesh Gaitonde (Sacred Games): Is he really dead or did he have a sort of resurrection planned with Guruji? What was his bunker really for? © Phantom Films/Netflix Whatever he had planned seems to have gone horribly wrong. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is set to return as the OG underbelly king, whether he will tell his story from behind the grave is still uncertain, though we will like to see more of Gaitonde and the story of his rise to power and the years before he returns, after being kidnapped. Also, what was his relationship with Sartaj's father? In any case, Ganesh Gaitonde is one of the most anticipated characters to return to screen in 2019 and people can hardly wait. 5. Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and the Lannister siblings (Game of Thrones): The highly anticipated last season of the show is sure to be the best of the lot. There is a myriad of characters whose storylines intersect and make the intense puzzle complete, but it is these five who are hell-bent on conquering the throne. Jon's arc which has been highlighted since the beginning has become more invigorating. Now that he has sought an alliance with Daenerys, it will be interesting to see how the next events pan out. Will he be able to defeat the Night King? © HBO What will happen when he finds out his true origin of being Aegon Targaryen? Daenerys has always wanted to become the Queen, but how will it affect her stature now that there's another Targaryen alive? That too, her nephew and lover! With one of her dragons on the Night King's side, how will she cope with fighting one of her babies? We already know now that Sansa isn't a great fan of Dany. Things look dismal for her. What is up with Tyrion and his odd behaviour? Are his loyalties shifting? Jaime has left the comfort of the Red Keep and is travelling North. Now that Jaime has left his sister's side will he be joining the Starks? Wine connoisseur, Queen Cersei seems to be content with her illegitimate capture of the throne, but distress has found her in the form of her brother and lover, Jaime leaving her. Is it really Jaime's baby that she is carrying or is it a hoax? Will she actually help fight the war against the White Walkers? Well, we can only know in April. 6. The Gang in Stranger Things (Stranger Things): Eleven is back with the nerd gang of Hawkins and everything seems to be going well. Except, everything is going to change. With Will Byers still afraid after his stint with the monster from Upside Down, Jonathan and Nancy starting a relationship, the story is delving deeper into the sleepy town. Michael is happy, so does Lucas with Max. Everyone seems to be calm. But is it the indication of the storm to come? Important question: What about the mother hen of the group, Steve Harrington? And is he going to try to win Nancy back? We love a love triangle a-brewing. © Netflix/21 Laps Entertainment I hope there are a lot of precious scenes which show the camaraderie and bromance between Steve and Dustin grow even more. Perhaps, he'll teach him how to babysit with perfection! :P Will Hopper and Joyce get together finally? Will Will ever be able to defeat the Demogorgon? One of the most exciting series on the list for sure with the quirkiest of characters. 7. Anne Shirley-Cuthbert (Anne with an E): Anne seems to be growing into quite the intelligent young woman, along with the support of her friends and family. Will we finally see Anne breaking off from her terrible past, whose flashbacks still haunt her? We need to see that. The third season is likely to focus on her education and the other perils growing up brings with it. Just imagine how many fancy, grandiose words she must have learnt, and written the most beautiful of stories. Her budding friendship with Gilbert Blythe is also an important storyline which will be pursued. Also, the chemistry between Anne and Diana is a treat to watch; I suspect both will cook up some new mischief in Green Gables, aided by Jerry. We also want Cole to be back! © Netflix/CBC Watching her grow and prosper, from the young, afraid orphan into the apple of the eyes of Avonlea's people, makes you root for her more strongly. With her radical thinking and unbending spirit, we do hope Anne goes on to become the Anne we love from the books. Coming back in 2019, Anne will be 16 and ready to follow her own path; perhaps she will become like Miss Stacy or an author. 8. Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret (The Crown): Claire Foy's farewell (which was sad, and I still can't believe they replaced her and the other actors) from the show has paved way for Olivia Coleman's reign as the Sovereign. We will see Queen Elizabeth II in her middle-age and how far she has come in her role of safeguarding the Crown. A more mature Elizabeth is sure to change a lot of things around (we hope the Corgis make a comeback :P) and must have become mellower, but only in appearance, not in spirit. Interesting to watch will be her dynamic with the new, female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher and the unofficial feud which they were rumoured to have. © Netflix/Sony Pictures Television Another intriguing arc will be her growth in her role as Queen and her relationship with her husband which seemed strained in the last season, and her children and their partners, especially Princess Diana. A character who will play a pivotal role hereafter is the willful Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter, previously played by Vanessa Kirby), with her very public divorce to Lord Snowdon. Another blow to the already frail royalty. Carter is sure to play the character with her trademark finesse. © Netflix/Sony Pictures Television 9. Sheila and Joel (Santa Clarita Diet): Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore) is still a zombie at the end of Season 2 and there seems to be no cure for it. Joel (Timothy Olyphant) has tried everything in his power to bring her back to her human form but seems to have made peace with the fact that it may not happen. © Netflix So, we hope Sheila remains a zombie for the next season as well and carries on her spirited “criminal hunt-and-eat extravaganza”, with perennial support from the ever-dependable Joel Now that she has a devotee in the form of the police chief Anne, it shouldn't be much of a problem. Will she be able to connect with her daughter Abby, all eccentricities aside? Will Joel ever get his human Sheila back? Wait and watch! 10. Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher): Starring (ex)Superman Henry Cavill, this Netflix original is based on The Witcher book series. Henry looks menacing as Geralt, and rightly so since he plays a monster hunter. The series will chronicle his life as a lonely hunter in the Continent, helping people get rid of monsters, eventually falling in love with the beautiful sorceress, Yennefer of Vengerberg, and adopting Princess Ciri who has a terrible secret which will change his life. © Netflix/Kapital Entertainment We eagerly wait for Cavill, with his charismatic presence to enthral us by portraying a character we love. The amount of time awaiting these characters to grace the screen seems like an eternity. So, which one of them are you waiting for? :D
  13. Marvel made a huge splash last year with the release of Spider-Man, and they're planning to do something similar this year with an Iron Man game. Better yet, it's going to be a VR title this year, so you'll be able to play Marvel's Iron Man VR with PSVR and a pair of PlayStation Move controllers. This trailer should give you a better idea of the gameplay - As you can see in the trailer, you'll literally be able to become Tony Stark and control the suit. Move your head around, learn to fly, control the arms (using the move controllers); all that good stuff. It looks freaking amazing! The game is being developed by Camouflaj, and the studio's founder Ryan Payton said that the game will explore Tony Stark' story, and you'll face off against Marvel supervillain Ghost, the person behind the hacked Stark drones. The developer was apparently working on the game in secret for years, and the HUD on Iron Man's visor was really hard to get right. via Gfycat Marvel's Iron Man VR is slated for release in 2019, and we simply can't wait to suit up.
  14. It has been a couple of years since Apple has launched a 'small' iPhone. The last small and compact phone from the company was the iPhone SE that came out all the way back in 2016. Well, if the new report is something to go by, then it looks like Apple might finally launch a compact iPhone next year. According to DigiTimes, Apple is readying new iPhones for 2020 with display sizes - 5.43-inch, 6.06-inch, and 6.67-inch. Looks like the company will be sourcing the displays from Samsung or LG. The current lineup, in case you're wondering, has display sizes of 5.8-inch (iPhone XS), 6.1-inch (iPhone XR), and 6.5-inch (iPhone XS Max). So, if it turns out to be true, Apple will reduce the size of the smallest model while increasing the size of the biggest model. © Unsplash We're not entirely sure as to what Apple is planning to call these new iPhones, though. But if we were to guess, then the smallest iPhone would be called iPhone SE2, which has been passing the rumour mill for quite some time now. But again, that raises questions about the names of other iPhones, so your guess is as good as ours, really.
  15. While revamping utility and public structures has been the need of the hour, the New Delhi Railway Station can't be left untouched for long. Just a month ago, Mathura Railway Station got an absolutely new look and now it's time for Delhi to literally shine. The station was given an artsy feel, rich in culture and heritage and now every time we're catching a train from there, we'd be afraid to miss it, because it's done up quite elaborately and beautifully. The station building looks quite vibrant with some colourful patterns strewn across, with wall art and geometrical designs all over the ceilings. It really looks like we're amidst a colourful little cultural village. The station has also upgraded its public facilities like LED lights, escalators and LCD displays, all over. © Twitter The station will be equipped with solar panels for deriving energy from them and it'll be kept clean throughout. Well, Delhi isn't the only station that has been revamped. Apart from Mathura, there is also Haridwar, Jaipur and Lonavla. They've all been beatified and upgraded just as Delhi and Mathura. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted about the development of the station: बदलता भारत, बदलतॠरà¥à¤²à¤µà¥à¤ सà¥à¤µà¤¿à¤§à¤¾à¤¯à¥à¤, सà¥à¤µà¤à¥à¤à¤¤à¤¾ à¤à¤° सà¥à¤à¤¦à¤°à¥à¤¯ सॠभरा नठदिलà¥à¤²à¥ रà¥à¤²à¤µà¥ सà¥à¤à¥à¤¶à¤¨ à¤à¤¾ नया à¤à¤à¤°à¥à¤·à¤ रà¥à¤ª यातà¥à¤°à¤¿à¤¯à¥à¤ à¤à¥ à¤à¤ विशà¥à¤µà¤¸à¥à¤¤à¤°à¥à¤¯ रà¥à¤²à¤µà¥ सà¥à¤à¥à¤¶à¤¨ à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤¹à¤¸à¤¾à¤¸ à¤à¤°à¤¾ रहा हà¥à¥¤ pic.twitter.com/rUiirbwjDj — Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) 14 March 2019 The new look of the Railway station went down pretty well with most people and they took to Twitter to praise the efforts made by the Ministry of Railways and the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation. The feeling!!! New Delhi Railway Station Today.#shotoniphone @IRCTCofficial pic.twitter.com/wYBlAKdoFu — raghav.kohli (@ragstereon) 8 March 2019 Lovely going, need to keep the same pace — Varun Tohan (@VarunTohan) 14 March 2019 Beautiful congratulations ðð¾ indian Railway — Ranvir Singh (@RanvirS41881243) 14 March 2019 Yes sir i agree. I have been travelling from 10 days in railways i have seen drastic development.... — abhijeet gundu (@RickyGundu14) 14 March 2019 बदलता भारत बदलतॠरà¥à¤²à¤µà¥ सà¥à¤µà¤¿à¤§à¤¾à¤ — ð®ð³ð¹SANJAY KUMAR CHOUDHARYð®ð³ð¹ (@SANJAYK52449216) 14 March 2019 Developing and changing Bharat Beautiful l, amazing. — Rohit N Raghuwanshi (@rohitra88892536) 14 March 2019 Wonderful — Ramyavaran (@Ramyavaran) 14 March 2019 Going by these tweets, we believe it's mandatory to go check out the revamped station, if you haven't already. Or you can just check out these pictures here: © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter The Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC), which is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for revamping and developing such structures, will invest about Rs 7,500 crore, for redeveloping close to 50 railway stations across India. Simultaneously with that, they will also have a beatification drive alongside, which will entail paintings and art along the premises of the station. We're glad the Indian Railways are making an effort to revamp old stations and after airports, this was pretty much the need of the hour.
  16. Football is not just a sport but an emotion which flows throughout the veins of its fans. No matter if a player has retired, he continues to be in the hearts of his fans. Moreover, a legend returning to his home club is a different feeling altogether. May 26th 2019, will mark the comeback of two legends of the footballing world. One being the best football manager the world has ever seen, in Sir Alex Ferguson, and the other being the best number seven Manchester United has ever had, David Beckham. David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Jesper Blomqvist join our Treble Reunion squad! See them at Old Trafford on 26 May: https://t.co/hlG9ZC18ol#Treble99 midfield: â ð¯ pic.twitter.com/YrklMdsdxn — Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 14, 2019 The two will reunite maybe for a final game at Old Trafford as Manchester United legends team up to face Bayern Munich legends in a charity event. Beckham, in a recent interview with the club website, expressed his excitement for making a return at Old Trafford and playing under Sir Alex Ferguson in the Treble Reunion game. 'I'm so excited to be going back to Old Trafford in May. 1999 was such a massive year for us so recreating that moment is going to be really special. To be back together as a squad and to be managed by the boss again is huge. Huge for us and for the fans; I can't wait.” Becks is ð Reunited with Sir Alex and the lads to help raise money for @MU_Foundation! #Treble99 pic.twitter.com/VWbHRkzUDM — Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 14, 2019 We fans count ourselves to be extremely lucky that we will get to witness the game-play of Sir Ferguson once again. His tactical prowess will be on full display when they take on the Bayern Veterans. Sources reveal that the former England captain will be accompanied by his Class of '92 colleagues Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt for this game. Other than this, Phil and Gary Neville will also join forces with Denis Irwin and Jaap Stam at the back, while the goal would be guarded by their iconic goalie, Peter Schmeichel. This match would be taking place on May 26th, exactly 20 years after United won the Champions League final against Bayern at Camp Nou in 1998/99 season, followed by Premier League and FA Cup titles, marking their best season of all time. © Reuters The proceedings collected would be donated as charity to Manchester United Foundation to 'improve confidence, life skills and employability' of the people in Greater Manchester. Though the match is around two weeks from now, the fans of the Red Devils are already buzzing over the return of DB7 and the rest of the iconic players of the past era. I would love to be part of this historic even that reminds us of the good olden days at Old Tramford. Great MUFC, salute — Eyamanzi (@Eyamanzi1) March 14, 2019 Welcome ðððâ¤â¤ pic.twitter.com/98c457xH94 — M7md (@MuFc_86) March 14, 2019 Home sweet home. Welcome back Legend!#Treble99 pic.twitter.com/HVVfTU7IDS — Mary (@Mahbeck) March 14, 2019 Welcome back legend ð — Ø³Ø¹Ø¯ اÙØ´Ùر٠âªï¸ (@mnmnf16) March 14, 2019
  17. In the list of million names who turned rappers and started singing 'Apna Time Aayega' after watching Ranveer Singh's 'Gully Boy', there's a new name that got added today. The person we're talking about is WWE star John Cena, whose latest post has sent his and Ranveer's fans in a frenzy. © Excel Entertainment "Welcome to my Instagram. These images will be posted without explanation, for your interpretation. Enjoy." This is not us. This is John Cena's Instagram bio and let's just say he's never disappointed us, neither earlier nor today. Cena shared a still from 'Gully Boy' with Ranveer Singh's image and 'Apna Time Aayega' written on it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by John Cena (@johncena) on Mar 6, 2019 at 9:35pm PST We don't think this post needs any explanation, but we sure want to know what Cena's first reaction was after watching the movie (if he has seen it, that is). Given that Cena too is known for his incredible rapping skills, we hope they get into a rap battle soon. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, 'Gully Boy' is based on Mumbai's underground rap scenario and also stars Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi (as MC Sher) and Vijay Varma (as Moeen Bhai).
  18. Respawn Entertainment's 'Apex Legends' is currently enjoying its time as one of the most popular Battle Royale titles of all time. The game recently hit 50 million players worldwide, which clearly means it's making some noise in the industry. Now that 'Apex Legends' has established a place for itself in the industry, it's important that we turn our attention to the future and see what Respawn Entertainment is cooking for us. Will there be a new map? New legends to play with? Yes, there are a lot of burning questions, so, here's everything we know about the Apex Legends battle pass: Apex Legends Roadmap Respawn Entertainment has always been pretty optimistic about the title and it even revealed its year one roadmap for the game during its launch last month. Here below is a peek at the roadmap: © Respawn Entertainment Yes, 'Apex Legends' season one will begin this month and the first battle pass will be available to purchase. We still don't have an exact date, but an anonymous source claims that March 12 will be the big day. Every new season, as you can see, will bring a new weapon (hopefully multiple weapons), legends, loot, and a new battle pass each time. We think there will also be an option to buy an annual battle pass, although there's no official word on that just yet. If everything goes as per the plan, then we'll get a new season every three months, which means the players are in for a slew of content throughout the year. Battle Pass Contents In the official Apex Legends FAQ page, the developer has clearly mentioned that the Battle Pass will reward players with exclusive cosmetic items. From legends and weapon skins to character quips and banner poses, we're expecting to see an influx of rewards. You'll also get Apex Packs, which will give you a chance of earning more cosmetic items. © Twitter The FAQ page also makes it very clear that new legends will not be a part of the Battle Pass. That, in all honesty, does make a lot of sense as the legends are a more valuable commodity and you can't have too many legends like, say, the skins. That being said, we think you'll be able to buy the new legends with Apex Coins or even with Legend tokens. Speaking of new legends, there are some leaks which suggest that we'll see a new legend named 'Octane' with some impressive abilities like restoring health, deployable jump pad, and more. We don't have all the info yet, but this is what the new legend could look like - © Electronic Arts Will There Be New Challenges? Challenges are the crux of every successful Battle Royale games like 'Fortnite'. Incentivize your challenges with high-quality rewards, and you can have the players engaged in your game for a long time. And if 'Apex Legends' truly wants to go head-to-head with the likes of 'Fortnite', then challenges would be a good place to start. However, there's no indication that the 'Apex Legends' Battle Pass will have any challenges just yet. © Respawn Entertainment How Much Will The Battle Pass Cost Respawn has remained tight-lipped about the Battle Pass so far, so your guess is as good as ours. But we hope 'Apex Legends' will undercut Fortnite's Battle Pass, which costs a little less than $10.
  19. Majority of Indians residing within the geographic coordinates that map out the boundary of the subcontinent, fall under the category of medium to dark wheatish or “olive” skin tone. By most “English” or Western standards, we are the perfect specimen of “brown people”. While such demographic segregation and racism prevalent in the West aren't new to Indians, there is a painful truth to be experienced in the kind of off-handed racism that is practised within India, by Indians and for Indians. © Instagram The Indian subcontinent's collective blind love for the “fairer ones” is something all of us are aware of. For ages now, Indians have drooled over and craved for the lighter shades of skin tone one might find on those shade scales they proudly show off in TV commercials. However, while Indian women have had to suffer from and live under the constant scrutiny of old hags nagging them and lamenting over their “dark skin” colour for ages, they found solace in their grandmother's home remedies, that promised to lighten their skin and make them “look more desirable” as per the requirements of the Indian marriage market. © Instagram Enter commercialisation, and the home remedies were quickly replaced by magical tubes of modernised (albeit chemically formulated) “ubtan” recipes that had made their way to fancy fairness creams and lotions that thrived on women's insecurities and constant pressure to match up to the (unrealistic and cruel) social standards of beauty. The “fairness” furthering business opened a gold mine of money making opportunity that these fairness cream companies exploited for years. But things took a new turn when they made a discovery that would forever change how we saw the fairness cream industry. © Instagram Until the mid-2000s shaving creams and deodorants were the primary grooming products that were sold to men through commercial ads. However, the market study showed there was a solid opportunity of expanding men's grooming range, and soon, fairness products for men were launched. Dheeraj Sinha, chief strategy officer at Leo Burnett told QZ India that, “The men's fairness segment came about because almost one-third of users of women's fairness creams were men.” Even a Vice News report aired on HBO stated that around 60% of women and 10% of men say they use fairness products. © Instagram This led to a boom in the men's skin-care industry and as of 2017 the market grew by 40% and the industry was said to be worth around rupees 5,000 crores. That's not all, a 2015 research study by Nielsen showed that men got into the bandwagon because they believed that a fair complexion could improve their professional prospects. This only confirms that the “idea” of fair as handsome is both personal and is slowly making its way into people's reflection of themselves professionally. Yet, there also exist a lot of aware men who realise that companies are feeding on people's insecurities to cash in on more money and jump the success ladder. Bollywood actors such as Nandita Das, Kangana Ranaut and more recently Abhay Deol, have joined in to call out such companies and their products, and even fellow actors who endorse such brands and their skin whitening products. © Instagram However, since awareness is growing by the day, and more men (and women) continue to realise that they are being fooled by these companies and their products, brands are coming up with more cunning ways of selling their products to consumers. According to Sinha, “My sense is that brands will wake up to the new reality, and you will see propositions reworked around clearer skin (and) glow, rather than pure fairness,” and honestly we have already seen that happening lately. © Instagram It's disheartening to see how society's idea of “normal” and “beautiful” can disrupt people's perception of themselves, wherein they come to think of themselves as inferior to someone, merely because their skin is a shade or two darker than that of others around them. We often hear women say “love and accept yourself for who and how you are” and we hope men also follow this thumb rule and come to take pride in what has been given to them at birth. Trust us, women love that in a man, the ability to be comfortable and confident in their own skin.
  20. What were you doing when you were 16 years old? The majority of us were sitting in our rooms, doing 'important work' from 'research material' folder on our computers. But this 16-year-old proved that he is gifted with superhuman abilities and is somebody India can look up to in the coming years. Hailing from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, Saurabh Chaudhary proved his mettle at International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup, that took place in Delhi, when he created a world record of 245 points before eventually clinching the gold medal in 10m air pistol final. His stellar performance and incredible record helped clinch first Tokyo Olympics quota for India as well proving it to be the icing on the cake. © BCCL Where we are all in awe of Chaudhary's abilities and achievement, his national coach Samresh Jung saw it a long time coming. After his apprentice's incredible feat, Jung said, “He was shooting like he was always shooting at the senior level. Even with the crowd cheering and yelling, there were no slip-ups from him and he made a world record.” The thing that is a testament to the 16-years old potential is his incredible ability to concentrate. The prodigy's new coach Amit Sheoran claimed, ” Shooting 245 is not new for him. During training, he tries to hit more than 248 so that he doesn't feel that some score is big. It showed now that 245 is normal for him. Even in the qualifying, he tries to go beyond 590.” © BCCL Chaudhary's dominance can be showcased by the point difference between him and the Serbian silver medalist who bagged 239.3 points and second quota spot. “I knew I had a big lead but didn't bother about it. I just kept doing everything I do in practice. I don't think about a nine as well. Coaches train us for such situations and I keep doing that'' said Saurabh. The thing we're certain of is this potential mixed with hard work that Saurabh puts in will eventually lead India to glory on a stage where India has often underachieved. Next Abhinav Bindra? We think not. It's a new Saurabh Chaudhary. Remember the name.
  21. The much-awaited, extremely hyped up and super interesting 'Gully Boy' is all set to be our Valentine's Day treat, and since the movie has oversold itself and opened to rave reviews and packed houses at the Berlin Film Festival, it's natural to set our bar higher. Here are 4 things we are looking forward to witnessing in Zoya Akhtar's super ambitious movie: 1. Ranveer & Alia's Power-Packed Performances- This is the most obvious and our first and foremost reason to watch the movie. Ranveer has been very vocal about how he just couldn't resist this role and knowing that he is a closet rapper himself, this will be a good watch. Also, this has already been declared his career's best performance so far, so there's that as well. As for Alia, this actress never fails to surprise us with her powerful performance. 2. Zoya Akhtar's Brilliant Vision- Probably one of the most iconic directors this industry has witnessed. Zoya's storytelling has 'brilliance' written all over it and her personal style of including a 'slice of life' angle to it, is what makes the audience fall for her amazing narrative. 3. Platform For The Growing Rap Scene In India- India, for a while now, has been witnessing the burgeoning growth in the genre of Hip Hop and rap. This movie is a great platform to give centre stage to the wonderful voice of this particular form of music. Also, this will pave way for more similar movies, where our home-grown artists can get their due recognition. 4. The Music Is A Breath Of Fresh Air- Since the movie deals with the rap circle in India, it has also opened our up ears to a newfound sense of sound and music with this movie. It's already a big hit right now. In case you haven't watched the trailer yet, prepare yourself for some major awesomeness. The movie hits theatres on 14th February. If you are someone who is looking for a movie date this Valentine's Day, then this is your pick.
  22. While talking about trains, one thing that often pops up in our minds is Narendra Modi's long fetched promise of Bullet Trains. And guess what, he actually has kept it. Well, not exactly a Bullet Train but a desi version of it. Well, that is Train 18 aka Vande Bharat Express. With its Bullet Train-inspired design and super cool features, the driverless train will be flagged off by PM Modi on February 15 and will cover the route between New Delhi and Agra replacing the veteran Shatabdi Express. As per the results from the trial runs as of now, Train 18 can clock up a speed of over 180 kmph making it the fastest ever train of the Indian Railways. Being a desi product (Yes! Make In India, guys) and built at a cost of Rs 100 crore, this train is making Rs 88,000 crore India loaned from Japan seems like a total rip-off. According to a report by The Hindu, here are some of the cool features that the Vande Bharat Express comes packed with that really give it a futuristic feel. 1. Aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker turn-around at destinations 2. Alternate coaches are motorised to ensure even distribution of power and faster acceleration or deceleration 3. Regenerative braking system to save power © BCCL 4. Inter-connected, fully sealed gangways 5. Automatic doors with retractable footsteps 6. Onboard Wi-Fi and infotainment © Twitter 7. GPS-based passenger information system 8. Modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems 9. Rotational seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel (executive class) © Twitter 10. Roller blinds and diffused LED lighting 11. Disabled-friendly toilets 12. Emergency talk-back units to contact train crew 13. CCTVs in all coaches for safe and secure travel in numbers The report also mentioned that the approximate cost to build the train is around Rs 100 crore, and if the train runs at 200 kmph as per the report, then it sounds like a fairly decent deal. The makers of the train - Integral Coach Factory, Chennai is believed to have around five Train 18s in the pipeline and the time taken to conceive, design and develop the train is said to be around 18 months. All in all, Vande Bharat Express being a driverless train packed with other mind-blowing features is going to be an exceptional experience and we can't wait to get aboard.
  23. With the closing season of 'Game Of Thrones' almost here, Adidas has launched a collaboration of Ultra Boosts that have been inspired by the iconic show. The Game Of Thrones x Adidas pack was unofficially dropped this week and they clearly indicate the House they've been inspired from or the character. Here are some of the most obvious pairs that fans have pointed out. Take a look: 1. The Night's Watch © HBO © adidas At the north point of Westeros, the Night Watch guards the seven kingdoms like the army guarding the borders of a country. The patrol the Great Wall wearing the thickest furry coats in black. The inspired shoes take a cue from their uniform to make a black upper prime knit upper surface and give a white sheen in the white mudguard, Boost midsole, and outsole that symbolize the never-ending snow in the North. A leather lace cage puts the shoe together which represents the leather armour of the Night Watch. 2. The House Of Lannister © HBO © adidas The Lannister sigil prides itself with a lion and a "Hear Me Roar" tag line and a confluence of gold and crimson. These indicators are clearly visible in this shoe. Take a look. The red primeknit is a marker of their house, and the three gold lines mark the wealthy reputation of the Lannisters that always makes them say: via GIPHY 3. The House Of Targaryen: Daenerys © HBO © adidas With white, cream and silver accents on the laces, lace cage, heel cup, and heel tag this shoe is probably the most elegant of the lot. Targaryen is considered the noblest House of the lot, their family has distinct features of pale skin and silver hair which are accounted for in this Ultra Boost. 4. The House Of Targaryen: Dragons © HBO © adidas The House of Targaryans: the former ruling House of Westeros' sigil is appropriated for this shoe. Their slogan, "Fire And Blood" is used both here and for Dany's Ultra Boosts. 5. The House Of Stark © HBO © adidas House Of Stark is the warden of the North and their sigil entails a grey direwolf on a white background. Black and grey that represent the house have been visibly used on the prime knit surface and touches of black on the lining, mudguard, Boost midsole, rubber outsole, heel cup, and their signature three stripes. The heel has a very significant and nostalgic tagline, "Winter Is Coming" because Winter is here, and people will die. via GIPHY 6. The White Walkers © HBO © adidas The White Walkers represent the destruction that is going to consume Westeros. The White Walkers are icy dead creatures that turn people into walking zombie-like digits that initiate destruction. For its Ultra Boost, ice blue is used on the prime knit surface, white Boost mid-sole and white rubber out-sole continue the theme with hints of black and the tagline, "Winter Is Here" to send a chill down your spine. via GIPHY
  24. Sachin Tendulkar and a digital entertainment company launched India's first Multiplayer Virtual Reality Cricket Game called “Sachin Saga”. Sachin Saga comes with a limited edition VR headset along with the game. The virtual reality game is set in the middle of the pitch where players will be able to test their batting reflexes facing bowlers at over 150KPM. © JetSynthesys The game is said to have real-time shadows and motion capture by Sachin himself with over 28 unique batting shots. Players will be able to play over 100 matches in the Legend mode and can also compete in head-to-head multiplayer matches with other players. The VR headset also has support for over 3,000 apps that are compatible with Google Cardboard that includes games, videos and exploration apps. The headset has a 100-degree view of field and comes with a custom Bluetooth controller. The entire package with the game costs only Rs 1,499 and is available here. © JetSynthesys Speaking on the launch of Sachin Saga VR, Sachin Tendulkar said, “With VR, for the first time, the lines between gaming and real blur to give gamers an accurately simulated experience of the stadium, with real-time action right on their mobile screens. I thoroughly enjoyed reliving my matches with Sachin Saga VR, and I am sure it will resonate with cricket fans and gamers all over the world.” Would you like to get into Sachin's shoes? Do you like playing VR games? Let us know in the comments what you think about Sachin Saga and whether you will buy this game or not.
  25. It wouldn't be saying much if we tell you that Ranveer Singh has had one of the best years of his career so far in 2018. Actually, you know what, we just did. But anyhow, while last year was good, and we have a feeling that this year might just turn out to be better, but it is actually the next year which is screaming 'best' because Ranveer is set to star in his first ever biopic '83', which will release in 2020. Based on the life of India's legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, '83' has been garnering a lot of momentum lately ever since it finally received its date of release. From a stellar supporting cast to finally zeroing in on who would play coach to Ranveer Singh's Kapil Dev in the film, it seems like Kabir Khan directorial project is finally set to hit the floors after much delay. © BCCL So if the latest reports are to be believed, Pankaj Tripathi shall be seen training Ranveer Singh, who will be portraying Kapil Dev in the film. It has also been reported that Nawazuddin was approached for the role initially, but he declined the offer due to prior commitments. However, all we can say is that we are thrilled by this change of events because we feel this pairing is an absolute show stealer and the duo would set the screen on fire with their terrific acting skills and the freshness they bring to each of their characters. © Twitter Even when Ranveer and Pankaj recently met each other during a shoot, the pair couldn't stop praising each other's work. Later, Ranveer also shared his desire to work with Pankaj and suggested that a possibility might be in the works. View this post on Instagram Training begins... #83 #kapildev @ranveersingh @83thefilm #balwindersinghsandhu A post shared by Kabir Khan (@kabirkhankk) on Jan 12, 2019 at 3:14am PST More recently, the makers also announced that Punjabi singer-actor Ammy Virk is set to play Balwinder Singh Sandhu in the film, while another Bollywood Hungama report shared that, Sunny Kaushal, Harrdy Sandhu and Tahir Raj Bhasin have also been roped in for the film. With the film set to release on 10th April 2020, anticipation around the film is definitely running high amongst movie-goers and cricket fans alike.
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