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  1. Which two actresses inspired Ananya Panday to pursue acting? Ananya Panday has dished out major secrets regarding her career which is on a high these days. The actress who is currently awaiting the release of her comedy film Pati, Patni Aur Woh...
  2. The real tragedy doesn't lie in being average, it's actually in being better than the average, being talented and possessing the heart to really chase after your passion. It's like being caught in an in-between, and that's an awful place to be in for anyone, but it's especially tragic for an actor. They are often good enough to be at par with the lead actors (or even better than the leads at times) but as luck would have it, lack of 'connections' and opportunities makes them settle for much less such as playing the second fiddle. © Instagram - Jimmy Shergill It's rather disheartening that my opening lines for an article on Jimmy Shergill should contain the term 'tragedy' in it, but it is what it is. This thet Punjabi munda, has always been deeply connected to his roots, glimpses of which can be found in a number of memorable characters Jimmy has portrayed in the last two decades of his presence in Bollywood. Yet, it wouldn't be unfair to say that the Hindi film industry has failed to explore the true potential of this talented actor who could have been much more. He was killed off even before we really got to know him in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Bang Bang saw him share a similar fate once again where his character drops dead in the first five minutes of the film. Plays a guy with speech impairment in a film where he is trying to woo a girl and honestly, he seems to be losing the girl in every movie he signs up. © Instagram - Jimmy Shergill But a number of his movies and performances have left a mark in the hearts of people who feel this guy really deserves more than just five minutes of footage, being tossed around uncharacteristically, or reservations, when it comes to applauding his good work. 1. Maachis © Eros Entertainment Jimmy Shergill's 1996 debut movie showed him in the role of a young college guy, forced by circumstances to pick up arms. But Jaimal's small role was still impactful and helped carry the plot forward. Yet, very few would remember him from the film that also starred Chandrachur Singh and Tabu in the lead. 2. A Wednesday © Friday Filmworks Perhaps one of Jimmy's most memorable performances for most people, Jimmy as police officer Arif Khan who makes it his life's purpose to foil possible bombings in his city and the way he goes about doing it all is commendable, to say the least. 3. Yahaan © Sahara One Motion Pictures Jimmy Shergill as Captain Aman in Shoojit Sircar's Yahaan, not only made for an insightful war drama but his performance as an Army officer as well as a lover, who falls for a Kashmiri woman amid war and unrest, cannot be easily forgotten. 4. Special 26 © Friday Filmworks How can we forget Sub-Inspector Ranveer Singh who does a rather marvellous job of sending the CBI into a complete spin and the workings of which are not discovered until the very end? Not only Jimmy's performance, but even the way his character evolves in the film deserves an honest mention. 5. Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster © Bohra Bros Jimmy Shergill really does manage to pull off the role of Aditya Pratap Singh with great aplomb. As Singh tries to hold the fort against political meanderings and pressure to maintain his lifestyle as royalty, the film takes us through the many unimagined ways love, betrayal and money work. 6. Tanu Weds Manu Series © Viacom 18 If not anything else, Jimmy Shergill as Raja Awasthi credits a mention as one of his really memorable performances. When the nemesis succeeds to inspire sympathy in the hearts of the audience, you should know there's something special there, and Raja is just that. A lot twisted and sharp around the edges, but one that allows light to break through the cracks. You cannot help but really feel for the guy here. View the full article
  3. Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world with an estimated net worth of over $109 billion. But then, even the richest man on this planet cannot buy a few things, which include the silence of the people on the internet on his actions, and people stating facts which can deem as collateral damage to his public image. © Twitter The Amazon founder was in the news recently for making a donation of over $98.5 million towards various organisations across 23 states in the USA working to give homeless people a decent way of life. Now 98 freaking million dollars is a lot of money, like insane amount right? However, when you sit and do some maths, a quick round of calculation will tell you that this is close to just like one percent of someone's wealth when their net worth is around 109 billion dollars! So, people on the internet are feeling that this is kind of a petty move and he could have done better. That's 0.09% of your net worth. Just pay your taxes. https://t.co/KEke1NUE8E — Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 24, 2019 #JeffBezos gave $98 million to homeless organizations (which I'm sure are corrupt ones). His donation Is the equivalent of someone giving $45 if they make $50,000 a year. Plus he doesn't pay any taxes. — Charolette (@exhale_chaos) November 26, 2019 Some people tried to give more perspective explaining how saving on all that tax money, the world's richest dude could do so much more, if he wanted. Jeff Bezos makes $60,000 every 24 seconds. Every 24 seconds, he adds a living wage to his bank account. Every second, he makes enough money to feed hundreds of homeless people. EVERY SECOND.#TaxTheRich — Sergio Síano ð (@siano4progress) November 25, 2019 Jeff Bezos could buy a $150,000 house for every homeless person in America and still have almost $20 BILLION in personal wealth — Carl Gibson (@crgibs) November 23, 2019 Somewhere in here is #JeffBezos needle of charitable donation... #mondaythoughts pic.twitter.com/8A0iPfhQq9 — Matt Smith (@thewy003) November 25, 2019 There are some people who wholeheartedly supported this move and are clueless as to why he is being trolled for making a donation. You can feed a kid at month with your income, but... Would you? With the money you buy a drink any other Saturday you can buy food for one person... But are you doing so? Easy to expend someone else's money ð¤¦ð½‍âï¸ð — Brunella Diez (@brunella10) November 24, 2019 How about he just employs 650,000 people instead.... oh wait.. 98 million to the homeless and y'all want more. who's selfish here? Amazon has directly shifted the way we receive products. + get used to it because guess what, Amazon's only getting richer — Caileb Stanley (@cailebs) November 25, 2019 Looks like, there is no way to win but honestly, I don't think the man cares because we say what we want but Amazon is only getting richer. View the full article
  4. In case you haven't realised it, 2019 marks the end of a full decade. As we embark on a new journey walking into 2020 with life lessons and emotional baggage, we thought what are a few things that will stay with us from this soon to be ex of ours. One of the best things was the kind of entertainment content we got to watch as viewers in these past couple of years. So to help us all, we decided to curate a list of the 10 best shows which were entertainment gamechangers. Now you might differ in your opinion and that is perfectly okay, but here are some of the most loved shows of this decade. 1. Game Of Thrones The finale of one of the most watched shows in the history of television was kind of disappointing for a lot of fans out there, but there is a reason why GOT became the epic saga of emotions which enjoyed a cult fan following for over 8 years of its existence. The magnanimous scale of production, absolutely surprising storylines, breathtaking cinematography, and literally everything about this show changed the way an epic is lived on the screen. 2. Stranger Things An American sci-fi show based in 1984, kids running with walkie-talkies, an 'upside down' world where a hungry demon awaits to devour everything in its way are some of the basic ingredients that make this show a big success. Following the adventures of these kids makes you want to be a part of this 'cool' group yourself. Clearly one of the best sci-fi dramas we watched in the last 10 years. 3. Sacred Games The only TV show which put India on the global map of how brilliantly one can serve entrainment on a platter. Sacred Games is a collective par excellence effort of Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap brought to life with the mad genius of Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The complicated relationship between Sartaj Singh and gangster Ganesh Gaitonde and the web of lies he's trapped with are some of the key ingredients which made this show the success it became. 4. Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge did something which most women-oriented shows only attempt to do. Fleabag hit the bull's eye when it first made its debut over two years ago. The freshly packed rawness of absolutely relatable characters make your heart heavy, leave you with uncomfortable contradictory thoughts after every episode, leave you with pearls of laughter and sometimes make you wonder how brilliantly the flaws have been put on display. Needless to say, this show swept a lot of awards this year, a win which was rightly deserved. 5. Crown A show that makes it to this list not only because it is wonderfully and tastefully done, but also because it is a History lover's aesthetic delight. The show chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth and the whole circle of humans around her. Each scene is like a beautifully carved scripture and demands your full attention. 6. Black Mirror This dystopian anthropological series might give you the chills with a few episodes, but Black Mirror left people asking for more all the time. This show takes the credit for being one of the most compelling shows in the history of television. If you ever want to think how the future of the human species looks like, pick any episode and treat yourself with some discomfort thrown with a lot of awe in equal measure. 7. Peaky Blinders One of those marvellously made shows which enjoy a constant amount of viewership, courtesy its brilliant scriptwriting. Fans find this show to be an addictive watch and the strongly portrayed characters make for a must-watch in case you haven't watched it already. 8. Sherlock Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective series came to life with this British show which enjoys a stellar fan following. Benedict Cumberbatch's brilliant portrayal of the detective has made it one of the most iconic characters in the history of television. 9. Rick & Morty This American adult cartoon finds it place on this list for the kind of craziness it has managed to brew amongst its fan following. The cynical world of their sci-fi adventures addresses deep philosophical questions about human existence and life in general. 10. Homeland There are a lot of series which deal with the cat and mouse chase between the authorities and the people running away from them but none of them are remotely as gripping and packed with so much suspense as Homeland. Following the way being paved by Carrie Mathinson and her mentor Saul is a visual delight. Each season follows a different storyline and each of them are equally gripping. There is not a single dull moment as you try to unravel the mystery yourself. Let us know what are some of your favourite shows so we can add them to this list and help everyone curate a 'must watch' list of their own! View the full article
  5. Leonardo DiCaprio is not just a successful human being but is one of the best actors in the whole wide world. The Titanic star, who was nominated for an Oscar over six times before he finally won it three years ago turns 45 years old( or young) today, and here's looking back at 10 pictures of the star which show his evolution over the years. His first academy award nominated role came with What's Eating Gilbert Grape long before Titanic happened. He starred as the mentally challenged brother of Johny Depp and garnered critical appreciation for his performance. He later rejected Boogie Nights to star in Titanic, and post that, as we all know, it's history. The movie catapulted him to insane fame. © Instagram © Instagram © Instagram Prior to playing Jack Dawson, Leo marvelled everyone with his portrayal of Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet opposite Claire Danes. Leo has also been best friends with Tobey Maguire since childhood. © Instagram Leo's graph continued to go upwards as Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can was a super hit. In his personal sphere, Leo was dating and was being associated with a lot of women, but one woman from Hollywood that has stayed constant in his life is Kate Winslet who is in fact his real life BFF. © Instagram © Instagram © Instagram With stellar performances in movies like Django Unchained, Shutter Island and Inception, Leo's wait for Oscar became unbearable for his fans. The wait finally ended with him taking one home for The Revenant. © Instagram May his legacy continue as he entertains us with his fine body of work. View the full article
  6. New rumours surrounding the OnePlus 8 are already hitting the internet and a new leak suggests that the display for the pro variant is going to get a major upgrade. Currently, the OnePlus 7T series and the OnePlus 7 Pro both come with a 90Hz refresh rate display and the company has already confirmed future OnePlus phones will have at least a 90Hz display. However, the new rumour suggests that the OnePlus 8 Pro will come with a 120Hz display. © OneLeaks This is not the first time we're seeing a smartphone that comes with a 120Hz display as it is already present on a number of gaming smartphones. The ASUS ROG II phone is the latest device that comes with a 120Hz display that helps out users in gaming. Having said that, if this rumour (via PhoneArena) is true, the OnePlus 8 Pro will be the first non-gaming smartphone that will come with a 120Hz display. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The rumours come from tipster Max J who revealed via Twitter that the pro variant will come with the 120Hz display while the OnePlus 8 will launch with a 90Hz display. This rumour seems quite believable especially since most smartphones are expected to come with a 90Hz display nowadays. Be a "pro". pic.twitter.com/h4UwnOXn8H — Max J. (@Samsung_News_) November 7, 2019 OnePlus 8 rumours have been floating for a while and one of them suggests that OnePlus is going to ditch the pop-up selfie camera system and instead opt for a hole-punch camera on the screen. These are based on CAD-bases renders that were shared by renowned tipster @OnLeaks. The OnePlus 8 Pro is expected to come with a triple camera setup, a 3D ToF sensor and a 6.65-inch display. Source: PhoneArena View the full article
  7. Some movies continue holding a special place in everyone's heart for various reasons. Sometimes it's the leading pair's chemistry, sometimes it's the storyline and some movies are magical because of the love you can witness on screen between the actors. However, some movies also end up being a catalyst for breaking up relationships off-screen for these actors. After all they, too, are human. Here are 5 movies which broke more relationships than box office records: 1. Jab We Met One of the best works of Shahid and Kareena mixed with the brilliance of Imtiaz Ali's epic story telling, this movie continues to be everyone's favourite love story thanks to how 'real' it is. Sadly, the sparkling chemistry between the real life lovers back then turned sour as it was rumoured that during the final lap of the shoot, they broke up. Soon after the release, Kareena was known to be dating Saif, which was not a rumour. View this post on Instagram Geet and Aditya ð¹I really liked them together | movie: Jab we Met | All Rights Reserved To T-Series A post shared by ð¡ ð® ð« ð« ð¸ ð¶ ð® ð® ð£ (@bollywoodvv) on Oct 27, 2019 at 5:02am PDT View this post on Instagram #kareenakapoorkhan #kareenakapoor #kareena_kapoor_khan #kareena_kapoor #saifalikhan #saif_ali_khan #Taimur #familygoals #royalfamily #saifeena #husbandwife #kareenasaif #saifkareena #kareenataimursaif #saiftaimurkareena #tourgoals #vacations #lovebirds #loveoflife #royalty #loveeachother #bestcouple #couplegoals A post shared by KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN (@pataudikareenakapoorkhan) on Jun 3, 2019 at 2:46am PDT 2. Mr & Mrs. Smith One movie which made people feel a lot of crazy things! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's love/hate camaraderie sure set the screen on fire but Brad's marriage to Jennifer Aniston hit the rocks during this movie's filming. The entire fan brigade of the stars were divided and until today, Jen fans have not forgiven Brad for breaking her heart. View this post on Instagram Best couple in the world ð¤ #anjelinajolie #bradpitt #bradjolie #mrandmrssmith #joliepitt #movie #mondobongo ð A post shared by Welcome to Young Blog ð¤ (@young_blog) on Sep 17, 2017 at 9:56am PDT View this post on Instagram “The first time I kissed Brad my knees went weak- I literally lost my breath” J•Að I honestly love Jen and Brad so much they were so cute and so In loveð« #jenniferaniston #bradpitt #friends #rachelgreen #faniston #90s #jenandbrad A post shared by â¡ðððððððð£ ð¸ððð¤ð¥ð ð â¡ (@jenaniston_love) on Jun 8, 2019 at 2:31pm PDT 3. Green Lantern This is the movie which got one of the most iconic Hollywood couple, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively together. The two met during the filming of this shoot. While Ryan was married to Scarlett Johansson, Blake was reportedly dating her 'Gossip Girl' co star, Penn Badgely. The two broke off their respective relationships and in less than a year, were married to each other. View this post on Instagram What a birthday! I just smoked a huge bowl of early voting. #JustVoted @whenweallvote A post shared by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on Oct 23, 2018 at 7:30am PDT © Instagram 4. Snowhite & The Huntsman Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson became instant teenage heartthrobs and everyone's favourite cute couple courtesy their love story in the 'Twilight' series which translated into a real life romance as well. However, Kristen Stewart reportedly cheated on Pattinson with her director, Rupert Sanders. The couple eventually broke up. View this post on Instagram Ðам нÑавилаÑÑ ÑÑа паÑа ???â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by put on a happy face (@moviebooom) on Jan 4, 2019 at 1:04pm PST © Instagram 5. Lagaan This movie created history and was in the news for various reasons. The brilliantly made movie not only made it to the 'Oscars', but also turned out to be the saturation point of Aamir Khan's marriage with his wife Reena. It was reported that he was warming up to Kiran Rao who was an assistant director back then. The couple eventually got married. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Aamir Khan Kiran Rao (@kiranraoaamirkhan) on Aug 13, 2018 at 11:21pm PDT © Instagram View the full article
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  9. The Apple Watch is like the holy grail of smartwatches. It works extraordinarily well with an iPhone, without almost nothing to complain about. However, most people don't have an Apple Watch simply because either it's too expensive or they don't have an iPhone to use it with. Well, Xiaomi appears to be launching a new smartwatch and, it actually looks like an Apple Watch clone. Check it out - © Weibo Looks like an Apple Watch, right? Well, that image was pulled straight out of a Chinese social media platform where Xiaomi's CEO has been teasing these products before launch, for a while now. Xiaomi has even started teasing the launch of this watch in China. Here's a teaser image - © Weibo Obviously, there's a lot that we don't know about this watch like the display specs, internals, OS, and more. All we know is that the watch will be available in black and silver colors with matching bands. We can also see an Apple Watch-like digital crown on the side. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla In addition to the 'Mi Watch', Xiaomi is also said to launch the new Mi TV 5 series along with the new Mi Note 10. The event is scheduled to take place next week i.e. on November 5 and we just can't wait to get our hands on the Mi Watch. We're not sure if Xiaomi will bring the watch to India, but considering the fact that India is a key market for them, it should arrive here soon. View the full article
  10. If your partner has been hurt in her previous relationship, you'll see signs that you don't see in people who have been happy and content in their love life. If you have been heartbroken or devastated in one of your relationships there are chances that you have the fear of past repeating itself on you. These issues can be tough to cope with for both you and your partner but the only way to overcome this is to work on it together. Here are five signs which show that your partner has had a history of toxic relationships: 1. They're Slow In Opening Up © Cine 1 Studios Depending on what your partner has been through in the past, there is a chance that there is a lot of personal work to do and if your significant other has trust issues there are chances that they are going to take a lot of time to open up. All you need is to be a little supportive and give them some time. 2. They Get Angry Quickly Toxic relationships often have high amounts of invalidation. If your partner gets angry easily or is short tempered, this is the right explanation that they may have gone through something really hurtful in their past. But this doesn't mean that they'd do whatever they want to or ill-treat you. The best way is to find a middle ground and see how both of you can work it through communicating properly. 3. They Don't Easily Trust You © Red Chillies ENtertainment They have major trust issues and give you a really hard time trusting you or believing you. So, it's best if you can give them some assurance and genuinely be honest with them. 4. They're Secretive They would expect you to tell them everything but they won't easily tell you most of the things. They will take a lot of time to open up and will only tell you their secrets when they trust you wholly. And trust us that time is far away! 5. They Can't Commit © Red Chillies Entertainment Someone who is wary of committing is someone who is scared that he or she will land back into the same situation again. They will try to mould you in a way that they want things to work according to them. It's best that you create some boundaries, be supportive, communicate and overcome the fears together.
  11. If you would ask me what I would like to do for the rest of my life, I would always answer with one word: Eat! via GIPHY If there is anything in the world that I love unconditionally, it is food. Is there anything better than eating your favourite food? Digging into that freshly prepared chicken curry, finished with some chopped coriander, or having your fingers turn yellow after eating that delightful fish curry? via GIPHY Or having a heavenly helping of dal with steamed rice? Or biting into the piece of that decadently gorgeous chocolate cake? via GIPHY Or a spoonful of that Biryani? via GIPHY Who can resist the smell of freshly fried garlic or not get enchanted by the sound of sizzling onions? (The answer is always a resounding “NO”) I mean, can there be any love more sincere than the love for food? If there has to be a unanimous entity for bringing people together, I don't think that can be accomplished by anything other than food. Food has an intrinsic quality, an all-pervasive nature: it serves as a mirror to culture, a part of the tradition, a bond for communities, an allegory for desires, an expression of love. I have hardly come across another entity as ubiquitous as food, its inherent diversity; how its excess can cause you discomfort and so can its dearth. How it trickles down to the most downtrodden parts of society but is also adulated in haute living. How it can be sensual, ignite passions, add spice to your life, and in turn, can also be a proponent of disgust or the start of a grotesque fiasco. Another facet which accompanies food and is crucial is its presentation, its ocular appeal. And as humans, who are visual by nature, our gastronomical desires are magnified tenfold when we see food on the big screen. via GIPHY Remember that Chocolate Cake from the movie “Matilda”? via GIPHY Film and food share a relationship of yore; movies celebrating food are shot gorgeously, are aesthetically pleasing while they tell stories of people like us, and how food influences us all. In these films, food drives the story forward, changes the protagonist's life. Movies also incorporate sound, which is an important aspect of food: be it cutting into it or its preparation, the clanging of utensils, the sizzle of a pan. Essentially, these movies provide the union of two of the senses: visual and aural, which is always an amazing combination. So, here are 16 delectably scrumptious movies that quite literally serve a piece of life (and make you raid your fridge in the middle of the night): 1. Julie and Julia (2009): Stuck in the rut of her bureaucratic dead-end job (Hello there!), Julie Powell decides (Amy Adams) to take on a project to relieve herself from the boredom of her uneventful life. The project: Cooking her way through Julia Child's enormous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in 365 days and blogging about it. Little does she know that this little venture of hers will change her life forever. Two stories, two women, bound by their mutual love for food. © Columbia Pictures Starring Amy Adams as Julie Powell and Meryl Streep as the famous, celebrated cook, Julia Child, the movie explores the lives of the two women parallelly in two different eras: Julie, in 2002, as she starts her blog and cooks up all the 524 recipes, and Julia, in 1949, as she moves to Paris and finds her calling as a chef and collaborates on the now-famous cookbook which made her into a culinary icon. © Columbia Pictures Julie and Julia, directed by Nora Ephron, is one of the most heartwarming movies which celebrate food and its importance in life. It drives home the fact that inspiration can come in any form, you just need to believe in yourself. (If you wish, you can read my review on the movie here: USP: The food! The gorgeous, divine, decadent food! Especially the “Butter Monologue” and the “Boeuf Bourguignon”. via GIPHY via GIPHY Meryl Streep as Julia Child is a phenomenon; not only is the resemblance uncanny, she impersonates Julia Child's idiosyncrasies to the T, be it the trademark, out-of-breath, slightly tipsy voice or the quirky mannerisms. via GIPHY via GIPHY “Bon Appetit!” via GIPHY 2. Chef (2014): When Carl (Jon Favreau), a renowned chef of a famous restaurant in California decides to be more creative with his recipes, he is met with resistance from the restaurant owner, Riva (Dustin Hoffman). To make matters worse, he gets into a public altercation with a prestigious food critic, Ramsey Michel, after the latter writes a distasteful review of his food. © Aldamisa Entertainment Heartbroken, he quits the job and embarks on a journey of self-discovery through food; food that he actually loves and that fulfils his creative aspirations. Eventually, he opens a food truck while trying to mend his frail relationship with his estranged son, Percy (Emjay Anthony). Will he be successful? USP: The food scenes are aesthetically attractive, kudos to cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau. via GIPHY Jon Favreau's directorial prowess and love for food is apparent in the movie. via GIPHY 3. The Lunchbox (2012): In an attempt to add some zing into her unromantic marriage, Ila (Nimrit Kaur) turns to the most trusted entity of all: food. And in her quest to quite literally spice up her love life, she decides to send her inattentive husband, Rajiv, a lunch every day with the help of ever-dependable dabbawallas in Mumbai. But by a curious twist of fate, the dabba prepared for her husband lands on the table of Saajan Fernandes (Irfan Khan), an aged, lonely widower who works as an accountant. © UTV Motion Pictures Upon realizing her mistake, she sends in a letter with her next lunchbox elaborating on the predicament, which starts a correspondence that soon turns into a beautiful friendship, guided by letters and an erroneously delivered lunchbox containing delicious food. © UTV Motion Pictures USP: The movie encapsulates the beauty of human relations: how we can forge connections with people we have never met yet can completely relate to and understand. And it helps even more when food is involved in the equation! via GIPHY Again, the food! Especially, the Paneer Kofta which Ila makes as a thank you gesture. :D via GIPHY The superb performances by Irfan and Nimrit tug at your heart. And not to forget, Deshpande Auntie (who is not seen but only heard)! 4. Chocolat (2000): When free-spirited, single mother Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) arrives in a quaint, quiet village in France with her daughter Anouk, her unconventional ways earn her the ire of the village folk, especially the staunchly conservative mayor, Comte de Reynaud. © Miramax Films Vianne, an expert chocolatier, opens up a small chocolate shop in the village, much to the displeasure of Reynaud who vehemently opposes her, publicly accusing her of bringing temptation into the lives of the people, especially during Lent. via GIPHY As the story progresses, Vianne's eponymous temptation, the aforementioned chocolate, brings about a change in the village and its inhabitants in varied ways. The plot thickens when Vianne's own desire comes in the form of Roux, a gypsy who wants more than her chocolate. via GIPHY USP: The chocolate! Duh! :P via GIPHY 5. Like Water for Chocolate (1992): A passionate Mexican movie, directed by Alfonso Arau and based on Laura Esquivel's novel, showcasing how food affects life, and how our emotions influence not only the food we cook but also the people we serve it to. With themes of magic realism, the movie focuses on the illicit relationship between Tita (Lumi Cavazos) and Pedro (Marco Leonardi). © Miramax Why illicit? Because as per family tradition, Tita, being the youngest of three daughters cannot marry and needs to live her life as a help to the other members, especially her mother, Mama Elena (Regina Torné). Resigned to her fate, Tita learns cooking under the tutelage of the chef, Nacha (Ada Carrasco), who teaches her the relationship between food and life. © Miramax Heartbreakingly, when Pedro comes to express his love for Tita, he is betrothed to her sister, Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi), in exchange as the tradition still stands. As her affair with Pedro intensifies, her feelings start to seep into the food she cooks, eventually becoming an outlet for her emotions, but also inadvertently manifesting itself the behaviour of the people around her. via GIPHY USP: There are two scenes: As she prepares the cake for Pedro's wedding, Tita weeps, and her tears fall into the batter which leads to an eventful dinner reception. When she uses roses gifted by Pedro to make a quail dinner with rose petal sauce, it leads to her family feeling inexorable carnal desire. via GIPHY 6. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989): Michael Gambon (Yes, Dumbledore!) stars in this vogueish black comedy/ crime drama as Alberta Spica (The Thief), an uncouth and repulsive gangster who, along with his band of thugs, has taken over the French restaurant “Le Hollandais” but calls himself an urbane gourmet. © Palace Pictures He terrorizes everyone in the restaurant, but the brunt of the terror is unleashed most on his sophisticated wife, Georgina (Helen Mirren/The Wife) and the head chef, Richard Borst (Richard Bohringer/The Cook) who despises Alberta but is unable to do anything about it. Drama ensues when Georgina finds herself lusting for a regular customer, Michael (The Lover/Alan Howard), who is a bookshop owner and reads while he eats. As her affair progresses, Alberta finds out and then makes life hell for the staff which helps Georgina with her lover. USP: The performances by the lead cast. The film uses food as an allegory for the voyeuristic attitude of Alberta and his pretentiousness. His supposed gourmet personality is a far cry from his real one, which he tries to hide like spices are used to mask uncooked food. Warning: You need a strong stomach for this! :P 7. I Am Love (2009): In this Italian film, Tilda Swinton stars as Emma, the Russian-born daughter-in-law of a wealthy, Milanese family, the Recchi's, who is trying to find herself, away from the glittery, Haute living her family expects her to lead. © Mikado Film As she ruminates over her predicament during a lavish family dinner, help comes in the form of young Antonio Bisceglia (Edoardo Gabbriellini), a celebrated chef who incites her dormant passion with the aid of food. Matters worsen when her son Edoardo Jr. clashes with the family regarding the set path for him as Emma finds herself drawn to Antonio. © Mikado Film USP: Tilda Swinton and the prawns. via GIPHY 8. Ratatouille (2007): What can I say about this delightful movie? Not only is it one of the best animated movies to have ever been made, but it also features delicious food! The wonderful comedy revolves around a rat, with a highly developed sense of smell and taste named Remy (Patton Oswalt) who aspires to become a chef. As luck would have it, he ends up in the kitchen of the restaurant of his recently deceased idol, chef Auguste Gusteau's (Brad Garett). © Walt Disney Pictures Once there, he manages to strike up a friendship with the garbage boy, Alfredo Linguini (Lou Romano), helping him and guiding him in creating dishes and earn the appreciation of the new owner, Chef Skinner (Ian Holm). via GIPHY But soon, a secret is revealed that changes the course of the movie. Friendship, love, and food in one neat package! USP: The entire Anton Ego (the irascible food critic portrayed by Brad Bird) sequence and the ratatouille dish, confit byaldi! via GIPHY Never have I seen such a beautiful rendition of food in mainstream animated movies! (Not counting the stunning food shown in Anime :P) via GIPHY 9. Burnt (2015): Starring Bradley Cooper as a drug-addled former executive chef Adam Jones, the story revolves around his quest to put his life back on track and earn a third Michelin Star. © Shiny Penny Productions Adam is a brilliant but mercurial chef whose creativity is marred by his drug habit and unstable temper, which destroys his mentor's restaurant in Paris along with Adam's credibility. Adam realizes his self-destructive streak and goes on a self-imposed exile to New Orleans to gain perspective. He travels to London to pursue his dream of the Michelin Star, under the banner of his restaurateur friend, who grudgingly allows him to become a chef in his hotel. © Shiny Penny Productions His luck seemingly changes until ghosts from his past and his own mental stability conspire to take him down. USP: The food porn! via GIPHY 10. Big Night (1996): In this dramedy, two Italian brothers, Primo and Secondo, put out all strings for the 'Big Night' that will catapult their sinking authentic Italian restaurant, Paradise, to dizzying heights. © Timpano Production Primo, the perfectionist of the two, is annoyed and frustrated by the Americanized version of authentic Italian dishes, which he refuses to serve to customers, insisting on cooking only the true version, leading to him losing customers by the score. Secondo, the businessman of the duo, is more concerned with the running of the place and keeping it afloat than to retain cultural heritage. © Timpano Production With nowhere else to go, they try to strike out a deal with their nemesis, Pascal who owns a successful restaurant, who refuses to give them a loan. But, in an unlikely liberal gesture offers them to treat Louis Prima, a renowned American-Italian singer, to a meal at their restaurant who can change their fortune. Will they be successful? USP: The crowning glory has to be the timpano! via GIPHY Tony Shalhoub as Primo and Stanley Tucci as Secondo are delightful in their roles; the best part of the movie is any scene they are together! 11. 'The Trip' Trilogy (2010/2014/2017-): This BBC series which was made into a feature film stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as themselves on a gastronomical journey through Northern England (in the first movie/series) commissioned by the Observer; their job is to visit different restaurants, try their food and review it. © BBC Worldwide When Steve's girlfriend refuses to go with him on the trip, he invites his frenemy, fellow actor/comedian Rob Brydon to accompany him on the journey. As they travel through England, locking horns with each other on everything. Guided by their egos, trying to outwit each other, while being clueless about fine dining, their animosity dissolves into a camaraderie which is fun to watch. © BBC Worldwide Be it their fight over who can do a better Michael Caine impression or which syllable should be pronounced first in kumquat, Rob and Steve meander across beautiful locales, eating decadent, delicious food. via GIPHY And it isn't over in England! They return to wander across Italy in the sequel with renewed vows to upstage each other. And if that wasn't enough, they are back to eat more and traipse around in broken Spanish in the next sequel, The Trip to Spain! © BBC Worldwide One of the best road trip movies ever! via GIPHY USP: The nearly pornographic shots of the food: The buttery scallops frying in the pan! Absolute bliss! The cheesy pasta in “The Trip to Italy”; divine! Not to forget, the Michael Caine impersonation by Rob Brydon is spot on! Rob and Steve' bromance, their will-they won't-they chemistry, their asinine fights, has to be one of the most hilarious parts of the movie, cementing them into iconic duo status. 12. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971): One of the most adored children's books of all time, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', was adapted to screen in 1973 in a movie written by Roald Dahl (who later disowned it), with Gene Wilder playing Willy Wonka in a now-iconic role. © Paramount Pictures © Paramount Pictures And who can forget the Oompa Loompas? via GIPHY The story focuses on Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who finds himself the winner of a Golden Ticket giving him access to Willy Wonka's bizarre and unconventional Chocolate Factory along with four other children (and his whiner of a grandfather). via GIPHY The children, each with their unique personalities, are promised a lifetime supply of chocolate at the end of the trip. via GIPHY But will it be as easy as it looks? via GIPHY USP: Willy Wonka's legendary forward roll! via GIPHY The Chocolate Room: All you can eat candy! :D via GIPHY via GIPHY Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka is perfect, and no one has come close to his sweetly comical yet maniacal (and terrifying) portrayal of one of Roald Dahl's most notorious characters. © Paramount Pictures 13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005): While both iterations of this children's book capture the quirky Willy Wonka and Charlie's adventures inside the Chocolate factory superbly, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is truer to the novel than its predecessor. © Warner Bros. Pictures Starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, this movie has superior special/visual effects and a more whimsical setting, typical of Tim Burton's movies. © Warner Bros. Pictures The movie stands out in terms of character development, giving a backstory to Willy Wonka which serves a reason for his eccentric personality, something which wasn't quite clear in the 1971 movie. via GIPHY USP: The chocolate river! It truly looks edible (also because it is faux melted chocolate) and is much better than the 1971's dull version. It is visually more appealing. via GIPHY The squirrels breaking the nuts always cracks me up! Johnny Depp's portrayal of Willy Wonka is superb; wacky and quirky (but still not close to Gene Wilder), with just a touch of authenticity. via GIPHY 14. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009): Eccentric wannabe scientist Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is always working on a new project: spray-on shoes, hair un-balding serum, a monkey thought translator. But unfortunately for him, all his endeavours result in failure. via GIPHY When his new project, a machine that converts water into food, the FLDSMDFR, fails and inadvertently gets launched into space while wreaking havoc on the town, Flint decides to hang up his shoes. © Sony Pictures Animation As he miserably walks around as the social pariah, his machine makes a comeback in style: it starts raining cheeseburgers all over town. via GIPHY Flint then uses a communicator to let the machine cater to the epicurean needs of the residents of Chewandswallow. Overjoyed, the town people keep making requests until their greed and gluttony sets in. via GIPHY As a catastrophe seems to be imminent, Clint sets off with his new friends, Sam Sparks (Anna Farris), Officer Devereaux (Mr. T), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), and his BFF Steve the Monkey (Neil Patrick Harris), to end it. USP: The food storm! All the spaghetti and the meatballs, and the ICECREAM! Flint's father, Tim (James Caan), is the absolute best! via GIPHY 15. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994): In this Taiwanese comedy-drama, Mr Chu (Sihung Lung) is a widowed Chinese master chef with three unmarried daughters, who cooks up a dinner feast every Sunday for his daughters as a tradition. © The Samuel Goldwyn Company His independent daughters, with their ideas of the modern world and diverse dispositions, clash with their traditionalist father over the dinner table. © The Samuel Goldwyn Company As the struggle over the superiority of values continues, with generation gap running rampant, the daughters and Mr Chu realize that perhaps traditions and new ideas can mix well, just like food with unconventional ingredients. via GIPHY Directed by Ang Lee, the movie has a quiet grace about itself, its wisdom percolating in the viewer's mind through the brilliant story. USP: The food throughout the movie, especially the opening sequence. Mr Chu's passion for food and his dexterity in his craft is apparent in the scenes. via GIPHY The beautiful, intricate dumplings! via GIPHY 16. Waitress (2007): Keri Russell stars as Jenna, a down-on-her-luck waitress who creates ingenious pies with uncommon names. Stuck in an unhappy marriage, Jenna's world is further complicated when she finds out that she is pregnant with her abusive husband's child. © Fox Searchlight Pictures As Jenna struggles with the new revelation, her only comfort being the therapeutic pie making she indulges in, respite comes in the form of a pie baking contest with a $25,000 prize which can be the key to her happiness and freedom. © Fox Searchlight Pictures As she gears up for the competition, luck seems to have a different plan for her. via GIPHY USP: The pies and their creative names: The Strawberry Chocolate Oasis Pie, Baby Screaming Its Head Off In The Middle Of The Night And Ruining My Life Pie, Kick In The Pants Pie. via GIPHY As decadent as they sound! :P via GIPHY So, what are you waiting for? Watch these now! Let the foodie in you reign supreme! via GIPHY P.S.: Don't watch these on an empty stomach. :P
  12. The Bengalis are boisterous people. We love to talk, and we love to eat. Along with applying copious amounts of “Boroline” and eating tons of fish, we are raised on a steady diet of loving our heritage, our culture; a great part of which is composed of literature and films. © Pinterest So, when we are not busy having our daily quota of “Bhaat Ghum” or debating about politics, we are busy with our cup of “cha” and “Shinghara/Telebhaja” in an “Adda” about movies: past, present, and the future. Or in the contemporary sense, with our trusty bottle of “Old Monk” and delicious Fish Fry. (Enough with the stereotypes! :P ) And it can become a bloodbath if you try to compare recent Hindi mainstream movies with the ones we grew up on. Not only do we have great directors like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, and Ritwik Ghatak among others, whose brilliance the directors of today cannot even begin to grasp, we have compelling stories which make you think and initiate a stimulating discussion. What Makes Bengali Movies Different? Bengali movies show the human side of people, the real face of humanity, the fate of society. It is about those small moments which change a person. Gone is the hullabaloo of the city, the glitz and glamour. Yet, it encompasses parts of the charm. Importance is given to the apparent monotony of life, the day-to-day conversations which seem trivial but constitute our society. The movies are beautifully directed, have superb cinematography and powerful portrayals. Contrary to popular perception, the Indian Film Industry is made of more than just Hindi commercial/mainstream movies; there is Arthouse cinema, Parallel cinema, regional language films which include exceptional Bangla, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Telugu, Assamese movies, et al. And all of these can give mainstream movies a good run for their money. The thing is, people don't watch these movies because the movies do not have the budget for promotion, or the audience is just unaware of them. So, if you, like me, have been crying with rage over the fate of Indian cinema, courtesy of the mediocre and utterly bland movies in the mainstream (Yes, looking at you SOTY 2!), here are 13 Bengali movies that will change your perception of Indian cinema: (Note: There are numerous Bengali movies which are absolutely brilliant, but all cannot feature in a single list.) 1. Mahanagar (The Big City / 1963): © R.D. Bansal & Company Set in the financially strapped Calcutta of the 1950s, one of Satyajit Ray's first women-centric movies, Mahanagar, tells the story of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), a middle-class woman who has to step into the corporate world to support her economically crunched family. Though initially supportive of his wife's job, her husband Subrata starts resenting her new-found success and independence, after he loses his job. Subrata is left struggling with his masculinity, guided by societal pressures warning him of the “perils of a working woman”. Arati, now, turns into the sole breadwinner of the family; a feat for which she both begrudged and loved. Arati starts loving her freedom, the liberation the job gives and befriends her modern colleagues which doesn't go down well with her orthodox family. As the story moves forward, Arati realizes her role in society is more than what society teaches her, and she finds a version of herself which had been hidden behind layers of tradition and customs. 2. Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Capped Star / 1960): © Chitrakalpa Ritwik Ghatak's masterpiece is a dialogue on society and human nature; the way we take others for granted and leave them the moment tragedy strikes. Neeta (Supriya Chowdhury), Ghatak's heroine, is a beautiful, sweet-natured girl from the suburbs of Calcutta. After the recent upheaval of the Partition, as Neeta and her family, refugees from East Pakistan (Bangladesh), try to make a living in the city, tragedy after tragedy befalls them. In the midst is young Neeta, whose altruistic disposition is exploited to no end by everyone she knows, ultimately putting her on a path of devastation, decorated by problems along the way. Neeta's sacrifices make her a strong woman, but they are also a cause for her despair. Mr Ghatak uses music to elevate the trials and tribulations of Neeta in the viewer's mind. 3. Bhooter Bhabhishyat (2012): © Mojo Productions When ad-director Ayan (Parambrata Chatterjee) visits apparently haunted Chowdhury House to shoot for an advertisement, he gets stranded for the night. A while later, while exploring the manor, he runs into Biplab (Sabyasachi Chakrabarty), a local man who offers to tell him a story to provide him with some perspective upon learning Ayan's desire to become a filmmaker. A funny story about the quirky inhabitants of Chowdhury Baadi who just happen to be ghosts! As the movie unfolds, each character which their unique idiosyncrasies, try to subvert a terrible calamity which befalls them. Being a ghost be damned! No peace even after death! 4. Jatugriha (1964): © Uttam Kumar Films Private Ltd. Directed by the talented Tapan Sinha, this social drama concerning two people who are as alike as they are dissimilar, locked in marital discord, is based on Subodh Ghosh's novel “Jatugriha”. Shatadal (Uttam Kumar) and Madhuri (Arundhati Debi) are on the brink of divorce; a happy marriage that has unwittingly turned into a loveless façade. Ironically, their marriage starts crumbling as the construction of their dream home begins. In the heart of it all, unfulfilled desires and misunderstandings mar the couple's time together, as they slowly drift apart. In the backdrop is their completed home, now standing as an empty house, as Madhuri finally leaves him one day without much ado. Years later, they meet at a railway station, reminiscing about their married life and ruminating over what went wrong. 5. The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959): © Government of West Bengal Satyajit Ray's magnum opus, which cemented his name as one of the greats of cinema universally, is an adaptation of the novels “Pather Panchali” and “Aparajito” by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, monumental in earning him the much-deserved honorary Oscar. A movie that lies bare the pathos of human life. It follows Apurba Roy (thespian Soumitra Chatterjee's debut as the adult Apu), lovingly called Apu, through three phases of his life: a tragic childhood where he experiences the worst of circumstances but overcomes them (Pather Panchali, Song of the Road, 1955), begins his adolescence (Smaran Ghoshal) with nothing and seems to achieve success (Aparajito, The Unvanquished, 1956), falls in love but then life happens (Apur Sansar, The World of Apu, 1959). © Government of West Bengal Touted as one of the greatest films of all-time, it is an eloquent human story which touches you at the most visceral level. A first of many Soumitra-Satyajit collaborations. © Government of West Bengal 6. Chokher Bali: A Passion Play (A Grain of Sand / 2003): © Shree Venkatesh Films Based on Rabindranath Tagore's eponymous novel, 'Chokher Bali', directed by Rituparno Ghosh, is a story of love, lust, and longing. With themes of adultery, friendship and, societal pressure, focusing on the intertwined lives of Binodini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), Ashalata (Raima Sen), Mahendra (Prosenjit Chatterjee), and Bihari (Tota Roy Chowdhury), the film delves into the dynamics of a complicated friendship between two diametrically different women: the intelligent and shrewd Bindoni and naïve Ashalata, connected by their love for one man, the callous Mahendra (Ashalata's husband). Matters further complicate when Bihari gets entangled in the passion play. When recently-widowed Bindodini arrives as a guest into the Mukherjee house, the newly-wed Asha finds solace in the company of this wise, new-found friend, and strikes up a friendship, unwittingly naming it: Chokher Bali, a constant irritant in the eye. But Binodini has other plans; she aspires to exact revenge from the two suitors who had previously deemed her unworthy of marriage. Will she succeed in her quest of vengeance? Or will it lead to self-destruction? 7. Antarmahal: Views of the Inner Chamber (2005): © Twitter Set in 19th century Bengal, the movie, directed by Rituparno Ghosh and based on the short story “Pratima” by author Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, tells the story of human desires and ambitions which when left unchecked bring utter ruination. Zamindar Bhubaneswar Chowdhury (Jackie Shroff) has two ambitions in life: sire a male heir and be feted with the honour of “Raibahadur”. The only problem is that he is unable to do both. Tyrannical yet incompetent, horny, and perennially grumpy, he has been married twice; very recently to young, fresh-faced Jashomati (Soha Ali Khan) whom he ravages every night. His first wife, Mahamaya (Roopa Ganguly), whom he has dismissed as barren, has given up on him and takes pleasure in terrorizing her new adversary. To finally win the coveted title and demean the neighbouring village's zamindar, Bhubaneswar along with his estate manager concocts a plan; make a colossal change to the Durga idol for Durga Puja. Enter handsome Brijbhushan, the sculptor who has to complete the task. But the comely youth seems to attract the attention of the ladies, especially one of his wives. On the home front, Bhubaneshwar's desperate desire to have a son makes him take horrendous decisions entangling his wives, which eventually lead to the unravelling of his life in a traumatic way he never envisioned. 8. Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder): © Balaka Movies Satyajit Ray's Asani Sanket is an adaptation of Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay's novel of the same name. It explores the aftermath of the 1943 Bengal Famine, which was solely responsible for the deaths of more than 3 million people. Set in provincial Bengal, Mr Ray uses Gangacharan (Soumitra Chatterjee), a Brahmin doctor/teacher and his wife, Anaga (Bobita), as the chroniclers of the story as their calm, leisurely village life gets upended by starvation and hunger. Not only do the lives of the people change for the worse, ironically, but it also starts the collapse of the rudimentary customs and traditions which were strictly followed in better times of the village. 9. Saptapadi (Seven Steps / 1961): © Alochhaya Productions Pvt. Ltd. The iconic duo of Bengali cinema “Uttam-Suchitra” star as star-crossed lovers who meet under unsavoury circumstances. We are taken back via flashback to the 1940s, pre-independent India where Indian students compete with Anglo-Indians with abandon. That is where young, intelligent Krishnendu from a staunch Hindu family, meets beautiful Rina Brown, a talented Anglo-Indian Christian. Love isn't far away, and with the legendary scene of the lovers seated on a motorcycle singing out to each “Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoye”, it seems that everything will finally fall in place. That is when tragedy strikes, secrets are revealed which spell doom for the bubbling romance. The question is now, after years, will they still be able to have the happiness that has forever eluded them? (Directed by Ajoy Kar, based on Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay's “Saptapadi”.) 10. Deep Jweley Jai (To Light A Lamp / 1959): © Badal Pictures Suchitra Sen stars as “Nurse Mitra”, in one of the most ingenious roles of her career, a nurse in a psychiatric facility where the doctors are trying to experiment with a new type of therapy for the patients: emotional support for their trauma. The nurses are to remain available to the patient as a friend/lover, help them but not get emotionally attached to them. Radha Mitra starts her journey of caring for a particular patient, Tapash (Basanta Choudhury), and seems successful. But what lies ahead for her as she struggles to keep her feelings at bay: a gruesome reality or love forever? A movie questioning the depth of human emotions and lays bare the fact that love is an emotion not be counterfeited. (Ashutosh Mukherjee's short story adapted to screen by Asit Sen) 11. Devi (The Goddess / 1960): © Pinterest Set in rural 19th century Bengal, Kalinkar Choudhuri (Chabbi Biswas), an ardent devotee of goddess Kali, has a vision that his younger daughter-in-law, Dayamoyee (Sharmila Tagore) is an incarnation of the goddess herself. Dayamoyee, always the docile daughter-in-law, dutifully agrees to humour her father-in-law and begins to “bless people”, until it starts wreaking havoc on her mental state. When her husband Umaprasad (Soumitra Chatterjee), away at Kolkata, learns of the turn of events at home, he rushes to save his wife from her fate but tragedy strikes. Another great movie directed by Satyajit Ray, based on a short story by Provatkumar Mukhopadhyay shows how extreme beliefs can turn into a ghastly reality. 12. Goynar Baksho (2013): © Shree Venkatesh Films A comedy surrounding a jewellery box full of secrets! Directed by Aparna Sen, starring Konkona Sensharma and Moushumi Chatterjee, the story focuses on three generations of a Bengali family, with their connecting factor to be a coveted jewellery box. Widowed matriarch Rashmoni (Moushumi Chatterjee) is as cantankerous as they get; quick to anger and extremely fond of her beloved wedding jewels which she keeps hidden in a box, away from the prying eyes of her greedy, materialistic family. When her nephew marries Somlata (Konkona Sensharma), a naïve young girl who is extremely scared of her new in-laws, Rashmoni strikes up a grudging friendship with her, eventually bequeathing her with the “goynar baksho” to save it from getting pawned off by her family. Somlata, now the secret keeper of the box, endeavours to change the luck of her family with her new acquisition. But to make things difficult and keep her niece-in-law in check, Rashmoni returns to haunt Somlata as a spirit. What follows is a laugh riot where the vulture-like family tries to pry away the box from its rightful owner. 13. Charulata (The Lonely Wife / 1964): © R.D. Bansal & Company Based on Rabindranath Tagore's Nashtanirh (The Broken Nest), Satyajit Ray's Charulata explores the psyche of the human mind through the protagonist Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee). With themes of forbidden love, alienation and loneliness, Charulata focuses on the namesake heroine, a lonely wife who whiles away her time around the house with nothing specific to engage her. Excitement comes in the form of her worldly brother-in-law, Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), whose company she starts enjoying until it all starts to unravel as desire comes into play. Critically acclaimed and internationally admired, this is one of Satyajit Ray's finest films. Go, give these a try!
  13. We're going to talk about an age old dating trend which has found a new name and is incessant in its occurrence and let's face it, can be quite lethal. We're talking about 'Love Bombing' and it's the worst manipulative move in today's dating game. No, love bombing isn't bombarding someone with love. Well, not entirely. It's a lot more than that. (c)Pintrest Love bombing is an emotionally abusive situation in a relationship where the victim goes through manipulative withdrawal after being showered with love and affection. The victims are usually people who have gone through emotionally strung out, abusive relationships in the past and haven't worked on changing their particular pattern; hence they get manipulated easily into another damaging relationship, because they haven't worked on their past issues. Such people attract relationships with narcissistic folks, making them vulnerable to the concept of love bombing. (c)Pintrest It's basically a weapon disguised as affection and you may get a lot of it from the person who is love bombing you, but her ultimate motive is to manipulate you in to believing it's all real. So, in order to avoid being love-bombed, especially when you've just come out of a serious relationship, here's what you can do: (1) Take Things Very Slow One major fact about love bombers are they will get under your skin and your psyche way too quickly. They will give their all, in little time and suddenly it'll feel like this fits perfectly well. Because love is blind, quite literally and before you know it, after a boatload of love and affection they will show you a side you were never privy to before. While giving you the attention that you always craved for, they also shower you with gifts, which in most cases is a transactional process for them. All these moves are quite calculative and well thought out, before they start withdrawing and showing you their true colours (mostly their abusive and controlling side) before the romance starts to fizzle out. (c)Pintrest So, in order to avoid that situation, take it slow at first and make sure you know the person fairly well, before you're drawn or lured in to their trap. Love bombers are impatient people. They want everything to go rather quickly so you have to take your own time to figure what you need to and in case they bail, because you were taking your time, they were worth it to begin with. (2) Don't Delve Into Future-Talks Love bombers love talking about the future, in little to no time. You may feel you have found the right person who is giving you everything you've ever desired including making future plans with you. From wedding plans to how many kids you both want to have, everything will be laid straight out like the best made plans. But there's a catch. Future talks with a love bomber are sure shot signs of red flag. It's tricky because love bombers trick you into believing they are an important part of your life and indispensable to your future happiness. (c)Pintrest Make sure you don't indulge in any future plans with them, until you're sure and significant time has gone by and you've figured out their true intention. Otherwise they will leave you with a million dreams for the future and disappear. (3) If They Start To Seem Difficult, Leave A few traits you can't miss when you're with a narcissistic love bomber is that they will play on your insecurities, their unreasonable demands and expectations will increase, things will obviously start to fizzle out and the relationship will feel like a constant emotional-merry-go-round. These are the signs you need to watch out for, when things start getting a little too aggressive and abrupt and leave. Save yourself some hurt and recognise these patterns. You will know how they treat you, which will be very different from how anyone in a 'normal' relationship would. (c)Pintrest Most times it's a human tendency to feel good about oneself and attract people who make people feel good about themselves. Sometimes people go through heavily abusive relationships and make it a pattern to attract people who will behave the same way the others have in the past, with them. The solution is to break the pattern and introspect as to why you let certain people into your life. Love bombing is one of the most toxic forms of abuse and if you realise the traces early on, you can definitely break away and live without the unnecessary toxicity. Or just pay attention to the pointers mentioned above and be at guard with love bombers who may come your way.
  14. The world of Netflix is an endless menu that never satiates our appetite. This week, in case you're looking for a little something to binge-watch that catches your fancy and keeps you interested, then allow us to recommend you 'Dead To Me', a dark comedy which depicts life in odd situations and is very real and raw in parts. The brilliant series stars Linda Candellini and Christina Applegate in the leads as Judy and Jen, respectively. The story is simple when you look at it. Jen is a widow who is frustrated with life after her husband Ted dies in a hit-and-run accident and she can't cope with dealing with life as a single mother and is looking for Ted's killer. Then comes Judy who is an over-enthusiastic, super optimistic and suspiciously sacchariferous to the eye. They eventually become friends and Judy helps Jen cope with the loss. It's neither a mush drama, nor is it a soppy soap opera. Together the two women learn to pick each other up and face life, one day at a time. However, there is a looming secret about Jen's dead husband Ted and another stomach-curling revelation which you find out in the first episode only, and that will change your perception about how you perceive the characters completely. People on the internet are absolutely loving it. I watched the first episode of #Deadtome on Netflix yesterday and IT GOT MEEEEEEEE. By the end of the episode was like pic.twitter.com/RlITJWuYJR — RAVEN B. (@RAVIEB) May 23, 2019 Also, Dead To Me, on Netflix is a fucking triumph. Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are infinitely watchable, the show balances darkness and humor on the edge of a razor, and I am dying to see what happens next. If you haven't watched it yet, do it now — elan gale (@theyearofelan) May 22, 2019 Just started binge-watching #DeadToMe thinking it was a comedy. Then it's a dark comedy. Now it's a mystery?This show has me laughing on the edge of my seat. Also, I want to write down quotes to work into my real life. Is that wrong?#netflix https://t.co/bgcjqMKMN9 — eleni (@elenikoko2) May 25, 2019 The show is sometimes eerily real, so much that it makes you laugh and you kind of feel bad when you laugh on something you really shouldn't, because it will make you look at yourself and say 'that's me' and you won't feel great about it, but then you're only human. It also has a very 'YOU' vibe to it (another brilliant stalker drama on Netflix) and makes you think about who you can really trust. With 10 interesting episodes, this can be your weekend binge.
  15. One of the world's most popular superhero franchises that's known for its more-than-awesome bunch of heroes, Marvel Cinematic Universe's 'Avengers' will continue to hold its top spot in the heart of every ardent MCU fan out there, for years to come. Now, though the current series may have come to an end, that does not mean our allegiances would shift any time soon. We have had our hearts, as well as our eyes set on our favourite Avenger for the longest time, so it seems only natural that today we have set out to find which one do we most accurately resemble, spiritually. Let's check it out: 1. Iron Man © MCU Are you a haughty know-it-all, who loves to brag and show-off? Do you always smooth over these character flaws with your charming ways and enjoy having an upper hand in most scenarios? And though you often tend to be annoying, do you always remember your roots, while trying to evolve and improve yourself as the situation demands? You are hard-working, laidback and don't like owning up to the mess you may have created. 2. Black Widow © MCU Ice-cold, strong, and well-trained, she is crafty unlike most of her teammates. She is intelligent and willful to pursue her targets at all times. If you are like her, you usually invest yourself completely to every task you take up, without considering the consequences. Also, you easily get irritated by people's stupidity and lack of smartness and skills. 3. Captain America © MCU Steve Rogers is fearless and selfless to a fault. He taught us to live and fight for the welfare of others, become worthy of following our judgement. He also taught us that being a sceptic isn't as bad as it seems and that we must choose good over evil at all times. If you think you are like him, then perhaps you lack the art of being diplomatic, though your courage, and selflessness completely make up for it. 4. Hulk © MCU A heated brain with some solid bubbling ideas, Bruce showed us how to best rein our temper. Bruce used his anger to achieve bigger and better goals in life. If you're like him, you must be quick to give in to temper but perhaps like him, you too should seek out help and control it. Because of your volatile nature, you like to stay away from those you love from the fear of hurting them. 5. Hawkeye © MCU With nothing but his determination and training to aid him, he became a prominent part of the group. If you're like him, you must be loyal and care a lot about other's well-being. You often also act as a peace-bearer between two parties and come around as everybody's friend. 6. Thor © MCU Tough and good-natured, he is too sure of his strength to be bothered about anything else. He turns out to be this individual who leaves behind his pride for others. If you're like him, you might possess a wild nature and a proud heart, which is filled with lots of goodness. So, who do you resemble the most?
  16. If you haven't grown up watching the mystical city of Agrabah and imagining what would it feel like to have a flying carpet as your ride and a genie as your best friend, then you have clearly been living on another planet. Guy Ritchie's much-hyped millennial adaptation of 'Aladdin' finally released today and the reviews and reactions are pouring in. Fans were obviously concerned if their favourite childhood tale will be over-glorified or if it would survive the hype, but looks like everyone is pretty elated with what they watched. #Aladdin !!!!!!!! 10/10 I can't say enough good things about it. Literally my favorite childhood movie recreated thus far!!! ðð — brea varnell (@breauhhh_8) May 24, 2019 I was so worried that they were going to ruin my favorite childhood movie but the live-action version was EVERYTHING!ðð #Aladdin — its24karat (@its24karat) May 24, 2019 I've never smiled as much in a movie in my life until I watched #Aladdin. It met my expectations and passed them. This is the best Disney live action they've done hands down. ð — Alan (@GustheBuz23) May 24, 2019 From Will Smith's acting to Naomi Campbells' screen presence and even the background score, fans are thrilled to re-live their childhood on the big screen. The Aladdin remake had effects from out of this world, the soundtrack was incredible, Naomi Scott's Speechless gave me goosebumps. Definitely a masterpiece of a remake, the best remake Disney has done thus far. Let's see if The Lion King can top this. #aladdin — Bader (@26bloushi04) May 24, 2019 Leaving #Aladdin and: • Will Smith makes a FANTASTIC Genie. • Naomi Scott is our new supreme. • Mena Massoud's million dollar smile can power all of Agrabah. — Julius (@jbridge4th) May 24, 2019 They actually find a way to shoehorn some white people into #Aladdin. I'm honestly kind of impressed. — Unnamed Prince of Dorne (@thelindsayellis) May 23, 2019 In case you still don't know if you should book your tickets or not, here's something that will convince you. Loved, loved #Aladdin #WillSmith is absolutely delicious and does honour Robin Williams legacy ð§‍âï¸ð — Cremildaâ° (@cremildatwit) May 24, 2019 Do yourself a favour and watch this over the weekend.
  17. Over the last few years, India has been on an all-time high when it comes to its indigenous productions and successes. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has a myriad of achievements to its credit, and a large number of them have made India proud across the globe. Yet again, the organisation has scripted history by successfully launching a satellite which will reportedly also double up as a counter-terrorism tool and help track terrorist movements, amongst a lot of other things. ð®ð³ #ISROMissions ð®ð³#PSLVC46 successfully injects #RISAT2B into Low Earth Orbit. Here's the view of #RISAT2B separation captured by our onboard camera Our updates will continue. pic.twitter.com/WUTBdNH2XJ — ISRO (@isro) May 22, 2019 Named RISAT-2B, which is short for Radar Imaging Satellite-2B, it is a super surveillance satellite which was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Weighing 615kgs, the satellite will also play an important role in the field of agriculture, forestry and disaster management support. ð®ð³ #ISROMissions ð®ð³ For those who missed watching the launch live, take a look at the majestic lift-off of #PSLVC46! Mission accomplished successfully! pic.twitter.com/Nec1XkQ7bt — ISRO (@isro) May 22, 2019 ISRO Chairman, K Sivan told the media that, "This is a very, very important mission for India. It is an excellent satellite with hi-fi earth observation (capabilities).” An HT report also suggested that the RISAT-2B, with its synthetic aperture radar, can observe Earth and the Indian borders all the time all times, even on a cloudy day. (We suppose now PM Modi wouldn't have to worry about others trying to attack India under cloud cover. Hehe!) © Twitter The satellite will stay in orbit for the next five years, and take over the responsibilities carried by RISAT-2. RISAT-2 had been used to monitor and thwart infiltration by terrorists across the Indian subcontinent. Furthermore, this was the 72nd launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota and marks ISRO's third launch in 2019. People cannot stop lauding the organisations achievements: Congratulations team ISRO. #Incredible_India ð®ð³ — IRONY MAN (@karanku100) May 22, 2019 Proud to be an Indian... Congratulations ISRO. U make every Indian feel more proud in every achievement. #JaiHind #ISRO — Pavithraa (@pavithra_pc) May 22, 2019 It's a great honour to you team isro...... — Roushan Narayan (@roushan_narayan) May 22, 2019 Congratulations @isro - Indian Space Research Organisation for successfully launching the highly capable #RISAT2B satellite that will equip our armed forces to increase vigilance at our porous & vulnerable borders. #PSLVC46 #ISROMissions #ISRO #GajananSays — Gajanan Krishna Maharajð®ð³ (@GajananAstro) May 22, 2019
  18. The much awaited laugh riot of the year, 'De De Pyaar De', released today amidst much hype. The movie is a family entertainer which deals with the issue of a 50-year-old man falling in love with a 26-year-old woman and facing disapproval from his family and ex-wife. The movie stars Ajay Devgn in the lead role, with Tabu playing the role of his ex-wife and Rakul Preet playing his love interest. So far, the audience reactions have been pretty good and people are calling it a laugh riot. In all, #DeDePyaarDeð is a Complete Package offering a real take on relationships without being stupid or preachy. It's different & defo a cut above the rest from most Bollywood clichès we have seen over the years. Rating: 4.25â­â­â­â­â¡[PAKKA Entertainment] #DeDePyaarDeReview pic.twitter.com/DkFBLdKriP — NJ ðð¥ (@Nilzrav) May 16, 2019 #DDPD is HILARIOUS , EMOTIONAL & MATURE FILM. Superbly written, Fantastic dialogues but above all BRILLIANT performances by Ajay ,Tabu & Rakul Director akvi ali as a Director has done a phenomenal job. Must watch film. SUPER HIT Rating- 4.5 ð#DeDePyaarDeReview By @SumitkadeI — Ajay Devgn Planet (@DevgnPlanet) May 16, 2019 #DeDePyaarDe Is truly entertaining ððð One of my best movies in recent times ð@Rakulpreet Is absolutely amazing and beautifullllllllll ððð⤠Addicted to Her ð¸ ð My rating : 4/5 ð#DeDePyaarDeReview pic.twitter.com/QqQG4NryRC — Harsha (@princeharsha07) May 17, 2019 People feel that the movie has handled a mature subject with enough amount of subtlety and infused much-needed slapstick humour at appropriate situations as well. The performances of the actors are also being applauded. #DeDePyaarDe deals with situations, deals with Love, balance between needs and responsibilities and most Important FAMILY well written, lavishly shot, properly executed, Brilliant dialogues@LuvFilms Congrats giving 4*/5 to this Brilliant film MUST WATCH #DeDePyaarDeReview — Rohit Jaiswal (@rohitjswl01) May 16, 2019 Watched #DeDePyaarDe I don't like RomComs But dis is one of The Best i have seen Bahut Sahi writing hai Bahut Sahi Kirdaar I really impressed because i feel dis one is really refreshing n bilkul bhi cliche nahi h Solid Entertainer My Rating - 3.75/5 #DeDePyaarDeReview — ð© (@Some1Dare) May 16, 2019 Multi starrer #DeDePyaarDe is not an another #luvranjans iconic movie. It has more dramatic plot than 20s movies. Was not a good watch. However @Rakulpreet was looking stunning throughout. #tabu steal the show with acting. #DeDePyaarDeReview — Sayantan Halder (@sayantanhalder) May 16, 2019 However, the movie does star Alok Nath who was a prime accused in the #metoo movement and that is questionable. Also, some viewers felt the movie was misogynistic or just created a certain kind of animosity towards women. #DeDePyaarDeReview An absolutely crappy and misogynistic film. Wheres the alt right's outrage over this film since tabu ties a rakhi to ajay and then sleeps with him. (Hindu customs anyone)? Or no outrage since ajays a modi supporter? — Kabir Dev (@kabirraga272) May 17, 2019 However, you can watch it for yourself and decide. Overall, the movie has received a lot of positive response so far.
  19. When social media became a 'thing', it was hailed as one of the biggest discoveries of modern times. People could re-trace their long-lost friendships, virtually reconnect with family separated by distance and 'keep-in-touch with friends and acquaintances by putting a personal piece of their life out there for the world to see, comment and sometimes, gain sadistic pleasure out of, at the expense of each other's pain and humiliation. © Getty Images Take for instance the recent disturbing incident in Kuala Lumpur, wherein a 16-old-year girl suffering from depression, jumped to her death after 67% of her Instagram followers voted for her to choose death over life, in a poll she held on her account. She had posted the poll with the headline, “Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L” where D reportedly stands for death and L for life. © Getty Images Can we please take a moment and acknowledge what has just happened here? A bunch of careless, sadistic individuals who felt all powerful when asked for an opinion pushed a young girl to her own death. We should cry bloody murder against all those who had the gall to participate in the poll, instead of actually reaching out to her and talking her out of it, or at least informing people who could have helped her out. People simply could not give two fucks about a person contemplating life and death, so please help me understand that if this isn't messed up, what is? © Getty Images People have become so insensitive on social media, that they never bother to step back and consider how their callous remarks can potentially destroy someone's life, their self-esteem and their very will to live. It's not a brand new development that this has been happening for a while now. So many people come under the bus because a bunch of people think they are entitled to an opinion (mostly unsolicited) which is best and unquestionable. © Getty Images These trolls, who are mostly faceless with fake usernames, sit in their dingy rooms and push a few buttons day in and day out to say things that gratify their personal sense of being, and bring down their target, one cruel word at a time. How long before we do something about how social media is quickly taking over our lives, to the point that we have come to associate our very existence and happiness to the number of likes or hate comments we receive from an unknown audience online? © Getty Images Sure, the 16-year-old was also at fault to have trusted her “followers” with something so precious as her life, but we must come forward debunk the belief that “our followers are Gods”. No, they are not. They are just individuals who simply come online to take a peek into our life and happiness. Some simply live off it as they are bereft of any joy in their own daily existence. Now, the Malaysian government is considering charging the participants in the girl's poll with the charge of “abetment to suicide”, and I feel they absolutely deserve it. People must be held accountable for their actions under all circumstances, and going virtual should not allow anyone to get away with all the painful things they say and do online. They are equally responsible as those doing and saying the same hurtful things in the real world. © Getty Images I am looking at all of you out there who love to dole out rape and death threats casually, sadistically cheer for online lynching and provoke online hate at random stangers simply because you don't “like” what someone is saying, doing, eating or wearing. Better look back and have some remorse about all the lives you have possibly destroyed in the time you've spent online as a hateful troll.
  20. This Eid, viewers are in for a treat as they have two spectacular options - Salman Khan's 'Bharat' and 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix', and fans are curious to know which film will rule at the box office. But what if we tell you that there's a major showdown looming between 'Bharat' distributor, Anil Thadani, and Fox Star Studios, who want to release 'Dark Phoenix'? Yes, you heard that right. The exhibitors are completely stuck between the ugly war of the two distributors. 'Bharat' is a film that is awaited by millions, considering Salman being the lead and it can create a big spin at the box office. On the other hand, we have a big banner film 'Dark Phoenix' that also has a loyal fan base in India. A trade source told us, “Anil Thadani has told the exhibitors that if they didn't give full shows to Bharat, he won't give them the Friday release 'De De Pyaar De'. It's not just Anil, but Fox is also creating troubles. So, Fox has asked exhibitors and distributors to give 'Dark Phoenix' two shows during Eid. If the exhibitors fail to do so, Fox will not be giving their major releases that include 'India's Most Wanted', 'Brahmastra' and 'Mission Mangal'. The exhibitors are in for a show now and are facing big trouble with two big ventures.” The source also added, “Anil had similar issues at the time of 'Raees' clash with 'Kaabil'.” We hope that the two production houses solve this major issue and find a solution so that both the releases don't suffer. Fans would be majorly disappointed if they have to choose between Bharat and Dark Phoenix. What do you think about it? Tell us in the comments below!
  21. Google announced a bunch of cool new Android Q features last night during the Google I/O 2019 keynote, and the update is now available for a bunch of smartphones. But before we check out the list of phones that will receive the update, here are all the cool new features of Android Q: Live Caption © YouTube Live caption feature, as the name suggests, will put an end to your subtitle woes. Yes, Google has revealed that this particular feature will take the words spoken in a video and display captions in real time. Live caption feature is not limited to just the videos you watch on, say, YouTube or Netflix, it can even show you captions in a video you've taken on your phone or any videos which you've received on WhatsApp, etc. So cool, right? Dark Mode © YouTube Yup, Android Q is getting a system-wide dark mode called 'Dark Theme'. So, the dark mode, besides making your phone look cool, can also help you get a little more juice out of your phone's battery. On Android Q, you'll be able to enable the dark mode by simply switching a toggle. New Gesture Navigation © YouTube Gesture navigation is something which Google had introduced with the last version of Android, but now, it's going all in. Honestly, we think it's very similar to the gesture navigation which we have on the iPhones. Here's how it works - In Android Q, there's now a thin, long white bar at the bottom instead of the 'pill and back button combo. You can simply swipe up from within an app to go home or swipe up and drag across to go into the multitasking view. To get to the app drawer, you can just swipe up from the home screen. To go back to the previous screen, you can swipe in from either side of the display. Yes, the new gestures on Android Q are very similar to Apple offers on the new iPhones, but it's not necessarily a bad thing because the iPhones gestures are fluid and they work like a charm. Permissions and Privacy © YouTube Much of the Google I/O keynote last night was about security and privacy features. Yes, Google seems to be taking the user privacy very seriously, and it shows with this new build of Android. The company has added a new 'Privacy section to settings, which will have a mix of different settings to let you take control of your privacy. There's a lot of ground to be covered in this section, but the gist of it all is that Google is very serious about user privacy and it wants the users to be on the front and centre of it all. Focus Mode © Google Google already introduced an extensive set of features to keep you away from the phone under the 'Digital Wellbeing' tag last year with Android P. Well now, the company is adding a new feature called 'Focus Mode'. This new mode is just like Do Not Disturb feature, except you'll be able to pick the apps that you find distracting or tempting, and shut them down for some time. It's a simple idea, but we think it'll users be more productive. Apart from the aforementioned features, Android Q brings a lot of other new things like Parental control, changes to notifications, the way the security updates are handled, and more. List of phones that can enrol in the Android Q beta - · Google Pixel 3, 3XL · Google Pixel 3a, 3a XL · Google Pixel 2, 2XL · Google Pixel, XL · ASUS Zenfone 5Z · Essential PH-1 · Nokia 8.1 · Huawei Mate 20 Pro · LG G8 ThinQ · OnePlus 6T · Oppo Reno · Realme 3 Pro · Sony Xperia XZ3 · Tecno Spark 3 Pro · Vivo X27 · Vivo NEX S · Vivo NEX A · Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G · Xiaomi Mi 9 If you have any of the devices mentioned above, you can now enrol for the Android Q Beta and check out all the new features.
  22. It's been a crazy week with fans bidding adieu to some major characters in 'Avengers: Endgame' and 'Game of Thrones' this week, and while the entire social media is flooded with just these two trending terms, since that's all anyone can talk about right now, a similar expression plastered on Khaleesi and Thor's face has now become a viral meme and there's a battle of jokes happening over it. "Can I speak to your manager please?" "I AM the manager" pic.twitter.com/uA3ZXizJtH — JD (@Jonny_Dodds) April 26, 2019 "...I don't like hulk, I prefer you..." — I Love You 3000 ðºð¬ (@ErnestWanyama) April 27, 2019 This is the ultimate forced smile so many plaster on their faces and even though it's annoying, it's funny as a meme right now. Happened just last weekend at work with a very rude customer. My boss, unfortunately for him, doesn't take shit like that and gave him a piece of her mind. Satisfying to see. — Magdalena Golomb (@Sonoel90) April 26, 2019 The same caption can be used for both images. "Stark is a good man." "Is he, though?"#Endgame #GameofThrones — Charles Lee (@Goofyfan_Chuck) April 24, 2019 Yepp, that's also all of our moms and dads when the Goa plan needs approval! Me at 14: “hey ma, heath's having a sleepover. Can I-“ Ma: “go ask your dad” pic.twitter.com/U1NUiU0gTS — ericz (@ericzedd) April 24, 2019 While the 'Avengers' universe is now just going to stay etched in our memories and TV screens, 'GOT' fans still have 3 weeks of insane action pending with all the Winter coming their way.
  23. Today's gory and dark episode of the Battle of Winterfell left us all shook with horror and squinting our eyes to see who died and what was actually happening during the battle, thanks to some great camera angles and brilliant cinematography, however, all was forgiven when we watched the brave Arya Stark slice up the Night King like no one's business and just like that, the Battle of Winterfell got us thinking hard about what comes next. One theory that was debunked in today's episode was about the identity of the mythical hero, Azhor Ahai who was promised to the land. According to the legend in the 'GOT' world, he is born in the line of Aerys II and Rhaella and according to Rhaegar Targaryen, his is the song of ice and fire. However, it is more of a gender-neutral word. The Azhor Ahai has forged a sword called the 'Lightbringer' meant to defeat the god of death. It is believed that he had to sacrifice his wife in order to pay the price and it is believed that he will come back again. Until now, everyone thought either Jaime Lannister or Jon Snow might be the prince and either of them would kill the Night King and reveal their true nature. © HBO However, we witnessed what happened and boy, was it crazy?! Now, everyone believes that the promised prince is none other Arya Stark herself. One of the things which trace back to that possibility is back in season 3, when Mellisandre meets Arya and predicts that she will kill people with green, blue and brown eyes. She killed the Night King who had blue eyes. © HBO Also, Arya got the dagger from Bran at Godswood which is exactly the place where she killed the Night King. So, now everyone is joining the dots and waiting for an official declaration but until then, Arya Stark is being believed to be the promised Azhor Ahai.
  24. With $131 billion tinkering in his bank account, world's richest man Jeff Bezos can literally get his hands on everything money can buy. With that kind of money, not only does one enjoy immense luxury but also comes to hold positions of power and prestige. Jeff Bezos is proof that when you own half the world's cash in your bank account, not only can you live the best life by spending it on awesome things, but also back crazy inventions for the world to see. Here are 10 insanely awesome things owned by Jeff Bezos which prove that he is Richie Rich come to life. 1. A museum for a house. © Entrepreneur Bezos owns a house in Washington which was once a Textiles Museum. He spent 23 million dollars to make that property his own in 2016. Reportedly, post renovations, the house will have 11 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, 5 living rooms and 2 elevators. 2. A top-of-the-class private jet. © Private Jet Fan Owning a private jet becomes a necessity when you are Jeff Bezos, and surely the man is known for travelling on a Gulfstream G-650ER, which is one of the fastest private jets in the world. 3. A clock that will work till the end of time. © Business Insider Yeah, you read that right. Keeping up with time is of utmost importance when you have an empire to run. But who wants a regular timepiece when you can own a clock which will run for 10,000 years? Bezos invested $42 million in getting the clock made, which is under construction in Texas. 4. A 10,000 square feet apartment in New York. © Business Insider Bezos is the owner of 3 linked apartments spanning over 10,000 square feet, in New York's upscale Central Park West area which cost him $17 million. 5. A 141-year-old newspaper. © NY Times One of the leading newspapers in the US, The Washington Post was bought by Jeff Bezos back in 2013.The acquisition cost him $230 million and the 141-year-old newspaper became his. 6. A commercial rocket factory. © Spacenews Touted to be Bezos' most dear passion project (after Amazon of course), his aerospace company Blue Origin is invested in making rockets for commercial use. Bezos funded the company to make space travel affordable for 'regular' customers. 7. A robo-dog. © Twitter Bezos showed off a 'robot dog' in 2018 with a tweet. Named Spot Mini, the robo-dog has been reportedly created by Boston Dynamics. It is believed that Bezos owns the dog since he called it “my dog” on Twitter. 8. A house in Hollywood. © Variety Known to be one of the most famous neighbourhoods in Hollywood, Bezos owns a Spanish style mansion in Beverly Hills in California. A Business Insider report claimed that the 7 bedroom, 7 bathroom mansion has “a greenhouse, a sunken and lighted tennis court, a huge swimming pool, four fountains, and a six-car garage.” 9. A lake house in Seattle, with Bill Gates as his neighbour. © AOL Bought by Bezos in 1998, it reportedly cost him $10 million dollars. It's a 5.3-acre estate that houses two residences - a 20,600-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bathroom space and an 8,300-square-foot, five bedroom, four-bathroom home. 10. An expansive Amazon campus in Seattle. © USA Today Bezos' Amazon Seattle campus spreads over four downtown blocks and cost him $4 billion. Reportedly, one of the structures called The Spheres has a tropical forest replicated within it.
  25. The copy contains major spoilers. Proceed with caution. The Battle of Winterfell was gory, but it was cathartic in some ways and satisfying and shocking towards the end when Arya Stark meets the Night King and slays him like butter on bread. However, it was also dark like Mellisandre's 'the night is dark and full of terrors' dialogue. Dark in both metaphoric and literal terms. Honestly, I thought it was probably my internet and the crap quality of the screen maybe, but seems like I wasn't the only who thought this battle was 'too dark' because so many people are shouting 'SAME'. This scene was absolutely mental #GOT x pic.twitter.com/4LL6Ei77N8 — ᴾᴬáµá´¸á´°á´¼á¶á´· (@PaulDock93) April 29, 2019 #NOTTODAY #GameofThrones #AryaStark2020 (That episode was too dark, though, seriously. 90 minutes of “what's going on?” and “who's that?”) — Pam K. Nail (@pknail) April 29, 2019 It's kind of hilarious that after I spent the day expecting Twitter to explode with emotion during Game of Thrones, all that's on my TL, from like 30 different people, is "Why is it so dark?" — Linda Holmes (@lindaholmes) April 29, 2019 I was thankful that Mellisandre lit that fire so that at least there was some light on my screen, else I'd have to continue squinting my way through the entire episode. What I'm seeing on tonight's episode of#GameofThrones #battleofwinterfell pic.twitter.com/GR2A20NbNN — Jayesh (@imJSuthar) April 29, 2019 Me trying to see where the Dothraki went pic.twitter.com/jwaRMN3qFt — Karina (@delgadokarinaa) April 29, 2019 Extremely avant-garde to shoot a massive battle entirely in the dark — chris person (@Papapishu) April 29, 2019 Wonder what the people shooting it felt like. The lighting crew when filming #BattleOfWinterfell pic.twitter.com/N52x5Yr56H — ð¿ (@manieldad) April 29, 2019 This shit is so dark wtf. #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/7ros9trDEu — Matthew A. Cherry ð (@MatthewACherry) April 29, 2019 Me trying to watch this dark as shit Game of thrones episode pic.twitter.com/p57ag8lSfl — Charlotte saw Endgame 2x ‎â (@spacecharlotte) April 29, 2019 Okay, this one is making me scream 'yess' in unanimous anger and laughter. Love Game of Thrones and from the 7 mins of clarity that I could actually see, it was awesome. Just way too dark to make out as much as I wanted to. — Ryan Crowley (@75bankerboy) April 29, 2019 Anyway, who are we to complain? The series will end in 3 weeks and then there will no night or darkness so let's just savour it while we can.
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