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  1. Let's be honest - for many of us into fast rides and motorsports, part of the thrill comes from witnessing something truly dangerous and yet being in control. Today's F1 cars, for example, regularly scream down the straights at speeds inching ever-closer to a staggering 400kmph - with little more than a helmet to keep a driver safe in the event of a crash. Along with tales of racing heritage on these tracks, comes a dark history of riders and drivers who strayed too far off the edge - and paid for it with their lives. These are the world's most dangerous motorsports tracks - ranked for their sheer lethality. 6. Daytona International Speedway © Reuters; Spectators catch a front-row view of a high-speed, 9-man crash that took place at Daytona in early 2019. 40 deaths mark the history pages of Daytona International Speedway - one of North America's greatest racetracks, particularly for NASCAR racing. Across the last 60 years, everything from botched speed records to tyre failures have resulted in violent crashes - the most famous of which involved 7-time NASCAR champ Dale Earnhardt Sr. crashing head-on into the racetrack walls. It also has the unusual distinction of being the only racetrack to have a death occur by boat, as the powerboat race course is within the Speedway boundaries. 5. Indianapolis Motor Speedway © Reuters; Chris Windon and David Malukas crash into the Speedway walls during an Indy Freedom 100 race. Commonly known as 'The Brickyard', this racetrack has the names of 73 unfortunate individuals (including 42 drivers) who were killed as a result of the races - going as far back as the very first race that inaugurated the Speedway back in 1909, when a driver named Wilfred Bourque and his mechanic were killed. It also happens to be the site of one of racing's most unusual and bizarre spectator fatalities - death by tyre. During a 1984 Indy 500 race, a tyre wobbled loose from Tony Bettenhausen's No. 56 machine and smacked into Roberto Gurrero's No. 4 car - flying skywards at up to 350 kmph, and directly into the face of 41-year old fan, Lyle Kurtenbach, who was soon pronounced dead at a local hospital. 4. Le Mans Circuit De La Sarthe © Reuters; Safety crew work to rescue British racer Allan McNish after a devastating crash with his Audi R18 TDI. Possibly one of the most prestigious, gruelling and infamous racetracks in the world - the French Circuit de la Sarthe is home to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race - a continuous endurance racing event that forms the pinnacle of the sport for many fans. It's also incredibly dangerous - having claimed the lives of 27 racers over the years. While some of these boiled down to the nature of the track and the lack of necessary safety rules, many can be attributed to incorrectly engineered cars - a phenomenon for which Mercedes-Benz became notorious for in the 90s with their 'backflipping' CLK GTR. Although current regulations have worked to improve safety for fans, the track is also home to the most devastating spectator disaster in the history of motorsports - the 1955 tragedy that claimed the lives of 83 spectators and Mercedes driver Pierre Boullin. 3. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza © Reuters; Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg finds himself in the middle of a massive pileup - right on the first corner. Monza, one of the three oldest permanent race tracks in the world, opened in 1922 and is also one of the most dangerous. The circuit, which has been on the calendar of the Formula One Championship since its inaugural season in 1950, took lives of many F1 greats among others. The two-time F1 champion Alberto Ascari was killed at Monza in 1955, Wolfgang von Trips and 14 spectators died in 1961, Jochen Rindt was killed in 1970, Ronnie Peterson died in a hospital after he crashed at Monza. In total, the lost lives of 52 drivers and 35 spectators are written on the walls of Monza, which is the highest of all current F1 tracks - a number that's risen so high due to the parameters of the track falling short of the insane speeds today's racing teams can achieve. 2. Nürburgring Nordschleife © Reuters; Ralf Schumacher crashes into his elder brother, Michael Schumacher on the course back in 2004. Nicknamed 'The Green Hell', this infamous track is known as the ultimate test of skill, dexterity and sheer will - the lengthy 20.8km circuit has over 150 turns, complete with several steep inclines and bumps that result in airborne vehicles and perhaps most deadly of all for racers, unpredictable weather conditions such as rain and fog. While several of those 150 turns have tamed the ego of hundreds of drivers (and the lives of over 80), perhaps the most famous crash to have occurred at the Nordschleife happened during the 1976 German Grand Prix. After failing to convince authorities and other drivers to boycott the extremely dangerous race, a reluctant Niki Lauda strapped in - only to have this horrific crash occur during the second lap. Lauda was trapped in the seat as a fire broke out and his helmet had slipped off - leading him to suffer serious burns on his face and inhale toxic gases from the inferno. Luckily, in one of F1's most heroic moments, he was saved by Italian racer Arturo Merzario, who jumped into the fire to save him. 1. Isle of Man Mountain Course © Reuters; Chris Palmer and John McGuiness practice around a bend before the 2009 Trophy race. There's absolutely no questioning it - this is the most hardcore, death trap of a race in the history of motorsports. Extremely tight and narrow lanes, several jumps, sheer cliffs and the pressure of hundreds of death-defying spectators right along the route… did I mention that the motorcycles here go upwards of 200kmph on average? F1 really is a cakewalk compared to this. Ever since the track opened over a hundred years ago, it has claimed the lives of over 250 riders and even more fans - several have crashed into buildings, trees, zoomed off cliffs and in the worst circumstances, crashed head-on into spectators. The Cup record holder is the late Joey Dunlop, whose grit and solid-titanium balls led him to 26 wins at the course. He died - you guessed it - riding a motorcycle. View the full article
  2. A 25-year-old Sanju Samson may have over 3000 T20 runs under his belt but just two international appearances. Having played his very first match for the Indian cricket team all the way back in 2015 in Harare, Zimbabwe, the cricketer got his second and seemingly last chance in the time to come, to don the blue kit on Friday, January 10, 2020. Sanju Samson finally gets to play his second T20I; his first came in 2015. Three changes for India, while Angelo Mathews and Lakshan Sandakan are back in Sri Lanka's XI https://t.co/vYyCfFtg1i #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/fU1zLKE02O — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 10, 2020 This atypically long gap between two international matches made Samson the owner of an unwarranted record for most T20Is missed between two appearances. By the looks of it, Samson's misfortunes as a Man in Blue continue to haunt him as the team has decided to drop him yet again ahead of the five T20Is to be played against New Zealand on foreign soil. India's T20I squad for NZ tour announced: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, S Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, W Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur — BCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2020 Emotions were flowing at full strength during the third and final T20I between India and Sri Lanka when Samson was promoted to bat one-down in the batting order by skipper Virat Kohli. There was a feeling of desperation in Samson's eyes when he approached the pitch. He wanted to show the world that he belonged on the ground, he wanted to show the world that he was good enough. The first ball that he faced, the Trivandrum favourite smashed the delivery for a maximum but the second delivery by Wanindu Hasaranga trapped him with a clear LBW and that was it for the glorious return of the wicket-keeper batsman. #INDvsSL Pic 1: Samson first ball six Pic 2: Samson out LBW pic.twitter.com/5qFRpDc8bz — Akshay Batra (@theakshaybatra) January 10, 2020 “With time and experience I have come to realise that I need to have a very clear head and a balanced state of mind,” Samson had told me back in November, 2019 but at that moment, his mind was pacing and his face gave away the frustration like a bad poker player. Was this how his international career had to end? Will he be remembered as nothing but a tiny spec of dust in the vast history that Indian cricket boasts? “What was that cricketer's name who had a lot of potential but never made it big,” is this how the future generations were going to address the man? It's actually little unfair on Sanju Samson, he didn't do anything wrong. The only opportunity he got after 4 years in which he had to go from very first ball! They should've selected him for 5 long T20Is against New Zealand.#SanaWorldWide #SanjuSamson # pic.twitter.com/3kAyu48IXw — Rahul Nath (@Rntk____) January 12, 2020 Even though age is on his side and the fact that he will continue to earn a ton of money given his brilliance in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League, there is not a bigger honour for an athlete to represent their nation but by the looks of it, Samson might not receive that honour anytime soon. View the full article
  3. Selena Gomez spilled the tea on her close friendship with Taylor SwiftSelena Gomez ahead of the release of her new album Rare dropped some major news for her fan in her latest interview. Speaking to WSJ Magazine, the 27-year-old singer spilled the tea on her close friendship with Taylor Swift and how the two have always stuck together through thick and thin. Their 13-year friendship had begun when the two were in their respective relationships with two of the Jonas Brothers — Selena with Nick and Taylor with Joe. Opening up about their closeness, details of which had remained away from the public, Selena said: “We clicked instantly and, man, that was my girl,." “There has always been this quality of sisterhood, and I don’t say that in a basic way. I knew from when I met her I would always have her back. In my life, I have the ability to forgive people who have hurt me. But I don’t know if I can forgive someone who hurts her.” “We both went through [expletive] at the same time. She taught me a lot about how I should be treated at a young age,” she further added. “There’s so much of my friendship with Taylor that people don’t know about because we don’t necessarily feel the need to post about everything we do,” she continued. “She has showed up for me in ways that I would have never expected. Flown in because I was hurt and was going through something. Stuff that was going on with my family. It’s been proven year after year and in every moment of my life that she is one of my best friends in the world. We don’t agree on everything, but we respect each other with everything." She also spoke about the healing process that Taylor instantly recognized after hearing Selena’s new music: “I remember Taylor said when I played her some of the new songs, ‘I feel like I’m seeing who you were before this [the Justin Bieber heartbreak and everything].’ That makes me happy. I like feeling like that girl again.”
  4. Some parts of India received unexpected snow as a gift from nature. Nagaland witnessed snowfall for the first time in several years and the Indian state is enjoying the snow by sharing multiple video clips. The videos are going viral on the internet and the state looks nothing short of a wonderland. Recently, an MLA from Suruhoto Constituency in the Zunheboto district, Nagaland took to Twitter saying, “What a wonderful gift for the people of Luvishe Village under Aghunato sub-division of Zunheboto district to experience snowfall after 37 years. Indeed, Mother Nature has showered her blessings upon Nagaland this Christmas.@MyGovNagaland @tournagaland17 @incredibleindia” Watch the full video here- What a wonderful gift for the people of Luvishe Village under Aghunato sub-division of Zunheboto district to experience snowfall after 37 years. Indeed, Mother Nature have showered her blessings upon Nagaland this Christmas.@MyGovNagaland @tournagaland17 @incredibleindia pic.twitter.com/X4bLB1APo1 — H. Khehovi (@Hkhehoviy) December 28, 2019 In fact, the Department of Information & Public Relations, Nagaland also shared videos and pictures from the village on Facebook in which villagers can be seen enjoying in the snow. The video showed the village fully covered in snow and it looked nothing less than a scene from a Hollywood film. The Department of Information & Public Relations, Nagaland also shared videos on Facebook in which locals can be seen enjoying the fresh snow. Isn't this just so pretty? Many people also took to their Twitter along with sharing videos and pictures of snowfall. A lot of people also pointed out how unusual snowfall can be a sign of climate change and how real it is. Here's what the people on Twitter are saying- A village of Shamator, Tuensang has been experiencing a snowfall this year, unusually. And many places in Nagaland have been experiencing it as well. It's beautiful & celebration but on the contrary suddenly its a sign of global warming which we must be aware of. #NAGALAND pic.twitter.com/aw3tMgD1bY — MUZUNGCHIM (@muzungchimyim23) December 27, 2019 Nagaland witnessing snowfall after nearly four decades! #ClimateChange pic.twitter.com/AzRKQlBFge — Mmhonlumo Kikon (@MmhonlumoKikon) December 27, 2019 AFTER 37 YEARS! Luvishe village in #Nagaland is experiencing snowfall for the first time in nearly four decades. The village has a population of 364 people, as per the 2011 census.#WinterTales #NorthEast pic.twitter.com/12vqkNwkvH — Anupam Bordoloi (@asomputra) December 27, 2019 The chilly weather is likely to stay in the North for a while and rain is likely to hit parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh. View the full article
  5. Pakistanis will be able to witness the annular solar eclipse after 20 years on Thursday morning. According to researchers, it would be an ideal celestial gift this time as the moon shall cover 97% of the centre of the sun, offering for a few minutes appearance of the "ring of fire" on the sky. The eclipse will begin at 7:35 am (local time), turning into a total eclipse at 8:46 am and ending at 10:30 am, said Professor Dr Muhammad Jawed Iqbal, Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics (ISPA), Karachi University. Dr Jawed warned people not to look directly at the sun without any protective eye apparatus as it could damage their eyesight. The radiation will be much more direct than it was during the last solar eclipse that occurred 20 years ago. Dr. Iqbal said elaborate arrangements to observe the annular solar eclipse, with due provision for needed safety, have been made at the Astronomical Observatory.
  6. What makes Saif Ali Khan an inimitable celebrity is his ability and willingness to experiment. Right from Sacred Games to Laal Kaptaan, and now Tanhaji, this man has proved that he can pull off any role with equal panache, even if he has to go through extreme transformations for them - physical and otherwise. He just proved it again with the poster of his latest film, Jawaani Jaaneman. © Pooja Entertainment The poster is out, and to begin with, his face was not visible in the poster. We could only see a well-built man lying down on his bed, with the background of a seemingly 'eventful night'. Eventually, the version with his face was released, and we can't get over how the 49 year old doesn't look a day over 29 in the poster (even though apparently he plays a 40-year-old dad in the movie). Here are five grooming hacks that effortlessly sliced 20 years off from his age. © Pooja Entertainment 1. Flawless skin Boys, please start taking care of your skin. Although the debauchery shown in the poster suggests against it, flawless skin requires discipline in terms of a good lifestyle and diet. Also, please wash your face with a mild face wash every night, before going to bed. 2. A sharp haircut Messy hair is great, but not everyone can pull it off. The safest thing to do to look great: just get a basic sharp fade or crew that will have your back, every time. 3. A quirky tattoo It may sound incredibly basic and cliched, but tattoos can look really cool. Want to add that edgy factor to your demeanour (at least superficially)? Get a cool tattoo. It sure helped Saif. 4. Accessories Accessorize well, please. Saif's neckpiece, his watch, and his rings add that calculated but sufficient burst of oomph, that will set you apart in a crowd. 5. Fitness Okay, this one is basic, and some of you probably are angry to see this on this list. But trust us, fitness can change your fashion and grooming game instantly. A little bit of discipline goes a long way. Saif wouldn't be looking 29 at the age of 49, if he weren't fit. View the full article
  7. Recently made the CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet, tech titan Sundar Pichai has received a pay hike, and it's no small order. According to CNBC, the Tamil-born executive will rake in $2 million, while pulling in an extra $120 million in time-based stocks. Before climbing up the ladder, Pichai earned $6,50,000, which has now increased significantly. If you're wondering whether he shares your performance bonus woes, well the CEO will also be able to earn a $90 million performance-based stock, that depends on how well Alphabet's shareholders are able to profit. © Reuters While you may feel that spending all that money is a bit impossible, you might be surprised to know that Pichai probably agrees with you. Across the last few years, he's turned down extra stocks from Google - stating that he felt he was earning more than enough. Despite giving Pichai massive returns, Google seems to have largely ignored a recent crisis involving worker activism within the company. Back in November, around 200 employees protested outside Google's San Francisco office against unfair practices - resulting in at least five people being fired since then. Well, at least we know where their salaries are going. View the full article
  8. Multi-genre, multi-day and multi-stage - since its inception in 2010, Bacardi's NH7 Weekender festival has been a regular pitstop for artists, brands, promoters and audiences alike. This year however, marked an important milestone - the festival's tenth year - and an important challenge, as festival producers Only Much Louder (OML) braced themselves for the aftershock of an intensely exposed series of #MeToo scandals. Call it 'supporting the artists' or chalk it off to limited public memories - this year's festival proved not to just be an incredible success in terms of lineups, interactions and album launches - it also has the numbers to back it up. With a colossal footfall of nearly 70,000 people, just the festival bands alone, lined end-to-end, would literally break into the stratosphere. Establishing or emerging, the festival's artist lineup boasted over 100 artists in total - a far cry from 2010's 35-strong roster. One of the most common discussions in the days and weeks leading up to the Weekender revolved around the agonisingly difficult choices to make regarding which artists to catch - as several key performers' timings clashed. Fortunately this proved to be one of the better-planned-out parts of the festival, with contrasting acts scheduled alongside each other. Day 2's finale, for example, had Sufi legends Wadalis performing simultaneously with Swedish prog-metal superstars Opeth - as another stage bumped and grooved to Atlanta's hip-hop sensations, Earthgang. Choices confirmed, plans finalized and several meet-up promises made, we set off for three days of 2019's Weekender - after a decade in the making. Day One: Sunny Dispositions For anyone coming in from Delhi, Pune's bright, sunny weather is a far cry from the capital's recent smog-filled woes. Several artists were busy in the hours leading up to day one, performing sound checks, finalising on routines and coordinating with festival organisers. © Sharan Sanil Speaking of Delhi, the city kicked things off at the Casa Bacardi stage with dream pop/psychedelia outfit, Dee En - greeting streams of festival goers with hazy, laidback layers of synth and guitar. The intensity soon picked up over at the Doer's Club stage - with another Delhi-based takeover in the form of sufi-blues rockers, Faridkot. Definitely one of their best live sets yet, they drew in a sizable crowd as the sun began to set, playing bars from fan favourites like Laila. Prog/psych favourites Parvaaz also made their way through a thrilling 50-minute set, pulling in new songs from their recently released album, Kun. Despite some technical snags, they made it through - even bringing back performances from their debut EP, Behosh. © Agniprava Nath While rock dominated most of day one, the grand finale presented audiences with a difficult choice - either get into party-mode at the Breezer Vivid stage with Ritviz, or catch Irish indie-rock sensations Kodaline at the Bacardi Arena. We spoke to both extensively - while you can catch our exclusive interview with Kodaline here, Ritviz also had a few words to share on his musical journey. “I'm extremely excited for today, I've been looking forward to it for a while,” he shared, a few hours before going onstage. “NH7 every year is very special, y'know. This is my home ground, and where it all started for me… so every time feels like a step forward, but a reminder to me of how it all started. Very nostalgic.” © The Clique Photography The 23 year-old producer also shared a few memories back from his first performance at a Weekender, during the aftermath of his 2017 mega-hit, Udd Gaye. “I had a show in Hyderabad the night before, and nobody turns up. We had just hit about a million views on Udd Gaye, and I was pretty confident that people are going to come. That was when I realised, 'I need to humble myself down. Koi nahi aane wala hai, koi nahi sunne wala hai.' And I had NH7 the next day, I think it was the 6 PM slot and I was extremely nervous, since I had prepared a set and everything. I go up on stage. To my surprise, there's 3,000 people up there, and I still haven't processed it that they're there for, well, me! Then I went up and announced that I'll be playing a new song - not even Udd Gaye - and I was amazed that I could hear people singing the lyrics. As for the former - I played it towards the end of the set, and it was just crazy.” It was at this point that we also noticed what several fest-goers were comically referring to as 'The Real Weekender' - on leaving the venue at Pune's Mahalaxmi Lawns, not only did the thousands of attendees have to trek for at least half an hour to find reasonably priced transport - they also caused a traffic jam that gave Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore a run for their money. I personally recall escaping the chaos in a rickshaw - packed to the brim with eight passengers. © Sharan Sanil Thankfully, anything's fun with the right company. Day Two: What To Pick? As we mentioned earlier, day two was destined to be something of an existential crisis as far as lineup choice went - was I to stick to my old-school preferences for metal, or follow a newfound romance with sufi and more indigenous forms of music? The question bumped around in my mind as afrobeat hits Kokoroko pulled us into a serene hour-long set. © Agniprava Nath Regardless of the latter, most of this Saturday turned out to be open season for hip-hop, and particularly metal fans, who headbanged late into the evening through several bands. © Jishnu Chakraborty Many of these, along with rap outfits such as Enkore and the Gullygang Showcase featured artists from Mumbai - which clearly took over the festival's throne from Delhi's day-one roster. As the finale acts lined up through, I found myself dragged towards a completely unplanned and unintended final choice - Wadalis. Educated by a dear friend, I learned of the rich sufi legacy left behind by the Wadalis brothers - the younger of which tragically passed away last year. The group is now led by the near-80 year old Puranchand Wadali, and his son, musician Lakhwinder Wadali. View this post on Instagram Hey. Last night at Pune ... #lakhwinderwadali A post shared by Lakhwinder Wadali (@lakhwinderwadaliofficial) on Nov 30, 2019 at 7:34pm PST It didn't take much convincing - soon we found ourselves within the first few rows, syncing our feet and hands to the alap and taans, brought alive by father and son. Far off in the distance though, you could hear the distant roars from Opeth and Earthgang's performances. © Jishnu Chakraborty + The Clique Photography While I'm sure both were stellar, I have to say that the Wadalis put together one of the greatest live performances I've seen in my ten years of attending concerts - along with one of the most receptive and engaging audiences as well. Day Three: With A Bang, Not A Whimper Through some miraculous combination of well-timed sleep, prior planning and energy drinks, we seemed to have plenty of fuel in the tank left over for the Weekender's grand finale, and we were going to need it. With most fans worn down from two straight days of partying, it was fortunate that Sunday's early shows were chilled-out, laidback affairs. Things began to pick up as the evening rolled in - with multilingual hip-hop masters Swadesi taking up the Breezer stage. © Instagram/Swadesi/@1mrigank Swadesi, which combines several regional languages to form socially-charged lyrical bangers, flipped the mood around with powerful statements on current socio political crises within the country - before introducing the world to their brand new album, Chaitavnti. MCs Mawali and Todfod spoke to us just before heading onstage - the duo slinging bars in Marathi and Gujarati, respectively. “It's good man, we're really excited,” chimed in MC Mawali. “It's our first ever set with live instruments - little bit nervous! *laughs* But it'll go well. We're proud of all the songs we're performing today, they're all new - none of them are out yet, this is exclusive shit, bro.” Long associated with movements of free-speech and conservatism, he continued with a special message for their fans, “I want them to stay true to their roots. Listen to good music and don't follow commercial and fake things, man. Eat good food and good fruits, stay natural *laughs*. Don't get artificial, man.” In contrast to Swadesi's raw, firebrand style, the Doer's Club stage saw Sandunes light up the stage with a minimalist, delicate and intricately crafted set, named Hand of Thought. © Jishnu Chakraborty Finally, the curtain closed on the festival with multi-platinum selling Aussie musician, Nick Murphy, better known as Chet Faker. © Sharan Sanil Although the absolutely immense crowd he drew made it hard to catch a clear glimpse of the man himself, he spent most of his set belting out hits such as Gold and No Diggity - occasionally joined by Dr. Aneesh Pradhan, a student of the legendary tabla artist, Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. It's been a long ten years - and beyond just the music, a world of change and evolution for the men and women that made the Weekender become what it is today. “Over the last ten years, we've built a passionate, seasoned and highly competent team of professionals who work together to overcome any obstacles that may come our way,” shared Sameeksha Uniyal, a representative for Bacardi, the festival's sponsor since its inception. With newer, more intimate festivals planned, the future looks bright for India's music and culture venues - and we can't wait to find ourselves once again in Pune for NH7 Weekender, 2021. View the full article
  9. The year 2000 gave us some phenomenal films that did extremely well at the box office too. That year also saw the debut of Hrithik Roshan who instantly became the country's heartthrob. The extraordinary films of that time and era were a perfect balance of drama and entertainment that kept the audience hooked throughout the year. It's time we take a small journey down the memory lane to the films that released the same year and stole our hearts away while giving us films that can be watched over and over again. Here is a list of five iconic Bollywood films that will complete 20 years in the year 2020 and you should definitely watch them again. 1. Hera Pheri © AG Films This film was a laugh riot that can never get old and is the funniest movie in the Bollywood history, without a doubt. In the film, that released on March 31, the unusual trio of Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suneil Shetty made the audience laugh their guts out. Now, we are eagerly waiting for Hera Pheri 3. Aren't you? 2. Josh © United Seven Creations The film was one of the highest grossing films of the year 2000 and it was special for the audience too as two A-list actors got together to play twins in the film- Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. The film hit the theatres on June 9 and was very well received by the audience as well as the critics. 3. Kaho Na Pyaar © Filmkraft Productions Hrithik Roshan made his debut in Bollywood with his impressive performance in the film Kaho Naa..Pyaar Hai. This love story stole audiences heart away and Hrithik's Swift dance moves also made a lot of women go weak in the knees. The same year, he gave two more releases Fiza and Mission Kashmir. 4. Dhadkan © Ratan Jain This complicated love story can be watched over and over again. The emotionally driven plot stars Shilpa Shetty, Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty in the lead roles. The film's songs such as 'Dil ne ye kaha hai dil se' and 'Tum dil ki dhadkan' are evergreen love songs that charm people even today. 5. Mohabbatein © Yash Raj Films If you haven't watched Mohabbatein yet, you're missing out on something phenomenal. You'll have to watch the movie to know why it is considered iconic. The film introduced six newcomers to the industry and Amitabh Bacchan-SRK's brilliant performances together aren't worth missing. Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  10. Karan Johar pens emotional note in celebration of 'Kal Ho Naa Ho's 16 years Karan Johar's Kal Ho Naa Ho hit its 16-year mark just a couple of hours ago, and the filmmaker in celebration for the milestone, rejoiced walking down the memory...
  11. Ajay Devgn and Kajol's love story bloomed on the sets of 1997 film, Ishq, and they finally came out in open as a couple in 1998. Today, they are celebrating the iconic movie completing 22 years of its successful release. Well, the two chose a very unique way to celebrate this special day and their hilarious conversation on Twitter just cannot be missed. Recalling their old memories, Ajay posted a still featuring him and Kajol with the lyrics of their hit song, “Neend churayi meri kisne o sanam? Tuneeeee @itsKajolD #22YearsOfIshq.” Kajol's response to this will surely leave you laughing hard. She shared a still from the film which shows her in deep sleep. She captioned it, “Tumhari neend churake, dekho main kitne chain se soyi hoon.” Wow. Clearly, marriage is so not daal chawal for 50 saal. Neend churayi meri kisne o sanam? Tuneeeee @itsKajolD #22YearsOfIshq pic.twitter.com/BsL4sRPuK5 — Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) November 28, 2019 Tumhari neend churake, dekho main kitne chain se soyi hoon ð#22YearsOfIshq https://t.co/VRWfJdH0yi pic.twitter.com/RzqORgHl1E — Kajol (@itsKajolD) November 28, 2019 Post Kajol's response to Ajay, fans started to send a flurry of comments hailing Kajol's sense of humour. Check out a few reactions here: ð ð ð ð ð ð ð ð ð Kajol you are hilarious!!!!! LoL — Unpredictable ð (@being_quirky) November 28, 2019 You nailed it mam ð — William Wordsworth (@Being_rao143) November 28, 2019 ððððð¤£ð¤£ I can't stop laughing ððð love u ð — Kajolic (@KajolicNawal) November 28, 2019 à¤à¤¹à¤¾à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤° à¤à¤° à¤à¥ — Ankit Tripathi (@ANKITBOSS5990) November 28, 2019 ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ wife logo ka yeh icch to kaam hai — SAMEER KHAN (@iam_smirza) November 28, 2019 Yes u r right bz this goes for all married couples. Neend bnday ki hi haram hoty he. — Choudhary Saad (@Saadyjutt) November 28, 2019 This is not the first time that Ajay and Kajol have indulged in a Twitter banter. A while back, Ajay conducted a Twitter Question-Answer session with his fans and Kajol landed him asking "So, when are you coming for lunch?" Ajay, replied to Kajol, “On a diet!". Meanwhile, on the work front, Ajay and Kajol will be playing husband-wife in Tanhaji which will be the couple's comeback on the big screen. Also starring Saif Ali Khan, this magnum opus directed by Om Raut is all set to release on January 10, 2020. Are you excited to see them together on the big screen? View the full article
  12. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that for the first time in four years, the current account deficit turned into surplus. The PM was addressing a ceremony in the federal capital, where he said that a depreciating economy and...
  13. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen as he leaves a police station in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS file photoSTOCKHOLM: A Swedish prosecutor dropped a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ending the near...
  14. One of the most anticipated games in the past decade has been a new Half-Life. In the past, people would dig into codes of new games by Valve to see if there are any hints about a new Half-Life game. Half-Life 3 is probably the most awaited game in history and yet we have not seen any sign of it. Having said that, Valve, just announced a new Half-Life game that is probably not what anyone expected. © Valve Its called Half-Life: Alyx, a new “flagship VR game” that will probably hit Steam sometime next year. The game has been confirmed by Valve and we will get to know more about this on Thursday, November 21. We're excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time. Can't wait to share it with all of you! pic.twitter.com/BupFCxSrTw — Valve (@valvesoftware) November 18, 2019 From the title of the game, we can assume that the main protagonist will be Alyx Vance. She played a vital role in Half-Life 2 and is probably set after the events of Half-Life 2: Episode 2. © Valve Half-Life games have mostly been about solving puzzles by implementing new game mechanics and physics. We can expect something similar from the VR game and we will probably see the game shine in Valve's own Index VR headset. Valve's Index uses individual tracking for each finger and we can expect some game mechanic implementing this feature in the VR game. This game could redefine how we play VR games as it may implement unique gameplay functions we've never seen before. Needless to say, a Half-Life VR game was probably the least expected announcement by Valve as fans of the franchise have been waiting for the next AAA instalment for years. We will know more about the game this coming week and see if Half-Life: Alyx is a spin-off VR game or whether it is effectively Half-Life 3. View the full article
  15. After delivering a rather disappointing title in 2017, the developer 'Ghost' is back with another NFS game called Need For Speed Heat. I downloaded and started playing the game with absolutely no expectations whatsoever, but I was pleasantly surprised by the gameplay. A lot of things in the new Need For Speed Heat feels like it's been done the right way. Of course, I haven't spent a lot of time playing this game just yet, which is why this isn't the full review. In this story, I'll be highlighting a few of my favorite things about the game. The Miami-inspired Palm City © Need For Speed In Need For Speed Heat, you'll find yourself in Palm City, which is a Miami-inspired map. I'd say it's a good mix of both an urban setup and countryside visuals, making up for a really cool playground to race in. There are a lot of cool spots and places to check out and race in. I think it's also a good time to talk about the visuals of the game because they're great and make the whole city look that much better. You can cruise around the city either during the day or night. Day time is cool for racing without having to worry about the cops, but at night the city gets lit up and I think it's the perfect time to hit the roads. © Need For Speed Day-Night Experience The idea of driving during the day or night is not just to switch up visuals. It's tied to the core experience of the game. During the day, you'll be taking part in sanctioned street races on the marked course roads, so there's no need to worry about the cops. You win the race and walk out with the cash. Fair and simple. But at night, you'll see yourself taking part in illegal street racing to build up your rep. © Need For Speed It's the kind of street racing that's going to piss off the cops, making them want to bust you and pin you down. I think the whole idea of driving during both day and night is really cool. Honestly, the game feels more like a Forza Horizon when you're racing during the day and gives it the 'Most Wanted' vibes during the night. That's awesome. Cop Chases Are Tough While 2017's Need For Speed Payback put you on pre-set trail routes for cop chases, the Need For Speed Heat makes it right by letting you do your thing during the cop chases. Escape by whatever means necessary! The cop chases, however, are very tough. I have to admit that. I've only been involved in a few cop chases so far in the game, and I've only managed to escape them once. © Need For Speed Unless you have tuned your car well with the right upgrades, it's going to be a little tough to evade the cops. Yes, you can always try to get rid of them by throwing them off the road, etc. but you need to make sure that you keep an eye on the damage meter of your whip. Take too much damage and you'll wreck and get arrested. Tuning Your Whip I am also pretty happy with the game's comprehensive car tuning option. Yes, the upgrade system is a huge improvement and for someone like me who likes to spend a lot of time fine-tuning everything, this is a major win. Things like the ability to swap engines, play around with exhaust noise, etc. are super fun. Yes, a lot of people like to enjoy driving more than spending time inside the garage tuning a car, but I think it's part of the core experience and the developers have done a good job. © Need For Speed Besides the ones that I've mentioned above, I am pretty sure Need For Speed Heat has a lot to offer. I've only spent a couple of hours playing the game so far, so I am sure I'll be back with more interesting things about the title. As for my first impressions, I'd say the Need For Speed Heat is looking really good so far. View the full article
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  17. Amitabh Bachchan marked his debut on the big screen with the film Saat Hindustani, which released on November 7, 1969. Ever since, there has been no looking back for the megastar. Till date, he continues to entice his fans every year with his amazing performances on the big screen. As the icon completes 50 years today in Bollywood, his son Abhishek Bachchan's sweet message for his dad is winning the internet right now. Abhishek wished his dad on Twitter by sharing a lovely throwback photo of them and penned a heartfelt note. He wrote, “Not just as a son, but as an actor and a fan, we are all blessed to witness the greatness! There is so much to admire, to learn and even more to appreciate. Several generations of cinema lovers get to say we lived in the times of BACHCHAN!!! Congratulations Pa on completing 50 years in the Film industry. We now await the next 50!” Not just as a son, but as an actor and a fan... We are all blessed to witness greatness! There is so much to admire, to learn and even more to appreciate. Several generations of cinema lovers get to say we lived in the times of BACHCHAN!!! pic.twitter.com/TQAJY3Hrfw — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) November 7, 2019 Congratulations Pa on completing 50 years in the Film industry. We now await the next 50! Love you. @SrBachchan #50yrsofSaatHindustaani#50yrsofBachchan#GiveItUpForBachchan — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) November 7, 2019 Goes without saying that Big B has been and is a major source of inspiration to many of his fans, so, naturally, social media was flooded with messages and wishes for the legend: Heartiest Congratulations Sir @SrBachchan for Completed #50Years in Indian Film Industry ð¹#50YearsOfAmitabhBachchan JI & #50YearsOfSaatHindustani ð¹ Sir you are Idol & Inspiration for all of us ð pic.twitter.com/ofZBD7nKcN — Beejal Bhatt (@BeejalBhatt) November 7, 2019 7th Nov 1969 #50YearsOfSaatHindustani #50YearsOfAmitabhBachchan ....The one and only Shahenshah of Cinema and our Hearts ♥ï¸ #DadaSahebPhalke Award winner, PadmaVibhushan #AmitabhBachchan ji ...you are the soul of Cinema...the Pride of Indiað®ð³ love, Respect, salute pic.twitter.com/lY7vTgYDIS — Amit Nadkar (@NadkarAmit) November 7, 2019 Not just as an actor, as a human being also. He raises the bar so high for empathy, selflessness and compassion...long live ABðð¼ðð¼â«ï¸â«ï¸â«ï¸ @SirjiKiSmiley — ðSr.Bachchan ki MAD Punjðanð¹ (@1mgupta) November 7, 2019 So true...and even beyond his incredible acting...he's a great human being. — Gayatri Vasudeva Yadav (@GayatriPYadav) November 7, 2019 Big B will be next seen in the film titled Gulabo Sitabo, alongside Ayushmann Khurrana. Meanwhile, Abhishek has been in news for his polite response to a troll who taunted him saying the actor is 'unemployed'. A Twitter user said, “What do you call a person who is happy on a Monday? Unemployed !". To which Abhishek had the most dignified response, “Nah! Disagree. Somebody who loves doing whatever they are doing." On the work front, Abhishek was last seen on the big screen in 2018 in Anurag Kashyap's film, Manmarziyaan (2018) with Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal. Well, his fans are looking forward to seeing him back on the silver screen again, soon. View the full article
  18. French actress Adele Haenel attends a press conference at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 20, 2017. AFP/Laurent Emmanuel/FilesPARIS: French star Adele Haenel accused the director who discovered her of sexually...
  19. People in New Delhi and some other parts of India are currently choking due to dangerous air pollution levels. The toxic skies in India are caused in part by the burning of crops in Punjab. Add to that the toxic fumes thanks to the cracker-bursting during Diwali celebrations and the urban traffic, you find yourself in a toxic gas chamber with extremely high levels of air pollution. And now the World Index has released some data which shows that the people living in India, breathing all the pollution air, may have lost a significant amount of life expectancy. According to the data released by World Index, Indians may have lost an estimated 1.5 years of life expectancy due to the current air pollution levels. Estimated years of life expectancy lost due current air pollution levels ð§ð©Bangladesh: 1.87 ðªð¬Egypt: 1.85 ð³ðªNiger: 1.80 ð¹ð¯Tajikistan: 1.70 ð¦ð«Afghanistan: 1.67 ð³ðµNepal: 1.59 ðµð°PAK: 1.56 ð®ð³India: 1.53 ð¸ð©Sudan: 1.51 ð¦ðªUAE: 1.51 (Health Effects Institute: State of Global Air 2019) — World Index (@theworldindex) November 5, 2019 That may not sound like a huge number, but in hindsight, it's a significant loss. We're not only talking about people who are living in New Delhi here. The current air pollution levels are affecting the people living in other parts too, like Kurukshetra, for instance. It's also worth pointing out that we're not just talking about the adults and children who are suffering right now. We must also consider the unborn children and other life forms entering the world in such adverse conditions. © Reuters And as you can see, India isn't the only country that's currently suffering due to air pollution. Other countries like Bangladesh, Egypt, Nepal, Afghanistan, etc. are also suffering, proving that air pollution is a serious issue and must be taken more seriously. Until the air pollution levels go back to the normal state, we highly suggest you stay indoors as much as possible and wear anti-air pollution masks and use air purifiers inside your home too. View the full article
  20. Julie Andrews: A look back at her Hollywood years. Photo: Entertainment TonightKey dates in the life of British actress and singer Julie Andrews, who presented the latest instalment of her memoirs in London Saturday:- October 1, 1935: Julia...
  21. A couple of years have gone by since a match was held in Feroz Shah Kotla stadium during Delhi's infamous winter season and the air condition of the region has continued to deteriorate with time. In 2017, Sri Lanka had come to India for a three-match Test series. After the first match ended in a draw and Team India won the second match, Suranga Lakma's men travelled to Delhi for the third and final match of the series with the hopes of ending it in a tie. Evidently a weaker team, there was little to no hope for the Sri Lankans to win against Virat Kohli's mighty side. So when their medium-fast bowler Lahiru Gamage complained of breathing issues which resulted in a 16-minute halt in the game, the fans of Team India thought that they were looking for excuses to delay or cancel the match. When Gamage called for the doctors once again, our skipper lost his cool and threw his bat in frustration and eventually declared the first innings at 536/7. The social media being its usual ruthless self trolled the Lankans for an “Oscar worthy performance”: And the oscar goes to Sri Lankan players for their amazing acting skills. #DelhiSmog #INDvSL #delhipollution pic.twitter.com/MSW8hFFsKz — Subhankar Banerjee ð®ð³ (@SubhankarBan) December 3, 2017 Sri Lankan actors showing their skills in India.#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/qDCiOvAShn — Murugesan Ayyandurai (@a_muru_masi) December 3, 2017 Sri Lankan Players Are Wearing Masks. No, That's Not Due To Smog. They're Hiding Their Face Out Of Shame. ð#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/bYGzQLki7E — VIJAYANANDA REDDY (@vizagleo) December 3, 2017 Sri Lankan actors showing their skills in India.#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/4uCAPCRz9a — Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) December 3, 2017 It was however later revealed that Gamage and Suranga Lakmal's complaints of respiratory problems were real and that the two cricketers in fact ended up vomiting in the Sri Lankan dressing room. Later, all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva also reportedly threw up. What was rather surprising to see was the way the then acting president of the BCCI, CK Khanna reacted to the crisis, calling out the opposition for creating 'unnecessary fuss' simply because the 20,000 fans inside the stadium had no problems sitting there, breathing the same toxic air. "If 20,000 People In The Stands Did Not Have A Problem & The Indian Team Did Not Face Any Issue, I Wonder Why The Sri Lankan Team Made A Big Fuss. I Will Need To Talk To The Secretary And Ask Him To Write To The Sri Lanka Cricket."- BCCI Acting President CK Khanna#INDvSL #Kohli — Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) December 3, 2017 What was not accounted for in Khanna's assessment of things was the fact that Lakmal and Co. came from a land where the general air quality readings were below 50, which is at least 10 times better than what the readings for Delhi is on a good and healthy day. It is unfortunate to see that despite the incident took place two years ago and with a new administrative body taking care of Indian cricket, the BCCI's approach towards such serious concerns continue to be casual. @SGanguly99 It is truly disappointing that @BCCI is treating Bangladesh team so poorly. When there is already high pollution rate, how can our players play in such a condition ! Very Nasty work @BCCI_Tweet #INDvBAN — Sultan Mashud (@MaximSalman1) November 1, 2019 The Sourav Ganguly-led Indian cricket board, despite receiving numerous letters and requests from former players and environmentalists, are going ahead with the Delhi match which is scheduled for later today, further risking the health of the visiting Bangladesh side. Our interim skipper Rohit Sharma's take on the pollution sounds the same as that of CK Khanna from two years ago. "We didn't have any problem when we played the Test match here (against Sri Lanka). We are not aware of the exact discussion and I haven't had any problem," said the white-ball opener, completely ignoring the opposition's health. It's not a shame that we are discussing about pollution only when it threatens a cricket match. What's more embarassing is we discussed the same when it happened two years ago, and we did nothing significant to overcome it.#DelhiPollution#IndvsBan pic.twitter.com/j47tdGwj1g — MSK Saravana (@Ed_MSK) November 1, 2019 If we have said it once, we have said it a thousand times. Normalising the kind of pollution Delhi experiences every year is not the solution and if that is the way we want to spend our rapidly decreasing life-span, we have no right to expose people from other countries to such toxicity. View the full article
  22. Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza part ways, ending 14-year marriage.One of Pakistan?s much-adored couple, Aamina Sheikh and Mohib Mirza, have parted ways, ending a marriage that spanned over 14 years.The actor confirmed during an interview with a local...
  23. It seems obvious that Aarav will be a spitting image of his father, Akshay Kumar, but sometimes, the resemblance between the father-son duo is really uncanny. © Viral Bhayani Especially when we consider the way that they dress. At Amitabh Bachchan's Diwali party this year, both of them turned up in what can only be described as quintessential Indian outfits that are worthy of a strong father-son twinning moment. Where Akshay is in a kurta that is fairly modern and has a number of contemporary touches to it, Aarav was seen in a kurta set that had a very antique appeal to it, something that Akshay would have worn a decade or two ago. © Viral Bhayani That's not to say that what Aarav is wearing is by any way outdated. Rather, he seems to be more appropriately dressed for the occasion. The thing with most Indian ethnic wear for men is that they age really well, and do not really get outdated, as long as you take care of them properly. © Viral Bhayani Coming to Akshay's kurta, it is a masterpiece in itself. The pearly white embroidery works really well against the baby pink base, and has a rather understated charm to it. That said, the kurta is not at all simplistic and has been constructed really tastefully. Aarav's kurta, on the other hand, is a very tasteful classic piece of traditional Indian kurtas. Again, on a base of baby pink, we see some really exquisite gold and silver zari work. © Viral Bhayani And can we just add that Twinkle Khanna looks rather elegant and classy in the traditional suit? That's one way of coordinating your outfits for any occasion. Fashion goals for the family, anyone? View the full article
  24. After 4 years of harrowing online abuse, defamation and being called a 'Dilli Ka Darinda', Sarvajeet Singh Bedi has finally been acquitted. Back in 2015, Bedi was subject to a media trial-by-fire as Jasleen Kaur, a then-student of St. Stephens College, posted a photograph of Bedi (who even posed for the photograph on his Royal Enfield motorcycle), accusing him of harassing and threatening her. This man shamelessly made obscene remarks at me today in Tilak Nagar. Vehicle no. with IO. Action? @DCP_North_Delhi pic.twitter.com/xFrOdwHiJC — Jasleen Kaur (@JasleenKaur89) August 23, 2015 Kaur wrote in her post, alleging that Bedi had said, "Jo kar sakti hai kar le. Complaint karke dikha, fir dekhiyo kya karta hun main". (Do whatever you want, complain against me and then see what I will do to you)." The result was immediate and fairly predictable - Bedi was mercilessly ripped apart on social media and had to face a media witch hunt as well as police action - all before the facts about the case surfaced. @JasleenKaur89 : Keep it up Jas.You literally raped him in Public.All major newspapers have his pic http://t.co/3w9ahHJ0N7 @DCP_North_Delhi — Asma Anant Hai (@Asma_Sayyed) August 24, 2015 Bedi was unjustly held in police custody, and even though he was able to present a credible witness, his career was tarnished by the case. “We used to produce labels for branded clothes and had international clients,” recounted Bedi in a 2018 interview with The Print. “My boss told me that the company's name was being tainted as the news had spread to our international clients as well.” Even more shocking was that once Bedi's innocence began to become apparent through the trial, Kaur was nowhere to be seen - missing out on 14 trial days as she had moved to Canada, and only turning up when the court issued a warrant warning her of possible arrest. Throughout the case, her family had to bear the brunt of appearing in court, until Bedi was finally judged as innocent. In this post, Bedi also thanks Shikha Khanduja Kaul, who is an author and screenplay writer who has worked with Bedi to create a book - chronicling his unfortunate experience with both his accusers and society at large. With the screenplay rights recently being sold as well, we're also likely to see an adaptation of the case on TV or film. Several Twitter users also followed up on Bedi's announcement - bringing up names that had supported Kaur's false allegations four years ago: So #SarvjeetSingh isn't guilty and was falsely implicated by #JasleenKaur. All charges proved baseless and he is acquitted. Now who'll return his days wasted in Jail? Shame on those who were supporting Fraud Jasleen Kaur including CM @ArvindKejriwal. — Tanisha Gupta (@OfficeOfTanisha) October 25, 2019 A common choice to pick out was the common man himself, Arvind Kejriwal. He infamously supported Kaur before the evidence came to light - resulting in several outraged users, such as this one: . @ArvindKejriwal bhai sorry toh Bol de Uss launde se — #JeSuisKamlesh (@indiantweeter) August 28, 2015 Others also highlighted news anchor, Arnab Goswami. Even Bedi, in a recent statement has claimed that Goswami should publicly apologise for calling him a 'pervert in front of the whole world'. Arnab Goswami owes Saravjeet Singh an apology, but Arnab has no shame. He will ruin anyone's life for TRPs. https://t.co/d88bxt3v2h — Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) October 26, 2019 Others stood in solidarity with Bedi, demanding that Kaur should be on trial for defamation after ruining his career. Damaged his reputation & 4 yrs and job. Should cancel her visa & bring her back to India & let her face the music. That'll be the actual justice in this case — à®à®¿à®°à¯à®·à¯à®£à®¾ Krishna (@JLingardinho) October 26, 2019 Altogether, it's a terrible case of how crimes against women and the attitude of unrest that follows have led to several reports of false allegations against innocent men. Hopefully the upcoming book directly shares Bedi's experience and helps the public understand how media trials work, and to be aware of how judgemental and irresponsible society can often be.
  25. If you boil down a film to its fundamental parts, it's really a marriage between two things - sound and visuals, both of which happen to be seeing dialogue and plot on the side. It's no secret that David Fincher happens to be a proud master of them all - a title well-earned after his commercial failure and utter cult success as the director of Chuck Palhanuik's Fight Club. That's right. We're going to be diving into that thing we're not supposed to be talking about. Through its commentary on everything from emasculated 21st century men to the modern trap of consumerist culture, this film managed to capture the ethos and very spirit of pre-9/11, urban rat-race America. 20 years on however, we're provided with an interesting viewpoint to revisit some of Fincher's best scenes, especially considering how the subject matter has evolved over time - so here's four of the film's most iconic themes, and how we ought to look at them today. Insomnia & Consumerism (We don't order furniture from catalogues anymore, for a start.) The most overt and obvious theme in Fight Club is, well, overt consumerism and capitalism. The Narrator (Edward Norton), finds himself a prisoner of his own life - blankly staring into nothingness no matter where he is and what he is doing. At one point, The Narrator tells us 'when you have insomnia, you're never really asleep, and you're never really awake,' mirroring a very common sense of half-consciousness experienced by average people today. As he says this, the camera pans to reveal him mindlessly gazing at an infomercial for balding men which is unusual, considering 30-year-old Edward Norton's pretty full head of hair. The fact that he's so paralysed by this suggests that he's not just half-conscious due to lack of sleep, but that consumerist culture is also eating away at him. via GIPHY It's even more prevalent when you consider just how far he's distanced himself from the world and his dreary life - the very space required for Tyler Durden to sneak into existence. The lack of sleep, and said sleep replaced by an endless parade of advertising - you'll even find it right here while reading this article. There is no escape. When Life Gets Predictable While you may assume that the term 'Rationalism' is simply reliance on logic and reason, it also refers to a sociological concept - the replacement of traditions, values and emotions as social motivators with concepts grounded in logic, such as efficiency and productivity. It's pretty much impossible to avoid noticing this today - corporate email jargon and modern advertising have bleached the colours out of life for pretty much everybody. In the narrator's story, everything in his life is mass-produced and exceedingly predictable - right down to the colour of his boss' tie. It's after the narrator blows up his own apartment (while repressing the memory) and grabs a drink with Tyler, that he comes face to face with this problem. Tyler's answer? “The things you own, end up owning you.” Mind you, Palhanuik wrote this shit down ages before the first iPhones - although Fincher did pull a fast one on Starbucks. If you're rewatching this film, try and spot all the Starbucks cups he's included in this film - there's almost one for every single scene. How Toxic Masculinity Is Born Tyler Durden's purpose, statement and general idea is made pretty clear to the audience once the Fight Club itself is established - he wants to frame consumerism as the downfall of masculinity. Some of this is made clear from the very beginning, where The Narrator is portrayed as a perfect example of the emasculated male. He feels degraded by his job, he's psychologically weak and goes to support groups to hug strangers and cry - not exactly an example of peak masculinity, according to Tyler. As the group shares stories of being cuckolded and thrown aside, we meet Bob, introduced to us in the famous 'bitch tits' scene. Bob, once a bodybuilder, literally and figuratively loses his balls to testicular cancer, along with developing pseudo-breasts due to his hormone therapy. Along with his manhood, he ends up losing his family, his career and as a result, his sense of humanity. These men seek their answer by resorting to something they can never do in their dissatisfying everyday lives - reaching for one extreme of masculinity by being really, really violent. While Tyler ridicules the world of mass-produced masculinity, he sells them another, more visceral kind of manliness - one that changes them almost instantly. This isn't where the echo of emasculation ends, however. As the film goes on, Tyler reveals Project Mayhem - a scheme cooked up to demolish the consumerist nature of modern society. It's here that we see things coming full circle - as the men found meaning in Fight Club, Project Mayhem simply takes it away from them - this time turning them into identical, nameless soldiers willing to listen not to their bosses, but to Tyler Durden. (Note: The above clip contains a narration directly from the novel.) The emasculation is even more obvious when you take a look at Project Mayhem's punishment for interfering with the plan - straight up castration. In retrospect, this was a film destined to remain forever stuck in the 90s. It was a straight-up commercial failure during its release, and treads dangerous ground when we speak about modern portrayals of men and violence in cinema. Things don't attain cult status for nothing though, and despite every rewatch and reread of this story… there's something about blood, sweat and a penchant for chaos that resonates with every man who's sat in a cubicle, and thought about these words: via GIPHY
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