Strong, muscular, tall, macho, suave - we wouldn't blame you if you thought we were describing a man. The image associated with men has always inclined towards the physical aspect of the balance rather than the mental or even emotional one. Words like sensitive, compassionate, empathetic, woke have been used rather modestly when it comes to men. A man has been perceived rather unidimensionally for ages now.
To reignite the conversation on International Men's Day and actually understand the nuances of mental health from the horse's mouth, we got in touch with men from various walks of life. It's been commendable to see each of these stars letting us inside their darkest moments and how they overcame them, breaking stereotypes, and proving that it's okay for a man to feel weak and vulnerable.
Here's Suresh Raina opening up in a tell-all exclusive interview:
The first Indian batsman to score a hundred in every format of the game, relentless runner between the wickets and an effective bowler when his captain needed him to deliver, Suresh Raina was once an irresistible part of the Indian cricket team.
But after not getting the Team India call for over two years, the southpaw announced his retirement from international cricket on Independence Day, 2020.
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On the occasion of International Men’s Day, we got in touch with Raina to understand how did such a transition affect his mental health. What role did his family play in his life during his exceptional career and tapped into the kind of cerebral preparation it takes to deal with the era of digital media wherein everyone with a Twitter account acts like a cricket pundit.
Every time you stood behind the crease, fans expected you to deliver. What does something like that do to an athlete’s mind, especially a male cricketer in a cricket-worshipping country?
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Shah Rukh Khan has been missing from the world of showbiz for a while and people have been wanting to see him on the big screen desperately. For all the fans who have been waiting for SRK, we have some good news. He has started shooting for his first film in two years, Pathan. While no official confirmation has arrived yet, Pathan will mark Shah Rukh’s return to acting after Zero.
According to a report published in Bollywood Hungama, Pathan has hit the floors today. “Shah Rukh Khan has begun filming for Pathan at Mumbai’s Yash Raj Studios from today. The whole team is very excited to see King Khan back in action. SRK himself is kicked about the film and his role in the film. He has come fully prepared and is looking forward to shooting this film,” a source was quoted saying to the publication. The picture of his new look has gone viral and is already a hit among people. Here’s the look:
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In the look, SRK is seen in long hair with a braid on the side, sporting an overall rugged look. In fact, the look reminded us of his character in Don. People are excited to see SRK back in action and are waiting to welcome him again.
Ready to Roar#Pathan pic.twitter.com/l16Yh9Z108 — Arsad Khan (@ArsadKh69682070) November 18, 2020Ratein lambi kya hui log Kehne lage suraj khatam ho gaya Charche usi ke hai har taraf Aur log kehte hai uska waqt khatam Ho gaya#Pathan #ShahRukhKhan — αγαи (@iam_ayanpatel) November 18, 2020Just one Glimpse of SRK
And #Pathan is trending at 4
KING IS BACK @iamsrk pic.twitter.com/KOJphPnaTT — ViSHAL (@Vishal__says_) November 18, 2020I highly expected him to be in such type of roles after raees !!! Exicted:)#Pathan#ShahRukhKhan — #shahrukhkhan (@_sofiyaansari) November 18, 2020#Pathan ke ek photo ne itna mahol garam kr diya hai socho Trailer, poster, Announcement ke bad kya haal hoga — Piku Singh #AmiKKR (@pikusingh13) November 18, 2020Besides Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham will play pivotal roles in Pathan.
SRK was on a break from work and previously, in interaction with Filmfare, Shah Rukh had said, “I have no film with me right now. I am not working on any film. Usually what happens is when one of your films is coming to an end, you begin work on your next film and I get involved within 3-4 months. But this time I am just not feeling like...My heart doesn’t allow me to. I just felt that I should rather take time out, watch films, listen to stories, and read more books. Even my kids are in their college stage...my daughter is going to college and my son is about to finish his studies. So I just want to spend more time with my family.”
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Today, we saw two trends #BringBackTrueIndology and #ShameOnYouIPSRoopa on Twitter, and upon digging further, we discovered how the two were interconnected.
Roopa Divakar Moudgil, popularly known as D. Roopa, is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from Devanagere, Karnataka. She started to trend after her argument with a Twitter user True Indology over whether firecrackers are Indian or not went viral. In case you're unaware of True Indology, since July 2019, this particular handle has been giving snippets on Indian culture and history from the perspective of the owner of the handle.
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A lot of people were following the handle but it was suspended right after the big argument between the senior IPS officer and the owner of the Twitter page. How did it all start?On November 14, the senior IPS officer posted a status on Facebook asking why people are objecting to a ban on firecrackers. “Ban on crackers in Bengaluru is for this year alone, given COVID situation. Why can't for one year we abstain ourselves from the use of crackers? Are we so hollow that our joy is dependent solely on crackers? There are many ways to celebrate Deepawali. Light diyas, meet people, exchange mithai...but no, adamant people only want crackers. How unreasonable!” she wrote in her post.
True Indology and Roopa got into an argument over whether there was any mention of firecrackers in the ancient manuscripts of our culture. After she disagreed with True Indology’s perspective, she told him that ‘Your Time Is Up’ and five minutes later, his account was suspended.
He wrote an elaborate note on Instagram on what exactly happened and when things went awry. In his long post, he wrote, “This post is about magic that happened on Twitter. One IPS officer from Bengaluru (Twitter India Head Quarters) issued directives to ban Diwali crackers. She said that crackers were not mentioned in ancient texts. I disagreed with her and showed her references from Ananda Ramayana and Skanda Purana. She challenged me to divulge my personal details. I refused to divulge those details. She then said, "Your time is up". And boom. My account was suspended within 5 minutes. What a sweet coincidence! Twitter sent no mail. Gave no reason. Simply suspended my account. Friends, this is a coincidence. Just a sweet coincidence. Nothing more to it. There is absolutely no correlation and I am REALLY not hinting at anything. I did not divulge personal details. Hence, I was only digitally eliminated. What would have happened if I had? I shudder to think.”
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Right after his account was suspended, people started questioning the freedom of speech we have as it was attacked because someone's ego got hurt. Celebs like Kangana Ranaut and Ranvir Shorey also bashed Roopa for using her power to digitally murder a genuinely informative page.
Here’s what they tweeted:
See @TIinExile this is what you earned, they who ruthlessly eliminated you must be powerful but they can’t take away your real worth, we miss you and remember eventually love wins, don’t feel low/ disheartened or hopeless... we are together in this #BringBackTrueIndology pic.twitter.com/7Q6KfdCo3q — Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) November 18, 2020Living off on tax money, these cops are answerable for arm twisting commoners, it’s a valid question rather than taking people’s complaints and assisting them, why is @D_Roopa_IPS indulging in time pass trolling that too in working hours threatening and intimidating youngsters. https://t.co/b9O7clFzTe — Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) November 18, 2020Hey @TwitterIndia, this is the second time you have unreasonably suspended one of the most informative and decent Twitter handles on your platform. Utter #shame. #BringBackTrueIndology — Ranvir Shorey (@RanvirShorey) November 18, 2020Some people also voiced their opinion on how they felt that it was wrong to get someone’s Twitter account suspended over personal disagreement and ego. People ended up bashing the IPS officer Roopa left, right, and center.
Here’s how people reacted on Twitter:
D Roopa IPS miss use of our Power for suspended the True Nationalist twitter handle @TIinExile ....?
We all Nationalist always stand with True Indology.
RT if you want #BringBackTrueIndology pic.twitter.com/FTyobBlebt — Pushpendra Kulshreshtha (@iArmySupporter) November 18, 2020One gets shot to death just for celebrating Durga Puja
One gets suspended by Twitter for expressing his views
Both at the behest of IPS officers If this is not blatant misuse of power, what is?@TIinExile#BringBackTrueIndology #ShameOnYouIPSRoopa @TheDeepak2020In pic.twitter.com/9QoxPobb0X — Sadhvi Dr. Prachi (@sadhvi_dr) November 18, 2020Certain IPS office is not nameless. She is India's very own cyberbully IPS Roopa! #ShameOnYouIPSRoopa #BringBackTrueIndology #छठपूजा_विरोधी_केजरीवाल https://t.co/SJXx7qGU3I — Bhole (@JaneZakya) November 18, 2020This is happening in a free democratic country, no one is allowed to speak the truth. #BringBackTrueIndology pic.twitter.com/YIg2lhNoaq — Neha Verma (@Neha6_ishere) November 18, 2020Misuse of powers given! I wonder if @TlinExile would have disclosed details, what would be her/his state! #ShameOnYouIPSRoopa#BringBackTrueIndology #BringBackTrueIndology #BringBackTrueIndology #BringBackTrueIndology #BringBackTrueIndology #BringBackTrueIndology https://t.co/ydd6vFvddR — Riya (@BlissSeekerRiya) November 18, 2020Which side are you on? Let us know in the comments section below! View the full article
When we talk about fusion wear looks in general, we often see the most innovative ones during weddings or Diwali.
Since the festive season just went by, we have so many instances of celebrities stepping out or posting pictures on Instagram of groundbreaking looks that we would love to emulate in the future.
For instance, this Diwali, a lot of celebrities took the opportunity to celebrate after staying at home for months amid the coronavirus pandemic. This included the likes of celebrities like Ishaan Khatter, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ibrahim Ali Khan.
In fact, in the recent pictures of Ibrahim, he legit looks like a younger version of his father, Saif Ali Khan.
Take a look at the pictures here:
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Ibrahim was wearing a beige and green printed kurta in silk with seemingly long hair, courtesy the fact that most people are avoiding the risk of going to the salon.
But with the grown hair, he does look like a younger version of his father, Saif Ali Khan from his Kal Ho Na Ho days.
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While there is talk of Ibrahim Ali Khan taking up a project in Bollywood soon, we are sure everyone is waiting with bated breath to see how the young Khan will carry on the legacy of his father. View the full article
Suresh Raina has been a silent but deadly cricketer that the Indian cricket team has had playing for them.
Having scored 5615 ODI runs, 1605 T20 runs and 5368 IPL runs, he is a champion of limited overs cricket and any team - be it national, domestic or a league franchise - has been lucky to have him onboard.
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However there was one man who has been even more silent than Raina but has managed to reach the epitome of success with the team in the white and red ball cricket.
We are obviously talking about Rahul Dravid, the ‘Wall’ who was every bowler’s nightmare in Test cricket and every coach’s dream project to work on.
Regardless of his batting prowess, Dravid’s name never emerges in the conversation around some of India’s best captains. After taking over as the skipper after Sourav Ganguly, Dravid led the squad in 25 Tests and 79 ODIs and during his tenure some of the biggest series wins came against West Indies, Bangladesh and England.
But for Raina, one of the biggest perks of playing for Team India was to serve under the leadership of Dravid.
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Recalling how nervous he used to be back when he was a young cricketer who’d just received a call to play at the international level, the southpaw told us how it was Dravid who helped him settle in and get comfortable inside the dressing room.
He said: “When you play at the highest level, you have a lot of responsibilities on your shoulders. Back then I remember Rahul bhai used to play, his man-management was superb. He had brilliant players like Sachin bhai and Anil bhai. Viru bhai and Gauti bhai used to play on the top and in the middle there was Dhoni and me.”
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He continued: “I remember, as youngsters, we used to feel nervous talking in the dressing room but Rahul bhai helped us feel relaxed. He used to talk to us about our families and was genuinely concerned about their wellbeing.”It has been over eight years since Dravid hung his boots. He then went on to become the head coach of the U-19 Indian cricket team and that was India A and currently works as the boss man of the National Cricket Academy with the hopes of revitalising the infrastructure and use the facilities to produce world class cricketers.
And even then, stories of his days as an active player and a leader continue to surface and only goes on to show that Dravid was simply a class apart. View the full article
In another bizarre incident, a police officer landed in trouble after using a legendary Bollywood dialogue while talking to the general people. He intended to explain certain things to civilians in a fun way but the authorities didn’t take it well.
In a dramatic incident, a police officer was seen saying a popular dialogue from the Bollywood movie Sholay on the megaphone mounted to his police jeep in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua. The cop’s brainchild behind doing this was to maintain law and order in the area.
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#WATCH | MP: KL Dangi, in-charge of Kalyanpura police station in Jhabua, says, "Kalyanpura se 50-50 km ki duri par jab bachcha rotaa hai to maa kehti hai chup ho ja beta nahi to Dangi aa jayega".
Honestly, the most 'manly' man out there is someone who is so secure in his masculinity that he doesn't let the opinions of others affect him.
The music industry has been filled with artists who have challenged the skewed concept of masculinity for decades, and the latest person to say no to toxic masculinity has been none other than British singer Harry Styles.
"There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never thought too much about what it means—it just becomes this extended part of creating something.": Read our full December cover story starring @Harry_Styles here: https://t.co/yILujUQQae pic.twitter.com/qwpGKBSQey — Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) November 13, 2020
He made history for being the first man who was on the cover of Vogue alone, and to make this milestone even better, he wore a stunning dress for his photoshoot.
Well, he, of course, got a lot of praise for everything he's done to break gender norms because it's 2020 and a huge amount of people are 'woke' enough to know that clothes don't have genders.
However, some people are still living in the dark ages, apparently. American author Candace Owens shared her views on Harry Styles and how the society is now promoting 'feminization of our men'.
There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack.
Bring back manly men. https://t.co/sY4IJF7VkK — Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 14, 2020
Uh oh, that's the worst take ever.
Of course, American political commentator Ben Shapiro, notorious for having unpopular opinions, had to jump in and share his thoughts on Harry's dress.
Masculinity and femininity exist. Outward indicators of masculinity and femininity exist in nearly every human culture. Boys are taught to be more masculine in virtually every human culture because the role of men is not always the same as the role of women. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 16, 2020The Left knows this; they openly say that gender is both important and socially constructed (which is why they tell you that a man can be a woman, e.g., despite no biological underpinning). — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 16, 2020If a piece of clothing can threaten your masculinity, are you even manly in the first place? The answer is absolutely not.
Breaking gender stereotypes is important, every individual is different and it's important for every person to safely express themselves in any way they want.
Men wearing dresses, women wearing suits, this is the kind of stuff that needs to be normalized for a healthy society where people have the freedom to do whatever they want.
No Candace, not one of these men have ever dressed up to make themselves attractive for you. You don't have to find someone attractive to respect them as a person, it's not a hard concept.
PSA: Mining pictures on the internet of men in dresses is not going to suddenly make me attracted to men in dresses.
I’m impervious to woke culture. Showing me 50 examples of something won’t make it any less stupid.#BringBackManlyMen https://t.co/7NKrrGiZSf — Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 16, 2020
While these toxic people are going on about their very narrow mindsets, real men decided to bring back manly men in the best possible way.
Misha Collins gets it, and well, Misha Collins can get it. Preach it, Candace! #BringBackManlyMen https://t.co/NIZJhMb217 pic.twitter.com/mY6AJH89Sq — Misha Collins (@mishacollins) November 16, 2020
Don't be like Candace.
This is Candace. Candace routinely wears pants and shirts and suits. Candace gets inexplicably angry when men wear dresses. Candace is a stupid hypocrite. Don't be like Candace. #bringbackmanlymen pic.twitter.com/oDj1dYEQb9 — Sad Sexy Bitch (@ot5supremacy1d) November 16, 2020
What a hypocrite.
#BringBackManlyMen ok then let’s bring back “womenly women” too? Suits and pants are only for men go put a skirt and some heels on 🤮🤮 pic.twitter.com/fdqkf9KtDR — lacey (@lacemikala) November 16, 2020
Masculinity is a toxic prison and men who derive their power solely from their confinement are weak. #BringBackManlyMen https://t.co/4ppxee6jW2 pic.twitter.com/9S7OpC241W — Justin Jenkins (@just_jenkins) November 16, 2020
“It is an outright attack”. Yes, Candace. It is an attack.
It’s an attack against the LGBTQ community. It’s an attack against freedom and democracy. And YOU are the attacker. Stop thinking that a man in a dress is the end of the world. #Bringbackmanlymen #Femmephobia https://t.co/tTAgVbugFl — Ram (@HereIsRamK) November 16, 2020
No Freddie Mercury disrespect in this house.
dont forget about the fucking queen#BringBackManlyMen pic.twitter.com/LqStYLZ7Vu — gigi ♡︎'s aninha (@itslouist28) November 16, 2020
The manliest mans to have ever manned @mishacollins @Harry_Styles 🏻#BringBackManlyMen pic.twitter.com/WHgR4pRV7e — •Nikki Marie Photo• (@NYCNolita) November 16, 2020
I always feel masculine ♂️ #BringBackManlyMen https://t.co/3R1o7ISvDY — Osric (@OsricChau) November 17, 2020
The best men are comfortable & secure enough in themselves to wear whatever the hell they want & have nothing to prove to bigots. #BringBackManlyMen https://t.co/nSgDPOGLZu — Hex Parker (@BohoWitch) November 16, 2020
Confidence is manly.
Because I think men that wear dresses/skirts, and makeup, with painted nails, and heels, and poofy blouses are EXTREMELY manly. pic.twitter.com/O73MYPfNuS — Cha(i)se (♡)’s (Bethy the ) (@anoxymoroniam) November 16, 2020
And lastly, Misha Collins is amazing.
Absolutely. #BringBackManlyMen. We totally do not want this pic.twitter.com/dtwohQO7mH — Liam (@Liam70425780) November 16, 2020 View the full article
Some Bollywood songs might have trashy lyrics, but strangely, they have extremely catchy beats that get stuck in our heads for days, or sometimes even years. So, it’s not only us who like singing Bollywood songs. Agent Raquel aka Lisbon from the popular Netflix series Money Heist also agrees with us.
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We live in a country where women are still forced to bow down in front of hypocritical stereotypes and when they do not, it’s taken for granted that they should be punished. In a heinous crime, a 20-year-old girl identified as Gulnaz Khatoon was burnt alive by sprinkling kerosene over her body in Rasoolpur village in Bihar.
Refusing to marry, and opposing molestation, set fire by Satish Kumar and Chandan Kumar a body of a badly burned girl was recovered from the well
family members are protesting by keeping dead bodies on the road in the hope of justice#JusticeForGulnaz pic.twitter.com/hi6X1bzltp — faizan (@faizan0008) November 16, 2020
And the reason is even more baffling as the victim was killed because she refused to marry one of the accused, Satish Rai. In a video statement to the police, Gulnaz said, “I was going to throw garbage around 6 pm when Satish Rai, son of Vinay Rai poured kerosene over me and set me ablaze with a match stick”.
आखिर कब तक लड़कियों पर अत्याचार होता रहेगा???? कब तक बेटियां हैंवानियत का शिकार होती रहेंगी???? - पूछता है भारत#JusticeForGulnaz pic.twitter.com/ZuoHuhYC8C — Mool Chandra Aazad (@MoolchandAzad) November 17, 2020
Satish was harassing her and pressurizing her for marriage. She even requested him to not pester her as marriage was out of question. She is reported to have stated reasons of different religious backgrounds as the main hindrance in them getting married.
It has been more than two weeks since the incident took place, and the accused haven’t been tracked or punished yet.
पुलिस को दिए बयान में गुलनाज ने अपराधियों का नाम बताया लेकिन आज तक किसी की गिरफ्तारी नहीं की गई है. भाकपा माले नेता विशेश्वर यादव ने कहा कि यदि अपराधियों को तत्काल गिरफ्तार नहीं किया गया तो 18 नवंबर को सरकार के खिलाफ प्रदर्शन किया जाएगा.#गुलनाज़_खातून — CPIML Liberation, Bihar (@CPIMLBIHAR) November 16, 2020
According to the victim's mother Maimoona Khatoon, the accused, on October 29 had threatened to kill her and did so the very next day.
नीतीश के सीएम सपथ से पहले ही गुंडे और बदमाशों ने प्रोग्रेस कार्ड दिखाना स्टार्ट कर दिए हैं। सतीश कुमार और उनके दोस्तों ने जो जघन्य अपराध किए हैं, क्या इस से मुस्लिम समाज डरा, सहमा महसूस नहीं कर रहा है? -@ProfNoorul #JusticeForGulnaz pic.twitter.com/oSnPBeY0tp — MOHD SHAMSHAD (@Shamshad0289) November 16, 2020People are angry that mainstream media is completely silent about it and it has exposed the functioning of the government in Bihar. People are out on the streets seeking justice for her and are requesting the government to take the safety of women as their top priority.
#JusticeForGulnaz pic.twitter.com/X6PGlyqG8y — काकावाणी 2.0 (@007AliSohrab) November 17, 2020Safety of females should be on the top of the list in politician's diary. Just respect female and give justice at any cost. #JusticeForGulnaz — rahul dholpuria (@ra14hul) November 17, 2020#JusticeForGulnaz #Gulnaz #JusticeForGulnaz #JusticeForGulnaz@NitishKumar Kya aap ka jungleRaj shuru ho gaya Sir Ji. pic.twitter.com/LDHCBAbUh2 — Vinay Prasad (@VPra52) November 17, 2020बेटी बचाओ, बेटी पढ़ाओ का नारा देने वाले कहा चूड़ी पहन कर बैठ गए। सिर्फ "लब जिहाद" पर डीबेट करोगे कभी बेटियो को इंसाफ दिलाने के लिए भी डीबेट कर लो।#JusticeForGulnaz pic.twitter.com/QH21b5UFg8 — Danish Eqbal (@msrLasIEAWaLEG6) November 17, 2020Why no action was taken for 17 days, why such goons are staying independent in the society, is there no cost to the lives of sissy daughters, why the government and police are silent about Gulnaz ..?@SurajKrBauddh#JusticeForGulnaz#नीतीश_कुमार_शर्म_करो pic.twitter.com/NSkCWjxCmA — Ch. Sajid Ali (@ChSajid_) November 17, 2020बेटी हिंदू हो या मुस्लिम न्याय सबको बराबर मिलना चाहिए... गुलनाज के दरिंदों को फांसी दो#JusticeForGulnaz — Bandit Queen (@speedytohike) November 17, 2020It’s heartbreaking to see that the government hasn’t taken any action in 17 days. Gulnaz passed away on October 30th and her family has refused to do the last right as they want justice for her. View the full article