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  1. Dil Chahta Hai is a classic for more than one reason. If you look close enough, you will realise it is more than a tale of friendship, which makes you celebrate 185 minutes of it, in its every twisted and imperfect form. Dil Chahta Hai also boasts of being a highly-relatable guide to every man’s life which the film immortalised years ago, and we thank Farhan Akhtar for having brought that to existence. Here are 5 such moments from the film that every guy will relate to even today: 1. The Worst Becomes The Best When You’re With The Squad © Excel-Entertainment The worst road trips, weekend getaways and parties can turn into the best when you have the guys with you to see it through. Watching Akash, Sameer and Sid set out on multiple outings and turning failures into triumphs and vice versa will never lose its charm, because if not this, why else do you have such a kickass squad for? 2. The Squad May Not Be Forever, But The Friendship Is © Excel-Entertainment Every group of friends is made up of different individuals who have varying personalities and their own quirks. So, naturally, conflict, misunderstandings and distance is bound to crop up every now and then. But if there’s anything Dil Chahta Hai taught us, it is that the boy gang may not last forever, but friendships and true friends will always come around. Even if it’s years later, like in the case of Akash and Sid. 3. When It Comes To Girl Problems, The Boys Aren’t Allowed To Meddle © Excel-Entertainment Every now and then, we tend to find ourselves in tricky situations that involve a girl we like. And more often than not, we are pretty clueless about how to go about it on our own. But that doesn’t mean the boys get to run with it, make fun of you and your situation or worse make light of your feelings just because they can. Remember how it messed things up for Sid and Akash? 4. Friendzone, Third-Wheeling Or One-Sided Affair, They All Suck © Excel-Entertainment No matter what you call it, the bottom line here is that you ain’t getting the girl, at least right now. But having said that, take cues from Akash on how to handle heartbreak and rejection. Lick your wounds but don’t stop living your life, and who knows, if you’re lucky (and non-creepily persistent enough) you might end up getting the girl in the end! 5. A Trip With The Squad Can Solve Everything © Excel-Entertainment Be it a heartbreak, stress from work or even having an overbearing mom or girlfriend, a vacation with the squad is the perfect way to unravel and recharge your depleting batteries. All it takes is a visit to an old hangout spot, a couple of rounds of booze, some ass-kicking and slurry, heart-to-heart conversations (Or a picnic on a sunny day) to get all the load off your chest. And just like that, your only immediate concern the next day is getting over that sore hangover. What was your favourite moment from this iconic film? Let us know in the comments. View the full article
  2. Rana Daggubati, who played the iconic character Bhallaladeva in SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali franchise, married his sweetheart Miheeka Bajaj, in a one-of-a-kind lockdown-style wedding in Hyderabad on Saturday evening. Every time the actor appears on screen, there is hardly anything else that one can focus on. From good looks to brilliant onscreen presence, Rana Daggubati is an absolute powerhouse of talent. Most people know him as Bhalladeva or as Jai Singh Rathore in Akshay Kumar’s Baby. However, there is a lot more to this handsome actor than meets the eye. The actor made his debut in films in 2010 with Telugu blockbuster Leader and won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut, South. Subsequently, next year he also ventured into Bollywood with the movie Dum Maaro Dum. Here we have curated a list of some of the lesser known facts about this newly-wed star. Check it out: 1. Began his career as visual effects coordinator Despite being a star kid as his father Suresh Babu is a famous film producer, Rana started out as a special effects coordinator. Following his passion, the actor initially worked in the visual effects department for the Mahesh Babu starred ‘Sainikudu’ in 2006. He even won a Nandi Award for his efforts - the highest honours in Tollywood. It was only years later that he stumbled upon a career in acting when he bagged a part in the 2010 film ‘Leader’ and the rest is history. 2. Blind in one eye The 35-year-old actor was part of a television show in 2016 where he admitted that he's blind in one eye during his childhood. In a bid to motivate one of the constants, Rana narrated his own story that left the audience shell-shocked. Speaking about his childhood, Rana said, "Should I tell you one thing, I am blind from my right eye. I see only from my left eye. The one you see is someone else's eye which was donated to me after his death. If I close my left eye, I can see no one." "LV Prasad operated me when I was young. Study well, we will support, be courageous as you have to look after her. Sorrows will go away one day but you have to gear up and keep them happy always," he added. 3. Huge Kamal Haasan and Sridevi fan © Kamal haasan sridevi If you are a true Daggubati fan, then you would know that Rana is a self-confessed fan of legendary actors Kamal Haasan and Sridevi. In fact, Ulaganayagan played a big inspiration while the 35-year-old actor prepped for his iconic role Bhallaladeva in Baahubali. As per the reports, Rana paid close attention to Kamal’s act in the cult classic Nayagan to get the nuances of playing an aged man in the film. Interestingly, Rana keeps drawing inspiration from the legendary actor. 4. Incredible transformation for Baahubali © Baahubali The dedicated actor that he is, Daggubati had to go to incredible lengths to bulk up for Baahubali. In fact, he put on a whopping 110 kilos to play the character of older Bhalladeva in the first instalment of the SS Rajamouli film. To do this, he had to increase his meat consumption considerably to attain the right amount of muscle. Apparently, the actor consumed up to 40 egg whites each day! Isn’t that phenomenal? That's not all, after bulking up, he had to lose around 20 kilos to play the younger version of the cruel king in ‘Baahubali 2’. Kudos to such commitment! 5. A Kabaddi enthusiast © pro kabbadi Not many know that Rana is the brand ambassador for the Pro Kabaddi League, but his involvement with the sport does not end there. He is an ardent supporter of the team Telugu Titans and can also be often seen on social media cheering on and motivating his team. In addition, he attends many matches of the Telugu Titans to show his support in person too. View the full article
  3. The internet is often blamed for making heroes out of the wrong kind of people. But every now and then, the WWW also helps us find genuine human beings who remind us of the innate goodness and compassion residing within every beating heart. It was such a chance sighting when the internet saw a real-life hero in action on a rainy day in Maharashtra, recently. A woman who stood in the rain to save innocent people’s life from falling prey to an open man-hole in the middle of a flooded road. Salute to this lady who stood up strong somewhere in Mumbai were manhole was open & saved many lives — Roop Darak BHARTIYA (@iRupND) August 7, 2020 It was a usual day of downpour amid Mumbai monsoons and as the heavy rains beat down on people, clogging drains and flooding roads as well as the only shelter for the poor on the roadside pavements, a viral video showed a middle-aged woman standing in the middle of a flooded road and guiding the incoming traffic. Turns out, the kind lady stood over a manhole and alerted the oncoming cars to steer clear of it safely. For hours, she stood there, without an umbrella, getting drenched in the rain and the muddy slush splashed by the passing cars. © Twitter /Mumbai Mirror She stood guard in the rain for seven long hours before BMC workers came to take stock of the situation. People called her a hero and thanked her for her thoughtfulness. As we have now found out through ANI, the woman is 50-year-old Kanta Murti, a flower seller who reportedly lost her house and savings in the deluge. It has also been revealed that she is a mother of eight children, who is also the only earning member of the family, since her husband is paralysed and cannot work. Five of Mrs Murti’s children are married but three are still dependent on her. © Twitter /ANI Speaking about her situation, Mrs Murti told ANI: “I sell flowers to make a living and support my 3 children's education. My 5 other kids are married and I am the only earning member in the family. My husband is handicapped after being paralysed from a railway accident.” Still, none of that or her personal tragedy stopped this kind lady from putting her personal safety on the line and helping people have an accident-free day. Really, not all heroes wear capes or carry a hammer or shield, some heroes wear sarees and stand hours in the rain protecting lives using a mere stick. View the full article
  4. Every year, a string of movies hit the silver screen. Some turn into blockbusters, some fail to shine. But at the same time, we also happen to chance upon a few movies which bless us with some of the most iconic on-screen presence and chemistry, good enough to make the entire year memorable. We have had the pleasure of beholding some really entertaining actors team-up on screen and take the audience on a joyride. Their performance turned out to be such a treat, finding out about them coming together for a film yet again makes us write a dedicated article to celebrate. Here are 5 such popular Bollywood pairs that are coming back together on the silver screen after years: 1. Aamir Khan - Kareena Kapoor Khan (Laal Singh Chadda - December 2021) © Vinod-Chopra-Films When we saw Rancho and Pia start off on the wrong foot in 3 Idiots and end up becoming the perfectly-imperfect couple by the end of the movie, we knew this pair had something special going on. Bring in Talaash, and you see a different kind of chemistry filling the screens that is equally convincing. Well, in a treat for the fans of this pairing, Aamir and Kareena are coming together once again for Laal Singh Chaddha after a gap of eight years. Kareena will be seen playing Chaddha’s wife, Maneela in the movie. 2. Sanjay Dutt - Pooja Bhatt (Sadak 2 - September 2020) © Vishesh-Films When Sadak came out way back in 1991, it became a superhit instantly. It was a fresh pairing and the music found its own fan base amongst the audience. Soon, it was declared the highest grosser of the year. Well, for all the Sadak-lovers, the original pair of the film is all set to come back together in the sequel Sadak 2 and you’ve got to feel that. 3. Akshay Kumar - Katrina Kaif ( Sooryavanshi - November 2020) © Hari-Om-Entertainme We have seen this pair in a couple of Bollywood films so far, and honestly, together they know how to pull off a good entertaining set. Last seen together in 2010 film Tees Maar Khan, Akshay and Katrina have been paired together yet again for Sooryavanshi wherein Katrina will be seen as the female lead opposite Akshay. 4. Paresh Rawal - Sharman Joshi (Aankh Micholi - October 2020) © Shree-Ashtavinayak Don’t know about you guys, but we think both Paresh Rawal and Sharman Joshi are great entertainers, individually. Both of them have a knack for comedy and pull it off effortlessly. For all the Golmaal fans out there, you’d agree that it was a treat to watch them share the screen space in the film. Now, after almost 14 years, the duo will be seen together in upcoming Bollywood comedy Aankh Micholi as father and son. 5. Saif Ali Khan - Kunal Khemu (Go Goa Gone 2 - March 2021) © Eros International Go Goa Gone really wouldn’t have been as much fun if not for Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Arshad Warsi in the film. But when it comes to Saif and Kunal’s comic timing in the film, it really makes for something. And good news for all the zombie-movie lovers who enjoyed these two’s banter, these guys will soon be back with Go Goa Gone 2! Bonus 6. Arjun Kapoor - Parineeti Chopra (Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar - 2020) © Yash Raj Films Okay, we’ll say it. These two were really convincing in their debut movie Ishaqzaade and it sucks that their next turned out to be an awful shit-show called Namaste England, that didn’t only ruin our memories of this awesome pair but also a classic called Namaste London. So, we’ll ignore this last movie of theirs and give them a second chance with their upcoming film called Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. Let us know which pair you are most excited for. View the full article
  5. Rana Daggubati is one of India’s most popular superstars and he recently did a stylish lockdown wedding in Hyderabad on Saturday evening. He tied the knot with his sweetheart Miheeka Bajaj. The actor is popular for the Bahubali franchise and lives in a contemporary house in Hyderabad’s Film Nagar, which is just an extension of his personality. The actor also owns an apartment in Mumbai’s Santacruz. If you’re wondering how his lake view house in Hyderabad looks like, we have a virtual house tour of his house that’ll make you go crazy. So, here we go- Minimalistic Interiors In The Living Room © Beautiful Homes Youtube The living room is located at the lower level of the house and is split into many zones. The room has a youthful vibe and is flooded with travel souvenirs and mementos. The various zones include a formal living room, a bar, and a reading corner with minimalist interiors. Built To Rent Out For Shoots © Beautiful Homes Youtube The home was initially built to rent out for shootings but eventually, the family moved in the house and a part of the house was still used for shoots. Office Room © Home Decor Youtube Rana Daggubati’s office is one of the most interesting places in the whole house. The walls of the office are filled with film posters and portraits of movies and inspirational personalities. The photos on the wall include Mohammad Ali, Uma Thurman, and many more. The office also has a mini library that includes books such as Rig Vedas and Upanishads amongst many others. Bedroom © Asian Paints Youtube All the bedrooms are on the top floor of the house with a huge balcony and a lush green lawn that makes the house look elegant and stylish at the same time. Bar Area © Home Decor Youtube The bar area of the house is minimalist and is decorated with a range of glasses and stirrer holders made of recycled old glass bottles. Rana Daggubati is now all set to welcome his wife Miheeka Bajaj to this contemporary house in Hyderabad. View the full article
  6. Superstar Rajinikanth aka “Thalaiva” is a known face across the globe. From a small child to an old person, this legendary actor has fans across all age groups. Born on December 12, 1950 in a Maratha family in Karnataka, Rajinikanth started out as a bus conductor. Yes, you read that. He later went out to become one of the highest paid actors in the industry, inspiring people across the places. His fans across the world love him for his enchanting on-screen persona, his larger-than-life portrayal of characters and off-screen simplicity. In fact, many of his fans worship him too. Here we have curated some of the lesser known and interesting facts about the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee: 1. Rajinikanth made his onscreen debut with director K Balachander's Apoorva Raagangal way back in 1975. The film also starred Kamal Haasan and Srividya in lead roles and hit the screens on 15th August 1975. Thalaiva, as he is fondly called now, has ruled the Tamil film industry for decades, and is completing 45 successful years in cinema on August 15. © Apoorva Raagangal 2. Not many know that he came from a humble background. Before entering the film industry, Rajinikanth used to work as a coolie, carpenter and a bus conductor. © Sathya movies 3. Wait, if you are a true fan you would surely know his real name! Yes, Rajinikanth isn’t his real name. The real name of Rajinikanth is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. He was named after Chhatrapati Shivaji, the brave Maratha warrior King. He was brought up speaking Marathi and Kannada. © v-creations 4. Rajinikanth pursued diploma in acting from Madras Film Institute and also learnt Tamil during his course. 5. On the personal front, Rajini is married to Latha Rangachari who is 8 years younger than him. The two met when Latha came to interview him for her college magazine. They got married in 1981. Latha runs a Chennai-based school called 'The Ashram' now and the couple has two daughters Aishwarya and Soundarya. © @soundaryaarajni Twitter 6. Did you know he started out as a villain initially? In the first two years of the 69-year-old actor’s career, he got only negative roles to play - of an abusive husband, a rapist, a womaniser, a pornographer, an adulterer etc, but it was in 1977 when he first got to play a positive role in the movie Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri, which is an evergreen classic film. 7. Not one or two, but Rajinikanth has starred in eleven Tamil remakes of Amitabh Bachchan films like Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Laawaris and Don among others which went on to become superhits. 8. Interestingly, he is also the second highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan as for his blockbuster movie Shivaji, he received an acting fee of Rs 26 crore in 2007. © AVM 9. His elder daughter Aishwarya is married to actor Dhanush. His younger daughter Soundarya is married to Vishagan Vanangamudi, an actor and businessman. 10. Rajinikanth commands a huge fan following across the globe. On Twitter alone, the superstar has 5.7 million world-wide followers as of today. In addition, Rajinikanth is a follower of Hinduism and a strong believer of spirituality. He practices yoga and meditation. Besides, on his birthdays every year, his fan clubs organise blood donation, eye donation camps and also distribute food for the poor. He has acted in over 170 films in his over four-decade-long journey and will be next seen in 'Annaatthe', helmed by Siruthai Siva. The movie also features Keerthy Suresh, Nayanthara, Khushbu Sundar and Meena among others in pivotal roles. The filming for the movie began in December, last year. View the full article
  7. A couple of weeks ago, the Indian cricketing fraternity finally had some good news when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the month of September. Soon after, the Indian cricket board was scrutinised for having VIVO as the tournament’s title sponsor under the current anti-China sentiment in the country. #boycottipl everyone is doing their partwhy can't them? — BINOD (@bhartiyachad) August 2, 2020 On August 6, 2020, the BCCI announced that VIVO and they had come to a mutual agreement for suspending their partnership for this season of the league. A single-sentence statement by the board read: “The BCCI and Vivo Mobile India Pvt Ltd have decided to suspend their partnership for Indian Premier League in 2020.” #BREAKING #IPL #IPL13@BCCI and Vivo suspend their partnership for @IPL's 2020 season — TOI Sports (@toisports) August 6, 2020 Ever since, reports have emerged, according to which multiple companies have shown interest in bidding as the title sponsor for the cash cow that the IPL has become over the years. Names like Coca Cola, BYJU's, Jio and Amazon have been thrown around the rumour mill. Recently, however, a fifth brand has also made a public statement about their willingness to contest for the bid, India’s very own Patanjali Ayurved. Okay guys it's happening#PatanjaliIPL #IPL — A D I L (@adilsiddique99) August 10, 2020 Baba Ramdev’s Indian consumer goods company spokesperson S K Tijarawala told PTI: "We are considering this (bidding for 2020 IPL’s title sponsor)... This is for ‘Vocal For Local’ and making one Indian brand as global, this is the right platform. We are considering into that perspective." Tijarawala, however, clarified that they haven’t completely made up their mind yet and “will have to take a final decision”. Nonetheless, the thought of Patanjali sponsoring the Indian Premier League was enough for Twitter users who got to work as soon as the news broke and came up with some hilarious memes too: *Patanjali to consider for #IPL2020 title sponsorship* Cheerleaders will do Agar 4 gaya - Pranayam 6 - surya namaskar Wicket - kapal bharti Balkrishnaji will play the DJ in the ground #PatanjaliIPL — Rachit Gupta (@Im_RachitGupta) August 10, 2020 *Patanjali to consider for #IPL2020 title sponsorship*#PatanjaliIPL Le Public be like:- — Rachit Maheshwari (@RachitNawal) August 10, 2020 #PatanjaliIPL If Patanjali sponsors IPL, my dadi will no longer ask me to change the channel in the middle of the match to watch her favourite serial. — Jagriti Gambhir (@iamjagriti_) August 10, 2020 #PatanjaliIPL Cheerleaders will do Kapalbhati after every boundary, Anulom Vilom after every wicket. Man of the match will get Patanjali Dant Kranti kit. — Abbas Haider (@abbas_haiderr) August 10, 2020 #PatanjaliIPL *Baba Ramdev after seeing troll against him again and again : — रमपम (@THEhimanshuseth) August 10, 2020 #PatanjaliIPL This is real Vocal for Local😂 — Belal Ahmad (@iambelalahmad) August 10, 2020#PatanjaliIPL Patanjali is bidding for #IPL2020 #BabaRamdev be like:- — Prasanjeet Anand (@PrasanjeetAnand) August 10, 2020 While the idea of an Indian brand as the title sponsor for something as massively successful as the IPL seems to be promising, the reason why so many people are reacting to Patanjali’s bid for the same, is evidently hilarious to the Indian masses. View the full article
  8. The Mumbai Police recently accused rapper Badshah of buying fake views for his song Paagal Hai, just to crack the world record for most viewed songs in twenty-four hours. Now, the Crime Intelligence Unit has entered the picture and interrogated the rapper as they want to expose a racket that is working to sell and create fake social media followers. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nandkumar Thakur, said, “The singer confessed that he wanted to set a world record for the most number of viewers in 24 hours on YouTube. That is why he paid Rs 72 lakh to this company.” View this post on InstagramHau aar U? @billboardA post shared by (@badboyshah) However, the singer has denied the allegations and rebuffed the reports completely. Also, this news is a heartbreaker for his fans and people on Twitter are now using memes to get over it. As what’s better than trolling a celebrity and turning the whole situation into a meme. Here are a few tweets that’ll give you a laugh riot and you’ll just laugh out loud- Sad story. #Badshah : I'm the most followed Indian singer on Instagram. His followers : — Akshay gouttam (@akshay_gouttam) August 10, 2020 What is the logic behind this? #Badshah after paying 72 lakhs to get 7.2 crore views on his video #PagalHai : — Rohit Dang (@dBigDangTheory) August 10, 2020 Ouch. #Badshah After knowing that @Its_Badshah Has been exposed badly.. Other Hard working Artist :- — Billu Sanda(Khalnayak) (@bhajwalya) August 10, 2020 On point… #Badshah buys crore of fake views for 72 lakh, for his song " Pagal hai " After knowing the truth Everyone : — Logical Army (@nitin_sta) August 10, 2020 Is anyone else feeling bad for Badshah? Not me. #Badshah want his video to beat record of most viewed video in 24 hours *Le fake views: — sans_memer_boy (@sans_memer_boy) August 10, 2020 Hahahah #Badshah to everyone rn : — Himanshu Seth (@tereMaalKaYaar) August 10, 2020 Should have cheated in school exams, better option! Nobody...#Badshah after buying fake views on YouTube — Infoseeker AC (@Infoseeker_AC) August 10, 2020 Kissi ko pata nahi chalega. *Nobody..!!#Badshah after buying views and followers : — Akshay gouttam (@akshay_gouttam) August 10, 2020 Lol, this never gets old. So called fans right now. #Badshah — Pratham Choubey (@prathamchoubeyy) August 10, 2020 Best… #badshah Honey singh fans rn — vedantduble (@_dankbrownguy) August 9, 2020 Funny? Pic 1- #Badshah when he's getting millions of views and likes Pic 2- #Badshah after knowing his truth revealed of fake followers and views — Ritika Sharma🥀 (@nihayati_lazy) August 10, 2020 The rapper issued a statement denying all allegations and said, "Following the summons, I have spoken to the Mumbai Police. I have aided the officials in their investigation by cooperating and carrying out the due diligence on my part. I have categorically denied all the allegations leveled against me and made it clear that I was never involved in such practices, nor do I condone them. The investigation procedure is being executed in accordance with the law and I have complete faith in the authorities, who are handling this matter. I would like to thank all those who have conveyed their concern to me. It means a lot to me.” The police is now investigating at least 100 Social Media Marketing Firms and over 54 portals all over India that offer services of generating fake profiles. View the full article
  9. Leave it up to Will Smith to crack things up with a hilarious prank, and you’ll never be disappointed. Just recently, he gave his ardent fans, and that of Jason Derulo, an American songwriter with whom he has collaborated on a number of projects, the scare of their lives. © Instagram/willsmith In a video that was posted last night, Will Smith was seen giving Derulo some handy tips on golf. Things were already looking bad, for they were practising gold, using real golf balls and golf clubs, inside a room. © Instagram/willsmith As Smith approaches Derulo teeing up, Derulo is seen taking a swing, and accidentally “knocking” a few of Will’s front teeth out. Guess that new adornment makes him “Will Thmith,” right? Trying saying his name without your tongue touching your front teeth, and you’ll get the joke. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@willsmith) Smith then goes on to get his own driver, to “knock” Derulo out. In case this wasn’t clear, this was a prank that the two were playing on their fans. Just to commemorate this, Smith put up a photo of the two guys, smiling, with a caption that read - “I gotta stop inviting @jasonderulo over (see my last post).” View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@willsmith) Derulo posted the same photo, with the caption, “His embracing his new smile @willsmith See my last post.” What we really like about this prank video, is the attention to detail that the guys brought to the prank. You can see, that a piece of chipped tooth flying off of Will’s face, onto the ground, straight in front of the camera. Had they added some fake blood, and a more shocked reaction from Derulo, they certainly would have got their fans. What we also love is the fact that Will is embracing his chipped teeth with so much glee, without an iota of grief on his face, can be a great lesson for fans who suffer from a phobia of superficial flaws or body image issues. Knowing Will, he probably would have been just as unbothered if it were real. © Instagram/willsmith This isn’t the first time where the two have “injured” the other in an internet prank. A few days prior to this video, Smith & Derulo both, posted this video - View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@willsmith) And before that, there was also this one, where Smith is hit on the head with a loaded iMac case - View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@willsmith) Say what you will about celebrities and their online personas, we kinda dig Will’s social media game. That’s some wholesome content right there. Are you taking notes Bollywood? View the full article
  10. I sometimes dabble with toy collecting but mostly Star Wars actions figures and vehicles due to my obsession with the franchise. However, it did get me thinking about some of my favourite toys I used to own as a kid. We all had that one favourite toy that we all played even if we got new ones. © MensXP There were plenty of toys that take us back to much simpler times so, I decided to compile a list of toys from back in the day that was beloved by the MensXP writers team. You may relate to some of the toys on this list and some you may have never seen before. Here are some of our favourite toys from our childhood that we wished we could buy even today: 1. He-Man (Masters of The Universe) © Pinteresth_Kaneisin You may have remembered watching the animated series on your television as kids, but I was more fascinated by the toy line by Mattel. In fact, most people don’t know that the TV series was made for the sole purpose of selling these toys. These were some of the most popular toys from the 1980s that I may still have in my storage somewhere. I owned all the characters i.e. the one that came with the Power Sword, Battle Axe, Shield and a removable baldric. I even owned the Skeletor Action figure, his Skull Mountain playset and all of his henchmen. There was a point where I owned the lion and panther as well and turns out, they are quite valuable today. 2. G.I. Joe Action Figures © Yet another line of toys that were created to appeal to kids who watched the popular animated show every Saturday morning. The toy was originally created by Hasbro in 1964 but we remember the 80s toys from the animated series. The 3.75-inch action figures were and many more points of articulation which reinvigorated the toy line amongst kids. Personally, I owned around 50-60 of these action figures myself and many vehicles including the jeep, fighter jet and a tank. Is it just me or were you also singing the theme song from the animated series while reading about these toys? 3. Hot-Wheels © Technically, they still make them today the way they did back then and the design hasn’t changed much since the early 1970s. Mattel created these die-cast toys originally in 1968 but it was the The 'Blackwall' era cars with thinner axles for greater speeds that we remember the most. I particularly remember playing with the ‘Hot Rod’ car and the muscle car variant in the early 1990s. I even bought a racing track set and a propeller that would make some of these go in a loop. 4. WWF Trump Cards © Twitter_90sKid I particularly remember playing “WWF Superstars” at the back seat of my bus every day when going back home from school. The object of the game is to simply win all the cards from every player by comparing statistics from every wrestler’s career. Whoever had the higher number for a specific category would win against opponents. Technically, the trading card set was not really a toy but was surely sold as a toy to kids in stores. 5. Batman: The Animated Series Action Figures © Youtube_Raphael cejaman/Pinterest There were plenty of different types of Batman to choose from such as the classic Animated series look, 'Sky Dive Batman’, or a one called “Rapid Attack Batman’ that came with an escape hook gun. I even owned the Batmobile and the Batcycle that were extremely rare and hard to find in India. I remember getting Batman toys as a gift whenever I got a “B+” or above in my term report card. So, these were our five most memorable toys from our childhood, however, there are plenty more which were not possible to feature in one article. Your list of your favourite toys may just be completely different from ours so, do let us know in the comments section which was your favourite toy/action figure. View the full article
  11. While we have looked into several mysteries and myths in the past, we have often discovered logical explanations for each one of them. The story of the ship named Mary Celeste, on the other hand, continues to remain unsolved over a century and a half later. What’s The Story? In 1872, a double-masted Mary Celeste set sail from New York Harbor towards Genoa, Italy. It was captained by Benjamin S. Briggs, an experienced sailor and with him were his wife, Sarah, their infant daughter Sophia and eight other members of the crew. Their next stop on #TheChase is the Mary Celeste... #London1965#DoctorWho — Kippy Woo (@TygerWhoCame2T) August 8, 2020 A month later, this ship was spotted by another sailing vessel of Canadian origin named Dei Gratia sailing through the North Atlantic Ocean, about 645 kilometres away from the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal. Upon inspection, no sign of human life was found on the brigantine. However, it was stacked with food and water which was later estimated to be enough for over six months of survival. Aside from a missing lifeboat, the ship also looked unscathed. No signs of a natural disaster affecting the ship or a crash were found, which led to one of the most talked-about maritime mysteries of all time - what happened to the Briggs family and the eight crewmembers? Why would they abandon a perfect and damage-free ship? Read more about the weird circumstances surrounding Mary Celeste here: — ScareStreet (@ScareStreet) August 7, 2020 Mary Celeste’s Dark History: The ship, which was originally named Amazon, has been rather infamous throughout its past and is a source of numerous unfortunate events with the crewmembers. Its first captain ever, Captain McLellan mysteriously fell ill during the maiden voyage and his condition continued to worsen as he spent days on the ship. Amazon made its way to Spencer's Island, Nova Scotia, where McLellan died on June 19, 1861. John Nutting Parker, who took the ship’s wheel after the passing of McLellan, also fell prey to a series of misfortunes. First, it collided with fishing equipment at the Eastport, Maine, USA and crashed into another brig in the English Channel. In 1867, the Amazon got completely wrecked by a storm. The damage was so much that the owners had to abandon it on the shore of Cape Breton Island. The wreckage was bought by Alexander McBean who rebuilt the ship and named it Mary Celeste. Ever since, the vessel’s ownership changed a handful of times until it made its way to Benjamin S. Briggs. Proposed Theories: According to old folklore, carnivorous seaweed was said to be responsible for crew disappearances in the 1800s. In 1872, the ship Mary Celeste was found off the coast of Portugal aimlessly floating. Not a single crew member was anywhere to be found. #WyrdWednesday #History — Haunted History BC (@HauntedHistory2) August 5, 2020 Fiction fanatics came up with stories that ranged between a pirate attack and an assault by a giant sea monster. While those who were more scientifically inclined, suggested that mishap had something to do with the fumes from the 1,700 barrels of crude alcohol Mary Celeste was carrying at the time. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the Sherlock Holmes series, also contributed to the legend when in 1884, he wrote a short story titled J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement suggesting that the Briggs family was slaughtered by an ex-slave in an act of vengeance. In 2007, Channel 4 International came up with a documentary titled The True Story of the Mary Celeste which suggested a rather unexciting theory (although inconclusive), according to which Briggs commanded everyone to abandon ship and row for the land, owing to the disastrous weather and a clogged onboard pump. There have been many stories about this incident. Numerous tabloids have tried to retell the story based on the evidence available onboard but nobody could come up with one satisfying theory. As time passes by and lores about the disappearance of the Briggs family continue to get added to the legend, what truly happened that day continues to be buried deeper and deeper. Also Read: The Truth About Astronaut Carving Found On The 16th Century Spanish Cathedral Wall View the full article
  12. Leading veteran star (if there exists such a thing) of the Bollywood industry, Amitabh Bachchan has been one of the most active actors and delivered some of his finest performances in recent years. However, of late, first with the lockdown and now with the Maharashtra government’s suggestion of barring TV and film artistes above 65 years from resuming shootings, BigB expressed his concern about the fate of senior actors in the industry. Soon after, Amitabh Bachchan sought suggestions for “alternate work jobs” for himself on his blog post. Now, as per the latest developments, it turns out that a fan has offered a job opportunity to BigB and it’s so innovative that he happily claimed: “my job is now insured”. © BCCL Taking to his blog to post a follow-up story, he wrote, “Expect the unexpected from the Ef ever .. and one such brightness evolves in this creativity which kind of reflects one of my posers in the Blog.” He then went on to share his fan’s creative job offer that has him convinced now: Dear Mr Amitabh Bachchan, Re: Your Application for an alternate job vide Day 4539 In view of the permanent kind of temporary moratorium on work imposed on you by the governance due to your age, and the loss of revenue caused by the same, we are pleased to inform you that your application for an alternate job is temporarily under review for permanent reasons… (By the way, before we forget, please register our request that if you understand anything of what we are saying, please let us know too…) So, here is our offer - Sir, if you wish to do nothing, yet you want to feel as if you are something, then we suggest that you become the President of the United States… But if you want to do something which will last forever, then we suggest that you open a Peace Shop… Sell Peace… that shop can never go out of business… Let us draft a flowchart for you to prepare for the venture… 1) Vision - To provide a rolling plan for ways and means to acquire and sustain peace… 2) Mission - Make sure that it remains a rolling plan… Peace alive is peace dead… 3) Aims and Objectives - Define Peace, develop immeasurable standards for peace, and draft governance models for ensuring that the standards are impossible to achieve… 4) Policies - Develop and enforce codes of conduct which will make the objectives happen… 5) Systems - Draft and build an organisation of functions which are both horizontally and vertically indefinite… Make sure that everything and everyone is included… 6) Procedures - Develop and establish procedures for each function such that no single procedure is standalone… every procedure must rely on another to produce results… 7) Standards - Establish standards for each procedure… Make sure that the standards are not auditable… we live in a democracy… Use the preamble to beat audits… 8) Codes of Practice - Adopt all new codes of practice… Remember, history is recorded for telling us what has been defeated in the past… Historical successes are compromised… We sincerely hope that you will lead our temporary enterprise… We will wrap it up as soon as it shows signs of positive results… Looking forward to your favourable response, and assuring you of our best services at all times, We remain, Yours truly, Sd/- Who would have thought a commoner’s job offer would please Amitabh Bachchan so much? But well, surprisingly it did and now we all know why. View the full article
  13. We know that our cricketers love to spend some really good money on their watches, especially, the younger lot. People like Hardik & Krunal Pandya, have often been spotted wearing timepieces that are more expensive than 3-4 BHK flats in New Delhi. Others like MS Dhoni, like to keep things simple, but elegant. © Twitter/yuzi_chahal A few days back the 30-year-old spinner and former chess player announced that he got engaged to Dhanashree Verma, a choreographer and one of the most widely followed dance instructors on YouTube. © Twitter/yuzi_chahal Chahal got engaged in a simplistic, but elegantly embroidered set of kurta & pyjama. He paired the outfit with a very elegant pair of maroon loafers. Classy, simple and very tasteful, if you ask us.However, the highlight of the outfit was the watch that Yuzvendra is seen wearing. © Rolex Representational Image. Yuzvendra is wearing the Oyster Datejust with a slate grey face. The “oystersteel” & gold watch has a fluted bezel as opposed to a plain one. It also has Rolex’s jubilee chain-strap, and a slate grey face. All these customisations set the price at about Rs 8.67 Lakhs. © PrestigeTime All in all, Yuzvendra has a great horological sense. Way to go Yuzi, we hope you surprise us with tons of other elegant and distinguished timepieces. View the full article
  14. If you’ve ever wondered how far we’ve come when it comes to mobile phones, we would like to take you back to 1973. It was the time when Motorola showcased the first mobile phone of the world that weighed 2 Kilograms and was bigger than any phone we’ve used in recent memory. While this phone was still a prototype, it was used to demonstrate cellular technology almost 47 years ago. © Wikipedia Commons Due to the development of large-scale integration (LSI) technology and metal-oxide semiconductors; it led to the development of the world’s first affordable mobile communications device. While the first commercially available mobile phone didn’t arrive before 1984; the first-ever mobile device was shown by Martin Cooper of Motorola almost eleven years before. The company later released the world’s first commercially available handled cellular phone called the Motorola DynaTac 8000x. It was a more refined version of the prototype that weighed considerably less and was a bit smaller as well. The refined version weighed around 790 g which is still quite heavy and unwieldy by today’s standard. © Wikipedia Commons To put things into perspective, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x is still considerably large when compared to phones today. The phone was also quite expensive as it retailed for $3,995 ($9,831 in today’s money) at the time and was not considered a mass-market item in 1983. The phone was powered by a lithium-ion battery, something we still use today in our smartphones. The phone was also used to place the first commercial wireless call as David D. Meilahn called Bob Barnett, former president of Ameritech Mobile Communications from his 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL. © Motorola Legacy Archives While we may consider the phone to be extremely bulky today and quite unwieldy; the phone was considered to be revolutionary at the time. Mobile telephones were limited to cars or heavy briefcases at the time and the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x was the first true wireless handheld mobile phone. The phone also did not need any assistance from a mobile operator and users could directly call people if they knew the number. The phone was extremely popular as well and Motorola couldn’t make them fast enough to meet the demand. The phone wasn’t really made for teenagers and somewhat became a necessity for business owners that led to this phone’s success. © Motorola Legacy Archives The DynaTAC series phones are all but obsolete today as it used analogue networks or AMPS which are not used by network providers. The phone has now become more of a collector’s item for enthusiasts. What do you think about the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x and would you be able to use it today? Let us know in the comment what you think about the godfather of every mobile phone that followed. View the full article
  15. Kartik Aaryan is an outsider who has now become a well-known Bollywood actor and filmmakers like Imtiaz Ali and Karan Johar have placed their bets on him. He struggled during his initial years when he came to Mumbai and many auditions later he got Luv Ranjan’s Pyaar Ka Punchnama in 2011. His journey in Bollywood is one to be looked upon and he has only done a handful of movies in and he is getting his due with each passing film. He is one actor who cut through dynasty and discrimination to carve his success in the industry. So, here are 5 Kartik Aaryan movies that define his career in Bollywood- Pyaar Ka Punchnama Pyaar Ka Punchnama is a Luv Ranjan directorial and a romantic comedy that won people’s hearts. The movie starred Kartik Aaryan, Raayo S. Bakhirta, Divyendu Sharma, Sonnalli Seygall, Nushrat Bharucha, and Ishita Raj Sharma in the film. The film’s storyline revolves around three bachelors and their love life. The film was a hit and was able to capture decent numbers at the box-office. Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 This film was also directed by Luv Ranjan and the storyline of the film was similar to the lines of the first part. But this time this romantic comedy was something that the audience was looking forward to. This film made everyone notice Kartik Aaryan and that’s how his journey of stardom started playing a role. Also, part 2 performed better on the box-office and Kartik Aaryan won millions of hearts. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety Now, we all want a best-friend like Sonu who’d care so much for us and pull us out of all problems. Also, the comic timing of the character in the film is entertaining to an extent that even if some scenes don’t make sense, you’ll still have a good time. However, every-time you watch the film you’ll realize that the film is a love story about Sonu and Titu and Sweety is playing a supporting role. Pati Patni Aur Woh The film stars Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar, and Ananya Panday in the lead role. The plot of the film revolves around how a married man, who is happy in his married life, started feeling infatuated to another woman who is career-oriented and fashionable. The film is problematic on many levels but still worked at the box-office. Luka Chuppi The film stars Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles. The film focuses on many aspects like how to live in relationships are still taboo in small towns. The story revolves around how the protagonists' parents find out about their live-in relationship and their whole life turns into chaos. View the full article