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‘Checkmate COVID’ was a charity event that was supposed to be about raising awareness and funds for those struggling under the ongoing pandemic in India. Instead, it turned out to be a display of how far some of our biggest celebrities would go to win the smallest of accomplishments.
On Monday night, Indian Chess Grandmaster and coach Srinath Narayanan shared a couple of screenshots of two massive names of the Indian film industry - actor, director, and produce Kichcha Sudeep as well as producer Sajid Nadiadwala, both of whom had their accounts banned by chess.com for using unfair means to win matches.
Everyone suspected this. I didn't want to be the judge, jury, executioner. Now the truth of this whole thing is out and clear. pic.twitter.com/SqSbqpqRcf — Srinath Narayanan (@nsrinath69) June 14, 2021
On Monday morning, news broke that India’s youngest billionaire, Nikhil Kamath had cheated to win a match against the biggest name there has ever been in the history of Indian chess - Viswanathan Anand and that the event organisers had banned Kamath’s profile for similar reasons as well.
Later in the day, Anand put out a very subtle tweet that was full of context while expressing he had no awareness of his opponents using computers and other people’s intelligence to try to beat him.
He added that he had expected everyone to keep the ethics of the game in mind while playing.
Yesterday was a celebrity simul for people to raise money It was a fun experience upholding the ethics of the game.I just played the position onthe board and expected the same from everyone . pic.twitter.com/ISJcguA8jQ — Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) June 14, 2021
“Yesterday was a celebrity simul for people to raise money It was a fun experience upholding the ethics of the game.I just played the position on the board and expected the same from everyone,” he wrote on Twitter.
During the day, Kamath not only acknowledged the fact that his 99% accuracy match against Anand was a result of additional help from computers and other people, but he also apologised to the Indian legend on a couple of occasions.
@vishy64theking in my head, it was just a fun game we amateurs were playing against the greatest chess champ from India to raise funds for charity. But still gives no excuse for what I did. It was wrong and I sincerely apologize. — Nikhil Kamath (@nikhilkamathcio) June 14, 2021
“... in my head, it was just a fun game we amateurs were playing against the greatest chess champ from India to raise funds for charity. But still gives no excuse for what I did. It was wrong and I sincerely apologize,” Kamath wrote in response to Anand’s tweet.
Unfortunately, with a trend forming with all the major celebrities trying illegal ways to show their dominance on the chessboard, fans have started questioning whether someone like actor Aamir Khan or cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal - an avid chess player in his childhood, would have also used these hacks or were they clean?
guess only Arijit and Aamir played honestly — Priyanka ✪ (@eruditepriya) June 14, 2021There were others. Manu Jain, Yuzi and Ritesh. Yuzi is a hardworking sportsperson, he would not stoop to such a low or disrespect a legend. He loves Cricket and Chess. If anything, he might have seen the other games and knew then and there what was happening and felt disgusted. — Nitin Jain (@nitin525jain) June 15, 2021Almost everyone cheated except Chahal — Shashank KR (@Shashan93230927) June 15, 2021 View the full article
With the World Test Championship finals less than four days away, the International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed the division of prize money which will be split into all the squads that participated based on what was their final position at the end of the tournament.
Prize money distribution by ICC for World Test Championship participants:
Winners - 11.71cr.
Runner ups - 5.85cr.
Australia - 3.3cr. England - 2.5cr. Pakistan - 1.5cr. Rest of the teams - 73 Lakhs. https://t.co/S9TmCX3tmW — Rohit1️⃣8️⃣ (@rohit_rathod18) June 14, 2021
Essentially, the winner of the one-off final between India and New Zealand will bag $1.6 million or roughly Rs. 11.71 crore while the team at the losing end will receive $8,00,000 (approximately Rs. 5.85 crore. In the case of a draw, both sides will end up splitting the money equally as they will also share the title.
And while we are yet to see who wins the big money and who becomes the runners-up, prize money for the rest of the squads has already been allotted based on where they stood in the WTC points table.
Winner of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand will take home the prize money of USD 1.6 million along with the ICC Test Championship Mace: International Cricket Council pic.twitter.com/fVg4JL8jyn — ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2021
Therefore, Australia (3rd) will receive Rs. 3.3 crore, England (4th) will receive Rs. 2.5 crore, Pakistan (5th) will receive Rs. 1.5 crore and the rest of the teams that participated will get Rs. 73 lakh each.
Fans of international cricket were thoroughly surprised after learning how big of a prize-money the ICC has kept for the top two sides and also the fact that every single squad playing in the tournament will receive some sort of hefty token regardless of how nicely or poorly they did.
Having said that, trolls and critics of the Pakistan squad did not let this opportunity pass by and started “congratulating” them for whatever amount they will be getting.
Now imran khan will take this 1.5 cr to reduce loan from china — 🇮🇳KING KOHLI (MASKED) (@Doc_Cricketer) June 14, 2021PSL ka budget badh jaayega chalo achha hai — Cricket lover (@Cricket18_17) June 14, 2021PCB rn pic.twitter.com/AKv75RXLBi — Ram ch. Bhatra 🇮🇳 (@rcbhatra) June 14, 20211.5 Cr will definitely boost the economy of Pakistan — Ayush (@shutupayushh) June 14, 2021pakistan ki economy aachi hu jaayengi — 𝙰𝚋𝚑𝚊𝚜 (spy) (@whoabhas) June 14, 2021The Indian cricket team had themselves a practice intra-squad match just to warm up to the English conditions while the New Zealand squad as intimidating as ever, especially after winning the two-Test championship against England, despite their skipper Kane Williamson sitting out with an elbow injury. Assuming that the injury isn’t too severe, the skipper should be back before the big game.
Virat Kohli and the Men in Blue will lock horns against the Blackcaps for the first-ever World Test Championship between 18-22 June at the Ageas Bowl cricket stadium in Southampton. View the full article
The way we consume content these days has changed. Thanks to the upsurge in OTT platforms, we can now sit comfortably at home and enjoy versatile movies and shows. Bollywood stars, too, aren't a newbie to the OTT world. In 2020, several actors made their debut in this arena, including Abhishek Bachchan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sushmita Sen, etc. The year 2021 will also witness an ingress of more B-town actors into the OTT space. Check it out. 1. Shahid Kapoor
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Shahid Kapoor will mark his digital debut in 2021. He announced that he has been working with Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK for an action-thriller series, which is untitled yet. He will be seen opposite Rashi Khanna. As per the news, this is an exciting project teemed with action scenes. Besides that, Shahid will also be seen in Jersey. 2. Madhuri Dixit Nene
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Madhuri's Dixit Nene needs no introduction. While many shows and movies create a buzz in the OTT arena, fans are awaiting Madhuri's Finding Anamika. As per reports, it's a suspense drama series in which a superstar goes missing. The show includes shocking lies and secrets that will keep us on the edge of our seats. Let's just hope that's true! 3. Ajay Devgn
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Ajay Devgn is all ready to set his foot into the OTT arena. He will debut in a crime-thriller, Rudra - The Edge Of Darkness. As per reports, it's based on the British series Luther. In an interview. Ajay mentioned that it's a highly intriguing story, and playing a cop is not new for him. Moreover, the character is intense and is possibly the greyest character he has pulled of late. 4. Sonakshi Sinha
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Sonakshi Sinha has given some power-packed performances in Bollywood. She is another star to join the OTT hood. The upcoming web series has been tentatively titled Fallen, and Sonakshi essays the role of a cop named Anjali Bharti. What we also know is that it's based on a real story. The cast wrapped up the shoot in March this year. 5. Juhi Chawla
Juhi Chawla will be seen in the OTT space as well. Amazon Prime Video recently announced its next series, starring many female celebrities, including Karishma Tanna, Sahana Goswami, Soha Ali Khan etc., for the show named Hush Hush. There isn't much news about the show, but it's touted as a thriller drama. View the full article
Sushant Singh Rajput has left a void in people’s lives who genuinely loved him for his aura. A year has passed by already and it still feels like yesterday that the news started to flash everywhere that the beloved actor is no more.
When my father informed me of the news that Sushant is no more, I told him that he must have got it wrong for sure or it must be a hoax.
I knew Sushant and we had the most meaningful conversations whenever we met or talked on the phone. The news of his untimely demise pierced right through my heart and Sunday (14th June 2020) couldn’t have been any worse.
View this post on InstagramHis death did start many important conversations in Bollywood and many aspiring actors started to raise their voices against the injustice in the industry. Sushant has always been an important anchor for many youngsters who dare to dream big and make it big in Bollywood, without any strings or a godfather.
In an industry dominated by star kids, Sushant made his mark with movies like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Kai Po Che, and Chhichhore in a very short span of his career.
He lived his characters and you could witness the entire metamorphosis in Sushant. More than just living his characters and giving them a new meaning, he was a man of wisdom and his words can give you a completely different outlook on life.
View this post on InstagramIt’s his thoughts that will continue his legacy and will be passed from generation to generation.
1. In an interview with Hindustan Times, he had earlier said, “The closest synonym of happiness is excitement, and you can generate it by doing something that you can't completely comprehend. This understanding makes the process rich and exciting. So, you stumble over something new, and then work on it and make it your own.”
This is an amazing thought and it can completely change your outlook of seeing a particular situation if you implement it in your life. We have been living a monotonous life and if we manage to generate excitement, we have done half the job of lifting our spirits up.
2. We all have goals but when we accomplish them, all we find is a dead end. I really loved how Sushant explained in of the interviews that happiness is not about achieving the very goal you have been desiring for ages, but it’s the process that keeps you going.
In an interview with Indian Express, he had said, “I really wanted to buy a Range Rover. It was a big dream, and the day I bought it, I was very happy, but by evening, I was immune to it. That’s when I realized that excitement if it’s happiness, is not in reaching the goal but in the process. Thus process trumps over realization.”
View this post on Instagram3. In a particular press conference, he had said, “To be able to make statements, you need to be confident about what you think. You need to have a sense of right and wrong.”
This one especially hit me the most as many people choose to let go of morality when they make statements and the key to success is to have a sense of what’s right and wrong.
4. He had shared this thought in an interview with HT and we really need to understand the depth of it.
He had said, “We should never forget the inevitable, as we will lose everything, eventually. So, why fret over any kind of security? The idea is to just fly and experience it all while it lasts.”
It’s so true that we have been holding on to what next but it’s the truth that we will lose it all so it’s better to enjoy the experiences life is throwing at us on a daily basis.
View this post on Instagram5. It was in 2015 that he had said in an interview with HT, “Everybody is in a hurry to decode you in a certain way, and then they expect you to adhere to their definition. How can they possibly do that when you yourself are finding it hard to discover yourself?”
This statement holds true to every generation as we keep judging others but in reality, we are yet to have a grasp of our own selves.
These five statements by Sushant hit you completely differently. Which one do you relate to the most? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
There are many father-son duos who are known in Bollywood such as Amitabh Bachchan-Abhishek Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor-Ranbir Kapoor, Sunil Dutt-Sanjay Dutt, and many more. However, there are some fathers whose struggle in making their son a Bollywood actor is not known.
Many fathers are not themselves Bollywood stars but have made extreme efforts to make their sons Bollywood stars. So, here’s a list of actors whose dads played an integral role in making them Bollywood stars- Ayushmann Khurrana’s Dad P Khurana
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Ayushmann Khurrana is an outsider in Bollywood and made it big in the industry with just pure hard work. He has been able to win the hearts of his audience and he has struggled for a long time. However, it’s not only him who struggled and made him what he is today.
In a post, he expressed how his dad helped through the journey. He said, “From an under-confident child you transformed me into a people’s person. Your zest makes me more enthusiastic about life. Thank you papa for everything.” Pankaj Tripathi’s Dad Pandit Benaras Tripathi
Pankaj Tripathi is one of the versatile actors that Bollywood has and he has been in the industry for a long time now but only gained stardom a few years ago. He brings a lot of edge to his roles but what we don’t know is that what role his father has played in making him an actor.
Pankaj Tripathi’s dad always wanted him to become a doctor but now he is happy as his son has become a successful actor. Kartik Aaryan’s Dad Manish Tiwari
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Kartik Aaryan has achieved a lot in a short period in Bollywood. From giving back-to-back hits to getting big-budget films, he has won the hearts of the audience. Now, that he has made it in Bollywood, it shows on his dad’s face how proud he is of his son’s success. Manoj Bajpayee’s Dad Radhakant BajpaiMy gr8 father!dicussing the mutton that he cooks very well.yumyum pic.twitter.com/vKBCoBTU — manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) October 5, 2012
Manoj Bajpayee is one of the best actors our industry has and he was recently praised for his performance in The Family Man 2. However, he has had his fair share of struggles in the industry. There is a lot that goes unsaid that his dad has done for him. View the full article
Akshay Kumar recently took to Twitter to dismiss a news report that claimed that he has reduced his fees for his upcoming movie. The report said that Akshay had agreed to reduce his fees by Rs 30 crores for Bell Bottom. The film was shot in Scotland last year.
Akshay Kumar didn’t confirm the number on his tweet and called the report fake. He took to Twitter and wrote, "What waking up to FAKE Scoops feels like!"
Check out the post here-
What waking up to FAKE Scoops feels like! 🥴 https://t.co/jxn1cXT6as — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 14, 2021
According to the report by Bollywood Hungama, producer Vashu Bhagnani had requested Akshay Kumar to reduce his fee and the actor agreed to the same. The report also said that Akshay Kumar had quoted a fee of around Rs 117 crores for the film, which was later elevated to Rs 135 crores.
Vashu Bhagnani also tweeted that there is no truth to the report at all.
The report quoted a trade source saying, “Being primarily a film that caters to the tier 1 and 2 cities, Vashu Bhagnani wanted to keep the budget in check and hence, he requested his leading man, Akshay to scale down his acting fees by ₹30 crores, as the rise in budget aside, there looms a lot of uncertainty on the release too. If theatrical, it's a given that the film wouldn't earn what it would have in a normal scenario."
The source also said that Akshay had graciously agreed to reduce his salary, keeping in mind the COVID-19 situation. It also said that the film turns a profit, he would be reimbursed for the discount. But, if the film doesn’t perform well that he will only be able to make around Rs 80-90 crore.
Here’s what people have to say about this-
Arey sethjii rehem karo unpe.... 2-4 paise unhe bhi kama lene do app naam leke — 丂нυ͢͢͢внαηкαя ⚡ Leͥgeͣnͫd ᴳᵒᵈ (@Akshay_1God) June 14, 2021
Ye nhi sudhrenge 🤣 Guruji ne fir expose kar diya — Nitin Tushir⚡ (@Ideal_khiladi) June 14, 2021
Akshay Kumar to Bollywood Hungama :- pic.twitter.com/4yVerZxzVG — The Evil (@AkkiEkGod) June 14, 2021
Pel diya guruji Made my day — ᏢᏒᎾffᎬᏟᎬᏒ Paul (@_Akkian_paul) June 14, 2021
Sir ji tabhi koi @Bollyhungama ko rt nahi deta bus rumors failate he — axay patel (@akki_dhoni) June 14, 2021
Loving these old vibes ️ — Ruhika. (@_Oathkeeperr) June 14, 2021
Aj expose diwas h kya..? — Mᴜᴋᴇꜱʜ Yᴀᴅᴀv🇮🇳 (@mukesh_akkian) June 14, 2021
Kya sir kal se badi masti ke mood main ho, kya hua hera pheri 3 sign kar li kya🤣 — Khiladi izz back (@Sweta67696620) June 14, 2021
Ek Khiladi se Panga nahi — Rohan Singh (@AkshaySPower) June 14, 2021
Akshay has recently recovered from COVID-19 and his film Sooryavanshi has also been on hold for over a year now.
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Nikhil Kamath, who was applauded by the people of India after he became the youngest billionaire in the country and entered Forbes’ list of 100 richest Indian people, has seen a massive drop in his fan-following after he was banned for cheating against Indian chess legend Viswanathan Anand during a charity event.
In a charity event to raise money for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in India, Chess.com had made arrangements for the country’s biggest names from all various sectors to play against the Indian Grandmaster, and based on the reports shared by the organisation, the event was a big success.
Massive THANK YOU to everyone for making this event a grand success! 🏻
We are glad to share that we managed to raise more than 10 Lakhs from this event! @AkshayaPatra
Note that you can still make a difference by donating here and help us #CheckmateCovidhttps://t.co/mgOmSwr54n pic.twitter.com/fZxZAGrleR — Chess.com - India (@chesscom_in) June 13, 2021
Unfortunately, a big asterisk has been put on the game between Anand and Kamath in which the latter, according to his own acknowledgment, had used the help of computers and other people who were analysing the game on his behalf as he went on to beat the legend with a 99% accuracy in his game.
Upon further investigation, Chess.com ended up banning Kamath’s account for “using unfair means” and violating “Fair Play” regulations and even issued a statement addressing what had happened and why it happened in the first place.
Statement: pic.twitter.com/L5Q6We83sS — Chess.com - India (@chesscom_in) June 14, 2021
After noticing some significant backlash online, Kamath ended up making an apology (sort of) while trying to normalise what he had done. While the tone of his apology felt extremely casual to many of the fans of the game, another thing that ticked off the followers was the fact that the billionaire did not care enough to check whether he had spelled the name of the person he was apologising to correctly or not.
"Yesterday was one of those days that I had dreamt of when I was a really young kid learning chess, to interact with Vishwanath Anand. Got the opportunity thanks to Akshaypatra and their idea of raising funds for charity conducting a bunch of chess games with Vishy. It is ridiculous that so many are thinking that I really beat Vishy in a chess game, that is almost like me waking up and winning a 100mt race with Usain Bolt," Kamath said in a statement.
It is ridiculous that so many are thinking that I really beat Vishy sir in a chess game, that is almost like me waking up and winning a 100mt race with Usain Bolt. pic.twitter.com/UoazhNiAZV — Nikhil Kamath (@nikhilkamathcio) June 14, 2021
"I had help from the people analyzing the game, computers, and the graciousness of Anand sir himself to treat the game as a learning experience. This was for fun and charity. In hindsight, it was quite silly as I didn't realise all the confusion that can get caused due to this. Apologies," he added.
What should have been a damage-control process, ended up creating a few more troubles for the 34-year-old:
The least that a person ‘apologising’ can do is to spell Viswanathan Anand’s name correctly. — Venky Srinivasan (@venkyQM) June 14, 2021Exactly.. his apology is as much fake as his game.. he is just trying to be funny with that apology. Just a shameless person he is. I wonder how his company treat his customers and employees — ︎ ︎NoOne (@FascistTwitttrr) June 14, 2021Nikhil Kamath didn't even spell Vishy sir's name right in his apology — Bubli Gupta (@GuptaBubli) June 14, 2021That PoS Nikhil Kamath didn't even spell Vishy sir's name correctly, and had balls to not apologize properly. Bhai, isse achcha toh Kunal Shah hai, useless hai but less of a moron. Cannot even apologize properly! Asswipe. — hooman (@foodonmymind) June 14, 2021 View the full article