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  1. Since becoming Indian captain, Virat Kohli has taken the national team to great heights, winning series in different parts of the world, playing in some of the most hostile conditions. Under Kohli, the Indian team is known for playing a fearless brand of cricket wherever they go, irrespective of the venue and opposition. In a short span of time, Kohli has become India’s most successful Test captain, something not many expected of him when he was handed the responsibility to lead the side. Not just with his batting, Kohli has also proved his critics wrong by his immaculate leadership skills. © Reuters Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was among those who had their doubts whether Kohli would be able to become a successful captain or not. During an interview, Akhtar acknowledged that he was sceptical of Kohli becoming the captain and was of the opinion that he would succumb to the constant pressure from the fans and the media and it will affect his individual performance. The former speedster also claimed that he even told Anushka Sharma that Kohli was making a big mistake and instead of becoming the captain, he should have focused on his batting. Watch the full conversation here: “I think Virat (Kohli) has done a wonderful job as a captain. I said it to Anushka Sharma in a Sony show - ‘I think Virat is making a mistake by being a captain. He shouldn’t have done that. I knew there was a tremendous amount of pressure on him and, it would bog him down.’” Akhtar said in an interview with Sportskeeda. “In a country like India with a population of a billion-and-a-half, there are around 20,000 TV sets and channels, enough to slam him. In my mind, I was thinking, ‘he’s a young kid, let him score runs and play his game,’” added Akhtar, the world’s fastest bowler. © Reuters “He [Kohli] took up that challenge of being a skipper. He took it on and made sure that his replica was instilled within the fast bowlers. He wants to see his aggression in his fast bowlers. He’s not a Virat Kohli on the field, he is a fast bowler running in the form of an Ishant Sharma or a Bhuvi or [Mohammed] Shami. He wants to become a captain who wants to take 20 wickets and that has changed the thinking of Indian cricket,” he added. © Reuters Despite Akhtar's strong claims, the fans weren’t ready to believe a single word that he said because. Some couldn’t believe that he actually got in touch with Anushka, while another user joked that even if he did there was no way she would’ve recognised and entertained him. Isne Rohit sharma ko kaha hoga vaise bhi ye pekta bahut hai — 2️⃣4️⃣hours🇮🇳 (@cricketaddict45) July 23, 2021 bahut fekta hai yeh.............. keh raha tha ki Saqib Mahmood ko yeh btata hai Pakistan se ki kya krna hai. — Suhit Data (@ImSDataa) July 23, 2021 Bhai Ye Shoaib Akhtar fekta bahot hai......it's hard to trust him whom he said what.... — Abcd (@Talkingman109) July 23, 2021 Anushka Sharma bhi soch rahi hogi hai kon ye — Lokesh mehra (@Lokeshm14471661) July 23, 2021 Mujhe nahi lagta Anushka Sharma iske taraf dekha bhi hoga — Lokesh mehra (@Lokeshm14471661) July 23, 2021 View the full article
  2. OnePlus was caught throttling the performance of its latest flagship phone i.e. the OnePlus 9 Series which resulted in the phone being removed from Geekbench for manipulating benchmark scores. The phones were removed as they did not show the true potential of the smartphone and only worked in performance mode in whitelisted apps. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Now, the company has admitted that it indeed throttled the performance of its phones and will be looking to fix the problem in a future update. OnePlus is now planning to add an option for users to turn off this optimised mode in OxygenOS. OnePlus To Disable Optimised Mode © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The company revealed in an interview with Android Police that the toggle for turning off the throttling mode will arrive in a future update. However, the catch here is that it won’t arrive as a part of an update for OxygenOS 11. This means that OnePlus users currently running OxygenOS 11 will have to wait for months to utilise their device’s full potential. This also extends to devices such as the OnePlus 9R, the Nord 2, Nord CE and other OnePlus phones that are running OxygenOS 11. OnePlus will be adding the ability to turn off optimised mode with OxygenOS 12 which means it will not include users who cannot upgrade to OxygenOS 12. Older OnePlus phones will probably still be throttled if they don’t get the OxygenOS 12 update. OnePlus has a spotty record of bringing new OS updates to its older smartphones where it is often severely delayed. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla “Since different chips perform differently and we want to make sure to get the best performance and efficiency out of each one, we’ve implemented performance optimisations to varying degrees on the OnePlus 9R and Nord 2,” OnePlus told Android Police. “However, given the clear feedback from users and media, our R&D team is currently working to add an option to let users turn on/ off this optimised mode and have better control over the performance of their phones. We’re targeting to have this solution ready with one of the first builds of OxygenOS 12”, OnePlus added. It will be interesting to see how OnePlus phones perform after turning off the optimised mode and whether it will have a drastic impact on the battery life. Having said that, it is clear that OnePlus will only add this feature once OxygenOS 12 is made available and it seems like we won’t be seeing a stable build until 2022. Source: Android Police View the full article
  3. Businessman and actress Shilpa Shetty’s husband, Raj Kundra, is in a legal soup involving him being accused of making pornographic content. The latest details involved the Mumbai crime branch raiding one of his properties and finding out server and over 70 porn films shot by his PA. He is going to be presented in the court today and statements of actresses Sherlyn Chopra and Poonam Pandey also convey how they blamed him for misusing their legal contracts and content they shot with his media company. Amidst him trending across social media, an old interview with Filmfare has surfaced where he speaks about his roots and how hating poverty forced him to become rich. "I come from a humble background. My dad moved to London 45 years ago and worked as a bus conductor whereas my mother worked in a factory. We never had it easy. I've been a self-made man since I left college at the age of 18. Whenever Shilpa checks me for spending carelessly, I tell her I have no qualms about enjoying the money I have made. My anger pushed me. I hated poverty so much that I wanted to become rich. And I did make a difference to my life. Shilpa respected me for that as she’s self-made too,” he said. © Instagram Raj was a London-based businessman when he met Shilpa and fell in love with her. He was married before and divorced his first wife before settling down in Mumbai with Shilpa. Earlier yesterday, reports of him bribing the crime branch with Rs 25 lakh came up in an email exchange record found by the police. The man who sent these mails was Yash Thakur, another accused in the case. However, the claims were dubbed to be too raw and naïve and weren’t concrete as a proof. The police have already cleared the air that no involvement of his wife Shilpa has been observed in this case. View the full article
  4. Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra landed in troubled waters after he was arrested in connection to producing pornographic content. Kundra has been named as the key conspirator by the police in the case and has been booked under sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention), 292 and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) besides relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act. View this post on Instagram He is being bashed by the general public for ruining lives and producing such content. Now, Gehana Vasisth who has been talking about the case ever since he has been arrested has spoken in favour of Raj Kundra. Gehana is out on bail on the same case. She has revealed Kundra was planning to launch an app and had cast his sister-in-law Shamita Shetty for a film. She told Navbharat Times in an interview, "Just a few days before his arrest, I went to his office. There, I got to know that he is planning to launch an app called Bollyfame. He was planning to do chat shows, reality shows, music videos and feature films for the app. There was no plan of involving 'bold scenes' in these films." View this post on Instagram She further added, “We also discussed the scripts. Then we thought about casting Shamita Shetty for one script, Sai Tamhankar and two other artists for another. I was supposed to direct these films and was thinking about it just a few days before his arrest.” View this post on Instagram We wonder how would Shamita Shetty react to all these claims. About Shilpa Shetty’s involvement in the case, police said they haven’t been able to find any link-ups that shows her involvement in it. "We have not been able to any find any active role (of Shilpa Shetty) yet. We are investigating. We will appeal to the victims to come forward and contact the Crime Branch Mumbai and we’ll take appropriate action," joint commissioner of police (Crime), Milind Bharambe said as per Hindustan Times. What do you have to say about it? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  5. As modern-day Indian cricket fans become more and more familiar with the concept of social media and expressing themselves online, having an opinion (mostly critical) on anything and everything is quickly becoming a norm. So when one of the best players of the Men in Blue, Ravindra Jadeja shared a tweet owning up to his Rajput identity, it was time for him to be put under the scanner and get called out for doing so in front of millions of his fans and followers and that’s exactly what happened on the micro-blogging site on Thursday. #RAJPUTBOY FOREVER. Jai hind🇮🇳 — Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 22, 2021 “#RAJPUTBOY FOREVER. Jai hind,” Jadeja wrote from his official Twitter handle as his critics flocked together to condemn him for being proud of his identity. WHAT THE FUCK. https://t.co/n2OCg8yqT5 — Arunesh X (@AruneshX) July 22, 2021This is a Fking grownass man🤢🤮 https://t.co/Z3PVAmbKkL — ☭Unsuspended 47th President of USA (@marxistjags) July 22, 202132 year old grown ass man being a casteist troll on twitter, don't you have to go be dogshit at cricket ? https://t.co/ffetO9IQXi — p ☭ (@commiecutie1) July 22, 2021What is so boastful about being in anything? You are a rajput boy by chance, Indian by chance. None of them you had any control over. https://t.co/yRp1EpxoNK — 7 cow (@FeastBit) July 22, 2021Thankfully, not everyone holds such extreme and negative views towards what the Indian all-rounder had to say and many in fact came to his rescue and supported him for taking pride in who he is. He is a Proud Rajput for sure. In an interview a journalist asked a question to MS Dhoni Which part of India do your ancestors hail from? The popular belief is that you are a Jat. He replied, My parents are from Uttaranchal. I AM A RAJPUT, there are lots of them in Uttaranchal. pic.twitter.com/ie673y5M7J — illy Mehra (@youthiyapaa) July 23, 2021Its Called ReaL Rajputana Atittude.. Proud Of You Brother ️ — *𝗗𝐢𝐯𝐲𝐚𝐁𝐚 𝐉𝐚𝐃𝐞𝐉𝐚* (@Raajputani) July 22, 2021Rajputs are the people who have guarded this nation for 100s of years and they have literally bled for the sake of the nation. That's their honour. That's their pride. The least we can do is, we can respect that sentiment of every proud Rajput. — Kaustuv Dwivedi 🇮🇳 (@dwivedikaustuv) July 22, 2021 A lot of things that Jadeja does on the field has to do with him paying tribute towards his community, especially the iconic sword-swinging with the bat after hitting a half-century or a ton. In 2020, Jadeja’s Indian Premier League franchise, Chennai Super Kings had also arranged for a peculiar ‘Rajput Award’ for the cricketer, as a ‘thank you’ for everything that he’d done for the team over the years. Thank you to the @chennaiipl team for bestowing me with this award. Playing for this amazing franchise is an honor and an opportunity I cherish. Looking forward to the season. pic.twitter.com/qE5T36eE48 — Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) September 17, 2020 “Thank you to the @chennaiipl team for bestowing me with this award. Playing for this amazing franchise is an honor and an opportunity I cherish. Looking forward to the season,” he wrote while accepting the award. As expected, the fans were divided in two sections back then as well. Suresh Raina’s ‘Brahmin’ Incident “I think, I am also a Brahmin. I have been playing in Chennai since 2004. I love the culture here. I love my comrades. I have played with Anirudh Srikkanth. Subramaniam Badrinath and L Balaji are also there. I like the culture of Chennai. I am lucky to be a part of CSK,” Raina had spoken about his identity while being on-air during the opening match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). As soon as these words came out of Raina’s mouth, the kind of online backlash he began to face was enormous with people labeling him a discriminator and being asked to feel ashamed of himself. @ImRaina you should be ashamed yourself. It seems that you have never experienced real Chennai culture though you have been playing many years for Chennai team. https://t.co/ZICLRr0ZLh — Suresh (@suresh010690) July 19, 2021Be ashamed to what you say for..... pic.twitter.com/P1FcTSk0XT — Bruh (@Bruh68792988) July 20, 2021So watched the video, I once liked Raina very much and now im sad how ignorant or he has been hiding all these days. Lost it! No more respect — vijay renganathan (@MarineRenga) July 20, 2021 View the full article
  6. Steve Jobs’ handwritten job application is up for auction once again. However, this time bidders can buy the original document as an NFT or even the original document itself. The owner of the job application is trying to sell the job application in an effort to find out which version holds more value. © Wikipedia Commons The one-page job application was created by Jobs after he dropped out of Reed College and three years after he co-founded Apple. The application does not mention the position nor the company Jobs was trying to apply to but it does say that he was interested in electronics tech or design engineer position. In the application, he included skills such as computer and calculator experience. The job application shows that Jobs applied for the job in 1979. © SteveJobsApplication An NFT is a unit of data stored on a blockchain that certifies digital assets to be unique and not interchangeable. NFTs can be used to sell items such as photos, videos, audio files or any other type of audio file. NFTs are tracked on blockchain to provide the buyer proof of ownership. However, this is not the same as owning the copyright. Copies of the digital items are available for anyone to obtain and access to the original digital file is not only restricted to the buyer. NFTs work similarly to cryptocurrency tokens; however, the main difference is that NFTs are not mutually interchangeable like Cryptocurrencies. Digital Art has been an early use case for NFTs because of its ability to assure unique signature and ownership. © Reuters The auction website says that it's selling the real copy and a digital version to find out which holds more value. It also gives the owner a way to make more money from a single document. The auction ends in 5 days and is set to close on July 28th. Steve Jobs’ hand-written job application previously fetched 162,000 pounds (about ₹1.6 crores) in an auction in March 2021. The same job application was previously auctioned for over $175,000 (about 1.2 crores) in 2018. As of right now, the physical version has a top bid of $32,000 while the NFT version has a top bid worth $1,037. If you’re interested in making a bid yourself, you can do so on the official website here. View the full article
  7. Indian weddings are fun and entertaining at the same time. Even though the celebration is supposed to be about two people in love, it mostly ends up being about cocktail nights, sangeet ceremonies, food and, of course, gifts. Besides getting blessings from their relatives, the bride and groom also receive gifts in the form of money or home decor, etc. But when it comes to friends, they often leave no chance to embarrass their mate. One such incident recently went viral on the internet. © iStock © iStock The groom's friends gave an absurd gift to the bride, and it was her priceless reaction that's winning social media. In the viral video, the bride and the groom sit next to each other on the stage while the friends congratulate the couple. They also gift something to the bride, and as soon as she opens it, her face turns red with ire, and she throws the gift. The friends had gifted them a baby feeding bottle, which left the bride fuming as she did not see anything funny about it. So, after chucking the present, the friends pick it up and give it to her again, only to make her more furious. This video garnered more than 10 million views within no time and has more than 3.17 Lakh likes. One user wrote in the comments, "Everyone is respected, don't hurt anyone for ur fun." while others took a jibe at her for not being able to take the joke. © Facebook.Banty Thakur More such interesting wedding stories have happened in India which left people both amazed and amused. A few weeks ago, a groom said no to getting married as the bride's family denied mutton for the baratis. Whereas, in UP, a bride decided not to get married after the sixth phera, as she did not like the groom. The family tried to convince the bride, but she was firm about her decision. © YouTube/Masala Another instance was when an ex-boyfriend decided to crash the bride's wedding to break her marriage with the new guy. He was disguised as a woman to meet her. View the full article
  8. An Indian cricketer dating a Bollywood diva isn’t a new thing, as it’s been happening for ages, but every time we hear of any new names joining this elite list, it makes all of us excited all over again. The rumours of Indian cricketer KL Rahul dating Athiya Shetty have been doing rounds for a long time. Although, neither Rahul nor Athiya have come forward and acknowledged their relationship in public, there are enough instances that prove that both of them are indeed together. © Instagram/Athiya Shetty It is well-known that Rahul and Athiya both are in the United Kingdom right now. While Rahul is there with the Indian cricket team, Athiya has apparently gone on a holiday with her brother Ahan Shetty. “Yes, she is in England, but she is with Ahan. The brother-sister duo went there for a holiday. Rest you may check with them," Athiya’s father Suniel Shetty had said during an interview with ETimes. View this post on Instagram The rumoured couple has tried their best to keep their relationship a secret while enjoying their vacation in the UK but their fans have been one step ahead in foiling their attempt. While all the previous proofs were open to speculations, Athiya’s latest picture on Instagram has all but settled the rumours for once and all. She posted a sun-kissed picture on her Instagram account and was wearing an oversized graphic t-shirt with ‘Spirit Of Ecstasy’ written on it. View this post on Instagram Rahul, who leads Punjab Kings in the IPL, had posted a picture wearing the same t-shirt on his Instagram handle a long way back. Athiya perhaps borrowed the t-shirt thinking no one would notice such a small detail but she was wrong. View this post on Instagram Earlier this month, a report in Hindustan Times had claimed that Rahul and Athiya travelled to the UK together along with other Team Indian members. Making his relationship official, Rahul had declared Athiya as his partner in the documents submitted to the logistics department before leaving for the tour. View this post on Instagram “The couple left India together for England for the World Test Championship last month. Before leaving, the logistics department had asked all players for names of people travelling with each of them,” Hindustan Times quoted their sources as saying. “The players were supposed to give the names of whether they would be travelling with wives or partners, for which KL Rahul listed Athiya Shetty as his partner. She travelled in the same bubble and stayed in Southampton with the team,” the report added. Earlier, Suniel Shetty opened up about his daughter and her rumoured boyfriend during an interview after both of them were chosen as brand ambassadors of an international eyewear brand. © Instagram/Athiya Shetty “As far as the ad goes I mean it is an international brand and they chose to take the two of them as ambassadors. I think they look brilliant together. They are a good-looking couple, na? So, it totally works from a brand perspective. And I must say, they look good together, well, in the ad (laughs!)," Suniel Shetty told ETimes. View this post on Instagram Meanwhile, ahead of the England Test series KL Rahul has put the team management and selectors in a dilemma by scoring an unbeaten hundred during the warm-up game against County Select XI in Durham. View the full article
  9. Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra got into major trouble after his name popped in the case linked to pornographic content. He has been making the headlines since he was arrested for making porn movies. He has been booked under sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention), 292, and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays) of IPC besides relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act. View this post on Instagram He has been denying all the allegations leveled against him. According to the new updates as per ANI, Raj bribed officials of the Mumbai Police with Rs 25 lakh to evade arrest. "ACB Maharashtra has confirmed that they received four emails from Arvind Shrivastava alias Yash Thakur in this regard, but his allegations of seeking a bribe from him and allegations against Raj Kundra bribing to evade arrest were quite vague in nature. The mails were forwarded to the Mumbai Police for further action on April 30, 2021," an ACB official was quoted as saying by ANI. Raj Kundra’s lawyer Abad Ponda went on to claim that the content might be vulgar in nature but can not be considered porn. He said, “The IT Act sections can't be read with IPC sections, but here the police have done this. Section 67A of the IT Act talks about sexually explicit acts. Only the actual... intercourse can be considered porn. Rest all is just vulgar content.” View this post on Instagram He further added, “Police is following what web series are doing these days - vulgar content. But that's not really classified as porn. Nothing in this remand shows that two people actually indulged in act of intercourse. If it's not actual intercourse, it's not classified as porn.” He also questioned the arrest of Raj Kundra and said, “Police custody should be an exception and not a norm. Arrest should be made only when the investigation cannot move further without the arrest. In this case, the accused was made to join the investigation once he was arrested. The arrest wasn't made as per law.” What do you have to say about this fiasco? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  10. It has been a little over two and a half months since two-time Indian Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar was accused of murdering a fellow wrestler Sagar Rana by beating him to a pulp with a stick and asking one of his goons to record the whole act on video. Since then, Kumar has run away, deceived and escaped the Delhi Police, and was ultimately caught, smack in the middle of a highway. After being arrested, Kumar’s case has been making constant rounds of the judicial court and his custody is being played hot potato with, between the judicial system and the law enforcers. View this post on Instagram Finally, it was decided that Kumar will be transferred to Tihar Jail, one of the biggest prisons in the world where the most dangerous, and evidently the most important criminals are kept and if you are really lucky (or have achieved celebrity status), you will get to make unnecessary demands as a prisoner and your wishes will come true. Kumar has all of the above and so when the wrestler made a request to have a television set up for him to watch the 2020 edition of the Olympics in Tokyo, the men at Tihar said “Sure! Why not?” Delhi's Tihar Jail will arrange a TV in common area of the ward where wrestler Sushil Kumar, accused in murder case of wrestler Sagar Rana, is lodged. He will be allowed to watch TV with other inmates: Tihar Jail official Earlier this month, Sushil had requested for TV pic.twitter.com/ks79YilwlU — ANI (@ANI) July 22, 2021 “Delhi's Tihar Jail will arrange a TV in common area of the ward where wrestler Sushil Kumar, accused in murder case of wrestler Sagar Rana, is lodged. He will be allowed to watch TV with other inmates: Tihar Jail official Earlier this month, Sushil had requested for TV” ANI reported on Twitter on Thursday. The video that is being claimed to have been shot when Sagar Dhankhar was allegedly beaten up by Sushil Kumar and others. Sagar succumbed to his injuries next morning. pic.twitter.com/MGTYpKlSQm — Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) May 27, 2021 "The one who murdered my son does not deserve to be called a mentor. All the medals won by Sushil Kumar should be taken from him. We believe that police will investigate properly but Sushil will try to influence it by using his political links," Rana's mother argued, according to India Today. "We are hoping for justice. Where did he go when he was absconding, who gave him shelter, and most importantly the gangsters with whom he is connected to. He should be hanged so that people learn a lesson and think before killing his own pupil," said Rana’s father. View the full article
  11. Unpopular opinion: long-distance relationships do work. Yes, it is tough to maintain healthy communication, trust your partner all the time and keep the spark alive when you two are away most days, but that doesn’t mean that your relationship is doomed or you need to be together 24/7 to make it work. © Rochak Kohli You can still do stuff together and make sure you're in each other’s lives even if you are miles apart. This isn’t 1950 and you can be there for your bae digitally and make them feel special and loved. Plus, you can plan fun virtual date nights and show them you care with sweet gestures to keep the relationship interesting. © Happy Hippie Films Here are a few things you can do together while you are away to keep your LDR as fun as it gets: 1. Binge-Watch Together © iStock Rewatch your favourite rom-com together or the one you watched on your movie date and laugh about all the things that happened that night. You can also start a new series that has been on both of your watchlists and discuss the characters, plot twists and your fantasies related to the scenes you like. 2. Play A Drinking Game © iStock The beauty of playing a drinking game with your partner is that you don’t necessarily have to be together and still, the fun isn’t compromised. This could be a really interesting virtual date night idea where you two could play games like ‘Never Have I Ever’ to know more about each other or a kinky game to spice up your relationship. The only rules are there are no rules. 3. Write A Love Note © iStock It doesn’t have to be an old school love letter written by hand and sent by mail. You can pen down your feelings, best memories together and how much you admire and miss them, in your phone and send them while you are on a Skype call, so you can see them smile and melt at your words as they read it. 4. Send Them A Care Package © iStock Nothing says ‘I care for you’ better than a care package with all the things your SO loves. It could be snacks, stationery, cute knick-knacks, skincare or anything that your partner is into. You can order their favourite things and write something flirty or romantic with it so they get your love with the care package. 5. Make A Bucket List © iStock Make a list of things you will do together when you do get to meet each other after being apart for so long. You can plan a vacation or make a whole itinerary of how you will spend your time together the day you two have an actual date. Or better yet, skip that and pay them a spontaneous visit. They will absolutely love it. View the full article
  12. The thing about our country is that it is knee-deep in a pool of stereotypes, orthodox traditions and customs most of which pull it decades back when it comes to being progressive. Which is why, on the rare occasion that someone tries to break past them and normalize what the society may have termed taboo, we are more than happy to cheer them on. © Emaar Films International And even though the film at hand here, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, promised to help educate as well normalize the society towards surrogacy, it ended up doing something else entirely. Which was to misinform and reduce women to baby-making machines. © Emaar Films International You see, back in 2001, the concept of using a surrogate mother in cases where the woman can’t conceive, would neither be understood nor entertained. But after the movie was released, nothing changed apart from the fact that people hated surrogacy more. Why, you ask? Read on... © Emaar Films International The movie starts with a basic introduction to Raj and Priya’s characters played by Salman Khan and Rani Mukherjee, respectively. The two are happily married and living in a joint family, one which inhabits a grandson-obsessed grandfather who can’t stop pestering Priya for a kid. © Emaar Films International Being the ideal daughter in-law she is, she complies, gets pregnant, only to have a miscarriage and find out she cannot conceive. © Emaar Films International The doctor advises the couple to opt for surrogacy and not tell the family about Priya not being able to conceive. Why? Because apparently an infertile woman = bad wife = bad daughter in law = shame on the family. © Emaar Films International Now at this point, you’d assume that the couple would go through a procedure of sorts to opt for surrogacy. But nope, not even caring to get their facts right about what it actually means - an assisted birth where the intended parents work with another woman who agrees to carry their child in her womb through means of artificial insemination, Raj and Priya assume it requires forming sexual relations instead and shake on it. How, or why? It’s beyond us... © Emaar Films International After Raj inappropriately asks every other woman he meets to become the surrogate, the desperate couple settles on a prostitute to become their surrogate because this movie is all about feeding into existing stereotypes anyway. Madhu aka Priety Zinta agrees to do it in exchange for money and is flown to Switzerland with the couple to be “groomed” which is code for being impregnated by Raj. © Emaar Films International After several failed attempts, Priya finally manages to isolate both Madhu and Raj in a room, drugs her own husband and leads him to have sex with Madhu in order to get her pregnant. Now, while the movie may call this surrogacy, we can only it a very weird fetish of wanting your husband to have sex with a woman of your choosing. © Emaar Films International Madhu gets pregnant, Raj and Priya lie to their family to say Priya has gotten pregnant again and everything is going according to plan. At one point, Raj’s perverted friend nearly molests Madhu because he knows she was a prostitute and assumes that sex workers are DTF any second of any day, consent be damned. Of course Raj steps in, beats the friend, saves Madhu and in turn, Madhu falls in love with Raj. © Emaar Films International Raj and Priya’s family, in the meantime, surprise them by coming to Switzerland and also finding a very pregnant Madhu living with them, who is introduced as their friend. The family decides to take care of Madhu as well as Priya, since both are pregnant and even decides to throw a baby shower for Priya back in India. © Emaar Films International Things hit the fan when Priya decides to send Madhu to the baby shower as herself by covering her face with a ghoonghat. The entire experience, hospitality, love, care and attention makes Madhu emotional, as she realises she can’t give up her baby anymore for she’s grown attached to it. The only emotion that ACTUALLY does occur during a lot of surrogacies and was shown right in the film. © Emaar Films International Madhu flees from the house, dumping all of the money offered to her on the bed, only to be confronted by a very frantic Priya at a train station, where the climax takes place. As the women argue where Priya begs for the baby and Madhu refuses to give it up, Priya slaps Madhu as soon as she admits to having fallen in love with Raj. Because apparently, that was inappropriate and not forcing your husband to sleep with a hooker. © Emaar Films International By the time Raj arrives for damage control, Madhu has gone into labour and taken to the hospital where the doctor says only one out of the two can be saved - either the child or the mother. Priya chooses to save Madhu. But because it is a Bollywood film where happy endings are as important as having an item number, both the mother and the baby survive. © Emaar Films International Madhu is touched by Priya’s kindness and gives up her child to the couple, while the extended family is lied to again as they’re told Madhu’s child was stillborn. Madhu promises to not go back to prostitution and bids a happy goodbye to Raj, who sensed that she loved him. © Emaar Films International All in all, people would call this movie an emotional roller-coaster and a crash course in surrogacy. But only in the way that it actually crashed and burned on the concept, because whatever the f**k it was, it wasn’t surrogacy. If anything, it was a rather weird and unusual case of throupling. © Emaar Films International Not to forget the entire plot that furthered the problematic stereotype of deeming women good and ideal ONLY if they’re able to give the family a child. The End. View the full article
  13. Long before cinema became experimental and various genres erupted, the scope of movie making in the 90s was restricted to makers directing movies which catered to a particular family crowd mostly. Even though today we have an insane variety on OTT, there are some cult movies which defined the way we perceived Bollywood while growing up. Here are 7 movies which are basically an emotion for us: 1. Hum Saath Saath HainEven today, if this movie is played on TV, chances are you will stop and watch it, with every scene rolling in your mind. For anyone who grew up in a big joint family, this movie signified the love, the fun and the memories attached to playing around with so many cousins, attending so many weddings and having many uncles and aunts who never left a chance to pamper us. 2. Andaz Apna ApnaComedy in the 90’s had a benchmark of this movie, which was simple and humorous. One can watch this repeatedly and yet never get bored. 3. RangeelaThis was a movie which was ahead of its times. A beautiful Urmila who changed how fashion was perceived for the modern Indian girl and the hook step to the title track was something we all tried to learn. 4. Dil Toh Pagal HaiBefore KKHH explained to us that ‘pyar dosti hai’, this movie had already established that love can exist in many forms and friendship is one pure version of it. Also, how can you forget the iconic dance duet between Karisma and Madhuri which lit the screens on fire. 5. Jo Jeeta Wohi SikandarA super sexy Pooja Bedi straight out of Marilyn Monroe dreams, a clichéd character of Aamir Khan representing how class difference influences a student’s personality and oh, Pehla Nasha, the song which continues to jog our memories when we think of a song about our first junior school crush. 6. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge“Jaa Simran Ja, jee le apni zindagi”, DDLJ gave us hope that true love will happen when we grow up. It lit up dreams of European vacations, eating ice cream in the snow, catching a train by holding a good looking stranger’s hand, and that mandoline will play every time we fall in love. 7. BorderYou were probably only 6 or 7 years old when this movie ended up lighting a fire of patriotism in you and you caught yourself dreaming of joining the Army. This movie and its soundtrack continues to give us goosebumps. View the full article
  14. Not just a prolific director in Bollywood, but Karan Johar is known to be a gamechanger in the fashion landscape as well. He's a style maven and owns the room with his outstanding fashion sense. For KJo, there's no word like minimalism, as he always dabbles in over the top silhouettes. Karan has plausibly done it all, from wearing sneakers made of metallic pieces to making a statement with expensive, giant sneakers. © Viral Bhayani © Dolce & Gabbana Karan is seen carrying a Dolce & Gabbana backpack. This denim patchwork backpack is a statement piece and is inspired by Italian architecture. It has tonal blue shades with leather trims for durability. The shoulder straps are adjustable, and the zipped pockets add to the practicality. © Gucci Coming to the other details of his look, even the shirt is from Dolce & Gabbana and costs Rs 1,36,447. He has paired it with Gucci Joggers and Balenciaga Metallic sneakers. Overall, the cost of these two items sums to Rs 1,56,000. We are easily looking at an ensemble worth almost Rs 4 Lakhs, guys. Looks like we're about to cry our eyes out after seeing this cost and matching our bank balance with it! View the full article
  15. Cricket is a gentleman’s game -- this is the most common definition we all hear many experts and fans use while describing the sport to someone who is new to it. In present-day and age, this definition holds no relevance as cricket is no more a 'gentleman’s game'. There have been numerous instances when players’ on-field behaviour has made us wonder if we can continue to use this popular definition or not. Not just during international matches, this has been the case at almost all levels -- be it local club cricket or local gully cricket, players losing their temper has become a common occurrence. © Twitter/Saj Sadiq Something similar happened during a charity match that was a part of a tournament organised at Mote Park Cricket Club in Maidstone to raise funds for those in need of medical treatment in Pakistan. The irony was that the shocking incident happened at an event that was meant to raise funds for the medical treatment of people in Pakistan. The players who came together for a wonderful cause made a mockery of human lives by attacking each other with bats and stumps. Disgraceful scenes during a charity match which had to be abandoned after a fight between the two teams. The violence erupted at the end of a game at Mote Park Cricket Club in Maidstone during a tournament raising money for those in need of medical treatment in Pakistan pic.twitter.com/uGOYPuc3z2 — Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 20, 2021 The match was apparently played between Pakistani and Afghan nationals and tempers ran through the roof and players showed no regard for each other and the match had to be abandoned after the violent conduct of the players. Sharing the video of the shocking incident on the micro-blogging site, a Pakistani journalist tweeted: “Disgraceful scenes during a charity match which had to be abandoned after a fight between the two teams. The violence erupted at the end of a game at Mote Park Cricket Club in Maidstone during a tournament raising money for those in need of medical treatment in Pakistan”. First raise money for Medical Treatment of these Players — Shivam (@Shivam36986903) July 20, 2021Money raised will now be used for their own medical treatment — A+ (@_iamthelegend_) July 20, 2021At least they already have the money for the hospital bills — CricTroll (@CricTroll1) July 20, 2021Watching the clash get intense, several women, perhaps the family members who had come to watch the match, rushed to the ground but even they couldn’t stop the fight. The incident left several players injured but that didn’t stop people on social media from laughing at their expense. Pointing out the irony, some joked they had come to raise money for medical treatment but who knew they would have to spend it on their own treatments, while others said the only good thing to come out of this was that they wouldn't be having any shortage of funds. Might need those money collected for medical treatment in Pakistan to spend on medical treatment for thenselves! — Yousha Reza (@yousha_reza) July 20, 2021Now they might need medical treatment for themselves. — SyedHassanFawad (@Hassan__Shirazi) July 20, 2021They ve asked the charity in Pakistan to raise money for those injured at the cricket match... — ANDY BROWN (@ANDYDB7) July 20, 2021& in the end it was women who had to jump in to stop these morons from killing eachother, i hope they had raised enough money bcz they would be needing it now for themselves 🤦🏻‍♂️ — عمار (@itsammartarik) July 20, 2021 View the full article