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The mystery has been solved by Adnan Sami, What was Arnab Goswami watching on his laptop and trying to evade the conversation that comedian Kunal Kamra was trying to strike with him in flight. Kamra had a lot of questions but Arnab, on the other hand, kept looking into his laptop screen. What exactly was he doing?

Another comedian José Cavaco aka Hoezay also took a jibe at the entire scenario also revealing that he was helping Arnab Goswami through a video call. Of course, it was a joke, and his fans know that this wasn’t the first time that José has made a rib-tickling video. 

But now we have an answer to the question that was on everyone’s mind but nobody did ask. What was Arnab watching? 

Singer Adnan Sami, who was caught up in the controversy surrounding his Padma Shri win and was trolled for the same, has revealed that Arnab was watching Two Popes on the IndiGo flight

That was indeed the ultimate ‘Netflix and chill’ moment.

“I was just speaking to my dear friend #ArnabGoswami & couldn’t help asking him how he remained so calm while he was being verbally assaulted by a joker. He said that since he’s a huge fan of Anthony Hopkins, he was watching “Two Popes” on @NetflixIndia!! How ‘Cool’ is that??,” tweeted the singer.

Following the stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra’s mid-air heckling of Arnab Goswami, the nation also wanted to know what was the Republic Editor watching in the IndiGo flight on January 28. Now, we have an answer.

Singer Adnan Sami has revealed that Goswami was watching Netflix’s ‘Two Popes’ starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

Taking to the  Twitter, Sami wrote, “I was just speaking to my dear friend #ArnabGoswami & couldn’t help asking him how he remained so calm while he was being verbally assaulted by a joker. He said that since he’s a huge fan of Anthony Hopkins, he was watching “Two Popes” on @NetflixIndia!! How ‘

Earlier, Kamra had posted a video of himself confronting Goswami aboard the plane. In the video, the Republic Editor was seen with earphones plugged in, as Kamra addressed him. Throughout the video, he did not react or even looked towards the camera.

“Here I’m asking coward Arnab Goswami a question about his journalism and he’s doing exactly what I expected him to do,” the stand-up comedian said at the beginning of the video.

Kamra said, “He’s being a coward. First he called me mentally unstable, and now he’s saying ‘I’m watching something’. He’s not ready to answer my questions, viewers.”

“Arnab, are you a coward or are you a journalist…or a nationalist? Who are you Arnab?” he asked the unresponsive Goswami.

“You will have no answers. As I expected. Your cowardice has gotten the better of you,” he said amid Goswami’s continued silence.

“I wanted to have a conversation with you politely. But you do not deserve my politeness. And this is not for you. This is for Rohith Vemula’s mother whose caste you were discussing on your show,” he added.

Following the incident, Kamra was banned from flying from four different airlines. Air India, SpiceJet, and GoAir declared a ban on Kamra until further orders, while IndiGo has barred him from flying for six months.

Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had taken note of the incident and “advised” other airlines in India to impose similar restrictions on Kamra, stating “offensive behaviour designed to provoke & create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable & endangers the safety of air travellers”.

However, after being grounded by four domestic Indian flights Kunal Kamra finally took off, thanks to Vistara.

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 Mahendra Singh Dhoni The Captain Cool turns 39

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni or better known as Mahi or Dhoni is the most loved Indian Cricketer of all the time. Fans often call him Captain cool. The Cricketer has been the former captain of Indian Cricket Team but is still looked upon as most respectable player not only by fans but also by his teammates. Today, on his 39th birthday, let us have a look at some amazing and wonderful facts about Dhoni.

Only Captain to win All ICC Trophies

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known for captaincy in 2011 World Cup won by India but he is also the only captain in the whole long history of Cricket to win all the ICC Trophies. The credit not only goes to the smart captaincy of this legend but also to his smart choice about his teammates and their respective positions on the playfield. Under his captaincy, India won ICC  T20 World Cup in 2007, Asia Cups in 2010 and 2016, ICC World Cup in 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy. Such a record has not yet been set up by any other captain of any cricket team in the world.

Better known as Captain Cool

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Almost everyone knows when someone is referring to Captain Cool, they are talking about Dhoni. But the major reason behind this is yet unknown to many. Dhoni is very calm by nature. During matches, almost players often lose their control over their emotions but Dhoni is always seen in the calm and composite mood even during hard times. This control over himself not only makes him the most respected player but also gives strength to his co-players.

Footballer

Cricket is not the only game which Dhoni has played since ever. Before Cricket, he used to play football and badminton. His outstanding goalkeeping skills caught the eye of his childhood coach, who asked him to play for school cricket team as wicketkeeper. Also, Dhoni has played both football and badminton at district level championships.

Helicopter Shot

Dhoni’s Helicopter Shot is very famous. Almost everyone has heard about it. But Dhoni is not the inventor of this shot. It was learnt by him from his friend named Santosh Lal and that too, during a tennis tournament in Ranchi.

Honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel

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Dhoni has been conferred to the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the year 2011. Dhoni has since always expressed his love for the Army and his country. He also serves the nation by taking up his duties in the Army. According to him, he always tells his wife that she is the third love of his life with the country being the first and his parents being the second.

Only Cricketer to reach Eight IPL Finals

Dhoni is the captain of IPL team “Chennai Super Kings” and he has been the only cricketer to reach finals of all the eight IPL seasons. He has also won three of the finals in years 2010, 2011 and 2018. And the most interesting fact is that he is the only captain with such a title.

Final word

Dhoni is one of the most loving cricketers of the Indian Cricket Team. He has fans all over the world. On his 39th birthday, a lot of his fans have been wishing him. Twitter is full of birthday wishes. Rohit Sharma wished “Happy Birthday Youngster” to him. BCCI has also tweeted to wish him. Along with this, many cricketers and celebrities are wising him. With these wishes, we hope Dhoni will set more and more records in the future and make his family, friends, fans and the country proud.

 

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Bollywood and its Debate on Nepotism

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After the demise of 34-year-old actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Bollywood and Nepotism are the new hashtags trending on the social media. Everyone is trending #boycottnepotism on Twitter while star kids are being trolled but also being ranted upon. Recently, Sonakshi Sinha left Twitter while Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor have either turned off the comment section of their Instagram posts or limited it. This sudden rage of the public seems as if the enlightenment about nepotism is new to them.

 Nepotism is the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs. This practice is not only found within the four walls of Bollywood. It can also be found in Business firms, Politics, Educational Institutes, etc. But Nepotism and Bollywood are recent talks of the town. 

IS NEPOTISM GOOD OR BAD?

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Majority of enraged Indians would directly conclude that Nepotism must be uprooted as it is a bad practice. But it is not true incomplete sense. Nepotism gives a direct way to children of some of the fine Bollywood actors into Bollywood without much struggle. This might be biased against some fine struggler actors but it is wrong to come up with a notion that all Star Kids are bad actors. Actors like Ranbir Kapoor, Hritik Roshan and Alia Bhatt have proved this fact true. Ranbir Kapoor has himself came up with acceptance that he is a product of Nepotism and this reminds him every time to act well.

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On the other hand, Just like not every star kid is a bad actor, not all of them are good actors. Many actors and actresses have got their first break in the movies of Big Banners yet their acting skills couldn’t convince the public. Many of these star kids are launched again and again by Big Banner even after giving continuous flops. Such actors not only come up with a confidence of never running out of work but also take their work for granted. Even after so much struggle, people like Akshay Kumar are not able to get awards while Ananya Pandey got best Debut Female Award for a performance which was not even liked by the public. 

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NEPOTISM?

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In a single sentence, It is us. It is us who make a Star Kid a star and a talented struggler running out of the work. Whenever movies like Sonchiriya and Tumbadd are released, very few go to watch them while whenever movies like SOTY 2 are released we book tickets weeks before just to follow the trend. This is the reason why movies like SOTY 2 are successful to collect good amount on Box office while movies like Tumbadd are not even able to come in limelight. 

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The media is equally responsible for Nepotism. Whenever a star kid makes an entry in Bollywood, it is the media which promotes them the most. Not only the star kids stepping in Bollywood but also the star kids who have no achievement other than being a star kid. Little Taimur who is very young to even understand the meaning of Bollywood has more than 150 fan pages on social media. Suhana Khan, who hasn’t yet worked in any movie was on the cover page of Vogue Magazine. The reason was not only her being the daughter of Shah Rukh Khan but also the fame, which she received since she was a teenager. 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

Bollywood and Nepotism are not always synonymous and Nepotism can’t be always bad if the person who gets the opportunity is worthy of it. Indian audience should stop judging anyone on the basis of their background and start appreciating talent. We might not be able to convince God Fathers of Bollywood to stop launching flop actors again and again but we can surely watch more and more movies of raw talents like Vidyut Jamwal and Prachi Desai because they are talented. And in the end, boycotting and ranting over all-star kids is not a solution. We should support talent. So even if a star Kid is a very good actor, we should buy tickets from their movies as well. 

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Aarya: The miss universe delivers another charming performance in her style

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Disney + Hotstar’s new release Aarya has had us captivated and we cannot stop talking about it. The story revolves around Aarya Sareen who takes it as her responsibility to find the man who shot her husband Tej Sareen and get the culprit to justice. While she begins this journey there are several secrets that are revealed on her way.

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 Aarya cast: Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Vikas Kumar, Ankur Bhatia, Sikander Kher, Namit Das, Manish Chaudhary, Jayant Kriplani, Sohaila Kapur, Maya Sarao, Priyasha Bhardwaj, Sugandha Garg, Alexx O’Neil, Vishwajeet Pradhan, Jagdish Purohit, Flora Saini, Virti Vaghani, Viren Vazirani, Pratyaksh Panwar, Joy Sengupta

Aarya directors: Ram Madhvani, Sandeep Modi, Vinod Rawat

Aarya – A comprehensive review

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Originally, this show on Disney+Hotstar has taken inspiration from the Dutch series Penoza that was released in 2010 and went on for 5 seasons. It portrayed the themes of loyalty, love, betrayal, and family. Well, Aarya too is about a powerful woman who looks out for her children and family more than anything.

Almost set in the same light as its origin, Aarya begins and ends with the main character Aarya (Sushmita Sen) hanging upside-down on TRX straps. The story in the between of this, reveals three business partners, a robbed drug consignment, a mysterious murder, and a woman pulling all straws to support her two families and eventually being torn between it.

While Aarya takes it on her to find the masked man who shot her husband, Te (jChandrachur Singh), the story takes its own twists and turns. This is a story about a cop who is behind some business secrets, a mafia who is behind the drugs and other business partners in the ring who have started to discover things and have their own deep secrets. Aarya’s task is no easy as her family is put on the doorstep of danger and threats, and the mother in her vouches to protect her blood no matter what.

Aarya is a tale of a mother and her children who pay the brunt of the mistakes and misdeeds committed by the husband. The series is centred around Aarya and her three children i.e. the two teenagers Veer (Viren Vazirani), Arundhati (Virti Vaghani), and the eight-year-old Adi (Pratyaksh Panwar). All these three youngsters are brutally shaken to the core of the death of their father, especially the youngest Adi who was a live witness to the trauma of his father getting shot. It is also a tale about the other two siblings who battle their journey of growing up and teenage issues amidst the danger that dawns upon their family.

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Aarya is a strong powerful woman of principles. Her ardent love for her family is always shown wherein the brutal turn of events she emphasizes how the future of her children is more crucial than her gruesome past. She also believes that sometimes you have to make a choice between what is less of evil amongst the two situations.

The cast performance in this series is compelling and impressive. Chandrachur Singh as Tej does an incredible job. To add to the Rajasthani style, Jayant Kripalani as Aarya’s father Zorawar, with Sikandar Kher as his point man Daulat perfectly fulfils their roles. Jawahar, the coke-snorting maniac played by Namit Das, ACP Khan played by Vikas Kumar, Shekhawat, the Russian peddler-distributor played by Manish Choudhary, and Sampat played by Vishwajeet Pradhan, all deliver outstanding performances and do complete justice to the character.

Of course, apart from all these people, the main show stealer is none other than Sushmita Sen. Graceful, powerful and committed to her character like any of her past roles, Sushmita Sen is a true treat to watch. She reveals the powerful journey of a woman who breaks out of her comfort zone to assert her dominance and turns every stone to protect her family. She brings to you her classic screen presence and captivating dialogue delivery to keep you hooked.

The writers have managed to write an engaging piece, somewhere where the plot loses itself but finds a way to regain itself back in the pace.

Aarya: A concluding verdict

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Aarya, this new venture on Disney + Hotstar is a recommended watch. It will captivate you with its thriller tales, and get you hooked with the impressive writing at different points. Of course, all in all, Sushmita Sen truly makes it what it is with her charm, poise, and elegance. It is a recommended watch on how love and loss intertwine each other in the course of time.

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Netflix’s Bulbbul- a powerful tale of womanhood, a fable that asks relevant questions

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Netflix’s new release Bulbbul takes you back to the late 19th century, in the city of Bengal, and reveals the journey of a tiny girl to womanhood, her journey of innocence to strength. This supernatural thriller captures the haunting growth of a naive young bride who transforms into a powerful woman with a gruesome past when several men are murdered in her village.

Cast: Tripti Dimri, Avinash Tiwary, Rahul Bose, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Paoli Dam, Ruchi Mahajan, Varun Paras Buddhadev

Directed and written by Anvita Dutt

Produced by: Anushka Sharma and Karnesh Sharma

Music by: Amit Trivedi

Cinematography by: Siddharth Diwan

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Bulbbul: A comprehensive review

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The thing that captivates us towards Bulbbul is the visual ensemble it carries with it. The frames scream the colour red to the shades of mysterious purple. It moves us back to the year 1881 in the Bengal Presidency. We see the child bride Bulbbul, travelling to her husband’s house and her encounter with the story about a chuddail (witch) who is all set to eat up a young princess. We tend to sense the eerie shadows, and the apprehensive ambience through the beautiful cinematography.

 

Bulbbul is a creatively woven tale about patriarchy that exists since time immemorial and the ways society still upholds it. The idea of a marriage where a much older husband dominates the bride, it highlights the idea of the power equation between Bulbbul (Tripti Dimri) and her husband Indranil (Rahul Bose). It portrays how married women are still identified by their bichhiyas (toe rings) and sindoor, even till date. It talks about the gender roles that are so rigid, that what a man can do is completely unacceptable when a woman does it.

 

The most delightful thing to watch is Tripti Damri as Bulbbul and Avinash Tiwari as Satya, the brother-in-law of Bulbul reunite on stage. They were last seen in the painfully romantic story Laila Maju and it is a pleasure to watch them on screen again. They have a fresh reversal of roles and are seen in the wife-brother-in law (Bhabhi- Devar equation). The intimacy they share, the efforts of Satya to make her comfortable as a child bride in the new home is refreshing to watch. There is an underlying hint of the love and comfort they share. There is a timeless scene where Satya and Bubbul bid each other goodbyes because society is a standing power against their bond and constantly calls it to be forbidden. It denotes separation through Bulbbul’s face and a secret declaration of love.

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Bulbbul as a story depicts how relationships are shaped back in those times. A child bride and Devar grow up in the same walls and have an emotional effect on each other, while the husband who is much older finds ways and waits for his child-wife to grow into a woman and delve deep into the ideas of marriage and love. We also see fascinating instances of friendship between Bulbbul and her sister-in-law (Paoli Dam), and the delicate bond she shares with Doctor Sudip (Parambrata Chatterjee). We also witness how Thakur’s brother is specially-abled, and Thakur and Binodini find a sense of solace in each other’s company.

Anushka Sharma’s third venture as a producer has been a compelling watch and it delivers a story in a dual timeline. When Bulbbul grows up, we witness there is no man to be the head of the house. It is her and Binodini who make their house a home. We are also a spectator to the insights of Bulbul’s childhood days when she is a newly wedded bride. The trauma Bulbbul goes through leaves an unfading mark on her and the tragic scenes depict a tale of its own.

One thing that goes a bit haywire is the premise of the Chudail, an idea that lacks some implementation in certain parts, trailing off a sense of doubt. One will have to completely watch the film to comprehend all the bits.

To talk about the cast performances, it is an impressive one. Both Tripti Dimri and Avinash Tiwary give promising performances, along with the brilliant acting of Rahul Bose who serves complete justice to the silent, strong, and mature self of Thakur.

 

 Bulbbul: A concluding verdict

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Bulbbul is a modern story that derives its connections to womanhood and has highlights of Indian folklore. With a beautiful cast, powerful writing, and soothing music by Amit Trivedi, Bulbbul is a revolving idea of how a woman’s love and her rights are so different from that of a man. It throws light on several important issues and invokes a powerful feminist. It is a watchful tale of a woman’s trauma and how she has been wronged by society.

 

 

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Choked Review: Paisa Bolta Hai- A tale of a clogged sink and a clogged life

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Netflix’s new release Choked is a commentary on the middle-class struggles of a couple in Mumbai set in the backdrop of the demonetization period.

Cast: Saiyami Kher, Roshan Mathew, Amruta Subhash, Upendra Limaye

Directed by: Anurag Kashyap.

Written by: Nihit Bhav

Choked: Paisa Boltsa Hai- A Review

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Set in a typical middle-class housing society in Mumbai with narrow staircases, old peeling off yellow walls, we discover the Pillai family and their neighbours. Sarita Pillai (Saiyami Kher) and her husband Sushant Pillai (Roshan Mathew) experience a disintegrating married life, where every morning begins with quarrels over the clogged sink and leads towards other issues. Their son, Sameer often proves to be the mediator in these fights.

All of the fights originate because Sarita is the single bread earner in the family and has to manage between her job at the bank, Sameer’s education, and the household chores. Meanwhile, Sushant has failed to even keep up a single job and spends his time either playing carrom with the building folks or skipping chores. He also has to pay several people their dues and who have now, started to haunt Sarita.

One night Sarita finds several bundles of notes originating from their clogged drain and feels this to be a ray of hope in her life. She hides them secretly in places in her houses without telling anyone about it, even Sushant. While she continues to spend the newfound money for several activities, her fortune goes in shambles when the government announces demonetization.

The title quite explains the plight of Sarita in the storyline. She lives a life throttled by her unfulfilled desires of becoming a singer and is choked by the strained relationship with her husband. She is burdened with all the financial and social pressures of the family and has to single-handedly deal with it.

Choked begins as a story of shattered dreams and unfulfilled ambitions. It is about a couple living a mundane life and trying to make ends meet in this vast city of Mumbai. Thus, the first hour of the movie is well-paced and keeps you hooked with the background set up that will carve an image in our hearts.

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Anurag Kashyap portrays the clear idea that how money proves to be a turning point in the life of any middle-class person and establishes an emotional connection. Sarita and her note bank, straight from the drain is her secret pathway to the joy that lasts for a short time, until the new subplot is induced i.e. demonetization.

We witness that while Sushant, like any other government supporter, applauds the demonetization move, Sarita has to face a new level of difficulty, both personally and professionally. She knew her woes as a bank cashier aren’t going to diminish anytime soon, but her problems have multiplied due to the secret pile of notes which is now, nothing more than mere paper.

The issue with the movie is that we tend to lose the grip in the second half as it struggles to maintain the tempo it started with and eventually slows down. It keeps us wondering and ends on an uncoordinated note. The role of demonetization as a subplot is also questionable.

But one thing that Anurag effectively portrays is the strong political view and the vision of how the common man suffers the most with the demonetization act that barely achieved its purpose. This is creatively explained in the scene where an elderly woman pleads to Sarita for more money. Sarita replies, “Bank mein paisa milta hain, sympathy nahi. Unke haath jodiye jinko vote diya tha”, clearly implying to plead to the people who imposed this act.

The one thing worth watching is the actors on screen and their commitment to character. Saiyami Kher wins the lead here with the quality portrayal of a middle-class wife burdened by family issues and unfulfilled dreams. With the strong-headed woman she is, she pulls off the anxious times of the character well.

Her husband, Sushant played by Roshan Mathew delivers the perfect picture of an insecure husband to give their relationship a realistic face. Their sync as a couple who is dealing through issues is on point. Amruta Shubhash and Rajshree Deshpande who play the neighbours have driven a powerful performance.

Choked Paisa Bolta Hai- A concluding verdict

 Choked is a classic representation by Anurag Kashyap of a middle-class setup, where people leave behind their dreams and aspirations to get choked amidst the battles of daily life. The film in several parts captures the metaphor between clogged drainage and a clogged life. It speaks volumes about the political system that shields the corrupt and only troubles the common man. Currently, streaming on Netflix, this is worth a watch.

 

 

 

 

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