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Rashami Desai flaunts her bold and beautiful avatar in pink bikini

Rashami Desai flaunts her bold and beautiful avatar in pink bikini
Rashami Desai flaunts her bold and beautiful avatar in pink bikini

Rashami Desai is raising the temperature with her latest photoshoot.The actress shares photo of herself in pink bikini. She shared four pictures from the bikini shoot and the fans can’t keep calm.

Rashami captioned the pictures, “Go with the flow 💦”. She is seen wearing a hot pink bikini and posing alongside swimming pool.

Rashami exudes oomph in the photos which have now taken over the internet. Her bold and beautiful avatar is being loved by her fans and many of her colleagues have also dropped their wonderful comments on the post.

Rashami was last seen on Ekta Kapoor’s supernatural show Naagin 4 where she played the role of Shalakha. Before Naagin 4, Rashami was seen on Bigg Boss 13. She was majorly in the news for her bittersweet relationship with Sidharth Shukla.

Check out Rashami Desai flaunts her bold and beautiful avatar in pink bikini below:

Rashami is set to make her digital debut with Tandoor, opposite Tanuj Virwani.

We shouldn't underestimate India's contribution to world cricket: ICC boss

By Qaiser Mohammad Ali

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) should not underestimate the contribution that India — a country of 1.3 billion people and companies based there provide financial support to the world body — makes to world cricket, said new ICC chairman Gregor John Barclay on Monday. He, however, doesn’t subscribe to the ‘Big Three’ formula that the Indian cricket board initiated a few years ago.

It is estimated that multi-national companies and local corporate houses based in India contribute well over 70 per cent of financial might to the ICC through sponsorship. Also, India has one of the most glamorous teams that helps generate revenues through participation in ICC tournaments.

“I don’t subscribe to the Big Three concept. I know that there were arrangements back in 2014 put in place that you could consider favoured, in some respects, the more powerful three countries. But they were all rolled back quite a few years ago. Back in 2016, they changed England, by and large, and Australia certainly get the same amount of money than anybody else under the distributions (from the ICC),” Barclay said in a virtual media interaction.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) led the formation of the ‘Big Three’ model that provided a lion’s share of ICC money for the BCCI, England, and Australia. The three argued that they contribute to the ICC more than any other members, so they deserved the biggest share of the money. However, that formula was dismantled in 2015 when India’s Shashank Manohar succeeded Srinivasan as ICC chairman, and brought about a more acceptable method of distribution of money from the ICC kitty.

“India gets more, and I understand why, a point of view of note. What I would say is that the money flows as a consequence of getting a whole lot of other things done. I think we need to sit down and finish the ICC’s global strategy for the coming eight to ten years, once we finalise and agree what that strategy might look like. Then I think we need to start to build the bilateral program (between countries) to have a look at what moneys might flow out of that,” said 59-year-old Barclay.

New Zealander Barclay, who took over the reins on November 24, said that one area that needed investment was women’s cricket.

“Looking back at the strategy, we (ICC) need to decide what we can distribute. One of the areas clearly, if we need to grow the game globally, we need to invest in women’s cricket. (But) I don’t think we should underestimate the contribution that India makes to the game and the importance that India have – a country that has 1.3 billion people,” he said.

“And New Zealand, for example, has five billion people. You can understand that there’s a slight difference in the way you look at distributions. But it’s just one aspect. Let us get through the strategic path worked out, and what a funding model might look like,” Barclay added.

–IANS

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TV records smashed in Australia during 2nd ODI against India

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Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020

Sydney, Nov 30 (IANS) The second ODI of the ongoing three-match series between Australia and India played on Sunday delivered record viewership ratings Down Under, according to TV numbers revealed by pay channel Fox Sports.

An audience of 5,85,000 tuned in across Foxtel platforms and Kayo to watch the second match which Australia won by 51 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground, according to Fox Sports.

The first ODI of the series, which Australia had won by 66 runs against the Men in Blue on November 27, also watched by 4,70,000 people across all platforms on Foxtel.

The ratings for Sunday’s clash by the Australian cricket team was more than 2015 World Cup final against New Zealand delivered on PayTV.

“How good’s the cricket. The women are the best in the world and now Australia’s ODI men’s team is performing better than we’ve seen in modern times against top-rated India and Virat Kohli – it doesn’t get any better,” Fox Sports executive director Steve Crawley said.

“Beginning the summer with the white ball has proven to be a hugely successful formula for Cricket Australia,” he added.

Channel 7, a free-to-air, holds the rights for the four-match Test series between Australia and India while Fox Sports has the rights to broadcast the two white-ball series — three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Both channels will, however, be able to broadcast the first Test, a pink-ball affair to be played at the Adelaide Oval from December 17-21. This will be the lone Test which Kohli will play before returning to India for the birth of his first child with wife Anushka Sharma.

–IANS

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Naagin 5: Surbhi Chandna slaying in neon colored blouse and black floral saree

Naagin 5 Surbhi Chandna slaying in neon colored blouse and black floral saree
Naagin 5 Surbhi Chandna slaying in neon colored blouse and black floral saree

The super sensational and talented Surbhi Chandna is considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses in the TV industry. She is currently entertaining the masses as Bani in the TV show Naagin 5.

This glowing beauty lives a very simple yet elegant lifestyle. Over the years, she has made people crazy about her acting and beauty. She undoubtedly appears to be very gorgeous and flawless on the screen but without make-up too the actress looks amazing.

Surbhi Chandna shared a series of pictures in which she is slaying in neon blouse and black floral saree. She looks absolutely stunning in these saree pictures. She captioned, “I’m not the one for Neon Colors said Nobody ever 🐍 #banisharma #naagin5 #banibaninaagin #surbhionnaagin #surbhichandna #sareenotsorry #swipeleft”

Check out Surbhi Chandna slaying in neon colored blouse and black floral saree from the sets of Naagin 5 below:

Samikssha Batnagar paired with Krushna Abhishek in web series 'Jo Hukum Mere Aaka'

Mumbai, Nov 30 (IANS) Actress Samikssha Batnagar, who was seen in the 2017 comedy Poster Boys, is all set to return in the web series, Jo Hukum Mere Aaka. The show also stars actor-comedian Krushna Abhishek.

Samikssha has started shooting for the project, which she describes as a “hilarious, rib tickling comedy”.

“Shoot has already started. It’s absolutely mind blowing and hilarious. We have got a great team on board and we are all raring to go,” she said.

The series reunites Samikssha with her Poster Boys director Shreyas Talpade who is also her co-star in Jo Hukum Mere Aaka.

The story deals with a djinn who can make the opposite of what one wishes for come true. Samikssha essays Krushna’s wife Sudha.

The series is directed by Rajiv Ruhia.

–IANS

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Aashram 2: Guru bin gyan mile na song lyrics

Guru bin gyan mile na full
Guru bin gyan mile na full

Check out the song lyrics of Guru bin gyan mile na from Aashram 2

Baba tu hi kashi tu hi ka ba
tere naam ka charo taraf shor sharaba
Tujhme Samai Sari Duniya
Tune hi banyai saari duniya
Tujhme Samai Sari Duniya
Tune hi banyai saari duniya

Guru bin gyan mile na
guru bin dhyan lage na

Hoo fayada hi fayada sude mein koi nuksan lage na

Tujhme Samai Saari Duniya
Tune hi banyai saari duniya
Tujhme Samai Saari Duniya
Tune hi banyai saari duniya

Tu hai to safar mein hai asani
Hoo safar mein hai asani
Tu hai to zammen lage asmani
Zammen lage asmani

Tu hai to sagar mein hai asani
tu hai zammen lage asmani
Teri rehmat ke badal jo barse to

Pathhar mein bhi pani
Pathhar mein bhi pani

Guru bin kaam bane na
Guru bin naam bane na
Jo bhula de na ho to uska mukam bane na

Tujhme Samai Sari Duniya
Tune hi banyai saari duniya
Tujhme Samai Sari Duniya
Tune hi banyai saari duniya

Tujhme Samai Sari Duniya
Tune hi banyai saari duniya
Tujhme Samai Sari Duniya
Tune hi banyai saari duniya

Albela – O Beta Ji Kismat Ki Hawa Song Lyrics starring Pankaj Tripathi from Ludo movie

Albela - O Beta Ji Kismat Ki Hawa Song Lyrics starring Pankaj Tripathi from Ludo movie
Albela - O Beta Ji Kismat Ki Hawa Song Lyrics starring Pankaj Tripathi from Ludo movie

Song Name : O Beta Ji Kismat Ki Hawa
Original Movie : Albela
Singer: C Ramchandra
Lyricist: Rajendra Krishna

Check out the song lyrics of O Beta Ji Kismat Ki Hawa from original movie Albela

Kabhi kaali ratiyaa kabhi din suhaane
Kismat ki baate toh kismat hi jaane

O beta ji O beta ji
Are! o baabu ji
Kismat ki hawa kabhi naram kabhi garam
Kabhi naram-naram kabhi garam-garam

Kabhi naram-garam naram-garam
O beta ji
Kismat ki hawa kabhi naram kabhi garam
Kabhi naram-naram kabhi garam-garam
Kabhi naram-garam naram-garam
O beta ji

Bade akad se beta nikale ghar se actor hone
Wah! re kismat
Wah! re kismat kismat mein the likhe bartan dhone
Are bhai likhe bartan dhone
O beta ji
Jeene ka mazaa kabhi naram kabhi garam
Kabhi naram-naram kabhi garam-garam
Kabhi naram-garam naram-garam

O beta ji
Are! o baabu ji
Kismat ki hawa kabhi naram kabhi garam
Kabhi naram-naram kabhi garam-garam
Kabhi naram-garam naram-garam
O beta ji

Duniya ke is chidiyaa ghar me tarah tarah ka jalwa
Mile kisi ko sukhi roti kisi ko puri halwa
Are bhai kisi ko puri halwa
O beta ji

Khichadi kaa mazaa kabhi naram kabhi garam
Kabhi naram-naram kabhi garam-garam
Kabhi naram-garam naram-garam
O beta ji
Are! o baabu ji
Kismat ki hawa kabhi naram kabhi garam
Kabhi naram-naram kabhi garam-garam
Kabhi naram-garam naram-garam
O beta ji

Dard diya to thoda thoda khushi bhi thodi thodi
Wah! re maalik Waah re maalik
Dukh aur sukh ki khub banayi jodi
Are Waah! khub banayi jodi
O beta ji

Jeewan ka nasha kabhi naram kabhi garam
Kabhi naram-naram kabhi garam-garam
Kabhi naram-garam naram-garam
O beta ji
Are! o baabu ji
Kismat ki hawa kabhi naram kabhi garam
Kabhi naram-naram kabhi garam-garam
Kabhi naram-garam naram-garam
O beta ji

Aus vs Ind: Labuschagne puts up hand to open in Warner's absence

Sydney, Nov 30 (IANS) Right-handed Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne has stated that he would “love” open the innings in the final ODI against India if asked to in absence of David Warner.

Warner, who suffered from a groin injury during the second ODI on Sunday, has been ruled out of the remaining white-ball fixtures, which include Wednesday’s ODI and three T20Is.

“Certainly if I got asked to open the batting absolutely it’s an opportunity that I would enjoy doing. We’ll wait and see how our team shapes up for the next game and see the balance of the side, but yeah I would love doing it,” Labuschagne was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“My role at No.4 is just to read the situation of the game and play my role accordingly,” he added.

Australia, after posting 374 in the first ODI, came out with an even better batting performance on Sunday as they posted a mammoth 390-run target for the Men in Blue, which the visitors failed to chase down and fell short by 51 runs.

Steve Smith top scored with 104 for the hosts while Labuschagne contributed with 70 off 61 balls with the help of five 4s.

“We had Steve in so when I came to the crease it was just about building a partnership and a bit of momentum with him, and taking a back seat for the start of my innings. When he was dismissed then me and Maxy (Glenn Maxwell) could play a bit more expansively,” said Labuschagne.

“It was really nice to be able to do the job at the back of the innings, which is something that I haven’t had too many opportunities at. But I definitely think it’s very important that I read the game and understand the situation of the game and play accordingly,” he added.

D’Arcy Short has been called in as Warner’s replacement in the T20I squad for the three-match series which begins Friday. Additionally, right-arm pacer Pat Cummins has been rested from remainder of white-ball matches in a bid to keep him fresh for the Test series.

Australia, who have already won the series, will aim to go for the clean sweep when the two teams face each other at the Manuka Oval on Wednesday.

–IANS

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Divya Khosla Kumar and Gautam Gulati – Besharam Bewaffa Song Lyrics by B Praak

Divya Khosla Kumar and Gautam Gulati - Besharam Bewaffa Song Lyrics by B Praak
Divya Khosla Kumar and Gautam Gulati - Besharam Bewaffa Song Lyrics by B Praak

Song Name : Besharam Bewaffa
Lyrics : Jaani
Singer: B Praak
Composer: B Praak
Featuring – Divya Khosla Kumar, Gautam Gulati and Siddarth Gupta

Check out the song lyrics of Besharam Bewaffa by B Praak starring Divya Khosla Kumar and Gautam Gulati

Ho mainu jihde karke chhadeya
Dil apne chon kaddeya
Ho mainu jihde karke chhadeya
Dil apne chon kaddeya
Ohnu chhad ditta ya hale vi naal ae

Ho besharam ho behaya ho bewaffa
Ho tera ki haal ae
Ho tera ki haal ae

Ho besharam ho behaya ho bewaffa
Ho tera ki haal ae
Tera ki haal ae

Ho kya tu ab bhi waisa hai
Log yeh jaisa kehte hain
Ho kya tu ab bhi waisa hai
Log yeh jaisa kehte hain

Chaadar badalti rehti hai
Aur shakhs badalte rehte hain
Chaadar badalti rehti hai
Aur shakhs badalte rehte hain

Ya badal gaya ae tu
Ya phir ohi haal tera
Ya ajj vi mann bhardae
Bas jisman naal tera

Ho mujhe maaf kariyo
Mainu yoon poochha tera
Ho teri badal gayi ya ohi chhal ae

Ho besharam ho behaya ho bewaffa
Ho tera ki haal ae
Tera ki haal ae

Ho teri yaad mainu tadpaye
Tang karde tere saaye
Ho mera khoon choosdi rehndi
Yaad teri wadh wadh khayein

Tainu ton yeh samjhayein
Meri jaan nikaldi jaaye
Par tainu mere Jaani
Meri yaad kade na aaye

Ho saddi tutti nu
Ajj dooja saal ae

Ho besharam ho behaya ho bewaffa
Ho tera ki haal ae
Ho tera ki haal ae

Ho besharam ho behaya ho bewaffa
Ho tera ki haal ae
Tera ki haal ae

Ho besharam ho behaya ho bewaffa
Ho tera ki haal ae

Deol family announces new film Apne 2 on Guru Nanak Jayanti

Mumbai, Nov 30 (IANS) The Deol family announced their new film, Apne 2, on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti on Monday. The film brings together the three generations of the family, Dharmendra, his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol, and grandson Karan Deol.

Announcing the same, Sunny Deol tweeted from his verified account: “Babaji ke aashirwaad aur aapke pyaar ki wajah se aaj hum vapas ek sath nazar aayenge. Feeling blessed to get a chance to work with my father, brother again this time with my son. #Apne2, in cinemas Diwali 2021.”

Directed by Anil Sharma and produced by Deepak Mukut, the film is expected to go on floors in March and release around Diwali next year.

Sharing a photo with the director and producer, Bobby Deol tweeted: “Back with @Anilsharma_dir to be produced by @DeepakMukut … #Apne2 in cinemas Diwali 2021.”

Director Anil Sharma shared: “I’m fortunate and thrilled to be working with 3 generations of Deols! @aapkadharam @iamsunnydeol @thedeol #karandeol in #APNE2 Looking forward to start shoot in March, and celebrate Diwali 2021 Aapno ke sath in cinemas. Intizar karen..@DeepakMukut @SohamRockstrEnt.”

The family drama Apne, starring Dharmendra with Sunny and Bobby Deol, was a hit upon release in 2007. The film also starred Katrina Kaif and Shilpa Shetty.

Dharmendra and his sons Sunny and Bobby were last seen together in Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se, which released in 2018, while Sunny launched his son Karan Deol last year in Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas.

–IANS

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‘Apne 2’ will see three generations of Deols Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol & Karan Deol

Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol & Karan Deol together for it’s sequel'Apne 2'
Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol & Karan Deol together for it’s sequel 'Apne 2'

This Guru Nanak Jayanti just got more special, when the makers and the family decided to announce it’s sequel with the blessings of Guru Nanak Ji.

Remember how the terrific Deol trio of the legendary superstar Dharmendra and his two sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol created magic on screen with Apne?

Now, 14 years later, the team is up for an encore. Joining the terrific trio this time will be Sunny’s elder son Karan Deol, and that makes this project even more interesting!

Anil Sharma and Deepak Mukut has got a casting coup in place and Anil Sharma will be the only director in Bollywood to have worked with the three generations of the Deols.

The second installment of the film has been in the works for sometime and now, the entire script is in place. “Apne” had touched a billion hearts with a good mix of action, emotions and values.

Keeping the essence and values of the first film, “Apne 2” takes the original engaging story many notches higher in its action, drama, emotions and entertainment with new characters being added in.

The makers will be shooting from March next year, in Punjab and Europe and the family entertaining sports drama is being readied for a grand release on Diwali 2021.

Legendary actor Dharmendra shares, “Apne is one of the best films of my life. A joint effort by the whole unit, received very well by you all. Now, I’m very happy because I will get to shoot Apne 2 with my entire family – my sons Sunny, Bobby and my grandson Karan. It will be a very special film and I am looking forward to shoot.”

Anticipation levels have sky rocketed and this will definitely be the big Diwali extravaganza next year to look forward to.

Soham Rockstar Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Presents “Apne 2” starring Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Karan Deol. Directed by Anil Sharma and Produced by Deepak Mukut, releasing on Diwali, 2021.

Bigg Boss 14: Vikas Gupta, Rakhi Sawant, Manu Punjabi, Kashmera Shah to enter BB14 as challengers

Bigg Boss 14 Vikas Gupta, Rakhi Sawant, Manu Punjabi, Kashmera Shah to enter BB14 as challengers
Bigg Boss 14 Vikas Gupta, Rakhi Sawant, Manu Punjabi, Kashmera Shah to enter BB14 as challengers

Popular dramatic contestants to enter the game as challengers

Bigg Boss 14 has remained synonymous with being unpredictable. While the most unexpected twists have taken our breath away multiple times, the biggest twist of the season is now in store

Some of the most dramatic and popular ex- contestants are now set to change the course of the game as challengers from hear on and create a make or break situation for the current contestants

The challengers entering the game will be the ultimate mastermind Vikas Gupta, the original reality queen Rakhi Sawant, the pride of commoners Manu Punjabi, Rahul Sr. and the real player Rahul Mahajan, the headstrong Kashmira Shah and the drama queen Arshi Khan

While Rahul Mahajan will show the contestants how to play a real game, Vikas Gupta will make the contestants realise who the real king of the game is. Rakhi Sawant will be back on the show after 13 years and add her quirks.

Manu Punjabi will reprise his time inside the house of giving tough competition to the celebrities, while Kashmira Shah will show the contestants how to play a game without backstabbing. Arshi Khan on the other hand will add the much-needed drama and entertainment to the show.

ICC certainly needs Indian cricket, says new chairman Barclay

By Qaiser Mohammad Ali

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) Indian cricket is massively important to the cricket world and the International Cricket Council (ICC) recognises this fact, and any “internal squabbles” between the two important bodies can be sorted out amicably, said new ICC chairman Gregor John Barclay on Monday.

“India is a massively important part of world cricket, a hugely contributing member of the ICC. From time to time, like all families, we have internal squabbles or whatever, but I think that India recognises its importance to not just the ICC but to world cricket and certainly the ICC needs Indian cricket,” Barclay, who took the ICC reins on November 24, said in a virtual media interaction.

“So, we navigate our way through any differences that there might be from time to time. But, by and large, India was made a full member in the same year as New Zealand was, back in 1926. So, we both have been around as cricketing countries and full (ICC) members for close to 100 years. So, I think we can all assume that we are important contributing members of the organisation, and I have no doubt that it would continue to be the case,” he said.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and ICC have been at loggerheads for a few years, particularly on the issue of sharing revenues that the game’s world governing body generates and distributes amongst its member countries.

A few years ago, the N Srinivasan-led BCCI initiated the formation of a three-nation group within the ICC, called the ‘Big Three’ and also comprising full members England and Australia, that sought the lion’s share of the ICC revenues.

The three argued that they contribute to the ICC more than any other members, so they deserve the biggest share of the share.

However, that formula was dismantled in 2015 when India’s Shashank Manohar succeeded Srinivasan, and brought about a more acceptable method of distribution of money from the ICC kitty.

–IANS

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Arshi Khan on new web series: 'It's a double-meaning show but also a fun title'

Mumbai, Nov 30 (IANS) Actress Arshi Khan is out exploring her comic side in the OTT space and she is aware her new show comes with loads of double meaning.

Arshi is seen trying her hand at comedy in the web series “Mary Aur Marlow”. She stars opposite Akshay Mishra in the series that revolves around Mary and Marlow, where Mary (Arshi) ends up becoming a sexpert for grassroot level people who cannot afford to go to the doctor or specialist.

Since Mary’s Hindi is not up to the mark, Akshay, who plays Marlow, helps her communicate with the people she sets out to help. However, when he tries using ‘shudh’ Hindi, it leads to unintentional double meaning language.

From the trailer and title, it is not surprisingly evident that the show has a lot of double-meaning dialogues.

“It’s a double-meaning show but I think ‘Mary Aur Marlow’ is also a fun title. After hearing the title, people think it will have bold content but when they watch it, they will realise it’s a fun show, which has a lot of comic scenes,” Arshi told IANS in a telephonic interview.

Reacting to the government’s decision, to put all digital media portals, including online news and Over-the-Top (OTT) platforms under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regulation, Arshi said: “The government should definitely regulate digital platforms because nowadays there are a lot of web series that are showing vulgar content and people of any age group can access the internet. So, the government surely needs to keep an eye on them.”

Arshi feels she has a good comic timing. “I never find it difficult to do comedy on screen because I feel my comic timing is really good, so I like to act in shows which have comic content,” Arshi said.

“I had a really nice experience shooting for this series and I had a lot of fun working with (director) Anirudh (Kumar) while we were shooting for it. We have released just one episode of the show and I hope the audience will have a lot more fun watching the next episodes,” she added about the show, currently streaming on Big Movie Zoo App.

–IANS

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Bigg Boss 14: Rubina Dilaik reveals an ugly secret of Rubina –Abhinav’s marriage

Bigg Boss 14 Rubina Dilaik reveals an ugly secret of Rubina –Abhinav’s marriage
Bigg Boss 14 Rubina Dilaik reveals an ugly secret of Rubina –Abhinav’s marriage

Rubina Dilaik and Abhinav Shukla were on the verge of filing for divorce before entering the Bigg Boss 14 house. Rubina made the statement on the show on Sunday in what can easily be seen as the biggest reveal of this season.

Rubina Dilaik is going to reveal that her relationship with Abhinav Shukla hit a rough patch in between. She said they were headed for a divorce in November but decided to do the show as an effort to save their marriage. 

Fans of #RubiNav are shocked on seeing this. Those who watched closely will remember how this question was posed to them by a top journalist at the premiere of Bigg Boss 14.

She said: “Humne ek dusre ko November tak ka time diya tha. We were about to get divorced. Agar yaha dono saath nahi aate, toh shayad sath bhi na reh paate (We had given each other time till November. We were about to get divorced. If we hadn’t come here we would not have been together).” She burst out crying after saying this.

Check out Bigg Boss 14 promo below:

Amrita Rao: Earlier it was important to have talent, now there’s talent management

Mumbai, Nov 30 (IANS) Actress Amrita Rao says the concept of visibility for an actor has changed courtesy social media and talent management firms, as compared to the time she made her Bollywood debut in 2002.

“Before the era of social media and PR machinery that we are seeing these days, an actor’s popularity and celebrity status was a byproduct of his or her talent. When I entered the industry as a teenager and appeared in films like ‘Ishq Vishk’, ‘Masti’, and ‘Main Hoon Naa’, people noticed me because of my performance, although a film like ‘Main Hoon Na’ has superstars like Shah Rukh Khan and Sushamita Sen. These days, actors are becoming popular also because of their presence on social media. I think for an actor, being remembered for a character and film is more important,” Amrita told IANS.

She continued: “There is nothing wrong with becoming a popular celebrity on social media, just that there is a huge change that has happened. I entered the industry during the transition period. Earlier, it was important to have talent and as an artiste, we used to sharpen our skills. Now there is something called talent management! In a way, it is a good cultural change that lets artistes feel more secure with job opportunity,” explained the actress.

Can Amrita recall the moment she felt recognised in the pre-social media era?

“Yes, I clearly remember that because I had a mixed feeling. Whenever I recall it, it brings a smile on my face. All of us were entering the venue, and the photographers were there, on the occasion of the success party of ‘Main Hoon Naa’. There was a group of college students standing out there who saw me and calling out my name as ‘Sanjana Sanjana…!’ I was so young back then that I didn’t know how to react, I smiled, put a palm on my face because I was feeling shy! In my head, it was like ‘what just happen? This meant they really watched my film and recognised me!!’ It was an over-the-moon feeling of a youngster!” she giggled.

–IANS

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Warner, Cummins to miss remaining white-ball games against India

Indian Premier League - IPL 2020
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020

Sydney, Nov 30 (IANS) Australia opener David Warner has been ruled out of the remaining white-ball matches against India after injuring his groin during the second ODI of the ongoing three-match series.

D’Arcy Short has been called in as Warner’s replacement in the T20I squad for the three-match series which begins Friday. Additionally, right-arm pacer Pat Cummins has been rested from remainder of white-ball matches in a bid to keep him fresh for the Test series.

Warner suffered a groin strain in Australia’s 51-run win on Sunday night at the Sydney Cricket Ground and returned home to begin his rehab in the hope to be fit for the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy which begins December 17 at the Adelaide Oval.

The left-handed batsman scored half-centuries in both the ODIs and provided good start for Australia with 156 and 142-run opening partnerships with Australian captain Aaron Finch.

“Pat and Davie are critical to our plans for the Test series,” head coach Justin Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“Davie will work through his injury rehab and in Pat’s case it is important all of our players are managed well to keep them mentally and physically fit throughout what is a challenging summer. The priority for both is being fully prepared for one of the biggest and most important home Test series we have played in recent years, especially with World Test Championship points up for grabs,” he added.

Earlier, Marcus Stoinis had suffered a side strain in the first ODI because of which he couldn’t take part in the second match. However, he continues to remain with the squad.

Australia have already won the ODI series and will look to go for a clean sweep when they take on the Men in Blue at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday.

–IANS

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AR Rahman is BAFTA Breakthrough India ambassador

Mumbai, Nov 30 (IANS) Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian composer AR Rahman has been roped in as ambassador of the BAFTA Breakthrough initiative in India.

“I am happy to be working with BAFTA to discover some of the amazing talent that India has to offer in film, games and television,” Rahman said.

“This is a unique opportunity for promising artistes to be supported by a world-renowned organisation, to not only make connections with other talented creatives across the world but to be mentored by BAFTA-winners and nominees. I am looking forward to seeing the brilliant talent chosen from India to be showcased on a global stage,” he added.

The initiative marks BAFTA’s first steps into India. The talent hunt initiative will enable the Academy to identify and nurture up to five talents working in film, games, or television in India. The exercise, known as BAFTA Breakthrough initiative, is part of the Academy’s year-round effort to support new talent, operating alongside their Awards ceremonies.

“I am also incredibly grateful for the invaluable support of our brilliant ambassador AR Rahman, an industry leader in his creative work and someone who shares our passion for identifying and nurturing new talent. He is well positioned to support the initiative, with his broad spectrum of work drawing recognition across Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu films, which will help BAFTA to appeal to a wide section of the industry,” said Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA.

On Monday, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) shared that the applications are now open for BAFTA Breakthrough India, supported by Netflix.

As part of the initiative in India, a jury of British and Indian industry experts will select five talents from across India to take part in the year-long mentoring and guidance program. The chosen talent will also connect with and learn from the British and Indian creative industries, and will be promoted as BAFTA Breakthrough artistes globally.

BAFTA Breakthrough has been running in the UK since 2013 and in China since 2019, but this year marks the first time the initiative is recognising talent from India. The jurors for Breakthrough India are still to be announced.

–IANS

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What made Kylie Minogue cry

Los Angeles, Nov 30 (IANS) Singer Kylie Minogue says she cried when she heard her latest song, Say something, for the first time.

The 52-year-old singer felt an instant connection to the track, her first single from new album Disco.

“I cried when I heard it earlier this year. I remember listening to it and just being very teary and calling my producer going, ‘this song is just…’ It’s saying more than we’re saying. Like, there’s a lot of room for interpretation in that song. It’s about love and everyone having the capacity for love. It’s not as easy to describe as, ‘OK, everyone’s on the dance floor, there’s a full moon and we’re all dancing’,” she said in an interview to Heat magazine, reports contactmusic.com.

The singer feels people will connect to the song’s universal theme.

She said: “For me it’s about the eternal quest for love and not necessarily a relationship love. Just love for love’s sake. We are all different, but that is pretty much a common desire or need and a longing. And it is endless.”

“I was so glad the landscape for the video was galactic because that’s how I feel about love — where does it begin? Where does it end? Your family love, your romantic love, your love for life,” she added.

In the music video, the singer is seen riding a horse. She revealed that it was a last minute change.

Talking about it, she said: “That was kind of – not a happy mistake – but it was meant to be a different horse.

“And then two days before we filmed the video, my director calls and says, ‘There’s a problem with the horse. It needs six people to move it and we don’t have six people. So, the day before the video, the horse was changed.

“But it was always meant to be that horse because he is resplendent in that video. I love him,” she shared.

–IANS

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Movie Review | Mosul: Gritty, gripping war drama

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Avengers director duo Joe and Anthony Russo have produced an action film which is quite an antithesis of the fantasy-loaded superhero razzmatazz that has come to be their calling card. Mosul is gritty war drama that remains tantalizingly close to the reality it is carved from. The film is deftly executed, and comes with an important socio-political message about war and its aftermath.

Debutante director Matthew Michael Carnahan, who has also penned the film, focuses on an aspect of war-torn Iraq that is normally not a point of interest for Hollywood. Inspired by a New Yorker article titled The Desperate Battle To Destroy ISIS, the filmmaker trains his lens on an Iraqi SWAT team’s action against ISIS, duly dramatized to capture some remarkable war violence in the film’s 100-odd-minute runtime.

Around the mid to late 2010s, Mosul, one of Iraq’s biggest cities, was overrun by ISIS. The organisation, known as Daesh in Iraq, unleashed years of rape, torture and murder, a title card informs us at the start.

The film begins at a time the violence in Mosul is ebbing and the Nineveh province’s SWAT unit, comprising local men who have been directly or indirectly affected by the scourge of ISIS, is on a final mission.

The story begins with the SWAT team rescuing a young Iraqi police officer named Kawa (Adam Bessa), whose uncle was killed by ISIS. Kawa is offered a place by Major Jasem (Suhail Dabbach) in the SWAT team, which wages its war relentlessly, driven solely by revenge against ISIS atrocities on their people.

The film has been shot (Mauro Fiore) and edited (Alexandro Rodriguez) to create a sense of urgency even in the poignant moments, and in a way that it takes us right into the thick of action. It is a cinematic treatment that allows us to get as close as possible to the soldiers, physically as well as emotionally.

Carnahan’s writing is one of the strong points of the hardhitting narrative. There is an attempt to understand the protagonists beyond being war machines, as human beings. While such attempts have been commonplace in Hollywood while dissecting American soldiers in various combat situations, Mosul is a rare attempt that uses such a perspective to try and understand a bunch of soldiers who belong to a nation that the US has deemed its enemy state.

Adeptly narrated and subtle in the comment it leaves, Mosul is a war film with its heart and mind in the right place. Aided by a cast in fine form (Suhail Dabbach’s Major Jasem is an award-worthy act), the engrossing film imparts its message of nationalism without ever falling into the trap of jingoism.

Mosul (film streaming on Netflix); Cast: Adam Bessa, Suhail Dabbach, Is’haq Elias, Qutaiba Abdelhaq, Ahmed El Ghanem; Direction: Matthew Michael Carnahan

–ians, VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY

Malan 55 takes England to series win against South Africa

Paarl (South Africa), Nov 29 (IANS) Dawid Malan’s 55 followed up Jofra Archer’s 1/18 on Sunday as England secured a four-wicket win over South Africa in the second T20I between the two sides in Paarl. England have thus taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, having won the first T20I by five wickets on Friday.

South Africa were restricted to 146/6 and England lost opener Jason Roy in the fourth over.

The visitors then lost Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow within the space of two overs but Malan then found able company in Ben Stokes and later captain Eoin Morgan. He was dismissed on 55 off 40 balls by Lungi Ngidi in the 18th over by which time England needed just 13 runs to win the match. Morgan saw them over the line comfortably.

Earlier, captain Quinton de Kock was highest scorer with 30 runs in an underwhelming performance from the South African batting order.

Brief scores: South Africa 146/6 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 30, George Linde 29; Jofra Archer 1/18) vs England 147/6 in 19.5 overs (Dawid Malan 55, Eoin Morgan 26 not out; Tabraiz Shamsi 3/19)

–IANS

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Had to bowl the in-between length, says Henriques after accurate show

Sydney, Nov 29 (IANS) The depth in Australia’s bench when it comes to all-rounders was quite evident on Sunday when Moises Henriques stepped in to replace an injured Marcus Stoinis and performed crucial roles first as a bowler and then as a fielder.

The 33-year-old bowling all-rounder returned with the best economy rate among Australians, conceding 4.9 runs and over and picking the key wicket of Shreyas Iyer who was building a strong partnership with India captain Virat Kohli. Henriques then plucked a catch out of thin air at short mid-wicket to send Kohli (89) back.

Henriques said that the key to bowl on the wicket was accuracy even with the change of pace. He said that he bowled an in-between length.

“(I had to) take the pace off the ball by rolling fingers on it, bowl in right areas accurately, hit the right length — the in-between length. A length where you wouldn’t be hit back right back at the sightscreen or be hit with power square of the wicket. It was pretty simple, trying to smack that length with changes of pace,” he said after the match.

The Indian bowlers, barring Hardik Pandya who bowled just four overs, could not be consistent with their length.

Skipper Virat Kohli admitted that Indian bowlers could not hit the right areas.

“With the ball we were not that effective, we didn’t hit the areas we wanted to consistently… we had to bowl in one area for long enough and we didn’t. So the chase was steep,” said Kohli, who made 89 off 87 balls.

Wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul, also the team’s vice-captain, admitted that India bowlers could not use the variations in speed and bring change in pace as effectively as the Aussies could.

Asked if the bowlers had struggled to get the variations Rahul, who made 76, said, “Struggle isn’t the right word, but yes, we didn’t adapt quick enough.”

–IANS

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Team breathed a sigh of relief after I took Kohli's catch: Henriques

Sydney, Nov 29 (IANS) While it may have been tough for fielders from both sides to pick high catches due to windy conditions as well as crowds in the background, the Australians were a step ahead on the field when it came to ground fielding. Not only did they stop more runs than India in the outfield, they pulled off some good catches to disturb India’s run chase.

All-rounder Moises Henriques, who was playing an ODI after a gap of over three years, took a diving catch at short mid-wicket to send back Indian skipper Virat Kohli who was looking good and anchoring India’s chase. Kohli was on 89 when he was dismissed. India still needed 165 runs in just over 15 overs when Kohli was dismissed.

However, Henriques said that the wicket was important enough to give his team a bit of relief.

“It was really a big wicket. A lot of our guys were a lot calmer in the outfield when that man was dismissed — when you are able to dismiss some who scores so well as he does. Thankfully, he didn’t do as well as he wanted to do. I was able to get there quick enough and didn’t have to think much,” said Henriques who also bowled seven good overs and picked the wicket of Shreyas Iyer just as he was looking to shift gears.

–IANS

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Rahul Roy suffers brain stroke, hospitalised

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Bollywood actor Rahul Roy suffered brain stroke while shooting for a project in Kargil, and is currently hospitalised in the city.

The actor, who shot to popularity in the 1990s, was shooting in Kargil for a project when he suffered the brain stroke. He was then rushed from Kargil to Srinagar and then to Mumbai where he is presently undergoing treatment at Nanavati Hospital, according to a report by filminformation.com.

The 52-year-old actor is in the ICU, and is reportedly responding well to the treatment.

He was shooting for film “LAC: Live The Battle” at Kargil. The film is being directed by Nitin Kumar Gupta.

It is being believed that the Extreme weather conditions caused the stroke

Rahul shot to fame with the Mahesh Bhatt-directed “Aashiqui” at the age of 22. He went on to work with the filmmaker on 1990s films like “Junoon” and “Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee”. After laying low for some time, the actor joined the first season of the popular TV reality show “Bigg Boss” in 2006, and emerged as the winner.

–IANS

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Rohit Saraf: Look forward to everything that the future holds

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Actor Rohit Saraf says the encouragement and support coming his way is making him believe in his own craft a little more than before.

The actor was most recently seen in Anurag Basu’s “Ludo” and web series “Mismatched”.

“The kind of response I’ve received over the past two weeks for ‘Ludo’ and ‘Mismatched’ has been nothing short of a dream. The projects are being highly appreciated and that makes all the hard work worthwhile. The love, encouragement and support is making me believe in my own craft a little more than before and I look forward to everything that the future holds,” Rohit said.

“Ludo” is a dark humour anthology comprising four stories. It also stars Rajkummar Rao, Abhishek Bachchan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Aditya Roy Kapur, Pankaj Tripathi and Sanya Malhotra.

“Mismatched” is a teen romance, which revolves around Rishi, who is in search of his happily ever after, and Dimple, who dreams of being a tech wizard. Although they start off on a wrong note, the two develop a friendship over a period of time. The series is about how this perfectly imperfect couple who try to build an app. The show also stars Vidya Malavade, Vihaan Samat, Taaruk Raina, Devyani Shorey , Muskkaan Jaferi, and Rannvijay Singha.

–IANS

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Kohli, Rahul admit bowlers weren't consistent and did adapt quick enough

Sydney, Nov 29 (IANS) India captain Virat Kohli blamed his team’s bowlers for not bowling in one area for a long enough period as Australia notched up their highest total against India in ODIs for the second consecutive time at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

After making 374 in the first game on Friday, Aussies made 389 for four in the second match on Sunday and won the game by 51 runs.

“You look at the scoreboard we got 340 and we still were 50 runs short,” said Kohli after the match.

“With the ball we were not that effective, we didn’t hit the areas we wanted to consistently and then, they have a strong batting line-up, they understand the pitches, conditions and angles, but yeah, we had to bowl in one area for long enough and we didn’t. So the chase was steep,” added Kohli, who made 89 off 87 balls.

Wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul, also the team’s vice-captain, admitted that India bowlers could not use the variations in speed and bring change in pace as effectively as the Aussies could.

Asked if the bowlers had struggled to get the variations, Rahul responded, “Struggle isn’t the right word, but yes, we didn’t adapt quick enough. Like I said, it is a learning process for our bowling group to adapt quicker and pick wickets and learn as a bowling unit and as a team on such wickets.”

Rahul admitted that the team has struggled to pick wickets early in the power-play.

“In white-ball cricket, that is very important. When we are bowling, we should get wickets at regular intervals, then only the run rate will be in check. If you see our batting, in both the matches, every 30-40 runs, a wicket was falling. For them it was 50-60. So that’s where the difference is. We have to search for a mantra to take wickets.”

–IANS

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Pandya gave away the bowling plan, jokes skipper Kohli (Lead)

Sydney, Nov 29 (IANS) India, missing an extra bowler who could play back up to the regular bowlers leaking runs, were forced to turn to a semi-fit Hardik Pandya during Sunday’s second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

“It (the decision to bowl him) came out of nowhere, I asked him how are he was feeling, he said he was okay to bowl a couple of overs. He got into it and felt a bit better, then he said he will bowl two more overs,” said India captain Virat Kohli after the match.

“He gave away the bowling plan,” Kohli said jokingly as Pandya bowled a decent spell using change in pace.

Pandya, who had said after Friday’s first ODI that he is not yet fit to bowl in a match, was pressed into attack in the 36th over after India were finding the going tough with Australia racing to 230 for two in 35 overs. He bowled four overs in spells of two overs each and gave away 24 runs besides picking the wicket of Steve Smith.

He impressed with the ball, varying his pace, slowing it down and picking up the wicket of centurion Smith, who scored a 64-ball 104 to follow his 66-ball 105 in the first ODI.

Pandya, 27, was filling up the overs of pace bowler Navdeep Saini who had proved very expensive, going for 55 runs in his six overs up until then.

The all-rounder conceded just five in his first over as he bowled slower bouncers that were hard to time for the batsmen. He then conceded just four in the next over, ensuring that there was some check to the proceedings.

Pandya was taken off after the 38th over, having bowled just two overs, but Kohli was forced to bring him back after India conceded 38 in the next three overs.

Pandya responded with the wicket of Smith and ended with one for 24 in four overs.

Despite Pandya’s efforts, India conceded 389 in 50 overs, the highest ODI total for Australia against India, bettering the 374 they scored in the first ODI.

–IANS

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Don't think Warner will be available for 3rd ODI: Finch

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Sydney, Nov 29 (IANS) Australia captain Aaron Finch said that he doesn’t expect David Warner to play in the third ODI after the opener left the field four overs into India’s innings in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. Warner had to helped off the field and Cricket Australia later said that he had been sent for scans for a groin strain.

Finch said that he doesn’t have any information on Warner’s status at the moment but doesn’t expect him to play the third ODI, which is effectively a dead rubber after a 51-run win on Sunday helped them seal an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. “No idea (on Warner’s fitness). We’ve got to reshuffle it around, I don’t think he’ll be available,” said Finch after the match.

Finch commended his team for their batting performance. Talismanic batsman Steve Smith scored another 62-ball century as Australia scored 389/4 batting first. India in reply were restricted to 338/9.

“It was I guess (perfect perfomance with the bat). Anytime you get in the high 300s is good. Very pleased to wrap it up in two wins,” said Finch after the match. Finch and Warner have managed consecutive century partnerships for the first wicket in the series. On Sunday, Finch played second fiddle to Warner on Sunday and felt he could have accelarated more himself.

“Bit quicker would have been nice (on his own batting) but laid the foundation for the guys at the back end to come and play free cricket. The way Davey played up front was unbelievable. Then Smithy played out of his skin for two matches in a row,” he said.

–IANS

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Playing with crowds after long may have affected catching: Rahul

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Sydney, Nov 29 (IANS) India’s fielding woes continued in the second One-Day International against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday with Ravindra Jadeja, who is otherwise considered a safe pair of hands in the outfield, dropping Marnus Labuschagne at long-off off the bowling of Hardik Pandya.

The dropped catch came on the back of India spilling a few chances in the first ODI on Friday with both Shikhar Dhawan and Pandya dropping catches in the deep.

Australia dropped a few high catches in the series as well. Asked if there is a reason why the teams are struggling to hold on to catches, wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul said that it could be because of the crowds.

“Sometimes it happens, catches get dropped. I can’t say the exact problem. But when I have fielded in Australia, when the ball travels with the crowd in the background, it becomes a bit difficult to spot. And we are playing in front of crowds after a long time, so it is I think slightly difficult to pick balls,” said Rahul who scored 76.

He also said that the conditions were a bit windy. :It was windy today so, it happens,” the India vice-captain added. Rahul himself was given a lifeline when Australia captain Aaron Finch failed to accurately judge a potential catching chance.

–IANS

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Rashami Desai sizzles in hot pink bikini photoshoot

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Television actress Rashami Desai on Sunday set Instagram on fire with her hot pink bikini photoshoot!

The actress shared photographs of herself where she can be seen standing in a swimming pool wearing a hot pink bikini underneath a white net dress. The photoshoot has been done in Lonavala.

Captioning the photographs, Rashami wrote that she wants to “go with the flow”. Commenting on her post, Rashami’s fans showered her with love and admiration.

On the work front, Rashami is all set to enter the digital world, and says her upcoming web project will help her break away from the regular television image. The actress plays the lead opposite Tanuj Virwani in the web series “Tandoor”, an investigative thriller about a married couple whose lives take an unexpected turn after a murder.

On Sunday, Rashami took to Instagram to share birthday wishes for her “Tandoor” co-star Tanuj Virwani.

Sharing a photograph with Tanuj, the actress wrote: “I live for the moments where I can’t express them with words, A very Happy Birthday to my super talented co-actor, a person so humble and down to earth and surely super fun to be around @tanujvirwani Enjoy today without any guilt.”

–IANS

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Nikhita Gandhi questions gender identity through 'Khud ko hi paake'

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Singer Nikhita Gandhi says her latest song, Khud ko hi paake, is all about the expression of acceptance of the self.

Featuring Nikhita Gandhi, along with Ivanka Das, the song showcases a couple and how their romance hits a roadblock when a small moment between them makes the male partner come face to face with his issues of gender identity.

“Khud ko hi paake is a song I have composed keeping in mind the internal struggle of someone who is facing an identity crisis. The beauty and the pain of such a conundrum is that we all have our fair share of this, in different magnitudes. The song is an expression of acceptance of the self and embodies the message that the only truth in life is who you are and letting yourself be honest to that,” Nikhita said.

“Khud ko hi paake” is a part of the MTV Beats Love Duet album.

“MTV Beats Love Duet has been a path-breaking initiative in normalising conversations around love that goes beyond gender stereotypes. It has given a platform to some of the greatest artists from the LGBTQI+ Community to showcase their talent and make their voices heard. I’m proud that I got the chance to make a tiny contribution in this journey through ‘Khud ko hi paake’ — a soulful story weaved in with passion and genuineness. I’m sure it will be loved by the masses and also help influence perceptions in some way,” she added.

The song is penned by Nikhita and Shashwat Singh.

–IANS

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Sonakshi Sinha enjoys a lazy Sunday

Actress Sonakshi Sinha is in a mood for a lazy Sunday, and said that she just wants to be on the couch all day.

The Bollywood star took to Instagram to share a glimpse from her “lazy” Sunday with a picture in which she is posing on the couch.

“Gonna be on my couch all day today #lazysunday,” Sonakshi wrote with the picture.

In the image, she is seen resting on a blue couch, and channels a casual look in an all-denim avatar, with a white top.

Earlier this week, Sonakshi shared moments from her vacation in the Maldives. She also announced that she is a licensed scuba diver.

The actress had posted a string of pictures on Instagram, and also shared her result of the Open Water Diver Course Final Exam Answer Sheet. The actress scored 100 per cent in the test.

“Knighted by the holy fins! I am now a licensed scuba diver… something i have been wanting to do for years, and finally got down to it! My love for the ocean has just grown ever since my first snorkel experience and this is taking it to a whole new level…” Sonakshi captioned the images.

Sonakshi will next be seen in “Bhuj: The Pride Of India”. The war action film, based on a true story, also stars Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Ammy Virk, Nora Fatehi and Sharad Kelkar. It is set during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.  –ians/sug/sdr/

Hrithik Roshan’s beard chronicle

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Hrithik Roshan in an instagram post

Actor Hrithik Roshan took to Instagram to share a last glimpse of his beard before shaving it off, and sent his fans in a state of excitement.

The actor shared a selfie featuring a tight close-up of his face. He looked straight into the camera in an intense manner, giving a glimpse of his grey and green eyes.

“Before the beard goes,” he wrote with the picture, in which he posed shirtless.

The post delighted his fans, with many fans requesting him to not shave his beard. One user commented, “Nooooa, while another wrote, “Your selfies are no less than a photoshoot.”

Some were excited to see the transformation and complimented the actor on his good looks. One user wrote: “Closeup of the year.”

“CONGRATS …..2nd MOST HANDSOME MAN IN THE WORLD,” shared one user, while one wrote: “You’re handsome both with & without a beard.”

Hrithik, who made his debut as a hero with the hit film “Kaho Na… Pyaar Hai”, completed 20 years in the industry in January this year. He was last seen on the big screen last year in Siddharth Anand’s “War”.

The last 20 years, as an actor, have been a joy ride! Filled with learnings and diverse experiences. It has been enriching. I think I work because a working environment helps build virtues . And virtues is what one needs to become the best version of oneself . That in itself is my overall mission in life. Looking ahead, our industry is at a juncture where the audience, storytelling and technology are constantly evolving – there is so much out there to explore, to depict. It is an exciting space to be in, as an artist. I am excited for the next phase of my career,” he told IANS in an interview earlier.  –ians/sug/sdr/

Raftaar suggests meme pages to use his photo!

Celebrities often react happily or angrily to memes being made on them, but here is a celeb who chooses his own photo for being used by memers!

Rapper Raftaar on Sunday suggested meme pages and YouTube channels to use a certain photo of him while creating memes!

The rapper shared a photo of himself on his verified Instagram account on Sunday.

“Meri meme pages aur youtube channels se darkhwaast hai. Abse is chitrr ka istemaal karein. Request samjhiye. Dhanyawaad. Ps- APKI SAHULIYAT KE LIYE MENE BORDER CLEAN KARDIYE HAIN. (I request meme pages and YouTube channels to use this photo of mine. Please understand my request. Thank you. PS- I have cleaned the border for your convenience.”

In the photo, Raftaar poses in a Military print full shirt and cap.

On the work front, the rapper is currently enjoying the success of his latest hip hop song “Angaar”. The song is a collaboration between rappers Raftaar and IKKA.

“Angaar” sees IKKA and Raftaar reuniting after 10 years and as the word connotes, it is a fiery play of words in rap music narrating their collective experiences with hip-hop and society.  –ians/abh/sdr/

Jacqueline Fernandez wraps Dharamshala schedule of ‘Bhoot Police’

Actress Jacqueline Fernandez has wrapped up the shooting schedule of her upcoming horror comedy, Bhoot Police, in Dharamshala, and is having a tough time moving one.

“Schedule wrap #Dharamshala #bhootpolice what a crazy ride that was!!!! Im missing the team already,” she wrote on Instagram along with an image of herself from the picturesque hill town.

In the image, she is seen basking in the sun shine in a garden, as she smells a red rose. She is seen wearing warm and cosy winter wear to keep her warm.

She was shooting for the project with Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, and Yami Gautam, and hopes to unite with the team soon.

“Bhoot Police”, a horror-comedy is directed by Pawan Kripalani, who has helmed thrillers like “Phobia” and “Ragini MMS” in the past. The film has been largely shot across Dharamsala, Dalhousie and Palampur. The film is produced by Ramesh Taurani and Akshai Puri.

She will soon start shooting for Rohit Shetty’s “Cirkus”, co-starring Ranveer Singh. She also has “Kick 2” coming up, opposite Salman Khan.

Recently, Jacqueline opened up about collaborating with Rohit for the first time. “It’s not easy making films that entertain, make you laugh and feel good. And Rohit Shetty is perhaps the first that comes to mind when you think of entertaining and commercial cinema,” she shared.

“I have always enjoyed watching his films and am completely aware of the kind of hard work that goes into it. Thrilled to be working with him and I can’t wait to be on his set,” she said of the director, known for superhits such as “Singham”, “Chennai Express” and the “Golmaal” series.  –ians/sug/sdr/

Rakul Preet – From being a Delhi girl to a Telugu ammayi

Actress Rakul Preet Singh on Sunday celebrated her completion of seven years in the Telugu film industry.

The actress took to her verified Instagram account on Sunday to share her photographs from seven years ago and the present time.

Using the hashtag #7yearsofTFI, Rakul wrote: “I was all smiles then and all smiles now and the reason is all the people who accepted me with soo much love. From being a delhi girl to a pakka telugu ammayi, This journey has been beyond beautiful. Thanking every director, producer, costar, peer, friend and fan who believed in me, stood by me, appreciated and criticized me to help me evolve into a better me with each passing day. Nothing of course would have been possible without my family , manager and team.”

Rakul has appeared in Telugu films like “Venkatadri Express”, “Pandaga Chesko”, “Nannaku Prematho”, “Rarandoi Veduka Chudham” and “Manmadhudu 2” among others and shared screen space with Tollywood superstars like Mahesh Babu, Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Nagarjuna Akkineni and Allu Arjun.

The actress, who began her career with Kannada, Telugu and Tamil films, has gradually started creating a space for herself in Bollywood as well.

She has featured in Bollywood films like “De De Pyaar De”, “Marjaavaan”, “Shimla Mirchi” and others.

On the work front, Rakul will next be seen alongside Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn in the thriller drama, “Mayday”. The film is directed and produced by Ajay Devgn.

The actress will be seen in the role of a pilot in the film. This is her second film with Ajay after “De De Pyaar De”.  –ians/abh/sdr/

Ankita Lokhande to pay tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput

Actress Ankita Lokhande, who was heavily trolled by the fans of her former boyfriend and late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput last week, has shared that she would be paying tribute to the late star through a special dance performance.

Sharing a sneak-peek of her act, Ankita took to Instagram to share how difficult it would be for her to perform at an upcoming award show.

“This time it’s very different and difficult to perform. From me to you. it’s painful,” she wrote with the video.

In the video she is seen rehearsing to the tunes of Neha Kakkar-Sunny Kaushal’s latest hit “Taaron ke shehar”.

Ankita often took to social media to lend support to the family of her late boyfriend Sushant, who was found dead in June this year. However, last week, many fans of the late actor found reasons to troll Ankita. They have alleged that Ankita had moved on in life and is no longer interested in justice for Sushant.

Ankita recently shared a happy video of herself on Instagram. While some fans left heart emojis in the comments section, others targeted her.

One user wrote,”Bhul gaye ho aap Sushant sir ko (you have forgotten Sushant).” Another wrote,”Aap Sushant sir ko yaad nahi karte ho (you don’t remember Sushant).”

Ankita doesn’t seem to be affected by the negative comments as she has been sharing more happy photos of her on Instagram.

One user commented,”Tum roz pix upload karo, hum roz tumko Sushant ki yaad dilayenge #shame (you upload new photos every day and we will remind you of Sushant every day).”

Ankita captioned her latest pic,”I may not be perfect but I’m always me.”

The investigation into Sushant’s death is still on.  –ians/sug/khz

Varun shares ‘main brief’ by David Dhawan during ‘Coolie No 1’ shoot

Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan has revealed the ‘main brief’ which was given to him by his father and Director David Dhawan during the shooting of his upcoming film “Coolie No 1”.

Varun took to his official Instagram account on Sunday sharing photographs with David Dhawan from the sets of the film.

The actor wrote,”Conviction was the main brief of the Director while doing every scene in #COOLIENO1. For some reason whenever I’m listening to a scene in my head I take off to this imaginary land… Woke up with a big smile today all because of the amount of love I received yesterday.”

Varun’s social media post comes a day after the release of the trailer of “Coolie No 1”, a film which stars Sara Ali Khan opposite him. While a section of netizens criticised Varun alleging he had overacted in the film while some fans compared him with Govinda. The actor also received love and appreciation from his fans.

“Coolie No 1” is a remake of the 1995 original film of the same name that David Dhawan made with actors Govinda and Karisma Kapoor.

The new film, also featuring ace comedians Jaaved Jaaferi, Rajpal Yadav and Johnny Lever, is the 45th directorial venture of David Dhawan.  –ians/abh/khz/dpb

Confusion over India’s entry in Live Action Short Film category at Oscars

The Sayani Gupta-starrer, Shameless, by writer-director Keith Gomes is one of the films from India eligible for qualification in the Live Action Short Film Category at the 93rd Oscars.

Just days after the Film Federation of India selected Malayalam film “Jallikattu” as India’s official entry to the Oscars 2021, Gomes’ and his team shared that their film “Shameless” is the official Indian entry in the Live Action Short Film category at the 93rd Oscars.

Each year, the Film Federation of India selects the Indian official entry for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

In the case of short films, five Indian shorts are eligible for Oscar qualification.

With over 2000 entries, ShortsTV had hosted the third edition of the Best of India Short Film Festival earlier this month.

The jury had declared short “Natkhat”, featuring and co-produced by Vidya Balan, as the winning film of the third edition. This made the film eligible for an Oscar nomination.

Following the announcement, Vidya had told IANS: “This is great news. Not something I had thought of, but I am very happy.”

However, the other finalists of this edition are also eligible for Oscar consideration.

These other short films are: Gomes’ “Shameless”, “Sound-Proof” by director Aditya Kelgaonkar, “Safar” helmed by Pratyusha Gupta and director Dheeraj Jindal’s “Trapped”.

“Best of India Short Film Festival has established itself as a leading industry festival spotlighting inimitable, original work and give Indian talent a chance to bring home an Oscar. It has paved the way for Indian filmmakers to take their art to Oscars and provided them a platform to showcase their films to a global audience through ShortsTV, the world’s only dedicated platform for short entertainment,” said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of ShortsTV.

The Oscars shortlist will be unveiled on February 9, 2021, and nominations will be announced on March 15.  –ians/nn/vnc

Darth Vader actor David Prowse no more

David Prowse, best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died. He was 85.

Prowse, a weightlifter-turned-actor, died following a short illness. The news of his demise was shared by his agent Thomas Bowington, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

Bowington Management also shared the news on Twitter.

“It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85. #DaveProwseA @starwarsA #DarthVader #GreenCrossCodeMan #iconic #actor #bodybuilder #MBE,” read the post on the Twitter account.

Prowse was cast as the iconic Vader for his 6-foot-7 frame, but the role was voiced by James Earl Jones.

He portrayed the Frankenstein monster in three movies: the James Bond spoof “Casino Royale” (1967) and, for Hammer Films, “The Horror of Frankenstein” (1970) and “Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell” (1974), the last opposite a future Star Wars co-star, Peter Cushing.

In Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” (1971), Prowse featured as the muscular manservant working for author Frank Alexander (Patrick Magee).

He also regularly appeared on hit series such as “The Saint”, “Space 1999” and “Doctor Who”.

He spent his later years living in London.  –ians/sug/ksk/

2nd ODI: India forced to press in semi-fit Pandya who impresses

Sydney, Nov 29 (IANS) India, missing an extra bowler who could play back-up to the regular bowlers leaking runs, were forced to turn to a semi-fit Hardik Pandya during Sunday’s second ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Pandya, who had said after Friday’s first ODI that he is not yet fit to bowl in a match, was pressed into attack in the 36th over after India were finding the going tough with Australia racing to 230/2 in 35 overs.

The all-rounder impressed with the ball, varying his pace, slowing it down and picking up the wicket of centurion Steve Smith, who scored a 64-ball 104 to follow his 66-ball 105 in the first ODI.

The 27-year-old was filling up the overs of pace bowler Navdeep Saini who had proved very expensive, going for 55 runs in his six overs up until then. Saini ended up with figures of 0/70 in his seven overs.

Pandya conceded just five in his first over as he bowled slower bouncers that were hard to time for the batsmen. He then conceded just four in the next over, ensuring that there was some check to the proceedings.

The right-hander was taken off after the 38th over, having bowled just two overs, but skipper Virat Kohli was forced to bring him back after India conceded 38 in the next three overs.

Pandya responded with the wicket of Smith and ended with one for 24 in four overs.

Despite Pandya’s effort, India conceded 389 runs in 50 overs, Australia’s highest ODI total against India, bettering the 374 they scored in the first ODI.

–IANS

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2nd ODI: Smith fires yet again as Aus set 390-run target for India

Sydney, Nov 29 (IANS) Steve Smith on Sunday continued his prolific run as he smashed yet another hundred against India to help Australia post a gigantic 390-run target for the Men in Blue in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Electing to bat, Australia once again had a great start as skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner made most of the batting friendly conditions and amassed 142 runs for the opening wicket. Finch was the first wicket to fell in the 23rd over as he went back to the pavilion after contributing with 60 runs, which included six 4s and a six.

However, Warner continued from the other end and looked all set for a well-deserved century before Shreyas Iyer’s brilliance in the outfield saw the left-handed batsman getting run-out at his individual score of 83, an innings studded with seven 4s and three 6s.

Smith continued from where he left the innings in the last match as he scored boundaries at will and kept the Indian bowlers under immense pressure. Such was his sheer dominance that skipper Virat Kohli had to brought in a semi-fit Hardik Pandya to bowl in the 36th over of the innings.

Smith and Marnus Labuschagne shared a 132-run partnership during the course of which Smith brought his 11th hundred in just 62 balls. The 32-year-old, after scoring 104 runs with the help of fourteen 4s and two 6s, was caught at short third-man off the bowling of Pandya.

Glenn Maxwell, who came in next, kept collecting runs for Australia quickly like the first ODI as he and Labuschagne made use of each and every scoring opportunity and kept piling misery on the Indian bowlers. Both stitched an 80-run partnership before Labuschagne fell in the 49th over at his individual score of 70 runs.

In the 50th over, Maxwell brought his half century in just 25 balls. Australia ended their innings with 389/4 with Maxwell and Moises Henriques remaining unbeaten on 63 and 2 respectively.

Brief Scores: Australia 389/4(Steve Smith 104, David Warner 83; Hardik Pandya 1/24)

–IANS

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Yami Gautam thanks her extended family for making her working birthday memorable

Yami Gautam with a piece of cake
Yami Gautam with a piece of cake

Bollywood actress Yami Gautam recently celebrated her 32nd birthday by expressing gratitude to her extended family for making it really special and memorable this year.

Yami took to her official Instagram account on Sunday to share a note of gratitude for her extended family for making her working birthday memorable.

The actress wrote, “This is for my beautiful extended family! Yes, when birthdays become working birthdays and you especially miss being with your family and close friends, it’s your team and colleagues who ensure that you feel nothing less than special. To this beautiful team who made it absolutely a memorable one for me. Gratitude for having such good-hearted and loving people around me.”

Yami had a working birthday this year as she is busy shooting for her forthcoming film “Bhoot Police” in Himachal Pradesh.

On Saturday, the actress began her birthday by visiting the Mata Bajreshwari Devi temple in Kangra.

“My family and roots are the two things most dear to me! Taking blessings from Mata Bajreshwari Devi, Kangra, on my birthday made a very special morning before making way to work! Gratitude for this life filled with so much love and blessings from family and everyone around me. Apart from that so many people, fans whom we may never meet, but somewhere you guys are there to wish well and I always believe in the strength that blessings and positivity hold,” the actress had shared on Instagram on Saturday.

Yami’s “Bhoot Police” co-star Jacqueline Fernandez shared a photograph with her from Dharamshala and wrote,”Happy Birthday to this wonderful soul!! @yamigautam. Thanks for being such an awesome co-star.”  –ians/abh/khz

Shahid Kapoor soaks up the sun in the hills

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor is sending out happy vibes while soaking in the sun in the hills.

The actor took to Instagram to share some pictures from the hills.

Shahid gave a glimpse of his Sunday morning breakfast view, which was all about hills and greenery. The actor also shared some selfies with the sun shining bright on his face. He wore a black furry hoodie to keep himself warm.

“Good morning…happy vibes all the time every time,” he wrote with the picture.

Some are close-up pictures which he shared while writing,”Soaking the sun”. In the videos on his Instagram Story, Shahid shared his breakfast view.

On the work front, Shahid is super-busy with his upcoming film “Jersey”.

Shahid’s upcoming sports drama is a Hindi remake of a Telugu hit of the same name. The Hindi version is directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, who had also helmed the 2019 original.

The story is about a talented but failed cricketer named Arjun, who decides to make a comeback in his late thirties and play for India, in order to fulfil his son’s wish. Till now, the film has been shot in Uttarakhand and Chandigarh.

–IANS

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Golden Baby Leagues help generate passion for football in rural Manipur

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) The Golden Baby Leagues initiative, started by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in 2018, has helped light a footballing spark among young children across the country and in rural Manipur, they are also providing hope to families of a brighter future.

“Our objective of starting these Golden Baby Leagues was to introduce underprivileged children to football and give them an opportunity to play under the banner of the AIFF. Almost everyone here is passionate about football but most people come from underprivileged backgrounds and do not have money to buy even stockings,” Rabisankar Singh Chingtham, who is the league operator for the Manipur Golden Baby League and LSDC Golden Baby League in Andro and Laimapokpam respectively, told www.the-aiff.com.

“Our aim is to provide access to such children, which can enable them to keep working in the sport and make a name for themselves in the future,” he added.

The league caters to age-groups from U-6 to U-12 and more than 35,000 children took part in leagues all over India in the 2019-20 season. Over 800 children across four age groups participated in these two Golden Baby Leagues in Manipur last season, often drawing a large number of viewers — even more than local senior games.

According to Rabisankar, the feedback has been highly positive and the children are eager to return to the field soon.

Another aspect of these two Golden Baby Leagues in Manipur has been the coming together of the community to help organise the events, with contributions coming in from multiple quarters.

“Many local sponsors came out in support and contributed in-kind in various ways, such as transportation. Many parents pooled in to contribute equipment such as markers, cones, balls and goalposts. Even onlookers would see and chip in with small items such as refreshments for the children. It was really heartening to see the community come together as a whole,” Rabisankar said.

–IANS

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Kangana reacts to late Wajid Khan's wife's claim she is being forced to convert by in-laws

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut on Sunday extended support to Kamalrukh Khan, wife of late music composer Wajid Khan, who has opened up about her alleged ordeal within her inter-caste marriage, claiming scare tactics by her in-laws to force her into conversion included taking her to court seeking divorce.

Kamalrukh has revealed in an Instagram post how, till now after Wajid’s death, her in-laws allegedly continue to harass her due to her resistance to convert to Islam, which also destroyed her relationship with her husband when he was alive.

Kangana tweeted from her verified account on Sunday, reacting to Kamalrukh’s claim.

the actress wrote: “Parsis are the genuine minority in this nation, they did not come as invaders they came as seekers and gently requested for mother India’s love. Their small population have hugely contributed to the beauty- growth and economy of this nation.”

Taking sides with the late music composer’s wife, Kangana posed a question to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding how our nation is protecting minority communities like the Parsis, which do not seek sympathy by creating tension and which are decreasing in numbers.

The actress wrote: “She is my friend’s widow a Parsi woman who is being harassed by her family for conversion. I want to ask @PMOIndia minority that don’t do sympathy seeking drama, beheadings, riots and conversions, how are we protecting them? Parsis shockingly decreasing numbers.”

“Reveals India’s own character as a mother, child who does most drama unfairly gets most attention and advantages. And the one who is worthy, sensitive most caring and deserving ends up being a nanny to the one who keeps throwing fits…. we need to introspect,” the actress further wrote using the hashtag #anticonversionbill.

Music composer Wajid Khan passed away on June 1 this year. Almost six months after his death, his wife Kamalrukh has taken to social media to open up about her bitter experience with her inter-caste marriage and alleged that the “scare tactics” used by Wajid’s family to force her into conversion included taking her to the court seeking divorce.

Kamalrukh further wrote that, even after Wajid’s untimely death, the “harassment from his family continues”.

“I stand fighting for the rights and inheritance of my children which have been usurped by them. All this because of their hatred against me for not converting to Islam. Such a deep rooted hatred that even the death of a loved one could not move. I truly wish this anti-conversion law is nationalised, reducing the struggle for women like me who are fighting the toxicity of religion in inter caste marriages,” Kamalrukh wrote in her unverified Instagram account post.

–IANS

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Phillips' ton helps New Zealand thrash West Indies in 2nd T20I

Mount Maunganui (New Zealand), Nov 29 (IANS) Right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips scored a brilliant hundred to help New Zealand comprehensively beat West Indies by 72 runs in the second T20I at the Bay Oval on Sunday.

After putting a mammoth score of 238/3, the Black Caps restricted the visitors to 166/9 in their allotted 20 overs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Phillips scored 108 runs with the help of ten 4s and eight 6s during the course of 51-ball knock. He was ably supported by Devon Conway (65* off 37 balls) as the duo shared a 184-run stand for the third wicket. Martin Guptill, who opened the innings, also contributed with 34 runs.

Chasing the mammoth target, West Indies were never in the hunt as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Kieron Pollard top-scored for the visitors as he scored 28 runs in 15 balls before becoming Mitchell Santner’s victim.

Apart from Pollard, Keemo Paul and Shimron Hetmyer scored 26* and 25 runs respectively. For the hosts, Kyle Jamieson starred with the ball as he returned with figures of 2/15 in his four overs.

The Black Caps, who had won the first T20I by 5 wickets via DLS method, will now aim to go for a clean sweep when they take on West Indies in the final match on Monday.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 238/3 (Glenn Phillips 108, Devon Conway 65*; Kieron Pollard 1/33) beat West Indies 166/9 (Kieron Pollard 28, Keemo Paul 26*; Kyle Jamieson 2/15) by 72 runs.

–IANS

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Tisca Chopra opens up on her directorial debut

By Ahana Bhattacharya

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) If you have stories to tell, then you have to make them yourself, feels actress-producer Tisca Chopra, who has tried her hand at film direction for the first time.

Tisca has made her debut as director with the short film “Rubaru”, which she has co-written with her husband, Captain Sanjay Chopra. The screenplay has been penned by Namrata Shenoy.

Talking about her debut directorial, Tisca told IANS: “The film talks about a Bollywood actress who was very big once, but her career is now sort of slipping because there are younger and newer people on the block. The story shows how she is losing her confidence and what she does to bring herself back.”

What prompted Tisca to try direction? The actress replied: “As an actor, you are always part of telling other people’s stories. Somebody else has written it, somebody else has directed it, somebody else has produced it and you do your best to help fulfil their idea of the story with your imagination of the character. I think, if you have stories to tell, then you have to make them yourself.”

Tisca is also hoping to direct a full length feature film next. As a filmmaker, she is not choosy about genres as she believes, it is the story which is the most important.

“I think I would like to take a decision (regarding genres) on the basis of the story because, filmmaking is not only a technical process, it is also an emotional process where you would want to be involved in the story and want to tell that story.”

Quizzed if she would want an OTT or theatrical release for her films as a filmmaker, Tisca smiled: “I just want lots of people to watch my film, I don’t care where it releases on.”

Directed by and starring Tisca Chopra in the lead, “Rubaru” released on November 28. The short film also stars actors Arjun Mathur and Chitrashi Rawat.

Meanwhile, the pandemic has taught a life lesson to Tisca. She feels with people running too fast in their lives in the present era, the pandemic is in a way a very good pause button for everyone.

“I think we were running too fast, at least I was. I was doing too many things. This (the pandemic) gave us time to think what is necessary and cut out the dead stuff out of your life. For example, getting ready and going to events is something that I’m going to reduce once things come back to normal. It is such a waste of time to do your hair and makeup and then travel for an hour for an event of 15-30 minutes then travel back for another hour. Half of your day is gone! I’d rather be reading a book, spend time with my daughter, write something or shoot a film!” Tisca said.

“This (the pandemic) is in a way a very good pause button for everyone’s life, for my life at least. It gave me a chance to do a lot of things like I did online courses, I started working out very seriously, I spent time with my husband like a proper family and with my child, to understand how she is growing up, and travelled a lot,” she concluded.

–IANS

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Bengal T20 Challenge: Town Club beat Tapan Memorial

Kolkata, Nov 29 (IANS) Purab Joshi smashed maiden fifty of the tournament while bowlers Md Kaif and Aritra Chatterjee bagged three wickets each as Town Club defeated Tapan Memorial by 28 runs in the recent match of the ongoing Bengal T20 Challenge being played at the Eden Gardens.

After winning the toss on Saturday evening, Town Club elected to bat first and thanks to Purab’s 39-ball 51, they scored 146/3 in their allotted quota of 20 overs.

Tapan Memorial had a shaky start to their chase as they lost four wickets for just 44 runs and ended up being bundled for 118 runs. Kaif (3/17) and Chatterjee (3/16) starred with the ball for Town.

“Our aim was to again get back to the winning ways and our team has put up a complete performance, very happy about that. The wicket was sporting and we executed our plan well accordingly,” said Purab.

“We have played disciplined cricket throughout the match, which is very important. Purab and Naved set the tone of the match for us while the bowlers finished the job well. We will try to continue this form and grow better,” said Town skipper Avijit Singh.

–IANS

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Virat Kohli 9th Indian to make 250 ODI appearances

Sydney, Nov 29 (IANS) Virat Kohli on Sunday became the ninth Indian cricketer to make 250 appearances in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). He reached the milestone during the second ODI of the ongoing three-match series against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The 32-year-old, who made his ODI debut on August 18, 2008 against Sri Lanka, has also represented India in 86 Tests and 82 T20Is. Kohli has scored more than 21,000 international runs across formats till now.

Overall, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for making most ODI appearances for India. Tendulkar played 463 ODIs in his stellar career in which he scored 18,426 runs with the help of 49 hundreds. Besides, he also played 200 Tests and 1 T20I scoring 15921 and 10 runs respectively.

The ‘Master Blaster’ is followed by MS Dhoni (347 ODIs), Rahul Dravid (340), Mohammad Azharuddin (334), Sourav Ganguly (308), Yuvraj Singh (301) and Anil Kumble (269) in the list of most ODI appearances by Indian players.

Overall, Tendulkar’s 463 ODI appearances are also the most by any cricketer in the history of the 50-over format. Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene played 448 ODIs and comes second in the list. Next to follow are Sanath Jayasuria (445), Kumar Sangakkara (404), Shahid Afridi (398), Inzamam-ul-haq (378) and Ricky Ponting (375).

–IANS

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