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Kriti Sanon’s Mimi Reviewed By Her Bhediya Co-Star Varun Dhawan


Kriti Sanon in a still from Mimi (courtesy kritisanon)

Highlights

  • ‘Mimi’ released four days ahead of its scheduled date
  • Kriti Sanon plays the titular character in the movie
  • Varun Dhawan gave her a massive shout out on Instagram

New Delhi: Guess who absolutely loved Kriti Sanon’s new film Mimi? It’s none other than Varun Dhawan, the actress’ co-star of upcoming movie Bhediya. Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan have also worked together in Dilwale. Back to Mimi – Kriti Sanon’s much talked about Mimi had a surprise release on her birthday eve, four days earlier than the scheduled release date. On Tuesday, Varun Dhawan took out the time to watch Mimi, following which, he dedicated a huge shout out to Kriti Sanon. Varun Dhawan described the surrogacy drama in these words: “What a beautiful film!” Making a reference to the film’s theme, Varun Dhawan added: “Thank you, Kriti Sanon, for delivering this on your birthday.” Kriti Sanon celebrated her 31st birthday on Tuesday.

In his Instagram story, Varun Dhawan also cheered for the film’s team: “Amazing job by the entire team.” While Kriti Sanon plays the titular role in Mimi, the cast of the film also includes actors such as Pankaj Tripathi, Sai Tamhankar, Evelyn Edwards, Aidan Whytock, Supriya Pathak, Manoj Pahwa.

Take a look at Varun Dhawan’s shout out for Kriti Sanon’s Mimi here:

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Kriti Sanon responded with a thank you message:

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Here’s how Kriti Sanon made the announcement about Mimi‘s release from her birthday party: “Mimi streaming now! Mimi went into labour early! Our baby couldn’t wait to see you all! Mimi streaming now on Netflix and Jio Cinema. Woooohhhhooooo!”

In his review for NDTV, film critic Saibal Chatterjee singled out Kriti Sanon’s performance in these words: “Lead actress Kriti Sanon gives a solid account of herself in the pivotal role, skillfully traversing a wide gamut of emotions, but owing to the emphasis of the film on the centrality of motherhood in a woman’s life, the character does not come across as a full-blown rebel in a back-of-beyond town where every action plays out under prying, questioning and inquisitive eyes.”





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Delhi Reports 77 New Covid Cases, 2 Deaths


The death count now stands at 25,046. (File)

New Delhi: The national capital reported 77 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus and two deaths due to the infection on Tuesday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.11 per cent, according to data shared by the health department.

With the new cases, the overall infection tally in the city climbs to 14,36,026. Of this, over 14.10 lakh patients have recovered from the disease.

The death count now stands at 25,046.

On Monday, the city had reported 39 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent and one death due to the infection.

On Sunday, the capital logged 66 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.09 per cent and two deaths.

On Saturday, it registered 66 cases of COVID-19 with a positivity rate of 0.09 per cent and no death linked to the disease.



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Tripti Dimri’s Vacation Memories Will Take You Back To “Carefree Days”


Tripti Dimri in a still from her video (courtesy tripti_dimri )

Highlights

  • Tripti Dimri shared a few vacation memories on Instagram
  • It’s a video montage of her trip to Thailand
  • “Life was different before the pandemic,” she wrote

New Delhi: Actress Tripti Dimri, best known for starring in the horror thriller Bulbbul, gave us major travel pangs recently. Just like all of us, the 27-year-old actress too is missing the good old days when one could fill up their travel diaries with postcard like entries. Tripti Dimri recently took a trip down memory lane and landed in the beginning of last year, when she took a trip to Thailand and had a blast. Remembering her most cherished travel memories from Thailand, Tripti Dimri wrote: “Koh Samui. Jan 2020,” and added: “Life was different before the pandemic.” Tripti Dimri’s post is a video montage, featuring some of her prized memories of enjoying the sun, the sand and the sea in Thailand. “To carefree days,” she added in a hashtag.

Tripti Dimri will transport you to Thailand with this video:

Meanwhile, work is taking Tripti Dimri to places – her words. Earlier this month, she checked into Instagram from Goa with the hashtag “when work takes you places.”

Tripti Dimri also shared a few snippets of her trip to Kashmir, where she was shooting for her new film Qala.

Tripti Dimri stepped into Bollywood with 2017 film Poster Boys, after which she also starred in 2018 romance Laila Majnu. However, Bulbbul marked a milestone moment in her career – she became a household name after portraying the titular role in the Netflix original movie. Bulbbul was produced by Anushka Sharma’s Clean Slate Films. Tripti Dimri will next be seen in Anvitaa Dutt’s Qala, which will mark the acting debut of Irrfan Khan’s son Babil.





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Tokyo Olympics: Manika Batra Refusing National Coach’s Help Is Act Of Indiscipline, Says Table Tennis Federation Of India


Tokyo Olympics: Paddler Manika Batra in action at the Tokyo Games.© AFP

Table Tennis Federation of India (TTF) on Tuesday called Manika Batra‘s decision to not take the help of national coach Soumyadeep Roy during her matches at the Tokyo Olympics as a brazen “act of indiscipline” and she will certainly face action when its Executive Board meets early next month. Roy, who is a 2006 Commonwealth Games team event gold medallist and an Arjuna awardee, is the only coach who travelled with the four-member team to Tokyo. Manika had taken her personal coach Sanmay Paranajpe to the Games but he was only allowed to train with her and the player’s request for his Field of Play access was denied by the organisers.

“It is surely an act of indiscipline. She should have let the national coach sit court-side during her matches just like the other players did. Roy has been one of India’s best players and is a reputed coach now.

“The Executive Board will meet soon virtually and decide on the action against her for this indiscipline,” TTFI secretary general Arun Kumar Banerjee told PTI from Tokyo.

What action TTFI takes against its high-profile player is yet to be seen but it is certain that attendance of all India players will be made mandatory for national camps.

Manika attended the national camp in Sonepat ahead of the Games for just three days when the camp lasted more than three weeks.

Incidentally, G Sathiyan, who lost in the opening round in Tokyo, also chose to train with personal coach like Manika. However unlike Manika, Roy was seen sitting in Sathiyan”s corner during his second round encounter.

India’s campaign at the Games ended on Tuesday when veteran Sharath Kamal went down fighting against reigning champion Ma Long of China in the round of 32.

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Manika, ranked 62, also did well to reach the round of 32 after beating world number 32 in the second round. Roy happens to be personal coach of Sutirtha Mukherjee who lost in the second round in her maiden Olympics.

“Manika played well and we are proud of her achievements but she did wrong by not having Roy by her side,” added Banerjee.

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Kerala Covid Situation Out Of Hand? This Is What Government, Experts Say


In the week that ended Sunday, Kerala reported 1,10,593 cases with average positivity rate of 11%. File

Thiruvananthapuram: At a time when other parts of the country are reporting daily Covid case counts in double digits, Kerala has been consistently clocking over 10,000 cases everyday.

The southern state, which has been lauded in the past for its best practices in Covid management, is now contributing about 40 per cent of positive cases in the country daily.

In the week that ended Sunday, Kerala reported 1,10,593 cases with an average positivity rate of 11 per cent.

Student leader Eric Stephen went on protest fast for eight days in Thiruvananthapuram to protest APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University’s decision to hold offline exams for about 2.5 lakh students. Over 35 students are reported to have tested positive after the exams.

“Test positivity rate is high and rising… Many students tested positive due to this and I blame the chief minister’s management for this,” he said. “They want to show everything is normal, so they are insisting on offline exams whereas the situation is far from that.”

Though the the state is vaccinating at a rate much faster than the rest of the country, its sero-positivity figure is lower.

About 20.9 per cent of the 18 + population in Kerala has received both shots of the Covid vaccine, much higher than the national average of 9.9 per cent. The fourth ICMR sero-survey, however, shows that only 42.7 per cent of the state’s population has antibodies — the national average is 67.6 per cent.

Health economist Rijo M John has an explanation. “Kerala still has a larger % of popn unexposed to the virus compared to India. This may be due to relatively better compliance with masking & social distancing despite high population density,” he tweeted.

Dr Santosh Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, says it is perhaps time to look at a new composite index to know where we are in the pandemic.

“TPR has been between 10-12 for the last 6 weeks, everyday, 10,000-15000 cases, gradually increasing. Total cases over one lakh. But hospitalisation… for example, in Thiruvananthapuram medical college, it was 800-1000 but now it has reduced to 250-300. This is a significant decrease.”

“If you see occupancy of beds across Kerala, less than 50 per cent. ventilator 50 per cent, ICU also 50 per cent occupancy. What we feel is the effect of vaccination is showing. So more patients are in domiciliary care than is hospitals.”

Kerala Health Minister Veena George told NDTV that the Covid numbers the state is reporting is not unexpected.

She said a similar trend was seen in the first wave too and termed the phenomenon “dragging the wave”.

“The second wave started in our state by the middle of April. We had our peak on May 12 — that was around 43,000 cases on a single day. It was quite expected in our strategy. We have always tried to keep the number of cases below the state’s healthcare capacity threshold…We tried to delay the peak and now we are trying to drag the curve,” she said.

The health minister pointed out specific challenges in Kerala like high density of population — almost double the national average –, huge proportion of senior citizens and high rate of diabetes.

The worry though is that more transmission, even if not too many cases become severe, could lead to more variants. So experts say more genomic surveillance is necessary.



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Nothing Ear 1 True Wireless Earphones Launched in India


Nothing Ear 1 true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones have been launched and will be available in India priced at Rs. 5,999. The new TWS earphones come from Nothing, a new UK-based electronics brand backed by OnePlus Co-Founder Carl Pei. The Nothing Ear 1 true wireless earphones have been launched as the company’s first product. The earphones will be available to buy in India via Flipkart starting August 17 and come with premium features, including active noise cancellation and wireless charging.

Nothing Ear 1 price in India, availability, and sale

At Rs. 5,999, the Nothing Ear 1 are considerably more affordable in India than in global markets, where they are priced at $99 (approximately Rs. 7,400), GBP 99 (approximately Rs. 10,200), and EUR 99 (approximately Rs. 8,700) in the US, UK, and Europe respectively. The true wireless earphones go up against strong competition in the mid-range true wireless segment in India from brands such as Oppo, Sony, Samsung, and Anker Soundcore, to name a few. However, premium features and design should help the Nothing Ear 1 stand apart in this crowded segment.

The Nothing Ear 1 will be available to buy in India via Flipkart starting August 17, so interested buyers will have to wait a while before getting their hands on the earphones. The company will also face competition from the recently announced OnePlus Buds Pro, which could be priced around the same as the Nothing Ear 1.

Nothing Ear 1 specifications and features

Nothing’s earliest concept renders showcased true wireless earphones with a transparent casing and the finished product largely sticks to those ideas with a see-through outer casing that reveals the insides of the earphones. Apart from this, the charging case is also transparent, with a unique design that lets you see the earphones when charging as well as the indicator light on the inside of the case.

For charging, the Nothing Ear 1 case relies on USB Type-C and Qi wireless charging, with the earpieces latching on magnetically to draw power from the battery in the case. Battery life is claimed to be up to 5.7 hours per charge on the earpieces, and up to 34 hours in total with the case — that is five additional charges from the case. Fast charging through USB Type-C is supported with a 10 minute charge claimed to deliver up to 8 hours of listening time.

Like many products in this price range launched recently, the Nothing Ear 1 feature active noise cancellation, with two levels of intensity to control the level. There is also a transparency mode to allow for easy hearing of surroundings. The Nothing Ear 1 has touch controls to allow for easy control of playback, noise cancellation and transparency modes, and volume.

The controls and noise cancellation intensity settings can be toggled and customised through the Ear 1 app, which will be available for iOS and Android. Additional features in the app include equaliser settings, fast pairing, and firmware updates, as well as in-ear detection that plays or pauses the music when the earpieces are put into the ears or removed, respectively.

The Nothing Ear 1 feature 11.6mm dynamic drivers designed and developed in collaboration with the Sweden-based Teenage Engineering. For connectivity, there is Bluetooth 5.2, with support for the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs.




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Daniel Craig Auditioned For Rang De Basanti, Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Reveals. But Then…


“Daniel Craig was my first choice,” said the director (courtesy lovelydanielcraig)

Highlights

  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra opens up about the chapter in his autobiography
  • “He was also being considered to be next James Bond,” said the director
  • “The rest, as they say, is history,” he added

New Delhi: Daniel Craig had auditioned for the role of the British jailor who walks freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev to be hanged in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti but eventually could not feature in the film as he was being also considered to be the next James Bond that time.

Mehra, previously an ad filmmaker, says he wanted to create world cinema and wanted the backend to be managed with perfection and discipline. He was able to rope in David Reid and Adam Bowling, who had two cult classics behind them as executive producers – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000).

The London-based duo loved the script of Rang De Basanti, gave up their homes on rent and shifted to India to set up the film, says Mehra. “They were responsible for casting Alice Patten and Steven Mackintosh for the parts of Sue and James McKinley, respectively. “I remember vividly that one of the people who auditioned for the part of James McKinley, the young jailor who walks Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev to be hanged, was none other than current James Bond, Daniel Craig,” recalls Mehra in his autobiography The Stranger in the Mirror.

Craig came through David and Adam.

“Daniel Craig was my first choice but he requested if we could allow some time as he was also being considered to be the next James Bond. The rest, as they say, is history,” says the director of critically acclaimed films like Rang De Basanti, Delhi-6 and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

He also writes how he had almost finalised Peter Gabriel, one of the founding members of the British rock band Genesis, to work on Rang De Basanti, but something inside him said that A R Rahman should be doing it.

“The music of RDB was the soul of the film; the songs AR created became de facto national anthems,” he says.

The Stranger in the Mirror, co-written by marketer-author Reeta Ramamurthy Gupta and published by Rupa, is peppered with anecdotes from Mehra’s life – from the ‘chai-biscuit’-hostel days to the popping of the proverbial champagne.

The book features first person accounts of some of the most prolific names of Indian cinema and the advertising world – Waheeda Rahman, AR Rahman, Manoj Bajpayee, Abhishek Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Ronnie Screwvala, Atul Kulkarni, R Madhavan, Divya Dutta and Prahlad Kakar. It has a foreword by A R Rahman and an afterword by Aamir Khan.

Perhaps for the first time, QR codes are provided in a book for enhanced reader experience. Readers can scan the codes in the book and this will lead to a particular scene or song from the film concerned.

In the book, Mehra also mentions his love for sports and how he almost made it to the Indian swimming squad at the 1982 Asian Games. “I was the youngest on the team, and made it all the way to the final training camp for the contingent that trained for the Asian Games.

My teammates eventually won the bronze at the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi. “Though I never made it to the final national team for the Asian Games, sports was a way of life and continues to be,” the director, who has helmed sports-based films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and his latest Toofaan, says.

On his association with A R Rahman, he writes, “One of the greatest joys of my life has been to be inside the recording studio when AR is creating a song of mine, not because I feel the need to guide but because I enjoy seeing his creative genius at work.”

“AR understands something very fundamental: there’s only one truth when you’re making a film – that you’re making that one film. Music, editing, cinematography, art direction, wardrobe, lyrics, actors etc. all have to tell that same story. They all have to serve the film and the director’s job is to remind each artist of the one vision that everyone is working towards,” Mehra says of the Oscar winner with whom he has also worked in Delhi-6.

Mehra also mentions how he planned to launch Abhishek Bachchan in a film called Samjhauta Express but it did not materialise.

Just before they were to shoot the first schedule in Ladakh, Jaya Bachchan called Mehra to say that Refugee will be Abhishek’s first film, and not Samjhauta Express.

Mehra was “deeply disappointed and crestfallen” and declared that he would never make Samjhauta Express. He took the script and all the research work, location pictures, wardrobe trials and burnt them in a bonfire on his terrace on the barbecue stove.

“I understood the decision (Abhishek’s) rationally. My script involved Abhishek playing a Pakistan-sponsored terrorist in his first film, which was against the grain of how Indian audiences perceive their hero… I couldn’t help but wonder: what is the right launch pad for an actor with a gargantuan legacy like Abhishek?” he writes.

The director and Abhishek Bachchan, son of veteran stars Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan, later went on to work together in Delhi-6, which was released nine years after the actor’s debut Refugee (2000).

Mehra also talks about how mirrors have always fascinated him in the process of creation.

“There is a movie outside the movie I am making. I don’t even know how I will frame my next shot. So, I let go of the feeling of wanting to know. Suddenly, the creation becomes seamless.”

Mirrors, he says, are more than a way to check the make-up as they reveal the innards of one’s soul. He used the mirror in his films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Mirzya and Rang De Basanti.

In Delhi-6, he says “I have used the mirror to express my anger and anguish at society at large”.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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Case Filed After 2 Bengal Women Say They Were Forced To Shoot Porn Videos


An officer said the FIR has been filed and a probe initiated into the matter. (Representational)

Kolkata: An FIR has been registered based on complaints by two women who alleged that they were forced to “take part in a pornographic shoot” and the video was circulated on the Internet, a senior police officer said here today.

One of the women said that her video has been uploaded on several websites and apps, some of which are apparently associated with businessman Raj Kundra and his venture, the officer maintained.

Raj Kundra, husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, was recently arrested in Mumbai for his alleged involvement with an adult film racket.

The complainants said that they had come across a notice seeking models for a photo shoot on Facebook, and got in touch with the advertisers, who then forced them to take part in a pornographic shoot.

“The photo shoot reportedly took place sometime in January inside a studio near Ballygunge railway station. The women, one from Asansol and the other from Kolkata, said they did not want to take part in the shoot after getting to know all details, but the organisers did not listen to their pleas,” the officer stated.

Both of them, in their complaint at New Town police station near here, said they were paid Rs 3,500 each and that the organisers had given assurances that the videos would not be circulated on the web.

The two women have shared links to the websites, where their videos have been uploaded, the officer said, adding that a probe has been initiated in the matter.



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How Ayushmann Khurrana, Jackie Shroff, Sonu Sood Helped Unwell Actress Savita Bajaj


Savita Bajaj has recently been diagnosed with a lung condition (courtesy ReynaVashishtha)

Highlights

  • Savita Bajaj has been diagnosed with a lung condition
  • Sonu Sood has donated an oxygen concentrator to the actress
  • Jackie Shroff, Ayushmann helped her out with financial support

New Delhi: Veteran actress Savita Bajaj, recently diagnosed with a lung condition, has received financial help from the likes of actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Jackie Shroff, reported Times Of India. In an interview with ETimes. CINTAA (Cine & TV Artists Association) care committee member Nupur Alankar revealed that Ayushmann helped out with a money transfer, following which CINTAA could clear Savita Bajaj’s medical bills and discharge her from the hospital: “Actress Rajeshwari Sachdeva had posted on her Instagram about Savitaji, Ayushmaan called her and transferred the money which was a huge relief for us, as we were able to discharge her from the hospital.”

The TOI report also stated that “Jackie Shroff too has helped Savita Bajaj by transferring a decent amount into her account.”

“Sonu Sood has donated an oxygen concentrator which will also be of use to her,” Nupur Alankar added. Savita Bajaj has been diagnosed with emphysema, a lung condition for which she will require oxygen support. According to the report, CINTAA has been helping out Savita Bajaj with medical assistance and a monthly allowance for the past few years.

Savita Bajaj, who was in the hospital for 25 days, is currently staying with Nupur Alankar’s sister. “I am feeling better. Nupur has been like a Godsend to me. She assured me that she would be by my side throughout and kept her word,” the actress told the publication.

Earlier this month, CINTAA reached out to actress Shagufta Ali after she revealed she’s broke and battling health issues.





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“Look Out, More Rocks Coming”: Video By Himachal Rockslide Survivors


PM Modi has announced compensation for the families of those who were killed

New Delhi: Two days after nine tourists were killed and several others injured in a rockslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur, harrowing footage of two survivors – gasping for breath, bleeding and trying to take stock of the situation – appeared on YouTube on Tuesday.

The nearly five-minute long video was shot on a mobile phone by a man in a red t-shirt who identified himself as Naveen, and who was bleeding from his head as he described what happened.

“Just 10 minutes ago our car was standing there (pointing to the side of the hill road) when rocks fell on it and it toppled over…. I was in the front seat. Somehow managed to get out. Was hit on my head and am bleeding, but don’t know how serious it is,” he says, as he shows his injuries.

He then pans the phone to show the section of the road where he said the car was parked – there is no sign of the vehicle, only large boulders and other debris like broken branches and gravel.

“Managed to take shelter behind a tree while some more rocks rushed past,” the man says, “My friend is down there (pointing down the side of the mountain) with two others… one is a woman.”

At this point he shouts out: “Stay… stay there, don’t move. I’m coming.”

He then says he tried calling the police for help but the call would not connect.

Just then there are warning shouts from people off-camera.

“Look out, look out… more rock are coming. Be careful”, and a few rocks come hurtling down the side of the mountain, a terrifying reminder of what happened on Sunday.

The same voice shouts out: “Take cover! Take cover behind a tree!”

The video also shows a second man climbing unsteadily down the hillside – another survivor.

Wearing a grey shirt and mopping at his face with a once-white, now-blood-soaked handkerchief – he identifies himself as Shiril and says the body of an older woman is lying further down the road.

The two then walk a little way down the road, and show debris from the car that was hit by falling boulders, including a lone blue suitcase lying tragically in the middle of a pile of rocks.

NDTV has not been able to independently verify the video.

A frightening video of the rockslide surfaced on social media, showing an entire section of a bridge crumpling like paper under the impact of the boulders and disappearing in plumes of dust.

Among those killed is believed to be a young Ayurveda doctor from Jaipur – Dr Deepa Sharma – whose last message on Twitter was posted just minutes before she died.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur have expressed sorrow over the loss of lives, and the centre has announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of those who died and Rs 50,000 for those injured.





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