How to stop worrying and start living?

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Here are 2 simple and highly effective tips for you. I hope you employ them as I know these can help you out (through my own first-hand experience!)

1. Recognize Worry For What It Really Is

Worry is not an externally caused condition. It is simply a particular type of thought pattern – nothing more. We often believe we have no choice but to worry- we believe it’s our life circumstances ‘doing it to us’ but in truth it is simply a worrying thought doing it to us!

A ‘worry’ or ‘on edge’ thought happens when the brain ventures itself into the future and envisions something turning out badly. What is the feeling produced by these kinds of musings or mental films? Fear.

You may utilize more ‘socially satisfactory’ words like pressure, tension or worry yet at the center of all these is fear. In spite of the fact that these envisioned future occasions are not occurring in reality, you are as yet experiencing the occasions in your brain and your body responds in like manner, going into an inconspicuous (or not all that unobtrusive) condition of ‘fight or flight’

Learn to recognize worry and anxiety for what they are. Just thought patterns. Thought patterns that you don’t need to believe or buy into. By seeing worry for what it is it loses its power to ‘take you over’.

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2. A Way of Dealing With Worry: Label and Let Go

At whatever point you end up worrying about something, note to yourself that no doubt about it.”

By doing this you become present as the observer of your musings as opposed to being totally taken over by them. You presently have the ability to decide to release it.

After you name it, at that point turn your concentration to your breathing, or essentially carry your consideration into the current second and what you’re doing.

Every time you catch yourself worrying—no matter how often—you apply the technique again.

You’ll find that this will gradually break the habit of your habit of worrying.

Vikramaditya Motwane to direct untitled young adult dark comedy series backed by Legendary Global, Library Pictures

Vikramaditya Motwane, who created and directed Netflix’s first Indian Original Sacred Gameswill soon helm a Hindi young adult dark comedy series financed by US-based Legendary Global and Library Pictures. Variety reports that no official log line or title has been revealed yet.

 Vikramaditya Motwane to direct untitled young adult dark comedy series backed by Legendary Global, Library Pictures

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The report further states that Motwane will write and executive produce the series as well, alongside co-creator Abhay Koranne (Bhavesh Joshi Superhero and Abhinav Bindra’s biopic). Motwane will also produce the series via his banner Andolan.

“This is a story very close to my heart and I am looking forward to collectively creating an incredible experience for local as well as global audiences,” said the filmmaker in a statement.

This project is said to be among the many projects that expect from the deal between Motwane and Legendary Global, states Variety. Legendary Global was established in December 2019 and will develop, produce and finance international language projects.

Motwane is known for his films like the Rajkummar Rao-starrer Trapped, Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha’s drama Lootera and his directorial debut, the coming-of-age drama Udaan. His now defunct production house Phantom Films had previously collaborated with Blumhouse to produce India’s first horror original series Ghoul, starring Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul.

His upcoming digital project includes AK vs AK for Netflix, featuring Anurag Kashyap and Anil Kapoor. Billed as a revenge drama, the film will reportedly see both Anurag and Anil play themselves, navigating the highs and lows of belonging to the tinsel world. Initially, the film was titled AK vs SK, with Shahid Kapoor in the lead, but the actor was later replaced by Kapoor.

Updated Date: May 19, 2020 19:49:32 IST


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Coin toss best way to make life decisions and stay happy

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Both the initial coin-flipper and the third parties received a follow-up survey after two-months and six-months.

People who use a coin toss to decide on an important change in life are more likely to follow through with that decision, are more satisfied with that decision, and report higher overall happiness after a six-month period, a fascinating study has revealed. Society teaches us that “quitters never win and winners never quit”. “But in reality, the data from my experiment suggests we would all be better off if we did more quitting,” said study author Steven Levitt from the University of Chicago in the US.

“A good rule of thumb in decision making is, whenever you cannot decide what you should do, choose the action that represents a change, rather than continuing the status quo,” Levitt added.

For the findings, published in the journal The Review of Economic Studies, the researchers asked people to make significant decisions, such as whether or not to move house, quitting your job or propose, and assign either an affirmative or a negative choice to heads or tails.

Levitt created a website (Freakonomics Experiments) where participants answered a series of questions.

Some examples were: Should I quit my job? Should I move? Should I propose? Should I adopt? Users were also invited to create their own questions, including Should I get a tattoo? Should I try online dating? Should I rent or buy?

One choice, either the affirmative or the negative, was then assigned to heads and the other assigned to tails. Prior to the coin flip, the participants were encouraged to identify the third party to verify their outcomes.

Both the initial coin-flipper and the third parties received a follow-up survey after two-months and six-months.

The two-month survey found that participants favoured the status quo, making a change less frequently than they predicted they would before the coin toss.

At the six-month survey, this bias toward the status quo was gone.

Furthermore, those who were instructed by the coin toss to switch their current position were more likely to actually make the change, reported that they were substantially happier, and said that they were more likely to make the same decision if they were to choose again.

This was true for virtually every question at both the two- and six-month surveys.

The researchers noted that these results are inconsistent with the conventional theory of choice. In such a theory, people who are on the margins should, on average, report equal happiness regardless of which decision they made.

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What happens after death, Ever imagined? Read now to know

After death, the cells are exhausted of their vitality source and the protein fibers become secured. This makes the muscles become inflexible and locks the joints. During these beginning times, the cadaveric biological system comprises generally of the microbes that live in and on the living human body.

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The great beyond (likewise alluded to as eternal life) is the conviction that the fundamental piece of a person’s character or the continuous flow proceeds after the death of the physical body. As indicated by different thoughts regarding the great beyond, the basic part of the person that lives on after death might be some incomplete component, or the whole soul or soul, of a person, which conveys with it and may give an individual personality or, on the opposite nirvana. Faith in an existence in the wake of death is as opposed to the confidence in insensibility in the afterlife.

In certain perspectives, this proceeded with presence regularly happens in an otherworldly domain, and in other mainstream sees, the individual might be renewed into this world and start the existence cycle over once more, likely with no memory of what they have done before. In this last view, such resurrections and deaths may happen again and again ceaselessly until the individual increases section to a profound domain or otherworld. Major perspectives on the afterlife get from religion, obscurity and mysticism.

Heaven and Hell

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Heaven is regularly depicted as a “higher spot”, the holiest spot, a heaven, as opposed to hellfire or the black market or the “low places”, and all around or restrictively available by natural creatures as indicated by different norms of eternality, goodness, devotion, confidence or different ethics or right convictions or essentially the desire of God. Some trust in the chance of a heaven on Earth in a world to come.

Hell, in numerous strict and folkloric customs, is a position of torment and discipline in the afterlife. Religions with a straight awesome history frequently portray hell as an interminable goal, while religions with a cyclic history regularly delineate a hell as a mediator period between manifestations. Commonly, these conventions find hell in another measurement or under the world’s surface and regularly incorporate doors to hell from the place that is known for the living. Other afterlife goals incorporate limbo and limbo.

Conventions that don’t imagine the afterlife as a position of discipline or prize just depict hell as a habitation of the dead, the grave, an impartial spot (for instance, shoel or Hades) situated under the outside of earth.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Veteran Marathi playwright Ratnakar Matkar passes away in Mumbai

Veteran Marathi writer and playwright Ratnakar Matkari has died, family sources said on Monday.

Matkari, 81, considered a pioneer of the children’s drama movement in Marathi, died at a hospital in suburban Marol here late Sunday night, a BMC official said.

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Matkari had tested coronavirus positive last week, the official said.

From story books for kids to plays, his work in Marathi literature was phenomenal, a writer said.

In his condolence message, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, We have lost a precious gem from the world of literature. He wrote for children and for grown-ups as well.”

“His immense contribution in various forms such as plays, short stories, novel has enriched the world of Marathi literature,” Thackeray said.

Updated Date: May 18, 2020 17:48:02 IST

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Coronavirus Outbreak: TTFI writes to players on organising training camps after latest lockdown relaxations, paddlers reckon ‘it’s too soon’

New Delhi: The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) on Monday sought written consent from its top 16 players to join a training camp after the government allowed sports complexes to open but wary paddlers said they would prefer to wait a while.

Most players, including India’s leading players Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan, said they were not comfortable travelling anytime soon amid the COVID-19 pandemic. TT camps are held at NIS Patiala, Sonepat and Kolkata.

 Coronavirus Outbreak: TTFI writes to players on organising training camps after latest lockdown relaxations, paddlers reckon its too soon

Achanta Sharath Kamal is among the leading paddlers who turned down TTFI’s proposal of organising training camps. AFP

“We were asked to join camp at the end of the month but I feel it is too early for that. Cases continue to rise and travel restrictions are in place. Training can wait until situation improves significantly,” world number 31 Sharath, who is based in Chennai, told PTI.

“Anyway, all ITTF (international body) activities are suspended till end of June. There is no event planned in the near future. It would be nice for the whole team to be together again but not anytime soon.”

The players have been confined to their homes ever since the lockdown was enforced almost two months ago. The government on Sunday extended the lockdown till 31 May with more relaxations.

Like Sharath, world number 32 Sathiyan is based in Chennai and said he would rather train in his hometown given the current situation.

“It is not safe to travel in the given situation. I would prefer to train in Chennai at Raman TTHPC along with my coach (S Raman) and a few sparring partners post the lockdown.

“Also, I have a great setup here with the necessary fitness training regime under Ramji Srinivasan (former Indian cricket team trainer). Hope I will get the necessary permission from the authorities,” said Sathiyan.

TTFI secretary general MP Singh wrote to the players on Monday morning, seeking their availability for the training camp following government’s announcement.

“We have written to the players (eight men and eight women) to check their availability for the training camp as early as next week. If they are ready to resume training, we can organise something by next week or end of the month,” Singh told PTI.

However, with travel restrictions in place, it remains to be seen how willing players assemble at one place.

While Sharath and Sathiyan are in Chennai, star women paddler Manika Batra is in Pune.

“Since, the government announced the opening of stadiums and complexes, it must have thought about how it would reopen sporting activity in the country. It can only answer on how it plans to assemble the players at one place. Either of the three centres — NIS Patiala, Sonepat and Kolkata — will be fine with us,” said Singh.

The federation has also written to coaches Soumyadeep Roy and Arup Basak on their availability for the camp.

Arjuna Award nomination

Singh also informed that TTFI will be nominating Sanil Shetty, Madhurika Patkar and Sutirtha Mukherjee for the Arjuna Award.

“They are our best bets for the award this year. They will soon be sending their application. Since there is still time for application deadline (3 June), more players can also send their applications,” Singh added.

Updated Date: May 18, 2020 17:13:16 IST

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Why people should stop googling medical symptoms

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Why people should stop googling medical symptoms

Many people turn to ‘Dr Google’ to self-diagnose their health symptoms and seek medical advice, but online symptom checkers are only accurate about a third of the time, warn researchers.

The new study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, analysed 36 international mobile and web-based symptom checkers and found they produced the correct diagnosis as the first result just 36 per cent of the time, and within the top three results 52 per cent of the time.

The research also found that the advice provided on when and where to seek health care was accurate 49 per cent of the time.

“While it may be tempting to use these tools to find out what may be causing your symptoms, most of the time they are unreliable at best and can be dangerous at worst,” said study lead author Michella Hill from Edith Cowan University from Australia.

Online symptom checkers ask users to list their symptoms before presenting possible diagnoses.

According to the researchers, online symptom checkers may be providing a false sense of security.

“We’ve all been guilty of being ‘cyberchondriacs’ and googling at the first sign of a niggle or headache,” she said.

But the reality is these websites and apps should be viewed very cautiously as they do not look at the whole picture – they don’t know your medical history or other symptoms, they said.

“For people who lack health knowledge, they may think the advice they’re given is accurate or that their condition is not serious when it may be,” Hill said.

The researchers found the advice for seeking medical attention for emergency and urgent care cases was appropriate around 60 per cent of the time, but for non-emergencies that dropped to 30 to 40 per cent.

According to Hill, online symptom checkers can have a place in the modern health system.

“These sites are not a replacement for going to the doctor, but they can be useful in providing more information once you do have an official diagnosis,” she said.

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How to get a verified account badge on Instagram?

To request a verified badge, you must be a public figure, celebrity or brand and meet certain account and eligibility requirements.

To request a verified badge:

  1. Make sure you’re logged in to the account you’re requesting a verified badge for.
  2. Go to your profile by tapping in the bottom right.
  3. Tap in the top right.
  4. TapSettings > Account > Request Verification.
  5. Enter your full name and provide the required form of identification (example: government-issued photo ID).

Keep in mind that even if your account is eligible for verification, submitting a request doesn’t guarantee that your account will be verified. Learn what happens after you apply for verification.

What happens after I apply for a verified badge on Instagram?

Instagram will never request payment for verification or reach out to ask you to confirm your verification.

Once we review your request, you’ll receive a notification letting you know if your account has been verified or not. If your request is denied, you can submit a new request after 30 days.

Keep in mind that Instagram can remove verified badges at any time, and may take away your badge or disable your account if you:

  • Advertise, transfer or sell your verified badge.
  • Use your profile picture, bio or name section to promote other services.
  • Attempt to verify your account through a third party.

If your account doesn’t have a verified badge, there are other ways to let people know you’re authentic. For example, you can link to your Instagram account from your official website, Facebook Page, YouTube or Twitter account.

Oscar-winning helmer Danny Boyle to direct Michael B Jordan in Warner Bros film Methuselah

Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle is set to direct Michael B Jordan in Warner Bros project Methuselah.

According to Variety, Simon Beaufoy, who worked with Boyle on Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, is in talks to rewrite the script.

The studio had been working on the film for many years with Will Smith and Tom Cruise initially interested in the project. Tony Gilroy wrote the previous draft off James Watkins’ treatment.

 Oscar-winning helmer Danny Boyle to direct Michael B Jordan in Warner Bros film Methuselah

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The plot is based on the biblical story of a man who lived to be close to 970 years old.

Jordan is producing the project through his Outlier Society label, along with Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford. Warner Bros is also considering to start a franchise with Methuselah.

Boyle was attached to Daniel Craig’s final outing as No Time to Die, but exited the project due to creative differences. His recent directorial venture was Beatles movie Yesterdaywhich minted $153 million at the box office. The film starred Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran and Kate McKinnon in pivotal roles.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s other films include Without Remorse and Denzel Washington-directed Journal for Jordan. He has also joined the cast of David O’Russell’s venture alongside Christian Bale and Margot Robbie,

(With inputs from Press Trust of India)

Updated Date: May 17, 2020 17:35:14 IST


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Binge drinking can lead to drunkorexia in young women

Binge drinking can lead to drunkorexia in young women
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Binge drinking can lead to drunkorexia in young women

Whether it is Mojito or a simple glass of fizz, if you find yourself bingeing on more than a few, you could be putting your physical and mental health at risk because binge drinking can contribute to drunkorexia, say researchers in a study that involved young women.

Drunkorexia is a damaging and dangerous behaviour where disordered patterns of eating are used to offset negative effects of consuming excess alcohol, such as gaining weight.

After examining the drinking patterns of 479 female Australian university students aged 18-24 years, researchers found that a staggering 82.7 per cent of students surveyed had engaged in drunkorexic behaviours over the past three months.

And, more than 28 per cent were regularly and purposely skipping meals, consuming low-calorie or sugar-free alcoholic beverages, purging or exercising after drinking to help reduce ingested calories from alcohol, at least 25 per cent of the time.

“Due to their age and stage of development, young adults are more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviours, which can include drinking excess alcohol,” said study researcher Alycia Powell-Jones from the University of South Australia.

Excess alcohol consumption combined with restrictive and disordered eating patterns is extremely dangerous and can dramatically increase the risk of developing serious physical and psychological consequences.

The study, published in the journal Australian Psychologist, was undertaken in two stages. The first measured the prevalence of self-reported, compensative and restrictive activities in relation to their alcohol consumption.

The second stage identified participants’ Early Maladaptive Schemes (EMS) – or thought patterns – finding that that the subset of schemas most predictive of Drunkorexia were ‘insufficient self-control’, ’emotional deprivation’ and ‘social isolation’.

The researchers said identifying the early maladaptive schemas linked to drunkorexia is key to understanding the harmful condition.

These are deeply held and pervasive themes regarding oneself and one’s relationship with others that can develop in childhood and then can influence all areas of life, often in dysfunctional ways. Early maladaptive schemas can also be influenced by cultural and social norms.

The findings showed that drunkorexic behaviour appears to be motivated by two key social norms for young adults – consuming alcohol and thinness.

“This study has provided preliminary insight into better understanding why young female adults make these decisions to engage in drunkorexic behaviours,” Powell-Jones said.

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Youtube VS Tiktok the viral roast by Carry Minati Original Video

The guy being viral on social media recently, called Carry Minati… is on our blog today let’s dig deeper and know who is Carry Minati and where does he come from?

Ajey Nagar, better known as Carry Minati, is an Indian YouTuber and streamer from Faridabad, India. He is known for his comedic skits and reactions to various online topics on his channel CarryMinati.

Life of Ajey Nagar

Nagar was born on 12 June 1999 in Faridabad, a city near India’s national capital New Delhi, where he is based. He attended school till 2016, when he dropped out to pursue his YouTube career; he decided to skip his Class-XIIBoard examination after feeling unconfident about the economics examination, and later completed it through long-distance learning.

Popularly referred to as ‘CarryMinati’, or just ‘Carry’, Ajey Nagar is known for his distinctive and energetic Hindi-language commentary. He is mainly involved in creating diss songs, satirical parodies and comedy, apart from live gaming.

Nagar started posting videos on YouTube since he was 10 years old. Initially, he posted videos where he performed mimicry of Sunny Deol and played video gamesCarryMinati is his original YouTube channel, which has been active since 2014. In 2014, the channel’s name was AddictedA1 and Nagar used to upload recorded video game footage along with his reactions on the game. The channel was not very successful. In 2015, the Channel’s name became CarryDeol, on which Nagar uploaded footage of playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive while mimicking Sunny Deol. Subsequently, he changed the name of the channel to CarryMinati when he started ‘roasting people’. In early 2017, Nagar started another YouTube channel called CarryIsLive, where he live-streams himself playing video games.

Nagar is assisted by Deepak Char, who is his business manager. Along with his team, Nagar uses a part of his Faridabad house as a studio for producing content. As of May 2020, Nagar has earned the Silver, Gold and The Diamond YouTube play buttons.

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Best Web Series to Watch during this lockdown; action, thriller, horror and drama

1. The Walking Dead

A group of survivors led by police officer Rick Grimes travel in search of a safe and secure home after a zombie apocalypse spreads across the USA. The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore – who was the artist on the first 6 issues and cover artist for the first 24 – with art on the remainder of the series by Charlie Adlard.

2. The Vampire Diaries

On her first day at high school, Elena meets Stefan and immediately feels a connection with him. However, what she doesn’t know is that Stefan and his brother, Damon, are in fact vampires. The Vampire Diaries is an American supernaturalteen drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. The series premiered on The CW on September 10, 2009, and concluded on March 10, 2017, airing 171 episodes over eight seasons.

3. Vikings

Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Norse hero, is a mere farmer who rises up to become a fearless warrior and commander of the Viking tribes with the support of his equally ferocious family. Vikings were Norse people primarily from southern Scandinavia (in present-day Denmark, Norway and Sweden), who from the late 8th to late 11th centuries, raided and traded from their Northern European homelands across wide areas of Europe, and explored westwards to Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland.

4. Stranger Things

This thrilling Netflix original drama stars Golden Globe-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 — inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences. When Joyce’s 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl.

5. The Witcher

The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world in which people often prove more wicked than beasts. The Witcher is a Polish-American fantasy drama series produced by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. It is based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

Vicky Kaushal turns 32: Taapsee Pannu, Ayushmann Khurrana, Meghna Gulzar, Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit wish actor on birthday

Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal is celebrating his birthday today. A number of celebrities wished the actor, who was last seen in the horror-thriller Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship, on the occasion.

Taapsee Pannu shared a photo from the sets of the 2018 film Manmarziyaan. The actress wrote, “Happy birthday mere Neele kukkad! Stay the boring black n white you are. Always.”

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 Vicky Kaushal turns 32: Taapsee Pannu, Ayushmann Khurrana, Meghna Gulzar, Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit wish actor on birthday

Taapsee Pannu wishes Vicky Kaushal on his birthday

Director Meghna Gulzar who had worked with Vicky Kaushal in Raazi shared a candid image where both can be seen smiling during a conversation. The director captioned the image, “Muskurate raho, hasate raho (keep smiling, keep on making others laugh.)”

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Vicky’s brother Sunny Kaushal posted a sweet birthday note on Instagram, speaking about how things have not changed between the two of them.

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Ayushmann Khurrana too shared a photo with the Masaan actor on his Instagram Stories. Ayushmann’s next film Gulabo Sitabo alongside Amitabh Bachchan will release directly on Prime Video on 12 June.

Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit posted a tweet to wish him a very happy birthday. “May you always keep smiling and keep entertaining everyone with your talent!” she wrote.

Filmmaker Karan Johar took to the Stories section of Instagram and wrote, “Happy birthday to the boy with the kindest smile and the hugest talent! big love to you Vicky!!!” followed by four heart emojis.

Vicky Kaushal was part of Netflix’s Lust Stories plot that was directed by Karan Johar.

Kiara Advani, Shilpa Shetty, musician Akhil Sachdeva and T-series head Bhushan Kumar too wished the actor on his birthday through social media.

Vicky Kaushal made his Bollywood debut with the critically acclaimed Masaan which was directed by Neeraj Ghaywan. His father is veteran action director Shyam Kaushal.  

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Updated Date: May 16, 2020 17:23:38 IST


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Blow the Man Down movie review: Bridgette Savage Cole, Danielle Trudy establish themselves as major new talents

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Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Trudy’s Blow the Man Down begins with a spirited rendition of the seaman’s chant of the same name (some of you may have heard Woody Guthrie’s version of it) — we see a group of seasoned greybeards belting it out even as we look around Easter Cove, Maine; the tiny port town where our story is set.

 Blow the Man Down movie review: Bridgette Savage Cole, Danielle Trudy establish themselves as major new talents

A still from Blow the Man Down. Twitter

Now, one might question exactly how singing a song about a gale knocking you down at sea is supposed to be good luck for sailors — it is actually in the same vein as theatre actors saying ‘break a leg’ to each other before going onstage. It is quiet courage with just the right amount of fatalism; like the Faceless Men saying ‘Valar morghulis’ (all men must die) on Game of Thrones. It sets the tone for Blow the Man Down, a delectable small-town noir that starts off as Fargo Lite before establishing its unique voice, and delivering a stunning finale marked by poetic justice.

Mary Beth Connolly (Morgan Saylor) and her older sister Priscilla have an argument at their mother’s funeral (Priscilla withheld the extent of their financial troubles from Mary Beth), following which Mary storms off, and ends up hitching a ride with a stranger named Gorski (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Mary notices blood in the trunk of his car, and before you know it, things escalate — fearing for her life, Mary grabs a harpoon off the nearby docks, and impales her attacker. This triggers a sequence of events that will test the sister’s relationship, as well as the complex network of loyalties and motivations among the residents of the town, and its keepers; three proverbial little old ladies, Susie Gallagher (June Squibb), Gail Maguire (Annette O’Toole), and Doreen Burke (Marceline Hugot). 

Todd Banhazi’s cinematography deserves a lot of credit for the effectiveness of Blow the Man Down. Right from the first shot, where a man chases a woman in the snow in the distance, the camerawork is sharp, decisive, and underlines the ‘low-key noir’ sensibilities of the film beautifully. A school of fishes in a net, being transferred into a barrel, the murder-via-harpoon, the sister’s awkward attempts to get rid of Gorski’s body — these are all very different kinds of scenes involving different challenges as a cinematographer, and Banhazi aces every last one of them.      

Squibb, who you might remember as Kate Grant from Nebraska (or indeed, Sheldon Cooper’s impossibly cherubic grandmother ‘Meemaw’ from The Big Bang Theory) does a brilliant job too. She is perfectly cast as the mild-mannered matriarch with a secret. Everything about her is low-key and yet, Squibb manages to imbue her scenes with an inscrutable charisma. Saylor and Lowe are also competent as the Connolly sisters.  

The most memorable performance, however, belongs to Margo Martindale (most recently seen reprising her role as a fictionalised version of herself on the concluding season of BoJack Horseman). She plays Enid, the quietly menacing owner of the local brothel, named Oceanview. This establishment seems to have everybody’s blessings, including the local police, but everything is not what it seems, of course.

Martindale’s ability to infuse even innocuous statements with a simmering, righteous disdain is remarkable. Even the subtle way she uses her cane makes it feel like more of a superhero/supervillain’s accessory than a crutch. Without her, Blow the Man Down would have been remembered as a fun, eccentric cousin to Fargo et al. With her, it will be rightly remembered as a classic of the genre. 

In the recent past, many filmmakers have created characters like Enid, with uneven results — the idea is to have a visibly ‘strong woman’ heading a traditionally patriarchal institution (a recent, if somewhat misguided example from Bollywood is the Mardaani cop film franchise, starring Rani Mukerji). These characters can go two ways — they either subvert the familiar male hegemonic pattern that comes with their office, or they end up becoming the kind of hegemonic power they started off fighting. And Enid actually occupies both of these roles, and everything in between; it takes some serious acting on Martindale’s part to convey all of this in what is, at the end of the day, a supporting act in an already compact film (at just under 90 minutes). The second of her two scenes with Susie and Co is a miniature masterpiece by itself. 

At the end of the movie, we see the sailor’s songs again, this time being hummed by Susie and her fellow matriarchs. It is a subtle show of strength by the women who run Easter Cove, as if to say, “Don’t worry, we’ve got this.” It is an immensely warm, likeable moment, one that will stay with you for a long time.

Blow the Man Down establishes Bridgette Savage Cole and Danielle Trudy as major new talents, miners of the macabre, and it will be fascinating to see what they do next.

Blow the Man Down is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: ****

Updated Date: May 16, 2020 14:29:17 IST

Shah Rukh Khan mourns demise of Red Chillies colleague Abhijeet, says he was ‘my most resilient and solid ally’

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Friday mourned the demise of his close ally Abhijeet who was also one of the very first members of his film company Red Chillies Entertainment.

Taking to Twitter, Khan penned down a post in his remembrance and said that he will miss him.

“We all started the journey of making films with Dreamz Unlimited. Abhijeet was my most resilient & solid ally,” he tweeted.

“V did some good, some wrong but always believed v will sail through because strong team members like him were there to look after the rest of us. Will miss u my friend,” his tweet further read.

The 54-year-old actor also alternatively posted a list of lessons that he learnt from the COVID induced lockdown.

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(With inputs from Asian News International)

Updated Date: May 16, 2020 12:56:12 IST


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Ryan Gosling to produce, star in space drama directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller, based on The Martian author’s next

Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have come on board to direct and produce the movie adaptation of The Martian author Andy Weir’s next novel.

The MGM project features Ryan Gosling is the lead.

 Ryan Gosling to produce, star in space drama directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller, based on The Martian authors next

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Gosling is also producing the project alongside Ken Kao, Weir and Amy Pascal.

Aditya Sood, the president of film at Lord Miller production banner, will also produce.

According to Variety, Gosling played a major role in roping in Lord and Miller for the project.

All of us at MGM are incredibly excited by this literal dream team coming together around Andy’s astounding novel.

“With their masterful ability to balance drama, action, and humour, Phil and Chris are the perfect filmmakers to take on this unique material and we are thrilled to have them partner with Ryan, Ken, Andy, Amy and Aditya to bring this movie to life for big screens everywhere, said Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, MGM film group president.

Weir’s yet-untitled book is described as a solitary tale of an astronaut on a space ship who is tasked with saving the planet.

It will be published early next year by Random House.

Updated Date: May 16, 2020 12:56:02 IST


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Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii’s Sachin Kumar passes away; Chetan Hansraj, Vineet Raina mourn actor’s demise

Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii actor Sachin Kumar passed away due to a heart attack in the early hours of 15 May. The actor had featured in another popular show Lajja which was produced by Binafer Kohli. Sachin quit showbiz in pursuit of a career in photography.

In an interaction with SpotBoye, actor Chetan Hansraj expressed his shock at the news stating that he got to know of the news from Facebook and did not know the actual reason for his death. “We had worked together in Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki but he had quit acting a long time back,” he added.

Actor Rakesh Paul confirmed the news to Times of India adding that he could not see him since by the time he learnt of his demise, Sachin’s body had already been sent to the crematorium.

“What I have learnt is that he went to sleep and the next day he did not open the door. His parents panicked and they got keys and when they opened the door, he had passed away,” he was quoted as saying.

Actor Syed Zulfi posted about Sachin’s death on Facebook, writing, “Miss you brother Sachin rest in peace gone to soon.”

Writer Salil Sand expressed his grief over the passing away of the actor on Instagram, writing, “We worked together and now one gets to know that you are no more!! #Stunned and #Shocked #SachinKumar.”

Actor Vineet Raina too mourned the loss of the actor on Facebook.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2020 10:40:54 IST


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Youtube VS Tiktok the viral roast by Carry Minati

Who is Carry Minati???

The guy being viral on social media recently, called Carry Minati… is on our blog today let’s dig deeper and know who is Carry Minati and where does he come from?

Ajey Nagar, better known as Carry Minati, is an Indian YouTuber and streamer from Faridabad, India. He is known for his comedic skits and reactions to various online topics on his channel CarryMinati.

Life of Ajey Nagar

Nagar was born on 12 June 1999 in Faridabad, a city near India’s national capital New Delhi, where he is based. He attended school till 2016, when he dropped out to pursue his YouTube career; he decided to skip his Class-XIIBoard examination after feeling unconfident about the economics examination, and later completed it through long-distance learning.

Popularly referred to as ‘CarryMinati’, or just ‘Carry’, Ajey Nagar is known for his distinctive and energetic Hindi-language commentary. He is mainly involved in creating diss songs, satirical parodies and comedy, apart from live gaming.

Nagar started posting videos on YouTube since he was 10 years old. Initially, he posted videos where he performed mimicry of Sunny Deol and played video gamesCarryMinati is his original YouTube channel, which has been active since 2014. In 2014, the channel’s name was AddictedA1 and Nagar used to upload recorded video game footage along with his reactions on the game. The channel was not very successful. In 2015, the Channel’s name became CarryDeol, on which Nagar uploaded footage of playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive while mimicking Sunny Deol. Subsequently, he changed the name of the channel to CarryMinati when he started ‘roasting people’. In early 2017, Nagar started another YouTube channel called CarryIsLive, where he live-streams himself playing video games.

Nagar is assisted by Deepak Char, who is his business manager. Along with his team, Nagar uses a part of his Faridabad house as a studio for producing content. As of May 2020, Nagar has earned the Silver, Gold and The Diamond YouTube play buttons.

ICC shares childhood pictures of cricketers, ask fans to identify them on occasion of International Day of Families

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has shared a collage of nine photographs of cricketers from their childhood and asked sports lovers to identify them. The tweet has been posted commemorating the International Day of Families 2020.

“On the occasion of #InternationalFamilyDay, we bring you a fun game! Can you guess these nine cricketers from their childhood photos?” ICC wrote.

If the ICC was looking for active participation from the fans, it certainly hit the bull’s eye. Within a few hours of the post being shared on Twitter, it was flooded with comments. So far, around 1,500 people have liked the post already.

Several people participated in the guessing game and wrote their answers in the comment section. Most of them wrote that the first picture is David Warner while the second one is that of Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Others in the collage were identified as Joe Root, Yuvraj Singh, Denny White, Hardik Panya, Krunal Pandya, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shane Warne and Michael Clarke.

International Day of Families is celebrated every year on 15 May. The day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1993 aims at promoting awareness of issues relating to families and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them.

The theme for International Day of Families 2020 is Families in Development: Copenhagen & Beijing + 25.

Updated Date: May 15, 2020 17:46:05 IST