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Harsh Goenka wants this vehicle to travel in his crowded city

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After sharing his experience of having a restaurant-like eat-in at home, business tycoon Harsh Goenka recently took to Twitter to share a unique video that is going viral for all the right reasons. Goenka shared a video where a man can be seen riding what appears to be a hoverboard on a crowded street. Since being shared, the post has garnered all sorts of comments. Here's what Harsh Goenka tweeted: This is what I need to travel in my crowded city. So cool! pic.twitter.com/n1Arl8DYVl — Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) July 6, 2020 In the 51-seconds video, a young man can be seen riding a self-balancing electric scooter amid heavy traffic. As the video moves further, the man can be seen maneuvering through traffic. While sharing the video, Goenka said, "This is what I need to travel in my crowded city. So cool!" Although many loved the idea of having a personal transporter like the one in the video, few raised questions about its safety while using it in heavy traffic. Several others sa..
                 

Jagdeep passes away: Sons Jaaved Jaaferi, Naved Jafri, Johnny Lever at the funeral

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Veteran actor Jagdeep passed away on Wednesday, July 8 in Mumbai. The actor, who was 81-year-old, was fondly known for playing the role of Soorma Bhopali in Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra starrer Sholay. "He passed away at 8.30 pm at his residence in Bandra. He was not keeping well due to age-related issues", producer Mehmood Ali, a close family friend, told PTI. The funeral took place at Iranian Shia Isna cemetery at Mazgaon, Mumbai. Jaaved Jaafri at the funeral in Mazgaon. Jaaved Jaafri and Naved Jafri, his two sons, were clicked at the funeral by the shutterbugs. Owing to the current situation of the country, the funeral took place at a cemetery in South Bombay, by following the protocol provided by the government. Naved Jafri at the funeral Comedian-actor Johnny Lever was also present at the funeral.  Johny Lever, Jaaved and Nawed at Jagdeep's funeral at Iranian Shia Isna cemetery at Mazgaon Born on March 29, 1939, as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri in Amritsar, Jagdeep acted in ove..
                 

B-town buzz: Prajakta Koli to make her acting debut; Mukesh Tiwari's on-the-set fun

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YouTube sensation Prajakta Koli, who goes by the moniker Mostly Sane, makes her acting debut in Khayali Pulav, co-starring Yashpal Sharma. The short film, written and directed by Tarun Dudeja, is set in a Haryana village. Koli plays a handball enthusiast, who is determined to break gender-oriented prejudice.  "The film is a reminder of how precious the freedom to live your life the way you want to is and how even the seemingly simple act of being able to wear shorts becomes a complicated mission for a girl," says Koli. Known for her funny antics, the film, which drops on her channel today, will portray her in a new light.       View this post on Instagram #KhayaliPulao 09.07.20 ♥️ All this film has been for the past 7 months is a constant thought, a dream, a discussion. I kept telling myself, “We’ll deal when we get there.” And now that we are there, I don’t know how to deal. But your support has been tremendous. It’s helpi..
                 

Georgina Rodriguez shares stunning bikini photo; Cristiano Ronaldo comments 'most beautiful woman on earth'

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Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that his partner Georgina Rodriguez is the best looking woman in the world. Georgina posted a picture for her 18.9 million followers reportedly taken on board a GBP30,000-(approx Rs 27.83 lakh)-per-week rented yacht the couple holidayed in recently off the coast of Genoa, Italy, and wrote: "These are the eyes that I put on the love of my life." The post received 2, 827, 368 'likes'. And Cristiano was quick to reply: "The most beautiful woman on earth."       View this post on Instagram Estos son los ojitos que le pongo al amor de mi vida 🤪...🧜🏽‍♀️❤️...#amote A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) onJul 4, 2020 at 3:35am PDT According to a report in British tabloid, The Sun, Ronaldo's comment indicates that they are ready to take their relationship to the next level. Rumours of their engagement resurfaced recently after Georgina posted a picture on Instagram where..
                 

Michael Clarke's daughter Kelsey Lee is priority; refuses details on relationship with Pip Edwards

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Former Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke has revealed that while his life may not be ideal right now, his priority remains his daughter Kelsey Lee, four, with ex-wife Kyly. "Nothing is ever perfect, but I feel like I am in the right place. The one thing Kyly and I will always do is prioritise our little girl. Kyly is a great mother. When you see our little girl, you see the way Kelsey-Lee is, that's because of her mum, there is no doubt about it," Michael was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph. Pip Edwards and Kyly Clarke In February, Michael and Kyly announced that their seven-year marriage was over and they had agreed to co-parent Kelsey Lee. Meanwhile, when asked about his relationship with fashion designer Pip Edwards, Michael refused to give any details. He just said: "I have always tried to keep my personal life as private as I possibly can and right now is no different. It is private, and it is personal, and I do want to be respectful to everyone who is involved." Ca..
                 

Forrest Gump, Inferno: Movies to binge watch on Tom Hanks' birthday

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From the Golden Globes to the Oscars and even the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tom Hanks has always been an award show mainstay of Hollywood. As Sony PIX celebrates his 64th birthday, let's take a look at some of the most amazing roles played by the actor. Sully Sully is a tale of quiet, unfussy and highly trained professionals doing their jobs in the most challenging circumstances imaginable. Hanks surely deserves to be applauded for his performance. This isn't just a case of playing another all-American hero. Hanks convinces the audience of Captain Sully's quick-thinking efficiency and bravery as a pilot but also shows his character's inner doubts. As Captain Sully is coming to the end of his career, there's an obstinacy verging on arrogance about his confidence in his own abilities. Catch the movie only on Sony PIX. Forrest Gump Few people had read the novel Forrest Gump when Robert Zemeckis adapted it for the screen in 1994. That was probably a good thing because most people wa..
                 

Mumbai lockdown: Chembur couple's homemade snacks keep cops going

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At a time when the city's police force is working day and night to ensure that lockdown rules are strictly implemented, a Chembur-based couple has taken up the responsibility to ensure they don't go hungry due to too much work pressure and also feel energetic through the day. For over three months now, Rosemond D'Souza, 48, and Sweety D'Souza, 45, have been distributing tea and snacks among officers on duty at nakabandi checkpoints across the city and they manage to serve at least 100 cops a day. While Rosemond is a civil contractor, Sweety is a homemaker. Between 3 pm and 7 pm everyday they pack and take the snacks in their car to various nakabandi checkpoints, including Mankhurd, Chembur and Wadala. Speaking to mid-day, the couple said, "Looking at the way the cops are doing their duty since the lockdown was imposed, we decided to help them out. Initially we thought of distributing cold drinks but then realised it would not be suitable in the current situation. So we decided to prep..
                 

Sharmila Tagore: Enjoyed inventive ways of storytelling

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"I'd rather binge-read than binge-watch," chuckles Sharmila Tagore, taking us by surprise. After all, in the past few weeks, the veteran has done more than her fair share of viewing as a jury member of the Lockdown Film Festival. The festival is an initiative of Carrot Films, which partnered with the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) to stream the chosen 20 films on its homegrown OTT platform, Cinemas of India. As part of the 12-member jury, Tagore enjoyed "a diverse and delectable treat" as she watched over 300 short films. "I was amazed to see the level of competency. The films were so engaging — some had humour, others were cynical. Some brought out the claustrophobia and the mental stress [that is brought on by] the lockdown while others beautifully dwelled on the positive aspects. I enjoyed the inventive ways of storytelling with limited resources and time." The selection of short films was based on several categories, including plot, ability to tell a co..
                 

Now, COVID insurance for films

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In the post-pandemic world, film shoots as we knew them will no longer be the same. Recognising the need for action in these unprecedented times, producers Atul Kasbekar and Tanuj Garg of Ellipsis Entertainment have initiated talks with a legal firm to get COVID-19 insurance for their future projects, thus setting a precedent for the industry at large. Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin-starrer Looop Lapeta, the Indian adaptation of German cult film Run Lola Run (1998), is likely to be the first film under their banner to be covered under the plan. Kasbekar reveals that they are in the nascent stages of formulating the insurance plan. "We are in talks with the legal expert, Anand Desai of DSK Legal. Insuring a film so far implied guarding the product against unforeseen incidents like the illness of an actor or occurrence of natural calamities leading to delays in the schedule. Since COVID is a new development, we are working out the details of what the insurance plan should entail. Hyp..
                 

Mumbai: 'Lockdown worse than Emergency for taxi drivers,' says Taximen's Union leader

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The lockdown was worse for taxi drivers than the controversial Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) that had been enforced during the Emergency in the 1970s, said Mumbai Taximen's Union leader, Anthony L Quadros, at the Transport Task Force meeting held at the Andheri transport office on Wednesday. He pointed out that he had witnessed trying times back then. The task force has been constituted by the Maharashtra government to look into reopening public transport modes under Mission Begin Again, and one of its first meetings with all transport stakeholders proved to be quite fiery, with taxi and auto unions calling for immediate re-opening of their businesses to save them. 'Waive off auto loans'While the taxi unions called for a fare hike from the minimum Rs 22 to Rs 25 and monthly financial compensation, the Mumbai Automen's Union leader Shashank Sharad Rao said that all auto drivers should be given a monthly sum of R10,000 to bail themselves out, also calling for a waiver of au..
                 

COVID-19: Mumbai Metropolitan Region active cases doubled in 15 days; meet to decide on lockdown today

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The number of COVID-19 cases in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) has doubled in the past 15 days with the number of active cases being 50 per cent more than that of Mumbai. While all the municipal corporations in MMR are under lockdown and four commissioners were replaced two weeks ago, the numbers worryingly continue to rise unabated. Mumbai has been recording lesser daily numbers for the past month with 29,720 active cases on June 22, which came down to 23,359 on July 7. On the other hand, the number of active cases increased from 16,929 to 35,541 in the MMR during the same period. SJ Kunte, additional chief secretary Most of the cities in the MMR are currently under lockdown. "After the relaxing of the lockdown, people started wandering in public places or meeting in groups. It spread the virus rapidly. The lockdown helps to cut the chain of spread," said S J Kunte, additional chief secretary and in-charge of MMR for COVID-19 management. "Even if a lockdown is there, employ..
                 

B-town buzz: Guru Randhawa supports Barbie Mann; Aamir Khan takes pet Imli for a checkup

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Guru Randhawa has lent support to Punjabi singer Barbie Maan by writing and composing her romantic track, Teri gali. "When we first met, we shared our musical aspirations and the collaboration happened organically," says Maan. Shot in Punjab, the music video features former Bigg Boss contestant Asim Riaz along with Maan.       View this post on Instagram TERI GALI Full Video Out now ❤️ Share-Support-Spread @barbie_maan @asimriaz77.official @officialveemusic @iamyaadubrar @bull18network @goldmediaa @arshgoldmedia @marshal_ramdev @jaspreetsinghbushi 🔥🔥❤️❤️ A post shared by Guru Randhawa (@gururandhawa) onJun 27, 2020 at 10:33pm PDT Guru Randhawa had also lined up a performance on June 30. It was his first live show post-lockdown. The singer shared the news on social media and wrote, "It feels great to slowly and steadily resume work." Randhawa will be adhering to the government guidelines on gatherings and social distancing measures for the privat..
                 

See Photos: Miheeka Bajaj shares glimpse of her wedding preparations with Rana Daggubati

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During the lockdown, many celebrities have made their relationships official. While some are opting for a low-key wedding, many decided to just announce it on social media. Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj surprised everyone when they announced their engagement on social media on May 12. The actor's fans and even his friends and contemporaries from the industry showed their wishes and luck on the couple. On May 21, the couple made it official with a Roka ceremony. Bajaj and Daggubati will tie the knot on August 8. There is talk that the wedding will be held in a luxury palace hotel in Hyderabad. The couple has kicked off their pre-wedding celebrations. Over the weekend, the lagna patrikalu ritual, where the groom's family visits the bride's home and presents the first wedding card, was held. Recently, Miheeka took to her Instagram story and shared a picture of herself engaging in marriage preparations. In the picture, she shared a picture of the shoes she might be wearing at ..
                 

Lockdown: David Beckham's bees start buzzing and making honey

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Former England star footballer David Beckham is making the most of the Coronavirus-caused lockdown at his country home in Cotswolds. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is keeping himself busy by building beehives and revealed the bees have started making honey. Beckham, 45, Instagrammed pictures of him donning a white beekeeping suit while attempting to retrieve honey from the hive. "Progress," he captioned one of the pictures alongside two bee cartoons.  In another picture, Beckham is seen along with a friend as they search for the Queen Bee. Last month, Beckham's wife Victoria Instagrammed a video of her husband building the hives. "David decided to start building bee hives. Is that your new project darling?' she captioned the video.Beckham replied, "It is. You'll be very happy when we've got our own honey." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Te..
                 

Mumbai lockdown: Door-to-door screening failing in Malad hotspot

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) ambitious door-to-door screening drive in slum pockets to find symptomatic COVID-19 patients, seems to have fallen flat on its face in densely populated Malwani, Malad West. While local residents are not cooperating with the civic teams, some of them claimed the latter are not implementing the drive strictly. This reporter, who accompanied them for few days, found volunteers appointed by the civic body were merely asking the slum dwellers if they wanted to get screened for symptoms associated with COVID-19, and if they got 'no' in response, they would go onto the next dwelling. But both sides can be blamed, for on learning about the civic team's visit in the area, a few slum dwellers were also seen locking their houses on the pretext of going to the market, to escape getting screened for COVID-19. In most of the slum pockets in Malwani, the residents have been putting off screening to avoid getting admitted to COVID hospitals in case they..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Chembur teen drowns in swollen pond

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Heavy rain and strong winds lashed the city for the fourth day in a row. Several tree-falls were reported on Tuesday and a boy, aged 16, was killed. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai, said rain activity was expected to lessen on Wednesday but will pick up pace again from Thursday. Part of a house collapsed in Sharda Niwas, Bhandup West. Pic/Datta Kumbhar According to IMD Mumbai, the observatory in Colaba recorded 49.4mm rainfall until 5.30 pm, while the one in Santacruz recorded 45.2mm. Though the rainfall recorded on Tuesday is lesser compared to Saturday's, when the IMD had issued a Red alert; there were strong winds and an intense spell of rains for a long time at different places in the city. "Intense clouds around Mumbai and around as seen from the radar and satellite images. Intense rainfall was expected over Mumbai and around with pauses in between," tweeted K S Hosalikar, deputy director general of meteorology, India MET Department, Mumbai. "Due to active monso..
                 

Producer Vijay Babu on Sufiyam Sujatayam: Don't consider it a compromised release

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Vijay Babu's Sufiyum Sujatayum, featuring Jayasurya, Aditi Rao Hydari and debutant Dev Mohan, marked the first Malayalam movie to enjoy a digital premiere on Amazon Prime Video. Though it was originally slated for a theatrical release, the producer is glad that the film dropped online, thereby reaching out to a wider audience. "I don't [consider] it a compromised release at all. Amid the pandemic, Malayalis across the country can watch it in one go. What more could I have asked for? Regional cinema is finally getting its due through OTT. A middle-class homemaker in Mumbai or Kolkata is being exposed to the flavour and culture of regional cinema," marvels Babu, whose romantic drama about a Sufi and a speech-impaired dancer has opened to a positive response. The producer shares a personal experience to highlight how the streaming giants have changed the country's entertainment consumption pattern. "Recently, I saw my mother watching a Korean movie. The audience is now consuming regional..
                 

Ashish Shukla: Sanjay Mishra's Bahut Hua Sammaan to release on a leading OTT platform

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Director Ashish R. Shukla, whose most talked about web series, Undekhi, is releasing this month, was also the creative head on Dev D,  and has directed films like Prague and his upcoming Sanjay Mishra, Ram Kapoor and Raghav Juyal-starrer Bahut hua Sammaan, is also coming out soon. The Varanasi-set is produced by Yoodlee Films.  On talking about the film, he said, "Bahut Hua Sammaan is a satirical comedy about two Mechanical Engineering students, played by Raghav Juyal and Abhishek Chauhan, whom you've seen in TVFs series Cubicles. Both are small-time conmen who decide to rob a bank as per a masterplan by been-there, know-it-all soul in their college Baba Sanjay Mishra. Both students are all set to get their hands dirty and rich before their paper perfect plan falls spaer, opening a Pandora's box and awakening the beast, played by Ram Kapoor. I hope it'll release on a leading platform as soon as possible. It was supposed to come by summer itself but then the lockdown happened...
                 

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli practise 'measured eating' at home; here's how

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Where we have put on the kilos while being at home for over three months due to the coronavirus lockdown, our celebrities have only gotten fitter. They've been working out endlessly and giving us fitness goals, and we have hungrily watched those videos while being couch potatoes, never getting up to exercise! Now, in what can be called a new trend, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli have taken being fit to a whole new level. Virat Kohli actually measures his food before eating it, so that he takes in just the perfect amount of nutrition! Sharing this unique habit on Instagram, Anushka Sharma posted a video of Virat measuring what looks like 'poha' on a weighing machine. He keeps adding and removing bits of poha from the bowl until the figure on the machine says 100! Check out a screengrab of the video below: Well, that sure is ingenious and goes on to show that the captain of the Indian national cricket team doesn't take fitness for granted, lockdown or not! We wonder if Anushka Sharma to..
                 

Usain Bolt shares daughter Olympia's pictures on girlfriend Kasi's birthday

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Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt chose the perfect occasion — partner Kasi Bennett's 21st birthday — to share pictures and the name of their daughter on social media. On Tuesday, he shared these pictures for his 9.6 million Instagram followers and wrote: "I want to wish my gf @kasi.b a happy birthday and to let u know I am happy I get to spend ur special day with u. I want nothing but happiness for u and will continue to doing my best keeping a smile on ur face. Now we have started a new chapter together with our daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt I look forward to what the future will bring for us but be reassured that I will be the ROCK for this family. I Love you and happy 21st birthday."       View this post on Instagram I want to wish my gf @kasi.b a happy birthday and To let u know I am happy I get to spend ur special day with u. I want nothing but happiness for u and will continue to doing my best keeping a smile on ur face. Now we have started a new ..
                 

Harvard, MIT sue ICE to protect int'l students from 'illegal' rules

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Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over new guidelines barring foreign students from remaining in America if their universities switched to online-only classes in the Fall. A report in The Harvard Crimson said the two educational institutions filed a lawsuit in District Court in Boston on Wednesday morning against the two federal agencies. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief to bar the DHS and ICE from the enforcing federal rules that will force international students to leave the US. Lawrence Bacow, president, Harvard University 'It's bad public policy, illegal'Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow said in an email to affiliates, "We believe the ICE order is bad public policy, and that it is illegal. We'll pursue this case vigorously so that our international students — and thos..
                 

Mumbai lockdown: 'We have money only for a few weeks of groceries,' say lawyers

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Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, income has stopped for several professionals, including lawyers who are among the sections that has taken the worst hit. Those who earned lakhs practising law are now struggling to make ends meet. One of them is even considering pulling his son out of school for a year if the situation doesn't improve. The Bar Council of India recently filed a writ petition in Supreme Court, seeking direction to the Finance Ministry and State Chief Secretaries to provide financial assistance, including disbursal of soft loans of at least R3 lakh each, to the advocates facing financial difficulties in the wake of the unprecedented global crisis. "At present, about 16 lakh advocates are enrolled with the different State Bar Councils in the country. A large number of advocates have enrolled and started practice over the past 10 years. These advocates are solely dependent on the regular, though meagre, income they get from appearing in different courts and various tribunals as..
                 

Lockdown: Vasai owners offer relief to tenants, waive off lakhs in property rent

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With the shutters down and no income for over three months due to the lockdown over COVID-19 pandemic, several businessmen took a massive blow, and appealed for a rent waiver. Even the state government had asked the owners of commercial and housing properties to provide relief to their tenants by deferring the rent collection. A few people in Vasai heard the requests and have waived off lakhs in rents for those who could not afford. The proprietor of KT Builders, Rakesh Shah, has waived off more than Rs 80 lakh in rent for several of his properties in Vasai and Boisar. "We had given our properties on rent to various businessmen who ran their shops, like bakeries, beauty product stores, ready-made clothes shops, etc. But they were all shut during the lockdown. Though a few of them resumed businesses after Unlock 1.0, it was only for a few hours. So we have waived off 50 per cent rent," Shah told mid-day. Rakesh Shah, the proprietor of KT Builders, has given massive relief to all his ten..
                 

Stacky tales before his big day

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We pick up play now with Roger Binny bowling the second over. Your commentators are…Bill Lawry and Keith Stackpole." While a recollection of Richie Benaud kicking off a Channel Nine highlights package brings back golden memories, it also reminds us that the two commentators mentioned by the late Benaud, opened the batting for Australia in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were also part of Channel Nine's first commentary team during Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket along with Benaud and Fred Trueman. Lawry was viewed as a dour batsman and that great Brit sportswriter Ian Wooldridge flippantly described him as "a corpse with pads on." His chubby partner was just the opposite. Stackpole, who shares a birthday with another illustrious opening batsman — Sunil Gavaskar — turns 80 tomorrow. The two players opened for their respective teams in the Australia v Rest of the World series during the Australian summer of 1971-72. Stackpole's 2807 runs in 43 Tests doesn't pu..
                 

Riddhima Kapoor Sahni has an adorable birthday wish for Neetu Kapoor, Ranbir joins the celebrations!

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It's Neetu Kapoor's birthday today on July 8 and daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni took to her Instagram account to wish her on this special occasion. She had two posts as her birthday wishes, the first one had the daughter and her mother, and the next one had Ranbir Kapoor too. Talking about the first Instagram post, Sahni shared a selfie with Neetu Kapoor from her birthday dinner. Have a look right here:       View this post on Instagram Mom's bday eve dinner ❤ï¸Â #dinnerready A post shared by Riddhima Kapoor Sahni (RKS) (@riddhimakapoorsahniofficial) onJul 7, 2020 at 7:10am PDT Sikandar Kher commented on the picture by saying- "hi ladies !!!" (sic) Ayesha Shroff wrote- "Happy birthday Neetu ji." (sic) This was followed by three hearts. And in the second Instagram post, she posted a picture with her mother and Ranbir Kapoor and called her mother her Iron Lady. Have a look right here:       View this post ..
                 

Warna Herzog ho jayenge hum!

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Stylistically an Indian film lately that's come closest to the master Werner Herzog's latest, Family Romance, LLC (that premiered on Mubi app) is Prateek Vats's Eeb Allay Ooo! (2019) — the title refers to the sound that the lead-character makes to ward off wild monkeys in posh New Delhi for a living. This guy is an under-study of an actual veteran in the profession, who's been cast for the said role. Of course, there are many examples of Indian films with non-professional actors, right from Sairaat to Salaam Bombay; why, even Pather Panchali. The lead character Ishii Yuichi in Herzog's Family Romance, LLC, though runs an agency that supplies stand-in human beings for anybody you want — from a father, work-mate, lottery-winning messenger, to the paparazzi. You could call them relationship equivalents of sex-workers, I guess. In an ironic interpretation of acting that involves playing characters, Yuichi plays himself. He actually runs the agency the film in Japanese, set in J..
                 

COVID-19: Family finds Thane man still in ICU three days after cremation

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In a case of gross misman-agement that has caused two families unnecessary grief, a civic-run COVID-19 hospital, Thane Global Impact Hub in Kalwa, handed a body wrapped and taped in a PPE suit to a family saying their relative, Janardhan Sonawane, 67, had died. However, a few days later, the family got to know that Sonawane is alive and the body they cremated was of Bhalchandra Gaikwad, 71. Sonawane's son Sandeep received a call from the hospital at 6.30 am on July 3 informing him that he had died of COVID-19. "We reached the hospital immediately. The body was wrapped in a PPE suit and the face was not visible. We could not tell the hospital staff to show us the face as it was not advisable," said Sandeep. Sandeep Sonawane shows the document he was made to sign by the hospital after he was told that his father is alive. Pic/Sameer Markande "We were advised to wear a PPE suit to conduct the last rites. We followed the instructions given by the hospital staff. The last rites were conduct..
                 

Hrithik Roshan-starrer Krrish 4: Superhero set for time travel?

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Seven years since Krrish 3 (2013), Hrithik Roshan is gearing up to don the superhero cape again. Work on Krrish 4 had been put on hold when Rakesh Roshan was diagnosed with throat cancer last year, but now, the filmmaker has utilised the lockdown to develop a worthy script. In the fourth instalment, India's favourite superhero will apparently travel in time to bring back his scientist father Rohit Mehra, and his trusted extra-terrestrial friend, Jadoo. While Roshan was exploring several concepts in the past months, a trade source reveals that the idea of intergalactic travel appealed to Hrithik. "As soon as they finalised the idea, Rakeshji began the pre-production work with Rajesh Roshan taking over the music department." A still from Koi Mil Gaya "Given the movie's ambitious theme, the director has entrusted Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies with the visual effects. He intends to introduce an army of super villains who will battle the hero and has hired a Hollywood designer to give a di..
                 

A 'beautiful' fight! Jose Mourinho on Tottenham players altercation

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When Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris confronted Son Heung-min on the field at half-time, Jose Mourinho was far from annoyed. The manager renowned for his own flashpoints and volatility was delighted to see tensions between teammates erupting in public view. "It was beautiful," he said. "Probably it's a consequence of our meetings." Angered by the timidity of a 3-1 loss at Sheffield United in the previous English Premier League round, Mourinho saw the passion he wanted as Tottenham this time secured a 1-0 victory over Everton on Monday. Reason for the fight Just before the break, with Tottenham leading, Son lost the ball which led to Richarlison having a chance to equalise but striking wide of Lloris's post. "I think to concede a chance a few seconds before half-time because we don't make the pressing properly, that annoys me but it's part of football. Move on," Lloris said. Only, Lloris didn't when the whistle blew for half-time, shouting as he raced over to Son. Giovani Lo Celso and Har..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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In deep waters As heavy rain lashed the city, two boys were stranded on a water-logged road in Chembur on Tuesday. Pic/Ashish Raje A new chapter Former New York Times journalist and administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, American Dana Canedy has been appointed senior vice-president and publisher of Simon & Schuster (S&S), one of the world's marquee publishing imprints. "With God's Grace, I am looking forward to this new "chapter" of my career! Sorry, couldn't resist [sic]!" Canedy tweeted, while Rahul Srivastava, MD, S&S India, shared, "In our 96-year history, the S&S imprint has been led by only a dozen publishers, starting with Richard L Simon. Dana Canedy is the youngest person, first woman, and first person of colour to serve as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. We believe Dana will be an agent of change who will bring new voices." Picking up the creative pieces It's been repeated ad nauseam that the pandemic has brought the creative industry down to its knees..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Heavy downpour with gusty winds hit city, Thane

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Heavy downpour coupled with gusty winds continued in Mumbai and surrounding areas on Tuesday. Incidents of water-logging and uprooting of trees were also reported from several areas. The city has been witnessing incessant rains from the past three days, resulting in water-logging in several low-lying areas. #MumbaiRains |Tree uprooted near Beauty Shop, SV Road, Kandivali. Vehicular movement slowed down.Video by Twitter user @vyomraja #MumbaiRainsWithMidday@mybmc @RoadsOfMumbai @MNCDFbombay pic.twitter.com/Xsx14izK2H — Mid Day (@mid_day) July 7, 2020 Monsoon Activity In The Past 24 Hours According to Skymet, Santacruz observatory recorded 30mm rain, whereas Colaba observatory recorded 13mm in the past 24 hours. Although the weather was cloudy, many parts of the city received light to moderate rains. What IMD Says The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said that Mumbai and its neighbouring areas are likely to receive 'intermittent intense' showers at isolated places..
                 

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Meet Sachin Tiwari, Sushant Singh Rajput's lookalike social media has discovered

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Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14 after he was found hanging at his Bandra residence. It has almost been a month but contemporaries and colleagues in the Hindi film industry continue to miss him and post about him on social media. His fans, especially, have been missing him deeply and dearly. And now, they have discovered the late actor's lookalike in the form of Sachin Tiwari. On June 29, Tiwari had uploaded a picture of himself on his Instagram account and a lot of comments stated how he had a striking resemblance to Rajput. Have a look at his picture right here:       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sachin Tiwari (@officialtiwarisachin) onJun 29, 2020 at 6:43am PDT And here are a few comments, one user wrote- "Bhaiya aap bilkul sushant ji k jaise ho." (sic) Another one stated- "Really mai same to same sushant singh rajput ho aap." (sic) And taking to his Facebook account, Tiwari thanked the people for their comments and wrote- "Hello Frie..
                 

Jisshu Sengupta: Felt alive as an actor with Bhatt saab

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Jisshu Sengupta, the blue-eyed boy of the Bengali film industry, has actively made a shift to Bollywood. With two films ready for release — Shakuntala Devi with Vidya Balan and Sadak 2 helmed by Mahesh Bhatt — the actor claims this is the rebirth of his career. "Though I have been doing Hindi films since Shyam Benegal's Bose: The Forgotten Hero [2004], I knew I had to move cities after Manikarnika [2019]. Coming to Mumbai was never on my mind [until then]. Two years ago, I decided to come out of my comfort zone. I am a Lokhandwala lad now!" Sengupta seems to be at ease with the daunting new phase of his life. "It never came across as a step down. Screen space doesn't determine your merit; performance does. People are familiar with my work in the Bengali films, especially the ones with Rituparno Ghosh," says the actor, adding that his co-star Vidya Balan makes it delightful. "I am a huge fan of Vidya, the actor, but she is an even better human being and colleague on set. She..
                 

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Ayushmann Khurrana: Great to be back on set after so many months

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Ayushmann Khurrana got a taste of the new normal as he returned to the set after over three months to shoot for his first commercial in the post-COVID world. The actor, who had headed to Chandigarh to visit his parents, filmed an endorsement for a lifestyle brand in the city. In adherence with the shooting guidelines, the commercial was shot in an eight-hour shift with a skeletal crew. The artiste in him comes to the fore as he says he sorely missed facing the camera during the lockdown. "It was great to be back on the set after so many months. We all have been home, waiting to get back to what we love doing," he enthuses. A far cry from the bustling sets of the recent past, it was a novel experience for Khurrana as he shot with an 18-member crew, each armed with a mask and gloves, and mindful of maintaining social distancing. "I saw how people have prepared themselves for the shoot," says the actor, maintaining an optimistic stance in the face of the crisis. "Eventually, normalcy wil..
                 

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Mumbai lockdown: 'If parlours can open, why not gymnasiums?' ask gym owners

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As several industries get the green light to open with certain guidelines, gym owners and top tier management of exercise studios, are searching in vain for any signs that they will be allowed to open, even partially. With salons being allowed to operate from last week, the All India Gym Owners Association and fitness professionals under the umbrella name 'India Active!' met with the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari, to push for their cause. The meeting took place via a webinar on Wednesday. Gym owners are afraid they will have to permanently shut shop if they are not allowed to open soon Nikhil Kakkar, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Gold's Gym India said, "As an industry, we were one of the first to close down, and are sure to be one of the last to reopen. We need to open, of course with adherence to strict guidelines and provisions. We have just witnessed hotels being allowed to reopen with certain norms. If salons have been allowed to open with certain g..
                 

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Radio tech to the rescue of Central Railway in ghats and tunnels

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As heavy rain sets in, Central Railway (CR) has switched to its most reliable radio technology to manage the difficult ghat sections of Khandala and Igatpuri — leaky cable communication or radio communication. This technology is normally used in underground mining and caves. "Real-time communication inside the deep tunnels has been the issue for train drivers and guards. Even a delay of a minute could lead to disasters. Leaky feeders or radiating cables have been proved to be very useful for this. This technology has been used in the Alps has been yielded great results," a senior signalling engineer said. "The technology was, for the first time on CR, installed inside tunnel no. 49 (longest tunnel of 2.4km, in Bhor ghat) between Monkey Hill-Khandala stations in November 2019 at a cost of R2.47 crore," he said. "This allows seamless communication inside the tunnel between guard, driver and Khandala station manager," the engineer added. "This technology is of help in all seasons a..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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Beat the blues These skateboarders make the most of a rainy evening at Carter Road, Bandra West, on Wednesday. Pic/Shadab Khan Now's the time for change Nearly two years since the reading down of Section 377 by the Supreme Court, the LGBTQIA+ community continues to grapple with basic civic liberties. To demand for equal rights in every sphere of life, Mumbai-based The Humsafar Trust recently launched an online petition on change.org. Their demands include recognition of same-sex marriage, adoption rights for community members, inheritance rights for LGBTQIA+ people who are cohabiting with their same-sex partners but cannot inherit their property, right to jointly own property, take housing loans, insurance, and employment benefits for same-sex spouses, among other things. "The petition was an outcome of the International Pride Month celebrations. We wanted to start a dialogue with this petition because social acceptance is still a big challenge for us," said advocacy manager Tinesh Ch..
                 

Kobe Bryant still showing he loves me from heaven, says wife Vanessa

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Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant strolled down the memory lane and reminisced over one of the special gifts she received from the late basketball star. Vanessa shared a picture (right) of the dress once bought by Kobe, similar to one worn by actress Sarah Jessica Parker in one of the episodes of American TV show, Sex and the City. "I found this beautiful dress [Kobe] gifted me a long time ago," Vanessa wrote on Instagram along with the picture and Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw wearing the same dress."Not going to lie, I was taken back with emotion. He was SO romantic. Still showing me he [loves] me from Heaven. Love you forever boo-boo. #Bestofthebest." Earlier, Vanessa had revealed that Kobe bought her an outfit worn by actress Rachel McAdams in the movie, The Notebook. The five-time NBA champ died in a helicopter crash in January. The accident also claimed the life of his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates h..
                 

Joe Root's message for Ben Stokes as skipper: Do it your way

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Ben Stokes says he will captain England his own way in the first Test against the West Indies following advice from regular skipper Joe Root. Yorkshire batsman Root is missing the opening match of the bio-secure series starting on Wednesday—the first major international cricket fixture since March—to attend the birth of his second child. Vice-captain Stokes, who will lead the side in his absence, was asked by reporters on Tuesday what was the best advice he had received about his new role. "The best message that I have received was when I got my photos done yesterday [Monday] in the blazer," said the star all-rounder. "Rooty" just left a message on the hanger which said 'Do it your way'. Even though Root will not be with the squad at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton for the first Test in the three-match campaign, Stokes said he would not have any qualms about contacting his friend. "Just because Joe is not here doesn't mean I am not going to use him," said Stokes, who will be ..
                 

Anatomy of a run

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Endurance is a term broadly used to analyse an athlete's ability to perform a task over a long period of time, without tiring. While it is not a primary demand for a sprinter — for whom the bout of activity lasts a mere few seconds — one would still assume that the amount of endurance training given to a sprinter would be more than that given to an actor replicating one, for cinema. Imagine our surprise then when Melwyn Crasto, an athletic coach with the Central Railways since 25 years, tells us that he devotes more sessions of endurance training with Taapsee Pannu than he does with athletes. "An athlete is made to run a 100-metre race, and that's the end of it. But, an actor may only commence running when the director may cut the shot, complaining about an incorrect running form of either the actor, or another runner in the frame. This is something I learnt when training Farhan [Akhtar] for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Often, the actor is made to run repeatedly throughout the day. ..
                 

Amyra Dastur on Dilli: Shooting in Delhi helped ground our characters in reality

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No stranger to the OTT world, Amyra Dastur is awaiting the release of Dilli, which has her sharing screen space with Saif Ali Khan. "Unfortunately, in the first season, there isn't much interaction between our characters. But, I'm told our characters will steer in different directions in the second edition," says Dastur of the series that was initially titled Tandav. Touted as India's answer to House of Cards, the Ali Abbas Zafar-helmed political thriller is among the most awaited offerings of Amazon Prime Video. Dastur reveals she plays a Kashmiri girl who influences the proceedings in the capital. "My character has shades of grey and a dramatic arc. Shooting the political thriller in the heart of India's capital helped us ground our characters in reality." Saif Ali Khan in Dilli Having dabbled in films and digital projects, the actor admits that the long-format storytelling offers actors the advantage of character development. Dastur analyses, "In digital projects, actors are critiqu..
                 

Navi Mumbai, Panvel under full lockdown: Except milk, medicines get supplies delivered home

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All of Navi Mumbai and Panvel have been put under a complete lockdown until June 13 by their corporations as residents continue to take the COVID-19 pandemic lightly. Starting midnight of July 7, people are not being allowed to leave their homes even to buy essentials or to go to grocery shops. Except for dairies and milk providers, pharmacists and flour mills, all other shops and departmental stores have been told to home deliver supplies. Since the lifting of lockdown restrictions, the two cities have seen cases increasing, especially during the past five days, during which Navi Mumbai reported 964 cases and Panvel recorded 705. A lockdown was enforced on July 3, but was made even stricter July 6 onwards. Navi Mumbai and Panvel have seen a spike in cases since the easing of lockdown "Despite there being a lockdown, we were witnessing huge crowds at groceries and departmental stores. It did not reduce in vegetable markets either. The purpose of the lockdown was to restrict movement to..
                 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Taapsee Pannu is back to work!

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After almost three months of lockdown, actress Taapsee Pannu is back in action. On Tuesday, the actress took to Instagram Stories and gave a glimpse of her make-up vanity room, sharing that she has started shooting amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "Let's do this. #BackToWork," Taapsee captioned the image. Have a look right here: While a lot of television artistes have returned to work, Taapsee is one of the fist Bollywood stars to resume shooting. A few days ago, actresses TV stars Anita Hassanandani and Nia Sharma were spotted shooting for the finale of Naagin 4. Many film production houses have announced that shooting will resume over the upcoming months. The Akshay Kumar-starrer Bellbottom will go on floors in August. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news..
                 

A user asks Iulia Vantur to choose between Salman, Arbaaz, and Sohail Khan, this is what she replies!

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Chat sessions with fans on Instagram are a treat for them as they get a fantastic opportunity to interact with their favourite stars. And the latest celebrity to do that was the Romanian singer Iulia Vantur. One of the users on Instagram asked her to choose between the three Khan brothers- Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, and Sohail Khan. It was indeed a tough question and look what she replied to that user: Iulia sang the song Selfish in Salman Khan's Race 3 in 2018. Coming to Salman Khan, he's now gearing up for his next action-packed drama, Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, which also stars Randeep Hooda, Jackie Shroff, and Disha Patani. The film was slated to release this year on EID but now has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Superstar has been on a roll since the last decade at the box-office. His successful streak started with Dabangg in 2010 and then he delivered one blockbuster after another in the form of Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2, Kick, Bajrangi Bha..