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5 scenes from Bollywood that are problematic

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The issue of gender inequality might sound redundant and has tended to become bleak over time, but it is something we have been fed since childhood and continues to be exigent even in 2022. The problem starts with the gifting of kitchen utensil toys to the girl child, symbolising her belongingness to the household chores and, on the other hand, limiting the role of boys in the kitchen, making it a gender role. 
This might sound trivial, but this is exactly how conditioning begins.

Bollywood undoubtedly has a considerable role to play in our lives, and it swoops in certain demeaning ideas coated with goodness, normalising women’s objectification. Here is a list of five movie scenes from Bollywood that are quite problematic. 

Wanted (2009) 


A movie starring Salmaan Khan and Aysha Takia, released in 2009, has wonderfully slipped in the idea of women being obsessed with money. In an attempt to maintain the tough guy image, the lead actor, played by Salmaan Khan, says, “Larki ke piche bhagega, Larki Paisa leke bhagegi; Paise k piche bhagega, Larki tere piche Bhagegi.” The dialogue summarises how all the women are merely obsessed with wealth and shouldn’t be prioritized. 


Tere Naam (2003)


A movie, or precisely a compilation of scenes harassing women, is beautifully romanticized. “Tere Naam”, starring Salman Khan and Bhumika Chawla, released in 2003, has a number of scenes portrayed romantically which are constitutionally inadmissible in reality. Nirjara (Bhumika Chawla) rejects Radhe (Salmaan Khan) after being proposed to for marriage and ends up getting kidnapped by him as he couldn’t handle the rejection. Nirjara finally accepts the proposal, and a love song concludes the kidnapping scene. This criminal activity has been normalized in the movie and has painted a positive heroic image of Radhe.


 Raanjhanaa (2013)


The movie, released in 2013, starring Dhanuss and Sonam Kapoor, has redefined love and, in no time, became the epitome of Bollywood romance. Apart from vilifying Zoya (Sonam), did you notice Kundan’s toxicity? Seeing through the gender lens, Kundan stalks school-going Zoya every day in order to convert her “no” into “yes” and also ends up slitting his nerves, finally blackmailing her to agree. It has always been about certifying criminal offences as love. 


 Main hoon Na (2004)


A movie with multiple star casts revolves around transforming a girl into a hyper-feminine lady in order to win a man’s heart. Sanju (Amrita Rao) is advised by Ram to get “fixed” if she wants to be with Lucky (Zaid Khan). This shallow approach to love, driven by outward appearance, is what Bollywood has been teaching us. 


 

Ye Jawani Hai Dewani (2013)


When Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) tells Naina (Deepika Padukone), “Tumhare Jaisi Larki flirting k liye nahi Ishq k liye bani hai,” and at the same time flirts with Lara, he sets standards for women and decides which one is meant for a serious relationship. So what exactly is the type meant for not-so-serious relationships? Lara with short dresses?

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After Queen’s demise, here’s what royal family’s new portrait looks like

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After Queen’s demise, here’s what royal family’s new portrait looks like

The new family portrait of Britain’s Royal Family has been unveiled. Buckingham Palace has shared the new photo of King Charles III with Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
According to Page Six, the photo was clicked the night before the Queen’s funeral. The photo was posted on social media through the royal family’s official account and was clicked by photographer Chris Jackson.
In the photo, Kate Middleton is seen wearing a long-sleeved black dress along with black tights and pumps. Prince William, on the other hand, opted for a classic suit.
Camilla Parker Bowles wore a black embroidered dress, while King Charles III also wore a classic suit like his son.
According to Page Six, the photo was taken at the pre-funeral reception that Buckingham Palace hosted a day prior to the funeral of the Queen, where many world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, were also present.
Many people noticed the absence of Harry and Meghan from the family portrait on social media.
Britain’s longest-serving monarch died hours after the palace said that the Queen was under medical supervision at Balmoral after the doctors expressed their concern over her health.
Her death was followed by 10 days of official mourning and a grand procession of events that were followed around the world, culminating in her state funeral in London and burial at Windsor.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was lowered into the Royal Vault at Windsor Castle in London after the committal service.

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‘With Grateful Recognition’: How an Indian American bagged Lifetime Achievement award in U.S.

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‘With Grateful Recognition’: How an Indian American bagged Lifetime Achievement award in U.S.

Vivek Lall, an Indian-origin General Atomics Global Corporation chief executive, is honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by US President Joe Biden with a citation of ‘With Grateful Recognition’.
The citation was given to Lall, who has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas, by AmeriCorps and the Office of the President. It was also personally signed by the President of the United States, as per the official statement.
AmeriCorps is a part of the US government. The organisation aims to foster activities that bring Americans closer together to “serve communities.”
Lall, an industry leader and scientific community titan, works as Chief Executive at General Atomics. The company is a global leader in the specialised fields of nuclear technology and has developed state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) like the Predator, Reaper and Guardian drones.
Lall, the son of an Indian diplomat, was one of the handful of individuals with Indian origins to have been invited to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this past year during his Washington visit.
Notably, prior to his leadership position at General Atomics, Lall worked for organisations such as NASA, Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin; his experience and accolades have been regarded as unparalleled by many in the scientific community and long-term industry observers alike.
He is serving as a US Technical Team Member for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Science and Technology (STO) with the Pentagon.
He was appointed in a critical advisory role to the US Cabinet Secretary, heading the Department of Transportation, encompassing entities like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in 2018. 

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No digital twin for Bruce Willis

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No digital twin for Bruce Willis

Hollywood star Bruce Willis has denied selling the rights of his face to an AI company to create his ‘digital twin’.
According to Deadline, it was widely reported last week that the actor sold the rights to his face to a Russian deepfake company called Deepcake.
This would have allowed them to create a ‘digital twin’ for the actor, who retired in March following his diagnosis of aphasia, a condition affecting a person’s speech.
According to Deadline, Willis’ spokesperson denied any kind of partnership or agreement with the company this weekend. Deepcake confirmed this to a British news outlet.
Deepfake companies use artificial intelligence to create realistic simulations of famous figures.
A deepfake of Willis appeared in an advert for a Russian telecoms company last year.
Deepcake claims to have worked with the actor on the AI for the ad and used a glowing recommendation from him on their website, but Willis’s people did not confirm this, as per Deadline.
This comes after ‘Star Wars’ veteran James Earl Jones handed over the rights of his unique Darth Vader tones to another AI company, Respeecher, indicating that he was retiring from the role, and passing the baton through use of technology.

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Meet 10-year-old influencer from Kashmir who is taking internet by storm

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Meet 10-year-old influencer from Kashmir who is taking internet by storm

A ten-year-old girl from Kashmir’s Sopore has taken the internet by storm with her social media videos.
Known as the youngest social media influencer from the Kashmir Valley, Aqsa Masrat has enthralled hundreds of thousands of people who watch her videos regularly.
The young girl posts videos not just about the scenic beauty of her home state but also about a handful of societal concerns.
A student of Shah Rasool Memorial Welkin Sopore, Aqsa was just six years old when she made her first video. Her first video was about ‘Chillai Kallan”-the harshest forty-day-long spell of winter in Kashmir.
Speaking about the video, Aqsa said, “I wanted kids my age to enjoy it and be able to connect it to a real-life event, so I decided to produce a video about Chillai Kallan. It was my first random video that saw an unexpected response from the public. I was encouraged to make more such videos.”
The young talent has made 50 videos so far and has received immense support and love from the viewers along her journey.
As mentioned above, Aqsa not only records videos about everyday problems but also uses her social media to draw attention to problems in her community. She has also created videos that demonstrate how crops are grown and harvested.
“I got views in lakhs on my videos like Sopore Fruit Mandi, Paddy harvesting, Kangri. In fact, I got one million plus views on one of my videos ‘Mere Mamu ki Shaadi’. People are showering praises for my videos,” Aqsa said.
The budding influencer is currently studying for her 5th standard and while many love her work, she did face some problems from the people around her. Recalling how her family helped her on her journey, Aqsa said, “There are many people around me who have inspired me for my amelioration but when it comes to making videos, I got inspiration from my uncle (maamu), who is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist.”
She has over 58 thousand followers on her Facebook page, ‘What Aqsa Says’ and in the future, she aspires to be an IAS officer.  

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Girls in Kashmir find passion in Hockey

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Hockey is becoming the new attraction for Kashmiri girls with its rising popularity. The girls are becoming passionate about the sport, and it is also leading to the empowerment of women in the valley.
Sports provide the girls with an opportunity to showcase their talent and make a bright future.
The girls are showing a keen interest in participating in all types of sports.
The Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council and Kashmir Hockey Association are organising a number of hockey tournaments in the valley, and the girls are also participating in them with full spirits.
The girls in the valley are showing great performances in all types of games, including water sports, basketball, martial arts, football, rugby, and hockey as well.
As a result of this, the government too is trying to provide them with all types of facilities and is organising a series of tournaments.
The Organiser and President of Kashmir Hockey Academy said that games are being organised at night so that the youth stay away from drugs and remain busy playing sports, which will be beneficial for them.
“We are preparing for the games at night. Our main aim is to keep the youth engaged. Night is the time when people go towards drugs. That’s why we have laid focus on keeping games at night. ” he said,
He further added, “:We hope that the National Sports of the country will bring the youth back from drugs. Turfs are being laid for the hockey games, and preparations are being made for other games too. We will soon inaugurate the night facility for cricket matches.”

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Bella Hadid gets dress spray-painted on her body live on runway

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Model Bella Hadid recently stunned everyone at the Coperni Show in Paris. As captured by New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman and many others on social media, the model, 25, appeared on the runway in nothing but a pair of underwear and heels, covering her breasts while a team of three men sprayed a dress on her body, Page Six reported.
The dress was made of Fabrican, a spray-on material that hardens into a wearable textile. The techs sprayed the fabric over her body in the shape of a dress, and, after some careful adjusting, she walked down the runway in the stunning outfit.
Coperni is known for their daring styles—the brand went viral in April for their purse made of hand-blown glass, carried by Kylie Jenner and Doja Cat.
Bella’s appearance on the fashion show has garnered everyone’s attention.
Reacting to it, a social media user commented, “Bella Hadid is closing Coperni SS23, wearing a spray-on dress created live on the runway. Iconic!”
Another one wrote, “Fashion history. Iconic. Pure art. Breathtaking. Bella Hadid closing coperni ss23 in a dress that was sprayed onto her during the show.”
Bella has been wowing all over the catwalk this month, hitting the runway earlier in the day for Victoria Beckham and walking in the Isabel Marant fashion show with sister Gigi Hadid on Thursday. She also appeared in London earlier this week for Burberry, and Milan and New York City before that.  

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