New Delhi [India], February 9 (ANI): Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt, who is currently on a holiday with her friends Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, Anushka Ranjan, and sister Shaheen Bhatt, shared a group selfie on Tuesday from her vacation in the Maldives.
The ‘Raazi’ actor took to Instagram and shared a group picture from her vacation in the Maldives. She summed up her holiday mood with the caption, “Heal, learn, grow, love.”
In the picture, Alia can be seen looking pretty as ever in a pink bikini as she poses for a happy picture along with her besties Akansha Ranjan Kapoor and Anushka Ranjan.
The post from the 27-year-old actor received more than 9 lakh likes within a span of 3 hours.
Meanwhile, Alia’s sister Shaheen also took to her social media handle to share yet another glimpse, where she can be seen living it up in the island nation with the ‘Kalank’ actor. She shared a happy picture with her sister as they pose together with the crystal blue waters of the Maldives in the backdrop.
Ditching long quotes, Shaheen captioned the picture with emoticons to let the picture do all the talking. In the selfie, Alia can be seen donning a white shirt while flashing her adorable smile with her sister who happily captured the moment.
On the work front, Alia will be next seen in Ayan Mukherji’s directorial ‘Brahmastra’, alongside her beau Ranbir Kapoor and megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Produced under Karan Johar’s banner of Dharma Productions, the superhero movie will also feature Nagarjuna and Dimple Kapadia in pivotal roles.
Apart from ‘Brahmastra’, Alia also has Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period film ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ and SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘RRR’ in the pipeline. (ANI)
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Gender assumptions have harmful impact on climate adaption and resilience
Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): The findings of a recent study suggests that outdated assumptions regarding gender continue to hinder effective and fair policymaking, along with the action for climate mitigation and adaptation.
Lead author of a new study, Dr Jacqueline Lau from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University (Coral CoE at JCU) and WorldFish, said gender–alongside other identities like race, class, and age–has a powerful influence on people’s experience of, and resilience to, climate change.
She said the four most common and interlinked assumptions found are: women are innately caring and connected to the environment; women are a homogenous and vulnerable group; gender equality is a women’s issue and; gender equality is a numbers game.
“Although there is a global mandate to work towards gender equality in climate change mitigation and adaptation, efforts are hindered by a set of assumptions about gender, long critiqued in development studies,” Dr Lau said.
The study draws on post-2014 gender and climate change literature, to give an overview of how the gender assumptions manifest across recent work in adaptation, mitigation, and broader climate change policy, practice, and research.
The review of the literature takes a closer look at how these assumptions narrowly diagnose the causes of gender inequality.
“As a result, we see too many strategies that have unintended–and even counterproductive–consequences,” said Dr Pip Cohen, from WorldFish.
“For instance, strategies that target women only may overburden them, cause a backlash, or obscure the vulnerabilities of other groups.”
The study offers lessons for a more informed pursuit of gender equality in climate change research, policy, and practice.
The authors said progressing gender equality means breaking down stereotypes and prejudices about gender–creating environments to enable all people to exercise their agency to cope, change and adapt.
Dr Lau said she was surprised to find so many examples of gender assumptions in climate change practice. She explained that a first step in disrupting these assumptions is to lay them bare and explain why development research has found them to be problematic.
“The social and cultural expectations about what it is to be a woman or a man in any given society will shape people’s wellbeing,” Dr Lau said.
She said alongside efforts to dismantle broader barriers to gender equality, better and more coordinated efforts are needed from practitioners and researchers to disrupt and counteract unhelpful assumptions.
“Pursuing gender equality in climate change policy and practice is critical, and decades of experience in development offer lessons for how to do it well,” Dr Lau said.
“Ultimately, we want to see equitable opportunities for all people to realize their full potential. Where no one is left behind.” (ANI)
Higher income predicts feelings such as pride and confidence, says study
Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): Individuals with higher wages will, in general, feel prouder, more sure, confident and less apprehensive than individuals with lower wages, yet not necessarily more compassionate, caring or cherishing, as indicated by research distributed by the American Psychological Association.
In a study of data from 162 countries, researchers found consistent evidence that higher income predicts whether people feel more positive “self-regard emotions,” including confidence, pride and determination.
Lower-income had the opposite effect, and predicted negative self-regard emotions, such as sadness, fear and shame. The research was published online in the journal Emotion.
The findings were similar in both high-income countries and developing countries, said lead researcher Eddie M.W. Tong, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at the National University of Singapore.
“The effects of income on our emotional well-being should not be underestimated,” he said. “Having more money can inspire confidence and determination while earning less is associated with gloom and anxiety.”
In what they called the most comprehensive analyses to date, the researchers conducted an independent analysis and a meta-analysis of five previous studies that included a survey of more than 1.6 million people in 162 countries.
The analyses also included a category of emotions people feel about others, such as love, anger or compassion. Unlike self-regard emotions, the studies didn’t find a consistent link between income level and how people feel about others.
“Having more money doesn’t necessarily make a person more compassionate and grateful, and greater wealth may not contribute to building a more caring and tolerant society,” Tong said.
The findings from the study are correlational, so the study can’t prove if higher-income causes these emotions or if there is just a link between them.
Levels of income also may have long-term effects. In an analysis of a longitudinal survey including more than 4,000 participants in the United States, the researchers found that higher income predicted higher levels of self-regard emotions about 10 years after the initial survey of participants, while low income predicted greater levels of negative self-regard emotions, such as fear and shame.
“Policies aimed at raising the income of the average person and boosting the economy may contribute to emotional well-being for individuals,” Tong said. “However, it may not necessarily contribute to emotional experiences that are important for communal harmony.” (ANI)
Apple TV Plus ‘Calls’ ropes in Pedro Pascal, Nick Jonas, Rosario Dawson
Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): The Apple TV Plus on Thursday announced the cast and premiere date of its upcoming American-French drama ‘Calls’ which will also feature Pedro Pascal, and Nick Jonas in pivotal roles.
According to Variety, the genre-bending auditory based on the French series of the same name will see actors including Nicholas Braun, Clancy Brown, Lily Collins, Rosario Dawson, Mark Duplass, Karen Gillan, Judy Greer, Laura Harrier, Paul Walter Hauser, Danny Huston, Nick Jonas, Riley Keough, Joey King, Stephen Lang, Jaeden Martell, Paola Nunez, Pedro Pascal, Edi Patterson, Aubrey Plaza, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Jennifer Tilly.
All the above-mentioned stars will lend their voices to the project, which will launch with all nine episodes streaming on March 19.
The forthcoming drama series is made with the thought of giving the audience a vivid TV experience that will utilize sound joined with minimal conceptual visuals to recount nine individual diminutive structure stories through nine calls, Variety reported.
Helmed by ‘Evil Dead’ fame filmmaker Fede Alvarez, the show will follow a dark and dynamic mystery that unfolds through a series of seemingly average and at times unconnected phone calls. As time goes on in the episodes, characters begin to experience intense and unsettling events.
‘Calls’ is an American-French drama series based on the French series of the same name created by Timothee Hochet. The series was created by Hochet and is a co-production between Apple TV plus and French network Canal plus. It will premiere on March 19, 2021, on Apple TV plus. (ANI)
‘I am greedy as an actor’, says ‘Delhi Crime’ fame Shefali Shah on portraying different roles
New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): The powerhouse performer Shefali Shah, who is basking in the praises after her blockbuster hit ‘Delhi Crimes’ shares that she is excited to take on different kinds of roles as an actor.
Having other big projects like Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Darlings’, ‘Delhi Crime 2’ and Vipul Shah’s ‘Human’ lined up in her kitty, Shefali Shah shares her take on choosing different roles for her career as an actor.
Expressing her high excitement she shared, “Super super excited and thrilled for all the work I’m doing this year. It’s the kind of work I’ve waited for so long. Humans, darlings, Delhi Crime 2…. and some more…. all being fantastic scripts and roles and incredible makers and talent to work with. It’s a feast !!!”
The actress further shared, “I don’t want to limit myself by asking or wishing for certain kind of roles. I’m greedy as an actor. And any role that excites me, hits me hard in my gut, surprises and challenges me. Whether it’s an alien, Juliet or sofa.”
Her Richie Mehta directorial blockbuster crime drama series ‘Delhi Crime’ bagged ‘International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series’ at the 48th International Emmy Awards making it a roaring hit as it released in 2019.
Meanwhile, on her work canvas, next is, ‘Darlings’ where she will be sharing screen space with Alia Bhatt and Vijay Varma, Vipul Shah’s ‘Human’ and Netflix’s ‘Delhi Crime 2’, the second part ‘Delhi Crime’. (ANI)
Ayushmann Khurrana pens thoughtful poem on ‘World Book Day’
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 4 (ANI): On the occasion of World Book Day, Bollywood powerhouse Ayushmann Khurrana channelled his inner poetic skills by penning down words of wisdom with a throwback picture from the sets of ‘Andhadhun’.
With World Book Day is being observed on Thursday, the 36-year-old star hopped on to Instagram to share a throwback picture of him reading a book.
Taking to the captions, he wrote, ” Is desh me sab kuch chori hota hai, par kitaabein chori nahi hoti. Kitaabein to hakk se maangi jaati hain, lauta den eke wade ke sath, jo kabhi pura nahi hota.- Ayushmann #WorldBookDay Circa July 2018 Krakow Poland (A day prior to the climax shoot of Andhadhun)”
Celebrity followers including Neena Gupta and more than 3 lakh followers liked the post within few hours of it being posted.
Besides his acting and dancing skills, Ayushmann is also known for his writing skills. He often posts self-written poetry and proses on social media.
Meanwhile, on the work front, the actor was last seen in Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Gulabo Sitabo’, alongside Amitabh Bachchan.
The actor will be seen in ‘Anek’, set to hit the big screens on September 17. It is being directed by Anubhav Sinha and marks the filmmaker’s second collaboration with Ayushmann after the critically-acclaimed 2019 film ‘Article 15’.
Apart from ‘Anek’, he will also be seen in ‘Doctor G’ and ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’. (ANI)
Cynthia Erivo, Joseph Gordon Levitt set to star in live-action ‘Pinocchio’ movie
Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): Hollywood stars Cynthia Erivo and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have been tapped to play Disney icons, the Blue Fairy and Jiminy Cricket in the feature project that is being directed by Robert Zemeckis.
According to Variety, the duo will be joining the other castmates, which include, Tom Hanks as Geppetto and Luke Evans as The Coachman. The project is going to be Disney’s live-action retelling of ‘Pinocchio’.
In addition, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, who previously starred in ‘Flora and Ulysses’, will voice Pinocchio, the puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy, with Keegan-Michael Key as the voice of Honest John and Lorraine Bracco as the voice of Sofia the Seagull, a new character.
Raiding the Disney archives and remaking animated classics as live-action productions have been commercially fruitful for the company. It has helped Disney in producing blockbuster re-imaginings of ‘Aladdin’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Cinderella’, and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
As per Variety, the film will be directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Chris Weitz. Production will begin this month in the UK and the film will debut on Disney Plus, the company’s own streaming service. Andrew Miano and Weitz are producing through their company Depth of Field along with Zemeckis’s Imagemovers. (ANI)
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