MUMBAI: Rumana Molla who was recently seen in ‘Virgin Bhanupriya’, co-starring Urvashi Rautela and Gautam Gulati, is gearing up for her upcoming web-series ‘Dev DD 2’. The ‘Pyaar ka Panchnama 2’ actress spoke to The Daily Guardian and shared her experience of ‘Dev DD 2’ shoot and relating to her character Radha. Rumana says, “The process has been long and hectic. I was surprised to see how much has been put into this show and the scale of it. I was really happy to see that all precautions were taken to ensure that everyone is safe.” She is reprising the role of Radha. Talking about it Rumana says, “Radha is an independent, spirited and feisty girl who has no qualms about her and this season revolves around her relationship with Chandni.” When asked about how much she relates to her character, she answers, “I can relate to Radha quite a lot. Radha is all heart and is always there for the people she loves. Radha would drop everything in a heartbeat for her loved ones. She’s also independent and open-minded.” So what was more exciting for her, playing Radha in ‘Dev DD 2’ or Ruchi in ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’? She replies, “It’s really hard to compare Radha and Ruchi as Ruchi was short-lived. I understand and relate to Radha better as I got to play her longer.” After giving an enthralling performance in ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’, Rumana will surely leave a mark with her screen presence in ‘Dev DD 2’ . On the work front, she has some exciting projects in her kitty and will be seen portraying one of the leads in Akhilesh Jaiswal’s directorial ‘How to Kill your Husband’, co-starring Aahana Kumra and Vikram Kochhar.
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Alia Bhatt’s ‘sunshine Sunday’ is all about cats
New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): Blinking like a ray of sunshine, Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt treated her fans with scintillating posts on Sunday.
The ‘Student of the year’ actor who is known for her love for cats took to her social media accounts, both Instagram and Twitter to share a sneak peek into her last day of the week.
On Instagram, Alia shared a mesmerizing picture of herself where she is seen basking in the sun. The captivating click captures the actor posing candidly for the lens as she lies down resting on a chair while flashing her radiant smile. She is seen sporting loose yellow and white patterned deep-neck top which showcases her sizzling beauty bone.
In the snap that garnered more than eight lakh likes within a few hours of being posted, one can also spot a small black cat emoticon popping on her head. Taking to the caption, she wrote, “sunshine”
The ‘Raazi’ actor posted another delightful picture on Twitter which sees her snuggling with her pet cat Edward. Alongside, the picture she expressed her love for her furry friend by writing, “Eternal”, in the caption.
In this snap too, one can see a small white coloured cat tattoo peeping out from one of her top’s sleeves.
Meanwhile, on the work front, the chirpy queen of Bollywood is basking in the praises after the teaser release of her much-anticipated movie ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’. Through the enthralling video, viewers are introduced to the character of Alia as ‘Gangu’ the boss woman.
She looks promising and it’s safe to say that her fans are in for a visual treat. Based on the book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’ written by S Hussain Zaidi, the film showcases the rise of a girl named Gangubai Kothewali, a brothel owner and matriarch from Kathiawad who had no choice but to embrace the ways of destiny and swing it in her favour.
The makers have announced the theatrical release date of the film on July 30 this year.
The film marks Bhansali’s first collaboration with Alia. This project will also see Bhansali Productions collaborating with Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited.
Besides this, Alia Bhatt 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. She also has SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘RRR’ in the pipeline. (ANI)
Riteish Deshmukh shares quirky weekend special video in swimming pool featuring ‘Main Hoon Don’
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 28 (ANI): Channelling his weekend mood by chilling in a swimming pool, Bollywood star Riteish Deshmukh on Sunday treated fans to a video as he enjoyed his fans to a quirky video featuring ‘Main Hoon Don’ song from the 2006 Shah Rukh Khan starrer film ‘Don.’
The ‘Baaghi 3’ star hopped on to Instagram and shared a video as he spent his weekend floating on an inflatable balloon.
The video starts from a wide-angle shot, which sees Deshmukh resting on the comfy balloon with his hands under his head. Sporting a purple printed T-shirt and shorts the actor chilled in the large swimming pool as the lyrics ‘Zara Dekho Kaun Aa Gaya Hai’ start playing.
The actor seems to cherish his time in the pool as he starts to wave his hands and gives a thumbs up towards the end of the video. Taking to the caption, the ‘Ek Villain’ star wrote, “Sunday Chill by the Pool !!!! With @redrajiv – Shot by our dear friend @redapu the architect & the owner of this gorgeous house – #airavatdiaries.”
Celebrity followers including Bobby Deol and more than 1.1 million fans liked the post while many chimed into the comments leaving loads of red heart emoticon as they enjoyed the video.
Of late, the actor has been quite active on social media and keeps on updating fans on his activities by posting light-hearted posts.
Earlier, Riteish and his wife Genelia Deshmukh commemorated the birthday of their pet dog Flash and shared glimpses from the birthday party by jumping on the ‘Pawri’ bandwagon. (ANI)
Kartik Aaryan receives warm welcome in Manali, gets mobbed by fans
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 28 (ANI): As Bollywood’s heartthrob Kartik Aaryan resumed his shoot for ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ in Manali, the heartthrob received an unexpected surprise from his fans cum well-wishers in the land of hills.
When the news of the ‘Love Aaj Kal’ star’s shooting in Manali came out, a group of local natives came to the shooting location to bless and honour their favourite star.
Just prior to the commencement of the shoot, the natives flocked with the ‘Pahadi’ cap and shawl to honour the ‘Luka Chuppi’ star.
They also conducted a small pooja on the sets to mark the auspicious beginning of the shoot and blessed Aaryan for the success of his films and career.
An utterly blissful sight to witness the fans pour their heart out for their favourite actor in such an overwhelming manner. Kartik clicked pictures with the natives and thanked them for their heart-warming gesture.
Known to have a huge fan following across the country, we have seen Kartik being mobbed at different locations of his shoots and promotions. Having a high impact on his fans Kartik always enjoys their support and tries to give it back either through sweet gestures or through social media sneak peeks into his life.
Earlier, to update his fans about his new hairdo, the star had the most quirky way to reveal — as he posted a video on Instagram where is seen amidst the snow and the famous ‘Game of Thrones’ music playing in the background. And then in the most dramatic way, he revealed his hairdo which is his OG hairstyle that has always created a rage among boys.
On the work front, Kartik Aaryan has got scores of projects lined up for the year. Foraying into different genres Kartik will be seen in films like ‘Dhamaka’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’, ‘Dostana 2’ through the year (ANI)
Russo Brothers reveal they ‘fought’ with Sony to cast Tom Holland as Spider-Man
Washington [US], February 28 (ANI): Film directors Anthony and Joe Russo recently revealed that it was not a smooth-sailing journey for actor Tom Holland to land the lead role in the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise.
As per Entertainment Weekly, the directors shared that they had to fight with Sony, which owns the film rights to Spider-Man, to cast Holland as Peter Parker (Spider-Man). While the directors and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige were very enthusiastic about Holland, the studio was more resistant to the choice.
“We talked with Feige at Marvel about Holland and he got excited and then we went to Sony, ” Joe said in an interview with British GQ, as per Entertainment Weekly.
Joe added, “And they were like, ‘Let’s think about it for a minute.’ We could tell we were meeting resistance from Sony. So we brought Holland back, brought him back, brought him back, and we were relentless in our pursuit of jamming him down the throat of the studio who owns this IP. It came down to a fight, yet Sony just kept dragging their feet.”
Joe further said that Sony was hesitant to give them control of ‘Spider-Man’ franchise, and “nervous about handing off something that could ultimately cost them hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars down the line.”
“Sony’s reservations were: ‘Are we loaning it? Or are we giving it to them to help us reinvent it in a way that adds value for us?'” he continued.
The studio was also apparently skeptical about casting such a young actor as the web-slinging hero as Holland was just 19 when he nabbed the role.
“It was the first time Spider-Man had ever been cast as an actual teenager, right, which was very important to us; there was a distinct nervousness of casting a kid,” Anthony said.
As Joe recalled, it was Holland’s screen test with Robert Downey Jr., which is already something of a legend, that finally won him the role.
Holland told EW in 2015, “Robert took me aside and said, ‘Listen, I remember my screen test for Iron Man. I remember how terrified I was. Just think of it as an audition. It’s nothing too scary. If you get it wrong, we’ll just start again. No pressure.’ But that kind of raised the pressure a little bit for me. But he was great and super supportive, and because he said he’d been there and had been in the same situation, it made me relax a little bit.”
Holland, who is currently gearing up for the third MCU Spider-Man film titled ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, also reunited with the Russo Brothers for their new drama ‘Cherry’, currently playing in theatres and coming to Apple TV+ on March 12.
Holland recently told EW, “I was worried about it: How are these guys going to go from making the biggest movie of all time to a small film like this? But I look back on it, and it’s been my favorite movie that I’ve ever worked on.”
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is set to pick up after Peter Parker’s (Holland) identity was exposed in ‘Far From Home’. With film series mainstays Zendaya reprising her role as Michelle and Marisa Tomei returning as Aunt May, Benedict Cumberbatch is set to appear as Doctor Strange in the movie.
Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina will also be stepping back into their roles from the past Spider-Man franchises as Electro and Doctor Octopus. Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers have written the script for the forthcoming Marvel film.
Filmmaker Jon Watts has helmed the upcoming movie after directing ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ (2017) and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019), which earned more than USD 1.1 billion globally, making it the highest-grossing ‘Spider-Man’ movie of all time. (ANI)
Will ‘never walk away’ from royal family, says Prince Harry
Washington [US], February 28 (ANI): Prince Harry recently opened up about his decision of stepping back from the royal role and starting a new life with his wife Meghan Markle.
As per People magazine, the Duke of Sussex in a recent appearance on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’, candidly spoke about some of the reasons which made him and Meghan move to California.
Airing just a few days after it was announced that the couple officially would not return as working royals, the prince made it clear that he “will never walk away” from his family or waver in his dedication to helping others.
“It was never walking away, it was stepping back rather than stepping down,” he told Corden as the pair did a tour in a bus around Los Angeles.
“It was a really difficult environment as I think a lot of people saw. We all know what the British press can be like. It was destroying my mental health,” Harry added.
“This is toxic, so I did what any husband and what any father would do which is ‘I need to get my family out of here,’ but we never walked away,” he further stated.
Harry also appeared to once again push back against Queen Elizabeth’s statement last Friday that he and Meghan were “stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.”
He told Corden, a longtime friend who attended the couple’s royal wedding in 2018, that he plans to continue to be the same man he was when he was working in a royal capacity.
“Whatever decisions are made on that side I will never walk away. I will always be contributing. My life is public service so wherever I am in the world it is going to be the same thing,” Harry said in reference to the royal family.
Last Friday, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Harry and Meghan will not be returning as working royals. The announcement came just over a year after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex first shared their plans to step down, which came with a one-year review period.
The Duke of Sussex also lost his honorary military appointments, which will subsequently be redistributed “among working members of The Royal Family.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed the news in a statement, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.”
“Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” the statement continued.
In their own statement confirming the news, Harry and Meghan’s office said that the duo “remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role.”
“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal,” the statement read.
In early 2020, Meghan and Harry had announced that they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. They live in Santa Barbara, California, and are expecting their second child.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will speak to American talk show host Oprah Winfrey in a wide-ranging interview which is set to broadcast on CBS next month. The interview was announced just a day after the couple revealed Meghan’s second pregnancy.
Apart from the upcoming interview, the pair struck a major multi-year deal with Netflix in September that will see them developing documentaries, feature films, scripted television shows, and children’s series.
They also recently launched a podcast on Spotify under their Archwell Audio production company, with the goal of building “community through shared experience, narratives, and values.”
Harry and Meghan, who tied the knot in 2018, welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison, in May 2019. (ANI)
Hesitation while replying leads to decreased perceived sincerity
Washington [US], February 28 (ANI): The findings of a recent study conducted by the American Psychological Association suggested that while communicating, the longer the hesitation, the less sincere the response appears.
The study claimed that when people pause before replying to a question, even for just a few seconds, their answers are perceived to be less sincere and credible than if they had replied immediately.
The research was published in ‘Journal of Personality and Social Psychology’.
“Evaluating other people’s sincerity is a ubiquitous and important part of social interactions,” said lead author Ignazio Ziano, PhD, of Grenoble Ecole de Management.
“Our research shows that response speed is an important cue on which people base their sincerity inferences,” added Dr Ziano.
Researchers conducted a series of experiments involving more than 7,500 individuals from the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. Participants either listened to an audio snippet, viewed a video, or read an account of a person responding to a simple question (example: did they like a cake a friend made or had they stolen money from work).
In each scenario, the response time varied from immediate to a 10-second delay. Participants then rated the sincerity of the response on a sliding scale.
Across all 14 experiments, participants consistently rated delayed responses as less sincere regardless of the question, whether it was a harmless one about cake or a more serious one about committing a crime.
A few conditions reduced this effect, the researchers found. For example, if the answer was considered socially undesirable, such as saying, “No, I don’t like it” when a friend asks if you like their cake, response speed did not seem to matter much; the answer was considered sincere whether it was fast or slow.
The researchers also found that if people thought a slower response was due to mental effort (for instance, having to think back if you had stolen candy 10 years ago), response speed had a smaller effect.
The findings have wide implications, according to Dr Ziano. “Whenever people are interacting, they are judging each other’s sincerity. These results can be applied to a wide range of interactions, going from workplace chit-chat to couples and friends bickering,” he said.
“Further, in job interviews and in court hearings and trials, people are often tasked with judgments of sincerity. Here, too, response speed could play a part.”
“Our results suggest that in this situation, the hiring manager is more likely to believe Ann than Barb, and therefore more likely to hire Ann,” said Dr Ziano. “In general, whenever there is a response that requires an answer, such as in a job interview, delayed responses can be perceived as less sincere.”
Another area where response time may be important is jury reactions to testimony in court.
“It would be unfair for the responder, such as a crime suspect, if the response delay was misattributed to thought suppression or answer fabrication when it was in fact caused by a different factor, such as simply being distracted or thoughtful,” said Dr Ziano.
The final experiment found that explicitly instructing participants to ignore delayed response reduced, but did not completely remove, the effect of delayed response on the judgment of sincerity or guilt.
“Nevertheless, our research shows that, on the whole, a fast response seems to be perceived as more sincere, while a response that is delayed for even a couple of seconds may be considered a slow lie,” said Dr Ziano. (ANI)
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