New Delhi [India], February 18 (ANI): Dairy brand Amul India on Thursday joined the trending ‘Pawri Hori Hai’ meme fest and shared their own version of the viral clip that has raked in millions of likes over social media.
Amul took to Twitter and shared its new cartoon featuring Pakistani influencer and content creator Dananeer Mobeen. Earlier last week, Mobeen went viral on social media after she posted a video in which she could be seen vacationing in a hilly location.
In her 15-second video, she could be heard saying, “Ye humari car hai aur yeh hum hai aur ye humari pawry ho rahi hai (this is our car, this is us, and this is our party).”
The doodle features Mobeen along with her two friends as they sip on tea while gorging on butter smeared bread slices, enjoying their breakfast ‘pawri’. The creative doodle also features a loaf of bread and a brick of butter with the trio binging on some ‘pav tea’.
Amul gave the ‘Pawri Hori Hai’ trend a quirky twist by naming the cartoon as “Yeh humari pav tea ho rahi hai.” and an additional text on it reading, “Amul always trending!”
“#Amul Topical: Video sparks social media trend!,” tweeted Amul with the cartoon.
Amul is known for its creative and quirky cartoon posters on films and actors. The brand never disappoints and usually comes up with topical doodles on film releases, celebrity weddings, and other significant events.
The viral video by Mobeen that took social media by storm, inspired music composer Yashraj Mukhate to make a new composition on the ‘pawri anthem’.
As soon as the new composition was posted on Mukhate’s Instagram account, users started to comment and there were the likes of Bollywood celebrities including Sidhant Chaturvedi, Archana Puran Singh, and Fatima Sana Shaikh, who gave their approval to this “pawri anthem”.
Several other users took to Twitter to approve of Mukhate’s new “pawri anthem” and memes started to flock in.
Dananeer creates content on a range of topics including the latest make-up and fashion trends. She also speaks on mental health issues plaguing the youth of Pakistan. While the footage has been recreated hundreds of times with #pawrihoraihai on Twitter, the video has over a million views on Dananeer’s official Instagram handle alone.
Meanwhile, Yashraj has earlier composed several iconic tracks like ‘Rasode mein kaun tha,’ ‘Biggini shoot’ and ‘Tuadda Kutta Tommy.’ (ANI)
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Wishes pour in as ‘Dhadak’ girl Janhvi Kapoor turns 24
New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): As the ‘Dhadak’ girl of Bollywood, actor Janhvi Kapoor ringed in her 24th birthday on Saturday, she received a plethora of warm wishes from the film industry on the occasion.
Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal took to his Instagram story and shared a picture with the birthday girl. The picture features both of them posing on a ramp for a fashion show.
Alongside the picture, he wrote, “Happy birthday @janhvikapoor! Wish you a year full of happiness and success. All the best for ‘Roohi’!!!”
Her sister Khushi Kapoor took to Instagram and posted an adorable birthday wish for Janhvi. The first picture being a collage of three snaps that showcases their sister bond, whereas the second post is a video clip in which toddler Janhvi is seen channeling her inner diva by grooving on some song.
Alongside the video, she wrote, “Happy birthday to my everything. I love you always.”
Celebrity designer Manish Malhotra who is one of the closest friends of Janhvi also extended his birthday wish for the star by an adorable post on Instagram. Manish posted a close-up picture of the star which showcases her look from ‘Panghat’ song of Janhvi’s upcoming movie ‘Roohi’.
With the beautiful picture, he wrote, “Dearest @janhvikapoor happy birthday .. lots and lots of love and stay this gorgeous always .. love this pic #janvikapoor #love”.
Not only this, but he also posted a selfie featuring him with Janhvi and her sister Khushi Kapoor on Instagram story and wished her a happy birthday using shining heart emoticons.
Her ‘Roohi’ co-star, Rajkummar Rao also shared a witty video on Instagram story to wish her on a special day. Starting the clip with one of his famous dialogues from the film, he is seen saying “Phul hai gobhi ka, sabzi mat samajhna.. birthday hai apka ache se manana.. Roohi ji happy birthday. Apka birthday hai khul ke manaana, kishto me nahi.Or haan kahi jaana mat, surprise hai apke liye!”
And the surprise, Rao mentioned came out to be the customized filter for their upcoming comedy thriller movie ‘Roohi’. Rao posed a picture in the third story that featured him with the filter on his face.
Earlier in the day, Bollywood star Alia Bhatt, filmmaker Anand L Rai star kid Shanaya Kapoor also celebrated Janhvi’s birthday by posting pictures on social media.
Janhvi Kapoor also shared a glimpse of her birthday cake from the sets of her upcoming movie ‘Good Luck Jerry’.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Janhvi will next be seen in ‘Roohi’, which is set to hit the big screens on March 11 this year. It also stars Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma in the lead roles.
The upcoming horror-comedy will become the first film to arrive in theatres after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting allowed cinema halls nationwide to operate at full capacity from February 1 with COVID-19 safety protocols put in place.
The film is based on the lines of the 2018 hit film ‘Stree’, which featured Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles. (ANI)
Study suggests regular exercise could prevent type 2 diabetes
Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): Exercising regularly is known to have many health benefits and now another advantage of regular physical activity has come to light.
According to a new study regular physical activity is a safe diabetes prevention strategy for people, especially those residing in relatively polluted regions. The findings of the study were published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).
The study, which is the first to investigate the combined effects of physical activity and pollution exposure on type 2 diabetes risk, was led by Dr Cui Guo and Professor Lao Xiang Qian, Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China, and Dr Hsiao Ting Yang, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands, and colleagues.
An increasing body of evidence has shown that air pollution is a novel risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes. Physical activity increases the inhalation of air pollutants, which may exacerbate the adverse health effects of air pollution. There is limited information on the combined associations of air pollution and habitual physical activity with the development of type 2 diabetes.
Thus, the risk-benefit relationship between air pollution and physical activity has become an important public concern as almost all (over 91 per cent) of the world’s population lives in a place where air quality does not meet the WHO guidelines. Health guidelines are urgently needed, especially in regions with significant air pollution, to inform people whether they can benefit from regular physical activity.
In this study, the authors investigated the combined associations of regular physical activity and chronic exposure to ambient particulate matter with a diameter less than 2.5 mm (so-called PM2.5 particles) with the incidence of type 2 diabetes in 156,314 adults who had undergone a total of 422,831 medical examinations in Taiwan, where the annual PM2.5 concentration is around 2.6 times higher than the WHO recommended limit.
Diabetes diagnoses were identified from medical examinations, while two-year mean PM2.5 exposure was estimated at each participant’s address using a satellite-based model. Information on physical activity and a wide range of other variables was collected using a standard self-administered questionnaire.
Compared with high physical activity, moderate (by 31 per cent) and inactive/low physical activity (by 56 per cent) were associated with a higher risk of diabetes. Participants with moderate (by 31 per cent) and high (by 94 per cent) PM2.5 had a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than the participants exposed to low PM2.5. The participants with high physical activity and low PM2.5 had a 64 per cent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those with inactive/low physical activity and high PM2.5.
The authors said, “We found that high levels of habitual physical activity combined with low levels of chronic PM2.5 exposure were associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, whereas low levels of habitual physical activity combined with high levels of chronic PM2.5 exposure were associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”
They further emphasized that “the benefits of habitual physical activity on type 2 diabetes remained stable in participants with different levels of PM2.5 exposure.” Additional analysis showed that the effect on diabetes risk seemed to be more pronounced for higher levels of pollution than it was for lower levels of physical activity.
Regarding potential mechanisms, the authors said the metabolic improvements caused by physical activity, that prevent the development of diabetes, have been extensively discussed. Pollution could exert its effect by causing system-wide inflammation, including in the lungs, blood vessels, and central nervous system.
A previous study also showed that pollutants inhaled during exercise are only a small fraction of those inhaled overall by a person, which could explain why the effect of physical activity on diabetes risk is similar even in different levels of pollution.
The authors concluded, “Our findings suggest that habitual physical activity is a safe strategy for diabetes prevention for people who reside in relatively polluted areas and should be promoted. Our study reinforces the importance of air pollution mitigation for diabetes prevention.” (ANI)
International Women’s Day 2021: Celebrate the spirit of womanhood with these Bollywood films
New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Despite various challenges posed by society, women have proved their mettle in every sphere across the world.
The seeds of International Women’s Day, which grew out of the labour movement to become an UN-recognised annual event, were planted all the way back in the year 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay, and their right to vote. A year later it was the Socialist Party of America who declared the first National Woman’s Day.
For decades the entertainment industry has also played its part in highlighting the gender-related issues that are usually swept under the carpet. Cinema at times, speaks the truth while depicting the reality of the society we live in and at times it takes us into a fantasy world.
Here is a list of movies that are not just a full-package of entertainment but will also leave you with an aftertaste of inspiration and some encouragement to believe in yourself.
1. English Vinglish
Helmed by Gauri Shinde, the movie was released in 2012 and starred late actor Sridevi in the lead role. The story of the film revolved around how an Indian housewife endures small slights from her well-educated daughter and husband because of her inability to speak English. Luck holds her when she travels abroad and joins an English learning class.
Starring Kangna Ranaut in the lead, the movie proves that a woman can do anything with or without a man. Kangana portrays the role of Rani, who is devastated after her fiance (played by Rajkummar Rao) leaves her just before the wedding. Undeterred, she decides to go on their honeymoon alone where she gets pulled out of her comfort zone and rediscovers herself.
The film makes everyone understand the meaning of “no means no”. Starring Taapsee Pannu, it is a female-centric movie, in which she plays Minal, who after being molested along with her friends tries to file an FIR against a politician’s nephew. When the subsequent case gets rigged, Deepak, a retired lawyer (Amitabh Bachchan), helps them to fight the case.
4. Shakuntla Devi
This is a biopic starring Vidhya Balan as famous Indian mathematician Shakuntla Devi. Gifted with an unhinged talent for mathematics, Shakuntala Devi travels all over the world. When people start recognising her talent, they soon dub her as a human-computer. Vidya has nailed the portrayal of the mathematician in the film, which released on Amazon Prime and opened to rave reviews from viewers and critics alike.
5. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
This Kangana Ranaut-starrer film is a biographical period drama in which she portrays Rani Laxmibai, the wife of the king of Jhansi, who refuses to bow down when the East India Company tries to annex the kingdom. Her rebellion soon turns into a fiery revolution against the British Raj.
Based on a true story, actor Sonam Kapoor plays the role of Neerja, who was a flight attendant, who boarded Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The film tells the story of Neerja and what happens when the flight is hijacked by terrorists. In the heart-touching biopic, Neerja risks her life to stall the terrorists from attacking the passengers on board.
Helmed by Anubhav Sinha and starring Taapsee Pannu and Pavail Gulati in lead, the film narrates the ordeal of women who face domestic violence. Amrita (Taapsee), who is a young woman, leading a content life with her husband, Vikram (Pavail). Her happiness is shattered when he slaps her at an office party causing her to file for a divorce.
So now that we have got you all covered, celebrate this International Women’s Day by watching these female-centric Bollywood films which perfectly showcase women’s strength, power, and courage. (ANI)
Billie Lourd to join George Clooney, Julia Roberts in ‘Ticket To Paradise’
Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): American actor Billie Lourd is in talks to star with Hollywood stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts in the upcoming movie ‘Ticket To Paradise’.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, the forthcoming romantic comedy will be directed by Ol Parker, who has previously helmed ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’.
Lourd is set to play a recent college graduate who travels with her best friend for a holiday in Bali. Meanwhile, Clooney and Roberts will play a divorced couple that also travels to Bali to stop their daughter from repeating an error they made 25 years earlier.
Lourd’s screen credits include ‘Booksmart’, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’, and the ‘American Horror Story’ TV series.
Parker and Daniel Pipski wrote the script for ‘Ticket to Paradise’, and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title will produce alongside Sarah Harvey and Deborah Balderstone.
Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce for their Smokehouse Pictures, alongside Red Om Films’ Roberts, Lisa Gillan, and Marisa Yeres Gill. (ANI)
Anurag Kashyap resumes ‘Dobaaraa’ shoot after IT raid, sends love to haters
New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap on Saturday shared a BTS picture from the sets of his upcoming movie ‘Dobaaraa’, restarting the shooting of the film after a raid was conducted at his property by the Income Tax Department on Wednesday.
The ‘Ugly’ director took to his social media handles and shared a BTS still with Taapsee Pannu from the sets of their outing ‘Dobaaraa’, announcing that they have resumed the movie’s shoot. He wrote, “And we restart #DoBaaraa… with all our love to all the haters…”
In the picture, Taapsee can be seen smiling candidly, looking stunning in her light-coloured saree, as Anurag playfully sits in her lap, with both of them posing for the camera.
‘Dobaaraa’ marks the duo’s third collaboration after 2018’s hit ‘Manmarziyaan’ and biographical drama ‘Saand Ki Aankh’, which had Anurag on board as a producer.
The movie will be produced by Cult Movies – a division under Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms, along with Sunir Kheterpal’s ATHENA and Gaurav Bose’s The Vermillion World Production.
This post from Anurag came hours after Taapsee ended her silence on social media regarding the IT raids, writing she was not ‘so sasti anymore’.
The actor and director resumed the shooting of their upcoming movie nearly three days after the Income Tax Department on March 3 began raiding entities connected to Taapsee and Anurag as well as his partners in the production house Phantom Films including film producer Vikas Bahl.
Raids were carried out across 30 locations in Mumbai and Pune. Reliance Entertainment group CEO Shibhasish Sarkar and some executives of celebrity and talent management companies KWAN and Exceed were also covered.
Phantom Films was established by Anurag Kashyap, director Vikramaditya Motwane, producer Madhu Mantena and the former head of UTV Spotboy, Vikas Bahl, in 2011 before being dissolved in 2018.
Several political leaders and celebrities have reacted to the IT raids, including Rahul Gandhi and the Shiv Sena.
Anurag and Taapsee are outspoken critics of the government and have lent their support to various causes, including the ongoing farmer protests against the three farm laws. (ANI)
Miley Cyrus opens up about her ‘identity crisis’ after playing Hannah Montana
Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): American singer Miley Cyrus recently opened up about the ‘identity crisis’ she suffered after playing the role of Hannah Montana in Disney Channel’s famous sitcom ‘Hannah Montana’.
As per E! News, in a recent interview with Spotify’s Rock This with host Allison Hagendorf, the ‘Plastic Hearts’ hitmaker spoke about how her early days of fame on the popular show in which she played a teen also named Miley who had a secret identity as a superstar, messed with her head.
“Talk about an identity crisis,” she said of playing the titular role of the regular teen by day, pop star by night on the show for seasons from 2006 to 2011.
“I had gone from being a character almost as often as I was myself. And actually, the concept of the show is that when you’re this character, when you have this alter ego, you’re valuable. You’ve got like millions of fans, you’re like the biggest star in the world. And then the concept was that when I looked like myself when I didn’t have the wig on anymore, that no one cared about me. I wasn’t a star anymore,” Cyrus said.
“So, that was drilled into my head. Like, without being Hannah Montana, no one cares about you. And that was the concept,” the singer added.
Cyrus said she “really had to break that” mentality, adding that her album ‘Bangerz’ was her first foray into finding her identity outside of the popular Disney channel character.
She said, “And so I really had to break that and I think that’s maybe why I almost created a characterized version of myself at times. … I never created a character where it wasn’t me, but I was aware of how people saw me and I may be played into it a little bit.”
In a December interview with Rolling Stone, Cyrus said that she “felt like I was never going to amount to the success of Hannah Montana,” adding that she “had to evolve” because the character was “larger than life.”
She added, “Really, Hannah Montana was not a character. The concept of the show, it’s me. I’ve had to really come to terms with that and not be third-person about it.”
Cyrus has still been able to look back on her Hannah Montana days with a lighthearted lens. Earlier this week, Cyrus joked around about the character on social media with Lil Nas X and Megan Thee Stallion.
The singer paid homage to her former alter ego in a TikTok duet with Nas X and a tweet about a collaboration with Megan. (ANI)
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