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‘THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT’ IS STAR WARS SAGA AT ITS BEST

Murtaza Ali Khan

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What all have always made the Star Wars saga memorable are its heroes and villains. Speaking of heroes, who is the greatest of all Star Wars heroes? That spot is undoubtedly reserved for the one who successfully resisted the dark side of the Force against all odds. Who can forget the epic lightsaber duel on Cloud City in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ which paved the way for arguably the greatest reveal in movie history? By now you would have guessed that it’s Luke Skywalker that I am talking about. In the original Star Wars trilogy, Luke had a powerful nemesis (other than Darth Vader, of course) who was apparently killed in ‘Return of the Jedi’ after falling into a Sarlacc. He was none other than Boba Fett—an armored bounty hunter, serving the crime lord Jabba the Hutt, on the desert planet Tatooine. Of course, at the time, George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, had no idea that Fett would become so popular with the fans. After all, the fans adore the Star Wars villains as much as they love the heroes, if not more. And now that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm, no Star Wars character, whether dead or alive in the canon, is off the radar. And voila! Boba Fett is not just back, but he has a spinoff series of his own titled ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ taking place after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’. Fett is played by the Kiwi actor Temuera Morrison.

Now, ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ is technically is a spin-off from the series ‘The Mandalorian’ whose second season saw the legendary crime lord and bounty hunter making a much-awaited return to the Star Wars canon with the episode director Robert Rodriguez not leaving any stone unturned to make Boba Fett look as badass as possible. And the effortless ease and disdain with which Fett decimates an army of stormtroopers in that episode of ‘The Mandalorian’ got the fans doubly excited. But the fun didn’t just end there. The final episode of the second season of ‘The Mandalorian’ has a post-credits scene in which Fett travels to Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine where he kills Bib Fortuna to claim the throne. And to think that it happens immediately after Luke Skywalker’s epic appearance in that episode of “The Mandalorian”, it’s anybody’s guess how exciting these last few years have been for the American television and web.

Now, just like ‘The Mandalorian,’ Disney isn’t providing the bingeing option for ‘The Book of Bobba Fett’ and so a new episode would be released every week. So far three episodes have been released and surprisingly the response from the critics as well as the audiences has been mixed. The general expectation after what was seen of Fett in ‘The Mandalorian’ is that he must unleash his dominance over Jabba’s territory on Tatooine from the word go in ‘The Book of Bobba Fett’. After all, he is supposed to be this mean and ruthless bounty hunter who can single-handedly wipe out an army of stormtroopers without breaking a sweat. Ruling Tatooine in comparison should be child’s play for someone of his pedigree. However, on the contrary, Fett isn’t taken seriously by anyone on Tatooine. For, they all see him as just another bounty hunter who served Jabba. So, Fett basically has two options. He can either kill all those who oppose him or convince them to accept his daimyoship. “Jabba ruled with fear. I intend to rule with respect,” Fett categorically tells his confidante Fennec Shand when the elite assassin offers to kill someone who tried to defy his authority. Jon Favreau, Robert Rodriguez and team clearly want to build up things slowly and the first three episodes have done an effective job of introducing the world and setting things in motion. The stage is now set for Boba Fett’s rise to supremacy on Tatooine.

Now, it is important to understand that two different storylines are running parallel here. One of the storylines is following the ‘The Madalorian’ timeline with Boba Fett declaring himself as the Daimyo of Tatooine. So, it basically follows his struggles to consolidate his power on Tatooine and suppress any form of mutiny. Already, he has been forced to confront a panoply of fascinating characters, including the Twins, Jabba the Hutt’s cousins, and Krrsantan, a fearsome Wookiee bounty hunter. The other storyline, which unfolds in form of flashbacks every time Boba Fett is resting in his bacta tank, follows Fett after he barely escapes from the Sarlacc that swallowed him, only to be left for dead by the Jawas who steal his Mandalorian armor. He is subsequently captured by the Tusken Raiders whose respect he must earn in order to not just secure his freedom but also realize his true potential.

It’s really the Tusken Raiders segments that elevate ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ above the Star Wars sequel series as well as ‘The Mandalorian’. The second episode features some truly breathtaking sequences set in Tatooine’s desert lands that offer a fascinating parallel to Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’. The lives and ways of the Tusken Raiders up until this point were never shown from this proximity. I personally wasn’t expecting ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ to be such a meditating experience and it is certainly not without truckloads of action-packed adventure. Replete with easter eggs, fascinating characters (old as well as new), and brilliant crossover moments, ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ is really Star Wars at its best. In recent times, the Star Wars films may have been disappointing but shows like ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ are proving that the Star Wars saga is far from done.

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‘Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today’, says Anupam Kher

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Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Tuesday condemned the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit by a terrorist in the Kashmir Valley.

“Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today. They’re killing even their own people. They are killing everyone who stands with India. This has been happening for the past 30 years. The more you condemn it, the less it’s. We’ll have to change the mindset,” Kher said.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead at an apple orchard in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists. In the Chotipara area, the incident took place.

Meanwhile, the deceased have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhar and his brother Pintu who sustained injuries.

The areas have been cordoned and the injured person has been shifted to the hospital.

Moreover in June 2022, a bank manager named Vijay Kumar has shot dead and on 31 May a female Hindu teacher, Rajni Bala was shot dead by terrorists in the Kulgam district.

However, Anupam Kher a Kashmiri Pandit starred in this year’s hit movie ‘The Kashmir Files’. The movie showed the life of Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990 Kashmir insurgency.

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Raju Srivastava on ventilator, manager informs about slow recovery

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Comedian Raju Srivastava was hospitalised on August 10 after having a heart attack. Later, Raju had an angioplasty for the same, and he is currently on a ventilator. Raju’s management said in a new media exchange that the actor is gradually getting better.

Raju’s manager, Nayan Soni, stated, “Raju’s condition is slowly getting better. He is responding to the treatment. There is an improvement in his health and he can now move his body parts a bit. He continues to remain in the ICU and on a ventilator. Doctors have informed us that it will take about a week for him to regain consciousness.”

In a message posted on Raju Srivastava’s official Instagram profile last week, his family stated that his status was “stable” and urged people to “ignore any rumour or fake news being propagated.

The statement on social media read, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumours or fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”

According to reports, actor Amitabh Bachchan sent Raju an audio message wishing him a swift recovery ” It’s enough Raju. Rise up Raju, and keep teaching us all to laugh.”

The movies Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya are some of movies featuring Raju. He also made an appearance in Bigg Boss’ third season. He gained notoriety for his superb comic timing after his appearance as a stand-up comedian on the programme The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He is the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council’s chairman.

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Prabhas and Prashanth Neel’s movie ‘Salaar’ is to release on 28 September 2023

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‘Bahubali’ actor Prabhas is in the headlines these days for his upcoming project ‘Salaar’. On the occasion of 15 August, the makers of the film released a new poster of the film.

Taking to Twitter Prashanth Neel said, “Rebel’ling worldwide on Sep 28, 2023. #Salaar #TheEraOfSalaarBegins #Prabhas @VKiragandur @hombalefilms @shrutihaasan @PrithviOfficial @IamJagguBhai @sriyareddy @bhuvangowda84 @RaviBasrur @shivakumarart @anbariv @SalaarTheSaga.”

Sharing the new poster of ‘Salaar’ on social media, Prabhas wrote in the caption, “#TheEraOfSalaarBegins. See you at the cinemas from 28.09.2023. #Salaar.”

Meanwhile, the movie is scheduled to release on 28 September 2023 and is directed by Prashanth Neel, who made blockbuster movies like KGF.

Moreover, the movie is produced by Vijay Kiragandur. ‘Salaar’ is a high-voltage action movie, full of adventure. It has been shot in many countries like India as well as the Middle East and Africa. Prabhas will be seen in the most creepy avatar ever.

The first schedule of the project has already been completed and Prabhas will soon concentrate on completing the last schedule of the film.

However, besides Prabhas the movie also stars Shruti Haasan, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Jagapathi Babu, Ishwari Rao, and Sriya Reddy. The movie will be released in five languages ​​across India.

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Navigating Depression: 4 Activities to Make you Want to Get out of Bed

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Navigating the symptoms of depression is a formidable challenge that takes more than just medication and therapy. It demands every ounce of willpower, inner strength, and courage one possesses to get out of bed and greet the sunshine when all you want to do is bury yourself under the sheets.To fight this complicated and multifaceted battle, it is important to surround yourself with a powerful support system governed by your family and friends. Research reveals that minor modifications to one’s daily diet, lifestyle, and habits can work wonders at fighting off despair and fatigue.Depression drains our energies and deprives us of our will to lead a happy, healthy life. And that’s exactly how you can beat it: reclaiming your life, energies, happiness, and resolve to be healthy and happy.Read on to explore meaningful activities and habits that will make you want to get out of bed and have a fulfilling day.

1.    Sweat off the Sadness

It’s hard to channel your inner workout warrior when your biggest life struggle is getting out of bed and taking a shower. The suggestion that you should exercise may seem like a horrible joke given your current state of mind, but sweating off the sadness truly helps.Clinical studies suggest that going for a walk or engaging in any form of physical activity is as effective as antidepressants and other medications designed to treat depression symptoms. In fact, regular exercise elevates energy levels and prevents depressive episodes from reoccurring.Depression encourages us to give in to the exhaustion and stay curled up under layers of sheets. We suggest claiming small victories, like a stroll to your favorite coffee joint or a walk around the park, to rebuild your stamina and improve your mood. Consider signing up for fun dance classes, yoga sessions, or another workout that you find genuinely enjoyable.

2.    Fight Back for Things you Love

The symptoms of depression push us away from every activity and hobby that adds meaning or pleasure to our lives. Artists struggle to paint again, adventurers lose interest in nature trails, and musicians can’t seem to hold their beloved instruments again.Fighting back for the things and activities you love is imperative to reclaim your personality. Indulging in meaningful and constructive pleasures will help you fill up your daily routine with activities that allow you to reconnect with your real self.For instance, nature enthusiasts can join a hiking group to explore nearby state parks and trails. Likewise, high-rollers can relive the nostalgia of blackjack spreads and gaming slots at a casino online. Artists should consider an art retreat, and makeup enthusiasts must brighten up their social calendars with fun-packed events that give them opportunities to dress up and socialize. Indulging yourself in activities that you loved before depressive symptoms began emerging is constructive and effective. It will help uplift your mood, increase energy levels and motivate you to fight back against depression-induced fatigue and despair.

3.    Connect with Mother Nature

The therapeutic powers of Mother Nature have given birth to innumerable therapies, including forest therapy, adventure therapy, therapeutic farming, and animal-aided interventions. Studies suggest that simply walking through a beautiful natural landscape helps alleviate the symptoms of clinical depression.Spending more time in the wilderness will help improve your mood, energy levels, and cognitive abilities. Plan fun picnics in your local state park, go hiking with your friends or plan a camping adventure with your family. Connecting with nature will help you soak up vitamin D, serenity, and nature-induced happy endorphins.

4.    Scribble Away the Hopelessness

Patients struggling with depression are overwhelmed by feelings of despair, hopelessness, and lack of motivation. As Gotye describes it, one can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness, and fighting this state of mind isn’t easy.Psychologists and therapists worldwide advise journaling to find a powerful way to express one’s feelings and emotions. Scribbling away the hopelessness will promote acute awareness of your mood swings, symptoms, and triggers. It will also help you design practical strategies tofight these overwhelming feelings and moods.

Final Thoughts

When one feels shackled by desolation and sadness, even the smallest steps toward reclaiming your happiness have profoundly significant impacts. Clinical depression is increasingly complex and multifaceted, and patients need more than just therapy and medications. Surrounding yourself with the loving care and affection of your friends and family will work wonders at regaining your agency and feeling healthier. 

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Pippa trailer out, shows a glimpse of 1971 Indo-Pak war

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Pippa, starring Ishaan Khatter and Mrunal Thakur, is set to open in theaters.The makers released the new trailer on the occasion of the nation’s 75th independence day. The movie is set against the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

Raja Krishna Menon has helmed the movie, and other actors, including Soni Razdan and Priyanshu Painyuli, will also be seen on screen with Ishan Khatter and Mrunal Thakur.

In the one-minute trailer, Shaan is seen portraying Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta, a former member of the 45th Cavalry Tank Squadron who fought for Bangladesh.

In a film full of strong emotions and brutal battle sequences, Ishaan plays a young military hero who commands soldiers to liberate then-Eastern Pakistan.The first scene of the warm drama strikes the perfect note with phrases like “Joy Bangla,” the well-known battle cry of the liberation war. Soni and Mrunal, who will be seen as Ishaan’s mother and sibling, respectively, were also given a brief appearance.

Ishaan posted the trailer on Instagram and said,  “PIPPA in cinemas December 2nd, 2022.On the momentous occasion of our country’s Independence Day – presenting a glimpse from a film we’ve collectively put our heart, gut and soul into. May our soil, our people and our culture be blessed always. It’s been an honour to represent the valour and bravery of our defence forces. More to come.”

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Amber hired Investigator to uncover bad things about Jhonny, deets inside

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Last year, actor Johnny Depp prevailed in a slander lawsuit brought by his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Amber made various accusations against Johnny during the six-week trial, claiming that he had mistreated her both physically and mentally. Investigator Paul Baressi has confessed that Amber hired him to “discover nasty things about Johnny.”

Paul admitted to Law and Crime Network, “I collected all of these historic document on him (Johnny Depp). The home he used to live in, the places his father worked, just really great stuff. Amber hired me in the summer of July 2019. I searched on every rock, every stone, all over the world to find out bad things about Johnny and we all came empty handed.”

He further added, ” She fired us. It was not until April of 2020, when I decided to share my time as a private detective with Amber. Johnny’s father was four years younger than his mother when they got married. He was a passive man and did not like confrontation. Johnny is just like his father, from what we have heard in court. However, the father let his mom call the shots rather than arguing.”

After dating for over three years, Johnny and Amber exchanged vows in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home in 2015. Amber separated from Johnny in May 2016 and obtained a temporary restraining order against him. She said that during their relationship, Johnny had physically abused her, most frequently when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. On June 1, Amber was ordered to reimburse Johnny $10.35 million after he won his slander suit against her.

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