Article 15Ayushmann KhurranaAyushmann Khurrana filmsAyushmann Khurrana upcoming films First Published: May 27, 2019, 9:45 AM IST With one hit after another to his credit, Ayushmann Khurrana says good box office numbers give him the courage to do films with a social message.Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Badhaai Ho and AndhaDhun have all done well for him in recent times. The actor has taken a career turn to do Article 15, an investigative drama about discrimination. “After doing good box office numbers with four back-to-back films, as an artiste and as an actor, you get the courage to do a film which has a certain social responsibility that can make the nation think,” Ayushmann said in a statement.”I wanted to do something very relevant to society and to Indians, and not think about how much money it will make. For me, this has never been the benchmark for good cinema. Good cinema can also evoke a discussion and a dialogue and with this film my attempt is to do just that,” said Ayushamnn. “I have never been an insecure artist who feels if one film does well, the next has to do bigger and better. That’s a very small lens to operate from. I have always tried to disrupt stereotypes with my cinema. So, this decision is my attempt to disrupt how successful cinema is evaluated in India,” he added. The actor, known to pull off experimental themes and genres with ease, has represented the common man in his films with elan. In Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15, he plays a policeman who faces insurmountable challenges while in search for truth and justice.Cinema, says the actor, is about the common man and about relatability. He said, “It is about resonating your ideas with the masses and I understand that because I am one of them. I have lived every sphere of life just like them. Having had a middle class upbringing, my journey is the same as theirs.”I have seen different taboos, progressive and regressive thoughts, have met quirky and mad people, gotten inspired by people and events that have affected all of us as a nation,” he added.Follow @News18Movies for more
KAbir SinghKareena Kapoor Kabir SinghShahid KapoorShahid Kapoor Kareena Kapoor First Published: June 12, 2019, 9:28 AM IST Shahid Kapoor, who is currently busy promoting his forthcoming film Kabir Singh, says he wasn’t invited to his former girlfriend Kareena Kapoor’s wedding.Talking about it, he told Neha Dhupia on her chat show BFFs with Vogue, “About Kareena, I don’t remember, it was a while ago. I don’t think I was invited.” Notably, after breaking up with Shahid, Kareena got married to Saif Ali Khan in 2012. Shahid also revealed that Priyanka Chopra, whom he also dated for a brief while, had invited him to her Mumbai reception after she got married to Nick Jonas.On the one professional regret he has, Shahid said it was not being able to do Rang De Basanti. “I regret not doing the film. They wanted me to play the role of Siddharth. I’d cried while reading the script and loved it, but unfortunately couldn’t make time for it,” he told Neha.On the one film he wishes he never did, he said it was Vikas Bahl’s Shaandaar that also starred Alia Bhatt. “Even I was confused when I saw the film,” he said. Shahid will next be seen opposite Kiara Advani in Kabir Singh, the Hindi remake of the 2017 Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy. Directed by Sandeep Vanga, it is slated to release on June 21.Follow @News18Movies for more.
The much-anticipated film Aadai featuring Amala Paul has not yet hit the screens as the first and noon shows have been cancelled due to financial issues. The publicity team of the film is hoping for the proper theatrical release later in the day. As per reports, the film hasn’t hit the theatres due to the non-receipt of the KDM. A source close to the film said that the Aadai team is trying to resolve the issue. Aadai, directed by Rathna Kumar, created a buzz after its first teaser was released. The makers have promoted the film as one of the bravest roles done by the lead Amala so far in her career. Those who booked tickets for the first show and the noon show have been offered an alternate show or refund. Fans certainly are disappointed as the wait to watch the film gets longer. Amala too was waiting for the release as she, in many interviews, said this film is the right platform for a comeback for her and that she rediscovered herself during the shooting. The teaser certainly created ripples with Amala Paul’s bold nude scene in the teaser.Follow @News18Movies for more AadaiAmala PaulRathna KumarShows Cancelled First Published: July 19, 2019, 2:33 PM IST
Delhi NCRheatmonsoonsNew Delhi First Published: July 15, 2019, 12:53 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Sengupta New Delhi: The long wait for rain in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR)is likely to end on Monday as the IMD has predicted light shower later in day which is expected to continue until Thursday.Despite cloud formation over the region, the area has witnessed a dry spell. “The sky will remain generally cloudy with light rain or drizzle expected. The city is likely to receive light rain till Thursday,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.Private weather forecasting agency Skymet echoed the IMD, saying rain was expected to commence from Monday.”Winds over Delhi and NCR have changed to easterly. We expect the weather to change and rains will commence by today evening. Intensity will increase gradually,” Mahesh Palawat, Vice president Meteorology and Climate Change at the Skymet Weather said.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Friday dismissed suggestions that he was trying to delay the vote on the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to decide the fate of his government.The Speaker made his position clear as the Assembly proceedings began with Governor Vajubhai Vala having set 1.30 pm on Friday as the deadline to prove his majority. “I don’t have to be partisan,” Kumar said, expressing anguish over suggestions that he was trying to delay the trust vote.He said there was discussion and “indirect comments” made that he was delaying the process (vote of confidence).”You may have your own apprehensions but let me make it clear that there is no room for me being impartial. I have led fairly in the public life. Character assassination is easy but those commenting on me please look at your background,” he said.After making his remarks, the Speaker asked the chief minister to speak on the debate on the trust vote, saying, “I am clear… no scope for any other discussion (except the trust vote).”Within hours after the confidence motion could not take place with the Speaker adjourning the day’s proceedings in the assembly, the Governor had Thursday shot off the letter to the Chief Minister setting the deadline.The Governor had observed that resignation of 15 MLAs of the ruling JD(S)-Congress and withdrawal of support by two independents “prima facie” indicated Kumaraswamy has lost the confidence of the House.The Governor had also sent a missive earlier to the Speaker to conclude the trust vote proceedings by the end of the day. bengaluruBJPChief Ministercongress First Published: July 19, 2019, 12:22 PM IST
Editors’ Recommendations The best Nintendo Switch games YouTube offers creators more ways to boost their bank accounts Epic Games really needs to properly address Fortnite crunch The best free-to-play games of 2019 Cadence of Hyrule is the first truly amazing Zelda spinoff Tracking the ebbs and flows across livestreaming platforms, content creators, and the subjects of those creators’ work are all key to understanding the trajectory of the livestream industry, and StreamElement’s latest report has been enlightening. In the last quarter, Fortnite’s lock on the top spot has weakened, Apex Legends has fallen out of the top 10, and Facebook Gaming has moved up to the top three platforms to stream. StreamElements’ report last quarter was an eye-opener that further established Fortnite’s dominance despite the rise of Apex Legends and showed that Richard “Ninja” Blevins wasn’t the top streamer on Twitch. This time around, Fortnite remains on top but is losing ground to non-gaming streams. Twitch is an accessible platform and content creators are using it for way more than just showing off games to their communities. The “Just Chatting” category grew over 7% in the last quarter while Fortnite and League of Legends, the top two games in the first two quarters, dropped 3.6% and 5.9%, respectively.In Twitch’s “Just Chatting” you’ll find creators discussing current events with their communities, taking their viewers on the go as they travel, and other things that treat Twitch more like the social media platforms we are used to. Apex Legends falling off the charts is somewhat surprising but it will likely see a resurgence this quarter with the new season of content going live. Hearthstone took its place in the second quarter.While Blevins may still not be the No. 1 streamer, there is no one else that can claim that title consistently for the time being. Turner “Tfue” Tenney led the charge in two of the three months in the second quarter, which includes April, May, and June. Jaryd “Summit1g” Lazar led in the third month and Ninja took a top-three spot through two of the months while falling to fourth in June.As far as the top livestreaming platforms, Twitch still holds a comfortable lead as 70% of the hours watched in the second quarter were on Twitch and the platform had a little under four times as many hours as YouTube Live, which takes second place. The intriguing takeaway is the rise of Facebook Gaming, which took the third-place spot over Mixer. To cement how influential all four of these platforms are, the total hours watched is over 3.7 billion.
First the robots came for our jobs. Now they’re after our sporting achievements, too!At least, that’s our takeaway from the news that a humanoid robot built by Toyota (yes, the car company!) just picked up a Guinness World Record for its impressive basketball shooting abilities. The robot, known as CUE, won its record by sinking 2,020 free throws in a row without ever missing a shot. The number was selected to commemorate the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games which will be held in Tokyo.The CUE project dates back to 2017, when Toyota engineers began developing it in their downtime. The first robot was finished in March 2018. The inspiration came from a popular Japanese manga and anime basketball series called Slam Dunk. In the series, the main character practices shooting 20,000 times to up his skill levels. Similarly, the robot’s A.I. algorithms were honed using plenty of trial and error.Today, what started as a fun side project has spawned multiple iterations of basketball-shooting robots (the record-winner is CUE3). It carries out its picture-perfect throws from the center circle by first computing a 3D image of the basket and its relative distance using vision and radar, and then utilizing some smart algorithms to work out how to transform this data into instructions for its arm, knee and torso motors and sensors. This allows it to calculate the perfect angle and propulsion for each throw. Depending on its distance from the basket, CUE3 can dynamically adjust its throw.“It started as a sort of company’s club activity,” said Tomohiro Nomi, project leader for the robot project, in a video appearing on the official Guinness World Record YouTube channel. “Times are changing, the automobile industry is changing. So, CUE’s name came from the idea of prompting change — the cue for something new.”As impressive as CUE undoubtedly is, however, it won’t be able to challenge human players in a full game of basketball just yet. That’s because it is only capable of carrying out free throws and is unable to move autonomously (or, really, at all) or carry out the other necessary skills to ball. But don’t count that out. While focused on a different sport, the Japanese developers behind the RoboCup soccer challenge have stated their ambition to build a team of autonomous robot players good enough to beat a team of professional human players by 2050.Such a goal may seem impossible with today’s technology — but, then again, so did the idea of a perfect basketball-shooting bot just a few short years ago! The best N64 games of all time The best indie games Chicago’s trash-eating river robot is a glimpse into the future of crowdsourcing The best PS1 games of all time: From Symphony of the Night to Final Fantasy 7 The best PS4 games Editors’ Recommendations
Story TimelineGoogle Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL officialPixel 3 XL and Pixel 3 hands-on: The new Android flagships The reaction to the Pixel Buds proved a lot more muted, however. Google’s headphones were less ergonomic out of the gate than their Cupertino rivals, having a tethering cord linking the left and right earbuds. However, the Pixel Buds did have one trick that AirPods couldn’t match. That was real-time translation. Activate the feature on the Pixel 2 and the earbuds would feed a live translation of speech discreetly into your ears. It wasn’t quite the “universal translator” of science fiction, but it was an impressive advance on Google Translate all the same. At the time, Google said that the feature would be a Pixel exclusive. Now, though, it has quietly opened up access to other hardware, both in terms of headphones and handsets. An update to the Pixel Buds support page, spotted by Droid-Life, details the new expansion. “Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones,” the document now reads. It also confirms the various languages the feature supports. It means, for instance, that the USB-C headphones which Google is including in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL box can deliver translations too. It also means that if you have a set of Google Assistant-enabled headphones, like Sony’s WH-1000MX3, they should work with the feature. You don’t even need a Pixel either: other recent Android devices should work, too. It does somewhat undermine one of the lingering reasons you might have bought Pixel Buds, of course, and so far Google shows no sign of replacing them with a second-generation set. That was one of the rumors for the Pixel 3 event last week, but new wireless earbuds were conspicuous by their absence. Google’s Pixel Buds have lost exclusivity on their headline feature, with the real-time translation spreading to a much larger range of Assistant-powered and wired headphones. The Pixel Buds launched last year, alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as Google’s retort to Apple’s popular AirPods.