Emergence of TV stars on the ‘Big Screen’

When you get up in the morning and still the thought lingers in your mind about the movie you saw a day before, this means director was successful in conveying what he wanted to say. And for me it was Sushant Singh Rajput’s performance in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che which I couldn’t get off my mind. Here was an actor who till last year was ruling the TRPs on the 9pm slot with his role of Manav in Pavitra Rishta on Zee TV and today has successfully made a transition on big screen. He already has 3 films in his kitty including Rajkumar Hirani’s P.K. and a YRF untitled with Parineeti Chopra.

Source: koimoi.com
Source: koimoi.com

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What goes wrong just before the release?

Kamal Hassan almost wanted to leave India after what he termed as “Cultural Terrorism” stalled the release of his mega budget film Vishwaroopam for 10 days before it finally released on 7 Feb. Demanding some scenes to be cut in the movie, Muslim Groups lodged a protest with the CM and a Censor Board certified film’s release was stopped by Tamil Nadu Government. Hassan went to Supreme Court where one-judge bench ruled in his favour but the decision was overturned by a Two-Judge bench. Ultimately, a consensus was reached between the two parties and the film released with the controversial scenes muted.

Source: ibnlive.com
Source: ibnlive.com

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India- Australia Test Series Factoids

Where do the two teams stand and how do they look before the most anticipated series between Oz & Us!!!

Source: www.smh.com.au
Source: www.smh.com.au

India’s narrowest win by both runs and wickets in Test Cricket has come against Australia and that too in India.

13 India won by just 13 runs in 2004 when Australia couldn’t chase 107 on the turning wicket in Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

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Amravati: More than just a city of names

It’s never easy for any person to know a new city in a short span of time. But for the students of IIMC the ‘Know your City’ assignment proved to be an interesting exercise in exploring Amravati to its best.

Source: Wikipedia

A ride in an autorickshaw from Vidyapeeth to Town Hall, which is located a few steps to the left of Rajkamal square, the heart of the city, revealed that the auto rickshaws here charge per passenger as opposed to the meter. Town hall itself is a small old building where community functions are organised. Continue reading Amravati: More than just a city of names

Is Saffron just a colour?

What comes to your mind someone mentions the word ‘Saffron’?  A colour, a religion, kesar or Indian flag but Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde thinks otherwise, for him, ‘Saffron is the new terror’. Recently Shinde caused a furore with his alleged remarks that BJP and RSS promoted Hindu terror in the country. This was after NIA (National Investigative Agency) declared a list of 10 accused in Samjhauta blasts and other cases. All of them belonged to one particular religion.

Saffron Terror, really?

Is Shinde right in what he says or it’s just a new political move? Let’s take a close look. The main accused in 2008 Malegaon blasts are Sadhvi Pragya Singh and Lt Col Srikant Purohit, Swami Aseemanand was the main conspirator in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast and in much talked about Samjhauta Blasts case, main accused is Dhan Singh. All the three blasts happened in place where one community is present in large numbers. Continue reading Is Saffron just a colour?

The Greatest Ranji Match ever played

This Republic day marked the start of the Ranji Trophy final of 2012-13 season. Mumbai playing in their 44th Ranji final won the Ranji Trophy for mind boggling 40th time against the first time finalist Saurashtra (in the 71 years of their Ranji history). And they won it not because the other teams were weak but because they are the best when it comes to domestic circuit.

Mumbai Team
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Extra Advantages of being a Captain

Dhoni wanted rest before the 4-Test series against Australia and hence opted out of Irani Trophy. Being a captain, he selects himself so he’ll be most probably playing the series but does he really deserve the place on merit? He is having a tough time as a captain, as if overseas losses were not enough, he lost at home too.

Dhoni’s records in tests have been below average. He has played 73 tests, scored 3883 runs at an average of 38.06 with 5 100s. In the 36 tests at home, he has scored 2008 runs at an average of 43.65 with 4 100s, which is good, considering the fact that he comes to bat at no. 7. But his average goes down to 33.48 in 37 overseas tests with only one century.

Source: Reuters

After the 2011 World Cup victory, Dhoni has played 19 tests. In the 33 innings he played, he has scored 958 runs at a nominal average of 33.03 that too supported by some good runs at home against West Indies and New Zealand. In the 9 tests at home his average shoots up to 44.91 with 1 century and 4 50s but the average plunges to just 24.64 in the 10 overseas tests. The worst being West Indies where he scored just 74 runs at a low of 19.40, he did a bit better in Australia, where in 6 innings he scored only 102 runs at 20.40. Continue reading Extra Advantages of being a Captain

Curious case of Waiting Jaffer

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are by far India’s best openers in terms of runs scored and average. In 87 innings as openers, they have scored 4412 runs at an average of 52.52 with 11 100-runs and 25 50-runs partnerships. Other than their individual records, (especially Sehwag), this is one of the reasons why they make it into the team despite dismal performance in last two years.

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Since 2011 World cup, Sehwag and Gambhir have opened in 24 innings and have scored 861 runs at an average of 35.87 with just one 100-run and 6 50-runs partnerships, way below their career record (52.52). Their individual form hasn’t been great either.  In 15 tests since India won the world cup, Sehwag has scored 865 runs at an average of 32.03 with 1 century and 5 50s. The only century came in last year against England at Ahmedabad. Gambhir hasn’t been inspiring enough, in last 16 tests, he has scored 787 runs at an average of 28.10 and 5 50s. It’s been more than 3 years since Gambhir scored a century, last being 116 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in Jan 2010.

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