Sorabh Pant is undoubtedly one of the funniest guys out there. This time, the comedian talks about how he simply does not understand the concept of play school. This is relatively a new concept that did not exist before and perhaps is a topic that a lot of oldies will relate to.
He hilariously explains about how his wife is worried about getting their 15-month-old son to a Montessori playschool, which is pretty much the case with most new age parents. Their kids can hardly walk, but they are already concerned about their education.
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Good music never fails to enthrall human minds, even if the creator isn’t a star or decorated with awards. So, when Sonu Nigam agreed to be a part of a social experiment conducted by Being Indian, the result was nothing short of beautiful.
Sonu Nigam dressed as a destitute man wielding a harmonium sat by a busy street in Mumbai, and his magical music was sufficient to gather an appreciative crowd. Nobody seemed to recognize the musician’s true identity. People from different walks of life were stopped in their tracks as he serenaded them without intent or expectations. One such person even knelt and asked him: Dada, aapne nastha khaya kya? (Brother, have you eaten breakfast?)
“I went out to do this without any expectations, totally bereft of any awkwardness for the way I was looking and what I was about to subject myself,” Sonu said in statement.
“For the first time, I was not me. The make-up was so good and authentic that people standing so close to me, couldn’t recognise,” he added.
He also shared that the harmonium he used was bought by his parents when he was born.
“It was all so humbling. And from such an unfamiliar zone, I managed to procure something. Gratitude, grace and appreciation for what we have,” he went on to say.
Why should you watch it? – If you’ve ever been gripped by compelling prodigies in movies such as A beautiful mind or Theory of Everything, this should have your interest! And Dev Patel is the prodigy here.
Alice through the looking glass – May 2016
Why should you watch it? – Sherlock’s Jim Moriarty, Jack Sparrow, Bellatrix Lestrange, Severus Snape & Anne Hathaway are all back in weird costumes and make-up. If these are not enough reasons you should just watch the movie for the art direction. It’s fantastic!
Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children – September 2016
Why should you watch it? – We’ve seen magicians, vampires, wolves, x-men, superheroes, and super villains but have we seen peculiar children? The superpowers here are extraordinary. There’s a five year old has a piranha that eats meat for her from the back of her head, a headless boy playing football, a girl just like a hydrogen balloon, if not held tight in iron shoes, can fly away. Also, the soundtrack, there’s a new world coming, will leave you breathless and wanting to watch this movie now!
The Light Between Oceans – September 2016
Its a story of love & motherhood that could give you some serious chills. A movie that reminds you of Notebook. Along the lines of a Nicholas Sparks direction.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – July 2016
Why should you watch it? – Well its your party movie just like The Neighbours, Springbreak, 21 and over, Project-X that stars Zac Efron and that how-does-he-do-it-hillarious guy from Modern Family -Andy.
Genius – June 2016
Why should you watch it? – Because it’s a sure shot to the Oscars next year and it stars Colin Firth ( our favorite stammering king), Nicole Kidman and the British hunk JUDE LAW who has a southern american accent!!!
The Conjuring 2 – June 2016
Why should you watch it? – Because Conjuring 1, three years ago, was the scariest film you’d ever seen. Nothing has matched that since.
The BFG – July 2016
Why should you watch it? – Directed by Steven Spielberg, it’s a story about a Big Friendly Giant (BFG) who this young girl encounters. We’re getting the E.T vibes!!
War Dogs – August 2016
Why should you watch it? – Because Miles Teller, the drummer from Whiplash, has been working out. And he reminds us of Chris Evans. And he is the next big hunk in Hollywood.
The Secret Life of Pets – July 2016
Why should you watch it? – Just watch the trailer. You’ll know!
Lights Out – July 2016
Why should you watch it? – It’s a James Wan production, director of The Conjuring and also you don’t want to know what happens after the lights go out. Or do you? P.S – The trailer itself could haunt you for life.
Swiss Army Man – June 2016
Why should you watch it? – Harry Potter can act people. Like the serious oscar winning acting. And Paul Dano, the writer from the film Ruby Sparks? He’s his accomplice. A very unique concept as well.
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Keeping the audience in splits is what Aditi Mittal loves doing the most. In fact, she has been on the job for the last six years with her outrageous jokes and funny one-liners on familiar issues, which she executes in unexpected ways. One of the first Indian women to do English stand-up comedy, Mumbai-based Aditi is currently counted among the best stand-up comics in the country.
The multi-talented girl, who is also an actress, singer and writer, says she entered the profession after her graduation because she did not know anything else. “It so happened that a friend of mine was interested in stand-up comedy and we had been to a club where she was to participate in an open-mic event in Mumbai. Excited about the whole thing, I decided to get behind the mike and crack some jokes. The rest is history as they say,” recalls Aditi, admitting to being a ‘nautanki’ since childhood.
English stand-up comedy started in the country at the clubs in Delhi and Mumbai. “But back then, we used to earn in garlic breads and soups. More than the money involved, it was about getting stage for doing stand-up. Many times, I have produced my own shows,” says the comedian, who has created two hugely successful characters – Dolly Khurana (a Punjabi film reviewer) and Dr (Mrs) Lutchuke (a Marathi sexpert). Besides performing live, she releases her spoofs – Dolly Khurana in Dollywood and chat show with Dr (Mrs) Lutchuke – on her Youtube channel, AditiMittal, which has around 10K likes.
Much before the English scene took roots; Hindi stand-up comedy occupied a massive space on Indian television with super-hit shows like The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. “Even today, Comedy Nights with Kapil receives brilliant TRPs. Stand-up shows in regional languages have occupied television space as well. The Hindi stand-up is way bigger, but English comedy is certainly growing. In fact, now is a fantastic time to get into English stand-up comedy,” she says.
Commenting on the stand-up scene today, she says it has become fairly easier. “There are more avenues and people have opened up to tolerating jokes on anything and everything on the earth, be it society, fat men, aunties, menstruation, sanitary pad advertisements, history or even religion.” Internet has been the biggest equaliser,” Aditi says, adding that it is the single best thing to have happened to stand-up comedy. “You do not need to spend money on advertising yourself, social media does that for you for free,” she smiles.
And is it difficult to be a female in a performing art sphere that is also male-dominated? “Not at all. It’s a creative job where gender is clearly not a concern,” she answers. Creatively, though, stand-up isn’t an easy job. “Writing the script is a heck of a task, especially when it comes to an educated audience who usually attend open-mic events,” she says.
Aditi says she wants to explore more facets of stand-up comedy like character comedy, sketch comedy and musical comedy. Lastly, what does Aditi do when she’s not tickling people’s funny bones? “I think of how to do more comedy because like I said before, I do not know anything else. To be honest, I do not socialise, go clubbing or party like my friends. I have been so engrossed in stand-up comedy that I have killed my social life, quite literally, ” she says.
Bollywood movies being shot in locations around the world is quite common, but what about Hollywood movies shot in India? You’d be surprised in which locations in India the following Hollywood movies were shot.
The Dark Knight Rises – Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur)
Mission Impossible 4 – Mumbai
The climax and a few other scenes in the 4th edition of the Mission Impossible series was shot in the streets of Mumbai, it also had Anil Kapoor starring in it.
The Bourne Supremacy – Goa
The opening scene in The Bourne Supremacy featured a beach shack and a car chase through the streets which was shot in Goa.
The Darjeeling Limited – Jodhpur
Most of this movie was shot in Jodhpur, it’s a comedy-drama about self-discovery which features three brothers.
Eat Pray Love – Delhi
This movie takes Julia Roberts on a spiritual journey in India in search for enlightenment, most of the movie was shot in an ashram.
Million Dollar Arm – Mumbai & Agra
This movie is based on baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, it is biograph which had some scenes shot in Mumbai, India.
A Mighty Heart – Pune
The movie originally had to be shot in Karachi, Pakistan, but due to safety reasons it had to be shot in Pune.
You’ve been married a few years now and your reproduction has become everyone’s business. Even strangers on the street are stopping to ask you about your lack of offspring. Well, you’re in luck ’cause here at The Top 7, we’re counting down the top 7 ways to answer the question “How come no kids yet?”
Kalpana Bales is the latest singing phenomenon to hit social media. Love her or hate her, you can’t ignore her. A unique combination of a lack of vocal skills and lack of self consciousness (some would say lack of shame), has seen her upload a series of videos of her singing; catapulting her into viral fame.
If she hasn’t showed up on your newsfeed already, chances are she shortly will.
Here she is with her interpretation of the ever popular Kolaveri Di:
Why say it when you can bray it! Here’s her debut song:
Needless to say, she’s got a few vitriolic comments on her page. Here’s what some ‘fans’ have been commenting on her Facebook page:
“…please sing it nicely, don’t bark…”
“U killing the song stupid.. Go kill urself rather doing this.. Errrrggggggggghhhhhhhhh.”
“i think oppaari song is better than tis…”
While some rise to her defense:
“Kalpana Bales you are not even a bathroom singer and your pronunciation are atrocious and yet I look up to you as a bold woman. People criticise and gives carcastic comments on your page but you just ignore and carry on doing what you like without shun away and it takes lots of guts to do that. I admire your confidence and hats off to you. Happy mother’s day Kalpana Akka.”
This was her Mother’s Day special that sparked some of the comments:
She has been quite forthright about her voice though, having shared a picture post on her wall that read, ‘When I have a problem, I sing. Then I realize that my voice is a lot worse than my problem.’
Finally, I leave you with a mashup spanning her illustrious online career:
So, is she a purely accidental star? Or is it a carefully strategised act to attract attention? What’s your take on the phenomena called Kalpana Bales?
One thing is quite clear though. At 45K likes on her profile (and growing) Kalpana Bales is having the last laugh.
11 movies Hollywood would wish they had made this world cup season
The Cricket World Cup is the highest event in the international cricket calendar that comes once every four years. This year, 14 teams are playing 49 matches across 44 days, and is viewed by an estimated one billion people. Every encounter is a story worth telling. Every contest is packed with action, high drama, and unexpected twists and turns.
As the plot thickens, and the tournament reaches its climax, we present our choice of 11 theatrical matches. Grab a comfortable seat, get yourself a bottomless bucket of popcorn to munch through all the thrilling moments. Enjoy the show!
Genre: Adventure Starring: Brendon McCullum Rating: 5*s Synopsis: The New Zealand captain set the cup on fire with a breezy 65 of just 49 balls in the team’s opening fixture against Sri Lanka. The match-winning knock included 23 runs off a single Malinga over.
Genre: Drama Starring: Virat Kholi, Suresh Raina, Shikar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami Rating: 5*s Synopsis: India continued its winning streak in its world cup clashes against arch rival Pakistan. In one of the many all-round performances by team India, Virat Kholi imitated Afridi’s pose after getting him caught out. According to First Post, a record 288 million tuned in to watch the defending champions comfortably win.
Genre: Tragedy Starring: Weather Rating: 4*s Synopsis: Incessant rains left the Aussie fans, who were all set to celebrate, a bit under the weather. While the home side’s opening fixture against Bangladesh proved to be a dampener, the visitors easily picked up 1 point in a match they never played.
Genre: Action Starring: Shikhar Dhawan Rating: 5*s Synopsis: After a forgettable test series, and an equally nondescript one-day tri-series in Australia, Shikhar Dhawan finally found his touch. He pulled, he hooked and he went after the bowlers to make his comeback. And in the process, set up the two biggest matches for India’s victory in the first week at the world cup.
Genre: Comedy Starring: Hamid Hassan Rating: 4*s Synopsis: Afghanistan’s 6’5’’ right-arm fast bowler Hamid Hassan found a novel way to make the headlines. Picking up Kumar Sangakkara’s wicket in their match against Sri Lanka, Hassan couldn’t hide his happiness. He literally somersaulted his way into the pages of the US daily, the Wall Street Journal, with his antics.
Genre: Historical Starring: Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor Rating: 5*s Synopsis: Zimbabwe’s morale took a royal beating on a day of cricketing history. A swashbuckling double-century by Chris Gayle, with 10 fours and 16 sixes. West Indies’ highest total in ODI history. A double hundred and a hundred scored in the same innings. The highest partnership for any wicket.
Genre: Action Starring: Tim Southee Rating: 5*s Synopsis: New Zealand’s fast bowler Tim Southee picked up 7 for 33 — the best by a New Zealander in limited-overs internationals. Southee’s career best also revealed just how inadequate England’s batting could be against a quality attack. They were bowled out for 123, and stood bereft of form or confidence.
Genre: Thriller Starring: Samiullah Shenwari, Javed Ahmadi, Shapoor Zadran Rating: 5*s Synopsis: A magnificently compelling contest. An epic innings by Samiullah Shenwari. And a finish filled with tension and drama. All the key ingredients of a thriller were present as Afghanistan recorded their first ever world cup win, beating Scotland. From 97 for 7 to needing 19 off 19 balls, the team inched their way to the moment of glory with the help of Shapoor and Hassan.
Genre: Horror Starring: AB de Villiers, Rilee Rossouw, Morne Morkel, Kyle Abbott Rating: 5*s Synopsis: South Africa seems to be haunting West Indies with their plethora of records. A mind-boggling 162* off 66 balls at the SCG made AB de Villiers the holder of the fastest fifty, hundred and 150 in ODI – all against West Indies. Scoring 261 runs in the last 20 overs? Another world cup record. An astonishing total of 408? The highest team score on Australian soil.
Genre: Thriller Starring: Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum Rating: 5*s Synopsis: This was a contest between the two hosts billed to be the world cup favourites. And what a thriller it turned out to be. Some sensational bowling by Trent Boult, Daniel Vettori, and Time Southee had Australia shot out in 32.2 overs. Then McCullum went ballistic with all guns blazing, picking boundaries and sixes. Finally, in a stomach-knotting moment, the calmest batsman in the world, Kane Williamson, blasted one of the fastest bowlers in the world for a straight six to seal a one-wicket victory.
Genre: War Starring: Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanna, Tilakaratne Dilshan Rating: 5*s Synopsis: A majestic hundred by Kumar Sangakkara and an equally mighty century by Lahiru Thirimanne made a chase of 310 seem like a walk in the park. With piercing drives and dismissive pulls, the pair not only mounted some noteworthy milestones, but also shredded England’s attack. Sangakkara’s fastest ODI hundred in 70 balls. Thirimanne’s fourth century. A stand of 212 for the second wicket in 28.2 overs. A roaring victory for Sri Lanka. And the world cup’s sixth successful 300+ chase.
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