Thursday, January 9, 2020



Deepika Padukone joined Tukde-Tukde gang, Boycott her movie 'Chhapaak'

A day after many from the Bollywood industry came out to protest against the attack on JNU students on the streets of Mumbai, Deepika Padukone made a surprise visit to the university. The actor, who was within the city to market her upcoming film 'Chhapaak', took an outing to go to the campus before leaving the town to lend her support to the protesting students. She attended a public meeting at around 7.40 pm on the university campus, called by JNU Teacher's Association and JNUSU in response to Sunday's attack on students and teachers by a mob armed with sticks and rods. By doing this Deepika Padukone joined Tukde-Tukde gang.

As soon because the news of the actor visiting JNU broke out, Twitter was quick trending with hashtags like #BoycottChhapaak. While people berated her and asked for her film to be boycotted.

India should teach Deepika Padukone a lesson

Critics, on the opposite hand, believe that Deepika’s presence at JNU was a promotional tactic and a few names from the industry berated the actress for supporting JNU

"I must congratulate their PR team, in one stroke they need got free publicity. Everyone is trying to say that this is the voice of students, but the percentage of protesting students is hardly anything. By doing this, the star of the film, she has conveyed the message that she doesn't stand with the opposite 98% students."
Vivek Agnihotri

Deepika once again with controversy after Padmaavat movie

Deepika is no stranger to controversies. Her 2018 film 'Padmaavat' was met with tons of resistance from right-wing groups, who claimed that the Rajput queen was shown during a bad light. In the making stage, multiple sets were destroyed, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the director, was slapped. Once the film was close to being released, fringe groups like Karni Sena involved a ban on the film, but it didn’t just stop there. In several states, cinema halls displaying the film’s posters were vandalised, many right-wing fringe groups also as BJP leader Kunwar Surajpal Singh Ammu announced rewards to behead Deepika and Bhansali, and made other violent threats. Responding to the threats, Deepika had said, “It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed. This is not about Padmavati. We’re fighting a way bigger battle.” Despite all the threats, the film earned Rs 585 crore.

Saturday, June 22, 2019


Google is celebrating the 87th birth anniversary of 

late Bollywood actor Amrish Puri with a doodle. 

Amrish Puri was an Indian actor, who was playing an important role in Indian theatre and cinema. He worked with Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad who are notable playwrights of the time.

He is remembered for villainous roles in Hindi cinema as well as other Indian and international film industries.

His role in Shekhar Kapur's Hindi film Mr. India (1987) as Mogambo is the most remembered by Indian audiences and he is best known as Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg's Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) for Western audiences. As Supporting Actor, he won three Filmfare Awards.

The early life of Amrish Puri

Puri was born in Nawanshahr, Punjab, India to Nihal Singh Puri and Ved Kaur. He had two elder brothers Chaman Puri and Madan Puri (both of whom were also actors), one elder sister Chandrakanta, and a younger brother, Harish Puri. The actor and singer K. L. Saigal was the first cousin of Puri.

Film Career of Amrish Puri

From 1967 to 2005 Amrish Puri acted in more than 400 films as the most successful villain in Bollywood. Puri first came to Mumbai by following the footsteps of his elders' brothers Madan Puri and Chaman Puri, who have already established as an actor.

In his first screen test Puri failed and took a job in the Employees' State Insurance Corporation Ministry of Labour and Employment (ESIC). He started performing in Satyadev Dubey's play at the Prithvi Theatre. In the long run, he became a well known stage actor and in 1979 he won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

His recognition in theatre brings opportunity in television ads and to films at the relatively late age of 40. Even though he was successful in many language films, like Hollywood, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films. He is known for his work in Bollywood cinema. In the 1970s, Puri played many supporting roles. In 1980 he emerged as the main villain by super-hit movie Hum Paanch. After that in many movies, he cast as the main villain.

In the Subhash Ghai super-hit film Vidhaata (1982), Puri played the main Villian role as Jagavar Choudhary. That same year, he played the main villain as JK in the movie Shakti. Next year, in the super hit movie Hero, Director Subhash Ghai again cast him as the Villain as Pasha and Puri featured in subsequent Subhash films regularly.

 His dominating screen presence and baritone voice made him, supreme in villainous roles in the 1980s and 1990s. Almost a decade, there was hardly any Hindi film he did not act as a villain. He stand out amongst the other villains of the day.

His roles as Khan in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982) and Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Make him an internationally popular actor.

He so committed to his role, so that he shaved his head for the one role and that role created such impression on the audience that he kept his head shaved in subsequent movies. It gives him the flexibility to experiment with different looks as a villain. Puri and Spielberg shared a great rapport and In an interview Spielberg said.

"Amrish is my favorite villain. The best the world has ever produced and ever will!"

Puri remembered for his villainous roles as  "Mogambo" in Mr. India, "Barrister Chadda" in Damini, "Thakur Durjan Singh" in Karan Arjun, "Balwant Rai" in Ghayal, "Bhujang" in Tridev, "Thakral" in Meri Jung and "Jagavar" in Vidhaata. His comic role in Chachi 420 was highly appreciated, in that he acted along with Tamil film superstar Kamal Haasan.

After the 1990s, Puri acting in positive supporting roles in many movies like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Phool Aur Kaante, Gardish, Pardes, Virasat, Ghatak, China Gate, and Mohabbatein. For Meri Jung and Virasat he received the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award.


1968: Maharashtra State Drama
1979: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Theatre
1986: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, Meri Jung
1991: Maharashtra State Gaurav Puraskar
1994: Sydney Film Festival, Best Actor Award – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda
1994: Singapore International Film Festival, Best Actor Award – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda
1997: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Ghatak
1997: Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor – Ghatak
1998: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award- Virasat
1998: Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor – Virasat
2000: Kalakar Awards for Best Supporting Actor


1990: Filmfare Best Villain Award– Tridev
1992: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Saudagar
1993: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Tahalka
1993: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Muskurahat
1994: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Damini
1994: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Gardish
1996: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Karan Arjun
1996: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
1999: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Koyla
2000: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Baadshah
2002: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
2002: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role – Gadar: Ek Prem Katha

Death of Amrish Puri

Amrish Puri was suffering from a rare kind of blood cancer and had undergone some brain invasive surgery for his condition on 27 December 2004. His condition required frequent removal of the blood accumulated in the cerebral region of the brain and after some time he slipped into a coma shortly before his death around 7:30 a.m on 12 January 2005.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sir M Visvesvaraya: The world famous engineer and Effective Administrator

Mr. Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (Sir M Visvesvaraya)

Born 15 September 1860
Muddeenahalli, Chikkaballapur District, Karnataka, India

Died on April 14, 1962
at the Age 101

Nationality Indian

Pune Civil Engineering College, a practicing educational institution
Career Engineer

Parent (s)
Venkata Lakshmamma (mother)
Srinivas Shastri (Father)

Sir M Visvesvaraya (September 15, 1861 - April 12, 1962) was one of India's elite engineers, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. From the period 1912 to 1918, he was the Divan of Mysore state. His birthday is celebrated as Engineer's Day.

Sir M Visvesvaraya's Childhood and Education

  • Sir M Visvesvaraya was born on September 15, 1861, in the Brahmin family at Mudenahalli in Chikkaballapur district.
  • Vishweshwarya's father 'Srinivas Shastri', mother Venkatakshmamma. Mokshagundam has joined his name as his ancestors migrated from Mokshagundam in Andhra Pradesh and lived in Mudenahalli.
  • Visvesvaraya's father is a Sanskrit scholar; He was a professor of religion and an Ayurvedic expert. The father died when he was 15 years old.
  • Vishweshwaraiah's primary education in Chikkaballapur and higher education took place in Bangalore.
  • In 1881, he graduated with BA degree from Madras University and subsequently obtained a civil engineering degree from Pune's College of Science.

Sir M Visvesvaraya's Career

  • Sir M Visvesvaraya later joined the Public Works Department in Mumbai in 1884.
  • Then came the invitation from the Indian Irrigation Commission. After joining the commission, Sir M Visvesvaraya introduced the best irrigation system in the Deccan Plateau.
  • Sir M Visvesvaraya most impressed by Arthur Cotton. In building the 'Krishnarajasagar Dam' for Cauvery River, Sir M Visvesvaraya influenced by the Chola kings in Tiruchirappalli and was impressed by the huge dam [Grand Anicut], which was completely renovated by Arthur Cotton in the middle of the 18th century. Later Sir MV reported these to the Maharajah.
  • The 'Automatic Flood Gate Design' used in dams has been identified and received 'patents'. For the first time in 1903, these floodgates were founded on the Khadakwasla dam in Pune. After they succeeded, they were also used in 'Tiger Dam of Gwalior' and 'Krishnarajasagar' dam in Karnataka. The purpose of these gates was to store maximum water without damage to the dam. When it was built by Krishnaraja Sagar, it was India's largest dam at that time. 
  • Visvesvaraya is famous all over the country when he arranges a flood defense system in Hyderabad to protect the city from flooding.
  • Sir M Visvesvaraya, who declared his self-retirement in 1908, was later served as the Divan of Mysore State. He worked with Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar for the overall development of Mysore state. In 1917, he established Government Engineering College in Bangalore. This college was later named after him (Visvesvaraya College of Engineering). He also worked for the development of Mysore University.
  • Sir M Visvesvaraya later joined the Department of Public Works in Mumbai in 1884. Then came the invitation from the Indian Irrigation Commission. After joining the commission, Sir M Visvesvaraya introduced the best irrigation system in the Deccan Plateau. 

Sir M Visvesvaraya's Career Stages

appointed as Service Engineer in Bombay, Nasik, and Pune.

Design and performance of water supply in the Sukkur municipality of Sindh province.

Working as a Susceptive Engineer in Surat.

Served as Executive Engineer in Pune.

Visit China and Japan

Executive Engineer for Agriculture at Pune

Executive Engineer and Subway Board member in Bombay.

Submission of documents to the Indian Agriculture Commission.

India is the new language in the irrigation sector by developing automatic dams using a sophisticated method of patenting for Fifty Lake.

introduced a new method of 'block system' in agriculture.

The Bombay Government represented the Shimla Agriculture Commission.

Operating as a Superintendent Engineer.

Visit Egypt, Canada, America, and Russia.

Designed as Special Director Engineer of the City of Hyderabad, which was flooded by the Musi river, emphasized the need for a reconstruction of all the engineering fields that were flooded.

 Retirement from British Service.

appointed Chief Engineer and Secretary of Government of Mysore.

appointed as Mysore Divan, supervised by Public Works and Railways.

Serving as Director on Tata Steel's Board of Directors.

Sir M Visvesvaraya's Honors

  • Sir M Visvesvaraya was awarded the degree of "Sir" by the British Government when he was a Divan.
  • Sir M Visvesvaraya received the Government of India's the highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna. Sir. M. Vishweshwaraiah was the first Kannadigas to receive the Bharat Ratna award.
  • The many school colleges, ITIs, polytechnic and engineering colleges are named after him in Karnataka.
  • Visvesvaraya Technological University in Belgaum is credited with launching the first EDUSAT classes in India. Its main objective is to provide better education to all university students. All engineering colleges in Karnataka are part of the prestigious Visvesvaraya Technological University.

His birthday (September 15) is celebrated as Engineer's day every year in India for the sake of commemoration of his immense service in the field of Engineer.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Burt Reynolds Dead: 'Smokey and the Bandit' and 'The Longest Yard' Star was 82

 Burt Reynolds Dead: 'Smokey and the Bandit'

and 'The Longest Yard' Star was 822 

Burt Reynolds, the mustachioed megastar who first strutted on screen more than half a century ago, died Thursday, according to his agent

Legendary actor Burt Reynolds infographic about his life

Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor with the attractive smile and mustache who played a lead role in iconic films like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Longest Yard," has died Thursday morning from cardiac arrest, at the age 82.

Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018) was an American actor, director, and producer. He first starring in television series such as Gunsmoke (1962–1965), Hawk (1966), and Dan August (1970–1971).

Reynold's career at Peak in the ‘70s after his breakout film role as Lewis Medlock in 1972’s “Deliverance.” He went on to appear in nearly 200 films throughout his lifetime.

His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972). Reynolds played the leading role in a number of box office hits, such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Semi-Tough (1977), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).

After a few box office failures, Reynolds returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade (1990–1994). He received an Oscar nomination for "Boogie Nights" in 1997.

Born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. in Waycross, Ga., Reynolds attended Florida State University for two years on a football scholarship. However, his promising career as a running back was cut short after he suffered a knee injury in a car accident.

Men are like that, you know. You find the perfect person, and then you do everything you can to screw it up
- Burt Reynolds on his relationship with Sally Field

Reynolds then focused on acting and moved to New York City where he struggled to find his footing. His first credited role was the 1958 TV series “Flight.” He also made several guest roles in shows such as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Perry Mason” and “The Twilight Zone,” among others.

Source: Wikipedia, Foxnews

Friday, August 31, 2018

"Virat Kohli's Indian team is capable of winning the 5-match Test series of England"

Former Pakistani cricketer Asif Iqbal said the team led by Virat Kohli was the best team to visit England.

The hosts are currently leading the five-match Test series between India and England by 2-1. However, India still has the chance to win the Test series.

If India comes from 0-2 behind and wins a Test series, India will become the second team after Don Bradman led Australia back in 1936.

“Even after watching the Indian team lose at Edgbaston, I strongly believed that this was the best Indian team ever to tour England. In my opinion, it was because of the way they played. They have got seamers to bowl in these conditions and spinners who can turn things around and the batsmen to score the runs.  I think their fielding has been top class during the test series so far. They have got every department covered,”

Asif Iqbal said during an exclusive interview with Xtratime.

I personally enjoy watching Virat bat in whatever format: Asif Iqbal

Asif is so impressed with the India captain Kohli's batting in the ongoing series.

Kohli is the leading run scorer in both teams of the country's mile. He has already scored a couple of centuries and fifties in the series.

“I personally enjoy watching Virat bat in whatever format. He always plays proper cricketing shots in whatever format he is playing. He doesn’t play any innovative shots. Kohli scores faster but does it without playing any rash shots. The other Indian cricketer who I enjoy watching bat is Rohit Sharma,”
Asif added.

Recently Kohli took the No. 1 Test batsman position by replacing the top-ranked Australian captain Steven Smith.

“I think Virat is rightly the No. 1 batsman in the world not just because he is scoring runs against England but the way he scores his runs. Look at the two centuries he scored especially the one at Edgbaston in trying conditions. If you look at the three test matches so far he is way ahead regarding the leading run scorer from both sides,”
 Iqbal maintained.

Asif is a big fan of how Kohli works about his work as team captain. He compared Kohli with Imran Khan. Imran remains the only leader and captain to lead Pakistan to the World Cup title in 1992.

Asif Iqbal feels Virat Kohli is a sort of a player who draws people to the ground:
“I think you need players like Virat to draw people to the cricket grounds.  The most important thing is he is producing results. Imran Khan led from the front because he used to perform and demand commitment. I can see the similarity between Virat and Imran because Virat also performs and because of that reason he can demand the respect of his teammates. Virat has all the qualities to make a successful captain,”
Iqbal remarked.

Meanwhile, a former Pakistani cricketer feels Indian team doing well in the fast bowling department. He is very impressive for the current crop of Indian fast bowlers.

“I don’t know what kind of the wickets the domestic matches are played on in India these days, but the current bunch of bowlers is all brilliant. It looks like India is producing wickets that encourage seamers. Indian bowlers in recent times have shown that if they have the conditions in their favor they can create havoc in opposition batting ranks as was the case in South Africa where they took 60 wickets,”
he stated.

Meanwhile, he found that Sachin Tendulkar was not included in the list of 11 best batsmen of all time.

“It is laughable. I don’t know who compiles such lists, as they should be a bunch of jokers. It is baffling to see the world’s leading run scorer (Sachin Tendulkar)not present in that list. I don’t know what the criteria are or how they picked these players because some of the names featuring in that list does not deserve,”
concluded Iqbal.

Source: cricketaddictor


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