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Twitter Influencers Paid Tribute to ‘Captain Cool’



MS Dhoni

New Delhi, January 5:  Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar led the world of cricket in paying tributes to Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the ‘Captain Cool’ quit as skipper in limited overs games.

The Ranchi stumper on Wednesday stepped down but made himself available for selection for the three One-Day Internationals and T20Is against England starting on January 15. He had already retired from Test cricket in December 2014.

Not only Tendulkar and Gavaskar, themselves cricket legends, and Dhoni’s colleagues and teammates, but former England and Austrtalian skippers Michel Vaughan and Michael Clarke lauded him as India;’s most successful captain.

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar recounted the moments when he captained the country to T20 and ODI World Cup triumphs.

Tendulkar tributes on his twitter :

Gavaskar told NDTV that if Dhoni had called it a day, he would have protested outside his house, and added that the World Cup winning captain is still a destroyer with the bat.

“If he had quit as a player, then I would have the been the first one outside his house, having a dharna, asking him to make a comeback. As a player, he is still a destroyer. He changes fortunes of the game in a single over. India needs him as a player very very badly. I am happy that he has decided to stay on as a player,” Gavaskar said.

“Virat would definitely use him at number four or five because having him further down the order doesn’t make any sense. Yes, he is a finisher but he can play a big innings at four or five and still end up as a finisher,” Gavaskar said.

“The wicketkeeping will be a lot easier because he will not be thinking about the bowling changes and field placements, which can sometimes distract you,” Gavaskar added.

Dhoni’s contemporaries Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma and other players also heaped praise on him.

Indian hockey skipper P.R. Shreejesh said

Australia’s former captain Michael Clarke added Dhoni will go down as one of India’s most successful captains

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Akshay Kumar emerges as street-smart hero of 2017



Akshay Kumar

By Subhash K. Jha

Not only in 2017. This has been going on for some years. Akshay Kumar, the full-nationalistic package, blending the best of desh-bhakti with consumerism, represents that rare breed of star-actors who have constantly evolved and become more watchable with each passing year.

Included in this rarefied breed are Mumtaz, Rekha and Sridevi. Among the male stars I can think of no one else as Bollywood’s ambassador of evolution.

Like wine (which he doesn’t touch), Akshay gets better with every passing year.

I’ve known him for 18 years and his hunger to improve with every film remains. When I first met Akshay, he had just completed his first babystep towards being taken seriously as an actor. The film was Suneel Darshan’s “Jaanwar” where he played a father grieving for his adoptive son. Unknown to the world, in real life Akshay’s father was dying.

So I guess this was his first brutal and harsh encounter with method acting. Soon after, my dear friend Deepa Mehta (who is, regrettably, no more my dear friend) signed him to play the lead in “Water” and Akshay couldn’t stop enthusing over the character. Since he was required to speak in Sanskritised Hindi (the kind of language we hear in dubbed ‘Hindi’ versions of big Hollywood films) he began practising his dialogues on me every morning.

Ultimately “Water” was made with another cast.

It was fun while it lasted. Akshay was fun in those days. And unguarded. At one point he was not sure whether he wanted to marry Twinkle Khanna or another actress whom he was dating simultaneously. A moment came when he had to decide which one to marry. He decided to make that call on a flight back to Mumbai from Canada.

He called me from an airport in transit saying he had still not made up his mind. Some nail-biting, lip-chewing hours later, Akshay made his choice. And he chose well.

His street-smart wisdom has held him in good stead, whether in personal life or career decisions. The marriage with Twinkle has worked out well not because they make the Perfect Couple, but because they know each other’s blemishes and blind spots and have worked their way around them.

Career-wise, Akshay couldn’t be better placed. His role selection is not just adventurous and audacious, it could be damaging to his superstardom. Shah Rukh Khan’s decision to do image-defying roles has not been a big success. But when Akshay moves away from the expected, he seems to be fated for a soft landing.

God’s chosen one? Probably. But there is more to Akshay’s success than meets the eye. He is far more clever and sensible than most of his peers. And he isn’t afraid of making mistakes. Films like “Baby”, “Rustom” and “Airlift” in 2015 and 2016 could have easily gone wrong in their creative calculations.

But Akshay stuck it out. He was specially brilliant in Raja Krishna Menon’s “Airlift”, where he conveyed the dilemma of an entrepreneur forced to think beyond self-interest during a crisis. Akshay should have got the National award for the film. Instead, the jury headed by Akshay’s friend and filmmaker Priyadarshan gave him the award for, ha-ha, “Rustom”.

Imagine Shabana Azmi getting the National award for “Amar Akbar Anthony” in the year of “Arth”.

This year saw Akshay in two roles brimming with social conscience. Playing the crusading lawyer in “Jolly LLB 2” and a husband fighting societal prejudices to allow his wife space for personal hygiene in “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, Akshay could have easily slipped into the comforting but self-defeating zone of sanctimoniousness.

But his street-smartness served him well. Even when crusading for social reforms, he remains a rogue who is converted into a reluctant hero.

That’s why calling him the new Manoj Kumar is doing disservice to Akshay Kumar. Akshay plays his cards too well to be just a paper-nationalist. He is a super-canny entrepreneur with a penchant for tapping into the nation’s hankering for heroes.


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Feel lucky for the roles I have got, says Bhumi Pednekar



New Delhi, Dec 16: Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar, who has essayed characters such as a overweight woman in “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” and a vivacious girl in “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, feels lucky for the roles that has come her way.

“You feel happy when your films do well commercially but I feel extremely lucky about the kind of roles I have got. Yes, it is great to be part of a film that has done well but it is even better to have something substantial to do in a film,” Bhumi, who was here to launch the skin and health care brand Divine Organics, told news agency IANS.

The actress hopes to get similar roles in the future.

“I really hope to continue getting such roles. I am really happy the way life is going on,” she added.

Bhumi is gearing up for her fourth film titled “Chambal”, which revolves around the Chambal dacoits. The film is directed by “Udta Punjab” famed Abhishek Chaubey and also features Sushant Singh Rajput.


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Celebs salute Indian Army on Vijay Diwas



Vijay Diwas Indian Army

Mumbai, Dec 16: On the occasion of Vijay Diwas on Saturday, a string of Bollywood personalities like Anupam Kher and Amit Sadh salutes the valour and courage of the Indian Army.

Vijay Diwas is commemorated on December 16 every year in India as it marks the military victory over Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

Here’s what the celebrities tweeted:

Anupam Kher: My salute to Indian Army on Vijay Diwas. Jai Hind.

Amit Sadh: On Vijay Diwas, let us all remember the impeccable valour of our soldiers and salute the invincible spirit and sacrifice of the martyrs of 1971 War. They’re the ones who protect the borders to defend us every single day! Jai Hind.

Rakul Preet Singh: Saluting the real heroes of our nation and my dad who is my hero. Vijay Divas, proud army kid, Indian Army, Jai Hind. She also shared the poster of upcoming movie  ”Aiyaary”, on the occasion of Vijay Divas.

Ashoke Pandit: I salute our soldiers on this auspicious…Happy Vijay Divas. Jai Hind. Bharat Mata ki Jai.


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