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The year 2020 will see the might of stardom being tested, as films led by Bollywood superstars like Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan are set to clash at the box office. At the same time, the trend of movies inspired by true events and people will continue to dominate, with films like “83”, “Shakuntala Devi” and “Thalaivi” courting limelight. The year will also see actors such as Vicky Kaushal trying out new genres like horror.
The new year will begin with “Bhangra Paa Le”, starring Vicky’s brother Sunny Kaushal, Rukshar Dhillon and Shriya Pilgaonkar. It will hit the screens on January 3, 2020 along with “Sab Kushal Mangal” with actor Akshaye Khanna. The film will also launch star kids — Padmini Kolhapure’s son Priyaank Sharma and Ravi Kishan’s daughter Riva Kishan.
Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy’s much delayed “Shimla Mirchi”, which stars veteran actress Hema Malini, Rakul Preet Singh and Rajkummar Rao is also scheduled to release on January 3.
A week later, the star-studded “Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior”, which is about the battle of Sinhagad in 1670 that was fought between Tanhaji Malusare and Udaybhan Singh Rathod, will release in 3D. It will have star couple Kajol and husband Ajay Devgn working on a film together after 2010 live action-animated “Toonpur Ka Superrhero”. It will also reunite the “Omkara” co-stars Ajay and Saif Ali Khan.
The same day will see actor Vikrant Massey and Deepika Padukone-starrer “Chhapaak”, which is based on the real-life story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, hitting the screens.
“Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” actors Sonnalli Seygall and Sunny Singh’s light-hearted family comedy “Jai Mummy Di” is set to release on January 17.
Dancing its way to theatres on January 24, 2020 will be director Remo D’souza’s “Street Dancer 3D” with actor Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor and Nora Fatehi.
Filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s “Panga” in which Kangana Ranaut plays a kabaddi player is also set to release on January 24.
The following week, will have Saif Ali Khan-Tabu-starrer “Jawaani Jaaneman” releasing on January 31. The rom-com will mark the debut of Alaia F., daughter of Pooja Bedi, in an important role. The film is directed by Nitin Kakkar of “Filmistaan” fame.
Himesh Reshammiya’s “Happy Hardy And Heer” is also set to release on the same day. The movie has been majorly in news due to its soundtrack that features the Internet singing sensation Ranu Mondal.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s directorial project “Shikara – A love letter from Kashmir” is set to be released on February 7, 2020. Audiences are excited for this one as he will be returning to the director’s chair. His last directorial feature film “Eklavya: The Royal Guard” released in 2007.
Filmmaker Mohit Suri’s “Malang”, starring Anil Kapoor, Disha Patani, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu, will release on February 7. Valentine’s Day is reserved for Imtiaz Ali’s next which will bring together Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan on the big screen.
Vicky will debut in the horror genre will “Bhoot Part 1- The Haunted Ship” on February 21. Actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan”, which is the second instalment of the hit film “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”, is also scheduled to release on February 21. The film will reunite “Badhaai Ho” stars Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao with Ayushmann.
The month will end with a women-oriented film “Thappad” featuring actress Taapsee Pannu. It will release on February 28.
Tiger Shroff will return in his action avatar in “Baaghi 3”. The Ahmed Khan directorial will release on March 6.
Actress Janhvi Kapoor will be seen essaying the role of Indian Air Force combat pilot Gunjan Saxena in “The Kargil Girl”, which is set to release on March 13.
Rajkummar Rao-starrer “Turram Khan”, which has been renamed “Chhalaang”, will also release on March 13. This will be Rajkummar’s sixth collaboration with filmmaker Hansal Mehta. The duo has in the past worked together in “Shahid”, “CityLights”, “Aligarh”, and “Omerta”, besides the web series “Bose: Dead/Alive”.
“Angrezi Medium”, to release on March 20, will bring Irrfan Khan back on the big screen. He had been lying low for around a year after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour. Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan will be donning the khaki in the film, which is the sequel to the widely appreciated 2017 entertainer “Hindi Medium”.
Another much-awaited cop movie with Akshay Kumar in the lead — “Sooryavanshi” — part of filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s Cop Universe, will release on March 27.
April will begin big with Ranveer Singh playing legendary cricketer Kapil Dev in “’83”. The Kabir Khan directorial is about India’s historic victory at the cricket World Cup of 1983. The actor will also share screen space with wife Deepika Padukone the film that is set for April 10 release.
“Lootcase” will also hit the screens on April 10.
Hardik Mehta’s “Roohi Afza” set for April 17 release will have Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor as the lead actors. It will face a tough competition from “Gulabo Sitabo” – a Shoojit Sircar directorial with Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana fronting the cast.
Amitabh’s “Chehre”, which has the megastar also directing the upcoming film’s chasing-and-combat scenes, will release on April 24. Anurag Basu’s “Ludo” is also set to release on April 24.
May 1 will see David Dhawan bringing back “Coolie No. 1” in a new form with actors Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan.
Mukesh Chhabra’s “Dil Bechara”, starring Sushant Singh Rajput, will hit theatres on May 8. Ribhu Dasgupta’s Bollywood version of “The Girl on the Train” with Parineeti Chopra will release on May 8 too. Actress Vidya Balan’s “Shakuntala Devi” based on the life of the late mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi will clash with the films on May 8.
Akshay’s “Laxmmi Bomb”, a remake of the super-hit Tamil horror comedy “Muni 2: Kanchana”, will hit the theatres on May 22. It’s also the day when Salman Khan’s “Radhe”, helmed by Prabhudheva, will release.
“Indoo Ki Jawani” and “Nikamma” are set for June 5 release. “Khaali Peeli” will release on June 12, followed by “Mumbai Saga” by Sanjay Gupta on June 19. June 26 will see actress Kangana Ranaut as lateTamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa in “Thalaivi”.
July 10 will have “Sadak 2” from the Bhatts family. The Mahesh Bhatt directorial will star Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt and Alia Bhatt.
“Shamshera” starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt will clash with “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2”, starring Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani, on July 31.
“Bhuj: The Pride of India”, “Attack” and “Hungama 2” are set to release on August 14.
Shahid Kapoor’s “Jersey”, which will also feature his father Pankaj Kapur, will hit the screens on August 28.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Gangubai Kathiawadi” with Alia Bhatt will release on September 11.
If September will have a few releases, October 2 will be flooded with new movies. The Gandhi Jayanti has been booked for “Sardar Udham Singh” by Shoojit Sircar, “Satyameva Jayate 2” by Milap Milan Zaveri and “Toofan” by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
The same goes for November 13. “Prithviraj”, which will launch former Miss World Manushi Chhillar as an actress, will release along with “Rannbhoomi” and “Dhaakad” with Kangana Ranaut showing off her action moves in the film.
There will be a breather. Then “Maidaan” starring Ajay Devgn will release on November 27.
Christmas time, which has proved lucky for Aamir Khan, will have the superstar’s “Laal Singh Chaddha”, a remake of the Hollywood film Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks, clashing with Akshay’s “Bachchan Pandey”. (IANS)
Atop the Vindhyagiri hills in Karnataka, a 57-foot-tall statue stands. This is the statue of Lord Gomateshwara, or Bahubali, as he is known to the local patrons. The surrounding area is filled with temples where each of the many Jain Tirthankaras sits.
Sharavanabelagola is named after a pond that is located at the foothills. 'Bel' in Kannada means white, and 'kola' means pond. This is a sacred water body to the activities of the temples. It is a tourist attraction and a pilgrim destination located 85 kilometres from Mysore, and 145 kilometres from the capital, Bangalore.
The pond that Sharavanabelagola is named after Image source: wikimedia commons
Since the statue is placed at such a great height, pilgrims are made to make a journey to the top of the hill by foot. They are required to climb the stone steps barefoot as an act of piety and devotion. Palanquins are offered only to senior citizens who wish to worship at the temple.
In 3 B.C, when India was ruled by the Mauryan Dynasty, Chandragupta Maurya became a Jain monk and took up residence in the Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri hills. He is supposedly responsible for the establishment of the temple complex at Shravanabelagola, where he lived till he died. Later on, his grandson, Ashoka made some additional changes to the place.
A shop in the tourist section that sells handmade items Image source: wikimedia commons
Every twelve years, a Mahamastabhisheka is conducted, and Jains from every part congregate to witness it. The statue is washed with water, rice flour, sugarcane juice, saffrom, sandalwood paste, gold, and silver flowers, curd, ghee, milk, and turmeric, and all the monks offer special prayers. The surrounding temples and rocks are preserved as archaeological wonders owing to the 800 edicts and inscriptions found here which span 600 to 1830.
Keywords: Shravanabelagola, Jainism, Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka, Karnataka
By Siddhi Jain
The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.
Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.
Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background
'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race and even differences in background. | Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash
Written for a global audience, the book is targeted at kids between the ages of five and 10, the reason it is embellished with colourful images of families of different types is to appeal to children's sense of sight and drive home the message at the same time. Borthakur believes children are the best place to start because the ages between five and 10 are the most formative, where little ones pick up habits, beliefs and perceptions.
The Guwahati-born author says, "With this book, I'm not trying to take away the job of parents in forming habits, I simply want to do my part as a parent. It is important that we impart the right values in our kids in a bid to build a better, more inclusive and tolerant global society that is fair to everyone." The author's first attempt at a book was an Assamese poetry 'Anubhav', published in 2010.
Set to be published under the label of Author's Channel, the book is like an adventure; a journey into uncharted territories, untouched subjects and matters long ignored. In her words. "The book takes a critical stand in defense of people in society who have had to undergo severe emotional torture for no cause of theirs. It is a terrible conception to think such people any less of a human just for being different," says publisher Aruna Naidu. By September 30, this title, priced at Rs 299, will be available online and in offline bookstores. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Book, children, Guwahati, Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories, moral, story, kids, discrimination, equality
If you feel that clean and well-groomed hands are just an essential prerequisite for women, you might like to think twice. Men should equally pay attention to their hands because our hand houses 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimeter of its skin. You can easily assume what havoc it can create in our body because in India we have the culture of eating with our hands and spaces beneath nails can become breeding heaven for germs. Moreover, clean and maintained hands boost confidence in their daily life activities. Therefore, it's important to keep your hands clean irrespective of your gender by washing or sanitizing at regular intervals. And, to keep them groomed, you don't have to visit a salon.
Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director, KAI India, gives easy and completely doable tips to follow at home:
* Refrain from harsh soaps: You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. Your soap can have a moisturizing element in it like aloe vera or shea butter. Ensure that you're washing your hands with normal water as hot water can make your hand's skin dry and scaly.
You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. | Photo by Aurélia Dubois on Unsplash
* Clip your nails regularly: Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. After cutting your nails at a comfortable length also file them using a nail filer. Never share your nail care clipper as the germs can get transferred to your loved ones. Also, don't forget to use grime remover to remove hidden germs in corners and beneath nails. Also, you may like to file your nails to have a smooth finish.
* Good quality Nail Clipper: Do not use a rusted or chromium coated nail clipper as it might be harmful to skin and might cause dangerous bacterial infections.
* Stop the habit of nail chewing: Sometimes anxiety or extreme boredom can lead to chewing of nails. This habit only makes your nails uneven and ugly. Sometimes, our unclean nail folds give rise to viral, bacterial or fungal infections, which in turn can make us sick if we chew our nails.
Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. | Pixabay
* Exfoliate your hands: Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. You can buy a scrub or make one at home using brown sugar and olive oil. After scrubbing, you need to massage your hands with moisturizer.
Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. | Wikipedia
* Don't use your nails as tools: Always keep in mind that your nails are like jewels. Never use them to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters, or scraping off labels. This results in unnecessary breakage of nails, making your hands look dirty.
Never use your nails to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters or scraping off labels. | Photo by Sammy Williams on Unsplash
* Be aware of nail or cuticle inflammation or redness: If there are any signs of infection, disinfect the skin as soon as possible with an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal ointment.
(Article originally written by N.Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Nails, groom, hand, exfoliate, chew, nail clipper, bite, cuticle