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By Sreyashi Mazumdar
Trailing on the pages of Indian cinema, one might get an inkling of the epiphanic changes the industry has gone through over a period of time; starting from cheesy and cocky songs to that of movies essaying buffoonery and irrationality, the industry has belittled art per se.
In an attempt at garnering accolades and attention- in cash or kind- Bollywood glitterati have ended up laying off their creative and personal integrity. Movies like Happy New Year, Dabang, R Rajkumar, Phata Poster Nikla Hero, Dhoom 3, Ra One etc exemplify the plummeting standards of the fraternity. Despite parallel cinema gradually creating its niche amid the hovering cliché, commercial movies seem to refute every possible odd, thus fleshing out a potpourri of hamminess, crassitude and mockery.
“There was a time when I used to make sure that I don’t miss night shows on Fridays, but now I don’t feel like spending even a penny on movies. I used to be a Bollywood buff. Though movies like Deewar or Sholay might seem irrelevant to some, but the seething tension brewing owing to Nehruvian socialism during 80s and their subsequent portrayal through movies rendered some meaning to the art of film making. Mr. Bacchhan’s angry man disposition reflects upon the kind of reveries one used to bear during that particular period of time owing to the closed economy our nation was endorsing. Now a days, filmmakers are coming up with mindless movies like Happy New year and what not…I mean who would have ever thought that an actor like Shah Rukh Khan would be a party to such a plot,” lamented 50-year-old Sayan Adhikari, a film studies professor.
There was an era when singers like Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam or our beloved Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar mesmerized millions through their melodic voices; however, now a days the songs that seem to reverberate discs and pubs are the ones illustrating aftermaths of binge drinking, overt and overhauled definitions of human body parts- both male and female- like Tandoori murgi hoon yaar, Pink Lips, Jalebi Bai, Kaddu Katega Toh Sab Main Batega. Though titillating and grooving, the aforementioned songs hint at the denigrated form of lyricism.
Stalwarts like Ajay Devgan, Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor, or other sought after actors of the fraternity, despite having done wonders in movies like Omkara, Chakh De India, Haider, respectively, have been testified taking up inane projects. Limning the pervading trend, film critic Rajeev Masand once put forth a relevant point during a tete-e-tete with fourthreefilm.com, “I think the stars are excited by the fact that they are getting opportunities to stretch themselves. They protect themselves by also having a lot of blockbusters – because that is what gives you longevity and the ‘big bucks, let’s be honest. But they are definitely taking more chances and taking advantage of these new opportunities.”
The present status quo permeating Indian cinema reflects upon directors’ and actors’ desperation to helm the stage and mint money. It seems that the creative minds have given up on their penchant for quality and acumen, and have taken to an easier and degraded path to entertain the masses. The fraternity needs to fend off its Jo Dikhta Hai Woh Bikhta Hai policy to let loose the magic of art and creation.
Khadi is no longer a dull, drab fabric meant only for politicians' wardrobes. A fashion show organised by the Khadi Gramodyog Board as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to mark the 75th year of India's Independence showcased the use of Khadi in traditional, as well as, contemporary and festive wear. From lehengas in resplendent Khadi silk to western clothes and casual wear, the models on Thursday night displayed new facts of the fabric.
Several well-known Indian designers including Ritu Beri, Farah Ansari, Rina Dhaka, Asma Husain, Aditi Rastogi and Himmat Singh showcased their designs. Gaurav Gaur directed the fashion show with clothes like lehengas, kurtis, kurta pajamas and partywear.
Lucknow's chikankari and silk artisans also participated in the event. A wedding collection in Khadi was the highlight of the show. "The show was based on the concept 'Khadi for nation, Khadi for fashion' and the fabric for all costumes was provided by Khadi Gramodyog Board," said a spokesman. (IANS/ MBI)
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Intel saw its stock tumbling by more than 8 percent after the chipmaker said the industry-wide component shortage affected its PC chip business during the third quarter (Q3). Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told CNBC late on Thursday that he didn't expect the semiconductor shortage to end until 2023. "We're in the worst of it now, every quarter, next year we'll get incrementally better, but they're not going to have supply-demand balance until 2023," Gelsinger was quoted as saying.
The company delivered its Q3 results with revenue up 5 percent (year-over-year) driven by strong demand in its DCG and IoTG businesses, despite the highly constrained industry-wide supply environment. "Q3 revenue was $18.1 billion slightly below our guide due to shipping and supply constraints that impacted our businesses," George S. Davis, Chief Financial Officer, said in a statement. He also announced plans to retire from Intel in May 2022. In the third quarter, the company generated $9.9 billion in cash from operations and paid dividends of $1.4 billion.
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According to the company, the demand remains strong in its PC business with particular strength in commercial, desktop, and higher-end consumer notebooks. In an earnings call, Gelsinger said that the digitization of everything accelerated by the four superpowers of AI, pervasive connectivity, cloud to edge infrastructure, and ubiquitous compute are driving the sustained need for more semiconductors. "The market is expected to double to $1 trillion by 2030. In that timeframe, the market for leading-edge nodes will rise to be over 50 percent of the total, while the market for leading-edge foundry services will grow at twice the rate of the semi-industry overall," he envisioned.
PC demand remains very strong, and "We believe the 2021 TAM (total addressable market) will grow double digits even as ecosystem shortages constrain our customer's ability to ship finished systems," Gelsinger added. "Customers continue to choose Intel for their datacenter needs and our third-gen scalable Xeon processor Ice Lake has shipped over 1 million units since launching in April, and we expect to ship over 1 million units again in Q4 alone," he informed. (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: Intel, Chip, processor, Desktop, AI, Semiconductor, PC, Processor
Micro-blogging site Twitter has announced that its audio chatroom Spaces is now open to anyone who wants to host. The Spaces team in a tweet said that the users on both Android and iOS will now be able to host Spaces. "The time has arrived -- we're now rolling out the ability for everyone on iOS and Android to host a Space," the firm said in a tweet.
Earlier this year, the company had limited access to hosting Spaces to accounts with at least 600 followers, saying that it found these accounts would be more likely to have a good experience due to the existing audience. Twitter recently announced a new accelerator programme for creators on its audio conversation platform Spaces, to "discover and reward" around 150 creators with technical, financial and marketing support.
The 'Twitter Spaces Spark' programme is a three-month accelerator initiative. Those selected will get a stipend of $2,500 per month, $500 in monthly ad credits to spend promoting their Spaces on Twitter and early access to new Twitter features. They will also get support from Twitter's official social media handles, and "opportunities for prioritised in-app discoverability for well-performing Spaces".
Twitter has also announced plans to roll out paid Ticketed Spaces for iOS users where some hosts on its live audio feature can now sell access to Ticketed Spaces. Twitter had previously said that it will take a 3 per cent cut of creators' earnings from Ticketed Spaces. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: android, creators, ticketed, access, twitter, spaces