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“Brahman Naman” to premier globally on Netflix

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New Delhi: The upcoming Indian comedy Brahman Naman will now be premiered exclusively and globally on Netflix, later this year.

The 80s film is directed by the famous director Q (short for Quashik Mukherjee), revolves around a champion college quiz team who try to win the all-India finals as well as lose their virginity.

The film is written by Naman Ramachandran and co-produced by Celine Loop and Steve Barron, whose credits as a director include 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and iconic music videos such as Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing”, among others.

Considered one of India’s most provocative indie film-makers, Q’s filmography includes Gandu, Tasher Desh and Ludo.

“Brahman Naman is Indian cinema at its boldest fast, furious and raucously funny,” said Netflix Chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “It’s a movie that will delight adolescents of all ages, and we’re excited to bring this hilarious tale to our members around the world.”

Brahman Naman stars Shashank Arora (who starred in Titli which premiered at Cannes in 2014) in the title character who leads his quiz team members with Tanmany Dhanania and Chaitanya Varad as his sidekicks, with the cast also featuring Vaiswath Shankar, Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy and Sid Mallya.(input from agencies)(image: cordcuttersnews)

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Amid Lockdown Netflix, Fortnite, Zoom Entertain & Empower Many

Amazon Web Services driven, Netflix, Disney Plus or Hulu and Zoom keep people busy during the lockdown

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AWS driving Netflix, Fortnite, Zoom entertain and empower millions at home during lockdown. Pixabay

As you stream your favourite movies or TV series on Netflix, Disney Plus or Hulu, or connect with your team via video meet app Zoom, leading Cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the backdrop is ensuring seamless, scalable and secure connectivity to help people at home and organisations function while they can’t operate normally at work.

According to AWS CEO Andy Jassy, a lot of things that are allowing humanity to deal with the global health crisis run on top of AWS which is Amazon’s Cloud arm and topped $10 billion in quarterly revenue for the first time in the January-March period.

“We’re just trying to help our customers in various areas. If you look at Netflix, it runs completely on top of AWS. So does Disney Plus. Hulu runs on AWS. Prime Video runs on AWS. All those entertainment pieces have kind of made time go by,” Jassy said during a fireside chat at AWS Online Summit recently.

“Fortnite runs on top of AWS, and so does Sony PlayStation. A lot of other popular games too,” he informed. The popular Battle Royale game Fortnite has gained 350 million registered players, who in April collectively spent over 3.2 billion hours in the game.

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Netflix and other platforms keeping people sane in lockdown. Pixabay

According to Jassy, AWS has its own video-conferencing service in Chime. “But a lot of people use Zoom, and the vast majority of Zoom’s cloud infrastructure runs on AWS and will for the foreseeable future,” he said. Amazon Chime Voice Connector is a service that enables enterprises to migrate their telephony workloads to AWS.

 

If you have kids at home, you also realise they’re all doing e-learning at the moment. “If you just look at companies like Blackboard and Instructure’s Canvas, which run on top of AWS. A lot of the things that are allowing us to deal with the crisis run on top of AWS. So we’re just trying to help our customers in various areas,” Jassy emphasised. AWS today offers 15 purpose-built database engines including relational, key-value, document, in-memory, graph, time series, and ledger databases.

“We have an unmatched number of those purpose-built databases that people are getting real value from and are changing the way they build applications. So (for us), it’s just the way that people are rethinking how they build in this unprecedented era of data growth,” informed Jassy. It is interesting to see how manufacturing and industrial organisations are changing in these Covid-19 times.

“In these industrial organizations, they have all of these assets that function in their facilities and their factories, and they collect really important data. And today they’re largely sending that data, through AWS IoT, to the cloud to store it and to analyze it,” said Jassy. Amazon AWS IoT has done well in terms of completeness benefiting from a robust Cloud IoT and Application Enablement capabilities. Further, AWS has been building its edge capabilities via AWS Greengrass.

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Fortnite has gained 350 million registered players, who in April collectively spent over 3.2 billion hours in the game. Pixabay

AWS has grown into a behemoth in itself, raking in $10 billion in sales in the first quarter this year, with a super annual run rate of more than $40 billion. The cloud computing service logged $10.2 billion in sales in the March quarter, up from $7.7 billion from the year-ago quarter – a growth rate of 33 per cent.

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According to Amazon, AWS now spans 76 Availability Zones within 24 geographic regions, with announced plans for nine more Availability Zones and three more AWS Regions in Indonesia, Japan, and Spain. (IANS)

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Actor Pankaj Tripathi Shares His Experience of Working in Sacred Games and Mirzapur

'Sacred Games' or 'Mirzapur': Pankaj Tripathi reveals which needed more research

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Pankaj Tripathi's two notable acts in the world of web series have been Kaleen bhaiya in "Mirzapur" and Guruji in "Sacred Games". Wikimedia Commons

One of contemporary Bollywood’s most talented actors, Pankaj Tripathi, has been outstanding in almost all his roles. With the ongoing lockdown restricting viewers to their homes, we trained focus on Pankaj’s OTT performances, since these can be enjoyed within the confines of the living room.

His two notable acts in the world of web series have been Kaleen bhaiya in “Mirzapur” and Guruji in “Sacred Games”. Both performances gained major fan base. Personally, the actor finds it difficult to choose which among the two is his favourite.

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“It would be like choosing between two children. Both characters are close to me, both have required a lot of hard work,” Pankaj told IANS, while cooking a meal amid the 21-day lockdown.

“Both of them have been very challenging. However, for Guruji I had to research more as I have seen something like Kaleen bhaiya’s life in my Purvanchal days. But I would not differentiate as both roles required a lot of hard work,” he said.

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One of contemporary Bollywood’s most talented actors, Pankaj Tripathi, has been outstanding in almost all his roles. Wikimedia Commons

“Mirzapur” follows the life of Akhandanand Tripathi, or Kaleen bhaiya, a mafia boss played by Pankaj, while in “Sacred Games” he plays the power-hungry spiritual leader “Guruji”.

Currently, Pankaj, who is also a professional chef, is getting ample time to spend with his family due to the 21-day lockdown.

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He reveals he has been “spending time cooking, and also with wife and kids”.

Lately, he has been helping his wife Mridula in making homemade mask and has also turned into a writer, penning all his thoughts. (IANS)

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Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar Disregard Tobacco Regulations in India

Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services are flouting India's tobacco regulations

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Netflix, YouTube, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video are flouting the nation's regulations on exposure to tobacco imagery in any media platform, a global team of researchers has warned. Pixabay

On-demand streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video which have become increasingly popular among young people in India are flouting the nation’s regulations on exposure to tobacco imagery in any media platform, a global team of researchers has warned.

An analysis of 10 on-demand streaming series, published online in Tobacco Control which is an international peer-reviewed journal from the BMJ, revealed that the extent of tobacco imagery and brand placement in on-demand streaming service content in India is high, while compliance with the rules is low.

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The researcher teams were from the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), a central scheme of the Indian government; Health Promotion Division, Public Health Foundation of India; Tobacco Free Initiative, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva; Onbeyond LLC, Fairfax, California; and Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco.

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Shows on Netflix such as Narcos contain many incidents of smoking tobacco. Pixabay

“There is no reason to expect that the effects of exposure to tobacco imagery in streaming shows should be any different than the effects of tobacco imagery in films,” the authors wrote.

To reach this conclusion, the researchers held focus group discussions with school and college students, aged 15 to 24, in New Delhi, to find out which streaming services they used the most and what they watched.

Based on these discussions, the researchers came up with the 10 most popular series, comprising 188 episodes.

All but two of the series were streamed on Netflix; the rest were streamed on Amazon Prime Video. Only two of the series were Indian productions.

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The 10 series were: The Marvellous Mrs Maisel (rated 16+); Stranger Things (16+); Bodyguard (16+); Riverdale (13+); Narcos (16+); Sacred Games (18+); Mirzapur (18+); Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (16+); 13 Reasons Why (16+); and The Crown (16+).

The researchers used a validated method (Breathe California) to count the number of tobacco incidents in each series.
The analysis showed that 70 per cent of the series depicted tobacco incidents which ranged from zero to 1652 in The Marvellous Mrs Maisel.

More than half of the total number of episodes (57.4 per cent) contained at least one such incident.

Narcos contained 833 incidents; The Crown 599; Stranger Things 233; Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 171; Mirzapur 78; and Sacred Games 67.

The Marvellous Mrs Maisel (18 episodes over two seasons) had the highest average number of tobacco incidents (87.5) per episode for the entire series, followed by The Crown (20 episodes over two seasons) with 29, and Narcos (30 episodes over three seasons) with 26.5.

“Indian productions contained fewer tobacco incidents per episode and per hour than those produced elsewhere,” the findings showed.

Four out of the 10 series depicted tobacco brands, including Mayburn, Camel, Marlboro, Salem and Newport. All these series were foreign productions.

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All but two of the series that contained tobacco incidents were streamed on Netflix; the rest were streamed on Amazon Prime Video. Only two of the series were Indian productions. Wikimedia Commons

“But none of the series that included tobacco incidents complied with the tobacco-free film and TV rules in India,” the study authors emphasized.

According to the researchers, the rules, which are designed to protect young people, should be more rigorously enforced.
Almost 266 million people aged 15 and older use tobacco in India, and the resulting health problems are “substantial,” the researchers added.

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Since 2012, any film or TV programme containing tobacco imagery in India must include prominent audio-visual anti-tobacco health warnings for specified periods of time, irrespective of whether it’s produced in India or elsewhere.

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“On-demand streaming content providers and governments should heed the lessons learnt from the film industry and apply the same rules to include tobacco imagery in the content available through on-demand streaming platforms,” the study said.

It’s clear that the legislation “is blatantly being violated in this new media, indicating the need for better enforcement of existing rules in India and updating the guidelines for implementation of Article 13 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control,” they elaborated. (IANS)