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Actor and entrepreneur Masumeh Makhija, who is part of Shiladitya Bora’s upcoming film ‘Bhagwaan Bharose’, and has appeared as a child actor in ‘Banegi Apni Baat’ (1994) and several TV commercials, finds it refreshing that independent productions and international cinema are finding a home on Indian screens.
Excerpts from an interview with the ‘3 Storeys’ actor about her work:
You started your career at the age of 11 and now you are an actor, entrepreneur, and producer. How has the journey been so far?
Makhija: It has been an exciting journey since the beginning as a child actor and having the privilege to work in amazing films like ‘Maqbool’, ‘Chupke Se’ and ‘Three Storeys’. I am looking forward to exploring new more challenging directions as an actor, producer, and writer.
What are you currently working on?
Makhija: The film titled ‘Bhagwaan Bharose’ directed by Shiladitya Bora and produced by Platoon One films. It explores a very hard-hitting subject that has immense relevance in contemporary India.
What is keeping you going during these trying times?
Makhija: Yoga and meditation are my anchors. It isn’t easy being locked down again but I am grateful that my family and I are safe and healthy. It is important to stay positive and help however and whenever we can.
I was lucky enough to spend the lockdown with my family. We were all caught up with our busyness before the lockdown, It truly puts priorities into perspective.
You are the CEO and Founder of ‘The Creative Tribe’, how are things going on that front?
Makhija: We have created and worked on several popular campaigns which speak with a young, vibrant voice. Over the past few years, we have collaborated with many agencies, including Mirum on ‘Mutual Fund Sahi Hai’ campaigns, and also designed campaigns for brands like AGL Tiles, PGIM, and Reliance Digital. Besides, we have been working with platforms to create AFP’s and branded content. One of the highlights was creating and writing ‘Eat.Love.Live with Masumeh’ a lifestyle program for Disney+ Hotstar, which garnered more than 6 million organic views. It is a show that explores a holistic approach to life and food.
We are currently developing feature films and web series with some of the leading studios.
Online content and streaming received a major leg-up in 2020. What worked, what didn’t, and what trends we can expect this year?
Makhija: I think it is refreshing that independent productions and international cinema are finding a home on Indian screens. In the past week, I have watched Indian, Spanish, French, and Japanese content. It is a very thrilling time to be an actor, producer, and writer. I think last year we saw a lot of mysteries and crime thrillers, In the coming years, I feel young adult shows and movies will find their niche. (IANS/JC)
Hackers have stolen crypto tokens worth $120 million from Blockchain-based decentralised finance (DeFi) platform BadgerDAO. Several crypto wallets were drained before the platform could stop the cyber attack. In a tweet, Badger said it has received reports of unauthorised withdrawals of user funds. "As Badger engineers investigate this, all smart contracts have been paused to prevent further withdrawals. Our investigation is ongoing and we will release further information as soon as possible," the company said late on Thursday.
According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million, reports The Verge. According to reports, someone inserted a malicious script in the user interface (UI) of their website. Badger has retained data forensics experts Chainalysis to explore the full scale of the incident and authorities in both the US and Canada have been informed. "Badger is cooperating fully with external investigations as well as proceeding with its own," it said. DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are open, decentralised and accessible to anyone. DeFi products open up financial services to anyone with an internet connection and they are largely owned and maintained by their users. While the attack didn't reveal specific flaws within Blockchain tech itself, it managed to exploit the older "web 2.0" technology that most users need to use to perform transactions, according to reports. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: crypto wallets, BadgerDAO, decentralised finance, Blockchain, 120 million, crypto tokens, Hackers)
A total of 120 top Bollywood and other celebrities are expected to attend the wedding of film stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal which is scheduled on December 9 in Rajasthan, said Rajendra Kishan, the District Collector (DC) of Sawai Madhopur district of the state on Friday. The District Collector told mediapersons: "These 120 guests shall follow all COVID-19 protocols and fully vaccinated guests will get entry in the much-hyped celebrity wedding."
Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.
Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Rajasthan, December 9, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, film stars, celebrities, Bollywood, Katrina-Vicky)
The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), which confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in Bengaluru on Thursday, is continuously monitoring the situation in four cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune. The NCBS is a part of a consortium of national laboratories performing genomic surveillance across four city clusters. The consortium was established four months ago with support from The Rockefeller Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Institute, and is led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. | Unsplash
The consortium is focused on upscaling genomic surveillance as part of national efforts led by the INSACOG - Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium - to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The consortium intensified its sequencing efforts after the World Health Organisation announced Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Such an intensified effort enabled the Bengaluru team at the NCBS, a member laboratory of INSACOG, in collaboration with Strand Life Sciences and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to detect, rapidly sequence and verify the existence of the omicron variant in samples from two Covid-19 infected individuals.
They hope this will aid in a rapid response to contain the spread of variants of concern. Prof Satyajit Mayor from the NCBS conveyed the information to local and national authorities, and the Indian government released a statement on December 2, all within four days of receiving the samples. Both SARS-CoV-2 genomes have also been uploaded to the global repository for SARS-CoV-2 sequences, GISAID, so that they can be publicly available to the scientific community, the NCBS said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Hyderabad, New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Situation, NCBS, Omicron)