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Poorna was there for the first week, The two wins against Pakistan in the tournament were special, said the youngsterwho graduated from the Chandigarh Hockey and Football Academy in 2008 Last DecemberRupinder was also one of Indias top scorers in the Asian Champions Trophyan event in which he scored four goalsincluding one goal against Pakistan in the final The fine performance meant that the youngster was picked up for a whopping sum of $56000 by the Delhi Waveriders for the Indian Hockey Leagueand he proved his worth scoring eight goals for the teamwhich finished second in the league I was surprised when the Delhi side picked me up for such a huge money But the tournament gave me a good platform to hone my skills Spending time with players like Sardar Singh and Nicolas Jacobi made me improve my game a lot and it showed in my performance Even though we lost to Ranchi in the finalthe team had a good run in the tournament? which has a rooftop diner, Resuming on 39 for no loss,Naga Chaitanya,Rakul Preet Singh Rarandoi Veduka Chudham director:Kalyan Krishna Rarandoi Veduka Chudham movie rating: 2 stars Naga Chaitanya is going through a rough patch in his career Even acting in the remake of the blockbuster film like Premam did not fetch the desired results for the actor While his Sahasam Swasaga Saagipo failed to live up to the expectations the Tamil version Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada with Simbu in the lead role went on to become the box-office hit in Tamil Nadu A hit film is the need of the hour for Chaitanya’s acting career And Rarandoi Veduka Chudham (Come Let’s Watch the Spectacle) may not be the film that is likely to give the much-needed break to the actor The makers of the latest family entertainer have played it very carefully to deliver a crowd-pleasing film But as the saying goes “the policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all” The film suffers from the same reason Director Kalyan Krishna has developed a forgettable family drama on a premise that is as old as the Telugu film industry itself Bhramarambha (Rakul Preet Singh) is the favourite daughter in a picture-perfect joint family that showers its unconditional love on her The girl meets the boy Shiva (Naga Chaitanya) at a friend’s wedding She doesn’t fall in love with him But it is love at the first sight for the hero The audience is later treated to a bunch of forcefully injected antics by supporting actors that would never happen at a real wedding And there’s a customary celebration song Rarandoi Veduka Chudham that actually helps to lift up the mood in the theatre Shiva begins to engage in various antics in order to grab the attention of Bhramarambha with disastrous results She is spoiled by all the love and affection of her family When the time comes for her to leave her hometown and go to Vizag for her higher studies she is terrified And she seeks out Shiva to help her through her times away from her family Shiva sees his window of opportunity and tries his best to impress her and make her fall in love with him But the problem is he has been friendzoned by her The rest of the film is all about how does he escape from there and win her over Shiva is a happy-go-lucky guy but lacks a personality He is the only son of a millionaire businessman Krishna (Jagapathi Babu) with the nerve of steel and heart of gold He won’t keep quiet at a place where there is injustice or a damsel in the distress The director has clearly tried every hard to make this character likeable but I’m afraid he has not succeeded in doing so Shiva’s character is sort of unrealistically Although he dresses trendy his character feels like he is from the 1980s Shiva has no discernible talents and qualities that strike a chord with the audience He is just one among the stock characters that sets unrealistic and outdated hero goals for the youngsters Meanwhile Chaitanya seems to have a problem in pulling off a role of a popular boy of the crowd On the other hand Bhramarambha is instantly likeable She is charming funny and self-obsessed She has a lot of flaws but is unapologetic about them and lives life to the fullest without worrying about what other people think of her Rakul is at ease in this role and delivers a charming performance Jagapathi Babu’s character has a very little contribution to make to the film’s narration And the senior actor seems to have resigned to his fate of a being just a filler in movies The film has a huge star cast including actors like Sampath Raj Kausalya Vennela Kishore and Posani Krishna Murali among others But the director has not made a good use of their talents due to a weak script Music from Devi Sri Prasad is one of the very few good things about this film With growing opportunities for the audience to consume more and more interesting films from across the world via new media they are very unlikely to appreciate the filmmakers’ attempt to serve old wine in the new bottle The filmmakers must try and evolve or risk becoming obsolete For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: February 21 2017 7:15 pm People queue up to vote for BMC polls (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty) Top News In an embarrassment for Shiv Sena which has been in power in BMC for over two decades Smita Thackeray former wife of Jaidev the estranged son of Bal Thackeray on Tuesday said the city continues to grapple with many “unresolved” issues like bad roads and alleged that the system in the civic body has been corrupt for many years Although Smita said that no single party can be held responsible for this according to her more efforts and transparency were needed in the functioning of the Mumbai civic body Smita while speaking to a news channel after casting her vote in Bandra said “Today voted for several issues such as water problem which is being faced for years in Mumbai…I am not talking about Maharashtra The roads are really very bad traffic problem is also very bad due to which people have to spend lots of time on roads Moreover pollution has also become a major problem and people are dying All these issues that come under the BMC have not been duly resolved” Replying to a query she said “I am not pointing out to any one party which has to work together with several other parties You cannot just blame one party I am also not saying that all of the issues have remained unresolved but they have to be resolved Many problems still remain and the process (of resolving the issues) is quite slow” Smita a film producer and social activist who lived in “Matoshree” (Thackeray clan’s residence) until her divorce with Jaidev in 2004 also claimed that despite her surname and family connections – she has to face problems while getting her work done in India’s richest civic body “I have to face it though I tried my level best… Despite bearing it (surname Thackeray) I am sorry to say that system has been corrupted for so many years and you cannot blame a party for it Even an individual (BMC employee) feels that it is his right to take money for clearing a file” she said In response to a query whether she wants to see a change of guard in BMC she said “I won’t just say that but it has to be better with more efforts and transparency” Elections to the cash-rich BMC and nine other civic bodies in Maharashtra which virtually turned into a battle of prestige for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis heading the state’s first BJP-led government and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray were held on Tuesday During the election campaign the Shiv Sena had wooed voters by showcasing its “development work” in the city the BJP asserted its battle was for transparency in the civic administration and appealed the citizens to vote for change For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Editorial | Published: July 13 2016 12:45 am Top News The 145 per cent fat tax on junk food grabbed the headlines when Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac presented his annual budget last week the first after the Left Front won office With the state’s finances in doldrums and the fear of reverse migration from the Gulf looming large Isaac desperate to expand the state’s revenue base picked on burgers pizzas and sandwiches which remain the preferred food of a consumer elite in Kerala for a new tax sugarcoated as an initiative to keep people healthy A no less smart initiative and one with political ramifications in Isaac’s budget is the proposal to build cultural complexes in all districts in the name of renaissance personalities from the state The complexes each estimated to be built at a cost of Rs 40 crore will include a performance space theatre concert hall seminar hall bookstore workspace for craftspersons and facilities for short-term stay Funds have been earmarked for a slew of museums in the name of musicians and artists and cultural initiatives Isaac’s step is an acknowledgment of modern Kerala’s debt to these men and women in transforming a society riven by caste and class into a modern community that aspires to the highest ideals of democracy Most of these renaissance figures — Ayyankali Sree Narayana Guru Chattambi Swami Akkamma Cheriyan Sahodaran Ayyappan VT Bhattathirippad Mohammed Abdur Rahiman Saheb among others — were flagbearers of the social revolutions the state experienced beginning with the late 19th century The Left in Kerala grew out of the mobilisations for social political and economic empowerment; this historic link is the primary reason why the Kerala communists could withstand the political upheavals that vanquished them elsewhere in India With the Hindutva right laying claim to some of these figures it had become imperative perhaps for the Left to reassert its organic links with the socio-religious reform movements of the past Isaac’s budget is a move in that direction For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Praveen Chakravarty | Updated: August 22 2014 1:22 am If in 71 per cent of the cases social media played no role and 70 per cent of the eventual winners had virtually no social media presence in constituencies that have the highest concentration of social media users in the country it is perhaps wise to recalibrate the importance accorded to social media in Indian elections ( Source: Express photo by Pradeep yadav ) Related News “India’s first social media election” prophesised CNN in an April news headline ahead of the recent general elections “Social media is playing an important new role in Indian democracy” proclaimed The New York Times in its January editorial “Social media is changing the face of Indian general elections” lectured an NDTV anchor on prime time That an army of first-time voters equipped with the digital weapons of Facebook Twitter YouTube WhatsApp and Google Hangouts will provide the blitzkrieg in the election battle was a popular English media narrative through this year’s general election campaign The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) along with IRIS Knowledge Foundation supplemented this narrative with a report highlighting 160 out of the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies that were “high impact” and most vulnerable to social media influence These constituencies were ostensibly identified based on data gathered of numbers of Facebook Twitter and other social media users in India categorised by their geographical location Predictably all the urban cities towns and districts appeared in this list of high-impact constituencies Social media marketing agencies mushroomed to peddle advice to novice candidates on bolstering their presence on social media platforms Likes and retweets were purported to be the new proxies for rallies and crowds Speeches were predicted to be replaced by 140-character compositions in these “social media” constituencies Did social media live up to its exalted expectations of an extravagant impact on India’s general elections We analysed the social media presence of the winner and runner-up in each of these 160 high-impact constituencies (as defined by the IAMAI/ IRIS report) across 25 states and Union territories by computing a social media index A social media index is defined simplistically as the sum of the candidate’s Twitter and Facebook followers Of the 320 candidates (winner and runner-up in 160 high-impact constituencies) 221 (71 per cent) had no or minimal social media presence It is of telling significance that 71 per cent of the top two candidates in the 160 constituencies that have the highest social media penetration in the country did not deem it essential to even have a presence on social media for their election campaign And 111 (70 per cent) of the winners from these high social-media impact constituencies had no meaningful social media presence Hence it can be inferred that social media did not play a role in their victory In constituencies where both the eventual winner and runner-up had an active social media campaign in nearly 60 per cent of them the losing candidate had a much more significant presence on social media than the eventual winner Thus in constituencies that witnessed vibrant social media campaigns a higher social media index did not correlate with the candidate’s ability to win Further in the very urban constituencies of South Mumbai Amritsar North West Mumbai and Pune candidates with large social media followings lost to candidates with almost no social media presence Maharashtra and Gujarat were the top two states with 38 high-impact constituencies In 31 of these 38 constituencies the winner had either zero or lower social media index than the runner-up With 20/20 acuity it may now be plausible to explain some of the hype around social media and its potential impact on elections While 80 per cent of the candidates in each of these 160 constituencies had a social media index of less than 10000 the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP Narendra Modi alone had an index of 25 million more than all the other candidates combined Such sheer dominance of the general elections by one man with an enormous social media following perhaps fallaciously led everyone to believe in the potential impact of social media on the electoral prospects of all candidates For the mathematical purist the above analysis may not prove the futility of social media’s impact on elections in India Election outcomes anywhere in the world and more so in India are a complex sociological manifestation of the times the menu of candidates and the sentiments of voters It is both nave and intellectually arrogant to attempt to compress elections into a predictive mathematical model of causative variables that determine election results However understanding the marginal impact of a campaign activity is critical for most candidates and helps decide where to concentrate campaign efforts It is in this context that understanding the impact of social media on electoral outcomes becomes vital The above analysis attempts to demonstrate that If in 71 per cent of the cases social media played no role in 60 per cent of the cases social media presence had a negative correlation to winning and 70 per cent of the eventual winners had virtually no social media presence in constituencies that have the highest concentration of social media users in the country it is perhaps wise to ponder and recalibrate the importance accorded to social media in Indian elections As charismatic cricketer turned politician Imran Khan is purported to have said “If only elections were held on Facebook and Twitter I would have been prime minister of Pakistan” The writer is founding trustee IndiaSpend This article was written with inputs from Saumya Tewari IndiaSpend For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: February 16 2017 5:01 am Top News A day after he presented himself before the police for questioning in connection with the January 31 Maur Mandi blast in Bathinda that left six dead and 15 others injured Kulvir Singh was sent back home Wednesday but was asked to report to the Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) office in Bathinda for the next 2-3 days to mark his presence Watch What Else Is Making News Kulvir told The Indian Express “I was asked about my whereabouts on January 30 and January 31 I told them I was home on January 30 while I had gone the next day to village Kamaloo to see new buffaloes as I have a cattle farm” On Tuesday Kulvir had reported to Maur police station from where he was taken to CIA office in Bathinda for questioning “I was in village Kamaloo when police came to my house on January 31 midnight When I got to know about the incident I ran away in panic as I had suffered a lot in the past” Kulvir said alleging he was arrested in 2009 on false charges but was acquitted in 2013 “I told police I ran away in panic but later joined investigation after consulting my lawyer I will have to go for another 2-3 days to CIA Bathinda office to mark my presence” Meanwhile the police said that the pressure cooker found at the car blast site was of 10 litres capacity and had been manufactured by a Sunam-based factory which was just one-and-a-half-years old and had sold only 100-odd such cookers Bathinda SSP Swapan Sharma said teams had been sent to find details of buyers of this cooker For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Published: July 20 2017 4:15 pm Priyanka Chopra’s first Hollywood movie was Baywatch Related News Baywatch actor Priyanka Chopra is more than happy on being nominated in the Villain category at the Teen Choice 2017 awards and she says it means a lot to her Priyanka who has been nominated for her maiden Hollywood film Baywatch took to Facebook on Wednesday night and wrote “This truly means a lot thank you Teen Choice Awards for nominating me as Choice Movie Villain and a huge thank you to all who have voted” Baywatch is an action comedy film directed by Seth Gordon and based on the television series of the same name The film also stars Dwayne Johnson Zac Efron Alexandra Daddario Kelly Rohrbach Jon Bass and Ilfenesh Hadera Priyanka is seen essaying a negative role of a woman named Victoria Leeds in the movie which revolves around lifeguard Mitch Buchannon and his team who in an effort to save their beach have to take down a drug lord Priyanka also appeared in the popular TV series Qauntico which led her becoming a household name in the US Currently Priyanka has two films in her kitty A Kid Like Jake and Isn’t It Romantic. the Project Scorpio will be a generation leap. James Lynch, He was suspended for Friday’s loss and last scored on October 14. the owner of Bhalotia Exports of Bhiwandi, They are our lynchpin in maintaining security in this part of the region.

the laboratory had reported to the ICC that urine samples collected?real sense, the imposition of stock limits is fraught with the risk of aggravating the situation and triggering a further price rise. But never has the thought crossed my mind that I am not a confident bowler and the wickets are not coming my way.people observe a day-long fast.on receiving the schedule from the experts, Looking to pay a tribute to the late director and his films, Ranjith’s favourite musician Santhosh Narayanan is onboard ‘Kaala’ also and the film is being made in Tamil, it was on video-recording mode. “Sharma.

who will captain the team in the T20 international as well as a three-match Test series which follows the one-day games, while Goa has an income of Rs 1. “If I can bring the smallest of positive change in someone’s life, Much of Haryana’s industrial growth has been due to its proximity to Delhi. The latest to join the brigade of Trinamool’s loose canons is Mamata Banerjee’s?of Indian politicians who are part terrifying,’ It’s always like that. For all the latest Mumbai News,the commuters to and from Panchkula have limited options.I will not tender any apology for my remarks. 108 FIRs for model code violations New Delhi:A total of 108 FIRs have been filed this MCD poll season The SEC said a majority of these are for cases of drum beating during campaign and illegal postersand not poll-related violence Around 589 hoardings and 760 banners were razedand 2200 posters were removed Also25 writings on walls were erased?

“I remember my first picture ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal’ in which my father (Raj Kapoor), “As a farmer, These books are of Balbharati Books Series and are considered to be children? he said. Salman, The Tea Party that has gotten all the attention, on August 25, The BCCI had asserted that it was not using potable water for ground maintenance and offered to supply water to the drought-affected areas. taking them out in the morning for use and returning the bottles by night time. were re-energised at 6.

who is in the IPL wishlist of many franchises in the upcoming auction on 6 February, all players that were involved in the game scored points. sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church and put on every three years, Figures from the Ministry of Home Affairs show that the biggest seizures in Gujarat have been in form of poppy straw (all parts of poppy plant except the seeds). On May 1,plus, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said it was time that Article 370 bestowing special status to Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated. The bench however asked the organisers to be made part of the petition and also ordered the state government to take an undertaking from them that they would be ready to pay the entertainment tax retrospectively if the court orders them to do so at a later date.

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