“This is a job interview which I feel I am not going to get.”
With this opening, actor Swara Bhasker set the tone for the Express Adda .
Blending the personal with the professional and political, she fielded a range of questions — from her choice in films to her social media account.
She has been at the receiving end of trolling on social media platforms for her liberal opinions. During the question and answer session, she was asked about contemporary feminism by a BJP worker who drew parallels between women across the globe who voted for right wing leaders like Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
Quick to the take, she responded: “I have not used the term feminism today on this platform. It’s a historical movement, very diverse…replete with conversations and contradictions. For me, it’s all about equality — not just of representation, but also of opportunity and accountability — which not just women but many communities in India lack,” said the actor. We need to have more of a say in subjects beyond what we are going to cook today, she said.
“Feminism is about choice. If women want to deny themselves their own rights, sure. If you want to wear a saree, keep a karvachauth, vote for Trump, or Modi, sure go ahead — they are doing it already. As long as people are having conversations, all is good. As long as people are not being lynched, they are not being burnt alive, as long as they are not being tied on jeeps and being flogged, and as long as our leaders are not attending pro-rape rallies, I think all is good,” she said.
Swara Bhasker talks about feminism at Express Adda
The actor also touched upon the choice of roles she has been offered and the ones that she would like to be offered. “A historical character for sure — a biopic. And yes I would like to play a man, not just a tomboy or chop my hair. But to cross gender lines,” she said.
“It was fully the naatch gaana of Bollywood that motivated me to move to Mumbai. It is completely pathetic, sad and narcissistic — the reason that I wanted to move to Bollywood: to appear in the TV show Chitrahaar,” said Bhasker as she spoke of her journey in the Hindi film industry.
The 30-year-old also touched upon her personal privileges as well — coming from an academic background and the kind of education that she has had. “I am very privileged, all thanks to the support of my parents. Also, the kind of background I come from, equipped with a cultural and social capital. Added to this, is the fact that I speak English in Bollywood. I will say this, that maybe at that time I was not the most talented actors around. I am sure there were more talented girls from small towns, who did not quite look like from the same class as I was. I could perhaps go up to a producer and crack a joke,” she said.
The actor, whose notable works include Nil Battey Sannatta, Anaarkali of Arrah and Raanjhaana, also touched upon caste and various layers of privilege. “When we talk about nepotism and the kinds of privileges and places that we are born into, there are many invisible kinds in operation as well. There is this critique that I have been reading. If you look at the caste profile of Bollywood — the actors and stars — there are hardly any Dalits. This is something we need to think about and ponder carefully,” the actor said.
At the Express Adda, Bhasker was in conversation with The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta and National Features Editor Devyani Onial.
The Express Adda is a series of informal interactions organised by The Indian Express Group and features those at the centre of change. Past guests include the Dalai Lama, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, veteran journalist Mark Tully, herpetologist Romulus Whitaker, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, actor Tabu, writer Amitav Ghosh and cricketer Virat Kohli.
(Courtesy Indian Express)
Honor 10 Lite With Dual Rear Camera Setup, AI Scene Detection Tech Launched
Honor 10 Lite was launched in India today at an event in New Delhi. The new Honor phone that was launched in China back in November will be available for purchase in the Indian market through Flipkart and the official HiHonor India store. Honor has provided a 24-megapixel selfie camera that supports artificial intelligence (AI) scene detection technology. The Honor 10 Lite also comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC and runs Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. There is also a “dewdrop” display notch for the selfie camera. The Honor 10 Lite notably comes as a successor to the Honor 9 Lite ? 9,950 that debuted in the country last year.
Honor 10 Lite price in India, launch offers
The Honor 10 Lite price in India has been set at Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB RAM variant, while its 6GB RAM comes at Rs. 17,999. Both models come in Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, and Sky Blue colour options. Particularly, the Sky Blue colour option comes with a gradient finish. The Honor 10 Lite will be available for purchase through Flipkart and HiHonor India store. The sale will begin starting 12 am (Midnight) IST on January 20.
Honor 10 Lite launch offers include a Jio cashback worth Rs. 2,200 and a Rs. 2,800 Cleartrip voucher.
To recall, the Honor 10 Lite arrived in China back in November with a starting price of CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 14,700) for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17,800) for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model, and CNY 1,899 (roughly Rs. 19,900) for 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant.
The Honor 10 Lite comes as a successor to the Honor 9 Lite that was launched in India back in January last year. Honor claims that it has sold more than 1.5 million Honor 9 Lite units so far. The smartphone also debuted among the most popular smartphones of 2018 on Flipkart.
Honor 10 Lite specifications, features
Huawei brand Honor has provided a list of preloaded features on the Honor 10 Lite. There are offerings such as AI Shopping and Calorie Detection that both use the camera sensors of the smartphone to deliver a smarter experience. Further, the smartphone has an AI Enhanced calls functionality to reduce noise during voice calls.
The Honor 10 Lite also includes a Paytm Pay feature to enable one-click payments for Paytm users. There is an AI Smart Face Unlock feature to unlock the screen by recognising user’s facial features. The fingerprint sensor on the Honor 10 Lite can be used to unlock the screen as well as to take photos, videos, answer calls, stop alarms, and show notification panel. Furthermore, the smartphone comes with pre-installed Ride Mode and Party Mode.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Honor 10 Lite runs EMUI 9.0 on top of Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and features a 6.21-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with a dewdrop notch, 415ppi of pixel density, and a screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent. There is also a TUV-certified eye care mode that is designed to reduce the blue light effect from the display panel.
Under the hood, the Honor 10 Lite has a HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC, coupled with 4GB and 6GB LPDDR4X RAM options. The smartphone also comes with a GPU Turbo 2.0 technology that is touted to enable 60fps frame rate alongside reducing lagging and frame drops to enhance the gaming experience.
The Honor 10 Lite has a dual camera setup at the back, including a 13-megapixel primary sensor along with an f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies, there is a 24-megapixel camera at the front along with an f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone comes preloaded with an AI scene recognition technology that is claimed to recognise eight different scenes, including sky, beach, plant, flower, stage, night, room, and snow. Further, there are AI-based facial recognition and light fusion technologies.
For storing content, the Honor 10 Lite has 64GB of onboard storage in India that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). The smartphone has dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS/ AGPS, and GLONASS. Sensors on board include an ambient light sensor, compass, gravity sensor, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. Besides, the smartphone packs a 3,400mAh battery and measures 154.8×73.64×7.95mm.
Sony A6400 Mirrorless Camera With ‘World’s Fastest’ AI-Powered Autofocus Launched
Sony’s successor to its mid-range A5100 mirrorless camera has some interesting upgrades. The 24-megapixel A6400 comes with features such as 4K 30fps video shooting and AI-powered 425-point contrast and phase-detect autofocus, which Sony claims to be the ‘world’s fastest’ at .02 second AF speed. It also has real-time eye AF and subject tracking, along with a tilt and flip touchscreen, which can be especially useful for video bloggers. The Sony A6400 will go on sale in the US in February 2019 at $900 (around Rs. 63,900) for the body, or $1,350 (around Rs. 95,900) with the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.
The Sony A6400 boasts a new 24.2-megapixel Exmor Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C) sensor powered by Sony’s new Bionz X image processor. It can shoot stills at an impressive 11fps when using the mechanical shutter or up to 8fps when shooting in the silent mode. Continuous autofocus and auto-exposure tracking work when shooting in the high-speed continuous mode, and you can capture up to 116 JPEG images or 46 in uncompressed RAW format before the camera’s buffer fills up.
Its highlight feature however is the camera’s ‘real-time eye AF’ that uses AI to continuously detect the subject’s eyes. This works with multiple subjects as well as animals, keeping everyone in the frame in focus. You also have the option to manually select the eyes you want to track if you’re shooting in a crowd. Real-time subject tracking also detects depth, colour, pattern, and other spatial info to accurately follow your subject around the frame.
The Sony A6400 can shoot at ISO 32,000 or an expanded ISO of 102,400 for extremely low light conditions.
There’s also support for 4K 30fps video shooting, which utilises the camera’s full sensor for the best results. In 1080p you can shoot at up to 120fps. It supports HDR video recording as well with HLG support. The touchscreen tilt and swivel display can turn all the way around in case you’re interested in taking a selfie or want to record a video blog.
Sony also reportedly announced that it’s bringing the AI-powered eye and subject tracking and animal eye AF tracking features to its higher-end models, namely the A9, A7R and A7 III.
Mi TV 4X Pro 55, Mi TV 4A Pro 43 to Go on Sale in India
Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch and Mi TV 4A Pro 43-inch models will go on sale in India for the first time today via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores. The Xiaomi smart televisions were launched in India last week, alongside the Mi Soundbar. Both Mi TV models run the company’s PatchWall UI as well as Google’s Android TV, with dedicated buttons on the remote to switch between the two. The Mi TV 4X Pro 55 and Mi TV 4A Pro 43 models also share thin bezels, built-in Chromecast support, voice command remote controls, and 20W stereo speakers as common features. Xiaomi is also touting over 700,000+ hours of content from 14 partners.
Mi TV 4X Pro 55, Mi TV 4A Pro 43 price in India
As we mentioned, the two new Xiaomi Mi TV models will go on sale in India via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores today, starting from 12pm IST. While the Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch model price in India is Rs. 39,999, the Mi TV 4A Pro 43-inch will be available at Rs. 22,999.
Mi TV 4X Pro 55 specifications
The Mi TV 4X Pro 55 sports a 55-inch (2160×3840 pixels) 4K UHD display with 10-bit colour depth and HDR10 support. It is powered by the 64-bit Amlogic quad-core processor with Mali-450 GPU. The 55-inch TV packs 2GB RAM and offers 8GB of internal storage capacity. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth v4.2, three HDMI ports, two USB ports, one S/PDIF port, and one Ethernet port as well. As mentioned, it comes with 20W stereo speakers with DTS-HD surround sound support.
Mi LED TV 4A Pro 43 specifications
The 43-inch Mi TV 4A Pro TV sports a full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) 8-bit colour depth display, and packs only 1GB RAM. It comes with 3.5mm audio jack support as well. All the other specifications are identical to that of the 55-inch variant.