Javed Jaaferi was in New Delhi to promote his upcoming horror film titled Lupt. The actor, along with director Prabhuraj and Vijay Raaz, spoke to indianexpress.com about their film Lupt and more.
Q. We have not seen you in many horror films. What was the reason?
Javed: I have not been offered a horror film before. Also, it would be wrong to categorise Lupt into a horror film. It is more about supernatural, psychological thriller and horror mix. It is not based on a ghost. It is more based on the characters. The one I am playing in the film is extremely different to what people have seen me on the screen so far. So, I was also excited to attempt it.
Q. How is Lupt different?
Javed: There is a term used in the Hindi film industry – ‘relief’. Just for the sake of relief, sexual scenes, romance and item numbers are added. In this film, there is no relief. There is no deviation from the story. Once you get into it, you get into the film.
Q. Horror comedy Stree received positive reviews and dominated the box office. Do you think it will become a trend?
Javed: If Stree has become popular that doesn’t mean every other horror film or horror comedy will be successful.
Vijay Raaz: Today, the trend is changing so fast. One cannot stick to one thing just because it was a hit. Today, horror comedy worked but tomorrow, an action film can do well. It is almost impossible to note and crack the formula of what will be a hit film.
Q. This is one intense role after a long time. What was the reason to sign this script?
Javed: I am an actor first. Cannot eat dal chawal, biryani every day. So, we also get tired of doing the same thing. Acting is like yoga. We have to experiment with different roles to keep ourselves flexible.
Prabhuraj: I had seen his first film Meri Jung. Since then I was a fan of him. People have seen him doing comedy. He is considered as a good comedian. However, it is not right to label someone without exploring. I broke the barrier in my head. I knew he would be able to pull off a serious character. His voice and looks also make his screen presence good. And above all, an amazing actor. He fits the bill.
Q. You are every 90s kid’s favorite memory because of the work you’ve done on television. How do you recall your time on the small screen?
Javed: That was a creative zone. On television, I have had very creatively satisfying work to do. I have even enjoyed dubbing for films. See, I do not look at work in terms of money it gets me. I see it in terms of creativity. That is how my outlook is towards my career, just be creatively evolving.
Q. Any plans to make a comeback?
Javed: Why not! If there is an opportunity, I will surely want to work on television. I love the medium. However, will not do a daily soap.
Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900
Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.
The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.
The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.
“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.
Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.
As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.
Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.
“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.
Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.
The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.
Novel device can quickly detect strokes
Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.
A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.
Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.
The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.
“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.
Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”
The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.
“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.
“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.
Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.
Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton
Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.
Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.
“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.
Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.
She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.
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