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Dhadak is an honest adaptation: Ishaan Khatter

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The nervous energy is palpable as Ishaan Khatter talks about the much anticipated Dhadak, set to release in a couple of weeks. “Many people are asking me if I am feeling pressurized. The comparisons can be taxing, as Sairat was such a huge hit. We are trying to keep our wits about us,” says Khatter. While many appreciated the lead pair — Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor — not everything was positive; some comments were just mean.
But through this all, Khatter maintains calm. “I think it’s important to maintain a perspective of your own, for if you get carried away by everything people say, you wouldn’t know where to look. I remember one article where they compared the trailer of Dhadak to the film Sairat. It was a direct comparison and the second line of the article said, ‘I have not seen Sairat but…’ I found that very amusing,” he says. Khatter, too like Kapoor, comes from a family of actors, parents Rajesh Khattar and Neelima Azeem, and half-brother Shahid Kapoor.
Kapoor too is relatively calm. “I think people are quick to make judgments, maybe because Sairat has such a sentimental value attached to it. I hope people give us a chance,” she says. And while both the actors, who were in Pune this week for the promotion of the film, have accepted that the comparisons are obvious, Khatter clarifies some misconceptions. For instance, that Dhadak is an adaptation and not a remake of Sairat, is a distinction that most people fail to make. “It was never meant to be a gimmicky remake. It is an honest adaptation. The characters, their ideas, and idiosyncrasies are different. It’s a new film, even for those who have watched Sairat. I think most people question the intention of making Dhadak. I don’t think it was ever made to take advantage of the commercial viability of it,” he says. Likewise, the rustic Parshya of Sairat (Madhukar Bagala), the character which Khatter plays is similar and dissimilar in many ways to Parshya. “He is a 19-year-old from Udaipur, who does odd jobs with tourists and helps his father run a cafe. He is naive, unassuming and leads a simple life. And yet a lot of his identity comes from being Rajasthani. You know, even the locals in Udaipur have an air about them, an intrinsic pride, which is unlike Parshya,” says Khatter.
Both actors admit having watched Sairat several times before the film went on floors and which is why Kapoor insists her character, Parthavi, is very different from Archie of Sairat. “I constantly feel judged and I won’t lie that there have been days when I have been down and out about it. But I love acting and nothing means more to me than being in front of the camera. I know that many people feel that I have got this opportunity too easily and I feel a sense of responsibility towards them. I want to work hard and prove myself,” says Janhvi.
Ask her what her late mother Sridevi told her when she saw the footage of Dhadak before her death and Kapoor’s voice drops considerably. “She had seen 20 minutes of footage. She was very happy, she said a lot which was very surprising. But even from her, even though she is my mom, I feel like I would have to earn the appreciation. I feel uncomfortable talking about what she said. I want people to form their own opinions,” says Kapoor.


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Infinix S4 Smartphone With Triple Rear Cameras, X Band 3 Fitness Band Launched

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Infinix S4 has now been launched in India, after the launch of the Smart 3 Plus last month. The phone sports a triple rear camera setup, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a waterdrop-style notch. The Infinix S4 key features include the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, a 6.21-inch large display, Android 9 Pie software, a 32-megapixel selfie sensor, and a 4,000mAh battery. The company also launched the X Band 3 fitness band alongside the smartphone, and it comes with real-time heart rate monitoring and up to 20-day battery life.

Infinix S4, X Band 3 price in India

Infinix S4 is priced in India at Rs. 8,999. The phone will be available on Flipkart from May 28 at 12pm (noon) IST. It will be available in Nebula Blue, Space Grey, and Twilight Purple colour options. The X Band 3, on the other hand, is priced in India at Rs. 1,599 and will be available on Flipkart from June 4.

 

Infinix S4 specifications

As for specifications, the dual-SIM Infinix S4 runs on Android Pie-based XOS 5.0. The phone features a 6.21-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 2.5D curved glass display protection. The phone is powered by the 2GHz MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. Internal storage is at 32GB with the option to expand further using a dedicated microSD card (up to 256GB).

The triple rear camera setup at the back houses – a primary 13-megapixel snapper with f/1.8 aperture, another 8-megapixel 120 degrees ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a last 2-megapixel camera as well. The rear setup is accompanied by a Quad-LED flash. Up front, the Infinix S4 will have a 32-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and screen flash. Features include auto scene detection across eight modes including portrait, text, night, backlight HDR, blue sky, sports and others.

The phone packs a 4,000mAh battery, the dimensions measure at 156x75x7.9mm, and it weighs 155 grams. Connectivity options include Bluetooth v5, Micro-USB port, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3.5mm audio jack, and more. The phone supports Face Unlock and a rear fingerprint sensor as well. Sensors on board include a G-sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, and compass.

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Announced With Improved Camera and More

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Google is bringing the second edition of its eye-wearable device — Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, with improved camera, USB Type-C port and safety frames.

Google Glass is a small, lightweight wearable computer with a transparent display that brings information into your line of sight.

“Glass Enterprise Edition 2 helps businesses further improve the efficiency of their employees,” Jay Kothari, Project Lead, Glass at Google, wrote in a blog post on Monday.

 

To enable significant power-saving, support for computer vision and advanced Machine Learning (ML) capabilities, the Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform that comes with a multi-core CPU.

The company says, Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is easier to develop for and deploy. In order to support scaled deployments, Google has also added support for Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management to the wearable.

The price of the second edition of Google Glass remain undisclosed as of now.

“Enterprise businesses interested in using Glass Enterprise Edition 2 can contact our sales team or our network of Glass Enterprise solution partners starting today.

We’re excited to see how our partners and customers will continue to use Glass to shape the future of work,” Kothari added.

In August 2017, Streye, a “Glass for Work” partner started selling the eye-wearable device Google Glass Enterprise Edition starting from $1,829 (roughly Rs. 1.3 lakhs).

Google sells the eye-wearable device with “Glass for Work” partners which are authorised to develop and deliver enterprise solutions for Glass customers.

The device has been known to be helping scientists study brain disease, during emergency and teach Morse code in four hours.

The first Google Glass was introduced with much fanfare in 2014. At $1,500, it promised a new, bold era for information.

People, however, realised the device was not yet ready to be part of their lives. There were safety and health concerns. The built-in camera raised privacy and piracy issues too.

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Juhi Chawla supports her kids dreams

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Actress Juhi Chawla says her son Arjun is good at mimicking accents and that he is hilarious, so sometimes she feels that he can probably try his hand at acting.

Juhi is currently living out of a suitcase, swinging between Mumbai, Kolkata and the UK where her teenaged children are put up in a boarding school.

In times when star kids have a ready launch-pad for their Bollywood career to take off, Juhi has shared about her children’s interests.

 

“My small monkey Arjun has clearly told us, ‘Mom don’t even think about it’. With Jahnavi, I’m not so sure. Arjun is quite funny and good with mimicking accents. He’s actually hilarious, so I feel sometimes that he could maybe try,” Juhi said in a statement.

“Jahnavi is an avid reader. If there is anything she likes in this world, and if you ask her what she wants as a gift, it will be a book. She said she wanted to be a writer.

“Then she went through a phase where she said ‘Okay I want to be a model’. Tomorrow she might say ‘I want to be an actress’. Then she might say she wants to drop all this and do sports. I don’t know, but I have learnt one thing that you have to let your children do what they want,” she added.

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