Model-anchor Rochelle Rao is thrilled about the new season of “The Kapil Sharma Show” as she will get to play “quite a few different avatars” on the show. She says as far as comedy shows are concerned, they aren’t just related to stereotypes in regards to women. She feels that everyone is stereotyped in some way or the other, but all in good humour and spirit.
“When talking about a comedy show, it isn’t just related to stereotypes in regards with women, as honestly every stereotype that exists is explored on such shows. That is what actually gives us something to make fun of and joke about,” Rochelle told IANS in an email interview.
“So when it comes to that aspect of comedy, I feel that everyone needs to be a bit more sporting and learn to take it as a joke because that is what comedy is all about. You make fun of the world around you and life as we know it. But if we were to start considering each and every stereotype as it is, it would actually become quite hard for us to even come up with jokes and any kind of entertaining content.
“Though honestly speaking, in India this is what the audience loves. They love hearing a joke about a guy who sounds just like their boss, or even about a woman who sounds just like their mother-in-law.”
She feels that’s what comedy does.
“It gives people an opportunity to laugh about the things in their life, which would have otherwise caused them a lot of stress. So it’s not just the women, but just about everyone is stereotyped in some way or the other, but all in good humour and spirit,” said the former beauty queen.
Talking about her act in the show, which also features comedians like Bharti Singh and Kiku Sharda, she shared: “My act is a bit different as I will be seen in quite a few different avatars on the show. I can’t really reveal too much on that, but my character has been developed a bit more, with the glamour quotient intact as well, with a lot more experimentation and the fun element of course.”
The unique element of the show, she feels, is that they manage to strike a balance between the show being a healthy comedy family one as well as the characters bringing in their naughty side to the screen.
“It is really hard at times to keep a check on this in the comedy genre, but that is what makes us different because anyone from any walk of life can sit down and have a good laugh. That is definitely a very unique quality of our show,” she said.
“The second thing which makes us different is the fact that we are willing to explore what people haven’t been able to do before. Our characters are very relatable as well as so odd and strange.”
As far as working with Kapil Sharma, it’s always been a great experience for her.
“He is somebody who really takes the time to make sure that everybody is comfortable and understood well. He is always particular about where the gag or script is going, and we are always having a lot of fun on set!
“Kapil has overall set a very good habit of everyone just being together as a team, working together and building the script together as well as having some good laughs even while rehearsing. There is no hierarchy, no ego battles and just none of that. Our set is a really fun environment to be on, and it of course starts with him. It’s always felt like family to work with him,” she said.
BBM Aka BlackBerry Messenger to Shut Down in May, but BBM Enterprise Becomes Available to Individual Users
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is shutting down. Emtek, an Indonesia-based company which had taken over the development of BBM consumer version in 2016, on Thursday announced that it will be winding down the messaging service on May 31, 2019. In light of Emtek’s announcement, BlackBerry has stated it is releasing BBM Enterprise (BBMe) for the individual users. The Android version of the BBMe is already available for download, whereas the iOS version will be coming soon. BlackBerry Messenger once used to be one of the most popular messaging apps in world and a key feature of the BlackBerry devices. It was later introduced on Android and iOS platforms, but its popularity dwindled as competing chat apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger gained momentum.
Emtek blamed the difficulty of bringing new users to BBM as one of the reasons why it is closing down the service. BlackBerry Messenger will continue to remain functional up to May 31, after which the app will cease to operate.
“Three years ago, we set out to reinvigorate BBM consumer service, one of the most loved instant messaging applications, as a cross-platform service where users can not only chat and share life experiences, but also consume content and use payment services,” Emtek wrote in a blog post. “The technology industry however, is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on.”
It is important to note here that BBOS or BlackBerry 10 users will remain unaffected as BlackBerry continues to manage BBM for the platform, but they won’t be able to send and receive messages from BBM for Android/ iOS users after Emtek shuts the app down.
Meanwhile, following Emtek’s decision, BlackBerry has decided to step in, and the company revealed in a press release that it is bringing BBM Enterprise to the individual users. The service was earlier limited to the company’s enterprise customers. BBMe is now available as a free download from Google Play Store and it will be coming to Apple App Store soon.
According to BlackBerry, BBMe will be free to use for the first year, following which the users will have to buy a six-month subscription at $2.49 (roughly Rs. 170).] Given that BBMe includes built-in enterprise-grade end-to-end encryption, which is not available in BBM consumer version, the subscription may be worth price for avid BBM users.
“This decision [to release BBMe for individual users] was made out of BlackBerry’s respect for loyal BBM users and was not a contractual obligation,” BlackBerry said in a statement.
Instagram testing co-watching feature on app
Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is testing a new feature that would let users co-watch on-platform video content with friends, while being able to see their reactions on the video via the phone cameras.
The option would start with a split-screen view, where users would be able to apply face filters and other visual tools to their personal camera feeds, Social Media Today reported on Thursday. “Instagram’s co-watching media picker is essentially tabs of Explore, Saved and Liked.
It’s somehow also showing me photos though.
Unless Instagram designed co-watching so we can stare at an image together, it will be fixed when released,” reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong tweeted.
The feature would let users watch Instagram videos together with added interactive elements of being able to see and hear their co-viewer in a minimised window.
At present, the option appears to only support two concurrent viewers, alongside the Instagram Live functionality.
“That could be somewhat restrictive, but then again, previous research has shown that 85 per cent of the messages shared on Instagram are distributed to the same three friends, highlighting a desire for more intimate communication on the platform,” report added.
The photo-messaging app’s test feature is similar to Facebook’s previously launched “Watch Party” feature — that lets users watch public videos in real time with a group of friends on the app.
Since launching Watch Parties in groups last July, Facebook says that it has facilitated more than 12 million “Watch Parties” within Groups alone, while “Watch Parties” also garner 8 times more comments than regular videos in Groups, the report noted. Instagram has not commented on testing or availability of the feature as yet.
F&D R3 Wireless Speaker Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 4,990
Audio brand F&D, also known as Fenda Audio, has made a name for itself in the audio accessories space, and sells a wide range of affordable speaker systems, headphones, portable speakers, soundbars, and more. The brand is available both online and offline, and is considered a good entry-level option for aftermarket speaker systems. The latest product from the company is the F&D R3 wireless speaker, which is priced at Rs. 4,990. The product is available online through major portals, as well as offline in retails stores across the country.
The F&D R3 is a portable wireless speaker which uses Bluetooth to connect to various source devices, such as smartphones and computers. The speaker uses two 3-inch full-range drivers along with passive radiators, for a total of 12W of output. The speaker has a frequency response range of 70-20,000Hz, and weighs about 950 grams. For connectivity, the R3 uses Bluetooth 4.2, and also allows for FM radio, TF cards, auxillliary, and USB drives for music playback.
The speaker has a 4,500mAh battery which promises battery life of up to five hours on a single charge. The speaker features an interesting pattern on the exterior, along with controls for power and playback at the top. The speaker has an MRP of Rs. 4,990 and will be available to buy at various online retailers, among other offline retail stores.
F&D is better known for its 2.1-channel and 5.1-channel speaker systems, but also has a large range of wireless speakers, headphones, earphones and soundbars. The company has been present in the Indian market for some years now, and offers buyers affordable options for home and portable audio equipment.
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