Rajeev Khandelwal likes to describe himself as “an explorer, a husband and an actor”, but thanks to his on-screen roles, he has been labelled as a lover boy, a charmer and more. He says owing to the different genres and mediums that he has tried, it won’t be easy to “slot” him now.
It doesn’t take long for actors to earn labels. Asked if there is any specific label that he would like to shake off, Rajeev told IANS here, “When I started off (in showbiz), I was labelled as lover boy, then I did films that were very intense and then I did a show which was very different. Now I know that when people think of me, there are sections in society who like Kahiin To Hoga or Left Right Left or Aamir.
“So now, I think it is very difficult to slot me. I have done a lot of mediums. I am doing projects which are interesting.”
But he is yearning to do plays. “Theatre is something which has not happened for me. I think really highly of theatre. That would be one more thing that I would like to try other than various characters,” said the actor, best known for playing Sujal Garewal in the show “Kahiin To Hoga” from 2003-2005.
His to-do list might be long but joining a reality show as a contestant is not a part of it. “I am not meant for reality shows. I am not against them, but as an individual, I don’t think I can compete for something to show my talent.
“I love Khatron Ke Khiladi because I want to do the stunts. I am a very outdoor person. I love adventure sports, but I can’t take that show. I don’t want to do the stunts because I have to beat somebody else. I want to do the stunts for my own sake.”
That doesn’t mean that he likes to stay away from non-fiction shows. After hosting shows like Deal Ya No Deal and Sacch Ka Saamna, he is back as a host of another TV project. Zee TV’s Juzz Baatt – Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak shows Rajeev firing questions at his celebrity guests and also having a gala time with them.
“It’s too early to say, but so far, the response has been good. I am also learning. I am getting more comfortable with the role as a host. This is not a scripted show. I will take my own time to improve myself as a host. I know that I will be one of the best hosts,” Rajeev said with a smile.
The weekend show has had guests like brothers and actors Rohit and Ronit Roy, star couple Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya. Is it easier to get personal with guests as he is a celebrity himself? “I am Rajeev first, then a celebrity. If you meet me outside, I wouldn’t have bothered for a second whether you know me or not. I would have connected with you as a person. I connect with so many people.”
Sharing an example, he said, “Recently, I was on a flight. There was this lady sitting next to me. I found her so cute.
She was about 80 years old. I said this is going to be a fun flight because she was a very fun-loving woman. We had a blast. I figured out that she didn’t know me. So I could be myself. It was only towards the end that she said that she loved almost all my characters. So, I connect with people on a human level.”
But he is not a fan of sharing about his daily routine on social media.
“Why should I share a picture of myself doing something at home? It takes a lot of effort (to put photographs or videos of himself on social media).
“I am not making a difference to society by putting it up, but I guess that’s the norm….I don’t think too highly of myself. I am a very normal and ordinary guy. People call me reserved but I am not. It’s just that I don’t think it’s worthy of being shared on a social media platform.”
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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