The shooting of Bollywood biopic ‘Shakeela’ had to be shifted from Kerala to Karnataka due to the devastating floods. But director Indrajit Lankesh says the experience of shooting here has given them a chance to explore some unexplored locations of Karnataka. ‘Shakeela’, starring Richa Chadha, narrates the life story of southern adult film actress Shakeela. “We finished the scripting and location search for the film well in advance, which is a regular process. A week before we started rolling (in Kerala), the rain started and then the floods… So yes, it was very difficult for us to change everything immediately for our shooting.
“But I would say that creating Kerala in Karnataka was a blessing in disguise. We have got some of the unexplored locations in various parts of Karnataka,” Lankesh said in an interview on-location here. “We had to create some specific structures of Kerala architecture on set to make it look authentic. We had to work a little harder to create that world (in Bengaluru), but I think it is worth investing such energy. The story is worth telling,” said Lankesh, a recipient of the Karnataka State Film Award.
The story of the film revolves around Shakeela who is known for acting in adult-themed southern Indian films — something which gave her a ‘porn star’ tag. Sharing his view on this, Lankesh said: “I think all the tags and isolation she dealt with in her life has come from the society, especially from the narrow-minded people. She was called a porn star or a B-grade film actress. A porn film never released in theatres, all her films were certified by the authority. Since those films made huge money, it is clear that we have an audience for such content. Then why disrespect an actor to be part of such content?”
“Rather I think she was cornered because she practically made many male actors insecure with her success,” he added. Calling the Indian society “judgmental”, Lankesh said: “The story of Shakeela is an example of that. We are too quick to judge an individual without knowing the person at a deeper level. And I strongly believe that such mindset should be changed.” According to the filmmaker, the “unjust society” not only pushed Shakeela to a corner with constant humiliation but also threw her out of the film industry. “Finally when I met her and realised that she is living in a one-room house from where she started her career, it shook me from within,” the filmmaker said, explaining exactly what intrigued him to make a film on Shakeela.
Wasn’t it unbelievable to know to see that who was once a star in south Indian cinema, failed to even buy a house and good lifestyle for herself?
Explaining this, Lankesh said: “In the present times, when we get a job, we start planning for our future because we are educated, we are calculative. Shakeela came to the film industry out of poverty and her aim was to survive in the crisis. Since she had no exposure and education, she made several wrong financial and emotional decisions. That is how, even after reaching the top, she had a hand-to-mouth situation.”
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.