Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, who is gearing up for his upcoming directorial venture, a multi-starrer period drama “Takht”, says its story is based on a true historical account. He vouches that it will be treated with dignity in the film.
Sharing an insight into the story, Karan told the media here: “The film is based on a true historical event that transpired… It is embedded in history and that is why it is important to tell the way it was.”
Considering what happened to “Padmaavat”, which also had a historical reference, isn`t it a risky genre to explore?
Karan said: “It is not my interpretation of history but what happened then. The story is based on the Mughal empire and what people know… Every writer and director has their interpretation of history, but in this case, we are not creating anything. It is based on the historical facts and we are doing it with a lot of dignity.”
The film features an interesting cast including Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor.
Asked if it was tough for him to choose actors for the project, he said: “Partially yes, but eventually I am happy with the cast that I have. I think this is one film that I am directing where I took some time to reach the cast.”
Karan is also one director-producer who gives his writers due importance and prominent credit.
Talking about it, he said: “Filmmaking is a writer`s medium. It is not a director`s medium. It is not an actor`s medium… In our industry, directors and actors are taking the limelight, but writers are the heartbeat of a film. So they should be given the importance. And there is no point of giving credit in the closet door… One should give them credit out there.”
As there is a possibility of comparison of his first ever period drama with those of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is known for the genre, does Karan feel any pressure?
“Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. And eventually, you have to go out of your comfort zone to create something special. I think Mr. Bhansali has achieved some of the most beautiful pieces of cinema, his work is of a beautiful canvas. I am an admirer of his work as a fraternity member. But my film cannot be compared to what I have done or anybody else has done,” he said.
Having started his career as a film director with “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, Karan made his mark not only as a film director-producer but also as a chat show host with his popular “Koffee With Karan”, as anchor of several live shows, reality TV show judge and as a radio jokey for a radio show titled “Calling Karan”.
What is his way to stay motivated towards his work for so many years?
“I think it is important to be surrounded by the right kind of people who will tell you when you are going wrong. I do not hang out with `yes` people but people who are critical about my work. Without that, one cannot keep at it. In my office, we have a rule that we share each other`s opinion on film, script and any piece of work on personal email. I think that really helps to improve work.
“I do not take myself so seriously and I think one of the best ways to stay relevant is to talk to the young generation. Their thoughts and their ideology should be heard and that helps me to stay updated and relevant to the present time.”
Does he get to listen to criticism as he is one of the powerful filmmakers of Bollywood?
“I only give them (people) the right to do so… I do not create a distance from them. So, they can tell me if something is wrong. I allow people to be critical of me and be honest,” answered the filmmaker, who will soon be seen as judge of a talent hunt show “India`s Got Talent” on Colors channel from October 20.
Honor 20 Pro With Quad Camera Setup, Hole-Punch Display Launched
The Honor 20 series has finally been unveiled, and the most premium of the three phones is the Honor 20 Pro. The phone is equipped with a quad camera setup at the back and a 32-megapixel selfie senor for imaging and video shooting. It features a 6.26-inch hole-punch display, packs a large 4,000mAh battery, is powered by the Kirin 980 processor based on the 7nm process, and offers up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The fingerprint scanner is side-mounted. At the London launch, Honor also unveiled the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Lite.
Honor 20 Pro price
The Honor 20 Pro is priced starting at EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 46,500). The phone has been made available in Phantom Black and Phantom Blue colour options.
India pricing and availability is set to be announced on June 11. The phone will be sold on Flipkart online. Alongside the Honor 20 Pro, the company also launched the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Lite phones at its London event as well.
Honor 20 Pro specifications
As for specifications, the Honor 20 Pro runs on Android Pie-based Magic UI 2.1.0. The phone features a 6.26-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with 412ppi pixel density and 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio. The phone is powered by the 7nm Kirin 980 processor with dual-NPU and up to 8GB of RAM. Inbuilt storage is offered up to 256GB.
The Honor 20 Pro offers a quad camera setup that entails a primary 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 snapper with f/1.4 aperture and a large 0.5-inch sensor. There’s a secondary 16-megapixel super-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 117-degree angle lens. It is accompanied by an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture that support 3x lossless optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, 30x digital zoom, and 4-axis OIS..
Lastly, the quad camera setup has a 2-megapixel macro camera with f/2.4 aperture for 4cm near macro photography. Features include 4-axis OIS, AIS, EIS, PDAF, AI Ultra Clarity Mode, AIS Super Night Mode, and more. There is also laser autofocus. It supports up to 4K video recording. It has received an overall DxOMark score of 111, Honor announced at the event. Up front, there is a 32-megapixel selfie snapper with f/2.0 aperture and 3D portrait lightning. It offers up to 1080p video recording, supported by EIS.
The Pro variant packs a 4,000mAh battery with 22.5W Honor Super Charge support that touts to charge 50 percent of the battery in 30 minutes. The dimensions of the phone are 154.60×73.97×8.44mm and it weighs 182 grams. The phone supports Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound technology, and comes with dual microphones. Sensors on board include proximity sensor, digital compass, ambient light sensor, gravity sensor, hall-sensor, and gyroscope.
Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5, and USB 2.0. It supports GPU Turbo 3.0 and Graphene Cooling Sheet technology for intense gaming sessions. As mentioned, the Honor 20 Pro houses a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Lastly, the company also unveiled a Honor + Fortnite Wonder Outfit, exclusively for Honor 20 series users.
Roav by Anker Brings Alexa-Powered Smart Car Charger to India
Roav by Anker is finally entering the Indian market with the launch of its Alexa-enabled car charger – Viva Pro. The company claims that this is the first Alexa-enabled car charger to be released in the country. The Viva Pro has been priced at Rs. 5,490 and is already available via all major electronics and auto accessories stores in the country. It will also be offered via Amazon beginning June.
According to Roav by Anker, the Viva Pro smart car charger supports voice-controlled navigation, music streaming, voice-initiated calling, and a lot more, all using the Amazon Alexa capabilities. Given the availability of thousands of skills on Alexa, there is plenty that Viva Pro users can do with the smart car charger.
Viva Pro can be plugged into the cigarette lighter of your car and features two USB ports with high-speed charging support. It also packs two microphones with Acoustic Echo Cancellation to accurately hear every command being relayed by the user. The company notes that Viva Pro can hear both driver and passenger’s voice clearly even when music is being played in the car.
The smart car charger also comes with a physical button to mute the microphone and an LED that lights up when the device is actively listening to voice commands.
Roav by Anker Innovations says that Viva Pro can work with pretty much every car, thanks to the support for Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, AUX-Out, and FM Transmission.
The debut of Roav by Anker follows the entry of Anker, Eufy, and Soundcore brands from the company in India. Anker Innovations made its entry in India in June last year with Eufy and Anker brands, and Soundcore followed later.
Gopal Jeyaraj – Head, India and SAARC said, “The smart home has grown at a fast clip, but there’s another space that we spend a whole lot of time living in “Our Car”, said Gopal Jeyaraj, Head, India and SAARC, Anker Innovations, said in a statement. “Roav by Anker Innovations offers products which will transform any car into connected smart car with its product line ranging from Dashcam’s, Voice-activated car charger and Jump Starter.”
Ananya calls SRK her ‘second dad’
‘Student Of The Year 2’ actress Ananya Panday, who is said to have called Shah Rukh Khan her “second dad” recently, got playful with the superstar’s youngest son AbRam.
Ananya showcased her ability to touch the tip of her nose with her tongue. She took to Instagram Stories and shared a video clip which also features AbRam.
In the video, she is seen teaching the little boy how to do the gorlin sign.
“Shocking him with my talent,” Ananya captioned the video. Ananya shares a close bond with SRK’s daughter Suhana and now with this video, it seems she also enjoys spending time with AbRam.
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