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With Manmarziyaan, Anurag Kashyap looks at love with fresh lenses

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A blue-haired man called Vicky Sandhu is jumping across buildings. Why? To be with his ‘Fyaar’ and ‘Pyaar,’ the red-haired Rumi. They meet, they embrace and they make love. Anurag Kashyap’s latest offering Manmarziyaan starts on a bright, passionate note. The film is Anurag Kashyap’s first attempt at narrating a love story. A messy love story with characters that have ‘Grey Wale Shade.’
Of course, one could look at the director’s filmography and make a case about how Dev D and Lust Stories try to communicate something important about love. But neither of them ever claimed in their trailers to exclusively deal with the subject of love, unlike Manmarziyaan. The first half of the film thrives in the intense and zealous celebration of Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) and Rumi’s (Taapsee Pannu) love. There are evocative and peppy songs, and a few hilarious moments brought to life by Vicky with his dumbfounded expression at Rumi’s demand for responsibility and commitment. The first hour of the film is a rollercoaster ride of emotions; love, anger, insecurity and brazenness do their little dance and it’s a delight to watch the spectacle. The first half of the film is also unlike anything Anurag has put on screen before and that is only fitting, because how many times have you seen an Anurag Kashyap love story unfold on the silver screen.
However, nearly everything post-intermission is a drag. Kanika Dhillon’s story limps and shuffles uncomfortably to keep up with the pretty landscape of Amritsar and with the all-too-telling music of Amit Trivedi. And had it not been for Abhishek Bachchan’s stable, silent and deeply-in-love Robbie, watching the movie all the way till the end would have been harder than it was. While both Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu deliver the performances that were expected of them, it is Abhishek’s act as the ‘Ramji types’ that makes the latter half of the film watchable. Now, what is interesting about Abhishek playing a character that we have seen too often on screen? The kind of man who sacrifices and waits for his romantic interest to return the favour. We saw him as Vanraj in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and in Prem Kumar of Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon, funnily enough, Abhishek was the one who had essayed the role of Prem Kumar in the latter. But Robbie is more alive, more patient, more fun to watch and that would have not been the case without Anurag’s vision.
When a drunk Robbie laments and grieves over his unrequited love, it is a surprise. Robbie is a banker who thinks things through, a part of him has worked out the probability of Rumi falling for him, the whole thing is almost mathematical. Love becomes quantifiable when Robbie leads the way, but when it matters the most, Robbie knows that he cannot afford to overthink about an intangible thing like love. Robbie, like Ennis Del Mar of Brokeback Mountain, keeps things clenched, hidden deep within him, but when he is open and honest, he shines. This complexity of Robbie counters the madness of Rumi and Vicky in a lovely fashion, which is what saves the film towards the end. Manmarziyaan looks at love with new lenses, and so does Anurag.


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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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