Aparshakti Khurrana, who turns 31 today, says, he has no qualms in approaching filmmakers for work as an actor needs to be “shameless and open”.
The actor says taking the first leap of faith is very important.
“When I get to know somebody is making a film, I try to catch hold of their numbers and I approach them, I introduce myself as ‘Hi, I am Aparshakti’ and I mention I have done films like ‘Dangal’ and ‘Stree’.
“There is no shame in doing this. You need to be shameless and have a little open attitude. Not always right people will approach you need to approach right people and take the first step,” Aparshakti told PTI in an interview.
He tasted success from his debut “Dangal” in which he played the cousin of Phogat sisters – Geeta and Babita. He followed it up with “Badrinath Ki Dhulania” and this year’s blockbuster “Stree”.
However, Aparshakti says, things did not change overnight after the success of “Dangal”.
“People would not recognise me as I looked different in real life than my character. The recuperation of the successful character happened very slow. It all happened step-by-step.”
Post “Stree”, offers have multiplied, the actor says.
His aim is to scout for good characters that can shine irrespective of the screen-time.
Though it is difficult to refuse an offer, Aparshakti believes honesty in decision making comes handy.
He adds, “People understand and don’t take offence. More than being calculative, one has to be honest. People respect that today. Today honesty is given lot more value.”
Like brother Ayushmann, he entered the film industry a bit late and before becoming an actor had a successful stint as an anchor and RJ.
A multifaceted individual, Aparshakti has captained U-19 Haryana cricket team and also practised law.
“It was a longer journey but I was ok with it as I wanted people to respect my craft. The journey from now on is going to be longer and I am prepared for that.”
Cricket taught him to be a team player, which he says, reflects in his job as an actor.
Aparshakti says, “One should not try to overshadow other actor or overdo things in front of the camera.
“In films it is not about one face that will sell your film but about other actors also. It is teamwork that makes a film good.”
He feels blessed to have Ayushmann by his side and says his brother has never got carried away with his success.
Aparshakti says Ayushmann never called up any filmmaker seeking roles for him and rather told him to work towards it himself.
“It was wise of him to tell me that I should have some kind of creative learning before entering here. He told me to be in Delhi and prepare myself. I joined a radio station and then things fell in place,” he adds.
The actor will next be seen in “Luka Chuppi” and “Jabariya Jodi”.
In “Luka Chuppi”, Aparshakti plays a man who offers solutions to Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon’s characters. In “Jabariya Jodi”, he will be romantically paired, a first for the actor, with Parineeti Chopra.
Aparshakti will have a working birthday and will spend quality time with family.
Look Smarter, Feel Healthier with “Bloom” – SmartWatch by Toreto
Toreto, a prominent leader in the innovative and portable digital product market, announces the launch of Bloom SmartWatch.
The newly launched “Bloom” keeps a track of your health while letting you create your own style statement; it not only keeps you updated on your daily physical activities but also helps you monitor various other aspects.
Toreto Bloom is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and has an alloyed metallic finish which adds on to your everyday style.
IP68 waterproof feature keeps the watch safe up to 1.5 meters for half an hour.
Combined with an advanced chipset, the band boasts of lower battery consumption that ensures long term performance.
Equipped with Bluetooth 4.4, you can stay connected with the world as you get alerts for the messages, calls on your wrist. Simply pair your SmartWatch with Wear Health App on your Android and iOS Smartphone to access all its features.
Toreto Bloom immaculately measures the number of calories burnt, tests blood pressure, tracks heart rate, while keeping a count of the steps taken; in order to improve the users’ fitness.
This stylish SmartWatch works well with all the Android, iOS devices and is waterproof as well.
Bloom enables users to follow social media updates without looking at your phone.
Supports Android, iOS devices:
Bloom works well with all Android and iOS devices and gets easily connected over Bluetooth for easy access.
Track your BP, heart rate:
Bloom has an inbuilt light mechanism that helps measure heart rate and blood pressure so that you can stay in the best of your health.
The inbuilt pedometer of the SmartWatch lets you keep a track of steps which helps you track the steps you have taken in the entire day along with the distance you have travelled.
Bloom also has a calories counter with which you can control your calorie intake and maintain your fitness.
Track Calls and Social Media:
As you connect your Smartphone to your watch via Bluetooth, you automatically get Call and SMS notifications on your device. Also, you can track WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, WeChat, Twitter and other social media app notifications on your watch easily.
Customize watch screen:
Unlike other SmartWatches, one of Bloom’s amazing features enables you to choose any image on your phone and put it as your watch’s wallpaper. Other Features: Apart from the above features Bloom also has an alarm clock and a countdown timer.
Pricing and Availability:
Toreto Bloom is available at an introductory and pocket-friendly price-point of INR 3,499/- through all the leading e-commerce platforms and retail stores across India. This SmartWatch comes along with two detachable straps and a 12-month warranty. For more information, kindly visit www.toreto.in
Mumbai youth got a job of 1.2 crores at Google office in London
It is true that Abdullah Khan (21) could not clear the IIT entrance, but he has made an offer that many IITians would envy.
Earlier this week, Khan got a job at the Google office in London, for a package of 1.2 crore rupees.
The average salary offered to a graduate of a non-IIT engineering college in the city is around Rs 4 lakh per anum. Khan, a student at Shree LR Tiwari Engineering College, Mira Road, was called for a Google interview based on his profile on a site that hosts competitive programming challenges.
After some online interviews, earlier this month Khan was asked to show up for the final screening at Google’s office in London.
His six-figure package includes the base salary of Rs 54.5 lakh (£ 60,000) per year, a bonus of 15 per cent and stock options worth Rs 58.9 lakh ($ 85,000) for four years.
Khan, who is pursuing his last year BE (Computer Science), will join the reliability engineering team at Google’s site in September.
An email from a Google official in November last year mentioned that they had seen Khan’s profile on the programming site and said they were looking for people for locations across Europe.
Khan said that he did not expect such an offer when he participated in competitions on that site.
“I used to participate as it was fun. I did not even know that firms check programmers’ profiles on such sites. I showed the email to my friend who knew someone who had received such an email in the past. I am looking forward to joining their team. It will be an amazing learning experience for me,” said Khan. The coding enthusiast did his education in Saudi Arabia and moved to Mumbai only after Class XII.
Artificial intelligence may help develop clean, limitless fusion energy
Artificial intelligence (AI) may help develop safe, clean and virtually limitless fusion energy for generating electricity, scientists say.
A team, including researchers from Princeton University and Harvard University, are applying deep learning to forecast sudden disruptions that can halt fusion reactions and damage the doughnut-shaped tokamaks or apparatus that house the reactions.
Deep learning is a powerful new version of the machine learning form of AI, according to the findings published in the journal Nature magazine.
“This research opens a promising new chapter in the effort to bring unlimited energy to Earth,” Steven Cowley, director of US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).
“Artificial intelligence is exploding across the sciences and now it’s beginning to contribute to the worldwide quest for fusion power,” Cowley said in a statement.
Fusion, which drives the Sun and stars, is the fusing of light elements in the form of plasma — the hot, charged state of matter composed of free electrons and atomic nuclei — that generates energy.
Scientists are seeking to replicate fusion on Earth for an abundant supply of power for the production of electricity.
“Artificial intelligence is the most intriguing area of scientific growth right now, and to marry it to fusion science is very exciting,” said William Tang, a principal research physicist at PPPL.
“We have accelerated the ability to predict with high accuracy the most dangerous challenge to clean fusion energy,” Tang said.
Unlike traditional software, which carries out prescribed instructions, deep learning learns from its mistakes.
Accomplishing this seeming magic are neural networks, layers of interconnected nodes — mathematical algorithms — that are “parameterised,” or weighted by the programme to shape the desired output.
For any given input the nodes seek to produce a specified output, such as correct identification of a face or accurate forecasts of a disruption.
Training kicks in when a node fails to achieve this task: the weights automatically adjust themselves for fresh data until the correct output is obtained.
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