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You will see a new Alia Bhatt in Raazi: Meghna Gulzar






Dainty and demure female characters don’t find a place in director Meghna Gulzar’s films. She says her films are not always women-centric, but agrees that the female characters in her movies are stronger than those in most films.

At a time when surrogacy wasn’t a trend, she brought together powerful women and actresses Sushmita Sen and Tabu to star in her 2002 film Filhaal, that dealt with the subject. Actress Alia Bhatt, who made her debut as a fashionista and the popular girl in her school in Student of the Year, is now set to stun many as a spy in Meghna’s forthcoming directorial Raazi.

On making female-led films, Meghna told IANS via recorded response, ”I wouldn’t say female-centric or female-led films… but yes, the female characters in my films are stronger than in most films.”


“I think that also has to do with the kind of stories that I choose. I wouldn’t say the same for ‘Talvar’. It was around the murder of a 14-year-old girl but the central character of the film was the investigator. So, the choices (for characters) are not gender-based but on the basis of stories that I want to tell,” she added.

As a writer and a filmmaker, she believes one needs to “internalise whichever character you are telling the story of, irrespective of their gender. Again, taking the example of Talvar, the main protagonist was the male investigator from CBI. What possibly could I draw from my personal life or experiences to put into him?

“You just have to become the character that you are talking about. It doesn’t matter what gender they are,” she added.

Has she thought of adapting a Hollywood film? “No, I am happier trying to generate original content rather than remaking or adapting films at least,” she said.

But the daughter of veteran lyricist and poet Gulzar and actress Raakhee likes to take the world of books to the big screen through her films like “Raazi”, which is based on Harinder Sikka’s novel “Calling Sehmat”.

“The advantage of adapting a book to a film is that the story is already there for you, as opposed to having to write the story from scratch if you are creating original content. But then again, how the author has translated the events has to be manipulated because you are making a film.

“It has to go beyond the written text. Otherwise what’s the point? Don’t make a movie on it. Also, you have so many layers available to you when you are making a film. You have sound, visuals, characters and costumes… the advantages are far richer. So, it’s important that the film that you make goes a few notches ahead of the book.”

There were also reports on Meghna working on a film based on a book about the Indian Airlines Flight 814 hijack.

Clearing the air, she said: “No, I wasn’t.” But she shared many reasons why the audience should watch Raazi.

“First and foremost, you will see a new Alia Bhatt. I am sure she will surprise you. And above that, the story itself is an extremely powerful one. For me, what makes it special is that it is a beautiful story. So just that in itself is completely overwhelming. I hope the audience endorses and internalises the journey of Sehmat the way we all did while making the film,” said Meghna.



Samsung Galaxy Fold: A crease, a click, and it’s thick

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Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Fold is a pricey, but promising device that kicks off a new phase of the smartphone industry.

The company held an event in New York City to let reporters and other members of media try out the gadget for the first time.Samsung announced the phone in February and it goes on sale April 26 at the wallet-stretching price of $1,980.

Samsung forecasts it will produce at least 1 million foldable phones this year. That’s a fraction of all the phones that the company shipped last year. Still, research firm Gartner Inc. expects the market will grow to 30 million units by 2023. Huawei Technologies Co., Xiaomi Corp., and Lenovo Group Ltd.’s Motorola unit are working on foldable phones. There’s no indication yet that Apple is working on a folding iPhone.


The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch screen on the front, which makes it smaller than most modern smartphone screens. But it opens up to become a 7.3-inch tablet, letting users run three apps at once. It has half a terabyte of storage and 12 gigabytes of RAM, rivaling high-end laptops. It also has six cameras and a pair of batteries.

The device feels like a tablet when opened up. There’s a satisfying click sound for the hinge. A crease is noticeable, but it doesn’t get in the way of using it.

There’s spacing between two sides of the touchscreen keyboard so that typing with thumbs is comfortable.

When folded shut, the front-facing screen is small, and there is a noticeable gap above and below the display. The phone is also fairly thick when closed. It comes in silver, black, green and blue and pre-orders begin on Monday. The device will be available in the U.S. on the wireless networks of AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc.

Samsung is also developing a clamshell-like foldable phone and another one that folds outward, Bloomberg News reported last month. The company also envisions smartphones with rollable and stretchable displays, Samsung Executive Vice President Chung Eui-suk said in February.

Samsung spent eight years developing the Galaxy Fold. Still, there are questions about durability. Samsung is trying to remove a crease that appears on the protective film above the screen after it’s been folded about 10,000 times, Bloomberg News reported last month. The company has since released footage of machines repeatedly opening and closing the phone in what it dubbed an “extremity test” to assert its durability.

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Mark Cerny Reveals Some PS5 Specifications and Teases a ‘Game Changer’

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The PS5, PlayStation 5, or “next-gen console”, as Sony is now calling it, has had its specifications revealed. In conversation with Wired, PS4 systems architect Mark Cerny confirmed that the PS5 will have an AMD Ryzen CPU, Radeon Navi GPU, support for ray tracing, and a solid state drive (SSD) that he touted to be a “game changer”. This comes after an anonymous post from an alleged PS5 developer suggested a similar set of specifications earlier this week. However, with an SSD, we won’t be surprised to see a higher price point.

According to Cerny, the PS5 will feature a CPU based on the third-generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. As for the GPU, it would be a custom variant of the AMD Radeon Navi family with ray tracing support to boot. It will be backwards compatible with PS4 games as well.

Though for Cerny, the biggest improvement will be the addition of an SSD which he referred to as “a true game changer” and “the key to the next generation”.


“I have an SSD in my laptop, and when I want to change from Excel to Word I can wait 15 seconds,” he said while demonstrating load times of Spider-Man on PS4 Pro versus Spider-Man on a PS5 developer kit with the difference being 15 seconds versus 0.8 seconds according to Wired. Furthermore, the game world loaded faster, resulting in a more responsive camera as well.

While Sony isn’t giving details on the SSD specifications, Cerny hinted at the possibility of propriety tech at play.

“The raw read speed is important,” he said. “But so are the details of the I/O [input-output] mechanisms and the software stack that we put on top of them. I got a PlayStation 4 Pro and then I put in a SSD that cost as much as the PlayStation 4 Pro—it might be one-third faster.”

This lines up with previous leaks that have suggested the presence of an SSD or a regular hard drive with “some sort of NAND flash”. Though this could also imply a higher price tag with one leaker’s claims that the PS5 price would be around $499 (close to Rs. 35,000) and have a release date or March 2020 or November 2020.

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Redmi Y3 India Launch Set for April 24; 32-Megapixel Selfie Camera, Large Battery Teased

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Redmi Y3 India launch date has been confirmed. To recall, Xiaomi has been teasing the launch of a new smartphone in the Redmi Y-series that will come with a high-resolution front snapper for capturing better selfies. The company has now confirmed that the upcoming Redmi Y-series smartphone, tipped to be the Redmi Y3, will be launched on April 24 in India. Moreover, Xiaomi’s revelation on Twitter has also confirmed that the device will pack a 32-megapixel front camera that will let users capture selfies with more details, something Xiaomi is teasing with the “32MP Super Selfie” moniker. Other specifications as well as the price of the phone remain a mystery for now.

In a tweet sent out earlier today, the company divulged that the upcoming Redmi Y-series smartphone will be launched in India on April 24. The company has also sent out media invites, which states that the Redmi Y3’s launch event will kick off at 12:00pm IST. The accompanying hashtag “#32MPSuperSelfie” serves as an indication that the smartphone, heavily rumoured to be the Redmi Y3, will come equipped with a 32-megapixel front camera. The accompanying image shows a section of a smartphone’s front panel, ostensibly the Redmi Y3, with a waterdrop notch whose shape is quite similar to the one on the Redmi Note 7 ? 10,976 (Review) duo.

As for the sensor itself, it is being tipped that the Redmi Y3 might employ Samsung’s 32-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GD1 image sensor that was announced back in October last year. In a previous tweet, the company teased that the Redmi Y3 will also pack a large battery that will provide users with some relief from the woes of their smartphone dying out before the end of the day. There is no word on the battery capacity or support for fast charging, but rumours suggest that the Redmi Y3 might pack a 4,000mAh battery. However, this could turn out to be mere speculation, so do process this with a fair bit of scepticism.


The Redmi Y3 was recently spotted on the database of Wi-Fi Alliance, indicating that a launch is imminent. While the Wi-Fi certification did not reveal anything specific about the Redmi Y3’s internal hardware, it did confirm that the Redmi Y3 – carrying the model number M1810F6G – will run MIUI 10 based on Android Pie and will have support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n standards. Gadgets 360 will be at the Redmi Y3’s launch event later this month and will bring our first impressions and in-depth review soon.

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