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Vicky Kaushal on the effect of Uri: ‘Instead of hi or hello, people now say how’s the josh’



It won’t be wrong to say that when 2019 kicked off with Uri: The Surgical Strike, neither the trade world nor audiences had expected that it would become a huge blockbuster. Interestingly, even Vicky Kaushal didn’t have that huge an expectation. “Yes, we also didn’t expect this to happen (smiles). Toh hamare liye bhi utni hi hairani waali baat hai jitni baaki sabke liye hai (It is just as surprising for us as it is for everyone else). Of course, good business and all is a great morale booster for everybody associated with the film. But what gives us maximum happiness is the way people have resonated with the emotion of the film,” he says.

Interestingly, the film’s blockbuster dialogue, ‘how’s the josh’ has also gone on to become a part of day-to-day conversations. Ask Vicky how many times people say the same dialogue to him and he says with a laugh: “You know, main toh ab ginti bhi bhul chuka hoon (I’ve lost count). It’s like, instead of saying hi or hello, people only say, ‘how’s the josh.’ But the actor is happy the way audiences have “resonated” with the basic theme of the film.

“Our idea was to give tribute to the Indian Armed Forces. But the way audiences have resonated with the emotion of patriotism, valour and sacrifices of our armed forces has been amazing. That’s the biggest takeaway for us, ki log theatres mein taaliyaan bajaa rahein hai, flags lekar jaa rahein hai (people are applauding the film and taking flags to movie theatres ). Also, the kind of emotions and messages we are getting from our armed forces, woh hamare liye bahut special hai (it’s special for us). It’s something we will never forget and are going to cherish forever,” he says.

After Uri, Vicky has signed two period films – Takht and Udham Singh, and he admits that he loves history. “I feel that’s where the charm lies, to be part of an era jo aapne sirf kahaniyon mein suna hai (that you have heard of only in stories) but of course, haven’t lived yourself. For example, I don’t know how it felt when people lived when there was no electricity, or no phones. Uss samay koi aur hi daur tha (It was another era), with different values, morals, luxuries, revolution and necessities. Also, people would have very unique kind of struggles in life. Aaj ke daur mein common man ki struggle aur desh ki haalat kuch aur hai, tab kuch aur thi (The common man’s struggles were different back then),” he says.

The Masaan actor feels it’s a “very different thing to read about all those things in books but understanding them [personally] is very special.” Through such stories, you get to live those eras. Physically too, it’s great to visit those locations and be a part of them in a way. It’s like time travelling, which is always a thrilling experience. As a creative person, just to explore ki tab aisa hota hoga aur (what used to happen then) is exciting. And then you try and showcase those things with complete honesty. That way, I’ve always been excited as an audience to watch period dramas or period films,” he says.

A dream director!

Vicky readily admits that working with Shoojit Sircar was always on his wish-list. “Apart from the way Shoojit sir looks at stories and characters, I feel whichever actor works with him ends up giving his/her best performance. The more I interact with him, the more I get a feeling that he is an actor’s director. He wants you to not just play a part, but live it to make it a personal experience. I have just had a few meeting with him but I already have a feeling that I might just end up living that person. That would be a very refreshing experience,” says the actor, whose “most favourite” Sircar’s movies are Yahaan, Piku and Vicky Donor.


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The Elephant Whisperer: The Heartwarming Story of a Couple and Their Orphaned Elephant!



In a world where we are often disconnected from nature and the creatures that inhabit it, “The Elephant Whisperers” brings us closer to the heart of one of the most intelligent and majestic animals on earth – the elephant. This documentary, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2023, follows the story of Bomman and Belli, an indigenous couple who become the surrogate parents to an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu.

Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu, India, the film takes us on a journey through the wilderness, showing us the natural beauty of the location and the life of the tribal people who live in harmony with nature. From the very beginning, we are captivated by the bond that develops between Bomman, Belli, and Raghu.

When Raghu is first found by the couple, he is a fragile, injured infant who is barely clinging to life. Bomman and Belli take on the responsibility of caring for him, nursing him back to health with love, patience, and a deep understanding of his needs. As the weeks go by, Raghu thrives under their care, becoming a healthy and mischievous juvenile who delights into playing with his human parents and exploring the forest around them.

The film captures the incredible intelligence and emotional depth of elephants, showing us how Raghu communicates with Bomman and Belli through a range of sounds and body language. We see how the couple responds to his needs, anticipating his every move and showering him with love and attention. The bond between them is truly heartwarming, and we can’t help but be moved by the way they care for Raghu.

But “The Elephant Whisperers” is more than just a story of a couple and their pet elephant. It is a celebration of the beauty and richness of the natural world, and a reminder of our duty to protect and preserve it. Through stunning cinematography and insightful commentary, the film shows us the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of living in harmony with the world around us.

The film also raises important questions about the conservation of elephants in India and the threats they face from habitat loss, poaching, and human-elephant conflict. It is a call to action for all of us to take responsibility for the welfare of these magnificent creatures and to work towards a future where they can thrive in their natural habitats.

“The Elephant Whisperers” is a film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. It is a powerful reminder of the beauty and fragility of the natural world, and of the incredible capacity for love and compassion that exists within us all. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch this incredible documentary – you won’t regret it!

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Birthday Special: Take a look at Top 10 melodious tracks of KK



Krishnakumar Kunnath, famously known as KK, was among the best artists in the country. On May 31, the brilliant vocalist died following a cardiac arrest at his show in Kolkata. He was gifted with a disorderly yet smooth voice that will be recalled by his fans for a long time to come. On the event of his 54th birthday, have a look at his best 10 heartwarming tracks. <3

1. Aankhon Mein Teri Ajab Si.

2. Yaaro Dosti.

3. Tadap Tadap Ke.

4. Tu Aashiqui Hai.

5. Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai.

6. Khuda Jaane.

7. Zara Sa.

8. Dil Kyu Yeh Mera.

9. Hai Junoon.

10. Pyaar Ke Pal.


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US woman’s bhangra performance wins hearts. Watch video



A US lady has left netizens stunned with her bhangra dance. The lady is seen killing the bhangra moves in a video shared on Instagram.

In the video, she is seen performing bhangra in her kitchen wearing a T-shirt and yoga pants. She effortlessly performs to the melody “Chidi Blauri”, sung by Mannat Noor and Ammy Virk, from 2018 film Laung Laachi. Happily, she grooves energetically, winning the hearts of netizens.

“Something delayed for now,” Omala, the Instagrammer captioned the post. The video has earned more than 1.2 million hits on Instagram.

One of her social media follower commented, “hell yes, you had the swag and attitude and perfectly done steps to traditional Bhangra! Whoot whoot.” Another client remarked, “What aa dance ????? amazing ?.”



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