2020 is the year of sequels and comedy

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2019 ended with a bang for some of us and also marked as an end of a decade. 2020 is here and already turning out to be amazing for most of us. We witnessed some really good movies in 2019 like Good Newz, Mardani 2, Bala, War and many others. The year 2020 also has a lot in its store for us and especially in the movie genre. Here are some of the Bollywood movies that we are definitely looking out for that will definitely make this year as amazing as the previous one.

  • Chhapak

Chhapaak is the story of a real-life story of an acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Deepika Padukone is playing the role of Laxmi and the trailer has already garnered a lot of attention world-wide. The movie is directed by Raazi fame Meghna Gulzar who has been doing tremendously well in the last few years. The movie is all set to hit the theatres on the 10th of January which is also going to be one of the first movie of 2020.

  • Aaj Kal –

We all have witnessed the cute chemistry that Kartik Aryan and Sara Ali Khan share especially after Sara openly admitted that she had a crush on Kartik Aryan at Koffee with Karan. So, here we are with both of them in a movie which is a sequel to Love Aaj Kal. Imtiaz Ali directed the first movie and has directed this one as well, we all have been a fan of his movies like Jab We Met, Cocktail and Rockstar. The movie is scheduled to release on the 14th of February that is Valentine’s day. A.R Rahman’s music, Imtiaz Ali’s direction and Valentine’s day… definitely sounds like a perfect movie date with your partner.

  • Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan –

Ayushmann Khurrana has given us back to back hits in the recent times with Andhadhun, Article 15, Dream Girl and Bala. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan was a hit in theatres and that is why the directors decided to come up with twist for the second part. Shubh Mangal Zyaadha Saavdhan is a romantic drama and is a story of two people who fall in love with each other but a twist. It also stars Jitendra Kumar in the lead role along with Neena Gupta and Sunita Rajwar. With the choice of movies that Ayushmann has been making in the last few years, this movie should definitely be on your list. It is all set to release on the 21st of February in India.

  • Gulabo Sitabo –

Another back to back release of Ayushmann Khurrana along with Amitabh Bachchan is all set to hit the theatres on the 28th of February 2020. It is a family drama and the first look itself has us all excited. Amitabh Bachchan has dotted and unrecognizable look in the film and it will be amazing to see the combination of Shoojit Sircar and Amitabh Bachchan yet again after Piku. The movie is a quirky family drama and it is the first time the audience will be witnessing Ayushmann Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchan together.

  • Angrezi Medium –

Angrezi Medium is a sequel to Hindi Medium that was released in 2017. The movie became a hit and also was appreciated because of its storyline and great actors. Angrezi Medium is also being produced on the same lines and is being directed by Homi Adjania. The movie stars Irrfan Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Radhika Madan in the lead. Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine cancer and has been under treatment since 2018. The shooting of the film was started early in 2019 and is all set to release on the 20th of March 2020.

  • ’83 –

After witnessing the helicopter shot in the theatre it is not time to witness the Natraj shot on the big screen. If you are wondering whom we are talking about, then it is the one and only Kapil Dev. ’83 is a biopic based on Kapil Dev and his life, and about India’s World Cup victory in the year 1983. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone will be seen for the first time on screen as a couple after their wedding and it will be amazing to watch one of your favourite celebrity couple together on the big screen. The film is directed by Kabir Khan and is expected to release on the 10th of April 2020.

  • Brahmastra –

Brahmastra has been talked about in the industry for quite some time now. The film started its production in 2017 and is all set to release in the month of May. Brahmastra is India’s first film to be launched in a trilogy and is one of written and directed by Ayan Mukerji. The film is believed to be a romantic fairy-tale with a supernatural element in store. The film’s cast has Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy and Akkineni Nagarjuna in the lead roles. Since, it is being released in the format of a trilogy, the first instalment will be released in May 2020. We all are looking forward to this movie because of the fine actors that are present in the movie.

  • Sadak 2 –

We all remember the charming Sanjay Dutt and beautiful Pooja Bhatt in Sadak that came in the year 1991 and became a hit. Sadak 2 is a sequel of Sadak and the teaser hints a leap from the first part continuing to the second. Sadak 2 again stars Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt with Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur. It is being produced by Vishesh Films and directed by Mahesh Bhatt who is the father of Pooja Bhatt and Alia Bhatt. It is the first time that we’re witnessing the Bhatt sisters together on the screen and it will be amazing to watch the chemistry that they share on screen. The movie will be hitting theatres on the 10th of July 2020.

  • Bhool Bhulaiya 2 –

Bhool Bhulaiya was released in 2007 with Akshay Kumar, Shiney Ahuja and Vidya Balan in pivotal roles. The movie was a horror-comedy and was loved by the audience, specially the character of Dr. Aditya Shrivastav. Bhool Bhulaiya 2 is the sequel for the first part and stars Kartik Aryan and Kiara Advani in the lead. In the recent times, Kartik Aryan has been referred as the next Akshay Kumar owing to his acting and the choice of his movies. With Bhool Bhulaiya being a sequel to Akshay Kumar’s movie, let us see if Kartik Aryan wins our hearts and manages to tickle our bones in this one.

  • Jersey

Jersey is a Remake of the Telugu Hit film which Starred Nani and Shraddha Srinath in the lead roles. It is a sports drama that was listed as one of the best films of 2019 in Telugu. It is the story of a doting father who also is a talented yet has a failed cricket career. The movie is all about how he manages to return to the Indian Cricket team just to fulfil his son’s wish of a Jersey. The Hindi remake has Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur playing the lead. The film has already started its production and is expected to release in August 2020.

Already seems exciting right? We are also as excited as you are, this year is definitely going to be filled with a lot of comedy, drama and emotions. Do let us know the movie that you are most excited for in the comments section below.

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8 Ways to stay positive and motivated during this pandemic

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If you are like me, you are probably experiencing more stress that usual. Work is different, the Wi-Fi is acting up, and your social life has come to a halt. Stability and predictability are two words that we are unable to resonate with anymore. After a certain point, all of this can get to you. Fear can make you feel powerless. While you cannot control your feelings, thoughts and the Wi-Fi, you definitely can shift your attention towards the things you can control and help restore your sense of confidence.

Make a list of things that you think are in your control (They could be uneventful or extraordinary) and work on them, every single day. I would like to share with you, my list:

  1. Start a virtual book/movie club: Start your own book club on WhatsApp. Add all the bibliophiles on your contact list. Or if you’re a movie buff, create a group to watch and discuss movies.
  2. Enhance your skills: Work on advancing your skill! It could be something as mundane as taking up an excel course or something fun like baking. Try to complete at least two online courses this quarantine!
  3. Work out: You probably saw this coming. But one cannot stress how important it is to work out especially during uncertain times like these, when your anxiety is at its peak and your thoughts don’t let you sleep. Learn new home workouts every day and let the endorphins and serotonin flow into your body.
  4. Interact (virtually) with your long lost friends and family: Life can get really busy and to be honest it has been. Until now. And we are unable to cope with all the time we have. Talk to all those people you lost touch with and wished you hadn’t (This does not include you ex. DO NOT TEXT THEM!).
  5. Learn a new make-up routine: I personally feel like, the time I spend wearing make-up is all for me. It is the time I have chosen for myself. It could take you fifty minutes or fifteen minutes. That is YOUR time, you are looking in the mirror and focusing on yourself. So create a new look and wear some mascara because, why not?
  6. Write a blog on Glo Community: You probably did not see this one coming. But really, put all your thoughts (happy or sad) into words, not only will it help you learn a lot about yourself, but also help you gain awareness of your reality. You will be helping contribute to the WHO Covid-19 fund!
  7. Limit your news intake: While it is good to be informed at all times, the amount of information can be a double edged sword. So be aware, but also learn to disconnect.
  8. Do your bit: Last but not the least, everybody reading this is probably doing their part by washing hands regularly and staying home unless absolutely necessary. Every small effort is going to add up and will have a huge impact.

Do not lose hope. Stay positive, stay motivated and please be safe. We are all in this together. 😊

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Being 8 Months Pregnant Didn’t Stop This SHERO From Delivering COVID-19 Test Kits To The Nation

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In the battle against coronavirus, India has been criticised time and again for a poor record of testing people. Amidst all of this, there is change set to be brought about, a large part of which is accredited to the one and only virologist - Minal Dakhave Bhosale.

Ms Bhosale headed the team that designed the coronavirus testing kit (called Patho Detect)  in India and is also the R&D chief of Mylabs discovery, Pune. She had just been informed of a pregnancy complication in february, right after which despite personal circumstances, willingly took on the assignment of designing the coronavirus test kits.

Up until now, India had to import COVID-19 kits from Germany at Rs.4500 per kit, but the molecular diagnostic company has been successful in creating a kit that is now able to test 100 samples and costs Rs 1,200 - literally a quarter of the cost of COVID-19 testing kits that were being imported. 

Besides being relatively much lower than kits imported from outside, the team also achieved COVID-19 testing in just two and a half hours compared to other tests that took no less than 6-7 hours. 

What is most fascinating about her story is that Ms Bhosale managed to complete her assignment on time and while being 8 months pregnant, only a couple of hours before she delivered her baby daughter. 

In the words of Ms Bhosale (to BCC) : “ It was an emergency, so I took this on as a challenge. I have to serve my nation”. A true inspiration to women across the world and a real team player - a thousand salutes to the women who put her nation first in the most critical of situations. 

Minal Dakhave Bhosale- A real life hero, A SHERO, as one may say.

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